Overstone School

Northampton 1929-1979

Overstone Association Membership for Old Overstonians and Staff Members

History 

 NEWS and EVENTS

John Urmson
Funeral Tuesday 14th November at Sywell Parish Church
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of John Urmson, a member of staff who came to the school to teach history in 1963. With his wife Trudy, who survives him, he made a great impression of the girls at that time, and is remembered with affection. The chairman has both spoken and written to Trudy on behalf of the Association. The funeral is on Tuesday 14th November at 2pm at Sywell Parish Church. Refreshments will follow in the Village Hall. The family will depart for the Crematorium immediately after the service but will be back at the Hall for 4pm and hope some guests will be able to stay and talk to them.
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John Urmson with 1970 pupils
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John Urmson with 1960s pupils
Mid Week Get together in York  17thApril to 20th April
Following the great success of an Edinburgh meeting we are proposing a break in York. There are quite a few members in or around York and we hope they will join those of us in accomodation for days out, lunches and suppers over 3 days. You don't have to attend every day! We aim to meet on the first night at 6pm at Gusto, 2/4 Little Stonegate YO1 8AX. We can have a relaxed supper here and plan the first day. There is so much to see in York, groups may wish to follow their own programme but always have an idea where most of us will head at lunchtime the next day, or where we will have booked a table for supper the next night. We planned the days like this in Edinburgh and it worked very well, no one was left out. Mobile phones were a godsend. Anyone travelling to York will arrange her own travel and accomodation, do use the new address booklet to work out who might be local and get advice from them. An email will go out in the New Year asking who is interested and then those girls will get updates as to what is going on, this saves other members being bothered by items that don't concern them. There will always be updates on this page in case you want to catch up.
Fabulous day at the University Women's Club
We had 26 members for lunch at the club on saturday, sadly two people couldn't come at the last moment. There will be more pictutes posted on the Members' Photos page, but here is an overall view of the day. Cherry Gibbs was thanked for her service as Chairman and Sue Bates was voted in as the new chairman. There will be a Chairman's letter sent to all by mail before Christmas so watch out for this as it will have the new address booklet with it. This is only available to paid up members so if you want to join contact Jo Northfield on info@overstoneschool.co.uk
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1970s Leavers in foreground, 1960s to the right and 1950s /60s to the rear
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Outgoing Chairman Cherry Gibbs enjoying a well earned drink
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Incoming chairman Sue Bates needing a drink!
Saturday 2nd September at the University Women's Club, Audley Square, W4K 1DB , at 12.30 for 1pm lunch. The bar will be open from 11.30 am for any early arrivals .
The invitations are about to be emailed to the members of the Overstone Association, please look out for them and if you don't think you have received yours contact info@overstoneschool.co.uk, or web@overstoneschool.co.uk. Those at Stowe Founder's Day have already had the opportunity to book seats and so please do try and come along. Non -members are very welcome for a small amount more. Last year we had 30 girls , sadly 2 on the day were unable to come. Do make an effort, get a party up, it was very jolly last year, especially when the bar opened and we went out into the garden for pre lunch drinks! There is a copy of  the booking form if you scroll down and you can photosnap, or even write a covering letter with your cheque if you aren't a member or are a member and can't get emails.
2015
Last year at the University Women's Club, let's try and make it a bumper year this year!

A very successful Founder's Day Outing on 19th June at Stowe. 18 old girls arrived for lunch and a walk around the gardens. There are more pictures of the event under Members' Photos.
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L to R Marie Baker/Hodson, Julia Jelley/Stone, Mandy Park/Lawrence (hidden) Cherry Gibbs/Drummond, Lerryn Rice/Ralt, Sue Sharland/Ennis, (LOVELY hat) and Jane Burrell/Haworth. More photos of the day on the Members' Photos page
OVERSTONE BI ANNUAL LUNCH AND GENERAL MEETING
University Women's Club , Audley Square, London W1K 1DB
12.30 for 1pm two course lunch with coffee. Bar will be open from 11.30 if anyone arrives early!
Below is a copy of the booking form for anyone who would like to come and is not a member, or a lapsed member. You can cut and paste this to send back to the Treasurer. If you cannot do this you can email info@overstoneschool.co.uk for a paper form to be posted or emailed directly to you. All members should receive an emailed invitation and booking form within the next few days.

