OS RECORD 121st AnnuAl RecoRd 2017
M CONTENTS President
Thoughts from Sherborne
Pilgrims and OS Sport
Engagements, Marriages, Births and Deaths
Old Shirburnian News
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Message from the President
The modern word for it is networking. I had a boss once – a Bishop – who was quite shy and not very good at networking. Coffee after the confirmation service was a bit of a nightmare for him. He was a brilliant Bishop and really supportive of his clergy even ones like me who were doing things a bit differently. I was the so called spiritual adviser to the England cricket team at the time and the Bishop was about as mystified by that as Ian Botham, who merely assured me that he and Allan Lamb would sing in the choir! The Bishop’s successor was brilliant at networking. When I bumped into the retired Bishop at a ‘do’ a year after he had moved away he asked me how the new chap was doing. ‘Brilliant at networking, ‘I replied mischievously. ‘Oh, I never thought that was very important’ was his instant response.
Being OS President seems to be about networking. Perhaps a better way to put it is to say that many of the things I go to are about reconnecting. Personally I spent 40 years or so barely having any contact with the School. There were forays to Sherborne for Pilgrims matches in the Cricketer Cup (usually just the one visit was required to see us out of that competition). Dorset usually played a game or two on The Upper when I played for the County (Bill Cooper and Micky Walford would always come down for a chat and Derek Bridge was our Manager) and of course there were family events. Speaking of reunions, which I am about to do, you may have noticed a certain amount of Wingfield and Digby profile around the town. Perhaps you were in The Digby or sneaked into the Digby Tap for a pint or two. An eagle eyed resident of Wingfield Road spotted a girl from the Girls School visiting me in Westcott House via the fire escape at the back of the building. Reporting me to the House master, Bill Cooper, was a bit embarrassing as I was Head of School at the time. Anyway this year we had a great family reunion as we celebrated 400 years since James I assigned the estates formerly belonging to Sir Walter Raleigh to the Digby family. It was a great occasion. As my Scottish son-in-law memorably replied ‘I never miss a 400th anniversary’.
Well to be honest, the reunions I have been to this year as OS President are not to be missed either. The evening before OS Day was spent in the marquee on The Upper with many former members of Westcott House. I asked all those who like me had put their heads under the basin to receive six of the best to stand – most did. The wife of one who did not was heard to say to him ‘Goody goody’. I was asked to preach at Commem and it was thrilling to be back in the Abbey – packed to the gunwhales and the singing raising the roof. The fantastic School Choir was augmented by some girls so I leant over to the Headmaster and asked (and read this carefully) ‘where do the girls come from?’‘The Girls School’, he replied sotto voce. I was delighted to hear it – no more sneaking up fire escapes required. Reporting this exchange in his speech later Dominic humorously misquoted me as saying ‘where do girls come from?’ While I welcome a ‘Chief’ ready for a laugh the story has some poignancy. In the 60s the Girls School was largely off limits although at every reunion people claim to have overcome the ban in some way or other. I fear some of the exploits are exaggerated as time passes. Today I welcome news of ever increasing cooperation between the Schools and Sherborne is in a very strong position to offer parents the best of single sex education in a co-ed town.
As you will read the School, perhaps I should say Schools as our sister school is truly flourishing too, are in great shape. I am encouraged to hear that there is a new movement sweeping the US which is all about protecting our culture. Personally I am a great believer in change. When I was a vicar I tried to change something every week so people could never say ‘we do it this way here’. But there are hard won values in British society which are easily undermined in the clamour for change. Sherborne must, and does I believe, continue to uphold these values such as respect for our laws (there is in my opinion no room for Sharia law in any part of the UK), English as the required language of all who choose to live here, respect for the Christian heritage on which our Nation’s structures and institutions are based, tolerance of those with whom we disagree, pride in our history which, while of course far from perfect, has brought freedom, education, health, democracy and prosperity to many parts of the world. We should not be ashamed of these things and although, of course, we will all look back on our school days with different feelings, let’s be grateful for the basic British decency which in my experience, as I meet OS all over the place, has rubbed off on most of us.
AndReW WInGFIeld dIGBY (h 69)
From the Headmaster
THERE IS SOMETHING vERy SPECIAL AND qUITE MAGICAL ABOUT SHERBORNE. Anyone who has spent time in the School cannot fail to be moved by its beauty, a beauty that is both constant and ever changing as the seasons cast their different lights and moods. When the sun shines hot and bright, as it did upon OS Day in May, there can be no more perfect archetype of an English summer than The Upper decked out for cricket, good company and a fine lunch. The mists of Autumn lend the Courts a very different air, of hushed mystery and subtle hues, whilst a hard frost on a crisp winter morning brings into sharp relief the ancient splendour of our architectural heritage. But perhaps most striking is the fact that, even on the most dreary and overcast of days, our School still has an arresting grace and majesty. For many old boys, I know that Sherborne’s buildings and playing fields are at the centre of their most powerful memories, along with our enduring soundtrack of hymns and Abbey bells. These things help link the present generation of Shirburnians with those who have gone before them. This is no more poignantly illustrated than at each November’s Remembrance commemorations when boys and staff gather in solemn silence to pay tribute to those of their forebears who worked, rested, played and laughed as we do now, until called to make the ultimate sacrifice. Another vivid link to past generations is the sheer breadth of things that Shirburnians do. I never fail to be impressed by our boys’ capacity for hard work. It was this that led to us achieving the School’s best ever A level results in 2016, a record that was broken once again this year. As a result of these outstanding results, a new generation of bright young OS have begun their studies at Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, UCL, Imperial and many other of the world’s leading universities. High levels of academic success are, of course, to be applauded. But what makes such achievements the more impressive is that
these superb results are achieved by boys who do so much else. The quality of the School’s music continues to increase, thanks in no small measure to the skill, passion and enthusiasm of our Director of Music, OS Jamie Henderson. One has only to hear the quality of choral singing in the Abbey, or to listen to any of our many outstanding instrumentalists, to know that Sherborne’s music is simply world class. And that other great and traditional co-curricular strength, sport, continues to absorb the energies of hundreds of boys, including many who achieve county and national honours in a wide range of disciplines ranging from rugby, hockey, football and cricket to sailing, fives and judo. Most of all, though, it is our boys’ values that continue to define the School. I have very often heard it said that you never meet an unpleasant Old Shirburnian. It is a verdict with which I heartily concur. The same can confidently be said for our current pupils.
Notwithstanding the challenges that adolescence sometimes present, they come across as tremendously engaging, charming and decent young men. They are also possessed of a fundamental kindness and concern for others. And I firmly believe that it is these things which both set us apart from other schools and provide an unbroken link to past generations of Shirburnians. I am always delighted when visitors comment on the beauty of our School, always cheered when they congratulate us on our outstanding academic results, and am equally happy to receive praise for the quality of our music, sport, art and drama. But I am most pleased when, as so often happens, people compliment our boys upon their personal qualities, their decency and their strong desire to do the right thing. For it is such things that matter above all others, and it is these things that, beyond everything else, mark out Sherborne as a truly great school. dR doMInIc lucKeTT
The OSS year ended on a truly positive note with the launch of Sherborne Connect on 1 December. This is a social media platform that will allow OS to keep in touch with each other, join professional interest groups, give and receive careers help and book in for events and reunions. It is going to prove an invaluable tool to us in the OSS Office, not only in event and group coordination, but in ensuring that members are aware when we hold events in business hubs such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and New york. I am sure that, in the past, there have often been OS travelling to such places unaware that a reception is being held there. As I write in mid-December, we are only just shy of 900 members and the benefits of Sherborne Connect are already being felt. Many thanks to all of you who have assured that the platform got off to the best possible start by joining. If you have not yet joined, please do so via www.sherborneconnect.org
The ever increasing engagement of OS with the school is testimony to the tireless activity and active encouragement of those who work in the OS office - It’s a well-oiled collective. Thank you to all that have made 2017 a year to remember; team captains, event organisers, the School and, of course, those within the OS office itself.
Our programme of events in 2017 was designed to embrace OS of all generations. Our February programme of university visits proved popular as ever. It allows Anne and me to catch up with the youngest element of our membership, buy them a drink or two whilst we hear their news. It also gives us an opportunity to promote awareness of our Careers Network and the help that they can derive from its use. We are delighted that Sherborne Girls have now joined us on the university tours and we are planning to run the majority of them as joint events. We are due to visit Edinburgh, Newcastle/Durham and Oxford in 2018. Another initiative for younger OS is the increase in the number of graduate aimed events that we held in 2017 and will maintain that strong level in 2018, once again in coordination with Sherborne Girls. These events would not be possible without the terrific support that we receive from OS and parents hosting them and from a huge range of enthusiastic panellists who give the graduates such a good idea of how to get started in an ever evolving jobs market. At the other end of the age scale, the quinquagesimal (q) London Lunch in October attracted over eighty OS, all of whom had left the School over 50 years ago. Hosted by Andrew Harvie-Clark (a 56) and his excellent q Committee, it once again was a success. It also marked the last public appearance of Stanley Johnson (g 58) before he disappeared into the Australian jungle to do battle on I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here.
The past year has also seen changes in the OS Office. Joanna Farrow, who has been such wonderful support over many years, left to take up a post in the thriving Admissions Department. We owe a huge vote of thanks to Joanna and wish her well in her new job. We were lucky to have a strong field of applicants to replace her and have appointed Claire Giovannini who has settled into the role with quiet assurance. As with Joanna, Claire will divide her time between the OSS and the Sherborne School Foundation. The OS Charitable Trust continues to provide bursaries for sons of OS. Like all trusts of that nature, we saw many years where the increase in school fees has outrun any increase in trust income. However, under the careful guidance of OS Hon Treasurer, Robin Brown (g 66), and the Trustees, the OSCT has thrived in recent years. 2017 has seen the Trust able to provide the highest level of bursary support in its history and hopefully has helped sons of OS receive a Sherborne education which may not have been possible without the support. The Old Shirburnian Society would not be able to operate at its current level without the help and support of so many people who, without exception, ask for nothing in return for their help. May I conclude by thanking them all. Anne, Claire and I wish you all a very prosperous 2018 and look forward to welcoming you to OS events. JoHn HARden (g 70)
However despite a record number of events and attendees there is still plenty of room in the 2018/19 diary to accommodate more. All it takes is your good idea, a call to the OS office and they will do the rest; from a small get together in a local pub to a full blown all house reunion. I actively encourage you to make that call. Alternatively just say 'yES' when an invite to attend arrives via email, social media or post. For many of us Sherborne is in our DNA and it's not surprising that this shared bond continues to flourish long after leaving school, much of the content of this magazine is testament to that. Meeting other Old Shirburnians and sharing life's experiences is a great way to spend a day, afternoon, evening or just a few hours. Enjoy the chemistry.
STePHen ReeS-WIllIAMS (h 81)
The Creative Power of Stillness.
I count it as an extraordinary and life-enhancing privilege and responsibility to have been chosen to succeed The Revd lindsay collins as the next Senior chaplain of Sherborne and indeed to be the one to stand as next in line in that wonderful succession of men and women who have served here with no doubt varying degrees of distinction both long and near ago. Thatâ€™s what joining a place and an institution of such longevity so rightly inspires in an individual â€“ a sense of being really rather small and someone who simply, yet profoundly, hands on a tradition and a shared story to those still to come on the basis of all that has already been and is. The heritage and story of faith being kindled, sustained and of course even extinguished in a school such as Sherborne is, in my view, a tremendously distinguished and honourable tale. That heritage and story are written large on the now dusty and forgotten pages of the Baptism and confirmation Registers, but perhaps they are inscribed far more tellingly in the lives and loves of those who sat, sang or prayed within the hallowed walls of the Abbey or chapel more than half a millennium ago and which extend right down to the thrilling and challenging technological age that is the twenty-first century.
if all that once served to sustain a school family like Sherborne in terms of community and spirituality is itself to be sustained, one thing is abundantly clear to me and that is the necessity of maintaining the best of all that has been in the past while reaching out, unafraid of challenge, change and decay, towards that unknown future which is ahead of us. in terms of school worship and prayer, the challenge of change, decay and irrelevance can easily loom large and may threaten at any moment to run away with us. All of which make it a solemn responsibility to have been entrusted with the task of handling those traditions with care and with flexibility so that what we offer to the young men of this generation is, and is seen to be, pertinent to their own personal development into adulthood. At the heart of my concern as a priest has always been the gift of stillness and silence which chapel, Abbey, House Prayers and other gatherings can so freely offer. it is when we use the present moment to linger in our memories, in the depth of our own stories and in our own life journeys that we may find that in the gift of silent reflection and contemplation a new and exciting way opens to us and which leads to somewhere beyond the riches of the present time to an even more glorious tomorrow. More glorious than we could ever have conceived. THe ReVd dR dAVId cAMPBell
STAFF FAReWellS farewells to the following staff who left Sherborne during the last academic year were published in The Shirburnian, which was made available to all OS. Brian Arkless Don cameron Will chadwick lindsay collins Seana cummings Sarah Drury carson Einarsen lucy Earls-Davis Richard fowke Patrick francis
Georgie free chris Hamon Sophie Harris nicholas Mercer David Muckalt Helen Oâ€™Riordan Philip Rogerson Jonathan Salisbury Peter Ward
STAFF ARRIVAlS We welcome the following staff who have joined Sherborne this year:
The Steven Lawn Memorial Lecture The annual Steven Lawn Lecture, which commemorates the life of Steven Lawn (m 91) who died in the Twin Towers attacks in September 2001, was given by Dr Scilla Elworthy. Dr Elworthy is a peace builder, and the founder of the Oxford Research Group, a nongovernmental organisation she set up in
1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, for which she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She served as its Executive Director from 1982 until 2003, when she left that role to set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peacebuilders in areas of conflict.
lucy-Anne Allen, Music Penny Baker, Group Accountant Tim Bennett, Rugby coaching nikola Bowerman, Theology Sally Bowker, Sailing instructor Gemma Brind, Admissions Richard Brown, Physics Robert Bryson, Estates Bursar David campbell, Senior chaplain Keogh connelly, Art and History of Art Pauline cotiniaux, french language Assistand Peter Garland, classics claire Giovannini, Data and Office Administrator (foundation/OS) nick Hall, classics fanny James, french carole-Anne lord-Brochu, french language Assistant callum MacKay, Gap Year Tutor Miles Maclaughlin, Organ Scholar Philip Morrow, Head of Spanish Alexandra Pearson, History Katie Phillips, Marketing Victoria Puzey, Admissions Emma Rees, Mathematics Tom Rimmer, Assistant Head (Sixth form) Alex Shaw, choral Scholar Tom Snow, Gap Year Tutor Phivi Spyridonos, foundation fellow (Art) Kay Stanfield, finance Officer Rosie Thomas, Drama Graduate Resident Assistant James Walker, Design Technology Gareth Ward, Director of icT Services Amy Wareham, Admissions Karen Watson, Bursarâ€™s PA chris Weale, football Goalkeeping coach Kate Whitlock, Head of Marketing Sue Young, Matron (lyon House)
The Foundation continues to seek to engage a large number of alumni and parents of the School and gain their support for innovative projects which will transform various aspects of the boys’ lives. I am grateful to the 215 OS and parents who have kindly taken the time to meet me one-to-one in 2017 and attend one of the Foundation’s events. your feedback has been invaluable to the shaping of our work and influencing the projects we support. I am also grateful to over 100 volunteers who have been involved in our work in 2017. We are continuing to plan for the future and I hope to meet many more of you in 2018 and gain both your views on and support for the transformational projects we are planning across School life. In addition to seeking support for those projects, we have a number of ongoing smaller Annual Fund projects including the unique Foundation Fellowship. This year we saw the Foundation Fellow, Carson Einarsen, complete his academic year at Sherborne. His work in promoting the world of film and cinema has continued with the Sunday Film Club showing ground breaking films and explaining their context in history. Phivi Spyridonos has since joined the staff for a year as the new Fellow, again from the Savannah College of Art and Design, to enrich the Art and Design departments and brings her high calibre illustration skills, already witnessed in the New york Times, which will enhance the drawing skills teaching for the boys. We have also been able to undertake the very important work of supporting boys on bursaries and helping both them and others boys to go on academic, music and sports trips via both the Peter Currie Fund and the Travel and Tour Fund.
We have been able to support specialist sports coaching with the School through the Sports Coaching Fund, which has helped boys succeed in a range of sports from judo to rugby and water polo. May I also encourage all OS to join SherborneConnect the new interactive social media platform for OS, where you can view details of and book events, offer careers advice and mentoring and get a wider view of what the Society and other parts of the School are doing for all our alumni. In 2018 we will be celebrating 20 years of the Bow Society, for those who are leaving legacies to the Foundation, and in the academic year 2018/19 celebrating 20 years of the Foundation, so please keep a look out for invitations to special events to celebrate these occasions. In 2018 we hope to pass the £10m mark raised for the School. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Foundation and I hope you will spare us a little time over the coming years to gain your views on the plans we have within the School’s Strategic Plan. None of what we have and can achieve is possible without your ongoing support as donors and volunteers. AdRIAn BAllARd
SHeRBoRne In Depaul UK have made very good use of Sherborne House in Bermondsey over the past year – their first full year in the building. Substantial renovation works were completed on schedule in March, including the installation of a lift, showers, a new kitchen and confidential meeting rooms – and today the building is being used for activities including Nightstop and Alone in London as well as providing valuable office space for Depaul’s staff. Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for young homeless people aged 16 to 25 years in the spare bedrooms of volunteer hosts. Since the doors of Sherborne House opened again in April 2017, over 200 young people have been placed through Nightstop London. Six members of the Nightstop youth Panel, Endeavour youth Union, meet in the board room monthly to discuss improvements to the service. On the very first day DePaul moved in, a young man arrived at the front door. He was destitute and sleeping rough. He was placed in a service in Brent over the weekend and in Nightstop the following week and given additional support related to his residency and migrant status. Alone in London provides advice and support to 16-to-25-year-olds who are at risk of homelessness. It has been supporting young people since 1972 and became part of Depaul UK on 1 September 2016, complementing the work of Depaul’s Nightstop and programmes teams. So far this year, 159 young people have received counselling and/or family mediation from five councillors at Sherborne House.
THe coMMunITY Depaul have also been using Sherborne House as a training centre for young people: 35 people attended Sherborne House on the day they attended the National youth Homelessness Parliament. They came from Depaul services all over the country and came together as a group in Sherborne House to plan their message to ministers. Three Leap Confronting Conflict training sessions for young people have been held in the workshop/board room with 40 young people attending in all. And the London youth Advisory, which consists of 13 young people, meet in the board room monthly on Saturday mornings to discuss how they can be involved in improvements to services across London. The reopening of Sherborne House in April was marked by a reception held in the building, and we were delighted to welcome some of our OS supporters to that event. We have also hosted visits from some of the School Governors this year and look forward to developing ties with the School. The trustees are now considering how we can support other charities working with young people in London and hope to make some announcements soon. To find out more, and to contact us if you would like to become a trustee, visit our website sherborneinthecommunity.co.uk, our Facebook page facebook.com/SherborneintheCommu nity and follow us on Twitter @SherborneITC. We would particularly welcome new trustees with experience in accounting and/or the charity sector! JAMeS nuRTon (m 92)
I have lived and worked in a wide range of communities in the uK and abroad, but during my 27 years in Sherborne I have again and again been reminded that this School has a special atmosphere of community among boys and teachers, which continues long after boys have become men.
