Chris Hepden's Hatfield School Contacts

Chris Hepden

This Post includes, and takes over from, the lists in two Comments I made in 2020 and 2019 which were attached to the”‘Hatfield Secondary Technical School” post/page. I aim to update this page every few months – easier to do as they’re all in this one place. This Post was last updated on:  26/07/23 (inserting recent new contacts.)

I only use OurHatfield, I don’t run it ! The staff and volunteers are very helpful, but please don’t swamp them with loads of message-forwarding requests all at once.

Please email me – directly, or via – if you need help in contacting anyone I’ve listed. I share names, but not e-addresses unless the owner has approved it; I’ll forward emails to single e-addresses if you ask me.

I’m in contact with the following old Pupils and Staff of Hatfield School:

Gillian Cooper (now Jamieson) ’53-’58
Janet Wheeler ’53-’60
Lorna Barford (now Noble) ’53-
Anthony Ellender, HS ’53-?60
Chris Huckle pp: Robin Huckle, ’54
Allan F Richardson, ’55-’61
Michael Hutton ’55-’62
John Rennocks ’56-’61
Gordon Swingler ’55-’62
Ken Doggrell ’56-’59
Tom Templeman ’56-?
Pat Chiswell (now McQueen) ’56-64
Beryl Foster (now Watson) ’56-’64
Terry Treacy ’56-?
Mike Attfield ’57-’64
Colin Crumplin ’57-’64
Jim Hood ’57-’64
Jeff Humphry ’57-
David Hutton ’57-’64
Mike Mende ’57-’64
Graham Morris, ’57-’64
Mick Pestle, ’57-’64, Comment rec’d but no email contact yet
James Smith, ’57-’62
Colin Tether, ’57-’64
Mary Cooper (now Riley) ’57-’64
Neil Riley, 1960-’64
Julie Bishop (now Capasso) ’58-’63
David Harkess ’58-’65
Ralph Keats, ’58-’65
Richard Sharpe ’58-’65
Peter Smith ’58-’63
Brian Hill ’59-’64
Ron Horgan, ’59-’66
Mary Hutton (now Pollard) ’59-’66
Dave Mobbs ’59-’64
Barbara Stanley ’59-’66
Chris Swingler ’60-’67
Martin Mathieson ’60-’67
Clint Massingham, ’60-’67?
Susan Hawkins (now Glands) ’61-’66
Dudley Barker ’61-’69
Owen Leaver ’61-’67
Irene Bagnall ’62-?’69,
Dave Gleave ’62-’64
Jacquie Duffield (now Long) ‘62-’65
Dave Clarke ’62-’69
Paul Jiggens ’62-’69
Brian Long, ’62-’67/’69?
Peter Agate ’63-’67
Lorna Bain (now Joy) ’63-’70
Steve Dumpleton ’63-’70
Christine Hughes, ’63-’66 (now Hall, see Mick Hall ’59-’66)
Bill Cotton, HS 1964-’69/’71?
Sharon Cherry (now Brew), ’64-’71, Comment rec’d but still awaiting email contact
Nigel Moore ’64-’71, Comment rec’d but still awaiting email contact
Terence Richards ’65-’72
Lester Smith (now Wallis-Smith) ’65-
Keith Dumpleton, ’65-’72
Peter Callomon, ’65-’72
Steve Axford ’66-?
Richard Gibson ’66-’71
Carole Pye (now Durston), ’66-’73
Dee (Geraldine) Atkin (now Dee Golder) ’66-’73
Paul Atkin ’66-’73?
David Edwards ’66-’73?
David Kohn ’66-’73
Steven Doney ’67-’71
Mike Connell ’67-’75
Martin Leyland ’67-’74
Judith Kohn ’68-’74?
Martin Leyland ’67-’74?
Keith Prettyman ’68-’75
Katy Thomas (now Kiely) ’68-’75
Jeff Ellis, ’68-?, Comment rec’d 30/8/20 incl large register of names for the 1968 New Entries panoramic, however Jeff still hasn’t made email contact;
Ming Tam ’71-’73
Alan Cooper ’72-?
Steven Street, HS 1971-?78
Liz Slaney (now Walker) ’73-’80
Lynne Bowman (nowMaskall) ’73-’80?
Dawn Prettyman (now Barrett) ’74-’79
Don Kilbey 74-’79
Paul Selous, ’77-?, Comment rec’d but still awaiting his email reply
Ian Shippen ’78-’85
Rob(ert) Collins ’79-’84?

