The Old Bournemouthians’ Association exists to enable past pupils of Bournemouth School to keep in touch with one another and with the current developments within the school. We currently boast over 440 members.

We offer a way of staying in touch with other Old Boys, including the popular Annual Dinner in September. If you are not a member, why not join?

1963 CCF Field Day and Inspection Day

Geoffrey Giles has got in touch with memories and photos from the 1963 CCF Field Day and Inspection Day following an article published in February 2016 about a cap badge. He writes:
I have dug out my old Letts Boy Scout Diary for that year, where I noted that the Field Day was on Wednesday, 27 March 1963, when we basically practiced the march past and the exercise for the following week.  This photo seems to be from that afternoon.  I’m on the left, and I’m not sure who the other two are, though I certainly recognize their faces!
On Thursday, 4 April 1963, the Annual Inspection took place.  This photo was taken in the morning, with the inspecting officer, Major-General Houton on the left, obscuring C/O R.D.F Williams.  This is at the bottom of the school playing fields by Bournemouth School for Girls.  The boys here are from left to right: Shelley (as Sergeant), Doug Hutcheson, Geoffrey Giles, Chris Kirkham, ?, and Mike Wooldridge.
That afternoon the whole corps went out to Barnsfield Heath for a mock battle, which my old Ordnance Survey map of Bournemouth reveals is just north of Hurn Airport. I seem to remember that my rifle jammed after the first shot or two, to my great annoyance.  My diary reveals that we also had some instruction with a bren gun.  Here I am charging the enemy!
I hope my other contemporaries will have some fun, seeing these photos.

Historic Prefect Badge

A post submitted in a Bournemouth local history Facebook page shows an old prefect badge with bearers’ names inscribed on the reverse. Mike Fuller, the author of the post, is trying to reunite it:

This is a prefect’s badge from Bournemouth School. It is made of sterling silver and is engraved with the names of several ex-pupils on the reverse: N. Trayfort, A. Petty, K. Flintshire (46-47), J. Yeadon (54-55) and R. D. Seall (these are the names I can decipher). It is available to anyone who can convince me they are an ex-wearer or is a close relative.

The original post can be found in the Old Bournemouthians’ Association Facebook page.

Seeking Nigel Gray

Ian Wright, BS 1970-77, is trying to get back in touch with Nigel Gray. He writes:

I attended Bournemouth School from 1970-77 and can only say that it gave me a tremendous education and preparation for the rigours of life afterwards.

I am trying to trace one of my old classmates who I was last in contact with about ten years ago. He moved to Johannesburg in about 1988 and had worked as a brewer for some years but had a traumatic experience when he was burgled and was fortunate to survive. I have had no replies to emails and the phone number I had seemed to have changed so did not get any joy there either.

Ideally I would like someone to make polite enquiries at the address but don’t want to ask the police to do so. Do we happen to know of any old boys who live in Johannesburg who might be in a position to do the above. The chap concerned is Nigel Gray, born around December 1958. At school he had an address in Glenferness Avenue.


Reg Turner

We have been contacted by Reginald (“Reg”) Turner, who writes:

Hello from New Zealand. I was a pupil at Bournemouth School from 1952 to 1960. My time at Bournemouth School for Boys, and in the CCF gave me the best education I could ever have or expect. Having gained foreign entry at age 12, with passing the 11 plus exam at that time. I was a young student from a primary school background in the Caribbean Island of Aruba. I was blessed that my parents decided to settle in Bournemouth, and the opportunity to gain entry to this great school of learning.

Now aged 77 and a wealth life adventures, I wish to connect with all my classmates still living from my Bournemouth School years. Please put in your “old boys “network my email with a request to connect with them, after all these years. I regret it has taken me 65 years to contact my school “old boys”. I am now writing my memoirs called “Tales from an Innkeepers Log”.

Reg also provided links to his personal website, and the website of his lodge, on New Zealand’s South Island.

Memories of the Officer Training Corps

We have recently been contacted by Mr P. John Fish, who was at the school between 1942 and 1948. He is enjoying getting into the school’s history in his retirement, and was particularly interested in our 2016 post of the historical role of the school OTC’s cap badge. Mr Fish has been kind enough to type up some of his memories of the school in his time, with a view that it may interest others. Continue reading

Jim Green

We have received the sad news that Life Vice-President Jim Green died on 7 July following a second stroke. Jim was instrumental in the success of the Old Boys 1st XI football team for many years, as well as editing and publishing our twice-yearly newsletter. He was also a school governor for a time and served the school and the Old Bournemouthians for many years.

Should anyone wish to attend, the funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 27 July at Bournemouth East Cemetery, Gloucester Road. Please note the location is not the Bournemouth Crematorium & Cemetery.