If they go on to glittering careers, they remain as unpretentious as they were when they were at School. When I bumped into Chris Martin (m 95) and Phil Harvey (g 95) on their recent flying visit, they were as grounded as when they performed in the Rockin’ Honkies in the early 1990s; while Charlie Cox (c 01), whom I had seen above me on my way to queen’s University Belfast in a cinema’s Stardust lights, greeted me a year or so later at our Careers Convention with the disconcerting words “Hello, sir”. I would go so far as to say that being good company has been a major asset in many Shirburnians’ careers. They stand out from the crowd because they do not make a fuss about standing out from the crowd. There is something similar about the work of the Careers Department. It has been a privilege these last 20 years to be the nominal head of a cohesive team of colleagues who have brought their considerable individual talents and diverse experiences to create something distinctive. In short, in a competitive market we have had a Unique Selling Point. I would like to highlight a few key factors in this. In the 1980s Rob Lloyd not only helped to design the new purpose-built accommodation but, more importantly, persuaded the senior leadership of the School that Higher Education was going to expand rapidly and that it was in Shirburnians’ interests that he take a sabbatical year to interview academic staff and undergraduate students in all British
Higher Education institutions. Rob set the benchmark for all subsequent fieldwork, and I have been equally grateful for the opportunity to visit all UK universities and a few elsewhere. The priority given by the School to keeping colleagues up to date in a rapidly changing sector cannot be underestimated, and this includes the recent work done by Kim Dunning and Elaine Copping in developing our awareness of new Higher Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities. Crucially, the Careers Department is regarded as an integral part of the pastoral provision within the School. It is a huge commitment to interview the boys ourselves, but our fieldwork means that we are better informed than those external interviewers employed by other schools, and we can cooperate closely with academic and pastoral colleagues, so that we can help each individual boy determine what is the best option for him. We are not a School that pressurises boys into making choices so that the School might look best in promotional material. The choices that Shirburnians make do that anyway, as our aim is simply to help them find where they might flourish. A huge factor is the OS community. I know of nothing like it anywhere else. Thanks to John Pocock (f 78) and OS “Dragons”, post-GCSE Fifth Formers have gained impressive presentation skills and confidence from the Entrepreneurship course. Many OS have given inspiration to Shirburnians at every one of the 25 Lower Sixth Form Careers Conventions I have attended: Friday evening’s scepticism (“Why am I giving up my free time for
this?”) has always turned into an excited buzz by Saturday lunchtime. Moreover, the feedback from our annual OS surveys of those who left three and seven years before has provided invaluable insights into the current experience of undergraduates and their employment prospects; which is why I call those files our “gold dust”. As in competitive sport, so in our application processes we believe that thorough preparation is key. We require boys to work at producing detailed and relevant evidence for their UCAS Personal Statements. Second best will not do, as the process of re-drafting this Statement is there to convince the boy that he is choosing the right courses as much as it is to persuade the admissions’ tutor to give him an offer. Similarly, detailed evidence in a reference adds much more weight than bland generalisation. Our checking of forms should also be meticulous, as this can throw up whole new areas for discussion with an applicant. Like care taken over marking written work, this is not something that we can parade to the public, but the quality of Personal Statements and references is something that reflects particularly well on Sherborne as a collaborative community. Don Cameron, Patrick Francis and Jonathan Salisbury, who left in August 2017, have made immeasurable contributions to the work of this department over many years. I know that many boys have reason to be grateful for their guidance. I am not, however, worried about gaps to be filled precisely because of this unique community, and I am delighted to be continuing to work in a part-time capacity under the leadership of Tom Rimmer, our new Assistant Head (Sixth Form). We are truly grateful to all of you OS who have helped and continue to help current Shirburnians to chart their future path. PHIlIP RoGeRSon
Mu In visiting another school last March, and arriving mid-afternoon, I became aware that three members of their impressive wind quartet were not being allowed to play football that afternoon as they had to rehearse for a concert. It was a useful reminder that the superb timetabling which we enjoy at Sherborne—such that music is ‘protected’ for an hour after lunch four days a week in ‘Q Time’, and again in the evening for choir or orchestra between 6.30pm and 7.15pm—is not replicated in all schools. The major point here is that, in addition to benefiting from quality rehearsal time, and at times in the day when they are able to think, Shirburnian musicians are also able to make uninterrupted contributions to sports and to play in leading teams without being torn in different directions. We never, for example, have concerts on Thursdays or Saturdays in the Trinity Term as gifted cricketer musicians would not be able to take part in both; we never have extra rehearsals beyond those times allocated to music, unless on a Sunday (when there are several), as they would inevitably cause clashes; but national events, be they county cup matches or greater, or national music competitions, enjoy a carefully negotiated flexibility and co-operation, by the staff rather than the pupils, in both music and sports departments. It may seem obvious, especially in an age where many pupils are involved in many different activities from dawn to dusk, but it was not always the case at Sherborne and it was not the case at the school I was visiting that day.
The incredible variety of activities available, and the ring-fenced times for them, might lead to an assumption being made that there would be too much going on for proven quality to extend much beyond the classroom—itself the focus of an increasing drive for excellence. It is not the case, though. There were five boys with ATCL music diplomas in the school during the last academic year—three of them with Distinctions—and there are five more taking ATCL diplomas this year. If he is successful (the results are due in January), Charlie Smith (U6g, flute and guitar) will be Sherborne’s first LTCL diploma musician, and Peter Folkes (U6a) will possibly be the second when he takes his LTCL on the saxophone in March—in the same term as he plays for the 1st XI hockey, is Head of School, and is applying to read Medicine at university. He already has three Grade 8 Distinctions on as many instruments, and is amongst a group of eighteen boys who hold Distinction in Grade Seven or Eight—a number of high achievers that will certainly have grown considerably by the end of the school year. It goes without saying that the quality of solo performances in Cheap Street Church every Friday lunchtime, where a large and loyal public following is enjoyed each week, is extremely high—whether or not they are given by one of the forty Music Scholars. The individual practising which is required in order for these achievements to take place is considerable: it starts at 7.30am when the Music
sic School opens, and stops when it closes at 10.00pm. There are often more boys practising between 9.00pm and 10.00pm than there are rooms available in a building which, though superb in so many ways, has been outgrown in just seven years— something which would have seemed an impossibility during planning meetings nine years ago. There are ensemble rehearsals at that time too. These late evening sessions are not protected in the same way as q Time and Choir, and indeed there are activities in the Sports Hall (water polo, fivea-side football, basketball) which sometimes compete for the same times, but it is understood that not everyone will always be available at these times and the Close Harmony group, RocSoc bands, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and spontaneous Unplugged groups thrive—if
not quite to the same level as the Chamber Choir, Swing Band, Wind Band and Joint Schools’ Orchestras which rehearse unfailingly as a team each week in ringfenced times. As a snap-shot of the musical activity at Sherborne, the eleven week Lent Term was interesting. When the over-subscribed Dinner and Jazz—featuring the Swing Band and its Sinatra/Bublé style soloists— finished at 11.00pm on the first night of the Easter holidays, there had been twentyseven concerts that term; one in Oxford Town Hall; one in Poole Arts Centre (the ‘Lighthouse’), one in Middle Temple in London, nine in Cheap Street Church; three in the BSR; eight in the Tindall Recital Hall; one in Bath Abbey; one at Brighton College, and one at Sandroyd Prep School.
On top of that there had been a further thirty anthems sung by our choirs in the Abbey. Then there were 98 singers in the Choir: at the time of writing there are 107 singers—not a record, but it is nonetheless an interesting thought that over a fifth of the school sings an anthem or two in the Abbey twice a week. If none of these musical opportunities are of interest to Shirburnians—and the music staff does its best each Michaelmas Term to encourage the new Third Formers to be interested—there remains the superb whole school singing in the Abbey. year on year it continues to raise the roof and, as one parent said after this year’s Carol Service, amongst the visitors and guests there are always plenty of mothers and fathers moved to tears by it. JAMeS HendeRSon
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Sport at Sherborne continues to flourish with high levels of participation, inventive and exciting developments in coaching, and success across the board for boys of all ages. A highlight of last summer was in Sailing; the School represented by Ben childerley (l6f) and Ollie croft (3g) won the firefly class in the Schools championship at itchenor Sailing club in late June. This is the first time that the School has achieved this. it is the pinnacle of school sailing in terms of fleet racing. Also greater collaboration with Sherborne Girls has seen a number of mixed crews in both training and competition. 1st Vi Golf has won their first round match in the HMc foursomes competition beating Blundell’s 3-0 earlier this term. Other matches have been played this term against The Berkshire, and two matches against the OSGS. Although all three ended in narrow defeats for the boys, this was an opportunity for boys outside of the 1st team to play some competitive golf, and experience golf at some outstanding courses, in very good company.
All four of the above qualified for the English Schools Athletics Championships, where Charlie McCaig had the best result with a 10th place in the U15 javelin. The Lutra Shield saw Sherborne’s best result in recent years and regular training session at the yeovil track have helped drive the standard of athletics higher and higher.
Abbeylands won the House Water Polo in 2016/2017, and this term The Digby are currently in the lead in the House Tournament, although there is everything to play for with nine matches still to go. Fixtures continue against both local clubs and schools. The depth of Tennis at Sherborne was showcased in
2017. There were wins for every team from 1st vI to the juniors, playing home and away, in the School matches against Bryanston and Clifton. Sherborne teams completed the season with a 72% win rate. The Junior Colts won three very close matches to finish runner up in the Aegon Dorset League 1. Matches against Sherborne Tennis Club and Martock Tennis
Men, as well as junior matches versus Sherborne Tennis Club, are now becoming more of a necessity to challenge the boys who play tennis in more than one term. Another addition to the programme this year has been the introduction of inhouse mentoring, with practical coaching sessions for the Tennis Leader and Level 1 to 2 coaching qualifications.
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In the last academic year Benedict Mercer (4b) became the first boy from Sherborne to win a title at the Fives Colquhoun Trophy regional tournament, never conceding more than two points in any game on his way to win the Colts trophy. Harry Harvey (4b) also won the Colts Plate competition.
The 2017 Hockey season went very well across the board. The 1st XI had a very successful season losing only three fixtures, highlights were reaching the last eight of the National Plate Competition, losing out to Millfield 5-3 and reaching 3rd place in the National Schools Hockey Performance league, outperforming some of the
higher profile Hockey Schools. The 2nd XI had an unbeaten season, drawing one game and winning the remainder. The Junior Colts A team went one better and did not lose a single game, amassing over 50 goals in nine fixtures.Â In Football, we are delighted with the appointment of ex Derby County player Chris
Weale to the coaching team as goalkeeping specialist. The football outreach coaching programme continues to grow with weekly sessions at Sherborne Prep, Port Regis and The Park School. This term, a development XI has played 13 competitive fixtures â€“ some friendly fixtures, some in the football WISL and one in the ISFA Boodles National Cup.
The standard has improved throughout the term and we have won the football WISL league this year. It is perhaps a shame that we were still a little raw when we played in the first round of the National Cup, since there is no doubt that the current squad could have progressed further. Sherborne Rugby has gone from strength to strength this year, implementing a number of new enterprises and philosophies across the School. This year, we have introduced the RFU
initiative of ACTIvATE, a research based warm-up protocol proven to have a 72% reduction in overall match injuries and a 59% reduction of concussive injuries. The sevens season witnessed the development of many players’ understanding of the game and improvements in the overall skill levels. The U15s won our tournament and the 1st vII retained the Bryanston title. Both the U14s and U16s won their group at Rosslyn Park.
There is a real emphasis on fun, player led training sessions and lots of games to develop skills and understanding, which have proved very popular with the boys. The U14s are in the Dorset and Wilts Cup Final, as are the U16s. The U15s drew a tough 3rd round fixture against Hampton in the NatWest Schools Cup, but demonstrated a good resilience throughout. The 1st Xv have had a good season, beating Bishop Wordsworth’s, Marlborough,
Kirkham, Bryanston, Abingdon and Radley. Seven boys from the U16 side have represented Bath Academy and Will Bailey (U6e) and Fin French (L6d) are currently in the Bath U18 Academy. Will Morris (U6m) and Henry McCosker (U6c) have both represented Dorset and Wilts U18s with Max Ayling (U6m) representing the Welsh Exiles. Max has also been offered a professional contract with The Dragons next year alongside his study at Cardiff Met University.
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In Athletics it was a record breaking summer:
• charlie Hickling (u6d) breaking the school 100m (10.70s) and 200m (22.00s) records
• Will Westmacott (5c) breaking the u17 records for 100m hurdles (13.80s) and 200m (23.30s)
• Jonathan Post (3a) setting a new u15 300m record (37.69s)
• charlie Mccaig (3b) breaking the school u15 javelin record (49.34m).
In cricket, the 1st XI recorded away wins at cheltenham and clifton.
other highlights included:
• James Hague (u6f) hitting six consecutive deliveries for six
(albeit not in the same over) for the 3rd XI against canford. A remarkable and very unusual achievement at any level of cricket
• u15s winning the county cup in the rain at Wayfarers cc
• Two fixtures played against
Sherborne Pilgrims in the 2017 season, an all-day game on oS
day and a T20 at commem for the first time, which saw the
return of Jimmy Adams (c 99), although he couldn’t save the Pilgrims from a defeat.
Articles THe VInTAGe AIR RAllY cReTe2cAPe NON OTIUM EST! After 48 hours of hiding my phone in my sock, things were getting increasingly desperate.
We had been detained on arrival in Gambella, Ethiopia, because we
Whilst on the subject of raising
arrived on schedule – there
money, our other big push was
were just two aircraft missing
for our charities. We chose
on the start line, a gala dinner
Birdlife (in particular the African
to air the black ties, – and then we were ready to go.
didn’t have the required permits. Not only that, but we had an
vulture), as our main charity
Egyptian team with us (and our route took us within 40nm of the
Our partnership with them was
extremely inflammatory ‘Renaissance’ dam), and just that morning
a huge success (indeed, we
Leaving Crete on the 12
the military had started a door-to-door search in Gambella for so-
created and launched National
November, the Rally was off to
called insurgents. Unwittingly we had aligned all the wrong holes
vulture Day in a few of the
a great start with our low level,
countries we passed!). Our
formation clearances in Egypt
But, let’s run back awhile… The vintageAirRally’s first project, the Crete2Cape, was to be the
other charity was with a small
(first time ever) – thanks to our
NGO, based in Kenya and
FAI partnership with the Aero
Tanzania – ‘seed bombing’ (or,
Club of Egypt. Their other
rather less exciting, aerial
great achievement was our
first ever rally for vintage biplanes along the entire length of Africa.
reforestation). We were given a
permission to land one of the
With 20 teams, from 18 countries, it would be a celebration of both
few thousand seed bombs
aircraft at the base of the Giza
vintage and African aviation – but it would also be difficult and
(golfball-sized lumps of acacia
pyramids – not done in 80
tough. Several months of frenetic activity preceded the start –
seeds and fertiliser) and maps
years. Egypt passed by quickly,
including a number of route recces by both small aeroplanes and
showing locations that had
following the Nile southwards,
commercial flights. We were keen to get each government
suffered serious deforestation,
until we reached Sudan. I have
involved, particularly the Ministers of Tourism and the Civil Aviation
but that were extremely difficult
always loved Sudan for the
Authorities. As our status and confidence grew, so did the support
to access by land (either for
warmth of welcome and
from these and other organisations. We had our formal launch on
geographical or political
relatively easy administration –
Horse Guards Parade in London one month before the start, and a
reasons). Open cockpit
many of the teams were hugely
dinner that night at Drapers Hall – everyone in 1920s attire.
aeroplanes are ideally suited to
worried about Sudan, they all
this work, and the crews
came away having enjoyed a
The other major concern for we Rally organisers was finding
became enthusiastic bombers!
completely positive experience.
sponsors and partners. The participation for the vintage biplanes
By Khartoum, a rhythm had
had already been reduced by 90% - but this left a very large hole in
Of course, whilst November
the budget. We solved this issue by working in two different
and December are great for
brothers (and sisters) began to
directions. The first, to negotiate the best possible rates (even
flying across Africa, they are
bond. The vintageAirRally
gratis) for all the costs normally incurred on such an event. The
terrible for flying across Europe
cannot function as a group of
other angle was finding financial sponsorship – clearly much harder.
– simply getting to the Cretan
individuals – it very much needs
In the end we raised a little over $500k in cash sponsorship – a
start posed its challenges. In
a team spirit, with everyone
figure of which we are extremely proud for a first event.
the end, all the competitors
helping everyone else along
been found, and the band of
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the way. We didn’t know at this
aircraft only came through
we arrived in Lokichogio was music to everyone’s ears! My relief was
stage how much that team
about an hour after the first had
shortlived when we discovered that, again, our last plane was off the
spirit would be needed over
already landed!), and the
grid. After making an overdue aircraft notification to the KCAA, we
the coming days.
situation on the ground in
tried to find out where he was and what had happened. Apparently
It was also in Khartoum that our
Gambella made for a less than
he had cut the corner, overflying South Sudan, but had made a
warm reception. Confiscation
precautionary landing following engine problems. On landing, he’d
last aircraft caught up with the
of all phones, computers and
had a puncture. The next few days were spent linking him up with
Rally, having made his own,
cameras. Held in the airport
the British Embassy in Juba and watching as he took off again, only
somewhat imaginative, way
terminal building. All contact
to have an engine failure and crash just a little while later (still inside
across Egypt. He had already
with the outside world
South Sudan). The aircraft was badly damaged, and at the time of
had two engine failures, as well
prohibited – we were in total
writing has been trucked out to Kenya where repairs are under
as two diversions due to lack of
way… Flying the length of Africa in vintage aeroplanes is, of course,
At least, that was one plan.
serious accident – the Boeing Stearman from the Irish-Israeli team
Our plan was slightly different.
Nairobi. Whilst the descent and approach were done perfectly,
fuel and radio failure. He repaired everything in
a relatively risky endeavour.
Khartoum, and we all left together for Damazin (the last
In Kenya we were to have our most
had a complete engine failure 85nautical miles north west of
Sudanese airport before
Whilst it was not in question
there was a small fence at the end of the rollout – just enough to tip
that we had landed without
the aircraft over the nose and onto her back. Luckily the high wing
permits, it was equally
protected the crew from anything more serious than cuts and
Our arrival in Ethiopia was on
understood that we believed
bruises – but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. We were
schedule (apart from our last
we had them (and indeed, had
able to get one of the rally helicopters on the way to them almost
plane who got lost again
several indicators supporting
immediately and the crew were safely recovered to Nairobi. It is a
resulting in an Ethiopian SAR
this belief). After it became
great shame about a beautiful aeroplane, but only the first of four
alert), but apparently caught
clear that quiet diplomacy was
machines on the Rally that would eventually be left in Africa.
some elements of the Ethiopian
achieving nothing, we needed
administration off guard!
to move things forward more
Nairobi was the psychological half-way point, and the first
Despite assurances from the
‘effectively’ – and so, by various
opportunity to do real maintenance work on the aircraft. It was also
ECAA, and the airport manager
covert means and well-
the moment for another airshow, and the first ever landing in the
at Gambella “we’re looking
connected friends, we alerted
Nairobi National Park. Britain’s Army Air Corps came down from
forward to seeing you, your fuel
18 embassies and the world’s
their BATUS base at Mt. Kenya with a Lynx 9A as part of the UK
has been here a few days now”
press to our plight. Shortly
government’s GREAT initiative (and Rally partner).
