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Issue 48 April 2012

OC Day / Speech Day 2012 – Sunday 8 July – RSVP

Special Olympic Celebration As usual a great social day for OCs, ex members of Common Room and families is planned. The Olympics: Partly thanks to Jamie Taylor (1 North, 1972), the nephew of OC John Mark (West, 1944) who lit the Olympic Flame in 1948, we plan a celebratory exhibition. OC Olympians will be featured, as well (we hope) as film owned by John Mark’s family, the torch, his medal and his tracksuit top.

Provisional Programme: 11.15 am Reception in the Quad. 12.15 am The new Organ and School Choir: Bach Concert in Chapel (replacing the OC Service this year) 12.45 pm Choice of Lunch in Hall, Hog Roast on Jubilee (both on the house), or your own picnic in the grounds. 1.00 pm Cricket (OCs v School), Boys’ and Girls’ Hockey (OCs v School), etc. Activity Tent and Bouncy Castle for the even younger, plus Beer Tent and Ice creams and Tours. OC Merchandise on sale, with special prices for the day. In addition, Special Year Reunions (with reserved tables in Hall and an afternoon Champagne and canapés reception in the Pavilion) will be held for all those who left in 2002, 1992, 1972 and 1962, marking 10, 20, 40 and 50 years since leaving. The equivalent last year was a great success. Please contact the following:-

For 2002 Sam Worthy ( For 1992 Anna Webster ( Donald Young ( Andy Geogehan ( For 1972 Jamie Taylor ( For 1962 Chris Phillips ( Round up your friends and come. If you plan to, and would like to have complimentary lunch catered for you rather than bring a picnic, please could you let me know (with all names) ASAP – and let me know too whether you want me to book you Lunch in the Dining Hall or a delicious Hog Roast by Jubilee. We look forward very much to seeing you!

A second 1992 Reunion Miranda Nevin writes: 1992 leavers – save the date: Saturday evening 7 July for our 20th anniversary reunion, in London or  Guildford area.  More details will be on the Facebook page or contact one of us for more details. Miranda ( Anna Webster ( Alex Thorold-Yankova ( Claire Parry ( Vicky Knights ( Donald Young ( Andy Geoghegan (

Harry Adolphus (East, 2011), who will carry the Torch in Guildford on 20 July. It was Harry’s idea in 2010 to pair a severely injured soldier with Cranleigh, giving both friendship and financial support. The resuilt has been to bring a torch into Ben’s life. Now Harry has offered to be part of Ben’s care team in his gap year John Mark at Wembley in 1948

Mike Payne, Cranleigh School

Steve Batchelor at Seoul in 1988

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Wildlife Artist


Stefan Grol (2&3 South, 1995) writes: I have been a wildlife artist on and off for the last 10 years. In 2005, I completed a 2x3 metre jungle canopy painting, using acrylic paint on canvas. The painting was inspired by a trip to Malaysian Borneo, and was created over a period of seven months in the garage of the house where I was staying. I sold the painting to Standard Chartered Bank. It was installed in the Bank’s New York Central Office on the ceiling above the stairway.

I am a professional artist in the sense that I have sold paintings, but I have never painted full time. I have twice exhibited artwork at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, and I am an exhibiting artist at My website ( has some of my artwork on it, with prints for sale. I am currently working on a children’s picture book, which I am writing and illustrating.

Stefan in front of ‘Jungle Canopy’

Jonathan Leigh

Congratulations to Jonathan Leigh on his appointment to be Master of Marlborough from September. Jonathan was Housemaster of 2&3 South and Second Master at Cranleigh (1976-92), Headmaster of Blundell’s and now Ridley College in Canada.

Following the announcement, Jonathan wrote on Marlborough’s website: “It is an enormous pleasure and honour to have been appointed Master of Marlborough College in succession to Nicholas Sampson. Emma and I look forward to getting to know all the constituents which make Marlborough such a remarkable community. I am delighted to continue to work with young people who have been the inspiration for my entire career. Maintaining the enviable breadth so soundly established at Marlborough will be fundamental to this. Having led schools on both sides of the Atlantic I am only too aware of the importance of global connectivity. It is my intention to align both the international and local position of Marlborough through emphasizing and enhancing high academic potential and the will to diversify and graduate pupils around the world. We should be optimistic about the infinite opportunities which are available.”

MBA Dream Comes True

The Master of Business Administration is a master’s degree for which Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey offered three full scholarships for a two-year evenings course to become MBAs. Two of the three winners were OCs Mark Brett-Warburton (1&4 South, 1985) and Nick Dunnett (2&3 South, 1992). Mark is a county councillor for Guildford South-East and runs his own architectural firm, Neonova Design. Nick is hoping to expand his successful software solutions company. They both see the value of applying business theories and strategies to what they do.

Recalling Cranleigh’s Floods in 1968

44 years ago, on Sunday 15 September 1968, came the floods which devastated parts of Cranleigh. It was the first day of my second year at Cranleigh. John Lowry (Common Room and Geography, 1965-87), passionate driver of the Village Fire Engine, was rowing up the High Street rescuing people. Only a fraction of the School’s complement of boys arrived. Many families had scary experiences, and those who got through were often soaked to the skin. Clothing was lent to parents who succeeded and then had to drive home. It was several days before all boys were present.

The topography and impermeable soil of Cranleigh was often a major problem until later flood relief works lessened the threat. Heavy rain began to fall on the night of 14 September and continued unabated the next day. Floods like those which resulted are reckoned to occur only once every 1,000 years.

Milk Float floating. Regal Cinema behind

In Guildford the River Wey burst its banks in many places creating havoc to thousands of homes and businesses all along the valley. Amateur meteorologist Dennis Mullen recorded 3.75 inches of rain on the Sunday. By Monday water was six feet deep in places. As in Cranleigh inflatable boats rescued people stranded in their homes. Plummers Department Store (now Debenhams), which had only been open a year, had its basement completely flooded and the ground floor was under three feet of water. The fire brigade had their work cut out pumping five million gallons of water from the building. Many thousands of pounds worth of stock was lost, not just at Plummers but also by other retailers in the town. A men’s outfitters in Friary Street without insurance had to resort to selling waterdamaged stock to the public at knock-down prices in order to recoup some of its value. The furnishing store Court Bros suffered losses of over £15,000, with the Surrey Advertiser reporting that the manager boated in through a broken window to see furniture and crockery floating about, wallpaper peeling off, rolls of wet carpet and everything covered in a layer of silt.

