Old Harveians ‘Beer in London’

At long last, the next London beer is May 15. Due to a lack of inspiration on my part venue is probably Betjemans at St Pancras again. Usual format, very informal, no booking. Just come along any time from 5.30/6pm. Meet other old Harveians, share memories, have a laugh, maybe a bit of networking and a beer or two. You may even bump into an old friend that you haven’t seen since you left the school. It has happened!

For more details phone me on 01233 500464 or e-mail Mark@AshfordExecutiveCars.co.uk . If you can’t find us at Betjemans call me on my mobile 07939 101065 – don’t just walk away.

Alan Philpott & John Botting

Timothy L’Estrange posted this on Facebook recently

‘Following the sad loss of both John Botting and Alan Philpott last year I couldn’t help noticing that they sat next to each other in the school 1980 group photo. Close up section attached’.

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A request from Phil Harding

Over the past few years it has been interesting to see how social media is enabling Old Harveians of all ages to re-unite with former schoolmates and to re-connect with the school and their schooldays.

The Harvey group on Linkedin.com has over 500 members and the one on Facebook nearly 200 whilst the Old Harveians Association (www.oldharveians.org.uk) has over 1,100 members. This makes the OHA one of the most successful school alumni associations in the country.

Over the years all old boys will have benefitted from the OHAs fund-raising activities and support for the school. In the past two years the OHA has paid for a new minibus and contributed to the costs of new lighting and sound systems in the school hall. This year, the OHA is marking the 100th anniversary of the Great War by supporting the Year 9 trip to the battlefields and war graves of the Somme, where many former Harvey pupils fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The OHA organises sporting and social events throughout the year culminating in the Annual Dinner at the school each December. We also produce a professionally-printed newsletter at least twice a year that is sent to to all members. The current edition features special tributes to Alan Philpott and John Botting, both of whom sadly passed away last year.

A cornerstone of the OHA finances and our support for the school is the annual membership fee. Due to the number of members this remains very low at only £10 per year. Many members of the social media groups above are already members of the OHA. However can I ask those of you who are not to consider joining the Old Harveians Association? The extra fees from new members will be a very important contribution to further supporting the school and its pupils in the current difficult economic climate. Fees are collected once a year in January so the first contribution won’t be until January 2015

A Membership Application Form  is available by contacting me on phil@ksfa.freeserve.co.uk and I very much look forward to hearing from you.

OHA magazine             Alan Philpott

Concert and FSG old girls invitation

First an update on the Squadronaires Concert on March 15th. With over two weeks still to go 90% of tickets have already been sold. To avoid disappointment contact old boy John Oliver to book yours asap. E-mail johne.oliver@gmail.com or tel: 01303 251403. This event is open to the general public as well as old boys and those with a Harvey connection. Proceeds to be split between the Squadronaires for their charities and the OHA for the benefit of the school.

The Folkestone Schools Old Girls Assoc. (old girls of the FSG, Girls Grammar and Girls Tech) have kindly sent an invite to all old Harveians to their Annual Dinner in May as follows:
‘Folkestone School for Girls Old Girls Dinner
Eastwell Manor, Ashford
Friday, 16th May 2014
Drinks reception at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by a three course Dinner with Coffee and Petit Fours £30 per person

To make your reservation, please return the booking form whether you are sending a cheque payable to Eastwell Manor Ltd or paying in full by credit card or by telephone.

Husbands/partners/friends are also very welcome. And, spread the word, any Harvey old boys are welcome to join us for this event.
There will be a raffle with the proceeds going to Association funds.

