THE MAGAZINE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD BRIGHTONIANS WINTER 2006
T WO G O L D S , A S I LV E R AND THE SELDON BABES Report on the 2005 Annual Dinner by Peter Binning (C 1975-80) Twenty five years is a long time but what about the 1949 PE team? They were there too and so were quite a few of those who were only yesterday (as it were) walking across the quad without a (real) care in the world. For those of us celebrating a silver anniversary of leaving the College it was for most the first time we had returned for a great many years. And did we enjoy it? Of course we did…until well into the early hours. After all it’s only once in a quarter century! (But what happened to 24 hour licensing in Kemp Town!) All were old friends, most not seen for years but some with whom we have been lucky enough to share other parts of our lives from university to
weddings and children. The OBA dinner was a great occasion for celebration. A milestone and we got here. Some of us did not make it and perhaps that is one very good reason to come back and remember the valuable days we spent at the College in privileged times with the world at our feet and opportunity waiting for us. Keep living for that feeling and, like the 1949 PE team, you’ll be back here in
And in case you thought that the College is turning out straight A students with no nouse for the real world, we had two Golds (if not two Davids) to prove you wrong. The first, David, OBA President, gave a polished speech and conducted the proceedings with considerable Parliamentary authority admitting to less than perfect academic and sporting prowess. The second, Johnny, gave us a
another 25! That is what can happen if you dare to make a break with our generation’s anti institutional attitude and think that it might just be fun to spend an evening with some wonderful people from down the years of College life and to hear something of what life there is like today. Few can have missed the achievements of the current headmaster, Anthony Seldon, who is shortly to be followed by Richard Cairns. The academic, sporting and social life of the college have all seen immense progress supported of course by excellent members of staff, some of whom remembered us and were there to celebrate too. The Seldon babes (or some of them) were also there – or so he said. (Isn’t that politically incorrect or something? Ed.) Private schools are here to stay and the example being set by the College in the community is a vital one to ensure that pupils are not blind to the less privileged and if schools like this are to continue to have charitable status.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
THE COLLEGE MOURNS LORD ALEXANDER
FAREWELL DR SELDON
Jan Gold with OBA president David Gold (S. 1986-91) and Guest of Honour Johnny Gold (L. 1940-45) memorable account of life as the founder of Tramp, the famous London night club and all on the weekend that his old friend George Best passed away to a better life. The vote of thanks reminded us that we cannot all be a Gold but the important thing is that Brighton College still takes all types. Whether, like Lord Alexander, you get to be Chairman of Natwest and a famous QC or, like Johnny, you just run a rather successful night club, it does not matter, you will always be welcome at the OBA dinner and down with anyone who would have it any other way. So come on you lot, the class of 1981, it is your turn on 25th November 2006. Make sure you invite as many as you can and do invite the staff and do have a table plan. We’ll do all that next time when we’ll be nearly as old as the 1949 PE team! http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ annual_dinner_2005_01.htm
HALL OF FAME: TONY HAWKS
OBITUARIES: H DAVIDSON (H. 1934-38)
14 BACK PAGE: CRONK CUNIS VISTORY!
CLARE CONNOR GETS HER OBE!
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
A Happy New Year to all Old Brightonians and a warm welcome to Richard Cairns, the new Headmaster.
left and high time we got back together again. I’ll be in touch in the near future with some suggestions…
Richard is the 18th Headmaster and arrives at a time of unparalleled success for the College. Though it is inevitable that comparisons will be made with his predecessors, I am sure he will make his own mark in his own way. Many OBs are, I know, keen to meet him and I hope they will take one of the many opportunities to join us at events in 2006 at which Richard will be in attendance. We wish Richard every success in the years ahead.
Finally, I’d just like to say how much I appreciate being re-elected as your President for a second term. I look forward to seeing you in the months ahead.
David Gold, (S. 1986-91) This issue of The Pelican is published earlier than usual, following a review of how we communicate with members. It’s packed with news, reports, pictures and details of forthcoming events and contains a number of innovations. The next issue will include a new Letters page which we hope readers will take advantage of. We welcome letters on (almost) any subject and offer a bottle of bubbly to the letter the editor judges to be the most interesting - so get writing! We also see the launch of an irreverent column called The Beak, penned by a mystery OB whose identity will remain a secret to ensure he or she can write without fear or favour. The author may change from issue to issue and the subject matter will vary. This column is meant to challenge, provoke and just possibly say what others are thinking but dare not say out loud… send us your thoughts on the first column.
Like many of you I have made some new year resolutions – some of which I have kept to at the time of writing this but by the time you’re reading it who knows! One of my aims for 2006 is to encourage yet more OBs to get involved in reunions with their former classmates. In 2005 we saw hundreds of people reunited at various gatherings, whether at the London Drinks, the Brands Hatch Day, OB Day or the Annual Dinner. How long is it since YOU saw your old chums? Don’t wait for them to track you down, make the first move. Any OB can call us in the office or email us and we’ll offer all the help we can. Make 2006 the year you re-establish contact with old friends. I’m leading by example in calling all members of the Class of 1991. It’s 15 years since we
PS: Thanks to the many Old Brightonians who send me their news, opinions, photos, memories, and yes, their moans and groans! Keep them coming – email me directly at email@example.com
An Apology: The Association would like to apologise to the Rev Canon C J Peters for the mistake in the last edition of the Pelican magazine under 'Memories of Brighton College' on page 6. Rev Peters did not marry Jane Hough and we are happy to make this clear. We regret any offence which may have been caused.
CLEARING OUT YOUR ATTIC? Don’t throw away anything OB related! The Brighton College Archives is a unique collection of artefacts from the College’s first 160 years. Much of the collection might be termed as ‘other people’s rubbish’ – the things which were about to be thrown away but were saved at the last minute. Indeed, the Archives first started, after valuable documents were rescued from a skip. The College Archivist and former BCJS History teacher Mrs Joyce Heater slaves away in the attic at the top of the Dawson Building meticulously sifting through the many
contributions, often finding rare photographs or papers which give an invaluable insight into the life of the College in ages past. Whenever you were at the College, if you have items buried away which you’d like to clear, please call the OBA office to enable Joyce to discuss whether or not they might be worth saving. We are also keen to obtain copies of books and other publications by OBs. Either contact Joyce Heater through the OBA office on 01273-704250 or email
David Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
NEWS IN BRIEF...
Andy Bacon (C. 1978-83) and his brother Richard have been awarded the coveted "Hamleys Best Toy of The Year Award 2005", for their toy "creAtiles", by a panel of judges headed by Jonathan Ross. Fiesta Crafts (www.fiestacrafts.co.uk) is a North London based company run by the brothers Bacon. "creAtiles" was a team effort with the 12 employees of the company all involved in its creation and development. The company has been running for 15 years and specialises in a niche market of unusual fabric and wooden toys.
currently available through the Web site and private networks of games enthusiasts. Mark Mangan, creator and producer of Demography, is a games enthusiast and fervent inventor. He received his Masters degree in Management Science and Operational Research from Warwick University with distinction before joining British Airways. He now works full time in pursuit of his dream that Demography will one day provide entertainment and excitement to families all over the world. The limited first edition is selling through the Web site at www.Demography-Game.com at £25 per edition, complete with an authenticating First Edition certificate.
scenes at Devonport Royal Naval base from humanitarian efforts to things that go bump in the night. 'Shipmates' is a wartsand-all documentary, showing what work and play in the Royal Navy is really like, both ashore and afloat. It follows the lives of several key characters, especially on board the frigate HMS Chatham during her deployment to the Gulf, and also her involvement in humanitarian operations after the Boxing Day tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Mark Mangan (R. 199095) donates a First Edition game of "Demography" to the prep-school Christmas Fayre. Maureen Chowen, this year's organiser - seen here with Mark, was delighted with the donation. Demography - The Political Strategy Game, in time for Christmas 2005. Two thousand first edition copies of Demography, invented and produced by Mark Mangan, are
Bristol House Revival As part of the plans to extend boarding, the College are looking to revive the name of Bristol in the near future as the second boys boarding house.If any former Bristol house boys are interested in helping to revive their old house name, particularly by offering financial help, we would love to hear from you.
Emily Nelson (W. 1997-02) has won Friday's (21st October 2005) heat of ITV's "A Brush With Fame". Her "delicate" portrait of Princess Diana's former "rock" Paul Burrell bowled over the judges to the tune of a £1,000 prize and entry into the series final. The winner of the series, hosted by Carol Smillie, will walk away with a cheque for £10,000 and the chance to turn professional when they are offered a deal with the UKs leading art publisher Washington Green.
