Old Helean Society – Autumn Lunch 2019

Dear Colleague,

This years Autumn Lunch is being organised on the 27 September 2019.   It is again being held at Windlesham Golf Club (see their web site for details), which has been much praised in the past as an excellent venue. The Club is easily accessible from the M3 – (junction 3) and from London and the South East. Anyone travelling by train is advised to travel to Sunningdale and get a taxi, which is quite a short journey.

 I am now writing to invite you to attend and to forward your payment. 

Once again I have selected a choice of 2 very attractive Main Courses in Buffet style followed by a lovely pudding. Tea or Coffee is also included.  There will, as usual, be drinks on arrival  – Beer, Wine or soft drinks etc. All of this is included in the price of £30.00 As in previous years I suggest you arrive from 12.30 with the intention of sitting down to lunch by 13.15 the whole occasion is very relaxed with no speeches and plenty of time for catching up and chatting. 

I am hopeful of strong support from Committee members travelling up from Devon


I am now seeking your commitment to attend.  Payment maybe made by cheque made payable to me D J THOMAS at Squirrels Leap,14 Lime Avenue, CAMBERLEY, GU15 2BS  OR by bank transfer

My bank details are  – Lloyds Bank sort code 30-91-53 a/c no. 02677432   D J THOMAS  I shall not present cheques before 31 August at the earliest

Currently I have received payment from just 7 colleagues.  If this year’s numbers are not above last years – 22 – then this will be the last Lunch I organise at Windlesham
I urge you to come along and join an informal get-together.  This may be your last opportunity!!!    If you know of other Old Heleans who would like to join us please encourage them to come along.

I really do hope to see strong support for this year’s lunch – it is all up to YOU.  Should the numbers attending get up towards 30 then I am prepared at least for the time being – to continue to organise the lunch

Best wishes

Derek Thomas

Annual General Meeting

Please click on the links below for the AGM minutes and Chairman’s Report

DRAFT AGM minutes 26th April 2019

Chairman’s report for the AGM


Cliff Race, Walk and Picnic  8th June 2019

“What a delightful way to spend a June Saturday afternoon” said Paul, one of our guests who walked with his wife Jane.
This year we decided to hold the run in the summer, inviting friends and family to walk and join us for a picnic afterwards.
As Mike Mewse said “it went well and nice to have a bit of time at the end to chat and have something to eat.”
Four runners were started by former teacher Kevin “Chalky” White.  He was ably assisted by David Phillips.
As they drove to the finish at Budleigh Salterton, with stopwatches, they had to negotiate lengthy diversions, meaning they arrived with only minutes to spare before the John McCawley entered the finishing straight.
The run starts at the entrance of Maer Road car park and follows the coast path via Orcombe Point and Sandy Bay to Jubilee Field, Budleigh Salterton.  This year, conditions were dry and sunny with a helpful following wind. They finished in the following order, thus retaining the shield for Old Heleans:
John McCawley (OH) 30.07
Mike Mewse   (OH) 31.23
Rees Jenkins  (OE) 35.10
Simon Martin   (OH) 46.24.

Chairman, Barry White was unwell and had sent apologies.  In his absence, vicechairman Michael Judd, who had walked the course, presented the shield to, John McCawley,the first Old Helean home.  So, we had 4 runners, 3 walkers, 2 officials and one further guest who met us at the finish with cake!  A small gathering, but thoroughly enjoyed by all, definitely something to build on.  The friendly get together was concluded with a relaxing picnic and talk doing it again on the same Saturday next year, JUNE 6TH, 2020.

David Phillips 
OHS Secretary

A letter from the Chairman – December 2018
December 2018
Dear Old Helean,
Christmas Message 2018
Allow me to open this my first Christmas message as Chairman of your Society with a hearty and warm welcome to all of you, my fellow Old Heleans.
I was elected as Chairman at the Annual Meeting on 20th April 2018 and this was not only an honour which I was pleased to accept but equally I was under no illusion that it will be a hard act to follow David Phillips who had been your Chairman for the previous three years. Thankfully David has agreed to continue as Secretary to the OHS. Whilst pondering what news to bring to you I reminiced about my own time at the School. My years were not as long as some but I remember with great fondness my three years (Nov.1968 –July 1971). My father’s job brought his family south from Scotland to Exeter and Exeter City Council’s Director of Education arranged for us to meet with the Headmaster, Mr. Medlar. At least we thought it was a meeting whilst Mr. Medlar was clearly conducting an interview, which thankfully I passed!
The old school song ‘Forty Years On’ has connotations for me now as ‘Fifty Years On’ and I have moved on from being a 5th Form pupil to Chairman of the Old Heleans’ Society. Keeping in touch with Society members remains key to your Committee and this summer we undertook a major exercise in order to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in order for all members to advise the Society how we can contact you and how we can hold your personal information. This exercise also allowed an updating of contact details and we are are very grateful for your co-operation in returning the green form, thank you! If however you have overlooked this, please contact David Phillips who will let you have a blank form for completion – or download one from here. A privacy policy is also available here
Sadly I have to report that the number of members is currently 401 a slight drop since the AGM (405) due to deaths and resignations.
On 4 July the Svendsen Brothers (contemporaries of your President, John Langdon) were in Exeter and kindly invited members of the Committee to join them for dinner. It was a very enjoyable evening and a pleasure to hear the reminicences of all three ‘senior’ members of the Society.
Whilst in this social mode I am pleased to report that two other functions were held for Society members, partners and guests during the summer, firstly on 12 July at the Exeter Golf & Country Club a summer dinner, in the updated Mews Suite was held and we had a very convivial evening.
The second social event was the members Autumn Lunch at Windlesham Golf Club Surrey on 28 September. This event has been organised by Derek Thomas for many years, hopefully to attract members located in the South East of England who are not able to travel to Exeter for the AGM/Annual Dinner. Numbers are falling however (only 17 were able to attend this year,
including 6 Committee members who travelled up from Devon) and if you can support Derek in this venture I know it will be greatly appreciated. Low dining numbers may lead to a re-appraisal of this event’s viability however. Please visit the Society’s website at for up to date information. I am currently working with our webmaster to refresh the information and news items, hopefully in time for the new year. The 2019 annual general meeting and dinner will once again be at the Devon Hotel on Friday 26 April 2019, taking into account the feedback received at the last AGM/Dinner, the Committee did consider other locations but decided to remain at a trusted venue. Please note the timings with an earlier 7pm dining time (as requested).
Dates for your diary :1. Friday 26 April 2019 : AGM (6pm) Annual Dinner (7pm) at Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter2. Saturday 8 June 2019 : Cliff Run /Walk (Exmouth to Budleigh) Walkers setting off at 2pm, Runners at 3pm. (If numbers are sufficient a picnic in Jubilee Park, Budleigh)3. July 2019 : Summer social function (Details TBA)4. Friday 27 September 2019 : Society Autumn Lunch, Windlesham Golf ClubBest wishes to all for a very happy Christmas and a good New Year.
Barry White

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