Special deal for accommodation on the night: £75 per person for bed and breakfast (£120 for two sharing)
Telephone: 01233 213000
email: reservations@eastwellmanor.co.uk
post: Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4HR
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BOOKING FORM
FOLKESTONE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – OLD GIRLS DINNER
FRIDAY, 16th MAY 2014

Name………………………………………………………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………..……………………………………………
……………………………………………………..…………………………………………………
Telephone No………………Email address……………………………………
Dates at School………Number of places required at £30 each………
Names of my guests………………………..…………..….………….…………………
I would like to sit with ……………………………………………………………………
Amount enclosed by cheque £…….………OR please deduct £………. from my Credit Card number …………………………….…………………………
Expiry date……………3-digit security number………’

Please pass this on to wives, sisters, cousins, mothers, friends, girlfriends, mistresses, etc. who attended these schools. ASSOCIATION CONTACT DETAILS:
FS OGA, Mrs G. Gates
31a Marine Avenue
Dymchurch, Kent
TN29 0TR
You can send news by email to our email address:
oldfogiesFSOGA@gmail.com
Our Website Address is: www.folkestoneschoololdgirls.co.uk
Or you can telephone our Chairman: Janet Oakley 01303 266912

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First an update on the Squadronaires Concert on March 15th. With over two weeks still to go 90% of tickets have already been sold. To avoid disappointment contact old boy John Oliver to book yours asap. E-mail johne.oliver@gmail.com or tel: 01303 251403. This event is open to the general public as well as old boys and those with a Harvey connection. Proceeds to be split between the Squadronaires for their charities and the OHA for the benefit of the school.

The Folkestone Schools Old Girls Assoc. (old girls of the FSG, Girls Grammar and Girls Tech) have kindly sent an invite to all old Harveians to their Annual Dinner in May as follows:
‘Folkestone School for Girls Old Girls Dinner
Eastwell Manor, Ashford
Friday, 16th May 2014
Drinks reception at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by a three course Dinner with Coffee and Petit Fours £30 per person

To make your reservation, please return the booking form whether you are sending a cheque payable to Eastwell Manor Ltd or paying in full by credit card or by telephone.

Husbands/partners/friends are also very welcome. And, spread the word, any Harvey old boys are welcome to join us for this event.
There will be a raffle with the proceeds going to Association funds.

Special deal for accommodation on the night: £75 per person for bed and breakfast (£120 for two sharing)
Telephone: 01233 213000
email: reservations@eastwellmanor.co.uk
post: Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4HR
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BOOKING FORM
FOLKESTONE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – OLD GIRLS DINNER
FRIDAY, 16th MAY 2014

Name………………………………………………………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………..……………………………………………
……………………………………………………..…………………………………………………
Telephone No………………Email address……………………………………
Dates at School………Number of places required at £30 each………
Names of my guests………………………..…………..….………….…………………
I would like to sit with ……………………………………………………………………
Amount enclosed by cheque £…….………OR please deduct £………. from my Credit Card number …………………………….…………………………
Expiry date……………3-digit security number………’

Please pass this on to wives, sisters, cousins, mothers, friends, girlfriends, mistresses, etc. who attended these schools. ASSOCIATION CONTACT DETAILS:
FS OGA, Mrs G. Gates
31a Marine Avenue
Dymchurch, Kent
TN29 0TR
You can send news by email to our email address:
oldfogiesFSOGA@gmail.com
Our Website Address is: www.folkestoneschoololdgirls.co.uk
Or you can telephone our Chairman: Janet Oakley 01303 266912

Regards

Mark

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Harvey Grammar school print

This painting of the old school has been produced by Folkestone artist and old Harveian Shane Record. The original was presented to Bill Wright to mark his recent retirement. Copies are now available, without the watermark, to all old Harveians. More info, prices and order form below

Harvey Grammar print

THE OLD HARVEIANS ASSOCIATION

 

Local artist and Old Harveian Shane Record has produced a painting of the School.  Shane has kindly agreed that we can offer prints and canvases to Old Harveians with a significant proportion of the profits going to the School.  The painting is genuinely stunning and we hope that Old Harveians will agree and will want to purchase a copy.

 

All the options for ordering are indicated below, together with an order form that should be returned to the OHA if you wish to make a purchase.

 

1. Mini Print – Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of The Harvey. Printed to order using the Giclee Process to the Fine Art Trade Guild Standard for printmaking, using certified acid-free papers and archival inks. Size approx: 17cm x 21cm not including 2cm signed and numbered border. Backed on mount board and wrapped in a protective cellophane packaging.

