20 THE CHELTO NIAN SO C IE T Y MAGA ZI NE J A NUARY 20 20 â€“ I SSU E N UMBE R THIR TE EN
THE CHELTONIAN SOCIETY MAGAZINE ISSUE THIRTEEN – JANUARY 2020
CoNTENTS CHELTENHAM NEWS
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18 - 31
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A Visit to the Faroe Islands
An International Journey
Cooking Up A Storm
Striding into a Legal Career
Saving Northern White Rhinos 38-39 Tim Pearce at 80
A Sustainable Angle
The D-Day Beaches
California Here I Come Volunteering in Nepal College Voices: VE Day
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Sea Turtle Conservation
The Maritime Industry
The Debating Society
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My time as President of the Cheltonian Society is coming to an end in March 2020 and I am delighted that the new President will be David Stewart (H, 1978 & past parent). It is a great honour to have been President of the Cheltonian Society and to have sat on Council. It gives me great joy to see College thrive in these competitive times. Having read this edition of Floreat, I hope that you, too, are impressed with everything that is going on in the name of College.
Many people reading Floreat may be unsure of the role played by the Cheltonian Endowment Trust (CET). The Chair of CET, Helen Burgoyne (Cha, 1987), sits on the Cheltonian Society Committee. In addition to awarding bursaries to existing families who have experienced difficult financial times, Trustees of the CET award Travel Scholarships to L6th College pupils after an exhaustive interview process; they also fund some Speech Day Prizes. The CET operates separately to the CCCT (Cheltenham College Charitable Trust) which holds funds raised by the Development Office in support of capital projects and bursaries at College.
A Return Journey to College 50-51
Both Nicola Huggett and Tom O’Sullivan have completed their first year as Head of College and The Prep respectively and both schools are thriving. Exciting plans are in place for further building projects in College and The Prep following a Strategic Review.
A Life-changing Trip to Kenya
A huge amount of work takes place behind the scenes to keep the Cheltonian Society flourishing and I would like to thank Rebecca Creed, Malcolm Sloan, Frances Barton-Ancliffe, Sarah Thompson, Christiane Dickens, Kate Human and Sebastian Bullock. Christiane has taken up a new job at Aston University and Sebastian has been appointed as the new Development Director. As a teacher at College and ex-Housemaster of Boyne House, he has a very valuable insight into the workings of College. I would also like to thank the Cheltonian Society Executive Committee for all their support.
Over the past year more interest has been shown in the Old Cheltonian sporting clubs and a most enjoyable Cheltonian Society Regatta at Tewksbury included an OC boat. Some events are open only to OCs, for example the Cricketer Cup, but the OC Golfing Society and the OC Boat Club, which is in the process of being relaunched by John Barter (NH, 1989), are pleased to include members from all supporters of College. In rackets, we have OCs competing in the British and US Open Championships and Richard Owen (L, 2011) and Alex Duncliffe-Vines (NH, 2013) are also current holders of the prestigious Noel Bruce Cup. Alex was runner-up in this year’s World Championship. We are very grateful to Charles Stuckey (NH, 2000) who has taken over as the Treasurer & Secretary of the OC Hockey Club and to Angus Baillie (L, 1994) who has formed an OC Squash Club who play in a league in London.
As I write this introduction, the College term is finishing, and it gives everyone the chance to reflect on all that has been achieved since the last edition of Floreat. The Cheltonian Society continues to bring together past and present parents and pupils, staff, Council and friends of College through Floreat, quarterly newsletters, social media, and the many Society events that take place. In addition, current parents, past parents and OCs have come back to talk to College pupils. Once again, I encourage all members to join the Cheltonian Society Network. If you have not joined or have experienced difficulties, do get in touch with Rebecca Creed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Robin Badham-Thornhill (H, 1973; Housemaster BH, 1985-1993) Honorary President
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learned through speaking to pupils, past and present, that they came here to see their genuine potential realised. To see each and every member of our school succeed in being the best they can be, enjoying their learning yet still challenging themselves on a daily basis is the aim for the future. Respecting our history and our tradition, we will, over the next ten years, combine ambition with openness and honesty. We will be confident but not arrogant and we will grab opportunities wherever we can with both hands; to build new international partnerships, to be forward-thinking and outward-looking, to teach and to learn with a fresh outlook whilst all the time understanding that character, kindness, and humility underlay the most precious and long-lasting of all relationships. We are nothing without these and our thanks go to you, the College community, for all that you bring.
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Support and ‘Row the Channel’ on rowing machines, fundraising for Gloucestershire Young Carers. This year’s College Annual Variety Show involved the whole school raising funds for Bradet School (Romania), Shamrock School (Nepal) and Gogar School (Kenya).
GB14(@=>>>(7.5.1(9/96A7( .5481.7( The Prefects’ charity this year was the Teenage Cancer Trust, unanimously chosen after their classmate Bella Bifulco (Q, 2019) was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2018. Pupils surpassed their £28,000 target raising £31,377, funding more than the equivalent of a month of care for a young person with cancer. Fundraising activities included a Rugby match, skydive, Rowing challenge, a Netball match and a whole College Zumba event which alone raised over £14,000. The event was a perfect representation of the incredible vigour College shows as a community.
College has enhanced, formally agreed partnerships with local schools All Saints’ Academy and St John’s C of E Primary School, as well as ongoing annual partnership projects with schools across the town and the globe. There are many benefits for everyone involved. Pupils share extension lessons in GCSE Maths, English and Physics, boost their UCAS applications with a unique Mini MBA programme at A Level, and even row together at the College boathouse, amongst many other opportunities. Staff come together, sharing best practice and training opportunities. Everyone has learned the importance of collaboration and community, developing new skills and talents, to the benefit of everyone. We are incredibly proud of our partnership work and hope to continue it in years to come.
@>>H(7./012.7(BCA/2.114( D11EAF Over 100 students volunteer for a cause that they are passionate about. These include placements at Cheltenham Hospital, Riding for the Disabled and The Rock Youth Centre. These opportunities have offered pupils the chance to improve individuals’ lives whilst experiencing the diversity of other communities. Upper Sixth students interested in medicine shadowed staff on wards at hospitals. Other aspiring medics have volunteered at Milestone School, where they have gained a valuable insight into disability. Students also transformed a neglected outside area at the hospital into a quiet space for staff to unwind. Undoubted highlights this year were our three Service Days when the Fourth Form took on challenges including one at the Gloucester Canal & River Trust where they scrubbed walls and steps, cleared large areas of wild undergrowth and picked up litter. 3
20% of grades awarded were grade 9 (highest possible grade)
65% of leavers secured places at Russell Group Universities plus Bath and St Andrews.
65% of grades awarded were 9-7 (approximately A*-B equivalent) 8 pupils achieved straight grade 8-9 (approximately A*-A equivalent)
A Level Our top 100 pupils scored 84% A*-B Over two thirds of results have been graded A*-B Ten subjects recorded 100% A*-B grades
Throughout the year, College was fortunate to welcome a number of industry professionals and Old Cheltonians to provide a real insight for students studying a variety of subjects.
Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London. As part of the Science Lecture Series, he presented a lecture titled ‘Can science make you happy?’, Lord Winston shared insights from his research and life to date. During an engaging hour pupils discovered valuable lessons not just about happiness but also memory, learning and the development of the human brain, all delivered by one of the most famous scientists in the world! In the 1970s Lord Winston developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments. He later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. He now runs a research programme at Imperial College that aims to improve human transplantation. 4
Top subjects studied included Business, Economics, Finance & Accounting, Science and MDV. Four students went on to study at Oxbridge.
!"#$ Competing against talented musicians from across the county in a variety of different disciplines, Bill wowed the judges with his Viola. As part of his prize, Bill was given the opportunity to perform with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra. Bill told us about his experience: “I was very excited but became nervous before I was about to get on stage. However, all of my nerves went away the moment that I started playing. I felt like I was playing for myself and it was amazing to be surrounded by an orchestra. Even though it was challenging to play the Walton Concerto, I am so glad that I did. It was an honour to play in front of my family, teachers and friends from College.” Nicola Huggett commented, “Bill not only amazed the audience, but also the orchestra with his talent.”
Geena and Bryan lived on campus for a month, attending classes with Groton students and participating in a range of activities from Dance to American Football. Groton School was founded by OC Endicott Peabody (NH, 1876) in 1884. Geena commented, “I am looking at the possibility of studying at University in America, this provided me with the wonderful opportunity to be immersed in their culture and get a greater understanding of what it would be like.” Bryan reflected, “It was a great opportunity to experience subjects taught in a different way. I have made great friends from this experience.”
!"#$%&''&()$*+$,(--./.$&'$+($0#(%(+.$*$-&1.+&%.$&)2.'+%.)+$&)$'0(#+$*)3$.4.#5&'.6$72.#8$ 9..:$(2.#$;<<$0"0&-'$*5+&2.-8$0*#+&5&0*+.$&)$'0(#+6$7*5=$0"0&-$=*'$+=.$(00(#+")&+8$ 5(%0.+.3$*+$+=.$=&/=.'+$-.2.-'6$>*#+&5&0*+&()$1(#$*--$*)3$0#(/#.''&()$+($+=.$=&/=.'+$-.2.-'$ ($,(-*% Pupils across all age groups are regularly selected to represent at County level. Abbie Whybrow (U6th, We) had a successful summer of Cricket as wicket keeper for College and Gloucestershire Women. Abbie is currently Captain of Hockey, Captain of Rackets and an all-round talented sportswoman.
after achieving a clear round in the show jumping. Ellie Savage (4th Form, Q) has also qualified for Badminton Grassroots 2020.
!-,,0+ Jack Cunningham (U6th, H) was awarded third place in the U18 field in the English Alpine Championships.
Freya Coull (L6, Q) represented Severn Stars and Hucclecote Netball Club at both County and National level. Olivia Mitchell (We, 2019) was part of the Team Bath U19 Squad.
Will Gilderson (5th Form, H) played for the Gloucestershire U15 squad and his performances secured him a place in the South West team.
Fionnuala Dowling-Membrado (L6th, Cha) and Emily Heardman (U6th, Cha) became U18 County Doubles Champions.
Flora Fletcher (L6th, A) was selected for the England U18 squad at just 16. In the summer she won Bronze in the 6 Nations Tournament in Holland. Oliver Walker (L6th, NH) joined England Hockeyâ€™s Diploma in Sporting Excellence programme and Ed Carter (3rd Form, S) is part of the Regional Performance Centre. &&&&&&&&&&
Isabella Watson (L6, Cha) won Silver and Gold for GB at the European Eventing Championships
Rugby at College continues to grow in strength and depth with 15 teams regularly taking to the field on a Saturday. College currently has four Fifth Form boys in the Gloucester U16 Academy and Louis Hillman-Cooper (U6th, S) represented England U18 in the International Series in South Africa during the summer. Jack Clement (S, 2019) also signed a professional contract for Gloucester Rugby.
College won the SUPA National Schools Polo Championship making them National Champions. 5
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! " # # " $ %& $ ' ( %# ) " %) " * +,%- ) " !# " . ) * ( %/ $ " / !"#$%%&$#%'"()*(+,-)(.#"*#/%#$)"#+*0-#)1),-2#$*#$**-2#$3&&,-1#34#"5%#67")"%#*8#"5%# 9-,*-:#)"#;5%#<(%4=#;5%#%,15"%%-#&*-"5$#*8#&.#"%-3(%#5)>%#()?%+#/.#,-#)#/@3(2#/3"#)# A#)-+#.%$2#4(*/)/@.#0,"5#)#/,"#*8#$"(%$$#)-+#"5%#*++#$@%%4@%$$#-,15"#"**=# It is very pleasing to be able to report that The Prep is in excellent shape. Our September numbers are the largest in a decade and there is a genuine buzz about the place. Staff are full of energy and enjoying a renewed focus on The Prep and the children are throwing themselves into the myriad of opportunities that are put in front of them. As a result, it’s a very fast moving but happy learning environment. We all know that happy children learn, and that a child who runs into school with a smile on their face is going to go far! If you get the chance to visit over the coming months, I would urge you to seize it, I can promise a very warm reception and you will see how much is going on. In the last year we have brought the Lake back into use, outdoor classrooms have been built around the edge and on the island, and the whole area has come back into the day to day rhythm of the school. The Assembly Hall has also benefitted from a major renovation and is now a fantastic multi-use venue befitting of the school. We are enormously grateful to both current and past parents and OJs who have generously supported these projects. The Davies Block and the Boarding House have also undergone major works and there are some very exciting future plans to look out for over the coming months.
We were very lucky to welcome current Olympic Hockey Champion Georgie Twigg to address the children and parents at Speech Day this year. Her message of resilience was both topical and vitally important. Children need to lose at times, they need to fail, they need to learn how to respond to challenging situations so they can rise to whatever the future throws at them. We must not try to create their childhood without hurdles, where the path before them is cleared of challenge and difficulty. The more we do this, the less resilient the children become. It is our job to give them the tools to overcome these challenges, but not to remove them or deal with them ourselves. Every day at The Prep the children are developing these tools and growing and developing together. It is an exciting and important part of their childhood and is just another part of the busy and exciting world of The Prep in 2019. I very much hope to meet with many of you over the coming year and share the school’s successes with you.
Tuesday 3 September was like no other start of term ever seen before! The children arrived anticipating a ‘normal’ first day back but what a surprise they had. To kick start the year, the children worked in mixed groups taking part in a wide range of activities suitable for their age, all of which linked to one of our Key Skills and Attributes. We were keen the children not only had a day to remember but that we started the year focusing on what is at the heart of our ethos, what we value, and what is rewarded at The Prep. Creativity, Challenge, Empathy, Resilience and Participation were all represented in a range of activities.
We welcomed the inspirational speaker James Shone who spoke passionately about his personal experience of needing to draw on his resilience which he translated into the benefits of this approach to life for us all, adults and children alike. The whole school enjoyed a BBQ lunch in houses with fantastically decorated house gazebos and a real sense of fun, belonging and anticipation to start the year.
The activities included challenges being faced on an inflatable course, creativity being drawn upon in a team aesthetic construction activity, participation of all team members as they planned an expedition to Mount Everest, and an empathetic approach to considering the power of charity.
# %0 $ # 1 #" 2 3 %* ) # $ %#" %" ( ) %4 $ ) 4 The 2018 Autumn Term was rounded off with a wintery Lower School production of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester, with giant needles, cotton reels and mice. Upper School’s production was the musical, The Wizard of Oz. The strong Year 8 cast showed their musical and acting talents and were superbly supported by the Year 7s playing multiple parts. The Summer Term saw two productions; firstly Year 6’s entertaining show of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in the Prep Assembly Hall and then Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes performed with humour and skill by Year 5 in Big Classical, the theatre at College. This year, we ran our own Shakespeare Festival event for the first time. Middle School Twelfth Night, Upper School Much Ado About Nothing, College As You Like It and our partnership school, Saint John’s C of E Romeo and Juliet performed four abridged half-hour plays in our newly renovated Assembly Hall. Prep pupils were also treated to a professional production at The Everyman Theatre, a very stylish t-shirt and workshops in stage-fighting, acting and theatrical make-up.
Drama scholarships were of a very high standard, as always, with two Prep pupils gaining awards to College: one Scholarship and one Exhibition. Several former Prep pupils are already cast in main parts in forthcoming College productions. Three Christmas productions were performed last term: a traditional Nativity from the Nursery children, The Midwife Crisis (the Nativity with a modern twist) performed by Kingfishers, and an original dramatised adaptation of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem Twas the Night Before Christmas by Lower School. Forthcoming attractions include the prospective Arts Scholars in a show at Cheltenham Playhouse and The Three Musketeers by Upper School at Easter.
It has been another successful year of LAMDA lessons and exams with a 100% pass rate and most pupils achieving distinction and merit in their grades. 7
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+$,%#"-./(+.,&!($%(%)#(*"#* The music department at The Prep is as busy as ever. We are teaching over 275 individual music lessons every week to children on a range of instruments, and run around 20 different musical ensembles for the pupils to take part in. Our performance opportunities for the children include weekly chapel services, regular informal pupils’ concerts, our major Christmas and Summer showcase concerts, and the House Music and House Singing Competitions. Collaborating with the drama department we helped to put on the school’s major annual production, Wizard of Oz with a cast of around 50 Upper School pupils performing a range of musical numbers.
partnership with the English Symphony Orchestra who come in each term to deliver sessions to various age groups within The Prep. In the Autumn a group of 24 pupils jetted off to Sicily for the music and culture trip. As well as visiting historic landmarks and even climbing a volcano, they also performed two concerts, including one at the famous Taormina Cathedral. We look forward to another busy and exciting year ahead!
Last Christmas our youngest singers were out and about around town spreading the festive spirit in Cheltenham town centre with carols. The pupils in school have enjoyed workshops given by experts in the field of ‘Rap’, ‘Beatboxing’ and ‘Junk Percussion’, and we are delighted to be working in
!"#$%&'#($"%($%(%)#(*"#* This year in Art, as well as printing, painting, drawing and ceramics, we have continued to embrace the variety of materials readily available at the Scrapstore, recycling and reusing as many as we can in our pursuit of original art. Year 8 happily worked in small groups to create shoes of the most imaginative kind. They adapted original designs, took ideas and developed them to realise ‘Crocodile Shoes’ and ‘Roller Skate Crocs’, a high-heeled flipper and roof top garden shoe. Working on a base of foil in Year 7 we used layers of tissue paper, bleach, Quink ink and Indian ink to create a version of Thomas Beckett’s window in Canterbury Cathedral, this was inspired by the Year 7 overnight History trip, which provides an excellent opportunity for Art to create cross-curricular study. In Lower School we used mixed media to create large bugs, where old road maps were collaged to imply the wings and distance travelled. These were then made 8
into 3D creatures using plastic milk bottles for the wings. In Year 5 and 6 we built confidence with fulfilling projects where observational drawing and basic techniques were practised and skills honed. Our Year 8 Scholars were outstanding, gaining two Full Scholarships and an Exhibition to Cheltenham College and a Full Scholarship to Marlborough.
! " # $ %&$ ' " ( ) 2019 started off with a bang with a very exciting Hockey season. We set a new record for the number of boys selected to represent the County at Hockey and this was reflected in some superb performances on the field. The U11A won the County Title and the U13s finished runners up, with both qualifying for the West of England Regional Finals. Our U11s also won the Dragon Tournament and we continued to build stronger links with the community through matches against local club sides.
The 2019 Rugby season was also a huge success, with not only outstanding results, but some superb festivals and tournaments held at the school. Of particular note, the 1st team won the College’s Cup and the Pinewood 7s. The U11B and U13B sides also had outstanding seasons. Another busy year, with our first ever co-ed 11-a-side House Hockey. A huge congratulations to joint winners Persia and Corinth.
This summer saw the return of the Cheltenham Prep rowing squad, after a five-year hiatus, with a squad of Upper School boys heading down to the boathouse to take to the river. We again provided large numbers to the County and District Cricket squads and put in some outstanding performances throughout the season, of particular note was the U11 victory of the District side and finishing the season as Cheltenham District Champions. Our Friday night series continued to grow with terrific evening 20/20 fixtures against schools, clubs and representative sides.
* + ( , $ %&$ ' " ( ) It has been another strong year for girls’ sport at The Prep. 2019 started with a superb Netball term, the highlight of which was the U11A team qualifying for the IAPS National Finals at Epsom College. The U10Bs also excelled with an unbeaten season, showcasing our fantastic strength and depth. The summer term saw a surge in girls’ Cricket, whilst still continuing the strong progress on the Tennis courts, particularly with a great block against Clifton, the girls played more Cricket matches than before. As well as other schools, they also played Friday night Cricket matches against local club sides, building relationships in the local community.
for the West of England Regional Finals at Millfield in December. The team did very well, narrowly missing out on a place at the National Finals, losing on penalty strokes in the semi-final. The rest of the teams have also had a very strong season, including the 2nd team who won the Severnside Hockey tournament in November. A superb set of results and without conceding a single goal.
