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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6 Responses to Old Penwithians

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    Is there a downloadable version of the school song either being sung at a reunion or another event whic i could access save and use at a funeral?

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    It is a sobering thought that almost 2/3rds of the membership of the Old Penwithians Association are in the ‘aged 70 or over’, at risk category in the current Covid-19 crisis.

    Committee meetings have been suspended for the foreseeable future but the association carries on and we urge all affected members to follow Government advice and stay at home until advised otherwise. Stay safe and “God be with you till we meet again”.

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    Michael LAKE, Class of 1955, Penzance County Grammar School for Boys, was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen’s New Year Honours for 2020.

    Awarded to people who have been servants of the Queen and who have served the Monarchy for many years there are 5 ranks of the order; Knight (or Dame) Grand Cross [GCVO], Knight (or Dame) Commander [KCVO or DCVO], Commander [CVO], Lieutenant [LVO] and Member [MVO]. Many members of the Royal Family have been given the award.

    Congratulations have been sent to Michael.

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    Old Penwithian Tony “Chunky” Penhaul (Class of 1958) is to run in the London Marathon in 2020 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. He has a fundraising page online and has asked if the following link could be circulated:

    “Chunky” may not be the oldest taking part but he could well be the oldest ‘first timer’ in this year’s run. All donations will be gratefully received.

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