THE MAGAZINE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD BRIGHTONIANS SPRING 2005
ISSUE 17 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
OBS JOIN THE HEADMASTER ON A REMEMBRANCE TRIP TO YPRES, NOV 2004 by David Gold (S. 1986-91)
Brighton College has benefited in many ways from the leadership and vision of Anthony Seldon. One of the most remarkable innovations he has brought to pupils, parents and OBs alike are his now legendary visits to the Great War battlefields. If anyone doubted his knowledge or enthusiasm for the history of World War I, even after being told that Anthony has been to Ypres on 42 occasions, all doubts would have been cast away after joining the latest Seldon excursion. Equally, anyone who dared to suggest that the schedule might be a bit ‘tight’ in the time available, clearly did not realise that Anthony runs these trips with military precision! We started, appropriately, with a brief
people might, in another age, have been wiped out by the horror of war.
service in the Brighton College Chapel which was extended to commemorate the 143 pupils, OBs and staff who were killed fighting for their country between 1914 and 1918. The last time I was in Chapel was to share the celebration of 140 pupils graduating from the College in July. It chills me to imagine that entire group of young
After a comfortable ferry crossing and onward drive to Ypres we were led to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. The memorial contains the names of 54,896 officers and men from all the overseas British and Commonwealth forces who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16 August 1917. Every day since 1929, with a four year gap during the German occupation of Ypres, traffic from all around has been stopped and the Last Post and Reveille has been sounded in all weathers at 20:00 hours. Usually two members of
2 2 JOIN JONATHAN PALMER AT BRANDS HATCH GRAHAM APPLETON ON THE 1956/57 RUGBY LUNCH
TRAVELS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC BY EVAN OWEN-POWELL (L. 1994-99) OBA HALL OF FAME: DAVE CLARKE (H. 1982-85)
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FORTHCOMING OBA EVENTS: Month:
OBA London Drinks
The International, WC2
May Ball Celebrating 160 years of Brighton College.
BTCC hospitality day
Cricket Dinner Celebrating 150 years of College Cricket
OBA Vice-President’s Lunch
Army & Navy Club
The Great British Beer Festival George Major (S. 1992-97) is leading a party of Old Brightonians to
OB Day 2005 Brighton College An extensive programme of events for every taste at the College, open to all Old Brightonians and their families. Details to follow shortly.
OBA London Drinks
The International, WC2
OBA Annual Dinner & AGM
More information at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/calendar_01.htm, or call the OBA office on 01273 704250
12 OBA RUGBY VETS V. HOVE FULL REPORT
13 BACK PAGE: APPEAL FOR NEW PLAYERS
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Old Brightonians, Not just Old Boys! - Anyone who believed the Old Brightonian Association was just a bunch of old men would be surprised these days. For one thing, we’re not all men – girls have been educated at Brighton College for more than two decades now and I am pleased to see that more and more of them are returning to OB events such as the London Drinks (next one 10 May!). Hall of Fame - It’s not just that we have female Old Brightonians, but that many of them are already achieving so much. Nina Humphries (F. 1989-91) has already established a name for herself as a foremost composer, providing the themes to a variety of major television series, while our foremost female OB ambassador is Clare Connor MBE (W.1989-94), England Women’s Cricket Captain, television broadcaster and teacher at Brighton College. I am delighted at her inclusion as the first female in our Hall of Fame, a major part of our expanding website, and look forward to more female OBs being nominated soon. Clare joins people like Dave Clark (H. 1982-85), the legendary techno DJ and anti-drugs campaigner, Oliver Heath (R. 1983-88) of Changing Rooms fame, and Daniel Peltz (S.1974-79), a highly successful property investor and author of two novels, not to mention Lords Skidelsky and Alexander, Peter Mayle or Tony Hawks. These are just a few of the 26 people currently enrolled.
Keep an eye on the website www.oldbrightonians.com - for new names in the coming months, or email me to nominate OBs who you think have made their mark in life.
South Africa 2005 - I was very pleased that the OBA has been able to sponsor the College Rugby and Netball Tour of South Africa this year, our second time of being major sponsors. I attended the fundraising Ball in March and was able to meet some of the Brighton tourists who will represent their College and their country. OBs can be assured that these young men and women will represent us well. We all wish them every success in August.
of social activities planned for the rest of the year and I urge all OBs to get involved. If you enjoy a good drink after work, the London Informal Drinks on 10 May are for you – last time more than 40 people drank the bar dry! A new fixture is the private hospitality box at Brands Hatch in June, courtesy of OB Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74). Tickets are in short supply, so please book now to avoid disappointment. The Annual Dinner will be a splendid occasion in November, with Johnny Gold (L..1940-45) as our Guest of Honour. There is a special ticket price for couples, so please take advantage! Modernisation - A lot is being done behind the scenes to bring our Association up to date and to take us forward. I am encouraged by the increased participation of OBs from all eras, as well as the generosity of members who give their time and money to help us in our endeavours. Ultimately we have two objectives – to stay in touch with one another and to support the current pupils and staff of Brighton College. I believe we are getting better at both – and in this 160th anniversary year, I think we can go forward with confidence and pride. Happy Birthday Brighton College. David Gold (S. 1986-91)
Social Events - We have an exciting range
TOURING CAR RACING AT BRANDS HATCH - SUN JUNE 5 "For car racing enthusiasts, you can't get better than the British Touring Car Championship. The bumper-to-bumper, door-banging antics of the tin-top boys and girls have made the BTCC Britain's favourite national car racing series for year after year... " Sunday 5th June 2005 marks a brand new event in the OBA calendar, thanks to the generosity of former Grand Prix racer and BBC television commentator Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74). Guests will see the British Touring Car Championship race from the comfort of a private suite, where we will also enjoy a delicious buffet
knowledge, outspoken views and experiences in motor racing and F1 in particular. This promises to be a superb event and we anticipate high demand for the limited number of tickets available.
lunch. A cash bar will be available and car parking is provided at no additional cost. Jonathan will join us to share with us his
Price: £40 per person, including lunch and parking. Contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA office on 01273 704250 to book your place.
OLD BRIGHTONIANS’ ANNUAL DINNER 2004
report by Simon Smith Throughout the evening the young and the not so young mingled and chatted easily together. It was particularly good to have Fred Lancaster and Anna Wheatley, Deputy Heads of School, sitting down with us, Matt Smith, the Head of School, having had to rush off to another engagement, not unconnected with the 1st XV.
The association’s dinner this year was a select affair. As if consciously to complement last year’s, when 30 years of coeducation was celebrated, an overwhelmingly male party gathered together in the Dining Hall on a cold November night. It was a most convivial evening of good wines, an excellent dinner, and of course one in which nostalgic reminiscences hung in the air like cigar smoke. Jane Haviland, in her final turn as OBA President, coordinated the proceedings and welcomed the guest of Honour, Jeremy Hunt. A prospective conservative candidate (and Old Carthusian) he spoke eloquently about the value of an association such as the OBA to the life and spirit of the school and peppered his talk with wit that went down well with his attentive audience. Anthony Seldon paid tribute to Jane’s term
David Gold (S. 1986-91) and Miss Jane Haviland (F. 1979-81) with guest speaker, Jeremy Hunt
in office and welcomed David Gold, who now takes up the baton as President, following in the long line of distinguished names that appeared on the reverse of the menu.
Formal dinners, for whatever reason, may not hold the sort of appeal that they once did, but anyone attending this one would have felt it to be a most worthwhile and civilized gathering. Our thanks are due to Fiona Aiken, whose good offices as OBA administrator ensured that it all happened in such style.
