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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.

The 2020 Reunion Dinner is one month away

The 112th OSA Reunion Dinner is now only one month away, on Saturday 1st February 2020. Buy your ticket now from the event page to reserve your place.

Shebbearian magazine

OSA Secretary, Andy Bryan, is looking for articles to include in the OSA section of this year’s Shebbearian magazine.

Just a couple of paragraphs about your life since leaving Shebbear (with or without photo) which might give present Shebbearians something to aspire to.

Please send to andybryan4954@gmail.comclosing date 31st October.

Gap student vacancy

Shebbear College requires a Boarding Gap Student for the summer term (beginning 18th April and ending on 7th July).

The post is a residential one and would suit either a recent school leaver or a graduate looking for some experience in a school. Duties include helping with all aspects of the school from Pre-School to Year 13 and supporting the boarding staff.

Accommodation and all meals are provided with the post. If you are interested please send your CV with a covering letter asap to the HR Manager, Andrea Stairs at astairs@shebbearcollege.co.uk.