î&#x192;Ťe Marlburian Club Magazine Cover story: Laserlights and Back Burners Entrepreneur Emily Brooke explains how her company is transforming the world of cycle safety
Totally Inspirational Hilary Williams remembers Angela Dancy
I’ll never forget… Charles MacFarlane recalls being told girls were coming to Marlborough
Letter from the Northwest Frontier Emilie Cavendish gives an overview of her time in the mountains of Afghanistan
Altruism, Resilience and a Global Outlook Our ﬁrst MCM writer, Anyalemma Igwe, writes about the hopes and aspirations of our new Master in Malaysia, Alan Stevens
Remembering Charles Hamilton Sorley rough Charles’ poems, the tragedy of war is reﬂected upon
Perfection in Every Moment of its Existence e history of the Rose Garden
Making a Song and Dance about Education How theatre is making an enormous diﬀerence to the Middle-Eastern communities
White Man Walking Robert Devereux tells us about walking the 6,000 kilometres of the Ri Valley
My Favourite Buildings of Marlborough Charles Saumarez Smith tell us about his favourite buildings of the College
e Politics of Change Robin Brodhurst discusses the thinking behind introducing girls to Marlborough
How Marlborough Became the Home of the College e last part of our series on the ﬁrst Master, Matthew Wilkinson
Mastering Achievement Alexandra Jackson Kay ﬁnds out what plans the new Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, has in store for the College
Marlborough College and the Great War in 100 Stories
How to be a Jedi Master Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Roger Rabbit producer, Robert Watts, talks to India Gaul about making it in movies
Road to Enlightenment Lighting designer Patrick Woodroﬀe is interviewed by Tom Ball
A Reﬂection Jonathan Leigh looks back on his time as Master
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Laserlights and Back Burners Emily Brooke, founder of Beryl, tells Lucinda Rouse how she got to where she is
A book review by Charles Messenger
OM Entrepreneurs MyTutor, Morse Toad, Grandstand Coachworks, Elliot Rhodes
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The Marlburian Club, Marlborough College, Wiltshire SN8 1PA Telephone +44 (0)1672 892 384 email@example.com www.marlboroughcollege.org Twitter: @OldMarlburians facebook.com/TheMarlburianClub Editorial and advertising enquiries: +44 (0)1672 892 384 Editor: Catherine Brumwell (NC 1991-96) firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Board: Susanna Spicer (SU 1979-81) Charlie Corbett (C1 1990-95) Jane Green (B3 1982-84, Communications Manager) Kate Goodwin (Alumni Relations Manager) Alexandra Jackson (CO 1974-76) Harriett Jagger (PR 1976-78) Charles MacFarlane (CO 1967-71) Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) Design: Andy Rawlings ©The Marlburian Club 2018
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Upfront am not certain if it was John Dancy’s (Master 1961-72) plan to have the introduction of girls in 1968 concur with the celebration of 125 years of the school’s foundation – I suspect not, but this wonderful coincidence means there will be double celebrations every 25 years from now on.
‘Celebrations, planning and coincidences have been a common theme this year at the College and throughout this edition of the magazine.’ Celebrations, planning and coincidences have been a common theme this year at the College and throughout this edition of the magazine. A huge thank you must go to all who have helped plan this year’s celebrations: the Marlburian Club Oﬃce and the 175 Committee, and with special thanks to Emma Leigh, Piers Dibben (B2 1981-85), Rebe Horton (CR 2003-),
Will Finlay (CR 2005-), Richard Fleck (B3 1962-67), Olivia Timbs (C1 197072), Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70), Julia Daniels (B3 1978-80), and Jo BaileyWells (B3 1981-83). We bid farewell to Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18) and welcome Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-), who has arrived with the ambition to make Marlborough ‘the best coeducational boarding school not only in the UK but across the world’. And don’t underestimate her incredibly nice manner – she absolutely means it. To coincide with the 175 celebrations, we have the third and ﬁnal instalment of articles on our ﬁrst head, Matthew Wilkinson (Master 1843-52), and I give enormous thanks to Nick Baxter, a local historian, for his brilliant writing over these past years. Down the line, he promises more articles on the beginnings of the school, which I know we can all look forward to. As we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, by chance I was sent a piece by a Scottish playwright about the war poet
Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-13). We do, of course, prefer to stick strictly to contributions from OMs, but in this case it ﬁtted so well, I felt we must include it. So oen we celebrate people’s achievements early on in their life or when they are no longer with us, so it’s been a joy this year to reﬂect on the works of three incredibly accomplished OMs. First is Robert Watts (C1 1952-56), who we discovered was a producer of some of the biggest films in cinematic history. Second, Tom Ball (LI 2008-13) interviews Patrick Woodroffe (PR 1967-68) a lighting designer who counts Mick Jagger as his primary client. And third, Robert Devereux (B3 1968-73) who, in 2016, became the ﬁrst person to walk the Ri Valley – a feat that’s almost unimaginable. I’m incredibly proud to introduce our ﬁrst Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) writer to this year’s magazine. Anyalemma Igwe (MCM 2012-17) has produced a lovely proﬁle of Alan Stevens (Master Malaysia 2017-) and, from now on, you will see more from our sister College in Johor Bahru as it ﬁrmly becomes part of our alumni club. ere are a couple of small changes to the layout. We have labelled the pages more clearly to facilitate the navigation of the magazine and knowing that OM News is the most popular section, we’ve moved it towards the front. As you read on, I hope you will not only reﬂect on those OMs whose lives are aweinspiring and on those that we remember, but also celebrate with us the great milestones, the anniversaries, MCM’s involvement in the magazine, Jonathan’s legacy, Louise’s plans, and, importantly, be excited and inspired by the College’s continued incredible output of success and talent.
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From the Chair making it a great way to keep in touch. So, please, take the time to sign up. e Professional Groups have had another busy year and grown in stature. Please don’t feel you’re only invited to the group linked to your profession, the Digital Enterprise presentation on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was relevant to us all.
‘e introduction of MC Global Connect, our alumni-speciﬁc networking platform, has transformed the way in which OMs can communicate with each other.’
he Marlburian Club was founded in 1884, to support past pupils of Marlborough College. Today, we continue in our quest to build a strong alumni network in order to help OMs and College students enrich their progress in life. For the past ﬁve years, the Club Committee has been working to make the Club more relevant to OMs of all ages, while also including current pupils, so we can open up a worldwide network of contacts and opportunities.
e introduction of MC Global Connect, our alumni-speciﬁc networking platform, has transformed the way in which OMs can communicate with each other. Since its launch in February, 1060 Club members have signed up. MC Global Connect enables OMs in similar ﬁelds to ﬁnd or volunteer as a mentor, to post jobs, to request work experience, or simply to search for other OMs in similar areas of business or location. You can also search for those you’ve lost touch with, view our extensive events programme, and catch up on news. If you haven’t already, please do take a look at mcglobalconnect.org. You’ll be able to see who else from your year or house has already joined,
Our reunion programme continues to grow. Along with the year-group reunions, this year saw the ﬁrst Senior Prefects reunion, which was a great success. We are enormously grateful to all those who act as shepherds and help ensure these reunions are well advertised and supported. is year, events have been held in Hong Kong, Malaysia, France, New Zealand, Australia (in both Melbourne and Sydney) and in America. We have OMs in 85 countries across the globe and are keen to continue growing this network, at both social and professional events. If anyone would like to organise a reunion or event, please get in touch with the Club Oﬃce. We were excited to see such an enthusiastic attendance at both the Hampton Court dinner and the Commemoration Day at Marlborough, where many OMs took part in matches against the College teams. Finally, I’d like to thank the Committee, Professional Group Heads and the Development Oﬃce for all their work in creating the momentum behind these initiatives. I’d also like to personally thank Jane Vyvyan, who has spearheaded a determined eﬀort to ensure pupils from Swindon Academy are supported by the Club and oﬀered the same opportunities aﬀorded to Club members. Please remember to sign up to MC Global Connect and do keep the oﬃce up to date with your news.
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is Year time in the CCF are still there – I failed Cert A Map Reading, thus paving the way for a career initially in the Army and then in the surveying profession. Other fond memories abound – including ‘Wiggy’ Gough’s inspiring teaching of English. Once, when he read of the College’s sporting prowess, he muttered ‘trousered apes’ and moved on quickly. We were not a politically correct society.
‘Given that at no stage did I win either a scholarship or an exhibition, my father may well have considered horses were a better investment than his slightly idle son.’
o my great shame, it never crossed my mind when I was at Marlborough that I was particularly privileged, nor that my parents were making sacriﬁces to pay for my education. e latter did, however, come to mind soon aer I le the College. I noticed that my parents were taking up new activities – winter holidays in far-ﬂung places and ownership of a few racehorses became apparent.
Given that at no stage did I win either a scholarship or an exhibition, my father may well have considered horses were a better investment than his slightly idle son. I made a modest contribution and earned a small commission by placing a bet (at Alexandra Palace) for a professional punter whose reputation was such that the bookies would not take a bet from him. In those days, any betting of my own when not on the course had to be done via the very accommodating steward at the golf club. I cannot claim any achievements while at Marlborough. Somehow the College – particularly Mary and Leslie Coggin (CR 1926-62) – got me a place at Cambridge. Mary’s contribution was tutorials (with tea and biscuits) in Economics, in which she had a degree from Oxford. e scars of my 6
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Members of e Marlburian Club should not, therefore, expect too much of its new President. I do, however, start with one advantage – I have been a serial school governor or the equivalent: 12 years a Governor of Harrow, 15 years on the Council of Marlborough, and 16 years a Governor of West Buckland School. is was followed by 10 years as a Trustee of the United Church Schools Trust, of which, at the time, fellow OM Ewan Harper (B2 1953-57) was the Chief Executive. If nothing else, this mini career has taught me to be continually poised for developments and to be well prepared for whatever might be coming your way. e Marlburian Club has changed greatly in recent years and the range of current activities is amazing. As President, I will do what I can to move the current programme forward, and I hope to give particular support to the Professional Groups and to increasing OM participation in Club events. I think more House reunions are worth exploring; certainly, elsewhere they are enormously popular. However, good attendance at all these events does depend on a leader rallying his or her contemporaries. Occasionally, I ponder the shape of education in the future. e growth of distance learning versus the classroom or tutorials has perhaps more support than it merits. Being with people shapes personal skills and opens the eyes of the inquisitive with great advantage. Face-toface time is, however, an expensive resource; and, so, we must use it well.
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Totally Inspirational Hilary Williams (née Gammell C1 1968-70) tells us more about the wonderful Angela Dancy, wife of John (Master 1961-72).
stress free as possible, and we were billeted in small groups around the campus and attached to boys’ houses for the formal side of our education. For the four of us who shared the ﬂat at the top of the Master’s Lodge, Angela was there to keep a beady eye on all that was going on. Nothing seemed to escape her notice. Early on, an edict went out about the length of our skirts, and Angela’s solution was to have us kneeling on the ping-pong table in her dining room: hemlines no higher than the height of the net. Curfew hours were strict, and woe betide those of us compelled to ring the front door bell of the Master’s Lodge aer hours, to be met by Angela in her dressing gown. Punishments were made to ﬁt the crime – an essay on electrical circuitry to atone for an amateur and idiotic attempt to manage without plug adaptors.
t’s been 50 years since Marlborough College hit the headlines with an innovation that spread like wildﬁre and has since become more or less the norm in English public schools, all thanks to the inspiration of John Dancy. Or was it?
‘She was practical, sensible and realistic, showing meticulous attention to detail.’
According to John, the idea actually came from Bernard Williams (a great moral philosopher, husband of Shirley Williams, and himself, sometime later, largely responsible for introducing girls into King’s College Cambridge), who in conversation with John said something along the lines of, ‘If you want to do something that really makes a diﬀerence, why not do the one thing that makes genuinely good sense: introduce girls?’ John’s immediate reaction? To rush oﬀ and discuss the matter with his wife, Angela. Angela was, if not the inspiration for the introduction of girls to Marlborough College, certainly the person who, more than anyone, helped to turn the idea into a success story. She was practical, sensible and realistic, showing meticulous attention to detail. In the planning phase these attributes were essential. By the time the ﬁrst XV arrived in September 1968, all was in place.
Who among us can forget those early days: going into Norwood Hall for the ﬁrst time with 800 pairs of adolescent eyes assessing the available talent, running the gauntlet of the gathered press photographers, ﬁnding our way around the place, and learning the new vocabulary essential for survival. Behind it all, supporting and encouraging, shielding and protecting as necessary, was Angela. ings had been set up to ensure the early days were as
But there was much more to Angela’s involvement than mere discipline. She looked aer us when ’ﬂu knocked the school sideways in the Lent term, nursing us in her own spare room with great kindness and sympathy. She cooked and served an inexhaustible supply of soup to greet knackered walkers returning from the Great Sponsored Walk. She saw to it that, long before the days of formalised PSE, we not only had a suitably robust series of sex education sessions, but she also made it clear to us that counselling was available if needed. And amongst the demands of the various academic and sporting departments, she made sure that instruction for the more traditionally female accomplishments – dressmaking and cooking for example – was available, to both girls and boys. ere was so much to be thought through, and Angela’s calm and compassionate competence underpinned it all. We were genuinely fortunate that she was there: usually slightly in the background, but always aware of what was going on, quick to make adjustments if things were going awry, and always supportive. Dancy House has opened this autumn, and it is a more than ﬁtting tribute that it is dedicated to both John and Angela. ey made a great team. e Marlburian Club Magazine
I’ll never forget... being told girls were coming to Marlborough Charles MacFarlane (CO 1967-71)
‘Despite this happening 50 years ago, such was the impact, it remains one of those few moments in life that I still recall as clearly as if it were yesterday...’
uch has been, and will continue to be, written about the impact of girls arriving at the College. e following recollection is simply about how this momentous news was broken to the 800 male pupils. I was one of them, aged 15 and in Cotton House. Despite this happening 50 years ago, such was the impact, it remains one of those few moments in life that I still recall as clearly as if it were yesterday.
Given the passing of half a century, I have tried to validate my recollection with some of my contemporaries. Some, like me, remember it vividly – others were totally useless with one simply saying that all he could remember was the excitement of seeing the girls walking round College in hot pants. I suspect this was his wishful thinking and selective memory at work but it is certainly proof that much of the adolescent schoolboy brain does not change even when they belong to greying pensioners! On the day, normal routine was being followed when word went around school like wildﬁre that the Master wanted the 8
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whole school assembled in the Mem Hall. e intrigue and tension was palpable, as this was a unique situation for all of us. Rumours from the sublime to the ridiculous swirled as to what it might be about. e hubbub in the Mem Hall as we assembled was louder than normal and when John Dancy (Master 1961-72) appeared on stage, the immediate silence was deafening. Mr Dancy started by saying: “I have gathered you all here to let you know that the Governors have today authorised me to send letters to past, current and future parents and pupils to let them know that… (at this point the proverbial pin dropping would have sounded like a roof collapsing!) …from next September Marlborough College will be taking in girls as pupils.” Such was the scale of the immediate intake of breath from 800 boys that it is amazing that all survived given the vacuum created! Mr Dancy paused to let the moment sink in and for us to get our breath back before continuing. He explained that there would initially be 15 girls, with possibly more to follow in subsequent years if the “experiment” proved successful. Interestingly, I recall that he added that he was adamant that it was not his intention that Marlborough should go co-ed and that there was no intention of ever having girl-only houses, as the ethos of mixing the sexes in the same houses was central to the initiative. Within a few minutes, Mr Dancy le the stage and the rest is history. We ﬁled out of the Mem Hall with brains spinning and in a state of high excitement and anticipation. It was clearly a signiﬁcant turning point in the development of the College but had come as a total surprise to all of us. What was then considered a progressive experiment by a modernising Master is today clearly successful as we are where we are, and – as one of the few who experienced Marlborough as both a single sex and mixed sex school – I know which I favour.
My House: e Master’s Lodge Alexandra Sheridan (née Cumming C1 1968-70)
the Master’s Lodge. ere was a sitting room where we were also allowed to entertain boys. I remember coﬀee, tea, Leonard Cohen and the Doors! We didn’t feel particularly diﬀerent from those in other houses but, due to there being a good gang, we felt very lucky. Living in the Lodge was as unrestricted as life for our peers and my memory is of going out and about quite freely. Quite a close eye was kept on us by Angela, but we did manage the occasional tryst at the bottom of the Master’s garden! And, while John and Angela were there, they were not a constant presence. And, like many Beaks, they chose which battles to ﬁght or not and were good at choosing the appropriate punishment. I remember two girls being caught smoking out of the topﬂoor window by John and him deciding a £5 donation to a local cancer charity would be the best way to deal with it. ere was no girls’ uniform. e height of fashion in 1968 was to wear very short skirts and long boots. Fortunately, the mini skirt gave way to the maxi, a great comfort when attending classes in the virtually unheated North Block.
‘Quite a close eye was kept on us by Angela, but we did manage the occasional tryst at the bottom of the Master’s garden!’
y arrival at Marlborough in September 1968, from a small, very Presbyterian, Scottish school signalled the start of an interesting and intrepid journey. Primarily, it was so refreshing to be taught by mostly normal open-minded teachers, as opposed to the rather grim and prim teachers of my previous school.
e other key beneﬁt was that I no longer needed to sleep in a dormitory. In the ﬁrst two years of our arrival, the girls’ accommodation was scattered throughout the College. However, four of us were housed in a two single and one double bedroom comfy ﬂat located above
As it is for many of us, one of my most vivid memories is of my ﬁrst evening – the newly arrived girls entered Norwood Hall en masse, surprising the assembled school into complete silence. Luckily, from there on mealtimes improved, providing an opportunity to get to know other members of one’s house – although a deeper understanding of rugby and cricket would have been of assistance. ere were, however, many alternatives to the major sports. I was encouraged to engage in activities such as abseiling and orienteering (not very successfully) in the middle of a snowy February night. ese adventures were all entered into with the encouragement of Angela. However, I never did manage to pluck up courage to brave the cold water of the swimming pool, where naked swimming had thankfully been stopped. I understand I am too late to make good this challenge. e Marlburian Club Magazine
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scheme with his Engineering & Business degree from Warwick Business School. He then moved to Coutts Bank which paved the way for a career in his family’s wealth-management business. All these parts combined to start-up Grandstand Coachworks in 2017, which he runs in his spare time.
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Grandstand Coachworks e Founders: Father/son family business – James Montgomery (C1 1999-2004)
e Founder: Bertie Hubbard (C1 2003-08) e Business: Disrupting the traditional private-tutoring market with an engaging, eﬀective and cost-eﬃcient learning experience. Each tutor is from a
e Eureka Moment: Trying to ﬁnd a Spanish tutor. Every local tutor was the wrong ﬁt and expensive.
e Keys to Success: A four-stage tutor selection process: just 1-in-7 tutors are admitted to the platform from over 40,000 applicants. Realising parents are busy, so providing customer-centric design. Making an impact on educational outcomes: pupils made +1.7 grade progress versus +0.5 for the control group. e Present: Over 10,000 parents using the platform, 6,000 tutors to choose from, and contracts from 150 schools. e Marlburian Club Magazine
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e Dough: £5m raised from respected institutions and angel investors.
e Future: A glorious recreation of the iconic and incredibly rare 1950s Aston Martin DB3S [pictured]. We are manufacturing just a handful of examples.
MyTutor has been accepted into the 2018 class of Tech City UK Upscale, and Bertie and his co-founder were named in this year’s Forbes 30 under 30. e Future: To empower each learner in the UK with the expertise they need to reach their potential. To keep building the best tutoring community and learning platform to help make that a reality. e Nitty-Gritty: www.mytutor.co.uk 0203 773 6020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Morse Toad e Founder: Dicky Broadhurst (PR 1996-2001) e Business: Morse Toad is a messaging service for all those occasions that demand more than a text or a card. It combines the simplicity of mobile technology with the experience of receiving something tangible in the post. e Beginning: Smashing my phone in an attempt to send ﬂowers. e Eureka Moment: Realising there could be more entertaining solutions. e Dough: Initially all savings, then an angel investor. e Keys to Success: Exchanging handwritten cards for things like chocolate, photos and personalisation. It was quickly discovered that people like to express themselves in chocolate, oen in amusing ways. Adding a photo from a phone makes that delivery highly personal to the recipient, which more than compensates for the lack of handwritten eﬀort. Moreover, receiving a surprise in the post can charm the pants oﬀ even the coldest heart. is has proven particularly successful with businesses trying to get their message across.
Elliot Rhodes e Founders: Justin Rhodes (C1 1984-89), Nathan Diwan (C1 198489), Jason Diwan (C1 1987-92) e Business: A dedicated luxury beltmaking brand, elevating the status of the belt from humble aerthought to essential and luxurious style accessory. e Beginning: Looking at ways to innovate in retail, customer experience and product design. e Eureka Moment: Researching the existing luxury market space across the globe and realising that here was a product that was completely ignored and undervalued, ripe for reinvention and ideal for customisation. e Dough: Remortgage, savings and some friendly family loans. e Keys to Success: Looking at belts in a whole new light and a willingness to challenge existing preconceptions; creation of a unique interchangeable system that allows the customer to create their own custom belt; a dedication to traditional crasmanship and quality; invention of a retail experience and environment that is personalised and memorable; and
a lot of passion, perseverance and hard work! e Present: Two central-London stores, a store and concession in Japan, an online business, 60+ points of sale in the UK and overseas. e Future: Expand the global distribution both retail, wholesale and online. Become the pre-eminent brand in our ﬁeld. e Nitty-Gritty: www.elliotrhodes.com email@example.com 0207 379 8544 e Present: Toadally awesome! e Future: Launching our Book of Surprises: a letterbox-friendly gi set that will contain something for everyone. e Nitty-Gritty: www.morsetoad.com e Marlburian Club Magazine
OM News President Elect Aer reading Classical Studies at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Richard Pembroke (B1 1985-90) began his working life as a rugby journalist before co-founding one of the UK’s ﬁrst sports internet companies that was acquired by 365 Plc in March 2000. He subsequently became director of 365’s Global Internet Business before leading a management buy-out to become CEO of Rivals Digital Media Ltd, a digital publishing company with oﬃces in London and Cape Town. Richard moved with his family to South Africa in 2003 and, in 2004, Rivals was acquired by UK Betting Plc. He stayed in Cape Town and, in 2004, co-founded IDM Holdings (Pty), an integrated ﬁnancial technology company that now employs over 350 people. Despite returning to the UK in 2010, Richard remained Chairman of IDM until June 2017. He now splits his time between overseeing a small but diverse collection of commercial interests, including a Tea Estate in Sri Lanka, and coaching hockey and cricket at the College, where his wife, Charlotte, is a housemistress. Richard and Charlie have four children, three of whom are currently at the College. Richard was a founder of the OM Futures Bursary scheme and is a Trustee of the Marlborough College Foundation.
Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris (A House 1848-51), one of the most recognised names in the register of Old Marlburians, contains a magniﬁcent collection of artworks related to Morris and his circle, and attracts a large number of visitors each year. Bequeathed to the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1962, the Society is embarking on a £6 million conservation-led development of the house and estate. Awarded £4.7 million toward the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Society is seeking to 12
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match funds to meet the remaining shortfall before 2018. OMs are critically important to the success of the project. You can support the Kelmscott project by making a donation; gis of £500 will be recorded in perpetuity in a special ‘Commemorative Companion’ book; and gis of £5,000 or more will be recorded on a special stone plaque as a ‘Kelmscott Manor Benefactor’. For more information about the project, please email the Society’s Head of Development, Dominic Wallis on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 479 7092. ere are few private memorials to individuals on the Western Front. Four of them are to Old Marlburians, one of which is in memory of Herbert Windeler (LI 1911-14), who died 100 years ago in the Battle of Cambrai. Herbert was a good sportsman, playing in the three quarters in the 1st XV. He took a commission in the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, and fought with them throughout 1917. On 27 November of that year, his Battalion was in the main
street of Fontaine (close to Cambrai), but a strong German counter-attack pushed them back into the infamous Bourlon Wood, where Herbert was killed by a sniper hidden in a tree. His batman buried him in a shallow grave, but his body was never recovered. At the request of his parents, the local landowner erected a memorial to their son on the spot where Herbert is thought to have fallen, and where – despite being damaged by thieves during WWII – it remains to this day. Marlburian Club Past President John Worlidge (C2 1942-46) celebrated his 90th birthday in May. A party was held at the Royal Yacht Club in Cowes for family and friends.
Jack omas (C2 1942-47) turned 90 this year and he sent a lovely account of his time at Marlborough, which you can read on the OM Memories page. Paul Walters (CO 1947-51) celebrated his 60th diamond wedding anniversary. He married elma on 4 January 1958 in Reigate and they have three sons and two grandchildren. He wore his original school scarf and Marlborough College tie to the celebratory lunch.
Charles Hope (B1 1954-58) has taken the time to share his memories of his time at the College. ey can be read on the OM Memories page.
Steve Emberton (C2 1947-52) took up oil painting as a hobby when he retired from the Wellcome Trust in 1997. He joined a group of amateur artists in Marbella, where he and his Spanish wife have a second home. Since then he has completed well over a hundred pictures, many of which can be seen at www.steveemberton. artelista.com
Even at the age of 71, Graham Bagnall (C2 1960-64) is still enjoying competitive rowing – and even more so once he retired. In 2018’s season, he won gold medals at the British Masters in coxed 4s (age group 65/70), at Henley Masters in 8s (age group 65/70), and at World Masters on Lake Bled, Slovenia in 8s (age group 70/75).
e Rt Hon Sir Christopher Chope (SU 1961-65), MP for Christchurch, was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours.
eodore Woods (B3 1951-55) has built a large harpsichord from a kit. Commenting on the build, he said, ‘It has turned out to sound a great deal more beautiful than my wife and I ever expected. I chose this particular kit because it has the most diﬀerent timbres, or stops, you can get, and it has delivered in spades. It has taken, on and oﬀ, seven years. When I was at Marlborough, the school ran a large woodwork shop on the Bath Road, run by an extremely irascible carpentry teacher we called ‘Bushy’ Brent, (Ernest Brent CR 1927-66). We all regarded his temper as a bit of a joke but were very careful not to let him see it. However, he was highly skilled and a great teacher of both pottery and carpentry, and the large number of woodworking skills he gave me have stood me in good stead for the rest of my life.’
Ronald Turnbull (C3 1964-68) is an outdoor writer and photographer and he has written many fascinating books about his trips. He says, ‘I’m an allweather walker, writer and photographer based in southern Scotland. My special interest is in multi-day backpack trips over rough country, and I have completed 18 diﬀerent coast-to-coast journeys across various parts of the UK. I like to sleep out without a tent on UK hilltops, and have achieved comfortable nights on more than 70 in Scotland, Cumbria, Wales and Northern Ireland.’ Visit www.ronaldturnbull.co.uk to ﬁnd out more. e Unthanks have a new single, Do You Ever Remember, which features the poetry of Nick Drake’s (C1 1962-68) mother, Molly, whose work was a huge inﬂuence on Nick Drake’s writing. e video is made up of Super 8 footage of Nick Drake as a child, as released by Gabrielle Drake, Nick’s sister. You can see the video on YouTube and the album, Diversions Vol4 e Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, is available on Amazon.
Robert Shaw (PR 1961-65) sang J S Bach’s Johannes-Passion (St John Passion) with the London Lawyers at St Giles Cripplegate at the Barbican. Robert said, ‘It was a most successful concert. A full audience including Daniel Defoe and John Milton, whose busts stand beside John Bunyan and Oliver Cromwell, who were all parishioners!’
Charles Rodwell (PR 1969-74) is a Slade School of Fine Art trained artist based in North Wiltshire specialising in landscape and ﬁgure paintings, including colourful work based on travels to India and other destinations. Charles has had a number of exciting events this year and has been running several painting workshops at his studio. A selection of his work and details of all the events can be seen on his website www.charlesrodwellarts.com e Marlburian Club Magazine
OM News Lewis Borg-Cardona (BH 1973-77) has been awarded gold in the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. His most recent BBC Radio 2 documentary, Bing Crosby In ‘e Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll’ – From Final Solution To Audio Revolution, won gold in both the Biography Proﬁles and the Best Writing categories.
Simon McBurney (LI 1971-75), European Ambassador for World Theatre 2018
Having been in the army and then worked as Head Trainer at Mullenscote Gundogs, Stephen Harrison (B2 1970-75) now runs a gundog training and demonstration organisation. ey teach people to train family pets for the home and to take shooting and do demonstrations of dog training methods, gundog skills and party tricks at events. You can ﬁnd out about Stephen, his training and the events at www.onemanandhisgundogs.co.uk Read how Simon Dormandy (C2 1971-75) adapted A Passage to India on the Salisbury Playhouse blog. Simon McBurney (LI 1971-75) spoke at UNESCO in Paris as the European Ambassador for World eatre 2018. ‘At that moment, through drama, we discover this most profound truth: that what we thought was the most private, intimate division between us, the boundary of our own individual consciousness, is also without frontier. It is something we share. Every night the actors and audience will reassemble and the same drama will be re-enacted. Because, as the writer John Berger says “Deep within the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual return”. Which is why it has always been the art form of the dispossessed, which, because of this dismantling of our world, is what we all are. Wherever there are performers and audiences, stories will be enacted that 14
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cannot be told anywhere else, whether in the opera houses and theatres of our great cities, or the camps sheltering migrants and refugees in Northern Libya and all over the world. We will always be bound together, communally, in this re-enactment.’ Read the full speech at www.opendemocracy.net/ simon-mcburney/message-for-unescoon-world-theatre-day Andrew Studdert-Kennedy (C3 197276) has been appointed Team Rector of Uxbridge and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. Speaking about the latter appointment, he said, ‘I am as delighted as I am surprised to have received this honour. I feel I do so on behalf of parish ministry generally. It is great to share the honour with the parishioners of Marlborough, where I have been privileged to serve for 16 years. I give special thanks to my colleagues and, above all, to my family.’
‘I’m paralysed from the knees downwards, but there’s much more I can do than I thought possible.’ Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79), BBC’s Security Correspondant, was interviewed about his life and inspiration in e Telegraph. He has also been working hard to ensure that airport policy is improved for all wheelchair users. In early 2018, Frank tweeted that he had been on an empty plane for an hour and a half aer landing because his wheelchair had been lost. Harriet Baldwin (LI 1975-79) was made Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Oﬃce and Department for International Development in 2018’s Cabinet reshuﬄe. In August, she accompanied
Prime Minister eresa May on a threeday, three-nation trip to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Aerwards, she spoke on the Today Programme about the trip and potential economic opportunities there.
developed from this work. She recently gained an MSc from the Metanoia Institute (University of Middlesex) in Organisational Development. Juliet is based at the Tavistock Institute and Bainbridge Print Studios in south London. Visit www.festival.tavinstitute.org for more information.
Cressida Cowell (BH 1982-84), the bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon books, reveals how the Sussex landscapes from her childhood inspired her for her new book, e Wizards of Once.
Julie Brook (LI 1977-79) is a British artist who, for 25 years, has roamed, lived and sculpted in a succession of uninhabited and remote landscapes in North West Scotland: Hoy, Orkney, Jura, West Coast, Mingulay and Outer Hebrides. She has explored the black volcanic desert of central Libya, the Jebel Acacus mountains in south-west Libya, and the semi desert of northwest Namibia where the nature of light, shadow and structure are expressed in the sculptural forms Julie makes. She had a show of her work in Oxford in January at the Said Business School and told the story of her rug collaboration with Dovecot. In particular, Julie is going to focus on the work of 15thgeneration Raku tea-bowl maker, artist and crasman Raku Kichizaemon. You can see details of all her other exhibitions here www.juliebrook.com Suzy Harvey (née Hutton, B2 1979-81) has been declared High Sheriﬀ of Hertfordshire.
Dan Hannan (BH 1984-89) passed through Kuala Lumpur to promote a post-Brexit trade deal where he spoke at a think-tank event called Institute for Democracy and Economic Aﬀairs (IDEAS). e event was organised by Abidin Muhriz (BH 1995-2000), founding President of the Institute.
Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child (B1 1982-84) was interviewed by e Observer and talked about why we expect too much from our children and should just let them develop their own creativity. Visit www.theguardian.com to read the interview. e Jaguar used by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day used to belong to Toby Graey-Jones (B3 1984-89), who died last year at the age of 46 aer a six-year battle with cancer.
Lawrence Davies (C3 1980-85) taught by Robin Kellow, one of the longestserving members of the College staﬀ, is now the principal French horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jonny Gee (CO 1985-90) worked with Hollywood legend Kathleen Turner in April and May. Her new cabaret show was touring in Europe, and included a stint in London at e Other Palace eatre. Find out more about Jonny and his group, e Jazzberries, at www.jazzberries.co.uk
Juliet Scott (B2 1985-87) has become director of the Tavistock Institute Festival. e institute celebrated its 70th anniversary and the launch of its archive with a four-day event in London. Juliet has been leading the Institute’s work with the Wellcome Library to catalogue the archive. e Festival included an exhibition of her metal-point drawings and prints e Marlburian Club Magazine
OM News Dr Saiful Bhari Kassim (B1 1986-91) has returned to Malaysia to take up his post as Consultant Endocrinologist at Gleneagles Hospital.
Peachy Productions is a successful event production company run by Philip French (SU 1989-94) based outside of Guildford. From weddings to conferences to themed celebrations, you can read all about their events at www.peachyproductions.com. Philip is occasionally able to oﬀer work placements to OMs, and recently had Hugo Hentenaar (C2 2012-17) working with the company for three months helping to fund his preuniversity travels.
Political Editor of e Sun, Tom Newton Dunn (C2 1986-91), interviewed Donald Trump in June. He also featured as the studio pundit on Pienaar’s Politics. You can listen to both on BBC iPlayer.
allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, and ethical, environmental and health concerns. e product now has 12 awards in its collection.
A portrait of iconic English fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, the work of Leila Barton (EL 1989-91), featured at a Private View at Clarendon Fine Art in September. Leila is famous for her lively contemporary explorations of classic themes, and a highly recognisable style that is characterised by muted backgrounds, a distinctive palette and expressive tonal juxtapositions. She is an established portrait artist of high repute and has an evergrowing waiting list for commissions. Her work is in private homes here in the UK and abroad in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. Pontine Paus’s (SU 1989-91) company, Dr Lipp, announced that their multiaward-winning product, e Original Nipple Balm for Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy Bits won bronze at the Free From Skincare Awards 2018 Lip Balm category. e Awards were founded to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the 16
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is new edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find em by J.K. Rowling is packed with an extraordinary array of magical creatures all of which have been beautifully illustrated in full colour by Olivia Lomenech Gill (MM 1990-92).
Tom Tuke-Hastings (BH 1990-95) has launched Borrago, the latest addition to the adult so drinks market. He said, ‘I decided to start Borrago because I have a love of food, drink and entertaining. With alcohol being a declining part of this, I struggled to ﬁnd exciting grown-up non-alcoholic options and wanted to create something that would be delicious, grown up and worth celebrating with.’
