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Centenary Annual Dinner and Founders’ Day 2021
Saturday, 20th November 2021 at 6.30 pm for 7.30 pm.
Postponed from 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Dinner marks the centenary of the founding of the Old Almondburans’ Society.  It will be held at the school on Saturday, 20th November, at 6.30 pm for 7.30 pm.

This year’s speakers will be poet, author and former diplomat David Morphet (1951-58) and former teacher Bob Field (Staff, 1973-89).

The ticket price this year will be £29.50 and you can purchase tickets online by clicking below. Please be aware that when the Annual Dinner is held at the School places are limited, so early applications are recommended.

We are already aware of a number of  members who plan to stage a re-union of their year at the Dinner and it is not too late to make similar arrangements if you feel inclined. Such occasions are always enjoyable, so those with a special anniversary this year should consider starting to organise their class re-union as soon as possible.event has also been cancelled this year.                                  
David Morphet
Book-signing: Dave Bush
David Morphet left KJGS to gain a Double First in English at Cambridge. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1961 and in due course became a private secretary to Michael Stewart and George Brown. Later he moved to the Department of Energy, working in Paris and Vienna, and he was in due course seconded to Midlands Electricity Board as deputy chairman.

Joining the private sector in 1989 he held senior positions in Balfour Beatty and BICC. In 1989, following the privatisation of British Rail he led the Railway Forum.

Today, David is best known as one of the UK’s most highly respected poets. He has published 16 collections of poetry under his own imprint Notion Books.
A special guest at this year’s Annual Dinner will be former head of Latin and Deputy Head Dave Bush who will be travelling up from his home in Porthcawl to sign copies of his book Beating about the Bush.

Note: if you are applying for two or more tickets, please adjust the number of tickets shown on the next page to match the number of tickets you have requested below.
Bob Field
A graduate of Hull University, Bob Field gained a degree in French and German in 1972.

He came to KJGS in 1973 to teach French with Dave Gregson and in 1976 he introduced German. When King James’s lost its Sixth form in 1989 he moved to Greenhead to teach French and German and, recently, beginners’ Italian. Bob still teaches on a part-time basis.

He is a keen sportsman who played to a high standard of non-league football with Bradley Rangers in Huddersfield. He was fully involved with football at KJGS,  organised the staff football and cricket teams and was instrumental in the formation of the OAS cricket section.
Founders’ Day 2021
Friday, 19th November 2021 at 2.00 pm
FOUNDERS’ DAY 2021 will take a new form. The traditional Sunday morning event not been well attended in recent years and has also presented problems in terms of School participation. This year’s event, at Almondbury Parish Church, will be at 2.00 pm on Friday, 19th November 2021.

Plans are being finalised at the moment, but it is hoped that form representatives from all the lower school forms will be taking part, and parents will also be invited. 

We’re also hoping that there will be musical contributions from the School.  The service will be preceded by the usual procession up St Helen’s Gate.

Final details will be published here in due coure, and in the November issue of The Almondburian.
The Old Almondburians' Society
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