Update is the news- UPDATE letter of the Ashvillian Society, the associa- tion of past students of Ashville College, Harrogate. Number 50 June 2009 www.ashvillian-society.co.uk Ashville’s Wall Of Fame ASHVILLE’S rich history - from its creation right through to the present day - is taking centre stage in the school’s continued £4m restora- tion and refurbishment programme. A timeline charting its headmasters and signifi- cant events, including the wartime evacuation to the Lake District, is being created with the help of Ashville archivist, Mike Burke, and his as- sistant Jane Petts. Once completed - in time for the new school year visitors entrance along Headmaster, Joe Lancas- brought the history of the ter. OA President, David school to life. in September - it will be the corridor to library, situated on the walls which is being renamed Simister, said: “This is a “It’s our very own Bayeux fantastic depiction of Ash- Tapestry in technicolour, leading from the re- the Lancaster Library in ville’s life. It has truly and is one that will im- designed parents and honour of the former press, and educate all.” **Ashvillian Pimms Reception & Lunch** SUMMER PARTY ONCE again, the Ashvillian Society is hosting its now traditional Pimms reception Come and meet former and lunch on Saturday, July 4, in the main school building. Beginning at classmates and teach- 12.30pm, this is the opportunity to catch up with old friends— and teachers—and ers at this year’s Sum- reminisce about the school “in your day.” mer Party. Being held Ashvillian Society President David Simister said: “The Pimms reception and on Saturday, July 4th, lunch is a very civilised and enjoyable event for OAs. It’s very informal and al- the theme is “Films and ways entertaining.” Film Stars”, but don’t worry, fancy dress is Booking Essential optional. Full details of Unlike previous years, this year’s reception and lunch is FREE. However, if you wish to this, plus the AGM, are attend you must pre-book your place by contacting David Simister on 01423 874 685 or found within the pages by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, June 29, so the school will know how many to cater for. of this copy of Update. Ashvillian Society News Page 2 OA’s WORLD CUP GLORY HOPE Speech Day—All Invited AN EX-ASHVILLE student has come a long way since his All OAs are, as ever, invited to attend the annual days of spelling tests and gym class, as he now plays a Speech Day prize giving ceremony. The event is being pivotal role in spearheading a global sporting competition. For Elliot Stroud, who attended Ashville College from 1988 held at 7pm on Friday, July 3, in Harrogate Interna- to 1996, has recently taken the position as the commercial tional Centre. Ideally you should be seated by 6.45pm. director of the Homeless World Cup, an annual international football tournament which is in its ninth year. Taking place in Milan from September 6-13, The Homeless ASHVILLIAN SOCIETY RULE CHANGE World Cup uses football as a catalyst to encourage people At this year’s AGM (please note the start time has changed who are homeless to change their lives and to change the to 11.45am), we are proposing to amend the rules regarding attitudes of governments, media, public and key influencers membership. This is being done to bring the Constitution up to create better solutions to homelessness around the world. to date and, more importantly, offer a new level of member- Previously the commercial general manager at York ship— Collegiate Member. This is to recognise a significant Football Club and graduate of Leeds Metropolitan contribution made to the life of the College, be it by a mem- University, Elliot has developed a strong passion for the ber of the teaching staff or support staff. Nominations have sport and is very excited about his move from the football to be approved by BOTH the Society and the School and league to the voluntary-based homeless league. sanctioned at the subsequent AGM. Elliot, who also worked for Leeds United Football Club and Present members of staff who have served three or more boasts a Masters Degree from Northumbria University, years; parents and guardians who are no longer eligible for said: “Ever since I can remember, football has been a true membership of the Friends of Ashville shall be eligible for passion of mine, both on and off the pitch, and so to be able Membership of the Society. to pursue any type of career within the game is a dream The Headmaster will automatically become an Honorary come true. Member of the Society during their headship. “Having worked for a number of sports clubs, including And finally, there will no longer be a subscription to