Early on the Monday morning, staff at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre were able to move scenery from the stage to safety. Then the waters rose and completely covered the stage and about 100 seats in the auditorium. The manager claimed he was the only person held up in a rowing boat by the pedestrian crossing in Millbrook! Postscript on John Lowry: John’s devotion to the Village Fire Engine was legendary. The first driver to the Station had the honour. Those in his groundfloor classroom in the Rhodes Block will recall his bleeper sounding, his leap out of the sash window, and his four yard sprint to his adjacent car. The drive through the village was hairy, but the prize coveted. I was in the Common Room once when the phone rang for him. Margaret, his wife, calling from home: “John, our chimney’s on fire! Help!” John: “Haven’t you rung the fire brigade? Don’t waste time!” Pause. John again: “On second thoughts, wait sixty seconds and then ring!”

James Leakey

I am delighted that I have had to apologise to James (East, 1977) for reporting on his demise in December’s ‘Contact’. He is alive and well in India. I apologise too to concerned family or friends.

The Oldest Known Living OC

Peter at 92

Oldest OC

February 9, 2012: I have just had a chat on the phone to the newly acclaimed Oldest Known Living OC, Peter Wightman-Mountain (East, 1928-31). Peter is 97 (almost 98) and was born on 30 June, 1914, which probably makes him the only living OC to have been born before the start of World War One, and eight months older than Trevor Stephenson (1 North, 1929-31, now aged 97), wrongly announced as the oldest on page 9 of the last ‘The Old Cranleighan’. At Cranleigh Peter won his 1st XV colours and played in the 2nd XI hockey.


Meanwhile Trevor Stephenson writes to me: “This news makes me even more decided to become the oldest.”

Peter’s and Trevor’s next challenge: to overtake the oldest recorded OC, Percy Bradley (born 16 August 1888, at Cranleigh 1902-04). Peter’s death was recorded in The Telegraph of 27 May 1996: “Aged 107. Active Director of Buckbricks, a sand and gravel company, from 1948 until his death. Left Cranleigh School in 1904 and went into fruit and vegetable business at Covent Garden. Travelled on business in Europe and learned six languages. Chairman of Covent Garden Tenants’ Associaition and member of Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.” The contest is joined!

Cranleigh, the BBC and America

Rob Hugh-Jones (Cubitt, 1982) writes: I had a great time at Cranleigh and have very fond memories of my time at the school. Friendships have endured (a gang of us “Cubitters” meet in London every year or so for a very enjoyable trip down memory lane!).

Peter’s daughter wrote to me after Peter had read page 9 and realised he could relegate Trevor to number two. She writes: “Father lives in Eastbourne on his own now. He walks every day, shops, cooks, makes marmalade, looks after his house, and all his paperwork. Father was a POW in Changi Jail during the war. He puts his survival down to his life at Cranleigh School, cross country, and the daily cold showers! He is still the perfect Gentleman, who would offer his seat on a bus to a lady today. We are all very proud of him.”

Peter referred to his tough war without me asking him. He said that he was on ‘The Empress of Asia’ which on 5 February 1942 was lost to enemy action while in convoy approaching Singapore. There were no lifeboats, and he had to jump over the side as the ship went down. To this day he remembers a sign on the beach which said ‘No Bathing’!

He then became a POW in Changi Jail, which was one of the more notorious Japanese camps. After the surrender of Singapore later in February, 40,000 men were marched to this northern tip of the island to be imprisoned. The treatment of POWs at Changi was harsh but fitted in with the belief held by the Japanese Imperial Army that those who had surrendered to it were guilty of dishonouring their country and family and, as such, deserved to be treated in no other way.

As 1942 moved on, death from dysentery and vitamin deficiencies became more common. The mood of the Japanese changed for the worse when a POW tried to escape. The attempt was a failure and the Japanese demanded that everyone in the camp sign a document declaring that they would not attempt to escape. This was refused. As a result, 20,000 POWs were herded onto a barrack square and told that they would remain there until the order was given to sign the document. When this did not get the desired result, a group of POWs was marched to the local beach and shot. Despite this, no-one signed the document. Only when the men were threatened by an epidemic was the order given that the document should be signed. However, the commanding officer made it clear that the document was non-binding as it had been signed under duress. He also knew that his men desperately needed the medicine that the Japanese would have withheld if the document had not been signed. The Japanese used the POWs at Changi for forced labour. The formula was very simple – if you worked, you would get food. If you did not work, you would get no food. Men were made to work in the docks where they loaded munitions onto ships. They were also used to clear sewers damaged in the attack on Singapore. The men who were too ill to work relied on those who could work for their food. Sharing what were already meagre supplies became a way of life. How well Peter did to survive. We congratulate him.

When I left the school, I set out to be a BBC journalist. I spent quite a few years in education including a Master’s degree at the state university of Kentucky, USA (on an ESU scholarship). Kentucky is a land of white picket fences and horse farms. Very Tom Sawyer-ish. And in many ways very “real” America. It was a wonderful experience and kicked off an abiding fascination for the US. Back in the UK I got a job with the BBC as a reporter. My first assignment was to cover a contest between ice-cream makers in Glasgow (I quickly discovered Glasgow is a hotbed of fierce and sometimes aggressive competition among ice-cream producers!). I moved to London as a news bulletin writer at the BBC World Service which led to some interesting overseas assignments including covering the handover of Hong Kong (I was privileged to be given a tour of the Governor’s residence and an interview with Chris Patten). Over the years I’ve covered all sorts of news around the world, both as reporter and producer. I worked on a few ‘Panorama’ investigations and then was lucky enough to return to America, to live and work for the BBC first in Boston, then in New York. My small family - wife Alice who’s also a Bush House-nik, and 3-year old son Leo (whose only interest in the BBC is CBeebies) - returned to the UK in 2010. We still walk around at home in our Brooklyn T-shirts, rather sadly! Now, I look after the BBC’s relations with some of our US coproductions and, in any spare time (!), I write and produce topical features for the BBC news website. I look back very fondly on my time at Cranleigh. We had a lot of fun and it was a creative environment. It’s gratifying to see so many Cranleighans moving on to achieve so much. I was delighted to see an Old Cranleighan get the call-up for the England cricket team. Talking of which, Cranleigh nurtured my love for cricket, though I should add my batting average has not remotely kept pace with my enthusiasm!!


