The Old Aldenhamian Society
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12 June 2022
OA Day 2022 attracted 140 guests and, although two years overdue, provided the opportunity for a Beevor's reunion in its 127th year. The Day was also a celebration of girls joining Aldenham over 40 years ago. OAs said farewell to James Fowler as he leaves after his 16 year tenure and James James-Crook (M1968-72), President of the OA Society, congratulated members on the 120th anniversary of this unique network of former students.
The sun shone over the School, which is now 425 years old and the annual John Dewes cricket match was played in memory of the only Test Match player from Aldenham to date, John Dewes (B1940-45). In addition, guests were treated to a showcase performance of the Shadow of Eros, A new musical, funded by Arts Council England, based on the life and times Sir Alfred Gilbert (SH1865-72) the renowned sculptor of the Shaftesbury Memorial, better known as the Eros statue in Piccadilly. See below the messages shared with those present from others who couldn't attend.
Photos available in the Event Galleries.
10 June 2022
Head Boys and Head Girls who worked with the Headmaster in their final year at Aldenham were invited back for ‘Cocktails and Canapes’ in School House Garden to say a fond farewell to James Fowler.
James was delighted to see the seventeen who came back to wish him well and he reminisced about every individual, commenting on their willingness and ability to support him in many different ways as they each embraced the role in their unique way.
Photos available in the Event Galleries.
07 June 2022
The sun shone and a great crowd of OAs, staff, family and friends wearing something pink, turned out to say a final farewell to Potts, Paul Spencer (CR1985-2021). Hundreds of tributes had been gathered from the Aldenham community and were given to his sister to share with the family. RIP Potts.
23 May 2022
Just over a year since the staff and pupils first moved into their new school building, we were at last able to celebrate the opening of Vincent House – Aldenham Prep School on Monday 23 May 2022.
The whole school was involved in the celebration and Year 6 children proudly showed guests around before a short formal ceremony in Barton Hall. Chair of Governors, Sarah Altman welcomed everyone and introduced members of the Vincent Family including a close Aldenham school friend of Lord Vincent’s, Mr Jim Toogood, who was in School House 1946 to 51. Trevor Barton, who attended Aldenham himself from 1971 to 75 and was a Governor from 2009, Chair of Governors from 2015-21, reflected on the need for this new facility at Aldenham and how the development came about. The children entertained the guests with some hearty singing before a portrait of Lord Vincent was unveiled by the Head Prefects.
Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO, an Old Aldenhamian, had an enduring relationship with the School. On leaving Aldenham in 1950 he joined the British Army to become a fulltime soldier with the Royal Artillery. His military career spanned 46 years and on his retirement as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in 1996 he was ennobled in the Birthday Honours, being created a life peer with the title Baron Vincent of Coleshill. He became Chancellor of Cranfield University and for many years was a Governor at Aldenham, eventually being made Emeritus Governor.
Colonel the Honourable Mark Vincent MBE, Lord Vincent’s son, said that he was delighted that his father is being honoured with this wonderful building. He was sure that both his mother and father would have been extremely impressed by the joyous feel of the school and the people in it.
Other guests included Old Aldenhamians, parents and friends of the School who had made significant contributions to a fundraising appeal which generated over £170,000 to enhance the outdoor learning spaces. The Mayor and Mayoress of Hertsmere, the architect and project manager also joined the party and enjoyed afternoon tea with staff and Governors and Parent Association representatives.
Photos available in the Event Galleries.
17 May 2022
Wear something pink on Tuesday 7 June - A chance to pay respects to a great teacher and friend. If you would like to - Make a donation in memory of Paul 'Potts'.
09 May 2022
We are sad to announce that Paul Spencer, who taught Art at Aldenham for over 30 years, died peacefully on Sunday 8 May '22 after a brief battle with cancer.
Affectionately known as ‘Potts’, Paul was someone who involved himself very fully indeed not only in the Art department which he initially joined as our Potter in residence, but across the whole School. He was a good friend to many pupils, staff and others throughout the Aldenham community during his time here and beyond. His passion for and organisation of the Sixth Form Dinner was one of the highlights of his year and for many in the School.
May he rest in peace.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday 7 June at St John the Baptist, Aldenham at 11.00am.
Tributes for publication in a book of remembrance and to share with family members will be collected by the OA Office.
We will remember ‘Potts’ very fondly for all that he did for so many and for his endearing nature.
05 April 2022
Celebrations are taking place throughout the UK and the Commonwealth during 2022 for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are also a number of special dates to celebrate at Aldenham.

