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2011 : Drinks for Andrew Taylor Review

2011 : Drinks for Andrew Taylor

On Friday 16th September 2011 over 100 Worthians gathered for drinks in central London to meet with Andy Taylor who retired as boarding House Master at the end of the 2010/11 academic year.

Andy continues to be heavily involved in many aspects of school life at Worth – including teaching history and being an active member of the Worth Society Committee as our Footballing guru!  But, after 12 years at the helm of St Bedes (from 1999 to 2001) and Gervase (from 2002 to 2011), Worth Society felt that this was an opportune time to celebrate Andy’s momentous milestone with those Worthians who had fallen under his care between 1999 and 2011.

Having found what we deemed to be the right type of venue – the ball was set rolling.  The date was agreed, the Nordic Bar and Restaurant in London W1 was booked and Josh Taylor set about establishing a Facebook page while Ben Taylor and Olivia issued the invitations.  It wasn’t long before the responses started flooding in!

So, fast forward to Friday 16th September and we find that over 100 Worthians (many more than the 80 originally expected!) arrived to celebrate with Andy – a tribute to his popularity.   

With a Worth Society kitty for drinks and canapés in place behind the bar, the tone of the party was set and it was time for some serious drinking and catching up!

The majority of Worthians who joined Andy were past Gervase boys, although one or two showed up simply because they enjoyed playing in his sports teams.  There were also Worthians on Gap years, others who were home from university and even Paddy, one of Worth School’s past gap-year helpers from Australia (amazing how far an Aussie will travel for a free drink!). 

As Andy commented : “It was really heart-warming to see so many of you on Friday 16th September, including three former Heads of House – Tom Cottrell, Alonso Caro and Fergus Hallam – and three former Heads of School – Fred Bradley, James Longman and Nick Elvidge. 

“As former Worth boys you are all very special to me, and I was struck by how many of you continue to stay in touch with one other – perhaps a sign of how important that final year in Gervase is for forging lifetime friendships.”

“My particular thanks go to Nick Butterworth and Olivia from Worth Society and my boys (Ben and Josh) for thinking of and arranging the gathering – and to all of you who came along to make it such a memorable and enjoyable evening for me.”

Olivia Henley / Andrew Taylor