Connect The Keyes Building In this issue ... Worcester Weekend

In this issue ...
Worcester Weekend
50 Years of the Old Chapel
The Keyes Building
More than a hundred guests joined us in May
to watch Chairman of the Governors,
Hugh Carslake, name the Sports and Performing
Arts Centre in honour of Headmaster, Tim Keyes.
The Misses Campbell - One of
the Great War’s Innovations
Centenary of the Great War
Stephen Rimmer (Cr 7080) has been appointed
Companion of the Order of
the Bath (CB) for services to
Criminal Justice and Policing
Reform. Stephen came back
to King’s in 2009 to speak to
Sixth form pupils about his
work in the prison service
and police.
14th Annual OV London Dinner
Friday 17th October, 2014
Two OVs recognised in
New Year Honours
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
Stephen Jack (B 67-76) has
been appointed OBE for
services to disabled people
in recognition of his work
as Chairman of the Trustees
of the Independent Living
Fund. Stephen returned to
the school in 2012 to talk to
pupils about careers and is a
member of the Leadership Group for Bursaries.
A staple of the OV calendar, the Annual London
Dinner is not only a great social occasion but also
an excellent opportunity to network and develop
both personal and professional relationships.
Your booking form is enclosed with Connect
- please take advantage of the group booking
discount by arranging a table of ten if you can.
Further details can be found on our website.
The magazine for Old Vigornians of The King’s School, Worcester
Issue 36
Summer 2014
Dance and Dramatic Arts Society bids farewell to its founder
best I can to enrich
of current pupils,
to provide them
and support and
to prepare them to
be well-balanced,
generous citizens.
grateful to the
for all they have
done to help and
encourage me and
my colleagues in this work. The pages that follow offer, I hope, abundant
proof of the strength of the relationship between King’s and its OVs, of
the debt we owe to previous generations of teachers and pupils, and
of the simple fact that, if we so choose, as is often chanted at a certain
Rugby match, “We are King’s School till we die”!
When I came to King’s in 1998, I had little understanding of the part
which alumni can play in the life of an independent school. My previous
experience was of four boys schools which did not seem to engage a
great deal with former pupils beyond an annual reunion event. My
experiences of alumni dinners were not happy ones: too much drink and
too few manners! Events to be endured rather than enjoyed. Very few
schools employed people whose role was to foster links with former pupils
beyond using the services of recently retired teachers. They certainly did
little to keep them informed about the school other than via the annual
magazine. They had limited databases and therefore little facility to put
alumni in touch with each other. It was no surprise, therefore, that few
people were motivated to engage with their old school. It is all very
different now. I consider one of the greatest achievements of King’s
in my time here to have been its determination to make it worthwhile
and pleasurable for OVs to maintain or, in so many cases, re-establish
contact with their old school. Correspondingly, the school has gained
huge benefit from the readiness of OVs to help us in return, particularly
in the giving of time and expertise for the benefit of our current pupils
and also in the giving of money for both capital projects and bursaries.
Whenever I escape from the tyranny of paperwork and emails and walk
around the school, I see posters advertising events at which OVs are
giving assistance, I see numerous pupils who I know are here because
of OV bursary support, and I see many fine facilities enabled wholly or in
part by contributions from OVs. A visit to College Hall, the Edgar Tower
or the school gardens tends to prompt a different thought – that of the
continuity of a community over decades and, indeed, centuries. It is a
reminder that I am just a temporary custodian and that my job is to do the
The Barnabas Group
Distinguished OVs, who have excelled in their chosen profession, are invited by the Headmaster to join the Barnabas Group
and to speak to the school in College Hall of their experiences, the lessons they have learned from them and the encouragement
they feel able to pass on as a result.
Barnabas talks are available to listen to on the audio section of the website Media Gallery (
Michael Pimley (H 61-71)
Michael was a pupil at St Alban’s and joined The Hostel in 1966 as a King’s
Scholar. A talented all-rounder, he was appointed as the Senior Scholar
in his final year. After leaving school, he studied Law at Cambridge and
began his career as an attorney specialising in corporate finance before
moving into banking.
He worked at Continental Bank (now Bank of America) in London
specialising in debt restructuring and workouts, both as head of the
bank’s operations in Nigeria, and of the Professional Development group
in Chicago. Michael was also a founding member of the bank’s corporate
finance initiative in Chicago and New York. In 1991 he co-founded Pimley
& Pimley with his wife Kim. The firm has developed and delivered training
for over 50 international commercial and investment banks and financial
institutions in over 40 countries.
Philip Durkin (O 85-87)
On the last day of the Words Alive! Festival, Philip Durkin joined the
Barnabas Group when he returned to King’s to address College Hall. Philip
is currently the Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and
also its Chief Etymologist, leading a team of specialists who study the
meaning of words, their origins and their evolution over time.
Philip joined King’s in the Sixth Form and was immediately marked out
for his intellectual ability. He studied Greek, Latin, English Literature and
Classics, and his end of school report notes ‘his use of language, both
written and oral, is fluent and persuasive’ so it is perhaps not surprising
that he followed a career in etymology - the study of words, their origins
and how their form and meaning have changed over time. He went
on to gain a scholarship to Trinity College Oxford to study English, and
began working for the OED the week after he completed his PhD.
The DADA Society provides an opportunity for pupils throughout the
school to organise, rehearse and perform in front of a friendly audience
in the John Moore Theatre. All forms of dance, drama and music
are welcome and involve some pupils who do not feel comfortable
performing at more mainstream school events, as well more seasoned
performers. The society provides the former with a useful platform and
outlet. The standard and diversity of performance has improved and
expanded since the launch of the society some years ago and the society
is now well-established and popular amongst creative and performing
arts pupil performers.
It was started by Liz Hand, who retires this summer, in her role as
Coordinator for the Arts. She perceived a need for a platform for those
pupils interested in the Creative & Performing Arts who were not catered
for in the Keys Society or mainstream school concerts. In particular,
DADA (which stands for Dance & the Dramatic Arts – but it takes its name
for the World War I avant-garde movement) has championed alternative
forms of music-making and original composition as well as dance, and
also provides a chance for LAMDA pupils to perform their pieces. The
society is unique in that it cares for pupils from throughout the school; so
that younger pupils learn from the older.
