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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 pupil as, along with my friend Chris Matthews, the head of house, and Greenwood, who was one of the school boffins, I was one of only three in Saxons to notch up a zero score for minuses for the term. My brother was Miller mi.


Also on the Saxons list are Nader Salour who I note has left a previous blog message, Khalifa Jamshid, Hanger and John Ramsden ( probably the naughtiest boy in the school - in the mould of Just William - always in trouble but never with malice, he was just mischievous ) all of whom have contributed comments to your site.


There is another boy in Saxons, (I can see his name there but won't embarrass him by identifying which one he is) who I recall had taken a shine to our pretty Norwegian nurse (Uni) and one evening while we were all preparing for bed, had pushed her onto a bed and given her a big kiss. After that it almost became a game which Capt Hope Lang had to stamp out for the poor girls sake although she took it in good part and it was all very innocent horseplay. He was singularly unimpressed by this.


It is fascinating to look at all those with a negative number for behaviour - I can recall each one instantly and clearly. I have looked at both lists and the names for bad behaviour repeat almost to a boy. Amazing. I am sure that John Ramsden will recall the evening that he was beaten with the split end dormitory cane six times for messing around out of bed and was then caught again that same night and was given another fourteen strokes.


Seeing all of these makes me want to write another set of memories - you will already find the longest one on the blog page was from me years ago. I will try to pin myself to doing this.


I shall open up my Newells box file and see what else is in there which might be of interest.


All the best


Andrew Miller (April 1965 - July 1969)







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!

So please contribute as many would love to hear and maybe remember "forgotton gems"

Look forward to reading new submissions!

Chris Matthews

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 teaching at Newells: he particularly liked teaching classics, maths & geography. I think he was at Newells for only a couple of years after being demobbed from combined operations in the Adriatic & in the invasion of Italy. After teaching he went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School and became a GP. My father died in 2002. On occasions in my childhood we used to visit former colleagues of his at Horsham, called Todd and Nicky. Todd was a teacher with him at Newells; and Nicky ran a stables I have forgotten their surname, but my brothers might know. I recall that they were involved in rescuing pupils from the fire that damaged the school in 1968. David Mansfield ( Editor : Mr Colin Mansfield was a teacher at Newells from 1947 to 1949. Todd and Nicky's surname was Gamon)

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 must have been the head of a pike, but which struck me at the time as being like something out of the Old Testament. I remember too gloomy passages that smelled of overcooked cabbage. I met a Mr Dancy (?) who enthusiastically seized my ear and expounded on its fancied resemblance to that of Mozart. My last visit must have been in the summer term - I think it was Sports Day - of 1960. I had just started at the Grammar School at Haywards Heath and was very unhappy there. Newells seemed to offer a far brighter prospect. I remember a jolly matron and escaping from proceedings to play the new Bird electronic organ in the chapel. Lou ( Christopher) Glandfield

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 embarked with some of the organizing staff, including Betty Web, the HMs daughter and Miss Stevenson, one of the teachers, both favourites of the boys. We were driven out on to Dartmoor to where a fast running stream and a grassy valley provided an ideal picnic area. We were allowed to run around and play, to spend time damming the stream and climbing up a nearby Tor. Some promising looking boxes were opened and I can remember we enjoyed a great picnic although the only part of it I can now recall is chocolate spread sandwiches, a great treat in 1945. I should be glad too hear from anyone who shares this memory or who was with me at Seafield and Newels during 1944- 1948. From Webmaster: 1. Anyone wishing to contact David, please forward your email address to me and I'll pass your message on. 2. To avoid any confusion; this expedition was also organised a year later (1946) for VJ day ( Victory over Japan). This was in the last Summer term for Seafield Park at Endsleigh, Tavistock before the school moved to Newells, Lower Beeding, Sussex for the Winter term 1946 under the Headmastership of Mr Hope-Lang. The school changed its name to Newells school.

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 Park. This award-winning co-ed and boarding school in West Sussex is one of the most innovative preps in the country. Children learn Spanish from the age of three and Mandarin from the age of five, develop life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and creativity and get to grips with the latest technology. It is one of only fifteen schools in the world to be named as an Acer Innovation School and is one of the few Google Reference Schools in the UK. Children use virtual reality headsets to travel back in time in history, cross the world in Geography and explore inside the human body in Science. Set in 52 acres of parkland, Handcross park is part of the Brighton college family of schools. About 30% of year 8 pupils progress to Brighton College each year, many with scholarships. www.


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 destroyed by storms or lightning. I saw only two large trees which I was told have survived from our time. The present owner has constructed a magnificent private garden, the like of which I have never seen. The new trees and exotic bushes/flowers etc. , block out the view across to the South downs and Lancing chapel on the ridge. There are numerous statues and water features spread around the area , with neatly trimmed lawns leading from area to area. The old beech ,we used to climb, was struck by lightning and destroyed several years ago. The drive is now bordered by a very smart avenue of trees ending at an automatic security gate approximately 100 yards from the house. The road to the stables now cuts across to the left immediately inside the main gate by the Lodge ( Original ) The stables block is the same except it is painted white and is a private house. The kitchen gardens and surrounding wall no longer exist. There is in fact a bungalow built on the area. The concrete construction which in my time was a general store for the Boy scouts troop , a theatre, a gymnasium and was situated just the other side of the stable block on the way to the daffodil fields, has been converted into a very fine bungalow The upper playing fields are now just ordinary agricultural land, with the swimming pool destroyed and overgrown by scrub and trees. The owner mentioned that over the years there has been the odd visitor ( ex Newells) found wandering in the garden with whom he chatted, but it is private property and I don't think we would be over pleased to find strangers wandering about in our garden. The garden is never open to the public . There is of course a public footpath across the very bottom by Newells rough, which leads from Newells farm ( Still there +lake) to South Lodge Hotel, where I stayed the night. The hotel was a private house, owned by a Lady Edith Godman. I remembered it quite well. We were all occasionally taken to the house when she opened the grounds for the annual village fete. The entrance is right over from the Crab tree Inn ( Still there). I also took a trip down to Lower beeding and had a look around the church. At least twice a term, we were marched down to the church for the Sunday service. In fact the Vicar , the Rev Hunter used to come to the school and teach scripture during the week. As it is the 50th anniversary of the fire I took the time to light a candle in memory of Parker. To sum up, there really isn't anything to see of our Newells school, neither the buildings nor the grounds remain People planning a visit I would suggest take a trip to the new school at Handcross park, where the headmaster seems willing to have a chat and look at the remaining Newells records etc. They can of course take a walk along the public footpath across Newells rough as previously mentioned, between the private gardens and where the .22 range was situated. Now a pond. I didn't take any photos of the Private house or gardens, but a few of the outer area and South Lodge, which I will eventually sort out and forward. I hope this has been of interest. Tony Kendal

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 recognition can be made. Chris Matthews ([email protected]