Contents: OBs in New York: report: page 5 Marriages & Births news: page 7 Seldon classmates reunited: page 9 College News: Amazing GCSE and A level results page 10 OBs v Hurstpierpoint clash: page 20 Sam Griffiths Celebratory Rugby Match page 21 The 2009 Peter Rumney Memorial Rugby Match: back page 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 704204 e: email@example.com Office hours : 9am - 3pm (Mon - Fri) - Term time only Website & Magazine Produced by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83), 3B Web Design www.3bweb.com - (0845 450 5968)
OBA Committee: President & AROPS Rep: Tony Whitestone Hon. Secretary: Tim Loadsman (L. 1951-57) Administrator: Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81) Headmaster: Richard Cairns (ex officio) Parent Rep: Della Keighley Council Rep: Andrew Symonds (A. 1955-59) Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) Giles Stubbs (R. 1997-02) Nicky Stanton (W. 2001-03) Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) David Gold (S. 1986-91) Sports Rep: John Aiken (A. 1976-81 - ex officio)
Dear Old Brightonians, I hope this finds you well, wherever you may be, and that you enjoy the latest edition of The Pelican. Again, I am grateful to Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) for its production, as, indeed, too for the new look website. From now on, it will be easier to provide constant updating. I hope that a number of you will consider supporting this yearâ€™s annual dinner at the college and seeing at first hand the many new and exciting developments taking place. Please look inside for details. The OBA and the College are seeking ways to work more closely together, and a proposal for cementing a closer formal alliance will soon be made known to you. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes for the remainder of this year. Tony Whitestone, (ex staff, 1971-2006), OBA President PS: Thanks to the many Old Brightonians who send me their news, opinions, photos, memories. Keep them coming - email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association welcomed itâ€™s newest members on Sunday 21st June following the traditional Graduation Ceremony in the College Chapel.
News in brief For reasons best known to himself David Owen (B. 1945-48, right) has chosen to show his support for wounded servicemen (and raise a considerable amount of cash) by leaping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft. Help for Heroes are better off to the tune of some £16,700 as a result of this act of lunacy, and our Association remains extremely relieved to hear that David landed safely back on Earth... David writes: “The parachute jump finally took place on the 9th October 2008 having been transferred from the original date because the RAF wanted the air space. I never knew that I was that large! The total raised by all of you as I write this, stands at around £16, 700 which is a fantastic achievement. But, we don’t want to give them that, (as the expression goes) we want to give them more.” You can support David at: www.bmycharity.com/V2/Davidsparajump
New from OBs Rt Hon Sir John Chilcot GCB (H/S. 1952-57) has been appointed chair of an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, and its aftermath.
Dr. Ayan Panja (H.1986-91 - above) is the human biology expert on a brand new quiz show on BBC2 hosted by the legend that is Gyles Brandreth, called “KNOWITALLS”. The public put their knowledge to the test against a panel of hand-picked experts on various subjects on ‘the quiz show that has no questions’. The 15 x 30-minute episodes air during the daytime and challenge teams to impress experts by telling them everything they know about that expert’s specialist subject.
Moreover, Ayan also has a glorious new job title along with being senior partner at his practice. He’s now officially ‘consumer health adviser to NHS Choices’ who have Europe’s biggest health websites (7-8 million hits a month). David P Grigor (L. 1982-87) has been awarded a scholarship to Educators@ spaceacademy in Huntsville, Alabama, after 15 years in teaching. It is the Honeywell space educators’ fully intensive astronaut style week training programme for Maths and Science teachers from all over the world. The purpose is to give educators specialist resources to enthuse pupils of all abilities and further understanding of Science and Maths education at home with space exploration as the key area. In addition, David is being promoted by the Accessible Art Company as an emerging artist in Edinburgh. Vicky Hill (F. 2000-05 ), who left in June 2005, (with 576/600 in Art and 594/600 in Photography), has just gained a place on the MA Fashion and Advertising course at the Royal College of Art in London
from September. “It all began at Brighton College” she said. Peter Denton (S. 1945-48) is now retired in Mexico after leaving South Africa 6 years ago and living the good life with a 7 year stint in the Royal Marine Commando. Paul E H Davis (D. 1974-79) was recently awarded his PhD, by the University of Buckingham, for his work on Anglo-Irish Literature in the nineteenth century. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sam Pacelli (L. 1998-03) and Charlie Granville (L. 1998-03) are both members of The Noise Next Door, an improvised comedy troupe who have just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Over half their shows were sold out and they received fantastic reviews, supporting comedians such as Lucy Porter and Des Clarke. More information can be found on their website at www.thenoisenextdoor.co.uk.
New York Reunion 2009 A select gathering of New York based OBs met up at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Saturday 1st August. The College was represented by the OBA President, the Head Master, Richard Cairns, and the Second Master, Simon Smith. It is hoped to strengthen the network of US based OBs and to hold an annual reunion. If you would like to be involved in the network or have any suggestions about suitable dates and venues, please contact the College Development Officer Debra Chalmers: email@example.com. Picture below: Headmaster Richard Cairns seems amused that Simon Smithâ€™s Big Apple business venture had finally hit the buffers... Prcture right: OBA President Anthony Whitestone, Mary-Alice Parks (F. ESU Scholar 2004-5), Daniel Whitestone (L. 1996-1998).
Marriages & Births
James Borbone (C. 1991-96) and Valentina welcomed their first child, a little girl named Angelique Lily, on 09/02/09. Mother and Baby doing fantastically well, Dad is the proudest man in the world!
Peter Fokes (A. 1988-93 - right) married Rachel Thomas at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Peasmarsh nr Rye, East Sussex on 2nd August 2008. The wedding was attended by OBs Nick Fokes, Josh Brett (R. 1987-92), Rob Holt (S. 1984-89) and James Holt (S. 1990-95).
