ADA NewsSheet - Winter 2006
THE ASHCOMBE DORKINIAN ASSOCIATION
Welcome to this Winter NewsSheet which mainly concerns the recent
Annual Reunion/AGM, and gives you details of the new Committee where you will
see that Lionel Harris has been
elected Chairman and John Campbell
is a welcome newcomer.
(who asks you to see his footnote to the Membership Secretary’s Report) invites
you to view AGM & Reunion Lunch photos on our website, and would welcome contributions,
Annual Reunion/AGM – October 14th
The Acting Chairman, David Mountain, opened the meeting,
welcoming forty eight Members and supporters. Thirty five Members sent
apologies for absence, including the retiring Chairman, Keith Verran.
Acting Chairman’s Report
The retiring Chairman had given a
full report in the Autumn Newsletter. David Mountain repeated
his own thanks, already expressed in the Newsletter, to Keith for his
contribution to the Association, and also thanked again Anthony Lockwood and John Hardy on standing down from the
committee. John's last action for us had been to persuade the Dorking and
Leatherhead Advertisers to print an article (in full, without any alterations!)
publicising the Association, and the AGM/Reunion activities. During the past year the Association had
sadly had to report the deaths of several members and non‑members: Miss Coney (at last we discovered that
her first name was Cicely!), who was remembered with affection, and sometimes
in awe, by many; Philip Blake; Bryan
Lawrence; Tony Luck; Yvonne Martin;
Mike Scotcher; Alison Williams; Jill Williams; John
Wright. Also we had recently been told that Sandy Murrell, otherwise Campbell
Murrell, had died in August. David regretted the omission from the
Newsletter of a reference to John Wright's death, and apologised to Valerie for the oversight. He then
called on Hazel Smith to say a few
words about John; Hazel would be providing a full tribute for the Spring 2007 issue. Lastly on the sad side of things, the
Association would as usual place a wreath on the Memorial Gates at the School
on November 11th. Robert Miller would handle this by
reusing the existing wreath, with the Association donating an appropriate sum
from its funds to the local branch of the British Legion.
Regarding the ADA Archive, we had
at last made progress over what to do long term with the historic items passed
to us since 1992, and looked after by Mike
Dobson in recent years. Mike was thanked for his duties as Archivist.
Following discussions with the Archivist at the Dorking Museum it had
been agreed that the Museum would consider our items for retention, returning
to the committee anything not wanted, leaving the committee with the final
decision. The committee would keep members informed, including the original
owners where known. David read out an extract from an email from the Archivist
at Dorking to clarify the matter further:
'I don't know if I
have already sent you a Museum Offer Form for your ADA
Archive. You will see that the important thing at this stage is for you to say
what should happen to any duplicate items & other things we would not want
to keep ‑ the options are to return them to you or to throw them away. At
the end of the day I would let you have a list of any unwanted material before
finally throwing it out, so there is a safety‑net. I can understand that
there is some concern about signing away your archives, but rest assured they
will be available to everyone who wants to see them at the museum and you will
be allowed to "borrow" them for special events at the school. If the
worst comes to the worst and the museum ever ceases to exist we would offer
everything in our library to the Surrey History Centre
at Woking. "
We would hope to take up the offer
to "borrow" material for a special display at the 2007 AGM. David thanked all the surviving committee,
especially Ted Hazelden, Maureen Meier, and Mike Nicholson‑Florence, for their tremendous efforts with the Autumn
Newsletter and the AGM and Lunch arrangements. He also made a further reference
to Mike for the expert and time‑consuming work he had done on the
Ashcombe Dorkinian website, and emphasised the value of looking at it for those
who had not yet seen it. Finally, donning his hat as Newsletter Editor, he
thanked again all the contributors who made the job worthwhile.
Report – Maureen
Maureen thanked Membership
Secretary Ted Hazleden for his sterling work which
had made her task that much easier. We had been able to close the Barclay’s
account and just hold the one current account at Lloyds TSB from which we
earned £86 interest during the year. We were in a comfortable position but that
assumed all stays as it is, with balances in excess of £6300, which was £1500
more than last year. Our major expense is the printing of the Newsletters but
Ted had found us a good value printer in Guildford.
After the Accounts were adopted
the Acting Chairman thanked Ray
Alexander for his work as Auditor and for agreeing to be re-appointed for
the year 2006-2007.
