The congratulatory comments, which I have received from so many OBs, convince me that our Luncheon really was a success.  Our thanks are due to the Golf Club Caterers and their good natured waitresses for our enjoyment of the meal; although I have noted a criticism that I should not have chosen a menu containing two Pie Courses.  I am grateful to Burt Edwards for his chairmanship, Ralph Maslin for being Toastmaster, Peter Gross for replying to Burt’s Toast to the School and Roger Linford for responding with a closing speech. The Attendance (55 paid applications) is a record, for the ten years that I have been organizer and, I believe, justifies the change of format; but I do recognize the point of view of a few non attendees, who were not prepared to face a rush hour return around the M25 to their homes in Sussex or Kent.  Of our usual two, 1928 Vintage OBs, Owen Jolly sent us kind best wishes (but said he had attended his Last Supper); whilst Cyril Ellis was prevented from attending by a “Fall”. And so, Thomas McLachlan (1938) was the senior OB; and, at the other end of the range, half a dozen present were of nineteen sixties vintage; giving us a hope of a continuation of this event.

I have booked 12th October 2016 for our next Luncheon.

Kind regards, yours sincerely,

Brian J Laming


An Old Boys XI, captained by Jack Plumb (Enfield CC) won a close match with the school 1st XI. OBs from a number of local clubs were represented including Enfield, Winchmore Hill and North Enfield.

Also, on 25th June, the school put up valiant performance against a strong MCC XI who included Old Boy and former Middlesex and Somerset professional Aaron Laraman. Some of the ‘spirit of cricket’ could be said to be lacking as the MCC compiled well north of 250 and then bowled the school out for a just under 70. Nevertheless, the sun shone and the school laid on a very good lunch and tea for players and spectators. Please consider supporting it next year - a very pleasant afternoon.

Due to the Old Boy's affiliation with the school, Nuffield Health would like to provide members with an exclusive offer to receive one month’s free membership of the newly opened School Gym if they join in January. Membership would also be at the discounted rate of £20 per month, with the free month offer being provided in March following payment of the opening two months.

The centre houses premium cardio and strength fitness equipment from Cybex International, as well as a dedicated free weights area and functional training zone; a group exercise studio, spin studio and sports hall are also available to members. The state-of-the-art facility is used by the school in the day and is open to community members in the evenings and throughout the weekend.

For further information see here.

Oliver Pike, Pioneer Wildlife Photographer 

Southgate District Civic Trust and Enfield Grammar School are combining to place a local blue plaque on the house where pioneer wildlife photographer Oliver Pike (1877-1963) lived with his family from 1882 to 1914, 96 Green Dragon Lane in Winchmore Hill, which was the location for his early natural history photographs and books. The plaque will be unveiled on 16 November 2014 at 2pm by two of Oliver Pikes grandsons, Jonathan and Richard Dollimore. 

Oliver Pike was probably the first professional wildlife photographer and pioneered the development of equipment and techniques in both still images and cine-film. Many of his films are held in the British Film Institute National Archive and more information can be found at and in a booklet just published by the Trust, Oliver Pike: Birdman of Winchmore Hill.   

In the course of his work Oliver Pike lectured and showed his films locally as well as travelling all over the country to photograph birds, often in arduous conditions. He campaigned for the welfare and care of wild creatures and his continuing influence is still felt today in the fields of conservation and protection, Sir David Attenborough regarding him as a “pioneering figure”.