Issue number 26 October 2010 www.oldbrightonians.com
the Pelican THE MAGAZINE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD BRIGHTONIANS
Reunions & Events
News from the Association
A Headmasterâ€™s Reflections
First 47 Pupils
From the Archives
Brighton College Abu Dhabi
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Editor: Fiona Aiken Features: David Gold News: Alex Bremner Design & Print: Gemini Press Ltd Cover Photo: A New World Record! OBs enter the Guinness Book of Records
Letter from the President Dear OBs, It hardly seems three years since David Gold asked me to put myself forward as your President and that my tenure is almost at its end. During this time I have much enjoyed re-connecting with OBs whom I ﬁrst knew at the College and those many others from both before and after my time on the College staﬀ. I have had much pleasure in presiding over and representing you at various functions and reunions, here at the College or away in London and New York, as well as being generally associated with the College at a time of growth and continuing pre-eminence. I am especially glad that we have at last been able to form a merger with the College, something which had been mooted and spoken about for several years. I am certain that its fruition is the right course and will lead to a much sounder and successful association in both ﬁnancial and administrative terms. As you will be aware, our life fund, now transferred to the College, will provide a bursary for a child or grandchild of an OB, who might otherwise not be able to come and receive the excellent all round education the College oﬀers. I hope to see as many of you as possible at this year’s Annual Dinner, when I shall have much delight in passing the presidential baton to Sir John Chilcot (H/S. 1952-57), in addition to welcoming Emma Wimhurst (F. 1982-84) as our guest speaker. I will also be welcoming Simon Smith as our guest, before his retirement in the summer after 38 years, and I hope many of you will attend to wish him well. Please keep in touch with the College and me personally, if you wish. I can always be reached through the College oﬃce for Development and Alumni Relations (as the OBA oﬃce will now be known). I would like to thank all those committee members and personnel at the College who have assisted me during my presidency, and especially Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81), who has worked tirelessly as our Administrator and who will continue to do so. Apparently, Christmas goods are now in stores, so I do not think I am being too previous in wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Anthony Whitestone (Common Room 1971-2006) President
RT HON. SIR JOHN CHILCOT, GCB (H/S. 1952-57) is appointed as the new President of the Association of Old Brightonians. In June 2009, Sir John Chilcot was announced as the chair of the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath. Sir John Chilcot was born on 22 April 1939. He was educated at Brighton College and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Open Scholar, MA, English & Languages; Hon Fellow 1999). Since 1999 he has been the chairman of the B&CE (building and civil engineering) Group, which provides ‘on a not-for-proﬁt basis’ pensions, insurance, holiday pay and other beneﬁts to the construction industry. Sir John’s other appointments include staﬀ counsellor to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, chairman of the Police Foundation, member of the National Archives Council, trustee of the Police Rehabilitation Trust and a director of Abraxa Ltd & NBW Ltd. Other former appointments include: member of the Independent Commission on the Voting System, chairman of the First Division Pensioners Group, staﬀ counsellor for the Security and Intelligence Agencies, seconded Director of Schroders and Director of RTZ Pillar. He has also conducted reviews of Royal and VIP security and the Castlereagh Special
Branch break-in. Before retiring from the Civil Service in 1997 as Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Oﬃce, he was Deputy Under-Secretary at the Home Oﬃce in charge of the Police Department and served in a variety of posts in the Home Oﬃce, the Civil Service Department and the Cabinet Oﬃce, including Private Secretary appointments to the Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins, Merlyn Rees & Willie Whitelaw) and to the Head of the Civil Service (William Armstrong). He was appointed CB in 1990, KCB in 1994, GCB in 1998 and became a Privy Counsellor in 2004. In 1964 he married Rosalind, an artist, and his interests include reading, music and opera, walking and travel. In accepting this appointment Sir John acknowledged ‘a serious obligation to Brighton College, as well as a strong sense of attachment’, and we are absolutely delighted that he has found the time to accept the Presidency of the Association as it enters a new era as an integral part of the school.
News RUPERT WILKINSON (H. 2005-09) Rupert spent four months working in various parts of Kenya from October 2009 until February this year, as a volunteer for 'African & Asia Venture'. Whilst building school classrooms in Kasigau he met the founder, twentyfour year old Charles Coldman and saw, ﬁrst hand, just how much Charles has improved the learning conditions of many young village children. Rupert has just completed a 510K bike ride across South West France in aid of ‘African Promise’, and to date has raised well over £1,000 for this tiny charity, which aims to improve primary schools in Kenya. If you would like to learn more about the charity, please take a look at their website: www.africanpromise.org.uk
ROBIN HILL (H. 1987-90) It is with a certain amount of nervous pride that the Association brings news of a new ﬁlm written by Robin Hill ‘Down Terrace’ is the story of a small crime family marking their decline with one ﬁnal, violent blow-out. Nominated for Raindance’s Best British Film award and already conﬁrmed for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, ‘Down Terrace’ reboots the genre with a brilliantly bizarre blend of kitchen sink realism, broad swathes of black comedy and a body count beﬁtting a slasher ﬂick. The ﬁlm itself is also a family business - the lead characters are played by Robin and his father Robert, and it was shot in and around Down Terrace, Brighton, where Robin lives.
FL. LT. MARC HEAL (R.1994-98) The Association is extremely proud to report that on 19th March 2010 Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal, currently stationed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his actions whilst on operations in Afghanistan in July 2009. As the Captain of the Chinook helicopter Immediate Response Team (IRT) aircraft during Operation PANCHAI PALANG (Panthers Claw), based at Camp Bastion, he commanded eight IRT missions and was regularly tasked into areas with a very signiﬁcant enemy threat. He consistently demonstrated exceptional levels of professional ability combined with unﬂinching courage throughout, successfully extracting 29 casualties from the battleﬁeld and delivering them into medical care. Throughout this most intense operational period, his superior ﬂying skills, inspirational command of his crew and calmness under ﬁre set an outstanding example of gallantry, professionalism and courage that undoubtedly saved lives.
“He consistently demonstrated exceptional levels of professional ability combined with unflinching courage”
ANDREW CAYLEY (B. 1977-82) Andrew Cayley is the UN appointed International Co-Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. On 26 July 2010 the court secured its ﬁrst conviction, ﬁnding ‘Duch’ (real name Kang Guek Eav) guilty of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. Duch, the commandant of the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh that served as a murder and torture chamber for the Khmer Rouge regime, was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment. Some 14,000 persons died at S-21.
A NEW WORLD RECORD In January the College played host to the most unusual event in recent history - an attempt by four Old Brightonians to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest game of croquet. They achieved their aim - a little over 24 hours of non-stop play from 4pm on Friday to a little after 4.30pm on Saturday. This photo taken by Ben Collie, Ryle Housemaster, shows how much they enjoyed the experience of overnight croquet in winter. They wandered oﬀ site late on Saturday afternoon muttering the words ‘sleep’ and ‘beer’, but not necessarily in that order. The Upper 5th parents who were in for a parents evening were very generous £350 plus was raised just on Friday, and the Prep School visitors kept donations going well in to Saturday as they attended Open Day. It was a great eﬀort all round for their trip to Sri Lanka, all involved wanted to say a huge thank you to the College for their help. Our congratulations go to Jack Maughan, Bradley Vanstone, Adam Tarr and Jamie Proctor on an innovative, and fun, diversion from the cold and grey of January. Further donations would be welcomed via www.justgiving.com/greatschooltrip Jack Maughan (H.2007-09), Bradley Vanstone (S.2004-09), Adam Tarr (AB.2007-09) and Jamie Proctor (S.2004-09)
MAJOR CHRIS MACGREGOR (D. 1986-91) Chris started writing the poem that later became the children's book ‘My Daddy's Going Away...’ as he returned from an intense tour of Iraq in 2007. The children's picture book then took shape over the next two years, and illustrations were initiated by two 6th Form students before being completed by a professional illustrator. The book is published by Giddy Mangoes. Whether a soldier, sailor, airman, businessman, oil-rigger, truck driver, doctor, actor or sportsman, all dads have to go away sometimes and temporary separation aﬀects the whole family. Whatever he does, and no matter why dad has to leave home, it is hard on all the family. If dad's departure is understood, his absence is more likely to be accepted and this will reduce anxiety. ‘My Daddy's Going Away...’ is a charming and educational children's picture book, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, and designed to support families through the stress of paternal separation. ‘My Daddy's Going Away...’ is available for online sale now at mydaddysgoingaway.com www.oldbrightonians.com
NEWS ROBERT H M BLOOMFIELD S. 192932 This picture shows Robert aged 95, with his nephew, Mike Bulpitt, taken at his granddaughter's wedding in Paarl.
MICHAEL ROSS B. 197075 This is a recent picture of Michael and his daughter at her Graduation Party.
The Editor of ‘The Pelican’ magazine is looking for photographs that show real life at Brighton College over the decades. The College archive is full of the oﬃcial portraits of rugby teams, school prefects, houses and even the Masters Common Room, but the most interesting images are those that capture the more informal moments - whether taking time out of lessons or looking in on major occasions, they preserve moments in time. Do you have photographs from your time at Brighton College that you’d allow to be published as part of a new section of ‘The Pelican’, entitled Memory Lane? If so, you can scan the photograph and email it to us with your name, House and years and a brief explanation of what’s going on in the photograph. Alternatively, you can load the images to a disc or a memory stick and send them to the OBA Oﬃce at Brighton College. Please DO NOT send originals through the mail as we cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged images. We cannot guarantee to publish all images and will not publish anything we deem to be indecent, in bad taste or offensive. The Editor’s decision in this will be final! This is summer term 1978, outside School House. In the picture left to right are Edmund Lee, Maurice Abboudi, Michael Penhallow, Tim Ramsdale and Sid Ko. I think everybody is simply gathering their thoughts after another exquisite boarders tea! Malcolm Faber (S. 1975-80)
BIRTHS & MARRIAGES John Green (C. 1985-89) and Sally Emms are proud to announce the birth of their ﬁrst baby daughter, Evie Rose Green. Born at 4pm on 26th November 2009 in Kent. Annabelle and Bruce Josyfon (L. 1986-91) are delighted to announce the birth of their ﬁrst son, James Alexander who was born on the 27th January 2009. Toby Weeden (C. 1989-1993) married Courtney Love on the 1st August 2009 at RAF St Clements Danes, Piccadilly, with a reception at the RAF Club, Mayfair. Many of Courtney's Canadian family managed the trip across, and the newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Madeira (and not a ﬂood in sight thankfully).
