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OBA General Committee Meeting
Drapers' Hall
Details 22 Jan 2018
OBA AGM 2018
Drapers' Hall
Details 06 Mar 2018
OBA Eastern Dinner
Christ's College, Cambridge
Details 17 Mar 2018 (£ TBA)
OBA General Committee Meeting
Drapers' Hall
Details 18 Jun 2018
Old Bancroftians' Day 2018
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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.


Air Vice-Marshal Ted Hawkins (OB 1930-37)
Pilot who flew Catalina flying-boats on a top-secret reconnaissance operation over the high Arctic
John Tripp  (OB 1950-57)
It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of John earlier this month after an extended time of gradually declining health.
John lived with wife Kathleen in Ohio.  The funeral "Celebration of Life" will be held in Cleveland Ohio on 9th December 2017.
Our thoughts are with Kathleen and his family at this time.
More detaisl of local arrangements in the USA can be found using the link below


Brian Needham (OB 1949-51)

it is with sadness that we have recently been informed that Brian passed away in Oct 2016

Jo Smith (OB 1943 – 50]

We have been advised that Jo (John) passed away in early November 2017.

He was a former OB President (1972) and known as Jo by his friends because of his initials – he was actually John.

Funeral details 

The funeral takes place on Monday 27th November at 1pm at the Greenacres Burial Ground, North Weald

and then afterwards at the Kings Head.North Weald


 Anthony George. DUNCAN, (OB 1990-99)

Memorial Service for Tony will be held in Ely Cathedral

Monday 27th November at 2.00pm. All are welcome.

Tony passed away peacefully at Mary Potter Hospice on Monday October 30, 2017 Aged 68 years. Loving husband to Carol for 42 years. Adored father and father-in-law to Mark and Sophie. Treasured grandad to Molly and Max. Dearly loved by so many family and friends all over the world. A loving, caring, gentle man, who touched so many lives. His love, teachings, guidance and wisdom will be an endless inspiration for the rest of our lives. Carol and Mark (OB 1990-98) would like to thank all family and friends, clinicians and carers for their love and support. He fought so bravely and with dignity. 'Team Tony' will be a lasting legacy.

Tony Duncan was the first Head Master of the Prep School ( 1990 - Dec 1999). His funeral was on Friday 3rd Nov in Australia 
Alan John Cridland (OB 1935-42)
It is with regret that we have been advise Alan John Cridland passed away peacefully at home on 2/10/2017 with his family at his bedside. He was a pupil at Bancroft's from 1935 until 1942. He last attended an OB's day 2 years ago when he was part of a very small but elite group of " 80 years on ". He spoke very fondly of his days at Bancroft's and will be greatly missed by all. He was the ultimate "Gentleman and Gentle Man" . reported by Ian Cridland.
OBA September 2017 Newsletter
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Peter Fowles (OB 1951-3)
We have recently been advised that Peter passed away after a short illness with cancer. 
His humour, smile and friendship will be greatly missed by his wife Jill and children Harriet, Katie and Simon, six grandchildren and the many friends he has made over the years and as a supporter of the OBA A memorial service is to be held on Thursday 03 August @ 3.00pm at St. Mary's church Coddenham IP6 9PZ. For more details contact Moore Bros. tel (01728) 723448. Please allow time for road works in local area.

Sheila Ferrari

Sheila passed away on the evening of 25 July 2017. We have been advised that she was happy and  laughing before passing with her family beside her and then passing peacefully. Her four sons are doing as well as can be expected and are in the process of arranging her funeral. She was a great supporter of Bancrofts school and also of Avon House a local Prep school in Woodford.

Her funeral will be held on 10 August at 2pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Church High Road Woodford

Our thoughts are with her family and especially her sons

OBs Day 2017 - the Reunion groups 

40 years on - the first year of girls in the 3rds at Bancrofts

Back row L - R: Debbie Wilkinson, Joanna Robinson, Emma Dods, Tim Rutter, Gabrielle Hass, Jane Macmillan, Sanchia Claydon.

