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Korea and Hong Kong Reunions 2017

Korea and Hong Kong Reunions 2017

We are extremely grateful to our communities in South Korea and Hong Kong who made us feel so welcome during our visit at the end of March. We met over 150 people connected with the College (OLs, parents and new pupils starting in September 2017) on our five day tour and it was heart-warming to see the affection everyone holds for the school, even at such a distance. 

Our first stop was in Seoul and some of you may be aware that OLs have established a 128-year history with Korea. Two OLs were involved with the birth of the Anglican Cathedral in Seoul: Bishop Charles John Corfe (Head’s, 1852–1854), and Bishop Mark Napier Trollope (Second’s, 1874–1881). Charles was ordained at Westminster Abbey and inaugurated as the first diocesan bishop of Korea in 1889. He started the provision of English Anglican services for the foreign community in Seoul on Christmas Eve 1891. 

Mark Trollope joined Charles in 1890 as the Vicar General of the English Mission. Mark was the person responsible for beginning the compilation of the Lancing Register in 1885 and is quoted as being “extremely reluctant to lay down the work in 1890 on receiving my new appointment in Korea”. The preface of the first register recognises his work as the opening sentence says ‘The Lancing Register owes its existence to the initiative by the Rev’d M N Trollope, and to the vast amount of labour expended on the work for more than 15 years’. It was Mark Trollope who was responsible for the construction of the cathedral in 1922 and for the dedication of Seoul Cathedral to SS Mary and Nicholas in homage to Lancing. The Romanesque design was by English architect, Arthur Stansfield Dixon, who as coincidence would have it is grandfather to James Dixon (Olds, 1961–1966).

We were delighted to visit the Cathedral and to meet the Very Rev’d Moses Joo, Dean of Seoul Cathedral, and the Rev’d Crispin H Kim, the Priest in Charge of the English Language Mission (pictured with the Head Master, below), who were both able to join us for dinner in the evening. The reunion at the Millennium Hilton Hotel (group photo, below) was a very special occasion thanks to the extraordinary generous efforts of Dr S K Kim and Mrs Yoon to bring the Korean Lancing contingent together.

We then flew to Hong Kong, where we were greeted with so much warmth and kindness. The Lancing community in Hong Kong began in the 1960s and its energy and vibrancy today is a testament to the loyalty of OLs and parents to the school. We met up with young OLs who had only left Lancing in 2015 and others who had left in the 1960s and so many in between. They were all delighted to hear about the successes of Lancing today and keen to be connected with such an exciting global network. Our thanks to everybody who made such an effort to be part of the various events over the three days and in particular to James Barrington (Gibbs’, 1973–1978), Hugh Garway-Templeman (Sanderson’s 1978–1982), Robert Pe (Sanderson’s, 1982–1987), Ashley Alder and Lucy Lord, Amy Chun and Belle Chan (Lancing parents).

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