Welcome from the new President of the Old Shorehamers’ Association

We welcome our new President, David Abbott, who has taken over from Edward Gray following his retirement after 38 years. Below is a welcome message from David:

Starting a new job is always a little daunting, but when your predecessor has done it for 38 years, it is even more scary!  So it is with a lot of trepidation that I present myself to you as the new President of the OSA.  Edward Gray's shoes will be difficult to fill, but I will do my best.

I studied at Shoreham Grammar School, as it was then, from 1962 to 1969.  I am among a small group of boys who attended all 3 school sites at that time - Pond Road in Shoreham, Clifton Road in Worthing and the current site at St Julian's Lane.  Throughout that time, I was a boarder, as my parents travelled the world with the RAF.  I achieved a satisfactory number of O-Levels and the 'normal' 3 A-Levels, with grades which enabled me to go to university.  These days they are (obviously) called GCSEs, and a university qualification is on a points, rather than a grades, system.

After graduating from Southampton University with an honours degree in Electronics, I started work with The Plessey Company.  Also at that time, I joined the OSA, as the concept of paying through your school account and attaining automatic membership, had not been thought of then.  Over the years, I have had a number of jobs in the engineering industry and I have served the OSA as both a committee member and as treasurer.  I have seen many changes in the Association and I am sure I will see many more over the next few years.

What we on the Focus Group (as the previous committee is now called) still struggle to understand, is what the members want, or expect, from the Association?  So I would encourage all members, of all ages, to contact the Association through our website, our Facebook site, or directly to me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I look forward to meeting as many alumni (as I think all old-boys and old-girls are now called) as possible during my period of office.

David Abbott – March 2016

The photos show the handover from Edward to David plus a picture taken with the Headmaster, Richard Taylor-West.

Please click here for an article on Edward Gray