Dear Old Sanawarians,
The Executive Committee of the Old Sanawarian Society extends a warm welcome to all of you at the 170th Founder’s of The Lawrence School Sanawar.
His Excellency Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, an Old Sanawarian Batch of 1979 will be the Chief Guest for our 170th Founder’s Day on 4th October 2017.
A detailed program of the events at Founder’s is given below. The following may please be noted:
1. The OS Society preliminary meeting will be held on 3rd October 2017 from 2.15 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Som Dutt Sports Complex, Sanawar.
2. The OS Dinner on 3rd October will be held at Glenview Resort, Kasauli from 8.30 p.m. onwards.
3. The AGM of the Old Sanawarian Society(OSS) will be held on 4th October 2017 at 2.00 p.m. at Som Dutt Sports Complex, Sanawar.
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Aruna Sharma Mongia (OS67)
Bobby Oberoi (OS67)
Bhupi Agarwal (OS67)
In 2014, Kumkum Sood, Headgirl 1967, took the initiative to start seeking out as many of our batch mates as possible. Bhupi Aggarwal took over the baton, compiling a list of all our batch mates as we started to make contact with them and before long it was time for our Golden Jubilee, which was very well attended by 33 out of a total of 58 batch mates and 17 spouses too.
The partying started from 29th September at a dinner graciously hosted by Ashok Sablok at his home in Delhi when most of the overseas class mates had arrived.
On 30th September and 1st December morning people commenced their travel up to Sanawar albeit halting in oases along the way as detailed below.
Anjana Bisht nee Rani, Col Lalli Bains and Brigadier Pradeep Sharma, each kindly hosted dinner or lunch at their homes, all at different venues in and around Chandigarh to facilitate the numerous spread out batch mates to conveniently attend at least one such occasion.
As the photos and happiness quotient will testify they were all enjoyed and exceptionally nostalgic with each of the hosts extending warm and gracious hospitality.
On the 1st as is customary, the OS Chandigarh Chapter organised a golf tourney at the Chandigarh Golf club whilst Neelima Sarin, nee Gupta and Rajwant Sandhu, nee Randhawa, took many of the class mates and their spouses on an open double decker ride across Le Corbusier, picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks the city of Chandigarh.
This was also followed up by the Hot Millions organising their annual OS dinner on behalf of the Chandigarh Chapter which was very well attended at the tranquil and cool venue of the Chandigarh Golf Range.
On 2nd October by 4pm everyone from the 1957, 1967 and 1992 batches respectively celebrating their Diamond, Golden and Silver anniversaries were seated in the pristine and calmly divine space of the school chapel in all its splendour of the high arch the tainted window panes and the energy of the youthful choir to kick off what was an exceptionally sombre and emotional service conducted by the Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pandey, that left most if not all those present, with a lump in their throat and teary eyed. It was a reflective moment, of the great life that Sanawar had embarked upon us and what we learnt there in our youth.
Each of the years celebrating their special anniversaries were also requested to address the congregation at the Chapel. Kumkum Sood, Headgirl 1967 and Karamvir Singh, Headboy 1967, spoke on behalf of our batch
This was followed by High Tea hosted by the Headmaster at his sparkling bungalow that would have done justice to any imperial palace in its shining and absolutely pristine upkeep.
Next it was the “official” batch photographs.
Later that evening, Rao Inderjit Singh and his wonderful wife Bubbles hosted us for dinner at their haveli cottage. Mr Sikand our chemistry teacher who had shaped our hormones into the correct chemical balance whilst we were at school, was presented with a silver plaque and was gifted with a shawl from Manipur by Vunga as a token of our fondness and respect.
3rd October was a day filled with lots of activities, starting with Athletics where our Year, 1967 ran the relay. Of course they came last but nevertheless won a medal for participating. This was followed by Exhibitions, OS matches and the School Play – Three Blind Mice, and for the grand finale of the day – the Tattoo.
This was a splendid display of what the school children had trained for during the year.
Starting with the Mass PT, Gymnastics – including the girls! (not so in our time), the lively Goan dance performed by the junior school – what beautiful costumes, and then to end it all, the superb extravaganza of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” performed exceptionally well by the senior school students. Simply amazing!
This was followed by a dinner at the Glenview Resort Hotel, Kasauli, hosted by the OS Society. We were very well looked after throughout the evening, and indeed throughout Founders, by the very pleasant and charming Amrita Verma, assigned to us by the OS Society.
As always the parade was impressive! The standard of marching, especially by the girls, was exemplary. March pasts were followed by speeches and prize giving.
The Chief Guest this year was: His Excellency Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Old Sanawarian, batch of 1979.
This was followed by Lunch at the Heady’s house, and then everybody dispersed following the OS Society AGM – some of us having had to leave soon after our show of hands for the quorum at the OS Society meeting, due to travel plans.
And so ended our long awaited and wonderful Golden Jubilee celebrations!
Looking forward to 2022 – Our next proposed Reunion.
The Nominating Committee in its meeting held on 14 October 2017 decided to set up an Amendments Committee to consider the need, if any, of effecting amendments to the Memorandum of Association / Rules & Regulations of the Old Sanawrian Society. The Committee has four members and is chaired by Mr. Jai Singh Gill (OS 1961).
Please view the link: OSS Rules and Regulations
Regret to inform , Audrey Rutherford Nejedly passed away at the age of 94 in Coonoor Tamil Nadu after a brief illness. She was in Sanawar from 1931-39 in
Lawrence House now known as Himalaya. Afer marriage she settled down in Coimbatore. She led a very active life till the very end. She may have been the oldest living OS in India .
She had expressed her desire to attend the OS Reunion held in Mumbai on 2 September 2017. But due to her frail health she was unable to.
A wreath was placed on her coffin on behalf of the Mumbai OS.
Heartfelt Condolences to her family and friends from the Old Sanawarian fraternity