THE CUMNORIAN SOCIETY
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
John and Paula Arkley continue to teach in York, where she was recently appointed Head of the pre-prep department of St. Peter’s School.
David Arnold, after an adventurous gap year in the remotest parts of India & Nepal, is now reading Marine Engineering at Newcastle, where he also plays squash for the university;
Sara, is enjoying life at Bryanston, is much involved in music, sport and art.
Anthony Bagshawe has left Copthorne, where he was Deputy Head, and is now working from home in N. Yorkshire as a Personal & Corporate Life Coach.
Daniel Brookbank is Practice Manager at Falmouth Health Centre; this year he is starring as the Dame in the local panto, which features another Cumnorian, Peter Ashcroft in the cast.
Sarah Bryan is starting her final year at Loughborough, after spending a year studying in Germany. She plans to run the marathon next year, in aid of the YHA and Cancer Research. Paul is starting a foundation year at Oxford Brookes, after which he hopes to do media technology.
Dr. Aman Chandra graduated this year from Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a Bachelor of Medicine and of Surgery. He is now working in Jersey General Hospital and next February will be moving to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
Albert Cheung & Bertie Playle play violin in the excellent Eton College Orchestra.
Laura Cobden & Rosanna Dean were members of the unbeaten Eastbourne College U14 Hockey team.
Camilla Cook is at Leeds after an exciting gap year spent partly in the jungles of Belize.
Christopher Delgarno, who left CHS in 1946, remembers that CHS was the first prep school to introduce rugby and that there were 2,500,000,000 people in the world then. He also remembers an eclipse of the sun, the first atom bomb experiment and open-air Shakespeare. After CHS he went to Westminster, where he not only sang in the choir and within two weeks learnt the entire C of E morning service in Latin, but also contracted very severe pleurisy which landed him up at St. Thomas’ Hospital for 4 months, followed by a year convalescing in a TB sanatorium in Surrey. On doctors’ orders the family emigrated to a warmer South Africa in 1948, and he finished his schooling at Michaelhouse in Natal. His daughter lives in London and his son in Munich.
Chris also writes: ‘Do you remember “D-day”, when all those planes towing gliders full of soldiers kept flying directly overhead for the most part of the day? And cycling en masse to Seale Church on a Sunday? We used the opportunity to see who could make butter in a bottle of milk tied to the spokes! Other memories: charades at Lady Dorothy Macmillan’s end of year party … Guy Fawkes bonfires with hot coffee and sing songs on the bottom field … learning to ‘scan’ Latin verse (do they still teach this?) … ‘Perspex’ lessons … Conkers/Dubbin/Linseed and glass for cricket bats and bows and arrows fashioned from yew and dried bracken stems. I have some “not-so-happy” memories of a disastrous camping trip to Inverness, during which it never stopped raining for the whole trip! The lesson of digging a surrounding trench has subsequently held me in good stead, so the appalling experience had some benefit. Maureen and I and our three ‘children’ have spent much time in walking/camping in the local Drakensberg mountains.
Barnaby Dalton recently gained his Ph.D. (‘at last’, adds his mother); Nicko works in London, and recently came 28th out of 300 in an international indoor rowing competition!
Kieren and Alex Diment are in Australia and both considering Ph.Ds; Alex got a Distinction in his M.Sc.
Daisy Downe is enjoying the 6th form at Roedean, where she is involved in much music; Sam has graduated from Bristol and has been doing temporary work repaying student debts; Ben has been globe-trotting in his management consulting job.
Joe Earle, Japanologist at the V & A for sixteen years and a further twelve as an independent curator & exhibition organiser, is involved in cataloguing the Japanese metalwork and lacquer in The Boston Museum of Fine Arts – the largest collection of Japanese art outside Japan. He is a good friend of Christopher Knapton and his wife; Chris worked at Spinks, and now has his own gallery in Kensington Church Street. Joe recently met in Hong Kong Robert Footman (commissioner of Transport) and Philip Snow, who is the father of three children and is writing a book about Hong Kong.
Peter Farren lives in London, where he works in Equities for J P Morgan.
Mark Gilberd recently got engaged; David is studying Audio Engineering in Christchurch. Both brothers share their parents’ love of the outdoor life, particularly motorcycles and skiing.
Peter Hankey lives in France with his wife and three children and works for the London Symphony Orchestra, organising their Summer Music Academy & Festival in San Sebastian.
Sebastian Hepplewhite is working for an American investment bank in London; Charlotte has left the world of advertising and is at the College of Law, training to be a solicitor.
Alex Knowles is happy working in the research department for Yahoo, and ‘ they are exploiting his obvious ability in the logic that is programming’. Victoria is about to leave for her three-month elective, working in hospitals in Japan and Fiji. She recently abseiled 450 ft. down Guy’s Tower, and is learning to ride a motorbike. She is also learning Japanese.
Robert Lamont is happy at Liverpool University, where he is studying Economics; Caroline is at Glenalmond.
