Over 60s Spring Lunch 2013
The 2013 Over 60s Spring Lunch was held in the National Liberal Club, London; former Head Master Sir William Gladstone was the guest speaker.
This occasion turned out to be the largest gathering of OLs since the Foundation Office opened its doors in 2005. There was no doubt that everyone was keen to hear from Sir William Gladstone, Bt.,K.G. who was Head Master at Lancing in the sixties. Special mention should be made too of Philip Dale, Manor 1928 – 1932; Philip has just celebrated his 98th birthday and was a striking figure at the lunch talking to younger OLs whose fathers he had been with at Lancing.
Sir William or ‘Willie’, as he prefers to be known, spoke about why he came to Lancing and the social effect of the turbulent 1960s on schools.
He said that he brought with him from Eton a feeling that ‘Lancing was a liberal school and could remain so provided that those who steered its course were reformers, willing to adjust its institutions to the conventional ideas of the day. The most important rules are not about doing up your buttons or the shortness of your hair, but about your responsibilities to other people; and your endeavours, however circumscribed, to open your mind to the truth as you perceive it.’
And the question for him then was how to encourage and nurture these values. He admitted that it was one of the most important and difficult things to do as a Head Master, ‘to be brave enough to stand back and let people think for themselves and make their own decisions, and suffer the consequences.’
You can read the full unadulterated version via the link below, and the photos show clearly what an extraordinary day it was.
Read what he said (PDF, 33 KB)