be a Wakefield Wildcats and York Football Club, I have been member of the Society. able to experience the ups and downs of competitive sport These proposed rule changes will be put to the members at played for profit. this year’s AGM for approval. “Feeling ready for a new challenge, but wishing to remain in the sporting industry, when the Homeless World Cup offered me the newly created position, I was thrilled to accept.. Join The Facebook Revolution Elliot believes the two main goals for the organisation is to, ‘engage one million players who are homeless in the Remember to post your reunions—and pho- benefits of football across 75 nations by the year 2012, as tographs taken at these events—on Face- well as achieving a one million strong fan base.’ book. The Ashville College page has over 800 Anyone wishing to support Elliot in his mission to make members and this number is growing all the this year’s Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup an even bigger time. If you are already on Facebook, but success than last year’s, please contact him on 07949 165 haven’t signed up to this page, please do so. 323 or email email@example.com. On The Ball—Elliot Stroud who is commercial manager for the Homeless World Cup Ashvillian Society News Page 3 OA In The Frame! CHARLOTTE Gale (1991-1997) - after six years working for an e-Marketing agency, the travelling bug finally got the better of her for a second time round! Charlotte said: “I took six months out last year to explore Africa, South America and the Middle East, with highlights including lion monitoring and biodiversity research whilst volunteering in South Africa and the Amazon Rainforest. “I am now back in Harrogate and am continuing to do some e-Marketing on a consultancy basis, but have also set up a business selling framed photographs and greetings cards. “If anyone is interested in seeing how I am putting seven OA Charlotte Gale (above) and below in years at the Salar Desert, Bolivia Ashville and a Geography degree to good use, you can find me online at www.pictur- esque.com” OA Iain Coucher On Right Tracks For Speech Day Prize Giving! OA Iain Coucher is probably the envy of every young schoolboy in the country who dreams of getting a train set for Christmas. For the former Windermere and Mallinson boarder, has the country’s biggest set at his fingertips, thanks to his role of Chief Executive of Network Rail. And this July, Iain is heading back to his Yorkshire roots – not to attend a gathering of the region’s business leaders - but to honour top-performing stu- dents at Ashville’s annual Speech Day. Previously Managing Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Network Rail, Iain - who studied Engineering at London’s Imperial College after leaving Ashville College in 1979 - took over as Chief Executive in the summer of 2007. Prior to this, he was Chief Execu- tive of Tube Lines, one of the preferred bidders for the London Underground Public Private Partnership. Before joining Tube Lines, Iain worked for EDS for 15 years, culminating in heading up the company’s mergers and acquisitions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His career has included extensive experience in the transportation sector, particularly with London Underground. Headmaster’s Report to the Ashvillian Society March 2009 Page 4 AS WE digest the unrelenting news diet of They also reached the final of the Durham sevens, losing to Sed- economic gloom, I am delighted to tell you burgh in the final. Tom Papworth has been selected to represent the that the College is well placed for the coming Welsh Exiles at Under 16 level and the 1st XV enjoyed a comprehen- year. sive win over local rivals, Harrogate Grammar School. In the swim- ming pool our teams have competed in the prestigious Bath and Ot- In January, 117 pupils sat our entry assess- ter competition in London. ment for Year 7 and there is every possibility that we will open a fourth class in Year 7 to The freestyle swimming team finished 5th in the small schools’ final accommodate the demand for next year. The and were ranked 20th in the country, the medley team also finished weakened pound ensures that international 5th and were ranked 19th nationally – This was the first time Ashville boarding recruitment is strong and this, cou- had ever reached both finals at this championship. The girls also put pled with the misfortunes of the construction in a superb performance breaking the school record in the medley industry, means that we are able to press relay. An outstanding performance from Matthew Rider enabled him ahead with our refurbishment programmes to win the 100 Metres backstroke in the Whitgift competition