MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
We welcome a new generation of Old Brightonians following the recent Graduation at the College. They are an extraordinary group of young men and women who will, I am certain, go on to achieve great things in many different fields. I have had the privilege of meeting a fair few of them and can only agree with Alex Bremer’s assessment that our existing members will enjoy their company immensely. This Summer we enjoyed the spectacle of the Lashings International XI playing the College First XI on the Home Ground. The Old Brightonians were well represented among the guests and Clare Connor (OB, Staff, and former Captain of England) is to be congratulated on organising such a momentous occasion. To see international cricketing heroes including Richie Richardson, Henry Olonga Chris Lewis, Phil DeFreitas and Greg Blewitt playing the College was quite remarkable. There is talk of it becoming an annual event – I certainly hope it will be and recommend early booking if it does. On the subject of early booking, many thanks to everyone who has booked tickets for the Annual Dinner in November, at which our Guest of Honour will be The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP. At the time of writing, more than 130 of the 160 tickets have been sold. The 1981 reunion accounts for three tables, and we are also looking forward to many of the last decade’s leavers returning. If you have not yet booked and paid, please do so to avoid disappointment. Remember, there are discounts for Under-25s and couples. Old Brightonian Day takes place on 16 September and we have expanded the
OBA is your Association. It can only be what you make it. We have some great sports teams, but they need greater support from players and spectators. Our events are more popular than ever but when was the last time you came along? If you have ideas for activities or events, please get in touch. We are especially keen to improve our network nationally and internationally. All feedback is very welcome. Enjoy the rest of the Summer and I hope to see you soon.
programme to build on the success of last year’s event. Further details appear in the Pelican magazine. The day will conclude with a Reception on the Headmaster’s Lawn to the accompaniment of the College Swing Band. Pray for good weather! Remembrance Sunday is marked with a magnificent Service in the College Chapel, which is always packed with OBs, pupils, parents and staff. This year the OBA will be hosting a Lunch following the Service, to which all OBs are very welcome. In the afternoon, former Head of History, College Archivist and author, Martin Jones, will be conducting a tour of the Chapel’s military memorials and artefacts. Lunch can be paid in advance or on the day. Finally, I would like to reiterate that the
NEWS IN BRIEF... OBA President joins College Staff The Headmaster has appointed David Gold to the post of Development Director at Brighton College. David will establish a new Development Office with the specific remit of securing funds to provide first class facilities for current and future pupils including a new visual arts building. His duties as President of the OBA will be kept separate from his professional role. David said “I am delighted to be involved in the latest stage of the College’s renaissance and look forward to working with the Headmaster, staff and the many friends of the School. I want to implement a long-term approach to fundraising rather than relying on separate appeals which have not always been successful.”
David Gold (S. 1986-91) OBA President 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 STOP PRESS: David Gold has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the Eltham constituency at the General Election. He beat off stiff competition from at a meeting chaired by Michael Portillo. Eltham is held by Labour but positive boundary changes make it a likely Tory gain at the next Election. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2006
David will be visiting Hong Kong in September with fellow OB and College Staff member Clare Connor, where he will launch the first of the OBA’s overseas branches. For more details, please contact the OBA office. Peter Gough It is with great sadness that we report the death of Peter Gough (staff, 1946-66) on Monday 26th June 2006. The funeral took take place at St John's, Southover, Lewes at 1pm on Thursday 6th July 2006. A full obituary appears on page 9.
12th November 2006 Martin Jones (right - staff: 1977-98) will be providing guided tours of the College's historical buildings. 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 at http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/rem_day_2006.htm
NEWS & MESSAGES... Old Brightonians will be pleased to hear that Jason Sugarman (R. 1982-87) has been selected by the Conservatives to contest one of their key target seats, Lewes. The barrister and former College Prefect stood in the 2001 election and was selected by more than 150 local members despite not being on David Cameron's A list of candidates. His parents live in the constituency and he is a former District Councillor. We wish him well. Jason writes: "It is an enormous privilege to have been selected to fight the parliamentary seat of Lewes for the Conservatives. As an old Brightonian, I have had a long and happy association with Sussex. The College gave me invaluable lessons in leadership, responsibility and team skills, skills that are still relevant today and which I hope will help me win back the seat for the Tories." Any OB's wishing to help Jason during the (imminent?) election campaign should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would especially appreciate any foot soldiers in the Lewes area who can help in delivering literature…
Page 3 The Association of Old Brightonians is keen to hear from any Old Brightonians contesting seats at the next election. If you've come across OBs (of any political persuasion) roaming the forests foraging for favour, please contact us to let us know…
David Gold (S. 1986-91) writes: A huge "THANK YOU" to all Old Brightonians, friends and family who sponsored me in the Moonwalk on 21 May (left). The total raised has passed £1,000 and monies are still arriving. Anyone who wishes to contribute can still do so either on-line or by sending cheques to the OBA office payable to "Walk the Walk Worldwide". Since my mother died as a result of breast cancer in 2005, I have been keen to help raise funds for cancer research. All my life I've
been as generous as I can be when approached by people running marathons, swimming oceans, climbing mountains and jumping off buildings with a parachute and a prayer, but I've always been an observer, never a participant. Me and exercise just don't go - as anyone who knows me well will confirm. So when I heard about the Moonwalk I was attracted to the idea. Okay, so it's a marathon (26.2 miles) but it's a powerwalk, not a run and the fact that it takes place through the night and everyone has to wear a bra externally didn't bother me. At the time I applied… read more at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ moonwalk_01.htm The Headmaster is leading a delegation including David Gold and Clare Connor to the “Top Schools Week” in Honk Kong in September. There will be a reception to launch “Hong Kong Friends of Brighton College”. for Old Brightonians, parents, former parents and friends of the College - if you’re based in Hong Kong and would like to join them, please contact the OBA Office.
NEWS FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS... Benjeev Dhillon (H. 1995-00) Have finally graduated from medical school and am to start working at the Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells in July.
Above is a picture of a Leconfield / Ormerod study reunion of a few weeks ago. We were all in Ormerod study in about 1965. The names, left to right are Alistair Wray (L. 1962-67). Richard Muir (L. 1962-67). Robin Ormerod (L. 1962-67), Pete Meade (L. 1962-67) and Barry Moore (L. 1962-67). Ormerod study was probably named after Robin's father who was once Housemaster of Leconfield. Dr Simon Grant (D. 1986-91) After Brighton, I went up to Durham to read geology. I survived the experience and stayed on to do a Ph.D., also in geology (sequence stratigraphy). After graduating, I joined BP in 1998 to work as a geologist
in oil exploration. I've spent the majority of my time at BP exploring the deepwater offshore Angola (based in the outer London office rather than the southern Atlantic, I hasten to add) though am now about to move to another London-based role exploring the Azeri southern Caspian. During that time I've broadened and deepened my interest in wine, bought a house (with cellar, of course) in Chertsey and have met and married a fellow BP geoscientist, Sara. We were married in March 2005 in Richmond-upon-Thames and live in Chertsey.
leaving. My brother Gerry (B 59-64) also lives in the U.S. Nigel Poland (D. 1986-91) Married 6 years, no kids, living in Torbay. Working at local hospital as the Specialist Registrar in Accident and Emergency. Below is a recent photo (might help you remember who I am, although I had more hair in those days).
Sophia Chauchard-Stuart (F. 1985-87) After five years in Los Angeles, Sophia is moving to New York as Director, Mobile Operations & Marketing for Hearst Magazines (Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping et al). She would love to hear from Old Brightonians in, or passing through, NYC. Ron Levy (B. 1952-57) Recently retired after 37 years as a management consultant, and still living in the Boston area, with 3 granddaughters close by. Actively travel, play golf and tennis and ski. Chair the Council of the Brandeis University Lifelong Learning Institute. Hope to visit the College in 2007, the 50th anniversary of my
Adam Goldman (H. 1979-84) After 6 years as Head of Legal Services at Arcadia Group, I recently set up my own company, Trade Law Matters (www.tradelawmatters.co.uk) to provide basic legal training to people in business. It is, therefore, an exciting (and daunting!) time for me and my family. I live in Epsom with my wife, Sue, and three children.
Page 4 9th May 2006 - Rocket Mayfair by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) The second London Drinks of 2006 was a select affair but a hugely enjoyable evening nonetheless! Just ten OB’s gathered this evening, joined by two wives and a master. When I arrived, our President David Gold (S. 1986-91) had installed himself with various early arrivals in a lounge that had been set aside for us. Tonight we were the guests of Duncan Watts (R. 1979-84) in his fabulous Mayfair restaurant, Rocket... and over-the-moon about it we all were! Some of us have frequented this place before, and all of us can now heartily recommend its fare! We look forward to enjoying Duncan’s hospitality at the next London Drinks – possibly at his Putney Bridge restaurant, or more likely at his new City venue opening in August. It was terrific to see the much loved and respected former housemaster-to-the-masses, Tony Whitestone, who had travelled up from the coast to see us. Tony was on great form, and held court as OBs queued to regale him with their tales of derring-do in the years since they had left his care. Martin Brass (C. 1978-83) is one particular OB who has led a fascinating life since his years at Brighton College. We listened intently as he told us of his time in New York producing albums for Lou Reed, John Cale and Velvet Underground. Martin has in his career produced over 70 albums, and now runs a corporate strategy company here in London - which I imagine is a lot less stressful than managing Messrs Reed and Cale in NYC!
