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Announcement - JOHN MITCHELL

It is with much sadness that we have received the news that John Mitchell, Donation Governor and husband of Susan Mitchell, former Treasurer, passed away on Tuesday 1st July.

The funeral arrangements are not yet known but anyone requiring further details should contact Vicky Haigh at Christ’s Hospital on 01403 247405 or email hvh@christs-hospital.org.uk.

Our thoughts are with Susan and the family at this time.

Report on Old Blues' Day on School website

Click here to read the report on the School website

Christ's Hospital announces introduction of two new scholarships

Christ’s Hospital is proud to introduce two new scholarships, in addition to the Doyle Scholarship.

Click the links to read more about the individual scholarships

Old Blue Special Recognition Award Winners 2014

Special Recognition Awards acknowledge alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of Christ’s Hospital through the local, national or international community of Christ’s Hospital, in the course of their career and through voluntary or charitable work, thereby inspiring our current pupils. This year’s awards will be presented on Old Blues Day (26 April) by the Head Master John Franklin and Mike Hiard, the Chairman of the Board of School Governors following their selection by the nominations committee.

  • Joe Launchbury (MdB, GrW 02-09) – Young Achiever’s Award
  • Bryan Magee (BaA 41-48) – Achievement in a chosen career
  • Graham Mellstrom (MdA 41-48) – Commitment to Christ’s Hospital
  • Sir Richard Nichols (PeB 47-55) – Contribution to the community and commitment to Christ’s Hospital
  • Sally O’Brien (5s 70-77) – Commitment to Christ’s Hospital
  • Neville Osmond (MaA 44-51) - Commitment to Christ’s Hospital
  • Timothy Parsons (PrepB, BaB 42-49) - Achievement in a chosen career

Nominations for the awards for 2015 will begin in the autumn; please find information contained the next edition of the Old Blue

Old Blues' Day

Old Blues, their guests and all CHOBA members are always welcome visitors at Christ’s Hospital, and we're delighted to invite you back this year on Saturday 26th April 2014!

For any enquiries regarding Old Blues’ Day, please contact the CHOBA Office.


Click the images below for a flyer and programme for the day:

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Hertford Reunion, Saturday 8 February at Horsham

2 reports

Hertford Reunion (i)

More than one hundred ladies of a certain age (and a few brave spouses and partners) converged on CH for a day of exploration. While a Hertford Reunion might smack of exclusiveness, what’s often overlooked about Hertford Old Girls, that sets them apart from Old Blues in general, is that they are unfamiliar with everything Horsham. The site appears vast and unrecognisable – even navigating from the car park to the Quad is a challenge for first-timers. There is no allegiance to any particular House, no Horsham-related memories, nowhere that feels like “home” – even the location of toilets is a mystery! So, while all Old Blues, including those from Hertford, are equally welcome at Old Blues’ Day, an event specifically designed to welcome those from Hertford was felt to be a good idea – and so it proved.

The day was the brainchild of Valerie Hill (née Skinner 2s 44-52), who worked with Margaret Wadman, Gina Skillings and others from the CHOBA office to put on a varied and interesting day. It was particularly good that Miss Tucker (Hertford Head Mistress 72-82) was able to join us.

We were welcomed by the Head Master and Clerk, both of whom acknowledged the role Hertford played in the School’s history, as well as the role Hertford Old Girls continue to play today. Diana Garnham (6s 66-73) encouraged us to contribute profiles of Hertford Old Girls who might serve as mentors and role models for today’s pupils and Young Old Blues.

Thereafter the day divided into various activities. Some attended choir practice and chapel, where the choir was coached by Linden Innes-Hopkins (née Fletcher 5s 61-70); the organ played by the youngest OG present, Bridget West (née Dray 7s/ColB 84-91); the address given by the Rev Mary Bowden (née Gaskell 3s 64-71) and the Charge read by Susan Mitchell (née Hamilton, 1s/7s 47-56). Others enjoyed a tour of the museum, which proved very popular – such that some ladies could have stayed there for the whole weekend.

The unkind morning weather brightened up just in time for us to watch Band Parade and all the houses marching into Dining Hall for lunch. After our own lunch in Big School we had a few words from the senior Old Girl present, an unbelievably young-looking 95-year-old Christine Summers (née Saul 6s 28-35).

The afternoon was spent visiting houses. Those who had not previously seen them enjoyed discovering their names on the Hertford “Mons’ Boards” in Coleridge B or Barnes A. It was also fascinating to see how the Grecians (aka Upper VI) are prepared for independent living after leaving school, by enjoying more freedom in their own houses. However, it was made clear that some behaviours are still strictly out of bounds and the house is watched over by experienced house parents who know when to turn a blind eye and when to step in firmly!

The day finished with afternoon tea and a last opportunity to catch up and exchange contact details before bidding each other “au revoir”. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the day, now feel more welcome at Horsham, and hope to come to a repeat event. There are so many more sights to see, and other Hertford Old Girls to re-meet. In particular ladies were curious about the theatre, classrooms, and other girls’ houses, especially the other “Mons’ Boards”!

The Verdict from the Old Girls

“It was lovely to see so many old friends! May I just vote a special round of thanks to Linden for a very efficient choir rehearsal, and for miraculously getting such a 'youthful' sound out of us. Just goes to show that even decades later the experience of singing at CH still has the most amazing uplifting effect – on body and spirit!”

“Lovely day, lovely time to catch up with old friends, enjoyed the tours and having a nose around.”

“Overall I think it was a great day – it shows that we are starting to get the message to OGs of Herford that Horsham welcomes them.”

“It was fantastic to see the band – perhaps next time we should bring our own instruments and try a band practice!!”

“I really enjoyed catching up with everyone – it was clear a lot of planning and thought had gone into the day.”

“Absolutely loved catching up with ‘old’ friends again, seeing the heart-stirring band parade, and the Hertford items in the museum, the glimpse of Housey sixth-form life in a Grecian house, and having an OG give the address in chapel – well done Mary.”

“Enormous thanks to the organisers – it was overall very enjoyable, and I would certainly consider going again now that Horsham doesn't feel quite so alien.”