making with confidence. And confidence is the key at him the Independent Schools gold medalist in this discipline. A su- this time. perb end to the team’s season. It is all too easy to watch the changes which Our technology teams triumphed in the local Rotary Club competi- are reshaping our economic landscape and tion. This attracts pupils in three age categories from over 20 forget the human cost as families reorganise schools. Our Intermediate team won their age group and the Senior their lives and individuals redefine their iden- team were credited with the best design. We have won in one or tities. Perhaps now, more than at any other more age categories for the past five years. recent time, we can see the value of a broad education – focussing on a diverse range of On the stage we have enjoyed one of the very best House Drama skills and characteristics to see our pupils competitions I can recall, followed by outstanding results in the prac- through the pitfalls of life. We hope that what- tical examinations for AS & A2 Theatre Studies. The combined tal- ever challenges members of our Old Ashvil- ents of the music and drama departments were on display in the lian community are facing, you will have the production of the Pirates of Penzance. Our musicians have com- resilience to face it. peted successfully in the Harrogate Festival with success in singing and piano. The term may be brief, but it has been no less busy for that. Snow disrupted proceed- On the stage we have enjoyed ings for one day but that is largely forgotten one of the very best House now. This is the term when much of the work Drama competitions I can setting up for the forthcoming school year is recall, followed by outstanding completed and OA’s will wish to know that results in the practical Barbara Britt-Compton, Debbie Osmond and examinations for AS & A2 John Mullin are all retiring, Simon Brook will Theatre Studies. be taking over from John Mullin as Head of Art. The combined talents of the music and drama departments Turning to school activities, it has been a were on display in the busy term in boarding with two major events; production of the Pirates of Chinese New Year and a ‘celebration of tal- Penzance. Our musicians have ent’ evening with a meal and show in the competed successfully in the Soothill Hall. Both events were organised by Harrogate Festival with success students and highlighted the strength and in singing and piano. depth of talent amongst the community. As you know, Lancaster House On the sports field the Under 15 netball team will become a co-educational won an invitation tournament featuring the house from September and best schools in Yorkshire and the NE includ- work is underway to ensure a ing local rivals St Aidan’s and Joseph Rown- smooth transition. tree from Sheffield. Our Under 14 rugby team completed a dominant season without losing As hv ille Headm aster Cont’d Page 5 An dr ew Fleck a single game, gaining 592 points to 26 against. They were unlucky to be knocked out of the Yorkshire cup in a 0-0 draw at home. Page 5 The President Speaks Page 5 These young men and women stood What we need is an injec- AS PREVIOUSLY stated, it’s a real honour out from the crowd. They had pur- tion of young blood. Young for me to be the Society President. I’m very pose, charisma, manners and an ex- OA’s who can make a real proud to have been elected to this auspi- tremely positive attitude about their impact and encourage and cious post. Visiting the school as I do on a future aspirations. inspire those closer to regular basis, I have a feeling of pride walk- their own age to get in- ing the corridors, knowing that Ashville Col- It was a real pleasure sharing a brief volved. lege has been a place of learning for well period of time with them. over a century. With Facebook and Twitter I am delighted to say the Society is it’s never been easier to Attending the Christmas gathering at Weth- going from strength to strength. I’m keep in touch, and with erspoons, it was also interesting to note that extremely lucky to have such an ex- these “social networking” many of my (much) younger fellow Ashvil- perienced team around me. sites it’s never been easier lians felt the same way too. to organise reunions. However, the loyal subjects who have Cont’d from Page 4 served the Society so well and for so And talking of reunions, long aren’t getting any younger. I’m hoping to see as many OAs as possible on Satur- It is important that this change in day, July 4th. occupancy is properly recognised and from September the house will be named This year we will are ex- Greenholme. This name comes from the pecting to welcome back amalgamation of the