A group of ex BC'ers would converge on an old property in the mountains. Those I remember were Mark Cohen - who set the hillside on ﬁre - Nigel and Steve Forder, Howard Cartisser, Andy Rouse, Piers Vaughn (who I believe took the picture) and others. Ah yes drinking very cheap plonk and feasting on pot loads of spag bol. Good times!! Michael Ross, Southern California (B. 1970-75) This picture was taken at the Summer Ball/Leaver's Ball in July 2002. L-R Jodie West (W 97-02), Rachel Palmer (C 00-02 from memory), Casey Herbert (W 00-02), Ygraine Cadlock (W 97-02), Rina Chotai (W 97-02) Hannah Grey (W 00-02) and me, Rehanna Dyer nee Saheid (W 97-01, F 01-02). www.oldbrightonians.com
Reunions & Events Annual Dinner 2009
OBA ANNUAL DINNER 2009
Some 21 of the 48 current OB undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge joined the Head Master and senior staﬀ for a dinner at Clare College on Saturday 21st November 2009. The excellent food and wine, the magniﬁcent setting of the panelled hall and the grace sung by Clare’s choral scholars showed Cambridge life at its most beguiling. After dinner Joe Carr-Hill, Director of Studies, gave a report on recent developments at the College before the company repaired to less formal surroundings. Next year’s dinner will take place in Oxford. Simon Smith
The OBA dinner of 2009 was a very well attended aﬀair held in a warm and dry Dining Hall while the rain and wind lashed outside. This notwithstanding the diners enjoyed a wonderful speech from Old Brightonian, Chris Terrill (A. 1965-70); a genuinely warm and heartfelt account of his time at the College, whilst acknowledging that things have generally changed for the better for current pupils. It was good to see that he’d brought props, and these included his old boater... which seemed to still ﬁt! The Head Master’s speech included a fascinating account of the 47 ﬁrst ever OBs’ time following their internship, reproduced here on page 24. I was joined on my table by a group of contemporaries to celebrate the 25 years since we left the old place. It was really terriﬁc to see Gary Browne (L. 1979-83), Benjamin Stott (R. 1979-84), David Manning (C. 1979-94), Innes Laing (A. 1979-84), Alison Taylor (F. 1982-84), Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84), Adam Belson (R. 1979-84), Philip Jenkins (B. 1979-82) and Sarah Hollinshead (F. 1982-84). Some of these characters I see fairly regularly, but we hadn’t seen Innes in 25 years! We all fell straight into the same good natured bonhomie that I remember so fondly, and all have vowed to stay in touch and ‘do it again soon’. Alex Bremer
“The excellent food & wine, the magnificent setting..."
OBA LONDON DRINKS, JANUARY 2010
Annual Dinner 2009
It’s been a while since our last London Drinks - almost two years, in fact. For these ﬁrst drinks of 2010 we had returned to a favourite old haunt of the Association’s London members, The International Bar on St. Martin’s Lane. We had a good turnout for the evening, although yet again our female members were sadly thin-on-the-ground. A lively debate on how we might come up with informal events that might attract more of our Old Girls ensued, and we think we might have come up with a couple of cracking ideas... so watch this space! A particular delight for me this evening was the arrival of someone I’d not seen in 22 years. Mark ‘Min’ Smith (L/B. 1972-77) and I raced together in Formula First back in 1987, and had become ﬁrm friends long before we realised that we lived in the same street in London, and that we had also attended Brighton College! I can conﬁrm that whilst he hasn’t gotten any taller, the two decades since we had last met have peppered the man’s hair with the appropriate amount of grey highlights. He and John Nehls (H. 1972-77) spent the evening deep in goodnatured reminiscences, and the Association and I very much hope it’s not too long before we see him again. Alex Bremer
The past year has been a diﬃcult time as our meeting places have been of necessity changed several times. For many years the Lodge has enjoyed the hospitality of the College for which we are extremely grateful. However, recently the College has been unable to help due, we suspect, to the huge success of the school and the enlargement of its boarding numbers. By changing our meeting days and dates we have now rearranged our schedule and we trust that our excellent relations with the College will continue. The meetings last year were held at the Masonic Centre in Queen’s Road and the Peacehaven-based East Brighton Centre and one dinner was held in a local restaurant after the weather limited supplies to the College. The snow disrupted us all but the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano also surprisingly caused us a most unfortunate rethink at the last minute as our new member, due to be in England on the night, was hopelessly delayed in Cambodia. Nevertheless, the Lodge is not down-hearted and we welcomed new joining members, Terry Barnett, father of Harry (D. 1983-86), Sean Heal (R. 1985-90) and David Lawrence (D. 1989-94). In the Province of Sussex members were proud to be present when, in June, Grahame Carr (A.1953-56) was appointed and installed as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and at the annual Grand Lodge Investiture both David Hollinshead (former staﬀ) and Reg Barrow were promoted for services to Freemasonry. Richard Lynch-White, a past parent, ﬁnished his second year as the Master and handed over to Peter Cockburn ( S. 1959-64). During Richard’s time we enjoyed excellent ceremonial and two well organised and attended ladies’ dinners at Stanmer Park and the Queen’s Road Masonic Centre when, in addition to a good dinner, guests were able to tour the building under the guiding knowledge of Reg Barrow, the Sussex archivist and librarian. The attached picture shows the Master, Richard LynchWhite, and his wife Lyn, enjoying a charity lunch in August at the house of Michael Sword Daniels (D. 1961-66), our Secretary, to whom all enquiries should be directed. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01273 479195.
OBA London Drinks
OBA VICE PRESIDENTS’ LUNCHEON 2010
The ﬁfth annual Vice Presidents’ lunch saw us return to the Army and Navy Club, and once again we are very grateful to Peter Miller (C. 1945-49) for hosting the occasion and allowing us to enjoy the ﬁne catering and premises of the club. It was good to welcome the current Head Master, Richard Cairns, who gave a tour d’horizon of the College’s recent achievements, emphasising its current standing, while acknowledging that none of this was possible without the contributions of previous Heads (and pupils too, I think!) So it was a particular pleasure to welcome Bill Blackshaw (Head 1971-1987) among this year’s attendees and to recognise the considerable eﬀort Bill had made to join us this year. The occasion also gave us the chance to hear about the exciting imminent development of Brighton College overseas in Abu Dhabi and also to welcome Mrs Debra Chalmers, who has recently joined the College as Director of Development & Alumni Relations, and who will help oversee the bedding down of the new closer cooperation between the Association and the College, which came formally into being on 1st August. As always on such occasions, I am grateful to Fiona Aiken for making all the practical arrangements so splendidly. Finally, many thanks to all of you who supported this now well-established function. Tony Whitestone (ex staff, 1971-2006) www.oldbrightonians.com
REUNIONS & EVENTS
END OF AN ERA Never one to miss out on a free meal, it was with great enthusiasm that I responded in the aﬃrmative to the Head Master’s invitation to dinner on Friday 27th August, and with considerable bounce in my step that I boarded a train out of Clapham Junction towards the mighty City of Brighton and on to the hillside Principality of Kemp Town. The entire OBA committee had been invited by the College to dinner by way of a ‘send-oﬀ’; anyone following OBA events of late cannot be unaware of the exciting and crucial developments in terms of its relationship with Brighton College, now cemented evermore by way of assimilation with the College’s Development department. This was an opportunity for the outgoing OBA President and ongoing Head Master to personally acknowledge the contribution made by the committee over the years. Most notable among those present was our dear comrade, Mr C D ‘Tim’ Loadsman (L. 1951-57). Our President, Anthony Whitestone (Common Room 1971-2006), gave a heartfelt tribute to Tim and thanked him for half a century’s service to
the Association! In a touching acceptance speech, upon receipt of appropriate gifts suitably bestowed, Tim explained that his involvement with the OBA only came about originally because he hadn’t ducked fast enough when the late Peter Rumney (H. 1937-39) was looking for someone to ‘lick some envelopes’! I have to report to all those for whom memories of The Wellington pub are rosy that this once great East Brighton institution, now called the Ginger Dog, is now one of them new-fangled gastro-pubs oﬀ the telly! For the rest of us who better remember ‘The Wellie’ as being a grotty little dive with wretched beer then this development is nothing short of a delight! Apart from the fact that I personally feel very strongly that pub names should be left well alone, I can report that the place has been positively transformed, and that our dinner was nothing short of a triumph! Accordingly I thank whoever picked up the bill on behalf of all of us who didn’t; a tremendous meal in wonderful company... who could ask for more on a chilly Friday evening on the South Coast? Alex Bremer
College Digest THE TOP COEDUCATIONAL SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW The College is celebrating another year of outstanding examination results, with 94.5% of all A-levels being awarded A*B grades. The high calibre of College pupils was illustrated by the introduction of the new A* grade at A level with pupils achieving 28.6%, compared to just 8.1% nationally; and 71.6% of grades were either A or A*. There was also news of terrific success at GCSE, the College taking another huge leap forward with the percentage of grades at A*/A rising from 76.4% in 2009 to 81.4% this year. This compares to an independent school average of 59.8% and a national average of 22.6%. These were, once again, comfortably the best results in Sussex.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Over 2,700 visitors flocked to the BBC Antiques Roadshow held at the College during the summer half term. With members of the public queuing in the glorious sunshine, hundreds of antiques were presented to the experts, including the rare De Morgan tiles in the ﬁreplace of the Head Master’s study! Fiona Bruce took time out to show the College prefects how the programme is put together.
