Old Farnhamians' Association

The 400 Trust

About the Trust

The Old Farnhamian Associations', together with members and staff of the College, decided in 1978 to celebrate the 400th anniversary by establishing a Farnham 400 Trust Fund with four purposes in mind:

1. to establish an annual or otherwise periodic lecture (to be known as "the Farnham Lecture") for the benefit of the residents of Farnham and for the advancement of education and learning generally on such subjects as the Trust committee shall decide.

2. to collect and preserve documents and information relating to the history of Farnham Grammar School and Farnham College.

3. to engage in and commission research into the history of Farnham Grammar School and Farnham College.

4. to pay expenses for students, ex–students, staff or ex–staff of Farnham Grammar School or Farnham College in respect of educational study approved by the Trustees.

About the Farnham Lectures

The first Farnham Lecture, Talking Music, was held in 1988 and took the form of a 'conversation' between Jeffrey Tate and Alan Fluck.


You can listen to this lecture by clicking here.


Subsequent lectures with other distinguished former pupils and students amongst the speakers have been –

1989 Francis Tibbalds Improving Towns and Cities

1990 Barry Hall Met in Five Islands

1991 John Matthews Getting Sporting Fit

1993 Paul Lankester Waste : Everybodys Business – But a Local Issue

1994 David Williams Best Local Policing for Best Value for Money

1995 James Mates The Future of Television News

1996 The Rt Revd John Gladwin, Bishop of Guildford The Recovery and Renewal of Community and the Role of the Church

1997 Jeremy Hardy Living on One's Wits

1998 Jonathon Porritt Education for Sustainability

1999 Patrick Blower A Day in the Life of a Political Cartoonist

2000  Millennium Lecture       Roy Lancaster Travels of a Plantsman

2001 Farnham Time Team by Archaeologist, David Graham

2002 The Eden Project by Paul Travers

2003 Politics, People and Principles by the Rt Hon Viginia Bottomley MP

2004 Newspapers Today by Sir Ray Tindle CBE on 23rd September 2004 at Farnham College

2005 Global Warming by Dr Geoff Jenkins on 28th September 2005 at Farnham College

2006 2012 Olympic Bid by Simon Clegg CBE on 17 October, 2006

2007 Leonard Cheshire Disability by Brian Dutton CBE on 21 November 2007

2008 Cardiac Rehabiltiation by Dr Hugh Bethell

2009 Farnham Museum by Ann Jones

2010 Balancing the Scales by David Victor-Smith


2012 A Musical Phenomenon by Caroline Redman Lusher

2015 A personal view of education by Sir Andrew Carter

Report on Farnhamian Awards

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