A View From The Secretary – Les Herbert (2016)

Hi to all Old Wandsworthians, well another year has flown by again, where does time go! First I would like us all to remember all our fellow young men who lost their lives in conflict. Especially, those young men who fell way back during WW1; many fell 100 years ago this year. Let’s also remember all our other absent Old Wandsworthians. “Thank you for those short quiet moments”. I would also like to add during my research I have also found one of the youngest former pupils who fell in the first Battle of the Somme. During the first attack on the 1st July 2016. Gilbert V Crockett, Rifleman, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). 1st/5th Battalion. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Died on the 1st July, 1916 aged 18. Gilbert was born in 1898 in Southfields.

Let us move on to some happier moments and once again we have had a pretty busy time,
back in May we started off with the Dinner & Dance at the Holiday Inn, where over 100 people celebrated the 20th Anniversary since the current OWMT was formed again. Everyone had a great time and special entertainment was provided by Steve Lake and his son Charlie.

OWMT 20th Anniversary Dinner 2016

The Trust is still building on the relationship with St Cecelia’s School; Dick Moody attended
their presentation night which was held in July. On the night Dick presented the winner of the HR King award who was Emmanuel Asamoah-Mensah for his contribution to the life of the school. The Trust presented Emmanuel with a personal book token and a cheque for £200 which he nominates a key area or special project for the school.

You will also have seen our article about the Remembrance Service, which was held at the
School, a very emotional event. Apart from the Trust paying their respects to the fallen, it is also a key area where the Head teacher wishes all their students to understand what this day is all about. He plans to hold it every year with their new intake of Year 7 students.

The “Dave Pollard Memorial Lunch” was held on Saturday 18th March at Imber Court. More news coming soon including announcing the winner of the monthly draw. If you are not aware of this voluntary donation, please visit our donation page where you can obtain a mandate form.Please remember by joining the £5/month fund raising scheme, you can win cash prizes. Butmost importantly the money raised will help us support many terrific good causes.

The Vince Weller Memorial Golf Day is taking place on Thursday 25th May 2017, it is a great fun day for golf and at the same time raising funds for cancer. More details will be sent out soon.

Steve and Charlie Lake.

Finally I would just like to say, thank you to all of you who are still involved in being part of the Old Wandsworthians Memorial Trust, whose key role is to keep the spirit alive. Please spread the word, there are more former pupils out there. (I have just been in contact with another former pupil (Mike Konieczko, who went to the school from 1958 to 1966). One last thing, Personal Information, please send me any updates on contact details, especially if you have an Email Address.

Best wishes Les Herbert.

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