Marcus Wigan (1957-1960)

On 30 January, 2016 the membership secretary, John Child, received this email from Marcus Wigan in Melbourne, who is keen to join us: Old Cicestrians’ membership – proof of student status: “Anyway the costs and complexity of trying to pay an annual fee from Australia are sufficiently challenging to dissuade me otherwise”. Details 1957-1960 State scholar in mathematics 1960  Hertford …

Ian Barry Walters (at School 1954-1962)

I’m still not sure about writing this. But Doug Murgatroyd asked me (again), this time from hospital, to write something along the lines of ‘where are they now?’ Where I am now is Hong Kong. Twenty-two years retired from a twenty-year career with the Hong Kong colonial government. Most of that retirement time has been spent in Hawaii. My apologies …

Vic Harris 1954-1961

I had planned to read Mathematics at university. I did not make it and read mechanical engineering instead via a London external degree at Portsmouth. There followed a two year graduate apprenticeship with British Aircraft Corporation (now British Aerospace) at Filton, Bristol. On completion I was appointed to be a shop floor supervisor, working on the Concord(e) prototype final assembly. …

Colin W Snook (1947–1952)

It all began for me in 1936. What a year with the Abdication and Jesse Owens winning four gold medals under Hitler’s nose at the Berlin Olympics.  Dark clouds of World War II were gathering and in 1941 my family fled Portsmouth following two massive raids by the Luftwaffe.  My dad, a Petty Officer on the destroyer HMS Vanessa, was …

John (Jack) Hardy 1954-1961

John (Jack) Hardy attended Chichester High from 1954 to 1961. He was not among the top academics, but contributed in sports, perennially coming second to Jamieson in the Sports Day mile. He played rugby for the school, West Sussex and Sussex at the colt level. His main sport was football and he was top scorer for the First XI during …

Colin St. John Walters 1954-1961

I left the School in 1961 and immediately went travelling in northern France with class mate Sean Irwin. We got on well together – the only discord being over whether to boil our night time Nescafé in front of the tent or whether to drink it lukewarm; statesmen have let less significant issues escalate into all-out war. In the case …

Keith Upton 1955-1962

Keith Upton 1st XI Cricket 1961  Hi Doug, Trust you are keeping well. I was very sorry to hear that Roger Q passed away recently, and this coupled with my other school rugby coaches Taffy and Rod, brought an era to an end.  They were all great guys! Some time ago you asked me for a précis of my life …

Paul Taylor 1955-1962

Paul and his family   On leaving school in 1962 I went to work in the City of London for a wheat and grain buying firm.  At a party in Datchet in late ’63 I met with two friends from school, Lew Bell and Alan Polson, and we all decided that we had had enough of working in London and …

Various items of interest from our archives

Index to items in this section: From the old website Newsletters Martlets RDWK various films, articles and booklets Poems by Anthony Catton (died 1940) More on Tony Catton (died 1940)  Andrew Berriman, former Head of Sixth Form who retired in 2010, rescued a large quantity of archive material from the school when he left and has just deposited it at …