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40th Anniversary of Ashcombe School

There will be a Reunion at the Ashcombe School on Saturday 10th September
This is an Ashcombe event, not an ADA event but we hope ADA will take part. Further information at

Death of Margaret Rogers (1946-52)

We are very sorry to tell you that Margaret Rogers (1946-52) passed away on Sunday 28 June 2015.
A service to celebrate Margaret's life will be held at 2 pm on Friday 10th July at St. Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst.
Donations in her memory would be appreciated for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and cheques made out for that cause should be sent to the Funeral Directors: R. Hallum Funeral Home Caro Cottage 54 Brookley Road Brockenhurst SO42 7RA
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. Sheila Sandford - Acting Secretary, ADA Telephone: 01372 372936

Death of Ted Hazelden (1949-56)

Ted Hazelden, our long time Membership Secretary, died on 2nd September after a year long battle against pancreatic cancer.
The funeral was on Thursday 11th September, with a Church Service at St Joseph’s RC Church, Guildford, followed by a Private Cremation at Guildford Crematorium. Afterwards there were refreshments and light bitings at The Manor Inn (Beefeater), Guildford Road, Godalming.

Death of Rosemary Dale nee Blake (1943-51)

Caroline Flood wrote on 17th July:

Most of you will be aware that my mother Rosemary Dale had been ill since the end of March. She was still deteriorating when she was moved to the Nursing Home near Derby on Tuesday.

Yesterday (July 16th) evening she died quite peacefully. She had had some visitors during the day and had been taken outside to look at the garden.

Further on July 21st:

There was a Memorial service on Monday 28th July at 3.00pm at St Mary's Church, Wirksworth, followed by refreshments at Wellspring Church, Wirksworth. You were all very welcome.

I should like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent us cards or emails sharing their experiences of Mum and her ministry. It has been wonderful for us to read how well loved and respected she was. We are sorry that we cannot reply to them all personally.

We hope to see many of you on Monday.

Kind regards

Stephen, Caroline and Martin

Death of Valerie Scotcher

This week's Surrey Mirror reports the death of Valerie Scotcher, nee Goody,in Epsom Hospital. She died 3 February and the funeral is at Guildford Crematorium Thursday 20 February at 12 noon. She and her husband Michael were early members of ADA, and very supportive for several years. Michael died some time ago, possibly 6 or 7 years back,

Death of Andrew Glass

A recent Surrey Mirror reported the death of Andrew Glass on 25 January. A celebratory memorial service was held at Reigate Park Church on 6 February at 1.00 pm.
Read the Surrey Mirror tribute

Gill Goswell’s final curtain call

                                               Gill Goswell

A celebration of Gill Goswell’s life

Date: Saturday 16th November 2013
Place: St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road West, Dorking, RH4 2HT
Time: 11 a.m.
Dress: Multicoloured shirts/skirts optional!

For further info for 16th November - Click here

The celebration lasted for around an hour and tea and coffee was served at the end of the show.
It is planned to fund a bench at Polesdon Lacey in Gill’s memory and donations to help with this project will be gratefully received.

Gill Goswell
Gill Goswell died early on Thursday morning 1st August. She had had a 33 year career at The Ashcombe School from 1976 to 2009, when she retired. Gill had breast cancer about 2 years ago, followed by a brain tumour that was removed in about October 2012. She was making a good recovery but in March she started to deteriorate week by week. She then had a double pulmonary embolism in April. She made a good recovery from this but continued to go downhill in other respects. She was hospitalised on 15th June and died 2.55 am on 1st August.
Gill Goswell’s funeral took place at 11 a.m. on Monday 19th August at Leatherhead Crematorium, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AG
The service was followed by refreshments at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA.
A memorial service in Dorking was organised by The Ashcombe and her friends in November 2013.

Seeking someone

Anna Whitelegg looking at the 1974 panorama recognises Silver Ackroyd-Nicholls but wonders where she might be these days. Can anyone help her? Tell the webmaster if you can.

Earlier News

Peter Mills
Paul Mills informed us of the death of his brother Peter Mills on Sunday 24th February aged 85.
The funeral service was held at St.Martin’s Church,Dorking on Friday 15th March.

Frances Carder Freda Clark writes:
Frances was eccentric, extraordinary, courageous, comical, exasperating and kindly - a chemist, cook, poet and seamstress. She died peacefully in her sleep at 5.01 am on Sunday 10th February 2013, following a bout of shingles. Her 5 nieces remember her with affection and love. She found her last few years difficult as she had lost her independence to dementia - and even in her last week proved that she was a match for two of us - no way could we get her medication in!
The funeral was on Monday 18th Feb at 3.45 pm at Sussex and Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Worth.