The girls’ 1st Hockey team had a very successful term in the autumn. They were runners up at Under 13 Regional IAPS, which secured them a place at the National IAPS Finals in November. They were also runners up in the England Hockey National Schools’ County round, which qualified them 9
Valetes Judith Brown Science Lab Technician 2004-2019 Behind any successful Biology Department there is always a skilled and approachable Biology Technician and Judith was that person for 15 years. Judith joined College in 2004 initially as a Biology Technician and was very soon appointed as the Senior Technician. Not only was Judith adept at finding solutions and alternative ways of undertaking complex and challenging experiments, she was also always extremely
Christiane Dickens Director of External Relations 2014-2019 Christiane was appointed as the Development Director at College and leaves as Director of External Relations. She had responsibility for the Cheltonian Society office, and the Development and Marketing Departments. During her five-year tenure she fully supported, and played a very important part in, the merging of the Cheltonian Association and Cheltonian Society into one organisation. She travelled widely and established good relationships abroad with OCs, especially in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. As a fundraiser she is in a class of her own, and her legacy at College is significant. Her successes include the major refurbishment of the Science Department, Boat House and improvements to the
efficient and highly organised in running a very busy prep room. Judith was instrumental in ensuring the transition to linear A Levels was smooth and seamless for the Biology teaching staff. She worked successfully across both schools, and with the same level of precision and care. Not only was Judith a fabulous Biology Technician, she was also a very good friend and we know she will be spending a lot of her time with her beloved grandchildren and family. We wish her very well and many, many happy hours with her family and friends.
squash and tennis courts, the creation of the Peterken Song School and the restoration of the lunettes in Chapel. Many of the Houses have also benefited from her efforts with projects funded in Newick House, Christowe and Leconfield. Christiane has a very engaging personality which helped her quickly form excellent relationships with OCs, past and present parents at both College and the Prep, and friends of College. Her networking skills are legendary, and many have benefitted from them. Christiane has led the Development Department and the Cheltonian Society to new heights over her tenure and will be sorely missed by her team. We have fond memories of her commitment, her loyalty and her sense of humour. We wish her well and congratulate her on her appointment as Director of Advancement at Aston University, and we hope she will continue to be our supplier of crocheted OC beanies!
It is an honour to write on behalf of Irene Jones who retired last academic year after twenty years of being a Matron at The Prep. During her time, Irene made around 80 Trips to A & E, assisted with over 100 school productions, dispensed over 360 litres of Calpol, sewed on over 2,000 name tapes, applied over 5,000 plasters, administered over 18,000 Strepsils, completed over 36,000 washing loads, made over 43,000 beds and has seen over 500 Boarders through the school! The life of a Matron is a busy one and making it through a year is a feat in itself, let alone twenty!
James Coull Hazelwell Housemaster 2014-2019 (In House) James joined College in 2008 and took on the role of Housemaster of Hazelwell in 2014. After five years in post, James stepped down as Housemaster having mentored the 2019 Leavers’ cohort from their first day in House to their last day at College. James and his wife Charlotte completed a total of 11 years between them in this most fulfilling but also challenging pastoral role across two schools, the time is now right for a change of focus for them and their family. James is a sensitive and forward-thinking individual and he has worked very hard over the last five years to build a community and to foster strong House
Boarding House Parents both past and present are indebted to Irene for guiding them through their first few years in post. Irene’s experience is second to none and it is incredibly rare to come across a situation that has not occurred previously in some form. Words cannot do justice to the service that Irene has given to College and the countless lives she has had a positive impact on. Irene is a truly remarkable lady, who was not only an outstanding member of staff, but you could not meet a more lovely person who would go the extra mile for anyone. Irene is fully deserving of a break, although she will still be helping with the Drama Department on a voluntary basis, serving as a ‘Bank Matron’ as well as regularly looking after her grandson. We wish Irene all the best for her retirement and we hope she will visit as often as she can.
spirit. The quote below is from two current U6th boys: “Much has changed in Mr Coull’s time: House identity has come to the fore with the development of the ‘Dragon’ families; tackling the Cheltenham Challenge; developing yard sports; and proudly winning the Bellamy Cup in 2017 for Hazelwell’s charitable endeavours in the local community. There have been major changes to the fabric of the building too but Mr Coull’s real legacy is nurturing a welcoming and diverse House community which has a strong sense of identity.” By Charlie Callon Hine & Thomas Haddock (U6th, H) We are delighted that James will remain a full-time member of staff in the Modern Languages Department and we know he will continue to contribute fully to College life.
Irene Jones Prep Matron 1999-2019
New Appointments Samantha Cook Director of Netball Former England international and Superleague Champion Sam Cook joined College as Director of Netball in September 2019. She studied Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation and Massage at Cardiff Metropolitan before progressing on to do her PGCE. Sam will lead on all coaching and development of netball players and is dedicated to ensuring those pupils who wish to succeed at the highest levels have the support to do so. Using the positive rapport she has with players, she aims
to progress the top teams to new levels of achievement and in turn further develop the netball programme. In 2015, she gained her first senior England cap against Jamaica and has represented England at every age group, including U16, U18, U21 and Seniors. Sam currently plays in the Vitality Netball Superleague for Severn Stars and Captains the Hucclecote Netball Premiership Team. When not working, training or playing netball, Sam enjoys spending quality time with her partner Kyle and dog Rogue.
Paul Hayes Housemaster of Hazelwell Paul joined College from Holyport College in Berkshire where he was Housemaster of the boys’ house and a member of the Senior Leadership Team in charge of both boarding and pastoral care. Paul is an English teacher and a keen sportsman and will be helping to coach boys’ Hockey and Cricket. Paul is joined in Hazelwell by his wife Alex and their three young children. After commissioning from Sandhurst, Alex spent six years in the Royal Artillery. She now works as a manager for the NHS and is a serving Magistrate for the Gloucestershire Bench. Their sons, Sebastian and Louis, are loving their new surroundings. Paul and Alex welcomed their baby daughter Chloe Madeline during October half term, there will certainly be a family environment for the boys of Hazelwell.
Lucy McNulty Head of Girls’ Sport Lucy joined The Prep in September 2019 as Head of Girls’ Sport having spent the previous 19 years as Head of Hockey at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She is an ex International Hockey player, having gained caps for both England and Great Britain. She won a European Indoor Hockey Gold medal with the England Senior Women’s Hockey team. Lucy very much looks forward to raising the girls’ sports profile at The Prep as well as enhancing the sports provision.
Lucy is married with two boys, and her youngest son also started at The Prep in September, in Year 5. Most of her spare time is spent on the side lines supporting her sons, but when she has the opportunity she enjoys working out, in particular running. To date she has completed a marathon, over a dozen half marathons and numerous 5k and 10k runs. She also enjoys countryside walks with her dog and socialising with friends and family.
World Cup Wave contest alongside several other fellow Brits.
Nick Moffatt joined us in October 2019 as the new Director of Rowing. He is really excited about the start of this new chapter for rowing and has been blown away by the support he’s received since joining.
Rowing came back to the fore when Nick embarked on teacher training, gaining his PGCE (Science with Physics specialism) at the University of Bath. After rowing with several clubs around teaching, Nick gathered Abingdon alumni who raced at the highest club level at Eton Dorney and Henley again.
Nick was a day boy at Abingdon School, 1995-2000, where he enjoyed multiple training camps and successful national racing, culminating in a quarterfinal at Henley Royal Regatta in the Princess Elizabeth Cup with an American crew who made the final. Attaining top grades, Nick credits the structure and balanced support there for this achievement. He attained RIBA part 1 with Bachelor of Architecture from Nottingham University but windsurfing coaching and water sports management had captured his interest. He competed nationally and qualified for the 2007
Jonathan Thomas Head of Biology Jonathan joined College in January 2020 as Head of Biology from King’s College School, Wimbledon. At King’s he was Deputy Head of Middle School, Deputy Head of Public Occasions and a member of the Higher Education team. He looks forward to working within a talented and dynamic department and getting to know College life.
Nicholas Moffatt Director of Rowing
From 2012-2015 Nick taught Physics at Millfield School, who utlised him and a small team to set up rowing. Despite never getting any sort of viable boathouse they managed to take novices up to national junior level. Inspired by several top coaches on his journey, Nick furthered his work, leading City of Bristol men to their best results in 7 years, in just 6 months in a volunteer role. Nick is a qualified Strength & Conditioning coach and has built up personal training experience working with several high performing junior clubs and schools in the Bristol area.
After graduating from Durham University, Jonathan worked for an Oxford based charity for two years before entering teaching. He spent three years at Bede Academy, Blyth, a large co-educational academy in the North East. He then spent three years at Whitgift school, Croydon, where he oversaw the youngest two year groups as Head of First Form. Jonathan is moving to Cheltenham with his wife Lizzy and their one-year-old son, William.
Internal Appointment Sebastian Bullock Development Director A career in teaching is the last thing that Seb imagined he would end up pursuing as he joined the ranks of teenage scribblers in The City in 1987. The next eight years saw Seb working in Japanese equity research and sales, as well as in UK corporate finance. Fast cars and fat bonuses seemed to pass him by, so in 1995 he literally ran for the hills and went to work as a ski guide for the season in St Anton. Following this, Seb’s passion for the outdoors grew further and he qualified as a mountain leader. He then worked as an expedition leader for World Challenge Expeditions, going to Zimbabwe, Peru and Nepal. These trips, with
groups from different schools, inspired Seb to seek a full-time role working with teenagers in education. A PGCE quickly followed and a job teaching Economics at College started in 1998. Since then, Seb has been involved in just about every aspect of College life; from micro-economics in the classroom to power tens on the river, D of E map reading theory to ski touring expeditions in the Alps. In 2014, having completed 12 years as Housemaster of Boyne House, Seb moved into the Development Office and was very fortunate to spend the next 5 years working closely alongside Christiane Dickens, from whom he took over as Development Director in September 2019.
The Challenges Ahead By Phil Attwell (Bursar) Independent schools have been around for a long time, and by virtue of the fact that you are reading our Floreat publication, you will probably have been a recipient of independent school education or a consumer of it as a parent.
Duties of the governing body at College, like a number of similar schools, was set out by an act of Parliament in 1894. Our original purpose then was to ‘educate the sons of gentlemen compromising religious and moral instruction in strict conformity with the established church…’
In recent months there has been a considerable amount of air time and column inches given to the position of independent schools in society, ranging from the ‘abolish Eton’ group, motions at the Labour Party conference, and even independent schools being accused of being a front for the importation of Vietnamese sex workers.
Our charitable purpose has, of course, changed since then (not least because we also now educate daughters) but the sector has for a number of years been in dialogue with the Department of Education to ensure that the advantages afforded to independent schools reflect some advantages back to the wider society.
As a result of the 2019 general election, the immediate threats to the independent schools sector have receded, but nevertheless there will be some challenges ahead. Below I seek to set out some of these issues and to inform you what we as a school are doing about them.
The most recent manifestation of this dialogue is the document ‘Schools that Work for Everyone.’ This sets out an understanding that independent schools should work in partnership with other local state schools to mutual advantage and this is something that College has been committed to for a number of years.
Independent schools, charities and advantageous tax environments As with all organisations with an educational purpose, College is not required to pay VAT on its income. Nurseries, schools, colleges, universities, specialist music and art colleges – all are exempt from paying VAT.
We work hand-in-hand with the All Saints’ Academy and St John’s Primary School to ensure not only that we are fulfilling our obligations, but that we take our place in the Cheltenham educational community and help others where we can, support volunteering from our pupils, share our facilities and expertise, and offer guidance and support. In Cheltenham itself, we are pooling our partnership ideas as a group, with four independent and five state schools collaborating in our new Cheltenham
Schools are also supported through Mandatory Business Rate Relief (MBRR), whereby most of the rates that would be payable to local government are relaxed.
‘ We work to ensure not only that we are fulfilling our obligations, but also that we take our place in the Cheltenham educational community and help others where we can ’ 14
Education Partnership. The partnership work undertaken by College has been recognised at a national level, and while it is not easy to counter the current view of the national media, we are doing what we can to show how we are making a difference locally. The impact of a change in VAT and in MBRR would be very significant and would put many independent schools out of business. The movement of pupils back into the state sector would necessitate capital programmes, teacher recruitment and, according to Oxford Economics, a net cost to the Treasury. Whether this happens or not, we will continue to endeavour to make a difference to the community in which we sit, as well as providing an education that enables all of our pupils to fulfil their potential. The sector argument is, of course, that weakening independent schools does not make state schools better – and we hope that the pragmatic and economic argument will prevail – but the next few years are destined to be a little choppy. Brexit Most sectors in British society are looking forward to a conclusion to the Brexit saga. While College has some teachers and pupils from the EU, it is likely that any Brexit conclusion will not impact significantly in this area (we can already recruit pupils and teachers from
The perils of a no-deal Brexit will inevitably make the movement of foods across Europe more difficult. Food with a short shelf-life will be most at risk. As you can imagine, there is quite a significant supply chain involved in feeding our pupils and staff and ensuring that this is not disrupted is a high priority. Changes to menus and ingredients and financial pressure on budgets are both being actively prepared for. We have a number of support staff from the EU at College. We have of course been supporting them in acquiring ‘settled person status’ but recruiting their successors is likely to be more difficult. Recruiting for cleaning, security and catering positions is already difficult, and this is likely to get harder due to the planned change to free movement of people. This may be exacerbated by a slow down in global growth, not helped by trade wars and international embargos. Cost inflation Our teachers, along with those at state schools, are all members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. As of 1st September 2019, there was a significant increase in the employer contribution. In the state sector this increase has been funded by central government but independent schools have needed to fund this increase themselves.
‘ College is in a very strong position to succeed in the brave new world. Our pupil numbers are buoyant, we continue to stay on top of our costs and we do all we can to keep fee increases to a minimum ’ All large employers are required to demonstrate their eco-credentials by delivering a net reduction in their carbon footprint. While this is of course the right thing to do (and it may well reduce our costs over the long term) the upfront cost of reducing your utilities usage is significant, especially with the historic buildings at College. Our plan College is in a very strong position to succeed in the brave new world. Our pupil numbers are buoyant (around 1,100 in total, including The Prep); we continue to attract pupils across the schools but do not plan to increase significantly in size. We are working hard on plans for overseas schools to help us diversify income streams and there are a number of exciting capital projects being planned which will help us in delivering a fantastic education and staying ahead
of our competitors. We continue to stay on top of our costs and do all we can to keep fee increases to a minimum. Ensuring that our pupils realise their potential, in all walks of life, remains a key priority for us and we believe that this will help us retain our position as a leading destination for the next generation of boys and girls – ‘to offer an all-round boarding education with excellent teaching and learning at its heart.’ So – while we know that there are challenges ahead, we are all working hard to face up to them and ensure that College stays at the forefront of independent school education. Knowing that we have many supporters within the Cheltonian Society community does of course put extra wind in our sails and all of us at College and The Prep hope that we can continue to rely on your support in the years to come. ■
further afield). But there are some real challenges that may come our way over the coming months:
The Gospel of Wealth By Sebastian Bullock (Development Director) I feel very fortunate indeed to have taken up the reins as Development Director from Christiane Dickens, who for the past five years brought energy, expertise and experience to the Development Office, resulting in great progress on many fronts. The relationships forged with OCs and parents during that time have already brought great benefits to College and it is my aim to nurture and foster these relationships, as well as establish new ones. There are now OCs who were not born when I started teaching at College. Pupil numbers have grown by some 25% in that time and I am now working for my fourth Head. It has certainly been two decades of significant change and growth for College. Perhaps the one thing that has not changed is the presence of Dr Sloan, who was at the height of his reign as Second Master when I became Housemaster of Boyne House in 2002, and now of course works as the OC Administrator in the Development Office.
The coming two decades promise to be full of opportunities for College and The Prep and bring further innovation and development in every sense of the words. By the end of that time, College will be nearing its bicentenary in 2041. By then, there will undoubtedly be a new group of people leading College, who will be both reflecting on the recent past as well as having their own vision for the future. What we can all do now, each in our own way, is help to ensure that College is at the forefront of independent schools when it comes to celebrate its 200th birthday. Philanthropists of the past One constant throughout College’s history, has been the part that philanthropy has played in the evolution and success of the school. Although it has not been a consistent feature and has taken many forms, it has certainly been enduring and ever important. Cheltonians across the ages have always benefitted both from the facilities and teachers of the time, as well as the philanthropists of the past.
Hugh Reeves (H, 1882-1884) The generally accepted definition of the word philanthropy is, ‘private initiatives for the public good, focusing on the quality of life’. Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once set the standard for giving back (from his article ‘The Gospel of Wealth’ published in 1889): “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.”
The name Reeves is certainly known to all Cheltonians, associated with various memories of rugby, cricket and athletics, but it is probably known by very few that Reeves Field was land purchased by OC Hugh Reeves (Hazelwell, 1882-1884) and then gifted to College. Hugh Reeves was President of the Cheltonian Society (1923-1924) and a member of College Council (1929-1952). He was the secretary to the Endowment Fund, established to educate the sons of Cheltonians killed in the First World War and, after purchasing Charlton Park in 1922, gave and levelled fourteen and half acres of the estate to
‘ Any large capital projects need to be funded where possible through a combination of debt and donations ’ form College’s Reeves Field. He went on to sell a further twenty-five and a half acres to College at very favourable terms and bought land on the Cheltenham side of the Lower Lode ferry at Tewkesbury as the site of the College Boat House (built in 1928). Hugh Reeves perhaps stands as the greatest benefactor College has ever had. Recent developments In more recent years at College and The Prep many areas, such as Big Classical, the Chatfeild-Roberts Library, the Science Centre, Chapel, The Prep Lake, the Squash and Tennis Courts and Boat House, as well as Newick House, Christowe, Leconfield and Westal for example, have all
benefitted from the generosity of OCs, OJs, parents and friends of College. There have been both very visible impacts, such as the restored lunettes in Chapel, the new outdoor classroom by The Prep lake and the new decked area and pizza oven in Newick House garden, as well as many more intangible benefits such as improved living and studying environments and areas which have become much more versatile and flexible in their use. College continues to operate as a business where in broad terms, fee income just covers operating costs each year. This is a perfectly healthy financial situation, in which many schools operate. It does however mean that any large capital projects need to be funded where possible through a combination of debt and donations. Even in an era of historically low interest rates, keeping the debt:donation ratio as low as possible is certainly desirable for the long-term financial position of College. In conclusion, I would like to offer sincere thanks to the many individuals who have given back to College over the years in a whole host of ways, both financial and non-financial, all of which are greatly appreciated and help to keep College and The Prep flourishing. ■
Philanthropy is not just a modern concept, but dates back to the time of the Greek philosopher Plato in 347 BC. His will instructed his nephew to use the proceeds of the family farm to fund the foundation of the Plato Academy. Around 150 years later, Pliny the Younger contributed one-third of the funds for a Roman school for young boys. The intention was to keep young Romans educated in the city rather than abroad. One could perhaps draw certain parallels with the founders of College, who were two Cheltenham residents, GS Harcourt and JS Iredell, who founded College through the issue of shares in March 1841, to educate the sons of local gentlemen.
ChELTEnhAm AT ThE RACEs ChAmpiOnâ€™s DAy Tuesday 12th march
OC Administrator Malcolm Sloan
Joe Stoneman and James Headington (NH, 1982)
James Headington (NH, 1982), David Fermont (L, 1964) and Linda Fermont
Jude Broom, Donna Holland and Annabel Haywood
Camilla Norton and Miles Watson-Smyth (NH, 1984)
Boz Rawlinson, Soraya Chamberlain and Denese Colbourne (Current Parent)
Current Prep Parents Dawn and Paul Preston, David Nelligan and Current Parents Graeme and Anita Brister, and Lisa and Rupert Channing
Photography by Andy Banks
Sarah Burt (Past Parent), Tom Crampton-Smith and Anna Barthorp (Past Parent)
Juliette Sherwood and Carolyn Smith
Annabel Haywood, Juliette Sherwood, Jude Broom, Donna Holand, Carolyn Smith, Boz Rawlinson, Soraya Chamberlain and Denese Colbourne (Current Parent)
Guests enjoy lunch, champagne and racing!
