The de Selincourt Society – Clayesmore’s Military History Society’s inaugural meeting

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:50

The Inaugural Meeting – 5 Nov 10. The de Selincourt Society convened its inaugural meeting on Guy Fawkes Night attracting 26 members across all year groups and staff. The meeting was chaired by the Head Boy Joshua Cheung with the opening address delivered by the Society’s patron General Stephen Andrews. The evening’s keynote lecture was presented by Commander Mark Newland RN who spoke on ‘What is the Point of Military History?’ The lecture was followed by questions and some lively conversation and debate in the school Drawing Room.

The aims and origins of the Society The Society is named after a former Headmaster of Clayesmore, Aubrey de Selincourt, who was a distinguished and passionate military historian in his own right. It exists to promote discussion between pupils across all year groups of the school, staff and external military history organisations. The Society’s scope is wide allowing members to listen and debate subjects as diverse as individual battles and campaigns, the evolution of strategic thought, the impact of technology on warfare and military command and leadership. Firmly founded in the principles of historical enquiry and scholarship the Society aims in the words of the Patron to be ‘...lively, learned and inspiring and a forum for seeking an insight into the human drama that is war and battle.’

Forthcoming Events The next Society event, a lecture on the Campaigns of Napoleon by Joshua Cheung (Upper 6th), is planned for 1830-2000 on 7 December. The lecture will be followed by questions, a debate and a short Reception. The 2011 lecture programme will commence in mid January with a discussion of the development of Counter-Insurgency doctrine by James Somper (Year 11). Plans in the New Year also include a visit to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and a Society Dinner in the Summer Term.

Clayesmore are British Schools Orienteering Champions!

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:50

Clayesmore’s orienteers are the 2010 Small Schools British Champions once again this year making this the 12th time in 15 years that the school has brought the National trophy home.

Anthony Gordon Edwards 1936-1937

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:50

The Society is sad to report the death of Anthony Gordon Edwards on 13 November at the age of 89. As a young man of 18 in the RAF he was rescued from Dunkirk by swimming out to the small boats. As a radar technician, he spent part of his working life in the Middle East.

King's Win House Music Competition

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:49

Well done to all the girls in King's for another brilliant win and special mention to Arisa Ota for her grand finale in every way - not only was she the last act to take the stage this was her final ever performance representing King's and to Charlie Day, Rosie Nicholas and all the Upper Sixth for leading the house to victory. A great and well deserved win.

Adrian Geoffrey Leslie Turner 1940-1945

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:49

The Society is sad to report the death of Adrian Turner, a pupil at the school from 1940 to 1945 who had gone on to a career in the Diplomatic Service.

Geoffrey Gillett (1947-1953)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:48

The Society was saddened to learn of death of Geoffrey Gillett suddenly but peacefully at home on Tuesday 21 September aged 75 years. A retired deputy headmaster, Geoffrey had taken up writing poetry, some of which was featured in the 2009 Old Clayesmorian Magazine. He is survived by his wife Freda, children and Andrew and Kate and grandchildren Josy and James. The funeral service will take place at St John the Baptist Church, Woodsford on Friday 1 October at 2.30pm.

OC Jenny Coles presents cheques totalling £100,778.34 to three charities on behalf of Tractor Girls 2010

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:48

Congratulations to Jenny Coles and her Tractor Girls who last evening presented £33,592.78 each to Cancer Research UK, the Motor Neurone disease Association and CLIC sargent as a result of their John o' Groats - Land's End Run in the summer. An amazing total of £100,778.34 if my maths is correct. And more to come for the Irish MND Association, to be presented later for their trip across Ireland. Well done girls!

First Class Honours for OC Thomasin Bailey

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:47

Congratulations to OC and former Head Girl Thomasin Bailey who has been awarded a 1st class honours in her degree in English and Comparative Studies from the University of Warwick. Thomasin has returned to Clayesmore to provide maternity cover in the English department, prior to returning to Warwick next year to study for her MA.

J Brian Davies - 1939-1942

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:47

The Society was sad to learn of the death of J Brian Davies at home on 24 October 2009. A former banker, he was director of several companies and Liveryman and Freeman City of London.

OC Henry Bailey passes out of Sandhurst

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:46

OC and former head boy Henry Bailey (2003-2005) passed out of RMAS on 13 August 2010. He has been commissioned into the Royal Corps of Engineers. David Cameron was the Sovereign's representative.

