The winner of this year's ADA Bursary Award is:
who will study to be a Paramedic at the University of Greenwich.
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:
who will study Natural Sciences at Durham Uni and
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
and Sue were very much missed after leaving to live in Laverstock
but they always retained an interest in Holmbury St.
Mary village life.
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
Church St Paul�s Road West Dorking RH4 2HT
16th November 11a.m.
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.
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.
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.
There is a lot of building work
going on outside the Church but toilets are available in the portacabin.
The Ashcombe production �Bugsy
Malone� will be taking place the same week (there is a matinee on Saturday
afternoon). Tickets are available from www.positickets.co.uk - search for
'The Ashcombe School' under the Producer section.
Gill�s relatives have chosen 3
charities for donations:
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.
had hoped to fund a bench at Polesden Lacey but this has proved to be somewhat complicated!
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 (http://www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk)
and are well worth a visit. The museum is in West Street at the Pump Corner
end, between Gorgeous Gerties and Shabby Chic
Dress! Please wear whatever you feel
comfortable in � the brighter the better!
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.
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!
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