It was again a pleasant summers day for our Golf Day and Reunion at Sprowston Manor. We met again at the Clubhouse in the afternoon and then in the Suffolk Suite for Dinner in the evening.
Eileen Baron and Pam Seeley joined us again this year and we enjoyed their company very much.
We welcomed Malcolm (Bish) Barnham and Joan Barnham (Smith) from Australia. Both played golf and they stayed in the Hotel with the opportunity to chat about our experiences of the past few decades.
David Jackson came down from County Durham and was accompanied by Eileen Wyatt (Pearson} and Gail Charnley who was also visiting from Australia.
Phil Robinson and Steve Read joined us again to hold the June Star 100 Club draw.
The results of the Golf Event were:-
|Winner - Men||
|Winner - Ladies||Carole Arnold|
|Longest Drive||Muriel Blowers|
|Nearest Pin||Mervyn Taylor|
|Award for Greatest Endeavour||
Arrangements can hopefully be confirmed for us to meet again on Friday 5th July 2019.
My contact details:-
Tele: 01629 582229
Carole Arnold, Malcolm Barnham, Joan Barnham (Smith), Eileen Baron, John Beales, Richard Blowers, Muriel Blowers (Curry), Tim Briston, Maureen Briston, David Burdett, Chris Chamberlain, Gail Charnley, David Clarke, Janet Couperthwaite (Wing), Barrie Croxford, Aubrey Hammond, Huby Harbord, Geoffrey Hardaker, Pat Harvey (Basey), Mike Herring, Jane Herring, Pat Howard (Marsh), Miles Howard, David Howard, Geraldine Howard, Tony Howe, David Jackson, Tony Lake, Geoff Morter, Terry Nicholls, Beverley Nicholls, David Norfolk, Steve Read, Phil Robinson, Bob Rowell, Gerry Rowell, Pam Seeley, Maggy Skipp (Smith), Jack Smith, Anna Smith, David Spinks, Sue Spinks, Mervyn Taylor, Joan Thomson (Woodbridge), Heather Turner (Reed), Bill Wiskin, Pat Wooldridge (Dack), Eileen Wyatt (Pearson), Esme Wyatt (McNulty), Tony Wyatt.
The following photographs have been sent by David Spinks.
|John Beales wins - at last!||Carole Arnold, Ladies Winner - again||Muriel Blowers wins Longest Drive - yes fellas it's all about technique!||Mervyn Taylor, step by step come back kid wins Nearest the Pin|
|Mike Herring - if at first you don't succeed try again and again and again. Winner Best Endeavour||L to R Muriel (nee Curry) and Richard Blowers partner Malcolm (Bish) and Joan Barnham, our Oz friends making a welcome return and seeing fit to complain about the heat just like last visit in 2010!||Tony Howe came back again and with Draw Master Phil's assistance pulled out the £1,500 and £1,200 OW 100 Club half yearly Star Prize winners||Tim Briston proudly sports his yellow "Technical" College 'W' Badge - nice one Tim - Spinks|
|Our 'mature' diners||Return of the Thetford Transferees LtoR: David Norfolk, Anna and Jack Smith|
Note on Thetford Transferees:
David & Jack arrived at W College in Sept 1951 as members of a group of students who’s education had been disrupted by WW2. This group of 16 year olds were extremely helpful and influential in helping the 240 (approximate) 11, 12 & 13 year olds who arrived in 1951. See following extract from NCC Jan 1951Minutes:
FUTURE USE OF THE COLLEGE PREMISES. The committee recommended that use of the premises be made as follows:-
(i) A Special Training College for the Summer Term, 1951, accommodating approximately 40 boys and 40 girls between the ages of 13 and 14 years on 1st September, 1951, (This refers to the “Pioneers” who actually arrived the term before after the Easter Break 1951) the children being selected on the recommendations of the Head Teachers with the possibility of a test of suitability.
(ii) A Secondary Technical School as from 1st September, 1951, accommodating approximately 240 children in the following age groups:-
· 90 aged 11+ on 1st September, 1951
· 90 aged 12+ on 1st September, 1951
60 elected from the Summer Course (See (i) above)
· Children in these age groups to be selected by examination.
· Special Grammar School Courses. The transfer of the existing Thetford and Sprowston Special Grammar School Courses to the College and the provision of two additional Courses to commence, if possible, after Easter, 1951. (Ultimately commenced Sept 1951)
Wymondham College Remembered