Issue 52 July 2013 www.ocsociety.org
OC Day 2013
Photo: Stephen Owen
Before the day proper began I rang to wish Peter WightmanMountain (East, 1931) a happy 99th birthday. He is the only living OC to be born before the start of World War One, and he had a sunny day to celebrate.
for them in the Pavilion later, the Twenty20 cricket won by the School against an OC XI, the hockey victory of the OCs over the School (4-2), the School Girlsâ€™ 1-0 win over the OC Ladies, and the 19-9 netball victory of the School against the OCs.
Highlights at the School were the Drinks in the Quad, a full Chapel for the Service, Lunch in Hall with tables reserved for the many who came to the Decade Reunions (leavers in 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003) and then a further reception
Meanwhile on the Lowers the Old Cranleighans comprehensively beat Stowe Templars in the Cricketer Cup and progress to the third round. Stowe Templars were bowled out for 129; the OCs replied with 130 for 2.
One of the tables in Hall for the Year of 1973
The XIs after the Twenty20 match on Jubilee. In the centre is Liz White after presenting the Colin White Jug to Jack Scriven, captain of the School team
Mike Payne, Cranleigh School
OC Dinner and Reunions
Ling Cow Lunch
This really was an OC Dinner with a difference. Originally the inspired idea of our erstwhile intern, Seb Sharpe, and brought to fruition by Rick Johnson, the venue was the SS Elizabethan, a replica of an 1890’s Mississippi Stern-Wheeled Paddle Steamer, which transported 140 OC diners and dancers down the Thames from Westminster Pier to beyond Tower Bridge and back.
On 3 May ten members of the Ling Cow (Shipping) Luncheon Club met in London at The Boot and Flogger public house, where they consumed an excellent meal in their traditionally unconventional style.
The Dinner Chairman was Neil Bennett, recently retired from Common Room and a most popular choice. He was introduced by new OC Secretary Dodie Khurshid, who also welcomed the oldest aboard, Talbot Bashall (West, 1943), over for the occasion from Australia. Martin Williamson, new Executive Committee Chairman, paid a warm tribute to Rick who, with his planning of the 2008 Dinner at Madame Tussauds, began occasions which have really appealed to younger OCs in particular.
The photo shows six of them with their waitress, whose arm bore a tattoo that, by chance of course, bore a remarkable resemblance to the Ling Cow Chinese symbols worn on their ties.
What fun we all had!
Over 70s Reunion Over 90 Old Cranleighans attended and thoroughly enjoyed the Over 70s Reunion at the School on Sunday 28 April. Lunch followed coffee and then drinks in a packed Reading Room, and many stayed on for a tour of the School or tea or both. Many thanks to Brian Cole for a lot of invaluable coordinating.
Organiser Chris Phillips writes: On Friday 17 May sixteen West Country men and our esteemed OC liaison officer Mike Payne met up for our annual luncheon. A change of venue this year found us at The Flintlock Inn near Honiton. An excellent lunch was served, in fact so good that it was felt essential to return next year. We held a raffle which raised £150 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. It must be pointed out that the dining room at The Flintlock can accommodate 26 so there is plenty of room for an increase in numbers. Please do get in touch with me if you would like more information about this annual event, which next year will be held on Wednesday 16 April. 01308 861326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other extra curricular activities are not necessarily as well supported. Over the last couple of years, I have noticed a significant falling off of interest in Drama with a similar drop in Music. It seems to have coincided with the conversion to Academy Status, the introduction of Ebacc subjects and a drive for significantly higher academic results. With a population of 1800 students and a higher tail end than Cranleigh, teachers and students are under increasing pressure to meet these targets – 93% A* to C for this year’s cohort would not look out of place beside Cranleigh’s results. Compulsory revision sessions for both staff and students mean the room for the Arts in particular to engage in enrichment activities is squeezed out. The quality of the teaching and the learning after five hours of lessons must be variable and that is another key difference between my experience at Glyn and Cranleigh.
Cranleigh Connects – the second in a series Mandy McIlwaine (Common Room, 1996 to 2006) writes: I arrived as Director of Drama after three years of teaching in 1996 into a very different world than the one in which I currently teach. For the past six and a half years, I have been a Head of Drama at a state school in Epsom, where I teach boys from aged 11 to 16 before girls join in the 6th form – very similar to what was in place when I began at Cranleigh. Glyn was a former grammar school for boys (the local girls schools used to call it “Glyn Glamour” such was the attraction of those who attended it), and to a certain degree it still has the trappings of a academic selective institution. Like Cranleigh, it has a House System where a Head of House, rather than a Head of Year, assumes overall responsibility for the care for the students. However, a form tutor will be in charge of 30 students, rather than the half a dozen at Cranleigh, which makes personalised attention sometimes hard to maintain. However, there is an extraordinary emphasis on House Activities throughout the year with an Annual Cup being much coveted. Sporting prowess is much encouraged. Contrary to the current myths about state schools, the boys get two hours of compulsory games per week plus extra curricular activities. Football is highly competitive and our staffs are part of the Chelsea Football Academy. Rugby and cricket, however, are equally popular and, just like Cranleigh, many staff turn out on Saturdays to work with the boys.
