THE CUMNORIAN SOCIETY
I shall be happy to continue to collate information for inclusion in next year’s magazine. Please send news to me c/o the school, or at March House, 6 Southover High Street, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1HS (tel: 01273 480189; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Paul Baker with his wife Sue and children Emily (8), Jeremy and Sophie (5), visited CHS in the summer; he lives near Lymington and works in the composites industry, manufacturing high quality components for the yachting and aircraft industries. His parents still ask him why he doesn’t get a proper job! Adam Barnes is a successful photographer who works a lot for the FT; he was recently on an assignment in Cuba. Emma is in her final year at the Royal College of Art; Rachael is doing a B.Tech. in Art at Brighton University. Harriet Bastide (née Potter) is keen to enter Billy for CHS in April 2004! They hope to move from Battersea before this. Simon Bomford, married and with a daughter of six months, works for a firm of city solicitors; Jenny, who was married recently, works for KPMG, and is planning to go to Australia next year. After taking a Gap year, Rebecca Bowden started at the Guildford School of Acting this year. In February she took part in the Glyndebourne Youth Opera production Zoë, which received enthusiastic reviews and was filmed during the summer by the Oxford TV Company, to be shown on Channel 4 on 2nd December;Lawrence is a House prefect in the sixth form at Hurstpierpoint, and looks forward to a Rugby tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in July 2001. David Brown wrote with the sad news of the death of his father Austin, a dear friend of Cumnor House; David has been involved with systems design (and extreme politics!) in the Play Zone of the Dome, and is about to direct technical installation at the Royal Festival Hall. He remembers school concert trips of thirty years ago. Sarah Bryan is at Loughborough University, and spent her summer working for Mazda cars and exercising racehorses; Paul has just finished at Cranbrook and is spending six months in France.
Hugh Campbell and Thea have moved to Noosa Heads, Queensland, where they are enjoying the weather and membership of the U3A; Old Cumnorians’ Day wasn’t the same, though. Philippa Chatterton is reading PPE at Edinburgh. Sophie Crosthwaite lives in London where she is working for Coys of Kensington, Classic Car Auctioneers.
Barnaby Dalton, whose South African wedding is announced elsewhere, is living in London and has recently started a job in research and development of third generation mobile phones; “he has still not finished his PhD”, wails his mother. Nick works for a London printing firm, and is a very enthusiastic oarsman. Watch out Athens in 2004! John Dean is working in Hong Kong and was hoping to contact Philip Snow; Peter recently met Christian Wharton and practises as a barrister. Matthew de la Haye has been promoted to “Vice-President, International Comunications” for Boeing; he “will lead the company’s integrated communications programs outside North America” and will be based in London. Sophie de Rivaz is in charge of the website of Euromoney plc in London; Philip is in Tokyo, dividing his time between acting and writing for a magazine. Charlie Dowdall is in his final year at Birmingham University, reading Geology and loving it; Tom, besides gaining A grades in ‘A’ level Physics, Chemistry and Geography at Sherborne, captained Sherborne 1st XI cricket, and came 14,415th out of 42,000 runners in the London Marathon, raising £2,000 for charity; he is now enjoying the freedom of a gap year before going up to Edinburgh to read Structural Engineering with Architecture. Richard is working hard in his GCSE year and playing a lot of music; he recently went on tour to Grenada in the West Indies with the Sherborne School Swing Band. Inigo Edsberg recently travelled to Peking in a Classic Car rally to raise money for the Liver Research Fund.
Orsi Farkas has just finished her first year of university in Hungary, where she has been reading English and American Literature and Grammar. Charlie Field has just finished his ‘A’ levels at Hurstpierpoint, where he was very active with music and fencing; he now plans to read Politics at Leicester University, and after that to gain a commission into the Royal Artillery.
Mark Gibbon works in the City for CSFB and occasionally bumps into “a Curtis or two” and William Pecover. He plays blues in a Kennington pub on electric bass and harmonica (but where the French Horn? – Ed.) and his main hobby is flying. Piers recently produced a documentary TV programme about work being done on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Revd Robert Gussman and his son Tom recently walked 1000 miles of the ancient pilgrim’s way from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, in aid of charity and in memory of his wife Elizabeth.
Rebecca Hall is reading English at St Catharine’s, Cambridge, where she has already directed Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound for the ADC and acted Miranda in The Tempest (which she last played at CHS in 1992): she happily remembers “the decadence of being able to skive off weeks of lessons so we could lounge around Cumnor ‘learning our lines’.” Nell Hanbury is hoping to travel to the USA during her Gap year and Tom is at Chelsea College of Art. Nick Hope Wilson lives in Somerset, from where he writes a fascinating letter packed with memories of his Cumnor days: meeting Albert Schweitzer; and ‘Nicko’ Williams, who used to get into a fraught state before returning to school and once swallowed a whole tube of toothpaste in the hopes that it would somehow prevent his ever seeing CHS again – “sadly it delayed his return by only one day!” Alex Houghton works as a Chartered Surveyor with Drivers Jonas in London. George Howe had a two-week placement with the FCO in July; he hopes to read Classics with Russian at Oxford – “in spite of the current government”, he adds. Barbara Hyde and her daughter Lucy visited CHS from Australia in May, with news of the boys: Tim lives on a property in NSW where he works in the money market; Robin lives in Bangkok and works for a German company in the transport industry; Max is the advertising manager of the Herald and Weekly Times, based in Melbourne; and Rupert works in the music industry, performing and promoting equipment. He has a large cherry farm in NSW.
