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The Hazlegrove Association is an informal and supportive network of Old Hazlegrovians and their parents as well as former and current staff and anyone else with an association with Hazlegrove. We are really keen to hear from all Old Hazlegrovians. Please write to us at development@hazlegrove.co.uk with your stories (photographs are most welcome too).

The Association

The Hazlegrove Association provides a forum for Ex-Hazlegrovians whether pupils, parents or staff or simply friends of the school to:

  • Keep in touch
  • Share news
  • Meet together

There is no annual subscription and the association relies heavily on members keeping in contact with the school. 

Click here to download a form to provide us with your contact details (or click here for the Word version)

Click here to buy an Old Hazlegrovian tie or other Hazlegrove merchandise...

In Memorium:

John Cann – Headmaster (January 1976 – July 1994)


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of John Cann who died peacefully at home, aged 84, following a long illness on Friday 16 November surrounded by his family. 

John wrote a contribution about Hazlegrove for the book ‘King’s School Bruton Remembered…..’ edited by Basil Wright (former Second Master at King’s Bruton) and below is his note that was included at the end of chapter:

‘In this self-effacing contribution John Cann gives no indication of the total commitment that both he and his wife Janet give to the School.  Apart from the visionary and unruffled leadership, his particular ability to understand and communicate with young boys is a very special gift.  Paint brush, lawn mower, nursing equipment and tea pot are often in the hands of headmaster and wife.  Often, too, their family – despite their own commitments – are present with support and help’.

A Memorial Service will be held at St Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury on Wednesday 12 December at 12.30pm followed by a Reception at the Town Hall.



It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Old Brutonian and Hazlegrovian Kristian Ward. Kristian left King’s in 1992 and went on to join the Royal Navy completing four tours of Afghanistan as a harrier pilot, following in the footsteps of his father Commander Sharkey Ward, ace pilot of the Falklands War. Kristian came out of the forces and became a domestic pilot with Jet2 and ended up being Base Captain up in Newcastle. Kristian passed away on 14th November 2018.  His funeral will take place at 12.45pm on Tuesday 27th Nov at Tynemouth Crematorium, Walton Avenue, North Shields, NE29 9NJ. The family is hoping that it will be a well-attended service and for nobody to feel sheepish/awkward about attending and request that no uniforms are worn. A Service of Commemoration for Kris is planned for the Spring - details tbc.



All Old Hazlegrovians and Brutonians as well as many friends of the School in Bruton and beyond will be very sad to hear that David Hickley OB died on Thursday evening, 2ndAugust, in Yeovil Hospital following a stroke. He was 92 years old. David was Head of School in his final year as a pupil at King’s and then, after a short time away, he returned to help in the running of the Junior School in Plox House. In 1947 he went with the Plox boys to Hazlegrove House where, with his practical knowledge and varied skills, he was instrumental in the establishment and survival of the Junior School there. He subsequently returned to King’s to act as Steward in support of the Bursar and, in 1958, he took over as Bursar, a post he held until his retirement in 1984. He also played an active part in local politics, serving as District Councillor for many years. Despite gradually losing his sight David never lost his interest in King’s and in the town of Bruton, and in his final years he took particular delight in welcoming OBs to South Cary House in Castle Cary. He retained a most remarkable memory to the very end and so we have lost both a loyal and good friend as well as a source of information about the School and its pupils stretching back many decades. He will be greatly missed.


There is to be a private cremation in Yeovil, and in due course there will be a Memorial Service in Bruton to which everyone will be welcome. Details of this will be circulated as soon as arrangements are confirmed.

Events/ Stories:

       Michael Illingworth's Retirement Lunch

After 40 years of teaching at Hazlegrove, Michael Illingworth retired at the end of the Summer Term, 2016 and a special lunch was held on Saturday 10 July to mark this occasion.  Read a full report on the occasion on the news and see photos from the day below...

Click here to view the photos of Michael Illingworth's retirement lunch in Flickr

The Heazell Era lunch

The sun shone on the old Hazlegrovians’ lunch on Saturday 21 June 2014, when pupils and staff who had been at the school between1964 and 1975 met to remember Paddy Heazell, headmaster during those years, and his wife, Julyan, who both died so tragically.

Many fond tributes were paid to the husband and wife team who played such an important role in the development of Hazlegrove. To take one example, Paddy realized that there was a desperate need for a sports hall and it was he who was responsible for having it built - and making sure it was larger than any other local prep school’s at the time.

It seemed an obvious and fitting decision to change the name of The Dolphin Hall to ‘The Heazell Hall’ and following a speech by his son Simon, a plaque was unveiled by Paddy's daughters. Brilliant music was provided by The Swing Band, led by Mrs Fawbert, and the visitors enjoyed turning back the years as they toured their old school.

Merchandise - Old Hazlegrovian ties and more...

Missing Finger Ties - designed and produced to celebrate John Carnegie’s massive contribution to Hazlegrove, the ‘Killer Collection’ has two options. Both ties include the School Crest and Carnegie’s three-fingered salute to the world!

  1. Old Hazlegrovian Tie (Left): Available in silk or polyester. Traditional design of School Crest and Hazlegrove Dogs on navy background. Polyester £10 each, Silk £20 each
  2. The Killer Cool: A summer version in warm pastel shades. Silk only £20 each. 
  3. The Killer Club: A more formal tie – gold and blue.  Polyester £10 each 

Book – 101 Ways to Lose a Finger

Celebrating John ‘Killer’ Carnegie’s 30 years at Hazlegrove, this is an intriguing collection of stories written by pupils of all ages, staff and ex pupils each revealing another version of the famous story. Perhaps amongst them is hidden the final truth of one of Hazlegrove’s greatest mysteries – how did he really lose that finger?

With a forward written by ex-pupil Tobias Jones and the opening chapter Halcyon Days written by John, this book will be an amusing distraction to anyone with fond memories of Hazlegrove over the last 30 years.

£10 each

To order any of the above items please contact Mrs Sharon Newton by one of the following methods:

  • Email 
  • Phone 01963 440314
  • Post at Hazlegrove, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JA

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