There were three events this year, two masterminded by lower sixth form
pupil Nick Jones. The first in the autumn term included well-rehearsed
items by the various dance clubs, solo dancers, vocalists, actors, mono
and duologues by LAMDA students and musical ensembles. The
second event took the form of a junior DADA evening under the guise
of a Christmas Show. This was the third such event and each has been
hugely popular with parents who fill the theatre to capacity. Every lower
and upper fourth form was represented by a soloist and an ensemble
that performed in the first half. The second half of the programme was
devoted to Christmas-inspired plays offered by the fourth form drama
clubs. It was pleasing that the organisation of this event was supported
by older pupils taking the Trinity Exams Silver Arts Award.
Liz Hand photographed at the Annual Reunion Dinner with husband Chris
and sons Josh (Cl 91-01 and Staff) and Tom (Cl 94-04)
former pupils as well as current. It was heart-warming to welcome back
OVs who are now engaged in the professional arts. This opportunity for
young and old and the inexperienced and professional to work alongside
one another, proved rewarding. Returning OVs included: dancer Martha
Hershman (W 04-11), violist Shulah Oliver (K 93-00), film-maker Tom
Hand (Cl 94-04), actress Mary Cox (Cl 01-06), poet Ben Parker (Cl 93-00),
vocalist Dominic Lee (W 06-13), celebrated classical actor Clifford Rose
(C 43-48) and an ensemble of former Cathedral Choirboys. It was a very
special evening enjoyed by both performers and audience, and was an
appropriate event to showcase the hard work and dedication to the
creative arts put in by a memorable Head of Art.
The third DADA evening marked the end of the hugely successful Words
Alive Festival in the Spring Term. Billed as a ‘Gala DADA’, the evening
included performances by the poet-in-residence Wendy Cope and
Our Teachers - Then and Now...
Happy Birthday to the New Block
Friday 13th June, 2014 was the fiftieth
anniversary of the official opening
of the New Block, later renamed
the ‘Annett Building’, by Sir Edward
Boyle MP, then Secretary of State for
On our Facebook page ( we have recently started a new feature ‘Guess the Teacher’, using
recent photographs of former teachers and older photographs of current
teachers. Here is a selection of the teachers guessed so far.
With an anticipated life-span of forty
years, and serious concerns raised
about the structure of the building in
the 1990s, this is a milestone which
few would have foreseen.
ANSWERS: R N G Stone, R P Mason, S Le Marchand, J Exton
To mark the birthday of the Annett
Building, a copy of Rebecca Birtwhistle’s
print of the Old Chapel, which also
celebrates 50 years of association with
the school this year, was presented to
Alison Hines, Head of Mathematics, to
be displayed in the central atrium of
the building. A shield, donated by Mr A
Elt (OV) at the opening of the building,
but removed during renovation works
in 2001, will also be returned to the
Annett Building this year.
2014 Annual Reunion Weekend
Reunions and Visits
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th May
A group of OVs connected with the property sector met in the London Cocktail Club
in Shaftesbury Avenue, owned by JJ Goodman (B 97-02). The evening was an informal
opportunity for OVs who are involved in all areas of property and real estate to establish
new contacts, as well as meet up with some familiar faces. It was a worthwhile event and
in honour of the occasion, JJ created an ‘Old Vigornian’ cocktail, which was very popular.
In the middle of last December, a university reunion took place in Leeds. Keen to see
each other before Christmas and whilst still in the city, 17 OVs currently studying in Leeds
came together at the Agora restaurant on Friday. Most stayed for dinner, and others were
only able to drop in for drinks, but it was a very relaxed and fun occasion, and everybody
who came thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Alex Alderson (W 05-12),
who organised the event.
OV Golf
On Friday 2nd May, 23 golfers gathered for a very enjoyable day at
Upper Sapey - thanks again go to Stuart Preece (Ch 75-81) for hosting
the tournament. The winning team consisted of Nick Firth (Ch 8693), Tim Whitehouse (K 86-94), James Thorpe (K 85-95) and Richard
Protherough (S 93-95). Alec Mackie (Cl 47-56) thought that this year
he was in with a chance of winning as he edged into the late 30s, but
he was beaten by George Blakeway (H 76-86) who achieved a very
impressive score of 44 points.
It’s hoped to hold a ‘President’s Golf Day’ in Worcester this year–
details to follow. Please let us know if you are a member of Worcester
Golf Club.
OV Lunch
The inaugural festival for the Worcester Bell-ringers took place at King’s in March. Both
current and former pupils, together with staff, came together for a very worthwhile
day. The event has a duel aim of reconnecting ringing OVs with the school, and
demonstrating to the current crop of ringers their lifelong connection to a friendly and
inclusive community. The aim to is make this an annual event which will help keep the
OV ringing community connected after they grow up and move on from Worcester.
Nearly 100 OVs, Honorary OVs and their guests returned to King’s for lunch
over what was the only sunny weekend in a long time - the school kitchens
were even able to produce some ice-cream at short notice, which helped to
contribute to the happy atmosphere.
The OV Lunch has quickly established itself as a popular event for retired staff,
and is a wonderful opportunity not only for former staff to see each other
again, but also for them to meet and catch up with OVs in a more informal
“The 7th Seventyish/Eightyish Lunch for School House OVs in that age group took place at
The Oxford and Cambridge Club in Pall Mall London on Monday 12th May 2014. 24 of us
sat down to a traditional English lunch menu in The Princess Marie Louise Room which has
become our traditional venue. Some members admitted to meeting up with friends from
School House that they had not seen for 60 years. There is more time for this at this age!
Clifford Rose proposed the toast to the memory of School House and also to the memory of
our much loved Housemaster, Dan McTurk. There is room for more School House OVs in this
room - so should any of you be interested in joining us and you are in that age group, please
contact Francis Bennett at [email protected]”
The children of L A Wilding, headmaster of King’s from 1936 to 1940, returned to the
school in spring this year. Richard and Felicity grew up at the King’s School in the late
1930s and lived in School House; their nursery was in what is the Chappel House Sixth
Form common room today. Richard came back to the school with Felicity and his wife
Rosamund to revisit the scenes of his childhood, and to donate copies of his new
translation of ‘The Odyssey of Homer’ to the Classics Department.
Tours were taken after lunch by the Bursar, Galen Bartholomew, and Director
of Studies, Russ Baum, giving OVs fifty years apart a chance to discover a
surprising amount of memories in common.
“What a fabulous trip down memory lane I have had this weekend, and Mark now
appreciates how living in such amazing surroundings for five years has had such a
profound effect on my approach to life.” Clive Marks (S 69-74)
Chappel Memorial Award
“Once again, a big thank you for arranging another successful OV Weekend. It must be so
heartening to you that the support from OV’s and particularly the younger ones continues to grow.“
This year, the Chappel Memorial Award for the
most senior OV present at the Reunion Weekend
went to Meredith Dobson (DB 27-31). Meredith
recently appeared in the local newspaper
celebrating his 100th birthday, and returned to
King’s, as our guest, for the first time since leaving
school 83 years ago.