names of two former past teachers, this year’s houses on Green Lane, Greenhill and leavers, and those who Holmewood and which were in use from said goodbye to Ashville 1948-1978 and 1946-1978 respectively. five, 10, 15, 25 and 30 Conversion work will commence in July. years ago. In fact, we look forward to seeing all leav- Work on the main school building will start ers what ever year they in earnest in May when the three senior left. Year groups start their study leave. As was the case last year, this will involve a certain So this July 4th, celebrate amount of relocation of classes and the in style. Pimms reception, library will be reduced for half a term, lunch, summer party...and however the effect will be to complete the it’s all on our website and, transition of this part of the school into a yes, Facebook too! bright and modern teaching environment. David Simister The Library will be named the Lancaster Library in ongoing recognition of the work of President Joe Lancaster, Headmaster from 1939 - 1946 and through whose efforts the school was relocated to the Hydro Hotel in Windermere whilst our current buildings were requisitioned by the RAF. Other aspects of the school’s history will be brought to a wider audience through a new display along the Library corridor. Andrew Fleck Headmaster March 2009 The Boys in the band! David Simister (front row, third from right) next to his identical twin brother, Andrew. Page 6 Ashvillian Society News Page Page 77 Ashvillian Society News THE ASHVILLIAN SOCIETY NOTICE OF THE 110th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING July 4th 2009 Notice is hereby given that the Hundred and Tenth Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at Ashville College, Harrogate, on Saturday the 4th July 2009, commencing at 11.45am in the Memorial Hall. AGENDA 1. Apologies For Absence 2. Minutes of the Hundred and Ninth Annual General Meeting held at Ashville College, Harrogate on the 5th July 2008 3. Matters Arising from the Minutes 4. The Headmaster 5. Honorary Treasurer’s Report 6. The President’s Report 7. Election of Officers Honorary Treasurer: 2009 – 2010 Bryan L Bonser 8. Election of Committee 2009 - 2012 – R Clark and the retiring Senior and Deputy Senior Prefect 9. Proposed Rule Change 2.1 Former pupils of Ashville, New & Elmfield Schools; present members of staff who have served three or more years; parents and guardians who are no longer eligible for membership of the Friends of Ashville shall be eligible for Membership of the Society. 2.2 Past or present members of staff may from time to time be recommended by the school for Collegiate Membership and, shall upon the recommendation of the Committee, be accepted by the Annual General Meeting. 2.3 Honorary Members may be recommended by the Committee and elected by the Society in General Meeting from time to time. The Head of Ashville College is appointed an Honorary Member of the Committee for the duration of their headship. 18 There is no subscription for membership of the Society. 10. To offer Collegiate Membership of the Society to the following former members of staff - Chris Britt- Compton, Barbara Bromley, John Bromley, Pam Cousen, Tim Cundy, Mike Davies, Jane Petts, Roger Pygott, Bob Upton and George Wise. 11. Appointment of an Examiner of the Society’s Accounts. 12. Any Other Business David Bulmer Honorary Secretary Ashvillian Society Obituaries And Appreciations Page 8 was a very different school but one served thrashings with the heel of a would hope had very much the same leather bedroom slipper (and not only system of values as today. from David), and for more serious of- Certainly the fabric of the old school is fences a cane. I rarely remember any still clearly identifiable among the ex- complaints as to the justice of the pun- tensive additions that have been made ishment because it was appropriate to over the years. Including the Junior the crime. For 31 years David Welsh School then located at New College single mindedly helped prepare genera- there were approximately 360 boys with tions of Ashvillian boys for the big about 90% borders. Since coming back world outside. The number of boys go- from spending some wonderful years at ing through his sixth form Physics Bowness on Windermere during the classes must have been in the thousands, War the big novelty was the introduction and the results were indeed outstanding. of Day Boys. The inevitable addition of He did all this with the commitment of a girls was still a generation away and “Mr. Chips” and his subsequent partici- fortunately perhaps after David’s retire- pation in the Society was further confir- ment. It boggles the mind to think how mation of