THE CUMNORIAN SOCIETY
A good number of members came to Old Cumnorians’ Day in June, and in September Roddy Gye generously lent us his Oxford Street office for a most enjoyable drinks party.
I am very grateful to those kind people who have sent me news; please continue to do so, particularly in September or October, whether by letter, telephone (01825 790347), fax (01825 790910), or email (Office@Cumnor.demon.co.uk). If you have access to email facilities and would like your address to be included in our email address book of Old Cumnorians, do contact us via email or the website with your details and dates at CHS.
Mark Abrahams “is a yuppie in the city, pursuing rugby, and good lines”; Nick works as a logistician for Medical Emergency Relief International; Susie is pursuing her teaching career in Wandsworth. Elizabeth Allen has just completed her second year at the Courtauld, and is increasingly drawn to the Roman period – an interest she ascribes to her grounding in Latin at Cumnor! John Arkley is still teaching at York Minster School, and Paula is Deputy Head at a pre-prep school in York. They are both keen gardeners and have season tickets to watch Carlisle United.
Graeme Baldwin has recently moved to London to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law before becoming a commercial solicitor; Claire enjoyed her trip to South America, with varied experiences including a 30 km trek on foot to Machu Picchu and precarious bus rides (one of which involved prayers for their safety by the local priest before setting off), and now sees many OC friends at Bristol, where she is reading History. Adam Barnes is enjoying life as a commercial photographer in London; Emma achieved a First in Fashion Textiles at the Chelsea College of Art and is now studying for a Master’s in Ladies’ Fashion Knitwear at the Royal College of Art, having been awarded a Royal Society of Arts Prize which enabled her to travel in India researching knitwear design; Rachel completed her degree in History and Philosophy at Kent University and is currently based in Sussex before hoping to travel. Leonora Barton at Eastbourne College is studying Theatre Studies, Latin and Art at A level; Rupert is in his first term at St Aidan’s College, Durham, reading Biology, having travelled to California with Richard Cheadle in the summer;Sophie is in her final year reading Latin and Ancient History at Liverpool and thinking about a Master’s. Harriet Bastide (née Potter) featured recently in Me and My Secretary in The Times; she is about to have maternity leave from her job as Ann Widdecombe’s secretary. Miss Widdecombe said of her, “Harriet and I have a very good working relationship. I need someone who is very bright and can do a phenomenal amount of work while staying perfectly calm and cheerful about it all. And that’s my Harriet.” Harriet adds: “I’m a juggler. My rôle is keeping 100 balls in the air at any one time and not letting any of them drop.” Stephen Bex, recently married, is about to move to Australia; Katharine is a barrister living in London and working mainly at Peterborough Crown Court. Andrew Brooks lives in London where he works for Valorinform, selling on-line information systems to Merchant Banks; CHS, his father tells me, “was the only school at which Andrew was happy in his whole school career”. Sarah Bryan left Cranbrook this summer and is now reading Economics and German at Loughborough; Paul is in his final year at Cranbrook, studying Biology, Chemistry and German.
Camilla Campbell is working for ITV, and Rory for the BBC. Rebecca Cowley (née Weatherby) lives in Suffolk with her husband Giles and two children; Max Weatherby is the father of two little girls. Oliver Clayton writes: “Having become a capitalist pig and sold my life to Schroders I am hoping to move to a bijou residence in Clapham. I have very little life but enjoy my old Cumnor friends frequently”. Robert Crowther is a Personal Banking Manager with NatWest at Charing Cross Business Centre; he and his wife Lucinda have two boys. He plays cricket for Chadwell Heath (last year’s batting average 135!) and has taken up golf “because that is what Bank Managers are expected to do”. Stefan Cucos has spent five years in Hong Kong working as editor in a publishing company; he has recently returned to London and plans to be a barrister specialising in copyright and patents. Mihai is still in Copenhagen, speaks fluent Danish, and is doing “something to do with music, computers, the Internet and so on; I really can’t understand what he is up to”, writes his mother. Joshua Cunningham, having left Cranbrook, is planning to do a foundation course in Art and Design. Charles Curtis is a Director of Deutsche Asset Management; Quentin, after five years as film critic of the Daily Telegraph, is now the paper’s US cultural correspondent and lives in New York.
