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The April OW 100 Club draw was carried out at The Kings Head in East Dereham and this months prize winners were:-
|OW Heritage Room||The OW’s have been given a side room in the chapel to convert into a Heritage Room with a view to displaying all manner of artifacts and documents from College history for visitors to peruse and reminisce over. We have already made a good start in deciding how we would like to set the room up and hope that some of you may be able to contribute anything that you may consider to be of interest. We are thinking of things like metalwork or woodwork projects that people are prepared to "let go" (on the assumption that they haven't become family heirlooms by now!!) We are not sure what to ask the girls to donate though? A cookery apron perhaps!!?? Items in particular that we are looking for are listed on the Heritage Room page, but if you have any other ideas, please contact Phil Robinson|
|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.|
100 Club Update - OWs in 2013
Some of you will have read the article that David Spinks has recently posted on this website entitled “OW’s in 2013” (see link in box above).
The crux of the matter is that we need to increase the amount of money that we raise through our various activities. As David has said, although we are looking at various other fund raising options, the 100 Club is, and has been for the last 9 years, the OW’s main source of income. Whilst it is called the “100 Club” there is no reason why we cannot have a “200” or even “300” club! We have over 4,000 ex-pupils on our database and I constantly read, within the newsletter, of the numerous ex-pupils who are grateful for their time at Wymondham College. Therefore it is still a mystery to me why we can only muster 100 people to join the 100 Club and assist in keeping the Wycol legacy alive.
Don't forget the Reunion in Norwich on 22nd June and the Golf Day on 5th July - names of those who are attending can be found on the Future Reunions page along with more details.
We are still looking for someone who would like to help put together the OW Newsletter. Please contact Julie if you are interested.
OW Travel Award
Six applicants were interviewed this year, all very enthusiastic and worthy winners, but we had to choose one winner and that was Bella Watson. Bella is going to Uganda for a year from August 2013 to teach English, Maths and Science to under-privileged children as well as encouraging Art, Drama and Music. Hopefully some of you have been reading the blog from last year's winner, Jordan. Bella has started her blog already and if you would like to learn more about what she will be doing and the fundraising towards it please click here.
Wells Girls - Miss Colls
At the end of August 2013 Miss Colls will be celebrating
her 100th Birthday and I would like to put together a WC Birthday
memento for her. It would be great to receive greetings from any Wells
House girls or ex-members of staff. I suggest including full names and
dates to help jog Miss Colls’ memory with your message. If you know of
anyone who might like to contribute, but doesn’t access this site, do
please let them know. There is lots of time, but it would be helpful to
receive contributions by the beginning of August. Thank you, Dorothy
Pymer (Miss Mann, Wells House 1968-1972) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nissen Hut Model
The latest tech toy if we are to believe the media will be the next whizz bang device which will save the world! Yes it’s 3D printing, and these devices will be so cheap that every modeller and DIYer in the land will have one! So maybe all that data so affectionately trawled by you romantics out there, will, one day be re-assembled in a code understood by this wonder device enabling it to deliver a highly detailed Model Nissen hut floor, interior and removable roof. Every Technical College should have one of these devices. Certainly our College should be alive to the possibilities either for Art or Technology, also the needs of us like minded and ageing former inmates who always appreciate the opportunity to remind the current incumbents just how comfortable they are and just how lucky we were! Maybe one day the OW’s committee could discuss with the College how the OW’s could help finance such a project. This could be an excellent joint effort serving many worthy purposes. David Spinks (Former Student 1951/55). Click here to see a demo of 3D printing.
The OW Reunion this year will be held on Saturday 22nd June at The Unthank Arms in Norwich. It is being organised by Karen Snook (77-82) and she would love to hear from you if you are keen to attend. All OWs are welcome and it would be great to see lots of you there. See the Future Reunions page for more details and a list of those who have already made contact.
The OW Golf Day and Dinner will be held at Sprowston Manor Golf Club on Friday 5th July. If anyone would like to attend, either to play golf or attend the dinner, or indeed both, please contact Bob Rowell. More information will be available on here nearer the date but now is the time to put it in your diaries and get your name down with Bob.
There will be no OW Spring Newsletter this year as we have no-one to produce it for us. However, the Principal has suggested that we have an A4 sized insert in the College Summer Newsletter, and two 6th formers who attend our Committee meetings have volunteered to help us put it together. It will be posted to all OWs who are on the database - join here if you are not already on.
