An Assembly of Celebrations

Derby Grammar School’s final whole-school assembly before the GCSE and A-Level examinations begin focused on celebration this morning.

We were delighted to be joined by Gil Bowles and Sarah Crane from YMCA Derbyshire who presented us a huge cheque for the Tanzania Project.

The relationship between the YMCA and the school has developed over the years and this year, as well as their annual cake sale to raise funds for the Tanzania Project, the organisation wanted to donate back to us part of the funds raised by the DGS staff team who took part in the SleepEasy event in March.

A team of five staff braved the wind and rain to sleep out for the evening, raising over £2000 and contributing to the fantastic £55,320 raised by the SleepEasy event. This morning a cheque for £1066 was presented to the Tanzania project leads Mrs. Sly and Mrs. Charnock.

On receiving the cheque Mrs. Sly said: “We are truly humbled that the YMCA as a charitable organisation itself, and for whom fundraising is so vital, can make this gift to our Tanzania Project charity. Thank you, this will make a huge difference to the children at Gedeli B school.”

The focus then changed to the inauguration of our Year 13 students, who are shortly to begin their A Level examinations, into the Old Derbeian Society (ODS).

Ralph Holden, President of the ODS, addressed the school saying how honoured he was to present each one of them with a gift which symbolises them leaving school and joining the society.

The ODS exists to ensure Derby Grammar School ex-pupils can retain and rekindle friendships, and it keeps the link with the school in perpetuity. All ODS members are life members.

Miss Stebbings, Head of Sixth Form, finished the assembly by wishing Year 13 well in the coming months and in their careers. She said: “I wish you success, that you strive for the things that you want and, most of all, that you are happy.”

COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

Following the terrific success of the School Memories Competition, we have now selected the winner as Alan Hancock OD (1946-1953) for his submission entitled Derby School After WW2
We will shortly be posting this article on the site, subject to Alan’s permission, for all to read. We will also be serialising some great work by Martin Holmes OD (1940-1947) in the very near future.
Congratulations to Alan and our thanks to all who entered the competition.

Ogston Sailing – Club Open Day

The Management Board of the Ogston Sailing Club (On the actual site of the Amber Valley Camp at Woolley Moor) have sent us a special invitation to attend this year’s SPECIAL OPEN DAY ON MONDAY SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 6TH MAY 2019. Inviting all Old Derbeians both young and old are cordially invited to join them on this special day at their Clubhouse. Even trips out onto the reservoir are possible. 
Please note our own Archivist Barrie Sheard will be attending and it would be oh so great if you and/or your wife, partner or family or friend could make the trip.

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:

http://www.oldderbeians.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Annual-Dinner-Response-2019.pdf

Please try and book a table for you and  your guests. If you require further information please contact us at the following email address.
dinner@oldderbeians.co.uk
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.

Joining the Society

We have been asked to look at the possibility of using the website for people to join the society. This is an important update and will allow potential members to join the society directly from the site and pay their fees accordingly.
We will be posting more on this after our next committee meeting in April and,of course, will let you all know the outcome of the discussions.

Check your Old School – CCF Memorabilia

After WWII, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, when as a member of the Cadet Corps,  hundreds of us were very proud to wear first the JTC and then the CCF uniform.
There were promotions we could aspire to achieve as a Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Sergeant Major or even Company Sergeant Major.
What is not always appreciated is that one could also obtain, what was called
1. Cert A – the badge on one’s sleeve in red;
2. Marksman Badge – the badge of a miniature rifle on one’s sleeve;
3. A small brass drum – denoting you were a member of the JTC or CCF band;
4. Cert T – the badge on one’s sleeve in two shades of khaki.
Sadly, we currently do not have within our archives an actual original Cert T and this short announcement is to inquire if out there some past Old Derbeian, ex Derby School pupil or even a family member may have one to donate and to go into our ever growing archives.
Your help and assistance would certainly be greatly appreciated.

Where Are They Now?

Our Old Derbeians follow all sorts of careers. We were so grateful to Emma, Caitlin, Alan, Henry and Connor giving up their time to come back to school for our Careers Fair on Wednesday to talk about what they are doing now, who they are working for and where they are studying.
Article courtesy of Jenny Baldwin – Head of Marketing & Development, Derby Grammar School

In Memoriam 2019 Page

A sad task indeed,  but one which we feel our members appreciate.

In the future, where possible, we will add an obituary with a photo of any Old Derbeian who passes, subject to permission from the surviving family or next of kin, of course.

The new page can be found in the members’ area and we feel the design is far better suited to the subject matter.

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