Chris Terrill (A. 1965-70), has a new series on BBC 1 running for 5 weeks from 22nd November 2005. Naval life in Devon goes under the spotlight in a new BBC documentary that goes behind the
2005 - A YEAR OF REUNIONS! This year has seen an unprecedented number of highly successful reunions.
when cricketers past and present gathered in the Great Hall for the 150th anniversary of the game being played at Brighton College.
For the OBA the year began on the 11th January with our now traditional New Year Celebration at The International Bar in London’s West End. With such a terrific response and so many people saying how much they liked the venue, we will break with the tradition of moving around London and hold the next few events at The International Bar. And so therefore we returned to The International on the 10th May for the regular London Drinks. The OBA is grateful to everyone who continues to support these informal gatherings and reminds others who have not been for a while or have never been at all, that you are always welcome. So too are spouses, partners, friends, colleagues... the emphasis is on informality, socialising and networking. The OBA President is keen to promote a culture of “inclusivity” - welcoming and including parents (past and present), staff and pupils - within the Association and it is with this in mind that the 2005 May Ball is celebrated as such an extraordinary success. Organised and hosted by Della Keighley and her Family Society committee, the Ball was a huge affair - It may have taken 160 years but Brighton College finally knows how to throw a really good party! In June the Association was delighted to take up Jonathan
A well-attended London Drinks were again hosted at The International in October - a number of “lost” Obs surfacing for the first time in over 20 years!
Palmer’s (A. 1969-74) offer of a day’s hospitality at Brands Hatch. The College is justly proud of Jonathan’s Grand Prix racing career, but his business career since retiring from racing has been nothing short of meteoric; seeing him now the actual owner of this racing circuit where he made his GP debut!
This extraordinary year was rounded off in November with a record-breaking attendance at the Annual Dinner. Legendary night club host Johnny Gold (L. 1940-45) regaled a captive audience with tales of his exploits with the Hollywood A-List and London Glitterati.
More sporting prowess was celebrated in June Full reports and image galleries from these events can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/reunion_02.htm The Association looks forward to welcoming all OBs, friends and family to future events, all of which are featured at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ reunions_2006_01.htm
WELCOME RICHARD CAIRNS
FAREWELL DR SELDON
Richard Cairns has become the eighteenth Headmaster of Brighton College. Richard Cairns is 39 years old and for the past six years has been Usher (sole Deputy Head) of Magdalen College School, Oxford, an HMC school of 670 pupils from 7-18, which was recently voted ‘Independent School of the Year’ by the Sunday Times. Richard was educated at the The Oratory School, Reading, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner and gained a first class honours degree in modern history.
Whilst Richard Cairns, currently sole Deputy at Magdalen College School, Oxford, prepares to take up his appointment as the eighteenth Headmaster of Brighton College in January, the College bade farewell to the seventeenth before he moves to be Master of Wellington College. The traditional photographic portrait of Anthony Seldon has been commissioned and will hang on the Library stairs alongside his sixteen predecessors since 1845. The end of term saw various events to bid Dr Seldon farewell and to acknowledge the huge contribution he has made to the growth in success of the College over the past eight and a half years. Receptions and dinners abounded as various groups gathered formally together to fete him. We also said goodbye to Dr Joanna Seldon, who has made a lasting contribution to the life of the place in many ways through her effective teaching of English and creative writing. The pupil body had their opportunity to applaud their Headmaster and his wife in the final assembly of term on Friday 16 December, which was also attended by members of the governing body.
COLLEGE MAKES CHINESE COMPULSORY The new Headmaster has taken the decision to introduce Mandarin Chinese as a subject for all new pupils joining at 13+. From September 2006, all Year 9 pupils will do Mandarin Chinese for one lesson per week. Brighton College is the first school in Britain to implement such a change to its core curriculum and, unsurprisingly, there has been a considerable amount of national press coverage with excellent articles on the front page of the Daily Telegraph and in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. “Hats off to Brighton College”, began one of the lead articles in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday. There have also been TV crews on site from the BBC, ITV and CNN and various Asian TV networks. The Headmaster writes:“We are all aware that China has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and, indeed, this year China replaced Britain as the world’s fourth largest economy. One of my key tasks is to ensure that every pupil at Brighton College is equipped for the realities of the 21st century and a better understanding of the language and culture of China is a logical way to do this. As a school, I believe we would be failing in our duty if we did not give each girl and boy the best possible preparation for life in a global marketplace”.
STOP PRESS A Memorial Service for Lord Alexander has been announced for the 16th March 2006 in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. Applications for tickets to Mr S J Holmes, Room 16, The Chapter Office, 20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PA enclosing a stamped self addressed envelope. Tickets will be sent by 7 March. All are welcome to attend.
10h January 2006 by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) The first OB gathering of 2006 was an all male affair that in terms of College attendance spanned over 50 years! As numbers go, the evening started off slowly, but built to a comfortable throng of 25 or so Old Brightonians. When I arrived shortly after 6pm David Gold (S. 1986-91) and Adam Belson (R. 1979-84) were the sole attendees – apparently trying to convince a sceptical barman that this evening would be worth his while… He needn't have worried. A trickle of weather-weary OBs came in from the cold throughout the next few hours – each, as ever, nervously wondering whether they'd come to the right place, and who they might recognise. Again, as ever, each was warmly welcomed by the burgeoning group – some as long lost “brothers”, others as old and familiar comrades. James Brenan (S. 1972-77) headed the trickle, closely followed by Michael Bishop (C. 1960-65), Graham Leathes (A. 1962-67) and the buoyant Simon Lanyon (C. 1951-56). It was agreed that Simon is a shoe-in for chairperson of the newly convened “Old Brightonians Barry Norman Lookalike Club” – a nomination he enthusiastically accepted. Before long we had a respectable (sic) gathering of friendly faces, and the volume rose as the wine flowed. John Polsue (B. 1965-69) joined us along with Peter Cockburn (S.1959/64). Adam and I engaged in a lengthy and dogmatic conversation with Peter expounding the relative merits or otherwise of the world’s various and varied religions. My own highly arbitrary position on such weighty matters is informed almost entirely from the pages of “The Da Vinci Code” (which I have convinced Peter he must read), but I firmly believe that my own ignorance is more than compensated for by my inability to properly take in anything anyone else says to me (coupled with my innate ability to talk very loudly) – so we’ll leave this matter here… As mentioned above, OBs often arrive at these gatherings full of trepidation and nerves – totally understandable, but quite unnecessary – and it was in this manner that a small group of very recent school leavers entered the bar half way through the evening, including Chris Poon (A. 1998-04), James David (D. 1998-04), Nick Hales (D. 1998-04). They were immediately made to feel at home by our President, and all seemed to relax into their surroundings accordingly. A late but welcome arrival was Mr Benjamin Stott – a fantastic effort considering his imminent (and lengthy) departure to the colonies, and the associcontinued opposite
OB DAY - 10TH SEPTEMBER 2005
Report by David Gold, OB President (S. 1986-91) In spite of all the rain dances and prayers for divine intervention to assist the England cricketers at the Oval, Brighton College was blessed with warm sunshine for OB Day, which was fitting because for some, it was their first visit in many a year.
The day concluded with a generous Bucks Fizz Reception on the Headmaster’s Lawn, to which current parents were also welcomed. It is an important part of the OBA’s role to integrate itself into the life of the College and its current pupils, parents and staff.
Father Robert set the tone for the day with a short but poignant service. He recalled conversations with many OBs who return after a long absence, reflecting on the many changes to the College, but always grateful that the Chapel remains a recognisable place at the heart of the College community. As he spoke, some of us were delighted to be seated in the same places we had sat 10, 20, 30 and in one case, 51 years ago, when the place smelt as it does today – a rich aroma of wax polish and fragrant flowers. As we sang Jerusalem, it really did seem only yesterday...
Our thanks must go to all those who put such a huge effort into making Old Brightonian Day so special, not least Fiona Aiken and members of the Committee, the catering team, porters, the College Archivist, and the Headmaster for allowing us to take over the College for a day. Most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who attended. Without you, it simply wouldn’t be OB Day. Let’s hope that next year can be bigger, better and even more popular.