Front row L-R: Alison Evans, Amanda Khan, Ruth Batten, Lisa Berkin, Sabina Maniar

50 years on

Back Row L2R: Dick Summers, David Riddle, Julian Blake, Jon Ransley, Geoff Morgan
Front Row: Jon Paul, Roger Leake, Gordon Brown, Paul Corney, Anthony Young, Peter Benton



60 years On

Back row: Brian Tora, David Lush, Alan Hines.
Middle Row:Dick Grant, Barry Wilkinson, Brian Wainwright, Roger Smith,
Robin Butler, Richard Wallden, David Holland,  Martin Sumner.
Front Row: Colin Bareham, Steve Thirsk, Ian Cormack, Clive Callahan, Neil Smith,
Graham Bartram, Ken Drake (Geography Master & Scout Master 1960 onwards), Andrew Kimber.
Also attended, but missing from photo:
Don Beresford –– had to leave early; John Seabrook & Alan Paul –– Saturday only



65 Years on

Back Row:Jon Sanders Michael Bewick  Roger Northwood Frank Mumby
Peter Fordham Alan Johnson Robin Sjoberg
Middle Row Adrian Hill  Alan Knight Garry Garrard George Higinbotham
David Shillito Andrew Naylor Richard Baxter Marcus Richardson Peter Tero
Front Row: Geoffrey Smeed Roger High Richard Barrow John Webber
Russell Webb Robert Ellisdon Gordon Burch Raymond Camlet


70 plus years on - forever young


Peter Fowles (OB 1951-53)

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Peter aged 82 who was always interested in Old Bancroftians and attended a few reunions in the past. A memorial service is being on 3 August at 3pm in St Mary Church, Coddenham, Suffolk.  He sadly leaves his wife Jill, 3 children Simon, Katie and Harriet and 6 grandchildren.  His passion in later years was golf, watching all other sports and staying informed on world news. He could still have a knowledgeable conversation with nearly everyone about something they were doing right up to the end.


Peter Salsbury (OB 1960-66)
It is with great sadness that I have to notify you of the passing of OB Peter Salsbury (1960-1966) on Saturday 17th June 2017
Peter was a great friend to Bancroft's, and the OBA.
Our thoughts are with his wife Sue and family at this sad time.
A private funeral was held on 7th July and a memoral service on 14th September (please contact Susan Day susan.day@bancrofts.org).

 Oliver Sim (OB 2004-15)

It is with sadness that we have learned that Oliver passed away recently. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Terence Victor Harris (OB 1952-59)
Known as Victor he sadly died on the 13th June aged 74. There will be a private funeral.
Victor served as Keeper of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum for many years; he was Keeper Emeritus. He was an expert in Japanese craftsmanship and had written a number of books on the subject. According to Who's Who he attended Bancroft's as a Draper's Scholar .

Important Notice to all OBA Members

With immediate effect access to the OBA membership directory has been suspended.There is a change in Data Protection Law and the regulations for use of personal data. These regulations are monitored by The ICO (The Independent  Commissioners Office) see  https://ico.org.uk/. The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.The OBA along with Bancrofts School and the Bancrofts Foundation will in due course be contacting all stakeholders to ensure that we are compliant with these regulations and how we hold and use your personal data.If you would like to make contact with other OBA members then please contact Susan Day in the OBA Office at Bancrofts School Tel 020 8506 5714 or email susan.day@bancrofts.org We apologise for this change which is necessary due to changes in the law as potentially we could be subject to significant financial penalties for non compliance and use of personal data.

