OS RECORD 118th ANNUAL RECORD 2014
The School Year in Retrospect
Engagements, Marriages, Births & Deaths
Obituary - Peter Currie
Pilgrims and OS Sport
Old Shirburnian News
THE OLD SHIRBURNIAN OFFICE SHERBORNE SCHOOL, SHERBORNE, DORSET DT9 3AP T: 01935 810557 or 810558 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.oldshirburnian.org.uk Editors: Anne Macfarlane and John Harden Photographs: David Ridgway, Alex Davidson (5 f), James Nurton, James Mitchell, Tim Pearce, Tritip Arunanondchai, John Harden, Anne Macfarlane and Adrian Ballard Front cover: Sherborne Remembrance Parade - photo by Joss Barratt
Message from the
President As I write this message in my second year as OS President with Winter setting in after a lovely Summer and a gentle Autumn, I reflect on the past year’s activities both as part of the OS programme and the outside world.
Your Secretary has been as active as ever and has encouraged me to attend as many events as possible. Amongst many has been the memorable trip to Guernsey to meet with parents past, present and, hopefully, future and OS. The hospitality and welcome was a clear indication of the high regard with which the School is held. The Channel Islands remain an important and fruitful source of potential pupils. Another well attended OS Day in May was blessed with fine weather for both cricketers and guests alike. The lunch was up to its usual high standard of School catering, as it had been the evening before for 250 guests celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Digby. The celebration of Peter Currie’s life at a memorable Thanksgiving Service in the Abbey the day before OS Day reminded us what an enormous contribution he made to the life of the School, and particularly at the helm of The Digby. The First World War memories have been around us all year and the lucky few who made the OS trip to Ypres in October began to understand the size of sacrifice that so many OS and other young men made for the nation. Patrick Francis’ excellent publication Vivat Shirburnia will enable the fallen OS to be rightly remembered for their considerable part. The OS thespians continue to make a big impression on stage and screen, not least Hugh Bonneville (d 81) who opened the
new Drama School in May and continued to dominate our Sunday evening viewing in Downton Abbey. Alan Turing’s extraordinary contribution to shortening the Second War with the secret decoding work at Bletchley Park has been recorded in the film The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch producing a high quality performance in his portrayal of Turing. The film not only brings Turing’s amazing skills to the notice of a much wider audience, but also features Sherborne in its footage. By coincidence the OS Media Lunch at The Groucho Club in November, attended by 40 OS and their guests included Benedict Cumberbatch’s OS father, Tim (g 58), who acts as Tim Carlton. As a guest of Charles Collingwood (h 62), I hosted the Past Presidents’ Lunch at the RAC in October which gives an opportunity for OS matters of past and present to be discussed in relaxed surroundings. The lunch would not have been complete without the highly experienced assembly offering their views on the selection of Public School Headmasters! The departure of Chris Davis in early September was a sad event in the School year but the appointment of his replacement must be
viewed as a real opportunity for the future. Suffice to say I have received many comments from OS which always include full support for the Governors of the School in their next choice. The Headmaster, Ralph Barlow, has attended a number of OS events including the inaugural City Drinks party in November for over 100 OS and parents and has been a very steady hand on the tiller of the School. The reputation of Sherborne remains high and is rightly recognised as a centre of high academic standards, producing well rounded boys suitable for all walks of life. As Christmas approaches I look forward to the very special Carol Service in the Abbey. It brings to an end a term in which the Rugby XV have performed with distinction with only two losses, against Cheltenham and Wellington, and are through to the seventh round of the NatWest Cup against Dauntsey’s in January. The Cricket world has been reeling from the tragic death of the Australian Test Cricketer, Phil Hughes. I hope that Schoolboy cricket will not be affected, but that the safety of cricket helmets will continue to be improved to allow exciting stroke play to remain an important part of the game. I look forward to my third and last year as President and the opportunity to meet more OS. BILL HUGHES (c 65)
Secretary’s Letter As I write this on a dreary Monday morning in midDecember, Sherborne is a quiet place. Term ended with the traditional carol service on Saturday and boys and masters alike have departed for a well-earned rest. It seems an appropriate time to put pen to paper and reflect on the past year and, equally importantly, look forward to 2015. OS events are always at the heart of our work in the Office and 2014 saw our busiest programme to date. Especially pleasurable was seeing so many new faces. I do hope that all of you who attended an OS occasion for the first time enjoyed the experience – we would love to see you again. Please have a look at our calendar for 2015 and try and attend one of the events.
he OSS continues to grow in influence and success, whether it’s helping university leavers write a dynamic CV or putting together a year group reunion. For those working in the OS Office it’s all about making the right connections and rekindling the passion that so many OS have for the School. Over 30 official organised events have taken place in the last 12 months and numerous other informal ones, making 2014 the most successful yet. It’s not just the fun things - the OSS support Old Boys with sons at the School with the provision of bursaries via the OS Charitable Trust, and also helps place university leavers looking for work placements. The diversity of skills needed at the OS Office are numerous, and I would like to thank on behalf of the readership the most brilliant job John Harden and his team do in promoting, connecting and helping OS throughout the world. STEPHEN REES-WILLIAMS (h 81)
It is vital that we continue to offer a top class service to our younger members, and our round of university visits in 2014 was most enjoyable. Anne Macfarlane and I visited Newcastle, Oxford, Exeter and Bristol in February where we met up with undergraduates at all the universities in and adjacent to those centres. We were most impressed at the percentage turnout at all venues and have a programme in place to visit the London universities, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh in February 2015. We hope that our careers network continues to improve. With the inestimable help of Adrian Ballard and Anne Macfarlane, we are certainly seeing many of our candidates securing work experience, places on graduate schemes and job offers. The standard of CVs is improving and the young OS who use the network improve rapidly with practice. 2014 was always going to be a year of poignancy when, at this time one hundred years ago, many OS were suffering such hardship in Flanders, in France and in other theatres of war. By this date in 1914, 12 OS had already lost their lives and over 200 more would perish during the conflict. We had the honour of being asked by the Last Post Association to lead the wreathlaying at the Menin Gate on October 15 where we honoured all OS who died in the course of that conflict. Another wreath was laid at Twickenham on Varsity Match day in December in memory of Cecil Douglas Baker (Price’s 1886-89), who was a Blue in 1890, 91 and Captain in 92, who was killed in 1917. Looking ahead to 2015, we already have a busy and varied calendar of events. All our regular year group reunions are already in the planning stage. We shall be holding events throughout the country ranging from a lunch and University visit in Edinburgh to a drinks party in Jersey, from receptions in London to a Sunday lunch on the Devon/ Cornwall border. We shall be holding events for OS in Property, Business, the Media and other professional groups. We shall be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of The Green at Sherborne in May. No events could run without the help of so many people. Anne and Joanna in the OS Office run the events side brilliantly managing, at the same time, to keep my worst excesses in check. Help is always at hand from Adrian and Stephanie in the Foundation Office. We continue to receive great support from the School and their events, catering and portering teams. Thank you all. Regular readers of this article will not be surprised that I conclude by asking you all a favour. The last Sherborne Register was published in 2000 and fifteen years on the Register needs a new edition. In a few weeks’ time you will be receiving a questionnaire asking for updated information so that we can make the 2015 Register as up to date and accurate as possible. Could I ask you all to complete and return the form as soon as you can? It really will only take a few minutes and will be hugely appreciated. On that note it seems a very good time to thank you all for your continued support in 2014 and to wish you a very prosperous 2015. JOHN HARDEN (g 70)
“Sir, why on earth do we have to learn about this?” There can surely be few teachers who do not dread this question and few boys who do not delight in it. A skilled teacher may take the intended distraction and deftly turn it into a reminder about the way in which an in-depth knowledge of Andalusian sheep farming is excellent preparation for a wider conceptual understanding of agricultural diversification. At heart, though, we know that the question undermines our very existence. Are they really going to need to know this? How much of what you learned at school (I’m conscious most readers of this article will be Old Shirburnians) do you use in your everyday employment? Think hard before you answer, though. Let me ask the question another way: How much were you changed during your years here? How would the 13-year-old you have fared in the life you led at 18? If your school experience had been skipped, what would your life be like now? Educationalists often talk about ‘learning to learn’ as justification for what we do. To me, this sounds like a tradesman filling his toolbox. Mind Maps? Check. Note taking? Check. Rote-learning? In the bag. Exam technique? Sorted. Let’s get a bit more upto-date and talk about what QCA would call ‘Key skills’: Group work? Mastered. Interpreting data? Done. ICT? Fluent (at least until next year’s technology arrives). These are useful and important skills and with projects such as Sherborne’s “Learning Development Programme” and the new “Student Voice,” teachers here are taking opportunities to become more skilled and creative in developing them and other more subtle qualities. Despite all this, I think we have to look harder to get to the heart of education. For me, real learning is rooted in relationships. My love of music was inspired by Mr D whose every breath showed his passion for the subject. In gathering evidence and presenting a case for change, I’m grateful to Mr B who never let us get away with woolly arguments or unsubstantiated claims. Mrs H taught me that getting the detail right was important; Mr P that when it’s really very difficult, finding the eventual solution is that much sweeter. From Mr S, I learned that brilliant work that is poorly presented is often undervalued. All these things and more formed the bedrock of my subsequent academic study and later learning. What these relationships do, particularly between students and teacher, is inculcate a sense of value, of what is worthwhile and what is mere sparkle. I am heartened that at Sherborne, despite many of my colleagues being A Level examiners and experts on the syllabus, we very rarely hear
From the Headmaster
the question “Is this going to be on the exam?” Through the intensity and variety of ‘full-on’ boarding school life, every Shirburnian knows that learning is wider than this. Our system of one-to-one tutorials allows boys to explore, with adult guidance, what is of value to them. The extraordinary achievements that you read about in this magazine, in our newsletter or on the website tell the story that our Poets and Philosophers, Musicians and Mathematicians, Artists, Scientists, Debaters and Designers all flourish because they have found something to value and are prepared to work for it. As Old Shirburnians, you too have a role in bringing inspiration, and with it, aspiration. The endeavours of Old Shirburnians form a tapestry of professions and service that covers the globe. There have been very few weeks when I have not heard a colleague tell a boy about the exploits and successes of one OS or another. This is neither bragging nor mere nostalgia; the boys undoubtedly feel a connection to those who have gone before them and, as they get older, become conscious of the example they leave for others to follow. I suspect I recently broke the bounds of the Data Protection Act by reading to one group of boys the Third Form school reports of some of our more famous and feted alumni. “Satisfactory, if rather untidy”, “Needs to master the basics”, “Rather too easily distracted”; these surely bring hope to even the least confident boy. By the time the boys reached the Sixth Form, their reports had changed: “Determination showing through,” “Dedicated to his music,” “Wins respect by brains and character”. Perhaps that sheepfarming was not so useless after all.
THE SCHOOL YEAR IN RETROSPECT MUSIC
he Music School has again been the centre stage for a huge range of activity: a packed programme of concerts and recitals was crowned by the highly successful tour of Barbados undertaken by the Swing Band in July when twenty-two boys participated in twelve concerts and recorded two new albums – ‘Sherborne Swing Band Live at the Frank Collymore Hall’ and ‘Blue Moon’. With increasingly packed houses as the reputation of the band spread over the island, vocalists Robert Folkes (U6a), Adam Soanes (U6m) and Jack Blakey (U6a) – all drawn from within the band – entertained expats and holidaymakers with Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams and Michael Bublé favourites. 2013/14 was something of a vintage year for jazz with younger boys eager to become
involved and showing great interest in the several jazz ensembles available to them. From their arrival they are able to join the Wind Band which, although not specialising in jazz, covers much of the traditional Big Band repertoire, and then there are several smaller jazz ensembles including piano trios, a saxophone quartet, the Jazz Band and of course the two swing bands. One of the growing areas of improvisation in the evenings between 8.45pm and 9:45 pm – a time which was musically silent before the opening of the new Music School in 2010 – is jazz, and indeed this has recently replaced the more folk music based sounds which had become so familiar in the Unplugged concerts each term during recent years. “Dinner and Jazz”, and its associated event All Stars – the
occasion when Old Shirburnian jazzers are invited back to Sherborne to participate with the band – have started to sell out so fast that there is no longer any need to advertise them. In the Lent Term, the Halliday Music Cup competition for pianists and singers was adjudicated by Paul Drayton – the composer of the carol commissioned for the 2013 Carol Service and also of new close harmony for the scholars’ group which performed in the 2014 Sherborne Abbey Festival. The joint winners were Robert Folkes (baritone) and Douglas Mak (4c) (piano). The Strings Festival in November saw talented strings players performing major repertoire and then the Patrick Shelley Music Competition for advanced
instrumentalists, adjudicated by Alan Gout, was won by James Richards (L6a) for his outstanding performances on piano, clarinet and cello (in all of which he holds Grade 8 Distinction). The large-scale choral concert in February was Elgar’s The Music Makers and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and was again a joint collaboration with Sherborne Girls, as indeed was the Symphony Orchestra concert in St George’s, Bristol. The choirs have been on superb form, not least because the number of ex-Cathedral choristers in them has now reached an all-time high (Westminster Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral) with the two choral services in the Abbey each week enabling the 106 strong choir to participate in major liturgical repertoire. The Chamber Choir also visited Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, and Bath Abbey, to sing music by Byrd, Tallis, Tomkins and Purcell in Choral Evensongs. A talented one-to-a-part choir sang barbershop arrangements and close harmony arrangements in the various Commem concerts. Composition continues to be a growing strength at Sherborne, with the annual Compositions Concert in Cheap Street Church – just one of the weekly recitals put on throughout the academic year – being a particularly popular event. An enormous variety of music has been written, from complex ensemble music by Robert Ham (L6e), James Richards and Tom du Val de Beaulieu (U6m), to smaller solos and chamber music by the GCSE musicians. JAMES HENDERSON
The strong spirituality at Sherborne continues to be seen through the ways our boys and staff relate to each other, to the local community and to the wider world. Last year the houses raised over £10,000 towards their house charities as well as supporting a number of charitable causes that had touched them personally, for example, Macmillan Cancer Trust and the British Heart Foundation. It is also evidenced in the number of boys who attend voluntary services – for example, a Eucharist at 9pm on a Friday night or Morning Prayer at 8am on a Wednesday morning. At Sherborne, boys are willing to lead services, to preach and to pray. As a result the OS were able to hear Tom Mendel (U6d), preach to them in the Chapel on OS Day, and I am sure all those who were there will be delighted to learn that he achieved his Cambridge offer and is now studying Theology at Clare College. The spiritual nurture is recognisable too through the numbers of boys who come to confirmation each year, into both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church; those not afraid to declare a belief in something greater than themselves and through the respect they receive from their peers in being confirmed. But perhaps for me, the strength, compassion and community spirit of Sherborne was seen most clearly at the beginning of this term in the way in which the boys responded to the sudden death of the father of one of our 5th form students; the beautiful cards they wrote, the messages in the Book of Condolence, the support and care they showed for one another. These are all outward signs of the invisible, interior workings of the souls of these young men and it continues to be a privilege to serve them as the School Chaplain. REVEREND LINDSAY COLLINS
SHERBORNE IN THE COMMUNITY 2014 has been a year of transition for Sherborne In The Community (SITC). After 18 years as Chair, Ian Gavin-Brown (g 60) stepped down from the role in March and Roger Watkins (d 69) took over for a three-year term. Ian’s contribution over this time has been enormous and both the Trustees and Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company expressed their thanks to him for all the work he has done. Ian will continue to be a trustee and his expertise in charity and property law is invaluable. Under Roger’s leadership, the Trustees have agreed a five-point plan for the coming three years: (1) letting of 34 Decima Street to a suitable charity (currently Kids Company); (2) maintain the building; (3) invite applications for grants from other charities; (4) develop and maintain relations with OS Society; and (5) improve communications via a website. Point (1) is our biggest focus at present and we are pleased to report that Kids Company are making good use of the building for their Urban Academy, which caters for more than 200 young people, offering educational courses to GCSE, life/practical skills classes, careers advice and therapy. The building also provides art and music facilities, which are well used. The Urban Academy plays a vital role in helping disadvantaged children in very deprived communities in London. The new SITC website at sherborneinthecommunity.weebly.com provides up-todate information on the work and trustees, as well as contact details. We are particularly keen to welcome new trustees (we meet twice a year) and anyone interested can contact Roger Watkins via the website or directly to email@example.com.
JAMES NURTON (m 92)
Academic achievement was outstanding this year with the GCSE level once again achieving 100% A* grades and the A level producing an impressive 16 A* and 7 A grades. We have continued our highly successful outreach programme with local schools and the wider community. The cluster programme focused on the exploration of nature which culminated in a highly successful exhibition in the Oliver Holt Gallery. The Gallery also hosted numerous charity events including the Sherborne House exhibition From Rembrandt to Hockney. The end of year show was extremely well attended, showcasing the diverse talents of all year groups. As ever there was an incredible variety of media on show ranging from painting, printmaking, video and photography. Highlights included the intricate and delicate drawings of Haowan Chu (U6g) and Isaac Healy (U6m), the thought provoking photography of Charles Haydn-Taylor (U6c) and the ironic statement encapsulated in Oliver Lambertâ€™s (U6d) shotgun. RICHARD CUERDEN
This has been an exciting phase for the School’s dramatic life, which has seen the first batch of GCSE Drama students, with fifteen more coming through in the fourth form this year, and the beginning of the new Drama ‘A’ level, with nine boys signed up. The new studio, opened by Hugh Bonneville (d 81) and fully equipped thanks to generous donations, has hosted its first productions including The Tell Tale Heart, Bouncers and Rabbit and is a hive of activity during the week and weekend with evening and Sunday rehearsals for GCSE, A level and the Joint Schools’ show The Duchess of Malfi.
The GCSE group will be a hard act to follow with 100% A*-A in their practical unit last year but this year’s group are developing some incredible physical theatre techniques at present in the style of two highly innovative physical theatre companies, “Earthfall” and “DV8”. As was hoped, the ‘A’ Level is becoming the crucible of the School’s dramatic talent, and Jacob Lane (5d), Finlay Thomson (5d) and Edward Smith (5c), all ‘A’ level Drama students, directed or co-directed the first House shows of the 2014-2015 season to an incredibly high level. Finlay also pulled off a brilliant performance as an actor in the Harper play, Immaculate, alongside Tilly Taylor from Sherborne Girls and with a great supporting cast. The Green show, Three Plays for Coarse Actor, was also lots of fun for the many boys involved and for the audience. Both plays were performed to packed houses and boys were even turned away on the door, such was the popularity of both shows. The redoubtable Mr Robinson provided superb direction on Hamp, the Wallace House play, earlier in the year and his incredibly able cast, including Max Stone (U6e), Ed Sprague (5e) and Oscar FearnleyDerome (4e), produced a well-observed naturalistic piece based on the First World
War which had many of the audience in tears by the end. On a lighter note, 2014 also saw the Junior Play performed in the Powell. The Birds, directed by the highly-talented Mrs Gillott, elegantly staged on a set of stone steps reminiscent of the original setting in which Aristophanes’ play would have been performed, was very funny and highly contemporary. The show’s two leads, Fred Downham (3a) and Oscar Fearnley-Derome, the comic human duo in the middle of the avian chaos, provided the backbone to the piece and really carried the audience down Aristophanes’ highly-amusing path towards the finale. Fred Downham also took first place in several classes at the Bath Festival of Speech and Drama, along with James Allan (5m) who came first in his Shakespeare class. 2015 will see the first Sherborne Speech and Drama competition to be run in the Powell in January, and this will be an excellent preparation for more entrants to the Bath Festival next year, with all the local schools taking part. Watching professionals perform live theatre is an incredibly important tool for learning and the Drama Department is always
looking to bring performers into the Powell or take the boys out to see shows. The best professional play in 2014 was without doubt The White Devil at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon, which regaled and horrified in equal measure. The Pocket Dream by Propeller was also absolutely superb, as was Woyzeck by Scene Productions and the full-day workshop on Brecht by Splendid Theatre. The Duchess of Malfi, starring Grace Longman as the Duchess and Edward Smith (L6c) as the scheming malcontent Bosola, is this year’s Joint Schools’ production. As is the case with many Elizabethan-Jacobean tragedies, the play is darkly subversive with moments of extreme violence and macabre humour. It may not be everyone’s first choice as a Christmas show, but The Duchess of Malfi contains some beautiful poetry which is not heard often enough by an audience and some golden opportunities for dramatic realisation which made it a natural choice for such a dynamic and capable cast. A busy, fulfilling year with Drama now fully ensconced in its own building, with many other projects coming through into next year. IAN READE
& D e s i g n a n d Te c h n o l o g y
There is as much talk about the importance of stretching the able and talented in education as there is about supporting and encouraging those who have difficulties in the classroom. At Sherborne the School has become a member of the Arkwright Scholarship Award Scheme, a charity which links sponsors from Engineering and Design with students who are studying towards entering careers in these fields. The Scholarship seeks to identify and support students who show the potential to be ‘future leaders in Engineering and technical design’. Towards the end of the Michaelmas Term four invited students put aside the construction of their GCSE prototypes and attended a meeting in which they registered for the selection process. The exam they were about to sit seeks to challenge and extend. The briefs the pupils face are complex, challenging and often intimidating in their level of demand and detail. In the weeks prior to the exam the boys gave up some hall time to attend a series of briefings and past paper brainstorms. On a dark winter’s evening in January the four sat the two hour exam. Often the first 20 minutes saw a great deal of head scratching and note taking as the question analysis began and first ideas crystallised. Over the remaining time the students drew up five different design ideas from two set briefs, one of which asked them to design a device which could be mounted in the trailer of a tractor and would automatically set out chairs in neat rows for an outdoor theatre. In late February, we heard that two of the original four students had been selected to progress onto the interview stage. Arkwright interviews are run in the Engineering departments of some of the country’s most prestigious universities. Over the weeks in the run up to the Easter break the two students worked furiously to enhance and organise their GCSE portfolios
and photograph their design prototypes. The interview day is an opportunity for the university to show off their remarkable facilities and inspire the pupils by allowing them to talk to students engaged in technical research projects. The acoustic or anechoic chambers were being used by a PhD student working with an aircraft manufacturer to look at the design and specification of an in-cabin broadcasting system to cancel out the drone of the airscrews. The students had the opportunity to sit in a mock-up and experience the remarkable effect this technology might have on making the flights in these aircraft more pleasant. The interviews themselves are conducted in front of a small panel who encourage the students to talk about their work, their hopes and ambitions, and an effort is made to match up these with a suitable sponsor.