OC Charlotte Hewett wins music competition at Britain's first classical music festival

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:46

OC Charlotte Hewett has won the vocal section of the Serenata Stars competition at the Serenata Festival this weekend. The competition was organised by The Classical Festival Company to show their dedication to creating a serious platform and opportunity for up and coming unsigned classical musicians and vocal artists. With a panel of expert judges, and an award of £10,000 to be shared by the best musician and vocal artist, together with coaching and mentoring from the headline artists and the opportunity to perform live on stage with a full orchestra and the leading performers on the last night, competition was fiercely contested with three "Clayesmore" contestants making the cut of those contestants asked to perform in front of audiences and judges at the festival itself. Along with Charlotte, current pupil Bryony Purdue also made Saturday's final and this year's head girl Laura Fairlie took part in the semi-final.

Jock Beesley (1945-1949)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:45

The OC Society was saddened to learn of the death of Jock Beesley who died peacefully at home on 15 August aged 80 years. A former Head Boy and Captain of the School, he was married to Anne and father to Clare and Edward.

The funeral will be held at Bettws y Crwyn at 2pm on Monday 23 August.

Samarthji (Sammy) Lal (1950-1956)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:45

The Society is sad to report the death of Dr Sammy Lal on 1 November 2009. After Clayesmore he studied Medicine at the then Polytechnic Institute, now South Bank University and Guy’s Hospital, University of London, graduating in 1962. He would move to Canada where he became an acclaimed Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the McGill University Center for Research in Schizophrenia, Montreal, Canada. Winner of the 1997 prestigious Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Distinguished Scientist Award for Schizophrenia Research. Full obituary to follow in this year's Old Clayesmorian Magazine.

David Frances Millington Crossley (1941-1945)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:44

The OC Society was sad to learn of the death of David Crossley on 17 June 2010. A former head prefect, he was living in Scotland at the time of his passing.

Robin Denson (1962 - 1964)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:44

The OC Society is sad to report the death of Robin Denson on 10 September 2009.

Clayesmore Prep increases in size, stature and success

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:43

Parents at the Prep School Prize Giving day have heard how the school has increased in size, stature and success once again this year. Head of Prep, Richard Geffen was able to report that, against the harsh backdrop of recession, the school had retained its firm foothold at the beginning the year with 10 more pupils than last year. Currently only four beds remain in the boarding house and the Pre-Prep, with over 40 children, is the largest it has been for a few years.

Year 9 shapes up for 'The Apprentice' Business Challenge

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:43

Entrepreneurs of the future got a real taste for the dynamics of business ‘The Apprentice’ style last week at Clayesmore as part of an intensive three day enterprise programme. This inaugural event was the brain child of Business Studies teacher, Cath Hayter who is this year’s Young Enterprise Dorset area winner of the Best Link Teacher Award. It was hosted by Hannah Towner of Young Enterprise South West and expert volunteers from local companies, as well as former Clayesmorians who are currently studying business degrees contributed their time to assist the young pupils.

OC Hugh Blandy - Extreme charity challenge in South America

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:42

On the 24th of July Old Clayesmorian Hugh Blandy, along with his cousin John and friend Edward are setting out on a challenge to cross some of the toughest terrain on the planet, ranging from ranging from the driest desert in the world, to the most dangerous road in the world, to the biggest rainforest in the world. The route starts in Cusco, Peru and finishes in Asuncion, Paraguay and is in aid of Operation smile which is a charity that gives surgery to children born with cleft pallets.

OC City Lunch - Thursday 3 June 2010

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:41

A Magnificent Seven sat down for another splendid City lunch at the Beaujolais, Lichfield Street.

Once again good food,excellent wine,great service and above all intelligent and well educated company meant that the meal finished long after four. It was agreed that it would be very much same time,same place next year.

Rodney Spokes spoke of the pleasures of supporting Leicester Tigers and a very large family funeral he had just been to in Kansas City. Hugh Thompson hoped that the Maoists would not, later in the year,disrupt his ten week teaching adventure in Nepal. Bob Mash lamented that his follow up on dinosaurs, a book on fairies hadn't taken wing. David Fangen was in serious grief, having sold his large London house to move full time to Bedchester, he had said good bye to a large part of his much loved library. Louise Smith and Christopher Johnston spent some of lunch discussing entrepreneurship. Over all this OC Chairman Andrew Beaton as always presided with quiet confidence and assurance. As he arrived late he bought an extra bottle of wine.

