08/11/2012
OH in London - Lunch
7th Lunch to be held by the Thames

The final OHiL gathering for 2012 was once more staged at Doggett’s Coat & Badge, Blackfriars Bridge, SE1 being a Nicholsons pub on the southbank near The National & Royal Festival Hall. This is now the seventh year running that we’ve held a lunchtime reunion at this venue during the autumn and the weather was remarkably mild and pleasantly warm for the time of year

Former Deanery residents from overseas reunited

G R G Jones (’48 – 53) known as Ron, had emigrated to Australia way back in the 1950’s and is now aged well over 75. However, he is still globetrotting for much of the time and it just so happened that he was on yet another tour of Europe this year ( he had previously joined us for lunch in 2010 ) hence arranged to time his visit to London so that it coincided with our November gathering. As a result, he was able to meet up with his former Deanery contemporary Dai Prosser ('46 - '52) who he hadn't seen for over 60 years!

John M. C. Levitt (’51 – ’59) is an engineer and still runs a practice in Almancil, Portugal. He had flown over to the UK to visit his youngest daughter and her family so was able to attend his first ever OHiL event. Many of us had not seen him for well over 50 years!

Michael Hankinson (’57 – ’62) has lived in South Africa for many years now where his career as an eminent composer, organist and conductor led him to meet former President Nelson Mandela following a concert he staged in Pretoria to mark the inauguration ceremony. Michael plans to retire soon and return to Britain so was over here looking at properties to purchase.

Maurice W. Moore (’45 – ’51) is from County Down, Northern Ireland and this is the third year running that he has travelled across the Irish Sea to attend our annual autumn get-together by the Thames.

Another former Deanery resident present at this event was John James OBE., (’51 – ’54) who is a member of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and a former President of Tennis Europe. He had been nominated to run in the Moment to Shine 8000 mile Torch Relay event that preceded the Opening Ceremony of London 2012. Thus, he brought along his prized specimen for us all to examine, fondle and to have various photographs taken as he held it aloft. John kindly gave an account of his experiences and that of a recent address he was privileged to deliver to a group of school children all about the Games. When he touched on the subject of the first Stoke Mandeville Games, he was amazed when almost all the pupils put their hands up and answered correctly some facts about the Olympic & Paralympic movement and that of the lasting legacy that they believe London 2012 will bring to this country.

Special Guests

We were pleased to welcome back Mrs Pamela Lancaster (an honorary Old Herefordian) who had missed the last few OHiL lunches. She is the widow of former English & History Master Roger D. Lancaster BA., (Cantab) who had joined the teaching staff of HCS as a young Cambridge graduate in 1947. He continued as a teacher at the school for another 40 years ! eventually finishing up as Deputy Head until his retirement in 1988. Pamela had reached the lofty age of 90 in October 2012 so Peter Fairman-Bourn began by striking up the inevitable Happy Birthday song and was immediately joined by the rest of the guests in perfect harmony. After all, there were at least a dozen former Cathedral choristers present to provide a rousing in tune descant!!

Mrs Patricia Brittain (née Hopewell) is the daughter of former Headmaster Jack Hopewell (’45 – ’57) who was himself an Old Herefordian between 1908 until 1911. This was her second attendance at an OHiL lunch.

Mrs Claire Morgan-Jones (School Development Officer) joined us for the fourth time having travelled by train from Hereford that morning, accompanied by Mrs Helen Pearson (Alumni Officer)

Claire was given the opportunity to say a few words about the School and made an appeal for money for the very important Bursary Fund. She illustrated how inexpensive a contribution would mean by using the analogy of the cost of a daily cup of Starbucks coffee or the price of ones national daily newspaper. Translating that figure into the equivalent cost over a period of one year, Claire said how she felt it would represent a much more worthwhile payment to make.

Humorous tribute from impromptu speaker

We were delighted to welcome back Peter S. Hill (EH ’52 – ’59) who like Claire Morgan-Jones & Helen Pearson had travelled down by train from Hereford especially to be with us for this his third OHiL gathering since 2007. As ever, using his inimitable style, Peter provided some humour as an additional speaker when he rose to propose a toast to absent friends. In fact he took the opportunity to remind us that his long term school friend from their Cathedral Prep. School days, Beverley G. Smith (EH ’52 – ’58) had died suddenly last autumn whilst performing as the Dame in a local pantomime in Hampshire. Peter said the two of them were kind of inseparable in school and were dubbed the Morecambe & Wise duo because of their antics! Peter was therefore able to naturally provide a very apt eulogy at Bev’s funeral in December 2011 and an extract of his piece can be found.
Olympic Theme - Trish stands amongst group of OHs at HCS during 1948 Games
Olympic Theme - Trish stands amongst group of OHs at HCS during 1948 Games
An impromptu 50th anniversary leavers reunion showing Michael Hankinson (centre right) with Peter Broome, both ’56 – ‘62”
An impromptu 50th anniversary leavers reunion showing Michael Hankinson (centre right) with Peter Broome, both ’56 – ‘62”
Peter Carter (OH1945-1949) & Michael Moreton (OH1942-1949)
Peter Carter (OH1945-1949) & Michael Moreton (OH1942-1949)
Nonogenarian Pamela Lancaster (centre right with purple scarf) seen here with John Matthews (L) and Peter Hill”
Nonogenarian Pamela Lancaster (centre right with purple scarf) seen here with John Matthews (L) and Peter Hill”
Olympic Theme – Torch runner John James(L) with Ron Jones & Derek Wintle
Olympic Theme – Torch runner John James(L) with Ron Jones & Derek Wintle
Scene across room towards the Thames showing guests enjoying their meal
Scene across room towards the Thames showing guests enjoying their meal
Peter Fairman-Bourn (OH 1952-1959)
Peter Fairman-Bourn (OH 1952-1959)
Peter S. Hill (OH -1952 – 59)
Peter S. Hill (OH -1952 – 59)
Olympic Theme –Group of seven OHs with Trish, all of whom remember the 1948 Austerity Games
Olympic Theme –Group of seven OHs with Trish, all of whom remember the 1948 Austerity Games
Olympic Theme – OHs with Pamela Lancaster seated (L) alongside Patricia Brittain (nee Hopewell)
Olympic Theme – OHs with Pamela Lancaster seated (L) alongside Patricia Brittain (nee Hopewell)
Scene across the room towards bar
Scene across the room towards bar
Olympic Theme – Enlarged shot showing John James holding ‘Moment to Shine’ London 2012 Torch
Olympic Theme – Enlarged shot showing John James holding ‘Moment to Shine’ London 2012 Torch
JCU James & Dai Prosser
JCU James & Dai Prosser
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