– it appeared that neither the
afterwards the ‘problem’ was
Foreign Ministry nor the Military
resolved and we were
The clock was, however, ticking – and it was time to move on. Our
were aware. The lack of
permitted to continue. The
next stop was a dirt strip on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater – at a
permits (the permit for our last
“Jambo, welcome to Kenya” as
piffling 8000ft AMSL (above mean seal level), plus density altitude!
- 18 After careful calculations (and dropping off passengers) the biplanes flew in there and made successful landings – to the bemusement of the local Masai. A brief stay in this most magical of locations and then we were onward to Zanzibar. After our Zanzibar stop, we were off again to Zambia (another airshow in Lusaka), and then into Zimbabwe and some low-flying over the victoria Falls. We had been given a special clearance of ‘not above 500’ AGL, you can imagine what this produced! By now, though, the end was in sight, and so after a brief stop in Bulawayo we were off to Botswana (only added to the route at the specific request of the President). It was also at this stage that we heard that the Botswana team’s Tiger Moth had escaped her tie-downs at Maun during the night and been blown into the UK helicopter team’s R44 – potentially writing off both aircraft. A salutary lesson into the importance of securing aircraft properly! We had a tremendous welcome in Botswana, including a magical moment in the Mashatu game reserve, and then it was time for our 10th, and final, country – South Africa. The last five days of the Rally passed in a
and a short video about us on the BBC
blur of small strips and joiners-in (several
Facebook page was getting towards one
other aircraft tagged along for these final
legs); everyone was excited, relieved, and worried – about the fact that the end was
3 March 2018 sees the Ushuaia2USA edition
nigh. We also had, for the first time since
of the vintageAirRally leave the
Europe, weather to worry about – so it was
southernmost tip of South America for the
not all plain sailing. Plus, of course, many
United States, by the original Aeropostale
of the aircraft were beginning to complain
routes, for another six week epic! you can
vigorously (generally by throwing large
follow the preparations at
amounts of oil everywhere) about the lack
of TLC they had received over the previous weeks. On 16 December, 30 minutes ahead of schedule, the vintageAirRally Crete2Cape arrived in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Ten African countries, 6000nm, 35 days and 42 stops after leaving Crete. There were thousands of people waiting for us, something of a surprise – it was only as we escaped our bubble that we realised that we had had articles about us in over 160 countries, our arrival was on the BBC World news tickertape between Trump and Brexit,
RAllY dIRecToR: SAM RuTHeRFoRd (a 90)
What is it Like For an Overseas Student To Settle Into Life at Sherborne? THE OS ReCORd CHATTED TO TWO OLD SHIRBURNIANS FROM MALAySIA TO FIND OUT In September 1987 the Waterloo to Sherborne train rattled through the english countryside carrying a nervous but excited passenger. dato’ Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir, a 16 year old from Kuala lumpur, was on his way to spend two years at Sherborne, having never set foot in england before that day. His trepidation was to be short lived, however. Mr Cleaver, housemaster of The Green, met him from the station, grabbed his bags, threw them in the back of his car and in that moment, Feisal’s nervousness evaporated. “I never looked back,” he said, attributing this largely to the atmosphere of inclusion at the School. “The warmth at Sherborne is quite unique, especially for boys that age. It couldn’t be by chance that a collection of students would behave that way. So it must be something that is nurtured at the School,” he explained. It was not that the School was laid back, he continued, as there was an expectation of excellence and celebration of success, just not when it was at anyone’s expense and without the arrogance that he had expected of a British boarding school. In addition, he immediately noticed a relationship between students and teachers that he had not been used to back home. “We were encouraged to talk, to give our opinions,” he said. “It was more of a discussion, not just being spoon fed the topics. Even for Physics; we learned an idea and then tried it out, so it was practical.” Feisal threw himself into life at Sherborne, grabbing opportunities as they arose, as a hockey player and a classical guitar player, making the most of the “incredible facilities” and developing a love of the town that seemed to him when he arrived as though it was “straight from a movie.” He said he learned a great deal during his time at the School, not just in his chosen A level subjects; he developed a strong sense of independence, a confidence to try new things and a healthy sense of competitiveness. “To me it was like an anthropology lesson,” he added. “Understanding cultures, adapting to a new environment. It was a very supportive environment I have to say.”
Four years later, his compatriot, Tengku dato Sri Zafrul Abdul Aziz had a similar experience. He too arrived as a scholarship student from Malaysia, with very little experience of the uK and no idea whether the students in his year would accept him. “There were very few new students in the sixth form,” he said. “And it was not easy, being new, being an overseas boy, living with boys who had known each other for three years already.” For Zafrul it was his interest in hockey, badminton and squash that opened doors for him. “It certainly made it easier,” he said. “People accept you when you play sport with them and you become one of them.” He was made a House prefect (the first overseas student to earn the title, he said) and his adjustment was so seamless that he was soon holidaying with his new friends, staying at their homes or inter-railing through Europe. He only ventured home once a year, he said, something he rather hoped his children would not emulate. “I had a good time,” he said. “In fact, I had too much of a good time!”
leadership of 40,000 employees as Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB, a leading ASEAN bank. He said he believed he was able to hold such a challenging leadership role directly because of the skills he learned at Sherborne and the understanding of different cultures that he developed during those days and his time at Bristol University. When pushed to name achievements in his career that made him proud, he mentioned that it was his ability to get teams from all kinds of diverse backgrounds to work as one: “I learned that at school,” he said. Feisal echoed exactly this sentiment. After leaving Sherborne and graduating from the London School of Economics, he too returned to Asia and became an entrepreneur, setting up a financial advisory company with a friend; a time that was incredibly hard work and tested him to the limits. “Every day was a shareholder meeting,” he remembered. Now he is Group Chief Financial Officer of Maybank, Malaysia’s largest financial services group, and he said the skills he learned at School had been invaluable in banking, especially in Asia, where every country has a unique culture. “Banking is all about people. Sure you have to have technical skills but it is vital to understand the different values within the different cultures in this industry,” he said.
The learning curve in his early days at Sherborne was steep, said Zafrul, and his time there gave him a confidence and an independence that was a foundation for university and for the rest of his working life. The breadth of the education, the insistence on pursuits outside the classroom, gave him the ability to face challenges, he said and made him ambitious and not scared. “In university you have ups and downs, in your working life you have ups and downs and the one thing most relevant is the ability to get up when you are down,” he explained, attributing his time at Sherborne with his ability to do just that. “I would not be where I am today if I had stayed in Malaysia,” he said, emphatically. He would also, perhaps, not be about to run his sixth marathon this year, or the iron man competition that is looming in 2018.
When asked what advice they would give Shirburnians keen to go into banking, both Zafrul and Feisal emphasised that to be a banker today, you had to have so much more than a set of straight As on your Cv. All applicants were “A students”, they said, and what differentiated one from another were their soft skills: you had to be equipped with the right way of thinking, they said; you had to have a passion, an inquisitive mind, you had to want to try new things and embrace new ideas and, crucially, you had to understand different cultures.
This same tenacity and perseverance has seen Zafrul though many phases of his career, through failed start-ups and disappointments all the way to his current
Sherborne boys, however, were well prepared, said Feisal: “This is the mind set you have coming out of Sherborne and it is a gift to any employer.” RoSHeen RodWell
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New Fish and Shellfish design plates by artist Richard Bramble (h 86) launched this year along with his stags, hares and gamebird designs available in a range of 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. 20% reduction (excludes existing offers) for all OS and family, just quote code: OS20 when ordering. All ceramics can be personalised by the artist making unique gifts.
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LIVING THE DREAM
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:
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Jock Fraser (c 94) runs a tourist service in Madrid and Seville taking people off the tourist track to experience the authentic, local ambience. Adventurous Appetites will take you to sample traditional Spanish cuisine in some of the hidden corners of central Madrid and Seville, helping with language difficulties, advising on local specialities and imparting interesting local facts about the tradition, history and myths of these beautiful cities. They also offer a Roman bike tour from Seville for any historical cyclists.
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SKI INSTRUCTION IN COURCHEVEL Rob Sewell (g 72) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 21 Ben curry (d 83), Mark Hopkins (m 76), Miles Hockley (f 75) in his own words “the scruffy one straight off the farm” and James Barker (a 45)
WarGen, set up late last year by broadcasters and historians Dan Snow and James Holland, is a group of volunteers who are trying to find and interview people who have lived through the Second World War, whether as civilians, as Servicemen and women, or as part of any other group, such as the Intelligence Services, S.O.E. and the like. WarGen doesn’t just cover the UK but is a worldwide initiative, although it is fair to say that the majority of the current 300 volunteers are based in the UK. This is a race against time to find men and women, bearing in mind they will be upwards of 77 years old, who would be willing to be interviewed by a WarGen volunteer. The resulting interviews, film and/or audio, will be transcribed and then posted on the WarGen wiki website at www.wargen.org/wiki/ The oldest interviewee is a spritely 100 year old and others interviewed have been in their late ’80s and ’90s, the youngest being in his 78th year. The fascinating aspect about this initiative is that the interviewees all have different stories to tell about their childhood, their experiences during the war and the after-effects of the war on them and their families. These are stories that tell it as it happened and are not in any way influenced by a political agenda. The more interviews WarGen can collect, the better the representation of what people actually experienced and the circumstances people found themselves in. This ranges from the effects of the blitz (seen both by those bombed and those who did the bombing), to the emotional consequences of families broken apart, to rationing and the aftermath of war. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in taking part please contact me direct by email at email@example.com or on my mobile number 07768 890044. I am based in the North of England and therefore cannot conduct interviews outside that area but I can put you in touch with local volunteers. MIcHAel THoMPSon (g 63)
OS in New Zealand In July, following in the footsteps of the British and Irish lions Rugby
team, Sherborne’s rugby players embarked on the trip of a lifetime to the most challenging of all rugby environments, new Zealand.
We have a thriving community of 35 OS that we know of, currently living in New Zealand. And three of them plus current parent Ben Curry (d 83) met when they went to support the boys at their match against Shirley Boys High School on 19 July. It was by all reports a cracking match which the School lost by one point, hitting the post with what would have been a match winning penalty in the last minute of the game. Anne MAcFARlAne
AGM And AccounTS
The minutes of the OSS Annual General Meeting held on 14 May 2016 and the audited accounts are available from the OSS Office upon request. The 122nd AGM of the Society will be held at the south end of The Upper marquee on OS Day, Saturday 12 May 2018 at 4pm. All OS and their guests are most welcome. An agenda will be available in the April 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: “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 ScHool
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 here to greet you and we can arrange for you to park in The Courts, if you so wish. On arrival please sign in at Reception under the archway.
oS dAY 2017 OS Day is one of the highlights of our Events calendar and 2017 did not disappoint. The weather held and the event was very well attended. The Chapel Service was followed by music, courtesy of the wonderful Swing Band, and drinks on The Upper and then a fabulous lunch provided by the School’s incredible catering team and finally cricket, the School 1st XI v the Sherborne Pilgrims - who could ask for more?
This year the OSS visited OS studying at London Universities, Bristol, Exeter, Newcastle, Leeds, Loughborough and Cardiff. It was as always a pleasure meeting up with our young OS, catching up on all their news and buying them a drink and some food. It was a particular pleasure this year to be joined by Fiona James, Old Girls Secretary and for the London, Bristol and Exeter events to be joint events with Sherborne Girls. 2018 will see John and Anne visiting Edinburgh, Newcastle and Oxford.
oSS cAReeRS eVenTS
This year in conjunction with Sherborne Girls we held two more careers events. These events are open to all young OS and SOGs who are either considering a career within the sector or who are already working in it. It is an opportunity for them to meet a panel of alumni and parents from a wide range of sectors within the industry.
Eve SHeRBoRne BuSIneSS BReAKFASTS
2017 saw the launch of a new initiative for OS and parents, the Sherborne Business Breakfast, an opportunity for business related members of the Sherborne community to meet for an informal briefing on important economic and political matters over a light breakfast in London.
The inaugural breakfast on 7 June, at Accenture Strategy, courtesy of Justin Keeble (e 93), was a huge success with around 75 OS and parents in attendance and many others on a waiting list. Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute for Economic Affairs gave his views on matters of state. The second breakfast held on 10 November, at J M Finn courtesy of Ed Rogers (a 92), heard from Chris Hopkins (c 00), former Business Advisor to 10 Downing Street, on the upcoming budget and its potential contents.
Other breakfasts are already in the planning and the next one will take place on 15 March 2018, at Stephenson Harwood, One Finsbury Circus, courtesy of Lisa Marks with Alistair Harris OBE (h 92) speaking.
This year’s OS Law Event was a bittersweet occasion, as James Clibbon (d 86) who had hosted our last event at Holman Fenwick Willan died suddenly in April. HFW very kindly offered to hold the 2017 reception in James’ memory. We enjoyed a terrific event with a good mix of those established in their careers and those just starting out. As ever with OS events, the experienced were generous with their advice to the young. Our thanks go to David Robinson, his fellow partners and all those at HFW who did so much to make it such a success. James would have been proud.
The evenings start with our panel briefly introducing themselves and explaining what they do and how they got there and the majority of the evening is spent networking over drinks and canapes. The young OS and SOGs are able to spend time with the panellists they are most interested in. The evening closes with a q&A session. The first event this year was a City Careers event, kindly hosted by Robin Creswell (current parent), Managing Principal of Payden & Rygel. The second was a Media Careers Event kindly hosted by Charles Lewington (a 77), owner of Hanover Communications. More than 40 OS and SOGs attended both events. Our thanks to our excellent panellists and hosts, without whose help we could not hold these events. In 2018 we are planning Law, Property and City events.
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One of the last events of the OSS autumn events programme is the FOSS Lunch held to coincide with the last home game of the 1st Xv. The membership of FOSS is largely made up of parents who no longer have a son at Sherborne but enjoy catching up with events here as well as renewing friendships with each other.
oSS And FRIendS oF SHeRBoRne (FoSS) cITY cARol SeRVIce
The OSS autumn events calendar concluded with the annual City Carol Service at St Olave in the City on Tuesday 5 December.
Such is the success of the OS Media Lunch that, even after 16 years, it remains an annual feature on the OS calendar. The Groucho was packed with the usual happy throng of OS working in virtually every strata of the media. We were hilariously entertained by our current President, Andrew Wingfield Digby (h 69) and past President, Charles Collingwood (h 62).
PuB nIGHTS FoR leAVeRS oF 1983-1990 And 2001-2005
The introduction of OS Pub Nights for groups of OS has proved popular and the two that we held this year proved a success. The format is simple and informal – whilst the OSS arrange the venue and a few canapes, there is no formal ticketing so that it does not matter whether you wish to pop in for a quick drink or make an evening of it. Do keep a lookout for your own year group being involved – we would love to see you.
nts Following a superb lunch, we were treated to an excellent game of rugby. Although the 1sts lost 17-39 the scoreline did not reflect the performance on the pitch. Cheltenham were on their best run of results for over 10 years, going unbeaten so far this season.
In September 2017, the OSS visited Geneva to hold a joint event with Phil Hardaker from Sherborne International. It was gratifying to meet OS and International Alumni along with parents, past and current, who hold Sherborne in high regard. Our thanks go to all who supported the event – we shall visit again soon.
Over 100 OS and parents, past and current, gathered at Oliver Ross’s (a 76) lovely church, St Olave’s in Hart Street for a rousing carol service. Our thanks to Oliver and Rico Tice (h 84) for taking the service and to all our readers. The congregation were in fine voice and after a spirited rendition of the Carmen, this year with musical accompaniment, retired to The Ship Inn for refreshments.
oSS RecePTIon AT THe RoYAl ARcAde GAlleRY
More than 40 OS met at the Royal Arcade Gallery where renowned artist Andrew Stock (b 78) was holding an exhibition of paintings Mules, Mountains and Minarets and his brother, acclaimed author Jon (b 84) was signing copies of his new novel Find Me. The reception was supposed to run from 6pm to 8pm but many were still there at 8.30pm, a testament to how enjoyable an evening it was.
We are lucky to enjoy such a happy relationship with Jersey and our trips there never disappoint. 2017 was no exception and our reception, hosted jointly by Sherborne Girls, brought together the usual agreeable mix of OS, OGs, past, current and, hopefully, potential parents. Our thanks go once again to parent, Matthew Jones, for arranging the event at Banjo in St Helier.).
WeSTcoTT HouSe dInneR
On 12 May forty-two Westcott OS and their guests, three former Westcott Housemasters and the widow of a fourth, Dorothy Cooper, returned to Sherborne for a wonderful reunion to celebrate all things Westcottian. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy drinks on The Upper before going into the marquee for a wonderful meal, courtesy of our caterers.
Westcott House may be gone but it is certainly not forgotten.
Q london luncH
On 21 April, the OS Society held its first ever reunion for OS on the US West Coast. Sixteen OS and their partners met for dinner at the University Club in San Francisco and enjoyed a great evening sharing stories. Many thanks to Christopher Pook (a 58) who has coordinated the West Coast group and helped organise the event.
On the day the sky turned red, 86 members of the quinguagesimal Club (made up of OS who left Sherborne over 50 years ago) assembled for lunch in the Ballroom of the Lansdowne Club. Formerly just held at Sherborne every two years, the programme was expanded in 2013 to include a London event in the intervening years. This is proving to be a very successful addition. The next Q event is at Sherborne on Thursday 27 September 2018.
On Thursday 12 January, despite scare stories of thundersnow and severe travel disruption, over 40 OS and parents from the insurance industry convened for a convivial evening at The Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market. It was an opportunity for OS working in the industry to meet up and compare notes and for young OS aspiring to join, or just starting out, to pick their brains.
Three days later the annual New york dinner took place with a record turnout of 45 OS, parents and Sherborne Girls School alumnae. The dinner took place at Aquavit Restaurant and was kindly hosted by American Friends of Sherborne President, Hugh Hildesley (b 60). The first ever Sherborne reunion in Kuala Lumpur was held on 5 October, attended by three OS at the Hilton Sentral Hotel. We have over 30 OS living in Malaysia, so we hope this group will grow. An informal reception for OS, Sherborne Girls alumnae and parents from both Schools took place at The Green Door in Singapore on Sunday 8 October. The OS Singapore group has been one of our strongest groups and over 30 OS, parents and friends enjoyed a relaxing evening hearing about the Schools. The annual Hong Kong Reception took place on 11 October, kindly hosted by Robin (b 83) and Stefania Hammond at the Hong Kong Club. Over 100 guests from Sherborne, Sherborne Girls and Sherborne International heard updates from the Headmaster, Dominic Luckett, and the other Heads and enjoyed a convivial evening. OS and friends also got together on 5 July when the Sherborne rugby team en route to New Zealand played a Hong Kong Select side and enjoyed a dinner after at the Shek O Club kindly hosted by Mr and Mrs Calum and Debbie Davidson. We hope to hold regular events for OS in Hong Kong. Please let us know if you would be happy to help organise them.
SAlISBuRY eVenSonG In October over 60 OS and parents current, former and prospective enjoyed listening to the choir sing Evensong in the magnificent setting of Salisbury Cathedral, followed by drinks and canapĂŠs in the Cathedral refectory.