Full story at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ annual_dinner_2004_01.htm
1956-57 1ST XV LUNCHEONS report 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 pre-Christmas “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. Our last get-together in December 2004 saw Mike Wright (S) 1953-57, 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 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. If you would like to be put in touch with Graham and the team, please contact Fiona Aiken at the OBA office. Full story at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ london_dinner_2004_01.htm
O B A H A L L O F FA M E - DA N I E L P E LT Z ( S . 1 974 - 7 9 )
It is unusual for a property stalwart to write one, let alone two, novels. The Sunday Express, awarding a four-star rating, describes Daniel Peltz’s second novel Out of the Blue, published in October, as ‘one of the best war stories you’ll read this year’. Another review refers to it as ‘a highly emotional and beautifully constructed novel’. He believes his second book is better written since his style has developed. Even so, Daniel admits to having problems with the timeline, changing the date of the birth of his central character several times to suit the plot. Can Daniel offer tricks of the trade for budding writers who find they have time to spare over the festive season? Of course, it
helps if you can write well. Daniel does not hold with the cliche that everyone has a novel in them. He stresses the need to be disciplined and patient, to ‘just get on with it, and make it more than just an idea’. He always researches his subject carefully and thoroughly, but I was surprised to learn that he doesn’t plan a skeleton story in advance. He starts with an idea, begins putting it on paper and the story develops. Peltz adds: ‘You know when it’s good because you’re typing and just can’t get the words out fast enough. Speech helps since it crystallises a point of time and moves things along.’ He strongly advises having an agent to have any chance as a new writer. With a total of 17 rejections before he found his publisher, Peltz learnt you have to be tenacious. Publishers are
understandably reluctant to risk backing new, untested writers. Daniel was fortunate to find the Book Guild which actively encourages new writers although it is selective, publishing only a fraction of applications received. Peltz is unlikely to give up his day job since, as he ruefully admits, he ‘won’t earn a fortune out of writing’. But he does derive great satisfaction from being creative. As he puts it: ‘The book didn’t exist before me. You make a mark – that I like.’ And the inordinate pleasure he derived from the cheque for his first novel was completely out of keeping with the amount. Watch out for the next book, billed as a ‘modern-day Shakespearean drama’ in which I am told the property world will be portrayed. full story at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/peltz_01.htm (where you can also buy his books!)
The Association of Old Brightonians is leading an appeal to former pupils for help in raising funds to build a new pavilion at the East Brighton Ground (the New Ground). We all know how desperate the facilities are at the New Ground, which as well as being an embarrassment when hosting matches with other prestigious schools, make life miserable for our current pupils. The added benefit to the OBA will be a permanent office for us as well as a bar and function suite to hold less formal social events and meetings.
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The President wrote to Old Brightonians asking for their help and we have been grateful to those who have responded. A number of Old Brightonians have generously agreed to become Foundation Members, donating £3,000. Some have sent a one-off cheque while others have spread the payments over three years. Either way, the Government gives tax relief on charitable donations, which means such donations can become £4,200 at no additional cost to the donor!
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Many other OBs have been equally generous in sending what they can afford, with donations ranging from £20 upwards. This is fantastic because not only does every penny help us reach our target, it also shows the Pelican Pavilion is being funded by a broad donor base. A ‘group effort’ if you will.
If you have not yet made a donation but might be willing to, please contact the President of the OBA directly – and in strict confidence. He will be very willing to discuss any issues with OBs, including how to spread payments. Names of donors will not be released publicly without prior consent.
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TRAVELS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC By Evan Owen-Powell (L. 1994-99) “Where are you going? Samosa?” “No, Samoa.” “Ah, sorry: Somalia. That’s in Africa, right?” Having finished my Masters Degree in the Politics and Economics of Development at the University of Bologna in northern Italy last year, I toddled off to Fiji to undertake an internship with a small environmental NGO. I will pass lightly over my time in Fiji, primarily due to the fact that, at the time, I found it hard to believe that I was actually there and my memories of the place are the dregs of a beautiful but evanescent* dream, so to speak. The office I worked in consisted of mainly very dread-locked, unwashed, tree-hugging hippy-types (presumably Lancing College old boys) who were fond of quoting nonsensical phrases such as: “many people never stop to realize that a tree is a living thing, not that different from a tall, leafy dog that has roots and is very quiet.” My time there was a little odd though thoroughly enjoyable, and I have to say Fiji is an extraordinarily beautiful country and well worth a visit. During my stay in Fiji I found myself one evening sitting next to an elderly lady from New Zealand This did not seem overly fortunate at first (a young lady from New Zealand would have been better), until I established that she was in fact the head of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational?, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the Pacific, and in true Brighton College spirit I proceeded to ply her with wine until she offered me a contract as a volunteer at the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa. Three months later, I find myself sitting in an airconditioned office in the UN compound in Apia, approximately eighteen thousand miles from Leconfield House and the Chapel, wondering what exactly I’m doing so far away from the College, and most, presumably, of my fellow Old Brightonians, but more importantly almost four thousand miles away from the nearest KFC outlet. I’ve only been here a few weeks now, but am settling into the way of life rather quickly – going back to Brighton is going to provide me with an unusual reverse culture shock. Waking up in the morning and being suddenly hit by the fact that you are actually upside down in relation to Dr Seldon is a
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peculiar experience. In fact, no one is more surprised than me. Well, Dr Seldon might be too, I guess. I am living in a spacious house by a little bay for the princely sum of 18 pounds a week (puppy included) in a small village just outside Apia, the capital, called Taumesina. Every morning I wake up early and drink coffee on my veranda, whilst watching the sunrise over a small lagoon – there
is nothing like a sunrise in the South Pacific: it starts off grey-green, then slowly turns to a dark pink before melting into a bright orange colour which is spectacular - on an almost daily basis. I then walk to work under the shadow of a volcano (which I hope is extinct. Convinced I saw smoke pouring out of it this morning though), past people who wave and smile, presumably at my sunburn, and then settle in to a day’s paperwork at the UN. Tropical paradise, really. Evenings are spent relaxing at the yacht club, playing tennis or golf, or generally thinking of all the others boys and girls from the Brighton College year of ’99 who, due to the twelve-hour timedifference, are probably slumbering somewhere (except for a few, who are probably still out partying…), anticipating their daily commute on the tube to a job which probably consists mainly of hiding the utter loathing they feel for their boss, whilst dreaming of having a life that doesn’t so closely resemble hell – to borrow a quote! Yesterday I was invited to play cricket for the UN in a charity match, but, this being Samoa, the
