Marlburian Club Magazine 2019

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Cover story: Canvas, Camaraderie and Can-Do Hannah Kapff interviews Joe Hill about his 3D-art company he set up with Max Lowry

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Contents the similarities and differences between MCM and MC

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Totally Inspirational Andrew Weir (C1 1980-84) writes about one of our most inspirational Beaks Colin Goldsmith (CR 1955-91)


I’ll never forget… Charlie Corbett recalls night exercises on Salisbury Plain


My House Preshute


OM Entrepreneurs Coconuts Organic, Roxhill Media, Guy & Max, Rathbone HR Solutions


Rich Pastures, Rich Past Grafton Edwards reminisces and looks at the history of Barton Farm


Sustainability in an Entrepreneurial World Harry Vickers talks sustainability and entrepreneurialism with Richard Burrell


Bringing the Best of Britain to the World Jemima Sissons discovers what’s GREAT about Conrad Bird


First in His Field Beak Neil Moore looks at Jon Copp’s influential and varied 38-year life at the College

All More the Same than Different: The Importance of International Networks Alice Lewthwaite retraces her great-grandfather’s footsteps


Bryter Layter: a Genius Underestimated The posthumous success of Nick Drake’s music is written about by enthusiast Geordie Rivett-Carnac


How does an OM find herself back at the school after 30 years? Tessa Murray tells us about the charity she has set up



Redesigning Kelmscott Richard Barber writes about developments at William Morris’s home, Kelmscott Manor

Edward Frederic Benson (B1 1881-87) …a chapter about a day at the College, taken from his book Sketches from Marlborough


OMAIN Introducing the launch of the Old Marlburian Angel Investment Network


Professional Groups In Depth The OM Women’s Networking Group


Swindon Academy and Other Stories Marlborough’s partnership with Swindon Academy


MC Campus Map New developments and buildings that have sprung up over the last years




Canvas, Camaraderie and Can-Do Hannah Kapff interviews Joe Hill about his 3D-art company he set up with Max Lowry A Letter from Malaysia Having spent a year as a Gap Assistant, Anna Pembroke looks at


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Upfront From the Chair This Year OM News Letters to the Editor Engagements, Marriages & Births Deaths Obituaries Events Diary Dates Professional Groups Development 1843 Society The Master’s Review Malaysia Review In Praise of Beaks Valete College Results and Admissions Sports & Club Reports Financial Help for OMs On the Shelves Classifieds Crossword

The Marlburian Club, Marlborough College, Wiltshire SN8 1PA Telephone +44 (0)1672 892 384 Twitter: @OldMarlburians Editorial and advertising enquiries: +44 (0)1672 892 384 Editor: Catherine Brumwell (NC 1991-96) Editorial Board: Kate Goodwin (Alumni Relations Manager) Jane Green (B3 1982-84, Communications Manager) Charles MacFarlane (CO 1967-71) Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) Charlie Corbett (C1 1990-95) Hannah Kapff (née Thomson EL 1991-93) Design: Andy Rawlings ©The Marlburian Club 2019

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Upfront image and influence overseas in preparation for Brexit. It was a lovely coincidence to be able to welcome Conrad’s daughter as one of our first guests here in Tbilisi where her father’s work can currently be seen around the city centre as part of the UK-in-Georgia season. Our cover story is about Joe Hill (C1 198892), who established the world’s most famous 3D street-art company with his great friend Max Lowry (B1 1989-94). This piece has a tragic side, but it is warming to learn of the legacy that came from certain heartbreak. By a happy twist of fate, when I asked for images for the piece, I was sent one photo that featured a superb scene that they did for the GREAT campaign.

‘is year’s magazine reflects some surprising and inspiring aspects of the College’s overseas reach.’


his summer I moved to Tbilisi. Since I come from a long line of Brits who worked abroad, and am myself a military wife, I find nothing strange in bouncing around the world, starting up in a new place every few years. I enjoy the challenge and quickly find the best bits of our new habitat, including the wide range of great quality international schools and the people who will fly around the world to visit. This year’s magazine reflects that sentiment, capturing some surprising and inspiring aspects of the College’s overseas reach. I had not planned for it to provide such an international flavour, but with great joy I find it does. Alice Lewthwaite (SU 1985-87) contacted me to say she was planning on retracing her grandfather’s footsteps. He set up International Houses – safe places for foreign students to live and be looked after while studying abroad. You’ll enjoy reading about this on page 26. We also have some lovely reflections from Anna Pembroke (MO 2013-18) who, after leaving Marlborough, spent a year at Marlborough College Malaysia. 4

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Another piece looks at the work of Conrad Bird (PR 1974-78), who set up the GREAT branding campaign, promoting Britain around the world through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of International Trade. This successful campaign is perhaps now more important than ever as Britain vies to reinforce its

Editing this magazine from overseas would have been unimaginable even 30 years ago. In today’s networked world it’s pretty much like working from home in Wiltshire. The only difference being that I am still enjoying warm autumn sunshine in the South Caucasus while England is being inundated with rain. I make this point not to gloat, but to urge you to visit. With an estimated readership of 10,500 in the UK and worldwide, there’s every chance that someone in MC’s far-reaching international network may find themselves here.

Catherine Brumwell, née Redpath (NC 1991-96) Editor, The Marlburian Club Magazine

From the Chair extensive events programme and catch up on news. If you haven’t already, please do take a look at You’ll be able to see who else from your year or house has already joined. It’s a great way to keep in touch and you’ll only be able to access all this information if you take the time to sign up. The Professional Groups are going from strength to strength. We hope that events based around our Professional Groups will be a helpful forum for career progression and business opportunities. Please don’t feel you’re only invited to the group linked to your profession. Most of the topics covered at events have broad relevance across the spectrum. Sporting Groups continue to grow, with a new cycling group formed on the back of the Cycle to The Somme. There is also a new ski group. If you wish to join these groups, please look on the website for contact details. The Festival of Sport on Club Day has been a great success. Thank you to those who have turned out to play. The Carol Service was a warm occasion and well attended. Be sure to book your place for this year’s on Tuesday, 10 December.

‘e Club Committee has been working to make the Club more relevant to OMs of all ages, as well as current pupils, opening up a worldwide network of contacts and opportunities.’


t has been another busy year for the Club. Over and above the many social events we arrange, we are striving to create a strong alumni network that we hope will help OMs and College students to further their careers and development throughout their lives. The Club Committee has been working to make the Club more relevant to OMs of all ages, as well as current pupils, opening up a worldwide network of contacts and opportunities. We also give a warm welcome to MC Malaysia. This year, 24 leavers became members of the Club, taking the total MCM Club members to 96. The Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, with Jan Perrins (Development Director), travelled out to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore where they held events attended by alumni of both MCUK and MCM. We look forward to seeing

what synergies that may present. Kristy Castleton (CO 1994-96), who lives in Asia, kindly helped to kick-off this new relationship by opening MCM’s careers fair with an excellent keynote address. The launch of MC Global Connect, our alumni-specific networking platform and App, is a key step towards transforming the way in which OMs can communicate with each other. Membership is now up to 1,800. It’s great to see more of you sharing your news in the OM News page. Please remember to let the office know of any significant events in your life. 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

We are forging closer links with Common Room. Neil Moore (CR 1996-) has joined the OM Committee and Andrew Gist (CR 1993-) is now liaising with CR to help bring Sixth Form students to more of our Professional Networking events. Congratulations on all the fundraising activities this year, including the Sandhurst to Southampton ultra-marathon and the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. Thank you to all the OMs who have inspired current pupils at careers talks, careers speed dating, and general post-College advice sessions. Finally, I’d like to thank the President, Committee, Professional Group Heads and the Development office for all their hard work in creating the momentum behind these initiatives. Please stay in touch, make sure you’re signed up to MC Global Connect and keep the office up to date with your news.

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is Year ‘...we will always be OMs and therefore whether the tag sits uncomfortably under the collar or proudly on the breast is relevant to us all.’


n 2013, when my eldest daughter started at the College, a relationship with Marlborough was rekindled after a 23-year hiatus. Little did I know that within a few years this relationship would have burgeoned to an extent that currently I find myself as a part-time sports coach, a parent of one OM and of three Marlburians, and a husband of a Housemistress! Indeed, with memories of my days as a pupil still very fresh, I often find myself – like a rabbit in the headlights – frozen with confusion as to whether I should be running away from Vice, running after Vice or hiding from my wife.


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That I also now find myself as President of the Marlburian Club is as strange as it is a privilege and I hope I can get halfway to emulating the contributions of the many outstanding and enormously better qualified Presidents that have come before me. The question I am most commonly asked by OM contemporaries is very simply: ‘What’s Marlborough like today?’ So, I thought perhaps most useful here would be for me to try and give you a flavour of my response. With just shy of 1,000 pupils and 16 boarding houses it does feel very big and as a result seems to emit a constant fizz. There is always something significant that’s either

just happened or about to happen and, after each event, the energy generated bounces about the place. It remains refreshingly a little rough around the edges but in a kinder more gentle way than when I was here. The Shell still walk around wide-eyed for the first few weeks, the Hundred still ease to the front of the Norwood queue in gaggles, shirt tails and hair in every direction, but with a charm and warmth even when jettisoned to the rear of the queue again. The Lower and Upper Sixth move about the school with an understated maturity, clearly at ease with themselves but also with their peers, cherishing each other’s successes however little they may have in common with their own endeavours and talents. In my four years on ‘the inside’, I have found the vast majority of the staff are passionate and industrious and the children almost universally engaging and good company. Regardless of the need to manage shifting and strengthening political headwinds, I believe the biggest challenge for the school (and indeed the whole independent sector) is how the College remains affordable to its traditional constituents while at the same time making a sustained and valuable contribution to the wider educational community. OMs have plenty of skin in this game. Whether we like it or not, we will always be OMs and therefore whether the tag sits uncomfortably under the collar or proudly on the breast is relevant to us all. As an OM and a parent of a young OM, I would like Marlborough to be seen as the pioneer and innovator of a new relationship between the state and private sector where resources and expertise both from the school and it’s old Marlburian network are shared with the pupils of partner schools as if our own. Equally, our pupils have much to gain from a closer relationship with the wider community. There is already a huge amount of work done by the College, and its partnership team, with Swindon Academy (see page 81) and Pewsey Vale and I am hoping the Marlburian Club can throw its weight behind the myriad initiatives already underway to further this progress over the coming year.

Richard Pembroke (B1 1985-90) President of the Marlburian Club

Totally Inspirational Andrew Weir (C1 1980-84) writes about one of our most inspirational Beaks Colin Goldsmith (CR 1955-91). In our first few weeks with Colin, a friend and I stumbled on what seemed to us a new way to find a formula for the surface area of a sphere. The method was different to the one we had been shown and, better still, gave a different answer (at least different unless π was equal to 4, which we were fairly certain it was not). We knew our new method was wrong but not how. After puzzling for a week, we took it to Colin. He read it, smiled, pointed out the flaw and gave us in exchange an equally erroneous proof that 1 = -1. In turn, I pass this on to you (see Fig 1).


or my last two (and a bit) years at Marlborough, Colin Goldsmith taught me maths. This was a happy turn of events for me. Colin is a gifted mathematician and a wise and immensely experienced teacher. He managed to retain his delight in the structure and play of mathematical ideas and communicated that delight. He had also developed an appreciation (and I think enjoyment) of the variety of ways his pupils struggled with and then grew accustomed to those ideas. He knew when to leave us alone to gnaw away at a problem and when to point us in a better direction. This he combined with a quiet and dry sense of the ridiculous.

Colin made sure we knew the stuff we needed for exams but was not limited by this boundary and found plenty of ways to wander off limits to introduce mathematical objects the examiners had not specified. Non-circular shapes with constant diameter deserved more exposure for example – one of those many beasts in maths that at first seem impossible. Fig 2 shows the simplest one of this family (a ‘triangle that looks

round’) rolling along the floor whilst all the time grazing its top on the ceiling. Having a constant diameter is a useful property for a coin (think slots) and the fifty and twenty pence pieces are members of the family, too. Colin sent us off to try to prove the (still to me surprising) fact that all the shapes of constant diameter D (including the circle) have the same perimeter. My classmates and I were aware that we were being taught by a very intelligent man. Although we were somewhat in awe, the atmosphere in class, though respectful and mostly industrious, was by no means frozen. A characteristic Goldsmith habit, when explaining something at the black board, was to stand on one leg, rotating gently from side to side, with one finger holding the hook where the board duster hung. One of my friends, observing this, laid a trap by partially loosening the hook. Mid exposition the hook came off. There was a wobble but Colin’s equilibrium proved stable. There was a chuckle from the back, and front, of the classroom; the exposition continued. An exceptional teacher and a kind man, I was very lucky to have been taught by Colin Goldsmith.

‘Although we were somewhat in awe, the atmosphere in class, though respectful and mostly industrious, was by no means ozen.’

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I’ll never forget... night exercises on Salisbury Plain We were a rag-tag army of grumpy adolescents, fitted out in our regulation canvas smocks (with handy chest-mappocket), fiercely uncomfortable hairy green shirts, Lee Enfield 303 rifles, and cardboard ration packs. I seem to remember wild rumours circulating that we’d find the UK Military regulation pack of 10 cigarettes inside. It proved a false hope. Instead, just some strange silvery sachets, a few small tins of indeterminate origin, and biscuits brown. Oh, those biscuits brown. We were advised to eat them in the bus on the way to the Plain ‘to block us up for the next few days.’ It was like chewing MDF.


s I was leafing through some worthy piece of OM literature the other day, I came upon this line: ‘The cadets showed great character after an ambush and a torrid night of torrential rain and wind to lead the Remove cadets the following day on Exercise Bulldozer.’ And, boy, did it take me back. In particular, the bit about the ‘torrid night of torrential rain and wind’. I have many memories of my time at Marlborough – many of which are unprintable – but one of the most vivid is the 48 hours I spent on Salisbury Plain as a hapless Remove cadet. I’m not entirely sure my comrades and I showed much character, as above, but certainly we did get very wet in the torrential rain, and very cold in the wind. It was also the first time I’d spent an entire night without sleep – but not in a good way.


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I wish I could say we were a happy army. Comrades in arms. That we developed an esprit de corps that got us through the darker moments. Not so. We built our bivouacs in the gloaming of the first evening, as the rain got heavier, and set about trying to light our hexi burners for warmth. Someone ate a worm. As the night wore on, a bottle of vodka was introduced into the equation. This was good for morale. At some point during the night (post vodka) our camp was raided by another unit – who tried to cut all our boot laces. The fiends!

They also told us that a Ghurkha unit was on the prowl – looking to make good use of their Kukri knives on innocent schoolboys. Outside the vodka, camp raids, foul weather, and poor bivouac skills, it was this knowledge that accounted more than anything else for my lack of sleep. Needless to say, no Ghurkha unit did emerge. When morning finally did decide to arrive, unwillingly it felt to me, we were marched towards a hill and told we had to capture it. It’s all a bit of blur really, but, at some point, my Lee Enfield jammed (as was their want) and someone with a red armband declared me dead. My death was a positive development, on the whole. It meant I missed my turn carrying the Bren gun, which weighed about the same as a small bungalow. I didn’t last too much longer in the CCF after that. My housemaster advised me to fake a letter from my parents saying I was a pacifist, which I duly did, and took up Granny Bashing* instead. A much warmer occupation. And with more cake. *For those who are unaware, this occupation did not involve actually bashing grannies. Charlie Corbett (C1 1990-95)

‘Someone ate a worm. As the night wore on, a bottle of vodka was introduced into the equation. is was good for morale.’

My House: Preshute ‘All of those people, on that ledge and on those walls, are related, along with the young men and women who fill the rooms now and will do in the future.’


ach house at Marlborough has its own very distinct identity. Much of that is formed by whether it is an In House or Out House, and whether it is filled with boys, girls or both. Beyond this, some houses are known for being sporty, some academic, others musical or dramatic. Houses are also defined by their housemasters: some houses are known to be strict, while others employed a more Lord of the Flies approach of self-governance. Strictness, at least in Sixth Form, was often rated by which houses were breathalysed on a Saturday night. These idiosyncrasies were almost never representative of the whole house, but they become matters of pride that brought a house together under this shared identity. Preshutians were known for being fast walkers. A skill quickly acquired by all in the house due to being so far from the main College. Not that Preshute was even particularly far away; only a brisk ten-minute walk from Norwood Hall, but in the bubble that felt like a long way. Yet, that ten minutes, and the physical barrier of the imperious Kennet, made all the difference to Preshute’s image. We almost felt like day pupils: we didn’t go back to house, we went home. We had our meals in the Kennery, we had Presh-yard to play football, or volleyball in the summer. The tennis courts were just beyond, so when it came to Sundays, we did not even have to leave the house. We could work in the beautiful library on old wooden desks surrounded by old, peculiar sounding books like The History of the Potato. In the evenings, we congregated in the lobby or the TV room talking about nonsense. As Preshutians, this was another of our

strengths: even if we had wildly different personalities within each year group, we could all still sit together and laugh over anything. We respected each other’s individuality and we formed stronger bonds because of it.

If you were to go to the head-of-house’s room and open the window, there is a metal-panelled ledge. Engraved in that metal are the names of the Head-of-House and Prefects from Preshute dating back. The walls of the TV room were panelled with the names of Preshutians from throughout the years: some who won tournaments, others who represented their country, and the names of those who died in the World Wars. All of those people, on that ledge and on those walls, are related, along with the young men and women who fill the rooms now and will do in the future. A Preshutian’s identity, much like any other house I am sure, is built by all those who have lived there. It is like a club where, even if separated by generations, two of us may meet and still have a connection. A shared experience. Kit Betley (PR 2012-14) e Marlburian Club Magazine


OM Entrepreneurs Coconuts Organic The Founder: Cecily Mills (MO 1996-2001) The Business: Organic Vegan Ice-Cream The Beginning: Cecily completed the M&S graduate scheme, working for five years in store and commercial management. She then joined Oliver Bonas (founded by Oliver Tress C2 1980-85) as Retail Operations Manager. The Eureka Moment: With a demanding job and tiring commute, Cecily turned to a plant-based diet as a way to increase her energy levels. Ice cream was the one thing

with no decent non-dairy alternative, so she started making her own and the idea was born. The first products were brought onto the market in March 2015. The Dough: In January 2019, the company completed a successful equity crowdfunding raise on the Seedrs platform, attracting investment of £413,000 in just two weeks, four times the initial target. A second crowdfunding round with Seedrs is likely to take place in January 2020. The Keys to Success: Belief, commitment and courage. The Present: Focused on a supermarket scale-up and a major rebrand as Coconuts Organic. In June 2019, it launched in around 670 Tesco stores in the UK and Ireland. It’s sold in Ocado and exported to Dubai. In 2018, Cecily’s sister Julia (MO 1993-98) joined the company as head of marketing. The Future: To be the best-selling luxury non-dairy ice cream in the UK, Middle East and Asia. The Nitty-Gritty: @CoconutsOrganic

Roxhill Media The Founder: Alex Northcott (B1 1982-87) The Business: Journalist intelligence platforms. The Beginning: After university, Alex joined the Gurkhas where he served with Sgt Gorkana, who dragged him from a swamp in Brunei. When he left the Army, he ran the PR team at Morgan Stanley and got fed up saying ‘no comment’ all day and so took the plunge and launched Gorkana. The Eureka Moment: No PR had one resource to research what journalists wrote about. His platform sucks in their articles, blogs, social feeds and analyses topic and story trends across papers and all forms of media. The Dough: Remortgaged everything and used credit cards galore… 10

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The Keys to Success: At first, nail the functionality to address the key client needs and secure cashflow – and then expand. The Present: Alex sold Gorkana in 2010 and left soon afterwards. He saw his new American owners royally mess up his offering and so after gathering client feedback, he returned to the same market in 2015 and launched Roxhill Media. The Future: Invest in technology. The pace of change is frightening. Young and dynamic platforms can thrive. Everyone can be left behind. The Nitty-Gritty:

Guy & Max The Name: The Smithy The Founders: Guy (BH 1986-91) and Max (BH 1988-93) Shepherd The Business: Art gallery. The Beginning: Guy and Max started on different professional trajectories. Guy

joined the family diamond business. Max became an award-winning furniture designer. Their professional paths crossed and GUY&MAX became a successful brand with retail premises in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market. The Eureka Moment: Pioneering digital design and 3D printing in jewellery. The Dough: Family business. The Keys to Success: A combination of personable service, original art, innovative design, private environs, and low overheads ensure that this business represents the very best in modern British retail. The Present: The Smithy represents painters, photographers, blacksmiths and sculptors, along with the brothers’ stunning jewellery. The Future: Crop Circles. The Nitty-Gritty: Strictly by appointment, Guy +44 7710 948977

Rathbone HR Solutions The Founder: Polly Rathbone Ward (EL 1991-96) The Business: Providing bespoke HR and employment advice to businesses. The Beginning: After Marlborough, Polly completed a degree in History of Art and an MA in Human Resource Management. Polly worked in HR for 16 years in a variety of industries and completed a second Masters in Employment Law. The Eureka Moment: Polly was keen to work a successful career around a young family so decided to set up on her own. Working with many growing businesses, she finds it immensely satisfying to help businesses put in place the HR structure they need in order to grow and reach their goals. The Dough: As a consultancy business that provides time and expertise, set-up costs are low. The Keys to Success: 1. Being open to learning other elements of business; finance, marketing, sales, pricing, etc. 2. Being clear about the purpose of the business. This makes it easier to plan and make decisions. 3. Building relationships. Really understanding a business in order to provide tailored advice. The Present: Time is split between client work and activities to promote the business further. Being in charge of my workload and managing the business around my family needs is super empowering! The Future: Further business growth. The Nitty-Gritty: 07740 432 734 e Marlburian Club Magazine


OM News President Elect Catherine Stewart (LI 1974-6) is an EU political consultant living and working in Brussels. She studied Economics at Cambridge in the first tranche of women undergraduates of Trinity Hall. After working at the Confederation of British Industry, she established her political consultancy Cabinet Stewart in Brussels in 1990, expanding to Washington DC in 2001. She successfully sold it in 2007. She is a Trustee of the British School of Brussels, a campaigner for autism acceptance, and escapes to her Umbrian tower when she is not sailing with her husband, a Belgian notary and dedicated yachtsman, Eric Neven. They have two children Helen (TU 2010-12) a curator in Contemporary Art and Guy who is studying for the Bar.

Members of the family of W G Newton (C1 1899-1904), Marlborough architect throughout the 1920s and 30s, visited the College in October 2018. Newton had four children, Christopher (B1 1940-44), Joanna, Henry (B1 1946-50) and Rosemary – the youngest and solesurviving. Visiting with Rosemary was her nephew Jeremy Russell, son of Joanna and CAW Russell (B1 1942-45). Newton’s legacy at Marlborough includes: Memorial Hall, together with its garden and the Chapel steps, The Rose Garden including its Pergola and Gate House, Science Block, Leaf Block, A House Annex. The Observatory, The Armoury, the remodelling of the old stable buildings to create New Court, and Marlborough’s first generating station, providing electricity to College and town from 1922.

ago, he gave an interview to the Imperial War Museum in which he describes his experiences as a boy at the College and beyond. You can hear it on the IWM website

painter-etchers of distinction such as Sir Frank Brangwyn, Martin Hardie and Sir Frank Short visited Marlborough College, each on several occasions, and delivered lectures and practical workshops to pupils.

Two etchings of C House and A House with the Chapel went on display on the Art School walls that are dignified, low-key, technically accomplished, and compellingly beautiful. Their artist is Christopher Wyndham Hughes (CR 1920-46) who taught art at Marlborough when the department was housed in the Museum Block, throughout the inter-war years and during the Second World War. Hughes was a watercolourist and printmaker. Under him,

In 2017, Peter Foston (CO 1942-45) was asked by the tutors responsible for the College Museum at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, to make paintings of all the ships that had been used for junior-officer training. There were sixty in total. In December 2018, he learned that they had converted the college’s large IT room into a picture gallery and have named it The Peter Foston Picture Gallery.

The Knutsford Heritage Centre exhibited paintings by and family memorabilia of Douglas Rigby (B2 1905-08). Richard Elsner, Douglas Rigby’s great-greatnephew, has written an excellent book and made a DVD about him, which features many of the paintings and letters that Douglas sent home to his family.

Fitzroy Somerset (B1 1937-42) left Marlborough College in 1941 and went straight to the D-Day beaches. Some years 12

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Etchings by Christopher Hughes

David Watts (PR 1942-46) visited Marlborough on the occasion of his 90th birthday. The tour brought many memories flooding back of his time here during the war years, including sharing the College with the City of London School, walking down from Preshute, JTC parade, and the American soldiers based on the Common being a good source of chewing gum and illicit cigarettes. An enduring memory was keeping the boilers at Preshute stoked due to a shortage of staff during the war.

Thomas Houston (LI 1943-47) celebrated his 90th birthday in July. He has five children, a step-daughter and 10 grandchildren. They were almost all there, along with several friends, to celebrate with him.

Robert Watts (C1 1952-56) visited the College to talk about his life and career in the film industry

the Ilkley Literature Festival. The What’s On guide to the festival describes ‘a brilliant one-man show from RSC actor and English Shakespeare Company founder Michael Pennington. Pennington guides you through Shakespeare’s life and plays, mixing performances of well-known and less familiar speeches with intriguing insights into Shakespeare’s life and work.

Paul Wigram (B2 1951-55) visited the College, along with his daughter Bronny. Paul enjoyed a look around the College, along with meeting members of staff and taking in the raft of changes since his days at Marlborough.

Bruce Chatwin (B2 1952-58) is the third OM (after Louis MacNeice (C3 1921-26) and Adam Thorpe (C2 1970-75)) to be featured on Backlisted, one of the most popular book podcasts. Listen to the discussion of Chatwin’s final novel, Utz, at

Michael Pennington (PR 1957-61) performed in front of a sold-out Ilkley Playhouse in September 2018, as part of

Jonathan Hickling (CO 1964-68) generously purchased a two-week work placement at Streathers in a charity auction with the express intention of donating the placement to an OM. It was awarded to Clare Livingstone (NC 2006-11).

Anthony Howard-Williams (C3 1966-69, professionally known as Anthony Inglis), who is credited with being one of the most frequent performers at The Royal Albert Hall, has, after 25 years, left the National Symphony Orchestra and is now the Music Director of the London Concert Orchestra. He is still the Music Supervisor of Phantom Of The Opera, a show he first conducted three months after it opened in 1986, and he is also the Music Director for the mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins with whom he tours the world. His website is

John Tarrant (B2 1951-56) sent in an amazing collection of photos from his time at the College. The full collection of nearly 60 photos is on MC Global Connect.

Robert Watts (C1 1952-56) came to the College to talk about his life and career in the film industry. It was a fascinating insight into his experiences on the sets of Star Wars and Indiana Jones amongst many others.

Mem Hall and Chapel and had a chance to look at some of the classrooms.