Hertford Reunion (ii)

Hailstones and the occasional clap of thunder did not deter the celebrations held on Saturday, 8 February at Christ’s Hospital for the 135 girls who were pupils of CH Hertford. The largest gathering of ‘Old Blue’ girls in history gathered together at CH Horsham – some with memories of their time when the girls’ school was at Hertford and others remember the period of transfer from Hertford to Horsham in the eighties.

When Christ’s Hospital was established in 1552, it was set up as a co-educational school but when in 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed part of the School in Newgate Street, the prep aged boys and girls were moved to another school in Hertford. Well over 200 years later, in 1902, the boys moved to Horsham but the girls remained in Hertford until September 1985 when they, too, moved to Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

Reunited by CHOBA, Saturday’s celebrations included a Chapel Service conducted by Linden Innes-Hopkins and Bridget West who played the organ, the ladies dodged the showers to watch a magnificent performance by the Band in the Quad followed by lunch and guided tours of the boarding houses.

Old Blue Gill Meason said: "It’s amazing how meeting old friends can take you back 70 years - it was like a hoard of chattering magpies!"

There was a particularly poignant part of the Chapel service when Old Blue Reverend Mary Bowden spoke about celebrating the experience they shared during their time at school. She said that meeting other Hertford girls over the years is like "finding a long lost sister." With lives taking the girls in many different directions, their characters were truly formed by Christ’s Hospital, whether they were at Hertford or Horsham.

Today, statues remain on the gateposts of the old school in Hertford and the main entrance is very similar to when the buildings were in use as a school. Many who were educated at Hertford will remember Dorothy West (1912-2006), Headmistress of the Christ’s Hospital girls’ school at Hertford for 30 years who was a strong advocate for improving girls’ education.

The Chapel Address given by Reverend Mary Bowden can be found, in full, here; some photographs of the day can be found here

NEW CHOBA CHAIR

I am delighted to succeed Nick Angel as Chairman of CHOBA. He has provided strong leadership and developed a close working relationship with the School and its governance structure. It is important to build on this and ensure that communication channels continue to operate effectively. As a Board, we intend to work closely with all Old Blue sections, whether in the UK or overseas, to ensure we meet their information needs.

We welcome three new Board members for 2014: Hannah Lazell, Jasmine Boadi and Georgina Martin. I hope they find our work enjoyable and personally rewarding.

We have a programme of activities to expand current initiatives. In particular, there have been real successes with Old Blues providing assistance to the School with careers advice services and through Old Blue networking initiatives A common theme at recent Old Blue activities is of wanting to give something back to help today’s generation of students and recent leavers.

Andrew Howgego (BaA/ThA 70-78)

New Year Honours for 2014

We are delighted and proud that people connected to Christ’s Hospital, both former pupils (Old Blues) and friends who contribute to the success of the School, are among those on the New Year’s Honours list, recognising the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK.

Former Deputy Head of Christ’s Hospital, Dr Robert Sillett (pictured) has become an MBE for services to the local community and to charity. Dr Sillett was appointed to the academic staff of CH in 1963. He was on the staff for 38 years and since his retirement in 2001, he has been involved in a considerable range of work. A lot of money has been raised for Down’s Syndrome Education International from whom his grandson was fortunate to receive their help and guidance.

Leslie Weller is now an MBE for services to Chichester Cathedral (£10m raised) and to the Arts in West Sussex. He was the first Chairman of the Cathedral’s Restoration Trust and has been involved in the restoration of the Cathedral’s panel paintings by 16th Century artist Lambert Barnard. Mr Weller has also been a member of Christ’s Hospital’s Heritage Committee since the 1990s as an advisor on and valuer of the School’s collection of paintings and other important objects.

Restaurateur Jeremy King (pictured), (Old Blue Peele A 64-72) was awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry and voluntary services to the Arts. Jeremy King (with long-term business partner restaurateur Chris Corbin, also awarded an OBE) is best known for owning and managing some of London’s favourite restaurants - The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel and Colbert. In 2014, he will open Fischer’s and his first hotel, The Beaumont.

Lady Ann Riches, widow of Sir Eric Riches, a distinguished surgeon and former Treasurer of Christ’s Hospital, received an MBE for service to community health in East London. She is an active member of Christ’s Hospital’s Alumni relations.

Nick Allott, Managing Director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, well known for producing musicals such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, received an OBE for services to Theatre and Charity. The Cameron Mackintosh Foundation presents pupils to Christ’s Hospital through the School’s Donation Governor Scheme.

Order of Canada Appointments - Sir John Daniel (Old Blue PrepA, MdA 52-61) was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in the New Year's Honours List of the Governor-General of Canada.

Christ’s Hospital Old Blue Special Recognition Award

Christ’s Hospital recognises and acknowledges Alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of the School through their achievement.

Nominations are sought for alumni who have made an important contribution to the local, national or international community in the course of their career, through voluntary or charitable work or commitment to Christ’s Hospital.

The Old Blues Association is seeking nominations for the award from Old Blues or others. The fields for which nominations will be considered are:

  • •    Achievement in a chosen career
  • •    Community engagement and leadership
  • •    Enterprise and innovation
  • •    Excellence in sports or the arts
  • •    Commitment to Christ’s Hospital

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 award is Friday 17th February 2012. The successful alumnus / alumna (and their nominator) will be notified by Friday 14th February 2014.

Further details of how to nominate a candidate are provided in the attached document. Click here for details

Carol Concert, Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 6.30pm

The Carol Concert will be held, as usual, at Church of St Andrew, Holborn, 5 St. Andrew Street, London, EC4A 3AB

For more information, please click here

Christmas Cards on sale

For more information, please click here

Old Blues' Visits to CH

We welcome visits from Old Blues, families and friends but the need to safeguard the welfare of our pupils or visiting pupils, means that we must manage carefully all such visits. We hope that all our visitors both past, present and in the future will understand the reasons for adhering to this policy. Prior to any visit, please contact the CHOBA office, the more notice you can give us the better.

We will work with you to plan your visit:

  • •    We can advise on transport and accommodation and have ample free parking (including accessible parking). Pick up from CH railway station can be arranged on request.
  • •    We will assist with security check-in.
  • •    A host will be dedicated to you for the duration of your visit to arrange access to parts of the school otherwise not available to visitors (by prior request)

    eg. boarding houses / Dining Hall Chapel or other school buildings.

