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Please visit the combined PriorGuisborians Alumni News blog created for all GGS and PPC subscribers.
(Editorial note – need to bring the Links page across, and update 450th anniversary references no longer current.)
We reported in January, the sad death of Chris Mace, and the professional tributes to the man and his work.
As part of continuing Chris’ leadership work in the professional bodies for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, there is a memorial event planned for 11th November in London. Attendance is by invitation only, so anyone interested in participation needs to contact the organizers, or contact Duncan who is already in touch.
As part of the survey of interest in refreshing Guisborians / Alumni activities, the invitation and the survey link was posted to all GGS & PPC members on Friends Reunited, over 3000 unique individuals. Already had 100 additional responses in one day.
Cultural Heritage Officer at the new college museum.
Sally Smith piece in the Gazette on the history of stage and music at the school / college.
Keith Skeoch CEO of Standard Life (a year behind us leaving PPC in 75) was awarded an honorary degree by Teesside Uni at the recent 450th celebration dinner at Guisborough hall.
See Richard Smelt’s post on FaceBook, and this news item on the Teesside University site.
What’s in the name ? See the previous post on Keith Williams.
You may not have noticed, but Keith Williams was promoted to CEO, no less, of British Airways earlier this year as Willie Walsh was moved over to head up their merged operation with Iberia. Good news for BA staff and travellers alike as Keith’s “Mr Nice Guy” approach has led to resolution of the long-standing cabin-crew dispute.
Double congratulations to Keith.
Further praised as “strong, brave and courageous”.
And “High Flyer” tipped for the promotion when interviewed early last year.
The Mediaeval / Elizabethan procession & festival at the school (and the Picnic in the Priory) took place last weekend, 7th May. Staff Sean King and Mike Tailby in the procession – Sean retires this year. From GGS72PPC74 Martin Goodwill, Colin Dodd and Ian Glendinning were there, plus Richard Smelt from the year below us and a handful of others. Doddy’s footballing fame preceded him, several people I didn’t know pointing him out by name in various team photos, before he turned-up
Good to see the Elizabethan charter and seal on display – and the headmaster’s wooden lectern survives in actual use – remember that ? Didn’t see the Pursglove chest, but apparently it’s well looked after.
From an Old Guisborians / Alumni perspective, I’m afraid it was very low-key, simply nostalgic photos of old-boys sports teams under an Old Boys Association (?) banner and a quaint explanation of “these things used to happen”. An opportunity for engagement missed, as Martin put it. Still, we can continue to organize our own reasons to meet up occasionally.
Lectern in use by the Lord Lieutenant of the county,
with current head Judy Burton looking on.
The current staff (Sean as a monk) setting off for the procession.
Historical Lectures April & May [450Lectures]
- Thurs 7th April (5 to 6 pm) Dr. Diana Newton
Prior Pursglove and the Reformation
- Wed 27th April (5 to 6 pm) Dr Tony Nicholson
The Great Stepping Stone
Educational Opportunity in 18th & 19th Century Guisborough.
- Thur 5th May (5 to 6 pm) Baroness Estelle Morris
The Future of Education
Festival & Parade Sat 7th May [450Festival]
Dinner @ Gisborough Hall Wed 8th June [450Dinner]