OC Updates 2001

I welcome news of old pupils and staff. Please contact me at March House, 6 Southover High Street, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1HS
(tel: 01273 480189; fax: 01273 470089
or e-mail: marchhouse@amserve.net).

Nick Milner-Gulland

Sophie Allen, after a foundation year at Chelsea College of Art, is studying Illustration & Graphic Design at Newcastle University. David Arnold is reading Marine Technology at Newcastle, after a gap year in which he has been teaching at Dharamsala, North India. In his final year at Bryanston he played tennis for the school and captained the squash team.

Matthew Byam Shaw, who produces plays and television programmes, recently met Piers Morgan, editor of The Mirror, at a dinner at The Ritz, where Piers (prompter in Romeo & Juliet 1976) reminded Matthew (Romeo) how shaky he had been on the lines in Act 3; he also suggested that it was a good thing that he had called a halt to the acting! Matthew has commissioned and produced a new play at the RNT with Diana Rigg and Simon Russell Beale called Humble Boy, which, the critics say, “sparkles with eccentric wit and is as tightly structured as a honeycomb”.

Rory Campbell, who is an Editorial Manager for BBC Worldwide, writes to thank CHS for the handwriting lessons (actually he sends an e-mail!); his writing is being featured on a BBC promotional brochure, & Camilla’s is being used in the title sequence and credits of a new ITV drama. She is a television script editor, working for Tiger Aspect Productions. They both live on a motor torpedo boat in Chelsea.

Neil Canetty-Clarke has worked for LWT, Guardian Media Group and i Touch; he lives in Sussex with his wife Anna and three children. His mother Janet pursues a busy career as conductor of the Ditchling Singers and lecturer on music. Aman Chandra has been visiting the remote outback of Queensland as part of his medical training.

Iain Clavadetscher is an architect living in Highgate; his mother Liz, who used to be a matron at Cumnor, lives in Guernsey and Arizona, and is “now retired – hooray”. Barbara Clements, ex-CHS pottery teacher, has her own studio, and currently teaches pottery to adults and under-fives. Bob Crowther, father of two boys, works for NatWest as Personal Banking Manager at their Charing Cross Business Centre; his mother Brenda (ex-CHS matron) lives nearby and is a doting granny. Stefan Cucos has just completed his Bar exams; Mihai has been living in Copenhagen but has now moved back to London.

Job Curtis is a director and investment trust manager at Henderson’s; he and Belinda have three children, Harry (7), Alice (5) and Phoebe (2). Charles is a director of Deutsche Asset Management, still plays football and has race-horses. His girlfriend won a race at Lingfield on one of them. Quentin, having been film critic of the Independent on Sunday and then The Daily Telegraph, now lives and works in Santa Monica as director of creative affairs at MGM.

Rayad Denyer-Green is based in London, where he works as a freelance horn player. Nicholas de Peyer is still teaching Maths in Abu Dhabi, where he enjoys playing chess with Russian grand masters. Fiona-Jane Dibley’s career as an investment surveyor is going well; she is also in great demand as a singer for weddings. Indeed she sang at Robert Steel’s wedding last year. Richard lives in a Cornish village and works for a consultancy involved with renewable energy and wind farms. He retains his fine italic hand.

Bob Dickens is reading Engineering at Durham University; his brother Jonathan is still at Sherborne; Mark, their father, recently took over from Leo Wynne as Bursar of Cumnor House, after a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, in which he served on nine submarines and one frigate, and for the last decade worked for naval intelligence.

Laura (née Dobbs) Batchelor has spent a year in Brussels where William is an EC lawyer and Laura is a lobbyist, and they have recently moved to the USA; Laura’s brother, Harry, works as an architect in London. Richard Drake lives in Warlingham, where he is Chairman of the Parish Council and a Governor of several schools. Dominic Earle lives in Northants, and is a freelance journalist working for the Guardian and other newspapers. He and his wife are expecting their first child. Ruth Edwards is a physiotherapist specialising in acute medicine on Intensive Care Units; Ianworks as a computer analyst and programmer and lives in Lewes.

Mark Fieldhouse has two daughters aged 7 and 4, and runs a company organising sports coaching for children; he hopes to build a large sports complex in Southampton. Charlotte Fisher has been in Philadelphia on an 18 month contract in drug research & trial monitoring.