It seems that John Vadgama has led a life of collecting... Caterham 7’s, Popular music from the 60’s, or an extraordinary selection of hifi equipment - all are eagerly acquired by John. His prize Caterham was the actual 7 used in "The Prisoner" - signed by Patrick McGoohan, no less! We were joined early in the evening by the longabsent Adam Goldman (R. 1979-84). Although Duncan had been to Exeter University with Adam, Adam Belson (R. 1979-84) and I hadn’t seen the ever-youthful Goldman since school, and it was wonderful to see him again after so long. It’s extraordinary how these evenings turn up these old faces, and we really hope that Adam will choose to stay in touch with the Association. It wasn’t long before another old and familiar face showed itself in an astounding display of timing worthy of the best theatre magician... Duncan was trying to remember the name of the OB who had had his poem published in the Brightonian
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF DURNFORD HOUSE by Richard Mace, Housemaster The Durnford Centenary Celebration went superbly well. About fifty Old Durnfordians spanning the last sixty decades attended. It appears the House has changed beyond recognition. Durnford in the 1940s and 50s was an unforgiving place with cold baths, fagging and flogging the norm! Indeed it was amusing to hear some Old Durnfordians greet each other with the exclamation, "You used to beat me - I was your fag!". Nonetheless, the occasion was joyous and it was great to see Old Durnfordians from very recent years returning. Kyle Macdonald Wallis (1999-2004) came with a tattoo of the Durnford Dragon on his leg and I cannot imagine that you get greater allegiance than that! Sybil Henderson, now in her eighties, managed to attend and was applauded by the old boys who had experienced life in Durnford House when her husband Jock Henderson had been in charge. The occasion was enhanced by the Regis Jazz band, led by George who desperately tried to get the Old Durnfordians dancing (though there were few ladies present)! Joyce Heater created a superb display of Durnfordian memorabilia and photos that were much admired and prompted many memories. Peter Withers, who was Housemaster of the House in the 1980s spoke insightfully about the importance of Housemastering
and the need for the House system to endure, despite the greater emphasis on administration and examinations in the present educational system. Miles King, the present Head of House, gave a pithy and amusing account of recent triumphs and managed to marry the words, "Durnford" and "culture" despite hoots of laughter! However, when he mentioned that he didn't think that Durnford had ever won the House music competition he was quickly corrected by some heckling from the floor! It was great, too, to see past Housemasters and tutors at the dinner along with the present Senior Management. It was a tremendous success and the Old Durnfordians promised to return in fifty years time! http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ durnford_centenary_01.htm
magazine years previously only to be rumbled when somebody realised that it was actually the lyrics to a heavy metal song by "Rainbow". Adam and I were just telling him that the culprit was one Andy Bacon (C. 1978-83) when who should that very moment walk in but Mr Bacon himself! Andy and I had been great friends at school, and despite the occasional meeting had been pathetically poor at staying in touch. Andy is still in touch with James "Slug" Simpson (C. 1978-83), John Hinkson (C. 1978-83) - whom he and his wife had recently visited in the US - and fellow attendee Martin Brass. It was great to meet his wife, Linda, and to catch up with news. Ten years ago Andy and I had organised a fantastically well attended reunion of leavers from 1983 and 1984, and noting that in three years time we would be celebrating 25 years since we’d left the College we resolved to organise another bash of similar stature for our fellow leavers... watch this space! Our sincere thanks go to Duncan and his everattentive staff for a wonderful evening, as well as to David for organising these terrific gatherings please join us at the next one!
Full story and photo gallery at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ london_drinks_090506_01.htm
BRIGHTON COLLEGE GRADUATION DAY 1st July 2006 story by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) The 2006 Graduation Day Ceremony, attended by all 6th form leavers, friends, family, staff and alumni, was every bit as uplifting as the OBA President David Gold had told me it would be...
I had been asked by our esteemed leader to attend on his behalf as he was busy darting around the country amassing support for his imminent assault on government. I was happy to do so, even though it meant addressing the assembled throng on a summer’s day so hot that it leant new gravitas to the expression “passing-out ceremony”! David has told me many times that this event is his favourite of all those he attends in his capacity as President. He’s told me many times that he is genuinely moved and inspired by the sense of camaraderie and kinship that exists between the students and staff, and between the students themselves. Just as many times I’ve told him that he’s a sentimental fool, and today I was given the opportunity to acknowledge that he’s absolutely right!
I arrived shortly after lunch had been served on the Home Ground – a splendid looking bar-b-cue served to parents, friends and students as they watched the OBA Cricket 1st XI play against the College 1st XI. I suspect that the College side may have found the Old Brightonians a little easier to tame than Richie Richardson’s Lashings World XI just two days earlier. Nevertheless I arrived to witness Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) spanking some poor soul’s offerings to all quarters of the ground! At 1.45pm sharp we were despatched to Chapel – leavers ushered into pews according to house and alphabet, parents to various vantage points about the place. Staff skulked off behind pillars to eat their sandwiches in peace and have a quiet snooze… Following a short address by Headmaster Richard Cairns, each and every leaver filed down to the altar to receive a certificate from the Headmaster of the Prep School, Brian Melia (don’t call it the Junior School! Apparently!). Each soon-to-be-exstudent approached the beaming Melia to the soundtrack of their respective Housemaster or Housemistress telling us all exactly what they thought of the poor sod. Some of these missives were genuinely hilarious, some were simply
genuine – all were thoughtful and delivered with good humour and affection. A few words followed from the still beaming Head of the Junior School (oops, I just said it), and then I did my best David Gold impersonation in welcoming the leavers to life as Old Brightonians. It’s too early to say, but I think I convinced most of them to stay in touch with the Association… only time will tell… I can certainly assure the membership that this is a fine collection of young people – a credit to themselves as well as to their parents and of course Brighton College itself. Not even England’s departure from the World Cup at the hands of devious and slippery types could dampen this crowd’s good humour and bon-homie. I know that you will all enjoy their company and friendship immensely in the years to come, and we hope it’s not too long before we'll be publishing tales of their future exploits in these very pages. Full story and photo gallery: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ graduation_day_2006_01.htm
MEMORIES OF MASTERS by Mike Senyard (A. 1950-53) I read with much enjoyment Pat Lyford’s affectionate recollections of his masters’ nicknames and mannerisms in issue 18 of the Pelican. I fully endorse Pat’s comment that he was very fortunate to have had the masters that he mentions. I would like to add my own very minor contribution to his list. Bill Stewart was in no small part christened ‘The Duke’ by Duncan Stewart (A. 1947-52) soon after he became headmaster in the summer term 1950. My own particular cherished thoughts of him include the three main points of advice that he gave to the 1953 leavers. Firstly – don’t come back and hang around the school after you leave, but wait until you can afford a good suit. Secondly – real men do not wear jewellery and thirdly – watch out for women, they can be fickle. R L Farnell – the body of Cromwell was ‘hanged’ not ‘hung’ you horrible boy! Leslie George Upson – much is unprintable, particularly with regard to the change to white webbing for the CCF. RSM Beckitt – if anyone yawned during PT he would threaten a hard punch between ‘wind and water’. A ‘twisting’ was his form of punishment if things became slack on PT. The source of his tobacco probably did come
from the bottom of lamp posts as he claimed. Those unlucky enough to be awarded a major school drill are unlikely to have forgotten the experience. He was, in fact, a super chap with a caring disposition. Major Campbell – housemaster of School House who introduced white webbing for the CCF – what problems he caused us all. Firstly scrubbing the webbing (belt and gaiters) so that the old colour did not show through and then applying an even coating to white blanco which was not so thick that it cracked, but at the same time, highlighted the weave of the webbing. Peter Gough – whose acting skills reached into his physics laboratory and whose role of a goldfish in a glass fronted symphonic cistern of a gentlemen’s’ toilet terminated with him flapping on the floor and then rising gradually to his feet (still flapping) as the cistern re-filled, will be remembered by all witnesses. B H P Boddy – whose geography of Britain seemed to concentrate on the Tees/Exe line and the coal fields. When asked to name the coal fields I remember Bob Alexander (C. 1950-55)
offering as a starter, Sutton Coalfield, and the reaction that it generated! Mr Frith (Nero) – a very human master who combined discipline with good humour. The above photo was taken by Pat Lyford at the end of the autumn term in 1952 – showing ‘Nero’ in false glasses and nose. In the background are L to R – Bob Stephens (H. 1950-52), myself and David Downey (D. 1949-53). There were of course many more and Pat Lyford is correct by stating that he was fortunate. Indeed we were all very fortunate to have had masters such as these.
