Anthony Hawkins (1954-1957)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:15

We are very sad to report the passing of Anthony (Tony) Hawkins on Thursday 13 December following a long illness. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. His funeral will take place at the parish church of Hursley, Winchester, at 1500 hours Thursday 20th December 2012.

Do you know the whereabouts of Christopher Peter Davies (1969-1972)?

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:14

We have been contacted by someone urgently trying to get in contact with the above. Unfortunately we do not have any details for him but if you are aware of his whereabouts please do let us know by email. Thank you

Old Clayesmorian elected Police and Crime Commissioner

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:13

Old Clayesmorian Simon Hayes (1972-1977) has been elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Mr Hayes, an Independent Candidate, is also Chairman of Crimestoppers Hampshire and Isle of Wight and a past chairman of Hampshire Police Authority. He was previously a Conservative district and county councillor and was leader of New Forest District Council.

Potential for an Asia Pacific Reunion

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:13

Old Clayesmorian Leigh Moylan writes -

"Hi all, I hope all you Old Clayesmorians are doing well... I would like to set up an Asia Pacific Reunion for OCs in Asia. I am currently based in Singapore as a Captain of a yacht and running a charter business... If anyone knows anyone else out here, put me in touch... Would be happy to invite them for drinks on the yacht etc. www.singaporecharters.com

All the best guys!! Leigh"

If you are interested please contact the Society by email in the first instance.

OC Playwright & Lyricist Jennifer Toksvig returns to Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:12

Old Clayesmorian Jennifer Toksvig returned to school on Friday 9 November to lead a drama workshop for current pupils.

The day was based on the work of the American academic and anthropologist Joseph Campbell who developed the idea of the monomyth - a narrative structure that can be found beneath most of the stories told in Western culture . It describes the Hero's Journey as he ventures to the unknown and encounters a series of challenges and temptations.

Working together pupils created a site-specific piece where invited audiences or teams from each house journeyed through the Main House, encountering a series of mental, physical and intellectual challenges on the way. Several spaces in the Main House were transformed into scary environments where the audience believed a virus had begun to affect people in different ways. The aim of the 'play' was to find the 'cure' - which actually resembled nothing so much as a big chocolate cake!

The pupils were responsible for everything from writing the story to creating the different environments and acting roles for the (terrified!) audience members.

The Old Clayesmorian 2012

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:06

The Old Clayesmorian 2012 is now available to view online in the Members Area of the website.

Postal copies will be sent out to all members over the next couple of weeks.

A R (Bertie) Holloway (1932-1936)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:05

We are sorry to report the recent passing of Albert 'Bertie' Holloway at the age of 94. A former Head Prefect, he was one of last last pupils surviving who remembered the school from its days at Northwood Park, Winchester. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Professor Nicholas C Handy 1955-1960

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:04

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Professor Nicholas Handy on 2 October 2012. A quantum chemist and Cambridge professor of world renown who showed how to do accurate calculations on the energies of molecules, he was living the Lake District at the time of his passing. He was also a long-serving member of the school's governing council. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time.

Professor John S Waid ('41-'46)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:04

We are sad to announce the passing of Professor John Waid in July 2012. Professor Waid went to Kings College, London and then to Oxford where his research on root fungi lead to an MSc and, in 1959, a DPhil. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.

School hits recycling targets

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:03

The school is celebrating after hitting its recycling targets for the year - so far 79% of the waste generated by the school has been recycled - a great result.

In other environmental news, we are pleased to announce that the Old Clayesmorian Magazine 2012 will be printed on 5% recycled stock from sustainable sources using vegetable based inks and will be carbon offset.

Business School Foundation Stone laid by Old Clayesmorian Christopher Johnston

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:02

The School was delighted to welcome Old Clayesmorian Christopher Johnston to lay the foundation stone of the new Business School on Saturday 15 September. Read More.

Congratulations to Hugo Purdue (2002-08)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:02

Our congratulations to Hugo Purdue who married Helen Kunze on Saturday 22 September in Iwerne Minster.

