23/06/2012
Leavers of 1977-1982 Reunion
Leavers of 75-82 Reunion Saturday 23rd June 2012

Leavers of 1975 – 1982 gathered on the lawns of Old Deanery on Saturday 23rd June for a day of reminiscing and laughter. This event was kindly sponsored by an OH and was very well supported with over eighty old friends meeting for drinks, lunch,a tour of the school and an evening in Gilbies Wine Bar in Hereford. OH ‘s had travelled from all over the country and Philip ‘Walter’ Turner even ventured over from Germany. OH’s were once again reminded of nick names which seemed to abound and the years simply fell away. Robert Lawton and Richard Goodwin from Class of 82 had not been in touch with anyone from school for 30 years or more and are now back in touch with lots of old classmates. Such a good time was had by all that there are rumblings of more gatherings next year. Keep your eyes peeled on the OH website and OH Facebook to ensure you don’t miss out!

Alison Beasey, Alison is currently living in North Hertfordshire and has two sons, aged 21 and 17. Spent 9 years in the Vet dept at Whipsnade Zoo, 8 years as a Special Constable in Hitchin and now runs a dog walking/home boarding establishment and offers parking spaces for Luton airport. She visited Andy Thornewell OH and his wife Kristina in South Africa last August.

Nigel Beaumont is a design manager for a new pharmaceutical plant being built in Teesside, starting construction in August 2012.

Paul Brodholt is married to Cate and they have three children. Moved to Ross-on-Wye from London after changing career from BT to plumbing. He now lectures in plumbing and spends all hours rowing and coaching rowing at Ross Rowing Club

James Caiger has two children, Charlie 22 and Georgina, 19. He writes, ‘ I live in Verona, a wonderful old farmhouse in hills. I still have a flat in Kingston upon Thames. I teach a little English, garden and work in a Vespa dealership restoring old scooters. I spend most of my time with friends, sailing on Lake Garda Laser 2, trekking or climbing, riding madly quick motorcycles, play in the Verona Volleyball championship, Kayak and tennis. Love my new life. My girlfriend is Julie, a French climber whom I met in Corsica this year. I return to Hereford to see Mum and Dad twice a year. ‘

Sarah Wells nee Edwards, I am a physiotherapist living and working in South Wales. I lived and worked in Australia in the 1980s for 3 years before coming back to the UK. I am married and have 3 children. I took up rowing in my 20s and rowed for Wales which I gave up when we started a family and now keep fit playing squash and circuit training.

Simon Ellis, Married to Anna Ellis OH. I have three older children, Rosie 23, Laura 21, Jacob 18 and Jasmine 8. Currently working in Cheltenham for Kier Construction and enjoying Herefordshire life. I sing with Ross Choral Society and am a member of Hereford Lions Club. Still playing the guitar and enjoy running with my dogs.

Dr Jeremy Evans, “I am currently a General Practitioner in Stevenage, living in Bamburgh, Northumberland! I also run a travel expedition business, lecturing on expedition medicine as well as an aesthetics business providing Botox and Fillers. I play squash, golf, dive and trek. I have two children George aged 24, working in missile design in Bristol and Frances aged 22 working as a paediatric A&E nurse at the JR in Oxford.”

Julia Graemer (nee Budd), After leaving school Julia trained to be an osteopath at British School of Osteopathy. She practiced in Reading until 2004 then had a complete career change and moved with her husband Simon to Switzerland where they now run a catered ski chalet in the Davos Klosters ski region. She has 2 sons and a daughter. School oarsmen may remember her father Dr Michael Budd who coached school rowing in the late 70's and early 80's, he sadly died in Oct 2010.

Tim Hague, I left school for Birmingham University to read Chemistry, graduating in 1982, having met my wife Gail there in my final year. Settled in Cambridge, where I still live, intially working in banking. Moved into the IT industry, where I have worked for the last 26 years in many roles spanning consulting, sales, programme management, general business management and now work as a Director at Openreach, having built a services business there. Gail and I celebrate our silver wedding this year, still living in Cambridge. We have two children, Tom aged 22 doing History and Spanish at UCL, and Rosie aged 20 doing English and Drama at Loughborough University. I carried on playing rugby into my mid-thirties, when I took up coaching for 6 years. Now I just go to the gym, play a bit of golf.....and have just rowed the English Channel for charidee, raising £40k... Congratulations to Tim from the OH Club!

