Welcome to 2013

Highlights from 'What's new...'



Summer Reunions

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 webmaster.aytonoldscholars@gmail.com

See what happened at the 2010 Summer Reunion

View photo and text reports on Reunions back to 2000

Website update

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

Richard John DennisWe 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

School Orchestra

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.

Jubilee History

Ayton School 1842The 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.



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