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The Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance are on view at the Gowerton Comprehensive School
 
Memorial Plaque
Remembrance Book
Roll of Honour

 

Date: 11th November 2016

Annual Remembrance Service 2016

 


Mr Stuart Davies, Dr Alun Jones, Mrs Val Richards, Mrs Catherine Thomas, Mr Tony Small,
Mrs Kathleen De Cleene,Ms Elaine
Howell, Ms Kath Lawlor, Mrs Lynne Guy

Order of Service
Welcome and Introduction: Mr N Jones
Reading: Mrs Catherine Thomas, Gowertonian Society
Hymn: Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Reading from the Book of Remembrance
and 1st World War Memorial: Mr N Jones
Exhortation: Matthew Pitson, Head Boy
Laying of Poppy Wreaths:
Ms Elaine Howell, Gowertonian Society and Holly Breeze Jones, Head Girl
Mr Tony Small, Gowertonian Society and Matthew Pitson, Head Boy
The Last Post:
Daniel Lewis Yr 13, Josh Smith Yr 13 and Tim Perkins Year 10
The Kohima Epitaph: Holly Breeze-Jones, Head Girl
Musical Item: Abide With Me - Brass Band
Prayers: Ms K Lawlor
Holly Breeze-Jones & Matthew Pitson
   
     
Later, our Belgian guests joined an assembly of Year 7 pupils. Ms Kath Lawlor and Mrs Kathleen De Cleene told the story of heroic Gowertonian, Pilot Officer Penry Guy from Penclawdd, who lost his life in World War 2. Penry Guy saved the 6 members of his crew before crashing his Lancaster Bomber near Asch, Belgium. After a ceremony at his graveside at the cemetery in Asch in 2014, cultural links have been established between the Community of Asch and Gowerton School.
 
     
     

The visit by students from the Municipal Academy of Asch (Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium) with their teacher Chris Opsteyn and the members of the Keereweerom Choir included a concert at the Primary School in Penclawdd on Saturday, 12th November.


Concert

Gift for Gowerton School, presented to
Mr Nigel Jones by Deputy Mayor of Asch,
Mrs Kathleen De Cleene

 

Date: 6th November 2015

Annual Remembrance Service 2015

 


Head Boy, Peter Swain and Head Girl, Annabel Lyle
with members of the Gowertonian Society Committee,

Order of Service  
Welcome and Introduction: Mr P B Harrison Laying of Poppy Wreaths:
Reading: Dr. Alun Jones, Gowertonian Society Ms E Howell, Gowertonian Society and Anabel Lyle, Head Girl
Musical Item: Evening Hymn and Last Post by Wayne Pedrick Mrs Catherine Thomas and Peter Swain, Head Boy
Brass Band - Conducted by Mr P Bewen Chappell The Last Post:
Reading from the Book of Remembrance: Mr P B Harrison Daniel Lewis Yr 12, Josh Smith Yr 12 and Ryan Colebrook Yr 13
Exhortation: Annabel Lyle, Head Girl The Kohima Epitaph: Peter Swain, Head Boy

 

Guests at the Remembrance Service included: Mrs Edwina Hart MBE - Welsh Assembly Minister, Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, Councillor John Newbury and Mrs Berardine Jennings, Mr Brian Davies and Mr David Jenkins - RAF, Tim Clarke - MOD, members of the Dunvant Male Voice Choir, Mr Wayne Pedrick - Music Service, School Governors, members of the Gowertonianian Society, members of the Gowerton Community Council, Primary School Representatives, Elaine Clark - HSA Home School Association, Ian Davies - Waunarlwydd St Barnabas Church, Paul Davies and Nicola Henson - Police Force and Mr Ken Thomas and Mrs Pam Evans - former teachers at Gowerton School.

