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Alan R Hall  (11/4/1927 to 16/5/2020)

 

Alan was a past Headmaster of the School from 1971 till 1989.

The funeral will be on Friday 5th June at 1.15. The Medway Crematorium will be streaming the service which will be family only. No flowers please but donations can be made to Macmillans via the Weir funeral website. We are grateful to the following from his daughter, Jane.

 

"Alan was born and raised in Wolverton where he attended school. He was an excellent student. At the age of seventeen he gained a place in London to study Physics. Science and its applications remained an abiding interest in his life. He was a keen member of the Association for Science Education, which he later chaired. He influenced many people to study science including myself. He was always fascinated by the latest technology and learnt a great deal about IT after he retired.

Alan graduated just after WW2 ended and undertook his National Service teaching at Hackney Downs School. There he discovered his love of teaching and started in the profession he followed all his working life. After five years at Hackney Downs he moved to St Dunstan’s College in Catford where he was promoted several times. His final post was as Headmaster at Sir Joseph William’s Mathematical School in Rochester. He took up the post in September 1971 and enjoyed his time there until he retired in 1989. He remained interested in the progress of past pupils and the development of the school he had led for so many years until his death.

While at Kings College London Alan met his future wife Pamela. They settled in Beckenham (South London) where together they raised their family of four daughters: Jane, Penny, Sarah, and Cathy. He always maintained that the four girls at home balanced out all the boys he taught! Their marriage lasted forty-five years until Pamela died. He is survived by all four daughters.

At home Alan was a talented pianist and enjoyed a wide range of music. He also loved gardening and grew most of the vegetables and soft fruit that the family ate. In this he was ahead of the current trend for self-sufficiency. In his last garden he planted a camomile lawn and grew a wide range of flowers. Alan was a very sociable person and an excellent raconteur. He could tell a good story and hold an audience. At conferences he could always be found in the centre of a circle of people.

Alan believed in contributing to his local community. He was a committed member of the Rochester Rotary Club and had been a steward at Rochester Cathedral. In retirement he was a keen member of Headrest, an association for retired headteachers, and enjoyed many holidays and social occasions with his close friend Marilyn.

Alan was a highly ethical person and was always positive about the future. He believed in looking forward and not dwelling on the past. He continued to look forward to new experiences until recently. He still enjoyed solving crossword puzzles which he learnt to complete online. He will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

 

Jane Wheatley"

The Club send their sincere condolences to his family and friends.

THE OWC ANNUAL DINNER IS STILL ON.....FOR NOW

The 119th Old Williamsonian Annual Club Dinner

Saturday 21st November 2020 

I hope this amount of notice will avoid any potential clash with your hectic social diaries. 

I attach the formal notice, part of which is the booking form. 

Your Committee has decided to maintain the price at £30 per head for the eighth successive year.  We are maintaining a format very similar to last year except we have one menu suitable for all as there is an alternative vegetarian/vegan main course. 

If you pay for your place(s) by transferring funds direct to the Club’s bank account (details in the notice) it makes life an awful lot easier.  

I very much hope you will continue to support the Club and make this a record breaking attendance; I am reliably informed (by the President) that we are one of the very few former pupil organisations who still manage to hold an Annual Dinner and this will be our 119th, a pretty remarkable record.  However, it will only “flourish and always appear” with your support. 

As ever, it greatly assists the planning and organisation if you book and pay for your places as early as possible or alternatively, let me know that you will not be coming along so I do not trouble you with reminders.

For the sake of the record, I need to advise you that the closing date for applications is Friday 13th November 2020 although I hope you will have booked long before then! 

With kind regards 

Ian McLeod

Chairman/Event Impresario

 

OLD WILLIAMSONIAN CLUB

21 Ashdene Crescent, Ash, Surrey GU12 6TA

T: 01252 504459  M: 07500 660969 E: ian.mcleod@cloudenergy.co.uk

 

 

20th February 2020

 

Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

 

The 119th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Dinner

 

Although there were some issues with the food at the Annual Dinner last year, the new hotel management have given categorical assurances that this will not happen again and, in any event, most people were of the view that it did not really detract from their enjoyment of a great evening.

The Date

6:45 for 7:30 on Saturday 21st November 2020.

 

Please note start time and that free champagne (well, it’s prosecco really!) will be available from that time.

 

The Venue

 

The Ballroom at the St. George Hotel, Chatham (full address shown later in this notice); this will allow an attendance of up to 300.  Last year we had close to 150 in attendance and I hope this year we will break the magic 200 barrier!  Dress code is formal, with black tie preferred for the gentlemen and posh frocks for the ladies.

 

The Format

 

As usual, formalities will be kept to an absolute minimum thus maximising the time for conversing with old friends as well as making new friends.  

 

The Cost

 

Your Committee have decided to keep the cost to £30 per person for the eighth successive year.

