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Twelfth Issue            January 2008
PRESIDENT:                    R. M. Page

VICE-PRESIDENTS:              R. P. Brown
                              M. W. Cook
                              G. C. Rayner            (1937-45)
                              G. E. Green             (1940-46)
                              T. C. Williams          (1947-52)

CHAIRMAN:                     C. M. White             (1968-75)

TREASURER:                    D. B. White             (1968-75)

SECRETARY:                    C. J. Andrew            (1959-67)

MAGAZINE EDITOR               S. C. Molden            (1989-95)

COMMITTEE:                    G. E. Bates             (1948-56)
                              A. J. MacTavish         (1948-56)
                              I. C. Birch             (1949-55)
                              R. A. Dorkings          (1957-63)
                              D. R. Andrew            (1958-65)
                              D. G. Stone             (1964-71)
                              D. B. Woodbridge        (1970-75)
                              M. N. Myers             (1983-87)
                              A. R. Horsfall-Turner   (1994-2000)

HONORARY AUDITOR:             D. M. Berry

                To be held in the Queen’s Hall
                 on Saturday 26th April 2007

      Please send in your booking form as soon as possible
                 and by 12th April at the latest
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                                                                      Old Wycombiensians’ Club

                                                                            72, Herga Court
                                                                               Sudbury Hill
                                                                          Harrow on the Hill
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                                                          e-mail: scmolden@madasafish.com

                                                website: www.rgshw.com/oldboys/index.htm

                                                                                January 2008
Dear Old Wycombiensian

2007 has been another year of progress for the RGS. The Shaping our Destiny campaign,
which will ensure the school continues to provide the best possible learning environment,
continues apace, with fundraising having passed the £1 million mark. In addition, the Sutton
Trust released a report which analysed admissions to the Sutton 13 research-led universities
from 2002-06. It is with great pride that the hard work of sixth-formers and staff was
acknowledged by RGS being placed as the top state school by a considerable distance.

On the sporting field, the RGS also continued to excel with two OWs in particular – Tom
Rees and Luke Donald – continuing to make a name for themselves at the very highest level.

This year’s Old Wycombiensians’ Dinner will take place on Saturday 28th April in the
Queen’s Hall and it would be great to see as many of you there as possible. Looking slightly
further ahead, 2009 sees the Centenary of the Old Wycombiensians’ Club, which was
founded in 1909 by the then-Headmaster, Mr Arnison. The OWs’ Committee is planning to
mark this occasion, so expect further details during the year.

My thanks, as ever, go to every contributor and I look forward to receiving more of your
letters in the forthcoming year. My thanks also go to Mrs Steph Russell and her colleagues in
the School’s Resources Centre, without whose help in printing and collating, the production
of this magazine would not be possible. Finally, I must mention our erstwhile secretary, Ian
Clark, who does a magnificent job keeping this the Old Wycombiensians’ website up to date
and compiling a newsletter every two months. If you have not already seen the website, it is
well worth as visit.

Finally, I would like to thank all the members of the Committee and the Headmaster for his
support throughout 2007.

Very best wishes for 2008.

Yours sincerely

Simon Molden (1989-95)

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                              HEADMASTER’S REPORT - JANUARY 2008

Dear Old Wycombiensian

This has been another busy year for all at RGS. I continue to be amazed by the breadth of activities
that the young men that now inhabit the school partake in. Activities on the sports field continue to
excel as do the concerts and recitals in the Queen’s Hall and our Senior Public Speaking Team is
through to the Zone Finals.

Opportunities that many OWs will not have had the chance to enjoy are offered by the World
Challenge organisation. Last summer, over 350 RGS boys took part in these activities, travelling to
such far-flung places as Costa Rica, Iceland, Morocco, Mexico and Tanzania, as well as Buxton and
the Brecon Beacons. These trips are designed to allow the boys to organise and lead their excursions
although carefully supervised by experienced staff and World Challenge leaders. Before departure, all
participants have to engage in fund raising activities and a central part of the trip is giving community
time to the areas visited. On return, the boys present to the school assemblies on their experiences and
I am regularly humbled by their commitment and concern for others.

We continue to be proud of the achievements of many OWs and I would be delighted to hear from
anyone who would like to tell me what they have been up to. Old Boys who have been in the
headlines this last year include comedians, Jimmy Carr and Paul Foot, Tom Rees (England rugby),
Lawrence Power (musician), Richard Hickox (conductor LSO) and Chris Grayling (MP and
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman). I am sure there are many others – please do keep us informed.

Crispin has again talked about the Shaping our Destiny campaign, which continues to occupy much of
my time. The support of parents, OWs and friends continues to be encouraging. In my opinion, there
is no doubt that if the school is to provide facilities that are appropriate for the learning of our young
men, we will have to take responsibility for raising the funds. Latest indications from the DCSF are
that there will be no funding for Capital projects in Buckinghamshire secondary schools until 2020!
For successful schools such as RGS, a more realistic date will be 2025. To leave planned development
until that time is clearly not an option and I would be pleased to talk to any OWs who can assist us.

I received many emails from OWs concerning our necessary improvements to the clock tower. As
soon as the scaffolding was erected, OWs were contacting me with concern that the clock tower was
to be dismantled. I was pleased to reassure them that far from dismantling such an iconic part of RGS,
we were intent on repairing it and improving its appearance. Whilst the scaffolding was in place, we
took the opportunity to photograph the school and surrounding area. Some of these are available on
the school website (www.rgshw.com). This website has been modernised and improved and I would
urge all OWs to logon and keep up-to-date with events and activities from RGS. I am very grateful to
parents, Jay Cowper and Paul Roff, who supported Andrew Balaam and Alan Crease in its design.

The summer examination results were excellent, with 80% of grades at ‘A’ level either A or B and
60.3% of grades at GCSE either A* or A and 100% pass rate (A*-C). The average attainment at ‘A’
level per candidate was over three grade As. We have recently completed the Oxbridge application
process and I am delighted that 23 boys have been offered conditional places.

The school play this year will be ‘Macbeth’ and dates are from Thursday 13th March to Saturday 15th
March inclusive. Please use the on-line booking system on the school website to secure your tickets. I
would also encourage as many OWs to come to your Annual Dinner on 26th April 2008 or to the MCC
fixture on Wednesday 25th June 2008. I very much look forward to seeing you.