 

Date: 7th November 2014

Annual Remembrance Service 2014

 

 

Headteacher, Mr Peter Harrison, and the staff of Gowerton Comprehensive School welcomed visitors from Belgium, members of the community and the Gowertonian Society to the Annual Remembrance Service

 
Owain Brooks, Year 13
     
Remembrance Day Service at Gowerton Comprehensive School
         
Order of Service
Welcome and Introduction: Mr P B Harrison Reading from the Book of Remembrance: Mr P B Harrison
Reading: Miss Elaine Howell, Gowertonian Society Laying of Poppy Wreaths: Dr Alun Jones and Mrs Marjorie Stubbings
Musical Item: Bethan Tucker, Hannah Thomas, Senior Brass Ensemble The Last Post: Daniel Lewis, Josh Smith and Ryan Colebrook
Exhortation: Annabelle Boardman, Head Girl The Kohima Epitaph: Marcus Besley, Head Boy
   
Following the Annual Remembrance Service. a special service was held in honour of Pilot Officer Penry Guy, Gowertonian from Penclawdd

 

Penry Guy Commemoration Service

 

Guests
Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Ceinwen Evans
Edwina Hart AM
Representatives of the RAF
Members of Penry Guy's Family
Chair of School Governors, Mrs Debbie Lloyd
Representatives of the Local Community Councils
Representatives of Local Organisations
and the Gowertonian Society
Kathleen De Cleene, Deputy Mayor of the Community of As, Belgium
Jean-Pierre Wuyts, Belgium


   
     
Year 8 Pupils, singing the hymn Calon Lan
Ms Kath Lawlor with guests and Year 8 Pupils
Why are we here? : Ms Kath Lawlor
     
Asch Perspective: Kathleen De Kleene
Unveiling the plaque: J-P Wuyts and Mrs Debbie Lloyd
Memorial Plaque, made by Mr Trevor Cheeseman
     
Josh Smith and Daniel Lewis
Laying of the R.A.F Wreath
Ryan Colebrook
     
J-P Wuyts, Mrs Debbie Lloyd with representatives
of the R.A.F Association.
J-P Wuyts with Mrs Kathleen De Cleene and
Mrs Edwina Hart
Mrs Edwina Hart, J-P and Kathleen De Cleene
with members of the Gowertonian Society
     
The plaque unveiled at the ceremony was designed and made by Mr Trevor Cheeseman, a former teacher at Gowerton Comprehensive School.

After the ceremony, Jean-Pierre Wuyts presented the school with a plaque, also made from parts of Penry Guy's Lancaster Bomber
Memorial Plaque, by Mr Trevor Cheeseman
 
Plaque presented by Mr J-P Wuyts
     

Thanks to Mrs Kathleen De Cleene, Deputy Mayor and Minister of Culture of the Community of As, Belgium for attending the Gowerton School Services.

Also, to Mr Jean-Pierre Wuyts, who found parts of Gowertonian Penry Guy's aircraft at Asch, Belgium.

In June 2014, members of Penry Guy's family and representatives of the Gowertonian Society attended ceremonies at Asch.

Pilot Officer Penry Guy and his grave at the
Cemetery, Asch, Belgium
Gill Small, Janine and Wendy Guy,
members of Penry Guy's family
 
 
 
Click on this image to see photographs taken at
the ceremonies in Asch in June 2014
 

 

Date: 8th November 2013

Annual Remembrance Service 2013

 
Head Prefects Andrew Jones and Katie Baran with committee members
Val Richards, Gordon Dennis, Catherine Thomas and Elaine Howell
 
     
A warm welcome to the service was extended to Gowertonian World War 2 veterans and representatives of local organisations by the headteacher, Mr Peter Harrison, and the staff of Gowerton Comprehensive School

The Arctic Star


worn by Mr Bryan Bevan

Order of Service

 
     
  Welcome and Introduction: Mr P B Harrison   Exhortation: Andrew Jones, Head Boy  
  Reading: Mrs Catherine Thomas   Laying of Poppy Wreaths:  
  Musical Item:   Second World War: Miss Elaine Howell and Andrew Jones  
  Vocal Trio: Bethan Tucker, Hannah Thomas, Mr W Bott   First World War: Mrs Val Richards and Katie Baran  
  Senior Brass Ensemble   The Last Post: Ryan Colebrook, Daniel Lewis  
  Reading: Mr P B Harrison   The Kohima Epitaph: Katie Baran, Head Girl  

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Date: 9th November 2012

Annual Remembrance Service 2012


The Gowertonian Society was represented at the Gowerton School Remembrance Service 2012 by committee members Mrs Julie Thomas, Mrs Elizabeth Tucker, Mrs Marjorie Stubbings, Miss Elaine Howell, Mrs Val Richards and Dr Alun Jones.

