|12 Jan 2017|
|OLD WALHAMPTONIANS - 1970s|
Mark Tattersall (Maidenhead)
Left in: Dec 70
Awaiting Mark's news.
Ben Teale (Ecuador)
Left in: Jul 78
I went on to Bryanston from Walhampton, along with Caleb Streat, where I had a chequered career (again with Caleb!). I was almost asked to leave in the second year but ended up being head boy during my Oxbridge term! I didn’t make it into Oriel to do PPE (a long shot) but spent three very enjoyable years at the LSE graduating with a BSC in Economics.
I (thought I) knew what I didn’t want to do after graduating (City, Army etc.) in a typically spoilt public school / university grant educated sort of way! But I didn’t have much of a clue what I did want to do either. So, after flirting with the idea of going on to do a masters degree, I decided that I ought to make up for not learning a language properly at school and also try and get rid of the stammer that had plagued from an early age. I eased myself into this by spending a lovely summer in Andalusia as a ‘working guest’ at Buen Vino, which is a delightful ‘Posada’ run by an English couple that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a break in Spain with excellent company. Needless to say I didn’t learn much Spanish there! However, I then crewed a yacht from Las Palmas to Antigua and made my way down to Ecuador where I immersed myself for the whole of 1988.
I taught private English lessons to pay my way during this year, which is how I met my wife Maria Augusta. I was a goner after about three lessons, but we didn’t actually get married until November 89 (on the day the Berlin wall came down!) – she insisted on my getting a job first!
Unfortunately I was still ‘verbally challenged’ at this time (and still didn’t want to work in the City). So I only managed to get a job at a curious company selling export information to British Exporters. However, we lived very happily for three years in Kew. Maria Augusta was a very successful saleswoman during this time at Journey Latin America.
Our first child Anthony was born in London in 1992 and this, together with a job offer from a very good bank (it had to happen!) in Ecuador was the catalyst for taking the plunge and moving out to Ecuador. After only a month in Ecuador I was sent to Miami for two weeks to work at a fund management company that was part of the same group of companies. This turned into two years, which were very enjoyable both work wise and in the (then) very friendly community on Key Biscayne. Maria Augusta was made an honorary British Mum by the other British Ex-Pats out there!
Our second son, Christopher, was born in Miami. However, Alan Greenspan and the US / emerging market bond crisis of 1994 put an end to this sojourn and we found ourselves back in Ecuador at the beginning of 95. Luckily for me – as most people in Miami were fired – I was assigned to the private banking business in Quito, where I continued to overcome my earlier resistance to all things financial.
Our third son, Jeremy arrived in 96 and we also started building our own house – one of the things that shocked Maria Augusta about London was how people could pay so much money to live in a street of houses all exactly the same! Ecuador has many disadvantages, but the quality of life is actually very good in many ways.
The next milestone comes with our fourth child, Stephanie, who was born at seven months in December 99. During this year 70% of the banking system here in Ecuador collapsed under the weight of macro economic chaos and corruption. My own bank was mercifully free from corruption, but was dragged down by an intervention in our Colombian affiliate, which has since been proven to have been politically motivated. Such is life in the tropics!
However, this blow turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it forced me to set up my own business. Even though I had been working in the financial sector for eight years I spent most of this time in marketing (private banking services). Still, having seen things from the inside and learned a lot about conflicts of interest in the financial sector (world wide) I decided that I could do a much better job than most private bankers, who are chosen more for their sales skills than their ability to actually manage money. So I set up as an independent ‘fee-only’ advisor – recognizing at last that it might have been quite a good idea to have spent some time in the City after all!
Here I am six years later with what is still a fairly small practice, but one that keeps me pretty busy even though I have limited myself to a handful of large clients. The next stage will be to find a reliable partner with whom I could work and expand – but that is not an easy task, especially here in Ecuador!
My current work situation is as above – Clarmond Family Office: I manage global investment portfolios for about 6 wealthy families here in Ecuador, which is actually a wonderful job because I ‘live’ professionally in the developed world but still manage to enjoy a relaxed life in a beautiful colonial city. Socially it can be a bit like being stuck in a Jane Austin novel but I think I probably get much more time to spend with my family than I would do in a similar existence in London.
See Ben's note on ‘what made Walhampton Special’ - under 'Memories' section.
