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1940s and 1950s Old Boys Reunion - June 2019

The joyous reunion of old friends - some of whom hadn't seen each other since they left Walhampton over 50 years ago.
1940s and 1950s Old Boys Reunion - June 2019
1940s and 1950s Old Boys Reunion - June 2019
Image: Left to right
Front row: Paul Stickley, Lance Hale, Peter Newman, Bernard Roughton, Sashy Khanna, Trevor Newman, Anil Khanna
Second row: Jamie Heron, Charlie Thornton, Ralph Gibson, Glynn Jones, Michael Perkins, Anothony Howe
Back row: Nicholas White, Nick Carey-Thomas, Andrew Henderson, Quintin Batt, John Walker, Philip Thornton

On Wednesday 12th June we were delighted to welcome back twenty of our earliest boarders - those who were at the school in the late 1940s and 1950s.  

They went on a tour around the school, pointing out all the different uses for each room over the years, and we noted a particular change from Dordie and Philip Haylar's time (1948-1953) to JB and PLs (from 1954): the library used to be their dining room, the upstairs classrooms were their dormitories and the Headmaster’s office was a library where they had film nights.

Some, returning to the school for the first time in 65 years, were astounded at how wonderful it looked; so neat, tidy and well painted with beautifully kept grounds. Those who were at the school in its post-war years remember quite a different, run-down place with overgrown gardens and were in awe of the transformation. How lucky we are today!

The boys of the late 1950s where the ones who painted the wonderful mural on the wall (in the mosaic passage) under the guidance of Miss LeMay (later to marry headmaster John Bradfield) depicting life at Walhampton in the 1950s, including the rare visit of a hoopoo bird. They were very happy to see that their many hours of dedicated painting was still on display for all to see.

They had a very sociable afternoon tea, making the most of catching up with each other and asking the question "So what have you been doing for the past 50 plus years?". 

We were delighted that so many old boys could make it but there are many of the 1940s and 1950s era that we are not yet in touch with, please spread the word and check with those you are in contact with that they have shared their details with the school. Thank you.

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