Old Ruthinian Association


Robert Pitchford Griffiths

Robert Pitchford Griffiths

Sadly the death is announced of Robert Griffiths on the 13th January 2020, aged 70.

Robert was at school from 1959 to 1965. He was a member of Dean Goodman House. After leaving school he joined the Midland Bank. Robert left the bank after 20 years and became the Financial Services Director of 'Slaters of Abergele' arguably the largest Car Sales and Servicing business in North Wales at that time. He retired in 2012.

His funeral will be held at St. Asaph Crematorium on Thursday 30th 2020 at 2.00 pm.

We send our sincere condolences to his widow June and his daughter Claire.

Geoffrey P. Colley

Geoffrey P. Colley

Sadly the untimely death is announced of Geoff Colley on the 25th December 2019, aged 71.

Geoff was at Ruthin from 1961 to 1966 and was a member of Dean Ellis House. He was a keen sportsman and represented the school playing cricket and rugby at all levels. He was awarded half colours for rugby and full colours for cricket. The hightlight, playing for the 1st XI at school was scoring 156 runs not out against Llandovery College in 1966 - one of his sixes smashed the headmaster's office window for which Geoff was awarded a new cricket bat from J.R.T. Russell. After leaving school he attended St. Luke's College, Exeter, where he studied Science in Sports. He spent his teaching career at Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood.

His funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Gateway Close, Northwood, HA6 2RP on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 12 noon and afterwards at Northwood Golf Club, Rickmansworht Road, HA6 2QW.

We send our sincere condolences to his widow Lesley and his sons David and Ian.

John Emlyn Hooson

John Emlyn Hooson

The death is announced of Emlyn Hooson on the 18th August 2019, aged 89.

He was at school 1941-1943.

Dr. Mark P. Vernon-Roberts

Dr. Mark P. Vernon-Roberts

Sadly the death is announced of Dr. Mark P. Vernon-Roberts on the 29th September 2019, aged 74.

Mark was at Ruthin from 1955-1963 where he joined his three brothers Neil, Barrie and Paul. He was a member of Dean Goodman House. Mark was a prolific middle distance runner winning the half mile and mile races on many occasions. He played rugby for the 1st XV as a fly half. Mark left Ruthin to go to Charing Cross Hospital to study medicine, later he practiced as a GP in Evesham and The Gower before retiring due to ill health. Mark and his wife Pam emigrated to Blenheim in New Zealand in May of this year to be near their three children.

We send our sincere condolences to Pam and their family.

Johnny Johnson Appeal

Johnny Johnson Appeal

Raising £5,000 to help our former teacher’s family to adapt his home
to enable him to return after a life changing accident.

David Hughes, Graham Burke and Elwyn Jones are going to ride from Holyhead to Chester on Saturday 27th July to raise funds for the family of our friend and former inspirational teacher Johnny Johnson who are currently adapting his family home to enable him to come home after a life changing accident.

Johnny Johnson was one of our teachers and rugby coach at Ruthin School in the early 80’s. Whilst a good teacher it was his rugby coaching that has left a lasting impression on many of the pupils that he taught.

Having moved on to teach elsewhere after Ruthin he retired a few years ago and was enjoying an active retirement spending time with his wife Sheila and his children and grandchildren.

It was whilst out with them on a bike ride that his accident occurred. He tumbled off his bike and fell awkwardly into a ditch and was found unconscious. Luckily some medics were also out on their bikes and managed to stabilise him.

Unfortunately his injury was life changing and he has suffered a C2 spinal injury which means he has no movement from the neck down. He can talk quite naturally and is still the same character he always was, but he is desperate to return home as soon as possible.

We would like to help him achieve that goal and would please ask those that can to sponsor us on our ride.
Please click here for the fundraising page: JustGiving

William David Arthur Lloyd

William David Arthur Lloyd

Sadly the death is announced of David Lloyd on the 9th May 2019, aged 86.

David was at school from 1944 to 1949. He was a member of Goodman House. After leaving school he followed his father into dairy farming. David was a member of the Association and regularly attended the Annual Dinner and other events. He is survived by his wife Pam.

A private funeral was held at Llangwyfan Church, Denbigh on Thursday the 23rd May 2019.

We send our condolences to his family.

Robert Harry Pickervance

Robert Harry Pickervance

Sadly the death is announced of Robert Harry Pickervance on Saturday the 4th May 2019, aged 74 after a short illness.

Harry was at Ruthin from 1956 to 1962. He was a member of Lord Kenyon House. Harry played for the 1st Xl in his final year at school. He was an accomplished wicket keeper. After leaving school he joined his families pig farming business on the Fylde. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his two sons from his first marriage.

His funeral will be held at Lund Parish Church, Church Lane, Clifton, Preston PR4 OZE on Friday 31st May 2019 at 1 pm.

We send our condolences to his family.

Harry Thomas Fairclough

Harry Thomas Fairclough

Sadly the death is announced of Harry Fairclough on the 18th April 2019, aged 71.

Harry was at Ruthin from 1961 to 1965 along with his brother Edward. He was a member of Dean Ellis House. After leaving school he ran the family farm near Warrington with his brother. He never married.