DRinks AT ThE ROyAL AuTOmObiLE CLub Thursday 13th June
Past Parents Cathy Sloan and Mary Anne Stewart
John Hunter (H, 1976), Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator) and Kenneth Hamer (H, 1962)
Current Staff Member Christiane Dickens and Chris Brotchie (Ch, 1964)
Lynn Rowland (Xt, 1962) and Ian Galletti (BH, 1950)
Alex McBarnet (Xt, 2004) with Past Parents Cathy Sloan and Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator)
Helen and Christopher Hartley-Sharpe (Ch, 1980) and Andrew Brettell (BH, 1983)
Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator) and Simon I'Anson (H, 1993)
Ben Hilditch (S, 2014), Alex Hilditch (S, 2018) and Christiane Dickens (Current Staff Member)
Henley Smith (Ch, 1965) and Sebastian Bullock (Current Staff Member)
Robin Badham-Thornhill (H, 1973 & Cheltonian Society President), Josh Mathias (H, 2006) and Alastair McRobert (NH, 2009)
Ian Galletti (BH, 1950) and Nicola Huggett (College Head)
Henry Arkell (Xt, 2006), Henry Keeling (Xt, 2006), Robin Badham-Thornhill (H, 1973 & Cheltonian Society President) and Josh Mathias (H, 2006) 19
ThE ChELTOniAn sOCiETy REgATTA saturday 1st June
ThE COACh hOusE gARDEn Thursday 20th June
Past Parents Cathy Sloan, Irene Tanner and Mike Tanner
Julia Campbell (Current Parent), Angela Wright Lady Thalia and Sir Michael McWilliam (Ch, 1952, Past Parent & (Current Grandparent) with Mel Tanner (Past Parent) Grandparent), Michael Stevens (OJ & DB, 1956) and Jane Stevens
Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator), Clare Baker (Past Parent), Suzanne Lock (Past Parent), Gillian Noble, Carolyn Brothwood (Past Parent) and Pauline Pearson (Past Parent)
Alison Charnock, Phillipa Jones and Alison Bather
Past Parent Sarah Lewis and Past Grandparent Victoria Large
ChELTEnhAm CRiCkET FEsTiVAL sunday 21st July
Jane Butler (Current Staff Member) with Past Parent Alison Besterman
A good dayâ€™s cricket was enjoyed
Guests catch up over a hearty lunch
Nicholas Boustead (Past Prep Parent) and Simon Cooper (NH, 1954)
Charlie Elliott (H, 1989) and Caroline Noble (Current Parent)
Martin Butler and Jane Butler (Current Staff Member)
Craig Parkinson, John Maxwell (L, 1960) and Cathy Sloan (Past Parent)
Current Prep Parents Lucy Hill, Sally Savage, Carolyn Bennett and Sophie McPherson
Past Parents Alison Besterman and Helen Stubbs
Tim Smith (Council Member & Past Parent) with John Horan (Past President of Council & Past Parent)
Current Prep Pupils Bertie, Jack and Val
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LEAVERsâ€™ DAy saturday 29th June
Leconfield Boys Ernest Lau and Hewitt Yau
Southwood Boys Rory Pleydell and Lamar Moller
Felicia Tchen, Cindy Tchen, Charly Tchen, Helen Zoua, Luce Tchen and Victoria Tchen
Annie Slatter (A), Paige Baker (A), Flo Needham (We) and Sumaya Dowling-Membrado (A)
Current Parent Miles Watson-Smyth (NH, 1984) and Felix Watson-Smyth (Xt)
Electra McErlean (We), Liza Karpovich (Cha), Liz Monnington-Tucker (A) and Gigi Seetoo (A)
Chloe Degnan (Q)
Ernest Lau (L), Kevin Cheung (H), Hewitt Yau (L) and Tom Creed (H)
Boyne House Boys Christian Campbell, Eddie Nelson, Alfie Weston and Naut Rodanant
Elodie Mathews (A), Romilly Bodington (A), Ben Southall (BH), Christian Campbell (BH), Emily Drysdale (We), Octavia Slatter (We) and Felix Watson-Smyth (Xt)
The last Chapel service
Head Girl Emily Drysdale (We), Head Boy James Wheeler (S), College Head Nicola Huggett, Seb Nihan-Bowen (L) and Romilly Bodington (A)
Drinks in the Quad
LEAVERsâ€™ bALL saturday 29th June
Photography by Andy Banks
1. Olga Yampolskaya and Denis Antonov (Xt) 2. Simon Dowling, Sumaya Dowling-Membrado (A) and Alicia Membrado 3. Philippa Slatter, Annie Slatter (A), Bella Barber (A), Elodie Mathews (A) and Richard Slatter 4. Harvey Levin, Karen Levin and Ekaterina Dollezhal with Varvara Konyaeva (We), Ellie Langley (We), Harriet Levin (We) and Dmitry Konyaev 5. Richard, Emma (We) and Joanna Hechle 6. The Baker Family, James, Fiona and Paige (A) 7. The Pearce Family, Diana, Alister (Xt) and David 8. Queens Girls Georgia Rattigan and Valeriya Popeta 9. Southwood Boys Jack Clement and Harvey Edwards 10. Tommy (Xt), Samantha and Julian Birch 11. Nga Tsui, Gigi Seetoo (A), Sai Seetoo and Liz Monnington-Tucker (A) 12. Rachael, Holly (Cha) and Jonathan Keefe 26
19 13. Ben (BH), Joanne and David Southall 14. Queens Girls Isabella Channing, Annabelle Rigg and Mollie Lyle 15. Queens Girls Annabella Bifulco, Phoebe Barnes and Violet Robinson 16. Christowe Boys Adrian Szeto and Charlie Meecham-Jones 17. Newick House Boys William Dyke and George Elliot 18. Oscar Keene (S), Georgina Bryd (Q), Rory Pleydell (S), Rob Caesar (S), Georgia Mitchell (Cha) and Poppy Pearey (Cha) 19. Westal Girls Olivia Mitchell and India Deakin 20. Chandos Girls Atalanta Thynne, Eugenie Spencer, Lidya Su Oz, Gemma Taylor Baggs and Tilly Brown 21. Ashmead Girls Elodie Mathews, Annabel Slatter and Bella Barber
CLOSE-UP MAGIC AT CHRISTOWE TABLE
CLOSE-UP MAGIC AT CHANDOS TABLE
22. Boyne House Boys Christian Campbell, Eddie Nelson, Nick Hill and Ben Southall with Boris Pustoshinskiy (Xt) and Denis Antonov (Xt) 23. Ellie Davies (Q), Georgina Byrd (Q) and Mollie Lyle (Q) 24. Isabella Channing (Q) and Annabelle Rigg (Q) 25. Octavia Slatter (We) and Emily Drysdale (We) 26. Ronke Adetona (Cha), Jilly Woodward (Cha), Christian Campbell (BH) and Eddie Nelson (BH) 27. Violet Robinson (Q), Harvey Edwards (S), Max Pemberton (H), Max Williams (NH) and Tom Hartley (H) 27
25Th AnniVERsARy REuniOn
saturday 28th september
By Kate Warburton (Cha, 1994)
It was 1994, John Major was Prime Minister, Love is All Around by Wet Wet Wet was the best-selling single of the year, Justin Beiber was born, Kurt Cobain and Ayrton Senna died, The Lion King and Forrest Gump were the highest grossing films of the year, and, rather aptly, the American sitcom Friends first aired. It was also significant for the fact that 110 intrepid 18 year-olds left College destined for gap years, travels, university and beyond. Fast forward 25 years – past gap years and degrees, past first jobs, emerging careers, trades and professions, past weddings, babes in arms, christenings, and undoubtedly some other life changes, both happy and sad. The hope and promise to keep in touch en masse sadly fades over a quarter of a century and many of us had let a lot of time pass without seeing each other. Many of us made each others’ 21st birthday parties, or weddings, some were promoted to godparent, pockets of people stayed close, we made the odd reunion such as one in London in 2009, social media helped a fair few of us reconnect to some degree, but as a year group we had sadly let it lapse.
Cheltenham for our anniversary dinner. Some travelled a great distance to be there – Javier Munoz from Mexico, Giles Selby from Hong Kong, Julie Bloomfield from Barbados, Julia Von Kessel from Austria, Anthony Holt from Guernsey, and Nadine Matheson from the Scottish Highlands. Some of us had not seen each other for many years, and so excitement was high. A pretty big group of us had booked into the same hotel by prior arrangement. We met up at various points throughout the day, at the hotel, over lunch, pottering along the Bath Road for old times’ sake, at the Beehive and on the touch line to watch the rugby. Some of us visited our old houses, being shown around by pupils who were born 10 years after we left was alarming, but fun to see our old bedrooms and much, of Chandos at least, looked just the same.
Fond memories of College though, meant that when the whispers of a 25 year anniversary emerged, we began a game of tag. Gradually, over the course of several months and with regular prompts and updates from Dr Sloan, we grew a pretty decent crowd.
Drinks were served in the Library at 7pm where we were welcomed warmly by the Cheltonian Society team including Dr Sloan, by the Head Nicola Huggett, and by a few other masters who had taught us such as Mr Wright, Mr Mennie, and Mr Cook. After a few glasses of fizz, more catching up and a few words from Dr Sloan and Mrs Huggett, we moved through to the Dining Hall for a delicious dinner. 68 of us sat down to eat, the wine was free flowing and not a food fight in sight. All were on their best behaviour. We even had a speech from our Head Boy, Hugo Smith, who was only mildly heckled. It was wonderful to be back in the beautiful Dining Hall surrounded by old friends and amusing memories.
And so it was that on the last Saturday of September 2019, 50 1994 leavers and a few brave partners descended upon
Hazy memories After dinner had finished and various photos taken, we were organised into
taxis by Nico Marshall-Lee who made sure we all ended up at the same venue, No.131. Memories maybe become slightly hazy from this point for some of us! After a couple of hours there we were once again expertly ushered back to the hotel by Nico who organised wine and threw us an excellent after party. Every reunion needs a Nico! From that point onwards we all drifted off at various points, but Jonny Heynes, Henry Bonas, Tom Norgate, Nico, Alison Buswell (and her partner Nick) deserve a mention as they were the last Old Cheltonians still standing at 5.30am. There was a real sense of not wanting to go to bed as we did not want the night to be over. It was a wonderful evening of reminiscing, of travelling back in time and reconnecting with people we shared a lot with all those years ago. It was funny, it was immense fun and it was magical. It was really, really sad to say goodbye. Future plans The next morning those of us staying at the same hotel had breakfast together and then once we had checked out, we sat outside the hotel for an hour or two feeling hungover, happy and sad all at once. We now have a WhatsApp group which goes through phases of uncontrollable pinging, we have swapped many old photos, and we are already talking about meeting up soon for London drinks, Oxford drinks, and hope that College will have us back too at some point. Thank you to all at College, especially Dr Sloan, for inviting us back for an evening of frivolity that has reconnected us and has had a real impact on us all. Till next time! !
Hazelwell Boys Javier Munoz, Guy Noble, Giles Selby, Bill Oddie and Robert Bird
Javier Munoz (H), Alice Arnold (Cha), Henry Bonas (L), Giles Selby (H) and Nick Brown (L)
Nico Marshall-Lee (L), Alice Arnold (Cha), Giles Selby (H), Bill Oddie (H) and Anneli Lowe (née Oakes, Cha)
Chandos Girls, Victoria Bishop, Julia Czernin (née von Kessel), Sarah Orr (née Hector), Nadine Matheson (née Pape), Kate Napier, Kate Warburton, Julie Murphy (née Bloomfield), Hannah Jones (née West), Alice Arnold, Anna Lythgoe, Gillian Hassall (née Allen), Lucy Roper (née Peiser), Alison Busell and Anneli Lowe (née Oakes)
Angus Baillie (L), Nadine Matheson (née Pape, Cha), Julia Czernin (née von Kessell), Julie Murphy (née Bloomfield, Cha), Victoria Hugo Smith's (H) impromptu Tegid Jones (S), Henry Bonas (L), Anthony Holt (Xt) & Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator) Bishop (Cha) & Lucy Roper (née Peiser, Cha) speech
2 3 1. Javier Munoz (H), Nadine Matheson (née Pape, Cha) and Ana Paulina Munoz 2. Javier Munoz (H) & Anthony Holt (Xt) 3. Nadine Matheson (née Pape), Javier Munoz (H), Giles Selby (H) and Anthony Holt (Xt) 4. Giles Selby (H) & Angus Baillie (L)
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Photography by Anna Lythgoe (Cha, 1994)
Sunday 24th November
A Visit to the Faroe Islands By Archie Garbutt (U6th, S) I applied to the Cheltonian Endowment Trust for a travel grant to visit the Faroe Islands to experience first-hand coastal erosion and weathering. I was very fortunate to be awarded a grant and was able to go to the Faroe Islands during the 2019 summer holidays. The Faroe Islands are one of the most interesting places in the world geographically and I was able to experience the formations it had to offer. Most of those present were made by erosion or weathering leading to many depositional features accompanying them. The natural sculptures I saw were formed by the force of the wind and waves and were dramatic and extraordinary to look at. One of these was the so called ‘witch’s finger’ off the coast of the island of Vágar. This is a massive column of rock jetting out from the sea after it had broken away from its mother cliff and resembles a jagged dagger more than an old lady's finger. The ‘witch’s finger’ is significant because it is so much larger than usual stacks due to the height of the cliff and the strength of the rock. This is what is known as a stack and is formed by marine erosional processes breaking down a cliff but then a more resistant column of rock is left jutting out from the original cliff. The rocks off the coast of ‘Dragnar’ were another breathtaking sight to behold.
Tindhólmur is an islet west of Vágar 32
These types of structures are deemed one of the rarest occurrences in rock formation. It is a rock arch and then another rock stack following it (the stack being not as dramatic as the ‘witch’s finger’). This is then followed by a shard of rock in a landward dipping bedding plane which makes them look like the spine to a giant sea-creature. This is another feature created by the power of the sea carrying out marine erosion on the rocks and the varying strength and resistance of rocks have allowed for the unique feature. This is due to the volcanic nature of the rock allowing for the stack and arch and then the line of rocks by the discordant coastline, which is due to lines of weaker and stronger rock and then therefore the sea eroding the
‘ The natural sculptures were formed by the force of the wind and waves and were dramatic ’
Archie at College weaker rock at a faster rate than the stronger rock. With significant erosion and weathering, sediment is produced. This can then build up in peculiar places due to rapid rate of these processes. This can form places such as the inland beach in the village of Saksun. This is due to processes of weathering and marine erosion, which creates vast amounts of sediment which is then deposited on the beach. This was not as stunning as the previous features but was an amazing sight to behold as it is so obscure and seems out of place. This also is then why it is an interesting geographical feature. The ‘Fossá’ waterfall is another sight that was fascinating with two dramatic cascades of water on two different steps and the plumes dissipated to vapor by the time it hit the bottom of the falls. At the base of the waterfall rocks are scattered around that are precisely rounded by the force of the water weathering it. This is caused by the force of the water pounding the rocks. All of these features that I observed were incredible to look at and experience but also have been very useful in providing examples and case studies that I can use in my A Level Geography course. ■
The Fossá waterfall
An International Journey By Nicola Rusborg (Cha, 2001) Munich, Berlin and Switzerland. I went back to the UK in March 2008 and worked at the London regional sales office of The Leading Hotels of the World, a sales & marketing organisation driving additional revenue for 450 of the most renowned worldwide luxury hotels. The new kid on the London hotel scene was getting ready for its opening in Knightsbridge: Bulgari Hotel & Residences London – which I joined in February 2012 as part of the preopening team as a sales manager. I looked after different parts of the world, which involved a lot of international travel. This industry is very people driven, therefore the diverse environment of College prepared me to interact with and adapt to all different kinds of profiles and scenarios.
Initially only planned for one year, I ended up staying for the entire Sixth Form and left college with 4 A-Levels, some best friends for life, a passion for the English culture and a very international idea of the world: Next up was a gap year in Florence, followed by hospitality education in
One day I received a call to join the team of the Ritz Paris, preparing for its ‘grand reopening’ after a historic restoration project of almost 4 years. Leaving London for Place Vendôme was not as easy as it sounds, and still to this day London always has a very special place in my heart. However, it was the right decision as my five years as their Director of Sales trained me to operate to high standards, to add some special touches and details for the client, and to eventually build strong relationships. Unforgettable experiences This was the foundation of the idea behind setting up my own company Fine Fleur Amsterdam: Create unforgettable experiences for the discerning traveller in a personalised way. My business partner Sophie, an ‘Amsterdammer’ born and bred, has all the local knowledge and our mission is to conceive these once-in-alifetime experiences around each and every unique taste. Whether that’s an impromptu candlelit canal dinner or a helicopter ride over the country’s famous flower fields – we put our creativity and connections to work for our clients. Why a move from Paris to Amsterdam? Well, I should probably also tell you that love took me to The Netherlands, where I met a charming Dutchman in March 2018 on the famous ‘skinny bridge’ on a blind date. And in case you are wondering where the idea for our company name
Nicola at College
Nicola and business partner Sophie comes from: ‘Fine Fleur’ is a French expression, describing the finest and very best in each category, in our case this goes for each experience. It also links in nicely with the flower theme, and in particular the tulip, significant for The Netherlands. An international journey with its seeds planted on the Bath Road. For further information or to book an experience, I would love to hear from you email@example.com and www.finefleuramsterdam.com ■
Until the older sister of one of my best friends went to King’s College, Taunton, I had never thought of leaving my hometown Munich. Every half term she would come back raving about her time at an English boarding school – this persuaded me, at the age of 15, that this was something for me too! It took me a while to convince my parents that it was the right move – to let their only child go and live in another country with limited knowledge of the English language but once my dad and I toured about 5 different schools for a whole week, and he was reminded of his numerous holidays playing golf in the Cotswolds, the deal was done: Cheltenham College won both our hearts immediately.
Cooking Up A Storm By Olivia Burt (A, 2013) I started College in 2008 having arrived from Abberley Hall in Worcestershire, still getting used to the whole idea of boarding. I totally loved it and enjoyed what was pretty much a sleep over party with my friends every night, hopefully not to the knowledge of my wonderful Housemistress, Mrs Cutts! I spent five unbelievably happy years at College and still see all my Ashmead friends most weeks in London. It’s so incredible to leave with friends for life and I sincerely hope that current College pupils are also making amazing friends and memories. I left with the A-Level results that I had both hoped and worked hard for. Unlike most, I decided not to apply to university in my last year as I was so unsure as to what direction I wanted to head in. I took a year off, although a slightly different Gap Year! In September, fresh out of school and feeling a little lost and strange not to be going to my 8.30am English Literature class, I started a three month intensive cooking course at Darina and Rachel Allens’ Ballymaloe in Ireland. I loved it and would highly recommend the course to anyone pre or post University (and if ever in Ireland do call in, there is a great lunch on offer for all: the students cook more than they can eat). It was at Ballymaloe that I started to think that cooking could be my career and so I totally immersed myself into the everyday life of learning to be a chef, making my own cheese and cream in my free time and exploring all the amazing food that Ireland had to offer. The Beginning Having graduated from Ballymaloe in December 2013, I felt it was time to put my newly honed cooking skills to the test. I flew out to Val d’Isère two days after leaving to begin a ski season as a private chef. It was everything I had expected, the best learning curve and the best fun. A total must in my opinion. The five month stint in the Alps helped me realise that cooking was definitely for me 34
and so began a very exciting journey. I started by breaking the news to my parents that I was not going to go to university and with their help we began to plan my future. I ended my Gap Year at the Peligoni Club in Greece as a chef, making lots of friends, but working very hard and enjoying the last of the summer sun. In the last few weeks in Greece I confirmed my place at Le Cordon Bleu, London, where I would begin the journey into the professional culinary world with their Grande Diplome programme. I began the start of every ‘foodies’ dream, learning more and more every day. After my first term in London I decided to make the move to Paris to continue my last two terms. After graduating, I began my first job at Joel Robuchon’s two Michelin starred l’Atelier Etoile Restaurant. I left Paris to visit South America, learning and cooking along the way. At the beginning of 2016 I moved back to the UK, to head to London, aged 20, in search of the perfect job. I was very fortunate to be given a job at Simon Rogans’ one Michelin starred restaurant Fera at Claridge’s in Mayfair, London. I worked for Simon for three fantastic years before its closure at the end of 2018. I remained at Claridge’s taking up the position of Sous Chef in January 2019, which is where I am today. As Sous Chef I am in charge of a team of approximately forty staff. It is full on, fast and furious; the standards are high, the workload is often exhausting, but I thrive on it. The Roux In 2019 I decided to test my skills against the UK’s best young Chefs by competing in ‘The Roux Scholarship’, a competition across the country testing classic French cooking skills and on the spot challenges. I was the first woman to reach the finals in four years. This was a huge stepping-stone and gave me the opportunity to prove myself. This of course started the competition bug. MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 was the year of a lot of risks. Making the decision to join MasterChef was not
Olivia now and at College
easy. Cooking is something that comes naturally to me, however showcasing your food and skills on TV to be judged and criticised in front of the nation was a drastic decision to make as it could have an impact on my career. It is difficult to know where to start when preparing for such a huge opportunity which was about showcasing food that represents me and my ideas, proving to myself that I could compete at this level, and being confident with every dish I cooked. I had to take time to experiment and develop different creative ideas which was incredible and something that I may not have done if it wasn't for MasterChef. The journey from start to finish was a total learning curve, especially the opportunity to trial and test different techniques and styles, and to receive direct feedback. I had to constantly challenge myself to be better and expand my knowledge which I now do every time I cook. MasterChef was the opportunity of a lifetime and cooking on BBC primetime was definitely not what I imagined I would be doing six years after leaving College. Learning to cope when highly stressed, to stay composed and concentrate in a room full of camera crews and
distractions teaches you a lot about yourself. As stressful as it was, I so enjoyed it. I recommend to all readers to push themselves, test those boundaries and get out of their comfort zone. You will learn a great deal from it. Breaking the mould It is difficult to say why so few women make it to the finals. Of course we are in an extremely male dominated industry and that definitely does not make it easy. We need to support more female chefs and give them the confidence to grow in the industry. The biggest piece of advice I can give to young female chefs is just to keep at it, stand your ground when you need to and stay strong. There will always be the amazing days and the days that frustrate but life in the kitchen is there for the taking, it never needs to be boring; that is the wonder of this job. You need to make sure that you are learning, developing and growing as a
chef, just stay confident in your talent and work your way up.
and showcase the best of British ingredients.