  • •    Lunch can be arranged in Dining Hall ( charge applicable)

Please note that:

  • •    Visits may not be feasible at certain times, for example when important examinations or other assessments/ events are being conducted.
  • •    In order to comply with government safeguarding regulations, all School visitors must adhere at all times with the School’s policies, administrative rules and regulations; a brief resumé of which will be given to all visitors to read when registering at security.
  • •    Visitors will be required to register with security on arrival and to report to the security building when arriving or leaving the school premises. CH requests visitors to wear and visibly display a Christ’s Hospital pass, or other approved identification, when on school premises.

The School march through the City

The School will march through the City of London on Friday 20th September

Click here for more details

Christ’s Hospital Old Blues’ Association

The connection that exists between Old Blues and the School is highly valued and over the centuries has been the cornerstone of the ethos of the School. It is a unique relationship and one that helps provide for future generations.

The Christ’s Hospital Old Blues’ Association (CHOBA) which is part of the Development and Fundraising Department is primarily about helping Old Blues to keep in touch with other Old Blues and with the School. Its main tools for doing this are communication, events and supporting many of the various Old Blue “Sections”, focused around geographical, interests or sport. CHOBA organises a number of major events and reunions each year, details of which can be found on the CHOBA website at www.chassociation.org.

The Development Office

The Development Office concentrates on raising funds for the School, as well as supporting CHOBA.

Find ways of giving your support to Christ’s Hospital

The links to the giving please go to the CH website

"Who Do You Think You Are?" - Gary Lineker

Pupils at Christ’s Hospital had a brilliant time when Gary Lineker visited the School to trace his ancestral roots as part of the new BBC1 series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ shown on 21 August 2013.

On a chilly, snowy day at the end of January, Gary spent a day being filmed at the School. He was fascinated to trace his four x Great Grandfather, Thomas Billingham, who was thought to have been a scholar at Christ’s Hospital from 1798 – 1804. Most of the filming took place in the School’s museum which holds extensive records relating to pupils dating back to 1563 but there was a little light relief when Gary decided to have a game of football with the pupils!

Prior to Gary’s visit to the School, he had visited the Stationers’ Hall in London where he found out that Thomas had been an apprentice stationer, paid for by Christ’s Hospital. Tracing the records back further at Guildhall, where the School’s original records are still carefully preserved, led him to visit Christ’s Hospital’s Museum to find out more.

Mike Barford, Christ’s Hospital Museum Curator said: “Gary had already established that Thomas’s father found it difficult to provide for his family and asked Christ’s Hospital to show their “usual pity and charity to distressed men, poor widows and fatherless children” and to grant permission for Thomas to be admitted. Gary was curious to know about Edward King, the signature on the admittance petition, and how Thomas became one of the select few who were admitted. It became apparent that Edward King was a lawyer and an author who employed Thomas’ father as his gardener. Potential pupils had to be presented by a respected figure and it was fortunate that Edward King supported Thomas’ application to Christ’s Hospital. This method of entry to the School still exists today – around 40% of pupils are presented by Donation Governors, like Edward King, who become members of the Court of Governors.”

During the research in the Museum, Gary also uncovered not only a writing connection which may have linked Thomas to the Stationers’ Company but he also found something about football!

Mike said: “We discovered examples of the high standard of handwriting achieved by pupils in Christ’s Hospital’s Writing School in which Thomas was taught.

“Whilst there was no organised team sport, “foot-ball” was a popular children’s game at that time and Gary learned that the children in Christ’s Hospital were allowed to use one of the three playgrounds for “playing at ball” as all the windows opening onto it had been covered with wire to protect the glass. It is entirely possible that Thomas played some foot-ball there.”

The highlight of the day for aspiring footballers was during the afternoon when Gary joined in a football match in the indoor sports hall at the School. In spite of the boys’ excellent defence skills, Gary proved he hadn’t lost his touch and scored a goal, with cheers and handshakes all round!

David Messenger, Director of Sport at Christ’s Hospital said: “This was a great opportunity for the boys to match their skills and talent against one of England’s best Centre Forwards. It was a fast game and the boys weren’t afraid to tackle Gary. It was a fun and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for the boys and we hope that Gary’s visit will have inspired budding footballers at Christ’s Hospital to one day realise their dreams and play football for England!”

Gary stayed for lunch in Christ’s Hospital’s magnificent Dining Hall, where the pupils flocked around him for his autograph and to pose for photographs.

The latest series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

Pictures by Toby Phillips.

For information about tracing ancestors linked to Christ’s Hospital, please contact the museum team on chmuseum@christs-hospital.org.uk

Founder's Day 2013 - 15th October 2013

Founder's Day Dinner will be held at Fishmongers’ Hall, London EC4R 9EL on Tuesday 15th October 2013

For more information, click here. An application form can be downloaded here

The Attendees list can be found here

CHOBA Board members required

As Board members who have served for their appointed time step down, successors are needed to serve on the Board of CHOBA.

The Board has, to date, comprised Old Blues of varying professions and skills. The Board wishes to maintain this valuable cross-section, and invite applications from Old Blues

For more details, please click here

Interested applicants should contact Margaret Wadman, the CHOBA Administrator, by email, telephone or letter, for an application form which will need to be submitted by Saturday 9th November 2013.

50 Years On Reunion 2013

Christ’s Hospital Old Blues’ Association (CHOBA) is organising a 50 Years on Reunion on Saturday 14th September 2013 for all Old Blues who left in 1962 or 1963 to celebrate Old Blues' time at Horsham or Hertford. This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and visit the School for what, we hope, will be a very special day.

As well as meeting the Head Master, Mr John Franklin, there will be the chance to watch Band Parade and attend lunch in the Court Room. There will also be the opportunity of visiting various academic departments and classes, and a selected Boarding House and Grecians residence.

Partners are most welcome and to reserve your place, simply return the order form or book online using PayPal at www.chassociation.org. We will post on the 50 Year On Reunion event page a list of all those who have confirmed that they are attending nearer the time and we would be most grateful if you could spread the word via your own contacts too.

