Tuesday, 21 October 2014
I pass this on just as it comes, with my own regrets, having corresponded occasionally with Paddy in recent years.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Here are the people who've contributed to this blog so far, with whatever I know about their dates at the school, and links to their own Web sites, if any.
- Roger Dawson 1944-48
- Anthony Sweeting 1945-48
- David Woodall/Mackinley-Woodhall 1946-51
- John Corps 1945-52
- Derek Brian Hulme 1950-53 (approx)
- Nigel Cant 1949-55
- Christopher Ellis 1952-57
- Michael Langley-Smith 1952-57
- Ken Merron 1955-57
- David Dawson 1954-60
- Nick Benn 1955-60
- James Sillavan 1958-62
- Richard Guha 1959-62
- Jonathan Marler 1959-62
- Jeremy Blatchford 1961-63
- Mike Curtis 1959-64
- Jeremy Cape 1960-64
- Chris Hale 1961-64
- David Ireland 1959-65 (?)
- David Llewellyn 1960-65
- Julian Williams 1962-67
- Jonathan Palfrey 1963-67
- Emile Farhi 1963-68
- Charles Llewellyn 1962-68
- Robert St Maur Mills 1963-68
- Peter Dawson 1965-69
- Andrew Porter 1966-69
- Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson 1968-69
- Roger Fayle/Knott-Fayle 1965-70
- Stephen Fry* 1965-70
- Richard Madley 1968-70
- Jonathan Tilney 1968-70
- Andrew Pike 1964-71
- Richard Leitch 1966-71
- Robin Kimmons 1967-71
- Ashoak Daryani 1965-72
- Bob Davidson 1968-72
- Michael Lawson 1968-72
- Laurence Robinson 1968-72
- A.J.G. (John) Morris 1968-73
- Colin Richards 1968-73
- William Greeves 1969-73
- David Clemes 1969-74
- Huw Warren 1972-74
- Jason Crossley-John 1973-75
- Justin Tugwell/Hunter 1970-77
- Andrew Gordon-Johnson 1973-?
- Robert Darell 1974-79
- Alan Davis 1974-79
- David Morris 1975-79
- Tim Ridley 1975-79
- Paul Reynolds 1975-79
- Michael D. Walker —
- Sarah Cromie —
*Stephen Fry hasn't contributed to this blog, as far as I know, but I've occasionally referred to his autobiography Moab is my washpot (1997).
Any dates you may see in Friends Reunited are unreliable: it seems that many people misremember their own dates. I take dates from the Stouts Hill Magazine whenever I can.
When people have changed their surnames since leaving the school, I've given both names like this: name-then/name-now.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
In 1979 and 1980, Jeremy Lee-Browne compiled a list of Stouts Hill old boys, with their dates at the school and their addresses at the time. John Morris has removed the addresses—most probably out of date by now—and passed me the edited list as a PDF file (thanks to John for this effort).
The list is seriously incomplete. I suppose Jeremy included only those whose addresses he could find, so (for instance) I'm not included myself. Naturally, the early years are under-represented, although it does include some fairly senior old boys.
April 2009: I've now made my own list, compiled from information in the Stouts Hill Magazine. This list is also incomplete and there is more to be done with it, but I contribute it as a work in progress.
You can find both lists here.
June 2011: I've done more work on my list, which has gone from 12 to 19 pages, with a better representation of senior old boys, and also includes more dates previously missing. I hope to add more information later this summer.
December 2011: I've added old boys' info from the 1954 Magazine, and a few minor corrections from John Morris.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
In July I turned on word verification for this blog, forcing people to type in a random word before adding comments.
The purpose of this is to prevent spammers from using programs to add automated comments to the blog, which has become a real nuisance.
I'm now turning word verification off again for a trial period, because Blogger has implemented a new spam-filtering system. I'll see how it goes.
27th of October: I've turned word verification back on, because the blog is receiving about 20 spam messages a day, and the spam filtering system doesn't reduce the nuisance much. I still get all of them arriving in my e-mail inbox, and still have to delete all of them. Much better if they don't get onto the blog in the first place. I'm sorry it means a little extra trouble for anyone wanting to post messages on the blog; blame the spammers.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
The Stouts Hill Reunion 2010 was held as planned at Stouts Hill on the 15th of August, attended by at least 25 people, who all seemed to have a good time chatting and wandering around the house and grounds. The weather was dry and pleasant throughout.
Alan Davis and his sister Lesley arrived early with an abundant supply of good cold snacks and soft drinks. The bar (in the former headmaster's study) was unmanned but open; we could help ourselves to drinks and drop payment into a box.
I am gradually adding photos of the reunion to Flickr: click here. Please be patient: I have other things to do, and you can expect more photos to appear here over the coming weeks. You're welcome to contribute your own photos.
Although the reunion was a success, the turnout was lower than expected: quite a lot of people expressed interest but never appeared, including all of the eight people who originally requested a reunion in 2010; so Alan and Lesley brought too much food and had to take most of it away afterwards. Alan received advance notice from Emile Farhi, Charles Llewellyn, David Mackinley-Woodhall, Ian McKellan, and Miles Wachter that they would not be coming; and Derek Hulme left a note on this blog.