Late in June, as the term was about to close, we heard that Luke Besse (5b) was to be awarded a scholarship from Arkwright under the sponsorship of the British multinational defence technology company, QinetiQ. Luke has already been to visit the company and have a tour of their facilities and over the next two years he will receive £600 to enhance his studies or development towards his chosen career. Luke follows a line of Design and Technology students who have also been fortunate to have been selected for the award over the nine years of the School’s involvement in the award; Jason Barnes (b 05), Hector Gibson Fleming (b 06), Desmond Wong (g 06), Charlie Woollcombe-Adams (a 06), Robbie Edwards (m 07), Ed Barrie (m 09), Nick Boughton (a 11) and Hugo Crabb (b 12). The department sends Luke our congratulations and looks forward to seeing him develop during the next two years of the Advanced Level Design and Technology course. PETER CHILLINGWORTH
This year, as you will have seen, the Foundation has included its Donor Update with this OS Record and we are proud to report that the Annual Fund has again been a great success. The Annual Fund supports projects that strengthen the academic and co-curricular life of the School. These have been very successful over the last few years and continue to enrich the lives of the boys: they include the Inspirational Speaker Programme, the Foundation Fellows scheme and the Sports Coaching Fund. A new project for 2015, following the recent success of the Literary Festival, will be a larger Science Festival in October. Once we have the funding and planning in place, this Festival will not only inspire our boys, but also pupils from all of the local schools, to continue their studies in science and link that to their career choices and everyday life. This year we are keen to encourage OS who have never supported the Annual Fund before to give a small regular gift. 28% of OS have given over the past sixteen years and we are keen to increase this by 2% (or 143 new donors) during this academic year. I hope, if you have not supported before, you will be able to do so this year. I hope also that if you have given before you will be able to attend one of the many supporter events that will take place in 2015. May I also encourage those of you who are not regular donors, but have supported in the past, to support this year’s Annual Fund. We are also very pleased to say that all of the projects you have supported in the past, be it the Music School, the Upper Pavilion Extension and many others, continue to play a part in the boys’ lives at Sherborne and are used extensively every day and greatly appreciated by the boys. Finally, we are now looking to the next phase of the School’s development and, over the coming two years, I will be talking to OS, parents and other friends of the School about a project, which will, with your support, help transform and enrich the lives of the boys at Sherborne. May I, as ever, thank those of you who have been and continue to be supporters; none of the Foundation’s achievements would have been possible without your generosity. ADRIAN BALLARD
The next phase in the 2005 to 2025 School masterplan was completed during the summer. The Lodge, which serves as the main reception to the School, was reconfigured to provide a welcoming space for visitors and a separate entrance for deliveries and routine School administration and business. The second phase of the master plan is now agreed and the detailed design work is underway. A programme of refurbishment of the older and more traditional teaching spaces will commence later in the year with a view to it being rolled out across the entire site. The School’s long term objective of providing all new teaching staff with accommodation in or close to Sherborne will be aided by the construction of three new four bedroom houses to the rear of Lyon House. LUCY ROBINS, BURSAR
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Scotland. This situation changed dramatically with the advent of £9,000 p.a. tuition fees for England-based students. In 2013-14 19 of our 29 U6 applicants to Edinburgh received an offer and eight are set to take up places there, a higher number than for any other university.
A generation ago the choice for the school-leaver was simple: university or employment. At a recent conference a speaker outlined 27 routes, including different types of university programme, a variety of apprenticeships and combinations of study and employment.
It is our challenge to keep abreast of these developments, so that each Shirburnian can make an informed choice about his future. Although the non-university route is still the choice for a small minority, one OS wrote to me this year to emphasise how good it had been for him. Immediately after leaving Sherborne he gained a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and then undertook periods of work experience with Sky Sports, the RFU and in property marketing. After a six month business course with Quest International, where the emphasis was on acquiring business skills rather than learning business theory, by the age of 21 he has gained a position in a cargo shipping company that he could not have imagined at 18. His conclusion: “There is more to after school life than university”. University is the right choice for most Shirburnians, to judge from the valuable feedback that we receive in annual OS surveys. Many of you benefited from the wise advice of our guru, Rob Lloyd, who, after leaving us in 2007 (after 45 years in Sherborne!), has finally decided to retire from Higher Education advice. Rest assured that we still adhere to the same basic tenets: there is no absolute good in university choice, so each individual has to find what is good for him; an evidencebased approach is possible and is likely to be far less costly (in more than one sense) than reliance on blind brand-name prejudice and dodgy league tables. However, with ten new universities created within the last year, it is vital for us to try to keep up-to-date. Edinburgh offers a good illustration of how rapidly the market for university applicants is changing. In 2009-10 17 U6 Shirburnians applied, but only one got an offer, at a time when Edinburgh was stressing that it was a university for
Shirburnians continue to be competitive at other highly selective universities: in addition to six Oxbridge offers, last year’s Upper Sixth Form achieved 26 offers from Bristol (79% of our applicants), and 11 offers from Durham (65%) and UCL (82%). It is particularly heartening to see that very few of the 38 most research intensive universities (Russell Group and ex-1994 Group) do not have a Shirburnian entrant and that other Shirburnians have entered programmes beyond these where they are most likely to flourish. Thanks to the basis created by Rob Lloyd and others, we are able to enhance our provision for current Shirburnians by involvement on a national level. This includes writing articles to encourage all universities to follow best practice: for example, the level of detail given by the St Andrew’s prospectus on the size of tutorials and the comprehensive employment data from Bath and Surrey. I feel that all universities should provide this information for applicants wondering “What am I getting?” and “What does it lead to?”. After years of trying to find a university partner, I have been delighted to find in University of East Anglia senior admissions’ staff with a much broader view, who agree that we need to try to remedy the national scandal of widespread non-existent or unsatisfactory HE guidance. My voluntary work in East London schools has reinforced this feeling. The recent launch of the “UniBox” microsite is probably the most important initiative by a university in the last 20 years to improve HE guidance for prospective applicants: http://unibox.uea.ac.uk . We hope that its resources will be useful for teachers, parents and applicants in negotiating what can seem to be an intimidating amount of choice. I am reminded of the eastern European who, used to decades of empty shelves, in 1990 entered an American supermarket and was transfixed by full shelves and several brands of the same product. It is not our job as advisers to tell applicants what product they should buy but to guide them to the check-out, so that they can conclude, like one OS this year: “There was a very simple transition. Sherborne set me up very well.” PHILIP ROGERSON
CRICKET The future of Sherborne cricket is extremely promising. This season we’ve had boys playing for professional clubs either at Second XI or Academy level. A number of boys have played county age group cricket and club cricket. In February, the XI went on a very successful tour to Zimbabwe playing prestigious schools such as St George’s (England’s Gary Ballance’s school), Falcon College (Heath Streak, Director of Cricket), Peterhouse and St John’s. It was Zimbabwe’s first official Independent School tour for 18 years, and we were royally hosted. The highlights, firstly, defeating Falcon College, widely tipped as the best cricket side in Zimbabwe for 2014, and secondly, staying at the beautiful Victoria Falls Hotel, organised by one of our parents, Paul Heber. In our domestic season, the XI had impressive wins against Marlborough, Bryanston, Taunton and Blundell’s. The Under 14’s won the Dorset Lords Taverners’ Competition thus, being the Dorset representative for the Nationals in 2015. The Under 15’s lost in a tense final to Canford in the Dorset T20. The Mini B’s were undefeated; the Colts had few fixtures because other schools were unable to put out teams. Sherborne is fortunate to have many of the teaching staff coaching cricket. We are able to put out 14 teams every Saturday: with a win percentage of 60% the School can be very pleased with the progress and direction our cricket is taking. This season held high hopes for the Sherborne 1st XI. The Captain, Ollie Sale (U6m), led from the front and inspired an excellent work ethic. He leaves the School having secured a young professional’s contract with Somerset CCC, after playing a few Second XI matches. The season started well with victory against Sherborne CC and beating rivals Marlborough by 8 wickets on the first Saturday. Ollie Calcott (U6e) showed early season form with a well-made 67. The fixture against King’s Taunton was lost to the weather before we beat a young Bryanston side.
The following week was the Annual T20 regional finals day, this year held at Millfield. Despite a comfortable win over Plymouth College, with William Cochrane Dyet (L6b), making an impressive 61, the side failed to progress as they were out-witted by an energetic Millfield side who displayed plenty of cricketing nous. Sherborne were group runners-up out of the four teams; not enough to progress this year. The final game before half-term ended disappointingly with defeat to Cheltenham. After managing to post only 187 (Cochrane-Dyet 68), the home side toiled as the Cheltenham batters dug deep on a very flat pitch and cruised to victory by six wickets. Sherborne bounced back with victory over a strong Blundell’s side away. Sherborne restricted Blundell’s to 192, which was always going to be competitive on a wicket still offering plenty for the bowlers. The ever impressive James Vitali (U6f) 3/22, helped restrict the home side. Sherborne batted superbly, showing maturity and character as they successfully chased down the total with seven wickets down. Ollie Sale steered his team to victory with a fine 91*; a true skipper’s innings. Next for the side was a trip to local Dorset rivals, Canford. It resulted in the first ever tied game between the two schools. Three youngsters impressed on the day, L6th formers James Caldwell (m) and Charlie Smith (m) with the bat, whilst the promising 4th form all-rounder Conrad Fish (c) displayed some excellent skill under pressure; a sign of good things to come. The game against MCC was drawn, with Cochrane-Dyet making 50. The final Saturday block game of the season was against Taunton School, who made 172, George Pope (5m) taking three wickets on his home debut. Sherborne chased down the total for the loss of five wickets, this time it was the turn of Fergus Hughes-Onslow (L6c) to step up, making a fluent 55* to see Sherborne over the line. The 1st XI then travelled to Clifton. The XI was determined to put up a fight against a side that had a heavy contingent of players from Gloucestershire CCC. Sherborne collapsed to 48/5, and the game looked almost over. However, George Pope and James Caldwell (55*) had other ideas. With some late order hitting from Charlie Smith (L6m), Sherborne posted 178. Clifton managed to get over the line with seven balls to spare, six down. The games against King’s Parramatta and The Pilgrims were cancelled because of bad weather. Another season has come and gone in winning seven games, losing three, with two drawn and one abandoned, the XI of 2014 deserve credit. We would like to wish all the leavers the very best for their future cricketing careers. Hopefully, they will be playing in next year’s Pilgrims cricket week and Cricketer Cup team. ALAN WILLOWS
ATHLETICS As seems traditional the early season was rather rain affected, with the first events at King’s Bruton and Bryanston being cancelled. The Third Form managed to get some competition in and The Green were victorious in a rain shortened Third Form Inter House Trophy. The 2014 Lutra Shield saw some super performances and some of them from Sherborne athletes, and the closest competition in a few years. Millfield retained the trophy while Sherborne tied for sixth place with Bryanston. Hopefully the youth of the team will continue to flourish and will be even more competitive next year.
CROSS COUNTRY This term saw a hugely varied cross country calendar with boys able to race at least once each week on short relays, classic cross country events, county and even national events. Sherborne cross country teams competed at King’s Taunton, Downside, Bryanston, Kingswood, Milton Abbey, Marlborough, Clayesmore and King’s Bruton, with fantastic performances seen in each event. Sherborne hosted the highly successful annual Sherborne Trophy Races where Bryanston, Canford, Clayesmore, Clifton, Downside, King’s Bruton, King’s Taunton, Leweston, Milton Abbey and Sherborne Girls joined us at the Castle for an amazing race with over 200 runners. Sherborne’s Inter-House Cross Country Competition also took place in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle. This year’s competition saw a particularly high standard of running, with strong performances in both the Junior and Senior races. The course consisted of a
loop around the Castle grounds, taking in the dreaded ‘Jerusalem Hill’, a section of woods and a deer park. So good to see James Sewry (U6d), team captain, manage to progress from coming in second at the start of the term to winning outright by the end. James also won Sherborne’s player of the week award after being crowned Dorset County Cross Country Champion, and winning the Marden Trophy at King’s Bruton at the end of the cross country season; an inspiring end to the cross country season for Sherborne. LAURIE PHIPPARD
FIVES It has been another enjoyable term of Fives here at Sherborne. Hosting the West of England Schools’Championships and the Colquhoun Trophy allowed a number of boys to take part in larger competitions. In addition, the Seniors played more fixtures this season than in recent years and won three of their matches against a variety of opposition, including an away match against King’s Bruton on their Winchester courts. We also had a fixture against a team arranged by a current parent for the first time, which was hugely enjoyable. A highlight of the term was Henry Newman (L6c) reaching the final of the Senior competition in the Colquhoun trophy. Six schools took part and we had five boys involved. Henry came second overall, an excellent achievement given he is only in the L6th and had already cycled a lot of kilometres as part of The Green’s charity 10,000km cycle ride that weekend! Gregor Tims, Will Pisani and Stephen Reed (all L6a) played alongside Henry to make up the senior IV. This all bodes well for the future, with all of the Senior IV having another year left at Sherborne. They have been excellent ambassadors for the School, with the opposition commenting upon their sportsmanlike behaviour, whether in victory or defeat. The Juniors fared less well in their matches, but some enthusiastic players enjoyed the challenges they faced. They lost graciously and learnt much from the experience. Overall it has been a positive term of Fives on the Sherborne courts and the sport has been enjoyed by both staff and boys alike. NICK SCORER
The Junior teams met with most success at both Millfield’s ‘Super 8’s’ and ‘11 Schools Competition’, before the Fourth Form squad came home with a win at the North Dorset Team Championships. Not to be outdone, the following week, the Third Form team won the U15 trophy at Canford. Nearly twenty boys were selected to compete in the County Championships, having qualified at the North Dorset trials at Yeovil. There were some excellent performances and while a number narrowly missed selection for the South West championships, Christian Pugsley (U6d) jumped well over six metres to qualify in the long jump and Tom Lewis (5a) powered around 400m to gain his place on the team. Unfortunately, at the South West championships, Christian’s first jump of 6.70m (which would have placed him second) was deemed a no jump and Tom ran out of steam on a very hot day. Both have been excellent ambassadors for Sherborne’s athletics team and should be proud of their achievements. Sadly it was back to the wet weather for Sports Day and, what can only be described as a monsoon of biblical proportions, meant that the day was called short after only two events.
SQUASH GOLF After a very wet winter, the golfers began to sally forth again in March. Thanks to some generous financial assistance from the OSGS, the boys in the School team received several sessions of professional coaching at Sherborne GC before heading off to Burnham and Berrow to take part in the annual West of England Public Schools Golf Tournament. Conditions were benign and the team had certainly benefited from the preliminary coaching, but, even so, Sherborne did not manage to make it to the second and final day of the tournament. That said, the defeat at the hands of Cheltenham in the first round was closer than the 3½ - 1½ result might suggest. Likewise, the afternoon contest against Taunton in the plate competition, which we lost 3-2, was also a close-run thing.
FOOTBALL Sherborne football took another stride forward in the 2013/14 season by entering the ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) U18 Knockout Tournament for the first time. Despite being beaten 0-5 away from home in the first round by a highly talented Bradfield XI, who went all the way to reach the final of the competition, it was a fantastic experience for the boys and they will have learned a great deal from playing against footballers at this level. The season really got underway in earnest with a December tour to Mallorca for 35 boys - a senior squad and a mixed U16 and U15 squad. The boys trained hard and were rewarded with some good performances in the four matches, the junior team doing particularly well to earn victory against local opposition. This stood everyone in good stead for the challenges of the Lent term and, despite some inclement weather, the 1st XI won more than their fair share of fixtures, with a first ever victory over Beechen Cliff probably being the highlight. The junior sides also had some cracking games and the U15 age group in particular showed real promise for the years ahead.
School golf in the Trinity Term was almost entirely restricted to the very early weeks of the term before the public examinations began in earnest. As ever, the greensomes match between the staff and the boys was a most enjoyable occasion and this year the boys were able to avenge their defeat in 2013 by prevailing 4-2. The School team then went on to achieve very convincing wins over Canford (3-0 at Sherborne GC) and Milton Abbey (2 ½ -1 ½ at Ashley Wood GC) in fourball better-ball contests. On both occasions the first pair, Hugh Williams (L6c) and Stephen Reed (L6a), won their matches by large margins. Both matches also provided several younger golfers with the opportunity to represent the School. PATRICK FRANCIS
Sherborne squash season 2013/14 was once again a very busy one, with the Firsts and Colts teams playing a total of 23 fixtures over the Michaelmas and Lent terms, the most games played by Sherborne since records began. Although wins were hard to come by, the boys can feel proud that they contributed to the School’s ever growing sporting programme. The First team was captained by Nic Scaglioni (U6g). Nic had a lot to live up to, having seen his brother Dominic in the same role two years previously. The First team had seen a number of experienced boys leave in the previous year, and realised that things were going to be tough. The Michaelmas term started with a couple of losses against Millfield and Richard Huish College, whom we met in the U19 Boys Schools’ Nationals Tournament. Our next game was a closely fought match against our rivals Bryanston, which ended in a 5-5 draw. A trip to Marlborough saw a heavy defeat for the First team, but an incredible win by the newly formed Colts team lifted our spirits. Further matches against King’s Taunton, King’s Bruton and Millfield meant that we were once again prepared to play Bryanston, again a hard fought end of season match resulting in another 5-5 draw! 2014 started with the now traditional trip to London to play in the Roehampton Schools Squash Invitation Tournament. We were drawn in a very tough division alongside Epsom (eventual winners), Trinity School and King’s Wimbledon. Although the boys put up a brave fight, the London teams were just too powerful for us. At the end of the tournament we finished a very respectable sixth. With another 11 matches against Blundell’s, Marlborough, Bryanston, King’s Taunton, King’s Bruton and Sherborne Girls (friendly…honest), the Lent term was nothing, if not very busy. With a couple of wins against Blundell’s and King’s Bruton, the spirit of both teams was lifted, even after a couple of crushing defeats against Marlborough and Bryanston. A few friendly matches against the famous Jesters side and the Pilgrims, finished the season off nicely. Wins did not come easily, as strong squash teams were very difficult to put out, but the Third and Fourth form boys are looking promising. GARY SHACKLE
RUGBY WITH BOTH THE 1ST XV AND U15 TEAMS OUT OF THE NATWEST CUP COMPETITIONS THE FOCUS FOR THE start of 2014 was the Sevens programme, however some of our senior players were involved outside of school. Will Homer (U6m), Edward Coulson (U6m) and Richard Galloway (U6m) all gaining selection for Bath Academy U18 team that played throughout January and February in the Premiership Academies competition. Their form in this competition led to both Homer and Galloway gaining selection for England U18’s with Homer playing in the victories over Wales and France as well as being a member of England U18s successful summer tour to South Africa. Homer’s performances for School, Academy and England were rewarded with Bath offering him a full-time contract which started in August. Galloway’s season was unfortunately cut short after he suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle whilst playing for the 1st VII in the Worth Sevens. Despite some interest from professional clubs, Richard decided to start his Medical degree at Birmingham University. Coulson suffered a back injury which kept him out of the school Sevens programme but he recovered over the summer and will be heading off to South Africa early 2015 to spend six months with one of the South African Rugby Academies. The School 1st VII played 25 games winning 20 matches. These victories led to winning the Plate competitions at Colston and the 16
Worth School 7s before losing in the ¼ final groups of the Open Festival at the National Schools Sevens to both Wellington College and Millfield. The Colts played 10 matches winning six which also included winning the Plate at the Canford 7s. They lost their last group game at the National School 7s and unfortunately did not qualify beyond the groups. The Junior Colts played one competition losing in the final and the MiniColts lost in the ¼ finals at Dean Close and the semi-final of the Sherborne 7s competition. The 2014 XV’s Season saw 203 fixtures being played with 62% of these fixtures resulting in victories. The 1st XV have had their most successful season for a number of years winning 13 of their 15 matches and will go into the last 16 of the NatWest U18 Cup in January (2015). The Colts C XV remained unbeaten for the full season, a mean feat taking into consideration our fixture list, and this was even more impressive as they had beaten a number of B XV’s and one A XV! The Colts year group as a whole have certainly shown the most improvement winning 30 out of 38 fixtures played across the four teams this season. The Junior Colts have also had an impressive season with the only disappointment being their exit from the NatWest u15 Cup but they are still going well in the Vase competition. The Mini-Colts have had a difficult, but none the less enjoyable season with their lack of
physical size being the main difference in a large number of their games. They will grow and I am positive that they will continue to improve as they go through the School and many will undoubtedly play in the 1st XV and be better players for their early frustrations! The season started in late August with preseason camps for the 1st XV and 2nd XV squad, the Colts A and B and the Junior Colts A and B. The camps allowed the players to spend two or three days preparing for the start of the season. The time on the field was spent revising and introducing focus points for the season and in the time away from the field, the teams were encouraged to identify the standards and values that they wanted to operate under throughout the season. The first weekend block against Blundell’s will be remembered as the 1st XV retained the James Harding Cup (33-5) and all the teams registered victories to get the season off on a positive note. The Centenary Day between Radley and Sherborne will remain as one of the most memorable Saturdays of the term with 20 teams travelling from Sherborne to play in a festival day of rugby. The day started with the Mini-Colts and Junior Colts kicking off at 12:00 before the Colts and 2nd-6th XV’s kicked off at 14:00. The fields of Radley were awash with some outstanding rugby which
being the game of the season. The Colts A, despite losing, had narrowed the differential and the rest of the Colts year group won. The 1st XV continued with their unbeaten run with a very impressive 43-7 win. The penultimate block fixture was against Clifton. Traditionally this block has always been very competitive with the home advantage often helping results which have traditionally been close. The four senior games were very competitive with Clifton winning the 4th XV and 3rd XV matches but the 2nd XV and 1st XV ensured that the honours would be even at the senior end with the 1st XV recording another victory in fine style (33-12).
concluded with over 2,000 spectators watching a thrilling 1st XV game which Sherborne won (26-7) to claim the inaugural Centenary Cup, their second cup in successive weeks! There were other victories for Sherborne with the Colts A, B and C along with the Junior Colts A and B and Mini-Colts E XV’s. With the number of schools able to field 20 teams reducing year on year, a combination block of fixtures with King Edward VI Southampton and Bishop Wordsworth’s School saw us through to the first exeat. The next block of fixtures would see us face Marlborough, Cheltenham and Wellington College on back to back weekends. The Marlborough block was eagerly contested with Sherborne winning the majority and the 1st XV recording their 4th straight win (22-0). The Cheltenham weekend threw up a few surprises with three of the four senior XV’s including the 1st XV, losing away at Cheltenham and two of the four mini-colts losing away also. The home teams fared significantly better. Wellington College remains our most challenging block of the term. With 19 fixtures on the block this is the second largest of the season and has become the benchmark for our teams as Wellington College remain the top rugby playing school in the country and have just won the Daily Mail Schools National Trophy after another impressive season. We have
improved significantly against them in recent years but we must still recognise that if we truly want to be amongst the best in the country then this is one of the teams we need to beat! The 1st XV put in a fantastic first half performance and were dominating the forward battle (10-14 HT score), but with nine minutes of the second half gone the Wellington backs had cut through us three times to take the game away from us (17-45). The School had certainly earned a rest and the half-term provided many teams with the opportunity to recuperate and reflect on a tough seven weeks. The 1st XV however would return to action a weekend early and compete for the inaugural Mike Davis Cup against St Paul’s. The fixture was a great occasion for all involved and the grounds of St Paul’s, right by the river Thames provided an excellent back drop and also saw the 1st XV return to winning ways (28-18) after two defeats on the bounce and claim their third Cup of the term. Blocks against Bryanston and Canford followed the break. The Bryanston block was extremely one sided with victories for the vast majority including an away win for the 1st XV (13-5) and victories for all the home teams without any of them conceding a point! Canford have two very strong year groups at u15 and u16 but the pick of the games was the JCA match which Canford won by a score but which was reported as
The Saturday fixtures have been complemented by County and National Cups for all age groups. At Mini-Colts level the team made it to the County Cup ¼ final with the Colts going one step further but losing a very tight semi-final against Bishop Wordsworth’s by a conversion. The Junior Colts started well but were surprisingly beaten by King’s Taunton in late October (a team which they would beat by 70 points on the last weekend!). Their exit from the Cup has put them into the NatWest Vase. They are currently in the last 32 and will continue to play next term. The 1st XV have had victories over Poole Grammar, Richard Huish College, Exeter and Truro and are into the last 16 where they will meet an unbeaten Dauntsey’s 1st XV away in January. There have certainly been many highlights this season and to pick one would be very difficult. I must congratulate the 1st XV on their superb season winning 13 of their 15 fixtures and being unbeaten since half term (eight consecutive wins), and not losing a match on The Upper. The Colts age group have had a fantastic season with the C XV unbeaten and apart from their exit from the NatWest Cup, the Junior Colts age group have performed very well with the JCD XV having the pick of the playing records. The Mini-Colts have certainly found this season tough but I have witnessed a tremendous spirit which will serve them well as they move through the School and grow (hopefully!) This season, the rugby at Sherborne has improved with the common dominator in all age groups being the recognition and acceptance that playing as a team is a vital ingredient in success. 1st XV Captain, Matthew Key (U6m), has been inspirational in instilling this and he will leave a legacy of how great things can be achieved with great team work, strong values and clear goals! DAVID MUCKALT
The boys worked extremely hard in training as well as attending additional strength and conditioning sessions The 1st XI started their season with preseason training at the University of Exeter, getting off to a shaky start losing 0-5 against Exeter School. The boys worked extremely hard in training as well as attending additional strength and conditioning sessions, but positive results were hard to come by, losing to King’s Taunton 1-2 in the first round of the National Cup and Taunton School 1-4 in the first league game. However, after a hard fought draw against Dauntsey’s, things were about to change. The season started to gain momentum against Wellington School in the plate game, with the 1st XI romping home with a 9-0 victory. Further league victories against King’s Taunton 4-3, Bryanston 6-3 and an extremely impressive, hard fought victory
3-2 over a confident Canford, Sherborne started on a ten match undefeated run.
