Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.

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Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.

Post by J.R. » Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:56 pm

I was saddened to read today on the latest C.H.O.B.A. newsleter of the passing of Andrew Fawcett ColB 54-61. He was two years my senior, a house monitor. I thinks it's fair to say we weren't mates' obviously because of the age difference.

However, a few years ago, at a Coleridge B re-union event, we met up and spent some time re-living the Halcion (?) days in house under the leadership of N.T. (Bogey) Fryer as housemaster.

Too young an age to die but a stark reminder to some of us that time is short.

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Post by rockfreak » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:51 pm

Andrew Fawcett was a friend of mine in Col B. We had animated arguments about football. He was Crystal Palace, I was Tottenham. Our lot seemed to spend as much time debating football and the latest pop music as we did academic subjects. My house captain in my last year was a lovely chap called Bob Leach who subsequently went to Oxford and my friends that year included John Steward, Ken Baumber and Alan Rowe. Ring any bells?

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Post by J.R. » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:00 pm

All those names ring plenty of bells David.
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Post by LongGone » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:34 am

rockfreak wrote:
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my friends that year included John Steward, Ken Baumber and Alan Rowe. Ring any bells?
Ken Baumber and I arrived at CH on the same train. Our families shared a carriage and walked together from the station until we were directed in opposite directions (ColB vs MaA). While Ken and I seldom interacted over the years, our mothers stayed in touch for some time.
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Re: Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.

Post by rockfreak » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:17 pm

I seem to remember that Ken came from Hassocks and had a single mother at the time. I've lost touch with just about everyone and would love to know a bit more about what happened to them and indeed what they thought about boarding school education. Perhaps their absence from this site answers that question! I'm virulently against boarding schools and so-called "public schools" in general but my best memories of CH are of my last year when I had a group of politically and intellectually switched-on friends who seemed to have caught the zeitgeist of the coming 1960s and who didn't buy into the establishment values that were being sold us.

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Post by LongGone » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:56 pm

I think that’s why our mothers bonded, mine was also single (having been deserted by two husbands). Sending me to CH was largely a financial decision.
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