We were delighted that Fareham's Mayor, Cllr Susan Bayford, honoured us by laying the Wreath at the tomb of William Price.
This was reported in the Portsmouth News here: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/fareham/society-remembers-school-founder-1-8522495
The inscription on the top of the tomb is difficult to read despite regular maintenance but through the efforts of Louis Stamp and supported financially by both the Society and the William Price Trust, a plaque clearly restating the text has been affixed to the tomb.
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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
John "JB" Chaffey - Geography master
Distinguished geography master and noted author, JB Chaffey (second left), has died at the age of 85. A memorial service for him will be held on Friday March 3rd at 2.30 in St Edwards Church, Corfe Castle.
Memories of Prices 1963 by David Kill
David Kill recalls Prices in 1963
Art in the sixties
The 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.
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
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.
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
career is here.
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
Ralph Thacker letter
Here is a copy of a letter from
Ralph Thacker written in 1990 to Eric "Dusty" Titheridge.
Pictures of the event have been posted on the Society's Facebook
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
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
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
The Academic Achievements of Prices
pupils - a detailed review here.
Prices School in the Evening Echo 6th July 1971
Philip Cooper send this clipping
Sports Days 1962-1959
David Goldring has supplied well-preserved and annotated
programmes for Sports Days for 1962,
1959 which may be viewed by
following the hyperlink.
Ian Frank Spencer:
Two Sisters, Falkland Islands -11/12
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 this helps in some way. Well done on the work you are doing: I am sure that his family will appreciate this.
Alan Glynne-Howell - an appreciation
Bundell writes an appreciation of
Alan Glynne-Howell who joined the School in 1965.
A Lament for Prices
A musical tribute to the School....
Robert Newbury writes:
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
Prices in 1911
An interesting piece of research by Mike Bayliss lists the "Residents" in the
census of 1911:
Anniversary Event 2008
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.
reversed, I listen and I learn,
For one boy’s now the canon come to preach
attentive silence more than I could earn.
They were the cunning masters of mayhem,
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.
scrutinise, assess, and analyse.
Are you weak? Are you
strong? You cannot bluff.
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.
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
Secretary and Membership Secretary