Jennie Brown (née Stone, MM 199196) has formally launched her new website for her bespoke personal training service. She has been training clients since 2009 and specialises in women’s health. She focuses particularly on pregnant and post-natal ﬁtness. A mother of three children herself, Jennie has had a lifelong love aﬀair with exercise, running marathons, cycling through mountain ranges around the world, and playing tennis whenever she gets the chance. However, it was her experience of post-natal depression and the way that exercise helped to alleviate the symptoms that convinced her to change careers and pursue a lifelong
She has also recently won support from the EU. Emily specialises in working with refugees recovering from mass violence, torture, traﬃcking and other cruelty and founded Ourmala, a notfor-proﬁt, to support the many refugees struggling to make a new life here in the UK.
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commitment to helping women be well, be happy and be strong, both in their minds and their bodies. Visit www.oneﬁtmother.co.uk Interior designer Caroline Senley (NC 1991-96) has had a few projects on the go during 2018. One, a large-scale project on a grade II listed property in Westminster, adjacent to Hyde Park, where she sourced vintage pieces and commissioned work to mix with the owner’s quirky belongings. e fascinating list of past residents includes a renowned Victorian artist, so Caroline found paintings and sketches by the artist, allowing her to indulge in her true passion of History of Art. Although the world of interior design is ﬁckle and fast changing, Caroline avoids following trends and uses a classic aesthetic to achieve a timeless beauty. She uses ‘design research’ as an excuse to explore hotels, restaurants, museums and boutiques,
at home and abroad, as sources of inspiration. She tells us that she is always fascinated by and fully admires the work of so many brilliant architects and designers, who constantly have fresh ideas for all of our sensory fulﬁlment. I am also refreshing 90 suites in a hotel, which does require following on-trend hues and styles and requires me to wear a completely diﬀerent hat. If you love hats as much as I do, it isn’t even “work”.’ Lt Col James Leask (LI 1991-96) received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Emily Brett (LI 1994-96) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about her humanitarian work with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK, which includes many women and children.
Kristy Castleton (CO 1994-96), founder and CEO of events agency Rebel and Soul, was presented with a CMO Asia Award for Women Leadership Excellence. Speaking of the award, Kristy said, ‘A very big thank you to my amazing team of Rebels for putting up with me and for helping me attempt to lead them!’
Anteater Communications is a West London-based agency that delivers long-term bespoke public relations and provides marketing consultancy, powerful digital and social-media management, high-proﬁle event production and business development to a diverse selection of upscale hospitality brands. Since 2012, Antony Rettie (C3 1993–98) and his team have worked with some of London’s most exciting brands, devising targeted and inspiring campaigns for chefs, restaurants, bars, private clubs and hotels. ese include Henry Harris’s e Coach, 10 Greek Street, Bar Douro, Dominique Ansel Bakery, Riding House Café, Marriott Hotels, Farm Girl and Wright Brothers. e Marlburian Club Magazine
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Matt Pocock (TU 1995-2000) successfully completed an ultramarathon in Cambodia
Matt Pocock (TU 1995-2000) successfully completed a unique ultramarathon test of endurance in Cambodia, travelling over 300km from the capital city of Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in six days. e challenge raised £78,599 for the Temple Garden Foundation Cambodia, which enables communities to become stronger at organising for their own constructive development.
Jake, who has attempted to climb K2 twice before, reached the 28,251 (8,611m) summit aer a ﬁve-day climb from base camp.
Rocky Start (CO 1995-2000) is the co-founder of Sofar Sounds, an online business that connects audiences with music artists in intimate spaces. e venture, which Rocky co-founded in 2009, has now spread across the world, with gigs being organised in 370 cities across ﬁve continents. Visit www.sofarsounds.com Jake Meyer (C3 1997-2000) was ‘elated but exhausted’ aer becoming only the tenth Briton to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain.
Little Alice London, owned by Alice Avenel (MM 1995-2000), hit the headlines recently aer Princess Charlotte was spotted wearing one of their handmade dresses. e company oﬀer traditional, hand-smocked dresses, rompers and nightwear for children. Visit www.littlealicelondon.com Cecily Mills (MO 1996-2001) started Coconuts Naturally in 2015. ey make organic, dairy-free ice cream and are growing at a fantastic rate! ey are listed with Ocado and are available in
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Tessa Packard’s (TU 2001-03) new London showroom opened in 2018. Located in London’s Chelsea, this byappointment space reimagines the study of a Victorian gentleman collector, decorated with the art and objects amassed on his Grand Tour. e space is dense in curiosities, from taxidermy snakes and badgers to brightly hued gemstone specimens, porcelain jelly moulds and botanical sketches – each corner a rich display of the many things that inspire Tessa’s designs. ‘is year marks ﬁve years since I ﬁrst launched the brand and we are super excited to reach a point in our journey where we now have our very own, stand-alone space to oﬀer to clients and collaborators.’
Nicholas Gaggero (LI 1999-2004) and Jason Dunford (C3 2000-05) graduated from the Stanford Business School in the class of 2018.
shop one week and a coﬀee shop the next. ey have a picture rail and are ready for exhibitions to be hung, too. Visit their website for more information www.blueshopcottage.com
Sam Morshead (LI 2000-05), now Digital Editor at e Cricketer, discovered why ex-England international Mark Alleyne, Cricket Professional at Marlborough, wants Test cricket to survive. Alleyne worries about the sport becoming one dimensional. ‘I think it would be a regression to go back to a one-format game again. Even though it’s shorter, I think people will get tired of it.’
Roman Barker (BH 2002-07) is currently living in Lebanon, training 10-year-old Syrian refugees to play ﬁvea-side football. ‘I would never have thought training for sport all those years at Marlborough, that one day I would be using these skills to coach refugee children in Lebanon. As I try to explain the concepts of teamwork and focus in Arabic, surrounded by mountains and the piercing sun, it makes me smile to think of the patience of my coaches at Marlborough and the muddy Wedgwood slopes.’ You can read more about it and donate here www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ footballunited
‘If poshness needs to be bashed a bit, which it probably does, then why don’t I do the bashing?’ Jack Whitehall (B1 2001-06) discusses many things, including school life at Marlborough, in this recent interview. Visit https://blog.schoolnotices.co.uk/ jack-the-lad/ to read the full interview.
Ocki Magill (MO 2001-06) bought and renovated a shop in 2016 turning it into a wonderful events space. Blue Shop Cottage is a central hub for arts, music and culture in south-east London. e space has been a ﬂower
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Jamie Gibson (C2 2004-09) played his part in Northampton’s East Midlands derby win as they triumphed 27-21 at his former club, Leicester Tigers. Jamie was named Man of the Match following an enthralling televised encounter. e match also marked Gibson’s 150th Premiership Rugby appearance. Rory Stewart-Richardson (TU 200207) set up his own company, Connexi, which went live in February 2017. Connexi is an online marketplace that brokers partnerships between brand and social inﬂuencers and sponsorship rights holders. It enables brands to engage with their audiences through a wide range of trusted advisors and aims to cut the time spent searching for the most relevant social inﬂuencers, while ensuring the inﬂuencers remain in control of their audiences.
An exhibition, held in the Mount House Gallery, OM 175/50: Art New Contemporaries was created by eight OM artists, who have recently graduated from their degree and postgraduate courses: Emilie Atkinson (LI 2007-09), Chloe Campbell (MO 2005-10), India Dewar (NC 2002-07), Rose Electra Harris (NC 2005-10), Tyga Helme (MM 2003-08), Laura Jardine Paterson (LI 2009-11), Jonathon Small (SU 2002-07) and Freya Wood (NC 2001-06).
Kelly Osborne-Morshead (MO 200307) is the Senior Marketing Manager for Tough Mudder Ltd and would like to oﬀer all OMs 30% oﬀ any Tough Mudder event. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the oﬀer can go to
Harry Lloyd (SU 2004-09) released his single Monkeys in My Head with his band Waiting for Smith. e single was reviewed in Clash magazine and the single is available to download from iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. e Marlburian Club Magazine
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Hugo Garland (TU 2004-09) took part in the gruelling Peru Marathon des Sables this year
Hugo Garland (TU 2004-09) took part in the gruelling Peru Marathon des Sables this year. e event is a 251km ultramarathon foot race, the equivalent of approximately six regular marathons, in six days taking place in the Ica Desert. He completed the challenge in an incredible overall position of 47th out of nearly 400 on the original start list. In an amazing coincidence, while on the race he found out that two other OMs were also in the contest. Josephine Adams (LI 2007-09) and Charlie Good (B1 1988-93) also completed and ﬁnished in the top 100. Hugo took part in the event to raise money for a charity in Kenya called Precious Sisters, to which you can still donate. You can make a donation here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ hugo-garland A squad of OM netballers, playing under the name ‘Hoops I did it again’ won the Go Mammoth West London League for the second season in succession, maintaining their 100%win record. Pictured from le to right are Georgia Bishop (EL 2007-10), Milly Hibbert (NC 2007-12), Hannah Marsden (NC 2010-12), Emi Geddes (NC 2007-12), Gaby Rose (EL 2007-12), Lucy Perkins (EL 2007-12), Alexa Scott-Dalgleish (MM 2007-12), and Harriet Hedges (MO 2007-12), with a special mention for 20
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Daisy Jarvis (MM 2007-12), the nonplaying captain suﬀering from a broken foot.
Carys Wright (MO 2005-10) is not only an actress and writer but also coartistic director of the double awardwinning Pennyworth Productions,
which she founded in 2016. e company has been the recipient of both the Scottish Daily Mail Award and an Eddies Award, and has had work programmed at Edinburgh’s Underbelly, e Arcola eatre, and at the Camden and Galway Fringes. Formed to use new writing to challenge old ideas, Pennyworth explores mental health, modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections. Into the Numbers, directed by Georgie Staight (MM 2006-11) showed at the Finborough eatre in London. e play commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre and received great reviews. A feature-length documentary about the Spitsbergen Retraced expedition, led by James Lam (CO 2007-12), was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society.
Ellen Arkwright (MM 2007-12) is working as a freelance singer in London. She has classical repertoire in addition to a jazz trio, function band and DJing. She is available for events at weddings, funerals, members’ clubs and all other functions. Visit www.ellenarkwright.com Lucie Hughes (SU 2012-14) made the most of the Marlburian network to ﬁnd full-time work in the ﬁnance sector. She started in her new role at Cazenove Capital Management in early 2018 having been put in touch with the right people by Robert Snuggs (B1 1996-01).
a whole new world.’ He raised just under £2,000 through charitable donations from an international cycle tour in South Africa, all of which was donated to Lotus as a gi. Joash Nelson-Piercy (CO 2011-16) has been awarded Player of the Season in both his ﬁrst and second seasons representing the University of Sheﬃeld Squash Club.
Charlie Bawden (MM 2010-15) was back in familiar surroundings as she put in a guest appearance for the Mayor’s Cricket XI. Charlie, also Durham University Women’s Cricket Club captain, played for Mayor Lisa Farrell’s XI in a charity match against Marlborough Cricket Club at Savernake. e match raised £200 for Fatboy’s Charity, which raises funds to purchase Christmas presents for children suﬀering with cancer and leukaemia.
Billy Mead (C1 2012-17) was invited to Lord’s in May to receive his Recognition of Achievement Award for scoring 126 against the MCC last summer for Marlborough College. e winners were invited to the Long Room to watch some of the Test Match against Pakistan prior to tea and then, during tea, were invited onto the pitch to receive the Award from the President of the MCC, e Rt Hon Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth. e ﬁrst concert of the Swindon Recital Series saw mother-anddaughter duo Clare Toomer and Sarah Mattinson (MM 2012-17) perform together. Concert pianist Clare is a welcome regular to the recital series but this time she played alongside her daughter Sarah, who is currently studying at Oxford aer achieving her ABRSM ﬂute diploma at Marlborough.
Bella Imi (EL 2011-16) has been awarded the Deirdre Tucker Memorial Prize in French at Keble College, Oxford. Congratulations to Sophie Shakespeare (EL 2011-16) who has been named in the Investec Women’s Hockey League West Conference Team of the Season. Sophie has had a stellar season with her club, Reading, and during her time at Marlborough represented England U18s.
Bella Imi (EL 2011-16) and Rosie Richards (EL 2010-15) and their group Alternotives qualiﬁed for one of the semi-ﬁnals of the World A Capella singing championships (ICCA). Sam Eatough (C2 2011-16) returned from a two-month trip to Mongolia where he worked as a volunteer for the Lotus Children’s Centre. In his words, ‘It was an extraordinary experience that I shall never forget. My time in Mongolia was one of the best, the worst, and most interesting experiences of my life. And despite the obvious ﬂaws I came across, it has bettered me as a human being, and opened my eyes to
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Letter from the Northwest Frontier Emilie Cavendish (née Jelinek, MO 1994-96) arrived in Kabul in early 2004 and spent the following seven years working on the West’s well-intentioned, but oen clumsy, state-building eﬀort. Here, she recalls a week spent with an Afghan family out beyond the fringes of the foreign intervention. t’s dusk. Ihsan stands in front of me on a prayer mat, facing East. Head bowed and eyes lowered, his lips move, reciting segments of the Quran in reverent whispers. Subhana kala huma… allah jod tuka, wala ilaha kheruk… I am lulled into a trance as his words ﬁll the room and the wood-stove crackles quietly. We’re in the mountains in Afghanistan’s southeasternmost region. Outside, the temperature has dropped well below freezing.
A few days ago, we set oﬀ early from Kabul and I braced myself for another
journey here. Recently, before 8am and at sundown, the Taliban have been stopping vehicles along the road linking the capital to the southeast, looking for government or NGO workers. We made it up through the Tira Pass safely, to the ﬁeld oﬃce of the small research organisation for which I am now working. Earlier today, I discussed my trip with Salauddin, one of my former UN colleagues. He is from the area and knows this is an unnecessary risk. A recent military campaign in Waziristan has
forced Haqqani’s insurgent network up into the Kurram Agency, which borders the district I’ll be staying in this week. Insurgent groups have been trying to repel the Shia Turi tribe from the area and hundreds of Sunni and Shia have been killed in recent months. I recently learned that Pakistan’s intelligence services have coerced the Mangal tribe into leading an aggressive anti-Shia surge in exchange for land in the upper Kurram, as well as a monopoly on trade in Parachinar, a bustling market town and Turi stronghold. Driving them out will ensure safe passage for Haqqani’s men through to Kabul. Salauddin points out various sections of road that are unsafe and I tell him we will be careful, although I’m no longer sure what my motivations are for going on this research trip. I begin to get cold feet and feel ashamed for arranging it, e Marlburian Club Magazine
Above: A man from Chamkani, and Henna-haired girl and boys. Below opposite page: Northern Paktia on the way to the hamlet
‘As I write, I am being watched. A pair of emerald eyes peers at me om under a pink shawl and, as I look up om my notebook, I am dazzled by dimples and a broad smile; then mouth and nose are hastily covered.’
for potentially endangering the lives of my colleagues. As I write, I am being watched. A pair of emerald eyes peers at me from under a pink shawl and, as I look up from my notebook, I am dazzled by dimples and a broad smile; then mouth and nose are hastily covered. From the shadows of this bedroom that I share with ﬁve other women, two other girls are eyeing my every move. Beside me, a little pudding of a boy of around three, whose mother repeatedly tells me is “shukh” (naughty), looks over my shoulder. His rust-coloured hair has been dyed with henna. I turn around and give his shirt a tug. He squeals and runs to his sister, hiding his face in her dress. I have only been here for a few days now, but am overwhelmed by the generosity of these people to a complete stranger, and a foreign one at that. ey think I am American, people that many Afghans, particularly in this part of the country, are deeply wary of at best. You have perhaps heard that Afghan hospitality is unrivalled; it has almost become a cliché. Yet here are people with the capacity to welcome into their home – the most private of places – a person they believe is from an enemy country, and then treat her like a queen.
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I am staying in a small hamlet in the foothills of mountains framed by a sweeping, clear autumn sky. Beside my host’s house, trees swathed in gold and red leaves line a jade river that winds through the ﬁelds surrounding these traditional wattle and daub homes. e beauty of this place is magniﬁed by the silence of the mountains that surround it. It is so peaceful, it’s diﬃcult to imagine war ever reaching these parts. Yet, we’re only a 20-minute drive from the Pakistani border and even closer to Jani Khel, a Taliban-held district on this side of the tribal frontier (a demarcation that is at the heart of all of Afghanistan’s problems, a number of elders tell me repeatedly over the next few days). I have been told where I am staying is safe, invisible from the district bazaar a 10-minute drive away; a place most of the women in this house have never been, and will never set foot. Each day, I join the women in their morning task of baking bread. It is bitterly cold outside but the tiny bedroom-turned-bakery is mercifully warm and smells delicious, of smoky yeast. A young girl sits on her haunches beside a large, cast iron stove. It is still dark but in the glow of the stove I see beads of sweat on her face. She ﬂips a
piece of pancake-shaped bread in a pan then places a large stone on top of it, creating a hiss of hot air. Her headscarf is pushed back over her head, ready to drop into place should a male relative appear. She is 14. Her husband is in Saudi Arabia, where many Afghan men migrate to, sending home remittances on which their families rely. In the silvery light of dawn, I notice how much older than her years she looks as she grabs more dough, covering it in ﬂour and rolling it out. She must make enough bread to feed the household, which in this case numbers around 30. I try to remember what I was doing at her age. “Don’t unhappy with us,” the one boy who speaks any English tells me with a big smile. He has long, camel-like eyelashes. He tells me he has a problem, that he keeps falling asleep. It sounds like narcolepsy, but he thinks God is punishing him. “Don’t unhappy with us,” he repeats. “We are poor, you see our poor life, but it is good life. We are so happy from you. We are in your service. If you are tired, the bed is in your service.” My days are ﬁlled with green tea and encounters I hope I will never forget. I meet a blind mullah in one village, who is gently led by a young boy into the gaudily decorated room where I sit crosslegged on a cushion. e old man’s smile is infectious. He tells me how the Taliban are putting pressure on local people, that they’re worse than the Americans. As he talks, he eats a banana, noisily.
I listen to a group of boys no older than 12 or 13 telling me about the problems in their village. Unemployment is rife, and young educated boys are desperate to ﬁnd work.
quarters, where I chat with one of the mothers, Shukria. She is 28 but looks 40. We are able to communicate because she speaks some Dari; the others speak only Pashtu.
I meet the director of the district hospital who says he performs hundreds of operations each month, being the only surgeon in this area. e most common cases, aside from the exorbitant number of women who die in childbirth, are pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis and diarrhoea. I am shown rooms of unspeakable ﬁlth, bed sheets grey with human grime; a glass cabinet in which yellowed kidney and gallbladder stones are displayed in small plastic bags.
One evening, I submit to the girls’ pleas to henna my hands, and in the dull light of a single generator-powered bulb, I watch as the brown, worm-like lines stain my palms. Another girl forces red glass bracelets onto my wrists and presents me with rings and plastic pearl earrings. e ‘Afghanisation’ of their foreign guest prompts a lot of giggling. I glance over at the old witch-like woman with red hair. She always sits in the corner and has watched me, wordless, all week. Her eyes are hollowed and devoid of expression, and I shudder.
e director takes me to a stuﬀy, foulsmelling sunlit room, where a young man from Jani Khel who has been shot in the leg lies in bed looking pale and miserable. I am shown a blood bank powered by solar panel. e machine is oﬀ. Inside, a bag of viscous, scarlet liquid slowly festers. I visit the district’s only girls’ high school, where around 50 girls wearing black uniforms sit outside in a stone courtyard, taking an exam. ey sit, hunched, their faces covered by headscarves. ey look like black statues in a sinister rock garden. e school loos are beyond description. I have endured untold fetid facilities over the years, yet I can’t bring myself to use these. Aer supper each night (usually okra or beans, rice and naan) with the turbaned elders of the household, I am led back across the dark courtyard to the women’s
I don’t change my clothes for ﬁve days. A young girl pours freezing cold water from a pewter pot into my cupped hands in the courtyard each morning so that I can wash my face. I haven’t looked in a mirror since I le Kabul and it feels strangely liberating. I wonder how these women live in this forced communality. Like battery hens, hidden from the world, cooped up in poor lighting. I am silently outraged at their prison-like existence, and want to scream at their men for these lives unlived, faces unseen. e girls ask me not to leave and hug me tightly; Shukria gives me an almost imploring look, and I kiss her cheeks. But when I look back to the courtyard from the door to wave goodbye before stepping out into the world, they have already vanished.
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Mastering Achievement ere’s the obvious diﬀerence – that she is not a man – but beyond that, Marlborough’s new Master is cut from a very diﬀerent cloth to her predecessors. She’s state educated, brought up on a Belfast housing estate, a child of e Troubles, and a Cambridge classicist. To top this oﬀ, she knows and loves the College, having taught here for 13 years. Her ambition? To ensure that the College is the best it can be, and to reinforce its position as one of this country’s great schools. Alexandra Jackson Kay (CO 1974-76) interviews Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-). on’t be surprised if you mistake the new Master for one of the new Sixth Form girls. But be sure not to make a second error and presume that she’s as sweet and harmless as she looks. Underneath a disarmingly natural and friendly exterior is a focused woman with bright, beady brown eyes, lots of energy and a passion for her job.
So, what is the Master of Marlborough College ‘for’ in the 21st century, 175 years aer it was founded for the education of the sons of the clergy and 50 years aer it ﬁrst admitted girls to the Sixth Form? To set the pace, to set the agenda, she says, and to lead by example. Louise Moelwyn-Hughes’s drive is there for all to see, as is her attention to detail and it is this attention to detail and belief, that the ultimate success or failure of the College is her responsibility, which will underpin her tenure. Not a lot will escape Louise’s attention. Be it whether Marlburians are making eye contact with strangers around the College and in the town; or how to get and then translate top exam grades into places at the best universities; she will want to know if these things are happening and, if not, why not. As a ﬁne sportswoman and musician, Louise knows all about cooperation, working as a team, and the importance of sharing the load. She has a ﬁne team of colleagues around her and she should be able to corral them, even though many were her seniors when she last worked at Marlborough. But this Master is not a crowd pleaser and still has the steely determination that took the child who was interested in learning Greek to Cambridge University, the sort of place e Marlburian Club Magazine
she had never seen before. She thrives by being a bit of an outsider and the challenge such situations bring. Louise is not afraid of doing things diﬀerently: she has already moved her oﬃce to the Medawar Centre in Court, where she is operating an open-door policy, so pupils, parents and colleagues alike will be able to access her directly. Communication is the key, she says, so parents will hear from her a lot, and about the things that matter – their children; not only about achievements and occasions, but also about ways parents can support their oﬀspring at school and at home. She will strive for each child to reach his or her potential and parents will be kept in touch on her watch, there will be no surprises. Colleagues will also notice the presence of the Master around the school, showing a keen interest in their careers, sitting in on classes, and listening to their ideas and aspirations. So, both beaks and pupils will be encouraged to aim high, to follow their dreams and aspirations. But Louise will expect the dreams to be translated into reality. Louise herself knows all about dreams and making them reality but she also knows that this is down to hard work. Despite having three children under six, she is known for emailing well into the small hours. Much of her journey to the top was achieved before children: she came to the College to teach Classics directly from Cambridge. ere she learnt about boarding school education. She soon became Head of Shell, Morris Resident House Tutor under the watchful eye of Lady Cayley and Housemistress of Mill Mead. en, following the familiar path of others building their careers, she tore herself away from the comfortable College life she loved and moved to e Perse School in Cambridge, then an academic boys’ day school where targets were set and jobs lost if they were not met. Her ﬁve-year staﬀ appointment included the introduction of girls and led, as expected, to a headship of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury. Her impact was tangible across the board, building on this ancient school’s foundations of music and art. Under Louise, the tone, atmosphere and achievements of the pupils were taken up several notches. 28
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So surely, one might observe, with Marlborough College able to ﬁll its 960 places several times over, there is not much to do. You will not oen ﬁnd Marlborough College advertising itself in the media. It’s a school for all-rounders these days. Everyone knows about Marlborough College. e College’s desirability amongst the chattering classes and their oﬀspring is surely an excellent measure of the achievement of the current management team.
ey will care for Johannes (Jannie) 5, Ruan 4 and Anastasia 2, day to day. And how lovely for these grandparents that another pair of grandchildren are just on the other side of Court in C2 as their son, Gareth Playfair (CR 1998-2007, 2010-), is housemaster there. Louise’s husband, Owen Moelwyn-Hughes (CR 20012011), Mr Master, also knows the College well, as that’s where they met. He has been teaching Politics at King’s Canterbury but is planning a job closer to Marlborough.
But the new Master does not want to be accused of being overly comfortable or – God forbid – be criticised for being complacent. She would like the College itself to set the agenda as to what it oﬀers and not for others to decide for it. She sees the 21st-century College reaching further outside its normal comfort zone, taking pupils from non-standard sources, be that through bursaries or by looking to Continental Europe and elsewhere overseas. Diversity and excellence bring in fresh ideas and new attitudes, she believes, and these add leaven to the bread that feeds the spirit of the College and guards against insularity.
What about things further aﬁeld – breakfasts and dinners all over the world with the great and the good, and also Marlborough College Malaysia? Well, the latter is now so well established that it is no longer so much under the gaze of the home team and, as for public face of the College, the Master will do what is necessary. One suspects, however, that she will choose to mark her achievements in a practical way and demonstrate her successes, leaving the theorising to others. Wellbeing, fulﬁlment and performance for pupils and beaks alike are her priorities.
But it will be tough to meet the targets she is setting herself and her colleagues. Luckily, she has the practicalities sorted, as her father (retired Presbyterian Minister and English teacher) and her mother, having already been in situ in Canterbury for some years, can now move into the Lodge.
It’s no surprise that Louise is well aware of the more negative aspects of social media, so she sees the need for compelling and interesting mentors and beaks to grab pupils’ attention, not the internet. As for drugs, she adopts a zero-tolerance approach. With Dancy House opening this year, marking 50 years since the ﬁrst 15 girls arrived, and the College pretty much
fully coeducational, there is a neatness to Louise’s appointment. Ironically, one of her remits is to make sure that the intake’s ability is balanced between the sexes as some are saying there has been a seamless move from Marlborough being a boys’ school with girls, to it now being a girls’ school with some boys. at’s probably an exaggeration, although it’s fair to say that this Master may be watching more girls’ sport than her predecessors. So, the College looks well set in this Master’s hands and should be able to provide the necessary zip and direction to enable it to continue to strive to be the best at the cutting edge of education. Only then will it be well set to meet the growing challenges facing it in the 21st century. Well done Council. Deus Dat Louise Moelwyn-Hughes.
Having eed herself om four OM oﬀspring, Alexandra Jackson Kay now works as a London Blue Badge Tour Guide and still thinks fondly of past careers as stockbroker and ﬁnancial journalist. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Altruism, Resilience and a Global Outlook Alan Stevens (Master 2017-) has an incredible and fast-tracked education-based résumé. Here, Anyalemma Igwe (MCM 2012-17) tells us about his outlook for Marlborough College Malaysia. n ﬁrst meeting Alan Stevens, one is struck by his conﬁdence and charisma, as well as the measured certainty with which he speaks. I was surprised, therefore, by a simple confession: that despite an enjoyable time at school, he felt unprepared to leave for university. Alan has turned this regret into a guiding principle of his educational philosophy. is philosophy, naturally, may be epitomised by one of his favourite poems, Henley’s Invictus, which concludes, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”. Distilled in these few words is perhaps a hint of what Alan hopes to achieve at Marlborough College Malaysia: to produce mature young men and women, unabated by fear, who are conﬁdent and ready to go out into the world.
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Alan is a principled man with a heart matched only in size by his smile. It is revealing for example that in rugby, a most brutal sport, he ﬁnds beauty in its record of uniting Ireland, erasing for 80 minutes the scar that cleaves his beloved country of origin into two. In a similar vein, the new Master feels strongly that rugby does not produce players; it produces people – an adage he considers applicable to sport in general, as well as other co-curricular activities. is emphasis on producing ‘people’ is a running theme throughout many of Alan’s beliefs. He is a believer that education must be wholesome: ‘You could teach a monkey to pass exams,’ he quips, ‘…it’s the attitude that counts.’ As such, Alan refutes as
specious the notion that academic and co-curricular beneﬁts spar in a zero-sum game. Rather, he contends that vital lessons and principles diﬀuse in both directions through the classroom wall and linger on through life. It is no wonder then, that Stevens is an ardent champion of the International Baccalaureate (IB), considering the course, with its breadth and rigour, a ‘dovetailing ﬁt’ with the College’s wholesome educational philosophy. In addition, Alan considers MCM, with students from 45 nationalities, as uniquely placed to make a stand against isolationism and introspection. He is proud of the genuine celebration of nationalities at the College, where mixing cultures highlight, rather than dilute, one another. e IB, Alan posits, lends itself perfectly to this appreciation of diversity. Moreover, combined with the course’s emphasis on communication and reﬂection, he expects the IB to aid students in communicating across apparent divisions – the latter point essential in an age of increasingly acrimonious cross-cultural debate.
Alan’s habit of citing the above ‘ree Cs’ make clear that central to his philosophy is a deep sense of altruism. He grew up during Ireland’s Troubles and recalls with horror the ease with which violence and suﬀering became normal to him. Still, it may be during this period of bombs and bullets that his sense of duty and selﬂessness emerged, as he found heroes in the brave soldiers on the streets protecting the fragile peace. He went on to join those heroes as an oﬃcer of the Reserve Forces of Northern Ireland. Stevens recalls that it was during this time that he realised the importance of kindness – mentioning in particular the benevolence of a certain Sergeant Major.
‘...the College is not simply an international school, but a British school with a global outlook.’
To cap it oﬀ, he points out that with students applying to universities the world over, the IB has certain merit in having international currency. While being a keen proponent of MCM’s international viewpoint, Alan is quick to emphasise that the College is not simply an international school, but a British school with a global outlook. is, he says, is a ‘subtle yet important diﬀerence’ deﬁning the College from other regional institutions. In this way, Alan feels that MCM derives many advantages in being borne of the College in Wiltshire. As a new College, Alan believes that such a connection is vital in establishing at MCM a sense of identity, which has been forged by 175 years of rich, Marlborough tradition. Still, being a new College also has its virtues: for example, MCM has an opportunity to add to its Marlborough heritage. One such example of this is its reply to MCUK’s ethos of Respect, Responsibility and Rigour: Compassion, Companionship and Conversation.
Having said this, Alan is no idealist and fully realises the challenges that arise with ambition. As such, both he and his wife, Heather, seek to develop resilience, or ‘bounce-back ability’ in Marlburians. Heather, for example, runs a Leadership for Young Women course for Sixth Form girls, which draws on her experiences at the Yale School of Management and a career to instil fortitude and other tools to aid the girls in hurdling setbacks to realise their goals. Other than resilience, Alan considers courage as vital and calls on pupils to ask: ‘What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?’ e extent to which Alan believes in the centrality of courage to personal development is clear in his excitement in describing the prep school’s abseiling activity. He depicts with visible delight students’ courage in taking a ‘step into fresh air’, before lowering themselves slowly downwards. Being admittedly terriﬁed of public speaking in his school days, Alan realises that students require supportive and dedicated beaks, as well as an environment conducive to learning in order to develop fully. As such, he emphasises the importance of beaks who are comparable to mentors, rather than backpackers travelling through Asia – as sometimes appears the norm on the international school circuit. In addition, he plans to continue the College’s development, warning against complacency, and plans are underway to gain membership to the prestigious Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. Regardless of his ambition, Alan stresses that the College’s fundamental values must not be undermined, regardless of
its size or ambition. True to his word, he and Heather are working to create a foundation funded by individuals and corporations, not only for capital investment, but also to oﬀer bursaries and scholarships to those deserving of a ﬁrst-class education. While his principles indicate where he will take Marlborough, how far Alan gets will depend on ability. Marlborough’s tradition aer all does not stop at adopting avian jargon. Building names such as Sassoon and Medawar serve as reminders of the College’s record of producing quality men and women. While living up to Marlborough’s proud tradition will appear daunting, Stevens is certainly qualiﬁed, having attained a Firsts in History from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a Master’s in Educational Management and Leadership from Yale. To add to this are a variety of positions including, but not limited to, Housemaster and Head of History at Campbell College, Head of the Main School at Trent College and, most recently, Headmaster of Barnard Castle. If this wasn’t enough, Alan is also an inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate, which aﬀords him ﬁrsthand insight to the running of a variety of schools around the world. roughout my conversation with the new Master, two words were constantly recurring: altruism and resilience, and perhaps it is upon these pillars that he feels a Marlborough education should stand. An education that through nurturing, supportive beaks produces conﬁdent and ambitious, yet reﬂective and compassionate pupils excited to take that ‘step into fresh air’ when the time comes to leave the College.
Who is Anyalemma Igwe? As a SingaporeanNigerian educated in Britain and Malaysia, he doesn’t really know either e Marlburian Club Magazine
e Politics of Change As Robin Brodhurst (PR 1965-70) gains access to the Council minutes from 1968, he writes about the background to the dramatic introduction of girls to the College. He was in the Lower Sixth at the time and so saw the school both before and aer their arrival. His father and John Dancy (Master 1961-72) both taught at Winchester in 1946 and their families remain close.
arlborough College in the 1960s was exciting. Indeed, it would be possible to say that it was the most exciting public school (to use an old-fashioned phrase) in the country. Certainly, we were aware of being at the cutting edge. Look at the changes that had been introduced: the abolition of compulsory morning chapel; the abolition (or at least partial abolition) of compulsory CCF – we still had to complete one year, but the emphasis was less on drill and more on self-reliance; the abolition of compulsory ‘major games’ with the introduction of a ‘circus’ and then a choice; the creation of Business Studies as an academic subject; the birth of a tutorial system; the abolition of the right of Prefects to administer corporal punishment; the introduction of Adventure Training. All of this can be classiﬁed as liberalisation, and it was a heady brew. But all of these reforms pale into insigniﬁcance against the introduction of girls in September 1968.
