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WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award

The WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award is WWF's premier award. The purpose of the award is to recognise, once a year, highly meritorious contributions to the conservation of wildlife and natural resources.

Many congratulations to Blue Ventures founder and OW ('90-'97) Alasdair Harris who, alongside Mr Alifereti Tawake, is the recipient of this year's award. This highlights the extraordinary effort the winners are taking to support local communities in rebuilding fish populations and restoring marine habitat, such as coral reefs, through community-based conservation.

The official WWF media release provides further information, which can be read here. Read more from an interview with Alasdair about his work here.


Old Wilsonians' quatercentenary celebrations

On the 29th September, the 400th anniversary of the founding of Wilson’s School, all alumni were invited to St Giles, Camberwell, for a service of thanksgiving for the life and educational legacy of the school’s founder, Edward Wilson. This was not only a special occasion for the School but also for the alumni and feedback from the event has been fantastic.

At 10.45 the bells of St Giles rang out; this was replicated at Southwark Cathedral, where the School held their service, and at Croydon Minster. Reverend Lyn Billing, a governor at Wilson’s, conducted the service with an address from Clive Peckover, Chair of Trustees, covering the history of Wilson’s School and its evolution from 1615. Wilson’s has a rich history, unbeknownst to many of the listeners, so please do read Clive’s address here – it is very interesting!

The old St Giles Church burnt to the ground in 1841, meaning Edward Wilson’s tomb was lost forever. However, at the new church there is a plaque to commemorate our founder, of which a photograph can be seen to the left.

Finally, many thanks to those alumni, families and friends who celebrated the quatercentenary of Wilson's. It was a historic occasion and it  was great to see so many different generations of  Old Wilsonians present at the service. Our  grateful thanks must also be extended to Clive  Peckover, Ian Forbes, Reverend Billing, St Giles  Church, Camberwell College of Arts (the former  site of Wilson’s) and the Grand Union Bar, without whose support the day could not have run so smoothly.

If there are any further photographs of the service that you would like to share, please send them to where they would be gratefully received –  thank you!


 Literary endeavour - your help needed

Follow this link to find a book project started by the late Mr Norman Sollis, who had compiled a history of the school's field trips of the sixties, seventies and eighties. Please read the document to see how you might help a team of OWs complete the project.



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