From Chapel we proceeded to the Hordern Room for coffee, an appropriate venue for OB Day as it is named after the venerable actor and OB, Sir Michael Hordern – the voice of Paddington Bear! The College Archivist, Joyce Heater, had carefully selected images of the College’s history from the start of its second century. It was entertaining to watch numerous OBs spot themselves in photographs or roar with laughter at the sight of the mascots
A reunion of 1985 leavers gather on the home ground
taken on numerous rugby excursions. The straw boaters and multi-coloured caps were also a source of considerable interest! Photographs and reports of the OBA sponsored Tour of South Africa, which involved College rugby and netball teams, were also on display. Clearly, those fortunate enough to tour spent time learning the harsh realities of modern South Africa as well as the passion their oppoLondon Drinks continued...
ated packing duties resulting thereof. Ben and his wife Tina leave these shores early on Saturday morning, so he was determined to make it to his last London session for two years! Ben is a wonderful man – a great and loyal friend to so many of us, as well as to the Association and to Brighton College itself – and Adam and I were delighted to be able to be there to say goodbye. We’ll miss him terribly and hope he doesn’t get too attached to “life” in New Zealand (I was anxiously surveying a detailed map of NZ over the weekend to establish whether there was actually anything for him to do there, and I was relieved to see that on the South island
OBs, parents and staff gather in the front quad for drinks at the end of OB Day, 2005
nents display in sport! Photographs and reflections of their visits to the townships were very moving. As we headed up to the Home Ground to watch the Old Brightonians do battle with Eastbourne, the crowds were swelling and it was a pleasure to see so many new (old) faces. A spirited game resulted in a modest defeat for the OBs, but we take comfort from the fact that Eastbourne was victorious with the loan of an OB to their team!
Full story and photos at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ oba_day_2005_01.htm NB: If anyone has any more photos of the day that they’d like to submit to the OBA Online Gallery, please send them to email@example.com
With a full house at Lunch (in excess of 90 guests) the Headmaster welcomed OBs and seemed genuinely moved at the sight of so many of us at what is growing to be a popular event in the OB tradition. The afternoon provided, for many, the highlight of the day’s events. As well as the College First XV seeing off a strong challenge from St Paul’s, OBs queued for access to the Armoury and kept the RSM on his toes for much of the afternoon! Meanwhile, College Prefects kindly gave up much of their Saturday afternoon to guide OBs round their old houses and many of the new facilities of the College, including the Montague Centre. It was fascinating to watch grown men and women transform before our eyes, returning to their teens as they remembered their youthful exuberances, many of which cannot be repeated here! It is worth noting that whatever people say about the youth of today, even some of the Prefects seemed shocked at what College pupils used to get away with! there is in fact a bowling alley and 3 shops… so he should be fine). Chris Jones (D. 1991-91 - son of Martin, staff 197798 - and Jenny, former OB Administrator) was there, along with Bruce Josyfon (L 1986-91) and Alex Liddle (A. 1991-91). Alex is now flying helicopters (Chinooks?) for the RAF... Lord knows how - this man is about 9' tall in his socks! Chris and Alex were amongst the last to leave the bar - indeed as I left they had been joined on the sofa by Peter Cockburn for what seemed to be the beginnings of a very long evening…
So, another successful and highly enjoyable evening in London’s West End. Again our thanks go to David Gold, and we are reminded that the enthusiasm and drive that our President shows in organising these gatherings is underpinned by an understanding that this Association is only as strong as the relationships maintained within it. Old friendships are preserved at these meetings, and new ones are always established – I strongly urge all OBs to make every effort to come along to the next London drinks – get there early enough and you might even catch Mr Gold getting a round in…
BRIGHTON COLLEGE MOURNS OLD BOY
by Rowan Dore, The Argus LORD Alexander, president of Brighton College for the past 12 years and one of the most distinguished old boys of the school, has died aged 69. The school flag was flown at half mast following his death on Sunday and the news was announced to the school by headteacher Anthony Seldon. Robert Alexander was a remarkably successful man. Regarded as one of the best advocates of his generation, he represented Jeffrey Archer in his libel action against the Daily Star and for ten years was chairman of the NatWest Bank. He was also chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company and president of the MCC. The proposed new £1.5 million community arts centre at Brighton College, which will be attached to the main school buildings in Eastern Road, will be named the Alexander Arts Centre in his honour. Money in Lord Alexander's name is being donated to the project. Lord Alexander was a pupil at the school in the early Fifties. He kept in regular contact and became president, which is the equivalent of the school's monarch, in 1993. Mr Seldon said: "He loved the college and took a great interest in all our plans." Lord Alexander was born in the Potteries in 1936. His father ran a filling station in Newcastle-under-Lyme and his mother kept the books. They were determined their children should
have a, good education and sent Robert to Brighton College. From there he went to King's College, Cambridge, to read English, but after two years switched to law. He was called -to the Bar in 1961 and became a QC in 1973. He handled many high profile cases. In 1981 he represented the GLC, unsuccessfully defending its Fares Fair policy. He represented Ian Botham in an unsuccessful hearing before an appeals committee at Lords over allegations that the cricketer had smoked pot. His most famous case was when he won £500,000 damages for politician and author Jeffrey Archer against the Daily Star. He became chairman of the Bar Council and in 1987 went on to head the Takeover Panel. In 1988 he was made Lord Alexander of Weedon, named after the Buckinghamshire village where he lived. He became chairman, of the NatWest Bank in 1989. He leaves his third wife. Marie, a former Vogue model, two sons and two daughters. Lord Alexander of Weedon in the Hall of Fame: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/weedon_01.htm Re-produced courtesy of the Brighton & Hove Argus
MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE
EA Cory (D. 1924-29) remembers Brighton College. Walter Hett was my house master in Durnford, which was across a lane next to the hospital, now demolished. I think I went to the College because Walter Hett was one of my god fathers (the other was the Red Dean of Canterbury) and the exams were not demanding in those days. Dawson, 'The Chief', was the Head Master. Down one side of the rugger field were the classrooms of corrugated iron, at least the roofs were as such. The Chief referred to them as the "tin palaces" I think. One Bill Williams was a popular Wilsons house master and I think also an ex-heavyweight boxer in the Navy. I remember him as the general knowledge teacher, when he would give one word answers. He would ask a question and after a pause for us to write the answer if we knew it, would then give the correct answer so we could write it down anyway and get a good mark, even if not honestly! I saw no point in this and so came bottom of the class; the result being that I had to report to Mr Williams at his house first thing in the morning. I did this twice but he was never available. During my time both the Horderns were in Chichester House. The elder was a very powerful member of the College rugger team. The younger was the actor. Ionoff was a Russian who escaped that country in about 1918. He had a great sense of fun and I remember him being asked by a member of staff why when firing in the miniature range his shots went so wide. His reply was that he was allowing for the wind from the window! Christopher Hassall was in my dormitory. I remember going to Professor Seven with him to have a phrenology session. This was in some side street. Eash year the masters and boys put on a Gilbert and Sullivan play, in which my Godfather took a prominent part.
11th October 2005 by Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81) The resident mouse in the Champagne bar at The International, St Martin’s Lane watched as OBs from a wide cross section of year groups met for the early evening drinks in London that are now regularly attracting plenty of OBs, both old and new. This gathering included the usual suspects such as our esteemed President, David Gold (S. 1986-91), along with OB committee members, John & Fiona Aiken (A. 1976-81/F. 1979-81), Chris Pett (H. 196267) and Tim Loadsman (L. 1951-57). I also managed to persuade my brother, Alan, to pop in for a drink on the promise that he would not be lynched as an OL! Familiar faces included Carrie England (F. 1982-84) and her partner, Justine, who were joined by newcomers Paul Brehony (S. 1982-84) and Michael Duerinckx (1982-84), none of whom had met since they left in 1984. Others included John Polsue (B. 1965-69), Ian Screech (D. 1956-61), Matt Minor (R. 1985-88), Charles Zarb (D. 1946-49), Nina Humphreys (F. 1989-91), Paul Boyd-Lee L. 1955-58) and Bridget MacDonald (F. 1981-83). Unfortunately, John Want (H. 1987-92) and Kevin Biscoe (L. 1988-91) did not make it until the end of the evening but John had travelled all the way from Wales, via Nottingham, so takes the prize for the furthest distance travelled! Discussions are afoot to arrange a Northern event; Manchester has been suggested. If any OBs would be interested in helping to arrange a Northern equivalent or have any suggestions for a venue, I would be very happy to hear from them and I can be contacted via the OBA Office.
