The Downian Society

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The Downian Society is open to past pupils of The Downs Malvern and the three school which eventually merged to create it:

Honorary membership is also offered to members of staff when they leave.

The Downs Malvern is now well established and has strong links with Malvern College. The current Headmaster, staff, pupils, Governors and parents are keen to build on much of the history that the three founding schools and their communities have established, whilst continuing to innovate and improve.The Downian Society has a strong part to play in maintaining these historical links.


Committee meeting Autumn 2018

The Autumn committee meeting is now set for 11:00 am on Saturday 1st December 2018. If you have anything you'd like us to put on the agenda, do drop us a line.

Downian Day 2018

The Memo Hall
The Memo Hall feeling shy behind its landscaping

James Boyd engine in steam
James Boyd in steam

A memorable Downian Day took place on 23 June.

A good turnout of Old Downians were greeted by the most perfect Summer's day we have caught in a long time. The morning assembly was the only function in the Memo Hall after all, as its official opening had to be postponed because Philip Hoyland, who was to preside, was unable to make it. The customary walkabouts through the day, open or guided to choice, demonstrated that hobbies, the railway and the like, indeed the whole school, were all in fine form.

Even the AGM attracted more interest than it has in a long time – thank you all for your support. Three main items stood out:

Afterwards, lunch was available in the dining room and it was a great pleasure for those of us from that era to welcome Andrew and Mrs. Auster back on their first visit since leaving the Downs for even greater things. Hugh Nicklin, back on the railway in boiler suit and beaming grin, was of course one of their main ports of call. Meanwhile, down on the playing fields, little can yet beat a lazy picnic lunch on manicured lawns under a glorious June sun, to the accompaniment of a cricket match in white flannels and, dare I say it, nostalgia for one's own bygone days.

The DLR was in steam well into the evening, with JB pulling loaded passenger carriages around Brock meadow. Yeoman work from the hardy railway hobbyists, who will have deserved a Sunday lie-in. We expect others also needed a lie-in after the Friends' Summer Celebration, which was an expanded version of previous Pig & Jig events including fairground stalls and attractions. The ODs present seemed to grace the drinks marquee more than the ceilidh, leaving that and the bucking bronco to the children and some of the gamer parents. The mix of Downians old and current, parents, balmy evening sun, and JB chugging merrily around Brock meadow made for an idyllic scene and a memorable event.


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The Downian Society now has a Facebook page where you can leave messages and contact other Old Downians.

Old news

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Past pupils or staff may contact the Society secretary as below and he can arrange for you to join.

The Society currently has well over a 1,000 members, details of whom are held by the secretary.


The archives are extensive and cover an enormous amount of the school history. We always welcome additions, particularly Badgers as we no longer have a complete set. We do not have any copies of old Downian Society newsletters at present and this could form a useful addition.

The archives are temporarily housed in a cramped wooden hut on the main school site, while we try to find a more suitable permanent home. Visits can be arranged by appointment.

School visits

The school always gives a warm welcome visits to former pupils. If you let the School Secretary know beforehand she will happy to arrange for you to be shown around school. Please contact Pam Hill on 01684 544104. Queries about The Downs Malvern can be addressed to the Headmaster ( during term time.


Hon. Sec.: Henry Winstanley (OD 1978-84)


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You can leave messages and contact other Old Downians on the Downian Society Facebook page.

All other queries about the Society and Old Downians should be addressed to the Downian Society Secretary, Henry Winstanley. He may be contacted via email at the "downiansociety" mail address "at"

Postal address: The Downian Society, The Downs Malvern, Brockhill Rd, Colwall, Malvern, WR13 6EY.

The Downs Malvern: For information about the school, or to contact it for any other reason, you can contact Pam Hill on 01684 544104. General queries about The Downs Malvern can be addressed to the Headmaster during term time via. asc "at" You can also find out more on the The Downs Malvern web site.

Website: To contact the Downians webmaster for this site, please use the "admin" email address "at"

Updated 9 Oct 2018