"The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured"
US Secretary of State Dean Acheson (who was Guest of Honour at the College's first Speech Day in 1958)

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100 Club

The April OW 100 Club draw was carried out on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at The Angel at Larling and this month’s winners were: - 

Julie Harding [Ebbens] - resident of Great Linford, Milton Keynes 

David Norfolk - resident of Hethersett 

Cheques in the sum of £55 each will be despatched over the weekend. 

Finally, for the first time since September 2020, we were able to gather at a hostelry to carry out the OW draw. We did have to sit outside but managed to bag two tables in the marquee, where we were able to abide by the “rule of six” by having two socially distanced tables! It was a bit chilly but it was good to catch up with some of the regular attendees as well as a few “irregular” regulars! Overcoats and gloves were the order of the day! 

In attendance were:- 

Jerry Linden-Ball, Anne Bradley [Ashworth], Joanna Voelker [Bassingthwaighte], Sandra Howard, Simon Turtle, John Mewse and partner Anne, Beverly Sennett [Millard] and husband Richard, Steve Read and Philip Robinson

The May 2021 OW 100 Club draw will be held on Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 8pm at The Kings Head Hotel in East Dereham. 

Take care all. 


Phil Robinson

OW 100 club administrator - Philrobinson55@btinternet.com


   It is hopeful that the Golf Day & Reunion can be held again this year. The intended date is Friday 2nd July 2021 at Dunston Hall, Norwich. Arrangements will be much as they were in 2019 – Bacon cob at 11am – three course meal 6pm. Golf and Meal £47 – Meal £22. If you wish to attend either the golf and/or the dinner, please contact Bob Rowell – bob.e.rowell@outlook.com


   I have been made aware of a revitalised Facebook page recently renamed “Wymondham College Alumni” which has lots of interesting comments and reminicences:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1532014457127574

It’s a “Private Group” so you might need to be “approved” by a current member.


Just a reminder that the “The Chapel Project” appeal was launched with the aim of preserving the last remaining Nissen hut at the college. The Old Wymondhamians have made a substantial donation to this cause although it doesn’t show up on this “running total” page.


More details can be seen at here:- https://www.wymondhamcollege.org/404/news/post/41/the-chapel-project


If any of the above links do not work, please copy and paste into your browser.  Ed.




100 Club 2018 appeal

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They have interchangeable buckles which can be custom made individually at no extra cost.

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May Update   

Remembering His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

With the sad passing of Prince Philip, we are reminded that he visited the college in March 1990.  The report of the visit is here.     

Charles Hill - Science 1975-2005 - has been in touch to say that the 1990 College magazine is an also excellent tribute to HRH.  Sadly we don't have a copy of this on the site.           


Sad News

Joan Thomson [nee Woodbridge] has advised us of the sad news that John Chapman passed away on 6th April 2021. 

He had been suffering from Parkinsons for some years and four weeks ago had a fall, breaking his neck. He was doing well in hospital but died suddenly and unexpectedly. He lived in New Zealand for many years and he was at the College from 1955-1958.



 OW Golf Day and Reunion 2021

 It is hopeful that the Golf Day & Reunion can be held again this year. The intended date is Friday 2nd July 2021 at Dunston Hall, Norwich. Arrangements will be much as they were in 2019 – Bacon cob at 11am – three course meal 6pm. Golf and Meal £47 – Meal £22.

If you wish to attend either the golf and/or the dinner, please contact Bob Rowell asap – bob.e.rowell@outlook.com


 “Wartime on a Country Estate – Some Americans in Norfolk 1943-1945”

If you have an interest in what the Wymondham College site was like immediately prior to the establishment of Wycol, Anne & Adrian Hoare [teachers between 1974 and 1994] have written and published the above A4 book.

The book is about a Norfolk Country House Estate requisitioned for the war effort. On its land, an American Army Hospital was built to care for US Army Air Force casualties and later ground forces from the Normandy Campaign against the Nazis. It tells the stories of those who met there – airmen, doctors, nurses, Red Cross workers, drivers, military police, soldiers and musicians, sometimes in the own words and with their own photographs.

The book is available from Anne and Adrian by contacting them at:- adrianhoare@btinternet.com The cost is only £7.00 which includes postage and packing to UK addresses. 

Click here for a glimpse at the front cover - an image many early alumni will recognise.


CCF Volunteers needed for the College 

 The College are currently looking for volunteers to join the CCF staff and have asked us to see if any local Alumni are interested. Over lockdown, they have had several staff leave and retire and this has left the Army section with little to no staff.  Please see here the email from the Acting Contingent Commander.  If you are interested please contact the bursar and he will pass it on: bursar@wymondhamcollege.org


1951 Starters - 70th Anniversary

Maggy Skipp (Smith) has been in touch to put us straight about the 1951 Starters: 

"I have seen many guesses about how many pupils started in February 1951 so as it is our 70th anniversary I would like to set the record straight, there were 32 boys and 32 girls chosen. Two coaches picked us up on that first day, I was from King’s Lynn and first on our coach, we picked up one boy or one girl as we travelled through various villages on our way to Wymondham. On arrival our names were called and we were allocated a dormitory - 16 and 18 for the girls 26 and 28 for the boys – until it came to Rae Fuller who was given a boys number but turned out to be a girl which caused a bit of laughter – so there were 31 boys and 33 girls. I have the original photo of the first girls which is on the ‘51 page, all named and there are 33 of us".

Sadly due to the current situation, any plans the College had to celebrate the 70th Anniversary will not now happen.  It is hoped that the OWs may be able to put together an event in mid-October, but we will have to wait and see how things go.






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