SPEECH DAY Our Guest of Honour this year at Speech Day was Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. She presented the various awards and trophies before delivering an exceptionally inspiring address which drew heavily on her distinguished legal career, with much wise advice for our leavers. The College President, Lord Renton, and College Chairman, Lord Skidelsky, joined the Head Master and members of the Common Room on stage to celebrate the achievements of pupils of all ages. It was wonderful to have so many parents and other family members there to support our pupils, as we reflected on the past year and looked forward to the future. The Head Master, Lord Skidelsky (Chairman), Baroness Kennedy, Lord Renton (President), Rt Hon. Francis Maude MP (Governor)
KINGSFORD SCHOLAR TO ADDRESS CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE Former pupil Horatio Georgestone, who joined the College in 2007 as one of three Kingsford Scholars in the first year of the scholarship programme, will address the annual Conservative Conference this autumn. Horatio will speak about child www.oldbrightonians.com
poverty and its implications for social mobility before joining a panel of MPs and newspaper editors for questions. Since leaving Brighton in June 2009, Horatio has worked for the charity â€˜Save the Childrenâ€™ and is now studying Philosophy at Aston. Fellow Kingsford Scholar, George Weller, is currently at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he has recently been awarded a scholarship. In fact, all three Old Brightonians at Emmanuel this year have received awards for achievements in their first year exams. the Pelican
SKIDELSKY BUILDING OPENS The latest addition to the College campus, the stunning new Skidelsky Building, has been completed in time for the start of term. Named after the College’s Chairman of Governors, Professor Lord Skidelsky, the building houses the new Design and Technology School, a new English department and super accommodation with sea views for our Third Form (years 7 and 8).
ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME LAUNCHED The new 6th Form Entrepreneurship programme, much praised in the national press, was launched on 7th September by Professor Gerry Musgrave, Executive Chairman and CEO of Corac PLC. The course will introduce all Lower 6th pupils to business and entrepreneurship through a vibrant programme of lectures, master classes and an inter-house Entrepreneurship Competition. An exciting range of speakers has been lined up, including Tony Elliott, founder and owner of ‘Time Out’ magazine, and Neville Abraham (B. 1950-55), founder of the restaurant chain Chez Gérard. This innovative addition to the senior curriculum once again reflects the College’s determination to prepare pupils for new global realities. In 2006 Brighton became the only independent school in England to introduce Mandarin Chinese as a core part of the curriculum, with 300 pupils studying the subject today.
NEW GIRLS’ BOARDING HOUSE Increasing numbers of girls are joining the College as boarders, drawn by the warm and happy environment identified by Ofsted in their ‘outstanding’ inspection in 2009. To accommodate them, a new boarding house was officially opened on 3rd September by Joan Deslandes, Head Teacher of Kingsford Community School, with a record number of new 4th Form girls in attendance. Head’s House becomes the junior girls’ boarding house, with Fenwick occupied by senior girls; a system which is mirrored in the boys’ boarding houses, with School House now welcoming all the new 4th Form boys, and Abraham the new 6th Form.
DINING IN SPLENDOUR The strikingly refurbished Dining Hall was unveiled on the first day of term. Originally designed by Sir Thomas Jackson in 1856, it has been returned to its former glory with the addition of a modern twist: portraits of eight of Brighton’s most influential headmasters in the style of Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster.
Obituaries MARK ANDREWS (B. 1957-62)
ark Andrews, who died on 13th June 2009, attended Brighton College between 1958 and 1963. He entered Bristol House as a Centenary Scholar when Dick CrossleyHolland was Housemaster. Mark rose to be Head of House and a school prefect when Ian White (H/C. 195662) was Head Boy. He was art editor of The Brightonian magazine and a founder of WALLPAPER which appeared at the time. A second ﬁfteen rugby colour and a swimming and water polo colour, he was a member of one of the strongest school swimming teams on the circuit at the time. Direct contemporaries at Bristol House were the well-known sculptor David Nash (B. 1959-63) and Richard Salter (B. 1957-62), one of the original King’s Singers. Other friends at this time included Eddie Levy (B. 1957-62), Fred Macpherson, Steve Webbe (S. 1957-62) and Richard Beales (S. 1957-62), Andrew Potter (B. 1957-62) and Roy Dantzic (D. 1957-62), Graham Salaman (C. 1956-60) and Mike Hoar. Mark was particularly inﬂuenced by Gordon Taylor, Brighton’s gifted, iconoclastic Head of Art. Gordon’s integrity continued to provide inspiration throughout Mark’s life. He drew upon his example in his own teaching of handwriting, drawing, painting, and simply training children how to see. More particularly, he learned to take a realistic view of the ego, his own and that of others, and to cultivate civilising life skills and the ability to retain an overview. Mark’s love of singing probably started at Brighton - later in life he regarded himself as a frustrated opera singer and was well able to launch into the duet from the ‘Pearlﬁshers’ or many another aria or risqué song from the music halls or Noel Coward, such as ‘A Bar on the Piccolo Marina’. Mark read History at Exeter University, where he met his wife, Diana, took part in student reviews and bought and sold old MGs, TVRs, Morris Minors and even a marvellous 1930s Follower from Polperro. His subsequent career lacked a certain direction in its early stages. He worked for Hill Samuel and The Times, then, somewhat disastrously, in the family business, and even guided Americans around the British Isles. His life’s work began almost by accident, in 1975, when he took a temporary job at Sompting Abbotts, his old preparatory school, teaching English, History, Latin and sports. He was soon enjoying it enormously, particularly the cut and thrust banter and hilarity of the staﬀroom. In 1980 he joined Windlesham House School, teaching English, Drama www.oldbrightonians.com
“Not a bad way to leave this world for any of us." and Latin and taking on the housemastership of Grenfell House. He edited a magazine of children’s writings and began what would become a leit motif for the rest of his career, writing and producing children’s plays and musicals. One particular production, ‘Pandemonia’, had more than 300 children in the cast. He believed passionately in the power of music and drama to provide conﬁdence and enable the less able or disturbed child to shine. His teaching style drew strongly on humour, surprise and his own cartoons, which would pepper the blackboard and even the odd exercise book. In 1987, Mark became Headmaster of Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury. Part of his brief was to provide a building programme which would give the school a new direction. He completed a large arts centre, with drama hall, music rooms, art, pottery and woodwork studios, together with a sports hall, squash and tennis/netball courts. In addition, the existing school buildings were rationalised and great eﬀorts were made to ensure that girls were given equal standing. His dramatic productions continued. It was during this period that Mark became a Governor of Brighton College. In 1994 he became Headmaster of Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School in North Wales. The political skills he gained in Salisbury were to be invaluable during a period of merger and radical change for Rydal. He gained enormous respect for the commitment and sincerity of the governing body. On retiring from Rydal, Mark returned to full time teaching for seven years, as Head of English at the New Beacon School in Sevenoaks. He was also able to return to the relaxations of the staﬀroom, denied to a headmaster. The large number of ex-pupils and colleagues who attended his funeral and paid tribute in various ways is testament to the love, gratitude and respect they hold for him. Mark is survived by his wife Diana, his three children, Tabatha, Max and Kate and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Catherine, Freya and Charlie. Diana Andrews Ian White (H/C. 1956-62) writes: "I ﬁrst came into contact with Mark while sitting next to him in a Lower 6th English set in 1960. He had three immediate and obvious gifts to oﬀer a receptive, bored next door the Pelican
neighbour: a wicked and irreverent sense of humour and exceptional, if somewhat merciless talents as both a mimic and a cartoonist. From that moment a friendship was born which was to last very nearly ﬁfty years. We subsequently shared a ﬂat together in London, saw each other get married and lived through many years of sharing both the joys and tribulations of adored young families right up to his last days of a cruel terminal illness, bravely borne. Fifty years of unending fun and laughter, of shared holidays, dinners and lunches with our wives and families, his larger-than-life brother Tim and his wife Chrissie and his many and varied friends. Days in Worthing, Steyning, Appleby, London and latterly Rustington. However, there is one attribute one associates with Mark which needs a special mention all of its own. One which had its roots at Brighton College, possibly from Gordon Taylor, maybe from Peter Gough and others in the artistic, dramatic and musical world of the College in the 1950/60s. It was the gift of being
able to give inspiration, particularly to the young. Many teachers are scholars, some are undoubtedly good teachers, but if we are lucky, we all remember the very few who really inspire to the extent of giving one life-changing moments. Listening to the many tributes which poured into the Andrews' household on Mark's death, it was clear, if we didn’t already all know it, that Mark was just such a teacher; a purveyor of magic with the gift to be able to change people's lives for ever. School plays, concerts, school magazines, school trips and the organisation of casts of hundreds of young would-be actors and actresses and, above all, the provider of truly memorable lessons, all enlivened no doubt by that wicked sense of humour, laced with those gifts of mimicry and cartoons of fellow teachers and pupils. All seemed to have made Mark's world of teaching one dose of hilarity followed by another. What a gift, and behind it all a true and deep sense of humanity which has left a huge void for his wife, his family and his friends.
MICHAEL LANGMAN (B. 1935-40) ieutenant-Commander Langman, who died aged 88, enjoyed three distinct ﬂying careers, served in two Navies and was recognised for his bravery over the western desert and the Mediterranean. Langman ﬂew Swordﬁsh
passenger in a KLM Junkers 52 from Lagos to Cairo to join the Fleet Air Arm squadrons based at Dekheila, ﬁve miles west of Alexandria. There he was disappointed to be assigned to 775 Naval Air Squadron, employed on communications duties. But he was quickly able to familiarise himself with the Middle East, ﬂying several aircraft types and experiencing a variety of emergencies. In March 1942 Langman made a serious misjudgement when, with two joy-riders embarked, he buzzed an army lorry on the desert road to Alexandria. His starboard wing hit the lorry, which pulled up unharmed. But his aileron was broken by the collision and he had to use all his weight to hold the aircraft level and return to Dekheila, arriving over the airﬁeld as his companions were enjoying their lunchtime pink gins. The reprimand he received was only slightly ameliorated by the ensuing congratulations for bringing the aircraft back in, by and large, one piece. After the war Langman worked in his father’s cardboard factory, but he was not a successful salesman and emigrated to Canada where he tried building, again unsuccessfully. In 1948 Langman joined the Royal Canadian Navy, ﬂying Avengers from ‘Maggie’, as the Canadian carrier Magniﬁcent was known, commanding the Canadian 881 squadron, and was senior pilot in the carrier Bonaventure, or ‘Bonnie’. He retired in 1966 and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration. Langman returned to the United Kingdom where he joined the Civil Aviation Authority. In 1975 he was seconded to manage the Sultan of Brunei’s new airport, where the airport staﬀ named a new ﬁre engine after him. In 1983 he retired again, enjoying his garden and helping his daughter Angela with her many animals. In his quarter of a century of ﬂying he logged 4,600 hours in the air, with 220 daytime and 51 nighttime deck-landings. He ﬂew 42 diﬀerent types of aircraft. Michael Langman, who died on 16th November 2009, married Betty Joy (always known as Jane) Matthews in 1947; she survives him with their son and daughter.