One of the leitmotifs of John Dancy’s education policy was to broaden access to good education by bringing in talented pupils from local state schools. Indeed, this had been a thread which runs through the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference from the time of the Butler Education Act of 1944. e problem was funding it. John initially managed to secure funding from an American Foundation in 1964 to run a two-year experiment of 21 Swindon boys coming into the Sixth Form. It was a partial success, encountering some internal opposition from a few more hidebound members of Common Room. However, in 1965, the Labour government had just introduced comprehensive schools, and so were very unlikely to pay for state-school pupils to go to independent schools. It was not until atcher introduced the Assisted Places Scheme in 1980 that this became possible. It was, of course, abolished by Blair’s Labour Government in 1997. John had meanwhile been a member of the Public Schools Commission, which was required to examine how to integrate independent and state schools. e Commission published its report in 1968, but it was largely ignored by the then Labour government. However, out of it had sprung one idea during an aer-dinner conversation with Bernard Williams, then Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge and a fellow member of the Commission. He later became a leading light in introducing women to his college, King’s, and it was he 32
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who had suggested to John that the biggest way to broaden access to Marlborough would be to introduce girls. It needs to be stressed that there was no ﬁnancial imperative in the decision, unlike some other schools did later. Marlborough’s lists were very full. A second strand now enters the story. e position of a headmaster’s wife in any school can oen be ﬁlled with controversy if she does not have a clearly deﬁned role. Angela Dancy was undoubtedly an academic manqué. In 1966, she enrolled at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, for a two-year teacher-training course. She was a great success (and could have stayed on to get a 1st class degree over another two years) but instead started teaching at Manton Primary School. Bernard Williams’ suggestion and Angela’s acute understanding and full-blooded support meant that by 1967 there was a dual driving force behind the move towards the introduction of girls in the Sixth Form. John Dancy says in his privately published memoirs that ‘soundings on the staﬀ suggested there would be support’ but this was probably with senior members of staﬀ (what today we would call the SMT) all of whom are no longer with us. Younger members of staﬀ simply recall ‘an announcement in break one morning to say that there would be girls in the school from September 1968’. Undoubtedly, there must have been discussions in Housemasters’ meetings, but one informed source said, “JCD was wise enough to know that this decision would be controversial and that any attempt to do so by consensus would only result in an acrimonious discussion.” He had unquestionably prepared his case well. In fact, he had two proposals for Council. Firstly, to take 15 day-boys from Swindon, and the second to take 15 girl boarders into the Sixth Form. Anybody who has sat on a committee for any length of time will grasp what probably happened. e ﬁrst proposal was debated at considerable length, and eventually rejected. Lunch was beckoning and the second proposal was passed on the nod, as stomachs rumbled. On such procedural matters do the points change! Common Room was told in the spring that while they could already send their sons to the College, they could now, also send their daughters! e choice of the ﬁrst group of girls, the ‘First XV’, was limited to daughters of staﬀ,
‘e position of a headmaster’s wife in any school can oen be ﬁlled with controversy if she does not have a clearly deﬁned role.’
sisters of boys in the school and daughters of OMs, in that order. All of them, and their parents, were interviewed by both John and Angela, and indeed Angela eﬀectively took on the role of Housemistress to the girls. Six of them were to stay in e Lodge, whereas the others would be farmed out to the various outhouses. All were attached to a house for administrative purposes and it speaks volumes about those housemasters that they were happy to take them on: Mike Davis (CR 1949-85) in B1 (whose own daughter was one of the girls), Jack Halliday (CR 1946-74) in B2, Laurence Ellis (CR 1955-77) in C1, Bill Spray (CR 1946-70) in Littleﬁeld, and Alan Mackichan (CR 1954-82) in Summerﬁeld. Each took between two and four. It was critical, initially, for obvious reasons, that they met every day and so every morning they all met at break in e Lodge with Angela for 20 minutes. Common Room received no special training on how to cope with girls in their classes, as would happen today. However, in one legendary Common Room meeting the School Doctor, the late Tommy Hunter, was asked how girls should be treated. He replied, “Treat them as though they were boys.” ose of us who were pupils in the school at the time were remarkably blasé about it all! It was generally accepted as a further part of the liberalisation that was evident in all that was going on, and, anyway, it didn’t get in the way of what we were doing already: games, some academic work and in general having the normal life of a 16–17-year-old. Did it aﬀect us? Yes, it did! e most obvious areas were in our language and our behaviour. For whatever reason, we did stop swearing as much as we did, and we also took more care of how we presented ourselves. Added to this was an acceptance that we could not be quite as rude to each other as we had usually been. Of course, there was press intrusion. I can recall a TV crew ﬁlming and wanting to record an adverse reaction. It took them some time to ﬁnd a boy who was prepared to say something along the
lines they wanted, and to give him his credit, he did do so. However, his views were rejected by the vast majority of the school. It was Henry Brooke who summed it perfectly when he said, “Marlborough remains a boys’ school; but it is a better boys’ school with girls in it.” As a summary of Marlborough in 1968, it cannot be beaten. e vision of John and Angela Dancy, not just in the general liberalisation that was so much a part of the 1960s, but speciﬁcally in their grasp of the possibilities and the practicalities of introducing girls is not simply to be applauded, but it should be celebrated as possibly the boldest step Marlborough College has ever taken.
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f u rT h e r r e a D i n g as part of its great war commemorations, the College has made available online the entire contents of the roll of honour, both photographs and citations, along with e Marlburian magazines for the years 1900 to 1925. ese are accessible at: archive.marlboroughcollege.org. e collection is fully searchable and will be a great resource for anyone interested in oM involvement before, during and aer world war i.
Review of Marlborough College and the Great War in 100 Stories by Charles Messenger (SU 1954-1959)
good number of schools have published commemorative books to mark the centenary of the great war. Most are straightforward accounts of the school at war, with numerous mini biographies of those old boys who laid down their lives. e problem is that oen these break up the overall narrative to such an extent that the reader is numbed. as far as Marlborough is concerned, David du Croz (CR 19962007) and his team have taken an entirely diﬀerent approach in providing 100
fascinating vignettes of the College from 1914 to 1918. ey are to be much congratulated. each double-page spread tells a diﬀerent tale. e ﬁrst 10 cover the College prior to 1914, from everyday life through sport to the old army Class, which prepared pupils for sandhurst and woolwich. en come the early years of the war, with stories of two VCs – edward bradbury (SU 1894-98) and Charles foss (C3 1899-1902) – and two poets –
Charles hamilton sorley (C1 1908-13) and siegfried sassoon (CO 1902-04), included among some of the most outstanding Marlburians of all time, most of whom were killed. and so, the war goes on, with not just the western front covered, but other theatres of war as well, all done through the eyes of individual oMs. e College servants are not forgotten. ere is a delightful piece of reginald ‘Jumbo’ Jennings (CR 192766), one of the great characters of the senior Common room when i was at MC. finally, we come to the armistice, the eﬀects of the war, and the building of the Memorial hall, as well as the other memorials around the College. e book is beautifully illustrated and produced and will appeal not just to old and current Marlburians, but to anyone with the interest in ‘the war to end all wars’. as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (EL 1996-2000) writes in her foreword, the book is ‘a unique journey of reﬂection about those momentous years’.
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how Marlborough became the home of the College in our ﬁnal part celebrating the 175th anniversary of Marlborough, nick baxter tells us how the town of Marlborough and the College have grown since its original inception as an aristocratic family mansion. illiam Carter was an innkeeper par excellence. he ran the premier Castle inn, originally built as a mansion for the aristocratic seymour family at the beginning of the 18th century. Despite the building’s grandeur, the seymours didn’t stay long, moving instead to their savernake forest retreat at Tottenham house. in 1751, the mansion, better known today by Marlburians as C house, was leased to a Mr Cottrell to run as an inn ‘for the better accommodation of the nobility’. named aer the medieval castle, which once lay on and around the nearby Mound, the Castle inn became a spectacular success. Turnpike trusts made improvements to the london to bath road vastly increasing the volume
of traﬃc. william Carter obtained the lease for the Castle inn in 1833 at the height of the ‘golden age of Coaching’. e 1841 census reveals william, innkeeper aged 55, living with his wife, elizabeth, their four daughters and a team of servants. richard hancock and John godding, who tended to the horses, lived with their families in two houses in the adjacent Castle yard. e good times were not going to last. by Christmas 1840, brunel’s great western railway had reached swindon from Paddington. in June 1841, the line was completed connecting london to bristol. for the people of Marlborough, the gwr really meant ‘great way round’ as it destroyed, almost overnight,
the coaching trade they had come to rely on. william Carter’s inn had become a white elephant. During william Carter’s lifetime, britain was undergoing a transformation. factories were replacing domestic industries; changes in farming dispossessed many from their land; and towns were expanding rapidly, oen seeing the spread of overcrowded ‘slum’ dwellings. few had the vote. People began to demand an extension of the franchise hoping, by so doing, to create a fairer, more representative society. riots and demonstrations revealed the extent of disaﬀection. even in Marlborough, there had been trouble. on 28 april 1831, the Devizes and wilts gazette reported: ‘Marlborough. is town is in the highest state of excitement. e election takes place tomorrow; and it is not unlikely mischief will ensue.’ Many were unhappy that the vote was restricted to the 12 members of the Town Corporation. it was strongly
england national society and the nonconformist british society to help them provide elementary education. ere were the grammar schools, many established during the reign of king edward Vi in the 16th century. but the grammar schools had become outmoded as they were bound by their foundation charters to teach mainly latin and greek. e rising Middle Classes sought commercial subjects to help prepare their sons for life in the real world. ere were of course public schools, but they were very thin on the ground. some, like rugby, had begun as grammar schools, and the largest, eton, had fewer than 500 pupils. ey were also expensive and out of the reach of most clergymen. Above: This photograph of William Jebb Few and his wife, Emily, taken in the mid-1860s is a rare example of a young clergyman seated, intently reading, while his wife stands dutifully by his side. The neat handwriting on the reverse of the photograph proves the couple featured are William Jebb Few and his wife. Left: The 1843 tithe award map of Marlborough
while the corporation ﬂag (the string of which had given way) was ﬂoating on the Town hall half-mast high.’ e townspeople had expressed their feelings through this spectacular public act. a banner inscribed ‘enemies to reform’ was mounted on the wagon.
suspected that Charles brudenell bruce, the Marquis of ailesbury, determined the candidates. but in westminster, earl grey’s whig government wished to extend the vote to placate the rising tide: a reform bill was introduced but was thrown out. a general election followed. omas estcourt and william bankes, Marlborough’s MPs, were against reform. Mayor John gardner called a public meeting to try to alleviate growing discontent but to no avail. some of the townspeople had even been so brazen as to petition Parliament demanding reform. omas Merriman, a Corporation member, complained of ‘gross, false, and slanderous libels on the Corporation’. on 5 May, the gazette reported, ‘Two eﬃgies of Messrs estcourt and bankes were carried through the town accompanied with tin kettles and horns, and burnt at the cross roads, and the bells of the churches were rung backwards,
e reform act was eventually passed on 4 June 1832 and it was an important step towards the parliamentary democracy we enjoy today. e act extended the vote to male householders who had property valued at a minimum of £10 a year, a great deal of money. roughly one-in-ﬁve men gained the right to vote. but discontent continued: Chartists, who wanted much greater democracy, caused serious disturbances in 1839 and 1842. Many in the Church of england were horriﬁed and dismayed by the way the country was going. it was felt that the civilising power of the Church was waning; there were not enough churches in the growing industrial towns; and, more seriously, there were not enough vicars. britain was heading for upheaval, even revolution, if the calming and mitigating inﬂuence of the Church no longer evangelised the people. e chief problem, it seemed, was education for clergymen’s sons. ere was no state education then, although, from 1833, the government began to give ﬁnancial assistance to the Church of
what was needed was a new kind of school that taught a mixture of classical and modern subjects and was also a ‘collegiate’ establishment where boys would live as well as study. e school would have to accommodate large numbers in order to keep the costs down and be aﬀordable for clergymen. a plan was formed to found a school that would combine the best of the traditional classical curriculum with the modern. Parents would pay a nomination to entitle them to send a boy to school with fees on top. e idea for such a school began with the reverend Charles eaton Plater. in 1841, he ran a school in his home in Charlton, near Dover, living with his wife, sarah, their young sons, arthur and george, and four female servants: 19 boys aged between 8 and 16 boarded. Plater had many friends and associates from amongst the clergy whom he persuaded to support a proposed school primarily aimed to cater for the sons of clergy: others could come if there were spaces but they would have to pay more. e Church of england hierarchy embraced Plater’s idea, soon ﬁrmly backed by the Primate of england, william howley, archbishop of Canterbury. on 1 July 1842, in the rooms of the society for the Propagation of the gospel in foreign Parts, at 79 Pall Mall, london, a meeting was held to push forward the proposed school for the sons of Clergymen and others. e archbishop of Canterbury chaired the meeting. it was unanimously agreed that the proposed new school was, ‘desirable both for the assistance of clergymen in the education of their sons, and to meet the increasing wants of society.’ e Marlburian Club Magazine
e second resolution, ‘at the plans were presented and detailed in a Prospectus containing proposals for establishing a school for the sons of Clergymen and others is, in the opinion of this meeting entitled to support, and capable, when brought into actual operation, of producing, under the Divine blessing, the best practical results’, was proposed by the bishop of bangor and seconded by none other than the great statesman, william gladstone. it is thrilling to think that such a political giant made a real contribution to the beginnings of Marlborough College. e soon-to-be-closed Castle inn in Marlborough was identiﬁed as the ideal site. e doors were closed to travellers in January 1843. e inn was converted into dormitories and the stables and outbuildings into classrooms. During a hot summer week in august 1843, 203 boys aged between 8 and 16 arrived at the new school. e 16-yearold frederick austin from bedfordshire was the oldest and Jeremy Pemberton ripley from wootton bassett, barely 8 years old, was the youngest. e day was honoured by a salutary service in st Peter’s Church where edward Denison, the bishop of salisbury and President of the school Council, preached ‘a most eloquent and admirable sermon, explanatory of the great and important objects such an institution is calculated to attain, if based, as all education must be, to ensure success in its results, on the sure foundations of Christian religion.’ accompanying the bishop was Charles brudenell-bruce, the Marquis of ailesbury, and the Mayor and the Corporation of Marlborough. within the church was its rector, the reverend erasmus williams, 14 members of the school Council, the school auditors, the Masters, and the boys. in all, some 238 people were gathered together to inaugurate the ‘collegiate’ establishment. in the evening, the townspeople hosted a ‘splendid banquet’, which was an open act of welcome. omas Merriman, the town corporation member, who in 1831 had bewailed the desire by many to extend the vote, was now the Mayor. he led the event introducing toasts to: the bishop and Clergy; the President and Council; and success to the new school. Charles brudenell-bruce had polarised the town into encouraging the new school: this 40
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was recognised by a toast to ‘e Marquis of ailesbury’. Many were aware that the new school might be considered an upstart to Marlborough’s primordial and ancient royal free grammar school that had ﬂourished in the town since its foundation by king edward Vi in 1550. ironically, it was the solicitor robert few, who had attended the grammar school, who was amongst the chief proponents for the new school. nevertheless, eﬀorts were made to pacify the grammar-school interest and to enter into a partnership with it. it was recognised that the new school had come into existence partly because grammar schools had not kept pace with change; so omas Merriman introduced a further toast, ‘success to the royal free grammar school, with the health of the reverend Mr Meyler, the Master’. Members of the school Council made clear, ‘their anxious desire to cultivate a good feeling with the tradesmen, and in every way in their power, to promote the prosperity of the town. at the same time, they expressed their hopes that the tradesmen would, as far as they were concerned, cooperate with the Masters in maintaining the discipline of the pupils – to which Jonah reeve, on behalf of himself and the townsmen, responded with great propriety.’ Jonah reeve, high street auctioneer and cabinet-maker, who was shortly to succeed omas Merriman as mayor, represented the tradesmen. ere were other connections. John gardner, who as a surgeon had treated wounded soldiers at waterloo, had been, in 1831, the unfortunate mayor who had witnessed the townspeople burning their MPs in eﬃgy, as indeed had omas Merriman. Dr gardner was the ﬁrst medical oﬃcer to the new school, renamed Marlborough College in 1845. e ﬁery welshman, erasmus williams, was eﬀectively the College chaplain until edward blore’s chapel was completed in october 1848. blore’s chapel was later replaced by the present one in 1886. e reverend John ward, vicar of great bedwyn, was amongst the ﬁrst members of the school council and chaplain to the President of the Council, edward Denison, bishop of salisbury. william wootton lucy was the Marlborough postmaster for the ﬁrst 25 years of Marlborough College’s history: a printing oﬃce and stationery warehouse were then part of his business. as the postal service
was the chief means of communication and the College was run from its oﬃce on suﬀolk street, Pall Mall, london, the post oﬃce was essential to the running of the College. a letter dated 14 January 1845 from Mr lucy to the College Treasurer, Mr gill, reveals a half-year receipt to Mr lucy of £40 1s 4d, a considerable sum then especially when one considers the school fees for one clergyman’s son was £30 a year! it ought also to be remembered that for the ﬁrst ten years of its existence Marlborough College had adjacent to it, where the old gymnasium was later built, Marlborough Prison. e street name, bridewell street, is a reminder: st bride’s well was a notorious prison in london, which lent its name to other gaols. a letter, dated 6 august 1844, highlighted diﬃculties in siting the school playground fence in such a way as to allow suﬃcient room for a prison van to turn around. e grammar school under omas Meyler was criticised for not being suﬃciently progressive. a few boys migrated to Marlborough College from it including william Jebb few, the eldest son of robert few, key College founder. william married emily Pritt in 1862 and in 1871 he was the curate of st Mary’s in reading, living with his wife and ﬁveyear-old daughter ella. william’s middle name, Jebb, came from his mother louisa Jebb. louisa’s father, richard Jebb, was the great grandfather of eglantyne Jebb, who taught at st Peter’s school (now the town library) and founded the save the Children fund in 1919. and then, on 30 october 1851, omas Merriman married his second wife, sarah, sister-in-law to Marlborough College’s ﬁrst master Matthew wilkinson. in so many ways, Marlborough Town and Marlborough College share the same blood.
Nick Baxter thought his job was over, but, due to his terriﬁc knowledge of Marlborough’s history, the Editor will be wanting him back again
remembering Charles hamilton sorley aer a chance meeting with bréon rydell, producer of It Is Easy To Be Dead a play about Charles hamilton sorley (C1 1908-15), Michael hutchinson (SU 1967-72) seeded the idea that the play should be produced and performed by current Marlburians. here, bréon reﬂects on the tragedy of war and how Charles’ poems echoed this.
n early 2016, i completed writing an original poem entitled Endeavour – a Call to Action, which i had set to the music of two of elgar’s Enigma Variations. i wrote this poem to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the somme – the largest and most ferocious battle on the western front, lasting from 1 July to 18 november 1916 and resulting in over one million men being killed or wounded.
My poem opened with the words: Do not the fallen deserve something better than to watch the earth scorched once more by sinister hands. with these thoughts, i was reﬂecting upon the tragic consequence in terms of loss of life, loss of talent and unfulﬁlled potential that resulted from the first world war, where an estimated 8–10 million allied military personnel were killed. i posed the question as we move forward in the 21st century: Do we give suﬃcient recognition to those who sacriﬁced their lives during the course of the last century in the ﬁght for freedom? how do we ensure that we sustain and value the legacy of those talented war poets as we honour the centenary of the battle of the somme in november 2016? en, in spring 2016, my good friend and playwright, neil McPherson, artistic Director of the finborough eatre, london, sent me the text of a new play he had written, entitled It is Easy to be Dead based on the poetry, letters and life of Charles hamilton sorley (C1 1908-15), one of the forgotten first world war poets, who was killed, aged 20, in october 1915, at the battle of loos, northern france. i recalled having read that this battle, nicknamed e great Push, which began in late september 1915 and ﬁnished at the end of the following month, had resulted in over 60,000 casualties from british and Commonwealth forces, including 20,000 personnel who fell in battle and have no known grave. e Marlburian Club Magazine
neil asked if i would be interested to produce his play and, on reading the script, i soon found myself immersed in a 1916 edition of poems and prose by Charles, named Marlborough. i then located a separate volume, which was published in 1919 by his parents, which contained a collection of sorley’s letters covering a four-year period, both prior to the onset of the war, and including the time when he was engaged in the throes of trench warfare in france, up to the time of his death. e title of the play is taken from Charles’ last poem found in his military kit aer he died. in this poem, he expresses his feelings about the stark and uncompromising reality of death, and the futility of weeping for the fallen soldiers. for these ghosts are but shadows of the men they once were; our tears and words mean nothing to them. Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know. Is it not curses heaped on each gashed head? Nor tears. eir blind eyes see not your tears ﬂow. Nor honour. It is easy to be dead. Say only this, ‘ey are dead.’ en add thereto, ‘Yet many a better one has died before.’ altogether, six sorley poems were incorporated into the play. an earlier poem, entitled To Germany was written as a result of Charles having spent the ﬁrst half of 1914 initially staying at the home of a lawyer and his wife, in Mecklenberg, northern germany, and subsequently undertaking studies at the university of Jena, in central germany. in this poem, written on the eve of the outbreak of war, Charles still conceived the possibility of peace being achieved. with remarkable maturity, he addresses the youth of germany, saying, ‘you are blind like us,’ and then he goes on to observe that both sides seem to be groping ‘through ﬁelds of thought conﬁned. we stumble, and we do not understand.’ at the conclusion of this poem, however, he concedes that there will be more bloodshed as he refers to ﬁrst, ‘when’ it is peace, and then immediately, qualiﬁes this with the words, but ‘until peace’, concluding with the combination of threatening elemental forces – each of 42
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‘...he expresses his feelings about the stark and uncompromising reality of death, and the futility of weeping for the fallen soldiers’
which can be construed as a symbol of war – the darkness (the trenches), the thunder (the cannons), and the rain (the showers of bullets). on 11 november 1985, Charles’ name was ﬁeenth in a list of sixteen first world war poets inscribed on a special commemorative memorial stone unveiled by the then Poet laureate Ted hughes at Poets Corner in westminster abbey. e inscription on the stone reads: ‘My subject is war, and the Pity of war. e Poetry is in the Pity.’ words taken from the Preface to a Collection of Poems, by another war poet, wilfred owen (1893-1918). at the Memorial service that accompanied the unveiling of the Memorial stone, Charles’ poem All the Hills and Vales Along was recited.
in an essay entitled Poems om the Front published in the imperial war Museum Despatches magazine, Professor Paul o’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of roehampton university, points out that shakespeare and byron had to wait for more than a hundred years before they were honoured by a memorial stone in Poet’s Corner. e fact that the memorial stone laid in honour of sixteen first world war poets was installed whilst the last of these poets, robert graves, was still alive, is an indication in his view, of how ‘the poetry of world war i has established a unique hold on our collective imagination’. as we now commemorate the centenary of the end of the war, it gives us an opportunity to appreciate the prophetic words of Charles when he painted the clear picture of the devastation of human life that war would cause, and that others would only discover aer it was all over. his prescient message is as relevant today as it was then.
is poem is also included in the play. in it, Charles expresses his clear view on death – unlike either sleep or a reunion with nature, it is a heartless and horriﬁc consequence of war. When the bullet reaches you Wherefore, men marching, On the road to death, Sing! Pour your gladness on earth’s head So be merry, so be dead.
Bréon Rydell is a writer, producer, supporter of ee speech and lover of tea cosies
Perfection in every Moment of its existence College archivist, gráinne lenehan, tells us the history of the inception and design of the rose garden.
erbert leaf (CR 1877-1907, 1917-19) was one of Marlborough College’s most generous benefactors. appointed by Canon bell, he was a member of Common room from 1877 until 1907; returning between 1917 and 1919 to alleviate wartime teaching shortages. he was a committed, kind and much-valued member of the College community, and of Marlborough and wiltshire beyond. he was independently wealthy and, in 1922, continuing an already well-established tradition of generosity, he donated £30,000 to the College. Much of this was to be spent on providing electricity to the College – and thence to the town; some of the remainder went towards the Memorial hall and music rooms within. in addition, herbert particularly wished for a rose garden to be created as part of the College memorial scheme; this would provide a quiet place of beauty to reﬂect on fallen oMs as well as being a memorial to his beloved wife rose who died in 1922.
w g newton designed the rose garden, together with its pergola and gate house, and what we see today is very much as he planned it. e pergola stands on the ground that previously held the College laundry – a plain and utilitarian brick structure built in 1847. e area where the rose garden is laid out once
contained a network of clotheslines laden with household linen. e gate house, on the other hand, was built where a stable block previously stood. Mr newton prepared a sketch plan, which he sent with a letter to Cyril norwood (Master 1917-26) dated 24 March 1924. he describes his design and makes a suggestion that Cyril ‘talk it over with Mr leaf ’. we get a sense that it was important to him that all aspects of the College Memorial should exist in relation to each other and that the geometry be pleasing. “…my main idea, as you will see, has been to make a long grass lawn of 150 feet long x 15 feet wide, at the west end of which will be seen the East pavilion of the Hall, and conversely, of course, om the window of this pavilion you will look right up the lawn… e connection with the Hall terrace I propose to arrange by making a sort of little Gate House… its archway would be on the axis of the terrace in ont of the Hall…” on account of the shortage of building materials in britain following the war, Mr newton was mindful of the need to recycle. in his speciﬁcation of works, he states that ‘all materials from the existing buildings are to be stacked for reuse in the new work and properly cleaned’, and that ‘practically the only new materials required are tiles for the roof of the
gate house’. e foundations of the western half of the laundry and its ﬂoor thus became the foundations and ﬂoor of the pergola; the walls, piers and paving of the new structures are built of bricks from the old ones; the tiles of the arches and sills came from the stable building; and timbers were salvaged for the pergola roof. e layout and components of the rose garden are almost all contained in newton’s sketch plan of March 1924. in it we can see the long lawn with a pathway that can be joined at either end allowing for a circular amble. Just inside the path he has drawn a large bed by the pergola and seven opposing pairs of beds along the length leading to three curved ones at the far end. eight borders are arranged around the outside of the path. a yew hedge, within which 11 seats are embedded at intervals, has been etched to enclose the garden. in the ﬁnal plan of May 1924, the lead ﬁgure on its stone platform is shown. Mr newton devised the planting scheme. roses were planted in all 17 beds within the path to display a gentle graduation of colour starting with white roses in the bed by the pergola, through cream, lemon, so orange, yellow blush, apricot and pink in the pairs of beds, to red roses at the curved end. is beautiful colour scheme is one of the few aspects of newton’s design that no longer exists. e borders inside the yew hedge were planted with pinks, lavender and lilies; and climbing the pergola were wisteria, clematis, jasmine and Hydrangea petiolaris – the last of which still grows today.
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Making a song and Dance about education freelance journalist Phoebe Cooke (MO 2000-05) speaks to her old friend Victoria lupton (SU 2003-2005) about seenaryo, and how the magic of theatre is making a real diﬀerence to refugee children in the Middle east. troupe of smiling young actors take a bow, grinning from ear to ear. Proud parents thrust their smartphones high into the air to capture this seminal moment. en they are on their feet, erupting into applause.
a pretty universal experience, you might think. you can probably remember the moment you starred as a tree or similar in your ﬁrst school play. however, this piece of theatre is not performed in the cosy conﬁnes of a british primary school – but rather just a few miles from the syrian border in the bekaa Valley. here such childhood milestones have become the exception, not the rule. since civil war broke out in syria more than seven years ago, education for young refugees has been piecemeal at best and 44
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in many cases non-existent. e same applies for more than 200,000 Palestinian child refugees in lebanon, who exist permanently on the fringes of society, denied many of the basic rights given to lebanese citizens despite in many cases having been born in the same country. for all these youngsters a chance like this – to create and perform accomplished pieces of music and theatre – is hard to come by. Victoria lupton ﬁrst moved to beirut in 2011, the year of the arab revolutions. over the following months and years she witnessed the rapid rise in refugees ﬂeeing over the border from syria into lebanon and neighbouring Jordan. she saw how international aid focused almost entirely on providing food, shelter and, in some cases, the most basic education – leaving a gaping void for educational provision. ‘in those months aer the revolution in syria began, we all witnessed how the streets of lebanon were ﬁlling up with refugees who were homeless or living in tents; it was really overwhelming,’ explained Victoria. ‘i felt the need to
respond but initially wasn’t sure of the best way i could.’ Victoria’s answer came nearly four years later in conversation with her friend oscar wood, a composer and arts practitioner. e pair had worked closely together on upstage, an arts charity founded by oscar delivering theatre workshops to young people across the uk. Together they had collaborated on showbuilds – plays devised, developed from scratch, and delivered by the participants over a week or fortnight, and culminating in a performance. while discussing the crisis in lebanon, they realised they could use the same core principles of upstage to create two showbuilds in lebanon, one with syrian refugees in the bekaa Valley and another in shatila near beirut, one of 12 camps for Palestinian refugees. ey raised their ﬁrst £5,000 through a fundraising dinner in london run by and cooked for friends. To deliver the projects, they also teamed up with two local grassroots organisations, women now for Development and yaabad scout group – who remain seenaryo’s key partners on the ground to this day. as with any experiment, they were nervous – but they had the skills to back themselves. Victoria had worked for
several years in lebanon at ashkal alwan, the lebanese association for Plastic arts, and spoke ﬂuent arabic. oscar had already run upstage for 11 years and had extensive experience composing and teaching children music, as well as running choirs. and so, in the summer of 2015, they headed to lebanon to facilitate two weeks of showbuilds with two separate groups. hosted in the centres run by their partner organisations, they met with the children daily to build their stories, develop their characters and rehearse. e youngsters – in this case aged 8 to 12 – thrived on the responsibility and routine that the process gave them. ‘it was completely transformative – the children, parents and project partners all loved it,’ said Victoria. ‘one thing that we
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really noticed from the ﬁrst showbuilds was that actually, in a funny way, children are always just children, wherever they’re from. it was interesting how the process was essentially the same as what we’d experienced in the uk.’ since that ﬁrst successful summer, seenaryo has grown from strength to strength, while keeping true to its fundamental strands of participation, training and advocacy. ey now have a staﬀ team of ﬁve, as well as working with around 30 freelance facilitators, all of whom lead, mentor and train in arabic. key to their approach is training local refugees to lead artistic programmes themselves, in order to build capacity among refugee communities. To this end, in 2017 they worked with 302 trainees, and created 84 paid opportunities for refugees. They also worked directly with 1,030 beneficiaries and reached 5,685 people indirectly through their trainings. ey had 11 local partners and staged 18 performances and showcases, which were enjoyed by 2,400 audience members. among their 15 diﬀerent programmes is aswat seenaryo, a weekly choir run by oscar and young adult trainees in bekaa. ey sing a vibrant mix of music that includes bollywood (a big hit among
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‘she didn’t used to be able to act in front of an audience,’ she said. ‘now, her mum even says she’s doing better in school – wanting to study more and get better grades so they let her carry on with the plays. her family didn’t used to listen to music, but now they have started to.’
syrian youngsters), traditional arab songs, and even some western hits. ‘we always try to be respectful of cultural diﬀerences in our processes,’ said Victoria. ‘we don’t want to impose western ideas on the participants; in any case, because they’re coming up with the ideas this doesn’t really happen. for example, since we choose age-appropriate music for aswat seenaryo, the parents have started to get used to or even enjoy western music – and our partners tell us it’s really changed the way they see the west.’ importantly, the enjoyment of taking part in these projects is not restricted to the participants themselves but extends into their communities and families. seenaryo pays for buses to bring parents to and from the performances, enabling them to also take part in their children’s achievements. one of their many success stories is hanan, now 16, who started working with seenaryo when she was 13. her father disappeared not long before she joined and she hasn’t seen him since. she doesn’t know whether he is still alive. Victoria described how hanan was nervous and emotional at the beginning of the ﬁrst showbuild but how she has blossomed since. she has now taken part in two showbuilds, a youth theatre course and sings in aswat seenaryo. seenaryo trainee yasmine is one of dozens of syrian trainees who work with the youngsters to create theatre, as well as form their own leadership skills. e psycho-social support worker described how hanan had ‘changed her personality completely’ since starting work with the charity. 46
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seenaryo not only helps individual participants and trainees such as hanan and yasmine but also boosts teaching in refugee schools, where arts-based approaches to education are minimal. seenaryo has now produced its own teacher training course that follows the lebanese curriculum and has already beneﬁted 150 nursery school teachers through three-day trainings, along with a teaching handbook so that they can implement this practice independently. ‘arts-based learning builds resilience and social skills, improves engagement and raises academic achievement,’ said Victoria. ‘e idea is to create more holistic education techniques that help teachers in the classroom, whatever topic they are teaching.’ e charity’s reach necessarily extends beyond the classroom. one in four people living in lebanon is a refugee and half are children – but only a quarter of those go to school. so, for many, seenaryo courses in refugee camps, centres as well as in schools provide much-needed routine, structure and entertainment that would otherwise be absent. is year’s showbuilds are as impressive as they are sobering. Palestinian refugees created Worn Out From Travelling about a community mired in war and unable to ﬁnd work because they have the wrong nationality. ey discover Moon street, a magical road of opportunity – but ultimately realise they don’t need it to lead better lives. syrian youngsters meanwhile imagined an incompetent Queen who keeps her people silent by plying them with sweets – but the play sees them rising up against her and persuading her to change her ways. e parallels to their real situations are painfully clear; yet the plays also create a distance between them and their oen traumatic experiences. ‘e content is imaginative and we try to push them to think outside of themselves, to imagine another world,’ explained Victoria. ‘because in the end this is about imagining a world that’s diﬀerent to the one we’re in today.’
e crisis in the Middle east show no signs of abating, and seenaryo is also going nowhere. in fact, this year the team has expanded to Jordan, where they’ll also be running showbuilds and teacher training. next year, they are launching an app that will transmit their current teacher training to thousands more in french, arabic and english. Dozens of women are growing in conﬁdence and resilience through their women’s theatre programme, launched last year. ese are exciting times for a small but tremendously focused charity. gaining funding is one of their biggest challenges, but as a grassroots charity they have few overhead costs and are able to channel all their donations into their growing roster of programmes. Victoria has recently ﬁnished a two-year role as director of a us-lebanese nonproﬁt to join seenaryo full time, and now splits her time between london and beirut. we live in an age when the din of british and us politics can drown out the long war in syria. in an age where the din of british and us politics can drown out the long war in syria, why is it important to do something? her answer is simple. ‘one of the biggest pillars of seenaryo for me is that in the face of the biggest movement of people since the second world war, we do have a responsibility to act,’ she said. ‘e fact that we can do that in a way that is deeply engaged with communities and with individuals, while having a wide-ranging and measurable impact, is incredibly important to me.’ seenaryo appreciates all donations, however large or small. To ﬁnd out more or to make a donation, please visit www.seenaryo.org.
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White Man Walking Between September 2015 and April 2016, Robert Devereux (B3 1968-73) walked the 6,000 kilometres of the African Rift Valley from southern Mozambique to the Red Sea. Here, he talks about the challenges he had to overcome and his ultimate aim. n 2002, I ran the Marathon des Sables – six marathons in seven days across the Sahara – to raise money for Save the Rhino International. We did it as a team of eight wearing a rhino costume and raised what, for a small NGO, was a substantial sum of money. And gruelling as it was, we also had a lot of fun.
