The year is 2008 and I stand on the Bluff at the entrance to Durban harbour. A helicopter whirrs lazily overhead shuttling the one of the harbour masters out to pilot in the huge Panamax super class container vessel awaiting entrance into the Port. Built by Vinashin of Hanoi, I ponder how the Vietnamese economy has thrived subsequent to their drawn out, crippling war some 40 years earlier.
On Friday 6th December, familes of Havelock Farm Boys came together for the first reunion in 75 years to share their histories of the Founder's farm in Canada. Stories were exchanged and connections made during the afternoon which brought together 30 people from Ontario and beyond. Relatives came from as far as California to Old St Paul's Church in Woodstock, 90 miles south of Toronto to meet with fellow descendents of the Farm Boys.
Full details about the Havelock Farm reunion have been announced. The event will take place at Old St Paul's Church, 723 Dundas St, Woodstock, ON, Canada on Friday 6th December. The afternoon will begin at 1:00pm with an opportunity to meet other relatives of Havelock Farm boys with a service at 4:00pm followed by supper in the Church Hall. We are very grateful to Old St Paul's Church for hosting this event.
On the occasion of the bi-ennial inspection of the Combined Cadet Force, the Headmaster, accompanying the reviewing officer Air Vice Marshall M Brecht CBE (KHS 1975-83, Plymouth & Clyde) invite all former KHS pupils and staff to attend the guard of honour followed by lunch, a review of training stands and post-inspection tea on Tuesday 12th March 2013.
On Sunday 13 January 2013, former pupils and staff returned to the Hill to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the opening of Plymouth House.
Gentlemen & Friends:
We were informed this morning by one of ours (Matt Huber) who had just picked up on an obituary notice in today's Telegraph: (Link at the end of this message) a very dear friend of ours has recently passed on:
Timothy Kenneth Whitfield Hart (Head of School , Head of House Sheffield). For details of his memorial service please click 'read more'
Rodney Chapman was born in 1927. He was educated at Felsted School in Essex then St John's College, Cambridge where he read Modern Languages. After graduation he undertook National Service in the army for three years and was posted to Ghana. With his good degree he was drafted into the Education Office.
Mrs Judith Benson was in contact with us this afternoon. It is with the deepest of regret and with much sadness we have to inform you that Basil Benson passed away on Sunday morning the 3rd February 2013. Basil taught at KHS from 1954 -1962 and was held in the highest regard by many boys and colleagues of Kingham Hill.
For details of the memorial service please click read more.
The forecast for the day was 'cloudy but dry', and when John, Eileen and I arrived at KHS about 9.50, it certainly was that. John and I went up to our archive room where we met James and Margaret Woolliams, Alex and Katrina Mathers, Simon Briggs and John Hughes. Tony and Julie soon joined us.
Written by our historian and from the notes given by
Mrs. Shirley Floyd December 2011.
Sheffield followed a similar design to those of the other houses at Kingham Hill. The purpose being a home for 30 boys and provide a full family life. Its not surprising then this concept governed the internal design of the house, and its supervision. Sheffield consisted of three large rooms downstairs. Playroom, dining room, living room and a kitchen; then the smaller rooms, superintendent's office, bathroom, washroom a boot room and the toilets. Upstairs there were three large dormitories for the boys; also bedrooms for staff and a night toilet and laundry room. If was not long before the staff in the homes were referred to as house parents, the term of house superintendent was consigned to our history book.