Keeping in Touch
Our former pupils are highly valued and active supporters of the school, and we hope that this Former Pupils section of the website will continue to enable Feltonfleet’s alumni to make contact and keep in touch with one another, and to be kept informed of the many exciting developments at our School.
We have also recently launched on Facebook & Twitter so do please sign up to these as we will be using these new tools to keep in touch with former pupils. We really want as many former pupils as possible to get in touch via these social sites, to catch up with their news, and to receive ideas for future events.
We have an extensive database of contact details for our former pupils, to whom we regularly email information about the school. In order to keep our records up to date please contact us with any changes to your current address and contact details. You can use this form to update your details or to add your name to our alumni database if you have not already done so.
FFP Update form.
Our Feltonfleet Former Pupils’ Association Administrator is Mr Peter Breakwell - Assistant Head (Co-ordination & Operations).
Tel: 01932 862264
Michael Arthur Westcott-White - Obituary
Michael Arthur Westcott-White, former pupil of Feltonfleet in the 1930’s, died on 21st January 2015.
After leaving Feltonfleet he went onto Uppingham and then joined the Fleet Air Arm very, very briefly before joining the Royal Garwhal Rifles (British Indian Army) and served in India during partition. He then entered the oil industry until he retired in the mid 80’s. A keen sportsman, cricket, rugby and hockey, Woking Hockey Club where he was their President and later golf. He was a member of West Hill Golf Club, Captain in 1986, and was President at the time of his death. He was also a member of Woking Golf Club.
Bill Hoskyns - obituary
Bill Hoskyns, who has died aged 82, was a gentleman fencer who became the first Briton to compete in six Olympic Games and was the country’s most successful competitor in three weapons — the épée, sabre and foil; he remains the last Briton to win an Olympic medal for the sport.
Hoskyns competed in the Games from Melbourne (1956) to Montreal (1976), setting a record for appearances that was later equalled by Tessa Sanderson and more recently by the equestrian Mary King and the archer Alison Williamson. At the Tokyo Games in 1964 he added a silver in the individual épée to an earlier team silver won in Rome. In addition he was the world champion in épée in 1958, competing in a total of seven world championships from 1955 to 1967, and won a record aggregate of nine gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in both épée and sabre, although had to settle for silver in foil.
Hoskyns fenced left-handed and his nonchalantly elegant style was much admired. Although not quick on his feet, he had extraordinary timing and could put his opponents under continuous pressure so as to induce them to attack at the moment of his choosing. Watching him in action, one American opponent said simply: “Suave — so suave, it’s painful.”
In the British Championships, Hoskyns was the most successful fencer ever, with 21 medals. He won the épée title four times, the foil title three times and the sabre title once, making him only the second man to win all three championships.
He was born Henry William Furse Hoskyns in London on March 19 1931, the oldest of four boys, and grew up on his father’s estate at North Perrott, Somerset.
Educated at Eton, he took up fencing at his mother’s behest after suffering a broken nose in the boxing ring. While there he formed a lifelong friendship with Allan Jay (the other great British male fencer of his generation), after the two crossed épées at a competitive meeting. Jay likened his opponent to “Little Lord Fauntleroy”, and, though they were very different characters and fiercely competitive on the fencing piste, they became such great friends that Jay eventually retired to Hoskyns’s home village of North Perrott where, in later life, they channelled their competitive energies on to the bridge table.
From Eton, Hoskyns went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, to read Agriculture. He always claimed that his father had “bought” his place and, while there, he neglected his studies, preferring to spend his time fencing or playing bridge. He was immensely proud of the fact that he graduated with a “Fourth”, often pointing out that (due to changes in the grading regime) it was an achievement which none of his children could ever emulate. After graduating, as well as taking part in competitive fencing he farmed fruit on his family’s estate in Somerset, where he built a “modern” farm shop 30 years before it became fashionable, and was a pioneer of farming co-operatives.
Before going up to Oxford, Hoskyns did his National Service in the Somerset Yeomanry and he continued as a Territorial to the rank of major, becoming inter-services champion at épée, sabre and foil in 1964.
He burst on to the international scene at the 1955 World Championships, where he played a major part in Britain’s foil team bronze medal, beating all four members of the French team. He finished his international career by winning the Duren épée tournament in 1973 and 1974 and coming second in Oslo in 1978, at the age of 47. Twenty years later, in 1998, he won a bronze medal at the Millennium Veterans’ world championships.
A keen private pilot, in his early years as a fencer Hoskyns enjoyed flying his team-mates to competitions around Europe in his own plane. In 1956, after being invited by the Hungarian government to attend a fencing competition in Budapest, he became the first private pilot to land behind the Iron Curtain. An extra frisson of excitement was provided by the official warning that if he deviated from the flight plan he would be shot down.
Hoskyns’s career as a pilot was brought to a premature conclusion, however, when his future wife Georgina, whom he had persuaded to accompany him on a flight, stepped off the carefully-marked footstep on the wing and inflicted fatal damage to the aircraft with a stiletto heel.
Hoskyns was thrilled to be invited on stage for the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Games but was unable to attend due to failing health. He died while walking his dog in his orchards with his secateurs in hand.
Bill Hoskyns was appointed MBE in 1966 and served as vice-president of British Fencing. He was recently elected to the International Fencing Federation’s Centennial Hall of Fame. A British Open fencing competition, named after him, is now in its ninth year.
He married, in 1961, Georgina Howard de Cardial Findlay, who survives him with their two sons and three daughters .
Bill Hoskyns, born March 19 1931, died August 4 2013
Send us your News
We would be very pleased to hear from any former pupil who has news he or she would like to publish here on the website. This might include news of success at senior schools, university, careers since, reunions with other former pupils or reflections on your days at Feltonfleet. Photos are especially welcome to publish here and add to the Feltonfleet archive. Please contact Mrs Heidi Tripp if you have anything for us.