VICE PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Army and Navy Club, London, July 14, 2006 Martin D. J. Buss (D. 1954-1958) As the old saying goes: “Yesterday, I couldn’t spell Vice President! Today I is one”! Well you might ask: “How did this happen”? As it turned out, I was lucky to be invited by David Gold (S. 1986-91) to the annual luncheon of the Vice Presidents of the OBA. I didn’t even know that such an august group existed, let alone that it held significant gastronomic events, this year in the venerable Army and Navy Club, founded in 1837, and now located on Pall Mall in London. Peter Miller (C. 1945-1949) had the requisite membership and was kind enough to host the event. Almost some 20 Old Brightonians sat down to lunch, only a few were bona fide Vice Presidents of the OBA. Most came, as I did, as professional lunch eaters! What a splendid occasion it proved to be. The event started with a cash bar providing the perfect opportunity to renew old acquaintances and establish new ones. Remarkably, no less than eight of my contempories were there, including Harry Bourne and Graham Appleton from Durnford House, neither of whom had I seen in decades. This must have been true for others, too. Peter Miller had arranged for the lunch to be held in a large grand room lined wall to wall and floor to ceiling with every conceivable book on military history, sometimes in multiple copies, so one could never be in any doubt as to where one was! However, there the military overtones ended with the food being a far cry from iron rations and worthy of the highest accolades. Classic smoked salmon
with capers opened the proceedings, followed by tender roast loin of lamb and then, for the bolder brethren less concerned by their waist lines, a truly decadent cheese cake with coffee and petit fours to round out (note pun, please) the embonpoints still further. All this was washed down with the appropriate claret from the Club cellars. The service was excellent and we were all most grateful to Peter for organizing the luncheon. Peter Miller opened the after lunch proceedings with a minute’s silence in memory of the recently deceased Peter Gough, the Housemaster of School House. Simon Smith, the Deputy Head Master, standing in for Richard Cairns the HM, followed with some remarks on the significant developments at the College. He started with a few statistics, a memorable data point being that Richard Cairns had only recently celebrated his 40th birthday.
Striking, too, was the size of the College in comparison to what it was when many of the attendees were there, especially those from my era and earlier. Brighton College now has 690 pupils in 11 houses, figures about double those I could remember. Even so, the College is a little smaller than the 720 pupils when Anthony Seldon left. Simon explained this was a deliberate step to move the numbers down in due course to 680, a population better aligned with the physical realities of the infrastructure of the College. There had also been changes in the staff with 12 new members replacing a roughly similar number who had moved on. Simon continued by saying that Richard Cairns has broadened the language curriculum. There are now 120 pupils studying Mandarin, a development designed to better equip today’s generation to deal with global realities. This brought back memories of 1958, my last year at Durnford. That year, “Jock” Henderson my Housemaster, who also taught languages, insisted that a group of us learn Russian, Russia then being the focus of everyone’s attention. Unlike the Chinese curriculum today, however, we all had to learn Russian in special sessions run in his study in our free time when I would otherwise have been on the squash court. Today’s boys and girls have it easy, wouldn’t you continued on page 10...
MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE JUNIOR SCHOOL - 1950-1954 by Martin D. J. Buss (D. 1954-58) Last March, I had the pleasure to attend the 100th Anniversary Dinner of the founding of Durnford House. While at the College, I made a quick visit to the Junior School (JS) now long since situated where St. Mary’s Hall used to be some fifty years ago. I was profoundly shocked and saddened to realize from what turned out to be a very short visit that the JS that my brother, Brian, and I used to know, had totally ceased to exist. I say this, not just because of the fact that the old building had long been torn down and replaced with blocks of rather uninteresting flats, but rather that there was nothing of the soul of the JS we knew. Unlike the 100-year history of Durnford, still continuing, it just seemed to Brian and me that the JS had gone forever. Even the old scholarship boards, much cherished in the old days, seemed to have disappeared, too. So much industry, so many memories just gone! Then it struck me that the BCJS had no voice. The Pelican and its predecessors have all focused primarily, if not exclusively, on the Senior School. Thanks to David Gold, perhaps we can start to change this. With this article, I hope to reawaken the interest of those of us who went to the JS and hopefully get others to add their memories to mine. Maybe there could even be a reunion one of these days to surpass the Durnford dinner! So to the task, then! What was it like to be at the JS in the early fifties? How did one spend one’s days? What were
the high points and low points? How did the experience fit one for life in the Senior School? How did it fit one for life in the real world, back then still so many years away? I went to the JS in the autumn term of 1950 with Brian. We had been at High Tress School in Horley, Surrey, since sometime in 1945. I had my sixth birthday at High Trees, so was just 10 in my first term at Brighton. Because there was not enough room in the JS, one of the masters who taught Maths at the time, Mr. Robb, gave us a bedroom in his house on Walpole Terrace to which we repaired every night for the first term. This looked over the home ground from the North End. The Robbs were very kind to us and I suppose it was a way to ease into life at the JS. My parents,
who had been in Nigeria since about 1943, thought the arrangement ideal, as they had heard that life at public school could be a trifle hard! Really? Looking back on this, the “easy start”, turned out to be a mixed blessing, as it proved hard to lose the “outsider” status, though this diminished over time. In the dim memories of these early days, I can distinctly remember being eternally grateful to Peter Mayle, who didn’t know me at all, playing football in the playground with me on my very first day. Thank you, Peter, wherever you are now. And it is the playground, behind the school, that brings back some of my happiest memories. There was the perfectly placed tree that acted as a wicket for countless games of cricket, played with enormous enthusiasm by teams whenever there was a moment to spare, and a bat and tennis ball to hand. The champion in my day was always Richard Lewis and I can vividly remember his cover drives and my determined efforts to catch him out. I salute you, Richard. In fact, Richard went on to become a star in the college first eleven, many years later. Read this article in full at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ junior_school_buss_01.htm
MEETING AN OB IN 1955 RHODESIA
COMMANDER LIONEL "BUSTER" CRABB - OB OR NOT OB?