Scholarship Honours at Cambridge for 2011 leaver Declan Tuffy published in September 2012

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:01

Former pupil Declan Tuffy is celebrating after being placed in the First Class in his university exams at St John's College, Cambridge in his first year. In recognition of this he will be made a Scholar of St John's College for 2012-13. He has also been awarded a prestigious Wright Prize.

John Stanier - Clayesmore Prep School 1939-1940

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:00

We are sad to announce the passing of John Stanier, a former Prep School pupil, in July of this year.

Circles and Tangents - OCs Art in Salisbury Exhibition

Published on December 23rd, 2013 18:00

Old Clayesmorians in the Salisbury area may be interested in the exhibition Circles and Tangents at Salisbury Museum which presents a visual account of networks and circles of artists living and working on Cranborne Chase from the 1920s to the present day. Clayesmore connections with the exhibition include works by OC John Craxton, a portrait of Craxton by his friend Lucien Freud and James Allardyce who taught art at the prep school in Charlton Marshall.

A-Level Success at Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:59

The smiles and hugs at Clayesmore last Thursday morning from the moment doors opened at 8.00am told the story, with A-level success very much keeping up the promising statistics of recent years. The overall pass rate was 99% with a third of candidates obtaining top grades of A* and A.

“It’s been a thrilling morning,” said, Headmaster, Martin Cooke, “and I congratulate everyone on their tremendous achievements and thank my colleagues for their hard work and excellent teaching. Because we so strongly believe in helping pupils of all ability to take A-level and prepare for university, we are immensely proud of success at all levels. We are just so pleased to see wonderful results achieved by those who over the years, have benefited from every ounce of help our famous Learning Support Centre can provide, in just the same way as we rejoice in the triumph of those going on to do very demanding things at university.” As one parent put it in an email: “We could not have imagined that he would have achieved the success he has and are overwhelmed by his excellent grades at A level.”

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Two Major New Buildings Underway at Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:59

No sooner had pupils departed at the end of the Summer Term, then work began on two exciting new projects at the school.

Read More.

Cormorants Results 2012

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:58

The 2012 Cormorants Week was badly affected by the rain. Results of the fixtures are below.

Sunday 8 July – T20 Tournament at Bryanston

Cancelled due to bad weather. (See photograph left)

Monday 9 July – versus Canford Cygnets at Clayesmore

Cormorants 142 (Connor 62, Marsh 3 for 22, Darby 3 for 27) Cygnets 145 for 7 (Darby 32, A Dike 3 for 39)

Match lost.

Tuesday 10 July – versus Bryanston Butterflies at Clayesmore

Butterflies 277 for 4 declared (Davies 47, Weld 81, Bucknall 52 no, J Denning 60) Cormorants 102 (Owton 51, Marshall 3 for 16)

Match lost.

Wednesday 11 July – versus Arkadin CC at Clayesmore

Cormorants 221 for 6 declared (A Dike 36, Owton 90, Webb 39 no) Arkadin 192 (Dawson 69, A Dike 4 for 36)

Match won

Thursday 12 July – versus Sherborne Pigrims at Clayesmore

Cancelled due to bad weather.

Olympic Torch Relay at Clayesmore

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:57

Clayesmore welcomed the Olympic Torch as part of the Day 55 Relay on Thursday 12 July. For full story please click here.

Fisher, Roderick (1945-1950)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:57

We are sorry to announce the passing of Dr Roderick Fisher, a former lecturer in Zoology at University College London on 5th July 2012, peacefully in hospital following a heart operation. Private family cremation. Memorial Service to be held later at Bowerchalke in the autumn. Donations, if desired, for the British Heart Foundation, may be sent to Whites Funeral Directors, 12 South Street, Wilton, Salisbury. Tel. 01722 744691.

Mark Trechman (1946-1951)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:56

The society is sad to announce the passing of former pupil Mark C Trechman on 8 June 2012.

