Kingswood Old Scholars Association

Kingsfield_logoKOSA – the Kingswood Grammar Old Scholars Association have regular meetings and produce a magazine twice a year for the old scholars of Kingswood Grammar School and its successors.  These contain some very interesting articles, photographs and memories of previous students at the school and the most recent editions can be found below.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Editor, Mike Bendrey – kosanews@Tiscali.co.uk

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Photo taken by Derek Bailey of Denver, Colorado

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KOSA Newsletters:

Issue 52 – Spring 2018
Lunch Booking Form – 21st April 2018

Issue 51 – Autumn 2017
Issue 50 – Spring 2017
Issue 49 – Autumn 2016
Issue 48  – Spring 2016
Issue 47 – Autumn 2015
Issue 46 – Spring 2015
Issue 45 – Autumn 2014
Issue 44 – Spring 2014
Issue 43 – Autumn 2013
Issue 42 – Spring 2013
Issue 41 – Autumn 2012
Issue 40 – Spring 2012
Issue 39 – Autumn 2011
Issue 38 – Summer 2011
Issue 37 – Summer 2010
Issue 36 – Spring 2010
Issue 35 – Summer 2009
Issue 34 – Spring 2009
Issue 33 – Summer 2008
Issue 32 – Spring 2008
Issue 31 – Summer 2007
Issue 30 – Spring 2007
Issue 29 – Summer 2006
Issue 28 – Spring 2006
Issue 27 – Summer 2005
Issue 26 – Spring 2005
Issue 25 – Summer 2004
Issue 24 – Spring 2004
Issue 23 – Summer 2003
Issue 22 – Spring 2003
Issue 21 – Summer 2002
Issue 20 – Spring 2002
Issue 19 – Summer 2001
Issue 18 – Spring 2001
Issue 17 – Summer 2000
Issue 16 – Spring 2000
Issue 15 – Summer 1999
Issue 14 – Spring 1999
Issue 13 – Summer 1998
Issue 12 – Spring 1998
Issue 11 – Summer 1997
Issue 10 – Spring 1997
Issue 9 – Summer 1996
Issue 8 – Spring 1996
Issue 7 – Summer 1995
Issue 6 – Spring 1995
Issue 5 – Summer 1994
Issue 4 – Spring 1994
Issue 3 – Summer 1993
Issue 2 – Spring 1993
Issue 1 – Spring 1992

Kingswood Old Scholars’ Association (KOSA) publish a 28 page newsletter which is posted to members twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn. Uniquely, KOSA does not charge a membership subscription even though each edition costs over £1,000 to print and distribute world-wide. Members are simply invited to make an annual donation of  £10 towards its production costs. No one is struck off the distribution list for non-payment.

KOSA News has been produced by Editor Mike Bendrey for over 20 years and consists of news, photographs, anecdotes and memories of life at school. Contributions are received from the membership, which now totals over 1,100. Copies are distributed throughout the UK but many are also sent to members in France, Spain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and South Africa.

One of the major aims of KOSA is to reunite old friends from schooldays and many stories of happy reunions as a result of KOSA’s activities have been submitted for publication. In addition, two reunion lunches are arranged annually at Lincombe Barn in Downend, to which all are invited. The newsletters are published to coincide with the lunches which take place in April and October.

One long-standing KOSA member lives in Denver, Colorado and has attended every lunchtime reunion for over 20 years. Indeed, members regularly attend from all over the UK and beyond.

Kingswood Grammar School started as Kingswood Secondary School in 1921. It became a grammar school in the 1927and Kingsfield School in 1967. The main building was of single storey wooden construction and was completely destroyed in an arson attack in August 1976. No one responsible for the fire was ever found.

Kingsfield School was rebuilt as a modern two-storey building in 1977 and in 2011 became King’s Oak Academy. A new primary school is currently being built on a site opposite the academy which, when finished in September 2015, will enable education from the ages of 4 to 18 to be available on the site at Brook Road, Warmley. 

KOSA News was first published in 1992 after an appeal and a cash collection at a reunion in that year provided the ‘seed-corn’ to produce an 8-page edition. This first edition went to about 200 members and since then at least two editions a year have been produced.

KOSA welcomes new members, so if you attended any of the schools and would like to join and receive the newsletter then contact the editor by email on kosanews@tiscali.co.uk  or by phone on 0117 9565689. It also has an organising committee and if you’re interested in helping to run the association come along to the annual lunch at Lincombe Barn on Saturday, 10 October 2015.

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