February 2013
t is
with great sadness that i write
this piece about Harry Butcher, a
much loved and respected former
teacher here at Latymer, who recently
passed away aged 72 at his home in
Harry, aged 23, began his teaching
career in 1963 at tottenham Grammar
where he stayed for 10 happy years.
then on 31 May 1973, he happened to
be passing the gates of Latymer. Just on
the off chance, he thought he’d drop in
to see if there were any Maths jobs
going. He was offered a job that same
evening, and of course this was the
beginning of a long and distinguished
career at Latymer that would last 33
Harry was soon made head of Maths
at Latymer, which, incredibly, he ended
up doing for nearly 30 years, finally
stepping down in 2004 and returning to
an ordinary classroom teacher, before
retiring from teaching in 2006.
over the years, Harry’s contribution
to the education of young people was
anything but ordinary, and the esteem
with which he was held within Latymer
by both pupils and staff was second to
i had the privilege of working with
Harry as my boss for almost 13 years.
His sense of humour was well known by
all, as was his brilliance as a head of
Maths – always calm, efficient and
leading by example.
i know i speak for many people
when i say that Harry will be sorely
missed by all who knew him.
Morgan Pannell
and respect were the
hallmarks of this year’s
remembrance service held in the
Great Hall on 8 november with more
than 1,300 pupils, nearly 110 staff and
representatives of LosA and a number of
invited guests.
Andrew Granath, head of History and
the school archivist, spoke this year of the
evacuation to Mawnan smith, or rather
he focused on the lengthy
correspondence between Victor davis,
headteacher, and Percy Blackwell,
Chemistry teacher, with evacuees in
Mawnan smith, which is preserved in the
school archive. While Mr davis attempted
to run schools in Edmonton, tonypandy
and Mawnan smith, the reality was that
much of the responsibility for day to day
matters had to be delegated.
the correspondence reveals a
frustrating and difficult situation with Mr
davis trying to stop local farmers using
Latymer boys as cheap labour, instructing
Mr Blackwell to buy an electric fire with
at least a 10-foot flex and requesting a car
to be at Falmouth station when he
arrived on the riviera Express. the letters
also reveal a significant degree of
frustration at parental attitudes during
the war and the suffering of children who
had been suddenly removed from their
senior pupils sean Aston and Martha
Krish gave a Bible reading and a poem
and then Mr ridge intoned the solemn
words, “they shall not grow old, as we
that are left grow old; Age shall not weary
them nor the years condemn. At the
going down of the sun and in the
morning, we will remember them.”
The Last Post
sounded and one
minute’s silence was observed, followed
. Wreaths were laid by current
and former students at the new memorial
commemorating those members of the
school who lost their lives in the second
World War. there was an address by the
rev. stuart owen and a performance by
the Chamber Choir. As always the
behaviour of the pupils was perfect.
so thank you to everyone who worked
so hard to make this service such a
memorable occasion.
Christine Smith
Latymer remembers
Did you know…?
iF HistorY
had been slightly different, the
school on Church street and its successor
on Haselbury road could have borne a
different name. it could have been smith’s
school as in 1606 Henry smith
bequeathed 40 shillings annually to ‘a
school in Edmonton’. the Foundation
continues to receive two pounds a year
from this bequest. Weld’s school has a
certain ring to it as in 1622 sir John Weld
gave a payment of £10 to ‘the school in
Edmonton’, although this money was
spent long ago. twenty years later John
Wild, a wealthy shoemaker from
shoreditch, donated rental income from
land around Barrowell Green to ‘the newe
school in Edmonton’. However, only the
bequest of thomas style in 1664 of £66
rental income per annum from land now
covered by the William Girling reservoir
matches the bequest of Edward Latymer.
style specified that the money should be
used to instruct 20 boys from Edmonton
in Latin. Up until the mid 18th Century it
was entirely possible that Latymer could
have been named style’s school, given the
value of the bequest and his strong local
connections. Happily Edward Latymer won
out and it is his name we acknowledge
Andrew Granath
Left to right: Phil Jesshope 1943–48, Dick Hibberd 1928–35, Fred Crawley
1932–37, John Harrison 1944–50, Joan Charrington (nee Hunwick) 1939–43
and Doreen Ashley (nee Cundy) 1941–47
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