Support Matt's epic bike ride

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:55

OC Matt Swarbrick will be cycling the Lands End to John O Groat's challenge - over 900 miles in 7 days to raise funds for St. Anne's cancer hospice. You can make a donation to this cause via Matt's fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Matt-Swarbrick.

OC Patrick Fry watercolour exhibition in Porthleven

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:55

Old Clayesmorians may be interested to know that Patrick Fry will be exhibiting his watercolours at Porthleven Lifeboat Art Studio from 8-21 June.

Clayesmore Cormorants Continue Winning Form

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:54

The Clayesmore Cormorants started their season where they left off last year with a win against the school side.

Visit the Photo Gallery to see images from this event.

Charles Higham (1945)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:50

We are sad to announce the death of Old Clayesmorian Charles Higham, a pupil at Clayesmore in 1945. A former New York Times Hollywood Correspondent, best-selling Biographer, Playwright, Poet, Author of 25 books on film and theatre including Trading with the Enemy and winner of Acadamie Francais Prize of the Creators of Literature.

Click here to read his obituary in The Telegraph.

Adrian Wilkins (1959-1961)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:48

We are sad to report the death of Adrian Wilkins on 16 April 2012 at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon following a short illness. His funeral took place in Swindon on 26 April.

Clayesmore takes part in the The Big Schools' Birdwatch

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:46

Friday 27th January saw the Clayesmore Nursery and Pre-Prep participate in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch for the RSPB. Having previously set up a bird table with feeders and armed with identification sheets, the children anxiously waited to see which visitors would come.

Over the course of an hour chaffinches, robins and blue tits were just a few of the birds the children saw. All of the children were very excited at seeing the birds and it provided a good opportunity to reinforce how important it is to provide food for these animals during the winter months.

Further honours for OC Soprano Charlotte Hewett

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:44

Old Clayesmorian soprano Charlotte Hewett was joint winner of the Royal Northern College of Music Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss 2012. The annual competition, which took place in the RNCM Concert Hall on Wednesday 7 March, is open to fourth year undergraduates and all postgraduate students who intend to undertake a further year of study at the College. First held in 2001, it has been made possible through the inspiration and generosity of Joyce and Michael Kennedy who have been faithful and enthusiastic supporters of the RNCM since its inception.

After completing a preliminary round, the six singers who made it through to the final each performed a 15 minute recital featuring the songs and arias of Richard Strauss. Their performances were judged by Joyce Kennedy, Alexander Crowe, the RNCM’s former Head of Opera Music Staff, and internationally-renowned soprano Lillian Watson.

Lillian, Vocal Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, said: ‘The overall standard surpassed all my expectations. It’s wonderful that RNCM students have been given the opportunity to branch out into the singing of Strauss because it does stretch them and that is invaluable. All competitors had committed themselves 100 per cent to working on the new repertoire and this clearly showed on the night.’

Joyce Kennedy added: ‘All three judges picked Lianne and Charlotte as a potential winner, but none of us could decide between the two so we awarded them joint first prize, something we had never done in the competition before. This year, thanks to the increase in donations we’ve had, both singers received £2000 to further their studies at the College.’

Michael Hart (1944-1947)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:44

We are sorry to report the death of Michael Hart in 2011 and send our condolences to his family.

Current pupils remember the fallen

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:40

Each year The History Department offers a trip to the Battlefields for Year 10 History students. This is not only useful for their study of the Modern World period for GCSE but it is of course an unforgettable experience, which is important in terms of a wider education. Last exeat weekend, nearly fifty pupils and several staff visited the area around both Ypres and the Somme. Nico, one of the students has given us access to his diary.

To read the full story click here.

OC Sydney Reunion 2012

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:40

Event Organiser Andrew Stainer writes:

Just a quick note to let you know that we did manage to get together in Sydney on the evening of the 2nd March and fun it was too! In the end we had Bryan Fagerlund, Jackie Trevor, James Farrell, Jonathan Davies, Matt Davies, Paul Ockendon, Tony Fagerlund, and me.