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Page 5 pitch was double booked (the Samoan ladies over 40s cricket club were having their first match of the season. And there were some really scary looking fast bowlers. People here are big…): I stuck around to loaf for a while in the pavilion, thinking about my exploits in the Brighton 3rd XI (in particular my epic 3 not out against Lancing to draw the match in 1995. A great innings, it’ll be on DVD in the summer) until a bunch of young chaps turned up and started having a chuck around of their own. And they were really very, very good. Very good indeed. Not quite College standard of course, but they could give the Lancing u15s a good thrashing I’m sure. Thinking “hang on! I’m 23: I should Take Charge” I organized them into a little game on the outfield, which they readily agree to. They play a local form of cricket here in Samoa called “Kirikiti” which is essentially Twenty20 cricket, but played with a giant triangular bat (and also, everybody has a whistle for some reason), so they’re pretty good at smashing the ball to the rope. Or pretty good at smashing my lofted leg-spinners, anyway. Then a chap from the Samoan Ministry of Sport - well, the President actually - turned up and, presumably taking me for somebody else, offered me a parttime job as coach of the Samoan Academy XI. My friends here have a sweepstake on how long it will take the kids to work out that they are in fact better cricketers than I am. So, that’s my life in the South Pacific so far. The water to the village was cut off yesterday, so in the forty-degree heat combined with almost one hundred per cent humidity, everybody pongs a little bit – which is taking me back to my time working in Fiji. If anyone is reading this and is tired of Blighty, why not pop over? Or, if you’re passing through, I have a spare bedroom and promise to buy you a Vailima beer or two. I’ll even let you play with the puppy… Evan Owen-Powell, UNESCO, Apia 8th March 2005
ANTHONY SELDON TO LEAVE THE COLLEGE IN 2006
It has been announced that Dr Anthony Seldon is to leave Brighton College after eight and a half years. He is to become Master of Wellington College with effect from January 2006. continued from page 1... the volunteer fire service perform the salute, but on this occasion there were five buglers. Representatives of six men whose names are listed on the Portland stone panels were invited to lay wreaths. It was a short, simple ceremony, but also very moving and poignant. Afterwards, the Brighton College party stopped to look at the seemingly endless names of those whose bodies remain in the Flanders soil, their bodies never to be identified. The sheer scale of the loss of life was starting to weigh heavily on us all. An exceptional allowed us a bit of time to reflect and get to know others in the group. There was a tremendous spirit which transcended the broad age range of our party. As the courses kept coming and the wine kept flowing, new friendships were made and the horrors of war were temporarily forgotten until the next morning. Whether or not Anthony Seldon went for his much promoted 06:15 walk is not clear, but he wore a chunky sweater to breakfast to make us think it was cold outside all the same! In fear of detention we had all taken heed of his warning to be in the hotel lobby at 08:40 sharp and it was a short walk to St George’s Church for the dedication of a plaque commemorating the Old Brightonians who gave their lives. The plaque, a long overdue tribute, was generously donated by Ian White, Chairman of the College Governors and an Old Brightonian and parent of an OB. He
Simon Smith, known to generations of Old Brightonians, has agreed to serve as Acting Head while a permanent replacement is found. Dr Seldon has helped to generate a national reputation for the College and has overseen a 50% increase in pupils, a dramatic rise in academic results, a had invested many, many hours in arranging this trip and for him and his wife it was something of a pilgrimage as relatives had been lost on the fields of Flanders. The Church is entirely dedicated to remembering the British and Commonwealth troops who were sacrificed in the horrors of 1914-18. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of plaques and memorials list friends, family, former pupils and colleagues. Every one tells a separate story. The College Chaplain’s sermon gave those Old Brightonians life once again when he pondered which one would have been the class clown, which the football star, and who might have been the Oxbridge high achiever had the War not intervened…and he suggested that like boys and young men throughout the generations, these OBs would have been just as interested in sport, sex, food, drink, sex as any other lads their age…..not fighting a war on foreign soil when barely out of school uniform. The remainder of our time in Ypres was a whirlwind of visits to cemeteries, both British and, importantly, German, as well as the Field of Flanders museum in the Cloth Hall, and Hill 60, the site of a most horrific carnage and still largely preserved but for the hand of nature with all its craters caused by mines and shells.
substantial overhaul of the College’s facilities and a broadening of the activities available to pupils. Dr Seldon and his wife Joanna have accepted the President’s invitation to the Annual Dinner on 26 November. It is hoped that as many OBs as possible will join us on that occasion to say farewell. If it is possible to choose a highlight of this entire experience, it should surely be the visit to Sanctuary Wood and the trenches which have been preserved thanks to a Belgian family who purchased the land at the end of the War. After visiting the museum which contains some of the most horrific images of war I have ever seen, we walked through the trenches to see for ourselves how claustrophobic and wretched they were. We then paused in the wood as the chiming of bells struck the hour, for a two minute silence. And as we did so, the yellow and orange leaves of the trees around us silently fell to the ground as if to symbolise all those who had fallen on that very spot all those years ago. Many of us remarked later that at that moment, there seemed to be an atmosphere which cannot be explained. It was something very raw, and real and powerful. To Anthony Seldon, and to Ian White, our deepest thanks for enabling us to join in this collective weekend of remembrance. I hope that in years to come future generations of Old Brightonians will visit to pay their respects to the Old Brightonians who never lived to see their potential fulfilled. If they do, they can finally see a fitting memorial in St George’s Memorial Church. I for one will be returning – and I will take my godson as soon as he is old enough to understand. We will remember.
MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE Walter Hett was my house master in Durnford, which was across a lane next to the hospital, now demolished. I think I went to the College because Walter Hett was one of my god fathers (the other was the Red Dean of Canterbury) and the exams were not demanding in those days.
and get a good mark, even if not honestly! I saw no point in this and so came bottom of the class; the result being that I had to report to Mr Williams at his house first thing in the morning. I did this twice but he was never available.
Dawson, 'The Chief', was the Head Master.
During my time both the Horderns were in Chichester House. The elder was a very powerful member of the College rugger team. The younger was the actor.
Down one side of the rugger field were the classrooms of corrugated iron, at least the roofs were as such. The Chief referred to them as the "tin palaces" I think. One Bill Williams was a popular Wilsons house master and I think also an ex-heavyweight boxer in the Navy. I remember him as the general knowledge teacher, when he would give one word answers. He would ask a question and after a pause for us to write the answer if we knew it, would then give the correct answer so we could write it down anyway
Ionoff was a Russian who escaped that country in about 1918. He had a great sense of fun and I remember him being asked by a member of staff why when firing in the miniature range his shots went so wide. His reply was that he was allowing for the wind from the window!
Christopher Hassall was in my dormitory. I remember going to Professor Seven with him to have a phrenology session. This was in some side street. Eash year the masters and boys put on a Gilbert and Sullivan play, in which my Godfather took a prominent part.
