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                                            OW VETERAN'S LUNCHEON 2022
 

                                                                                                    

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10 February 2022

 

 

Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

 

The 37th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Veterans’ Luncheon 2022

 

Sadly, this event has been cancelled for the past two years but we intend to hold it in 2022 and this is why I am contacting you. Your name and any “guests” you were bringing along appeared on the planned event for 2020. I believe that all but a very few of you had paid for the event before it fell foul of the dreaded Covid-19. The event will follow closely the format of previous Luncheons.

 

The Date and time

 

12:15 for 1:00 on Wednesday 6th April 2022.

 

The Venue

 

The Clubhouse/pavilion at the School.

 

The Format

Formalities will be kept to an absolute minimum thus maximising the time for conversing with old friends.   

 

By popular demand, there will be a seating plan this year so please ensure you inform me of your preferences and I will try my best to accommodate you.

 

The Cost

 

I am delighted to inform you that, other than a very few, everyone has paid the £20 per head.

 

The Menu (Planned)

 

Asparagus soup

 

Roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding

Seasonal potatoes & vegetables

 

Lemon meringue pie & cream

 

Cheese & biscuits

 

Coffee & mints

 

 

 

Other Details

 

  • If you wish to have a vegetarian or other food allergy alternative, please indicate on your confirmation email to me.

  • In keeping with the precedent set last year, the Veterans’ Luncheon is now open to any Old Williamsonian aged 55 and over; guests, which may include spouses or partners (also aged 55+), are welcome.

  • Any outstanding payments for tickets can be made by electronic transfer into Club’s account for which the sort code is 40 36 35 and the account number 01144715.  If you choose this method, please let me know.

 

Last word

 

We are restricted to a maximum of 65 attendees.  Places will be allocated on the basis of those who were signed up to attend in 2020. Anyone wishing to add guests should contact me as soon as possible.

 

Please confirm or otherwise your intention to attend an event most of you have already paid for by Monday 21st March 2022.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Chris Halls

Old Williamsonian Club Event Organiser

The long and interesting life of Cyril (Sandy") le Gassick

This article was supplied by friend Brian Reay who states:"The obituary isn’t entirely accurate / complete. It fails to mention that Sandy ( as he was known) attended the Math School. He was one of 78 Math School pupils who trained to intercept German radio signals in connection with Enigma".  Sandy sadly passed away in June 2021.

 

Colonel and Mrs le Gassick with their 60th wedding anniversary card from the Queen.

Lieutenant Colonel Cyril le Gassick, part of the Bletchley Park code breaking effort and a man who helped plot the position of the Bismarck, and his wife Steve, have died three days apart.

 

Cyril le Gassick in military uniform while serving in Norway.

Jean (Steve) le Gassick died suddenly at home near Inverurie on May 23 aged 91. Cyril le Gassick died on May 26 after a short illness aged 96. The couple had been married for 65 years.

In later life Colonel le Gassick was Grampian director of the National Trust for Scotland, a fisherman, golfer and artist. His name features on the Bletchley Park roll of honour.

Colonel and Mrs le Gassick at Haddo House with an award presented by the National Trust for Scotland.

Cyril Norman le Gassick was born in Maidstone, Kent. The le Gassick family had been Huguenots. His father had fought at Ypres and the Somme, was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the government of Belgium, and retired from regular service as a captain.

Cyril, known as Sandy because of the colour of his hair and the youngest of three boys, was educated at Maidstone Grammar School where he joined the army cadets.

 

He was not quite 15 when war broke out but was determined to do his bit. He used his exceptional height and claimed to be older in order to join the Home Guard. Sandy was quickly promoted to corporal and one of his tasks was to arrest and guard enemy airmen from the possibility of rough justice at the hands of locals. He vividly recalled watching the Battle of Britain being fought over his head.His aptitude for maths and familiarity with Morse Code led to his recruitment to an organisation that intercepted enemy signals and fed them to Bletchley Park, where he was based for a time. Sandy also played a part in plotting the position of the German battleship Bismarck whose sinking gave the country a morale boost.

After the war, Sandy was commissioned into the regular army and was stationed in India during Partition.

From there he moved with the Royal Corps of Signals to Palestine where he was responsible for outlying listening stations on the Suez Canal. It was during a posting to Germany in the 1950s that he met his future wife, Steve. Her first husband had recently died, so Sandy also became father to Wendy.

In the 1960s, the family moved to Singapore where he managed military communications when the state gained independence from Malaya. Sandy was awarded an MBE for his work. After a spell at the MoD in Whitehall, he moved to NATO headquarters in Oslo where he developed a lifelong passion for fishing. His other sporting interests included rugby and he had played for the army and Darlington.

In 1967, Sandy and Steve bought Pinewood Cottage, Pitcaple, and after his retirement from the army in 1980, he set about teaching himself building and plumbing skills and refurbished the property. Sandy became the National Trust for Scotland representative for Leith Hall, Kennethmont, and went on to oversee the Grampian area of the NTS. He played a part in creating the Castle Tourist Route and worked on the development of the Malt Whisky Trail.

Latterly, at his golf club, Huntly, he organised and ran the seniors tour for many years and at the age of 80 he was made a life member.

 

She was a knowledgeable gardener and voracious reader as well as a keen member of the senior ladies at Inverurie Golf Club.

 

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Click the PDF below to access The Williamsonian 2021:




 

MEMOIRS

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Acquaintances, however you like to see yourselves, 

As most of you have been only too well aware, last year I was persuaded by an ex student of mine who runs a publishing firm to write my memoirs. My family is, I suspect, sick to death of hearing the old man talking about it but we have at last reached the end of the road and I find myself appearing as a supposed author on Amazon, Waterstones, W.H. Smith, Foyles, all of which will deliver to you. There are also other booksellers, including for some reason an Italian firm who offer a translation! 

It's all rather beyond me. Still, I hope you will find something of interest to engage your attentions within the two hundred plus pages. It also has some pictures in it and a very witty cover!

Its title is as follows:

A LUCKY LIFE or The Memoirs of a 1950's Lad, with the author's name underneath . It is published by the Conrad Press and its ISBN number is 978-1-913567-78-1.

It will set you back a tenner but whatever payment comes my way will go to bolster the funds of The Leicester International Music Festival and in London The Philharmonia Orchestra, both organisations with which I have been closely involved over the years.

Neil Roberts




 

OW Club Cufflinks
Cufflinks are now available to be ordered by contacting Geoff Lee ( leegsjw@gmail.com) costing just £15 a pair. Please contact Geoff as soon as possible if you are interested.

November 2020 OWC Newsletter
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