I would have loved to send my children to Walhampton – if I could send them back in time to our era and pay in today’s devalued currency! I am sure it is still a great school (the current British Ambassador’s daughter was there in the 90’s and she loved it), but it can’t be quite the same with so few people boarding nowadays. And I am sure that the freedom we had must be much more restricted these days.
I understand that visiting the Galapagos islands is quite the fashion at the moment in England – at least in our parents generation – so perhaps I might be able to meet up with some of you in the future in Quito. You are all very welcome!
John Thornycroft (SW London)
Left in: 1981
After Walhampton, went on to Winchester College.
I am married to Nicki. We have two children aged 6 and 2.
I am a Lloyd’s Insurance Broker in the City. Working for Howden Insurance Brokers - www.howdengroup.com
Best memories: Sport in general (including school and house matches).
Worse memories: Having to drink very sour milk at junior camp, and then being criticised in my school report for making a bit of a fuss. Very unfair!
My 5 years at Walhampton were definitely the happiest of my time in education.
Robert Thoyts (Croydon, Surrey)
Left in: Jul 75
I did quite a few things in my youth before spending a number of years in insurance broking. I then took time out to study law before working in risk management. Then I finally (perhaps) decided that teaching was the career for me.
University Lecturer at what was the London Guildhall University (the old City Poly), sadly following a takeover this has now become London Metropolitan University.
On the personal front, I married in 1998, but separated last year. No children unfortunately/fortunately depending on how you look at it.
Memories: For some reason the summer camps spring to mind, the leaky canvas, dangerous wildlife (the midges in Mull were vicious I tell you), semi starvation, sleep deprivation, all in all enormous fun.
Simon Thoyts (Lymington)
Left in: Jul 74
Manager of The Chequers Inn, Lymington.
Richard Towers-Clark (Banbury)
Left in: Dec 78
Married with 2 children and living in a barn which we have just converted – 50 yards from where I was living aged 10 so not much change there. Since leaving Walhampton I did fairly typical Radley, Exeter, up to London to qualify ACA and then worked for UK sub of Hitachi for rather too long but quite a few trips to Japan (which is amazing place) so can’t complain. Life taken on few changes in last couple of years including managing conversion of aforementioned barn and setting up of own company (see below). Still known universally as TC even by my wife!
Currently sitting in Les Arcs running a wine bar/shop to whom all are invited. Obviously seasonal and I run a mail order wine business in the UK during the off season. Au Tour des Vins in France and Greatworth Limited. Web site www.atdv.co.uk
Best memories: Mr Gaines (David) hurling the blackboard cleaner at some unfortunate individual whose Maths wasn’t up to scratch. Always made for entertaining lessons!
Exeat weekends – living about 4 hrs from Walhampton meant that I spent more than my fair share of exeat weekends at school and they were generally excellent – run of the school, very little supervision, being able to go to Lymington to buy sweets and usually a good movie on Saturday night.
Managing to tackle both James Toleman and Jonathan Reekie at the same time when playing for Colts against 2nd XV and getting “tackling tags”. Sport generally, even when the ground was full of frost and we were stood there in shorts and cotton rugby shirt. And going to away matches in the school minibus singing various songs few of which I have heard from that day to this including one about Moses in his basket.
Emma Coles, Tania Backhouse and one other sitting in our dorm (Penguin?) at 2 am one summer and once they had left not managing to get back to sleep and discovering the dawn chorus for the first time. I wouldn’t have minded but they were “meeting” Paul Restall and someone whose name sadly escapes me. Suffice to say not on great form the next day!
Thursdays – Stew, cherry flan with whipped cream and no games in the afternoon but double French aaaagh.
I would just like to comment on how amazing Walhampton was and if I could find a school half as good for my son I would be delighted.
Bruce Tozer (Tisbury, Wilts)
Left in: Jul 72
A random walk through marketing, farming and now finance / investment banking; interspersed with extensive travel and working and studying abroad living abroad (Australia, Paris, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Holland). To date my life has run a very different course to what I could ever have imagined, but none the worse for that.
Married to Jenny (Australian) and we have three children, James 13, Ed 12 and Greta 9.
Global Head of Environmental Products in the financial markets division of JP Morgan. Currently working out what that might mean but for the time being it is essentially to do with carbon credits and environmental finance.
Best memories: The friends, the breath taking environment, expeditions, sport and John Bradfield; who should be ranked as one of the great prep school headmasters, because he was probably the first to genuinely instil a culture of pastoral care for terrified 8 year olds.
