ROGER PAWLEY – the Askean connection

Roger was at Haberdasher Aske’s school in Hatcham from 1949 to 1954. I had commenced two years before that so we did not have close association at School – rather like the Clease/Corbett sketch I looked down on them, I looked up to the Prefects.  Roger was not keen on school sports but otherwise was always a participator, a characteristic he carried into adult life. I recall he was active in school Clubs such as the Lit and Deb and the Natural History societies, there were probably others.

It was after leaving school that our paths came together, we were both members of the Old Askean Association Field Club. This club had only started a couple of years earlier, founded by Donald LeJeune and Dermot Poston. They remained our friends throughout their lives.

The Field Club had a variety of activities such as walking, pot-holing, theatre visits and dining. It thrived for a few years but then joined with the Old Askean Rambling Club which had a longer history, being founded in 1889. Roger walked with that Club for the rest of his life, he was Captain from 1989 until 2022 when ill health meant he had to stop.

He and Hazel were stalwarts of the Rambling Club keeping it active in lean times. I had very many walks with him, both locally and long-distance. The highlight is probably our walk from Coast to Coast.  We undertook Wainwright’s walk of around 200 miles from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire.  On a stopover at a farm in Shap we were complimented as being the smartest dressed walkers that the host had seen!  We did it in 4 visits of 4 days.  He was a competent map reader, bolstered by his binoculars which he usually carried to identify birds and animals as well as routes. He was calm in a crisis which made him an excellent companion. Roger had a great interest and knowledge of nature, sharing such knowledge on many Rambles with the OARC.  If the route crossed a ploughed field then Roger was on watch, hoping to find a Roman remain.   After our weekend walks we regularly were treated to tea, coffee, biscuits or cake, all from the boot of Roger and Hazel’s car and served on a table. From around Year 2000 the Club had short breaks of 5 nights at a suitable hotel in a good walking region. In the early days over 30 members were present. Two walks a day were offered and Roger could be relied upon to do them all with appropriate local maps or books.  On the final night the other guests at dinner were treated to a hearty rendition of the School song, “The Sandbin,” Roger having previously sought permission from the Management.

Roger was a gentleman, he cared for those around him and was always ready to assist in any way he could.   He is remembered as sociable and generous in his hospitality. Around Christmas each year after a short walk the ramblers were invited by Roger and Hazel to return to their home “The Captain’s Cabin”.  Members were given a sumptuous cold platter and appropriate beverage.

Roger can be regarded as a model Old Askean. He was a Life Member of the OAA and President in 2005.  He was a member of the Committee a number of times and took responsibility as Social Secretary for many events, including the introduction of the RAF Club for the Annual Dinner. He was a traditionalist – he resisted the movement of the Annual Dinner away from Haberdashers Hall, and also the cessation of it being a “black tie” event. He was a true supporter and could be relied upon to attend the various events organised by the Old Askean Association.

I am grateful to have known him and will remember him as a good friend. He is sorely missed by me and many others. May he rest in peace.

Dennis Johnson

Informal Drinks at “The George” Southwark

The Old Askean Association are having an informal get together on Friday 5th July at the George Coaching Inn, 75-77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH

We will be there from 15.00 onwards and aim is for people to drop in as and when they can and get to meet old and hopefully new friends.

Those still working in the city perhaps during their lunchtime or late afternoon once they have finished work.

If you are still in contact with any old school friends please invite them along as well.

We had around 40 attend the event in January and it would be great to exceed this.

This is being run jointly with the Hatcham Association and we hope to attract new members to this.

Hope to see you there


Peter Ayling (President)

Roger Pawley – Funeral Arrangements

Roger Pawley’s funeral will be on Friday 24th May at 10.00 a.m. at Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD.  The wake after to be held at Dulwich And Sydenham Golf Club, Grange Lane, College Road, London SE21 7LH.  Hazel has asked for no black ties, striped blazers and OA ties welcome. Family flowers only. 

If you are unable to attend the service at Beckenham, you are very welcome to come to the Golf Club after 11.30 a.m. To help with catering please let Hazel know if you are attending  the Golf Club.  Hazel’s details are as follows:- 0208 693 5660 or email  

Roger Pawley RIP

It is my sad task to tell you that a former President of the Association, Roger Pawley died on Sunday 28 April 2024. His good friend Dennis Johnson writes:

Thank you. Sad news indeed; Roger will be sorely missed by Hazel and his many friends. He was a Life Member of the OAA and President in 2005.  He had a great interest and knowledge of nature too sharing such knowledge on many Rambles with the OARC, being Captain for many years and only ceasing that when hit by ill health. I had very many walks with him, both locally and long  distance. He was a competent map reader, bolstered by his binoculars which he usually carried, used to identify birds and animals as well as routes. He and Hazel were stalwarts of the Rambling Club keeping it active in lean times.