Roy Page

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                                   A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Dear Fellow Old Wycombiensian,

Last year I highlighted the Shaping Our Destiny campaign to raise funds to provide the School with a new
Sixth Form Centre, to improve sports changing facilities and to provide modern maths teaching facilities. I
am pleased to report that so far the Campaign has raised nearly £1.2 million. With the phase one target of
£1.25 million almost achieved, architects are being appointed and it is hoped initial building work will start
during this summer’s exam study leave period when space pressures round the School are reduced.

Whilst the campaign has made a number of applications for grant funding, the School’s historic success
means that it is not necessarily viewed as a “deserving cause”. In the case of government-sourced grant
funding, this prejudice is often overt with most grants specifically designated NFG, which stands for “Not
for grammar schools”.

Funds raised so far have come from the generosity of both parents and a number of Old Wycombiensians.
Although there have been a number of major individual gifts, a significant proportion of the funds raised
have come from pledges to make regular monthly payments. A gift of £10 each month is worth £750 to the
Campaign over a five year period when gift aid is added.

Aside from the generous larger gifts by OWs, I must confess to being disappointed at the level of pledges
made by OWs. So, when you consider that this monthly amount is less than the price of a decent bottle of
wine, I hope every OW who is not already supporting the campaign will pledge a regular sum to it. Apart
from helping the School, those who do will have the satisfaction of knowing they have forced the
Chancellor of the Exchequer to support the campaign and the School. OWs who are higher rate taxpayers
will have the additional pleasure of forcing him to refund some tax to you. Not to mention the benefit to
your liver foregoing those additional bottles of wine…

Any OW who would like to know more about how to contribute to the campaign is welcome to contact me
by e-mail or to call the Campaign Office at the School on 01494 551412.

On Wednesday 25th June 2008, OWs generally are invited to attend the School’s annual cricket match
against the MCC when they will be able to join the Headmaster and members of the Campaign Board for
lunch, which will include a short information event about the campaign. OWs will also have the
opportunity to tour the School and view the plans for the new buildings, although by that date we hope that
the first phase construction work will be started. If you would like to attend the MCC day, please e-mail
me your contact details and I will arrange for you to be sent a formal invitation.

Turning to the Annual Dinner day, we are again running a number of sports events in the afternoon. These
have proved popular, so please do give them your support, either as a player or spectator.

Those of you who read the electronic newsletters on the OWs’ section of the School website will
appreciate Ian Clark’s work in producing both news and recollections and in helping OWs keep in touch
with the School and each other. On your behalf, I would like to thank Ian for all his hard work.

My thanks also go to Simon Molden for his work as editor of this magazine. As always, I am grateful for
the support and hard work in its physical production given by Steph Russell and her team in the School
Resources Centre. I should like to thank Chris Andrew and my brother Danny for all their hard work as
Club Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Finally my thanks go my fellow committee members for their
support and efforts on behalf of the Club, particularly in relation to the Annual Dinner and the associated
Sports Reunions.

My best wishes for 2008.

Crispin White (1968–1975)
e-mail: crispinmwhite@aol.com

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                                                                                     42, Green Street
                                                                                     High Wycombe
                                                                                          HP15 7RA

                                        SECRETARY’S NOTES

Dear Old Wycombiensian

This is my first communication with you since I took over as Secretary from Ian Clark at the 2007
Annual General Meeting. Ian had been Secretary for a number of years and has agreed to continue to
control the data base of members and the website, including producing the newsletters. Please,
therefore, continue to contact Ian with any change of address or contact details and letters or
information for posting on the website. Ian’s contact details are:

5, Foxhill Close
High Wycombe
HP13 5BL
Tel:    01494 530782
Email: ianrclarkuk@yahoo.co.uk

I must extend my appreciation of Ian’s continuing contribution towards the club, which relieves me of
a considerable workload.

The OW website (www.rgshw.com/oldboys) has developed into a very interesting source of
information on Old Boys, including letters and memories, photographs and contact details, as well as
giving details of school activities. For those living abroad, there is a section organised by country,
which may assist you in renewing local acquaintances. A major function of the club is to revive
memories and maintain contact with and between OWs and any contribution you can make will be
greatly appreciated. I would therefore point out the following:

1. If you move house, please inform Ian of your new address;
2. If you are in contact with an OW who is not a member, please encourage him to join;
3. If you see anything about an OW in the papers, or hear anything through any other medium,
   please provide details to Ian.

As you may be aware, stocks of the crested OWs’ tie have been exhausted. After much deliberation,
the committee has selected a design for a new OWs’ tie, which is based upon the old full colours tie,
but with a dark blue background, rather than maroon. We are looking to offer these for sale at the
dinner and if you are interested, will you please complete the enclosed slip and return it as soon as
possible so that we can assess quantities required for a production run.

The consensus of opinion was that last year’s dinner was very enjoyable, and I would encourage you
to come along this year on Saturday 26th April 2008. It is an opportunity to revisit the school and have
a guided tour, as well as perhaps organising a table for contemporaries. In addition, there are the
various sporting reunions which are being arranged, and your support for these would be much

Best wishes

Chris Andrew (1959-1967)

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Staff Leavers                                    several occasions. He introduced Royal
                                                 Geographical Society events to the school
Mrs Judy Fenton, Head of the Junior              with annual lectures on topics as varied as
School, left the RGS in July 2006. Prior to      glacial change in Iceland and slum
coming to the school, she had taught at          development in African cities.
Watford Grammar School. She was a very
enthusiastic and gifted teacher of French        He leaves the RGS to take up the post of
and communicated her love of the                 Head of Geography at Latymer Upper
language and culture to legions of grateful      School in Hammersmith.
pupils. She was also a great supported of
the Year 9 French/History trip.                  In 2007, RGS also said farewell to Miss
                                                 Eleanor Brass, Mr Ian Gould, Mrs Karen
Mr Mike Ashby joined the RGS as Head             Sampler, Mr Ben Sampler, Mrs Radna
of Geography from Leighton Park School           Kanji, Mr Dan Bishop, Mrs Hannah
in Reading in 1999. He quickly established       Nemko, Mr Phillip Stiff, Mr Mark
himself as a calm, caring classroom              Schramm, Mr Duncan Parnis, Mrs Lisa
teacher with obvious enthusiasm for and          Stronger, Mr Michael Cooke, Mrs Brione
knowledge of his subject.                        Appleton, Mrs Shubha Govil and Mr Peter
He built up a range of field trips within the
department – many boys will treasure their       Old Wycombiensians’ Tie
memories of the ex-Pontins holiday camp
spread over the hillside at Osmington Bay,       As highlighted in the Secretary’s Report, a
wading deep into the river Bride for             new Old Wycombiensians’ Tie is being
coursework purposes, then walking along          created and will be available in April 2008.
the Dorset coastline between Durdle Door
and Lulworth Cove. The Sixth-Formers             It will be predominantly navy blue with a
will remember the horizontal sleet in north      regularly spaced band of gold-maroon-
Devon for many years with Mr Ashby               emerald-gold. Sample artwork for the tie
smiling throughout. Further afield, he led       can be found in the January 2008 Old
trips to Switzerland and Iceland, which          Wycombiensians’ newsletter.
were enjoyed by many.
                                                 The ties will be 100% silk and cost £22
Mike was also a great supporter of               (plus £3 postage and packing). If you wish
Geography in the wider community and             to order one, please fill in the enclosed
took his work with the International             form and return it to Danny White. If you
Committee of the Geographical                    are intending to come to the dinner, they
Association very seriously, leading              will be available to collection then.
workshops and seminars at their annual on