Worst memory: Crying in the sandpit as a new boy just having learned that my Grandmother had died.
Whatever happened to Jackie Shakespeare, the most incredibly gorgeous gap year matron, who most of us had mad 13 year old crushes on? Is she the sister of Nicholas Shakespeare? A mystery that I am sure will and should remain unresolved.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Portsmouth)
Left in: Jul 73
Leader, Portsmouth City Council
Mark Vessey (Vancouver, Canada)
Left in: Jul 76
1972-76 Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset
1977-80 BA in English, Queens’ College, Cambridge
1980-81 Law publishing, Chichester
1982-83 Study in Paris
1983-88 DPhil in Literae Humaniores, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
1989-90 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of English, University of British Columbia
1990-present Assistant, Associate, then Full Professor, Dept of English, UBC
Married Marianne in 1986 (divorced in 1998).
Married Maya in 2003; we have a daughter, Leila, born Oct 7, 2005
I am Professor of English at the University of British Columbia and (beginning 1 July 2008) Principal of Green College, UBC; holder of a Canada Research Chair in Literature / Christianity and Culture (since 2001). www.english.ubc.ca
Earliest distinct memory, April 1968, within days of my arrival at the school: being persuaded by Alan Berry (form-master, former Crystal Palace player, the best coach I ever had) to get up on the table at the front of the class, in the Form 2 shack next to the Art Room, and sing “Fuzzy Wuzzy Wuz a Bear”—the first of many moments of shameless exhibitionism at Walhampton, culminating in a performance as Scrooge in Chris Knox’s 1971 production of “A Christmas Carol.” Around the same time, AB wrote “NO BUMPER FUN BOOKS ALLOWED” in large letters along the top of the Form 2 blackboard, a legend that remained there for years, even after the shack became a woodwork room. Forty years ago, and still perfectly fresh in the mind!
Richard Vessey (Great Rissington, Gloucs)
Left in: Jul 74
University of Warwick followed by employment as follows, which continues. Working mainly in London, home in Gloucestershire and recently purchased property in Cognac, France.
Property management/ interior design/ personal assistant/ art collection management for private individual, now mainly based in UK, though previously working in Switzerland with trips to other boats and properties around Europe.
Best memory: canal trip in the Ernest Thomas with Gerald Carey and having the use of the gypsy caravan.
Worst memory: cold afternoons on the games field and being caught smoking in the gypsy caravan!
Laura Wade (Harpenden, Herts)
Left in: Dec 75
I have gone down the career path rather than the family one - no husbands, no children, just happily young, free and single….. ok, so maybe not so young any more.
I moved into professional services marketing fairly early on in my career, having now worked for many years for various large firms of accountants/ business advisers and law firms before ending up in my current firm - Keltie - patent and trade mark attorneys, based in Central London. www.keltie.com
I have many great memories of Walhampton, although strangely I do not think I (or anyone else for that matter) really appreciated what a fantastic environment and life experience we were having at the time. Whilst it is sadly not possible now to thank JB and PL personally for the great school that they created for us, I hope that they would be pleased at the enthusiasm and appreciation that everyone has shown now.
Worse memory: Being made to sit in the old dining room (which became the library) and made to eat rabbit….being stood over by Mr Knox, whist everyone else had gone out to play, until I ate it. I then promptly threw up! I have never eaten rabbit from that day to this. Thanks Chris!
Having recently rediscovered some old school reports, it would seem that I had trouble concentrating on anything, tended to gaze out the window instead of thinking about work and basically wouldn’t amount to much. C’est la vie…!
Stuart Wade (Maidstone, Kent)
Left in: Jul 75
After Walhampton I completed my education closer to home here in Kent.
Then for 16 years I worked for the Genzyme Corporation here in the UK. I was primarily involved in the large scale production and extraction of enzymes from microbial sources, both in a ‘hands on’ and later in a management capacity. These products had various diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
A few years ago I decided that I needed a change and went self employed, to pursue my hobby, some might say a passion, for historic and classic vehicles into a way of making a living. I currently restore old vehicles to show condition, mostly for one client, as well as getting my own fleet of about twenty assorted vehicles into shape.
Best memory: The sense of community, which seems more apparent in hindsight.
Worst memory: The food, the highlight being egg and chips for supper on a Saturday!
James Waghorn (Saltash, Cornwall)
Left in: Jul 72
Married 1987 to Kate and magically remain so. Son Hugh born 1989. Son Sam born 1991.