I am keen to help inspire more women to join this incredible growing industry and support them on their journey in a tough working environment. I can’t wait to share my journey with so many more inspirational women and help them on their way to unlimited success.
There are so many exciting projects in the pipeline. For now I will be touring as much of the country as possible with pop-ups, sharing and developing my style of food. I will still be based at Claridge’s. If in London, pay us a visit, just ask for me and we will look after you well.
In my opinion the key to success is dedication. Becoming a chef and being successful is never going to be easy. I would never have got to where I am today without the support and knowledge that I have received from so many. Always be willing to learn.
I never would have imagined six years ago that I would be where I am now; the fantastic thing about this career is it is constantly changing, there is always more to learn.
The Future I am very excited for the future, more so than ever before. So far 2020 is promising to be an incredible year, the best in my career so far and I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen to continue to develop
If anyone is looking to head into the world of food, please do not hesitate to get in contact and come and join me for some work experience… roll up your sleeves and get your running shoes on! www.oliviaburt.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram and Twitter: cheflivburt ■ 35
Striding into a Legal Career By Rosa Schofield (A, 2014) Memories of College I had the privilege of attending College from 2009 to 2014 and still maintain that some of my fondest memories are from my school days. I was a proud member of Ashmead, and in my final year I had the honour of becoming Head of House and Deputy Head Girl. If I’m honest, it wasn’t until a few years after leaving that I truly appreciated just how wonderful life at College was. Summer evenings spent lounging on College Field, belting out hymns on a Sunday evening in Chapel, or pizza nights in House – these are just a few of the moments which come to me when I am feeling nostalgic, although at the time I regrettably saw them as a mundane aspects of school routine. I was happiest with a netball or hockey stick in hand, charging up a pitch on a Tuesday afternoon and I can happily say that I really did throw myself into College Life. ‘So, what next?’ At the end of Upper Sixth, I still had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I dreaded that slightly awkward and innately predictable conversation with family friends which began with the question ‘So, what next?’
Quite frankly I don’t know how any 18year-old is supposed to have their whole future mapped out. I could barely decide what I wanted to have for supper in the evening, let alone commit to a career path I hadn’t even explored yet! It’s fair to say that I was somewhat stuck between wanting to have a super successful career by the time I was 21 and wanting to get the tie-dye out and travel the world. So, with a little persuasion from my parents (and multiple viewings of Legally Blonde), I compromised and opted for a gap year, followed by a three year LLB Law degree at Exeter University. Exeter University When I started at Exeter, unlike 99% of my cohort, I had no intention of pursuing a legal career. Instead, I chose Law as I had been told it was ‘a good degree’ to have and would allow me to keep my options open in terms of future career prospects.
GCSEs are by far the hardest exams I have taken (plus I was never going to understand Physics, no matter how hard I tried).
My first year was spent getting to grips with the fundamental legal principles of criminal, constitutional and contract law. The workload really wasn’t too bad in the first year. To this day I maintain that
I soon became enthralled by the delicate balance of achieving justice without opening the floodgates to numerous claims and I really enjoyed the problem solving nature of the subject. This
Rosa at College and now
‘ I was somewhat stuck between wanting to have a super successful career by the time I was 21 and wanting to get the tie-dye out and travel the world ’ Rosa playing hockey at College
enthusiasm for the subject continued into my second year in which I tackled land law, tort law, trusts law and, admittedly with a little less enthusiasm, EU law. At the end of my second year of study I was ranked as the top law student in my cohort and had won several academic prizes. It was at this point that my mum pointed out that I should at least consider the legal career path.
Lucy Shackell (Q, 2014), Billie Portsmouth (OJ & Q, 2014), Liberty Ford (OJ & Q, 2014) and Rosa Schofield (A, 2014)
‘ It is a real pleasure to be able to help that individual through what often is the most difficult time of their life ’
Why family law? Relationships can be filled with love, scandal, heartbreak and drama and so navigating the breakdown of marriage is often a complex and emotionally draining process. It is a real pleasure to be able to help that individual through what often is the most difficult time of their life. This is why I love family law. You are dealing with real people, real families and real emotions.
unraveled. Yes – it really was like the movies!
Life as a trainee solicitor As a trainee, I am involved in the active day to day management of complex cases and I had some wonderful opportunities to work alongside top solicitors and barristers. A highlight for me was attending a three-day hearing at the Central Family Court last summer which encompassed complex litigation surrounding non-molestation orders. Evidence was given, witnesses were cross-examined and the drama was
Afterthoughts I truly believe that my experience at College was invaluable. Not only did it place me in good stead academically for University, but it also taught me vital lessons in time management, communication and friendship. These are skills which I rely upon daily, whether that be in my work, or personal life. I feel very fortunate to be in the position I am in now, even if I will most likely spend the rest of my life acting for my friends in their divorces! ■
Rosa graduating from the University of Exeter
Rosa Schofield (A, 2014) and Anna Cutts (Current Staff Member)
In my final year of study, my interest in the law and legal reform became even more apparent. I was able to focus on the particular areas that were of interest to me – employment law, medical law and most prominently family law. I think this is because family law is innately dynamic. The ‘typical family’ model encompassing two parents and a few children (and most probably a dog) is almost extinct. Today we embrace multiple family patterns with increasing numbers of same-sex couples and couples opting for cohabitation over marriage. However, I soon discovered that a lot of the law in this area was outdated, rigid and did not offer modern families the rights they required to deal with situations such as relationship breakdown and I knew this was an area I wanted to explore further. I was awarded the family law prize at the end of my final year and left Exeter with a First class degree and, more importantly, even better friends.
Into the ‘real’ world Unfortunately, long gone are the days of 8-week summer holidays and free bacon rolls at 11am. I am currently in the second year of my two-year training contract at Vardags, a firm which specialises in the divorce of high net worth individuals. I have been completing my LPC (Legal Practice Course) on the side which means that I should be a fully qualified lawyer by September 2020, which quite frankly feels far too grown up!
Saving The Northern White Rhinos From Extinction By Richard & Sarah Vigne (Current Parents)
Najin and Fatu – the Northern White Rhinos
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is the largest sanctuary for the endangered black rhino in East Africa. As well as holding a so-called “Key 1” (over 100) population of black rhinos, we are also home to good numbers of all the other species that you would normally expect to find in an East African savannah system. This includes high predator numbers, primarily lion, spotted hyena and cheetah, as well as big populations of prey species such as zebra and buffalo. In order to pay for the incredibly high costs of securing rhinos, which remain heavily threatened by poaching as a result of continued demand for their horn in the Far East, we rely primarily on safari tourism and now receive over 100,000 visitors per year. We have also pioneered an integrated land management system that permits forms of land use not traditionally associated with conservation. In particular we have developed systems 38
that permit us to ranch cattle successfully in the same geographic space that is inhabited by our wildlife. Consequently, we are also home to the largest herd of pure “Boran” cattle in the world, numbering approximately 6000 animals. Thus, we secure conservation space in a manner that is replicable, politically acceptable and productive, and many people are now copying our model across Africa. Czeching in to Africa In recent times we have become well known for our attempts to recover the Northern White Rhinoceros from extinction. In 2009 the last four remaining reproductively viable Northern Whites were returned from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Africa, to a purpose built 600 acre enclosure on Ol Pejeta. However, whilst mating behaviour was observed, no successful pregnancies were achieved and we have since established that the
females have reproductive issues that prevent them conceiving. Furthermore the 2 males have now died and we are therefore left with artificial reproductive methods, in particular in vitro fertilization, to try to recover this species. To that end August 2019 represented a momentous point in the global attempts to recover the Northern White Rhinoceros from functional extinction. In a procedure pioneered by leading fertility scientists, ten oocytes (read eggs) were removed from the last two remaining females, and two of these eggs were successfully fertilized and matured to create viable embryos. These have now been frozen for future use. Of course, this is only stage one in what will be a much longer process to create the multiple embryos that will ultimately be needed for eventual implantation into surrogate Southern White females, to produce a viable population of Northern White calves that
can be used as a platform for the eventual reintroduction of this species to the wild. However, we have taken another step along the long, exhausting and expensive journey that we started nearly 10 years ago to save the Northern Whites. The reality of extinction As we marvel at the scientific advances that have made all this possible, I think it is worth reflecting on why it is we think this is a road worth travelling. There are many who argue that the resources that will be required to save this species could better be allocated for in situ conservation, to preserve many more species that have much better chance of survival; goodness knows, â€œconservationâ€? needs all of the resources it can get, and saving the Northern White appears to some as an expensive vanity that we can ill afford. We disagree. The story of the Northern Whites is one that has captured the imagination of the global public. It has brought home to many, in the starkest terms, the reality of extinction and, more importantly, the hand we humans are having in what is now the greatest extinction show the planet has ever witnessed. As far as we can tell, there has never been a time in the history of life on earth that species have disappeared faster than they are now, in the era of humanity. Dinosaurs roamed the planet for many millions of years, and their extinction probably took millions of
years to occur. In contrast humans have only been here for a few hundreds of thousands of years, but we are laying waste to everything around us. The truth is we can live on a planet without Northern White Rhinos, or any rhinos for that matter. But increasingly we are beginning to realise that we cannot live without the closely interconnected web of diverse life that exists with us on this planet. The life that makes soils fertile, the seas abundant and the air fresh and clean. So, if our effort to save the Northern Whites, just one charismatic species amongst millions of other threatened species, helps to galvanise a human movement to change the way we live and interact with the world around us, to live more sustainably and in harmony with nature, then it will be worthwhile. In fact, it would be worth every cent in every bank vault that exists on planet earth. Our only home. â–
Horse riding on Ol Pejeta
Lion on Ol Pejeta
Volunteers on Ol Pejeta
Ovum pick up procedure
A Life-changing Trip to Kenya By Max Sutton (U6th, NH) Over the summer of 2019, I undertook a work experience placement at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia district of northern Kenya. This placement was the perfect opportunity for me to gain full experience of the career I would like to undertake in the future. My day to day tasks were all focused on working with and observing the teams that protected and analysed the endangered species on Ol Pejeta. In particular, I enjoyed working with the rhino monitoring teams. With both the Southern White and Eastern Black Rhino population under serious pressure, Ol Pejeta is focused mainly on the conservation of its rhinos. With a population of over 130 Eastern Black Rhino on the conservancy, the opportunity often arose to join the rhino monitoring teams working on the ground to observe and record rhino sightings. This was extremely informative and one of the most rewarding jobs I did on Ol Pejeta because it presented the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent animals as well as making a difference to the conservation project that was in progress. Furthermore, every few days I would head out with the Lion Monitoring unit to observe and record data on the 70 strong population at Ol Pejeta. This was also very rewarding as I got to know many of the individual lions and their cubs. It was very interesting to learn about the different ways lion populations are monitored and managed so that they do not interfere with any of the other endangered species on the conservancy. Whilst collecting the data is crucial, actually finding the lions was often the challenge. With certain individuals fitted with Radio or GPS collars, it was fascinating to learn of the different ways that the rangers track the lions. Ol Pejeta is also home to the last two remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world. With both of them being infertile females, Ol Pejeta is working closely with scientists to use Southern White Rhinos as surrogate mothers. Northern White Rhino 40
eggs will be fertilised in a laboratory with the sperm taken from previous Northern White Rhino males. It was a huge privilege to work alongside those who have been working so hard to bring the species back from the brink. I was given the opportunity to care for the last two Northern Whites which was an incredible experience. The Chimp House Ol Pejeta also houses the only Chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. With two chimp families comprised of 19 and 20 rescued chimps, the sanctuary is a shining light in the fight against the illegal pet trade. There are two 250 acre enclosures at the sanctuary which means that the chimps can live peacefully. I was put to work in the New Chimp House for a period of my placement. This gave me the opportunity to directly interact with the chimps on a daily basis and gradually build up a trust and relationship with certain individuals. To start with, I found it tough to work in such close proximity with animals that share over 96% of the human genome. It almost seemed that they could be caring for me!
Max in Kenya and at College I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Cheltonian Endowment Trust for making this incredible trip possible through a travel award grant. My Kenya trip of 2019 confirmed fully that a career in African Wildlife Conservation is the direction that I am heading in. This has given me a huge amount of drive and motivation to succeed this year to make this possible. â–
Tim Pearce at 80 By Malcolm Sloan (OC Administrator) Past Staff Member Tim Pearce reached 80 this year and with the help of David Gamble, Old Brightonian (OB), Bruce Carnegie-Brown (OJ & H, 1977) and Richard Dodgson (BH, 1985) an event was organised which assembled pupil representatives of his whole teaching career from 1961-1999 at a celebratory lunch in the Swan Restaurant at the Globe Theatre in London, on 2nd May, 2019.
Tim was especially delighted that Leif Stubbe Teglbjaerg, whom he had taught at Copenhagen University, and his wife were able to attend. Both became English teachers and have published works on American literature. The reception began at noon in one of the rooms at the Swan with magnificent views of the Thames, this was followed by lunch in the River Room. Rev James Langstaff (L, 1973), in mufti as he noted, said grace, and the lunch began, in a rising crescendo of conversation and laughter. Bruce said a few words of appreciation of Tim’s career and also read a moving remembrance from Professor Geoff
Wawro (NH, 1979) of his time at Cheltenham as an ESU exchange scholar. It was a matter of great regret for Tim and Geoff that the latter had an alternative engagement. This was followed by an impromptu intervention by Dapo Ladimeji recalling his time at Brighton and his gratitude to Tim for guidance and inspiration provided. Then followed further reminiscences from Clive Gamble (OB) of acting times at Brighton and Chris Morgan Jones (NH, 1988) of more personal aspects of Tim’s later career at College and his capacity for shape-shifting.
Among the gathered company were a Bishop, an MP, the Chairman of Lloyd’s, several professors and lecturers, a V&A curator, two professional painters, a professional photographer, six novelists, a playwright, a number of lawyers, a documentary director, a Headmaster and several teachers, a vicar, some company secretaries, a ground-water engineer and a chartered surveyor, an event organiser and any number of actors of one species or another.
Alistair Dunn (Xt, 1977) seated to the left of Bruce Carnegie-Brown (OJ & H, 1977, standing) with Tim Pearce to the right
The Top Table
Tim was immensely grateful to all the speakers for their kindness and the warm affection they conveyed. The lunch itself was a wonderful celebration and it was interesting to hear others’ experiences and memories of his teaching. He plans to do it all again in 2029. Be prepared! From Toby Nicholson (H, 1999): “I was honoured to have been invited to Tim’s lunch as he had been such a support during my time at College helping with the English language, which I found challenging due to dyslexia. At the time, Tim’s approach to teaching and to conveying a topic led to many a light bulb moment, or enough at least to get me through both GCSE and A-Level English.” ■
The Cheltenham College table
Past Staff Members Anthony Lyons and Jo-Anne Riley
A Sustainable Angle By Alice Early (OJ & Q, 2006) I joined Cheltenham College Junior School in 1996, graduating from the Senior School in 2006, and I have many wonderful memories of College. Splitting my time between the hockey pitch and the textiles studio, I was lucky to be taught by the knowledgeable and inspiring Polly Jones. With just five students in my Sixth Form textiles class, we enjoyed a bright and spacious studio overlooking the cricket grounds. I was interested in the technical construction of materials and garments and Polly taught with academic and practical expertise. The skills I gained gave me an early insight into my passion for pattern cutting, fitting and tailoring. When I left College I spent a year completing an Art Foundation course in Pittville before taking up a place at Kingston University. During my time at University I enjoyed work experience with a Saville Row tailor, English Cut and designer Sophie Hulme. Upon graduating I took a role as a design assistant at Twenty8Twelve with Sienna and Savannah Miller before being offered a place on the team at Paul Smith. There I developed the womenswear collections alongside the senior designer, constantly learning more about design, tailoring, materials and fit. I applied to Parsons, New York and was offered a scholarship to study an MFA in Fashion Design. Graduating two and a half years later I returned to the UK to join couture designer Deborah Milner, designing and producing pieces for her select clientele, including Daphne Guinness. My collection I launched my own collection in November 2018 with the aim of designing contemporary, sustainable clothing for women, pieces that can be worn season after season and styled with existing wardrobes. My mission was to use only the finest organic and sustainably produced materials and work with environmentally and socially conscious craftsmanship. Designing from my studio in Brixton, my design practice involves a large amount of research into materials and how and 42
where they are made. A consideration throughout my business is to take a holistic approach to sustainability: sourcing only organic and sustainable materials, designing for long term enjoyment, producing my garments locally in London and shipping them to customers in recyclable packaging. I began with a 100% organic cotton collection, sourcing cotton that carried the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification to make sure what I used was organic and sustainably produced. Grown from non-genetically modified seeds without the use of synthetic fertilisers or toxic pesticides, GOTS certified cotton farming protects the soil and the surrounding environment from contamination and is safer for farmers. The certification also covers social criteria based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, which cover rules on child labour, working hours and working conditions, minimum wages, discrimination and more. Family history This winter I drew inspiration from English heritage textile production and my family history in the wool industry. My new outerwear features coats made from 100% lambswool in a classic saltand-pepper Herringbone design and a sapphire blue, woven in Yorkshire from one of the last remaining ‘fully vertical’ woollen mills – all processes undertaken on the same site – in Great Britain. One of the most sustainable materials available, wool is 100% natural, renewable and makes a luxurious warm fibre. I finish my garments with buttons made from Corozo, instead of the commonly used plastic. Corozo, also known as ‘vegetable ivory’, is derived from the nut of the Tagua Palm found in the Ecuadorian rainforest among other places. This valuable crop helps protect the rainforests in Ecuador from deforestation and are maintained so the palm can continue to grow and produce nuts for years to come. The buttons are hard wearing, have a unique grain and
Alice Early (above) and examples of her work as modelled opposite.