Plate winning 4-1, only to lose out to Millfield 1-3.
The Canford victory gave the boys real belief as they entered the County Cup and they swiftly brushed aside Gillingham 8-0 in the semi-final. In the final Sherborne were again facing Canford and with only minutes on the clock Sherborne secured a 1-0 victory and lifted the Dorset Cup for the first time since 2009.
Despite the result the 1st XI have had a fantastic season and credit must go to all the boys who have trained and competed on behalf of the 1st XI. In January 2015 Sherborne will be touring in Spain taking a full 1st XI squad and a Development Squad.
In the National Plate campaign Sherborne secured a place by beating Cheltenham 4-0. An away tie to a very well-organised Bloxham was next on the agenda with the score 1-1 at half time when changes were made with good effect and Sherborne progressed to the last 16 of the National
With the 1st XI performing well this had a positive impact on the other age group teams with excellent performances from the Junior Colts A who secured a great victory over Millfield, and Sherborne’s Mini Colts A who progressed to the last eight of the National Cup and also beating Millfield twice this season. CHRIS ROBERTS
TENNIS The tennis season will be fondly remembered for the maturity of the excellent 1st VI doubles partnership between James Sewry (U6d) (Capt) and Henry Field (5c), all team performances on The Upper grass at Sherborne and in away matches. The Sherborne 1st VI were twice voted School’s team of the week. Sherborne 1st VI were to achieve impressive victories over Blundell’s, Bryanston and Millfield. The losses to Canford and Taunton were tight to the wire. Sewry, in his last term at Sherborne, and Field dictated play with understanding, skill and fitness, conceding just two games in eight sets of tennis against Blundell’s and Bryanston. Many boys realise this is an achievable standard. James Sewry, Thomas Diehl (U6a) and Caspar Fish (U6a) were awarded their senior tennis colours, for services and performance to the 1st VI. There was ample enthusiasm from the boys to learn in all other teams, but results were harder to convert. In fairness, matches against Bryanston and Canford are always a good measure- as they consistently produce well prepared teams. The Colts A and B side defeated Bryanston, as did the Junior Colts, whilst the 2nd VI were narrowly beaten 4-5. A changed 1st VI line up lost to Canford 36, as did the 2nd VI 4-5. There were victories for the 3rd VI, and the Junior Colts over Canford and the new Mini Colts fought bravely to a 4-5 defeat. The annual matches with Clifton, away this time, were cancelled due to some unseasonal weather. Marlborough continued to dominate proceedings in a final encounter away winning 7-2 against the 1st VI. They are definitely the school for Sherborne to improve performances against next year. JEREMY PRIDDLE
SAILING This has been another mixed season for sailing with some good wins and some disappointing results. Over the course of the year there were wins against Clifton, Bristol Grammar, Milton Abbey and Clayesmore. We came seventh out of 15 in the BSDRA Southerns with both A and B equal. In the BSDRA Thames Valley we were third in the Silver league. Disappointingly we were beaten on both encounters with Millfield and Winchester. All three matches with the OS were close losses for the School. In all cases boat speed was not the case but the team was overpowered by better tactics and a clearer understanding of the rules by the opposition. We were pleased to add a new fixture to the calendar against Bradfield and Pangbourne, having not sailed against them for many years. In the end on a windy day Bradfield did not feel they had the weight so it was a two way against Pangbourne, which Sherborne won comfortably; it was a relief to get off the water, such were the gusts! This year we entered two boats in the Itchenor School’s Week: Josh Croft (L6g) and Harry Guy (4b) came seventh whilst Charles Upton (L6a) and Ben Childerley (3f) came ninth. The highlight of the year was the delivery of a fleet of six brand new BlueBlue 420’s to replace the fleet of 420’s bought back in 1989. The old boats had served well but were reaching the end of their useful life. The new fleet bought collectively by a donor, the OS Sailing Society, the Foundation and the School, arrived at the start of the summer term and were on the water in time for the OS match in June. One boat was first sailed by Jim Mitchell (a 89) who was captain of sailing when the previous fleet was delivered and, consequently, the first to sail one of the old boats. The boys are very grateful to all who have contributed to the new boats and are delighted with them. They will
form the backbone of the sailing fleet for many years to come. As always I am very grateful for the support of my colleagues, as without their support far less sailing would occur. This last year both John Mitchell and Eric Evans have been a tower of strength and between us we have managed to get both teams and recreational sailors out on the water at the same time. Eric has now departed for a school in North Devon and we will miss him but he has been replaced by Michael Ewart-Smith whose team racing knowledge should make the team much stronger and help us to overcome some of the stronger teams that we encounter. CHRIS HAMON
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ADVENTUROUS APPETITES LTD
PETER CRAFT (b 53) PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTER
Having been a professional Toastmaster for over 14 years and a past President of the National Association of Toastmaster, Peter has gained an excellent reputation not only for his very professional manner, but also for his warm personality, his knowledge and tactful eye for detail. His wide experience includes looking after events from weddings and dinners to award ceremonies and City of London functions.
British Seabirds is the new limited edition range by artist Richard Bramble (h 86) this year, in ceramics, textiles, tablemats and boards. These can be seen and purchased at his Borough Market stall in London, his Sherborne working studios or his website. 15% reduction for all OS and family, just quote code: OS14 when ordering. All ceramics can be personalised by the artist making unique gifts.
T. 01666 837705 E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. www.petercraft.co.uk
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LIVING THE DREAM
CAROLINE HARDEN Family History Research
Charles York Miller (f 86) runs a real estate business in Jarnac, the home of Courvoisier in the heart of Cognac country (the sunniest region in France after the Côte d’Azur). If any OS are considering either a permanent move to the Charente or buying a holiday home here, please contact Charles to find out how he can help with the entire process. Accommodation etc. can be arranged for house-hunting trips.
A wonderful present – Caroline Harden has both the experience and the software to compile your family tree. If you would like further details, please do not hesitate to contact her on:
E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. www.charente-immobilier.com
T. 01300 345275 E. email@example.com
Jock Fraser (c 94) runs a tourist service in Madrid taking people off the tourist track to experience the authentic ‘Madrileño’ ambience. Adventurous Appetites will take you to sample traditional Spanish cuisine in some of the hidden corners of central Madrid, helping with language difficulties, advising on local specialities and imparting interesting local facts about the tradition, history and myths of Madrid. T. 0034 639 331 073 E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. www.adventurousappetites.com
SKI INSTRUCTION IN COURCHEVEL Rob Sewell (g 1972) has been living in the French Alps near Courchevel for twenty years. He is an internationally qualified and much respected ski instructor who would be very happy to ski with or simply meet up with any OS who may be taking their winter holidays in the area. 0033 610144762 email@example.com
Articles 70 YEARS ON COMMEMORATION OF
D -DAY 1944 ‘Est grace à vous que nous sommes libre’ On 3rd June, 70 years after D-Day minus three, John Dunt RN, Roger Mowll (a 54) RA, Jimmy Walmsley RM and Peter Wykeham-Martin RN set off to pay tribute to those who took part in the Normandy landings. We drove down to Poole to board the yacht Brava J en route to France. It could not have been a greater contrast with 70 years earlier when the narrow roads of Southern England were packed with military vehicles waiting to take troops to their comfortless crafts for embarkation to still-secret destinations and to an uncertain fate. The only common factor was concern about the weather. In 2014 there was a sophisticated forecast of an impending gale in sea areas Wight, Portland and Plymouth; in 1944 a single plane flew westwards to spot whether the weather might improve. We could choose our departure time and left RMYC Poole at 2100hrs; High Command in 1944 had no such luxury but had to make the crucial decision that made H-Hour and D-Day 0630hrs on 6th June 1944. After an uneventful passage we were in sight of the French coast off Barfleur shortly after dawn on 4th June (D-Day minus two). The rising westerly wind hastened our voyage south to harbour at Grand-Camp Maisy on the western end of Omaha Beach. We were obliged by engine failure to enter harbour under sail at midday in the F6 onshore wind – lively but not recommended. D-Day troops in their flat-bottomed landing craft had much else on their minds. The harbour-master gave us a warm welcome and we spent the rest of the breezy day locally relaxing and absorbing the atmosphere in re-created military surroundings with uniforms and vehicles dating from June 1944. After an evening of comradeship ashore, we returned to Brava J which was dressed overall with the Union Jack flying at the forestay. D-Day minus one, 5th June, dawned fair and calm and we visited Colville-sur-Mer, the focus of Omaha Beach on 6th June 1944 and the site now of the American cemetery with nearly ten thousand graves set out in immaculate order across the green sward. Amongst the paraphernalia of invasion, it was a day of tearinducing reflection in company with people of all ages from many nations, including our host’s, gathered for the formal commemoration on the next day to be attended by President Obama. Not surprisingly after 70 years there were few genuine veterans, many of whom were in wheel chairs. In the afternoon we walked along Omaha Beach in the warm and gentle wind, a stark contrast to D-Day. Aircraft, ancient and modern, criss-crossed the skies and warships could be seen on the northern horizon.
At sundown a giant display of fireworks lit up the sky along the 100 km of coast from Utah through Omaha, Gold and Juno to Sword at the eastern end of the five landing beaches. A day to remember. D-Day, 6th June, was spent quietly with the French in their cemeteries and memorials. The atmosphere was subdued as The Queen and other world leaders gathered, with US guns and troops brought in from Germany for the salutes, at Arromanches and Bayeux for the major events lavishly recorded by the media. There was a touching blend of simplicity, gratitude and awe among the people of Normandy and their guests, a humbling realisation of the magnitude of the legacy that is ours. D-Day was just the start of some very fierce fighting and in the days that followed there were many casualties and deaths. Memories about those involved are still vivid seven decades later. One such was Phyllis Mehling, Roger Mowll’s aunt and part of the history of Liphook Golf Club. She drove an ambulance for the British Red Cross and on D-Day plus six was attached to the American troops in Normandy. We set sail for home from Normandy under the pale light of dawn at 0400hrs on 7th June, D-Day plus one, in the wake of a massive but short-lived thunderstorm that led us northward and back to Blighty. Our passage was a relatively straight-forward 15 hours to Poole. Brava J was back in her home berth at The Royal Motor Yacht Club by 1900hrs. We shall remember those who would have needed some luck to return home in 1944 and particularly those who never did return. ROGER MOWLL (a 54)
OSS Battlefield Tour 2014 Anthony Dew (c 56) contacted me some time ago having visited St George’s Chapel, Ypres. He had noticed that, whilst very many other independent schools had plaques in place to honour their war dead, Sherborne did not. This was, of course, a situation that needed to be rectified, especially with the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 due to be commemorated in 2014. St George’s Chapel very efficiently arranged for our plaque to be made and fixed a date for its dedication. It seemed a logical step from there to take this opportunity to include this with a tour of the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme. This was soon oversubscribed and it was our sad job to turn later applicants away. So an early October morning saw a number of our party set out from Sherborne picking up others from Basingstoke and Ashford en-route. Upon arrival at Ypres, it was the quickest brush of the hair before we crossed the road to St George’s Chapel where our plaque was dedicated in a moving short service. We then moved on to the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. I had been told that this was well attended on a nightly basis but I was totally unprepared for the sheer weight of numbers that built up in the half-hour
leading to eight o’clock. We felt very honoured to be asked by the Last Post Association to lead the wreath laying party and our wreath was very appropriately carried by Anthony Dew and laid with due dignity. Before our departure for France the following morning, we visited Hill 60 which probably changed hands more times than any battlefield on the Western Front. In April 1915, it was the site of a sustained act of valour by the young sulbaltern, Robert Kestell-Cornish MC and bar (a 1914), which resulted in the award of his first Military Cross. Many historians agree that a VC would have been appropriate for his part in that action. A beautiful October day saw us spend a thought provoking afternoon on the British and Commonwealth front lines of the Somme. We saw Mouquet Farm and the terrain between the front lines, sites so vividly described in Charles Hudson’s (c 1910) and Douglas Hooper’s (a 1906) accounts of the first day of the Somme related in Patrick Francis’s book Vivat Shirburnia. Our visit to Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park, the site of the Newfoundland Regiment’s gallant but
doomed attack on 1 July 1916, allowed us to meet a most impressive group of young Canadian students who tend the park with such loving care. We went on to Thiepval, dominated by Lutyens’ enormous memorial bearing the names of the 72,000 allied troops killed on the Somme who have no final resting place. Despite knowing the scale of loss, it was not until I stood at the foot of the monument that the sheer devastation of a whole generation of men was so hauntingly apparent. A convivial overnight stay in Amiens was followed by a trip back into Belgium and a visit to Talbot House in Poperinge founded in 1915 by the army chaplain, Phillip ‘Tubby’ Clayton, as a quiet refuge for soldiers on their way to, or returning from, the front. At the very top of a narrow staircase is the makeshift chapel. The altar was made from a carpenter’s bench, the candlesticks from bedposts. Against one wall is the wooden cross from Lieutenant Gilbert Talbot’s grave and in the entrance is Tubby’s Light of Maintenance, soon to become the symbol of Toc H. Standing in that quiet space, it was evocative to try and imagine the emotions of those who visited here in the war years. All too soon, it was time to head back to Calais and the ferry. The trip was a great success through the planning of Michael Ivey at Historical Trips, the historical expertise and good humour of our guide, Nigel Jones, the patience and skill of Mark Spokes, our coach driver, and the camaraderie and friendship of our whole party. JOHN HARDEN (g 70)
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM On 11 November 2014, boys from the School planted small wooden crosses outside Sherborne Abbey in memory of every OS known to have died in conflict. Shirburnians have a long tradition of remembering their own and the School is full of memorials in the physical form of plaques, honours boards, stained glass and pews, to buildings, dormitories, playing fields and School prizes named after former governors, headmasters, staff and OS. The earliest known memorial at the School is a stained glass window in the School Chapel. The window, which is located on the south side of the sanctuary, was installed in memory of Charles Edward Rodd (a 1862-1865) who died at School on 13 December 1865, aged 16. It is the work of Clayton and Bell who designed most of the stained glass in the School Chapel, including the original east window which was moved to the west end in 1926 and later destroyed during the bombing of Sherborne on 30 September 1940. The South African War of 1899-1902 was the first war to involve British volunteers on a large scale and proved a turning point in local public commemoration with over 900 South African War memorials erected in Britain. The earliest collective memorial in the School is in memory of the OS who lost their lives in the South African War. Located in the School Chapel, the memorial takes the form of a reredos in glass mosaic (opus sectile) at the east end of the Chapel with an alabaster tablet on the south wall of the sanctuary recording the names of eleven OS who lost their lives in the war. The reredos was designed by Powell and Sons of Whitefriars and features the figures of ten saints and martyrs (from left to right): Bishop Patteson, St George, St Cyprian, St James, St John the Baptist, St Stephen, St Paul, St Laurence, St Alban, and Bishop James Hannington. The memorial was unveiled by Lord Methuen on 30 January 1904. Commemoration and remembrance began spontaneously during the First World War and discussions about what form a memorial should take at Sherborne began before the war had ended. In July 1917, the Headmaster, Nowell Smith, circulated a letter to all Shirburnians in which he asked, â€˜In what way shall we commemorate the Shirburnians who have fallen in the war?â€™ He set out a number of suggestions, including the building of a new boarding house on a strip of land north of Abbey Grange (the Old Music School was later built here in 1926); the completion of the northside of the Courts, including a Gatehouse Tower on the walls of which the names of the fallen could be incised (the Gatehouse Tower was built in 1923); a new gymnasium (built in 1923 and converted in 1975 into the main School dining hall); the provision of scholarships for the sons of fallen officers; and the enlargement of the School Chapel. By 1919, it had been decided that the memorial should take the form of an extension to the School Chapel with the addition of an antechapel and enclosed staircase to the north. Sir 23
Reginald Blomfield was commissioned to carry out the work and his original plans included a tower with pinnacles and the names of the fallen cut into panels of Belgian black marble set into the walls. At the same time Blomfield was also working on his designs for the Menin Gate at Ypres and the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ which would appear in all Imperial War Grave Commission cemeteries. Blomfield’s final designs for the School war memorial were much simpler and plainer and probably reflected his own changing belief that ‘This was a man’s war far too terrible for any fripperies.’ The memorial was consecrated on 5 July 1922 by the Bishop of Madras, the Right Rev. Henry Whitehead (a 1870-73). After the Second World War the typical local response was to add the names of that war’s dead to existing war memorials. At Sherborne the names of the 242 OS killed in the Second World War were incised on the wall of the antechapel alongside the names of the 221 killed in the First World War. However, it was felt that an additional memorial should be built ‘to symbolise the contribution of our School to the greatest war in history’. Suggestions again included the extension of the School Chapel (the addition of a south aisle); the completion of the Courts by joining the north-end of the School House dormitories to the Gatehouse Tower; the building of a new BSR; the erection of a statue of St Michael; and the creation of bursaries for the sons of OS who had fallen on active service. Rising costs resulted in a scaling-down of the plans with the results that it was decided that the memorial should take the form of an extension to the existing BSR. Two OS architects, R. de W. Aldridge (c 1920-25) and O.S. Brakspear (g 1926-30), were commissioned to carry out the work, the exterior lines of which ‘form symbolically and architecturally the counterpart of the ante-chapel’. The building was declared open on 10 November 1956 by Major General Charles Hudson V.C., C.B., D.S.O. and bar, M.C. (c 1905-10). RACHEL HASSALL SCHOOL ARCHIVIST
RESEARCHING AND WRITING VIVAT SHIRBURNIA:
Sherborne School and The Great War 1914-1918 Curiously, my decision to write about Sherborne and the First World War owed a good deal to the publication three years ago of a book about Tonbridge School and the Second World War. Written by David Walsh, a former Head of History at Tonbridge, which also happens to be my old school, it led me to realise that there was a book waiting to be written about Sherborne and the Great War. I had long been aware that amongst the many awards for gallantry earned by Old Shirburnians in that conflict, there had been two Victoria Crosses – for Charles Hudson in Italy in 1918 and for Edward Bamford after Zeebrugge in the same year; also that two OS had served as senior commanders – Charles Monro, who had master-minded the evacuation from Gallipoli at the end of 1915, and Claud Jacob, who had been the only India Army officer well enough thought of by Haig to command a corps on the Western Front; and I was also familiar, of course, with the story of how the publication of Alec Waugh’s debunking novel, The Loom of Youth, had shaken the whole School community to its foundations when it had been published in the dark days of 1917. Reading the wartime issues of the Shirburnian made me appreciate that there was a treasure trove of material that I could put to use for, amongst other things, chapters to do with the initial impact of the war in the autumn of 1914, ‘letters from the front’ sent by OS for publication in the School magazine, and war-related poetry, such as the poems originally published in The Times and other newspapers by a former master, James Rhoades. I was also able to make use of the Old Shiburnian Navy and Army List (3rd edition, 1921) to compile various lists of OS and where they had served, for example at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia, on the Somme, etc. and what sort of service they had undertaken, including those who had served as medics and padres. However, I soon realised that I would need quite a lot of time and help if I was to get this project off the ground. Happily, I was still entitled to a sabbatical term for having been Housemaster of Lyon for 12 years until 2006; so I was able to arrange a term off in Lent 2013. As regards help, Vivat Shirburnia would never have seen the light of day without the unstinting assistance of the School Archivist, Rachel Hassall, and that most generous of OS, Charles Eglington (g 56). Amongst the many enquiries that Rachel has dealt with over the past four years was one from a young lady called Isobel Saul, who at the time was an undergraduate at Exeter University. She wondered whether the School Archives contained anything about a long-dead relative called Harold May. As it happened, I was already particularly interested in Harold May as I knew that he was the only OS who was also a master at Sherborne to have been killed in the Great War. After an outstanding career at Sherborne as a schoolboy in Harper House between 1902 and 1907, he had just returned to his old School as a master when the war broke out. He volunteered at once for military service, was commissioned into the Dorsetshire Regiment, arrived on the Western Front early in 1915, and was dead at the age of 27 just a couple of months later after being mortally wounded in fighting in Flanders. There is a brass in his memory in the School Chapel. When she visited Sherborne, Isobel was delighted to see this and to receive further information about Harold May from Rachel. In return, however, we were thrilled to be given a photograph which she had taken of his grave in the military cemetery at Boulogne. What was particularly poignant was to read the inscription ‘Vivat Shirburnia’ on his headstone. There and then I decided that those two words would be the ideal title for my book as a tribute to the more than 1,200 Old Shirburnians who served in the Great War and especially the 225 who gave their lives. Another good example of vital help received came when, through the initial assistance of Patrick and Sally Gent, I was privileged to be able to borrow the diaries of Henry Robinson King from his grandchildren. ‘Crusoe’, as he was nicknamed, had taught at Sherborne since the 1880s and he was Housemaster of Abbeylands from 1900 to 1919. His diaries for the wartime years provide a great deal of fascinating evidence about the daily life and work of an ordained schoolmaster and housemaster at a prominent English public school, and the effects that the war was having on the Sherborne community as the death toll mounted inexorably. The diaries are also very revealing
with regard to perceptions at the time about how the war was going from the point of view of Britain and her allies, and make it easier to appreciate how, after the early optimism faded, the war came to be seen as an endless trial to be endured, until, quite suddenly, the fortunes of war, altered decisively in 1918. An appeal via the OS Society elicited some further invaluable material. For example, George McFarlane (g 77) was kind enough to send me transcripts of several letters written to his grandfather in 1915-16. Maurice Flower was still a schoolboy in Lyon when he received these letters from his older brother, Ted, who was by now serving as a junior officer in the Royal Field Artillery in France. By contrast with the ‘letters from the front’ published in the Shirburnian, Ted’s letters to his brother are all the more interesting because they contain plenty of colourful language and were clearly not intended for publication. The first of the letters to survive was begun on April 18th 1915 and opens by thanking ‘Maury’ for ‘your epistles, etc. That letter you forwarded some time ago was from Billy Waugh’, a reference to Alec Waugh, who had been a contemporary and close friend in School House. He goes on to mention that all ‘leave has again been stopped’ and he speculates that this was ‘a “jim” to put the wind up the Bosch and make him think the great push was really in progress’. And in his next letter Ted wrote: ‘The trenches have been bloody awful with this rain (but) at present the weather is A1 and everyone is engaged in stripping in the sun and picking out the winter’s lice.’ Subsequent passages reveal a country lad, just 18 years old at the time, and keenly aware of the natural surroundings: ‘I’ve seen a few partridges round
here of late. But all the birds, rats etc. take no notice of shellfire: the thing that puts the wind up them is gas, makes the rats come out of their holes and squeak till they are dished. By Jove, I wish I had a decent terrier out here, as one could have some damned fine ratting. I’m looking out for one at present, may be able to snatch one from the infantry.’ Meanwhile I was also visiting various museums and libraries. I was able to gather together material about the Hooper brothers - Douglas and Aubrey, who were both awarded the Military Cross, and Jack, who survived Gallipoli but was killed on the Somme – by going to The Keep in Dorchester (where the archives of the Dorsets are to be found), the Tank Museum at Bovington and also one of the college libraries at Cambridge. After leaving the university early because of the war, Jack kept in touch with one of his tutors at Emmanuel and some of their correspondence survives. On February 28th 1916 he wrote: ‘You say, “I wonder if you are still in Dorset.” I have written to you once if not twice since I have been out with the 5th Dorsets, but I suppose the
letters have gone astray. I left England at the end of September and arrived in the trenches at Suvla on October 5th just in time to spend my 21st birthday on the 7th…….. I stayed on the Peninsula till the evacuation, when they took our Brigade to Lemnos for five days, thence to Imbros where we stayed about a month.’ By now he was in Egypt and he added: ‘We don’t expect to stay here very long; France perhaps next - although I’m not very keen on France myself.’ A little over six months later the youngest of the Hooper brothers lay dead on the Somme, killed in the fighting that September at Mouquet Farm. There is a memorial window to him in the church at Lydlinch, where his father was the rector for many years, and one of the many beautiful photographs in Vivat Shirburnia by David Ridgway is of that stained glass. A visit to the Bodleian Library in Oxford arose from helpful information from Andrew Harvie-Clarke (a 56) that it possesses the typescript biography of his great-uncle, Geoffrey Lunt, later Bishop of Salisbury, who had served as an
Army Padre in France towards the end of the war. By then I had been to the Museum of Army Chaplaincy near Andover and discovered that at the time of his interview early in 1917, Lunt was aged 31 and married with two children. The fact that he could preach without notes, speak French and ride a horse, must have commended him and less than a month later he was sent to France. He was the only OS Army Chaplain of the Great War to be awarded a Military Cross. However, it was only by reading the letters quoted in his biography that I was able to appreciate properly what he and others had experienced whilst enduring the hell of Passchendaele. On October 17th he wrote: ‘The day is safely over now, and here I am back again in my Waggon Line, tired but thankful…..I don’t want to live today over again…..I have laid 14 of my Gunner friends in their last resting places and 23 Infantry who were killed in our Gun Line on their way up to the Front Line, and I now have 37 next-of-kin letters to write.’ Space precludes me from being able to mention so many other people to whom I am indebted for material that I used in researching and writing Vivat Shirburnia but if you wish to know more and have not already acquired a copy of the book, it is still available and all net proceeds are for the benefit of the Sherborne Foundation. PATRICK FRANCIS
Vivat Shirburnia; Sherborne School and the Great War, 1914-18 can be obtained for £30 (plus £7 post and packaging) from The Old Shirburnian Society, Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, DT9 3AP. Cheques to be made payable to “Sherborne School.”
