Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Association
for the former pupils and past-and-present staff of Trinity School, Croydon.
 

STOP PRESS

We are very sorry to report the recent deaths of these members:

Alan Sexton (1949)
Les Harris (1949)
Tony Mead
(1959)
Ian Hussey (1959)
Alex Greenslade (1985)
Ivor Matanle (1957)
Mike Hardstone (1957)
Michael Mead (1959)
Mike Morss (1951)
Barry Widger (Staff)
Roger Hammond (1963)
Stuart Philp (Staff)
John Starling (1953)
Brian Hollands MBE (1947)

WHO ARE WE?

The TMWA is a social organisation for the former pupils of Trinity School, Croydon.

Past and present members of staff are also eligible for membership, and are always welcome - no recriminations!

We have a well-equipped clubhouse in Sanderstead, a few miles away from the school, which is the headquarters for sports clubs (cricket, rugby and hockey) and a very active Amateur Dramatic society, the Mitre Players.
It is also the venue for the fortnightly Folk and Blues evenings.

The Clubhouse Re-opening

Following Government guidelines, the clubhouse closed again on 5th November. Subject to the success of the lockdown, we will re-open shortly after 2nd December. The rules of engagement will remain as before, unless varied by the guidelines.

Our hard working bar team look forward to serving you again soon.

 

LOSS OF PROMINENT MEMBERS

Brian Hollands, MBE (1947) died at the start of November, at the age of 91. Brian was a vice-President of the Association and was a working whirlwind from the 1950s onwards. He is best remembered as a rugby player, hooking for the 1st XV. When he became too old for that game he transferred to hockey, and was a pillar of the lower teams for a few years. He was the first Chairman of the  Swimming and Water Polo Club, and under his chairmanship the water polo team became the first and only club to reach National League standard.
Brian was a very practical person and was heavily involved with the running of the ground and the clubhouse for many years. Many of the older members will remember spending happy hours on Brian's working parties. Who was responsible for the car park soakaway?           

John Starling (1953) died in August, having been ill for some time. John was best known as a sportsman in his younger days, revealing his wider interests only later. He was an elusive stand-off or centre for the 1st XV while at cricket he was a dashing middle order batsman and a brilliant cover fielder, disguising his poor eyesight. He was a senior executive in the aluminium industry. It later transpired that he had a wide interest in the arts, particularly art and music. He was an enthusiastic follower of association and school activities, attending concerts, Mitre Players productions, and both rugby and cricket matches.

Barry Widger, former member of staff at Trinity and a keen member of the TMWA cricket club, died in May, having suffered from cancer for around two years. Barry taught classics at Trinity but was best known as the master in charge of cricket. Barry came from Devon (he supported Plymouth Argyle) and was very interested in all sport, but especially cricket. His trenchant views on the England selectors, expressed in his quiet West Country accent, would make their hairs curl if they could hear them.
Barry played cricket for several clubs in his career but eventually settled down with the Old Mids, where his spin bowling and dogged batting made him a fixture in the 1st XI. After retirement from the field, he was a regular supporter at Sanderstead.

Roger Hammond, 1963, was diagnosed with cancer about the same time as Barry, and their medical histories ran in parallel. Each had a bad prognosis at the outset, seemed on track for a recovery, but then this year had a final relapse. Like Barry, Roger also died in May. Roger was keen on sport, in his case hockey. He joined the TMWA hockey club soon after leaving school, and quickly established himself as a pillar of the lower end of the club. His strength was in administration rather than on the field, and he served substantial periods as team secretary and fixture secretary. He moved on to become fixture secretary for Surrey, and eventually was elected Chairman of the Surrey Hockey Association. He was also interested in local politics, and served for several years as a local councillor.

 

 

 

 

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Many congratulations to Imani-Lara Lansiquot (2016) (2nd from left) who had a double success at the Championships. She reached the final of the Women's 100 metres, finishing 6th, and then went on to win a GOLD MEDAL in the 4 x 100 metres relay.

BRITISH CHAMPION, 2020

More congratulations to Imani, who became the 100 metres British Champion in Manchester

 

Photo: Sky

Sports News

For news of all the sports clubs within The Trinity Club, please refer to their web-site, at http://www.tsssc.co.uk

Folk and Blues evenings

Under the guidance of Neil Pepper (1971) we have started holding Folk and Blues evening on alternate Wednesday evenings, at the club, starting at 9 p.m. Entrance is free and audience and participants are equally welcome.
They run on alternate  Wednesdays.

 

You can find details on their web site by
clicking here.
 

 

This site was updated in November 2020. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Geoff Wilsher, at gwilsh@aol.com.