‘ Corozo is derived from the nut of the Tagua Palm found in the Ecuadorian rainforest ’ provide a sustainable and beautiful alternative to polyester. With all my materials sourced, I design, pattern cut, grade my patterns and manufacture locally in London, producing all my garments within a 10-mile radius. I visit my factories regularly to ensure that my pieces are produced in good working conditions and to a high standard. I have a fantastic team of friends who I work with to produce my lookbook and campaign and this year shot the new collection at my new studio space in Brixton. With my limited editions, I sell my collection online and take part in events throughout the year. You can follow my journey on Instagram @aliceearly and sign up to my mailing list for all our latest news, special events and 10% off your first order. Read more about my sustainable approach to design and shop online at aliceearly.co.uk. ■
The D-Day Beaches 75 Years On ... ‘They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it’ By Chris Haslam (Past Staff Member) There are 18 war cemeteries in Normandy, all kept immaculate by the War Graves Commission, established in 1917 “to honour each person, regardless of rank, race or religion, and to do so forever.” Hosts of soldiers and airmen lie buried separately in the village cemeteries of northern France. The battle of Normandy lasted 100 days and many bodies have still not been recovered. Eleven OCs are at rest in the cemeteries of Normandy. Our party of Philip Morris (OJ & Th, 1969), Mike Muller (OJ & Th, 1969), Tim Sketchley (Th, 1969), Simon Bowes (OJ) and myself, Head of Drama at College 1985-2001, were keen to visit them all whilst still in the 75th year of commemoration. Captain Michael Rodney Fearon (DB, 1935) landed as part of the 3rd Infantry Division on D-Day at Sword Beach near the village of Hermanville. He died on 24th June from wounds received near Caen and is buried at the comparatively large Bonnevile-laCampagne War Cemetery just to the east of the city. He was 27. Lieutenant David Rhys Geraint Jones (H, 1940), who was 22, landed at Courcelles, Normandy on D-Day + 8. He died on 28th June of wounds received in an overnight advance across the river Odon (Operation Epsom) at Monen, west of Caen, whilst defending the village against counterattack by German-Panzer divisions. He was a published poet and is buried at St Manvieu War Cemetery near Cheux. Here red, peach and pink roses blazed in the autumn sun, as dragonflies were blown against the Portland Stone. We read Jones’ poem, ‘Let me not see old age’, at his graveside. Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery contains the bodies of two OCs: Lieutenant John Anthony Barry (NH, 1943) of 1st Grenadier Guards landed in Normandy on 30th June 1944 as part of a motorised infantry battalion. He was killed on 3rd August in action near the village of Le Tourneur at the tender age of 18. 44
The graves: (top row, l to r) JA Barry, LF Hancock, MA Cooke Hurle, DStJB Atkinson, AJ St George; (bottom row, l to r) RJ Crofts, MR Fearon, JC Currie, DRG Jones, JB Evans Lieutenant James Bruns Evans (NH, 1940) of 2nd Gloucesters landed on Gold Beach on D-Day and pushed forward through the orchards and meadows behind the beaches; these orchards and meadows now bloom again. Evans, who was 22, was killed in action at Tilly-sur-Seulles on 11th June during Operation Perch, the attempt to encircle and capture Caen. Into this Cemetery peered a line of cows over the ultra-neat hedge, like racehorses being shown the first fence before a race. Also buried at Tilly-sur-Seulles is the poet Keith Douglas, a Christ’s Hospital and Oxford man. The 2nd World War poets are nowhere near so renowned as Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones and Edward Thomas, though Douglas is perhaps the best known. He was 24 years old, a Captain in the Sherwood Yeomanary who had done almost all his fighting in the desert. He was one of a number of men who harboured a strong sense of imminent death and spoke to his closest friends about it, feeling that he had used up his ration of luck in his fighting before he landed in France. Having been
reconnoitring on foot, he was hit in the head by a piece of mortar shell as he was running along a ditch towards his tank. He died instantly. In his poem about the regiment entitled ‘Aristocrats‘ he had written: “How can I live among this gentle obsolescent breed of heroes and not weep.” We read his fine poem, ‘Simplify Me When I’m Dead’ by his grave, the sun again in evidence, as if to bless. Bayeux is the biggest of the Commonwealth War Cemeteries with 2,035 marked graves and 140 unknown. Here 6 OCs are buried. Captain Arthur John St. George (Xt,1932) landed at midday on D-Day at La Riviere on Sword Beach, passing through Ver-sur-Mer by evening. He died in action on the evening of 19th June near Hottot village, under heavy German shelling and mortar fire. He was 29. Brigadier John Cecil Currie (OJ & Xt, 1914) was an older man. At 46 he had won the DSO and 2 bars and an MC. He too landed
at Sword Beach on D-Day + 1 but died in action on 26th June from shell fire at the level-crossing south of Bretteville during the advance on Caen. Captain Richard John Crofts (L, 1931) landed at Gold Beach with B Squadron Sherman Tanks close to Arromanches. He was killed on 27th June in action at Hottotles-Bagues aged 30. Tim Sketchley (Th, 1969), Chris Haslam (Past Staff Member), Simon Bowes (OJ), Philip Morris (OJ & Th, 1965) and Mike Muller (OJ & Th, 1969)
Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Frank Hancock (L ,1917) was an MCC Cricketer and had received an OBE. At the age of 45 he was an experienced veteran occupied with building advanced landing grounds in Normandy to support forward air operations. His last airfield was at Ellon in Calvados before he was killed when his jeep reversed over a land mine in the village of Maupertus near Cherbourg. A third Porcherite, Captain Maurice Armitage Cooke-Hurle (L, 1926) was 36 when he landed in Normandy on 18th June. He was killed on 3rd August in action fighting against German Tiger tanks at La Pevelliere. The final OC grave at Bayeux commemorates Lieutenant Denis St.John Batty Atkinson (OJ & H, 1942), a Royal Marine killed at Courseulle-sur-Mer on 6th June having landed on Juno Beach while leading a small RM attachment on board the landing craft Assault alongside the Canadians from the Winnipeg and Royal Regina Rifles. He was 20. But that left one OC unaccounted for: Second Lieutenant Shirley East Apthorp (OJ, 1938) of 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps, employed as an armoured reconnaissance unit with Cromwell tanks. He landed on Gold Beach at Le Hamel on 11th June and was killed on 27th August at Bourg-Achard during the battle of the Falaise Pocket. The 19 year old has no known grave, his body having never been found, but his name is carved high up on the wall of the Bayeux Memorial. It took a little finding among so many carved names and perhaps stays in the memory more because of that. Every grave in every cemetery is pristine. On Jewish, Polish and Soviet graves the headstones are slightly different, but Commonwealth casualties are all the same as the Allies. Eye-catchingly, unlike the 1st World War victims, Germans, with a darker starker headstone, are buried in many of the cemeteries we visited, clustering
OCs Mike Muller (OJ & Th, 1969), Philip Morris (OJ & Th, 1965) and Tim Sketchley (Th, 1969) at the grave of Michael Fearon in Banneville-La-Campagne Cemetery. together in a quiet corner. At one of these German graves we read Keith Douglas’ most well known poem ‘Vergissmeinnicht’. And, unlike The 1st World War victims, these men’s headstone inscriptions vary enormously. With so many lads blown to pieces and unrecognisable in the mud of the Somme and Passchendaele, by far the most favoured epitaph is simply ‘Known unto God ‘. Not so in Normandy, where several of the carved words gave pause for thought: ‘One day we will understand’, ‘God’s greatest gift: Remembrance’, ‘The mosaic of victory’, ‘Your peace is bought with mine’, ‘We cannot, Lord, thy purpose see’, ‘God will link the broken chain together’ and those epic lines from Hamlet.... ’This, above all to thine own self be true ‘. Seeing such an endless array of names above these inscriptions, I was struck by how many of them were the
Mike Muller (OJ & Th, 1969) and Philip Morris (OJ & Th, 1965) at James Evans' grave in Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery. names of students I taught at College during my 16 colourful years teaching there. So our visit to the beaches and Cemeteries of Normandy will live long in the memory. My companions thought this the first time all 11 OC graves had been visited at once. And what will be our particular memories? There are several: the huge expanse of five tawny beaches; the mighty cliffs of Arromanches as seen from the sea; Pointe du Hoc with its deep craters peppering the grass like acne on a beleaguered face; reading poets’ words by the side of an immaculate grave; the fact that so many of those killed were teenagers; the words given to Keith Douglas in death, Philippians 4, verse 8 - ‘These things he loved. He died in their defence’; and those struggling dragonflies ... ■ 45
California, Here I Come By Ian McPhail (H, 1951) After I left College, Army National Service of two years called. I ended up in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. In the early winter I arrived at the Inverness train station and stepped into three feet of snow. I spent four months at the Highlands Brigade Training Centre at Fort George, a few miles east of Inverness on the Moray Firth, in late 1951 and early 1952. Twelve years in boarding school taught me how to handle myself away from home, whereas my mates from the Gorbels of Glasgow cried themselves to sleep for the first few weeks. Whatever they did on the streets of those slums during the day, they always slept at home with the tender loving care of Mother, who was significantly absent from the Fort. The Suez Canal Zone Eventually I was transferred to Eaton Hall near Chester for officer training and finished as Senior Under Officer. I shall never forget the spring daffs in dense groups under the trees of the Duke of Westminster’s property leased to the Army. Commissioned into the Argylls as a young second lieutenant, I was seconded to the Parachute Regiment and sent to the Suez Canal Zone for my sins, surely the worst possible posting the Army had available. We travelled by pullman train across Western Europe to Trieste, and then down the Adriatic to Port Said and on down the canal road to Lake Timsah. Leave in Cyprus and a group trip to Jerusalem helped to soften the boredom of life behind barbed wire. The Regiment’s highlight was a drop by the whole brigade into Cyprus. But I lost my batman who broke his femur during the drop. My duty that evening was to ferry the soldiers to the prophylactic aid centre. At the end of my two years of service, it was up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where I read social anthropology. A wonderful three years. After university, I found myself working in eastern Nigeria for a trading company owned by Unilever. The company shipped rubber and peanuts to Britain, where cargoes of wares needed by Nigerians for shelter, food, clothing and 46
medicine, were shipped back. We were cut-off from the rest of the country during the rainy season, having to rely solely on the White Club for all socialising. Since that was not my cup of tea, I left and returned to England after nine months, where I took a job with Lyons, the foods people. Canada calling But I could not see myself selling ice cream for the rest of my career, and I took a ship to Montreal, with the intention of working my way around the world before returning to England, by which time I would know what I wanted as a career. I bought a used van and drove across Canada on its Trans-Canada Highway to the Rockies at Banff, where I took a temporary job helping to get a camp of cottages ready for the summer vacationers. Then I hitchhiked to Vancouver, hoping to find another job there. Meeting a university friend, we decided to teach Canadian Indians on a reservation in norther British Columbia. The river through the reservation emptied into the Pacific Ocean. While I taught children from age 8 to 13, my friend took the high schoolers. That was quite an experience. The Indians had their own Church (of England) and a YMCA, both built by an English missionary in the Victorian era. The teacher of the toughest children was an unrepentant member of the Hitler Youth during WW2 but she was a good teacher. Settling in California After that experience, I hitchhiked back to Vancouver and down the west coast of America to California. I contacted a woman in my address book – a name given to me by a friend in London. So I met Elisabeth, who had just returned from two years teaching at the American School in London, next door to the American Embassy. That quickly put an end to my plan to work my way around the World. Suddenly I made the decision to stay in California and study for a law degree at the University of California in Berkeley. Elisabeth and I were married just before my first year began. While I spent
Ian McPhail at College and now
‘ By the end of January 1963 I was citizen and an attorney ’ the next three years at the Law School, Elisabeth taught at an elementary school. Those were interesting years during the Civil Rights Movement, with protests in Southern cities against racial discrimination. By the end of January 1963, I was a citizen and an attorney, practicing on my own in Santa Cruz, a small town on the Pacific coast of California, about 125 miles south of San Francisco. For most of my 56 years of law practice I specialised in estate law, Wills Trusts, Probate and the settlement of estates and Trusts on death. I considered myself a family counsellor masquerading as a lawyer! My wife Elisabeth, a thirdgeneration Swedish-American, and I raised three children, a girl and two boys, all now in their fifties. I have had a good life. I retired from my law practice last year and we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in August 2019. ■
Volunteering At Shamrock School In Nepal By Charlotte Maddinson (U6th, A)
Shamrock is a full boarding school for children from Year 5 to Year 10 who come from a financially poor background. The pupils and teachers here are all incredibly hardworking, and perfectly represent their school motto of ‘never give up’. It was inspiring to be able to teach and observe lessons in which the students had such a strong desire to learn, and on occasions we found ourselves wanting to take out our own textbooks and learn with them! Science lessons A typical day for us at Shamrock started off with an assembly and the Nepali National Anthem, before a full day of lessons with only a short lunch break, before sports and arts and craft activities. We spent the majority of our time helping out in Science lessons, covering topics from biodiversity and conservation to the variety of living organisms. It was so rewarding to be able to use our own knowledge from school to aid the learning of others, particularly as the majority of lessons at Shamrock are taken from a textbook. In addition, we helped lead a range of lessons from general knowledge and social studies to computing with the youngest students in Class 5, who all shared a (very excitable!) passion for learning that always left us with smiles on our faces. At the weekend, most of our spare time was spent making bracelets and paintings for the annual school fair, which was a very
festive and entertaining affair. We also had the opportunity to visit the very beautiful area of Lakeside (by Phewa Lake) several times during our stay. As our time in Pokhara drew to a close, we left feeling incredibly grateful to have spent our time with such a brilliant and motivating group of people. We left Shamrock early on the 28th to travel to Kathmandu; here, we were lucky enough to see a range of historic Nepali sites such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashuputinath Temple. These beautiful monuments, combined with the fast-paced atmosphere of Kathmandu proved to be a great end to our trip.
Charlotte (U6th, A) & Megan (U6th, Q) visiting the Monkey Temple
This amazing experience would not have been possible without the generosity of the Cheltonian Endowment Trust and I am unbelievably grateful to them for allowing me to make memories that will last a lifetime and help a truly inspirational community. Thank you. ■
Arts & crafts with the Shamrock girls
View from Shamrock School
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From the 20th to 31st of August 2019, I travelled with Megan Message (U6th, Q) to Nepal. Our aim for the trip was to volunteer at Shamrock School in Pokhara for a week and then travel to Kathmandu to gain a further insight into Nepali culture. We began our trip with two long-haul flights, as well as a leg from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a small propeller plane, in which we were able to get our first glimpse of the incredible Himalayas. Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by ‘wardens’ from the school; this kind and friendly attitude towards us continued throughout our stay. From the airport, we travelled to Shamrock, where we were immediately drawn into busy boarding school life.
College Voices: The 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day By Rachael Merrison (College Records & Heritage Manager) To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on 8th May 2020, the Archives team have been delving into the records to reveal our College Voices: the stories of Old Cheltonians (pupils and staff ) who served and attended College during the Second World War. Over 330 Old Cheltonians are known to have fallen during the conflict and many more fought in active service or lived through war on the Home Front. Throughout the war, pupils and staff alike would have read news of their experiences in the monthly Cheltonian editions; sometimes tragic, sometimes heartening. We see a generally positive tone in the following extract taken from the Summer term of 1945, shortly after VE Day. Along with a hint of humour, we hear of alumni released, reunions far and wide, and even the discovery of the Cheltonian itself at a Battalion posting! “J.A.N. Sim (H) and D.M. Freegard (WDB) parachuted over the Rhine, and have been at Wismar on the Baltic, where they found the Baltic a trifle cold for bathing […] Warry (H), wounded and captured last October, is now free […] J.C.B. Anderson found last winter’s issue of the Cheltonian in a post he took over; he is serving in a Lancer Regiment battalion [and in] the Far East, Ian Edye (H), who hopes to be home this summer, has met Colonel Towsey (PBH), Courtice (H), D.G. Crew (H), Shakeshaft (S and H), Morton (EDB) and A.E. Falconar (B), at Dehra Dun.” (Cheltonian, Summer edition, 1945, p.51) The relief felt by all on VE Day must have been palpable after so many years of war, which saw the temporary relocation of College to Shrewsbury School, the introduction of rationing and a new uniform of boiler suits (each boy had two, and they were changed halfway through the term). The College band joined “bands beyond number, parading cheerfully in almost every other street” (Cheltonian, Summer edition, 1945) for the VE Day Cheltenham march, and pupils and staff enthusiastically created bonfires of old 48
Top: The College Band – VE Day March, The Cheltonian (Summer 1945), originally printed in the Gloucestershire Echo Bottom left: College pupils in their wartime uniform, Cheltenham College Archive Bottom right: Staff photograph of a VE Day Bonfire, The Cheltonian (Summer 1945)
“black-out junk” to mark the end of the bombing raids. However, we also see a need and desire within the College community for ongoing remembrance, with the First World War a recent memory and the devastating atomic bomb drops on Japan still to come. Following 8th May 1945, six of our alumni would fall later that year. They would include Flying Officer Richard Caruth (Teighmore & Leconfield, 19051910) of the RAF Administrative and
Special Duties Branch, who died as a prisoner of war in Borneo, and Captain John Davidson (OJ, Wood & Christowe, 1935-1942), of the 27th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps, who was killed on active service in operations after VE Day in Northern Yugoslavia. Their names, amongst the many others who gave their lives, are enscribed on the Second World War Memorial plaques situated in the Dining Hall (College’s first Chapel), with three sets of our military colours hung either side.
Our College needs you! Can you help? Our College needs you! Can you help? To commemorate this anniversary and College’s personal loss during the conflict, we hope to capture and share with today’s community personal recollections of the Second World War from both oral testimony of Old Cheltonians and their families, and written accounts which may include letters and diaries from the period.
The alumni stories on this page are handpicked for this article to highlight the breadth of College’s contribution to and experience of the conflict: the Senior Officer, the War Cartoonist, and the Civilian Missing in Action.
If you would like to share your family story as part of the College Voices project, especially relating to life at College during wartime, please get in touch via: email@example.com or 01242 265600.
The War Cartoonist Cyril Bird (Fougasse) (1887-1965; Hazelwell, 1904) Known by the pen name ‘Fougasse’, Bird was entered into the ‘Military’ Department at College, where he would have studied a modern selection of subjects including technical drawing. Going on to King’s College London, he continued to attend evening art classes, and subsequently joined the Royal Engineers during the First World War (being invalided out following a serious injury at the Battle of Gallipoli). It was in 1916 that Bird started contributing cartoons to several publications including Punch and Tatler, under the pen name ‘Fougasse’, a name which referred to an improvised explosive mine. He became art editor of Punch (1937-1949), during which time he designed the famous “Careless Talk Costs Lives” propaganda posters (among others) free of charge for the Ministry of Information. He was awarded an OBE for this work and
also went on to become the editor of Punch (until 1953).
The Senior Officer Field Marshal John Greer Dill (1881-1944; Teighmore & Cheltondale, 1900) Sir John Greer Dill had left College at the turn of the century and, over a long and successful career, saw service in both the First and Second World Wars; his son (John de Guerin Dill, M.B.E.; Cheltondale, 1934) also served during the latter. From May 1940-December 1941 he was the Chief of Imperial General Staff (CIGS), the professional head of the British Army, and subsequently in Washington D.C., as Chief of the British Joint Staff Mission and the Senior British Representative on the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS). He played a significant role to form the ‘Special Relationship’ between the UK and the USA, with President Roosevelt describing Dill as “the most important figure in the remarkable accord which has been developed in the combined operations of our two countries”. Sadly, whilst serving in Washington, Dill died from aplastic anaemia in November 1944, and was posthumously awarded an American Distinguished Service Medal in 1944, as well as receiving an unprecedented joint resolution of the United States Congress appreciating his
Taken from the Cheltondale house photograph of 1898, featuring J.G. Dill (circled), Cheltenham College Archive services. Following his death, the Dill Scholarship was established by his will for the benefit of pupils entering College from Northern Ireland and of sons or descendants of members of the Leinster Regiment, and of the East Lancashire Regiment.
and settling down with a young family. In the face of the Japanese advance towards Singapore in 1942, he and his family rushed to evacuate and his daughters (Doris aged 13, and Phyllis aged 17) were safely seen aboard a boat due to launch.
The Civilian Missing in Action Colin Coningsby Watson Liddelow (1881-1942, Day Boy, 1900) A contemporary of Dill, Liddelow had been in the College 1st XV Rugby Football team (1899) and went on to take a Metallurgical Diploma in Freiburg (19001904). By 1927 he was working in Penang, Straits Settlements, as a Mining Engineer
He, and his son Colin aged 16, were forced to remain behind at Clifford’s Pier. Although the children are recorded as having been in internment camps in Muntok and Palambang, Sumatra, and Phyllis was associated with TV series in the 1980s which looked back at their experiences, nothing else was heard from Liddelow himself after this date. ■ 49
A Return Journey to College By David Stewart (OJ & H, 1978 & Past Parent) I have a strong link to Cheltenham and the College as I boarded at The Junior School and College between 1968 and 1978, starting aged 8. I was Head Boy at the Junior under Phil Davies and Head of Hazelwell under Trevor Davies. At both the Junior and College, most of my time was spent on the sports field, representing both schools at first team level across rugby, hockey and cricket. For my last two years at College, I was captain of Squash, this in the days when the Racquet court was for storage of tractors etc. Abiding and more embedded memories of life at College include stirring Carol Services, life in general in Hazelwell under the wonderful care of Anne and Trevor Davies (not forgetting of course the matron Maggie), with friendships formed in the ‘senior sweat room’ and the coordinated dancing to wonderful 70s music in the ‘shacks corridor’, and the infrequent and (then) nervy socials with Cheltenham Ladies’ College. That’s not to forget some of the wonderful characters among the staff of that time … Tim Pearce, Jack Ralphs, John Wheeler, WOS Simpson, to name a few of the simply
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Mary Anne and David Stewart, and David at College fantastic teachers able to inspire interest in and enjoyment of their subjects. Of course, Malcolm Sloan was and is up there too! During my time at Cheltenham, holidays were for most of the early years overseas in Zambia and the Middle East. Despite being a boarder, holidays in the last years at College were spent at the UK family home in Cheltenham (Montpellier), along with time in the beautiful country that is
Oman. Our Cheltenham home was in Montpellier Villas, the same street as the Beehive, so there was regular confusion between home and pub-visits! I still have family living in Cheltenham and so regularly visit, Cheltenham ‘is where I did my growing up!’ My immediate peers of the College 19731978 ‘vintage’ remain a close circle, with at least five of us ‘across group’ godparenting relationships that have ensured
David and crew at the finish line
continued friendships. Rewardingly some of these friendships now reach across generations. For many years, Anne and Trevor Davies joined annual get togethers under Stephen Thompson’s (H, 1978) kind hospitality.
