MEMBERS of the Old Hardyeans came together in memory of a dedicated former chairman for their annual reunion in Dorchester.

The old boy’s association for former pupils of the Dorchester Grammar School, Hardye’s School and Thomas Hardye School raised £11,750 in memory of Colin Lucas who passed away in August.

New chairman Godfrey Lancashire announced at the reunion dinner at the Thomas Hardye School that the money would be used in a number of ways.

A new tuba with Mr Lucas’s name engraved on it has been purchased for the Thomas Hardye School orchestra and a wooden memorial plaque will be installed at the school.

The Colin Lucas Cup will also be presented to the winner of the annual cricket match between the Old Hardyeans and the school team.

Mr Lancashire said the remaining £9,000 of the funds raised would go to the Hardyeans Club Charitable Trust to institute a bursary in Mr Lucas’s name.

Around 70 Old Hardyeans attended the reunion dinner and were welcomed by president Peter Foster before hearing from Thomas Hardye School headteacher Michael Foley and guest speaker Garry Batt, chairman of the governors of the school.

Next year’s dinner will be held at the King’s Arms Hotel in Dorchester on Saturday, March 21 2015 and will mark the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Old Grammarians in 1905.