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AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF KING JAMES'S SCHOOL IN ALMONDBURY (Ref. OAS 1)
The Old Almondburians' Society
112pp, full colour, hardback
£10.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.50)

This new, fully updated limited-edition colour publication was published on 1st December 2007. It tells the story in words and pictures of King James's School from 1608 right up to the present day. Contents include:

l A revised and updated account of the development of the School from 1608 to the present day
l The national events and ideas that have influenced these changes over the years
l ‘They made their mark’: eminent Old Almondburians who have made major contributions to public life
l The endowments - and how they led to the new King James’s School Foundation
lThe buildings: a photographic tour of the School today, to spot how much - or how little - the School has changed over four centuries
l ‘The Harry Taylor Years’: a personal account of a greatly respected headmaster of recent years
l The School today: its achievements, and its plans and objectives for the future.

Contributors include Gerald Hinchliffe, Edward Royle, Richard Taylor, Andrew Taylor, David Bush, Graham Cliffe, Robert Lamb, John Hargreaves and Roger Dowling.

The book is available NOW from stock - so order without delay before we run out of copies!!

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A HISTORY OF KING JAMES'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN ALMONDBURY (Ref. OAS 2)
Gerald Hinchliffe
The Advertiser Press Limited
384pp, hardback
£10.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.50)
We still have a few copies of Gerald Hinchliffe's detailed formal History of King James's Grammar School - a 'must' for any Old Almondburian's library. It tells the story of the School from its earliest days as a chantry school in the sixteenth century right through to the 1960s. Appendices list all the Headmasters, 'Assistant Masters' and Governors during this 400-year period, together with Dartmouth Medallists and Jessop Prizemen.
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OLD ALMONDBURIANS' SOCIETY TIE (Ref. OAS 3)
£7.50 (packing and postage within UK: £0.50)
Society tie in navy with gold diagonal stripes and featuring the school crest in colour.
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The Old Almondburians’ Society Annual Dinner will be held at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday, 20th November, 2010 at 6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

The ticket price is £25.00. Applications for tickets must be received at the latest by Friday, 5th November, 2010.

Ticket application
You will be able to tell us how many tickets you require at the next stage of this application, but please let us have the following details first:
Number of people in your party who are vegetarians:
The year you left the School

400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE 2008 KEY FOB (Ref. OAS 6)
£7.50 (packing and postage within UK: £1.00)
Beautiful silver-finish key ring carrying the special 2008 celebratory School Crest. Dimensions: 38mm dia x 4mm depth. Supplied in smart black presentation box.

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400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE CHINA MUG (Ref. OAS 8)
£8.50 (packing and postage within UK: £1.50)
Beautiful commemorative mug in finest English bone china, with special school crest on one side of the handle and the inscription 'King James's School, Almondbury. Celebrating this ancient school on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of its Royal Charter' on the other. Overall dimensions 93mm high x 110mm wide.

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400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE TEDDY BEAR (Ref. OAS 9)
£12.00 (packing and postage within UK: £1.75)
Delightful cuddly little teddy bear, proudly wearing his tee shirt with commemorative school crest. He stands 320mm tall, though like most teddies he prefers sitting down. An ideal birthday or Christmas present in anniversary year!

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400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE GLASS PAPERWEIGHT (Ref. OAS 10)
£29.50 (packing and postage within UK: £2.00)
Beautiful solid glass paperweight with special King James's School anniversary crest engraved on base which appears in magnified form when viewed from above. Dimensions: 10 cm diameter x 4 cm high.

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400TH ANNIVERSARY TIE (Ref. OAS 11)
£12.00 (packing and postage within UK: £0.50)
Smart specially designed 400th Anniversary tie, black with gold stripes, carrying 'KJS 400' motif. Dimensions: 147 cm length x 10 cm wide at widest point.

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400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PRINT (Ref. OAS 12)
£25.00 inc packing and postage anywhere in the world
Top local watercolour painter and former pupil TONY HAIGH presented a fine painting of familiar views around King James’s to the Old Almondburians’ Society at the 2007 Dinner. We are now delighted to be able to offer high quality A3 (420mm x 297mm) prints signed by the artist for just £25 inc pp.