The Layfield family has moved to a farm in Suffolk: Charlie is working for a firm of tree surgeons; John is teaching in a primary school; Jane, a Psychology graduate, is training to be a Chartered Surveyor, and has been sharing a flat in Balham with Sophie de Rivaz; and Caroline has taken a year out before going up to Exeter to read Sociology & Philosophy.
Louise Millar graduated in 1999, since when she has worked at the head office of the Arcadia Fashion group.
Toby Milner-Gulland, at Westminster, played viola in a string quartet which reached the semi-finals of the Schools Chamber Music Competition.
Robin Milner-Gulland has translated and edited ‘Icon and Devotion’ by Oleg Tarasov, which is due to be published in October.
Diana Minter (née Brown) lives in Suffolk with Ben (15) and Isabel (13); she is keenly involved in local choral societies.
Sophie Morgan enjoys Gordonstoun though she finds Scotland cold. She has been on a school conference in Australia and is planning to work on a water project in northern Thailand.
Anthony Murphy has had another exhibition of his oil paintings at the Orangery, Holland Park. He lives near Carcassonne.
Nick Pavey is working for a computer firm in Delhi; Robert has been in Germany with the Army. Martin continues to work as a school inspector.
Tony Poulson has retired from farming in Surrey, but remains involved in many local agricultural events & issues; he and his wife Jean recently returned from a flying safari in Queensland.
Henry Price, newly married, is teaching classics at Rugby School; Edmund is in Hong Kong with UBS Warburg after a year at the London Business School.
Charlie Priestley starred as Jimmy Porter in “Look Back in Anger” at Eastbourne, making a great success of an extremely demanding role; Sophie is hoping to read Political Science and Philosophy at university; and Tom is enjoying life at Worth.
Shibley Rahman has qualified as a doctor, and, still in his early twenties, has published four major articles in the field of neuro-psychology.
Mary Rees, who died a month after her 55th wedding anniversary, was a much loved friend of the school. She was the mother of six brothers – Richard, Nicholas, David, Peter, Paul and Philip – whose time at Cumnor spanned no less than nineteen consecutive years, and when Philip left in 1975 we presented Mary and Donald with a specially engraved glass bowl. Eighteen years ago they moved to the Algarve, where Mary indulged her passion for gardening as well as involving herself with the local international school and helping prisoners as the representative of the British charity Prisoners Abroad.
Donald recently wrote to Nan Milner-Gulland of some of his treasured memories: “The Sports Days. The plays in the outdoor arena when the torrential rain was described by Hal ‘If this Scotch mist gets any thicker we may have to withdraw from the stage’. Fathers’ cricket matches. Nigel Lawson at his pompous best. Then, always seeming to take a personal interest in each and every parent, there floated the inimitable and enchanting Hal with Nan nearby in the wings probably reminding him Who’s who. Exhausting days motoring over from Horley and motoring on to slot machines and icecreams in Brighton. Then back to Cumnor and back to Horley.
Oh but Nan, what a school, and for everyone the imprint remained in the minds of the boys – ‘what a school’. They were lucky and we were lucky to have you and Hal and that great CHS crew on a fairly distant doorstep.”
Ben Sanders, after leaving Marlborough College, obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University, and is now working for the accountants Baker Tilly in Guildford, as well as studying for his Chartered Accountancy exams. His parents have moved to Salisbury, where Simon continues to work as a Management Consultant.
Laura (née Shelford) is still working at Sotheby’s and lives in Clapham; Henry lives in Fulham.
Robert Steel and his wife have moved to Edinburgh where he works in FPD Savills Housing Consultancy department; Jojo continues with his missionary work in Israel, combining it with his magic shows and learning Arabic.
Gavin & Liz Tasker have sold their cattery and retired to Gloucestershire; Gavin has been busy singing, building a boat, and writing a book called “Out of the Cat Basket”.
Graeme Walker lives in Tooting with his wife and two small boys; he works in the City, recruiting staff for the Futures Market. Ian is enjoying his work with Cisco Systems International in Amsterdam, which involves much European travel.
Simon Williams has been on tour with his witty new comedy “Relatively Speaking”, together with Amy who co-stars as his daughter. He recently dug out LHMG’s report on his acting: “He puts a great deal of feeling into his lines. His acting, so far as I am able to judge, needs more control”.
Kate Wills, whose marriage is announced elsewhere, works as press officer for the Fair Trade Day Chocolate Company, and advises us to eat Divine, Dubble or Darkly Divine! Ollie has travelled widely in Sri Lanka, Wyoming and Paris. Michael continues to work in the development of wearer-adjustable spectacles which can bring vision correction to millions in the developing world. (http://www.adaptive-eyecare.com/).
Eppie Windsor-Clive is doing very well at Bryanston, where it is said that “her slight build hides great strength, stamina and determination”.
Nicholas Wood is enjoying his administrative job at Bath University.