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The March Diversity Lecture at Newbold College of Higher Education focused on a subject dear to the hearts of Seventh-day Adventists – religious liberty. Dr David Landrum, Director of Advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance spoke about the development of contemporary ideas about free speech and the implications of those ideas for Christian life and witness in a secular society.Free speech was defined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as ‘the power or right to express one’s opinions without censorship, restraint, or legal penalty – without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction.’ Dr Landrum suggested that [...]

1960s Newboldians Reconnect and Reunite

Over 100 former staff and students travelled from as far away as Australia, the United States, and across Europe to attend a reunion at Newbold on the first weekend of August.The event, which attracted over twice the number of attendees as the 1960s reunion in 2013, featured a concert from the Wedgwood Trio, a sermon by former Newbold Principal and former General Conference President Dr Jan Paulsen, and a boat trip on the River Thames, as well as many opportunities to reconnect and reminisce.The weekend opened with a campus tour hosted by College Principal, Dr John Baildam, who pointed out [...]


Arthur Cooper 1925 - 2017 1952 alumnus Arthur Cooper was born in Hull on 21 March 1925 to Henry and Georgina Cooper, an elder brother to Amos, Jean and Peter. After the family moved to Louth, Arthur attended school at Eastfield Road then Kidgate School. A family move to Grimsby meant a school relocation to the North Grimsby County School and finally Arthur completed his schooling at the Monks Dyke Secondary School. Arthur attended Newbold College from September 1941 to May 1942 and subsequently chose to be baptised at Ulceby in July 1942 before commencing full-time national service. From September 1946 to September 1947 [...]


Christine Wood 1935 - 2017 1959 alumna It is with sadness that we learned that Christine Wood died on Wednesday 22 March, a little over four months after her husband Frank. Our sympathy is expressed to Catherine and Fiona and their families. Christine Mary Wood was born in Watford on 31 October 1935 to Pastor Leslie and Mrs Rose Emmerson. Growing up around Stanborough Park she attended Watford Grammar School for Girls before going to Bletchley Park Training College, where she graduated in 1955 with an Oxford Institute of Education Teacher's Diploma. After teaching in a state school for two and a half years, Christine enrolled in the Teachers' [...]


Alfred Wolfram 1929 - 2017 Alfred Wolfram (1929-2017) d. 17 April. Alfred was born into a wealthy Polish family of factory owners. He was educated in Austria, but when the Second World War broke out the family business was destroyed during the German invasion of Poland. He joined the Polish army and at the end of the war came to England with a friend. He began work as a waiter in the Savoy Hotel. For entertainment he would go to the cinema. On one such occasion he went to the New Gallery Centre on Regent Street. It was there that he found faith in Jesus [...]


Fretson Taylor 1933 - 2017 1958 - 1962 alumnus It is with sadness that we announce the death of Pastor Fretson Taylor, known to many from his years working in the Voice of Prophecy on Stanborough Park. Fretson Taylor was born in Sheffield on 4 August 1933 and taken along to the Seventh-day Adventist church by his stepmother. After primary school, he attended the Birkdale Preparatory School, an independent Christian school, from 1944 through to 1948. After a year at Claremont Edge Tutorial College in Sheffield, Fretson studied engineering at the Sheffield Technical College, Pond Street and graduated in 1956 with a National Certificate in Engineering. It was during his time at Tech, that Fretson made his commitment [...]


Usko Rinta-Aho 1934 - 2017 1957 - 1961 alumnus It is with sadness that we report the death of Mr Usko Rinta-Aho, aged 82, on the afternoon of 2 May. Usko is known to many who attended Stanborough Primary School from the early 1970s through to the end of the 1990s as 'Mr Rinta-Aho'. Usko was born in Vaasa, Finland on 18 May 1934 and after matriculating from Vaasan Kauppakoulu School in 1952 he attended Toivonlinnan Kristillinen Opisto (the Adventist college in Finland) where he focused his studies on English. In June 1957 Usko started to work as a summer colporteur and continued working as a colporteur for three months (June to August) every summer until 1964. He also moved to Newbold College in 1957 [...]