Katerina Humphries (nee Strong, W.) and husband, Paul, are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Feena Isabella Yasmin, on 7th July 2007.
Annabelle & Bruce Josyfon (L. 1986-91) are delighted to announce the birth of their first son, James Alexander (below), on the 27th January 2009.
Kyle Macdonald-Wallis (D. 1999-04 - left) married Corrie Easterbrook at Upton Vale Baptist Church in Torquay on July12th 2008. The wedding was attended by many OBs, in particular Daniel Holness (R. 1999-04) and James Davids (D. 199904) who were Best Man and Usher. We honeymooned in the Dominican Republic before moving into our new home in Southampton. We invite OBs to send us their photos of Pelicans from wherever you may find them... Main picture: Rob Older (R. 1996-01) has sent in this example from the “Isla Espiritu Santo” November 2007 21/09/09 Pelican Magazine, 2008 page 7 Inset: Picture taken by Miriam Bremer in St James’ September Park, London,
Vice-Presidents’ Luncheon by Tony Whitestone (staff, 1971-2006) OBA President On Wednesday 11 March twenty or so OBs and other guests met for the annual Vice Presidents’ Lunch at the Carlton Club. This was a new venue for the occasion and came courtesy of Andrew Symonds, to whom we are all grateful. After pre-prandials downstairs, we adjourned to a wonderful, small function
room, where we enjoyed a fine lunch under the beady gaze of that former Tory grandee, Benjamin Disraeli, and other Conservative luminaries. After grace wassaid by our official guest, Simon Smith, Senior Master at the College, Andrew gave a brief and illuminating history of the Club. At the end of lunch Simon gave an update on the many recent and exciting developments at the College and answered questions with his customary good grace
and charm. Although not all changes met with approval, there was nevertheless an understanding that the College was facing the present day challenges with vigour and imagination. I am grateful to our Administrator, Fiona Aiken, for overseeing the arrangements, and we will try to confirm the date and venue of next year’s lunch as soon as possible.
Kingsford Community School Scholarship In view of the redevelopment of the squash courts, Martin Buss (D. 1954-58) has agreed that the sum of £40,000 which he originally donated for the refurbishment of the courts some years ago, should be applied to supporting a scholar from Kingsford Community School for two years. This very generous donation will provide the opportunity to a bright boy or girl from a less privileged background to have the tremendous start in life they so deserve. The College has asked the OBA to pass on public thanks for Martin’s gift, along with
the news that one of the original Kingsford Scholars, George Weller, has recently been offered a place at Cambridge University. Any OBs interested in offering additional assistance to widen the Kingsford Scholarship scheme are invited to contact the Head Master’s office in strictest confidence by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin D. J. Buss (D. 1954-58)
1997-2005 “Seldon” Reunion On Saturday 5 September forty or so young OBs, from the Seldon years(1997-2005) returned to the College for an informal reunion. Anthony and Joanna Seldon dropped by to greet them and several members of staff from the same era. Both the President and current Headmaster, Richard Cairns, in their brief speeches, pointed out how fortunate the OBs were to be at the College in such an exciting and transforming time and that the College was currently going from strength to strength on the foundations laid during Anthony Seldon’s tenure. The returning OBs were much impressed by the many changes which have taken place in the relatively short time since their leaving the College. The OBA, which itself is undergoing a transformation, in conjunction with the new development office, hopes to arrange further informal reunions of this kind.
Sarah Williams (C. 1999-04), Harry Goss (S.2002-04), Ellie Ashcroft (F. 2000-04), Oliver Taylor (L. 1988-93), Gareth Scott (S. 1999-04)
Leconfield mini-reunion A group of ex-Leconfield pupils met up again after over 40 years (below) for lunch in Graffam. Ron Gamble who was over from Perth Australia triggered the meeting of old friends from their sixth form days. Nigel Wratten was also there but missed
the photo by leaving early. The group from the left is Dick Muir, who was a solicitor and is now retired, Ron Gamble who is a bankruptcy accountant in Perth, Alistair Wray, who works for a bank in Luxembourg, Barry Moore who is retired
from the BBC but now works freelance; and Rod Gautrey who is an accountant in London.
Brighton College Digest
Brighton College has never been a school that stands still or rests on past glories. Ever since its foundation, it has led the way in shaping how and what children learn, and how they achieve their potential. Never has that been more true than today. Where Brighton led as the first independent school in the UK to introduce compulsory Mandarin lessons, others have since followed. But what else has been happening at the old school? Exam Results set national record! The college again achieved the best A-level results of any co-educational school in the country, with 95.3% A&B grades at A-level. GCSE results also rose significantly with 76.5% A*&A grades (the best in the county). Eighteen pupils won places to Oxford and Cambridge whilst others will study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, or other Russell Group university courses. Build, Build, Build… There was a time when a new building was something of an occasion at the college, but nowadays it seems there’s something new every year. Hot on the heels of the
Alexander Visual Arts Centre, the £1.7 million art and photography studios that towers above the Woolton Quad, work has started on the Skidelsky Building. On the site of the former art school but with three times as much space, there will be new rooms for the Lower School, new Design & Technology workshops and a new English department. Meanwhile, Seldon and Williams Houses have relocated and Fenwick has a new Sixth Form wing in the John Leach Building. Jonathan Dimbleby opened the new Dimbleby Lecture Room (above left) and the college shops moved off campus to new premises in Kemp Town, now known as the College Tailor. Are you keeping up? Brighton College goes global Yes, really. A deal was announced in Abu Dhabi where the first two overseas schools will open followed by others in countries including India, China, Romania and Vietnam. Each school will have the Brighton College name and ethos, with the Head appointed by the ‘mother school’. The income the scheme generates will be used to fund bursaries for children wanting to attend Brighton College in Sussex and to assist future building projects. A chief executive has been appointed to run the company, ensuring that pupils at Brighton College continue to get the full attention of the Head Master and staff there. Boarding numbers at highest since 1931… …though fortunately, the facilities have improved somewhat. Thanks to weekly boarding and a refurbishment project of c£2 million, boarding numbers at Brighton have soared. It has become especially popular with families in and around Sussex,
All these Brighton College 2009 leavers achieved straight A grades in their A-Levels.
