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Message from the ADA Membership Sec.

October of each year, is the selected month for our AGM.
Of course, the present Covid crisis precludes holding the meeting at the School, so we have come up with two alternatives.
1) We could defer the meeting until (hopefully) a more agreeable time in the Spring OR
3) Hold a virtual AGM before Christmas using Zoom, a technology which via a smart phone, tablet or PC allows participants to see and hear each other, whilst remaining in their own homes.
We thought it best to consult the membership because the Zoom route does tend to disenfranchise members without IT capability. Could you let me have your view please by sending me back an email stating simply

Delay, Zoom or No preference

With a membership of 300, I regret I don't have the energy to engage in discussion on the subject with individual members.
Thank you for your help in this matter,
Kind regards, Peter George, ADA Mem Sec and Treasurer

Message from the ADA Webmaster - Some success at last

I must say that I have rescued the Newsletters but it took weeks of effort to do that. It is not clear as to the exact reasons for the problems that occurred but by carefully editing all the texts to remove the offending characters and changing space mechanisms the files are all readable again. The earlier Newsletters were less severely affected and I have left some of them still showing a few spurious characters, but not so many as occurred in recent Newsletters.
I have repaired the problems caused by the upgrade to the MySQL data holding but will be grateful if any further problems come to light that I be advised.
Mike Nicholson - ADA Webmaster

Damage to the ADA Website.

There was an 'upgrade' to the Yahoo/Verizon server with minimal help from them to sort out before the deed occurred in early July. This has resulted in our membership login failing to work and therefore not allowing access to parts of our website. I have attempted to fix but failed. I apologise to members and will continue to try to put things right, but uncertain it will ever happen. Possible outcome may be a move to a different server but that is not certain. Emails to this site are still receivable but messaging is out. The Panoramas are still visible and the outlines of Newsletters, but not the whole of Newsletters. The pdf versions of the newsletters remain in the obvious locations but there are no links to them. Some files are not editable by me, while some can be, like this file.

Death of John Campbell ( 1943-50)

John Campbell was at Dorking County Grammar School from 1943 to 1950.
We are very sorry to tell you that John Campbell was a highly valued member of the ADA Committee, and passed away on 3rd March 2019.
His funeral will take place on Friday, 29th March 2019 at 2.45 pm
at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, KT22 0AG, and afterwards at Dorking Golf Club.
Family flowers only but any donations in favour of Princess Alice Hospice (in an envelope suitably marked) may be put in a special box as you leave the chapel or sent to the Funeral Directors,
W. A. Truelove & Son Ltd., 118 Carshalton Road, Sutton, SM1 4RL.
In case of any queries, contact details are : Sheila Sandford (Chairman of the Ashcombe Dorkinian Association)
73 Copthorne Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7EE Tel: 01372 372936 E:

Death of Diana Wakeford (nee Levete, 1945-53)

We have just heard that Diana Wakeford (nee Levete, 1945-53) has passed away recently. Further details are awaited but, as she was a well known Dorking resident (complete with bicycle!), we thought it important to let you know without delay that there will be a Memorial Service for her at 2 pm on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at the United Reformed Church, 53 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS .
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. Sheila Sandford - Acting Secretary, ADA Telephone: 01372 372936

Seeking someone

Anna Whitelegg looking at the 1974 panorama recognises Silver Ackroyd-Nicholls but wonders where she might be these days. Can anyone help her? Tell the webmaster if you can.

Earlier News

Peter Mills
Paul Mills informed us of the death of his brother Peter Mills on Sunday 24th February aged 85.
The funeral service was held at St.Martin�s Church,Dorking on Friday 15th March.

Frances Carder Freda Clark writes:
Frances was eccentric, extraordinary, courageous, comical, exasperating and kindly - a chemist, cook, poet and seamstress. She died peacefully in her sleep at 5.01 am on Sunday 10th February 2013, following a bout of shingles. Her 5 nieces remember her with affection and love. She found her last few years difficult as she had lost her independence to dementia - and even in her last week proved that she was a match for two of us - no way could we get her medication in!
The funeral was on Monday 18th Feb at 3.45 pm at Sussex and Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Worth.

Stanley Bruinvels passed away peacefully in his sleep on early hours of Friday morning 31st August. Ted Hazelden had visited him less than a month ago and he was obviously suffering. Apparently he suffered a further fall which exasperated the situation. The funeral was held at 12 noon on Friday 14th September at St Martins Church,Dorking.

2012 ADA Bursary Award

The winner of this year's ADA Bursary Award is:
           Alexandra Hemsley
who will study to be a Paramedic at the University of Greenwich.

Earlier News

Members may not have seen that in the New Year Honours list :
Peter Alastair Mills was awarded an MBE for 'for services to the Conservation of Ecclesiastical Buildings and to the community in Dorking, Surrey'.

Latest on the Website

Just added to the ADA Archives:
We have added the 1947 'Dorkinian' for you to read and see how the School adapted to post-war Britain.
Thanks to Norma Hall for lending us her copy. Any other 'Dorkinian' mags out there crying out to be archived with us?

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


Gill Goswell Commemoration 16th November 2013

To all those attending Gill�s memorial service

St Pauls Church St Paul�s Road West Dorking RH4 2HT

Saturday 16th November 11a.m.


The following information may be of use, particularly the comments about the parking, as the indications are that large numbers of people are likely to attend the service:

1. Parking in St Paul�s Road West is very restricted and there�s no vehicle access from St Paul�s Road East. Priority will be given to those who need disabled access. Please let us know IN ADVANCE if you need a reserved space.

2. Some parking is available on the road in South Terrace and at the fee paying car park behind Sainsbury�s (the charge is 60p/hour). Steps and a path lead up an alley way to St Paul�s Road from the car park.

3. As it is a Saturday it is likely that there may be some parking spaces at Dorking hospital off South Terrace. Please remember that this is also a residential area and do not park beyond the first road bump.

4. There is a lot of building work going on outside the Church but toilets are available in the portacabin.

5. The Ashcombe production �Bugsy Malone� will be taking place the same week (there is a matinee on Saturday afternoon). Tickets are available from - search for 'The Ashcombe School' under the Producer section.

6. Gill�s relatives have chosen 3 charities for donations:

If you would like to donate you can either do so at the end of the service or download a Gift Aid form from the websites and send it direct.

We had hoped to fund a bench at Polesden Lacey but this has proved to be somewhat complicated!

7. Gill, as the Young Arts Coordinator for Dorking Decorative and Fine Arts Society, worked with Dorking Schools to take part in a project to provide a piece of decorative art for the newly refurbished Dorking Museum which opened in 2012. A panel of ceramic tiles was produced by local children under the guidance of a local professional ceramicist. The tiles are on permanent display at Dorking museum ( and are well worth a visit. The museum is in West Street at the Pump Corner end, between Gorgeous Gerties and Shabby Chic Interiors.

8. Dress! Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in � the brighter the better!

9. Please remember that there will be an opportunity to write a personal message about Gill. These thoughts will be mounted in a book for her family.

10. There will be displays of most of the school musicals produced by Gill in the church. She left many photographs and these will be available for you to take away if you wish!

Many thanks

Sue and Andy Thompson




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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