Hugh Thompson

Clayesmore Society Royal Ascot Trip

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:41

It was best bib and tucker on Wednesday 16 June for members of the Clayesmore Society who attended Royal Ascot for the second day of the world famous race meeting.

Those present included a mixture of OCs, staff, parents and friends of the school, who enjoyed a mini picnic of bucks fizz, strawberries, coffee and croissants in the park before joining the thronging crowds to place their bets and mingle with the great and good of the racing world, washed down with a cream tea before returning to school.

Rain Stops Play at OC Fixture against the School

Published on October 25th, 2011 08:01

Rain stopped play in the OC cricket fixture vs the School on Sunday 16 May. In a rain interrupted fixture the OC team batted first scoring 208 all out in 42 overs - Ed Calver's 40 the highest batting total.

In reply the school team reached 98 for 2 after 16 overs when the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.

During tea Hon. OC and retiring Geography master Roger Denning was presented with a miniature cricket bat and thanked for his support to the both the school and the OC cricketing teams over the years.

To see photographs from the match click here

Lt Cdr Geoffrey Heneage Drummond, VC, RNVR

Published on October 25th, 2011 08:00

A service of commemoration and thanksgiving was held in the school chapel on Friday 7 May 2010 to honor Clayesmore's VC - Lt. Cdr. Geoffrey Heneage Drummond.

For full story click here

OCs gather to remember David Spinney

Published on October 25th, 2011 08:00

On Saturday 15 May OCs gathered at the school to remember David Spinney. In an event organised by The Spinney Memorial Trust, chaired by Stephen Levinson and led by Robert Mash and Jim Tilden, former students gathered to discuss the legacy of David Spinney, 20 years since the creation of the trust in his memory. This was followed by the OC Summer BBQ on the terrace of the main house.

Clayesmore's Dorset Day attracts over 2,000 visitors to the school

Published on March 11th, 2011 09:20

"Dorset Day", an event organised by the Clayesmore Society was held at the school on Sunday 25 April. There were over 2,000 visitors to the show, including many Old Clayesmorians from all ages, former staff and current pupils and their families, as well as those visiting the school for the first time.

Highlights of the day included the family dog show - best in show was won by "Bay", a Basset/ Springer cross owned by the Peterson family and the hawk display by Mere Down Falconry. Special thanks to the Coles family, in particular Jenny Coles (OC) for arranging the showman's organ and steam engine. In addition, entertainment was provided by the Wessex Morris Men, a St George's Play performed by the Child Okeford Mummers, dancing from Steps in Time and an "open mike" folk tent. With stalls too numerous to mention arranged by The Anonymous Travelling Market selling everything from a Hog Roast to beautiful homeware, there really was something for everyone.

Gate and King's were the winners of the Inter-House Tug of War Competition.

All proceeds from the day will go to the school's nominated charities for this year which are:

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Blandford Opportunities Group Cancer Research UK The British Red Cross

OC to conduct the London Primavera at the Yehudi Menuhin School

Published on March 11th, 2011 09:18

OC Douglas Reed will conduct the London Primavera in a charity concert on Saturday 13 June at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham. The concert starts at 7.30 and tickets cost £30. The programme will include Chopin's 2nd Concerto and a Mozart Piano Concerto and Syphony.

Proceeds from the event will be divided between the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, Reedham Trust, Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation and and Reeds School Foundation.

Roy Nesford Barnes (1943-1944)

Published on March 11th, 2011 09:17

We are sorry to report the death of Roy Nesford Barnes (1943-1944) on 11 December 2008. A retired manufacturing representative and IT teacher, Mr Barnes had lived the majority of his life in British Columbia and visited Clayesmore as part of a trip to the UK in October 2007.

Clayesmore pupil completes solo flight on his 16th birthday

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:05

Many congratulations to year 11 pupil, James Fuller, who completed his milestone first solo flight on his 16th birthday recently. James has been flying for two years and hopes for a career either with the Royal Air Force or as a commercial pilot.

David William Norman (1955-1958)

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:04

The Society is sad to report the death of David William Norman in August 2009.

West of England Hockey Representation

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:04

Clayesmore pupils Jack Corbett and Will Rolfe represented Dorset in the U14 West of England Counties JAC (Junior Assessment Centre) hockey competition at the weekend and helped the side to victory in a close tournament against teams from Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Kenneth Hampden Arnfield-Michie (1955 - 1959)

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:04

The Society is sad to report the death of Captain Kenneth Arnfield-Michie (1955-1959) on 14 March 2010. Captain Arnfield-Michie was a retired helicopter pilot.

