Welcome to the Old Heleans' Society
Dear Old Helean,
It is with great pleasure that I write to you at Christmas.
Although both the former sites of the school have been redeveloped, the memories and spirit of Hele's School remain. The school on the Southam site, St. Peter's, has been very keen to maintain links with the past and , as you are aware, the War Memorial has been refurbished and is in the School hall. I am pleased to inform you that the portraits of the former Headmasters of Hele's now hang in St. Peter's.
The school has done a wonderful job of presentation and the pictures are hung in a secure, yet visible, area. Members will remember that these portraits were formerly in the Snowball library at Hele Road and at Southam. I am sure that either or both of these two gentlemen will be familiar.
|On an adjacent wall hangs a history of Hele's with a selection of photographs of both sites. Our grateful thanks to Kevin White for arranging this.|
Although these visible memories are important to us, we have chosen to be Old Heleans because of the friendships that we made there. Nowhere is this more personified than at the Dinner, where Heleans from the 1930's through to the early 1980's sit with their old school friends and show how what an important time of our lives the days spent at Hele's were.
It was decided at the last committee meeting that the oldest current Helean should be made an Honorary Life Member. This is Bob Burgess who joined Hele's Prep school aged 9 in 1923.
John Langdon and I had the pleasure of visiting Bob to officially inform him and we spent a delightful morning in his company. His memories of the school are vivid and I took the opportunity of recording his reminiscences. A transcript of this fascinating chat will appear in the magazine.
Those of you who attended the celebrations marking 100 years of the Society at the Hele road site in 1996 will be interested to look at a video made at the time and forwarded to us by Hans Einar Svendsen. The link is http://youtu.be/KekiwRToGGE
A lot of work has been devoted into updating the website. Robert Cripps and Dennis Mardon have been instrumental in this and it is now possible to keep the site far more relevant with news of the Society .
The Autumn lunch was held in September at Windlesham Golf Club and was again a great success. Derek Thomas makes it a wonderful occasion and it is always a pleasure to see members who are unable to attend the Dinner in the Spring.
As mentioned in my Summer letter, the date of the Dinner has been changed for 2014. It will be held on Friday 25th April 2014 , avoiding the Bank Holiday weekend which we know caused inconvenience for many members. For a booking form please click here.
Kevin White is preparing the next issue of the Magazine. If you have any items that you would like him to include please send them to him as soon as possible.
Finally, it would assist our administration and reduce costs if we could communicate with you by email. 75% of our members now receive this letter by email and if you have an email address please inform our Membership Secretary, John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org
May I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014.