OPA 1994 Newsletter

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The Committee
Front Row (left to right)

Ken Shone, Marcus Pembroke, Gerard Brooks, Bob Willis.

Back Row:

Garry Poulson; John Cheney, Nigel Croxford, Emma Kedgley, John Saunders, Dave Stacey.

President's Report

In my second year as President of the OPA, the committee have again worked exceedingly hard to make this year a success. All the events have gone off smoothly and each one breaking even or making a profit.
The sporting calendar runs effectively each year with OPA teams VS Park House School Teams enjoying good and always competitive events. Some sporting events were not held this year, but with more help these could be re-instated.
The Spring Ball for '94 was held at the Newbury Racecourse, with about 150 people attending it was an excellent success and a most enjoyable evening. (I hope to see many of you there in 1995).
The Carol singing which was held in early December was in aid of the Newbury Samaritans. The 5th Years of Park House School came out on three evenings to help collect for the charity and an excellent ,709-00 was raised over three nights. Many thanks to all those who collected, walked, counted money and drank a few drams, it was an excellent achievement.
We had many high points this year with the Social Events and Charity collections, also New members increased by 12, the most over the past four years. My thanks go to the Head Boy - John Saunders and the Head Girl - Emma Kedgley. We have valued their input throughout the year and you will all be pleased to hear that they have joined the committee for the coming year. Also an enormous vote of thanks to John Cheney - who as School Liaison Officer has been a constant source of inspiration on new ideas and instigated the idea of inviting the 4th years to the Tennis and Swimming sessions which have been held on Saturdays throughout the summer. This has made a marked change to the money lost last year and has saved us a great amount this summer.
Also held in conjunction with the Year 11 (5th Years) of Park House School we had two well attended disco's at the Newbury Rugby Club, which help to promote the OPA to the pupils, and hope that they may consider joining the Association when they leave school.
Needless to say that the year's activities have included many people who have volunteered their time and efforts solely for the OPA. My own thanks go firstly to Ken Shone who took over the position as Treasurer when Craig Allen stepped down last year. He has produced a sterling effort, keeping the books together, and ensuring that we are all kept in the picture of how the accounts are doing at any given time. Also a special thank you to Marcus Pembroke who again has performed a wonderful job as Secretary and one also of keeping me in order. Then, to all the committee who have worked to keep the OPA going and running efficiently, and to whom I owe my thanks. Also to all the Teachers, to Ray Cullimore and Colin Martin, Mr Derek Greenup and to friends and family who have helped us make it through this year. Thank You.

Gerard Brooks - OPA President.

Ken Shone 80 this year

Ken, or Kingsley as he is known to some of us, continues to be an extremely active and supportive OPA committee member. In this his eightieth year he has undertaken the post of Hon. Treasurer, and has produced accounts in record time. The whole committee is most grateful for his untiring service. We wish him, and his wife Diana, continuing good health for many years to come.

3 New Honorary Life Members

At our AGM in November 1993 Ray Cullimore, Nigel Croxford, and Dave Stacey were each nominated and duly elected Honorary Life Members for their enduring and loyal service to the Old Parkonians Association.

Doug Cook and 
Hugh Ennion Retire

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After 34 and 20 years service to the School respectively, pictured here with other staff leavers in July this year. The OPA wishes them well for the future and thanks them for their support over the years - Doug Cook with the Quiz, and Hugh Ennion with the Croquet.

What's Happening Back At The Old Place?
... or a quick update on a few of the changes at Park House.

The main change over the past four years is the appointment of the new Headteacher, Mr. Derek Greenup. He has continued to build on the school's reputation and successfully marketed the good image of the school so that we now have maximum pupils in each new year. Norman Haymes is enjoying his retirement in the wilds of Hampshire, and has renewed hi acquaintance with his walking boots.

This year Hugh Ennion retired to concentrate on his painting, and Doug Cook hung up his football boots. Can you imagine Park House without Duggie? Both Hugh and Doug have been great characters and will remain part of the tradition in the memory of many pupils. Many of you senior Parkonians will be saddened to hear of the death of Noel Brine (ex head of English) earlier this year.

Last year saw the introduction of a new House system. Gone are Lambourn, Kennet, Loddon, and Enbourne, and in their place Cedar, Beech and Oak. It speeds up Sports Day, and has produced some interesting phrases on the sports field, for example, "Scrum down lads Beechball".

The (very) old terrapin classrooms have finally been replaced by a new Library Block in preparation for the Sixth Form, which is due to start probably next year, and will be a welcome addition to the school.

Finally the Old Parkonians continue to support the school, encouraging pupils to participate in a variety of sports and events, and to keep up the contact between you and the School.

John Cheney

Old Parkonian School Liaison

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709 to Charity
A fantastic 709 was raised with the help of Park House 5th form pupils using a colourful Father Christmas float on three nights in December last year. All the monies raised was given to the Newbury Branch of The Samaritans.