Bancroft Insight Summer 2017

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 Chance to see the matches on the big screen
International Rugby and Football 
BRFC will be open for the Lions Tour of New Zealand Internationals
OBA members welcome
British and Irish Lions 2017 Tests V New Zealand All Blacks.
The club will be open for all 3 test matches:
Saturday 24th June KO 8:30am
Saturday 1st July KO 8:30am
Saturday 8th July KO 8:30am
Guests are more than welcome
Teas, coffees and breakfasts will be available, for those of sterner constitution the bar will also be open.
So come down and watch the games on the 192 inch screen with surround sound.
BRFC The Club House, Bradfords Close, Buckhurst Way, Buckhurst Hill, Essex
IG9 6JD Buckhurst Hill
OBA WW1 Battlefield visit 2017
On their annual trip to the WW1 battlefields, as representatives of the OBA and the OB First World War Interest group, Jeremy Bromfield, Mike Burke, Ed Sautter and Duncan Abbot, as part of the OBA's commemoration of the centenary of WW1, continued their programme of laying wreaths at the graves of the Bancroftians who fell in WW1. This year wreaths were laid at the graves of 23 OBs. 167 OBs were killed in action in WW1. Over the past 3 years the group has visited almost 100 graves on the Western Front. With the support of others who laid wreaths at graves overseas and in the UK only 25 graves remain to be visited before the 100th anniversary of the end of the war in November 2018. 
The photo is of the group at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France at the grave of Douglas Murray Cameron (7th November 1883 - 14th January 1916) who attended Bancroft's as a dayboy from 1894 to 1990.His four brothers also attended the School. He followed his Father into the chandlery business and in the summer of 1914 he was living at 14 Hermon Hill, Snaresbrook. Whilst in Lowestoft on business he enlisted into the 7th battalion, the Suffolk Regiment.  His age was recognised as giving him wider experience both in organisation and command and he was quickly promoted to sergeant in charge of the grenadiers, bombing parties equipped with hand grenades, an essential element in aggressive trench warfare. 
He landed on 30th May 1915 at Boulogne and proceeded Ploegstreet south of the Messines Ridge. On 10th January 1916 the battalion moved to the lines north of the La Bassee canal at Givenchy near Bethune. It was here that Douglas was killed on 14th January 1916 
To read more about David Cameron

OBA Newsletter May 2017


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Crofton Singers 1950

Many thanks to Don Gugan (OB 1941-48) regarding the Croftons concert photo published  in the May newsletter, 
The men from left to right are: Geoff Crome (OB1939-47), Alan Campbell, Keith Campbell (no relation), Victor Thomas (later a conductor of Croftons for a couple of years or so), 'Maggie' Taylor (brother of Brian Taylor, I am fairly sure about him), then myself Don Gugan (OB 1941-48), all basses; and on the right are tenors: Rodbard (I am fairly sure), Nigel Tilley, then a guess – Trevor Griffiths, or Fred Lowe perhaps, they were certainly both singing with Croftons in the Trafalgar Square carol photo on the Croftons web site which I expect that you know.
The girls, if you should want to know are, from l to r: Diané Wickerson (conductor, m. Dennis Collinson), Beryl Prior, Brenda King (all altos); and on the rhs: Jean Cousins, Clare Wall (m. Michael Hawkins), Marjorie Jones, Janice Pringle, and finally Peggy Holmear.
Don belives the occasion was Nov. 1950 ± a couple of months.

OBA Past Presidents Dinner 2017

The OBA  Annual Past Presidents Dinner was held on 28th April 2017 at Bancrofts School

Standing left to right:  Steve Thirsk,;  Steve Dodd ( Guest ),;  Siggy Mensah,;  Amanda Campbell,; Steve Sonnis,;  Gordon Brown,;  Julian Blake,;  Paul Corney,;  Peter Dixon,;  Sir Neil MacFarlane,;  Peter Warner,;  Martin Sumner,;  Geoffrey Smeed,; Simon Marshall, Head Master, (Guest),;  Tom Auber,;  Kevin Campbell,;  Merf Jones,;  Jeremy Bromfield,:
Seated left to right:  Geoff Crome,;  John Hollis,;  Harry Sternschuss,;  Steve Ferrari,;  David Giles,;  Dick Shervington,;  Rodney Matthews.:
In addiiton to the group photo there was also a special 1974  group of past presidents
The 1974 year group  left to right:  Paul Corney,;  Gordon Brown,;  Steve Ferrari,;  Julian Blake,.

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)

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.


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