A Christmas Greeting from our President

Dear Old Derbeians

As the Feast-tide approaches and the dawn of 2019, we can look back on another eventful year in the life of your Society.

We have continued to build bridges with the School which has now generations of alumni becoming more and more appreciative of being a member of a forum which actively promotes long lasting school day friendships and traditions.

Dr. Ruth Norris, the new Head, is proving to be fully supportive of all we do which bodes well for the future.

On behalf of the Committee, may I wish you all a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Ralph Holden (Derby School 1944-1952)


Old Derbeian Society


Welcome to our website for 2019 and beyond…….

For some time now we have been promising a new fresh look for our website and social networks. Well even getting into social networking is a great leap forward for the society so we are really excited to be moving ahead with the changes.
We have also canvassed you the members, on what you wanted to see on the site and we hope we have listened correctly to your comments from our survey and that they are incorporated in the new site. Whilst there is a lot of content from the old site, as this is what members asked for, there is also some new features such as:
So what’s new?
  • Add Your Comments Feature – Here you can post anything you think would be interesting to other members and also comment on other members’ posts. A great feature which we hope you will use to good effect.
  • A more regular newsletter feature – Instead of the one a year newsletter we are now sending out a monthly mailshot to all members with relevant and up to date news and information. Again this falls in line with members wishes for more up to date information.
  • We are working hard on the photo galleries which were a little neglected on the old site so please bear with us on this. You will also have the opportunity to upload photos you may have to the site either on the blog or to be sent to our webmaster for inclusion in a gallery. More on this later.
  • Our Online Shop is now open where you can purchase ODs merchandise and gifts.
We hope you like the new format which we will update regularly and hopefully attract more members as visitors to the site. We also want to encourage younger school leavers to interact with the site so we are in talks with the Grammar School to make this happen.
If you have any comments on the new site or wish to contact us then please use the contact form and a member of the committee will get back to you as soon as possible.

Memories of Old school

As a society of Old Derbeians, we have an archive of photographs of our time at school. We try to display these on our site in various places to evoke memories for our visitors to the site. See our Gallery page for more…..

Annual Events

We arrange events throughout the year to keep members in touch with each other and also arrange and sponsor sporting fixtures with DGS…..

Regular Reunions

Regular reunions are held with boys who attended the school together, These are a great source of comradeship and you are encouraged to join in with a reunion or indeed, start one of your own…..


Supporting Derby Grammar School

Our links with Derby Grammar School continue to thrive and we feel that 2019 will see another milestone in our work to include all present, and former pupils and also staff within the society…..

Number of Members now Registered

Another Piece of New News

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Are There Any Sleuths Out There?

Recently found within our ever-expanding electronic archives are a pair of most interesting coloured photographs taken in September 2017 just prior to the School Chapel being demolished. We were wondering if out there are any sleuths or OD's who like...

Percy Heylyn Currey – Architect of Derby School

A fascinating article, written by OD Andrew Polkey giving a summarised biography of Percy Currey. Full Article is here or click the book...

Our Archivists Strike Gold

The Three Archivists Strike Gold The Society's three archivists, Andrew, Maurice, and Barrie spent a fascinating 3 hours on 11th October at Derby Grammar School sifting through large cardboard boxes of all types of memorabilia. We found over 150 previously forgotten...

Annual Dinner 2018

The Annual Dinner was held at the Grange Banqueting Suite Derby on 10th November 2018. A great night had by all and we were really pleased to see so many Ods in attendance together with students and staff from the Derby Grammar School. We look forward to seeing more...

Class of 1950 Reunion 2018

Report of the ‘Class of 1950’ Reunion meeting held at The Five Lamps Pub on Tuesday 20th March 2018. The weather over the previous weekend had been very cold, snowy and bad and I had had apologies from seven of the group so I feared that the meeting might be very...

Amber Valley Camp

Thanks to the family of Old Derbeian, Keith Chettle, we can bring you photographs of Amber Valley Camp in 1941. The article was reproduced in the Derby Telegraph at the following link Amber Valley Camp -...

Our New Online Shop is

We have for some time been toying with the idea of selling our merchandise online. Well, we have now decided that we will try this out and offer our members the opportunity of buying through the website. This feature is now live and you can start buying right away. We accept bank transfers and Paypal payments  

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