Alec Harding, After studying for a music degree at St. Andrews University Alec Harding worked for a large church in central London before offering for ordination. He trained for the Church of England ministry in Durham, was ordained in York Minster in 1989 and served as a curate in Thirsk, North Yorkshire (1989-93)and then as a Team Vicar in Hereford. Since 2000 Alec has been Vicar of St. Mary’s Barnard Castle (County Durham). He became the Area Dean in 2003 and was made an Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral in 2011. He is married to Kim, has four children and loves the North of England.

Richard Hince, Richard was hoping to be able to come to the reunion but was tied up with deadlines for the Olympics and sent his apologies.

Damon Holliday (was Hodgkinson), Damon lives in Horsham, Sussex, with Judith and their four children Rachel, Miriam, Naomi and Michael. He works as a consultant Trusts and Estates Practitioner with Arnold Fooks Chadwick in Mayfair.

Dr. Paul Howard Jones, Paul is a Reader in Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol. His particular area of interest is applying our understanding of cognition and neuroscience to enhance child and adult learning. His research explores the benefits offered to education by emerging technologies, aided by a critical consideration of underlying cognitive processes. Paul lives in Bristol with Katie and between them they have five children. He regularly returns to Hereford to see friends and his parents who live in Breinton.

Clive James, Married to Lindsy and lives in Hereford where he is Council Tax manager for Herefordshire. He is still rocking with his band XL5.

Jonathan Preece (still waiting!!!)

Stephen Gardiner, Stephen studied at the University of Cambridge. He is married to Louise and they have three children. He works as a GP and lives in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Mark Giles, Mark is married to Judy and lives in Hereford where he works as a computer coach

Des Harty is currently living in Vietnam with his wife Karen, two daughters and son.

Neil Herbert, is employed by LloydsTSB where he has been since leaving school in 1979. He is currently working as a Commercial Manager in their Business Centre in Leominster. Neil is married to Sue & they have two boys, Michael (18) who has just started at Worcester University & Adam (16) at Hereford 6th Form College

Anthony Joel (nephew of Charles Neil – former School Chaplain) lives in Bath and works for the local NH Trust. He was front page news in Bath for his heroic achievement in rescuing someone from a burning car wreck. He enjoyed meeting up with several old classmates at a 50th birthday celebration last year.

Andrew Lawton, After leaving HCS Andy was accepted into The Sandhurst Military Academy. He later joined the Thames Valley Police in Royal Berkshire as divisional Motorcyclist which is where he became an Advanced Class 1 Police driver on motorcycles and cars. He then became the Franchise Manager in South Kensington for the HR Owen premier dealership supplying Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini and Land Rover. It was during this period that he was invited to join the team at British Heritage Bespoke Tours. Andy has always loved the written word and has almost completed his first novel. Watch this space!

Oliver Linton, Oliver studied at London School of Economics and UC Berkeley, California and is a Fellow of Trinity College and Professor of Political Economy. He is married, has four children and lives in Cambridge.

Colin Meneaud, Colin and his wife Val have lived in France for the last six years where Colin is now pursuing his love of fishing. www.sweetchestnutlake.co.uk

‘I very rarely get back to the UK, in fact one night in the 6 years since I have been here, we are very 'tied' to our business. On Saturday 23rd June we have 4 anglers arriving here for a week, so I have absolutely no chance of getting away, I'm doing airport pick-ups/drop-offs and we are catering for them for the week. Perhaps next time it will land better for me and I will be able to sneak back over, if there is a next time!’

Richard Fitzwarine-Smith, After 20 years of happily teaching Maths and ICT in Telford I have started my own business to inspire teachers to make better use of ICT in schools. www.amazingict.co.uk . At the moment I work in five different schools each week and thoroughly enjoy it. I have created a few spoof videos that old school friends may enjoy. http://www.amazingict.co.uk/fun . Being silly is still a big part of my life!

Nigel Stewart, Nigel is currently living near Lytham St. Annes with his wife Sherry and children Alana 11 and Jacob 10. He is a Procurement Director with Hewlett-Packard but is much more excited about his work on an album of songs for release in 2013.

Kevin Thomas, Kevin studied at Birmingham University. He is married, lives in Birmingham and works at Birmingham International Airport.

