Issue 2
Sept 2018
The Edge Grove Society welcomes the Year 8 leavers of 2018
A word from the EGS President Paul Haworth (OB 64-69)
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Edge Grove Society Summer Newsletter.

It has been a spectacular summer weather-wise and the Society was blessed with brilliant sunshine for the Golf Day at Porters Park on 18 May. Forty of our Alumni, current and past parents and school staff took part and all enjoyed this tremendous event. Congratulations to the award winners with some very respectable scores. Your President won the most golf shots played, a kind name for what really is the worst golfer prize with a score I am too embarrassed to publish here. However I am grateful for the many helpful tips on how to improve my golf and in particular for the suggestion that I might try fishing! Reminiscent of one of my Edge Grove School reports in which Jimmy Pratt simply wrote "Could do better"!

The Summer Ball on 30 June was another excellent evening and raised a healthy sum for both the Rainbow Centre in Sri Lanka and the Lower School Development fund. This was closely followed by the wonderful Robin Streather memorial concert and then Speech Day on 7 July with Alumni guest speakers Peter Leaver QC and his son James Leaver.
I am delighted to report that the school continues to thrive and has been successful recently in securing a tenancy on Edge Grove Park, the land past the pavilion on the left hand side of the drive as one enters the main gate. This tremendous addition to the school grounds has given much needed additional recreation space and the opportunity for an extended forest school as well as the Headmaster's initiative of the "Edge Grove mile"....twice round the top section which is being much enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.

My thanks as ever go to Sue Maughan for arranging all of these events. Her dedication and resourcefulness is astonishing.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the next event, the Christmas lunch on December 8th for any of you that were at the school between 1965 and 1980.

With very best wishes,

Paul Haworth (OB 64-69)
Click here to download further details on EGS membership
Old Boys, past and present parents and staff met for the  2018 EGS Golf Day at Porters Park in May.
This year we had 10 teams participating, over double the number from last year, and the sun was shining for a fabulous morning of golf followed by drinks in the bar and a fantastic 2 course lunch.
After winning the prize for the most shots played last year, Henry Schreier (OB 90-96) kindly donated a fabulous trophy for the best individual winner which this year was won by Ivor Hogan a current parent of the school. The best team this year was made up of the 'young ones' Ben Scott, Andrew Haworth, Charles Leigh and James Sampson.
Old Boys that attended this year included:
Tim Fillingham  (69-74) 
Andrew Robson (70-76) 
Anthony Jenks  (70-75)     
Andrew Haworth (97-03)

Rupert Farr  (70-75)          
Martin Jeens  (51-58)        
Peter Coward (69-75)           

David Tomas-Merrills  (65-71)
Peter Robson (72-77)
Charles Leigh  (96-06)
Ben Scott   (93-99)
Peter Hordern  (63-68)
Paul Haworth  (64-69)

Robert Johnson  (69-75)         
Charles Randall (57-62)
Steven Boyd (59-65)
This year we were also joined by teams made up up past parents, present parents and staff making up 39 players in all. Golf towels, chocolate and fruit were all donated and handed out to players by the golf buggy team of ex staff Barbara Sampson  and governor Samantha O'Sullivan.

The 2019 Golf day has been provisionally booked for the morning of  Friday 24th May. We hope to grow this event even further next time so please put the date in your diary bring as many along as possible. The ticket price includes coffee and breakfast rolls, green fees and a two course lunch. For further details, please email egs@edgegrove.com. 
If your company would like to help sponsor this event in any way next year we would love to hear from you. 
Keith Hamlyn (OB 53-59) Geoffrey Godbold ( OB 50-56), Alan Brown (OB 50-55), Michael Stewart (OB 49-55) and Jeremy Skipper( OB 48-52) returned to Edge Grove to be filmed reminiscing about their time at the School.
Edge Grove were approached by a Spanish production company  Celefon,who were looking for a location to film a promotional video with Alumni from the 1950's reminiscing about their time at the school. After being selected from several boarding schools we set about contacting anyone that we had engaged with the school over the last year who had attended EG in the 50's and who were willing to participate.

