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Vyners Older Grapevine Nov 2008



The founder members of Vyners School are of the opinion that that a school is made up of its population and not its buildings.

It was in September 1958 that the first pupils were allocated to the new school that was under construction in Ickenham. As a temporary measure, this first tranche of pupils was spread around other, not so local, schools: Elliotts Green; St Marys; St Nicholas.

While at these temporary billets, we were supervised by the local teaching staff. In 1959, the second year of the school's history, the 1X boys were moved from St Nick's to join the girls in St Mary's along with the 2nd year pupils and members of the embryonic staff.

It wasn't until January 1960 that the founder pupils all met under one roof in Ickenham.

The main reason for starting Vyners Old Scholars was to be in touch with former pupils and staff so that we were well placed when the school wanted to hold another major anniversary celebration.

It now transpires that the school may have intentions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school opening but not until 2009.

It's with this travesty in mind that we are planning the 2008 Annual Lunch as being the unofficial 50th anniversary celebration if for no other reason than that we can count!

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The date for the VOS Annual Lunch has a new date: Saturday, November 28th, 2008.

Here is Jeremy Stapleton's call to action: Roll up, roll up, for this year's VOS Alternative Xmas Lunch!
A new venue, a new recession proof price - 3 courses for 12.95 (see attached menu) and as much salad as you can eat, and a car park the end of which you can only see on a clear day! In short, a half price occasion with a festive menu and the best company you could wish for -US!! Please signal your intention to come by next Tuesday 10th Nov and I will book the tables. If you're coming, either alone or with friend please follow up with a cheque for the right amount made out to Jeremy Stapleton, 5 Hughenden Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 5SJ, I will do the rest. The venue is the Blacksmith's Arms (a Harvester, and very popular locally ) right on Junction 4 of the M40 at High Wycombe - Handy Cross, High Wycombe, HP10 9QD. The date is Saturday 28th Nov, and the time is 12.30pm. Be there or miss the jolliest event of the year!

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On the last Friday of most months (except Dec & Jan), we continue to meet at the Green Man; a very suitable location. There is space enough for our small band of stalwarts and the food (if required) is reasonable in both price and quality. It has been heart-warming to remake the acquaintance of old friends over the years. It's very informal: drop in for the first or last hour or make an evening of it. The next one is Friday, 24th, October, 2008.

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If any of your VOS contacts have changed their email or postal addresses in the last year please ask them to ensure we are updated.

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Vol 14 No 3
October 2008

Older Grapevine, the Newsletter of Vyners Old Scholars, aka VOS, maintaining contact with ex-pupils and Staff. Readers may be advised of web updates via email.

Regular Venue

On the last Friday of the month we now meet at least nine times a year. in The Green Man, Denham Village, from 8:00 - 11:00.

We usually party in January and Christmas/New Year intervene in December. August is usually decided at the last minute because the Bank Holiday is so close.

Diary Dates

Sat, 22 Nov 2008
Lunch at Brunel University.
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