News from the OSA

OSA Events Newsletter

August 2022

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter detailing events for the second half of 2022, which may be downloaded here.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Succession Process for OSA Executive Committee Chair

August 2022

Please find linked here a letter from your President and General Secretary, Keith Spenceley, updating on the process for appointing a successor to Clive Shiret as Chair of the OSA Executive Committee. Clive concludes his term in the role in November, and the Executive Committee thanks Clive most sincerely for his tremendous service to the Committee and to the Association for over 15 years. We wish him well as he pursues other interests.

Enquiries relating to this process and requests for further information in respect of the role should be directed to

Date of the Annual General Meeting for 2022

August 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at The Southendian Club, Garon Park, on Wednesday 9th November 2022, commencing at 7.45 pm, and all members of the Association are invited to attend and participate. A formal notice will be issued in due course and made available on the Association website.

OSA Events Newsletter

April 2022

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter with details of the Spring Lunch to be held later in April. The newsletter may be downloaded here.

Details of events may also be found on our Events page.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Peter Butler Funeral Arrangements

November 2021

The Association is sad to report the passing of Peter 'Scoop' Butler (Troy, 1960-1967).

The family have asked the following funeral arrangements to be shared:

A celebration of Peter Butler's life will take place at 9:30am on Monday 29th November 2021 at Chelmsford Cathedral, New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1TY.

To attend remotely please go to https://youtu.be/YwVezNa71dM (available from 9.25am GMT).

Following the service, you are all welcome to share further memories of Peter at The Green Man, Main Road, Howe Street, Great Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 1BG.

For those without transport, a coach will leave from Chelmsford Library, Market Rd, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH at 11.10am to The Green Man, and return to Chelmsford Railway Station leaving at 1.30pm.

Our condolences are with his family and friends at this time.

OSA Events Newsletter

November 2021

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter with details of the London Dinner to be held in February. The newsletter may be downloaded here.

Details of events may also be found on our Events page.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

November 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at The Southendian Club, Garon Park, with remote access available via the Google Meet video-communication service on Wednesday, 10th November 2021, commencing at 7.45 pm, and all members of the Association are invited to attend and participate.

Please find attached a copy of the formal Notice and the Agenda for the Meeting, which includes instructions on how to join the meeting if you are joining online, and the Minutes of last year’s AGM.

All documents pertaining to the business of this year's AGM will be made available below ahead of the meeting:

  1. Notice of the 2021 AGM
  2. Minutes of the 2020 AGM

A consolidated documents pack is here provided containing the Agenda for the 2021 AGM, along with the AGM 2020 minutes, reports from the Executive Committee, and other relevant items in the appropriate order for the meeting (added 9th November)

OSA Events Newsletter

September 2021

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter detailing events for the second half of 2021, which may be downloaded here.

Details of events may also be found on our Events page.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Cliff Wyatt (25th March 1921 to 24th June 2021)

June 2021

We are sad to announce the passing of Cliff Wyatt (Tuscany, 1931-1938; Staff, 1951-1981) who died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 24th June at the age of 100.

Many of you will have your own memories of Cliff and it would be good to get a few of those together for a longer eulogy, so please send them in to

Suffice to say Cliff's passing brings to an end many personal experiences for the Association, not least that Cliff had met every Headmaster since the school was formed. Cliff's wife Ethel is being cared for by the family and we send our condolences for her loss.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

November 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place via the Google Meet video-communication service on Wednesday, 11th November 2020, commencing at 7.45 pm, and all members of the Association are invited to attend and participate.

Please find attached a copy of the formal Notice and the Agenda for the Meeting, which includes instructions on how to join the meeting, the Minutes of last year’s AGM together with all of the reports that were circulated thereat and the revised Rules and Standing Orders documents that will be considered under item 7 of this year’s Agenda.

Please note the Google Meet call will open from 7.30 pm to allow members to connect ahead of the start time.

Join the meeting from a laptop or PC at this link: https://meet.google.com/nwm-uygo-taj

Apps are available for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. You may also connect by phone by dialing 020 3956 8663; enter the PIN when prompted: 130 884 559#

All documents pertaining to the business of this year's AGM will be made available below ahead of the meeting:

  1. Notice of the 2020 AGM
  2. Draft amendments to the Standing Orders
  3. Draft amendments to the Rules of the Association
  4. Minutes of the 2019 AGM
  5. Reports circulated at the 2019 AGM
  6. Treasurer's Report, Accounts and Notes for the 2020 AGM (added 7th November)
  7. Reports from the Executive Committee for the 2020 AGM (added 8th November)

A consolidated pack of items 1-4 and 6-7 is available HERE, aligned to the sequence of the meeting's Agenda, for the convenience of attendees. (added 8th November)

CANCELLED - OSA Sunday Lunch at The Casino in June

May 2020

Please note the Lunch at The Casino planned for Sunday 28th June 2020 has been CANCELLED - see the events page.

POSTPONED - Organ Society Concert with John Dixon in July

May 2020

Please note the Organ Society concert planned for the evening of Saturday 4th July 2020 with John Dixon has been POSTPONED - please see the events page.

CANCELLED - Spring Lunch and Organ Society Concert in April

March 2020

Please note the Spring Lunch planned for Thursday 30th April 2020 has been CANCELLED - see the events page.

Additionally, The Old Southendian Organ Society has CANCELLED the concert with Voces Novae planned for Wednesday 29th April 2020. The Committee will host an online update on the evening of Wednesday 29th April 2020 in place of its Annual General Meeting which is deferred - see the events page.

Bill Colloby, former Head of Biology - Funeral Arrangements

March 2020

The Old Southendian Association regrets to notify its membership of the passing of Bill Colloby, former Head of Biology at the School, who retired in 1995 after many decades of service to the School.

His funeral will be held on Friday 20th March 2020, 2pm at Sutton Road Crematorium in the West Chapel, and Old Southendians are invited to attend.

Given the present situation with social distancing due to COVID-19, the family also advises that the wake and a memorial service will be arranged additional to the funeral service later in the year.

Our condolences are with his family and friends at this time.

Please contact if you have any queries.

OSA Events Newsletter

March 2020

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter detailing events for the first half of 2020, which may be downloaded here.

Details of events may also be found on our Events page.

Please contact if you have any queries.

OSA Annual General Meeting

October 2019

The Association's AGM will be held this year at the Old Southendian Clubhouse at Garon Park on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 7:45 pm. Please see our Events page for details including the formal notice of the AGM and minutes from the 2018 AGM.

OSA Events Newsletter

July 2019

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter detailing events for the second half of 2019, which may be downloaded here.

Please contact if you have any queries.

New OSA Website

May 2019

We are pleased to announce we have upgraded our website! The hope is it should be easier to read on different sized devices, and we will be able to update it more easily with interesting content. Please feel free to pass any feedback on the site to

OSA Events Newsletter

March 2019

The Events Sub-Committee has just published its Newsletter detailing events for the first half of 2019, which may be downloaded here.

Please contact if you have any queries.