2015 Archived Items
Annual Dinner 2015
The 2015 Annual Dinner was
held on 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Air Force Club in
Piccadilly. A lower than normal group of 65 Old Philologians
and their partners attended. They sat down to an excellent
meal of Asparagus Soup, Supreme of Chicken Cordon bleu filled
with ham and gruyère cheese, followed by Fresh Fruit salad,
and Coffee. The chair was taken by Antoni Repa and the after
dinner speaker was John Okukenu (1968 - 1975). A copy of
his speech may be downloaded here.
Regrettably your reporter forgot his camera and therefore
we have no photographs to display
We are sad to
announce the passing of Sir Michael Beetham.To
read his obituary which is published courtesy of the Daily
Telegraph Click here.
Annual Dinner will be held at
the Royal Airforce Club, Piccadilly on Wednesday 28th October
2015. A ccopy of the invitation can be downloaded here
Wilf's funeral arrangements
are as follows:-
Tuesday 23rd June 12.30 Service
at St Giles Church, Ashtead, Surrey
14.00 Cremation at Leatherhead
Afterwards at The Bear, Leatherhead
Road, Oxshott. If you could let members know, and they could
reply directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if they
wish to attend
We have just had the sad
news that Wilf Finbow passed away on Tuesday 5th June. Details
regarding his funeral will be announced later.
Sir Brian Vickers
The Association is pleased
to advise its members that our President, Sir Brian Vickers,
will deliver this year's prestigious Sam Wanamaker Fellowship
Lecture at Skakespeare's Globe Theatre on Thursday 11th
The lecture entitled "John
Ford and Feminine Virtue" will be given in the
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at 7 pm. This Sam Wanamaker Fellowship
Lecture is given in honour of the American actor, director,
and producer who founded the project to rebuild Shakespeare's
Globe. He died in 1993 after 23 years of tireless campaigning,
advancing research into the appearance of the original Globe
and planning its reconstruction.
Sir Brian is an academic known
for his work on the history of rhetoric, Shakespeare, John
Ford and Francis Bacon and was knighted for his services
to literary scholarship in the New Year Honours of 2008.
Brian attended St Marylebone Grammar School between 1948
It is with great sadness that
we have to announce the passing of Rory Hands our President
Emeritus. He passed away on Thursday 2nd April. He was 96.
His funeral is being held at 11am on Thursday 23rd April
at All Saints church in Fulham. OP members are welcome.
A memorial celebration will also be held on Friday 25th
September. There are no other details yet.
I append below Mike Springate's
tribute that will be circulated with the Spring Newsletter.
RORY HANDS & SMGS.
Roderick Kirton Hands known
to generations of boys and masters at SMGS as 'Rory', finally
graduated to the highest seat of all learning on Maundy
Thursday [April 2nd] while I, aptly, was singing [from Arthur
Somervell's passion oratorio] "Greater love hath no man…".
To define dear Rory, in one phrase - "greater love had no
teacher for his boys". Rory devoted his life to those he
taught. Among the many inspirational teachers with which
our school was blessed, he stands out in our memories for
his humour, his lightness of touch, the width of his knowledge
of drama and poetry, the ease with which he taught us, his
ability to excite enthusiasm, and his demonstrated belief
that all boys were capable of reaching beyond their grasp
if shown how. Originally destined for RADA, Rory's frustrated
ability to perform emerged through his use of music and
drama to communicate - and to produce a string of school
plays of a quality even noticed by the national press. As
I knelt above Tim Robert's recumbrant Caesar, spattered
with tomato ketchup, intoning "Oh, pardon me, thou bleeding
piece of earth" his advice was in my mind: "Don't look at
him! You'll just start laughing again. Mourn, Mourn!" After
retirement, with his dear wife, Kate, he welcomed the visits
of his old pupils and followed their careers and progress
with interest and not a little pride. I treasure the moments
we spent sitting in his garden at Putney, telling him what
we had done, what we planned to do, and reminiscing of a
Grammar School non pareil. It is no surprise that his son,
Tim, heads the finest academic school in the land. It's
in the blood. Final judgement. A teacher who commanded respect
with affection. Who made learning accessible - EASY. Exemplar
of the ethos of the place. "Well done, boy!" We shall not
see his like again. Mike Springate. 13/IV/2015
The first event for 2015 is
the Annual General Meeting. This will be held as normal
at Abercorn School on Wednesday 25th March. The arrangements
are that we meet from 6.30 pm with the meeting starting
at 7.15pm. Please advise Peter Walter that you will be coming.