Message from Kevin Smith, HOEA President
Dear Old Elizabethans,
Well, what a tumultuous year we've had, from when I sent my first message in the first lockdown back in April. I really hope you've been able to cope with the lockdowns and that some of you may even had the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. My wife and I are fortunate to be in a support bubble with our 9th month grandson and his mum and dad, so Christmas will be better than we anticipated and count ourselves fortunate to have their company. I've also volunteered in my pharmacist capacity to give the Covid vaccine and have been selected by my surgery to assist, particularly when the Oxford vaccine becomes available.
The Committee are meeting again in January to make a final decision about the March 2021 dinner and alternative arrangements possibly for later in the year if we cannot proceed. The safety of OEs is clearly paramount for whatever decision we come to.
In the meantime, thank you for your camaraderie and good humour many of you have shared over the past months, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Happy New Year. I look forward to
seeing many of you next year.
Stay safe and keep well.
Very best wishes
‘May the Old School flourish!’
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NOTICE: Paul Bissett (1955-62)
It is with immense sadness that we have to report that Paul Bissett (1955-62) passed away
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, on December 13, 2020.
Paul studied mechanical engineering at Leeds University before working in the motor industry in Birmingham. He emigrated to the US in the late 1960s, working on jet engines in the aircraft industry in Ohio and Arizona. He married Judy, a lecturer at the state university in Arizona, and became an American citizen. They eventually retired to New Mexico, where Paul carried on his affection for all things mechanical by restoring a classic Ferrari. At Hartlebury he must have been one of the most local pupils, attending the village school before taking the Eleven Plus. His parents’ house was just over the edge of the grammar school playing fields.
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NOTICE: Dave Allen
From Kevin Smith, HOEA President
It is with immense sadness that I have to advise you that Dave Allen passed away on Tuesday 13 August after a short illness.
Dave was quite simply one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, a great supporter of the HOEA and a brilliant president from 2015-2019.
Dave started at QEGSH in 1958 and was part of an ever present large group attending the annual dinner and our thoughts are with his form group.
Our collective thoughts will be with Dave's wife Isabelle, their son Mark and daughter Kate, as they come to terms with their loss of husband, father and grandfather.
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It is with deep regret that we notify of the death of Lionel Lench, who passed away on
2 August 2019.
The funeral will be held on Friday 30 August 2pm at St John's Church, Kidderminster; burial afterwards at 2.45pm Kidderminster Cemetery.
Edwin Harris are the funeral directors.
From Peter Thornton (1968-75):
Lionel was always a practical, no nonsense sort of bloke – I was good at art and so found him inspirational but he also helped me a great deal.
I learnt through my membership of the “3 Arts Guild“ in Stourport that there was a local, talented, scenic designer and painter. I was interested in theatre and volunteered to help - that designer turned out to be Lionel, of course, and so I had the pleasure of working with him in that context. After the initial embarrassment of being told to actually call him Lionel and of him calling me Peter - it was great.
He later supported my application to attend the National Youth Theatre when I was 15 and I spent a great summer in London painting and building sets for several productions.
I went on to study drama at Homerton College Cambridge and qualified as a secondary school Drama Teacher.
What was fascinating was that like many ‘old boys’ I had assumed that our school had been fairly typical – it was only at university, and then on my first teaching practice in a secondary school of 1500 pupils, that I started to realise how different our Hartlebury experience had been. What we lacked in resources was compensated by great teaching staff and I absolutely include Mr Lench in that category.
John Houghton, Physics Master 1967-77:
I am unable to attend will be with you in spirit on August 30th hearing again the laughter and the lively discussions that took place in the staff-room. My days at QEGSH were the happiest in my working life.
A tribute from Alun Jones, a colleague and close friend of Lionel:
"Lionel & I used to go on long country walks. I remember him wittily saying when he became rather weary and footsore, 'I'll be glad when I've had enough of this!'
He liked the quaint names of some of the wild flowers such as ivy leaved tradflax".
Alun Jones is a long time supporter of Brecon Jazz Festival. Indeed Alun often quotes 'it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing'.
In his tribute he fondly mentions Lionel's contribution to Alun's love of his (Alun's) annual jazz pilgrimage to his home town of Sennybridge, nr. Brecon.
Lionel designed an emblem which has been attached to a T - shirt. It depicts the Welsh dragon playing Jazz on the Tenor saxophone. I wore it each year at the Brecon Jazz Festival/ Jazz Aberhonddu. This year, when I wore it so soon after Lionel's death it had particular significance.