                          OLD WYCOMBIENSIANS’ WEBSITE

       Please visit the Old Wycombiensians’ website for regular newsletters
                         with contributions from Old Boys.


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                    Old Wycombiensians’ Sporting Reunions

David Stone reports:

The annual Old Boys hockey match against the High Wycombe HC took place at the Cressex
Astroturf on the last Saturday in April in very hot conditions. It was a pleasure to welcome
back Jon Wyatt, who captained Great Britain in the 2000 Olympics, playing in his first game
for a year. It was also good to see Marcus Hunnibell, who had not played for ten years. The
current Headmaster, Roy Page, usually appears in this match but a 'back' problem sidelined
him on this occasion. Jon Buxton came along to support the OWs.

Quality hockey was played by both teams. At 2-1 down late on in the game, the OWs started
to push for an equaliser, but found themselves vulnerable on the break with Chris Goodchild
taking his chances well to give the HWHC a 4-2 win. Scott Ashdown and Tim Mann were the
scorers for the OWs and Chris Goodchild scored all four for the H.W.H.C.

The OWs’ team was: Scott Ashdown (‘90); James Cremin (‘00); Mike Farmer (‘85); Marcus
Hunnibell (‘82); Tim Mann (‘82); Brendan McNally (‘76); Simon Molden (‘95); Simon
Noakes (‘91); Raza Sheikh (‘02); David Willmot (‘74); Jon Wyatt (‘91).


Chris Andrew reports:

On 28thApril 2007, a shoot took place involving fourteen OWs and two members of the
current school team. To give a competitive edge, two recent OWs shot with the School, to
the disadvantage of the remaining OWs, since their contribution resulted in the average score
for the School being 133, compared to the OWs at 129. This was not, however, as severe a
trouncing by the School as last year, something in which the OWs may gain some solace.

Split into four details, the shoot comprised five ranging shots, ten shots deliberate and ten
shots rapid deliberate in 90 seconds. Congratulations must go to Chris Webb, one of the OWs
shooting for the School, who had the highest score, P. Huyton, highest scorer for the School
proper and Dave Pickering highest scorer for the OWs.

Our thanks to the boys for coming along, the school for the use of the range and a special
thanks to Chris Cunningham for giving up his afternoon to run the shoot and the range so
efficiently. The afternoon was most enjoyable and hopefully we can repeat it next year.

The OWs who competed were as follows: Chris Andrew; Paul Arthur; Carl Franks; John
Haley; David Hedgeland; Alex Horsfall-Turner; Dave Pickering; Bill Seymour; Chris
Swinhoe-Standen; Richard Webb; and J. Zorab.

OWs as School: Francis Mostin and Chris Webb

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It was remarkable that at the time of a very wet period, the match for the Duncan Moore
Trophy was played on a fine June day. It was a very enjoyable game played in a very good
spirit throughout, as always.

The OWs scored 254-8 in
their 40 overs, with John
Stevens scoring 77, Richard
Royce 47, and James
Cousins, 58 not out,
including 5 sixes. The 1st XI
made a spirited reply
scoring 212 all out, with
Blane Abraham scoring 88.
It was good to Nick Moore,
Duncan's father, present and
he presented the trophy to
the winning OW side. It was
good also to see a number of
OWs making their debut in
the game, as well as those
who have played in every                     Old Wycombiensians’ Cricket XI 2007
game for the trophy.

The OW team was Bobby Dix, James Howlin, James Cousins, James Nicholas, Andrew
Bentall, Richard Royce, Dave Chapman, John Stevens, Tim Woodstock, Adam Francis, and
Ed Harris.


The 29th June was the date of the Annual OWs’ Golf Match against the staff. We welcomed
two OWs who had not played before: Ray Piercey (who left in 1940) and Robin Dorkings
(who left in 1963).

For the record, the results were as follows (staff names first):

     Mike Moffatt and Simon Copeland beat Ray Piercey and Steven John

     David Chamberlain and Malcolm Cook lost to Roger File and Robin Dorkings

     Ian Wilson and Mike Earl lost to Trevor Woolliams and Paul Dolphin

     Steve Gamester beat Peter Toller and Ian Clark to win one more point for the OWs.

Therefore, the Old Boys won 3-1. Four of the Staff who played were also Old Boys.


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                                     The Signals Hut
                        by Andrew MacTavish, Signals Sergeant, 1954-46

In John Mitchell’s photographic record of the RGS in the Images of England series, the 1948
aerial picture of the school buildings on page 57 includes the somewhat cryptic comment, “At
the far right of the picture can be seen the signals hut.” It certainly can be seen, and for a
number of OWs, this must be the most significant building in the whole picture. Indeed,
many of us would have put a capital letter for “Signals”, or even capitalised the “The”.

I knew it from 1948 to 1956. The hut had been erected in the Second World War as a triple
emergency classroom. The two end rooms had outside doors, and the middle room was
accessed from one or the other of the ends. I have three small, grainy pictures of the building.
One is of John King examining the large hole in the wall of the middle room, which was the
result of Signals Sgt. Regan’s losing control of his car in the summer of 1954. (The picture is
looking towards Terriers; the tennis courts are just visible between John’s belt and the wall).
This shows the construction: the walls were of 4’ x 3’ cement units’, bolted together, two
high. They sat on a bare concrete floor and a wood and felt roof was clapped on top. We
always assumed it had been heated by coke stoves in the war, but there was no sign of them
when I first saw the hut in 1948. By that time the whole building was owned by the Army
Section of the CCF. The end room (nearest the main buildings) and the middle room were the
main CCF Army Section stores. The third room (facing Terriers and locked off from the rest)
was the Signals Hut. And the key of the Signals Hut was held by the Cadet Signals Sergeant.
And to hold a key, legally, to a room on the school premises was a unique privilege.