‘So, what next?’ was the question. ‘Walk the length of the African Ri Valley,’ was my answer. I had spent time in East Africa in the previous decade and had long been fascinated with the Ri: the place where Homo Sapiens evolved; the most visible topographical feature on earth from space; a corridor replete with the history of both man and nature. It would once have had an abundance of 48
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rhino and wildlife of inﬁnite variety. Now, outside the national parks it would be empty of all but man. ere was a catch. I set myself the goal of raising £1 million. When it came to it, I couldn’t face the prospect of investing so much time in ﬁnding sponsors/ partners and the such. Too much of my time had already been spent with my begging bowl out, so it was a dream I thought would never be realised. en, in 2014, I was walking in the Alps for my son Noah’s (B1 2001-06) charity, Big Change, when I had a Damascene moment. ‘I love walking, can still do it, so just go,’ I thought. Forget the complex logistically bound expedition. Just put a rucksack on my back and walk north from Beira. So that is what I did. In September 2016, shortly aer my 60th birthday, I ﬂew to Beira with my partner, Jenny, and my son, Louis (B1 2004-09) and nephew Ludo. ey were going to make a documentary: six African stories
– one for each of the countries I would walk through. e early portents were not good. We missed our ﬂight from Johannesburg, I had my phone ripped out of my hand before I had even le the Beira suburbs, Louis and crew got arrested for ﬁlming too close to an army base, and we had to re-route because the old adversaries from the 20-year post-independence civil war – Frelimo and Renamo – were at each other’s throats in the Gorongosa park that I was walking though. e next ﬁve months, however, until I got to Ethiopia, were trouble free. Nobody, so I far as I know, had walked the Ri before, so there was no route to follow and I had no real plan. But when I needed something – a camel, water, a bed – it appeared. I was walking in the hot dry season. is was not a considered decision, it was just when it suited me to go. e temperature in Mozambique regularly reached 40, which was cool compared with the 50 degrees plus I experienced in the Suguta valley in Kenya. e advantage of walking in the heat was the relative absence of mosquitoes as I was walking in some areas, particularly in Malawi, where malaria was endemic.
e Ri runs pretty much due north until Ethiopia when it veers in an easterly direction until it plunges into the Red Sea at Djibouti, my ﬁnal destination. With few exceptions, it takes one through very remote rural country, oen to places were the foreigner is rarely if ever seen. Not until I reached Ethiopia did I experience any hostility or aggression. Mild perplexity and warm welcome was the norm.
‘I made an illegal crossing of the border with the knowledge of the local police chief who said that if I was returned by the Ethiopians, he would arrest me for illegal exit and illegal entry’
Communication was a challenge as English was unknown except amongst teachers, almost everywhere. But, it is remarkable how much body language, intonation and hand gestures can convey. e one question everybody wanted an answer to was ‘why?’ In the Ri, walking is almost always the only mode of locomotion but always for a purpose. To walk for the hell of it was a concept hard to grasp. One young man who I was walking with in Malawi decided that it must be a form of therapy and that I obviously had some serious problems to solve. Chatting to a bunch of Mzees in Tanzania, I told them I was walking for philosophy and they immediately got it, so that became my stock answer. Even in the most remote places, I was rarely alone. e most ubiquitous commodity in this part of the world is time.
Each day was the same but also completely diﬀerent. e same because the canvas of my life, normally so complex and crowded, was simple and uncluttered. All I had to think about was leaving in the morning, normally just before daybreak with eight litres of water and some food and knowing roughly where I was going to stop before dusk. My aim was to walk 30 kilometres a day on average and that is almost exactly what I did. In 180 days, I walked almost 6,000 kilometres. On some days, I needed to do almost 50 kilometres to ﬁnd a bed. e next day I always suﬀered. I dispensed with my tent aer a week as part of a load-shedding exercise. I had set oﬀ with nearly 30 kilograms on my back, and this was too much to carry for 10 hours a day. Out went my sat phone, other communication paraphernalia, and all but one change of clothes. I found I didn’t even want my iPod. Much though I love music, it detaches one from the immediate environment and, by the end of the day, I was too tired to do anything but feed myself, wash my socks, and fall asleep. e Marlburian Club Magazine
has more riches to reveal than any of his other sites. It is hardly visited as it is devoid of water and unbelievably hot. When the wind blows, as it oen does, it is like walking into the heart of a blast furnace. But it is indescribably beautiful and alien, truly other worldly. Extinct and dormant eroded volcanic plugs, corrugated lava ﬂows, no vegetation at all except confusingly lush palm trees along the saline river that ﬂows brieﬂy into the southern end.
So, people would turn and walk the opposite way of their intended direction sometimes for hours, just to keep me company. I was rarely, if ever, asked for anything. I walked through national parks: the Gorongosa, Ruaha, the N’gorongoro, Sibiloi, and the Awash. Along deadstraight tarmac roads, though, thankfully, not oen. On dirt tracks threading together necklaces of rural villages. When Jenny and/or Louis came to join me, I had the luxury of their support vehicle to carry my pack, regular chia stops, company and fellow cooks. It is impossible to choose which speciﬁc parts of the journey to describe. ere were so many wonderful memorable moments: the charming Malawian border oﬃcial who let me in without the necessary visa; the Kenyan lady who I had never met and with whom I was staying washing my feet on arrival; the Mozambique who insisted on carrying my pack and wouldn’t take a tip; Stanley, Jenny’s Tanzanian driver, continuously getting lost but insisting that he was taking the scenic route; the hippo charging out of the bush early one morning in Ruaha; my friend Ben turning up in the middle of nowhere with a warm can of beer and leaving 10 hours later to do the 24-hour return trip; the fortitude of Empecott, the Samburu guide, who walked me up Lake Turkana; the sun setting over the N’gorongoro crater; the ﬂamingos of Lake Natron; climbing Ol Donyo Lengai. ese are just the tiny tip of the iceberg. e story that most people seem to want to hear, human nature being what it is, is of the one day that I might have been in danger – the day I was taken ‘hostage’ by three Kalashnikov-wielding Somalis. It was close to the end and well into March 2016, walking along the new 50
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electric train track built by the Chinese from Djibouti to Addis. I was apprehended by what turned out to be three local policemen, who thought I was a terrorist. And, given my appearance, they could be forgiven. Strangely, as I was marched across the desert with a gun in my back, to I knew not where, my main emotion was not fear but irritation, that my progress was being impeded. Especially as that day Louis was ﬂying in to join me for the ﬁnal two weeks. It was lucky that he did, as I was eventually able to make contact with his driver who explained to the local militia that I had no intention of blowing up their railway bridge nor was I one of the smugglers who the police had shot dead that morning in the town I had earlier walked through. e stories that I would rather recount are walking from the north end of Lake Magadi, round the N’gorongoro Crater, the second largest caldera in Africa, to the south end of Lake Natron with Jenny and three of my four children. To walk for days, to camp in the bush, to sit round the ﬁre under the starlight sky, to walk through the antelope and zebra in their natural habitat with loved ones is a privilege beyond measure.
Turkana, which is sadly the site of terrible and increasing environmental destruction, is awe inspiring. Louis, Ludo and I, with ﬁve camels and three guides, Empecott, Stephen and Hassan, spent two weeks walking to Illaret through wild country far from the preview of government. We encountered groups of women and children travelling south, and wondering where the men were, we’re told that they travelled at night as the arms they carried were illegal. In Sibiloi game reserve, where nobody is supposed to live but thousands do, they bring the cattle down to drink in the lake with heavily armed guards. e guards are never more than 16, as in Kenya at that age you can’t be jailed. Guns carried by children make me nervous but they seemed to have a good rapport with the rangers who were with us. In Illaret, Louis and Ludo le me to ﬂy home while I made an illegal crossing of the border with the knowledge of the local police chief who said that if I was returned by the Ethiopians, he would arrest me for illegal exit and illegal entry. Fortunately, the Ethiopian border oﬃcial had no interest in my non-existent Kenyan exit stamp and waved me on my way into the Omo valley. Well, now, that’s another story altogether.
My middle son, Louis, is a ﬁlmmaker, and six months before I le he decided to make a documentary based on my walk. He has done so. A very diﬀerent ﬁlm from the one he set out to make, a ﬁlm that answers some diﬃcult questions. A brave and honest ﬁlm that has opened and resolved some family ris. e longest section covers our walk up Lake Turkana. I met Louis and Ludo at the dead-end town of Loyangalani, not long aer coming out of the Suguta valley. e place that the famous palaeontologist Richard Leakey says
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My Favourite Buildings of Marlborough Sir Charles Saumarez Smith (C1 1967-71), current Chief Executive and Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, tells us how his love of architecture was born at Marlborough and which buildings had the biggest impact on him.
was already interested in architecture when I arrived at Marlborough in September 1967, armed with a copy of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Wiltshire, which had been published in 1963 and, I think, had been given me by my aunt. It was quickly supplemented by copies of the Swindon and Salisbury Seventh Series Ordnance Survey maps, mounted on linen, which were issued to new pupils and which I still regard as part of the essential armoury for architectural expeditions.
On my ﬁrst weekend, I cycled on my own over the downs to the medieval church of Clyﬀe Pypard, under the lee of the escarpment, as described by Pevsner, ‘In a lovely position below a wooded stretch of the cliﬀ ’. ere I met a chemistry beak, who was kind enough not to point out that I was out of bounds, beyond the ten-mile limit which was established to prevent pupils going to Swindon. In his report on my performance at chemistry that term (I was never able to catch up with Sir Hugh Pelham (B3 1967-71), Director of the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, my exact contemporary both at Marlborough and as a Fellow of Christ’s), he wrote something to the eﬀect that, although I was useless at chemistry, I clearly had other interests. Because I was interested in architecture and already sensitive to the quality and character of my surroundings, I was strongly aware of the various buildings by which we were surrounded at Marlborough. First, I recall A House, where I spent my ﬁrst year. It was designed by Edward Blore, who was always rumoured, when I was at school, to have been a prison architect on the grounds that no-one but a prison architect could have designed a building so obviously inhumane, with its loudly echoing central cage, which new boys were supposed to have been made to cross on sheets until one of them had fallen to their death below (I assume this was a myth). He was, in fact, a highly educated, scholarly medievalist, who had worked on e Marlburian Club Magazine
the original designs for Sir Walter Scott’s neo-baronial Abbotsford; for the antiquarian Samuel Rush Meyricke’s strongly medievalising Goodrich Court, Herefordshire, designed to house Meyricke’s great collection of suits of armour; and was employed to complete Buckingham Palace aer John Nash had been dismissed. He was brought in to help design the necessary buildings for the newly established school in 1844, including B House, the Master’s Lodge, and the original dining hall and chapel, both of which have since been demolished. I don’t think he can have devoted much time to the design of A House, but, in retrospect, I don’t object to the loose Queen Anne style he adopted for his school buildings, when one might have expected them to be, like Harrow or Rugby, more strenuously gothic. Aer a year, I moved across to C House, the Duke of Somerset’s house, later turned into a coaching inn, on the west side of the entrance court, with its generous, if battered porte-cochère, where, on my mother’s instructions, I was given a bottle of Guinness every week by Laurence Ellis (CR 1955-77), my puritanical housemaster, to help me grow. I remember its grand staircase, sitting reading curled up in the window seat on the ground ﬂoor, looking out at what remains of Lady Hertford’s formal garden, and, of course, more formal functions in Adderley, including a talk about the beneﬁts of masturbation by the then Master, John Dancy (Master 196172), where I was easily distracted by the quality of the eighteenth-century coving and the great Gainsborough portrait of George Byam and his family.
But, it was not only the eighteenthcentury C House that I admired. ere was the chapel as well, where we would have morning service. I was put in the choir, not because I had a good singing voice, but because it must have been obvious that it would be many years before it broke. I remember the chapel’s sense of great height, the pews arranged facing one another in serried rows, and the great painting at the east end, which was a survival from the previous chapel and had been painted up in the early 1950s by Ninian Comper. ere was one window by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who sent his son to Marlborough on the advice of William Morris. What I realise now, which I did not at the time, other than subliminally, was the quality of some of the later buildings by which we were surrounded every day. ere was the Memorial Hall, which has just been renovated. I have just opened a horseshoe lecture theatre at the Royal Academy. It is based on the lecture theatre in the previous University of London building designed by James Pennethorne. But, I realise that its semi-circularity, the sense of proximity to the stage, and the creation of a community of interest and theatrical engagement through the ability of the audience to witness the reaction to what is happening on stage is a device which is, of course, Greek, but was used to good eﬀect by W.G. Newton, architect of the Memorial Hall. Pevsner says that the Memorial Hall ‘comes as near to the American Campus style of the same years as anything this side of the Atlantic’. is is correct. Newton’s father was Ernest Newton, a successful Arts and
Cras architect, with whom he published a series of illustrated volumes on English Domestic Architecture and became joint editor of the Architectural Review in 1921. He was trained at the Architectural Association where he wrote a prize essay in 1912 on the subject of e Architectural Contribution of Imperial Rome. e Memorial Hall belongs to a style that is now very unfashionable, whereby classicism was still treated as a living style, like composing in ancient Greek. Newton was able to design using the language with conﬁdence, not in a doctrinaire way, but as a natural part of a tradition in exactly the same way as the architects of equivalent buildings at schools and universities in the United States, as at Harvard, where the Fogg Art Museum, where I later studied, is identical in style and date. It was Newton, too, who designed the Science Building, tucked behind the Memorial Hall. is, I now realise, shows the total revolution in architecture round 1930, based on the adoption of the International Style by young architects and its publication in the Architectural Review, mostly aer 1927 when Newton stood down as its editor. In between designing the Memorial Hall and the Science Building, Newton had written a monograph on the work of his father, published in 1925, with an introduction by Reginald Blomfield, the archconservative, and, in 1930, a book compiled for private circulation amongst members of the Foreign Architectural Book Society (FABS), the inner sanctum of the architectural profession, whose members meet regularly at each other’s houses partly to discuss architecture and, in theory, to admire their book collections. Newton’s position within the profession makes it all the more fascinating that, in 1933, he should have designed one of the more pure, early Bauhaus buildings in the country, quite programmatic, built of reinforced concrete, with rows of metalframed windows, which were supplied and ﬁtted by John Gibbs Ltd, bringing light into the building. Pevsner wrote sarcastically that ‘what is good enough for stinks is not good enough for prizegivings’, which demonstrates his implacable prejudice against neo-classicism, however inventive, conveniently ignoring the fact that, when the Memorial Hall was designed, it was unimaginable, particularly given its commemorative function, that it might have been designed in the style of a German factory.
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‘How did the buildings inﬂuence me? ey made me interested in diﬀerent styles of architecture, each of which I learned to recognise to have its own integrity’
Adderley. But I think it is sensible to recognise the legitimacy of diﬀerent styles of architecture and not be too doctrinaire, as Pevsner was, about their respective merits.
Last of the major buildings that le an impression on me was the so-called Norwood Hall, named aer Cyril Norwood (Master 1917-25). I now realise that this was a building of relatively recent construction when I was at school. It had been designed in the early 1960s by David Roberts, a conservative modernist, who taught architecture in Cambridge and mostly designed university buildings, including the Master’s Lodge at his own college, Magdalene. I don’t know how he got the commission, but it won Pevsner’s qualiﬁed approval in 1963 as being ‘newer, ampler and friendlier’ than its predecessor, which had been designed by Blore. I liked its lightness, height and airiness, if not the food which was served, and the way that its use of red brick made it ﬁt comfortably and unobtrusively into the general grouping of buildings round the great entrance court.
was designed by G.E. Street, the Gothic Revivalist and designer of the Law Courts in the Strand. North Block, with the library, is recorded by Pevsner as having been designed by omas Garner on his own, but at the time he was working in partnership with G.F. Bodley, with whom he designed the chapel (probably more by Bodley than by Garner). e Bradleian was designed by G.E. Street, as was Museum Block, although the drawings are signed by his son. ey were good, not great, buildings, designed in a so, composite version of neo-Tudor and Queen Anne Revival, all in brick, cohesive, as Nikolaus Pevsner rightly points out, like an American campus. is campus approach extended, I think, to the style of teaching, moving between diﬀerent buildings, including Peter Carter’s wonderful room upstairs in Museum Block that he refused to allow to be modernised.
John Betjeman (B2 1920-25), Pevsner’s adversary, was a pupil at Marlborough. I have always liked his attitude to architecture, which was as an eclectic, anti-doctrinaire enthusiast. I knocked on his door in Cloth Fair when I was 17 having tried to persuade him to give a talk to the Fine Arts Society. Not showing the faintest surprise, he welcomed me in, as if 17 year olds appeared at his door every day, commended me for my bravery, showed me his architectural library, gave me one of his original guides to the Soane Museum (a work of considerable value), and asked me which I preferred, poetry or architecture. I said architecture. It was the right answer.
In fact, as I look back on the experience of the buildings at Marlborough, as I used them and lived in them day by day, experiencing them viscerally and perhaps more intensively as an adolescent than I have similar buildings later in life, what I liked about them, and still admire, was the syncretic element, whereby they had been added to, and accumulated round, the entrance courtyard of the original eighteenth-century coaching inn. e Porter’s Lodge, as one entered the court,
How did the buildings inﬂuence me? ey made me interested in diﬀerent styles of architecture, each of which I learned to recognise to have its own integrity. It was a pattern book of styles from the eighteenth century to the present day, to be lived in and experienced every day, if not studied in depth. e heart of my intellectual interests has always lain in the early eighteenth century, perhaps inﬂuenced by the experience of C House and
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Laserlights and Back Burners Emily Brooke MBE (TU 2002-04) has transformed a passion for urban cycling into a successful business. Freelance journalist Lucinda Rouse (NC 2002-07) found out about her journey from cycling novice to missionfocused entrepreneur as the founder and CEO of Beryl.
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met Emily at Beryl’s offices in Shoreditch. e bicycle paraphernalia dotted around the slick open-plan space confirms it is inhabited by enthusiasts of two-wheeled transport, but the buckets full of beer bottles suggest there’s more to life than cycling. From this base, Emily and her team work on the development of cuttingedge cycle hardware, not least among the lights.
Emily’s journey started at university. Aer beginning a degree in Physics at Oxford, she switched to Product Design at the University of Brighton.
cyclists in their blind spot and grab the attention of pedestrians engrossed in their mobile phones. Londoners will be familiar with the product since it is now ﬁtted on all of the shared Santander Cycles (aka Boris Bikes). e ﬁrst Laserlight prototype was patented while Emily was still at university, but her business, initially called Blaze, was not launched until a year aer she had graduated. e pivotal moment came on a dark day in 2012 when Emily emerged from an evening coding class in London to ﬁnd that her bike had been stolen. e same day, she saw on the news that a young male cyclist had been killed by a London bus. ‘at was when I realised I had to do Blaze,’ she says. Blaze’s ﬁrst product was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and the next couple of years involved some intensive travel to launch the company and its products, from the west coast of America to China, where ﬁnal product testing and manufacturing takes place, via Germany. e Laserlight was soon followed by a second product: the Burner backlight.
‘...79% of accidents involving bicycles occur when cyclists are moving straight ahead, most commonly when in a driver’s blind spot.’
While there, a charity bike ride spanning the length of Britain ignited a love for cycling. She had barely ridden a bike before, ‘I had to teach myself the basics,’ she says, before launching into an explanation of the intricacies of pedal straps. I was clearly speaking to an expert. With this 1,000-mile feat completed and a passion for cycling ﬁrmly instilled, it seemed logical for Emily to focus on bike-related product design in her ﬁnal year of university. She used research undertaken by Dr Graham Hole, a psychologist who analyses road-traﬃc accidents, to inform her project. And the ﬁndings are startling: 79% of accidents involving bicycles occur when cyclists are moving straight ahead, most commonly when in a driver’s blind spot. Emily’s response to these ﬁndings came in the form of the Laserlight, which has become Beryl’s ﬂagship product. It is a white front-facing LED light that also projects a green-laser image of a bicycle on the ground several feet ahead of the cyclist – a ‘virtual me’ to alert drivers to
Blaze’s workforce initially consisted of a team of ﬁve. ‘In the early days, it was more about the people than skills,’ Emily says. e criteria for getting a job at Blaze was simple and clear cut: successful candidates needed to be smart and ride a bike. Today, the requirements are rather more nuanced and systems have been developed to support the rapidly growing company, which was re-named Beryl in mid-2018 due to trademark issues. Yet, Emily realised early on that her lack of business experience meant she needed help to get the company oﬀ the ground. ‘I’d never had a job before,’ she says. Her solution: an operations manager in the form of a young management consultant fresh from a graduate trainee scheme who sought an alternative to the lack of ownership and creativity suﬀered at the junior end of a multinational consulting ﬁrm. Emily identiﬁes mobility as one of the world’s biggest challenges. And while today’s 30-strong workforce contains a more diverse skillset than in the company’s early days, everyone at Beryl shares the same passion and belief that cycling is the best form of urban transport. As well as highlighting the cost and time eﬃciencies associated with cycling, Emily is a strong advocate of the e Marlburian Club Magazine
environmental, health and wellness beneﬁts. ‘Beryl’s mission is to build a better world by getting more people in cities on bikes,’ she says. And this goes hand in hand with enhancing the safety of urban cyclists by developing products that respond to speciﬁc infrastructure challenges. e safety beneﬁts of Beryl’s technology were proven during a research study commissioned by Transport for London, which led to the Laserlight being incorporated into London’s Santander Cycles ﬂeet. ‘e research undertaken by TfL was the tipping point,’ Emily says. Previously, it had been very hard to prove that an accident had been prevented by Beryl’s lights. Beryl has since been awarded a contract to design the next generation of London’s public-hire bikes, which includes technology such as GPS tracking and Bluetooth connectivity. Several hundred have been incorporated into the ﬂeet since late 2017. And the firm’s technology now appears in bike-hire ﬂeets in New York, Montreal, Edinburgh and Glasgow, while consumer products are on sale in 65 countries. Beryl is continually expanding its offering, with an exciting new venture due to be unveiled in spring 2019. Emily was guarded about the plans, but hinted that city bike fleets are set to become dockless thanks to Beryl. So, what enabled Emily to successfully grow a university project into a hardware and technology oﬀering that is used to aid mobility in cities around the world? ‘Naïve optimism and dogged determination get you through a lot,’ she says. is optimism and determination led to Emily being awarded an MBE in 2017 for contributions to transport and the economy; an achievement she describes as ‘bonkers, really mad, quite funny actually,’ but undoubtedly her proudest moment. She hopes it will serve as an example to encourage other young women to pursue similar ideas. And how did Emily’s time at Marlborough prepare her for starting and expanding her own business? ‘Being in a boarding house full of boys equips you with a pretty tough skin,’ she says; undoubtedly helpful given that running a technology company is still very much a boys’ playing ﬁeld. But, she reckons, being surrounded by an inspiring 56
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network of people – not least among them friends’ parents – also helps build personal conﬁdence, encouraging a belief that anything is possible. Running a business can be lonely and Emily’s support network primarily consists of a close friendship group of other female entrepreneurs. She ﬁnds ski holidays with this group to provide an invaluable space for sharing ideas and challenges because, as she notes, ‘sitting on a chairli you’ll get much more out of someone than you might in a formal meeting in London.’ But Emily doesn’t dwell on the challenges and pitfalls of being a female entrepreneur. ‘Women have very diﬀerent skills [from men] as entrepreneurs,’ she says. ‘I think we have better empathy, problem-solving skills… we run a business
in a diﬀerent way, which can be a really good thing.’ But, she reckons, the bottom line when it comes to determining success has nothing to do with gender: ‘It completely depends on the individual.’ And her parting advice for anyone considering a similar move? ‘Get on with it and don’t waste time worrying about doing something the right or wrong way.’
‘...what enabled Emily to successfully grow a university project into a hardware and technology oﬀering that is used to aid mobility in cities around the world?’
Lucinda Rouse lives in Senegal where even a Laserlight might struggle to increase an urban cyclist’s odds of survival
How to be a Jedi Master If you look at cinema’s all-time classic collection, guaranteed Robert Watts’ (C1 1952-56) name will appear on most of those credit lists. He sits with aspiring creative India Gaul (EL 2008-13) to discuss how he got there. ’ll never forget sitting with my brother, Orlando (LI 2010-15), having just ﬁnished the third Star Wars ﬁlm, and looking at the remaining stack of DVDs and wondering if we had enough time to watch them all. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Darling, Indiana Jones and e Last Crusade, underball and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to name but a few. Little did we know at the time that we shared a common connection with the producer of these masterpieces. So, how did a C1 representative wind up being an
award-winning producer on multiple classic productions? Well, it turns out we all had similar beginnings. Both starting in Shell, arriving in overgrown uniforms and walking through Court. e only diﬀerence being that, in 1952, Court was lined with lime trees. From the very beginning, Robert Watts knew how to work the Marlborough system. Being a wonderful singer – as he demonstrated twice over our lovely long lunch –
a young Robert was summoned to Chapel. ‘First term, the Choir Master tested all the new boys, and I made sure I sang ﬂat so I didn’t get picked. I was far too lazy and I didn’t want to get stuck there!’ And, no, he didn’t. Robert spent most of his days studying languages ‘because I knew it was going to be useful’ and later on progressing to become Master of the Beagles, which I learnt to be far diﬀerent from when I was there. On a recent trip back to the College, Robert discovered a Kennel Master. ‘ey had an employee! I didn’t have that! e only reason I got the job was because my father had a farm in Somerset and you had to take them home in the holidays.’ I struggled enough to pack up my posters and revision let alone 40 hounds. ‘We had a trailer for horses, which we divided up. Dogs one side, bitches the other, and drove home. We then brought them back again at the start of the next term. During the term, we walked them every day.’ Nowadays, Robert sticks to the more average dog count of just two, Nelly and Pixie. at being said, he holds a special place for his favourite Beagle, Bumble, but recalling the story is far too exhausting and so Robert orders his second beer rather sharpish.
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We compare our overall experiences almost speaking in unison at some points: the Mop Fair ‘it’s still over two weekends, terriﬁc!’, ‘Mount House, is that still there?’ and, of course, heading into town mostly to go to Barnards tuck shop on the corner (I know it has Hatto’s Hairdresser, anyone else?) and Polly Tea Rooms ‘but only with your parents,’ was it social suicide to go with friends, I ask? He chuckles and agrees ‘never go by yourself mostly because we couldn’t aﬀord it!’ ere were some new ones for me though, Vol Tea (Break), Sweat (a Ramble) and Stroke (arriving at chapel at the chime of a bell). Did you have chits? ‘Chits? We still had caning!’ Right, only slightly diﬀerent then.
Top: Robert Watts, David Bowie, George Lucus and Jim Henson. Above: India Gaul and Robert. Bottom right: The filming of Star Wars
‘...you meet a chap called George who says, “If it works then let’s do two more”, what do you do? It’s a pretty peculiar script, wouldn’t that put you oﬀ ?’
As we speak the Marlborough tongue of ﬁring butter pats to the ceiling of the dining hall (not yet called Norwood Hall in Robert’s time), I wonder how an 18-year-old Robert began his journey into entertainment. Did it begin in the Light Entertainment Society or perhaps taking an art class with Guy Barton (or Arty Barty as he was commonly known) (CR 1946-66)? ‘I didn’t tell anyone about wanting to go into ﬁlm – kept that to myself. It’s not a proper job my father used to say.’ Seeing as though Robert is the grandchild of a screenwriter, one could argue it’s in his blood. ‘It’s always bittersweet leaving. I went there as a little boy and you come out the other end a diﬀerent person.’ e more I learn about Robert, the more I understand he has always been light-years (hah!) ahead of his time. Attending a French university aer singing the Marlborough Leavers’ Song was not the ‘normal’ next step. Once he had completed his national service in Nigeria as part of the Royal West African Frontier Force as a Second Lieutenant, he returned to England. He had done everything that was asked and expected of him, now here stands a 23year-old Robert fuelled to ﬁnally pursue his entertainment dream ‘whatever that was, I still didn’t know’. Receiving his Union Card, he was now well underway and working on commercials. ‘ey provided a livelihood to those crews in between feature ﬁlms. Such a high level of competence from top people. Superb for me as they’re the ones I was learning from.’ Not much has changed in my eyes as an entertainment wannabe. You still learn on the job then? ‘Oh yes. I did some normal black-and
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white dramas, then I was in production for a ﬁlm called 2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Where do you even begin with that sort of genre?, I ask. Almost anticipating my question, Robert takes the longest gulp of Heineken ever known to man. I am le waiting for the words that will forever help me in my quest… ‘it’s really, really hard.’ Sigh. ‘Going into those ﬁlms, I didn’t imagine what was going to happen because I couldn’t. I just let it happen. It was so early on in my career, I just did my job. But, I get oﬀ on challenges.’ ere it is. e word that was in that Shell boy’s pocket and now pinned to his jacket in the form of a Yoda badge: challenge. Taking a challenge head on seems to be what Robert does best, in every sense. ‘Having the doctor telling my wife and children to prepare for just a few more days when I was in the hospital, in a sense that, too, challenged me… and here we are now!’ So, I suppose the famous car drop scene in You Only Live Twice was somewhat of a breeze then? ‘We could only do it once. I got a permit in Tokyo bay on the basis that the car would drop from the helicopter and come straight back out again. e same with the rope bridge scene in Indiana Jones.’ Working in the ﬁlm industry always seems exciting from the outside, but working at a time with such technical revolutions and cinematic experiments must have been magical – it is in my eyes at least. ‘Yes, I suppose. We were creating stuﬀ that hadn’t been done before, it was very collaborative. I’m fortunate as I was in production so I crossed over a lot… but I took whatever job was oﬀered, remember I had three young kids.’ Some say success is a combination of talent and luck. So, when a script comes along entitled Star Wars and you meet a chap called George who says, ‘If it works then let’s do two more’, what do you do? It’s a pretty peculiar script, wouldn’t that put you oﬀ ? ‘I read it. I thought, boy, this is interesting but I didn’t ﬁnd it too unusual as I had done unusual stuﬀ before. So, I did the budget, the schedule and then called Pinewood, who said “no”. So, I gave Elstree a ring and they said “yes”.’ e script didn’t change much from there, but a lot of the technical questions hadn’t been covered yet. Robert describes an incredible amount of trust between himself and George Lucas purely because it was all new
territory, but that is what Robert goes for, the unknown challenges. Upon wrapping the newly named Star Wars: A New Hope, Robert thought about holding the potentially useful sets and props in containers in the back lot while they waited to see if the film was a success or not. Robert discovered the triumph of Star Wars whilst working on another project in Afghanistan through ‘eight coloured pictures in Time magazine’. They began prep very early for the next one, but not without a few wise words from the Associate Producer himself, ‘I said, the most important thing is to remember the smash hit we just had, we mustn’t turn into people with more money than sense.’ Seven ﬁlms later and another down the line, how does a member of the original team feel about the new ones? ‘It’s diﬃcult to look back, because it feels like work I did once upon a time. It’s diﬃcult to get my head around that.’ In between one of the most recognised trilogy’s in ﬁlm history, Robert was also working on Raiders of the Lost Arc and Temple of Doom with Steven Spielberg, but even those two classics aren’t what he is most proud of. at award goes to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. ‘I worked
with my childhood hero Mel Blank, the voice of Bugs Bunny.’ So, he didn’t know the outcome of Star Wars or Indiana Jones or even the terrifying ﬁlm e Labyrinth with David Bowie, but he knew instantly with Roger Rabbit. ‘Nobody had thought to merge animation and live action like that. I knew it was something special. It had a special vibe to it that I had never come across in my life...’ Robert trails oﬀ as if to continue but he doesn’t. I wonder, is he reliving the moments on set whereby they were technically empty frames on the camera because the characters were all drawn in over the top? Aer a few moments he continues, ‘It was the most challenging ﬁlm I’ve ever done, the one I am most proud of because it’s so innovative, so original. Nobody’s ever made a ﬁlm like it before and I don’t think ever will again.’ How does this great pioneer of the visual arts see the future of ﬁlms – the industry I am just starting in – does it look good for us? ‘I am optimistic, I think my era was the most productive phase but I think we are on the cusp of a new one. I love cinema and I always will, it’s constantly evolving.’ I am immediately
reminded of the tale Robert told about watching ﬁlms in the Mem Hall as a Saturday evening treat, and, even though the Shell were shoved to the edges, he still went and watched the story from side on. I, too, have the same memory, granted it was not in the Mem Hall but in a very empty Ellis eatre, as everyone else was revising, as I should have been. Robert says, ‘Just keep trucking. You’re doing alright. Look at that t-shirt you’re wearing, what does that mean?’ I look down at my Lucas Films top and think I must believe him when he says I’m doing the right thing – we’re the same aren’t we? I look at the Yoda badge he proudly wears, ‘Yes, Robert, I suppose, but you’ve earnt that badge… I just bought this t-shirt.’ ‘at doesn’t matter. at paid me, you paid for that. What’s the diﬀerence?’ he asks. ‘You’ve got my money!’ I reply. It’s all for the sake of the story, though right? So, did his father ever get his head around Robert’s job? ‘Yes!’ His father discovered his son’s success whilst reading an article about Robert in e Sunday Times, but only then did he understand. ‘It was as if the stars had aligned and that it was a proper job aer all.’
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Road to Enlightenment As a 14-year-old boy, Patrick Woodroﬀe (PR 1967-68) was not sure how his life would pan out, but a chance opportunity in his twenties started him on the road to being one of the most successful lighting designers around. Tom Ball (LI 2008-13) looks into this transition and how, despite some turbulent times, Patrick has let all that life has given him sculpt who he is and what will happen next.
f all the inauspicious starts in life, being expelled from school is up there with the best of them. It doesn’t take an especially penetrating mind to see how expulsion, via the necessary through roads of crushed self-esteem and lowered self-worth, oen leads to failure in later life.
It’s the sort of anecdote that half a century on is suﬃciently elapsed as to be smoothed and soened by time passing and memory waning, now seeming rather quaint and emblematic of hair-brained schoolboy bravado. But at the time it was far from it. ‘As experiences go, it was a pretty horrible one,’ says Patrick.
By most standards, however, the life of lighting designer Patrick Woodroﬀe has been anything but a failure. His career, that has spanned ﬁve decades worth of lighting and directing shows, has enabled him to rub shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger and Adele, visit every corner of the globe, and be responsible for putting on the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
Equally, it’s the sort of experience which creates a fork in the road along the trajectory of a lifetime. e son of a brigadier stationed in West Germany, the aﬀair was hushed up as ‘it wasn’t the sort of thing that happened to a Woodroﬀe’, and the young expellee was sent to another school, Copford Glebe in Colchester, populated mostly by the sons of wealthy foreigners, along with the occasional public-school dropout.
But that lifetime of success standing ahead of him would have seemed a very dim and obscure speck in the distance when, as a 14-year-old boy, he stood before the then Master John Dancy (Master 1961-72), charged with robbing the Preshute House bank.
‘I never really felt as though I was failing in life. I was just happy going with the ﬂow and seeing where the current would take me...’
‘When they caught me, I was so ashamed to own up that I came up with this incredible lie on the spot,’ says Patrick, now aged 64. ‘I claimed that I was being blackmailed by an elderly homosexual gentleman who had had his way with me up behind the scout hut and said he’d tell all my friends unless I gave him money. I’d have to leave the money at the scout hut and each time I went he’d leave a note saying how much I had to leave for the next time.’ Incredibly, the ruse worked – if only for a few days, in which time the incident had become a College-wide scandal. e police were called in and Patrick was interviewed by a detective who pretty soon saw through the lie – and following 72 hours of fear and humiliation, he was duly chucked out.