ALUN J. JONES ex-schoolmaster at Hartlebury Grammar School.
And from Chris Newman:
Many thanks for giving us this opportunity to remember a much respected and much loved teacher. Lionel had a tremendous affection for QEGSH.
He would travel by bus from Brook Street with the students from Kidderminster. A wonderful beaming mustached face looking up from his morning tussle with the Telegraph Crossword.
The Lionel macintosh and the Lionel tracksuit that were the weather vane for a game of football or a cross-country run! A pipe and a spinning ball on his forefinger too.
Arriving at school a day late, and busily marking out the Athletics Track(s), he recalls how Smith B. strolled up to him and in a typical 'Bloggs ' way greeted him with, " So, the weather has broken in BOGNOR then. (Lionel holidayed in Bognor often travelling down in Stan Green's (sextus-to the boys) jaguar E-type. ... Lionel loved that journey.
Taking leave from a posting in Germany (Sergeant in the army educational Corp) Lionel came for interview. He was introduced to our famous old boy and lifelong teacher R.E. Mckinlay (Mac) who was master i/c games. Lionel who loved recalling amusing stories and would laughingly recall those when he put his foot in it. So the comment he remembers most about his interview with Mac ..." Hockey? I thought that was a girl's game".
Of course, QEGSH was a famous men's hockey academy for future county players and internationals.
Stories associated with Lionel Lench are numerous and delightful.
Thanks, Lionel, for giving us so many.
Chris Newman ex- schoolmaster Q.E.G.S. Hartlebury (1964-1968)
Dear Old Elizabethan,
The 90th Annual Dinner was held in the School Hall on Saturday 13th April 2019.
The Guest Speaker was Roger Smith, at school 1966 to 1973, ex T.A. officier, seeing action in helicopters with a N.A.T.O. air mobile infantry battalion. Roger runs the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at the school he taught at and 2 years ago trekked to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
The Association is greatly indebted to Craig Moreton, Principal of The Cambian New Elizabethan School, for the use of the school for our Annual Dinner.
BIENNIAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday 13 April 2019 at 6.00pm (prior to the Annual Dinner)
at the CAMBIAN NEW ELIZABETHAN SCHOOL, HARTLEBURY
The Biennial General Meeting of the Association was held at the Cambian New Elizabethan School on Saturday 13th. April 2019 at 6.00pm.
The Agenda was as follows:
(i) Officers for election: We now have the system that the President serves 4 years and then becomes the Vice-President for 2 years. A new Vice-President is then elected, who will take over the Presidency after 2 years.
President – Kevin Smith
Vice-President – Dave Allen
Hon. Secretary – Rod Payne - willing to stand again Hon. Treasurer – Eddie Wisniewski – willing to stand again
Hon. Auditor – TBA
(ii) Committee for re-election:
D Drew, D J Gilbert, P May
For minutes of the last meeting click below (PDF)
Roll of Honour
Old Boys killed in action
Click below to download a list of Old Elizabethans killed in World War 1
Click below to download a list of Old Elizabethans killed in World War 2
Note: Darryl Cope was killed in HMS Sheffield in the Falkland conflict, 14 May 1982.
A message from Mr David Allen, President, HOEA
Dear Old Boys,
The committee has examined the responses from assembled attendees and the overwhelming opinion was to maintain the status quo with regards to the timing of our dinner.
If you have any ideas, please let me know (email: email@example.com).
Hartlebury Old Elizabethans Association (HOEA) is an organisation formed by the Old Boys of the Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, UK. The Association continues to hold successful annual reunion dinners at the School, usually on a Saturday before Easter. It is managed by a Committee, chaired by a President and comprising elected members including an Honorary Secretary and an Honorary Treasurer. All committee members are volunteers. The Association currently maintains a satisfactory financial position.
The Association supports a number of undergraduates with bursaries, is custodian of a wide variety of School archive material and memorabilia and from time to time publishes relevant material concerning the School and its long and fascinating history.
The new General Data Protection Regulations came into effect on 25 May 2018. The contact information (data) held by HOEA is solely used to provide you with information on Association activities.
As a result, it was not necessary to email everyone seeking another ‘opt-in’.
You may, at any time, ask to have your data removed in which case, of course, we would be unable to communicate with you and your membership would effectively cease.