We would like to invite all OBs to submit their recollections to the OBA for inclusion on our website and here in the Pelican magazine. Please send your articles, with some photographs if you have them, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A “Memories of BC” archive can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ cont_archive_01.htm
CLARE CONNOR OBE (W. 1989-94) - OBA HALL OF FAME Born: 1st September 1976 Represents England (Captain), Sussex (Captain), Brighton & Hove (Captain) Test Debut: England v India at Bahadpur, 10.12.95 Clare was promoted Captain of England from Vice Captain during the 1999-2000 Winter Tour to Australia and New Zealand. She opened the batting for her County side and for England U-21 for four years, and made her England Debut in the 1995 European Cup against Denmark, making her Test Debut later that year against India. She helped England U-21 to win the 1996 European U23 Cup, played in the 1997 World Cup.
Sportswoman of the Year 2005 and an OBE to boot!
Clare is one of only five players to take a hat-trick in One-Day Internationals, one of the three wickets being an amazing catch by Lucy Pearson. It occurred during a televised game at Northampton against India in 1999.
Clare teaches English and PE at Brighton College as well as sitting on the OBA committee.
She led Sussex to top of Division 2 in the County Championships 2001 and thus promotion to Division 1, as well as guiding England to an historic Ashes victory in 2005 - resulting in a nomination for the Times
Up to date news on Clare can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ connor_01.htm
TONY HAWKS (A. 1976-78) - OBA HALL OF FAME Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author. He is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. The book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller in 1998, was serialised on BBC Radio 4, and led to a six month TV advertising campaign for HARP Irish Lager. It has now sold over 300,000 copies worldwide including the US and Australia,and has been translated into several languages; Hebrew, Italian, Dutch and German. His second book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, published in trade paperback by Ebury Press has now sold well over 100 thousand copies. The book was serialised on BBC R4 over Christmas. The story charts his latest foolhardy attempt to win a bet, which involved tracking down all the members of the national football team of Moldova and beating them at tennis one by one. Tony’s book was shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000). He has appeared frequently on TV comedy programmes such as: Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, Paul Merton, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Red Dwarf. He also hosted the BBC1 programme, The Best Show in the World Ever ... Probably. Tony Hawks is a regular guest on radio programmes including The News Quiz, Just a Minute, and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and recently he presented his own
series on Radio 4, Tony Hawks’ Lost Weekends.
Tony in the OBA Hall of Fame: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ hawks_01.htm
"ABSURD, OLDFASHIONED AND PATRONISING"
By David Harrison, Daily Telegraph, 2nd Oct 2005 He has been in the job for just one day but the new president of the MCC has already provoked howls of indignation by declaring it "absolutely outrageous" that girls play cricket with boys. Robin Marlar, 74, took up his post yesterday at the 218-year-old Marylebone Cricket Club, the "guardian of the game's laws and spirit". But today, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, he spells out his opposition to mixed-sex teams. He said: "Did you know that Brighton College are playing girls in their First XI? Girls! I think it's absolutely outrageous. If there's an 18-year-old who can bowl at 80mph and he's been brought up properly then he shouldn't want to hurt a lady at any cost." Asked what his view would be if a girl bowled at 80mph, he replied: "I'd be asking about whether she's had a sex change." Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor, both 16, were chosen to play for Brighton College's First XI this summer. In August Holly became England's youngest women's Test cricketer when she played against Australia at Hove. Last night players and coaches condemned Mr Marlar's comments. Clare Connor, who in 1993 was the first girl to play for Brighton's First XI and this summer captained England's women to Ashes victory, said Mr Marlar's remarks were "absurd, oldfashioned, and patronising. It is unacceptable to make those comments. Reproduced by kind permission of the Daily Telegraph. RICHARD CABORN, the Sports Minister, has supported Brighton College’s policy to choose girls to play alongside boys in its first XI after criticism from Robin Marlar, the incoming president of MCC, who believes that they are in danger of being hurt by fast bowlers. Let us have your views on this article. Brighton College and the OBA takes great pride in the sporting achievements of the likes of Holly and Claire - but perhaps you agree with Mr Marlar's comments? Whatever your thoughts, our President would love to hear from you. Please send your comments to: email@example.com. The OBA reserves the right to publish any and all correspondence.
Page 8 Our esteemed President, David Gold (S. 1986-91), will be taking part in this year’s “Moonwalk” chaity event in aid of the fight against breast cancer. David writes: “We'll be walking in memory of my mother, Doreen, who passed away on 4 April 2005 after a long and brave battle with breast cancer. She was 55. I'm her eldest son and with my partner, Mark, we want to raise as much cash as we can to help fight the disease and help others avoid the suffering my mother experienced. We are also walking in testament to mum's sister, Joan, who also had breast cancer and is, please God, beating it.” We invite all OB’s to contribute to this very worthy cause - either online at www.oldbrightonians.com/ moonwalk_01.htm or by contacting David directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MESSAGES FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS Julian Barr (R/H. 1997-02) - Due to the new legislation, my boyfriend and I will be married at St. Mary's church Kemp Town on the 25th September this year. All friends from the college are welcome to join us for the service. Details will be posted on this website in due course. I was really pleased to hear that James Simmons (with whom I was in Hampden and graduated with) has recently become engaged to Grace Clarke. All the best to them! From the College: “Brighton College - A different kind of venue” Brighton College is a superb alternative venue, a beautiful oasis, minutes from the heart of Britain’s busiest seaside town. The classic elegance of eminent architect, George Scott’s Victorian façade surrounds the tree-lined avenues of the Quad. Celebrate your wedding with a civil ceremony in the intimacy of the Hordern Room and a blessing in the chapel, take pictures in the idyllic Quad, followed by a Reception in the magnificent Great Hall Or Dining Room. To find out more, contact our Commercial Manager Melanie Rennison on 01273 704328, or email@example.com.
Stuart Murray (H. 1974-1979) and his wife Liria are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Jean Murray, who was born on 24th September 2005 at Worthing Hospital. James Michael (A. 1983-88) married Eugénie Schijf on 16th April 2005 in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. They live and work in New York City. David Gold (S. 1986-91) and Mark Elliott entered a Civil Partnership on 23 December at Lewisham Town Hall. The low key event with just three witnesses was 'dealing with the paperwork' following the rather larger Commitment Ceremony and Celebration of Union attended by 150 people in July 2003. They were among the first 1,000 couples to take advantage of the new legislation which came into force in December 2005. Leo McKeague's (S. 1988-91) daughter LillieLouise was christened at Brighton College on the 11th December 2005.
NEWS FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS training disciplines that I learned at the College I am still very fit and in excellent health ! The photo on the left is that of our Cadet Corps in School House. Not so coincidentally shortly after this photo was taken and distributed Jerry capitulated!
