The Old Kingswoodian Association
The Old Kingswoodian Association is a vibrant community of over 5,000 former pupils of Kingswood School. It aims to provide opportunities for Old Kingswoodians to keep in touch with each other and Kingswood School, to support current pupils where possible and to further their interests.
A comprehensive and growing programme of social, sports and arts events, reunions for specific years and geographical groups are organised annually, at the School and around the world.
Through its members, the Association assists fellow Old Kingswoodians and those still at Kingswood with career information, mentoring and talks.
The Executive Committee, meeting at least three times a year, is responsible for the development of the strategy and the day-to-day running of the Association along with Michele Greene, Development and Alumni Officer.
Nicholas Turner (KS 1976-1981)
With great sadness we report the passing of former Chairman of the Association, Nicholas Turner (KS 1976-1981).
After a long illness, Nick passed away peacefully on the morning of 5th April, at St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester. His wife, Joy, and his sister were at his side.
Nick will be greatly missed by the Kingswood Community where his affable nature will be remembered with much fondness.
A full obituary will be published in the next edition of Kingswood Association News.
Community Supper (MJSD) £15 per person for a two course hot buffet supper. 7pm for 7.45pm. For all the Kingswood Community and guests.
Association Day will begin at 10am on Saturday 22 June at Kingswood School for a morning of events, followed by lunch in the Dining Hall and then there will be sport to watch on the Upper with afternoon tea served at 3.30pm. This is for all Old Kingswoodians and your families are welcome to join us.
Reunions are being held on this day so please join us if you are a leaver of 1979, 1989, 1999 or 2009.
Join us for our Kingswood Community Supper (MJSD) on Friday 13 September 2019 in the Dining Hall. It costs £15 per person for a two course buffet supper.
The Exeter Lunch will be taking place at Exeter Golf and Country Club, EX2 7AE, on Friday 18 October 2019 from 12:15 for lunch at 13:00.
The annual 20s and 30s Event will be taking place at Cafe du Marche, 22 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6DX, on Saturday 18 November 2019 from 19:30.
Join us for our Kingswood Community Supper (MJSD) on Friday 6 December 2019 in the Dining Hall. It costs £15 per person for a two course buffet supper.
The Bath Christmas Reception will take place on December 21 at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Everyone in the Kingswood community is welcome.
Association Day 2019
Association Day is on Saturday 22nd June 2019. Everyone is welcome and the event will start at 10am in the Theatre Foyer. Reunions are taking place on this day for those who left in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.
More events for 2019 will appear soon. If you are interested in getting involved with an event, are in a position to offer a venue, or want to sponsor one, please contact the Association office.
40s and 50s Event
On Saturday 23 March 2019, we held our first 40s and 50s Event at Le Cafe Du Marche in London.
Kingswood Christmas Reception
On Saturday 22 December 2018 we held our first Christmas Reception at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Over 150 attended, including many much loved teachers and it proved that our Old Kingswoodians know how to have fun!
20s and 30s Event
On Saturday 17 March, the Kingswood Association held its 20s and 30s event at Le Cafe Du Marche in London where former pupils joined by current and former staff for drinks and canapes.
Kingswood Community Supper
Kingswood loves to keep in touch with former parents and former staff as well as its former students.
The Kingwood Community Supper is a relaxed event where the whole Kingswood Community can get together and enjoy a two course supper. We hold this four times a year here at Kingswood School, and encourage all the Kingswood Community to join us. Current staff love to pop in and catch up with everyone.
'1968 Invincibles' Reunion
On Thursday 5th July 2018, the Invincible Cross Country and Athletics teams of 1968 got together at Kingswood School’s Sports Day for a 50 year reunion.
Association Day 2018
On Saturday 23 June, Kingswood welcomed back more than 150 former pupils for the annual Association Day. 1970/71, 1978', 1988, and 1998 leavers all enjoyed reunions along with their friends and families in wonderful weather at Kingswood.
Overseas Kingswood Community Receptions
Over the past few months, there have been a number of overseas Kingswood receptions.
The annual KAN Magazine is sent to all members and is supplemented by regular electronic and social media communication. The 2018 KAN Magazine can be read by clicking on the image below and it will provide readers with an update of what has been going on in the Kingswood Association over the past year.
Update On A Long-Awaited CD Of Music By John Sykes
We have now raised a total of about £9500 from eighteen generous donors. This is a wonderful tribute to John Sykes and to all who love his music. It means we can expect to make one CD. Albion Records have said that we should raise at least another £5000 if we want to make two. We have asked the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust for a grant, but they are unable to help. This is a progress report and not a plea for more financial support, but if you know any KS friends who might be interested, we are still open for contributions.
Given the financial constraints, we are planning a recording of up to 80 minutes using four performers. This would consist of songs and piano music, and would include many of his settings of William Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience' and of Randall Swingler's 'Homage to Dowland', the Toccata, the Paean from 'Adventure Story' - both for piano, and the Polonaise ('Assyrian Festive Dance', from 'Jonah and the Whale') for piano duo. These rank among the best music he wrote, and should give reviewers, critics and newcomers to his music a rounded view of his work.
We are now searching for the most suitable (and best) artists to do this music justice. Then we can move on to booking dates for recording studio, producer, engineer and soloists. It is not a quick process!
With very many thanks to you all for your support.
Alan Tongue and Peter Clulow
P. J. Clulow and A. F. Tongue
John Sykes with the Orchestra in 1953.
Year Group and Sports Representatives
This is a new initiative which aims to encourage alumni to volunteer to network with their peer group and act as representatives for events. If you are interested in becoming a year group or sports' representative please contact the Association office.
Alumni Around The World
There is a list of alumni living abroad who are willing to provide advice and support to others who are visiting their countries in the KAN Magazine mentioned above.
Gary Best Travel Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded annually to any Old Boy or Old Girl under the age of 26 who will carry out work for a charity/NGO which benefits a community in a deprived part of the world. The work, whether paid or unpaid, must have an altruistic and socially beneficial aim and done within a 12-month period from the date of the award. In the past, awards have ranged from £300-£500, but this is dependent on the number of successful applicants and the amount to be disbursed.
The deadline for the Gary Best Travel Scholarship is Friday 7 June 2019.
To find out more about the Gary Best Travel Scholarship, please contact the Association office.
Student Declaration Form
Former students are encouraged to complete the form below so the Kingswood Association can keep in contact with them about upcoming events.
Hire of Facilities
The School has a wide range of excellent amenities for hire that are suitable for business, sporting and social occasions, and wedding receptions. To find out more about the hire of facilities, click here.
Alumni and their guests are welcome to visit the School at any time; however, you are advised to book through the Association office in advance to ensure that there are no problems with your chosen date and that a member of staff is available to accompany you and your guests around the School. Please note that you are not allowed to walk around the School unaccompanied.
Alumni and Development Officer
01225 734 283
The Old Kingswoodian Association Office