Applauded worldwide for its warmth, humour and deep knowledge of its subject, the evening perfectly combined Pennington’s performance and textual scholarship.’

William Wyldbore-Smith (CO 1961-67) was made Vice Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

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OM News Philip Cayford QC (PR 1965-70) and Hugo Tilney (CR 2013-present) made an appearance at Marlborough Litfest, championing their favourite books in a competition to find the favourite Booker Prize winner. Hugo won with Remains of the Day.

The Club’s sharing of Sue Canney’s (LI 1970-72) photo of the Brasser, inspired Tom Stevenson (LI 1966-71) to send in several more. They have been shared on MC Global Connect in the newly created Brasser Group.

Mark Tasker (C1 1969-73) dropped into Marlborough after stopping overnight with Christopher Joseph (CR 1967-2000) during his cycle ride from Redruth to Orkney. His ride took him through all the places that he has lived in the UK. ‘I was born in Cornwall and have lived in Orkney, and so I shall cover Britain from south to north. I also lived at Minsmere in east Suffolk (about as far east as I can get) and Walney Island off the Lake District, so there is some coverage from west to east. The route is about 2,800 km (1,800 miles) with about 17,000m climbing. I am raising funds for two charities related to the human condition, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Spinal Injuries Association. My sister had an accident before Christmas that badly damaged her neck/upper spine. She is presently in Stoke Mandeville hospital making good progress.’

Simon Arnold (B1 1971-76) completed an incredible musical challenge; to play every musical instrument in the National Trust’s historic properties within the south west, to raise money to restore some of the most impressive such instruments in the Trust’s collection. Those he played included: the organ at St Michael’s Mount, Agatha Christie’s piano and the organ given to 14

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Alex Younger (SU 1976-81), Head of MI6, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Lady Acland of Killerton House on her wedding day by her parents in 1806. ‘I asked the volunteers and staff to pick a piece from a shortlist of five; and the visitors to select a tune from a list of five; each list appropriate to the property. I also wore suitable attire. For example, in the chapel at Cotehele, an Elizabethan manor house, I played Air on a G string and Pavane from the Capriol suite by Warlock with my cassock on.’ Please contribute via his JustGiving page.

Lewis Borg-Cardona’s (BH 1973-77) debut podcast series Unwrapping ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ – The Story Of The Phil Spector Christmas Album was conceived by Steve Levine and Richard Allinson and written and produced by Lewis. Featured guests included Mick Brown, Carol Kaye and the late, great Hal Blaine. The podcast made it to the finals of the New York Festival’s Radio Awards.

Alasdair Cumming (B2 1976-81) is the co-founder of FAMILY Architects and they were among the finalists for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) UK House of the Year Award 2018. The house, No.37, has already won a RIBA Regional Design Award 2018 and was a finalist in Architects Journal’s Small Project of the Year Award 2018.

Tony Heddon (PR 1978 -83) Chairman of Children’s Cancer Charity Neuroblastoma UK gave a powerful opening speech at the fifth Neuroblastoma Symposium in Cambridge demonstrating the devastating effect neurobalstoma has on families.

Hugh Warwick (C2 1979-84) and his daughter, Matilda, were interviewed by the iNews website about Matilda taking part in the School Strike for the Climate protests. Hugh is a writer and ecologist and has written many books, particularly on the topic of hedgehogs. You can read more about him at

Marcus Monier-Williams (PR 1976-80) was once again the man in the middle for 2018’s Club Day rugby match. He combines military service with refereeing at county level as a referee for Dorset & Wiltshire. He is also on the Army Senior Referee panel and has been lucky enough to officiate at both The Stoop and Twickenham as part of the Inter-Services team of officials. Cressida Cowell (BH 1982-84) was named as the new Children’s Laureate. She was interviewed by the BBC about her quest to do battle with TV and get children reading again.

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Ping Kern Ng (B2 1983-84) was interviewed in Vice and The Telegraph about his roof-top herb garden and supplying herbs to local restaurants. ‘I’ve always been interested in having a herb garden, like the ones in manor houses or monasteries. My house went through a

refurb seven years ago and I planted the garden after I was encouraged by my friend who is a chef. I then offered my herbs to restaurants I was frequenting. The chefs mentioned me to their mates and in a short time I racked up a pretty cool list. Typically, I can only supply two restaurants at a time as I have no land and everything is grown in bags on my roof or up a wall. I’m just a keen amateur and I give away my herbs. In middle-age, after 36 years of being in this country, what I do now enriches and roots my life here – I feel like I’ve been accepted into a very cool gang.’ Artist Duncan Shoosmith (SU 1982-87) was crowned the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Matthew Miller (CO 1982-87) took part in Run to Pegasus Bridge in aid of Veterans UK. He ran a total of 75 miles. The first leg was 62 miles from Tarrant Rushton, Dorset to Portsmouth (Tarrant Rushton being one of the airfields that the gliders set out from for Pegasus Bridge and D-Day). He then caught the ferry and in Normandy ran the rest of the way to Pegasus Bridge. The run was timed to be part of the D-Day Celebrations. Anthony Thistleton (B1 1980-85), and his firm Waugh Thistleton Architects were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018. Their building at Bushey Cemetery reflects the ‘simplicity of the forms and… the symbolism of burial to the Jewish community’. They were also involved in the London Design Festival with their project MultiPly; an installation that was on display at the V&A Museum.

Chadwick Hall, a building designed by Henley Halebrown, the architecture firm of Simon Henley (CO 1981-85) was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize. The building has already won the RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018.

Alex Lewis (SU 1981-86) and Dominic Del Mar (LI 1986-91) were part of competing teams that entered an event called Everest in the Alps aimed at raising funds for the Brian Tumour Charity. They climbed the height of Mount Everest on skitouring skis to reach 8,848 vertical metres. It consisted of four days of solid 11-12 hours climbing and staying in mountain huts along the route. They burnt 10,000 calories per day (the equivalent of running three back-to-back marathons). Alex said, ‘We all have an Everest to climb and why people take on challenges will vary. However, we share one thing in common: we want to make a difference.’ To donate, please visit JustGiving and click Team BlackLine or Team Sagamatha.

He also ran in memory of his grandfather Major Nathaniel Miller (C2 1916-20) who was a general surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He landed by glider on D-Day and was operationally based at a large house at Le Mariquet, east of Ranville. Nathaniel continued to serve throughout the war and was the first Army doctor to be ordered into Bergen-Belsen, the camp where Anne Frank died weeks before the British Army liberated it. Matthew’s brother David Miller (CO 1990-95) has written a blog about their grandfather’s experience, which you can read at

project is a bar table aimed at high-end luxury yachts or luxury events and hospitality, or, as he says, ‘for people who already think that they have everything!’ The design integrates a chamber inside that chills wine or Champagne, without creating any moisture, to the perfect temperature. You can find out more about the table and the rest of the collection at

Charlie Bladon (C1 1984-89) and Green Jersey Cycling Tours organised a cycle ride in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to Normandy. This is the fourth ride they have done for them and the first three incarnations have raised £280,000. The route followed the whole Battle for Normandy from the D-Day landing beaches to the closure of the Falaise pocket in late August 1944, and with a historian on hand to explain the landscape and the history, it was extremely interesting, especially as many tours and events tend to concentrate solely on 6 June and not the remainder of the 100-day battle.

Samantha Cameron (B3 1987-89) and her sister, Emily Sheffield (MM 1989-91), discussed their childhood, good and bad times, and new ventures in Relative Values in The Sunday Times in August.

Artist Duncan Shoosmith (SU 1982-87) was crowned the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, which was screened on 16th April. As part of the prize he was commissioned to paint a portrait of the singer Tom Jones.

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OM News Dr Jo Iddon (SU 1987-89), Cognitive Neuroscientist, Clinical Psychologist and CBT therapist, with a special interest in brains, minds, brain injury and dementia was interviewed on BBC Breakfast about keeping your brain active and in peak condition.

Tom Newton Dunn (C2 1986-91), Political Editor of The Sun, cycled from Normandy to Paris, to coincide with D-Day, raising money for Help For Heroes wearing a dress, stockings and a ‘fully-loaded bra’. Tom did this because ‘though their wars are over, the need of the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan has never been greater’. A recent King’s College London study revealed 83,000 former servicemen and women are still suffering from their physical or mental injuries from the modern wars of the last 25 years. Most of those injuries are life changing. The state is incapable of meeting all their health, housing and rehabilitation needs. But you seldom see their pictures on TV, donations to military charities are drying up. If you’d like to donate, you can still do so via his Just Giving page.

Many OMs came to give thanks for the life of woodwork teacher David Rawlings (CR 1975-98). They all expressed very fond memories of the sanctuary that was his workshop and of the cups of tea, M&Ms and jazz playing in the background.

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Tim Triptree (TU 1989-94), International Director of Wine at Christie’s, has been made a Master of Wine, one of 380 in the world. Having started his career in banking, he developed an interest in wine and joined Christie’s wine department in 2005 after graduating with an MBA distinction in wine business management. Tim has been a wine judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition since 2011, a panel judge at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017-2018, and at Bacchus Wine 2018 in Madrid.

Kristy Castleton (CO 1994-96) gave an excellent keynote address at the annual Careers Fair. Pupils in the Hundred and Lower Sixth were provided with the opportunity to meet with a large number of visiting guests from a range of professions. Kristy is an entrepreneur and founder of Rebel and Soul, a multi award-winning brand experience agency that applies a proprietary neuroscience methodology called Involve to produce highly memorable experiences. As well as providing a real insight into the nature of her business, Kristy gave some excellent advice to the pupils, as they begin to think about their future careers.

Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) entered the Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise money for Bliss, a charity that helps ensure that babies born premature or sick in the UK have the best chance of survival and quality of life. Bliss does this by supporting parents to care for their babies, campaigning for better neonatal care and enabling life-changing research. Mike said, ‘Our daughter was born six weeks premature. She spent the first four weeks of her life in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and received fantastic care from the team there. We are grateful that, despite her unexpected early start in life, she is now a healthy and happy baby girl.’

Alex Tart (CO 1987-92) Architect’s Dunollie Road project in Camden was featured by The Times as the front cover photo for their Bricks & Mortar magazine. The project was selected in relation to the feature article investigating contemporary approaches to open-plan living.

Elizabeth Eade (MO 1990-93) won first prize in the HIX Art Awards. Her work, Die Liste, is a hand-written record of the deaths of 33,305 people who have died trying to access Europe and, as part of the award, was displayed in the window of Coutts Bank on the Strand. 16

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Jian Sern Loo (B1 1997-98) came over from Malaysia with his family to visit the College. He visited his old house, as well as his old chemistry classroom, which he said hadn’t changed a bit.

Leonora Bamford (MO 1995-99) was featured in an interview with her husband, George, in The Sunday Times Relative Values.

After Marlborough, Henry Dover (B1 1995-2000) studied aviation in South Africa. He then worked as a First Officer with Royal Air Maroc and then went to Air Baltic in Riga for several years before moving to Dubai to fly for Emirates. In March, Henry qualified as a Captain on the Boeing 777 with a worldwide route structure. If you’re on an Emirates 777 with Henry, send him a note and he will come and say hello.

In March, International Pi Day, Olivia Jeans (MM 1996-2001) delivered a visually stunning mathematics talk to a lecture theatre buzzing with Further Mathematics A-Level pupils.

Rosie Wintour (MM 1996-2001) and the Pico Players, consisting of Ellen Arkwright (MM 2007-12), Joe Arkwright (SU 2010-15), Tom Hooker (LI 2001-06), Will Hooker (LI 2004-09) and John Linnet (LI 2004-09) played at the first ever Pico Christmas Carol Concert in December 2018. It was a debut performance of the Pico Singers and the Pico Voices who sang alongside the Pico Players.

Ed Perkins (TU 1999-2004) nominated for an Oscar in the documentary short-subject category

Black Sheep is the story of a young black man’s struggle to come to terms with his race identity. It won Best Short Documentary at the international Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2018.

The work of Sam Morshead (LI 2000-05), Digital Editor at The Cricketer helped them win the Outstanding Online Coverage of Domestic Cricket award at the ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards. The prize reflects both The Cricketer’s commitment to the county game and its substantial digital growth in 2018.

Not only has Emerald Fennell (NC 19982003) written the latest series of Killing Eve but she is also due to star in the upcoming Netflix royal saga The Crown in the role of Camilla Parker Bowles. She is also working with Andrew Lloyd-Webber on his next project, a new stage version of Cinderella in which Cinderella has been made into a completely modern, feisty girl.

The documentary Black Sheep directed by Ed Perkins (TU 1999-2004) made it through to the nominations for an Oscar in the documentary short-subject category.

Jack Whitehall (B1 2001-06) and his father, Michael, featured in Who Do You Think You Are? A few surprises emerged including the discovery of the tragedy that left Jack’s great-grandfather an orphan. Jack also took part in the Comic Relief 27-hour Radio 1 Lol-a-thon.

Dr Felicity Hill (MO 2001-06) moved from being a Research Fellow in Medieval History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to St Andrews to start a lectureship there. Her main focus is excommunication in thirteenth-century England.

Thomas Archer (C3 2002-07) announced some news in May. ‘I am very pleased to announce that today my shortterm rental management company, The London Residents Club, merged with three other European brands to create ALTIDO. The new company manages more than 1,700 distinctive properties across 21 destinations in Europe, with a centralised head office in London, satellite offices in core locations including Lisbon, Milan, Edinburgh and Rome; and a robust strategy to scale globally. We currently employ over 120 people and have formal partnerships with Marriott and Airbnb. All four companies are e Marlburian Club Magazine


OM News the Michael Ball show. They played at a series of festivals over the summer including Petfringe in Petworth. In July, they played Arena Square, Wembley Park on the Main Stage as part of International Busking Day. And in August they played on the BBC Introducing Stage at Countryfile Live Festival at Blenheim Palace. You can hear the Richard Madeley interview on BBC Sounds app.

Uzi Qureshi (B1 2007-11) hit 104 not out in July for Wiltshire vs Oxfordshire, thereby steering them to a two-wicket win and reaching the semi-final of the Unicorn Knockout Trophy.

Thomas Archer (C3 2002-07) merged with three other European brands to create ALTIDO

fast-growing, privately owned, profitable and have enjoyed organic growth in their core markets. ALTIDO has immediate plans to expand its operations and develop into new markets across key European locations; expecting to double inventory in the next 12 months. I would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in investing or anyone who has experience in the broader hospitality space and might have some wise words for us. Please email me at’

Alexandra Dowling (TU 2005-07) starred in Don Carlos, the Friedrich Schiler play, at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, London.

Will Stokes (B1 2003-08) and his band Wovoka Gentle did a short set at Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard, Marlborough.

Mark McVeigh (CR 1991-2013) and his wife, Lisa, were delighted to welcome Ross Jennings (CO 2003-08) to Denla British School, Bangkok, where Mark is Principal and Lisa is Well-Being Manager. Ross, aka The First Piper is aiming to play his bagpipes in every country of the world. He gave an inspirational talk to the pupils.

Northampton Saints flanker Jamie Gibson (C2 2004-09) was named the winner of the first RPA Personal Development Award of the 2018/19 season. The award was created to celebrate the proactivity and 18

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off-field achievements of RPA members. The powerful forward who has made more than 100 appearances for the East Midlands club since moving from Leicester Tigers in 2015/16, has been rewarded for his success off the pitch, launching an online cooking blog and co-founding two separate businesses with his wife, Lizzie.

Hattie Briggs (MM 2006-11) and her band performed live on Radio 2. They were interviewed by Richard Madeley as part of Tom Sater (B1 2007-12) and Rob Gibson (C2 2007-12) completed the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon non-stop challenge this year in 26 hrs and a few seconds. They did it in aid of Surfers Against Sewage, a charity that focuses on plastic clear up through educating children in schools and communities, lobbying the government, funding plastic solution research, and hosting big clear ups. ‘Our boat (Sheela) floated and managed to take us 124.9miles in 25hrs and 50 minutes.

Just as we approached the finish, we were hit from behind by a Tourist Ribs wake. When trying to empty Sheela of water and go the last five hundred metres the boat snapped right down the middle. Gritting our teeth, we promptly began to swim, pushing Sheela and our kit. Sadly, we were 40 seconds too slow to get under 26hrs but an entertaining way to end.’ They have raised an amazing £5,147.

Tom Cowper-Coles (SU 2007-12) started a new role at Ben Line Agencies, a Scottish company that works with ports across 17 countries in Asia. He is based in Jakarta, and will be required to travel to other offices and ports across Indonesia. On graduating from a modern-languages degree at Durham, he became interested in transport and logistics companies, as well as business in Asia and, after a two-month study trip to China, began a master’s degree in International Shipping and Finance at Henley Business School.

Over 2019’s summer, Francesca Mortell (LI 2010-12) and Georgie Frew (MM 2005-10), OMs whose time at the College did not coincide but then met during their medical foundation training in Brighton in 2017, cycled 2,300 miles from Brighton to Greece to raise money for Mind and Medicin Sans Frontiers (MSF).

making them, together with some practical tips on making the most of their Sixth Form studies for exam success. Tom Hobby (C3 2009-14) is reading French at Manchester and has just returned from his year abroad in Le Mans. Ed Holroyd Pearce (LI 19952000) is co-founder of CRCC Asia, a company with some 40 employees in nine locations around the world. He has used his Chinese, which he learned at Marlborough, to build the company that offers placements for applicants from the UK and the USA. Finally, Emily Lusty, wife of Patrick (TU 1985-90), guided us along her language-filled career path, via teaching, giving us a mouth-watering flavour of the exciting types of language related gap years and other courses and activities abroad which she provides through The Language Gap, the company which she has founded and now runs. Old Marlburian duo Ali Macleod (SU 2009-14) and Alex Andrews (BH 200914) set off in early August on a selfsupported cycle ride from Washington DC to Vancouver in Canada. ‘We will ride over 6,700kms, across the flats of Kentucky, over the mountains of Colorado, and through uncharted physical and psychological boundaries. We cannot guarantee success

but we will push ourselves in pursuit of it. It has been 12 months of slowly putting money aside and six months of planning. Despite the prospect of waking up to banana sandwiches and going to bed on an inflatable pillow, we are both incredibly excited about this opportunity.’ Visit to see their progress and hoped-for success.

The Bunch is a rapidly growing company, founded by Elliott Herrod-Taylor (C1 2012-14). Formerly Easy Student Living, The Bunch handles all household bills for students and young professionals (energy, water, TV and wi-fi bills) saving them all the chore of dealing with messy bank transfers between housemates and all the complicated payment schedules. Three OMs have been heavily involved in the development of the company from the start-up phase. Will Stewart (C1 200914), co-founder joined in 2017, and Archie Lynas (LI 2009-14), head of marketing, joined more recently in 2018.

In April, Tristan Robbins (CO 2009-14), Chloe Hubbard (IH 2012-17), Steph Evans (MM 2012-17), Hannah Biddle

Antonia Hudson (LI 2010-12), Head of Lacrosse at Marlborough College, was named in the England squad for the 2019 Women’s California Challenge Tour.

Two OMs, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further, and all of whom have enjoyed memorable experiences and professional opportunities through their language skills, returned to Marlborough. The evening of presentations to the Upper School modern linguists began with an illustration of how useful and employable their post-GCSE language studies are

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OM News (MM 2012-17), Joe Sykes (CO 2012-17), Alice Springett (MM 2012-17) and Liberty Allen (SU 2015-17) returned to the College to talk to the U6 giving them advice and pearls of wisdom for all areas of post-MC life.

Harry Keville (TU 2009-14) and team of Sandhurst officer cadets completed a 52mile run from Sandhurst to Southampton Hospital and raised £7,500 for Robbie’s Rehab, a charity that supports children who have had brain tumours.

Former XV captain Dom Coulson (C1 2013-18) was included in the Kenyan U20 squad for the Rugby Africa U20 Championship.

In August, Kat Mackaness (MM 2013-18) and Martha Doyne (MO 2013-18) swam the River Eden in Cumbria. It is a 90-mile long river and they completed it in 10 days. Martha wrote in saying, ‘Tragically in November 2018 Kat’s dad, Jamie, passed away during the night due to a heart attack. This came as such a horrendous shock and has been extremely hard for Kat’s family. Kat’s strength and determination has been an inspiration, she really is incredible. We had spoken to Jamie about doing this swim and he was very enthusiastic and excited by the sound of it,

so we are doing it in memory of him.’ They are raising money for Seeds4Success, a charity that Kat’s father was involved with. Seeds4Success works with underprivileged children who haven’t had the opportunities that many of us take for granted.

Archie Griffin (C3 2014-19) travelled to South Africa in August as a member of the Wales U18 rugby-tour squad. Archie was a regular for the XV at Marlborough throughout 2017 and 2018, and, after completing his A Levels, took up a professional contract offer with Bath Rugby. Sam Appleton (B1 2010-15) has taken a second year out of his degree to work with Extinction Rebellion, the climate change activists. You can hear him talk passionately about climate change and his fear for the future of the planet during his interview with talkRadio on YouTube.

Jamie Amor (C3 2014-16) has had a terrific 2019. In July, he won the 39th Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship, held at Marlborough Golf Club and in April he completed the London Marathon in an amazing 4 hours and 42 minutes. He raised £4,334.20 for Crohns and Colitis.

Billy Mead (C1 2012-17) signed a contract for the MCC Young Cricketers for the 2019 season.

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All More the Same than Different e Importance of International Networks

‘An International House is not an academic institution, it is a home, for some for a few weeks, others for years, and their emotional attachment to their House is very tangible and the iends made there truly lifelong.’


lice Lewthwaite (SU 1985-87) spent the first few months of 2019 following her great-grandfather’s footsteps around the world visiting the scheme he set up in 1924, International Houses. It was started to provide a safe haven for international pupils to live together while studying abroad. Here, Alice talks about her trip and how a simple concept thought up nearly a century ago, is still going strong and, in today’s world, is more essential than ever.

fellow OM and Malaysian resident E-Lene Kee (B2 1985-87), who provided not only the occasional wonderful meal with her family but also someone to answer all the burning questions I had about working and living in the country. This was probably the first time I had appreciated how studying with others from around the world can help you build a wonderful network that enriches, supports and sometimes even saves you as you navigate the world, both for work and pleasure.

Arriving in Taiping in Malaysia for an industrial placement as part of my Fashion Textiles Degree in 1990, I reached out to

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that my great-grandfather, Harry Edmonds, did in 1966 when he was 83 years old. Harry was American and one day, in 1909, when he was coming up the impressive steps of the main library of Columbia University in New York, he bumped into a Chinese student and said good morning. The Chinese student thanked Harry for speaking to him and said that no one had spoken to him in the three weeks he had been in New York. After a short conversation, Harry and the student went on their way. However, Harry was so struck by the lonely student’s story that he and his wife, Florence, started inviting international students to their home for simple Sunday suppers and, to their surprise, they all turned up. They soon outgrew their apartment and Harry decided what he really needed was somewhere that graduate students from around the world could live and learn about each other day in, day out. With the financial backing of the Dodge family and

Far left: Alice Lewthwaite on the steps of Low Memorial Library Columbia University New York Top left: Alice’s great grandfather Harry Edmonds c1974. Bottom left: Pencil drawing of the design for International House New York, which opened in 1924. Left: Chateaux and garden at Maison International Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

John D Rockefeller, International House New York opened in 1924 and was quickly followed by International Houses in Berkeley (1930), Chicago (1932), and Maison International at Cité Universitaire in Paris, which was also funded by Mr Rockefeller. The Houses are still going strong today and each one is a home away from home for around 600 students – representing some 70-80 countries – each year. All three Houses were carefully built to maximise interaction between residents and, as Harry had found from his first meeting within the Houses, when the young people from around the world live, wash and eat together ‘magic happens’ and bit by bit they understand that they are more similar than different. About 10 years ago, I first got interested in Harry and his vision and work. I visited the New York I-House for the first time and more recently read his memoirs recorded by Berkeley University when he was in his late 80s. In those memoirs, it talked about the 1966 trip and for some reason it resonated with me and I began to wonder what would happen if I were to re-create the tour. With my son starting at Portsmouth University and my daughter due to start at Marlborough for Sixth Form, my empty nest proved a perfect excuse to put the plan into action. So, on 1 January 2019, I set out, following Harry’s itinerary as much as I could. I would visit 18 countries, doing 25 stops. Starting and finishing in New York, I would be on the road for 11 weeks. My goal, like Harry’s, was to meet with alumni of the International Houses in each of the stops and reconnect them with the idea behind the houses of tolerance, understanding and international friendship. While the teams at the three original International Houses were supportive, this was a self-funded tour, a personal pilgrimage in honour of my great-grandfather and his lifelong work. I was a stranger reaching out to strangers, via all possible modern social media, email and good old-fashioned letters. From the start, my enquiries were met with warmth and welcome. e Marlburian Club Magazine


Every stop was so different, for some we had 20 or 30 people gathered and in others it was just me and a handful of others sharing some delicious food, but – whether it was small or large – there was magic at every stop. An International House is not an academic institution, it is a home, for some for a few weeks, others for years, and their emotional attachment to their House is very tangible and the friends made there truly lifelong. One of the traditions at New York, Berkeley and Chicago I-Houses is to re-create the Sunday Suppers that Harry and Florence started in 1909 and once a year they also include a candle ceremony. At this, one by one, a representative of each country lights a candle from a main candle and then everyone in the room lights their candles from those candles and there is a pledge to ‘pass the light on’ of understanding, tolerance and international friendship. My journey has also been to pass the light on and, taking inspiration from the candle ceremony, I have carried a candle around the world that has been lit at each stop and I have taken candles from one destination to the next in a relay. I was also amazingly privileged as the team at International House Chicago put on a full Candlelight Ceremony in my honour when I visited. It was a very touching and emotional evening. With so many stops there have been many highlights, but certain moments have been very special. Meeting Narendra Jain, aged 91, in Delhi was one of them. He had met Harry on his Delhi stop in 1966 and Narendra had kept all the press clippings and letters, which he brought with him for me to see.

the obvious networking opportunities. Alongside these are other less obvious ones that Marlburians are so privileged to be able to access; such as overseas trips or, as will happen in October 2019, welcoming boys from a slum community in Mumbai to the school as part of the OSCAR Foundation Schools tour, all of which can create new and different conversations. It is not just recent OMs that can benefit, I am sure that there are warm welcomes for any of us if we were to reach out as we travel or move to live in new countries. One thing I have definitely learnt from my experience, is people say yes more than they say no if you just approach them in the right way. In a world of rising populism and attempts at physical and state-backed division, I am still with my great-grandfather in holding great optimism about the warmth and generosity of most people. However, to appreciate this, we do have to stay curious, create conversations and accept that we may not agree on everything, but we can enjoy time together never the less. International networks and friendships have brought me so much richness; way beyond anything I could have experienced had I

travelled purely by hopping on and off a tourist bus. I plan to continue to connect with alumni from the different Houses and in some small way hope to ensure that the Houses are still going in another 100 years. To find out more visit an umbrella organisation encompassing 17 Houses: two locations in London, Bucharest, Alberta, Berkeley, Chicago, Harrisburg, New York, Northern Arizona, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington DC, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong.