Always in Rude Health


‘DABBOUS’ – London Restaurant Ed Henderson (2&3 South, 1999) writes:

Nick Barnard (1 North, 1976) writes: Cranleigh was not at the forefront of a food revolution in my day. Memorable pleasures include the subtle pink icing on the teatime sticky buns, the medium white sliced bread at breakfast, gently toasted and then stacked so as to steam and gain that unique soggy consistency, and of course, the stuff of legend: matron’s home made cottage cheese, which we knew for certain was fermented in her stockings…

The latter was, in hindsight, a gourmet delicacy. But food as fuel is what a growing teenager craves, and the cheap, highly processed trinity of carbs, fats and salt kept our taste buds dormant and served our bodies basic needs. Waking up to good food took place outside the school dining room. As a boarder with parents in the Middle East, I looked forward to exeats and some holidays with school friends and their families.

I remember, vividly, as if there’s a plate by my side right now, the first taste of fresh asparagus in melting butter at Jo Higg’s home. And then there’s Angus Storar and me picking berries for our keep in a walled kitchen garden in the west of Ireland, and savouring their exquisitely sharp, yet sweet and bright flavours in the chef’s loganberry fool…

Thank goodness for real food. And that’s how Rude Health began. My wife and I tasted a neighbour’s home-made muesli and recognised that this recipe brilliantly combined great taste with health. We all agreed there was a gap in the market, and so pitched in, headfirst. As this was winter 2006, and pre-Lehman brothers, selling The Ultimate organic muesli in an artisan brown paper bag at the correct but also at an eye watering price was not impossible - as it was - and is - the best there is. Now Rude Health is six years old, growing fast, and all because we’re keeping the faith: we never compromise. We’re outspoken advocates for real foods that have been proven to nurture and also give pleasure. We love good fat, unrefined carbs, and rich sea salt. We help people to discover these ingredients and the wonder of simple unrefined foods. And we do it the Rude Health way – by being entertaining, yet provocative and thought provoking…and, when I’m let out from time to time, by ranting.

Mike suggested I offer a generous discount to OCs. So here it is. Shop at and enter the code exculturobur in the discount window, and your pre-postage and packing bill will be halved. The offer will stop when I remember to turn it off.

John Gysin (2&3 South, 1952) during a match on "what will probably turn out to have been my last Golden Oldies tour, to Malta last May, just to prove that I am still playing Rugby at the age of 77"

Ollie Dabbous (2&3 South, 1999), who opened his restaurant 'DABBOUS' in the second week of January on Whitfield Street just north of Soho, cannot have dreamt how well the first couple of months would go. On 2 February, Faye Maschler of the Evening Standard awarded 5 stars and ended a glowing review with “The star ratings on these pages correlate to the quality of cooking. Five stars is reserved for when a place comes along that changes the game”. Other reviewers have been equally full of praise and diners and drinkers are flooding in.

Ollie This has been Ollie’s destiny since his early teens and those of us who know him well never doubted that his solo restaurant venture would be a success. Deciding against Oxbridge he opted instead for universities such as Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons, Hibiscus, Mugaritz... the list continues. Raymond Blanc schooled him at Le Manoir and rated him so highly that he is a personal investor in DABBOUS.

Ollie’s style is to keep things simple and let the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. Yet within this he is creative and his dishes are works of art. Don’t miss the Iberico Pork, savoury acorn praline, turnip tops and homemade apple vinegar.

He would be delighted to see OCs whether for cocktails in the downstairs bar (10% off just for OCs) or in the restaurant for the very reasonably priced a la carte and tasting menus. (39 Whitfield St, 0207 3231544,

The OC Lawyers’ Society

Alexi Dimitriou (1 North, 1996), the organiser, writes: The OC Lawyers’ Society is exactly what it says on its tin: a society of Old Cranleighans who work in the legal field. The objective of the Society is to act as a fun and informal forum for OC lawyers to meet up with each other. It is also hoped that the Society will be beneficial to new graduates interested in the law by facilitating opportunities to meet experienced lawyers in an informal environment.

The Society held its fourth drinks reception at Ashurst LLP’s London dining rooms on 25 January and it was well attended. Many of the usual suspects came along, with attendees ranging from law students to partners and barristers, a group of whom imbibed late into the evening. While some OCs showed impressive self restraint others did their best to do the drinks trolley justice. Mike Payne (OC Liaison) provided an informative update of the upcoming OC events and reunions and the rest of the evening was spent engaging in entertaining banter over some food and wine.

The Society has over 80 members, but we would love to see it grow further and therefore welcome new members, whether qualified or aspiring lawyers in training. Any OCs who wish to join the Society, or would like to attend its next event, should contact Alexi Dimitriou at (07779 259770). Alternatively, search for the “Old Cranleighan Lawyers’ Society” group on the LinkedIn website and request to become a member.



Will Fawcett writes: With just one game remaining in Surrey League Two, Old Cranleighans have maintained their impressive early season dominance, and have achieved well deserved promotion. Amassing over 570 points in seventeen fixtures, and beaten just twice all season, OCs have scored freely, most recently posting fifty points on both Worth Old Boys and the Law Society. Based on the collective shoulders of the unbeaten 2005/06 Cranleigh School side, the team predominantly boasts a youthful selection of OCs, bolstered by strong local recruitment, the whole club benefiting from the competition for selection. Both the 2nd XV and the BXV have enjoyed winning seasons as well; the whole club is vibrant, relishing the excitement and energy sustained success has brought.

