It was 80 years ago when Doug Moseley (1942-46) joined RGS Worcester and he recently returned to the School with an enthusiastic band of his family members, spanning four generations; five of whom are alumni, and two who are current pupils at the RGS Family of Schools.
Doug’s great-grandchildren, Olly and Annabelle, are the latest generation of the family to attend the RGS Schools and Doug was delighted they could share the visit with him. Annabelle is in Year Four at RGS The Grange where Olly was Head Boy, before he moved up to RGS Worcester in September 2021.
Mike Moseley (1971-75) and Chris Moseley (1998-05), Doug’s son and grandson respectively, enjoyed revisiting old haunts. Mike was already familiar with the Alice Ottley buildings from when his daughters, Rachel (1998-05) and Emma (2002-09) were AOS pupils. Chris claimed it was his first visit to his sisters’ side of the Wall, but no one believed him!
Doug’s sons-in-law, David Bull (1977-84) and John Flanaghan (1964-69) enjoyed seeing how RGS has evolved in recent years. They had both been back to RGS since finishing their schooling. David has offered advice at RGS Careers Fairs to pupils considering architecture as a profession, while John had the pleasure of reconnecting with some of his former teachers when attending parents’ evenings with his son Mark Flanaghan (1991-98). Mark’s wife, Lucy, enjoyed being shown around RGS Worcester by their son, Olly and putting places to names.
A particular highlight of the visit was seeing the name board in the Library where teachers who have served for 25 years or more are celebrated. A good many on the board had taught at least one member of the Moseley and Flanaghan clans from Doug onwards. Olly and Annabelle spotted Gareth Hughes, their Headmaster at RGS The Grange, on the board because his career began at RGS Worcester in 1996, when their father was still a pupil.
After reminiscing down Long Walk, revisiting Perrins Hall, returning to the Science Block, experiencing the Performing Arts Centre and even exploring the Alice Ottley buildings, Doug had earned refreshments for everyone. Over coffee, Doug confided that he was very happy that so many of his family have clearly benefited from the opportunities they had at the School.
When asked to reveal his secret to a long life and happiness, Doug explained it is down to having great family and friends and to golfing regularly. We look forward to welcoming our golfing alumni to the Foundation’s Alumni Golf Day on Friday 16 September 2022 at Worcester Golf Club, and hope that Doug will join us as our oldest golfing alumnus.