The Society of Old Brentwoods, founded in 1899, is the association for former pupils of Brentwood School. All past pupils are automatically members of the Society, once elected, for the first five years after leaving the School. Thereafter, they are asked to renew their membership annually by Standing Order payments of £23.50. Members of the teaching staff are also eligible for membership and there is a limited "Rule 32" membership category for those who did not attend Brentwood School but are committed supporters of the Society or its affiliated clubs.
All paid up members of the Society receive "The Chronicle" to keep them in touch, and informed of developments and news from the Society and the School. The Annual General Meeting is held in September at the School as part of Old Brentwoods' Day and the Annual Dinner, also at the School, is held at the end of the Lent term. The Society Registrar endeavours to maintain membership records and is developing a database of e-mail contacts to improve communication in the current era.
The Society headquarters is the Clubhouse, at Ashwells Road, which is the focus for Old Brentwood sporting endeavours but is also an excellent venue for social activities. Regular Society events include the Summer Ball, President's Cocktail Party, the Halloween/Fireworks Party, the family Christmas Lunch and the Burns Night Supper, while member clubs and associated groups organise regular dinners and other social functions. The Clubhouse provides an excellent venue for members to hold their private parties: birthdays, anniversaries, wedding receptions etc.
The Society encourages the activities of all Old Brentwoods. A welcome development has been the establishment of reunion parties and area based luncheon clubs and the Society sees these as important means of Old Brentwoods renewing or maintaining contact with members of their old school. There is a well established Old Brentwoods Masonic Lodge and Old Brentwoods Livery lunches are regularly organised in London.
The Old Brentwoods Society seeks to support all Old Brentwood activities and is aware of the need to provide opportunities for the changing demography of today's school leavers. In this respect, Old Brentwoods of recent generations who would like to play a part in the organisation of the Society are actively sought to help maintain our Society as one of the most effective and vibrant old school associations in the country.
Old Brentwoods who would like to get back in touch with the Society are encouraged to send their details by e-mail (email@example.com) or post to Ian Pitwood, the Registrar, who would be delighted to hear from you.