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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?

New webmaster needed

After eight years of managing the OBA website, our current webmaster, Ross Parker, needs to pass on the baton. So the Association is on the lookout for a new webmaster, ideally somebody who is familiar with WordPress, to maintain this website.

The role of the webmaster is not onerous, and normally amounts to handling three or four queries per month, and one new post every two or three months.

If you are interested and willing to help, please let us know.

Annual Dinner 2017

Photo of the Marriott Highcliff
This year, we are announcing the date of the Annual Dinner early, to ensure that the date is saved in Members’ diaries. This year we will return to the Marriott Highcliff Hotel, St Michaels Rd, Bournemouth on Friday 22nd September 2017. Diners are requested to arrive at 7pm.
You can book your place for £30.00 per member and £35.00 per non-member by using this online form. Non-members may join the association (£5/year) and take advantage of the members’ rate. Please remember that the dinner is for past pupils and staff (past and present) only.

Obituary: David Hopkinson

Old Boy John Dearing (1957-65) writes:

I have heard today that my contemporary, David Hopkinson who was at Bournemouth School from about 1958-65 has sadly died in Sligo, Ireland. David worked in technical publishing for over 20 years, aspiring at one point to being “Father of the Chapel” but took early retirement some 20 years ago, moving to Ireland in 1994. He was just over 70 at the time of his death.

Member offer: try a Fred. Olsen cruise and save 10%

Cruise ship at seaThe Old Bournemouthians’ Association has teamed up with award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to offer OBA members a very tempting 10% discount on their first sailing with the line – and that’s on top of any current offers. Existing Fred. Olsen customers can save 5%, in addition to their 5% loyalty club discount.

To book, please call the Old Bournemouthians booking hotline 0800 0355 108, quoting code BOURNE10. Alternatively, you can validate your membership and claim your discount through this page on Fred. Olsen’s site, which also contains the terms and conditions.

We hope that members considering a cruise will benefit from this arrangement, however, the OBA takes no responsibility for travel booked with Fred. Olsen through this offer or otherwise.

Cover art from The Bournemouthian

Since contacting us last September to let us know that he was relaunching The Bournemouthian, the school newspaper, Ian Westhead has been busy. The paper now lives again, online, with some very impressive and interesting pieces, such as this overview of the school’s finances.

Ian has been in touch to suggest that some Old Boys may be interested in his scans of previous covers of the (print) editions of The Bournemouthian. It certainly brought back memories for this erstwhile editor.

Bernard Walker

Hugh Walker, the son of the late artist, composer and Bournemouth School teacher Bernard Walker has been in touch to share his online tribute to his father’s life. The website has a variety of material from Mr Walker senior’s life, including some of his programme designs and playbills from his time at the school that were found among his papers in 2014.

Cap badge

CCF cap badge

Alan Owen writes:

I was at Bournemouth School from 1980-88. I recently read an article on School Officer Training corps from 1938 which recorded that the school’s OTC wore a gilding metal school coat of arms badge in their caps. When I was in the CCF we wore the Royal Armoured Corps cap badge due to the linkage to Bovington camp. The Signals platoon were given the Signal cap badge in 1984 with a parade at the bottom of the sports field. Anyway I recently found an old OTC badge which I thought you might like to use in your magazine as it might jog a few memories. I have as yet been unable to date when the badge changed to the RAC so if you know I would be grateful for the date.

Does anyone have any ideas?