1948 Whitgift Prefects Meet for the Last Time
Old Whitgiftians who were assigned roles as Prefects in 1948 have met for lunch for the last time at Whitgift School. The group of gentlemen has met regularly since the first reunion in 1958, a testament to the bonds that were built at Whitgift School more than 65 years ago.
Roy Lewis, organiser of the reunions from the start and Past President of the Whitgiftian Association (the membership organisation for Whitgift alumni), said, “There were 27 prefects appointed during the year and nearly all were at our original reunion in 1958. That number has dwindled now to just 18. We’ve got to the stage where we don’t know who may or may not turn up! Some of us travel a considerable distance to attend and that gets harder as the years go by. There comes a time when you know you have to call it a day. Still, we are extremely proud of our record.”
The group of ten ex-prefects and their wives attended the final reunion lunch at the School at the Headmaster’s invitation. They joined Headmaster, Dr Christopher Barnett, in his study for drinks prior to making their way to the Old Library for lunch, some short speeches, and a healthy helping of nostalgia.