 

The Menu

 

For simplicity this year we have chosen a menu which, apart from the main course, is suitable for all.  Obviously, we will make appropriate arrangements for coeliacs or diabetics although you will need to indicate this requirement on your booking form as well as indicating if you require the vegetarian/vegan main course option.

 

Turmeric roasted cauliflower soup

 

Slow braised beef in Kentish ale

Sautéed new potatoes

Carrots

Peas

Broccoli

or

Chargrilled butternut squash & aubergine stacks

Roasted pepper

Black bean salsa

 

Fresh fruit cocktail with Mediterranean lemon sorbet

Cheese & biscuits

Coffee & mints

 

It was great last year to see so many new faces, especially as a lot of them were from the new generation of Old Williamsonians.  Let’s hope that in 2020 there are even more young people there, as well as the stalwarts.

 

Other Details

 

  • If you wish to attend, please complete the form below and send it to me as soon as possible.Payment is required with booking.

  • If you are unable/do not wish to attend, please let me know and I will bother you no more.

  • If you wish to arrange overnight accommodation please contact the hotel direct; contact details are at the end of this notice.

 

Final word

 

This is the only event in the whole calendar which is truly open to every Old Williamsonian (and their guests, of course) and having had bags of notice, I hope you will do your utmost to support the Annual Dinner in 2020

Yours sincerely

 

Ian McLeod

Chairman/Event Impresario

 

Hotel contact details:-

 

St. George Hotel

7-8 New Road Avenue

Chatham

Kent ME4 6BB

Telephone       01634 841012

Email               reception@george-hotel.co.uk

 

Booking form

 

Please reserve me ______ seats for the 2020 Dinner for the guests listed below. I enclose my cheque in the sum of £________ made payable to the Old Williamsonian Club. I have transferred the sum of £______  to the OW account.  (Delete as appropriate).

 

My name ______________________     My email address_________________________

 

Names of attendees 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

                       

Please indicate if any of your party wishes to have the vegetarian/vegan main course or if they have any other special dietary requirements.

THE VETERANS' LUNCHEON HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

 

The 37th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Veterans’ Luncheon 2020

 

Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

I am sure that this announcement will not come as a surprise to anybody.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the Veterans’ Lunch planned for Wednesday 15th April 2020 has to be postponed sine die.

I say “postponed” advisedly; it has not been cancelled but merely deferred until we are free of the grip of this accursed coronavirus.

The School is now closed and will be indefinitely, and in my view there is no point in re-organising the lunch until we know for sure that sanctions have been lifted and that may well be not until much later in the year. However, as far as is humanly possible, we shall have the same event, same menu etc., but just not for a while yet. The easiest outcome from the Club’s perspective is if you agree that we may hold on to the money you have already paid which will ensure your place at the new event; if that date does not suit you for whatever reason, obviously you will be refunded. This will avoid us having to repay all attendees and you having to pay again when the new date is known. However, if you feel you would like to be reimbursed now, let me know and I will arrange it.

I am deeply sorry it has come to this but we really do not have any other option.

Finally, I hope you all stay safe through these difficult times and I look forward to welcoming you all to the postponed Lunch some time later this year.

Kind regards

Ian McLeod

Chairman, Old Williamsonian Club

UPDATE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

OWHC 75th Annual Dinner

First and foremost, thanks for all your support to date ahead of the 75th Dinner. We have had a record number of people sign up and pay for what was looking to be a great celebration of the club’s 75th season.  

Unfortunately, we can’t ignore the real world – the Corona virus is disrupting so much: people’s work, health, hockey and social lives. With everything that’s going on, and following government advice, we are going to have to postpone the dinner until a time when everything has calmed down. 

Our plans are as follows… If we are able to, we will look to put on a Club Day at the earliest available date at the school once this storm has passed. It is our intention to present the club awards then.

 

More importantly, we are looking to secure a date in April 2021 for the re-arranged dinner and will confirm once we have a new date locked down. Depending on the Corona situation, we may have a date for you in weeks – but regrettably it’s more likely to be months away. For those who have paid already for the dinner, we plan to hold onto your money until the new date has been confirmed. If at that point, you’d like to be refunded (because you can’t make the date) we will of course refund you the price of your ticket in full. If, however, you’d prefer a full refund - please send through your bank details (sort code, account number, name of account holder) and we will get your money sent back to you asap. 

Thanks very much again for your support so far. It’s fair to say we could absolutely not have got as far as we did without the support of our sponsors – Cooling Castle Barn and the team at DGB. Cancelling the dinner has been absolutely gut-wrenching but we are confident that the re-arranged dinner will be even bigger and better as we all seek to make up for lost time in the company of great friends and Old Williamsonians! 

All the best, please get in touch using the usual email – oldwilliamsonians@hotmail.com with any questions. 

The OWHC Committee