The Association’s Future

May 22, 2015 – 6:33 pm

At the AGM in February there were no nominations for any of the vacant Officer posts. This leaves us without anyone to perform the usual Secretarial, Treasurer and Newsletter duties. However negotiations have been on going with School as to an alternative. At the present time the Association is therefore suspended. We will advise all members as to the next stage which is likely to be an AGM, special or otherwise, at which it is likely to be proposed that the Association as it is now, is wound up. In the meantime the former Secretary and the Treasurer have agreed to carry out any essential tasks.
Also at this stage there will be no more newsletters and no Annual Dinner. If that situation changes members will be informed.

Rich Wood

Annual General Meeting, 24th February 2015.

January 24, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Dear Sulian,                                                                                                                22nd January 2015


Please find below, the Agenda for the AGM on Tuesday 24th February. You will note that at the time of writing there are no nominations for the Officer posts of Secretary, Treasurer, Hon Correspondent or Social Secretary. 2 Committee Members are also standing down. The present incumbents have all been in their posts for a considerable number of years and are leaving for a variety of reasons.

If no nominations or volunteers are forthcoming, the next notice you receive will be for a meeting to wind up the Association in its 90th year. I am sorry to be so blunt but we have been struggling to attract people to the Committee for a number of years and  things have now come to a head.

If you feel you can help please contact me as soon as possible

There is no newsletter this time.


Peter Powell

Honorary Secretary

11 Kennet Park,   Bathampton,   Bath  BA2 6SS         01225 466608





The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at 7.30 pm. prompt on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at the Bath Cricket Club, North Parade, by kind  permission of the Cricket Club. Your attention is drawn to Rule 15, under which any member wishing to move a resolution or nominate an Officer at the Annual General Meeting must give notice of their intention in writing to the Honorary Secretary, not less than seven days before the meeting.

P D Powell   Honorary Secretary



  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of 2014AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Hon. Secretary’s Report
  5. Hon. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Election of Officers:
  7. President – Ian Stanes   –    Committee nomination
  8.    Vice Presidents
  9. Hon. Secretary – no nomination
  10.         Hon. Treasurer – no nomination
  11.        Hon. Social  Secretary – no nomination
  12.           Hon. Correspondent – no nomination
  13.        Hon. Auditors
  14.          Trustees
  15. Executive Committee
  16. Rule change proposed by Executive Committee.

Amend Rule 10 by removing the words highlighted.

10 ALLOCATION OF FUNDS   A Life Members Fund shall be maintained from Life Members Subscriptions, sufficient to represent the number of Life Members in the Association at the year’s end. The Funds from time to time be invested in such securities as the Trustees may decide, after full consideration has been given to the annual requirements of the Association.


  1. Any other business.

The Association

August 31, 2009 – 12:40 pm

The Old Sulians’ Association exists to provide contact between the former pupils and staff of the Bath Secondary Boys’ School,  the City of Bath School for Boys, the City of Bath Boys’ School, and Beechen Cliff School.

Annual Dinner

September 4, 2014 – 9:27 am

This years Annual Dinner will take place at School on Friday the 24th October 2014. The ticket price has been held again at £35 (or £30 for early payment). Tony Buss has been working with the School to improve on the arrangements that were so successful last year.
Jaq Brewer, a Governor, is running the bar with the  proceeds going to the School. There will be beer and wine. With a bottle of  wine at about £15 you should not need a mortgage this year! 6.30 start with dinner at 7.30. See the chitty below. A limited amount of B & B accommodation might be available at School. Check with Tony Buss for the latest information if interested.




Old Sulians’ Association Annual Dinner 2014


I enclose a cheque payable to ‘Old Sulians’ Association’ for £35 per person, (£30 if paid before 10th October) for this year’s

dinner on Friday 24th October, at Beechen Cliff School, Alexandra Park. 6.30pm for 7.30pm. Black tie or dark lounge suit.







Please return your cheque to: Roger Wood, 101 Hansford Square, Bath, BA2 5LL

Any Queries to Tony Buss, phone: 01225 404625  or e-mail: asgbuss1940(AT)  (replace the (AT) with symbol)


Tick here for the vegetarian option ……………



If possible seat me near…………………………



Newsletter September 2014

September 4, 2014 – 9:22 am

Important—The Association

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Association needs YOU! Rich Wood, Treasurer for the last 16 years, has indicated that he will stand down at the next AGM; Alan Blake, twice President, ’49 ‘ers organiser and committee member and Peter Jenkins, former Editor of the newsletter and long time committee member  (90 next birthday) are also both retiring. I also will be taking a break for a while after producing the newsletter temporarily for the last 20 years.  If you think you could help fill the gaps, the  Secretary would be delighted to hear from you. The committee meets monthly,missing out August and December, and collectively keep things ticking over but it needs people to function. Please think about giving Peter Powell a ring if you can help. Details at the end as usual. Please don’t let this year’s Annual Dinner be the last!