London and the Home Counties. So many people wanted to look round the boarding houses at a recent open morning there were queues in the Quad! More details of what’s happening at Brighton College can be found on the college website www.BrightonCollege. org.uk – Old Brightonians are always welcome to visit and applications for the children of OBs to enter the school are especially encouraged. All enquiries can be made through the Admissions Office on 01273-704201.
The College and the Association is saddened to hear of the death of one of our most accomplished alumni. Anthony Hockley (right) was emeritus neurosurgeon at Birmingham’s Children’s and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, and a pioneer of paediatric and craniofacial reconstructive neurosurgery for children with severely deformed faces and heads. Hockley, often known as Tony, was born in Hampton Court and brought up in nearby Richmond. He studied at Brighton College and graduated from London Hospital Medical College in 1966. After a
spell in 1967 as ship’s doctor on board a tourist ship, he qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1970. He found mentors and inspiration, first in Douglas Northfield (whose Surgery of the Central Nervous System was the definitive text of the time) as house surgeon in neurosurgery at the London Hospital, and later (via posts at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in southwest London and the Glasgow Institute of Neurological Sciences), from 1971 to 1978 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Simon Dee (formerly Nicholas Henty-Dodd, S. 1951-52 - left), who died on August 30 aged 74, was arguably British television’s first superstar; he invented the persona of the trendy talk show host and became a cultural icon in the 1960s, watched weekly by up to 18 million viewers before his precipitate fall from favour in 1970. Born Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd in Ottawa, Canada, on 28th July 1935, Dee came to Britain at the age of 11 and became the first voice on British offshore ‘pirate radio’ station Radio Caroline when it made its first broadcast during the Easter of 1964. His popularity grew steadily over the next twelve months and he was the first pirate broadcaster offered a BBC contract to do a show on the Light Programme. At the BBC Dee’s career flourished and he was soon groomed for a twice-weekly TV series (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s) before being moved to the coveted early evening slot on Saturday night. The show opened with Dee arriving at Television continued on page 13
Centre in a sports car accompanied by a ‘dishy’ blonde passenger. Simon Dee - formerly Nicholas Henty-DoddHe made several bitpart appearances in a number of British films (including the cult Michael Caine/Noel Coward classic The Italian Job). Lt Col (Rtd) Anthony K Sharp, OBE (B. 1933-37) died on 24th August 2009 in hospital. Anthony was the former Commanding Officer 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers and Founder and first Headmaster of Bredon School. Hester Stewart (W. 2004-06) died on 26th April 2009, aged 21. Professor Walter Ledermann (College master in the early 80’s) has died. “A sweet and gentle little man” whom students found “charming, friendly, understanding and delightful” and whose lectures “were masterfully presented”. Karl E. Schoeller (S. 1953-54) died aged 74 on April 28, 2009 in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born in White Plains, N.Y., resided most of his life in Greenwich, and for the past 11 years wintered in Vero Beach. Schoeller graduated from the Loomis School in 1953 and was an English Speaking Union Scholar at Brighton College in England from 1953 to 1954. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1958, and attended his 50th class reunion in Williamston last June. In his youth, he taught sailing at The Riverside Yacht Club and The Belle Haven Club during
the summer. He competed in the Newport to Bermuda Race in 1972 on Jim Grant’s boat, Irina. Schoeller retired from The First Boston Corporation in New York City, and then became a realtor for Prudential Connecticut Realty in Greenwich. He was a member of The Round Hill Club and The Horseneck Club, The Moorings Club in Vero Beach, the Williams Alumni Vero Beach Chapter. He enjoyed volunteering as a Red Baron at The Greenwich Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marcia O’Donnell Schoeller; a daughter, Mildred Boyd Schoeller of Delray Beach, Fla.; a son, Karl Christian Schoeller of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a stepson, Christopher N. Snyder of Boston, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Alexandra C. Snyder of West Palm Beach, Fla. and two grandchildren, Coco and Lilly Schoeller of West Palm Beach.
as Chorebus in The Trojans at Opera North. Yet he was famous in Germany, made Bayerischer Kammersänger in 1994, and was the baritone of choice throughout the German-speaking world for contemporary opera. He was the first Lenz in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz at Hamburg State Opera and starred in Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexiko, Manfred Trojahn’s Enrico, Aribert Reimann’s Das Schloss (he was K) and Jörg Widmann’s Das Gesicht im Spiegel - the latter two at the Munich Opera Festival. Salter died in Karlsruhe, the day before starting rehearsals for Britten’s Death in Venice. He had been cast as Kepler in Philip Glass’s new opera about the astronomer, opening next autumn in Linz and at the Brooklyn Academy. continued on page 15
Penny Lloyd, nee Allen (F. 197981 - right) died on 9th April 2009 after a two year battle with breast cancer. She is fondly remembered by her many friends. Michael M Coombs (H. 1937-39) died on 19th March 2009. Lt Col (Royal Marines) Mark Grantham Chanter Gosling (S. 1956-60) died on 5th February aged 66, following a battle with cancer. Alan P Ferrers-Guy (A. 1954-57) has died. The baritone Richard Salter (B. 1957-62), who has died aged 65, only appeared once on the British operatic stage - in 1986, Pelican Magazine, September 2009 page 13
OBA Annual Dinner 2008 Written by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) The Old Brightonian Dinner was held this year in the dining hall on Saturday 29 November. The Association was delighted that this year’s special guest speaker was Dr. David Bull, broadcaster (appearing regularly on “The Wright Stuff ”, “Radio Five Live”, “Most Haunted”, and “Richard & Judy”)
and Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion at the next general election, and diners were treated to an account of his rich and varied career to date. Welsh Ruggermeister John Pope (right) attended as guest of the Association, and as expected there was a good turnout of OBs to dine with the great man.
