The Old Philologians Association
The Annual Dinner - 2009
On Wednesday 28th October, 123 Old Philologians
and their partners attended the Association's Annual
Colin took up his post as P.T. master
after Wilf Finbow left the school and
East Anglian Lunch
The first East Anglian Lunch was held
on 25 November in The Old Fire Engine House in Ely Cambridgeshire,
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The Old Philologians News Letter
Following the death of Ted McNeal, the Committee will be sending out shortly a newsletter, which will contain tributes to Ted. As an interim measure, Dick Durran
Many will be sad about the passing of Ted McNeal who died on 22nd May 2009 after a protracted period of poor health. Due to the Bank Holiday weekend the funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised and details will be published on this site as soon as possible. Those members who are on the Association's list who are contacted by email will be advised of the funeral arrangements direct. Caroline, his daughter, has said that
Funeral Arrangements Ted's funeral is to be held at 11am on Friday 5th June at: Breakspear Crematorium Breakspear Road Ruislip Middlesex HA4 7SJ The family have decided to have flowers from the family only. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Ted's memory to the family's chosen charity should make a cheque out
Annual General Meeting 2009
The Annual General Meeting was held at the old school, 248 Marylebone Road on Wednesday 8th April 2009. The attendance was a little disappointing with just about twenty hardy souls who made the journey. The normal reports from the Chairman, Peter Sayers, the Secretary, Peter Walter and the accounts for the year were presented and accepted. Copies of these may be obtained from Peter Walter. The President Sir Brian Vickers, the Chairman Peter Sayers and the Secretary Peter Walter were all re-elected as officers of the Association. Although considerable disappointment was expressed at the absence of the President, due we understand through 'flu. Our new Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Les Payne, was elected and grateful thanks were extended to Brian Gedalla who retired from the post after sixteen years of service. Ted McNeal and Rob Tims offered themselves for re-election to the Committee and were approved nem con. Dick Durran regretted that he felt obliged not to stand because of travelling difficulties late at night from Matlock. We were delighted that Paul Duncan volunteered himself and was elected. The Secretary was pursuing the Honours Boards with the view of these being installed again at 248 Marylebone Road. The Association's thanks were extended to Andrea Greystoke, Head of Abercorn School, for allowing us to use the old school premises for this meeting. Our thanks also are given to Michael Springate for organising the buffet including wine. ***
Forest Green Pilgrimage - 2009
With the Forest Green pilgrimage arranged for 5th July 2009.I thought the review published in the Daily Telegraph of 28th March 2009 of THE PARROT would be of interest to our members.
PINT TO PINT
Our guide to British pubs. This week: The Parrot, Dorking Your first visit to The Parrot is a bit like your first day at boarding school. Everywhere you look, there are wooden pillars, venerable old flagstones and lots of older boys and girls who clearly know what they're doing. Add to that the warren of interlocking eating and drinking areas, each with their own sub-nooks and crannies, and it's not unusual for first-timers here to feel a bit lost. There isn't, however, any bullying.
It's not unknown for staff in busy pubs to get irritated with new bugs who don't know the ropes, but you don't get the bar folk here drumming their fingers while you collect your thoughts. And they need collecting.
There aren't many hostelries where you find yourself confronted by a whole side of raw lamb dangling from a hook. Or a full-scale designer butcher's-cum- delicatessen (crusty bread, cheese, charcuterie, mutton pasties), separating the lounge bar from the dining room.
The reason for this combining of country inn with retail outlet is that the people who own the Parrot also own a farm just down the road, where they rear the animals that become the meat that gets cooked in the pub's kitchens (or sold over the counter). A little "G" (for home grown) denotes which dishes on the menu are made in-house (such as burgers, steaks and sausages).
So alluring is the Parrot's plumage that the car park is almost as big as the adjoining village green while, as well as the fire-warmed honeycomb rooms indoors, there are scores of outdoor tables and picnic sets, as well as grassy knolls on which to loll.
Indeed, while the market town of Dorking isn't synonymous with walking, it does rhyme with it, and despite being just five miles out of the town centre, you're in the thick of the Surrey wildwoods.
They serve suitably rustic real ale, too, in the form of Ringwood Best (3.8% abv) Youngs (3,7%) and Ringwood Old Thumper at 5.6%. The beer comes at the rather urban price of £3.50 a pint, but so well-shod is The Parrot's clientele, it barely ruffles their feathers.
* The Parrot (Forest Green), near Dorking, Surrey (01306 6211339, www.the parrot.co.uk
On 19th November 2008, sixty-five members and guests sat down at the Royal air Force Club for the Old Philologians Annual Dinner, which was chaired in his inimitable manner by our President Sir Brian Vickers. Although the numbers attending were a little below those experienced in recent years there was the usual buzz of conversation as old friends were reunited. It was good to see Wilf Finbow, Colin Bosley, Norman Rogers and Mr Daulat, all past staff members, looking hale and hearty.Regrettably, Ted McNeal & Rory Hands were unable to make it this year and our best wishes are sent to both. Our guest of honour and after dinner speaker was the Rt. Rev. Michael Henley, past Bishop of St. Andrews and Chaplain to the Fleet. A resume of his speech can be viewed by clicking here.
On sale at the dinner were packs of six Greeting Cards, one depicting the front of the school and the other the Mill at Forest Green. These two pictures are from watercolours by H.W. Llewellyn Smith, past Headmaster of the school and are reproduced by kind permission of Colin Bosley. Click here to view samples of both cards & how you can order.
There was a discussion on one table about the words of the School Hymn. I thought that it would be nice to publish the words as they do not appear in Ted McNeal's history of the school. Click here to view the words.
Unfortunately being tone deaf I cannot remember the tune to which these words were sung.
Some of our members may remember Parvez Kumar who was born in India during the last decade of the British Raj. As a child he experienced the horrors of the Partition, the uncertainties that Independence brought to a new India, and the takeover of China by the Communist Regime. Educated at the Lawrence School Sanawar, one of the top boarding schools in India, and at St. Marylebone Grammar School in London, England (1956-59), he graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer from Imperial College, London, in 1962 and obtained a Doctorate from Southampton University in 1968. He has lived in seven different countries, assimilating their cultures, while his varied and successful career in aviation and space included working in the academic, industrial and government sectors in the UK, France and Canada. As a former glider and power pilot, and a flight test engineer, his experience is enviable. He pioneered many 'firsts' in Canada's Space Programme and is considered by some to be ranked amongst Canada's space pioneers.He has just published his biography "The Cry of the Eagle" details of which can be obtained from www.trafford.com/08-0858 It sounds like a good read