His funeral will be held at St.Oswald's Church Golbome Road Winwick Warrington WA2 8SZ on Thursday 16th May at 1 pm.

We send our condolences to the family.

George A. Hartley

George A. Hartley

Sadly the death is announced of George Hartley on the 1st March 2019, aged 71.

George joined Ruthin on the teaching staff in September 1988 along with his wife Sally. He taught Art and became involved with the naval section of the school CCF. He was very keen on inter school shooting competitions. He took over the reins on Stan Cloke's retirement. George also coached the junior school rugby team along with Jonathan Hamer until his retirement in July 2004. His wife Sally taught in the junior school under Rosemary Downey until her untimely death in 2009. Their children were educated at Ruthin. George was made an Honorary Old Ruthinian on his retirement.

His funeral was held at St.Peter's Church Ruthin on the 18th March 2019.

Our condolences are sent to his family.

Robert Duray-Aiyar

Robert Duray-Aiyar

Sadly the death is announced of Robert (Bob) Duray-Aiyar on the 19th February 2019, aged 86. Bob was at Ruthin from 1945-52 and played a full part in school life. He was a great sportsman gaining his full colours in cricket and rugby before going up to Oxford.

As his friend and contemporary at Ruthin Bob Barber said in his book "The Professional Amateur", "Aiyar was fast and accurate enough as a bowler to have made a considerable impact on first class cricket and facing the fearsome Aiyar in the nets taught Bob not to be afraid of fast bowling in the courageous way he took on Hall and Griffiths in his later career shows that Aiyar's impact was entirely successful".

Robert was married to Elizabeth for many years and they lived in Ruthin.

His funeral will be held at St. Asaph crematorium on Friday the 8th March, 2019 at 10am.

Peter N. Snape

(3rd November 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Peter N. Snape on the 3rd November 2018, aged 73. Peter was at Ruthin from 1956-62 where he joined his brother Michael. He was a member of Dean Ellis House. He was a keen cricketer and played for the 1st X1 for 2 years gaining his colours in 1962. Peter was a very successful architect working in London and latterly retiring to live in the New Forest.

Our condolences go to his widow Laura and his children James and Samantha.

His funeral will be held at St. John The Baptist, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5PG on Thursday the 15th November, 2018 at 2pm.

Jeffrey F. Edwards

(17th October 2018)

Jeffrey F. Edwards died 17th October 2018, aged 82. At school 1950-54.

Robert W. Blane

(15th August 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Robert W. Blane on the 15th August 2018, aged 63. Robert was at Ruthin School from 1966-73 and was a member of Ellis House. He was Head Boy 1972-73.

His funeral will be held at St.Chad's Church, Patshull Road, Pattingham, Nr. Wolverhampton, WV6 7BQ on Tuesday the 11th September 2018 at 12.15 pm.

Stan Cloke

(14th August 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Stan Cloke on the 14th August 2018, aged 90. He taught history at Ruthin, was Housemaster of Casson and a Commanding Officer of the CCF from the late sixties to the early nineties.

His funeral will be held at St.Dyfnog's Church Llanrhaedr DC LL16 4LT on Monday, 20th August 2018 at 2pm.

Sir William Gladstone Bart., KG. M.A.

Sadly the death is announced of Sir William Gladstone on the 29th March 2018, aged 92. Sir William was Patron of Ruthin School and the Old Ruthinian Association. He had been a strong supporter of Ruthin School for nearly 40 years and headed up the Council of Management during a difficult period for the School in the 1980s. Sir William is credited with making some key decisions to ensure the survival of the School.

His funeral will be held at St.Dieniol's Church, Hawarden on Friday the 13th April at 2.30 pm.

Alan D. McCutcheon

(14th March 2018)

The death is announced of Alan Dixon McCutcheon on the 14th March 2018 aged 71. Alan was at Ruthin from 1959-65 and was a member of Lord Kenyon House. He was a great sportsman and played for the School XV for 2 years as a prolific goal kicker, gaining his colours. After leaving School he joined the family undertaking business in Swansea.

His Excellency Dr. Alirio Parra

The death is announced of Dr Alirio Parra on the 9th March 2018, aged 91. Alirio and his brother Francisco were Venezuelan and both came to Ruthin in 1939 when their father was the Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK in London. Alirio was very keen on sport and played for the 1st XV for two years, gaining his colours and represented the school whilst playing for the Welsh Schoolboys. Alirio left Ruthin in 1945 but remained an ORA member and continued to revisit the School on occasions.

In later life he worked for CWC group in London, dealing in energy resourcing. He became Venezuela’s minister of Mines from 1992 to 1994 and was head of its OPEC delegation. He was a Past President of the OPEC Conference.

Alfred S. Hill

(22nd January 2018)

Sadly we announce the death of Alfred S. Hill on Monday 22nd January 2018, aged 91.

Alf joined the school as a young graduate in 1953 to teach Mathematics becoming Senior Master in 1960 and Headmaster in 1967. He retired from this position in 1985.