SANS SUIT SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL 2013
In September 2013 Jack Richards (g 03) and three friends completed a four-man relay swim of the English Channel to raise money for MSF and the RNLI. Jack tells his story:
pee under the fearsome glare of a spotlight, it was on. Nine months of hard work and we were doing what had been buzzing at the back of our minds for far too long. It felt surreal
Having spent the day at work on Wednesday, fully expecting not to be summoned to Dover until at least the weekend, we got a call from the pilot at 7.30pm that evening instructing us to be at Dover for 2am the following morning. My initial reaction was “But I’ve only just got back from work”, to which the pilot replied “You signed up to this mate, not me”. Jeremy was looking forward to his first night in, in ten days, Mike was at an ante-natal class learning the finer points of breast feeding and Randall was staring down the barrel of his second scotch of the evening; nothing like being prepared.
The next 11 hours and 10 minutes went by in a blur - the team and their hardy support crew worked tirelessly when swimming and resting to make sure we reached our goal in the quickest time possible. Jelly Babies, peanut butter, bananas and Lucozade were our petrol. The sight of Robin and Ana cheering us on as we swam and knowing so many at home were following our progress kept us going, not wanting to let anyone down. The conditions were perfect and the pace strong enough to keep our increasingly drunk skipper convinced that we’d land on Cap Gris Nez in around 12 hours.
A few hours later, Randall picked us up and we were on our way to Dover accompanied by Ana, Jeremy’s girlfriend, and one of our seriously dedicated support crew, along with Mike’s Dad, Robin. We arrived at Dover Marina around 1am, talked and laughed nervously for 50 minutes before pretending to sleep for five minutes. Time to board the aptly named Optimist.
The benign conditions were more than a match for Jeremy though, who at the first hint of a ripple succumbed to sea sickness, joined only by the official observer. Undeterred Team Sans Suit clawed its way to France bit by bit. With the midday sun shining overhead, France came into view, and spirits shot up. After some stunning turns in the water from all of us, there was a chance we could dip under the 11 hour mark, sadly the sea wasn’t kind. At about five minutes past the hour Jack, Mike and Jeremy joined Randall for the final 25 metre push to shore.
Following a brief safety meeting, in which we were essentially told not to die, it was ‘ropes off’ and we were on our way to the start, a small shingle beach around the corner. I was first to jump into the inky black. After a quick
Our goal was to land on Restaurant Beach, west of the Cap. We landed to
whoops and hollers from the French locals tucking into their Sunday lunch. The restaurateur walked down and presented us with a glass of champagne, nothing had ever tasted sweeter as we stood on firm ground in the autumn sun. And that was that, all that was left was a quick paddle back to the boat and a two hour nip back to Dover. An unforgettable day, across a famous stretch of water that only a select few have ever managed to cross. Plans for a lavish celebration back in blighty were put on hold as the effects of being up for 36 hours began to make themselves felt. A meal downgraded to a few drinks to a pint and finally to sleeping standing up. To bed. The day was made all the more memorable thanks to the mutual support, and especially from Ana and Robin who coped wonderfully with bobbing up and down on a boat all day, they were a constant source of comfort. The stream of messages of support coming from around the world was overwhelming, the knowledge that people were following our progress from South Africa to Australia and back really made the whole achievement that much more special. We’ve raised a shade under £9,000, an achievement for which both charities have specially contacted us to thank us. Until next time…Team Sans Suit have packed their budgies, it’s safe to come out of the water. JACK RICHARDS (g 03)
THE THREE PEAKS SAIL THE THREE PEAKS YACHT RACE IS A UNIQUE EVENT COMBINING SAILING, RUNNING AND A LITTLE CYCLING THAT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOUGHEST LONG DISTANCE EVENTS IN THE WORLD. THE TEAMS SAIL UP THE WEST COAST FROM BARMOUTH TO FORT WILLIAM, A DISTANCE OF SOME 390 NAUTICAL MILES AND RUN TO THE SUMMITS OF SNOWDON, SCAFELL PIKE AND BEN NEVIS, THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF WALES, ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND. In June 2013 skipper, Henry Reynolds (c 11) and four friends James Capel (b 11), Jake Woolfenden, Paddy Fletcher and Ignatius O’Hea chartered a 42 foot Sundancer and entered the race. Only two of the crew had done much sailing. Whilst the event is not a fundraising event, the team chose to raise money for The Greenhouse Schools Project, a charity which works with disadvantaged young people aged 8 to 18 across 35 schools in London coaching a range of sports. The charity also runs five community clubs which operate during the school holidays and at weekends. The race started on Saturday 16 June and was due to last three to four days. To add to the pressures of sailing and running the team had to be finished by Wednesday 20 June as two of the crew had other commitments. From the beginning we encountered problems. Setting off for the start line with winds gusting up to 35 knots and waves up to three metres high, we encountered our first problem, a substantial rip in the jib sail. We had no choice but to use it. In spite of that, we had a fair start and ended up being about 5th from the back. Catastrophe almost struck as they turned to tack down towards Caernarfon and Snowdon, when the life raft on the boat came off and was hanging on by the smallest bit of rope. Fortunately Jake and I managed to grab it and strap it down; if we had lost it overboard we would have had to retire there and then. Unfortunately we had lost another place so were now 12th out of 16. The next leg all the way down to
Caernarfon with the wind behind us allowed us to gain on the other boats. Arriving in Caernarfon at about midnight our two runners Ignatius and James set off on their 24 mile round trip up Snowdon. They managed the run in 5 hours and 45 minutes and made up two places. It was an impressive effort by both runners but especially by Ignatius, who had been sea sick all the way and had not eaten all day. Back on board we crossed the swellies between Anglesey and Wales, one of the most dangerous bits of water in the UK, unscathed and headed straight for Whitehaven where the second leg was to be completed and the massive task of Scafell Pike was to be tackled. However, this was not to be a straightforward sail. As the forecast had foretold the wind dropped completely and for much of the day the crew were just drifting. Eventually the wind changed and a nice sea breeze kicked in. This was to be the best part of our race and for about three hours we were doing a nice seven knots in about 12 knots of wind and were gaining ground, getting up to as high as 7th place, and then, predictably, the wind dropped. During the night the next crisis arose, the steering had broken and the boat would not steer to starboard. After a couple of hours and with help of the coastguard over the radio we managed to solve the problem but we had lost a lot of ground and were effectively out of the race, and running out of time to complete the event. After much
discussion and with great reluctance we decided to use the engine. This was against one of the only rules of the race and so meant that we would officially be disqualified. After motoring to Whitehaven we dropped off Ignatius and Jake to take on their 30 mile cycle and 18 mile run. They completed it in the impressive time of 10 ½ hours, an amazing achievement especially considering that Ignatius had done two long runs in a row with only 24 hours to recover on a boat. The next leg was Whitehaven to Fort William and again disaster struck. The gears on the engine broke. Luckily my father, who had had to retire from the race as one of his team members had broken his ankle on Snowdon, was behind us taking the family boat to Scotland, so he towed them to a small bay where we anchored for the night. The day was saved by Paddy’s mother, Phippy Fletcher, who was driving up to Fort William for the finish and gave us a lift. Paddy and I had agreed to do the 18 mile run up Ben Nevis, the highest of the peaks. “I can safely say it was the single most painful experience of my life.” I feel we showed real grit and determination to complete the challenge and raised over £4,000 along the way. HENRY REYNOLDS (c 11)
ROYAL NAVY DENTIST TAKES CHARGE OF PASSING OUT PARADE 28
Surgeon Commander Tim Dean (g 92) has achieved what is believed to be a first for a Royal Navy dentist, when he took charge of the passing-out-parade at HMS Raleigh on 18 December 2013. The 39-year-old, from St Germans, is currently serving as the Senior Dental Surgeon at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall. He volunteered to fill in as the Parade Commander, which involved briefing the VIP inspecting officer and giving the orders to ensure the parade ran to the required military precision. Tim said, “This was a one-off opportunity that dental officers just don’t get and I think because of that everyone was keeping their fingers crossed to see how it would go. Memorising the orders was fine, but there was a micro second once you give the commands when nothing happens and you wonder if you’ve given the right order, but then everyone moves together. Normally if I’m involved in the parade it’s as an inspecting officer, so it was great to be the Parade Commander and achieve what I think is a first for a Navy dentist.” The sword Tim used for the parade belonged to his grandfather, Harry Thompson, a former Royal Navy Commander, who has recently been awarded his Arctic Star medal. Tim said, “The sword has been on parade since about 1944 and has been involved in parades all over the country, including at the Royal Navy Engineering College in Plymouth and at HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth where my grandfather served as the First Lieutenant. It was a great honour knowing that I was trusted with the responsibility of Parade Commander but to be able to do it with this piece of family history made it all the more special.” Tim joined the Royal Navy in 1997. He has undertaken service ashore and at sea, including time with the Amphibious Task Group deploying with HMS Ocean for a patrol of the Atlantic, with HMS Albion during a trip to West Africa and with HMS Bulwark for exercises in Norway and visits to Europe. Currently serving at HMS Raleigh, Tim is in charge of the establishment’s dental department which provides care to both the Ship’s Company and sailors under training at HMS Raleigh.
LAST SUMMER, THREE OF THE 2013 LEAVERS, JACK GALSWORTHY (e), ARCHIE HAMILTON (c), AND FREDDIE WRIGHT (m) cycled a total of 1,300 miles from Rome2Home raising over £9,000 for The Brain Research Trust, which promotes and supports research into the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of neurological diseases and brain trauma. Jack writes about their adventure below. At 9pm on 2 August 2014 a heavily laden hearse (all bodies inside were alive!) crawled out of Winchester heading for Folkestone to begin an adventure across Europe that would thankfully end in the same hearse returning home, 24 days later, (with all bodies still alive!) after a long series of challenging and interesting events and encounters. We had expected the hardest part of our trip being the actual cycling, however this quickly proved not to be the case. All the problems stemmed from our rather unreliable support vehicle, a 1989 Ford Grenada Hearse that we converted (speakers on roof!!). She broke down spectacularly on our drive out to Rome. This frustratingly resulted in a five day unplanned stopover in Chur while all the mechanical problems were fixed.
Trying to discuss the intricacies of an engine and when it would be fixed, with German mechanics who spoke as little English as we did German, was shall we say, a bit tricky. We left from the shadow of the Colosseum in Rome in good spirits finally being able to begin our cycling. Leaving along the Via Cassia we felt like true Roman Legionaries on the start of their journey to some far flung posting of the Empire. Our main memories of Italy will be: the ridiculous heat, really awful roads, some very dangerous drivers and being attacked by prostitutes coming into Milan! Having said that, cycling through Northern Italy, we saw beautiful towns and cities such as San Gimignano. Switzerland had fewer climbs than we expected as most roads went along the valley floor, but there were still a few huge ones to get over. The San Gotthard Pass near Airolo will live long in the memory. It was just an unbelievable nine mile succession of endless switchbacks constantly going uphill till we reached the summit at 2,144m. It was definitely the most epic (and exhausting) moment of the trip! The rest of our cycling in Europe, France, Germany and
RE-LAUNCHES In January 2015 the Alumni Association for Sherborne International (previously the International College) will formally be relaunched. Previously ICOSA, the Sherborne International Alumni Association will have a new name, new logo, and new lease of life to
Luxembourg, could not quite match the excitement of what had gone before. Most of the days were spent daydreaming as we stared into the distance at miles of straight undulating road, although some sections, particularly along the Rhine, were beautiful and perfect for cycling. Fortunately we only had a few crashes along the way. Fred went into a large Biffa Bin in Italy and bruised his hand pretty badly, but the worst one happened to me during our last day in France, on the ‘homestraight’. I fell off very badly and landed heavily on my elbow. It was serious enough to require an ambulance to be called, sirens and all. That was sadly the end of my cycling for the trip, apart from joining Fred and Archie for the final few miles into Winchester. We got a typical welcome into England, i.e. it was extremely wet, which made the final couple of days rather miserable to be honest. Even for us there is little enjoyment in riding a bike for over six hours in the rain, especially when you are soaked through to the bone after the first five minutes. However the sun did clear for our arrival into Winchester, where we were met by a crowd of family, friends and champagne showers which was a great end to the trip. It might
have gone smoother had Archie not managed to get lost in his home town, nice one! 1,294 miles, 82 hours in the saddle, 16 days (we were much faster than we thought!), 18.5kg of pasta and 190 sachets of porridge eaten (we are now very fed up of both), nine punctures, six countries, 5kg of protein shake consumed, three crashes, two broken bikes, one broken down Hearse, one damaged elbow and three very tired boys. Please do visit our website www.rome2home.com or our blog at http://rome2home2014.blogsp ot.co.uk/ if you would like to find out more. Many people have been asking us, “what is the next challenge?” Well Fred and I have madly decided to try to break the World Record for the youngest pair to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, December 2015. You can view their website at www.atlanticcastaways.com for more information. Archie has got some ideas for his next adventure but isn’t revealing them yet…we wait in anticipation!
help connect old friends from the School. We also have a new President, Gus Amadi who attended Sherborne International between 1983 and 1984. The Alumni Association has already held a joint reunion with Sherborne and Sherborne Girls in Hong Kong and another is planned for Bangkok on 30th January 2015, with it is hoped, further gatherings in Geneva, Madrid and Moscow. The Association is being managed by our new Alumni Administrator, Julia Gadd, out of the Old Shirburnian Office and she can be reached via telephone on +44 1935 810449 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We can also be reached via the new website page www.sherborne-international.org /alumni where you can also update your contact details. We hope, if you attended Sherborne International or Sherborne School, we will see you at the reunions where you can meet many old friends.
JACK GALSWORTHY (e 13)
EVENTS OS DAY 2014 OS Day always presents a wonderful opportunity for OS to return to Sherborne and see the Sherborne of today in operation on a full school day in high summer and, at the same time, catch up with contemporaries from their own era. The opening Chapel service, as ever, set the tone for the day which continued through a superb lunch in excellent company on The Upper. A huge thank you is due to all those that make this celebration of the life of the School possible. 30
CITY DRINKS PARTY
The City University Club was an ideal venue for the City Drinks Party in November. A capacity guest list of OS, past and current parents with City based careers enjoyed an evening of talk about Sherborne and wider topics. We are very grateful to Robin Creswell, who is both a current and past parent, for so kindly hosting the event.
It is always a pleasure to host a lunch for the Friends of Sherborne School, consisting mainly, but not wholly, of parents whose sons have left the School. It gives us the opportunity to let them know of developments at Sherborne and for them the chance to meet old friends. A superb lunch for our 50 or so guests was rounded off with a very agreeable trip down to The Upper to see the XV beat Clifton 33-12.
DRINKS IN CHELSEA
Following Sherborne’s Swing Band and SG’s Madrigal Choir performing in St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, the joint school’s held a reception in Chelsea Town Hall for over 120 OS, parents and preparatory heads. It was a great opportunity to showcase music at Sherborne.
The Pilgrims soccer and hockey sides were in Sherborne to play the School at the end of March and it would have been a shame not to include a dinner in their schedule. We enjoyed a great evening in the OSR rounded off at a latish hour by a rerendition of The Carmen of which the housemaster of School House was kind enough to tell me the following Monday did not disturb the house in any way.
OSS CAREERS EVENING
Over twenty OS and SGs attended the Careers Evening at Cass Business School on Tuesday 15 April, where they received valuable advice on improving CVs, interview skills, key work place skills and what employers are looking for in this competitive job market. Feedback from those attending has been extremely positive and we are grateful to our speakers, Peter Wilford (h 72) of Gateway Career Management and James Hyde (past parent) of Korn Ferry.
Rupert (m 78) and Rosie Dorey once again played host in Guernsey to our joint schools’ biennial reception at their lovely home in St Andrews. As ever, it was a pleasure to chat with old friends who live on the island as well as meeting those attending for the first time. Rupert and Rosie’s hospitality was, as ever, fantastic.
This year’s season of visits, kicked off on Wednesday 5 February when we travelled to Newcastle and hosted a pub night for around 40 OS and a few OSG, studying in Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria at the Pitcher and Piano Bar on the quayside. This was followed in quick succession by visits to Oxford and Exeter culminating in a fun packed cocktail evening at Browns, Bristol.
OS MEDIA LUNCH
It has become an annual job to report the success of the OS Media Lunch and the 2014 renewal proved no exception. The Groucho Club simply reverberated with chatter, laughter and a rousing rendition of The Carmen. If you work in a media related job and did not receive an invitation this year, please let the OSS office know and we shall ensure that you are included in future.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2015 JANUARY Thursday 29th Property Dinner Royal Thames Yacht Club, London
JUNE Thursday 4th 10 Year Reunion (2005) The Fentiman Arms, SW8 1LA
FEBRUARY Wednesday 4th University Visits - London
Sunday 14th West Country Lunch Arundel Arms, Lifton
Tuesday 10th OS Lunch - Manchester
SEPTEMBER Saturday 19th 5 Year Reunion (2010) - London
University Visit - Manchester
As we were visiting the northeastern universities, it seemed an excellent idea to host a lunch for a group of OS which mileage prevents us from seeing as regularly as we would like. The occasion was so enjoyable that we plan to repeat the format when we visit Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh in the early part of 2015 (see Forthcoming Events).
Wednesday 11th OS Lunch - Leeds University Visits - Leeds Thursday 12th OS Lunch - Edinburgh University Visit - Edinburgh MARCH Thursday 26th Media Workshop - London
Thursday 15th 45 Year Reunion (1970) - London Thursday 22nd 60 Year Reunion (1955) Lunch - London 15 Year Reunion (2000) - London
APRIL Thursday 16th Property Workshop - London Thursday 30th Channel Islands Gathering - Jersey
In the face of ever-rising postal costs, we endeavour to conduct the bulk of OSS correspondence via email, without overlooking the important occasions where a postal letter or invitation is indicated. If you feel that we may not hold a current email address for you, it would be a great help if you could let us have your address by contacting us at email@example.com. It would be truly appreciated and will make correspondence much easier.
