2020 AGM

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See committee papers for the President’s address and Honorary Treasurer’s report    .


Letter from Peter Thomas


Dear fellow Stationers’,

I am sure you would all like to join me in expressing our thanks to Tony Hemmings, who in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, ensured a smooth and efficient passage for this year’s on-line AGM.  Through his hard work and determination we were able to have a successful AGM, allowing the Committee to continue with its important and essential work on behalf of the OSA. Thanks, also go to Peter Sandell for his contribution.

I would also like to add that I thoroughly enjoyed my term as President, working with a team of enthusiastic, bright and innovative fellows who sit on our Committee. Thank you all and well done!

I look forward to seeing everyone again, once the drawbridge has been lowered and we can return to our normal programme of events.

In the meantime, my very, best wishes to you all.

Peter Thomas – Past President


Memories of departed friends 

recently notified deaths


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Simon Baynes, Robert Baynes son, who died in November. Simon was a member of the congregation at St Albans Cathedral.

Film and TV industry exec Steve Turney has sadly died aged 59, after contracting Covid-19. Steve attended the school between 1972 and 78 and was taken ill last week, dying on 18th November.

We are sorry to report that John Olerenshaw who taught Maths at Stationers’ from ‘61 to ’65. Having taught in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, JPO retired to Devon where he passed away on October 16th aged 81.

We are sorry to report the death in October of Peter John Cook.

We are sad to report the death at age of 91 of John Dickens.

We have been sorry to hear that Robert Gingell died 12 August 2020, having worked in food sales Bob was able to more fully indulge his passion for sports in his retirement.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Peter Sargent on August 9th.  Peter was a life long supporter of the OSA and was President in 1975. 

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We are always eager to welcome new Members!

OSA Walk – cancelled

A group of OSA members and their partners had been looking forward very much to this…and of course the weather would have been perfect.  The hotel in Hathersage  has been very helpful with our cancellations, but we intend to reignite this group and rebook the hotel in 2021 when the walking and the beer will all taste so good.

Please e-mail Ian Blackmore and Peter Winter if you wish to be kept in touch as matters develop.  Meantime to wet the appetite – a picture of Marn Tor.

Down Memory Lane walks – interest invited

Following the success of the guided walk Down Memory Lane last autumn, we were planning to repeat it, and to add a walk centred on the school’s Origins in Bolt Court.  These were postponed, but might now be possible. 

Please email Stephen Collins (spc@woodhaven.me.uk) if you want to be advised when the walks will now take place.


Departed friends.. 2

Mary Anderson sadly died 24th July, aged 97. Her late husband Allan was, for many years, a very active secretary of the Association, with strong support from Mary – particularly in the Football Club House kitchen.  

Reg Wells, who sadly passed away in Devon on June 28th 2020, aged 89, was well-known in Scouting in Hornsey and later Haringey.  He was evacuated with the school to Wisbech in the war. 

David Waker (at school 1951 – 56) worked in insurance with football a leisure time passion – seeing many, if not all, the 1966 World Cup matches.

Leonard Cole who sadly died aged 90 in May 2019 (at school 1941-45) had a career that took him to Sri Lanka, before taking over an electrical business in Brighton.

 We have been advised that sadly Denis Lofts died aged 90 in August 2018, and George Sprosson also died in 2018

As advised before 

Full obituaries are always in the magazine.

In 2020 .. Bruce Donaldson, Philip Jeffreys, Harold Perry, Rev Canon John SheenStanley Ward (class of ’44) died 15 April. Sir John Sparrow, a past president, Mike Andrews, Owen Rowe, our oldest member, David Bignell.

In earlier years ..  Hugh Alexander, Terry Slinn, Robert Shepherd.

Dates for the Diary

subject to change re pandemic 

Tuesday 12th May 2020
OSA Lunch – cancelled
Late May 2020
Derbyshire walks – cancelled

See article to right

Sunday 30th August 2020
President`s Day – cancelled

Botany Bay Cricket Club

Tuesday 15th September 2020
OSA Lunch – cancelled


Tuesday 15th December 2020
OSA meeting with new Master of the Company at  7pm, by zoom .

Bishop Stephen Platten, old boy (58-66) and Master of the Stationers’ Company will be our guest speaker.