The Latymer Link - page 4

s I approach a year in post as LOSA Administrator, I am pleased to
share with you the events planned for 2014 and hope many of you will
be able to join us at one of them, if not both.
Our Annual Dinner (evening of Sat 26th April) is to be held once
again in the school dining hall, ably catered by Jean Dixon and her team of school chefs. Tickets
are £20 to include a three course meal and coffee: all former students, staff and their guests
are very welcome to join us for this celebration of all things Latymer. Please get in touch to find
out more.
As always, our main event of the year is Summer Reunion Day, taking place this year on
Saturday 12th July. Lunch is offered for certain year groups celebrating a special anniversary
but again, ALL those with a past connection to the school are welcome to come along from
2pm. However, if you joined Latymer in the years 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1954,
1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989 or 1994, be sure to put the date in your diary now as
these are the years who have special lunches planned. If yours is one of them, please share this
information with anyone else who you are still in touch with - and if there’s a chance we might
not hold your most up-to-date contact details, let me have them so I can make certain you
receive your invitation.
In other news, LOSA now has a facebook page (search “Latymer Old Students Association”)
where I hope to develop an online community of Latymerians: “likes”, comments and photos all
very much appreciated.
I would like to end on a plea to all former students: if you are not a member of LOSA, please
do consider signing up and supporting the Association. Membership is just £5 a year (with
generous discounts available to those who wish to pay in advance for a longer period): for this
modest sum you will be the first to hear of upcoming reunions through our twice-yearly 32
page newsletter full of planned events, articles of interest and letters from former students.
Although generously supported by the school (who see the benefit in being one of very few
state schools with such an active Old Students Association), LOSA is run independently and
so we are dependent on your subscriptions and donations to fund our activities. Like many
similar societies, our membership is an ageing one and we have to work hard to attract new
members to replace those who are no longer with us, and with our centenary approaching in
2019 we are determined to keep our membership the right side of “a thousand strong”. We
are particularly keen to attract some younger members to ensure LOSA’s future is secure for
generations to come. A membership form is available for download on our website; please
print and return it to me at the school, or if you’re coming on reunion day you will be able to
join up at the desk in the Small Hall.
Emma Halstead - LOSA Administrator
th November at the Cenotaph is an important event in the life of the
nation, when the sacrifice of many is remembered and honoured. Latymer has a
fitting memorial commemorating members of the community who died in the First
World War: this is above the entrance to the Great Hall. There has been a recent
introduction of a board commemorating members of the community who died in the
Second World War: this is above a side entrance to the Great Hall. There is also a book
of remembrance in the Ashworth Memorial Library, with a page turned every day.
It is a pleasure to welcome Latymerians to the school’s annual event of
commemoration, on or just before 11th November. This is during the scheduled time
for the weekly full school assembly, a 9am start. There are readings, addresses, silence
and the Last Post and Reveille. Any Latymerians with a particular interest in attending
are welcome, please contact me if you would like to join the school on November 11th
Mark Garbett
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