David Mills (H 44-53)
Both now aged ninety, Cyril Havard and Olly King were in Castle House from 1938 to
1941, including the year in Criccieth. They recently celebrated their birthdays together,
and remembered that Olly’s claim to fame was as a seam bowler on the cricket field
when (as can be confirmed in Michael Craze’s History of the school) playing against
Magdalen College School, he took nine wickets for six runs - seven being clean bowled
with two hat tricks, at one point five wickets being lost to him in seven balls. On leaving
Worcester, Cyril became a Master of Surgery and a past Hunterian Professor of the Royal
College of Surgeons of England; after retirement he became a successful novelist.
‘How do I send my news for the Vigornian?’ ‘You never tell me what is going on at the school’
‘I didn’t know anything about that event and would have loved to come?’
We try to keep everyone in touch but mailing out by post is expensive and we can only do that three times a year.
We have a very active presence on the school website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and we send regular e-mail updates.
The reason you may not be in the know is that we may not have an up-to-date e-mail address for you.
We keep your data secure and would never pass on your e-mail to a third party without your permission, so if you would like to know about our
next networking event, see the photos of your last year group reunion or just be in touch more often, please check the e-mail address we have
for you which is listed on the cover sheet and e-mail Cath: [email protected] if it isn’t correct.
Cathedral Service and President’s Drinks
It is traditional that the Cathedral Service on the Sunday of the OV Weekend welcomes OVs and
the Club President reads one of the lessons. This year, we were delighted that, in the year the
Headmaster is to retire, the preacher was his wife, Mary Anne Keyes (Hon OV). You can listen to
Mary Anne’s sermon via the Audio Gallery on the school website.
Following the service, the Headmaster and President of the OV Club hosted
drinks in the Michael Baker Boathouse.
“I don’t usually attend it, but back In December I was really delighted to
receive an e-mail from Jenny (Pearce) Easterbrook, redirected to me by
yourselves, inviting me to join her table of 1999 leavers, presumably as I
retired in 1999 - a table for young and old, so to speak. I had taught Jenny German for three years, but not in the Sixth Form, so I was particularly
honoured to be invited. I was the only 1999 staff leaver, but sat between
two OVs with whom I had worked on the Community Service unit, so it
was like old times, just 15 years further on. It was a lovely occasion. Many
thanks for forwarding me the e-mail.”
111th OV Reunion Dinner
More than 200 OVs joined the Headmaster, OV Club and FDO for the 111th Annual Reunion Dinner in College Hall.
The Dinner was a very special occasion this year – not only were there a particularly large number of groups who returned to the school to celebrate milestone anniversaries, but OVs who had been at school throughout Tim Keyes’s era returned to King’s to help him celebrate his retirement.
Our catalysts did an excellent job of pulling together seven large groups for the Dinner: Mike Coley (Ch 57-64)and David Barlow (Cl 58-64), who
brought together a table of 1964 leavers; Susie [Mike] Orme (Co 77-79) and her group of 1979 OVs who celebrated their 35th anniversary of leaving
school; Susie Clements (Co 87-89) who managed to get over 30 OVs back from 1989; Adam Winter (Cl 84-94) and Gary Murphy (Cr 87-94) who between them organised a 1994 reunion; Danny Payne (S 92-99) and his 1999 group; Felicity Copp (Ch 94-00) who organised a 2000 table, and Henry
Smith (Cl 99-04) who pulled in over 25 leavers from 2004.
Gordon Leah
The Dinner was also an opportunity to wish Liz Hand well on her retirement after 23 years as Head of Art (see page 3).
Thanks to all who came to make the weekend such a memorable occasion. You can find more pictures of the OV Weekend on our Facebook page:
Search for ‘KSW Foundation Development Office’.
Members of the 1994 reunion group
Tom Wall (Cr 89-99), Darren Thomas (Guest), Jess Page (Cl 94-99), Danny Payne (S 92-99) and Malcolm Payne (Guest)
Richard Stephens (Cl 72-78) and Richard Underwood (Ch 68-79)
Jo Dalton (Cl 94-04), Harriet Priddey (B 93-04), Kate Herriot (Cr 94-04), Naomi Roberts (Cl 93-04) and Rose Palmer (B 98-04)
Rob Richards (Cr 74-84), newly-elected OV Club President
Nicola Willis (Ch 00-05) with Alice Brunt (FDO);
Tim Hickson (Hon OV), Leanne Sheen (W 99-06), Sheanagh Hickson (Guest) and Mike Points (Hon OV)
Members of the 1979 reunion group
Laura Willis (Ch 00-02), Tony Jackson (Ca 52-60), Marianne Jackson (Guest) and Lou Wadley (Cr 53-61)
Sylvia Chand (Guest) and Ranga Chand (S 58-64)
Georgie Ormandy (Ch 06-13) and her grandfather, Trevor Burgess (Cr 44-48)
Members of the 1989 reunion group
“I just wanted to say how much we really enjoyed the OV weekend.
It was a hugely enjoyable occasion: we saw lots of familiar faces and indeed spoke with many of them, amidst a wonderful
environment, excellent food and drink and, of course, the fine weather you laid on. Thank you so much!”
Kevin Walsh
Former Pupil of the Week
Before You Go
Every week the school sends out an eNewsletter and we feature an OV whose achievements tie in with a school activity that week.
The OVs below are a selection of those who have appeared in the eNewsletter so far.
Allan Clayton (H 91-99)
2nd May 2014
Two of our female choristers sang with the National Choir over the holiday. Allan Clayton joined King’s in 1991 as a
Cathedral Chorister and went on to study music at St John’s College Cambridge and then at the Royal Academy of
Music in London. Since graduating he has established himself as one of most exciting and sought after tenors of his
generation with opera and concert performances around the world including productions at the Royal Opera House,
Glyndebourne, and The New York Opera.
Barbara Cookson (H 71-73)
28th March 2014
It is currently the final week of the Maths Challenge. Barbara Cookson was one of the first four girls who joined King’s
in the Sixth Form and she read Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics at A Level. She went on to gain a
place at New Hall College, Cambridge to study Maths. Following a very successful career in Law, she now runs her own
company, Filemot Technology Law, specialising in Intellectual property protection and enforcement.