in 815 Naval Air Squadron based at Buggush, under the command of the renowned Percy Gick (later Rear Admiral Percival Gick, DSC and Bar), and made daily sorties to bomb German targets further west. The squadron also conducted occasional night-time anti-submarine patrols over the Mediterranean. On 22nd May 1942, Langman depthcharged a surfaced U-boat, without apparent success. Then, on 26th June, Langman and his squadron were suddenly ordered to evacuate Buggush as Rommel’s tanks broke through Allied defences. At the last minute, as the aircraft were lined up for formation take-oﬀ, Gick ordered his aircrewman to retrieve the White Ensign which was still ﬂying over the airﬁeld, even as Langman spotted German panzers approaching along the coast road. Langman reﬂected that the Germans must have thought them mad. For the next six months, in which Langman accumulated 355 hours day and night ﬂying, he conducted regular sweeps over the Mediterranean, interdicting enemy supplies into El Alamein. He was awarded the DSC in 1943 for his skill, bravery and sustained resolution in many air attacks against enemy submarines and small craft. Victor Michael Langman was born on 16th August 1921 at Boreham, Essex; his love of ﬂying was inspired when Alan Cobham brought his ﬂying circus to Chingford and, for ﬁve shillings, Michael enjoyed a circuit. He was educated at Brighton College and volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm, joining HMS St Vincent as a naval airman, 2nd class, in June 1940 with 113 classmates including some 20 New Zealanders. Langman learned to ﬂy at Luton, while accommodated in the stable block at Luton Hoo. There were no bunks, but plenty of straw. Langman was a slow learner and it was 12 hours and 25 minutes before he was allowed his ﬁrst solo ﬂight in a Miles Magister. In the spring of 1941 Langman undertook further training at Kingston, Ontario, in the Fairey Battle, which, on 10th May, he ﬂew under the International Bridge spanning the St Lawrence river. After courses and several sea passages, Langman ﬂew as a the Pelican
BERNARD H P BODDY Bernard H P Boddy (born 9th March 1926, BC staﬀ 1951-68,) died on 6th December 2009. He represented Oxford v Cambridge (soccer) in 1949 and 1950 and played for Sussex CCC (2nd XI).
JIM TITCOMB (A. 1945-49) Jim Titcomb died at home in Maresﬁeld on 26th January 2010 after being diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in September. Jim thoroughly enjoyed his successful time at Brighton College and, right up to the end, took an eager interest in the school, even visiting it 'on the QT' shortly after being diagnosed. A thanksgiving service was held at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London on Tues 20th April.
MAJOR IAN T P VENTRIS (D. 1933-37) Major Ian T P Ventris died on Saturday 6th February 2010.
DAVID QUAYLE (C. 1950-55), CO-FOUNDER OF B&Q The distinguished Old Brightonian, David Quayle, died on board a cruise ship oﬀ the coast of South Africa on 6th April 2010, aged 73. The ‘Q’ of B&Q, he was in Chichester just two years ahead of Lord Skidelsky, the Chairman, and in the same era as Lord Alexander, the late President. He co-founded B&Q in 1969, which became the largest DIY outlet in the UK. He left the ﬁrm in 1982 and was a governor of the College in the early 90s, taking a particular interest in its performing arts. He subsequently worked in Television South and other arts organisations. His memorial service was held on Friday 7th May at Winchester Cathedral.
FELIX COOPER ROBINSON (D. 2004-07) The Association is deeply saddened to report the death of Felix Cooper Robinson on 11th May 2010 in a bus crash in Thailand while travelling on his gap year.
SARAH HANSON (W. 1989-91) Sarah Hanson was tragically killed in a car accident in South Africa on Thursday 29th April 2010. Sarah lived near Durban and leaves a husband and three young children. A memorial service for Sarah was held in the College Chapel on Friday 9th July and was led by Rev. David Grigor, the former school Chaplain. Our condolences go to her family and to her parents Dan (Head of Geography 1976-91 and Housemaster of Aldrich) and Barbara Hanson.
DAVID DASHWOOD (H. 1955-58) David Dashwood, passed away on the 4th June 2010 at the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.
DR. YMKE WARREN F. 198688 The Association was immensely sad and horriﬁed to have learned of the tragic death of Dr. Ymke Warren at her home in Limbe, Cameroon on 29th June 2010. Since leaving Brighton College Ymke has spent all her time, passion and energy with Conservation work, particularly focusing on Gorillas, working in many countries in Africa, from Rwanda to Cameroon. Because of the world class work and impact in her ﬁeld a tribute page has been set up where you can read and leave tributes: www.4apes.com/ymke/ and a charitable fund has also been set up to enable Ymke’s passion and impact on the world to continue: www.gorillas.org/ymkewarren The Association and Brighton College send their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Ymke's friends and family. Rob Little (A 1982-87) writes: "Her funeral was an extremely well attended and emotional occasion (with a number of Old Brightonians in attendance). Even after knowing Ymke for over 25 years I had the pleasure of learning even more about the amazing things, in her short time with us, she has done for conservation around the world and the high regard she is held in amongst her peers and world leading experts. Truly inspirational and heart breaking at the same time."
Felix Cooper Robinson
DAVID G LACEY (D. 1947-52) David G Lacey died on Sunday 25th July 2010 after a long illness. David attended the Royal Veterinary College in London and after gaining experience with other vets, ran his own practice in Sturminster Newton for 40 years before illness forced him to retire in 2000. www.oldbrightonians.com
KAY HOLDER (S. 1930-34)
ay Irving Holder passed away on 14th January, 2010. He was a very kind, generous and honest person, who lived a full life ﬁlled with lots of adventure. He had a great appreciation for languages and literature and enjoyed playing sports, particularly tennis and golf. Other pastimes included hunting, ﬁshing and travelling. He travelled a great deal throughout his life, which he credited for his open mindedness, tolerance and acceptance of others. He was born on 14th October, 1916 in Hawthorn Victoria, Australia. During his early years Kay lived in Camberwell Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, and boarded at Camberwell Grammar. His family then moved to East St Kilda, and he went to Grimwade, the primary school of Melbourne Grammar, until he was 13 years old. At this age, in 1930, he was sent to board at Brighton College with his older brother Richard. He was an OTC at school and completed his Certiﬁcate A in 1934. After the completion of his schooling, which he credits for giving him the skills he relied on throughout his life, he worked at the Sun Life Assurance Society, in Threadneedle Street. He felt city life was not for him, so he went to India to manage a tea estate in Travancore (now Kerala), where he was also a Trooper in the Southern Provinces Mounted Riﬂes. In 1940 he was an OTC in Bangalore, where he was commissioned on graduation to Mahratta Light Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant and posted to join Battalion in Belgaum. He was transferred as Adjutant to the Madras Regiment in Bangalore, due to his knowledge of the Tamil language. In 1941 he was seconded to the newly formed 31st Indian Armoured Division in Karachi as DAPM. He was subsequently shipped with the Division to Iraq, where he spent the rest of the war in PAIFORCE, also serving as Town Major in Tehran and Ahwaz. During his time in Tehran, the conference between Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt took place. Once the war was over he went back to London for demobilisation. He was given an honorary rank of Major on his release from active military duty in 1946. Kay married for the ﬁrst time in 1947 to a widowed Persian Princess by marriage, Pari Arfa. At this time, he also found employment with the United Fruit Company, which required him to travel extensively. He divorced in 1956 and it was in Panama where he met Herminia Yolanda Jordan, his second wife, who was a registered nurse from Peru working at
the company hospital. They were married in 1956 and had two children, Victor and Soraya. He retired in 1978. In 1978 Kay became the Banana Representative for the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, Trading Department, North Queensland, Australia which gave him the opportunity to return to his country of birth. He lived in Cairns to 1996 and then moved down to Melbourne to live with his daughter. He enjoyed his last years playing golf, socialising with his friends from the Returned and Services League, reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife Yolanda, son Victor, daughter Soraya, grandsons Alejandro and George, granddaughters Tiana and Catalina and a great granddaughter Aleijah.
Events Diary 29 Oct 2010 3 Nov 2010 4 Nov 2010 11 Nov 2010 14 Nov 2010 17 - 19 Nov 2010 24 Nov 2010 27 Nov 2010
2 Dec 2010 5 Dec 2010 24 Dec 2010 19 Jan 2011 24 Feb 2011 25 Feb 2011 8 May 2011 11 June 2011
Hong Kong Reception - 6.30 - 9.00pm Hennessy Room, Conrad Hotel for OBs, parents and friends of Brighton College Autograph Concert - 7.45pm*, Great Hall Brighton College Business Club 1st Meeting - 7.00 - 9.00pm - Café de Paris New Ground Pavilion Presentation for Old Brightonians - 6.00pm - Café de Paris Remembrance Day service - 10.30am, College Chapel School Play - ‘David Copperﬁeld’ in the Great Hall* Autumn Concert 7.00pm*, Great Hall The Old Brightonian Annual Dinner in the Great Hall We will be welcoming our new President, the Rt Hon Sir John Chilcot, GCB (H/S. 1972-57) and our guest speaker, Emma Wimhurst (F. 1982-84). Sir John Chilcot is the chair of the inquiry into the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and Emma Wimhurst is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and business mentor. She became a self-made millionaire with the founding of her own company, Diva Cosmetics, before selling in 2003 and she is a regular contributor to the UK media. Tickets are £40 per person or £75 per couple. U25s tickets are £30 each. Tickets include a welcome reception and a four course meal with wine & port and are available from Fiona Aiken in the OBA Office or via the OB website. Choral Society Concert* - 7.00pm, St George’s, Kemp Town Christmas Carol Service - 6.00pm, All Saints’ Church, Hove. Midnight Mass - 11.00pm, College Chapel. Mulled wine & mince pies are available in the PAC before the service. London Drinks from 6.00pm, Rocket Restaurant & Bar, Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5RB. All welcome, no tickets required. Annual OB Vice-Presidents’ Luncheon - The Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall Oxbridge Dinner - Oxford Pioneers’ Lunch - For OBs aged 60 and over. 90s Decade Reunion Dinner in the Great Hall A special reunion for all those who attended the College in the 90s. Invitations will be sent out in the spring.