this. His last visit of a few David would have handled that change! hours to the Sawrey Reunion while in a wheelchair and with a Nurse in atten- Being a lifelong bachelor, David became dance was typical of David. a Resident Housemaster for many years DAVID JAMES WELSH with all the personal commitment and After Ashville David was very fortunate AND ASHVILLE IN THE nervous energy that the position de- to have a very productive and successful manded. In modern terminology David involvement in the Masonic Order LATE 1940’s was on duty 24/7 during term time, and which started in 1953, and lasted for the stress often resulted in an outbreak over 50 years. David reached dizzying FOR THOSE who may not have had the of Iritis, an extremely painful eye infec- heights in the Yorkshire Organisation, good fortune of knowing David Welsh and he often told me with justifiable tion. he was Senior Physics Master from pride that he had taught Physics to some 1947, and subsequently became Senior In the late 1940’s there were many other Master of a Lodge who happened to be Master and Acting Head Master until his outstanding and committed teachers an illustrious surgeon or other profes- retirement 31 years later in 1978. (Pleasance, Ingham and Davis to name sional. just a few). There were also some who David died on April 22nd 2009 at the had difficulty maintaining discipline in May David James Welsh rest in peace, grand old age of 90 class which is the first prerequisite for and in the hearts and memories of all his A year after joining the school David effective teaching. Rather than teaching Ashville Boys. became the Housemaster of the recently conventional mathematics, one math acquired Greenhill, which is now the teacher from Eastern Europe called Ter- Headmasters Residence. It is a tribute to novski tried to teach 14 year old boys Ian Dodds David that, of the nineteen 14 year old astronomy and the principles of orbital Ashville, Sept 17th 1945 to July 1952. boys who were in residence at Greenhill mechanics with imaginable conse- for the 1948-49 year, five (Burn, Dodds, quences—fortunately he did not last JAMES Brayshaw (known to all at Kirkpatrick, Miles and Patterson, all long. Ashville as Braysh) passed away at the now in their mid 70’s) attended the Ser- At 28 years old, David Welsh was deter- age of 43. vice on May 6th 2009 at Christ Church in mined to prove that no group of rowdy He was a boarder at Ashville in Mal- Harrogate. I am sure that there would Ashville boys were going to get the bet- linson house from the ages of 13-18 have been more but for the passage of ter of him, and his stentorian tones rap- following which he progressed to New- 60 years and the inevitable ravages of idly led to the nickname Dracula, soon castle University gaining an Honours time and loss of contact. There were Degree in Marine Biology. many others in attendance of that same to be abbreviated to “Drac”. However generation acknowledging the important this name soon became one of respect He then joined the family business run- and even friendship as this group of ning the Sawrey Hotel at Far Sawrey in role that David had played in shaping teenagers came to know David for what Cumbria. He was married to Dorothy their subsequent careers and indeed and father of Lizzie and Ally. lives. The Ashville of the late 1940’s he really was. Most of us got well de- Obituaries And Appreciations Page 9 Park School Harrogate and then Ash- Kirsty Ellis John Beaumont (School No 239; ville. House Duckworth Ellis) We are sad to report the death of On leaving Ashville, John joined the family firm Barracloughs Mineral Wa- Kirsty Ellis, who died suddenly on ters which later on was taken over by April 10 at her home in Italy. She ABC Foods. At this time John was not was 36. very happy and decided he wanted a Kirsty, an aunt of OA Jessica Eckart change. He was always interested in the share market and decided he wanted and Sixth-Former Ellie Eckart, was to become a Stockbroker and through one of the first intake of girls to his many contacts he joined a London Ashville in the early 1980s. stockbroker for a period, but yearned to return to Harrogate. John then joined aAfter graduating from Newcastle local stockbroker and stayed until his University, Kirsty travelled around retirement. Europe, before settling in the Lake On retirement, he filled many happy Garda area of Italy, where she hours cruising the world, visiting the taught English as a foreign lan- theatre, Harrogate Rugby Club, Harlow guage. Masonic Lodge and Ashville. Of his many interests the Masons and Ashville It was there that she met Giuseppe were his life. and the pair had three children; Mike Burke Dominick, 