OCTOBER Saturday 10th 50 Year Reunion (1965) Sherborne
MAY Friday 15th The Green 150th Anniversary Dinner Sherborne Saturday 16th OS Day - Sherborne
Saturday 24th Trafalgar Night Dinner - Sherborne Thursday 29th 25 Year Reunion (1990) - London NOVEMBER Thursday 26th Media Lunch - London 30 Year Reunion (1985) London DECEMBER Saturday 5th FOSS Lunch - Sherborne
Q QUINQUAGESIMAL ‘Q’
It is always a pleasure to welcome our senior OS back to Sherborne. Q members are OS who left Sherborne over 50 years ago and meet at the School every two years. September 25th saw 100 OS and their guests assemble in the Chapel for a service led by School Chaplain, Lindsay Collins, where Q’s founder, Sam Smart (a 45) read the list of names of Q members who have died since the last meeting of Q. Members of Q and their guests then moved to the BSR for a talk from Patrick Francis about OS and Sherborne in the First World War. Patrick has written his brilliant book Vivat Shirburnia on this subject so was able to provide a deep insight into the subject. Sherborne’s catering staff never let us down and lunch was as excellent as ever. It was then back to the BSR and a talk from Brigadier Allan Mallinson on the days either side of the declaration of war in 1914. Q is unique amongst OS events as it is run by its own Committee with the OS Office playing a minor background role. Three members of the Q Committee are standing down following the 2014 event and this seems a great opportunity for me to extend on behalf of all Q members a huge vote of thanks to Vice-Chairmen, Ben Ellis (g 44) and Chris Zealley (a 49) and, Secretary for the last two reunions, Robin Lalonde (g 52). Sam is also stepping down from an active role but will, of course, for perpetuity remain as Founder of Q.
HONG KONG REUNION
On 23rd October Sherborne joined forces with Sherborne Girls and Sherborne International and held an informal drinks gathering for all our friends at the Hong Kong Club (courtesy of Robin and Stefania Hammond). Over 120 alumni, parents and friends attended and it is hoped this will become an annual gathering. We are also hoping to have a Hong Kong Chapter of the Old Shirburnian Society up and running soon.
On 16th October we held a gathering for alumni and parents at the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. Around 30 people attended and many new connections were made between parents and alumni who did not realise there was a Sherborne family link. The Singapore Chapter of the Old Shirburnian Society now meets every six months and if you are in Singapore please do not hesitate to contact the Chapter coordinators Hugh Ellerton firstname.lastname@example.org or Malcolm Richards email@example.com
TURF CLUB RECEPTION FOR THE CLASSES OF 2001-06 OG Bella Hussey kindly hosted a reception at The Turf Club on Wednesday, 1 October for over 140 OS and their contemporaries from Sherborne Girls. It was a lovely evening, with a real buzz and everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting up. 32
OS Publications BRIAN BARDER (a 52) What Diplomats Do Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
RICHARD CARTMEL (a 69) The Richebourg Affair Publisher: Crime Scene Books
ANDREW GARROD (b 56) Mixed, Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories Publisher: Cornell Press Growing Up Muslim Publisher: Cornell Press
STANLEY JOHNSON (g 58) Stanley, I Resume, Further recollections of an exuberant life Publisher: The Robson Press
FELIX LOWE (g 99) Climbs and Punishment Publisher: Bantam Press
PETER OBORNE (d 74) Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
1964 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 We were delighted to hold reunions for the classes of 1984, 1989, 1999, 2004 and 2009 in London and for the class of 1964 celebrating their 50th anniversary of leaving Sherborne and the 20 Year Reunion for the Westcott House class of 1994 in the OSR, here at Sherborne.
CHRISTOPHER VINE (m 79) Peter’s Railway Stories Publisher:
IAN WALTHEW (g 84) The Complex Chemistry of Loss Publisher: Bagshawe Books
DIGBY 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Digby as a boarding house and this landmark was not going to pass without a celebration. About 250 sat down to a dinner in the marquee on The Upper. David Fursdon (71) reflected on the 50 years of the House’s history and the fact that it has been led by five exceptional housemasters in its lifetime whilst, current housemaster, Martin Brooke, ensured that the guests knew that the house continues to be in the forefront of life at Sherborne.
JAMES WELLINGS (d 59) INDIA, Living In An Ornate World Publisher: Talisman of Singapore
• BARBER, Max Duncan (b 04) to Miss Lauren White
• To Olivia and Sébastien BAMSEY (b 00), a daughter, Mathilda Joëlle, on 11 January 2014
• FRY, Henry Thomas Boyton (d 05) to Miss Ciara O'Connor • HITCHINGS, David Alexander (m 02) to Miss Anna O’Neil • JENKINS, James Maxwell Alexander (b 04) to Miss Louise White • LE GALLAIS, James Lyle (b 98) to Miss Clementine Browne • MABER, Thomas James (m 03) to Miss Lulu Gabriel • CORLETT, Frederick John Hubert (c 01) to Miss Joanna Richards • O’CONNOR, Dominic David (m 02) to Miss Rosie Henniker-Major • SOUL, Hugo Carrington (d 05) to Mr Otto Rich • TITCHIN, Jonathan Peter (e 08) to Miss Rebecca Greaves
• To Jenny (SSG 99) and Diccon COOPER (e 98), a son, Ffinian, on 2 June 2014 • To Jo and Tom FEGEN (g 99), a daughter, Annabel Sara Meda (Annie), on 27 September, brother to Ben born on 4 May 2012 • To Abbie and Nick HOLMES (h 90) see OS News • To Lisa and Keith JOHNSTON (m 99), a daughter, Amber Lily, on 5 September 2013 • To Jenner and Thomas MACKAY-JAMES (h &d 02), a son, Max Arthur, on 24 July 2013 • To Lucy and William MINTER (g 98), a son, Archie, on 24 January 2014 • To Kelly and Andrew MORTON (a 87) a son, Samuel Miles, on 6 January 2014
• ARCHER, John Benjamin Kendray to Miss Alexandra Robinson in June 2014
• To Francesca and Nicholas NISBET (g 86), a son, Benjamin, on 8 May 2014, a brother for Anastasia (Annie) born on 30 July 2010 and Alejandro (Alex) born on 5 June 2001
• BISHOP, Benjamin Oliver (a 00) to Miss Laura Jane Paz Barrick on 10 May 2014
• To Suzannah and Freddie RICHARDS (g 98) a son, Miles, on 9 October 2014, a brother for Tobias
• HEAZELL, Simon Thomas Scarth (m 81) to Dr Anna Cosslett on 15 August 2014
• To Kirstie and Ed SELFE (c 04) a daughter, Sukie, on 7 February 2014
• HILLARY, Thomas Clive (e 98) to Miss Emma Louise Norris on 25 May 2013
• To Naomi and Peter SCOFFHAM (g 92), a son, Toby William, on Thursday 30th January 2014
• LEAKEY, Arundell James (b 03) to Miss Annabel Kate Marsland on 13 September 2014
• To Caitriona and Christopher TAVENDER (g 01), a son, Daniel Patrick, on 18 August 2013
• MACKAY-JAMES Thomas George Patrick (h & d 02) to Miss Jenner Alison Large on 19 May 2012
• To Louise and David THOMAS (d 94), a son, Benjamin Alexander, on 10 September 2014
• MITCHELL, Henry Thomas (d 01) to Miss Elizabeth Fyson on 5 April 2014 • NISBET, Nicholas Anthony (g 86) to Miss Francesca Muratto, on 28 December 2013 • PRICE, Simon Anthony (e 00) to Miss Stephanie Worden on 12 July 2014 • RADCLIFFE, Edward Mark (d 04) to Miss Lindsay Goodlet on 30 August 2014 • RADCLIFFE, James Jonathan (d 97) to Dr Katie Maras on 9 August 2014 • SELFE, Edward Rupert Aylwin (c 04) to Miss Kirstie Mary Ann Heslop on 28 May 2014 • SHAW, William John (f 93) to Miss Florence Nouchy on 11 Oct 2014 • WARING, Alfred Jon (g 03) see OS News
DEATHS ALLEN, David Christopher (a 72) 4 April 2014 ANDERSON, David Campbell (g 44) 16 August 2014 ANDERTON, Richard Hastings (a 64) 28 October 2014 BAINES, Jeremy Francis (g 51) 6 November 2014 BECKETT, Philip Henry Trim (c 46) July 2014 BRAND, Richard Walter (a 48) 15 January 2014 BRYANT, Peter Anthony (h 49) 2014 BULLEID, John Allen (c 39) 27 March 2014 CARVER, Christopher William Miles (c 50) 16 March 2014 CASSWELL, Simon Fitzroy (b 48) 2012 CHATAWAY, Christopher John (d 49) 19 January 2014 CLARKE, Thomas Anthony Piers (g 43) 23 October 2014 COLLIER, Peter Conrad (b 46) 23 October 2013 COOK, Nigel Richard (h 61) 2 November 2014 COY, Peter Edward Brazil, (c 40) 7 February 2014 CUNNINGHAM, Ivan Duffy (g 63) 1 February 2014 CURRIE, Peter Thomas (staff 1947 â€“ 1982) 6 February 2014 DAVIES, David Martyn (c 44) 2 June 2014 DAVIS, Peter Richard (f 41) 21 August 2014 DEAN, Brian Harris (a 56) 26 November 2014 EMERSON, Hugh Bomford (a 41) January 1990 EMERSON, John Allin (a 43) November 2007 FARMER, John (g 54) in November 2013 FAULKNER, Denis Amani (f 45) 21 March 2014 FEGEN, Patrick James (g 65) 20 June 2014 FISHER, Peter Francis (g 72) 21 May 2014 FRANKLIN, William Hugh (b 62) 8 November 2014 GILCHRIST, Thomas Charles Colin, (a 54) 9 February 2014 GOLD, John Patrick (c 58) 6 February 2014 GORDON, Thomas Vernon Strachan (g 52) 29 November 2014 GREGSON, Michael David Alan (d 49) 29 June 2014 GREY, Timothy William James (f 88) 7 November 2014 HALL, Shaun William David (a 47) 18 January 2014 HARRIS, David Henry (f 42) 24 October 2012 HEARNE, Peter Ambrose (a 43) 24 January 2014 JENKINS, David Richard (a 47) 14 October 2013 JONES, Robert Edward (f 43) 24 April 2014 KNOX, David Alexander (d 62) 9 December 2013 KUKULA, Bodo Cyril Pross (h 50) 21 June 1991 LONG, Robert George (c 55) 19 September 2014 MANNING, Geoffrey Hugh Warner (c 36) 26 April 2014 MILLER, Donald Francis (f 44) 13 October 2014 MITCHELL, Julian James (b 49) 31 January 2014 MONCKTON, Dennahouse (Dan) Parry (a 48) 22 October 2014 MORE, John William (a 70) 27 October 2014 MUMFORD, Charles Crispin Temple (b 76) in October 2014. MYERS, Geoffrey Thomas (h 42) 19 March 2014 NEWMAN-YOUNG, John William Cecil (c 33) 22 June 2014 NINIS, Richard Betts (h 50) 15 October 2014 NORMAN, Thomas (a 38) 28 November 2013 OLIPHANT, David Kingsley (b 44) 18 June 2014 OLIVER, Charles Pye (d 51) 2 June 2014 PAGE, Jeremy William Maynard (a 58) March 2014 PAYNE, David James (a 49) 8 March 2014 PEMBERTON, Charles Andrew (d 53) 2 June 2014 PEMBLETON, Robert William (f 42) 2013 PENMAN, Hugh Gerard (a 47) 10 September 2014 PETER-HOBLYN, Jeremy Deeble (g 57) 19 August 2014 PLUMB, Robert Leslie (d 54) August 2014 PUCKRIDGE, James Martin Combe (b 52) 17 June 2014 READ, Gregory (a 52) 7 October 2014 RITTSON-THOMAS, George Christopher (h 45) 21 January 2014 SHEARD, Rupert Peter Trotman (m 82) 26 August 2014 SPAFFORD, Ronald Norman (a 46) 5 October 2014 SPINK, John Clarkson (h 60) 16 November 2014 SPINK, Michael John (a 52) 14 October 2014 SQUARE, David William Holberton (c 45) March 2014 SYKES, Richard Christopher Martyn (g 44) 31 October 2014 WARREN, Charles Peter William (h 58) 3 May 2011 WAUGH, Peter Raban (a 57) 3 October 2014 WAYRE, Philip Lester (c 38) 29 June 2014 WHITE, Andrew (a 69) 15 May 2014 WILLIAMS, Mark Andrew (g 79) 14 November 2014 WILSON, Colin David Hastings (a 44) 12 November 2014 35
PETER CURRIE PETER CURRIE’S THANKSGIVING SERVICE WAS HELD IN SHERBORNE ABBEY ON 16 MAY 2014. THE FOLLOWING TRIBUTES WERE DELIVERED BY HIS SON, MARK (b 71) AND RICHARD HARDIE (h & m 66). As my father’s son, I shall, of course, be brief. How many times did you hear him use those words? While I can be brief, I certainly cannot match that splendid basso profundo, a voice that could carry the length of Carey’s playing fields. I cannot match those oratorical skills that he did like to deploy when the occasion would seem to merit a few words: those long sentences with multiple sub-clauses, those complex constructions of epithet and adverb, those artful pauses. In characterising Peter, I cannot do better than borrow from your letters of condolence that spoke of: his intellect, his tremendous interest in people, in reading, in what was happening in the world, in young people, his love and appreciation of life and all that it offered, his courtesy and generosity, his large but gentle love and pride in his family – children, children-in-law, grand-children and great-grandchildren, his wise counsel. He was capable of making each of us feel special. And I think the secret of this is that he did not
differentiate between us. Of course, he differentiated us as individuals – absolutely. But he treated us all in the same way. Whether we were part of his immediate kin, or colleagues, friends, pupils, boys and employees at the Digby, or members of the Eastbury House team, he treated us all as if we were part of his extended family. One of the watchwords of his life was ‘enthusiasms’ and he was not short of these: his passion for gardening, meticulously planned holidays in his beloved France or Scotland; singing in the Oxford Bach Choir and the School musical society; old maps; listening to music – Bach, Mozart, Handel, Haydn; medieval pilgrimage; Romanesque architecture; watching sea birds, walking in wild places, dogs and books. And he loved to learn about others’ interests and to encourage them. We will all have memories of his appetite for details about what was exciting or, indeed, preoccupying us.
Peter had the attributes of a scholar – an exhibitioner at Trinity, Oxford; the author of an edition of Corneille’s Polyeucte. A recent project was contributing to a paper shortly to be published on the Magdala campaign about which his grand-father had written a memoir. And at the age of 90 he translated a chapter on the French extreme right-wing that had been submitted in French for a book I was editing. He did so with great skill and thoroughness and the author was delighted. His curiosity and erudition were a part of what made Peter an outstanding schoolmaster, but I will reserve that aspect of his life to Richard Hardie who will be speaking a little later. Peter was of that generation that without fuss went off to war. In his case, unfounded concerns about his health prevented the active service that he sought through, for example, applying to join the Long Range Desert Group, a forerunner of the SAS. Instead, his gifts as a teacher were deployed in a school in radio communications in a castle outside Naples.
He was a sportsman: he captained the Oxford hockey team and played for Scotland against Ireland; he won a halfblue in hurdling; he played fives and village cricket; he was a dab hand at croquet and bar billiards; and, of course, there was golf, a game that brought him so many friends – his extended golfing family. On retiring from the School, he began a second career with Lawrence’s of Crewkerne where he became a much valued stalwart of the book department. His interest in the School continued with his offering informal advice when asked, proof-reading and contributing to the School Record, and supporting the School music. Beyond the School, he played a major role in the Abbey roof appeal. He was long a supporter of Dorset Opera. He was a leading light in the Pedagogues and Senior Golf Societies. He continued to take a close interest in Trinity. He became an enthusiast for family history and delighted in finding and befriending cousins. In all this, until she became ill, he was supported by Hazel, who, while expert at shutting
down the faintest early warnings of pomposity with her unusual vocabulary and acerbic wit, was immensely admiring of her husband’s accomplishments and the modest methods of his achieving them. And, talking of support, Peter was also supported by his wide circle of friends in all sorts of walks of life, including for so many years the wonderful community around him in Sherborne, and he massively valued you all. And now, finally, some words about the latter years, his approach to which I find remarkable and a source of inspiration. He lost his wife. He lost his mobility. With no fuss (those words again) he checked himself into Eastbury House and so left his home and most of the books, paintings, furniture and objets d’arts that he and Hazel had enjoyed over many years. He exhibited through all this the ‘guts and determination’ that he so often exhorted us boys to display. He rapidly became completely at home at Eastbury House, a truly special place, where he made new friends, was cared for with love and skill,
continued to entertain streams of visitors, and regained his mobility (with sticks useful mostly for extravagant gesticulation and a scooter that he drove with worrying panache). Until he lost consciousness the day before he died, he was delighting in his surroundings and literally counting his blessings. He was extraordinarily content. He regarded falling off the ladder in the Abbots Litten garden as a lucky break. It certainly resulted in a remarkably happy final phase of his long life. He died as he had lived – gracefully, graciously and with calm acceptance. He knew what was coming, prayed with Canon Woods, and was rehearsing his good fortune as consciousness slipped away surrounded by people whom he loved. I will finish by quoting from a letter from my godmother and a very special family friend. ‘As I have wandered round my memories of Peter, I have realised that there is nothing to be ‘redacted’ ... I cannot recall any lack of consideration, any failure of interest, any hiatus in the smiling affectionate courtesy….’ That is Peter. MARK CURRIE (b 71)
Pete was a great man. It’s therefore a very great honour to be asked to talk here today—and to be paired with Mark. What a wonderful tribute by a son to his father. Although I was only in the Digby, his great creation, for its first seven terms, Pete had a profound and lasting effect on me. Over the years my wife Jenny and I have cherished his friendship. The last time we saw him was in December when we brought him here for the wonderful School Carol Service. (I’m also moved by the personal reflection that my grandfather would have graced this pulpit just over 100 years ago as a young curate at this beautiful Abbey.) It’s both an honour and a challenge to talk about Pete. So many of his friends, former pupils and colleagues have sent written tributes and are here today that I may struggle to tell you anything you don’t already know. I’ve also struggled (and failed) to keep to my limit of 1,000 words. In 1,000 words Pete would barely have warmed up, nor would his pipe as he scattered spent Swan Vesta matches left and right. By his own admission Pete could talk for Scotland. Mike Morton tells of the boy who objected to being given detention. Mike said he could appeal to his housemaster, Pete Currie, but he would have to give a full explanation and expect a detailed discussion. The young miscreant replied: “Oh no, sir! Not that. It would take longer than the detention”. Pete was not only a great talker; he was a great listener. Every correspondent mentioned his deep interest in them, their families, their lives and careers, with a compendious memory for detail which, as Maurice Thompson said: “made conversations, even though interrupted by years of separation, seem continuous.” This was more than good manners. He studied people and the world at large—for him, La Comédie Humaine.
It helped make him the outstanding schoolmaster he became. I think he originally chose to teach because it was a life he knew from his upbringing at Cheltenham, and his sporting, academic and social skills were much in demand. As time passed, the opportunities it brought for helping young people make sense of a complicated world (which, from his own life experience, he knew could often seem threatening to them) encouraged him to try to leave that world a better place. For everyone he had contact with, he succeeded.
waters; and he let the founding members of the Digby, led brilliantly by Paddy Barwise, devise and enforce their own (unwritten) House Rules. Pete and I often talked about State education. Astonishingly, only now are politicians and educationalists identifying non-cognitive skills such as character, resilience, coping with failure and disappointment, creativity and collaboration as the missing ingredients in too many schools. Pete rightly saw their development in individuals as his greatest gift to his pupils all that time ago.
Those who were boys when Pete started as a young house tutor in Westcott saw him and “his pretty and irrepressible young wife” as beacons of civilisation in an austere, even harsh environment: in David Cornwell’s words “an oasis of sanity and good nature.” With Hazel’s help he blurred the distinction between home life or the outside world and the constantly competitive, hierarchical life of school. Later, at the Digby, a boy could suddenly be summoned to the Curries’ house, be taken out of school life for 12 hours and be put up overnight in the spare room as though he were an adult guest.
Many former pupils have described him as a great teacher, commenting on the idiosyncratic Curriesque pronunciation as well as his love and expert knowledge of the literature of Le Grand Siècle. Any tendency to pomposity which, as Mark said, was usually quickly skewered by Hazel, was offset by some quite unpompous antics in his classroom. Most famously he once jumped out of his first floor window in frustration at an entire class’s “feckless incompetence”, to their horror but to his delight as he reappeared, standing on the scaffold planks which he knew were five feet below the parapet. In later years he relished visits from several different generations of men who claimed to have been in that class at the time.