Alice Lewthwaite loves her orange-andblack Brompton bicycle, which keeps her fit and speeds her through traffic

‘Harry and Mr Rockefeller knew that if they could have young people of different nations living together, they could break down barriers and equip them for their roles as future leaders of companies and countries.’

Another one was sharing the stage in Beirut with Raya El Hassan, who had only days before been made the first female Minister of the Interior and Security in Lebanon; the first in the whole Middle-East. She spoke so beautifully about her time at the International House in Washington DC (part of the now 17 institutions that make up the International Houses worldwide group) and how it had really prepared her for her career by helping her always to seek to understand the ‘other’. Harry and Mr Rockefeller knew that if they could have young people of different nations living together, they could break down barriers and equip them for their roles as future leaders of companies and countries. I believe that those at Marlborough also have that opportunity. Certainly, as I visit my daughter, I notice the diversity of pupils has increased since I was at the College and with the Malaysia campus’ graduates now joining the Marlburian Club there is a real opportunity for young people to start their international networks early. These are just 28

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How does an OM find herself back at the school aer 30 years? Having le Marlborough, Tessa Murray (BH 1987-89) went on to teach in Zimbabwe and has continued to support the work done there by assisting the charity Schools Partnership Worldwide. Tessa now runs Flight Centre Schools Triathlon, which has raised more than £1,000,000 towards this terrific charity.


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ike the rest of us – maybe not all of us – the charity has grown up. It has gone from a small volunteering organisation into a renowned youth-development charity called Restless Development with a turnover of almost £15m per year and it focuses on removing obstacles to young people’s success in developing countries. An old friend from Zimbabwe, Jim Sewell (Radley, but we’ll forgive him for that) and I committed to raise funds for Restless Development. So, in 2015, we established the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon for children aged between seven and 13. There is nothing like it in the UK. It is a team-based triathlon that gives most children their first experience of triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It has been hugely popular. Over 12,000 children have taken part and raised more than £1,000,000 since we started. Events are held at Bradfield, Royal Russell and Charterhouse as well as at Marlborough.

We have great ambitions for the series and see it becoming a national event. The demand and support from schools, parents and children is incredible – we have been oversubscribed every year. In May 2019, the College generously hosted the final triathlon in this year’s series. It was an extraordinary day full of fun, determination and great team spirit. 1,100 children, competing in teams of four, raised an amazing £100,000 bringing the 2019 total to £400,000. We couldn’t be more grateful to the College for its ongoing support. Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) said, ‘We were delighted to welcome the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon back to the College. It has been wonderful to see so many children participating with such enthusiasm and determination and, in turn, raising money to help other children around the world. I thank all pupils, staff and families who gave their time so generously to help and make this event such a huge success.’

All the money raised by the children goes to charity and we cover the costs through relying on a network of amazing volunteers and fabulous sponsors such as Flight Centre, Cazenove Capital, Knight Frank and the Marlborough Summer School.

Tessa’s love of Africa was born out of her year off in Zimbabwe in 1990, which, according to her children, she hasn’t stopped going on about since

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Redesigning Kelmscott Richard Barber (C1 1955-59) has always been interested in William Morris (1848-51), as an artist, writer and printer. William’s idyllic house at Kelmscott is a must for lovers of country places and is about to have a new education centre in one of the ancient barns, which will introduce new generations – hopefully including Marlburians – to this remarkable and attractive figure.


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illiam Morris, who was at Marlborough from 1848 to 1851, is still a familiar name today, thanks to the enduring fashion for his fabric designs. These are only one small aspect of his extraordinary achievements in the fields of literature, poetry, painting and above all in the making of finely crafted textiles and furniture. He was, besides all this, a champion of ancient buildings and churches, founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a fierce opponent of the Victorian habit of whitewashing, and of generally polishing up medieval churches. Writing to a friend when the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded, he urged him to join ‘our anti-scrape society’. William was enchanted by the past, particularly all things medieval, and in this, as in so many other aspects, he did not fit in to the

Far left: Kelmscott Manor. Left: Avebury stone circle. Below left: Avebury church. Below: Kelmscott Manor drawing 1898.

‘...he did not fit in to the Marlborough of his day; a time when discipline at the school was at its lowest ebb. He was precocious and loved books, but the teaching was abysmal, giving no space to imagination or even argument.’

Marlborough of his day; a time when discipline at the school was at its lowest ebb. He was precocious and loved books, but the teaching was abysmal, giving no space to imagination or even argument. The positive side of this – if it can be called that – was that for several hours each day the boys were at liberty to roam the countryside. William used this time to explore the country around Marlborough, and to make use of one of the school’s real assets: the newly formed Adderley Library with an extensive stock of books on art and architecture.

The 14-year-old William first went to Avebury in the spring of 1849 and wrote to his favourite sister, Emma, about it saying that on a first foray, he had puzzled out the stone circle then returned the next day to work out how the stones were fixed. This time, the church caught his eye, ‘The tower was very pretty indeed, it had four little spires on it of the decorated order and there was a little porch and inside the porch a beautiful Norman doorway loaded with mouldings.’ He already knew the names of the different styles of medieval work, and had an eye for other buildings as well, such as ‘the pretty little Parsonage house’ by the church. Eight years later, he was apprenticed to the great Victorian architect G. E. Street, and three years after that he commissioned a house from Philip Webb, another of Street’s pupils. But one house is associated above all with William: Kelmscott Manor, twenty miles from Oxford, and near the ‘baby Thames’, which he rented with his friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1879. He had a house in Hammersmith, London and the press, which he started a few doors up the road in 1891; the Kelmscott Press, one of the most famous of all English private presses. One picture sums up much of William’s life. It is the frontispiece to his novel News from Nowhere, with the inscription ‘This is the picture of the old house by the Thames to which the people of this story went’. News from Nowhere is the picture of a utopian socialist England; a post-industrial world of equality, community and freedom; where the countryside has been cleansed of the ugliness of factories and is the workplace of craftsmen and farmers. It is a dream narrative, and in some sense Kelmscott was William’s dream house. He was there only occasionally, because the business he had e Marlburian Club Magazine


William himself loved the house and its setting. He was drawn to the place by its unpretentious antiquity and rural tranquillity. History, art, architecture, archaeology and the study of ancient landscapes are the academic disciplines at the heart of the Society of Antiquaries, and just as they inspired William Morris at Kelmscott, the aim is to enable visitors to the house to engage in them as well.

£500,000 is needed to complete the £6 million project. How you can support us: • Kelmscott Manor Companion Donate £500. Donations will be recorded in perpetuity in a special ‘Commemorative Companion’ book. • Kelmscott Manor Benefactor

‘Kelmscott will offer in future a wide range of activities including a cra-skills programme and courses to engage visitors in the archaeology and architecture of the area...’

founded to create the kind of artefacts that were his greatest achievement demanded constant attention. His wife and children were there, and Rossetti. Janey Morris was Rossetti’s muse. Her face is familiar from the succession of exotically titled paintings she inspired. This was a shadow that William had lived with since the beginning of marriage: Rossetti, already infatuated with her, could not afford to marry, while William was comfortably off. Kelmscott became for him a kind of ideal image rather than a reality, and even after Rossetti’s death in 1882 his visits were very rare. When William himself died, the house passed first to Janey, then to their daughter May. On her death in 1938 it passed in trust to Oxford University, who never found a use for it, and neglected it for decades before relinquishing the legacy. It then passed in 1962 to the Society of Antiquaries as May Morris’s residuary legatee. Over the last half century the Society has succeeded in repairing and rescuing the house, which has a complex history of its own, and once again requires substantial work. The need to repair the farm buildings means that there is an opportunity to add space for proper educational activities for visiting school parties, and to establish a studio for an artist in residence. 34

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The Learning Space will be the focal point of the new educational facilities. It will be a new timber framed structure with a thatched roof that will stand on the footprint of former stabling in the 17th Century farmyard. It has been designed to suit a typical group of 35 students and 7 tutors and will be located at the heart of the site, with views of the Manor House and the River Thames. These education groups will also have exclusive access to the house and its collections of applied and decorative arts, produced and collected by the Manor’s residents in the time of William Morris, as well as the original 17th Century furnishings. The project will also create a special exhibition space to receive artefacts from the Society of Antiquaries accredited museum collection in Burlington House, as well as loans from national museums and galleries. There will also be a new research space, providing students with access to the archives and reserve collections; including photos, letters, original documents and handling collections. With these in place, Kelmscott will offer in future a wide range of activities including a craft-skills programme and courses to engage visitors in the archaeology and architecture of the area, taking as the starting-point the very reasons why

Make a donation of £5,000. Gifts will be recorded on a special stone plaque as a ‘Kelmscott Manor Benefactor’. Make a donation of £15,000 or more. Gifts will be recorded on a separate stone plaque as a ‘Kelmscott Manor Principal Benefactor’. Dominic Wallis Head of Development, Society of Antiquaries 0207 479 7092

At school, Richard Barber was told to ‘go away and do something useful in the library’. Being literal-minded he discovered King Arthur. He started writing about him then, and is still doing so now

Canvas, Camaraderie and Can-Do In 2004, Joe Hill (C1 1988-92) formed 3D Joe and Max with Max Lowry (B1 1989-94), which fast became the world’s most famous street-art company. Tragically, Max died in 2010 on the eve of his wedding to Jane Davies (EL 1990-92), yet Joe continues to paint and write scripts for Wildcard Films – another OM enterprise. Hannah Kapff (née omson EL 1991-93), ex-broadcast journalist at the BBC and CNBC Europe and now owner of Curious PR, says there must be something in the water of the River Kennet… A match made at Marlborough Joe Hill and Max Lowry founded 3D Joe and Max in the summer of 2004, having been hooked on creating street art that looks uncannily three dimensional to elicit double-takes and playful interaction by the viewer. Think: bears jumping out of the water, men falling into crevices, and so on: artwork that is inclusive. Joe recalls how it all started, ‘That summer was the first time I’d seen Max since leaving Marlborough. But I always remembered how astonishingly good his art was, even when he was in the Remove. ‘The day after seeing him, I had a call from an agency where I’d worked briefly and that finds work for actors between jobs. The guy asked me, “Can you go to ten cities in Spain to do some chalk drawings?” This was something I’d picked up whilst teaching at a Marlborough College summer school. So, I agreed to go, but only if I could take a pal to help out. I took Max. At first, it was a disaster as we were learning on the job. Our can-do attitude meant we had to learn fast! But when you’ve gone to school with someone, you have a shorthand for getting things done based on a shared way of thinking.’ Joe credits this skill to his art teacher, Robin Child (CR 1971-92), who gave all pupils the ability to draw and paint, regardless of their innate talent.

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local authorities and neighbours. Plus, the chalk would rub off. So in 2009, we moved on to using paint on canvas, which meant our works endured, plus, people could stand within the picture, interacting and posing for photos with phone cameras, which were the new big thing.’ The name 3D Joe and Max was originally just a working title, but the creative duo soon realised it must stay: their works were being used for live events, marketing campaigns, pop videos and advertisements. Thus, they were shared widely on social media and in the press. The London Evening Standard ran their image portraying the film, Narnia, and Joe notes, ‘After that, it wasn’t long before brands and companies realised the power of interactive art to lure fans and customers. Our canvas on the Camden Cycle Path got us a lot of media coverage, so the phone didn’t stop ringing. The image was a hole in the ground we’d painted that stopped cyclists going too fast. We also did Blue Peter together looking like Bill & Ben dressed in our overalls! Max gave his Blue Peter badge to his godson, being the typically generous guy he was.’

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Naturally, Joe and Max shared the blood, sweat and tears – as well as the glory. ‘We were selected to represent UK creativity at the UK pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Our painting of London had us working in 45-degree heat, getting blisters on our hands and feet – we’d really punish our bodies! But we would paint a picture a day, whereas our few competitors would take as long as four.’

Keeping on, aer a cruel tragedy If there are two things Joe credits the College with they are: not pigeon-holing students and giving them a can-do attitude. Yet, in 2010, strength in adversity become Joe’s motto. Having achieved so much together, an unspeakably cruel twist of fate saw Max die aged just 34 on the eve of his wedding to Jane Davies (Elmhurst 19901992) from Sudden Arrhythmic Death syndrome, or SADS. Sadly, each week, 12 people aged under 35 die in the UK from SADS; a condition about which Jane has raised awareness, as well as funds, for the charity Cardiac Risk In The Young (CRY). 2020 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Max’s untimely death, and a retrospective and celebration of his life is being planned.

‘If there are two things Joe credits the College with they are: not pigeon-holing students and giving them a can-do attitude.’

foreheads as we’d try to get the job finished in time. Amazingly, though, we never squabbled. Max and I just had this magic fit: he was great at handling clients if they had any doubts, and I would play the silent artistic type. In fact, the only time Max ever annoyed me was when his long hair would tickle the side of my face when we stood next to each other reviewing our work!’ Proudest moments for 3D Joe and Max included winning two Guinness World Records in 2011 for the longest (110m) and largest (1250m2) 3D street art based at Canary Wharf. This was featured in over

50,000 publications. That same year, Visit Britain commissioned them to produce 10 artworks of iconic British scenes for 10 cities (Shanghai, Sydney, Singapore, Delhi, Milan, Moscow, Stockholm, Utrecht, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo) to encourage visitors to Britain for the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee in 2012. 3D Joe and Max now has 156,255 social-media followers, and has worked for the likes of Audi, Cartier, Disney, Google, Coca-Cola and Save The-Children. The company has since produced work to promote movies such as Star Wars, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Harry Potter.

Joe describes those sad times: ‘The day after Max died, a lot of his friends, including OMs, gathered at his flat to support each other. I didn’t join them, but I did want to keep things going. A week later, I had to get on a plane to China as part of a 10 city tour we had signed, which we’d already started in Shanghai. We were really getting somewhere when he died. We were a proper unit. It was us against everyone else.’

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herself to ‘improve’ a fresco depicting Christ. Joe continues, ‘Our latest broadcast for Sky Arts is about urban myths. It’s called Madonna & Basquiat, and it examines the relationship between the singer and the artist in the early 1980s. There you go – art and music love to play together!’ Joe and Adam have also put on four West End plays – The Leisure Society, I Found My Horn, Kissing Sid James and Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Road. But, at the time of going to press, they’re going into production on another movie. Who knows what 2020 holds for these multi-talented OMs, who inspire us all by daring to have a dream…

would have made his individual work as an artist in his own right. 3D Joe and Max is commercial art that enabled us to have our own careers. We would probably have trained people up and run it as a business with staff. Max’s art was fantastic. Even when he was in the Remove, I would see a sketch by him and think, “Holy cow!” It looked like an A-Level piece. His sketches were incredible. He was an art scholar, and he was multi-talented. On our China tour, we’d be painting and he’d have a guitar, so we’d have impromptu concerts which the Chinese loved!’ When asked what’s coming next from what was once just ‘playing with perspective using chalk on a pavement’, Joe replies, ‘We’re aiming to get a 3D Joe and Max visitor experience – a bit like an indoor street scene with buskers playing music, where you can have a drink, but we need a sponsor. Any ideas? All we need is the venue!’ 38

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…to movies and TV Like Max, Joe is a multi-talented OM. In his words, ‘My great love, besides painting, is writing. Having acted, I decided to focus on what’s being said in a production, so in 2009 I set up Wildcard Films with another OM, Adam Morane-Griffiths (C1 1987-92). That was 10 years ago, so the fit must be pretty good! That year, we made a short film called Roar – a psychological thriller featuring Russell Tovey (The History Boys, Being Human), Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) and Tom Burke (Strike). That won a few awards, so we made a movie for cinemas called Blackwood – an English ghost story featuring Ed Stoppard (The Pianist) and Sophia Myles (Tristan & Isolde).’ In 2016, Adam and Joe produced Behold The Monkey, a comedy featuring Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Shaun of the Dead) based on the real-life story of a cleaning lady at a Spanish church who takes it upon

Hannah Kapff remains a coffee (and music) obsessive, and is relieved a good brew can be had without having to pinch filter papers from the biology lab

A Letter from Malaysia One year aer experiencing life from the back of the classroom, Anna Pembroke (MO 2013-18) reflects on her time spent as a Gap Assistant at Marlborough College Malaysia

‘Life here is fun and hard work in equal measure, but the latter always seems to include the former.’


ain on Court is a sight that all Old Marlburians are familiar with. Throughout my five years as a pupil at Marlborough College, I became all too familiar with cold, grey skies silhouetting C1, Beaks squelching their way across the grass, and the Sixth Form brandishing their umbrellas proudly while the Lower School huddled under the Bradleian arches. This year, however, as a Gap Assistant at Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM), I’ve been treated to an entirely different experience of Court in the rain. Although the temperature remains a balmy 27 degrees, as the downpour begins (and it is an almighty downpour) storm clouds gather and lightning cracks across the sky, it triggers one of my

more stressful jobs; that of being a shepherd, directing batches of prep-school pupils from the dining hall to the sports hall in between the lightning strikes. Forgetting the times I’m intermittently responsible for the safety of children, my job is pretty idyllic. If I’m not assisting in preparing English lessons or coaching the pre-prep on the hockey pitch, I can be found glittering (a real verb) the set of Alice in Wonderland or being beaten at pool by the junior boarders on my duty night. Life here is fun and hard work in equal measure, but the latter always seems to include the former. Arriving at MCM only a couple of months after leaving Marlborough was like stepping into an alternate reality. There were the same tartan kilts and long black skirts but they were situated next to tropical mangroves, swimming lessons took place outside, and children as young as three ran around dressed in that same familiar tartan. e Marlburian Club Magazine


I soon found that many of the quirky Marlborough traditions have passed over to south-east Asia. You’ll still find the House Shout, an eccentric vocabulary (Shell, Remove, Hundred, Beaks), and even a Christmas service – complete with mulled wine, carols and the trumpet descant in Hark the Herald. However, MCM has produced a fair few traditions of its own: my personal highlight being the Pancake Race around Court, in which the six houses (plus house tutors) compete for the coveted title of Pancake Champion. Despite sounding like a

bit of light-hearted fun, marshals with slowmotion cameras were stationed around the course to ensure that each pancake was flipped within the transition zone and the giving of penalty seconds to the offending house a source of much controversy. Oncefamiliar events have been adapted Malaysia style. The house cross-country, for example, morphs into the legendary Beagle Hash. With nary a beagle in sight, this exercise involves both boarders and boarding staff, clad in their respective house swipes, running a six-kilometre course through the jungle:

‘ere were the same tartan kilts and long black skirts but they were situated next to tropical mangroves, swimming lessons took place outside, and children as young as three ran around dressed in that same familiar tartan.’

come rain, shine or spectacularly muddy puddles. Granted, there are a fair few participants who opt for a brisk stroll rather than a full-pace run: but the atmosphere of camaraderie (however begrudging) is evident whether you’re first over the line, or last. While community spirit is a key aspect of a Marlborough education, academics still play a huge part in making MCM what it is. There is an ingrained culture of hard work and respect here, although Remove boys will be Remove boys whichever side of the globe you’re on. However, being an International Baccalaureate (IB) school does have its benefits; to my eyes, the biggest one is ensuring schoolwide participation in the breadth of extracurriculars that MCM has to offer. The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) requirement of the IB really emphasises that a Marlborough education does not solely lie within the confines of a classroom, but extends to the sports field, the debating hall, and the wider local community. The emphasis on developing a well-rounded individual is one of the key elements that the two schools share: a major contributor to their unrelenting ability to produce pupils with a truly international outlook. Despite their difference in location, it’s wonderful to see the overlap in university destinations: from Oxford and Edinburgh to NYU and McGill, this is further proof that the skills acquired at Marlborough are universally relevant to a global society. What I have learnt from my experience in Malaysia is that the Marlborough name is both enduring and flexible. People here recognise the Marlborough title and appreciate Marlborough values. In coming to our sister school here in Malaysia, I have seen this played out on an international stage. However, in Malaysia, Marlborough itself has had to adapt. We have very different pupils, a different climate, different surrounding culture and a very different understanding of ‘a bit of rain’, so we cannot expect the schools to be identical. As with any family, they have the same foundation but a diverse approach, and these differences should be appreciated as hallmarks of success in creating a truly authentic international school.

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Rich Pastures, Rich Past Following the successful launch of Marlborough College Malaysia’s Barton Farm, Graon Edwards (B2 1956-60) reminisces about his time spent at the College’s Barton Farm and uncovers some of its long and fascinating history.


s a farmer, I have been impressed by the strides that Marlborough College Malaysia’s Barton Farm is making to help students gain ‘hands-on’ experience of food production, whilst enabling them to feel connected to nature. This has led me to recall my own memories of the College’s Barton Farm in the 1950s and to investigate its rich and varied past.

My parents were good family friends of Thomas and Betty Edwards; who were the last tenants of Barton Farm, from the 1950s up until around 1970. My grandfather met Thomas Edwards fishing on the River Test and my parents would often stay at Barton Farmhouse when they came to visit me at school. I remember Thomas having a shock of white hair, a bushy white moustache, and a penchant for wearing chequered shirts. Meanwhile, Betty, as a local magistrate and major protagonist in the Women’s Institute, had a reputation for being a tour de force in the local community. Their son, James, who 42

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must have been in his 40s, worked on the farm and was a keen sportsman. Barton Farmhouse itself is a Grade II listed building; I remember it as a rambling edifice, with a mass of farming magazines piled up high on the floor. The original house predates 1722, when it was renovated and rebuilt. Later, in the early nineteenth century, the house was extended with the addition of the current entrance hall and rooms to each side. There was a small walled garden at the front with steps that led down to a lawn. Here, I would sometimes play tennis in summer, after marking out the lines of the grass court in chalk. Behind the house, was a complex of farm buildings and a stockyard, together with an enormous thatched, Grade-II listed, eighteenth-century tithe barn. The barn was used for corn and hay storage but was sadly destroyed by fire in 1976. A farm track stretched up the dry valley of Barton Dene, rising to higher land that was cultivated with cereals and fodder crops. The view from the

top of the hill, back down the dene, points straight to the College Mound, whose reputed origin as Merlin’s burial mound alludes to the track’s supposed Neolithic origins. In the winter, shooting days would be held and I would be engaged to round up College boys to go beating: to ‘put up’ pheasants so they flew over the guns deep in the valley bottom. This involved walking through fields of kale, up to our armpits, with sacking around our waists as protection. When it was wet, the water ran into one’s boots, but we welcomed the payment of 10/- when wet and 5/- when dry. I would also help the Edwards’ with their hay baling, and I suspect it was this combination of beating and baling that encouraged me to later pursue a career in farming. I remember catching a glimpse of Barton Farm’s history, when Thomas Edwards described the ancient flooding mechanism for the water-meadows to me. This consisted of a network of precisely engineered, inter-linking, broad ridges and furrows in the fields on the floodplain below Barton Farm (now sadly the school car park). A series of sluice-gates would be used to carefully ‘flood’ these fields, via channels running along the crests of the ridges with flowing, spring-fed 10ºC river water in winter, keeping the under-lying

ground warmer, so that grass for grazing would grow much earlier in spring. This practice lasted from the mid seventeenth to the early twentieth century and prompted me recently to look more deeply into the farm’s past. What I discovered is that the history of Barton Farm is intricately linked with that of the royal castle, built around the College Mound. The farm was founded by the Normans as the ‘home farm’ to supply the garrison and inhabitants of the castle. All kings, from William I to Henry III visited the castle regularly from 1068 to around 1300, while King John was married in Marlborough and founded his own mint in the town. By around 1400 the castle had become ruined and uninhabitable, falling out of favour with royal visitors. However, Barton Farm remained in royal hands as it was able to produce an income for the royal purse. The site was granted to Catherine of Aragon the day before her marriage to Henry VIII in 1509 and passed to each of his wives in turn. When Jane Seymour married King Henry VIII and gave birth to the future King Edward VI, the Seymours of Wolf Hall in Savernake Forest became popular with Henry, who made Jane’s eldest brother the 1st Duke of Somerset. Following the death of Catherine Parr, Edward VI granted the site to his uncle, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset from 1550. The Somersets built a series of houses on the site, the last one being what is now C House. They remained in possession of the site, including the 1,000-acre Barton Farm, which by the seventeenth century

included the Baywater trout lakes and Castle Mill, until 1750 when it was left to the Duke of Rutland. The latter let out C House as the highly fashionable Castle Inn which was a grand hotel, servicing up to 40 coaches and 400 horses a day on the busy route between London and Bath. Meanwhile, Barton Farm, no doubt, continued to flourish during this period.

Farmhouse and the land behind Barton Hill, Littlefield, Cotton House and Upcot in order to raise money by developing the Barton Park and College Fields housing estates. The Edwards family moved to Silverless Street in Marlborough and their son James ended up working in the insurance industry. Meanwhile Barton Farmhouse became the College estate office in 1981.

The Castle Inn ceased trading in 1840 after it became bankrupt, following the building of the Great Western Railway. In 1843, the College bought the castle site from the Cardigan family, who had bought the whole estate from the Rutlands at some point in the preceding 50 years. At this time, the College leased the area of Barton Farm, south of the A4, as well as the bottom part of the playing fields up to the main cricket pavilion. It was only in late Victorian times that the College was in a position to buy the freehold of the remaining College/Castle site and playing fields. The upper playing fields of Level and Sloping Broadleaze remained part of the Barton Farm estate until around 1900, and Wedgewood until around 1920.

I sometimes still think of the Edwards and the kindness they showed me whilst I was at the College. I am also grateful for the love of the outdoors that they helped to instil in me and am so pleased to see this emulated by the Barton Farm in Malaysia.

In the 1920s, the College bought the entire Barton Farm estate, to protect it from the encroachment of suburbia. During this period, the College owned racehorse gallops high on the Marlborough Downs, near Rockley. The farm was run by a series of tenants, the last of whom, the Edwards, I knew so well. When the end of the lease to the Edwards family was due, the College decided not to renew it but rather to sell about 90% of the farm, retaining the

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Sustainability in an Entrepreneurial World Richard Burrell (BH 1979-84) is the CEO of AMP Clean Energy, a ‘distributed energy’ company (i.e. a decentralised electricity generation one) that supplies wood fuels and develops, finances and maintains low-carbon heat and power generating plants. Having followed the work that Richard has been doing, Harry Vickers (SU 2000-05), Vice President of the Green Investment Group at Macquarie Capital [Aussie vampire squid?], jumped at the chance to learn about where Richard’s entrepreneurial adventures had led him and how he has become the voice of distributed clean energy.


was very fortunate to take part in the ‘Cycle to the Somme’ ride that was organised for Old Marlburians two years ago. Despite my being one of the slowest, by a distance, we were able to chat in the evenings, which provided a wonderful opportunity to learn more about each other and the paths our careers had taken since leaving the College. As someone who dived headlong into the ‘green’ world about 12 years ago, I was amazed to find out so many other bicycling [adding a ‘bi’ clarifies that all this ‘cycling’ is nothing to do with oestrus] Old Marlburians were in a similar sector.


