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Old Boy Receives Knighthood in Queen’s New Year Honours

Sir Alexander Norman Halliday FRS

Professor Alexander Norman Halliday FRS received a knighthood for services to science and innovation in the Queen’s New Year Honours for 2019. Alex Halliday was born in Penzance, his mother’s parents came from the town, but the family moved to London when he was a young child. When he was 12 years old Alex returned to Penzance where he attended Lescudjack Secondary Modern School and then did his ‘A’- levels at Humphry Davy Grammar School before going to Newcastle University. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000. Formerly Professor of Geochemistry at Oxford University he is currently the Director of the Earth Institute and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, USA. He is thought to be the first Penzance-born man since Humphry Davy to be knighted.


Sought After Book Enlarged and Reprinted

In 1966 former member of staff and old boy Bob Quixley (39) wrote and published what was possibly the first book specifically on the antique maps of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The book has now been updated and expanded with the help of Bob’s son Jonathan (72) and is available at or by contacting Bob or Jon directly. The quality of the publication has been described as “superb” and is destined to become another sought after book. Cost is £30 including postage and packing. Anyone living in the West Cornwall area can pick up a copy directly from Bob at his home – “Sona Merg”, Heamoor, Penzance.

Jon Quixley or
Bob Quixley

The book is also available at “Amazon” –


Old Penwithians Golf Tournament, 2018

Yet again we were able to stage the OPA Golf Day in fine weather. The course at West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant, was in superb condition and we were all made very welcome by the staff and catering team. It was great to welcome 21 players, including a number of new faces from the 1970’s and we hope the word will spread to other old boys from that era and that they will be playing in 2019. We all set off in groups of 3 and the fine conditions lead to some excellent scoring, the winner and runner-up each scoring 39 points. The winner was declared after comparing scores on the final 9 holes and then only by a score of 20 against 19.

There were many awards on the day and we all thank Roger Dugdale (52) of Penwithian Wholesalers and the OPA for their kind generosity in donating prizes. The winners were:

Nearest the Pin on the 15th hole – David James (52) [2nd left in photo]
Longest Drive on the 18th hole – Steve Peplow (75) [1st right in photo]
Best score by a Visitor – Steve Peplow (75) with 34 Points
3rd in the Stableford – David Philips (staff) with 36 points
2nd in the Stableford – Tim Martin (64) with 39 points [1st left in photo]
1st in the Stableford – Jim Glover (47) with 39 points and winner of the engraved trophy [3rd left in photo]

Everyone, including our secretary Stuart Guppy (52), took the opportunity in the bar afterwards to share memories of their exploits on the course and memories of school as well as the intervening years.

I am delighted that this is now a regular feature in the OPA calendar of events, alongside the Reunion and Lunches. The line in the school song is as important as ever – “By memory’s chain we linked remain whatever may befall”!

Larry Magor (66)

Those taking part were:

Simon Pengelly (51), Frank Blewett (55), Clive Rowe (56), Chris Dale (64), Paul Reed (65), Tim Martin (64), Steve Peplow (75), Mike Dann (69), Don Ruhrmund (59), Jim Glover (47), Roger Dugdale (52), David Morgan (60), George Curnow (55), David Philips (Staff), David James (52), Roger Weeks (72), Steve Squires (71), Ian Hanley (78), Larry Magor (66), Peter Goody (68), Mike Jose (57)