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 GENERAL MEETING.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at 7.30 pm. prompt on Tuesday 25th February 2014 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 2013 AGM
3 Matters arising
4 Hon. Secretary’s Report
5 Hon. Treasurer’s Report
6 Election of Officers:
a. President – A Buss
b. Vice Presidents
c. Hon. Secretary
d. Hon. Treasurer
e. Hon. Social Secretary
f. Hon. Correspondent
g. Hon. Auditors
i. Executive Committee
7 Rule change proposed by Executive Committee:
The rules have been revised to bring them into the 21st century. Copies of the current rules and the proposed revisions will be available at the meeting. Members may download them from the website.
8. Any other business.
Beechen Cliff Presentation Evening
Alan Blake deputised for the President at the annual awards in the Assembly Rooms. Sulian Awards were: Literary Achievement – Ciara Hughes; A W Marquiss, Advanced Technology – Jack Scott; Presentation of Work – Jack Coles
School Carol Service Bath Abbey, Thursday, December 20, 7:30pm
Tony Buss was again in service at the Abbey reading the last of the nine lessons at another well organised and very enjoyable evening.
Last autumns dinner was the best for many a year seemed to be the consensus and I am grateful for the many messages of appreciation. As a ’First’ it was a little stressful!
Informal Lunches –
Feb 12th - Hare and Hounds, Lansdown March 12th - Bird in Hand, Saltford
April 9th - Old Crown, Kelston May 14th – Quarryman’s Arms, Box
On the second Wednesday of the month, meet around Noon, phone the Hon Sec with any queries. It’s very informal, bring a friend, find a table and pay your own bill.
A busy time for the grim reaper since the last news.. Sadly we have lost Glyn Maddocks (Hon LM), Dai Morris (Hon LM), Vernon Rowland (‘46), Pete Bush (‘49), Brian Eades (‘49), Jimmy Ewing (Vice President) , Den Lambern (‘56) and Terry Lee (‘55).
Members may recall Glyn as Woodwork Master, Rugby Coach and regular dinner supporter over recent years. He organised rugby tours to various European counties well before it became commonplace and founded his own Tour Company after leaving teaching. Dai Morris was an English Master of more recent years and much respected for both his teaching and pastoral care. Both were Welshmen, proud of their heritage and will long be remembered by those who passed through their hands.
Jimmy Ewing was one of the ‘gang of three’ with the late Mike Cross and Bob Wilkins, who effectively saved the School when the authorities were trying to close it down in the ‘80’s. Brian, an ex-copper, and Den, a dinner and treasure hunt regular, were both Su’s rugby players in the glorious years. Den still holds the record for the highest number of tries in a season at 31, and Brian played over 400 games. Terry, a former President, member of the Sulians’ 7’s winning team, and the man responsible in large part for the restoration of St Paul’s Cathedral. Vernon was an ex-governor and Pete, a ‘49 er.
On a happier note we welcome Rob Avent (’61), Nick Skardon (’93) Gerry Wheeler and Ken Street (‘59) as new life members.
Roger Bannister – 4 Minute Mile
This May sees the 60th Anniversary of the famous 4 minute mile. Roger Bannister being an old boy of School, we’re looking for ideas. As a start is there anyone out there who was at School with Roger and who remembers him, and who might get to Bath for the anniversary? Please write to the Editor, Roger W. or e-mail: committee(AT)oldsulians.org.uk
Peter Bates, the Business Development Director at School, is looking to create an Alumni Directory. As a start we handed out sheets at the Dinner for completion by anyone wanting to help. If you receive this news as paper, a copy is enclosed. E-versions have an attachment for your perusal. Please return as e-mail or paper to Peter Bates at Beechen Cliff School, Alexandra Park, Bath BA2 4RE ( peterbates(AT)beechencliff.org.uk)
Hon. Secretary’s Report
There is a saying that you shouldn’t go back to a place where you had happy memories – well I can disprove this saying. With members of my form, the ‘49’ers, we went back again to School. The building is the same but now every area is populated by seemingly hundreds of computer screens. There are new buildings housing specific subjects and a new all-weather sports field with the possibility to partake in a multitude of activities. Amazing.
We came away proud to have been part of this school and happy to know that standards are still being maintained at a high level. These feelings were expressed again by all those who attended the Annual Dinner held at School. Many also said how good it was that there were members of the current sixth form present, both male and female,
Looking to the future we find it difficult to find new events that enthuse you all. Maybe you have some ideas? You could even attend the AGM. Past events included Car Treasure Hunts, Ladies Night, New Years Eve Dances and Cricket matches to name a few, all now just memories.