Saturday 2nd September 2017 Reunion Booking Form

 

Full name ..……………….……………………………………….…………………………………….….

Maiden name ……………………………………………….……………...……  Year left .….…………

Address ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Post Code ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Telephone ……………………………………………..…………………………………………………..

Email ……………………………..……………………………………………………………………….

Please specify below if you have special dietary requirements

 

If booking more than one place, please give additional details below:

Full name                                            Maiden name                        Year left ………………………………………………………………………………………

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I wish to book …….... Member’s tickets at £30 each and …..….. non-members at £35 each

 

I enclose my cheque for £…………… made payable to “The Overstone Association”    

 

Reference: ………………………………(Maiden Name when at Overstone)

 

Please return this Form by 31st July 2017, together with your cheque if sending to:

Viv White, The Beeches, Darley, Harrogate, HG3 2QF, or scan and email to

viv.white5@yahoo.com
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FOUNDER'S DAY 2017
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The beautiful gardens at Stowe National Trust Property  give us our venue for 19th June 2017. As usual we will assemble at midday in the cafe/restaurant of the NT property. There is no need to book a place, this event is always very casual and a great deal of fun because no one worries about clip boards or lists! Members and non members are welcome. Last year we had around 20 people. Do spread the word and get a party up to come along.
At the same event there will be news of the Reunion Lunch at the University Womens' Club, Audley Square, London. This will be held on 2nd September 2017 at 12 o clock for lunch at 12.30. The invitations will soon be winging their way to you. Again non members are welcome,at a small extra cost. Members £30, non members £35 . More details will be published after our Founder's Day Outing
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The exhibition took place as advertised. As could have been predicted there was a lot of local opposition to the size of the site, the access to the site and the infracstucture in the village. Some old Overstonians went to the meeting and  felt pleased that there was a proposal to restore the house. The biggest development is to the left of the drive  as you enter the park. Here is a map of the proposals from Framptons. We wait to see if there can be an agreement reached for the enabling permission so that the restoration can continue.
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Many of you on Facebook will have seen the news about Main House. There is to be a public exhibition of the proposed planning application on 23rd March from 3 pm to 7.30 pm at the Overstone Golf Club, Barry Howard, the developer , or an associate, will be on hand to talk to you. Barry is very keen to gain as much information  about the original Hall that we knew. He is already seeking oak to re  make the stair case.

 

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Our  Founder's Day is  on Monday, 19 June at Stowe School Gardens, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ, Telephone 01280 817 156,  don’t forget you don't have to say if you are going or not, just turn up. There are beautiful grounds to have a walk round and a lovely café that can accommodate all of us. It is once more a National Trust property. We meet  at the cafet at midday. These very informal days are proving popular, you don't have to be a member, you don't have to fill in a form, just be there! You will recognise the group. all quite noisy chattering away. Last year’s Founders day at Hughenden House was well attended in spite of rotten weather!  It was good to see Anne Thompson and Sally Myron who hadn't been to any Overstone events for a while.  Sally has now joined as a Member, so Welcome Sally.

 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

 REUNION NEWS

 

There is no Keystone news reminder with this letter as this is a re-union/BGM year and the date has been set for Saturday 2nd  September at the University Women’s Club in London (details to follow) please save the date. The event was very well attended last year with many girls from across the years.
 

John Watson Airs died peacefully at home on 13th November 2016, aged 83. Much loved husband of Annette; father of Matthew, Dominic, Chantal and Lucy; and grandfather of Anne, Stanislas, Julie and Almaz. The funeral took place in Mussidan, France, where he had lived for many years.

