Quarrendon School Festival and Reunion Thursday, Jun 11 2009 


Two events on Saturday 13 June 2009 will bring to an end Quarrendon School’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The school, which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 13 June 1958, has been running events all year to commemorate this Golden Anniversary.

             We now know that Quarrendon School will close at the end of the summer term, in July 2009, and re-open in September as Buckinghamshire’s first academy, to be called Aylesbury Vale Academy. This is an exciting opportunity for current and future students of the school but also a sad time for those who have been associated with Quarrendon School over the last 50 years, to mark these events Quarrendon School will be holding the ‘Q Festival’ and 50th Anniversary Reunion on 13 June 2009.

             The ‘Q festival’ will be a free music and dance event for the whole community. Students and staff at the school will be performing on the day and in addition invitations have been sent to some of our local primary schools and clubs to also take part. Many forms of music and dance will be presented and much local talent will be on display.

             In the evening Quarrendon will host the Reunion Party for those who have attended and taught at the school in the last 50 years. Flights have been booked and past pupils are flying in from Canada, the USA and Australia for the event. Music on the night will be provided by past pupils, including Mike Carroll. While Mike was at Quarrendon during the 1970’s he was part of a popular beat-combo ‘As It Is’, who presented South East at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool as part of The Boys Club al England Talent Show in 1975. It is hoped that ‘As It Is’ will reform for this very special event.

             Kim Hopping, Chair of the school’s PTA, Friends of Quarrendon, said “The ‘Q festival’ will be a fantastic day for the whole family and is our way of thanking the community for all of their support over the last 50 years. The evening reunion will be a chance for all of the people who have past through Quarrendon’s gates to say goodbye to a school for which they have such affection and so many good memories.”

        > Tickets for the reunion are going on sale in April and details of how to get hold of one will be posted on the Quarrendon School website: www.quarrendon.bucks.sch.uk

> Anyone who would like to help with sponsorship or would like to be part of the ‘Q Festival’, either by performing, having a stall or just being an extra pair of hands to help set up and clear away should contact Kim Hopping on 07503473987 or by email at: kim.quarrendon50@hotmail.co.uk

> Anyone still wishing to register for the Reunion should also contact Kim

Large Scale ACW rules Sunday, Feb 1 2009 

Something I have been playing around with.  The idea is that the player is the General of the Army, so does not micromanage the actual combats. 

Its a bit rough. I am looking for opinions

1 unit-1 division


Sample Order of Battle


Merry Christmas! Tuesday, Dec 23 2008 

The clue is in the title.

Hope you don’t get ‘Crunched’ in the New Year.

Quarrendon School- 50th Anniversary Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

Are you a parent for a child currently at Quarrendon School?

If so join the new forum http://quarrendonparents.iphorum.com/

It’s there to support the parents, help organise the 50th anniversary celebrations, and anything else parents can think of.

US armed forces hate atheists Wednesday, Apr 30 2008 

When Bush said it was a ‘Crusade’ he really meant it;

Soldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to Threats

Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, began to berate Specialist Hall and another soldier about atheism, Specialist Hall wrote in a sworn statement. “People like you are not holding up the Constitution and are going against what the founding fathers, who were Christians, wanted for America!”


Complaints include prayers “in Jesus’ name” at mandatory functions, which violates military regulations, and officers proselytizing subordinates to be “born again.” After getting the complainants’ unit and command information, Mr. Weinstein said, he calls his contacts in the military to try to correct the situation.

“Religion is inextricably intertwined with their jobs,” Mr. Weinstein said. “You’re promoted by who you pray with.”


Specialist Hall came to atheism after years as a Christian. He was raised Baptist by his grandmother in Richlands, N.C., a town of fewer than 1,000 people. She read the Bible to him every night, and he said he joined the Army “to make something of myself.”

“I thought going to Iraq was right because we had God on our side,” he said in an interview near Fort Riley.

In the summer of 2005, after his first deployment to Iraq, Specialist Hall became friends with soldiers with atheist leanings. Their questions about faith prompted him to read the Bible more closely, which bred doubts that deepened over time.


Though with a different unit now at Fort Riley, Specialist Hall said the backlash had continued. He has a no-contact order with a sergeant who, without provocation, threatened to “bust him in the mouth.” Another sergeant allegedly told Specialist Hall that as an atheist, he was not entitled to religious freedom because he had no religion.

Read the full story at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/us/26atheist.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1209316471-xgkjD/dS99Nac3yWssA&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

They’re Normal, are you Monday, Mar 3 2008 

Entertain ment in the Ashford area of London (the bit near Heathrow, basically)

The Normals

who I am assured are a vaguely competent pub cover band. Barry and Jim also do two man sets under the name “Jim’n I”, who are probably better than Eurovision competetors.

That’s my filial duties fufilled.

Lamenting lost youth… Wednesday, Jan 9 2008 

…not so much the loss of youth, but the fact that “If I knew then what I know now…”

 No, really, it’s just not fair.

 This all started about an hour ago, watching ‘Classic Albums’ on BBC4.  I wasn’t going to watch, but I missed the opening titles, and on re-entering the room I found it was “Night at the Opera” by Queen.  Being a bitt of a fan in my teens I watched.

 I’d forgotten, or possibly never realised how good they were.  I have/had this on tape (somewhere, possibly thrown away now).

 The production of the talent was something I can now appreciate.  Usually when it comes to presents I say not to worry, so end up with stuff I often don’t really want.  I want this on CD.

 It made me think. Youth is wasted on the young.  I didn’t appreciate Queen 20 years ago, not really.  I didn’t understand the skill and talent they contained.  Likewise, I have said for about 10 years if I could retake my O levels they would be stunning, especially subjects like English Lit.  I look at the opinions of teens now, and think “Was I like that?”