Membership Form and Constitution of the Society
Society Annual General Meeting and Lunch
The Society will be holding its AGM on Friday, 7th October 2016 at Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham PO14 1NH. The AGM will
commence at 10.30 and guests are invited to join members for lunch from 12.30 in the bar followed by lunch at 13.00.
The Society announces with much sadness that its long-serving Treasurer and Membership Secretary has died. Michael attended Prices from 1950 to 1956. He was Treasurer for more than twenty years during which time the finances of the Society were carefully husbanded under Michael's watchful eye. He will be very sadly missed.
New Chairman of the Society
At the AGM on 2nd October 2015 Phillip Reynolds (pictured below) was elected to succeed outgoing Chairman, Charles Evans. Charles has suffered a period of indifferent health and felt that he could no longer continue to serve the Society in that role as he would have wished. He will, however, continue to be a member of the Committee and has been elected Vice-President.
Prices School Photo 1933
The Society is delighted to have received an original copy of the 1933 panorama photograph provided by Chris Croker, son of the late R. W. Croker. Full details here.
David Williams has arranged that Westbury Museum will display the newly framed photograph of staff and students in the 1947 panorama. Michael Herbert supplied the photo and recognised a number of names but we are searching for more. If you can help, please contact David: email@example.com
Peter Callendar in Auckland, NZ has kindly supplied the larger photo shown above which is a professionally produced scan of his pristine 1947 photo.
School Photo 1957
We are delighted to have received a scan of the School from 1957 from David Bloxham. An enlarged photo can be found here.
AGM and Lunch was held at Fareham College
2014 Photos from
the Lunch can be found here:
Rear Admiral Roger Charles Dimmock CB
The Photos of David Thomas
David Thomas (1961-1968) has supplied some excellent photographs from various dramatic performances during the sixties including HMS Pinafore with Fareham Girls Grammar School here and Programmes here:
The Photos of Peter Gwilliam
Sadly, Peter who was at Prices between 1943 and 1947, died two years ago in Perth, Australia but his wife has kindly sent these splendid pictures shown below and more here.
Price's 1st X1 Taken 21 July 1945 Reading l to r:
Back Row: Wilkinson. Gray. Knight. Holt. Grogan Middle Row: Suggate. Young. Mr. Shaw. Cole. Daysh. Smith
Front Row: Nicklees. Ashwell. Betts
The Blue Plaque Unveiling West Street, Fareham - Sunday 6th
Ralph Thacker letter
Wreath Laying and Summer Luncheon Photographs
Pictures of the event have been posted on the Society's Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/167320609964747/.
David Goldring Files
First XI Hockey 1950/51 and Bryan Cozens
President, Patrick Nobes, writes:
"Pamela Devlin has given me a Price's Charity button that Keith had (whence it came she knows not) so that I can pass it on to the Archivist. Attached is a (not v good) photo of it, which I thought might interest people on our website, together with a 1st XI Hockey (1951)"
The Hockey photograph also shows Bryan Cozens, who has recently died. Further information is here.
back row: Wadey, Purkiss, Dimmock, Byng, Devlin, Rudling. Seated: Byng, Gregory, Cozens, ROJ, Turner, White, Nobes.
And a CC Field Day from L to R: Stone, Jarmain, Nobes, Devlin, Brown ("Bull" not D). About the same date.
Living History Project
An MP3 audio file is available here:
Roy Daysh recites -
It was recorded on 26th January 2009 and is part of the recording by Roy Daysh for the Price's School oral history project.
Prices School in the Evening Echo 6th July 1971
His Honour Keith Devlin
With great regret we have to record the passing of His Hon. Judge Keith Devlin. Further details here.
Speech Day 1962
David Goldring has sent the 1962 Speech Day programme together with a press extract here.
Sports Days 1962-1959
Ian Frank Spencer:
Two Sisters, Falkland Islands -11/12
Two Sisters, Falkland Islands -11/12 June 1982
It is nearly 30 years since the surrender of the Argentine forces on 14th June 1982 to end the Falklands War. On Remembrance Sunday we remember former pupil, Cpl Ian Frank Spencer of Zulu company 45 Royal Marine Commando who was killed on 12th June 1982 in the attack on Two Sisters, a key strategic part of the horseshoe defensive line which the Argentineans had created around Port Stanley.