At the moment we are gathering thoughts and comments from girls who knew Mr Airs , and will publish a full obituary in the next scheduled Keystone. Meanwhile girls have been paying tribute to his kindness and care as a Headteacher


Mikado


We would like to find a good picture of Mr Airs, but until we receive one here is a photo of The Mikado which was produced under his Headship

 



 It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Headmaster John Airs.  His obituary in the Daily Telegraph is below.  
 

Elspeth Page ( Mrs Lewin) , former Head Girl in the 60s celebrated a special birthday with friends from Overstone.

 

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Back Row L to R:  Fo Page, Roberta Tooke ( Mrs Coe) Di Harrison ( Mrs Scott) Lizzie Knights ( Mrs.Hayward) ) Jennie Groome ( Mrs Wills)

Front Row L to R Elspeth Page ( Mrs Lewin) Judy Knights ( Mrs Porter ) Mary Poe (Mrs Dean)

 

Edinburgh 2016, 10th to 15th July

 
 

10 old girls met up in Edinburgh and had a wonderful sunny and warm 3 days touring the city after Anna Gordon, our Edinburgh correspondent, invited us all this beautiful city at the September Reunion.

Here are a few photos of the event. We always seem to be eating and drinking whenever the camera was produced!

 

 

 

L to R Mandy Park, Cherry Gibbs, Vivien White, JaneGalia, Sue Sharland, Anna Gordon, Roberta Coe and Julia Jelley

 
 
On Wednesday 13th we all managed to meet up from our various B and Bs and go round the Britannia. Joyce Peel took the train and joined us for a day.
 

 

L to R Sue Bates, Jane Galia, Viv White, Sue Sharland and Roberta Coe

 
 
We caught the bus down to The Shore at Leith and had a very good lunch at The Ship On the Shore. The buses were very easy, very frequent and £4 per day for a travel card!
 

Lunch at Leith

 
 


 

 

We caught the bus up to the Royal Mile, went to look at the view from the Castle and then made our own arrangements for the afternoon until supper time !

 
 

 
 

 

Shots from the castle walls

 

 

Our final dinner on Thursday night at Loch Fyne Restaurant, New Haven

 
 
Don't forget, you can still join us in Edinburgh, we are apporoximately 10 to 12 members who are meeting at the Apex Hotel Waterloo Place Edinburgh at 6 pm on 12th July. We will be in the bar and after sufficient time we will depart for a meal somewhere! We intend to visit The Britannia the following day with a possible lunch at Leith's Shore area. There is no need to book a place , if you want to join us come along to the Apex Hotel. If you want to contact a member who is going email website@overstoneschool.co.uk . The website email will be checked during the 3 day event and information can then be given as to where we will be as each day unfolds.

 

 

 

FOUNDERS DAY 2016

 

It was rather a miserable showery day when we all met up at Hughenden House, near High Wycombe on 20th June, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of 18 old girls from a variety of year goups. Several girls were non members and so the website information service is working!

The sun finally came out after lunch and several members went for a walk around the house, whilst others stayed and chatted. We all enjoyed ourselves and a possible 3 new members may join. It was the first Founder's Day for Jo Northfield, our new secretary , and our new treasurer elect Viv White met up with Sue Sharland to exchange more paper work before that arrangement goes ahead.Here are some photos of the day

 
 

Anne Groves (Tillotson) Judy Wenham ( Gross) Viv White (Syratt)

 
 

Jane Burrell (Haworth) Julia Stone (Jelley) Sue Ennis (Sharland)

 
 
 

Jane Cowling (Buckingham) Jo Northfield Sue Caple (Jordan) Sue Brown ( Dawkins)

 

 
 

Liz Waldron ( Morgan) Roberta Tooke ( Coe) Cherry Drummond ( Gibbs)

 

GOOD NEWS!