The Signals was a platoon of between 20 and 40 members who paraded separately from the
rest of the Army Section. On occasions the CCF had a Signals Officer, but usually it did not,
so the Signals’ organisation and training were, again uniquely, in the hands of the NCOs.
Thus, the Signals was more than a Thursday afternoon session. It was an exclusive, all-the-
week club. It was tribal. It was a strong and powerful clan within the school. The Signals
NCOs were demi-gods who gathered round their electric fire (yet another unique privilege)
and were not to be crossed. Small lower school urchins who dared to peer through the
windows into the holy sanctum might well find themselves dragged inside, lashed to a table
Stonehenge-wise, and used to test the 75 volt output of the hand-cranked generator on the
telephone exchange.

In those days, CCF was compulsory from the 4th form when everyone had to join the Army
Section. After the basic examination - Certificate A Part 1 - had been taken in the 5th form,
cadets could stay in the Army Section, transfer to the RAF or Naval Sections, or move to the
Signals. If they took this option, they were prepared for the Signals Classification test which
involved a large number of skills with telephones and radios. Much practice took place in the
lunch hours. Younger signallers would wander round the field, back-packing the No.18
wireless sets, while the seniors would supervise them from the comfort of the Hut, using the
mains powered heavy sets - the No 12 transmitter and the R107 receiver - each a packing-
case size, two-man lift. The second of my grainy photographs shows a group round these sets
(Small, Galloway, Chandler and Willatts (left-to-right)) demonstrating how to use the sets;
the neat mains wiring; and the notice purloined from the Risborough Show.

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This was the world of the thermionic valve. None of your sissy
mini-electronic chips, or even diodes. The 18 set had 8 man-sized
glass valves the size of shotgun cartridges. Even bigger were the
banks of light bulb sized valves that powered the 12 set. When it
transmitted, a blue electronic haze enveloped the master
oscillator valve, a visible cloud of power. Operating the set
involved first manipulating heavy rotary switches and then
adjusting dials with delicate care. The aerial terminal stood out
on a stout ceramic insulator. Brush it accidentally with the back
of your hand and you would get a white burn. It was an exciting
world, because then, ordinary people did not have access to
transmitters, or walkie-talkies, or mobile phones, or anything like that. The ‘12’ was
supposed to have a range of 200 miles, but with a 100’ aerial raised 36’ high on two sectional
masts, we even made contact with the USA once. This was strictly illegal. Most of the time,
we chatted with other schools. Sandbach School in Cheshire (Callsign 56) ran the schools’
network. We were Callsign 5 Charlie. There were three voice frequencies (Lima Uniform
5205 m/cs; Whisky Lima 4914; and another that we never used). When we made a contact
with another school, we exchanged ‘QSL’ cards. The wall of the Signals Hut was plastered
with them.

What other equipment did we have? There were four chest pouch No 38 radio sets that were
supposed to have a range of 1,000 yards, and were wholly unreliable at any distance much
further than you could shout. The four No 18s already referred to would transmit about three
of their supposed nine mile range if you were very lucky. There was also one No 19 set. This
ran off a large accumulator, and was the set that was fitted to tanks and other fighting
vehicles. Our one had been destined for the Russian front, and had all the dials and indicators
in that language. On the telephone side, we had a UC10 line exchange with the old jack plug
system, and 10 Type D telephone sets. We had drums of cable, cable layers, mattocks (to
bury the cable under paths), and a crook stick (to lift the cable into trees). Part of the training
involved learning how to run wires across roads, railways, and rivers. We also had two lamps
- “Lamps, Signalling, Daylight, Short Range” - and their tripods. We had no idea when these
were used by the army. They looked as if they had come from the Boer War. Incredibly, one
tripod is still lying in the roof of the CCF stores in 2007.

                                  The Signals came into its own at camp. We would lay a
                                  telephone cable from the Officers’ Mess to the Cadet tented
                                  lines, and we ran the control radios in all the exercises. At other
                                  times of the year, we might be called on to help outside
                                  organisations. The Burnham Motor Club called on us to control
                                  a weekend hill climb event; the Princes Risborough Show
                                  asked for a network of eight telephones with the exchange; and
                                  Wycombe Rugby Club 7s competition had a single line from
                                  the Control Point to the changing rooms. That was the only
                                  time we ever crossed a working railway line - the old
                                  Wycombe to Bourne End branch. We did not really have to
cross it at all, but for practice we crossed it, and crossed back a hundred yards lower down.

The Hut itself was known to the members of the school as “The Fag Hut”. Certainly some
smoking did take place there, most likely after school, but not very often. The fact that it was
possible to smoke there, and that it occasionally happened, meant that it was generally

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believed to be a noxious den of never-ceasing vice. People could smoke because the building
was remote, its door so positioned that any member of staff who might decide to visit it,
would have to pass the windows, and would have to knock for admission. Had this ever
happened, then the door would have temporarily jammed while a length of field telephone
cable insulation would have been burnt. The fumes from this would obliterate any smells
known to man, and would certainly camouflage mere cigarette smoke. But most lunch times
it was the preserve of a select group of Sixth Formers, gathered round the fire, putting the
world to rights, with a music station playing quietly in the background. Small boys who
peered through the window with their hands cupped against the glass might find themselves
accused of spying and could end up on the table. Normally the NCOs had better things to do,
but if they were bored, then little ones needed to keep away. Bullying? Today it would be
headlines in the popular press: “SCHOOL THUGS ELECTROCUTE 11 YEAR OLD”. But it
never went too far and it was never vicious.

The Signals were proud. At one time, there were 36 cadets holding the technical Signals
Classification exam and wearing crossed flags on their uniforms. Most weeks there was an
inspection. Uniforms had to be pressed, belts blancoed, brasses cleaned and boots polished.
“You’re the Signal Platoon. Walk tall!” And they did. And when the Hut came down, it was
not only concrete and wood that hit the dust. It was a cherished part of the RGS’s history.

                                  By Andrew MacTavish

At some time in the 1950s, the number “149” became a joke at the RGS. It was all very odd.
If anyone came out with that number, everyone would roar with laughter. Maths: “The
answer is 149” (Ho, ho, ho!). Geography: “149,000 tons of copper were exported” (Ho, ho,
ho!). Any lesson you like: “Turn to page 149” (Ho, ho, ho).

Some people said it was connected with a rather weak joke about an old woman on Wycombe
Station. She was seen to chuckle now and again. When asked, she said that she had read that
one person in 149 was a lunatic. She sat there, counting up to 149 and identifying them as
they passed her. That was one theory. Another linked the number with a Geography master,
one Mr T.V. Shepherd - known as “Tuss” - and it was said to be his car number. Certainly if
anyone drew a car, it usually had “TUS 149” as its number. Some people thought it had
started in a Maths lesson that went wrong and it was connected with one squared, two
squared, three squared.

The fact was that “149” infected the whole School. If ’Boss’ Tucker had ever announced that
as the hymn number in daily prayers, the roof would have collapsed under the cheers - yes,
even Mr Tucker was not proof against the power of those figures. As it happened, the hymn
with that number in the school book - Hymns of the Kingdom - was a one that was never
chosen. I seem to remember it was one of the two or three in Latin, O Quanta Qualia,
whatever that was. Certainly from time to time people tried to get it announced by altering
the hymn number on the list published on the Headmaster’s notice board. There was only the
one list in those days of manual typing, and they thought they might get away with it. They
never did. Tucker must have been aware.

The number remained funny into the 1960s. In 1965, the staff put on the play The Happiest
Days of Your Life which ran to packed houses for three performances (and resulted in two
marriages between members of the RGS common room and fellow thespians from Wycombe

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High School). Tim Newling, the Art Master, played the caretaker Rainbow. In the last act, he
had to do a calculation:

Rainbow: There’s eight compartments to a carriage (He takes a scrap of paper and a stub of
pencil and works it out as he speaks) Four-a-side in each. That’s sixty-four. A hundred and
ninety-two in all.

But Tim, with careless disregard for Maths, came to the dramatic conclusion, “That’s one
four nine” - and the Hall erupted in delighted hysteria, the biggest roar of the show.

A month or so later at the end of term, the CCF Army section went to Stanage Edge in
Derbyshire. The junior officers - Neil Cooper, Rex Jones and I - arrived in a Landrover and a
three-tonner at the campsite. We read the mileage on the speedometers as we had to record it
on the vehicles’ work tickets. It was 149. I remember the momentary silence as this
registered. We decided we couldn’t enter that figure as people would think it was a joke, so
we added a mile and made it 150. That looked sensible.

Some time between 1966 (when I left the staff), and 1983 (when my sons entered the School)
the number disappeared from the RGS culture. One-four-nine returned to being as normal as
one-four-eight or any other number. “Is one-four-nine still funny at the RGS?” I asked them.
They looked at me oddly “One four what? What do you mean ’funny’?” I tried to explain,
and lost.

When I was at university, I remember the lecturer giving us all a substance to taste - phenyl-
something-or-other. Two-thirds of us curled up as we found it fiendishly bitter. The rest were
totally blank; they could taste nothing. And so it will be with you. If you were in the 149
generation, you will have had a strong reaction to this little memory. If you were not, you will
be blank too. And please do not expect anyone to be able to explain any more than I have
done. It was just a dropped stitch in the warp and weft of the RGS fabric - probably the 149th.

                                   Hockey and shooting:
                                     Saturday 26th April
                                 (before the Annual Dinner)

                                   Golf versus the staff:
                                Friday 27th June at 4.00 p.m.

                              Cricket versus the School 1st XI:
                              Wednesday 16th July at 2.00 p.m.

                                 Cricket versus the Staff:
                    Date TBC (please see the OWs’ website for updates)

     If you would like to take part in any of these events, please return the enclosed reply

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File Past
From the Wycombiensian of 1915:                    The fire, fanned by a strong wind, spread
                                                   with amazing rapidity from the headmaster’s
THE NEW SCHOOL                                     house to the boarding apartments. It was
                                                   soon apparent that none of the building
We are at last working in our new buildings,       could be saved. Not until three o’clock was
and the experience is both refreshing and          the fire completely extinguished. By this
encouraging. You can feel it in the air, this      time only the ground floor and the outer
exhilarating spirit. From the time of              shell of the building remained.
assembling in the central hall at prayers, to
the descent at the end of the day, the school
life has been smooth working and keen.             From the Wycombiensian of 1954:

The classrooms face south-east, letting in the     COUP D’ÉTAT
morning sun, and are entered from the long
corridor, which stretches the whole length of      Have you noticed that the accustomed
the building. In the opposite direction, like      serenity of School life has been rudely
the arms of a capital E, lead off cloak rooms      shattered? Yes, the Band has been
at either end, and a large hall in the middle.     resurrected. This form of music attacks
The halls springs to the full height of the        everyone in the School at every possible
building, and is arched and vaulted, a             moment. From the School field are heard the
splendid place for sound, as the morning           higher harmonics of out-of-tune bugles
hymn testifies. Flanking the hall on one side      sounding like bovine grunts and squeaks of
is the manual workshop, and on the other the       pain. Leaving the budding Kenny Bakers, if
cycle shed.                                        you happen to be in the vicinity, the eight
                                                   would-be drummers attack you ear-drums.
We have left the shelter of the valley for the     Nor is this all. Some wretched boys are
vigour of the hills, but we take into our new      learning the noble fife. The fruit of their
buildings more than three centuries of             travail sounds like Pan inspiring fear into
tradition, traditions of discipline and service.   some rustic’s ears on his pipes playing in
                                                   Schönberg’s twelve-tone system. This is the
                                                   revolution that we have to undergo, and we
From the Wycombiensian of 1936:                    are living in a free country!

On Friday, November 1st, at 9.30 p.m. a fire
was discovered in the third storey of the
Headmaster’s house. The alarm was
immediately given and within a very few
minutes the Wycombe Fire Brigade had
arrived. The boarders, without every being
in any danger, were immediately transferred
to the School. More than half the Masters
had arrived within a short time and together
with many Old Boys, Parents and other
willing helpers, rescued most of the contents
of the Headmaster’s private house and much
material from the boarding establishment.