With all due respect to colleagues past and present, I have worked far harder at Glyn than I ever did at Cranleigh. 22 out of 25 one hour periods a week. Half hour “lunch time”, rehearsals after school, two hour meetings on a Tuesday, 8.00 meetings in the morning, almost weekly parents’ evenings from October to March…evening theatre trips, four Open Evenings …class sizes of 30, students with serious behavioural issues and needs...the list goes on… We may not be in school at the weekend, but my weekends are taken up with marking and preparation in a way they weren’t at Cranleigh. However, I have not regretted a moment of the above. The students I have taught at Glyn have been as rewarding as those I encountered at Cranleigh. and I am very proud of what they have achieved. Yet as I write I am preparing to leave Glyn at the end of the summer to move back into the Independent Sector..and the answer lies in the change in the nature of the school.. Since becoming an Academy, we seem to have taken over three other schools, our Head is now an Executive Head and is not the high profile presence at Glyn that he once was. There are a plethora of Leadership Management Team members and the paperwork generated has meant that my job seems less about teaching Drama than filling in a spreadsheet (which I often fail to understand) and answering e-mails. At the age of 50, despite having up to 17 years of work ahead of me, my age unfortunately goes against me. It will be good to go into a school where the Arts are genuinely valued and there is a sense of community among the staff and students. When I began Glyn in 2007, this was strongly evident – the pub on a Friday afternoon where teachers and admin staff met was a regular fixture. Now, the only member of staff I may see every day is my colleague. So many of the others are unfamiliar but they, like myself and the other long term staff, are under perpetual scrutiny as we are held to account for every single moment of the day. Yet we should all hold dear the closing lines of William Henry Davies’ poem “Leisure”: “A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare”
The 21st & Last Annual OCs Invitational Golf Tournament John McDermott writes: The radio declared it as the coldest spring for 50 years. It was only 11 degrees, windy, overcast and threatening even more rain when Hoima Cole started the Morning Individual and Team Stableford at 10 am on 29 May. In spite of the heavy rain the previous day, the course, thanks to the efforts of the groundstaff, was presented in remarkably good condition. Most of the regulars who have so loyally supported this event over 21 years were present. However the NTC and RIP lists have grown annually. Champagne was served at 11.00 in the fives courts and this appeared to energise the participants. Appropriately the Individual winner was Robin Elsdon – Dew (1&4 South, 1952) with 42 points. Robin, a stalwart of OC and Walton Heath golf over many years, has never threatened the prizes in the past but a
present handicap of 17 could well be the answer. The runner up with 37 points was Tim Hill (West, 1961). The leading lady was Sarah Greenwood (i/c School Golf) with 34 points. The winning Stableford Team was Robin Elsdon-Dew, Peter Shelley and Richard Loates on 36 points. The Team Runners Up was Robin Wilmot-Sitwell (2N, 1957), Tony Mote (1N, 1956) and Guy Waller. The winners of the traditional afternoon Texas Scramble were David Cooper (2N, 1950), Tony Mote and John Wain (East, 1953). As this was the final day, the buffet banquet served in the spacious Emms Centre had a real sense of occasion. The food was five star in volume, quality and presentation and the wine from Argentina passed approval of the so called wine experts present. John McDermott (2N, 1957) then thanked Guy and Hilli Waller for their active participation since their arrival at Cranleigh in 1997. Hilli now is a real golfer with a very dangerous handicap. Guy, still off 15, with that easy swing of a natural all-round games player, is still our answer to Fred Couples. John continued by warmly congratulating and thanking Guy on his vast contribution to Cranleigh during his time as Headmaster. His summary was that Cranleigh history should record this period simply as the golden years. He emphasised that Hilli has played a full and essential part in this success. A position with no written job description, but one knows instinctively if you have a good one. With facilities, buildings, grounds, teaching staff and reputation now second to none, a location and catchment area to envy, and weekly boarding the preferred option, Martin Reader should inherit an easier challenge than 17 years ago. Guy concluded the lunch by reminding all present that a Headmaster’s main task is to ensure the right structure and environment exists so that lifelong friendships can begin and be nurtured at Cranleigh. This annual reunion is a great example when friendships started over sixty years ago are seen to be still going strong. One of Cranleigh’s special strengths.