 
After all the sad announcements made in the last few months the Secretary had a wonderful post Christmas surprise. A beautifully wrapped parcel arrived containing a photo album of 150 photos taken by Mrs Winifred D Wareham ( WDW nicknamed Tigger) . She taught at Overstone in the 1930s and the album covers 1931/32. It was sent from the daughter of Miss Pahl , who taught needlework and other "practical fields"
The photos cover all sorts of events and a couple are reproduce  here, and the rest in the Members' Photos page. The Committee will be looking into how we can preserve the best photos with professional scanning for our archive. We hope you enjoy these priceless pictures.
 
 

 
 

 

Backrow Left to Right : Joyce Powell, Eilen Brown, Joan Carver, Phoebe  LeFoy, Helen Crichton

Front Row Left to Right: Doreen Pitter, Pam Millard, Virginia Carver, Sylvia Mather, Poppy Catt, Mary Marsh, Margaret Taylor

 
 
OVERSTONE HOUSE: This is very recent news, Barry Howard Homes has exchanged contracts with a unilateral agreement to buy Overstone Hall. Barry Howard is a Northamptonshire based developer and has plans to restore the house. It is very early days in the planning, and he must satisfy the Listed Buildings Consent regulations as to what is possible. The Association is in touch with Mr Howard and will keep the membership informed of progress into 2016.
 
 
EDINBURGH 2016. At our reunion in 2015 Anna Gordon invited the membership to come and spend a midweek break in her city of Edinburgh. The dates are Tuesday 12th July to Friday 15th July. Everyone is welcome to join us, you need to arrange your own travel and accomodation. Anna has a suggested meeting place for Tuesday evening where we can all get together and make plans for the following 2/3 days. The meeting will take place in the bar of the Apex Waterloo Hotel  at 6pm on Tuesday 12th July. Please make sure you go to the Waterloo Place Apex as there are 3 other Apex Hotels in Edinburgh! If you are interested in receiving full details of meeting places and meal venues please contact us through info@overstoneschool.co.uk Some of us have already booked city apartments to share so do get on with booking accomodation.
 
 
Founder's Day 2016: We will be meeting at Hughendon House, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire , HP14 4 LA on 20th June 2016. Hughenden was owned by Disraeli, and was a top secret HQ during WW2. We will meet at midday in the Stableyard Cafe.
 
 
We need to report another sad departure from our ranks. Jean Pinkney, aged 96, died on 27th December 2015. Jean left Overstone in 1937, and although we never met, her news for Keystone was always lively and showed how active she was right up to the Summer of 2015. She trained as a vet in Edinburgh, she would toss all her gear in the back of a car and set off to tend animals all over the borders. A fuller obituary will be available in the coming Keystone later this year.
 
 
Sadly this page seems to be full of notices of our friends passing on. Lalitha (Lolly) Burton-Hogan died earlier this month in South Africa where she had been living for some time.  Davina Fillingham has written the following tribute to her friend, in conjunction with Sue Jordan (nee Caple) , Kate Sainsbury (nee Wharton), Judith Tony (nee Mitchell) and Lolly's husband Bob.
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Lalitha Burton -Hogan ( Mrs Jones)

Lolly was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa moving to the UK at an early age with her mother. They lived

in Great Ayton, Teesside, the birthplace of Captain Cook. Gaining a scholarship, she joined Overstone

School in Junior House, moving to the Main House and later, the Sixth Form. She was a dedicated scholar

and a talented sportswoman. She was Captain of the School's Tennis, Lacrosse and Netball Teams; playing

in the First Lacrosse Team for four years. She was Topaz House Prefect and (on joining the Sixth Form) in

1974 became a School Prefect and Head of Games.

After leaving Overstone in 1976 Lolly went to Sunderland Teacher Training College and gained a Certificate

of Education. She started her career at Akeley Wood School, an independent school near Buckingham,

teaching Geography and Sport, where she found she was a natural teacher. She worked there from 1979 to

1999, setting up and running The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. In her own words she 'taught

seemingly everything to all ages'. She simultaneously studied at The Open University and was awarded an

Earth Sciences degree. Lolly was an inspiring and popular teacher who made a huge impact on her pupils'

lives, keeping in touch with many of them once they had left school.