Graeme Roberts (S. 1944-47) I was born out here in British Columbia, attended the College and returned here in 1949. I have had the opportunity to go back for a visit on a number of occasions and on one such occasion showed up for the black tie dinner at the R.A.C. in London. I have had a few visits from fellow OB's the most recent one being Andrew Symonds and his wife. Not too long prior to that we had a visit from Eric Womersley (C. 1944-47) and his wife Ann with John Tabernacle (C. 1944-47) John spent many years flying out of Hong Kong for Cathay Pacific and during those years we kept in touch and visited back and forth. He now resides in Andorra. We live very close to Victoria, British Columbia and a stones throw from the world renowned Butchart Gardens. I will always welcome any OB's travelling this way. I am 74 now but thanks to all of the rugby, squash and physical
Dr. Jeff Allan (H. 1968-1973) I am work in London, having given up an academic life. Two of my children are now at University and two more living with me and my wonderful partner Amanda. I still have a passion for cars and design. I was in Brighton in September this year and I was delighted with coming 5th out of 50 cars in the National Speed trials Brighton and Hove Car club event. I am now very active in the sprint and hill climb events. Sophia Chauchard Stuart (F. 1985-87) Sophia has just joined 8Edge, Inc in Malibu, California as a writer and director. 8Edge is the design agency for Touchstone Pictures, Geneon, First American and the terribly elegant Saville Row tailor, Richard James. She is also freelancing again as a journalist for newspapers and magazines and has just finished her third novel. Would love to hear from OBAs in the USA or visiting…
Tamzin Merchant (F. 2000-05) appears in the recent film version of 'Pride & Prejudice'. She was cast as Georgiana, Darcy’s sister, after writing a letter to the casting director and explaining how she was perfect for the part. After meetings, Tamzin was indeed offered the role, even though she had no professional acting experience. The novice threw herself into the work, even learning to play the piano selections that Georgiana would be playing on-screen. She is about to start filming for the BBC’s ‘My Family and Other Animals’, to be shown over Christmas. Stuart Murray (H. 1974-1979) and his wife Liria are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Jean Murray, who was born on 24th September 2005 at Worthing Hospital. A full archive of news from Old Brightonians is online at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ obs_news_01.htm
THE BEAK THOUGHTS ON BOB, A GREAT OB, & OBSERVATIONS O'BOUT OB'S OBIT NOTICES So farewell then Lord Bob You were a great OB Not a slob (or obese OB) Like some of the rest of us Never mind that your greatest victory at the bar - when your gravitas defied gravity for Jeffrey Archer - turned out to have similarity to that red in the last frame of the Masters snooker final on the telly on Sunday night which stopped on the edge of the centre right pocket only a moment later to fall in. That just promoted your next Best victory, for our brother, Keith, when you persuaded their Lordships that multiple share applications were not quite clink-worthy. How Private Eye pilloried you unfairly for representing KBMP(OB) when you were chairmanelect of the Take-Over Panel; surely they knew that your speech in mitigation couldn't have been more sincere when you intoned with a heavy brow: "Look what a miserable start in life my client had - he was sent to Brighton College". Though I never met you we once dined together. At an OBs' London Dinner when you gave the last speech, to a by then recumbent gathering, weary beneath the port and smoke. And you came after John Leech. You rang all the bells for this place, praised it more than we had ever imagined, until some were wondering if it was the same place we all knew. And I recall in particular one nuanced turn of your priceless tongue. Until that time I had believed there to be only three possible correct answers to that burning question, as old as our common place itself, which no doubt trips off all OB tongues - humble and coarse as many are - frequently and sets our minds searching for a new answer, and which I can succinctly put as follows: "What moniker does one prefer instead of "Brighton College" when that would be too much to say?" My presumed list of correct answers had until that exalted evening comprised:- (a) "the school" - which takes
marks for modesty, (b) "the senior school" - as if to emphasise that we weren't the ones going round in grey shorts and caps, and (c) "the College" - a tad too grand to be used a lot though. Well you then gave us a new answer for the repertoire, namely: (d) "Brighton". Yes, and I'll give that to the readers once again in case they didn't get it, plain old "Brighton". And I though to myself "well I never, how confoundedly clever is that!". You had the gathering in your thrall and we all went away saying to people: "I went to Brighton". Obedient OBs as we were. But try as we might over the years, people never would accept that "I went to Brighton" referred to our secondary education at that flinted-quadrangled alma mater of all things noble, sporting and excellent that we love so dearly - mandarin chinese lessons now thrown in. A weekend staying in some crummy B&B carousing the Lanes, maybe, where Marine Parade meets the Pride parade, okay if that rocks your boat lovey, hobbling from stone to stone on the beach with the
briny dripping off us in lumps like Mr Fuller's custard, possibly, but the equivalent of a reference to having gone to some boring little place in the sticks with a string of antique shops leading to the gates of a famous school, alas not. Never has been and never will be. So ultimately your Bobship, oh learned counsel in heaven, we had to reserve judgment if not outrightly reject that closing point of yours on that memorable night. Well, I trust you got a rousing welcome on the other side. At least you were able to present a good case to St Peter. He will probably make you say sorry to Monica Coughlan before he lets you in. I hope he is more impressed with your parents' choice of school for you than the obituaries were. I have to say they weren't very kind about "Brighton" (you've got me at it!). This is from the Guardian: "With his height of 6ft 6in, expensive suits, artistic interests, cultivated speech and polite manners, it was easy to misjudge Alexander as an old Etonian scion of the establishment. In fact, he was born in Newcastleunder-Lyme, the son of a petrol station and garage owner; after his family moved south to Hove, he was sent to school at Brighton College." And this from the Independent: "His background was totally undistinguished, for his father had been the owner of a petrol station at Newcastle-under-Lyme in the potteries [and] ... financed him through Brighton College." At least it came in as "a good education" from the Daily Telegraph. The views and opinions expressed in â€œThe Beakâ€? (an anonymously contributed article) do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the OBA or Brighton College.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2005
Page 10 The Service of Remembrance at the College is essentially based around music and readings, including personal accounts of those whose lives were affected by war on and off the fighting fields. It is a demanding occasion for the College and Prep School Choirs and other musicians, but it is also an opportunity for deep reflection for the congregation which, as always, was made up of current pupils, parents, current and former staff and Old Brightonians. This year, the Chapel was bursting at the seams and it was fitting in this, the 60th anniversary of Armistice Day but also the 160th anniversary of the founding of Brighton College and Dr Seldon’s final term. As the Requiem is sung, members of the College CCF present the College standard to the Chaplain so it can be laid across the altar, and Prefects lay wreaths at the memorials to OBs lost in battle. The Headmaster then reads out the (seemingly never ending) list of OBs lost in the Second World War* and in subsequent conflicts. The Last Post follows, and the traditional 2 minute silence is observed. The music is led predominantly by the College Choir and organist but there are several congregational hymns and it is always pleasing to hear the Chapel full of strong voices. The readings are especially moving, especially to those of us who do not recall the horrors of war first hand. Whether a diary
extract from a First World War soldier in the trenches or an account of the difficulties experienced by the men returning from battle and the women who had been forced to adapt to a life without their husbands, there is much to reflect on. However, this year a current Sixth Former gave her personal account of two visits she has made to Auschwitz-Birkenau, following in the footsteps of members of her family who were taken there to be exterminated.
After the service, refreshments were served in Houses and the Café de Paris. Many reflected on the need to keep passing the messages of war and remembrance down the generations. The College has found a powerful recipe for doing just that and our thanks go to everyone involved. It was a sobering yet uplifting occasion.
Her description of the chilling horror which can still be seen at that site, including the lake which was filled with the ashes of those who were murdered and remains grey even now, and the piles of spectacles, suitcases and human hair, moved many to tears. The dignity and total self-control of the student was arguably as impressive as her mastery of the language which she used to describe what she had seen.
* Every year the Headmaster reads out the names of those OBs who fell in active service, alternating between the First and Second World Wars. In 2006, the Headmaster will read out the names of First World War dead, and those who have fallen in subsequent conflicts.
The inclusion of an extract from an American soldier’s ‘blog’ describing his time in Iraq helped to reinforce the message that Remembrance Sunday is about those who have fallen in all manner of conflicts, and that to date 97 British servicemen have died since that invasion.
David Gold, OBA President, (S. 1986-91)
Remembrance Sunday at Brighton College 12th November 2006 Following lunch, Martin Jones (staff: 1977-98) will be providing guided tours of the College's Military Memorials. Tours will include the Chapel, part of which is a War Memorial and contains many items commemorating those OBs lost in the service of their country. More details available on request.
OLD BRIGHTONIAN LODGE NO. 4104 - PETER COCKBURN, SECRETARY, (S. 1959-64) The Lodge met last evening 13th January 2006 at the College for the first meeting of the year when Eddy Catherall, who taught martial arts at the College a few years ago, was in the Chair as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. 24 members were present along with a further 17 invited guests who all had a very happy and convivial evening. We meet again on 28th April and the 17th June before the next Installation meeting when we install a new Master on September 1st. On 3rd March 2006 the Ladies' Dinner will take place at the College when we shall have the pleasure of dining Richard Cairns Headmaster for the first time.