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Happily, though, the alternative path posed by the incident turned out to be a propitious one. One of the most sustaining life lessons was wired into Patrick at Copford Glebe, where he was to spend the ﬁnal four years of his education. ‘To all intents and purposes, the school was not a good one. e teaching was poor and the headmaster belonged to a kind of pseudo-fascist cult that was into something called ‘moral rearmament’. ‘Despite that though, I learnt a lot from my time there. ere was a mix of nationalities and no one really liked each other – the Jews didn’t like the Arabs, the Pakistanis didn’t like the Indians, and so on. But in a funny sort of way, we managed to rub along together, and ﬁnd common ground. What I learnt from that place was that if you make an eﬀort with people and you are not judgemental, you can get on with basically everyone.’ In a career that has seen him work in every continent on the planet at one time or another, direct shows involving thousands
of people and cope with the inﬂated egos of prima donna-type rock stars, the lesson proved an invaluable one.
“...I guess, bright for the fast numbers and darker for the ballads...” Mick Jagger
And one which he had to rely on, as academic studies was not his strong suit. Leaving school with one D at A level in English literature, Patrick had little intention – or indeed chance – of going to university. Instead, he threw himself into the London of the early 1970s, at a time when England was slowly transitioning from the drab, trench-coated austerity of the post-war years, to the youth-driven society envisaged a decade earlier by a handful of artists and a few clever advertising execs. He worked a variety of jobs: as a gardener, a furniture salesman, a delivery driver, and an art dealer’s assistant – the last of which he was ﬁred from aer mislaying a painting. e excuse, ‘It was only a small one,’ didn’t, unsurprisingly, spare him the sack. Working menial jobs on little pay, while his contemporaries from school were either studying at university or mounting the bottom rungs of careers in ﬁnance, the law and the arts, didn’t seem to bother the young Patrick.
‘I’ve always enjoyed the theatre of life,’ he explains, ‘and I never really felt as though I was failing in life. I was just happy going with the ﬂow and seeing where the current would take me. ‘But admittedly though in those years aer leaving school, there was an element of trying to work out who I was, and who I was going to be. I knew I wanted to travel and I knew I wanted excitement – it was just a matter of working out how to aim towards that.’ at opportunity came when in 1974, Patrick’s older brother, Simon (PR 196568) – who later went on to set up the restaurant chain YO! Sushi – suggested he join him on the road with the glam rock band Heavy Metal Kids as a roadie. Initially tasked with lugging amps and mic stands, he quickly transitioned from the backstage and to the frontstage, controlling the very minimal array of stage lamps, by pushing up and down the faders on a rudimentary lighting board. It wasn’t quite Tokyo or New York, but the seedy glamour of traversing the UK each night to play pubs, clubs and student e Marlburian Club Magazine
the more sobered, though no less exciting, older statesmen they are today. ‘Being on tour with someone for an extended period of time is very intimate and you get to know people very well. ‘Keith threatened to kill me a few times, back in the days when he used to carry a revolver and a bowie knife around with him. But he also turned out to be a lovely guy, one of the funniest and most charming men I know, and a very good friend. ‘Which is surreal. Back when I was a kid I used to get stoned listening to their records. Now I count them as some of my closest friends.’ unions was just what he had been looking for. e early ’70s were the golden age of British rock music and Patrick had found an entrée.
Much in Patrick’s life has been surreal and, if fast living is your ambition, there’s a lot to be said for being chucked out of school aged 14. But that may well be the bias of survivorship at play. Not every expellee gets to hobnob with the great and the good and jet around the globe.
‘e Heavy Metal Kids didn’t go down in the annals of history, but they were ahead of the curve in one respect. ‘ey had a very prescient manager who realised the importance of lighting a show properly quite early on. So, I went with them on tour around the UK and then Europe, and in that year learned a huge amount: about timing, technique and the theatre of lighting – basically the foundations of what I would make a career out of.’ From there, things began to move very quickly. He graduated from the Heavy Metal Kids onto bigger names and bigger stages, and still only in his early twenties got his big break when asked to join Rod Stewart – then having just le the Faces – on a two-year-long world tour through Europe, America, Japan and Australia. For a single young man, it was a fantasy world, and one in which he had quickly made himself indispensable, owing to the fact that in large part he was blazing the trail of concert lighting as he went along. Still very much in its foetal stages, all lighting was done manually on the Rod Stewart tour, with Patrick each night performing the sequences by hand. e big change came in the early 1980s, though, when a whole new passage of possibility was opened up by the arrival of Vari-Lites and computer programming. Commissioned by Genesis, Vari-Lites lights could move and change colour remotely, making redundant the static monochrome Par Cans that had preceded them, while computer-operated lighting boards could be programmed to do the 62
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at said, if Patrick has learned anything from life, it is to enjoy the theatre of it and not fear the ever-looming threat of failure that dogs each and every one of us, no matter where they stand in life. entire show without the need for manual operation. is itself coincided with the sudden explosion of the live music industry, as gigs moved from stickyﬂoored backrooms to grand-scale arenas.
‘My only regret is worrying so much. I remember when I was doing the lighting for the Olympic opening ceremony, I was constantly wracked by fear that it was all going be a total failure.
For Patrick, the early ’80s were also the time when he made his two most important encounters. First, on a blind date where he met his wife, Lucy – with whom he has two daughters, Alice and Laura – and then, in 1982, in a dressing room at the Aberdeen theatre, where he met Mick Jagger with whom he was to form his longest professional relationship.
‘In the end, of course, everything worked out ﬁne, and I was le just wishing I’d been able to enjoy the ride a little more.
‘He was in there in his underwear having his make-up done with Gerry Hall standing next to him smoking, looking very cool and sexy. ‘Someone introduced us and asked him if there were any directions he wanted for the Stones gig we were about to do. In that drawl of his, he said, “I guess, bright for the fast numbers and darker for the ballads”.’ And in a partnership that has spanned 35 years – the same length, incidentally as his marriage – they have pretty much stuck to that formula. Woodroﬀe has seen more Rolling Stones gigs than anyone else and has watched their progression from the piratic lawbreakers of their earlier years to
‘It is what I would tell my younger self if I could go back. I sometimes drive through Marlborough, from Bath to London, and I will go and park outside Preshute just to relive those awful days when I was busted. ‘But it’s good to remember that failures do crop up from time to time and it’s rather a nice feeling to think of that 14-year-old boy walking out of there and seeing what I’ve ended up doing in my life and how happy I am now.’
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A Reﬂection... Jonathan Leigh looks back at his time as Master he penultimate day of my 26 years of headship was graced by the private visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie (MM 2003-08) to reopen the Memorial Hall. is project had run late and so it was a huge relief to have it completed in the nick of time as our 175/50 years celebration reached its conclusion. e happy synergy of Her Royal Highness following in the footsteps of her forbear, the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, who had opened the original Newton building in 1925, brought the Marlburian past and present together. It has a deep resonance for all who have association with this extraordinary College, where it has been a privilege to conclude my career as Master during these last six years.
anniversary. at way, the boy and girl chosen, who are deemed to be the graduating year’s strongest representatives of Marlburian spirit and values, will be sculpted into the stone for posterity. Of course, much will change during that time in the shiing educational quicksand of modern development. However, the strength of the community can be reﬂected in their democratic choice of the best that Marlborough can
produce. We know just how good that can be when one reﬂects on the civic contribution of so many past members of this community. e ﬁrst two winners inscribed into the stone are Adam Dalrymple (Summerﬁeld) and Ibby Lee (New Court). Deus dat incrementum. Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18)
Memories abound of the multiple commemorative events honouring those who fell during the devastating sacriﬁces sustained in the service of the Great War. With every member of the Shell (20142018) associated through being connected to one of the 749 over the four years of centenaries, we have looked back for part of the inspiration that informs who we are. Now, as the anniversaries subside, it is time to drive forward again through contributing, as always, to the requirements of the present century as it gathers momentum. Reﬂecting on all of this and mindful of the need for the modern-day pupil body to understand what it means to be Marlburian, it has been a pleasure for Emma and me to donate what is known as the ‘Master’s Stone’. With the Bishop’s mitre carved into a slab of Cotswold stone, so each Upper Sixth year group will vote for the names to be carved into the rock as we work through the generation that leads to the 200th
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Marlborough’s Houses With new College houses both at home and in Malaysia, it was felt that an overview of them all would be helpful.
and is set in its own garden with a Sixth Form wing.
Ivy House (IH)
An all-age house for boys situated in Court, just opposite New Court with which it is twinned. e building was designed by the Victorian architect, Edward Blore, and this was one of the ﬁrst custom-built boarding houses of any school in the country.
Is housed in a modern building next to the water meadows and adjacent to the two trout lakes. Despite its rural location, C3 is just a two-minute walk from Court. C3 adjoins Mill Mead and there is a communal area where the boys and girls socialise.
Colours: blue and black
Colours: maroon and white
Barton Hill (BH)
Founded as an all-age house in 1974, it houses 62 boys. It moved into purpose-built accommodation from that date, adding onto what was originally the Bursar’s private dwelling, a building which dates from the 1860s and where the Housemaster now resides.
A mixed house, with 10 boys in each year group and 12 Sixth Form girls. e House has its own ﬁve-a-side football pitch and tennis court. Cotton is named aer Bishop George Cotton (Master 1852-58), who, whilst boarding a boat on the Hooghly River, slipped oﬀ the plank and was drowned. e House was built in 1872 and retains much of the original wood panelling of the time.
It is a Grade II-listed building in the Marlborough Conservation area dating back to 1707 and is located on Marlborough High Street. In the mid-eighteenth century, John Davis founded a school in Ivy House, which he called Marlborough House. It closed 60 years later, the same year Marlborough College was founded. Since then, Ivy House has had a variety of uses, including being Marlborough’s ﬁrst cinema, and most recently, a hotel.
Colours: green and yellow
C1 (C1) e oldest of the College buildings. Steeped in history, it was originally the home of the Seymour family before becoming the Castle Inn. C1 then became the original building of Marlborough College when the school was founded in 1843. It is an all-boys’ House with 55 boys. Colours: red and white
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Colours: yellow and black
Colours: yellow and green
Colours: red and green
Littleﬁeld (LI) A mixed, out-College House with 47 boys and 16 Upper School girls. Littleﬁeld was built in 1871 at the same time as Cotton House but was extensively rebuilt in 1964 aer a ﬁre. At the heart of the House is the dining room where the House gathers each morning for breakfast as well as supper four times a week. Colours: white, red and black
It is named aer John Dancy (Master 1961-72) and his wife. e impressive new building was opened in 2018, coinciding with the 50th year of girls at Marlborough. e new House accommodates 70 girls and is positioned across the Bath Road opposite the Memorial Hall.
Situated on the water meadows, to the rear of the building there is a large grass playing ﬁeld bounded by the river Kennet. It is twinned with C3 with which it shares a communal area.
Colours: blue and gold
Colours: white and maroon
e original Elmhurst was a mid-nineteenth century private House that was extended to became one of the ﬁrst three girls’ boarding houses in 1989. It now accommodates 70 girls
e House is named aer William Morris, who was a pupil at the College between 1848 and 1851. It was one of the ﬁrst of the girls’ boarding houses and moved to its current
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building in 1994. Attached to North Block via a ‘bridge of sighs’, it lies to the north side of the Bath Road just opposite the entrance to Court and over the drive from C2.
Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM)
Colours: red and white
Butler was named aer e Lord Butler of Saﬀron Waldon, who was one of the best-known and longestserving statesmen of the twentieth century. His obituary in e Times credited him with being ‘the creator of the modern educational system’. Butler House is a vibrant and dynamic community of girls, which embraces every aspect of our College motto of ‘Compassion, Companionship and Conversation’.
New Court (NC) An all-girls’ House of around 60 pupils that opened in 1991. It stands in its own garden, on the site of the old stable block, and occupies a courtyard around which most of the school’s mid-nineteenth-century classrooms and studies were situated. It is directly opposite B1, with which it is twinned. Colours: black and blue
Preshute (PR) A mixed House with boys throughout the ﬁve years and girls in the Sixth Form. It is one of the older College Houses. Built in 1841 as a gentlemanfarmer’s residence. It was enlarged in 1861 to become Marlborough’s ﬁrst out-College boarding house. Colours: red, white and blue
Summerﬁeld (SU) is House dates from 1875. It was originally built as an extension onto a teacher’s private house to accommodate boarding boys. It opened as a full boarding House in 1953 and, in 1970, became a mixed House. e House has recently undergone complete refurbishment and caters for 57 boys and 10 Upper School girls. Colours: white and green
Turner (TU) A boys’ House situated on the north side of the Bath Road, adjacent to the sports’ ﬁelds and tennis courts. Turner shares its main building with the College’s medical centre. It became a boarding house in 1967. Colours: red and green
Honan (HH) Honan opened its doors in August 2012 and is the ﬁrst senior girls’ boarding house. Named aer Honan Ledang, the plantation upon which the College was built, Honan House prides itself on traditional values – good manners, contribution, commitment and kindness. e boarding house is a closeknit community where the girls are cared for and cared about.
Munawir Hill (MH) Opened in 2012, Munawir Hill was the ﬁrst senior boys’ boarding house. It was named aer Tuanku Munawir ibni Almarhum, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of the State of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia and the late grandfather of the Chairman of MCM’s Council, HRH Tunku Ali and the latter’s old Boarding House at Marlborough College, Barton Hill.
Sheppard House (SH) Founded in 2016, Sheppard took its name from Tan Sri Datuk Dr/Haji Abdul Mubin Sheppard, formerly Mervyn Sheppard (B1 1919-20), who was a renowned historian and academic in Malaysia. He was the ﬁrst Keeper of Public Records, whose oﬃce would eventually evolve to become the Arkib Negara, or the National Archives. e House motto ‘Dilapsus Resurgam’ (When I fall, I will rise again) encourages resilience and inner strength.
Steel House (ST) Following a short period as a boys’ House, it is now a girls’ House. Steel House was named aer Allan Gibson ‘AG’ Steel (PR 1872-77), a renowned cricketer who played in the ﬁrst ever Test Match in England at e Oval. e House motto ‘Nosce te Ipsum’ (To thine own self be true) is designed to encourage the girls to be true to themselves and to identify their own strengths and values.
ompson House (TH) e ﬁrst day boys’ House, opened in 2014, ompson takes its name from Sir Robert Grainger Ker ompson (B1 1929-34), a decorated RAF oﬃcer who went on to enjoy a successful career in the Malayan civil service. e ompson House motto, ‘Non Sibi Sed Omnibus’ (Not for one’s self but for all) underpins this concept of service and the House sense of community and support for one another.
Wallace House (WA) Established in 2012 as the ﬁrst day girls’ House, the name comes from Alfred Russel Wallace who independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection, jointly publishing with Charles Darwin. He was also a pioneer in the ﬁeld of biogeography, identifying the faunal divide now known as the ‘Wallace Line’ in the Malay archipelago. at enquiring spirit is strongly encouraged in the House, with its motto of ‘Fortitude et Misericordia’ (Courage and mercy).
Wills House (WI) Opened in 2014, it was named aer Reggie Wills (B1 1935-39), Lieutenant of the Motor Transport section, during the Normandy landings and who enjoyed a long and successful military career. e Wills community is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Within this supportive community, the boys learn independence, compassion and tolerance so that they become rounded individuals, ready to take their place in the world. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Letters to the Editor teams in most of the houses, although I cannot remember any names. We must remember that in those days the only school teams that played on Saturdays were the 1st and 2nd XIs and the Colts, although there was a 3rd XI (in which I played) that had a couple of ﬁxtures. I remember that we played, mostly, on a pitch on upper Broadleaze and that I had to organise something for aernoon tea. I can’t remember which village teams we used to play. However, I do remember one outstanding moment.
B1 Rustics I read the article B1 Rustics in last year’s magazine (Number 118) with interest and cast my mind back over 60 years for a walk down memory lane. I was captain of the Preshute Peasants in the summers of 1954 and 1955. I seem to remember that we rode our bikes to away matches and the ever-patient Arthur Wright (CR 1953-63) took the kit in his car, making sure not to arrive too early. We oen got there early enough to enjoy a drink with our opponents before the match. e match on 14 May 1955 was great fun. Our housemaster and president, Edwin Kempson (CR 1925-67), together with Greig Barr (PR 1951-56), later Senior Prefect, rode their grids out to the Milton to watch. Oh, happy carefree days! I spent the following summer in the army in Malaya. Sam Legerton (PR 1950-55) I was amused to read the piece on the B1 Rustics. My father, Sir Peter Tennant (B1 1924-29), is the centre ﬁgure in the front row of the photograph and oen spoke of the Rustics. I think he and James Mason (B1 1923-28) were the leading ﬁgures in getting it going as they wanted a social rather than a competitive game! Edwin ‘Spud’ Dowdell (CR 1922-62) was later my housemaster in Cotton and we had a similar club that had the name ‘Bee’ in it as the house colours were striped black and orange. I don’t recall the full name. 66
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My father went on to have a very varied life: lecturer in Scandinavian languages at Cambridge; world expert on Ibsen; Fellow of Queens; diplomat; spy; industrialist/promoting British industry; banker; two term Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and then its President; author of Ibsen’s Dramatic Technique, e Scandinavian Book and e Touchlines of War; and lots of other interests and involvements! But oddities like the Rustics always appealed to him. Frank Tennant (CO 1949-54) Prompted by Terry Rogers’ (CR 19642014) piece on the B1 Rustics, Summerﬁeld had a Sunday aernoon side called the Satellites that played local villages. It certainly thrived during the 1950s and the highlight of the season was the ﬁxture against Heytesbury, where the village pitch was in the grounds of Siegfried Sassoon’s (CO 1902-04) house and where an excellent tea was provided. Indeed, my only claim to cricketing fame was once taking the wickets of two trench poets – Siegfried and his great friend, Edmund Blunden (non OM) – and ﬁve villagers.
We were playing against Savernake Forest CC and their opening batsman was Alan Whitehorn (CR 1945-59), Head of Classics and a good club batsman. I was bowling to him and produced one of the best balls of my career, it moved away in the air and then cut back oﬀ the wicket to bowl him. He was astounded and asked how I did it! Incidentally, in my career as a schoolmaster at Christ’s College in New Zealand, I was for ten years master in charge of cricket. Cricket was compulsory for all ﬁrst years and second years who had not got into rowing or tennis. ere were a large group of them who were never going to be any good at cricket and net practice seemed a waste of time. However, I felt that they might enjoy some ‘village’ type cricket on a Saturday and so I organised a special programme for them and called them ‘Rustics’! Not that I knew that was the B1 team! Peter D Barton (C1 1941-46)
B1 Rustics and House Shout
Charles Messenger (SU 1954-59)
No doubt it is a sign of advancing years to have not one but two articles on which to comment on.
I was interested to read Terry Rogers’ (CR 1964-2014) article last year. I was Captain/Secretary of the Sporadics Cricket Cub (C1) in 1946. And, if I remember correctly, there were similar
In my day, 1966-70, there were two separate contests which occurred, I think, in alternate winter terms – the House Shout, a nickname for the Unison Song Contest, and the House Glee, which consisted of part songs.
e latter, if I remember rightly, went on throughout my time, but the former stopped about half-way through, it was said because the new Head of Music, Graham Smallbone (CR 1967-71) thought the standard was too low! Maybe some of those with higher standards than my own can remember whether this was true. And I do remember the B1 Rustics, described vividly by Terry Rogers (CR 1964-2014). As a very gauche little boy (though a ‘walking Wisden’), I appreciated little of the ethos he describes, and my role was to go along as scorer rather than a player. I remember little about the games aer all this time, but I do remember the frisson of sitting at the scorers’ table with someone of the opposite sex! And I certainly remember my horror at discovering that we – the team – were all going to stop at a pub on the way home, and the matter-of-fact way in which the captain said, “Mr Davis will hear about it some time, but don’t say anything back at the College to make that happen any sooner!” And, of course, the other sign of advancing years is to realise that I once studied the Anglo-Saxons, Charles V and the American Civil War with someone who is now President of the Marlburian Club. I would endorse what Elizabeth says about our inspirational teaching, though I think that in my case the beneﬁcial eﬀects may have had quite a long incubation period! Christopher Wain (B1 1966-70)
John Bateson I was very sorry to hear of the death of John Bateson (CR 1973-98). I was one of the beneﬁciaries of his whole term A-level exchange programme in Germany and still regard it as one of the best formative experiences of my life. Speaking hardly a word of English for two and a half months and being fully immersed in another culture at that age set me up with a global, open-minded outlook for life, plus a deep appreciation for the not-always-fashionable German and Germany. It was down to John’s vision that he set up such a scheme that on the surface was risky as it meant ignoring two of your three A-levels for a whole term. I’ll always be grateful and also remember my exchange family admiring his almost faultless German! Richard Fowler (LI 1988-1993)
Marlborough White Horse In answer to your request for information about the Marlborough White Horse, I thought I would confess to some naughtiness. In about 1983 (two years before I started at Marlborough), my friend, Daniel, and I decided to add a ﬁh leg to the horse. We biked from Manton to the athletics track, climbed up and then removed loose chalk from the body of the horse to make another leg. Half an hour later we were back on our bikes, going as fast as we could from the scene of our crime. We stopped at the edge of the Bath Road to survey our work. It seemed
unbelievable that the new design could be seen from so far away. I brieﬂy wondered if we would go to prison, and decided it was worth it. We felt as if we had done something momentous, and grinned at each other, saying nothing, before haring back to Manton on our Tomahawks. e extra leg was quickly removed. Nicolas Groﬀman (PR 1985-90)
Marland Beneﬁciary I read David Anderson’s (SU 1953-57) letter to you, with interest. I, too, was a beneﬁciary of Eric Marland’s (SU 193236) generosity. My father, R. A. Cooper (B2 1913-17), was killed in Burma in 1943 and this qualiﬁed me to receive this assistance, for which I am forever grateful. See a copy of a letter written by Mr Marland to my guardian, which was written aer I le school and before I emigrated to New Zealand. Also, here is a receipt for one of the best investments I have ever made in my life – life membership of the Marlburian Club for £5! Peter Cropper (B2 1950-54)
I note your mention on p107 of the Winter 2017 edition of the publication Secrets of One Marlborough Girl, by Elena Gogh (NC 1991-92, LI 199293), whom you ascribe to New Court 1991-93. In fact, she originally came to Marlborough for one year only, which she did indeed spend in New Court, but then received permission to stay also for the Upper Sixth year. New Court had no room for her, so we had the great pleasure of her company in Littleﬁeld for the academic year 1992-3, where she was a delightful and vibrant addition to the house. Hugh de Saram (CR 1985-96) e Marlburian Club Magazine
Granham Casuals Over the last few years there have been several articles about the Granham Casuals in the magazine and also Together. ere were inaccuracies that I feel should be cleared up.
A House 1957: Dennis Silk, Rev Percy Chapman, Ian Beer
Marlborough Recollections e Winter 2017 edition of the Club Magazine had so many reminders of good times long gone that I feel I must write to you. It is now 57 years since I le, and so much has changed since then. Amongst others, I was delighted to read David Walsh’s (C1 1960-65) tribute to Dennis Silk (CR 1955-68). I, too, remember him with fondness. He was my house tutor in A1 when I started in January 1957. Rev Percy Chapman (CR 1945-65) was the Housemaster, and Dennis had A1, while Ian Beer (CR 1955-61) had A2 on the second ﬂoor. It was an interesting ﬁrst visit to meet Dennis in his study. My father was an eminent professor of biochemistry, and it was immediately apparent that Dennis was slightly in awe of him. ere was a lot of chat about Oxford and Cambridge, and then about Marlborough and A House. During this, I sat quietly in an ancient armchair, and soon became aware that the arm was slowly breaking apart from the back. With some careful movement, I adjusted the arm, and Dennis cooled my acute embarrassment with his usual warmth and smile. Sadly, I was never taught by him, but he was a magniﬁcent man, a friend to all, an inspiring teacher and a great humorist and sportsman. He and Ian used to play rugby for Bath, whenever they could get a free Saturday. ey drove there and back in Dennis’ pre-war car, which I remember to be a Morris. I was also amused by the piece about the House Shout. I remember it as the House Glee Competition, always held in the 68
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Lent Term. C2 won it in 1958 while being conducted with the Common Room bread knife! It was a good competition and generated superb singing from those not in the chapel choir! C2 was then run by Ivo Payne (CR 1942-76) with his charming wife, Penny, and his eternal pipe and wild spaniel! It was sad, but nonetheless a pleasant reminder, to read the excellent obits for Martin Harrison (CR 1958-94) and Laurence Ellis (CR 1955-77). ey both made an impression as beaks and sportsmen, and for their support of the Corps. I, too, joined the Beagles, and much enjoyed my time with them. e job of bringing the swill up the hill from Norwood Hall in the water-butt or on the trailer was a nasty and smelly occupation. ere wasn’t too much le aer our meals in those days, but the hounds loved it. Cutting up fallen calves from Barton Farm was also a good start to my biology studies. On one occasion, I managed to lose almost the whole pack up on the gallops, when I had been sent to exercise them with another chap. It took ages to round up those we could, and a day or two for the rest to be returned by local farmers and dog walkers. ere was another side to MC life in the ﬁies, but that is for another day. It is good to see that the College today still fosters all those characteristics that were important over 50 years ago, be they academic, sporting or generally good chaps!
In the ﬁies, in one’s ﬁrst year you had to have all three buttons of your Lovat tweed jacket buttoned up; in the second year the middle button was compulsory; and then, in the Hundred and aged 16 your jacket could ﬂap in the breeze. More importantly, at 16 you could qualify to carry or sport an umbrella. Prefects and members of the 1st and 2nd cricket, rugby and hockey teams automatically qualiﬁed, as did those who were chairmen or secretaries of societies. I remember Nicholas WheelerRobinson (SU 1950-55) started the ‘Pooh Society’ – with the approval of Tommy Garnett (CR 1952-61). e members met fortnightly to read Winnie the Pooh in Latin! At the start of the winter term in 1955, Mike Gliksten (PR 1951-55) and I took our courage in both hands by approaching Tommy and asking whether we could start a soccer club. Soccer at Marlborough – the hockey school of England whose teams were renowned far and wide. Impossible! Perhaps it was the fact that I played Eton Fives 1st pair and played with Tommy once or twice a week or Mike’s mention that his father was Chairman of Charlton Athletic – but Tommy agreed. Mike became Chairman, I was Secretary/ Captain and we had our brollies! We were allocated a sloping section of grass between the then grass tennis courts and Preshute House, and we were only allowed to play on Sundays. Goalposts, nets and lines were provided by Mr Gliksten and the most famous match that we played was against a Corinthian Casuals team containing six ex-English Amateur Internationals (all certainly over 50, and possibly over 60!). We lost 6-1, but what an experience it was for us. e Granham Casuals received oﬃcial recognition in 1957 when the school photos were taken – you can see the G.C.F.C. badge on some of the shirts.
Deus dat incrementum!
It is satisfying – actually it’s exciting – to know that the Granham Casuals is still going strong 60 years later.
James ompson (C2 1957-1961)
David Anderson (SU 1953-57)
Engagements, Marriages & Births Engagements Ed Daniell (C1 1999-2004) to Georgina Clarke omas Blanshard (LI 2003-08) to Georgina Garnier Owen Farr (CO 2005-10) to Aileen Nedjati-Gilani
Marriages Crispin Welby (PR 1953-57) to April Katherine Ord née Curtis
Emma Pick (EL 2002-07) to Lt James Silcock RN HRH e Princess Eugenie of York (MM 2003-08) to Jack Brooksbank
Births To HRH e Duchess of Cambridge (nee Middleton EL 1996-2000) and HRH e Duke of Cambridge, a son, Louis
Natalie McGrorty (PR 1994-96) to Adam Fraser
To Louise (née Yearbury MM/LI 199297) and Sebastian Whitestone (TU 1988-1992), a son, Louie Erasmus
Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) to Nouman Qureshi
To Camilla Sheehan (MO 1992-98), a son, Finn
Elizabeth Stables (EL 1995-99) to Dario Oliveri
To Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) and Lesley, a daughter, Emma
Alexander Foot (SU 2001-06) to Celia Dehnert
To Elizabeth Stables (EL 1995-99) and Dario Oliveri, a daughter, Serena Rose
Ally Guerin (CO 2002-07) to Alice Scott
To Henry Preston (C2 1995-2000) and Zareena, a daughter, Soﬁa
To Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) and his wife Rosanna, a daughter Sophie Rose To Matt Cockcro (C2 2000-2002) and Francesca, a daughter, Matilda Anne Rabl To Kate (née Guinness NC 1998-2003) and Julian de Segundo (C2 19992004), a son, Louis To Alexandra Hollingsworth (née Peal EL 1999-2004) and Simon, a son, Lorcan John Wilfrid To Flora Milligan (née Noble TU 2003-2005) and Ivar, a daughter, Sophia Rose To Edward Dickson (SU 2005-07) and Joanna, a son, Henry George To Elizabeth Hamilton (née Swinn LI 2006-2008) and Neil, a daughter, Cara Freya For more details of the above, please visit www.marlburianclub.org/ announcements
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Deaths Geoﬀrey Rowley-Conwy (C2 1925 -30) see obituary Robert Mackenzie (B3 1934-37) John Earp (C2 1932-38) Richard Hardy (C3 1937-40) Gerald Elliot (LI 1937-42) see obituary Michael Johnson (C3 1938-42) Angus Mitchell (C2 1938-42) see obituary James Child (LI 1939-43) John Hodge (SU 1939-43) David Donnison (C2 1940-43) see obituary Philip Walker (CO 1940-44) James Pitcairn (SU 1941-45) Charles Clark (LI 1941-45) George Downes (B1 1941-45) Richard Gooch (C3 1941-46) Henry Maude (B3 1941-46) James Fisher (C3 1942-46) John Peacey (C2 1942-46) Hugh Baddeley (B3 1943-46) Bryan Stamp (LI 1943-47) Cyril Horsford (CO 1943-47) Timothy Belben (C2 1944-47) David Southcombe (B3 1944-49) Stephen Rose (B3 1943-48) Jeremy Webster (B3 1943-48) Christopher Burrell (B1 1944-48) Jonathan North (CO 1944-48) Simon Oakeshott (B3 1945-48) Neave Brown (C1 1945-48) see obituary John Brothwood (C1 1944-49) eodore Christophers (B3 1945-49) John Edge-Partington (B3 1945-49) Martin Sheldon (LI 1945-49) Peter Chance (C2 1945-49) Ken Patteson (C3 1945-49) John Dewhurst (PR 1945-50) Stephen Beaumont (B1 1946-50) Alexander Brown (B1 1946-50) Roderick Boyd (C2 1946-50) Edward Oakden (LI 1946-50) Jeremy Dale Roberts (C1 1948-52) see obituary
Nicholas Wykes (C1 1948-52) Donald Lynden-Bell (C3 1948-50) see obituary Hugh Guillebaud (C3 1949-54) John Anderson (C3 1949-54) Barry Lacey (B1 1949-54) Henry Brooke (LI 1949-54) see obituary Colin Allan (CO 1949-54) Adam Horner (C3 1950-55) André Hesse (CO 1951-55) Clement Hinckley (SU 1951-55) Jeremy McCay (B2 1952-56) Barry Steele-Perkins (B3 1952-56) John Dunlop (B3 1953-56) see obituary Colin Moyse-Bartlett (B1 1952-57) David Wigram (B3 1952-57) Bill Everett (B1 1953-57) Peter Godfrey (CR 1949-58) see obituary John Gordon (B3 1954-58) see obituary Michael Shepherd (C1 1954-59) David Martin-Jenkins (B3 1955-59) Michael Latham (B2 1956-60) see obituary Nicholas van der Borgh (PR 1956-60) Richard Wilson (B2 1956-60) John Waterlow (CO 1959-63) Peter Banyard (LI 1960-64) see obituary Charles Cox (SU 1961-66) Hugh Playfair (CR 1960-68) Peter Carey (C3 1965-68) Edmund Romilly (PR/CO 1965-69) see obituary Nicholas Milner-Gulland (CR 1966-69) see obituary Geoﬀrey Mercer ( B3 1966-70) James Cliﬀord (CR 1968-77) Mark Shankland (PR 1970-75) Rory Uniacke (B2 1972-76) Bruce Tulloh (CR 1973-94) see obituary Laurence Smith (SU 1978-83) Hinson Ng (B1 1979-83) omas Perry (PR 1988-93)
Obituaries He became central to the growth of Spinal Research and, during his 16 years with the charity, he helped raise substantial sums that ﬁnanced a worldwide research eﬀort into spinal cord injuries. Funds raised through his eﬀorts went towards the biggest ever grant made by the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Peter Banyard (LI 1960-64) eter, who died aged 70, lived for 50 years as a tetraplegic following an accident suﬀered as an Oﬃcer Cadet. Although he had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he succeeded in carving out a career as a journalist, historian and director of the charity Spinal Research.
Born in Calcutta, he was the second son of Peter and Deirdre Banyard. His father was a tea broker, who continued to work in India aer independence. e family moved to the UK, where Peter was educated at Marlborough and Cambridge, where he read history. Aer university, he joined the army and almost immediately suﬀered the accident that nearly cost him his life. He spent several years in hospital, followed by a long period of rehabilitation, during which, despite his limited dexterity, he gradually learned the skills not only to become a successful journalist and author, but also to drive a specially adapted car. Peter’s published work as a historian and journalist included a history of the tea trade and the internationally successful Natural Wonders of the World (1978) that looked at the scientiﬁc explanations for the formation of some of nature’s greatest landmarks. From 2006 to 2013, he was publications editor for the Association of Lloyds Members, writing knowledgably and irreverently on the world of ﬁnance.
During his time with the charity, his particular skill was to deploy humour, clarity and deep personal understanding of the eﬀects of spinal trauma in a way that bridged the gap between research scientists and potential funders. Peter maintained a wide circle of friends from his days at school and university, as well as from his long and varied working life.
Geoﬀrey Rowley-Conwy (C2 1925-30) er Marlborough, Geoﬀrey went to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, from where he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1932. He served in Edinburgh and then in Ireland until the South Irish Coast Defence guns were sold to the Irish Government in 1937. at year, he went to Singapore to join the Hong Kong and Singapore Royal Garrison Artillery, which was manned by British gunners and with which he was serving at the time of the Japanese attacks on Singapore. Despite spirited defence, the
Japanese army closed in on the British at Singapore in January 1942. e Japanese bombardment of Singapore city and port meant a weakening of the allied defences. As the two leading Japanese divisions crossed the Straits of Johore on 8 February, Geoﬀrey had to abandon his position and take up defence of Kallang airﬁeld on the southern coast. Allied surrender soon followed. He resolved to escape, but this in itself was a diﬃcult decision to make as many of his battery had families in Singapore and he himself was forced to put down his terriﬁed dogs and racehorses, who were all badly traumatised by the bombing. However, 133 of his troop joined him in a plan to sail to Sumatra in a 66-tonne diesel-engine launch but, before they could sail, the local commander of the Special Operations Executive took him and the launch under command in order to search for other British or Commonwealth troops who may have reached Sumatra. e rescue mission was cut short as the proximity of the Japanese forced them across the island to Padang, but not before they aided the evacuation of around 2,500 people. ey then escaped the region in an incredibly dangerous 1,500-mile voyage in a small sailing boat that took 36 days and culminated in their arrival in Ceylon, where they were picked up and taken to Bombay. He remained in India until the end of the war and in 1945 he was appointed an OBE. He remained in the army aer his return to the UK in 1946, eventually being selected to command 31 Training Regiment RA Rhyl in 1954. In 1951, he inherited the Bodrhyddan estate in Rhuddlan and then inherited the Langford barony when his cousin died in 1953. He then applied to resign his commission in 1957 as he had £30,000 (about £690,000 today) in death duties to pay and would not be able to run the 5,000-acre estate while still serving. One of his entrepreneurial endeavours, which kept the estate viable, was the conversion of part of Bodrhyddan Hall, built in the 17th century, into furnished ﬂats. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Geoﬀrey was a keen rally driver and horse rider. He remained an entertaining character throughout his life and he even bought himself a quad bike for his 93rd birthday. On his 100th birthday he was to note, ‘I have had an interesting life but now I live in complete tranquillity, which I enjoy.’
