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.

John Hine (57-63)

We were very sorry to learn of the death of John Hine (57-63) following a motorcycle accident in New Zealand. His friend and executor Dr Philip Stimpson very kindly provided the following obituary.

“John Hine attended the Harvey from 1957 to 1963 before going on to Bristol University and a career in accountancy. At Bristol he gained a 2.1 in Economics and Accountancy. While at Bristol he lived in the Holmes, a town mansion in the grounds of Churchill Hall of residence. The friends he made in the snooker room and on the croquet lawn of the Holmes and in the Berkeley coffee rooms have remained with him throughout his life. Following Articles at a firm in Canterbury he joined KPMG in the City of London where he worked for more than 30 years as a tax expert. During this time he developed a delight in steam railways and model railways ultimately filling his loft in Stoke D’Abernon with a working model of Dover Priory station. His other great passion was in motorcycling and, in particular after taking early retirement, in touring far away places. With groups of friends he visited Russia, North America, S Africa, Chile and Argentina not to mention most countries in Europe. Sadly, but doing what he loved, it was on one of those trips he died on 3rd of February in New Zealand following a motor accident. A few years ago he led a group of his friends to East Kent and took great pleasure in showing us around places in Dover and Folkestone that meant much to him. A lifelong bachelor he had no close surviving relations; his friends were his family. He will be remembered for happy dinners and good wine but most of all as a loyal friend who you could come to at a time of need.”

John was cremated in New Zealand but there will be a memorial service on Saturday 20th April at 12.30 at St Mary’s Church Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey. The church is about 1km from the station. There will hopefully be light refreshment afterwards in the church hall.

Nico Jackson

OHA member Nico Jackson has hit the headlines after accompanying Pippa Middleton to the holiday island of Mustique. Nico, who joined the Harvey in 1989 from Stella Maris Primary School, is the son of Martyn Jackson, who is one of the famous 59ers group of Old Harveians.

After leaving the Harvey is 1986 with excellent A levels, Nico graduated from university and subsequently became a stockbroker with Deutsche Bank, for whom he currently works. At school, Nico was  also a talented sportsman, who represented the Harvey at football, cricket and tennis.

Our Secretary Phil Harding remembers him well as a member of the squad on the USA Football Tour in 1995, and has been back through the archives to discover some photos of Nico from that trip.

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.