Annual Dinner – 2019

The Society Annual Dinner 2019 will be held at the Grange Banqueting Suite Littleover, Derby on Saturday 22nd June 2019
This is a change from the traditional timing of November, allowing more recent Old Derbeian members and others, the opportunity to be present.
We are also opening the dinner invitation to guests of members, school staff and parents of current school students, to make the event a more inclusive affair.
Plans are in hand for the school Jazz Band to be present as well as the Barber Shop Choir, who will be back by popular request. The reception will hopefully, weather permitting, be on the terrace on what we hope will be a super midsummers night.
Tickets have been set at £30 per head so no increase on last year!

The Dinner Application Form can be accessed here:

Please try and book a table for you and  your guests. If you require further information please contact us at the following email address.
We look forward to seeing you and your guests at the event

Class of 1950 Reunion – March 2019

Class of 1950 reunion held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 26th March 2019
The run up to this meeting saw the sad deaths of David Owen (January) and Allan Squires (March) and these inevitably cast a bit of a cloud on our meeting. However on the upside, attendance was more buoyant than expected – with fourteen of us making the meeting (That is 13 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.)
As usual, the meeting was totally informal, but overall we all enjoyed almost 2.5 hours of good conversation accompanied by some excellent food and drink. We received greetings and good wishes from six of our number who were unable to join us: John Bishop; John Dring; Tony Holmes; David Hughes and John Williams. John was due to have a heart operation last week-end so we trust he is now well on the way to recovery. Geoff Neaum was planning to attend, but a neighbour needed an urgent trip to hospital.
We were delighted to welcome Neville back to this meeting since he managed to miss both last year because he was out of the country – he brought an interesting report of his trip down the Mississippi River – and came in his pre-war Austin Seven motor – which caused considerable interest in the car-park! A particular feature of this meeting was the amount of memorabilia that were brought for interest and for inclusion in the OD archives. Barrie was delighted and almost overwhelmed.
Please put the date of the next meeting in your diary same time, same place on Tuesday September 17th. Hopefully a goodly number of us will be able to make it this time.

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 small. In the event eleven of us made it! As usual, the meeting was very informal, but was, I think, enjoyed by all who were there.
Those present included Mike Gadsby; John Halliwell; Godfrey Gamble; Alan Goodwin; Rod Hunter; David Pratley; John Richmond; Richard Turner; Bryan Walton; Keith Whittle and John Williams. We were also joined by Barrie Sheard, Archivist,  – who also brought with him a fascinating framed piece of original oak panelling from the actual wall of the St. Peter’s Churchyard Schoolroom into which a pupil (Thomas Holden 1692) had carved his name during the 17h century.
On this occasion, we were not able to organise a group photograph! Those who sent apologies and also good wishes to the whole group included Neville Barr (in the USA); John Bishop; John Dring(Australia); Mike Eyre (Family Funeral); John Gascoigne; Tony Holmes; David Hughes; Geoff Neaum (Jones); David Owen; Allan Squires. (If you are counting I know there are ten names here, but three of the apologies reached me at or after the meeting!)John (Dring) has confirmed that he will not be visiting the UK this year. The next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 2nd October 2018 again at the Five lamps Pub starting just after 12 noon. I will try to send out a reminder by email a few weeks before – but please put it in your diary.Finally, it is sadly appropriate to mark the date of David Swain’sdeath on 9th March – the news of which did not reach me until after our meeting. I circulated the information to all on email.

All very best wishes to you and to yours. Hope we shall keep in contact and (some of us) meet again on 2nd October again at the Five Lamps Pub around midday.

Alan Goodwin (1950-1957)

Further events will be added as they are organised. Event information is available via links as and when it becomes available. We are also very anxious to foster informal reunions of various groups. Two that are already well established are “The 47’ers” and “The Class of 1950″.

If you have any ideas for other events or want to organise or promote something then please get in touch with the Society.


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