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Celebrating Whitworth's 50th Anniversary

OTs and parents gathered together on the Upper Hundred on Sunday 7 July to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Whitworth House. Three of the five Whitworth housemasters were present.
Will Biddle, Mike Duncan, Chris Ashurst: Whitworth Housemasters past and present
Will Biddle, Mike Duncan, Chris Ashurst: Whitworth Housemasters past and present

On a very wet Sunday in July, almost 300 Whitworth OTs and their families, former parents, current parents and current pupils gathered on the Upper Hundred to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Whitworth House. We were very fortunate to have two former housemasters present, Mike Duncan and Will Biddle, as well as current housemaster, Chris Ashurst and his family. 

The visitors were greeted by a welcome party of Whitworthians who had become OTs only the day before. Guests were then treated to a coffee from the Cafe Bueno tuk tuk, before embarking on tours of the School and their old house, led by current Whitworth boys. The Admissions Department had kindly lent us their large umbrellas, so most kept dry. 

Tours were followed by a drinks reception in the marquee. Whilst everyone was enjoying a Pimms or Jim Nolan's (MH 81-86) wonderful craft beers and delicious local sparkling wine, the Headmaster, James Priory gave a witty and informative speech, against the backdrop of increasingly loud rain on canvas. James talked about the history of the house, welcomed guests from as far as Austalia, and recalled memories of his son's time at Whitworth. Whilst he was debating whether or not the cricket would take place that afternoon, a massive clap of thunder and a bolt of lightening decided the matter. It was such a shame for those OTs and boys who were very much looking forward to a game on the Head. 

Time for lunch. Our guests bravely queued for their hog roast under a sea of umbrellas whilst the British weather threw everything it had at us. Another queue formed by the ice-cream van, who surprisingly did a roaring trade. 

The afternoon was spent mingling, catching up and sharing stories. 

Russell Harper, photographer, has shared his photos of the day with us, and you can view them via the gallery below (you will need to be signed up the Tonbridge Connect to access the gallery). 

It was wonderful to welcome so many back to the School and reports are that everyone had an enjoyable day. 

You can view the Whitworth 50th Anniversary Archive Booklet by clicking on the image below. 


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