Chris Birch (Wordsworth 1960)

Kim Taylor was Head for most of my school years – an inspirational choice by the school at that time. I also have very fond memories of Brian Scragg who taught me French which I still speak pretty well. On the arts front, I have been a professional actor since 1981 after graduating from Rose Bruford College as a mature student. At the time of writing I am appearing in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi. (2014)

Roger Barnard (Wordsworth 1962)

I retired in April 2014 from Tama Art University in Hachioji, Tokyo, where I taught general and art and design-related English, and due to advancing age and the changing nature of the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) publishing business, my textbook writing career has also entered a quiet patch. I’ve continued painting over the years and am now preparing for an exhibition of recent paintings at a Tokyo gallery in early October. Some years ago I was fortunate to get back in touch with some old Art Room comrades: Richard ‘Jake’ Jacoby (Johnsons 62), Tim McArtney (Johnsons 61), and Peter Chamberlain (Johnsons 62), and through Jake, Bob White. We’ve met for some very enjoyable lunches in London, and I hope there will be more. I’ve also met Bob and Lesley Millar a number of times in Tokyo, and had the great pleasure of showing Bob around the Tama Art University campus during my final year. I hope to visit the UK at least once a year for the foreseeable future, as long as I can afford the fare and survive 12 hours in economy class (or premium economy, depending on royalties). (2014)

Dr Peter Keating (Sackville 1962)

After leaving Sevenoaks, I spent a year on VSO teaching in Swaziland. On my return to England I trained the London Hospital, qualifying in 1968. I started training as an orthopaedic surgeon but after my wife became pregnant for the second time decided to settle in General Medical Practice. In 1971 we moved to the pleasant Georgian market town of Pershore and have been here ever since. I was exceedingly fortunate to spend two-thirds my time in General Practice and the other third of my time doing Orthopaedic Surgery at Worcester Royal Infirmary. I was also heavily involved in medical politics being Chairman of our Local Medical Committee and also Vice-chairman and medical adviser to our Family Health Authority. I finally retired from medicine five years ago and now spend my spare time playing golf or looking after grandchildren. I was very sad to hear that Kim Taylor had died as he had just become Headmaster of the school when I was a new boy in Park Grange. He and Suzanne were two of the most remarkable people that I’ve ever met, with their liberal views and the ability to instil the values of public service into all their pupils. (2014)

John Owen (Fenton 1962)

My wife Sylvia and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on 4 May 2018. (2018)

Anthony Lunch (Sackville 1963)

Since the earthquake a year ago, I have been doing charity work in Nepal. The charity I founded 11 years ago, MondoChallenge Foundation, has been hugely active out there, its work including the setting up of a school. More info on the work of my charity can be seen at www.mondofoundation.org. (2016)

Rev William Allberry (Sackville 1966)

William has just returned from another five-month stay in India. Having recently retired as Rector of Esher, he is now free to teach English to the students at Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary in Madurai from January until May each year – which he has been doing each May for the past five years. He was delighted to meet a Tamil professor of English teaching in Hyderabad who believes that ‘English is the birthright of every Indian child’; certainly it is vital for the students’ theological studies to be able to access English books in the library, as well as equipping them for later ministry. For the rest of the year at home in south-west London he is discovering how true it is that clergy never retire! (2018)

Neil Powell (Park Grange 1966)

Neil’s book Was and Is: Collected Poems, which draws on almost 50 years’ writing, was published by Carcanet in January 2017. (2017)

Nigel Tucker (Wordsworth 1966)

Another year passes and I have still not retired – although we still love our life here in sunny New Zealand. Other alumni are always welcome to visit. My uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather all attended the school and my sister worked as a secretary for some years under Di Day. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to our science teachers: Jack Robinson, Mr Hopkins and Willy Bleiberg. I also had the privilege of working with George Tester, learning to play the piano and organ. Computer programming still suffuses my life although Fingerprints, Parallel Processing and Sonar were all left behind when we emigrated. (2018)

Ranavir Bose (Park Grange 1967)

I am Senior Sports journalist and Senior Racing Correspondent for the Times of India, and India’s premier racing website: www.indiarace.com (2018)

Graham Breakwell (Warnoton/Fryth 1967)

I am relaxing in Los Angeles abundance – the cutting edge of society! Contact me if you were in my year and coming to LA: ghbreakwell@yahoo.com (2018)

Jon Fay (Wordsworth 1967)

In the last year, I became the Ambassador for InterNations Palm Beach, a worldwide expatriate networking organisation, and President of our community Wine Club, and my wife is a Florida licensed realtor. We return to Somerset every year to visit my mother and family, and also to Sevenoaks to meet with a couple of old OS friends and Sevenoaks Rugby Club members. If there are any OS, especially the class of 1967, living in Florida, we would love to get together! (2014)

Steve Leniston (Johnsons/IC 1967)

Now fully retired from flying/instructing, and living in Emsworth, Hants. Two grandchildren born this year. Just had open-heart surgery following a funny turn on the tennis court; replaced aortic valve and coronary bypass. Looking forward to getting back to sailing (and tennis!) when convalesced. (2017)

Ian Brinton (Fryth 1968)

In 2016 Ian published four books: For the Future (Shearsman), a festschrift for the Cambridge poet JH Prynne to celebrate his 80th birthday, a translation of poems by Philippe Jaccottet (Oystercatcher Press), a new edition of the Selected Poems and Prose of John Riley (Shearsman) and Infinite Riches, a history of Dulwich College poets since 1950 (published by the college). He also continued to co-edit two literary magazines, Tears in the Fence and SNOW, and was active in helping to set up the new archive of Contemporary Poetry at the University Library in Cambridge. (2017)

Chris Caridia (Grote 1968)

After a career in publishing and editing English language teaching textbooks in Berlin, I moved to Bangkok five years ago. I’m currently working full-time as a textbook author – no plans to retire! As always it would be great to meet up with any Sennockians passing through this fascinating city. (2014)

Simon Fradd (Hardinge 1968)

I retired on 30th June 2014 and have been travelling ever since: Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba and a 115 day circumnavigation of South America on a truck. (2015)

Steve Olsen (Park Grange 1968)

I have lived in a suburb of Houston, Texas for nearly 35 years and recently retired as a Boeing 787 Captain for United Airlines. I am now in a follow-up career as a Captain on a corporate business jet. I also manage my father’s working ranch in central Texas which has transformed from a relaxing diversion to an enormous workload. My wife of 48 years, Peggy, and I travelled to London in November to attend the Old Sennockians dinner at the House of Commons and had an enormously good time. Our brief visit reinforced my longstanding love affair with England and its people. However, I must admit my disappointment to see that London had nearly absorbed Sevenoaks as part of its urban web. To me, it has damaged the country charm that was so much a part of my memories of Sevenoaks. In addition to my 90-year-old father and 93-year-old mother-in-law, Peggy and I have a son and a daughter and six beautiful grandchildren, all of whom live in the greater Houston area. (2017)

Nicholas Ainley (Fenton 1969)

After being a barrister for 28 years I became a Circuit Judge in 2003 and am still in post in London. Married to Sue since 1980, with three children and now two grandchildren. I have only kept in regular touch over the years with Adrian Crick (Wordsworth 69). I would be very happy to get in contact with anyone of my vintage. (2017)

Trevor Elliott (Fenton 1969)

After teaching Languages for a year at Sevenoaks, I moved to The King’s (The Cathedral) School in Peterborough. I am retiring this year after 40 years at the school; 30 of these I have spent as Deputy Head teacher. (2016)