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  At the London Dinner 2018 with Michael Brown
This allowed the keynote speaker, Alan Fenwick, sufficient time to give a fascinating account of his work trying to eradicate Schistosomiasis as well as other tropical diseases in Africa. His tales of unlocking tens of millions of dollars in funding from the Bill Gates Foundation will live long in the memory. Thanks as always to Martyn Green who does a fantastic job as the OH Southern Branch President – I was sorry to be unable to attend his legendary barbecue during the summer break.
Addressing Year 13 leavers on their last ever day at the school in June was a real highlight of the year. Although most of them will leave this area to study and work
not just across the UK, but around the world, they are now Old Hymerians and will hopefully benefit from the network of OHs spread equally far and wide. The internet and social media have made the world a
much smaller place over the last ten years or so and I know that our next President will use his considerable expertise in this field to keep these leavers better connected than ever before.
The following day, the Garden Party at the school
was blessed with incredible weather – all part of a memorable long hot summer. The Old Hymerians
still give up much of their own time to set up and run various stalls on the day, and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them for their sterling efforts. Coletta & Tyson is also worthy of
a special mention as it continues to generously supply the ever popular plant stall brilliantly run once again by OH past President David Bond. However, it is in reality a HCA event and Terry Gawthorpe and her committee are the real heroines of such a special day.
Having opened the Garden Party under the watchful eye of the talented MC Oliver Hatfield, I returned to the OH v 1st XI cricket match in which I have had the pleasure of playing for the last ten years or so. I suspect the OH normally start as favourites as we are picking from a much larger pool of players (most of whom left over the last few years, not in 1990!) and that most of the school’s side have usually been to the prom the night before!
This year, however, was made even more special
as Chris Lound made a spectacular century. Cars parked by the pavilion, the burger stand and even the Headmaster’s Office windows were in danger as the ball disappeared to all parts of the ground. I can’t say that my three runs and a catch had as much impact
on the OH win, but the game is about renewing old friendships and making new contacts – the very essence of what the Old Hymerians Association is all about.
To continue the sporting theme, the only other active OH team playing on an annual basis is the golf squad. A full report of our 2018 season can be found elsewhere in this section of the Hymerian, but once again it was an honour to marshall the troops down in Norfolk. Whilst there is no substitute for experience in scratch foursomes, a few of the squad (me included) are not getting any younger! Recent ‘new recruits’ such as Tim Atkin and Anil
Panesar have really made Hymers competitive against high quality low handicap opposition and the ‘pipeline’ looks promising for the next few years as Alex Limb has recently left the school and Will Saville and a certain George Clark continue to make great strides in junior golf on both sides of the Humber.
Golf, cricket and two children still at the school will ensure my close association with Hymers will continue, but I will always look back on the last 12 months with great fondness. I couldn’t have done it without the support of family, friends and the committee, but a special mention must go to Secretary, Alistair Latham,
Treasurer, Nick Auton, Bridget Renwick and Holly Beaumont who do all the hard work. 2019 will see the 125th anniversary of the school followed by the centenary of the Old Hymerians Association in 2020.
These will be great milestones for both the school and OHA and I wish my successor Jonathan Leafe all the very best for his time in office.
Jonathan Clark
President of the OHA 2017-2018
 At the Remembrance Service 2017 with the late John Townend

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