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Welcome to The Old Bancroftians Association
This Website is intended to help the Association meet its main objective of enabling former pupils of Bancroft's School to keep in touch with each other and the School.


Welcome to the new OBA Chairman 

Amanda Campbell (OBA 1979-83)

It is with great pleasure that I can introduce your new Chairman (or should that be Chairperson) Amanda Campbell who took over from me from the beginning of April. Amanda has been a stalwart of the OBA having previously served as secretary for many years and also recently as only our second lady president. I hope that she enjoys her new role and I look forward to supporting her as the OBA continues to develop. I would also like to take this oppirtunity to thank all those I have worked with over the last 6 years and to continue to be an active supporter of the association , foundation and school - Steve Dodd (OB 1972-79)

Peter Chappell (OB 1944-51)

To read two obituary tributes to Peter who sadly passed away on the 3rd April 2017

from his son Graham and also from Fred Emery (OB 1944-51)

please click on this link 

Nick Bowman (OB1972-79)

Meet the new OBA President 2017-18

I arrived at Bancroft’s in September 1972 a day boy and member of North House, and departed seven years later in 1979 having finished my time as a boarder and member of School House.  So my experience of the School was somewhat different to most, but one that I remember with deep affection.  On my last day, the headmaster’s wife  passed comment that “The school will miss your music wafting across the quad” – my room had faced the chapel and evidently I didn’t know where the volume control was on my record player.  Although I was never much of a sportsman, I was pleased to earn my Colours for Cross-Country, and somewhat amused or bemused when I returned many years later to see it had been down-graded to ‘minor-sport’, half colours.  Oh well, it felt good at the time.  After completing my degree in Economics and Politics at Exeter University, I made the less than obvious step of becoming a PR in the car industry…firstly at the ill-fated Austin-Rover and then at Nissan.  I’ve remained in the communications business all my career, subsequently working for some of the larger PR businesses directing global communications programmes for the likes of UPS and TNT, before leaving to set up my own business which has specialised in communications for creative businesses – design, advertising, architectural and branding consultancies.  To say it is niche would be an understatement, but some of the projects have been quite high profile including an exhibition at the Design Museum and one that took me through the doors of 10 Downing Street just before last year’s referendum (I’m not saying panic was in the air, but beds were being brought in so that everyone could work 24 hours a day).  I have greatly enjoyed volunteering – this led me to  perform in the Industrial Revolution of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in front of an audience of 3 three billion, marshalling for the Tour de France, and there’s a chance you’ll see me at this year’s World Athletics Championships later this year, as well as the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018.
My contact with the school continued with regular attendances at OB events, especially the annual OB dinner which always seems a great way of catching up with old friends.  In fact I enjoyed it so much that I became responsible for organising it.  I passed my affection for the school on to my son Fred who joined in 2006, became Head of the CCF, Deputy Head of House, achieved his Gold DoE Award and is now studying German and Scandinavian Studies at Edinburgh University.
But this was not the only link with the school I have retained – I met my partner Anne at the school gates when her daughter Katherine Stevens (2006 – 2013) and Fred were off on the school ski trip together.  By some coincidence, Anne is the sister of classmate Paul Fitzpatrick, and also of Clare Grimsell (1981-1988) , and Martin Fitzpatrick (1978 -1985) who both had accomplished Bancrofts school careers.  My nieces Martha and Josie Grimsell are currently at Bancrofts, so there is always a good reason to walk through the hallowed archway to attend another school event.
I’ve been a passionate believer in everything the School stands for, and as OB President my hope is that I can inspire greater links between the Old Bancroftian Association and the local community.  Additionally, I would like to encourage much greater involvement of younger OB’s in the OBA – fresh blood will bring fresh ideas and new directions which can only be good for us as a community in the future.  May I heartily encourage everyone to post their personal and professional achievements on the OB Facebook page, as that is a very visible way showing what a vibrant and successful group we are.