John Dean is working in Kiev, promoting consumer goods and relearning Russian and Ukrainian. Bobby Dickens at Sherborne gained ten ‘A’s in his GCSE, four of them starred, and is studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level. Harry Dobbs is starting a post-graduate course in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, having recently returned from a trip to Japan; Laura, in Brussels, is a political consultant with a great knowledge of European affairs and has moved to a new job where she is researching environmental issues and pensions, and is learning to exercise lobbying skills (“Help!” says her mother). Lucy Elliott is still in South Africa with her three small children; Annabel works for Sainsburys magazine in London. Joumana Es-said was married recently and lives in Beirut; Maria lives in New York with her Finnish husband and three small boys.
Lucy Faridany is reading Music and German at King’s College, London, which has involved a year of study in Vienna. She spent the summer teaching music to Palestinian children in Damascus, staying with a Syrian family and immersing herself in Syrian culture. Peter Farren has been studying Law and French Law at Exeter, and is now spending his final year in Rennes. Charlie Field has done very well at Hurstpierpoint, where he is Deputy School Captain (as, indeed is Katie Norfolk); he is studying History, Music and English Literature and is a very keen member of the CCF.Nicholas Fisher is working in the Canaries; Charlotte is at King’s College, London, reading for a master’s degree in Pharmacology.
Rebecca Hall is Head of School at Roedean. Tom Hanbury gained three ‘A’s in his A levels, and has just started at Oxford; Nell gained six A*s in her GCSE. Peter Hankey has been asked by the London Symphony Orchestra to launch a major new project, the creation of a Music Centre Academy and Festival somewhere in Europe. He and his wife Peggy live in France with their three children. Daniel Heath has completed his degree in Music Technology in Minneapolis and is now studying in Boston for a B.Mus. in Composition and Sound Design. Charlotte Hepplewhite is working for The Tatler. George Howe, now 6’4″, is doing very well at Winchester; he is studying Maths, Russian, Greek and Latin at A level. Out of school he plays trombone in the orchestra, rings bells, binds books, plays racquets and tennis and learns Spanish for fun. Professor Nicholas Humphrey, of the LSE, recently took issue with the BMA over their choice of “self-awareness” as one of the signs that a patient is alive and deserves treatment. “It is a very odd definition to use. How could it be applied to babies of less than two, who are not yet self-aware? If this is a definition of life, it excludes all animals, except perhaps chimpanzees… If consciousness defines life, what happens when we go to sleep? We are unconscious, but not dead”.
Nick Illsley, now based in London, has “signed life away for three years to accountancy” after his degree at Newcastle; whilst Tom has just started work with State Street Bank, also in London. Karan Khosla, at school in Delhi, plays the guitar in a rock band. He hopes to go to university in the USA. Tim Kraemer plays the cello for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and was a runner-up in the recent Radio 4 orchestra competition. Jonathan Krish recently attended an Old Cumnorian lunch with Tony Poulsom, John Golding and David Humphrey, friends of about 50 years’ standing.
Tom Laing’s housemaster at King’s, Canterbury, reports that Tom has made impressive contributions in work, music and sport, particularly cricket. Guy Lancaster achieved 4 ‘A’ grades in his A levels at Marlborough, in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. Sami Lomri is working in Clapham for a firm of telecommunications consultants after completing his degree in Equine Science. Richard Longmore lives in Wandsworth with his wife and daughter; he runs the Hedge Fund desk for Chase Manhattan, and is at work by 7 am. James Lovegrove has contracts for books to take him to 2002, and Philippa is busy with her three children.
Elizabeth Macmillan recently qualified as a solicitor, and works for Lovell White Durrant, specialising in IT. The Hon. Richard Mais has been appointed Chairman of CNC Properties. Oliver Maitland Hudson has left Marlborough and has a place at Edinburgh to read History. Cathy Malins has spent five months travelling the world and is now at Bristol reading Drama and English. Rory McColl has completed his Law Practice Course and is now working as a trainee solicitor in Tunbridge Wells; Keira is at Roehampton and Tara at Brighton University, both taking teacher training courses. Paulo Montgomery is doing well at Christ’s Hospital, where he has captained the ‘A’ Rugby team as well as winning the Latin Prize each year. David Mullins, whose marriage is announced elsewhere, works in Marine Insurance and lives in Lindfield; Revd Peter has been organising training for clergy in Lincoln, but has now moved to parish work in Grimsby; Tim and his wife Sarah and two children live in Cheltenham.
