Dorchester school reunion: appeal for more Old Hardyeans
By W_Boot | Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:16
Old Hardyeans are preparing for their annual reunion at
Intepid swimmer Peter Grundy
Dorchester, in the Sixth Form Centre of the modern Thomas Hardye School on the
evening of Saturday 19 March.
The popular get-together takes the form of a
dinner to which Old Hardyeans and Old Grammarians come from all over the
"We want to encourage more Old Hardyeans to come from Dorset
itself," said President Michel Hooper-Immins.
"We know there are many old boys
of Hardye’s School living in Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport, Bournemouth,
Shaftesbury, Gillingham and many other places within the county.
"I want to
appeal to them to come join us at our annual reunion next month- to join up with
their classmates. Wives and partners are very welcome as well."
This year’s guest speaker is Peter Grundy, who taught English,
History and Latin at Hardye’s School from 1968 to 1971. He then went to the
International School in Hamburg, followed by five years at the College of the
Venerable Bede, then lectured for 23 years at the University of Durham, from
where he retired as the Deputy Dean of Arts. In semi-retirement, he enjoyed two
years as an English language lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.
Peter Grundy has happy memories of Hardye’s School: "It was a
very happy time, everybody was incredibly kind. I set-up the Debating Society -
amazingly there wasn't one at the time. We organised all sorts of discussions,
including one at Dorchester Corn Exchange with Jack Straw- then President of the
National Union of Students."
By swimming the famed Hellespont channel last summer, Peter
Grundy has raised over £2,000 in sponsorship from Old Hardyeans for the
Hardyeans Club Charitable Trust, which provides grants to students of Thomas
Hardye School who are going on to university.
The Hellespont strait in Turkey-
forming the boundary between Europe and Asia- is one of the most significant
open water swims in the world. In 1810, the English poet Lord Byron became the
first known person to swim across the Hellespont. Byron swam it in honour of
Leander, who in Greek mythology, is said to have swum nightly across this
stretch of water to meet his lover Hero.
Peter Grundy swam four kilometres [2.4
miles] taking one hour 25 minutes and finished the course, exactly 200 years
after Lord Byron. Many experienced swimmers failed to complete the course.
The Old Hardyeans’ annual dinner menu begins with cream of
mushroom soup, followed by roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, served
with green beans, garden peas, cauliflower cheese and creamed mashed potato.
Strawberry and Sherry trifle is the ever popular dessert.
All Old Hardyeans and their partners are welcome at the annual
dinner on Saturday 19 March, at 8pm, costing only £16. Bookings are being taken
by Old Hardyeans’ Treasurer Alan Brown at 40 Valette Road, Moordown, Bournemouth
BH9 3JD. Telephone 01202 535034 or email
Founded in 1905 as the Old Grammarians, the Old Hardyeans-
alternatively known as the Hardyeans Club- is one of the most successful old
school associations in the county, bringing together old boys of Dorchester
Grammar School and Hardye’s School, plus ex-students of the modern Thomas Hardye
School. In the times of Queen Elizabeth I, it was Thomas Hardye (with a final 'e') described as an yeoman of Frampton, who endowed Dorchester Grammar School
in 1569. Hardye’s (shopping) Arcade today stands on the site. The Grammar School
moved to Culliford Road in 1928- renamed Hardye’s School from 1954. The modern
Thomas Hardye School in Queens Avenue opened in 1992, encompassing the best
traditions of the two previous schools- but admitting girls for the first time
since 1569! Writer Thomas Hardy OM, who lived at nearby Max Gate, laid the
foundation stone of Hardye’s School in 1927. He was no relation to Thomas
Hardye, founder of the school, nor of Admiral Thomas Masterman Hardy.