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  • Reunion 19th May 2012

    Michael Dyke has confirmed to me that the price of the tickets for this year's reunion will remain at £28.

    The reunion will take place at St John's Arts and Leisure Centre in St John's Walk, Old Harlow on Saturday May 19th at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Bring your own liquid refreshments!

    Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I will not be able to join you this year, but I wish you all a very pleasant evening.

    Best wishes


  • Update and apologies

    Hello All

    Please accept my apologies, I thought I had uploaded the reunion pics for 2010 and 2011, an oversight that I have now rectified. Click on media link and the pictures are in the albums entitled Reunion 2010 and Reunion 2011.

    The reunion for 2012 will be held at the St John's Art & Leisure centre (St John's Walk) on Saturday May 19th at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Ticket price to be confirmed.

    Please contact Michael Dyke if you have any queries.

    Best wishes



    Held on 14th May 2011

    38 Members attended the meeting.

    1. Chairman’s opening remarks. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the Meeting, especially the new member, Richard Jay (55-62). The Chairman read out a letter from Richard Jeffries (56-61) describing the achievements of his brother, Nick (51-57), who died in February. Malcolm Seward (49-56) also contributed a few words on Nick’s life.

    2. Minutes of the 2010 AGM were taken as read. There were no matters arising. Adoption proposed: Malcolm Seward (49-56), seconded: Chris Giffin (55-65). Passed unanimously.

    3. Treasurer’s Report. Colin Porcher (46-54) reported that the total income for the year 2010/11 was £1117.70, with an expenditure of £1092.00, giving a surplus of £25.70. The bank deposit stands at £1595.76. There were no matters arising. Adoption proposed by John Taylor (50-55) and seconded by Richard Atkins (50-58). Passed unanimously.

    4. Election of Chairman. Re-election of Roger Pyle (53-58) was proposed by Richard Atkins (50-58) and carried unanimously.

    5. Election of Secretary. Re-election of Michael Dyke (50-58) was passed unanimously.

    6. Election of Treasurer. Re-election of Colin Porcher (46-54) was proposed by Malcolm Norris (50-55) and passed unanimously.

    7. Members’ telephone numbers and email addresses. The Meeting again allowed their telephone numbers and email addresses to be appended to the Members’ Directory.

    8. Date and Venue of next Meeting. The Meeting agreed that the next AGM will be on the 19th May 2012 at St. John’s A.R.C. with Walker Catering providing the meal.

    9. Price for next year’s Dinner. This was left to the discretion of the Committee, with a maximum of £30.

    10. Cost of Web Site/future financing. The purpose of the web site is to spread information to the Members. A few members questioned the value of this service as the cost is approximately £75 p.a. Unfortunately Chris McCready (61-65), the Web Master, was unable to attend and give more information. Overall it was felt that the web site was beneficial, but it was unfair for the evening’s ticket price to be increased to cover the cost of the web site and the Secretary’s expenses (£81, £72 of which is postage) when these costs were for the benefit of the whole Club. A proposal from Richard Atkins (50-58) to append an appeal for funds with next year’s annual invitation was carried. Richard Jay (55-62) offered to investigate “Microsoft Live” which is a free-of-charge web site service. The whole web site situation will be reviewed at the 2012 AGM.

    11. Any Other Business.

    (a) Robert Collins (40-45) told an anecdote about his brother David (39-42) who died last November. David, late for school and cycling at great speed, went round the corner and knocked Mrs Dames off her bicycle, and subsequently ended up with six of the best!
    (b) Andrew James (51-57) proposed a group photograph of all the Members present. This was subsequently taken.

    The Meeting closed at 10.30 p.m.

  • Old Harlovians AGM Report May 2010

    HC Minutes AGM 2010

    Please find attached minutes of AGM held on 15th May 2010.

    This year the AGM will be held on Saturday May 14th 2011 in the usual place. 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

  • Website Update and a request (for sponsorship)

    Hooray! and well done Chris McCready on updating the Old Harlovians website as at 20th Feb 2010!

    Since Chris designed and produced the website about 7 or 8 years ago, he has maintained and borne the cost of hosting etc by himself. He has probably spent the best part of £1,000 (not to mention his time) in renewing the hosting.

    Therefore, I would like some ideas from you as how we could sponsor the continuation of the site, without having pop up ads appearing all the time.

    I will most certainly be raising the matter at the next Old Harlovians AGM on May 15th 2010.

    I personally think Chris has done a fantastic job on the site and it has created a focal point for Old Harlovians, scattered across the globe to reconnect with each other. It would be a shame to let it go after all this time.

    Check out the updates at

  • Can You Help?

    I received an e-mail from Chris McCready today that was received via the HC website, which I have reproduced below. I personally am unable to shed any light on the matter, but perhaps one or more of you may know something. All replies gratefully welcome.

    I have suggested to Chris that a copy of the picture would be useful as someone may recognise something, e.g. background etc. I will leave it to Chris to request that Mr Bonham obliges and we will publish the picture here on the blog.

