The following businesses are owned and managed by past pupils and staff of Wymondham College. If you would like to have your business added, please send us your details. For verification purposes, you must be registered on the WC Association Database.
Trevor Dodd has been writing and his books mentioned here are available from Amazon - please click on the Amazon icon at the top of the front page if you are buying as The Old Wymondhamians get a very small donation! Take a look at "Hunters, Hackers and Hermits" and “A Case for Drones,” my first two novels in the Matt Talbot series. My debut book, “Trevor’s Travels,” about experiences living in ten countries and visiting fifty, can be sampled in a free pictorial summary here. All three books are available from Amazon in both kindle and paperback formats in all territories. Richard Charley was at Wymondham College from 1974 – 1981 and was in Peel, New Hall and Lincoln. With his wife Deb he now owns and runs Grizedale Lodge, a former hunting lodge set in the stunning Grizedale Forest, close to Hawkshead, Ambleside and Coniston in the Lake District National Park.
"We have eight spacious bedrooms, all with lovely views. Breakfasts are hearty, wholesome and cooked to order using local produce wherever possible. We have a large sitting room with a sunny west-facing balcony, ideal for relaxing with a glass of wine or local beer after a day of walking, cycling or exploring the beautiful scenery. We hope to welcome you to Grizedale Lodge very soon."
Heather Bayer (nee Waddell) WC ’66 – ’72 now lives in Ontario, Canada and owns a vacation rental company called CottageLINK Rental Management. 150 privately owned waterfront cottages sleeping 4 – 16 people.
Tel: 001 866 323 6698
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Marie Iryna Bush (daughter of Peter Bush who appears in the "Day In The Life" film from 1964) spent her time at Wymondham in Cavell. She now lives in North Wales and is a self employed jeweller, artist and sculptress.
Web site: www.earthdeva.com
Darren and Elena Butler both run the business which provides Sound and Audio / Visual installation services for predominantly the Church and community centre / village halls. We’re responsible for over 400 churches throughout East Anglia as well as Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Catholic Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds Cathedral!
E-mail: darren @churchsoundengineer.co.uk
CATMANDO SERVICES Hand-built wiring harnesses for classic motorcycles and spare parts for British machines from Colin Farrington.
Web site: http://www.catmando-services.co.uk/index.html
WHINHILL CIDER Whin Hill Cider is run by Peter Lynn and his partner and operates from an 18th century barn in Wells-Next-The-Sea. A variety of apple juices and smooth, full bodied ciders are sold direct to the public.
Web site: http://www.whinhillcider.co.uk/index.html
Production Engineering Solutions through Component Production and Project Management at LADBROOK MFG LTD. Chaired for the family by David Spinks.
Web site: http://www.ladbrookuk.com
Lyn Dobson has been in touch - "I am no longer running this business. I am now an artist offering pet portraits as L4 Art the Creation Station"
The Rockin' Johnnies John Dunn and John Langham carried on gigging together for 40 years after they were in the rock band Earthworks at the College in the late 1960s. They adopted the name The Rockin' Johnnies and performed throughout Norfolk and north Suffolk. Photos here. Unfortunately, in July 2009, John D. advised us that John L. had to give up playing for the time being for health reasons and, as a consequence, The Rockin’ Johnnies are no more. Tracey Annison has taken up pyrography (also known as Pokerwork or Woodburning) as a hobby, and decorates various wooden, leather and other items, just for fun and/or on commission.
Web site: http://www.scorchpyro.co.uk/
Annalisa Johnson (WC 1980-85) has reshaped and renamed her business, offering an arts experience for the under fives - drama, music, dressing up, story-telling and dance. She writes: "Having spent 4 years with Musical Bumps I felt the need to do something different and more engaging for me and the children, so have got some fantastic dressing up clothes, great books and lots of enthusiasm! I'm looking forward to my new venture!" The are venues in Stoke Newington, Newington Green, Bow and Islington.
Web site: www.artypants.me.uk
Leigh Gracie (member of several College 1980s bands) is now a member of funk outfit Speedometer - playing the big UK funk clubs and working with the likes of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Sir Joe Quarterman and Eddie Bo.
Web site: http://www.speedometer-funk.co.uk/
Alaster Stockwell-Jones was a boarder in Fry from 1984 to 1989, a prefect and sporting captain of the House. He now owns and runs Cardiac Care Ltd. (Bury St Edmunds), a private healthcare organisation, specialising in the provision of Cardiovascular diagnostic services to both the NHS and private sector.
Rachel Wexler (1979-86) is the co-owner of Bungalow Town Productions Ltd., producing feature documentaries for the worldwide market.
Web site: http://www.bungalow-town.com/
Alan Wright is now a painter of erotic art, with a web site at www.xposeart.com, 'specialising in the figurative female form in all its beauty.' He says "The website just relates to a hobby; can't say it keeps me out of trouble - quite the opposite in fact! But by all means feel free to promote it on the site, or in newsletters. I work for Norwich Union in my day job, but based in Perth, having moved up to Scotland with General Accident in 1986. It would be good to hear from anyone who remembers me." Vanessa Scott (Ready) opened Strattons Hotel in Swaffham in 1990 with her husband Les. They met at Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design and had dreamed of running a business around their love of food, drinking and entertaining. In 1990 they purchased and moved into, with their two young children Hannah and Oliver, the listed building which they developed into the boutique hotel. Vanessa created a 'Holistic Green' operational approach for the business which at the time was ground breaking and resulted in the hotel winning both national and international recognition for its environmental performance. Stratton's was the first hotel in the UK to win the DTI Queen's Award for 'Outstanding Environmental Performance'. Vanessa has won numerous awards whilst leading the kitchen including UK Celiac Chef of the Year and Vegetarian Chef of the Year. In 2011 she helped spear head the highly successful and inaugural Brecks Food Festival in Swaffham.