Piers Gibbon was a marvellous compère of the CHS Celebration in June. He has worked for the ESC and BBC and has done 150 hours of narration for Channel 4. He recently presented Jungle Trip for Channel 4 and teaches public speaking to MPs, academics and others. Fiona (née Godlee) Trebeck lives in Lincolnshire, and is the Chairman of World Medical Editors, involved in putting medical journals on the internet. Crispin Goldsmith works in corporate finance for PricewaterhouseCoopers and lives in Tonbridge. Nicola (née Gurney) Finney is the Advertisement Manager for the Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, and lives in Fulham with her husband Mark.

Last year the Revd. Canon Robert Gussman and his 13 year old son, Tom, set out on a long-planned pilgrimage from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, in memory of Robert’s wife Elizabeth and in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust and Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation, for which they raised £12,600. Here is Robert’s account of the journey:

“We set out on foot on 16th June from Le Puy en Velay in S.E. France to walk some 1,000 miles to Santiago in N.W. Spain along the thousand year old pilgrims’ way. Not only did we reach Santiago, in prime condition, on 27th August (early enough for us to be able to walk another three days’ journey to Finisterre, “the end of the world” on the Atlantic coast), but we found it the most marvellous experience in every way. Each day seemed better than the last. The scenery, constantly changing; a trail of magnificent Romanesque churches and sculpture; meeting so many wonderful people, other pilgrims like us from almost every country in Europe, and indeed every continent; they were a source of such encouragement and stimulation: initially complete strangers they soon became hugely valued and much loved companions. Above all the pilgrimage worked a spiritual transformation upon us: the relentless pressure to keep moving effectively trained us to be looking forward and beyond ourselves, towards God and all that He has in store for us; travelling light, indeed lighter and lighter as we progressed, led us to sit light to material possessions and our tendency to possessiveness, allowing the more important values to surface, freeing us to be open to one another and all around us; discovering a new level of faith and trust, as we found ourselves safely guided through dense fog, and over and over again, reunited with other pilgrims, more than mere coincidence might have made possible…………………………and so it all brought a fresh quality of faith, increased and deepened. And what joy!”

Tim Hardy lives in London and works for EMI; Mark is teaching EFL, and is married to a Chinese girl. Sophie Henderson is married to Robert Cumming and they have one son and one daughter; she is a barrister specialising in immigration law at the chambers of Michael Mansfield QC. Edmund Hubbard and his wife Nicole and baby son Maxwell live in London; he founded Projects Art Consultancy in 1995.

Robin Jones hopes to read Business Economics at London or Bristol, having studied A level Geography, French and Economics at BHASVIC, Brighton. Oliver Jory, after a long stint in Hong Kong, is now back in England where he is Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He recently climbed Mont Blanc on skis and skied down. Tom Kilroy and his wife Lucy live near Oxford, where he is a solicitor and legal adviser at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Ltd. Alex Knowles is settled as a programmer with Yahoo; Victoria is enjoying her clinical training.

Nigel Lightbody works for Lufthansa in Frankfurt as a computer contractor; Donald has emigrated to Tucson, Arizona, where he works for UPS, the international delivery service; Bruce is a partner in a large law firm in Leeds. George Lock, who was married last year to Amanda, lives in Hong Kong where he is Operations Manager for an Australian construction company. Andrew McKenzie-Smith and his wife and daughters live in Fife, where he is “in the intricate stage of setting up a whisky company”; he has fond memories of being taught by both NG and Miss Froud (as was). This dates him! Alex Marsden is enjoying her Fine Art course at Leeds; Frances, after a year spent largely in Central America, is in her first year at Newcastle, reading French and Film Studies.

News of the Maslen family: Bill and Lois’ translation firm is finally repaying them for all their hard work, but they do have some relaxation, e.g. horse riding. They have two children, Amber (8) and Daniel (5). Robert is now a senior lecturer in the English Department of Glasgow University; he and his wife, Kirsty, have a daughter, Bethany (4). Jess has finished a photography qualification and is embarking on an OU degree, while working as an administrator at a college attached to Leeds University, despite constant pain from a back injury; her daughter Yasmina is 7. Tom was married recently, and is just finishing his training as an acupuncturist, while also being an instructor in martial arts.