Steve Thomas, Steve is married to Allison and they live in Epsom, Surrey. They have two daughters – Beth who has just achieved excellent GCSE’s and is now head girl at her school and Megan who has just entered her GCSE year. Steve’s company, The Eurofinance Partnership has just been awarded Retirement Planning Firm of the Year.

Mark Wynn, Since leaving school Mark has lived in Reading, California and now resides in the South of France. He sent news of …

Clive Prout, Clive is working as The Sabbatical Coach. His interesting story can be found on www.thesabbaticalcoach.com

Sian Alderton nee James, Sian Alderton( nee James) married to Steve, with 3 children- Will (22) Megan (20) and Rhiannon(17). Enjoying living and working back in Hereford as Assistant Headteacher at Aylestone. Life is always busy but fun and it is lovely to see people from school, when the years just drop away.

Caroline Smith nee Alfa is married with two children and lives in Shetland

Richard Atkinson, Air Commodore Richard Atkinson CBE MA (O.H. 77-81?!) was appointed to the Order of the British Empire, in the rank of Commander by Her Majesty the Queen on the 22nd February 2012. He was appointed to the Order for his service as the Air Officer for Scotland - the head of the RAF in Scotland - and as the Station Commander of RAF Leuchars.

Jeremy Attwood, After leaving HCS Jeremy studied at the University of Southampton. He is married and works for Belkin International.

Helen Bemand lives and works in London

Ashley Brown, Ashley is Account Manager at British Polythene - living in Worcester and playing veterans football

Robert Cannings, After leaving HCS Robert graduated from the University of London. Now working as Global Product Manager for Bayer Biologics in Davis California who commercialise environmentally friendly solutions for food production and control of vector pests. Lived now in USA for 8 and the last three in California. I have 4 kids of which 2 are at college and 2 at high school.

Jackie Chapman nee Croudace, Lives in Hereford. Married to Neil, with two children, Nicholas 27 and Sarah 23. Earlier this year a small reunion lunch was held at All Saints Church with old OH friends.

Alison Jones nee Bowler, Alison is married to Winston. They have three daughters and farm at Dorstone. The OH Club send their sincere condolences to Alison and family after the recent death of her brother Richard “Hatty” Bowler.

Rosemary Smith nee Pritchard, Rose married recently and lives near Tewksbury, Gloucestershire.

Suzanna Lifely nee Watkins, “I'm married and living in a village just outside of Gloucester. I've got three boys aged 15 to 20 and I help out with my husband's business.”

Jo Diamond, Jo has two daughters, lives in Battersea and works in the city for a large Swiss bank. He is still playing in bands (you can buy him on i tunes!) and is still riding a motor bike!

Carol Duncan nee Withers, Carol is now half way through training as a social worker at Sheffield University where she originally did a botany degree after leaving school. She is married with three children, two of which are at University. She moved back to Sheffield in 2000 after living in West London for 11 years raising a young family. She tries to visit Hereford occasionally and would love to get back in touch with 'old' friends. Her favourite activity is dolphin spotting and she regrets not living nearer to the sea!

Jamie Eastaugh, “Having enjoyed school so much, I came back for an extra year in the sixth form so actually left HCS in 1983. From there, I had three very enjoyable years at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and went on to work for a regional surveying firm in Devon and qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1989. Following a quick (6 month) round the world backpacking trip I moved to London for what was supposed to be a 5 year plan. 22 years later I am still there! I am married to the gorgeous Phillipa (thank you again to the Cathedral Choristers for singing at our wedding in 1994) and have two boys. I am a partner in a firm of property consultants called Cluttons and am responsible for our commercial property division. Herefordshire still features large in our lives and we visit regularly. I am delighted to say that my elder son is, like his father , a Hereford United fan.”

Anna Ellis nee Brookes, Married to Simon Ellis OH, we have one daughter Jasmine (8) who attends The Elms School at Colwall where I have been teaching Year 2 full time since September. During the last couple of years I have been teacher training and working with students in schools around the West Midlands and also as supply cover in local schools. It has been fabulous catching up with old friends recently at our 30 year reunion. Let’s not leave it so long next time!!

Tim Evans, “Living very happily in Breinton with Louise, Emily (9) and Ben (3). Emily is in Year 5 at HCJS and Ben is wearing us out rapidly. Currently working on two interesting and innovative "Eco" projects in the Malvern area with fellow O.H. Stuart Speight.”