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Perhaps it’s the exposure that attending Marlborough gave us to the environment or possibly it’s just that people with a concern for the environment are more likely to ride a bicycle. Another thing I found interesting about the crew of cyclists [‘grid grinders’?], and in fact about Marlburians in general, is how many have become entrepreneurs. Again, maybe this was inspired by Marlborough! Richard Burrell has also shown a Marlburian innovative flair throughout his career in finance, property investment and sustainable energy. I was intrigued to learn

more about Richard’s motivations; how he had found himself in the renewable energy world; and whether, in fact, there were any direct links back to Marlborough. Was he an environmentalist or businessman at heart? Or – and I will admit this was my hope – was Richard’s journey an affirmation that clean energy had matured to the point where it made sense to business as well as to the planet? Walking into the AMP Clean Energy office in Mayfair, I was delighted to see two former colleagues now part of Richard’s team. They are not Marlburians so I can say this knowing they are unlikely to read this: they are two of the best that I have ever come across. I have read that a key trait of successful entrepreneurs is an ability to build a team that can deliver. Based on these two, it would appear this is a trait Richard possesses. Another quality of Richard’s that I have read about is his ability to seize an opportunity and build businesses very quickly. As he and I talk, it becomes apparent that this has been crucial throughout his career. After leaving Durham University and enjoying ten years at UBS, he was headhunted to join ING Barings. After two years there, he then had a decision to make: stay in banking or go it alone. This fork in the road is one that many entrepreneurs face: do I continue here and build a good career with a regular salary; or will it be more fulfilling to go it alone and build

equity? [If they are truly entrepreneurial that should be a ‘no-brainer’]. The part of Richard’s story that I particularly enjoy – I can tell he does too as his eyes glint as he tells it – is that he found himself setting up the Westbury Property Fund, which is now called Stobart Group, despite knowing nothing about fund management nor commercial property. Apparently, a close friend, Barry Owen (who is a well-known commercial agent in Liverpool), advised him that it was a good idea, so he took a leap of faith in 2001 and founded Berrington Fund Management. As Richard talks of this adventure, two points stick with me. First, he was, and still is, amazed at how ‘easy’ it was to raise money back then. He had no track record and yet raised £30m in 2002. Second, and this correlates with my earlier point, he acknowledges that hiring good people was a key part of the success of this fund. As Richard’s story continues it also transpires that the hiring of good people, allied to his ability to spot a good opportunity and capitalise on it, was crucial to his next venture and its success. Another old Marlburian – the late Peter Dickson

(LI 1968-73) – came up with the idea of buying doctors’ surgeries [rentier ponce?] and so Richard set up the Medical Property Investment Fund with Peter in 2003. Perhaps due to his track record, this time he raised £140m in nine days. Over the following years this fund evolved into Assura Group and is an FTSE 250 company today. At the same time, Westbury grew significantly and in 2007 Richard sold all the commercial property and ‘reversed’ Westbury into Eddie Stobart. Given the strength of the Stobart brand, he remembers fondly his interview with The Sun newspaper where the only interest of the editor was in the Eddie Stobart Spotters Club rather than how clever Richard had been to exit commercial property just prior to the 2008 crash. However, it was not always an easy journey for Richard. In 2006, Peter Dickson was tragically killed and in 2010, due to pressure from his largest shareholder (the now infamous Neil Woodford), Richard was forced to sell Assura’s medical services business to Virgin Health at a loss. He subsequently resigned from Assura and moved on.

‘Or – and I will admit this was my hope – was Richard’s journey an affirmation that clean energy had matured to the point where it made sense to business as well as to the planet?’

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Most entrepreneurs have ‘blips’ and often these are due to events beyond their control, or at least amplified by them. A trait I have seen of successful entrepreneurs is their ability to ‘bounce back’ and show resilience. Resilience can keep you in the game waiting for better times, or it can keep you in play ready to pounce on the next opportunity, or it can see you succeed thanks to both. In 2010, Richard founded Mathieson Capital which invested in sustainable energy and healthcare businesses. His first two investments were Mathieson Biomass and FirstCare. Mathieson Biomass set out to develop biomass boiler projects, whilst FirstCare aims to reduce sickness absence in the workplace and is another flourishing business where Richard remains on the board as a non-executive director. I asked how he got involved in biomass and was delighted to hear that, as with Westbury and Assura, he was advised by someone to look at this sector and he saw an opportunity to develop assets that benefited (like GP surgeries) from long-term government support. This also showed me that this ‘sustainable’ business was started as much for the fact that it made professional sense, as it was for an overriding determination to build a distributed energy business. He subsequently merged Mathieson Biomass with Aggregated Micro Power, as both businesses were going down a similar path. He had known the Chairman of AMP, Neil Eckert, for many years as between them they had already floated four separate businesses on the London Stock Exchange (Westbury, Assura, BRIT Insurance and Climate Exchange). In 2014 they completed their fifth stock-market flotation, which is known as AMP Clean Energy today. AMP Clean Energy is now the marketleading, vertically integrated biomass energy business in the UK. It is also a funder and developer of distributed energy tackle and has recently moved into the post-subsidy world of ‘flexible generation’ (see below) and solar energy. The key message that becomes apparent is that Richard and Neil have built this leading business as much from seizing an opportunity as from foresight and planning. In that vein, they have developed AMP Clean Energy into its position today through its core business, a successful team and through the clever acquisitions of complementary businesses. I ask Richard more about this and he stresses the need to be adaptable, especially in a sector that is relatively nascent and therefore more susceptible to technological and regulatory change. In his 46

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view a strong, committed but adaptable team, along with the ability to invest in businesses aligned to AMP’s overall strategy, enables him to move quickly on emerging clean-energy opportunities. A good example of this is that the business is investing in [funding?] and developing flexible-energy generation plants powered by natural gas, which provide on-demand electricity when wind and solar sources can’t produce enough. Such plants are proving essential to meeting the challenge of creating more ‘base-load’ power, especially at a local level, as the UK transitions to a low-carbon economy,

on Richard’s journey. Personally, I feel it encapsulates an attitude that Marlborough instilled in me and I am sure others feel the same. Will it help me to achieve in the way that Richard has? I hope so, but who really knows? What I do know is that it has certainly helped many other Marlburian entrepreneurs; and long may that continue.

Having understood more about his businesses and his journey, I wanted to end at the beginning (or at least near the beginning) with the question that any interviewer for an article in the Marlburian should ask: “What do you think Marlborough gave or taught you to help you get to where you are?” With a look out of the window that sets his mind racing back to a plethora of memories that I sense he may not share, his answer is simple, ‘At Marlborough, you were not spoon-fed. You had to get on with it. In fact, my first entrepreneurial exploit was at Marlborough’. He then stops speaking with a wry smile. It seems he will not share all the details! I press him on this to find out more, but instead he tells me about a business he had whilst studying at Durham University. A friend of his was selling cheap shoes in Durham that were purchased from the many suppliers located around Rushden near Cambridge [it’s in Northants and much nearer Northampton than Cambridge]. Richard decided that it would be better to sell them in London on the trading floors of the new banks that were setting up after the ‘Big Bang’. He sold over 400 pairs in the first three weeks of his summer holiday, which, on a profit margin of £10 per pair, ensured he left university with no debt. Richard tells me that this experience taught him everything about how important ‘cash-generation’ is to any new business and how helpful NatWest bank had been; enabling him to buy the stock of shoes in the first place. In relation to Marlborough, Richard does share an anecdote that I especially like, and I realise some of the best things I learned at school were from my contemporaries. Richard recounts the family motto of his fellow Marlburian and business partner Peter Dickson, that seems to aptly sum up all that runs through this story: ‘You can, if you think you can’ [even if you shouldn’t]. I feel this is a good point on which to end. It is a motto that has clearly had an impact

Harry’s yearbook stated he was the person most likely to return to Marlborough as soon as possible. Having failed at that, he is only too happy to write for this magazine as much as the editor will allow him [provided he’s not too ‘passionate’]

Bringing the Best W of Britain to the World

e are sitting in the heart of the Foreign Office in Whitehall, in the magnificent Gilbert Scottdesigned lobby, under the gaze of the 1920s Sigismund Goetze murals depicting the League of Nations. Clutching his coffee, Conrad Bird is lean, trim, and chirpy, and every bit as engaging as you imagine an ex-advertising, civil servant dynamo to be.

GREAT is the Government’s most ambitious international promotional campaign ever. It was launched in 2012 to capitalise on the interest generated by the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics and Paralympics. Since then the campaign has grown. It can now be seen in 144 countries worldwide and nearly 300 cities. In the UK, the campaign is helping British companies to export for the first time and expand into new markets. Until recently, Conrad Bird (PR 1974-78) was the Director of the campaign. Jemima Sissons (MO 1994-96) – freelance journalist for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and GQ, columnist for Country Life and the Robb Report, and current editor of Sphere Magazine – tells us more.

‘I would have loved to speak to Tom Newton Dunn (C2 1986-91 and Political Editor of The Sun) but I would have my press office all over it,’ he says with a chuckle. Indeed, a grilling on Brexit for the old-school magazine might not be what he was after this early on a Tuesday morning. Instead, he has agreed to talk about his GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes Britain around the world through its Foreign Office & Department of International Trade networks. They have partnered with illustrious British brands, from Mulberry to Aston Martin, which can mean delivering supercars to Tokyo streets for a photo call with the Royals, to VIP screenings of Paddington 2, and promoting smaller heroes such as artisan watchmakers, to the rest of the world. Under the banners of craft, innovation, heritage, sport and education, it is about Britain’s talents taking centre stage across the world, through brand partnerships and ambassadors such as Jo Malone, Kelly Hoppen and Katherine Jenkins.

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‘It is slightly against the British character as we are a rather self-deprecating and modest people, which, of course, is lovely.’

It was born in 2011, which was a ‘pretty bad time for the UK,’ he says. ‘We were just coming through the after-effects of financial crisis and were concerned about whether the 2012 Olympics were going to be a success. Someone in No.10 said we must assume the Olympics were going to be hugely successful and 2012 was going to be our year in the spotlight. So, what were we going to do to exploit that? How do we attract more tourists, more foreign investment, more students and business to trade with the UK? Pulling all these objectives together under one banner in 2012 would give us a fantastic moment in 48

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the eyes of the world. We said “Let’s exploit this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote the best our country has to offer the world to generate jobs and growth.”’ He admits that it wasn’t entirely in the nation’s psyche to sing about our own talents. ‘Putting the GREAT back into Great Britain is quite a countercultural thought for the UK – although overseas it really works well. It is slightly against the British character as we are a rather self-deprecating and modest people, which, of course, is lovely. Our favourite word is sorry, but you cannot really apologise yourself to international

success. Some Brits may think it’s arrogant, but it’s actually empowered and confident.’ Today, there are now over 17 government departments involved with the campaign and there were over 1,400 GREAT-branded events last year around the world. Mulberry was one of the first brands to get on board – and others followed, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Burberry and Aston Martin. McLaren branded their cars with the GREAT Britain logo during F1 events and foreign inward investors were invited into the pen to meet the drivers and engineers, who promoted the strengths of the UK auto sector. Another time, Aston Martin loaned them a car for two years, which they flew to Shanghai to open up Bicester village there (‘no, we didn’t drive it via the Silk Route,’ he declares). They dropped it off in Tokyo, the Duke of Cambridge (husband of Catherine,

the Duchess of Cambridge (EL 19962000)) stepped into it, and the Japanese went wild. Taking full advantage of Britain’s buoyant film sector is one of the more fun aspects of the job, and they have worked closely with the teams on James Bond, Downton Abbey and, as mentioned, Paddington. ‘The people behind Bond and Downton are proud patriots; we can promote them for their benefit, and their content is brilliant for us as it sends messages about the strength of Britain in the creative area. With such powerful cultural and creative industries, the UK really is a soft power superpower.’ The campaign also uses national icons and high-profile moments like these to promote the whole spectrum of Britain’s offering, particularly in luxury goods and tourism. This can mean competitions to ‘live like James Bond’, or inviting the audience who e Marlburian Club Magazine


After Marlborough, he worked on a Greek cargo ship for a year going around the world, ‘reading Joseph Conrad,’ before going up to Oxford, where he read English. He worked in advertising before entering Government service in 2002. After a spell in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as Head of Public Diplomacy and Strategic Campaigns, he joined No 10 to set up the GREAT Campaign and deliver other crossgovernment campaigns. Having moved into the Department of International Trade (DIT) in 2018, he is now moving to another role in DIT, to work in exports and inward investments. He was awarded a CBE in 2015. He remains confident that the brand he has helped create is going to help in a postBrexit world. ‘In the end, our job is to make sure that the perceptions of Britain are positive. If you look to what the Chinese might have thought about Britain 20 years ago, they would have said that we were a heritage island, part of the old world – all pea-soupers and bowler hats. This is all very charming, but if you are trying to get a company to invest in nanotechnology research and they hold this stereotype, it can affect their decision to invest.’ But things have changed considerably, with the words defining the Britain of the past as ‘historical, traditional and inward looking but trustworthy’. Now he feels we are also seen as ‘forward looking, creative, open and connected, and representing high-quality.’

‘ is about understanding Britain through our world-leading brands and working with them all for their and the national interest.’

have seen the film to visit the actual locations. It can also be an unlikely trump card in paving the way for diplomacy. ‘There was one British ambassador overseas who was struggling to get access to the president,’ says Conrad. ‘The president had children the right age, so we arranged a private screening of Paddington 2 for him and his kids that allowed our diplomats to have engagement. Soft power is diplomacy.’ He believes that a Chinese consumer, for example, often knows more about Britain through Burberry than through the British government’s efforts. ‘it is about understanding Britain through our world-leading brands and working with them all for their and the national interest.’ There is still a soft spot for some of our quaintest exports. Mary Poppins holds a special place in people’s hearts, and Conrad admits that they ‘never go wrong if we have 50

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The Stig or the Dr Who telephone box at one of our festivals.’ The longest queue they ever had, unsurprisingly, was to see the FA World Cup trophy in China. However, nobody is bigger, of course, than the Royal Family and, luckily, most of the senior royals have been engaged with the campaign since it began. Diplomacy is in his bones. He had a peripatetic childhood, with a father who worked for the British Council. This meant moving from homes in Pakistan, to the Sudan and then to Yemen. He joined Marlborough in 1974 and he remembers his own time in Preshute with affection. ‘I had a fantastic time, probably too enjoyable… it is a really good school for encouraging people to be individuals, and you could become the best of who you are.’ He has particularly fond memories of studying art under Robin Child (CR 1971-92) and his old housemaster, Michael Birley.

When he isn’t drumming up investment with British supercars or Hugh Bonneville – another ambassador – he resides in Shepherd’s Bush with his wife and two children, and is an avid marathon runner, with 41 under his belt so far. When he isn’t running or scaling peaks, he turns his hand to cartooning; a favourite holiday pastime of his. ‘All my children’s holidays are summed up with a cartoon. I asked one of my daughters last year where she wanted to go: Berlin? No, Chernobyl. So, we went there and she loved it.’ One thing for sure, is that there is rarely a dull moment in the life of Conrad Bird.

Jemima Sisson’s idea of a perfect holiday is scaling mountains, on foot or horse, traversing wilderness and living in yurts... preferably followed by a stint in a tropical five-star resort

First in His Field In this day and age, a 38-year stint in one job may be frowned upon as a lack of ambition. Whilst Jon Copp has just completed 38 years of service to the College, he should certainly not be accused of only having done one job or having lacked ambition. In this article the current President of Common Room, Neil Moore (CR 1996-), who has only managed to be a colleague of Jon’s for the last 24 years, provides a summary with observations about Jon’s illustrious and varied career at Marlborough.


on is very much a Wiltshireman, having been brought up in the county and having attended Bishop Wordsworth School in Salisbury, where he developed a love of sport and, in particular, hockey. County representative honours whilst at school led him to his first encounters with the great Chris Cutforth, who was a tremendous servant to both College and Wiltshire hockey. From school, Jon went on to the acclaimed St Luke’s College, Exeter which other luminaries of Marlborough sport such as Mitch Patching (CR 19802006) also attended. He then returned to Wiltshire to take on a role as a PE beak at the College. As is the case in boarding schools, young and single entrants into the profession are quickly swept up into an eclectic mix of responsibilities; in Jon’s case these included being Resident House Tutor in Littlefield under Michael Dain (CR 195188) and running the sixth-form bar in what is now the crypt chapel in Court. It didn’t take long for the College to recognise Jon’s potential and when David Whitaker (CR 1971-85) retired he was appointed Head of PE. Jon’s approach to this responsibility has mirrored his approach to his other various roles in the College: deference to what has been done before but determination to take the project forward. PE lessons started to incorporate leadership modules and to look at sport from a wider social perspective. Working in a boarding environment is certainly all-consuming and it is a credit to Jon that he managed to maintain an interest in developing his hockey coaching beyond the limits of school teams. This saw him coaching both Bath and Oxford Universities and, in the early 90s, he took on Reading Hockey Club, which at the time were in the second division. His association with Reading was long and illustrious; winning the European Club Championship in 2003 and 10 national titles. Back at College, Jon had success with coaching Colts and Yearlings’ Hockey before taking the reins of both Boys’ and Girls’ 1st XIs. During that period, it would be fair to say hockey was the most successful sport at the College: Jon had moved it to another level, developing links with German hockey clubs and arranging for their talented players to spend a year or two at Marlborough in the sixth form. Jon also worked hard to improve the facilities and sought the funding to develop the e Marlburian Club Magazine


‘Jon was extremely thoughtful about how he could involve staff to use their imagination in seeking to broaden the appeal of supporting the College’s projects.’

what is now known as Marlborough College Enterprises: one example of Jon’s innovative approach in this role was his attempt to persude the Malaysian Olympic Team to use the College as their base during the London Olympics. After over a decade, Jon made another considerable change in course and became the Director of Development. Having such great insight into the ways of the College enabled Jon to initiate events to support fundraising that an outsider in this job would have found extremely difficult. The launch of the Legacy for Life Campaign at Kensington Palace was one such example and he was the most obvious person to continue to mesh the workings of the Development Department with those of the OM Club.

Maples and Millford astroturf pitches. We were certainly the school to beat in those days and the thing that impressed me when I first arrived at the College was the pervading hockey culture that existed: astros were busy places after prep with boys and girls enjoying informal hockey games. A delightful legacy of those days is the vibrant OM network that exists throughout Germany. Jon was certainly revered amongst the other coaches on the circuit and I remember when, in the mid 90s, the seismic change in hockey laws – the abolition of offside – took effect, other coaches nervously asking what tactics Jon was going to employ. More recently Jon helped found the Independent Schools Hockey League, which has generated an added interest in the sport amongst the pupils. School hockey isn’t just about the game alone; generations of OMs will look back with tremendous fondness for the end of season dinners or the impromptu pub visit to acknowledge a particularly well-fought victory. It is all about developing that esprit de corps that underpins team sport and providing our pupils with possibly the most valuable skills that they learn in this boarding environment. Hockey wasn’t Jon’s only sporting input here, as he also presided over the tennis 52

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programme for a long time when Marlborough reigned supreme on our circuit. Both the Granham Casuals and golf were at various times run by Jon with considerable aplomb. Jon’s talent in sports coaching and administration saw his involvement in club and representative hockey continue to develop, with him managing and coaching England teams in European Cups and the Commonwealth Games. The greatest honour came in 1996 when he took the reins of the GB Olympic hockey team in Atlanta and, with lottery funding becoming available, was able to take time out of College to prepare the GB team for Sydney in 2000. Jon’s return to Marlborough coincided with Marek Kwiatkowski’s (CR 19812001) departure, which left a vacancy as head of Summer School. Marek had left a thriving enterprise, yet Jon saw how this could be built upon: in his first year, the erection of the temporary bar area in front of C1. This brought the focus of the operation to Court, particularly on Friday afternoons, which quickly became a celebration of the week, with tutors exhibiting their courses under branded blue-and-white gazebos. The summer school grew under Jon’s guidance and started to be a most useful extra stream of income for the College. Jon’s business acumen was quickly acknowledged and his responsibilities broadened to running

On his watch, Jon managed to run three ambitious programmes with considerable success. One of those, the Memorial Hall refurbishment is complete; another, the Science and Innovation project is coming to fruition; whilst the Bursaries project is very much an on-going and successful venture. In all these, Jon was extremely thoughtful about how he could involve staff to use their imagination in seeking to broaden the appeal of supporting the College’s projects. He sought inspiration from how other sectors went about their fundraising and looked to transfer ideas to our situation. In the last couple of years, Jon has been working on fostering relationships with major donors, a role where his considerable interpersonal skills have come to the fore and it is these particular skills that have characterised his input over 38 years, whether with pupils past and present, colleagues, parents or other potential supporters of the College. He has left a tremendous, varied legacy to College life and his counsel will be sorely missed.

Neil Moore, the most amateur of rugby coaches, is still living in awe of the fact that he used to work with an international sports coach

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Bryter Layter: a Genius Underestimated Nick Drake (C1 1962-66) possessed a rare musical talent well thought of by many but, sadly, not one that was recognised until after his death in 1974. Geordie Rivett-Carnac (C1 2012-17), an avid fan, looks at his life and his personal characteristics that not only led to his untimely death but also to his subsequent musical success.


orty-five years ago, Nick Drake died from an overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline. This wasn’t front-page news and did not cause considerable outcry from the music industry either. A young musician aged 26, had committed suicide and left behind him three folk albums that were consigned to fade into obscurity. Yet, this artist followed a different path posthumously and his music is celebrated to this day. With lyrics as foreboding as they are beguiling, Nick Drake has emerged from folk insignificance to hold a place amongst pioneers such as John Martyn and Jeff Buckley. Why was it that this consummate artist never achieved widespread acclaim 54

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during his lifetime and did this lack of recognition lead him to take his own life? There is much debate over myriad aspects of his life and work, yet what is certain is that his music has risen in admiration and esteem since its inception and continues to find new followers across the globe. Drake was born in Burma in 1948 but his family moved back to Warwickshire just three years later. He enjoyed a quintessential middle-class upbringing in a small village outside of Birmingham called Tanworth-in-Arden. His mother, Molly, a talented pianist, cultivated in Nick a love of music and would record songs of her own on tapes that possessed an eerie similarity

to Nick’s later work. He excelled as a young pupil and was even made head boy at his prep school, yet an air of aloofness, which remained with him his entire life, had already been noted. Nick’s father Rodney (C2 1922-25), also a piano player and influencer on his musical life, remarked that ‘it didn’t really seem to mean anything to him. It was as if there was something else going on in his mind all the time. A headmaster’s report said that “none of us seemed to know him very well”. And I think that was it, all the way through with Nick. People didn’t know him very much.’ He left Eagle House for Marlborough where he joined C1. Whilst Nick maintained his natural sporting ability at the College, doing particularly well in athletics and rugby, his academic work began to deteriorate as his reclusive nature took hold and he began to focus primarily on his music. He learnt the clarinet and saxophone as well as piano and the guitar, of which he was particularly fond. Indeed, his signature finger-picking style that would later become characteristic of his music, was developed on his Levin guitar – the first acoustic he ever owned – during any morsel of free time he could find.

John being the vital triumvirate (Robert Kirby, Nick Wood, John Wood) that supported Nick and his family both before his death and after. Pink Moon was a desolate, bleak and gut-wrenching masterpiece that highlights the frailty of Nick at this point in his career. Songs such as Parasite become extremely difficult to listen to when one is aware of what Nick was going through at the time. Yet there are flecks of hope and positivity also, illustrated through From the Morning, which stands in radical contrast to much of the rest of the album. The following years for Nick became increasingly difficult. He had reached such a level of isolation that he only really saw his family and a few of his closest friends occasionally. He was back living with his parents in Warwickshire and could hardly operate in the outside world, with tales of him driving alone at night until his car had run out of petrol and his father would have to come and collect him to bring him home. Sadly, the situation did not improve and in November 1974 Nick’s mother found him dead, having supposedly deliberately overdosed on antidepressants. This finding has caused much contention with his family and some of his friends, who believe it was an accidental overdose, yet the Coroner’s verdict remains.

He even initiated a band with fellow schoolmates named The Perfumed Gardeners. Legend has it that Chris de Burgh (CO 1962-66) even attempted to join the group: perhaps the band’s unusual name didn’t quite exude enough of a crooner’s style for him. Despite his declining academic results, he got into Cambridge, reading English Literature at Fitzwilliam College. Yet music had taken over irreversibly and Nick, at points, spent little time attending lectures, opting instead to smoke weed in his room whilst practising the guitar and listening to the likes of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Drake was disappointed by Cambridge, yet he still found himself amongst unique and distinctive friends who seemed to gravitate towards Nick’s ethereal and mysterious charm. And, like many of his school friends, his university colleagues say he was always good and convivial company. However, whilst Cambridge failed to live up to expectations, it was here that his musical career took off, as he met Robert Kirby, who would go on to help orchestrate Nick’s first two albums. Kirby’s arrangements are particularly apparent in Way to Blue and Day is Done, yet I’ve always felt that they were most effective in Fruit Tree, a song that tragically illustrates Nick’s struggles and headspace, whilst predicting his untimely demise. Not only did Nick meet Kirby at Cambridge, but it was also there where he was discovered by Joe Boyd, an American producer of considerable note. Boyd was instantly drawn to Nick’s music and offered him a record contract before the inception of his third year at Cambridge. They became close friends from early on and he stayed with Nick throughout his career. Boyd often expressed concerns to Drake’s parents as Nick became evermore distant and isolated. Their partnership produced two albums. Both albums carry with them a completely

individual style and tone, yet they are inseparable, and most rewarding when listened to chronologically as their elegiac prose offers an insight into Nick’s consciousness and all the thoughts that he could never verbalise. Indeed, in Hazey Jane II, he states that ‘If songs were lines in a conversation, the situation would be fine’. Five Leaves Left was his debut album, and whilst critically acclaimed, it sold very few copies and this disheartened Nick immensely. The album features a number of folk classics, but none greater than River Man, which was perhaps inspired by Marlborough’s River Kennet, if not the Cam. Bryter Layter, his second album, opted for a drastically different tone. There was a distinctly cheerier mood to the album and it remains the most widely appreciated of the trio. Q Magazine ranked it 23rd in its list of the 100 greatest British bands ever and Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 245th on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. These are impressive accolades undoubtedly, but this recognition came well after Nick’s time and Bryter Layter was a commercial failure, too. Finally, Pink Moon was released in 1972. This album was produced by Nick and John Wood, with

A unique and incredibly talented man had died aged 26, without ever being recognised fully or to the extent to which he deserved in his lifetime. Indeed, the lack of success and acclaim is perhaps what hurt Nick most. He was routinely being told how brilliant he was by musicians and friends, yet mainstream audiences never connected with him and this devastated him. There is an element of cruelty to the fact that he has achieved such acclaim posthumously. When Nick needed praise and approval, it was nowhere to be found, yet he has achieved such admiration since his death and he hasn’t been able to witness it, completing the image of a tortured genius that fans love to cultivate. In spite of such tragedy, however, three masterworks remain that have finally received the recognition they deserve and highlight the rare talent that Nick possessed.

