Date and Time
29 September 2019
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Mickleover Golf Club, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover Derby, DE3 9AD
About the competition
Join us for the inaugural DGS Golf Challenge Trophy, the first in a series of events to celebrate 25 years of Derby Grammar School.
We warmly invite current and past pupils, parents and staff to take part in the competition which takes place at Mickleover Golf Club. The competition is based on the Stableford format.
We aim to establish the Golf Challenge Trophy as an annual competition, and look forward to seeing as many people taking part as possible, and seeing some old faces return!
The format for the day is:
- 8-9am: arrival, welcome and breakfast roll
- 9am: the first group of four tees off, playing a Stableford competition
- 2pm: hot buffet and presentation of prizes by Dr. Norris
We have prizes for the first, second and third pairings, as well as nearest the pin and longest drive. The winners will also be presented the DGS Golf Challenge Trophy.
How to enter and cost per player
We have just 24 places available. The cost per place is £45 which includes golf round, breakfast roll (pre-golf), hot buffet (post-golf), tea and coffee.
- Please complete your entry here
Applications can be made by individuals, pairs or foursomes. If you are entering individually or as a pair and would like to pair up with another player or pair specifically, please note this on your entry form.
Your place is not secured until we have received payment. Please make payments online to:
Derby Grammar School
Account number: 10150444
Sort code: 20-25-85
Please use the reference GOLF/YourSurname
We welcome non-golfers to join us from 1.30pm onwards for the buffet and presentation. The buffet cost is £15 per person. Please indicate on the entry form here.
About Mickleover Golf Club
Just a short drive away from Derby Grammar School, Mickleover Golf Club is renowned for its friendliness, its warm atmosphere, and excellent food. The picturesque parkland golf course has several elevated greens and is well known locally for their consistent quality season after season. The course provides a fair challenge to golfers of all levels.
Terms and conditions
In the unlikely event of the Golf Day being called off by DGS, all payments will be refunded.
Anyone withdrawing from the competition once they have paid and before 20 September will be refunded their payment less a 25% administration charge.
Withdrawals between 21 and 29 September will only be refunded if we are able to re-sell the place, less 25% administration charge.
The speaker this year is Jimmy McLoughlin OD (1999-2005) an ex-pupil of DGS who is now a prominent government adviser.
(Further details will follow)
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)
Lesley Reynolds , Deputy Head of Derby School has retired from teaching after an illustrious career.
We have reproduced our President’s farewell address to Lesley below.
Lesley Reynolds is leaving Derby Grammar School after 24 years service, in recent years as Deputy Head.
She was the first member of staff to be appointed by Roger Waller, the founding first Headmaster in 1994; they were teachers together at a Comprehensive School in Northampton. Roger taught Chemistry and Lesley, Biology.
A Farewell Garden party was held in Lesley’s honour on Sunday 9 June 2019 attended by up to 150 members of staff, Governors of the School, Old Derbeians, Parents of past and present pupils and many more well wishers.
Ralph Holden, President of the Old Derbeian Society, amongst other speakers, spoke in tribute to her enduring work and support as an honorary member of the Society, and presented her with the Society’s ladies silk scarf, assuring her of our best wishes for a successful next stage in her career.
The President’s Address is given below :
“Dr. Norris, Governors, Members of Staff, Pupils of Derby Grammar School, Parents and Old Derbeians
I am here as President of The Old Derbeian Society whose members are from both the old Derby School and this wonderful new School, Derby Grammar School. I say “new” as a relative term – the old School had a history going back at least 870 years when the Bishop of Mercia placed it in the hands of the Abbot of Darley Abbey in 1150, but if you know your history of Derby, the tradition is the old school was founded by King Alfred’s sister when she captured Derby from the Danish Kingdom 200 years earlier. All schools have to be “new” at some stage, and proudly next year on its 25th anniversary, this School will no longer be “new”.
This is both a sad occasion and a joyous occasion, and also a milestone event in the emerging history of the school. Sad because we are losing Lesley, but joyous because we are celebrating her unique achievement in helping to make this school the great school it has become.
I speak on behalf of our 700 alumni of the Old Derbeian Society from all over the world, not only to thank you, Lesley, in person for all you have done for the school, but also for all your support for The Old Derbeian Society over the past 24 years.
We remember that in 1995 you were, dare I say, in the “Gang of Three” who came to Littleover, with Roger Waller and Paul Hilliam, to these unique buildings, set in their beautiful mini park, to found a new school. Incidentally, I nearly called you “The Three Musketeers” but in all your many battles with the authorities to get the school up and running, I don’t think you ever swiped anyone with your sword!
From the word go, when the Old Derbeian Society changed its 100 year old constitution to embrace in its membership the school leavers of the new school, you gave the combined Society your full, unqualified support and encouragement, contributing to the flourishing Society it is today. Your input has been enormous, attending all those boring Committee meetings, supporting us at our annual social functions and vitally, for the Society, ensuring that we were brought within the consciousness of the school leavers who presence now ensures the Society will live on for posterity.
Lesley, I haven’t got an anecdote about your amazing time in launching the school, but I love the story that says it all – when little “Johnny” was brought by his parents in the summer of 1995 to view the school, they stopped by the gardener pushing a lawnmower over the vast lawn. They said “Excuse me, my man, can you tell us the way to the Headmaster’s Office?”. The gardener wiped his hands on a dirty rag “very nice to meet you – I am the Headmaster!”.
Lesley, we insist you write your memoires of those early days, with Roger and Paul as a historical record – you must have been chief cook and bottle washer to the fledgling school on a daily basis.
As a Society, we especially admired all you did in those difficult days when Richard Paine’s failing health forced him to give up his headmastership and you took over the stewardship of the School, ensuring its seamless day to day management for 12 months until the appointment of our new Head, Dr. Norris.
Lesley, as a small gesture of our appreciation, please accept this gift of the Society’s silk ladies square in the colours of the old and “new school” – not everyone’s favourite color combination but I’m told by the fashionistas silver, black and green go well with shocking pink!!
Lesley, a huge thank you from the Society for all you have done for us and our sincere best wishes for your new future career.”