Tom Forryan, “I have been the pastor of Derby Road Baptist Church here for the last fourteen years, am married to Lucy and we have four sons aged 19,17, 11 and 8.”

Andrew George is now living in Spain

Gareth Giles, Director of music at St James church Weybridge. Director of music of Weybridge male voice choir. Director of the Weyward singers. Performance co-ordinator at St James school and Manby Lodge School, Weybridge. Assistant musical director of treble clef ladies choir. Accompanist to the Walton and Weybridge operatic society. Resident pianist at the RAC Country Club, Epsom and the Petersham Hotel, Richmond. Also works as a piano theory and organ teacher and a study skills tutor for 6th form and university students. Active as a choral composer and has recorded 8 solo CDs. Sons, Xander and Edward are both currently studying for A levels.

Mark Grifffiths, I am living now in DC and have been in the States for 25 years. I never imagined I would live abroad – you know I never travelled abroad until my first cycling trip with Dan Townsend OH when I was 17. I am sad that I lost most of my connections to the UK and especially to London. My family still lives in Shrewsbury though so I do pop back once or twice a year. And I have fed my daughter 14 a diet of Welsh castles each time we return (of course plenty of British TV too from dvds and Netflix, so she is an anglophile too. She studies Latin using the same Ecce Romani we studied with Mr. Brookes and Pete Skinner!

Rob Lawton, "Decided at last that I need to do some motorcycle racing and 2012 was my year to enter the BEARS F1 (an acronym for British, European and American Racing and Supporters) within the British Historic Racing Club (pre 85 non Japanese bike). Having just obtained my Race licence after spectating at the 1st race of the year, I found myself on the grid at Cadwell Park in May. I won 4 races at Snetterton, 1 at Lydden Hill (where I also crashed out), a few second places too thoughout the year, got the lap record for Snetterton within the BEARS, and the lap record outright for that weekend at Darley Moor.

I’m hooked now and looking for some challenges for next year. The bike is a Laverda JOTA, which usually provokes a blank look from guys under 45 but is generally regarded as an Italian icon of the 70's "

Karen MacDonald nee Glover, I currently live in Cheltenham with my husband Rob and my16 year old daughter Hannah. I met my Canadian husband Rob, whilst travelling in Australia 23 years ago and he has put up with me ever since! We spent our first 10 years in Canada where I worked as a paediatric nurse and moved back here in 1999. I now work in medical sales and Rob is the headmaster at a local prep school. I really enjoyed catching up with a lot of OHs this summer and admiring how young we all still look!

Janette Glover, Janette is currently training to be a teacher and lives and works in Hereford.

Nicola James-Moore, Living and working in Oxford as a Community Dietitian specialising in the under fives and working freelance as a National trainer on a preventing childhood obesity project. I’m also enjoying (?!) and adjusting to life with teenagers – 2 sons, 15 and 17.

Catherine Jenkins nee Perry, After leaving HCS Catherine trained as a Norland Nanny and then spent many years working as Purser for British Airways. She lives in Hampshire with husband Gareth and they have one son.

Ruth Kramer, After leaving HCS, Ruth studied at King’s College London. She now lives in Cheltenham where she works as a teacher.

Matthew Merrick, Matthew studied at Glasgow School of Art on leaving HCS and is now living in Glasgow and Principal at the Ailter studio. He is married and has two daughters – aged 3 and 6.

Steve Michael / David Michael, ‘I was at Durham Uni with Adrian Kelsey OH We still have family around Pontrilas and were back Hereford way last year for our cousin's wedding. He's got an 18 year old - took him a while to propose :) I'm married with 3 children - oldest away at Uni now, and Dave is also married with 2 children. No twins, expecting that to skip a generation to our grandchildren but not for a while yet hopefully!



Ceri Mort, ‘Married to Clare - 3 kids Barney 15, Emily 14, and Phoebe 10. MD at a Virgin Company in London. live in Crouch End.’