His funeral will take place at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Howe on Monday 22 March at 12 noon followed by committel at the Earlham Road Crematorium Norwich. Family flowers only please byt donations for research to the Alzheimer's Society gladly accepted c/o R B Copping Funeral Service, Chapel Lane, Shotesham, NR15 1YP.

Margaret Glazebrook celebrates 90th birthday with a number of OCs

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:03

Over 80 guests celebrated Margaret Glazebrook's 90th birthday at Drayton Golf Club, near Abingdon on Saturday 6th March. The surprise party was organised by Simon and Helen Glazebrook. Generations of Clayesmorians will remember her and her late husband, Hugh at Clayesmore Prep School. They were involved in the inaugural Clayemore Cormorants' tour to Cornwall and in many subsequent Cormorant cricket weeks. Amongst the guests were OCs Roger Ward, Anthony Watts, Colin Redston and Charles Price.

Thanks to Charles Price for this item of news.

John Martin Booker (Johnny Martyn) (1947-1951)

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:03

The Old Clayesmorian Society is sad to report the death of John Martin Booker in Vancouver, British Columbia on 19 March 2007.

Recording under the name of Johnny Martyn, John was lead singer with the Vipers skiffle group.

OC Michael Phillips is running the West Lothian Half Marathon

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:02

OC Michael Phillips will run the West Lothian Half Marathon on 23 May 2010 and is raising funds for the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (Hart).

OC Henry Bailey returns to school to teach English students

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:00

OC and former Head Boy, Henry Bailey returned to Clayesmore on Friday 5 March to talk to Year 10 pupils.

Since leaving the school, Henry has studied Arabic and Persian at Edinburgh University, spending a year of his four year course in Yemen and Tehran, finishing the course with a 2:1.

Year 10 at Clayesmore have been studying Khaled Hosseini's novel "A Thousand Splendid Suns" which focuses on the tumultuous lives of two Afghan women and how their lives cross, spanning a period from the 1960s to 2003. Henry talked about Afghanistan, giving their study of the novel a cultural context and setting.

Henry has been at Sandhurst since September 2009 and hopes to complete his officer training in August 2010, after which he will join either the Yorkshire Regiment or the Intelligence Corps.

2 OCs are Tractor Girls!

Published on January 6th, 2011 12:00

Two Old Clayesmorians Jenny Coles and Catherine Farwell are part of the Tractor Girls 2010 team. 10 girls will drive 10 Tractors over 1000 miles in the UK and Ireland in June and July this year to raise money and awareness for four charities - CLIC Sargent Caring for Children With Cancer 1107328, Breast Cancer 1089464, The Motor Neurone Disease Association 294354 and The Irish MND Research Foundation CHY1722.

In addition to the drive, the girls will be appearing at a number of events to raise support and awareness for their mission including Clayesmore's Dorset Day

More OC Sailing Success - John Burnie

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:59

Congratulations to OC John Burnie for again winning the RORC Caribbean 600 in Region Guadeloupe in 2 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes and 3 seconds. John Burnie, skipper of Region Guadeloupe spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour. "This year's race was more difficult in many respects, especially tactically because of the wind coming from the South. In 2009 we rarely deviated from the rhumb line but in this race we were constantly having to alter course to avoid wind shadow from islands and areas devoid of wind. We got caught in the wind shadow of St. Kitts and Beau Geste caught us up, we were swapping gybes with them for some time before they too hit a quiet patch and we wriggled free".

Alexander Wall runs the Bath Half

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:58

This coming Sunday (7 March) OC Alexander Wall will be running the Bath Half Marathon on behalf of QinetiQ's chosen charities - the NSPCC and Help for Heroes. Qinetiq - have agreed to match whatever funds Alex raises so if you would like to support his run for these worthwhile causes, please visit his sponsorship pages by clicking here

OC is "March" in Help for Heroes Calendar

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:56

OC Anthony Allen is the "March" page of the Young Guns, Rugby for Heroes 2010 Calendar, sold to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Copies of the Calendar are available from Rugby for Heroes

OC sailing success in the America's Cup

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:55

OC and former Head Boy Shannon Falcone (1994-1999) is part of the BMW ORACLE Team that have won the 33rd America's Cup.

BMW ORACLE Racing, the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. Race one, a windward - leeward course with 20 mile legs, saw BMW ORACLE Racing's trimaran 'USA' winning by 15.28 minutes. In race two, a triangle, with 13 mile legs, the Challenger crossed the finishing line ahead by 5.26 minutes.