Numbers are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first come - first served’ basis; the closing date to register for this event is the 6th September.

Finally, we have enclosed a list of those for whom we no longer have any contact details. If you know anyone on this list, we would be grateful if you could encourage them to make contact with us. We have also enclosed a copy of our security procedure and kindly ask that you take note of this.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day!

Who Do You Think You Are?

The latest series of BBC 1’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ features an episode about Gary Linekar scheduled to be shown on 21st August at 9pm.


Look out for this particular episode as filming took place on a very snowy day at Christ’s Hospital last January.

In the meantime, for more details about the series, visit the BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

 

Statement from Christ’s Hospital

Police have confirmed that Mr Vaughan Holme, a teacher and housemaster at Christ's Hospital and Old Blue (former pupil) Jack Hutton-Potts (CH 2001-08) were the two men who died while climbing near Anglesey on Saturday afternoon.

The Head Master, Mr John Franklin, said, “CH is a very close-knit community and the tragic loss of a popular teacher and a young Old Blue who were both experienced climbers, has shocked and saddened staff, pupils and the Old Blue community. A Chapel Service has been held for the school and we are doing all that we can to support those affected by their deaths. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and in particular, Mr Holme’s wife and his two children in this difficult time.”

Mr Stephen Walsh, Jack’s housemaster in his final year at Christ’s Hospital said, “Jack was a student of immense intelligence and strong personal qualities. Bright and articulate, he was something of a renaissance man. He specialized in Sciences at A level but he also had interests and talent in Art, English and Music. His teachers described him as naturally inquisitive and curious, with a quick grasp of both the concepts and the practical elements of his subjects. He loved discussing things he had read in newspapers, magazines and journals and always had an opinion on events of the day.

“In his own time Jack was very interested in music, singing and playing guitar extensively while he was at school. As his school career progressed he grew more interested in individual pursuits than collective ones, enjoying singing and playing with friends rather than school music. The same applied to sport - he became interested in kite-boarding and other extreme sports, rather than the activities offered at school.

“Jack explored his other interests on immediately leaving school and later began studying Biomedical Sciences at Sussex. One of these was climbing, an interest he pursued with energy and focus. He enjoyed the companionship and camaraderie as well as the sense of freedom and challenge the sport offered and often joined Vaughan Holme and other Old Blues on expeditions. He will be much missed by his Christ’s Hospital contemporaries.”

17th June 2013, 17.40

Funeral Service for Kerren Simmonds (2s 57-66)

The Funeral Service for Kerren Simmonds will be held on Friday 21st June at 10:45 in the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Rustington. All are very welcome.

60 Years On Reunion report – Wednesday 1st May

Over 35 Old Blues and their guests joined us for the 60 years on reunion, on what proved to be a fresh sunny May Day in Horsham, some visitors coming from as far a field as Australia. After morning coffee accompanied by music played by some of CH’s budding young pianists and a welcome from Greg Andrews, Clerk to the Foundation, we commenced on tours of the Music School and Museum.

Museum curator, Elizabeth Bridges, had kindly organised a ‘one day only’ display of some fascinating items from the Christ’s Hospital Collection. The display included some examples of ‘famous’ signatures, one being from Yuri Gagarin the Soviet cosmonaut – the autograph, having been given to the Lord Mayor of London in 1961, was then given to CH Hertford. Also on display were the original Presentation papers for Samuel Taylor Coleridge, James Leigh Hunt, Charles Lamb and Robert Burns’ son, and also the gold ‘Nash’ medal, given to Frederick Gifford Nash, Senior Grecian, to commemorate his ‘loyal address’ to Queen Victoria on November 9 1837. None of these items are regularly displayed, but only brought out for special occasions.

A Chapel service held by School Chaplain, Stephen Golding, was followed by Band Parade and a leisurely lunch with the Clerk and deputy head, Ben Vessey in Court Room. Our Old Blue guests, amongst which were a good collection of Hertford Girls, spent the time continuing to catch up on the last 60 years.

The afternoon included visits to Coleridge B boarding house and Grecians West for some, and a visit to the Theatre for others.

The day was rounded off with tea and cakes in Dining Hall, where we were joined by Grecians, Fergus Denton, Dina Valton and Elliot Corner, who chatted to some of our visitors about what life is like at Christ’s Hospital in 2013 – a little different from Horsham and Hertford in 1953 it seemed!

Old Blues Day report - Sat 20th April

On the first warm and sunny day of the year, over 400 Old Blues and their guests returned to Christ’s Hospital on Saturday, 20 April for their annual get-together. Visitors were able to enjoy visits to the Art Department, the CH museum, and watch Band Parade. We also, for the first time, opened up all of the avenue Boarding Houses to our guests. Many people, however, just chose to soak up the sun on Big Side.

In Big School, Special Recognition Awards were presented to Lance Reynolds and John Chumrow OBE by Mike Hiard, Chairman of the Board of School Governors. Geoff Hines received his award from the Head Master a few weeks earlier during his visit to Australia and two further awards will be presented to Moyna Gilbertson OBE and Fred Grant, who were unfortunately unable to be there on the day. Sadly, Sir Colin Davis CBE, who was also due to receive an award, passed away recently, but arrangements will be made to forward the award on to his family. The Special Recognition Award, launched last year, is an acknowledgement to alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of the School through the local, national or international community of Christ’s Hospital in the course of their career, through voluntary or charitable work.

