Michael Napier joined the RAF in 1978 as a University Cadet. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London before qualifying as a Tornado GR1 pilot. He was posted to RAF Brüggen in Germany in 1985, flying in the Strike/Attack role with 14 and 31 Squadrons during the last five years of the Cold War. After a tour as a tactics instructor flying the Hawk at RAF Chivenor between 1990 and 1991, he returned to Brüggen, 14 Squadron and the Tornado GR1 as a Flight Commander in 1992 and took part in operations over Iraq in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Two headquarters staff tours followed in Germany and the UK. Michael left the RAF in 1997 for a second career as an airline pilot with British Airways. He flew DC-10, Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft and he retired as a Boeing 787 captain in 2019. He is the author of 15 published books on military aviation history, including "Tornado Over the Tigris" which is a vivid account of his RAF flying career.
The Society of Old Priceans is delighted to announce that with the kind co-operation of F. E. C. Gregory and Farley Printers, Paul Gover has been able to prepare a revised and updated second edition of the "History of Prices School" originally authored by F. E. C. Gregory in 1971.
This is available through Amazon online here: A History of Price's School 2nd Edition in hardcover or paperback
(Note: this is a link to Amazon UK - members abroad may need to search by title)
The hardback edition is £11.00 and the paperback is available for £7.99. Delivery information is online but is believed to be free to Prime Members.
Paul Gover has also undertaken extensive research into the life and times of William Price jnr, whose legacy founded the School, his family including his father, a barrel maker from Titchfield and the lands and estates which they owned.
This has been updated from the original and is now available also in hardback from Amazon online here: A Good Price for Fareham 2nd Edition in hardcover or paperback
(again, this is a link to Amazon UK - members abroad please search on title)
The hardcover is £9.99 and the paperback is available for £6.99. Delivery information is online but is believed to be free to Prime Members.
For those who have already purchased the original paperback, Paul has provided an update in pdf format setting out the significant changes here:
A Good Price for Fareham - update for 1st Edition
The Society celebrated in 2022 the tercentenary of the Will of William Price jnr
A series of Newsletters was produced - links below
David Goldring updates his Tercentenary work here...
Membership is £10pa and is open to anyone with a connection to the School or College.
To complete an application form please follow the link below
Excellent and detailed research into the life and Will of William Price together with a family tree can be viewed here on WikiDot
Phillip Reynolds - Chairman of the Society
George Ashton, Headmaster of Prices 1934-1959
Photos from George Ashton
President Patrick Nobes (r) with Eric Poyner
The Society is sorry to report that Brian Pearce, our Minutes Secretary, on the right with Lou Stamp at WP300 when he was 90, has died.
His cremation service will be held on 30th October. Further details from Hon. Sec. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society's very successful and enjoyable AGM at the Solent Hotel heard our sponsored student, Kara Nash, give an eloquent and lively illustrated talk about her experiences at the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea which hit world headlines for the problems it suffered.
The AGM Minutes are here...
President, Patrick Nobes, with Fareham Mayor, Fred Birkett and his wife, Lisa, at the 2023 Summer Luncheon
Bob Askew, with the permission of his family, has put together an anthology of poems from Tony Johnson, who died recently, here: