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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?

Alan Hickling

Alan Hickling attended the School for just one term in Autumn 1957 after his primary eduction in Summerbee, and is looking to get back in touch with his contemporaries.

Some members of the Association may remember his father, Harold Hickling, who taught at the School on either side of WWII.

Alan writes:

My greatest association with Bournemouth School is via my father, Harold Hickling, who taught there from 1928 until January 1958 (apart from the War when he served in France, Africa and India ending Lt Colonel in SEAC). He commanded the OTC before the War and had a long involvement with The Old Bournemouthians Cricket Club.

Headmaster’s Plans to Expand the School

Bournemouth School continues to grow!

As part of the Headmaster’s initiative to increase the number of students admitted into Year 7 for September 2019, the School will require significant capital investment over time to extend, remodel and refurbish its accommodation. The School is applying through the Selective Schools Expansion Fund to secure such an investment. Dr Lewis, the Headmaster, writes:

These plans, if approved, will have a significant impact on the School’s future. We will be increasing the numbers of students joining us in Year 7, improving accessibility for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and working more closely with other schools.

This is also the first phase of a site development project to remodel, refurbish and extend our existing accommodation. If the bid is successful we hope to build a new block comprising classrooms, toilets and extended dining facilities. Such improvements are long overdue!

The plans are available to view below:

Consultation: Introduction

Consultation: Further Information

An open consultation on the proposals is being held until Monday 9th July 2018. Comments can be made through the Bournemouth School website, by email (consultation@bournemouth-school.org), by post to Mrs Julie Wheatley (Business Manager) or in person at the open event being held at the School on Thursday 5th July (6.30pm-8.30pm).

Bournemouth School Associates Cricket Club

A call to arms!

The BSA Cricket Club started life in 1969 as a Bournemouth School staff team, which played games mid-week and on Sundays either at Castle Lane on the school ground or in the surrounding countryside, often in close proximity to a country pub. As time passed and staff left or got older, the club opened its doors to include parents of pupils. With the further passage of time, the staff element of the team disappeared completely and the remit widened further to include Old Boys of the school.

Staff here include Ken Maxted (centre) John Hawkins (seated) and Mike Webb (behind John Hawkins)

Which brings us to 2018, one year short of our half-century. Once again we find ourselves short of sufficient players to field a team and with a real doubt as to whether we can make it to 50 years.

If there are any Old Boys out there who would like an occasional, or regular game on a Sunday afternoon (no mid-week matches these days) please get in touch with me on 01202 248211. We play most of our matches away, within an hour of Bournemouth, with a rare home game at Hurn Bridge Sports Club. Rockbourne, Wimborne, Bryanston School and Shillingstone are just some of the venues we hope to be visiting this summer. Our next game is June 3rd. We play most Sundays excluding Bank Holidays.

Hoping to hear from some of you.

Graham Jones (BSA President)

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.