Golf – the 2013 Halford Hewitt 1st round – Cranleigh v Haileybury – Cranleigh won 3.5 v 1.5 2nd round – Cranleigh v Cheltenham – Cranleigh won 3 v 2 3rd round – Cranleigh v Charterhouse – Cranleigh lost 2 v 3 Marcus Ferguson-Jones wrote to players and spectators: Now the dust has settled I wanted to drop you all a note to say how immensely proud I was to be an OC golfer this year. We beat Haileybury comfortably. We made slightly heavier weather of Cheltenham than we should have but everyone got at least a point in those games. Then we came up against Charterhouse – 17 time winners, holders, number one ranked school of all time (never finishing any decade worse than 2nd in the ranking) etc etc etc. And we had them terrified! At the hut they thought it was all over! Now I appreciate that we didn’t get the result we wanted or deserved but I’d rather focus on the golf that Harry and Jamie ‘The Shed’ Richards played to get themselves into the position and the way in which James and Adam decimated the opposition. I’ve never been in an OC Hewitt team when people have played anything like that. We’ve talked frequently over the last few years about how we have so much potential. We are now realising it. We have a great blend of youth and experience and the best news is that we are only going to get better as we learn from our experiences this
year. In 21 years I’ve never made it to Saturday pm before. In the next 3 years I would like us to go further than that and target getting to Sunday. That for me is a very realistic objective bearing in mind the team we now have the level we played at. It’s worth noting that Charterhouse beat Merchant Taylor’s 4-1 on Saturday and advance to the Semi-finals on Sunday am. However the other important thing is to thank everyone beyond just the team for the fabulous spirit that permeated the week. A huge thank you to all of our supporters for making the effort to come down and cheer us on. We are hugely grateful for that. In particular I would like to thank Martin [Riddiford] as our 11th man and for his caddying and sponsorship of wine, Matthew [Hansford] for his roving captaincy duties and timekeeping(!), Braz [John Brazell] for making such a huge effort to come down and support, ‘The Captain’ [Mark Burridge] for missing a Brentford game to be with us (and chauffeuring Braz), our President [Andrew Cronk] for purchasing the wine and winding up the oppo, and of course [Jonathan] Williams for also buying the wine and for just being Williams! My fondest memory was the huge table we had to construct at Royal St George’s to accommodate the sea of stripey navy-gold-white blazers! We have an excellent society and long may that continue! The 2013 HH was great but I fully expect 2014 will be even better.
Class of 1976 Reunion Organiser Andrew Sindall writes: At the Old Doctor Butler’s Head in Moorgate on 20 June, there was only one relevant question – Why had it taken us 37 years to arrange to meet up again? This was all the more puzzling given that we had been a sociable year group who had always got on well together. But now here we were, rolling back the years without a blink, and enjoying each other’s company once again. From the early stages of planning it was apparent there was significant enthusiasm for such a gathering and that people would be making considerable efforts to attend – Belinda Cash (nee Hoare) from the US, Martyn Lowry from the Greek Island of Paros, Simon Langelier from Geneva, and others from around the country. In the end 32 turned up (with another 10 who had hoped to attend sending apologies), a gratifyingly good number out of a possible 90 who had left the school in that golden summer of ’76.
Rich Hume supporting the Lions in Brisbane!
Quirks of Fate On the back page of Contact 31 (July 2006) Talbot Bashall (West, 1943) wrote an absorbing description of how in 1947, when he was aged 20, he was the personal escort and bodyguard of Field-Marshal Kesselring while the German Commander-inChief was attending his trial in Venice. Kesselring had been Commander of the Luftwaffe’s Second Air Fleet [Luft Flotte Zwei] in the Battle of Britain, and was in charge of this sector which bombed Surrey.
A tremendous sense of camaraderie prevailed throughout the evening, and over supper and drinks, conversations caught up with the intervening years. Group photos from the era caused considerable amusement, confirming the 70’s claim to be fashion’s ‘lost decade’, and a selection of ‘A’ level papers from June 1976 suggested we would all struggle to achieve our grades today! We quickly found we still shared much in common after all these years – “more chins, less hair and increased circumferences”, as one commented afterwards – but the shared experiences of those formative years continue to bind us together. Even those who confessed some initial trepidation at meeting again after more than a third of a century quickly found themselves caught up in the warmth and good humour of the occasion. All agreed it was an enormously enjoyable evening. Will we wait another 37 years to do it again? Definitely not, and suggestions for a biennial event are already gaining traction. With apologies to those we were unable to track down for this inaugural gathering, we hope you will get in touch before the next one to which you will be warmly invited. Watch this space!
The other day I showed Talbot round the School, his first visit for many years as he lives in Australia. He reminisced about the WW2 air raid shelters built between road to pavilion and the Marcon pitch. “I can never forget that winter term of 1940. As the Air Raid sirens sounded we were turfed out of bed and we ran down to the shelters in our blankets and dressing gowns and huddled in damp dank conditions [indeed under the duckboards was water sloshing about!] until the ‘All Clear’ siren sounded, when we went back to bed until about 7 am and time to get up. Seven years later I was sitting with Kesselring talking about this very thing!” Martin Williamson tells me that “the shelters were the subject of endless correspondence as they were felt by parents to be a source of illness because they were invariably filled with water. The school maintained they were only used in the day as at night they boys hid under the dormitories which had been moved to ground floors. I have never found any photos of the shelters however.” Has anyone got any memories and/or photos of this to share?