Please contact the main reception desk on 01273 704200 for details of College events and those which require tickets (*). For all Old Brightonian events contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA Oﬃce
WINTER 2010 FIXTURES 1st XV Rugby
Girls’ 1st XI Hockey
02/10 09/10 03/11 13/11 20/11 27/11 04/12
02/10 09/10 16/10 20/11 27/11
St John’s Leatherhead (H) Dulwich (H) Henley College (A), 7.30pm Epsom (H) KES Southampton (H), 11am John Fisher (A) Eastbourne (H)
Kings Canterbury (A) Cranleigh (H) Cranbrook (H) Sevenoaks (A) City of London Freeman’s, (H, Sussex University) Christ’s Hospital (H)
For further details please visit www.brightoncollege.net www.oldbrightonians.com
News from the association
The College formally took over the running of the Association on 1st August. Although we will continue to be known as the Association of Old Brightonians, we have merged with the school Development Oﬃce which now becomes the Oﬃce for Development and Alumni Relations. The OBA committee has ceased to exist, however the new combined oﬃce will continue to be guided by an OB Advisory Council made up of former pupils from diﬀerent decades, and current and former staﬀ. Fiona Aiken remains in place to administer the running of the Association. Please see page 23 to meet the team, and ﬁnd out more about how the new oﬃce will work. OBA BURSARY One signiﬁcant beneﬁt of the OBA becoming
part of the College is the creation of a bursary speciﬁcally for the children or grandchildren of Old Brightonians. The award, known as the OBA Bursary, is available for entry at age 13 to the senior school, and has been made possible by the transfer of the OBA Life Fund from the Association. This will provide a means-tested bursary of £1,000 a term for families who may otherwise be unable to aﬀord an independent education. Further information is available from Stjohn Rowlands, Director of Admissions and Marketing, email@example.com, telephone 01273 704201.
College, please encourage them to get in touch. They can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, register their details online at www.oldbrightonians.com/update, or contact Fiona Aiken.
OLD BRIGHTONIANS INTERNATIONAL We would like to set up local branches of the Association, especially abroad in countries where we have concentrations of OBs to facilitate reunions for OBs who are not easily able to make the journey back to the school. Would you be interested in helping to set up and co-ordinate an OBA branch where you live? Please contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA Oﬃce to help.
LOOKING FOR ‘LOST’ OBs... One change to the
FOLLOW THE OBA Apart from the Association’s excellent
Association as a result of the merger is that all former pupils now automatically become Old Brightonians. With our new look Pelican magazine and programme of events, we would like to ﬁnd ‘lost’ OBs. We are doing our best to trace previous pupils, which can sometimes prove less than easy! If you know of any contemporaries who may have lost contact with the
website, which is updated daily with news and events, there are a number of other ways to stay in touch with the OBA and fellow pupils. You can ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our network on LinkedIn, to ensure you never miss out on the latest happenings.
OBA WELCOMES THE 2010 GRADUATES The Association welcomed our newest members and their families with afternoon tea and cupcakes on the Head Master’s lawn after the leavers’ Chapel service. The Graduation ceremony itself took place at 6.30pm in the Chapel on Thursday 1st July when this year’s leavers, along with their scrolls, were presented with commemorative Old Brightonian lapel pins by Sue Wicks, in one of her last acts as Pre-Prep Head Mistress before her retirement. Any Old Brightonian who would like one of the new OB lapel pins can contact Fiona Aiken.
OBA NEWS Please let Fiona Aiken know of any news, such as career moves, marriages, births, travel and other adventures, which may be of interest to the College, or to fellow OBs. We would also be grateful for details of any OBs who have passed away. Changes of address and contact details should also be sent to Fiona at: OBA Oﬃce, Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL. Email - email@example.com Tel - 01273 704250
Do we have your e-mail address? We are in regular contact with over 1,700 OBs via our monthly e-mail newsletter. This is a very cost-eﬀective and responsive means of communication, and we would like to contact as many members as possible in this way. To sign up, please contact Fiona Aiken, complete the name and address sheet accompanying posted copies of the Pelican, or go to www.oldbrightonians.com/update www.oldbrightonians.com
Sport OLD BRIGHTONIANS WIN REPRESENTATIONAL HONOURS Matt Berry (R. 2001-05) and Ben Maidment (R. 2004-06) gained their England Students caps last season after being named in the 26-man elite squad. Ben also appeared in this year’s Varsity match at Twickenham playing for Cambridge University against an Oxford side captained by another OB, Dan Rosen (D. 2000-02). Ben’s brother, Max Maidment (R. 2007-09), signed a contract for Bath Academy while in New Zealand on his gap year, where he was also selected to represent the Taranaki U18 provincial team. Max will start training with Bath this season while continuing his education at Bath University, studying Economics. Max is now the sixth player in three years to leave Brighton College and sign a professional contract with a premiership club.
OTHER REPRESENTATIONAL HONOURS INCLUDE:
Matt Berry (R. 2001-05)
• Harry Leonard (AB. 2005-10)
- Scotland Academy
• Ollie Richards (D. 2008-10)
- Leeds Carnegie Academy/Leeds Univesity
• James Tyas (L. 2005-10)
- Bath Academy/Bath University
• Ryan Manyika (S. 2002-07)
- Harlequins Academy/Zimbabwe Sevens/ York University
• Ross Chisholm (D. 2007-09)
- Harlequins Academy/St. Mary’s, Twickenham
• Tom Aiken (A. 2003-09) and Lucas Shone (D. 2008-10) both contributed to the Brighton Blues’ victory at Twickenham in May in the EDF Senior Vase Trophy. • Jordan Turner-Hall (H. 2002-05) signed a new two-year contract with Harlequins in February while John Hart (S. 1995-00) continues at London Wasps.
Laura Marsh (F. 2000-05)
• Laura Marsh (F. 2000-05), Holly Colvin (F. 2003-08) and Sarah Taylor (W. 2002-07) continue to represent their country as part of the England womens’ cricket team, taking part in this summer’s tour to the Caribbean for the World Twenty20 tournament.
If you would like to take part in any OB ﬁxtures, please contact the following representatives: OB RUGBY John Aiken 07715 580990 or firstname.lastname@example.org OB CRICKET Julian Withers 01273 704231 or email@example.com OB GOLF Chris Pett firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA oﬃce
CRONK CUNIS U21 2010 TOURNAMENT - 30th AUGUST 2010 The day started a little disappointingly with several last minute player drop-outs but after a few texts and phone calls we managed to muster a squad of 17 rather than the anticipated 22. However there was a great degree of optimism on the minibus and the results certainly showed that the players didn’t let it get to them. The ﬁrst opposition was to have been Christ’s Hospital but they arrived late so they were replaced by Hymers College from Hull. The game was physical but the Pelicans won the game 8 - 0. The next game against Oundle resulted in a 20 - 3 victory and put us through to the quarter ﬁnals. Again we found ourselves pitched against another northern team, St Ambrose College from Altrincham, and again the Pelicans produced the goods winning 14 - 0. This put us through to the semi-ﬁnal against St. Benedict’s (last year’s winners). The game was hard-fought and ended in an 11 - 5 loss. The size of our squad worked against us as St Benedict’s ability to use their greater number of replacements meant fresh legs on the pitch when necessary. Thanks to Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08) for organising this year’s squad. If you’d like to play in next year’s tournament please contact Nik Pass on 07725 213445 or email@example.com John Aiken (A. 1976-81)
PETER RUMNEY MEMORIAL GAME 4TH SEPTEMBER 2010 This year saw a slightly diﬀerent format in that we played Old Reigatians rather than Old v Young Old Brightonians. The day started with Brighton College U15 A’s and B’s v Reigate Grammar on the Home Ground; this was followed by Old Brightonians v Old Reigatians before Brighton College Ist XV took to the ﬁeld at 2.30pm. It was a beautiful sunny day and, for the third year running, OB players and spectators, young and old, came together to celebrate the memory of Peter Rumney (H. 1937-39). The OBs won 48 – 0 despite our average age being over 36 against an opposition considerably younger! Next year’s game has yet to be conﬁrmed but is likely to take place on Saturday 3rd September 2011 and OBs and their families are invited to join us. John Aiken (A. 1976-81)
53RD SUNSHINE 7S 23RD - 25TH APRIL 2010 Sunday 25th April saw a somewhat relaxed and laid back Pelicans squad take to the ﬁeld at this year's Sunshine 7s. Our ﬁrst game was against Esher who run a regular 7s squad and were expected to do well at the tournament. We lost 12 points to 5 but considering many of our team had not played together before it was a good performance and the opinion from the touchline was that we were in for a good day of 7s. Our next pool game was against Burgess Hill and again the Pelicans put themselves through a gruelling warm up programme... actually they wandered on to the pitch and beat Burgess Hill by 50 points to 5! We were through to the Plate competition and Sammy Turner decided that now was the time to play his trump card and drink four Red Bull shots in quick succession accompanied by Jelly Babies; to be fair this was the most dedicated warmup preparation that I saw from any of the players throughout the day. Despite a nervous start against St. Bartholomews Hospital the Pelicans turned out another stunning 7s performance and won 33 points to 12. Things were now getting serious and silverware was in sight, so the boys
managed to all stand up at the same time and wander across to the pitch and in yet another great performance they won against Brookes College with a decisive score of 38 points to 7. So to the Plate ﬁnal, Tom Aiken rounded up all the team about ﬁve minutes before kick-oﬀ as the ﬁnal was against Hove and all agreed that maybe they should take it seriously and have a gentle warm up jog for a couple of minutes. Despite an opening interception try from Hove the Pelicans looked conﬁdent and the conﬁdence grew. It was a hard fought battle but the ﬁnal result was Pelicans 31 and Hove 14. Garry Gordon, the tournament organiser, later commented that it was one of the best Sunshine 7s ﬁnals he had seen in years and that the''Pelicans had the potential to do some damage on the 7s circuit''. These are high words of praise and richly deserved so thank you to all the players and I look forward John Aiken (A. 1976-81) to next year's Sunshine 7s. Our players were: Tom Aiken (A. 2003-08), Josh Jones (D. 2006-08), Sam Turner (S. 2003-08), Ryan Bhimji (L. 2003-08), Ed Court, James Trevis, Chris Jackson, John Downey, Alex Witek, Theo Malthouse, Josh Brock
Development This summer the Old Brightonian Association became part of the newly formed Development and Alumni Relations Oﬃce. The role of the new oﬃce is to support the Head Master and Governors in realising the long-term plans of the school, by raising non-fee income, and by building a network of strong relationships among parents, staﬀ, Old Brightonians and other friends and supporters. Although raising funds for the school is one of the roles of the oﬃce, it is by no means its sole purpose. Building fruitful relationships with the whole school community - parents, former pupils and friends - will support all aspects of College life. The school beneﬁts enormously from having an engaged and active network of former pupils, who contribute in many ways. This summer, for example, we have recruited the judging panel for the College’s Entrepreneurship programme from the OB community (see page 12 for more details), and Old Brightonians have been generous in their oﬀers of career help to current pupils, with talks on architecture and patent law featuring among the programme. We have been thrilled by the enthusiasm and support of former pupils, keen to ‘give something back’ to the College.
