The Harvey at Ypres war graves 2014

Ypres 2014

Ypres 2014

Ypres 2014

Ypres 2014

Ypres 2014 – WW1 graves The Old Harveians Association is well-known for the popular Annual Dinner it hosts at the school every December. But the OHA does much more than just that. In the past couple of years it has given the school (helped by generous donations from old boys) a new minibus and also helped with new lighting and sound systems for the school hall. In 2014 the school decided that, as part of the WW1 commemorations, all of the boys in Year 9 should visit the war graves at Ypres. To help make this possible, the Old Harveians offered to contribute half of the cost. The trip, which took place on two days in June, was a huge success and will repeated in 2015 and possibly beyond that. The Old Harveians Assoc. is funded entirely by membership subscriptions. Membership is currently £10 per year and is payable in January, so anyone joining now will get a years free membership. The more old boys who join the OHA, the more it will be able to help the school with these sort of projects that are often beyond the normal budget.

Ypres 2014

Ypres 2014

OHA programme 2015

Provisional Old Harveians social programme for 2015 including OHGS golf events. Please note that for 14 March it is not the Railway Swing Band but the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir. This event is open to the public, not just old Harveians. An update to John Olivers e-mail address, it is now


From Phil Harding

Our tribute to Philip Burgess at the OHA Dinner has been generating some interest on the Dambusters Blog on the internet.

I received the attached from someone who lives close to the crash site in Germany and who is involved in the plans to erect a memorial there next year.

Philip Burgess plane crash report

RIP Dave Richardson HGS 1967-74

Although Dave and I were at the Harvey at the same time for five years we had no recollection of our paths crossing there. It was through the Harvey group on Facebook that we first got in touch back in 2010. Our FB chats became more regular in 2013 exchanging notes on our sons, his eldest David and my youngest Mat, and their applications for University. Just two proud Dads discussing which Unis, why, what courses, student loans, accommodation, etc. etc. We met on only two occasions. The first in summer 2013 when I stopped for a coffee with him near his home in Ipswich. The second when he joined myself and other Harvey old boys for a beer in London this May.

Other than this I know little about Dave. When he left the Harvey he went on to the University of Bath and a career largely in IT. He lost his wife to cancer but had found a new happiness with Sarah. He was very proud of his sons and was looking forward to his younger son Steve also going to University soon. He was in good spirits when we met in May but a couple of weeks later he was diagnosed with cancer of the throat. He was very positive and met the challenge with great courage, posting a regular Sit Rep (situation report) on his Facebook page. He nicknamed his cancer ‘Bert’ and some weeks he would be beating Bert, and other times Bert would be having the upper hand. In late October came the Sit Rep no-one wanted to see. He announced that ‘Bert had won’. On 29 October David, Steve and Sarah posted the ‘In Memoriam’ on Facebook. The funeral is at Ipswich Crematorium 1145hrs 24 October.

RIP Dave


Latest Dinner attendees 06 Dec.

Andy Allon (76-81) & current staff

Russell Ames (87-94)

John Batten (52-59) OHA President

Guy Bexon (87-94)

Richard Brice – ex-staff (81-91)

Xavier Brice (85-93)

Matt Cary (00-07)

Bill Caudwell – ex-staff (03-13)

Frank Conley – ex-staff (70-03)

Arnold Cornish (45-50)

Graham Cowling (75-79)

Greg Cowling (79-84)

Scott Curtis (85-89)

Brian Dallaway (ex-staff 82-06)

Nathan Delaney (07-02)

John Dennis (Chairman of Governors)

Brian Dolton (50-58)

Tony Evans (65-70)

Bill Floydd (48-49)

Nigel Govett (85-92)

Trevor Greening (ex-Governor)

Phil Harding – ex-staff (79-12)

David Harrison (59-60)

Mark Harrison (69-74)

Toby Henderson (81-88)

Nick Hopkin (85-92)

Ivor Hopper (45-52)

Martin Hydes – ex-staff (86-22)

Peter Imbert (44-49)

James Johnson (03-10

Graham Lang (81-88)

Colin Manning (52-54)

Tom Masters (40-43)

Robert Masters (75-82)

Richard Mills (49-56)

Richard Morrell (84-91)

Chris Norman (86-90)

Scott Norman (85-92) & current Head

Simon Philpott (74-81)

Jim Radford (60-65)

Keith Radford (52-54)

Mark Rawlings (85-92)

Ken Rayner (85-92)

Andy Reynolds (57-63)

Joan Reynolds – ex-staff (80-10)

Henry Shackleton (34-40)

Dave Stewart (81-88)

John Stockham (59-64)

Derek Swann (44-47)

Nigel Thomas – ex-staff (61-92)

Peter Thomas – ex-staff (64-90)

Hugh Timms (30-35)

Andrew Towse (92-99)

Mark Towse (95-03)

Dominic Van der Wal (85-92)

Alec Vincent (49-54)

Chris Wells (55-60)

Ben Wilkins (87-94)

Derek Wood (45-51)

Bill Wright (81-13)

James Writer (87-94)

Dick Young – ex-staff (62-95)

Numbers are building steadily before the traditional last minute rush of bookings. Final booking date is 30 Nov. which is just 4 weeks away. Last year the Dinner sold out. For the 1964 and 1989 groups, remember this is your 50th and 25th anniversaries of joining the school. A great occasion for a reunion, or another one in the case of the ’64 group. Those who left in 2011 an opportunity to meet old friends again after university? The Dinner is open to all old Harveians.

