AN AUDIENCE WITH GAVIN MORTIMER
A glimpse through The Wren Door...
In terms of Thomas Arnold Lectures, this was a really exciting one for the School. Why? It was the first TA Lecture about the School and also the gathering momentum with the imminent publication of the new history of the School, Through the Wren Door. Not only that, author Gavin Mortimer's style and approach to it were of huge appeal as his reputation had preceded him.
Boniface Hall was packed. There was a mixture of school and local community and Warminster’s U3A (University of the Third Age) were well represented. We welcomed staff, OVs, parents and pupils all eager to discover more. Gavin talked the audience through his interesting career to date. He is a passionate people observer and has been privileged to meet some real World War heroes both men and women and his anecdotal, storytelling style had the audience wanting more.
Gavin read from the book – an intriguing piece about Chamier who was the Headmaster in 1958 and was known as a “flogger”. Hearing him read from the manuscript brought the book to life. Thankfully, times have changed and those days are long gone. He closed the talk with the thing that had struck him most about Warminster School whilst speaking to OVs, former and current staff. “Family” he said was what had stayed with him, “Warminster is all about family”.
Year 12 pupil, Seb Morris gave the vote of thanks: he thanked Gavin for, firstly beating the French customs strike and getting to school on time from Paris and then for delivering such a fantastic talk. It was fascinating learning about his career and also how the school has changed over 312 years of its existence. Before Seb ended, he thanked Gavin and mentioned he had some interesting insider information on his path to success, it seems it all started with the 1978 Panini World Cup Album. Gavin allegedly pinched the German goalkeeper Sepp Maier, from a certain member of the audience (our Headmaster) and this was the beginning of his success.
Please order your copy of the book in advance by contacting Stella for the affordable sum of £13.
Stella Aldridge, Deputy Head of Development & Alumni