Old Cheltonian John Comber writes about meeting Old Brightonian Tom Bruce (1920-23) in the small Rhodesian village of Chipinga in 1955. It was a sweltering November afternoon just before the long awaited rains. I stepped out of the office and looked up the mile-long jacaranda lined straight road that led out of the village to see if there was any sign of the Tuesday and Friday bi-weekly bus. As there was no great plume of dust in the distance that heralded its arrival I went back into the Office. The Veterinary Office was situated near to the only cross roads in the centre of the village. The Village pub, a small red corrugated iron roofed building with a wide polished red cement slab veranda was diagonally opposite from where I was standing with Meikles Trading store on the other side of the road. The village green with the new Lottery funded swimming pool at the far end was over the road from the pub. East of the green were miles of dense bush and then a deep escarpment leading to the Sabi Valley about 2500 feet below. The village was at 5500 feet above sea level and at least 200 miles from the Mozambique coast and only a few miles from the Portuguese East African border. The bus had arrived and from it stepped a middle-aged man wearing khaki shorts, a bush jacket and hat. He was untanned with sandy hair and a thin Douglas Fairbanks's moustache. He came over to the office door. "Chipinga Veterinary Dept?" He asked. "Tom Bruce?" I said, welcoming him and taking him through to the District Veterinary Officer who had been waiting for him. Tom had brought full camping kit and declined the suggestion to stay in the hotel while he was finding suitable accommodation. He said he would camp out on the village green! "Might see you in the pub later on" I said, wondering if he would decide to go being so close to the pub. "I'll be there," he said and went off to put up his tent. I usually went to the pub for a few "sundowners" after work to meet my friends for a chat; many times staying much longer. The pub was busy - it was a the long bar situated at the southern end of a small hotel. It was three quarters full. I saw Tom and gasped, he was sitting at the door end of the bar in DJs sporting a silk white dinner jacket! This "wild west" pub had never seen the likes. A few Afrikaner farmers at the other end of the bar were muttering and speculating who this peculiar and overdressed "roineck" could be. Someone said that he was the Rabies Officer who had been seconded to the area to keep it free of stray dogs. I heard one of the Yarpies spit out in condemnation "Alemachtach, if that bastard comes anywhere near my farm I will shoot him". His friends applauded him and they muttered together about another governmental intrusion into their bucolic “still fighting the Boer war” narrow lives. "Sis, these bloody interfering Limeys, if he comes anywhere near my farm, I'll throw him into the dip tank". That was a reference to the large arsenic filled tanks used
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The celebrated war-time diving hero, "Buster" Crabb is now the centre of a new mystery (albeit one likely to obsess the British Secret Service less than his 1956 disappearance beneath a Soviet ship lying at anchor in Portsmouth harbour) - namely, was he or was he not an Old Brightonian?. The wonderful new book by Tim Binding (with whom the Association has been in correspondence in this matter), "Man Overboard", tells us that Buster attended Brighton College. There have been a couple of Internet confirmations of this, but the Association itself remains unable to confirm this; Buster simply doesn't exist in the Admissions Register! We therefore appeal to all OBs to stick their thinking caps on... Lionel Crabb would have attended the College in the early to mid 1920s, and whilst we don't expect a deluge of correspondence from his former classmates, we hope that some of you might remember something that would confirm these stories. I myself well remember Philip Burstow regaling us with stories of this fellow’s exploits below the waves - how much more exciting would it have been to have known at the time that Crabb was an Old Brightonian? Despite Crabb's somewhat suspicious disappearance, and the various conspiracy theories for it, the Association remains keen to claim this extraordinary man as one of its own - if any of you can help us in our endeavour, please get in touch right away. The President, Martin
Jones, Mr Binding himself and Alex Bremer wait with baited breath (there may have been a clever sub-aqua-related pun somewhere in that last sentence... but we couldn't spot it - Ed.) Any ideas at all would be most gratefully received - please contact me at email@example.com. Related correspondence: The OBA has been contacted by one of Buster's very few remaining relatives, Mrs. Lomond Handley, who writes: "Lionel was my late mother's cousin and she attended Boston House School at Eastbourne. She was born in 1911. She was very close to her cousin Lionel, who was brought up by her father, the late Frank Jarvis, as Lionel's own father was killed in the First World War and she was adamant that Lionel attended Brighton College. I gather he didn't like it and so my Grandfather arranged for Lionel to go to HMS Conway, as he wanted to go to sea. Lionel didn't attend the Conway until he was about 16 so he obviously spent his earlier years elsewhere and my mother said it was definitely Brighton College." http://www.oldbrightonians.com/crabb_01.htm
MARRIAGES & BIRTHS Albans, Hertfordshire. Peter Denton (S. 1945-48) was married to Beverly Ely in Raleigh North Carolina on the 7th April 2006. Patrick Kneath (L. 1975-79) & Louise are delighted to announce the birth of Monty, a gorgeous brother for Charlie (now 3yrs 5m) on 18 May 2006 - 8lbs 11oz. As they say in despatches "Mother & Son doing very well!!" Patrick would be delighted to hear from any OBs that might remember him and want to meet up for a beer or golf or a beer and golf firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sophie Careless (F. 1996-98) married Russell Shore (above) on the 17th March 2006. Mark Whittle (H. 1987-92) married Tina Smith at The Edgewarebury Hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire, on the 15th April 2006. OBâ€™s present included the best man, Chris Chandler (H. 1987-90), James Whittle (H. 196065) and David Reeves (H. 1987-92). Mark and Tina honeymooned in Borneo, and make their home in St
Darren Panto (D. 1981-86) and his wife Gabi gave birth to their beautiful "new" daughter Emily on April 15th 2006. Philip Tredinnick (S. 1986-91) & Melissa announce the birth of Louis (right) on June 14th 2006.
OLD BRIGHTONIAN LODGE NO. 4104 - PETER COCKBURN, SECRETARY, (S. 1959-64) Several excellent social events have taken place since the last Pelican. In March we dined the Headmaster and a number of other guests with connections to the College and, in May, our now Annual visit to The Chichester Festival Theatre was a resounding success. In August we are again visiting Firle Place for our Annual Masterâ€™s Charity Lunch and in September W.Bro. Paul Lobo will be installed as Master for the second time. These and other events are recorded in our section of the website http://www.oldbrightonians.com/lodge/ lodge_01.htm and interested parties can contact Peter Cockburn (S. 1959-64) 01444 811004 for details.
Visit to Chichester Festival Theatre This year, the OB Lodge invited members of the OBA and guests from the Old Eastbournian and Old Aldenhamian Lodges together with their personal guests to join them on Saturday 6th May for their annual visit to Chichester Festival Theatre to see 'Entertaining Angels' with Penelope Keith. As usual, the evening started with a most enjoyable dinner party in the Minerva restaurant prior to the performance in the theatre opposite. The play proved to be a brilliant production of a new play written by Richard Everett, whose script cleverly blends humour with serious thoughts. The play
is ideally suited to Penelope Keith, who is supported by an strong cast in a very interesting and pleasing rural setting of an old country vicarage. It was a memorable production by the director, Alan Strachan, and his designer, Paul Farnsworth. We came away feeling that we had seen another memorable and classic Chichester production of which there have been many over the past 40 years. The evening was once again organised by Chris Apps (H/A. 1942-46) who was delighted to have Peter Bowles (A. 194550) and his wife with us on behalf of the OBA.
MISSING OBS Please contact the OBA office if you have any contact details for the following: Hall, J C (R. 1981-86) Halpin, Samantha (W. 1996-00) Hamnett, Katherine A (W. 1990-92) Harding, Caroline A (F. 1978-80) Harkin, Terence S (S. 1977-80) Harper, Nicholas D (H. 1982-87) Haroun, W A (C. 1972-77) Harris, Christian G (S. 1989-94) Harris, Dominic J (R. 1989-92) Harris, Kirsten J (F. 1987-90) Harris, Mark A (L. 1985-90) Hart, E S (H. 1989-94) Hart, Francis J (H. 1992-97) Hartley, Matthew J R (A. 1989-94) Harvey, M (C. 1972-79) Harvey, P M (S. 1973-78) Harwood, Peter (A. 1979-81)
Harwood, Richard W (C. 1953-57) Hashash, Sara (C. 1999-01) Haslam, Paul R (B. 1980-83) Hatton, J D E (D. 1986-89) Havers, G G (H. 1945-50) Hawker, Philippa M (F. 1987-89) Hawkins, Stuart P E (B. 1945-50) Hawksworth, Anthony G (A. 1976-78) Hayes, Jonathan M (B. 1976-81) Heal, Marc (H. 1994-98) Heal, W J (R. 1989-92) Heath, Mark D (L. 1980-83) Hecht, Shelley E (W. 1990-96) Heikal, Sarah (F. 1997-02) Heller, Sebastian (L. 1988-91) Herbert, A J (S. 1980-85) Herbert, R J (S. 1984-89)
Hetherington, L A (R. 1975-80) Hill, N R (D. 1987-92) Hincks, Simon S M (B. 1977-82) Hitchcox, A M (C. 1982-86) Hoare, Alexander J (L. 1995-00) Hoare, Peter A A (H. 1991-96) Hobden, M D (H. 1990-92) Hodes, David V (B. 1976-78) Holcombe, Henry J (D. 1983-87) Holman, Stewart P (D. 1975-80) Holt (nee Brown), Naomi L (F. 1984-86) Holt, Robert B (S. 1984-89) Hood, Malcolm M (H. 1946-50) Hookway, S O T (A. 1975-78) Hope, A J (A. 1987-92) Hope, A W (A. 1990-95) Horne, Barnaby D (S. 1986-91)
Horsting, Natalie J E (F. 1990-92) Hoskins, J K (F. 1981-83) Howard, Ashley J (L. 1981-85) Howard, C (D. 1988-94) Howard, S A (H. 1976-79) Howie, Donald A (A. 1996-99) Hsieh, Josephine (F. 1991-93) Hudson, Nicola J (F. 1992-97) Hughes, Andrew G (S. 1973-77) Hunter, Andrew George (S. 1993-98) Hunter, D M (D. 1946-49) Hunter, N J (C. 1990-95) Hurst, Michael J (D. 1986-89) Hurst, A J (D. 1987-90) Hyams, J M (L. 1973-78) Hyder, John S (H. 1974-78)
DEATHS & OBITUARIES IN 2006 It is with enormous sadness that we have learnt of the death of Joe Scourfield, who joined Hampden House in September 2004 from the Prep School. Throughout his long illness he demonstrated remarkable courage and determination that not only earned him great admiration but also inspired all who were fortunate to meet him. Most of us have memories of a fairly carefree time at Brighton, but anyone who knew Joe will have seen how he battled against illness to live as normal a life as possible. To their enormous credit, the way in which his school mates pitched in to help him shows what a credit the modern Brightonians are to the School. Joe achieved more in his few years than many can ever hope to in a long and healthy lifetime. As fellow Old Brightonians, we salute a brave and inspirational young man and extend our deepest sympathies to his parents Gina and David, and all his family and friends. David Gold, OBA President
Peter Gough (above - Master, 1946-66) by Stephen Cockburn (S. 1953-58) Peter Gough died at the age of 92 on Monday 26th June 2006 (following a stroke which may have been brought on by falling asleep in the sun) in the Royal Sussex County Hospital just 200 yards along Eastern Road from the school where he had been such an influential and much loved member of staff from January 1946 to July 1966. Appointed to teach Physics he became Master in charge of squash (and later for many years of tennis) and took on the Housemastership of Hampden House in 1947 where he was very popular. In December 1948 he produced Moliere’s
“The Miser” in an adaptation and translation by Miles Malleson (OB 1899-08). Leslie Banks, the well known actor and Peter’s father-in-law, wrote in a review “May this year’s classical revival be the beginning and the inspiration of a long and honourable tradition at the College”. It was. Over the next 16 years Mr. Gough produced 19 more plays, some as double bills, 4 by Shakespeare, 2 more by Moliere, others by Seneca, Plautus and Sophodes, Thomas Kyd, Ben Jonson, George Farquhar, John Ford, Sir John Vanburgh, Philip Massinger, Nicholas Rowe, Samuel Foote and T. S. Eliot, and a play written in 1956 by Richard Buxton, then a boy in Bristol House, who is now a Law Lord and one of Brighton College’s most distinguished alumni. The story of Gough’s plays is told in the “Brightonian” of May and September 1966 with some experiences of what it was like to be in them. The drama critic of “The Daily Telegraph” in 1958 wrote in his review of “quality above anything the term school play can conjure”. Peter Gough had been promoted from the Hampden to School House in summer 1951 following the unexpected death in the Easter holidays of Kenneth Campbell at the age of only 36. Over the next 12 years, Peter with his wife Daphne and House Tutors, Norman Frith, Nigel Jacques and Peter Perfect, earned the devotion of some 150 boys who could not fail to be affected for the better by the articulate, cultured, liberal and loving family in residence in the tiny flat above the kitchens. Here is a short quotation from Norma Frith’s encomium in the “Brightonian” of September 1966: ”For any boy – or colleague, for that matter – to come within the close orbit of the Goughs was to experience a quickening of the responses to life’s good things; to hospitality, to conversation, to friendship and, not least, to laughter. Laughter was in abundance in School House but there was also a seriousness of purpose that lest one more ambitious for oneself and also for the rest of humankind.” Peter Gough had been appointed Second Master by Bill Stewart in 1957, succeeding R. E. Lester and consequently he escorted Prince Philip at the time of the Royal Visit in 1962 (see the “Brightonian” of October 1962 for lots of pictures and descriptions). He gave up School House at the end of his 12 year term, moved to live in Lewes and continued as deputy to Henry Christie until in 1966 he went to Aldenham School at Elstree. He ran a double house of 100 boys at Aldenham for 8 years until retirement at the age of 60 in 1974 when the family returned to the house at Lewes that they had purchased in 1963. Here for the last 30 years by all accounts they were the social centre of Southover, and Peter became well known as a sculptor, using flints to create figurative statuary for the house or garden.
