"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 May OW 100 Club draw was carried out on Wednesday 19th May 2021 at The King’s Head Hotel in East Dereham and this month’s winners were: - 

David Jackson - resident of Eggleston, County Durham 

Sue Leaford [Muir] - resident of Worcester Park, Surrey 

Cheques in the sum of £55 each have been despatched. 

In attendance were:- Simon Turtle, David Howard and his wife Geraldine, John Mewse and his partner  Anne, Liz Bishop [Sasada] and Neil, Steve Read and Philip Robinson 

We were able to sit out in the extensive beer garden at a large table with beer barrels as seats! When the sun went down it was a trip back to the cars for overcoats [and an order of hot coffee for Liz!]. Another pleasant evening in good company.  

The June 2021 OW 100 Club draw will be held at the OW Golf Day & Reunion which will hopefully be held on Friday 2nd July at Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich     

 The July draw is normally our opportunity to head up to the North Norfolk coast to carry out the draw. Whilst a venue has still to be chosen, the intended date will be Wednesday 21st July 2021.

Take care all. 


Phil Robinson

OW 100 club administrator - Philrobinson55@btinternet.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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A quick reminder - if you need to order anything from Amazon, please click on the image on the left first, the link will take you to the normal Amazon page but the Old Wymondhamians will get a small percentage of what you spend - at no extra cost to you!  







Would you like to buy a Wymondham College bespoke branded belt?

Please click on the image left to https://www.mybelt.co.uk/wyc

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

£5 to the College for every one sold.




June Update  


       Sad News

 Phil Robinson has informed us of the passing of Bruce Horrex.   Bruce was in Salisbury house and started in 1964, we think. He was a King’s Lynn lad and his father used to own the Majestic cinema and played the organ prior to film screenings.  He had not been in good health for a number of years and he was in a care home for at least the last five.  The following is from the local newspaper:

 HORREX - Bruce. Passed away peacefully, on May 10, 2021, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, aged 68, of King's Lynn. Much-loved dad of Laura. Dearly loved brother of Helen and uncle to Sam and Simon. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral service at Mintlyn Crematorium, on Wednesday, June 2, at 10am. Donations, if desired, for RNLI.


 OW Golf Day and Reunion 2021

  We are still  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.

This will be confirmed after 21st June. 

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



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