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FoRTHcoMInG eVenTS 2018 FeBRuARY Monday 12
edinburgh university drinks All Bar one, George Street eH2 2PA
newcastle university drinks Pitcher and Piano Bar, Quayside,ne1 3dX
oxford university drinks The Varisty club, oX1 4dB
MARcH Thursday 1 Thursday 15
Pub night (1991-2000) The Admiral codrington, SW3 2lY Business Breakfast Stephenson Harwood, 1 Finsbury circus ec2M 7SH Joint Schools concert St Georgeâ€™s Hanover Square, W1S 1FX, followed by a reception at The Westbury, conduit Street, W1S 2YF
Pilgrims dinner - oSR
MAY Saturday 12
oS day - Sherborne
Wednesday 23 Guernsey Reception June Thursday 7
10 Year Reunion (2008) The Admiral codrington, SW3 2lY
SePTeMBeR Wednesday 12 law careers event - TBA Thursday 13
city careers event - Investec, london
Five Year Reunion (2013) The Black dog, Vauxhall, Se11 5eR
Q Reunion - Sherborne
noVeMBeR Thursday 29
Media lunch The Groucho, W1d 4QB
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50 YeAR ReunIon FoR 1967 YeAR GRouP
it is always a pleasure to invite OS who left the School 50 years ago to come down to Sherborne for a lunch on a Michaelmas Term Saturday when the 1st XV are playing at home. We arranged a voluntary tour before lunch for those who wish to see how 21st century Sherborne has evolved since they were at School. The 1967 year group were delightful company – i do hope that they enjoyed the day. We shall be hosting the 1967 year group in 2017. The dates are already in the OS calendar featured on page xx. if this is your leaving year, please pop the respective date in your diaries – we would love to see you. Wives/ partners etc are naturally most welcome.
10 YeAR ReunIon FoR THe clASS oF 2007
More than 70 OS and SOGs converged on The Admiral Codrington for their 10 year reunion. It was a lovely, informal evening and the OSS and Old Girls Association laid on some of The Cod’s excellent canapés. We look forward to seeing the class of 2008 next year and can you beat 70?
5 YeAR ReunIon FoR THe clASS oF 2012
Once again we held the 5 year Reunion at the Black Dog in vauxhall, courtesy of Cokey Sulkin (m 97) and once again we took over the pub for the evening. Over 80 OS and SOGs came along and the OSS and Old Girls Association were delighted to lay on some food and a free bar at the start of the evening. The party continued until the pub shut at midnight.
So leavers of 2013, can we get 90 of you out next year?
When it is your professional duty to report on sport, the focus is naturally on the elite end. Few people can summon up the interest in amateur contests some way down the food chain. It is therefore easy to be gloom-ridden about the state of two sports that Sherborne and Shirburnians have held dear since the 19th century – namely rugby and cricket.
Rugby Union is a sport heading towards crisis. As I write, in October, a raft of Premiership clubs are struggling with an injury list that is extensive and damaging, apparently on the back of changes in the laws that have ramped up the frequency of collisions. In this ever-higher-impact sport, this is making a professional career short and dangerous. Cricket in recent times has often gazed into its navel about the position of Test matches. The rise of Twenty20 and the extravagances deriving from limited-overs cricket have placed its oldest and most cherished form in peril. England may still play a healthy number of Test matches by comparison with the shorter form but many countries do not. yet at the lowly level of Pilgrims sport, the enthusiasm, excitement and entertainment persist unabated. An older generation of Pilgrims may splutter a little at the thought of how football has spread its wings at the School, but the move of the Club into the Arthurian League is a significant achievement. The Arthurian League has been in operation for more than 50 years and was set up for public school teams, although it is not part of the main league football pyramid. Division five south is where the Club resides and the committee has approved funding for the team – which may well end up playing more than 15 fixtures per season. George Atkins (c 11) is the man to contact if you want to dream of league success. The rugby fixture list remains strong and Jamie Snudden (b 09) would be delighted to hear from you if you want to remind others of your prowess with an oval ball
over the winter. Hockey, cricket, squash, tennis, cross country and fives are all operational too and details of who to contact can be found on the Club’s website at www.sherbornepilgrims.co.uk. There is also now a Pilgrims Sport Facebook group to increase the level of communication between Club members. The Club will host its annual supper on Saturday March 17, 2018, in the OSR. There are due to be Pilgrims hockey and football matches played the following day. Please contact Jonathan Powe (h 76), the Club’s Hon Secretary, for further details. At the Club’s Annual General Meeting in October, David Leakey (b 70) stood down as President after a fine tenure – around which he had to squeeze in some lesser ceremonial duties as Black Rod. David’s counsel, guidance and enthusiasm have been appreciated by many Pilgrims and at a time of some turmoil for Westminster, that he was able to spare so much attention for the Club is deeply enviable. Ed Lyons (f 70), who has been Hon Secretary in recent years, steps up to replace him. A reminder. you do not have to be a Pilgrim to represent the Club – if an OS, you will always be welcome, and the Club operates a subsidy system for younger members. Please get in touch with Jonathan Powe at email@example.com. While we have a fine set of players at the moment, the Club can only survive in the long term with participation at the younger end – so if your time at the School was stellar or moderate, the door is open.
RoBeRT HAndS (b 92)
old SHIRBuRnIAn SAIlInG The main event of the year was the retirement of chris Hamon after eighteen years in charge of School sailing. A presentation was made to him after the June Stangerleathes event and a dinner was held to mark his retirement in london in november. chris’ School career is detailed in the Autumn 2017 issue of The Shirburnian but for generations of sailing boys his boundless energy, enthusiasm and good humour whilst driving backwards and forwards to Arne and supervising both racing and recreational boating at Sutton Bingham is what they will remember. They may though also have noticed that his commitment went way beyond his remit, working to repair and maintain the boats, and ensuring that the boys got their sailing, come what may. As commodore for the last few years i have got to know him quite well and, for me, his humour stood out, as did the relaxed, easy manner in which he got everything done. Sherborne sailing owes him a great debt and i trust we shall continue to see him at OS Sailing events.
The racing against other schools for the Arrow Trophy was slightly less successful in 2017 but the team still acquitted themselves well , finishing 11th out of 24 teams. An excellent dinner was held at the Yacht Haven in cowes with drinks beforehand provided by John and Shirley Thornback. 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Arrow Trophy, in which the OS have participated 23 times, so we are hoping for a special result.
The year started, as usual, with the Pub Meet in london, which was well attended on a wet January Sunday. The AGM was held on 3 April at the Winchester House club where Martin Thomas (a 63) gave us an excellent talk on Shackleton and his extraordinary feat of seamanship and survival.
JunE Stanger leathes 2 to be held at Queen Mary’s Reservoir
The boys soundly beat the OS in the Stanger-leathes but boys trained by the impressive Michael Ewart-Smith will now start to come through as leavers so perhaps next year will be different! A group of boys also came up to race against the OS at Queen Mary’s reservoir on the Royal Thames’ J 80’s and this fixture will be repeated in 2018.
The draft programme for 2018 is as follows: 28 JAnuARY Pub meet in london MARcH Stanger leathes 1 16 APRil AGM at Winchester House club
9 AuGuST Barbecue at Winchester House club SEPTEMBER Southampton Boat Show drinks OcTOBER Arrow Trophy Stanger leathes 3 if any OS are interested in joining any of these events please email firstname.lastname@example.org A full fixture list will be published in January 2018 and will be available from email@example.com AnGuS cATeR (c 70) commodore
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OS Golfing Society There were the usual mix of matches, meetings and tournaments. 22 matches were played; winning 11, losing eight and halving three. Of the eight that were lost, six were against Clubs. It is interesting to note that for many years the record against clubs has been poor as local knowledge must play an important part. The usual four meetings were held and the winners of the major prizes were: Summer meeting at Sherborne Robin Irving, Toby Rowland, Marcus Chantey and James Rowland AGM meeting at The Berkshire Jonathan Godfrey, John youngman, Stephen Reed, Patrick Macintosh, Alan Gale and Roger Mather Rye meeting Lewis Hinch, Jonathan Godfrey, Cameron Maconie, Robin Arbuthnot, Orme WebsterSmith and Edward Sweet Family day Rodney and Jonathan Short. In the tournaments, apart from the Brent Knoll where we lost in the first round of the Bowl and the Plate, we enjoyed a much better year. Peter Martin, as non-playing Halford Hewitt Captain, played a major part in this â€“ we beat Fettes and Rugby, before losing to Winchester. The side was: Rhys Francis and Ed Kelly; Stuart Gillett and Clive Martin; Jos Pralle and Nick Hyde; Robin Irving and Ed Elliot-Square; Toby Couzens and Ed Fricker. In the G L Mellin Salver we beat Oundle and Loretto, but
then lost to Forest. The side was: Chris Nevill and Nigel Whalley; Rhys Francis and John youngman; Michael Farley and Andrew Rose. The best was still to come in the Grafton Morrish. We had played well in the qualifier in May and had a good run in the match-play at Hunstanton in late September. We beat Sedbergh, Bedford Modern and Monmouth, before losing to Epsom in the semi-final. The side was: Rhys Francis and Ed Kelly; Jos Pralle and Robin Irving; Stuart Gillett and Toby Couzens. Epsom went on to win the final, and our congratulations to them for being winners of the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish in the same year. At the AGM in June, Robin Cullen retired as the Hon. Treasurer after 35 years in post and was thanked for all he had done for the Society. Roger Mather is now Hon. Treasurer. Terry Gordon was appointed as Captain for the ensuing year. Eight leavers have joined the Society and we wish them well. The subsidy system to help the cost of a dayâ€™s golf continues for those under 27, and also 27 to 32. If any
OS would like more information as to how to join the Society, the website is a good starting place, or contact Howard Gill, the Hon Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org or 07788 628678. Patrick Francis has retired and School golf is now run by Adam Duncan. Our grateful thanks to Patrick for all his excellent work in encouraging the boys. The Society will continue with the annual payment to help fund the coaching scheme. HoWARd GIll (f 81)
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Pilgrims Rugby The Pilgrims Rugby XV has continued in their domination of the London social rugby scene in the second half of the 2016-17 season, with highlights including a floodlit game at Rosslyn Park to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, another successful foreign(ish) tour, this time to Edinburgh, and the usual games around London. There is not enough space here to give full accounts of each occasion and give credit to all who have helped, both by playing and on the administrative side, but hopefully this report should give an insight on what it means to be a part of Pilgrims rugby. Following on from the match at Allianz Park in 2016, the Pilgrims were keen to continue the tradition of playing an invitational game in aid of a charity at a top-class ground. Whilst Allianz Park was a fantastic experience, it was thought that to get more spectators to the game, it would be worth choosing a somewhat more accessible ground. The Eastbourne Stags were invited to play against us, and the Pilgrims Rugby committee scoured west London for a venue suitable for such an occasion. Unfortunately, Twickenham was booked up that evening, so Rosslyn Parkâ€™s artificial pitch was chosen. The event was a great success, with the Pilgrims comfortably beating Eastbourne in a display of fast paced running rugby on the 4G turf in front of a decent crowd. The London Bagel Co., run by Old Shirburnians came along to provide their fantastic bagel burgers, and the man of the match award
was supplied by the General Wine Company, with Ben Lyons receiving the award. Following on from the tours to Jersey and Dublin, the Pilgrims set sail for Edinburgh to play the University Medics team. The tour began with a bang with an eventful train journey from Kings Cross, which included port, doritos, cider and meeting John Inverdale. After dropping kit off at the hotel, the group headed into Edinburgh for a curry and a few drinks before heading to the hotel for an early night before the game the following morning. When the taxis arrived however, there was not quite enough room for the whole touring squad. A plan was hatched, and with some sleight of hand, one tourist managed to stow away in the boot of one taxi without the driver realising. The Medics were a physical side, and the game ended with 11 Pilgrims on the pitch. Fortunately the game was won and none of the injuries were serious. Following the game, both sides settled in to watch an afternoon of Six Nations rugby, together with deep fried haggis and chicken wings. The 2017-18 started slowly, with a loss against the Merlins, and a game against
Oundle postponed due to lack of players. However, it started to pick up with The Pilgrims travelling back to Sherborne at the end of October to play Bryanston on The Upper in the second annual Tom Nelson Memorial Trophy game. Although Bryanston could not raise a full team, the two sides played a reduced numbers game, with Sherborne ending up the victors. A dinner in the OSR followed the game. The last game before Christmas was played on Regentâ€™s Park against London Business School, resulting in a hard-fought victory for the Pilgrims side. More games are planned in London for the second half of the season, culminating in a tour to Madrid. All Pilgrims welcome! JAMIe Snudden (b 09)
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The Alumni race 2017 Saturday 16 December, Wimbledon Common
Another year, another Alumni race, another Pilgrims win. As we gathered on the start line in our strips – our largest ever team – printed copies of Carmen Saeculare appeared as if by magic. A rousing rendition of the first verse ensued, to the envy of the other teams. What a way to build spirit and get us ready as the gun fired!
Having now won four out of the last five seasons we are starting to build the strength in depth that’s needed – we now have 100 runners with whom we are in contact including our Facebook group Old Shirburnian Pilgrims Cross Country and our Strava Club OS Pilgrims. However, we can’t afford complacency as all the other teams are doing the same – the field has grown from 104 in 2010 to 271 in 2017 and this year the race featured 22 ladies. And, 2nd in the v40s competition – within a whisker of getting that trophy back – we just needed one more club-running v40 to pull our strong score a little higher! Heavy rain over the prior couple of weeks meant that conditions were perfect for Cross Country. Lots of ankle-deep mud through the butts, narrow tracks with brambles to catch the unwary, lethally slippery descents, steep scrambles to climb, logs to hurdle and branches to duck under!
the breath at the top of the hills, knowing that every place counts – even for the non-scoring four – in pushing other teams’ scores higher. And then, mercifully, the long descent to the playing fields at the finish; and trying to sprint across the horribly sodden and soggy grass, elbows out and pulse maxed to collapse gasping across the line. We also had a lovely symmetry of first and last men home being Harry (b 13) and Charlie Lane (a 74).
Followed, of course, by a few OSS funded post-race debriefing beers in the Rose & Crown in Wimbledon village. Every year we have an internal trophy – the Chataway Cup – for the most improved runner. As the course was rather longer this year the times were all down. However, our clear and very worthy winner was Tom Hole (b 12), whose time was only down by 0.22 meaning actually a massive improvement in his running over the year. If you want to come and be part of something really special, all you need to do is join the social media groups and/or email Lloyd Collier (d 90) (self-appointed Pilgrims XC Chief Whip) at email@example.com and make yourself available for one muddy and fun Saturday afternoon in December each year on Wimbledon common. Vivat Rex Eduardus Sextus !
