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Over 60s Lunches

Please click on the expanding sections below to read about our Overs 60s Lunches

  • Spring Lunch 2017

    The Spring Over 60s lunch was held on Thursday 27 April at the National Liberal Club in London.  Guests were welcomed by the Head Master, Dominic Oliver who spoke about the recent Education Quality Inspection and was delighted to tell those present that the College had been judged excellent across the board.  

    For the first time we had a double act after lunch with Paul Jarvis (Head’s, 1962–1966) at the lectern and John Brown (Head’s, 1961–1966) with his slide show of photos taken at Lancing in the 1960s. It proved to be a perfect combination with Paul’s amusing recollections of life at Lancing; he reflected on the sense of freedom at the College and saluted the fact that "political correctness was not part of the curriculum", which he believes was a significant factor in shaping the rest of his life. All this was balanced with John’s poignant screen shots of Lancing 50 years ago, evoking memories for many in the room.

    Read Paul Jarvis's Speech (PDF)

    Over 60s Spring Lunch 2017 - Guest List (PDF)

    To view a selection of photos from the Over 60s Spring Lunch, please click HERE.

    To view the photos of Lancing College in the 1960s, please click HERE.

    Don’t miss out on the Over 60s Autumn Lunch on 26 September when John Garrett (Teme, 1964–1968) will take to the floor.

     

  • Autumn Lunch 2016

    We returned, by popular demand, to the National Liberal Club in Whitehall for our Autumn Lunch on Tuesday 27 September.

    We were delighted to welcome a significant number of ‘newly-qualified’ OLs over 60, many of who had come to hear their friend and contemporary, Simon Hodson (Olds 1969–1974) give a very entertaining talk about his experience of Lancing in the early 1970s. Simon joined in the same term as Head Master Ian Beer and was a member of the Rugby XV for four years. Following a gap year labouring in the scrap metal yards of France, he studied Law at Queen Mary College, London. He then went on to have a very successful law career, culminating in becoming a Senior Partner of DAC Beachcroft. He has now stepped down from that role and will be embarking on a new non-executive career after travelling to Antarctica in February 2017.

    Over 60s Autumn Lunch 2016 - Guest List (PDF)

    Please click HERE to view a selection of photos from the evening.

  • Spring Lunch 2016

    Over 60s Spring Lunch 2016

    The Over 60s Spring Lunch was held on Thursday 28 April at The Athenaeum in London.

    Guests were welcomed by the Foundation Director, Catherine Reeve, and after lunch Nick Evans (Sanderson’s, 1953-57) introduced Martin Todd (Field’s 1969-1973), who spoke about his time at Lancing, his career and his involvement with the LOBFC.

    The event was a resounding success and we are already looking forward to the next one on 22 September at the National Liberal Club.

    Click HERE to read Martin Todd's speech.

    Click HERE to view a selection of photos from the evening.

    Click HERE to view the guest list (PDF).

  • Spring Lunch 2015

    Over 60s Spring Lunch 2015

    The Over 60s Spring Lunch was held on 29 April at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London

    Guests were welcomed by the Foundation Director, Catherine Reeve, and after lunch Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of the Governing Body, introduced Jo Rice (Second’s 1960-1964), who spoke about his time at Lancing.

    The event was a resounding success and we are already looking forward to the next one on 17 September at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

    One guest had this to say: When I turned 60 I went to the over 60s lunches which I found an inspiration. I was delighted to meet old friends and find a family of contacts that all seem to share the same values. Far from being in God’s waiting room the mature OLs seem to have a dynamic energy and zest for life which is very contagious. The lunches are enjoyed by all and the opportunity to meet the (often even older) retired staff is also a great joy.

    Click on the photo below to view photographs from the event. 


     

    Click here to view or download the GUEST LIST (PDF, 112KB)

  • Autumn Lunch 2014

    Over 60s Autumn Lunch 2014

    The Over 60s Autumn Lunch was held on 24 September at the Athenaeum Club in London.

    Guests were welcomed by the new Head Master, Dominic Oliver. After lunch, Robin Reeve, former Chairman of Governors, spoke about his long connection with the College and the effect of Lancing’s gothic architecture on all of us.

    Click here to view or download the GUEST LIST and Robin Reeve’s SPEECH.

  • Autumn Lunch 2013

    Over 60s Autumn Lunch 2013

    The 2013 Over 60s Autumn Lunch was held on 26 September at The National Liberal Club in London.

    After being welcomed with a drink or two, guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal in the Lady Violet Room. Following lunch, Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of the Governing Body, gave the guest speech.

    The event was a huge success and we are already looking forward to the next, which will take place in Spring 2014. 

    Click here to view or download the guest list (PDF, 61KB) 

  • Spring Lunch 2013

    Over 60s Spring Lunch 2013 

    The 2013 Over 60s Spring Lunch was held in the National Liberal Club, London; former Head Master Sir William Gladstone was the guest speaker.

    This occasion turned out to be the largest gathering of OLs since the Foundation Office opened its doors in 2005. There was no doubt that everyone was keen to hear from Sir William Gladstone, Bt.,K.G. who was Head Master at Lancing in the sixties. Special mention should be made too of Philip Dale, Manor 1928 – 1932; Philip has just celebrated his 98th birthday and was a striking figure at the lunch talking to younger OLs whose fathers he had been with at Lancing.

    Sir William or ‘Willie’, as he prefers to be known, spoke about why he came to Lancing and the social effect of the turbulent 1960s on schools.

    He said that he brought with him from Eton a feeling that ‘Lancing was a liberal school and could remain so provided that those who steered its course were reformers, willing to adjust its institutions to the conventional ideas of the day. The most important rules are not about doing up your buttons or the shortness of your hair, but about your responsibilities to other people; and your endeavours, however circumscribed, to open your mind to the truth as you perceive it.’

    And the question for him then was how to encourage and nurture these values. He admitted that it was one of the most important and difficult things to do as a Head Master, ‘to be brave enough to stand back and let people think for themselves and make their own decisions, and suffer the consequences.’

    You can read the full unadulterated version via the link below, and the photos show clearly what an extraordinary day it was.

    Read what he said (PDF, 33 KB)

     

     

     

     

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