Old Penwithians

Welcome to the official website of the Old Penwithians Association

“Old Penwithians” is an association of former pupils and members of staff who, at any time in its 70-year history, attended the Penzance County School for boys, which became first the Penzance County Grammar School and then the Humphry Davy Grammar School. It aims to provide a link where old boys can keep in touch with each other and maintains a database of names and addresses. An annual reunion is held at the Queen’s Hotel, Penzance, on the 29th of December each year and there are also occasional year group reunions and pub meetings throughout the year. Members of the association receive an annual newsletter entitled New Penwithian. A single subscription of just £10.00 secures life membership. See the “Database” page for details. The association has also updated and reprinted the book Three Score Years and Ten, the history of the school first published in 1980, and has commissioned an association tie. See the “Merchandise” page. Over the years the association has built up a large collection of original photographs and other memorabilia. This archive is now housed in the Morrab Library in Penzance for safe keeping but all of the old photographs have been digitised and are available in our online gallery. We are slowly adding names to this large collection of mostly class and team photographs. We hope, with your help, that our collection will continue to grow. See the “Gallery” page.

Working closely with the present day Humphry Davy School the association was heavily involved in a number of events during 2010, the school’s Centenary Year. In addition to this it has funded two major projects at the school: the design, manufacture and installation of a stained glass window, a memorial to two former headmasters, Mr. Bradley and Mr. Rising; and the restoration and re-dedication of the Old Penwithians War Memorial in the old school hall. In 2018 the association commissioned a new Old Penwithians World War II memorial to be installed in the hall at the school. This was unveiled and dedicated in a ceremony on 19 Oct 2018. This project was jointly funded by the school and the association.

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  • This year marks the silver jubilee of the re-forming of the Old Penwithians Association. See the ‘Latest News’ page for details of forthcoming events.

  • There is a report on the 2019 Old Penwithians Golf Competition on the ‘Latest News’ page.

  • This year celebrates the Silver Jubilee of the re-forming of The Old Penwithians Association in October 1994 by Martin Orchard and Phil Dennis.Here are a few dates for your Diary 2019

    Friday 14th June
    The Andrew Coak Memorial Golf Tournament. West Cornwall Golf Club Church Lane Lelant TR26 3DZ
    Please book with Larry d.larry.magor@gmail.com Tel: 01736 759 592. First group from 9.30am. Prize giving and refreshments at approx. 3.00 pm with a social hour at which all Old Penwithians are very welcome.

    Sunday 22nd September 12.30pm for 1pm
    Sunday Lunch at The Yacht Inn Penzance. Please book with Stuart sguppy27@gmail.com Tel: 01736 797 830

    Sunday 29th December 7.30 pm
    Silver Jubilee Reunion at The Queens Hotel Penzance. Further details to follow.

    Stuart Guppy

  • Old Penwithians Golf Competition 2019

    Fellow Old Boys, I hope that you are all well and ready to play in the OPA Golf Day on Friday 14 June.

    We were blessed with good weather last year and a fine competition with Jim Glover as the overall winner amongst 21 entrants. I hope that we can increase that number this year as a few new faces have come forward and expressed an interest in playing.

    There will again be prizes for Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin, Best Performance by a Visitor as well as a prize for the overall Stableford Winner.

    I have reserved a block of tee times from 9.28am to 10.24am. I will try to ensure that those of you travelling a long distance will take up the later tee times.

    I will prepare a notice for the board at West Cornwall Golf Club and I look forward to receiving a flood of acceptances!

    All the very best,

    Larry Magor
    07920 426586

  • A text only copy (no photos or adverts etc) of the 2014 issue of the New Penwithian newsletter has been added to the drop down list on the “Newsletter” page. 2014 was a momentous year for the association and this is reflected in the content of the newsletter.

  • An old boy of our school has received a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Alexander Norman HALLIDAY joined Humphry Davy Grammar School in 1968 with school number 4506. Further details on the “Latest News” page.

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