Welome and Introduction: Mr Peter Harrison, Headteacher
Reading: Dr Alun Jones, Chairman of the Gowertonian society
Exhortation: Kim Pullinger, Head Boy
Laying of the wreaths: Miss Elaine Howell and Mrs Marjorie Stubbing accompanied by the Head Boy and Head Girl
The Last Post: Daniel Lewis, Year 9
The Kohima Epitaph: Laura Baker, Head Girl
Musical Item: by pupils Rachel Higgs, Bethan Tucker, Gemma Evans, Hannah Thomas , Jade Meredith

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Date: 11th November 2011

Annual Remembrance Service 2011

A warm welcome was extended by headteacher Mr Peter Harrison to guests, including representatives of the Gowertonian Society, the Gowerton Primary School, the local constabulary and the Community Council at the school's Annual Remembrance Service.
On behalf of the Gowertonian Society, committee member Mrs Marjorie Stubbings read a poem.
The poppy wreaths, laid by head prefects Rhys Jackson and Rachel Tucker, were presented by Mrs Julie Thomas and Mrs Elizabeth Tucker.
The Exhortation was read by deputy head boy, Liam Francis.
The Kohima Epitaph was read by deputy head girl, Bethan Clark
The Last Post was played by Jessica Ronan, Year 13
The Senior String Ensemble played 'Ave Verum Corpus' Mozart
 

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Date: 12th November 2010

Annual Remembrance Service 2010

Guests at this year's Remembrance Service included The Lord Mayor of Swansea Richard Lewis and his wife the Lady Mayoress, Gowertonian and Welsh Assembly Health Minister Edwina Hart MBE, local councillors, governors of Gowerton School and representatives of the Gowertonian Society.
The memorial wreaths, presented by Elaine Howell and David Borthwick, were laid by Head Boy, Rhys Hughes, and Head Girl, Bethan Owen. On behalf of the Gowertonian Society there was a reading by the president, Valmai Richards.
From the book of Remembrance Mr Peter Harrison, the headteacher, read names of Gowertonians who had lost their lives in both World Wars. The Last Post was played by Jessica Ronan, Year 12, followed by 'The Kohima Epitaph' read by Bethan Owen, 'Exhortation' by Rhys Hughes and a musical item, 'Gabriel's Oboe' from the film "The Mission" Ennio Higgs - Oboist, Rachel Higgs and Leader, Eloise Ryde.
The Remembrance Service was followed by a service in honour of Gowertonian, Frederick William Higginson.

 

Unveiling of Memorial to Wing Commander F. W. Higginson

 

Headteacher, Mr Peter Harrison, staff and pupils were proud to welcome members of Frederick Higginson's family and representatives of their wider school community to the uneiling ceremony at Gowerton School on Friday, 12th November 2010.
Wing Commander Higginson's son, Philip, spoke about his father as a 'kind and loving Dad' and related some amusing stories about his father's wartime experiences to an audience of Year 7 pupils.
Former head boy, Rhys Morris sang "My Little Welsh Home".
Deputy headteacher, Tom MacCarthy spoke about the Battle of Britain and showed a film, followed by readings by the head prefects - Why are we here today" by Bethan Owen and "Extracts from Churchill's speeches" by Rhys Hughes.
The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Debbie Lloyd, Chair of Governors.
The Brass Ensemble performed "Band of Brothers" arranged by Mr P Bewen-Chappell.

 

 

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Date: 6th November 2009

Annual Remembrance Service 2009


Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D. Byron Lewis,
his wife, Hilary, Dr Alun Jones (GS Chairman, right)
and representatives of the Gowertonian Society Committee.
Chairman, Dr Alun Jones and representatives of the committee of the Gowertonian Society were guests at the Remembrance Service at Gowerton Comprehensive School on Friday, 6th November 2009.
The memorial wreaths were laid by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, D. Byron Lewis, who was accompanied by his wife Hilary (née Morgan), also a Gowertonian.
Tributes were paid to fallen Gowertonians by headteacher Mr Peter Harrison, assisted by deputy headteacher, Mr Tom McCarthy. Names of some of the former pupils who lost their lives in the World Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 were read from the school's Book of Remembrance. On behalf of the Gowertonian Society there was a reading by Dr Alun Jones, followed by 'Exhortation' by head boy, Matthew Jones and 'The Kohima Epitaph' by head girl, Adele Davies.
The Last Post was played by Jessica Ronan, Year 11.
The Senior String Ensemble, lead by Lucy Meredith, played "We Stand Alone Together" (Michael Kayman) from Band of Brothers.