Annual Dinner 2009 Saturday, 28 November 2009 7.30pm in The Great Hall The Old Brightonian Dinner is the highlight of the OBA social calendar, and the Association is delighted to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be one of the College’s most accomplished alumni, documentary filmmaker Chris Terrill (A. 1965-70). Chris Terrill is a documentary maker with more than 100 films to his name. Terrill photographs, records and directs all his own films which range from the purely observational to the investigative. Between now and the dinner, Chris will be embarking on his latest wheez: a jolly jaunt up the side of Mount Everest (or at least to Base Camp). Chris writes to us: “My reason for going to Everest is that I am making a 90 minute “Special” documentary for Sky1 about Royal Marines Commandos badly injured in Afghanistan who are attempting to get their lives on track again. We are embarking on a major
trek to base camp (actually there will be four trekking teams totaling 80 men) including climbing a number of peaks on the way. It will be a great challenge to these men many of whom have lost limbs or received horrific wounds and/or burns - not to mention post traumatic shock. The initiative is called the Khumbu Challenge and is part of Project Fortitude (www.kc09.org). Our patron is Prince Harry.” The Association very much looks forward to hearing how he got on, and hopes he’ll still have some energy! Tickets are priced at £37.50 per person, £70 per couple to include a four course meal, wine and port. U25’s can buy their tickets for £25. For tickets, updated details and a guest list, please visit: www.oldbrightonians.com/ calendar/calendar/ oba-annual-dinner-2009.html Pelican Magazine, September 2008 page 14
Old Brightonian Lodge No. 4104 The Old Brightonian Lodge held its first meeting of 2009 on Friday, 9th January, in the College which was well attended. W.Bro. Christopher Apps gave an interesting paper entitled “In the beginning...” which traced the history of operative masonry from the 13th century with its lodges until the formation of the present speculative lodges in the 17th century with its culmination in 1717 with the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England which is now a world wide organisation. The meeting was followed by an
excellent dinner in the College at which the Master, W.Bro. Richard Lynch-White presided. The Lodge was formed in 1920 and during the past 89 years has been a cornerstone of the OBA. It meets four times a year in the College in January, April and June with the installation meeting of the new Master in September, and we dine well after each meeting in the College. Since 1920 the Lodge has supported the College with its own unique Scholarship Fund which has enabled many outstanding pupils to complete their education in the College.
The Lodge also supports the various Masonic Charities which together raise the second largest sum for charity after the National Lottery. In Sussex for the past few years we support the “Sussex4Sussex” appeal which has raised over £1.6m for local charities in Sussex. Any OB or former parent of an OB is invited to apply to become a member and should contact the Secretary, W.Bro. Michael SwordDaniels on 01273 479195 or email email@example.com.
Obituaries continued continued from page 13
Sam Griffiths (S. 2005-08 - right). The Association is shocked and deeply saddened to have to report the death of this enormously popular former pupil of the College. Sam, a boarder in School House until June 2008, died after falling on to a railway track in the early hours of New Year’s Day. We are also greatly moved and gratified at the extraordinary show of support shown by his friends and peers through the FaceBook community, and invite OBs to read the kind and heartfelt tributes left for Sam and his family there. The OBA extends it’s very deepest sympathies to Sam’s mother Christiane, his father, Ian and his younger sister, Kate. Richard C Usherwood (S. 195356) died on 9th October 2008, aged 71. He was Head Boy at Brighton College (1955-56) and a former master at Radley College.
Captain Alan B Haywood (B. 1945-49) died on 17th September 2008. His funeral was be held on 30th September at Worthing Crematorium. Alan Summarsell (A. 1967-72) The Association was greatly saddened to hear that both Alan and his son Gareth died as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident on 1st June 2008.
Alan joined Brighton College in 1967 from Brighton College Junior School. He was in Aldrich House where he excelled as a sportsman, both in rugby and athletics, where he, along with a handful of other boys, attended meetings with other local schools. Here he showed his ability as a sprinter, which was also evident in his rugby as a winger for the 1st IV. Alan was enthusiastic in all he attempted both academically as a scientist, in sports and socially, being fully involved as a prefect in the running of the house. He was also involved in the CCF motorized transport section where he showed an interest in cars and developed skills in mechanics which were honed when doing up and selling on cars in his spare time. Married for 27 years he had two children, Gareth (25) and Hannah (23). He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and work colleagues whose lives he lit up by his drive, initiative and love of life. Pelican Magazine, September 2009 page 15
The OBA and the Social Networks The Association now actively engages with our members through the fantastic channels afforded by Social Media. We are mightily impressed particularly by FaceBook and Twitter, and urge or entire membership to take a look; FaceBook serves as a professional and
social network that is supremely easy to use and is a fabulous means by which to communicate with fellow OBs (as well with any usergroup with similar interests to you), and you’ll notice that we’re featuring any “tweet” that uses the word “oldbrightonians” on our website’s new
More than 3,000 men and women across the World belong to the Association of Old Brightonians, all with one thing in common - we have all attended Brighton College. Among our members you will find an amazingly diverse range of people. They include people in television, radio and theatre musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen, authors, explorers, artists and even a Druid. Of course, there are doctors, lawyers, bankers, business people and teachers, but also countless students
and people taking gap years. Some of our members are old, many live abroad, and the majority are men because the College did not go fully co-educational until the 1980s, but in the OBA all members are treated with the same respect and all are equal. This is not the Old Boys Association, whatever you may have heard! The Aims of the Association: To enable former pupils to keep in touch with one another the College and their former teachers. To provide regular social occasions, both formal and informal, and to help members who wish to organise their own events when possible.
