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Hulmeians Cross-Country Season 2012-2013

We have had two very successful weekends at Hardraw. In October 2013, 22 of us ascended the Howgills in beautiful weather. We lingered over tea and cakes in Sedbergh before the evening meal at The Moorcock Inn at Garsdale Head.

In May, 19 people cam to Hardraw. As we left Horton in Ribblesdale the weather conditions were dreadful – cold and wet with a cloud base at 1000 feet. The objective was Pen-y-ghent via Hull Pot. Four of the party turned back at Hull Pot but the rest braved it and went over the summit. The evening meal at The White Hart in Hawes was excellent.

Hull Pot - May 2013
From left to right: Frank Cosgrove, Stuart Clayton, Paul Marlton, Julian Simmons, Mavis England, Isabelle Davis, Jane Davis, Elzabeth Clayton, Malcolm Booker, Jane Gaskell, Emily Gaskell

Newcomers to the group were David Fisher (ex-staff WHGS), Paul and Moira Hunt, Rachel Cosgrove (Frank’s wife), Phil and Jake Jane Gaskell and daughter Emily, Pete and Jane Davis and daughters Annaruth and Isabelle.

Unfortunately, it appears that Harris House will not be available again due to the recent sale of it by WHGS.

John Hardy, one of our founder members who was also the steward of Harris House, has moved home to Morpeth in Northumberland. Therefore we do not expect to see him so frequently on our outings. John has been the backbone of our cross-country section and will be sorely missed. We don’t know how to thank him for all the hard work that he has done for our weekends at Harris House over the last 14 years.

Our monthly meetings at Lyme West Parkgate have continued but the number attending has been on average only 5 although 11 different people have come during the season. The regulars have been John Hardy, Bryan and Mavis England, Malcolm Booker, John Wright and Paul Marlton.

Regulars who have come during the seasons, either to Hardraw or Lyme, are Geoff and Brenda Roberts, Chris Bryans, Dudley Harrop, Keith and Thora Leach and Graham Bennett. We have also welcomed John Cunningham, Louise and Alison Hardy and 6 members of Paul Marlton’s family.

In Spring 2013, a new group of 10 people did the ‘Coast-to-coast Walk’ – St. Bee’s Head to Robin Hood’s Bay. The group was Bryan and Mavis England, John and Louise Hardy, Malcolm Booker, Graham Bennett, Alan and Joyce Simkin, David Myers and Jack Warner.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the cross-country section should get in touch with Paul Marton at

OHA Golf Section – North v South

The 28th Challenge match took place on Wednesday 20 June 2012, once again at Chipping Norton and a good turn out of members assembled at noon for the traditional bacon butties and chips.

The following members were present:-

Michael Mather (non-playing Captain)
Iain Shaw
Dave Barnes
Malcolm Booker
Tom Warnes (Captain)
Paul Swann
Roy Vernon
Tony McGlue
David Marsden

Mike Kerr
Tony Martin
Grahame Morrison
John Rubin
Ian Case (Captain)
Campbell McDiarmid
Glynn Stockdale
Neil Watson
Tom Venables

We were very fortunate to have excellent weather for our match as the forecast for the rest of the week was not good. I watched some excellent golf and was able to visit all the matches on the course during the afternoon. At the 12th hole I was privileged to see 4 excellent drives with Malcolm Booker almost driving the green. But the most memorable moment occurred on the 17th; Campbell McDiarmid drove into snake country and after finding his ball – his 2nd shot was purely a recovery shot. He then had a chance of making a 5 but his 3rd shot from some considerable distance finished a few inches away from the pin and he was able to claim a wonderful par!

The best individual scores on the day were Campbell McDiarmid 36 points, Dave Barnes and Tony McGlue level on 35 points each and they received the usual golf balls for their achievements. In spite of Campbells’ efforts for the South, the North managed to retain the shield by a comfortable margin.

Wildlife seen on the course this year included a Buzzard on the 4th, 3 geese in flight on the 3rd, Dragonflies on the pond at the 8th and Jays on numerous holes. I also hear the call of a green woodpecker near at hand.

At the evening dinner, which was a splendid occasion, I thanked Iain Shaw for making the arrangements on my behalf and Ian Case for his work in the absence of Jack Edwards Next years fixture is to be on Wednesday 19th June 2013, once again at Chipping Norton please contact us at if you wish to join in!

Michael Mather

Letter from the President (June 2012)

Dear Old Hulmeians,
I’m mindful of comments made to Dave Barnes prior to his presidency : “every committee member has to do it eventually “. So along with these comments from Dave the ceremonial chain of office is passed on, along with a battered brief case, a port decanter (alas empty), a wooden gavel and nearly 100 years of predecessors.

I would like to thank Mike Kerr, my immediate Presidential precursor, for his hard work in creating more action form us all. Hopefully, he has managed to get the matter of the “playing fields” off our agenda. For those not familiar with this subject: well done. The issue was unclear of how the cricket field at Whalley Range, owned jointly by the O.H.A., could be managed over time. This has been formalised in a Trust Deed, thanks to Malcolm Davies for working on that and lets hope the School and Whalley Range will continue to use the sporting facilities and the First World War memorial aspect can continue.

I aim to continue Mike’s policy of using all “spare funds” of the O.H.A. to be spent directly on children within the school: awards for achievement and helping out with school trips. The idea is to make the presence of the O.H.A. felt within the school. So our notice board has returned, and we have, through the career mentors, spoken on several occasion to the Lower 6th Form sharing career advice. I would like to thank: Paul Collis, Lin Leadbetter, Rick Shotton, Mike Cummings, Steve Oliver, John Sherratt, Sally Ross and Katrina Mackay for all giving up a morning to speak at the school. I hope more can join us next year as we aim to keep interacting with the school.

Jon Benson has been a great help and indeed has set up the new website, creating a facility for documents to be scanned in and stored online. Keith Robson has been scanning in copies of the Hulmeian. Hopefully this can be expanded over time and there are ways to help so please take a look at our website.

Finally, as we look toward Facebook and online media content I hope we have not forgotten one of the founding principles of the Association which was to encourage social interaction between former pupils and staff and with that in mind I hope to see you at the next dinner.

Matthew Hargreaves
O.H.A President
June 2012

OHA Newsletter 2012

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The 2012 edition of the OHA newsletter has now been posted out to members. Keep up to date with the latest news coming from Old Hulmeians.

If you want to contribute an article, send in some pictures or tell us about what you’ve been up to since leaving the school – let us know at and feature in the 2013 edition.