Annual report 2010-11

The Annual General Meeting was held in the School Library at 6:00pm. Prior to the Founders’ Day Dinner, a total of 15 Officers and Members were present.

The Vice-Chairman reported the deaths of the following members:-

W. B. Swainson – former Secretary of the Society and member of staff.

Arthur Norton, Kenneth Holmes, H. Watson, J. Manock,  D. Burgess, R. Mason, A. Zanker

Since the A.G.M. two further deaths have been reported:-

David Thornton (1946 – 1953 ) – who will be remembered as an all-round sportsman, captaining the school at both cricket and rugby as well as being an outstanding athlete. As a runner he gained his university “blue” and unfortunately missed selection for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games by less than half a second.

Also – Mr. Sievewright, a former music master.

The Treasurer reported that the Society was healthy and financially sound. The Income and Expenditure Account shows a balance of £9978, while the Investment Account stands at £19023.

As reported last year the resignation of the then Chairman , and the appointment of Ivan Rhodes being confirmed by the A.G.M. left the post of Vice-chairman vacant.

It wss agreed that at the 2009 A.G.M. that the Committee would recommend a candidate to the 2010 Annual General Meeting. The Chairman announced that after much discussion the Committee proposed that Ken Oxley be appointed. This recommendation was voted on by the assembled members and passed unanimously. Ken took over as Vice-chairman with immediate effect.

A Society working party was set up in 2009 to discuss the Cricket Pavilion replacement and the provision of a Sixth Form Common Room and has recommended that a replacement should be built between the Sports Hall and the “ Top”.  Plans have been drawn up for a Sports Pavilion / Sixth Form Common Room. A target date for completion is the Centenary of the Old Boy’s Society in 2012. An appeal is to be launched at the “40 years on” day on July 2nd. Plans and general views should be on view at the event. Please support the appeal generously when you receive the invitation to the event and the details of the appeal.

Golf is, at the moment, the busy sport.

We have the Hitchin Trophy, played for by Old Boys during May each year. The Society Annual match against the School was revived in 2009, and returned to its traditional venue, Ghyll Golf Club. The annual match against Giggleswick Old Boys continues to thrive.

The President reports that the pupil role is now 805, it is anticipated that this will maximise at this figure by September, meaning that the school will be “full” within its present facilities.

He reported that, in 2009, Ermysteds was placed 53rd. nationally in examination results, with a 79.3% success rate at A*, A and B levels. The School also had the highest “value added” score at G.C.S.E. of all state schools in Yorkshire.

School teams at Cross Country had a clean sweep of titles, culminating in the Northern Schools title in March 2010, with Billy Pinder winning an individual Gold.  The 2010-11 season has started well, with an unbeaten record at all age groups in all local races.

The 1st. XV made good progress in the Daily Mail Vase before being beaten by a superior Manchester Grammar School team. Sam Harrison, the 1st. XV captain captained the Yorkshire Under 18’s, and will tour South Africa with the Yorkshire terriers in 2011. Oliver Cicognini represented England at Under16 level, the first Ermysted’s student to gain a national honour since P. McCarthy in 1986.

On Remembrance Day the school was honoured by the attendance of Wing- Commander R. G. B. Summers, an Old Boy who flew as a Blenheim Fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain and beyond, gaining 15 victories. He served in the Royal Air Force until 1968, finishing his career on the V-bomber force. He has accepted an invitation to be Chief Guest at the “40 years on” event in July.

The President closed his report by thanking the Society for it’s support, and particularly thanked Ken Oxley for his astute control of school finances in his role as Clerk to the Governors.

The Secretary reported that the winner’s names on the Hitchin trophy and the Craven Plate had been brought up-to-date for the first time for many years, he hoped that this situation will not become necessary again.

The Society sports results for 2010 were:-

Rugby – not played.

Cricket – not played.

Golf –

v.  – School – a tie.

v.  _ Giggleswick Old Boys – won.

The Hitchin Trophy was won by D. B. Hickie.

Golf dates for 2011 are:-

Hitchin Trophy – May 16th. at Skipton Golf Club.

Giggleswick O. B – June 22nd. at Skipton G.C.

v. – School – Monday July 11th.  at Ghyll Golf Club.

Jack Heald, Kenneth Jackson and Toby Capstick were due to retire from the Committee at the A.G.M., but were persuaded to stand again. They were duly re-elected.  Since the A.G.M. four new members have been co-opted to the Committee, three of them are undertaking special projects.

The election of Treasurer and Secretary was once again straight forward, both being re-elected un-opposed.

A member asked “How has the School survived?” He asked if there was any intention to produce a booklet covering what had been very significant years in education – “The Seventies and Eighties”. It was explained that Doug Grant is working on bringing A.M.Gibbon’s book up-to-date, and David Smith has been bringing the society records up-to- date.

Please don’t forget, the school web-site now has the facility for users to purchase goods from a wide range of suppliers, please use this option if possible; the School receives a percentage of each purchase price to boost school funds.

As you can see, the Society is in good health. Your Committee thanks you all for your support, if you know any Old Boy who is not a paid-up member of the Society please encourage them to join, the more subscriptions we can achieve the more we can do to help YOUR school improve the facilities for all.

Len Price (Hon. Sec.)

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