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2016 Annual Dinner



Nick Williams, the Chairman of the OHA, welcomed sixty members and friends to the 112th Dinner of the Old Huish Association on the 12 November, which was held at the Somerset County Cricket Club.

In particular, he welcomed Bob Nesbitt who had once again come from Perth (Scotland, not South Australia) and Stephen Coles from Aberdeen (Scotland, not USA). Nick left it to the members to decide who had come the furthest.

Although numbers attending the down on last year, it was encouraging that some members were attending their first Dinner - Chris Grammer, Richard Beesley, Peterjon Skelt and Andy Harewood. In addition, during the year two others had joined the OHA - David Reid and Chris Larn. Nevertheless, he noted that for the Association to continue it was essential that it attracted former students of the College as members and not just those who attended when it was a grammar school.

A period of silent reflection took place to remember those pupils of the School and students of the College who had died in the past twelve months. It being Remembrance Sunday those who had given their lives in two World Wars and subsequent conflicts were also remembered.

There was then a round of applause for Martin Dongworth, of Taunton Town FC, congratulating him on the club's recent exploits in the F A Cup and in the F A Trophy, Martin having raced back from Bishops Cleeve that afternoon after a 1 - 0 victory for The Peacocks.

After the Dinner, David Gill proposed the Loyal toast to Her Majesty the Queen, which was warmly supported.

Carole Melia, a teacher at the College, gave an update on events at Richard Huish College. She was delighted to tell members that the new Sports Hall was due to open shortly; Carole also said that funding had also been granted to finance the purchase of another teaching block dedicated to Art, computing & IT. The College continues to thrive - teaching staff continue to rise to the many curriculum changes and students continue to set high academic standards, the combination meaning that Richard Huish College continues to be one of the leading Sixth Form Colleges in the country.

Musical entertainment was then provided by five current students of the College (Sam Padfield, Amy Shaw, Sally Glanfield, Emily Adams and Josie Cork) directed by Kathryn Foyle the Director of Music. The performance of the students, individually and as a harmony group, were much appreciated and enjoyed by those attending, with Terry Hunt describing the performances as "stunning".

The Raffle, led by John Moore and his merry band, raised over £200 which will go into the Association's Charity Fund. At the end of the year sums raised will be divided between the Taunton Association for the Homeless and a student bursary to help a College student.

Nick reminded all present of the Association's Spring Lunch on Friday 12th May 2017, venue TBC

The Dinner ended with the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne.


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