In 1986/1987 I did an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, thereafter electing to embark on a management consulting career that has lasted over 30 years. I am now a Partner at the global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman where my expertise and focus is (no surprises) aviation and aerospace. Over the 30 years, I have worked for a variety of firms, both boutiques (Canaan Group, Fenlane) and broad-based firms with aviation practices (Towers Perrin, ICF SH&E). A highlight was co-founding, building and selling my own firm, AeroStrategy. My client base continues to be very global in nature, noting I have been closely involved in the (r)evolution of easyJet since its inception. I advise companies on strategy, acquisitions, operations improvement and commercial effectiveness, and lead a lot of due diligence and transaction support work.
Aviation and Aerospace Seventh term Oxbridge (Richard Morgan’s first term as Headmaster) resulted in a place at Exeter College, Oxford, reading Engineering Science. I followed a passion for aircraft and learnt to fly in the University Air Squadron. This enthusiasm for aviation continued into my first job after graduation (2:1), working for British Aerospace Civil Aircraft in Hatfield on a graduate programme. Here, another ‘life theme’ got established – international business experience, working with airline customers across North America, Africa and Japan.
Duncan Jacques (H, 2013) and Hugo Stewart (H, 2013) joined Hazelwell in September 2008, exactly 40 years after both of their fathers joined the house. Pictured here with their fathers’ Hazelwell Housemaster Trevor Davies, Duncan Jaques (H, 2013), Rod Jaques (H, 1978), Hugo Stewart (H, 2013), David Stewart (OJ & H, 1978), Anne Davies and their Hazelwell Housemaster Simon Conner
Family and Relaxation I married Mary Anne in 1990 and we have two children, Miranda and Hugo. Hugo attended College from 2008 to 2013, also in Hazelwell. Both are now working; Miranda in the pharmaceutical sector and Hugo in accountancy. The family has lived in the Chilterns in the same home since 1993. Relaxation takes the form of quality time with family and friends, sailing holidays (with a high point experience of sailing across the Atlantic in the ARC in 2011, coming in third out of over 200 yachts), occasional golf, and the garden. ■
The Stewart Family, Miranda, David (OJ & H, 1978), Hugo (H, 2013) and Mary Anne 51
Sea Turtle Conservation in Kefalonia, Greece By Georgie Rigg (Q, 2017) I left College in 2017 and waited anxiously to receive the A Level grades I needed to fulfil my offer to read veterinary medicine at Edinburgh University. Thankfully I achieved these results and was soon on my way to vet school! I expected the usual, quintessentially ‘James Herriot’ experience during my time there, but I quickly learned that this was not to be the case! From day one I was amazed at the diverse array of exciting projects, all over the world, that students in years above me had experienced whilst studying to become a veterinary surgeon. All veterinary students in the UK are required to undertake 12 weeks of ‘pre-clinical’ work experience placements during the holidays before advancing into third year. Hence the long summers other university students around me were enjoying were not to be quite the same for me! However, I tried to combine work and play for my final two weeks of placement, which was how I came across the Wildlife Sense sea turtle conservation project in Kefalonia, Greece. For me, the idea of conservation always seemed to conjure up images of African savannahs or expeditions to the Arctic circle. I thought I would need years of
experience and countless qualifications under my belt in order to work with endangered species in the field. I hadn’t even realised that populations of sea turtles existed in the Mediterranean! Therefore, I was delighted to learn that a relatively inexpensive, highly accessible and, even more importantly, safe conservation effort was underway on the beaches of a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. I booked my place on the project on a particularly miserable November day in Edinburgh and looked forward to the following summer. Off to Greece With some trepidation, having read the itinerary and learning of very early starts and long cycle rides, I flew to Kefalonia and was greeted by one of the field assistants, with whom I have kept in touch with to this day. When I arrived at the base I was instantly overwhelmed with how similar everybody was to me. We all wanted to play a tiny part in marine conservation to contribute to an incredibly important cause. I proceeded to love every minute of those first two weeks I spent with Wildlife Sense in the summer of 2018, so much so that I have recently returned from a longer stint on the island, where I had another fantastic time.
Georgie in Greece, and at College The project was created with the specific aim of helping the Loggerhead sea turtle population that occupies the waters surrounding Kefalonia, however these same turtles regularly migrate around the waters of Zakynthos and North Africa. The significance of Loggerhead sea turtles as a keystone species in marine ecosystems is enormous, hence the project does vital work each and every summer to support this species. The Mediterranean sub-species of Loggerhead sea turtle is considered
endangered, and their impact in the waters around Greece is particularly important as the fishing industry there relies heavily upon a stable ocean ecosystem. Responsibilities As a volunteer, I had three main duties which were to educate members of the public, undertake fieldwork to support the projectâ€™s research, and work with the turtles themselves to essentially ensure as many as possible survived.
In terms of the hatchlings themselves, the survival rates are sadly only 1 in 1000 in terms of reaching the age of 15, which is when sea turtles become sexually mature. These poor statistics are largely down to human activity including boat strike injuries and fishing net fatalities. Therefore, every single hatchling that successfully makes it to the sea is
The future may be tough Global warming is a devastatingly malevolent threat to not only humankind, but every species on the planet. As far as global populations of sea turtles are concerned, rising sea levels and increases in sea temperatures of just one or two degrees will affect the delicate balance of marine ecosystems and lead to changes in the way turtles need to feed in order to survive. Another alarming trend that the project will see more and more of in the years to come, is likely to be an increase in the proportion of females in the local sea turtle population. This is due to temperature-dependent sex determination during the incubation period of each sea turtle nest, whereby the ambient temperature of the sand affects whether each hatchling will be male or female. At temperatures of approximately 29OC or above, a sea turtle will be female. Clearly a strong population of sea turtles in terms of numbers is brilliant, but not so sustainable if the proportion of turtles that are female increases significantly.
as a veterinary surgeon beyond the four walls of a practice setting, but also was incredibly educational in terms of conservation and biological field work, which are areas that I hadnâ€™t spent much time working in before. Sea turtles are fascinating creatures with remarkably long lives and countless threats to their survival, so it was a total privilege to be able to work with such an endangered species. Life has become very busy for me with clinical veterinary placements now occupying most of my holidays, but I would love to go back to Kefalonia one day and help again. â–
Interface between humans and sea turtles in Kefalonia is breached in so many ways that public education is incredibly important. Almost all of the threats facing populations of sea turtles are anthropogenic in origin, so much of the time down in Argostoli Harbour or surveying the nesting beaches is spent discussing ways in which people can disturb the turtle population as little as possible. During the day, the sandy beaches in the south of the island on which the turtles are able to nest are packed with people, so you can understand where problems arise with nest disturbances.
important. Each nest can contain anywhere from 50-160 eggs, and during my time in Greece this summer we had 119 nests to visit. This obviously makes the project very full on, but it also meant I had so much exposure to hatchling sea turtles which I found invaluable in terms of my veterinary degree!
My time in Kefalonia has not only opened my eyes to possible career paths
Propelling the Maritime Industry By John Clements (NH, 1957) I have always had a love of the sea. As a young schoolboy in the 50s my pocket money was spent on hiring a rowing boat for 1/6 or a motorboat for 2 shillings an hour, trying to row myself out into the English Channel and beyond. There were no spare oars, safety kit or buoyancy aids. Nowadays this would be considered totally unwise and rightly would not be allowed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Moving to Cheltenham College, I joined the Naval section of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and progressed to sailing Cadet dinghies on the River Avon at Tewkesbury, spurred on by the enthusiasm of our engineering teacher Joe Raymond and under the instruction of Sub Lt David Ellis, who was Head of Classics. This was great fun, particularly at CCF Naval Camps, experiencing naval cutter sailing and breaches buoy (a ropebased rescue device) practice.
Whilst at College I also joined the young farmers club and, being useless at ball games, I turned to rowing and athletics as an excuse for exercise. I very much enjoyed music and was reasonably competent at the piano; I took up the cello and later the organ. I was very fortunate to play the Chapel’s Harrison and Harrison Organ, a most wonderful instrument. Leaving College in 1957, I joined ‘W Canning Group’ in Birmingham on a practical apprentice scheme with day release at technical college to study mechanical engineering to Mech E standard. Before his death in a road accident, my father had started two small companies. One of these, Cox and Clements Ltd, was a small sub-contract engineering firm which my mother was running from a dilapidated glass fronted lean-to alongside a canal in the West Midlands. Having been made redundant by my
John at College and now employer (due to significant technological advances making my role obsolete), I found myself working for Cox and Clements Ltd. The knowledge I had gained from my practical apprenticeship enabled me to operate the machine tooling, which was a boon for what happened next. A friend of mine, with a degree in Metallurgy, asked if I was interested in the marine industry, particularly the design and manufacture of propellers and related stern gear. With a keen interest, but little knowledge, in this field, I agreed to start a new venture with him. The company he worked for was being sold off; we put in a bid for the business and assets but unfortunately we were unable to raise sufficient funds and lost out to a competitor. Having a young family to support forced my friend to secure permanent work. He ended up accepting a position in the United States and so relocated the family. This left me with a quandary: what should I do! Growing the business I was given a notebook, which in effect was a Marine customer index. Also included were a few copies of engineering assembly diagrams which
showed the basic arrangement of varying sizes of stern gear components. Armed with these and my now rusty engineering apprenticeship experience, I set about starting my own production. I was able to set and operate the manual machine tooling and, as I did not have a foundry, I sub-contracted the non-ferrous castings to a conveniently locally based firm. My next hurdle, as an unknown manufacturer, was to gain the confidence and support of customers. As boat building was in a period of substantial growth, I won some orders and could start production. Blyth 12m fishing
In 2006 I visited the International Marine Trade’s exhibition in Amsterdam and noticed a unique flexible drive coupling design which was being exhibited by an Italian manufacturer. After researching the product, I negotiated the dealership for the UK. It proved very successful and the world manufacturing rights have recently been taken up by a well-known international company. Retirement I have been fortunate to continue some offshore sailing by crewing for friends and my retirement project is to re-engine and re-equip a Nicholson Yawl, the hull being in fine condition for serious offshore use. However, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which has sadly forced me to abandon my retirement plans and restrict all sea going activities! Lately I have been involved with the Steamship Freshspring Trust to rebuild and recommission a historic steam power ship, SS Freshspring, which is to be used as a training ship for cadets and students interested in marine engineering and oceanography. SS Freshspring is number 28 on the register of National Historic Ships and is of
As the business grew, I moved the company to new premises in Bedfordshire and in 2005 I sold the company. It is still in operation today under the original name (Clements Engineering Ltd) and has grown to include its own non-ferrous foundry. The company designs and manufactures metal products for commercial and production boat builders including military contractors, RNLI offshore lifeboats, harbour authorities and all types of offshore supply vessels throughout the world.
The SS Freshspring (pictured 6th June 2018) outstanding national significance. She delivered purified water to warships for use in boilers and is an extremely rare survivor of the small cargo vessels that were the workhorse of the mercantile fleet from the 1920s to the 1950s. Conserving the vessel’s original form and configuration will enhance her significance. The trust plans to utilise hybrid propulsion to add flexibility and efficiency in operation. In 2010, SS Freshspring was on the verge of being scrapped. She was found in a dilapidated state in a breaker’s yard and bought for £1 by the Trust’s founder. She was repaired in dry dock and towed to Bideford where she has become a hub for local volunteers who have been progressively restoring her since 2016. She is now one of North Devon's must-see heritage attractions. The Trust has engaged with a broad range of education providers, leading to successful STEM projects with primary
schools, careers’ events at secondary schools, research projects with undergraduates from the University of the West of England (UWE), support for unemployed youth, and on-board art classes for adult learners. I thoroughly enjoyed my days at College. It was a difficult decision, following A Levels, whether to go to University or leave to pursue a career in engineering manufacturing. College offered so many different potential career paths which, together with help and advice from first class academic staff, still made this a difficult choice. In retrospect I am glad I chose the manufacturing route because, as things turned out, I was able to enjoy the sea for leisure, twinned with the design and production of precision marine components, a sector of UK Industry which can offer good opportunities for young people today. ■ 55
The Debating Society: A History By Katie Barrett (Archive Assistant) At over 160 years old and counting, the Debating Society continues to be the oldest College society that still exists today. Founded by the senior boys in 1857, under the Presidency of A Hay-Hill (Price & Clarke, August 1854 to June 1857), the Debating Society did not receive the warmest of welcomes at College as the Rev William Dobson (Principal 1845-1859) refused to give them a room to carry out their meetings. Ever determined though, the senior boys were not put off, but instead hired a room in the town for 5s, until they were eventually permitted to use school premises.
The range of subjects discussed by the society gives great insight into contemporary preoccupations. In their first term the subjects for discussion included: The Fagging System, Has the Steam Engine or Printing Press done most good for Mankind?, Church Rates, Which is preferable – a Republic or a Despotism?, Conduct of the French in Algeria, and The Opium Trade. Historically the Debating Society has often engaged in joint debates with other schools including The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Dean Close School and Rugby School. When being joined by
Meeting #480, 6th June 1942: That This House Considers That The Post-War Educational Problem Could Best Be Solved By Co-Education The debate was held with Cheltenham Ladies’ College Debating Society. The opposition was criticised for not addressing the postwar educational problems and for, at times, being ‘merely childish’. Several girls from The Ladies’ College gave strong arguments, during which the similarities between the brains of both sexes and the need for equal opportunities was highlighted. Ultimately, it was very close, with the motion being defeated by 38 votes to 36. Meeting #515, 18th December 1948: This House Considers That Christmas Is Overdone All arguing in support of the motion stressed their love of Christmas and a desire for it not to be abolished. Their argument centred around the loss of meaning and the over the top nature that had developed. The exuberate quantity of gifts was highlighted, as were family quarrels caused by conflicting expectations. Those in opposition accused the other team of ‘Scroogian tendencies’ and emphasised the festive spirit and good deeds witnessed at Christmas. Christmas was evidently too dear to the participants, with the motion being defeated by 31 votes to 10. Meeting #538, 15th July 1949: This House Deplores The Present Trend Towards Uniformity Arguments against uniformity included some criticism of the school uniform, whilst arguments in favour of uniformity talked about its role in creating a sense of community. The motion was lost by 13 votes to 22.
another school, the teams were mixed. The reports of the debates suggest that the standard was often high, and that the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Winning teams didn’t necessarily reflect the views of the participants but could reflect the strength of the argument as compared to the opposing debating team. The nature of the topics debated in the meetings varied greatly and the members didn’t shy away from heavy or controversial topics, as can be seen in the extracts below that were taken directly from the Debating Society minute books held in Cheltenham College Archives.
Meeting #541, 2nd December 1951: That The Theatre Is Preferable To The Cinema Speaking in support AJ Neame (OJ & NH, 1940) argued ‘A theatrical performance might be excellent one evening and shocking the next’ however, ‘faced with the choice of going to the cinema or the theatre, everyone would pick the theatre’. Neame also highlighted how, ‘theatres provide a better means of exercising the imagination, in that the cinema can produce a wealth of detail but the theatre carries one out of oneself’. Speaking for the opposition, JRE Warburton (OJ & H, 1952) countered by stating that ‘the cinema had opened new fields of entertainment’ and that ‘accurate detail did not detract from one’s enjoyment’. Ultimately those who spoke in support of the motion proved more persuasive, and the motion was carried by a staggering 60 votes to 14. Meeting #558, 15th October 1955: This House Would Like To Be Co-Educational Thirteen years later, the Cheltenham Ladies’ College Debating Society returned to readdress co-education. This debate saw record attendance, with the interesting nature of mixed debates being attributed as the cause. The inconvenience of not having mixed sexes when holding dances or producing theatrical productions were met by an infectious chuckle by the participants. The opposition countered with their fear that chivalry would decline were the sexes to become too familiar with one another. Co-education had clearly become far more desirable, with the vote being carried by a considerable majority. The Debating Society posters, opposite, were found in the Cheltenham College Archives, and span the last 70 years.
Debating Today Today, the Society is still going strong and 10th October 2019 marked an auspicious moment as the Debating and Law Society hosted College’s inaugural InterHouse Debating competition, which saw the participation of all eleven houses and a staff team. The competition comprised of the twelve teams being divided into six one on one debates, with each pair debating a different motion. • A (Proposition) v L (Opposition) This House would introduce British gun laws to the USA. • Cha (Proposition) v BH (Opposition) This House would impose a level playing field for men and women’s sport. • H (Proposition) v Xt (Opposition) This House believes bangers and mash should be recognised as THE national dish in Britain. • NH (Proposition) v S (Opposition) This House would abolish single use plastics. • CL (Proposition) v We (Opposition) This House would abolish the House of Lords. • Staff (Proposition) v Q (Opposition) This House would abolish private schools. This first competition saw the success of Chandos overall, with Westal taking the runners up position. May this be the first of many inter-house competitions to come! ■ 57
Westal By Sue Jackson (Former Housemistress) In September 2005, Westal began its journey in two of the Thirlestaine Cottages. The House derives its name from the family home of Edward Adrian Wilson, one of College’s most famous Alumni, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott, on his two Antarctic expeditions. Besides being a polar explorer, Wilson was a physician, natural historian, ornithologist and artist. Endeavouring to record the bird-life of the region, Wilson painted pictures of several species, including penguins. Therefore, when I was asked by Dr Malcolm Sloan to suggest an emblem for the House, I, as one who loves penguins, tentatively suggested a penguin. Happily, he agreed. However, with hindsight, perhaps Westal’s emblem should have been a chameleon – its profile changed so often! Westal opened its doors as a Day House and we welcomed our first intake of ten 3rd Formers and two L6th students. By 2008 we had 34 girls, the maximum number we had in the Cottages. Then the demographics changed, the demand for day places dropped and the demand for boarding places increased, so it was decided that Westal should become a Day and Sixth Form Boarding House. This meant that we had to take over more and more of the cottages, resulting in a few
chaotic starts to new academic years. One year in particular was really stressful, as the renovations revealed the presence of asbestos in one of the cottages. This resulted in that cottage not being available for the new occupants and some of the rooms in the other cottages not being ready. The girls were coming in at lunchtime and I was frantic, but I needn’t have worried. Some wonderful staff members, whose daughters were Westal girls, rolled up their sleeves, grabbed the necessary tools, hung pictures and assembled furniture. They epitomised the supportive parents I was so lucky to have during my time as housemistress. Tough challenges Being the smallest House brought some difficulties, specifically in the area of sport participation and my girls faced some tough challenges when competing against the more established and much bigger Houses. This was definitely an area where the Westal girls’ mettle shone, especially in the first few years when, regardless of their experience, talent or desire, they had to take part! There were often tears but, my goodness, we had some good laughs when we reviewed our performance. I’m sure they got very tired of my mantra, ‘It doesn’t matter if you don’t win, as long as you do your best.’
Top left: Thirlestaine cottages, 1975; above: Thirlestaine house map, 1820-1840; left: Westal 58
They did their best and they made me proud. I was often told that, had there been a Spirit Cup to play for, the Westal girls would have won it hands down. Of course, we had some highlights such as winning the House Rowing and having the Oar on our Common Room wall for a year, the 3rd and 4th Form Water Polo in 2009, the Senior Girls’ Swimming in 2010 and the jubilation when we won the House Singing Competition in 2011 was ear splitting. Our girls’ academic prowess was proved when we proudly received the Academic Shield in 2012. There were also several individual achievements amongst the girls that we were able to celebrate and to mention just two: Lucy Caines (OJ & We, 2010) being appointed Head of College, and Anna Bilinkis (We, 2012) being the inaugural winner of the Jackson-Matthews Cup for the best student Chapel address. Some of my fondest memories are of the lovely times we had in our garden at the Cottages. It was a great privilege to see my two little grandsons playing with the girls and the children of my amazing Resident Tutors. We also had such happy times at our barbecues and ‘chilli’ evenings per kind favour of their obliging spouses. Our best Speech Day receptions were those we were able to hold in the garden but sadly, due to lack of social space in the House, we often had to depend on the Science Department’s kindness and use the Science Library. I also recall, with fondness, how supportive the parents were when we had our Family Quiz evenings, Westal Treasure Hunts, House Plays and as I carried out my Housemistress duties in Westal and had to deal with difficult situations.