EA Cory (D. 1924-29) More memories from OB’s can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ cont_archive_01.htm
A PERSONAL JUBILEE 2 BY JOHN PAGE (MASTER, 1954-85) “I have been young, and now I am old.” (Psalms XXXVII; 25) In the last issue of the Pelican I wrote about the Remembrance Service in November 2004 and the changes since my first in 1954. I had been appointed in January of that year to help with the four members of the Sixth Form who were taking Latin at A Level. Norman Frith, a Classical Exhibitioner at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, had started the course but found it too much of a commitment in addition to his duties as Head of the History Department. The small class included Timothy Bavin and Robert Alexander, and intellects like theirs needed little extra instruction. For their essays on Roman History I used titles I had been set four years previously and, more importantly, the notes I had taken down when my Greats tutor had tried to remedy some of the inadequacies in my own efforts. For the most intellectually distinguished on the Arts side during my time at the College I would add to those two names above, Richard Buxton and Robert Skidelsky. The former wrote a play about Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus which Peter Gough produced and directed, insisting on programme notes in Latin. The latter stayed on for a year after his A Levels and came to me at the end of the Easter Term to enquire about the Ancient History syllabus. I saw no more of him but found out four months later he had achieved an A grade on his own initiative. No wonder his subsequent academic career prospered, although I do remember he came back to give a lecture in the year of the OPEC crisis and predicted that we would soon be growing potatoes in the Front Quad in order to survive! Jack Head the Bursar had been at school with my father but I hope that was not the only reason Bill Stewart gave me the job. ‘Tickety-Boo’ as he was always known ran the whole administration with his hyper-efficient secretary, Miss Ball, from the room now occupied by the Deputy Headmaster – some contrast with the present management staff who have expanded to cope with the phenomenal increase in numbers, premises and facilities and now occupy the entire ground floor of the Dawson Building, the rooms of which make much better offices than classrooms. Commander Head had run HMS King Alfred, the wartime training establishment for RNVR officers in Hove, and one of his many services to the College was to bring in ex-CPOs with all their loyalty and reliability to man different departments like maintenance and workshops. Then on Fridays they would put on their old uniforms and train the Naval Section of the CCF. In the Common Room T A Hill and R L Farnell had served in the First World War and Martin Jones records how in the Second they had “done yeoman service with a
cheerful readiness to do anything at any time by day or night.” Archibald Hill suffered badly from arthritis – he had won a sprinting blue at Oxford – and taught all his classes from the depths of a large armchair. I thought the greatly respected Ralph Farnell an intimidating figure at first but he was always ready to help a young colleague. Once when I was drafted in to teach a bottom English set he was amazed to be asked whether he invariably counted the number of words in a précis – a weekly exercise. It had obviously never occurred to him to trust a schoolboy’s computation. Tom Smart had been RLF’s batman in the trenches and the school would not have functioned without him, although he still suffered the effects of being gassed. On top of his other multifarious duties as Porter he was responsible for all the coal fires in the Main Block, and mine in Room C (now the Library) burnt a hundredweight a day, which had to be carried up from the cellar. When warmth was permitted late in the winter term old lags who had previously sat in the rear row would rush to be first in to ensure a place near the fire. The smell of charring wood surprised us one day as a red hot poker appeared through the panelled door from the cerebral haunt of Higher Mathematics. That generation knew nothing about B. Ed or PGCE but for me the most striking transformation brought by a professional approach took place on the rugger field. Geoffrey Lees had established a winning tradition in cricket that has been well maintained by John Spencer. In fact GWL was the character I have most admired in my whole career and no one else possessed the same alchemic gift of bringing success to all he touched: cricket and squash, English Department and Aldrich House, and later as Headmaster of St Bees. By contrast Bernard Boddy, though a wonderful athlete and centre-half for Pegasus, was not a triumphant rugby coach and in the 50s we watched the XV experience more defeats than victories. The nadir of humiliation came at an away match at Cranleigh with a report in the Guardian next day when their rugby correspondent said a Brighton forward told him he had never played on the winning side at any level. Anyway John Pope was an inspired choice by
Henry Christie and I saw him in action at close quarters. He used to disappear on Saturdays to play for Rosslyn Park and gave me the privilege of escorting the XV and carrying the First Aid bag – one wet sponge! On practice afternoons he would appear on the Home Ground with his lesson plan neatly written out and proceed to give a master class to 30 boys instilling individual and team skills. It still took him nearly ten years before every match was won and Old Brightonians no longer had to look back to the 20s for days of glory. Of course before the switch to rugby in 1919 Brighton had won the Public Schools Challenge Cup in 1910 and the Arthur Dunn Cup for old boys sides in 1913. Current academic achievements show the difference professionally trained teachers make in the classroom – in the decade of the 20s a total of 26 pupils gained Higher Certificates and in the period 1940 -45 only 38 passed. So nobody should lament that the era of amateur schoolmasters has passed, although many of us preferred that term on our passports in order to avoid any hint of a link with the NUT. Unfortunately I did not read Jonathan Smith’s The Learning Game until I retired and learnt he had been rebuked by his parents for avoiding the job description ‘teacher’. (See John III.2!) His book should be a prescribed text for paedagogues and I can also recommend his Wilfred and Eileen, dedicated to Marjory Seldon, which is an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Dr Seldon’s grandfather, nearly killed by a skull wound in 1914. Richard Holme’s last book Tommy, a ‘landmark’ volume on WW1, mentions Peter Chasseaud as “the doyen of the war’s topographical historians” and says no serious student of the First World War should be without his Topography of Armageddon. Peter was a colleague in the 80s and supplied the provenance of some trench maps and a panorama of the Ypres Salient I had found among my father’s papers. I never knew until now that such a definitive opus was in gestation. Richard Holmes also warned against the dangers of oral history and any of us who have read subsequent accounts of events we actually witnessed know what distortions and varied interpretations occur. So if anyone who has read this far can add to or correct these reminiscences I shall be grateful.
ASSOCIATION OF REPRESENTATIVES OF OLD PUPILS SOCIETIES
The 2004 Annual General Meeting was held on 9th November 2004 at St Paul's School. The President, Roy Elliott (Old Caterhamian), took the chair. 59 members were present representing 47 societies. The Chairman, Roger Moulton (Old Pauline), reported in the year's activities which had included a successful conference at St Swithun's School attended by 124 representatives from 76 societies. This was a record attendance. The Annual Dinner, held in the evening, had attracted 38 diners. He said that arrangements for the 2005 conference at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby were well in hand. He announced that it had been decided to produce a book using the information gathered by Margaret Carter-Pegg and Tim Neale about what had happened to schools during the Second World War and that David Stranack (Old Whitgiftian) had been appointed to write it.
The Treasurer, Guy Cliff (Old Silcoatian), reported that the AROPS finances were in good order. He said that he would be stepping down as Treasurer but would be remaining on the Committee. The President thanked him for all that he had done in his years as Treasurer. The President thanked the Committee for all their hard work over the previous year. All the Committee members were re-elected together with Fiona Porter (City of London OGA), John Millican (Old Barnardian) and Mike Thomas (Old Crosbeian) all of whom had been co-opted during the year. Rosemary Hamilton resigned both as Registrar and a committee member and Guy Cliff retired as Honorary Treasurer.
Roger Moulton (Old Pauline) was re-elected as Chairman. Tim Neale (Old Radleian) and Melanie Whitfield (Old Embleian) were elected as Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary respectively. Maggy Douglas (St Albans High School OGA) was elected as Registrar. The AGM was followed by a short presentation from Alistair Summers and Paddy Earnshaw of the Old Pauline Club. The evening was rounded off by an excellent supper which gave plenty of opportunities to talk and discuss matters of mutual concern. more at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ arops_2004_01.htm
NEWS FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS Glen McCready (S. 1985-87) I've had a couple of West End leads (in Blood Brothers and - gulp - The Mousetrap!) and various theatre bits and pieces including four appearances as pantomime dames but recently I've been doing a lot of voice over work including audio books and I've just started to get some positive press. I also did a couple of voices on a cartoon short for Aardman/Film Council ("PIXELS") which should be released in the next few weeks and next week. I recorded the unabridged version of Ben Elton's PAST MORTEM, a very enjoyable text to prep funny, gruesome, filthy and a real page turner! Just hoping I can do it justice... The books I've recorded so far are really only found in public libraries so next time you're in one see if you can find one of mine...! I teach voice and speech at my old drama school, Webber Douglas, and at The London Drama School (set up by fellow OB Sarah Mann). I also teach public speaking and acting privately and have occasionally been a talking head on radio shows.
Dave Clarke (H. 1982-85) I was in Hamden in the eighties under my then name David Maurice Carter (my father also went there in the late forties early fifties - Brian John Carter, he sadly passed away at the beginning of January this year). I only left with a few O levels and firstly did basic shop work to then work as a civil servant, however I always followed my passion of my music and subsequently built up a career through DJ'ing. I now have a massive discography, with a variety of production/remix credits (including but not limited to Depeche Mode, Gary Numan to other acts that you have probably not heard of that have been successful in the world charts... also doing work on The Mission Impossible (1) theme tune), I have DJ'd and broadcast on many networks, having international shows running from Brussels to Istanbul over a two year period, I even did a stint on Radio One
back in 1997. I have also composed my own music which has also had success in the charts. Furthermore I continue to DJ all around the world every weekend and on average do 4-6 flights every week all over Europe, Japan, Australia/NZ,Canada, USA,and some of South America, a lot of European countries have been visited over 40 times each, but then have been traveling professionally for over ten years now, not bad for someone who was lent a music mixer by my chemistry teacher (Mr. Pritchard I believe)! Finally I have been lucky enough to be the subject of various documentaries, some shown on domestic networks like ITV and others on domestic networks in European countries with many front covers in music magazines and pieces/ articles in high brow papers including the FT, also I have been on Panorama with my anti hard drug stance. Right now I live partly in W.Sussex and Amsterdam.