James Green (B 05-12) 10th January 2014
At the end of last term, the Boat Club organised a 24-hour ergo challenge to raise money for charity. Former pupil
James Green was Captain of Boats, and in 2012 he unveiled the Honours Board of previous Captains of Boats at the
opening of the Michael Baker Boathouse. James is currently studying Neurosciences at Harvard and this week, he
returned to the school to talk to students about his experiences of studying in America.
Sophie Halliday (K 06-13)28th February 2014
The inaugural Festival for Bell-ringers recently took place at King’s and the surrounding churches of Worcester. Both
current and former pupils and staff attended, and Sophie Halliday was part of the group. Sophie was our Senior
Scholar last year, and as well as managing her studies, she also took part in a wide range of activities at school. She was
particularly interested in bell-ringing, which remains a passion. Sophie is currently reading Philosophy and Physics at
Clive Marks (S 69-74)
16th May 2014
This week saw pupils taking part in a fencing competition - one of our visitors over the bank holiday weekend was Clive
Marks, who was the pioneering member of the School’s fencing society. Clive read Dentistry at Bristol, now owns his
own practice and holds senior positions on a range of professional bodies; in addition, he lectures regularly and sits as
a magistrate. His passions found at school have stayed with him - in particular, his love of music. A keen member of the
school choir, he sings with the London Symphony Choir and boasts an impressive musical CV, which includes regular
TV and radio broadcasts.
Rosie Pugh (Cl 04-11)
7th March 2014
Always interested in writing, Rosie Pugh wrote two novels whilst still at school. Rosie is currently in her third year
reading Classics and English at Oxford, and last summer she was awarded a three-book publishing deal, which put her
on the path to achieving a lifetime’s ambition of seeing her work in print. Recently, Rosie published her debut novel,
The Pearliad, and she returned to King’s for World Book Day yesterday to sign copies of her first book.
Harvey Smith (Cr 02-09)
23rd May 2014
It was the last day of school for the Upper Sixth this week, a day which sees the leavers make the most of the opportunity
to dress up - elaborate make-up included. Harvey Smith is a special effects artist and technician at Millennium FX, and
since 2010, been involved with the make-up and prosthetics for Doctor Who, The Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The
Dark World, to name just a few. Most recently, he has been working on the new Disney film, Maleficent, as part of the
department responsible for creating props such as Angelina Jolie’s distinctive horn head-dress.
John Stephen (Cl 60-67)
That the school does not have any endowments - that is why the
establishment of the Enduring Bursary Fund four years ago has been
so important. It enables us to invest money to fund bursaries into
the future without putting the burden on our parents. We currently
have about £1.6 million invested. Eton has an endowment of
£226 million!
Run by Richard Radcliffe who is an expert in this area, the groups proved
to be great fun and very informative. You can read the report via our
website but as a taster here are a few gems:
Bursaries are paid for through the school fees and from donations
to the Development Trust. Last year, we were able to support the
equivalent of 47 full fee bursaries and 87 pupils received bursary
support. Thirteen of these full fees were funded by donations from
the community and the rest by the school through the fees.
Things we didn’t know:
One of our OVs is 88 and still has gravel from the school playground
in his knees. He has promised to leave it to us as part of his legacy!
Many of you have remembered the school in your wills but you
don’t feel it is necessary to tell us…..thank you.
A bequest is good for your health - if you make a will you will live
ten years longer; if you include a charitable donation you will live a
further five years.
It doesn’t matter how many times you tell people, they will only
listen when and if they want to.
Lots of our OVs hated school but loved the sport and recognised
that they were taught by inspirational teachers.
One of our former staff made the harpsichord which is still in
College Hall.
People who came to the school in the 40s and 50s give back to say
thank you. People who came in the 60s and 70s give back to change
the world!
Some of our more recent OVs will have received a request to fill in an Ambassador form. If you are one of those OVs and haven’t already
sent us your form, please do so as soon as possible by posting it in the freepost envelope provided or by emailing it to
[email protected]
Things we all learnt:
Whether King’s is rich or about to go bankrupt – the answer is
neither but we do need to inform you better about our finances.
The difference between a bursary and a scholarship - Scholarships
are awarded for musical and academic excellence, but bursaries are
completely means tested. Some pupils have both a scholarship and
a bursary.
That we still provide bursaries even though the Assisted Places and
Direct Grant schemes have been abolished – currently about 9%
of our pupils receive some sort of bursary help. When the Direct
Grant system was in place, up to 50% did and Henry VIII probably
intended that 90% should!
The only area of fund-raising income that is growing is Legacies. The
donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth received £18 million in legacies last
It is very important for everyone to make a will.
There are lots of ways you can include a charitable bequest and
it is very tax efficient to do so (they are all now explained on our
You don’t have to see a lawyer to change your will – you can simply
add a codicil and there is one on our website available to download.
Things we are going to do:
Things you didn’t know:
21st March 2014
On Tuesday, the Development Office arranged networking drinks in London for OVs working in the property sector,
and John Stephen was a host for the event. John read Estate Management at Reading before qualifying as a Chartered
Surveyor. He went on to work for Jones Lang LaSalle for 36 years, and in 2009 he retired as Chairman of the company’s
English business. He’s now involved in a range of non-executive and advisory board roles with public and private
Spring is the start of new things and lots of people gave up their time
in March and April to join our consultation groups. The focus of the
consultation was on legacies and in particular, we wanted to find out
about what you think about King’s and our plans for the future, what you
know about the school, what you would like to know and if and how we
should approach you about making a legacy.
Give you a clear financial snapshot of the school which will be sent
to you in the Development Trust Annual report next term.
Get our bursary pupils to talk about just what it has meant to them
to have received a King’s Education (visit our Bursary Ambassador
pages and follow us on Twitter to see what they are saying).
Hold more year group and house specific events in good locations so
that you know you will meet up with old friends and contemporaries
(take a look at the back page to see what we are planning already).
Add some clear information about legacies to the website and make
it as easy as possible for you to give (visit the website and let us
know what we need to add).
Re-ignite your memories of the Direct Grant and Assisted Places
schemes - look out for our event in London in the autumn.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to take part in these
groups and if you would ever like to be involved in a consultation of this
sort, do let us know.
Several OVs and parents have left substantial legacies to the school.
These have already been used to help pupils attend King’s who
could not otherwise afford to do so.