To support a wide range of clubs and societies, sports teams and activities which can be enjoyed by Old Brightonians. To help Old Brightonians to share their experiences and opportunities with one another. To strengthen the links between Brighton College and former pupils.
Membership of the Association
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If you’re not currently a member of the Association, it’s never too late to join! Simply download and complete the form from our website at www.oldbrightonians.com/ membership_01.htm and return it to the OBA office.
OBA Annual General Meeting NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Old Brightonians will take place in the Library at BRIGHTON COLLEGE, Brighton at 6.30pm on Saturday 28 November 2009. AGENDA: 1. To read the Notice convening the meeting 2. Apologies for absence 3. To read and confirm the minutes of the last meeting 4. Matters arising therefrom 5. Correspondence 6. To receive and, if approved, pass the accounts for the year 7. Matters arising from the accounts and the Hon. Treasurer’s report 8. Election of Officers & Committee 9. To consider and if thought fit to pass a resolution that with effect, from 1st August 2010, the assets of the Association be transferred to Brighton College, Registered Charity No: 307061, subject to the condition absolute that Brighton College fund, administer and continue the Association and activities for the benefit of current and future members and that
the assets of the Association be held by Brighton College UPON TRUST for the benefit of such members and/or to provide from the income therefrom a bursary towards the education at Brighton College of children of Old Brightonians or local children at the discretion of Brighton College and that the Committee of the Association be empowered, without further General Meeting, to make such changes to the Rules of the Association to give effect to the resolution as may be consistent with the aims and objects of the Association as set out in the current Rules. 10. Any other business C D Loadsman, Hon. Secretary The Committee asks that any nominations for Officers or Committee should be received by the OBA Office at least 48 hours before the meeting.
1956/57 Rugby Team Meetings Written by Graham Appleton (D. 1953- 57) For over 30 years a few members of the 1956 & 1957 Brighton College XV’s have been meeting in London for a preChristmas “luncheon” to talk about old times. We started in 1968 with Graham Appleton (D) 1953- 57, Harry Bourne (D) 1954-58, Brian Piepenstock (D) 1953-58, Nigel Clarkson (A) & the late Mike Bowen (D) 1953-58. We have met at several London restaurants & clubs, Nigel being a Lloyds Shipping Broker knows the better locations in the City. Over the last 10 years the numbers have grown; other regular attendees being Spud Murphy (H) 1954-57, David Laing (A) 1954-57, Tony Bennett (S) 1953-56, Mike Singleton (D) 1955-60, Keith Kan (B) 1953-58, Mike.Tremellen (C) 1952-57,
Keith White (D) 1953-56, Tom Salmons (L) 1957-61, Andy Symonds (A) 1955-58, Tony Merrifield (L) 1953-57 and Dunc Morris (B) 1954-57 also joined us this year. 1957 SurvivorsOur last get-together in December 2004 saw Mike Wright (S) 195357, our 1957 XV Rugby Captain fly in from Norway, having made a career in the Army. We hadn’t seen him for over 45 years and having been an outward-bound enthusiast from his army days he did not look much different. One amazing thing, he had saved the original posted team lists, complete with drawing pin holes! Mike dressed for the occasion, with his original 1st XV colours blazer, colours tie, colours scarf & colours cap! We all discussed our lives; some more varied than others are. Of the 1956/57 1st XV attendees, Harry Bourne has travelled Left: A mini reunion of “Old Bristolians”, 26th November 2008. “We met up at a new restaurant in the Bond Street area. We haven’t kept very good contact in the 55 odd years since we left the College. It was good to reminisce and a quiet toast was drunk to Bristol House of happy and not-so-
the world as a Chevron oil engineer; Brian Piepenstock controls one of the largest independent electrical manufactures, Nigel Clarkson has worked at Lloyds, Graham Appleton runs a farming enterprise in Sussex, Keith Kan has been an accountant, finally working for the Aston Martin Car Company. Tony Merrifield (L) 1953 –56, who was better known as The Tank in our XV, made a career in the Royal Engineers, serving all over the world. Not many Old Brightonians know that we have been meeting over the years, but any other members of the 1956/57 1st XV teams would be most welcome. We look forward to hearing from you. Above: Mike Tremellan, Graham Appleton (D. 1953- 57), Gus Garwood, Andrew Symonds (A. 1955-59), Nigel Clarkson happy memory. How times have changed! Considering our school days, it was surprising to note that we had all turned out to be reasonable people. And we left the venue quite sober!” Left to right: David Blake (B. 1952-56), Neville Abraham CBE (B. 1950-55), Joe Chappell (B. 1951-56). Pelican Magazine, September 2009 page 17
Old Brightonian Golf Autumn Meeting 2008
by Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67) The Autumn meeting last year was held in October at Puttenham Golf Club, a little gem full of glorious autumnal colours tucked away near Guildford and where one of our longer-standing and loyal members has held just about every office a Golf Club can offer. We don’t think (and hope he hasn’t) been Head Chef, but that is about all! There was good support - 14 played - and the Whitmore Bowl was won by the local man, Watson Failes, with 36pts. Peter Lahaise and Warwick Laing were in close pursuit with 35 pts and Adrian White had 33 pts. The quality of the lunchtime hospitality reduced the time available afterwards to a shorter course foursomes, which was won by the Hon. Sec and Alan Chesterfield with 20 pts, followed by David Laing and Adrian White with 19pts. It was good to see Peter Ficken again recovered from his injuries and playing again. It is currently hoped to hold this year’s Autumn Meeting on October 5th at West Sussex, Pulborough, where another very long-standing supporter, John Spink, is this year’s Captain. The Hon. Sec will send out details in due course but OBs wishing to play and who are not on the mailing list are welcome to contact him.