School coach Andy Houston has galvanised the skills and fitness levels at training. Club manager JJ Griffin welcomes all to a buoyant clubhouse. The Golden Oldies lunch on 31 March was the best attended yet, with the Chairman delighted to initiate the first prematch lunch for visiting OC parents and supporters. Mini rugby continues to flourish (see article), and the first minis fixtures are due at the end of the season. Dom Hammond captains the 1st XV, and joins the Chairman in welcoming players of all abilities. Details and results available: Come and join us, enjoy the fun, competition and success. The OCRFC is buzzing.



Helen Merry writes: The 1st XI have had another impressive season with the team showing a lot of promise for a promotion push next year. The 2nd XI have had a solid season and are sitting comfortably mid table. Although the 3rd XI have had a challenging season, Captain Nick Aston reports that team spirits have been kept high by one or two surprise wins and always with post match cakes! The Ladies have struggled consistently to score goals meaning they are now facing relegation from the top division, but the position is more positive elsewhere in the Club. Captain of the Vets, Andrew Eve, observes that the recruitment of some younger players meant that the Club was able to put out two vets teams, but sometimes we were overstretched meaning that games were won or lost by large margins.

Looking to the future, the Club AGM will be held immediately before the end of season dinner at Aragon House in Parsons Green on 27 April. A trip to the London Prepares series between 2 and 6 May, summer leagues and the mixed hockey festival have been lined up for the summer. An exciting prospect for next season...the Club will take its first steps towards running a colts section, with mini-hockey being organised for 11 and 12 year olds on Sundays between September 2012 and May 2013.

Dom Hammond

OC Mini Rugby

Will Fawcett writes: OC Rugby welcomed the advent of mini rugby this season, with over seventy excited youngsters regularly attending. Ranging in age from four years old and upward, the emphasis has been TAG rugby for age groups up to eight, with the older children progressing into contact rugby.

Sessions run from 10.30 am until 12 pm each Sunday morning throughout the season. Blessed by fine weather all year, the sessions combine rugby based games, handling exercises and fun, introducing boys and girls to our great game. All are welcome, with details available via the website, or by calling the OC Rugby manager JJ Griffin at the club on 0208 398 3092, and the OC Minis Facebook page. Santa arrived to congratulate ‘OC Club’ and ‘Improved Player’ Award winners at the Christmas party, with an end of season BBQ party planned to celebrate a hugely enjoyable first year. Come down and join the fun...all abilities are welcome; OC mini rugby has kicked off in style.

Three recent Old Cranleighans all played for Harlequins last weekend against the Cardiff Blues. Both Seb Stegmann and Sam Smith scored tries with Will Collier coming on in the second half.

OC Andrew Houston, Director of Rugby at Cranleigh: “To have three Old Cranleighans all on the pitch at the same time in such a prestigious side is a terrific achievement and the school are incredibly proud of all of them.”


David Powell (Captain) writes: The year ended with our annual dinner at Boodles when the new Captain is welcomed in and we have the chance to say many thanks for the hard work and commitment to our outgoing Captain Graham Williams.

At the end of November we played our last match against the Old Marlburians at Walton Heath, always a popular fixture.

The New Year sees a continuance of a very busy golfing schedule for the OCGS members and a chance to welcome new members especially our younger recent leavers. They dramatically reduce our overall average age and bring us some excellent golfers who will hopefully join in matches and competitions during the year. Tony Whitty, our excellent Secretary, can be reached at for info on matches, competitions and weekend golf trips. Our early golf year is focussed on the Halford Hewitt, where on 29 March we defeated Highgate in the first round at Deal. We had an excellent team with a few new players from recent leavers. The following day we faced last year’s winners Watsonians, and although we lost 1-4 we gave them a good run for their money. May I wish Old Cranleighans and current boys and girls a great golfing year.


OCCC Tour of St Lucia


Tom Merry (North, 2003) writes: The seventh major OCCC tour saw us return to the Caribbean, the destination for the inaugural trip 15 years earlier, and we travelled with the largest party to date, 36 players, wives, girlfriends and children plus a nanny. Disappointingly, we lost all but one of our six games but should undoubtedly have won one (and possibly two) more. There were some highlights including four games at the 12,000-seater Beausejour Cricket Ground and the inaugural floodlit OCCC game!


Sun 6 May: Fri 18 May: Fri 25 May: Wed 20 June: Sun 8 July:

Sat 8 Sept:

On the field, there were some notable performances – Tom Crump was the leading run-scorer making one of only two fifties we managed, while Watkinson, who scored the other, batted well in our win. With the ball in hand, Paddy Harman and Matt Crump topped the wicket-taking tables.

Off the field, we were fortunate to eat at some of the Eastern Caribbean’s finest restaurants – Cliff@Cap, the CoalPot, the Edge to name a few. Several nightclubs also ‘enjoyed’ our patronage, even if the quality of the chat-up lines remained atrocious throughout. Caesar’s Palace, the local karaoke bar, was particularly accommodating – allowing a succession of drunk OCs to grace the stage. The locals were surely baffled by our preference for ‘Don’t blame it on the Bugge [sic]’, in honour of the club President, David Bugge, who was rarely far from the action.

Other highlights included the tour drinks and dinner reception which took place at the stunning Cap Maison resort on the West Coast; the all day catamaran trip to visit the world-famous volcanic pitons, and the nightly fines sessions, held on rotation by the private pools of the six villas. The tour would not have been possible without the support of the Sacred Sports Foundation in St Lucia, who organised our cricketing affairs on the island superbly, and we look forward to building on our relationship and helping a great cause. General consensus was that St Lucia proved to rank amongst the best tours undertaken by the club – already thoughts have moved to the organisation of the next one!

A full report and photos are available online – ( You can follow the club via the website, Facebook (occricketclub), or through Twitter (@ocranleighancc).