And, as always, a brutal pace all the way round – no pausing to catch
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Publications R M CARTMEL (a 69) The Romanée Vintage Publisher: Crime Scene Books MARK FLOyER (h 73) Crowdusk Publisher: Paekakariki Press ANDREW GARROD (b 56) I Am Where I Come From – Native American Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories Publisher: Cornell University Press CHARLIE LUSH (d 74) The Baron’s Tale vol i part i: The Autobiography of Baron Charlie Lush Publisher: Charlie Lush Books (available from Amazon) NICHOLAS PARSONS (d 64) A New devil’s dictionary Publisher: Nicholas Parsons MIKE RAPPORT (c 86) The Unruly City PARIS, LONdON and NeW YORK in the AGe of ReVOLUTION Publisher: Basic Books JOHN RIGBy-JONES (h 73) Best Love to All Publisher: Helion & Company, Limited STANLEy JOHNSON (g 58) Kompromat Publisher: Point Blank JONATHAN STOCK (b 84) writing as J S Munro Find Me Publisher: Head of Zeus HARI THORPE (h 60) The Gospel According to Paul Publisher: Lulu.com JONATHAN TOLSON (a 57) writing as Chip Tolson Birchland Hall Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 2017
BEATTiE, George Arthur (a 07) to Miss Eleanor Tubby
• BLOTT, Hugo Gordon Robert (m 04) to Miss Hannah Godwin (E/AE 04) 19 August 2017
fRiTH, Gregory christopher (d 00) to Miss Tina Karam
• ELGOOD, Edward Anthony (g 05) to Miss Sarah Sparrow on 20 May 2017 (5)
JAMES, Andrew George (g 95) to Miss camilla Whitaker
• FERRIS, Thomas James (c 00) to Miss Laura victoria Donaldson on 8 July 2017 (6)
HAll, nigel William (h 72) to Professor lucy liu (1)
lE MAY, Alexander Gilmour (b 07) to Miss Kristin Hall WillMOTT, George Henry (f 11) to Miss lucy croft
• FLETCHER, Nicholas Henry John (e 09) to Miss Eden Wheatley on 25 September 2017 • HARDING, Dominic Luke (b 05) to Emma in February 2016 • HOOGEWERF, Rhydian Edward Bertrum Thomas William (a 02) to Miss Eliza Fraser in July 2016
• HOPE, Matthew Matias Alexander (d 01) to Miss Sarah Ishman on 11 April 2017 at New york City Hall (7)
• To Anna and Charlie BARKE (d 95), a son, Edward James on 24 January 2017, their third child
• ISLES, Frederick Hugo Stockdale (g 04) to Miss Katharine Graham (SOG) on 29 July 2016
• To Caroline and Ivan CHIU (a 02), a daughter, Olivia Marie on 19 July 2016
• JAMES, Andrew George (g 95) to Miss Camilla Whitaker in September 2017
• To Joanna and Freddie CORLETT (c 01), a daughter, Olivia on 21 January 2017
• LEACH, Benjamin James Ashley (c 05) to Miss Elizabeth Rogers on 12 November 2016
• To Silvia Aguilar Duran and Jamie EvERETT (d 98), a daughter Iona on 7 May 2017
• LEWIS, Frederick Terence Wyndham (b 03) to Miss Michelle Allen on 20 May 2017 (8)
• To Anna and David HITCHINGS (m 02), a son, Tristan George on 24 December 2016
• LOWE, Felix Henry (g 99) to Miss Alexandra Openshaw on 3 June 2017
• To Bryony and Chris HOLDOWAy (d 07), a daughter, Sienna Ivy on 25 December 2017
• MINTER, Charles Geoffrey (g 04) to Miss Alice Bleuzen on 1 October 2016
• To Eliza and Rhydian HOOGEWERF (a 02), a son, Hugh Benjamin Duncan on 8 July 2017 (2)
• MOLyNEUX, Paul James (f 00) to Miss Kate Marie Gibbs on 1 October 2016
• To Katharine and Fred ISLES (g 04), a son Alfred, on 22 February 2017
• NICHOLLS, David Oliver (g 05) to Miss Leyla Freeman-Thomas on 19 August 2017
• To Janna van Belle and Tak KANEKO (m 96), a son, Aike van Belle on 7 November 2016
• PAKENHAM, Edward Charles Montague (b 98) to Miss Nuria Ferrándiz Duran (9)
• To Roxana and Tim LEvy (e 87), a daughter, Gisele Elena on 7 May 2017
• PELLy, Anthony Alwyne (m 03) to Miss Chelsea Uribe on 9 July 2016
• To Jess and Andy MACINTOSH (a 98), twin daughters, Eliana and Sophie on 16 May 2017, sisters for Daniel and Simon
• RICHARDS, Jack Benjamin Edward (g 03) to Miss Emily Davenport on 29 July 2017 • ROBINSON, Douglas King (c 99) to Miss Fiona Waters on 3 June 2017
• To Eva and Edward TAyLOR (h 92), a son, Oliver Frederik on 24 June 2017
• RUSSELL, William James Kennedy (d 02) to Miss Jennie Miller on 21 October 2017
• To Ana Robador Arana and David WILLIAMS (c 99), a daughter, Sofia on 19 February 2017, a sister for Lucia (3)
• SAGE, Roland John Anthony (f 01) to Miss Amy King
• To Bethan and Owen WILLIAMS (a 06), a daughter, Isobel Christina on 30 September 2016 (4)
• SPILKIN, Nicholas Seth (e & d 03) to Miss Sally Barrow on 12 August 2017 • WILSON, Andrew Richard Gammell (h 80) to Ms Deborah Morgan in April 2017 (10)
AdAMS, dominic Paul (f 80) 13 July 2017 AllAn, Robert david Frederick (g 56) 14 April 2017 BARdeR, Brian leon (a 52) 19 September 2017 BenSTed-SMITH, William Thomson (b 40) 16 January 2017 BlAnd, Michael creagh (g 59) october 2017 BucKleY-SHARP, nicholas (a 66) 1 January 2017 Bond, Peter (a 49) 26 october 2016 BoWKeR, Quentin (a 42) 2016 BucKleY-SHARPe, nicholas (a 66) 1 January 2017 cAReY, david edward (b 31) 5 February 2017 clIBBon, James Anthony (d 86) 24 April 2017 coGHIll, John Kendal Plunket (f 46) 4 February 2017 coldReY, John Bartholomew (b 43) 22 March 2017 cooPeR, colin (c 58) 19 May 2017 culleY, John Hugh (a 52) 11 February 2017 dAunceY, John Kingsley (a 50) 1 August 2017 eAGle, Julian charles (h 50) February 2017 ellIS, Geoffrey Snow (d 61) in 2017 FRencH, James William Golder (f 39) 20 June 2017 GoSHeRon, derek Brian (a 49) 14 July 2017 HAndFIeld-JoneS, Ranald Philip clayton (d 41) october 2016 HIll, christopher langdon (b 68) 6 August 2017 HoldSWoRTH, Robert Martin (a 46) 4 September 2017 HoSeGood, Jack Bligh (b 42) 8 August 2017 JoneS, evan Roderick lionel (Roddy) (a 51) 24 April 2017 KIdneR, Peter William elworthy (b 38) 7 February 2017 KIeReInI, Githae (c 93) April 2017 KWIATKoWSKI, Peter William elworthy (b 2015) 7 January 2017 loVell, Arthur Hugh lushington (a 46) 4 January 2017 luKeY, John Malcolm (c 58) February 2017 McKInnon, Graeme Peter douglas Kenneth (m 81) 11 november 2017 McMASTeR, Albert Brian Malcome (g 51) 9 october 2016 MIlne, Alexander (Sandy) (g 46) 4 May 2017 MoRRIS, Alastair Grant (a 72) november 2017 MoSS, Ian de Vere (c 47) 28 September 2016 PAIne, Stephen Howard (h 75) in 2015 PAlIn, Michael Gurdon (d 62) 11 May 2017 PeTeR, Richard Hugh linton (f 62) in 2015 RoBeRTS, david (d 49) 25 december 2017 RoBInSon, Brian John Watson (h 51) 19 August 2017 RoBSon, Vivian Mather (c 36) 8 october 2017 RoMeR, Robert Mark (a 42) on 29 december 2017 RYdon, Jonathan (h 52) 3 March 2017 SAMMonS, John Michael (d 55) May 2015 ScAMPTon, Peter Gregory (a 47) 4 January 2017 SITWell, nigel degge Wilmot (f 53) April 2017 SMITH, david Hilbre (d 47) January/February 2017 SPuRR, Ian Joseph (h 54) in 2016 ST MAuR SHeIl, John William (b 55) on 7 october 2017 THoMAS, Hugh (g 50) 6 May 2017 THoMPSon, Peter (Staff from 1986 â€“ 2005) 10 February 2017 TReTHoWAn, Henry Brock (c 55) 7 June 2017 uRMSTon, John Hewlett Brabazon (d 42) 1 december 2016 VAn HASSelT, Marc (a 42) 28 June 2017 WAllAce, Alfred John Russel (a 40) 9 February 2017 WATSon, Hugh Seymour Pennefather (g 44) 28 March 2017 WHITeHeAd, Barry (a 49) in 2017 WIcKHAM-JoneS, charles (g 45) July 2017 WIllIAMS, nigel John Pritchard (d 73) 8 April 2017 WIllIAMS, Peter Graham (h 52) September 2017 WIlSon, david Ian Talbot (g 43) 20 September 2017
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David Ian Talbot Wilson 20 . 03 . 25 - 20 . 09 . 17 David Ian Talbot Wilson (g 43), always known as Ian or Tug, was born in Blandford Forum, Dorset to Dr Kenneth and Cissy, on 20th March 1925. He had an elder brother Gordon (g 40). He went to Prep School at Durlston Court, which at that time was based in Swanage. He excelled at everything, captaining the XI and the XV as well as being Head Boy. He then went to Sherborne where he was captain of the
He qualified from Edinburgh as a doctor and joined the Navy for his National Service where he served on HMS Devonshire, then back to Blandford to join his fatherâ€™s GP practice. Sport did not elude him as he continued with his cricket, captaining Blandford and representing Dorset. He tried a couple of comebacks at Rugby but his knee was too weak. However, his passion for the game never diminished and in 1976 he was one of the founders of Blandford Rugby Club, where until the last few years he acted as President. He was also a member of Harlequins. In 1950 he married Maureen, to whom he was married for 61 years with four children; Jennifer, Chris (g 72), Edward (g 75) and Andrew (g 80); and five grandchildren. Being a GP in those days way definitely a way of life and, like his father, became a pillar of the community. He was an active Rotarian, on the committees of the Cricket Club, Rugby Club, RNLI, various charities, the local Dorset Cadets, and even turned his hand to the local Amateur Dramatics. One of his biggest passions was the local Hospital, where he sat on the League of Friends until the end. For over twenty years he was the school doctor for Bryanston, Clayesmore and Sandroyd as well as being the local Police Medical Officer. He represented the South West on the General Medical Council and The British Medical Association and in 1981 he was awarded the MBE for services to Medicine.
XI and the XV as well as being Head Boy. From there he went to Edinburgh University where he represented the university at cricket and rugby, but certainly flourishing at rugby, particularly for his goal kicking. He was selected for the Scottish Universities, and played for South of Scotland and then eventually was selected twice to play for Scotland, but sadly never got a cap. For the first game against the Wallabies he was reserve and never got played and before the next game he got a knee injury, which today would have been keyhole and 12 weeks rest, but this ended his playing career, and caused him issues for the rest of his days. Although a number eight for most sides, he was selected at second row for Scotland, which at just over 14 stone and a little under 6 foot shows how the game has changed.
He continued to support all his old schools with all his sons attending Durlston and Sherborne. Ian was on the board of governors at Durlston and was President of the OSS and the Pilgrims. He also unveiled the plaque at the renovated OSR, as he was the oldest living Head Boy. Maureen passed away in 2012, but despite their 61 years Ian was not lonely and was keen to get to 100 to get a telegram from the queen, with whom he had danced with in his Navy days. Regrets, he had a few. The early death of his brother Gordon killed in a flying accident over Hong Kong; not getting a cap for Scotland; and the early death of his son Edward. When the last of his lifelong friends Bill Goldsack died, he reflected that he had won the race that you never want to win! His last days were aptly spent in the hospital that he and his father had fought hard to prevent closure when many other Cottage Hospitals were less fortunate. Eventually it became a Community Hospital and was expanded to the size it is today; and he spent his last few days in the latest wing that was opened by Lord and Lady Fellowes on 1 September. They say everyone has a book in them and he wrote this history of the hospital. It is not a best seller, but it clearly demonstrated the passion he had for the place, and he was very grateful to the staff who made his final days there so comfortable. It is hard to capture all of his many events and achievements, but as a father, grandfather, doctor, member of the community, sporting opponent or friend he touched a great many lives and will be missed. AndReW WIlSon (g 80)
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GeoFF cAlVeRT (h 44) alive and kicking at 91. Three new great grandchildren since last year and two more expected making a total of seven plus four step great grandchildren. Retirement village life near Cranleigh continues to be enjoyable with croquet, bowls, table tennis, bridge, whist, choir and an allotment growing spinach, runner beans, French beans, lettuce, leeks, tomatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and raspberries. MIcHAel PelHAM (d 44) I celebrated my 90th birthday last September with a family party at the Royal yacht Squadron in Cowes. We drove to Scotland earlier in the year and other travel plans for 2017 include an extended visit to the West Country and a cruise round the British Isles, visiting a number of places where we sailed in our own boat in former years. dAVId WRIGHT (c 44) We still have happy memories of visiting The Green, and Sam Hay, when Gill and I were engaged in the 50s.
PeTeR MAYBuRY (d 46) is pictured with a 1949 BSA motorbike similar to the one he took to explore Europe with for his 21st birthday. His pillion was Michael Graham (c 47). The photo was taken at the MBECC vintage Rally on the old Chilton Airfield on Father’s Day 18 June 2017.
IAn RIddell (a 49) Rosemary and I have now been married for over 60 years and enjoyed a very successful Saga cruise to the West Indies. We also enjoyed your excellent OSS day in May for which many thanks and again for organising the weather.
BRIAn dAVIS (c 51) I grew up in south India where my father was in the Indian Forest Service. Having then lived for six years in Hampshire, and four in Aberdeenshire, I have now lived for over 50 years in a timber-framed thatched house in west Cambridgeshire with my wife Beth. We have three children and seven grand-children. Since I retired from a career in conservation research, I have been back to south India four times to meet Forest Officers and others concerned with wildlife. This included six days of trekking through uninhabited high grassland and rainforest reserves with my elder son in 2000. In November I will return again with my younger son to visit our Keralan Forest Warden guide, James Zacharias, and see Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. TIM ReeP (b 51) The only possibly noteworthy achievement is a trip on the pushbike from Cape Reanger in the far north of New Zealand to the Bluff in South island, 2500 kms. At 83 it was considered quite mad and they were probably quite right. MIcHAel cARden (a 52) As one progresses into one’s 80s, personal news of any potential interest tends to dwindle, but Shione and I
celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in July. IAn TWeedIe (c 52) is trying to trace Tony Ingpen (c 51). If you have any information about Tony, please could you contact the OSS Office firstname.lastname@example.org. dAVId ATKInS (h 53) I was at Westcott House from 1948 to 1952. I have memories of Stanley Thompson, such a nice man who taught me to love music, trips to Bristol to the Old vic, going on a motorcycle to drink cider and going to movies, and being introduced to great poetry by Mr Buchanan. From Sherborne I went into the army for National Service. I recall as liaison officer for 7th Armoured Division being trailed by Russian officers to try to discover what we were up to. After my two year stint in the army I went up to Oxford for my law degree. I spent three years in the City as an articled clerk in accounting, leading to my ACA designation, a Canadian wife and emigration to Canada in 1962. I spent a very happy eight years in French Canada, speaking French, skiing, working as an accountant (and becoming a Canadian one), going to McGill for night courses in Canadian taxation, teaching accounting at Concordia University, and being a director of the John Howard Society in rehabilitating criminals. 1970 saw me in Toronto as a partner in in my firm, heading up its insurance practice internationally, chairing two accounting research studies and being a member of two others. Between 1970 and 1998 when I retired from the firm, I was involved in The National Ballet School as its chairman, and was a director of several arts organisations and chaired the foundation for a hospital.
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My greatest pleasures have been summers in Maine with my family, fishing for trout and salmon, skiing in quebec, playing tennis (I only manage foursomes now), and visiting the West Indies as the liaison partner for practices there (I tried to visit in winter as much as possible!). Since 1998 I have been an active board member of several companies and am still at 82 on the boards of five companies. I have had a wonderful ride, as they say in the cavalry.
cHRIS lonGRIGG (h 55) I’ve just had my 80th birthday, and I’ve learned a lot which I should pass on to the youngsters, because I’m in a muddle! I’m separated from my wife, but I had the assistance of my daughters to help arrange a birthday lunch for 20 friends and family at a nice hotel. It’s wonderful to be able to invite people you haven’t seen for decades, but you start getting out address books and photo albums and becoming immersed!
PeTeR dIXon (d 53) We had a good Concert with verdi’s Requiem with two very good critiques of our choir performance. Apparently we “sang our hearts out with very clear diction and appointed breaks correctly achieved”.
I only asked one OS to the lunch, he couldn’t come, but we’re meeting tomorrow. I did a little introduction at the start of the lunch, to thank people for coming, and to say it had dawned on me how lucky/blessed I have been for 80 years, with family, schools, world travel, jobs, tennis, music, and medical problems. Eyes work, Ears work!
The next move is the elijah on 8 July. I last sang that at Sherborne in the Abbey which was recorded by the then BBC in 1952/53. Having looked at the script etc. I remember almost nothing but am looking forward to singing it. I have just been elevated to the Office of President of the Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club. JoHn GAlleTlY (h 55) I still work philanthropically most mornings in the family businesses of multilingual dubbing studios and specialist subcontractors in the building industry in South Africa but am slowing! No tragedies or successes, just the normal uninteresting things such as being plaintif in three civil court cases, getting another classic car to near finalization of a ground-up restoration in the UK, sons and grandchildren with mixed successes or lack of. Our web pages are www.audioprojects.com, www.figtreestudios.tv and www.galtex.net
At Sherborne I relished all sports - I was in the hockey team for two years. After Sherborne I joined the De Havilland Aircraft Co at Christchurch. Then I decided to “see the world” and got on a ship to Australia. In Australia I got a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of NSW. And I got married. Back in England I started work with RAE at Farnborough. Before long I was working on Chevaline, the Polaris improvement program, and after that Zodiac Beauchamp, a joint research project with the United States, which culminated in launching a rocket from Kauai Right: why am I in a muddle? It’s simple! Many of the 20 guests have very kindly given me a birthday present, but have not written their name on the outside. Boxes of chocs, bottles of gin (several), M&S
vouchers etc. My muddle is trying to work out who gave me what so I can thank them! AleX MAcleAn (c 55) Moving home at 80 - ish is NOT to be recommended. Not only is it horrendously expensive, but frustrating and exhausting. For more compact home with better view of the Thames we moved, approx 300 yards. Downsize success! MARcuS cuMBeRleGe (d 56) travelled widely in South America before taking up his Exhibition in English at St. John’s Oxford. He worked and married in London in the sixties, won the prestigious Eric Gregory Award for Poetry in 1967 and published his first collection Oases with Anvil Press in 1968. From 1970 to 1972 he dropped out with his future second wife Maria Lefever in Connemara, where he wrote Firelines, also published by Anvil. In 1972 they moved to Bruges Belgium, where they still live. He worked for 25 years as official city translator of Flemish tourist literature and has published 40 poetry collections in this time. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Bruges in 2015. He has been translated into many languages. His own private press, The Paper Tiger, is busy publishing work by as yet undiscovered local talents. Marcus is a Shin Buddhist who attends conferences and meets priests all over the world. His website is www.marcuscumberlege.com AndReW GARRod (b 56) has retired after teaching at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, for 25 years—- he was chair of the Education Department and director of Teacher Education. For the last 14 years, he has been directing bilingual Shakespearean plays in youth
theatre productions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, and the Marshall Islands. He was recently awarded an honorary doctor of letters by the University of New Brunswick, Canada. PeTeR PARSonS (h 56) has just been announced the winner of the Glimmer Train spring open short story contest (2017). The story takes place in his home country, the Philippines. It earned a sizeable cash award.
WIllIAM BeRTRAM (b 57) as I have never before contributed to OS news, maybe a synopsis of my uneventful career might amuse.....and be an encouragement to others, who like me are late developers! I left Abbey House at Sherborne after four years in 1957 with the magnificent haul of five O Levels. I did not make it to House Prefect but I was captain of the Gym Squad. I had the good fortune to have had ‘Max’ Westlake as my House Master for half my time. He liked me and made me Head of the Day Room. Micky Walford who took over, didn’t like me. I was beaten on my last weekend in the school. you get the picture! Out of 90 or so boys leaving that year, 45 said they were to be Accountants! Not very imaginative I thought at the time. Architecture was my goal. I knew that my precious five O’s were enough to get me a place in the internationally renowned Architectural Association School in London. All I had to do was pass the viva. However, showing uncharacteristic caution I got a job in an Arts and Crafts practice for a year to make sure that it was worth spending seven years of my life qualifying to become an architect. Well...I did..it was...and I spectacularly failed my ‘Inter’, taken half way through the course. Not only that, but my tutor told me to ‘forget it’ and go and look out some other profession that I might be good at!
‘Never give up’ is a useful mantra in life, so I took no notice of the “on yer bike” stuff. I worked hard to get back in to the AA, and to everybody’s astonishment came out with, what in Oxbridge terms would be classified as, a First. After 25 years running my own Practice in Bath I look back on a most enjoyable time with the most amazing good luck. For half a century I was the personal architect to the Prince of Wales designing much at Highgrove and for the Duchess of Cornwall at her own home. I converted both Cliveden (the Astor’s house in Buckinghamshire), and the two central houses of the Royal Crescent in Bath into five star hotels. According to the papers I designed the most expensive house in London at £35 million, way back, and am currently engaged in a battle with the Planners to do two more in Hampstead, where 10 others of mine have been built. I suppose the highlight of a long and hugely enjoyable career was to be asked by the Churchill family to re-design the tomb, and its setting, of Sir Winston in Bladon churchyard. It has been described as both brilliant and vulgar! you have to live with such criticism if you’re to remain sane. Bear Grylls is much more encouraging. To bring my story up to date I have to tell you that the tragic story of the banker, whose house in Dorset went up in flames, was my client. I say ‘was’, for a month after the fire he was found drowned in Lake Geneva. Michael Treichl commissioned me to resolve the layout of Parnham. We did wonderful work there and the family was happy. Sometimes things, however good, turn to ashes....you, and everyone around you, just have to keep going. We may not all leave the School with our names on Honours Boards, but what I can say is that the ‘values’ we gain from the education received at Sherborne is the gold we all take with us into the world at large. Believe me you are as good as you think you are , not as bad as others might have you be....I should know! RoddY lAne (a 57) Still enjoy skiing, and struggling to maintain a decent golf handicap.
ToM TYleR (a 57) I have recently written and published my 13th book, called Two Families and the Great War. One of the families is that of Rev. Frederick Granville May, (a 1876). The book features his younger son, Thomas Radcliffe Agnew May, (a 1917). He was killed in a flying accident in France on 8 August 1918, and his name is on the memorial on the Chapel steps, where I looked for it every day for five years, in term time. PeTeR BRuce (a 59) has produced the sixth edition of Solent Hazards - now with the title amended to Solent Hazards and Secrets. This book is another bible for sailors and gives striking recent mainly aerial photos of the hazards as well as how to avoid them. The Secrets factor in the title comes through description of some of the upper reaches of the Solent visitable by dinghy. BeRTIe coTTeRell (b 59) Not much to report except for general age-related degeneration!! Two of my wife’s first cousins once removed, Eddie Stuckley (5g) and Hector Hohler (U6a) are both at Sherborne, but they are there not just because the school is handy to North Molton in Devon and Trent but because both respective fathers consider Sherborne to one of the best in the country; not bad coming from a Harrovian and an Etonian! PHIlIP WRIGHT (g 59) On 17 June, Philip and his wife Henrietta celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with their family on an ultimate spy experience “licence to thrill” trip on the Thames. Their eldest grandson, Arthur, was awarded the cocktail shaker for winning the onboard quiz.