Come back and See us
We would be delighted to welcome former pupils to come back and visit Feltonfleet. Please contact the Assistant Head, Peter Breakwell, to coordinate your visit.
Former Pupil News
Former Pupils Dinner - Friday Ist March 2013
This was the first dinner, indeed event that has been held for a long time for the Association. It was aimed at those who left prior to the eighties although any age was most welcome. We had 20 FPs and 3 honorary members, and it turned out to be excellent. Most were able to renew friendships and acquaintances as well as meeting some new faces and the evening seem to be enjoyed by all.
It was held at the Talbot Hotel in Ripley where we used to hold FOBA Dinners years ago (Feltonfleet Old Boys Association – before the introduction of Girls). The hotel has seen better days and Marco Pierre White who took over last July has yet to put his mark on it. He has however looked at the kitchens and the food was of high quality and so we were not disappointed.
We met in Emma’s room for a Bucks Fizz reception and the moved to the Victory room for dinner (Lord Nelson was a patron here). Towards the end of the meal we saw archive film of the school taken by the then headmaster, Keith Leighton, of between 1938 and 1949. The early photographs pinned up around the walls were also of interest.
We hope this may be the start of a revival of the FFPA (Feltonfleet Former Pupils Association). We will have another dinner on similar lines next year; it has already been suggested that perhaps it could be held at the school to include a tour of the present amazing facilities which would certainly add another dimension. Anyone who has any thoughts or comments please do contact the school, the more feedback we can get the better.,
Some of the party watching the films from left to right:- Michael Westcott-White, Peter Mahne, James Russell, Simon Harcourt, Andrew Colborne-Baber, Chris Everett, Robert Beale, Trevor Hudson, Graham Bourne, David Rutherford. Others who were also present were John Hargrove, Graham Cullington, Tim Ely, Anne Rutherford, Michael Myers, Dave Kendall, Alan Gibbons, Dick Bell, Peter Colborne-Baber, John McQueen, Julian Colborne-Baber, Julian Pitcairn and Tim Mahne.
Old Boys’ Rugby Match Dec 2012
The Feltonfleet Leavers of 2011 and 2012 once again gathered together on the last Sunday before Christmas for their annual rugby fixture against Reeds Weybridge, the club where many had started their rugby careers and indeed many continue to play.
Playing included 12 that had represented the First XV of 2010/11 and six from the 2011/12 first team. Many more ex-pupils, parents and siblings came to watch with well over 100 enjoying the day. Peter Breakwell agreed to take charge of his charges once again with Simon Wallis, in his usual rather tight shorts and extra snug top, refereeing. The boys all wore their senior school shirts, which provided a great Barbarian feel to the match with the following Schools being represented – Reeds, Eton, Radley, Cranleigh, Worth, St John’s Leatherhead, Tonbridge, Milton Abbey, Epsom College and Wellington College.
The match itself was of an excellent standard and played in great spirit. Reeds opened the scoring with two breakaway tries but the Feltonfleet boys re-established the teamwork that had been so successful in the past and came back into the game with two tries of their own either side of half-time. Both sides then scored a third before Feltonfleet took a narrow lead with only three minutes to go. However, Reeds refused to be beaten and scored a fourth try with almost the last play of the match. As last year, the try count was equal but Reeds’ goal kicking secured the match with the final score being 26-22 to secure the trophy.
Thanks to everyone involved. We hope to repeat the Reunion every year, likely to be the last Sunday before Christmas. “
by Peter Breakwell.
One of our former pupils has been awarded the Spirit of London Award in December 2012 for her entrepreneurial flair. Samantha started her own online jewellery and accessory store and designs her own jewellery line. She featured in the press in December 2012.
One of our former pupils, Oliver Champness, sang for the Queen at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court last year as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration. Oliver won a Music scholarship to Brighton College where he started in September 2012. This photo was taken at Hampton Court.
“I was at Feltonflleet from 1957 to 1962 when Keith Leighton was Head Master. I remember how strict he was. I was very frightened of him. I remember his parting down the middle of his hair and the strong scent of aftershave. I was also nervous when he brought a green book with a red boarder into the dining room. My appetite would drop because he always kept names of pupils he would want to see”.
There was a master called Anthony C Wilson who was a writer of books titled Norman and Henry Bones. Mr. Wilson would read to some of us boys in the library from his books. I think there was a master called Mr. Atley who would give us PT exercises to do.
Every morning we had a small bottle of milk to drink during a lesson break. Once a year in the summer all the boys were coached down to Goring by the sea. There we had a day enjoying the cold water to swim in. We had garden allotments to grow plants which I quite liked.
There were game groups named after animals. They were Tigers, Otters, Foxes and Badgers. I was in the Tigers. Before each meal we would assemble in the common room where there were seats in rows. Each group had a to stand in the rows between the seats. Then a prefect would shout out: “Otters quick march!” Then the other groups followed on. So soon we were all marching one behind the other through the changing room and along a corridor that had a sharp bend to it, past the front entrance, past the study and through the library and into the dining room. There was no choice of food we had to eat what we were given! I remember well the plates containing cooked liver. I hated it but had to try to eat it!
There were two matrons. One called Miss Francis who had reddish hair and Miss Cob. Every morning they would come into the dormitories holding jugs of warm water. They would poor water into the sinks where we would wash ourselves. I think there was one dormitory called Rookery Nook. I cannot remember the other ones.
I hope you like the picture of me (above) and one of the hockey team (below). The colours were dark blue and light blue (the Oxford and Cambridge Colours).
The current school is a lot larger than the one I was at. There were about 80 boys in total”.