open in September 2011. On the ground ﬂoor a café and seating area will provide much-needed facilities for boarders to gather and socialise in the evenings. Upper ﬂoors will house the Chaplaincy, a new Health Centre, and a Senior Common Room and Boardroom, and the landscaped courtyard will double as a splendid outdoor performance space.
“The 2020 Vision - an ambitious programme of development to provide new facilities”
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - 2020 VISION In 2008, the College’s Governing Body commissioned a Masterplan for the next stages of development for Brighton College. It was clear that a growing and successful school needed a number of new facilities to match and maintain this status. It was also important that any development was sympathetic to the relatively compact site, and to the existing buildings, many of which are historically and architecturally important. The result was 2020 Vision, an ambitious programme of development to provide new facilities for teaching, sport and music. The ﬁrst ‘2020 Vision’ project became a reality this summer, with the completion of the Skidelsky Building, a new home for the English and DT departments and for the Lower School. Built on the site of the old Art School, it is named after one of the school’s most eminent Old Boys, and Chairman of the College Governors, Lord Skidelsky, who will perform the oﬃcial opening ceremony on 16th October. Over the summer, work began on the new Woolton Quad building, which will replace a series of unsightly extensions, with a three storey block providing study and leisure facilities for the whole school. Thanks to an extremely generous donation from a parent, we have been able to begin work earlier than originally planned and we anticipate that the building will
NEW GROUND PAVILION In 2011 we hope to have raised enough funds to begin work on construction of a Sports Pavilion at New Ground. OBs can be forgiven for thinking that they have heard this before, as this is not the ﬁrst time that such a project has been proposed. Plans were prepared in 2005 for a two-storey pavilion, but lack of funds meant that the project had to be put on hold. David Morley Architects have been appointed to draw up plans for a more modest building, with changing and social facilities, to provide a much needed space for players, teachers and spectators from the College and visiting teams. A presentation evening has been arranged for Thursday 11th November, when OBs are warmly invited to come and meet the architects and sports staﬀ, and to view the plans for the new Pavilion. Please contact Fiona Aiken. www.oldbrightonians.com
MUSIC SCHOOL Brighton College music continues to excel and the range of opportunities grows each year. With music such a central part of College life, the Music department should be at the centre of the College campus, which is exactly where it will be, with exciting plans for a new Music School. An architectural competition is being held for the design of a modern, contemporary building, to be located behind the Main Building of the College. The Music School will house a performance space, teaching and practice rooms, and an ICT facility, as well as a classroom, a Percussion and Rock Room, and a Recording Control Room. Subject to securing the necessary funds, we hope to begin construction in 2012, with completion in 2013. Beyond 2013, and by 2020, we have further plans to create new teaching spaces and a new swimming pool and sports centre. The implementation of 2020 Vision will provide the College and its pupils with ﬁrst-rate facilities to match the excellent teaching and pastoral care - it is certainly an exciting time to be part of the Brighton College community. For more information on any aspect of 2020 Vision, and how you can get involved, please contact Mrs Debra Chalmers, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01273 704234.
MEET THE TEAM With the Development Oﬃce now up and running, we thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce the team, and explain our roles. Please pop in to the oﬃce whenever you visit the College; we are always pleased to see former pupils, staﬀ and parents. We are located in Room 25a, most recently the Lower School Oﬃce, and before that the Book Shop. Aﬀectionately known as the ‘goldﬁsh bowl’, it is located opposite the Old Music School, and across the courtyard from the Café de Paris. Debra Chalmers, Director of Development & Alumni Relations Debra joined Brighton College in 2009 to set up the Development and Alumni Relations Oﬃce, moving from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where she had worked for twelve years raising funds for the Kew Foundation. Having read English at Trinity College, Oxford, Debra began her career in Development with the National Trust, initially in York. “The transition from mainstream charity to independent school has been very exciting, and I love the Brighton College environment - stimulating, vibrant and never a dull moment! I am very much looking forward to helping the College realise its development plans, and to getting to know Old Brightonians and the wider College community.” Debra lives in Steyning, and outside of school enjoys time with her family and tending her two allotments. A very keen gardener, she is looking forward to getting her hands dirty on the new Brighton College allotment. Fiona Aiken, (F 1979-81) OBA Oﬃcer Brighton College has featured strongly in Fiona’s life, from the time when she was one of the few girls in school following the move to co-education in 1973. Fiona went on to marry John, also a former pupil (A 1976-81), in the College Chapel, and they
A BEQUEST FOR BRIGHTON Brighton College has a long history of charitable donations and relies upon the generosity of well-wishers to develop and ﬂourish, as Bill Blackshaw’s article on the following page demonstrates. One of the ways in which you can support the school, and invest in the future of Brighton College, is to make a gift in your will. As Brighton College is a charity, any legacy you make will be free of inheritance tax, and you can also choose the area you would like to support, such as scholarships, bursaries or building projects. Whatever you choose to support and however much you are able to give, your legacy will make a real diﬀerence to the school. If you have already decided to leave a legacy to the school, please let us know. It helps us enormously to have this information, as it means we can thank you for your generosity, invite you to special events, and keep you up to date with our activities. For more information on making a bequest to Brighton College, please contact Debra Chalmers in conﬁdence, email@example.com, telephone 01273 704234.
hold the distinction of being the ﬁrst Old Brightonian couple to marry. Fiona’s two sons both attended Brighton College and Fiona has worked as the administrator for the OBA for the past 12 years. Fiona enjoys the daily contact with OBs worldwide and is fascinated by the diverse paths they take after a Brighton College education. “In just one day I can talk to a ﬁlm producer, airline pilot, hypnotherapist and barrister!” Outside of school Fiona keeps chickens, and enjoys supporting her sons playing rugby. Rachel Savage, Development Oﬃcer A graduate in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, Rachel joined Brighton College in 2009 as Deputy PA to the Head Master. She had previously worked as Marketing Oﬃcer at the Theatre Royal Brighton, where she ran the Friends programme and organised special events. Out of school, Rachel is involved in running ‘The Noise Next Door’, an improvised comedy troupe, which boasts two Old Brightonians among its performers. “I enjoy the variety of work in the Development Oﬃce, and hope to be able to use my theatrical experience in planning exciting and appealing events for OBs and supporters.” Deborah Rao, Development Assistant Deborah is central to the smooth-running of the Development Oﬃce, dealing with all things administrative, and will often be the friendly voice at the end of the phone. She is well qualiﬁed for the role, having previously worked in the Cambridge University Development Oﬃce. Prior to joining Brighton College, Deborah was a librarian at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich. Deborah is married to Lawrence, Maths teacher and 4th Form tutor in Hampden House, and their youngest son is a pupil at the school. In her free time Deborah enjoys literature and needlework, and volunteers for the Riding for the Disabled Association.
Headmaster’s Reflections Reﬂections On The College’s Current Success By An All-But Octogenarian Former Headmaster
“Many do not like league tables as a measure of success, but let us give thanks that we are placed so highly in them”
he recent great successes enjoyed by the College - surely a source of joy to all of us who love the place - have caused the Press to suggest that it was previously a ‘backwater’. So it seems right to refer to the work done in the last ﬁfty years, that work itself laid on earlier foundations. After all, the decade before then produced Lord Alexander, Lord Skidelsky and Bishop Bavin (to say nothing of Sir John Chilcot) among others! And these last ﬁfty years began with a visit from the Queen. Backwater...?!?