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dAVId BASTon (a 60) To start a little before my time at Sherborne to set the scene as it were, I went to the most ghastly prep school, Lambrook in Winkfield Row, Bracknell, run by Archie Forbes a dour and violent Scot who, today, would be locked up for paedophile violence. If you did not cry he just kept beating…………I know. Then on to School House at Sherborne with the great Abe Gourlay. A lifting of the curtains of life and such a happy place to be, surrounded by like minds – well mostly, if you ignore Nigel Dempster and one or two others! Academically I did not shine – I was having too much fun playing rugger in the inter and cricket for the Agriculturalists in the summer, going around the local villages discovering the joys of cider and the odd knock at a ball. I decided that my future lay in joining the Royal Navy, my father having been in the army I knew that was not my scene. Well of course there were exams to pass, not my strong point, and with a great deal of help from some wonderful masters, especially MRG Earls-Davis, I was coached sufficiently to pass the Civil Service Exams for entry to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. This did not go entirely smoothly as it was such an amazing college. Surrounded by like minds the social and college activities were absolute heaven. We never stopped laughing, and this was a trait that was evident throughout my naval career. (Please note – OED definition of Career – “to bang from side to side without any noticeable forward progress” – and that rather summed it up!) After several trippings over various traces it was decided that I should take up flying and so in 1963 I gained my Wings and started out as a Commando Helicopter pilot supporting the Royal Marines. Farnborough air display and then off to Borneo, Malaysia and Aden via some very convivial social stops on the way – anyone remember Singapore in the 1960s? Mombasa? Gibraltar, Malta and so on. And they paid us to do it…………….. As to the rest, I did a couple of SAR jobs at Culdrose and Leeon-Solent interspersed with flying the Royal Marines and anyone else who was brave enough to climb in the back, all around the world. Included in this time
was four years in the Arctic in charge of Arctic and Mountain warfare flying. Great fun, and I learned to ski in the dark. The Falklands was interesting as I was Commanding Officer of 848 Naval Air Commando Squadron on board the Atlantic Conveyor and so went for a quick swim in rather cold water – but that’s another story for another time full of laughs and tragedy. Home again to the more mundane flying only to have a mid-air collision with a Sea Harrier in cloud, just north of our base at yeovilton on a Friday lunchtime when as the CO of the squadron I should have been in the wardroom bar drinking Guiness. It was fairly obvious that we were not going to go much further after the impact and so we descended through the cloud and rain, breaking out at around 200 feet right over the car park of the Fox and Hounds in Charlton Adam, landed, borrowed a fiver from the barmaid and drank it. Happy go lucky days indeed. To have spent my life flying as low as one dared and a fast as one dared all over the world in support of the Royal Marines, in the most wonderful aircraft, supported by the most amazing team of maintainers – you will not find better – has been an immense privilege and to pick up an AFC from Her Majesty along the way, the icing on the cake. We never stopped laughing... still haven’t! SIMon dAVIS (d 60) has retired from his architectural practice in Toronto (est. 1981) and is no longer a registered architect, but he continues to design small buildings for family and friends and serves on various design committees. He and his wife, Caroline, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July with their whole family present. HARI THoRPe (h 60) recently finished writing his novel The Gospel of Paul (350,000 words!), published by lulu.com in 2017. He has now begun a “re-telling” of India’s classic epic, the MahaBharata (1,800,000 words: that is, longer than the Bible, Homer and Plato, Shakespeare and Tolstoy, combined). MARK SAInSBuRY (d 61) I fear my life is rather uneventful - maybe that’s something to be grateful for! I am still
working full time at the University of Texas at Austin. I am about to send off the manuscript of my eighth book, Thinking About Things, to be published by Oxford University Press. My wife victoria and I love living in Austin, and are happy to say that so far we are relatively free from the effects of the new presidency. cHARleS collInGWood (h 62) In March 2017 had the honour of compering the three-night Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall. PeTeR MoSS (h 62) In 1964 I joined Spencer Thornton and Co Stockbrokers in London and then Brussels and in 1965 I joined the Brussels subsidiary of Continental Illinois National Bank of Chicago where I stayed until 1985. I then joined Banque Bruxelles Lambert, in Brussels, (which became ING in 1998) until I retired in 2000. RodneY MYeRS (b 62) Older age is not always amusing – I don’t seem to run any more, (I did get my cross country colours at Sherborne!) – too many pills – too many aches – however I do enjoy retirement years at Flushing overlooking Falmouth Harbour. I manage to get involved in a number of activities – President of Nankersey Male Choir this year; I still cox and row Cornish Pilot Gigs for our local club. I decided to stand for election for the local Parish Council and I am now a councillor for Mylor and Flushing. I am still lucky enough to get invited to sail every year on one or two friend’s yachts, so we go to Ireland, Scotland or France and hope there is a young person on the pontoon when we arrive to take mooring ropes from rather old boys! I have also taken up water colour painting , which I enjoy. My major daily chore is to put up the Cornish flag or the Union Jack on our Bowling Green overlooking Falmouth Harbour and of course to take it down at sunset. So I am the village “flagman”. Three married children and seven grandchildren occupy myself and my wife Sandra from time to time. They seem to love coming which is good. This year (2017) we celebrated 50 years of marriage and had a party in October where one or two OS I was at School with were present.
MIcHAel WARd (b 62) I retired as a practising solicitor at end of October 2014 but have continued to practise as a Notary Public dividing my time between London and Dorset and quite coincidentally acquiring first an excellent OS stockbroker being Tom Mackay James (h & d 02) of Redmayne Bentley and secondly a top IT OS being Guy Wigley (m 90) of Wessex Computers (yeovil). PATRIcK coRdInGleY (c 63) I stood down in December 2016 as a governor after 16 years, many of these as vicechairman. I was awarded an OBE in the queen’s Birthday Honours for my nine year work as Chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal.
MIcHAel JoSePH (a 63) I was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the New Forest Mediation Society. This charity is contracted by local authorities to mediate in disputes for housing problems, family problems and restorative justice. dAn SHoRlAnd BAll (b 63) The eighth edition of the OS Register has me down, correctly, as Assistant Clerk to the Governors of Wells Cathedral School from 2006. Today I attended my last governors’ meeting and I retire (for the third time!) on 7 July. MIKe THoRnHIll (h 63) After seventeen years of playing and nine finals lost, Mike finally won a cup in this year’s Finals at Hurstpierpoint Bowls Club; not just any cup, but the Club Championship. And just to round it off, he won the 2 wood handicap as well.
STePHen WInGFIeld dIGBY (h 63) has handed over as Chairman of Governors of Sherborne Girls to Richard Strang, previously vice-Chairman. He has served 16 years as a governor and 10 as chairman. Fortunately he had Mrs Jenny Dwyer as Headmistress throughout. She has transformed the ethos of the School and taken it to record size with 480 girls, over 90% boarding. Despite a nonselective intake, academic standards have remained high while participation in sport and the arts has never been greater. The excellence of Sherborne Girls has been recognized this autumn through the award by the Tatler Good Schools’ Guide of national Public School of the year. The runners-up were Bedales, Fettes and Westminster. Sadly Jenny Dwyer has decided to retire at the end of this academic year. Her successor will be charged by governors with continuing the strategy enthusiastically followed by Jenny of seeking close cooperation with Sherborne School. The shared goal is to offer in the town of Sherborne all the advantages of a single sex education without losing the benefits of co-education. Stephen’s final task as chairman was to start the GPS-controlled digger which has prepared the site for a new Music School. Construction has begun at half-term. The new building will contain a 320 seat concert hall, with a big-enough stage for the 80-strong combined-schools orchestra, surrounded by teaching and practice rooms. It will be a tremendous addition to the music facilities for the Schools and the town in 2019. Stephen will not be losing touch with the Sherborne school scene. Not to be totally outdone by his younger brother and current OS President, Andrew, he has been honoured with the title Life President – of the Girls School he hastens to add, not the Old Girls’ Association, which he is pleased to see working more and more closely with the OS Society. AlAn BRAITHWAITe (c 64) In 2016 he completed 10 years as a visiting Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University. He was awarded the Sir Robert Lawrence
Award for outstanding achievement by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. In 2017 he sold the company he founded in 1985, LCP Consulting, to BearingPoint, a pan European consultancy. As yet, full retirement does not beckon. nIcHolAS PARSonS (d 64) celebrated his seventieth birthday in 2016 by selfpublishing his eighteenth book (the other seventeen having been published conventionally). Inspired by Ambrose Bierce, his New devil’s dictionary supplies satirical definitions of contemporary cant. Nick is married to a Hungarian art historian and is happy to be contacted by any OS passing through Budapest, vienna or London on his e-mail: email@example.com His book can be obtained on Amazon. cHRISToPHeR SAMuelSon (d 64) Chairman of Socfin, which arranges the buying and selling of businesses in the £10-1,000m range including football clubs (Aston villa, WBA and Real Mallorca being the most recent). Also Chairman of vaxeal Holdings SA, at the forefront of new cancer drugs now in clinical trials, which plans to list on AIM shortly. JoHn clARKe (f 65) ‘Jo’ Clarke has returned to Britain and divides his time between being Chairman of Trustees for one of London’s oldest youth centres, Devas in Battersea, and developing the Welsh cider industry. Devas was created at the height of victorian philanthropy, and is very similar to the original Sherborne House. The objective is to create opportunities for young people and inspire them to take advantage of them. In November John was nominated for a Civic Award and was presented with a small badge. He is also awaiting the opinion of a cardiologist about plans to walk the traditional route from Canterbury to Rome in the late summer of 2018. nIcK connoR (g 65) Nothing of any significance to report other than I finally retired from the Securities Industry in the Spring and The London Office of JM Finn.
- 43 dAVId FRencH (h & m 65) last year I was appointed Chair of Trustees of y Care International. y Care is the international development agency of the yMCAs of the UK and Ireland. Its work among some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world and is firmly based on the belief that employment is the best route out of poverty. Unique among development agencies, it has access to the global network of yMCAs as local partners in implementing its projects, all of which focus on increasing the skills of enterprise and employability. AnTHonY PIncHInG (a 65) is enjoying retirement, from a busy and fulfilling career in academic medicine. He is Director of Pinner Music Festival and Chairman of Ludlow Song (hosting Ludlow English Song Weekend), and continues to explore meaning through poetry; he is ever grateful to David Ullman and others at Sherborne for their early guidance in music and literature.
GRAeMe STIll (d 65) Now 43 years in Hong Kong and still going strong! Retirement is spent teaching English at the Po Leung Kuk charity school, as a substitute classroom assistant at the Canadian International School and performing gigs as an ‘extra’ for HK Tv, film and advertisements. Appearances include 16 local Tv soap-dramas, 12 films and nine advertisements. In his spare time Graeme is continuing his hobby: learning to read Chinese characters (a long process!). Graeme keeps fit by taking a lot of exercise, swimming being his favourite. WIll HAndleY (a 67) Rather unwisely I allowed myself to be talked into becoming the President of our local Sportsman’s Club, so much of my time has been taken up with dealing with Club matters. In between I have been working
on the refurbishment of an MGB and building an electronic engine management and fuel injection system for it. I do try to go to some of the major MG Club gatherings on the west coast. Last year we had to fight our way home from one of them due to bush fires and this year we had to struggle to circumnavigate a new lot of fires to get to the events. I am consequently starting to wonder about next year! The above apart, I continue to use my spare time constructively carrying out quality control checks on the output of local microbreweries and wineries and working at becoming the guru on all things to do with the best watering holes around Central and Southern California. This is becoming a lifetime’s mission as people are opening new microbreweries and vineyards faster than I can get round them! Any spare time that I have is spent in preventing the dogs from chasing the local wildlife and keeping the weeds in check that have been growing at a prodigious rate this year spurred on by one of the wettest winters for many years. olIVeR SWAnn (a & m 67) After 30 years of living just outside East Knoyle, Claire and Oliver are moving to let their son and family move into their house. They are moving across three fields to start building a smaller house in the garden of the one presently on site. Oliver retires in December, after over 40 years of owning a string of Art Galleries to supervise the building works. Time will tell which is the more challenging occupation! MARTYn BRoWn (g 68) I was greatly encouraged at Sherborne to practice art by Anstice Brown, the then art teacher. Art has continued to be a lifelong interest for me. I am currently working on a series of studies of granite rocks from Dartmoor - as part of a project which culminates in the Autumn with an open competition to exhibit, with a local art group, in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.
KeVIn deSMond (g 68) Following his American biography of the 19th Century French inventor Gustave Trouvé (18391902), Kevin organised and helped to officially unveil a marble plaque at the site of Trouvé’s former workshop, in the heart of Paris 2ème. Kevin’s 26th book Innnovators in Battery Technology ; Profiles of 95 Influential electrochemists was published by McFarland in 2016, while his 27th book electric Boats and Ships A History was published in July 2017. Kevin is currently completing companion histories of electric aircraft/drones, with electric motorcycles in the pipeline. He is also co-author of a biogaphy of Elie Ferrand of Segonzac, a 19th Century brandy maker. His Sherborne teachers GG Stephenson and RN Neill were seminal to the career he still enjoys today half a century later. ToBY GReenWood (d 68) I had a mental breakdown in my last term at Sherborne when the only person who showed any sympathy was that great master, Graham Stephenson. Derek Bridge, my housemaster, asked some years later if I had managed to have a career. yes, I have, and married and brought up three sons. I graduated from Bristol University in 1973 with a Tutu in law. I was given my colours for squash. I qualified as a solicitor in 1979 against all the odds. I was senior partner of a small firm in Henley on Thames for 18 years. I set up The Little Tikes Toy Company in Europe and did an eight million pound divorce. I am a full member of the Leander Club and of the Stewards Enclosure. I was a lecturer in Environmental Law giving a guest lecture to Bristol Uni! cHARleS JAcKSon (h 68) In 2016, my wife facilitated a large donation to Afrikids. As a result, we were invited to spend a week in October in Bolgotanga and the surrounding area of North East Ghana experiencing the work of the charity. Afrikids works with children, usually orphans to get them off the streets and into school. They also work with disabled children known as “Spirit Children”, operate a hospital and several orphanages. Further they micro finance local women to develop their own
London to serve on their Boards as an Independent non-Executive Director and Chair their Risk Committees as well as their Remuneration Committee, to which I agreed. My wife thought this was a great idea as she said my brain was in danger of entering the early stages of vegetation!
businesses thus helping them towards greater self sufficiency. We witnessed grinding poverty at the same time as meeting some truly inspirational individuals. It was in many ways, a trip of a life time which we would not have missed for anything. To find out more of the work of Afrikids go to https://www.afrikids.org/
dIcK cARTMel (a 69) Last year, 2016, writing under a pseudonym to avoid confusion to fans who like my wine and crime series I have, as Michael Cayzer, published 50 Miles From Anywhere. It is a rather gritty noir story, and definitely Xrated. This year I have returned to being RM Cartmel, and the third of the wine and crime series, the Romanée Vintage will be published in August 2017. I am now a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, and over the past year have been on author panels at Bouchercon in New Orleans and at Crimefest in Bristol.
ed lYonS (f 70) 1. Have retired as senior partner in a legal practice in Bristol. 2. Retiring as Pilgrims Hon Sec after 10 years in order to take up presidency of the Pilgrims this coming October. 3. Embarking on learning Spanish 4. Playing a lot of bad golf. nIcK neWMAn-YounG (c 70) Although I thought I had retired, I was approached by the Starr Companies at Lloyds of
cHRISToPHeR BeRKeleY (d 71) I retired about three years ago as a Partner with law firm Pinsent Masons, having specialised latterly in pensions law. I now busy myself in retirement mainly with two charity trusteeships and the duties of Churchwarden at Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon. Golf, grand parenting and horticulture are occasional welcome distractions! AlAn leSlIe (a 71) This image shows me (on the right) receiving the RHS Loder Rhodendron Cup in 2015 from the vice president Jim Gardiner. This is awarded for the ‘value to horticulture of the work of the recipient’ in particular in respect to the genus Rhododendron. I have been working now for the RHS for the last 39 years and for quite a large part of that time have been the International Registrar for the names of cultivated varieties of rhododendron, work which resulted in the publication of the International Rhododendron Register and Checklist in 2004 (now with over 30,000 entries, with more being added all the time).
My main preoccupation over the last 10 years has been the preparation of a new Flora of Cambridgeshire which, thank goodness, is nearing completion. It has been a daunting task at times, as we have records going back to the fourteenth century and a long history of county floras starting with the great John Ray’s Catalogus plantarum circa Cantabrigiam nascentium of 1660. I had put together and published a Flora of Surrey: Supplement and Checklist in 1976 and that now seems a doddle by comparison.
JeReMY Peel YATeS (m 71) I retired two days before Christmas 2016 and am now a fully paid-up member of the “boring old farts brigade”! I’m spending my time gardening (I’m sure I will get the garden back into shape for next year now I have time and a little money on my hands!), messing about with computers and visiting our daughter, who lives and works in Barcelona. She currently works for Oxfam but is a fully qualified yoga teacher and Thai Massage exponent. PHIlIP AndReWS-SPeed (a 72) I have been living in Singapore since 2012, working at the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore. This move has brought me closer to where the key energy policy challenges lie, namely Asia. So I continue my mix of academic and policy work in the Asian energy sector. I am also quite busy on the conference and workshop circuit. cHRISToPHeR ASH (m 72) This year I have published two books, with a third possibly later in the year: Where was God when that happened? and Teaching Psalms volume 1. nIGel HAll (h 72) Having retired from Harper Adams University in Shropshire in 2013, I am still carrying out soil assessments for farmers in the UK, and my family are supporting villagers in Nepal before and after the April 2015 earthquake. We are providing employment to Sherpas, guides and porters on trekking holidays, and helping school children, and assisting in school repairs, in a remote area 70 miles from Kathmandu. Engaged to be married to Associate Professor Lucy Liu, daughter of Mr and Mrs yuqun Liu, lecturer in the College of Engineering, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, central China. AndReW JAMeS (h 72) has been elected to be Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for 2018. PATRIcK WIlSon (a 72) I am now a retired GP living in Penzance. I have five children aged from eleven to thirty two. My wife is a hardworking GP based in Helston, so I am a full time house-
- 45 cHARlIe luSH (d 74) Most of my time nowadays is spent painting portraits, compiling a six-volume autobiography, four of which have already been published on Amazon.com under the title The Baron’s Tale, and teaching field sports so I keep myself pretty busy. I also shoot the longbow, work with my three spaniels and cast a fly whenever I get the chance. www.charlielushfinearts.co.uk husband. I still play mediocre squash, a sport I started at Sherborne. I ski as much as time and money allow and I walk the dog on our superb Cornish coastal path. MARK FloYeR (h 73) Mark has retired from a career in teaching and now lives in Devon - married, four children, two grandchildren. He was recently awarded a PhD from Chichester University and his latest collection of poetry (based on his childhood in Calcutta) is called Crowdusk and will be published by Paekakariki Press on 1 September 2017.Mark also plays cricket for the Devon Over 60s in the Seevent O60s County Championship.