Amy Tarrant (W. 1992-94) Lots has happened since I moved back to the UK 3 years ago. I landed a Marketing job at American Express in London and started studying for my MBA last year. I was transferred to our Singapore office at the beginning of 2005 and I really love the lifestyle out here. I am now single and enjoying the trappings of expat living. Love to hear from any Old Brightonians who find themselves out hereâ€Ś
Phil Tredinnick (S. 1986-91) I currently live in Harpenden, Herfordshire with my wife, Melissa, and our gorgeous little girl Susanna. I'm a TV comedy writer having worked in the business for the last nine years (but that doesn't mean I can think of anything funny to write here.) Still friendly with various OBs: Andy Sweet (D. 86-91), Steve King (D. 86-91), Jim Hickey (S. 86-89) & Phil Baksh (C. 86-90) - to name but a few.
Evan Owen-Powell (L. 1994-99) Graduated Durham 2002; after a brief stint at university in Lisbon went on to do a Masters Degree in the Politics and Economics of Development at the Universita di Bologna (Italy), then worked for an NGO in Fiji last year, now working in the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa (very far away from the College!).
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OBITUARY - DR JOHN ALAN POLLOCK (H. 1937-38)
A slice of history came to an end with the death last week (5 February 2005) of Dr John Alan Pollock, a former World War II commando who set up the UK’s first doctors’ deputising organisation in 1960. At its height in the mid-1970s, Dr Pollock’s ‘clinical organisation’ (as he liked to call it) had on its books more than 400 doctors of all specialities, including GPs, and covered all of south London below the Thames. Not only did his organisation provide much-needed on-call services for GP practices, it also provided locums for hospitals, which at that time were short of manpower and in need of just such a lifeline. To doctors, too, Dr Pollock’s ‘clinical organisation’ provided a vital service, offering trainees at all stages of medical education a chance to earn extra money and to devise a more flexible way of earning a living while between jobs and studying for exams. For hundreds of overseas doctors, who were coming to the UK in huge numbers in the 60s and 70s to gain postgraduate qualifications, his organisation was thus a godsend for providing them with invaluable first-hand clinical experience before they could find a permanent post. A sign of the caring, service ethos that Dr Pollock instilled in his clinical organisation was the fact that he eschewed the term ‘agency’ to describe it. He regarded it more as a not-for-profit
body, where the money gleaned from its large turnover was simply the oil necessary to keep its complicated machinery going, not the end purpose in itself. He was proud of the fact that he never advertised. Service to patients and a good grounding for doctors’ careers were his watchword. This philosophy was evident when he was approached by the UK’s largest locum agency, Aircall, in the early 1980s to buy him out for a not inconsiderable sum. Dr Pollock turned down the offer, telling Aircall that he believed his organisation would ‘give patients a better standard of care than theirs.’ This was not an idle boast, as his home and headquarters in Bexley Heath, Kent, contained rooms full of filing cabinets housing notes of patients his doctors had looked after. The philosophy behind Dr Pollock’s locum service stemmed in part from its unorthodox genesis. Dr Pollock did not set out to form a locum agency, but fell by accident into doing so when he was engaged on a period of biomedical research (into synthesising the pheromone, androstenol, in the lab) after completing a stint as an SHO in Porthcawl, Glamorgan. He was constantly being asked by colleagues to stand in for them and was consequently asking others to stand in for him. He became so
adept at juggling shifts that he decided to make it his second profession. But Dr Pollock was the first to acknowledge that his organisation’s success was in large part due to his wife, Diana (nee Surtees), who was also a doctor and later worked as a GP in Barnehurst, Kent. During the organisation’s busy years, she worked full-time with him, helping to run it. Alan and Diana had met as students at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, where they both trained between 1947 and 1953 – Diana having previously worked as the personal assistant to eminent surgeon, Sir Headley Atkins. Alan and Diana were married while still at Guys’ and went down in the annals of that august institution as being the first students to be allowed to share quarters in the students accommodation, where the mixing of sexes had strenuously been forbidden until then. In the mid-1980s, they slimmed down the organisation to one offering out-of-hours on-call services to GPs in south-east London. Even after Diana’s sudden death in 1988 at the age of 61, Dr continued on page 11...
DEATHS Peter W Arundell (L. 1935-38) has died. Richard N Humpherson (H. 1933-37) died on 24 February 2005, aged 85. Norman F Rea (D. 1924-30) died on 17th September 2004 at the age of 92. Howard C Williams (Wa. 1924-27) died on 1 January 1993. G B Ufland (H. 1945-49) has died. Richard Tomkins (D. 1927-31) died on 9th January at the age of 91.
Professor Francis J Anscombe (H. 1931-36) died on 17 October 2001. Daniel J H Phillips (H/C. 1952-57) has died. Robert Jeremy Green (C/D. 1964-66) has died. Robert H Allen (S. 1935-40) has died. David Williams (A. 1974-77) has died. full up-to-date details at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ deaths_01.htm
MISSING OB’S please contact the OBA office if you have any contact details for the following: Cahusac, H C (C. 1947-50) Cairns, A O S (R. 1980-85) Camp, J L (C. 1990-95) Cannadine, M (H. 1983-86) Cappin, D J B (R. 1982-87) Carpenter, Edward (A. 1992-97)Carpenter, S J T (H. 1975-79) Carritt-Baker, Joshua (D. 1988-93) Carson, Richard M (R. 1985-90) Carter, B J (H. 1953-55) Carter, Emily (F. 1996-01) Cartwright, Melanie L (F. 1985-87) Casey, A J (A. 1985-90) Chan, Elroy (D. 1997-99) Chapman, N F (H. 1974-77) Cho, Hyun-Sang (S. 1995-99) Chowdhury, S S (S. 1993-95)
Christmas, Samuel (R. 1992-97) Christoforou, C A (A. 1975-80) Chung, G (R. 1986-88) Chung, J Y (C. 1981-83) Clark, D L (D. 1985-88) Clark, P (A. 1945-49) Clarke, P (A. 1977-80) Clarke, R A (D. 1976-83) Clifford, Paul J (B. 1954-58) Cobb, K M (F. 1987-89) Cobbett, C J (H. 1978-81) Cobbett, J A (H. 1978-83) Cobbs, Mark J (A. 1976-81) Cohen, Gary (L. 1991-96) Cohen, Nicola (F. 1993-98) Coker, A A (F. 1982-84) Coldron, Andrew O (R. 1976-81)
Coldron, Christopher J (R. 1977-84) Cole, Alan C (H. 1981-86) Collins, A O (L. 1936-40) Collins, A R (D/B. 1969-72) Collins, J J (B. 1979-82) Collins, J R (A. 1982-87) Colverd, Andrew R (C. 1981-85) Colvin, S J (B. 1979-81) Comens, Daniel J (L. 1987-92) Conway, L R (H. 1968-71) Conway, S A M (H. 1984-86) Cook, David P (S. 1983-87) Cooke, Peter G W (S. 1978-83) Copley, P D (H. 1973-78) Copp, Thomas R J (A. 1988-91) Corbin, B P J (A. 1978-81) Cordingly, M R (A. 1987-92)
Cornthwaite, Jonathan (S. 1994-99) Cornthwaite, Laura Amy (W. 1991-96) Cory, C C D (B. 1951-54) Cotton, P B (H. 1975-80) Cowley, C R (C. 1977-80) Cowper, Gavin C (S. 1946-48) Crawford, D L C (C. 1962-67) Crest, Dominic A (A. 1987-90) Cumner, B L (B. 1953-55) Curtis, Daniel R (S. 1997-02) Curtis, David (S. 1994-99) a full list of missing OBs at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ missing_01.htm
