As I have said before, another year has flown by, which has seen many events taken place involving the Trust and groups of Old Wandsworthians. First, I must just pass on our condolences to all the families of former Old Wandsworthians, who sadly left us this year. Albert Mallows, Ian Maclean and Peter Dutch. Ian and Peter (Slippery & Dutchy), were two great ambassadors of the Old Wandsworthians Rugby Club and great friends to many of us.
We have over 400 former pupils on our records and although sadly some are leaving us, we are also picking up more each year. Please pass on the word about the OWMT and if you know any former pupils, please get them to send us their details.
Remember apart from holding annual events, we do support many young people for educational qualifications and trips. The grant application form can be found here. Over the years most applications have been awarded to the children of former Old Wandsworthians. The Trust is also now considering supporting applications for grandchildren. All applications are sent to me, Les Herbert, details are on the form
This year our first gathering of Old Boys was the Dave Pollard Memorial Lunch. This took place way back in February, and saw our highest attendance with over 130 former Old Boys at Imber Court Sports Club. We must thank Alan Bone and his little helper (me) for another great event
The event is taking place next year on February 2nd, where we will be watching Ireland vs England KO 16:45 but our proceedings start around 13:00 at the bar. So, come along and meet up with old friends and have a great day. The Trust covers all food and wine costs.
Our second event this year was a very special and moving Service of Remembrance, which was held at Saint Cecilia’s School on Friday 9th November. This service commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ending of ‘The Great War’ 1918 -2018. With our guest of honour being the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Piers McCausland along with over 50 former pupils/teachers of Wandsworth school and representation from Saint Cecilia’s School, our attendance was well over 100. The service was led by the Venerable John Kiddle (Archdeacon of Wandsworth) and The Revd Annie Kurk (School Chaplain). The school also paid a massive tribute to the 98 young former pupils and staff who fell in WW1 by lighting candles for each of these men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country
The service was followed by a social gathering in the school refectory, where World War One displays prepared by the pupils of Saint Cecilia’s School were on show. Next year we will be holding the Service of Remembrance with all of the new intake of year seven pupils, the date and invite for which will be sent out later next year.
Finally, I would like to thank all the Trustees for their continued support and hard work they all put into keeping the Old Wandsworthians Memorial Trust alive. I would also like to thank all of ‘YOU’ who also attend and support the Trust’s event.
The aim is primarily about the Memory of the fallen, but it is also about the future and the support we give to many young people and the relationship we have with Saint Cecilia’s School
Les Herbert (Secretary OWMT)