RIcHARd MAdleY (a 75) I am now a regular “expert” on BBC Tv’s Bargain Hunt. I auctioned the most expensive property ever sold in India - a bungalow in Mumbai for £37.6 million- and made my cricketing debut (aged 60) for The Lord’s Taverners. This year I celebrated ten years as the IPL player auctioneer by selling Ben Stokes for £1.8 million. WIll RAndle (b 75) After 19 years in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, followed by 19 years as teacher/ housemaster at Falcon College in Zimbabwe am now lucky to be running an awesome gap year programme for school leavers from all over the world, at quest Africa, Zimbabwe www.quest-africa.com. I have been married to Brigitte for 31 years and have four children, who have flown the nest to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Nairobi and Cirencester. cHRIS SAMleR (a 75) Had a very informal, small, but highly entertaining School House meet up for those of us celebrating our 60th birthday in 2017.
cHARleS BAuGHAn (b 74) owns Westaway Sausages Limited in Newton Abbot. Westaways was declared the Best UK Brand of Traditional Pork sausages in 2016. Charles has enlarged the capacity and capability of the plant in the last 12 months and now offers cooked, individually quick frozen sausages and chilled sausages nationwide in the UK and exports to a wide variety of countries from Barbados (see photo) to Hong Kong. Recent successes include selling Black Pudding into the casinos and hotels in Macau.
MIKe HolMAn (g 76) I received a fb message from my son Richard who attended St Andrews College, Grahamstown in SA who was very pleased to inform me that during the recent College 1st XI cricket tour to UK, his “Old School” beat my “Old School”… neIl FoRBeS (c 77) retired from clinical veterinary practice in April 2017, whilst maintaining a number a consultancy roles involving zoo inspection, teaching, forensic veterinary medicine and infection control and biosecurity. However his main time commitment is now as a Trustee of the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire and as a founder of ‘vulture Alliance’ through which he and
colleagues are making great efforts to save African vultures from anticipated extinction. RoddY PoRTeR (d 78) left the Army after 31 years in 2011. Since then he has served as Director-General of the Royal OverSeas League in St James’s, London. He retired from that post last summer and is looking forward to some ‘down time’ before seeing what 2018 might bring.
MIcHAel dAVenPoRT (c 79) I have just returned to the UK after seven years in Serbia, where I was UK and then EU Ambassador. I have now been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kuwait. Right now I’m brushing up my Arabic to be ready to take up the appointment in September. BIll PATTeRSon (a 79) I left the UK with my wife Katrine and our three children, Olivia, Sam and Jack in August 2000 to start an office in Chicago. We thought it might be a 2-3 year stint, but we settled into the lifestyle, our children were in a great school, and we stayed for 15 years absorbing the world of really deep pizza, bitterly cold winters, ice hockey and baseball. With the kids leaving home we needed a change of scene, and in late 2015 moved to Beaufort, South Carolina where we now live in a sub-tropical climate on a small island which is wonderful unless you need reliable internet, and until Hurricane Matthew arrived cutting off our only road access! We are currently planning for Olivia’s wedding in April 2018, which of course is taking up a fair amount of all our resources. Find me on Facebook if you would like to catch up.
JonATHAn lAne (f 80) has been working since 2014 as the Executive vice President quality at Weidmueller, a major electronics manufacturer in Detmold, Germany, close to Paderborn where he spent much time in the army. Jonathan and his family (three children in their early twenties) however are still predominantly based on the edge of Lake Constance. GeoRGe neWTon (c 80) I have had a Narnia-like year being the Master of an ancient Livery Company (The Girdlers) whilst both my daughters got married. One of the most special and surreal years of my life. I am now back to being a fulltime vicar in a deprived and ethnically mixed parish in Aldershot. WIlluM RIcHARdS (m 80) Debby and I moved to Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand a few years ago and are enjoying the lifestyle whilst I work with my average adjusting (marine insurance claims consultancy) company. Currently the first non-UK based Chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters and looking forward to the travel that comes with that position. JonATHAn TuRneR (b 80) I relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2017, on an inter-company transfer to take up a role as General Manager, Global Occupier Services Africa at Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, commercial real estate advisers. The secondment is intended to be for four years. AndReW WIlSon (h 80) married in April to Deborah Morgan. Working as a Managing Director and shareholder of Contraload Bv a Belgium based logistics company and I cover all the European Pan Accounts like Nestle and Unilever. It means frequent travel across Europe. Living in Mallorca as much as possible but based in Cheshire. Running www.breakfreeretreats.com with Deborah. These are health and spiritual retreats in Mallorca/Cheshire and yorkshire - come try us out for a healthy fun week of detox and exercise in beautiful places. Two daughters, Poppy and Gemma working in London and very happy after Newcastle and Bristol Universities.
GIleS YARde-leAVeTT (g 80) It was a pleasure to meet you when you kindly showed my family and me around Sherborne on 27 June. It was my first proper visit back since leaving in 1980, and it was important for me to show my children (Claire 21 and Jonathan 18) where their dad was educated. They “now understand a whole lot more” about me (whatever that means!). What was great was to see how the new buildings such as the awesome music centre and the library development have gone up in such a way that they clearly complement the established architecture. Just to assist with a bit of background information on me, some of the more relevant details are as follows: • Relocated to South Africa in 1992 • Lived in Durban since 1994 • Married Lesley in 1994 • Children: Claire (21) and Jonathan (18) I hold a Post Grad Diploma in Financial Planning and I am a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with Old Mutual Private Wealth Management, providing holistic financial planning services to the High Net Worth sector. SAM AnSTIce BRoWn (m 81) Lynne and I continue to run Skye Jeep Tours in our WWII Jeep. We have just been awarded the TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence (to go nicely with our 2016 one from last year!). We also offer unique selfcatering accommodation: ‘Boris The Military Pod’. www.skyejeeptours.co.uk. OS are more than welcome - there’s some amazing walking, hiking, climbing, wildlife etc to be enjoyed here. I have recently been appointed Drum and Percussion Teacher at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton, Scotland. This is one of the leading places to study music in Scotland. RoddY BARRoW (m 81) was appointed Group Managing Director of HRGO Plc, a recruitment business with a national network of 40 offices, in Jan 2017. He has kindly offered a 10% discount to any OSs new
requirements for recruitment. He continues to live with his wife, Dawn, and three children in Churt, Nr Farnham, Surrey. douGAl HoSFoRd (c 81) Still farming in Dorset but alas no awards since Sheep Farmer of the year 1989. Still playing hockey, cricket and tennis including annual over 50s Pilgrims hockey marathon at Sherborne in March.
Keen cyclist including three day 250 mile charity ride with four4 fellow OS Will Rydon (m 81), oliver Woolley (c 81), Andrew Quinlan (b 81) and Philip Johnston (g 81). London to Guildford via northern France. RIcHARd FRAnKlIn (e 81) Having spent the last 14 years working as a superyacht captain and more recently as a yacht surveyor/project manager, I took up a new role as Global Head of Braemar yacht Services on 1 August. This gives me a team of 23 marine superyacht surveyors, marine engineers and naval architects who handle a large proportion of all superyacht insurance claims surveys and repairs coming out of the London insurance market (as well as doing project management, new builds and surveys) so I expect to be kept busy! Home is still Burnham on Crouch on the Essex Coast, but I split my time between there and Palma de Mallorca, depending on work commitments. When I have time off, then I’m usually out on the water, either sailing my classic ketch or racing my Blaze single handed dinghy on the River Crouch, trying to ensure that I don’t end up having to be rescued by the local RNLI lifeboat, where Walter Jenkins (g 68) and dick Rycroft (f 64) are part of the management team. I’d never live that down! PeTeR HuGHAn (g 81) joined the International staff of HSBC on completion of his degree at Exeter University. Over the last three decades he has lived and worked in ten countries and is now Head of Commercial Banking for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Each assignment has been a unique and truly memorable experience.
- 47 AndReW QuInlAn (b 81) Life is busy ... Founded Orchard Pig about 10 years ago as a hobby - with a team of 21, now in all the big grocers and over 3000 pubs. Travelling as much as we can, visiting far flung children - canoeing and mountain biking in Tasmania, horse riding in the Andes, living with Huaorani tribe in the Amazon and cross fitting wherever we go. olIVeR WoolleY (c 81) In the last year, Oliver has been invited to be a Member of Court at Imperial College (London) and has joined the Board of the UK Crowdfunding Association. GeoRGe TIce (h 82) Married to Scarlett (née Phillips) for 28 years now. Living in Ireland with three children all at University or beyond. I work for Elanco Animal Health, part of Eli Lilly and responsible for Corporate and Government Affairs in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
RoB RYdon (m 83) It’s the end of an era for my Rydon generation as our daughter has just left the Girls School. Tom (m13) has been travelling in NZ, Australia and Thailand. Alexander (m 15) is playing lots of hockey at Christchurch Canterbury (in Kent not NZ) University. I am still struggling with Southern Rail as I try to commute to London. Father and son did get to play on The Upper together against the School for the Pilgrims and played together in the Cricketer Cup, which we think is a first for the Pilgrims and probably the Cricketer Cup.
AnGuS ScoTT-BRoWn (a 84) I attach herewith some pictures of myself and Ivan Scholte (d 78) who we stayed with in Luang Prabang in Laos.
Ivan has not one, but two hotels in Luang Prabang, which enjoys Unesco Heritage status and the former capital of Laos - an increasingly popular destination for itinerant ‘gappies’ who want to experience untouched Asia. Ivan was even threatening to offer OS a discount if they arrived and could recite the school song in Latin - I’ll leave him to confirm that and provide a better description of his Apsara hotel(s) and the delights of fine dining, Laos style !
JonATHAn STocK (b 84) had a new book out in February 2017, a psychological thriller called Find Me (Head of Zeus), written under the pseudonym J.S.Monroe, to distinguish it from his previous five spy thrillers. Translation rights have been sold to 13 countries. Jon was also writer-in-residence at the Nare hotel in Cornwall in early 2017 and wrote a short spy thriller set at the hotel. To Snare a Spy is now available for sale from the hotel (narehotel.co.uk). He is currently writing another J.S.Monroe thriller, Never Forget, which is due out in 2018. cAMeRon AddeRleY (g 85) I have been the Global Head of the Corporate practice at Appleby since 2013. I relocated to Hong Kong earlier this year to take on the additional role of the Appleby Hong Kong Office Managing Partner. I would be pleased to meet any OS in Hong Kong and can be contacted through the Appleby Hong Kong office. I have already met Andrew Read (g 87). JuSTIn AndeRSon (d 85) has directed a short film for the New york City Ballet, New York City Ballet, A very Brief History of Ballet, to promote their Here Now Festival. A festival of 43 Ballets http://www.imagepartnership.com/direct ors/justinanderson/1237
JeReMY conRAd-PIcKleS (g 85) I’m currently CFO of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and enjoy combining work with health and pleasure having completed l’Etape du Tour, amongst other events, last year as well as supporting as best I can World Bicycle Relief. I am still in a state of post-Brexit shock and horror but took French nationality two years ago, so my focus is tricolore. I live in the French Chablais with my wife and eight year old daughter, with occasional visits from my Sherborne resident mother. Joe HAZel (h 85) Currently enjoying living in Abu Dhabi, UAE - leading the largest private tertiary hospital, while building an extension to triple the size and incorporate the latest cancer services. Surprisingly meeting OS! Two children both starting University in 2017. IAn MAcAdAM (m 86). The flying business at Henstridge is going well. I have a new aircraft, an Ikarus C-42. It’s basically a modern lighter equivalent of a Cessna 152, and is ideal for people wanting to get their pilot licenses. I am also getting ready to launch a new website which is the for The Unity Party On Line, or U.P.O.L as I feel a politically motivated website with a Forum would be great thing to get my teeth into when the rains and the winds are all too often against us for safe and happy flying. I studied Politics for A Level at Sherborne and at Nottingham University.
nIGel dAVIS ( d 87) Still a Principal Lecturer in law at Hong Kong University. In the last year I have climbed Mont Blanc and set up a new business in Hong Kong www.zoomribs.hk
SeBASTIAn cHuRcH (m 88) 1. awarded Membership of the Institute of Residential Property Management and Associate Membership of the RICS 2. organised the sale of my property management business 3. continue to try and improve my downhill skiing, participating, if not quite competing in the Inferno (the oldest and longest downhill race) as part of the Kandahar
JAMeS HARRIS (m 87) I have been promoted to Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. AndY MoRTon (a 87) Andy lives in Sydney with wife Kelly and their two children. He is a regular at Opera Australia, assisting and reviving operas. 2018 will see him make his directorial debut for the company, at the helm of the annual production on the harbour, which happens to be La Bohème. TIM WATKInS (g 87) has been running a defence contracting consultancy business since 2013 when he left his role as Divisional Finance Director of Babcock Marine & Technology. He is married to Jacqui and adopted two rescue greyhounds in the last year. Tim’s diving exploits continue with several mixed-gas closed circuit expeditions upcoming, in particular to dive HMS Charibdis and HMS Limbourne, two wrecks that are rarely dived, partly due to their depth and partly as Admiralty and French authorities’ permissions are hard to obtain. TIM leVY (e 87) has just had his fifth child and fourth daughter and continues to live between Twickenham and Aix en Provence! After five years of challenges Tim and the team who produced the BBC’s Walking with dinosaurs have just launched the world’s best Dinosaur Experience, taking you back to the cretaceous period 67 million years ago. dinosaurs in the Wild has been built at a cost of $25m. It opened at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham over the summer, and then moved to Manchester until the end of December and then on to London for at least nine months.
MATT cRAne (c 88) Started a new job charter flying in the King Air 300 at Talon Air in January. Adopted a Golden Retriever puppy, and my twin boys Oliver and Benjamin are about to start Kindergarten in September. Oh, and I finally gathered the courage to install a spinnaker on my 37’ cutter.
when not running around after three kids…. and cycling as much as I can around the Surrey Hills / European trips when possible.
lloYd collIeR (d 90) is an IRONMAN! Lloyd completed his first IRONMAN in Sweden earlier this year. RIcHARd RoBInSon (h 90) has been named a Male Agent of Change by the Women’s Business Council and Management Today. This award recognises the top 30 men in the UK enabling gender parity in the workplace.
TIM BlAcKBuRn (g 89) On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China - Hong Kong (HKSAR) Establishment Day - we are relocating from Hong Kong to Beijing where I will take up a new role as CEO, Mainland China for Swire Properties. RoB BARBeR (b 89) It has been a third year of upheavals for us as a family with more restructuring in the pharma industry. We have moved to old stomping grounds in Cambridge over the summer with new jobs and schools for all. ToM KeATInGe (h 89) continues his post-banking career as the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute. His work focuses extensively on issues related to terrorist financing (sadly a booming research topic) as well as the illicit finance connected with the illegal wildlife trade, human trafficking and money-laundering. In 2016 he was lucky enough to be an insider on the Panama Papers helping the BBC with their reporting and acts as a regular broadcast and print commentator on matters of finance and security. His writing and other information can be found at www.tomkeatinge.net PHIlIP RoWe (d 89) Work is based in the Heron tower in London, always happy to hook up with other OS in the City. Playing bad golf at Woking golf course
cHRIS SARGenT (b 90) Just finished as Second in Command of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Taking over from crispin d’Apice (g 96) and handing over to olly Biggs (a 98). Spent six months as Chief of Staff on Op Shader focusing on Operations in Iraq working for Major General Rupert Jones (g 87), there is a theme emerging! Attached is a picture of me and my horse Grey Falcon just before a rehearsal for the queen’s Birthday Parade. He doesn’t look so keen, I’m not sure I blame him! MATT Bone (m 91) is back at Sherborne teaching Art. ToBY MAcPHeRSon (b 91) I live in Hove, East Sussex, with my wife Tanya and 2 children, Maya 13 and Milo 11 (who is hoping to go to Sherborne and will be the 4th generation of Macphersons in Abbey House). We own two Neptune Stores www.neptune.com, in Sussex (Hailsham and Hove).
- 49 JonATHAn FAWKneR (e 92) Following Bafta and Academy Award nominations in 2015 for Best Special visual effects on Guardians of the Galaxy I was nominated for a Bafta in 2017 for best vfx on doctor Strange. I have just completed work on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2.
ToBY clAY (c 92) has spent two years in the Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. When not drinking coffee and reminiscing about early 90’s Sherborne with Tim dean (g 92), he has been working in the Resources and Plans division (Carrier Strike and Aviation) and has just taken over as the Capability Manager for the Fleet Air Arm. Toby still runs the Navy’s Triathlon Association and lives in Petersfield.
conoR o’cAllAGHAn (m 92) Millar Cameron, my business continues to grow and 2017 saw the opening of our office in India; Kenya will be next to open. The business has recently completed the 3 Peaks and hired our first Shirburnian intern. If anyone else wants some work experience in Oxfordshire or London please contact me. JoFF PoWIS (g 92) Taking over as Headmaster of vinehall School an independent prep school for boys and girls aged 3-13, set in a most beautiful country estate on the Sussex/Kent border, from September 2017. RuBen BASKARAn (f 93) After 15 years in the private equity and financial services industry, Ruben recently joined Soul Society as the Head of Strategy & Business Development. Soul Society is a leading casual dining restaurant group in Malaysia with a presence of over 20 years in the local market.
nIcK coPelAnd (h 92) joined US media group NBCUniversal as vice President, Global Security. Based in Miami with his family, he is responsible for security risk mitigation direction for all NBCUniversal divisions operating across Latin America. This resulted in part to a ‘hardship’ posting to Rio throughout the Olympics, where it was a privilege to see the success of Team GB. TIM deAn (g 92) recently completed his appointment as SO1 Healthcare Intelligent Customer in Navy Command Headquarters where he was working with Toby clay (c 92). He has now returned to General Dental Practice as the Senior Dental Surgeon for British Forces in Gibraltar.