Robin Milner-Gulland, Research Professor of Russian Studies at Sussex University, has retired after nearly 40 years at the university; during that time it is claimed that he has not missed a day’s teaching nor had a harsh word with any student, and he was the only member of the university not to own a computer. A grand seminar and party was held in June to mark his retirement. He continues to work hard as a translator, author, lecturer, examiner and tour guide. His brother, Nick, conducts various musical groups, notably the Fayrfax Singers and Orchestra in a recent performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, teaches piano at Eastbourne and Hurstpierpoint Colleges, is a governor of Burgess Hill School for Girls and teaches literacy at HM Prison, Lewes; Anna is training to teach dyslexic pupils, and Kate and Jamie graduated this year from Edinburgh and Leeds Universities respectively.

Piers Morgan, Editor of the Mirror, shares with Charles Curtis the same purveyor of race-horses (sic). Andrew Morpeth lives in London where he works as a Chartered Accountant for Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Anthony Murphy works as an artist in Carcassonne; his brother Robert works in the software industry, and has four daughters aged 2 to 12. Clem Naylor is in his second year at Westminster and claims that he is “hoping to become a train driver”. Rupert Nieboer and his wife, Veronica, live in London where he works as a clinical psychologist specialising in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Nick Pavey has been posted by his multi-national computer company to Boston for probably two to three years; Robert, now a Captain, is in Germany, as an intelligence officer with his battalion. Nick Pegna is living in Hong Kong where he works for Berry Bros.; Clare’s life revolves around her two children, her horses and her husband who is a national hunt jockey, Chris Maude. Matthew Penry-Davey and his wife Claire have one daughter and live in London, where he is a very busy Director of feature films. Tamsin Pike is a producer for Luska Productions, a contributing editor at People News Magazine, and a script reader for the Film Council; Harry is a researcher for Penguin radio.com, an internet radio company. Emma Pinkerton has just started work as a media lawyer; Malcolm, after a year at Lloyds of London, has returned to the University of Westminster for his final year, reading Manufacturing and Business Management; Eleanor is in her third year at QMW studying English.

Bertie Playle at Eton gained ten A* grades and one A at GCSE and is now studying Latin, Russian, Italian and Maths at A level; he plays the violin in the school orchestra, as well as the oboe and piano. Jeremy Ray lives in Maine with his wife and daughter; he recently retired after a career in resins. John Reardon is a member of the national committee of the Institute of Physics; Sarah is well and happy on her canal boat and very busy with her World Development work. Alex Reynolds graduated this year; Emily is in her third year at Aberdeen, thoroughly enjoying English and History of Art.

Jeremy Rowlands has twin daughters, and manages a bank in Leicester. Patrick Sherlock has recently been promoted at City and Guilds; he enjoys playing cricket for Strollers and Sanderstead CCs, normally batting at No. 11, which allows him to do plenty of umpiring. Andrew Sinclair is the deputy head of St. Michael’s School, Jersey; Richard teaches art at Sussex House School in London. Justin Snoxall and his wife Charlotte live near Saffron Walden and have two daughters and a son; he is a director of Morgan Lovell. Jojo Steel is working in Jerusalem as a missionary with Youth With A Mission, and loves the work. Christopher Stevens lives in London where he has just set up his own company organising conferences. Andrew Taylor is working in Paris for Crédit Agricole, and has become a keen golfer. Michael Thatcher has set up a film company, Flamingo Film Productions, which is filming “Flamingo Blues”, a murder mystery set in 1950s Los Angeles. Rebecca (née Toms) Steinebach lives in Germany with her husband Stefan and their son and daughter; she works as a translator and an English teacher at the University of Koblenz, as well as playing the cello for the Koblenz Sinfonietta. Mark Towsey graduated from St. Andrews with a very good First in History, and is staying on to do a Ph.D. on the Scottish Enlightenment. He remains a keen clarinettist, and recently played Weber’s 2nd Concerto with the University Orchestra. Annabel Virtue lives in Windsor and has been in the wine trade for five years; she is now working for a shipper, importing fine wines from around the world. Sarah Wallis and her husband, Will Jacob, have a daughter and son and she is a Director and Producer of documentary films for television; they live in London. Dan Whittaker was married last year and now lives and works in London. Kate Wills is now Press Officer and PR for a fair trade chocolate company. Nicholas Wood has been accepted for a PGCE at Bristol, after several years teaching in Seville.

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