Quotation Slot “A sweetheart is a bottle of wine; a wife is a wine bottle.” (Charles Baudelaire)
Martin Williamson writes: Prop Greg Bateman (East, 2007) has moved from relegated London Welsh to Exeter Chiefs on a two-year deal. He played 27 matches for the Exiles last season including seven starts in the Aviva Premiership. “He’s a guy who was bang on form at the end of a tough season for London Welsh,” said Exeter boss Rob Baxter. “With Greg having a recently converted from tight-head prop – he’s Premiership level in that position – what we see is a bigger guy with a big scrummaging background, but his biggest strength is his ball carrying.” He is one of eight Old Cranleighans currently playing in the top flight.
Helen Merry writes: 29 April saw the finale of what was an outstanding first season for the OC Netball Club. After trailing the league leaders by three points all season after a single defeat we found ourselves in a head to head climax. We needed to secure the win to draw level with ‘Top Shots’ and then the title would be awarded to the team with the biggest goal difference. With some gutsy matches in the run-up we managed to dig deep and ensure an impressive victory to secure a 23-16 win over the eventual league winners. Unfortunately, we just lost out on goal difference so couldn’t secure the title. An impressive start to the Club however and plenty to take onto the summer league, where we are unbeaten so far. The end of season dinner saw Alex Carter awarded the ‘Captains Player of the Season’ for her consistent accuracy in the Shooting D and Katie Blackwood the ‘Players Player of the Season’ for her ruthless and feisty defence in the D. Lexi Finnigan just missed out on ‘League Player of the Season’ after securing 3 (Wo)man of the match awards throughout the season. Huge congratulations to the whole team whose commitment and passion has resulted in a very distinguished first season.
Hockey – End of Season Dinner Helen Merry writes: After one of the most successful seasons the Old Cranleighan Hockey Club has ever witnessed, the End of Season Hockey Dinner was always going to be a jubilant affair. The Alma, Wandsworth saw the Old Cranleighan Hockey Club descend upon their dining room to enjoy a delicious dinner and witness some rousing and celebratory speeches. Each team made their awards and the Club Captain, Simon Marshall, then recognised a few members of the club for their significant contributions. The Club Captains award was given to the Colts Committee – Gavin Adair, Cato Choi, Stu Ripley, Nick Aston and Andy Eve – for all they have done to set up the Colts initiative and ensure its success and growth over the last year. David Knapp’s individual contribution over the years was also recognised by being awarded the Roger Loveland Award. A hugely enjoyable evening which ended with the highly anticipated Knappy egg challenge and some dancing in the Clapham Grand! Here’s to another successful season in 2013 / 14.
Sailing Jeremy Kaye writes: After a successful entry in 2012 Cranleigh will be putting an entry into the Independent Schools Arrow Trophy regatta on the weekend of the 12/13 October with pickup on the Friday. The regatta is based on the Portsmouth-based Sunsail F40 fleet, with the racing off Cowes. A crew of 9 OCs is needed; prior sailing experience is not necessary. This is a really good social weekend. Anyone interested please contact Jeremy Kaye on email@example.com
Squash Richard Winter writes: I am launching an OC Squash Club and have agreed with the School to start with a trial match in the hope that we can make it an annual fixture. The match will be sometime in September/October and consist of five OCs v masters/teachers and pupils. We plan for 5-7pm with dinner in the Dining Hall and a quick drink after. Tuesday or Thursdays. I have three OCs and need two more players. If you’d like to play please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07967 555540.
Presentation by Robin Sitwell (2 North, 1956) to Bob Stovold (West, 1949), on behalf of the Past Captains of the West Surrey Golf Club, to mark Bob’s retirement as President of the Club in October this year. Robin will then take over as President for a three year term
Livery and Lanterns OCs influential in Livery Companies Christopher Hayman writes: Nick Meyer became Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders on 9 April at the Drapers Hall. Nick was Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen seven years ago so is very experienced to take on this role. He and his family have been involved in the timber trade for a number of generations and have supplied many upholstery companies over the years. Nick is the fourth OC to be Master Upholder, following Neville Hayman 1952/53, Christopher Hayman 1988/89, Richard Nevard 2008/09. Several members of the OC Livery Association attended the dinner. The main speaker was Guy Waller, Headmaster. Canon Nigel Nicholson, Chairman of the Cranleigh Foundation and currently Master of the Playing Cards, was also present. So was Anthony Carter-Clout (son of Derrick) who recently became Junior Warden of the Iron Mongers. Another OC, Nick Goulding, is Master of Tax Advisers this year – all in all an excellent excuse for a special OC Livery Association celebration in 2013.
