Old Ruthinian Association


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 will be held at St. Peters Church, Ruthin on Thursday 8th February, 2018 at 12 noon.

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.

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 will be on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Rhostyllen, Wrexham LL14 4EP at 2 pm.

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 will be on 27th January at St Asaph Crematorium at 11.00 am

J.J. Meakin

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

His funeral will be on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at St Peter’s Church, Lower Heswall, Wirral at 11.00 am

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 will be held at Llanrhaedr Church near Denbigh on Friday 20th January 2017 at 1.30 pm

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 will be held at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6PL, on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 2.30 pm and afterwards at Retford Town hall for refreshments.

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.


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.