Chailey Heritage School Old Scholars Association
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     Our Special Day dawned sunny and bright but none too warm. We had our coffee, as usual, in Llangattock, now the Staff Rest Room. Then at noon we congregated in St. Martin's Chapel for our Annual Thanksgiving Service, led by The Rev. John Maskell, Rector of Chailey-on-the-Green village. His resident organist, Andy Rees, a lovely Welsh opera singer no less, played for us, as our dear-old friend Mr Clifford Dann was very ill. Andy was new to our Guild Psalm, our last hymn plus The Master Shipwright. Because he is so talented he picked the tunes up very quickly.      The hymns were on the theme of Thanksgiving and were; (1) Now Thank We All Our God, (2) Lord For The Years, (3) Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart and (4) God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again. A prayer was said by Derek Hunnikin, an old scholar. The Bible Reading was John chapter 6 verses 1- 15, The Feeding of the Five Thousand. The Dame Grace Memorial Wreath was laid by a former Head Girl at the New Heritage, Daphne (née Guy) Hewitt and a prayer was said by the Rev. John Maskell.      We then made our way to the 6th Form Room for a delicious lunch provided again by Twizzles. The tables had been beautifully decorated with little pots of flowers. Sixty-seven people sat down to lunch, twenty-eight Old Scholars and thirty-seven associate members and visitors. These included the Chief Executive, Helen Hewitt, and Ros Black, who is launching a new biography of Dame Grace in the Autumn.      After lunch we held our AGM when all the existing Committee members were re-elected to office, and we asked for an assistant to help Ian Sowerby in his role as Web Master. Is there anyone who feels they could offer assistance to Ian? Please do get in contact with me or our Secretary if you feel you could fill this important role. There will only continue to be a website devoted to the OSA if others offer to help keep it going, so please give it some serious thought, thank you.      Our Summer Outing this year is to Birdworld, Farnham, Surrey. It will be on Saturday, 2nd September. There are quite a few attractions to enjoy and you could enjoy lunch there or bring a picnic. There is also a Garden Centre you can visit. We do have a few leaflets should anyone want one or you could try locally for one or look it up on the Internet for more information. If we have 12 or more people there are special concessions.      I know this is like wishing the year away but we do have to think about our Christmas Dinner venue etc. This year it will be on Saturday, 9th December at The Peacock Inn, Piltdown, which is near Newick. There is disabled-persons' access and toilet facilities. If you wish to attend either of these events please contact  George Gelder, our Secretary, on Even if you only think you might like to come at this stage, do contact him with the number in your party for either event and leave a contact address/email and you will be contacted nearer to the events.       After our AGM we held a quiz. There were three winners so they shared the cash prize. Then our raffle took place before we enjoyed a short jazz session with Dennis Domm and Nick, his fellow guitarist. What talented old scholars there are! We rounded off the day with delicious tea and cakes before we ended a very happy day.      Just one more story to share with you; my husband, Richard, and I took Derek Hunnikin to the Reunion, his first visit for many years. He met up with an old contemporary, Jack Hayward. Jack remembered Derek from his Chailey days and so, over coffee in Llangattock, they exchanged reminiscences and photos along with another of their contemporaries, Raymond Turvey. It's things like this that make all the hard work so worthwhile. Here's to next year then, put this date in your diary, Saturday 12th May, 2018. I shall look forward to seeing you all then. God bless now and keep well and busy 'till then. Best Wishes,   Janet, Chairman
Annual Reunion 2017