35th Bournemouth Sea Scout Group

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.

35th Bournemouth at the town Remembrance Service

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. 

35th Bournemouth at the RN Football Competition

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.

Trip to HMS Bristol

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 leaders@35thbournemouth.org.

Kevin Holmes

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.

Will Pyke: The Patriots of Bournemouth School

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.

2018 Remembrance Service

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.

AGM 2018

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.

Roger Cowdrey

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.


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).