In May there will be a visit to the Chichester Festival Theatre to be organised by Chris Apps. Any Freemasons associated with the College are invited to our meetings and need only get in touch with the Secretary Peter Cockburn (S 1959-64) firstname.lastname@example.org. Non Masons who are interested in knowing more about the Old Brightonian Lodge are especially welcome to contact Peter for further information. OB Lodge Online: http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/lodge/ lodge_01.htm
MISSING OB’S please contact the OBA office if you have any contact details for the following: Faber, Malcolm J (S. 1975-80) Fallowfield, C J (W. 1990-92) Fansa, S (S. 1985-90) Fardelli, M A (A. 1985-90) Farnsworth, D D (R. 1985-90) Fellingham, J G (H. 1981-84) Fisher, David W J (C. 1985-90) Fisher, Henry D W (C. 1991-96) Fisher, J W T (S. 1987-92) Fletcher, Charles H (C/A. 1973-76) Flexer, Sharon R (F. 1979-81) Flude, A J (A. 1974-77) Forman, Alexander (S. 1997-99) Forman, Simon (S. 1997-01) Fowler, David G (C/H. 1977-79) Fowler, Peter J (B. 1945-48) Fox, Clyde F D (D. 1945-47)
Francis, Emma K (W. 1991-96) Francis, Geoffrey C (D. 1970-74) Friedmann, P S (L. 1979-84) Fry, Gavin N (S. 1979-84) Fellows, Frank H (L. 1945-49) Flowers, Samuel O (D. 1984-87) Fraser, Sean (A. 1986-89) Gaffney, G J H (R. 1985-88) Gale, Jonathan M J (H. 1979-82) Gale, Noel S (S. 1985-90) Gale, Roderick (C. 1987-90) Gallagher, Ewen D (S/H. 1986-91) Gamble, John D (A. 1974-77) Gamble, S P (S. 1978-80) Gardener, Paul T (A. 1986-91) Gardener, T J (A. 1987-90) Garrod, Laura M (F. 1985-87)
Ghazvini, S (C. 1978-81) Gilis, E (C. 1969-73) Gill, Richard A (L. 1946-51) Gilham, P D (B. 1973-76) Gilligan (nee Blyth), Caroline (F. 197678) Glassborow, I J (S. 1945-50) Glover, Robert C B (S. 1972-77) Glucksmann, C A (F. 1985-87) Glue, Christopher (S. 1973-77) Godfrey, Mark R (C. 1983-87) Goldman, A C (A. 1986-89) Goodhand, A S (L. 1992-95) Goodhand, Robin D (L. 1990-93) Gordon, A P (R/L. 1975-80) Gordon-Seymour, A F (H. 1992-95) Gottlieb (nee Cave), Belinda (F. 1979-
81) Gratwick, E J (H. 1979-82) Gray, Natasha V (F. 1991-94) Green, J M J (A. 1985-90) Green, Victoria (F. 1997-02) Greenway, Joanne C (F. 1989-94)Greenwood, Matthew W (L. 1980-85)Gresswell, Andrew James (S. 1989-93)Grey, N D (L. 1983-88) Grigor, David P (L. 1982-87) Grigor, John M V (L. 1978-83) Grimes (nee Charlesworth), Sarah (F. 198385) Groom, F L (D. 1946-50) Gubbin, Keith W (L. 1975-79) A full list of missing OB’s can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/
DEATHS & OBITUARIES IN 2005 Keith F Thompson (B. 1923-27) died on Friday 25 November aged 95 years. Brian W Piepenstock (D. 1953-58) died suddenly on 8th November after a stroke. Wilfred Desmond Butler (S. 1931-34) died on 13th September. Duncan Stewart (A. 1947-52) - at a time when the College is celebrating 150 years of cricket, it is sad to report the death of one of our great cricketers, Duncan Stewart (A. 1947-52). After a long illness, bravely resisted, he died on 12th June at the age of 71. Full obituary at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ stewart_01.htm Brigadier Gordon Viner, CBE, MC and Bar (Wal. 1931-34) Died on the 14th of October, 2005 Brigadier Gordon Viner, who has died aged 87, was awarded an MC in France in 1944 and a Bar in Germany the following year. The 7th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment was one of the first British units to enter Germany, and early in 1945 took a leading part in the fighting to eliminate the enemy salient west of the river Roer. On January 22 Viner, then a major, was in command of "A" Company during an attack on the villages of Putt and Waldenrath, north of Aachen. After the capture of Putt, the company was the first to cross 600 yards of the snow-covered open ground to Waldenrath. Mines delayed the start by 45 minutes, with the result that the artillery smoke programme had finished by the time the attack got under way. Both flanks of the advance were exposed and came under heavy mortar, artillery and small arms fire. Faced with this stiff resistance, Viner led his men across the open stretch with great dash and no regard for his own safety. His company dealt with enemy concealed in haystacks between the two villages and operating from strong points in trenches. The Germans were relying on their enfilade fire to break up the attack, but they were caught out by the speed with which Viner's company overran the north of Waldenrath and they became disorganised. Two other companies came up in support, and the village was rapidly cleared. A large number of prisoners was taken, many of whom had to be routed out of cellars. Viner was awarded a Bar to the MC he had received the previous year. Charles Gordon Talbot Viner, the son of an officer in the South Lancashire Regiment, was born in Liverpool on May 6 1918 and educated at Brighton College and Allhallows School, Devon. In 1938 he enlisted in the 5/7th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment and was commissioned the following year. Viner commanded a rifle company of 7th Hampshires in north-west Europe from August 1944 to the end of the campaign. On August 2 1944, during an attack on Point 321, a dominating feature near Jurques, south-west of Caen, his company was held up twice by enemy machinegun fire; but he led it to success at the third attempt.
Early in October an observation post came under intense shell and mortar fire. It was vital to the defence because it covered the crossing place used by the Germans to reinforce their bridgehead on the south bank of the Neder Rijn. Viner manned the post himself and directed mortar and machine-gun fire on the enemy as they tried to cross the river. On the next two days, while under heavy fire, he led his company in a number of counter-attacks on the bridgehead. The citation for his first MC declared that the Germans had defended fanatically and that he had set a very fine example to his men. After the end of the war Viner had several staff appointments before attending Staff College. In 1951 he commanded a company of 1st Battalion, the Royal Hampshire Regiment in BAOR and then moved to the School of Artillery as an infantry instructor. He instructed at the Staff College, Camberley, and the Canadian Army Staff College before taking command of the 1st Battalion, Aden Protectorate Levies, in 1960. After a spell at the War Office as assistant adjutant-general, he returned to Aden in 1964 as Commander Federal Regular Army and was appointed CBE at the end of his tour. Viner served at HQ Southern Command for a year, then retired from the Army in 1968. He became a dealer in fine art in Bond Street, specialising in portrait miniatures, and was an active member of the Bond Street Association.
A convert to Roman Catholicism during the Second World War, he did much work for the local community and the Church. In 1975 he became the first chairman of the Residents' Association of Mayfair, and endeavoured to improve the standards of the poorest accommodation in the area. He also ran a vigorous campaign to restrict temporary office permissions and the proliferation of gaming club licences. In an effort to ensure that these issues received the attention they deserved, Viner and a fellow member of RAM stood for election to the Westminster City Council and were both elected as independent councillors. In addition he served as chairman of Farm Street's church council, was a Knight of St Gregory and secretary of the Association of Papal Knights in Britain.Gordon Viner died on October 14. He married, in 1942, Bette Fellows. She predeceased him, and he is survived by their two sons. Published with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph.
Henry Davidson (H. 1934-38) Died on the 5th May 2005 obituary by Rev W W Davidson Three months after leaving the College in July 1939 Henry, and his twin brother Bill. had both joined up at the same Recruiting Centre in Bristol. Both served for a time in the 51st Highland Division.Henry in the Royal Artillery and Bill in the Gordon Highlanders. Henry's war was from Alamein to the first wave of the landing on Sicily, D+1 in Normandy and on to Holland. He was then appointed Gunnery Instrucror to the British Military Mission to Denmark. In 1946 he declined a Regular Commission in order to help rebuild the family Paint Manufacturing Company which had been destroyed by the last V1 to fall. It first hit the spire of Eltham Parish Church and then demolished the factory, burying our father alive. It proved impossible to rebuild the business. Life was difficult. In 1954 he was made Technical Advisor to the Industrial Welfare Society. From 1956 -60 he was Industrial Advisor on the staff of William Temple College in Rugby. In 1960 he was appointed as the first white Training Officer to the Ghanian Development Corporation .He was too successful and was threatened. He had to get out of the country in a hurry with just a few clothes over his arm. In 1964 he returned to Africa for the Overseas Employers' Federation.He had a gift for training which was first spotted as a cadet and he was put in charge of the Artillery Unit. The first such unit in any Publc School O.T.C. During his working life he was made redundant four times. He claimed that the last and best work he ever did was running his own successful Agency to help men who had suffered in the same way. It was called 'Fresh Start'. At William Temple College he had met Dorothy Tate, an Analyst. She flew out to Kano in N, Nigeria where they were married with two Tribesmen in full dress as witnesses ! They were truly happy for 43 years and died within eighteen months of one another. There were no children. He had been a wonderful brother for 85 years.
STOP PRESS - OBA EVENTS
Brands Hatch, Summer 2006 - TBC The OBA will again be returning to the Kent racing circuit this Summer to exploit Jonathan Palmer’s (A. 196974) generous hospitality. All those wishing to join us for this marvelous day out should register an interest with Fiona Aiken in the OBA office (contact details on page 14) as soon as possible.
DURNFORD HOUSE CENTENARY DINNER Thursday 30 March 2006 at 8pm. Pre dinner drinks and Durnford House memorabilia exhibition in the Blackshaw Room. Dinner in the Dining Hall Black tie. Tickets: £30 per person Please send your cheques made payable to 'Brighton College' to: Richard Mace, Durnford House, Brighton College, Brighton, BN2 0AL
OBA EVENTS IN 2006: Month:
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Dinner will be held at Brighton College on Saturday 25 November 2006. The Guest of Honour will be Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP.