Peter Godfrey (CR 1949-58) eter was born in 1922 in Cambridgeshire. Loving music from an early age, he ﬁrst auditioned for the choir of King’s College in 1930 but was initially unsuccessful. He tried again in 1931 and, this time, won a place on the choir. He went on to win a music scholarship to Denstone College in 1937 and, in 1941, a scholarship to King’s College as a bass choral scholar.
Aer the war, he entered the Royal College of Music and started teaching at Felsted School, Essex, before becoming Music Director at Marlborough College.
Michael Latham (B2 1956-60) er leaving Marlborough in 1960, he went up to King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a First in History. He then earned a Certiﬁcate in Education at Oxford. He was elected as the Conservative MP in 1974 and served 18 years. His great life focus was on house building and construction, having already been the parliamentary liaison oﬃcer for the National Federation of Building Trades Employers before he became an MP. On his retirement, he continued to provide a service to Government, writing policy papers, identifying obstacles to growth in procurement and contractual arrangement, resulting in the setup of the Construction Industry Board, which he chaired himself.
He moved to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1958 to lecture at Auckland University where he remained for 24 years, taking the music department from strength to strength to become a centre of excellence. He eventually became Dean and Head of the Music Department.
He also worked closely with the Church of England, serving on their international committee, the general assembly of the British Council of Churches, becoming a lay reader in 1998. He met his wife, Caroline, at a meeting of Chelsea Young Conservatives and they were married in 1969. ey had two sons, Richard and James, and two grandchildren. He was knighted in 1993, and appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire the following year. He was a much-loved president of the Marlburian Club in 2004-5. 72
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During his time in Auckland, he was also the Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral and Conductor of the Auckland String Players. He formed the Symphonia of Auckland and led the University Festival Choir to success at the choral festival in New York and, under his charge, the New Zealand Choir won the BBC’s Let the People Sing Competition. He moved to Wellington in 1982 where he took up Directorship of Music for the National Youth Choir from 19821988, Directorship of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in Wellington from 19831989 and Directorship of the Orpheus Choir from 1984-1991. He also founded the New Zealand Choral Federation in 1985.
He was appointed MBE in 1978, Professor Emeritus at Auckland University in 1982 and CBE in 1988. His biography, Peter Godey: Father of New Zealand Choral Music, was published in 2015. On retirement, he moved to Waikanae where he became Director of the Kapiti Chamber Choir and of the 100member Kapiti Chorale. He was also conductor and organist at St Michael’s Church, Waikanae.
Nicholas Milner-Gulland (CR 1966-69) ick was a Scholar at Westminster School before reading Classics at Cambridge. He was a ﬁne player of keyboard instruments, especially the organ. With his friend and colleague Andrew Carter (CR 1965-70), Nick inspired many pupils to take an active part in musical events, whether it was listening to LP recordings, singing and playing in small groups and working with the Chapel Choir.
Nick’s Marlborough career was cut short when he succeeded his father as Headmaster of Cumnor House Prep School in 1969. Nick proved a most able prep-school headmaster. He raised academic standards, oversaw the introduction of co-education, organised the construction of a wonderful new theatre, and was inspirational in the ﬁelds of drama and music. Nick had to retire early because of ill health but, thanks to the Royal Marsden Hospital, he had many years in remission. Nick continued to run many successful choirs, becoming the organist of Ringmer Church, serving as a prison visitor, a school governor, and as a part-time teacher of Greek.
At his funeral at Ringmer Church, many tributes were paid to Nick and many friends gathered to sing in his memory. He is survived by his wife, Anna, who played a large part in school life, and their three children: Kate, Jamie and Toby.
play in some lowly house team, we preferred to explore the paradisal Wiltshire countryside on our bicycles. Village churches were a favourite destination and, when we had explored the church and churchyard, Jeremy would head for the harmonium.
Nick was a talented, kind and considerate friend to many people and his most endearing characteristic was his great sense of humour, which helped to see him through some testing and challenging times and gave great pleasure to those in his company.
Aer leaving school, Jeremy had two years conscription for National Service. Neither Jeremy nor I were considered to have oﬃcer qualities and Jeremy found a niche in the Forces Radio. We met again brieﬂy in the Suez Canal Zone in 1954, where I was among the ‘other ranks’ in a prestigious cavalry regiment and Jeremy was entertaining the soldiers on the airwaves.
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His National Service completed, Jeremy attended the Royal Academy of Music and entered the world inhabited by such masters as Gerald Finzi and Vaughan Williams. His early compositions were much inﬂuenced by these musicians and his ﬁrst public performance of his own work, I Heard a Voice at the Wigmore Hall won critics’ approval and was compared to Vaughan Williams’ work. He was only 21. Teachers including Rainier and Alwyn helped him to develop a more individual style and Jeremy’s compositions were described as having ‘an enduring muscularity, grit and tensile strength’.
eremy and his identical twin, Jonathan (B1 1948-52), were born on 16 May 1934. I arrived two terms aer them and we became friends at once.
He was an inspirational teacher, ﬁrst privately, then at Morley College and for 30 years at the Royal College of Music where he held the post of Professor of Composition.
Musical ability was encouraged at Marlborough and Jeremy’s piano teacher was M.O. Marshall, known as Mom, and, through him, he was drawn in particular to the French composers Debussy and Ravel. I oen accompanied Jeremy to the practice rooms below the Memorial Hall and, with my slight facility with reading music, I tried to turn the pages at the correct moment. ese practice rooms and others in the Old Music School below Mount House (since demolished) were sometimes a welcome haven during bitter winter aernoons when the HOB rule (House Out of Bounds) decreed that we should be out of doors doing something healthy in shorts. No prefects patrolled these corridors so we were safe.
Jeremy’s compositions were mostly short pieces for a few instruments, full of novelty and wit. is is not the kind of material which will make a composer famous, but his music, his teaching ability and his humorous and aﬀectionate personality won him many devoted and admiring pupils and friends.
Neither I, nor Jeremy, were interested in games and when not compelled to
Neave Brown (C1 1945-48) n the 1960s, through a series of increasing scale housing projects in Camden, Neave demonstrated a streetbased alternative to high-rise housing that was immediately acclaimed both in Britain and abroad. But when, in the 1970s and ’80s, a reaction against the
welfare state set in, it was solely in mainland Europe that he was to build further projects. Only in his ﬁnal years was his work recognised with the award of the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal in September 2017 and a series of public appearances to sell-out audiences. What distinguished Neave as an architect of housing was that the technical ingenuity of his planning was matched by his passionate empathy for the people who would be living in the homes he designed. His humanistic quality was fundamental to his approach. Aer Marlborough, he won a place at Oxford to read English, but, while in military service, he decided to switch to architecture and applied to the Architectural Association, where he studied from 1950 until 1956. Aer graduating, he worked for three years at Lyons Israel Ellis and then for Middlesex County Council, before setting up his own practice, which he combined with teaching here and in America. It was at this point he designed his ﬁrst built scheme, a group of ﬁve houses in north London. In the mid-1960s, the housing being built by local authorities oen included tower blocks. At his ﬁrst scheme for Camden, Neave showed that there was no need to build high. Instead of a high building surrounded by empty space, a low ‘carpet’ of buildings ﬁlled the site. Every dwelling had a front door opening onto the street as well as its own open-to-the-sky private external space, as well as a communal garden beyond. Neave’s follow-on scheme was on a far larger scale, including a public park, school, shops and a community centre. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Constructing such an ambitious project in the 1970s, when annual inﬂation at one point reached 25%, stretched the management capabilities of a local authority, and by the time the project was ﬁnished in 1979 it was over budget and schedule. Sensing a PR disaster, the councillors set up a public inquiry. ough not found to be in any way to blame, the fact that Neave had been the subject of a long public inquiry did irreparable damage to his reputation. ereaer, he designed exhibitions and found work abroad, teaching in Germany and designing projects in Italy and, particularly, the Netherlands. Of these the Eindhoven project, the Medina, completed in 2002, was his ﬁnal project and, to many, his ﬁnal masterwork. In person, Neave was polite and courteous, with the apparel and demeanour of an artist; but it took only a few minutes of conversation for the penetrative power of his intellect to become apparent. As his public performances demonstrated, both the charisma of his personality and the lucidity of his thinking remained undimmed to the last.
Henry Brooke (LI 1949-54) er stepping down from the bench in 2006 following a distinguished career, Henry achieved prominence as a passionate advocate for much-needed reform of the justice system. He served as vice-chair of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice (2016-17), draing signiﬁcant sections of the resulting report that called for a legally enforceable right to justice and legal aid.
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Henry’s post-judicial renown owed much to his enthusiastic adoption of digital technology. He blogged and tweeted regularly about rulings, politics and friendships in succinct commentary, sharpened by decades of delivering judgments. Described as ‘one of the most computer literate judges on the bench’, Brooke was committed to making the law accessible through the use of computers and technology and was the inaugural Chairman, from 2000, of BAILII, the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, an invaluable online resource for anyone trying to track down the texts of elusive judgments from across a wide range of English language jurisdictions. Brooke’s steady rise through the legal ranks, following his call to the Bar in 1963, saw him appointed a QC in 1981, a Recorder in 1983 and a High Court Judge in 1988. He chaired the Law Commission from 1993 to 1995. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1996 and served there for a decade, becoming vice-president of the Court’s civil division. Born in London, into a family of Conservative politicians. His father was Home Secretary in the 1960s under Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home; both parents became life peers. His elder brother, Peter (Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville), was the Northern Ireland Secretary of State credited with initiating the peace process. In Court, Brooke was said to wear his robes ‘like a catwalk model – oﬀ the shoulder’. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, in a speech marking Brooke’s retirement from the Court of Appeal in 2006, also said of him, ‘He has a slightly craggy exterior and an unruly and unruled head of hair (which is one of the more cogent arguments for wigs in the Court of Appeal), and which can even lead to an impression of slight disorganisation.’ at impression ‘is totally misleading. No one, who does not have a rigid self-discipline, could achieve even half of the contribution that Henry Brooke makes’. Henry’s retirement allowed him to campaign on concerns about which he had to remain silent while on the Bench. He became a patron of
Prisoners Abroad, the Public Law Project, Harrow Law Centre and several other justice organisations. A regular visitor to Albania to support judicial reform, he was awarded the country’s highest honour for a foreign national, Knight of the Order of Skanderbeg. Brooke maintained his commitment to transparency and to the uses of technology to the end of his life, tweeting ahead of cardiac surgery that his son, Nick, would post an update the following day. Nick announced his father’s death, and within a day Brooke’s name was trending on Twitter – possibly the ﬁrst former appeal court judge to become a popular online search term.
Donald Lynden-Bell (C3 1948-50) onald Lynden-Bell was a ‘giant’ in the astronomical world and one of the UK’s leading scientists. e College has lost one of its great scientiﬁc alumni. ough not a household name, in astrophysics he was one of the leading names of his generation. Donald was known as one of the ‘Seven Samurai’ of astrophysics, a group who postulated the existence of what is known as the Great Attractor, an apparent anomaly in intergalactic space. His awards included the Schwarzschild and Eddington medals, the Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and most recently, in 2008, the prestigious $1M Kavli prize in Astrophysics, perhaps second only to the Nobel. He is best known for his idea that most massive galaxies contain super-massive black holes at their cores and that these black holes power Quasars. In 2000, he received a CBE for his services to astronomy. He was always enthusiastic and loved mathematical puzzles. He was larger than life, friendly and supportive and a giant in his ﬁeld. Of his time at Marlborough, he had fond memories and praised his maths and physics teachers, though admitted that he never really got involved at the observatory.
Gerald Elliot (LI 1937-42) er leaving Marlborough, Gerald enlisted in the Indian Army, where he learned to speak Urdu and Punjabi and to play the bagpipes, and rose to the rank of captain.
When he le the army, he went to Oxford to read philosophy, politics and economics. He was persuaded to join the family company, Christian Salvesen, in 1948 and was made partner in 1955. He was Managing Director from 197381 and chairman from 1981 until he retired in 1988. He even spent four seasons on a whaling ship in the seas of South Georgia in his early years at the ﬁrm. He worked closely with the International Whaling Commission on conserving whaling stock and with the Soviet authorities on quota agreements in the 1960s. e company stopped whaling in 1963 and, under his leadership, diversiﬁed into North Sea drilling, trawlers and refrigeration systems for food storage and delivery. e company became one of the most important in the Scottish economy and Gerald was a signiﬁcant force in many of the pioneering changes and in the modernisation of the company’s corporate structure. In 1984, they acquired the power-generating business, Aggreko. He maintained his links to South Georgia and unwittingly played a part in the outbreak of the Falklands war when he sold, with UK government approval, two whaling platforms in Leith Port, South Georgia, for scrap to an Argentina ﬁrm. e scrap-metal ﬁrm was inﬁltrated by Argentine marines who then occupied the site, raised the Argentinian ﬂag and invaded both South Georgia and the Falklands within two weeks. In 1987, Aggreko was sold as a separate public company, against Sir Gerald’s vote, though the family retained interest in it. In 2007, Christian Salvesen was sold to the French logistics company Norbert Dentressangle. Sir Gerald and his wife gave signiﬁcant support to the arts in Scotland and were presented with the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy in 2012. He was the Chairman of Scottish Opera from 1987 to 1993. Aer his
retirement, he continued his passion for languages, adding to his repertoire of Spanish, Norwegian, Urdu and Punjabi by learning Persian and Arabic. He was also a generous benefactor to Marlborough College, his most recent gi supporting the restoration of the Memorial Hall.
Assistant Under Secretary of State, then took charge of the Social Work Services Group before being made Under Secretary for health care at the Scottish Home and Health Department. His service was recognised with a CB in 1979, ‘the usual award for civil servants in my grade who have served for several years without disgracing themselves.’ From long-living stock – his father died at 97, his mother was 103 – in 2012 he put his memoirs down on paper for his family aer writing an article for his church magazine, How To Die in Nine Easy Lessons, comprising practical advice on preparing for the inevitable, but declared he had no intention of succumbing just yet.
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Angus Mitchell (C2 1938-42) ith the Second World War at its height but the prospect of the dreaming spires of Oxford ahead of him, Angus Mitchell could so easily have taken advantage of the option to defer serving his country and embark on his studies instead. at he chose to join the war eﬀort was a decision he would never regret, as it led to the ‘exciting experience’ of liberating North-west Europe from Nazi rule – on one occasion, a task he undertook single-handedly on nothing more than a borrowed bicycle.
He was wounded as a result of literally sticking his head above the parapet and went on to win the Military Cross. Having survived the war, he would later have the honour of acting as an usher at the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
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His time there proved to be a turbulent one, during which the US government withdrew from Unesco and the UK threatened to follow suit, eventually doing so on 5 December 1985. is was diﬃcult for John, obliged as a public servant to follow government policy. Writing many years aer the event, he said: ‘Walking down the corridor, followed by BBC television cameras, to hand in our notice of withdrawal to [the director general], was the saddest day of my diplomatic career.’
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Who other than the tenants? Who should manage their estates or, where possible, own them? Who else but the tenants? What discretion should oﬃcials have in deciding on the beneﬁts claimants should receive? None, or nearly none, he argued in a ﬁerce debate with Richard Titmuss, his colleague at the London School of Economics: claimants should have clearly deﬁned statutory rights.
In 1966, he had joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Oﬃce, serving in Budapest, Geneva, Yaoundé, Moscow and Brussels before his appointment to Unesco. His main area of expertise was the Soviet bloc – and he built strong networks with dissidents in both Hungary and Russia, where he was the cultural attaché. John went on to head the FCO’s nuclear energy department, dealing, among other issues, with the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986, followed by a secondment to Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Technology. He retired from the FCO in 1990, which allowed him to pursue his interest in environmental issues. A committed environmentalist, he campaigned for sustainable development in Oxfordshire, and planted thousands of trees on his property in the Lake District to replace those lost during the Second World War.
and by the time his letter arrived by sea round the Cape, Roger Ellis (Master 1972-86) had already appointed Bruce to Marlborough.
In his later years, he became a strong advocate of marginalised or disempowered groups. His book Speaking to Power (2009) is an eloquent account of the advocacy movement that was to bear fruit in Scotland. at country’s independent way of doing things ﬁtted David’s instincts so much better than conservative England.
A legendary athlete Bruce might be, but he was also a man of many parts: he could carve an excellent sonnet; he could read history and science with almost the relish he reserved for the novels of Patrick O’Brian; he could discuss any aspect of media interest; his taste for music was catholic and while small talk was not his forte, he could stun with sudden humour, pith or wisdom, sometimes even when he seemed to be dozing. All of us are unique, but Bruce was ‘uniquer’ than most.
David was born in Yenangyaung, a town in Myanmar, where his father was a colonial administrator. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and gained a ﬁrst in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford.
hen Bruce Tulloh arrived at Marlborough in 1973, he was already a legend. He was the man who, running bare-foot, had won the European Championship 5,000 metres in Belgrade in 1962 and who, in 1969, had broken the record for running from Los Angeles to New York by almost nine days. is feat he did not achieve, as some have believed, bare-foot; indeed, his ankles were so swollen by the time he reached the Arizona mountains that he was forced to resort to wearing miner’s boots stuﬀed with bandages.
It was at the LSE that he began his lifelong interest in housing, cities and town planning. He obtained what was then a big grant from the Joseph Rowntree Trust to study the impact of the 1957 Rent Act which had beneﬁted unscrupulous landlords. He later worked as a consultant for the
He was a staunch advocate for the UK’s return to Unesco in the years leading up to 1997, when the incoming Labour government announced that the UK would rejoin.
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avid was, ﬁrst and last, a ‘bottomup’ person. Who should decide the design of the housing estates into which rehoused tenants should move?
He went on to become an assistant lecturer at Manchester University (1950-53), where he published his thesis e Neglected Child and the Social Services (1954). He had a spell as a lecturer at Toronto University (195355) and aerwards went on to become a second professor at London School of Economics (LSE).
UN Economic Commission for Europe, surveying housing policies. He became a member of the government’s Central Housing Advisory Committee and joined the Milner Holland committee on housing in Greater London (1965). He advised Richard Crossman, the new Housing Minister, on ways to introduce some form of fair rent policy. He then le the LSE to become director of the thinktank the Centre for Environmental Studies (1969-76). But his interests went well beyond housing. He was appointed to the Plowden committee on primary education, he was a member of the Public Schools Commission. He served as deputy chairman and then chairman of the Supplementary Beneﬁts Commission (1973-75). In 1980, he moved to Glasgow University to become professor of town and regional planning.
twice, while at the peak of his powers he had an enviable list of well-heeled owners using his services, including the Maktoum family. Aer National Service in the Royal Ulster Riﬂes, he paid for an advertisement in the Sporting Life oﬀering himself for a job in racing. It was spotted by Neville Dent, who took him on as a general factotum. Two years later, in 1963, John answered an advert for the role of assistant trainer and secretary to Gordon Smyth, private trainer to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their friends at Castle Stables in Arundel. He talked his way into the job despite being unable to type, and cheerfully admitted years later that he did not even know what PAYE stood for. Such was his impact that late in 1965 he took over the training licence at the age of 26 when Smyth moved on to Lewes. e success of Tamino in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in 1966 was the ﬁrst of a conveyor belt of winners delivered over the next 47 years. He started with 50 horses in his yard and saw the number increase to 200. John forged a long and richly rewarding partnership with Willie Carson, who rode more winners for him than with any other trainer. His ﬁnal years at Arundel were unexpectedly challenging. A drop in the numbers of horses and owners forced him to bow out in 2012, with his business in voluntary liquidation.
John Dunlop (B3 1953-56) ith almost 3,600 winners as a racehorse trainer over nearly half a century, John Dunlop was an institution in the world of racing. You could ﬁll an entire page with a list of his big-race successes. Among the best he sent out from his base in Arundel, Sussex, were Shirley Heights in the 1978 English and Irish Derbys, Ragstone in the 1974 Ascot Gold Cup, Shadayid in the 1,000 Guineas in 1991, and three St Leger victories with Moon Madness (1986), Silver Patriarch (1997) and Millenary (2000).
His classic victories in addition to the St Legers included the Derby twice, the 1,000 Guineas three times and the Oaks
Generous of spirit with a wry sense of humour, John sat on several charitable committees, was a tireless fundraiser for a variety of causes in racing and, in particular, was a big supporter of the Racing Welfare charity. In the early 1970s, he was a prime mover in organising a day of show jumping at Ascot that raised £250,000 to help save the Grand National. In 1996, he was made OBE.
Edmund Romilly (PR/CO 1965-69) dmund Romilly may have been a barrister in the Rumpole mould, but he preferred to see himself as a novelist for whom appearing in the crown court was just the day job. Nevertheless, he was a highly respected advocate who tenaciously defended all manner of
alleged criminals, ranging from petty oﬀenders to jewellery thieves. Only a handful of his cases attracted publicity, with perhaps the most prominent being an appeal in 2003 by one of the men convicted of conspiring to steal diamonds worth £200 million from the Millennium Dome. Edmund’s true love, however, was writing. In 2006, he published two novels: Skinner – a kitchen-sink tale of a man beset by schizophrenia and alcoholism who feels that he is told by God to embark on a murderous mission, and e Barn – the story of a Londoner trapped in a dull job and life who becomes a ghostwriter. His third novel, Victims, published in 2015, was far more autobiographical; the central character is a casino worker named Giles whose father dies intestate, just as Edmund’s father, also called Giles, had done. Edmund was born in July 1951 and brought up in London. He was a greatnephew of Winston Churchill and a great-great-great grandson of Sir Samuel Romilly, the abolitionist and law reformer. His father was a journalist and author who was imprisoned by the Nazis in Colditz Castle. Despite Colditz having a reputation for being impossible to escape from, Giles and a Dutch fellow prisoner did just that and Romilly Sr later told his story in a memoir, e Privileged Nightmare. Aer Marlborough, he went on to read philosophy at University College London. Interested in the arts, he headed to Devon, where he took a job in an arts centre, writing plays and occasionally performing, until his mother convinced him to get a ‘real job’. He studied for the Bar and was called to Gray’s Inn in 1983. In the early stages of his career, Edmund had a fairly general legal practice, but he soon began to focus almost exclusively on criminal law. He was oen instructed by a ﬁrm of solicitors called Steel & Shamash and one day the instructing solicitor was Deborah Bowker. Edmund obtained an acquittal for her clients, but long before the verdict was delivered she had been struck by the barrister’s charm and ability. ey lived together for several years before marrying 11 years ago. e wedding took place on 11 November, with the ceremony being paused during the two-minute silence. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Club Events Senior Prefects’ Dinner 18 September 2017 e inaugural Senior Prefects’ Reunion Dinner coincided perfectly with the ﬁrst event to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the College. Over 80 Senior Prefects, their partners, current and previous members of Common Room gathered in a marquee in Court. ere was a sizeable representation of all ages from the current Head Girl and Head Boy to Christopher Harvey (LI 1954-59) and David Martin (C2 1955-60).
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Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18), Tim MartinJenkins (B3 1961-65)
Walter Chisholm Batten (C2 1937-42), Roddy Chisholm Batten ( LI 1986-91)
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Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70) was welcomed.
ere were a variety of Senior Prefect stories doing the rounds. e claims of privileges varied from being allowed to graze goats, having an entertainment account at Waitrose, to being able to keep a car. It needed Martin Evans (CR 19682018) to verify fact from ﬁction. Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-2018) gave a welcoming speech, which included reading amusing extracts from the Senior Prefects’ book kept by successive Masters. It is hoped that the occasion will be repeated every ﬁve years.
Sandra Finn (CR 2004-), Sarah Mattinson (MM 2012-17), Virat Talwar (C2 2012-18)
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It was a packed day with a huge variety of activities including the AGM where the new Marlburian Club President,
ere were tours of classrooms, a chapel service, a lecture by David du Croz (CR 1996-2007), observatory tours, and a digital archive exhibition of sports. ere was a densely packed schedule of sport from both OM and current pupils. e OM sport included football, netball, rugby, hockey and ﬁves. e programme for the day included a piece on the origins of sport at Marlborough. e day concluded with an impressive celebratory ﬁreworks display.
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e intention is to have an annual C3 reunion at Cheltenham races for the Sunday meeting in November.
Sean Dempster (CR 1994-2017) pictured, Margot Hewer and David (CR 1996-2007) and Mary du Croz hosted a reunion for all the boys who le C3 during Sean’s time as Housemaster. Fiy-two boys attended the event. Joe Hare (C3 1998-03) was the senior citizen and there was a large number of the 2017 leavers.
OM Carol Service 19 December 2017 e Carol service was another huge success with around 300 OMs attending. Held in the wonderful Chelsea Old Church, the choir, led by Mark Williams (C3 1976-80), sang beautifully. e address was given by e Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker (C2 1979-81) and there were beautiful readings by John Lorimer (C1 1976-81), Lis Priday (B2 1972-74), Nigel Grieve (B1 1957-60), Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), and Susanna Spicer (SU 1979-81).
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Marlborough Blues Cricket Club AGM and Dinner 20 January 2018 e Marlborough Blues Cricket Club held their annual AGM and Dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground thanks to the generous hosting of current Blues and former MCC President Mike Griﬃth (C3 1957-62) and MCC Treasurer Robert Leigh (C1 1957-61). ere was a healthy attendance, which featured representatives from several generations including some recent College leavers. Last summer’s successful campaign was celebrated, which saw the Blues secure nine victories from 15 matches and to reach the Cricketer Cup quarter ﬁnals for the ﬁrst time since 2010. Tom Burne (CO 1993-98) was awarded the prestigious Jake Seamer Award for the Player of the 2017 Season. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Club Events Australia Event 20 March 2018 Jonathan (Master 2012-2018) and Emma Leigh visited Australia where they held two drinks receptions for OMs and parents. Cranbrook School in Sydney was the location of the ﬁrst event. e evening was hosted by Nicholas Sampson (Master 2004-2012), Headmaster of Cranbook and former Master of Marlborough College. Guests enjoyed a beautiful view of Sydney Harbour Bridge from the terrace of the school and thankfully the weather held. Another drinks reception was held two days later in Melbourne in the beautiful surroundings of e Australian Club. Guests at both events enjoyed the opportunity to meet with each other and to hear the latest news from Marlborough and the plans for the future.
South-West France Lunch 24 March 2018 A ﬁne lunch of six splendid courses was served in the beautiful 15th century house of John Wilkinson (CR 1967-93), our SW France Secretary. John also cooked the lunch and provided some delectable wines to accompany the meal. Our Secretary had run a restaurant in Le Castera for 10 years and, with blazing log ﬁres and ﬂickering candles, a good atmosphere was sustained throughout the occasion. OMs came from far and wide and did justice to the occasion. Musical entertainment was provided by Anthony
Marlburian Club Dinner at Hampton Court Palace 11 May 2018 e celebratory Marlburian Club Dinner was held in the magniﬁcent surroundings of Hampton Court Palace to mark the 175th anniversary of the College and the 50th year of girls at the school. e weather was perfect for drinks on the terrace of the 80
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Sycamore (C1 1974-78), a former Music Scholar at the College, who is now living in France and earning his living as a Concert Pianist. ere was much banter and a good turnout of former Beaks – Peter (CR 1976-91) and Catharina Tinniswood and Colin (CR 1974-79) and Christine Galloway, Martin Evans (CR 19682018), the President of the 1843 Society, represented the Club and Anthony Spender (PR 1953-57).
Great Fountain Garden at the east front of the Palace, which looked down two radiating avenues of yew trees. Beautiful standing ﬂower arrangements in dark and light blue reﬂected the colours of Marlborough and the Marlburian Club. Tours of the Palace were popular amongst guests, who were clearly delighted and impressed by the history and architecture. Dinner was served in Henry VIII’s Great Hall with its decorated hammer-beam roof and splendid tapestries. How ﬁtting for Marlburians to be following such a noble tradition of royal entertainment.
Commemoration Prize Day 26 May 2018
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OMs were invited to a special 175th Anniversary Commemoration Prize Day giving them the opportunity to say thank you to the outgoing Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-2018), who was retiring aer six outstanding years of service. e day started with a reception for OMs and continued with a packed programme including Girls’ Cricket v Rugby School (T20), a Beagles demonstration, the Shell play Grimm’s
Fairy Tales, an exhibition of OM art in the Mount House, 1st XI Cricket v Lord’s Taverners Celebrity XI and Lord’s Taverners Celebrity XI v Help for Heroes XI (T20). ere was an impressive array of catering from the World Food Tent, Cotswold Pizza Company and Ramsbury Brewery as well as a drinks reception on the Polloi. e OM sport included lacrosse vs the 1st X1, mixed hockey vs 1st X1 and tennis with particular special mention to veterans extraordinaire Chris Harvey (LI 1954-59) and Philip Howard (C2 1954-59). Speeches were given by the Master and Chairman of Council, Mark Malloch-Brown, but the highlight of the day was the moving, open and honest Desert Island Discs interview with e Master and Kirsty Young.
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Tables decorated in gold and blue blended superbly and were ﬁt for the feast of delicious food and wine served throughout the evening. Every detail of both the menu and the surroundings had been so carefully considered and it showed. Speeches by Elizabeth Clough (LI 196870), Chairman of the Marlburian Club, one of the ﬁrst girls herself, was ideally placed to reﬂect on 50 years of coeducation. Mark Malloch Brown (CI 1967-71), Chairman of Council, touched on our roots and purpose marking 175 years from 1843 onwards. He also congratulated Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-2018) for his outstanding leadership and warmly thanked both Jonathan and Emma for the special chapter of Marlborough life they have been part of. Jonathan Leigh spoke of the recent inspection and the shape of the school he will be handing over to his successor, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-). He ﬁnally wished the College and Old Marlburians everywhere every success for the future. Groups of Marlburians from every era enjoyed this very special reunion. Clive Roberston (TU 1979-84), Tobenna Okezie (TU 1979-83) and Uba Akpom (B2 1980-84) had ﬂown in from the USA especially for the occasion. e bonhomie, Marlburian humour and spirit shone through this fabulous occasion making it a truly memorable evening. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Club Events irty-Year Reunion: the Class of 1988 23 June 2018 Close to 50 OMs met up in Battersea, London, for their 30-year reunion. OMs had travelled far and wide, from the West Country, Europe and Nairobi to reunite and reminisce. In 30 years, much has changed, but it was remarkable how little the gathering had changed over the years, minus some hair perhaps. Buckets of wine and beer were consumed and all agreed we must not wait another decade before we get together again.
Twenty-Five-Year Reunion: the Class of 1993 Nick Cook (C1 1983-88), Nicola Read (PR 198688), Polly Nicholson (PR 1988-86)
13 July 2018 Friends ﬂew in from Peru, Bahrain, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United States and Hong Kong. is was the iconic year group that started as ‘all boys’ in the Shell, to be joined by pioneering girls in the Remove, before becoming complete with the Lower Sixth entry in 1991.
Annabelle More O’Ferrall (B2 1986-88), Charles Malpass (B2 1983-88)
Aer House tours, we were serenaded by the epic back catalogue of one of the year group’s rock ’n’ roll legacies, the much-loved Von Drastiks. We were joined by many members of Common
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Room whose memories of our individual exploits and achievements were astonishingly accurate. We also remembered members of the year group who were no longer with us and were thrilled to learn that a collection in aid of Tom’s Memorial Trust (www.tomaprhyspryce.com) raised over £1,600. We set up a Facebook group (1993 Old Marlburians) and livestreamed scenes to those who couldn’t make it. Aer dinner, we set out up Marlborough High Street for the ‘Martin Evans Pub Crawl’. It was fantastic to see so many old friends and to experience so much happiness and laughter.
Professional Group Events Clergy Networking Evening
Digital Enterprises Networking Event 2018
7 November 2017 Charlotte Bannister-Parker (C2 1979-81), Associate Priest and Director of Outreach at the University Church St Mary e Virgin, kindly hosted a dinner for the Clergy Group at e Long Acre in Covent Garden. Susannah Fiennes (LI 1976-78), a ﬁgurative painter, who divides her time between painting or drawing portraits, teaching a private life-drawing class in Notting Hill, and lecturing, spoke about art and faith.
16 February 2018 e group’s ﬁrst presentation event examined Artiﬁcial Intelligence for businesses from a marketing, and as part of overall digital transformation, perspective. e speakers were R. Krishnan Ambady, digital entrepreneur with many years’ experience in both startups and established businesses, and James McCarthy who runs Brightﬂy Digital, which is deploying AI in decision-making and has also recently launched the Growth Leaders programme to better support other business founders and startups.
Charlotte Bannister-Parker (C2 1979-81), Nicholas Woodeson (B2 1963-67)
Mike Dana (B3 1959-63), Tim Novis, Senior Chaplain
Communications Networking Event 9 February 2018 OMs gathered to discuss ‘What is eﬀective communication in the 21st century?’ Held at 93 Digital in East London, the event was kindly sponsored by Alex Price (LI 2006-11).
A superb location overlooking the ames, in an invigorating, creative environment, fostered warm interaction which continued at the pub and on to a curry. Intriguing Marlburian characters from varied backgrounds sparked and ideas crackled. e next event will follow shortly and discussions will continue online on the OM Global Connect website designed to improve our connectivity, more to follow.
We had a great panel discussion spanning everything from what eﬀective communication looks like in today’s world, to the positives and negatives of Big Data, and looked ahead at what the future of good communication looks like and what skills the communicators of the future might need. e evening ended with some fascinating discussions aer the panel event, and it was positive to hear how many strong connections were made.
