Author: Amy Bernstone

John Page 3rd November 2020

We have received the sad news that John Page has died. The following was written by David Shorney, a fellow Old Shebbearian

” John passed away a week after his 95th birthday. He was the son of Jackson Page and came to the school at at early age under the Head at the time John Rounsefell.

Both John and his father lived and breathed Shebbear, playing a huge role in the OSA and keeping in touch with Old Shebbearians. There was nothing John liked to do more than talk about Shebbear, he remembered everything in glorious technicolour and fantastic detail.

John was Honorary Treasurer of the OSA for several decades, you will find many pieces in the Shebbearian with his initials JHDP after them. He also made a big contribution to ‘A School Apart’

John’s wife Janet has requested no letters or messages of condolence.

Edward Kenneth Coombe

We have received the following from Edward’s daughter.

Please note the death of my father aged 95.  He attended the College from the late 1930s with his brother Ronald and his future brothers-in-law Denis and Edwin Guy.  He always spoke very warmly and highly of his time there,most especially of being taught by Jackson Page.  He took organ lessons at school in Lake Chapel and was a church organist until relatively recently. He went straight to Oxford on leaving in 1942 I believe, where he joined the university Air Squadron to begin his training as an RAF pilot to fly Lancasters for the rest of the war. It took him many years to return to academic work as a mature student completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford in Geography and finally his PhD in Geomorphology there at the age of 70.  His topic was the nature and origins of Chesil Beach a subject of fascination to him from childhood as Portland was his family home.
He was President of the OSA for one year in the late 1990s.

Old Shebbearian 2020 University Graduates

In the most unusual year the OSA joins with the College in congratulating our Old Shebbearians who have graduated from University this year – including four who have achieved First Class Honours Degrees!

Lucy obtained a 1st in Environmental Geography (BSc Hons) from Cardiff University, Philip (Pip) graduated from the University of Exeter with a 1st in Mandarin Chinese & French with International Relations, Ella achieved a 1st in Public Relations from the University of the Arts, London and Meg studied at the University of Plymouth and gained a 1st in her BEd (Hons) Primary (Art & Design with QTS).