The Old Refectory at HABS on Monday 4 December, was the starting location for the reunion of the Old Boys who started at the Prep School in 1967, where they were welcomed with coffee and cake to warm against the winter evening, before touring the School and revisiting their old classrooms taking in the many changes that have taken place over the past 50 years.
Stepping into the School bought back many memories, friendships were rediscovered over stories of teachers and classroom antics, tales of success and as expected of the younger years, a few mischievous acts. Much discussion was had as to who had set the record for most detentions awarded in a day, though Nigel Lewis probably trumped all this with his tale of pyromania in the Art Room on the last day of term.
Following the tour of the School, which left the Old Boys amazed by the standards, especially that of the Medburn Centre, which was “certainly an improvement on the old swimming pool” the reunion moved to the Red Lion in Radlett, where conversations continued to flow whilst the group enjoyed a delicious buffet and drinks late into the evening.
Organised by Pete Bloom (in conjunction with the HABS Foundation), the event was a thorough success.
Pete remarked "It has been said “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you a man”.
50 years after we started at the Prep School at the age of 7, that quotation rings true. We may have all looked a little older, but everyone was instantly recognisable by their personality. Even the Old Prep Building (now a Tech Block) hasn’t really changed. It was a privilege and great fun to meet up with so many of my old Class mates from 1967, exchanging anecdotes and indulging in glorious reminiscence. By the end of the evening that 50 year gap had simply melted away!"
Director of Foundation, Mr Roger Llewellyn added “It was a real pleasure to welcome these young men back to the School and to walk with them around the School grounds. After the success of this event there are already plans forming for a reunion (including former teachers) for all Old Boys who were at the Prep School when it was in the old BBC Block. Do keep in touch with the Foundation for further news in the New Year!”
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