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The Best Days of your life
                                                  Three strokes were given.
From the Minutes of RGS Prefects’
Meetings, 1931-33:                                                                     E.S. Paice
                                                                                   Senior Prefect
Meeting held on Wednesday November
19th 1930                                         Meeting held on Monday March 2nd 1931

All the prefects were present.                    All the prefects were present.

Howes was brought up by Paice for writing         Rex was brought up by Ives for failing to do
the following as one of the fifty lines set.      lines set ten days previously. Sine Rex had
                                                  already appeared before the prefects six
“Empty vessels – like Paice – always make         times, it was proposed to give him six
most noise.”                                      strokes. Appeal to Mr Brand was allowed,
                                                  but the appeal was dismissed.
Three strokes were administered.
                                                  Six strokes were given.
                                  R.B. Webber
                                 Senior Prefect                                        E.S. Paice
                                                                                   Senior Prefect

Meeting held on Monday January 26th               Meeting held on Monday March 2nd 1931
                                                  Most of the prefects were present.
E.S. Paice (Senior Prefect) and 14 other
prefects were present.                            Mugliston was brought up by Harris for
                                                  failure to do lines, his crime culminating in
Rex was brought up by Harris for failing to       a display of bad manners while assembling
do lines set for making an unnecessary noise      for prayers.
in the classroom. As some excuse was
offered, it was decided that he should            It was discovered that he had given
complete fifty lines within two days.             considerable trouble to several other
                                                  prefects and as this was his second
                                     E.S. Paice   appearance before the prefects it was
                                 Senior Prefect   decided that three strokes should be

Meeting held on Monday February 2nd               Redgate, Justice and Bolton were brought
1931                                              up by Ives for ragging on their way home
                                                  from school as they were going down
E.S. Paice (Senior Prefect) and seven other       Amersham Hill. This was considered serious
prefects were present.                            as it would bring discredit upon the school.
                                                  The worst offenders, Bolton and Redgate,
Rex had made no attempt to do any of the          were given three strokes while Justice
lines set at the previous meeting. Various        received two.
fantastic excuses were given but these were
dismissed as absurd.                                                                   H.G. Tidy
                                                                                   Senior Prefect

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Annual Dinner
                                                  England in 1942 and was headquartered in
The Annual Dinner on 28th April 2007 was          the Wycombe Abbey Girls’ School (the girls
attended by nearly 100 Old Boys and former        had been evacuated!). The commander of
teachers. The Headmaster, Mr Roy Page,            their Communications Flight, one Major
spoke briefly and showed pictures of the          Boardman C. Reed, came to RGS one day to
school activities over the last year. The         speak about the air war and responded to
Guest of Honour was Mr John Roebuck.              those of us enthusiastic to fly by offering
                                                  rides in the aircraft kept at Bovingdon
John taught history at the RGS for 36 years,      airfield (near Chesham). Thus, a few of us
and was Head of History from 1991 until his       would regularly sneak onto the USAF bus
retirement last summer. He introduced             service from Wycombe Abbey to Bovingdon
fencing to the RGS with remarkable success,       each weekend and cadge rides in everything
and it was good to see a number of fencers        from B17 bombers to a P51 Mustang fighter
coming back to bid him farewell. John spoke       which had a jump seat fitted in back, to
with his usual gusto and wit.                     transport VIPs about the UK at high speed.

Prior to the Dinner the AGM took place, and       Unfortunately, I was not old enough to get
OWs were given tours of the school,               into the RAF pilot training programme
highlighting the new developments. Judging        before war’s end and so wound up in Egypt
from the comments of those who were there,        and Palestine, filling forms. Some of that
the evening was a very enjoyable one.             American excitement must have stuck,
                                                  however, as I now live in San Francisco.
Letters to the Editor                             I would be interested to hear from any old
                                                  boys from that era, though I daresay the
From Eric Chipps (1939-44)                        ranks must be thinning by now.
I have just discovered the RGS Old Boys’
website and was interested to read Robert         Old Boys’ Notes
Clark’s letter, as I was a contemporary of his
from 1939 to 1944. Mr Tucker was Head,            AFZAL. I (1997-2003) Imran graduated
Sam Morgan taught Geography. I also recall        from Merton College, Oxford, in 2006 with
the prefect Raynor, a martinet, although of       the top first in Law, as well as a clutch of
lesser threat to us dayboys than the boarders.    academic prizes.
I recall also the wartime exigencies, as well
as the damage to the school’s windows from        ASHCROFT. MA (1962-64) Michael’s
‘doodlebugs’.                                     book Victoria Cross Heroes: men of valour
                                                  was published in November 2006. He has
As well as the OTC, the school had a              collected the medals over 20 years and now
squadron of ATC (Air Training Corps), No.         owns the world’s biggest collection: 146 of
708, a reflection of the attraction of the        the 1,355 VCs awarded since 1856.
RAF’s needs. We learned Navigation, Morse
Code, Theory of Flight, etc., and were taken      CARR. JAP (1989-91) Jimmy won ‘best
occasionally to local airfields (Booker) for      live stand-up’ at the British Comedy Awards
‘air experience’ - a fifteen minute flight in a   in December 2006. His book The Naked
Tiger Moth - to whet our appetites. We were       Jape: uncovering the hidden world of jokes,
also taught to fly gliders at Booker, each        co-authored with Lucy Greeves, was
weekend. Interestingly, the American 8th Air      published in 2006.
Force with its B17 bombers came to

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CLARK. BO (1992-98) Brendan graduated            Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, on 11th
in 2006 from University College, London,         August 2006 and has been commissioned
with a First in Medical Sciences with            into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Science and Technology Studies.                  Enigineers.

