Martin Everard (School 1954-1959) bis

Whilst continuing to be a Beanstalk Volunteer Reading Helper for a fifth year, I am also managing vacation and business short rental of some apartments in Kensington. Other less recent activities as an experienced broadcast radio and television professional include: Granted an Ofcom UK Television broadcast licence and launched The Business Channel in November 2006. Having negotiated the sale of …

Martin Everard (School 1954-1959)

Without any clear future career ambition, I left School in 1959. With a desire to fly, I applied to BEA and BOAC for a job. Because I had won the School English Reading Prize and, at my mother’s insistence, I also wrote to the BBC. My mother firmly believed that I would make an excellent radio announcer. The latter came …

Geoff Wills (1943-1952) on Cricket, his life at School and after

English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) 1951-1952 I was both honoured and elated to be selected for the ESCA senior XI in the years 1951 and 1952, especially as in the latter year I was appointed captain. I understand that ESCA was formed in 1948 and in those days only two matches were played each season – one each against the …

Barry James Capon 1947-1955

I came to the School from the Chichester Central Boys School which was next to the City Walls in the St. Pancras area.  Most of the boys in my form also came to the School. Uniform including school caps had to be worn. I think it was the prefects who checked for compliance as you arrived each day. Dr. Bishop was …

Sir Dudley Smith

Reprinted from The Times of London 27 December, 2016 Dudley Smith was an enthusiastic Thatcherite until in May 1990 he dared to express dissatisfaction by using a football analogy: “Do you sack the manager or don’t you? You may have a good manager but what if the team isn’t scoring goals?” Six months later Margaret Thatcher was out of office. …

David Wood’s speech 3 December, 2016

This was written by David Wood (at the School 1954-1962) and used as the basis for his marvellous speech to Old Cicestrians at the 2016 Christmas Luncheon in Chichester.   “Chi and I …” Memories of Chichester Festival Theatre by a local schoolboy who watched the laying of the foundation stone, then, over a period of fifty years, proudly became …

George Hersee (1935 – 1941)

Hersee was a television engineer. He was born on December 29, 1924 at Loxwood near Wisborough Green.  He was educated first at the Elm Grove School, Littlehampton before obtaining a bursary to Chichester High School for Boys; he later read physics from 1942 at University College, Southampton.   After five years at EMI he joined the BBC studio installation and planning …

Bill Allen OBE (1954-1961)

I was known as Billy most of my time at the School, but now answer in the main to Bill! I was born in 1943, the product of Ron Allen (a Carpenter / Decorator) and Bridget (née McCabe) who immigrated to the UK before the war from Mullingar in the Midlands of Eire. She worked in service as a cleaner …

Roger Wardale 1947-1955

By Nancy Blackett  4 January, 2016 Hugh Brogan (Arthur Ransome’s biographer), Roger Wardale and Christina Hardyment outside the Butt and Oyster at Pin Mill at Mike Rines’ 1989 lunch to mark Nancy Blackett’s restoration. Photograph (below) by Martin Lewis. We regret that we must report the passing of Roger Wardale on 28th December, after a short illness, at the age …

S Barry Cooper 1955-1962

Sad early death of one of our most prestigious Old Boys; a mathematician who championed the cause of Alan Turing, the disgraced wartime codebreaker who has since been acclaimed as a hero. Without the tireless efforts of the mathematician S Barry Cooper, the story of Alan Turing, the brilliant but ill-starred computer pioneer and wartime codebreaker, might never have re-emerged, …