Pete founded Le Cénacle, a literary salon for which he arranged brilliant speakers and open to sixth formers from both the boys’ and the girls’ school who were respected and challenged but never patronised. He was a lover of music, energetically supporting instrumentalists and singers, including John Weston who rallied his staff in the ransacked Peking embassy in 1967 by teaching them a madrigal introduced to him by Pete. In many ways Pete was constantly ahead of his time, a prophet sometimes initially without honour in his own country, but bit by bit other housemasters followed. He nudged the School towards modernity. Though innovative, he was essentially collaborative: a consensus-builder in the common room when he took the helm as Acting Chief for a year to help steer the School through turbulent
The experience of helping to found the Digby, as a united group of pioneers led by the highly innovative team of Pete, Simon Wilkinson, and other tutors (itself an innovation) showed what can be achieved by willpower, a clear and shared sense of moral purpose, and human kindness. David Fursdon will be saying more about the Digby at tonight’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. How very, very sad that Pete didn’t quite make it. Let me turn briefly to Pete’s contribution to sport at Sherborne. He helped to establish hockey as a major sport in 1950. I can see him now, scampering down the wing, bellowing instructions, with one hand waving an ancient, almost straight hockey stick,
and with the other vainly trying to find the whistle flapping uselessly behind his back. He inspired me and many others to love the game. He ran the golf for some years. He also became the only non-OS to date to captain the OS Golf Society. Robert Hands has kindly allowed me to write about his contribution at greater length in the new Pilgrims Booklet. In it I refer to Pete’s concern, which applied on and off the games field, to help every individual reach their full potential, whether talented or not. He derived as much pleasure from a physically awkward boy giving his all in a house rugby match as he did from seeing someone luckier with natural talent carrying off the prizes. Pete wrote a wonderful article for the current OS Record about the creation of the Digby ethos and his delight at the “guts and determination” shown by the motley crew that was our first House XV in reaching the Three Cock, the Inter-House Cup Final. (Lyon House won, as usual.) Pete was great company, a raconteur, a connoisseur, a polymath with an inventive and enquiring mind. He never failed to surprise me. I will finish on a musical note with three stories: the first was when we took him to Garsington to hear the Magic Flute before the days of surtitles. Someone offered him a spare copy of the libretto. He said “No thanks. I know all the words.” The second was in here in December. He told me that he’d listened to the service of Lessons and Carols from King’s Cambridge every Christmas since 1931 “except for 1944 when I was in Italy”. And so was the third: after a beautiful rendering of “In the Bleak Midwinter” he said to me in an unsuccessful attempt at a stage whisper “I wonder if Christina Rossetti had any idea of what the world would do with her poem.” If we listen very carefully, we can still hear that whisper. If we close our eyes, we can see and hear him forever, the ultimate civilised human being. RICHARD HARDIE (h & m 66)
Remembrance Service 11th November 2014
PILGRIMS While the rugby Varsity Match is a minor fixture in the professional era, it remains a benchmark for aspiring young players who have eschewed the club academies and pursued their academic dreams alongside their sporting ones. So for Sherborne to produce two of the recordbreaking Oxford XV this December is something to be celebrated. Not the least reason being that it has rarely been the case for the School to provide one of the players in the match, let alone two. Congratulations to Fergus Taylor and Ian Williams (the latter of whom scored in the 43-6 demolition of Cambridge) on their Blues. The crowd may be smaller than in the fixture’s heyday of the Eighties and Nineties, but a Twickenham occasion remains one to savour. It is indicative too of the School’s relative academic and sporting health that both were part of Oxford’s highest score, highest margin of victory and a record fifth consecutive win. Not since 1985 has the School had two Pilgrims on the field – one of each in Rob Rydon (Oxford) and Jon Turner (Cambridge). And not since 1934 had there been two OS on the same team – J.H. Bowman and Peter Candler, for Cambridge. In this commemorative year of the outbreak of the First World War, a theme that was taken up by the two ancient universities, as will have been noted by those who saw the game with the red poppies adorning the shirts, John Harden and Adrian Ballard laid a wreath on behalf of the School in memory of another Oxford Blue, C.D. Baker, who played in the 1890, 1891 and 1892 Varsity Matches (as captain in his final year), and who was killed in France in 1917. A memorable day at Twickenham for a number of reasons, then. Two very contrasting men who contributed enormously to Sherborne sport passed away this year: Chris Chataway, the outstanding runner who died towards the start of the year, was the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in the award’s inaugural year, in 1954. Remarkably, Chataway did not win a race until he was 16; perhaps gradually those Lenthay runs built him up – I’d like to think so. Few were more devoted to OS and OS sport than Peter Currie, and not 42
just for golfers, which was his abiding sporting passion. My memories of Peter are of a man full of enthusiasm and vitality, even in old age. His work for the OSGS was immense and OS of many vintages will have mourned his passing. Jimmy Adams, whose batting adorned The Upper as a schoolboy a decade and a half ago, and who despite commitments for Hampshire has made himself available for the Club whenever possible in the intervening time, has a benefit season next year. Adams led his county to promotion from the second division of the county championship over the summer and has been a backbone of the county for more than a decade now. In so many ways, Jimmy Adams represents what is best about a Club such as the Pilgrims – while not all of us have his innate talent, his competitiveness, decency and sporting enjoyment characterise all that the Club would want its members to have. Full details of how the Club administers its sports and who is responsible for them can be found on the Pilgrims website at www.sherbornepilgrims.co.uk. Charlie Clifton has had a number of years successfully managing the cricket side but work has taken him abroad and Alex Pusinelli and the aforementioned Fergus Taylor have stepped into the breach. The Club did not get beyond the second round of the Cricketer Cup, but for the first time in living memory, every single match in the annual Cricket Week in July was won. Will Smibert has stepped up to run the hockey team, while the rugby side is growing in popularity and a tour to Jersey is planned for March 2015. A reminder in conclusion: you do not have to be a Pilgrim to play for the Club – if you are an OS, you will always be welcome to participate, and the Club does operate a system of subsidy for younger members. Please get in touch with the Club’s Hon Secretary, Ed Lyons, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Club’s future rests in the hands of those who have recently left – whether high or moderate sporting achiever at the School, the door is open. ROBERT HANDS (b 92)
OS Alumni Race December 2014 For the second year running we turned out a large team of 14 runners, aged from 18 to 62, which on paper was very strong, with 9 runners capable of running 30 minutes or less for the five miles. However, you never know and the conditions were extremely muddy and slippery on Wimbledon Common. In the event we won the Henry VIII Trophy easily taking 2nd (Harry Lane b 13), 3rd (James Sewry d 14), 5th (Ed Knudsen g 06) and 19th (Lloyd Collier d 90), an outstanding result in a very competitive race. There were 142 runners and 21 teams. The Chris Chataway Trophy for the best performance against handicap was won by Angus Cater (c 70). For a full list of the results please visit The Thames Hare and Hounds website, www.thameshareandhounds.org. uk/alumni.php Sherborne was first in the Open Competition out of 21, sixth in the Vets (Over 40) out of 21, eighth in the Over 50’s out of 16, and seventh in the Over 60’s out of 11. The next race is the Hyde Park Relays in February. If you are interested in running in either of these events go to the Sherborne Pilgrims XC page on Facebook or email Tirvine1111@gmail.com
Sport OS Old Shirburnian Sailing
W We’ve had a very enjoyable year at OS sailing which started, as it always does, with Sunday lunch at The Goat in Clapham. This generates a real cross generational response which is always good to see and is a splendid way to spend a Sunday afternoon in January.
In recent years the OS have tended to dominate the matches with the School for the Stanger-Leathes trophy. However, this may be changing as Mike Ewart–Smith has joined the staff and he has a formidable pedigree in team racing. His influence was apparent in our November match where the School beat the OS 2-1 in both sets of races. This had been preceded by the blessing of the new boats (420’s), by the Reverend Charles Trefusis (g 78). Three of the boats had been provided by an anonymous OS sailor and one by OS Sailing. The Foundation had paid for a fifth and the School a sixth. The Headmaster, Ralph Barlow, attended and made a short address which was well received. It was particularly encouraging to see his support for School sailing which is enjoyed by so many boys. A reception was held after the racing in Bow House and then a large number of us had an excellent dinner at Tamburinos.
Before the Stanger-Leathes in March, Caroline Archer and I interviewed a number of boys for the Andrew Yorke award, a subsidy provided from the legacy left by the late and much missed Andrew Yorke, the master in charge of
sailing for 40 years. All the boys performed well so they will go on to have their subsidized training from the RYA in the summer. The AGM was held in Yarmouth this year. It passed without incident and we had an absolutely delicious dinner at On the Rocks. One of the highlights of the year was a day trip on Alice, a Thames barge, which was organized by Charles Trefusis. A number of us had slept on board the previous night so, slightly the worse for wear, we left from Portsmouth at about 10 am and sailed down the Solent with the tide. We went out through the Hurst narrows and completed a circle coming back across the Shingles bank at approaching low tide. The BBC describes the Shingles as follows ‘The Shingles is a naturally-occurring, constantly shifting bank of pebbles which stretches for 3 miles (5km) on the opposite side of the Needles Channel from the famous lighthouse. It is infamous among sailors, having been the cause of numerous navigational blunders and shipwrecks over the years’. I was a little nervous but our skipper was unperturbed, even when we grounded. He just lifted up the huge centerboards which are, unusually, attached to the outside of the hull, and we bumped our way across the bank. The final drama of the day was when the massive topmast broke and came crashing down onto the deck. Mercifully, no one was hurt.
Just four boys came with Chris Hamon on Harrac (my 44ft classic yawl) for the Andrew Yorke weekend in October. I received a very nice email from one of the boys’ parents whose son had reported in glowing terms about his weekend. We should not underestimate the value of this introductory weekend to big boat sailing and I hope it will be ever thus. We are starting to do better at the Arrow Trophy which is held each October and involves racing on Farr 42’s against other independent schools. The standard is very high and our 8th position out of 22 competing teams was very creditable. I think we should recruit Mike Ewart-Smith as soon as possible though! The dinner at The Corinthian in Cowes was, as usual, very jolly, fuelled by a wine subsidy from our Treasurer! I received a text at 21.30 from him, as stocks were starting to run dry, asking for my endorsement for some additional expenditure! By the time I saw it they were all nursing their hangovers. We have an action packed programme for 2015 for all age groups which can be seen on the website at www.osss.org.uk or contact Angus.email@example.com for more information. This includes a West Country Rally, racing on Queen Mary’s reservoir as well as the usual fixtures. New members are always welcome, particularly those with boats. ANGUS CATER (c 70) COMMODORE
OLD SHIRBURNIAN GOLFING SOCIETY It has been another enjoyable year with 105 members playing for the Society in tournaments, matches and meetings. The Society is very privileged to be able to play on some wonderful courses and is most grateful to the clubs who look after us so well year after year. The season started in March with winning the Brent Knoll Bowl at Burnham and Berrow for the second year running. The team was: Nick Aubin and Robbie Busher; Nigel Whalley and Jos Pralle; Ed Kelly and Robin Irving. The Society first played in the Brent Knoll in 1956 and has now won the Bowl five times – 1984, 1992, 2003, 2013 and 2014. Nigel Whalley has had the distinction of playing in all of the five winning teams. The Halford Hewitt saw a sound win in the first round against Framlingham, and we looked as if we were going to beat Glenalmond in the next round. However, the deciding match was lost on the 18th green. The team was: Rhys Francis and Robbie Busher; Nick Hyde and Peter Martin; Toby Couzens and Stuart Gillett; Robin Irving and Rob Kitchin; Clive Martin and Jos Pralle. In the G L Mellin Salver we beat Aldenham in the first round before losing to Haileybury. Our senior pairs failed to qualify for the matchplay stages. The Society has had a mixed record in the Grafton Morrish, but this year we played really well and beat Hymers, St John’s Leatherhead, Haileybury, Shrewsbury and Loughborough to reach our first ever final. This was against Clifton, who unfortunately for travelling reasons were one player short and had to concede a match; the end result was a 2½-½ win. The team was: Rhys Francis and Toby Couzens; Jos Pralle and Clive Martin; Stuart Gillette and Robin Irving.
The winners of the major prizes at the three meetings were: Sherborne – Robin Irving, John Fielder and Marcus Chantrey; The Berkshire – Stuart Gillett, Jonathan Godfrey, Mike Prager, Patrick Mackintosh, John Youngman and Iain Webb-Wilson; Rye – Andrew Rose, Richard Parsons, Alan Gale, Robin Irving and John Irving. A total of 21 matches were played during the year: winning ten; losing nine; and halving two. At the AGM in June, Simon Brown retired as President after his five year term of office and was succeeded by Gavin Webb-Wilson; John Irving was elected as Captain, with David Dinkeldein and Gavin Prentice as Vice-Captains. We welcomed a number of new members during the year, including a record number of leavers. Patrick Francis is doing an excellent job in creating a lot of interest in golf at the School; it is to be hoped that the new members will find the time to actually play in matches and meetings. The Committee appreciate that golf is an expensive game, and for over 40 years there has been a system of subsidies for the younger members to help defray the costs of a day’s golf. If any reader would like more information about the Society, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org – 07788 628678 (M). There is also the website (www.osgs.org) which includes the fixtures and results. HOWARD GILL (f 81)
BRAVERY, Rupert Victor (c 76) was made a Fellow of the University of Sussex in July 2014 also became Chairman of the Johnson Beharry VC Foundation this year. BURNETT, Hugh Thomas (h 58) was awarded an OBE for services to the community in 2004, was appointed High Sheriff of East Sussex in 2008/9, has been Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex since 2004, and was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013 FERGUSON, Edward Alexander de Poulton (b 96) has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He took up his appointment in August 2014. JAMES, Jeremy Noel Robert (h & e 79) has been appointed Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Perth (Western Australia). He was consecrated on 6 August. JOHNSON, Peter William Montague (m 79) was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014. LINTON, Robert Anthony Fox (h 63) was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. NITSCH, Christopher John Bowstead (a 53) was made a Commander of the Order of Bath in the New Year’s Honours List for his work in neuroscience and mental health.
APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS
Grafton Morrish Trophy From left to right: Joss Pralle, Clive Martin, Robin Irving, Stuart Gillett (Captain), Toby Couzens, Rhys Francis.
OWEN, Michael John (d 73) received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to neuroscience and mental health. PEROWNE, James Francis (a & m 65) has been personally appointed by HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip to be The Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.
RILEY, Stephen John (c 73) has been appointed President of the Insurance Institute of London SARGENT, Christopher Tom (b 90) was awarded an MBE, Military Division, for his outstanding leadership.
GEOFF CALVERT (h 44). We have recently moved to a retirement village at Cranleigh which we highly recommend. Attended the pre recommissioning of submarine Alliance in Gosport, in which I served as First Lieutenant. Proud great grandparents of two boys and two girls.
time at school (1942-1947) coincided with the outstanding contribution he and others were making at Bletchley Park shortening World War 2 by two years.
had never been picked for any other team. We challenged the film crew to a match. I do not remember which side won but it was a hilarious occasion. The captain of the film crew’s team was the producer Roy Boulting. He gave me his autograph which I possess along with those of Richard Attenborough and John Fleming.
MICHAEL PELHAM (d 44) is in good heart and with his wife Lucy (they were married in 1958) very much enjoyed the ‘Q’ reunion at Sherborne in September. He has just retired as Chairman of “Music at Beaulieu” after starting it nearly 40 years ago. Music at Beaulieu organises some 12 concerts a year in the beautiful 13th century Abbey Church and makes (quite valuable) annual Awards to help musicians in the New Forest. He has also recently retired from his retirement hobby “Pelham Tours” which he and his wife enjoyed enormously and which took them to some fascinating places all over the world. They are still travelling on holiday and are just back from two weeks of nearly unbroken sunshine in Cyprus. Michael is also a fairly regular visitor to King’s College, Cambridge where he went as Choral Scholar from Sherborne. He will always be grateful to Mr Picton, Director of Music at Sherborne at that time, for suggesting that he should try for it as neither he nor his parents would otherwise have thought of it. It was a wonderful experience.
TONY EVERETT (a 48) You will know that the great actor and film director Richard Attenborough died recently. One of the earliest films in which he starred, The Guinea Pig, was largely shot at Sherborne in 1948. There may be some OS still around who remember the occasion and perhaps took part in some of the crowd scenes. I was one of those and enclose a photo taken from the film in which I was one of the boys shouting at Richard Attenborough when he was being forced to bow before the statue of Henry VIII (made of plaster of Paris) in the Abbey Close. I am the boy on the far right of the picture. There are two more boys clearly shown in this shot who may well recognise themselves. I also enclose two photos which I took of Richard Attenborough and Peter Fleming filming on the Upper.
MICHAEL SELBY (h 49) gave the speech on behalf of all Volunteers at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Victim Support, in Bristol.
PETER GELL (h 47) Now midterm in my ninth decade, I had two outstanding visits this year, first to Myanmar with our daughter and latterly to the Galapagos with my wife. In and out of rubber dinghies twice daily, wet landings, etc. – do it before getting too infirm! Cheekily and with no reflected glory, it transpires that my end study on the ground floor of Westcott House was the one used by Alan Turing in the ‘20s. By chance my
BERESFORD KING-SMITH (a 49) on 6th January 2014, aged 82, I retired as Archivist of the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), on the 50th anniversary of my starting work for them as Concert Manager! In April, I also retired from my post as Musical Director of The Circle Singers of Royal Leamington Spa, after some 20 years there. My brother HUGH (a 46), a Franciscan Brother, known as Brother Robert Hugh, is now 86 and still pretty active. My wife Kate and I visited him in San Francisco, where he has been living for the past 40 years or so, last June.
We had an unofficial cricket team at the time called The Agriculturists. The only way a boy could qualify for membership of this team was to be such a poor cricketer that he
DICK EBERLIE (a 50) Still active locally; member Tavistock Town Council, trustee Tavistock Museum, founder member Tavistock Food Bank, committee member Tavistock Heritage Partnership, committee member ‘Friends of St Eustachius’ church’. Published June 2014 Growing up in a Doctor’s Family. A Memoir of the years 1932 to 1956. 45
1950s ROBERT WHYTE (a 50) Having qualified as a chartered accountant I worked for over 30 years in development aid largely for the World Bank in Washington DC with two years in Kenya and five in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). Having retired from remunerated employment in 1989, I can only say that we live in happy retirement in Chichester. Now in our 58th year of marriage I can confidently say that the wisest thing I ever did was to marry my wife, Brigid, and our family of three children with seven grandchildren bring us endless joy. We are both fortunate in having good health, possibly helped by our main activity of Scottish country dancing; our other main interest is the theatre here in the splendidly renewed Chichester theatres and at the Globe plus opera at Glyndebourne and Grange Park. All this plus some gardening and golf and Brigid’s local activities keeps us pretty well occupied. We have enjoyed a couple of OS reunions, the latest being when Stanley Johnson presided.
Here is a photo which may possibly be of interest. It was in the Illustrated London News at the time of King George VI’s visit to the school for the 400th centenary in 1950. It shows myself on left, CHRIS PENNY (a 51) standing with kitten and BILL TAYLOR (a 51) in our study. MICHAEL WILSON (f 50) has been in a nursing home since 2014, following a stroke in 2011. He was greatly cheered to find a fellow OS BOBBY REYNOLDS (b 45) in the same nursing home. Michael joined the army in 1950, went to Sandhurst, served in Egypt, Germany, Nigeria, Germany and England. He became a Cost and Management Accountant, came out of the army in 1977 and worked at Lensbury (Shell’s sports and Conference Centre) and St. Theresa’s School before retiring in 1994. He married in 1962, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren and has lived near Guildford since 1969 . TIM REEP (b 51) Beef farming in New Zealand for the last 30 years near Huntly, North Island. Special interest in forestry, being past president of Waikato branch of the Farm Forestry Association and growing pines and hardwoods for consumption of greenhouse gases. 46
Cycling still main sport having covered 20,000 kms in long trips in Europe, across Canada, and across Australia sideways and up and down. Won NZ Masters at 70. ANTONY SNOW (b 51) on 1 September 2014, aged 81, I retired from all commercial work in advertising and public relations (Someone has to do it!). I remain on the boards of the Corning Museum of Glass in The States and the Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London. MICHAEL ADAMSON (b 52) I will turn 80 next week but I’m still working. I have tried to retire on three occasions but my employer would not accept my resignation as a senior vice president at a California bank! So now I am a consultant for the bank and was due to retire yet again last June. Once again the board refused to let me go. Here in California we don’t have any stupid rules about having to retire at 65! I’m very happy to be able to continue working otherwise I would have to work for my wife who has a business in Carmel importing French antiques and she doesn’t pay well; in fact nothing! However, I do get to spend three weeks each year in the South of France on a buying trip! The highlight of the past two years was attending the Reunion Dinner at Abbey House. I flew all the way to spend just two days in the UK but it was well worth it. Sherborne hasn’t changed much during the intervening sixty years and the Abbey Bookshop was still there! TIM GROOME (f 56) after our engagement almost two years ago Jill and I are now living together in Bosham. I have just passed my 76th birthday and so am tending not to do quite so much work now, seeing as it is fairly strenuous - property maintenance with the emphasis on fencing! We don’t seem to be getting any nearer to walking up the aisle, as Jill tells her friends, we’ve had double glazing installed! I am still pretty active playing tennis twice a week and very keen on walking and the great outdoors in general. ANDREW RUGG-GUNN (g 57) retired from Newcastle University in 2001, moving to Sidmouth, Devon. At Newcastle: Professor of Preventive Dentistry and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry; Head of Child Dental Health; Co-Director of the Human Nutrition Research Centre; Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Oral Health. Author of nine books and 180 articles. Following retirement: Professor Emeritus, Newcastle
University; King James IV Professorship, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; Member of Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition; Trustee of The Borrow Foundation. Five times Scottish squash champion. COLIN COOPER (c 58) after spending 30 years as a prep school master I went back to school and re-trained as a TEFL teacher, After five years and the death of my wife and having no kids I moved to Spain and continued to teach here. I am now retired and live in La Rioja with my second (Spanish) wife - the best move I ever made. Always glad to meet/help or offer advice to any Shirburnian wanting to know about this area of Spain. JAMES ROWLAND (c 58) - refereed, for England Golf, the 2014 English Men’s Amateur Championship, the English Men’s County Championship Finals and the English Men’s Mid Amateur (over 35) Championship. Also the 2013 Brabazon Trophy, the McGregor Trophy (under 16), and the Carris Trophy (under 18). PETER BRUCE (a 59) has represented Britain at international yacht racing on seven occasions, four times in the British Admirals Cup Team, once in the top individual boat and twice in the winning team, twice in the British team for the Southern Cross series in Australia, and once as the sighted skipper of one of the British blind sailing crews taking part in the World Championships in New Zealand, when he won a gold medal. He has had considerable success over the years at Cowes Week both at the helm of his own and other’s boats, winning his class on seven occasions, the Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl, the Britannia Cup and the New York Yacht Club Trophy. Skippering his own boat he has twice won RORC races overall, and a string of national titles as well as the JOG championship. He has cruised the Western Isles of Scotland and Ireland on nine occasions. He has taken his yacht to the Netherlands, has been through the Canal du Midi to the Mediterranean, and thence to Malta. In 2007 he took his yacht to Ireland and Spain, and in 2013 he went from Lymington to the Shetlands and back. He has written a number of local books: Solent Hazards, Wight Hazards, and Inshore Along the Dorset Coast and created the tidal stream manuals Solent & Island Tidal Streams and Tidal Streams between Portland Bill and St Alban’s Head, of which 65,000 have sold. Of more general interest is the world famous book, Heavy Weather Sailing, that he took over from the original author, Adlard Coles and which is now in its sixth edition.
SIMON HEMENS (a 59) We now have four grandsons and a brand new granddaughter, too new even to have a name as yet. I continue National Trust volunteering at The Vyne near Basingstoke and now also at Hinton Ampner. And I never enjoyed history at School! MIKE MOODY (c 59) retired from army as a Colonel and then worked for the government as a Balkans expert. Final work was as a battlefield guide. Living in Salisbury and married with four children including two OS sons, PATRICK (c 84) and DAVID (c 85) (see separate entries for their news) and 10 grandchildren. Seem to be on every committee going. ANTONY THOMAS (a 59) Two of Antony Thomas’s documentaries — Questioning Darwin (HBO) and Secrets of the Vatican (PBS Frontline) were broadcast across the United States in February. Both received outstanding reviews, and Secrets of the Vatican had the highest viewing figures for a “Frontline” documentary for the past six years. He is now working in the Middle East on another documentary for HBO.
1960s NIGEL MERMAGEN (b 61) I am still serving as a District Councillor in South Somerset, after more than 20 years on Town, District and County Councils. In recent years my main political activity has been as a member of the UK delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. This comprises local government representatives from 47 countries. At the plenary session earlier this month I was elected 1st Vice President, one of the senior positions in the organisation, defeating four other candidates. My work on the Council of Europe enables me to make daily use of the French and German I learnt at Sherborne nearly 60 years ago. BRIAN COOKE (a 62) won Historic Place of Worship category in the English Heritage Angel Awards for the rescue of All Saints Leamington Hastings. Visit the website to watch a short video clip and read about Brian’s work: https://www.englishheritage.org.uk/caring/angelawards/winners-2014
JOHN HOBSON (f 62) I signed Articles of Clerkship with a firm of solicitors in Bristol in October 1962 aged 17, one month before my 18th birthday. After qualifying as a solicitor and working in Bristol, in 1970 I joined Waltons in Luton, which became Taylor Walton following a merger in 1990. I specialised in employment law and after 10 years as Senior Partner retired from practice in 2009. Since then I have continued to work part time as an Employment Judge at the Employment Tribunal in Watford (London North and West Region), having first been appointed in 2001. My contract ends on 20 November 2014 when I shall fully retire after a legal career spanning 52 years. I have been very fortunate in that the law, my chosen career since childhood, has always retained a fascination for me and throughout my working life I have benefitted from the friendship and support of some exceptionally able and pleasant colleagues. For the future I intend to get more involved in voluntary work, enjoy my wonderful family, including four amazing grandchildren, and persevere with trying to master the game of golf. RODNEY MYERS (b 62) I was a D-Day babe so hit 70 on June 6th. What a thought! Living in Flushing on Falmouth Harbour. Downsized in March to a tiny waterfront cottage - space limited but great views! Actively rowing Cornish Pilot gigs twice a week and coxing on occasion. Great fun coxing a gig down the Thames with hundreds of other craft for HM’s Golden Jubilee. Have now sung with the Cornish Male Choir (Nankersey) for the last 11 years. (The excitement of last year was the massed Cornish Choirs giving a concert in the Royal Albert Hall where we had about 5,000 in the audience!)
