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 …

Death of Old Boys

Patrick Hastings has forwarded the following information: From: Patrick Hastings <patrick_hastings@sky.com> Subject: Sad passings Message Body: Colin Price, 1955 – 1963, who achieved some celebrity as a Television vet, has died during the time of lockdown. Also Neil Lygo-Baker, a former School Captain, If anyone would like to write a brief obituary for either individual, I would be pleased to …

Letters to the Editor (2)

The webmaster receives communications, mostly spurious. However, a recent request is published here and anyone who can help please contact John. From: John Frith <johnoliverfrith@gmail.com> Subject: MAKING CONTACT WITH CHRIS BEARMAN   Message Body: My name is John Frith, I studied with Chris Bearman at the GSMD 1968-72. We shared digs in W. Hampstead and Chris attended my wedding to …

Letters to the Editor

Our Vice Chairman and Archivist, Alan Green was sufficiently incensed at a misreported recent Chichester Observer article, to send a correction. This duly appeared as a “Correction” School buildings gone – but not forgotten Your report “Former school buildings gone” (Chichester Observer 7 April) contains undoubtedly reliable information about the District Council’s moribund Southern Gateway development, but in regards to …

Demolition Update

Dear All The Portsmouth Demolition Co have now decamped but their last action was to cut a viewing hole through the hoarding to enable their handiwork to be admired by passers-by in Kingsham Road. The attached photo was taken through the same and in the foreground can be seen the site of one of the air raid shelters which seems …

Gordon Cocks

Subject: Old Cicestrians website enquiry: “Fellow class mates” From: Gordon Cocks <cocksy46@gmail.com> Subject: Fellow class mates Message Body: I came to the school in 1962 and left in 1966, just wondering if anyone remembers me. Do not confuse me with my brother , Peter, who joined the 6th form in the same year.

A history of Rugby at Chichester High School for Boys

Andy Turner is researching the history of rugby at Chi Hi – it’s growth and development. He would be pleased to receive missing photographs from the Archive. These are listed and if anyone has a copy they can make available, please see Andy’s note: “Could you please send out a email to all Old Cicestrians with a plea for a …

Mr Brian Price a staff member in the late ’40s

Alan Green reports; “I received an enquiry from someone who is not an Old Boy (well he is an old boy but not in the CHSB sense) about a master, Mr Brian Price, who joined the staff around 1948. I attach for interest my report of the archive search and am very grateful to Geoff Wills – who was taught …

Last days now for the school buildings

The gym and air-raid shelters have gone and the site is rubble-strewn. The only building still intact is the Woodwork room. Perhaps half term and a road closure would facilitate this final demolishment.  

A Trip Down Memory Corridor

At the 2021 Christmas lunch, Alan Green gave us a post-lunch presentation of the history of the Chi High buildings. Very apt now as the buildings are being demolished. Alan has annotated his slides and everyone can now enjoy this nostalgic trip down those familiar “Corridors” Once the Powerpoint has been downloaded click on “Slideshow” to watch Alan’s presentation. TRIP …

Dr Patrick Flynn 21/12/29 – 26/04/2021

We have learnt that Dr Patrick Flynn, distinguished scientist and Chi High old boy died in 2021.  Patrick published a book in a variety of editions of his memories of life at the school. Please find a tribute to Patrick from information supplied by his daughter, Geraldine.