Probably April 2013:

OC Surveyors’ Lunch in London (Paul Jackson – Over 70s Reunion at the School (Brian Cole – 01420 511212)

South-West Lunch at Ilminster (Stuart Wheeler –

Upper VI Leavers’ Get-Together to discuss the OC Society at the School (8.50 pm) Armed Forces Reunion at Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music ( OC Day and Speech Day at the School

Under 30s Reunion and Gower Sevens at the School

OC Dinner (Chairman: Neil Bennett, just retired from Common Room)

SCHOOL EVENTS – see Tickets from or 01483 273666 OC CRICKET – see OC RUGBY – see


OC GOLF – see

OC RIFLE – see


Music in Hollywood

Congratulations to Dom Lewis (East, 2003) on successfully turning his love for music into his occupation. After completing his studies in Film and TV Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, he provided arrangements for projects at Universal Music and an entire show of music to accompany the world tour of internationally-recognized cellist Lizzy May. His collaboration with film composer Rupert Gregson-Williams brought him to Hollywood, where he now works out of Hans Zimmer’s film music hub Remote Control Productions. In his two years at the studio Dom has supplied music for a number of Academy Award-winning and nominated films including Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rio, and How to Train Your Dragon. He recently composed the score for the “Golden Reel” award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury and is currently working on the upcoming releases Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


We are sorry to have to report the deaths of Brian Gowen (Common Room, 1967-95), Peter Greig (East, 1947-52), Michael Roberts (Common Room, 1989-93), Martin Shaw (2 North, 195661), Daniel Stride (1 North, 1936-40), David Ware (West 1960-62) and Colin White (East, 1949-55).

Five Fortunate Vietnamese


Madagascar with Secret Compass


Climb a mountain. Cross a desert. Trek through unknown jungle. Many of us talk about such intangible goals but never really consider them a possibility and therefore they remain as pipe dreams.

Not so for Ali Wilde (East, 2005), former East House and Rugby Captain, who will be leading an expedition to trek across the island of Madagascar – from coast to coast, via the highest peak, Maromokotro – in May with Secret Compass.

Clockwise from top left: Sam Wilson, Callum Ewing, Fred Wilson, and Jamie Richards

Sam Wilson (Cubitt, 2010) writes: This June, fellow 2010 leavers Callum Ewing (North), Jamie Richards (Cubitt), Fred Wilson (North) and I are cycling 2400km down Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, on behalf of Saigon Children’s Charity. With your help, we aim to raise enough money to support five underprivileged young adults through University in Vietnam.

The four of us are currently at University thanks to the help and support from teachers at Cranleigh and I think you’ll agree with me that many opportunities will come as a result of the education we received. By achieving our target of £5000, these five students we are supporting will be given the same platform as us to go out and succeed.

“We were amazed when Sam, Callum, Jamie and Fred said they were going to do this for us – it is a huge undertaking and we wish them every success. It will be a memorable experience in two ways – firstly because I am sure they will share many adventures on the tough month-long trip but also because their efforts aim to put five young people through their full four-year university courses. This will be the first time ever that anyone in these families has been to university and represents an important step forward in lifting these young people and their families out of poverty forever. Huge thanks to the four of them and to all of their supporters!” Paul Finnis, Director, Saigon Children’s Charity

Training for the ride has already started, and the ‘Surrey Hills’ will provide excellent yet gruelling routes to really test our skills and endurance, when the four of us are together again at Easter.

If you would like to find out more about our ride or you would like to DONATE visit: ALL MONEY DONATED WILL GO TO CHARITY as each of us is paying for all our personal expenses. Also whilst we are in Vietnam we will be posting a blog online:

The Copy Deadline

for the next issue is Monday 18 June

Many thanks to John Sandford (designer/typesetter) Maurice Drake, Mark Tomlin and Maggie Morgan (‘Flipside’)

After retiring from rugby following a back injury playing for Bristol Uni 1st XV, Ali took up climbing, trekking and mountaineering in an attempt to replace the gap rugby had left. After summiting Mont Blanc in 2010 with two OCs – Jamie and Ben Wainwright – Ali decided to pursue a career as an Expedition Leader and was taken on by Secret Compass to learn his trade after hounding them for a job following an outdoor event where co-founder Lev Wood was giving a speech. Secret Compass specialise in organising expeditions where most people would fear to go. Their previous expeds include a trek to the source of the Oxus river in Afghanistan and, most recently, the first expedition ever to the world’s youngest country – South Sudan.

Madagascar will be another world first expedition – a 23 day trek from Sambava on the East coast to the small island of Nosy Bé on the West coast. 200km across as the crow flies – however, the team will not have that luxury. They will be travelling entirely by foot over extremely varied terrain including untracked jungle, open floodplain, and sun-scorched mountainside and will have to negotiate many river crossings and chop their way through thick vines in the battle to cross the world’s fourth largest island.

Famed for its wildlife of which over 90% is found nowhere else on earth, Madagascar recently featured as the star of a BBC documentary narrated by the great David Attenborough. The February edition of Geographical magazine brought to light the illegal hardwood trade that is plaguing the forests of Madagascar. But you don’t have to watch it on TV or read about it in articles Secret Compass is offering you the chance to undertake the challenge of a lifetime in this strange and unique land.

There are still some places left so if you would like the chance to be part of this world-first expedition, please visit for full details. Madagascar: Coast to Coast, May 12 – June 2. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ali at

OC Reunions

The Over 70s Reunion will be at the School on Sunday 6 May. Contact Brian Cole if you’d like to come – 01420 511212.

The South West Lunch: The South West Branch of the OC Society will again be holding their annual lunch at The Shrubbery Hotel in Ilminster, Somerset, on Friday 18 May. The secretary Stuart Wheeler has sent out invitations to all on his circulation list but if anyone else would like to attend please contact him by Email at and he will send the necessary information. The Armed Forces Reunion will be at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, the Royal Military School of Music, on Wednesday 20 June. Contact me if you’d like to come –

OC Livery Association: Organiser Christopher Hayman (2 North, 1964) plans to arrange a Livery Association event in the summer. Nick Meyer (2&3 Souith, 1962) is expected to become Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Upholders in April and Master next year.

Quotation Slot

“The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.” (Honoré de Balzac) “A perfect wife is one who doesn’t expect a perfect husband.” (Source Unknown)


CRY Crusaders cry for support

CRY Crusaders

Ben O’Neill (Cubitt, 2007) writes: During my last year at school, along with Alex Blundell Jones (Cubitt, 2007) and Rich Irving (East, 2007), we were asked to play in the Surrey 7s competition for a team called Seb’s 7s. Our team was made up from Cranleighans and Lord Wandsworth boys from the Waverley area. Inevitably the question was asked about the name. Three years before their close friend Sebastian English collapsed and died whilst playing rugby locally at the age of 15. Sadly his father Howard (a former OCRFC player) died a decade earlier under similar circumstances. Sebastian was found to have died of ARVC – a condition which he unknowingly inherited from his father.

