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November 17, 2017

Tribute to Thomas Herbert TARGETT aged 17 – School Notes – ‘The Martlet’ December 1939

  ‘It is with deep regret that we record the death of the first of our Old Boys in the War. Thomas Targett, a boy gunner in the Royal Navy, lost his life in the sinking of the Royal Oak, and our sincere condolences go out to his parents and to his brother in the School.  His lively personality and abundant energy made him conspicuous at School and the same qualities that made him popular with us gained for him the liking of his fellows in the Navy’.

A new series starts today on the President’s mission to complete a piece on every boy who died for us in the war.

November 11, 2017

Another famous Old Cicestrian passes away – John Wickham was at School with Geoff Wills and I am grateful to him for researching the Martlet and to the Times of London for the Obituary republished here today.

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A gem from our archives shewing how Geoff Wills started at the School in 1943. This website would not exist today if it were not for Geoff.

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The School’s 90th Anniversary – a note for your diary. This spectacular event is scheduled for 20 October 2018 so make sure you have it in your diary now. It will take place on the new school’s campus and in particular in the Planetarium, the biggest one outside of London.

November 8, 2017

A piece of nostalgia for the older Old Cicestrians – please visit the Events Page to watch a short film of the 1989 School Jubilee.

November 3, 2017

I am delighted to draw your attention to the “Fond memories of Old Boys” section where I have today added a piece on George Stedman. You will have a chance to meet and greet him again at the Christmas Dinner on Saturday 2 December 2017 at the Chichester Park Hotel near the Rolls Royce factory in Chichester.

We have our AGM at 11.00 and this is followed by drinks, a splendid meal and an address by our new Chairman, Bill Allen OBE. All are welcome and the price is a modest £19.00. Please contact John Child or any member of the committee using the Contacts page on this website.


October 16, 2017

Excellent news. Two old boys from the 1953 – 1961 era have resurfaced in the last week or so, namely Stedman and Saxby. Please keep looking – there are many more we need to find before the final whistle.

George Stedman is shewn here with Geoff Wills. Both played for Arundel FC and they even managed a few games together.


I have also uploaded some interesting pictures from Martin McGranaghan which you can find in Galleries: Various School Photographs.

October 11, 2017

Please note that the Fallen story of James Reginald Bryan MEAKER has been updated today

October 3, 2017

Please find under Where are they now a rare item these days from one of our Lancastrian friends – Andrew Cook (Lancastrian School 1961-1967)

Scot and Juliette are married.

Message from our web provider Scot Baston: The rumour is true, and I have now taken leave of my senses and getting married. I will be back in action on the 11th September 2017, assuming the world is still in existence after I enter wedded bliss.

Please join with me in wishing them a long and fruitful marriage. RDWK

(Edit: Many thanks from Juliette & I, we had an amazing wedding day! Best wishes Scot – If anyone is interested, there are a few photos here )

September 7, 2017

Please take some time to read Martin Everard’s fascinating piece published today as Martin Everard bis. I have also added a post scriptum to his first article. Martin McGranagan has kindly sent us a photograph of the School Prefects in 1964 which you will find in Galleries.


I have also added a Facebook picture and discussion started by Tony Cook about a 1963 Marine Biology Group.

September 1, 2017

Nigel Tomsett left the School in 1939 and was a classmate of Sir John Herbecq and Geoffrey Barnard (please use the search engine above to read about these old boys). The president recently visited him to find out if he remembered anything about “The Fallen” – our Old Cicestrians who gave their lives for King and Country in World War two. Today we publish his findings.

August 22, 2017

Yet another Old Boy who succeeded in the Media industry. Today we publish Martin Everard’s piece for our “Where are they now?” series. It is well worth a read and if anyone can add some names to the photographs Martin would be most glad.