Photographs of the day can be found on the link below.
http://www.chassociation.org/gallery/index.php


Old Blues Day - Sat 20th April

The museum will be open on Old Blues Day from 11am to 4pm, staffed by its Hon Curator, Mike Barford, and its Assistant Curator, Elizabeth Bridges, who hope that many Old Blues will visit them. There will be access by the lift as well as by the stairs. As last year, there will be several special exhibitions featuring items which have rarely, if ever, been on display previously. These include:

  • Manuscripts and autographs – including the original Presentation Papers of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Lamb, James Leigh Hunt, Thomas Middleton and Robbie Burns’ son, poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Edmund Blunden in their own hands and a selection from Queen Victoria, Queen Victoria’s mum, Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, Yuri Gagarin, Henry Chauncey (a letter about acquiring the Hertford site in 1682), Samuel Pepys and many others.
  • Hertford items – a new display which will complement the tour at 3pm of Hertford items around the site.
  • Badges, Prizes and Tokens – a display to accompany the issue of new Heritage Series booklet of the same name, including a 1660s farthing issued by a shoemaker living and working within Christ’s Hospital.
  • 1953 celebrations of the quatercentenary of CH – 60 years on from CH’s major celebrations.
  • Maps and plans – including contemporary illustrations of the five alternative designs submitted for building CH in Horsham. See how CH might have looked!
  • House Rolls – a selection of the large sheets printed annually between 1950 and 1965 which contained House Rolls for each house.

Appointment of the new Treasurer

Please click here for the anouncement of the appointment of Guy Perricone as Treasurer

Thornton B and Ward 9 Association Reunion – 11 May 2013

This reunion is for all Thornton B Old Blues. It is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and visit the School for what, we hope, will be a very special day.

As well as being able to re-visit Thornton B House, there will be the chance to watch Band Parade and attend lunch in the Court Room. There will also be the opportunity of visiting academic classes, the Museum, or touring the Tube.

Partners are most welcome and to reserve your place, simply return the enclosed form or book online using PayPal at www.chassociation.org/shop. We will post on the Th B and Ward 9 Reunion event's page, a list of all those who have confirmed that they are attending nearer the time.

Numbers are limited, and will be allocated on a "first come - first served" basis; the closing date to register for this event is the 3rd May.

Finally, we have enclosed a list of those for whom we no longer have any contact details. If you know anyone on this list, we would be grateful if you could encourage them to make contact with us. We have also enclosed a copy of our security procedure and kindly ask that you take note of this.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day!

You can register ONLINE quickly and easily (and help reduce our administration costs) via the CHOBA Online Shop.

The booking form is available to download in PDF format [120KB] - fill it in today!

5 and 10 Years On Reunion

Further details of the 5 and 10 Years On Reunion (combined with Old Blues, Day) on Saturday 20th of April are now available. Leavers of 2002/3 and 2007/8 are invited to join us for a lunch time buffet reception at 13.15 to 14.15 in the Grecian houses. Please visit the CHOBA website shop to book a place

Old Blues’ Day 2013 – Saturday 20th April

Please note that Old Blues Day 2013 has been moved to a week earlier, to April 20th 2013

This will be a family-based day following on from the successes of previous years and will include a number of new activities.

  • •    The Old Blue Choir will be joined by Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum for the Chapel Service.
  • •    The 5 and 10 Year reunion will be held in the Grecian Houses
  • •    All boarding houses will be open after lunch for a limited period
  • •    Tour of Hertford artefacts at Horsham
  • •    Music from the Jazz Ensemble and Brass Quintet in the Garden Quad

The event web page can be found here. The activities and events on the day are published in the programme, - there is plenty to do, see and take part in, so put the date in your diaries now. Tickets for refreshments and activities are available via the CHOBA Online Shop, or alternatively contact Margaret in the CHOBA Office or download an order form Come along with your family and meet up with old friends and contemporaries - it'll be a great day!

Returning as part of Old Blues’ Day is the Old Blue Special Recognition Award

Christ’s Hospital recognises and acknowledges alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of the school through their achievement.

Nominations were sought for alumni who have made an important contribution to the local, national or international community in the course of their career, through voluntary or charitable work or commitment to Christ’s Hospital. The fields for which nominations were considered are:

    •    Achievement in a chosen career
  • •    Community engagement and leadership
  • •    Enterprise and innovation
  • •    Excellence in sports or the arts
  • •    Commitment to Christ’s Hospital

For a map of the site to plan your day, click here.

REGISTER

Please note that you MUST pre-register before the day to let us know you’re coming for security reasons regarding the school, and also because numbers for some activities are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will also require numbers on any free activities to assess the viability of running events.


OLD BLUE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

For more information, please click below: Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2013

Security on site

We welcome visits from Old Blues, families and friends but the need to safeguard the welfare of our students means that we must manage carefully all such visits.  This is in response to government legislation.

The School is therefore asking everyone to observe the following rules when visiting the site:

  • •  Prior to any visit, please contact the CHOBA office, details of which can be found here.
  • •  Visits may not be feasible at certain times, for example when important examinations or other assessments are being conducted.
  • •  In order to comply with government safeguarding regulations, all School visitors must adhere at all times with the School’s policies, administrative rules and regulations; a brief resumé of which will be given to all visitors to read when registering at security.
  • •  Visitors will be required to register with security on arrival and to report to the security building when arriving or leaving the school premises.
  • •  CH requests visitors to wear and visibly display a Christ’s Hospital pass, or other approved identification, when on school premises.
  • •  Cars must be parked in the official car park.
  • •  No visitor should seek to enter a boarding house or other school buildings except the reception area unless they are supervised by a CH member of staff or attending an official event.

Official Policy
We hope that all our visitors both past, present and in the future will understand the reasons for adhering to this policy.

We regret that the 30 Years On Reunion (Sat 17th November) has been cancelled

Don't forget St. Matthew's Day Drinks, 21st September 2012

Click here to read about the arrangements for St. Matthew's Day Drinks, after the Service celebrating the 460th Anniversary of our Founding

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of John Hansford

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of John Hansford, former Headmaster, will be held in the Chapel of King Edward’s School, Witley at 11 a.m. on Saturday 22 September.

All will be welcome, including Old Witleians and former pupils & staff of Bury Grammar School and Christ's Hospital.

Light refreshments will be available after the service. Please kindly call or email Mrs Susie Spragg on 01428 686727 / spraggsj@kesw.org if you plan to attend.

For directions to the school, please refer to the directions page, which may be found here: www.kesw.org/index.php/en/home/how-to-get-to-us

FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER
SKINNERS’ HALL, LONDON EC4R 2SP
Thursday 11th October 2012

The Stewards wish to encourage as many Old Blues as possible to attend this year’s dinner and are therefore circulating the details to all those who received the recent survey. All Old Blues and Governors are most welcome.