Shannon is no stranger to the sea - completing his first transatlantic race with his family at the age of 3. Since leaving Clayesmore he has ventured off into the Atlantic and Pacific, with six oceanic deliveries and one world circumnavigation before becoming involved with racing, competing in regattas around the world including the Rolex Maxi World Championships.

OCs enjoy Cookery Masterclasses at Clayesmore

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:55

A number of OCs attended the Cookery Masterclasses held at Clayesmore over half term. The masterclasses in Butchery and Patisserie were lead by master butcher Lio and master patissiere Paul - both of whom worked for several years at michelin starred 5* Chewton Glen Hotel and had been organised by The Clayesmore Society and were also attended by current and former parents of the school and were held in the newly refurbished Home Economics Department at the school.

Further classes are planned later in the year - watch the Clayesmore Society section of the school website for further details.

Prep School Pupil is Guildhall Percussionist of the Year

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:54

Music scholar, Tom Highnam (13) has added yet another accolade to his already impressive musical credentials. A member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain for the third year running, Tom has now become the Percussionist of the Year at the Junior Guildhall School of Music.

OC Kim Willis (1995-1997) is a contestant on BBC 2's "Instant Restaurant"

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:54

OC Kim Willis (95-97) was a contestant on the BBC programme "Instant Restaurant" on 17 February. Competing against another amateur cook, Kim transformed her flat into a restaurant for one night only, serving up a British menu with flavours of Malaysia and Thailand.

Kim's guests praised her cooking commenting, "great location and the food was really good", and she made a profit of £117 on the evening.

Eric Linton Sutherland (1941-1945)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:53

The Society is sorry to report the death of Eric Sutherland on 12 January 2010.

Toby Conlon (1993 - 1998)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:53

We are delighted to announce the marriage of Toby Conlon (Manor 1993-1998) to Francesca Liloia in August 2009. Our congratulations to them both.

David Patrick

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:52

We are extremely sorry to announce the tragic and most unexpected death of David Patrick on the 20th November. David taught History and Classics at Clayesmore from January 1986 - July 92, was House tutor in Devine, and contributed to many areas of school life

As the time of his passing David was head of history at Sydney Grammar School.

Clayesmore's New Bursar

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:52

The new Bursar at Clayesmore, Mike Dyer, has impressive credentials. An Army Colonel, former Commander of the Royal Schools of Signals and Blandford Garrison, and a man who has commanded a troop, a squadron and a regiment on operations during his 36 year career was bound to catch the eye of the Governors when it came to making a new appointment – and so he did.

However, it is his work as Colonel of the Army Welfare Service throughout the last four years that he regards as his most challenging yet rewarding appointment and perhaps strikes the most significant chord with his work now at Clayesmore. Certainly it has played a large part in landing him what he describes as a ‘dream job’, taking over the reins from David Little who retired as Clayesmore’s Bursar at the end of last term after 12 years in post.

Amy Levinson (2002 - 2006)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:51

Readers of the November 2009 issue of "Hair Ideas" magazine may have spotted a familiar face. Old Clayesmorian Amy Levinson was the cover model.

Anne Morgan-Smith (nee Jenkins) (1987 - 1990)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:48

Our congratulations to Anne Morgan-Smith (nee Jenkins) on the birth of her first daughter - Amelie Jane on 1st May 2009.

Philip Michael Haysom (1949 - 1953)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:48

The Society is sad to report the death of Philip Michael Haysom in 2004.

David Richard Harrison (1945-1949)

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:47

The Society is sad to report the death of David Richard Harrison, a former Chartered Accountant.

Tim Mycroft 1962 - 1965

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:44

The Society was saddened to learn of the sudden death of Tim Mycroft, on 1 January 2010.

Tim was a regular on the Dorset live music scene, most notably playing keyboard but he also played guitar and sang. He also made a brief appearance in D A Pennebaker's documentary film about Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back.

The funeral took place at Poole Crematorium on 13 January and was followed by a wake at The Greyhound in Blandford with contributions by some of his musician friends.

Martin Roots

Published on January 6th, 2011 11:43

The Society was saddened to learn of the death of Martin Roots, a former teacher of Art at Clayesmore, on 5 January 2010.

The funeral service took place at Hazelbury Bryan Parish Church on Friday 22 January at 1pm followed by an interment at Fifehead Neville and was attended by a great many OCs, staff and former staff of the school.