Past Presidents’ Dinner and Celebration of Michael Coker’s 40 years service to the Ratcliffian Association and Cunningham Trust Fund

Following mass celebrated by Fr Simon Giles in the chapel, Trustees of the Association and Cunningham Trust Fund joined Past Presidents for the annual Dinner held at the College at the start of half-term in October. This year’s Association President, Sam Bird (98) was unable to attend at the last moment but all were delighted to welcome our Vice President,

Sebako Siame (91) who had travelled from London for the Dinner, returning afterwards on the late train from Leicester.

Sir Anthony Holland proposed the toast to Michael Coker in recognition of his exceptional and dedicated service as clerk to the Trust Fund for 40 years. Gifts from the Ratcliffian Association were presented to Michael and Janice Coker. In response, Michael reflected on an enjoyable and satisfying role as clerk and the many opportunities afforded to support pupils and families through their schooling at Ratcliffe. He concluded by making a generous personal gift to the Association and Trustees.

The Past Presidents and Trustees thanked Gareth and Katherine Lloyd for their outstanding contribution to Ratcliffe and wished them ‘Bon Voyage’ and every success when they move to China next year.


Mr Michael Coker (52) and Mrs Janice Coker, Headmaster - Gareth Lloyd and Katherine Lloyd,  Vice President – Sebako Siame (91), Association Manager – Alexandra Slack (03), Past Association Secretary – Jackie Bennett

Past Presidents: Sir Anthony Holland (56), Michael Heath (56), Dick Cunningham (58), Fr Simon Giles (60), Paul Rudd (60), Richard Gamble (64), Louise Marsden (91).

Trustees: Richard Armitage (71), James Crossley (85), Alain Gavin (85).


Written by Michael Heath (56)



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