For more info e-mail Menu and booking form at

OHA Dinner confirmed attendees

Who is attending the Old Harveians Dinner?

First list of confirmed attendees from Phil Harding
1. Andy Allon (76-81) & current staff

2. John Batten (52-59) OHA President

3. Richard Brice – ex-staff (81-91)

4. Xavier Brice (85-93)

5. Bill Caudwell – ex-staff (03-13)

6. Graham Cowling (75-79)

7. Greg Cowling (79-84)

8. Scott Curtis (85-89)

9. Brian Dallaway ex-staff (82-06)

10. John Dennis (Chairman of Governors)

11. Brian Dolton (50-58)

12. Simon Goodfellow (94-14) – current staff

13. Nigel Govett (85-92)

14. Trevor Greening (ex-Governor)

15. Phil Harding – ex-staff (79-12)

16. David Harrison (59-60)

17. Toby Henderson (81-88)

18. Ivor Hopper (45-52)

19. Peter Imbert (44-49)

20. Graham Lang (81-88)

21. Colin Manning (52-54)

22. Tom Masters (40-43)

23. Robert Masters (75-82)

24. Richard Morrell (84-91)

25. Scott Norman (85-92) & current Head

26. Simon Philpott (74-81)

27. Jim Radford (60-65)

28. Keith Radford (52-54)

29. Mark Rawlings (85-92)

30. Ken Rayner (85-92)

31. Andy Reynolds (57-63)

32. Joan Reynolds – ex-staff (80-10)

33. Dave Stewart (81-88)

34. John Stockham (59-64)

35. Derek Swann (44-47)

36. Nigel Thomas – ex-staff (61-92)

37. Peter Thomas – ex-staff (64-90)

38. Hugh Timms (30-35)

39. Andrew Towse (92-99)

40. Mark Towse (95-03)

41. Dominic Van der Wal (85-92)

42. Alec Vincent (49-54)

43. Chris Wells (55-60)

44. Derek Wood (45-51)

45. Dick Young – ex-staff (62-95)

Phil expects more current and former staff to be attending. Former staff who regularly attend include Geoff Cooke, Johnny Herbert, Audrey Wind and John Edwards. For those who joined the school in 1964 and 1989 it will be your 50th and 25th anniversaries respectively. How about getting your peers together for a reunion? Those who left in 2011, many of you will have finished Uni or other training so again how about a reunion? On a personal note, it is the 45th anniversary of the 1969 intake joining the school. And better still from the schools perspective, it is 40 years since many of us left! So how about getting together again Jon Wilson-Read, Rob Fulford, Kevan Allaway, Gordon Jinks, Ian Brooker and many others?

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 2014

The Old Harveians Annual Dinner is being held on 6th December. In accordance with tradition the venue will be the school hall. More details plus menu and booking form below.  The Dinner is extremely popular and sold out last year so early booking is recommended. Why not get some old schoolfriends together and make a reunion?




Saturday 6th December – 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm at the School


Guest Speaker: Tom Fletcher, CMG

 Tom Fletcher attended The Harvey from 1986 to 1993, prior going to Hertford College, Oxford – one of the top colleges in the University. He graduated with a First class degree in Modern History.


He subsequently spent several years in Downing Street as Foreign Policy Advisor to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Tom was awarded the Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2011 New Year’s Honours, for services to the Prime Minister. He was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic in August 2011.


To avoid disappointment, please book early.

Last year’s Dinner was a sell-out!

We hope for a particularly good attendance from those who joined the School 50 years ago in 1964 and 25 years ago in 1989


 Homemade Cream of Vegetable Soup with Croutons & French Bread


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Roast Kentish Turkey with all the trimmings (Option 1)

served with a selection of vegetables


Roasted Mushroom & Nut Wellington (Option 2)


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Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce (Option 3)


Homemade Key Lime Pie (Option 4)


Selection of Old Harveians Cheese & Biscuits (Option 5)


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Coffee and Mints


Tickets £22.50






I wish to order …….. ticket(s) for the Dinner @ £22.50 each, and enclose a cheque for £……….. made payable to OHA


Name: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….


Address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..


Phone number: …………………………….E-mail: …………………………………………………………




Please print the name of each guest (together with their years at School) and give their menu choices from the numbered list overleaf. You can enclose a separate sheet of paper should you need to give menu choices for additional guests.



Years at School:


Menu choices: 


(simply indicate the numbers, eg 1, 4)


Years at School:


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Seating preferences:



Send to:

Old Harveians, The Harvey Grammar School

Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent. CT19 5JY



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Head Scott Norman said: “We’re delighted.

“We’ve got our best ever results. You can’t not enjoy a day like this.”

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Felix Ling, pictured, achieved two As, in economics and general studies, and two A*s, in government and politics and history. He’s off to Warwick University.

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