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O Level ‘A’ Team of 1962/63

Alastair Stewart

ARISING from publicity firstly about the Friends Reunited website three old boys of Lewes made contact in the Autumn of last year and met up for a drink at the Juggs Arms at Kingston. The idea was hatched at this meeting to try and trace the O Level class of 1962/63 and the initial three individuals Alan Butcher, Tim Martin and Alastair Stewart set about making enquiries. E-mails were sent, the internet and Companies House were searched, came into play and enquiries were made of universities, telephone directories and just about anybody we could find who had a connection with the school. The information on the Old Lewesian site itself was useful. In particular we looked through the Barbicans for any clue as to the type of career or interest of individuals who we had lost touch with on leaving the school.

We came up with a list of 34 names, which we think was the definitive class list. We were soon joined in our research by two other classmates, David Beattie and Malcolm (Plum) Chalmers.Within six months we had traced some reference to all but three members of the class - one further classmate unfortunately having died in an accident whilst still attending the school. Amongst the former classmates there are four professors, one of Mathematics in America, one of German in Canada, one of French in France and one of Biology here in England. We appear to only have one solicitor who is currently retired and living in style in Grand Cayman, having sold his firm. We have one Chief Executive and rather sadly three accountants! However, the most popular profession for the boys was teaching, as, in addition to the four professors, there are at least four teachers amongst us. We have one architect, a couple of entrepreneurs and others who of course might understandably wish to retain their privacy. Probably the most unusual post currently filled by any of the former classmates is that of Receiver General at Canterbury Cathedral.We then decided to try and set up a mini reunion and this was arranged for Saturday 8 June 2002 and held at Shelley’s Hotel in Lewes. Due to a combination of Christenings, weddings and hospital operations several that had hoped to make it were unable to do so but nine former pupils met for lunch and I think a good time was had by one and all. Attached with this summary a photograph of the nine who, in the order they appear in the photo from left to right were: standing Alan Butcher, Duncan Greenland, Ian Stopps, Adrian Frost, Tim Martin, and Alastair Stewart and seated Malcolm Chalmers, Alan Voyce and David Beattie. Another meeting of the organisers is planned for November and we will try and set up another mini reunion for 2003. If any other former classmates have similar ideas and would like more detailed information as to how we set about the tracing of former classmates, please e-mail me and I will be in touch.

Photos taken at the Reunion, September 2000

Fred Palmer and Cap with his Friends

Fred Palmer with cap and friends

SOME years after leaving school, when long hair suddenly went out of fashion, Fred went to the barber's for a short-back-and-sides-and-plenty-off-the-top. "Excuse me, Sir," said the barber, "did you used to go to Lewes County Grammar School?" "Yes, I did," said Fred, "how do you know that?" "Well," said the barber, "I've just found your school cap . . . [© Ken Dodd]