"The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured"
US Secretary of State Dean Acheson (who was Guest of Honour at the College's first Speech Day in 1958)

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100 Club

The February OW 100 Club draw was carried out at The Stag at West Acre and this month's winners were:-

Chris Chamberlin - resident of Harold Park, near Romford
Mike Stacey - resident of Litchard, near Bridgend

I’m fairly sure that both Chris and Mike were part of the “Guinea Pigs” who were the first pupils to arrive at the College in April 1951 – although I’m also sure that I will soon be castigated if that isn’t the case! Cheques for £55.00 have been sent.

This month we were joined by Neil and Liz [Sasada] Bishop & Chris Parnham. Neil carried out the draw for us. The Stag was a friendly, welcoming village pub – well off the beaten track though. It is on the Nar Valley Way and is ideally located to serve as a welcoming watering hole after a riverside stroll to Castle Acre & back [as I did during the Summer!]. The beers on offer were two from the Buntingford Brewery – “Twitchell” & “Winter Gold” and “Afternoon Delight” from Beeston Brewery. The menu was typically unfussy “pub grub” and the fact that steak & kidney suet pudding was available, will mean that a return visit is required [for me at least!] A score of 8.5 is well deserved.

The March draw will be held at The Boars Pub Restaurant, Spooner Row on Wednesday 18th March 2015. This will also be a chance to say thank you to Roger Garrard who is retiring from the OW Committee and will include a dinner for those who would like to join in. Please see the March Update below for details.

Hope to see some of you there.

Best Regards,

Phil Robinson
OW 100 Club Administrator - Philrobinson55@btinternet.com


The OW Christmas Newsletter has been emailed to those on our mailing list. If you have changed your email address recently and would like us to keep in touch with you by email - usually no more than twice a year - please get in touch with the Alumni Secretary,with your new details.

The Christmas 2014 Newsletter can be seen by clicking on the image on the left.


Old Wymondhamians Travel Award

Rachel Campbell Still has updated her blog from Guyana.

Interviews for the 2015 Award will be taking place shortly.


The College have introduced some new display boards throughout the campus which showcase the history of the College - photos, stories and newspaper articles from the 1940's to today. You can follow a trail from one to another as a timeline throughout the College. The aim is to make current students more aware of the history and also of the Old Wymondhamians. The plan is to refresh the materials from time to time and if you have anything you would like to display please get in touch.  

March Update



Amanda Carey-McDermott, Fry 77-84, is organising a Wymondham College get together on 21st March at 12.00 near Euston - venue to be confirmed - watch this space!


Roger Garrard

After a long association with the College first as a teacher in 1952 culminating in 18 years membership of the Old Wymondhamians Committee, ROGER GARRARD has decided it is time to step down. We thought it would be nice to invite Roger and Brenda to dinner at The Boars Pub Restaurant, Spooner Row on Wednesday 18th March 2015.

This will combine nicely with the monthly OW 100 CLUB DRAW when Phil and Steve and others will join Roger and Brenda for dinner prior to the draw. Other OWs are most welcome to attend and anyone wishing to join the diners should contact the pub on 01953 605851 and book your dinner - 6:30pm for 7pm quoting the OW group. The restaurant capacity is 30.

If you are not dining, then you might like to join the party for the draw and drinks later.

Wymondham College App

The Wymondham College App has been launched and is FREE to download. The app works on Android and Apple iOS devices - tablets, desktops and phones. You can easily flick through pages of the latest Lion newsletter, 6th Form News and Old Wymondhamians newsletter. It is planned to add much more in the coming weeks and months. Just visit the App Store and type in Wymondham College.


Sad News

Bryan Tungate passed away at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on February 9th, 2015, aged 75. Bryan was one of the pioneer September 1951 Wymondham Technical College students who became a dedicated Norwich and King's Lynn Speedway Historian. It is no surprise he exercised his archival talents later in life as, not partaking in any sport himself, he showed tremendous support and enthusiasm for those who did and in some cases knew more about their achievements than they did themselves. In later recollections he was sometimes referred to as the sage of Wymondham College and was known to partake in contract line writing for those who chose not to do it themselves.



OW Golf - Friday 3rd July 2015

Don't forget to put the date in your diary. If you wish to stay at Sprowston Manor could you please let Bob Rowell know so he can make sure there are sufficient provisional bookings (which do not have to be confirmed until much nearer the time).

Will you be 60 in 2015?

A group of OWs who will be 60 in 2015 are planning a reunion on Saturday 18th July in the Norwich area. Please click here to see more details from Phil Robinson.

Will you be 70 in 2015?

Enid Stanbrook-Evans is organising a reunion on 3rd October 2015 for those alumni of the sixties who are fast approaching age 70. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the reunion.



For previous updates please click here.



College News

Leading Norfolk figure Lady Ralphs passes away at the age of 99
Norwich Evening News

She was governor of Norwich School, Wymondham College and Culford School and was president of the Norwich branch of the United Nations


“Do everything you can” to get your children a place at Wymondham ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Wymondham College has been included in a list of 20 schools society magazine Tatler claims are the “creme de la creme” of the state sector.



100 Club Update - OWs in 2013 - Click here for the latest news and for information on how to join.
College Heritage Room Click here for more information.  
OW's in 2013 David Spinks has written a few words outlining our current situation and a call for new OWs to help with various functions on our Committee which can be found here.  

OW Newsletter

Please click on the picture on the left to see the latest OW Newsletter.





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