Sue Jackson 2005 to 2013
Jenny O'Bryan 2013 to 2018
Amy and Tim Lang 2018 to present
FEATURES Above, left: New Westal Opening Lizzie Stack (We, 2014), Melinda Letts (First Female OC, H, 1973), Alex Peterken (Past Headmaster), Jenny O'Bryan (Current Staff Member) and Philippa Froud (We, 2014); above, right: Westal Girls with Sue Jackson Professional and caring Westal faced some very sad times, but we got through them because of our professional and caring Resident Tutors, Matrons and House Tutors, who always put the girls and their needs first and who stood by me through thick and thin. I hope they know just how much we appreciated all they gave to Westal in its eight years in the Cottages. In 2013, Westal went through its greatest metamorphosis when a new, state of the art, boarding house was completed and Westal moved into it. Coinciding with its inception, I decided to retire. Mrs Jenny O’Bryan was appointed as Housemistress and I was going to pick up my knitting and put on my slippers but, after a meeting with a very persuasive Deputy Head, Karen Davies, I was persuaded to stay on for a year as assistant to Jenny. I am very happy that I did, as it was so special to see Westal grow into the dynamic House that it is today. The numbers doubled within a couple of years and Westal went from strength to strength, during Jenny O’Bryan’s tenure. I eventually stayed on
for five years and got to know many more lovely girls. Some of my greatest joys are when I hear from Westal girls and attend their celebrations. Recently, I held my first ‘Westal grandchild’, Oliver Smith, son of Amy Brumby (We, 2012) and George Smith (OJ & BH 2010). When Westal first opened in 2005 in number 3 and 5 Thirlestaine Cottages, it was the fourth girls’ house at Cheltenham College and was comprised of ten 3rd Form pupils and two L6th young ladies. In September 2006 Westal entered a new phase when the House expanded to occupy all the Thirlestaine Cottages and had its first intake of Lower Sixth Boarders, making Westal a Day and Sixth Form Boarding House. In 2013 Westal moved to a brand-new boarding house built by the Sports Centre in Thirlestaine Road and became the girls boarding house as we know it today. The new build was designed to sleep around 70 girls from 13 to 18 years of age and was designed specifically for a
Westal brought me much joy and I am sure, under the care and guidance of the current Housemistress, Amy Lang, her husband Tim and her dedicated Resident Tutors, Matrons and House Tutors, it will continue to be a positive influence in the lives of the current girls and in the future. ■ boarding community. In addition to sleeping accommodation, the house offered a wide range of amenities, from homely common rooms and kitchens to study rooms, music practise rooms and outdoor space for the girls to relax in. The W-shaped building on two stories, featured pictures of and by Edward Wilson on the walls. The opening of Westal was an auspicious moment for Cheltenham College as it marked College truly becoming a coeducational school, with girls making 40% of pupil numbers. The guest of honour at the opening was Melinda Letts OBE one of the first three girls to attend the college in the early 1970s. 59
OC Rifle Shooting: Bisley Schools Veterans Competition By Ed Compton (Xt, 1999) This year’s team was: Philippa Evans (A, 2012)
Jonathan Ford (BH, 2006) Jeremy Langley (L, 1986)
Ed Compton (Xt, 1999) Seth Dowley (L, 2013)
In July, the Old Cheltonian rifle shooters came up against all the old foes, from the other shooting schools, in our annual competition. The full spectrum of shooting abilities was present, from those who haven’t picked up a rifle since leaving school, to members of the Great Britain team. Some were there to compete seriously, while others just came along for fun and an afternoon out on the historic and beautiful Bisley Ranges. The OCs were there to compete! Our squad is a strong one, but we don’t practice throughout the year, as do some of the other teams. The opposition may also have groups large enough to field three teams, where we have to push to find the five available for a single team, on what is a workday evening… That said, Jeremy Langley is one of the finest wind coaches in Britain and the others are all of national squad standard. One day, we will all perform at our best and win! But 2019 was not to be our year. We had to settle for 9th place, from a field of 48 teams. Our score was 245.33v (out of a maximum 250.50v), with the Old Epsomians making a fantastic winning score of 250.35v. Also worthy of note was Jeremy Langley’s score of 50.8v which gained him 3rd place in the individual tankard. The Club is open to all members of the Cheltonian Society, if you are interested in joining, please email Ed Compton firstname.lastname@example.org ■ 60
OC Shooting An OC shooting team took part in an inaugural Alumni Shooting competition held at The Ian Coley Shooting School on Friday 4th October, 2019. The team had a thoroughly enjoyable day, although they were ousted into second place by a strong and more experienced team from Christ College Brecon. However, Huw Stephens (BH, 2002) won the overall individual competition with Ed Kent (OJ & NH, 1995) coming 2nd overall. The team are looking forward to next year’s competition. If you are an OC and would like to take part next year, please contact email@example.com ■
Ed Kent (NH, 1995), Huw Stephens (BH, 2002), Ben Stoate (S, 1999), Charlie O’Bryan (BH, 2017) and Charlie Turk (NH, 2017)
Ed Kent (NH, 1995) and Huw Stephens (BH, 2002)
OC Rowing Caterpillar Club By John Barter (OJ & NH, 1989)
Pictured above: An archive image of the College Boat House at Tewkesbury Will Blackburn (OJ & L, 1989), James Hart (OJ & W, 1989), Will Welsh (NH, 1989), Iain Clarke (H, 1991) and myself entered a IV in the Cheltonian Society Regatta in June and thoroughly enjoyed the event. For some reason the boat seemed a little lower in the water than the other boats, especially at the back, and the cox had considerable difficulty in getting in and out of the boat! Bruce Gardiner (NH, 1989) was taking the event so seriously that he managed to tear his Achilles tendon in a session in the gym a few days before the event, much to the amusement of his son and daughter who are at College. He fulfilled the role of Head Coach! This group are keen to reform the Caterpillar Club (OC Rowing Club), which will be based at the Boat House in Tewkesbury, and will have the full support of the College Boat Club. It is early days but a framework is being established and led by me.
Ian Clarke (H, 1991), John Barter (OJ & NH, 1989), John Barter (OJ & NH, 1989), Will Blackburn James Hart (OJ & W, 1989), Will Blackburn (OJ & L, (OJ & L, 1989), James Hart (OJ & W, 1989) and 1989) and Will Welsh (NH, 1989) Bruce Gardiner (NH, 1989)
The Club will be open to all members of the Cheltonian Society and if you would be interested in joining please email John at firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Rowing Team Bow: Will Blackburn (OJ & L, 1989) 2: James Hart (OJ & W, 1989) 3: Will Welsh (NH, 1989) Stroke: John Barter (OJ & NH, 1989) Cox: Ian Clarke (H, 1991) Head Coach: Bruce Gardiner (NH, 1989) 62
John Barter (OJ & NH, 1989), Will Welsh (NH, 1989), James Hart (OJ & W, 1989) and Will Blackburn (OJ & L, 1989)
OC Girls’ Hockey By Lydia Day (OJ & We, 2012) Dean Close Hockey Sixes, 27th October 2019 11 points, winning the competition Dean Close host an annual alumni six aside hockey tournament for teams from all over the country; to get together, reminisce about old school days, catch up, socialise with each other over lunch… and to play hockey. The prize! The winning Instagram shot of course! No really, all the teams compete for The Carnill Cup, named in honour of Denys Carnill, a long running member of DC staff (1951-1984) who played hockey at three Olympics. This was awarded to Cheltenham College in 2019!
Malvern College and King Henry VIII. We had victories in three games; 4-1, 1-0, 4-1 and draws in the other two games; 1-1, 0-0. College ended up on top with 11 points and proudly held the trophy at the end of the day. The tournament was fantastic and organised brilliantly too. Big thank you to the other OC girls who played in our team
OC Boys’ Hockey By Charles Stuckey (OJ & NH, 2010) Haileybury 6s, 22nd September 2019 OCHC 3rd Place This was the OC Hockey Club’s (OCHC) first foray into the Haileybury 6s: we were soon underway without a goalkeeper or substitutes as none were available. The first match was against Sherborne: from the get-go, Cheltenham produced some excellent hockey, scoring a flurry of early goals. After weathering some Sherborne resistance, we walked away from the first game with a well-earned victory. The second game was more of the same with another good win although this was sadly followed by two losses in a row to Aldenham and Haileybury. Now the lack of keeper and substitutions were proving burdensome to the Old Cheltonian legs. Our early wins however booked our place in the 3rd/4th play-off. We produced perhaps the best performance of the day to take home third place. A thoroughly good effort, an enjoyable day, next year with a keeper and a few subs, we will surely be pushing for a top two finish.
this year: Brittany Sutton-Page (Q, 2018), Gabi Goff (OJ & Cha, 2014), Robyn Stovold (OJ & Q, 2011) and Lucy Caines (OJ & We, 2010). The date for next year’s Hockey Sixes, is Sunday 25th October 2020. If you’re an OC and want to come and play then please do! Check the OC Hockey Facebook page for all the details. ■ and nearly a couple of others. However, we soon started to find our rhythm and an extremely well taken goal by Harry Hitchins (NH, 2011), finishing off a good move, established Cheltenham’s dominance on the game. The second half was a tense affair with both teams upping the tempo, but it was Cheltenham who proved the most clinical with two quick goals, leaving Teddies with too much to do and ending up a 3-1 win to kick start the campaign. Clifton College, 8th December 2019 Lost 3-2
Alex Kirkby (L, 2008), Taran Evans (Xt, 2008), Max Arthur (L, 2010), James Croft (NH, 2010), Jack Arundell (NH, 2012), Hugo Snell (L, 2010), Harry Hitchins (NH, 2011) St. Edwards Oxford, 27th October 2019 Won 3-1 First up in the official Old Boy Hockey Cup matches were Teddies, a famous rivalry and well-known to all Cheltonians. Two strong teams assembled under the floodlights on a cold October evening. The match started ferociously with Teddies very much playing the better hockey. Under pressure we conceded a quick goal
The second game of the Old Boys Cup was the first of Cheltenham's West Country derbies. Coming into the game on the back of a fantastic victory against Teddies, a win here would have put us top of the table going into the new year, an effort which even Mr Briers would have surely doffed his cap to. A combination of loose passing, careless defending and profligacy up front led us to being 3-1 down at half time. A few half-time words clearly had a positive effect, as a much better second half saw us claw back a goal and spend most of it in Clifton territory. A frantic final few minutes were not enough to salvage a point, however, and the game ended in a disappointing 3-2 loss. ■ 63
With a beautiful autumnal day on our side, we were in for a great tournament alongside six other schools; Rendcomb College, Malvern St James, Sedbergh,
Lydia Day (OJ & We, 2012), Gabi Goff (OJ & Cha 2014), Brittany Sutton-Page (Q, 2018), Robyn Stovold (OJ & Q, 2011) & Lucy Caines (OJ & We, 2012)
OC Sailing: The Arrows Trophy 12th – 13th October 2019 By Alastair McRobert (NH, 2009) The weather for the regatta was mixed to say the least. The wind blew too hard to practice on Friday before falling almost silent for Saturday’s racing. Unsurprisingly, our wishes were exceeded for Sunday, with gale force winds and racing abandoned. If the fleet were unlucky as a whole, Cheltenham were unluckier still. Under just a breath of wind for Saturday’s first race we lost our propeller, leaving us with no method of propulsion should we get into trouble. However, the wind picked up slightly for us to compete and we subsequently finished in a respectable 8th place. Drills on board were looking sharp.
David Miller (L, 2005), Freddie Baker (H, 2015), Paul Koch (H, 1984), Will Jury-Simpson (BH, 2017), Henry Garthwaite (BH, 1985), Felix Watson-Smyth (Xt, 2019), Jack Forrester (BH, 2015), Alastair McRobert (NH, 2009), Eoin Hughes (S, 2015) and Andrew Gossage (H, 1981)
A solid start, but sadly we were dragged back to shore by an efficient support team to fix our propeller, missing out on the remaining two races. Given our absence was no fault of our own, we were awarded a notional 8th for the two races we’d missed. The crew enjoyed Saturday’s awards dinner in Cowes, happy enough with the 8th place but gasping for some more racing. Unfortunately, Sunday morning saw gale force winds, and only a small chance of racing. The race committee sent us out in the hope of a weather gap, and the Cheltenham crew were primed and ready on the water. The gap never came so the fleet were sent back to Port Solent.
The crew look on as a new propeller is fitted to the boat
Understanding that sailing is always at the mercy of the weather, we couldn’t be too upset, but will eagerly anticipate the 2020 competition. As ever, the crew had an excellent time on and off the water. We welcomed the addition of two debutants, Freddie Baker (H, 2015) and Felix Watson-Smyth (Xt, 2019) who were both brilliant. New additions are always encouraged, regardless of age or experience. If you are interested please contact Paul Koch (H, 1984) on email@example.com who will be taking over the reigns next year. ■ 64
Jack Forrester (BH, 2015) trying to look busy
Freddie Baker (H, 2015) and Will JurySimpson (BH, 2017)
OC Rackets By Mark Briers (Current Staff Member) and Tom Floyd (Xt, 2005) Old Cheltonian Gold Racket weekend The 19th Old Cheltonian Gold Racket weekend saw a full house of 16 pairs battling it out over the two days. The first of fourteen matches at 9.00am were completed to whittle down the field to the Sunday finalists. The play was excellent and matches were close, the sportsmanship was evident throughout the day until the last ball hit at 7.00pm. Saturday night’s black-tie dinner was a chance to catch up and reminisce about the good times at College and life nowadays. There were speeches from Karl Cook (Master in Charge), Mark Briers (Professional) and Tom Floyd (Xt, 2005). A fabulous dinner was followed by drinks in the Upper Common Room and the usual trip into town.
The Gold Racket final was played out in front of a packed balcony and won quite comfortably by Nick James (BH, 2006) and James Coyne (Wellington) who beat Noel Brett (Malvern) and Tom Bomford (Malvern) 15/4 15/4. Karl Cook presented the OC Gold Racket trophy to the victorious pair and thanked everyone who watched the final. We look forward to the Gold Racket next March 2020 and we hope many will come back to the dinner to help celebrate our 20th year hosting one of the most popular doubles tournaments in the calendar. The Noel Bruce This year we fielded 11 pairs, which is not only a record for us but also more than any other school. It was also the first time that ladies could enter the tournament and I am pleased that India Deakin (U6th, We) was able to team up with Jason Soames (BH, 2018). The qualifying rounds went well, Cheltenham I were already through to the main draw as the number 2 seed and they were joined by Cheltenham II and Cheltenham VI, both getting through qualifying.
Our hopes were then pinned on Cheltenham I Nick James and Alex Duncliffe-Vines (OJ & NH, 2013), they faced Malvern I in the quarter finals and after a tight match Nick and Alex came away victorious, winning 3-1. Wellington I awaited our first pair in the semi-finals but Nick and Alex were too strong and won the match 4-0. The highlight of this match was in the third game when Alex served through the entire game 15/0, without reply. So, for a 5th year in a row Cheltenham had a pair in the final, where they met Winchester. Sadly it was not our year and an amazing performance from Winchester resulted in their 4-1 victory. I would like to thank all 22 players for playing this year and I hope that we can go bigger next year with the addition of new young members and increased levels in the ladies’ game. World Championship 2019 saw James Stout (H, 2002) step down as World Singles Champion after an astonishing 11 years. This allowed for Alex Duncliffe-Vines (OJ & NH, 2013) as the 4th ranked player in the world to play an eliminator against Will Hopton the 3rd ranked player. The winner of the eliminator would play in the World Championship match against Tom Billings the 2nd ranked player. The eliminator was played over two legs, the first at Queen’s Club and the second at Manchester Tennis & Racquet
Alex Duncliffe-Vines (OJ & NH, 2013) during his World Champsion match against Tom Billings Club. The first leg at Queens saw Alex lose the first three games 15/6, 15/4, 15/7. Alex really needed to step up his game, which he did in the 4th game and won that 15/11. He now had some momentum going into 5th game, however Alex suffered cramp in his arm and could barely hold the racquet. He lost the 5th game 15/4. Alex now faced a huge mountain to climb in Manchester knowing that Will Hopton only needed to win one game to win the eliminator. But Alex produced a sensational performance and won the second leg 15/14, 15/9, 18/17, 15/12 therefore winning the eliminator 5-4 in games. A truly mighty effort that took a lot of mental strength. A World Championship lay ahead, again this was over two legs. The first at Queen’s Club and the second at the Detroit Racquet Club. The first leg saw Tom Billings take all four games 18/14, 15/11, 15/3, 15/1 where he was just too strong for Alex. Alex now faced a similar mountain to climb as he did in the second leg of the eliminator, however this time the prize much greater and the opponent much tougher. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and Alex lost the first game 15/10 making Tom Billings the new World Champion. ■
Tom Floyd (Xt, 2005), Georgie Gunn (Q, 2013), Rory Musgrave (L, 2009), Sam Cook (OJ & NH, 2018), Alex Mason (H, 2011), Current Staff Members Mark Briers & Karl Cook, Lily Owen (Q, 2013), Felix Clarke (S, 2010) and Nick James (BH, 2006) 65
Sunday morning saw two groups of four competing for the ‘Also ran’ plate. The Plate Trophy was won by Felix Clarke (S, 2010) and Henry Faber (Eton) who beat Jock JamiesonBlack (H, 2013) and Arthur Wakely (Malvern).
Unfortunately, Cheltenham II played Cheltenham I in the round of 16 and Cheltenham I won 3-0. Cheltenham VI were drawn against a strong Tonbridge I and lost 3-0.
The OC Cricket Club By Kyle Stovold (OJ & S, 2006) The Old Cheltonian Cricket Club provides an opportunity for OCs to carry on playing cricket after they have left College. We play in the flagship Old Boys’ cricket competition, the Cricketer Cup (see below). This is a knock-out competition in which former pupils from 34 leading cricket schools compete in a competition over
The Cricketer Cup By Chris Sandbach (NH, 2004) The OCs had a home draw against Oundle in the 1st round of the 2019 Cricketer Cup. A few key players missing meant the team was filled with lots of batters and spinners, a tactic that, due to the wet weather, should have worked in our favour. The match was reduced to a 38 a side over game due to rain. Chris Sandbach, Captain, won the toss and elected to put Oundle into bat. James Shackleton (NH, 2007), our only seam bowler of the day, started off well. Nicknamed ‘the napkin’ for his ability to put the ball on a blade of
the course of the summer and represents some of the best amateur cricket played in the land. Over the past 10 years or so, the OCs have enjoyed successful runs and lie tenth in the overall roster.
past few years there have also been fixtures against St Edwards and T20 competitions at Harrow. These are open to everyone and all standards are welcome.
As well as this, there are regular fixtures against the Gloucestershire Gipsies, played just after the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and the College 1st XI. Over the
If you would like to know more or get involved, please contact: Kyle Stovold (OJ & S, 2006) at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
grass, James was our key man. Jock Jamieson Black (H, 2013) and Guy Brothwood (L, 2012) bowled well in partnerships for a while before Jamie Jamieson Black (H, 2015), George Sandbach (NH, 2011) and Chris Sandbach came on to rotate their overs cleverly in the middle periods.
next 4/5 batsman whilst wickets regularly fell. A mixture of a poor shot selection and some good bowling from the experienced bowling attack meant we were under the cosh. George brought up his 50 with the team needing to go at 6.5 an over. He fell shortly after with Tommy Richardson (Xt, 1998 & Past Staff Member) putting in a brave back end performance before being run out. The lower order sadly didn’t last long and the OCs fell 32 runs short.
Shackleton did well to take a couple of wickets at the end to restrict Oundle’s score and some good outfield performances meant we restricted the opposition to 153. With a long batting order the OCs were confident of a comprehensive run chase. Guy Brothwood got out fairly early with Chris Sandbach following not too long after. George Sandbach batted with the
A disappointing result for College. Plenty of talent around but sadly the switch from friendly cricket to competitive cricket hasn’t quite happened in the past 4/5 years. Lots to learn from and move on into the 2020 season. ■
The OC Golfing Society By Robert Macleod-Smith (Ch, 1965) In a year of plenty of enjoyable golf the OCGS achieved particular success. We reached the last 8 of the Halford Hewitt and won the G L Mellin Salver for senior golfers. After getting to the last 16 in 2018 the College team proved that they are becoming a strong Halford Hewitt contender with a good blend of youth and experience. This year’s team was a squad of (12) players captained by Andrew Morris (Xt, 1992) and included Cameron McEvoy (S, 2000) who had not been in the team since 2001.