Chairman of the Dinner will be Sally O’Brien, (Knatchbull–Hugessen 5s 1970-77). Sally is a board member of the Friends of Christ’s Hospital, a group of Old Blues in the US whose mission is to support the School and Foundation. The Responder will be General Sir Garry Johnson KCB OBE MC, (Middleton A 1948-1954) who is retiring as Chairman of the Council of Almoners this year.

The ticket price remains ‘all inclusive’, covering pre dinner drinks, table wines and port with coffee. There is a discounted price for Old Blues under 28 years of age and for those aged 80 or over.

The seating capacity of Skinners’ Hall makes it possible for diners to bring a guest should they wish to do so. In the event of oversubscription priority will be given to eligible diners.

The formal part of the dinner should be over by 10pm thus enabling those with long distance journeys to catch their last train. However, to encourage diners to stay on to socialise, there will be a bar open until approximately 11pm. For those seeking reasonably priced overnight accommodation we have an arrangement with the Union Jack Club (see attachment).

To enable you to see who is attending, CHOBA will be maintaining a running list on their website. We will endeavour to seat diners with others of their era and according to their wishes

Cheques will be presented to the bank on receipt and this should be taken as confirmation that you have been allocated a ticket.

The Stewards very much hope that you will attend.

More information: Invitation Letter    Application Form    Accommodation    Attendees list

Christ's Hospital Stewards of Founders Day

Hon. Sec. R P Eades, Thornton, 4 Squirrel Wood, West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6PE
Telephone 01932 352 049 Email rogereades@o2.co.uk


ST MATTHEW’S DAY SERVICE – ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2012

2012 is the 460th anniversary of the founding of Christ’s Hospital and to mark this occasion the St Matthew’s Day Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral with all the pupils in attendance.

It is possible there may be a limited number of tickets available for Old Blues to attend. Therefore, if you wish to be considered for a ticket please send your name, address and contact details to: Vicky Haigh, Protocol Officer, Christ’s Hospital Foundation, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP. Tel: 01403 247405 or email cksec@christs-hospital.org.uk.

Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and only one ticket will be available per household. You will be notified at the beginning of September if your bid has been successful or otherwise and further details will be issued shortly thereafter. Please note it will not be possible to gain entry to the Cathedral without a ticket. If you have any questions please contact Vicky Haigh.


MEMORIAL SERVICE – J Michael Carrington, former CH staff 61-94

A Memorial Service for J Michael Carrington will be held on Sunday 23rd September at 2pm in the Chapel at Christ's Hospital, followed by refreshments in Court Room. All are very welcome.

To assist with catering arrangements it would be most helpful if you could notify us if you plan to attend. Please either telephone Margaret Wadman 01403 247665 or email administrator@chassociation.org before Friday 14th September.


OLD BLUES WHO DIED IN BOMBER COMMAND IN WORLD WAR TWO

The great and long-awaited public Memorial to commemorate the 55,573 young men of Bomber Command who died in World War Two will be unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in Green Park, London on 28 June 2012. The total number of Old Blues who served in Bomber Command is not known for certain but was about 2-300 and, of those, thirty died in action or on operational training:

  • BARKER, David Conquest. MaA (31-37); 19 years; 24 May 1940
  • BARTLETT, Alan. LaA (20-27); 32 years; 13 May 1942
  • BELDON, Eric Nigel Nicholson. ColB (33-39); 20 years; 31 Aug 1943
  • CARNEGIE, Ronald Forbes. LaB (22-31); 22 years; 8 July 1944
  • COSENS, Frank William, DFC. PeA (26-32); 28 years; 15 February 1944
  • COUTTS, Desmond Christian Frederick. MaB (29-34); 22 years; 3 January 1941
  • CUSTANCE, Robert Corrie. ThA (34-40); 20 years; 17 December 1943
  • DAVIS, Howard Leslie. ThB (29-38); 21 years; 8 June 1942
  • DOWNER, George Lionel DFC. PeA (29-36); 23 years; 14 January 1944
  • ELLIOTT, Alec. MaA/MidA (29-38); 25 years; 5 January 1945
  • GALES, Philip Frank Weller, MiD. ThA (29-37); 22 years; 23 September 1942
  • GILLING Jack Humphrey. MaA (30-36); 20 years; 4 July 1940
  • GWYN Herbert John Compton. LaA (31-38); 23 years; 29 January 1944
  • JACOBS, Thomas Frederick. ColA (31-36); 21 years; 10 January 1942
  • LEWIS, Ronald George. MaB (32-38); 21 years; 3 September 1942
  • MACINTYRE, James Galt. ColB (24-30); 28 years; 29 July 1940
  • McKINLAY, Allen. MidB (20-25); 34 years; 22 November 1942
  • OLIVER, Jack Russell. MaA (31-1936); 22 years; 27 March 1943
  • O'NEILL, William Francis. ColB (24-29); 31 years; 22 May 1944
  • PASCOE, Philip Jocelyn. MidB (22-28); 32 years; 29 June 1943
  • SCOTT-SMYTH, Thomas Laidlaw, DFC. PeB (24-29); 26 years; 11 September 1940
  • SELWYN, Harold Morrey. ThA (27-35); 22 years; 3 July 1940
  • SEWARD, Frederick Phillip. LaB (31-36); 23 years; 29 June 1943
  • STREET, Richard. PeA (32-39); 21 years; 27 January 1944
  • TELLING, Robert Douglas. MaB (28-35); 24 years; 19 January 1942
  • UNDERY, Edwin Maurice MBE. MidA (20-27); 37 years; 20 October 1948
  • WILLIAMS, David Hamilton. MidA (31-37); 23 years; 5 January 1945
  • WIMBERLEY, Michael Arabin. MidA (32-40); 21 years; 24 March 1944
  • WODEHOUSE, Sydney Edward. LaB (31-36); 24 years; 17 June 1944
  • WOODHOUSE, Geoffrey Clayton Rance. MaB (27-32); 29 years; 10 April 1945

Full details of these and all other Old Blue World War Two deaths are given in the book “Freedom We Died For You” obtainable from the CHOBA Manager.


Winners of the Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012

The following Old Blues have been awarded Special Recognition Awards.