Glyn Maddocks Memorial Dinner

Bob Copperman is arranging a dinner in remembrance of Glyn Maddocks. He has over 50 attending so far. He has booked a 3 course dinner to be held on Saturday, 20th September at the function room upstairs at the Green Park Brasserie. It will start at 7 for 7.30 p.m. at a cost of £35 per head. It is hoped that as many of Glyn’s family, friends, former students and colleagues will be able to attend to celebrate his memory as well as raise a few pounds for two of his favourite charities – the Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House. Please contact Bob at (phone 01225-471100 ask for Bob or Abi Leeworthy his assistant). Cheques should be made out to the Rotary Club of Bathavon and sent to Bob at  Money Wise IFA Ltd, 7 Chapel Row, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 1HN.

He will send out tickets on receipt of the cheques in the next couple of weeks. Please also mention if you would like to sit on the same table or avoid certain people!!!!!


Beechen Cliff School

For a change this time I have taken the liberty of copying the end-of-term letter from the Chair of Governors, published in the School Newsletter.


Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of attending the new Year 7 evening at the school. Enthusiasm shone out from everywhere! The large number of parents and children attending is testament to their keenness to join Beechen Cliff School, which we have been able to respond to by increasing the intake for next year which will be a busy one. I spoke to some of the parents and children who were all excited by the prospect of joining us and expressed how pleased they were to be given a place at Beechen Cliff. What struck me in equal measure was the excitement and enthusiasm of the staff presenting to the parents and children, current pupils who were helping and showing off our new uniform and members of the PTA, who provided refreshments. Every one of the individuals involved was hugely welcoming to our new recruits which I am sure will help their transition to the new “big school” in September.

The evening demonstrated to me what Beechen Cliff School is all about and which is so well summarised in our core values of aspiration, balance, compassion and independence. The views of current parents show equal enthusiasm for the School in their responses to the Parent View questionnaire completed at the time of the Ofsted inspection in March, which I am sure you will recall resulted in a very positive outcome. Whilst the result of the inspection is but part of our overall objectives, it is very encouraging to have been benchmarked externally and found to be doing so well and an accolade for the teachers and staff of the School.

This year was the first that we have welcomed boarders, albeit a very small number partly due to the new block not being quite finished yet which was a particular regret as far as this year’s sixth form is concerned. We hope to have the block repaired and in working order early in the new academic year when we can welcome a few more boarders and begin to explore how we can use the facilities for the wider benefit of our pupils.

We are at the early stages of preparing a second master plan for the site now the first is largely complete. We want to use the plan to further our aims of broadening formal and informal learning by creating spaces that exhibitions and performances can take place and be integrated into school life a lot more readily. During the early part of next year we will be consulting parents and local associations and we very much hope you will take the opportunity to be involved.

I cannot finish without mentioning the other achievements of the school this year, both on and off the sports field. Sporting success has been significant this year. The achievement of the rugby teams at Under 13, 14, 15 and 16 level is well known. The U13 Tennis Team also took the county title and it seems that our 1st XI Cricket team will be at least joint winders of the Bath and Bristol League. It is only the weather that intervened to stop them being sole champions.

My greatest pleasure is seeing how many of our youngsters are participating in various sporting experiences. The governors are committed to seeing all our pupils have the chance to take part in activities and to enjoy them, Regardless of aptitude.

Finally, I would like to end by thanking everyone who has supported the School and our pupils over the last year. Thank you to our staff – whilst it is “their job” they are all highly committed to the school and the success of our pupils and often go way beyond what is expected. Interestingly, a number of pupils I was talking to indicated that it is activities outside the classroom that they are noted for! Thank you to all our parents and carers, many of whom go beyond just looking after and encouraging their own children. On behalf of the Governors, I hope you enjoy a well earned rest and we look forward to welcoming many of you back next year.

Charles Oldham


I commend the end-of-term newsletter to you, available on the School web-site:


Robert’s Ramble/Walking Treasure Hunt

Thursday July 24th 2014 Once again Robert Hill and his team excelled themselves. A glorious evening saw 11 teams battling around the City to reach the Cricket Club. Eyes were strained, tempers were frayed, feet were sore but he still managed to find bits of Bath you’d missed over the years. The victor in a close finish was current Beechen Cliff student Ethan Wood, ably supported by his Uncle and Grandparents! We made £47 on the night which was matched twice by 2 members of the runners up team of Geeks and Nerds, I think that’s what they were called but Zonkey Solutions and the Breaks Co were so ecstatic at having even got around the course that they donated the extra. The five pints each on the way may have helped!