Tim Kraemer, a cellist in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and his younger daughter Emily, are joining a six-day challenge in the Himalayas to help raise money for a £3m brain scanner for Great Ormond Street. If you would like to help, please contact him on 020 8346 4175. Keira McColl is enjoying her first term teaching in a primary school in Acton; Tara is in her third year of teacher training at Brighton University; Rory is in his last year of training to be a solicitor.
Toby Maitland Hudson is working as a trainee solicitor for Allen and Ouby; Geno has just completed her Oxford degree; and Oli has just gone up to Edinburgh to read History and French. Anthony Martin works at Canary Wharf as an accounts manager for Ogilvy and Mather, and is an enthusiastic member of the Lancing Old Boys’ Football XI. After eight years in Hungary, Martin Middlehurst has returned to Wimbledon where he works as financial controller for the law firm owned by one of his brothers. “Age and the Hungarian lifestyle”, he complains, “have taken their toll of my health, but we have a good doctor”. Robin Milner-Gulland is starting his last teaching year as Professor of Russian at the University of Sussex; his book The Russians (Blackwell) has come out in a new paperback edition. Alison has had several exhibitions, including a one-person show at the Workhouse Gallery in Kings Road, Chelsea. She is planning a joint exhibition with Tom at the Museum of Oxford during Oxford Arts Week next May; Tom lives in Oxford and is working as a graphic artist for a landscape architect. Lucy lives in Hove and has begun a course in silver-working; her son Cory (brother to Ione) was born late in 1999. Not to be outdone, her sister Eleanor Jane also had a son (Rowan) early in 2000; she has now returned to her job in ecological teaching and research (which takes her frequently to Kazakhstan, as well as other exotic places such as Celebes) at Imperial College, London University. She and her husband Martin Williams live in Richmond; Martin has just finished a demanding stint as Senior Tutor of New College, Oxford. Andrew Mitchell lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Corinne and baby Arthur, where he is in charge of the Reuters energy desk for the Americas; Nick is working at ESCC in Lewes, and Juliet is still enjoying her job at the Imperial War Museum.
Johnny Norfolk gained eleven A and A* grades at GCSE, and also an A in AO Maths; Kate will be reading Ancient and Modern History at Exeter next year, after a Gap year’s travel around the world. Robert Pecover lives in the West Country, where he works in the optoelectronics industry; his children, Harriet (9) and James (7), are both doing very well.
Sarah Reardon married Robin Fishwick last year and continues to work in world development education; they live in a canal boat in Leeds. Martin is still much involved in ecumenical projects and has lectured on Intercommunion. John has left Glaxo Wellcome and now works in the Physics Department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Mary Rees writes from Portugal as amusingly as ever about her boys: Richard is 50 this year, and the grandchildren are aged between 25 and 3. She and Donald see them all frequently. Rosi Robinson’s book Batik is due to be published by Search Press in January; Laurie has graduated from Newcastle with a 2:1 in Biology and Zoology. The St Albans Robinsons are all well: Nicola works for Coca Cola near Heathrow; Paul has just completed his final year at Southampton; and Sara is in her third year at Southampton doing Paediatric Nursing “and loving every minute”.
Harley Sherlock claims to be still writing and lecturing “to anyone prepared to listen”; Patrick is back from Azerbaijan and teaching at a South London comprehensive; and Sarah Jane is still working for Butterworths in Edinburgh, publishing obscure books on Scottish Law. Tristram Stuart divides his time between the British Library and Delhi, where his fiancée edits an English literary magazine.
Stephen Taylor and his wife Jane live in Western Massachusetts, where they run a thriving jewellery-designing business. William Tetley is thoroughly enjoying Charterhouse, where he won the Latin Verse Speaking Competition; he is also a member of the A teams for Football and Cricket, the latter having won the Surrey Cup which will take them through to the National Finals. Graeme Walker works for two specialist recruitment companies in the City; Ian is permanently based in Holland where he works for Nike; Bruce has been on a long expedition to the Far East and Australia, returning via the Trans-Siberian railway. Sean Williams, who was a member of the Number 10 policy unit under John Major, has produced a booklet, Freedom for Schools, advocating large-scale privatisation of the state education system as a central tenet of Tory education policy. It received short shrift, alas, from the NUT. Tom Willis, 21, now works for the Post Office in Kent, which he enjoys. Michael Wills is very busy managing a programme of market research and field trials in Africa and South Asia launching “wearer adjustable” adaptive spectacles. Visit him on www.adaptive-eyecare. com. Kate has been working for Carlton Children’s TV; Ollie gained a 2:1 in History at Sussex University, where he was keenly involved with the University Cricket team, first as Captain, then as President. He recently completed a second 3-week internship at Lazards. Charles Winnington-Ingram is in the FCO: after posts in Tokyo, Oslo, St Petersburg and Jerusalem he is now back in London; he has been “forcefed” Japanese, Norwegian and Russian. Christopher runs his own company, The London Teapot Company, exploiting the patent he has on teapot filters. Phoebe Wynne was awarded the Classics Prize at Eastbourne this year, and is planning to go on a school trip to Greece at Easter.