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2014

DINNERS & LUNCHES

53 members of the OHA, together with members of staff from the College, sat down to their traditionally convivial traditional Summer Lunch on a sunny Friday 16th May. We were welcomed effusively by our Chairman David Gill, who reported on the strong turn out and continuing good health of the Association, and applauded those who had successfully overcome the challenge of the Taunton road works to arrive on time. He was especially pleased to welcome a new member, John Watts, who had left Huish's Grammar School in 1945!

Following the carvery Lunch, well up to Taunton Vale Golf Club's best, our members were in generous mood for the raffle and we raised over £330 for the good cause, which this year is Selworthy Special School.

After Lunch, the vote of thanks was given by Doug Dawe and the final guests left around mid-afternoon.

73 diners sat down at the County Cricket Ground on Saturday 15th November for the 110th Annual Dinner. A sumptuous repast as ever, with wonderful musical entertainement from several of the College students at "half time" , including an homage to the WWI centenary of a sing along "Keep the home fires burning". John Abbott gave a speedy powerpoint presentation of what the College is doing and will be doing, including exciting news of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the main entrance to create new performing arts spaces.

Our chairman David Gill warmly welcomed us as follows.


A very warm welcome to you all. Many of you make a real effort to be here coming from as far away as Scotland - such as Bob Nesbitt and Steve Coles. We much appreciate that. Welcome also to Mark Ruffett, deputy Head of Selworthy School; and my personal guest, Jean Hole, wife of the late Michael Hole our previous chairman whose tragic and sudden death was responsible for me being asked to hold the fort until the next AGM. That was 26 years ago and the rest is Association history!

The committee and I sincerely trust that everyone will thoroughly enjoy the reunion dinner. Since last year's Dinner, our activities have taken their usual course. The AGM was very well attended with every seat taken. Once again the feature of the occasion was the superb finger buffet kindly provided by the College - the liquid refreshment provided by the Association also helped!

In May our popular annual Luncheon took place at the Taunton Vale Golf Club, Creech Heathfield. 57 tickets were sold and everyone enjoyed themselves. Our charity fundraising got off to a good start at the Lunch, with donations of £170 and the raffle made £160. Due to the sad closure of TV GC later this month, we've had to find an alternative venue and details are printed on the back page of your menus. (Friday 15th May 2015 at Oake Manor Golf club, 12:00 for 1:00)

As our vice-chairman and I are standing down at next year's AGM, it will be necessary to find replacements otherwise our Association will fold and I for one would be every upset. PLEASE let one of the committee know if you are willing to be nominated - and younger blood would be welcomed, as most of us are getting (or have got) old !

There will be no charity auction today - but we have purchased 150 very smart ball point pens and we hope to sell all of them tonight, as the profit will help our charity fund. They cost £1 each, ideal stocking fillers! If anyone needs an Association tie, our Treasurer has a small supply left at only £5.00 each.
Our membership number s seem to remain fairly constant, and we have been very pleased to welcome 5 new members this year : Michael Nicholls, John Watts, Rod Picard, Nigel Reddit and Keith Busfield. Welcome to Nigel and Keith who are attending their first OHA Dinner.

I wish to place on record my deep gratitude to Nick Williams, our Secretary and to Porter Dodson solicitors for their work and support to the Association; to Peter Gibbs my Deputy, for his loyalty; to Andrew Janes (Treasurer) and Charlie Barker (Web Manager) and to all our committee members. Finally, to the Principal, his PA and the staff of the College for their willing and constant support which is greatly appreciated by us all.

Sadly 6 of our Life members have died - Colin Harris (from Ontario); a past Mayor Peter May; Tony Osmond; Alan Phillpott; Ken Osmond and Rev John Harewood. All have bene supportive members' over many years. In this centenary year of the commencement of World War 1, we also remember those Huishers who lost their lives in combat that we may live in peace. I ask you to kindly stand and observe a silence in their memory and then remain standing while Neil Trood says Grace.

We can report that the raffle made over £300 for our charity fund and the ballpoint pens made a profit on the night of £30, with more sales due later that week.


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