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Nick Butterworth’s End of Term Report

End of Term Report

‘He has contributed much during his time here, some of it helpful’ might be how some would describe my time as Chairman but it has been an immense privilege and pleasure to serve on the Worth Society Committee for the last eleven years. As my appointment was only intended to be for three years, I feel I have rather overstayed my welcome, but at least I was not asked to leave!

When Fr Christopher invited me to succeed Andrew Boys in 2003, the foundations for what then was the Worth Old Boys Society were well laid by Andrew and his Committee which included several Society legends some of whom, to their immense credit, continue to serve on the Committee. Our task was to develop the Society’s appeal as a body which offered former pupils increased benefits and ways for helping each other, the Monastery, the School and those outside the Worth family.  The development included rebranding to Worth Society and WOBS to Worthians in recognition of what was then forthcoming young lady members and a simple, yet profound coining of the strapline ‘Connecting Worthians’, which encapsulates an important part of our mission.

Beyond words, I believe that the Committee has achieved a great deal in recent years.  A very significant number of Worthians have been reunited or connected through the now regular decade reunions, careers guidance gatherings for recent leavers, new sporting events and expanded financial help to those wishing to help others through our Global Action Awards and Sponsorship funding. Our support for the School has developed through the immensely valuable involvement on the Committee of the Head Master and senior members of staff, with increased commitment to careers guidance and through Worthians providing work experience.

Our connection with the Monastery has strengthened with the regular attendance at Committee meetings of the Abbot and another legend, Fr Kevin, and immense behind the scenes support from Fr Stephen. The Monastery helps Worthians in so many ways including confidential counselling, an annual Mass in London and spiritual events at Worth and going forward I feel the Society should focus on ways to support the Monastery. Equally the Society should find ways to further its support for the School and I know that my successor, Jerry Fletcher, is keen to focus on those aspects.

I depart with immense gratitude to all past and present members of the Committee who have given up considerable time and worked as a tremendous team. My greatest thanks must go to those who have really operated the Committee and without whom the Worth Society simply would not function, namely the wonderful Marie-Clare McMenemy, Olivia Henley and now Mary Lou Burge who have contributed more than many realise to the success of our Society and who each deserve particular recognition.

Finally, I thank every Worthian who has supported the Society in so many ways from their membership, generous donations, attendance at events and contributions to The Blue Paper over the years.  By supporting the Society you have not only helped fellow Worthians, the School and the Monastery but also countless others far less fortunate than ourselves. I leave with the greatest optimism for the future of our Society knowing that my first Head of House is now my successor.

Nicholas Butterworth (G’76)