Apropos of nothing I really enjoyed the recent World War I battlefield trip to Flanders. DAVID DALGLISH (b 63) Having just passed my 70th Birthday I have finally taken the decision to step back from the day to day running of Knaresborough Kitchens a business that my wife Lynda and I started 18 years ago. We leave the business in the capable hands of Lynda’s son - Matt - but will maintain a parttime interest as required. Retirement will allow me time to do up the family home where I grew up near Whitby in North Yorkshire and from where I used to travel by steam engine to school. The house is large, beautiful and in a fantastic position but in sore need of repair before it can be sold. We live near Harrogate where we are increasingly surrounded by six of our seven grandchildren - the seventh being in London. Retirement will hopefully allow us the opportunity to do a bit of grey ‘back packing’ around the world something all our children managed to do post university. In between travelling and home improvement we will continue to enjoy time spent with our ever increasing family. ROBERT KEY (a 63) Member, The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, Chair, Salisbury Cathedral Magna Carta 2015 Board, a Trustee of The Trussell Trust (Food Banks etc).
Still sailing when the opportunity arises on other people’s yachts! This year, a cruise in a friend’s Bowman 41 in the Baltic from Gotenberg, through a lot of interesting islands and ending up in the Kiel Canal. Fond memories of my time at Sherborne (58-62) when the main purpose in life seemed to be to make sure we had enough sports silverware on the Abbey House trophy board for Micky Walford. The academic side of life lapsed a bit! MICHAEL WARD (b 62) I have retired as a solicitor as at 31 October although I will continue practising as a Notary Public hence will still be dividing my life between Dorset and London.
PETER NEWBERY (h 63) The 1964 intake to the Brittannia Royal Naval College held its 50th anniversary reunion in Dartmouth in September. There were five OS present: PETER BISHOP (a 64), MATTHEW FRENCH (h 63), SIMON MERRIMAN (a 64), RICHARD SANDERSON (h 64) and me. The photo above is of us all marching past one last time.
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RICHARD DUNSTAN (b 64) attended the splendid reunion for the leavers of 1964 held in the Old School Room, is kept amused in retirement by a Football XI of grandchildren, is an active member of the old School lodge, Chairman of the Non-Masonic grants committee of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity and was honoured by promotion to active Junior Grand Deacon this year GLENN GILBERTSON (a 64) studied at College University Hospital Dental School, London, where he met and married Josephine, both qualifying as dental surgeons. They moved to Alresford, Hampshire in 1970 and ran a dental practice in the town from 1972 to 2006. They have three children and one grandchild. Along with aviation and model-making, history has been a life-long passion. Career choice meant specialising in scientific subjects, but in later life six years of study with the Open University led to an Honours BA in History and Social Science in 1997. Retirement has given the opportunity to travel, continue to learn through U3A and become Chairman of the Alresford Historical and Literary Society and editor-in-chief of Alresford Articles, the AHLS magazine. This year, after six years’ research, Glenn has authored and published a new book, Not Just a Name – Alresford, Hampshire & District 20th Century Deaths in the Armed Forces, ISBN 978-0-9538607-1-5. Copies are available from the Society www.alresfordhistandlit.co.uk. PETER MEREDITH (a 64) it’s been more than 40 years since I started my journalistic career on a weekly suburban London newspaper and 34 years since I came to Australia. These days, self-employed and free to choose my topics, I write mostly about science, with an occasional people story thrown in. Not long ago, I accompanied a storm-chaser as he went in search of tropical thunderstorms out of Darwin, in the Northern Territory. The story that came out of that adventure mixed storm-chasing narrative with some history of weatherforecasting and climate change in Australia. In November 2014 the article won me one of the two runner-up prizes in a science writing award. My work has allowed me to become involved in extraordinary events and mix with a multitude of fascinating and brilliant people. I still can’t believe my luck.
ROBIN WHITE (f 64) after a career in the construction industry, I am now retired and living in Studland, Dorset. Having joined the Royal Motor Yacht Club, I have recently purchased a Cornish Shrimper and enjoy sailing in Poole Harbour. JACK STEER (f 65) Jack qualified as a Management Accountant in 1974 and worked in the steel industry for the next 43 years before retiring in 2009. Jack has been married to Jill for 37 years and they have a son aged 35 and a daughter aged 33, who gave birth to their first grandchild on 11 November 2013. He was a regular hockey player for his local Bridgend club and has been its Treasurer for the last 27 years. He represented Wales in Vets hockey, playing in its Great Grand Masters International Team for over 65’s. He played in the World Cup Competition in Oxford in June 2012, and has further earned Welsh Caps since. His spare time, when not attending to the upkeep on a large allotment producing home grown vegetables, is spent working with various local charities, raising funds. PHILIP VENNING (f 65) successfully passed the arduous assessment process to become an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). He is greatly enjoying lecturing on historic building subjects to NADFAS branches throughout the country, while continuing to spend much of his retirement with the eastern region of the Heritage Lottery Fund. BOB WEST (h 65) The only thing that has happened to me recently is that I have retired! After nearly 38 years in the Army and eight years in the Middle East (the last five as a General Manager of a small company in Oman), I decided that, as I now qualify for a free bus pass, that it was time to call it a day. We are in the middle of a complicated move (renovation, downsizing and the weather) and will be in Warminster for the next few years. DAVID HARDIMAN (d 66) I retired as Professor of History from the University of Warwick at the start of 2014, and am now Emeritus Professor of History there. I continue to research and write on modern Indian history. My second granddaughter was born this year.
HENRY SANCTUARY MORE (a 67) retired in May 2014 after 40 years working in the Oil & Gas drilling industry, based in Silicon Valley, California. Most of this time was spent developing well bore guidance systems that played their part in drilling horizontal wells in the shale oil/gas revolution in the United States. He cofounded two companies, one of which became part of GE Oil & Gas; the other became part of Enteq Upstream PLC, a company listed on the AIM market on the London Stock Exchange. He continues to be involved in the drilling industry on a parttime consulting basis as time, and his wife and three children, permit. JAY O’KEEFFE (g 68) I’m continuing work as a Professor Emeritus at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. My specialist training as a river ecologist is expanding to more multidisciplinary work on water resource management and policy. Apart from local research, I began a project this year with WWF-India on the environmental flow requirements for the Ramganga River, a major Himalayan tributary of the Ganga (Ganges), and another with a team of Tanzanian scientists on the Rufiji Basin, funded by USAID. I also lecture at the Swiss National Research Institute ETH in Zurich, and gave a keynote lecture at the International River Symposium in Canberra, Australia in October. My eldest daughter Lucy, who lives down the road at Kwandwe, a large private game reserve, produced a bouncing baby boy, Thomas Keith Mann, in July, to make me a very proud Grandfather. Prof Jay O’Keeffe, on the road to the Upper Ramganga River, upstream of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, India, with the Himalayas in the background. JOHN SEWELL (g 69) I retired from medicine in 2008, lived in southern Spain running a fruit farm for a few years, then got divorced and moved back to the UK. Last year I re-married and now divide my time between Bath and San Juan Island in the USA. JIM SINGLETON (c 69) Still living in Western Australia with wife Helen - grown up children all nearby, and eldest married son, Dr Guy Singleton, with two daughters. Youngest son an up and coming film maker, who goes by the name of Roderick Mackay. I joined the Engineering and Environmental Consultants, Knight Piesold Pty Ltd, at the beginning of 2014 - now working on mining projects in Myanmar, West Africa and
Indonesia. Fascinating times in Myanmar working with a Chinese (i.e. PRC) company near client Mandalay. Still engaged in social, environmental, strategic and risk related work - and attempting to avoid danger (was held hostage in remote Indonesia in 2009, while on an assignment for a global oil company).
I have just been appointed President of the Insurance Institute of London which is the largest part of the body which oversees education and training in the Insurance business. We have 21,500 members. I have also just been elected as Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Insurers (the Livery company for those connected to the insurance business). So plenty of challenges ahead and I am looking forward to them.
I make regular trips to UK to visit now very elderly parents in their 90s, still living independently in Dorset and I am still practicing JuJitsu (1st Dan level).
1970s GUY RIPLEY (b 70) I have been living near Saint Emilion for 15 years working as an International Agent for the export of French wines. I would always be interested to hear from OS passing through the Bordeaux region. MALCOLM CROW (m 71) is now Head of the London Branch of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, the Swedish bank which has employed him for the last 32 years. ROBERT FULLER (a 71) I am still working as a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer and Auctioneer with Simmons & Sons LLP based at Henley upon Thames although I work from home. I have been married for 26 years now and have three children, all of whom have left school, and one who has left university. I continue to enjoy my hobbies including fishing, shooting, flying a hot air balloon, playing tennis and cycling. Anything to keep healthy!! NIGEL MILLER (a 72) I continue to work at IBM in software development, and live a pleasantly quiet life with my wife in Hampshire, the children having fled the nest to work and live in London. This year I have taken up rugby again, playing ‘Masters’ (over 35s) at Southampton Spitfires Rugby League Football club, and in between times can quite often be found watching Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop, where I will always be happy to buy anyone a drink in the King’s Bar who identifies themselves to me as a fellow OS. STEPHEN RILEY (c 73) after 38 years of work mainly with just two firms, I am retiring from Global Aerospace in March. This is not the end though, but merely a transition into a part time career part pro bono and part (I hope) paid.
CHARLES BAUGHAN (b 74) after meeting David Cameron at the North Devon Show I went to China with him in Dec 2013. Westaways are now exporting sausages to new markets all over the world, and I was presented with an Award for “Services to Sausages” at the House of Lords. Please follow me on Twitter @westaways JOHN HUBBARD (a 75) I had a group of thirteen poems published in the United States in the magazine Assaracu’ in the summer, and continue to enjoy writing and some part-time teaching in Bournemouth for the U3A and the Girls’ Grammar School. PIERS LAWSON (d 75) I started working full-time as a fundraiser for The Gurkha Welfare Trust in May 2014. I look after major donors, corporate partnerships and charitable foundations. I work in their head office in Salisbury and in September travelled to Nepal in order to visit some of our Gurkha Welfare Pensioners in Eastern and Central Nepal. RICHARD MADLEY (a 75) continues to conduct the IPL Player Auctions in India every February and returned to Mumbai this summer to auction the most expensive property ever sold in India – a “bungalow” in Malabar Hill for £37 million! More recently he has appeared as an antiques expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt but has no current plans to do Strictly! ANDREW WILSON (h 75) I am running my own consultancy company and working as GM and European Development Manager for Contraload NV. MARK WIPPELL (c 75) is a senior corporate partner at Allen & Overy LLP. In July 2013 he became Chairman of the American European Business Association. In June 2014 he joined the board of Deltex Medical Group PLC as a Non-Executive Director
RUPERT BRAVERY (c 76) In 2014 I was made a Fellow of the University of Sussex and also became Chairman of the Johnson Beharry VC Foundation. The Foundation is a charity that aims to get kids out of street gangs into some form of education and then employment. MAX JONAS (f 77) is Director of the General Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Southampton and is on the committee of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine. I am a Senior Tutor and Lecturer for Southampton University medical students and in my spare time remember I have a wife and four children, one at Sherborne and one maybe in the near future. TIM TOZER (a 77) early this year I returned to work in the UK as Chairman and MD of Vauxhall Motors based in Luton. Having spent a working lifetime in the motor industry (having puzzled the wonderful Peter Boissier as to what drove my ambition to join British Leyland straight after leaving School House), I was surprised that General Motors hired an outsider for a job that I’m finding great fun and very challenging. Divorced six years ago, with three hardworking and very balanced 20+ children, a wonderful Dutch partner now settling onto the island and an annual reunion with MAURICE BUTTON (a 77), FRED PRICE (a 77), PHILIP WALKER (a 76), BRAD ROWE (f 77) and COPPER FOSTER (d 77), all is good.” RUPERT DOREY (m 78) Director of various investment companies, including Chaiman of FTSE 250 listed Infrastructure company. Enjoying the sailing in Guernsey. Former President of Guernsey Chamber of Commerce. TERRY GORDON (h 78) Married Lorraine in 1999 in Cypress Gardens, Florida, and have a daughter aged 13 and a son aged 11. Have been living in Braintree, Essex for the last 12 years. I’ve been working for Lloyds Banking Group in the City for two years as a Product Governance Manager. Prior to this I had spells with HSBC and ABN AMRO Bank both in London. RICHARD HALY (a 78) Dick continues as a house-husband with three daughters still at day schools while his wife Mary goes to work. After over two years it seems almost normal now! He has taken up Real Tennis and is now a member at Hampton Court Palace.
PETER JOHNSON (m 79) is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Southampton, where he is building a £25M Centre for Cancer Immunology, to develop new ways of using the immune system to treat cancer. He is Chief Clinician at Cancer Research UK and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
ANDREW HENDERSON (a 83) I have been running Wychwood Consulting since 2009, providing consultancy services into the IT and Energy sectors, helping start-ups commercialise their offerings. I also run the Conservative Technology Forum’s Energy Group providing policy advice and guidance to the Party on Energy matters.
1980s SIMON BOUND (h 80) was appointed Global Director of Research at Morgan Stanley in 2014. He has worked at MS for 15 years and is currently based in New York where he lives with his wife Maggie and their seven children. RICHARD THOMAS (f 80) I climbed Kilimamjaro in February 2014. I am Chief Operating Officer for the BBC World Service. RODDY BARROW (m 81) I have become the CFO of HR GO plc, a national recruitment firm, so keen to hear from OS who need temp or perm placements. I still live in Surrey but commute to the HQ in Ashford, Kent. NICHOLAS LUSHER (b 81) on 14 October 2014 my wife, Jamie originally of New York and Los Angeles, and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We are presently residing in Manhattan on the Upper West Side where we work together as Private Art dealers and advisors specializing in the niche market of Bermudian and WestIndian-related historic Works of Art. We operate by appointment in a live / work space and do not have a public art gallery per se. We have a son, Ben, 22, and a daughter, Chloe, 20. JAMES NICHOLSON (b 82) I am working as a consultant paediatric oncologist in the East of England, based in Cambridge. In 2014 I took up the chair of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), a national children’s cancer charity and the professional body for all those working in the field of children’s cancer (UK and Ireland). I have four children, two now at university and the youngest two in the Upper 6th form and year 6 of Felsted School, where I am on the board of governors; I have been very pleased to discover a number of links with Sherborne through staff who have worked at both schools.
NEIL BRADSHAW (c 84) it is now 10 years since I left J P Morgan and the City and moved to the USA. I live at the base of the ski mountain in the small town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I still play tennis and golf (my sports at Sherborne) but I have added mountaineering, skiing and fly fishing to my list of outdoor activities. I continue to climb local peaks in both the summer and winter and have even ventured further afield to climb Mt. Rainer in Washington and Lobuche Peak in Nepal. My 12 year old son now plays a lot of ice hockey, but alas, has no clue as to the laws of cricket! I work in the outdoor industry, primarily in marketing for a water bottle company. PAUL BROWN (f 84) In my third year at the Port of Dover as the General Manager Operations and Harbour Master, responsible for “the trouble free operation” of the busiest port in Europe. I am also a fully authorised Class 1 unlimited Marine Pilot for the port. PATRICK MOODY (c 84) married with two children. A diplomat currently Deputy High Commissioner, Pakistan and living in Islamabad. JOHN REES (m 84) I have been appointed as a Visiting Professor by the University of Birmingham and now hold the Honorary Chair in Structural Dynamics in the School of Civil Engineering. This is an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between engineering practice and academic theory and I shall relish the challenge. JON STOCK (b 84) has returned to the staff of the Daily Telegraph after taking three years out to complete a trilogy of spy thrillers for Harper Collins. He is currently Executive Head of Life and Weekend. Dead Spy Running, the first of the spy trilogy, has been in development for five years as a film, first with Warner Bros, and now with McG, director of Terminator IV, Charlie’s Angels and This Means War.
SIMON TRIST (b 84) I am Director of Products and Propositions at Arqiva, working on the rollout of Smart Metering across the UK and the Internet of Things. I am also treasurer of I Fagiolini Charitable Trust, promoting the performance of renaissance music. Living in Reading with my wife Jenny, and my son Jonathan. I still find time for some singing when I am not taking Jonathan to tennis tournaments! JUSTIN ANDERSON (d 85) owes a lot of thanks to Trevor Boyd in the Art Department, who introduced us to a world way outside our comfort zone. Over 30 years later this influence remains as strong as ever. Justin’s film won two gold medals at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival. http://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/watch/episode /3596/jonathan-saunders-10-years GILES GOULD (m 85) I’m currently Head of Commercial Services for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which is an umbrella organisation under which sit a range of naval heritage organisations, museums and artefacts. DAVID MOODY (c 85) married with two children living in London. Board Member as Director of Strategy at BBC Worldwide. JONATHAN BROWN (f 86) Eight years ago I was appointed Director of Music at Pangbourne College, where I also conducted the Pangbourne Choral Society. In my first year at the College, I had the honour of organising and conducting the music at a service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict (Pangbourne is closely allied to the Royal Navy and is the custodian to the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel). This was the first event in four days of commemorations and was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, Defence Secretary, all the Joint Chiefs of Staff etc. It was broadcast globally live on BBC1 and on network radio. So, quite a baptism! After eight very good years at Pangbourne I have now become, the Director of Music at Malvern College. I have really enjoyed it thus far and am running a number of extra musical events in the College’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. I still do bits of professional singing as and when.
NICHOLAS NISBET (g 86) I am pleased to say that over the last year I have married (December 28) and been blessed with a healthy baby boy (Benjamin), a brother to Alex (13), Annie (4) and my two stepdaughters Augusta and Ignacia. I recently received Chilean permanent residency and am fully settled in Santiago (after the last six years which have seen me working in Spain, Holland and Northern Mozambique as well as here in Chile) so anyone passing through or with a business need (I am a chartered accountant) please feel free to get in touch.
meanwhile I taught flying, flew skydivers in a DeHavilland Twin Otter, worked five years as a First Officer at American Eagle airlines and then, in 2012, after the birth of our twin boys, Benjamin and Oliver, I returned to flight instructing in order to be close to them. I now fly Medevac missions in a King Air 200 for Boston MedFlight, flight instruct in my spare time, and when I’m not addressing some much needed repair of our 30 year old sailboat, I spend time with my wife and two rascals.
ROBERT STARTIN (f 86) I am still working at the Dragon School in Oxford – Head of RS and School Chaplain. Married to Kate and we have two children - Chloe and Harry. WILL DAVEY (d 87) Having worked for the last 21 years at Credit Suisse in Guernsey, this year I have relocated with the family to Credit Suisse in Zurich where I am a Director in the Global Treasury Department running Liquidity Planning globally. ANDY MORTON (a 87) now lives in Sydney, Australia, with his Kiwi wife and two young children. He works for Opera Australia as a staff director, mostly in Sydney Opera House, as a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium, and as Juan Paella, a singing chef at weddings and functions. He still plays a bit of touch rugby with French Australian rugby club, the Frossies. JAMES ALEXANDER (e 88) James is a Partner at The Foundation where his clients include Tesco, TSB, Eurostar, Save the Children, Friends Life, M&S and Just Giving. He was previously a Founder of Zopa.com, the World’s first peer to peer lender, and prior to that Strategy Director at Egg during its early growth period. He is currently a Trustee for the RSPB, Chair of GEN Community, a leader in community owned energy investment. James is also an advisor to several early stage social finance initiatives. He also continues to bird watch and with PHIL ATKINSON (e 88), now Dr Phil Atkinson at the BTO.org was lucky enough to be part of a team who rediscovered three species of bird, previously considered by many to be extinct. MATT CRANE (c 88) After leaving biomedical research in the late 1990s, I worked as a System Support Officer in Information Technology until I moved to the USA in 2002 with my girlfriend and pursued my long-standing love for aviation full-time. Nikla and I got married in March 2004;
TIM BLACKBURN (g 89) post Cambridge graduation completed 20 years with Swire Group based in Hong Kong, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and UK. Currently CEO, The China Navigation Company, the Group’s deep-sea shipowning and operating division. Living in Singapore, married to Susie with three children, Sam, Lily and Poppy (7, 7 and 4). TOM KEATINGE (h 89) After 20 years at J P Morgan, Tom has moved from the City into the research field as an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) where he focuses on the nexus of ‘Finance and Security’ including terrorist financing, sanctions, corruption, etc. More details at www.tomkeatinge.net SIMON ROBSON (g 89) has recently been promoted to President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, and will be moving out to Hong Kong in January 2015, with his wife, Victoria, and three young children, Freya, Anna and Sam. MARK VICKERY (h 89) I attained a 2.1 in Business Studies from Wye College University of London in 1998 and a Masters in International Marketing from London South Bank University in 2003. I married Susan (nee Hull) on 17th July 1999 and we have two children, a son, Isaac born in 2008 and a daughter, Rachel, born in 2011.
