Old Ruthinian Association

Announcements

Robert W. Blane

Sadly the death is announced of Robert W. Blane on the 15th August 2018, aged 63. Robert was at Ruthin School from 1966-73 and was a member of Ellis House. He was Head Boy 1972-73.

His funeral will be held at St.Chad's Church, Patshull Road, Pattingham, Nr. Wolverhampton, WV6 7BQ on on Tuesday the 11th September 2018 at 12.15 pm.

Stan Cloke

Sadly the death is announced of Stan Cloke on the 14th August 2018, aged 90. He taught history at Ruthin, was Housemaster of Casson and a Commanding Officer of the CCF from the late sixties to the early nineties.

His funeral will be held at St.Dyfnog's Church Llanrhaedr DC LL16 4LT on Monday, 20th August 2018 at 2pm.

Sir William Gladstone Bart., KG. M.A.

Sadly the death is announced of Sir William Gladstone on the 29th March 2018, aged 92. Sir William was Patron of Ruthin School and the Old Ruthinian Association. He had been a strong supporter of Ruthin School for nearly 40 years and headed up the Council of Management during a difficult period for the School in the 1980s. Sir William is credited with making some key decisions to ensure the survival of the School.

His funeral will be held at St.Dieniol's Church, Hawarden on Friday the 13th April at 2.30 pm.

Alan D. McCutcheon

The death is announced of Alan Dixon McCutcheon on the 14th March 2018 aged 71. Alan was at Ruthin from 1959-65 and was a member of Lord Kenyon House. He was a great sportsman and played for the School XV for 2 years as a prolific goal kicker, gaining his colours. After leaving School he joined the family undertaking business in Swansea.

His Excellency Dr. Alirio Parra

The death is announced of Dr Alirio Parra on the 9th March 2018, aged 91. Alirio and his brother Francisco were Venezuelan and both came to Ruthin in 1939 when their father was the Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK in London. Alirio was very keen on sport and played for the 1st XV for two years, gaining his colours and represented the school whilst playing for the Welsh Schoolboys. Alirio left Ruthin in 1945 but remained an ORA member and continued to revisit the School on occasions.

In later life he worked for CWC group in London, dealing in energy resourcing. He became Venezuela’s minister of Mines from 1992 to 1994 and was head of its OPEC delegation. He was a Past President of the OPEC Conference.

Alfred S. Hill

Sadly we announce the death of Alfred S. Hill on Monday 22nd January 2018, aged 91.

Alf joined the school as a young graduate in 1953 to teach Mathematics becoming Senior Master in 1960 and Headmaster in 1967. He retired from this position in 1985.

Many ORs will remember Alf for his coaching of numerous rugby teams at Ruthin, with his famous "corner flagging" defensive system. In his early days at school Alf would join in the practice matches and show some of his skills which he gained as a New Brighton and Cheshire XV wing three-quarter. Many a maths lesson was stopped by some boy asking "What did you think of the Ist XV win last Saturday Sir?"

In retirement Alf and Edith would attend many School events and latterly, despite failing health would always be present at the ORA AGM.

Our condolences go out to his widow Edith and his family at this time.

His funeral was held at St. Peters Church, Ruthin on Thursday 8th February, 2018.

Philip Eyton-Jones

Sadly we announce the death of Philip Eyton –Jones on the 9th November 2017, aged 77. Philip was at School from 1951-57, gaining his colours in both rugby and cricket. He qualified as an architect and worked for Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils as well as being a tireless member of the Flint and Denbigh show. Philip was in the T.A and reached the rank of Colonel. He was also a great supporter and active member of the Old Ruthinian Association serving as its President from 1999-2003.

His funeral was held at St Asaph Cathederal on Monday 27th November 2017.

B. M. R. Heys

The death is announced of Bruce Heys on 3rd March 2017. Bruce was at Ruthin from 1945-50. He served as a Govenor of Ruthin School for over 20 years as well as being a committee member and Vice President of the ORA for many years.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Rhostyllen, Wrexham.

B. R. Sherratt

The death is announced of Barry R. Sherratt on the 13th February 2017. Barry was at Ruthin from 1954-57 along with his two brothers Graham and Rodney. Barry was a life member of the association and regularly attended the annual dinners and other events.

J.P. Oliver-Jones

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, Philip Oliver-Jones, aged 95, passed away. He was a pupil at Ruthin from 1932-40 and returned as a master and House Master at Ruthin after the Second World War.

His funeral was held on the 27th January at St Asaph Crematorium.

J.J. Meakin

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, John James Meakin passed away. John was a pupil at Ruthin from 1950-52.

His funeral was held on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at St Peter’s Church, Lower Heswall, Wirral.

J.D. Kinnier

On Tuesday 20th December 2016, Jamie D. Kinnier, aged 41, passed away. Jamie was a pupil at Ruthin from 1985-93.

His funeral was held at Llanrhaedr Church near Denbigh on Friday 20th January 2017.

G.G.V. Machin

It is very sad to report the untimely death of Giles Machin on Saturday 17th December 2016. Giles was at Ruthin from 1959-64 and was in Bishop Wynne House.

He was a great supporter of the ORA and the School and was a member of the victorious team that won The Welsh Public Schools golf tournament in October this year.

His funeral was held at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Letter from Buckingham Palace

Very exciting news.

We have received in the post this morning a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking us for the beautiful birthday card from the ORA which Barry Mason designed and sent to her Majesty.

As our birthday card showed a photograph (below) of the Queen when she visited the school, the letter gives special mention to this.

Mathematics

Some more fantastic news.

Each year we compete in the UK Schools Mathematics Challenge. We have been in the final for the past 5 years, always winning the Regional round in Chester.

Our recent performances in the final have been exceptional (2014: 6th; 2015: 8th).

Yesterday was the 2016 final - our team of 3 girls and 1 boy travelled to London.

And - we came 1st, achieving full marks in every question. Westminster School also achieved full marks - so we tie first place with them.

To be honest - this achievement is on a different level to all our other achievements. In UK schools are so many gifted mathematicians - and nearly all independent (and top state) schools enter this competition.

I'm incredibly proud of this one - and, again, our Head Girl Alice was part of the team. She's only just 16 - 3 years younger than most other students in her year. She was also in the Chemistry team that are the current national champions of Chemistry.

The team, last night, went to the theatre - and saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Before returning to Ruthin today, they will visit the Houses of Parliament where our MP (David Jones) has arranged to see them and conduct a tour etc.

So - even champion mathematicians can enjoy culture etc!

Cambridge Results

Very good news today – The schools best year ever for Cambridge news.

We had 14 apply – and have 7 offers, 4 rejections and 3 unknown.

The 7 offers so far received are:

  • Alice Ma (Head Girl) – Trinity – Mathematics
  • Marshall Miao – St Johns – Mathematics
  • Barry Wang – Christs – Mathematics
  • Nelson Wu – Pembroke – Mathematics
  • Thomas He – Emmanuel – Mathematics
  • Emily Vawdrey – Newnham – Geography
  • Michelle Lin – Jesus – Law

We await the following:

  • Ellen Wynne – Peterhouse – Medicine
  • Frank Ling – Fitzwilliam – Law
  • Jenny Xi – Gonville & Caius – Economics

A fantastic result for Ruthin School. The most offers we have ever had is 5 – and now we have achieved 7.

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth died in December 2015. Jeff was at Ruthin 1959-63 and was in Dean Ellis House.