CROOK. R (1996-2002) Richard passed              REES. T (2001-03) Tom won his début full
out at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal       cap for England in the victory against France
Military Academy, Sandhurst, on 15th             at Twickenham in March, and was declared
December 2006 and has been commissioned          Man of the Match. He went on to play for
into the Coldstream Guards.                      the team in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in
                                                 France, playing in the pool games against
CURRY. G (1996-2002) Graham graduated            the USA and South Africa.
in 2006 from Bedfordshire University with a
First in Modular Arts. He won the ‘Best in       ROWNTREE. PJ (1995-2001) Paul
Show Film’ award, worth £750, for his final      graduated as a Sub-Lieutenant from the
year project, a film entitled What a Freegan     Britannia Royal Naval College in June 2006.
Waste!, a depiction of people who scavenge
rubbish dumps for food and clothing. He          SMITH. A (1980-86) Aled graduated from
hopes to set up his own film production          Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1989 with a
company to further his career.                   degree in Mathematics and in 1995 he
                                                 successfully completed his Chartered
DONALD. LC (1990-96) Luke achieved               Financial Analyst qualifications. From 1989
joint 3rd place in the American PGA              to 1992 he was an Actuarial Consultant at
championships at Medinah in August 2006.         Coopers and Lybrand, and for the next eight
                                                 years he was with J.P.Morgan. Since 2000,
ELLIS. T (2001-04) Thomas left the RGS           he has been with M&G where he is Head of
at the age of 14 when he was awarded the         Equity Research. He manages the Global
first ever annual place to study the classical   Leaders and American funds, which have a
guitar at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He          combined worth of over £1bn. He has a
took part in a concert at the Wigmore Hall,      triple A fund manager rating from Citywire.
London, on 27th June 2006.
                                                 SPICER. N (1996-2002) Nicholas passed
GILMORE. J (1998-2004) James won a               out at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal
gold medal in judo at the 2006                   Military Academy, Sandhurst on 15
Commonwealth Games.                              December 2006, and has been commissioned
                                                 into the Yorkshire Regiment.
HILL. RJ (1996-2002) Robin graduated
with a First as Master of Engineering from       WILSON. B (1992-98) Ben’s second book,
Southampton University in 2006. He               entitled Decency and Disorder, has been
graduated as a Sub-Lieutenant from the           published by Faber. It examines how the
Britannia Royal Naval College in April           libertine eighteenth century was transformed
2007.                                            into the moralism of the Victorian age.

HORLEY. D (1997-2003) David graduated            Obituaries
in 2006 from Gonville and Caius College,
Cambridge, with a First in Mathematics with
Physics.                                         Staff
OLDNALL. RBS (1995-2001) Robert                  PERFECT. EJ (1951-86) John died on 15th
passed out at the Sovereign’s Parade at the      November 2006, aged 84. On leaving

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school, he enlisted at the age of 18 and saw    FAIR. C (1958-63) After the RGS, Colin
action as a glider pilot at Arnhem in 1944.     spent his entire working life in the
He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford,      Meteorological Office before taking early
in 1949 and joined RGS as an English            retirement a few years ago. He died of a
teacher, teaching the subject up until his      stroke in early 2007.
retirement. He taught himself Russian and
introduced the subject at the school; he also   GOODCHILD. C (1945-53) Colin died on
led four school trips to the Soviet Union in    23rd September 2007, just five days short of
the 1960s and 1970s.                            his 73rd birthday. From the RGS, he won an
                                                open scholarship in Mathematics to St
John was for many years chairman of the         John’s College, Cambridge, gaining a first
Common Room. He was an avid gardener            class honours degree. After a year of
and was a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural     studying for a doctorate, he realised that he
Society. He transformed the (often litter-      was decided to teach at various schools
filled) ornamental ponds in the front           before becoming a lecturer at the Regent
quadrangle into attractive rose-beds. On his    Street Polytechnic, later part of the
retirement he continued part-time teaching      University of Westminster. He remained
for another two years. A quiet, scholarly       there for the rest of his career. During that
man, John was the last RGS teacher to have      time, he was seconded to a teaching post in
served in the Second World War.                 the Ivory Coast.

Governors                                       His older brother, FRED GOODCHILD,
                                                was also an Old Wycombiensian and, after
ROE. IP Ian was a former Headmaster of          leaving the school in 1942 to serve in the
Aylesbury Grammar School, and served as         Royal Navy, settled in Australia where he
one of the LEA’s representatives on the         died several years ago.
Board of Governors (1996-2006). He died
on 19 May 2007, aged 67.                        HUSSEIN. MAF (1949-53) Mohamed died
                                                on 30th November 2006, aged 72. He read
                                                Medicine at Balliol College, Oxford, and
Boys                                            later worked for the WHO in Geneva.

BEVIS. DJ (1952-58) David died of cancer        JOY. EM (1946-47) Ewart died recently.
in North Wales in April 2007, aged 66. He
graduated from London University with a         KINGHAM. DTG (1932-39) Tom died
B.Sc. in Chemistry and pursued a career as      recently.
an industrial chemist.
                                                MACKRILL. M (1939-45) Martin died in
BOURKE. DAH (1935-40) D.A.H. Bourke             September 2007.
died in early 2007.
                                                MAWHOOD. MJ (1992-96) Matthew died
DARRINGTON. P (1968-73) Paul died               on 12 February 2007, aged 27.
                                                SHEIHAM. D (1987-93) Desmond died in
EDWARDS. JPJ (1947-54) Jeremy Peter             the spring of 2005.
James Edwards, formerly of Totnes, Devon,
passed away peacefully at St John’s             THOMAS. D Danny Died recently.
Hospice, Bedfordshire on 11th September
2007, aged 70 years.

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                                    Saturday 26th April 2008

From 2.30 p.m.       An opportunity to play hockey or shoot and to meet old friends. An
                     application form is on the attached sheet.

6.00 p.m.            A tour of the School for those who are interested. The bar opens.

6.30 p.m.            AGM in the School Library.

7.30 p.m.            Annual Dinner in the Queen’s Hall.

The Guest of Honour is to be confirmed and will be announced on the Old Wycombiensians’
website as soon as possible (www.rgshw.com/oldboys).

The Headmaster, Roy Page, who will have taught many of you over the last 34 years, will
talk about the RGS present and future. A number of teachers and ex-teachers will also be

There will be a four-course meal, and it should be a very good one. A bar will be organised
by the RGS Parents’ Association and all profits go to school projects. As in past years we are
reserving tables for those who play in the various sporting events in the afternoon. For
everybody else we will try to arrange the seating to suit you. We hope that the formal part of
the evening will be over by 9.45 p.m., so that there will be plenty of time for conversation. It
should be a really enjoyable occasion.

How about contacting old friends that you have not perhaps seen for some time to arrange for
a group to come together? If you would like us to advertise a group reunion on the website,
please email Ian Clark. This year the cost of the Dinner will be £30. If you would like to
come, please complete the enclosed form, and send it to Danny White as soon as possible,
and by SATURDAY 12th APRIL at the very latest. You will receive the confirmation of
your application and the Agenda of the AGM, by email or by letter but not before April 1st.
If you would like a reply through the post, please send an SAE with your application.

