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24 October 2022
The OA Golf Society has had a busy few months with a European tour, a mini tour to Burnham and Berrow, a triangular match with Old Leysians and Old Millhillians, summer and autumn meetings, the Captain's Invitation match and several cup games.
Club Secretary, Ian Eggleden (SHE1958-63), Aka 'Eggers' has recorded everything in a full report, with pictures, for you to read at leisure, see below.
23 October 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Peter Jackson, the Chaplain at Holy Trinity, Nice. He died in hospital on30 August surrounded by family and friends after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Fr Peter had been Chaplain in Nice and Vence since 2014 and had served the Diocese in Europe as a Bishop’s Nominee to the Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council, a member of the Finance Committee, an Assistant Director of Ordinands and the Diocesan LGBTI Liaison Officer.
For many years Fr Peter combined being a priest with being a teacher. He was ordained deacon in 1979. He served as Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Harrow School after leaving Aldenham. He was a parish priest in Washington DC and for 11 years served as vicar of Christ Church Southgate in the Diocese of London.
He was a distinguished teacher and writer and will be hugely missed. May he rest in peace.
Those who were at Aldenham with Peter may be interested to know that there will be a local memorial service on Saturday 5th November 2.30 pm next month at Christ Church, Southgate, N14 7EG. Celebrant Bishop Peter Wheatley.
20 October 2022
The Bleeding Heart restaurant’s No 1 Dining Room in London provided the perfect venue for our first gathering away from Aldenham since 2019. Its history stretches back to 1746 when its slogan, still displayed on the wall, was ‘drunk for a penny and dead drunk for two pence’! That spirit of good cheer was ever present throughout lunch and fortunately there was no drunken behaviour on this occasion.
Alex Hems, Head of Foundation, Andy Williams, Head of Senior School, and James James-Crook (M1968-72), President and Governor welcomed the guests with a drink before heading down for a delicious three course lunch.
All Houses were represented and OAs of every decade from the fifties to the noughties attended, which was great to see. Plenty of stories were shared and Aldenham experiences compared and Alex Hems, who joined the Foundation in September 2022, assured everyone that the happy and supportive ethos of the School will continue under her leadership. James James-Crook spoke of past, present, and future activities of the School and the OA Society and glasses were raised in honour of the King, the Royal Family and to Richard Platt.
With grateful thanks to Simon Osborne (SHE1961-66) for recommending the location and to everyone who supported the event. Many responded with disappointment at not being able to attend this time and will be glad to know that it is quite possible that we will use the venue again in future.
For photos of this event visit the Event Galleries.
11 September 2022
On behalf of Old Aldenhamians throughout the United Kingdom and around the world it is with great sadness that we send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire Royal Family.
For seven decades Her Majesty The Queen demonstrated loyal service to the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth and was a beacon of light, stability, decency and hope. We offer our profound gratitude.
God Save the King.
James C N James-Crook
President, OA Society & Governor, The Aldenham Foundation
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.
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