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E F Benson Sketches Edward Frederic Benson (B1 1881-87) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short-story writer. Benson’s first published book was Sketches From Marlborough. Here, we produce an abridged chapter about a day at the College. By his own admission, ‘a good many incidents actually happened, but all the characters are purely fictitious, and “I” is not always strictly “I”.’ s it necessary to say that I did not get up early this morning? I think not. Is it necessary to say that my knowledge of both repetition and construing was vague and unsatisfactory? I think not. Or is it necessary to say that I was put on in both, and that the result in each case was considered discreditable? Surely not.


Morning school is always a trial. In the first place, one has a quantity of suppressed sleep somewhere in one’s system, which one can’t work off in the natural manner, or if one does, one is rudely called to life again by the form-master. In the second place, seven o’clock is an unholy time of night to be dressed at, especially in winter. I had an additional reason to be angry this morning, for it had been snowing, and I slipped down in going out of B House, and my Thucydides naturally fell face downwards and open in some dirty snow, and my watch fell out of my pocket and broke its glass into about 3,000 fragments, and bent its big hand into a right angle. For all these reasons I considered myself justified in feeling distinctly sulky as I entered my class-room. Also I had got a presentiment that I should be put on in rep. and construing, and a still stronger conviction that I knew nothing about either. I believe someone did wake me up at 6.15 this morning; at least I was conscious for a moment of a hand out of the darkness pulling my clothes away. I believe I used forcible language to the owner of that hand. After that my next impression was of someone shaking the bottom of my bed, and saying that it was just on chapel bell. I was seriously annoyed when I heard that, and got up, meaning to express my mind to the dormitory generally. But the only person left in the room was the captain of the dormitory, who I thought might express his mind back to me. He said that I had been awoke about ten times, but had refused to get up. Just then chapel bell began, or we might have quarrelled. The house had employed their time in emptying numerous (I think that’s less vulgar) of water on to the bathroom floor. The floor is one of those wooden gratings with imperfect drainage beneath. Consequently, the whole 56

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place was chill and marshy. It was altogether discouraging, more especially since there was no hot water, and if I have a weakness, it is for taking the chill off my bath. Disasters were numerous that morning. I stumbled over one of those wretched dumb-bells, and hurt myself severely; I split my thumb-nail over my collar-stud; I dropped my tooth brush into the water I had washed my hands in (do you know the particular aggravation caused by that?); I dropped a large sum of money out of my trousers pocket in my zeal to get them on, and it rolled under all the beds in the dormitory; and finally I hadn’t time to drink any cocoa before going into school. Was I or was I not justified in feeling sulky? I only ask. Well, here I am at last, having been put on in rep. and construing, and having failed signally in both. There is some consolation, however, even in that: at any rate, I shall be left alone till eight. Kenwick, apparently, has taken leave off. What a brutal sham that man is! Marchant is sitting next to me, absolutely absorbed in making poor caricatures, chiefly of me. As he finishes each, he passes it to me with an interrogative grin. He asks me if I know who they are meant for. In some wrath I reply, “No, you idiot!” upon which the master comes down on me with promptitude for talking. Why shouldn’t I talk? He’s been talking the whole hour. Besides, it wasn’t me, it was Marchant. At last eight comes, and as bell begins I rise to go. Oh, what now? He wishes to speak to me. He says he has got all the elegiacs on his desk except mine. “Where are they?” “Not quite done.” “How far done?” “As far as ‘Dulce Domum,’” whispers Marchant. Marchant’s suggestion is quite true, but I am glad it passes unheard. After Chapel I went to get my milk-jug to take into Hall. Going across court I met Kenwick; he’s just got up, and looks abominably healthy and warm. I ask him incidentally what he had leave off for. He says he felt bilious. So did I, but I didn’t have leave off. Getting up is prone to make one bilious, l believe. That is worth remembering next time it snows. I give the result of my moral reflections for Kenwick. I think he threw a snowball at me in consequence; anyhow a

snowball hit Gerald, who was just on ahead, who thought it was me, and threw one back. I am sorry to say he is a better shot than Kenwick, and the remains of my milk-jug are lying in Court now. I hope he’ll cut himself over them some day. One might write a nice little tract about the incident, and call it “The unjust snowballer rewarded,” or “Are you?”. I think it is only at Marlborough that one sees such extraordinary collections of tinned edibles. Kenwick has bet me he will get twenty sorts of tinned meat. We have gone through the usual tinned beef, tinned mutton, tinned lobster, tinned tongues, &c.; in fact, he has discovered about fifteen tinned things, and it becomes rather interesting every morning to see what new abomination he will light upon. This morning it is tinned herrings. The inside of the tin reveals a gruesome looking oily mess, with several herrings’ heads peering about. “The proof of the herring is in the eating,” says Kenwick, taking out an oily flake of the substance. On tasting it, I object on the grounds of its being wholly inedible, and thus not falling in the category of edible things. Of course, you could put a dead mouse in a biscuit tin and call it a tinned edible, if you wished. The herrings are voted to be too horrid, and consequently banished. I never saw anyone eat in the way Gerald does. He does not mind what it is so long as it has “body”. He even expressed regret at the expulsion of the herrings. He doesn’t often come into breakfast in Hall, but eats vast meals in his study. He says he doesn’t like being hurried. The truth of this remark is obvious when you find him at about twenty minutes to ten about half way through a mound of porridge that would last most people a month. Good heavens! there’s the bell. Marchant gathers his work hurriedly, and goes downstairs to finish his toast. Greedy beast! Two hours mathematics! What a gloomy prospect! As the barometrical reports say, “Squall’s may be expected”; for we have got terribly few answers, and those are wrong. However, the thought of tobogganing will “Bear one stiffly up,” as someone says.

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Letters to the Editor A Message from the Silk Family We have received so many wonderful letters that it has proved impossible to thank everyone individually. Kate, Alexandra Tom and Will join me in expressing our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has taken the time to write with your own memories of Dennis, all gave us joy in the knowledge that he gave so much to so many. They are a great comfort to us all and we are enormously proud of him. Thank you, Diana Silk The full letter can be seen on the Club Website

Visiting Marlborough I was amused to read the Thinking of Visiting MC piece on p84 of 2018’s magazine. My father was a Beak, M J Davis (CR 1949-85), and both my sisters, Margaret


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(B1 1968-69) and Anne (B1/LI 1969-71), and I went to the College. In the early 1990s, I learnt to paraglide on the north side of the Pewsey Vale and one of my long-held ambitions was to paraglide from our local hill, Leckhampton, and land on the College playing fields. I suspected that if successful, I might be the first OM to visit the College by paraglider. On 15 May 2018, I left Leckhampton at about 3pm and managed to fly over the Cotswolds and the Marlborough Downs arriving above Marlborough at about 4,000ft. I spiralled the glider to lose height and landed just below the cricket XI. As I began to pack up my glider, a couple of pupils came over and had a chat. A bit later, a large vehicle drove up and the driver got out and introduced himself as the College Security Guard. We had a very pleasant conversation while I told him about my long connection with the College.

He then said, ‘It would have been nice if I could have let them know that I was coming.’ To which I replied, ‘I would have but, unfortunately, thermals are not that predictable!’ As I was hitching back to Swindon to catch the train, a car pulled up to offer me a lift. It was the same security guard going off duty and he very kindly drove me all the way to the station making it one of my easiest retrieve journeys! Robert Davis (C1 1969-73)

Cricket Clubs When I wrote last year about the house Cricket Clubs, I could not recall the name of the one in Cotton House. I now recall it was The Wasps. Maybe someone has already advised you of that! Frank Tennant (CO 1949-54)

Engagements, Marriages & Births Engagements Harriet Jarvis Bicknell (EL 1999-2004) to Frederick Payne Cordelia Keevil (MM 2001-06) to George Hockin

Piers Windsor (B1 2003-08) to Annabelle Clarke Owen Farr (CO 2005-10) to Aileen Nedjati-Gilani Ben Bradish (CO 2009-11) to Sommer Ashley Lang

Ross Martyn-Fisher (C2 2002-07) to Natasha Craig Sebastian Fagg (C1 2004-09) to Harriet Gibson (EL 2004-09)


Verity Seamer (LI 2007-09) to Joel Gerard

To Karim Salazar Antoni (BH 1979-84) and Mirna, a boy, Henri Maxwell

Marriages Richard Spender (C2 1989-94) to Elizabeth Dolan Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) to Nouman Qureshi Omar Salem (C3 1995-2000) to Laura Stoddart Ottilie Windsor (NC 2000-05) to Paul Coulon Oliver Aziz (LI 2001-06) to Francesca Root

To Zoe Tamara Lee (MM 1992-97) and Edward Oliver Delling-Williams, a son, Houdini Edward To Katie Goad (née Ratner EL 1993-97) and Oliver, a daughter, Ottilie Imogen Emma To Pippa Matthews (née Middleton EL 1997-2002) and James, a son, Arthur Michael William To Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) and Rosanna, a daughter, Sophie Rose For more details of the above, please visit announcements e Marlburian Club Magazine


Deaths Eric Yarrow (CO 1934-39) see obituary Denis Roy Beaumont-Edmonds (CO 1936-40) John Watson (PR 1939-40) Fitzroy Somerset (B1 1937-42) David Pratt (C3 1938-42) see obituary John Potter (C3 1939-43) Richard Moody (B2 1939-43) William Stuart Oglethorpe (B1 1940-44) Henry Milligan (1941-45) Peter King (PR 1941-46) Richard Barrett (B2 1942-46) Peter Tennant (B1 1943-46) David Conville (B1 1943-47) Peter Collymore (C3 1943-47) Richard Lee (B1 1943-48) William Caley (B1 1944-48) Graham Lewis (CO 1945-48) Clive Rose (B3 1945-48) Nicholas Grant (B2 1945-48) see obituary David Southcombe (B3 1944-49) John Darroch (B2 1945-49) Antony John Christopher Dodd (B2 1945-49) 60

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Colin Bayne-Jardine (B2 1945-50)

Hugh Blenkin (B3 1954-58)

Peter Mather (B3 1945-50)

Charles Messenger (SU 1954-59)

Timothy Whitworth (C2 1946-50)

Christopher Whitton (PR 1955-59)

John Rippon (LI 1946-51)

George Burr (CO 1955-59)

Tony Williamson (B2 1947-51) see obituary

Christopher Roberts (B3 1955-60)

Desmond Harper McElney (C1 1947-52)

Clive Moir (B3 1961-65)

Marc de Borchgrave (CO 1948-52) Norman ‘Adrian’ Boyd (C2 1948-52) Peter Arthur Treseder (B1 1949-52)

Michael Fogden (CR 1948-63)

Charles Cox (SU 1961-66) Christopher Jeremy Langlands (CO 1962-66)

John Lumsden Colthorpe (PR 1949-52)

Dennis Silk (CR 1955-68) see obituary

Richard Bewes (B2 1948-53)

Michael Morris (C2 1963-68)

Anthony Churchill (C1 1948-53)

Peter Herzog (C3 1964-68)

Peter Brown (B1 1949-53)

David Jelly (B2 1964-68)

Andrew Fane (B1 1949-53)

Philip MacGregor (LI 1964-68)

Christopher Collier (B2 1949-53)

Richard Featonby (B2 1972-76)

Edward Lander (B3 1949-53)

Julian Crofton (CO 1972-76)

David Bushill (C3 1949-53)

David Rawlings (CR 1975-98)

Richard Bland (B3 1950-54)

Paul Killick (B2 1978-82)

Alan J Clark (CO 1950-55)

Helen Thornton-Mutiso (TU 1982-84)

Roderick Innes (C3 1951-54)

Marcus Franks (TU 1986-90)

William Spettigue (CO 1951-54)

Matthew Lewis (SU 1990-95)

Clement Hinckley (SU 1951-55)

Anna Jarvis (née Mount MO 1990-95)

Alan Low (C3 1952-56)

Florence Waters (CO 2001-03)

Antony Gray (PR 1953-57)

Hugo Middleton (B1 2013-18)

Obituaries Eric was a director of Standard Life, and in 1962 he joined the board of Clydesdale Bank, then Midland. He was chairman when the Midland endured a financial crisis and sold to Clydesdale.

Eric Yarrow (CO 1934-39) Sir Eric Yarrow Bt. MBE, Past President of the Marlburian Club and father to four Marlburians, was born in Glasgow. Eric’s grandfather began the shipbuilding business Yarrow Shipbuilders in 1865 turning out steam launches and river and lake steamers. By 1906, it had become the leading builder of naval craft. After Marlborough, Eric read engineering at Glasgow University. On the outbreak of the Second World War, aged 19, he volunteered for the Royal Engineers. Taking part in the retreat from Burma, he destroyed railway bridges and rivercraft, including flat-bottom paddle steamers that had been built at Yarrow. Following service in India, Eric joined the advance back into Burma and was appointed MBE. After the war, Eric continued his engineering training with English Electric.

Eric was deputy lieutenant of Renfrewshire, president of the Scottish Convalescent Home for Children and honorary president of the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital. In 1974, he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. He was honorary president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institution of Shipbuilders and Engineers in Scotland, the Water Tube Boilermakers’ Association, and prime warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Eric was also a member of five golf clubs. His failure to improve the British government’s lowly compensation for nationalising the family firm always rankled. ‘We got plenty of sympathy, but we would rather have had cash,’ Eric said.

David Pratt (C3 1938-42) Dr David Pratt, soldier, engineer and adventurer, died on 13 March 2019, aged 94. David was a key figure on the 1955 expedition to the South Pole and had earlier been among the first men ashore on D-Day. After leaving the Army in 1948 and completing his engineering degree at Trinity College, David became an essential member of the successful Trans-Antarctic

Pratts Peak Shackleton Range

expedition in 1955. As Transport and Engineering Officer, he worked with 90 different companies to source the best vehicles and equipment for the adventure. A particular contribution was to solve the problem of crossing the crevasses in the Antarctic, which he worked on with Sir Donald Bailey of eponymous prefabricatedbridge fame. David was awarded the Polar Medal and a mountain in the Shackleton Range of Antarctica – Pratts Peak – was named after him. After the expedition, he completed a PhD at Imperial College and went on to head the Engineering department at the Commonwealth Development Corporation for 30 years. This job saw him travelling the world solving all kinds of problems in all sorts of environments. He was married to Victoria and had two children, James and Jonathan.

In 1951, he met his first wife, Rosemary. They had one son and she died in 1957. In 1959, he married Annette Steven and they had three sons before that union ended. None of his sons followed him into shipbuilding. In 1981, Eric met and married Joan Botting. Eric joined the Yarrow board in 1948 and 10 years later became managing director. He was chairman from 1962. In 1977, the company was nationalised but the compensation it received was woeful. Critical to the company’s continued success was maintaining and developing the relationship with the Royal Navy. Eric, a suave and consummate salesman, travelled the world, winning orders at home and overseas. e Marlburian Club Magazine


Obituaries Nicholas Grant

Tony Williamson

(B2 1945-48)

(B2 1947-51)

Nicholas Airth Grant, known as Nicko, was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1931. Soon after the onset of the Second World War, Nicko and his siblings joined their mother on a ship bound for India, where their father worked for a British trading company.

Tony, who was the former Lord Mayor of Oxford and prominent ‘worker priest’ died aged 85. He was the youngest of three children of Joe Williamson, an Anglican minister, who campaigned in the 1950s in east London to clear slums and open refuges for prostitutes. Tony followed in his father’s footsteps and continued the fight against injustice.

The children were enrolled at the Hallett War School in the foothills of the Himalayas. They learnt how to shoot in case the Japanese invaded. While practising archery, Nicko shot too high. Looking over the garden wall, he saw a man lying in the road with an arrow sticking out of his head. Fortunately, the injury was not serious. The Indian adventure was marred by the death of Nicko’s mother in 1945. Grant completed his schooling at Marlborough. In 1949, he started work as an articled clerk with a firm of accountants in the City. After qualifying in 1954, he undertook National Service in Liverpool. In 1956, he married Mavis. On return to England in 1961 after five years in Canada, Nicko took a job with a firm that helped companies manage their cashflow. A decade later, he proposed that they start a bank, naming it Duncan Lawrie. The bank had offices in Belgravia and became well known for sponsoring the England chess team. When the bank proposed investing in Asil Nadir’s Polly Peck, Nicko told the investment department that under no circumstances was it to buy the company’s stock. He was none too pleased when staff ignored his instruction and lost the lot. Nicko retired as chairman of Duncan Lawrie in 2001 and spent much of his pension building a school in Sri Lanka. He also arranged a loan to convert a dilapidated Victorian courthouse in south London into the Jamyang Buddhist Centre.

After studying at Trinity College, Oxford, and theological college at Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, he went on to work at the Pressed Steel car body factory (later part of British Leyland and Rover) in Cowley and became a union leader. He was an active Labour politician, a housing expert on Oxford city council, Oxford council leader and joint leader of Oxfordshire county council. He was Lord Mayor from 1982-83, whilst continuing to work daily at Pressed Steel. In 1977 he was appointed OBE. Tony is survived by his children, Ruth, Paul, Ian, Hugh, and eight grandchildren.

By then divorced, Grant spent much of the rest of his life in his flat near Buckingham Palace.

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Good natured, he held court at the Goring Hotel, where he dined two or three times a week. He took a practical view of death and joked about wanting to spend more time in one of London’s Death Café outlets, where people get together to ‘drink tea, eat cake and discuss death’.

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for his Captain and gave him such a ticking off that I thought the boy might break down. ‘You can go now,’ said Dennis, but, as the boy took hold of the doorknob, Dennis said, ‘and one last thing’. No, I thought, Dennis stop it, you will destroy him but I heard Dennis say, ‘Thank you, if you had not said it I would have had to!’ The boy smiled. A truly great teacher. Dennis arrived at Marlborough in September 1955 from Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. Immediately he made a huge impact on the Common Room and the boys – teaching history, coaching rugby, cricket, and fives and even learning hockey so he could coach. He inspired a major work in the College Printing Press to produce a fine production of Seigfried Sassoon’s poems, with whom he was a personal friend, bound in red leather and now a treasured possession for many. Initially, he was House Tutor of C2, but was promoted two years later to Housemaster of A1 where, among other things, he co-produced an A House production of Arsenic and Old Lace, known affectionately as ‘Beer and Old Silk’! After marrying Diana, he was appointed as Housemaster of C1 and together they ran the senior house until leaving in 1968 for his appointment as Warden of Radley. Whilst all this was going on, he found time to play for Bath and Dorset and Wilts Rugby where he played alongside a longterm friend to be – Ian Balding (SU 195256) – the only schoolboy to play for his county whilst still at school. Dennis’s influence will not be forgotten. Ian Beer (CR 1955-61)

Club Events 50 Years of Girls 16th September 2018 More than 200 people returned to Marlborough to celebrate 50 years of girls at the College. OMs from all eras enjoyed a buffet lunch and fizz and they heard John Dancy (Master 1961-72) talk about admitting girls and short speeches from Past President of the Marlburian Club Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70) and Chair of Council, Mark Malloch Brown (C1 1967-71), who were both pupils in 1968. After lunch, some toured Dancy House, which had been officially opened by John Dancy earlier,

John Dancy (Master 1961-72), Mimi Grant (EL 2014-17, DA 2017-19), Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-)

whilst others took the opportunity to catch up. The day concluded with a Celebration in Chapel led by Jo Bailey Wells (B3 1981-83) Bishop of Dorking. Checkie Hamilton (MO 2013-18), Holly ScottDonaldson (MO 1989-91) and Nick Cutts (B2 1968-69) shared memories of their time at Marlborough and female members of the OM Choir, led by Julia Daniels (B3 1978-80), sang Ave Maria and Palm 23 (Schubert) beautifully. As part of the 50 Years of Girls celebrations, Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72), Chair of MCCF, announced the launch of a new bursary solely for girls. The MCCF has already awarded a one-off Sixth Form bursary to a girl who has joined the College this term and Olivia is asking for support for a similar bursary to be awarded in 2020.

Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70), Marlburian Club President 2017-18

20-Year Reunion: the Class of 1998 27th September 2019

Dancy House

Five-Year Reunion: the Class of 2013 19th September 2018 The Class of 2013 held their five-year reunion at the Jam Tree in London in September 2018. As always, the Club had put money behind the bar to welcome OMs to their first official get-together since leaving school and Chris Carpmael was on hand to remind them of all that the Marlburian Club can offer them.

Mark Malloch Brown (C1 1967-71), John Dancy (Master 1961-72)

Several representatives of the class of 1998 enjoyed a much anticipated 20-year reunion in London. It was brilliantly organised by Tom Cannon (C2 1993-98) and James Chapman-Andrews (B1 199398), and, with the help of WhatsApp, Facebook and the OM Club, approximately 70 OMs met for a long overdue catch up. Some had travelled from far flung corners of the UK, and in other cases even further afield, including Alan Yiu (C3 1993-98) who had made the journey all the way from Hong Kong. Ed Tryon (C1 1993-98), managed to recruit nine out of a year group of 13, making C1 the most well-represented house. A fantastic night ensued, with wine flowing, old stories shared and plenty of reminiscing about Marlborough in the nineties. They look forward to 2023 and the 25-year reunion already. îƒŤe Marlburian Club Magazine


Club Events Club Day 4th November 2018 Club Day 2018 was timed to coincide with Remembrance Sunday and 100 years since the end of the war. Celebrations on the day were designed to reflect this with a WW1 talk from David Du Croz (CR 1996-2007) and a special remembrance service, including evensong, with the OM Choir as well as a tour of the newly refurbished Memorial Hall. The day started with bacon rolls, quickly followed by the AGM at which we said goodbye to the outgoing Club President Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70) and

welcomed Paul Orchard-Lisle as the new President. The AGM was followed by open classroom tours. The new Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) gave an address with the latest news from the College and an overview of future plans. After lunch, the afternoon of sport was slightly hampered by a lack of available OMs for netball and hockey but we were treated to a great game of rugby between the Malones and the Old Radleian Serpents and there was plenty of sport on offer from current pupils. The day was rounded off with a chapel service and a beautiful performance by the OM Choir.

Ali Robinson (PR 1983-88), Robert Wakely (CR 2007-), Guy Barker (B3 1983-88)

40-year celebration 2nd December 2018

Paul Orchard-Lisle (SU 1952-56), Susanna Helgeson (SU 1979-81), Catherine Brumwell (NC 1991-96)

Left: Hugh de Saram (C1 1960-64), Richard Irwin, Selina Geddes

Rosemary Irwin (CR 1992-2005), Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-)

Above: Talk by David du Croz in the Adderley Below right: Sam Mantale (C2 2008-2013)

Having joined Marlborough in September 1978, Robert Wakely completed 40 years as Rackets Professional in 2018. A celebration was held in December 2018 in recognition of his four decades of distinguished service. Between 70 and 80 Old Marlburians, fellow rackets professionals and friends from the wider rackets community were present to mark the occasion and pay tribute to Rob. The day started with an exhibition match involving 2005 World Doubles Champions, Ali Robinson (PR 1983-88) and Guy Barker (B3 1983-88) playing against Richard Spender (C2 1989-94) and Charlie McKelvey (BH 2008-13). In this exciting display of top-class rackets, Rob’s most successful school pair, Guy and Ali, won the deciding game with Rob, as ever, officiating from the Marker’s Box with his trademark efficiency and authority. At the conclusion of the match, everyone was invited onto court for a photograph, and then the players and guests retired to the Adderley for reception drinks, prior to a splendid luncheon at which Rob spoke with his customary passion about his time at Marlborough and he gave a special thank you to his wife, Sally. In a career spanning six different Masters and 18 Queen’s Championship titles, recognition for Rob’s service, dedication and passion for the game were encapsulated wonderfully. For many it was an opportunity to, not only celebrate Rob’s career at Marlborough, but also catch up with old friends from the Marlborough Rackets Community.


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OM Carols 12th December 2018 Over 300 Club Members and friends gathered at Chelsea Old Church for this year’s Marlburian Club Carol Service.

We received a message from Amanda Phillips (SU 1971-73), ‘I am writing to say how very much I enjoyed the OM Carol service, and what a pleasure it was to share in the atmosphere generated in the church. A delightful and special service, attended by a good crowd. Well worth my trek, and thank you all for organising the event.’ The OM Choir sounded fantastic under the gentle guidance of Mark Williams (C3 1976-80), Julia Daniels (B3 198083) and organist Tim Ridley (C3 198085). Thanks go to Lis Priday (B2 1972-74) for all her organisation of the choir and for her assistance with the order of service. A full gallery of images can be seen on MC Global Connect.

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We were delighted to welcome back Robert Watts (C1 1952-56) and to hear all about his life and career in the film industry.

Around 40 OMs gathered to say goodbye to Jon Holloway and Clive Maguire, the Swindon Town Football professionals, who are standing down from the College after more than 20 years coaching the Open 1XI and Matt Gow will also finish as Master in Charge after 12 years. The guests were treated to a fabulous meal, drinks and an all access tour of the impressive Stamford Bridge. Matt Gow delivered a humorous speech and a fond farewell was bade from all.

It was a fascinating insight into his experiences on the sets of Star Wars and Indiana Jones amongst many others. A huge thanks goes to David Whiteley, BBC Journalist, who previously made the documentary The Galaxy Britain Built with Robert Watts, which can be seen on YouTube.

Saracens Rugby 9th March 2019 A large number of OMs travelled to Allianz Park, home of the Saracens, to support the 1st XI in the semi-final of the Schools Cup. Sadly, Marlborough’s excellent run came to an end with a spirited defeat against an excellent Whitgift side. The result signalled the end of a stunning run in the competition that saw Marlborough reach the final four in the

country on a highly-competitive Schools Cup circuit. The journey to Allianz Park included a 38-3 win against Downside, a 19-10 win at Dean Close in the last 16 before a 1910 quarter-final win at Seaford College. The game is available to view on YouTube at the six hour mark. And on 322528827, Head of Rugby, Terry Gilmour, looks back on a memorable day that saw the XV compete in the Schools Cup semi-finals.