August 20, 2017

I have today updated Geoff Wills excellent article on School cricket and cricket generally. Colin Grainger who played under Geoff at Lords kindly sent us the picture of Geoff leading the team out at the home of cricket. Please see at

August 18, 2018

Please see today’s rather sad Facebook entry of a recent picture of the School taken by Chris Dynes (click on the entry on the left navigation bar under Recent Facebook Posts)

August 17, 2017

Time passes quickly I am sure you all agree. Our Canal Cruise is just round the corner. It is tremendous value for money at just £17.50 with luncheon and a drink. Please click on the relevant link on the left to read more and make your reservation now.

August 8, 2017

Please see the piece by President Snook on his favourite “Doodlebug” in the Facebook section today.

August 5, 2017

For those who have been reading “The Fallen” entries, you may find this interesting:

August 2, 2017

We are delighted to announce the return of a popular event organised by the Old Cicestrians Committee. It will be taking place from the Chichester Canal Basin on Friday 6th October 2017 from 12.30pm for a two-hour duration. We are particularly pleased to welcome our own Old Cicestrian guide Alan Green for this trip; he will be explaining the rich history of this section of the canal.

July 31, 2017

Please take some time to read the stories about “The Fallen”,  our brave Old Boys who died for King and Country in the Second World War. Our President took up a plea from Ian Walters that proper consideration should be given to them. He is still engaged on this noble task.

July 20, 2017

Please read Marcus Rumpus’ piece on the canals connecting Chichester to London and his part in restoring them.

June 27, 2017

I am back from this year’s cross channel sailing lark. I am pleased to say the worst experience this year was listening to a lone Scottish piper as he walked up and down the Calais Marina wall. On the other hand, we were treated to a Spitfire fly-past for us as we left Ramsgate for the last leg home.

I have updated Bruce Morton’s “Where are they now” piece and see some similarities with my own Prep School and KD experiences.

June 20, 2017

Baking in the heat on our small yacht in Calais Marina and hoping for favourable winds for a return to Blighty tomorrow.

June 6, 2017

Bruce Morton has provided some reminisces of his time at the School and has promised more to come.

I received this important message from Alan Green today and hasten to let everyone know as soon as possible. Please spread the word as safeguarding our archive material for the long term is all the more important as each generation passes.

 From the Hon. Archivist, Alan Green.    

      Since volunteering to be the OCs archivist earlier this year I have taken delivery of piles of material from Martin Dawes-Chew, who was the previous custodian and have catalogued it all. The catalogue is to be found here and it will be updated as new material is added. You will see that it comprises photographs, newspaper articles, items relating to members of staff, items of school uniform etc. as well as documents and photographs relating to the Old Cicestrians as a body.

       It is intended that our archive will be gifted to West Sussex Record Office (WSRO), who already hold the official CHSB archive, where it will be cared for professionally in perpetuity, and be readily accessible to the public. This does not apply to the uniform items as they do not fall within the WSRO collecting policy so  I will store them.

      If the catalogue inspires you to look out some of your own CHSB memorabilia and feel you would like to donate it to our archive please get in touch with me –  email –, tel 01243 784915, address 10, Stockbridge Road, Chichester, Sussex PO19 8DP. If you are donating photographs it would be helpful if you could identify those who appear in them, the dates and, if not obvious, the occasion.



June 5, 2017

This year’s Old Cicestrians’ golf day will take place at Bognor Golf Club on Thursday 29th June. The event is an individual Stableford with tee off at 1 pm. The cost for non-Bognor members is £20.
Please let Martin McGranaghan know if you can attend by email: or telephone 07900836916

May 16, 2017

The obituary of Martyn Ives Vesey 1959-1965 is published today.

For those of you who have not yet seen the remarkable adventures of Marcus Rumpus (1956-1962) playing Lawrence of Arabia please see here:

May 12, 2017

Thanks to support from Benenden Health and the A&E at Broomfield I am fully recovered and “Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible (BBC TV in the old days when the service was on the blink as was often the case”).

May 5, 2017

I regret to say that I suffered a minor heart problem recently and consequently have a backlog of work. I apologise in advance if updates are less frequent than I would like.

RDWK – webmaster

May 1, 2017

It has been our aim in the pages that follow to try to indicate the essential continuity of the School. Readers may at first wonder at some of the contents. But it is hoped that they will acquire from them a sense of perspective, and will learn to see themselves if they do not see themselves as such already, as part of a community with a tradition, honourable if short and with achievements to its credit of which they may well be proud.

