Organising the Reunion (Numbers identified come from 1955 reunion)
1. Use a magazine to obtain a list of all the boys in the specified year/class.
2. Use Friends Reunited (identified 14 boys). Most of these were identified directly, but a few were identified using by contacting others with the same surname (brothers/cousins). Some Old Grammarians, gave their e-mail addresses on the nostalgic WGS site: www.wellingboroughgrammarschool.co.uk Graham Tall now has a substantive e-mail address list on his site www.wgsmemories.org.uk contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Local Knowledge=7 identified
4. Local Telephone Directory=4
5. As they were contacted, the WGS Boys themselves identified 35 others.
6. Use of the press: Evening Telegraph =3 identified
7. National Data Banks: National Electoral Role =5 Consider National Telephone Numbers. Only useful when both names are unusual.
8. Search of the net = 6 identified
9. Family=1 identified
10. Use OG lists - for 1940s reunion they provided names of all members who started a particular year.
i.e Use O.G's, local lads, Friends Reunited and two web sites to obtain the first tranche.
Local and national telephone directories, electoral rolls and Google searches. The major source of new names are the boys already found, many will know one or two other lads... surprisingly, 1955 didn't find many using the Old Grammarians - probably because we didn't request help from them until we had exhausted local contacts - or the email lists of other reunions (younger brothers etc.).
Other reunions have used searching organizations (found in newspapers). SAGA could be used to advertise the reunion - but adds to cost.
Having a committee
Tremendous value from setting up a committee.
Psychological support. Jobs shared around: 1955 initial contact after possible identification left to David Spencer who also kept detailed lists of names, questionnaire sent by Graham Tall after firm identification. Robert Gibson considered possible Halls\hotels for meeting place and possible places for accommodation. Planning the reunion (different members have different ideas - recreating a school band, 1955 reunion used David Wilson as a speaker, Robert Gibson knew that David and Richard Oberman had an amusing presentation on the school.) Finding old boys - the task was shared out. Evening Telegraph -Paul Robinson, Peter Clark and David Spencer as local contact numbers. Memento search - Roy Pettit to present a variety of alternatives. Roy Pettit kept regular contact with those without e-mail. Graham Tall took on a web page..... Chris Talbot to take the Chair at meetings and organised seating at top table. Graham Chapman organised seating of old boys. Roy Pettit worked on decorating the room. But more - meeting provided stimulation, commitment and fun!
1956 Richard Bryan organiser, contacted people, John Rivett organised Tithe Barn, Memento organised by Terry Strickland.
Use of regular communication to keep people in touch
(web, 1955: Roy Pettit's postings, regular e-mails and newsletters from David Spencer; 1956 did something similar)
Where to Meet and where to Stay
Kettering Park Hotel was used by the 1952 reunion.
The school dining room was used by 1967 reunion Probably Free need to organise meals/bar
The Masonic Hall was used by 1955 reunion. Free if organised by a Mason
The Tithe Barn was used by 1956 reunion 01933 231741 £261 in 2006 need to organise meals/bar
The Castle Theatre was used by the Forties Reunion
Accommodation: The costs of various hotels where a meal could be held varied widely, some requiring a substantial deposit.
|Kettering Park Hotel per person May be reductions for large party.
01536 416666 email@example.com
|Bed & Breakfast||Dinner|
|Single Person November 2008||£87||£32|
|Shared 2 people November 2008 No room Hire Charge||£62|
Below costs in 2005:
Hind Hotel Sheep Street
10 Single, 12 Double, 10 Twin
Double / Twin £65.00
Reduced rates by £5 if we book 20 rooms
Can use a meeting room
Columbia Hotel Oxford Street
6 Single, 14 Double, 12 Twin
Can use a room
Dog & Duck (Premier Travel Inn) (01933) 278606
22 Single, 20 Double, 10 Twin
Any Room £46.95
Breakfast extra - £4.95pp Continental - £6.95pp English
May negotiate for bulk booking
Ibis Hotel Enstone Court, Wilby Way (01933) 228333
0 Single, 37 Double, 22 Twin
Any Room 36.95
Breakfast extra - 4.95pp
Continental - no English
No negotiation on rates
Euro Hotel Midland Road
3 Single, 6 Double, 4 Twin
Oak House Hotel
Broad Green 01933 271 133
4 Single, 4 Double, 6 Twin
Double / Twin £65.00
May negotiate for bulk booking
From our information, relatively few of our members wanted to stay in a Hotel, most of our members were either local, had local accommodation contacts or booked their own accommodation. Local boy recommended above hotels and 1955 left it to people to find their own - 1955 decided to use the Old Grammarians to meet (£50 to book room per day) at non-meal times.
Euro hotel I went, pleasant room and good breakfast; about 6 (according to Roches) used Dog and Duck, presumably a few (incl Graham Chapman) used Hind). A major fact in keeping down cost of our reunion was using the Masonic Hall for the event, plus usefulness of Old Boys in Oxford street for committee meetings and on reunion day (cheap filling meals etc.).
Sources of mementos - John Garley for 1952
Roy Pettit for 1955 Whisky Glass (adorned with Rose and dates) See photos of reunion
1956 Paper weight (adorned with Rose and dates) See photos of reunion
1967 Specially designed tie