2013, 1960s Reunion
Saturday 29 June 2013
The 1960s Reunion was a great occasion for renewing friendships and sharing fond memories and much laughter. 200 OWs with wives and partners gathered back at school on 29 June. For many OWs this was the first time they had seen the school and many friends since the day they left. The presence of a number of former staff made the day particularly special.
The Head Master and OWA President Mike Huntley (WS 1962-69) gave a warm welcome. OWs had travelled from far and wide to attend, including from the US, Canada, Australia and Japan. Name badges and class lists proved essential as faces were identified and memories rekindled.
After a group photo OWs gathered together in Chapel, little changed since the 1960s. Rev Andrew Stevens (WS 1955-63) gave the address and finished his talk with the following prayer, which a number of OWs have asked to have printed here…
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves.
When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
When we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly.
To venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes
And push us in the future in strength, courage, hope and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.
Pimms under the Limes and lunch in the Pyne and Panel Rooms were well received. Prefects and boys from the Senior School valiantly shepherded year groups on a tour of the school and a number of OWs also had the opportunity to see the senior boarding house. The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting, enjoying the school vs. Old Warwickians annual cricket match and taking a welcome cup of tea in the Guy Nelson Hall.
“It was wonderful to meet so many of my contemporaries - some for the first time in more than 45 years!”
Richard Galbraith (WS 1957-68).
"As my first return to school for some 50 years, I had quite expected the same sort of trepidation as the time my mother tearfully left me in the hands of Ros Pulford so it was such a joy to meet her again and reminisce over shared memories."
John Mill (WS 1956-63).
“It can't have been easy for the prefects, keeping grips on their respective parties. They would have found a sheep dog handy at times, I think!”
Geoff Lamley (WS 1958-65).
“If only school lunches had been as good in my day as those we were dished up last Saturday!”
Julian Johnston (WS 1964-67).
Click here to see a selection of images from the day.