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.

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  • The Old Penwithians Committee invite you to join them for a Sunday carvery at “The Yacht Inn” Penzance on Sunday 18th November. 12.30pm for 1.00pm.

    Please book with Secretary Stuart Guppy: sguppy27@gmail.com

  • The Old Penwithians Association, together with Humphry Davy School, have commissioned a new war memorial to commemorate former pupils of Penzance County School who died serving their country during World War 2. The new memorial will be unveiled and dedicated at the school on Friday 19th October 2018 from 12.15 pm onwards. The short ceremony will be followed by a buffet. Members who would like to attend should contact Secretary Stuart Guppy (see ‘Contact Us’ page). Numbers are limited so official invitations will be sent on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

  • Former member of staff and old boy Bob Quixley (39), with the help of his son Jonathan (72) has updated and expanded his much sought after book “Antique Maps of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly”; originally published in 1966. Details are on the “Latest News” page.

  • The annual OPA Golf Tournament took place on Friday 8th June at West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant. There is a report on the event on the “Latest News” page.

  • The Andrew Coak Memorial Golf Tournament takes place on Friday 8th June at West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant. If any ‘ Old Boy ‘ would like to come to the social get – together afterwards you will be very welcome. The players should be coming back to the clubhouse from about 1.30pm. Our Chairman Larry Magor will present the prizes about 3 pm

    Lunches etc are available. The food is very good at the clubhouse (I speak from personal experience !)

    With best wishes,
    Stuart Guppy (Secretary)

    OPA Secretary

  • There is a new addition to the “Gallery” tab in the menu on the website. The latest additions to the Old Penwithians Photographic Archive are available via the “Latest Additions” drop down tab. The 6 photographs in this first list were donated by Mr Haydn Chick (Staff 1974) who lives in Australia.

  • Twelve “ Old Boys “, some with their wives, sat down to a very good carvery lunch at The Yacht Inn, Penzance last Sunday. This was the first event of its kind that the committee thought would be a good idea and all present voted it a success so we may well do it again. Please note the ladies are very welcome. Our Chairman, Larry, was unfortunately away in London and sent his apologies.

    Later that afternoon, Terry Johns and myself paid a visit to ‘ Billy ‘ Leah, now in retirement at his home in Sancreed. He has quite serious mobility difficulties so is confined to his home. He was my Head Boy for a couple of years when I was in my first 2 years at the school. We took the good wishes of the lunch party to him and I’ve no doubt that he would appreciate a card to wish him well. Anyone who would like his address, please contact me as the Data Protection Act applies and I won’t put it out in this post, although some of you may have it already.

    With best wishes,
    Stuart Guppy


  • Issue No.18 of the annual newsletter “New Penwithian”, published in 2013, has been added to the back issues available on the ‘Newsletter’ page. The back issues are text only versions – no photos – and run 4 years behind the current issue.

  • The Old Penwithians Committee invite you to Sunday Lunch at The Yacht Inn, Penzance on 28th January 2018 12.30pm for 1 pm.
    Choice of Sunday roast, Vegetarian or Bar Menu.

    A good opportunity for a New Year get – together.
    Please book with the secretary in plenty of time so numbers can be given to the chef at least 1 week in advance. ‘The Yacht ‘ is a very popular venue.
    If you know of other ‘ Old Boys ‘ who may not be aware of the association please pass on the secretary’s contact details:

    Stuart Guppy, OPA Secretary, 25 Steeple View Court, Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2TN
    E-mail: sguppy27@gmail.com Tel: 01736 797 830

  • It’s that time of the year again! The 2017 issue of the annual newsletter has gone to print and will be distributed during the week beginning Monday 27th November. Those who receive their copy electronically will receive e-mail on Friday 17th November giving a link to download a copy to their own computer.

  • The date of the next Old Penwithians Golf Competition has been fixed. It will be played on Friday 8th June 2018 at West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant. See Larry Magor’s report on this year’s competition on the “Latest News” page and if you would like to register for the event or request further details contact Larry – see “Contact Us” page.

  • It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Philip Dennis (1967, No.4412), co-founder and former treasurer of The Old Penwithians Association, who passed away aged 61 in Trefula Nursing Home, St Day on Saturday 17th June. His funeral at Camborne Crematorium on Monday 3rd July was attended by members of the committee of the OPA to represent the association.

  • This year’s Old Penwithians Golf Competition has taken place – in fine weather for a change.

    See Larry Magor’s report and a photograph on the “Latest News” page.

  • Humphry Davy School has set up a new alumni association for all former pupils (not just those who attended from 1980) and are keen to enlist the support of members of the OPA.

    For details see the “News Articles 2016” folder in the “News Archive”.

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