For our past members, we have tried to produce from our records such summaries as will remind every Old Boy of the School as it was in his day. This is our sole excuse for the homeliness of some of the details given. Lists by themselves cannot call up an adequate picture of the seething life which has always existed here. But with the aid of personal memories, warmed we hope with affection, they should enable us all to recapture something of the feeling of earlier days.

Every effort has been made to secure accuracy in the summaries. We cannot hope to have escaped errors and omissions, for many of our lists have been compiled by little groups of masters and old boys “revolving many memories.” We appeal to our readers to let us know our mistakes that we may correct them.

(Plagiarised by your webmaster  from the preface to the special 1949 edition of the Martlet)

April 26, 2017

Please read about Geoff Wills’ life at School and in cricket. Please click here.

April 17, 2017

Please see here a short obituary of another Old Boy with an artistic bent. Ken Woodfield lived in a house in Leicester he named “Martlet”, as I once lived in a Normandy cottage which I named “Martlets” (RDWK). His widow has been kind enough to write to us with a short piece on his life and love of painting and I have added a piece by the Leicestershire Sketch Club with some of his paintings.

April 12, 2017

Read how Prefects nearly wore Boaters in the Summer instead of Caps! Please see Barry Capon’s reminisces of his School days. Please click here.

April 8, 2017

Please read Martin Fagg’s Obituary and let the webmaster know any further details of this extraordinary man’s life at the School. Please click here.

March 25, 2017

More memories of a Chichester evacuee by Monty Clarkson, Old Thorntonian (1935 -1942). Please click here.

March 25, 2017

There has been a lively discussion about The South Country, by Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953) on our Facebook page recently. Chris Moorey suggests that it could be an anthem for the Old Cicestrians. Old Boys are encouraged to re-read Brian Cudmore’s obituary where this wonderful word picture of our beloved (West) Sussex will be found. Please click here.

Hilaire Belloc, who has been described as “a Frenchman, an Englishman, an Oxford man, a country gentleman, a soldier, a satirist, a democrat, a novelist, and a practical journalist,” was born July 27, 1870. After leaving school he served as a driver in the 8th Regiment of French Artillery at Toul Meurthe-et-Moselle, being at that time a French citizen. He was naturalised as a British subject somewhat later, and in 1906 he entered the House of Commons as Liberal Member for South Salford.

As an author, he has engaged in multiple activities. He has written three satirical novels, one of which, Mr Clutterbuck’s Election, sharply exposes British newspapers and underground politics. His Path to Rome (1902) is a high-spirited and ever-delightful travel book which has passed through many editions. His historical studies and biographies of Robespierre and Marie Antoinette (1909) are classics of their kind. As a poet, he is only somewhat less engaging. His Verses (1910) is a rather brief collection of poems on a wide variety of themes. Although his humorous and burlesque stanzas are refreshing, Belloc is most himself when he writes either of malt liquor or his beloved Sussex. Though his religious poems are full of a fine romanticism, “The South Country” is the most pictorial and persuasive of his serious poems. His poetic, as well as his spiritual kinship with G. K. Chesterton, is obvious.

“And we have decided to leave Europe – Oh dear!” (RDWK)

March 24, 2017

Please see recent correspondence with the Weald and Downland Museum. Cream Teas are mentioned!

March 23, 2017

Please click here to see the first instalment of the film of our Silver Jubilee Reunion in 1989.

March 22, 2017

Please read Bert Fallowfield’s memories of School as an evacuee

March 17, 2017

“How lucky we were to live as Englishmen in England” Please visit the “From our Archives” section to see a video posted by Ian Walters some time ago.

March 16, 2017

I have rearranged our Archives section and trust it meets with your approval. There remains a large amount of work to upload the entire Martlet library. Please keep your eyes on the “Latest News” and “Facebook Posts” on the left-hand side of this page. Here you will see and be able to read at the click of your mouse the latest articles and pictures etc.  I encourage you all to try the search function found at the top right of this page as a magnifying glass. This is powerful and will lead you to any item you believe may be on the site somewhere.