Headteacher’s Report – David Blow
Last year we had been treated to a
report on China, this year we were shown slides of a visit to Tanzania by a
party from The Ashcombe School, explained by Ed Blunt and Emily Heuvel. They had flown from Heathrow to Dar es Salaam. The school there was basic; books locked away in
the Library with empty shelves. They stayed one week with excursions and
various sports activities. They then lived on a Uni
campus, visited markets and beaches with local students, some of whom had never
seen Zanzibar before. They sat in on English lessons and saw that education was
valued. They went on safari to Serengeti National Park, with early morning
starts for viewing the native animals, lions, rhinos and elephants. Ed and
Emily concluded with a photo of everyone at the
David Blow then told us that the
Tanzanians would be coming over here in February 2007, the fares being paid by
The Ashcombe, including funds from a mufti day at school. He thanked Peter Thompson, the Deputy Head, for
his work on this.
Mr Blow then looked back over the
last academic year and said the A Level results had been of high quality. He emphasised that all students were given
the opportunity for A level study, whatever their academic prospects; all had
gained at least two Es. GCSE results showed an excellent 82% - 21 students had
attained 5 grade A* - even those who were not keen on school had bothered to
turn up for the exams and achieved worthwhile results. They got qualifications in spite of home
environments; there was good monitoring and a range of activities to which
There will be a China visit next
year and Romania also which has been visited every year since 1992. The School
had been awarded first place in the Euro award for International Business Week.
Year 10 contributed in Italian and Chinese. In spite of the heat in July they
all turned up smartly dressed for the day. During the World Cup in Germany, the
School had had competitions between tutor groups variously assigned to the
nations competing. A six-a-side competition was staged in the Sports Hall and
guest of honour Peter Mills had presented the trophy at the end with
Mole Valley’s Head of Sport. It even had a penalty shootout to match the real
thing. Years 9-10 had Netherlands as the winner, earlier years had Japan the
winner. Tuition groups sponsor an awareness of the wider world. An open evening
at the School resulted in the School being oversubscribed for the coming year.
Mr Blow then introduced Mrs Janet Housden
who had been a Governor for the past 18 years, and Chairman for the past
2. She referred to the ways in which the
School developed its pupils, including her own daughters, one of whom was now a
British Airways Jumbo pilot. She thanked
the ADA (with a special mention for David Mountain) for its support for the
School, with the annual Bursary Award and other prizes, and in various other
ways, noting that some of the committee members had been regular visitors to
School events for many years.
Membership Secretary’s Report – Ted Hazelden
Ted welcomed two new members
present, James Spiring
former teacher at the School, and Rita Monk. There were two overseas members
present. Membership numbers had been maintained. 52% had email addresses. Standing orders were now more common; the
number of cheque payers was reduced from 30% to 10%. Ted had emailed Friends Reunited’s list of old School members and had received 193
replies. The updated members’ list available to members at the AGM included
names of those from FR who had expressed interest but were not yet members; any
help in recruitment would be much appreciated.
80% of current members were in the 1940s-1960s school years bracket.
Fewer members came from the 1970s to 1980s. He asked for members’ assistance in
recruiting more and younger members.
Mike Nicholson-Florence told members of the need to have
an email address registered with ADA to be able to register with the Ashcombedorkinian website in order to gain access to an
area reserved for members. It was the only way to be sure that the person
accessing was in fact a member.
at Betchworth Park Golf Club
A very good lunch was enjoyed by
52 Members and guests. Gerry Moss was MC, Grace was spoken by Rosemary Dale, and
Toasts were proposed by Patsy Cottrell
(Absent Friends), Chris
Smith (The School), and Mike Dobson (The Association).
Mike had the added pleasure of being able to announce that Sheila Sandford had been elected an Honorary
Member of the Association for her outstanding service over many years.
We are very sorry to report the recent deaths of Valmai Scrivener and Barry Dye. We hope to have
tributes in the Spring Newsletter.
Diary Dates for 2007
The Annual Reunion/AGM: will be on Saturday 13th
October, with lunch at Betchworth Park Golf Club
the next Newsletter: by 1st
March 2007, please
David H Mountain, 65
Broadhurst, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 1QD
Tel: 01372 – 273 227