Old Stopfordians gather for annual dinner

95 Old Stopfordians, governors and guests enjoyed the annual founder’s day dinner on Friday 23rd March in the Hallam Hall.

A traditional three course meal was of a high standard, and Old Stops of all ages engaged in lively conversation across the table. Ron Astles, who becomes the next chairman of governors at the forthcoming speech day, proposed the toast to the school and the pious founder and was warmly received.

Larry Fairclough responded on behalf of the school with a combination of information and dry humour.

Richard Griffiths proposed the toast to the association and to the president, Tom Gare, recalling the outstanding lacrosse career that earned Tom a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

He went on to relate various anecdotes from Tom Gare’s schooldays retrieved from Stopfordian magazines of the 1940s and 1950s.

The president’s response was enjoyed by all, and he prefaced it with the award of distinguished life membership to Richard Griffiths, who expressed his surprise and gratitude at joining a list of only five other existing distinguished life members of the OSA.

The previous day, Old Stopfordians were also among those who attended the Shaa lunch, held annually in the Hallam Hall for donors and legators as a celebration of the life of the school and the generosity of our supporters.

If you are interested in donating or joining the Shaa society, please see our support us page.

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