Others who had hoped to come, but were unable to at short notice were Ben Sawkins (not sure what happened to Ben, maybe next time?), Andrew Dearle (based on Gold Coast and got a new job that week - seems like a reasonable excuse!), Nigel French (Last minute call to travel to Wagga Wagga, which was a shame), John Sparkes (recovering from flu - hope you are better John).

Brian Arpel, Jonathan Beadsmore, David Hammersley, Tim Abbott and Nick Wallrock will, hopefully, be able to join next time.

It was fun to get together - particularly enjoyable to talk (in fond terms!) about some of the teachers who were at the school when the older guys were there, right through to the time us young 'uns were incarcerated at Clayesmore - for example Mr. Spinney, M. MacDonald, Mr. Appleby .. what great guys! Unfortunately, despite our all being very mature and well-behaved, in true Clayesmore tradition, we did keep the publican up late. Then spilled out onto the Sydney Mardi Gras 'charged streets' of Sydney ... at gone midnight, this was a 'character building' experience!

Many thanks again to the school for contributing to the drinks kitty!

Best wishes ... and until next time,

Andrew Stainer

Old Clayesmorian shines in the UK's biggest original music competition

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:39

Old Clayesmorian Charlotte Hewett from Dorset has wowed the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition with her classical girl group The Sirens, and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned. Charlotte and The Sirens will be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final Showcase of Live and Unsigned 2012 – all in a bid to make the Grand Final at The O2! Charlotte met fellow band members Alexandra Wynn and Jennifer Coleman while studying at the Royal Northern college of Music in Manchester. The girls specialise in three part harmony and have been trained at some of the best institutions in the world to an exceptionally high level of vocal ability, musicality and professionalism. Recent engagements include singing at the MEN Arena, King George's Hall, The Royal Northern College of Music, and on BBC1. For more information about the girls, please see their website: www.the-sirens.co.uk or like them on facebook: www.facebook.com/thesirensuk .

Charlotte and The Sirens battled against hundreds of auditionees at the competition to secure a spot in the live shows. Acts that made it through auditions will now take part in a live Regional Final Showcase in front of hundreds of spectators. The best acts will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from over 100 Festival slots including Beach Break Live, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory, Strawberry Fields and Osfest. This year’s competition also offers acts an extra chance for exposure as it’s being filmed for Sky TV in an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary. Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists. Attracting over 50,000 entries in the past five years, it has set itself apart from its predecessors by offering and promoting originality. It’s now established as the definitive music competition for original acts and it’s open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.

All the acts in the competition are battling it out for the chance to play at Live Fest at The 02 in London. The Grand Final is incorporated into London’s biggest indoor festival in July. The winners will be crowned the UK’s best unsigned act. Celebrity judges involved in previous years include former Slade front man Noddy Holder, R’n’B star Shola Ama, Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, Ras Kwame, Tom Deacon and Daniel P Carter, as well as members of top bands such as The Libertines, The Bloodhound Gang, Funeral for a Friend and Kids in Glass Houses.

Acts will be competing for the main prizes which include; £10,000 to be spent on development, a £10,000 publicity investment, gigs at festivals in Canada, Italy and Latvia, a UK tour of up to 100 shows and a UK festival tour including guaranteed slots at Norfolk Spectacular, Boardmasters, Strawberry Fields Festival, Brownstock, London Summer Jam, Lancaster Music Festival and Butserfest.

Live and Unsigned has partnered with musician’s website Music Radar to offer a comprehensive winners prize pool. Acts will have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes along the way to the final including BlackStar and TC Electronic amps, Natal drum kits, Fret King Guitars, £15,000 in recording studio time plus music development classes.

