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Colin Lucas Memorial Fund to be launched as tribute to Old Hardyean in Dorchester

By Dadcock  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Dee Adcock

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Left to right: The Rt Rev Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester; Michel Hoop-Immins and Michael Foley, headteacher of the Thomas Hardye School

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A fund is being set up by an old school association in memory of a former Dorchester pupil who went on to become its chairman.

News of the Colin Lucas Memorial Fund will be announced at the annual reunion dinner of the Old Hardyeans in Dorchester on Saturday, 15th March.

Mr Lucas died last year.

The event is being held at the Thomas Hardye School and the association’s secretary Michel Hooper-Immins is urging more local ex-students to attend.

The guest speaker at the dinner is Garry Batt, chairman of the governors of the Thomas Hardye School and a local auctioneer at Duke’s.

The evening starts with a reception at 7pm hosted by the Old Hardyeans president Peter Foster.

The association reunites past pupils of the present school’s predecessors including the Dorchester Grammar School and Hardye’s School.

Mr Hooper-Immins, who studied at Hardye’s School from 1958 to 1965, said: “We know some Old Hardyeans are coming to the reunion dinner from other parts of the UK, but it would be good to attract more local old boys from Hardye’s School.

"Some of our older members were at Dorchester Grammar School in the war years and they mingle happily with the young students of the Thomas Hardye School. It’s a very happy event and we would appeal for more local old boys to join us on 15th March.”

The grammar school was founded in 1569.

Next year the association will celebrate its 110th anniversary with a dinner at the King’s Arms in Dorchester.

Contact the chairman, Godfrey Lancashire, on 01308 485688 to find out more about this year’s dinner.

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