M. Douvres: Old Pharosians and new rector

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Written by Terry Sutton, Zone Ambassador for Whitfield, Kent

Former students of a school in Dover are invited by the current principal to return to the school for the last time before the iconic building is demolished.

For more than 80 years, thousands of boys received their early education at the Dover Grammar School for Boys in an iconic building on a hill overlooking the city and harbor.

Designed to balance Dover Castle across the valley, the school building even has its own tower.

But as the number of schools grew and the demands for modern education grew, the education authorities decided to demolish the property because it was too old.

It was decided to build a new school on one of the existing playgrounds – much to the regret of many “old boys” at the school (known as Old Pharosians).

Now the current principal, Phillip Horstrup, invites the old Pharosians to return to the school building on Saturday, September 25, for the last time, before the property is demolished.

The meeting will also coincide with the annual meeting of the Association of Former Pharosians which has several hundred members, ranging in age from 90 to 20 years old.

One of the possibilities is to sell bricks from the old school as souvenirs, to raise funds for the school and the funds of the association.

Meanwhile, on September 8, dignitaries and worshipers filled St. Mary’s Church in Dover to welcome the new rector of the Church of England.

Reverend Catherine Jane Tucker was authorized by the Bishop of Dover as Acting Rector in charge of the Dover team ministry for five parishes in Dover city center.

Among the attendees were Lord Boyce, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and one of the three patrons of the old St Mary’s Church; Khaleel Miyan, representing the Ahmadiyya Muslim community; and a host of worshipers from the previous rector’s post at Croydon.

Representatives from the five churches in Dover – St Mary’s, Charlton, St Martin’s, Buckland and Guston – took part in the installation service, chaired by the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

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