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History of the OWA

The Old Scholars’ Association

Extract from The Manchester Warehousemen & Clerks’ Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme. The Annual Report 1899-1903.

"In 1893 an Association of "Old Boys" who had passed through the Schools was formed, and has been steadily progressing, until it now comprises over 200 members.

The Association aims at fostering a friendly regard for the principles on which the parent Institution is founded, and strives to maintain and consolidate the valuable friendships made during the connection of school life. It further desires to keep within touch all ‘’Old Boys’’ who may have been living in foreign countries, and offers them a kindly welcome back to the old Homeland.

The Association is managed by a Committee of "Old Boys", elected annually from the general body of members.

The programme includes Social, Literary, and Recreative functions. A Picnic and Sports in summer, at Cheadle Hulme. A Dinner, and two or three Re-Unions in the city, or suburbs, during the winter months. Sessional meetings of the Literary and Debating Society. A Shakesperian Reading Society, a Cycling and a Lacrosse Club. The honorary secretary is Mr. G.W. Hayward, Queen’s Drive, Heaton Mersey.

Three years ago an Association of the "Old Girls" was formed on similar lines, and it promises to be equally successful. Miss E. Hirst, 69 Ducie Grove, C.-on-M., is the honorary secretary."

Timeline – A History of The Old Waconians’ Association

1892

The Old Boys’ Association is founded at the Manchester Athenaeum Club.

1894

The first Old Waconians’ Summer Fete, Reunion and Sports Day is held at School.

1897

The Old Girls’ Association is founded in Manchester.

1911

The Old Waconians’ Lacrosse Club is founded.

1920

James Buckley, Chairman of the Association, unveils the sundial in memory of former scholars who died in the First World War.

1937

Inauguration of the Old Waconians’ Educational Fund to support former scholars in their careers.

1946

An Old Scholars’ Memorial Service is held.

1948

Seven Old Waconians achieve places in the Olympic Lacrosse team.

1950

The Old Waconian Memorial Fund is launched.

1952

The Diamond Jubilee of the Old Boys’ Association is celebrated with a dinner held at the Engineers’ Club in Manchester.

1953

On 27th April the Old Boys’, the Old Girls’ and the Junior Sections of the Association merge to form The Old Waconians’ Association.

1957

The Old Waconians’ Memorial Pavilion is built.

1960

The 50th Anniversary of the Old Waconians’ Lacrosse Club is celebrated.

1964

The Old Waconians’ Reunion and Parents’ Fete Day are combined for the first time.

1991

The ‘Girls’ stained glass window in the Dining Room is restored.

1992

The Old Waconians’ Association celebrate their Centenary.

2006

A new Archive Room, named in recognition of the work of Mr David Goodison in preserving the Archive, is opened with the help of the Old Waconians’ Association.

2010

Members of The Old Waconians’ Association agree to a proposal by the School that all former pupils and staff automatically become members of the Association and that subscription is FREE.

2011

An Exhibition Match is held at School to celebrate the Centenary of the Manchester Waconians’ Lacrosse Club.

2015

The Amended Constitution, which follows the signing, in 2010, of the Memorandum of Agreement, is presented to the members of the Old Waconians' Association, and its adoption is voted upon. Sheila Kenyon steps down as President after serving in this role since 1992, and being involved with the Old Scholars’ Associations (in various guises) since she left School in 1950.

2017

An Amended Constitution is presented to Old Waconians at the June AGM, and its adoption voted upon. The Constitution replaces the Old Waconians' Association Committee with an Alumni Board. The Board is representative of the School’s Old Waconian community in terms of age group, geographical location, interests and experience.

OWA AGM June 2018

The 66th Annual General Meeting of the Old Waconians' Association will take place on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Unapproved minutes of the OWA AGM in June 2018.

If you have any questions or matters that you would like to raise at the AGM please submit these in writing by 14 June 2019 to er@chschool.co.uk or to the School's address.