Halford Hewitt 2009
by Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67) A first round draw against Canford offered some ground for optimism that we would progress this year. As is usual, there were some players unavailable that we might have liked to include, though we still raised a fair team of mostly middle single-figure players. Unfortunately, hopes were dashed again. In a very stiff northeasterly wind that made maintaining rhythm extremely difficult and the front nine at Royal Cinque Ports seriously testing (many a good drive failed to reach the third and fifth fairways), we went down 5-0, though not without some individual heroics. The fact was that Canford’s highest handicap was lower than all but one of ours! We welcomed Patrick Spencer for the first time this year. To give him an idea of what the Hewitt can be like, we sent him out at top pair with Andy Sweet and they revelled
in the spearhead responsibility, only losing a great match in which they had been up most of the way on the last green. We look forward to him joining us again. Geoffrey Bush and our star, Riaz Rattansi played well against very classy opposition but lost 3/2. We tried the Julians, Hunt and Tate, at third pair with much expectation but they failed to gel, Julian T appearing out of sorts, and went down 5/4. The older stagers Chris Pett and Robin Colbourne held on to a slender lead for much of their match, aided by some remarkable chipping and putting, but the power downwind of their opponents on the lengthy home stretch (one opposing drive measured over 360 yds) finally saw them go down 2/1, and Chris Gates and Chris Long didn’t disgrace themselves but were outclassed in going down 3/2. Thus it was into the Plate competition again, this time against Rossall in the first round. We had beaten them in this event quite recently, but this time they showed more of the class one expected from a team that has several times been a finalist in the main event to show, and the tables were turned. A 3-0 defeat saw us licking our wounds and off home on the Friday for the first time in many years. We shall be back.
The OB Golf Society at the Cyril Gray Tournament (2009)
Robin Colbourne (H. 1960-65) In this scratch, foursomes team matchplay competition for three pairs of golfers over the age of 50, played at Worplesdon, Brighton were scheduled to meet Ampleforth in the opening round, followed by either Chigwell or Framlingham in the main event or the plate. Practice day: On Wednesday 24th June, on a cloudless day, 5 of the team of 6, Watson Failes, Martin Sabey, Warwick Sabey, Nigel Dearsly and Robin Colbourne assembled for the practice day. The opening day of the competition itself, offered the possibility of 2 rounds of golf so, Watson decided to miss the practice round and save his aching bones for the event proper. Whilst sorting out who would play with whom for the practice round a telephone call was received from Chris Pett, the sixth member of the team to say that he had suffered a spasm in his back (whilst looking for a bottle of wine) and so was unlikely
to be able to play in the competition. So it was left to the “day boys” to take on the “boarders” in an 18 hole “grudge” match of scratch foursomes. On this occasion the “day boys” prevailed. After the practice some dedicated telephoning of other potential players failed to find anyone else who would be able to play at such short notice and so Chris was prevailed upon to turn up so that we could at least produce a team. First round: The first day of competition was another faultless June day with a slight breeze to make the heat more comfortable and to add a touch of spice to the golf. The team assembled at 8:00 with Chris looking in considerable discomfort although he said that he could swing a club and that it was the walking that was likely to be the greater problem. Taking into account the possibility that Chris might have to give up before the round was completed we decided to pair him with Watson and put them out first pair and try to win the points required at pairs 2 and 3 (Nigel & Robin, Martin & Warwick). The old golf adage of “beware the injured golfer” came true as Chris and Watson won quite comfortably. Nigel and Robin had a very tight match which they managed to pull back to all square at the 18th so had to wait to see how the Sabeys had done. Martin and Warwick in true “Bristol house” fashion pulled through winning comparatively easily and so Brighton were through to the second round, (without the need for the 2nd pair to go down the 19th) which was scheduled for the following morning. The following day again held the prospect of 2 rounds of golf (if we prevailed in the first) and so I was delighted to hear from Adrian White who said that he was prepared to travel to Worplesdon for lunch and play in the afternoon, if required. (Thank you Adrian for your most unselfish attitude and tremendous understanding of the problems inherent in putting out a team of “old crocks”) Second Round: A cloudy calm day offered the prospect of some good golf, Chris was looking in much less pain and so we set forth with high hopes with the running order of the Sabeys at one, then Nigel and Robin and finally continued on page 19
continued from page 18 Chris and Watson. All three pairs recorded comfortable wins and so we progressed serenely into the Quarter finals where our opponents would be the highly regarded Whitgift. Having been joined by Adrian, another enjoyable Warplesdon lunch was consumed by all. For the afternoon game Watson took the opportunity of a rest and so Adrian was paired with Chris whilst the other two pairs remained the same. Quarter Finals: Adrian and Chris at first pair had a very comfortable win whilst Martin and Warwick came up against some considerable talent finally succumbing at the 16th. This meant that the match rested on the shoulders of Nigel and Robin who were 2 down with 6 to play. A birdie 4 at the 12th was only good enough for a half, but a win at the
