September 4, 2014 – 9:22 am
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 email@example.com (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.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
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.
I commend the end-of-term newsletter to you, available on the School web-site: www.beechencliff.org.uk/files/Summer%202014.pdf
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)talktalk.net. for details.
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)gmail.com 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.