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HISTORY LECTURE 2018

With a nod to the approaching centenary of the end of the First World War, Canford hosted a history talk by Dr. Spencer Jones entitled 'A Very British Victory: The Last 100 Days of the First World War'. Dr Jones has written a number of books on military history and currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and as Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Dr Jones gave a talk to Canford students in 2014 on the centenary of the beginning of the First World War; this end of the war lecture gave a thought-provoking conclusion to a major event in modern world history.

Dr Jones' lecture began with military events of the spring of 1918 that led to the Hundred Days campaign of rapid Allied victories against a crumbling German army. Through a concise series of photographs, charts and maps, he illustrated a chain of events unfolding in the summer of 1918. This included information on the Allied senior command and their stories with a focus on British general, Douglas Haig;  astonishing statistics on soldier and material casualties and between the two sides with specific information on the British war effort; and the various military battle tactics and strategies of the British forces with wonderful examples of their sheer bravery and grit including a daring and successful early morning raid on the Riqueval Bridge led by 22 year old Captain Arthur Charlton and his nine brave comrades. In conclusion, Dr Jones stated that this military campaign should rank as one of the greatest of British forces victories. Whilst history focusses on the horrors of the Great War, we must recognise and salute the brilliant achievements from Britain of that time and celebrate one of its finest hours.

Students and adults enjoyed this well-paced presentation that brought history alive and led to many interesting and intelligent questions from the audience. As commemorations of the centenary of the Armistice approach, one can reflect on this very British victory with pride.

 

 

HISTORY TOUR 2018

The Friends of Canford kicked off the start of their events season with the Canford History Tour. This ever-popular event in September offers members of the Canford community and guests to learn more about the background and history of Canford School. Canford's own Mark Rathbone is perfectly suited to share his knowledge of the school as an Old Canfordian, son of a history tutor at Canford, and now Head of the school's History Department. Following a drinks reception in the Layard Theatre, Mark gives a presentation of the people and stories of Canford School from years past. He then leads guests through the various buildings, gardens and areas on campus that highlight the school's history including John O'Gaunt's medieval space, the sumptuous architecture of the Manor House designed by Edward Blore and later by Sir Charles Barry, and the Nineveh Porch which was the site of the discovery of the lost Assyrian stone relief. The Friends of Canford History Tour is a perennial favourite and a wonderful opportunity for new parents as well as the greater community to enjoy and see up close the beauty and historical significance that resides at Canford School.

 

 

 

 

GOLF DAY 2018

40 enthusiastic golfers with ages from 13 to over 80 arrived bright and early on the first Sunday of June for 18 holes of friendly golf on Canford’s beautiful golf course.  The weather did us proud and lots of water and sun screen was supplied by Angie Brook who organised the day brilliantly again.  Angie also sourced some wonderful restaurant and golf prizes and took charge of a rather rowdy auction to secure one of these special days out.  There were prizes too for the longest drive, nearest the pin and for the team who took the honour of last place.  Mr Culley, Mr Weir, Mr Vessey and his guest fought bravely to secure the accolade of coming first but it was not to be.  The winning team (Simon Heartshone, Stewart Gibson, Malcolm Taylor & Peter McParland) are shown here with Mr Vessey who was handing out the prizes. Our thanks to the famous Canford catering team who cooked and served the traditional golf day BBQ. 3 Canford 6th formers, Charles, Liam & Oscar joined us to share some of the highlights from their time helping on the City Reach summer camp and Isle of Wight trip.  These events are part of the Canford School & City Reach partnership project.  Friends of Canford raises funds from events like the golf day and a significant part of these funds go each year to City Reach so that young people from Northam Youth Centre which is situated in a deprived area of Southampton can take part in these partnership events.

 

 

 

 

arboretum tour 2018

Under glorious summer sunshine, the trees at Canford School took centre stage for the Friends of Canford annual Arboretum Tour. Master of Trees Andrew Powell shared his wealth of knowledge of the school’s unique and varied collection of trees. Fortified with delicious refreshments served at the medieval John O’Gaunts building, guests embarked on a tour of the grounds encompassing almost a millennium of planting. Starting with the ancient 12th century Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa just beyond the music building to the 21st century planting of the thriving Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis, Mr Powell lead guests through the collection to highlight numerous examples of trees ranging from native species to those from the Americas and Asiana, deciduous and evergreen trees, hybrid trees, champion trees, and plantings with heights ranging from over 135 foot to five feet. Various trees have been a central character in events from the days of the owners of the original manor house to the present-day school, and Mr Powell entertained guests with informative and amusing historical stories involving these trees. With the foundations of the Arboretum laid by Lord and Lady Wimborne in the 19th century, and ongoing planting since the start of the school in 1923, we benefit from this work and are fortunate to enjoy the beautiful results. How appropriate that a beautiful tree is at centre of the crest of Canford School! Friends of Canford invite you to join us again this time next year to enjoy a delightful and informative walking tour of the school’s nationally known collection of trees.ung people from Northam Youth Centre which is situated in a deprived area of Southampton can take part in these partnership events.