Page 9 Peter and Daphne were welcome visitors at the College at which both their grandsons Daniel and Milo have been pupils. Daphne died a few years ago but Peter continued in the zestful manner that he always had, taking particular pride in the rising reputation of their eldest son Piers, the Architect, and Orlando, the Composer whose music is to be heard at the Proms this year. Air Vice Marshal Geoffrey Charles Eveleigh (S. 192731) Born 1912 Died aged 93 Air Vice-Marshal Geoffrey Eveleigh (whose wartime work greatly increased bombers' accuracy), who has died aged 93, was an RAF pilot who flew fleet fighters from the aircraft carrier Glorious and then specialised in signals to become the RAF's Director General of Signals. Within a year of gaining his pilot's wings in 1934, Eveleigh was posted to No 802 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm, at that time under the control of the RAF. After completing floatplane training and a concentrated period of deck landing practices at Gosport, Eveleigh joined Glorious, which was based with the Mediterranean Fleet at Malta. When not embarked, Eveleigh and his fellow pilots flew their agile Nimrod bi-plane fleet fighters from the airfield at Halfar on the south of the island. The fleet carrier Glorious, launched in 1916 as a cruiser hull but converted and commissioned as an aircraft carrier in 1930, was in great demand during the annual Fleet exercises and there were few major ports in the Mediterranean that Eveleigh did not visit. This also placed heavy social demands on the young and eligible naval and RAF officers. Eveleigh spent an unusually long time with No 802 and rose to become a flight commander. He returned to England just once when he flew a Nimrod in a formation flypast to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI in 1937. At the end of the following year, after almost four years with No 802, Eveleigh returned to Gosport as a decklanding instructor. The eldest of five boys - two died in action during the war - Geoffrey Charles Eveleigh was born on October 25 1912 at Henley-on-Thames and educated at Brighton College. Keen on flying from the moment he saw an aircraft make a forced landing in a water meadow near his home, Eveleigh gained entrance to the RAF College Cranwell as a flight cadet in January 1932. At Cranwell, Eveleigh excelled, and in addition to gaining his colours at soccer, swimming and athletics, he was awarded the Sword of Honour as the outstanding flight cadet of his entry.
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Tom Bruce in Rhodesia - continued from page 7
Page 10 for eliminating ticks as it was mandatory to dip cattle once a week, Chipinga being an area with a recent outbreak of "East Coast Fever" that is deadlier than Foot and Mouth disease. I went up to Tom and sat next to him ordered a "Castle Beer" and started talking to him. He was friendly and if the truth were known had desperately needed a job. After working in Kampala in a Sports Shop, he had drifted down the eastern side of Africa and ended up in Rhodesia. Rabies had broken out in the Eastern Districts along the Mozambique border for the first time in over forty years. Strict controls were kept about stray dogs and every canine in the area had to be rabies-injected. We talked; everyone must have been wondering why this new intruder to the village was all dressed up in DJ's. An uncommon sight in this small high veldt dorp. As we were talking, Tom put his hand into his inner jacket pocket and pulled out a small revolver. Everyone froze... All eyes were on Tom. What was he going to do next? He took the revolver and removed the ammunition chamber and proceeded to remove each round of ammunition and place it on the bar-top. Having done that he reinserted the ammunition back, again made sure the safety catch was on and put the revolver back into his inner jacket pocket. There must have been a universal sigh of relief for, when this was done, everyone called for more "Castles" and the bar chatter and noise rose again to its normal level. Peggy who was single, about fifty and owned and ran the
pub was not at all disconcerted by this unconventional behaviour, giving the indication that this was an everyday occurrence as was the daily straining of the popular day time pub tea through one of her discarded silk stockings!
Peggy was much older that she looked, with tobacco stained grey yellow hair spending most of the day wearing an old loose fitting dressing gown and chain smoking 'Gold Leaf' cigarettes. We were all used to her, and the young men kept well out of her way. She ran a good pub and at the time was having an affair with her bookkeeper, a thin emaciated looking man who might have had an aptitude for figures but wasn't too choosy when it came to female ones. He eventually escaped from the hotel, Peggy's clutches and passionate demands never to be seen again. With a heart of gold every Christmas
she invited all her pub regulars to a party and dinner that was given for free. Eventually she found a husband! But marriage was not to last for long. He broke his neck diving off the end of a diving board in a state of befuddled inebriation into an empty swimming pool. It fell upon me to be given the task of familiarising Tom with the vast area we covered. On the long journeys to visiting farmers he would talk about himself. Tom had been educated at Brighton College in Sussex. He came from a wealthy family who had made a fortune manufacturing surgical instruments, then; when his father died the family fortune was lost to the taxman. The large motor launch that was kept on Lake Victoria was sold and Tom who had being living as a remittance man was left to make his own way. That was in the late 1940s. When Tom left Brighton College, he went to Medical School to become a doctor. This was not to be. He left England and joined the Shanghai Police. Tragedy struck soon after his marriage and his pregnant Chinese wife and child died at the birth. In 1939 war broke out and Tom returned to England and was enlisted in the army where he served with General Montgomery's personal entourage. He showed me photos to prove that.
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MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE First Memories of Brighton College by Tom Churcher (H. 1943-48) In November 1942 an appointment had been made by my parents for me to be interviewed by the then Headmaster, Walter Hett. A daunting prospect for a 12 year old. We lived on the other side of Hove so Kemp Town was unknown to me but I did manage to get off the bus at the bottom of College Road. My first contact at the College was the then porter, Smart. On hearing that my appointment was at 11 o’clock he looked at the hall clock; it was ten past eleven! I can still see the look on Smart’s face. I don’t remember ever being late at school again in all of my 5½ years there. Mr Hett chatted to me about the wonders of the school.
He showed me around; the sports field, the hall and the inside of the Chapel are the features that I remember. Years later I learnt that the College was in some financial difficulty through remaining in Brighton during the war. At that time there were only about 120 boys in the school and that it was a matter of concern if a boy left and could not be replaced. So possibly Mr Hett was out to convince me that I should want to be one of the pupils rather than my trying to “sell” myself as a potential pupil! Months later in March 1943 I was again at the
College and this time Mr Farnell set me some test papers to see where I should start my journey through the class and set system then operating at the school. The simple answer was; right at the bottom. My excuse, although why I should be making excuses 60 years later, I went to a grammar school at age 11 and therefore started science subjects and also French at that age. Entrants to the College from prep schools would have started French at 8 and science not until they were 13 years old. So I had a good start at science which made it almost inevitable that I should pursue a scientific career. Science did not feature in Mr Farnell’s test of my ability!