Visit Supporting King’s:
The Misses Campbell
- One of the Great War’s Innovations
The Great War affected The King’s School in many ways. Some were
physical changes to the site: railings surrounding College Green were
sold to support the war effort; College Green was dug up and turned into
a market garden. Other long lasting changes to the recruitment of staff,
and in particular, to the role of women in these years, were ‘an experiment
which had to be made due to the shortage of male teachers caused by
war-time losses, but a move which was intended as a temporary measure
turned out to be a great success’. Wives of Housemasters had played a part
in school life, but their responsibilities were confined to domestic and
nursing roles. Until 1916 there were no female teachers, until Reverend
Chappel had to look for replacements among the clergy and women
teachers when Masters enlisted to fight.
School Archive
When we asked you told us you love to see photos from the School Archive,
so we will always try to include a selection in each issue of Connect submissions to the School Archive are more than welcome!
Pauline Baum, School Archivist
Here are some photos of leavers celebrating their last days at King’s during
the 1960s. Thank you to Bernard Leeman (Ca 59-64) for sending them to us.
Many thanks to those OVs who got in touch to identify the mystery
photo in the last issue of Connect, which turned out to be a staff panto.
The main focus for this year has been working towards the Reunion in
May, where in addition to the special year groups, there was also the
retirement of Tim Keyes to commemorate using a timeline of words and
photos from his time at King’s.
OVs have continued to be generous with donations to the Archive, be
they recorded memories, or documents and photos. Nick Moss (Cr 6676) donated a briefcase full of photos and rowing memorabilia, including
a piece of the Eton boathouse – perhaps I ought to give it back! We were
also given a set of Maundy coins by Ray Franklin (Cl 43-49). It’s always
nice to give something back, and when the children of L A Wilding
(Headmaster 1936-1940) visited the school we were able to give them
a contemporary photo of their father which they had not previously
seen. I realised we had on video - taken on 35mm film by David Bolland
(S 52-60) - a sequence showing Mr Wilding and his small children in
the Creighton Memorial Gardens, again something they had not seen
previously. We made it into a DVD and now they have a record of their
time at the school. N.B. One of the problems of the Archivist: changing
media formats and keeping up with those changes!
The first female member of staff was Miss Garnett, appointed in 1916 to
replace Mr Board (enlisted) who taught Maths. In September 1916 Miss
Anne Campbell (aged less than 20) came from the Alice Ottley School to
take charge of an additional junior form as there were by then 175 boys
at King’s. Her older sister Myfanwy joined her in 1917 to teach the Third
Form in the first classroom in Edgar Tower.* The sisters stayed at King’s for
nearly seventy years between them.
Besides teaching the younger pupils they helped establish the new
Museum, the Photographic Society, and, having started an Amateur
Dramatic Society, assisted backstage during performances - ironically,
dressing and doing the makeup of male pupils taking female roles. They
became involved in the teaching of Art, and in 1921 ‘through the zeal of
Miss M. Campbell an addition has been in the shape of an art room in the
Edgar Tower… we hope that the quality of the drawing and painting will
improve in consequence...’ In the same year, Anne Campbell left to study
at a teacher training college for women. It’s unclear when she returned
to the school, but she taught in the Choir School from around 1936, and
returned to the King’s staff when the two schools amalgamated in 1943.
The centenary of World War One approaches. We have already researched
those OVs who fought and died, and a wealth of information and images
is already in use, both by pupils within the King’s Foundation, and also by
external enquirers including relatives of the fallen. The Wilmot brothers,
Tom, Henry and Robert, all OVs, wrote home from the trenches and their
letters make fascinating reading. Each brother will have a page in the
Keeping in Touch part of the school website, where you will be able to
read their letters and follow their progress through the war.
In 1935, the Vigornian reports that “Edgar Tower is in the wars again.
First a complete overhaul, then boilers, and now chimneys. We extend our
sympathy to Miss Campbell and the Lower School”. Myfanwy was still based
there and Edgar Tower was now thoroughly established, both as home
to the Art Department, and as classrooms. In 1936, Headmaster Cuthbert
Creighton announced his intention to retire, and, as a parting gift,
financed an extension to the 1925 classrooms (where the Geography
Department is now) with an Art Room upstairs and a Geography Room
below. The School Art Exhibition on Speech Day (our King’s Day) moved
from Edgar Tower to ‘Miffy’s’ new Art Room** and included works by
OVs. Clearly very modern in terms of promoting the school, in 1937 the
Vigornian reported “At the Public Schools Art Exhibition…(in London)
there were several exhibits of (the School’s) work… The Sunday Times art
critic picks out the School… “as one where the work shows an absence of
artistic strangulation.” Some of Miss Campbell’s pictures have been exhibited
this year at London, Birmingham, Malvern, and Guildford.” The Art Room
became a popular exhibition and meeting space for school societies, and
in the late 1930s, Miffy formed an “Art Circle” with regular meetings to
which professional artists were invited, and expeditions were launched
to inspiring places including Tewkesbury Abbey and Birmingham Art
Gallery. Temporarily disbanded for the duration of the Second World War,
it reformed afterwards, meeting in the Kittermasters’ house. A Ballroom
Dancing Club (perhaps a fore-runner of the DADA Society)was established
in the early 1940s, under Miffy’s instruction; boys practised their steps
with other female staff, and later, with girls from the Alice Ottley School.
It was so successful that a joint annual Evening Dance with the AO was
established. The Second World War’s influence was felt in the school,
with the Poster Club (also run by Miffy) being asked to design posters
for the local W.V.S. In 1946, the OV Club in an ‘unprecedented innovation’
appointed Miss Campbell as an Honorary member, celebrating her 25
years as a teacher. Another innovation was the establishment, in 1949,
(again in the long-suffering Kittermaster household) of the Pottery Club,
Every day, you can follow the Archive’s ‘Tweets from the Trenches’, which
are extracts from OV letters, from the Vigornian, and also from The Wipers
run by Miffy with enthusiastic attendance ‘notably among the younger
members, who, however, found some difficulty in confining the clay to the
room provided’. It later moved to a small wooden shed behind School
The photo below is the 1st XI football team of 1908. Just under half of
those pictured would not return from the trenches.
We will remember them.
In the early 1950s, despite the deterioration of Myfanwy’s health, her
involvement with all her various activities continued. Anne Campbell
died in 1957, having taught junior boys for 27 years. Kittermaster said
in his eulogy “we have lost a most kind and understanding friend; one who
cannot be replaced. Her patience and sympathy made the dreaded first term
much easier for each new boy and generations of pupils will remember with
gratitude her unfailing interest and good example.” Miffy retired in the
same year, remaining active locally until her death in 1979.
