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An Unforgettable Morning Assembly

Bob Axbey tells us all about it – Click here to read it.

Old Boys’ Society Annual Dinner
School Dining Hall
11th November.

Click HERE to read all about it
and download a menu and ticket application.

Calling all 1977 leavers

John Orchard and Richard Francombe are putting together
a 40th reunion on the 11th November 2017.

John said “When we last got together we met in the Eldon, had a tour of the school and then tea. If I recall we had 29 who attended the afternoon meet-up, 20 or so of whom came to the Old Boys’ Annual Dinner in the evening.
It would be great to do it again, this year, on our 40th anniversary of leaving QEH.”
For more information and to register interest please email John Orchard or Richard Francombe

Calling all 1987 leavers!

Andy Clements and Julian Rivers would love to hear from all 1987 leavers who wish to celebrate their 30th reunion. For more information and to register interest, please email Andy Clements or Julian Rivers.

Prize Draw Pic

Mike Goatman is our new President of the Old Boys’ Society. Click HERE to read all about him.

Message from the Secretary

Saturday 11th JULY

I have been Secretary to the Old Boys Society for many years having taken over from John Moody who did an excellent job for the Society.
I have had a thoroughly good time doing the job working with John Dunster and Jeff Mason and all other Committee Members but it is time to recruit an Assistant Secretary who can carry on when I stand down ( I hope to stand down at the moment of my choosing rather than the moment chosen by Old Father Time!)
It is in the best interests of the Old Boys Society that we recruit new blood in order to refresh and keep the Society relevant using the latest technology and communication techniques which are normal life for most of our membership but to which some of us are “Johnny Come Latelies!”
( When I was a kid going to QEH in 1956, communication was via telephone box 5 minutes along the road, telegrams or letters!)
The post of Secretary is in my opinion the best of the Committee positions as you are in touch with virtually everything that is going on and also potentially with all members.
The recruitment of an Assistant Secretary will allow him to get up to speed with the job of Secretary and then to take it on full time with me dropping back to Assistant.
I would like to have an Assistant in position by the AGM on 6 November for one year and then take over at the 2016 AGM as Secretary when I become his Assistant.
It is not too costly in time commitment, maybe average of an hour per week, but it peaks and troughs when meetings (normally 4 per annum plus AGM) have happened or are approaching and the AGM is the busiest time for obvious reasons.
If you have time for a sociable not too time-consuming interest why not contact me at:-


Phone – 01749677256

Write – Nigel Coombs, 69a Bath Road, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3HS

Talking Books and QEH author David “Harry” Dutton

According to a recent radio 4 broadcast, the fastest growing sector of publishing is “Talking Books” largely due to the ease of downloads to I Pads and smart phones thus dispensing with the paraphernalia of discs and cassettes of old. You will be pleased to hear that David “Harry” Dutton whose fascinating autobiographical book on his childhood and his memories of QEH in the ‘50s, “Up the Bumpy Lane”, can now be heard on U Tube with readings by the author himself. It is an excellent book which was chosen as Book of the Month in the Evening Post and reviewed very favourably on Radio Bristol too. I would heartily recommend it to QEH Old Boys. Follow the link below and enjoy listening to oral history and personal memories of the school.
The book Up the Bumpy Lane is now available to download as an e-book from Amazon.

Barry Coombs

QEH Old Boys’ Society

The QEH Old Boys’ Society is an important aspect of the school. Education is for life and the friends made at school can remain important influences for pupils well beyond their time at Brandon Hill.

Membership of the QEH Old Boys’ Society is a good way for former pupils to keep in touch with their school friends and the activities of the current pupils. Originally founded in 1869, the Society has never lost sight of its original purpose to provide help to members who have fallen on hard times and to assist in providing scholarships, bursaries and donations to provide a first-class education for boys at QEH.

Today the Society flourishes with over 2000 members, including more than 100 from overseas, and membership is growing. It is managed by an annually elected Executive Committee with reunions organised across the country. The Society organises an Annual Dinner held in Bristol and a newsletter three times a year.

Most current QEH and recent Old Elizabethans are automatically Life members of the Old Boys’ Society as their subscriptions have been paid through their fees whilst at School.

The Society is currently offering Life Membership for all those Old Boys aged over 40 at a cost of £40.00 (usually £90).

Should you be an OE wishing to find out what has happened to your old school friends, contact the Old Boys’ Society or the Development Office at QEH.