Alleyne's School

Founder's Day service 1966

By Pauline Maryan

Founder's Day service 1966
Stevenage Museum PP1340

Founder’s day service was originally held in St. Nicholas’ church, but as the school grew, St. George’s church was used instead.

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  • Well well! Memories come rolling back! I was at AGS 1954-1960, and travelled by bus and sometimes train, from Knebworth. Teachers (masters then) whose names spring to mind are Rich, Cross, Partridge, Ransley, Speck, Ma and Pa Bung, (Jones) Brendish, (miserable sod!) Starkey, (Humber Super Snipe owner) and headmaster Francis Cammaerts, who went on to head a teacher training college in Leicester. Lots of good memories, and I suppose those years there were “character building” although I don’t think I realised that at the time! You probably do not get an education like that these days, except at a minor public school maybe. What I would say is that I was given virtually nil career guidance in the 6th form, and it took me another 40 years to become a journalist – something that was rubbished by all when I had suggested it at the age of 17! Nisi Dominus frustrating! Best wishes to anyone who remembers me!

    [Telegraph obituary of Francis Cammaerts, who played a remarkable role in WWII, at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1523256/Francis-Cammaerts.html. Ed.]

    By Victor Harman (23/12/2018)
  • Fond memories of not only Founders Day, but many other events at Alleyne’s Grammar School (1968-1975)

    By Jon Ingarfill (13/06/2017)
  • As an Old Alleynian (69-75) I also used to make this annual trip up the avenue. One thing I do remember about the church was the now HIGHLY valuable ‘Mouseman’ pews. each had a mouse carved into them somewhere.

    By Stephen Cartledge (01/10/2015)
  • I was at the school from 1964 to 1971. I remember vividly the procession to the church. I think i was in 4c at that time. I am also in the photo near the orchestra. 

    By Derrick Harkis (29/05/2015)
  • The Founders day service was a major annual event at the school.  We all walked up the avenue of trees from the school to Saint Nicholas church for the service.  I remember the teaching staff all being dressed up in their gowns and mortar boards, whilst us lads, proudly walked in line, bearing the Alleynes red rose on our uniforms.  And yes, as above, the event left not much time for lessons.  Alleynes, in those days, was a wonderful school (that is not of course to imply it is bad now.  I have absolutely no idea).

    By David Abram (27/01/2015)
  • When I attend the school we were back at St Nicholas church, used to take all day to get the whole school through the service

    By Andy (11/12/2013)

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