Bearing in mind the above, is there anyone out there who has the software and who would be willing to help us put together our own Newsletter in future years? We can organise the printing but need someone to pull it all together for us. If you are interested please contact Julie.
The Royal Norfolk Show will take place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June. If anyone would like to come along and help us on either day please contact Julie.
The OW AGM and Committee Meetings were held at College on Saturday 2nd February. The minutes are available as pdf files. Click here to read.
Last year we presented the OW Travel Award to Jordan Cadman-Rivers towards his travelling expenses for his year working with Project Trust in South Africa. He is writing a monthly blog which is a very interesting read and can be found here.
Mike Herring is organising a reunion in Sydney Australia in April this year and has had a good response from those whose emails are on the database. If you are interested and haven't been contacted please see Mike's note and get in touch with him.
Dave Turner (51-58) has kindly donated various items for display in our Heritage Room. We are continuing our work on the Room and if you have anything you would like to donate please get in touch (see Phil's note in the box above and the Heritage Room page).
We would still love to hear your comments on how the College is represented at the Royal Norfolk Show and any ideas that you might have to improve on what we already do. There are lots of you out there who make a point of visiting the stand and it would be great to hear what you think. Please get in touch.
The College is celebrating an outstanding Ofsted inspection. Read more here.
A meeting was held at the College to discuss how WC is represented at the Royal Norfolk Show. If anyone has any ideas as to how the OWs could improve on what they do at the Show we would love to hear from you.
Please get in touch here.
The Sixties Bunch Christmas get-together was held in Norwich on Sunday 9th December and a report and photos has been sent in by Philip Wade and can be seen here.
In October we reported the passing of Graham Smith, an OW and Sixties Bunch regular and Philip Wade has written an obituary which can be read here.
On 22nd November I attended an East Region meeting of AROPS (Association of Representatives of Old Pupil Societies) at The Leys School in Cambridge. It is a useful forum to exchange ideas on friend-raising and fund-raising and to learn how others run their Associations. If you would like to find out more please visit their website - www.arops.org.uk
Whilst working on the OW Heritage Room, we have discovered that there are several years for which we have no College Magazine. If you have a copy from one of the following years which you would be prepared to donate to us please get in touch - 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970.
John Haden, a former Principal, has written an excellent book about his work with schools in Uganda, called Oh Uganda, May God Uphold Thee. The official book launch was held at the College and details of how to buy a copy can be found in the report on the College Website.
On Saturday 10th November we held one of our regular OW committee meetings at the College. We were joined by two current 6th formers and it was useful to have their input. Fund-raising and Reunions seemed to be the main topics of discussion. If anyone would like to get in touch with their ideas on either of these subjects we would love to hear from you. Please email me at email@example.com. The minutes are available here.
On Sunday 11th November the College Remembrance Day Service was held in the Chapel. Following the service a wreath was laid in the Memorial Garden on behalf of the OWs, along with the Principal and Mr David Hastings representing the College Governors. We were also joined by a representative from the US Air Force based at Mildenhall.
We have to report the passing of the following OWs:
If anyone would like to write a few words for the In Memorium page, please get in touch.
Calling all Canadians
We would like to make contact with any OWs living in Canada. We are hoping to hold a reunion in the Calgary area and would like to know how many of you are out there and would be interested. Please email Julie if you would like to join us.
Wymondham College Alumni Database
It has come to our attention that some OWs are experiencing problems when searching by name for individuals. Having looking into this it would appear that you need to enter JUST the SURNAME into the name box, it will then give you a list of possible names and you need to click on the one you are looking for. Also, when searching the database it is advisable to press the reset button to clear all search boxes between each search or it may not work. For more information or to report any issues, please email Caroline Hall, or write to her at Wymondham College, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9SZ.
If you are not registered on the database, why not do it now? You can search for others and they can search for you! Click here for easy access.
Wymondham College 60th Anniversary Heritage Trail
The Heritage Trail was inaugurated last year as part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations ... read more here
Jim Douglas and Andrew Pargeter
We had two collections of photos from Jim and Andrew on The Gallery which were linked to other websites but unfortunately these links no longer work. If Jim or Andrew read this or if anyone knows them we would love to have access to the photos again for our Gallery if they are still available. Please contact Julie.
Wymondham College celebrates outstanding Ofsted
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