Old Abbotsholmians travelled back to school to take on the current Abbotsholmians. Some not-so-old friendly faces were amongst the OAs, including A full tribe of Burgess-Lumsdens, along with Sophie Baker, Rach Ekstein, Henry Pritton, Henry Sanderson and Robbie Cooper. There were guest appearances from Ben Hurst, our in-house Loughborough Under Grad, and Tracey Perkin, Vice-Captain of Abbotsholme Hockey Club.
The OAs started very strongly, scoring after just two minutes, showing the As that they meant business. The As soon replied, and continued to go on a goal rampage in the run-up to half time. Goals from Joe Knott, out of position Toby Hall and Ollie Astle put them ahead at half time 6-2.
This year, the Reunion Dinner will be held on the same day as the Memorial Service for Tom Palmer who died last August, details of which are in the February newsletter. This will be a service in which we can celebrate all that Tom achieved in his life, including his 24 years as a member of staff at Abbotsholme. We hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend both the service and the dinner that evening, although some people may, of course, choose only to attend one or the other.
Please note that as the event takes place in school term-time, we will not be able to offer accommodation at the school this year. We have put together a short list of some of the local accommodation available which you can find below.
We are delighted that we have two guest speakers at the dinner this year, Chris Hall and Jenny Richardson. Both are, I am sure, very well known to most of you.
Chris, who was a pupil at Abbotsholme in the 1970s, has always maintained the closest of links with the school. He is a long-standing member of the OA Committee, and he has been a school governor for many years. Over the past fifteen years or so, all three of his sons have been pupils themselves, with Toby, the youngest, still in the Sixth Form. Chris is currently Abbotsholme’s Chair of Governors, and he somehow manages to combine this role with running his own large, successful farm, holding a senior position in Staffordshire Young Farmers and teaching clay-pigeon shooting every week to Abbotsholme pupils. He is an excellent speaker, full of warmth and humour, and his love of Abbotsholme knows no bounds.
The date has been finalised for the Tom Palmer Memorial Day. Full details of events and timings will follow later, but let me give you an idea of what we are planning for the 26th May, at Abbotsholme. In the morning there will be a service in Chapel, starting at 11.00. Lunch will follow, then there will be an afternoon of outdoor activities - all things which Tom himself would have enjoyed. After a cup of tea, there will be a tour of school for those who are interested, then the Dinner will begin at 7.00. All events will be free, apart from the Dinner for which you will need to buy tickets. We will probably not be able to offer accommodation in the boarding houses this year, though.