Mount House School Association

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Geoff Whaley

Geoff Whaley

Old picture of the clock tower

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Fanfare 2010

The new 2010 Fanfare magazine.


New picture of clock tower

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Mount House welcomes the new Headmaster Paddy Savage

Paddy Savage, new headmaster of Mount House SchoolHe and his wife Suzie have three children, the youngest of whom will start Mount House in the Christmas Term.


Mr Savage said: "It is a great honour to have been appointed the new Headmaster of Mount House. Suzie and I are thrilled to be coming to Tavistock with the children, to take over leadership of The School from the Masseys, who have done such an excellent job. The School rightly holds the reputation as the finest Prep School in the South West. We want to maintain the many traditions and strengths of Mount House, while also bringing in new ideas and a renewed vision for the years ahead. As a family, with three children in tow, we can't wait to put roots down in this gem of a school."





New windows for the Coach House

The MHA helped restore the coach house windows to their former glory, by paying the difference between replacing the windows with a straight copy of the existing ones and that of hand crafted copies of the originals.


The Coach House

Death of Guy Litchfield

It was announced that Guy sadly died after a climbing accident in Snowdonia on the 31st of July 2012, a memorial service was held at Milton Abbey on Friday 17th July 2012.


Portrait of Jim Massey

Former pupil and current parent, James Burton painted and kindly donated his portrait of Jim Massey to the school. It joins that of Charles Price and Tony Wortham on the stairs of the Front Hall.


Jim Massey, Charles Price and Tony Wortham


Presentation to Masseys and Hammonds

The committee members were disappointed that the Mount House Association Day had to be cancelled due to the poor weather conditions. Despite the rain, we presented Jim and Jo Massey with an engraved Dartington crystal decanter. Grahame Bartlett thanked them for all their help and support through their years at the school, not only at meetings but on the cricket pitch!

Suse and Jon Hammond were presented with a full croquet set to take with them to their new job as house parents at Sherborne School for girls. We hope they can continue the tradition of evening house croquet matches, which were such a hit at Collingwood. Both Suse and Jon were a huge part of the MHA Day, drawing the old girls back to play the present 6th form leavers each summer.


Presentation to the Masseys and Hammonds


New Committee members

Can you help us? We need volunteers amongst former pupils to join us on the committee of the Mount House Association. To keep the Mount House Association vibrant and relevant for the future we want to broaden the representation to a younger demographic, and we'd welcome ideas about how to reach leavers from the Charles Price, and even the Jim Massey years!


The committee meets 3 times a year at the school and we run the Mount House Association Day alongside the annual school Swimming Gala in late June / early July. We're always looking for ideas for different events that will keep the connection with old friends and the school for members of all ages.


This is your Association and we need you! If you are willing to support what has been a very special school, please contact us by replying to this mail, or through the MHA web site.




The MHA now has a Twitter account, please follow us so that we can keep you right up to date with events and news from both the MHA and Mount House School.


New Headmaster

Jim Massey will leave Mount House at the end of this school year to take over as Registrar of Sherborne School in September. We wish him and his wife Jo all the best for their new move, and thank him for all his support and enthusiasm. He will be replaced by Paddy Savage and his wife Suzie. He is currently Headmaster at Norman Court Prep School where he has been Headmaster for five years and Rookesbury Park Prep School before that.

Gavin Dollard, Chair of Governors said "He is therefore extremely well suited to his new role at Mount House and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, mixed with enterprise and resourcefulness that bodes well for Mount House's future."


Death of Brian Armfield

who was Director of Music at Mount House (1997 – 2001) died on 8th June, his funeral will be held at St Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton at 2 pm on Friday 29th June.


Christopher Hitchens

It is with sorrow that we note the passing of Christopher Hitchens, an old boy of the school, a prominent and controversial writer and polemicist. Christopher attended Mount House in the late 1950s and early 60s where he benefited from a sound and traditional education.


Always courting controversy, Christopher Hitchens wrote without fear or favour on religion, international politics and personalities. A keen mind with a strong intellectual foundation in the left of politics, he had the vision and determination to espouse causes that were unpopular with his peers but which firmly established the integrity of his views.


Christopher Hitchens died at the age of 62 after living life to the full. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

If you would like to add share your recollections of him, please send an email and we will add it to the website


Click here for shared memories of Christopher Hitchens


"A Night Of Heroes" - The Sun's Military Awards ITV 21st December at 9pm

A clip from the footage shot by Tony Wortham will be aired on ITV showing the rescue of a French fishing crew from their stricken boat. It will be a short feature about the RAF Search and Rescue which is celebrating its 70th birthday this year and has been nominated for a Special Judges Award. The winch man in the film will be talking about that day. We agreed that the DVD could be sent on to him, as he has never seen the rescue.