Hugo Higginson (BH 2007-12), Mylo Higginson (C1 2007-12), R Krishran Ambody (speaker)
The following amongst the OMs taking part: Alex Price (LI 2006-11) – MD and Founder of 93digital. William Lidstone (BH 1985-90) – Groupe Client Lead at Publicis Groupe. Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) – Former editor and journalist, now trainer in written communications. Alex Northcott (B1 1982-87) – CEO of Roxhill Media. Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90) – Director at Nickshot HR. Jonathan Bell (C3 1985-90) – Writer and Journalist, Editor at Large for Wallpaper Magazine and Editor for Aston Martin Magazine
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Professional Group Events Business, Banking & Finance 19 July 2018 e Rt Hon Claire Perry MP is the type of speaker who makes you want to sit up and take notice. On 19 July, OMs from a range of industry networking groups and College parents, met to listen to Claire present the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy to increase the productivity of the UK economy. Claire outlined the ﬁve foundations of the strategy, namely: Ideas; People; Infrastructure; Business Environment; and Places. is was a unique opportunity for OMs to get real-time answers from Marlborough’s own MP. For example, one OM who was disappointed that government subsidies had been withdrawn for solar panel installations,
was able to learn that there may still be support for community-wide projects. During the talk, Claire demonstrated an excellent command of her mandate and the clarity of thought much needed in the upper echelons of government. A few OMs commented aer the talk
that she comes across as the type of politician who is motivated by a strong desire to serve the country, rather than by personal gain. We thank her wholeheartedly for her time and wish her a long, successful and productive career in politics.
Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90), The Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73)
Colin Walker-Watson (SU 1969-73), Ed Stancliffe (C1 1988-93)
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Development Events Jazz was the ﬁrst exhibition organised by the new Head of Art, Edward Twohig (CR 2017-), in the Mount House Gallery. The reception was attended by OMs, parents, pupils, staﬀ and members of the collegiate
community, who were astonished by the riot of colour and pattern that graced the walls of the College’s gallery. Jazz was opened by the renowned woodengraver Simon Brett (CR 1971-1989), who spoke warmly of having Mattisse’s work shown in Marlborough. e exhibition was well attended throughout the rest of the month.
Niall Hamilton (CR 1985-), Simon and Moira Scupham, Jan Perrins, Development Director
Simon Scupham, Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), Cecilia Bishop
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the Shell completed a slightly shorter 14-mile circuit.
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18 September 2017 Over 1,000 pupils, parents, OMs and members of Common Room took part in the Celebratory School Walk. e event raised over £75,000 and the money was split evenly between ShelterBox, Kipungani Schools Trust, and the Marlborough College Bursary Appeal. e whole school also took on the challenge of a 20-mile route, whilst
1843 Carols 9 December 2017 e 1843 started the run up to Christmas with an address and thank you from the Master at a drinks reception in the Mount House Gallery before joining parents and pupils for a carol service in the Chapel.
Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18) commended the eﬀorts of all involved, ‘It was a wonderful and memorable occasion. e Marlborough College community of current and past pupils, parents and staﬀ all came together to raise funds for these worthwhile causes. e weather was excellent and the whole event passed oﬀ in the best of spirits.’ e ﬁrst Marlborough College Charity Walk took place in 1970 and arose from the initiative of a group of Sixth Form pupils.
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Development Events Sotheby’s Marlborough Art Exhibition and Private View
Hong Kong Cocktail Reception
Kuala Lumpur Cocktail Reception
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Guan Hock Chua (B1 1978-82) hosted a Cocktail Reception at The Hong Kong Club
Phoebe Golding, Fred Puckle Hobbs (LI 200409), David Evans (CO 1967-72) Nora Evans
Victor Chen (C3 1993-97), Guan Hock Chua (B1 1978-82), Ben Stobart (TU 1993-95)
Sharyn Azmi (B1 1975-80), Heather Stevens, Alan Stevens, Master MCM
13 December 2017 e Sotheby’s Marlborough Art Exhibition and Private View was an outstanding success. 220 Marlburian guests raised £30,000 to support Marlborough-based SpringBoard /RNCF Bursaries in just two hours – an incredible achievement and heartfelt thanks to them all. e evening went with pizazz and all the sparkle of this festive season. Soho House canapés accompanied by champagne and Soho Mules kept the spirits and noise levels lively. Broadcaster Kirsty Young was our host for the evening where legendary former Director of Art, Robin Child (CR 197192), was celebrated. Four of his former pupils, Emily Faccini (LI 1983-85), Susannah Fiennes (LI 1976-78), Rose Shorrock (MO 1990-92) and Silvy Weatherall (TU 1984-86), chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of girls at Marlborough, exhibited their diverse work.
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e event provided a perfect setting for e Marlborough Art Collection to be founded by Roman Trotsenko, a current parent, who presented the Master, Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18), with a Joan Miró drawing in its original frame. is is the start of a moving exhibition around the Houses. It is hoped others may be similarly inspired to donate works by known artists and also current Marlburians may give a signiﬁcant piece of their artwork when they leave the College. is way a true collection may form providing future inspiration for the arts at the College. 86
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Aer the Choir sung evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, around 80 OMs and parents made their way to St Martin’s-within-Ludgate for a drinks reception where they were welcomed by the Master. Choir Master Adam Staines (CR 2014-) led the chamber choir as they performed three songs for those assembled. With thanks to Nigel Grieves (B1 1957-60), William Alden (TU 1968-72) and the Stationer’s Company for enabling us to use the church for what has become a popular annual event.
1843 Lunch 19 May 2018 is year’s 1843 summer lunch marked Martin Evans’ (CR 1968-18) 50th anniversary at Marlborough College and his last as 1843 Society President. e Master thanked Martin for his service and wished him well in his retirement. It was a beautiful sunny day and drinks were held in the Master’s garden before moving to the Adderley for lunch. Music scholars, Jessica Faber (CO U6) and Annabel Chessher (LI U6) gave a recital over coﬀee, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the guests. Following the lunch, the Master spoke about his time at Marlborough and gave a farewell to those present. Flowers were presented to Emma Leigh on behalf of the Marlborough College Foundation. Some extended the day by watching the 1st XI v Radley.
Marc Bryan-Brown (C1 1974-79), Adrian BryanBrown (C1 1969-74)
David Yao (C2 1970-75), Penelope Yao, Tom Kirkwood (TU 1981-86) Martin Evans (CR 1968-2018) President, 1843 Society, Tony Hill (CO 1949-53)
Alison Galvin-Wright, Peter Oakden (B3 1960-64), Susan Oakden
Rosemary Wells, Richard Wells (C2 1946-51), Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18)
Julia Hodgson (CR 2001-), Sonia Buxton, Bill Buxton (C1 1953-57)
New York Drinks 24 June 2018 ere was a good turnout of North American-based OMs at a reception on 21st June that was kindly hosted by Nitzia Logothetis (TU 2001) and her husband, George, at their home in New York. Jan Perrins, Director of Development, represented the College and spoke about recent initiatives to help connect OMs both professionally and socially. We also heard from Tom Kirkwood (TU 198186), current parent and member of Council, who highlighted steps the College is taking to make a Marlborough education more accessible, Marlborough Malaysia and the new Master. Impressively, Michael Goodrick (PR 1945-49) and his wife, Linda, attended while on a trip to New York from their home in Seattle. e Marlburian Club Magazine
Professional Groups How to get involved and who to contact If you would like to join a Professional Group, be kept informed of its development, and be invited to events, please email marlburianclub@ marlboroughcollege.org. You don’t need to be working within a particular industry to come along to the events or join a group. All are welcome.
Engineering James Meredith (B2 1988-93) j.meredith@sheﬃeld.ac.uk Entrepreneurs Ali Wade (TU 1989-94) email@example.com Healthcare Greg Wang (CO 1985-90) Via the Club HM Forces Jamie Geddes (TU 2002-07) firstname.lastname@example.org Law Claire Evans (B2 1986-88) email@example.com
Art, Architecture & Design Alex Tart (CO 1987-92) firstname.lastname@example.org
Diary dates Wednesday, 9 January 2019 Communications Network event, London Friday, 1 February 2019 South African Event, Cape Town Monday, 18 February 2019 Healthcare Event, London June 2019 25-year reunion: the Class of 1994, tbc A full list of Marlburian Club international, regional, sporting and industry events is available at www.marlburianclub.org/events 88
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Arts & Media Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) email@example.com Alethea Steven (NC 1994-99) firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) email@example.com
Masonic Lodge Julian Soper (LI 1979-81) firstname.lastname@example.org Music Mark Williams (C3 1976-80) Via the Club Not for Proﬁt Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77) email@example.com Public Sector Via the Club
Business, Banking & Finance Imran Tayabali (LI 1989-94) firstname.lastname@example.org
Property James Gillett (C2 1971-75) email@example.com
Clergy Via the Club
PR, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Alex Northcott (B1 1982-87) firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90) email@example.com
Digital Enterprises (including science and technology) Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87) firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Spender (C2 1987-92) james@ﬁyten.com Education Craig Stewart (B3 1979-84) Via the Club
Women’s Network Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97) email@example.com Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) firstname.lastname@example.org Miriam Foster (TU 2001-03)
Development Focus During the past academic year, I have enjoyed the privilege of taking over the reins of the Development Oﬃce from Jon Copp (CR 1981-2017), who has done a great job over the last four years. aving worked at Marlborough for just under eight years, I have seen the work we carry out from this oﬃce transform beyond recognition and, whilst not an Old Marlburian, I am proud to work for this great institution and to have been a part of this positive step change.
While there has been a change at the helm of the Development Oﬃce, our ethos remains the same in that we aim to create a community that lasts far beyond your time at Marlborough, oﬀering support and opportunities at each stage of life from university, to the workplace and beyond.
‘ If we can see determination in a pupil to make the most of their existing talent then we welcome their application.’
One of the most exciting innovations introduced by the Marlburian Club this year has been MC Global Connect, a networking platform and app for Club members to connect and communicate with each other. Similar to LinkedIn but speciﬁc to Marlborough, MC Global Connect enables OMs to seek career advice, post jobs, ﬁnd a mentor or search for other OMs in similar areas of business or location. It can also help you ﬁnd OMs with whom you have lost touch, reach out to OMs overseas if you
are visiting that area, view our extensive events programme, and catch up on news, to cite just a few examples. I hope I am selling this to you as, at the time of writing, we are just over 1,000 registered OMs but we would love at least 5,000 of you on there! Please sign up on www.mcglobalconnect.org or download the app. e Marlburian Club and Marlborough College Foundation have new websites and we are reviewing the way we communicate with you. If you have any thoughts, please do share them with us. You can update your contact details via MC Global Connect, the website or give the oﬃce a call. We do not want you to miss out! is year, the College has witnessed two important milestones in the 175th anniversary of the school and the 50th anniversary of girls starting at Marlborough. ese anniversaries have been marked across the globe with a variety of events from Asia to New York, London and, of course, at Marlborough; reviews of which are included in other sections of the magazine.
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Not only does it truly honour the 749 OMs who fell but now it really is a state-of-the-art performance centre where our pupils can showcase their considerable talents, and OMs too for that matter, at such events as the Brasser reunion on Club Day. Marlborough has been increasing its outreach work with local schools and I enjoyed a morning at Swindon Academy where I met some of their grammar stream pupils that Marlborough is supporting. Since September 2016, the Academic Stream is providing places for 30 students each year to enjoy a highly academic Marlborough College-backed education based at Swindon Academy but including visits to Marlborough for some lessons. It was lovely to meet such an appreciative group of young people, who are seizing the opportunity oﬀered to them and I hope we will be able to welcome some of them into the Sixth Form on a full-boarding basis in the coming years.
Top and right: the restoration and modernisation of the Memorial Hall. Above: The Cycle to the Somme at Thiepval Memorial
‘e other highlight of the year was the completion of the restoration and modernisation of the Memorial Hall.’
Jonathan (Master 2012-2018) and Emma Leigh deﬁnitely win the stamina prize as not only did Emma and a committee of volunteers help organise many of the events, they both attended them all, including serving copious amounts of food and drink to over 60 hungry cyclists on the way to the Somme. ey will be sorely missed by the Development Department as they have been a great support to the eﬀorts of both the Club and Foundation. e Cycle to the Somme to honour the 749 OMs who died in the First World War was a personal highlight for me. It is fair to say the group was of mixed cycling abilities but from the moment we had a whole school send oﬀ from Court, it was 90
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the most incredible experience, and we mustn’t forget the parents who joined in, too. Wonderful camaraderie and fun was evident from the oﬀ and when we reached our destination, 225 miles and three days later, it was moving not just because we laid a wreath at iepval but because of the esprit de corp that developed in such a short space of time. Our events calendar continues to grow and we have seen a 38% increase in the number of people attending events this last year, no doubt boosted by the anniversaries, but also by the growth in the professional networking groups. With the launch of MC Global Connect, with one of its many remits being the oﬀering of mentoring, the Club is providing services of real, tangible value to members of all age groups but especially the younger ones, as ﬁnding good advice and practical experience in diﬀerent ﬁelds can be the diﬀerence between success and fulﬁlment in this competitive world. How we can provide this sort of service overseas, where there are large groups of OMs, is something we are currently considering. e other highlight of the year was the completion of the restoration and modernisation of the Memorial Hall.
Our Bursary Programme continues to grow, with 107 pupils receiving some form of ﬁnancial aid ranging from 20% of fees up to 110% at a cost of £2.6 million in 2017-18. In 1843, one third of our pupil body received a bursary, so we would like to increase our level of support again. If we can see determination in a pupil to make the most of their existing talent then we welcome their application. It is a great opportunity for the individual who we hope, like all Marlburians, will go on to make a diﬀerence in the world but it also beneﬁts the College by helping to ensure that the make-up of our student body reﬂects today’s dynamic and diverse society. Finally, the Development Oﬃce has moved from A House into the Old Bursary, next to the Master’s Lodge. Please do come and see us if you are ever in the area or wish to make a special visit. We genuinely enjoy meeting OMs and really welcome your views as this is your Club. Please contact me on email@example.com or 01672 892439.
Jan Perrins Director of Development
1843 Society I have the honour this year to take over the 1843 Society Presidency from Martin Evans (CR 1968-2018), who I met some 50 years ago as a pupil and him a new Beak. Martin will continue as an Honorary Vice President and his elephantine knowledge of OMs will mean I shall be well supported going forward. He has been a stalwart in encouraging legacy giving and ensuring the Society recognises those who have made a provision for, or who are considering a bequest. arlburians are generous people and I hope will continue to be so despite perceptions changing and the public school system being castigated by certain quarters in society. I well remember the initiatives taken by the then Master, John Dancy (Master 19611972), to connect with the state educators in the late 1960s and this is now even more relevant as many feepaying schools are keen to increase the number of bursaries available.
‘Marlborough College needs to build up signiﬁcant funds not only to preserve its unique heritage but to continue to turn out well-rounded individuals...’
e 1843 Society is a key part of the funding for the College to ensure that we attract those from all walks of life; being particularly mindful of the original purpose to provide education to those who could not aﬀord it. To enable this to continue, Marlborough College needs to build up signiﬁcant funds not only to preserve its unique heritage but to continue to turn out well-rounded individuals that will play a vital part in the global community. To do this, I am asking all those OMs who have yet to consider making a bequest to their old school to ﬁnd out
more from the Development Oﬃce and see how they can help and in such a way that mitigates their tax liability either as lifetime gis or under Inheritance Tax rules by giving to the Marlborough College Foundation, a registered charity. As a thank you for your generosity, the Society currently organises a summer lunch by kind permission of the Master and a reception prior to the Carol Service at the College Chapel in early December. I am, myself, keen to give something back to a school that I was privileged to be able to attend and to have been present when the co-education movement started at Marlborough. I hope I can count on the support of many OMs going forward to ensure that Marlborough continues to give a top-class education for the next 175 years.
Rupert Mullins (CO 1967-1970) President of the 1843 Society
Bursary Success Chris Linyard-Tough (B1 2016-18) e Royal Springboard Charity works throughout the UK with independent schools such as Marlborough. We speak to one of the 500 pupils the charity has placed since it was founded in 2012. here are undoubtedly many challenges when you take up a place at Marlborough, regardless of whether you attend on a bursary.
For Christopher Linyard-Tough (B1 2016-18) it was learning how to live with a House full of 60 boys when he had been brought up as the youngest in a house full of women, with his mother and sisters, living in London. ‘Boys are both harder and easier to live with. Harder in the fact that they are disgusting and smell, and easier because they don’t nag you. Living in a boarding house was much more relaxed than living at home,’ laughs Chris. Chris was awarded his place through the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation, a boarding school bursary charity, ﬁnding places in over 60 state and independent boarding schools for children from disadvantaged circumstances. Chris was studying at Gladesmoor Community School, Tottenham, when the opportunity to apply for a boarding school place via Springboard came up. ‘Once you have completed the application, they look at your personality and try and match you to the right school. My shortlist included Rugby, Marlborough and one other, but when I came to visit Marlborough, I knew I liked it.’ Springboard work with partners that include charities, mentoring organisations, state day schools and local authorities, who through their day-to-day activities come into contact with children who, due to their circumstances, would beneﬁt from a boarding school education. ese partners work with Springboard, and in 92
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turn schools like Marlborough, to achieve the best possible outcome for young people. e partners support a child from the early application stages, through to guiding them once they have joined a school. eir help is invaluable in preparing the pupil for the challenges they will face with adjusting to their new environment. Chris joined the Sixth Form and explains integrating into the House wasn’t too diﬃcult as there were three other new pupils, which naturally broke up the year group that had been established for three years. Issues of friendship groups aﬀect all pupils and a recurring theme that is heard in the Marlburian Club oﬃce is that OMs make friends during their time that last a lifetime. Succeeding in the Devizes to Westminster race is something else Chris will remember for a lifetime. ‘It was seven months of intense training but looking back I really enjoyed it; it pushed me a lot further than I have ever gone but we were the fastest boat,’ recalls Chris. e academic rigours also challenged Chris but he enjoyed all the extras such as the Maths and Physics Olympiads, opportunities that would not have been open to him at his state school. At the time, they can be a bit nerve-wracking and not always enjoyable but were ‘very sweet’ when the results came in. Overall, Christopher, who has gone on to study material science and engineering, describes the whole experience as life changing. ‘I have met so many new people, with diﬀerent ideas, who I would never have come into contact with, who have shaped me quite considerably over my two years, probably the most formative years of a young adult’s life. ‘It has deﬁnitely changed how I will think in the future and how I will view things. I have really enjoyed it … I am going to miss it a lot.’
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s this short article is written during the summer interregnum between leaving St Edmund’s in Canterbury and taking up residence in the Master’s Lodge at Marlborough, it is less a ‘Review’ than an evocation of a concatenation of emotions. As T. S. Eliot reminded us in the Four Quartets – ‘In my beginning is my end’, itself a transposition of Mary Queen of Scots’ motto, ‘In my end is my beginning’ – beginnings and endings are so entwined as to be inseparable and are at the core of the tapestry that makes up our lives.
It is the greatest honour of my working life to have been appointed Master of Marlborough College. It is of course a daunting challenge and one that only the imprudent and vain could contemplate without some trepidation and considerable humility. Yet there is also a sense in which it feels like coming home. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to the College and the many people within it, and attached to it, who have had a lasting inﬂuence on my adult life. I came here straight from university and served as a teacher under three Masters: David Cope (1986-93), Edward Gould (1993-2003) and Nick Sampson (2004-12), from each of whom I learned much. In the last year, I have come to know Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18) and am grateful to
him for the time he has expended and the wisdom he has imparted to his successor. If, in Eliot’s mind, home is the place we start from and the place we return to, ‘the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started,’ it does not follow that everything remains the same. On our return, we come to ‘know the place for the ﬁrst time’. If the Four Quartets is essentially a meditation on time, it is also a reﬂection on the inevitable change that accompanies the passing of time. ‘Time present and time past/Are both perhaps present in time future/And time future contained in time past.’ e evocation here is not only elegiac or nostalgic but also empowering and exciting for we are not imprisoned by (or in) what has been. So, Eliot attempts to re-conﬁgure the meaning of ‘change’ or, perhaps better, elucidate the true character of ‘change’. All that we do and seek to do is informed, even permeated, by what has been, but not rigidly determined by it. e somewhat discomforting nostrum of Heraclitus, is apposite here: ‘panta hrei’, he wrote; ‘everything ﬂows’. e river (of life) can appear to be still when, in fact, it is constantly moving. Our task then, in whatever role we take in life, is to manage the inevitable change that challenges – or beckons – us. ere is here no necessary
antithesis between tradition (what has always been done or supposed to have been done) and change. Marlborough has always changed, is always changing. That is why it has survived for so long and continues to thrive. It is the character of the change that is most important. To be successful and not merely cosmetic or iconoclastic, change must be rooted in and ﬂow from tradition; for tradition to be productive, it must incorporate, and be open to, change. So, the core values, relationships and traditions of an organisation or community can be maintained reassuringly constant even in the midst of change. Here, the manner of the implementation of change is crucial: it can be resolute without being confrontational; seek to reassure rather than disturb; and inspire commitment from others through trust and respect rather than by imposition. In this year of the centenary of the ending of the Great War, we have been made more than usually aware of the great debt of gratitude we owe to those who have been through this place before us. Accompanying that is an ineradicable awareness of our responsibility towards those who will come here aer us. Marlborough College is a remarkable place: its idyllic setting and incomparable facilities set it apart from most schools; its talented and industrious staff (teaching and non-teaching) have combined to make it an exemplary educational and boarding community; its rich history and enduring traditions have not only established a distinctive identity but also elicited the aﬀection of parents, pupils and alumni. e engagement, enthusiasm, and generosity of the latter is testimony to, not only what the College has accomplished in the past, but also what it means for the present and what it promises for the future.
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oming to the end of my ﬁrst year as Master of Marlborough College Malaysia, I ﬁnd myself in reﬂective mood. e single most oen-asked question I have encountered this year has been something along the lines of: “Why did you want to come to Malaysia?” closely followed by: “How does MCM diﬀer from your last school?” (Barnard Castle School, Co Durham, England). My answer to both has been, I like to think, charming, witty and weather-related: replacing months of being lambasted by bone-chilling, biting winds under leaden skies, with glorious warmth, lush greenery and spectacular thunderstorms is undoubtedly good for the soul. However, it has prompted me to analyse what more there is to it – because there certainly is more to it than a glib climatic comparison.
In my seven years as headmaster of Barney, I grew to appreciate that the character of the young people educated there developed in a way which reﬂected, and was inﬂuenced by, a heady combination of the physical environment they lived in; the friends they lived and worked with; the relationships they had with key individuals; and the ethos of the school as modelled by me, the senior leadership team and our teaching colleagues. I believe that schools, especially boarding schools, 94
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are about building character, or perhaps more accurately, they enable the character which is in each child to be developed and enhanced so that they can become the best version of themselves. Parents – when making the important decision as to where to have their child educated – oen jump to the exam statistics page on the website. is is understandable. In the ﬁercely competitive world we live in, good grades are, unquestionably, important and exam results provide an easy – if much too simplistic – way to compare schools. However, this misses a vital component: while a CV bestrewn with achievement in terms of exam grades may secure a job interview, it provides no support to the individual as he or she sits across the table from the interview panel who are wondering – can this person work with us; can they relate to our customers; can we trust them? e phrase ‘employability skills’ has been somewhat wearied by over-use, but the fact is that such skills are exactly what diﬀerentiate highly qualiﬁed individuals in the world of work and in my humble opinion, they are exactly what we in the boarding-school environment do best, but each school will do diﬀerently. So, going back to my original question: what makes Marlborough College Malaysia diﬀerent to Barney or indeed any other British independent school?
I believe that the answer lies in the unique blend of combining the very best of Western and Eastern cultures: an Asian work ethic permeates the atmosphere in MCM in a more tangible way than in the UK, quite simply because we are in Asia. at work ethic inevitably rubs oﬀ on everyone, with the result that there is an ‘Eastern’ expectation of working hard to achieve success, rather than relying on natural aptitude to do well in subjects pupils enjoy and giving up on those they ﬁnd less easy, which was all too common in my Western experience. But the Western independent boarding culture brings a requirement for balance: a ﬁrmly held belief that time spent outside the classroom should be as enriching as time spent in it. Working in teams, whether it be on a charitable project or on the sports ﬁeld – and we are blessed with 90 acres of ﬁelds to enjoy – provide the opportunities which can be discussed at interviews in later life. e strong ethos of service – giving back to help those less privileged – is a proud facet of Western culture, which inculcates humility to sit alongside achievement. Teaching children how to think and how to question through spending time with them outside the classroom, whether it be watching a documentary together, sharing a book or a cup of tea in the ‘brew room’ before bed-time are precious moments, which can only happen in the boarding environment and which are decidedly Western in approach. So, is MCM diﬀerent to my last school? Without question. It is the potent combination of East and West – bringing together the absolute best of both worlds – that makes this place very special indeed but I will still confess to really enjoying not needing my heavy winter coat!
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Looking Ahead eeing out a Master and welcoming in a new one, as Marlborough has done in 2018, is a passage a school passes through as inevitably as the seasons come and go. We say goodbye to a great Master, Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18), and greet his successor. As Louise MoelwynHughes (Master 2018-) becomes our eighteenth Master, the College also says goodbye to its Upper Sixth and welcomes in a new Shell.
ese are the passages and seasons of a school. It gives a sense of ritual and continuity. I reﬂected at this year’s Prize Day how much of the ceremony would be recognisable and familiar to pupils and parents from the school’s early years. e choice of hymns and ceremonies deliberately evoke that past.
‘ Jonathan created his very own blend of continuity and change...’
at society is, today, undergoing as profound a set of changes as at anytime in our lifetimes. Geopolitics seems to be in the grip of a historic swing back from West to East; economics is creating new classes of winners and relative losers across the global economy, and technology is creating a further transformation as artiﬁcial intelligence and automation disrupt existing institutions, hierarchies and business models. We can envisage a world where everything from healthcare to manufactured goods are delivered in new and novel ways that transform how, and where, we live and work.
Yet whether as parents or pupils, present or past, we know personally that behind the continuity lies change; and behind the conformity of ceremony lies individuals anxious to pursue their own dreams in the world and make their own destiny.
Marlborough has witnessed two world wars and other history-making events. OMs have participated bravely and eﬀectively in this history and now again change laps at Marlborough’s gates. It seems certain that these forces are not going to stop politely there. When the rest of society faces profound change, it seems unlikely education will be immune.
A lot of warm and deserved things have been said about Jonathan and I will not repeat them here except to say Jonathan created his very own blend of continuity and change. On ﬁrst examination, he might have passed as the bluﬀ schoolmaster. On second, the intelligence, the erudition, the gentle wit, and the passion for Marlborough in all its aspects was so evident. He was much more of an agent of change than his manner sometimes suggested. at gentle deception was no accident as it made him all the more eﬀective.
I suspect during Louise’s tenure we will face new challenges about how education is delivered as technology oﬀers much more customised learning programmes; our students will face new challenges from a changing social-media landscape; and above all they will enter into a very diﬀerent world of work. New categories of activity will be opening up as others are replaced by automation. e economic poles will also have shied geographically and many of the apparently predictable features of the political landscape may have been swept away.
Just as Louise will be a diﬀerent Master to Jonathan, each making their own very distinctive contribution, so each young man and woman, who leaves Marlborough like those arriving, will make their own distinct impact.
Yet the essence of a Marlborough education remains timeless: an individual seeking to pursue their talents and ready to engage in society helping to make it a better place. So even as the world changes, if we do our job right, Marlborough should remain as relevant as ever.
Marlborough is ﬁrst about the individual and the cultivating of our students’ own talents, and second about encouraging that individual to give back to broader society. at is the unoﬃcial Marlborough social contract: we aspire to educate individuals to contribute to society.
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Valete ‘Over the years, Martin has thrived on incidents, anecdotes and reminiscences. No problem with any blurring of the memory...’
Martin Evans (CR 1968-2018) o speak for Martin Evans as he leaves Common Room aer 50 years is a daunting task: where do I start? Tellingly, on the College website we read current Marlburians talking of ‘the legend that is Martin Evans’, one of the pre-eminent, entertaining, charming, witty and characterful friends and colleagues that one could possibly meet. Over the years, Martin has thrived on incidents, anecdotes and reminiscences. No problem with any blurring of the memory: it simply allows the story to be embellished for greater eﬀect.
Martin arrived at Marlborough in 1968, along with the ﬁrst cohort of girls. And so, he has never known Marlborough as an all-boys’ school. I would pay tribute not only to Martin’s outstanding service as the Common Room Food Member for many years, but also as President of Common Room. Meals and parties see Martin at his best. To say that Martin can work a room is an understatement. He works the country. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the aristocracy and his vast and aﬀectionate following in the Old Marlburian community has resulted in many great friendships. His knowledge of the Prep School world was formidable and it is no exaggeration to say that Martin was the precursor to LinkedIn. 96
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Stories from Martin’s years in C1 are many and varied. It was no coincidence that throughout that time it was the House of choice for the aristocracy and the blue blood of English society. It was a long and great tenure from 1982-94, and Martin was ideally suited to Housemastering. A Housemaster for 17 years, ﬁve years in A2, followed by 12 in C1, he was in his element, and his boys and their parents loved the style and elegance. It was quite a regular occurrence passing the HM’s study to hear Martin ‘throwing an epi’, but the boys knew how to take their punishment and they knew that the storm would blow itself out and peace would be restored once more. If Martin’s boys irked him from time to time, they also knew how to please him. One Prize Day, the College awoke to ﬁnd the C1 ﬂagpole ﬂying not the College ﬂag but a large white bedsheet with a cartoon image of MCWE on it and underneath scrawled in large capital letters MARTY FOR MASTER. e C1 Head of House, years later to be the High Commissioner to Kenya oﬀered immediately to take it down before Sunday Chapel for the whole school. ‘ank you, Christian, but don’t you think we could perhaps leave it up there ‘till lunchtime,’ purred the Housemaster. Educated at Liverpool College and a Kitchener Scholar at Durham University, he went on to be president of the Union at Durham before moving to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he became an active member of the Oxford Union. Martin joined Marlborough College in 1968 to teach English and History. He has been known to play rugby but golf is a passion and he still plays in the OM Golf Society. He loves cricket and is a proud member of the MCC. In his long
career at Marlborough, he has been President of the Debating Society which proved to be a training ground for politicians of the future such as Dan Hannan (BH 1984-89) and Mark Malloch-Brown (C1 1967-71), but they also won the National Observer Mace Trophy in 1976 with renowned speakers such as Adam orpe, now a well-known author. He was also an Oﬃcer in the CCF and Oﬃcer Commanding the Royal Naval Section, Resident House Tutor in B1, Housemaster in A2 and C1, Prep Schools Liaison Oﬃcer, Secretary of the Marlburian Club, joint founding Editor, with John Uzielli, of the outstanding Club Magazine, President of Common Room, Secretary and President of the Marlborough Dining Club and most recently President of the 1843 Society with a vital role within the College Foundation. For generations of Marlburians, it was Martin’s history of the College lecture to the new Shells that is the history that they remember from their time here. ese took place in the Bradleian and were a tour de force of stories, laughter and a deep, infectious love of Marlborough College. So, aer 50 years, Martin is leaving the College and it is no exaggeration to say that Marlborough is losing part of its heritage. e novelist Gustave Flaubert berated his readers for wanting to ﬁnd out too much about him as a person. ‘Let my texts be my legacy,’ he would say. With Martin, we can rightly say, ‘Let my stories be my legacy’. Martin, for the style, wit, fellowship, humour, example and support of others that you have shown over the past 50 years to Marlburians, colleagues young and old, parents and indeed all who have been part of this community, we thank you. You are bliss and rapture unconﬁned, la crème de la crème. We salute you and we wish you every happiness in the future. Andrew Brown (CR 1981-)
A full story on Martin Evans to come in 2019’s magazine.
Academic Results and College Admissions 2018 Academic Results his year, the College celebrated a bumper crop of outstanding results across all subjects.
At A Level and Pre-U, 70% of pupils achieved at least three good grades – A* to B or D1 to M2. 24% of entries were graded at A* (or Pre-U equivalent), representing our highest proportion of pupils with top grades in the past six years. 82% of entries were graded at A* to B, and this number continues to rise. In the Pre-U exams, a record-setting number of the elusive D1 grades were awarded: 19 across nine subjects. 14 students achieved three or more grades at A* (or Pre-U equivalent). At GCSE, 20% of students achieved 10 or more A*s, with 20 students achieving
College Admissions or Shell entry, the College uses an assessment system that seeks to select children with academic, sporting, and artistic appetites and abilities that suggest they will make the most of their time at Marlborough. e process uses a combination of academic assessment, a head’s reference from the applicant’s current school, and an interview at the College. If you are interested in sending your child to the College, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Louise Smith, on 01672 892 302 in the ﬁrst instance,
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11 A*s (12 of which were clean sweeps). Perpetua Haydn Taylor (NC 2015-) achieved 12 A*s. 48% of entries were awarded A* (or A* equivalent) – this is the highest since 2014. These, however, are just the tabletopping highlights. Those pupils who have worked hard to achieve beyond themselves at whatever level deserve equal praise – there are invisible victories buried throughout the table of results. We are indebted to our staﬀ, both teaching and non-teaching, for their support of the students – for their inspirational teaching, for their care and persistence, and for their help in creating an environment conducive to ambitious academic pursuit.
indicating that you are an OM so that this can be taken into account at the time of assessment.
Scholarships and Exhibitions A wide variety of scholarships and exhibitions are available to all children (whether oﬀspring of an OM or not) at 13+ and 16+ entry. Details of all such awards, including values, dates, qualiﬁcations and examination procedures, may be obtained from the Director of Admissions, Julia Hodgson. e Scholarship Booklet may also be viewed online at www.marlboroughcollege.org e Marlburian Club Charitable Trust makes funds available for various purposes but most commonly assists OMs with a child at the College who experiences unexpected hardship. It also gives grants to College leavers pursuing GAP Year projects involving an element of service
ey have empowered our pupils to succeed, and succeed they most certainly have. Ed Tolputt (CR 2018-) Deputy Head (Academic)
‘ose pupils who have worked hard to achieve beyond themselves at whatever level deserve equal praise – there are invisible victories buried throughout the table of results’
to others. e Marlborough Children of Clergy Fund, in accordance with the intentions of the College’s founders, assists ordained members of the Church of England (whether OMs or not) to send their children to the College. To apply to either e Marlburian Club Charitable Trust or e Children of Clergy Fund, please contact Peter Bryan, Deputy Master and Director of Corporate Resources, on 01672 892 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you oﬀer a work placement or internship? e Guidance Department is keen to support sixth formers and young OMs taking their ﬁrst steps towards a career. If you think you or your organisation may be able to oﬀer work experience or internships, please contact Guy Nobes in the Guidance Department who will be delighted to give you more information: email@example.com
Sports & Club Reports OM Cricket Club – e Marlborough Blues
Cricket results P: 10 W: 2 D: 1 L: 7 A: 3 v Hurlingham (away) 13 May – lost by 5 wkts Blues 100 all out. Hurlingham 102 for 5 (Barney Parton (B1 2004-09) 4-23) v Harrow Wanderers T20 (Eton) 20 May – won by 8 wkts Harrow Wanderers 160 for 2 oﬀ 20 overs Blues 161 for 2 oﬀ 14.2 overs (Max Read 66, Billy Mead 62*) v Eton Ramblers T20 (away) 20 May – lost by 35 runs Eton Ramblers 244 for 4 oﬀ 20 overs (Ali Stokes (BH 2005-10) 3-25) Blues 209 for 6 oﬀ 20 overs (Ed Kilbee 84, Oliver Logan (PR 2006-11) 37) Cricketer Cup 1st Round v Old Bedfordians (away) 17 June – lost by 37 runs Old Bedfordians 269 for 6 oﬀ 50 overs (Harry Staight 4-11, Finn Campbell 2-40) Blues 232 all out oﬀ 47.3 overs (Uzi Qureshi 63, Max Read 47, Ed Kilbee 30)
Billy Mead (C1 2012-17)
ith rain abandonments against the College, Radley Rangers and Sherborne Pilgrims, it seemed as though the only three wet days of a record-breaking hot summer coincided with important Blues ﬁxtures. It was also frustrating that both the HAC and Old Westminster were unable to fulﬁl ﬁxtures due to unforeseen circumstances. What with disappointing cancellations due to lack of numbers against Old Wykehamists, Hampshire Hogs and Flashmen, it was somewhat of a reduced campaign.
