Friendships renewed after more than 50 years
College life during WWII, the Queen's visit in 1955 and boxing were among the many reminiscences at Sunday's reunion for those who left the College prior to 1960. For the 80 guests who attended, the day began with a service in Chapel led by Revd Canon Adrian Esdaile. As Master of Ceremonies, Alan Goodfellow (Cr 1951-55) gave a warm welcome in Big School, where guests enjoyed a buffet lunch and musical performances by pupils. Headmaster, Jay Piggot, updated guests on recent developments at the College and acknowledged the important contributions of former Governor, Peter Hakim (Cr 1951-56), who served as Treasurer of Epsom College for over 20 years.
Following lunch, guests had the opportunity to take a pupil-guided tour of the campus or to attend a lecture in Main Hall by Epsom College Archivist, Alan Scadding. Alan spoke about his on-going research on OEs who served in the Great War, which is part of the College's broader effort to commemorate the centenary. He is actively seeking volunteer support for his research project and encouraged those interested to volunteer their time.
Guests reconvened for tea and cake in Big School. In his closing remarks Richard Ingham (H 1950-55) commented, "I'd like to recall a few members of staff who tend to be overlooked. Do you remember Mr & Mrs Cooper, who ran the Tuck Shop and provided essential treats during rationing; or Sgt Maj Hancock, who was in charge of the gym and masterminded the fabulous Founder's Day gym displays; or the head gardener, who trimmed the hedges by day and the boys' hair by night!"
The reunion was attended by 60 OEs who left the College between 1940 and 1959, some of whom had travelled from Europe, UAE and the US.
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