Professor John Steer (1941-1946)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:38

We are sad to report the death of Professor John Steer (who attended Clayesmore from 1941-1946), on February 20, 2012 at the age of 83. On leaving school Professor Steer went up to Keble College, Oxford to read history, before staking on a second degree at the Courtauld Institgute of Art. He went on to lecturer at Glasgow and Bristol before being appointing chair of fine arts at the University of St Andrews, creating a Vistual Arts Centre there. Returning to London to become Birkbeck chair of art history, he retired early at the age of 56 and remained a member of various committes including spells as a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Musieum and a member of Royal Fine Art Commission.

OC Steffi Wilson wins silver at U20 UK Indoor Athletics Championships

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:37

Former Prep and Senior School pupil Steffi Wilson has won a silver medal in the 60m race at the U20s UK Indoor Athletics Championships, held at the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday 25 February.

Competing in the first heat, Steffi was drawn with a field including Jodi Williams, the current European record holder who has already achieved Olympic qualifying status. At the gun Steffi, not renowned for quick starts went off slowly and was in 6th place after 15 metres, however she powered through and finished just behind Jodi in 2nd place with a new personal best time of 7.66. She qualified for the final.

In the final she was again drawn in lane for alongside Jodi Williams in lane 5. Again at the gun Steffi started slowly and was in fifth at the 15 metre point. Again she powered through and finished in Silver Medal position behind Jodie W in another personal best time of 7.61.

Last night Steffi received a phone call informing her that she has been selected the GB junior relay squad training in Barcelona later this year, and will travel to Loughborough this weekend for the first of their training sessions. Congratulations Steffi.

Wall of Fame

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:36

The Clayesmore Wall of Fame is now very much established. It is very much a work in progress and also very much based on those mentioned in David Spinney’s History of Clayesmore.

Already up Edward Ardizzone (artist/illustrator), Brian Epstein (Beatles manager),Tony Hart (TV personality) and George Devine (actor /theatre director).

Going up this year Keith Mackintosh (actor/ producer with National Theatre), Stephen Joseph (theatre director ), Richard Clarkson (aircraft designer), Ron Spinney( businessman, chairman of Hammersons), Julian Rathbone (author), John Brooke-Little (senior herald), and John Craxton (artist).

Next year we hope to put up Michael Scott (TV producer), Robyn Denny (artist), Sir Marcus Cheke (diplomat) and Eric Fernihough (world motor cycle record holder) and if we can find a photo Professor John Plamenatz (political philosopher).

Are we missing any old boys or girls who have made their mark on the national picture? We have decided that only those who have passed on to the Iwerne in the sky qualify. But we are very much open to suggestions. Please send any thoughts to Hugh Thompson at scribbler2000@yahoo.com.

William Armstrong (1923-1932)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:36

We are sad to report the death of William Armstrong on 4 October 2011 at the age of 95. One of the last of the Northwood Park Clayesmorians and a former manufacturer of airplane and automotive equipment, Mr Armstrong was living in Scarborough at the time of his passing. Our condolences to his family on their loss.

Sports Quiz and Charity Auction for Combat Stress

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:35

The school charity committee warmly invite you to a Sports Quiz, Auction and Curry Night to be held at the school on Friday 16 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 per person and include a welcome drink and buffet style curry supper.

Please click here for full details.

Major Robert (Bob) Willcox MBE (Ret) (1947-1954)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:33

We were sorry to learn of the death of Major Robert Willcox who passed away on 20th July 2011 at the age of 74 from prostate cancer. Bob attended both the Prep and Senior schools and was a career officer in the army, awarded the MBE for his work in bomb disposal whilst serving with RAOC in Northern Ireland.

Adrian Drapkin (1957-1961)

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:33

Adrian Drapkin has emailed from America and writes that any OCs coming to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi or North Florida are very welcome to call.

Matthew and Michael Corica climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Julia's House

Published on December 23rd, 2013 17:32

On Feb 1st, Old Clayesmorians - Matthew and Michael Corica will be setting off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The aim of this trip is to raise as much money as possible for Julia's House.

Julia's House is a children's hospice based in Dorset that offers support to children with life-limiting conditions and also offers support to their families. If you would like to learn more about the work that Julia's House do then please visit their website - www.juliashouse.org.