Held at the Coach and Horses, Kew Green at noon on 9th April, 2008
Double-click on the link REUNION 2008 Photo Album Part 1
Double-click on the link REUNION 2008 Photo Album Part 2
Attendees (47): Sylvia Amner (Hyde) (guest), Doreen Ashton (Whybrow), Rosemary Ball (Caple), Mike Barrett, Christine Blyth (Fontaine), Mick Buckley, Brian Caswell (guest), Christine Caswell (Guest), Reg (Bob) Cator, John Cator, Ted Cronk, Ann Cronk (guest), Bobby Edwins, Mrs Mary Edwins (Guest), Gerry Fitch, Phillip Gibbs, Michael Goodchild, Peter Kimnell, Tony Hodgson (guest), Norma Hales (Rowe), Peter Lee, Janet Lee (guest), Douglas Miles, George Mordue, Marjorie Mordue (Guest), Jean Morgan (Williams), Joan Morsman (Woodhams), Patrick O'Leary (guest), Keith Owen, Doreen Owen (Guest), Betty Peak (O'Leary), David Richardson, Pat Rosier (Layzell Ward), Jimmy Russell, Hetty Russell (guest), Fred Taylor, Jeanette Taylor (Coldridge), Maurice Taylor, Robert Taylor, Patricia Thomas, Robin Whybrow (Guest), Alan Wicks, Peter Wicks, Arthur Williams, David Williams, Anne Williams (guest), John Woodhams (guest)
David Richardson hosted Reunion 2008 . The following is his speech of welcome............
"Good afternoon, everybody and welcome to King’s School Reunion 2008 with a special welcome to our guests.
The fact that so many have come today tells us, I think, that the School gave us a grounding that has stood us in good stead.
Before I start I want to introduce Betty O’Leary, once upon a time Betty Peak who was at King’s School with her sister Linda who unfortunately can’t be with us today. Others who are unable to be with us to include Brian Abigail, Tony Scarlett, Peter Middleton, Hugh Ockendon and Ian Pusey, who by the way is now a Church Minister.
But……… back to Betty who is my PA for today and I thank her for great assistance.
King’s School came into being in 1824 with the encouragement of King George the Fourth and the foundation stone for the building as we remember it was laid in 1887 as the population of Kew increased
The building was essentially the village school and was a landmark in Kew until it was demolished in 1970 when Queen’s School moved to Cumberland Road where it flourishes today.
Today’s gathering of pupils arrived during the pre-war years, some during it and others afterwards as King’s School became Queens School on the accession of Queen Elizabeth. Most will remember the School not only for the education it provided but for the staircases.
These were never easy times and we certainly knew all about rationing. During the War, pupils had arrived from the East End of London and had arrived at Kew Pier by barge.
Others will remember the School for the teachers and some for unscheduled dips in the pond and for sliding on the ice during the winters which were generally unlike anything we have today. Like others I remember the air raid shelters on the little green and the odour peculiar to these dug-out buildings that some still recall with distaste even after all these years.
The privilege of ringing the hand bell that summoned the children to School was a high prize and is recalled in the Memories page of the website which has plenty of information and reminiscence. You can find a copy of the Website on the table with other interesting detail of which I can always use more…….and especially photographs
Today’s message is simple and straightforward………….. relax and enjoy yourselves, it’s good to talk and we’ve got plenty to talk about."
Messages from overseas.......................
John Charman (Hong Kong)................................18th April, 2008
Thank you for all the hard work and passion you’ve put into designing and building the Kings School website. It is really very much appreciated. I’m sorry I couldn’t make the last reunion; regretfully I have colon cancer and am now undergoing chemo. The prognosis is good and I’m feeling positive that I will beat this nasty. I hope to make the next reunion in 18 months.
Incidentally when I retired from Rothschilds and decided to start my own wealth management business I named it after Haverfield Gardens where I was living while attending Kings School. Please take a look at Haverfield’s website haverfieldpartnership.com if you have a chance, this outlines Haverfield’s services.
Patricia Marion Yewen (Donovan) from Australia..............................18th April, 2008
David - Congratulations on the successful reunion 2008 - I do sincerely hope to get to the next one.
Please pass on my regards to the following:
Pat Thomas, John Cozens, Alan and Peter Wicks, David Williams and Maureen Williams
Regards to you all from Marion YEWEN and the YEWEN families