Since 2008 the original September date has been changed to the October half term, at the request of some members who are still teachers, so that they can extend their visit to Bridgwater.
In Sept. 2005, the world famous cricket umpire, (now the late) David Shepherd, was our speaker. This was announced in Roger Evans’ last newsletter and, as no-one else answered his appeal for a new person to take over as editor, an enquiry by the “new boy” was seen as a welcome offer, and so a new era of newsletters began. The present editor would like it to be known though, that any DMS ‘old boy’ with a passion to ‘try his hand’ at editorship would be warmly welcomed also!
For the following three years we had professional comedians as our speakers; ‘Tank Sherman’ (Exeter born Graham Musgrove) in 2006 and Bob Webb in 2007 (both Sept.) In 2008 the dinner was moved to the end of October and Jimmy Quinn was our speaker.
Mike Dodden did us proud for our dinner in October 2009 when he got Somerset and England cricketer Andy Caddick to attend the dinner, speak to us, and present several draw prizes. Now in 2010 he has even excelled on that booking as we have retired Major General Tim Cross, yet another ‘old boy’ of DMS, addressing us at our October reunion.
Newsletters through the years have given news and queries from other ‘old boys’, together with the notices of deaths and memorial services of some as well, including in 2008, that of perhaps our most notable ‘old boy’, The Right Honourable The Lord Biffen, DL, born at Combwich on Nov. 3rd 1930. The editor is always grateful to receive news items or memories from any ‘old boy’ of the school, and any other item even loosely connected with the school sites, Durleigh, and Bridgwater.
We still have a very long list of ‘old boys’ whose whereabouts are unknown to the committee – if anyone can help us locate some of these, please do let us know. As could be expected from Dr. Morgan’s school, we have members from all around the world, but we would welcome more.