Book Launch - Bill Forster
Some of you may remember Bill Forster (1948-58) from the DVD he made about life at Ballards in the 1950s but he used to run the University of Hertfordshire Press and when he retired set up his own imprint, Holywell House Publishing. He has just published a hardback edition of A Hard Fought Ship: the Story of HMS Venomous, a book about the elderly V & W Class destroyer in which his father served. It has become the classic book on the 69 V & Ws and will be of interest to anybody with a family members who served in the Royal Navy during the war. Some of the veterans attended the book launch which was hosted by Rear Admiral John Kingwell RN, the Deputy Commandant at the Royal College of Defence Studies in Belgrave Square. The author Capt John Rodgaard USN (Ret) flew over from Washington for the launch. Bill did most of the research and contributed to the ms as well as being the publisher. For further details of the book see: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/3rdEdition/Contents.html
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Old Russellians’ Sterling Silver bracelets and 100% Silk Ties are available to purchase from Julia Powell.
This very popular DVD contains archive footage from the past 70 years, from Russell Hill School to Royal Russell School. We are now taking orders at £10.00 plus p&p each, having sold out of copies at the May Reunion. If you would like a copy please contact Julia.
From Court-Martial to Peerage - Published in March 2009
ROYAL RUSSELL SCHOOL 1980 – 1996
From Court-Martial to Peerage
by Ronald Balaam
Shirley and I spent twenty years at Lancing College including ten years in charge of a boarding house of some seventy boys. In 1980 I applied for and was appointed to the Headship of the Royal Russell School. This proved to be a more demanding assignment than I had anticipated and the sixteen years that we spent there were not without their tricky moments. The decision to write a book was only taken ten years into retirement when I came to the conclusion that there was a story worth telling, for my own benefit certainly and perhaps for the enlightenment of others involved at the time.
Ian Beer, former Head Master of Ellesmere College, Lancing College and Harrow School, kindly agreed to write a foreword and says: ‘It is a precautionary tale that should be read by any interested in education'.
For anyone interested in further details for ordering please contact Sue.
John Piggin - long-serving and highly esteemed member of the teaching staff - who was a stalwart colleague during this period and who is still energetically in post comments: ‘This is a fascinating insight into the joys and pitfalls of being Headmaster of a school and succeeding when things don't always go according to plan! Ron was a remarkable Headmaster of the Royal Russell School, and no matter whether you knew him or not his book will provide an intimate understanding of what it took to be its Headmaster in the 1980s'.