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President’s Letter

This is a first for me! A first news letter as President of QEH Old Boys and indeed the first president of anything!

So for me this is indeed a great honour and a pleasurable duty to represent you all during this year.

I only spent 2 years at the school studying A levels 1962-64 but it made a great impression on me – more than I made on it!! – Although I am the proud owner of the Throwing Events cup.

Sterling work is going on to ensure the good work of the Old Boys’ Society, that has achieved so much over so many years, will continue in the future.

I took over from Michael Goatman who had a most successful and effective year – so that will be a hard act to follow. Congratulations Michael.

I have attended two events to date -The House of Commons dinner, standing in for Michael, which was a great success and I believe the strong turnout reflected the quality of the venue and attracted a number of the younger members.

I attended a lunch at the Red Maids Society, who made me feel very welcome the bond between the Bristol schools is very strong and healthy!

I am looking forward to upcoming events and would encourage as many of you as possible to support the Leeds and Cambridge dinners – 23rd Feb and 9th March respectively as these events help to bind us all together.

To that end can I also encourage you all to participate in the Old Boys Prize Draw – 50% going to the Benevolent Fund.

I have most of my year ahead of me and I intend to enjoy it and do whatever I can in my small way to help out. Can I ask you to spare a small thought as to how you all might help the future generations to be as fortunate as we were.

Best wishes hope to see a good many of you during the year.
John Betty

Does anyone know who these
old boys are?

Fiona took this photograph on the afternoon of 11th November
(Tea & Cake tour of the school) Please email me if you know who they are so that Fiona can send them the photo

An Unforgettable Morning Assembly

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

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.