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Club Events 30-year reunion: the Class of 1989 9th May 2019 Thirty years was a long time to wait for the Class of 89’s first official school reunion. Those three decades weighed heavily on my mind in the run up the event. Despite the prevalence of social media in all our lives, there were people I hadn’t seen or spoken to for the entirety of that time. That was anxiety-inducing, and not just for me. On the night of the event, Tiffany White (B3) and I were not surprised to find two of our cohort, Barton Hill residents Zoe and Sophie, propping up the bar in the pub opposite the venue, similarly hoping a quick sharpener would calm their nerves. Those fears ranged from the prosaic – are we going to recognise everyone? – to the more profound – what have we really achieved in past 30 years? The answer to the first question was a simple no – with a lack of badges, we had to match some rather changed faces to a list of names, but at least that removed the need to stare impolitely at everyone’s chests.

As for those achievements – well, you quickly realise they don’t matter. A reunion like this is about survival – simply to be there was a cause for celebration, especially given that some of our number had sadly not made it that far. After the initial awkwardness of the first greetings, that was very much the vibe of the evening. Conversation flowed, aided by liberal quantities of Prosecco. The “girls” swapped notes about our time there, which we decided, in the true tradition of public-school education, had been character-building. We reminisced about life at Marlborough – the merits of the Lamb over the Crown, the football matches played on “Wembley”, just outside Fieldhouse; the boozy nights in house bars drinking the vilest homebrew imaginable and the boys’ rule-breaking midnight runs to the Chinese in town to provide us starving females with sweet and sour prawn balls. I doubt these activities would be tolerated today but they were all part of 80s Marlborough life. We learned how to be wild, creative, sporty, and inventive with the English language. Loining, oating, smoking tabs, getting nutmegged – if there was an illicit activity, we had a word for it.

But our time at the school was not all about trying to sneak down the pub without getting busted. We were all lucky to be taught by some inspiring beaks, from Colin Fraser to Robin Childs. As my fellow housemate Alex Wildman (C2 1984-89) remarked at the reunion, what Marlborough produced was a varied and interesting bunch of people, who have ended up following a wide variety of careers. The school certainly wasn’t a hothouse for bankers – at the party, I chatted to fellow journalists, TV and radio producers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and of course, our very own Dan Hannan (BH 1984-89) proud Brexiteer and MEP. As the evening wore on, proceedings become more raucous, and while the majority slipped off home, a brave two dozen of us jumped into cabs and took over a bar where we did a fine job of pretending we were 18 again. The evening would not have been possible without the splendid organisation of husband and wife team, Will (C2 1984-89) and Miranda Wells (B3 1987-89), formerly of Fieldhouse, who managed to persuade at least half of the Class of 89 to show their faces on the night. Lebby Eyres (C2 1987-89)

25-year reunion: the Class of 1994 8th June 2019 The class of ’94 had a fantastic evening of reminiscing ‘on site’ with old friends. Laughing at the memories of past pranks, scrapes with vice and ourselves as teenagers was the predominant theme. An echo of ‘do you remember’ and ‘in my day’ accompanied the Turner group’s tour of the house, which has been impressively modernised. It was great fun to reacquaint with all those who we had shared dorms, classrooms, teams and experiences with. Thank you to the Master for hosting and attending as well as to all the Beaks who made the effort to come along and find out what we are all up to now.

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Graham Harris (C2 1989-94), Jeremy Hunt (C2 1989-94), Piers Stockwell (C2 1989-94)

Ali Wade (TU 1989-94), Parker Moss (C1 1989-94), Tim Tiptree (TU 1989-94), Peter L’Amie (B1 1989-94)

Devon Lunch 24th June 2019

Sarah and William Newsom (PR 1965-69)

Paul Sheldon (B3 1972-75), Colin Fergusson (B3 1965-70), Julian Fuller (B3 1964-68), Michael Sheldon (B3 1964-69)

Twenty-nine OMs gathered for lunch at The Dartmoor Lodge in Ashburton. Marlburian Club President, Paul OrchardLisle (SU 1952-56) hosted the meeting and spoke briefly about the College. The hope is that such lunches in a range of locations will become regular items in the Club’s programme, recognising that journeys to Marlborough are not attractive to everybody.

Wine Tasting 28th June 2019 Tim Triptree (TU 1989-94), International Wine Director and Christie’s Auction House, hosted a wine tasting evening for OMs in June. The event was hugely popular and sold out very quickly. Lunch in the Adderley

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50-year reunion: the Class of 1969

recently completed of this building that commemorates so many who lost their lives in the two World Wars, and since.

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Following this visit, we all parted ways to either wander the magnificent grounds or take in some of the sports that were going on, including a busy athletics day. Several of us then retired to the Castle & Ball, where we were staying, and continued long into the night. Allan Cole (B2 1962-67) showed us how one can survive and come back from a near fatal glider accident, and Clifford Allison (SU 1966-70) and Hugh Michelmore (SU 1965-70) regaled us with stories of old.

Just over 70 OMs and their partners attended a sold out 50-year reunion at the College. It was a significant celebration for those who had left the school in the 1967-1971 era, which coincided with 50 years of girls and 175 years of MC. Many old friendships were renewed over a glass of fine wine, as I, amongst many others, were attending our first official OM function. When Chris Woodhouse (C2 196469) introduced himself and reminded me that we had next door beds in A1 House in 1964, that was the start of much reminiscing. In particular, I very well recalled my time in Jake Seamer’s (B3 1927-32, CR 1955-73); B3, shared with other attendees, David Beamish (B3 1965-69) and Michael Sheldon (B3 1964-69). After drinks, we all moved through to the Adderley for a fine lunch. It was very pleasant to be seated at a table of B3 OMs. It was quite remarkable how quickly we picked up after 50 odd years! After lunch, Jan Perrins, Director of Development, took many of us off on tours of our former houses and then took a large group of us down to the Memorial Hall, where we all were able to enjoy the stunning renovation

Tim looked back on the event saying, ‘The Marlburian Club got in contact with me to see if I’d be willing to arrange a wine lunch and I said yes of course! It was fantastic to host the lunch and it proved to be a great success. The food at Bar Boulud was superb and paired perfectly with fine French wines. I also gave attendees a blind tasting test, and the guests were delighted when I revealed it was a Boal Madeira from the 1900 vintage. An extremely rare and stunning wine!’ Guest Nick Denny (SU 1965-69) emailed Tim to say, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the event, the food was very good as were the wines. The Domaine la Course du Roy was new to me and most enjoyable.’

The following morning was another highlight, as Clifford Allison and I attended morning Chapel, where we were individually warmly welcomed by Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-). Following Chapel, I took the opportunity to stroll around the school, passing the listed Science Block that has not changed, and then walked up the impressively cleaned up Mound. It was very nice to see so much space at the school that is still devoted to outdoors activities. I had flown over from Auckland to attend the event after deciding to bring forward my already planned trip to the UK by two weeks. It was a good decision! Julian Fuller (B3 1964-68)

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Professional Events Property Networking

Law Dinner

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The Property Networking event was held in the exceptional new King’s Cross Station development. The developers, Argent LLP, kindly agreed that we could meet in their marketing suite and also talked to us about the recent activity on the site including information on recent lettings to Google, Facebook and Nike.

The Law Group were honoured to welcome their guest of honour and speaker The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Clarke (B3 1960-65), Lord Justice of Appeal 2013-2017 to their dinner at The Oriental Club in London. Sir Christopher spoke about ‘Marlburians and the Law’.

The evening gave us the opportunity to meet, network and socialise with OMs working in the property industry in an informal setting. Paul Orchard-Lisle (SU 1952-56), Marlburian Club President, welcomed guests and we were treated to an update on recent College activities and successes by Edward Tolputt (CR 2018-), the Deputy Head of Academics at Marlborough College.

Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) wrote, ‘The OM Law dinner was a wonderful evening. A spectacular location with a lovely group of friendly and engaging OMs spanning up to 50 years and all providing insights and good company. The afterdinner speech from Sir Christopher was very interesting indeed. More OM events like this please!’

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At the last business networking event, Jeremy Cohen (B2 1986-90) spoke about Finding Growth in a Disrupted World. A subject that was enjoyed by all those who came. ‘Thank you so much for organising a fantastic event. It was brilliant to hear Jeremy’s fascinating insight into retail and, as someone working in the industry, I found it particularly relevant. It was also great to meet other OMs and as you say, keep the experience of being a Marlburian for life,’ said one attendee.

The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Clarke (B3 1960-65)

Healthcare 18th February 2019 Forty-nine OMs and parents registered for the healthcare event at the impressive Medical Society of London. Special guests, Hugh Pym (C1 1973-77) and Sir Christopher Edwards (LI 1955-60) were on top form as they discussed their diverse careers and experiences within the healthcare sector. Nothing was off the table for discussion, from am-dram productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to how we could save the NHS overnight.

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Digital Services in the Cloud 26th March 2019 In their fifth year, the Marlburian Club Digital Enterprises Group held their spring event in London. Co-Heads Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87) and James Spender (C2 1987-92) introduced cloud computing and the speakers presented some exciting OM Digital-in-the-cloud success stories. David van Eeghen (SU 1992-97) described how his company, Reality Check Systems, uses remote drones and Virtual Reality (VR) to enable investors to view mining operations in far-flung, often inhospitable locations. Graham Biggart (C1 1972-76) (together with James Spender ) gave IBM’s perspective on the growth of digital services in cloud and multi-cloud architectures and illustrated with an agile Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud project at a national commercial bank. Mark Tidmarsh showed a video of the vital work at the NHS blood transfusion service improving services with the use of Microsoft Azure cloud. James Hanlon (C1 1996-2000) shared some stories from his wide-ranging career as Head of Product in digital startups using Artificial Intelligence to gain behavioural insights and the User Experience (UX) of digital services in the cloud. Bertie Hubbard (C1 2003-08) presented how cloud startup MyTutor connects pupils with recently qualified students and uses AI to improve the learning process.

Four sixth-formers travelled up from Marlborough in the minibus with Ben Allen (CR 2015-). Andrew Gist (CR 1993-) wrote: ‘They all came back saying how fascinating it was and how welcoming everyone had been. It’s so important that pupils develop an understanding of the nature of work in their chosen field, and events like these, with the opportunity to talk to young professionals and hear about the ways in which the industry is changing are, frankly, priceless. e Marlburian Club Magazine


Development Events Memorial Hall Gala Concert 10th November 2018 On the eve of Armistice Day, music scholars and OMs gave a very special performance interspersed with readings and letters by Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-13) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-4) read by renowned actor, Michael Elwyn (B3 1956-61). It was an outstanding evening of celebration for the restoration of the Memorial Hall in memory of the 749 Marlburians in whose honour the Memorial Hall was originally built and to thank the donors who had made it possible. The attending donors included OMs, parents (past and present) and friends of Marlborough who generously supported the Memorial Hall Appeal enabling the College to reach the fundraising target of £3.5 million. The project as a whole cost over £6m. It was a very moving and memorable occasion, thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Edward Gould (Master 1993-2004), Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-)

Michael Elwyn (B3 1961-64)

Peter Chamberlain (C3 1951-56), Sue Quayle, Charles Woodhouse (LI 1955-59), Caroline Chamberlain

Timon Staehler (C2 U6th)

Pia von Wersebe (CO 2017-19)

1843 Carols 8th December 2018 The 1843 Society held its annual Christmas drinks reception in the Mount House Gallery. New President of the Society, Rupert Mullins (CO 1967-70), welcomed guests and introduced the Master, Louise MoelwynHughes (Master 2018-), who thanked attendees for their continued support of the College. Guests then made their way to Chapel to join pupils and parents at the Carol Service, a highlight of the year for many. 70

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Bill Buxton (C1 1953-57), Sarah Porter, Michael Porter (C2 1959-62)

Kuala Lumpur 1843 Lunch

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Development Director Jan Perrins met with Malaysian Regional Club Secretary C J Lim (C2 1970-75) and other OMs for informal drinks in Kuala Lumpur. Jan remarked it was particularly good to meet some recent graduates of MCM Malaysia.

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) was delighted to meet guests and members of the 1843 Society during drinks in the Master’s Garden and over lunch in the Adderley. Music scholars Bella Bowman (MO Re) and Poppy McGhee (NC Re), accompanied by Marius Baldry, a multi-instrumentalist who plays rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk and acoustic, on piano, gave an outstanding recital during coffee. After which the Master spoke about the future of the school and her hopes for the 1843 Society to support the Bursary Programme.

Birdie and Christopher Cannon (B2 1956-61), Mary and Anthony Spender (PR 1953-57)

Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65), Martin Evans (CR 1968-2018)

Itrisyia Bahrain (HH 2013-18), Dania Azidi (HH 2013-18)

Ed Tolputt (Deputy Head, Academic), Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), Cecilia Bishop

Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77), Subhdra Patel, Julia Hodgson (Director of Admissions)

C J Lim (C2 1970-75), Alex Lee, Chin Lim (C2 1969 -74)

The Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) joined Old Marlburians and current, prospective and past parents at a Cocktail Reception, hosted by Hock Chua (B1 1978-82), at The Hong Kong Club.

A few days later the Master attended a similar reception in Singapore hosted by Regional Club Secretary HY Lau (C2 1970-75). The British High Commissioner,

Mr Scott Wightman CMG welcomed guests to his residence at Eden Hall. HY Lau introduced the Master, who outlined her ambitious plans for Marlborough and gave an update on College life. The Master also highlighted the College’s ongoing bursary programme and introduced plans for the exciting new Science and Innovation Centre. Alan Stevens (Master MCM 2017-) was also in attendance.

Alex Woodthorpe (CO 1984-87), Angeline Woo (MM 199295), Amanda Woo (EL 1992-94), Hock Chua (B1 1978-82)

Matthew Hook (C1 2013-18), Tom Kirkwood (TU 1981-86), Liam Dempster (B1 2005-10)

Patrick Lee (BH 1984-89), Joann Jhinn, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-), Amanda Moore

Hong Kong & Singapore Cocktail Receptions 12th and 14th March 2019

Guests included some OMs who the Master had taught during her first time at Marlborough. The occasion was one of our largest turnouts and the atmosphere was extremely convivial.

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New York 2019 10th July 2019 This year’s New York event was kindly hosted at the home of Mark Pinney (C3 1967-72). Guests were joined by Regional Club Secretary Caesar Bryan (B2 196873) and the Master, who spoke on the health of the school and plans for the future. Caesar remarked how grateful the US OMs were that the Master had made a specific effort to visit New York to meet with our international alumni.

Schuyler Neuhauser (B1 2011-16), Clemens Elgeti (SU 2003-05)

Adrian Bryan-Brown (C1 1969-74), Marc BryanBrown (C1 1974-79)

Tom Mucklow (CO 2003-08), David de Forest Keys (SU 1985-89)

Robert Ball (C1 1954-58), Tom Kirkwood (TU 198186), Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-), Simon Macfadyen (C2 1981-86), Amy Albert (EL 1992-97)

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Professional Groups How to get involved and who to contact

Engineering James Meredith (B2 1988-93)

In an increasingly competitive, global world, with ever more complex, multidisciplinary careers, the Marlburian Club is aware of the benefits that can be gained from networking and sharing ideas.

Entrepreneurs Ali Wade (TU 1989-94) Tom Archer (C3 2002-07)

The Marlburian Club Professional Alumni Groups make it easier for alumni from similar professions to meet and build new relationships with other Marlburians.

Healthcare Greg Wang (CO 1985-90) Via the Club

If you would like to join a Professional Group, be kept informed of its development, and be invited to events, please email the Club Office on marlburianclub@ You don’t need to be working within a particular industry to come along to the events or join a group. All are welcome.

Art, Architecture & Design Alex Tart (CO 1987-92) Arts & Media Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) Alethea Steven (NC 1994-99) Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) Business, Banking & Finance Imran Tayabali (LI 1989-94) Clergy Via the Club Digital Enterprises (including science and technology) Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87) Jim Spender (C2 1987-92) Education Craig Stewart (B3 1979-84) Via the Club Sean Dempster (CR 1994-2017) Via the Club

HM Forces Jamie Geddes (TU 2002-07) Law Claire Evans (B2 1986-88) Masonic Lodge Julian Soper (LI 1979-81) Music Simon Arnold (B1 1971-76) Not for Profit Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77) Public Sector Sue Bishop (C2 1977-79) Via the Club Property James Gillett (C2 1971-75) PR, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Alex Northcott (B1 1982-87) Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90) Via the Club Women’s Network Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97) Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) Miriam Foster (TU 2001-03) Via the Club

Diary dates Wednesday 12 February 2020 Sustainability Forum – London Thursday 13 February 2020 South West Drinks – Bristol Saturday 29 February 2020 Celebration of the Individual Concert – Memorial Hall, Marlborough Friday 6 March 2020 Edinburgh Dinner – New Club, Edinburgh Wednesday 25 March 2020 Entrepreneurs Event – London A full list of Marlburian Club international, regional, sporting and industry events is available at e Marlburian Club Magazine


OMAIN Introducing the launch of the Old Marlburian Angel Investment Network


f you’ve ever eaten at Yo Sushi, booked a travel experience through Mr & Mrs Smith, sipped a delicious Pukka tea or bought a gift from Oliver Bonas then you have benefited from the vision and dedication of an OM entrepreneur. Our college has a strong tradition of producing independently minded, creative individuals with an appetite for risk. A great many of these individuals have gone on to establish their own successful businesses. To support this entrepreneurialism the Old Marlburian Angel Investment Network (OMAIN) has now been launched. Its objective is to connect entrepreneurial OMs seeking seed or development funding and/or advice with those in the Marlborough College community who can provide it.

Save the Date Wednesday 25th March 2020 for a Networking Event Keep an eye on the website for details or join the Entrepreneurs Group on MC Global Connect

Through events and an online portal, OMAIN makes potential investors aware of investment opportunities in OM-linked companies. The platform has already made its first successful introduction with the raising of £137,500 from three OM angels for Be Ready, founded by Kyle Burrows (C1 1986-90). Whilst it takes no fees for making introductions itself, OMAIN membership rules recommend that a minimum of 5% of the capital raised by the company through the OMAIN platform be donated to the Marlborough College Foundation. Our hope is that the OMAIN initiative will not only improve the chances of OM business ideas becoming successful but will also contribute

to life-changing opportunities for deserving children whose families couldn’t otherwise contemplate a Marlborough education. If you are an OM and are the founder of a business or have a business plan including financial forecasts and would like to contact OMAIN, we want to hear from you. Likewise, if you are an OM or have any other strong association to the College as well as the experience and resources to consider making investments in early-stage companies, then please do contact us via the OMAIN website: marlborough-angel-investmentnetwork or the Marlburian Club office.

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hree friends and contemporaries at Marlborough – Caroline Laidlaw (MO 1992-96), Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97), and Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) – started planning a formal and regular meeting for OM women back in 2015. The group’s formation was as much a response to the Why Everyone wants a Marlborough Missus article published by The Telegraph, as it was an effort to join forces with Club Chairman, Chris Carpmael (C1 1980-84) and other Professional Group heads as we work towards building a stronger community for OMs across the board. The OM Women’s Networking Group has one big event once a year in London, with the last meeting being hosted at Rathbones for over 70 people. These meetings give OM women, and current students at the College, an opportunity to hear some inspirational talks and debates, promote their own interests, and seek advice and contacts to help them navigate their careers. It’s an advice and friendship hub that can help OMs secure the best foundations for fulfilment in life and at work. We need it! You could write a Netflix series around the lives of the three of us ladies who set up the group. Take my story. You wouldn’t be wrong if you said it’s been written by someone with a keen interest in looking at life upside-down. In fact, it simply began with starting a family at a young age. In atypical fashion, I married and started a family while I was at Bristol University studying French. In Year 2, I set up the travel and real-estate agency, Grenadine Escape, focussed on a niche market I’d discovered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The business enabled me to both stay at home and travel to the Caribbean for work in my own time with my daughter. I decided to maintain a focus on the property industry and, as my daughter’s school years came to an end, I started to take risks by bringing other people into my business and helping other people build their businesses. e Marlburian Club Magazine


With thanks and acknowledgement to: Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) Kate Caley (CR 1988-) Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70) Past Marlburian Club President Group Founders Caroline Laidlaw (MO 1992-96) Occupational therapist Essentially, I started out by having a baby, built a business in my early twenties and then started working in the mainstream workplace in my late thirties. Working in the UK property industry means I’ve regularly been thrown into the ‘man’s world’ debate and it’s all too often that I feel a ceiling try to push down on my progress. Did I hear you say, ‘Me Too’? A century after women in the UK won the right to vote, we’re mired in discussions around how gender affects day-to-day life at home, at work, and in career development. At the time of writing this, with just one week to the gender pay-gap reporting deadline, nearly two-thirds of companies still have not disclosed the average difference between what they pay male and female employees per hour. Women working for JPMorgan in the UK are reported to have continued to earn salaries this last year about 26% below their male colleagues and bonuses around 41% worse on a median basis. However, while we continue to work hard to propel us ladies ‘up’ the money/career ladder and to elevate us to a position of ‘improved privilege’, men in the UK are three times as likely to take their own lives than women.

What’s going on here? When you strip these realities down to the bone, we are talking about matters of power and money, food and hunger, happiness and mental stagnation: essentially matters of life and death. These issues require an ingenuity that might only result from the meeting of many minds. Communication and collaboration can bring to the surface truths and facts of life that we can then work with to find individually appropriate solutions. What seems imperative is to have more women in mainstream jobs to actively change management attitudes to work flexibility and enable more men to share the roles at home. 76

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Catherine Stewart (LI 1974-76) – Senior Advisor to Interel & Partner at Jericho Chambers – was a panellist at our 2017 meeting at which the debate topic was Mentoring. She writes, ‘OM women have shared a learning environment on an equal basis with men at school. Therefore, we are well-placed to help men to understand why diversity of opportunities and responsibilities in the home and workplace is a benefit for men, too. It’s not a zero-sum game.’ Catherine’s feedback supports the importance of our role as agents of change. So, please do connect with us on the Women’s Network Group on MC Global Connect. Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97)

Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97) Fundraiser and property expert Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) Theatre director and audio producer at The Guardian Miriam Foster (TU 2001-03) Barrister Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) Group sponsor, Trainer in Effective Communications Group Event Contributors Catherine Stewart (LI 1974-76) Senior Advisor to Interel & Partner at Jericho Chambers Harriet Baldwin (LI 1975-77) Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90) Director at Nickshot HR Kristy Castleton (CO 1994-96) Rebel & Soul and Calyx Tech, Singapore Michelle Jana Chan (TU 1990-92) Journalist, broadcaster and author Phanella Fine (NC 1994-98) Former City lawyer and equity fund manager, now founder of The Step-Up Club

Mentoring and Life Stories The Marlburian Club continually aims to match mentors and mentees, you can connect directly on MC Global Connect where you can see who has offered their time to mentor. We are also building a bank of OM Women’s life stories. Do get in touch to collaborate, grow and share within the community.

PROPELLE Women Investing in Property with Confidence If you are interested in learning about financial wellbeing and investing in property with confidence please email:

Samantha Peter (MM 1991-93) Head of Marketing at Google for Education Tessa Packard (TU 2001-03) Young Marlburian Foundation and founder of Tessa Packard Jewellery

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ollowing the many events to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the College last year, we, in the office, feared that we might lose the momentum and camaraderie built during that year. Our fears were unfounded. Along with the increase in the number of professional networking groups, more OMs than ever attended an event, whether it be at Marlborough, elsewhere in the UK or worldwide. The academic year began with a focus on girls. Henry Brooke (LI 1949-54) remarked, following the introduction of girls to the College, ‘Marlborough remains a boys’ school; but it is a better boys’ school with girls in it.’ This vision of John (Master 196172) and Angela Dancy was commemorated with a celebration to mark its 50th anniversary. Over 200 women, across the age spectrum, including many of the original cohort, were addressed by John. He also opened Dancy House, and the new Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-), made her first address to OMs. Former Club President Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) launched a new anniversary bursary. It is Olivia’s hope to galvanise the female OM community to fund a bursary for a talented girl who would otherwise not be able to benefit from the education that Marlborough offers. So that it is not a

burden on any individual, it is intended to raise the funds on crowd-funding principles. Around 2,000 OMs are women, so a small contribution from each one would add up quickly. On this subject, I have met many of the boys and girls who attend Marlborough on a bursary, whether it be the full 110% or a top-up bursary. For many, it is truly life changing and it is good to see how they blossom, grow in confidence, and seize the opportunity afforded to them. We seek to improve the educational attainment, employability, and aspirations of our bursary pupils and there are examples of those who have achieved this on our new website and in the Development Report that we circulated earlier this year. Their stories are inspirational. By late summer, we had 114 pupils receiving some form of bursary, up from 107 in 2018. In monetary terms, this has seen an increase from £2,447,252 to £2,721,054. In the last three years, we have increased our bursary provision by 25% and are striving to have 40% more fully funded bursary places by 2022. Club Day in 2018 was later than normal to coincide with the 100th commemoration of the end of the First World War. We had a strong turnout and I enjoyed conducting a tour of the Memorial Hall, outlining its refurbishment and restoration. I feel safe

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may remember Michael with the surname Emrys-Jones. If I were able to present an Oscar, I would give one to Michael for his performance that night! On, what was the eve of Armistice, Michael finished with Sassoon’s Aftermath, and as he closed the evening with the words ‘Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget’, I felt immensely emotional looking around at the now softly illuminated names of the 749 OMs who gave their lives. I am sure I was not alone. It was one of the most special moments of my nine years at Marlborough.

in saying that everyone approved and agreed that the work had enhanced it but it had lost none of its character. That evening was the Gala Opening of the Memorial Hall. The College contributed over £3m to the cost of the work but without the £3.5m support given by you along with parents and friends, this work would not have happened. Pupils and OMs performed to their usual exceptional standard, and the performances were interspersed with readings of works by Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) and Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) by Michael Elwyn (B1 1956-61) – this is Michael’s stage name and some of you

In March, I accompanied the Master on a trip to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, there was a strong turnout of OMs eager to meet the College’s first female Master. It was amusing to hear some of the OMs expressing nervousness at meeting her, as their last encounter had been back in a Marlborough classroom and they were trying to recall if they had been well behaved and studious pupils! As well as Club business, the other area that has held my focus are the plans for Science and Innovation. It has been quite a journey for the College to reach this point but the scale and importance of the project makes it a once-in-a-generation opportunity, so we have to get it right.

With the success of the restoration of the Mem Hall under our belt, we examined how we could reinvent Newton’s Science Block. With the rapidly moving world of innovation, design and technology, we wanted these areas included in the project and decided that we will designate a separate area to house innovation. We believe the results will mean that Marlborough College will once again be acknowledged as leading the way, across the disciplines of science, technology and innovation. It also reinforces the Master’s desire to re-establish Marlborough as an academic pioneer and her ambition to raise the academic bar. If you would like to know how you can become involved, please do get in touch. As our work continues to increase, we will be having a review of the Development Office so there may be some new faces. Do watch this space. On behalf of everyone in this office, thank you for all your interaction and support. You are undoubtedly the best alumni.

Jan Perrins Development Director

As well as the new Innovation Centre, significant work will be carried out on the Science Block. We will maintain the inherent quality and character of Newton’s listed building but the congested corridors and complex lecture theatres will make way for a dramatic space with easy access for all.


