Paintings of the Boys and Girls Schools before the New School

Artist Brenda Barrett has produced limited edition prints of her paintings of Luker and Wormestall before the new school was built. These paintings are for sale She has produced a new brochure which you can view by clicking here

Old Newburians’ President lays wreath at Newbury Cenotaph

John (Gus) Gale

1933 - 2016

 Despite showing some academic potential, John left school at 16 and began work at Day, Shergold and Herbert, where he would stay for more than 30 years. Starting as teaboy and general office help, he studied at home with the help of his beloved wife Molly, and became a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In this period he also completed his National Service with the Gloucestershire Regiment and served in the TA. He became a partner in the business, becoming well-known collecting rent in and around Newbury, his visits being looked forward to by many tenants. He also auctioned eggs, chicken and even rabbits in the sale room that is now the Slug and Lettuce pub. In the early 1980s, John set up work on his own, providing structural surveys and buyers'

reports, until he retired. Although you would never describe him as a do-gooder, John had a life of service to others. This included Newbury Chamber of Commerce, Crookham and Greenham Commons Association, Newbury District Amateur Radio Society, The Friends of Fairmile Hospital, the Abbeyfield Society and Newbury Rotary Club. In addition to his support of these organisations were the ongoing private acts of kindness, caring for friends and neighbours in their old-age and helping them with their affairs. In the mid-50s, John and Molly bought a small cottage in Burys Bank Road, where John remained until his death.

Moving was not an option – partly because he had enough space for a 60-foot radio aerial without inconveniencing the neighbours too much. He was very proud to talk to people all over the world using homemade equipment. He had friends in the Falkland Islands and Brazil, who he got to know in this way. John was devoted to his wife Molly and was naturally devastated when she died, but not for him the script whereby his own life came to a stop. With the increasing support of his buggy, John was determined to live a little and was a regular at Newbury Races, National Trust trips and coach holidays for those with reduced mobility. Those who knew John, including his children, Richard, Peter and Samantha, his grandchildren, John and Sarah, and all his family and friends, will miss his kindness, humour, loyalty and desire to help others, but perhaps most of all, his incredible wisdom and knowledge about so many things, built up over a long and varied life. This has been evident from the many kind messages received by the family and for which they are very grateful. RG

Courtesy Newbury Weekly News

JOHN Gale, known to many as Gus, was born in Thatcham in 1933 and grew up in the Bunk Inn, Curridge, where his father was the landlord. Thus began a long life lived entirely in West Berkshire. He went to Newbury Grammar School, beginning an association that would last all of his life as pupil, parent, chairman of the PTA, governor and chairman of the charitable foundation, and stalwart of the Old Newburians’ Association.

Eric Malcolm Fraser

1929 - 2016

MALCOLM Fraser was born in Lambourn on March 24, 1929, to Simon and Elizabeth (Bessie). He had on older sister Margaret, an older brother Ian and a younger brother Neil. He was educated at St Bar tholomew’s Prep School and then St Bartholomews Grammar School. He excelled at sport, playing cricket and rugby for the school. In 1946, he was the school cricket captain at 17 and also senior prefect. He spent a happy rural childhood on the family farm. His father died when he was 13. Malcolm went straight from leaving school to join the local accountancy firm James & Cowper as an articled clerk and studied for five years. He became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in March 1952, registered as a Member in Practice in February 1957 and became a Fellow of the Institute in February 1962.

 He continued playing cricket for Newbury, taking over the captaincy in 1951 and played rugby for Newbury and, occasionally, Berkshire. After two years compulsory National Service, leaving as a 2nd Lieutenant, he resumed his career with James & Cowper, soon becoming a partner. Malcolm met Pat while studying and they married in 1954,

moving to their Newbury home in 1956. He enjoyed a very successful career, eventually becoming senior partner of an ever expanding practice. He was made a non-executive director of Camp Hopson and Newbury Building Society. For many years he was treasurer to Newbury Rugby Club, Newbury Cricket Club and St Nicolas’ Church, and was an active member of the Old Newburians Association and a life member of Newbury Agricultural Society. He continued to play sport all his life – cricket, tennis and badminton – and he maintained a keen interest in all aspects of the rugby club, of which he was a life member, watching matches

whenever he could. He retired in 1991 from James & Cowper, aged 62, and took up golf, joining Sandford Springs and later Newbury & Crookham. A keen spectator of sports, he enjoyed trips to Twickenham to watch rugby internationals and also going to the Hong Kong Sevens matches. He also loved skiing holidays with the family and only regretted he had not taken it up when younger. Malcolm had a great love and interest in his Scottish ancestry – his father and uncle had originally farmed on the Black Isle, Invernesshire, before moving south. He did a lot of research into his father’s genealogy, resulting in him writing a historical record of his life and background. In retirement, Malcolm joined Newbury DFAS and the U3A, and all his life he was interested in all aspects of the political scene and historical events. Malcolm and Pat knew each other for more than 66 years and were happily married for 62 – he took pleasure and pride in often mentioning this achievement. He was a loving, supportive husband and devoted father and grandfather. In all the wonderful tributes and kind messages of condolence the family have received, the constant theme running through was that Malcolm was a kind, generous and considerate gentleman, genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. He will be sorely missed by his wife Pat, daughters Angela and Helen, granddaughters Fiona and Sophie and family m e m b e r s.


Courtesy Newbury Weekly News

Allan Mercado’s Coffee Morning Reunion at the Empire Cafe

AGM and Lunch

Sun Jan 8th 2017

Donnington Valley Golf Club,

Snelsmore House, Old Oxford Road, Newbury RG14 3AL

 Annual General Meeting

12:30 for 1:00pm

Attendance is open to members, their partners and guests.

Tickets are £25

Set Menu:
Homemade Leek & potato Soup 
or  Peppered Mackerel, potato salad, herb oil

Chicken Breast, Dauphinoise Potatoes, roasted Mediterranean Vegetables & jus
(vegetarian option will be available)

Apple Crumble & Custard
There will be a cash bar and a Raffle!

Please reply to to book attendance and post cheques for payment to:
Mrs Ray, 8 The Marlowes, Newbury, RG14 7AY  Tel: 01635 45898

Cheques made out to The Old Newburians’ Association please, and state if you require the vegetarian option.


Andrew Mark Hutchinson

1952 - 2016

It is with sadness that I have to report that my eldest brother Andrew Mark Hutchinson (Hutch) passed away on the 21st December after a courageous battle against cancer. Born in 1952 he was 64 when he died and was a pupil (Evers House) from 1963-70. He was part of the RAF section of the CCF which led to a life time interest in aviation, including a long and successful career in the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). He was also treasurer to his local ATC unit for which he recently received a Commandant's award for outstanding service. He will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Alistair Hutchinson