Sport in brief Ollie Phillips (H. 1996-2001) is in the pink after a dramatic debut for Europe’s most glamorous club] Ollie Phillips (H. 1996-2001) is in the pink after a dramatic debut for Europe’s most glamorous club last night. The Brighton-born winger came off the bench for Stade Francais to make a try, score one himself and have a last-gasp effort ruled out for offside in a 40-35 defeat to Montauban in the French Top 14. Phillips, 25, made a shock switch to the top Parisian club, famed for their extraordinary pink kit, after running out of contract at Newcastle Falcons. A genuine old folks reunion (right) took place on the Saturday of the Peter Rumney Memorial Match at Brighton College. These four have been playing rugby together or against each other since the mid sixties, when the two Richards were at the Junior School and Glyn and Mark at St Christophers.The three “Aldrich lads” played in the College 1st XV in 73 and 74. The two Richards then joined Brighton RFC, before all were reunited playing for many many years for the OBRFC. Left to right: Glyn Adams (A. 1970-75), Richard Brightwell (A. 1970-75), Richard Lawson-Cruttenden (BCJS 1965-70), Mark Hudson (A. 1970-75) Pelican Magazine, September 2008 page
13th meant back to 1 down. 14th, 15th and 16th halved with a bogey and 2 pars. A win at the 17th meant all square and everything to play for. Robin’s dreadful chip at the 18th and a missed putt of some 6 feet meant that Brighton could only manage to halve a hole that they should have easily won - and so down the 19th. Both sides hit good drives and 2nd shots to the edge of the green. First putts leave Whitgift 10 feet and Brighton 9.5 feet from the cup. Whitgift’s putt drops in with it’s last gasp from the right hand edge of the hole whilst Brighton’s putt slips agonisingly past on the other side and so Whitgift prevail in a wonderful match played in great spirit and competitiveness. Final results of all games played for individuals is Martin Played 4 Won 2 Lost 2, Warwick P4 W 2 L2, Nigel P4 W2, Halved 1 L1, Robin
P4 W2, H1, L1, Watson P2, W2, Chris P3, W3, Adrian P1 W1 Once again my thanks to the 6 who turned up to play. Next year’s event will be from the 23rd to 26th June. Please mark in your diaries and make yourself available for selection, if at all possible. Any golf players who would like to be considered for selection or who would just like to join us for a drink or lunch, please contact me. I would love to have the situation where we have a “trial” to select the team rather than just turning out the only 6 who make themselves available.
OBs v Hurstpierpoint 27th December 2008 by Hugo Baldwin (S. 1999-03) With Christmas hangovers and steaming breath whipped away by the icy winds the OB’s arrived at Hove RFC for this years instalment of the Padwin Cup. With honours even from last year there was a real expectancy in the air, round two if you will, a second chance to establish dominance. Icy heads and fiery hearts took the field on the 27th to do battle for just a few inches of silver but a whole institution’s respect. It is a shame that in recent years Hurst and Brighton College have discontinued sporting fixtures, but both Old Boy Club sides were adamant whatever the stakes we would fight to keep the long standing rivalry going. Unfortunately for the few hundred spectators that braved the cold to watch the game, it was a tad one sided as many of the Stockholm ‘Dream Team’ touring side returned to swell the ranks of the OB’s. The starting pack was indeed sizable, hooker Alex Yeo (H. 1998-03) at 6ft 2 and 16st was incredibly among the lightest on display such was the sheer bulk of the engine room, made even more impressive by the fact at just 24, he was also the oldest! Props Timmy Walford (a quite brilliant scrummager) and Tim Mason were rugged and powerful, and they admirably backed up by the solid Alex ‘Dell’ Keighley (L. 2002-07) who is turning into a very promising ball carrier. Whilst in Alex Yeo (H. 1998-03) the OB’s possess a ball playing hooker who is just as capable in the back row as he is in the front three, a most dependable and brave rugby player with an impressive work ethic and excellent darts in the lineout. In the second row we had myself and fellow work
horse Alex Shaw (R. 2002-05) who is a master of abrasive tactics and exceptional under a high ball. However in the back row we have a phenomenal trio developing, England Students No.8 Ben Maidment (R. 2002-04), a hulking 6ft 4 19 st prize bull, bristling with muscle and determination. Openside flanker Harvey Strudwick (H. 2006-08) a most talented ‘mad dog’ style flanker, his speed and ferocity around the tackle area is an invaluable asset to any team, I feel Harvey will follow in Ben’s path and we will certainly see more from him on a representative level. And finally Andy Hodgkins (R. 2002-04), he could play in any one of the back 5 scrum positions (in fact I think he did on the day) and did so with such natural talent it is difficult to know where to play him. What we all know about Andy is his immense fitness, power, pace and natural game awareness coupled with his sizeable stature and build make him stand out as one of Brighton College’s best ever players, he is honestly quite exhausting to watch sometimes, a quite brilliant player and a bone crunching tackler, Hurst will have hated playing against him. The backs with such names as Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08), Adam Phillips (H. 199803), Tom Hird (A. 2001-06) and Will Harris (S. 2000-05) from scrum half to outside centre would surely frighten any National 3 back line, whilst ultra speed machines in James Baldwin (S. 1999-01), Tom Howell (A. 2000-02) and Dipo Osho made the out wide options look mouth watering. In Tom Hayward (D. 200206), Will Murrills (R. 2003-05) and Josh Jones (D. 2006-08) we have three players capable of playing anywhere on the field all possessing excellent hands and pace. The new look Tom Hayward seems to be in excellent shape and his try in the 2nd