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1843 Society I am just coming to the end of my first year as President of the 1843 Society and must thank the Master for her support and that of the 1843 Committee Members throughout the year. e task of increasing legacies from OMs and like-minded individuals is so very important to the future of Marlborough College and the wider world, so their dedication is invaluable. standards and is likely to produce even more problems. Would it not be better to say, ‘We want all our children to have better facilities and smaller classes to enable them to live well and help society?’


hy is it that as we arrive at 2020 more and more individuals, press and organisations are negative about any particular problem without a positive thought as to how it may be solved? Oddly, at the same time more and more funds are pledged to major fundraising initiatives and good words are said to combat such significant matters as world pollution, child exploitation and losses to our flora and fauna. This may give us a warm feeling of achievement that funds are available and that we have identified all these dreadful disasters. However, we cannot go on relying entirely on the wealthiest in society to fund the solutions or indeed insist that governments do so, especially if you are a tax payer. What we do need is to ensure that all children are given the best education to enable them to discover the solutions as effectively and cheaply as possible. It is not as simple as saying, ‘all students must go to university’ but by ensuring that school leavers have the best tools to suit their personality to allow them to shape a society that everybody may share in. These thoughts are very relevant to the College and its aspirations. For example, some politicians have openly stated that they would have the whole private education sector nationalised. A very negative thought that does not provide a solution to education

With that in mind, many of the public schools are keen to offer the less well off a bursary to attend a particular school. The newspapers in 2019 have been full of these stories but usually from the elitist angle making the story negative rather than taking the positive of the achievements of the bursary student. Marlborough has always offered bursaries from the outset and will continue to do this. However, to do so it must attract funds. Whilst there are many ways to ask for funds we continue to prefer the option of leaving an amount in your will. It is simple; tax effective, as Marlborough is a charity; and is the least likely to impact on one’s family. There are over 10,000 living OMs and even a small amount from each would add to the fund set aside for bursaries. It is my hope that many more OMs will consider leaving a legacy and swell the numbers of the current generous 1843 Society Members. A reminder of the tax

efficiency of a legacy is shown in the below table. All Society Members are invited to the Master’s lunch in the summer and the carol service in the winter. However, you may wish to visit the College at a time to suit you and I would thoroughly recommend it. When I left Marlborough in 1970 after four years, I did not re-visit for some considerable time. Now that I am more involved, I am constantly amazed at the strides that have been made towards the quality of life for Marlburians whilst still retaining the historical context. If you consider making a bequest, the details can be sent to you. Please email Janet Perrins; jperrins@marlborough or call 01672 892439. When, and I hope you will, you have decided to consider this, I will look forward to welcoming you as a Member of the 1843 Society.

Rupert Mullins (CO 1967-1970) President of the 1843 Society

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arlborough’s partnership with Swindon Academy has been thriving. A Grammar Stream (an educational arrangement whereby a group of students are educated in a mainstream school, but follow a grammar school-style curriculum) now comprising 150 pupils from across three year-groups was created in September 2016 by head,

Ruth Robinson. Marlborough College works with these pupils, each of whom participates in a five-year programme of College activities. 120 children in Years 7 and 8 visit Marlborough each week for Latin or Classical Civilisation lessons following the ISEB (Information Systems Examination Board) prep schools’ syllabus. These pupils are also offered off-syllabus activities in subjects such

as music, science, and maths. Year 7 pupils attend a three-day residential Science Summer School, supported by Imperial College. Residential visits are offered throughout the year to all Swindon Academy pupils, not just the Grammar Stream. This work is just one of many examples where pupils and staff from both schools collaborate in mutually beneficial activities. The Master has encouraged development of Marlborough College outreach programmes, strengthening existing involvement with Swindon Academy, which continues to be the main partnership school. Staff have been working hard to develop links with other schools including St Mary’s Primary School in Marlborough and nearby Pewsey Vale Secondary School, and are also working on other initiatives. The collaboration with St Mary’s Primary has included sports, music, science and cultural events. In June, College pupils visited St Mary’s as part of an Art and Music day, while the primary pupils came to visit the Imperial mobile planetarium in Court. St Mary’s pupils also enjoyed a Harry Potter themed visit to the Memorial Library.

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Pewsey Vale School and the College are collaborating on student mentoring, academic residential opportunities at Marlborough, Inset training, evening talks and concerts, and mutual sharing of facilities. The Marlborough Partnership (TMP), launched by OM, Tim Martin-Jenkins (B1 1963-65), is a new outreach initiative, in memory of Tim’s brother Christopher (B3 1958-63). Tim has established a fund to support Fitzwilliam College Cambridge’s Widening Participation programme, in partnership with the College. The aims of TMP include raising aspirations and increasing access to Russell Group universities for children who might not otherwise have such objectives. The four-year programme focuses on academic activities, extracurricular challenges, residential courses, mentoring, and university experiences. The first cohort of eight pupils from Swindon Academy experienced life at Fitzwilliam College in July. From 2021, Marlborough will offer annual Sixth Form bursaries for Swindon Academy children. Recipients of these awards (possibly TMP candidates) will already be familiar with Marlborough College through the Grammar Stream programme, giving these bursaries a good chance of being successful and life enhancing for the recipients. The Marlburian Club has been assisting The Talent Tap with student selection at Swindon Academy for its residential programme of supported London work experience placements. Students have pursued careers in medicine, criminology, journalism and finance. The College is also developing a link with Darüşşafaka School (DS) in Istanbul, which shares Marlborough’s belief in benevolent, socially responsible education and is privately funded through philanthropy and corporate sponsorship. Young people and their teachers from both our schools can work together bridging cultures for mutual benefit and opportunity. DS pupils who have lost a parent already receive scholarships for full-time coeducational and boarding education. Atatürk (western secular) principles are applied and, as is also the case at Marlborough, pupils become socially responsible lifelong learners. We hope to instigate student and teacher exchange programmes with online peerto-peer mentoring and cultural visits and building friendships between both sets of students and staff. There may be a future opportunity to include Swindon Academy in the partnership. 82

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e Talent Tap The Club is keen to continue to give support to the talented Academy children who have been involved at the College with the assistance of the Master and of the beaks led by Colin Smith (CR 1991-), as he describes in his article on the previous page. As well as helping Swindon Academy to source local work-experience opportunities from within our alumni network, the Club is supportive of the initiatives of the charity, The Talent Tap. Founded by Nick Cowley and Rupert Taylor and now led by Naomi Ambrose, The Talent Tap aims to enhance social mobility by enhancing employability. The charity delivers advice and mentoring during a two-week, fully funded, residential work-experience programme each summer. The programmes are currently run in London but The Talent Tap has plans for expansion across the UK. School leavers from a number of regional academies, including Swindon Academy, are accommodated for a fortnight in shared student accommodation. As well as undertaking the work placements described here, the young adults take part in a variety of sessions throughout the fortnight, which include training in interview technique, advice on drafting and structuring a CV, motivational presentations by business leaders, dinners, and cultural experiences. Naomi Ambrose says, ‘The Talent Tap aims meaningfully to change the lives of talented state-educated students by giving them the work experience, support and network they can use to succeed in their chosen careers. Not only that, The Talent Tap introduces

businesses to a pool of talented, socially and economically diverse, experienced and driven, future apprentices and employees.’ The Talent Tap is supported by a group of independent schools and their alumni networks. A number of employers including Balderton Capital, FeverTree, international law firms, Jones Day and Latham Watkins, Darwin Property, and GE Healthcare have offered one- or two-week placements for Talent Tap students to get a realistic feel for what happens day-to-day in the world of work. Connections are made during these experiences, strengthened year on year, giving the students confidence that they can succeed in a business world that had not been available to them before joining The Talent Tap programme. Naomi continues, ‘The Talent Tap is constantly seeking more support from London-based businesses that could offer to help their students on the scheme for a fortnight in July. It is also trying to build its funding base in order to be able to roll out the opportunity to greater numbers of talented state-educated children from outside the capital.’ Once young people have been selected to join the Talent Tap programme, they can return every summer throughout their time at college or university, taking their work skills to a new level each time, until they emerge from education to begin their own careers with a firm bedrock of experience and a strong support network from among the people they have met and worked with at The Talent Tap.

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e Master’s Review with a proliferation of UPenn, Columbia and Brown scholarship offers won. In line with our academic ambition, I am delighted that our next project will be to refurbish the historic Newton and Science buildings while also creating a state-of-the-art Innovation Centre which will see us consider opening the doors to subjects such as Engineering and AI, once more placing Marlborough at the forefront of the academic agenda in the UK.


he Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) training course advises those new to the role to accomplish as little as possible in their first year; in essence, the mantra to which one is expected to adhere is take stock and keep your head well below the parapet. The established wisdom is that new heads need time to familiarise themselves with their institutions, to understand the local educational landscape, to appreciate the distinctive culture and history of their school, and to get to know the pupil, parent, staff and governing bodies. The message is most clearly aliquid mutationis bonum est, nihil melius – some change is good, no change is better. The Marlborough community can pride itself on being the most flexible, forward looking school that a Master could ever have the privilege of working for and, although the HMC advice was absolutely correct in that tradition and ethos should be understood and respected, no reluctance for change and progress has existed within this particular institution. And so there has been considerable activity since last September, not least in that our academic ambition has become unapologetic – we confidently put a love of learning at the heart of the College without losing anything of the exceptional co-curricular provision of which we are so proud, and it is important to note that our sister school, the unique Marlborough Malaysia follows exactly the same model. (I)GCSE, A Level and Pre-U results last summer were record breaking and our Oxbridge and US College successes have been impressive indeed

We enjoyed the opening of our stunning new Dancy House and we have all benefited from the reopening of our beloved and iconic Memorial Hall that has become a professionally sought after venue, described by its designer as a musical instrument in its own right – both buildings have been nominated for Architects’ Journal and the Royal Institute of British Architects awards. Preshutians received a significant refurbishment to their House and Cottonians’ time is fast approaching, while September will see Ivy House growing in number and spilling over into Westholme. Yet amongst all the change, as a new Master, you quickly appreciate your quite rightly insignificant role in a school’s long history. The successes and challenges of 2018-19, significant though they are, may simply appear as mere footnotes when viewed in the context of the College’s 175-year history. If nothing else, the Memorial Hall is a testament to the desperate challenges a previous generation had to face. Yet while Marlborough is changing physically, its core values are constant. At the heart of what we do remains a tradition of academic excellence, a respect for the individual, a belief in meritocracy, and a commitment to ensuring that our young men and women leave Marlborough not only with the exam grades they will require for university and employment, but with the interpersonal skills and qualities they will need to lead happy, fulfilling and successful lives. There have been myriad outstanding Marlburian achievements during the year. In every area our pupils have excelled, delighted, entertained and progressed. Our musicians have inspired with some moving Chapel services, evening orchestral and band concerts which spanned all year groups and presented all manner of soloists and ensembles, lunchtime recitals, a poignant Remembrance Day service, a Gala Concert at the Royal Academy of

Music, a performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, Battle of the Bands, Evensong at Windsor Castle, collaborations with the Southbank Sinfonia and so much more. And so too do all of our sportsmen and women deserve our thanks for their wonderful contribution this year. There have been some incredible successes – the rugby XV reached the semi-finals of the National Cup at Allianz Park; the girls’ hockey XI reached the quarter-finals of the Tier 1 National Competition – the furthest the XI has ever gone in our 50 years of girls; the lacrosse XII won silver medals in their National Competition; our 1st XI footballers enjoyed their most successful year in memory; the U15 cricket XI won through to the semi-finals of the National Cup; our pupils won individual national honours and our teams across the board put Marlborough squarely on the sporting map. In drama, ‘Arcadia’ and ‘Cabaret’ proved show stoppers and the College community continues to talk about both as truly remarkable productions. The immediacy and brilliance of our actors and actresses was exceptional. In Art, we have been treated to multiple exhibitions in the Mount House, in our Artist in Residence’s studio, in the Master’s Lodge and in the Pool of Reflection with those exquisite ceramic poppies. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet so many Old Marlburians and their families during the course of the year whether at an Open Day as they consider Marlborough for children and grandchildren; at reunions, the OM Carol Service in London, the 1843 bursary supporters’ lunch, the 50th year of girls’ reunion or at the OM past Presidents’ lunch, at Lambeth Palace, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New York. The Marlborough family is an exceptional one and the support which this College receives from its alumni and friends simply invaluable. It is an honour and a privilege to have been appointed Master of this great school and to work with my talented colleagues to ensure that Marlborough’s legacy is further strengthened.

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Malaysia Review edge of the College grounds as the enormous doors of the dining hall are flung open with a nod to the distant Norwood Hall and the huge ceiling fans rotate to give a cooling breeze during the first mealtime of the day. Sleepy boarders make their way slowly to breakfast. Drawn by the smells of western and Asian cooking, they emerge from Houses that bear the names of Old Marlburians such as Taylor, Wills and Steel, and others that blend east and west such as Munawir Hill, the royal sibling of Barton Hill.

here is something familiar about the view from the Master’s Lodge. Perhaps it is the fine, almost autumnal mist, cushioning the bases of the rugby posts or the open mouths of the hungry hockey goals emerging slowly from the twilight. However, at one degree north of the equator, daybreak across the broad acres, the houses and the lake is announced not by the dawn chorus of blackbirds and rooks, but by koels, olive-backed sunbirds and the faint call of the muezzin.

The feel of a boarding school is unmistakable with the exception that the normal Housemasterly currency of Labradors is sadly missing in deference to our Muslim hosts. However, House cats and rabbits abound, as do chickens on the college farm, an acreage of our rolling grounds that is now proudly named Barton Farm. Early morning sees two boarders free-wheeling downhill to open the coops and release the scolding birds to enjoy the sun’s first rays that typically heat our grounds from a cool and predictable 26 to 30 degrees by the time lessons begin. The leaves of the papaya, bananas, Sarawak aubergines and the host of other crops that grow almost visibly in this special place, turn eastward to bask in the new day.

Instead of rabbits enjoying an early breakfast, here monkeys scurry back into the rainforest or palm plantation from the

Beaks arrive and instinctively switch on air conditioning to cool the heavy air in their classrooms and science labs. Startled



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geckos scurry towards the ceilings and then rebuke the intruders from safety with their penetrating ‘chuk-chuk-chuk’. As the College day is measured out by bells, clouds gather for the daily afternoon thunder storm. Thor, the aptly named lightning alarm, sounds his warning and Games are off again until nature’s stupendous spectacle moves away, inevitably to return tomorrow. As each term passes and the College’s cycle unwinds, equatorial sunrises and sunsets hardly change throughout the year with even December having 12 hours of daylight and darkness. As the end of term approaches and Christmas trees are decorated in Houses, distant descants can be heard from a choir rehearsing in the Music School and the cooks begin preparing mince pies and mulled wine, which might seem a little odd in 30 degrees of heat, but Nine Lessons and Carols with air conditioning create a welcome chilly festive spirit for the expats in the Christmas congregation. This is Michaelmas in Marlborough College Malaysia.

Alan Stevens (Master 2017-)

In Praise of Beaks ‘My history was no longer a loose chronological story but a tightly argued assembly of facts to make a case. I never looked back.’

arlborough is buildings – now rather smart ones – culture, history, reputation and more. But above all, it is people.


consequences. My history was no longer a loose chronological story but a tightly argued assembly of facts to make a case. I never looked back.

So, the most important thing a Marlborough Council does is pick a Master. Having been involved in the selection of Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (Master 2018-) and Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18), I am rather proud of our batting average. Top people count. They set the tone for the school.

Equally significant was Robert Avery (CR 1968-90), the Head of Drama, who insisted no play was too difficult for his students – or their parents who were often bewildered and uncomfortable watching from the then unpadded Memorial Hall benches. Whether the blank verse of WB Yeats, the avantgarde bleak diatribes of Eugéne Ionesco or Shakespeare uncut, he had no mercy. Excellence and professionalism were demanded. He gave no quarter.

As an OM and the parent of OMs, I believe that the enduring DNA of Marlborough is what rubs off on us from the people we mix with at the College. Our friends and contemporaries certainly, but also the beaks we learn from in the classroom, on the stage, and on playing field. I wanted to devote my last Chairman’s letter to the Beaks who particularly touched my life at Marlborough; in the hope it would bring back similar memories for many reading this. At the top of my pyramid was evidently the remarkable John Dancy (Master 1961-72), of whom I have written before; the Wykehamist intellectual who took a well-meaning Marlborough and supercharged its comfortable world with the injection of academic ambition, bursary students from Swindon, and girls. However, it was the Beaks who taught us who perhaps inspired and touched us most directly. When we chose Louise as Master, a young OM accosted me to share the joys of having learned Arabic from Louise when she was a beak at the school. In my own case, this was brought home to me having just run into the very eminent retired Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, Oliver Ramsbotham (CR 1971-85), better known to generations of A Level History students at Marlborough as a magnetic and inspiring beak. I was a middling student in one of his first classes – in love with the narratives and facts of history – but finding great difficulties in distilling it all into a coherent argument. Oliver’s boxes and arrows that filled every corner of the blackboard in their jigsaw like complexity finally allowed me to understand how to establish causes and then go on to describe

When he died his old students assembled after the service amid the gravestones of an Oxfordshire churchyard affectionately to reminisce. He had refused to allow a wake – no doubt viewing it as likely, without his presence and direction, to be too poorly staged; a sorry day time soap opera. Life was a performance from his beloved Rolls Royce to the model railway in his garden. And for some of us life has been a stage ever after! As somebody who has spent much of his life on his feet in front of audiences, for me the legendary Martin Evans (CR 19682018) as head of the Debating Society was a further key influence, as he has been for so many generations of Marlburians since. There is nothing like an audience of sceptical Marlburians to exorcise stage fright. Fearless ad libbing was his gift to me! I write of these personal heroes as a way of celebrating ‘my Marlborough’ but I hope others remember similar inspirational lifechanging teachers. They are the magic of Marlborough, as indeed they are for any school. Just think of Alan Bennett’s History Boys. So, I end my time as Chairman with a thank you to those who taught us and with the certainty that, under Louise, there are great new beaks to come.

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Valete ‘Paul’s passion for design will undoubtedly continue and he has always believed that design and creativity should be central to the education of our pupils at Marlborough.’

Centre, a building which has served the College community extremely well. He is a fantastic party organiser and for many years ran the Master’s Invitation Dance. It was Paul’s idea to introduce the dodgems, which are now a regular feature at this important event. He was also a key member of the Summer School Team, taking responsibility for the bar, unusual for someone who is teetotal! We are sorry to see Paul leave but know that he is leaving the Design Department in fine shape and in the capable hands of David Madden. Mark Conlen (CR 1995-present)

Paul Adams (CR 1990-2019) Paul began teaching in 1981 and joined Marlborough College in September 1990 having been recruited by Julian Hicks (CR 1988-2014). They had worked together at the Cavendish School in Reading, which was a highly successful comprehensive led by George Walker, a member of the Design Council Education Committee (and later Director General of the IB). Needless to say, design flourished at Cavendish and has done likewise at Marlborough under Julian and Paul’s leadership. Paul remains a passionate supporter of Design Education and we have Paul to thank for our close links with SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. Paul’s passion for design will undoubtedly continue and he has always believed that design and creativity should be central to the education of our pupils at Marlborough. In retirement, Paul will be working with his daughter Tanya as she sets up her interiordesign business. Paul and Tay’s home in Lockeridge is filled with beautiful furniture designed and manufactured by Paul. Paul and Tay are fondly remembered by many generations of Marlburians having spent time as Resident House Tutor in Mill Mead and twice in Preshute. Paul was involved from the outset in the specification and commissioning of the Marlburian Social 86

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Marius Baldrey

‘Illumination’, the creation and expert delivery of the now well established annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ and his discreet and ever patient technical support for events such as Prize Day, Summer School and more besides. As one of the departmental accompanists, Marius has also offered true inspiration, dedication and support of pupils in countless concerts, examinations and recordings. Outside of the Music Department, he was Resident House Tutor at Preshute for seven years and actively involved in the coaching of squash, where, in both roles he proved a tremendous and valued asset. Perhaps Marius’s finest quality however is his humility. Never one to court the limelight, he has offered unstinting and devoted professionalism to his many roles and duties without fuss or expectation of praise, and the College will be a poorer place without him. Wherever Marius lands in the next chapter of his professional life, those that have the privilege of working alongside him can look forward to something truly remarkable. Philip Dukes (CR 2008-present)

(CR 2009-19) In 2007, the Music Department underwent a major staff restructure, and the College was fortunate enough to secure the services of Marius Baldrey who arrived in January 2009 from Tauranga Girls’ College, New Zealand. Marius has since led Music Technology tuition with distinction for over a decade and in so doing nurtured some great talent, in addition to a plethora of other commitments. Most notably, these included his superb management of the infamous House Song competition, supporting the pupil led

Peter Bryan (CR 2010-19) Much is made of the role that Masters, Headmasters, Wardens or Rectors have in the evolution of institutions such as this. Marlborough has had great Masters over the years who have shaped the College that we enjoy today: John Dancy (CR 1961-72) for example took the brave decision to introduce girls to the College in the 60s when the College was an extremely male-orientated organisation. Bursars, too, have an equally important role in the way that institutions can develop and Peter Bryan will go down in the history of the College as someone who drove the College forward on many fronts. David Williamson (CR 1994-2009), Peter’s predecessor had left the College in good financial shape and it would have been easy for Peter to just follow the tried and trusted model. This wasn’t Peter’s style and he was quick to innovate in many areas of College life. Peter was appointed by Nick Sampson (CR 2004-12) who was similarly someone who liked to challenge the status quo. The most significant development in the early days of Peter’s time here was the completion of the Marlborough College Malaysia development and Peter worked tirelessly on business modelling, the negotiations with the Malaysians, and working closely

Ian Wilkins (CR 2014-19) Ian arrived at Marlborough College in September 2012 for a year as Artist-inResidence. It is a real mark of distinction to see just how much pupils here learnt and gained from him in a relatively short space of time. Ian then spent a year in Brighton to complete his PGCE qualification before returning to Marlborough in September 2014. His blend of seriousness and energy, commitment coupled with versatility and skill, layered with wit and fun is key to his success with pupils and adults alike. Ian is a schoolmaster to his core. Besides a full timetable, Ian oversaw Ceramics for Charity Outreach, a photography option for Shell, a share in the evening and weekend duty rota in the Art School including the ‘breakfast club’, not to mention supporting trips, home and abroad. He never missed an exhibition opening in the Mount House, supporting the artist or curator. Over this last year, Ian brought to the role of Head of Photography equanimity and vision. His good humour is inspirational.

‘Another leadership attribute is to know your people and Peter oen talked effusively about how wonderful many of his people are who give far more to the College than they need to.’

with the MCM senior management team. This took huge commitment, stamina, diplomacy and professionalism. The outcome was commercially viable and a foundation stone of the school. Back in Wiltshire, Peter led our capital programme and committed to ambitious plans to upgrade large parts of the College’s fabric as well as taking on new-build projects. The most ambitious of these was to roll out a programme for major refurbishment to the boarding house stock, a process that will continue for years to come. Other significant developments that have helped underpin the College financially have been the opening of Ivy and Dancy Houses. The funding for and the completion of the Memorial Hall work as well as the complex planning that the upgrade of the science facilities will require are also projects that will leave a lasting legacy. Realising this list of achievements is of course the work of more than one man and Peter, as all good leaders do, moulded an effective team around him. Human Resources, General Services, Security, MC Enterprises are all Peter’s inventions and

he has taken a great deal of care over each of these areas of College life. Another leadership attribute is to know your people and Peter often talked effusively about how wonderful many of his people are who give far more to the College than they need to. He had a huge amount of respect for much of the work that is done here and this respect was reciprocated by his staff.

What I have learnt from Ian’s own practice as an artist is the humility of his use of materials such as cardboard and the seemingly naivety of his use of form and subtle colour. His own relief prints are an aesthetic delight, indulging in pattern and shape over-layered with colour. Unflustered, calm and a reassuring presence in the Art School sums up Ian. His laughter, will be missed long after he departs for Exeter. He is a good friend, exceptional art teacher and a loyal colleague. A new and exciting chapter beckons for this laterally talented individual. We wish him and Laura, his fiancé, all good health, and a lifetime of happiness and creativity together. Edward Twohig (CR 2017-present)

Peter was clearly involved in the College at a strategic level and the Council are enormously grateful for Peter’s input as Clerk to the Council; one member reflected that whilst Nick Sampson’s era was characterised by rapid change, the arrival of Jonathan Leigh brought a period of consolidation but rather than riling against this change in direction, Peter adapted to what was required in the manner that Whitehall Mandarins must have to whenever there is a change in government. Peter certainly leaves the College a better place than it was when he arrived just over nine years ago: we wish him all the best as he heads home to his beloved Yorkshire to take on the role of Bursar at St Peter’s, York. Neil Moore (CR 1996-present) e Marlburian Club Magazine


Academic Results and College Admissions 2019 Academic Results

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In August, the College celebrated superb results across all subjects, and across three year groups: A Level and Pre-U for the Upper Sixth, GCSE and IGCSE for the Hundred, and a rising number of Extended Projects from our Lower Sixth. The Extended Project Qualification forms the core of Sixth Form academic enrichment; this year welcomed the 500th submission since the introduction of the qualification, and yielded a record-breaking 54% A*.

The Marlburian Club Charitable Fund provides support for various purposes but commonly assists OMs, with a child at the College, who experience unexpected hardship. It also gives grants to College leavers pursuing GAP Year projects involving an element of service to others. To apply, please contact marlburianclub@

At A Level and Pre-U, 79% of entries were awarded A* to B (or Pre-U equivalent); the mean UCAS point success-rate was equivalent to A, A, B and pupils outperformed their baseline predictions by, on average, three UCAS points per entry (equivalent to almost half a grade). Eight-in-ten pupils earned a place at their first-choice university, in the UK and abroad; these include a growing number of Ivy League destinations. Seven of our recent leavers join six from last year’s leaving cohort to take up places at Oxford and Cambridge. At GCSE, half of the year group achieved at least eight grades at 9, 8 and 7 (A*-A) equivalent, with 42% of grades awarded equivalent to what used to be called A*. The mean point-score total was 73, equivalent to a ten-grade portfolio of three A*s and 7 As. Special mention goes to Sophie Smith (DA 2016-) who achieved an extraordinary clean-sweep of eleven Grade 9s. It is too easy to resort to the table-topping highlights in a report of this nature, and we should, above all, recognise the hard work and perseverance that has led to success at all levels – there are hidden victories buried throughout the results’ statistics. We are immensely proud of our leavers, and are grateful for all they have brought to the life of the College; we are grateful, too, to the staff of the College, both teaching and non-teaching, for their care, guidance and inspiration. Ed Tolputt (CR 2018-) Deputy Head (Academic) 88

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College Admissions

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For 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. The 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, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Louise Smith, on 01672 892 302 indicating that you are an OM so that this can be taken into account.

