Ray Fooks MBE, Headmaster of QEGSH 1972-76
passed away peacefully on 25th May 2021

Christopher Vallender (1954-1961)

passed away peacefully on 12th July 2021


John Howell Grant (1942 -)

Sadly passed away on 6 February 2021. Long-time supporter of HOEA, Kidderminster Hockey Club and Bewdley Cricket Club.

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Robert Mayo Forbes (1939 -)

Sadly passed away on 24 December 2020.

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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.

RIP Dave


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Lionel Lench


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.


Some tributes


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)



Steve Hall
It is with immense sadness that we have to report that Steve passed away suddenly at the weekend 21/22 November 2020. Steve was a regular at the HOEA dinner for many years along with many of his 1958 starters.


Sadly passed away:

Alan Maiden (1950- 56)

Phil Danby 1939
Alan Porter 1953
Lionel Lench
Brian Kettle 1945
Raymond Lee 1944
David Allen 1958
Michael Saunders 1950

Keith Cater 1952-62

Dennis White 1940-47

David Evan Talbot 1949-54

Alan Woodley 1953-58

Mike Rendle 1939-46

John Talbot 1933-39

Ted Kirk 1944-50

Roy Dyson 1944-50


Graham Bishop, who attended the school from 1945-1950, passed away in December 2016.

Norman May, who attended the school from 1939-1945, passed away in September 2016.

Bob Taylor, who attended the school from 1961-1968, passed away in March 2016.

Don Southall was at school 1937-1942 and was an active supporter of the association, attending the dinner as often as he could. He was a member of the Trustee Governors for many years.

Dave Randle passed away on 26 June 2015 in a tragic accident on Cir Mohr on the Isle of Arran.

Old Boy Knighted
Hartlebury Old Boy Adrian Bird was made a Knight in the 2014 New Year's Honours List. Congratulations, Sir Adrian!

Already appointed CBE and a Fellow of The Royal Society, Sir Adrian is Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. His research focuses on understanding DNA methylation and CpG islands and their role in diseases such as Rett syndrome.

Previous announcements:

Dennis Waldron, who attended the school from 1939-1944, passed away on 29 April 2015.

Graham Frost, who attended the school from 1954-1959, passed away on 3 April 2015.

Terence Higgins, who attended the school from 1938-1946, passed away on 28 March 2015.

Michael Higgins, who attended the school from 1941-1943, passed away on 26 December 2014.

Stuart Perkins, who attended the school from 1942-, passed away on 25 December 2014.

Brian Jackson, who attended the school from 1942-1949, passed away on 14 June 2014.

Les Giddins, who attended the school from 1939-1946, passed away in April 2014.

Geoffrey Frank Horton, who attended the school from 1937-1945, passed away in 2013.

Don Powell, 1943-1950, who spoke at the HOEA Dinner in 2010, passed away in December 2013.

Iain Handley, who attended the school from 1959-1965, passed away on 30 September 2013.

David Guyatt, former French Master from 1954 to the close of the school in 1977, died on 14 February 2013.

Doug Thompson, President of the Association in 1966/67 and long-term committee member, died on 15 February 2013.

Annual Dinner 2014

The 2014 Annual Dinner, the 85th and 115th anniversary of the formation of the HOEA, was held on Saturday 12 April 2014 at the School. Click on the Pictures tab to view some photographs.


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