In the G L Mellin Salver for aged 55+ senior golfers the College team, led by John Watts (OJ & Th, 1968), defeated Forest, Loretto and Oundle before beating the holders Shrewsbury 2-1 in a thrilling final which again went to the last hole in the deciding match. Special mention to John Watts and Duncan Thomas (H, 1972) with his partner Rudge Bowen (Xt, 1973) who won all four of their matches. College also qualified for the finals of the Grafton Morrish at Denham GC beaten only by Malvern, the winners of the 2019 Halford Hewitt. In the Finals at Hunstanton GC Cheltenham, led by James Tucker (NH, 1985), were unfortunate to draw the holders, George Heriot’s, in the first round but only lost 1-2 in another extraordinary finish when beaten by a birdie on the 19th hole in the deciding match. At the Autumn Meeting played at Denham GC Jack Dymoke (NH, 2012) achieved a clean sweep retaining the Lysaght Cup individual stableford with 40 points and
winning the Miller’s Hip trophy with a gross 77. In the afternoon 11 holes foursomes, Jack partnered Alistair Thomson (L, 1967) to win the Founders Cups and unsurprisingly he also retained the Jumbo Trophy for the best aggregate score on the day.
Playing at Royal St George’s GC College defeated Merchant Taylors’ 3½-1½ followed by a fantastic win against a highly experienced Eton team 3-2 when Jack Arundell (NH, 2012) playing with Cameron McEvoy holed a tricky last putt on the last green in the deciding match to secure the win. College then beat the much fancied Repton team 3½-1½ at Royal Cinque Ports GC before losing 1-4 to Watson’s, another top ranked team, in the quarter finals. Congratulations to Andrew Morris and all his team.
The Winning Mellin Team, Richard Scott (H, 1971), Duncan Thomas (H, 1972), John Watts (OJ & Th, 1968), Mike Gallimore (NH, 1966) Rudge Bowen (OJ & Xt, 1973) and Andrew Croker (NH, 1971)
A day at Stinchcombe The Cheltonian Golf Day was played at Stinchcombe GC for the first time which proved to be a delightful venue. There was an eclectic mix of golfers comprising current College pupils, parents and young and not-so-young OCs. Astonishingly the age range spanned (60) years of current and past Cheltonians. Alistair Thomson (L, 1967), current captain of the OCGS, was the winner of the Michael Andrews-Jones Tankard with 38 stableford points. Olly Snell (L, 2004) won the separate competition for those with unofficial handicaps and the prize for College pupils was shared between Billy Mayes (L6th, H), Ed Ferris (U6th, NH) and Seb Blake (U6th, BH). At the Midlands Public Schools Meeting Andrew Morris and Harrison OttleyWoodd (L, 2018) won the Pub Bowl with the best gross score of 76. Informal society matches resulted in a win against the Old Wellingtonians, halved matches against the OC Cricketers and Old Shirburnians and a loss to the Old Decanians. All in all, a very active year for OC golf. The final match of the year pitted the OCs against the College boys. The OCs proving that age is no barrier to playing good golf and winning the match 3-0. ■
Jack Dymoke (NH, 2012) with his haul of trophies at the Autumn Meeting The OC Golfing Society is open to golfers of all abilities. For membership and other information, contact Angus Baillie (OJ & L, 1994), OCGS Hon Sec at email@example.com 67
Michael Lock (S, 2004) married Heidi Claassen on 30th June 2018. George Harford (H, 2004), Laurence Booth (BH, 2004) and Oliver Lock (S, 2007) were Groomsmen.
Sloan and Susie Bosano attended along with Past Staff Members Claudia Parry and Lesley Southgate.
Anastasia Asprou (OJ & Q, 2007) married Joseph Cook on Saturday 6th July 2018. Androniki Asprou (OJ) was Maid of Honour and Michali Asprou (OJ & S, 2017) was an Usher.
James Smallwood (H, 2005) married Stephanie Fordyce on 4th May 2019. Sam Mason (H, 2005) was Best Man, Laura Smallwood (Cha, 2008) was a Bridesmaid, George Hughes (Xt, 2005) and Oliver Smallwood (H, 2010) were Ushers. David Hughes-Jones (Xt, 2005), James Stout (Xt, 2005), Tom Floyd (Xt, 2005), Ryan Faries (H, 2005), Jamie Dey (H, 2005), Nuran Aliyev (H, 2005), Ali Sherwood (L, 2005), James Carter (L, 2005), Peter Mason (H, 1971), Nigel Sherwood (Ch, 1973) and Andrew Baillie (OJ) attended.
James Stout (Xt, 2005) married Megan Preet on 13th October 2018. James Smallwood (H, 2005) was an Usher and Frank Walsh (NH, 2005) and James Carter (S, 2005) attended.
Pamela Crisp (Q, 2006) married Oliver Clutterbuck on 5th May 2019. Hannah Davey (Current Staff Member) and Past Staff Members Martin Jones and Steph Chipman attended.
Lucy Jennings (A, 2010) married Thomas Gardner in Grand Cayman on 20th February 2019. Eleanor Jennings (A, 2010), Ciara Oliver (A, 2009), Alex Coull (A, 2010), Camilla Goody (Cha, 2010), Freya Meynell (A, 2010) and Alex Frilling (We, 2010) attended. Amy Dyckmans (A, 2003) married Norbet de Roij van Zuijdewijn in Amsterdam on 23rd February 2019. Dorothee Valente (née Fritzsche, A, 2002) attended. Christian Jones (NH, 1995) married Tracy Yaverbaun on 6th April 2019. Huw O’Callaghan (NH, 1995) gave a reading, Guy Saville (NH, 1995) was Master of Ceremonies and James Goodrich (L, 1995) was Best Man. Rebecca Goodrich (Cha, 1990) and Charles Peck (L, 1997) attended. Frances Morrow-Brown (Current Staff Member) married Robert BartonAncliffe on 27th April 2019. Current Staff Members Christiane Dickens, Rebecca Creed, Sarah Thompson, Malcolm 68
Milo Thomas (L, 2009) married Victoria Rostand on 25th May 2019. Piers Thomas (L, 1983), Adam Thomas (L, 1987), Max Delamain (L, 2009), Oscar Matthews (Xt, 2009), Charlie Ross (Xt, 2009), Ludo Thomas (L, 2011) and Ali McRobert (NH, 2009) were Ushers. George Hoyland (DB, 1978), Clemmie Baumgarten (née Nesbit (Cha, 2009), Max Linscott (Xt, 2009), Sam Collins (NH, 2009), Callum Heslam (NH, 2009), Oliver Hazel (L, 2007) and Angus Philip (L, 2009) attended. John Gilmour (L, 2006) married Rowan Lewis (Q, 2006) on 25th May 2019. Joshua Mathias (H, 2006) was an Usher and Harry Johnston (Xt, 2006) and Cary Lewis (Q, 2008) attended. Guy Pearson-Gregory (L, 2008) married Elle Wilyman on 14th June 2019 in Deia, Mallorca. Fred Barton (L, 2008) was Best Man and Tash Price (We, 2008), Alice Straker (We, 2008), Sam Harney (L, 2008), Alex Kirkby (L, 2008), Archie Collyer-Bristow (L, 2008), James Wright (Xt, 2008), James Chase (NH, 2008), Bruce Mason (H, 2007) and Rosie Pearson-Gregory (Cha, 2010) attended.
Chris Mellor (S, 2011) married Ellie Hoy on 15th June 2019. Tom MuCulloch (L, 2006), Lloyd Moore (S, 2011), Will McNeil (NH, 2011), James Kirkpatrick (L, 2014), Richard Hine (H, 2011) and Emma Beresford (Q, 2011) attended. Georgia Messer (A, 2008) married Joshua Picken on 21st June 2019. Eliza Johnston (A, 2008), Jessica Boyer (A, 2008), Pip Mitchell (A, 2008), Rachel Owen (Cha, 2008), Natasha Price (We, 2008), Alice Straker (We, 2008) and Clemmie Baumgarten (née Nesbitt, Cha, 2009) were Bridesmaids. Angus Barthorp (Xt, 2008) and Max Baumgarten (Xt, 2008) were Ushers. Kim Harris (née Willett, A, 2009), Katherine Tomkinson (A, 2008), Olivia Gorsuch (A, 2008), James Shackell (NH, 2008), Jonnie Ritchie (Xt, 2008), Hamish Baillie (NH, 2008), Fred Barton (L, 2008) and Alister Sherwood (L, 2005) attended. George Hood (NH, 2005) married Becky Padfield on 22nd June 2019. Nick Horan (OJ & NH, 2005), Hugh Sancroft-Baker (H, 2005), Charlie Hood (NH, 2008) and Sophie Hood (Cha, 2012) attended. Steve Arnold (NH, 1997) married Beth Henshaw on 28th June 2019 in Zante, Greece. Peter Arnold (NH, 1960) and Alice Arnold (Cha, 1994) attended. They had a UK wedding party on their return which Guy Ford (H, 1997) attended. Priya Sarnobat (A, 2007) married Joshua Vallis on 6th July 2019. Effie Dower (née Kostalas, A, 2007) was Maid of Honour and Lexi Straker-Nesbit (A, 2007), Helen Swainston (née Daffern, A, 2007) and Francesca Abbott (née Dessain, A, 2007) attended. Kim Willett (A, 2008) married Alex Harris on 13th July 2019. Katherine Tomkinson (A, 2008), Jessica Boyer (A, 2008) and Olivia Gorsuch (A, 2008) were Bridesmaids. Georgia Messer (A, 2008), Natasha Price (We, 2008), Alice Straker (We, 2008), Clemmie Baumgarten
(née Nesbitt (Cha, 2009), Tiffany Dawson (née O’Neill A, 2008), Hugo Griffiths (NH, 2008), James Shackell (NH, 2008), Fred Barton (L, 2008), Max Baumgarten (Xt, 2008) and Ali Willett (L, 2005) attended. Harriet Bond (Q, 2010) married David Houlihan on 11th July 2019.
Hugo Busbridge (BH, 2004) married Michelle Ng on 16th July 2019 in Tuscany.
Sam Mason (H, 2005) married Charlotte Skipp on 3rd August 2019. Peter Mason (H, 1971), Bruce Mason (H, 2007), Alexander Mason (H, 2011), James Smallwood (H, 2005), Laura Smallwood (Cha, 2008), George Hughes (Xt, 2005), Alister Sherwood (L, 2005), Nigel Sherwood (Ch, 1973), Jamie Dey (H, 2005), David Hughes-Jones (Xt, 2005), Ryan Faries (H, 2005), Nuran Alyev (H, 2005), James Holding (L, 2004), Olivia Swainson (Cha, 2005), Tom Floyd (Xt, 2005), Edward Robinson (S, 2003), James Carter (L, 2005), Kenny To (H, 2004) and Hannah Richardson (Cha, 2005) attended.
Nick Smart (H, 2002) married Siobhan Staunton on 7th September 2019 at Quinta Dos Vales Wine Estate, Portugal. Steve Davies (S, 1980), Robert Davies (S, 1984),
Lucy O’Neill (A, 2006) married Tom McCarthy on 14th September 2019. Katie Stewart (A, 2006), Richard O’Neill (Xt, 2004), Christina Stewart (A, 2004) and Freddie O’Neill (4th Form, H) attended. Archie Larthe (OJ & NH, 2011) married Izzy Brown on 21st September 2019. Thady Duff (H, 2011) was Best Man and Ludo Ephson (H, 2011), Harry Smart (NH, 2011), Henry Larthe (OJ & NH, 2007), Tom Barton (S, 2011), Rich Hine (OJ & H, 2011), Olivia Kenyon (A, 2009), Ned LanglandsPearce (NH, 2011), Alex Mason (H, 2011), Jenny Clarke (née Philip, Cha, 2011), George Sandbach (NH, 2011) and Olly Watkins (H, 2011) attended. Richard von Wietersheim (H, 2005) married Antonia Gottsauner-Wolf on 28th September 2019 in Aurach bei Kitzbühel, Austria. Charles Byrd (OJ & Xt, 2005) married Megs Jordan on 4th October 2019 in Mallorca. George Hughes (Xt, 2005), James Carter (L, 2005), Ed Robinson (S, 2003), Steph Taylor (née Byrd, Cha, 2002), Nick Byrd (BH, 1971) and Jonny Ashworth (OJ & Xt, 1981) attended. Hennie Jerram (Cha, 2007) married Hugo Thompson on 5th October 2019. Angela Whayman (OJ & Cha, 2007), Katherine Baldwin (Cha, 2007), Georgina Davies (Cha, 2007), Victoria Hirst (née Martin, Cha, 2007), Lexi Straker-Nesbit (A, 2007), Wendy & Jonathan Stebbing (Past Parents), Bill & Julie Straker-Nesbit (Past Parents) and Giles & Juliet Dessain (Past Parents) attended. Phillip Bratt (OJ & NH, 2005) married Lucinda Marriotton on 30th November 2019. Robert Earnshaw (NH, 2005) attended.
Births Jonathan Brunt (OJ & S, 2001) and his wife Nathalie are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Sara Rose Dubost, born on 21st November 2017. Henry Harrison (Xt, 2003) and his wife Alexandra are pleased to announce the birth of their son Edmund William George, born on 13th November 2018 a younger brother for Fergus. Christopher Tanner (BH, 2001) and his wife Agata are pleased to announce the birth of their son Blake Lukasz on 25th December 2018. Harry Johnston (Xt, 2006) and his partner Caitlin Banks are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Wilhelmina Cynthia Nicola, born on 13th February 2019. Francesca Page (A, 2007) and her husband Daniel Green are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nicolette Rose, born on 14th February 2019. Charles Peck (L, 1997) and his wife Helen are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Tessa Olivia Arnot and Harriet Louise Arnot born on 13th March 2019. Younger sisters for Connie. Alex Lee (H, 1997) and his wife Siow Li are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Maisie born on 17th April 2019. James Ottignon (OJ & S, 2002) and his wife Alexandra (née Forsyth, Cha, 2002) are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Juno Mary, born on 21st April 2019. Kate Walsh (née Seccombe, Cha, 2004) and her husband Ross are pleased to announce the arrival of Isabelle Florence, born on 7th June 2019. Tom Grant (H, 2008) and his wife Gemma are pleased to announce the arrival of Isabella Anne, born on 13th June 2019, a younger sister for Chloe. Lara Bere (Current Staff Member) and her partner Lolo Slaymaker are pleased to announce the arrival of Mali Romilly Bronwen, born on 8th July 2019, a younger sister for Iago and Otis. 69
Harry Johnston (Xt, 2006) married Caitlin Banks on 7th September 2019. They were married by Past Staff Member Nicholas Lowton. Charlie Hall (NH, 2006) was Best Man, Kyle Stovold (OJ & S, 2006), Henry Keeling (OJ & Xt, 2006) and Josh Mathias (H, 2006) were Ushers. Simon Johnston (BH, 1998), Robert Johnston (BH, 1996), Mark Giblin (L, 2006), John Gilmour (L, 2006), Rowan Gilmour (née Lewis, Q, 2006), Miranda Mason (Cha, 2006), John Mason (NH, 2008), Ed Horton (Xt, 2007), Emily Tarrant (née Cooper, Cha, 1989), Mark Kershaw (Xt, 1971) and Di Stovold (Past Staff Member) attended.
Jonathan Davies (S, 2010), Luke Mills (L, 2002), Simon Mills (L, 1994), Tom Watkins (L, 2001), Edward Barber (H, 2001), Oliver Hibberd (NH, 2001), Robert Brighton (BH, 2001) and Tori Griffiths (Cha, 2001) attended.
Cheltonian Society Events Calendar 2020 Dates for your Diary See the Cheltonian Society website for updates and to book: www.cheltoniansociety.org. You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cheltoniansociety. 5th March Drinks at Davy’s Wine Bar, London
Join us from 6pm at Davy’s Wine bar, Crown Passage, 20 King’s Street, St James’s, London, SW11 6QY. We look forward to seeing you there.
10th March Champion’s Day at The Races
Enjoy Champion’s Day at the National Hunt Festival, the first day of the Races. Use the Society’s private marquee with cash bar and tote as your base for the day. For ticket prices, further information and to book, please contact Rebecca Creed on 01242 265694.
9th May Devon & Somerset Lunch - £22.50pp
Join us for lunch at the Devon Hotel, Exeter on 9th May at 12.30pm. To book please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th June Informal Summer Drinks
Join us for drinks from 6pm in London, the venue will be confirmed in the April Newsletter. We hope you can make it.
11th June Eastleach House Garden - £30pp
Join us for an afternoon at Eastleach House, Eastleach Martin. The garden covers 14 acres and is made up of many parts with lots of surprises. There will be an introductory talk then you are free to explore the gardens at your leisure. Price includes afternoon tea. Invitations and further details to follow. To book please call 01242 265694.
27th June U6th Leavers’ Tie & Scarf Presentation
All U6th Leavers’ and their parents are welcome to attend the tie and scarf presentation before the Leavers’ Service in Chapel. An invitation and further details will follow.
2nd July Henley Royal Regatta
A great opportunity to attend this quintessentially English event. The ticket price is to be confirmed but will include lunch, afternoon tea and Stewards’ Enclosure ticket. The event will be based in a marquee at Henley Cricket Ground which is a short walk from the Stewards’ Enclosure. To register your interest please contact email@example.com.
5th July Cheltenham Cricket Festival - £65pp
Gloucester v Yorkshire County Championship Division Tickets include entrance to the festival, lunch and afternoon tea. Invitations will be sent out shortly, to book, please call 01242 265694.
12th September Cheltonian Society AGM
The meeting will be taking place at College. Please contact Malcolm Sloan firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
12th September 1995 Reunion Dinner - £55pp
This year’s reunion is for those who left in 1995. A wonderful chance to take a trip down memory lane and catch up with your yeargroup! Invitations to follow, please contact Malcolm Sloan email@example.com to register your interest.
22nd November Cheltonian Society Christmas Fair - £5pp
An ideal opportunity to start or continue your Christmas Shopping or just to treat yourself! Invitations will be sent out in the Autumn.
11th December Cheltonian Society Carol Service
The service is at 2pm in Chapel followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Dining Hall. All welcome, invitations will be sent out in the Autumn.
2021 – Save the date! Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh 23rd January 2021 (TBC) The Cheltonian Society invites you to a traditional Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh in the Dining Hall at College.
CHELTONiAN SOCiETy MERCHANDiSE
To order by post: Send a cheque payable to ‘Cheltenham College Services’ to Rebecca Creed, Society Manager, Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7LD. To order by phone: Call 01242 265694 with card details.
1. Rugby Shirts £15 Ladies M, L & XL Mens S, M & L
2. Unisex College PJs £20 3. House Belts £35 Sizes: XS (30”), L (36”), Sizes: 28”, 30”, 32”, XL (38”) 34”, 36”
4. Socks £1 Size 4-7
5. NEW: Pack of 2 socks £12, Size 6-11
6. Small Umbrella £15
7. Large Umbrella £20
8. Girls’ House Friendship Bracelets £5
9. Boyne House & Southwood House Towels £18
10. OC Silk tie £20*
11. Bow Ties £15-22* Silk College Bow Tie (£15) or House Bow Tie (£22)
12. Ladies’ OC Silk scarf £10*
13. OC Woollen Scarf £18*
14. House Trackies £25
15. Cufflinks £25 College House cufflinks or Prep cufflinks
16. Silver Cufflinks £65
17. House Rugby Balls £8
18. House Charms £25
19. House Flags for Boys’ & Girls’ Houses £22
20. Paperweight £6
21. NEW: English Bone 22. NEW: Wooden Plaque China half pint mug £15 with Shield £25
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* OCs Only 23. College Echoes by Patrick Stevens (BH, 1971) £35 24. Celebr08! By Tim Pearce £5 25. Portraits of British Schools by Distinguished Artists £5 26. Cheltenham College Chapel by Nicholas Lowton £5 27. Then & Now by Tim Pearce £5 28. College Chapel Choir 1999 CD £2.50 29. College Chapel Choir 2007 CD £2.50 30. Coeperunt Loqui Chamber Choir CD 2009 £5 31. Salve Puerule CD £2.50 32. College Cards £2 Pack of College Cards (choice of 6) £10
Ken Messer Watercolour Prints Limited edition (250), choice of: View Over Chapel & Library Cheltenham College – The Main Building Mounted print £25
Ian Weatherhead Limited edition prints (300), choice of: Birds’ Eye View of Cheltenham, Chapel Interior, Rugby At The Prep, Cricket Festival, Leavers’ Ball, Rugby, Dining Hall Framed £189 (p&p £15 – UK only) Print Only £120 (p&p £6 – UK only) Frame Choice: Silver, Natural Ash, Gold
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