Stanley Bruinvels passed away peacefully in his sleep on early hours of Friday morning 31st August. Ted Hazelden had visited him less than a month ago and he was obviously suffering. Apparently he suffered a further fall which exasperated the situation. The funeral was held at 12 noon on Friday 14th September at St Martins Church,Dorking.

2012 ADA Bursary Award

The winner of this year's ADA Bursary Award is:
           Alexandra Hemsley
who will study to be a Paramedic at the University of Greenwich.

Earlier News

Members may not have seen that in the New Year Honours list :
Peter Alastair Mills was awarded an MBE for 'for services to the Conservation of Ecclesiastical Buildings and to the community in Dorking, Surrey'.

Latest on the Website

Just added to the ADA Archives:
We have added the 1947 'Dorkinian' for you to read and see how the School adapted to post-war Britain.
Thanks to Norma Hall for lending us her copy. Any other 'Dorkinian' mags out there crying out to be archived with us?

2011 ADA Bursary Award

The winners of this year's ADA Bursary Award are:
           Nicola Marsden
who will study Natural Sciences at Durham Uni and
            Rob Moorcroft
who will study Biological & Medicinal Chemistry at Exeter University.


Celebrating the life of Peter Thompson

Click on the link to see a report on the celebration of a popular teacher.

  Report on Memorial Service for Peter Thompson

Click on the link to see the arrangements Ashcombe School and Peter Thompson’s family made for a series of events to celebrate the life of the Deputy Headteacher, his achievements, and the opportunities which he created.

  Arrangements in memory of Peter Thompson

2010 ADA Bursary Award

The winner of this year's ADA Bursary Award is
            Alexander Gerritsen
who hopes to read History and Politics at Leeds University.

T E Dryer remembered

Kings College Cambridge enquired of us some months ago what records we had of Mr. T E Dryer who had been up at Kings College 1933-36. From this they have produced an obituary which was printed in their 2009 Annual Report, of which I received a copy. Please click on this link to read. Click to view
It is in fact 99% of the obituary written by Rosemary Dale for our Spring 2005 Newsletter.

Bursary 2009 Winners

Our two Bursary Winners of 2009 have reported back to us of their experiences of the last few months. Read their reports here.

After the 2009 AGM

Ted Hazleden has supplied some interesting photos from the 2009 AGM & Reunion. These are mounted in the website's Gallery which you will find from the Home Page. There too is a panoramic view of the Grammar School in 1964 which adds to the previous view of 1937. It would be splendid if we could mount all the various panoramic views taken of students through all the years from the 1930s to the 1990s. Even more daunting is naming the various faces. Probably impossible ever to complete.


Barry Ede (DCGS 1958-65)

We were sorry to learn that Barry Ede (DCGS 1958-65) died in hospital on 27th October from a brain tumour. Barry was not a member of ADA but is known to many. The funeral was at 3.45pm on Thursday 5th November at Salisbury Crematorium . No flowers were requested, but donations to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust or Cancer Research were welcomed.

An Appreciation of BARRY EDE

From the Dec Jan edition of the Holmbury St Mary & Wotton Parish News magazine

Readers who were associated with Holmbury village twenty or more years ago will be saddened to hear of the death of Barry Ede who was an integral part of village life until having to move away from Holmbury.

Barry was an Altar Server in Holmbury church and attended Shere village school. He won a scholarship to the Dorking Grammar School in 1958 and gained a place at Exeter University in 1965 where he graduated in Chemistry. It was during a long vacation that he took a temporary job at Friends' Provident in Dorking and was persuaded that his career should be with them in an Actuarial line. In due course he achieved Associate status in that profession.

In 1979 Barry married Sue (Janet Winser's sister). They lived in Dorking for ten years and then moved to Laverstock when he was relocated to Friends' Salisbury office. They had three children, Sharon, David and Ben. Barry took early retirement in 2002 but tragically was diagnosed as having a brain tumour in 2008 and was given but a year to live. The year lapsed in October. Barry remained cheerful throughout his illness and his caring family were with him constantly until the end.

Sport played a key part in his life, especially cricket and it would be fair to say that he excelled in captaincy and was an extremely useful opening bowler and was one of the few to have taken 100 wickets in a season. He was also a reliable batsman and very awkward to get out. Barry loved going away on cricket tours to Devon and Kent and arranged Holmbury's last tour, some years ago, fittingly to Laverstock. Probably his favourite tour was when he skippered the side which won a competition staged by Orion Airways, the prize for which was a trip to La Manga in Spain to play at the opening of a new cricket ground and pavilion.

