A TRIBUTE to ANTHONY WALTERS,
by MICHAEL BECKINSALE
Michael Beckinsale attended Mayfield College from 1973 -1979. His brother Steve also went there.
He writes (February 2007):
I did go up to Mayfield College about three weeks ago.
The security guard said Mr. Walters died a couple of years ago.
Looking on the 'Friends Reunited' site for Mayfield College I found this message, added by Fela Oke in April 2005:
Sad news ...... Anthony Walters (known at Mayfield College as 'Bonk') passed away peacefully in his sleep in his "Bonk Mobile" on Saturday 16th April 2005 at the school.
His funeral was on Friday 29th April 2005.
After leaving Belmont, Anthony Walters joined the staff at Mayfield College, a boarding school for boys which was situated nine
miles south of Tunbridge Wells in East Sussex. He carried on working as a maths teacher, and House Master, at the college
for many years.
He had helped to build a 5th form
Common room/Woodwork classroom.
He lived in a Camping van, on the grounds, while work was (and still is) being done to convert
Mayfield College into luxury flats.
Sadly he passed away in his camping van. He has been buried in the monks Graveyard at Mayfield College. He was 77 when he died.
I have fond memories of Mr Walters, as will many of the old boys of
A short history of Mayfield College
Prior to Bellerby's taking over this school in about 1995 it was known as Mayfield College. Mayfield was founded by the Duchess of Leeds as an Orphanage. In 1868 a Roman Catholic Order of Religous Brothers, known as the Xaverians Brothers, moved from Hastings to run Mayfield College as an independent boys boarding school. The school continued to flourish under the direction of the Brothers until 1977 when, due to a shortage of vocations into the Brothers, the school was taken over by the Mayfield College Educational Trust. It retained strong links with the Brothers several of whom still lived and taught at the College.
However in about 1995 the Trust felt unable to continue the administration of the school and it was sold to Bellerby's of Wadhurst, they changed the name of the school to Bellerby College, Mayfield. The school has now closed down; about two years ago. In its day Mayfield College owned its own Prep. School at Waldron in East Sussex. This was known as School of St Edward the Confessor, but was often refered to as 'Foxhunt'.