Twofour Studios who are responsible for putting it together have very kindly agreed to pay £300 to the MHA which will help offset the cost of digitalising the Wortham Archive.


Fanfare 2011

The electronic version is now on the website, because it is such a large file we have split it into two links. Apologies to those late comers who were not included in it this year, the deadline was not flexible as I went abroad on holiday the next day. (The files are very large so will take a little time to load)

Click to read part 1

Click to read part 2



The MHA now has a Twitter account, please follow us so that we can keep you right up to date with events and news from both the MHA and Mount House School.


Headmasters and Headmistresses board

Was commissioned by the MHA to list all past and present Headmasters and Headmistresses of Mount House, starting in 1881, this is hung opposite the Scholars boards in the main entrance.


Jon Banyard resigns from the MHA

The association and committee members would like to thank Jon for all his hard work on the committee, particularly in the early days when he helped Jon Elworthy make Association Day what it is today by providing a Wanderers team to play against.


Trees planted in memory of Phillip Moore and Geoff Whaley

The Mount House Association planted a tree (Ginko Biloba) in memory of Philip Moore, a teacher from 1964 - 1982 and a second tree (Davidia Involucrata) in memory of Geoff Whaley 1989 - 2011. These will be recorded in the large catalogue of trees that has just been made, showing the contents of the Mount House grounds, a copy of which will soon be available on the website.


Trees planted in memory of Geoff Whaley and Phillip Moore


Unveiling Event in Memory of Geoff Whaley

There was a morning gathering in the Front Hall of Mount House followed by an unveiling of a memorial to Geoff Whaley on Saturday 22nd October. This has been positioned adjacent to the long jump pit.

The event was attended by some 250 old and current pupils, parents, governors, current and old colleagues.


Morning gathering in Memory of Geoff Whaley



Association Day 2011

was a great success with record numbers turning up to play rounders and cricket in the sunshine.

Click here to view the photos and read the reports.


Association Day 2011


Patrick Cashell, our chairman stands down after 5 years of service.

Patrick CashellAt the AGM this year Patrick Cashell announced that he wished to stand down after five successful years as chairman of the Association. 

Patrick took on the chairmanship when the Mount House Association was revived – one of the few who were prepared to take on responsibility for helping to rebuild the organisation.  As part of this exercise, Patrick was committed to encouraging the older members to return and the success of this can be seen in the membership roll.


Despite suffering from a period of severe illness, Patrick never shirked his responsibilities.  He continued to provide sound advice and undertook his tasks as usual without complaint.  He chaired the committee with authority, keeping the more vocal members in line, whilst ensuring that everyone had their say. Patrick with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the school, staff and pupils helped the MHA make many important decisions, enabling it to move forward to a more certain future. His speeches were always amusing and to the point when representing the MHA, holding the attention of both the former and current pupils and staff. 


Patrick can take much credit for the re-launch of the MHA and for its current success.  Without his valuable contribution, the MHA would have folded.  We are delighted (and not a little relieved) that Patrick has agreed to continue to serve as a committee member. The Mount House Association and committee members would like to thank him for all he has done on its behalf and look forward to his continual service on the committee!

Grahame Bartleet, New Chairman of the Mount House Association


Mount House welcome "Visiting Boarders"

Forms 1-4 can now become "VBs" either on an ad-hoc basis or on a regular night for the duration of the term. Click here to read more


Headmaster's Summer Term Letter

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School Newsletter now available to read.

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Prize and cup winners for this term announced.

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Summer Term Prizewinners 2011


Geoff Whaley

The whole Mount House Community is mourning the tragic and untimely death of Geoff Whaley on Tuesday 14th June. He was a giant figure in our lives, whose warmth and care touched so many. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to Jayne, Tom and Joe.


The funeral service for Geoff Whaley was held on Friday 24th June at St Andrew’s Whitchurch and afterwards at the Whitchurch Inn. 


School Rugby Tour to Cork

The MHA helped sponsor the team by taking out an advertisement in the team program and buying a set of polo shirts for the team while on tour. Click here for the report and photos.


Cork Rugby Tour Polo Shirts


New adventure playground

The Association donated £500 towards the cost of replacing the school's adventure park zip-wire which had to be completely renewed due to so much use!