Alastair Pace, Alastair studied Engineering at University of Cambridge and now works for Jones Lang La Salle in Belguim as project leader for Benelux, France and Switzerland

Martin Parry lives in Hereford and works at Impact Print

Martin Phillips, From HCS I read Physics at Bristol. After graduating I moved to the south-east and have been here ever since. I did start work as a production engineer for the oil firm Schlumberger but moved into production management quickly. After 4 years there I spent a couple of years managing a software packaging company before becoming the Customer Service manager for an American mail order company Danbury Mint. After two years of managing call centres and warehouses, the company were brave enough to let me have a go at marketing. I did this for seven years, selling Wedgwood china and Waterford Crystal products as well as developing Lord of the Rings products (before the films) and becoming the world’s biggest seller of Steiff teddy bears. In 2000 I set up my own business and have been working around the world ever since, as a consultant and also with my own businesses. In recent years that has meant a lot more online work. I’m hoping to add some work in South America next year to tick off the last continent on my list. Outside work my proudest achievement is my 22 year old daughter, who has just graduated. When not working to pay for Lauren’s shopping bills, I do a lot of (unpaid!) work trying to turn the country politically red again. Always Labour, I am a member of the Party’s National Policy Forum and help develop European, economic and business policy for the party. I haven’t been to Hereford for a few years now, as my parents moved back to Wales, but I still love the city and county. Sorry to miss the reunion, but hopefully Anna will organise that mass 50th birthday party in 2014 or 2015.



Alex Plant, After leaving HCS Alex studied at North East London Polytechnic. She is now living in Hereford with partner Brian, engaged, teaching children with emotional and behavioural problems in Leominster at The Larches, a school for children in care but after fourteen years now looking for change in career. Any offers considered!

Andrew Popp, On leaving school I studied at North Staffordshire Polytechnic but spent most of my twenties climbing up rocks. I eventually got it together and gained a PhD in History in 1998. I met Diane in 1986 and we married in 1997. Theo was born in 1994 and Clara in 1998. Very sadly we lost Diane in 2006, after a long illness. We currently live just outside Liverpool and I am a Reader in Business History at the University of Liverpool. I will publish my third book this autumn.

Louisa Davies nee Powell, Our son, Edward, is 18 on 4th June in the middle of his As. He is going on a boys' holiday on at the beginning of July as we have earmarked the w/e of 23rd for some sort of celebration (our 20th wedding anniversary is on 6th June - so it's a bit of a double-do). Current plans are that we may go to Rome for a long weekend. We lived in St Albans for 10 years whilst Nigel was in construction in London and then moved to Suffolk when he went back to Uni to do a MSc and moved into telecoms.

Elizabeth Porter, I'm working for Cardiff Library Service, where I very much enjoy the literature promotion aspect of the job - organizing events for children and running reading groups. I have recently rediscovered the delights of Latin and am working (slowly) on a translation of Georgics Book IV, inspired by the bees in my city neighbour's back garden. Tamlyn has kindly lent me her Latin dictionary and we still meet in the pub once a fortnight.

Suzanne Catchpole nee Pritchard, Left HCS in '82, straight to LloydsTSB plc. Still there 30 yrs later as a Commercial Risk Manager. Often travelling to Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol and London. Still living in Hereford. Married to Tony, with a 15 year old daughter Abi, who's Head Girl at Kingstone High School.

Richard Quek, Richard graduated from Wolverhampton Polytechnic and now works for Leach Group. He lives in Halesowen and is married with children.

Tamlyn Rabey, I have been with Ed Johns OH for 22 years and married for 9. Two children, Dylan (nearly 16) and Bethan (11). They are lovely, though I do say so myself. We live in Cardiff not far from Liz Porter OH. Ed is a teacher and I work for the Welsh Government. Two cats, one camper van.

Tim Reed, After HCS went to South Bank Polytechnic and got a BSc in Estate Management, then came back to Hereford. Got married to Jo in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor year later. We then had three children now aged between 11 and 21. I now own/ run a small firm of Commercial Property Consultants in Hereford, and still bump into a number of OH's quite often and still go to watch the Marches 7's each year!

Beth Rees, Beth has lived in London since leaving HCS. She has had several jobs, one son and one husband in that order

Simon Richards is married with three children and lives and works in Hereford.

Richard Slade works as a lawyer

Mark Sutton, On leaving HCS Mark studied Engineering Science at Lincoln College Oxford. He is now IT consultant and Director of Visual Software Construction and lives with his family in Bristol.