Lanterns which light up the under-privileged There is a wonderful three-way OC connection which is allowing youngsters in Africa, Sri Lanka and elsewhere to reach closer to their potential. Many live where the only light after dark is an inefficient and dangerous kerosene lamp, and where struggling with homework is an ongoing problem. Then I heard about Tim Rump (East, 1982) who plays a leading role in distributing d-lights in Africa, and not least to students in Kenya under the EnKI umbrella which has featured in these pages before. There are several inexpensive models, all powered by the sun. Over 15 million have been sold. (see www.youtube. com/profile?user=dlightVideos) Next came Martin Riddiford (Cubitt, 1973), a co-designer of GravityLight. This is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and giving light, and one which is free. It takes only three seconds to lift the weight which powers it, and creates 30 minutes of light on its descent. (see www.vimeo.com/53588182 – Martin is the beardless one in the video!) The third in the link is Matthew Hansford (2&3 South, 1983), whose tremendous efforts to help youngsters in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, also reported on in Contact, are now boosted by the huge bonus of GravityLights in school and home. (see www. extracover.org.uk)
Guy Waller and Nick Meyer
Flying a Garden to Moscow! Caspian Robertson (East, 2003) is on his way to Moscow as one of just two British garden designers invited to exhibit at the Moscow Flower Show in June. His innovative ‘A la Mode Dining’ garden caught the attention of the Russian delegation at last year’s Malvern Autumn Show, where it won an RHS Gold and Best in Show. The design features edible planting with a dining theme. A leading Moscow restaurant has shown an interest in purchasing the garden after the show. Caspian writes: “The show organisers offered to ship the garden over in kit form for me to rebuild over there. I will have just a week and a half in Moscow to build it before the Show opens. I have always dreamed of building gardens across the world.” On his return from Moscow, Caspian will have barely two weeks to prepare his new garden, ‘Bugs in Boots’, an ecological garden, for the APL ‘Low Cost, High Impact’ category at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July. This design qualified him as a finalist in the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2013 Young Designer of the Year.
The d-light (above) and gravity light (below)
OC Mentoring Programme
Ross Preston writes: The programme was launched last year and we have had some great success already with over 40 professionals offering their support as mentors, ranging from young executives to current and former CEOs of blue chip companies across 20 different fields. In our first year, we were able to link 20 mentees, some of whom gained work experience and graduate positions.
Ed Henderson writes: Our second round 8 wicket win against Stowe Templars in the Cricketer Cup (Matt Crump 4-19, Tom Crump 43*) following a first round 8 wicket win at Felsted (Seren Waters 99) brought a fine first third of the season to a pleasing end. Before this we beat Esher comfortably in the season opener and were cruising to victory against Old Wykehamists before rain intervened at tea. Waters and Brad Scriven have been scoring heavy runs at every opportunity whilst Charlie Clarence-Smith has shot ahead as leading wicket taker. The vets have had a run out at Headley and we now look forward to cricket week at the School from 7 July. Contact email@example.com for information.
You can support this initiative in several ways: * Providing a short-term work experience placement; for example, over one-to-three months whilst the OC is on university holidays or looking to gain his or her first and most valuable employment experience post university. * Providing mentor support as an occasional point of contact to give industry-related career advice. * Undertaking a one-hour presentation to recent OCs to provide an insight into your industry and career path during our OC Preparation for Work courses.
School news: On his way to an unbeaten hundred at Charterhouse, Jack Scriven broke the School record for the most runs scored for the 1st XI, eclipsing the aggregate of 2387 set by Seren Waters. Scriven, along with fellow leaver Will Rollings and Mike Burgess (North, 2012), will be playing for Surrey 2nd XI over the holidays.
While the primary benefactor is the Old Cranleighan, those companies who wish to offer a short-term work experience placement are presented with pre-assessed, motivated, articulate and capable candidates able to provide your company with short-term support as required. We will ensure that all the resulting administration is undertaken by our team, such as drafting the job description and the contractual terms. You simply tell us your requirements. If you are interested in supporting the OC Mentor Programme, please don’t hesitate to contact Lewis Clark (lewis@ getworkexperience.com
Surveying the World Dodie Khurshid writes: A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world. George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952) The OC Society has its feet firmly planted in ‘its country’ and is committed to supporting the professional societies, sports clubs and other initiatives that are currently on offer to Old Craneighans; but the Society also has an eye to ‘the world’ and the possibilities it holds, and it has thus commissioned a survey to see if it can provide for its membership in other ways. Martin Williamson, the Executive Committee Chairman, explained the decision: “We recognise that people nowadays are being bombarded from all angles and face everincreasing pressures on their time, but we wanted to give our membership an opportunity to be heard and to make their views known.” In order to ensure a good level of take-up, particular attention is being paid to the survey design: “We think a short, sharp survey with a few well-framed questions is likely to produce more information than an unruly and time-consuming megalith.” Emails will be appearing in Old Cranleighan inboxes over the summer. You are warmly encouraged to participate!
Brad Scriven batting in the Cricketer Cup win against Stowe Templars (Photo : Martin Williamson)
The Copy Deadline for the next issue is Sunday 10 November Many thanks to John Sandford (designer/typesetter) Mark Tomlin and Maggie Morgan (‘Flipside’)
Deaths We are sorry to have to report the deaths of Edgar Blum (East, 1934-37), Barry Clements (East, 1945-52), Ken Hill (Lab Steward, 1946-94), Bob Knight (2&3 South, 1927-34), Peter MacNeill (1&4 South, 1939-43), John Penney (2&3 South, 1946), David Perryer (2&3 South, 1942-46), John Railton (1&4 South, 1944-46), Deiderick Rishworth (East, 1974-78) and Ian Tait (West, 1940-44).
