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2011 ADA Bursary Award

The winners of this year's ADA Bursary Award are:
           Nicola Marsden
who will study Natural Sciences at Durham Uni and
            Rob Moorcroft
who will study Biological & Medicinal Chemistry at Exeter University.


Celebrating the life of Peter Thompson

Click on the link to see a report on the celebration of a popular teacher.

  Report on Memorial Service for Peter Thompson

Click on the link to see the arrangements Ashcombe School and Peter Thompson’s family made for a series of events to celebrate the life of the Deputy Headteacher, his achievements, and the opportunities which he created.

  Arrangements in memory of Peter Thompson

2010 ADA Bursary Award

The winner of this year's ADA Bursary Award is
            Alexander Gerritsen
who hopes to read History and Politics at Leeds University.

T E Dryer remembered

Kings College Cambridge enquired of us some months ago what records we had of Mr. T E Dryer who had been up at Kings College 1933-36. From this they have produced an obituary which was printed in their 2009 Annual Report, of which I received a copy. Please click on this link to read. Click to view
It is in fact 99% of the obituary written by Rosemary Dale for our Spring 2005 Newsletter.

Bursary 2009 Winners

Our two Bursary Winners of 2009 have reported back to us of their experiences of the last few months. Read their reports here.

After the 2009 AGM

Ted Hazleden has supplied some interesting photos from the 2009 AGM & Reunion. These are mounted in the website's Gallery which you will find from the Home Page. There too is a panoramic view of the Grammar School in 1964 which adds to the previous view of 1937. It would be splendid if we could mount all the various panoramic views taken of students through all the years from the 1930s to the 1990s. Even more daunting is naming the various faces. Probably impossible ever to complete.


Barry Ede (DCGS 1958-65)

We were sorry to learn that Barry Ede (DCGS 1958-65) died in hospital on 27th October from a brain tumour. Barry was not a member of ADA but is known to many. The funeral was at 3.45pm on Thursday 5th November at Salisbury Crematorium . No flowers were requested, but donations to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust or Cancer Research were welcomed.

An Appreciation of BARRY EDE

From the Dec Jan edition of the Holmbury St Mary & Wotton Parish News magazine

Readers who were associated with Holmbury village twenty or more years ago will be saddened to hear of the death of Barry Ede who was an integral part of village life until having to move away from Holmbury.

Barry was an Altar Server in Holmbury church and attended Shere village school. He won a scholarship to the Dorking Grammar School in 1958 and gained a place at Exeter University in 1965 where he graduated in Chemistry. It was during a long vacation that he took a temporary job at Friends' Provident in Dorking and was persuaded that his career should be with them in an Actuarial line. In due course he achieved Associate status in that profession.

In 1979 Barry married Sue (Janet Winser's sister). They lived in Dorking for ten years and then moved to Laverstock when he was relocated to Friends' Salisbury office. They had three children, Sharon, David and Ben. Barry took early retirement in 2002 but tragically was diagnosed as having a brain tumour in 2008 and was given but a year to live. The year lapsed in October. Barry remained cheerful throughout his illness and his caring family were with him constantly until the end.

Sport played a key part in his life, especially cricket and it would be fair to say that he excelled in captaincy and was an extremely useful opening bowler and was one of the few to have taken 100 wickets in a season. He was also a reliable batsman and very awkward to get out. Barry loved going away on cricket tours to Devon and Kent and arranged Holmbury's last tour, some years ago, fittingly to Laverstock. Probably his favourite tour was when he skippered the side which won a competition staged by Orion Airways, the prize for which was a trip to La Manga in Spain to play at the opening of a new cricket ground and pavilion.

He was also involved in starting Holmbury Stoolball Club and the ladies team is still going strong. He played table tennis and some golf and loved playing cards and many a session with friends lasted into the small hours. Village football was enjoyed by Barry playing in midfield and occasionally in goal. He was an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A born organiser, following in his father Alan's footsteps, Barry ran whist drives and then became involved in bingo evenings in Salisbury when on occasions he was the "caller". He also organised the first quiz evenings staged by Holm bury Cricket Club which involved various village activity groups for a period of ten years or so.

Barry and Sue were very much missed after leaving to live in Laverstock but they always retained an interest in Holmbury St. Mary village life.

Our thoughts of course are very much with Sue and her family at this time.

Ken Waters and Bert Randall


Message from Hebe Morgan

Before Doc passed away I had made up my mind that one of the first things I would do, once the long fight with Alzheimer's Disease was over, was to make a long overdue visit to the UK. My last time there was in 1982, and I found, as we all do as the years pass, that some of the people I would like to see again were no longer with us.

So in June of this year I left Perth for Heathrow, and spent a wonderful four months travelling widely, meeting many old friends and making new ones, seeing the spectacular countryside, and being invited into people's homes. In all that time there were only two downsides: steep stairs which my arthritic knees didn't like (I live in a bungalow, so the shock was considerable), and strange fittings on the shower heads which meant that after three or four days of discovering how to make them work I moved on to a new welcome, and had to learn how to deal with the next, slightly different, system. If that's all I can complain of, you can see it was a pretty good holiday.

In those four months I went from Chichester in the south to Derbyshire; from there to the Orkneys; eventually to South Wales and Cornwall; through darkest Dorset to ancient Canterbury; tasted the Midlands; and looked for my grandfather's house near Manchester (it had been demolished to make room for what I imagine will be a block of flats).

I twice hired a car - the first from Cardiff to Shropshire, then on to Launceston in Cornwall; and the second to give me the freedom to travel around Surrey. That one was a Mercedes! It was the only automatic they could provide. 'Have you ever driven a Mercedes?' the girl in the office asked. 'I don't think I've ever touched one,' I replied. I managed not to scratch it.

I collected cathedrals - eleven at the last count. And how magnificent they are! But the high spot for me was the Memorial Service for Doc, which exceeded all my hopes. I thank all of you who took the trouble to come and remember him with me. It was truly an unforgettable occasion.

To those of you who offered me accommodation, who took me out and about and gave me splendid photo opportunities - you know who you are! - my particular thanks. I hope it will not be impossible for me to come again one day and renew the ties I made this year. There is always a warm welcome for any Old Dorkinian who wants to see Australia. Just don't all come at the same time! Hebe Morgan (1939-1947 - not to mention 59 years with Doc)


         Sheila Sandford A.D.A. Secretary        10th March 2009

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