This year’s news continues to be interspersed with details of Old Boys who were killed in action 100 years ago.
More memorabilia is in the pipeline so keep visiting the site!
Herbert Julius Caesar -
OFA Annual Lunch -
Archibald Donald Milner -
Farnham Beerex -
Hector Charles Carter -
40th Anniversary Reunion at Tilford -
The Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain -
J K Dutton -
Leslie Baynes Starling -
John Patrick O’Donnell -
Edward A Atkinson -
Arnie’s debut novel -
Commemorating William Bastow -
Older News Content
News Archive for 2014 (includes Martin Collier’s speech)
Annual Dinner 2008 (includes Mike Mehta’s speech)
Annual Dinner 2005 (includes John Clarke’s speech)
For even older news items (covering 2005-
The 86th Annual Gathering of the OFA took place on Saturday 17 March at the Farnham Hog’s Back Hotel.
In spite of a heavy snow storm and an ageing of membership the former pupils and staff of Farnham Boys Grammar School, almost sixty in total, attended. As usual former pupils of this school travelled from across the country to spend time with their old pals; one made his annual visit from America to coincide with the lunch and another had travelled from Sweden.
It is usual to read out a list of those Old Boys who have died during the past year and this time there were fourteen names read out, showing that in time this organisation will come to an end. A sad thought as the school has been part of the history of Farnham for over 400 years. This year we were represented by Mike Mehta, Julian Walden and John Clarke.
The main guests were Dr. Jason Jones, current Director of Farnham Sixth Form College, and Mike Potter, former Chief Executive of the Guildford College Group. The Toast to the School was given by Richard Lord and the Toast to the Association by Barry Hall. The current President and organiser of the event, Roger Edgell, replied to both toasts. Roger has been the President for two years and Cyril Trust praised his dedication to the position.
The afternoon ended with all standing for the School Song and the National Anthem. The whole occasion was managed most skilfully by stand-
We look forward to another enjoyable lunch in 2019.
Mike, Julian and John at this year’s Annual Lunch
A number of us were able to attend the Saturday lunchtime session at the Maltings Beerex.
The social event of this year was keenly anticipated. The classes of '71 met in the relaxed surroundings of Tilford’s Barley Mow PH, with some electing to meet earlier to visit Farnham College.
The weather was excellent and there was a steady flow of beer and banter.
A gallery can be viewed on our Facebook page.
In the beer garden of the Barley Mow.
The Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth covers the route from Cape Wrath in the lonely northwest to a muddy estuary overlooking England, and takes the reader on a walk across Scotland.
“For Robert McWilliams -
“Struggling with terrain, injury, atrocious weather, and above all his own fragile confidence, McWilliams weaves into his narrative the threads of his life that led to the journey, and discovers that the rewards of adventure are rarely those that were anticipated. The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain informs and entertains. As well as a ben or a castle, there is usually a joke just around the next turn in the trail.”
We are delighted to add the book was cited as the Wadham College “August Alumni Author”.
“A bit of a boys-
I had the idea for the story more than ten years ago and was tempted to start writing during very long free-
Mike Mehta and John Clarke attended a simple yet moving ceremony in the Old Building on the afternoon of Saturday 8 December to commemorate the life of William Henry Bastow whose name has, until today, been missing from the School’s war memorial plaque.
Although John first noted this omission 3 or 4 years ago, due credit to Roger Edgell for seeing this through to the end, including the commissioning of lettering to complete the War Memorial. Today's ceremony means that the correct number of 72 "Old Boys" are recorded on the memorial plaque.
Rev. Andrew Tuck and Roger Edgell following the unveiling of William Henry Bastow’s name on the World War 1 tablet
The ceremony was led by Roger Edgell, who related the background story to the ceremony, where he made reference to the need to right a perceived wrong by commissioning the addition of William Bastow’s name to the Roll of Honour tablet at Farnham College. Even though this was 103 years since his death in Gallipoli, it was right that his name should join those of his school friends.
Roger then read the poem “In Flanders Field” by Major John McCrae. This was followed by the unveiling of the W H Bastow details on the World War 1 tablet. Richard Phillips, President of the OFA then read his poem “W H Bastow -
The additional brass lettering was supplied by Arro Signs, Bournemouth, and were applied by Joanna Phillips, wife of Richard Phillips, the current OFA President.
You can download a copy of the booklet produced for the occasion (pdf format).
The booklet includes additional notes on the life of William Bastow, which is reproduced here:
“It is believed that William Henry Bastow was the only Farnham Hero to have died serving at Gallipoli with the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS); he is buried at the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Canakkale, Turkey Grave Reference K.53.
“The records show that 2nd Lieutenant William Henry Bastow, who was an army officer in the Royal Field Artillery, attached to the Royal Naval Air Service, attended Farnham Grammar School from 1904-
“William did marry whilst on leave from the army in April 1915 -
“His son William, who was married to Muriel Freeman from Tongham, Surrey where they resided until his death in 2000 -