Matt Giles (OB 1976-83) Deceased

Following Matt's untimely passing an anthology of his poems collected by his family has recently been published online

The Green - Fifty years of being me

If you would like to read his poems then please visit the website below or click on the link above


Our House
So sweet by the Green, always a view.
You can see a long way in East Anglia.
Birds always present, hidden but visible,
Such space in the fields and woods,
Ideal for youth.
But our place*, shorn of its crowning glory.
The elms, gone forever, only the name remains.
Dad put up nesting boxes for the Martins.
They’re still there, I view them often,
Still searching for those times, that perfection.
My one place of happiness, never since repeated.
I now should give up, for it won’t ever come back…

Bancroft Insight Spring 2017 Magazine

Click on the image above to read the complete magazine

Ingrid (Inga) Shervington
It is with great sadness that we report that Inga Shervington wife of former OBA President Dick Shervington (OB 1948-53) died unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday 4th March 2017
 She was the much loved wife of Dick (OBA President 1999) and much loved friend of the OBA.
our thoughrs are with their family and friends.

James (Jimmy) Hilditch (OB 1947-54)

James (Jimmy) Frederick Hilditch died peacefully on 12th February, aged 80, after a long fight against dementia.

Much loved husband to Olive, father to James and Chris, and grandfather to Jamie, David, Edward and Thomas.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

Funeral Service will be held at Chilterns Crematorium on 28 February at 3.15pm. No flowers, please, but donations if desired to The Lewy Body Society or the Tea Trade Benevolent Society, through Arnold Funeral Services, 32 Gregories Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1HQ

David Toms (OB 1947-54)

It is with sadness we report that David recently passed away. David was a keen chess player and was playing a good standard of club chess at Sidmouth until very recently.. He was also a student at UCL and the medical school with Wally Johns (OB 1947-54).

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. 

His funeral wil be held on the 14th. March, 1.30pm at St Leonard's Church Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4NG 

Dr Richard Pankhurst OBA (OB 1938-45)

Richard Keir Pethick Pankhurst OBE (born 3 December 1927) was a British academic, a founding member of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, and a former professor at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. His books have been reviewed in scholarly journals, with Edward Ullendorff calling his The Ethiopians as another testimony to his “remarkable diligence and industry in the service of Ethiopian studies”. He is known for his research on economic history and socio-cultural studies on Ethiopia.
Pankhurst was born in 1927 in Woodford Green to left communist and former suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst (aged 45) and Italian anarchist Silvio Corio (aged 52). His maternal grandparents were Emmeline and Richard Pankhurst.
Pankhurst studied at Bancroft’s School in Woodford, then at the London School of Economics, from which he received a doctorate in economic history, on which Harold Laski acted as an advisor.
Richards Obituary was also published in the Daily Telegraph and The Times newspapers (click to follow links)
Dr Pankhurst attended the symposium on Sylvia Pankhurst we held at Bancrofts, in 2007 - it was thefirst time he had visited the school since he was a pupil in the 1930s and 40s.
For more information on Sylvia Pankhurst visit http://www.sylviapankhurst.com/

Dr Rainbow Murray (OB 1989-96)

We live in turbulant times and one example is the upcoming French Presidential elections which could have an impact here in the UK as we start the process to leave the EU. We were interested to learn an OB was asked to comment on this area

Rainbow was recently interviewed on Bloomberg News giving some insight into the French version of Brexit and Trump in the USA

Click on the logo below for the full story

Rainbow is a Reader and Associate Professor at Queen Mary University of London  

Francis (Frank or FL) Brown (OB1959-64)
It is with sadness that we have learned that Francis ("FL" or Frank) Brown passed away on 19th January after having suffered with cancer since last summer.
Our thoughts are with his wife Kate and family at this sad time
Kate said "He always spoke with fondness of Bancroft's and was very pleased he was able to attend the 50 and 55 years-on reunions".
having had the opportunity to join him at one of the reunions she says she appreciated having been able to put faces to many of the names Francis had spoken about over the years.
Such memories highlight the value of these reunions, particularly for those who hadn't been in contact with  former schoolmates for many years.
At present funeral details are not available but any condolences can be passed on through the OBA office susan.day@bancrofts.org

Can you help? We are trying to identify Crofton Singers from 1949-50

The picture below was taken in circa 1949-50 in Ilford at a meeting of The UN Association. This picture was supplied by Geoff Crome (OB1939-47) former OBA President (far left) but we are unable to identify orher OB's in the picture.

if you can help please email me Steve Dodd chairman@bancroftians.net  


Charlotte Krishek (OB 2003 -14)

Charity Fundraising - an appeal by Charlotte to the OBA community

This summer I am climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for charity and I need to raise £3000. Half of this amount will go towards the charity Dig Deep, with the other half covering travel costs. 

Dig deep works with rural communities in Kenya to access water and sanitation. They implement training and appropriate technologies to bring about sustainable improvements in health and education. They aspire to enable people to break the cycle of poverty and transform their own lives.

I was hoping that, as an Old Bancroftian it would be really appreciated if any OB's would be able to support or to set up charity events of their own e.g. an own clothes day at your office to support this worthwhile cause

Any funds raised can be donated at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/charlottekrishek1

Kind regards, Charlotte

Terry Winder (OB 1947-54)
Memories of Terry Winder provided by Alan Kent (OB 1947 - 54)
“It is with sadness that I have just learnt of the death of Terry Winder (a boarder at the school from 1947 -1954) in June 2016 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. 
After leaving school he joined a pharmaceutical company as a sales representative where he won an international award. He emigrated to Canada in the late 1960’s, to take up the position of Marketing Director for a large Canadian company based in Vancouver, filling in some spare time as a teaching assistant at Simon Fraser University. Later he went into the academic world full time, becoming Head of the Marketing Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He qualified as a Master of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in New York. 
He was married three times and had a son with his second wife, Sheila, in 1970. 
While based in Canada he ran a couple of marathons - in Vancouver and Seattle; played tennis regularly and rugby, up until the time he was helped to his feet after a tackle by a young man who called him “sir” - end of rugby career! 
I visited Terry at his home in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, in 1983 and 1992 but on a third short stop-over visit in 2000 I did not see him as he had moved to the centre of Vancouver Island where the initial diagnosis of the onset of Parkinson’s was made.”
Our thoughts are with his family and friends
Major Graham Goodey MBE, (OB 1993 - 2000)
Old Bancroftian awarded MBE in New Years Honours 2016
 Major Graham Goodey, 1st Btn, The Royal Anglian Regiment) has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.
Graham was awarded his honour for services in Army HQ where he was involved in various aspects of operational contingency planning and Defence policy. 
Since graduating from St John's College Cambridge Graham has served in the 1st Btn, The Royal Anglian Regiment. With his battalion he has been on three operational tours in Afghanistan and also served at the Battalion Adjutant. In 2008 - 2009 he was ADC to General Sir John McColl  when General McColl  was deputy Commander NATO. He is currently a Company Commander with 1 Royal Anglian stationed in Woolwich.
Mrs Josette Howlett (Former Member of Staff 1979-93)
It is with sadness we report that Mrs Denise Josette Howlett, who taught French at Bancrofts died peacefully
on the 8th December 2016,
I am sure former pupils and staff will be saddened to hear the news. Posted by Philip Howlett (OB 1972-79)
Her funeral will be held on Friday, 23rd December, at 12.00 at Our Lady of Grace and St Teresa of Avila, Station Road/Kings Road Chingford.
The family are requesting no flowers, but if anyone would like to make a donation the charity the family are supporting is Alzheimer's Research UK.


Clifford Jones (OB 1934-40)

It is with sadness that Clifford Jones (age 92) passed away recently.

Our thoughts are with his wife Joan and family. 

Joan and Clifford were married for 55 years and his funeral will be held at

Enfield Crematorium on 23rd December at 2pm.  All are welcome.
John Kenneth Duffin (OB 1937-39)
it is with sadness we report that John passed away peacefully at home on 22nd November 2016
This followed a long and brave fight against cancer.  
His funeral service was held at Bournemouth Crematorium on 7th December.
Our thoughts are with his wife Tuula and family
David Hoskin (OB 1952-59)
The OBA Office have recently been informed that David sadly passed on 11th November 2013. 
David also attended Caius, Cambridge and was one of the finest sportsmen Bancroft’s have produced.
(A full obituary will be published in a future edition)

OBA December 2016 Newsletter

In memory of those OB's that passed away during this year

Click above to download your copy

Joy Wainwright.  Associate "Honorary" Old Bancroftian
November 11, 1918 to December 1, 2016.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Joy Wainwright who with her husband Ken were staunch and loyal supporters of the OBA and OBRFC
Joy’s association with Bancroft’s started when she met Ken Wainwright (OB: 1927-32), on a blind date, shortly before the outbreak of WWII.    They married during the War, when Ken was home on leave, and settled into family life when the War was over in 1945.