ORUFC v Hove B
ORUFC v Eastbourne
The OBFC will be going on tour to Spain. The tour will incorporate a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium, a game against Los Brittanicos at Real Madrid Training Ground and seats at the Real Madrid vs Real Betis game on the 19th March.
ORUFC Vets v Ditchling Vets
ROCKET MAYFAIR - new venue! 4 Lancashire Court, W1 Rocket sits in a beautiful littleknown courtyard just off New Bond Street.
Vice President's Lunch Kindly hosted by Peter Miller.
Army & Navy Club, London
Remembrance Day College Chapel Martin Jones (staff: 1977-98) will be BC providing guided tours of the College's Military Memorials.
OBA Annual Dinner & AGM Special guest: Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP
17 - 20
OBFC fixtures, 2006
Obs v Hove B
Obs v Eastbourne
The Hollingbury at Univ of Btn.
Monarch Hospitality at Braypool 3
Real Rottingdean at Rottingdean Council
Los Brittanicos at Real Madrid Training Ground
Vets v Ditchling
The OBA website now offers an online directory of businesses owned run or staffed by OB’s, parents and family, or professional services offered (solicitors, accountants, mechanics, etc.). If you would like your business featured, please complete the form below, and send it to: OBA Office, Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL Name (year/house?): Company Name: Company address:
Known to millions as the former Prisons Minister and forthright politician, Ms Widdecombe has more recently established herself as a successful novelist and television celebrity. Her fourth best selling book was published in Summer 2005 and she has appeared on programmes as varied as Celebrity Fit Club, Grumpy Old Women and Ann Widdecombe to the Rescue, even though she did not obtain a television until 1999. She was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald and is currently writing her fifth novel. The 2005 Annual Dinner was a complete sell-out, resulting in opening up previously unused dining areas, and turning applicants away. We therefore strongly urge all potential diners to register for tickets at the earliest opportunity - simply contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA office (contact details on page 14) - tickets are already selling fast!. Tickets are £35 each (£65 per couple) U25s are £30 each.
Advertise for free on the OBA website!
OBRUFC & Vets fixtures 2006:
Tues, 9th May 2006 6pm onwards ROCKET MAYFAIR 4 Lancashire Court London, W1Y 9AD All OBs, spouses, partners and friends all welcome, young and old alike. Cash Bar offering a wide range of drinks and bar snacks.
ANNUAL DINNER 2006
Durnford House centenary Dinning Hall, BC Pre dinner drinks and Durnford House memorabilia exhibition in the Blackshaw Room. Dinner in the Dining Hall. Black tie.
Website / Email: If you require further details about any of the above events, please contact either 01273 704200, for College events or 01273 704250 for OBA events. More information at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/calendar_01.htm
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OBRUFC VETS V SHOREHAM VETS - 1ST OCTOBER 2005
by Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) Won 46 – 19 Tries 4 Dougie Edmonds, 1 each Mark Dodd, Russell Taylor, Sam Chettleburg, Gerald Bush & Junior Bush. Conversions 1 each Mark Dodd, Jack Hayes & Robbie Greenfield. Great start to the season again for the OB Vets RFC. The unbeaten run continues in a game billed as “The Return of a man called Greenfield”. The first day of October brought us magnificent weather and we assembled early at the home ground mainly as the skipper had informed all and sundry that the game was to start at 2.30pm. However Rumney had organised the referee for 3.00pm. We got off to a fantastic start and Mr. Taylor finished well on the right wing, side stepping his opposite number. The try went unconverted as Dodge had not followed the Johnny Wilkinson school of kicking and was leaning back on impact. All the conversions in the match were taken by forwards because we live on the edge. We built a healthy lead in the first half with some determined runs from midfield. Dougie Edmonds, Paul Atkins and Sam Chetleburg all gained good yardage every time they received the ball. Great foraging from Julian Withers, Dodge, Doddy, ten wickets Ricketts and Junior Bush meant that we were able to maintain 2nd phase possession and prevent Shoreham gaining any momentum. The set piece srummage was rock steady Eddie and this was due to a solid front row which included Robbie Greenfield in his first game for the OB’s for several years. New caps Peter and Liam were useful additions to our squad and we hope they are available for other games this season. We suffered a loss of form at the start of the second half and allowed Shoreham back into the game with some weak tackling. However when the
going gets tough the tough gets going. The pack won a little more ball and by the middle of the second half we had scored enough points to put the game beyond doubt. Dougie Edmonds completed his hat-trick of tries, one converted by Jack Hayes with a drop and the other by Robbie
who threatened to reclaim his srum-half birth. Other useful contributions came from Mike Evans, Tony Lewis, Tim Loadsman and Julian’s teacher friend from the college staff whose name I can’t remember. Thanks to all who played, watched and helped and those who didn’t we know were you live. Not naming any names Mr. Milk bottle legs but you owe us big time. Thanks also to Bushy for sorting the kit. We are a couple of shirts short, please can you return them to John Aitken if they mysteriously turned up in your bags ! Thanks also for Ian at the Wellie for sorting the food and drink. Watch this space for future games. We need a big squad for the grudge match on 6th January 2006 against Hove. Please make sure that you don’t miss out as we need to keep that run going.
The OBRUFC Vets homepage, news, match reports and fixtire list can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ ob_rugby_vets_01.htm
OB SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN IN THE NEWS Jordan Turner-Hall (H. 2002-05) represented England Under 19's against Australian Schools on Friday 2nd December.
Dan Rosen (D. 2000-02) was named on the bench for 124th Varsity Match on 6th December at Twickenham.
Jordan joined the Harlequins academy whilst a pupil at Brighton College. He won three caps for England Under 16's during the 2003/04 season and became a member of the first Junior National Academy in 2004. TurnerHall played twice for England Under 18's in 2005 and made his first team debut for Harlequins in 2005 aged only 17.
Dan is a member of Worcester College studying for a degree in Physiology & Psychology.. After spending two very successful seasons with the U21’s Rosie has graduated into the Blue’s squad having represented England U16’s, Sussex U18’s, London South East and Brighton RFC.
Holly Colvin (current pupil) was nominated as Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year, and Clare Connor (W.1989-94) was the runner-up in the Sportswoman of the Year (up against phenomenal competitors like Paula Radcliffe and Ellen McArthur).
More on these stories: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/cricket_01.htm
CLARE CONNOR AWARDED OBE IN NEW YEARS HONOURS
Englandâ€™s women completed a New Year Honours list dominated by cricket with captain Clare Connor receiving an OBE in recognition of their own Ashes success. The 29-year-old all-rounder led her side to their first Ashes series victory for 42 years after they drew the opening Test at Hove last summer before clinching a six-wicket victory at Worcester to seal the series.
The OB Soccer Team currently sit atop the Sussex Sunday Intermediate League following an extraordinary run of success of one-sided matches. They are currently preparing for a short tour of Spain in March, enjoying seats at a Real Madrid game and a match against Los Brittanicos at Real Madrid Training Ground.
Clare Connor joins OBA Committee Clare has accepted the President's invitation to join the OBA Committee. The decision was unanimously supported at the Association AGM. As well as being an international cricketer and media commentator, Clare teaches at Brighton College and is responsible for the College's PR. In spite of her many commitments it is hoped that Clare will enable the Association and the College to work more closely to mutual benefit and raise the Association's profile among female pupils.
Full details, fixtures, match reports and contact details can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/football_01.htm
Clare in the Hall of Fame: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/connor_01.htm
NEWS IN BRIEF Old Brightonians John Hart (1995-2000) and Ollie Phillips (1996-2001) came head to head in a Guinness Premiership rugby match between London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons. Alex King (1988-1993) also joined the Brighton College rugby party when he came on in the 68th minute. Wasps emerged victorious with a final score line of 21-6. Meanwhile congratulations to College pupils James Tyas, Adam Davies, Harry Leonard and Craig Holland for getting into the Harlequins Elite development squad.
College pupil Tom Aiken scored an impressive try for the Saracens U16s against Wasps on 21st December. Congratulations also to Ben Sweet who has been selected for, and played, for the Welsh Exiles against the Boys Clubs of Wales. Ben has gone through the assessment process, competing against 150 other boys, and he is now a part of the U18 Welsh Exiles squad.