Adventure park Zip wire


Fanfare 2010

is now available to view in PDF format, click here for the 2010 edition. If you would like to update your details or appear in the 2011 edition, please go to the Fanfare page and fill in the form


Wortham Sculpture

This moves a step further towards being commissioned after it was agreed by the Governors that in principal the winning design would be sited in the lake, subject to detailed approval and of course the cost of installation. Photos of the proposed siting will be available soon.


Tony Wortham "Tradescant Garden" opened on 3rd July 2011

Tony left a legacy in his will to the King's School Canterbury. It was his wish that this should go towards the creation of a "Tradescant Garden" and that his ashes should be scattered within the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral used by the school. Largely due to the energies of the late Denis Ball and Iain Bentley the gardens have now been created and were opened on 3rd July 2011 as part of King's week. Tony's ashes were committed in the garden on the same day.


Mount House leavers were awarded 12 scholarships this year

click here to read more


Sponsored 10km walk

The sun shone and over 112 pupils and their friends and families and Mount House Association members, aged 6 to 60, set off from Mount House School in early September. They walked over 10km and climbed over 1200ft from School to Great Mis Tor. Click here to read more and see the photos.


Association Day


Held on Saturday 3rd of July, after the annual swimming gala. Click here for the photos and report.


Marquee for the school

We have bought a small marquee in time for this year's Association Day, our days of struggling with gazeboes on a windswept morning are over! It arrived at the school in time to give the grounds men a challenging day as the instructions seemed to be missing! It was used to shelter the food and refreshing ale from the uncommonly hot sunshine on Association Day, but really came into its own the next day, when true to form, the rain appeared for the end of the parents versus leavers cricket match.


New Marquee


Memorial to past Mount House Teachers

A memorial to past Mount House School staff, in the form of an armillary sphere, has been unveiled at The School by the Headmaster Jim Massey. It was presented to The School by the Mount House Association as a tribute to the many staff members who have contributed so much to The School and its pupils over the years.

Memorial article


The BBC use Tony Wortham's film footage

We were contacted by the makers of a BBC4 documentary, as they heard that we hold some film footage on the rescue from the 'Jeanne Gougy' (a French fishing trawler) of it's crew members in 1962. They were delighted with Tony Wortham's capture of events, and made a donation of £300 towards the costs of the digitalisation of the Wortham Archive. The program called "For those in Peril" and was shown on BBC4 at 9pm on Tuesday 4th May. Here is the link to the makers of the program: Available light TV


A sculpture in memory of Tony Wortham

The Association, in conjunction with Jim Massey the current Headmaster, have decided to commission an outdoor sculpture in memory of Tony Wortham. The current pupils have been given the task of producing an outline for the piece, from a brief given to them on his character,interests and hobbies. The winning idea will be reflected in local granite by the sculptor. We will be launching an appeal for donations towards this project in the forthcoming months. We have invited Peter Wortham, Tony's nephew to unveil the finished piece on Association Day, June 2011.


Philip Moore died on Wednesday 20th January 2010.

A service of thanksgiving was held on Tuesday 16th February, at the Chapel, Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, London. The address was given by Lord Butler of Brockwell KG and The Master of Charterhouse.

Click here to read about the service and a summary of his eighteen years service to Mount House. (Taken from the 1982 edition of Fanfare.)


Ties, scarves and lapel pins

Based on our Mount House Association logo, we have designed a tie, scarf and lapel pin which are now all on sale. Why not help raise some funds for the MHA by purchasing a few! Have a look.


Life at Mount House between 1955 and 1961

Denis Welchman, a former pupil has sent us his memories of his time at school. Whether you were a pupil during the same era, or recently just left, its a wonderful account. Horrifying the Health and Safety conscious, while showing that some things at Mount House remain unchanged. Click this link to read. We are always happy to receive any articles or photos of your time at Mount House.


Wortham DVDs now on sale

Mr Wortham's film footage is now on sale. The DVD's are divided into separate years showing the goings on in and around Mount House during his time as Head Master. Mount House Association members receive their DVD,s at a discounted price. The money will then go towards the cost of digitising the footage. Please go to Wortham Films for more details.


Newsletter scrapped!

Now that we have settled into our website, we have decided that we don't need a Newsletter, this Latest News page will do the job for us! We will send out an occasional email to all members to let you know when something is happening.


The Association Day 2008

Read the report and see the photos

Film Footage of the Wortham Archive

Compare the old quality to that of the digitalise version


Old newsletters (no longer continued):

March 2008

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March 2008 Newsletter

September 2007

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September 2007 Newsletter

April 2007

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April 2007 Newsletter