Annual Lunch

8th Jan 2017

Donnington Valley Golf Club

550TH ANNIVERSARY – REQUEST FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FORMER STUDENTS

To mark the 550th anniversary last year, students, families, staff and former students are invited to write 20 words giving details of their thoughts/memories of St Bart’s. The school has a growing number of contributions, many of which date back to the previous school buildings. Year Councils initiated the idea of displaying the comments around the school as a lasting memory of this special anniversary.



Please forward any messages to ncook@stbarts.co.uk with your link to the school including student name and years at the school.


Robert Brice Moore 1931 – 2017

Brice Moore , as he was always known, was born on 8 August 1931 in Enborne Grove, Newbury.

He went to St Bartholomew’s School and he retained a life long link with the school through membership of the Old Newburians Association (ONA), remaining active until recently with many years as a committee member, regular attendance at the annual dinners and other events and when the school was rebuilt helping his brother, Richard, sort out the old school records.

After school he trained as a master grocer with Grimbly Hughes & Co of Oxford and then spent several years working at different shops including those owned by his father notably in Bartholomew Street and Chandos Road (now a private house). This time was broken up by 18 months of national service the greater part of which was spent in Bahrain.

In 1960 Brice brought his own shops in Hungerford (then newly built shops on the Coldharbour Road estate). After a couple of years he sold the sweet shop and retained the grocery store. Then in the early 1970s he bought a larger shop in Pewsey.  Following the rise in larger supermarkets and out of town shopping Brice sold up and finished his working life as a civil servant.

In 1961 Brice married Gill at Newbury Methodist Church. In 1962 they bought their first home in Hungerford where they lived for 48 years and the following years saw the arrival of their three children, Alison, Janice and Stephen.

Over those years he became involved in many local societies and interests, apart from the ONA, often ending up as the secretary – Newbury Grocers Association, Chamber of Commerce, Hungerford Badminton Club, Newbury ATC and the Civil Service Retirement  Fellowship as well as serving on Hungerford Parish Council.  In 1982 he was inaugural in setting up a restoration fund for the Methodist Church in Northbrook Street where he worshipped for most of his life and over his lifetime took on many roles in the life of the church.

Following retirement Brice was determined to keep busy and spent many hours driving for Newbury Cancer Care Trust and CHAIN.

Aside from all his outside interests Brice took great pleasure and pride in his family - both in his children, and in later years, his four grandsons as well as the wider family of nieces, nephews etc.  In 2011 he was able to celebrate both his golden wedding anniversary with Gill and his 80th birthday with some 50 family members.

In 2010 Brice and Gill returned to live in Newbury and the last few years were spent quietly as ill health restricted activities although Brice never complained and right until the end was able to take pleasure in being with family and friends.


Ronald Sampson

1st August 1930 – 14th November 2016


The family were in Falmouth when Ronald was born; his father a manager with WH Smith. Ronald was an only child. He went to school in Falmouth until he was seven and then they moved to Newbury in Berkshire.


Living in the times he did, Ronald was called up to do his two years National Service. There could be some advantages in National Service - a chance to see the world, visit exotic places - Hong Kong for instance. Unfortunately for Ronald he had a two year posting to Borden in Hampshire - neither exotic nor exciting.


However life was to improve for Ronald. A job at Harwell, the Atomic Energy Research Establishment meant a daily bus ride and on the bus was a certain lovely young lady who caught his eye. Despite much hesitation and wringing of the hands, the young Ronald finally plucked up the courage to invite her to the Grammar School Old Boys dance. Pamela accepted and never mind that he had two left feet, it was the start of a wonderfully loving relationship that was to last for over 60 years.


Ronald and Pamela were married in the church in Speen in Newbury in March 1957 and it was there they actually returned on their Ruby Wedding 40 years later. Not to renew their vows, that wasn't Ronald’s way, but to quietly celebrate and give thanks to God for 40 years of married life together.


Ronald was always a keen sportsman playing cricket, rugby and of course bowls - it was something of a passion of his. Three or four nights a week he'd be found on the green, playing for his club and for the County. He was really competitive, it was taken really seriously - and when he was too old to play, he was a scorer.


Ronald and Pamela were blessed by the birth of two boys, first John and then two years later, Keith. One of the great bonuses of having boys was that Ronald could pass on his great love of sports. Having eventually settled in Southampton, Ronald would finish work in late afternoon, be home for a family meal, lovingly prepared by Pamela, and then he and the boys would take the pet dog over to the common - and then it was football, cricket, whatever. Great fun, Dad and the boys.

A wonderful childhood for John and Keith - Mum there at home ready to support them in all the boys and their pals wanted to do and then in the summer they’d take off and explore all over the country.


On holiday Ronald loved to go and visit castles - and churches - and lifeboats - and churches and the walks up hills - great! They’d set off from Southampton with Dad driving and head off for a cottage in Wales, or the Peak or Lake Districts - or even Scotland! And Southampton to Calendar is a long way in the car. But the boys were given an AA Route Planner and at selected spots along the way they’d get to open yet another package - all made up to keep them amused during the journey.


As John and Keith grew up, Ronald was immensely proud of all that they achieved and happy as they settled down with Deborah and Jennifer and the family grew with the arrival of grandchildren: Victoria, Toby, Jack and Holly, Hannah, George, Henry and Heidi. It was lovely when the family could gather in Broughty Ferry for their Golden Wedding celebration in 2007. A special time.


Of course Ronald and Pamela had a settled life down in Southampton with their friends, some very long - standing, and of course with the bowling but time came, two years ago when the decision was made to head north to be nearer family. And Pamela and Ronald settled in their lovely flat in Cupar. Unfortunately Ronald's health had not been too great and Pamela was devoted to looking after him and the boys and the family popping over to see them and help out whenever it was needed. But at the age of 86 Ronald that quiet reserved gentlemen, slipped away - and in cricketers terms he had a good innings.


Have you looked at the

“Scrapbook” page recently.

Some old interesting photos from

Graham O’Riordan

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