Martin Lake and Alan Baker (CHSB 1956-1963) A New Chapter (June 2021)

Loïs Acton – The Social Justice Campaigner On 5 June, 2021 Loïs Acton wrote: I was Alan’s girlfriend when he was in the 6th form and was Martin Lake’s sailing crew/partner. I was in touch with them  up to their disappearance. In later years, I started the first Missing People appeals on  TV  whilst a producer/director at  ITV  and then became …

A Comment from Keith Upton on a Sad Sad Day

Keith Upton Thank you Bill. Nice to see the OC Summer Outing to Portsmouth was blessed with good summer weather and that a fair number attended. All the time the school buildings were still standing there was a piece of me hoping they could be preserved or repurposed in some way, but now it is clear they are being demolished. …

Demolition News!

The last report on the demolition of the original buildings was: “massive posts are being concreted into the ground to support a hoarding around the site” We can now report that hoardings have been erected ready for the demolition to commence! Alan Green visited recently and reports:-  “The high hoarding has now been completed and, to add insult to injury, it has …

Old Cicestrian’s Annual Christmas Lunch – December 4th

We are very pleased to announce The Old Cicestrians 2021 Christmas Lunch, taking place at Chichester Park Hotel on Saturday 4 December 2021. It will be preceded at 11.00-12.00 by the AGM at the hotel. The after-luncheon speech will be My Glory Days in Ron’s S.S.  by Mr Andrew Berriman. For more details, menu and the Booking Form

Not Quite the Olympics

Featured picture is A School sports day with Mike Halson winning and also there Des Hodnett (73) and Pete Spall (71) + 

‘Jock, Strap and the Swinging Buttocks’

This is a picture of a shortlived band in 1963.  We were known as ‘ Jock, Strap and the Swinging Buttocks’. The band members were all students at the school. Dave Harris, Jeff Curd and Dave McAhearty on guitar and singers Tony Lanaway and myself( the drummer’s name has disappeared over the last half century.)    We were formed to …

Summer Portsmouth Dockyard Trip –

“A reminder for the recent e-mail about The Old Cicestrians Summer Trip on Thursday 16th September. This promises to be an enjoyable day with a Harbour Tour by boat, lunch at an excellent pub with real ale for CAMRA enthusiasts, followed by Alan Green, our local historian, taking us on a short walking tour of Old Portsmouth. After that the …

Peter Hale (CHSB c.1933-1940?)

 An Unforgettable 95th Birthday A 125-Wing operation from Celle, Germany, on 24 April 1945 is still vivid in the memory of 95-year-old Warrant Officer (Ret) Peter Hale RAF. He clearly recalls how the Wing, led by Group Captain ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, headed east towards Berlin on reports of a large concentration of airborne German aircraft only to find that they were …