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made and so on. The next imminent step was for a member of staff to relocate to the Moscow area for a period of six months to flesh out the whole program. This is still early days and I am sure we will all watch progress with considerable interest. Simon ended his comments on the very positive development with the plans for a new Art School. Plans will now become reality! The new Art School will now be built in the area of the
Woolton quadrangle and will be erected in his memory. All in all a most enjoyable lunch and thanks again, Peter, for opening up the Army and Navy Club to us all. Full story and photo gallery:
say? Nearly 50 years on, though, the College maintains its focus on Russia. All of us were fascinated by Simon’s comments on the steps now in hand for Brighton College to help set up, and then operate a similar college in Russia. Lord Robert Skidelsky (C. 1953-58) has been assisting in this ambitious project and Simon reported that there had already been preliminary discussions, visits
“Memories of Brighton College Archive: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ cont_archive_01.htm
LETTER FROM AMERICA
In keeping up with my history whilst attending school at Brighton College where I spent entirely too much time focusing on sports and not a whole lot else, here is a quick report from a track meet that I was involved with this past weekend. The meet was held in Asbury Park, NJ, which is interesting in itself. “Asbury Park“ I hear you say? "Hhmm, where have I heard that name"? Yup... Bruce Springsteen's "Greetings from Asbury Park". Asbury Park is an interesting town, a very proud beach town about 55 miles south of Manhattan at the Jersey shore. A town that used to be full of life and vibrant through the 1950s and I believe into the 60s with the famous boardwalk rides that Springsteen wrote so much about, In fact you can still see Madame Marie's there as sung about in his famous song Sandy. Unfortunately the town fell into the grip of crime and drug lords from the 70s until recently and suffered terrible economic and ethnic hardship. Fortunately, powerful people such as Springsteen and Danny Devito and others are helping the town to reclaim its wonderful history (one that includes many great sprinters and other athletes). Long may it continue, the crime is dissipating and great events like the track meet mentioned below at a beautifully refurbished track are now able to take place and blossom. "FRANK BUDD TRACK AND FIELD MEET ASBURY PARK, N.J. Twelve-year-old Ajee Wilson of Neptune N.J. won the women's one-mile run in 5:05.2 and 43-year-old Gerard Pearlberg of Brielle N.J. won the men's masters (40+age group) mile in 4:42.8, an All-America qualifying time, in feature events of the Frank Budd Track and Field Meet Saturday, July 15th, at Asbury Park High School Stadium. The meet honored Budd, the Asbury Park High School and Villanova University graduate and 1960 USA Olympian who set the world record of 9.2 seconds for the 100-yard dash at the National AAU
Championships in 1961. For Budd, who now lives in Mount Laurel, N.J. and is slowed by multiple sclerosis, it was his first visit to his former school in many years." I am happy to also report that on Sunday July 10th I won the NJ Masters 1500 meter Championship and two days later on July 12th, I posted an All American Masters time of 4.22 in winning another 1500 meter race at Ocean Township, NJ. At the beginning of this month I was coaching on the west coast for a week in Eugene, Oregon, the Mecca of track and field in the USA. Below is a picture taken of me at the memorial site that week of the late great Steve Prefontaine (Nike's first ever athlete) killed in a single car crash in 1975, age 24, driving an MGB in the hills (Butte's as they are known there) above Eugene. "Pre" as he was called was a '72 Olympic 5000 meter runner in Munich whilst still only a junior
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life to law and order in so many ways in what were the far-flung colonies. They fade away from all awareness to be remembered by only a few, then are left to be totally forgotten with time. What inspired me to write about Tom? Although Tom was twice my age, I was only 22 then and I think it was his adventurous life, the fact that although he had been through a hard time, he never felt sorry for himself, also there was a Public School connection that out in the wilds of Rhodesia did mean quite a bit.. Tom cared a lot for other people and I remember his concern for a colleague who was also camping on the same village green and who had threatened suicide. He quickly and unobtrusively managed to remove a 303 rifle which this person had threatened to use and by quietly talking to him managed to defuse the situation. I met so many interesting people then and have written about them in case someone might be interested. I left Rhodesia and after a period of study spent the rest of my working life in Bermuda! I have been retired for 15 years so have had a chance to jot down a few of my experiences. After leaving Rhodesia I never again seemed to meet the colourful characters that I did then. full story & archive: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/bruce_01.htm
The war ended and tax had gobbled up the means for Tom to live a comfortable life. The boat had also been sold so he was left high and dry on the banks of Lake Victoria. He worked for a while in a Sports Shop in Entebbe and then drifted down to Southern Rhodesia where he found employment with the Govt. Veterinary Dept. He settled into his job and with his affability and diplomacy gained the confidence of the local farmers. In all his time in the Eastern Highlands he never once shot a dog! I left the area, we used to write and many Veterinary Dept. stamped OHMS envelopes filled with our own personal news were exchanged between us. I lost touch with Tom as I left Rhodesia, and returned to England. Years later, I heard Tom had applied to become an Animal Heath Inspector and had been stationed down in the Sabi Valley at Birchenough Bridge. It is very hot and dry there with temperatures reaching 110ºF and higher in the rainy summer months. Tom had died. He was by then about 49 years old. The area was and still is very malarial, and he could very easily have contracted either malaria or bilharzia again very prevalent in the area. I never did find out how Tom died (I doubt there are any records left of Tom as so many records were destroyed in the 1970-80 war for independence). Many people like Tom have left England and given their
in College. He was beaten out for the bronze medal by Ian Stuart of Great Britain. There are two major motion pictures about his life; Prefontaine and Without Limits in addition to a great documovie called Fire on the Track. At the time of his death he held every American record from 2000 meters to 10,000 meters. I hope all is great over there in the homeland, and I have to say that my ex patriot friends and I in addition to my brother Neil, who lives in Santa Cruz, Ca. were all gutted when England (to none of our surprise, unfortunately) lost on penalties in the QF's of the World Cup. Still, at least Rooney didn't nut any one like Zidane did ! :) Gerard Pearlberg’s (S. 1976-80) http://www.oldbrightonians.com/lfa/ letter_from_america_01.htm
OBA EVENTS IN 2006:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING This years AGM will take place at the College at 6pm on 25th November (before the Annual Dinner) 1981 LEAVERS - ANNUAL DINNER 2006 25 years? It just can’t be possible!! Well, it is! I was shocked with this realisation when a fellow Old Brightonian recently pointed out to me that it is 25 years this summer since we completed our education at Brighton College (thanks, Fiona!). In true dominatrix form, “Fee” then told me I had to do something about it… and a reunion dinner was the solution!! Well who am I to argue with an executive of the Association of Old Brightonians?! So this is the plan: the class of 1981 will re-assemble at this year’s OBA Annual Dinner on Saturday 25th November at Brighton College, commandeer it as our own and claim it as the “Class of 1981 Reunion Dinner.” Naturally, the invitation is extended cordially to all partners and spouses. Tickets are a mere £35 each or £65 for a double ticket and proceeds go towards that well-known good cause, the OBA. Details about the dinner are posted on the OBA website. Despite the fact that a quarter of a century has now passed since 1981 (gulp!), quite a few things about that time do still come to mind for me… Mike Browne’s New Year’s party; an unbeaten Rugby season; Julian Withers with hair (and teeth); Mike Browne’s New Year party; Gerard Pearlberg with hair (and an English accent); Mike Browne’s… I could go on and on! Anyway, if I can remember a few odds and ends from that time, I am sure each of you can too! So I invite each of you to bring a memento of your life in 1980/81 with you, and also be prepared to share at least one memory from that time with the rest of us over the dinner table. We all have eight months now to find a way to attend this event! A big turnout would be fantastic, so please try to make it. 25 years since leaving school is a significant milestone in our lives and it should be celebrated in grand style; reestablishing contact with old friends, some long lost, will be a tremendous occasion I am sure. Please contact Fiona for tickets as soon as possible at the OBA via email (email@example.com) or telephone (01273-704250), advising her how many you would like and if you have any seating preferences. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Association of Old Brightonians’. Tickets can also be booked and paid for online via the OBA website. We would like to have a good idea on attendance numbers by the end of April and tickets are already selling fast, so please act quickly! If you really are unable to attend the dinner, please feel free to drop Fiona a line anyway with news of what you’re up to and where you are. You are also invited to send us your photo (2006, not 1981!) and in particular please send us any message or anecdote that you would like us to share with everyone at the dinner in your absence. Looking forward to seeing all of you in November at the College! With Best Wishes, Adrian Underwood (A. 1976-81, Head Boy 1980/81)
2006 CALENDAR: Month: Sept
The Cronk-Cunis U21 Rugby Festival
Remembrance Day Martin Jones (staff: 1977-98) will be providing guided tours of the College's Military Memorials.
