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Old Westbrook Day June 29th 2006

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Our Beloved Headmaster: KNG Foster

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A WARM WELCOME TO ALL!

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We few had a great day, exchanged a lot of memories and parted a closer friends.

A photographer from the Folkestone Herald wheeled in and we were arranged like Russian dolls up the staircase for a reunion snap which will hopefully appear in next week's Herald. Once everyone had been watered, the group was given a tour of the old dormitories while I waited below in case any other OWs dared turn up (a few more local ones would have been nice)! Then the group was split into 'Fozzie's Boys' and 'others' and a tour of the buildings after a marvellous song sung by the school in the hall. I stayed with the Fozzie group and in the loft of Foster House a treasure was rediscovered - the oil painting of Churchill by Jaffenou! It's going to be repaired and reframed.

THE HALL
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WINSTON CHURCHILL
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Painted by Jaffenou

Yesterday's Open Day went well with a dozen of us tramping round the school looking at the 21st Century Westbrook House, but with our minds firmly in 20th Century Westbrook House!

After I'd set up my stall in the front entrance to the school, next to WJs study and two current pupils were stationed outside to greet the multitude, our first guests arrived in the shape of Charles & Mrs Whitney (he being the author of 'Dover College Junior School, Westbrook House' back in 1982). After briefly perusing my offerings and those of WJ (some artifacts in a glass case including a mug featuring an athletic Roger De Haan and some Dover College registers etc), the guests were ushered into WJ's study for soft drinks. Then the rush - Peter Mellor, Stewart Fincham, Richard Beaugie, Dermot Sullivan, David Carrion, James Francis and Glyn Richmond, followed by Rosemary Rottenbury (a source of much new information and photographs).

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Charles Whitney (author of Dover College book).

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Sports Field
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Dear David,
Very many thanks for arranging such a splendid day last Thursday. Big nostalgia !
I just wish I could have spent more time looking around inside the buildings.
If a floor plan is available I think I could copy and annotate a great number of the rooms as to their use in mid 50's.

Meanwhile attached is an annotated photo of Fencing in '55.

Kind regards
Peter Mellor

Submitted by Peter Mellor
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annotated photo of Fencing in '55.

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Old Westbrook Day on June 29th
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Sarah Hannigan, Ronald & Lilian Stokes
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and Rosemary Rottenbury

BACK IN TIME...
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THE CHANGING ROOMS...

THE HALL
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The Pavillion clock
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Sherry and nibbles rounded off the day and much new information was gathered in the form of booklets from David Carrion and photographs and email addresses and other treasures from Rosemary Rottenbury. Before we all dispersed Charles Whitney asked if we could all think about what our favourite hymns were when we attended WH/DCJS and WJ announced the date of next year's 60th anniversary of the founding of the school as 8th June 2007. The OWS hopes that rather more than a dozen will turn up for that event which is to be organised a bit like Sports Days used to be under Fozzie!







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