|Posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:20 AM|
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 Chairmanship for ten years of a large urban regeneration quango in London. I received a Civic Award for services to a London Borough. I was quite heavily involved in politics locally, regionally and, almost, nationally! Divorced once, a widower once and now happliy married for the third time and living in the Monts d'Arree in Brittany. I have two sons over thirty from my first marriage and a daughter aged only three from my third. I am now pretty fully retired but on two local french committees Newells seems a very long time ago. The last old boy I saw was Brod Munro-Wilson where else other than at Ascot?! If any old boys are ever in Brittany you can find me easily enough on the internet via Mr Google. My best memories of Newells were the woods and the theatre where I seem to remember a play I wrote called "Theseus and the Minotaur" was even performed! I have also dined out on the tale of the occasion on which twenty of us were beaten because nobody owned up to leaving I think three broad beans. How times have changed! I do wonder what happened to that flag from Lucknow and the glass case with all those canes in it! Maybe they went in the fire which was a very sad event. My memories of Newells are faint but Lancing made a huge impression and I think inspired my career. I am getting to grips with the French educational system which is Oh so different!