College Chapel BC
OBA Annual Dinner & AGM Special guest:
ANNUAL DINNER 2006 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. 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)
Advertise for free on the OBA website! 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:
Website / Email: Tel / Fax:
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
OB DAY - SATURDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2006 Schedule: 10:30am
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Tours of the College led by current Prefects to include new facilities such as the Rose Lecture Theatre, Montague Centre, Dance Studio, Sixth Form Centre, renovated Library and refurbished Houses
Welcome from the President and Committee of the OBA
Shooting in The Armoury
Exhibition from the College Archives in The Café de Paris
Led by Father Robert Easton, College Chaplain and the Chapel Choir 11:00am
An Exhibition of Fine Art and Ceramics from Edward Twohig’s prestigious Private Collection, including works by a number of Old Brightonians and world-renowned artists in The Burstow Gallery
This year’s OB day follows on from last year’s highly successful format; Chapel will be followed again by a coffee reception in the Hordern Room, surrounded by whatever goodies the archivist has dug up for us to wonder at. Various feats of fantasy will play out on the rugby fields and netball courts whilst those of us with enough sense to stay out of harm’s way cheer encouragingly, and plan our assault on the dining hall. An undoubted highlight of last year was the shooting in the Armoury, and the College tours - we cannot recommend these highly enough - great fun!
Obituaries—continued from page 9... He was rewarded with the highly sought-after posting to No 43 (Fighting Cocks) fighter squadron flying the elegant Hawker Fury. After a year with No 43, Eveleigh joined No 802. In November 1939 Eveleigh moved to the RAF's signals establishment at Leighton Buzzard to specialise in wireless and signals, a discipline he would pursue for the rest of his time in the RAF. In January 1941 he joined the Bomber Development Unit at Boscombe Down investigating the use of radio beams, based on the German Lorenz system, as an aid to landing in bad weather. Eveleigh spent most of the war on secret signals work at Headquarters Bomber Command. Great advances were made in blind bombing and navigation aids, and these provided the strategic bomber force with a level of accuracy that increased its effectiveness greatly. After being mentioned in dispatches in 1943, Eveleigh was appointed CBE in January 1945 in recognition of his wartime work. After six months in south-east Asia in 1945, Eveleigh joined the RAF Delegation in Washington as the Director of Signals, a post he held for three years. At the end of 1951 he returned to Headquarters Bomber Command as the Chief Signals Officer, a period that coincided with the introduction of the RAF's first jet bomber and planning for the arrival of the first of the strategic nuclear V-bombers. Eveleigh commanded the fighter airfield at North Weald in 1954 before embarking on a two-year appointment as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff of the RNZAF. At this time, the New Zealanders made a significant contribution during the Malayan emergency, with fighter and transport squadrons involved in operations against the communist guerrillas.
Morning Coffee in the Café de Paris
Rugby - College First XV
Rugby – OBA v Eastbourne Old Boys Headmaster’s Reception in the Front Quadrangle
During the day, the Cafe de Paris will be open for light snacks and soft / alcoholic refreshments. This will also be the Meeting Point for anyone who is lost or wants to arrange to find old friends.
Netball - Old Brightonians v College Girls Careers Clinic – venue tbc Cash Bar on the Home Ground 12:30pm
Drinks in The Blackshaw Room
Lunch in The Dining Hall (lunch is priced at £10 per person and is payable in advance or on the day)
After attending the Imperial Defence College in 1958, Eveleigh moved to the Air Ministry where he became the Director General of Signals (RAF). He arrived in the wake of the 1957 Sandys White Paper, which had a profound effect on the organisation and development of the RAF's air defence capability. With the anticipated introduction into RAF service of supersonic fighters and surface-to-air missile defences, allied to the developing threat from a large Soviet bomber force and the advent of the ballistic missile, a major review of the UK's air defence and early warning system was necessary. Costs for taking account of Duncan Sandys's edicts, and the major review and amendments to current plans, escalated; the scientists recommended that military and civil air traffic control radars should also be combined and introduced into the wider scheme for air defence. Eveleigh was at the centre of these complex discussions and negotiations and was chairman of numerous review groups. At one stage he had a celebrated disagreement with his immediate superior, the Vice Chief of the Air Staff, regarding the proposals for, and the sighting of, new early-warning radars and their associated control and reporting system. In the event, the decisions he took were accepted and a system was introduced that served the RAF until beyond the end of the Cold War. In July 1961 Eveleigh moved to Fighter Command as the Air Officer Administration, spending the next three years preparing and implementing the introduction of the new air defence system. Some of the radar sites were established in remote areas of the UK, and
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Eveleigh paid close attention to the needs of the airmen who would be based at these locations, in particular the Shetlands. During this appointment, Eveleigh also spent much time in liaison with the USAF, and with local authorities, planning the RAF's involvement for the introduction of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) at Fylingdales on the Yorkshire Moors. At the end of his appointment at HQ Fighter Command, he was appointed CB. Eveleigh retired from the RAF in March 1965; he and his wife left for Majorca, where they built their own house and remained for the next 25 years. He was able to indulge his interests in sailing and bird-watching. In July 2005 Eveleigh was reunited with the Nimrod aircraft he flew during his time with No 802 when he was invited as the guest of honour at a special event on the eve of the annual Flying Legends Air Show. The aircraft (serial S1581) had been restored to flying condition by the Duxford-based Fighter Collection, and is the only airworthy example of the type in the world. Geoffrey Eveleigh died on December 23. He married, in June 1939, Anthea Fraser; she died in 1998. A son and a daughter survive him. Published with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph. D M Yule (D. 1948-53) died on 9th August 1996. Richard Everton (S. 1934-40) passed away in January. Full obituaries available at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/deaths_01.htm
OB'S UNVEIL THE NEW PRESTON NOMADS CRICKET PAVILION
18th June 2006 story by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) The official opening of the magnificent new pavilion at Preston Nomads’ ground in Fulking turned into something of an Old Brightonian reunion - as these things so often do! The pavilion was opened by an emotional and engaging Robin Marlar - occasional scourge of Clare Connor’s England team, President of the MCC, and son of E A G Marler (OB. 1916-19). Proper Old Brightonians littered the place - you couldn't approach the free bar without tripping over one! Needless to say, Joey Appleton and Neil Lenham (both D. 1979-84) were present - Neil playing for Sussex against the Nomads’ team (and taking a magnificent catch on the boundary to close-out the match), Joey shuttling to and from said free bar – pretending he'd got the last twenty rounds in! Joey was joined by his father, the ever-entertaining Graham Appleton (D. 1953- 57). Many Sussex cricket-types will be well aware that the wonderful new facilities now on display at the Nomads’ beautifully located but formerly scruffy
Fulking ground have been paid for with an extraordinarily large amount of cash left to them by the former Spen Cama. In honour of the man, a bust was commissioned from Nick Bremer (Director of Art, Brighton College, 19692000) and duly unveiled at the opening by legendary fast bowler John Snow. Accordingly Nick’s two favourite children, Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) and Jack Bremer (BCJS 1990-94) were in dutiful attendance. http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ preston_nomads_01.htm
NEWS IN BRIEF
Tom Howell (A. 2000-02 right) is joining Overmach Parma next season, and is wildly tipped to make the Italy squad in the very near future!
This year we are hoping to get a Brightonian netball team together to take on the current Brighton College side in a friendly match on 16th September at the Brightonian day. In the past it has been a great success and a fantastic opportunity to meet up with old friends and team mates and just an opportunity to play a bit of netball again!
Right Wing Will Harris (S. 2000-05) burst onto the Sussex R.F.U. scene during the season, playing for Sussex U20’s, London Division U20’s and the Sussex Senior XV.
The Association appeals to its membership to turn out in Richmond on September 3rd to cheer on the OBRUFC U21 side as they endeavour to retain their Cronk-Cunis Cup!
So….. I am hoping to get up a team for this year maybe even two!?! - If you are interested please contact me on 07740348893 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t matter what standard you are, how long ago you played, whether you actually played at all!? Just come on down to catch up with friends - everyone is welcome!
CONTACT THE OBA - WWW.OLDBRIGHTONIANS.COM OBA Office Brighton College Eastern Road Brighton BN2 0AL t: +44 (0)1273 704250 (Direct line) t: +44 (0)1273 704200 (switchboard) f: +44 (0)1273 704326 e: email@example.com Office hours : 8.30am to 12.30pm (Mon to Fri) OBA Website & Magazine Produced by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83), 3B Web Design - www.3bweb.com (07957 162168)
CALLING ALL OBS!