  • Robin Crane (PeA 41-49) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for “Community Engagement and Leadership”
  • The Baroness Deech D.B.E (1s, 7s 53-61) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for “Achievement in a chosen career”
  • Susan Mitchell (nee Hamilton) (1s, 7s 47-56) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for "Commitment to Christ’s Hospital"
  • Diana Gould (nee Robinson) (5s, 8s 42-51) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for “Commitment to Christ’s Hospital”
  • Charles Hazlewood (MaA 78-85) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for “Excellence in the Arts”
  • Dennis Silk (PrepA, MaA 42-50) - Old Blue Special Recognition Award 2012 for “Excellence in Sport” and “Achievement in chosen career”

Read the full details here

New activities for Old Blues Day

Grecian’s Gift

With a slightly different twist to previous years, Old Blues Day 2012 will still contain a number of a pupil-led activities, taking place in and around the Dining Hall and Quadrangle. This year the leaving Grecians are to hold a ‘March-a-thon’ the entire afternoon in aid of the Grecian’s Gift, a gift donated by the leaving Grecians, and to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Grecians are hoping to raise funds to thank the Marsden for all the brilliant work they have done and for the continuing success of the treatment and care that their cancer patients are receiving.

The Grecians would like to invite Old Blues of any age to join them in marching for such a worthy cause, with Housey provided! Donations can be made on the day or alternatively at the following website address: www.justgiving.com/GreciansEast

Thank you in advance for your support and see you on the day!

Organ Tour and Recital

  • 5.15 pm Demonstration Court Room organ and brief talk
  • 6 pm Recital in Chapel
  • 6.45 pm Optional tour of organ In Big School

Contact the CHOBA office to book a place.

Christ’s Hospital Old Blue Special Recognition Award

Christ’s Hospital recognises and acknowledges Alumni who have made an important contribution to the profile of the School through their achievement.

Nominations are sought for alumni who have made an important contribution to the local, national or international community in the course of their career, through voluntary or charitable work or commitment to Christ’s Hospital.

The Old Blues Association is seeking nominations for the award from Old Blues or others. The fields for which nominations will be considered are:

  • •    Achievement in a chosen career
  • •    Community engagement and leadership
  • •    Enterprise and innovation
  • •    Excellence in sports or the arts
  • •    Commitment to Christ’s Hospital

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 award is Friday 17th February 2012. The successful alumnus / alumna (and their nominator) will be notified by Friday 9th March 2012.

Further details of how to nominate a candidate are provided in the attached document. Click here for details

New staff in the Development Office

CH is delighted to welcome Pippa Cleary and Fran Reid as Development Officers. Pippa and Fran are job sharing the post and taking over from Anne Sartain who is leaving at the beginning of November. They will no doubt soon become well known to Old Blues as they expand upon this role and help to co-ordinate the fundraising activity currently being planned.

Pippa Cleary

Pippa has joined Christ’s Hospital from Portsmouth Grammar School where she was General Manager for the Portsmouth Festivities and Publicity & Events Manager for the school for the past six years. Pippa has many years experience in fundraising (from both public and private sectors), marketing, alumni relations and event management. Since graduating in 1990 from University with a degree in music Pippa has worked for The Japan Festival, international arts management company Harrison Parrott, Peterborough Cathedral Festival and Dean Close School Cheltenham. Pippa is living on site with her husband Andrew, the new Director of Music at CH, their son Tom who has just joined the UF in Peele A and younger daughter Becky.

"Everyone at CH has been extremely welcoming and I am greatly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead working within the Development team at CH and contributing to the future success of this unique school."


Fran Reid

Fran has just moved to Christ's Hospital with her husband, Adam, who has been appointed Head of History, and brings with her two young children, Barnaby and Iona, and many years experience in educational fundraising.

Having been born and raised in Spain, Fran is tri-lingual in Spanish and German. She came to the UK as a student, and following graduation and time spent in Chile as an interpreter for Operation Raleigh, worked first for the Prince's Trust and then the Institute of Directors in London. Marriage took her to Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire, where her husband was starting his teaching career. Over the course of thirteen years Fran established and ran the school's Foundation Office, developed the marketing and fund-raising arms of the school, worked closely with the alumni, tutored in a girls' boarding house, and for the last five years supported her husband in the running of a large boys' boarding house. She also ran the school's charity committee and taught some lower school Spanish.

Fran is delighted to be involved in fund-raising at CH: "As everyone has told me, this is an exceptional and unique school, and it will be enormously exciting and rewarding to help raise funds to enable more young people to benefit from the life-changing opportunities offered by CH."

The Annual CHOBA Carol Concert, 2011

Friday 16th December, 6pm
Church of St. Andrew, Holborn. London.

Come and join us for a festive concert; enjoy some great music performed by your fellow Old Blues with a glass of warming mulled wine and a mince pie.

Tickets are only £6.00 Adults, £3.00 Under 16's, Children under 5 free
Order your tickets today:-
visit the CHOBA Shop, download an application form PDF icon, or call the CHOBA Office

If you want to volunteer to take part in the choir or the band, simply email us at the CHOBA Office and we’ll be delighted to add you to the list.
The music is being conducted by Old Blue David Eastburn (MdA 47-55), the organ will be played by Tom Reinhold (PeA, GrW 05-07), rehearsals start at 4.00pm.

As well as music from the choir there will be festive readings given by various Old Blues, and plenty of chances to join in with the singing! It’s a great way to round up a day of Christmas shopping in the city, or to brighten up those dark winter days in your way home from work.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Order your ticket today at: http://www.chassociation.org/shop/

Christ's Hospital in the Victorian Era, by Ken Mansell

"Christ

During the reign of Queen Victoria 11,632 boys (mostly) and girls were admitted to Christ’s Hospital (CH) to be educated at its establishments in London and Hertford. A new book - Christ’s Hospital in the Victorian era - by Ken Mansell, who was at CH between 1953 and 1961, tells the story of these children and the School they attended. Read more ...

Attendance at Old Blues Day, and the "5 and 10 Years On" Reunion

Photographs of the day have been published. Click here to view them.

