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 …

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 – …

Old Cicestrian’s Christmas Lunch

Old Cicestrian’s Annual Christmas Lunch – December 2nd We are very pleased to announce The Old Cicestrians 2023 Christmas Lunch, taking place at the Dresden Room, 4 Canon Lane PO19 1PX on Saturday 2 December 2023. It will be preceded at 11.00-12.00 by the AGM at the Cathedral Bakery beside the Cloisters café at the Cathedral. The after-luncheon speech will be by John …


Andy Turner this evening confirming that the book he was writing recording rugby at CHSB from 1944 to 2005 is now completed and going to print at the University of Chichester print room in the next couple of weeks. There is going to be a big launch event at Chichester Rugby Football Club on the 29th September 2023 from 6.00 …

Andrew Berriman

Andrew Berriman’s memorial service has been booked for Sat 16 September at St Mary’s Church East Lavant at 1400. The ‘do’ afterwards is at Chichester Tennis Club in Oaklands Park.  Any who wish to attend the ‘do’ let me know so that I can advise Mari of the numbers  (01243 784915  agreenzone@aol.com  

A New Book from David Wood

Frank Exchanges Between 1959 and 2005, David Wood (‘the national children’s dramatist’) corresponded with his mentor, Frank Whitbourn, teacher, writer and theatre practitioner If you feel the urge to purchase a copy (!), you can pre-order from the publisher, using this link: https://bit.ly/3GgCoC7 or save £1 and buy it from Amazon here: https://amzn.eu/d/3utA2wY Other online retailers are advertising it too!   

Geoff Wills Funeral

Geoff Wills, President of the Old Cicestrians (the Old Boys Association of Chichester High School for Boys died recently. For colleagues and former pupils, the details for Geoff’s funeral are as follows: Jersey Serviceonline Friday 21st April 2.30 pm www.jerseycrematoriumstreaming.co.uk  

Geoff Wills at home and play

Geoff at home in Jersey and an early match for Sussex 2nd XI, opening the batting with test cricketer, Alan Oakman