Jeremy Thomas, Living near Ledbury with my wife, Louise and 2 kids Henry, 14 and charlotte 12. Recently left KPMG after 16 years and now operate as an independent consultant and interim manager. Now on board of Ledbury Rugby Club and tour regularly with under 15

Dan Townsend, Living in Somerset ( just can't seem to avoid dwelling in cider places) and London during the week - married to Mel with 3 teenage children- terrifying how much wiser they are than I was at the same age. Celebrated 25 years in the alcoholic drinks industry in August this year- we will find any excuse for a celebration in our business. Would love to hear/catch up with any OH's that remember me if passing through London on their travels- can always find somewhere for a decent glass of Penfolds!

Steven Wardle, After leaving HCS, I went to Worcester College for a year before landing a job at a Chartered Accountants. There I spent five years, gained some qualifications before moving on to Countrywide Farmers, initially in the Finance Department and now an Internal Auditor.



Outside of work, my 20's and 30's were spent living in Worcester. Travel and music have played a major part in my life with various mini-adventure trips undertaken around the world - highlights being sailing around the Greek islands, climbing Kilimanjaro, scuba diving in the Red Sea and swimming with dolphins in Goa.



One such friend I met on my travels was an Australian by the name of Jim Abbotsmith. His father taught Religious studies at St Andrews Cathedral School in Sydney. You may recognise the name of the school as this was where a certain Mr Nicholson spent the year 1977/78. If you recall he located there as part of a one year teacher exchange with Mr Beavis - he of Computer Science and Maths - I just remember him reeling out rolls of computer tape!!!!



A consequence of that year in Sydney was that Martin and Jim's Dad became very good lifelong friends. Unfortunately, I lost touch with Jim and his family about 10 years ago, but not before spending some time visiting them in Sydney. Whilst there, Jim's Dad, by this time retired, treated me to a meal at the top of Sydney Tower and then took me to his old school, St Andrews, where he wanted to introduce me to the Headmaster. Sat behind the desk was none other than Dr Allan Beavis. What is more, as a proud enthusiast of the world's Cathedral Choir Schools, he was wearing none other than a HCS tie. I don't think he recognised or remembered me - I wasn't the sort of student most people remember, but it was at that moment I realised how small the world is.



Nowadays, my world-wide travelling is on standby since becoming a father seven years ago to Elizabeth. Then five years ago, I met Lisa, and her wonderful daughter Gina, who is now 13 - my parents had given up all hope of me ever settling down!!! Within a year of meeting we were engaged, within another we were married and within another year we had a beautiful daughter, Amelie, who is now three. We all live happily in Hanley Swan at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Life is idyllic........perfect!

Ian Warren, Ian is still drumming and lives and works in Herefordshire. His band recently played for the HCJS Summer Ball. Ian is celebrating his 30th Wedding Anniversary to wife Caroline and has recently become a grandfather. Double congratulations!

David Archer, David has lived in Atlanta, Georgia for the last 15 years. He is married with three daughters and works at Emory University.

Kevin Bolton, Kevin is married to Carolann and lives in Bromyard where he works at Nozstock:The Hidden Valley and Celtic Marches Beverages.

David Croll, Shaken but not stirred by last year's tragic earthquake, David Croll is still based in Tokyo where he runs a drinks company importing craft whiskies, beers and spirits from Europe and sends Japanese whiskies back the other way. His company also produced the inaugural Tokyo International BarShow earlier this year, attended by nearly 8,000 bartenders and consumers.

Guy Maughling, I am a consultancy partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC): I lead our consulting business in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, though I live in Kenya (so, a ridiculous number of air miles and a passport full of stamps in a year). What does a management consultant do? I advise businesses on how to make things work faster, better, cheaper. My wife, Katie, and I have two young daughters: Rebecca (7, nearly 8) and Hannah (just 6). Our home, which we visit twice a year, is in Crete where we grow olives, produce olive oil and eat fresh fish with lemons picked from the tree in the garden. We have just bought a house in Hereford 5 minutes' walk from HCS; the girls are already planning when they go there (hoping they get through the entrance exam...). This means I will have to get out of Africa reasonably soon, which will be with some regret after two spells of nearly 14 years in total: it's awesomely beautiful, incredibly frustrating, sometimes shocking, very funny (I've never laughed so much), often terrifyingly scary, but never, not ever, dull; anyone reading this from school may recognize the restlessness and fear of boredom exhibited in the classroom.