 

 

 

Match

Date

School

OPA

Music Competition

February

Beech House

n/a

Quiz

1 March

64

99.5

Basketball

22 March

20

12

Senior Football

27 March

4

5

Rugby

 

48 (ONA)

24

Croquet

8 July

4 Games
152 Hoops

2 Games
140 Hoops

 

Angling - School v OPA - 25th June 1994

School

OPA

 

lbs

ozs

 

lbs

ozs

N. Smith

12

0

D. Stacey

9

5

A. Crawford

11

0

J. Dobson

7

11

M. Pallett

6

13

J. Rasman

6

15

G. Clayton

5

9

R. Warwick

6

11

C. Harding

5

6

M. Pembroke

4

7

J. Moores

5

0

G. Purton

4

4

A. Pettit

4

8

D. Claridge

2

9

S. Griffin

4

7

 

 

 

S. Denness

4

3

 

 

 

N. Anderson

2

13

 

 

 

S. Paice

1

9

 

 

 

 

TOTALR. Warick (OPA)

63

4

TOTAL

41

14

Winners:- THE SCHOOL

Individual Winner

N. Smith (School)

12

0

Runner Up

A. Crawford (School)

11

0

Best Fish (Carp)

R. Warwick (OPA)

6

8

1994 Spring Ball a Great Success

More than 150 people "had a ball" at the prestigious new race-course stand in April this year. These new facilities provided a sumptuous backdrop to our black-tie Spring Ball. The evening was most enjoyable and everyone wined, dined and danced to "Quartz", a live band.

OPA v School
Cricket 27 June 1994

This year saw the School record an emphatic seven wicket victory or their old rivals. Deciding to bat first (mainly because half the side was late!) the OPA never really dominated the tight, if sometimes erratic, bowling from the pupils; Andrew Bennett producing particularly impressive figures of 3 for 5 with his wily spin. Nigel Trumper, opening for the OPA, scored a respectable 45 before being run out - a definite case of jug avoidance! The evergreen, multi-talented, Colin Barrett waded in with a quick 19 at the end enabling the OPA to finish on 110 for 8 from their allotted overs.

The School were not to be intimidated by their more experienced opposition and struck to the task of knocking off runs at a steady, controlled rate. Daniel Kirby, Thomas Anderson and Matthew Morgan all made important contributions, seeing the School home with an over to spare. Poor Doug Cook managed a duck in his final match as a member of staff - but an enjoyable time was had by all.

Thanks particularly to Ray for the wicket, Eggy for umpiring, Graham for organising his team of geriatrics and the Harfitt boys for keeping us well entertained at "The Grange" later in the evening. Where are we drinking next year Spence? 

John Rasman

We Need You To Help

The OPA needs you to help. It is after all your Association and without you it will die a slow lingering death. Why should you help? Basically because it is fun. You'll get a great kick helping to put on events for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The first step is to come to the AGM on Monday 28th November at 8pm at "The Grange Hotel", Enborne. Come a bit early so you can join the Committee and your comrades for a drink before the meeting starts. Drag yourself out and do something for yourself and your Association. You will be surprised what a kick you will get, after you overcome your initial inertia.

Glance at the Programme overleaf. Exciting stuff, what! You don't think so, then come and have your say. Tell us where we are going wrong. How we can make your Association relevant to you and your present life-style. We'd love to "brain-storm" with you. As a Committee we have tried amongst ourselves and it has proved very interesting. At one extreme the notion is to "fold-up". Would you really miss the OPA, if we did? If attendance is the only yardstick, then your answer is a very loud NO. We know this is not actually the case. Having the OPA, however deeply it might be buried in your sub-conscious, gives you a "Warm-feeling", a part of your life that nobody can take away. Fact: you went to Park House. Fact: you joined the OPA. Fact: you belong. Many of you do not live in Newbury any more. Lucky you, the traffic problems here are horrendous, but don't let that put you off coming back occasionally. Newbury has hotels, you know. Seriously 'though, how can we involve you from further afield. One suggestion is to have Year Reunions, and events especially designed to re-unite those who left Park House in a given year. What do you think? Would you make a special effort and come back?

The observant among you will have spotted that the number of events listed in the programme is reduced from previous years. This is partly due to the teacher concerned having left, but more due to the difficulty raising OPA Teams. The annual matches against The School are probably the most valuable and the most unique thing we do. Have you ever thought about it? How we are doing our bit to bridge the generation gap. Showing that there is life after school. Apart from the competitiveness - how often do children get to compete with adults outside their immediate family and neighbours - it gives the chance for pupils to see first hand who and what former Park House pupils are, what they have made of themselves and of their lives.

Is your reluctance to help by joining an OPA team because of the possible hero worship? Whether you are a high-flyer or a modest plodder, you have something to offer just by bothering to be there, win or loose the actual match. Surely you, yes you, could spare one evening a year to play a match against The School?

We have worked extremely hard to get this Newsletter out before the AGM. We could have put our feet up, stayed in the warm, watched TV, etc., etc. but we wanted to share with you some of our passion and our doubts for the Association. If you, yes you, don't come to the AGM, the Association could fold. Even if it is the only thing you do for the OPA this year, do come and give our flagging egos a boost. We are desperate for feedback. Or are we just wasting our time and yours? 

RFW

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