The trigger for this ‘essay’ is provided by two conversations separated by some ten years. At the end of my ﬁrst Governors’ meeting in 1971, two Canons of the Church, Booth and Mansell, stood with me in the Front Quad. James Mansell said: ‘Of course this College ought to be a day school of 600’. This was a shock to me - as it was to Canon Booth - as I had been appointed with a brief to increase boarding numbers! I told this to Michael Wheeler, a wise newly-appointed Governor at the end of the seventies. ‘Yes’, he said, ‘he is probably right but it will take until 2000’. The ﬁrst conversation was with 332 boys in the school; the second with about 410 boys and 40 girls. To place this in even deeper context, I also recall Philip Burstow sending me a note shortly before he died in 1974 to congratulate me on the numbers topping 400 for the ﬁrst time since 1932. Never forget that the College was 600 strong in the twenties! There are two aspects of these ﬁve decades to look at: good
fortune and appropriate decisions and the two are not always easy to disentangle! Firstly good fortune: parental contacts with the Dyers Company and help from the Industrial Society provided a new Science block at the end of the ﬁfties and, at about the same time, the new workshops were built and, above them, the new day houses, providing such an important framework to support everything that goes on in the College. In 1966 School House burned down, and a better and more adaptable building was erected in its place. Then the aborted attempt by the Town Council to extend a dual-carriageway to the Royal Sussex County Hospital led to the compulsory purchase of the Prep School on satisfactory enough terms to allow for the acquisition of the Walpole Road Convent in 1970, thus providing better accommodation for a larger Prep School. The early seventies brought a further stroke of luck in that the Sports Hall was built largely unfunded. I recall a frozen meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee in front of a one-bar electric ﬁre. There was talk, by Ronnie Pickering, of insolvency. The Bursar and Harold Myerscough, and myself, let him expound his thesis before announcing the £49,500 gift from Sir Thomas McAlpine. Never, before or since, have I witnessed someone deﬂated and inﬂated at the same moment. Fourteen years later the Great Storm of 1987 relieved us of the mulberry tree, under which Samuel Johnson once sat and on which there was a preservation order: thus it was possible to build Williams House, providing space for the ﬁrst properly co-educational girls. Soon after came a great boost to the Scholarship Fund. A venerable Old Brightonian called Cooke who, on the fallacious www.oldbrightonians.com
HEADMASTER’S REFLECTIONS advice of his accountant that he could only give away £3000 a year, even to a charity, had been giving this sum annually for a few years. For fear of appearing greedy, we did not disabuse him. Perhaps this was a good thing as the best part of a million came to the Scholarship Fund from his estate. Recently, of course, the Abrahams family has outshone all previous generosity. So much for good fortune! Half way between luck and decision-making came ten days or so into my headship when the College architect, John Daviel, visited me and said: ‘We’ve got to decide NOW whether to build the Maltings classrooms strong enough to take a third ﬂoor’. With 330 boys in the school it did not seem necessary. ‘How much?’ I asked. The sum was not great, so the decision was taken by the two of us to provide strength for the Alexander Art School some 35 years later. No Governor was consulted but the lucky decision was ratiﬁed by them a few weeks later. Luck rather than judgement? Then there were crucial decisions. As the Convent was bought, so Kingscliﬀe House in Eastern Road came up for sale and was immediately bought, providing the Pre-Prep, which would later feed the Prep School. That was in June 1971. By August, two governors, the College solicitor and the appointed but not yet in oﬃce Headmaster purchased Hawkhurst Court at Wisborough Green. Once again, this was ratiﬁed by the Governors, but only after Sir Stanley Rees had moved that the College refrain from buying any more schools for the next six months. It was to be a further 30 years till the next signiﬁcant purchase that of a lease on St Christopher’s. Hawkhurst Court did much more than boost the ﬁnances in the diﬃcult early seventies. Providing useful capital when sold in the early eighties, it also led to the development of specialist teaching for dyslexia under Margaret Hollinshead. The decision to admit girls into the Sixth Form in 1973 initially strengthened the fairly weak numbers, boosted the academic results and the music and drama, but it also made it more likely that the 1985 decision to go co-educational would eventually be taken. And this, of course, was the most profound change of the last 50 years, taken at the mid-point, arrived at also after the girls in the Pre-Prep became absorbed into the Prep School, initially to the age of 11 and then to 13. It is worth noting a co-educational ‘episode’ which might have had a considerable eﬀect on the development of the school. In March 1984 the College and St Mary’s Hall were within a couple of days of combining their Sixth Forms. The Deed of Arrangement was signed by the College Council, but the following day the Headmistress got cold feet and SMH withdrew. It is interesting to speculate how diﬀerent the future of the two schools might have been; indeed, whether the sad demise of SMH might have been avoided and a form of co-education that separated the sexes between 13 and 16 might have prevailed. However, full co-education it was to be, answering the growing desire among parents to educate their children of each gender in the same school, and creating a more diverse community, more in tune with the city it serves. Most of the reactive decisions meant extra buildings arose as a consequence of increasing numbers. They included, ﬁrstly, the pre-fabs that housed the maths department in the back quad, replaced in 1986 by the Lester Building, the new www.oldbrightonians.com
pavilion and the north-west classroom block (1980), including the new Pre-Prep. All this enabled departments to start to be located more closely together. But as the century closed and co-education became well established, some proactive decisions about buildings were needed to sustain and develop the broad cultural education that the College has long provided and which had gone from strength to strength over the course of the last ﬁfty years. The new Music and Drama building, with its café below to encourage parents to be part of the ‘fabric’, was erected. All these and the recent Art School, while adding to the attraction of the school to future pupils, served to emphasize the school’s long-standing commitment to the arts as part of a wellrounded education. Apart from co-education, and Anthony Seldon’s courageous abolition of Saturday school, which surely staunched some wastage at GCSE, most of the changes highlighted so far have concerned buildings. Many others would concern people, but they would need a longer perspective to assess. There are just a few other ‘factors’ that have helped to prepare the ground for the successes of the new Millennium. The selection of four young OBs as Governors in the 1970s was one such factor. They were forward-looking, able and wise, and have had much to do with the progress towards the present day. Secondly, the eﬀorts of Gordon Smith, and later Graham Brown, in the Prep School to encourage music led to the need to appoint a full-time strings teacher whilst, at the same time, the School Orchestra was made to meet on a Monday, enabling those members of it good enough to join the Brighton Youth Orchestra to do so. In 1971 I counted four boys in the School Orchestra. There were 70 pupils in it by the mid-eighties. So much for the advance of music. Thirdly, in 1977 Foundation Scholarships (at age 11+) to enable talented boys, predominantly from maintained primary schools, to come to the College were started. It was my hardest battle with the Governors, who realised how costly it could become. Thankfully, Margaret Thatcher introduced the Assisted Places Scheme to save their bacon for a decade or two. I like to think that, as well as enabling some bright boys to enjoy what the College could oﬀer them, this pushed us a little bit up the A-level tables towards the excellence of today. The 600, which might have been there during John Leach’s reign but for the 1990-93 recession, came at the Millennium and the whirlwind of Anthony Seldon launched us into this century and national, as opposed to local, renown together with the purchase of the lease of another school, St Christopher’s, and longed-for improvements to the boarding houses, and the further widening of horizons. The Governors were then lucky and wise to appoint Richard Cairns as an able successor to someone so diﬃcult to follow. Introduction of Mandarin may prove to be of great signiﬁcance, but his 11+ house most certainly will. Let us hope that this, together with the relationship forged with a London comprehensive school, will accord with political moves coming increasingly to the fore at this time to build meaningful links between independent and maintained schools. And what of Brighton College Abu Dhabi? Many do not like league tables as a measure of success, but let us give thanks that we are placed so highly in them! Bill Blackshaw, Headmaster 1971-87 the Pelican
righton College was the ﬁrst public school to be founded in Sussex, one of 68 public schools established across England between 1840 and 1870. From the outset, it attracted to it the sons of some of the greatest families in the land.
But unfortunately for Brighton College, the then president of the council, the Earl of Chichester, failed to provide the sort of endowment that underpinned the development of other schools founded in the same decade like Cheltenham, Clifton or Radley College. So the grand plans that Gilbert Scott had for the College were only partly realised and the ﬁrst boys all 47 of them - must have wondered what had happened to the elaborate cloisters, great hall and towering chapel of the glossy 1845 prospectus. Some things don’t change! Yet from that early body of pupils emerged characters aplenty. Many, of course, became clergymen including the very ﬁrst pupil to enrol at the College, Richard Kirwan. Richard later became a Dean and drowned at the age of 42 while bathing in Sidmouth. However most - as was no doubt the intention of the founders of most of our Victorian public schools - entered a life of service to the Empire. Of those ﬁrst 47 boys who joined the school, the youngest, our drowned Dean’s younger brother, was to die in the Crimean War while in command of a gun on HMS Highﬂyer at the bombardment of Odessa. Charles Baynton, the second youngest, fought in the Maori War of 1861. William Pattle was murdered, aged just 23, by the Indian mutineers at Meerut on the ﬁrst day of the insurrection. His story is told in Saul David’s study of the events of 1857 - warned by his manservant the day before to ﬂee, he took his concerns to his commanding oﬃcer who told him that it was incumbent upon all Englishmen to behave as normal. So, unarmed, they gathered at church that Sunday morning, then all hell broke loose. William Pattle was discovered later that day by a fellow oﬃcer, disembowelled and dismembered. He is the ﬁrst recorded casualty of the Mutiny. A month later, his fellow College the Pelican
pupil - also one of the 47 - the splendidly named Sir Harry Dalrymple Prendergast won a Victoria Cross in the same Indian campaign for no doubt disembowelling and dismembering one of the rebels. Among the remaining 47 was: • Arthur Izard, who was shipwrecked en route to Calcutta. No trace of crew and passengers was ever found. • Eardley Maitland, wounded in the Indian Mutiny who became Military Attache at the British Legation at Constantinople. • Charles Carpenter who became British Commissioner of Jubblepore. • George Parbury who was shipwrecked in the Red Sea and no trace of him ever found. • Charles Elliott who became Governor of Bengal. • Tredway Clarke who became Resident of Mysore. • John Glyn who fought in the Ashanti War of 1873-74. • Gerald Money was mentioned in despatches for bravery on the ill-fated march from Kabul to Kandahar - a reminder to us all of the intractable nature of war in Afghanistan. There were, of course, other characters who emerged from the College in its ﬁrst decade; Sir Thomas Jackson, the great Victorian architect and Sir Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy, were both early pupils. One of the most colourful of all was Sir Francis Hughes-Hallet who went on to become an MP but was forced out after being found in bed with his step-daughter at a country house party attended by the Prince of Wales. Intriguingly, a year later, he was also interviewed by police following the ﬁrst murder associated with Jack the Ripper. In many ways, he ﬁtted the proﬁle; he was ex-military (the women were killed by someone who knew how to use a knife); he was seen in the area that night; and he happened to be near the scene when the police ﬁrst arrived! Such were our ﬁrst pupils and such was the early school. I can’t help wondering what those 47 boys would have made of the College today. Richard Cairns www.oldbrightonians.com