Back in 1975 Mickey Moore was President and helped organise a Jubilee Golf Tournement, major winners being Tony Bowrey and Tony Comer. The Annual Dinner was organised by Bert Marquiss and cost £3.75. Who can remember Mick Moore’s speech? Was it the one in latin? I organised a Disco at The George in Norton St Philip. Tickets cost £1 and included a buffet! We look forward to your continued support at the events listed in the newsletter and are happy that membership continues at a reasonably constant level.
We are, as always, indebted to Headmaster Andrew Davies, for his continued support, and to Bath Cricket Club for the use of their room for our meetings.
Peter Powell. Hon. Secretary.
Hon. Treasurer’s Report
Once again we have made a modest surplus on the year thanks to the Annual Dinner. The costs of postage, copies and envelopes for the newsletter continue to increase. There is a proposal at the AGM to increase the subs for the first time for many years. Life Membership to £15 and yearly to £2. If you have an e-mail address it saves us over £2 a year each. Please contact us if we are not already using it.
I am grateful to our new Auditor, Roland Adamson, for his oversight of our accounts.
Rich Wood. Hon. Treasurer.<
Old Sulians’ RFC
Still around mid-table and still having difficulty finding players. News can be found on their website: www.oldsuliansrfc.co.uk Brian French is coming up from down under in mid-April. You may well find him at Lansdown on the Saturday.
Beechen Cliff School
I am grateful to the Headmaster for his customary update on School activities that should be found with this newsletter and we commiserate with him over the loss of the roof on the new sixth form block during the Christmas gales! Not quite as bad as the bomb on the 2nd XV pitch during the blitz according to Pete Jenkins but probably just as distracting. Then, the boys were shipped out to the girls school, a hardship they endured with concealed glee!
The next newsletter is scheduled for 1st May. Any news to me before then please.
Over the last year Terry Light has been talking with the current 6th Form in an effort to improve links. For the first time a group attended the annual dinner (picture below) which was appreciated by all those present. I have the following message from Tom Shellard:
We are the Sulians Union, a group of current Sixth Formers at Beechen Cliff. We are aiming to improve links between the Old Sulians and the present students at the school. We have been meeting on a monthly basis for almost a year now but have only been working under the name of Sulians Union since last October. We hope that we are able to increase the number of Sixth Form leavers joining the Old Sulians, increase the visibility of the Old Sulians within in the school and improve the image of the Old Sulians with members of the lower school.
We also hope to contribute a piece to the newsletters written by the current Head Boy and Head Girl. This would consist of a brief summary of the achievements and events that have taken place within the Sixth Form over the last few months.
We look forward to working closely with you in the future.
Tom Shellard - Sulians Union
Dear Old Sulian,
At the risk of something rather English, I suspect that the dominant theme of this letter will be the weather. Wind and rain has played rather a huge part in adding to building difficulties and reducing the quality of some sporting fixtures. More of that to come ….
The boys with a passion for design and engineering have been exceptional ambassadors this term, a term for Beechen Cliff fighting off all-comers to win through the regional round of Jaguar Land Rover design challenge. The staff in Technology, all of whom enjoy tinkering with motorcycles and machinery of all types, have inspired the boys to participate in many challenges.
The sporting life of the school has been vibrant, as always, our boys participating very successfully in rugby competitions throughout the Autumn. Our under 15 XV led the way this season, making their way to the last 16 nationally before falling 20 – 13 to Canford School in Dorset. Their efforts were exceptional, building on the 2012-13 season which had seen them remain unbeaten and rates as the best state rugby team in the South and South East.
Our other teams performed very strongly over the season, progressing to the semi-finals of the regional cup (Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire) – all matches due to be played in the next fortnight. The rugby remains a huge strength and our boys love the challenge that each game brings. The most important elements, of course, is that they are considered sporting and positive in all their encounters. We wish all the boys success in the weeks to come.
The hockey season is also now underway, larger numbers of boys than even in the position to represent their school. Tim Davenport (Master in Charge of Hockey) has been an exceptional acquisition from Monkton Combe and he works very well with a band of extracurricular volunteer coaches to give the boys a very rich programme.
Our table tennis team notched up its first success of the season recently, bringing home the B&NES Cup to Beechen Cliff demonstrating, if needed, the breadth of sporting talent on show at the school.
The building programme had just about ended before part of the roof of our new Sixth Form block parted company from the main building. Work is now underway to repair the damage and make sure we can accommodate our Sixth Form and initial boarders. We need to demonstrate the same resilience in these things that we require of the boys and students!
The wonderful floodlit facilities are now available to youth groups and a very large number of young hockey and football players use the facilities from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each weekday evening. It is good to see that the site is vibrant and filled with young sportsmen and women each day.
