Gordon Prosser (BS 1944-1951) has written to inform us of the death of his old friend Eddie Rapley, who died on Friday 18th January. In recent years, Eddie was living in Basingstoke.
The School has now secured the funds to begin refurbishment and expansion in order to accommodate a rise from 150 to 180 students per yeargroup. Read the full Daily Echo article here.
35th Bournemouth Leader David Winson has submitted this update on the School’s scout troop.
The Troop is well and active, having invested 13 new recruits last week and having another three expressing interest. The strength of the Ship’s Company is well in excess of 24 Scouts.
The Group is now meeting on Friday evenings at the School Scout Hut until the first week in April, when we shall switch back to our summer boating site on the Iford River at Perch Pool.
We were a key participants in the town’s Remembrance Service commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
In District events, the Troop participated in the RN Football Competition at HMS Bristol, which culminated in the semi-finals only to be knocked out on penalty shootouts.
The 35th Leaders continue a highly successful boating programme that includes pulling, kayaking, sailing and power boating.
Former Troop Leader Bob Cudmore has willingly accepted the role of Leader in the Explorer Scouts Unit and shall encourage the senior Scouts to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We are one of only 101 Royal Navy recognised Sea Scout groups and have an inspection by a Royal Navy Flag Officer every 18 months. We were praised for our professionalism and dedication on the last inspection. High standards of uniform, training and attendance are maintained. The Royal Navy scheme is beneficial in allowing the Group access to military sites, visits to naval warships and entry to national swimming galas, camps and football matches. These are organised by the Royal Navy units and give our Scouts the opportunity to experience life as a naval rating aboard warships.
Many of our Scouts have gone on to become leading pillars in the community, including a Royal Navy Commander and a Police Commissioner. The depth and variety of activities that scouting provides often opens up new horizons to our members. Our Group operates very much in a traditional way and many of our older Explorer Scouts help our younger members by passing down their knowledge and experience.
We are a volunteer-led organisation and are always on the look out to broaden our skills and resources, so more adults would be a great bonus to the growing leadership of the Troop.
If you wish to contact me as the Group Scout Leader, feel free to do so on 07783907008 or by email email@example.com.
Kevin Holmes (BS 1963-1968) has got in touch asking if any of his old contemporaries are still around:
I attended BS from 1963 to 1968, joining in the second year having moved from Sir George Monoux grammar school in Walthamstow. Mr Bennett was the Headmaster with Mr Barraclough as his deputy. The usual suspects I remember – Jasper Dodds, Harcourt-Smith, Rayner, Stiles, Paddy Roberts, Cutler, Neame, Williams & of course the infamous Nick McCabe. I made contact several years ago when Ray Terrell was Secretary but alas have not been in regular contact since.
I have seen a post from Steve Beck but am unable to find it again. I remember having a ‘fight’ with him in the playground which lasted all of 10 seconds!
I am wondering how many of my contemporaries are still around – Nick Bates, John Brewer, Graham Brown, Derek Kuhler et al. I do know that Steve Bruce (who I amazingly found in the 1964 school photograph) sadly died in a car accident at a very young age.
If anyone would like to make contact with Kevin, please send the Association your email to be passed on.
Former History teacher and Deputy Headmaster William Pyke, who’s career at Bournemouth School spanned almost three decades (1987-2014), has published a book which is now available to pre-order. It focuses on the stories of school alumni from WWI.
His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.
All Old Bournemouthians are invited to attend the School’s Remembrance Service.
It shall be held at the School on 9th November at 10:00. Guests are asked to contact the School if they are interested in attending.
A recent Daily Echo article makes reference to former History Master and Deputy Head Master William Pyke, who shall be giving an address in the Assembly. He has recently written a book about alumni involvement in WWI. His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.
The Association has donated £250 to the School to the cover costs of wreaths and materials for a large poppy display that shall be made by pupils.
The AGM is an opportunity for all ex-staff and pupils to contribute to the future direction of the Association. If you think you have something to contribute, please come along.
It shall be held on Thursday 1st November at Bournemouth School,19:00-21:00.
All are welcome.
OB Roger Cowdrey has got in touch and would be interested to hear from any of his contemporaries.
I was at the school from 1958 until 1965 and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I am now 71 and still operating as an International Consultant, Motivational Speaker and Author, although I now live in Turkey and have done for ten years.
I am busy writing my autobiography in between other work and have got to the period of Bournemouth Grammar School which has brought back many memories. I would be interested to hear from anyone from that period to see what they are up to. I occasionally come back to the UK to see relations and am in Brighton at the beginning of December to lecture at the Brighton University Business School, before heading up to Manchester. So if anyone is about let me know.