Claire Paterson is in New York working for the New York Review of Books, producing and publishing a series of books and much enjoying it; Michael has just finished a photo-journalism course, has sold his flat in London and bought a new one in Edinburgh. William Pecover has been launching magazines on e-commerce in America and Hong Kong. James Penry-Davey is in his first year at Leeds, reading Geography and Economics; Matthew, who was married in 1997, lives in East Dulwich and has been very busy with various films, and his wife Claire is a teacher. Angus Pigottis living in Glasgow, where he works for a post-production editing company run by a school friend from Gordonstoun. Bertie Playle is enjoying life at Eton, where he is in the first orchestra and is doing very well academically. Edward Potter has gone back to college to do a three year course in Agricultural Food and Business Marketing. Mark Prescott, who helped out at the school last year, is considering a career switch from accountancy to teaching (Hooray! – Ed.). Henry Price, another one who helped here during two summer terms, is now teaching Classics at Sherborne after a year teaching at Sydney Grammar School.
Jonathan Ray has written Everything You Need to Know about Wine (Mitchell Beazley, £7.99). Martin Reardon has retired, though he and Ruth are still involved with a lot of work and travel for the Association of Interchurch Families; they have bought a house in Turvey, Bedfordshire. John is now working for Glaxo Wellcome in Ware, gaining wider experience in clinical instrumentation; Sarah spent some time working with refugees in Guatemala, and is enjoying her development education work in the Ripon diocese. Donald (now 80 and in possession of a new hip) and Mary Rees still live in the Algarve and are frequently visited by their large clan of children and grandchildren: Peter has three boys; David’s two daughters are at school in France; Nicholas is still teaching (as is his daughter) and organising children’s sporting weekends and holidays; Paul and his wife Janet live near Rugby where he works for Relate; Richard is still with Price Waterhouse, and he and Val live near Loughborough; Philip still lives in North Wales where he walks the mountains with parties of school children or elderly Americans who “just have to do Snowdon”. Mary is very busy helping prisoners in the Algarve when she is not rebuilding her garden. Tristram Reynolds, father of four sons, works for a firm called Annington and lives at Bloxham. His father, Christopher, recently completed his half-century as a member of the Bach Choir. Laurie Robinson is in his final year at Newcastle University reading Zoology; he spent part of the summer studying the Right Whale off Nova Scotia. Georgie spent her Gap year taking a theatre course in Stratford; she was in some productions at The Other Place and acted and sang in Opera Brecht in the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. She is now taking a degree course in Music and Singing at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Ben Sanders is reading Engineering at Southampton University; his uncle Andrew is busy as Production Designer in films, many of them in exotic overseas locations. William Scott-Malden has completed his degree at Edinburgh, where he has been reading Classics; Tom is in the sixth form at Bradfield and enjoying life. Sarah Smith’s mother writes to say that Sarah is a Junior at Beverly Hills High and has been on the Dean’s Honor List for every semester; she hopes to study Interior Design at an English College or University. Michael Snaith is reading Economics at Bristol; he did very well at Winchester, where his housemaster says he was ‘an inspirational captain’ of Winchester Football and of Tennis for two unbeaten seasons; he also played in the Rackets pair and was in the 1st XI Soccer for two years. Ben Sonneborn has completed his degree at Edinburgh and is now at Cirencester reading for a Master’s degree in Rural Estate Management. Nick Stephens is, according to his brother, a self-made entrepreneur, who is running a successful wholesale fruit and vegetable business in Sussex; Christopher, who lives in London, is involved in conference organisation and management. Ian and Jo Straker have retired and moved to Hamble, where they do a lot of sailing; Clare has left Swansea and is now studying Printmaking and Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art; Matthew is in his second year reading Maritime Studies at Southampton; Olly is still at St Martin’s College of Art where he is studying Product Design. Madeleine Sumption gained 10 A* grades in GCSE and one mere A.