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) Nicky Stanton (W. 2001-03) Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83)
The action is fast and continuous with over 800 lads playing on ten pitches in 70 matches. It makes an excellent day out with old school pals in a 15-a-side, 15-minute-each-way Cup and Plate knockout Competition. The Festival has become a hugely popular annual reunion for the lads with some excellent rugby on display. Full timetable and travel info at: http://www.schoolsrugby.co.uk/Tournaments/ CronkCunis/
RUMNEY REPORTS The OBRUFC is giving the leagues a rest; we have beaten most of the Sussex clubs over the years including both the Brighton and Hove clubs. Our 2006-07 fixtures are not complete as the Pelican goes to press - Hugo Baldwin is arranging London OB fixtures, and it is hoped that we will feature a Vets match against London Irish as well as playing some more games at the College and at Brighton as usual. New members are most welcome - those of you at University, as well as those aged between 35 and 65 for the Vets. If you’re interested / willing / able, please forward your details to Fiona Aiken at the OBA office.
Calling all Rugby players… In true Kitchener style, The OBA’s very own Sports Representative, John Aiken, urges all OBs between 7 and 35 stone to dig out their gumshields and dust off their boots.
Sunshine 7s - continued from back page...
LASHINGS XI VISIT BRIGHTON COLLEGE
loose play from forwards Kit Dobner, Ben Harris, Rupert Baldwin (S. 2001-06), Ben Wolf and even on occasion myself, who loves a bit of a maul/ruck, we supported our lethal weapons in the form of fly half Adam Phillips (Hampden 98-03), centre and Italian international Tom Howell (A. 2001-03), wing Tom Hird (A. 2001-06) and scrum half William Harris. East Grinstead were annihilated by us 56-0, whilst the next opponents Old Calgonians (a team with four first team Esher players (National Division 2)) were once again blitzed 51 – 0. It seemed no one could stop us as the great blue and maroon machine rolled its way with effortless ease past opposition, displaying cool, cultured and incisive sevens skills that any leading English public school would be happy to be associated with.
On Thursday 29th June some of the world's most prolific cricketers played against the College 1st XI. Chris Crosbie - a guest of Guy Bradshaw (R. 1979-84) - sends us this report: Thursday June 29th 2006 is a date that will live long in the memories of many but for the cricketers representing Brighton College, this day is indelibly etched in their minds. A college match against a visiting XI is an attractive diversion but rarely causes fevered excitement. Unless the visitors are the Lashings World XI. That prospect will have the most taciturn master hurling small boys aside in the race for the most advantageous viewing spot. Lashings have become part of the fabric of English cricket in a very short time. In 1984 John Steer told David Folb that his planned opponents had pulled out of the following day’s ‘village’ fixture. The everresourceful Mr. Folb put together a team that were despatched for 323 yet made a mighty 29 in reply. From these humble beginnings, Lashings grew into the mighty side it is today. The Lashings side that Brighton College faced on Thursday was as daunting for the players as it was mouth watering for the spectators. The West Indies was represented by Alvin Kallcharran, Richie Richardson, Vasbert Drakes and Phil Simmonds. Henry Olonga and Tatenda Taibu were there from Zimbabwe and the England contingent included Chris Lewis, Phil DeFreitas and Brighton College’s very own Clare Connor. The global nature and class of this XI was confirmed by the presence of South Africa’s Nantie Hayward, New Zealand’s Chris Harris and Greg Blewitt from Australia. The scene was set, the ground magnificent and even the weather played ball. An azure sky and a blazing sun meant the usual gags about the English Summer were redundant. Brighton College’s 1st XI took to the field (suitably attired for the limited-over game in a natty ensemble provided for by sponsors phusei.com) and acquitted themselves admirably. The fielding was of a very high standard and even though some bloke called Richardson managed a century, Lashings were restricted to a mere 255 from their 35 overs. Lunch was taken between innings and was as entertaining as the cricket. There were the traditional speeches and appalling jokes, some of the latter were so bad that they’ve been procured by the MOD for use in Afghanistan. The College’s First Lady of Cricket, Clare Connor, then made a presentation to John Spencer, affectionately known as ‘Coach’. 25 years of corralling reticent youths deserves a VC at the very least but ‘Coach’ seemed suitably pleased with his trophy. The respect and affection shown by his colleagues and the assembled Alumni may represent the true influence that this remarkable man has on College life for a quarter of a century. May his retirement be as enjoyable as it is deserved. Henry Olonga then took the stage to entertain the crowd with a bit of a singsong. Normally when a sportsman sings, the venue is a bar, the content
Our greatest test of the afternoon was to be against the entire county of Surrey in the form of their U19s, a well muscled and tenacious set of chaps. However, with a woof and a huzzah we launched head long into battle and came out victorious from a match that was voted game of the tournament, Tom Howell’s last minute solo try a fine way to end such an epic semi final. The final was against the fine pedigree of Rosslyn Park, a club with a long history of premier standard rugby in England, but one we were not afraid of. Unfortunately our motto of train less brag more was starting to catch up with us and we were eventually blown away in the final by Park’s superior fitness levels. Nevertheless we had certainly acquitted ourselves well as an amateur team and as an old boys club and it was testament to the fact that the Old Brightonians are able to field a team of terrific international proportions on a good day. Well done to Tom Howell for being made player of the tournament and Adam Phillips as the OB’s player of the tournament and many thanks to all the players whom played such a vital part in the club’s statement to the rest of Sussex and Surrey’s rugby community. Also a huge amount of gratitude must be extended to the parents and supporters who turn out again and again and to team physician Tom Samandi for his continued service to such a magnificent club and Nabeel Hijris, team patron, for all his financial support. The Sunshine Sevens display was a demonstration that the OB’s RFC shall not go quietly into the night, we are jolly well here and bringing plenty of six footers and speed demons your way old and new, so you'd better look out both in sevens and fifteens. Tally Ho! Full report: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ sunshine_7s_2006_01.htm
bawdy and the vocal skills questionable. Fortunately, Mr. Olonga is a singer of some considerable talent and his rendition of "You Raise Me Up" was warmly received. He then had to go and annoy everyone by performing a breathtaking version of "Nessum Dorma". Being extremely handsome OR a fabulous cricketer OR a talented artist OR a great vocalist is enough to inspire envy. However, to be all of those things is just plain greedy. Mr Guy Bradshaw was kind enough to explain that he was also an absolutely charming lunch guest. Sickening really. The Lashings players all took a bow and as each one was introduced to the crowd, their career statistics were read out - just in case the College 1st XI were harbouring any thoughts that they could actually win this match. There was an auction of some fabulous sporting memorabilia raising a healthy sum for charity. It served to remind everyone just how much Lashings has done for charitable causes and it was pleasing to see David Folb in attendance to receive warm applause for hard work and generosity.
The College 1st XI took the field after lunch and amassed a highly creditable 152 before the last wicket fell with just a few balls to spare. The batting highlight was the half century of Matthew Machan (S.) who was named the man of the match. Lashings may have won the game but this was a triumph for Brighton College. The day was a delight, the kind of day that reminded the older spectators that those perfect summer memories were not just figments of their imaginations. The only possible improvement would have been for Lashings to field a player called "Ginger" Beer. One can only hope that this will become an annual event. If Clare Connor has anything to do with it, you’d be a brave man to bet against her. After all, she's not known for her lack of determination and if you want to know where that comes from you'll have to talk to "Coach". http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ lashings_2006_01.htm
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Pelican sport OBRUFC STORM TO SUNSHINE 7S FINAL Sun 30th April 2006 story by Hugo Baldwin (S. 1999-03) Rugby sevens is a game of tactics, patience, speed, skill and, above all, flair. Thus being the show off I am I decided the Old Brightonians 1st VII RFC should demonstrate all these admirable virtues and many more besides at the annual East Grinstead Sunshine sevens Sussexâ€™s premier Sevens tournament. We arrived at the club at around 11 am with forty minutes to prepare for our first match which was to be against the highly fancied Apache team, a professional touring sevens outfit. I distributed the new tight-fit stash to ensure the troops looked especially smart for their adoring fans on this slightly overcast but nevertheless boiling hot day.
Thus with biceps bulging on even pretty boy William Harris Esq. (S. 2000-05) we took to the field and promptly dispatched the Apaches 29-14. Thanks for coming, Apache. Not surprisingly a small murmur started to resonate throughout the pitches and club house. Who were these Old Brightonians to show up and dismiss pros with such conviction and ruthlessness despite all being under the age of 23? Why does Peter Rumney always have his hands in his pockets whilst watching rugby? And surely the young Arab and team patron Nabeel Hijris (S. 2001-06) wasn't really paying vast sums of cash to buy the best sevens players there to show up his Russian friend, Roman someone or other located somewhere in Chelsea? What answer I can give you is that with excellent continued on page 15...
OBRUFC 7s - finalists in the 2006 Sunshine 7s Tournament
Phil DeFreitas at Brighton College for the Lashing World XI match against the College