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OBA Committee: President & AROPS Rep: David Gold (S. 1986-91) Hon. Secretary: Tim Loadsman (L. 1951-57) Hon. Treasurer: Paul Lobo (C. 1976-81) Administrator: Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81) Headmaster: Richard Cairns (ex offico) Parent Rep: Della Keighley Council Rep: Andrew Symonds (A. 1955-59) Sports Rep: John Aiken (A. 1976-81) Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) Giles Stubbs (R. 1997-02) James Dahl (staff) Nicky Stanton (W. 2001-03) Clare Conner (W. 1989-94)
On 2nd January, Old Brightonian Joe Gatting (H. 2001-04) made his debut appearance for the full Brighton and Hove Albion side who played Southampton in the Coca-Cola Championship. Joe, who has been training for the past 18 months with the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy, came on as a substitute in the closing stages of the match.
INTERNATIONAL CRICKET Matthew Prior (R. 1995-00) joined England on their tour of Pakistan in 2005. Batting at number 10 in the first match of the tour, he hit a quick-fire 56 in a vital partnership with Marcus Trescothick to put England in a strong position. Playing for the opposition was another Brighton College Old Boy, now Pakistan all-rounder Bazid Khan (S. 199800). The two boys were vital members of Brighton College's 1st XI and to now be playing in their countries' colours against each other is an amazing achievement - we think this might be a first - contact us if you know different! Prior and Khan again faced each other in a warmup before the first one-day international. Both acquitted themselves well in a game that England lost by one wicket. Matthew scored 72 off 84 balls, and Bazid was 90 not out!
CRONK CUNIS CONTINUED... managed to amass 59 unanswered points. The pack was unstoppable, dominating the opposition, huge tackles and a scrum and lineout more powerful than eight rampaging buffalo tore apart St Dunstans apart. No. 8 Andy Hodgekins has to take special mention here with two exceptional tries from the halfway and countless surging runs. Likewise in the backs, the likes of Thomas Howell, Adam Phillips and James Baldwin tormented the disgruntled St Dunstinians with mazy runs and powerful lines of attack. I must also mention super sub Max Samandi who despite having to be subbed every other phase of play came on throughout the match and indeed the tournament to wrap his bear like arms around an opponent and consume them in his warm barrel like chest their cries of panic muffled by this dark assassin. The quarterfinal match was to be against a powerful Rugby School team who in my opinion were the only team at the tournament who came close to challenging our pack for complete dominance. We dispatched them 22-0; our defence was exemplary, whilst flankers James and young Chris Canneaux demonstrated excellent loose play. Unfortunately our injuries were beginning to mount, and a nasty tackle on Ryan Smith ended his tournament whilst Harlequins U21’s centre Chris Butt was ruled out with a torn hamstring.
Nevertheless like true Spartan warriors the OB’s continued in the face of adversity and with the likes of Adam Friel, Alex Shaw and Greek God Alex Yeo continuing to bully other packs we took to the main pitch under the impressive grandstand to take on Marlborough with confidence high among the troops. Adam Phillips, Sam Howse, Nick Marshall and Thomas Howell continued to terrify the opposition defence, whilst Chris Canneaux and myself
completely dominated the boys from the South West’s lineout. Andy Hodgekins made an excellent makeshift centre whilst Jamie Aiken managed to go over on his ankle. The tries rained in one after another and we finished the match winning by some 27 points to nil. The final show down was again on the main pitch, the stands full to the brim with exuberant young men and women, old characters armed with flat caps and walking sticks lined the back of the wooden benches and the Old Brightonians ran out to huge applause against the mighty Wellington College, winners of the tournament four times (a record). The stage was set and we launched into battle our coach Daniel Heal (The Gaffer), manager John Aiken and our wonderfully attractive and glamorous female groupies Jenna Smith, Karina Antram, Tiffany Forster and Rebecca Freedman whom every other team looked on with considerable envy spurring us on. We crossed the Wellington line early on, Andy Hodgekins powering over from five metres out. However, for the first time all day the opposition managed to breech our line just 5 minutes later. It was getting tense and both teams were tackling with considerable vigour despite having played so many minutes of rugby before hand. Then with three minutes left in the second half, Adam Phillips from outside the Wellington 10 metre line slotted the most glorious of drop goals. We were convinced victory was on the cards, however, just like Australia did to England in 2003 the Wellington Fly Half slotted a long range penalty with literally second left on the clock to take the tie to extra time. Extra time as you can imagine was a tense if slightly scrappy affair neither side wishing to give the other an inch and soon the whistle blew to take the match into a penalty Drop goal shoot out. I was asked whom I would like to volunteer as our designated kicker, naturally my first thoughts turned to Jamie Aiken, but with a bad ankle I had to revert to my number 2, but equally as talented kicker Adam Phillips. Wellington put forward theirs and we all grouped together on the 10 metre line linked arms and prayed. Up stepped
the Wellington Kicker, cocked his foot and missed. A small murmur rang out from the stands as Adam Phillips was given the ball on the edge of the twentytwo. He took two steps and slotted the ball between the sticks and the Old Brightonians and Brighton College into the record books. That day will always stay with me and is without doubt my greatest rugby achievement. To win the national u21’s old boys tournament is a very sizeable feat and not one to be forgotten. It was a truly exceptional effort, and I would not only like to thank coach Dan Heal, manager John Aiken and Team physician Tom Samandi for all their hard work and endeavour leading up to and during the tournament but also all the parents and supporters who came to watch and lend a hand to such an amazing day. Thank you chaps for making such a wonderful win possible!
Full report and photos: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ cronk_cunis_2005_01.htm
Calling all Rugby players... In true Kitchener style, The OBA’s very own Sports Representative, John Aiken, urges all OB’s between 7 and 35 stone to dig out their gumshields and dust off their boots. “The over 35s are going strong as are the U21s who finished the season against Hurstpierpoint on 9th April and a 7s tournament on 16th April,” said John, “now we need a team to fill in those golden years of 21 to 35.” Please contact John Aiken on 07709 461000 or
CLARE CONNER (W. 1989-94) RECEIVES OBE IN NY HONOURS LIST SEE PAGE 14
OBRUFC U21’S CLINCH CRONK CUNIS THRILLER! Report by Hugo Baldwin (S. 1999-03) Once again this early September tournament attracted its big name teams, and once again the weather was stupendously hot and clear. Richmond was a lush green paddock of rugby talent perfectly off set by the multitude of red brick Georgian houses that surround the Athletic ground and its towering grand stand. Unfortunately we nearly missed our 10:00am kick off time on the Old Deer pitches as a number of Old Brightonians either over slept or got their meet times confused, and our first match against Oundle School was quite literally a step off the mini bus into kit, and out onto the pitch occasion. However, despite some early pressure from Oundle we rallied together and thrust into attack and despite Oundle’s best efforts (and they were most substantial I may add) we won by a try and a conversion to nil. The Old Brightonians had begun their campaign and with an hour till our second round match it seemed we had much
more time to regroup and give prop forward Chris Watt a chance to sweat out his oncoming hangover in the rising English sun. Our next games were to take place on the main pitches of the Athletic ground and the scene laid out before us as we arrived from the narrow winding path would serve to wet the appetite of OB’s legend Peter Rumney Esq. Schools such as Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Millfield, Ampleforth, Abingdon, Radley, Marlborough and every other elite establishment stretched as far as the eye could see, all clad in their college colours doing battle against one another. But more now on the job in hand, St Dunstans were our next opponents, they looked impressive enough with a sizeable pack and athletic looking back, however, what came next was a complete onslaught; in two periods of fifteen minutes the mighty OB’s
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DR SELDON HOSTS RECEPTION FOR TOURNAMENT VICTORS One of Anthony Seldon’s last acts as Headmaster of Brighton College was to host a reception in the Headmaster’s House to celebrate the victory over Wellington College in the Cronk-Cunis U21 rugby tournament in September. Some forty people including OBs,
parents and staff, crowded into Anthony’s drawing room to enjoy a preChristmas drink. John Aiken, Chairman of the OBRFC, welcomed everyone and emphasised how important the younger members of the club were to the future success of the club once the Pelican Pavilion becomes a reality at
the New Ground. Anthony Seldon was presented with a rugby figurine on behalf of the club by Tim Loadsman, the Club President, with the final score against Wellington prominently displayed! John Aiken ended the proceedings by presenting a tankard to Hugo Baldwin who has organised the last two year’s entry into the competition and led the boys to victory in 2005. Those attending included the Headmaster, Peter Rumney and his daughter, Katie, Tim Loadsman, John, Fiona and James Aiken, the Baldwin family, the Canneaux family, the Hodgkins family, Julian Withers, John Weeks, Tracy and Adam Phillips, Max and Tom Samandi, Sam Howse and others who I hope will forgive me for not mentioning their names!