May 2006 Dear All, There is a lot going on both for the Downs

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					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

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

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

Have a great Summer and best of luck to those of you taking important exams.

Kind regards

Mimi Avery
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

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: A reminder of our website address:
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 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.

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