Ken Green

Kenneth Green 1932-2024 On 22 April 2024, Ken Green, CHSB Old Boy and local historian died, aged 91, in St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Ken was a proud Cicestrian, being born in this fair city in October 1932 and receiving the classic education for a Chichester boy – Central Junior Boys then Chichester High School for Boys. Photo caption – Ken Green …

Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy died recently. Here is a memory of the Twangy Guitar Man and a memory of an old school friend, Malcolm Withnall.    1960 was the year in which Eddy headed a package with Bobby Darin, Clyde McPhatter and Emile Ford on a barnstorming British tour, coinciding with two more concurrent smash chart hits, Shazam! and The ‘Twang’s’ The ‘Thang’, which …

David Pullen

John Child reports: Last night I received an email from Sue Hyland (John Hyland’s wife) informing me that she had just heard from a friend that David Pullen (former CHSB member of staff for many years had passed away). I do not know if anyone would wish to add a few words to the website? Sue went on to say …

Summer Event – Thursday 20th June 2024

This years’ summer event will be a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace (PO19 3QR) where we will be given an expert guided tour of the spectacular remains of the Palace, followed by lunch at the Bulls’s Head in Fishbourne and then a walk to the waterside.

A contribution about Ron Austin from Trevor Wignall

I was pleased to know Ronald for the last 12 months of his life in Donnington House Care Home, where I was visiting a friend there. They died within a few weeks of each other. We had lunch each week, sometimes with Yvonne also. He was happy to learn I was a pupil at CHSB 1965-67. I used to “bowl” …

A Tribute to Ron Austin by John Child

Ron Austin was appointed to Chichester High School for Boys in 1980. He had previously been the Head teacher of Lea Manor School in Luton and prior to that Deputy Head teacher of a school in Newport, South Wales When he joined the High School it was not performing well and there was need for urgent improvement. Ron was fortunate …

Death of ex CHSB Headmaster – Ron Austin

The following report appeared in the Chichester Observer this week. “Ronald Leighton Austin passed away peacefully on 17th December 2023 aged 90 years. Former Headteacher of Chichester Boys High School. Greatly loved husband, father and grandfather; who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Bosham on Monday 29th January 2024 at 11.00 …

Edward Cooper 1947-55

A message received about Edward Cooper from his son Mark:- “Unfortunately I need to let you know that my Dad (Edward Cooper) passed away at the end of November. His life was joyous and greatly influenced by his upbringing in Chichester and at the High School for Boys…..setting him up to win a scholarship to Oxford. This was all kindly …

Michael John Petter

John Child reports that Mick Petter has died. “Alas, we found in the Chi Observer this week the Death announcement for Mick Petter (Michael John). He passed away on the 19th December aged 92. The announcement was reported by his wife Edna. Mick had been in a care home since last May. The funeral will take place on Friday 12th …

Chris Parr Obituary

Chris Parr (1953-61) – Producer and Director, has died. He lived and commuted to school from Littlehampton. Chris had few peers in the cerebral department and was one of the brightest in my year (Bill Allen). Successively winning the Form prize in 2A, 3A & IVR, After O levels in IVR where he achieved the three that everyone took – …