March 11, 2017

Today is a double header! (Pun intended).

We share some memories of another Old Thorntonian’s time at School and a learned piece by one of the most enthusiastic train spotters ever to attend the School, namely Bill Allen.

This article is reprinted from the Southern Way No17.

March 8, 2017

Much discussion recently on Facebook about a picture of St. Andrew’s House in 1961. Please click on the Facebook menu above.

February 25, 2017

Ron Thurston
An Old Thorntonian at our School 1940-1946

I am delighted to publish today Ron Thurston’s memories of his time at our School as a Henry Thornton pupil from 1940 through 1946.

February 18, 2017

Glynn Downton (1956-1963)
The School’s punishment system- suite

Glynn Downton (1956-1963) ( has started a conversation about the School’s punishment system in former times on our Facebook Wall. When compared with today, the words “Sublime” and “Ridiculous” spring to mind, n’est ce pas? Please read it and the numerous comments on our Facebook page above.

February 11, 2017

Nigel Smith (1963 - 1967)
Teacher and local councillor

I am delighted to post today Nigel Smith’s “Where are they now” piece and thank him for his contribution. I am sure we have had one or two famous wives of Old Cicestrians before but probably not as well known as his wife, Angela.

 February 6, 2017

School caps

Please visit this page to read about these School caps and their meaning:

New Item

Please see John Child’s update on our Committee membership and rôles here:

February 4, 2017

I am personally pleased to publish Barry Capon’s piece under our “Where are they now” section. He is a distinguished Old Boy and was School Captain when I started at the School. RDWK

February 2, 2017

Yet another story about our much loved Tich Morris. Please see this and a period photograph kindly submitted by Baz Taylor under Facebook.

February 1, 2017

As you can see we have made a few changes to the site. The principal one is to allow the webmaster to communicate news, changes, events etc. to the reader on the front or home page. The one that describes what we are “About” is now a separate heading. There are some other adjustments which have been made to simplify matters. Please let the webmaster know if you feel the alterations are worthwhile.

I draw your attention to the article on Grierson-Rickford under Obituaries and Facebook.

You should also note that I have started adding minutes of annual and committee meeting minutes under Archives. Please note that committee minutes are only accessible with a password. Any committee member wishing to use this facility should contact the webmaster, please.


November 2, 2016

I am greatly saddened to tell you that I have just received an email from Tony Deacock’s daughter-in-law to inform me that Tony passed away on Monday.

I have replied to her sending our very best wishes and telling her of the very high regard we all had for Tony and his contribution to the committee.

John Child

October 31, 2016

Please see the News section for some more insight into the courage shewn by Jez Parry after he left School. Our thanks go to Paul Taylor, another of the Bognor Boys, for having provided the information.

October 9, 2016

Please note the death of John Cutler on the News page.

July 19, 2016

Please find the final printed newsletter here:

The final printed newsletter – July 2016

June 24, 2016

I have taken the liberty of posting an account of my crossing to France in a small sailing boat and some of the things that happened to a couple of old, and now wiser 70 something, men. It is under News and titled Rubicon.

June 10, 2016

Please note that the webmaster will be away for about the next week depending on the waves and the weather as he attempts to sail a small boat across the Channel (Not related to Brexit  rest assured!)

June 6, 2016

Please read Stewart Kempsell’s inside story of how our School was improved or destroyed according to your point of view:my visit to the Residence de France

May 29, 2016

Please read about my visit to the Residence de France

May 16, 2016

Please read about Jeff Collier’s Life after School

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May 14, 2016

A new era begins for the OCs website with two pictures sent in by Dick Francis (1963-1970):

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Dear Richard

As an occasional visitor to the Old Cicestrians web site I am always struck by the lack of pictures from my era (1963-1970). I wonder if you might wish to upload the attached scanned images from my early years at Chi High.

