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From Andrew Miller 10.07.2020

Posted by newells on July 10, 2020 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

From Tom Kendal (Webmaster): Andrew Miller has sent several items which are now on the website in the History and Class lists section.

He wrote - I discovered only today that I had already scanned them ready for the Newells website in August 2015 so better now than never.


Spring 1969 was my penultimate term at Newells & Desmoor and I still remember most of the boys quite well. I was in Saxons ( Miller ma ) and can see that I must have been a particularly good pup...

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Posted by Chris Matthews on July 10, 2020 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Dear Old boys,

I have just received an email from Robert Carter, who was at Newells the same time as myself. It was great to read his thoughts!

Given the current world state of affairs, many have more time on their hands, than before the corona virius . I do urge you all to take  some time and reflect here on your personal experiences at the school. Thomas K is to be commended for starting this valuable site and our heartfelt thanks to him for maintaining it!

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Dr Colin Mansfield

Posted by newells on July 4, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)
My father, Colin Mansfield, was a teacher at Newells in 1947. On your website he is mentioned in relation to the cub/scout troop. He enjoyed photography & used to take pictures of the pupils on sports days and on scouting activities. My father had fond memories of t... Read Full Post »

John Glandfield ( Music teacher)

Posted by newells on May 16, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)
My father, John Glandfield, taught Music at Newells during the 1950s. I think he probably divided his time between Newells and Tyttenhanger in Seaford, later moving on to Sharrow, a prep school near Handcross, and Summerfield Court at Lindfield. I accompanied him to Newells at least a couple of times when I was around nine or ten and the place made quite an impression on me. I thought it all rather wonderful. I recall an entrance hall with fearsome animal trophies including what I later reasoned... Read Full Post »

VE Day at Seafield Park - Endsleigh

Posted by newells on May 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (1)
VE Day at Seafield Park school -Endsleigh By David Selwood. That afternoon the Headmaster, Mr. Ernest Webb better known to us boys as Ernie, assembled us all in the hall and we listened to Mr Churchills speech telling us the war in Europe was over. Amid whoops of joy he declared we would have a holiday and a treat. The next day two coaches arrived and we were all ... Read Full Post »

Milan Varmuza

Posted by newells on March 26, 2020 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Milan Varmuza has recently been in contact with me and is interested in contacting Ronnie Bragg, Stephen Morse and Gary Rickwood. If you are out there or anyone knows of their whereabouts, please contact me using my eMail address and I will pass the information on to Milan. Keep well in these troubling times. Tom Kendal 26.03.2020

Prep school of the year 2019

Posted by newells on March 8, 2020 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Congratulations to Handcross Park on being awarded Prep School of the year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2019. I just happened to read about this award in the Schools guide supplement in the magazine ' The week ' found in my dentists waiting room, hence the somewhat belated congratulations. To others, who perhaps were not aware of this award, here is the accompanying article: Best for Innovation Handcross P... Read Full Post »


Posted by Simon Stewart on January 12, 2019 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much for the updates. I recall some very happy times at Newells (Lower Beeding) although, not being a notable academic or sportsman and a frequent recipient of the cane, my memories of playing and working in the woods are vivid. Thank you. Simon Stewart.

Newells revisited

Posted by newells on June 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)
I visited Newells and the area around on Monday 4th June, and met up with a lady who lives In the grounds and also the owner of Newells with whom , by prior arrangement, I had tea. My report : There is nothing at all left of the original main school . It was levelled to the ground and a large modern house built on the site. The grounds ,as we knew them ,have over the years disappeared completely. The terraces have all been levelled, all the great trees have either been cut down or destr... Read Full Post »

50 year anniversary of the fire at Newells

Posted by newells on May 29, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)
January 2018 marked the 50 year anniversary of the fire at Newells, that transformed so many lives and lead to a new chapter of the school at Handcross park. Although the actual date has passed, it would be nice to mark this occasion ? I invite members to make a small remark /comment here and perhaps a group could actually visit the former site and document it here? Alas, I now reside in the U.S. and cannot, this year, make the trip "across the pond". I hope that some wider recog... Read Full Post »