    May I take this opportunity to wish you all A very Merry Christgmas and a Peaceful and Happy New Year!


    E-mail as follows:

    Dear Sirs

    I have a picture of my father Gordon Bonham (1918- 1998) and my uncle Howard Whitehouse (c 1923-2003) in their school uniform, both of whom I think went to Harlow College. Unfortunately they are wearing trench- type coats so no blazer is visible. However, caps are worn showing a shield style badges. The younger boy wears a lighter cap with a darker front segment with the shield badge divided into four with no further detail visible. The older boy's cap is dark in colour with a different style badge, with little detail visible.

    Was the school badge shown on your Home Page always the same or has it changed through history? Did the school ever have different badges for different House Teams?

    Can anyone throw any light on this minor mystery?

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Mark Bonham

  • Photos and documents from Max Blake

    I would just like to draw your attention to the photos and documents that Max Blake uploaded earlier this year.

    There are some interesting documents recording the AGM's during the 60's and 70's and also a couple of newsletters. You can magnify them if you have difficulty in reading them (I know I did!)

    I hope everyone is well and I look forward to receiving your news in due course.

    Keep in touch.

    Warm regards


  • Definitions and Jokes: Courtesy of Richard Baldry

    > ADULT
    > A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in
    > the middle.
    > A place where women curl up and dye.
    > Someone who is fed up with people
    > The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
    > A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours
    > DUST
    > Mud with the juice squeezed out.
    > Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
    > Cold Storage
    > Cutting money in half without damaging the paper
    > An insect that makes you like flies better.
    > RAISIN
    > Grape with a sunburn
    > SECRET
    > Something you tell to one person at a time.
    > A bunch of bones with the person scraped off
    > The pain that drives you to extraction
    > One of the greatest labor saving devices of today
    > Something other people have;
    > I have character lines!
    > YAWN
    > An honest opinion openly expressed.
    > Jokes
    > -----
    > After a two-week criminal trial in a very high profile bank robbery
    > case, the judge turns to the jury foreman and asks, "Has the jury
    > reached a verdict in this case?"
    > "Yes, we have, your honor," the foreman responded.
    > "Would you please pass it to me," the judge declared, as he motioned
    > for the bailiff to retrieve the verdict slip from the foreman and
    > deliver it to him.
    > After the judge reads the verdict himself, he delivers the verdict
    > slip back to his bailiff to be returned to the foreman and instructs
    > the foreman, "Please read your verdict to the court."
    > "We find the defendant Not Guilty of all four counts of bank robbery,"
    > stated the foreman.
    > The family and friends of the defendant jump for joy at the verdict
    > and hug each other as they shout expressions of divine gratitude.
    > The man's attorney turns to his client and asks, "So, what do you
    > think about that?"
    > The defendant, with a bewildered look on his face turns to his
    > attorney and says, "I'm real confused here. Does this mean that I
    > have to give all the money back?"
    > -o-o-o-o-
    > Frequent hand washing in my job as a medical technologist and the
    > harsh weather combined give me very dry skin.
    > One night as I prepared for bed, I rubbed my hands with petroleum
    > jelly and covered them with an old pair of white gloves. As I sat in
    > bed reading a book with my gloves on, my husband finished showering
    > and came into the room wearing a towel.
    > Drying himself off, he went to the closet, selected a tie and put it
    > on. "What are you doing?" I asked.
    > "Well" he replied, "if you are going to be formal. So am I."
    > -o-o-o-o-
    > I was leaving for a two-day conference, and my seven-year- old
    > daughter, Katherine, was becoming overly clinging and teary.
    > I was mystified at her emotional reaction until I heard
    > her say to my husband, "Daddy, I have a loose tooth. If it
    > falls out while Mommy is gone, do you know how to handle
    > this tooth fairy thing?"
    > -o-o-o-o-
    > What is a free gift? Aren't all gifts free?

  • James Edgar Overton (Chewy)

    Here is a picture of "Chewy" Overton who taught Maths at HC in the late 50's and certainly was there when I left in 1963.

    This photograph was sent to me by Jonathan Howarth who was a day boy at HC between 1960 and 1963 (Keyes House). Jonathan informs me that he was privately tutored by Chewy who was married to Eileen. The photo was taken in the summer of 1975 at Broadstairs in Kent and Chewy died in either 1976 or 1977 as far as JH can recall. He is buried in Potter Street churchyard.

    Jonathon also recalls a visit to see Roy Purgavie in Dorset who was pining over a failed romance. (I find that rather odd, but hey ho!) Roy died in 1967 I believe at the age of 56. I remember receiving a letter from Godfrey Harvey informing me that he had died and I am fairly certain it was 1967.

    For those of you who attended the HC reunion, I hope you had a pleasant evening and I eagerly await the photos and report from Michael Dyke, which I will publish here.

    Chewy Overton


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