Ben with the jug and Charlie second from left - winners of the Farnham Sevens

Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently ‘fit and healthy’ young people aged 35 and under die from undiagnosed heart conditions. The majority of young sudden deaths are due to inherited forms of heart muscle disorders and irregular heart beats. [Players can have a heart check as a precaution: see]

The team re-branded itself and played under the name The Magnificent Seven and we established ourselves on the sevens circuit. Since 2011 we have played under the name of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Crusaders and the aim of the team is to spread the word about the charity so it is as familiar as other rugby charities such as the Wooden Spoon. Last year the number of competitions CRY Crusaders entered rocketed, mainly due to the fact most the boys had now finished university, and we were lucky enough to play in the invitational of the Manchester 7s, where we were plate winners, as well as the London Rock 7s.

This year, we have been invited to Manchester and London as well as Edinburgh. The squad will be represented at the Toad 7s, West Country 7s and Bournemouth as well as our usual local circuit.

We have received support from Surrey RFU and we plan a connection with Harlequins RFC and Esher RFC. Nick Easter and Rob Andrew are both patrons of the charity. We are hoping to set a Guinness World Record by playing in the longest ever game of touch in order to spread awareness of our charity.

Please “Like” our facebook page ‘Cry Crusaders’ or follow us on twitter @Cry Crusaders. If you wish to make a donation to the CRY charity, please go to If you are interested in getting involved, our contact details can be found on (

OCs who have played for CRY Crusaders: Ben O’Neill (Cubitt, 2007), Alex Blundell Jones (Cubitt, 2007), Richard Irving (East, 2007), Christian Larsmon (East, 2007), Charlie Barker (Loveday, 2007), Richard Ashton (Loveday, 2007), Murray Shepherd (Cubitt, 2010). OCs involved in the upcoming season: Paul Arthur (Loveday, 2007), Simon Steer (Loveday, 2006), Tom Garrett (North, 2007).

OC Colonel on Dress-Codes for Young Officers

Col Barry Jenkins (2 North, 1981), having been Regimental Colonel of the Royal Artillery, is now Director Corps of Army Music, HQ Kneller Hall, Twickenham.

After he sent an e-mail about dress and turnout to his young officers about 15 months ago, it went viral. It was then received almost universally positive, and has now resurfaced. It is now in many City firms’ handbooks for employees and St James’s Style made ‘Colonel Barry Jenkins – Hero of the Week’!

From a report in the Daily Telegraph: In an extensive email, Colonel Barry Jenkins of the Royal Artillery Regiment instructed male Uniform of an earlier age: 1812 officers to follow the lead set by Princes William and Harry when wearing civilian clothes. He warned the subalterns to avoid cartoon character socks, the ‘silvery’ shirts worn by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and shoes with treads like ‘four-wheel drives’. He also told female officers that their make-up should not be excessive and, “most importantly”, hair should be tidy and presentable, adding: “The whole ‘train crash survivor’ clambering the embankment look is unattractive and inelegant.”

Colonel Jenkins said: “We should not ape the armed wing of Boden, Primark, Fat Face. I am constantly amazed by what some think is acceptable dress. It is not just the quality but the untidy, scruffy manner in which it is worn – this must sharpen up.”

The memo – which quickly swept the internet – advises officers to wear a ‘good, clean, well pressed suit’ with a Gunner zigzag tie for the men and a brooch for the women. He suggests a ‘slim elegant leather suit belt’ rather than a Harley Davidson-buckle belt and long socks that “do not show your flaky, spindly, hairy Twiglet-like shin”. He also reminds young officers of the importance of polished and good quality footwear. The email continued: “A heavy tread and a big fat square toe won’t do justice to your well-cut suit… you wouldn’t put ketchup on a Dover sole. The tie should be correctly tied, close to the collar and checked regularly. The knot must not be big fat Grange Hill special or be seen adorning the neck of a semi finalist from The Apprentice. The tie should just reach over the waist belt, not six inches above or below.”

Colonel Jenkins asks Royal Artillery staff to: “Please disseminate this lick of polish on to our fantastic, brave and impressive cohort of young officers.”

Conservative MP and former Army colonel Patrick Mercer yesterday said the advice from Colonel Jenkins should be ‘applauded’. He said: “I know Barry Jenkins, he was a student of mine at staff college. He is a good bloke and I suspect if he is recommending that young Army officers should present themselves in a particular way, then it is good advice.”

The Lent Term at Cranleigh

The Acting Head’s Reflections

Andrew Griffiths reflects on his term as Acting Head while Guy Waller travelled abroad meeting OCs and others:

At the end of my time as Acting Head I have been reflecting on this term just finishing. Standing back and looking in on the school I have realised just what a special place Cranleigh is, and how privileged we are to be here. In all areas of school life we are encouraging everyone to strive towards their own individual excellence and there have been so many successes this term – from individuals, teams and groups, and as the school as a whole. In sum, this has been a very good term. I would like to thank the School, the Common Room, the Governors and the SMT for all their support in keeping me on the right track this term. And I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the role of Head of such a great school.

Firsts For This Term

An unprecedented 20 pupils auditioned for the National Youth Theatre during the first half of this term. After intensive preparation with Miss Lockwood, Mr Copp, Mr Allison or Miss Bourne, each auditionee took part in a three-hour workshop with a professional director and had their monologues heard in a oneon-one audition. It is naturally extremely competitive, but all would have gained a great deal from the day itself and we wish them very good luck as they receive their results over the holidays.


having beaten old rivals St George’s College after a nail-biting climax. A fantastic achievement for the team, our first ever girls’ representatives at the National Finals. England U18 Hockey Squad: James Gall and Ali Clift have both been shortlisted for the final squad to play in the Four Nations tournament at Easter, against Germany, Holland and Spain.