Ian Spencer can be seen in this picture from the 1969 Lion. Although he appeared to be a promising cricketer, he was also mentioned in relation to swimming and judo in later Lions.
Whilst searching for details of the battle, this article came to light: http://goo.gl/TxAgL.
His platoon leader, Lt. Clive Dytor wrote:
Thank you for your enquiry about Cpl Spencer.
As a young troop Commander in the same Zulu Company I was always very impressed by Cpl Spencer's professionalism and wonderful sense of humour, both vital elements in war. He was a Junior leader right at the top of his game and was also an inspiration to his marines. All my memories are positive.
I hope that this helps in some way. Well done on the work you are doing: I am sure that his family will appreciate this.
14 Feb 1933
- 8 March 2012
We are sorry to hear of the death of Christopher Shaddock, son of wartime physics master "Jim" Shaddock, in Edinburgh. He was memorably described as "possibly the brightest boy Prices ever had". In 1952, for instance, the Lion records that Christopher secured a 1st Class Honours in Mathematical Tripos Part 1 and an Exhibition to Christ's College, Cambridge.
The Society is very sorry to learn that John Cole has died. He attended the School from 1939-1946 and was for many years a distinguished master at the School and later a stalwart supporter of the Old Priceans. We shall very greatly miss his warmth and humour. His wife, Irene, has notified us that John passed away after illness. His Memorial Service was held on May 5th 2011. The Address and reflections by two sons are here and here.
The 2012 Summer Lunch and Wreath Laying:
The Summer Luncheon was preceded by a dignified Wreath Laying by Mrs Susan Bayford, Deputy Mayor of Fareham, at the Tomb of William Price in St Peter and St Paul's Churchyard at Noon.
2012 Wreath Laying and 2010 AGM pictures are also on Facebook Pages
Alan Glynne-Howell - an appreciation
Kevan Bundell writes an appreciation of Alan Glynne-Howell who joined the School in 1965.
A Lament for Prices
William Price Commemorated
William Price died on 31st May 1725 but founded the School by his Will dated 1721. He lies in the cemetery of St Peter & St Paul, Fareham. Several members of the Committee took the opportunity to place a wreath at the tomb on the anniversary of his funeral which took place on June 3rd 1725.
The ceremony was conducted jointly by Patrick Nobes (President) and Charles Evans (Chairman) and was attended by Derek Marlow (Vice-President), Michael Croad-Brangwyn (Hon. Treasurer), Richard Brent (Hon. Archivist), Brian Pearce and David Williams.
It has been decided that this will be now an annual event but in future will take place prior to the Summer Luncheon.
Prices in 1911
Anniversary Event 2008
The Old Priceans Centenary Summer Luncheon at Ferneham Hall, Osborne Road, Fareham took place on Sunday 8th June. This was preceded by a walk from the site of the original school in West Street, Fareham followed by a service at SS Peter & Paul Church, Fareham led by old boys, Very Revd. Peter Hancock, Archdeacon of the Meon with an address from Revd. Canon Martin Seeley.
A professionally produced souvenir photographic album of the event is available here.
Former English master, Tony Johnson was moved to pen this poem:
CLASSROOM EXAMINATION - 2a Price’s School 1966
These ageing men were boys I used to teach.
Now, rôle reversed, I listen and I learn,
For one boy’s now the canon come to preach
To attentive silence more than I could earn.
They were the cunning masters of mayhem,
Of artful doodle and of daring daydream.
Such fine bubbling brains! No one could stop them
From acting like a loose anarchic team.
Memory draws a classroom castle in the air,
Where appear thirty brilliant pairs of eyes,
Which stalk the ether and begin to stare.
To scrutinise, assess, and analyse.
Are you weak? Are you strong? You cannot bluff.
We can shave off a beard or rip off a mask.
Who are you? Do you care? D’ya know your stuff?
Answer! Before you set us any task!
Tony wrote: Canon Martin Seeley looked at me and said,”2a.” He gave the address at St Peter and St Paul on 8th June 2008, in a ceremony to mark one hundred years after the move of Price’s School from West Street to Park Lane. He was in 2a and was one of several in that class who eventually went to Cambridge, the best class I ever taught.
Westbury Exhibition closed 21st June 2008
The Exhibition featured display panels and cabinets intended to provide visitors with an extensive view of Price’s and The William Price Charity through the years.