‘49’ers at it again!

Alan Blake Reports: Currently we are still scheduled to attend a lunch on Oct.15th, this is because Derek Swift and wife Lannie are visiting. I have promises to attend from about 12 who with their wives will make quite a nice party. Of course much can happen to peoples plans in the 5 months since I floated the idea! I just hope the star doesn’t change his mind again. If you remember, last year, instead of coming here for the reunion he stayed home and got married! Contact Alan on 01761 471088 or alan.blakeofgreyfield(AT)  for  details.


Events Future

Informal Lunches

Sep 10th Old Down Inn, Emborough

Oct 15th Bird in Hand, Saltford

Nov 12th Quarryman’s Arms, Box

On the second Wednesday of the month, meet around Noon, phone Peter Powell with any queries. It’s informal as usual, treat your lady or bring a friend, find a table and pay your own bill.




News from Down-under. Professor David Rich (CBBS 1960s, then Cambridge University), emigrated to Australia as an academic, ultimately becoming Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Provost at the University of Tasmania in 2007. This year he has finally retired and taken on a new  position chairing the university’s 125th anniversary organising committee (May 2014). Princess Mary of Denmark, a UTas graduate, is the Patron of the special events being arranged for the anniversary. Peter Jones (1954-63) emigrated to Australia where he is still teaching Modern  History,  English and Comparative Religion at The Friends’ School in Hobart, Tasmania. Having got his first degree in History at Oxford (1966), he has completed a Masters in Tasmanian history at the University of Tasmania and a PhD at the University of New England (2013) with a thesis on Islamic  Schools in Australia. Having had both hips replaced after too much long distance running, started while at CBBS, he still managed to be the fastest male over 70 in a recent Fun Run (with some of his students) although there was little competition in that age group.

Golf Sadly this years match against NHSOB and the Association Golf Day were both cancelled. Long time organiser Mick Moore has had a rough spell health-wise. Let’s hope a little Minorca’n sun will perk him up.

Coach Trip We hope to have a number of seats on a coach trip to Windsor Castle with our   favourite Travel Emporium on Sunday 15th March next year, with the possibility of catching the afternoon Choral Evensong in St George’s Chapel. Contact Tony Buss (01225 404625 or  asgbuss1940(AT)  to register your interest.

Rugby Club Training has started and trials have taken place by the time you read this. The first 2 games are at Home on 6th and 13th September. Still in Tribute Somerset 1.If you know anyone who wants to play they are always looking for new members, and if you want to watch there’s always a welcome on Lansdown. Subs Just a reminder that the Annual Subs went up at the AGM. If you have a Bankers Order it needs to go up to £2 next January. Life Membership is now £15.

Lest we forget

August 4, 2014 – 12:01 am

Newsletter – May 2014

June 23, 2014 – 5:49 pm



We were quorate. The rule changes all went through. Tony Buss was elected as President for another year. All the other officers remain the same except your scribe, who has stood down from organising the dinner. Tony Buss will take on that task although I may well receive the ticket money to save the Treasurer having to take a day off to go to the Bank! He did report a modest surplus on the year of £44.


Annual Dinner

We are going back to School on Friday the 24th October 2014! After last year’s success we hope to build on our experience to make it even better this year. Full details as usual in September but pencil in the date.


President Tony Buss had his e-mails hacked just after sending a recent message about forthcoming coach trips. He has lost his entire address book and all past messages. Fortunately the places for Buckingham Palace were filled very quickly but he sends his apologies to those who didn’t get a seat this time, and to any who did not get a reply from him. With no records he doesn’t know who you were. We will try for another allocation next year. The moral: if you have a yahoo e-mail address pay very great attention to internet security, and make sure you back-up your data and contacts.
Peter (Pebble) Beach and his Yorkshire lass Pauline, of whom songs have been written, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary recently. Both are life-long supporters of the Association and the Rugby Club. We send our warmest congratulations. I wonder if Pebble washed his own rugby kit?
Trustee Neil Blake at the ripe old age of 27 and quite a bit, obtained his Degree in Early Learning from Worcester University after several years of OU study.

Roger Bannister – 4 Minute Mile Anniversary

Thanks to those of you who sent me memories, I passed all these to School. As you will see from the headmaster’s letter, an in-school celebration is planned.

