The Old Almondburians' Society
Annual Dinner 2020
This year’s Annual Dinner will be a very special one to mark the centenary of the founding of the Old Almondburans’ Society in its present form. Covid-19 permitting, it will be held at the school on Saturday, 21st November, at 6.30 pm for 7.30 pm.

This year’s speakers will be diplomat, poet and author David Morphet (1951-58) and former teacher Bob Field (Staff, 1973-89). The occasion will also see the attendance of Dave Bush to launch his new book No Beating About the Bush, a diary of his final year at King James’s School.

The ticket price this year will be £29.50. You can purchase tickets online using the form below. Please be aware that when the Annual Dinner is held at the school places are limited, so early applications are recommended.

It is always good to see members making a special effort to stage a re-union of their year at the dinner and such occasions are always enjoyable, so those with a special anniversary this year, members of the classes of 1945, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000 or 2010 for example or, indeed, anyone else who takes a notion to do so, should consider starting to organise their class re-union earlier rather than later.
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There cannot be many Old Almondburians with as many successful disparate careers as David Morphet.

He left KJGS to gain a Double First in English at Cambridge. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1961 and in due course became a private secretary to Michael Stewart and George Brown.

Later he moved to the Department of Energy, working in Paris and Vienna, and he was in due course seconded to Midlands Electricity Board as deputy chairman.

Joining the private sector in 1989 he held senior positions in Balfour Beatty and BICC. In 1989, following the privatisation of British Rail he led the Railway Forum.

Today, David is best known as one of the UK’s most highly respected poets. He has published 16 collections of poetry under his own imprint Notion Books.
A graduate of Hull University, Bob Field gained a degree in French and German in 1972.

He came to KJGS in 1973 to teach French with Dave Gregson and in 1976 he introduced German. When King James’s lost its Sixth form in 1989 he moved to Greenhead to teach French and German and, recently, beginners’ Italian. Bob still teaches on a part-time basis.

He is a keen sportsman who played to a high standard of non-league football with Bradley Rangers in Huddersfield. 

He was fully involved with football at KJGS taking over the coaching responsibilities of the First XI and generally assiting sports master Ken Ireland. Bob organised the staff football and cricket teams and was instrumental in the formation of the OAS cricket section.
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