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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

Due to holidays we have two 100 Club draws to report on:

The June OW STAR 100 Club draw was carried out at the OW Golf Day held at Sprowston Manor Hotel and the winners were:-

Kathleen Jephcote [Jackson] - resident of Nuneaton
[by chance David, Kathleen’s brother, was sitting next to me at supper!] - £500.00

Johanna Griffiths [Cook] – resident of Belton near Great Yarmouth - £200.00
&
David Cook - resident of Farnborough - £75.00

The evening was a little bit special as it is now 65 years since the first intake of pupils entered Wymondham College in 1951. It was great to see so many of our fellow alumni from that era. We were also joined by Margaret Norton, Eileen Baron, Pam Seeley & Mervyn Taylor. It was an excellent evening amongst like minded people with Wycol as the common bond.

The July OW 100 Club draw was carried out at The Gin Trap in Ringstead and this month’s winners were:-

John Mayes - resident of Thetford
&
Chris Chamberlin - resident of Harold Park, Essex

Cheques in the sum of £55.00 have been sent.

We were joined by Alan Bridges, Sandra Howard, Jennie Foster [Clarke] & a new attendee – David Tudor - who lives close by in Dersingham and is married to fellow Wycol pupil, Hilary Garrard. David kindly carried out the draw for us. Alan kept us entertained with stories of Ringstead village life as he spent most of his childhood there.

The Gin Trap was taken over by new owners last year and they seem to be doing the right things judging by how busy it was for a Wednesday evening. But maybe that was due to the start of the Summer holidays now that the schools have broken up. A good selection of East Anglian beers were on offer including Adnams Southwold bitter, Woodfordes Wherry & Greene King IPA.

Please click here for a photo showing, from front left, going clockwise:- David Tudor; Jennie Foster [Clarke]; Phil Robinson; Alan Bridges; Steve Read and Sandra Howard.

The August OW 100 club draw will be held at the New Hall Reunion on Saturday 27th August at The Sandboy, Bawsey, King’s Lynn.

Hope to see some of you there.

Best Regards,

Phil Robinson
OW 100 club administrator - Philrobinson55@btinternet.com

 
     

OW Travel Award

Old Wymondhamians Travel Award

Each year the Old Wymondhamians provide a Travel Bursary to a current Year 13 student. Pupils undertaking some form of travel and activity after leaving the College, either in their gap year or before going on to further education, are encouraged to apply for the award. The activity should, ideally, have some purpose or benefit for persons other than the student and is awarded at the end of the Easter term.

This year Lottie Mountford was successful in her application.

Lottie is going to Masaka in Central Uganda for 10 weeks between January and March 2017. She has written about what she will be doing and the reasons behind the trip and this can be read here.

She still needs to raise some money for the trip and if you would like to donate, however large or small, you can do so via her Just Giving website.

 

 
     
To recognise the 65th Anniversary of the College and to raise funds for the Pavilion Appeal a Halloween Ball will be held in the Sports Hall on the 29th October. The Ball will be a Halloween themed event with a 5 course dinner, an auction, magician, live music and much more.

The sports hall will be transformed with blackout drapes, special effect lighting and dry ice - even the menu is themed appropriately !! The evening promises to be a magical night for staff, parents and former students. Please click on the picture for ticket details.

There have been some great donations for the Auction already but if you are able to offer an auction prize or know of someone who may be able to, please get in touch.

There are also commercial sponsor packages available, please contact Justin Smith for details.
 
   
   

 

July/August Update

 

Sixties Bunch

Apologies if anyone went to the Tyburn Pub on 23rd July. It had closed but unfortunately a note couldn't be put on here as I was on holiday. Philip emailed as many people as he could and a group did meet at The Metropolitan Bar in Marylebone.

New Hall Reunion

Jennie Foster (Clarke) and Steve Read are planning a reunion this year on Saturday 27th August at The Sandboy, Bawsey, King's Lynn. It is aimed at the New Hall crowd and for leavers from the years 1973, 74 and 75 although everyone will be welcome. If you are interested in attending please contact Jennie on jennifer.foster1@sky.com for further information. Also see the Future Reunions page for details. Jennie is looking for several of her fellow Wakefield boarders from 1967 - see the Where Are They Now page.

Sad News

We have been advised of the passing of Allan 'Fuzzy' Chilvers. Allan was part of the Grammar School intake in 1951 and he used to operate the projector for the Saturday film shows we had in those early days. He passed away in Dorchester Hospital and the funeral is in Belper, Derbyshire.

We have also been advised of the passing of Michael Gooday on 27th June aged 79 years. He was a former Vice Principal of the College, retiring from the College around 1993 after some 22 years’ service.

 

 

 

 

 

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College News

Leading Norfolk figure Lady Ralphs passes away at the age of 99
Norwich Evening News

She was governor of Norwich School, Wymondham College and Culford School and was president of the Norwich branch of the United Nations

 

“Do everything you can” to get your children a place at Wymondham ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Wymondham College has been included in a list of 20 schools society magazine Tatler claims are the “creme de la creme” of the state sector.

 

 

100 Club Update - OWs in 2013 - Click here for the latest news and for information on how to join.
     
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OW's in 2013 David Spinks has written a few words outlining our current situation and a call for new OWs to help with various functions on our Committee which can be found here.  
     

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