OBs Raising Money for Ukraine

David Taylor, who left our Sixth Form in 1991, has persuaded some other Old Bournemouthians (along with six other friends) to undertake a mammoth Challenge in May this year, all in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Appeal.

They will be cycling from Sandbanks to St Tropez between the 18 and 27 May’22 – a distance of 1300 km!

Further details of the challenge and about how to make a donation may be found at:

The team are also looking for corporate sponsorship – so please do get in touch if your company would like its logo on their team jerseys.

Obituary: Anthony Eric Baxter

John Demont has sent this obitary of Tony Baxter, 1st December 1930 – 24th December 2021.

Brigadier (ret) Tony Baxter died peacefully in a Nursing home at Burleyon, 24th December 2021. Tony was at School 1941 – 48 and was one of four OBs who went straight from school to go to RMA Sandhurst (which must have been some sort of record!). The others being Johnny English, Tom Farmer and Dougie Sherwood. He was a School Prefect and Sergeant in the OTC, as it was then called.

Tony also was selected to go to Trinity College, Cambridge, where as a Commissioned Officer he got an Engineering degree before joining REME. This was a period he really enjoyed.

Tony was a good all-round sportsman and a member of the famous 1948 1st XI Cricket Team, which at one time provided nine of the Hampshire Schoolboys’ Eleven, when the outstanding Chris Eales was captain. As a medium fast bowler and excellent fielder, Tony often played for the OBs when his military duties permitted. He always enjoyed his cricket and was a lifetime member of the Arundel CC.

He enjoyed an active retirement in Worthing with his late wife Pat, using his talented engineering skills when volunteering with local projects.

Tony Baxter was a distinguished, well-liked OB and a real gentleman in every sense of the word – and a good friend. A real credit to Bournemouth School.

Obituary: Nick McCabe

Mary Apperley, daughter of former teacher Nick McCabe (BS 1961-1988), has got in touch with the sad news that her father passed away on Saturday evening, 11th December, aged 94.

The service shall be at Bournemouth Crematorium at 10.30 on Thursday 23rd December, followed by a service of thanksgiving for the life of Nick McCabe at 10am on Wednesday 29th December at St Lukes Church, Wimborne Road, Winton. No flowers, rather contributions to the work of the Parish of Winton, Moordown and Charminster.

Nick McCabe joined the school in 1961, having moved from another grammar school in Kent, and was soonafter appointed as Head of Modern Foreign Languages. He is best remembered for organising the French exchange, which David Hilliam, in his book Bournemouth School 1901-2000, recounts:

The slow, then rapid, growth of the ‘French Exchange’ with Cholet is now part of the history of the school.

It is impossible to describe the sheer physical immensity of this annual undertaking, in which, by the late ‘eighties scores of teenagers enjoyed the opportunities which were being offered.

Boys and girls from other Bournemouth schools joined in, and the whole enterprise took on a gigantic family atmosphere. Nick McCabe was joined, every year, by various and numerous colleagues but the thrust of the organisation was his alone, for twenty-one years or so, until Nick retired.

It came as a surprise to Nick that in 1997 the French Government awarded him the honour of the ‘Palmes Academique’ for his services to education and international understanding.

More recent Old Bournemouthians will remember Nick’s son, Simon McCade, who followed in his fathers footsteps and also taught Modern Languages at Bournemouth School.

David Trenchard, Chairman of the Old Bournemouthians’ Association, writes simply, “another legend of the School has passed”.

2021 Dinner

A resounding success!

The atmosphere in the room for our 2021 Association Dinner was excellent and the meal good value and well served. The speeches from the Chairman David Trenchard, Headmaster Dorian Lewis, Head Boy Bay Hill and Guest Speaker David Sidwick were all interesting and entertaining.

The Old Bournemouthians cup was awarded to Dean Croukamp-Stewart, who travelled all the way from York to accept the prize.

The Dinner Secretary’s arrangements and table plans were very good and there was a healthy mix of younger and older Old Bournemouthians, together with the current prefects. We also had a sell out with the raffle.

There was a huge appetite for a repeat dinner next year.

Anecdotes of Martin Pritchard

Kelly Thorne, the current Head of Darwin House, has got in touch seeking memories and anecdotes of her predecessor, Martin Pritchard (Geography). She writes:

The current Darwin prefects are very keen to put together a “memory book” as a tribute to what he achieved. I would be very grateful if you could please contact your members and ask for a short written account of their memories with Mr Pritchard, which we could include. This doesn’t need to be lengthy, but I know he would really appreciate hearing from former students (or colleagues of course) and reminiscing about past House activities.

Contributions should be made by Monday 29th November, either in the Comments section below or direct to Kelly: kthorne@bournemouth-school.org

2021 Association Dinner

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We have decided to organise our Annual Reunion Dinner for Saturday November 20th at The Highcliff Marriott Hotel, West Cliff, Bournemouth, starting at 7pm to be seated for 7.30pm. As always we are very pleased to extend an invitation for a Representative Member of the Old Tauntonians to join us as our guest, thus keeping the connection between the two schools alive, despite the fact that Tauntons shared our premises over 80 years ago.

The cost is £32.00 per member and £35.00 per non-member and the preferred method of payment is by bank transfer to Old Bournemouthians’ Association: Sort Code 20-11-39, Account Number 10339636. Please enter your surname followed by 21 as a reference. Tables of up to ten can be organised via the following link: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspxid=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAMAAI4Y1kRUN0lDUzJaMDlISzJMOURNUlNVQk5TT0RCTC4u

If you are unable to access this link then please book directly with Ian Underwood, our Dinner Secretary, at underwoods4@yahoo.co.uk. Once again we have decided to open the event so that members may bring spouses/partners if they wish and we would appreciate early bookings so that we can organise seating. Dress is either black tie or lounge suits.

Our confirmed speaker this year is our former Chairman of Old Bournemouthians and former Chairman of School Governors, David Sidwick, who is now the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and we all look forward to hearing of his reminiscences of his time at School. We also look forward to hearing about some of the challenges his new role has brought.

Obituary: Peter Harvey, Geography Teacher

Mike Webb has got in touch with the sad news that Peter Harvey passed away on 26th March. He was Head of Geography at the school and he ran the First Eleven soccer for a number of years. He was a very fine classroom teacher who got the best out of his students – especially if they drew Liverpool football badges for homework!

He was 93 but still played golf on his own golf course several times a week. In retirement he gained two further degrees and worked for Citizen’s Advice for a number of years.

Alumnus’ New Book Published by Bloomsbury

On 21st January, Bloomsbury Continuum will publish Dostoevsky in Love by alumnus Alex Christofi, a highly original telling of the life of the author of Crime and Punishment. By weaving carefully chosen excepts of the writer’s work, the historical context and his own perceptive insights, Alex immerses the reader in the grand vista of Dostoevsky’s world, from his mock execution to his Siberian exile, and his three love affairs that were overshadowed by epilepsy and gambling.  

Alex was guest speaker at the 2019 Association Dinner.