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15 December

The Bumper Christmas OV News Edition

Onto the next chapter 

After some 20 years teaching at King’s, Lorri Guy is moving on to pastures new. Lorri has been an incredibly committed and popular member of the English department and involved in many drama productions over the years and her role as Head of Creighton House has been particularly significant, with ‘Creighton’s Got Talent’ each year being a very well attended feature of the house calendar! From January Lorri will be Head of Practice UK for Friisberg & Partners International, a long established European executive search and leadership consultancy firm. She will be leading on all projects for academic clients; such as the appointments of Head Teachers, Vice Chancellors, CEOs of Academies, Governors, and Directors.

Lorri is married to Andrew, an OV (W 77-87) and both their boys, Jack and Harry are also OVs and so the family have clocked up around 40 years of connections with King’s! 

Lorri is very much looking forward to the challenge of a new – and very different – job, however she mentioned in her short address to King’s School staff that she knows that she will not be leaving the King’s family, but will just be moving onto a new phase in her life with the school.  We will all be sorry to see Lorri go, but we know that she, and the rest of the Guy family, will remain very much a part of the King’s family and we look forward to hearing all her news.

Memories and Music

We were thrilled to welcome Lawson Higgins (K 83-91) back to King’s this week.  Lawson attended the New York OV Reunion earlier in the Autumn and was very keen to bring his young son to King’s to show him around his old school.  On a visit to the Archives in Edgar Tower, it was a real treat for Lawson to find himself on a Kittermaster house photo from 1986 and to see if his son could recognise him!  This was the first time that Lawson had been back to King’s for some ten years and he really enjoyed going into College Hall and also into his very first class room in the Fourth Form block both of which brought back a host of memories. Lawson was a very talented 1st XV rugby player during his time at school and it was fortuitous that we bumped into Jonny Mason, King’s Director of Sport, during his walk around King’s. Jonny brought Lawson up to date with the achievements of the current 1st XV.  He also met his economics teacher, Russ Mason, who was equally delighted to hear about Lawson’s news and meet his young son.  Lawson was hugely impressed with the new facilities on site at King’s: the Michael Baker Boathouse and the Keyes Building, with much envy at the well-equipped gym that the current students enjoy.

After a lunch in the dining hall (more memories!), Lawson spent some time talking with a group of current students, who were interested in hearing about his career in the music industry.  Lawson is involved in signing up new acts and thoroughly enjoys listening to new music talent and attending international festivals, where he invariably ends up backstage!

During his visit to Worcester, Lawson also enjoyed a night out in the city, with a number of his OV friends, some travelling back to Worcester from London and Bristol to meet up.  By all accounts, a good night was had by all concerned! 

We are always delighted to welcome OVs back to King’s, just drop us a line to let us know on development@ksw.org.uk and we will make sure you have a great visit.

5 OVs in the panto? Oh yes they are!

This year the Worcester Repertory Company is performing the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Swan Theatre and not one but five OVs are in the cast! Ben Humphrey (Cr 93-04), Oliver Brooks (S 96-01), Emma Ashton (K 11-15) , Freya Melling ( S 09-14) and Tom Riddell (Cr 02-09) will be performing throughout December and January. Pupils from King’s St Alban’s had a fantastic time going to see the performance this week and even got a chance to speak to some of the OVs!

Post-Christmas Carol Service OV Reunion

It was great to be sent this lovely photo of a post-Christmas Carol Service OV Reunion in Worcester last night! Following the fantastic King’s Carol Service in Worcester Cathedral – with many OV attendees including those from the OV Club Committee and returning OV choristers – a group of our recent ’17 leavers met up to catch up on what they have been doing since leaving school in the summer. The group included James Smalley (Br 10-17), Henry Pillman (Br 12-17), Henry Martyn-Smith (S 10-17), Lucy Nichols (S 15-17), Angus Guthrie (Cr 10-17), Becky Hartley (Br 10-17), Cecilia Horacek (Br 10-17), Tim Burgess (S 10-17) , Jack Osmond (Cl 10-17) and Edd Peckston (K 10-17) pictured below. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a good rest!

An award that rocks

It has been lovely to hear from Julie Kearley, nee Hawthorne (Co 90-92) who now lives in Marbella, running two hair and beauty salons and has recently won the award for Best Hair and Beauty Salon at the Marbella Rocks Awards for the second time. Many congratulations!

#Congratulations!

Well done to Jamie MacDonald (W 08-15) and all at YouthComm radio who won the award for best use of social media by a business and got silver in best use of #WorcestershireHour by a business at the third annual Worcester Social Media Awards last night!