New Harvey Principal

The Old Harveians’ Association is delighted that one of our members, Scott Norman, has been appointed by the School’s Governing Body to be the next Principal (AKA Headmaster) of The Harvey. Scott, who is the first former pupil to take up the School’s top leadership role, will commence his new post on 1st January 2014, when Bill Wright retires.

He joined the School as an 11 year-old in September 1985 and, during his seven years at The Harvey, made his mark as a talented sportsman and musician. As a member of a very talented year group on the sportsfields, Scott excelled as an all-round cricketer whose runs and wickets contributed hugely to Kent cup successes and other triumphs. As a footballer, Scott spent much of his time in goal, occasionally displaying his talents elsewhere. In music, Scott performed in the “Prophets of Pop” band.

After university, Scott rejoined The Harvey as a teacher of History and Politics, quickly earning the respect of pupils and colleagues alike. With the exception of a few months “on loan” to The Marsh Academy, Scott has spent his entire teaching career at the Harvey and, in congratulating him on his appointment, the OHA wish him every success for the future, and look forward to working with him for the benefit of Harveians past, present and future.

Missing addresses – Can you help?

We currently have no addresses for over 90 members! That’s nearly a tenth of our membership not enjoying the excellent newsletters that our editor, Dominic Van der Wal, works so hard to produce.

Please take a look at the members on this list and see if you can help us track them down.

Programme for 2013

Wednesday 6th March – Railway Swing Band Concert at the School
For further details, contact John Oliver – 01303 251403 or

Thursday 7th March – Linkedin Gathering at Canary Wharf
For further details, contact Mark Harrison tel: 01233 500464 07939 101065

Tues 19th or Tues 26th March – Old Harveians Golf Society Spring Meeting at Upchurch GC
For further details, contact Dave Green on 01303 268858 or

Friday 22nd March, 4.00 pm – School v Old Harveians Hockey
Members wishing to play should contact Simon Cowling at the School – 01303 252131

Wednesday 27th March – School Golf Championship
Sponsored and organised by Old Harveians Golf Society
For further details, contact Geoff Cooke on 01303 269724 or

Wednesday 8th May – Annual Old Harveians v School Golf Match at Etchinghill Golf Club
For further details, contact John Edwards on 01303 268612 or
or Geoff Cooke on 01303 269724 or

Friday 31st May – OHGS Lord Imbert Trophy at Sene Valley GC
For further details, contact Dave Green on 01303 268858 or

Wednesday 3rd July – School v Old Harveians Cricket
Members wishing to play should contact Paul Castle at the School – 01303 252131

Thursday 11th July – John E Oliver Seniors Golf Trophy at Littlestone Warren Golf Club
For further details, contact John Oliver – 01303 251403 or

Friday 16th August – OHGS Captain’s Day at Sene Valley Golf Club
For further details, contact Dave Green on 01303 268858 or

Friday 13th September – OHGS Annual Match v Dover Strait Mariners at Tudor Park Golf Club
For further details, contact Mike Fawke on 01303 894392 or 07879 071283 or or Chris Wells on 01303 275280 or

Friday 28th September – OHGS Peter Gavin Trophy at Sene Valley GC
For further details, contact Dave Green on 01303 268858 or

Saturday 7th December – School v Old Harveians Football (1st, 2nd & 3rd XIs), 10.00 am
Members wishing to play should contact Paul Castle at the School – 01303 252131

Saturday 7th December – Annual Dinner at the School: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
For further details, please contact Phil Harding on 07850 154827 or

OHA Annual Dinner 2012

The annual dinner returns to it’s usual December slot at 7:30 on Saturday 1st December 2012

This years menu includes:

Home-made Leek & Potato Soup with French Bread (Option 1)


Tomato and Basil Bruschetta (Option 2) 

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Roast Kentish Turkey with all the trimmings (Option 3) served with a selection of vegetables


Goats Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Tart (Option 4)

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Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce (Option 5)


Lemon Tart (Option 6)


 Profiteroles (Option 7)

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Selection of Old Harveians Cheese & Biscuits

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Coffee/Tea and Mints

 Tickets are £20. Download the order form here.

Facebook and LinkedIn Groups

There are now Old Harveian’s groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.  The LinkedIn group has been running for a short while now and has, under the guidance of Mark Harrison, organised some get togethers both in London and Folkestone.

To join in the fun. share memories and catch up with old friends, go to and


Discover the Secrets of Number 10!

We’re delighted that Tom Fletcher (Harvey GS 1986-93) has agreed to be the Guest Speaker at the forthcoming Old Harveians Luncheon on Monday 11th July – just prior to taking up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Lebanon.

Tom is one of the Foreign Office’s high-flyers, and his appointment as one of the UK’s youngest-ambassadors at the age of 36 follows his four years in Downing Street at the very centre of government. He is an accomplished and entertaining speaker and in addition to giving us an insight into Number 10 he will be conducting a question and answer session.

The meal is at 12:30 in the Trafalgar room at the School.

For more information contact Phil Harding.


Railway Swing Band 2011

The Old Harveians’ Association Present

The Railway Swing Band

In concert at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone
on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at 7.30pm

All the popular music of the big band era!


To reserve your tickets email John Oliver, Event co-ordinator for OHA,
email the Harvey Grammar School or call the school on 01303 252131.

OHA Dinner Update

We hope that the postponement of Saturday’s OHA Dinner didn’t cause any of you too much inconvenience.

Along with several hundred other schools in Kent, the Harvey was closed last Thursday and Friday.
The site was clearly unsafe for the usual contingent of Old Harveians, ranging in age from 20 to 92, to venture on it – even if they had been able to cope with the road conditions. These were the scenes at school on the Friday:

The Dinner will now be held on Saturday 5th March. The Welsh-themed menu to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the evacuation to Merthyr will remain the same, and will perhaps be even more appropriate at the end of the week that includes St David’s Day.

Hopefully you will be able to join us on that occasion, but if not please let me know and I will return your cheque. On the other hand, you may well know of friends and contemporaries who were unable to make it last Saturday, but who will be able to join us on 5th March – they’ll be most welcome.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to make you aware of another event that week: the Railway Swing Band Concert on Wednesday 2nd March.

This will be third such concert that John Oliver has arranged on our behalf, and the previous two have been enormously enjoyable evenings. The Railway Swing Band is twice the size of a standard big band and plays a mixture of most of the great Swing Era – Ellington, Goodman, Basie, Miller, Kenton, Herman, as well as more modern compositions.

Consisting of many former musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal, they have progressed from their early roots in the Railway public house in Walmer (hence their name) to become hugely popular in the area, where they perform for local charities.

The previous two concerts here have sold out and have raised several thousand pounds for the school, facilitating the replacement of a minibus and the purchase of state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment for the hall. Details are enclosed and John will be pleased to receive your ticket order.

Hope to see you in March. In the meantime, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Kind regards

Phil Harding