The Class of 1958: 2017 Reunion.
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This reunion was held at the Colliton Club, Dorchester.
Photos and captions are courtesy of Michel Hooper-Immins.
Standing: (left to right:) Barrie Allington, Simon Frampton, Michel Hooper-Immins, Jonathan Pullen, Stuart Hargreaves, Colin Squibb.
Seated: Richard Sonley, Hugh Slavin, Colin Smith, Clive Dickinson, Graham Lush.
Michel Hooper-Immins writes:
From Yate, Southampton and Oxfordshire, the Class of 58 - those who began studying at Hardyes School in Dorchester in 1958 - headed for their annual reunion at the Colliton Club. Aged 11 in 1958, these Old Hardyeans are now past the milestone of 70 years old, some having attained their 71th birthdays and others shortly to do so.
The longest journies were by Richard Sonley, who travelled from his home at Eynsham, Oxfordshire and Simon Frampton, who lives at Yate, near Bristol. Classmate Graham Lush journied from Hedge End, near Southampton and Barrie Allington from Yetminster. Stuart Hargreaves made the trip from Maiden Newton. Old Hardyeans Past President Michel Hooper-Immins travelled up from Weymouth, as did Colin Squibb, Hugh Slavin, Jonathan Pullen and Colin Smith.
The reunion was organised again this year by Clive Dickinson from Dorchester, using the well established old boys email network to contact around 30 of the Class of '58 who remain in touch all around England.
"These reunions, to me, mean the coming together of long standing friends, with whom we once shared our school years and catching up with their news", comments Clive Dickenson. "After all, it is now almost 60 years since we started school and over 50 years since we left. Some of the attendees I knew quite well at school and those friendships continue. Yet some, with whom I hardly had any contact all those years ago, are now firm friends."
In my mind, the enduring success of the Old Hardyeans is that so many of us have kept in touch over the 59 years since we walked into Wollaston House for the first time in September 1958. I often say that Old Hardyeans are everywhere, but it gives me particular pleasure to meet up with those who were with me on my seven year journey through Hardyes School from 1958 to 1965, almost six decades ago. Long may we continue these reunions and remain such firm friends.