Report of the meeting held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 17th September 2019
On this occasion 10 of the group made the meeting (That is 9 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.)
The meeting was totally informal and we all enjoyed a couple of hours of good conversation accompanied by some excellent food and drink. The food almost did not happen since the ‘Five Lamps’ were catering for a large funeral party (of 100+) and we were almost half an hour into the meeting before they decided that it was possible for us to order food!
We received apologies for absence, greetings and good wishes from ten of our number who were unable to join us. I trust that it was their intention for me to pass this on to the group. Anyway, this confirms the active interest of 20 of us – so we stand a chance of making double figures at meetings for a bit longer. Hopefully, this list will provide some feeling of contact across the group so please feel free to make contact with anyone yourself.
Report prepared by Alan Goodwin – Class of 1950 Co-Ordinator
Continuing their research our three archivists, namely Andrew, Barrie, and Maurice recently undertook a working lunch and tour of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Following their usual practice, they regularly meet together every 3 to 4 months to both consider and undertake future research work that needs to be undertaken on behalf of the OD Society. Obviously, the recent finding of 93 Kedleston Road in Derby where they found it had been built in the 1880s as an annexe for 25 pupils who were school boarders has been top of their agenda. Plans were also made where to concentrate their studies into 2020.
It is hoped to be in a position to announce the culmination of their major 2019 research work undertaken once we get to mid to late Autumn. SO WATCH THIS SPACE.
It is hard to believe but these lads first met way back 72 years ago in September 1947 within the walls of St. Helen’s House in Derby and are all therefore reaching or have already reached their 83rd year. The day kindly dawned a little cloudy but importantly dry and relatively warm, enough to all sit outside in the hotels covered porch partaking of several of the interesting range of their own locally brewed beers or those from Derby itself.
As per usual partaking from an excellent lunch menu it is this unchanging nature of these lifelong friendships, which all began 72 years ago in our beloved alma mater, namely Derby School, long may they continue. Due to another commitment the OD Society’s archivist Barrie Sheard arrived somewhat later and endeavoured to update those interested in the latest happenings with both the OD Society, with Derby Grammar School and of course the shocking vandalism of the 1925 built Parker’s Piece Pavilion. To think this 90-year-old building beloved by hundreds of school boy sports men should now be readily the receiver of modern attack from people who have no concept of Derby’s history or born to be proud Derby citizens!
Report by Russ Jones (1947 Reunion Coordinator) and Barrie Sheard (OD Society Archivist)