He was also involved in starting Holmbury Stoolball Club and the ladies team is still going strong. He played table tennis and some golf and loved playing cards and many a session with friends lasted into the small hours. Village football was enjoyed by Barry playing in midfield and occasionally in goal. He was an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A born organiser, following in his father Alan's footsteps, Barry ran whist drives and then became involved in bingo evenings in Salisbury when on occasions he was the "caller". He also organised the first quiz evenings staged by Holm bury Cricket Club which involved various village activity groups for a period of ten years or so.

Barry and Sue were very much missed after leaving to live in Laverstock but they always retained an interest in Holmbury St. Mary village life.

Our thoughts of course are very much with Sue and her family at this time.

Ken Waters and Bert Randall


Gill Goswell Commemoration 16th November 2013

To all those attending Gill’s memorial service

St Pauls Church St Paul’s Road West Dorking RH4 2HT

Saturday 16th November 11a.m.


The following information may be of use, particularly the comments about the parking, as the indications are that large numbers of people are likely to attend the service:

1. Parking in St Paul’s Road West is very restricted and there’s no vehicle access from St Paul’s Road East. Priority will be given to those who need disabled access. Please let us know IN ADVANCE if you need a reserved space.

2. Some parking is available on the road in South Terrace and at the fee paying car park behind Sainsbury’s (the charge is 60p/hour). Steps and a path lead up an alley way to St Paul’s Road from the car park.

3. As it is a Saturday it is likely that there may be some parking spaces at Dorking hospital off South Terrace. Please remember that this is also a residential area and do not park beyond the first road bump.

4. There is a lot of building work going on outside the Church but toilets are available in the portacabin.

5. The Ashcombe production “Bugsy Malone” will be taking place the same week (there is a matinee on Saturday afternoon). Tickets are available from - search for 'The Ashcombe School' under the Producer section.

6. Gill’s relatives have chosen 3 charities for donations:

If you would like to donate you can either do so at the end of the service or download a Gift Aid form from the websites and send it direct.

We had hoped to fund a bench at Polesden Lacey but this has proved to be somewhat complicated!

7. Gill, as the Young Arts Coordinator for Dorking Decorative and Fine Arts Society, worked with Dorking Schools to take part in a project to provide a piece of decorative art for the newly refurbished Dorking Museum which opened in 2012. A panel of ceramic tiles was produced by local children under the guidance of a local professional ceramicist. The tiles are on permanent display at Dorking museum ( and are well worth a visit. The museum is in West Street at the Pump Corner end, between Gorgeous Gerties and Shabby Chic Interiors.

8. Dress! Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in – the brighter the better!

9. Please remember that there will be an opportunity to write a personal message about Gill. These thoughts will be mounted in a book for her family.

10. There will be displays of most of the school musicals produced by Gill in the church. She left many photographs and these will be available for you to take away if you wish!

Many thanks

Sue and Andy Thompson




Message from Hebe Morgan

Before Doc passed away I had made up my mind that one of the first things I would do, once the long fight with Alzheimer's Disease was over, was to make a long overdue visit to the UK. My last time there was in 1982, and I found, as we all do as the years pass, that some of the people I would like to see again were no longer with us.

So in June of this year I left Perth for Heathrow, and spent a wonderful four months travelling widely, meeting many old friends and making new ones, seeing the spectacular countryside, and being invited into people's homes. In all that time there were only two downsides: steep stairs which my arthritic knees didn't like (I live in a bungalow, so the shock was considerable), and strange fittings on the shower heads which meant that after three or four days of discovering how to make them work I moved on to a new welcome, and had to learn how to deal with the next, slightly different, system. If that's all I can complain of, you can see it was a pretty good holiday.

In those four months I went from Chichester in the south to Derbyshire; from there to the Orkneys; eventually to South Wales and Cornwall; through darkest Dorset to ancient Canterbury; tasted the Midlands; and looked for my grandfather's house near Manchester (it had been demolished to make room for what I imagine will be a block of flats).

I twice hired a car - the first from Cardiff to Shropshire, then on to Launceston in Cornwall; and the second to give me the freedom to travel around Surrey. That one was a Mercedes! It was the only automatic they could provide. 'Have you ever driven a Mercedes?' the girl in the office asked. 'I don't think I've ever touched one,' I replied. I managed not to scratch it.

I collected cathedrals - eleven at the last count. And how magnificent they are! But the high spot for me was the Memorial Service for Doc, which exceeded all my hopes. I thank all of you who took the trouble to come and remember him with me. It was truly an unforgettable occasion.

To those of you who offered me accommodation, who took me out and about and gave me splendid photo opportunities - you know who you are! - my particular thanks. I hope it will not be impossible for me to come again one day and renew the ties I made this year. There is always a warm welcome for any Old Dorkinian who wants to see Australia. Just don't all come at the same time! Hebe Morgan (1939-1947 - not to mention 59 years with Doc)


         Sheila Sandford A.D.A. Secretary        10th March 2009

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