Calendar OC Surveyors’ Club
Paul Jackson writes: We had another successful meeting on 17 May at Aubaine, just off Regents Street, attended by at least 40 OCs despite the event clashing with Lord’s and OC Matthew Hansford’s Extra Golf Cover Day. Three OCs spoke: Lewis Clark about the OC Mentoring Programme, Richard Sturt about his new Planning and Surveying Practice, and I spoke about the benefits of using the OC Property Database for networking. The next meeting will be held in March or April next year and any OCs involved in the property business are most welcome to join. Contact: Paul Jackson, 020 7408 1067 firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Cranleighan Lawyers’ Society Alexi Dimitriou writes: A group of members of the OC Lawyers’ Society met at Ashurst LLP in the City on 27 March and was attended by both practising lawyers and legal students. Lewis Clark (Cubitt, 2001) spoke to the OCLS about the OC Mentoring Programme. Lewis has set up a company (Get Work Experience Limited, www.getworkexperience.com) which explores issues like work experience and careers, and is very generously giving freely his expertise to OCs coming to the end of their university courses – this includes those OCs interested in a career in law. OC lawyers wishing to participate in the OC Mentoring Programme as mentors (where you can offer as much or as little of your time as suits you) or students seeking to benefit from the scheme should contact Lewis (email@example.com). The objective of the OCLS is to act as a forum for OC lawyers to meet up, as well as offering younger OCs opportunities to meet experienced lawyers in an informal environment. Further information is available on the OC Society’s website. Any OCs who wish to join the OCLS (whether qualified or aspiring lawyers in training), or would like to attend its next meeting, should contact Alexi Dimitriou at firstname.lastname@example.org (07779259770). Alternatively, search for the “Old Cranleighan Lawyers’ Society” group on the LinkedIn website and request to become a member.
Armed Forces Reunion The qualification for this annual outing is to have served in the Armed Forces and on 22 May a dozen qualifiers gathered for an excellent lunch at the Gipsy Moth pub close to the recently restored Cutty Sark, which we were to explore afterwards. Derrick Carter-Clout, youthful at 93, was the inspiration behind the day, and thoroughly enjoyed it was. The Cutty Sark is one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which ended as sailing gave way to steam. It was badly damaged by fire in 2007 while undergoing conservation, was then restored and re-opened to the public last year.
CALENDAR OC REUNIONS Sat 7 September:
Under 30s Reunion & Gower Sevens at the School
Wed 16 April 2014:
South-West Lunch at The Flintlock Inn, Marsh, Devon Contact Chris Phillips: 01308 861326 or email@example.com
SCHOOL EVENTS – see www.cranleigh.org Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 273666 OC HOCKEY – see http://www.ocsociety.org/clubs-societies/ochc OC RUGBY – see www.ocrfc.com OC GOLF – see http://www.ocsociety.org/clubs-societies/oc-golf-society OC RIFLE – see http://www.ocrifleclub.com SCHOOL HOME RUGBY – 30 Aug v St Olave’s (11.45), 5 Oct v Portsmouth GS (2.30), 2 Nov v Gower Club (2.30), 9 Nov v RGS (2.15), 21 Nov v Wellington (2.15), 7 Dec v Pangbourne (2.15) GIRLS’ SPORT – see www.cranleigh.org
The Summer Term at Cranleigh
Head’s Report (Edited)
Firsts For This Term
Guy Waller writes: As I highlighted on Speech Day, these are exciting times at Cranleigh. With the appointment of Martin Reader as my successor and the School’s 150th anniversary approaching, we are focusing on not only where we are now, but the future and what it is that makes Cranleigh so special.
The School lawn has its first ever horse sculpture standing tall on it: a magnificent oak horse created by Charlie Johnson (LVth), studying for her Art GCSE. Influenced by artists such as Deborah Butterfield and Heather Jansch, Charlie was able to take her passion for horses (she is in the School riding team) and develop her work in Cranleigh’s sculpture studio. A neighbour’s girdling of an old oak tree provided her with materials. Every branch had to be whittled individually before being carefully constructed into the structure of the horse. Studying the anatomy of horses, she went to great lengths to ensure it was as realistic as possible and even practised by painting a skeleton onto her own horse before she started to build this sculpture. Of her work Charlie says: “The idea was to give the viewer an insight into how I feel connected to horses. The strong interlocking branches hint at a flow of energy which reflects the powerful yet gentle nature of horses.”