Price: £22 (plus £2.50 for UK postage & packing, £5.00 for International postage & packing)

 

2. Rolled Print – Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of The Harvey. Printed to order using the Giclee Process to the Fine Art Trade Guild Standard for printmaking, using certified acid-free papers and archival inks. Size approx: 41cm x 33cm not including 2cm signed and numbered border.

Price: £65 (plus £7.50 for UK postage & packing, £10.00 for International postage & packing)

 

3. Box Canvas Print – Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of The Harvey. Printed to order using the Giclee Process to gallery standards with UV-safe inks, guaranteed to last for 75 years, onto 100% real cotton canvas stretched over a 4cm deep wooden box frame.

8″ x 10″ (21cm x 25cm) – Price: £45 (plus £5.00 for UK p&p, £10.00 for International p&p)

12″ x 16″ (30cm x 41cm) – Price: £65 (plus £7.50 for UK p&p, £15.00 for International p&p)

16″ x 20″ (40cm x 50cm) – Price: £95 (plus £10.00 for UK p&p, £25.00 for Europe p&p, £40 for Rest of World  p&p)

 

4. Professionally Framed Print – Signed Limited Edition Fine Art Print of The Harvey. Printed to order using the Giclee Process to the Fine Art Trade Guild Standard for printmaking, using certified acid-free papers and archival inks. Size including mount and frame approx 55cm x 48cm. Frame options: Black coated wood (recommended), white coated wood, wood (ash)

Price:  £120 (collection only)

Download the order form here (PDF)

RAF Squadronaires Concert 15 March 2014

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A rare opportunity to see the RAF Squadronaires in concert. The event is a tribute to bandleader Ronnie Aldrich, an old Harveian, and is a fund-raiser for the OHA. Funds will be used to support projects for the benefit of the school. Tickets are selling well. Contact John Oliver tel: 01303 251403 or e-mail johne.oliver@gmail.com

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 2013

Saturday 7th December – 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm at the School 

Guest Speaker: Bill Wright 

After 32 years at the Harvey, Bill will be retiring at Christmas, and will speak at the Dinner to reminisce and reflect on his time at the School.

Join your friends, contemporaries and other Old Harveians at this year’s Dinner. The School will be open from 6.30 pm for you to explore. Dine in comfort, and socialise before and after the meal. There will be a well-stocked bar with a good selection of wines to complement your meal.

We are anticipating another really good turn-out, so be sure of a place by ordering your ticket(s) right away 

We hope for a particularly good attendance from those who joined the School 50 years ago in 1963 and 25 years ago in 1988 

Menu:

Home-made Leek & Potato Soup with French Bread 

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Roast Kentish Turkey with all the trimmings (Option 1) 

served with a selection of vegetables 

or 

Parmesan & Stilton Roulade (Option 2) 

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Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce (Option 3) 

or 

Profiteroles (Option 4) 

or 

Selection of Old Harveians Cheese & Biscuits (Option 5) 

* * * 

Coffee and Mints 

Tickets £22.50

Download the ticket order form here

HGS Prizegiving 2013

THURSDAY 28th MARCH

All those who attended the Annual Prizegiving at the Leas Cliff Hall could be in no doubt that the Harvey is in excellent shape. An event that is never less than highly impressive was, even by its own high standards, a wonderful snapshot of remarkable achievements by the current generation of Harveians.

John Dennis’s tenure as Chairman of Governors has been characterised by a real feel for what the Harvey stands for, what it represents in the community, and what it means to those who have worked and learnt there. As usual, he presided over Prizegiving with considerable skill.

Bill Wright’s swansong report of the School’s activities painted a comprehensive picture of individual and collective achievement – record exam results, sporting success, trips and tours… and so on. A truly amazing year for the School.

The warmth of the occasion was emphasised when the guest speaker, Reverend Anthony Buckley, spoke in such positive terms about the Harvey. As a former parents and Vice-Chairman of Governors, he knows the School well. It was typical of him to highlight the importance of valuing every pupil as a special individual – one of the Harvey’s unique qualities.