I think they are both from 1963 or 1964 when I was in Mr Murch’s first form class (1X ??) and also a member of the famous Bug Club.

I know I have another picture of me in the football 2nd XI, but I can’t seem to find it at the moment.

I made contact with a few Old Boys from my generation via the Friends Reunited web site before it closed down and I’m always interested in keeping in touch with any OB’s from my time.

Kind regards,

Dick Francis

April 21, 2016

On Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, I am pleased to post Chris Parr’s exciting “Life since School” piece. Yet again we have to marvel at the number and quality of our boys who have made their careers in drama. Well done Chris; I am proud to say I was in 2A with you!

How lucky we were to have such educated, intellectual masters to form us whether it be in science, arts or, as in so many cases, drama.

April 12, 2016

I have today uploaded some excellent pictures from Jim Snelgrove at the bottom of the Sports Team Photographs in the Galleries section. Can anyone provide names for the 1963-1964 Rugby XV, please?

April 4, 2016

Just published Maurice Puttick’s piece under “Where are they now”.

Chris Parr has written his and it will surprise a lot of chaps! What a fascinating bunch of stories are coming in. Thank you again to all those who have responded so far. If you have not been asked, we still want to hear from you whatever your age or period at the School.

March 29, 2016

Please note the change in our School motto above.

Bruce Clark has been in touch from Australia.

Thank you

16 March, 2016

I would like to thank all the boys that have taken the trouble to write to me with their stories of “Life after School”. I have a few in the pipeline, but there will never be too many.

I have enjoyed reading them and I am sure you have.


Canon Bartlett’s Sermon 18 September, 1989

I have only just read this wonderful sermon by Canon Bartlett and thought it worth publishing as a stand-alone piece here on the News page and on our Facebook Wall.

Martyn Watts (1954-1961)Sean Irwin reports that he received a note from Martyn Watts’  wife in Summer 2010 which said ” I felt I should write and tell you that Martyn died suddenly from a heart attack last December ”  i.e. 2009.

“Are you actually a doctor, Doctor Allen?” (HM the Queen)

If you have not read Bill Allen’s wonderful piece then I recommend you should!

Tuesday 1 March, 2016

I had the pleasure of talking to John Smale today. He is fit and well and has promised 500 words on “Life after School”.

Sunday 28 February, 2016

Sean Irwin reports that Martyn Watts died some five years ago. He served as a radio operator for many years in the Merchant Marine; I remember talking to him about this at Spike Glue’s 1993 reunion. RIP

From Ian Walters re the 1989 Diamond Anniversary booklet:

I read every word.

The greater than 10% mortality rate of School combatants in World War II is a quite shattering statistic. Could not our present Class of Old Cicestrians fund research aimed at compiling a replacement Honour Roll?

Maybe have a word with the Chichester Local History Society? Maybe it could be a University of Chichester student research project?

Let us thus leave a small mark of our own; or at least try.

RDWK: Hear Hear!

Friday 26 February, 2016

I have just spoken to Jim Porter (1954-1961) who is alive and well in Littlehampton.


Chichester 1962The hyperlink below will take you to a silent film of Chichester in 1962 and will bring back many happy memories.

Ian Walters reports that it lasts seven minutes. It may freeze at four minutes; he clicked on the slider and moved it a little and all was well. No sound. All colour:

Chichester 1962

This was posted by Ian on our Face Book Wall today. I thought it so good that I have copied the hyperlink above and my commentary.

“Ian, this is an absolute gem! How lucky we were to live as Englishmen in England. Well dressed, well mannered people, no litter, no foreign motorcars to speak of; I only spotted a Renault and a couple of Volswagens. There were no foreign restaurants and I remember the wide variety of English shops with cheerful, knowledgeable staff selling English food without spice in the baked beans. If we knew then what we know now it would have been wonderful to stop the clock and say “This is one of the best places to live in the world”. Some of us were able enough to obtain a grammar school education at a one nearby that competed with the still prestigious Manchester Grammar School; a statement that seems ludicrous today. One or two of you may care to voice a contrary opinion, but you will be hard pressed to convince me. Please do try though!”