An experiment brought about by a shortage of male teachers had
established the role of women teachers in the school – just about. When
she retired, there was only one other female member of the teaching
staff, Miss Forward, and the Masters’ Common Room was still very much
a male preserve, to which the ladies kept their visits as short as possible.
Even so, Miffy and Anne spent their careers quietly trailblazing a new role
for women at King’s.
Pauline Baum
School Archivist
The first photo shows the teaching staff in 1917-1920. Myfanwy
Campbell is standing in the back row, third from the left; Anne
Campbell is seated on the far right.
** The second photo shows Miffy Campbell in her Art Room, sometime
in the 1940s or 50s.
Fifty Years of the Old Chapel
This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the school’s acquisition of the ‘Old Chapel’ and, aside from a few alterations, the experience of camping at the school’s
much-loved outdoor activity centre in the Black Mountains has remained the same for generations of pupils. The article below, an extract from the forthcoming new
history of the school, has been edited by Simon Cuthbertson (Hon OV).
Most current and former pupils remember a stay at the Old Chapel with
real fondness and reminisce about playing in the woods, swimming in
the stream and having that rare feeling of remoteness away from home.
Located a few miles north of Crickhowell in the Black Mountains of Wales, it
has been used as a base for outdoor activities, team building, House exeats
and revision weekends for 50 years. Today it is used extensively by the two
Junior Schools, all pupils in the Lower Remove (Year 9), those involved in the
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Himalayan Club training and some 6th Form
House groups.
The building dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century, and
would have served the needs of the hill farmers and shepherds in the upper
part of the Grwynefechan valley until around 1700, when the chapel was
abandoned. Later, from 1752 until 1775, the chapel was used for regular
services by a local Methodist community, after which the chapel was again
left empty, often used as a shelter for sheep and cattle. Worship resumed in
1845, this time for Calvinist Methodists. In 1880, the chapel was restored, reroofed and furnished with pews, by Lord Glanusk, and the chapel flourished
for around 80 years, before depopulation in the area, and improved access
to the nearest church, led to the closure of the chapel in 1955.
David Annett (Headmaster 1959-1979) wrote about the decision to
purchase the ‘Old Chapel’, and its early use by King’s, in a document for the
School Archive, in 2002.
“In 1963 I had for some time thought that it would be a good thing if the
school could acquire a base in remote and unspoilt country. Boys - particularly
those from urban and suburban backgrounds - could spend even a short time
experiencing the natural world, unadulterated by the material comfort and
sophistication which we are apt to describe as civilisation. I enlisted the help
of my colleague Dan McTurk, who shared my views, and we embarked on an
intermittent and lengthy search for a suitable place. The requirements were that
it should be in remote and preferably hilly country, and yet within reasonable
driving distance - say 60 miles - from Worcester. This obviously pointed to
the Welsh border country, and Dan and I scoured the Marches from Ross to
Rhayader without finding anything suitable.
One Saturday I told a prospective parent who happened to be visiting the
Grwynefechan valley of our search. He reported that the whole valley had been
part of the large Glanusk estate, but that some years ago the Glanusks had sold
all the farms and their land to sitting tenants. In the whole valley there was only
one unoccupied building, and that was a former chapel, which had not been
sold. Without delay I contacted the Glanusk Estate Office.
At the earliest opportunity Dan and I collected the key from the Estate Office
near Crickhowell, and with considerable excitement went in search of the
chapel. All we could see from the lower lane was the ridge of the roof, for the
whole intervening ground was overgrown with gigantic bracken about 8 feet
high. We forced our way through it, unlocked the door, and an astonishing
sight met our eyes. After the last service in the chapel in 1955 the congregation
must have walked out leaving everything in its place, and never returned. The
chapel itself was then a single room with no gallery: at the west end was a small
separate room open to the roof and entered from outside. This was where the
minister stabled his horse when he rode over from Talgarth or Trefecca to take
the service. Surrounding the chapel was a sizeable piece of land bounded by
the lane on one side and the river on the other. It was level, and provided more
than enough space for the erection of tents and the parking of vehicles. On the
slope beyond the river was a young plantation of conifers; these were only a few
feet high, and did not cut out the light as they do now. From the moment we
saw it Dan and I realised that this was the place we had been looking for, and
to our great delight Lady Glanusk agreed to let us have it on a 25-year lease at a
modest rent. This was in 1964.
Our idea was to keep everything as simple as possible; water was collected from
a spring (certified drinkable) on the other side of the lane; light came from Tilley
and Hurricane lamps, and heat from oil stoves; cooking was done on Calor gas
and an elderly Rayburn discarded by Llangattock Rectory, and the plumbing
consisted of a chemical closet in a lean-to shed. The nearest telephone was in
the public box on the upper lane. This Spartan regime worked satisfactorily
provided that a simple set of rules was strictly observed, and many of the boys
found it instructive to learn that water did not always come from turning a tap,
or light from touching a switch.
In the early days there was much work to be done, even to achieve the simple
standards at which we aimed. Most of this we did ourselves, with help from
the school maintenance staff, and professional help from outside only when
absolutely necessary. Anyone who has visited the chapel will be struck by the
beauty of the place, and it does indeed exercise a remarkable spell on many of
those who come to know and love it. From the start Trevor and Judy Bailey and
their family were enthusiastic ‘chapel-goers’, and poured abundant love and
labour into the place (and have continued to do so for many years by attending
to the dry stone wall). Paul Cattermole was another great supporter, and he
went further by organising a group of boys who brought the long-silent bells of
Llanbedr church back into ringing condition, and then rang in the New Year on
them, to the enormous pleasure of the villagers. He also used to bring a small
choir from St Alban’s to sing in the Llanbedr church, including the wedding
service for the squire’s daughter. The former chapel congregation were so
pleased to see that the chapel was in use by The King’s School that they donated
£5 to buy a box of tinned food as a reserve in case a party was snowbound there.”
In 1967, the stable was converted into a kitchen and a loft erected above it
to provide basic sleeping quarters for the staff. A telephone broke the total
isolation of the site in 1992.
Generations of pupils and staff have enjoyed camping at the ‘Old Chapel’.
Mike Bentley introduced boys to the experience in the Lower Fourth; this
developed into the ‘Lower Remove Camp’ under the leadership of Mike
Stevens and for many years involved a form (of up to 24 boys and girls)
camping together. Since 2008, the Lower Remove group within each
House, accompanied by the House staff and members of the Upper Sixth,
take a two-day camp together. Organised since 2000 by Simon Cuthbertson,
activities include walking through the hills, climbing at a local activity centre,
kayaking on the River Wye, swimming in the stream, playing in the woods,
barbecues and camp fires.
