The Rydal Penrhos Society 2000-2010
The creation of the Rydal Penrhos Society was achieved surprisingly quickly and effectively thanks to the foresight and commitment of the committees of both the Old Penrhosian Association and the Old Rydalian Club. Special thanks were due to David Hackney OR, Ian Morris OR, Christine Brown OP and Midge Jeacock OP for enabling this to happen.
In 2000, Mike Leach, who had been Secretary of the OR Club since 1991, became Secretary of the Rydal Penrhos Society. Mike’s kindly and courteous manner and the conscientious way he approached his work as Secretary were greatly appreciated by everyone. During his eight years as Society Secretary, Mike attended and helped organise many dinners in a wide range of locations including London, Midlands, Yorkshire, Chester, North and South Wales. He oversaw the placing of the Rydal and Penrhos address lists onto one data base and faithfully arranged, chaired and minuted a vast number of meetings including ones for Society AGMs, the standing committees, various fund-raising efforts, Vikings’ rugby and Dolphins’ cricket. Mike got the Rydal Penrhos Society off to a very good start.
Before Mike’s retirement in 2008, it was evident that the work of Secretary of the Rydal Penrhos Society needed to be undertaken by two persons each working part-time, with secretarial assistance. Hence, Heidi York and Guy Watson accepted an invitation from Headmaster Patrick Lee-Browne and President Mike Silcock and took over from Mike as Joint Secretaries in February 2009.
Philip Reid (OR) took over as President for 2011 and was very involved with changes made to the Society in order to take it forward. In August 2011 we said goodbye to the two part time Secretaries, Guy Watson and Heidi Yorke, and to the Richard’s Room Secretary, Dorothy Marriott, and welcomed Sarah Ritchie (OP) into the role of Alumni & Development Director.
We look forward to welcoming Diana Smith (OP) who will take over as President from Philip Reid in November 2011.