Anthony and Sue Cromie sent a brief letter to Alan that he read out at the reunion:
Sue and I are very disappointed that we are unable to attend this reunion. We are particularly impressed with your organisational skills and congratulate all on the great success last year.
If you feel it appropriate please ask the Old Boys to carry on setting the example in life of decency and fair play. And I refer to Kipling's poem 'If'. “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance, run etc...”
My own thanks again to Alan and Lesley for their efforts.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
From a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous, I've received a video made from various pieces of cine film shot at Stouts Hill in the 1960s. The video is four and a quarter minutes long, and shows what seems to be a masters versus old boys football match (probably September/October 1962), plus some sports day races.
You can find the 30-MB MPEG-4 file here. To download:
- In Firefox for Windows, right-link the link and select Save Link As.
- In Internet Explorer for Windows, right-click the link and select Save Target As. IE changes the file extension to .htm, so you will have to change it back to .m4v manually in order to see the video. Thanks, Microsoft.
- If you have a Mac and can't right-click, control-click instead.
Considering the age of the film, the quality is good, although one section of it is damaged and double-exposed.
I haven't tried to put this on Flickr, because Flickr limits videos to 90 seconds.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Following the successful event in August 2009, David Mackinley-Woodhall told me that he knew of a group of people interested in a reunion in the summer of 2010, some of whom were unable to come this year; and Alan Davis bravely volunteered to arrange another event.
Since then, others have expressed interest, and I hope to join in myself if I can make it to England at that time. If you think you might like to come, please leave a comment here or get in touch by e-mail, to give us an idea of numbers.
The reunion is now planned for the 15th of August 2010. Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour!
Later: I've now booked a flight to England in August, so I seem increasingly likely to be there.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Recently Charles Hamilton (Stouts Hill 1946-53) has contributed 15 photos from his time at the school, and I've added them to Flickr as a new set: you can see them here.
More information about these photos would be welcome, if any of you can remember!
Later: he's also sent scans of the school play programme from 1947, and a photo of the wedding of Anthony and Susan Cromie (1960).
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Well, we did it! The first Stouts Hill reunion since the school closed just over thirty years ago. I can say that I was pleased with the way the day went and how much those of you who attended the event enjoyed it too. I think everybody considered it to have been a worthwhile exercise.
The planning over the past ten months or so had gone smoothly with Stouts Hill Resort being most helpful and letting us have the three rooms and a staffed bar for very reasonable rates. Thanks go to Maureen, the resort manageress, for making it happen. My biggest concern was parking, but with dry weather in the week running up to the 16th meant we could use the field and not inconvenience those in residence.
Shopping for the buffet was done the day before by myself and my sister Lesley and stored in the fridges and freezer at Stouts Hill meaning we didn't have to get up quite so early on the Sunday. Many of you sampled Richard Evans' very kind contribution of wines from the bar. I must also thank Richard for his wife's help in the kitchen in preparing the buffet.
First to arrive was Robin Duncan sporting his boyhood cap. In fact there was several other items of uniform on display including various straw boater hats, 'Old Boy' ties and a scarf. I had brought my tie but wasn't brave enough to put it on until realising I wouldn't look too daft in putting it on.
Arrivals were steady after midday with Sue and Anthony Cromie walking to the school to greet others as they arrived. Their daughter Sarah came along too. Other staff present were Paddy Scott Clark and her sister Jane, John and Christine Flood and a later visit by Chris Coley. Some of us only had a few miles to travel, but some hardy souls travelled from Yorkshire, London, West Wales and to show true commitment Miles Wachter and his wife came back from holiday in Devon for the day!
Sadly, quite a few who had said they would attend didn't make it for whatever reason. They missed a great day! I made an effort to try and record all who attended. Here is the 'register' for the 16th August. Sorry if I missed anybody out.
Robert Darrel & elder brother (sorry, didn't get your first name!)
Douglas Edwards (Jan '42 to July '47!)
John George Phillips
Apologies: Christopher Clift, John Morris, Richard Madley, John Corps, Justin Tugwell and Tony Thomas (music teacher)
Also, there were wives, partners and a small collection of (well behaved) children who enjoyed the visit. I think the most popular observation was how pretty the location was and what a splendid building to have as a school. There was the opportunity to have a look around the grounds to see how the place has changed over the past thirty years.
One thing that pleased me more than anything was how most really made a day of it! I was expecting departures from 3 p.m. and as such made sure we had a group photograph. However, this proved to be only an interlude and everyone seemed to carry on reminiscing for a good couple of hours afterwards.
Needless to say, the question was raised as to when it was going to happen again. As I had only planned for this to happen just the once, I was slightly shocked, but the enthusiasm was certainly there. I think it could be a possibility in the summer of 2011.
Several very generous individuals did ask me to let them know if I was out of pocket in financing the reunion. I think I managed to collect from everybody a contribution, with some donating more. As such I managed to pay all expenses and was left with a small profit! As mentioned above, if we are to do this again sometime then I can simply 'carry over' the balance.
Thank you all once again for making this reunion the success it certainly was and to those who have sent e-mails and 'phone calls of thanks to me over the last few days.