Mark Nottingham, Mark has three children, is married and lives in Ramsgate. He heads up the office of Mary Honeyball MEP, working regularly in Strasborg. He is still a regular visitor to Hereford for visits to family, friends and Hereford United!

David Tidmarsh, David has been an IAPS Headmaster for the last 15 years and is currently in Northwood where he is Head of a boys’ prep school. He still returns to Hereford to visit family and friends.

Lee Shutler, Lee has spent most of the last 20 years out of the country in Italy, Japan and Korea but is now back in the UK. While currently working in Broadstairs, Kent he is writing an EFL coursebook for the German middle school market which will be published in Germany in 2013. He will also be going on a teacher training tour of Siberia in November 2012...visa permitting

Mike Rumsey, “Left Hereford post uninspiring A-levels, and after graduating from Swansea and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (no imagination) ended up working for IBM in Portsmouth. Met my wife there and, 2 children later, left the UK in 1999 to spend 11 years living and working in Paris - tremendous experience, not least as both our children are bi-lingual, maybe making up from my appalling efforts in Mr Stafford’s French lessons . In 2010 an opportunity came up in Singapore (still with IBM) and we all decamped to South East Asia for another life experience. Boys are now 18 and 15, with the eldest in his first year at Bristol Uni (gets brains from Mother) and the youngest doing his GCSEs through a British School in Singapore. I go back to Hereford regularly as my sister still lives there, and I look back on my time at HCS with great fondness - maybe not for any great academic achievement, but certainly for a strong sense of self worth and resilience that I put down to surviving 8 years as a boarder in School House. I still occasionally see old HCS friends, most recently at a 50th birthday party in Malvern (Tim Francis, David Hailey, Adam Sinclair, Cerydwyn Bessant, Jamie Sear). I also bumped into "Edge" Parker at a film premiere in Hereford around the same time, who greeted me like he had seen a ghost. Having recovered, he explained that he had had a conversation about me a few weeks earlier with another OH Tom Godfrey and here I was standing in front of him - small World. Anyway, way too much information so how about "Mike Rumsey (1979, aka "Bumble"), still alive and kicking in Singapore".

John Hardy, I have been a freelance composer for 30 years or so, but in 2010 I took a radical move and became head of contemporary music at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Website www.johnhardymusic.com

Edward Hardy, Edward is now Prior at Pluscarden Abbey, a Catholic Benedictine monastery in Moray - not far from Findhorn & RAF Lossiemouth. He joined the monastery in 1985, after several years in the army, then a couple of years teaching.

David Hay (71-77), ‘”I am still working at BT as Head of Heritage (ie I'm an archivist) after 25 years, my wife Alison is a teacher, our daughter Miriam graduated in Classics from Warwick this year and has stayed on to do a masters, our son Jonathan is in his second year at Essex doing Biology (or Biological Sciences as they call it these days). Relaxation is my classic Triumph TR, and just bought a cottage in the Peak District, so half an eye on retiring in a few years, sooner if BT throws me out!”

Ben Gilg, “Honeymooned in New Zealand in 2006 with my second wife Clare and moved here a year later and love it. Have a daughter Penny from first marriage and now got 2 Step grand children , eek, who are lovely and we miss them both so come over to England every two years. No cricket playing these days , just the golf! Had a blast following the RWC around and was lucky enough to be at Semi's and Final. Say hello any other OH's and if any heading down this way always a cold one and bed free”

Stephen Prior, “Having left the idea of marriage and children until rather late in the day, now at 52 I have seen the light and am recently married with 14 month old twins (one of each). This delay has allowed me time to get a lot of travelling under my belt. For the last 7 years I have been Africa Sales Director for De La Rue, the world's largest commercial banknote printer. Prior to that I spent 10 years with the same company in other roles covering Africa, Europe and the former Soviet Union. For the 5 years preceding this I was living in Moscow, first of all working for Rank Xerox and then selling equipment to Siberian steel works. Watching the Soviet Union collapse from the inside was quite an experience but at least it taught me how to drink vodka. In the 10 years following my degree in Mechanical Engineering, I had a variety of jobs, firstly living two years in the Middle East working in the oil industry, followed by a stint in Switzerland, then a job based in the UK but travelling a lot in Europe, each job getting one step further from my engineering roots and closer to my current sales position. My interest in old cars persists and the 1929 Austin 7 which I used to drive myself to school in still resides in my garage here in rural West Sussex, hopefully one day for the twins to drive themselves to school in.”