12 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BRIGHTON COLLEGE BY MARTIN JONES (EX STAFF) BRIGHTON COLLEGE... 1. is the oldest indigenous Sussex public school. Founded in 1845, the College is 3 years older than Lancing, 4 years older than Hurstpierpoint, 13 years older than Ardingly and 22 years older than Eastbourne. Christ's Hospital, founded in 1552, moved out of London only in 1902. 2. is responsible for most charities enjoying special tax status in English law. A running battle between Brighton College and the Inland Revenue from 1916 to 1926 produced a series of changes to tax law in the 1918 Income Tax Act, the 1921 and 1922 Finance Acts and, above all, section 24 of the 1927 Finance Act. Brighton College v Marriott went all the way to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (November 1925). In recognition of Brighton's exceptional achievement, the Headmasters' Conference met at the College in December 1926. 3. has a motto unique among English public schools: it is in Greek. In Great Britain, only one other HMC school has a Greek motto - Edinburgh Academy, founded in 1824. The College's motto comes from Aeschlyus' play Agamemnon, written c.458BC. The first known use of the motto comes from 1849 so it may have been chosen when the school was founded. 4. was the first school in England to have a purpose-built science laboratory. The young College was a pioneer among English schools in teaching science and the specially designed building was the gift of the third Principal, Rev Dr John Griffith, in 1871. Put to various other uses over the years, the long thin single-storey red brick and flint building was the music school for most of the second half of the 20th century. 5. did not invent the althletics sports day, as is often claimed. That honour belongs to Cheltenham College in 1852 whereas Brighton held its first such meeting in 1856. The College did, however, invent the school magazine. The first issue appeared in November 1852. 6. is the only school ever to have won all eight trophies for shooting at a single meeting at Bisley. The annus mirabilis for Dr John Alan Pollock continued... Pollock carried on working by himself, aided by a nurse and a secretary until the early stages of dementia from Alzheimer’s disease forced him to retire in 1996. But medicine was only one part of Dr Pollock’s career – before that he was a soldier, serving as a captain in the Black Watch and then with No5 Commando. He grew up in Hove, Sussex, where his father – who served in the First World War as a naval surgeon – was a GP. As the Black Watch were stationed on this part of England’s south coast in expectation of a Nazi invasion, he volunteered to join this ‘local regiment’ in 1941 and was given a commission. He then volunteered to join the Commandos, and successfully passed its gruelling selection and training courses at Achnacarry, near Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, before helping to run courses for recruits himself. So it was as a captain serving under the famous Brigadier Lord Lovat that Dr Pollock stepped onto French soil on D-Day at Sword Beach, near Ouistreheim, disembarking the landing craft to the sound of Lord Lovat’s bagpiper skirling away.
Brighton's VIII occurred in 1927. Shooting was the most important sport at Brighton during the 1920s and 1930s. At least one cup was won every year at Bisley. Brighton headed the annual Bisley averages from 1926 to 1936. 7. had no complusory games until 1902. The cult of sport, so significant to the Victorian public school and inspired not (as is usually claimed) by the legendary Dr Arnold but by Charles Kingsley, thus came very late indeed to Brighton College. 8. acquired its present site (in the dry valley known as Bakers Bottom) very gradually. The present campus was not fully in College ownership until 1969 when the land now occupied by the Woolton Quad was at last bought - for the (then) vast sum of £20,000. 9. has one winner of the Victoria Cross: Harry Dalrymple North Prendergast (BC 1849-50). He won his Cross as a subaltern in the Madras Engineers for a series of acts in 1858 during the Indian Mutiny. A soldier of the Indian army, Prendergast rose to the rank of full general (1887) and became a Knight Grand Cross of the order of the Bath (1902). In 1885, he commanded the Burma Field Force in a brilliant short campaign up the Irrawaddy to seize Mandalay at the start of the Third Burmese War. A bronze plaque commemorates him in the College Chapel, but his sword (which used to hang above it) was stolen in the 1960s. 10. pupils elected the School Captain until 1878. The image of the Victorian public school we hold now owes far more to the 1950s or the 1920s than the 1850s. The realm of the masters was confined to the
After securing the beachhead, Dr Pollock’s company was re-assigned duties and was ordered to re-take the infamous German gun batteries at Merville, set into concrete bunkers on the heights overlooking Ouistreheim and providing a serious threat to the success of D-Day by bombarding Allied shipping. The Merville battery had already been captured at great cost of lives by the British, who had left without clearing the concrete labyrinth below of the remnants of the German garrison. The controversy surrounding what really happened at Merville is still raging, but when the site was being turned into a museum in the mid-1980s, Dr Pollock was asked to provide voice commentaries for Merville Museum’s audiotape tours for visitors. After the battle for Normandy was ended in late summer 1944, Dr Pollock’s No 5 Commando was moved to the Far East, where his unit took part in a series of sea-borne landings leap-frogging down the Burmese coast to capture the occupying Japanese. He was then involved in the re-capture of Mandalay. After VJ Day and the Japanese surrender, Dr Pollock
classroom and the chapel. Everything else was the province of the boys because, in the words of the College's prospectus on 1866, the independent exercise of such responsibilities "formed manliness of character and habits of self-control." The boys thus ran all the societies, entirely by themselves. They wrote and published the magazine, entirely by themselves. They organised and financed all the sport and other recreational activities that took place, entirely by themselves. Each sports team elected its own captain. No master came anywhere near any of these activities. The balance of power was totally different from anything that we would recognise but, then, it is we who, despite the Thatcher era, do not understand Victorian values. 11. Winchester Cathedral was saved from certain collapse and ruin in 1905 by two OBs: the architect Thomas Graham Jackson (BC 1850-53) and the engineer Francis Fox (BC 1859). Between them, they devised the famous undepinning of the cathedral with blocks of concrete by a diver. Jackson went on to carry out a major restoration of the building, completed in 1912. For their work, Jackson was created a baronet while Fox was knighted. 12. Old boys and staff have more entries in the sixty volumes of the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (published 2004) than almost any of the 68 HMC schools founded during the 19th century. With 56 entries, the College is beaten by only 8 other such schools. In stark contrast, Lancing musters 39 entries, Eastbourne 20, Hurstpierpoint 5 and Ardingly 4. was moved to Hong Kong, where his unit trained up the new police force to patrol the New Territories’ border with China. He returned home in 1947 to enter Guy’s Hospital as a mature medical student. Dr Pollock was also a keen and knowledgeable gardener, who was able to indulge his passion for trees and shrubs at his home in Bexley Heath, whose grounds he turned into a veritable arboretum, which he was proud to take visitors around. He tended these floral charges with the same loving care he did his patients, often charging out on a freezing night in between answering emergency calls to shroud the pittosporums with frost-proof net curtains. Sadly the depredations of Alzheimer’s disease forced him to go into a secure care home in nearby Eltham, where he spent the last seven years of his life very well looked after. He is survived by his two married daughters, Ann and Susan, and four grandchildren.