And then, as is customary, we heard from the Head Boy. His role is to propose a vote of thanks to the guest speaker, and to reflect on his time at the School.  Over the years, successive Head Boys have entertained us with a maturity beyond their years, but never before have we been treated to such a barnstorming (to use John Dennis’s description) speech as that delivered on this occasion by Harry Stevens.

Having been friends with Harry’s father Nick since we were at school together in Dover, I know how proud he is (and rightly so) of Harry’s achievements. It is difficult to believe that it is seven years ago when he told me that Harry had been offered a place at the Harvey.  At tea in the Leas Cliff Hall after prizegiving, he told me that Harry’s speech spoke for the whole family, who are delighted with the education that Harry has received at the Harvey, which has culminated in him being given an offer to read English at Cambridge.  As staff will readily testify, he is a highly impressive young man.

Harry’s speech is reproduced here in full – for all to appreciate:

I must start by apologising to many of you, because what I intend to say is actually directed to a specific group among you: the younger members of the school, those at the opposite end of the school to my friends and I. 

 

Though I am a long, long way down the list of people qualified to give advice in this hall, if I have any knowledge to impart it is to that group of young men – since they are at the beginning of a process and a journey which my friends and I are approaching the end of.

 

I must add, that if I say anything of any value, if I offer those young men anything which helps them in any way – I in turn learnt that at this institution, I was taught it by my teachers and my schoolmates combined, to whom I am unspeakably indebted, in a way that I will never be able to convey fully.

 

I start by telling those young men: never make the mistake of assuming the distance between you and I is long. It is not. The next few years will happen quickly, you will change rapidly and you will change significantly. Do not fear this. Embrace the brevity of your adolescence.

 

As Roger Walters so brilliantly identified once, young people are often made to believe that education and adolescence are about preparing for a life which is going to start later – after school, after university. This is not true. Shun anyone who tries to make you believe that. Your life is happening now, it has been happening for years and you must take responsibility for it.

 

Take risks and break rules. I’ve learnt that there is nothing wrong with breaking rules – so long as you break the right rules at the right time. Believe me, you will certainly know about it if you get your timing wrong.

 

Avoid arrogance – it is the one of the most vile human traits. Never believe your own hype. There are very few people in this world who can get away with being arrogant – assume that you are not one of them.

 

Attend as many of those joint discos with the Folkestone Girls School as possible. Girls are considerably easier to understand at your age now than they will be in couple of years. My advice to you lads is: get on their good side early.

 

Throughout your education, the government will bombard you with disgusting and unhelpful little phrases such as “job-market”, “employability”, “transferable skills”. Ignore them all, they are of no use to you. Focus on nothing but the cultivation of your own character. I live in faith, as should you, that the rest will follow.

 

When writing an essay, it always helps to get the title right. A special mention here goes to my friend, who, upon handing in an English Literature essay had his knowledge of the texts questioned by our teacher, thusly: “It just seems like you haven’t even read the novel – it’s called ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ not ‘How To Kill A Mockingbird’.”

 

The most important choices you will make in your time here are those between instant gratification and gratification in a week, a month, a year’s time. You are absolutely right choose either way at different times, but it is true that gratification that you wait for and that you earn is far more valuable.

 

Never be afraid to contradict yourself. Be a paradox, be ironic. I can’t tell you how much I love these lines from Walt Whitman:

“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

 

Changing your opinions is the best part of learning. People afraid to contradict themselves become one-dimensional.

 

Learn for the sake of learning, treat all knowledge with caution and understand what a huge task the pursuit of knowledge is – answers easily obtained are answers easily discarded.

 

Know your town. Know its virtues and its many limitations. About 100 years ago someone asked the first ever headmaster of Stowe School in Buckinghamshire what the purpose of his school was and he answered: “To turn out boys who will be acceptable at a dance and invaluable in a shipwreck.”

 

Now I don’t think that applies to Folkestone, not least because anyone who’s been down the Parisian nightclub will know that a dance and shipwreck can actually be the same thing.