A challenging draw away to the Old Bedfordians in the Cricketer Cup 1st Round saw the Blues succumb to a 37-run defeat, despite impressive bowling displays from Harry Staight (B1 2003-08) and Finn Campbell (C1 2010-15) and useful batting contributions from Uzi Qureshi (B1 2007-11) and Max Read (TU 2012-17). It was of some consolation that the Old Bedfordians went on to reach the semi-ﬁnals before losing narrowly to the eventual winners. Elsewhere, the Blues secured impressive T20 wins against
v Dilettantes (home) 17 June – lost by 6 wkts Blues 151 all out (Guy Barker (B3 1983-88) 84). Dilettantes 153 for 4 v Old Amplefordians (home) 30 June – lost by 7 wkts Blues 176 all out ( James Caldwell 68, Will Hooker (LI 2004-09) 28) Old Amplefordians 177 for 3 The winning Blues team against the RAC in July’s evening T20 in Battersea Park
Harrow Wanderers and the RAC. A ﬁve-wicket haul was recorded by David West (TU 2015-17), who took an excellent 5-42 in an exciting draw with Downside Wanderers, and half centuries were scored by Max Read, Billy Mead (C1 201217), Ed Kilbee (C2 2001-06), James Caldwell (CO 1995-2000), Ed Rothwell (TU 2005-10) and Mike Bush (TU 1993-98). Despite limited success, lots of enjoyment was had as ever. It was pleasing to see several recent leavers turning out and the younger generation of OMs are always welcome to get involved.
v Downside Wanderers (home) 22 July – Match Drawn Blues 214 all out (Ed Rothwell 77, Elijah Samuel (LI 2012-2017) 41) Downside Wanderers 189 for 9 (David West 5-42, Ed Rothwell 2-24) v RAC T20 (Battersea Park) 25 July – won by 44 runs Blues 150 for 7 oﬀ 20 overs (Alex Combe (PR 2010-15) 31*, Mike Bush 30*) RAC 106 all out oﬀ 19.4 overs (Alex Armstrong (C1 1996-2001) 2-6, Ed Rothwell 2-10) v Guards (away) 28 July – lost by 3 wkts Blues 240 for 9 dec (Mike Bush 83, Harry MacDonald (PR 2003-08) 56) Guards 242 for 7 (Alex Armstrong 4-41) v Eton Ramblers (away) 19 August – lost by 101 runs Eton Ramblers 246 for 8 dec (Robbie Williams (BH 2000-05) 3-45) Blues 145 all out (Ed Rothwell 38, Victor Kandampully (SU 1998-2003) 30) e Marlburian Club Magazine
Sports & Club Reports OM Beagling
OM Football he 2017/2018 Arthurian League season proved to be the most challenging yet for the Old Marlburian Football Club. e league is more competitive than ever with it now consisting of ﬁve separate divisions and the OMFC were to spend their third consecutive season in the top ﬂight.
or the ﬁrst time since we merged with the Palmer Milburn, the Puppy Show was held in the College. On a beautiful day in late June, guests, visitors, College pupils and parents enjoyed a splendid show arranged by kennel huntsman, Danny Allen, and Master-in-Charge, Gregor McSkimming.
e hounds also came to College on Prize Day when students and parents enjoyed the spectacle of them racing against one another. As usual, the annual Lawn Meet was held in the College in March, followed by trail-hunting at Temple Farm. anks to the enthusiasm of Danny Allen, beagling continues to be a very popular activity, with about 24 students coming out every Tuesday aernoon. is year’s winner of the Dempster Cup for Beagling was Arabella Methuen (MO U6). A very successful season involved trips to Wales, Northumberland and Cumbria, attended by current students and OMs. It was great to welcome several young OMs to the annual Dinner in April. During the summer, the hounds were paraded at a variety of shows across the country from Builth Wells to Rydal. As always, I would like to thank all the landowners over whose land we are allowed to hunt. As well as Danny Allen, our indefatigable huntsman, we are indebted to Masters, Max Rumney, Trevor Gore and Julian Chadwick. Master-in-Charge Seán Dempster (CR 1994-2017) firstname.lastname@example.org 100 e Marlburian Club Magazine
e season got oﬀ to an almost perfect start with an opening day draw against Shrewsbury, followed by a win over King’s Wimbledon with Alex Middleton (C1 2004-09) opening his account for the season with a second-half winner. e same central midﬁeld of Ben Walters (SU 2005-10), Alexander Walters (SU 2007-12), Brad Miles (TU 2005-10) and George Brown (BH 2002-07) continued to combine aggression and tactical awareness, and Sam Garel-Jones (BH 2007-12) was the new addition to a defence of Joe Hare (C3 1999-2004), Nick Horowitz (C3 2002-07) and Cam Wimble (C2 2006-11). Tom CowperColes (SU 2007-12) and Harry von Behr (B1 2001-06) shared the No.1 jersey and, up front, the skill and pace of Alex Azis (CO 2004-09), Niall Alcock (C2 19992004), Alex Middleton and Joel Hughes (C3 1999-2004) made up the core squad. Unfortunately, what followed was possibly our worst run to date, leaving us at the root of the table for the rest of the season. Luck was certainly not on our side as 6 of our 12 losses were
settled by a 1-goal margin. is included our match vs Eton, played on the athletics track at Marlborough to celebrate 175 years of the school. We took the lead in the second half through Cam Gordon and Joel Hughes, before conceding a lastminute penalty and losing the game 3-2. Other very close games included narrowly losing 2-1 away in Essex to the eventual champions, Foresters, and losing by the same score line to Tonbridge, this year’s cup champions. Despite playing attractive, possession-based football, it was just not our season. Tom Phillips (PR 2001-06), Ed Kilbee (C2 2001-06), Jo Ridley (C2 2001-06), Tom Davies (C3 2005-10), Ed Siddeley (C2 2007-12), Henry Hatherley (TU 2007-12), George Blakey (C2 200611) and James Archer (C3 2003-08) all played their part in a season in which we played some of our best football to date at times, but ultimately could not do enough to stay in the Premier League. You can be sure that we will be back next season in Division One, looking to bounce back stronger. As always, we are on the lookout for new players. If you are a keen and committed footballer reading this, I urge you to put your services forward and get in touch with email@example.com Captain Ben Walters (SU 2005-10) firstname.lastname@example.org
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he OM Women’s Hockey team had an addition to the ﬁxture list this year with the Dean Close Six-a-Side tournament in mid-October. e squad of seven took on six-a-side alumni teams from Cheltenham, Dean Close and Canford amongst others. e squad were not to be intimidated by goalies in England hockey kit and teams with matching shirts and coaches, and as usual played some fantastic hockey that belied the fact that we hadn’t played together for nearly a year. e grudge match against Canford was the game of the day, a hard-fought match that went down to the wire. With Marlborough at the unlucky end of some umpiring decisions, it was with a sense of déja vu from our school days that Canford just beat us to go through to the ﬁnal. For our ﬁrst run out at the tournament though, we were happy to ﬁnish in fourth place aer the playoﬀ against host school Dean Close. It was a great day out for everyone and deﬁnitely a tournament we look forward to entering again.
In November, for the OM Festival of Sport, the annual match against the College XI took a diﬀerent turn with the alumni girls taking on a hybrid team
OM Real Tennis his year, the OMs entered two pairs into the Cattermull Cup, father and son pairing Felix (PR 1957-62) and Alex (TU 1985-90) Pole, and novices Stuart Kerr (SU 1983-88) and Nick Hewitt (SU 1983-88), who had taken up the sport only months before. A large ﬁeld of 25 entries from a record 20 schools were competing in this handicap tournament for alumni. Each match was decided by one set or in favour of whichever pair was ahead aer 30 minutes.
e Poles were drawn in a group with Clion, Shrewsbury and Princethorpe, and sadly did not quite manage to qualify for the knock-out stages, in a tightly fought group. Kerr and Hewitt enjoyed some beginners’ luck and a generous handicap. ey emerged unbeaten from their group, defeating
of the male alumni and staﬀ instead. As always it was a fast-paced, end-toend game with a smattering of brilliance from some rusty players. e team was made up of players from across the years, as well as some star appearances from staﬀ. Some generous umpiring and tactical extra time from alumni coach/umpire Jon Copp (CR 1981-), le the alumni girls victorious as the ﬁnal whistle blew. It was another fantastic run out for the alumni team, which was enjoyed by everyone. is is another ﬁxture we’d be keen to add to the list next season – especially as it’s followed by BBQs and ﬁreworks.
his year saw the birth of the OM Netball Club set up by OMs Vicky Eatough (EL 2004-09) and Nicky Hawkins (EL 2004-2009). For our inaugural game, we gathered together a varied team of women representing both recent and older OM graduates, which made for an exciting squad. Whilst we lost to the fantastic current 1st VII, it was an extremely enjoyable and high-scoring match, and we are feeling positive about future games to come. We are delighted to have started a conversation amongst a brilliant network of women, so if you are interested in playing, please do reach out to us.
Secretaries Vicky Eatough (EL 2004-09) and Nicky Hawkins (EL 2004-2009) email@example.com
As ever, please get in touch if you are keen to play in the alumni team. Secretary Louise Burn (MO 2006-11) firstname.lastname@example.org
Charterhouse (more by luck than judgment), Downside, and an experienced Wellington pair with an especially pleasing 6-1 triumph. In the second round, Marlborough defeated Bryanston 6-2 to qualify for a quarter-ﬁnal against a talented Radley pair, who faced a handicap challenge of a mere 30 points. Kerr was particularly motivated by memories of multiple defeats on the rugby and cricket ﬁelds while at school. By the end of the knock up, the Radley pair seemed truly aggrieved by the Marlborough ‘bandits’ ability to hit the ball at all. Kerr and Hewitt prevailed 6-1 and could not restrain a smirk. In the semi-ﬁnal, Marlborough faced the Worth pair, Paul Cattermull and Tom Carew Hunt, who had done their homework. In an extremely tight match, the score was 4-4 with seconds
to spare, Worth managing to take it to 5-4 with the last shot of the match as the clock struck 30 minutes. For Kerr and Hewitt, it had been an unexpected giant-killing cup run, where their mindset had changed from ‘give it a go’ to ‘what might have been’. Sadly, for the Worth pair, too, they could not sustain their intensity and were defeated by the King’s School Canterbury pair in the ﬁnal, who were as delighted as they were surprised. Such was the success of the tournament, that the professionals, Chris Bray and Will Burns at Middlesex University Real Tennis Club are proposing to widen the ﬁeld even further for 2019. Secretary Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73) email@example.com
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Sports & Club Reports OM Tennis n OM team was thrilled to participate in the 175th school anniversary celebrations in May 2018 with a ﬁve pair (four men and one ladies) match against the College. e OMs put out a very diverse team drawing from the doughty experience of Chris Harvey (LI 1954-59) and Philip Howard (C2 1954-59) to the youthful vigour of Alex Attard-Manche (NC 2005-10) and Caitlin Lloyd (NC 2005-10) with Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), Sandy Case (C1 1978-83), Clive Pinnington (TU 197983), Justin Rhodes (C1 1984-89) and Ali Wade (TU 1989-94) in between. e formula worked well with the OMs winning all but one of the matches for a relatively easy victory. It should be noted that, whereas the OMs were determined
t has been another full year for Old Marlburian golf. We had no great success in e Majors but competed well. In the ﬁrst round of e Halford Hewitt at Deal, the Marlborough team put in a wonderful performance to overcome a really strong Lorretto team ﬁlled with ex-golf scholarship players, to win by 3 matches to 2, with notable wins for David Niven (C3 1970-73)/Justin Rhodes (C1 1984-89), Elliot Matthews (C2 2005-10)/Callum McCall (C2 2002-07), and James Hewer (CO 1988-90)/Tom MacFarlane (TU 1996-2001). We lost narrowly in the second round to Bradﬁeld. It was a very
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to recapture their former days of glory (in front of those who coached our ﬁrst forehands, with family members and, in some cases, with oﬀspring looking on nervously), the College players were wonderfully distracted by the joys of Prize Day and the promise of school holidays at the end of the match.
e conditions on the day were so hot and the encounter so enjoyable, that the OMs totally failed to record the individual match scores, preferring instead to revel in a wonderful day back at MC.
close match with 3 of the 5 matches going down the last, with Niven/Rhodes and Angus Murray (BH 1983-88)/Richard Graham (B1 1981-85) narrowly winning their games, but overall Bradﬁeld holed a few more putts.
In the Bernard Darwin (over 55s, also at Woking) the team of David Niven, Bob Carrick, Jack Naylor, Nick Denny, Neil Hinds (TU 1974-78) and Adrian O’Loughlin (B3 1965-69) played the holders Uppingham in the ﬁrst round, to lose a very close match 2-1. e key game was Hinds and O’Loughlin, who eventually lost on the 20th hole. We had the consolation of winning the subsidiary event.
e Alba Trophy is a 36-hole scratch foursomes medal competition for Societies and Clubs, over the always-challenging Woking course. Represented by Elliot Mathews and Charles Blockley (C1 19962001), Marlborough again came very close to winning, having led aer the ﬁrst round with a marvellous 71 and were leading the event until a blemish on the 36th hole. is was a great eﬀort for a pair who had not played together before, against some very experienced teams. In the Senior Darwin (over 65s) at Woking, the team members were Bob Carrick (B2 1963-67), Tim MartinJenkins (B3 1961-65), Nick Denny (SU 1965-69), Alasdair Niven (C3 1966-70), Robert Wace (PR 1956-60) and Robin Swann (B3 1962-66). On a day of fast greens, Marlborough beat Wellington 3-0 in the ﬁrst round, but lost narrowly to the eventual winners, Repton, 2-1 in the second round.
Secretary Greg Caterer (CO 2000-06) g firstname.lastname@example.org
James Hopper (C1 1957-62) retired as the Hewitt Captain at the end of 2017 to be replaced by Angus Murray. James captained the team for two spells for a total of six years and everyone in the OMGS, and particularly those who played for him in the team, thank him for his leadership and the hard work. e Society continues in its eﬀorts to play younger members in all its many matches throughout the year and all OMs are welcome to join the society. Just visit the website www.omgs.org.uk to open a world of enjoyable golf on magniﬁcent courses. Secretary Jim Hewer (CO 1988-90) email@example.com
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team dropped only three points, but could still only manage ninth place, the ‘B’ team fourteenth and the ‘C’ team sixth. We were our ‘traditional’ fourth in the Aggregate to Old Guildfordians. e other individual club trophies in the Veterans were won by Ed Jeens, Richard White (LI 1987-92) and Robert Horton-Smith (C1 1961-65). e Buxton Plate was again won by Chris (LI 1973-77) and Ed Dickson. Aer the veterans match, 24 OMs sat down for our Annual Dinner and this year we were honoured to host Chris Carpmael (C1 1980-84), the President of the Marlburian Club. Others attending included Martin Watkins and the four students shooting the National Championships. An excellent selection of food was again supplied by David Richards with Dominic de Vere (BH 1987-92) supplying and educating us further on the drinks front.
he National Championships were completed at Bisley and the Club had an unusual year with a very small number of OMs competing, which was disappointing. On the individual front, only Bill Richards (C1 1977-79) made the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate and, for only the third time in the last 41 years, no OMs made the ﬁnal of HM e Queen’s Prize.
Internal Club trophies, based on scores in the Championships, were won by Ed Jeens (BH 1998-2003), top OM in HM e Queen’s Prize, just narrowly missing the ﬁnal, with Bill Richards securing the other two. In the process, Bill won the Elkington Aggregate. e Public Schools Veterans’ match saw the Club only able to ﬁeld three teams, which was a great disappointment considering the record numbers last year and may reﬂect the change of date, with the championships being a week later this year. As was the case last year, it was another high-scoring event, with Ed Dickson (SU 2005-07) securing the Vezey Trophy as the highest-scoring OM in the event with an excellent score of 50 with eight shots in the central Vbull from David (B3 1972-76) and Bill Richards, who also scored 50. e ‘A’
During the Championships, on the national and international front, Bill Richards was again the head coach for all the international matches for England and Great Britain. Sandy Gill (BH 1996-2000) (Scotland) and Ed Jeens (Wales) shot in both the National and Mackinnon matches, whilst Martin Watkins coached for Wales in the National. It was again honours even in our four shoulder-to-shoulder matches against the College during the year, with the Club winning both full-bore matches and the school again dominating the small-bore matches. e school has not been helped in having very few opportunities to practise full-bore shooting this year and it undoubtedly contributed to the school being unable to ﬁeld a team in the Ashburton this summer and having to compete in the Fours event. Next year is the 150th Imperial Meeting and the NRA have planned an extended programme. Bill Richards has been selected as the Captain of the England Mackinnon team next summer. e Veterans match will be on the evening of 17 July 2019 and it would be great to see as many OMs as possible come out and compete for the Club. President Bill Richards (C1 1977-79) firstname.lastname@example.org
OM Sailing he Old Marlburian Sailing Association (OMSA) runs a host of sailing, yacht racing and social events throughout the year. ese events are catered for sailors with a broad range of experience, from beginner to seasoned yacht racer, and include both social events in London and yacht racing regattas on the Solent and around the Isle of Wight.
e main yacht racing event of the year is the annual Arrow Trophy, which takes place in October and consists of two days of highly competitive ﬂeet racing. e OMSA team compete against a ﬂeet of 20 other schools. e Arrow Trophy is just one of many events the OMSA will be taking part in during 2019 amongst a broad range of other social and networking activities. We are a fastgrowing OM sports club with increasing numbers of participating OMs every year. We welcome any new members interested in attending the OMSA events and encourage beginners to get on board! If a yacht-racing regatta on the Solent, a cruising weekend around the Isle of Wight or regular social networking events in London are of interest, please get in touch and contact Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) or Richard White (LI 1987-92) rmswhite@ gmail.com. ere is more information available on MC Global Connect and the Marlburian Club website. Secretary Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) email@example.com
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Sports & Club Reports OM Rugby he Malones had a bit of a change up last year with Sam Matanle (C2 2008-2013) and me taking the reins from Tom Geddes, who le tough boots to ﬁll. Nevertheless, we are both excited to expand and grow the Malones as a club and also its ﬁxture list and have exciting things planned for the year ahead.
Last season saw only one ﬁxture played against Canford on Club Day. A ﬁercely competitive game saw Marlborough narrowly go down to a young and energetic opposition. Nonetheless, it was great to see Old Marlburians from a number of generations playing. Our oldest player, Steve Matanle (C2 1965-69), managed 20 minutes and a crucial trysaving tackle – those of you that can work out the age will know it’s a fantastic feat.
OM Lacrosse M Team: Clementine Haxby (EL 2009-14), Cordelia Keevil (MO 2001-06), Teddie Naish (MO 2006-11), Katie Vogel (EL 2011-16), Isobel Woods (PR 2013-15), Antonia Hudson (LI 2010-12), Anna Morhead (MM 2012-14), Laetitia (Tish) Jervis (EL 2006-11), Henrietta Watson (EL 2006-11), Melinda Hudson (LI 201214), Heidi Marvin (CR 2003-11), Chris Border (CR 2017-18).
is year’s OM match took place alongside the College’s 175th/50th Anniversary, a truly spectacular day of commemoration and celebration. A healthy 13 OMs signed up to take on the talented and cohesive 1st XII College team. However, the OM team were also not lacking talent, with numerous current and retired international players representing England, Scotland and Wales. is was set to be an exciting match!
is year sees the club’s ﬁxture list jampacked with some brilliant events. ere will be three ﬁxtures against Bryanston at Rosslyn Park under lights, Radley at the next Club Day in the autumn, and potentially a third against the old rivals Canford. Both Sam and I are very excited about the season ahead and encourage anyone of any age to get in contact with us and, while we’d like to see anyone, we’d especially like recent leavers! Secretary Charlie Pascoe (C2 2008-2013) firstname.lastname@example.org 104 e Marlburian Club Magazine
e OMs got oﬀ to a ﬂying start with fantastic goals from Isobel Woods and Heidi Marvin. Henrietta Watson and Melinda Hudson worked tirelessly in defence for the OMs causing numerous turnover and initiating ﬂuid transitions down the pitch. e 1st XII responded well and created some aesthetically pleasing team goals. Current 1st XII goalkeeper Daisy Mitford Slade (L6, MM) was outstanding, saving shots from international OMs with ease and conﬁdence. e ﬁnal score resulted in an 8-6 win for the OMs. Well played to all involved and thank you to the umpires and spectators for all their support. e OM Lacrosse group is ever expanding, gaining traction year on year. If you would like to take part in the annual OM vs 1st XII match, please do not hesitate to contact Antonia Hudson via email email@example.com. Head of Lacrosse Antonia Hudson (LI 2010-12) firstname.lastname@example.org
good win over Merchant Taylors in the ﬁrst round of the Londonderry Cup was one of the highlights of the Courtiers Squash season. is then set up a second-round ﬁxture with Winchester at Queens. Decent performances on the night were not enough to win against a far younger team, highlighting our annual quest for some more ‘not-so’ Old Marlburians to play in the tournament. e Rose Bowl was held in September at the College. It was well attended and competitive. e tournament ﬁnal was contested between Ali Robinson (PR 1983-88) and Nick Fallowﬁeld (B3 1981-85), with Nick coming out on top.
Financial help for OMs e Marlburian Club’s Charitable Funds exist to assist OMs in various circumstances, as outlined below.
Assistance with College fees Assistance may be made available to ensure that when OMs with children at Marlborough encounter some unexpected severe hardship (sudden redundancy, severe illness or death) their children can complete their education at the College.
Assistance with professional training expenses Nowadays, more students are studying for postgraduate qualiﬁcations that oen involve periods of study abroad. e Trustees have assisted various OMs training to be doctors by helping towards the costs of overseas medical elective studies; a talented music graduate – who had shown great initiative and
determination in his fundraising – was given a grant to enable him to undertake specialist training abroad; and a former student was given a grant to take up a United Nations internship.
Assistance with gap-year plans Gap-year pupils are invited to apply for grants to undertake schemes that involve an element of service to those less privileged than themselves. About £5,000 is made available each year for this purpose, with typical grants averaging about £400. Funds come from an endowment made by Judge Edwin Konstam (LI 1884-87).
Constructive emergency assistance Help is occasionally given to OMs who fall on hard times and are in need of short-term help in order to get them back
on their feet. Such assistance is usually given in the form of a one-oﬀ ex-gratia payment for a very speciﬁc purpose. Beyond the categories of personal grants listed above, the Club – as a charity – has been able to give considerable ﬁnancial help to the College making it possible to undertake capital improvements, which would otherwise have been beyond its means. e funds have paid for the building of the Sixth Form Social Centre, the Marlburian Club, mobile shelving in the College Archives, and they have contributed to the refurbishment of the Memorial Hall. To apply for assistance from the Charitable Funds, please either send an email to the Trustees at email@example.com or write to them at e Marlburian Club, Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 IPA.
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On the Shelves Anatomy of a Campaign By John Kiszely (B2 1962-66) Published by Cambridge University Press, £34.99 ISBN 978-1107194595 e British campaign in Norway in 1940 was an ignominious and abject failure. It is perhaps best known as the ﬁasco which directly led to the fall of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his replacement by Winston Churchill. But what were the reasons for failure? Why did the decisionmakers, including Churchill, make such poor decisions and exercise such bad judgement? What other factors played a part? John Kiszely draws on his own experience of working at all levels in the military to assess the campaign as a whole,
its context and evolution from strategic failures, intelligence blunders and German air superiority to the performance of the troops and the serious errors of judgement by those responsible for the higher direction of the war. e result helps us to understand not only the outcome of the Norwegian campaign but also why more recent military campaigns have found success so elusive.
Redeﬁning Brutalism By Simon Henley (CO 1981-85) Published by RIBA Publishing, £27 ISBN 978-1859465776 People associate the term Brutalism with concrete and, in the UK, with the Welfare State – just one thin slice of the Brutalist canon. Brutalism is not a style. It reveals enduring architectural ideas and interests that have emerged at diﬀerent times and in 106 e Marlburian Club Magazine
diﬀerent places, prompted by social and political ideals and technological conditions. Richly illustrated with unique, high-quality photographs, this book explores Brutalism through the lens of 12 distinct, occasionally competing, deﬁnitions, as a living and evolving entity.
Redeﬁning Brutalism oﬀers insight into how these buildings were designed and constructed, their underlying social contexts, and how Brutalism triggered various other movements such as Hightech and Postmodernism. is book is a lens through which to see the present as much as the past. Simon Henley is an architect and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a co-founder of awardwinning practice Henley Halebrown and was UK Public Building Architect of the Year in 2011. Simon is the author of e Architecture of Parking and writes for Archdaily.
subject that helped him compile a store of information. It’s the source of our food that is important. e book provides historical evidence to support this and points out that organic is not necessarily nutritionally denser. Much of science, faulty for whatever reason, has led us astray. e World Health Organisation (WHO) has not been able to ﬁnd a single degenerative disease that is not linked to nutrition. However, the author points out two other factors that come a close equal second.
Song By Michelle Jana Chan (TU 1990-92) Published by Unbound, £18.99 ISBN 978-1783525478
Nutrition, Health, Myths and All at By Frank Tennant (CO 1949-54) Published by eBookIt, $10.40 ISBN 978-1-4566-2447-7 is book is a summary of ﬁve decades’ interest in the myths about health and identifying the link between nutrition and health. Some of these myths have been diversions created by ‘science’. Hypocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, said: “Let food be thy medicine”. One of the ﬁrst things he asked a patient was what they had been eating. How many medical practitioners have the time to take an interest in that these days? For a decade, Frank wrote a monthly newsletter on the
Song is just a boy when he sets out from Lishui village in China. Brimming with courage and ambition, he leaves behind his impoverished broken family, hoping he’ll make his fortune and return home. Chasing tales of sugarcane, rubber and gold, Song embarks upon a perilous voyage across the oceans to the British colony of Guiana, but once there he discovers riches are not so easy to come by and he is forced into labouring as an indentured plantation worker. is is
only the beginning of Song’s remarkable life, but as he ﬁnds himself between places and between peoples, and increasingly aware that the circumstances of birth carry more weight than accomplishments or good deeds, Song fears he may live as an outsider forever. is beautifully written and evocative story spans nearly half a century and half the globe, and though it is set in another century, Song’s story of emigration and the quest for an opportunity to improve his life is timeless.
Regaining Life’s Winding Trail By Henry Disney (B1 1952-57) Published by Austin Macauley Publishers, £12.99 ISBN 978-1786127983 Dr Henry Disney has written Regaining Life’s Winding Trail. e book is, in the author’s own words, ‘a rambling set of anecdotes and poetic reﬂections on his unusual life’. He begins life as a shy child relishing in nature’s gis. Aer a successful stint in the army, Disney pursues his love of natural history to become a research entomologist. His work takes him to places around the world, young family and loving wife in tow. He becomes a respected and accomplished scientist with a vast number of publications. He undertakes his work with such zeal that he surely earns the title ‘the king of scuttle ﬂies’. Where others fail, Disney’s scientiﬁc knowledge and strong faith live harmoniously side by side. Disney’s use of poetry and the collection of his poems included in this autobiographical musing bridge the supposed gulf between science and the arts.
international state-building. ree years aer independence, South Sudan was lowest ranked in the list of failed states. War returned, worse than ever. Peter Martell has spent over a decade reporting from palaces and battleﬁelds, meeting those who made a country like no other: warlords and spies, missionaries and mercenaries, guerrillas and gunrunners, freedom ﬁghters and war crime fugitives, Hollywood stars and ex-slaves. Under his seasoned foreign correspondent’s gaze, he weaves with passion and colour the lively history of the world’s newest country.
Dambuster Diary By Jenny Elmes, John Hopgood’s (C1 1935-39) niece. Self-published, £50 Attending Marlborough College from Sept 1935 until July 1939, John Vere ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood was to become a Dambuster pilot, and second-in-command to Guy Gibson; he died a hero at the Mohne Dam, aged just 21 years old. is limited-edition copy of his school diary is traditionally stitch-bound in Marlborough crest colours and gives an insight into his two last years at Marlborough and how public schooling ideally prepared a gutsy young man for squadron life.
First Raise a Flag By Peter Martell (LI 1992-97) Published by Hurst, £19.99 ISBN 978-1849049597 When South Sudan’s war began, the Beatles were playing their ﬁrst hits and reaching the moon was an astronaut’s dream. Half a century later, with millions massacred in Africa’s longest war, the continent’s biggest country split in two. It was an extraordinary, unprecedented experiment. Many have fought, but South Sudan did the impossible, and won. is is the story of an epic ﬁght for freedom. It is also the story of a nightmare. First Raise a Flag details one of the most dramatic failures in the history of
M-Mother, Dambuster Flight Lieutenant John ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood
Dambuster’s Diary can be bought together with a signed copy of M-Mother for £75. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take this oﬀer up.
e Life and Works of John Napier By Brian Rice (C3 1966-1971), Enrique González-Velasco and Alexander Corrigan. Published by Springer, £132 ISBN 978-3-319-53281-3 John Napier (1550-1617) is best known for his invention of logarithms. His four mathematical works were originally published in Latin: two in his lifetime, one shortly aer he died, and one over 200 years later. Brian Rice is a descendant who believed that the quadcentenary of Napier’s death should not pass unmarked and decided that for the ﬁrst time all ﬁve of John Napier’s works should be brought together in English and in a single volume. His four mathematical works were originally published in Latin while his religious polemic was published in English but are now all published in English. With two co-authors, both respected academics in their own ﬁelds, they also prepared three introductory chapters, one covering Napier himself, one his mathematical works, and one his religious work. All three authors
By Jenny Elmes, John ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood’s (C1 1935-39) niece. Published by e History Press, £20 ISBN 978-0750961844 A loving and moving account of one of the great unsung heroes of the Dam’s Raid. Jenny Elmes has vividly brought back to life Guy Gibson’s most trusted and dedicated deputy. ‘Hoppy’, pilot of M-Mother and a man of exceptional moral and physical courage. e Marlburian Club Magazine 107
revisited the primary sources extensively and provide new insights about Napier and his works, whilst revising the many myths and assumptions that surround his life and character.
Blood’s Game By Angus Donald (C1 1979-83) Published by Zaﬀre, £7.99 ISBN 978-1785762048
e Master Gardener: A Biography of T R Garnett (Master 1952-61) By Andrew Lemon Published by Hardie Grant Books, £30 ISBN 978-1743793824
Tommy Garnett, creator of the famous Garden of St Erth at Blackwood, Victoria, became one of Australia’s best-known garden writers, a rational crusader for plants, gardens and gardeners, birds, nature conservation and the environment. Few of his devoted readers knew anything of his life before the garden – the experiences that informed the wise, crisp, erudite, playful newspaper columns and books. Half of his long life – he died in 2006 aged 91 – was as an Englishman, half as an Australian. He was an innovative, controversial, successful head of two world-famous schools, England’s Marlborough College and Australia’s Geelong Grammar. Had he been a snob he could have boasted of his family’s literary connections or rattled oﬀ long lists of distinguished students, staﬀ and colleagues who acknowledged his inﬂuence – poets, cricketers, princes, scholars, ornithologists, scientists, artists. Nor did he boast of his own sporting triumphs (ﬁrst-class cricketer, British Eton Fives champion) or of his tough war years as a ground-based RAF squadron leader, decorated for service behind enemy lines, in Bengal and Burma. Born into wealth, thrown into penury, surviving as a scholarship boy, ﬁnding the love of his life aer the war, Garnett was a man of accomplishment and wisdom, forever open to new insights and to new experiences. Australia reaped the beneﬁt. 108 e Marlburian Club Magazine
glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breath-taking house overlooking the sea. If only… thinks 16-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home. If only her life was as perfect as theirs. If only Edie Davenport would be her friend. If only she lived at e Cliﬀ House… Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long aer the ﬁnal page is turned.
‘Sam’ Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Elworthy Holcro Blood has entered the employ of the Duke of Buckingham, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom aer the king. It is here that his education really begins. With a gi for numbers and decoding ciphers, Holcro soon proves invaluable to the Duke, but when he’s pushed into a betrayal, he risks everything for revenge. His father, Colonel omas Blood, has fallen on hard times. A man used to ﬁghting, he lives by his wits and survives by whatever means necessary. When he’s asked to commit treason by stealing the crown jewels, he puts himself and his family in a dangerous situation – one that may end at the gallows. As the machinations of powerful men plot to secure the country’s future, both father and son must learn what it is to survive in a more dangerous battleﬁeld than war – the court of King Charles II.
e Cliﬀ House By Amanda Jennings (PR 1989-91) Published by HQ, £7.74 ISBN 978-0008250362 Some friendships are made to be broken. Cornwall, summer of 1986. e Davenports, with their fast cars and
By Richard Mead (SU 1960-65) Published by Pen & Sword Aviation, £25 ISBN 978-1526727176
Sam Elworthy’s (SU 1924-29) career was remarkable by any standards. Born in New Zealand in 1911 and educated in England, he was called to the Bar. Aer learning to ﬂy, he joined the RAF. During the Second World War he won the DFC, DSO and AFC and, aer commanding 82 Squadron, worked closely with ‘Bomber’ Harris and General Eisenhower. He became an air commodore aged 33. His meteoric rise continued post-war. Switching to Fighter Command, he saw service in India, Pakistan and the UK before becoming Commandant of the RAF Staﬀ College. By 1960, he was triservice Commander-in-Chief Middle East and his actions prevented the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. As Chief of Air Staﬀ and Chief of Defence Staﬀ, in the 1960s he fought the Services’ corner at a diﬃcult political and economic time. He secured the long-term future of the RAF, whose very existence was threatened. A hugely respected ﬁgure, he became a life peer, Knight of the Garter, and Constable of Windsor Castle. He died in 1993 in his native New Zealand. is long overdue biography attempts successfully to do justice to a man of great stature, integrity and achievement.
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Crossword Competition crossword by Alberich (C1 1976-80). Closing date: 31 March 2019. Please send completed entries to: Kate Goodwin, e Marlburian Club, Marlborough College, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA or scan and email to email@example.com
We were delighted to receive several correct entries for 2017’s crossword. e winner was Peter Dufour (B2 1949-52) who received a pair of Marlburian Club cuﬄinks. S
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