 In recognition of Joy’s many years of devoted service to the School, the OBA and the OBRFC, she was made an Associate Member of the OBA, a recognition which she always said made her an “Honorary Old Bancroftian”.

98 Years lived to the full, and Bancroftians were fortunate to have benefited from so many of those years.


                                         Joy being presented an award (Far right)                                      Joy Wainwright with Eleanor Laing MP

More details will be published in our next newsletter

A Celebration of  Joys Life will be held on December 21st. at 2:00pm in Theydon Bois Village Hall.
The family has requested No flowers please, but donations, if desired, may be made payable to St Clare Hospice and sent c/o D C Poulton and Sons, 134 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4AG. Tel: 01992 572609

John Mayers (OB 1939-47)

It is with sadness that we report thatJohn sadly passed away on 15th October 2016. He talked fondly of his time at Bancrofts and remained in contact with friends from his time at school. Our thoughts are with his wife Sophie and family and friends

Nigel Tilly (OB 1938-46)

We were very sad to hear that Nigel passed away peacefully on  26th November 2016 at his retirement home in the Isle of Wight. Nigel had been quite frail the last few weeks and had been receiving visits from his relatives. Nigel was often in contact with our office and his calls will be missed. He always spoke very fondly about the School and his time at Bancrofts.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 15th December at 1.30pm at the Isle of Wight Crematorium Chapel, Whippingham, East Cowes PO32 6NJ followed by a buffet at the Woodvale Hotel, 1 Prince's Esplanade, Cowes PO31 8LE.  All are welcome.


Hugh Goodchild (OB 1961-67)
It was with sadness that we recently learned that  Hugh passed away earlier this year.  He unfortunately contracted Mesothelioma, a terminal cancer.  He died in Hinchingbrooke hospital on 12 March 2016, His wife  Lynn Goodchild  was with him throughout his illness our thoughs are with her and his family.

The OBA November E Newsletter

The latest e newsletter will be in your in box soon sent to you direct from the OBA Office.

Click on the image above to download your copy

I hope you enjoy reading about all the activities over the last few months.

It has been quite a year for the OBA and more news coming soon. - Steve Dodd Chairman

Foundation Director at Bancrofts School

Bancrofts School is currently looking to recruit a Foundation Director and this position maybe of interest to an Old Bancroftian.  

For further details and an application pack, please follow the link www.bancrofts.org or email: recruitment@bancrofts.org
You will be able to download an information pack and application form
Closing date: 9 am on Tuesday 29 November 2016 
Interview date: Week Commencing 5 December 2016

Bancrofts Insight Newsletter Autum 2016

Read all the news from Bancrofts school

Including an interview with the new Headmaster Simon Marshall

and lots of other interesting events and activities at the school

Click on the image above to read the complete magazine

David R Leighton FCIS (OB 1961-68)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of David Leighton on 18th Oct 2016  he died peacefully in his sleep.

Davids wife Doreen has requested no flowers, but a condolence book will be available throughout the day.

If you would like to make a donation the family has asked they be made to the British Heart Foundation. This can be made be made on the 9th November or via the web based giving page below to the British Heart Foundation
David was a lifelong supporter of the OBA and also BRFC and served as an OBA General Committee member

David was also OBA President in 2003. David served as Trustee and Treasurer for the OB 6th form scholarship fund

To date this charity has supported 30 scholars through the 6th form at Bancrofts

Our thoughts are with his wife Doreen at this sad time and with all his family and friends.

OBA Dinner 2016

The OBA dinner was a great success this year.

 Below just one of the tables at this years event - more to follow shortly.......


The Quad at night at the OBA Dinner

Tatler Schools Guide 2017

Bancrofts School is in the Tatler 2017 guide " a busy, multicultural day school at the end of the Central Line achieves great things both in and out of the classroom, and - it's superb value for money too. New head Simon Marshall who springs from the English College in Prague brings a Tiggerish enthusiasm and recognition of the importance of Bancroft's co-curricular programme, and innovative suggestions for future-proofing the school, while still respecting its heritage" and of course the OBA

Read more here TATLER 2017


International Rugby and Football 

BRFC will be open for the Autumn Internationals
OBA members welcome


Library copies of OBA and Bancrofts Insight Newsletters
(Click image to view)


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