400th Charter Anniversary Celebrations: 2008

For the record, the full programme of events was as follows:

Sunday, 8th June 2008
Flower Festival
All Hallows Church, Almondbury

Friday, 13th June 2008
BBC Any Questions
Panel: Stephen Pollard, Andrew Lansley MP, Dame Julia Neuberger, Ed Balls MP; chair Eddie Mair.

Sunday, 31st August 2008
Cricket Club President’s Day
Arkenley Lane

Thursday, 4th September 2008
60th anniversary reunion of Class of  ’48
Woodsome Hall

Thursday, 13th November, 2008
Speech Day and Presentation Evening
Huddersfield Town Hall

Tuesday, 18th November — Thursday, 20th November, 2008
400th Anniversary Pageant
School Gym

Thursday, 20th November, 2008
Old Almondburians’ Badminton Club
School Sports Hall
7.00 pm — 9.30 pm
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13th June 2008: BBC ‘Any Questions’: Ed Balls MP with Christopher Mann
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4th September 2008: 60th anniversary reunion of Class of ’48
Friday, 21st November, 2008
Fireworks Display
School Playing Fields
7.00 pm  — 7.20 pm
Bar and Bar-be-que afterwards provided by the Old Almondburians’ Cricket Club

Saturday, 22nd November, 2008
Old Crocks’ Football Match
School Playing Fields

Saturday, 22nd November, 2008
Old Almondburians’ Society Annual Dinner
Galpharm Stadium Banqueting Suite
6.30 pm for 7.30 pm — 12.00 midnight
The Dinner was attended by 400 Old Almondburians from all over
 the world; the principal guest speaker was BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson.

Sunday, 23rd November, 2008
Founders’ Day Service All Hallows’ Church, Almondbury
Participants gathered at the school at 10.30 am for coffee before the procession up St. Helen’s Gate at 11.30 am for the Service at 12.00 noon — 1 pm. Refreshments were served at the school after the Service and tours of the school were available. Entertainment was provided by Gilbert & Sullivan performers.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2008
Royal Visit to the School by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
10.15 am —11.15 am

Saturday, 17th January, 2009
Disco Reunion Party
8 pm — 12.00 midnight


A special commemorative issue of The Almondburian was published in July 2009:
13th November 2008: Presentation Evening in Huddersfield Town Hall
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18th-20th November 2008: 400th Anniversary School Pageant
21st November 2008: Fireworks display organised by Kimbolton Fireworks Ltd
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22nd November 2008: Over 55s Football Match
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22nd November 2008: 400th Anniversary Dinner
Anniversary Weekend - The Video
A professionally-shot video of the weekend celebrations including the Dinner
and Founders ’ Day procession and service is now available for only £15.00; below is a shortened version. You can order a copy online  on our  Buy  page.
23rd November 2008: Founders’ Day Service in Almondbury Parish Church
25th November 2008: HRH The Duke of Gloucester inspects the 1608 Charter

The celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter by
King ]ames I were co-ordinated throughout by a specially-formed 400th
Anniversary Steering Group, comprising Old Almondburians, Governors and staff.
Thanks are due to all those who were actively involved in the Steering Group:

Paul Balderstone Vice-President Of the Old Almondburians’ Society and former
Chairman of Governors
Nich. Briggs Vice-Chairman of Governors
Nicky Briggs Membership Secretary of the Old Almondburians’ Society
Kathy Brooke-Benn Staff
Graham Cliffe Chairman of the King James’s School Foundation
Keith Crawshaw Treasurer of the Old Almondburians’ Society
Roger Dowling Old Almondburian
Lesley Earnshaw Governor
Nicky Green Staff
Andrew Haigh Secretary of the Old Almondburians’ Society and Governor
Jolm Hargreaves Former Head of History
David Harling Governor
Martyn Hicks Old Almondburian
Austin Holroyd Old Almondburian
Bryan Hopkinson Chairman of the Old Almondburians’ Society
Robert Lamb Headteacher
Christopher Mann Old Almondburian
Patrick O’Brien Deputy Headteacher
Walter Raleigh Staff
Pat Reid Former Senior Mistress
Brian Stahelin Chairman of Governors
Lesley Stead Staff
Vicky Taylor Old Almondburian
David Thompson Senior Schools Improvement Officer
Michael Todd Parent
Sandra Todd Parent Governor
Ann Turner Staff
Ian Walker Old Almondburian
Gary Woodhouse Old Almondburian
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