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Membership Form and Constitution of the Society

Membership is £10per annum and the Membership Form may be downloaded here. A standing order mandate is available here. The Constitution of the Society may be found here.

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.

Full details and menu selections are here.

Michael Croad-Brangwyn

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.

Tributes (page under test)

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.

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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.

Westbury Museum helps search for 1947 photo names

 

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: david@family-williams.me.uk

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.

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AGM and Lunch was held at Fareham College 2014 Photos from the Lunch can be found here:

Rear Admiral Roger Charles Dimmock CB

Roger's outstanding career including a crash at Farnborough Air Show in 1958 can be found here:   The Daily Telegraph obituary is here. A detailed outline of Roger's career is here.

The Photos of David Thomas

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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 October 2013

The photos and the text of the speeches given by the President, Patrick Nobes, and Chairman, Charles Evans can be found here.

Further details of the unveiling are here. The Press Release is here.

Ralph Thacker letter

Here is a copy of a letter from Ralph Thacker written in 1990 to Eric "Dusty" Titheridge.

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

David Goldring has done some extraordinarily detailed research and produced two excellent, multi-page reports which he has made available here: Sports Day and Combined Cadet Force

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.

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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.

John Nisbet

We are sorry to report the death of John Nisbet. The President's tribute is here. The Tribute from John's son is here.

The Constitution of the Society is here.

Living History Project

The Academic Achievements of Prices pupils - a detailed review here.

An MP3 audio file is available here: Roy Daysh recites -  Olly's Prayer

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

Philip Cooper send this clipping here.

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

David Goldring has supplied well-preserved and annotated programmes for Sports Days for 1962, 1961, 1960 and 1959 which may be viewed by following the hyperlink.

Ian Frank Spencer: 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.

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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.

Clive Dytor

Christopher Shaddock 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 President has produced these details from the funeral.

John Cole

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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.

Some recollections from others are 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.

    

More photos of the 2012 event are here http://goo.gl/NsDQS and 2011 are here: http://goo.gl/PQTRU

2010 Summer Lunch photos here

2012 Wreath Laying and 2010 AGM pictures are also on Facebook Pages

The Society has a Facebook page "Fareham Society of Old Priceans" where pictures of the AGM held on 8th October 2010 are displayed here: http://goo.gl/xUZvt  Minutes of the meeting can be found here

Alan Glynne-Howell - an appreciation

Kevan Bundell writes an appreciation of Alan Glynne-Howell who joined the School in 1965.

A Lament for Prices

A musical tribute to the School....

 

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.

The Order of Service may downloaded here....

 

Prices in 1911

An interesting piece of research by Mike Bayliss lists the "Residents" in the census of 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!

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                                 Tony Johnson                

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.

F. E. C. Gregory's book The History of Price's School describes the original opening...


 



WHO WE ARE

The Society of Old Priceans for staff and pupils of the former Prices Grammar School, Park Lane, Fareham, Hampshire founded 1721 demolished 1989.

Society of Old Priceans

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