OC Jim Turley (centre), Director of the Foundation, was Chief Guest on Speech Day / OC Day
With regards to where we are now (and, given recent trends, the future), this term says it all, peppered as it has been throughout with multiple successes. With exams naturally at the forefront of everyone’s mind, the atmosphere around campus has generally been one of studious concentration: the pupils have worked hard, and I very much hope that the exam results will reflect this in August. They have also ‘played’ hard, with extraordinary team and individual successes on the sports pitches, and have complemented their academics with outstanding achievements across the Arts: a wonderful Junior Play that provided a welcome tonic of laughter and cheer; stunning Art and Design exhibitions, including Will Stocks’ Royal Academy A-Level Online Exhibition shortlisting; high-calibre entries in the annual Poetry competition, and the Music School’s diverse delights, including Harry McCagherty’s remarkable solo oboe performance and the delightful Summer Concert. With the Summer Term, of course, also comes some sadness, as we inevitably say goodbye to people: the departing UVIth, who have been such superb role models this year, and departing members of Common Room, who have given so much to make Cranleigh all that it is – including, of course, Tim McConnellOboeist Harry McCagherty Wood. There can be few who have loved Cranleigh more deeply. He has encapsulated what it is that makes Cranleigh so special: its sense of community. And the strength of this community is something that I will cherish all the more as I head into my final year at Cranleigh.
Charlie Johnson’s stunning horse
During the Easter holidays, Charlie Piper and Sam Arnold became the first two Cranleigh School rugby players to face each other in a competitive international rugby match. Sam and Charlie (despite being U17 age) were selected for Ireland U18 and England U18 respectively, and played just outside Dublin in a match which was won by Sam’s Ireland side, 30 - 15. This term saw a rather unusual, third-generation French exchange, with Angus Young’s French exchange student Thomas Mathieu, who joined the LVIth in Chemistry, Spanish, Business Studies and French. Angus’s mother exchanged with Mathieu’s in the 70’s/80s, and Angus’s grandmother with Mathieu’s grandmother in the 50s. Georgia Hart, Alex Tracey, Luke Halls and Zak de la Bedoyere have released their first EP, Talk Back, on CD and online, and have already sold 200+ downloads/CDs. They were also selected to be interviewed and to perform on Eagle Radio Extra.
The Summer Term at Cranleigh During the Easter holidays Andy Houston, Cranleigh’s Director of Rugby, organised a coaching session for 40 children in Kibera, Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa. Accompanying Mr Houston were a Sports Journalist, a Doctor and former Welsh Sevens international Rhodri Gomer Davies. The session was designed to offer the children aged 3-13 (boys and girls) an exposure to rugby. Karina Bondareva was invited to take part in Guildford’s ‘Style Up’ competition, a charity event designed to introduce young designers to the public in a catwalk-style fashion show – and she took overall 2nd place. Her textile work, including a dress she was making for her Pre-U art course at the time, caught the interest of tutors from the renowned Central Saint Martin’s Art School, her first choice college for next year.
Beyond Cranleigh On this July’s Zambia trip, 25 Cranleigh pupils and staff will be heading out to our Partner School, Kawama Primary School, in Kitwe for 10 days. This is the fifth visit in the ‘Beyond Cranleigh’ programme, sending Sixth Formers to learn from and engage with the Kawama community, to gain insights about Zambian culture and to conduct charity work.
Performing Arts Round-Up by Peter Longshaw Even in the last week of the main examination term the School had four nights of performances: a Common Room play (by Rattigan), a chamber music concert and the annual ‘Rocsoc’ bands gig. But the largest-scale performance of the term was the first-ever Junior Musical, ‘By Jeeves’. Gordon Neill writes, “James Copp and Nikki Lockwood’s inspired production clearly paid homage to the spirit of Wodehouse in an evening of unmitigated joy which married the effortless genius of Wodehouse’s prose with some genuine Holywood glamour and exuberance. Seldom can I recall an audience guffawing with such utter delight. The uplifting score had the splendid accompaniment of a five-piece band, comprising Marcus Pashley, Ed Clarke, Ruth Miller, Phil Lockhart and UVth Former, Harrison White on bass. Seb Leman, as Wooster, demonstrated rare comic timing and touch and his excellent voice carried many of the songs. Overseeing the whole thing was Cameron Scheijde’s Jeeves – his badinage with Wooster was a delight. A truly memorable evening’s theatre and for a group of IVth and LVth pupils to pull this off was nothing short of remarkable.”
On this visit Cranleigh pupils will be teaching assistants, and will help local people both to build a new toilet block and with their daily feeding programme. Two new initiatives are being planned for the trip. Firstly, a drama project sees pupils performing a version of the Aesop’s fable ‘The Boy that Cried Wolf’, which they have rehearsed, followed by students leading a workshop with the children, encouraging them to take part in the performance. Secondly, Cranleighans are hoping to seed a new social enterprise in the community, making products that will hopefully be sold in Zambia and back in the UK, working with Cranleigh School’s Young Enterprise Scheme on return. Many of this year’s LVIth Business Studies students are hoping to put their recently learned skills to the test! All profits will go to Beyond Ourselves to be re-invested into the Kawama community, helping to make the programme more self-sufficient. Cranleigh’s campaign to try to get the education of all pupils at Kawama sponsored has done really well, and currently stands at nearly 150 sponsorships achieved from a target of 225. If you would like to sponsor one of the remaining 75 pupils, please contact Nikki Lockwood (NIL@cranleigh.org) or Laura Sturdee (LECS@cranleigh.org) at Cranleigh.