LONDON DRINKS - 11/01/05
The Champagne Bar @ The International, 116 St Martin's Lane, London WC2 The first Old Brightonian event of 2005 and the first of our special events to mark 160 years of Brighton College. As a kindly colleague remarked the day before, if this event was a failure, it would set the tone of the coming year. I shouldnâ€™t have worried. In spite of the horrible weather more than 40 people attended, almost twice the highest attendance at any of the informal London Drinks which we have now become a key part of the Old Brightonian calendar. As always there were representatives of all age groups. Among our younger members were Edward Romaine who left the College in 2004, Candice Brackpool and Alistair Nichol (2001), Darren Curtis, Ross Hay and Louis Dale (1995), Mark Twibill and George Major (1997). All were most welcome as was Dr Anthony Seldon, the Headmaster, who expressed his pleasure at the turnout. Simon Smith and Philip Robinson enjoyed meeting many former pupils before leaving for a dinner in support of another Old Brightonian, Mark Fox, who is the Conservative parliamentary candidate in Great Yarmouth. It was very encouraging to see some familiar faces such as Nicholas Allan, Alex Bremer, John Vagdama, Matt McCabe and Michael Bishop, people who have supported these events before. Though our female members were far outnumbered by the male contingent, we were pleased to welcome Rachel Smith (who is performing at one of the Autograph Concerts at The Dome in Brighton), Nina Humphries, and Bridget McDonald, as well as a couple of wives and girlfriends. With such a terrific response and so many people saying how much they liked the venue, we will break with the tradition of moving around London and hold the next two events at The International. As always, all Old Brightonians, their spouses, partners and friends will be most welcome. I look forward to seeing you on 10 May! Forthcoming Reunions: OBA London Drinks 10/05/2005 All OBs, spouses, partners and friends all welcome, young and old alike. Cash Bar offering a wide range of drinks (not just Champagne!) and light snacks The Champagne Bar @ The International, 116 St Martin's Lane, London WC2 160th Anniversary May Ball - 14/05/2005 Pre-dinner champagne reception, Four course dinner with wine, Magical entertainment at tables, Live music by Catfish & dancing, Fireworksâ€Ś Brands Hatch Hospitality - 05/06/2005 Join the OBA to watch BTCC racing this summer at a specially discounted hospitality rate... The Great British Beer Festival - 04/08/2005 George Major (S. 1992-97) is leading a party of Old Brightonians to this great institution at Olympia on Thursday 4 August. Full Reunion calendar and details at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/reunion_02.htm
OBA HALL OF FAME DAVE CLARKE (H. 1982-85) One of the most respected (and idiosyncratic) techno DJs and producers in the ninties/noughties, Dave Clarke (formerly David Carter) began his music career as a hip-hop DJ in the mid-'80s, shifting to and staying with Techno & Electro. He began recording for XL in the late eighties under the guise of Hardcore (where he scored a number one in the gallop album chart), he also became the first British Artist to record for the Belgium label R&S, By the mid-'90s, he had gradually shifted away from rave to a brand of straightahead techno with the ferocity of hardcore yet the sublime feelings of classic Detroit techno. A series of three singles named "Red" gained fame during 1995-96 (the last went Top 40 in the U.K.), as did his ferocious DJ sets. Clarke's phenomenal album debut Archive 1 appeared in 1996 on Deconstruction (with a few more chart placings to come). Demagnitized, a compilation of his earlier material on Magnetic North came out in 1995, Clarke also mixed two volumes of the crucial electro compilation series Electro Boogie for German label "Studio !K7" .His production skills have been utilised by Depeche Mode (a band he used to listen to in his study in Hamden), Gary Numan, Chemical Brothers, Underworld amongst many others (not bad for a boy that got chastised rather heavily by his then HouseMaster Tony "Bamber" Whitestone for looping the Nuclear Attack Siren on the begining of Frankie goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes" for five minutes during an interschool cricket match!). He then later signed his World Service compilation to React to become one of the most important and groundbreaking compilations of the year. He also has worked with Brighton label Skint with various remixes and the the release of his second artist album "Devil's Advocate" in 2003. His passion for radio was clear also, Dave started off his transmissions from the humble "Festival Radio" in Brighton and later on used that experience to do weekly radio sets broadcast on fm in many countries including Belgium, Portugal, Turkey (which he stopped due only so that he could record music in the studio again), and he even did a stint in 1997 on BBC Radio One, and transmitted to over 60 million people on the one off show "Eurodance". DC not only continues to DJ non stop around the world in clubs with headlining sets in many festivals (including the legendary Glastonbury) but remains active in the studio with remixes and a forthcoming compilation this year.
OB’S VETS V. HOVE VETS - 28TH NOVEMBER 2004
by Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) As the earlier fixture against Burgess Hill had been cancelled we were champing at the bit to extend our unbeaten run off played one won one from last season. Hove had fallen short under our guillotine last year and wanted revenge. We have close links with Hove and several of us have played for them in the past, so the rivalry was bound to be intense. Calls of Judas where heard as Nailo and myself entered the clubhouse before the game. No problems there as we were both and always will be OB’s. Front and centre sir. Hove vets have had resurgence this season and even managed a win against the mighty Worthing. Many of their players including my business partner who plays in the centre for Hove were suggesting a hammering and a humiliation for us. Well bring it on. The weather for this year’s fixture had been somewhat kinder. Clear skies and no prospect of rain. Somewhat distant from the constant down pour that accompanied our previous encounter. A good omen for the OB’s as unlike the National side we are just a fair weather team! Or put more politely I know we enjoy it more if its not lashing it down. 15 minutes before KO and we are still not changed and ready for the vigorous of a hard fought contact game. In fact counting the numbers in the changing room we are still not a full team. A quick consultation of the team sheet and it appears that our ace in the pack Chris Sweet is not in fact present. Who’s going to take the kicks at goal? The pressure is relieved as Tiffer shows to great applause and Russell Taylor cruises in late as usual (cant talk myself as I usually gave Russ a lift to the games). After a brief team talk we are ready for the onslaught. For the majority of us this would be our first game of the season and in fact several of us had not played for many years. We ask the ref for a brief overhaul of the laws and we take the pitch to great applause from our travelling fans. From the start it is obvious that we are in for a battle as Hove are committed and drive us upfield several times around the fringes. They have a large front five and it seems that they are determined to keep the ball tight and play in the half back channel. So hard tackling led by Julian Withers sees us gain in confidence and slowly we begin to win more ball. Our tactics are different from Hove, as we want to win quick ball and move it wide to enable our backs to find the space. This pays dividends and after a hard fought first
quarter we begin to exert pressure. Russell Taylor who had drawn the short straw and was playing out of position on the right wing began to see more of the ball and with quick hands from all the backs bagged a quick brace of tries. The first of which saw him side step the last covering tackler from Hove and dart over in the corner. The second involved a backs move from a line out won once again from the ever present Lloydie. Henry Halcombe playing his first game for many years cleared the fringers from the break down, the skipper took the ball down the short side committed his man and put Russ in for his second. Tiffer was unsuccessful with both kicks from wide out but the first did manage to hit the upright and cross bar before staying pointless. For the remainder of the first half we continued to dominate, the forwards doing the hard work and enabling Tiffer to kick us into position or release the centre partnership of Dodd and Chettleburg time and again. The pick of the forwards for the first half was Henry Halcombe. He really is a devastating player with ball in hand or in defence. Time and again he drove forward with the rest of the back row triumvirate, namely Lloyd and Dodge.