After being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999 she retired from teaching and moved back

to her beloved South Africa where she and Bob were married in October 2000. Treatment for the cancer

consisted simply of chemotherapy tablets and for 13 years to all intents and purposes Lolly showed no

signs of the disease. Initially in South Africa Lolly and Bob set up a golf travel business mainly for friends

and colleagues at the courses they had been members of in the UK. A keen golfer, Lolly joined Stellenbosch

Golf Club, where she became Ladies’ Captain. She was President of Boland Ladies’ Golf Union (Bob being

her Secretary) and both voluntarily worked for 7 years for the South Africa Disabled Golf Association.

Lolly also enjoyed crafts, designing and making jewelry, selling at local markets and an arts & crafts shop

she ran with others called ‘Hands On’ on the Delvera wine estate near Stellenbosch.. Both Bob and Lolly

qualified as golf rules officials, working at many tournaments in South Africa.

Despite being 6,000 miles away, Lolly would still regularly visit UK with Bob, marshaling at The Ryder Cup,

catching up with Overstone friends, golf chums, ex-Akeley pupils and staff when she could. In summer

2014, they met Sue Brooks (Lolly’s PE teacher at Overstone), and on their last visit this year visited Davina

Fillingham and Sue Caple (Mrs Jordan): two of the four members of the Sixth form at Overstone who left in

1976.

Lolly was an animal lover and adored her 4 Bouvier dogs. She was a talented golfer and a keen and

fearless skier. She enjoyed good food and wine and followed South Africa's cricket and rugby teams. She

bore her illness bravely and fought until the end, never giving up or losing her sense of humour. The first of

her form to die, her death has been a shock to all of us. As one school-friend said, ‘she was part of our

team and that team now feels incomplete’.


 

 

   
 

Gilvray Ackernley ( Mrs Mason)

 
It is with regret that I have to announce the death of Gilvray Ackernley. Gilvray was not a  member of the Association, but she was in my class and well remembered. She was born in the "boomer" year of 1947 and came to Overstone in the 60s. Her elder sister Liz, proceeded her at Overstone. Gilvray was a great attendee at our year group lunches and weekends. Gilvray will be remembered as a kind girl who never had a bad word to say about anyone. Roberta Coe attended the funeral and we gave a donation of £20 to Imperial Cancer Research in memory of her life
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Following the report of the death of Jean Ironside we have had the biggest mail bag with memories of her. we now have such a collection of memories our archivist, Julia Jelley, is putting together a folder with extracts from the responses and matching programmes from the various plays and operettas she produced. If anyone has photos of these events we would be so pleased to scan and return them.
 
It must be the time of the year, this time we report the death of Jean Ironside, drama and elocution teacher at Overstone in the 50s and 60s. She was 101! She has been so well remembered by members to whom we emailed with the news that our archivist Julia Jelley is putting together a montage of memories. Her funeral will be attended by two old girls and the Overstone Assocation is send a cheque for £20 to the Kathleen Rutland Care Home for the Blind. This is a Leicester based home. Jean Ironside produced many school plays, often a Gilbert and Sullivan production which shes co produced with Miss Nelson ( Nellie). If anyone has pictures of Pirates Of Penzance or Patience, or any other Ironside production we would love a jpeg to reproduce here and in Keystone.
 
 
We are sorry to have to report yet two more deaths. The Administrator for Peter Seal wrote to tell us that he had died in March 2014. Peter Seal was the accountant for the previous incarnation of the Old Girls Association. We had had no contact with him recently but continued to mail with news of the Association.  We were contacted by the son of Kathleen Hastings ( Mrs Thomlinson) who told us that Kathleen had died in November 2014. His mother's attendance at Overstone was something he knew nothing about and he found us because there were some old Keystones in her effects. He then traced us through the website. Our archivist, Julia Jelley was able to find her and her sister, Kathleen left in 1936. Kathleen supported the Ghurkas Charity and so we will be sending a donation in her memory to this association.
   
