May 2006 Dear All, There is a lot going on both for the Downs School and the Charltonians. We had another great day at the Downs School Sevens, the Charltonians refreshment tent did a roaring trade with the customary bacon rolls and soup. The weather did not disappoint, lovely sunshine but cold enough for the soup to be appreciated. We even had a flurry of snow. We regularly receive news of the Charltonians and a number of you have moved back to Bristol area. William and Lucia Midgley have had a baby girl, Maddie and live in Bristol. Richard and Larissa Avery a baby daughter called Maia Grace and currently live in Brixton. James Sessions Hodge is working for Knight Frank in Bristol and brother Henry is also back and set up his own business. Antonia Ellis (nee Densham) now lives in Tetbury with husband Johnny. The Summer Cricket and Rounders day will be held on Sunday 25th July at the school. The Charltonians took over the running of this annual event a couple of years ago and it is becoming increasingly popular. Last year we included Rounders for those not playing cricket and we hope to expand the number of teams this year. Please bring a picnic and the family and even if you are not playing we should be delighted to see you. More details of how to enter etc is listed overleaf. A decision on the weather will be taken on the day and if it is raining at 9.00 a.m. then it will unfortunately have to be cancelled. M. Baling’s room (former U6) has been restored to its former glory, but leaving much of the old boy’s graffiti on the window shutters. Those who remember painting the ceiling and walls will however find that this has been cleaned off! It is going to be renamed the Charlton Room and will be used as a Music Room and Concert venue. The Charltonians are hoping to display historic photographs of the school and pupils so if you do come back, please visit and take a look. Events to look out for in the future will be the DSA Ball around the 18th December which will be held in the school grounds. It will be good value for money and hopefully we can take up a few tables and get a number of Charltonians to make up a party. For more information, please contact the DSA via the school or visit the website www.thedownsschool.co.uk. In Memoriam: St. John Hartnell who was a former pupil of The Downs sadly passed away just before Christmas. He was a pillar of the Bristol Community, Managing Director of Hartnell, Taylor & Cook and Past Master of the Ringers as well as a member of the Merchant Venturers. Have a great Summer and best of luck to those of you taking important exams. Kind regards Mimi Avery Chairman School News: Congratulations to the Lacrosse team who are now the National Prep School Champions. Both the Downs A & B teams met each other in the semi-finals, with the A team coming out on top 18-7. They then went on to the final against Dulwich, which was close match but they won 16-14. Both the A and B teams won all their matches at the Rendcomb Tournament. Football is now becoming very popular and the U8 teams won all their matches at the Beaudesert School Festival. Again, the girls’ hockey teams have been very successful and the highlight for them was the Scotland Hockey Tour where they had two decisive wins against Fettes and Strathallan. Even more exciting was seeing the All Blacks training at Fettes prior to their match against Scotland! The netball teams were equally successful in various age groups winning a number of tournaments. Well done to Octavia Stead, Emily King and Saskia Barnes who have been selected for the England U.13 rounders squad. The rugby teams had a good season with some excellent results. Particular mention must be given to the Colts team who won the Millfield Sevens tournament and for the 6th year running the Plymouth South West Schools Sevens tournament. The 1st VII lost in the final at the Caldicott Sevens and won the Plate at the Millfield Sevens. Years 7 and 8 had a memorable trip to the Battlefields of the Western Front and were able to tour sites around Ypres and the Somme. From the Staff Room: Congratulations to Mrs. Toogood (and husband James who is a Charltonian) on the birth of their son Freddie! The Year 4 class is currently in the capable hands of Miss Phillips. Website: Mr. Hatton has now updated our website, and he would welcome any photos or memories that we can include in the future. Please contact him on: email@example.com. A reminder of our website address: www.charltonians.org. We are trying to establish a database of e-mail addresses so if you havn’t already done so, please forward this to Mr. Hatton as well. Six-a-Side Cricket and Rounders Day – Sunday 25th June This event will take place on the school grounds from 12.00 onwards. If you would like to enter a team or as an individual, please contact Alastair Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Even if you are not participating do come along with the family and bring a picnic to enjoy the afternoon’s entertainment and catch up with old friends. Charltonians AGM – Tuesday 12th September at 7.00 p.m: The AGM will take place in the school library and any Charltonian is eligible to attend. If you would be interested in serving on the committee, please let us know. Meetings are held once a term and there is some involvement in the events held in the spring and summer terms.