Libby Richards, Cameron Scheijder (Jeeves) and Sebastian Leman (Wooster) in ‘By Jeeves’
Toby Chesser in ‘By Jeeves’
Andy Houston, Director of Rugby, at a coaching session which he organised for 40 children in Kibera, Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa
There were many musical highlights this term, including the Helen Wareham final, in which all five winners really were outstanding on the night, not least strings winner Ben Rudolf in Brahms, who also played Bach’s keyboard ‘Italian Concerto’ very stylishly,
The Summer Term at Cranleigh
though it was Hebe Westcott’s carefully prepared Debussy ‘Estampe’ that took the piano prize. Another highpoint was Harry McCagherty’s performance of the Vaughan Williams oboe concerto in the Merriman Orchestra concert. Harry played with beautiful pure tone and really captured the work’s poetic spirit: it was clear that he could not only play (and memorise) all the notes, but had thought deeply about the meaning of the music. Another shining example of the quality of Cranleigh’s current music-making came in the Summer Concert: the performance of Sibelius’s ‘Andante Festivo’ by the String Orchestra under Kevin Weaver, a reading of Finlandia-like fervency with violin tone as pure as cold water. Cranleigh Voices (21 singers under Phil Scriven) provided another highlight of the evening in the Tippett versions of ‘Steal Away’ and ‘Deep River’.
Finally, as a reminder of the long tradition of performance excellence at Cranleigh and the teachers who inspire it, we welcomed back Jeremy Filsell (Common Room 1985-88), currently artist in residence at Washington’s National Cathedral. His palindromic organ recital began and ended with transcriptions, the climax being Jeremy’s own transcription of the ‘Symphonie Improvisée’ that Pierre Cochereau recorded in 1956 on Boston’s Symphony Hall organ. It was a joy to hear so great an artist on the School’s Mander organ and to think that his time at Cranleigh was a stepping stone to so distinguished an international performing and recording career. This reminded me of how the Summer Concert showcases the crop of young musicians ready to step into the shoes of the leavers, and this year the smiling face of percussionist Tom Hollister also reminded us that music can be for life, not just for school.
Sports Round-Up by Tim McConnell-Wood The term kicked off with the Boys’ U18 team playing in the National Outdoor Hockey Finals at Cannock. They played three group games, coming top of the group. They then faced Whitgift in the final and sadly lost 1-3, but were confirmed as National Outdoor Runners up. It has been an excellent season for the Cricket Club, with around 70% of all matches resulting in victories and barely any time lost for bad weather. The boys’ cricket 1st XI has had a strong summer, winning 11 out of 13 matches to date and losing only once. The U15s won 8 out of 10 matches, while the U14As have had an outstanding season, winning the Surrey Cup (for the first time in 10 years), which means they will go on to represent the county in the national competition as U15s next summer. In Tennis, the boys’ senior team had a very tough season. After finishing equal 14th in the Independent Schools League, victories have proved elusive against some very strong opposition. The girls’ teams have, however, fared considerably better, winning over 75% of all matches played. The Senior team achieved six wins and only two losses; both of the U16 teams remained unbeaten; and with all U15 and U14 teams winning more matches than they lost, the future is definitely looking bright for girls’ tennis at Cranleigh.
In other sports, we have also had a great term. The Swimming Club has had an extremely successful season, only losing two fixtures all term – which means in the last five years we have only lost seven fixtures. In Rounders, the U14s and U15s played some tremendous matches and the U15s were unbeaten. The riders have had a busy term with a series of Regional Qualifiers for October’s National Championships taking place, as well as several Regional Points League competitions, resulting in a dressage team and show-jumping teams qualified at Intermediate and Open level. And finally, in golf, we have five players competing in the Surrey Schools Championships, and the team is getting ready to head to Scotland to man the scoreboards at the Open Championships – look out for them on TV. The Senior Golfers had an excellent win against the OCs but were beaten in a close-fought contest against Common Room just before half term, and the Olunloyo Trophy was won by Charlie Craddock (North); the Cronk Salver by Bruno Broughton (East) (both for the second year in succession) and the Kemp Quaich by Cameron Montgomerie (East).
The Athletics Club junior girls established themselves as an exceptional team, and the Club consisted of more Athletes than ever, with over 150 pupils regularly training. We’ve had an astonishing 12 records broken this season (many by juniors), which is phenomenal, and 29 athletes were selected to compete for the Waverley Athletics team at the Surrey Schools competition at Kingsmeadow.
Captain Chloe Allison (left) at the start of the Girls’ v MCC cricket match at the School
Caileigh Faure clears the high jump
Martin Williamson writes: Chloe Allison (South, 2012) represented Cambridge against Oxford in the annual Twenty20 Varsity match at Fenner’s on June 20. Opening the innings, Chloe carried her bat in top-scoring with 29 as Cambridge were well beaten. She would have appeared in the one-day Varsity match at Lord’s the previous week – which would have earned her a Blue – but had already committed to playing first clarinet for the Cambridge Union Symphony Orchestra.