With 15 willing volunteers it was down to the casting director to chose 5 who made the final cut. 
Keith Hamlyn, Geoffrey Godbold, Alan Brown, Micheal Stewart and Jeremy Skipper were a pleasure to spend time with listening to their stories and recollections.  For some, this was the first visit back to Edge Grove since they had left. Even though the day was long and full on with a little repetition as in all film making, all 5 of your stars said they really enjoyed the experience.
Click here to view the film ( don't worry its only 3 mins long)
Richard Bolt (OB 1935-1940)
One of our original Old Boys Richard (Titch) Bolt  called in to see us and brought with him a history of Edge Grove that he had written for the Radlett History Society. Richard was one of the first pupils of Edge Grove in 1935 He had previously attended Park School in Biggleswade (Captain Pratt's  previous school) Captain Pratt and Ken Waterfield joined forces and schools to form Edge Grove on the site we have occupied since 1935.  During his time at Edge Grove  Richard was evacuated to Sarnesfield during the war and left Edge Grove whilst he was there.  He is one of 9 Bolts that have all attended the school.  With an incredible memory for names and faces Richard has helped identify 49 of the 63 faces on the 1937 school photograph. 
Haris Arain (EG 2010-2017)  My first year at Eton

From divs to beaks, my first year at Eton has been a fantastic experience.  Learning vocabulary unique to the school, making new friends and navigating my way through a huge campus has taken time but I've enjoyed the sense of freedom.
 My first day was daunting, coming from the homely community of Edge Grove and arriving in an unfamiliar school. However, the older boys, my dame and my housemaster made me feel very welcome.
There is a lot to do here and everyone is encouraged to play any sport they want.  I chose the field game, which was difficult at first as there were so many rules however, over time I learnt about the positions, game rules and scoring points. I enjoy playing it now and our house team is doing very well. 
As houses, we compete in sports, singing competitions and raising money for various charities.  It would be safe to say that we would represent our school but actually die for our house!  Learning at Eton is not boring.  The teachers are really fun and even though there is a lot of work, I have enjoyed my divs working with different resources and learning new techniques.  The various talks and societies are also inspirational. 
On the weekends, I usually go to Tudors with my friends. They do the best milkshakes in town! The rest of my spare time is spent playing football in the yard or hanging out in each other's rooms.
Tim Xuereb  (OB 2007-2010)
Tim graduated from Birmingham University this summer  with a degree in Business Management and also won the award for best dissertation.  Congratulations Tim.
His brother Ben (2008-2012) has also just secured his place at Birmingham University after success in his A levels from St Albans School.

Please get in touch with your graduation photo or A level results so that we can build a graduation wall each summer in the newsletter.
Congratulations to Ben Daniels (OB 95-01) who qualified for the Amateur World Championships in the UCI Cycling Series 
His brother Sam Daniels (OB 95-01) took part in the Blenheim Palace triathlon. 

Sister Lydia Daniels (EG 03-13) left Haileybury this summer to go onto university. A very proud mum in Suzy Daniels who still holds the record for the longest serving parent of Edge Grove 22 consecutive years. James Daniels also attended between 1998 and 2004.
Rugby Team Members Reunite
Since meeting at our Vintage Old Boy Christmas Lunch in December, a group of our Old Boys have met up for lunch at the Honourable Artillery Company. David Berliand, Eric Serjeant, Michael Virtue, Peter Dawkins and Roger Sparrow.  All except  Roger are on the back row of this 1949 Rugby team photo. Do you recognise yourself here?
JANE APTHORP  Past Parent and Governor ( 89-95)

Past parent and Governor of Edge Grove Jane Apthop sadly passed away in May after a long illness. One of Mrs Apthorp's final wishes was that the Edge Grove jazz band play at her memorial service which was held in June at Christ Church in Radlett. Both Jane and her husband John have been long term supporters and benefactors of the school so it was indeed an honour to be asked to perform at this special occasion. Their sons Justin, Miles and Duncan all attended Edge Grove in the 70's.
Tales of an Expat Teacher by David Edwards (EG 67-73)

David  joined Edge Grove in September 1967 as a day boy initially and became a boarder in 1971, when his younger brother joined the school. His best friends included Graham Spensley, Patrick Chalmers, Bill Tweddle and Simon Waterfield and he was house captain of Gills and went on to Merchant Taylor's school after leaving EG.

David has spent the last 3 years teacher travelling around the world and has  'Tales of an Expat teacher' which he would like to share with anyone who knows him. Click on the link below to read his article. 
Click here to read David's tales of his expat life.
Edge Grove Summer Ball July 2018
Over the years there have been many balls held at Edge Grove and this year was no exception.  Parents past and present, as well as alumni and staff all came together for a fabulous end to the school year.  
(EGS president Paul Haworth, Gill Haworth, Headmaster, Ben Evans and his wife Alex)

Up and coming events for 2018/19

  • Bonfire Night and fireworks Saturday 10th November, 5pm welcoming back all our recent leavers.
  • Christmas lunch for Alumni of 1965-1980 Saturday December 8th 2018
  • EGS Golf Day Porter Park  Friday May 24th 2019

Contact egs@edgegrove.com for further details.

It is always a pleasure to welcome back old pupils so if you would like to return to the school and have a tour or come and see the school on a typical working day please email smaughan@edgegrove.com.

We would also like to hear from anyone that would like to submit an update that will be published in the next newsletter.
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