There are few former pupil associations in the country with a longer continuous history than the Old Rivingtonians Association.
It was founded in 1904 and has a membership in excess of 200 which embraces pupils from both the former grammar school and the High School.
The President for 2015-2016 is Cliff Hilton, Secretary is Olive Fisher and the Treasurer is Beverley Davies.
Its aims are to:
- Perpetuate the memory of what was, and is, a remarkable school.
- Foster continued and new friendships among former pupils.
- Support the aims and welfare of the school.
- Support local charities.
The main events of the year are an Annual Reunion Weekend comprising a dinner dance on the Friday or Saturday evening and a Service in the School Chapel on the Sunday.
In addition to this two social events are held each year with the proceeds given to charity or used to further the material welfare of the school.
In recent years two new stained glass windows have been commissioned and installed in the school chapel, in memory of a former Headmaster and the Association itself. Only recently, a dementia charity benefited from a new book called ‘Rivington Reflections’ which shares nostalgic photographs of Rivington and Blackrod High School (the Former President of the Old Rivingtonians, David Stokes is the man behind the collection of some 600 images of school life over half a century from the 1920’s to the 1970’s). Following its terrific success (two sold out editions and a third contemplated) the Old Rivingtonians have decided to launch both a calendar for 2015 (their first such venture, comprising 12 local scenes, painted by 7 former pupils at Rivington from the 1920’s to the 1980’s), and a booklet entitled ‘Multum in Parvo’, which tells the full and fascinating story of the school’s lovely chapel (dedicated in 1892). This further complements the schools WWI project, ‘Rivington Remembers’. The nett proceeds from the calendar will be used to swell the Association’s President’s Charity Fund (the project to build a new teenage oncology unit at The Christie Hospital), whilst the proceeds from the chapel history publication will benefit school funds and the Charity fund in equal measure. Further details on both publications can be obtained from Old Rivingtonians committee member, David Kaye on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to become a member or find out more, please contact our Secretary:
23 Lever Park Avenue
Tel: (01204) 697106