Justin Ansell, prefers no contact
Amy R, Comment rec’d, but still awaiting email reply

Carole ’61-‘7? (Maths) & John ’63-7? (Music) Bantick
Ailsa Cregan (DAQC’s widow)
Rae Fitall ’56-’60 (Maths)
Dr Graham Handley ’62-’67 (English)
Ivor Knight ’58-’63 (German)
Daphne Skinner ’58-’90 (Chemistry)
Janice Herrington, 71-’90 (Geography)
Stan Gregory, 1955-’58 (German, RS)


In the early 1990s, after the final closure of HS, I tried to create a list of past pupils who might wish to keep in contact with others. I must confess that I underestimated the task, and ‘though I received many friendly and enthusiastic replies, I failed to get/keep the initiative going. I fear that some of them may groan at seeing my name again. To any who I disappointed then, I apologise sincerely for my over-ambition.

Finding old HS contacts:
My list of old-HS contacts is steadily growing, mostly as hitherto un-contacted old HS Pupils read the Posts, and write to me to ask for a photo, to offer new info, or to seek help in contacting a friend from years long past.

Achieving the aim of growing the readership and expanding the Archive of recollections depends on the combined personal networks of all our current readers and contacts. Of course I don’t know all of those names in the personal networks, but I’m confident that It’s a much larger total than mine alone.

Even if a person you wish to reach is not currently on my list above, please email me, and I will circulate your request amongst my then current contacts list in hope of getting wider help.

Several times a year I distribute a Newsmail by email, to all my HS contacts. If you’d like to be added to the list, please email me to introduce yourself, and I’ll put you on the list for the next one. I can also resend you some of the previous Newsmails.
Please read my note below about avoiding inadvertent disclosure of email addresses.

NB When I send emails to multiple addressees, I always bcc all the addressees by “bcc”, not “to” . I hope that reduces the risk of anybody’s email address being inadvertently broadcast, which would possibly increase the risk of phishing.

Other sources of HS info

David Edwards ’66-’73  has a website which includes more photos and info about HS. Try googling: David Edwards,

QR code for David Edwards’ HS website

Hatfield School 1966-73,     or visit:      or view it on your view it on your phone by using this QR code.



Possible future Posts on OurHatfield

Hatfield School Magazines 1954-1968, Contents Pages

The HSMagazines are probably the most complete collated records of the school’s activities and achievements. Whilst it’s impractical to consider posting the material in entirety on this website, the Contents pages, possibly with minor additions for sub-sections, could be a useful guide. I’d then be willing to email scanned sections on request.

The tradition of Drama at Hatfield School.

The earlier years of HS were memorable to many, for the establishing of a tradition of Drama and dramatic productions – which to an outsider might have seemed an unlikely interest in a school originally named Hatfield Technical School.
Unlikely or not, it definitely happened, and I believe it’s worthy of a new page in OurHatfield.

The highlights for many will probably the Burley-Cregan musicals – ‘Lovers and Lunatics’, and ‘The Wind on the Heath’ – but there were many other events too, all involving teams of people – where are you now ? I soon realised my limits as a performer, but simply being involved was great.

Please would anyone who has recollections of drama productions or any other performance events, including being involved in them, even performing, send me an email – directly or via , with a summary of your memories, including listing photos etc.

Once we’ve started the new page with some anchor events, we can add more details.

Past contacts from Staff

In past years, well after my leaving HS in 1964, I have been in touch with the following staff; extracts from some of their letters might make interesting reading for other old pupils.

Ken Burley (Music) ’57-’62
David Cregan (Drama, English), ’58-’62, d.2015
Molly Fitzpatrick (Snr Mistress, Dom.Sci.?), ’53-?
Gwen Hitchcock (nee Rees) (English), ’56-’63, d.2017
Bill Huntingdon (Physics), ’58-?
Kenneth d.1987 & Barbara d.2015 Hutton, ’53-’66.
Bryan/Leo McDowell (German, later Head), ’58-’62, ’85?-’90, d.2011
Stella (English) d.2018, and Bernard Mills (English) d.2014


Have you checked recently the other HS Pages/Posts listed and hotlinked in the list at the top right of this page ? The titles don’t say everything, and new edits and new Posts are being added often.

This page was added on 11/02/2021.

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  • Hi Chris (FAO Chris Hepden)
    Its Peter Callomon here. I was at HS between 1965 and 1972. It is our 50th anniversary of the class of 72 and our reunion is being held at the Bull opposite Hatfield Railway Station on the 26th February from 7pm onwards. As its 50 years since we left might I ask you to email me John Banticks email address so we can invite him please? He was our form tutor in 1965/66. Mr. Eustace was our form teacher from 1966 onwards and he came to our 40th anniversary. As its special I am hoping to have a live feed via zoom to California, Germany and Thailand! (Susan Meadows, now Day, Nick Wass and Brian Massingham). I have found John Banticks address and phone number but not his email address. Just send me a text to 07889 693681 or
    Many thanks Chris. Come as well if you can!!

    By Peter Callomon (14/02/2022)