Westhillian Association

Old Westhillians

The Old Westhillians is an organisation run for the benefit of the past pupils of the school and their parents.  It is run by a committee under its own constitution and separate from the school.  The society aims to provide a link between the school and its alumni as well as organising occasional events, normally at the school, to bring groups of people back into contact with each other and the school.

In recent years, it has been difficult to find committee members and events and newsletters have been few and far between but we now have a new committee who are very keen to breathe new life in to the society and who would love to hear from you.

The society can only stay in touch with you if we have up to date contacts (preferably email addresses)  If you have not heard from the society in the last year, please send your up to date email or home address to oldwesthillian@westhillpark.com and we will ensure that you get any future mailings and event invites.

Autumn meeting

Old Westhillian Day 2015 – A Very Special Occasion

We had a wonderful day on Saturday 10th October at West Hill Park in the lovely sunshine.   Many decades were represented from the 1930s to the twenty first century and it was a special moment when Simon and Joanna, the grand children of the founder of the school, Mr Charles Ransome, came through the door to see where they had been brought up and for Jo to see the room where she had been born. 

After a brief AGM we launched ‘The Gryphon’s Tale’ a history of West Hill Park lovingly compiled by the long-serving senior master, Ian Jameson. After this we divided and one group viewed the excellent Archive Room restored and presented by Keith Tatman (father of Robert and Ben).  Here everyone found something of his or her years at the school and there were many hoots of laughter at the photographic evidence. Keith is very keen for memorabilia to add to the Archive Room, particularly The Lookout numbers 14 and 46.)

Another group moved outside to set the wooden plaque, engraved from West Hill oak by Andy Kettlewell, to remember John Benwell who was Head of Geography, Hamble housemaster and deputy head between 1985 and 1995.  The tree is strategically placed behind the bowler’s arm on the first X1 pitch.

After tailor-made tours from obliging present Westhillians, the company retired to the Jubilee Hall for drinks and a delicious buffet lunch.  The talk was of West Hill memories and friendships were rekindled.  A huge thank you to Alastair and Karen Ramsay who seamlessly engineered our day to fit in with the usual Saturday school activities and matches. 

We do hope that you will try to come to one of our events in the near future, more details of which will be circulated at the beginning of next year.  The Old Westhillian Association has not been formed to make a profit, simply to bring together as many Old Westhillians as can be reached, so please do let us know of anyone’s email address you may have who was once a parent, pupil or staff member at West Hill.

On behalf of the Old Westhillian Association I offer you a warm invitation to join our Facebook page and I hope we will see you soon.

Sally Mostyn

(Formerly Benwell: a member of staff at WHP 1985 – 1995, present Chairman of the OWA)

Archive room

Thanks to the hard work of past parent Mr Keith Tatman the Archive Room is now 'Officially Open' and up and running.  In this room you will find a complete set of lookout magazines and many other school photographs from different eras of the school.  If you have any photographs or other memorabilia from your time at the school that you would be willing to loan scan or give to us, we would be most grateful. We are particularly interested in locating whole school photographs or team photographs that date between 1945 and 1988.

We are grateful to Fred Atapour who recently sent us the following photographs of his arrival at the school in 1947.


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Join us on LinkedIn

 Connect with other old Westhillians through our LinkedIn group.

The Gryphon Newsletter May 2017

Mrs Amber Malleson is coordinating the data base for the Westhillians. 

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We would love to  receive your news, pictures and contact details.


The Gryphon's Tale

On Saturday 10th October The Gryphon's Tale was launched during our Old Westhillian's Day.

The book tells the history of the school and has been lovingly put together by Ian, Ziggy or Jammy, depending on your era.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please email Mrs Karen Ramsay


The book can be bought from School for £7.50 or we can send one in the post for £10.