Events Future

Informal Lunches

May 14th – Quarryman’s Arms, Box
June 11th – New Inn, Farnboro’
July 9th – The Stag, Hinton Charterhouse
Still the second Wednesday of the month, meet around Noon, phone the Hon Sec with any queries. It’s very informal, treat your lady or bring a friend, find a table and pay your own bill.

Robert’s Ramble/Walking Treasure Hunt

Thursday July 24th 2014
Once again Robert Hill and his crew will be doing their bit for marital harmony and lasting friendships by guiding us gently around parts of the City that have always been there but you will have never noticed!
Start between 6 and 7pm at a bench close to the entrance to the Pump Room in the Abbey Churchyard. They have to try and ‘bag’ one that is not in use as Roy Aust can no longer tell people to “Move along there”! Teams of up to 4 persons and a modest charge per head. Last year’s hunt was well attended and it helps if they know how many clue sheets to prepare so please drop an e-mail to Robert about your team at: raehill81(AT) (replace the (AT) with the usual symbol), or give me a ring and I’ll pass it on. There’s always time for a pint on the way. Some have been known to stop for burgers and chips but it’s not compulsory and will never replace food. The finish line will be not far from the old Convent, but don’t say I told you.

‘49’ers at it again!

Alan Blake Reports: Last year the 49ers met up at school, originally to celebrate the visit by Derek Swift from Australia.  He changed his mind and he got himself married instead. The rest of us met up anyway and together with our wives enjoyed a fabulous lunch at school. Now Derek and wife Lannie are visiting Europe in September and coming to the Bath area in October, so yet another 49ers do is in the offing. This time we are meeting for lunch at Cameley Lodge in Temple Cloud [post code BS39 5AH] at least that is the plan. Again wives are included in the party and with about 18 guys agreeing to come we should number over 30. Keep watching this space. Contact Alan on 01761 471088 or alan.blakeofgreyfield(AT) for more details.

More People

Sadly I have to tell you that W W (Bill) Hanna (1951) died on the 11th April. I always remember Bill as a real gentleman. Always a smile, a story, a chuckle. As well as a former President like his brother ‘Buster’, Bill was, for a while, a Governor at School; very involved with the old boys of the Somerset Light Infantry and of course a regular supporter of Association events. He had had a few health problems but a recent diagnosis came up with something a bit more serious and he passed away a short time later. I understand the service at Haycombe Chapel was packed with friends and colleagues. A number of us were unfortunately away but messages of condolence have been sent.
Also, regrettably missed from the last news, was the passing of Ray Morison (1946) just before Christmas. Ray was another former President, Sulian event supporter and, I believe, a Bath Vet.
It’s not been a good year and we send our condolences to both families.
And finally, no pictures this time, too many words! Terry Light and his crew have started work on revising ‘Basement to Beechen Cliff’, watch this space. The next news and dinner details will be in September. Any news to me please, address at the end.

Sulians Union

Terry Light has continued to meet with the current 6th Form in an on-going effort to improve links. I have the following message from Tom Shellard:

An Update on the Sixth Form from the Sulians Union

Recently it has been a very hectic and busy time for both the Upper and Lower Sixth with exams only a few weeks away. So whilst the main focus for everyone has been on revision and exams there have still been many impressive events and achievements going on within the school such as the production of Oedipus and the annual school concert, in which all the different groups and ensembles performed and included pupils and students from all year groups of the school. Despite the rugby season for the school officially ending at Christmas, with some great wins for the 1st and 2nd teams, including a hard fought win for the 1st XV over local rivals Prior Park, it has been the Lower School year groups who have had the greatest success with all four year groups, Year 8 – 11, winning their Somerset Cup finals and is a feat that no school has ever managed before. The football season is in full swing at the moment with impressive performances from all year groups and success in both the friendly and cup matches.
The Sulians Union continues to meet on a regular basis to try and work on the links between The Old Sulians Association and the school. We have recently appointed Alexander Grassam-Rowe to take over our running as the latest chairperson as we hand over to the Lower Sixth.
The Sulians Union

Old Sulians’ Rugby Club.

Finished the season in the lower half of the Somerset 1 league. Despite playing some good enterprising rugby they have suffered, like many local teams, from player shortage and continuity. When the University members are away, numbers are a bit thin. I understand the old players lunch was well supported and socially the club continues to thrive. Updates can be found on their website at:
and you are very welcome to clean up your wellies in time to join them on the touch-line at Lansdown in September.

