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.
The first stages of a school archive have been published. It can be navigated to via the Archive tab, or by clicking here.
If anyone has material from their days at School they wish to contribute, please get in touch!
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 23 November at Bournemouth School,19:00-21:00.
All are welcome.
A fifth year student writes in The Bournemouthian about a recent concert involving the School orchestra and former Bournemouth School students:
We have been contacted by Reginald (“Reg”) Turner, who writes:
Hello from New Zealand. I was a pupil at Bournemouth School from 1952 to 1960. My time at Bournemouth School for Boys, and in the CCF gave me the best education I could ever have or expect. Having gained foreign entry at age 12, with passing the 11 plus exam at that time. I was a young student from a primary school background in the Caribbean Island of Aruba. I was blessed that my parents decided to settle in Bournemouth, and the opportunity to gain entry to this great school of learning.
Now aged 77 and a wealth life adventures, I wish to connect with all my classmates still living from my Bournemouth School years. Please put in your “old boys “network my email with a request to connect with them, after all these years. I regret it has taken me 65 years to contact my school “old boys”. I am now writing my memoirs called “Tales from an Innkeepers Log”.
Reg also provided links to his personal website, and the website of his lodge, on New Zealand’s South Island.
We have recently been contacted by Mr P. John Fish, who was at the school between 1942 and 1948. He is enjoying getting into the school’s history in his retirement, and was particularly interested in our 2016 post of the historical role of the school OTC’s cap badge. Mr Fish has been kind enough to type up some of his memories of the school in his time, with a view that it may interest others. Continue reading
We have received the sad news that Life Vice-President Jim Green died on 7 July following a second stroke. Jim was instrumental in the success of the Old Boys 1st XI football team for many years, as well as editing and publishing our twice-yearly newsletter. He was also a school governor for a time and served the school and the Old Bournemouthians for many years.
Should anyone wish to attend, the funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 27 July at Bournemouth East Cemetery, Gloucester Road. Please note the location is not the Bournemouth Crematorium & Cemetery.
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.
With only weeks to go until the 2016 dinner at the Highcliff Marriott in Bournemouth on Friday 23 September, please get your bookings in now, via the booking form. Note that the dinner is only open to pupils who have attended the school plus past & present staff, i.e. not wives/partners unless they themselves attended Bournemouth School.
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.