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Founder’s Day Celebration:

On Thursday , at 7.30 pm., Old Boys, their guests, and civic dignitaries assembled at the west end of Halifax Minster to celebrate for the fourth year in the current revival, the life and work of Dr Favour.

Jim Farrell and the Head Boy observing the Head Girl placing the chaplet on Dr Favour’s bust
Placing the chaplet

A very successful format has been found for the service, based on evensong, with hymns, contributions from the choir, the traditional readings from Ecclesiasticus and Ephesians; an anthem; the address; the three collects; prayers; ending with the floral tribute laid on the bust of the venerable founder.

We were delighted to welcome this year the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft [Heath 1968–1975] to lead the service. In his address he reminded us that he had been a vicar in Halifax for nine years. He focused on the challenges facing young people today, with the mixed messages they are bombarded with from all sides. He advocated some of the old-fashioned Christian virtues as a possible antidote to the frenzy of modern life.

The Minster chamber choir, conducted by the Revd Dr Hilary Barber, sang magnificently throughout.

Thanks once again to the many people who helped to make the occasion such a highlight in the Old Boys calendar: the Bishop; the vicar for hosting us; the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale for attending; the Head Girl and Head Boy of the school; the choir; Jim Farrell and the HOBA committee for all their hard work and Jon Hamer and colleagues for organising the buffet.

The attendance may have been slightly down on last year but everyone who attended finds it a memorable, uplifting occasion, a mix of gravitas and conviviality. Long may it continue.

Rod Eastwood [1954–1961]