OFSTED Report 2014

As noted in the Headmaster’s letter, the School was visited by the inspection team from OFSTED in March. I make no apology for copying their key findings below which make splendid reading and add a little detail modestly overlooked by the Head. The full report can be found on the School website at:

 Ofsted Exerpt

Headmasters Letter – May 2014

June 23, 2014 – 5:40 pm

Dear Old Sulian,

It seems to me to be an age since I last wrote to you, possibly because there has been so much activity at the school in the last few months.

In March we had a visit from the inspectors, first from the Department of Education. They spent two days with us, visiting lessons, talking to boys and interviewing many members of staff. After a final look at all the data on pupil and student attainment the lead inspector decided that Beechen Cliff was ‘Outstanding’, a status which reinforces the position we have held since 2011. Obviously everyone at the school is very pleased, although it is one line in particular from the report that I believe you would all like. “The conduct of boys is outstanding. Pupils are so proud of their school that they would not consider behaving in any other way”. I seem to remember an HMI report from 1954 describing the boys of CBBS in rather similar terms – with a small additional comment that the boys were rather “lively but friendly”. I would like to think that the spirit of those times can still be found in the corridors of the school today.

You might be aware of some of the school success in recent weeks, particularly if you browse the Wednesday

Letter or the Bath Chronicle. The most striking example of Beechen Cliff strength in sport was probably the wins in all four of the Somerset and Bristol Rugby Cups, The Under 13, 14, 15 and 16 boys all reached their respective finals and won them in fine style. For the many parents at Clifton RFC, venue for all the finals, it was a really rather impressive experience. The boys did us proud – not only because they won but because they deported themselves so well and were respectful of opponents and conscious of their responsibility to conduct themselves in a way which would bring pride to the whole school community.

Tim Davenport, Master in charge of Hockey, has been doing some magnificent work with a growing number of boys who are developing their talents in the sport. Some very good wins against strong local and regional competition have helped cement the status of the school as a venue to be respected by all opponents. The cricket season is well underway and the fixture list is more congested than ever before. The 1st XI will be competing against the very best in the area, as well as the MCC and Forty Club, both very prestigious fixtures for Beechen Cliff. The younger years will compete in more than seventy games during the Summer Term. It is always positive to note how many boys are proud to represent their school and this year is no exception. The U12 cricket boys, new to the school this academic year, will number seventy-five this season – nearly half of all those in the year group.

In addition to sporting activity the boys have been excelling themselves in various technology and engineering activities. One group was successful in tan international Robotics competition, qualifying from the UK groups to represent Beechen Cliff in the European finals in Spain. Another group, developing engineering ideas, succeeded in making the UK finals at the Jaguar UK HQ, taking on the best of engineering talent in British schools. The Technology teachers are doing an excellent job in enthusing the boys and developing their aptitudes.

The cultural life of the school is thriving; the Spring production of Oedipus proving to be a successful, challenging piece – followed by the Spring Concert. As always, the staff who give up so much time to provide these enriching experiences are to be congratulated for their energy and enthusiasm.

The outdoor activities work of the school has always been a strength and the recent years has seen even greater levels of participation. Multiple Ten Tors teams have prepared for the challenges of Dartmoor, soon to be followed by the bi-annual Three Peaks Challenge. This latter project involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in quick succession. A huge challenge for all participants! In late June the annual Centurion Challenge will see around fifty boys attempt the one hundred mile walk to Hungerford and back, all within very tight timescales. The prize for success is nothing more than individual satisfaction and the coveted ‘Centurion tie’’; enough it seems, to provide the incentive which helps drive away the pain, monotony and sheer boredom involved in walking the canal path.

The significant event for May 2014 is the celebration of Sir Roger Bannister’s breaking of the four minute mile in 1954. The ‘Diamond Mile’ event will involve schools from across the area being invited to bring teams of boys to participate in attempts to beat Sir Roger’s record time from 1954. It is obviously wonderful to be able to mark the achievement of the great man, albeit on a rather small, school-based level. It is an opportunity to educate the school as a whole about the legendary status of the four minute mile activity of the early 1950s and to link Sir Roger’s success with the ‘independence’ and ‘aspiration’ which remain two of the key school values. It is, of course, a source of huge pride that Sir Roger is so closely linked to the schoolJuly will see the Summer Ball, Celebration of Achievement Event and the end of term festivities which always mark the end of the academic year. It has been very successful in many ways, although we know that there is still much to be done. It hope, as always, that you will feel happy to visit us and will identify in some way, the connection between Beechen Cliff today and the school which you once knew and were proud to call your own.

Have a very good summer.

Yours sincerely,

A Davies