Martin Lake and Alan Baker (CHSB 1956-1963) Revised

From Michael Whittaker May 2019 on the OC Facebook wall Coming recently to the Old Cicestrians web site, I read with interest and painful memory of the sad case of Martin Lake and Alan Baker. Moving to North Bersted in summer 1955 I went to the local primary school for one year. A school with only some 125 pupils and …

Professor James Yeoman Muckle 1937-2020

  James was born in Oldham in 1937, although his family roots lie in Newcastle upon Tyne where one of his relatives, William Yeoman, had been a Professor of Naval Architecture. He retained a strong and knowledgeable affection for the North East throughout his life. His father was a Methodist Minister and James’s upbringing gave him a rich grounding in …

Peter Thompson

Extract of a letter from Tony Keating: Sadly, Peter Thompson died on 20th December,2020. So sad to see yet another of the old stalwarts go. I am sure you will all have many happy memories of our old School Captain!     Editor’s note: I remember Peter well as he chaired the Prefects’ Court at which I was sentenced to …

The Fallen – suite

From Colin Snook who researched and wrote “The Fallen” I hope you will find this of interest. Recently I received an email from Barbara Coombes at Aldingbourne. My details were passed to her by Tony Wheatley. She explained that whilst researching Arthur HAYMAN (‘The Fallen’) she came across Harold Lewis SEWARD (‘The Fallen’) from a Roll of Honour board, who …

The school prefects, with Dr Bishop, probably Summer of 1951

I found this photo when attempting to sort out family photographs.   I was at the School from 1950 through 1957 and my late brother Patrick was in the 5th year when I started, so his time at the School would have been from 1946 through 1954. (he was not a prefect at the time of the photograph). Briefly, my brother …

Chairman’s Report for the year 2020

I am pleased to submit my third report on the activities of The Old Cicestrians’ and the Committee for the past year.  2020 was a challenging and difficult year for us all. Covid-19 has transformed society and all normal arrangements. As I write news of a successful vaccine may mean 2021 will mark a return to a new “Normal”. Finance …

Harry Clark (CHSB 1928-1935)

Harry Clark, one of our oldest old boys! All I have phoned the three people who were not on e-mail to confirm the cancellation of the Christmas Lunch – all had expected the call. And all were were Supportive of the idea of a Spring Lunch. Jonathan – Andrew Howard gave me his e-mail address to add to our list. …

And the War Memorial

Paul Francis also asked about the War Memorial. Quite difficult to photograph but herewith. As I type this the annual Cenotaph event has just taken place.

The Old School Buildings

I have made a study of the school for my own interest, looking at the architecture, planning, the architects and other aspects of the site. I was wondering if you could tell me please, what happened to the 1933 plaque commemorating the opening of the extensions at that time and where was it originally located? Was there ever a similar …