East Grinstead Ladies 1st indoor team (Premier League): Katie Batchelor


Regional representation: two of Cranleigh’s youngest riders have achieved Regional recognition, in the contrasting disciplines of Eventing and Pure Dressage. •

Fifteen-year-old Briony Pearson will compete at the famous Badminton Horse Trials in May, having qualified for the Grassroots competition on her 14.2hh pony, Bellissima.

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Osborn has been selected to represent the Southern Region at an Under 25 Inter-Regional Dressage Competition at The College, Keysoe at the end of March, on her pony ‘Macky’.

The news this term that Henry Taylor has signed a professional contract for Harlequins heralds a new record for the School, with four boys signing for the club in the space of four years (the others being Sam Smith, Seb Stegmann and Will Collier).

Personal Bests... ACADEMIC

IFS Student Investor Challenge: in the UK’s premier investment competition for UK students aged 14-19, Eddy Spencer, George Munday, Will Farrer and Ben Steffens came 34th out of 7,000 teams. By investing wisely, they ‘made’ an impressive £26k from their original £100k investment within just 3 months – earning them a place in the regional finals in London, in which they came 14th.

National Young Enterprise: for the second year running, Cranleigh hosted the Surrey West Area Final. Fifteen out of 35 of the region’s liveliest and best-organised companies competed against each other in a major trade fair in the Emms Atrium, including Cranleigh’s ‘Calibre’ team – focusing on refreshment sales at sports fixtures and new strawberry, vanilla, mint and citrus ‘Smelly Bandz’. Detailed company reports and accounts had to be submitted in advance, and companies then delivered five-minute formal presentations to a panel of judges in the ALT.



National Schools’ Indoor Championship: U18 Hockey Boys are National Schools Indoor Runners-up for the second successive year.

Surrey Semi-Finals: Cranleigh qualified in all three age-groups. National U14 Hockey Finals: the U14 girls’ team were delighted to return from the National Hockey Finals, held at Cannock Hockey Club on February 29th, with 3rd-place medals,


Riding at the National Qualifiers

Surrey Finals: four netball teams (the U12s, U14s, U15s and U16s) went through to the Surrey Finals this season – a school record, made all the more impressive for the fact they have to qualify before our official season even starts!


Surrey Swimming Championships: Katie Batchelor came second in the Individual Medley – and was also part of the Bath Cup team that was placed well at the Nationals.


West Sussex Schools’ Invitation Event: the School golf team Jonny Pullar (UVI, captain) partnered with Marc Sadler (UVI) and Charlie Craddock (LVI) partnered with Alistair Hills (LVI) – retained the Handicap Salver, competing against the likes of Westminster, Radley, Eton, Tonbridge, Wellington, Charterhouse and Epsom.


The Lent Term at Cranleigh


Grade 8 Certificates: Olivia Moxey on flute (merit) and Louisa Golden on cello (distinction). National Youth Wind Ensemble: Rachel Hurst on Bassoon.

Royal College of Music Angela Bull Memorial Competition: Chloё Allison made it to the finals, in which she was awarded runner-up prize (beating the Principal Clarinettist of the National Youth Orchestra).

Merriman Concert Orchestra: Chloё Allison gave an unforgettable Mozart clarinet concerto, performing with the Merriman Concert Orchestra in January.

Chloё Allison

Seb Weiss Jazz Trio: Tom Hollister joined this professional ensemble to give a sensational first-half performance on percussion and second-half performance on the marimba, in an evening of high-class jazz.

Recital No. 12, Bach Organ Concert: Cranleigh Voices accompanied Phil Scriven in some really challenging music at the half way point in his marathon 27-concert survey of the Complete Organ works by Bach, with outstanding solos given by Tom Hollister (vocal), Ben Rudolf (violin) and Harry McCagherty (oboe).

The Producers

Performing Arts Round-Up by Peter Longshaw

I want to focus in this review on four remarkable UVIth Formers who will be moving on from Cranleigh this summer. In James Copp’s magnificent production of ‘The Producers’ Max Bialystock and Leopold Bloom were played by Tommy Lyster and Jon Oldfield, two of the School’s finest actors, who created a truly charismatic relationship. Rory Savage performed an outrageously enjoyable Roger de Bris and as Franz Liebkind Bruno Broughton brought his talents to bear with hilarious effect. Technical director Mark Jenkins achieved a level most West End theatres would be proud of and even got a stage appearance, along with designer Peter McNiven and the dynamic music director Marcus Pashley. The female star was Rosie Singleton: acting with a Max and Leo two years above her held no fears: she’s got it and she flaunted it. Much as I enjoyed Tommy Lyster and Jon Oldfield in ‘Hamlet’, there was something special about their chemistry in this show which will remain in the memory for years.

The Merriman Concert Orchestra concert annually showcases one of the School’s finest musicians. Chloё Allison could have impressed listeners just as much on the recorder, but Chloё is equally adept on the clarinet. She played the Mozart concerto with liquid tone, subtle phrasing and real emotional depth. In the next Concert Series concert Tom Hollister, one of our most multi-talented musicians, took centre-stage in a concert by the Sebastian Weiss Jazz Trio. Tom (drums) joined pianist Seb Weiss and his Tom Hollister bassist in a suite by Claude Bolling, in which the flautist was Ruth Miller. Tom’s drumming was nifty, cool and insistent as the music demanded. Seb Weiss introduced two of his own compositions, which was the cue for Tom Hollister to return, this time on marimba. His obvious enjoyment in making music with professionals was a joy: here was a young man already on the verge of a career himself. We can look forward to the day when Tom returns as a professional to these concerts; for now Cranleigh music will feel a little strange without him and Chloё. The Helen Wareham performance competitions contained a wealth of highlights and the versatile Chloё and Tom both played in the piano event (with Tom also singing Mozart sublimely on the vocal performance evening). I might add, though, that of all the performances I have heard this term nothing gave me more sheer pleasure than Hebe Westcott’s fabulous performance of Bartok’s ‘Roumanian Dances’ in the piano competition: Hebe conjured a myriad of colours and variety of tone from the Music School’s fine new Yamaha.