ToM WIllIAMS (m 93) I’ve just collaborated with Tim Rice on a reworking of his 1982 musical Blondel, which is in the middle of a four week run at the Union Theatre in Southwark. Otherwise, continuing as before. AdAM SAndell (b 94) For the last couple of years I have been a house husband in vilnius (Lithuania). My wife of five years, Indre, and I are lucky to have four challenging children Merryn (5), twin boys (2) villiam and Joris, and baby Emma (2 months) as well as a spaniel Balthazzar. Although not an excellent parent, and occasionally requiring a stiff drink to maintain my sense of humour, I am enjoying this life a lot more than working in IT or in the Financial Sector as I was doing previously. cHRIS HATTAM (d 95) After 12 fantastic years at Sedbergh School in Cumbria,
finding my way into and falling in love with teaching and Housemastering in a boarding school, I am set to leave Sedbergh. I have been appointed as Headmaster at The Elms School, Colwall just outside Malvern. It is a beautiful boarding prep school in the most idyllic rural setting. The education fits entirely with my philosophy and I was immediately drawn to it due to the happy children we met walking around. It will be sad to leave Sedbergh which has been a wonderful school to be a part of, but exciting times are ahead. Jess (Bagot-Sherbs Girls) continues to be a great support and Rosie, Charlie and Eliza are flourishing. In a wonderful symmetry one of my final acts at Sedbergh is to bring my 3rd Xv rugby team to play Sherborne. JoHn WARRen (d 95) has been living in Doha since 2007 initially in banking and latterly as a teacher. He did his NqT year at Sherborne qatar before moving to Compass International School where he is a Head of year and Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator in addition to teaching biology. John has found plenty of time for extra-curricular pursuits; he has set up the Doha Hockey Club, run the Doha Singers, performed with the Doha Players and led a Cub Pack in his alter ego of “King Louie”. John’s wife, Laura, is a partner at Clyde & Co and his two children, Hannah (9) and Sam (7), go to Doha English Speaking School. nIcK cRAcKnell (m 96) Since undertaking a career change as a voice actor, Nick has narrated a number of successful audio books and the (upcoming) international documentary series Living My Illusion. For commissions email firstname.lastname@example.org cHARlIe PeRRY (a 96) I’ve opened a shop in Elephant and Castle called Britain Can Make It specialising in British midcentury and modern design www.britaincanmakeit.com
AndReW MAcInToSH (a 98) My wife Jess gave birth to two beautiful girls, Eliana and Sophie, on 16 May. We’re still living in Bath and settling into life as a family of six, which is both wonderful and tiring. Our boys Daniel (7) and Simon (4) are delighted too and enjoying being older brothers.
dAVId BednAll (a 97) I have recently been appointed to a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Bristol, and continue a busy playing and composing career. My Stabat Mater recording was made a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, and a further CD including my 40-part motet Lux orta has been released. This was also performed at the Clifton Festival by the Tallis Scholars and St Martin-in-the-Fields. I continue to live in Bristol www.davidbednall.com JeFF HARVeY (b 97) was awarded a Gold Cannes Lions for a Duracell radio campaign in June 2017. The link to the radio spots Paris, Britney and Harry can be found below: http://player.canneslions.com/index.html #/works?festival=cl&category=radio JAMIe eVeReTT (d 98) I’m chief operating officer of Rathfinny Wine Estate which is based on the chalk downs between Brighton and Eastbourne. We are currently building the biggest winery cellar and riddling barn in England. We have already released our still wine and a Sussex wine based Gin and will be releasing our first sparkling wine, 2014 Blanc de Blancs, next spring. THoMAS HIllARY (e 98) Tom, his wife Emma, and son George, have moved out of London to a more rural life in West Sussex. Tom undertook a chainsaw course in October 2016 which was most fortunate as storm Doris proceeded to provide much material on which to practice. When not commuting into the City, Tom can be found out in the fields, splitting and stacking said logs.
I’m still working as an Architect at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Bath and have recently been made an Associate. In June I completed an Ironman distance triathlon to raise money for SOS Children’s villages. Probably my last triathlon for a while now I have four kids! Finally, it’s great to be back in touch with olly Bradford (b 98) who is also living in Bath.
ed PAKenHAM (b 98) In August 2016 I set up my own business called MileOne Group www.mileonegroup.com creating, developing and delivering bespoke catering solutions to airlines. We quickly secured two large (“life changing”!) contracts with qantas Group and Singapore Airlines and have a growing team of seven across Australia, UK, Germany and Spain. We are recruiting if anyone is interested! More importantly, I am now engaged having met my girlfriend randomly on a long haul flight last year! Her name is Nuria Ferrándiz Duran and she’s from Madrid, Spain. Marriage will be June 2018. ToM FeGen (g 99) Along with wife Jo (née Fidgen) (SSG 93-96) we now have three children, Ben (May-12), Annie (Sep14) and Charlie - who arrived in March this year. Live in London and work as a Commodity Broker in town. Rugby boots hung up ages ago and three children keeping the energy levels in check.
Ben GARdIneR (a 99) I have just given up a ten year career in the police where I was a detective working in organised crime and counter terrorism in a covert capacity. I have now joined JP Morgan where I am working as a vice President in London in Global Investigations. I got married to my wife Lindsey a couple of years ago and I have a 10 month old baby daughter, Josey. I live in Dorking in Surrey. douG RoBInSon (c 99) Fiona Waters and I were married on 3 June 2017 at the City Hall Marriage Registry, Hong Kong. Fiona and I will celebrate our marriage in Europe in August this year.
JIMMY cARRoll (c 00) is currently engaged to Thea Wellband (Sherborne Girls, Dunholme, 2008). They are due to be married in Italy in July 2018. Jimmy has recently resigned as Head of Marketing & Communications from the world renowned Superyacht, Private Aviation and Architectural design studio, Winch Design to embark upon setting up his own company with a friend from his time in the Army. Pelorus specialises in creating and delivering exceptional journeys and high end experiences which are entirely bespoke and personally curated for clients in search of a travel experience beyond all others. Designing, creating and executing trips that are only limited by imagination, in destinations that inspire through landscapes, adventure, culture and experience. We inspire clients with ideas that have been created by the team. GReGoRY FRITH (d 00) I recently got engaged and on 24 July 2017 I relocated from Dubai to Hong Kong where I took up the role of Director of Precious Metals Physical Trading in Asia, for the Russian investment bank vTB Capital. If any OS find their way headed to Hong Kong please look me up any time and I shall be pleased to show them around. Prior to starting my new role I spent a few month’ travelling around South America with my fiancée, hiking and exploring this incredible Continent. I have also visited the Galapagos Islands to study the positive impacts of marine conservation
- 51 on multiple species free from being hunted or human interference. An exceptional experience and a place which everyone should visit if they ever get the chance JIM HABeRSHon (c 00) Following a Ny’s party and a letter from Giles Reynolds a few of us from the Green (00) thought we should send in a photo and an update. From left to right:
Manchester marathon in a time of 2:54:18. I have also been growing my cyber security business, Bridewell Consulting having just opened up an office in Cardiff to go with our offices in Reading and London. As you can imagine it has been a rather busy year. AleXAndeR BeATTIe (a 01) lives in Earlsfield, SW London with his wife Chloe and their two year old daughter Lottie. He quit banking a couple of years back and now works for Anomali, a fast moving Silicon valley, Cyber Security & Threat Intelligence Technology Company. JAMeS McKIlloP (m 01) after five years at Savills, June marked my fifth year at Knight Frank and I have just been promoted to Partner. Based in our Hq on Baker Street in London, I work with four of our regional offices; Sherborne, Bath, Bristol and Exeter, focusing on the prime country house, city and waterfront residential markets.
nIcK HodGKInSon: Chartered Accountant working for an Investment Management firm in Bristol, with a wife and two children. RoB WYnn-JoneS: lives in Bristol with wife Jess and daughter Audrey. Currently a Strategist and Copywriter at a small design agency. AdAM loW: Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Married to Helen with two daughters. JIM HABeRSHon: Married with a two year old daughter and a second on the way and teaching at an international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ed BInKS: Emigrated to Norway and retrained as a teacher. Currently teaching in a primary school in the Oslo area. Married to Tonje, with a one year old son. AnTHonY YounG (d 00) I have just qualified for the London Marathon in the good for age category after running the
IVAn cHIu (a 02) I’m currently working in private equity focused on North American and European investment opportunities based out of Hong Kong. dAVId HITcHInGS (m 02) My wife, Anna, and I were overjoyed to welcome our first child in 2016. Tristan George Hitchings finally arrived 15 days late on Christmas Eve, earning himself multiple entries in the Tardy Book. True to tradition, he’s dutifully making up for it by frequent early morning starts. PIX RodBARd-HeddeRWIcK (f 02) After almost 10 years of rewarding service in the Royal Logistic Corps I was medically retired from the Army earlier this year. I will be moving to Tanzania for a new adventure in January 2018 as a Solutions Implementation Consultant for Summits Africa, who specialise in bespoke trekking around the continent. ed ScoTT-clARKe (f 03) I am now full time at CNN, based in London (for now). No engagement, no marriages, no births as yet. My latest feature documentary e-Life with Huw Poraj-Wilczynski ( g 01), Tom Fox-davies (c 03), and James Bulley (f 03) is in distribution and we are hoping for good things.
ToM FoX-dAVIeS (c 03) it’s been a busy year. Married, first child due mid-August, made a partner in the production company I’ve been working with for the last few years and heading up their commercial/educational division. My debut feature Before the Border has just been released; my collaboration with ed Scott-clarke (f 03) and Huw PorajWilczynski (g 01), e-Life, was screened in February to great response and is building up toward distribution. Work has begun on the next feature script and next documentary. Exciting times. AnTHonY PellY (m 03) After working in estate management in Hampshire and Suffolk, I started a business producing bespoke maps for landowners around the world. Now in its fourth year, we are about to hit half a million acres across three continents. www.ruralmaps.co.uk I married Chelsea in 2016 and am now gearing up to take on running of the family farm. Most summers see me escape out West, leatherworking and cowboying on US ranches. HenRY MAY (d 04) I continue to live in Bogotá, Colombia where I am CEO of CoSchool, an education social enterprise (a B Corp) that develops leadership and entrepreneurial skills in young people from all backgrounds. I have been here for five years now and love what I do: it’s a fascinating time to be in Colombia as the country finally signed a peace agreement last year. you can find out more here: www.coschool.co I remain involved with the football charity The Huracan Foundation that supports teachers in disadvantaged schools to use football projects to transform their communities. My brother George (d 02) is now a dad to a beautiful boy (Benji) and is working with BioBean. cHARlIe MInTeR (g 04) I work at Sotheby’s, where I have been since 2009, and am a specialist in the British & Irish Art department. I married Alice Bleuzen (a French girl I met at Sotheby’s who is a specialist in the Silver department!) on 1 October 2016. We had the ceremony in Somerset and the Reverend Mark Aitken led the service which was very special.
AdAM ReId (g 04) has recently been commissioned into the RAF as a Pilot Officer and is currently based at RAF Honington training towards joining the RAF Regiment. JooST WeTeRInGS (b 04) Our Insurance Brokerage is called Aib (Allied Insurance Brokers). The first office was set up by Rupert Weterings (b 06) in Angola on his GAP year in 2011. Since its inception it has grown to become the biggest Insurance Brokerage in Angola with a staff size of 30 and a turnover of 3,000,000 USD per annum. AIB is the official insurance broker partner to Marsh, Willis, JLT and seven other major International Insurance Brokers. AIB now has expanded into the DRC, Mozambique and will soon be operational in Tanzania. It is currently comanaged by myself and my brother Rupert. We are enormously enthusiastic about being Old Shirburnians and are already delighted to be used as a sounding board for many an OS who has business ambitions in Africa. JAMIe BoYd (c 05) See George Jerram (c 05). GeoRGe cHAMP (g 05) launched a website www.lockyerofengland.co.uk in June 2017. We specialise in restoring and deactivating antique shotguns for artistic display.
SeAMuS cRAWFoRd (f 05) and his friend Paddy Montgomery are taking part in the Saddle, Sand and Sea Challenge. They have already completed the Saddle and the Sand and at the time of writing were preparing for the Sea. The Saddle consisted of a race across Europe, 2,933 miles in 12 days, (The Tour de France is a mere 2,131 miles in 21 days in comparison), crossing the Alps twice and the Pyrenees once. The Sand was the recent Marathon des Sables, a multi-day ultra-marathon, 156 miles (six marathons) in six days across the Sahara Desert. The Sea is the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the premier event in ocean rowing, 3,000 nautical miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua and Barbuda. To read more about this incredible venture and the charities Seamus and Paddy are supporting, please go to http://www.saddlesandsea.com/ doM HARdInG (b 05) My wife (Emma whom I married in February 2016) and I relocated from Singapore to New york City in January. I received a promotion to Director at Savills Studley (a subsidiary of Savills PLC) where I have responsibility for overseeing the Asian cross border component of our International Desk and integrating the companies recently acquired US West Coast offices into the global network. GeoRGe JeRRAM (c 05), edward Tuckett (c 05) and Jamie Boyd (g 05) took part in an Ultra Marathon on 4 June in South Africa raising over £39,000 for Action Against Cancer. They completed the Comrades Marathon in 10 hours 51 minutes. It was gruelling at times, especially given the heat with temperatures reaching 27 degrees, but they stuck together for the whole race and crossed the finish line arm in arm breaking the 11 hour mark and winning a Bronze Medal in the process. https://www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraiser s/edwardtuckett1 dAVId nIcHollS (g 05) I am off to London next week to get married!! The big day is 19th August at the Lansdowne
Club in Mayfair! very exciting times. I recall that our engagement was in the last OS publication. There will be many OS present at the wedding, of course - Rob Markham (m 05) is my best man and ushers are ed Pitt Ford (m 05) and chris Ball (g 05). Also present at the wedding - Hilal Jafar (g 05), Tom Fletcher (g 05) and Alex Webb (m 05). From Sherborne Girls - Rhiannon Ball, Angharad Ball and Catherine Laine. I am now the vice-President of Technology at Restrata which is a UK owned, Dubai headquartered security solutions provider. I also graduate in midAugust from the Stanford Graduate School of Business year-long LEAD Programme - Learn. Engage. Accelerate. Disrupt. LEAD is an academically rigorous one year program focused on corporate innovation for highly motivated professionals from around the world who crave an intense, immersive learning experience from Stanford GSB. Courses are limited to less than 200 handpicked students. edWARd TucKeTT (c 05) See George Jerram (c05). RuPeRT WeTeRInGS (b 06) has been named by Forbes Africa as number 28 on their list of the top 30 under 30 business personalities in Africa. GeoRGe BeATTIe (a 07) I am working at the insurance broker, Willis Towers Watson, as a Divisional Director in the Property & Casualty team. I was voted a ‘Rising Star in (Re)insurance’ in 2016 by an insurance trade publication. I am also engaged and will be getting married in July 2018. Rupert Weterings (b 07) and Alfred Heath (a 07) are going to be my best men. AleX Bunnell (c 07) , I’m now a business director at FCB New Zealand - an advertising agency based in Auckland, NZ. JoRdAn cHunG (e 07) I have now moved back to Hong Kong and started my own business in cybersecurity. https://cypherconsultancy.com.
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ed AllFReY (g 09) Coming into my 7th year at Warner Music Group in London working in Artist Relations and Global events. Working with Artists including Royal Blood, Charlie Puth and Ed Sheeran.
WIllIAM leITH (b 08) Since my last update a few years ago, an old school friend of mine Tom Rowe (pre-Sherborne) and I have set up a company working in Aerial Cinematography. We are aiming at top end filming, our equipment is the best available and we have just received our license to operate commercial drones up to 20kg from the CAA. We can film up to 400 feet above the ground, and up to 500m away from the operator, with almost any camera equipment available! We operate our own camera setup most of the time (Panasonic varicam LT), capable of full frame 4K up to 60frames per second. Our website www.swiftcine.com We are starting work this summer and are currently looking for small jobs to get us going. If you’d like to know any more about it, please do ask! I’m very excited to start work after a long period of setting it all up.
nIcK FleTcHeR (e 09) I now live in Australia, where I work as an Expedition Guide and Instructor Trainer for World Expeditions. I am also studying a Masters of Teaching at the University of Wollongong in Australia, from which I expect to graduate in 2018.
AleX RonAldSon (d 08) Passed out of BRNC Dartmouth as a Midshipman in December 2016. He spent three months in the Arabian Gulf and has been promoted to Sub-Lieutenant 2. Currently doing specialist training as a Marine Engineering Officer. RolAnd THoMPSon (c 08) Myanmar has recently emerged from 50 years international isolation, and is now making bold steps towards global re-integration. I was lucky enough to be in the county for Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic electoral victory and witness Myanmar’s first step towards a democratic society.
I found myself there having just accepted a position to assist in setting up new businesses in Myanmar’s fledgling service industry for an ex-JP Morgan investment banker. After four months of hard research, we identified international quality pest control to be an unusually absent service in the otherwise pestriddled capital, yangon (formerly Rangoon).
Since then, we have undergone a long and sometimes tricky journey, navigating our way through the various licensing procedures, identifying and on-boarding the necessary staff and equipment, and building strong relationships within Burma’s business community. In November 2016, we finally launched Javelin Services and began to shake up the industry by focussing on the latest environmentally-friendly yet effective pest management practices. We were awarded membership to the British Pest Control Association and over the last seven months have firmly established ourselves as the go-to pest control company in yangon. In March this year, we launched an additional outlet in Mandalay and have plans to further expand into three additional cities by the end of the year. The whole journey has been hugely rewarding and to be in this wonderful country at such a time in its own history has made the whole experience even more exhilarating.
IAn WIllIAMS (f 09) This last year has been quite good for me. In June 2016 I started my first professional rugby union season with Rotherham Titans. I also finished my Masters in Literature and Arts at the University of Oxford, Kellogg College after having gained three winning Blues. Then in April this year I signed for Doncaster Knights - who finished in the top four in the English Championship the last two seasons - and currently in pre season for the upcoming 2017/18 season. HuMPHReY WReY (g 09) together with some UK and South African investors has begun setting up a ride-hailing company similar to Uber in Mozambique which will be expanding into 26 cities across Africa in the coming four quarters.
HARRY FIeldeR (g 11) I was fortunate enough to win young Agency Marketer for the year at the National Hotel Marketing Awards. I am currently a director at a company called Umi Digita, which l now co-run with another chap. We create websites and deliver digital marketing for hotels around the world, We’re currently looking after 150 websites and growing quickly. STAn SoKoloV (f 11) I am now on my way to completion of my PhD in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Thesis. To date I have published over 30 academic papers and have presented my research at international conferences. I intend to continue my research in the field of electrochemistry with an aim to develop an accurate, affordable electrochemical sensor for healthcare, which will have a major impact on modern society. I will always remember with great fondness chemistry classes with Mr Watson and M Smith at Sherborne, who both nurtured my passion for the subject and gave me a solid foundation. JeReMY VAn MAeRcKe (b 12) Started a Masters in Banking and Financial Services Management at Boston University and moved from France to Luxembourg, where I will be looking for a job to combine with my (online) masters this year. RoBIn BRInKWoRTH (m 13) I’ve just graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MA (Hons) in Politics, and am looking to take a Masters in Data Science later this year. I ran The Tab in Edinburgh a couple of years back, and last year created the first ever university mental health index, which ranks universities based on their mental health provision. It made The Times, The Sunday Times, and the BBC. This year I’m working on the latest version, while looking for work and learning Python (a programming language). Editor’s note: Robin won Mind’s Student Journalist of the year award in November 2017. FInlAY THoMSon (d 16) has been awarded a Santander Scholarship for the Innovation Pitch he submitted when he applied to study Film and Television with Innovation at the University of Bristol.
Appointments and Awards RoBIn BRInKWoRTH (m 13) has won Mind’s Student Journalist of the Year. MARcuS cHAnTReY (g 92) is the winner of the 2017 SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) John Betjeman Award, for his sensitive repairs to the iconic portico at St Pancras church. PATRIcK coRdInGleY (c 63) has been awarded an oBe for voluntary services in recognition of his work as chairman of the national Remembrance Visitor centre Appeal council at national Memorial Arboretum. RIcHARd eYRe (h 61) was made a companion of Honour in the new Year’s Honours HARRY FIeldeR (g 11) won Young Agency Marketer of the Year Award at the national Hotel Marketing Awards ceremony in April 2017. TIMoTHY GARTon ASH (m 73) was awarded the International charlemagne Prize of Aachen for his services to european Integration. PHIlIP GoodeVe-docKeR (g 00) has received a posthumous Queen’s citation for Bravery AndReW JAMeS (h 72) has been elected to be Master of the Worshipful company of clockmakers for 2018 RoBeRT KeY (a 63) has been awarded the Freedom of the city of Salisbuy. MYleS RIPleY (b 75) has been awarded a lord lieutenant’s certificate of Merit for cumbria – for services to ccF and charity work. RoBeRT SIMPSon (d 58) was awarded an MBe in the new Year’s Honours list for services to the audio-visual industry RuPeRT WeTeRInGS (b 06) has been named by Forbes Africa as number 28 on their list of the top 30 under 30 business personalities in Africa.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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