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400TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND: THE VIDEO (Ref. OAS 15)
£15.00 (packing and postage within UK: Free)
Full-length colour DVD of the anniversary celebrations, produced specially for us by top video photographers Yorkshire Video Arts. The video includes coverage of:
v The Dinner, with speeches from BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson and other special guests
v Founders' Day procession up St Helen’s Gate
v The Church Service in Almondbury Parish Church
v Scenes around the exterior of King James’s School
v Scenes around the interior of the School, including the exhibition in the ODH

UK
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FLOREAT SCHOLA! (Ref. OAS 16)
£15.00 (packing and postage within UK: Free)
Former teacher JACK TAYLOR tells the story of King James’s School through video clips, photographs and recorded interviews. An extended version of the DVD shown at the Dinner, available early in the New Year. The 80-minute video includes coverage of:
v The petitioning for the Charter in the years leading up to 1608
v Early headmasters
v Taylor Dyson and his achievements
v Rediscovery of the Charter
v The Harry Taylor years
v The KJS Trust
v 400th anniversary celebrations
v Visit of HRH Duke of Gloucester
v Disco Reunion Party
v The future

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THE ALMONDBURIAN: JULY 2009
Special 400th Anniversary Issue (Ref. OAS 17)

Non-members: £3.00 (packing and postage within UK: 75p)

Note: OAS members can view the magazine online free by clicking here (login and password required).
The special July 2009 issue of the OAS magazine The Almondburian gives a comprehensive account of the 400th Anniversary celebrations. 48 A5 pages in full colour, including reports on:
v Flower Festival
v Any Questions?
v Cricket Club President’s Day
v 60th Anniversary of Class of ’48
v Speech Day and Presentation Evening
v 400th Anniversary Pageant
v Firework Display
v 400th Anniversary Dinner
v Founders’ Day Service
v Visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester
v The KJS Disco Reunion Party
v OAS Annual Quiz
v Press coverage

It's sure to become a collector's item - so order your copy NOW!

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THE ALMONDBURIAN: CURRENT ISSUE
July 2010 (Ref. OAS 21)

Non-members: £3.00 (packing and postage within UK: 75p)
The July 2010 issue of the OAS magazine The Almondburian is now on sale. 44 A5 pages in full colour, including:
v Fifty Years of Speech Days
v Keith's Kryptic Crossword
v Sports Reports
v Taylor Dyson Library
v The Cranbrook Connection
v Taylor Dyson Remembered
v 400th Anniversary Pageant
v Postbag
v Letter from Porthcawl
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THE POETRY OF DAVID MORPHET
The Maze (Ref. OAS 18)

£5.00 (packing and postage within UK: 50p)
Former KJGS Head Boy David Morphet (1951-58), who had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service, the Department of Energy and the private sector, is also a successful poet who has published a number of collections of poetry under the imprint Notion Books. He is a Board member of Magma Poetry, and his poems have been published by Magma and The London Magazine.

His latest volume – the acclaimed ‘daydream in five cantos’ The Maze – has now been published. Written in terza rima (a verse form with a rhyme scheme aba bcb cdc, etc), it is an imaginative excursion into poetic landscape, involving calls on Alexander Pope, Dr Johnson, Wordsworth, Blake, Keats and Ezra Pound.

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The Silence of Green (Ref. OAS 19)
£9.99 (packing and postage within UK: £1.20)
We live in a world of constant noise, circumscribed by a world of utter silence - that of plants. The Silence of Green is a remarkable collection of 58 poems covering many aspects of our relationship with the complex processes of the green world, and how we relate to them. The collection has been widely praised: Dannie Abse found it 'a remarkable book, all of its sequences of a piece', while Anthony Thwaite admired its 'pertinacity of observation and clear lines'.
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BOMBER JACK (Ref. OAS 22)
£13.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.00)
Jack Ashton - 'Bomber Jack' - attended Almondbury Grammar School in 1931. This new book by his daughter Valerie tells the fascinating story of his early life and later wartime career in the RAF from 1940. Ashton completed 71 bombing operations in Italy, an experience which sadly left him damaged both mentally and physically. 234pp with many illustrations.

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450TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PLATE (Ref. OAS 20)
£10.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.50)
A collector's item: last few! This delightful English bone china plate was produced in 1997 as a special edition of only 450 by local artist Jenny Hinchliffe, to mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of the School in 1547. The central picture is based on the famous 1900 drawing by Very Revd William Foxley Norris. Around the rim are many scenes from school life.

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