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New Blood for the Old Lennensians of King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 15:34 19 September 2018

King Edward VII Academy  Photo: Old Lennensians

King Edward VII Academy Photo: Old Lennensians

Photo: Old Lennensians

One of the oldest alumni organisations in King’s Lynn has been saved from closure.

OL Chairman Andrew Stephen and fellow pupils from KES Photo: Old  LennensiansOL Chairman Andrew Stephen and fellow pupils from KES Photo: Old Lennensians

The Old Lennensians (OL) is a society for former pupils and staff of the King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn and dates back to the 16th Century when it was a boys’ grammar school.

At an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held last Saturday it was feared the organisation had no choice but to close its doors becqause of its aging committee.

But OL chairman Andrew Stephen said: “There was no way that could be allowed to happen.

“Many of the committee were not in the first flush of youth and wanted to stand down. They feared there was nobody to continue their good work, but an appeal for volunteers brought an extraordinary response from former pupils and we will be continuing with a fresh committee, buzzing with new ideas.”

OL Chairman Andrew Stephen  Photo: Old LennensiansOL Chairman Andrew Stephen Photo: Old Lennensians

There are a lot of new technological changes on the way to boost online presence as many former pupils didn’t know the society existed. A new updated website and social media profile are in development.

Mr Stephen said: “Getting involved in the Old Lennensians is a great way of keeping in touch with old school friends, as well as putting something back into the school. We work closely with the school itself, providing support for prizes, memorial boards and items which the Academy Trust would not be expected to provide. We passionately believe that our Association should celebrate and publicise the achievements of a school which is very different from the one we knew.”

The academy’s story started in 1510, when the will of Thomas Thoresby, then mayor of Lynn, made provision for the payment of a priest who would teach six children ‘in grammar and song’. In 1543 Mr Thoresby’s son granted the school four pieces of land in Gaywood to be used for expansion.

The OL’s are busy organising a number events for the future including reunions and sports days.

Mr Stephen said: “Some events will be for old boys and old girls only, but many will involve partners, children and friends. All members will be encouraged to organise events of their own.”

For more information contact the Friends of KES Facebook page.

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