 

REUNION 2015

 

We had the most wonderful and sunny day for our Reunion at The University Women's Club in London. 30 members and non members had booked to come, sadly 2 could not make it on the day. It was a very happy day with lots of chat and exchanges of stories and photos. For the first time in ages there was a majority of what we call "the YOUNG ones". Girls who left from 1971 to 1979. It was cheering to see so much support from all the year groups. The University Women's Club did a great job looking after us and it was agreed by all that this was a good venue for our formal events. 

 

 
 

The draft minutes will be posted on the Business page of the website in due course. However the news is that Cherry Gibbs (nee Drummond), a 1957 leaver, was elected Chairman . Sue Dawkins (nee Brown) joined the committee without portfolio. Jo Johnson (nee Northfield) volunteered to shadow Sue Bates as secretary elect, and Viv White (nee Syratt) will do the same for Sue Sharland (nee Ennis) as treasurer elect. Anne Groves (nee Tillotson) remains our Victualler, providing a meeting place for Committee meetings and more importantly,sandwiches!

   
  Here are a few photos and more will be found on the Members Photos page
   
   
   
 

 

Anna Gordon, Jane Haworth (Burrell) Sue Sharland (Ennis) Roberta Coe (Tooke) Anne Groves (Tillotson) Viv White (Syratt)

   
   

 

 

Beany Everitt (nee Savory) Rachel Denton (nee Kirkby)  Rosie May (nee Charlton)

   
   
 

 

Cherry Gibbs (Drummond) Maggie Jones (Bates) Jennifer Llewellin (House)

   
   
 

 

Clare Reffin, Sue Jordan (Caple) Beany Everitt, Rachel Denton

   
 
   
 

 

Mandy Park, Liz Morgan (Waldron)  Mary Shaw(Albertini) Julia Jelley (Stone)

   
   
   
 

 

Barbara Haynes (Kirkby) and Jo Cahill - Shaw

   
   
   
 

 

Jo Cahill-Shaw, Sue Downing Jo Johnson

   
   
 

 

Jo Johnson, Sue Cross (Lamperd) and Helen Osborne (Lattaway)

   
   
   
 

 

The Full Compliment

   

 

 

 

2015

   
 

MOTTISFONT FOUNDER'S DAY OUTING

This was a great success with 22 girls attending! Well done everyone who made the journey. The roses were wonderful, the scent in the walled garden particularly beautiful. In true Overstone style we comandeered tables and chairs from around the restuarant garden area and all sat and had lunch together. A mixture of years were present, 1976 leavers being the biggest group. Years 54, 57, 59,63, 65,67,70,71,74,and 75 were all there.

Some new faces took Reunion booking forms away with them, so it would be wonderful if we could make the London Reunion as successful as this was!

 

 
   
   
 

   
   
   
 

 

Roberta, our Chairman, chats with Julia, our archivist and Belinda Everitt ( Beany) who brought photos that are on the Member's Photos page

   
   
   
 

 

Sue ( birthday girl) Claire, Judith, Kate, Sue, Anne

   
   
 

 

Kate, Davina, Fee, Sue, Claire, Judith, Kate

   
   
 

 

Katy ( honorary old girl for the day - Sue Bates acts as a sighted guide to Katy while she waits for a Guide Dog) Lorrie, Beany,

and Binkle.

   
   
  Wednesday 17th June : Founder's Day 12 noon onwards at Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, Romsey Hampshire SO51 0LP. There is no need to book for this meeting, just turn up and find us around the restaurant area. We hear about 9 girls from the 1976 leavers are coming, it would be great to see others from different years. The Committee members always keep a look out for members so don't be shy to come on your own! Mottisfont is a National Trust property and is famed for its beautiful rose garden, especially the walled garden. In June, if the weather is kind, this should be a perfect visit to see it.