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100 Club

The April OW 100 Club draw was carried out on 20th April at The Ostrich in North Creake and the winners were:                                               

Nick Robinson (currently Vice Chariman of the OWs) - resident of Leconfield, East Yorkshire


Anne Bradley (Ashworth)  - resident of Aylsham                              

Cheques for £55 each have been despatched. 

Steve and I were joined by a couple of debutants this month!  Mike Glister (1968-73) and his wife Chris were visting from Canada and made the effort to join us.  Nick Lakey (1977-84) also dropped by for the first time.  Other attendees were Sandra Howard, Steve Bishop, Guy and Lynne (Semmens) Pettit.  Chris kindly carried out the draw for us.                                                                                      

Mike, Guy and I both played for the 1at XV in the 1972/73 season and we can be viewed on the front row of the team photo either side of Ron Wolsey!  The 'commentary' does need updating though.

The two photos (taken by Steve Bishop) show L-R: Mike Glister, Sandra Howard, Nick Lakey, Chris Glister, Phil Robinson, Lynne Pettit, Guy Pettit and Steve Read.  

The Ostrich was a vast improvement from the hostelry that I last visited in the late 1970s. Very efficient and friendly staff.  You will have to ask Mike and Chris about the accommodation and food side of things as they were staying there overnight.                                                                                           

The May 2022 draw will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 7.30pm at  The King's Head in New Buckenham (near Attleborough).          

Hope to see some of you there. 

Take care all. 


Phil Robinson

OW 100 club administrator - Philrobinson55@btinternet.com


The June STAR draw will be held at the OW Golf Day at Dunston Hall.  The date is set for Friday 1st July 2022 at Dunston Hall, Norwich.  We will carry out the STAR draw during the evening.  Winnings are £500, £200 and £75.  The golf and meal will cost £48 and just the meal is £23.  If you wish to attend either the golf or the supper afterwards, please make contact with Bob Rowell


We have set a date for the annual North Norfolk 100 Club draw as Wednesday 20th July 2022.  Venue to be advised but it will be somewhere along the North Norfolk coastline (possibly the Cromer/Sheringham area).  If anyone has a suggestion for a suitable venue in this area please speak up!  This advance warning will hopefully give members the opportunity to combine any visit that they might make to the area with joining us for the draw. 


I have been made aware of a revitalised Facebook page recently renamed Wymondham College Alumni which has lots of interesting comments and reminicences:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1532014457127574

It's a Private Group so you might need to be approved by a current member.


Just a reminder that the The Chapel Project appeal was launched with the aim of preserving the last remaining Nissen hut at the college. The Old Wymondhamians have made a substantial donation to this cause although it doesn't show up on this running total page.


More details can be seen at here:- https://www.wymondhamcollege.org/404/news/post/41/the-chapel-project


If any of the above links do not work, please copy and paste into your browser.  Ed.



100 Club 2018 appeal

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A quick reminder - if you need to order anything from Amazon, please click on the image on the left first, the link will take you to the normal Amazon page but the Old Wymondhamians will get a small percentage of what you spend - at no extra cost to you!  







Would you like to buy a Wymondham College bespoke branded belt?

Please click on the image left to https://www.mybelt.co.uk/wyc

They have interchangeable buckles which can be custom made individually at no extra cost.

£5 to the College for every one sold.




April Update  


   College Reunion for 1972 Leavers - 21st July               

               Geoff Lewis (1965-72) is organising a reunion at the College on Thursday 21st July 2022 primarily to commemorate 50 years since the 1972 leavers departed, but naturally includes anyone else of that era who may have been at WC at the time.  A number of year groups are well represented.

     The plan is to assemble at 11.30 for a tour of the Campus, after which the College are providing a barbeque.  Steve Read of the OWs has kindly offered to provide a paid bar.  The cost per head will be £12 excluding drinks.  The OWs have also very generously agreed that the payments can be put through the OW bank account.  Please contact Geoff initially by email and he will give you the details and reference.  Once everyone has paid he will forward the names onto the College office so that you can be booked in on arrival.  He is also working on an evening venue for  anyone who wants to keep the party going!  He has had an incredible response so this should be a really good day.           

Contact Geoff on wycol1965@gmail.com 



 OW Golf and Dinner 2022  

  Provisional arrangements have been made to meet on 1st July 2022.  There has been a small increase in the cost of event. The Golf and Meal will cost £48 and the Meal £23. Hoping there will be no restrictions that would prevent us meeting – please let me know that you will be joining us – arrangements will be as last year at Dunstan Hall. Email Bob at    bob.e.rowell@outlook.com                                                                                        

David Spinks has sent through photos from the 2021 Golf dinner which can be viewed here.  


      100 Club Update

 Are you a 100 Club member?  Every month two prizes of £55 are awarded and twice a year, July and December, we have a STAR draw when three larger prizes are awarded, £500, £200 and £75.                           

To be in with a chance of winning why not join the OW 100 Club.  Please get in touch with Phil Robinson and he will guide you through the process.                                    



 “Wartime on a Country Estate - Some Americans in Norfolk 1943-1945

If you have an interest in what the Wymondham College site was like immediately prior to the establishment of Wycol, Anne & Adrian Hoare [teachers between 1974 and 1994] have written and published the above A4 book.

The book is about a Norfolk Country House Estate requisitioned for the war effort. On its land, an American Army Hospital was built to care for US Army Air Force casualties and later ground forces from the Normandy Campaign against the Nazis. It tells the stories of those who met there, airmen, doctors, nurses, Red Cross workers, drivers, military police, soldiers and musicians, sometimes in the own words and with their own photographs.

The book is available from Anne and Adrian by contacting them at:- adrianhoare@btinternet.com

Click here for a glimpse at the front cover - an image many early alumni will recognise.





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