Sports Round-Up

The Lent Term at Cranleigh

by Simon Bird

With the exception of one snowy weekend in the first half of term we have managed a remarkably undisturbed season of sport, and most Saturdays saw us fielding over 30 teams. Our growing reputation as a centre of excellence for hockey was furthered by the outstanding performance of our teams in the national competitions this season. In a repeat of last season our U18 Boys’ team made it through to the National Finals of the indoor competition where they narrowly lost to our old nemesis Whitgift on sudden death penalty flicks. Outdoors they were Surrey Champions and group winners in the South Regional Heats. At the South Regional Finals they lost in the semi-final stage – again to Whitgift. Our U16 team qualified from the Surrey Championships to reach the South Regional heats and missed out on qualifying for the Regional finals on goal difference. This term also saw the National Finals of the Girls’ competition and our U14 team qualified for the first time in the school’s history, eventually finishing 3rd in the country.

Girls Under 14s Hockey Squad

In our regular inter-school fixtures the hockey club was no less successful, fielding 18 teams on most weekends and ending the season unbeaten in two-thirds of their matches across that range. The U15B team were are awarded the Orroroo cup – awarded annually for the best performing hockey side – winning all of their matches, scoring 33 goals and only conceding one. A number of players earned county places: Emily Robinson, Georgia Lord, Jonny Pike, Charlie Thompson, Will Calnan, Chloe Nicholls, Jen Vincent, Katie Robinson, Megan Batchelor, Charlotte Calnan and Will Boddington. In addition Ali Clift and James Gall have been selected for the England U18 team and Will Calnan for the England U16s. Charlotte Calnan has been selected for the Girls’ England “Lions” U15.

The U14s qualified last term for the Regional rounds of the Netball Nationals held early in January, and despite limited training time together as a team finished 3rd in the region. The U15s cruised through the Surrey prelims in some style. An exciting extra-time victory in the semi-final saw them through to the final for the second year in a row where they were unfortunate to be beaten by Guildford High. The U18 team meanwhile battled injury to perform strongly in the Surrey Championships, finishing third in the county. Clemmie Ryder Smith, Poppy Bathurst and Tatiana St Pier have all been playing in the netball academies across the county – the equivalent to county selection in Netball.


Our Rugby 7s teams have also been in action with the U16s taking part in the Surrey Sevens, finishing as runners up in the plate final. The U18 team won all five of their matches in the Hampton Sevens, scoring 210 points for only 28 in reply and emerging as undisputed winners of that tournament.

Henry Taylor has been selected to play for England U18 and has been offered a contract with Harlequins for next season. Charlie Craddock, Toby Savill, Dave Forster and Tom Farrelly have all been selected for the U17 surrey squad.

In addition, the 1st Lacrosse team have had an excellent season, winning all of their fixtures this year with the exception of the first two of the Michaelmas term, the football club have been in action most weeks triumphing over a number of schools for whom football is the major sport and the 3rd team can be Henry Taylor delighted with their unbeaten season. As usual we have also put out the usual strong teams in waterpolo, squash and swimming. Outside of school we have also celebrated Felix Sudderick’s achievement this term as he became the Surrey and Southern U14 Fencing champion; he also came second in the Junior Section of the Public School Championships. In short then, this has been a typically full term on the sporting front!

Foundation Focus

The Cranleigh Foundation has had a productive few months, continuing to raise funds and, as a result, support key projects and Foundationers. Its commendable fundraising efforts have included the hugely successful Christmas Fair, raising just under £9,000 for the Foundation, and the OC Rugby Dinner, raising just under £3,000. The latter will go towards the continued work on Bluett’s rugby pitches: when completed and settled, these pitches will be amongst the finest in the land. Fundraising efforts continue apace: next term, ladies are warmly invited to attend the Foundation Ladies Tennis Tournament on Wednesday 30th May, the funds from which will be used to support future Foundationers.

As such, the Foundation is delighted to announce that a new Foundationer will be arriving at the School in September 2012. In addition, a generous recent gift has meant that some new playground equipment will be in place shortly at the Prep School. And the Foundation was also delighted to help provide a memorial seat and to plant some trees in Tildy Curran’s memory, in a tranquil spot beyond the Emms Centre. As regards the future, the Foundation is looking at ways to mark the 150th Anniversary of the School in 2015, and to begin an ongoing endowment that will support the Foundation for many years to come.



A New Old Cranleighan Mentoring Programme The Old Cranleighan Mentoring Programme (OCMP) is one of the most exciting initiatives undertaken by the OC Society for many years. Seb Sharpe (East, 2011 - this year's intern) has designed and implemented a new programme to assist young OCs in finding and deciding on a career. Being an Old Cranleighan is to be part of a unique network and some of the most successful people in this country and abroad are OCs. The success of the professional OC societies such as the City, Law, Media and Property is not coincidental in a time when finding jobs is hard and the landscape is ever more competitive. Good people are struggling to get jobs right now and a guiding hand from an experienced professional can make all the difference. As a young graduate it's hard enough to decide on a career path let alone to understand the system and be able to navigate an interview or gain some priceless work experience. The recent Cranleigh Midsummer Ball demonstrated how much parents value work experience opportunities with summer placements going for thousands of pounds in the auction. As a result, the OC Society recognised it was able to use its vast network to help and so has developed a full mentoring programme which aims to align experienced professionals with young OC undergraduates offering them advice and insight into their chosen careers.

We have already managed to sign up 40 mentors ranging from bankers to lawyers to movie executives to doctors and most things in between. We have offered the service initially to those in their second year at university and the take up has been strong. The results have been instantly impressive with one candidate already securing a job role at one of the largest management consultancies in the world. We are hoping to expand this later in the year once we have received some feedback and added some administration support.

As an example of the potential our programme could achieve, Harrow launched a similar initiative in 2004. They now have a

network of 1200 Old Harrovians who have agreed to provide work experience or careers advice covering over 80 different professions and have placed over 700 of their fellow alumni in seven years. If they can achieve that there is no reason why we can't top it given how active OCs are by comparison.

We have included with this mailing an information sheet which we hope you will want to complete to become part of this programme, either as a mentor or mentee.

For mentors, the commitment is not onerous and we are respectful of what you can offer. We have developed a set of protocols and safeguards to ensure that identities are protected and people's time is not wasted. If we are successful this could become one of the most important initiatives the OC Society has developed.

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