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Letter from Liam McKeown 14.11.2017

Posted by newells on November 15, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)
I was at Newells; Newells and Desmoor and Handcross park in the 1960's. I was in the fire at Newells which I remember vividly: I can remember : Crawling along the wooden floor under the smoke, going through the fire doors and descending the outside iron fire escape ladders. Watching suitcases and trunks being thrown out of the dormitory windows by firemen, some of which opened in mid flight. The roll call in the car park, when one boy's name was repeatedly called out with no response. I th... Read Full Post »

Mini reunion July 2016 & September 2017

Posted by newells on July 22, 2016 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Jeremy Varcoe and I , Tony Potts ,(Both Seafield Park at Endsleigh and Newells) met up at Endsleigh on Monday 4th July 2016.

Had a great day wandering down memory lane .   We were well received by the Staff and , as ex pupils of Endsleigh, were given a 20% rebate on an excellent lunch.   On Sunday 10th September 2017 we both met up again at Endsleigh, this time accompanied by Nigel Osborn (Endsleigh & Newells) who had travelled all the way from Australia. The staff very...

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Posted by newells on May 23, 2015 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)
I have had several direct contacts with Old Newellians in the years since I put the site out. 

It has been especially pleasing to be able to have contact with the present Headmaster of Handcross Park school resulting in a successful reunion for Old Newellians held at Handcross Park school on the 23rd of May 2012. After the meeting at Handcross Park some participants were able to visit the grounds of Newells farm. 

I have also had contact with the present owner of the house...

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The 1968 Fire

Posted by newells on August 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


I've just been looking at Ad Perpetuam Memorium regarding the tragic death of Alex Parker.

My name is John Harrison and I thought,  you would be interested to learn that I have a very clear memory of that dreadful night in January 1968.

At that time, I was seven years old - living with my parents and grandparents in a very grand house called Cisswood (virtually opposite Newells school).

I was woken up by my parents who told me t...

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Nader Salour

Posted by Nader Salour on January 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (5)

I was at the school from 1968 to 1972. I have read the blogs with great interest. I am amazed by your vivid and accurate memories. Reading your comments have brought all the memories back to me. I only have good memories of the school. The photos on the site were a surprise. Actually saw myself in a few of them! Thank you to the people who posted them. I know I have some photos somewhere, I will dig them up and post them.
When I arrived at the school I was 9 and came from Iran and could n...

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The Handcross Generation

Posted by Ralph Tuckwell on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Just found this site and it brings back a number of memories. I started at Handcross in 1968, and the fire was something of legend. I realise now that many who were there at the time would probably not want to talk about it. In my memory, the story was that it was started by a cigarette that fell down the back of a table?

Some of the people who have commented must have been at Handcross when I was there ... they say old age brings memories back, but I have to admit that I don't remembe...

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Newells today

Posted by newells on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From Webmaster. Wednesday, 14th November 2012.

I have recently been in contact with the owner of Newells - Mr Roy Goddard,.

I attach his latest E mail, which no doubt will be of interest to the members of the site.

Any information regarding the two Wells that he is trying to find will be welcome. Just send your ideas to me and I will forward them to him. I seem to vaguely remember that there was a water source in the kitchen gardens, but was it a Well ?

Mr. Godd...

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David Rosemont. 1953-1958

Posted by newells on October 18, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I was at Newells from 1953 to 1958. Munro-Wilson, Osborne and I all left to go to the same house at Lancing. After Lancing I went to the Architectural Association in London and had a career as an architect mainly with my own firm. We undertook many hundreds of projects throughout the UK and a few abroad. We received a number of design awards. Between times I was in the Royal Naval Reserve, a school governor twice, and on the boards of a large number of public bodies including the elected Chai...

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Morning run, sports day and fun in the woods

Posted by Andrew Miller on June 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Good to see that Chris Matthews and Edward Trewhella have now been added to the members. I have little memory of buying my school uniform but do remember going to Harrods for it. My tuck box served me well for many years but eventually gave up the ghost. I do, however, still have my tuck tin, cream with a pillar box red lid and my Miller Ma 23 label glued to the corner.

Early morning runs in heavy winter frosts remain a vivid memory. The worst bit was standing outside shivering as one&#...

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Jumbled Memories of Newells

Posted by Chris Matthews on May 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

My earliest memories of Newells was going to Harrods to purchase my uniform which included a bespoke suit and a tuck box (which I still have) and being somewhat bewildered for the first couple of terms, as my parents were far away posted to Kuwait and I was somewhat homesick.

The boys already mentioned in previous blogs open the floodgates of memories, mostly good. Many of them went to Hurstpierpoint and I formed particular close friendships which included Andrew Miller, Steve Cearns an...

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