I very much hope to bring you a detailed update in the summer, drawing together the ‘loose ends’ of sporting competition and providing some ideas about how the building work has helped the working life of your old school. It is hoped that we will see some of you again in the summer months, even if only as part of a casual visit. May the rain cease in time for the cricket!
The New Rules, Old Rules and Alumni Sheet can be found by opening the Documents tab on the tool bar.
Sadly the last few weeks have seen the passing of two School legends. Glyn Maddocks and Dai Morris, two highly respected and inspirational Teachers. Full tribute will be made in the next Newsletter.
63’ers Re-union Friday 24th May
Around a dozen leavers from 1963 had a most enjoyable visit to the School, with visitors from around the globe.
NHSOB Golf – Thursday June 6th
Away this year at Newport. I gather that Mick Moore’s hand-picked crew were triumphant, but modest in victory! (NHSOB – Newport High Schools Old Boys)
Approach Golf – Wednesday 3rd July – Victoria Park
The final tournament in the 60th Anniversary year. Started by the late Ken Green back in 1953, some years up to 20 took part, in recent years only a handful. The first winner was A D Ruddick. The final recipient of the John Midgley Trophy was Neil Blake, with Alex Wood as runner up. Since the start the most successful was Tony Bowrey who won it 7 times. Hon. Sec Pete Powell first won in 1959 and last won in 2010. Pebble Beach took over the running in 1973, and since that time it was only cancelled once in 2004 when everything was flooded by a cloudburst, although only 9 holes were played in 2011, once again down to our glorious English summer! And finally, I believe that Terry Hardick still holds the record for the Highest gross, which, to save his blushes I will not print!
Association Golf Day – Friday 5th July
Alan Blake reports: The weather was glorious. Very hot sunshine all day, Unfortunately only 9 [nine] turned up! The format was one round of 18 holes, counting towards 1. Medal, 2. Stableford and 3. The Old Tossers Tankard. The medal was won by Barrie Marsh with a score of Gross 88, net 69, 2nd was Steve Ford with gross 84 net 74. The Stableford was won by Robert Hill with a total of 31 points and the Tossors Tankard was won by the legendary Mick Moore. Other results, Longest drive – Louis Kingwell, Nearest the pin and the Bowrey Cup – Steve Ford.
An excellent dinner was enjoyed by all with special thanks to the Catering Staff.
A brief discussion after dinner, showed concern for the lack of numbers but all present were adamant the day must continue. Various measures were discussed and several people volunteered to put these measures into place for next year. A really super day which must be continued, so all readers, whatever your golfing prowess, you are guaranteed a day of endeavour, frustration, fatigue, some satisfaction, you might even win something. We know life is not easy, nor is golf, get over it and come along next year.
Annual Treasure Hunt – Robert’s Ramble – Thursday 25th July
The weather Gods smiled, wellies and waterproofs were left at home and a goodly turnout were led a merry dance through town, up Walcot Street, over the Cleveland Bridge, down St John’s Road and then along the river bank seeking the obscure, the devious and the obvious but unseen!. An excellent evening from Robert Hill and his gang culminating in a rare victory for your scribe, his Mrs and the aforementioned non-golfing Captain Hardick.
‘49 ers Re-union. – Thursday July 11th
Alan Blake reports: On Thursday 11th July, Beechen Cliff School hosted a party of elderly visitors to the school. 16 worthy fellows, 15 with wives, girlfriends or mistresses. They were the ‘49ers, those who completed their secondary education in 1949. This means of course that they were all 80 years old or there-abouts.
We assembled in the school hall at mid-day where tables were already laid for lunch and attended by 8 pupils who had been volunteered to tend to our needs. So for an hour these worthies mingled with fellow guests, mainly reliving old times. At 1pm Chef Tim Fletcher started dishing out what turned out to be a veritable feast. To start there was a choice of either Ribeye of Beef with Celeriac Puree, or Seared Guinea Fowl on wilted spinach. To follow was a choice of either; Custard Cheesecake with rhubarb and ginger compote, or Summer Pudding with elderflower infused cream. Also available was a selection of wines and soft drinks. I know that at my advanced age my memory sometimes fails me, but for the life of me all I remember is imitation mash potato, or Pom Potatoe, when we had ‘school dinners’.
