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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 varied programme of sporting and social activities, including the Annual Dinner in September. The Association also publishes a magazine. If you are not a member, why not join?

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?

Resurrecting The Bournemouthian

Many of you will remember the long-standing school magazine, The Bournemouthian. Did you know that there have been no new issues since 2003? Ian Westhead, a current member of the Sixth Form, writes:

Recently, I discovered an extensive archive in the library containing, along with a plethora of other documents, all issues of The Bournemouthian. I was dismayed to realise there had not been a copy published since 2003 owing to the departure of Mr Rixon, an old English teacher who edited it (who has subsequently returned).

There is, however, good news:

I, along with a few friends who share my interest in the history and happenings of Bournemouth School, have decided to get The Bournemouthian back on its feet – to resurrect it. We’ve been discussing the content and the logistics of it, and it seems The Bournemouthian will live again!

To help this rebirth, Ian would like contributions of any information, anecdotes and chiefly pictures that could feature in some of the new copies. Ian is particularly interested in the development of the school buildings, especially the effects of “The Great Fire of 1973”,
(“an anecdote I had heard my father mention”). Pictures of past headmasters and old plans of classrooms would also be of particular interest.

Anything from the evolution of the school buildings to the different subjects taught at different times would be of great benefit to the new editions, as I’m looking forward to writing articles about the history of my school!

Please do let us know, in the comments below or by email, if you can help.