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Date: 7th November 2008

Annual Remembrance Service 2008

Mr Peter Harrison (Headmaster) presided over his second Remembrance Service which was held in the Main Hall of his Comprehensive School at Cecil Rd, Gowerton.
There was a very good turn out of Gowertonian Society Committee members namely: Ann Borthwick (President), Robert Evans (Chair), Lynne Guy (Sec), Elaine Howell, Gordon Dennis, Valmai Richards, Julie Thomas, Alun Jones, David Borthwick and Elizabeth Tucker. Also in attendance was Ken Thomas. Apologies were recieved from Catherine Thomas, Marjorie Stubbings, Peter Hughes, Chloë Guy, Anne Davies and Owen Hughes.
Mr Harrison welcomed 'Gowertonians' and impressed upon his students the history that they were part of and the success they inherited from those who attended the school since its foundation.
Mr Robert Evans addressed the students with a theme indicating that Remembrance should be respected by even those who had no close connection with the wars because everybody had been provided  with an opportunity to make their mark on life by the many who had died to create a free and democratic society.
Mr Harrison then read from the 'Remembrance Book', picking out at random names of Gowertonians who fell in The Second World War'.
The School Orchestra then played 'Abide with Me' with a particularly impressive xylophone solo by Tom Devonald.
Wreaths were presented to the Head Boy (Matthew Wedlake) and Head Girl (Emily Davies) by representatives  of The Gowertonian Society, Mrs Valmai Richards and Mr David  Borthwick.


Emily Davies and Matthew Wedlake
(Head Girl and Head Boy 2008/09)

The 'Last Post' was played by Jessica Ronan (Year 10)
Mr MacCarthy led the concluding prayers.
The Gowertonian Society is grateful to Mr Harrison for the opportunity to honour the contribution fallen former students of The Gowerton Schools made to their country.

Robert Evans (GS Chairman)

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Date: 9th November 2007

Remembrance Service 2007

Headteacher, Mr Peter Harrison, welcomed representatives of the Gowertonian Society to the Remembrance Service at the Gowerton Comprehensive School on Friday, 9th November 2007.
The chairman and vice-chairman of the school governors and representatives of the Gowertonian Society committee were present.
Mr Harrison addressed the assembly and read from the Book of Remembrance and there was a reading by Miss Chloë Guy. The wreaths were laid by Miss Elaine Howell and Mr Ken Thomas, assisted by the head prefects James Wedlake and Samantha Beynon.

Miss Chloë Guy

Chloë Guy, Gowertonian
Head Girl 2001/2002

Many thanks to Mr Peter Harrison and staff for the usual warm welcome
To read the story of World War II veteran John Williams, please click here

 

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Date: 10th November 2006

Remembrance Service 2006

The Remembrance Service was held in the Gowerton Comprehensive School on Friday, 10th November 2006. Two of the school governors and some members of the Gowertonian Society committee were present but not one Gowertonian had accepted the invitation this year.
The service was conducted by Mr Paul Green, the headteacher, and included a brief homily by Mrs Rona Davies. The wreaths were laid by Robert Evans and David Borthwick, assisted by the head prefects Rebecca Northey and Rhys Morris. Tony Small led the brass band.
World War II veteran John Williams was not able to attend this year. We wish John a speedy recovery.
Many thanks to Mr Paul Green and staff for the usual warm welcome.

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Date: 11th November 2005

Remembrance Service

PoppyThe Remembrance Service this year took place at Gowerton Comprehensive School on Friday, 11th November, starting at 8.30am. The service was led by the headteacher, Mr Paul Green.
As usual, some members of the Gowertonian Society committee were present at the service. Dr Alun Jones read the lesson and wreaths were laid by Mr Peter Hughes and Mrs Val Richards, accompanied by Bethan Stephens and Rhodri Jenkins, senior students. For the first time this year an invitation was extended to all Gowertonians wishing to attend.
John Williams

 

 

Gowertonian, John Williams, World War II veteran, at the Somerfield Store at Gorseinon, selling a poppy to another Gowertonian Glenys Phillips (née Ogilvy).

 

 

Click on John's Story to read his account of his wartime experiences

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