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The Founder’s Collect

Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Latin Grace

Having lingered far too long in the sixth form, I read out the grace many times and think I can recall it:

Before dinner:

Gratias maximas nos tibi, Domine, propter haec et omnia tua beneficia agimus, qui e favore tuo haec tua dona iam sumpturi sumus. Hunc cibum oramus ut benedicas in usum nostrum et nos in officium tuum, per Jesum Christum Salvatorem nostrum. Amen.

After dinner:

Pro his donis quibus fructi sumus et omni erga nos favore, laudetur et benedicatur sanctissimum Dei Nomen in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

David Bolton [Heath 1961–1969]

Guy Fawkes at Heath?

Bryan Wade [1933–1939] writes from Newbury with the curious suggestion that when he was at Heath there was a story going round that Guy Fawkes spent some time at Heath. Bryan wonders whether anyone has ever looked into this.

The then editor [Rod Eastwood] had a vague memory of once being asked the same question by a pupil, but not taking it too seriously.

First appeared in Newsletter dated

The current editor [John R Hudson] recalls the same suggestion from when he was at the school in the late 1950s but it can be discounted because Guy Fawkes was born in 1570 and so would have been 30 when the school finally opened its doors to pupils.