The school purchased the chapel and its grounds in 1983 and carried out
sympathetic improvements to the facilities, including a new kitchen, piped
water from the spring, a reed-bed and electricity . A rear extension was also
added replacing the dilapidated toilet sheds, but still without mirrors. At the
end of 2013 the whole building was re-roofed and fully insulated. These
‘upgrades’ have added a basic level of hygiene, safety and comfort to the
‘Old Chapel’ experience, but, it remains widely felt it has not taken away
from either the character and charm of the unique location or the valuable
experience, which for so many pupils has been among the highlights of
their time at King’s. Gone are the days of flushing toilets with buckets of
water filled from the stream and organising rotas for collecting spring water,
but the search for fire wood in the forest and games in the grounds remain
as popular as ever. Thankfully there is still no mobile phone reception at
the Old Chapel and David Annett’s vision of King’s pupils experiencing the
natural world without mod cons continues.
It is not too late to buy your
own print of the painting of
the Old Chapel by artist
Rebecca Birtwhistle (Cl 91-98).
The print is available
unframed at £25,
or framed at £45.
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New School History Book!
Due for publication early in 2015, this 200-page, full-colour book will provide a new and up-to-date
history of The King’s School, Worcester from the re-foundation of the Almonry School by King Henry
VIII in 1541 through to the opening of The Keyes Building and the arrival of Matthew Armstrong as
Headmaster in 2014 - a must-have for members of the King’s community!
For further information, please contact [email protected]
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Centenary of the Great War
KingsWorcester Feb 11, 3:28pm via Hootsuite
Just spotted our cricket pavilion on the BBC
News homepage!
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the
start of the Great War.
I was interested to see the aerial photograph on page 15. The previous
page suggested that the photo was taken around 1960. I think it would
be more like 1963 or 1964, because the swimming pool and the New
Block are both in it. The pool opened around 1962/3. The New Block
was officially opened in summer 1964, by the then Education Minister
Edward Boyle. I’m not sure when it was completed, but it can’t have been
much more than a few months earlier. So my guess would be that the
photo dates from 1964.
The school will be running a series of activities to
coincide with this anniversary and over the next
four years will join with the local community and
schools around the country to mark some of the
key events and the historic legacy of this war.
Our initial plans for this anniversary are outlined below and we will
continue to add to this list over the next four years.
Barney Burnham (Ch 59-69)
If you would like to get involved or join in with any of these events, please
contact the FDO or the School Archive.
On page 15 of the December issue is an aerial photo of the school. It must
have been taken in about 1963-64 or soon after the then new dayboy
block was opened. The swimming pool is uncovered and the old gym.
is visible as are the Fives courts. These are all clues to the correct date.
World War I commemorative plaque
The Old Vigornian Club have commissioned a plaque to recognise
all the OVs who fought in the first world war. This has been placed in
the St George’s memorial church in Ypres and there will be service of
commemoration held in October (see below).
John Matty, (B 61-68)
I was interested to read about ‘Music at Kings’ in the latest Connect and
the previous issue. My brother’s year (he is six years my senior) certainly
had an excellent Trad Jazz Group, though I have no idea who they were.
For my part, I played (very badly) bass guitar with ‘The Vampires’ in 19621963. John Whiting (lead guitar), Chris Sinfield (rhythm and singer), his
brother Colin (vocals) and drummers Jo Colori, John Wood and another.
We were a rock band, played lots of gigs (I have all the cuttings). In those
days, you had to play the latest Top of the Pops, so we sometimes learned
on the way to a gig or Chris just said “Follow me!” Our rivals were ‘The
Renegades’ from R.G.S., although we shared the same venue a few times.
‘The Vampires’ wore black cloaks with scarlet linings and high collars. In
those days you needed three to four hours’ repertoire - we came on stage
to Night of the Vampires and finished with 20 minutes of La Bamba, Twist
and Shout, and She Loves You.
Well spotted, Barney and John - according to the School Archive, this
photograph was likely to have been taken in 1965.
Great service! I very much enjoyed my brief visit to my home town and
my school - and I met Roger Thorn, his wife Elisabeth, and David Mills. We
were contemporaries in the Fifties, but now Roger lives in France, I live in
Italy and only David still resides in Worcestershire! Another link: Roger
was head of Creighton House in which I was a Day Boy before moving
to The Hostel...where David was a Prefect! It was great sharing the OV
dinner with them.....particularly as Roger was the CCF band’s Drum Major
when I was Leading Drummer! Those were the days.....
John Roe (H 46-57)
David Seabright (W 55-64)
Martin wrote to us about making a contribution to the Kittermaster
Fellowship Group:
‘because Kitter was very, very kind to me. He was not one who let it
be generally known when he did a kindness, but when I was about to
leave, in July 1949, having failed to get an organ scholarship to Oxford,
he told me to tell my father that if I came back the following year, to try to
get a history scholarship, my father would not have to pay any fees (and
I would be Head Boy). So I did, but didn’t get the history scholarship,
either. And previously, when I had a serious swimming accident, he and
Mrs. K. had put up both my parents, who were poor as church mice, for
the first week of my six-week hospital stay - something I didn’t learn
about (and even then, not from him) until forty years later.
I’ve attached a photo of the OV Cricket Club in 1968 (I think). I’m the one
in the middle of the back row with the cathedral sticking out of my head.
I’m sure Alec Mackie (immediately in front of me) will have this photo.
Also myself and several friends from King’s and the Grammar School
formed a football team on the back of England’s success in the World Cup
in 1966. We joined the local junior football league and got absolutely
hammered! Although it wasn’t an official school sport or extra-curricular
activity, we received support from both schools and because we were so
bad gained a certain notoriety in the district!
H.M.P Davies (S 43-50)
Camille Owen (Cl 02-09) and Emmie Le Marchand (Cl 03-10), sent in a
photograph of their impromptu and unplanned reunion in North Carolina.
They (almost literally) bumped into each other in a nightclub in Durham,
North Carolina. One was working and the other studying in Durham yet they
had been unaware of what a small world it can seem!
A group of OVs from around the world joined a conversation about the
Worcester floods in February. A snapshot of their exchanges is shown below:
I have been wondering how you are doing on the
Somerset Levels?
Hope your feet are dry and/or you are in France
but dry at home. Fingers Crossed.
