The President’s Welcome
Welcome to the Old Skinners' section of the school’s web page.
My predecessor, Chris Pawson, did a terrific job in connecting to a far greater number of Old Boys by utilising the current communication methods now available, a process we shall continue to develop, and as a result increase our membership. There are many hundreds of Old Boys for whom we have no e-mail address and I would urge you to let us have any contact details you may have so we can add them to our circulation lists. Those without e-mail we will post despite the dreadful cost of Royal Mail these days. The now regular newsletters will keep you all informed about the school and Old Boys, and in this regard I hope those who have news they would like to share, write to Camilla Nichols with relevant photos which we will try to include.
Our major event this year will be the 125th Anniversary Dinner on November 7th at Skinners’ Hall. The souvenir brochure produced at the beginning of this year proved successful in that all 170 seats were sold by the end of last month. Skinners’ Hall is a magnificent building and the perfect location for this annual dinner, where many old friends will meet once again and reminisce of their days at school and what they have been up to subsequently. If you have been unable to join us at this event, may I ask you to consider joining us at the Leopards’ Ball at the High Rocks Inn on Saturday 19th December? This event was originally known as Ladies’ Night which transformed into ‘the Christmas Party’ over the last few years, but now, as the Leopards’ Ball it really is a wonderful way to start the Christmas week with good company, good food and wine and, of course, a rousing chorus of the School Song accompanied by Christmas Carols. Last year was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with Old Boys, family and friends.
As you will have read, our annual subscription remains at the lowly sum of £10, unchanged since 1992, and representing rather exceptional value today! Rather than implement a general increase I would ask you to consider voluntarily increasing your Standing Order with your bank either on-line or by submitting a new Standing Order Mandate. All contributions help us to achieve our principal objective to promote and preserve the ties of sentiment which exist between Old Boys and the School. I look forward to a truly Vintage Year and hope to meet as many of you as possible over the coming months.
President of the Old Skinners’ Society 2015/16