Welcome to 2014
Highlights from 'What's new...'
I am very sad to have to report to you the death of our last Bursar John Roberts. He died suddenly last Monday and the funeral is to be held at Kettlewell Church on Monday next the 23rd of March at 10.30 a.m.
As you know John did sterling service during his time as bursar and was instrumental in a number of initiatives to try to improve the viability of the School alongside our Head Alice Meager. Once the closure became inevitable he was a tower of strength to all involved and it was through his services that the closure, sale, auction sale, and final handover to the buyer went so smoothly and the maximum possible return for our assets was achieved.
- New 70's cricket video from Bill Jones
- Minutes of the 126th Annual General Meeting
- This year's reunion was on 28th/29th June.
- The constitution has been published on the website.
- The last reunion was held on Saturday 29th June 2013. Read the AGM minutes here
- Updated executive committe 2013 - 2014
- Nostalgia has another new collection of photos from the 60s and 70s
- New nostalgia; photos from early sixties and seventies.
- Request for cine film/video.
- Requests for information for Peter Gilmore and William Crake
- Golden Wedding Celebrations of Tony Browne (1947-53) and his wife Beryl.
Peter Whittle died 30th October 2014. He was the school's English and Drama teacher from 1960 to 1979.
Jean Waters (nee George: 1937-44), on 26 October 2014. Jean, who lived at Middleton Hall, Middleton St. George, had been in failing health for a number of years and latterly confined to her bed.
Heather Adams (nee Davies) died May 27th 2013,aged 89yrs
Wendy Heald died on Saturday 9th August. Her funeral was on 18th August at Christ Church in Ayton. She had pancreatic cancer and has been poorly for about 9 months.
Clifford Weschenfelder died May 15th 2014, and the funeral was held at St Mary's Church Nunthorpe on May 27th.
Sheila Wrightson passed away on 9th May 2013 after suffering the after effects of a severe stroke in 2009. She is survived by her husband Bill.
Paul Ellington died 7th February.
Mary Kidd write; I remember Paul from my first term at Ayton , I was "on table " with him in the dining room . Robert Stansfield was the "Table Ender" . From recollection there were five others on the same table but I do not recollect who they were ! I think Paul would be two years above me so after that first term I did not come across him very much other than to know him vaguely . He was in contact with me some years ago in my position as District Secretary for Scotland and I do recall he suggested that perhaps the Scottish Old Scholars might get together for a round of golf . The suggestion never got any further as the few of us in Scotland are spread over a sizeable area and I am a non - golfer !
Christine Kirk died on the 14th August 2013, aged 89, just 2 weeks off her 90th birthday. She lived in Finghall near Leyburn. The sad news came from her nephew Jeremy Kirk-Alton, son of Isabella Alton (nee Kirk) who died in 2001. Both sisters attended Ayton School.They were cousins of Michael Bell of Swainby.
Alan Goodfellow (1952 - 57) died 9th December 2013,
Alan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He wished Spiggs bell to remain on display with the other school artefacts. He moved to Pickering with his eldest son and family to run a farm and a bed and breakfast in 2006.
Dorothy Newby (Danby 1934-1939) Died May 2013
George (Bill) Alderson, also known as "Podge" - our 1st Eleven goalkeeper - from Co. Durham.
Bill's sister-in-law, Margaret Alderson, (nee Lund), and married to Clifford Alderson has also died recently.
Derek Barnes (Lancashire, Wigan) died on Tuesday 16th July
Edna Bond (nee Clayton) June 2013, it's understood that her father was groundsman at the school and they lived in the cottage on the left as you went up the Coach Road towards school.
Michael Bell (1938 – 43) died on Saturday 29th June 2013
Mary Banks Died 26/02/2013
The funeral was on Monday 13th March, St Bedes Crematorium
Acklam Road, Middlesborough.
1930's Eric Rodham president of AOSA in 1987
Died 16/01/2013 aged 89
- Linda Knott and David French made a joint unveiling of the commemorative plaque at 3.30.p.m, on Saturday 23rd June
- Chairman's Statement
This is the full statement which was
published in abridged form in this year's magazine.
- New Ayton School Video mp4 format
- Family tragedy for Matthew Badger who was at Ayton in the late 70s.
An online book of condolences is available.
- Louise Sensical has had her baby, a little girl to be called Charlotte Claire, weighing in at 8lb 9oz.
- The 2011 Magazine has been published
- Minutes of the 123rd Annual General Meeting
- External website found: Peter Rushforth - a Yorkshire novelist and teacher
- I regret to inform you that Bill Kearsley (early 1950s) passed away last week (posted 7th July 11).
- New page on drama and music. Wherever possible programmes from past performances are included. Many stars were born!
- Forum, guestbook and mailing list have all been fixed (they were broken when the site was moved to the new address).
- The Ayton School - Magna est Veritas video is now available online.
The 2011 reunion took place over
the weekend of 25th/26th June. If anyone would like to send details on how this went, photos etc for the website please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
See what happened at the 2010 Summer Reunion
View photo and text reports on Reunions back to 2000
For some time Dick had been planning to move the AOSA website to a new domain registered specially for it and as part of that move we had planned to update the look of the site to make it easier to navigate and to bring the code up to modern standards. As his friend and business partner I have taken over the task of completing this as I know it was something dear to Dick's heart and so the pages have now been moved and the process of modernising them is well under way. There are no changes to the original content, it is just being wrapped in a better navigation system.
A system to automatically redirect visitors from the old pages to the new ones has been installed but you should update your bookmarks to reflect the new URL: www.aytonoldscholars.org
There are over 1100 pages on this site so you will find some that still have the original look - these will be updated as quickly as I can work through them but please be patient as it will obviously take some time to complete. The forum and other interactive pages should work as before but if you do find any pages that are clearly broken (not just in the old format), or email links that still go to Dick, please let me know.
Richard John Dennis
We are very sorry to announce the death of our webmaster Dick Dennis, on 12th February 2010, in his beloved Hospice on the Isle of Man. Dick
had been in poor health for some years and in 2009 had surgery for
cancer of the oesophagus from which he never fully recovered.
The website is now being looked after by Dan Smith - let me know if you would like to add to or change something on the website.
There's a tribute to RJD by Gill Jackson here...
The AOSA 2010 Magazine - is online, along with all Mags since the website first went online. Follow this link for Mags Contents page
Were you a member of the School Orchestra in 1953? There is now a larger photo of the orchestra in full swing on a separate page. When you place your mouse pointer over the head of any one of the Orchestra, a box with a number will appear. If you know any of the names left blank the name can be added. Just e-mail giving the number and name(s) - (christian and family names please). These will be added to the popup box.
The original Jubilee History of Ayton - 1841 to 1891 - written by George and Ralph Dixon, is now online.
Thirteen chapters describing the formation and running of Great Ayton School, as it was then known, in detail to delight any historian but also of great interest for Ayton old scholars curious about the early days of their School, and all the better for being written by the two men, father and son, who ran the School for all the years covered in this book.
A list of boys educated at the North of England Agricultural School is now online. The list of girls will follow soon.
A fascinating insight into education and the life of Ayton School in the 19th Century.
Annual Report matters are dealt with by Linda Hewison. Editor at:email@example.com
For subscriptions and matters for the Treasurer's attention:firstname.lastname@example.org
and matters relating to AOSA members' records:email@example.com