 

Shun anyone who patronises you. Don’t allow people to tell you that you are unable to understand certain things because of your age.

 

But never take yourself too seriously and if you must do so, do so in private – there are few less attractive things than one who takes themself too seriously in public.

 

To this end, being a terrible footballer should not prevent you from playing football. It certainly never stopped me.

 

Some will tell you to ignore what others think of you. That is ridiculous. Always be aware of how others perceive you, but just never become dependent on the opinions of others. Never measure yourself solely in the mirrors of other men.

 

Be dissatisfied with yourself more readily than you are proud of yourself. Dissatisfaction is a vastly more useful emotion than pride. Pride will make you stand still, dissatisfaction moves you on.

 

Use each other. Your classmates are a far more useful resource to you than any textbook ever will be. Stephen Fry is right when he says that education, to some degree at least, happens when students talk to each other between lessons. Find a balance between supporting one another and competing against one another – this way everyone will go further.

 

And finally, understand that many things over the next few years will be out of your control. I can tell you with certainty that the only thing you can maintain control over in the next seven years is your own character. People talk about things being against young people and you might think many things are against you. It may well be that the national education system you are experiencing has flaws, it may well be that examinations do not represent you in the way you think you are best represented, it may well be that society will view you incorrectly and not always offer you what you deserve – but never become one of those useless people who are prepared to use that as an excuse.

 

We go to a remarkable school. I am convinced that it is as good as any other. I, truly, have nothing but praise and gratitude for this institution and the thing I am most grateful for is that this school taught me that yes the education system – like all things – may not be perfect; yes organisations and procedures will risk impeding you; yes this small corner of the world feels, at times, oppressive – but everyone who comes here has the opportunity not to be limited by that.

 

Indeed, why this school is different to so many others, this school’s superior achievement in my view, is that it said to me and it said to my friends and it will say to all of you (to use someone else’s words, not my own, with which I end): “the system might fail you, but don’t fail yourself.

“Shipwrecked at the Parisian” – that will bring back memories for many! I am sure that we have not heard the last of Harry Stevens. Knowing Scott Norman as I do, I am equally sure that, as he looks forward to taking up the reins of Headship in January, he will have made a mental note that a future Prizegiving with Harry Stevens as guest speaker will be another treat for us all.

Phil Harding

 

FSG Old Girls Reunion

Patricia Kennedy (nee Collins – ex-student and former teacher at Folkestone School for Girls) is organising another Old Girls Dinner at Eastwell Manor Hotel on May 11th and all Old Harveians are very welcome to enjoy the evening – wives / partners / boyfriends welcome.

Two previous dinners have been very successful, with several Old Harveians enjoying the evening with their ex-FSG wives.

Click here for full details

National Trust welcomes new leader in the East

Old Harveian Ben Cowell has taken the reins of the country’s leading conservation charity in the East. Ben, who was most recently in charge of the charity’s policy and external affairs work, has returned to his roots to lead a team of over 500 staff and 5,000 volunteers.

Ben said; “I am delighted to be taking up this role, which is easily the best job in the National Trust! I have loved the people and landscapes of the East of England for as long as I can remember. After leaving The Harvey, I studied as an undergraduate at UEA in Norwich, where I specialised in landscape archaeology at the Centre of East Anglian Studies. I now live just outside Saffron Walden in Essex, with my wife Julie and our two boys, Reuben and Toby.”
“The National Trust looks after wonderful places, wildlife, collections, community spaces and heritage for the benefit of everyone. Here in the East that includes miles of glorious coastline from Blakeney in North Norfolk to Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast, important houses like Blickling, Ickworth and Wimpole, and really special countryside including one of the nation’s most ancient woodlands at Hatfield Forest in Essex.”

For many years Ben was a civil servant at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in London, before joining the National Trust’s external affairs team in 2008. Prior to attending the Harvey, Ben was at All Souls’ Primary school in Cheriton. His parents (father David was a school governor at Harvey) live in Sandgate.