Edward Alleyn Club
Annual General Meeting of the Edward Alleyn Club 2023
The next Annual General Meeting will be held in the Pavilion Meeting Room at Alleyn’s School on Tuesday 14 November 2023:
The Edward Alleyn Club Magazine
This biannual publication is distributed to over 6000 alumni across the UK and abroad and comes out every Summer and Winter.
The Summer 2023 edition is below:
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EAC President and Deputy President 2022/23 - Ms Sue Lane and Reno Antoniades (Tulley's 1984)
We are delighted that Ms Sue Lane is the Edward Alleyn Club President for 2022/23, taking over from outgoing President, Mr Peter Yetzes (Tulley's 1967).
The official announcement of Ms Lane's and Mr Antoniades' tenure took place at the 125th Annual Dinner, hosted by Mr Yetzes at Saddlers' Hall as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the association between Alleyn's and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.
Sue is a former, longstanding member of staff who joined Alleyn's in 1978 as Assistant Mistress in charge of Girls' PE before being made Head of Girls' PE. Sue then moved into pastoral positions including 'Lady Housemaster' of Brown's as well as Deputy Head of Upper School.
Deputy President Reno is an alumnus, managing partner of Lee & Thompson and partner in the Firm's Film, Television & Games Group. One of the leading film and television content lawyers in the UK, Reno has been ranked at the top of his field in independent research directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for more than a decade.
We are pleased to welcome them and look forward to working with them both over the coming year.
The 125th Edward Alleyn Club Annual Dinner
We were delighted to host the 125th Annual Dinner of the Edward Alleyn Club at Saddlers' Hall on Saturday 19 November. The dinner was attended by Senior Prefects including School Captain Nana-Yaw, who brilliantly introduced Senior Deputy Head Andy Skinnard. We were grateful to our guest speaker, Philip Haslam (Tyson's 1991), a former Saddlers' Scholar, House Captain and Cricket Captain, who spoke eloquently on the importance of understanding how people work as individuals; and to those who generously made gifts on the night to help us collect over £500 for the Alleyn Benevolent Fund (ABF). Read more about the dinner, here.
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The official foundation meeting of the Edward Alleyn Club was held on 18 April 1884. However the Club's origins date back to 1882 when a small number of old boys from the Lower College of God's Gift formed a social club.
This took shape as a geological club which visited the South Kensington Science Museum and held discussions about rocks, volcanoes and ‘the nature and composition of the earth's interior'. The suggestion to make this group more formal, with member's subscriptions and an Annual Dinner is attributed to the Revd JH Smith. On 17 January 1906 the title of the Club was changed to the Alleyn Old Boys' Club which was used until November 1977 when the Club gained some ‘old girls'. At this point the Club reverted to its former name and has been known as the Edward Alleyn Club ever since.
All former pupils of the School will be familiar with the present clubhouse in Burbage Road (or the Old Boys' as it is still affectionately known). This building is a replacement for the one that was destroyed by fire many years ago, but this was not completed fully until 1989 when sufficient funds had been raised via an appeal organised by Sir Lindsay Alexander (President 1986-87) and Peter Reeve (the then Club Secretary). Old girls have been part of the Club's council since 1983 and the first lady officer of the Club was Kate Liffen (née Hollingshead) who became editor of the magazine in 1986 and first lady President in November 1992. Membership of the Edward Alleyn Club is automatically granted to all former pupils of the School and thanks to a scheme established by Derek Fenner, former headmaster, membership has grown rapidly since the 1980s. Derek Fenner's scheme introduced the inclusion of the life subscription to the Club in the last year's school fees, bringing both income and new members to the Club every year.
The Club now provides a contact point for many former pupils as well as acting as a base for many different sports clubs. It also provides the Sidney Incledon and Derek Fenner Scholarships, which enable pupils of limited means to remain in the sixth form and sponsors some leavers to pursue voluntary service overseas in their gap year.