50 years at Longford
September 2017 marks 50 years since Longford Hall opened as a boarding house and we have been approached by ONs Mike Waldron and Nigel Williams about holding an event to mark this occasion.
Mike has asked us to share the following message:
“In September 1967 – 50 years ago, we all turned up in short trousers and caps for our first day at Adams Grammar School.
A few of us have noticed this anniversary and one or two have expressed interest in holding a re-union event.
Nigel Williams and myself have agreed to try and make contact with former pupils to see whether we can get this off the ground.
So far we have got as far as setting a date (23rd September) which has been agreed with the school. We envisage a tour of the school and Longford Hall, maybe with some refreshments laid on, and perhaps an informal get-together in the evening at a local hostelry – all details to be confirmed later.
The biggest task at the moment is tracking down former pupils after all these years. I have contact details for only a very few people, but I am sure that others also have other contacts. If you would be interested in taking part please get in touch with me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org 07847 358735
Please pass this message on to any of your contemporaries who you are able to contact, so they can get in touch with me if they wish.
I have a list of 1967 starters from an old Novaportan magazine as a starting point, but anyone who was at the school in the years 1967 – 1974 would be most welcome.”
Tom Bates Sevens
The sixth annual Tom Bates Old Boys Sevens will take place on Sunday 27th August starting at 12pm at Longford Hall.
The event began a number of years ago to keep alive the Old Novaportan rugby tradition far beyond the December game for first year leavers. We have had a strong turnout every year so far, but we’re always looking to get as many teams playing as possible!
Old Novaportans of all ages are invited to come back for the August Bank Holiday weekend and join the family fun. There will be a BBQ running all day so come along with some food and drink and enjoy the sunshine. The trophy last year went to the 2014 leavers (for the second year running) so we’re in need of another year to come and steal their crown!
Teams are currently made up of leavers as far back as 15 years ago, so if you’d like to play but aren’t sure if anyone else in your year group will be there, please contact Richard Storrow at email@example.com.
We appreciate hearing from ONs who can help out at careers events and offer advice to our pupils. There are two key events in the careers calendar: the Careers Convention held in the Spring Term and the Careers Forum which is held to coincide with ONs returning from university for the summer holidays. This year the Forum will be on the 30th June and we are looking forward to welcoming ONs who are at university, on a training scheme or who have recently left either to return to tell pupils about their course, their company or their university. If you can help please email us.
ON Sports Weekend 2016
Many thanks to all those who returned to take part in or watch the very competitive ON sports matches which took place just before Christmas.
Pictures can be found in the galleries below and a report on the Netball matches is available here.
If you would like to take part in the 2017 event in December and are not in touch with players from your era, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you in contact.