20 Years On Reunion

It is with regret that we are cancelling the 20 Years On Reunion on Saturday 7th May due to insufficient numbers

MEMORIAL SERVICE - James Forbes, Old Blue and former Treasurer (LaA 34-41)

A Memorial Service for James Forbes, Old Blue and former Treasurer, will be held on Wednesday 11th May at 3pm in the Chapel at Christ's Hospital. All are very welcome.

To assist with arrangements on the day it would be most helpful if you could notify us if you plan to attend. Please either telephone Vicky Haigh on 01403 247405 or email cksec@christs-hospital.org.uk

New statuettes of a Housey Boy and Girl

Appearing on sale for the first time on Old Blues Day will be newly commissioned statuettes of pupils in Housey uniform, created in bronze resin and standing 10" high on a wooden plinth. The statuettes were created especially for CH by Peter Hicks Ltd., a well known producer of small statues as commemorative memorabilia, and feature a boy and girl in full Housey.

A single statuette (either a boy or a girl) will be available at £99 plus £7 post and packing or a pair (2 boys, 2 girls or a boy and a girl) are available for £190 plus £10 post and packing, all prices inclusive of VAT. These are very attractive items which are sure to sell quickly.

 

If you would like to place an order please contact Margaret Wadman on 01403 247665 or by email to administrator@chassociation.org or visit the CHOBA shop http://www.chassociation.org/shop/

The Blue Magazine – Advertising Opportunities for your organisation

The next edition of The Blue will be published in December 2011 and will include further information about CHOBA, its members and their activities. This publication is distributed free of charge to approximately 7000 CHOBA members. The magazine will also be available to view online. CHOBA is able to offer a number of corporate advertising opportunities to Old Blues as we did for the 2010 issue. If anyone would like more information, please contact Margaret Wadman on 01403 247665 or email at administrator@chassociation.org

Survey on the way!

Advance notice to let all Old Blues know that there is to be a major survey from Christ’s Hospital which is due to be sent out around mid-January next year. The idea behind this is to help us to get our communications with you as up to date and as relevant as possible. Please do complete and return this – we’ll even include a pre-paid envelope. There are some exciting initiatives currently being put together and we wouldn’t want you to miss out!

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For the younger Old Blues, perhaps?

CHOBA now has a presence on Facebook. Click here to check it out. The new Facebook page will be updated with events information and photos.

New CH Merchandise available for 2010

GCSE Students receive their results at CH

A new range of CH merchandise for 2010 is now available,
and can be ordered online via the

CHOBA Shop

We have CH silk single crested ties, a new range of cufflinks,
hooded sweatshirts, polo shirts, fleece jackets and rugby shirts.


2010 Grecians' Ball

The Grecians (Upper Sixth) Leavers’ Ball was held on Friday, 2nd July and had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme, with trumpet-playing white rabbits, the Queen of Hearts, servers wearing giant playing cards and the Mad Hatter and March Hare in evidence.

The Ball began with a reception in the Head Master’s garden where, in keeping with the theme, drinks were served in ill-matched crockery and jam tarts given out to all. A dinner dance with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party followed with dancing to a live band made up of musicians, of whom some were are Old Blues. All this was organised by the Grecians, who elect a pupil committee six months prior to the event, to manage the preparations for the Ball and harness their creative skills in making props for the theme. The Committee was led by two staff, Ian Stannard and Amanda Walsh.

The Ball traditionally takes place on the last night of the academic year and represents the start of a series of traditions that date back centuries. The following day (the leavers’ last day) begins with a formal Chapel service with "The Charge", which has been read for over 450 years. The service is followed by "Beating Retreat", a Band performance enjoyed by parents, students and guests. All in all, these traditions are a fitting end to their education at Christ’s Hospital.

Other photos in gallery


"20 Years On" Reunion photos published

We were so pleased to welcome 23 Old Blues, their guests and families and would like to thank everyone who joined us for making such a great day!
Here's a selection of photographs from the day... link to photo gallery

If you have more photos which you'd like to share, please do send them on the CHOBA Office.


Old Blues Day Review and Photos

As we exited Big School the band struck up and a great many Old Blues watched proceedings from around the Quad, with the sun shining down. Following this, over 150 Old Blues were welcomed back into Big School for an excellent carvery-style lunch. After lunch we filed out for the afternoon activities which included visits to the Museum and Boarding Houses, Art department, Design and Technology, Science school and the Library, a debate in Court Room and a chance to use the Astronomy Club's telescope to view sun spots, not to mention savouring Nepalese food served by pupils in the Quad. There were also a number of cricket fixtures taking place with Old Blues and school teams during the afternoon.

Following on from the success of the Grecians' Fayre last year, this year's Grecians were raising money to have a fountain installed in the pond in the Garden Quad. Last years Grecians' Gift - a wonderful sundial - was unveiled on the day. The Grecians manned stalls in the Garden Quad serving tea, coffee and some superb iced cakes which they had baked themselves.

A number of Old Blues then headed off to the Riches Lecture Theatre for an interesting talk from Mr Roy Salisbury, former Clerk of the Foundation, on "The History of the Counting House".

The day was ended perfectly with afternoon tea in the Dining Hall followed by an Evensong in Chapel, complete with a mixed choir of Old Blues and present pupils singing with congregational participation under the direction of Head of Music, Adrian Bawtree.

It was lovely to see so many Old Blues of different ages and it was nice that so many brought their families back for the first time (below is a selection of feedback received from the Old Blue community). For all, it was a happy occasion and an opportunity to renew old acquaintances.

"Thank you for such an enjoyable day. The welcome in Big School set the scene for the day, and the programme unfolded beautifully. I had planned to start my journey home after tea, but was persuaded to stay for Evensong. In all, a most rewarding day, reviving old memories and making some new ones."
" I visited for Old Blues Day and had a lovely day despite only leaving as a Grecian nine months ago."

"Splendid food and cheerful children."

"It was very enjoyable... ", “... lots going on, beautiful weather and an excellent lunch!"


Who's Blue Online

Why not search Who's Blue Online, the CHOBA online contacts site, to contact long-lost friends from school?
Contact the CHOBA Office to obtain your username and password if you don't already have one.


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