William Basset entered BBS in 1943. After leaving School he attended the University of St Andrews from which he graduated MB in 1956. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and became a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He had a general practice in Livingston and lectured in General Practice in Edinburgh University. He was also a Hospital Practitioner in Paediatrics.
David was Margaret (Rita) Batchelor’s younger brother. The school dates include his period in Bell Baxter Primary School.
From 1929-38 he was active in Banking in Cupar, London and Trinidad, West Indies. He undertook Missionary Training in Glasgow between 1938 and 1940 and was on Missionary Service, mainly on the European Continent, till 1977, when he retired to Arbroath.
Kenneth M Batchelor
Ken Batchelor (1935) died in hospital after a short illness in August 2011. Ken joined the Royal Air Force on leaving School, hoping to become a pilot. However his eyesight was not good enough, so he trained instead as a Radar Technician - obviously one of the earliest - and served in various parts of the country ranging from Orkney in the north to the south of England. After the war he entered his father's grocery business in Crossgate, Cupar, where he remained for the rest of his working life. When his father died, Ken took over the business and continued to run it as a traditional grocer's shop. Throughout his life from childhood onwards he was a very keen golfer and had achieved a low handicap before he was into his teens. He was an Elder in Cupar Old Parish Church for many years and also sang in the choir. Ken was predeceased by his wife and is survived by a daughter and 3 sons.
Margaret Kennedy Batchelor
Margaret (Rita) Batchelor died on 26th November 1996. Rita entered first year in 1924, though she was a pupil in the primary school section prior to that. She was a teacher of Commercial Subjects (Business Studies) in Viewforth School, Kirkcaldy, then in colleges in Lancashire, Scarborough and Buckhaven. Rita retired to Cupar, but after illness she moved to a residential home in Leven. Her brother was David Batchelor (qv).
Adam Bates-Gray (S5 in 2010) was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary to carry out a chemistry project at St Andrews University School of Chemistry. During the summer he will carry out a five week research project using X-ray diffraction to study properties of ceramics. The project culminates in a written report being presented at a Scottish celebratory event. Well done to Adam and his chemistry teacher Mr Dickie.
St. Andrews University recently hosted a promotion of Chemistry for School pupils, with the aim of encouraging interest in the subject. Over 60 young people from Fife Schools, including Bell Baxter, were involved in several laboratory exercises. The pupils also toured the facilities on the campus. Three of the Cupar pupils involved were Emma Bateson, Fiona Roberts and Emma Castle-Smith.
Sean Bauchope (2001) was killed in a car accident while driving alone on 18th July 2007. Sean was 18 and lived at Stratheden.
Gordon Baxter (1955 approx.) died very suddenly at home in Cupar on 29th October. Gordon entered the Civil Service on leaving school and became a District Inspector of Taxes. He lived for some years in Galashiels and then in Haddington. Ill health forced him to take early retirement in 1994. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
From the Fife Herald 22 July 2011
by Stuart Gillespie email@example.com
Louise Baxter from Newport has gained her 100th hockey cap for Scotland.
The former Bell Baxter High School pupil was part of the Scotland squad which won the Celtic Cup versus Ireland and Wales at Largs.
In the deciding match against Ireland Louise, although not the captain, had the honour of leading out the team on her 100th appearance for her country.