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    At the OH Annual Dinner 2017
It is around 15 months since I attended an OHA Committee meeting in the magnificent LRC at the school simply to give a review of a quiz night I had organised and report on the latest fortunes of the golf team. An hour later I was asked to become the Association’s next President!
It was an easy decision to make and I took up the post held by my grandfather, Kenneth, in 1950 and my father, Edward, in 1980. With my children George and Maddie currently the fourth generation of Clarks to attend Hymers – the school is very much in the blood!
Soon after taking the reins (or chain to be precise) from Sadie Julian, I represented the Old Hymerians at the school’s annual Service of Remembrance. Delivering
a reading in front of a packed Main Hall was a special and sobering occasion. Andrew Penny’s address
was especially poignant and well researched coming almost exactly 100 years since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele. I would urge other local former pupils to take an hour out of their day next year and attend this fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Old Hymerians Annual Dinner, I suppose is the highlight of any President’s year. This is the ‘big gig’ and it seemed a shame that it came so early in my year of office. Logic would say that the year should build up to a big finish, but the upside is that you don’t spend all year worrying about it!
Numbers were once again slightly disappointing, despite a high quality speaker in former Kent and England cricket captain Chis Cowdrey.
Maybe cricket isn’t everyone’s thing, but then neither is politics or rugby or impressionists. As the saying goes, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. The evening is really about catching up with old friends and I hope that ideas already floated at recent committee meetings may bring an upturn in numbers over future years.
Headmaster, David Elstone, gave an interesting insight into the past year at the school, highlighting exam success, sporting excellence and other achievements of note with the help of an excellent video. Chris Cowdrey regaled the guests with stories from his long county career and humbling at the hands of a rampant West Indies side when he took on the England captaincy. Andrew Edwards was once again a flawless Master of Ceremonies who kept the evening on track.
In February the OH ‘roadshow’ headed to the capital for the Southern Branch Dinner held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly. Happily for the 45 or so guests, my speech had to be curtailed somewhat due to traffic delays outside the stunning venue.
  With 2016-17 OHA President Sadie Julian
  Opening the Garden Party 2018

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