Many ORs will remember Alf for his coaching of numerous rugby teams at Ruthin, with his famous "corner flagging" defensive system. In his early days at school Alf would join in the practice matches and show some of his skills which he gained as a New Brighton and Cheshire XV wing three-quarter. Many a maths lesson was stopped by some boy asking "What did you think of the Ist XV win last Saturday Sir?"

In retirement Alf and Edith would attend many School events and latterly, despite failing health would always be present at the ORA AGM.

Our condolences go out to his widow Edith and his family at this time.

His funeral was held at St. Peters Church, Ruthin on Thursday 8th February, 2018.

Philip Eyton-Jones

(9th November 2017)

Sadly we announce the death of Philip Eyton –Jones on the 9th November 2017, aged 77. Philip was at School from 1951-57, gaining his colours in both rugby and cricket. He qualified as an architect and worked for Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils as well as being a tireless member of the Flint and Denbigh show. Philip was in the T.A and reached the rank of Colonel. He was also a great supporter and active member of the Old Ruthinian Association serving as its President from 1999-2003.

His funeral was held at St Asaph Cathedral on Monday 27th November 2017.

B. M. R. Heys

(3rd March 2017)

The death is announced of Bruce Heys on 3rd March 2017. Bruce was at Ruthin from 1945-50. He served as a Governor of Ruthin School for over 20 years as well as being a committee member and Vice President of the ORA for many years.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Rhostyllen, Wrexham.

B. R. Sherratt

(13th February 2017)

The death is announced of Barry R. Sherratt on the 13th February 2017. Barry was at Ruthin from 1954-57 along with his two brothers Graham and Rodney. Barry was a life member of the association and regularly attended the annual dinners and other events.

J.P. Oliver-Jones

(4th January 2017)

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, Philip Oliver-Jones, aged 95, passed away. He was a pupil at Ruthin from 1932-40 and returned as a master and House Master at Ruthin after the Second World War.

His funeral was held on the 27th January at St Asaph Crematorium.

J.J. Meakin

(4th January 2017)

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, John James Meakin passed away. John was a pupil at Ruthin from 1950-52.

His funeral was held on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at St Peter’s Church, Lower Heswall, Wirral.

J.D. Kinnier

(20th December 2016)

On Tuesday 20th December 2016, Jamie D. Kinnier, aged 41, passed away. Jamie was a pupil at Ruthin from 1985-93.

His funeral was held at Llanrhaedr Church near Denbigh on Friday 20th January 2017.

G.G.V. Machin

(17th December 2016)

It is very sad to report the untimely death of Giles Machin on Saturday 17th December 2016. Giles was at Ruthin from 1959-64 and was in Bishop Wynne House.

He was a great supporter of the ORA and the School and was a member of the victorious team that won The Welsh Public Schools golf tournament in October this year.

His funeral was held at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Letter from Buckingham Palace

Very exciting news.

We have received in the post this morning a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking us for the beautiful birthday card from the ORA which Barry Mason designed and sent to her Majesty.

As our birthday card showed a photograph (below) of the Queen when she visited the school, the letter gives special mention to this.

Mathematics Challenge

(February 2016)

Some more fantastic news.

Each year we compete in the UK Schools Mathematics Challenge. We have been in the final for the past 5 years, always winning the Regional round in Chester.

Our recent performances in the final have been exceptional (2014: 6th; 2015: 8th).

Yesterday was the 2016 final - our team of 3 girls and 1 boy travelled to London.

And - we came 1st, achieving full marks in every question. Westminster School also achieved full marks - so we tie first place with them.

To be honest - this achievement is on a different level to all our other achievements. In UK schools are so many gifted mathematicians - and nearly all independent (and top state) schools enter this competition.

I'm incredibly proud of this one - and, again, our Head Girl Alice was part of the team. She's only just 16 - 3 years younger than most other students in her year. She was also in the Chemistry team that are the current national champions of Chemistry.

The team, last night, went to the theatre - and saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Before returning to Ruthin today, they will visit the Houses of Parliament where our MP (David Jones) has arranged to see them and conduct a tour etc.

So - even champion mathematicians can enjoy culture etc!

Cambridge Results

(January 2016)

Very good news today – The schools best year ever for Cambridge news.

We had 14 apply – and have 7 offers, 4 rejections and 3 unknown.

The 7 offers so far received are:

  • Alice Ma (Head Girl) – Trinity – Mathematics
  • Marshall Miao – St Johns – Mathematics
  • Barry Wang – Christ's – Mathematics
  • Nelson Wu – Pembroke – Mathematics
  • Thomas He – Emmanuel – Mathematics
  • Emily Vawdrey – Newnham – Geography
  • Michelle Lin – Jesus – Law

We await the following:

  • Ellen Wynne – Peterhouse – Medicine
  • Frank Ling – Fitzwilliam – Law
  • Jenny Xi – Gonville & Caius – Economics

A fantastic result for Ruthin School. The most offers we have ever had is 5 – and now we have achieved 7.

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth died in December 2015. Jeff was at Ruthin 1959-63 and was in Dean Ellis House.