 

 

 

 

tennis morning 2018

 

With perfect weather for a morning of tennis, everyone was set and ready for the Friends of Canford (FCS) annual Tennis Tournament held at the outdoor courts at the school. With an equal number of participants for mixed doubles, the games began! Each court played four games and tallied points for the winning pairs before regrouping for the next round. The players had all levels of ability, and all participants played in games with each other making for a lot of fun and laughter. Great tennis was played including some lovely rallies and really amazing shots. Scores were tallied, and everyone enjoyed well-deserved Buck’s Fizz and refreshments back at the Heffield Marquee. Canford Sixth Form students active with the various programs supported by FCS gave a short presentation, and lunch was served with plenty of time to attend the afternoon sports fixtures. FCS events are a lot of fun and a wonderful way to meet parents and other members of the Canford community. FCS hopes to see you soon at an upcoming event.

 

 

 

real tennis morning 2018

 

Glorious sunshine streamed through the glass windows of John O’Gaunts to welcome guests for the renewed FCS Spring Luncheon. Guests were welcomed with refreshments and beautiful vocal selections from two talented Upper Sixth form music students. Lunch included a delicious and beautifully presented main course and exquisite dessert from the excellent Canford catering team. The guest speaker, Sarah Eyton, is a jewellery designer and artist and OC daughter. She gave an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation on her artist father (OC 1941B), her career as an artist, and a fun outlook on her jewellery creations. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to the next FCS luncheon.

 

 

SPRING LUNCH 2018

 

Glorious sunshine streamed through the glass windows of John O’Gaunts to welcome guests for the renewed FCS Spring Luncheon. Guests were welcomed with refreshments and beautiful vocal selections from two talented Upper Sixth form music students. Lunch included a delicious and beautifully presented main course and exquisite dessert from the excellent Canford catering team. The guest speaker, Sarah Eyton, is a jewellery designer and artist and OC daughter. She gave an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation on her artist father (OC 1941B), her career as an artist, and a fun outlook on her jewellery creations. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to the next FCS luncheon.

 

 

RIFLE RANGE 2018 

 

Twelve keen participants took part in the exacting sport of Rifle Shooting at the Friends of Canford ‘Have a Go’ series. Following a instructional talk from Canford master Dan Culley and parent Richard Dyball, three small groups took their round of shots and a bonus round in competition shoot conditions. Interesting to note that the women were better shots than the men! Following the exciting review of targets, everyone retired to a relaxing lunch at John O’Gaunts. Canford School is so fortunate to have this excellent facility; hope to see you at next year’s event.

 

 

 

Noel Noel 2017

 

Following a warming cup of mulled wine in Long Gallery, guests assembled for the treat of Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir performing at Canford School under the direction of David Gostick. The Great Hall looked resplendent with festive décor as everyone settled in for an evening of wonderful holiday songs and readings. Among the traditional favourites were a wide variety of choral music including toe-tapping tunes, swinging spirituals and interesting contemporary pieces. Readings included thought provoking prose interspersed with amusing poetry. The audience participated with gusto in the final songs before a tremendous round of applause to a fabulous evening.

 

 

 

QUIZ NIGHT

 

Over 70 parents and guests attended the Annual Quiz Night in October, ably compered by Rev. Jack. With eight teams bearing such names as the Red Roses, Haven’t a Clue and Hopeless, competition was keen. The opening rounds saw participants trying to match Beatles songs with the album they appeared in and guessing what sort of berries various photos referred to; other rounds had underlying themes such as the D Day landings and England cricket players. Many thanks to Candice Raby for the excellent preparation of quiz questions.

Reinforced by the excellent lasagne and salad dinner provided thanks to the school catering, and possibly some of the wine and beer consumed, the evening ended with, appropriately for Halloween, The Old Bats running out winners. Five teams were within 8 points of their score of 78. As for the Headmaster, having triumphed last year, he emulated the fate of Leicester City and appeared much closer to the other end of the table! Many thanks to all who attended and the students who informed attendees about SHINE – one of the partnership projects which are funded by proceeds from events like the Quiz Night.

 

 

LACROSSE MORNING


People gathered on Saturday, November 4th to enjoy a morning of lacrosse supported by the Friends of Canford. Canford sports mistress, Michelle Bray gave an excellent overview of the sport including the origins and development through to where it is on the sporting map here in the UK and at Canford School. After a roundup of the rules and strategy, we were out on the pitch ready with lacrosse sticks. Various techniques and drills were practiced before we split into two teams for a quick friendly match on half the pitch. Both novices and experienced players made up the teams, and everyone had such fun playing and trying to play! Lots of laughter ensued over amusing play, and goals and non-goals made for a wonderful time in the glorious sunshine. Back at the Pavilion, we relaxed with a light lunch catered from the school and just enjoyed some time to chat and share more stories with each other before heading off to various Saturday sports fixtures. The Lacrosse morning is a fun way to meet other parents and looks to be a popular continuing feature on the Friends of Canford calendar!