7, Isabella, 3, and Edu- ardo, 2. Jack Symmons (1923-2009) Jack came to Ashville in 1954 in the Lancas- ter years. He became head of History, Master of Briggs House and Careers Master, an early novelty in my time. He also taught some English and French and was a stickler for the discipline of Latin for those still doing the subject. He worked so hard at all his tasks that he had little time for outside inter- ests, but he was for a time Chairman of Ox- fam in Harrogate, and briefly a member of Richard Ryan the Welsh Society. OA Richard Ryan has died while on He retired in 1982 with a great send off holiday in the Alps on February 26. He which many will remember. But what mat- tered most to Jack was his beloved Nancy. was 27. They met at Ashville when she was school Richard was an outstanding and ex- Sister and married in November 1965. tremely talented student, who gave his Jack was a history teacher with a fine repu- full commitment to all areas of the tation. He inspired in us all a love of the school. We are all sad to learn of the recent pursuit of knowledge and the benefits that it death of our dear friend John, who was brings. Of course Jack’s other great gift was He was a senior prefect, an ever present known to many as Fizzy Beaumont. in his pastoral role as a Housemaster and member of the rugby team, a successful senior member of Staff. Again, I learnt so He was a true Yorkshire character loved much in guidance to me as Senior Prefect cricketer and athlete. and respected by all his friends world- which has been of great value in some of the Richard was highly respected by his wide. John will always be remembered very serious and complicated matters with teachers and he brought humour, fun and for that cheeky smile, wicked sense of which I have had to deal. Finally, I am so proud that upon my leaving Ashville you, love to the large group of friends that he humour, his grumpiness at times, gener- had established while at Ashville. Jack, treated me as a friend for the rest of osity and a friend to all. A bachelor at your life. heart John always had an eye for a pretty Richard joined the Junior School as a lady and lived life to the full despite his Farewell Jack - none of us will ever forget border and completed his A-Level stud- failing health in latter years. you. ies in 2000. John was born and lived most of his life in Harrogate, except for a short spell in His Honour Judge Lloyd Neil Cornforth London. He was educated first at Grove Jack’s first Senior Prefect 57-58 Page 10 Green Lane, Yew Tree Lane, Memory Page 11 THESE photos, from throughout the school’s history, have come from the Society’s archives. We hope you enjoy looking at them. Other like these appear on our website - www.ashvillian-society.org Officers of the Society President—David Simis- Treasurer—Bryan Bon- Immediate Past President Archivist—Mike Burke ter ser — Steve Wright School and Society history Formal Contact Formal Contact Formal Contact Tel: 01423 569 563 Tel: 01423 705 160 Tel: 01748 812937 Tel: 01423 330 639 Mburke@talktalk.net firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ve.co.uk steve@wright- 1 Park Place, Park Parade whixley.freeserve.co.uk 4 Old Barber Harrogate Movade Hackforth Road Beverley House, Stonegate Knox HG1 5NS CATTERICK VILLAGE Whixley Harrogate North Yorkshire York HG1 3DF Vice President and Sec- retary — David Bulmer DL10 7 QF YO26 8AS All routine correspondence Would you like to get in- Tel: 01423 531 654 Membership Secre- volved with the Ashvillian firstname.lastname@example.org tary— Bryan Bonser, Society? If you would, we pro tem would be delighted to 37 Pecketts Way hear from you. Harrogate HG1 3EW FUTURE EVENTS Website Update Ashvillian Society AGM For those who look at the Ashvillian website (www.ashvillian- Please note this year’s AGM is society.co.uk) regularly you will see a change. We have again being held at the earlier time of revamped the site thanks to OA Jonathan Isaacs. Jonathan, 11.45am in the Memorial Hall who only left last year, is loaning his time free to host the site on Saturday, July 4th. and update it frequently. Again, we are wanting to populate it with plenty of photographs Are you organising an event? and OA news. Send your contributions to If so, let us know and we will email@example.com publicise it on the website. email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org **Update Update** If you would like to submit a story for the next Update, please email it to email@example.com. Deadline is November 20th, 2009. We will then endeavour to publish it for you. Photo- graphs in jpeg format are also especially welcome.
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