On 9th April, the OA Society celebrates 120 years since being founded at a meeting held on 9th April, 1902, at a tavern on Great Queen Street, London; today it continues to evolve and maintain a strong, diverse and close link between OAs and the Aldenham Foundation. Currently there are 5,053 OAs in our network and a further 1,541 who are ‘Lost’. The OA community is spread throughout 150 countries and their ages range from 19 to over 100.

Aldenham School has its 425th Birthday since being founded by Richard Platt in 1597 when, in February 1596, he obtained Letters Patent from Queen Elizabeth I which permitted him to build “The Free Grammar School of Richard Platt at Aldenham”.

In 1917 at a special general meeting of the OA Society a resolution was passed that the memorial to those OAs and Aldenham staff who had given their lives in the Great War should take the form of a large School Library. From there on donations were accepted and in 1922 the OA Society announced that a little over £5,000 was available to build the School Library. OAs and the OA Society continue to support the Aldenham Foundation financially and in kind, which is very much appreciated and helps the Aldenham education to thrive.

As the 27th President of the OA Society and the 2nd President as a son of an OA, the other being Bishop Colin James (SH1940-44), I look forward to reconnecting face to face with as many fellow OAs as possible at OA Day on Sunday 12 June when we can celebrate Beevor’s House 127th Anniversary and 42 years since girls started at Aldenham.

James James-Crook (M1968-72)
President, OA Society & Governor, The Aldenham Foundation
16 March 2022
Aldenham recently hosted a showcase performance by a troupe of professional actors of a new musical that celebrates the life of Sir Alfred Gilbert (SH1865-72), the sculptor of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus.
The writers of The Shadow of Eros secured funding from Arts Council England to put on the show and they plan to take it into full production.
Gilbert paid a high price for his genius and the story follows him from fame and fortune into exile and despair and finally into glorious redemption. It’s a tale of pride and fall spanning decades, nations, royalty, and war.
Along with Gilbert himself the characters in the show include Angelo Colarossi, the model for Eros, Joseph Boehm, Gilbert’s mentor and champion, Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria and Joseph’s lover. Gilbert’s childhood sweetheart, and first wife Alice is featured as are other friends and acquaintances Oscar Wilde, George V, Queen Victoria’s son and Eliza MacLoghlin, an eccentric society lady and client of Gilbert’s.
The President of the Old Aldenhamian Society, James James-Crook, several Old Aldenhamians, current students and staff and Head of Foundation elect, Mrs Alex Hems watched the show and enjoyed meeting the cast and production team afterwards to hear more about plans for taking the show to the West End.
The Shadow of Eros website provides recordings of some of the songs and further details of the production - The Shadow of Eros

For those who couldn't make it to the school to see this unique show the recording is below.
10 March 2022
I would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to all those who attended this well supported and thoroughly enjoyable OA Annual Dinner on Saturday 5 March 2022. After two long years, it was heartening to reconnect face to face with so many OAs across the generations for pre-Dinner drinks in the Barton Hall of the newly built Prep School followed by a delicious three course dinner in the Senior School Dining Hall.
The standing ovation for James Fowler, Headmaster & CEO The Aldenham Foundation, was testament to the genuine high regard and respect OAs have for him in his support and that of Dr Charlotte Fowler for the OA Society over these past sixteen years.
My grateful appreciation goes to Chris Stern (P1973-78), Ann Saffery and Jackie Wilkie in the OA Office for their tireless constant support and indeed to all those 101 OAs and guests who attended this very special event in the OA calendar. Undoubtedly it was one of the best OA Dinners ever.
Well done everyone and I look forward to seeing you at Aldenham for next year’s Dinner.
James James-Crook
President, OA Society & Governor, The Aldenham Foundation
02 February 2022
We have been watching Charlie's progress since he left school with real interest. He was a game changer when he was at Aldenham as part of two of the ISFA National Cup winning sides. His Senior Team Debut with Arsenal was a great example of what he demonstrated in his school games all the time!
In the Arsenal versus Sunderland match in the EFL cup in December 2021 Charlie was given his chance as a player at professional level. He grabbed this and displayed exactly what has led pundits to describe him as the 'wonder kid'. It was in added time that he calmly slotted the ball past the Sunderland keeper. An excellent goal to show that dreams can come true! As he himself said after his debut game, "What a night!". We are sure there is much more to come from Charlie, so watch this space for updates.
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