1990s JAMES GOODWIN (b90) left the Army after 17 years in April 2013 and walked straight into the charity sector with the Royal British Legion, heading the charity’s Engagement
with the Armed Forces community. He has collaborated on a new marketing campaign called ‘Live On’ with notable assistance from RICHARD ROBINSON (h 90) at Oystercatchers, undertaken a national campaign on noise-induced hearing loss, submitted a manifesto to the main political parties before the General Election 2015, and has been instrumental in gearing up London Poppy Day for the second year in succession - raising £1m and £1.25m again this year. He recently adopted a retired Military Working Dog called Red (on recommendation from CHRIS SARGENT (also b 90), after the latter’s operational report in the OS Record last year), and is about to marry Penny next year. It’s all go! NICK HOLMES (h 90) my wife Abbie and I had our second son, James, in February. James is brother to Toby who is now three and a half. This autumn we moved back to the countryside from London, making our home in north Wiltshire, where we have extensively renovated a house and have moved in over the last few days. Having spent eighteen years working in the technology side of marketing businesses, I have recently secured a new role working in a technical consultancy, specialising in Cloud Computing technology. MAX LYTLE (h 90) left the Army in March 2013 and is now working for JCB as their Global Sales Training Manager, based in Derbyshire. RICHARD ROBINSON (h 90) is now Managing Partner of Oystercatchers, the UK’s leading Management Consultancy of Brand and Agency Partnerships. He is regularly on Channel 5 News giving his point of view on marketing campaigns and is a regular commentator in the media. He was recently published by Wharton School of Business. SAM RUTHERFORD (a 90) is living in Brussels with Beatrice and two growing children. He continues to take journalists to hostile environments with his company Prepare2go, but has also invented an accessory for ski and snowboard boots which will be hitting the shops (and slopes) this year. Look out for the Boot Buddy (which you may have seen Sam introduce on BBC’s Dragon’s Den) and feel free to buy a pair! 51
CHRIS SARGENT (b 90) On 21 May 2013 Chris received an MBE from HM The Queen. Chris, who is a major in the Welsh Guards was commanding a company of Grenadier Guards for his second six month tour in Afghanistan which ended in October 2012. He earned his award for his outstanding leadership. LUKE BAKER (c 91) I moved to Jerusalem in August to take over as Reuters bureau chief in the Middle East, after five years running the EU bureau in Brussels. With three daughters under six, I’m totally outnumbered. Still playing lots of tennis, though increasingly badly. If you’re visiting the region, do get in touch. JOHN GOODDEN (f 91) In 2012 I started a programme in Leeds, providing a highly specialised paediatric neurosurgery operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) for patients with cerebral palsy. After extensive work with NHS England we secured National Commissioning for our service - and are now one of only five centres in the UK recognised for the provision of an SDR service. In addition, this year I have also been appointed as Joint Clinical Lead for the North East Paediatric Neuroscience Network - jointly overseeing paediatric neurosurgery services across the North East of England and building a clinical network. RICHARD TOWNSEND (c 91) After a stint teaching Physics to schoolchildren in rural Ghana (with Voluntary Service Overseas), and another stint working for Reuters Ltd, I moved to the USA in 2003 as a research fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware. In 2008, I moved to the University of WisconsinMadison, to take up an Assistant Professor position within the Department of Astronomy, and in 2014 I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. I’ve been married for 12 years now, and have a daughter who will be turning 10 next week. NICK BOYD (b 92) I am living in Dubai very near to two others from my year group, JIM FREETH (d) and MARCUS D’APICE (g). All of our children are at the same school, in fact Jim and I have children in the same class just as we were in the same classes all the way through five years at Sherborne! MARCUS CHANTREY (g 92) Director of b2 architects in Somerset where I specialise in the repair of historic buildings throughout the Southwest. I am Surveyor of the Fabric at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol, and a Member of the Church Buildings Council and the Salisbury DAC.
TOBY CLAY (c 92) is in the Royal Navy and has recently completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course. On promotion to the rank of Commander he was appointed to the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood in London where he is currently the Team Leader for the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis. He and his family live in Petersfield. JAMES NURTON (m 92) See entry under ANDREW NURTON (m 95) CONOR O’CALLAGHAN (m 92) Millar Cameron, my headhunting business is going from strength to strength. We are focusing on the corporate agriculture and food production sectors in emerging markets with particular focus on Africa. If any Old Shirburnians want a career in headhunting and could work from Abingdon or London then please feel free to get in touch. WILL WARD (m 92) I am currently living in Los Angeles (have been here for 10 years) and am a Partner at WME Entertainment, the LA based talent agency. I am married with no children. NIGEL ASHFIELD (d 93) is currently running a successful fund management and investment business, called TIME Investments. TIME specialises in providing innovative tax efficient investment solutions through financial advisers. Nigel is keen to meet any financial advisers that OS know well and would be grateful for introductions email@example.com or 07733 124274. JAMIE HART (c 93) was appointed Executive Director, Michael Page Sweden & Nordics based in Stockholm in April 2014. ANDREW HEFFERNAN (m 93) finished 21st at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials in May. He also represented the Netherlands at London 2012. ALEXANDER NEILL (e 93) I moved with my wife Hanna, Astrid (6) and Fredrik (3) to Singapore in January 2013 to take up a position as Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia office. IISS-Asia runs the ShangriLa Dialogue (officially the Asia Security Summit) every June attracting defence and security delegations from around the world. My work involves research on Asia Pacific security concerns, including developing the Institute’s footprint in Asia. If any OS are passing through or are also resident in Singapore, please look me up!
RODERICK WILES (h 93) I have been in Singapore for nearly five years now with my wife and daughter, running my own consultancy business, which specialises in wood products marketing and promotion. My work involves a lot of travel and takes me to the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Oceania on a regular basis. When not travelling for work, I spend a lot of time running, swimming and cycling, which Singapore is very well geared up for. I am always interested to hear from other OS living in Singapore or just passing through. JAMES HIGHAM (m 94) It’s been an interesting year – at work (Savills) I was promoted to Associate Director in the Leisure and Trade-related Property Department, still based in Oxford but working all over the UK and Europe. In June I stepped down from my year as head of the Old Shirburnian Chapter, having since February been again installed as Master of Old Shirburnian Lodge. Happy to hear from all current and prospective OS Freemasons who might like to join either body! firstname.lastname@example.org PETER RICHARDS (g 94) By way of brief summary, I’m now a Master of Wine, have published several books on the subject and am a journalist and broadcaster (e.g. doing the wine slots on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen). I run a wine school with my wife and fellow Master of Wine, Susie Barrie. This year we launched the Wine Festival Winchester, which ran from 21-23 November 2014. CHRIS HATTAM (d 95) Along with several others, Chris is hoping to organise a 20 Year Reunion for the class of 1995, probably at Easter 2015. He is now a Housemaster at Sedbergh School in the North, married to Jess (SG 95), they have three children Rosie, Charlie and Eliza. Chris has just started to enjoy running and has a goal of attempting the Bob Graham Round in July 2015. ANDY JAMES (g 95) Having completed three years serving in the Royal Navy’s (then) newest nuclear submarine, HMS Astute, I moved to Portsmouth for a short appointment in Navy Command HQ last year. Selected for promotion to Commander in May 2013, I went to be the UK’s representative on the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff Course from January 2014. After a fascinating ten months on the course, studying in detail many of the security challenges facing Asia, I will in December move to a new appointment at the Ministry of Defence in London.
winters are long but it is a fantastic experience!
ANDREW (m 95) and JAMES (m 92) NURTON Keeping up a strong family cricketing tradition, Andrew was a member of the Sherborne Cricket Club 1st XI, which won Dorset League Prem 2 and earned promotion to Prem 1 this summer. Coincidentally, on the same day, Blackheath CC 7th XI, including older brother JAMES (m 92), won the Kent Regional Cricket League Division 1C Metropolitan (South Thames). JAMES TIMMIS (c 95) I am presently teaching History at Cumnor House prep school in East Sussex. I continue to take a real interest in travel and culture. This included a five week trip to the Middle East in the summer (heat and Ramadan making it challenging but interesting) to Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. JOHN ARCHER (c 96) In June this year I married Alexandra Robinson who manages the office of the Gagosian contemporary art gallery in Geneva. Work-wise I am leaving Procter & Gamble after 13 years and moving to Ineos (a large privately owned chemical company), remaining in the Geneva area. EDWARD FERGUSON (b 96) has been appointed (August 2014) Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is Edward’s first diplomatic posting, after a career in defence. Most recently, he was Head of Defence Strategy at the UK MOD, leading preparations for the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
DAVID BEDNALL (a 97) I am still Organist of the University of Bristol and have just submitted my PhD in Composition. A number of works have been broadcast this year on Radio 3, and next year will see the premiere performance and recording of my new commission for Benenden School Stabat mater. If anyone is interested following, my website is in www.davidbednall.com EDWARD BENBOW (e 97) having spent 11 years working in the city in European equity sales, Ed took a PGCE in secondary maths in London. He is now living in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children, working at Pine Wood Prep School, teaching maths and enjoying his reintegration into sport and music. He is helping fly the flag for Sherborne by encouraging more boys and girls to go there at 13. CHARLIE WARREN (d 97) Enjoying life as an anaesthetist in Orange in regional New South Wales (Australia). Two children: Freddie and Poppy. Married to Amie. MIKE BRADLEY (c 98) I’ve recently moved to Horsell near Woking, with my wife Anne, daughter Jessica aged 4 and son Edward aged 2. After eight years working in the City, in July I got an internal promotion to become the Finance Lead for the UK Outsourcing division of Aon based in Epsom. ALEX CREE (b 98) I am an artist working primarily in oil paint and graphite. I show at Trinity House Paintings, Maddox Street, London. www.alexcree.co.uk TOM HILLARY (e 98) I have now returned to the UK after three years in Singapore to set up a Power, Energy and Mining team here at Marsh. I have now been with them for ten years. On 25 May 2013 I married Emma Louise Norris.
JOHN ROBINS-WALKER (g 96) I am a Squadron Leader pilot in the RAF and having spent seven years flying the Tornado GR4 at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland I embarked on an exchange tour with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flying the F-18 Hornet at Bagotville, Québec, Canada. I am here with my wife Rachel and our son, Arthur, who has just turned one year old. The Québecois French is tricky and the
WOL BALSTON (h 99) I am now living in New Delhi, where I head up Flint Asia - the Asian arm of Flint Public Relations: an arts and culture communications agency that I founded five years ago. We work with clients including the India Art Fair, Christie’s, the British Council, the Saatchi Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. We have offices in London, New Delhi, Istanbul and New York. www.flint-pr.com TOM FEGEN (g 99) Living in London and working as a Commodity Derivatives Broker - Married to Jo Fidgen (ex SSG) with whom I have two children, Ben aged 2 and Annie aged 4 weeks. ROB HOEY (h 99)) was interviewed for the Remembrance Sunday Songs of Praise on the BBC. He is currently serving as a Major in the Royal Engineers. SÉBASTIEN LONG (a 99) and his wife left Hong Kong in 2013 and moved to Corsica, where he restructured his family’s hospitality business. They have recently returned to live in London with Sébastien starting project work with HSBC Private Bank.
2000s ED LANG (a 00) In 2004 I founded Buffalo Fundraising Consultants and on our 10th anniversary we were bought out by a large American company, RuffaloCODY. The rhyming names had nothing to do with the sale! I have remained at the company and now head up RuffaloCODY’s UK Division. HENRY MITCHELL (d 01) Over the past two years I have set up Nigeria’s first mechanised and chemical-free gold processing facility. Despite spending an inordinate amount of time in West Africa, Lizzie and I found time to get married in April.
WILLIAM MINTER (g 98) my wife, Lucy, and I had a baby boy, Archie, on January 24th this year. I continue to work in the insurance sector for Catlin as a liability underwriter. FREDDIE RICHARDS (g 98) my wife, Susannah, gave birth to a boy on 9 October 2014. We have called him Miles and he is a brother for my 2 year old son Tobias. I am working at Octopus Healthcare in care home property investment and development.
SIMON PRICE (e 00) My wife, Stefanie, and I got married on Saturday 12th July at Sherborne Abbey. The reception was at Sherborne Castle and we were joined by a number of OS who really enjoyed being back in town.
GEORGE MAY (d 02) I continue to practice law and am an associate at Ashurst specialising in renewable energy project finance. JAMES SYKES (a 02) This year I gained my professional status as a Chartered Engineer. JACK RICHARDS (g 03) and 3 friends completed a 4-man relay swim of the English Channel in September 2013 to raise money for MSF and the RNLI. He also completed a solo swim of the Solent in October 2014 in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. He is still shipbroking for Braemar ACM Shipbroking in London and was Best Man for ALFRED WARING (g 03) who got married in France this summer. ED SELFE (c 04) I have been living in Zambia for six years. In 2011, met Kirstie Heslop who runs a local fair-trade textiles company. Married this year, and also welcomed our daughter Sukey into the world. We continue to live along the banks of the Luangwa River on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park. I am working as a private guide for several lodges and also for my own small safari company. ED WARD (e 04) Ever since he was knocked off his bike from behind Ed has been on a mission to bring more innovative safety lights to market. Veglo, the company he founded, has recently launched its Gadget Show Live, awardwinning rear bike light, the Commuter X4. Winning 2nd place in the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live and funding by an incredible 120% on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, allowed full-scale production ready for winter 2014. The Commuter X4 rear light creates a unique illuminated shape with multiple focal points helping drivers to judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists and motorcyclists more accurately. GEORGE ARMSTONG (f 05) I moved out to Australia in October 2013 and am working for the Langham Hotel group as Food and Beverage Manager opening their new Sydney property. HARRY FRY (d 05) Having got engaged to my now fiancée, Ciara O’Connor on Christmas Day last year we are expecting our first child on 24 November 2014.
GEORGE JERRAM (c 05) I was involved in the highest ever cricket match on Mt Kilimanjaro which broke a world record in September. I was joined by ex pro’s Ashley Giles and Makhaya Ntini amongst others. The game was played at 5,730 m in the crater of the extinct Volcano. We have managed to raise over £75,000 for charity with more to come. DAVID NICHOLLS (g 05) I was an Infantry officer in the British Army (The Rifles). After completing five years’ service and a tour of Afghanistan I left the Army as a Captain and then worked at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Earlier this year I took the leap into the private sector and I am now working in Business Development for Track24 based in Dubai, UAE. ED PITT FORD (m 05) I was awarded an MBA from London Business School and am now working at Octopus Investments investing in solar power. I got EU grant funding for my truck aerodynamics business and launched a voice coaching app for my elocution business. www.williamharte.com. A fairly busy year! TOM RUSSELL (d 06) I completed my foundation training in Cardiff and was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps. I spent four weeks in rural Kenya providing primary health-care to the Samburo people. Now back in the UK doing locum work in A+E.
TOM BADHAM-THORNHILL (f 07) I am currently working with refugees and internally displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the Rise Foundation. alongside PETER HENDERSON (e 05). PADDY SELFE (c 07) helped the Army Polo team to victory by scoring five of their seven goals in the Rundle Cup, the annual match between the Army and the Navy. JAMIE SMIBERT (a 07) I transferred from Aon in London to Dubai in April to work as part of the Marine team in the Middle East. I completed my ACII qualification as well as becoming an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters. I have joined the longest established cricket team in the Middle East playing matches throughout the year in temperatures of up to 45 degrees!! Any touring parties please feel free to get in touch…! MAX VON ZEFFMAN (m 07) I am now working full time as a Production Manager in London. Working on and managing a variety of projects; ranging from Television Commercials and Digital/Online Adverts to Short Films. The last, finished, film I managed won a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival recently. JAMES COCHRANE-DYET (b 08) commissioned into the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) in May 2014. About to undergo 10 weeks’ mountain warfare training in Norway and the Alps.
WILLIAM LEITH (b 08) I spent 2013 working as a gold exploration geologist in Liberia (West Africa) - very glad to have got out of there before the Ebola outbreak! After Sherborne, I went to Cardiff University to study Exploration and Resource Geology, I then spent a couple of years working in industry (Ethiopia/Turkey/Liberia/Australia) I am currently at the University of Leeds studying for a Masters in Structural Geology and Geophysics. I bought a 1929 Austin Seven wreck in 2009 and I’ve spent the last five years modifying it into a road / racing car. I’ve modified the original engine from 10hp to 50hp, and the car is now capable of over 100mph having only really been designed to move at about 30mph! 84 years old! It’s a unique car, nothing else like it in the world. My uncle Mark Coreth, the sculptor (father of JAMES (b 07) and FREDDIE (L6 b) made me a life size hummingbird mascot in bronze for the car. JOSEPH METCALF (d 08) I’ve just started my first civil service posting at the National Offender Management Service, an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. I was lucky enough to secure a place on the European Fast Stream (part of the Civil Service Fast Stream), meaning that I receive extra training in EU affairs with the aim of eventually leaving to join the European Institutions. I’m happy for OS and current boys to contact me if they’re interested in joining the Fast Stream or the Civil Service. Can’t provide shadowing or internships but those wanting a cup of coffee and a chat are more than welcome! JONNY TITCHIN (e 08) It’s been quite a year really. I was made a Lay Vicar in January and I have been working in the Cathedral Development Office since June and I’ve just put in a rather big HLF Bid. In September I began teaching Brass at Exeter Cathedral School and finally in November I got engaged to Becky Greaves. HUBERT MAINWARING-BURTON (g 09) featured in the BBC 1 First World war drama The Passing Bells which began on 3 November. Hubert graduated from RADA earlier in 2014 and is now known simply as Hubert Burton! IAN WILLIAMS (f 09) See FERGUS TAYLOR (c 10).
ALEX COCHRANE-DYET (b 10) doing Masters in English Literature at University of York on a full postgraduate scholarship. FERGUS TAYLOR (c 10) I graduated last year from UCL (BA Classics, First Hons.). I am currently doing a Masters. in Latin Literature at Oxford University and am playing for the Blues (rugby) with another Old Shirburnian, IAN WILLIAMS (f 09), who also played last year. We ran out together against Cambridge in December to participate in Oxford’s fifth consecutive victory in the fixture. WILL GIBBON (m 11) has been appointed Bosun (from November 2014) on the Classic 19 Metre Yacht Mariquita (http://www.yachtmariquita.co.uk/) which will be sailing in Classic Regattas on the Mediterranean next year He is part of the permanent crew of 5/6 who look after the yacht and they are joined by about 20 others to race. HARRY HUGHES-ONSLOW (g 11) Now in America for a year working as an assistant to trainer Graham Motion, I will be moving to Florida for the winter to chase the warm weather after which I’ll hopefully be heading to Kentucky for the Derby in May then on to Saratoga. HARRY LEWIS (g 11) over the last year I have completed my placement, as part of my degree, with Dextra Group PLC (Gillingham). I worked as a member of their purchasing department and did various activities whilst I was there. I am now in the final year of my studies at Newcastle University and I am hoping to leave with at least a 2.1 in Business Management. TOBY MACKEAN (f 11) Departing in December 2014, Toby and three university friends plan to cycle unsupported the length of the Andes, some 8,000 miles. They hope to raise more than £80,000 for Cancer Research UK, The Mark Donegan Fellowship, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. To follow the boys’ exploits please visit their website: http://www.uppingtheandes.com/ JOHN MONTGOMERY (g 11) since leaving School I have studied at Edinburgh, but have also set up a business, Chip Off The Block, a mobile catering unit selling triple cooked cheesy chips from local farms at events such as Glastonbury, across the UK. The first year of trading was a real success and we are currently booking events for almost every weekend of 2015. Our website is www.chipofftheblock.net so please have a look. STAN SOKOLOV (f 11) This year I have graduated from UCL with a 1st class degree and am currently studying at Oxford for my PhD in Theoretical Chemistry and studying nanoparticles. JOEL HYDE (e 13) since leaving School I have worked for four months in Ecuador for the charity company Lattitude. This involved caring for disabled children and adults and teaching English to underprivileged children. I stayed with a host family, which really improved my Spanish. After my work placement I then travelled through South America until I ran out of money, which was an incredible experience. After thinking I was studying Business and Spanish at Northumbria University my grades allowed me to swap to Media Communications and Spanish at Newcastle University. Four weeks in and I’m loving everything about university life. HARRY LANE (b 13) during the summer I competed in the European Biathle Championships, where I won Individual Gold and Team Silver in the Junior Men’s Category and won Individual Gold in the GB Championships in Manchester. After spending six months in Kenya, five weeks of which was spent training at high altitude at Iten with many of the British Commonwealth Games athletes, I set up a small company called Kenya Connection selling clothing and accessories made ethically in Kenya. MORITZ RICHTER (e 13) having finished my internship at Bentley Motors in March, I have moved on to working in a start-up business in Germany which imports smart phone accessories. During the summer I received an offer to study International Studies at Leiden University, which is what I am currently doing. I moved to The Hague in late August and started university early September. ARTHUR DOBELL (f 14) since leaving Sherborne I have been working at Highclere Stud in Newbury, and am hoping to go to Australia afterwards.
1998 DATA PROTECTION ACT PLEASE REFER TO WWW.OLDSHIRBURNIAN.ORG.UK
Robin Price (a 83), OS Lodge Secretary in OS Lodge regalia
AGM AND ACCOUNTS
The minutes of the OSS Annual General Meeting held on 17th May 2014 and the audited accounts are available from the OSS Office upon request. The 119th AGM of the Society will be held at the south end of The Upper marquee on OS Day, Saturday 16th May 2015 at 4pm. All OS and their guests are most welcome. An agenda will be available in the April 2015 edition of the OSS Newsletter which will be sent to members via email.
OSS CHARITABLE TRUST
The OSS Charitable Trust continues to award bursaries to the sons of Old Shirburnians. Details and application forms are available from the OSS Hon Treasurer, Robin Brown at email@example.com The Trust has been greatly helped over the years by generous bequests and we remain indebted to our many supporters who have kindly left a legacy to the Trust thus enabling sons of OS to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. The OSS Committee advises that, if you would like to leave a legacy to this worthwhile cause, the following wording is suggested:
The Old Shirburnian Lodge The Lodge meets twice a year in London where we dine at the Oriental Club and once a year in Sherborne. We provide an opportunity for OS to be freemasons, to donate to charitable causes, to support Sherborne School by sponsoring the Foundation Prize and Charity Prize at Commem and by continuing to broadcast the good name of the School. The Lodge was founded in the early 20th century and receives a mention in A B Gourlay’s A History of Sherborne School. In 1909, the Standing Committee of the Public School Lodges was founded by the Lodges of Sherborne, Westminster, Charterhouse, Cheltenham, and Clifton to promote and disseminate Public School Freemasonry. The Committee selected the title ‘Public School Lodges’ Council’ in 1936 and now has 33 public school lodge members. OS who are interested in joining, please email the OS Lodge Secretary via
“I give free of all tax and duty to the Old Shirburnian Society Charitable Trust 1975 (Charity No. 271592) the sum of £… (…..... pounds) and declare that a receipt from the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charitable body for such gift shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees who shall not be bound to see the application thereof.
VISITING THE OSS OFFICE
It is always a great pleasure to welcome OS and friends to the School, but please be sure to contact us in advance of your intended visit in order that we can ensure that there will be someone there to greet you.
OSS COMMITTEE 2014 – 2015 PRESIDENT Bill Hughes
John Hargrove, Richard Green, Michael French
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Stephen Rees-Williams SECRETARY John Harden HON. TREASURER Robin Brown JOINT STAFF REPRESENTATIVES Peter Watts and Sue Salmon PILGRIMS REPRESENTATIVE Stephen Rees-Williams OSGS REPRESENTATIVE Patrick Macintosh OSSS REPRESENTATIVE Angus Cater SHERBORNE IN THE COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE James Nurton CHAIRMAN OF FINANCE & BURSARY SUB-COMMITTEE Angus Cater CATEGORY A REPRESENTATIVE Edward Bridges CATEGORY B REPRESENTATIVE Jimmy McKillop CATEGORY C REPRESENTATIVE George Densham FINANCE AND BURSARY SUB-COMMITTEE Angus Cater (Chairman) Robin Brown (Hon. Treasurer) John Hargrove (Trustees’ Representative) Lucy Robins (Bursar) Peter Watts and Sue Salmon (Joint Staff Representatives) John Harden (Secretary)