Just before half time Doddie took an inside pass from Bushy and barged through several tackles to make it 15 – 0 at the break. However Henry had to leave the field prematurely with a knock to the head. It may have been his last action for the day but Big H was back and everyone was dead keen to see more. Mad Ben Stott was stood on the touchline signalling his availability as sub. He’s mad see. But not mad enough to pay for a chair to get into a nightclub! Or was he? Mad maybe, stupid never, Stotty was more than welcome and filled the role of backrow supremo to the full. Tackling hard and running like a headless chicken. Re-fuelled at half time with the skippers’ bravado and the customary glass of port, we started the second half in decline and allowed Hove back into
the game. The same happened last year and after letting in a couple of soft interception tries, which put the score precariously at 15 – 10 we bounced back and put the match beyond them. Two more tries from the ever youthful Doddie to complete his hatrick, and a couple of solo efforts from Tiffer and Sam put the game far beyond the reach of the All Blacks let alone Hove Vets. We struggled to find a viable kicker for the conversions and the skipper decided to experiment with his options. Aiken and Nehls provided the comedy but Mad Ben provided the points and ended the day as the only forward on the score sheet. The ref blew the whistle with the OB’s rampant and wanting more, but the score line had to stay 37 – 10 in our favour. Memories of the day include Tim Loadsman becoming the oldest OB to take the field again, Henry’s resurgence, Julian’s tackling, Lloyds lineout, Tigers silent fists, Tiffer’s boot, Sam’s shuffle, Dodd’s hatrick, Owen’s scrum cap, Taylor’s brace and Stott’s conversion. Thanks to all who came and watched and thanks to Bushy for sorting the new kit with the Indiana. We all looked forward to our next fixture and stupidly declared our availability before the stiffness of the game sank in over the next couple of days. Doddy did his downing in the bar and we all went home happy. Thanks to all the squad: John Aiken, Julian Withers, John Nehls, Tiger Lewis, Slapper, Tim Loadsman, Lloyd, Roger Simmons, Henry Halcombe, Ben Stott, Joey Appleton, Chris Sweet, Sam Chettleburg, Mark Dodd, Russell Taylor, Gerald Bush, Owen and the ever present President Peter Rumney. OBRUFC Vets' XV The Vets' side has been formed for OB's over the age of 35 to enjoy their rugby in a more relaxed and fun environment than they might have been used to in the OBRUFC 1st XV. John Aiken (A. 1976-81) and Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) organise sides of appropriate and equal levels of world-weariness on a regular basis, and notice of matches to come and tales of deeds daringly done will be posted on these pages on a regular basis. Contact details:
(M) 07709 461000 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
(M) 07767 492591 (E) Joey@submail.eggnet.co.uk
CRICKET DINNER - CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF COLLEGE CRICKET
On 18th June this year we are celebrating the 160th anniversary of Brighton College’s foundation, and both the Headmaster and the Old Brightonian Association are very keen to celebrate this occasion fittingly. Hence there will be a number of events arranged at the school to mark the achievements of Brighton College, events which we hope will enable Old Brightonians of all ages to renew past associations and friendships. One such event will be a formal dinner in the Dining Hall to which former 1st and 2nd XI Cricketers (and their partners) are invited, along with those Masters in Charge of
Cricket who have played such a key role in the formative years of so many Old Brightonian cricketers. The Dinner will take place on the day of the school fixture against Tonbridge to mark the 150th anniversary of Brighton College’s first recorded fixture.
on the Home Ground prior to dinner. We do hope that support for this event will reflect the long and successful cricketing tradition at Brighton College, a tradition established by many of you and sustained by present Brighton College teams.
Our hope is that every generation since the war will be represented at the dinner, and that the occasion will offer the opportunity to share memories of happy summers on the Home Ground, some distant some less so.
Mike Edmunds (C/H. 1980-85) Julian Withers (H. 1976-81)
Those coming to the dinner will be very welcome to watch the 1st XI fixture against Tonbridge, which will be followed by drinks
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Tickets are £30 each - Please contact Fiona Aiken (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01273 704250) for tickets.
WWW.OLDBRIGHTONIANS.COM 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: Dr. Anthony Seldon (ex offico) Parent Rep: Della Keighley Council Rep: Andrew Symonds (A. 1955-59) Sports Representative: John Aiken (A. 1976-81) Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) Giles Stubbs (R. 1997-02) James Dahl (staff) Nicky Stanton (W. 2001-03)
2005 CRONK-CUNIS FESTIVAL At this point in the year I feel it would be a good idea to let all those school leavers and Old Boys still Under 21 know that the Old Brightonians are intending to enter the 9th annual Cronk-Cunis 15’s held at Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday the 4th of September 2005.
opposition in the form of Harrow, Wellington, Millfield, Whitgift, Eton, Ampleforth, Tonbridge, Radley, Uppingham, Rugby and not to mention the local rivals such as Hurst, Eastbourne and Worth to name but a few.
Last year we entered a very talented side of under 21’s into this prestigious Public Schools tournament and after narrowly losing out to Millfield by two tries to one in the main event went on to win the Shield. This year I plan to put together more pre tournament training sessions, a base camp Gazebo with barbeque and a plan for a night on the tiles in wonderful Richmond.
So please do let me know if you are at all interested in taking part by emailing me at LordHugo85@hotmail.com or phoning me on 07751 958529.
Hugo Baldwin Old Brightonians U21’s Captain.
Last year’s team photo!
This year I expect a similar standard of Calling all members of the 1949 Brighton College P.T. Team...
OLD BRIGHTONIANS GOLF Spring 2005
Ian Stone (A. 1945-49) would like to arrange a reunion at this year's Annual Dinner on Sat 26 November when Johnny Gold (B. 1945-50) will be the guest speaker. He would like to trace the following P.T. Team members:Timothy Davis (L. 1947-51) , David Madden (D. 1946-50) , Timothy Palmer (S. 1948-52) , Robert Watterton (A. 1945-50) , Ian Glassborow (S. 1945-50) , William Welford (B. 1945-50), 'Nibbs' Davis - dates unknown.
In the 2005 Halford Hewitt, the fates conspired to prevent us fielding our best side and we went down 4-1 in the first round to Aldenham, who are enjoying something of a resurgence with some new talented young golfers. Julian Tate and James Bell picked up a point, and two of our pairs lost only on the 18th green, so the score belies the closeness of the competition.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of the above, please contact Ian Stone, 80 Walsingham Road, Hove, BN3 4FF. Tel: 01273 326644(H) or 07941 327420 (M) Or contact the Fiona Aiken in the OBA Office on 01273 704250 or email@example.com.
Trophy for Queen, Country and The Old Brightonians!
Many thanks and the best of luck in the up and coming exams.
Despite such fierce competition I have full confidence that our Old Boys can enter the tournament as strong favourites and with the already long list of distinguished names at our disposal go all the way and collect the substantial cash prize and
Last year we were blessed with some superb blue skies, soaring temperatures in the high twenties and some superb rugby.
In the ensuing Plate competition, we won our first round 2-1 against Trent, but succumbed to Ampleforth in the second round, with one match finishing on the 18th and another at the 20th - again a very close thing. OB Golf online: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/golf_01.htm
Full details of the OBRUFC’s teams, fixtures and match reports can be found at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ ob_rugby_01.htm and http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/ ob_rugby_vets_01.htm
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OBRUFC APPEALS FOR NEW BLOOD! In true Kitchener style, The OBA’s very own Sports Representative, John Aiken, urges all OB’s between 7 and 35 stone to dig out their gumshields and dust off their boots. “The over 35s are going strong as are the U21s who finished the season against Hurstpierpoint on 9th April and a 7s tournament on 16th April,” said John, “now we need a team to fill in those golden
years of 21 to 35.” Full details of the OBRUFC’s teams, fixtures and match reports can be found at: http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/ ob_rugby_01.htm and http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/ ob_rugby_vets_01.htm
Please contact John Aiken on 07709 461000 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested...
OBA SPONSORS THE COLLEGE RUGBY & NETBALL TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA IN 2005 The OBA is delighted to sponsor this Summer’s Rugby and Netball tour of South Africa.
alongside 2 netball teams (playing 6 - 8 games) made up from the upper and lower 6th and the lower 5th forms.
Brighton College is sending 40 boys and 19 girls to compete against school teams from Cape Town to Durban.
Cape Town is the teams’ first destination on 1st August. Visits to Table Mountain and the surrounding countryside will punctuate games against schools from Stellenbosch, Kimberly , and Bloemfontein (where they will play Grey College, source of over 200
A senior and U16 rugby XV (playing 6 games) will represent the college
Springboks!). The tour will then proceed on to the Drakensberg Mountains and Durban to wind down and enjoy a safari and a trip to Seaworld before returning to the UK on the 19th. Accompanying: John Pope, Richard Halfall, Elizabeth Cody, Jane Langhorne and Barbara Michael.