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Class of 1950 Reunion 2018
Report of the ‘Class of 1950’ Reunion meeting held at The Five Lamps Pub on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
The weather over the previous weekend had been very cold, snowy and bad and I had had apologies from seven of the group so I feared that the meeting might be very small. In the event eleven of us made it! As usual the meeting was very informal, but was, I think, enjoyed by all who were there.
Those present included Mike Gadsby; Godfrey Gamble; Alan Goodwin; Rod Hunter; David Pratley; John Richmond; Richard Turner; Bryan Walton; Keith Whittle and John Williams. We were also joined by Barrie Sheard, Archivist, – who also brought with him a fascinating framed piece of original oak panelling from the actual wall of the St. Peter’s Churchyard Schoolroom into which a pupil (Thomas Holden 1692) had carved his name during the 17h century. (See photo above)
On this occasion we were not able to organise a group photograph!
Those who sent apologies and also good wishes to the whole group included Neville Barr (in USA); John Bishop; John Dring (Australia); Mike Eyre (Family Funeral); John Gascoigne; Tony Holmes; David Hughes; Geoff Neaum (Jones); David Owen; Allan Squires. (If you are counting I know there are ten names here, but three of the apologies reached me at or after the meeting!)
John (Dring) has confirmed that he will not be visiting the UK this year.. The next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 2nd October 2018 again at the Five lamps Pub starting just after 12 noon. I will try to send out a reminder by email a few weeks before – but please put it in your diary.
Finally, it is sadly appropriate to mark the date of David Swain’s death on 9th March – the news of which did not reach me until after our meeting. I circulated the information to all on email.
All very best wishes to you and to yours. Hope we shall keep in contact and (some of us) meet again on 2nd October 2018 again at the Five Lamps Pub around midday.
Alan Goodwin (1950-1957)
School Appoints New Head
Derby Grammar School have announced Dr Ruth Norris as their new Head who will start in post in September.
Dr Norris is currently Director of Academic Excellence and Head of History at Denstone College in Uttoxeter. Prior to this she has been Assistant Head at Lichfield Cathedral School. She is committed to ensuring that pupils excel in the classroom as well as engage whole-heartedly with all that a broad-based, holistic education can offer.
In her roles to date she has gained considerable leadership skills, working with colleagues to drive forward significant school improvement and growth.
Dr Norris read History at Robinson College, Cambridge and completed her Doctorate at University College, Oxford. She represented both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the sport of fencing, and competed at British National level.
Tim Wilson, Chair of Governors at Derby Grammar School, said: “The Governors carried out a thorough process of selection before coming to a decision. Ruth impressed us with her commitment, and demonstrated her abilities as a dynamic and visionary leader.
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