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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 »

After the fire

Posted by newells on May 1, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1)
Here are two excerpts from newsletters written after the fire which indicate that the plan was to rebuild and re-open Newells at Lower Beeding: Nr.71 - January 1968 ... Due to a fire at Newells at the commencement of the Spring Term, the school has been evacuated for a time to Handcross Park, five miles away, whilst repairs to Newells are being carried out... . Nr.72 - April 1968 ... Many people are interested in what is happening at Newells; we had originally hopedto have rebuilt... Read Full Post »

How can I visit/tour school

Posted by Michael Cenicola Farah on April 22, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (1)
Michael Cenicola now Michael Farah (Viking) 1968-1973. Newell???s and Desmoor. Great info. Thanks for the memories. The major was tough but col weford/Redford was my nemisis. Lol I believe I got Extra (attention) because I was American. It didn???t help that my mom was a 70???s version of Kim Kardashian In a school where everything is strict and proper. I think the Col fought in the boar war. I live in Florida and possibly going to London this summer. Is it possible to get a school tour with... Read Full Post »

Memories of staff

Posted by Chris Matthews on April 5, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Age and sport has caught up with me and I am currently convalescing after a knee replacement , so though it was about time to delve into the memories of Handcross Park.


In no particular order some of the staff that left a lasting impression.


Mrs Vellacott who taught Scriptures ,( alas we were not that kind to her). Her face would glow and she wriggled her body onto the hard wooden seat before she would illuminate the room with a biblical st...

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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 (1)


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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