After 15 years of working in food manufacturing and marketing, I joined a management consultancy and have been a parasite ever since – the last 6 years in partnership with the aforementioned Kate. My working time is spent in long-term relationships as a non-executive director of mainly hotel and construction businesses in the South West. We have lived happily in Cornwall for 17 years. All sorts of other exciting (and mundane) things happen in my life from time to time but I’m too reserved to tell more here!
Examples of organisations I spend a lot of time in as a non-executive director/consultant:
Bedruthan Steps Hotel (www.bedruthan.com)
Sands Resort Hotel (www.sandsresort.co.uk)
Beale & Cole – building services engineers (www.bealeandcole.com)
St Michaels Mount (www.stmichaelsmount.com)
Sharpham Partnership (www.sharpham.com)
Topfoto Services (www.topfoto.com)
I have no bad memories of my time at Walhampton. Some memories are embarrassing, though, so they won’t go down here. At the risk of being sycophantic, my abiding memory is of a number of adults (e.g. Gerald Hamilton, John Bradfield, Peter Lawson, Patrick? Reardon) who demonstrated a set of values and ethical behaviours that have helped to shape the rest of my life.
Paul Weychan (Netherlands)
Left in: Jul 1973
Paul lives in the Netherlands with his family and works in the fishing industry.
Anthony Young (SW London)
Left in: ?
Left W. in 1981 and went to Pangbourne College. Went to Southampton Unvi. in 1986 reading Politics and International Relations on an Army Cadetship (sort of sponsorship arrangement). On graduation in 1989 joined 13/18 Royal Hussars, served in England, Germany, Cyprus + Bonsia.
Left Army in 1995 went to College of Law in Guildford, then joined City law firm Ashurst Morris Crisp as corporate lawyer. Spent 7 years there, including year stint in New Delhi. Now at smaller City firm, Charles Russell where I'm a dogsbody lawyer.
Sports etc. - despite being unremarkable at everything at W. got into rowing at Pangbourne, made it to England U18 team. Still keen sailor + windsurfer, do that as and when I can.
Now living in Clapham, 2 small children, third on the way.
Teachers from the 1970s
Margot Brown (Kemp)
Margot is living in Pilley, Lymington and remembers everyone who ever got on a pony at Walhampton! She came along to the reunion in Jun 07 and was on top form.
John (& Joy) Elphinstone
Having moved away from Lymington after retiring from the school (after 35 years!), we returned to Lymington after a fairly short amount of time having found that we missed the place and the people more than we expected to.
All our children were all at Walhampton; the youngest, Emily even overlapped into Hordle Walhampton. They’re in London now. Jonathan trained in gamekeeping and countryside management but actually working in prison outreach and doing external degree in Pshychology! Caroline is a buyers assistant for Dorothy Perkins. Mitty is in her last year reading English (well, someone had to !). Joy’s back in hospice nursing, part-time. I’m writing, sailing and assistant housewife (mostly sailing).
We have a dog called Bradfield! John and Jackie gave permission shortly before John died.
Is living in Sway in Lymington and came along to the June reunion at the school with her daughter. She was able to recall memories of many pupils in her classes back in our era, and her enthusiam for the reunion was lovely to see.
Having moved down to Quenington, Nr Cirencester a little while ago, we too found that we missed living in Lymington and decided to move back, which we have now done.
Our elder son, Jon, was born in 1970, and is now teaching in a primary school in Hampshire (Chandlers Ford): he is married to Night, who comes from Kenya).
Tim was born in 1971: he has been working in the Chiswick Travel firm "Journey Latin America" for about 10 years, but is shortly to move to Spain with his wife Claire to turn a ruined farmhouse in Andalucia (between Granada and Cordoba) into a small hotel. Sarah, Tim`s twin, is studying Chinese in Xian with her husband Gerard and their two children, Anna (5) and Matthew (2).
We have enjoyed 10 years` retirement in rural Gloucestershire, and have been much involved in our local primary school (it`s been great to experience, and hopefully contribute a little to, the state sector after so many years in the independent sector), and the local church.
Wendy also lives in Sway in Lymington.
Until recently, when my younger son left University, I have been working full time as a Primary school teacher. I am now working part time which is giving me time to catch up with friends, family and long awaited house maintenance. My main other activities are sailing my scow at Keyhaven, and walking (of which I do more in the winter!)
Walhampton, Hordle Walhampton and Hordle House alumni gather for a sociable soiree in London More...