Richard Talbot has left Sevenoaks and is reading Economics at Nottingham University. Richard Tapper is now a Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies. George Taylor is reading Classical Studies at Newcastle University, having spent seven months teaching in a remote part of the Ngorogoro Crater area in Tanzania; the high spot of his time there was organising a sport and drama tournament for 200 children from the Iraqwi region. Simon Templer sent a fax in May to say that he had “dined last weekend at the Hong Kong Cricket Club with the Commissioner for Traffic (the ex-Postmaster General) and his wife the Ombudsman, Mr and Mrs Robert Footman“. Simon runs a huge organisation called Tobar Toys, with its offshoot Hawkin’s Bazaar Shops. Simon Thornton, at Worth, gained six A’s at GCSE and is studying Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths for A level. Mark Towsey, reading Scottish History at St Andrews, is President of the University Music Society and “having a ball”; Susie has just started on a BSc course in Physiotherapy at Coventry University.
Annabel Virtue lives in Windsor and works in the wine trade; she has just passed the Diploma of Wine and is contemplating the MW. Sarah Wallis works for BBC Television and is at present on maternity leave. She and Will Jacob live in Highbury and have two small children. William Wallis is the Financial Times correspondent in Lagos; he and Angèle have a baby daughter. Patrick Wigan is teaching English in Madrid; Jane is travelling in Northern India and Nepal. Nick Williams (’68-’73) works as an artist in Cornwall; he has a son and a daughter. Simon Williams (not the actor) is in Indonesia for three years – “not a very popular posting with any of us”, writes his mother. Robert Williams lives in London and has his own computer company; Elizabeth, who is planning to be married next year, works at the day nursery at Chailey Heritage. Kate Wills is developing children’s programmes for Carlton TV in London; Oliver is in his final year at Sussex University, where he captains their cricket team which recently toured Kenya. Nicholas Wood is teaching English in Seville.
And finally, two letters which may be of interest to pre-war Cumnorians:
East Brabourne House
Kent TN25 5LR
We very much enjoyed our brief visit last Friday and wish to thank you for greeting us in such a kind way.
I certainly felt the atmosphere of the old Cumnor that I knew so many years ago. I think my dates were 1931-38 and my brother’s, D.J. Marshall, who came with Martin Wheeler from The Limes, were 1931-36 – when he went to Eastbourne. He was commissioned in RNVR and fought in Motor Torpedo Boats in the North Sea and Channel. Afterwards he qualified at London University as an Electrical Engineer and worked most of his life with Shell – he is 77 and lives in Lancashire.
I was very idle at work and entered Eastbourne 33rd out of an entry of 34! However I later on managed to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor and much later was given a Lambeth Degree (Oxon. M.A.) by the Archibishop for my efforts for the Church of England… I served in the Royal Gurkhas – Arakan and Burma – 1943-45 and in India and Siam 1942-47… Yours,
14 Leigham Vale Road
Dorset BH6 3LR
Dear Mr Editor,
I am prompted by the mention of Van Dulken and Shore in the newest edition of the Cumnor House Magazine to write to tell you that it was great to find mention of two of my contemporaries (from quite a long time ago!) and this set my mind racing through a fair string of names and wondering if records are still kept of what may have happened to some of them during the past 60+ years!
Among others I well remember Michael Hall, Geoffrey Oswald (he went on to Tonbridge), Alec Williams and John Marsland, also Martindale and Miller who gained a top scholarship to St.Lawrence, Ramsgate; I actually sat the same exam. as Miller at the same time, partly to keep him company and partly for exam. practice in which I did in fact also gain a Bursary, but did not take it up as my name was already down for Eastbourne, where, last September, at an O.E. Reunion I met Michael Marshall who reported that his elder brother David was fit and well but unable to join us.
I feel sure there was a C.E.L.Lister also I remember Charles Perring who most regrettably took his own life in the early days of the war and Allen (forgotten his initials) who entered the Church and died a few years ago as a highly respected Vicar in Eastbourne. Please forgive this screed but hope you may be able to help even in a small way. My own career (as if anyone cared!) was quite uneventful, spent in the Westminster (now NatWest) Bank until retirement followed by three and a half very happy years in the travel trade. Jennifer and I were married (at Merrow, near Guildford) in 1953 and we have two adopted children, Alastair and Rosalind, both now married and providing us with four grandchildren.
We do hope to visit Cumnor House one day but reading about it is always most interesting and exciting.
All good wishes
Robin Hume (R.E.W.Hume ’33 – ’36)