Apart from the hockey and shooting on 26th April, we are arranging golf and cricket matches
in the Summer Term. Dates are given on the attached reply slip. If you want to participate in
either or both of the Sporting Reunions, please complete and send in the reply-slip. If you
want further information, please do not hesitate to contact me (crispinmwhite@aol.com).

We look forward to seeing you on April 26th.

Crispin White

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                                OLD WYCOMBIENSIAN LODGE

During the last twelve months the lodge has seen two new and youthful members. This may
not sound very much but we are small and as one humorist remarked, “the new members
have significantly reduced the average age and increased average mobility!”

The lodge welcomes members from the ranks of close relatives of old boys - fathers, brothers
and sons and recently a son-in-law. School staff are also qualified to join and in the past have
included E.R.Tucker, Peter Smaje and Ron Emery.

Charity, the primary consideration of every Freemason, has been well addressed over the last
year. We have given financial support to the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmans’ Families
Association, an old peoples’ home, the HURT appeal for children in pain and the appeal by
High Wycombe hospital for the keyhole surgery fund. In addition, and foremost among our
concerns over the year, has been the Opportunities Playgroup in Marlow. This organisation,
largely run by volunteers, supports families with children suffering some form of disability.
The work done by the playgroup gives much needed relief to hard pressed parents and much
happiness to the children. The playgroup found itself without funding and local freemasons
stepped in to keep them going.

We are proud of this charitable side to our activities and this year we have donated a cup -
The Community Service Cup to the school. The cup, along with a book to the value of £50
will be presented annually to the pupil who has done most for the community. We are
delighted that the school accepted our offer and we are pleased that this link with the school
has been formed.

We are hoping that the lodge and the school may find joint activities in community work.

However, freemasonry has its lighter side with much good fellowship and new friendships
made with other masons, including overseas. Wherever a mason travels, he can find a brother
and attend meetings.

Enquiries about the lodge are welcome and can be made to our secretary:

            W.E Shackell C.B.E.
            Tudor Close
            West Sussex.

            Tel:       01798875109.
            Email:     wil1ie_shackell@tinyworld.co.uk

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         The Royal Grammar School - Whisky Club
    In conjunction with Polmac (UK) Ltd., the RGS is proud to be able to offer Old
Wycombiensians the opportunity to purchase a unique collection of finest Speyside Malt and
                      Blended Whiskies bearing the RGS label.

                Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky (Code: 70SSMW)
    This 70cl single malt whisky is presented in a Lindenwood box with clear stain finish
                           and blue RGS logo on the lid. £24.95
  An elegant and sophisticated Single Speyside Malt Whisky highly prized for its strength of
character and individuality. Everything is in place to produce one of Scotland’s finest single
 malt whiskies; pure spring water from the mighty Cairngorm mountains, that flows through
 peaty moors, to produce water that is exceptionally soft and flavoursome; the finest quality
 barley from the Moray Firth region and the unsurpassed distillation skills, that provide our
  RGS Single Speyside Malt Whisky with its unique style and character. Excellence is truly
                                      worth waiting for!

               Superior Choice Blended Scotch Whisky (Code: 70BSW)
 This 70cl blended whisky comes in a standard tall, round, clear glass bottle with RGS label.
  A beautifully smooth and rounded Blended Scotch Whisky of the finest quality. Our RGS
  Superior Choice, Blended Scotch Whisky is produced by highly skilled, Master Blenders,
using traditional whisky blending skills, to “meld” together the subtle flavours and character
   of the finest quality single malt whiskies and grain whiskies. After blending, the newly
created whisky is returned to natural oak casks for further maturation, to ensure “a marriage
                                       made in heaven!”

                       5 Miniature Whisky Gift Set (Code: 5MGS)
      Presented in a blue stained wooden box embossed with a gold RGS logo on the lid,
  this box contains two 5cl RGS Single Speyside Malt Whisky miniatures and three 5cl RGS
                         Blended Whisky miniatures. £17.95 per box

                10% of all sale proceeds will go to the School
        100% Guarantee – Every purchase you make is 100% guaranteed
 If you are dissatisfied with any purchase, simply return it within 30 days for a full refund

        To place an order use the order form contained in the RGS Old Boys magazine
                    or go onto the RGS web site www.rgshw.com/whisky
                    or contact Pippa Gamester at School (01494 551416),
                                    e-mail pg@rgshw.com

     The whiskies will be available over the bar at the Old Wycombiensians’ Dinner
                     and can be purchased or ordered on the night

Postage and Packing Charges: (not applicable if orders are collected, by an adult, from the
                    1 item - £6.50, 2 items - £9.50, 3 items - £11.50,
                  4 items - £14.50, 5 items - £15.50, 6 items - £17.50

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                                  Please complete this order form and return it to
                              Polmac (UK) Ltd, 3 The Briars, High Wycombe HP11 1ED
                                                                                                                     No of           Total
                                                                                                                    bottles          Cost
Code: 7022MW
I would like to order the following number of 70cl bottles of
RGS SINGLE SPEYSIDE MALT WHISKY in Lindenwood Presentation Case                                                                 £
with blue RGS logo @ £24.95 per bottle

Code: 70BSW
I would like to order the following number of 70cl bottles of
RGS SUPERIOR CHOICE BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY with RGS logo on                                                                      £
the label @ £13.95 per bottle

Code: 5MGS
I would like to order the following number of Gift Sets comprising
2 x 5cl bottles of RGS Single Speyside Malt Whisky and 3 x 5cl bottles of RGS                                                   £
Superior Choice Blended Scotch Whisky presented in a blue stain presentation
box with gold RGS logo @ £17.95 per box

If you want to collect your order from the School please tick this box. There
will be no packing or postage charge
                                                                                                                                Total Cost of
                                                                                                                    Total No     Postage &
                                                                                                                   of Bottles     Packing
If you want us to send your order to you please add on the appropriate postage
and packing charge as detailed below:                                                                                           £

I item - £6.50, 2 items - £9.50, 3 items - £11.50, 4 items - £14.50, 5 items - £15.50, 6 items - £17.50,
7+ items – please contact Polmac (UK) Ltd on 01494 533857

                                                    TOTAL COST OF ORDER (including P&P)

 Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other                                     Initials                        Surname

 Daytime Tel.                                                           Evening Tel.
                            CHEQUES WITH ORDER PAYABLE TO: Polmac (UK) Ltd
                                            We aim to deliver within 14 working days of receipt of your order.

                          School Contact: Pippa Gamester (01494) 551416 or pg@rgshw.com

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