third demonstrated his undoubted natural acceleration. I have waited until now to mention Rupert Baldwin (S. 2001-06) as he was meant to be employed as a flanker on the day, but whenever we saw Rupert, he seemed to be out in the backs, he does have excellent hands which he demonstrated throughout the day and isn’t slow for a forward, indeed, he expertly set up Tom Hayward for his try. However, I think we all might have liked to have seen Rupert hit a ruck at some point. Perhaps he would prefer an outing at 13 next time out. All of this was expertly marshalled by Nick Buoy, current College 1st XV coach who came on for a 25 minute run out and played very impressively with an excellent last ditch tackle on Hurst’s huge tight head prop in the dying minutes. Within 10 minutes of the start of the game Adam Phillips danced through to score to the right of the sticks, and the metaphorical flood gates opened. The OB’s pack was so dominant up front both in the scrums (Timmy Walford) and in the lineout’s where myself, Rupert and Alex Shaw stole countless ball off our often much taller opposition (hats off to the lifters), it was sometimes hard to play the backs in more. In reflection we should have really put at least three or four more trys on the opposition. To list each try one by one would take an age and given my love of pomp and ceremony would most likely turned into a mini novel, so a simple list should suffice. Harvey Strudwick 2, Dipo Osho 2, Adam Phillips 2, Tom Howell, Alex Shaw, Tom Hayward 1 each. The final score ended 53 - 7 in the OB’s favour, we did however lose the annual boat race afterwards for the second year in succession, and given the number of Exeter University boys we have I must say I was actually pretty disappointed. Here’s to Hove RFC for their generous hosting of the event and a genuinely warm thank you to Hurst for what was actually a very physical match. I hope to see you all at the OB’s next home game and thanks so much to all those who braved the arctic winds to cheer both sides on. Follow the OBRUFC here: www.oldbrightonians.com/rugby/ Pelican Magazine, September 2008 page 20
Sam Griffiths Celebration Tournament A rugby tournament to celebrate the life of Sam Griffiths (S. 2005-08 see obituaries) was held on Sunday 6 September 2009 at Hurspierpoint College. Rugby teams from Hurst, Brighton and London took part and each team was enthusiastically supported by a team of cheerleaders who all performed HAKAs before the tournament.
Hurst very generously hosted the event and provided lunch. Approximately ÂŁ10,000 was raised for the newly launched Sam Griffiths foundation (Helping the Young Help the Young) . This is supported by Sir Richard Branson and will be managed by his Virgin Unite Foundation.
Sport in brief Hugo’s Hooligans (right) won all 7 games on the Egham 7s including a tough semi final game against the Household Cavalry Regiment 21 14 before going on to beat Windsor (one of the top teams in South West England 3) in the final 35 - 7. Overall they played 7 games, scored 236 points for and conceded just 47. The squad included: Hugo Baldwin (S. 1999-03), Alex Yeo (H. 1998-03), Ben Woolf, Ben Armitage, Tom Howell (A. 2000-02), Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08), James Baldwin (S. 199901), Ben Rutt, Phillip Vance, and Chris Rodgerson. Above right: The victorious OBRUFC are presented with the Egham 7’s trophy, 23/05/09 The OB’s won the Egham 7’s on Saturday 23rd May in a new tournament record points tally. Joe Gatting (H. 2001-04 - below) has signed a two-year contract with Sussex County Cricket Club, keeping him at Hove until the end
of the 2010 season. Joe, nephew of ex-England captain Mike Gatting, was selected on the ‘Academy Plus’ scheme for Sussex CCC, but his hard work and dedication over the winter culminated in a tremendous innings on pre season tour, where he scored 110 against a strong Surrey side. Gatting represented the Sussex Academy and 2nd XI before a three year footballing career with Brighton and Hove Albion. He continued to play the odd game for the Development XI and his club, Preston Nomads, before finishing with football and returning to cricket. Matt Prior (R. 1995-00 - right) finished the Ashes series as England’s second highest runscorer, second only to England captain Andrew Strauss. To have also received so much credit for his glovework speaks volumes about the contribution Matt made in bringing home the Ashes. Matt joins fellow Old Brightonians Holly Colvin, Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh in the 2009 Ashes Brighton College Roll of Honour; all three girls having played their part in ensuring that the England women’s team retained the Ashes in July.
Cronk Cunis Tournament 2009 Monday, 31 August 2009 This year’s team reached the quarter finals beating Whitgift in the first round, and last year’s winners, KCS Wimbledon, in the second round before being beaten by a powerful and welldrilled St. Benedicts team.] This year’s team reached the quarter finals beating Whitgift in the first round, and last year’s winners, KCS Wimbledon, in the second round before being beaten by a powerful and well-drilled St. Benedicts team.
The OBRFC team included Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08), Harvey Strudwick (H. 2006-08), Sam Turner (S. 2003-08), Tom Turner (S. 2002-07), Ryan Bhimji (L. 2003-08), Lloyd Jefferson (R. 2003-08), Max Maidment (R. 2007-09), Nik Pass (AB. 2007-09), Josh Jones (D. 200608), Jonathan Elvidge (A. 2003-08) and Keith Gue (D. 2007-09).
Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) and Holly Colvin (F. 2003-08 - right) help England bring the Ashes home... twice!
The 2009 Peter Rumney Memorial Rugby Match The Peter Rumney Memorial Rugby Match The second annual Peter Rumney Memorial Match took place on the 12th September 2009 on the College homeground, and was both a well attended and contested affair. As you are aware Peter (H. 1937-39) passed away in 2007 and many an OB has expressed the thought that it would be fitting to introduce an annual memorial
rugby match to celebrate the life and achievements of Peter. Peterâ€™s wife Mary is highly supportive of this and so 2008 saw the start of this annual event. The match was played on the Home Ground after House Matches and before the 1st XVâ€™s first match of the season against Cranleigh.