As is customary, the annual Old Edwardians’ Association Dinner was held on Maundy Thursday at the traditional venue of Baldwin’s on Psalter Lane, Sheffield. This year’s attendance figure was in excess of 130 who were entertained to an excellent meal on what was the penultimate dinner to be held at this venue as David Baldwin is retiring and so the Association dinner of 2018 will be the final celebration held at the Psalter Lane premises. An alternative venue is currently being sought.
Sadly however, for the very first time in living memory, the School were not represented at the occasion, a matter that will be surely be rectified for 2018.
The guest of honour and main speaker was His Honour, retired Judge Robert Moore. Robert has been a huge supporter of the Association over many years and it was a pleasure to hear him speak so eloquently particularly making reference to the ubiquitous nature of Old Edwardians in all walks of life. Our thanks go out to Robert for his speech and continued support.
As always the food was excellent, service exemplary and the company even better. The raffle and subsequent auction conducted by the ubiquitous Chris Mower, raised much needed funds for the Association which in turn are used to support the continuing endeavours of the School and its students.
A heartfelt thank you must also be extended to the Association committee who worked hard behind the scenes to make sure the dinner was a success and of course to Nicol Garnon, who yet again, spent most of the evening sneaking up on people and photographing them.
The 2018 dinner is already scheduled for Maundy Thursday at Baldwin's. Please try to attend and encourage friends, colleagues and contemporaries to come along too. We would like to break the 150 barrier or perhaps slightly ambitiously the 200 mark. Baldwins assure me that they do have lots of chairs.
See you all next year.
John Parr (1968-75)
The Association are saddened by the news that Arthur George Jones (AGJ) who taught Classics at the School from 1960 to 1989 passed away in Frimley Park Hospital on 29th March 2017. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time. Many I am sure will have fond memories of Mr Jones.
In the light of Government proposals regarding the future of secondary education in this country please see the text of a letter from the Head of King Edward VII School regarding academisation proposals.
27 March 2017
Against a constantly changing, and exciting at times, educational landscape, we write to inform you that although the media reported a u-turn on the academisation of all schools by 2022, in reality, the Government’s position has not changed. The information from the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner is unequivocal - all schools must convert to academy status. In Sheffield there are only a small number of Local Authority secondary schools remaining and all the rest have converted to academy status as part of multi-academy trusts.
Anticipating this position, the Governing Body and Leadership Team of the School have been pro-active in researching different models and partnerships since the announcement was made by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education. It is essential for King Edward VII School, with its long and distinguished history and ethos, to retain control of its own destiny and to consider carefully the options that will enable the School to build strong, collaborative partnerships that will work in the best interests of our students, families and communities. The School must be ‘future-focused’ to ensure that we can safeguard the future of students and the School.
Taking this into account, we have explored a number of options including creating a multi-academy trust with other local schools and schools further afield. Discussions are still ongoing and as part of this process we are determined that the final decision that is made will take account of the views of parents, carers and other stakeholders. It is of the utmost importance that we make the right decision for King Edward VII School.
We will provide you with further information as soon as it is available during this period of momentous change for our School.
Linda Gooden Barbara Walsh
Headteacher Chair of Governors
The Old Edwardians' Association are deeply sad to announce the recent death of Eric Allsop.
Eric was a good friend to the Association and a close supporter of the School.
His funeral will be held on MONDAY, 3rd APRIL at NETHER GREEN METHODIST CHURCH at 11.15am.
The Old Edwardians' Association is saddened by the sudden passing of Mark Reid. In addition to being a tremendous rugby player playing for England at junior lever whilst still at school, he was an avid supporter of the school and the Association, Reidy was a gentleman and a great friend to all. His funeral will be held at East Berkshire Crematorium at 12.45 on Wednesday 22 March 2017 with a thanksgiving service to follow at 2pm at Maidenhead Rugby Club.
Eric Allsop who was at the school from 1935-40 has recently been awarded France’s highest award, the Legion D'Honneur. He is one of a number of British ex-servicemen who have been given this honour as veterans of the D-Day landings and the subsequent critical and bitterly contested campaign in Normandy and the subsequent liberation of Europe. The Order was established by the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and British veterans have been eligible for the award since 2014.
Early on the morning of 6th June 1944 Sapper E. Allsop of the Royal Engineers was one of the first men ashore on Juno Beach, as Canadian forces launched an assault on the Normandy coast. His task was to defuse mines attached to the tank traps and make the beach safe for the following infantry and armoured units.
Eric Allsop served throughout the 1944-45 campaign in North West Europe, came home to Sheffield, became well known in local cricket circles captaining the Old Edwardians XI and still lives within a mile of King Edward VII School.
During the Sheffield Blitz in December1940 when Eric Allsop was still at school, he ran messages on his bicycle for the ARP and for three hours helped to put out fires and rescue people from bombed houses while the bombs were still falling. Then, when he finally got home to Nether Edge he found his own home had been seriously damaged by a German bomb. For his fortitude that night he was presented with a special commendation by King George VI himself.
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The Old Edwardians Association are sad to announce the loss of one of their oldest members.
Kenneth Richardson (21 December 1921) died on 14th January 2017. He was an enthusiastic Old Edwardian and a regular attender at the Association Annual Dinner. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.
His funeral is to be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 11.15am on Wednesday 8th February 2017.
The thoughts of the School and Association are with his family at this sad time.
John Parr President
'Another Generation, King Edward VII School and the Old Edwardians in the Second World War 1939-1945', tells the story of around one hundred and fifty boys who left school to join the armed forces during the Second World War. There were probably around a thousand boys who joined up with as many as forty percent receiving the King’s commission. The fortunes of war sent them to battlefields from Norway in 1940 to the seas off Okinawa in 1945.
Many Old Boys were keen to serve as RAF aircrew and that is where so many lost their lives fighting in the skies over Europe. This is a truly remarkable book which highlights the selflessness and courage of so many young men fighting to maintain freedom across the civilised world.
The book costs £10 with all profits going to the school. The Old Edwardians' Association are justifiably proud to be part-funding this tome in conjunction with the school.
The book was launched formally at an event at school, on October 13th 2016 attended by many Old Edwardians including Eric Allsop former Old Edwardian cricket captain and veteran of the D-Day landings. Eric has recently been awarded the ‘French Legion d'Honneur’ for his part in the landings and his subsequent role in the liberation of occupied France.
Books may be reserved and will be signed by the author John Cornwell.
Further details from either the school or via the President of the Old Edwardians' Association.
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