A few toasts were made, 1st – congratulations to Mike and Grace Chaloner, who threw caution to the wind and got themselves married last Sept. Then in a similar vein, Derek Swift had decided not to travel from Sydney as promised, because he and his long time partner Lannie, were getting married, must have been something in the water. Finally, Peter Swift [no relation] because he celebrated his 80th birthday the day before. Winding up the proceedings, Headmaster Andrew Davies told us how our presence supported his endeavours to illustrate to current pupils that pride in your school was something worth looking at and how as time passes memories are exchanged with fellow students when they meet.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, and went on their way with promises to be in touch, etc. The last few weeks leading up to the day had been pretty fraught because people were having to cry- off mainly due to illness. These were:- Mike Hucker, Gordon Sellick, Peter Bush, Kingsley Spencer, John Russ and Alan Dudeney. We wish them and theirs well for a speedy recovery. Those who did make it were;- Peter Dyer, Colin Windsor, Chris Shackell, Peter Powell, Brian Thomas, Cyril Bush, Jim Turner, Cecil Hallett, Peter Swift,Ray Beazer, Robbie [Lionel] Roberts, Bill Gunning, John Cashnella, Brian Wetten, Mike Chaloner and Alan Blake.
Informal Lunches -
September 11th – Quarryman’s Arms, Box
October 9th – Old Down Inn, Emborough
November 13th – Bird in Hand, Saltford
Still on Wednesdays, meet from Noon, arrange your own table and pay your own bills, and treat yourself to lunch out in the countryside with convivial company. Any queries to the Hon. Sec who is well known in all of these establishments!!
We have had excellent trips to Blenheim Palace and RAF Cosford in recent weeks with our friends JohnMartin Coaches. Any new trips will be e-mailed in due course.
We are looking at re-vamping the web-site but it has to fit in with the Geek’s working hours! And social media has also been mentioned. Do you ‘do’ Twitter or Face-book? If so please let us know so we can gauge interest. Would you like to feed the sites? Any help is welcome. The usual contact address is: committee(AT)oldsulians.org.uk
If any of the ’49 ers, or thereabouts recall a Peter Silcox (41 – 49), I have received a message from his daughter Sarah via our website where she had found
his old school photo from 1947. Peter sadly died in March but she would be interested in hearing any memories of her Dad’s school days. Please end them to
committee(AT)oldsulians.org.uk or the address below and I will forward them on.
And Richard Stevens sent the following via the website: I am trying to contact former members of the X-country team at CBBS, from, say, 1963-1967.
I was secretary of the Somerset Champions from 1964-66. So far I have been able to contact (Prof) David Elliott, (Prof) David Halpin, Rod Habicht and
the two members of staff: Paul King and Brian Hardy. Most of us were able to attend a reunion ‘walk’ at the end of 2012 followed by tea, and a conducted
tour of Beechen Cliff by the Headmaster and one of his deputies, for which we were very grateful. Names I cannot trace: Angus (?), ‘Flo Foster
(now a doctor I believe), Alan Chick, and others whom I cannot recall (apologies). Any help will be gratefully received.
Richard TJ Stevens, (now in Sheffield). Again, any replies to the Editor.
A message from Alan Palmer (1947) in York giving a potted history of his movements since leaving School. Anyone who remembers him is invited to contact
him direct at: appalmyork1931(AT)talktalk.net
Sadly I have to report the passing of Brian Waller, a dinner regular.
And we welcome Colin Campbell (1970) and Matt Davies (2013) to the fold as new Life Members.
Beechen Cliff School
Having taken a sojourn in deepest West Wales. I completely overlooked (not for the first time!) the revised term dates and failed to extract a newsletter from the Headmaster before he was taken away for reinvigoration.
Members might like to check out the newlsletters from the Head on the School website which is: http://www.beechencliff.org.uk/
The next newsletter is scheduled for February 2014 Anything to swell these pages is appreciated. News, requests or queries. If it’s legal, decent and honest we will print it! (It will probably be an improvement!)
This year’s Annual Dinner will be held at Beechen Cliff School, Alexandra Park, on Friday 18th October, commencing at 6.30 pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30. We have a bar organised and as usual, formalities will be kept to a minimum. Dress is Black Tie or dark lounge suit. Tickets have been held again at £35, and only £30 if you pay before Friday 4th October. (No rise since 2008!) We have already had a number of expressions of interest and tables booked so get in quick before my trusty cajolers get in touch. Copy, paste and print out the form below and send it off as indicated.
Old Sulians’ Association Annual Dinner 2013
I enclose a cheque payable to ‘Old Sulians’ Association’ for £35 per person,
(£30 if paid before the 4th October)
for this year’s dinner on Friday 18th October. 6.30pm for 7.30pm. Black tie or dark lounge suit.
At Beechen Cliff School, Alexandra Park.
Please return to: Roger Wood, 101 Hansford Square, Bath, BA2 5LL Queries phone: 01225 832207 or e-mail: roger.wood(AT)virgin.net
BY THE 4th OCTOBER Tick here for the vegetarian option ……………
If possible seat me near…………………………