From the Archives OLD BRIGHTONIAN INVOLVED IN 1944 GREAT ESCAPE John Giﬀord Stower (H. 1932-33), born 15th September 1916 in the Province of Jujuy, North of Argentina, came to the UK as a youngster in 1925, spending his ﬁrst years at a small school in Worthing, before ﬁnishing his education at Brighton College via Sedbergh. Two years later, aged 20, he returned to Argentina to work in a sugar cane mill close to his place of birth. Shortly after World War II broke out in 1939, John, as so many other native-born Argentines of British descendants, decided to volunteer and joined the Royal Air Force, sailing from Buenos Aires in July 1940 aboard the ‘Andalucía Star’ for Southampton, with several other volunteers. His valiant and courageous decision broke the heart of his recently widowed mother and sisters. On arrival, he immediately went to the RAF recruiting centre and, after being admitted, was sent to Canada for training. John showed well above average leadership abilities to become a bomber pilot and was immediately commissioned as a Flight Lieutenant and received his wings. On his return to England, his ﬁrst posting was to Squadron 420 of the RCAF in Waddington. He was then commissioned to pilot Hamden Mk. I bombers and spent several successful missions before being transferred to RAF Squadron 142 in Grimsby and placed in charge of a Wellington Mk.IV twin Wasp engine bomber. His squadron carried out numerous night missions, often under very trying conditions hampered by adverse weather and incessant enemy anti-aircraft attacks. Unfortunately on one of those endless nights, his aircraft was badly hit by enemy ﬂak, but he managed to take the plane down in the North Sea and safely boarded their rubber dinghy with all his seven-man crew. Hoping to reach an allied coast position, they were surprised by a German patrol and taken prisoner. John was sent to Stalag Luft III, a new prisoner of war camp built especially by the German Luftwaﬀe to host American and British air force prisoners separately. John was a restless prisoner and was permanently thinking of how to escape. On one occasion he had ﬁgured out how to clamber over the outer wire fencing, but while attempting to escape he tripped over a tree root within the camp only to ﬁnd himself surrounded by German soldiers pointing their riﬂes at him. Had he succeeded in getting past the warning wire or even started to climb the perimeter fence, he would have been shot. A lucky break! www.oldbrightonians.com
A few weeks later he managed to escape with two other airmen. He was at large for a few days until he was recaptured and sent back to Stalag Luft III and spent some time in the cooler; a solitary conﬁnement for the big oﬀenders. “A wanderer at heart with a pronounced adventurous streak, Johnny chafed more than most men at captivity”, this was a true deﬁnition of John as written by Jonathan Vance in ‘A Gallant Company – the Men of the Great Escape’. He never once lost his determination to plan a new escape and when John heard that Squadron Leader Roger Bushell was planning a mass escape he immediately volunteered as a tunneller. This led to the famous ‘Great Escape’ where three tunnels were dug simultaneously (Tom, Dick & Harry) under the British RAF wooden barracks. The only one not to be found was “Harry” and on the night of 24th / 25th March 1944, 78 prisoners managed to escape before the German guards discovered the tunnel exit. John succeeded in getting from Sagan, now Poland, into Switzerland, and after four days unknowingly walked back through the frontier into German territory and was caught by a German patrol. Whilst only two escapees managed to reach England, the remaining 76 airmen were recaptured and rounded up. Meanwhile, as soon as Hitler was informed he was so infuriated that the star Luftwaﬀe prison camp had been ridiculed by this mass escape, that he ordered the Gestapo to draw up a list of 50 from the 76 prisoners to be executed immediately. Johnny was amongst the 50 RAF prisoners of war executed on 31st March. Their bodies were cremated and several Stalag Luft III prisons were given permission to build a stone memorial near the camp, that stands today in memory of those valiant RAF pilots that gave their lives for freedom, and is now kept up by the Red Cross. However, their ashes could not be identiﬁed and so they lie in a mass grave. The accompanying photo was taken just before John was taken prisoner in 1943. Patrick Wilson
(F. 1982 - 84)
Success can be measured in any number of ways, but becoming a self-made millionaire would seem to indicate a certain level of achievement. Since leaving the College Emma Wimhurst has earned a deserved reputation for entrepreneurial spirit, establishing Diva Cosmetics which, Emma says, was founded after “I spotted a gap in the market for colour cosmetics at the height of The Spice Girls fame in the late 90s”. Following a ten year career in-house at Revlon, she seized the opportunity to set up her own business, starting at her kitchen table when her eldest son was born. Diva rapidly became the leading supplier of own-labelled colour cosmetics to the majority of high street chains. Before long she had a full-time team of twelve and supplied New Look, Monsoon Accessorize, River Island, and George@Asda, among others. Emma sold the business in 2003 to spend more time with her family, but after the birth of her third child she realized she missed working! When she was approached to mentor local businesses she jumped at the chance, and has since worked with hundreds of business owners, trouble-shooting and problem-solving, taking them to sound success and generating additional proﬁts. She describes her style as “totally unique”, adding “I won’t stand for any nonsense!” Perhaps it is unsurprising that she has been referred to as the ‘Mary Poppins of Business’. Emma is now in great demand as a motivational speaker and business adviser, addressing many diﬀerent groups of entrepreneurs across the UK. She says she gains enormous pleasure from being able to inspire, motivate and encourage business owners to aim-high and achieve more. She regularly contributes to the UK press and is honest enough to admit that she gets a thrill when she sees her name in print. She was one of the Big Shots in the BBC show Beat The Boss. “This really brought out my competitive nature - even though my opponents were 10 year old children! I was very pleased to be part of the winning team”. The Old Brightonians are delighted that Emma will address the ﬁrst Annual Dinner under the presidency of Sir John Chilcot and hope that many ‘children of the 80s’ will join us for this very special occasion.
“She gains enormous pleasure from being able to inspire, motivate and encourage business owners to aim-high and achieve more” www.oldbrightonians.com
One Year On Horatio Georgestone (Ab.2007-09) was one of the first intake of Kingsford Scholars at the College graduating in 2009. As a pupil, he quickly made his mark on the school community and made many friends. But how has he spent his gap year and has he kept up the pace for which he became known? My year has been amazing. I have had six jobs and travelled to India for ten weeks. First I worked as a coach for Debate Mate, coaching three secondary schools and one primary school - Kingsford Community School, Lilian Baylis Technology School, Royal Docks Community School and Ravenscroft Primary school. Kingsford went on to win the regional round of the Richard Koch Cup in London, the Debate Mate championships, and they were in the ﬁnal in the House of Lords in June. I’ve also worked as an assistant teacher and mentor at Kingsford Community School. I helped students who were applying to Brighton, helped co-ordinate the school council, and I was strongly involved with preparing GCSE drama students for their ﬁnal GCSE plays. I mentored students to stretch themselves academically and I gave assemblies to try to inspire students to achieve more. I volunteered with ‘Save the Children’, attending weekly meetings to make suggestions for tackling child poverty in Newham, the borough in which I live. The charity aims to reduce child poverty by 2020. I was involved in the creation of Munch the Crunch, a project developing a recipe book with local people, for local people. It oﬀers low cost, quickto-make recipes that can feed large families. I’ve also done some work on a project called The Restorative Justice Programme with Racial Equality In Newham. This project aims to create round table meetings between oﬀenders, many of whom have shot or stabbed someone, and their victims’ families. It gives oﬀenders the opportunity to recognise what they have done and the family the chance to ask questions. I’m very interested in politics and this year I gained experience locally and at Westminster. I regularly attended open forums run by the mayor of Newham, Robin Wales and I have also been in close contact with his former deputy, Councillor Bowden. My local MP Stephen Timms, who was a Minister up until the general election, has been very supportive. He has given me many opportunities to go to Parliament and watch debates from the reserved area of the viewing gallery and I noted my observations and opinions in a Political Journal! I also gained an insight into the life of a barrister. Phillip www.oldbrightonians.com
Noble, a senior barrister at Thomas More Chambers, saw me at an advanced stage of the English Speaking Union Mace Debating Championships whilst I was at College and we have kept in close contact ever since. His support has been incredible, enabling me to work with several barristers on week long cases as well as seeing how barristers’ chambers operate. My trip to India was amazing. It wasn’t an idle visit where I just took loads of pictures, bought souvenirs and had lots of fun. I was a platform 2 volunteer. I had to learn Hindi, teach and get involved in construction! Our camp in Darbari, Rajasthan was in the middle of the desert. I had to adjust to the heat (around 50˚C), a diet with no meat or cow products, and work with a group of strangers. Teaching at Dabla school required lots of energy, lots of planning and the ability to deal with a class of 30+ rowdy 10 year olds who did not always easily understand what I was teaching. We were helping to create sewerage systems, digging deep, long trenches in the heat, as well as ﬁtting white washing rooms in the school and then painting educational words and pictures, playing sports with the children and planting trees. I hope to complete my Duke of Endinburgh Gold by participating in my ﬁnal expedition, and I achieved an A in A-level philosophy. I look forward to going to Aston University, where I will be working as a debate coach at local schools in Birmingham, and speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in October. Horatio (left) with fellow Kingsford Scholars George Weller & Tosin Teriba
Brighton College Abu Dhabi Brighton College is delighted to announce the opening of its first overseas school in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, in September 2011. The Head Master Brendan Law, his wife Linda and their two children
Brighton College Abu Dhabi is currently under construction within the exclusive Bloom Gardens in the Diplomatic Quarter of the city and will educate 1,100 boys and girls aged 3 to 18. Brighton College Abu Dhabi aspires to become the leading school in the Middle East oﬀering a ﬁrst-class British-style education, turning out well-educated, tolerant and intellectually curious men and women who are ready to take a full, active and positive role in the life of the United Arab Emirates and the world. Professor Lord Skidelsky (C 1953-58), the Chairman of Brighton College Board of Governors, noted, “This initiative is a wonderful opportunity and has been much anticipated
by everyone at Brighton College. It is further evidence of the forward-thinking ethos of an institution recognised as one of England’s top schools.” Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College said, “We are immensely proud to be establishing our ﬁrst new campus abroad. We look forward to working with Bloom to build a dynamic and successful institution which will live up to the outstanding academic and pastoral standards of its parent school. This exciting venture, the ﬁrst of its kind to be undertaken in Abu Dhabi, will further enhance the international reputation of Brighton College.” For further details about Brighton College Abu Dhabi and pupil admissions contacts, please visit www.brightoncollegeabudhabi.net
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