He is remembered as sociable and generous in his hospitality. I am grateful to have known him and will remember him as a good friend.

I attach a photo, a portrait that I think encapsulates the man.

Links to other sources of Old Askean Information

There are at least two FaceBook pages/groups related to the Association. The “official” one can be found here:

Then there is the “Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham (1960s)” group which is an “unofficial” group. This can be found here:

Anthony J. Sargeant who was at School from 1955 -1962 has a wonderful series of Blogposts that can be found at:

It is well worth following the links on these posts as they bring back memories and have a great wealth of detail about the school and life in those days. Imagine teenagers going to a party wearing jackets with a collar and tie!! It really happened and there are photos to proof it.

Sadly there are parts of school that were less than perfect to say the least. The account below happened in eighties; but I know of abuse (not to me) that happened in the sixties. You can find out about the less savoury parts here:

Informal Gathering at the Barrow Boy & Banker

Our first social occasion of 2024 took place on Friday 26th January from 13.00 at the Barrow Boy and Banker pub located on the south side of London Bridge.
It was a very informal get together and large numbers (forty plus??) turned up
The aim was to encourage as many Old Askeans, both male and female, to meet and enjoy each other’s company. A number of the Hatcham Association (Aske’s old girls), swelled the numbers and a good time was had by all (well at least I enjoyed myself!)

Old Askean Association AGM and Dinner 11th July 2024

AGM and Dinner Thursday, 11 July 2024 at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, Court Road, Eltham.
Annual General Meeting & Dinner – Thursday 11th July 2024
Royal Blackheath Golf Club, Court Road, Eltham, SE9 5AF

It’s that time of the year again and we need your support for the AGM and for those of you who want to join up with fellow Old Askeans, friends and relatives, we have a splendid dinner to follow. All are welcome. Royal Blackheath is the world’s oldest golf club and has wonderful facilities. It is easily accessible by public transport (bus route 161 from Eltham or Mottingham train station) and has a large secure car park.

There is a choice of menu and you may choose two or three courses. If you opt for two courses, you can have a starter and main or a main and pudding. Dinner costs £39.00 for three courses or £33.00 for two courses excluding drinks. Drinks should be ordered and paid for at the bar before dinner and will be brought to you at your table. Jugs of tap water will be provided on your table.

The AGM begins at 7.00pm and dinner will be served in the dining room at 8.00pm. If you wish to attend the dinner, please complete and return the form below to me before Friday 28th June 2024 (we have to inform them two weeks in advance) indicating your menu choices. The lounge bar will be available until dinner for those not attending the AGM, and afterwards until 11.00pm.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. If you prefer not to attend the dinner, please give us your support at the AGM.

Yours sincerely

Roger Goodman
Social Secretary

Please return to:
Mr Roger Goodman, White Cottage, Bowesden Lane, Shorne, Kent, DA12 3LA
Telephone number: 07979 701999


Smoked Haddock and Spring Onion Fishcake,

Chive Cream Sauce, Watercress Salad


Creamy Woodland Mushroom, Dijon Mustard 

And Tarragon Fricassee on Toasted Sourdough


Supreme of Cornfed Chicken, Grain Mustard Mash,

Wild Mushroom and Madeira Cream Sauce


Roasted Loin of Cod, Buttered Leeks, Saffron Mash,

Warm Tartare Sauce and Beer Battered Scraps


Peach, Raspberry and Blueberry Pavlova 


Chocolate Marquise with Raspberry Sorbet

Tea or Coffee & Mint Crisps

Pay by  Bacs  to Old Askean Association sort code 46 04 15 account number 81173529  reference(your name)(preferred). Then confirm to Roger Goodman with your menu choices

Advance Notice – 150 years of “The School”

Formal Dinner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the school. Date confirmed as Thursday 6 November 2025, venue Haberdashers’ Hall. A black tie event.

November 2025 at Haberdashers Hall.

Black tie, further details to follow. If interested please contact Roger Goodman to book a place at

Early booking essential as limited place

Old Askean Association AGM 5th July 2023 at Royal Blackheath Golf Club

The minutes of the meeting will be posted here when they are available, in the meantime some thoughts on the meeting.

A pity that a few more members could not make it. The meeting was well run, the main news being that the revised Rules of Association were passed without dissent.

Our new president, Peter Ayling, was installed in office as was our Senior Vice President, Steve Homewood


After the formal proceedings members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal together. A great time was had by one and all.