Howard David Atkinson OH, It is with great sadness that the Old Herefordian Club learned of the recent death of Howard David Atkinson OH, aged 50. Our sincere sympathy to his brother Richard Atkinson OH and Howard’s family.

Extracts taken from a Eulogy written by Richard John Atkinson OH , 6 December 11: on the occasion of Howard’s funeral at St Mary’s Church, Alderbury nr Salisbury. Howard was born on 19 Sept 1961, in Worcester, first-born to Ken and Wendy Atkinson. Howard’s primary school teacher, Mrs Jauncey, remembered Howard as a lovely, ‘little’ boy; possibly the only person now who would think of Howard as ‘little’. Our father remembers mighty Howard, at 12 years, lifting tree trunks in the garden that he couldn’t even move and, at a similar age, on the rugby pitch, Howard picking up the opposition’s 2nd row, one of them under each arm! For myself, I think of Howard’s incredible tolerance and forbearance as he always ceded ground to a frustrating little brother; most particularly when I shot him in the thigh with an air rifle, and I remember him lifting the school bully, who had rounded on me, clean off his feet and hanging him on a coat peg. Mostly of course as a gentle, caring and dedicated giant, as we all care to remember Howard. Schooling, most notably in St Albans and at Hereford Cathedral School, was where Howard’s ability as a rugby player came to the fore. Playing, from the age of 14, for the county adult side and trialling for England U21s, Howard was thwarted only by an unintentional injury, caused by his former school-mate, the subsequently international player, Paul Thorburn. It was at Hereford where Howard met his life-long friend James Hawkins. At Howard’s recent 50th birthday party I caught a glimpse of Howard and James just sitting quietly chatting and smiling, gently holding hands; two properly good, loving men, bonded in a life-long honest friendship. University for Howard was at Manchester where he studied Ancient History and Archaeology, touring the country on his motorbike for archaeological digs; transitioning from giant boy to mighty man.

Ordnance Survey training in Southampton was followed by a posting to Blackwood, surveying throughout South Wales during what was to be the end of the mining communities and valleys era, which we know was moving for Howard. It was through the Ordnance Survey that Howard met Helen. Howard was subsequently posted to the Cardiff Ordnance Survey office where former colleagues and friends, and Helen, will remember Howard’s sense of duty, friendship, hard-work and diligence. Howard married Helen on his birthday, the 19th Sept, in 1987 and set up home initially in Penarth and subsequently in Dinys Powys where Emma and Laura were born. Howard re-joined the scouting movement and became well known in the community. Howard saw this as a way to introduce himself and to give something back to society.

The family moved to Ross on Wye where, still with the Ordnance Survey, Howard moved into the world of marketing and computer mapping, and of course Edward joined the family. They moved to Alderbury in 2000 as Howard transferred to the Ordnance Survey Head Office where Howard and his work ethic were held in very high regard. In all, Howard worked for the Ordnance Survey for 23 years of proud, diligent service, responsible at the end for leading the Ordnance Survey’s provision to the whole of Central Government; we are very proud. The Ordnance Survey and his friends and colleagues there have been a major part of Howard’s life, and clearly Howard has been a major part of his friends and colleagues’ lives too. The Director General of the Ordnance Survey, Dr Vanessa Lawrence, has written of the high regard in which Howard was held and notifying Helen that their flag will be flown at half-mast today.

In 2006 Howard was taken on by ESRI Limited, a computer-mapping company keen to benefit from Howards’ expertise, as head of sales to local government; and we know how seriously Howard took his sales targets. Howard was extremely well-liked by his team at ESRI and his Managing Director today described Howard as a delightful man, always cheerful, always professional and extremely hard working. Howard was known for his integrity, patience, energy and good fun as well as for his fierce pride in his work, but also as a ‘peacemaker’, well known for keeping the team working together for the greater good.

Howard will be remembered for his values; his respectful nature, his honesty and team-work, his selflessness to provide for his family and to give to others, and his sense of hearty, healthy fun through honourable endeavour. These characteristics define Howard for the man and properly great citizen that he was. As Howard would remind us: always look on the bright side of life.

Howard David Atkinson: brave, fun, dedicated and selfless to the end.
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