We are deeply sorry to announce that Derek Sederman died on Thursday 1st November 2018. Unfortunately, he never regained his health or strength after a major operation, and died in the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
It is impossible to imagine the OA Club without Derek. Since his retirement from teaching, he has been the centre of OA life and activities, organising club functions, initiating and maintaining contact with members, helping with fundraising appeals, and offering and dispensing wise advice to all. He served untiringly as the Secretary of the OA Club, he rescued the OA Yearbook and then edited it for many years, and most recently was our President.
Here follows a summary of the events of the whole day, held on 26th May 2018, the tributes given by various members of the OA Club, and one of the speeches given at the OA Dinner.
The Old Abbotsholmians’ Club Reunion Day 2018
By Danni Arnold (formerly Knott) Knott and Nikki Darnell (formerly Knott)
(Danni was a pupil until 2017 and is now a committee member of the Old Abbotsholmians’ Club. Nikki taught at Abbotsholme for many years, and was also the Houseparent of Orchard House.)
On a beautiful day in May, Abbotsholme stood stately and welcoming in the sunshine as Abbotsholmians congregated from far and wide to celebrate the life of one of the best of her own, Tom Palmer.
Former students whose lives Tom had touched arrived with their wives, husbands and children; old friends and colleagues separated by time and distance were brought back together by a shared desire to be part of this eloquent act of remembrance. For Tom Palmer; but how could it be for Tom? He was an indefatigable force. So kind, so cheerful, so good, so clever. Yet we gathered, greeting each other with a sense of bewilderment and pleasure, because how could one not feel pleasure, when contemplating the life of Tom and when meeting in his honour?
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.