Last night I saw George Aligayah from BBC on
the quays below Deansway announcing highest
floods at Worcester Bridge in goodness knows
how long. I thought how foolish. He could have
gone along to The Watergate and seen just how
The WWI Battlefields Tour
Still in Squishy Somerset for the next 10 days
then off to S France for about 6 weeks. Not too
bad here in Congresbury but am keeping a
weather eye on the river every day...hopefully we
will survive. Last flood was in 1967: since then
there are a lot more flood defences here. I was
also thinking about the Watergate flood history knowledge, these new fellows!
In July, pupils from the school will visit the WW1 battlefields and
museums in Belgium.
Commemoration Service at St George’s Church
A group of OVs (led by Ian Smith Cr 73-78) will travel to Belgium in a
convoy of Morgan cars to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle
of Gheluvelt.On Friday 31st October they will attend a service at St
George’s Church, Ypres for the commemoration of the King’s School
Worcester Plaque to remember all those pupils who fell in WWI
A history of our pupils in WWI
Relieved to hear your defences are holding.
Listening to acrimonious and lop-sided debate
about what Government should be doing to hold
back floods - it’s good to hear success stories like
Congresbury which of course go unreported.
Our archivist, Pauline Baum is researching all the former pupils of the
school who were injured and fell in the WWI. Visit the archive pages
to find out more or follow her Tweets from the Trenches for extracts
from WWI diaries.
Your Country Needs You!
If you have information on relations who were involved with the war
and King’s or would like to help Pauline in her research, then please
visit the archive pages and get in touch.
…Just to annoy you all we are in the grip of a
drought with only 0.2 mm of rain since the beginning of December…
The Remembrance Day Lecture Series
All members of the community are invited to join us for the
Remembrance Day Lectures. This will be a series of talks relating to
WWI which will take place following the Remembrance Day service.
The first lecture will be given by Col. Mark Jackson and will be a reenactment of the Battle of Gheluvelt.
Phil Oliver (B 61-69)
Barney Bell wrote to us following the Bell-ringing Festival in March:
What a topsy turvy planet. Bring on the Snow!
Please may I offer my grateful thanks for a very enjoyable and wellorganised day. It was lovely to be back in Worcester, to receive such a
warm welcome, to see how things are developing at the school - and to
be treated to lunch! The afternoon’s ringing went well, and it was good to
renew acquaintance with both fellow former-pupils and with the towers
of Worcester. Many thanks to everyone concerned, especially to the
Headmaster for giving so much of his time to our gathering.
World War One Articles
Join in the conversation - please send your letters, photos and e-mails
In the Connect magazine we will be running a series of historical
articles covering a range of subjects related to the impact
of the first world war on the school - see page 10
for the first in the series.
Foundation Development Office, 5 College Green, Worcester WR1 2LL
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Barney Bell (Cl 59-67)
Thank you!
Kirsty Johnson (W 91-96), who worked with us on the Sporting Steps calling project for the SPACE
Campaign, and Hilary Brown (Cr 06-13) who researched the sports honours boards.
The following OVs who returned to King’s to sing in the Carol Service: Sophie Haddock (S 06-13),
Abi Thompson (W 06-13), Sophie Jacob (S 06-13), Dominic Lee (W 06-13), Peter Shepherd (B 06-13)
and Edoardo Toso (B 10-12).
Five Year Reunion
- Class of 2009
Saturday 13th September 2014
The King’s School, Worcester
Ralph Pite (Cl 72-79) who came and gave an English Lecture at the end of November last year.
Thanks also to OVs who performed in the Gala DADA Evening: Mary Cox (Cl 01-06), Tom Hand (Cl 94-04),
Martha Hershman (W 04-11), Dominic Lee (W 06-13), Shulah Oliver (K 93-00), Ben Parker (Cl 93-00)
and Clifford Rose (Ca 43-48).
OVs who helped with the Business Conference: Alex Garwood-Gowers (W 88-99) and Derek Evans
(Cr 78-86) and School Governors Pat Preston and Mark Atkins. Careers talks were given by: Nicky
Wilkinson (K 03-08), Michael Pimley (H 61-71), Chris Hales (S 74-81). Work experience placements were
offered by: Rob Richards (Cr 79-84), David Atkinson (W 79-86), Mike Fardon (H 62-68) and Richard
Wilkes (W 76-86).
The Keyes Bursaries - a leaving gift
The Headmaster has asked that anyone thinking of
marking his retirement should do so not by giving
him a present, but instead by contributing to our
bursary funds. In September 2014, the Development
Trust is hoping to award two new Keyes Bursaries in
recognition of both the Headmaster’s contribution
to the school and his generous gesture. We have
enclosed a copy of the Annual Campaign brochure
with this Connect to all those OVs who went all
the way through King’s with Tim Keyes as their
Headmaster; it gives the details of the bursary project
and how to make a contribution. If you did not
receive the brochure, but would like to find out more
or contribute to this gift, please do visit the website
or contact us in the Development Office.
112th Annual Old Vigornian
Reunion Weekend
May 2015
The King’s School, Worcester
Fascinating Fact...
In each issue of Connect we will feature a nugget of information from the forthcoming book, The King’s School, Worcester - From 1541 into the 21st Century.
Michael Craze (H 19-25) claimed to have been the last pupil to have driven
to King’s in a horse and trap in 1925, having tethered his pony, Polly, to
an iron ring next to the door to the Sixth Form Reading Room
(later the Old Library and now the Staff Common Room).
This ring can still be seen today.
You can pre-order your copy from
[email protected]
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Editor: A E Brunt
Artwork: DDJ Payne
Direct Grant
& Assisted Places Symposium
for 1970s and 1980s leavers
Autumn 2014
Details to be confirmed
Ten Year Reunion
- Class of 2004
December 2014
Please contact us to register
your interest
‘Vigornian’ includes OV news, births, marriages and obituaries,
alongside the historical record of the year at King’s.
Remembrance Day
Lunch & Lecture
Tuesday, 11th November 2014
University Reunions
Loughborough, Newcastle
and Edinburgh
The 2014 ‘Vigornian’ is out now - if you did not receive your copy
with this magazine it may mean that your subscription has expired.
If you are not a current subscriber to ‘Vigornian’ and would like to
be, please contact us: [email protected] or complete the
enclosed Renewal Form (also available on our website).
Visit our website:
14th Annual London Dinner
Friday 17th October 2014
The Inner Temple
KSW Foundation Development Office
USA Reunion
Spring 2016
Please contact us to register
your interest
This is only a selection of the
many events planned for the
next two years - please visit the
website for full details.
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