Major Tim Peake

Britain’s first official astronaut, Major Tim Peake, has been selected to fly on a five-month mission on the International Space Station in 2015; it is believed this will be on 15 December, 2015. The go-ahead for the flight will be seen as a major boost for the UK’s space industry. Peake graduated as a European Space Agency astronaut more than …

Peter Baldwin – Actor

After training to be an actor, Baldwin joined the West of England Theatre Company, where he worked with future-partner on Coronation Street Thelma Barlow. He later toured with the Old Vicand joined the Bristol Old Vic. Baldwin made several appearances in films (in bit parts and extras) until he landed a main role in the television comedy Girls About Town …

David Wood BA (Oxon) OBE

David receiving his OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2004  David was awarded the OBE for his contribution to Children’s Theatre and Literature in 2004. It was no surprise to many of us that knew him at school that he became a successful actor while still at Oxford University not long after leaving. He had been an outstanding talent …

Bernard Price

Bernard Price by Doug Murgatroyd       Bernard Price Broadcaster, Writer and Journalist     Bernard Price achieved fame initially as a presenter on “Going for a Song”, “Collectors’ World”,    ” and Country Game” and, later on, the “Antiques Road Show”. He was a pupil at the Lancastrian School and left around 1950, did his National Service in the …

Adrian Noble

Adrian Noble was born in Chichester. After leaving Chichester High School, he went up to the University of Bristol, where he read English. He began his professional career as a director at the Drama Studio London. In 1976 he moved on to the Bristol Old Vic and worked at the same time in television. From 1980 till 1981 he worked …

Brian Davies AFC RN

Brian Davies attended Chichester High School in the mid-1940s and after reaching sixth form prefect status in the 50s left to join the Royal Navy in 1952.   I knew him   well as out of school we were both members of the Bognor Regis Athletic Club.   He was an excellent quarter miler and became a member of the Club’s Sussex record …

Sir Dudley Gordon Smith

Sir Dudley Gordon Smith (born 14 November 1926) is a British Conservative politician. Smith was educated at Chichester High School and became a journalist. He was elected a councillor on Middlesex County Council in 1958, then the youngest councillor, and became chief whip of the majority party. Smith contested Peckham in 1955. He was MP for Brentford and Chiswick from …

Sir John Edward Herbecq (at School 1933-1940)

Sir John Herbecq was born on 27 May 1922. In 2002 he became the first President of the re-constituted Old Boys Association. He had a distinguished career as a civil servant. He served in HM Treasury from 1950-60, as Private Secretary to the Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, 1960-62; returning to the Treasury for the period 1962-68. After 1968 …

Sir Jon Shortridge

Sir Jon Shortridge KCB (born 1947) was a British Civil Servant. He served as the Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office in March 1999 and of the National Assembly for Wales on its creation in May 1999. He became Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government on its establishment as a separate institution in May 2007. Established the National Assembly …

Chris Bearman

Chris Bearman attended the Lancastrian School for Boys between about 1959-65 and was the son of Gordon Bearman, the County Librarian and younger brother of two Old Cicestrians, Graham and Bob Bearman ( whose profile appears in another article under Notable Old Boys).  I got to know Chris quite well through my visits to his home to see Bob, a …