The 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 please contact the Bursar’s PA, Susanna Lamb, on 01672 892390.

Bursaries Means-tested bursaries are available to all those who apply to the College. They are not linked to scholarships. If you would like to apply for bursarial assistance, please contact the Admissions Department on 01672 892 302 in advance of your application. Details are also available on the website bursarial-support

Scholarships A wide variety of scholarships are available to all children (whether the children of an OM or not) at 13+ and 16+ entry. Details of all such awards, qualifications and examination procedures, may be obtained from the Director of Admissions, Julia Hodgson The Scholarship Booklet may also be viewed online at

Can you offer a work placement or internship? The Guidance Department is keen to support Sixth Formers and young OMs taking their first steps towards a career. If you think you or your organization may be able to offer work experience or internships, please contact Guy Nobes in the Guidance Department

Sports & Club Reports Cricket Club – e Marlborough Blues

Cricket results Played 16 Won 8 Lost 8 Abandoned 1 v Hurlingham (away) 18 May – Lost by 140 runs – Hurlingham 320-4 dec. (Louis Devereux (B1 2004-09) 3-74). Blues 180 all out (Stuart Wilkinson (SU 200409) 85, Fraser Clarke (TU 2004-09) 39) v Harrow Wanderers T20 (Eton) 20 May – Won by 23 runs – Blues 120-9 off 20 overs (Max Read (TU 2012-17) 52). Harrow 97-9 off 20 overs (Harry Staight (B1 2003-08) 3-6, Charlie Pascoe (C2 2008-13) 317, Ben Wilson (BH 2011-16) 2-27) v Eton Ramblers T20 (away) 20 May – Won by 41 runs – Blues 136-6 off 20 overs (Max Koe (BH 200813) 46, Jordan Butler (SU 2011-13) 42). Eton 95 all out off 18.2 overs (Harry Staight 6-14, Jim Crossland (C1 2012-17) 3-23) v School T20 (home) 25 May – Lost by 10 wkts – Blues 115-9 off 20 overs (Oliver Logan (PR 2006-11) 45) XI 117-0 off 12 overs v HAC (away) 1 June – Lost by 5 wkts – Blues 211-4 dec (James Caldwell (CO 1995-2000) 44). HAC 2125 (Will von Behr (B1 2007-12) 3-57) v Dilettantes (home) 9 June – Lost by 3 wkts – Blues 176-6 dec (Hughie Pike (C2 (2004-09) 51, Ali Robinson (PR 1983-88) 50). Dilettantes 177-7 (Guy Barker (B3 1983-88) 2-22) Cricketer Cup 1st Round v Repton Pilgrims (away) 16 June – Lost by 45 runs – Repton 270-4 off 50 overs (Elijah Samuel (LI 2012-17) 3-45). Blues 225 all out off 46 overs (Uzi Qureshi (B1 2007-11) 75, Elijah Samuel 42, Ed Kilbee (C2 2001-06) 38) v Old Westminster (away) 7 July – Won by 3 wkts – Westminster 159 all out (Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) 4-8, Alex Armstrong (C1 1996-2001) 2-38). Blues 160-7 (Ali Stokes (BH 2005-10) 35, Ed Rothwell (TU 200510) 34) v Hampshire Hogs (home) 13 July – Lost by 104 runs – Hogs 300-7 dec (Will von Behr (B1 2007-12) 560). Blues 196 all out (Will von Behr (B1 2007-12) 94)

Oliver Logan (PR 2006-11) hits out on Prize Day

A summer of silverware and ups and downs for the Blues saw the Blues win in the Eton T20 Tournament as well as retain the CMJ Trophy against Radley. There were also impressive wins against Westminster, Downside, Ampleforth, the RAC and Eton and defeats were suffered at the hands of Hurlingham, the School, the HAC, the Dilettantes, the Hampshire Hogs, Sherborne and the Flashmen.

wicket hauls for Will von Behr (B1 200712) 5-60 v Hampshire Hogs, Jack Bunn (SU 2011-16) 5-35 v Radley and, with perhaps the performance of the season, Harry Staight (B1 2003-08) with a dramatic 6-14 in the final of the T20 tournament at Eton. Overall it was a very enjoyable season and very pleasing to see plenty of young blood turning out to represent the Blues.

Another tough away draw at Repton in the Cricketer Cup First round saw the Blues travel to Derbyshire in damp conditions. Despite a spirited performance, they were unable to chase down a competitive total, with the batting efforts of Uzi Qureshi (B1 2007-11), Elijah Samuel (LI 2012-17) and skipper Ed Kilbee (2001-06) eventually proving not enough. There were centuries for Billy Mead (C1 2012-17) 138 v Radley and Will Hooker (LI 2004-09) 103* v Ampleforth, and five

v Downside Wanderers (home) 22 July – Won by 4 wkts – Downside 157 all out (Alex Armstrong 3-22, Will Davies (C3 2012-17) 3-38). Blues 159-6 (Jared Moore (C3 2011-14) 54*, Will Davies 38, Oliver Konsta (C1 2012-17) 32) v Guards (away) 27 July – Abandoned due to Rain v Radley Rangers (away) 28 July – Won by 187 runs – Blues 313-7 dec (Billy Mead (C1 2012-17) 138, Tom de Boinville (C3 2002-07) 72). Radley Rangers 126 all out (Jack Bunn (SU 2011-16) 5-35, Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) 2-12) v RAC T20 (Battersea Park) 31 July – Won by 67 runs – Blues 196-9 off 20 overs (Ali Stokes 31, Will FremlinKey (1998-2003) 30). RAC 129 all out off 14.1 overs (James Caldwell 2-15, Ed Rothwell 2-22) v Old Amplefordians (home) 3 August – Won by 111 runs – Blues 266-7 off 45 overs (Will Hooker (LI 2004-09) 103*, Fraser Clarke 96). Ampleforth 155 all out off 36.4 overs (Charlie Pascoe 3-46, Barney Parton (B1 2004-09) 2-26, Max Koe 2-31) v Sherborne Pilgrims (home) 11 August – Lost by 6 wkts – Blues 148 all out (Andy Bush (PR 1995-2000) 26). Sherborne 152-4 v Eton Ramblers (away) 18 August – Won by 76 runs – Blues 190 all out (Victor Kandampully (SU 19982003) 72). Eton 114 all out (Will von Behr (B1 200712) 3-26, George Strang (BH 2004-09) 2-14, Stuart Wilkinson 2-26)

Eton T20 Tournament Winners

v Flashmen (away) 8 September – Lost by 99 runs – Flashmen 205-7 (Alex Armstrong 2-20). Blues 106 all out (Ed Rothwell 26)

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The Marlborough Courtiers’s squash season started in September 2018 with the Harold Radford Rose Bowl and match against the school. The afternoon was much enjoyed by the five OM’s playing Peter Child (CO 1962-66), Charlie Horrell (B2 1976-81), Nick Fallowfield (B3 198185), Alex Wildman (C2 1984-89) and Alisdair Campbell (C1 1978-81). The school was well represented with seven pupils taking part. After a round robin and semi-final rounds, Nick retained his title beating Alex in the final.

After a disappointing 2017/18 season in which the OMFC were relegated from the Arthurian League Premiership, the 2018/19 season would be a particularly important one, ensuring we keep the squad together and bounce back.

In the Londonderry Cup, we lost our first round match against the Old Etonians 3-2. The match was held at the Hurlingham Club and at 2-2 after the first four matches we narrowly lost the deciding game. As ever, younger, fitter, better-looking players for our very competitive Londonderry Cup matches would be very welcome!

What followed was the proverbial season of two halves. It couldn’t have got off to a better start, remaining unbeaten until December – winning seven, drawing one. The opening day of the season saw us beat Highgate 1-0, thanks to a delightful scissor kick from Ben Davies (C3 2007-12). A forward line of Alex Azis (CO 2004-09), Alex Middleton (C1 2004-09), Rob Guppy (C3 2002-07) and Jo Ridley (C2 2001-06) consistently caused the opposition defences all sorts of trouble, the most savage victory coming in a 7-2 victory away at Harrow. Alex Azis had the pick of the bunch with a half volley from 25 yards out sailing into the top corner. The familiar central midfield of a combination of Ben Walters (SU 200510), Alexander Walters (SU 2007-12), Brad Miles (TU 2005-10), George Blakey (C2 2006-11) and George Brown (BH 2002-07, in front of a defence of Joe Hare (C3 1999-2004), Nick Horowitz (C3 2002-07), Joel Hughes (C3 19992004), Sam Garel-Jones (BH 2007-12) and Cam Wimble (C2 2006-11), provided the spine of the team for the majority of


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the season. Tom Cowper-Coles (SU 2007-12) and Harry von Behr (B1 200106) again shared the No.1 jersey. But, like clockwork, the Marlburian midseason slump returned, compounded by injuries to key players. We went seven games without a victory, relinquishing our place at the top of the league and throwing ourselves into a tense mid/lower table scrap. With three games remaining, a victory was needed away to Repton to guarantee Div One status next season and end the slide. After arriving 20 mins late, and after a heavy night out, Theo Strong turned up to score a brace and turn our season’s fortunes around. The remaining two games were also won, allowing us to finish comfortably in mid-table. Toby Brown (SU 2008-13), Max Koe (BH 2008-13), Ed Kilbee (C2 2001-06), Tom Davies (C3 2005-10), Ed Siddeley (C2 2007-12), James Wilson (BH 200712) and Alan Hamilton (C2 2003-04) all contributed in what was a mixed but ultimately successful season As always, we are on the lookout for new players, particularly if you have recently left the school. If you are a keen and committed footballer reading this, I urge you to put your services forward and get in touch at: Captain Ben Walters (SU 2005-10)

Rifle Club A very busy National Championships saw 13 OMs compete in the National Rifle Association’s 150th Imperial Meeting at Bisley, culminating in HM Queen’s Prize on the final Saturday. Whilst there were a number of individual successes, (more on this in a moment), the Club did not have any significant team successes, although they shot quite well in the Public Schools Veterans’ match entering four teams. It proved to be another highscoring event, with seven OMs scoring 50 ex 50, the best of which was a 50.8 from Ed Dickson, who took home the Vezey trophy. The ‘A’ team dropped three points, which was good enough to secure 5th place, the ‘B’ achieved their equal second highest ever score and came 3rd, whilst the ‘D’ team beat the ‘C’ team and came a creditable 4th and 8th respectively in the competition for the ‘third’ teams. Our combined efforts were good enough to secure 3rd place in the Aggregate to Old Guildfordians. Other individual Club trophies in the Veterans were won by Robin Baker (B2 1954-59), Geoff Robinson (CO 1961-65) and Tony de Launay (PR 1960-64). The Buxton Plate was again won by Chris (LI 1973-77) and Ed ( SU 2005-07) Dickson. After the Veterans match, 27 OMs sat down for our Annual Dinner and this year we were honoured to host Paul Orchard-Lisle (SU 1952-56), the president of the Marlburian Club. Others attending included Martin Watkins and the five students shooting the National Championships. We have loved to have the Master attend the dinner and whilst she was present to witness the School convincingly win the Ashburton Fours event, she was already committed to a prior engagement and was unfortunately unable to stay on for the festivities. Hopefully we will be able to secure her

for next year. Food was again provided by David Richards (B3 1972-76) with Dominic de Vere (BH 1987-92) supplying an excellent array of beverages. Individual successes in the Championships included Ed Dickson (SU 2005-07) coming 3rd in the Palma Aggregate, Ed Jeens (BH 1998-2003) securing five top-10 finishes, including 4th in the prestigious St George’s Vase and Donaldson Memorial competitions. Sandy Gill (BH 1996-2000) was the highest OM in the Grand Aggregate, finishing an excellent 33rd in an exceptionally strong year was a great achievement. However, the plaudits will go to the President of the OMRC, Bill Richards (C1 1977-79), who won the second stage of HM Queen’s prize and came 7th in the final, a point behind the winner. During the Championships, on the national and international teams front, Bill Richards was involved in all six of the international matches for England and Great Britain, five as a coach and captaining the final match of the programme, the Mackinnon, thus securing a truly unique statistic, that two brothers have now captained England in this match, since David did so last year. Bill additionally selected Dominic de Vere as the team’s adjutant, his brother David as one his coaches and Ed Dickson as a shooter. With Sandy Gill (Scotland) and

Cycling The OM Cycling Club met on Saturday 27th July and enjoyed changeable conditions for a 45-mile ride around the Cotswolds followed by a refuelling barbecue, cooked expertly by the last Master, Jonathan Leigh (Master 2012-18) and his wife Emma. Interestingly timed to coincide with the last day of the Tour de France, the 27 strong peloton pedalled from Steven Bishop’s (CO 1969-73) house in Dunfield and set a good pace ahead of the stop at Far Peak; the promise of coffee and cake being quite a

Ed Jeens and Richard Jeens (BH 1994-99) (Wales) also involved, there were seven OMs participating in the Mackinnon, which may be a record and almost as many in the National match. Four OMs participated in the America Match, held in this country for the first time – Bill Richards, Sandy Gill and both Jeens brothers. I doubt there are any other sports that can claim such a level of international representation by OMs. Perhaps with a prediction of their outstanding success in the Ashburton Fours, the College won the fullbore match in May and again dominated the smallbore matches against the OMs. Hopefully they will be able to build on the success of winning the Fours and raise a full team of eight to compete in the Ashburton Eights next year, but our desire for their success won’t prevent us from wanting to beat them in our matches against the school! Next year, the Veterans match will be back to its regular Thursday evening of Thursday 16th July 2020 and it would be great to see as many OMs as possible come out and compete for the Club, whether you shoot regularly or not. OMRC President Bill Richards (C1 1977-79)

lure in the inclement weather. Part 2 of the ride was in sunnier conditions and took us up to the Windrush Valley and then down through some beautiful villages back to Dunfield. We had a full range of cycling ability and ages with a couple of electric bikes, a septuagenarian or two and some whippet like 24-year olds – all are very welcome. Thank you to Steven and Cecilia for hosting such an enjoyable day and barbecue and we look forward to next year’s continental plan. For news of the continental plan please join our Cycling Group on MC Global Connect or watch this space for further information. You can also sign up to our Strava club. e Marlburian Club Magazine


Sports & Club Reports Beagling Thanks to the enthusiasm of kennel huntsman, Danny Allen, ably assisted by Captain of Beagling, George Edgedale (SU), the Palmer Marlborough Beagles enjoyed another successful season. It was great to see so many young College students out beagling; in recent years the activity was dominated by Sixth Form but most of this year’s followers were from the Lower School.

Sailing This year, Marlborough entered two boats into the Arrow Trophy, Marlborough White and Marlborough Orange. Marlborough White went on to come third in the Charterhouse Bowl competition, the best result the OMSA has achieved yet. The Arrow Trophy is a sailing competition between Independent Schools, raced as an annual weekend regatta, in one-design yachts crewed by former pupils. The event takes place on the challenging waters of the Solent. The yachts are collected from Port Solent (Portsmouth) on Friday, and sailed, or motored, over to Cowes Yacht Haven. Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club the race format is short fleet racing on Saturday, finishing up in Cowes late afternoon. The top four teams from the fleet races then go into a series of match races on Sunday to determine the overall winner, for the Arrow Trophy, whilst the remaining competitors fleet race to determine the winner of the Charterhouse Bowl. In total, there are five trophies to be won. On the Friday night, 11th October, Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70), President of the Marlburian Club, joined Commodore Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-03) Secretary Edward Gregg (C2 1988-93) and Rear Commodore (Sailing) Richard White (LI 1987-92) along with other members of the team for dinner at the Royal Yachting Association, kindly arranged by Miranda Lindsay-Fynn (NC 1991-96), a member of the Club. Secretary Charlie Kendrick (C1 1998-2003) 92

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Reserve Championship. Successes like these are entirely due to the tireless dedication of Danny Allen. Much credit is also due to the joint Masters, Max Rumney, Trevor Gore and Julian Chadwick who provide kennelling, organise meets and encourage the students. After a year as Master-in-Charge, Matthew Blossom (CR 2001-) is handing over the whip to Will Molyneux (CR 2014-) but I am delighted to report that Matthew will continue beagling.

No meet was held in Court but some of the pack visited the College on Prize Day where hound racing attracted a large and vocal audience. The Annual Dinner was held in May and a fund-raising Reeling Party is planned for the autumn.

We are eternally grateful to our Secretary, Judy Grange, who produces wonderful boot teas whenever we aren’t hosted by the generous farmers without whose support we couldn’t continue to enjoy tremendous sport on the Marlborough Downs.

As I write, the showing season has just started; at Ardingly, we were placed in every class and won the Doghound

Master-in-Charge Will Molyneux (CR 2014-)

Rugby With Sam Matanle (C2 2008-13) and Charlie Pascoe (C2 2008-13) slowly getting to grips with the nuts and bolts of running the famously disorganised Malones, last season saw some fast-paced, adventurous rugby played by the Club with two fixtures against Bryanston at Rosslyn Park under lights and Radley on Club Day. The Bryanston game was nothing short of Friday Night Lights! The combination of an energetic crowd made up of various generations of OMs combined with some electric rugby made for a brilliant occasion with the added bonus of a convincing win for the Malones. Stand out performers included new recruit Dominic Coulson (C1 2013-18) with his pace and power on the wing, Elliott Brown (C2 2003-08) steering the ship at fly-half and a Captain’s performance from Sam Matanle. Score could be inserted if remembered!

decades, with the more seasoned of the cohort showing grit and determination to get the win. Jamie Geddes (TU 2002-07) and Alex Kingham (LI 2002-07) deserving of the Man of the Match credits.

As ever please can any recent leavers or others that have slipped the net over the years get in contact with either Sam or Charlie – especially recent leavers as young legs are crucial in this game!

This season thus far has been frustrating with both of the Malones standard fixtures cancelled due to our opponents struggling to field teams. However, we are more than hopeful that we can rearrange at least one of these and get the Malones out on the lush green grass back at the College.

Marching on together!

pair had the benefit of a significant handicap difference and were able to hold their nerve to win 6-3. A confident win over Clifton and a tense 6-5 victory over the experienced Rugby pair, champions from 2017, meant that a win against Bryanston would see them through to the knock-out stages. However, they never really got into the match, and were defeated 2-6 and were eliminated.

back into the competition, and with a stroke of luck to preserve scheduling, avoided Radley in the quarter-finals.

Secretaries Sam Matanle (C2 2008-13) and Charlie Pascoe (C2 2008-13)

Additionally, Club Day saw the Malones run out against old rivals Radley on a wet and windy day on Hammersley. A close encounter which the Malones once again prevailed in making it two out of two for the season. Special thanks to everyone for making the journey to Marlborough and for signing up to play instead of watching England v New Zealand. A good range of ages for this game stretching over four

Real Tennis By some judicious back-channelling, Malborough were allowed to enter two pairs into the 2019 Cattermull Cup, the old boys’ handicap doubles tournament held at Middlesex University Real Tennis Club in January. Allan Adair (C2 1965-69) and Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73) were drawn in a tough group, which included the reigning champions King’s Canterbury and a determined Radley pair. A great start saw them defeat Kings Canterbury 5-2 and good wins against Charterhouse and Wellington gave hope that they could make it through to the quarter-finals. However, a defeat from Radley and St Edwards meant that unfortunately they were eliminated at the group stage. Semi-Finalists of the previous year, Nick Hewitt (SU 1983-88) and Stuart Kerr (SU 1983-88) were both nursing mild injuries that beset the middle-aged. To make matters worse, St Pauls showed terrible manners by fielding a talented pair in their early twenties. However, the Marlborough

Or were they? Overnight, one of the Bryanston pair was paralysed by tennis elbow and they were forced to withdraw. As best losers, Stuart and Nick were invited

Confidence restored, they dispatched Tonbridge, 6-4 and were able to take revenge on a Worth pair in a re-match of the semi-final in 2018. The final against Radley awaited. Stuart and Nick started well. At 4-3 and 40-30 up, a ball sat up, mid court with a clear invitation to be put away. Kerr chose to encroach on his partner’s space to take the shot, which he creamed with perfect timing. Into the net! The match then became unbearably tense with both pairs suffering unforced errors. Unfortunately, Radley prevailed, 6-4, which, in fairness, was the right result. They had excelled throughout the competition, having on their journey defeated both Marlborough pairs. Thanks must go to the Pros at MURTC, Will Burns and Chris Bray, and also to Paul Cattermull for hosting an extremely successful competition. Secretary Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73) e Marlburian Club Magazine



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Financial help for OMs The 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 often involve periods of study abroad. The 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).

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. The 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.

Constructive emergency assistance

To apply for assistance from the Charitable Funds, please either send an email to the Trustees at; marlburianclub@ or write to them at;

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.

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On the Shelves imprisoned then found himself interned in the mountains of Switzerland. After the war, he penned an extensive memoir describing in vivid detail all these successive experiences. British author Mike Richardson has taken this account and put it into the context of contemporary world events. The result is a fascinating insight into one man’s military adventures; from the woods of British Columbia, to the intensity of the battlefield, and on to the snowy highlands of the Alps.

Balance of Power By Jo Iddon (SU 1987-89) Published independently £11.79 Balance of Power is about the importance of working together fairly in modern relationships, a theme truly central to our times. Being better role models is the only way to give future generations a better chance.

This brief, darkly humorous revolutionary cautionary tale should be read by every couple (together), on the list of every book club for discussion, and prescribed as a core test on the curriculum for older teens. It will make you think about the dynamics of modern relationships and family life. This is the first book in a series. Far from being a feminist, Jo has the simple ethos, ‘care, be fair and share before it’s too late’. She is truly a modern sage of our time.

Flush By Virginia Woolf, illustrated by Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-2003) Published by Prosymne Press £5.79 Flush is the biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel. This edition is richly illustrated by Katyuli Lloyd with some 30 full-page colour and black-and-white illustrations. In clear, fast and vivid prose, we follow Flush on his adventures from the bucolic Berkshire countryside, to the grand houses of Wimpole Street and the Dickensian dog-nappers of the East End. After his rescue, and as party to the clandestine elopement of Elizabeth and Robert Browning, Flush bounds into the heat, colours and scents of Florence. 96

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Critics have argued for decades over their interpretation of the pseudo-biography Flush. Is the spaniel Flush a would-be emancipated woman yearning to be free of the shackles of domestication? Or is it a veiled analogy of the love triangle between Virginia, her sister Vanessa and brother-in-law Clive Bell? If nothing else, it is a colourful and atmospheric account of a lost age, the end of the Grand Tour; a witty and ribald exploration of love and loss of innocence; and in Flush’s liberation we see a new world heralded, in which the societal pressures of the Victorian era begin to melt away.

Keeping the Old Flag Flying By Mike Richardson Published by Book Printing UK £12.99 Keeping the Old Flag Flying is about Kenneth Foyster (B1 1894-98). During the First World War, thousands of captured Allied combatants were dispatched to neutral countries to await the end of the conflict. Their stories are seldom told. Old Marlburian and Canadian soldier Kenneth Foyster was one of them. He fought at Ypres in 1915, was wounded, captured,

e Life of John André By Doug Ronald (B2 1964-68) Published by Casemate £25 John André was head of the British Army’s Secret Service in North America as the Revolutionary War entered its most bitter and, ultimately, decisive phase. In 1780, he masterminded the defection of a high-ranking American officer General Benedict Arnold. Arnold – his name forever synonymous with treason in American folklore – had recently been appointed commander of West Point and agreed, through André, to turn over to the British this strategically vital fort on the upper reaches of the Hudson River. Control of the fort would interrupt lines of communication between New England and the southern colonies, seriously impeding military operations against the British. The plan was also to simultaneously kidnap General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. By these two masterstrokes, the British believed they could end rebel resistance. The secret negotiations between Arnold and André were protracted and fraught with danger. Arnold’s new wife, Peggy, became the go-between in the negotiations. Arnold insisted that, to complete negotiations,

he and André must meet face to face. At the dead of night on 21 September 1780 the two rendezvoused in no-man’s land. Sir Henry Clinton, commander of British forces in North America and André s immediate superior, agreed to this meeting but with three strict conditions: that André not go within the American lines; that he remain in uniform; and that he carry away from the meeting no incriminating papers. Thus, if caught, André could not be treated as a spy. Yet, when André was captured forty-eight hours later, he was within American lines, had changed into civilian clothes and was carrying maps of West Point hidden in his boots. The Americans had no option other than to treat him as a spy, especially when he himself admitted this. He was convicted by military tribunal and hanged. His death was lamented both in America and England. While biographers agree on the facts of this tragic episode, they disagree on André’s motives and why he chose to sacrifice himself. This new biography of André puts forward a new answer to this mystery not only why he acted as he did, but how he wished others to see his actions.

Midnight at Moonstone By Lara Flecker (CO 1987-89) Published by OUP Oxford £4.88 Kit’s father is away again, and although she’s supposed to be staying with her brother and sister, Kit steals away to visit

her grandfather at Moonstone Manor. The costume museum once filled with extravagant wonders, is now an aging house with creaking floorboards and damp walls. The decadent fashion designs seem dull and lifeless. The fabrics worn and dusty. But there is still magic within Moonstone’s walls, and Kit will soon discover that the old costumes hold their own secret splendour… because on the stroke of midnight, the costumes come to life. And they’ve got a lot to say.

and basic humanity had been replaced by jargon, dehumanising language and soulless dictates from faceless rule-makers. A world where senior management was entirely absent from the shop floor – replaced by indecipherable emails from HR – and where people spoke in esoteric corporate riddles, believing that sounding clever was more productive than speaking clearly and with purpose. He found people spent more time defending their personal fiefdoms, or massaging their careers, than helping to build a successful business alongside their peers. This book is a result of five years at Charlie’s consultancy, Bullfinch Media, where he helped convince executives that speaking plainly, thoughtfully, and behaving with humanity, is the best way to win business, boost morale and advance careers. This is a step-by-step guidebook to surviving and thriving in the modern workplace: from how to write well, speak publicly and stand out in your job, to crafting compelling communications, making the best of social media and handling the press.

e Art of Plain Speaking By Charlie Corbett (C1 1990-95) Published by Routledge £16.99 After more than a decade working as an editor and journalist, Charlie Corbett took his first, tentative steps into the corporate world in 2012. And was appalled by what he found there: a confusing and nonsensical place, where common sense

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e Child’s World (ird Edition) By Dendy Platt (CO 1966-71) Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers £22.45

This definitive textbook provides accessible information on best practice for assessing the needs and strengths of vulnerable children and their families. It explores the challenges that practitioners face routinely – with suggestions as to how to address them – as well as the established areas for assessment, of children’s developmental needs, parenting ability and motivation, and socio-economic factors. This new edition has been extended substantially to include recent practice, policy and theoretical developments, such as understanding the lived experience of children, young people, and family members. It also considers children’s neurological development, assessing parental capacity to change, early-help assessments, emerging areas of practice such as child sexual exploitation, and working with asylum-seeking and trafficked children. Crucially, this updated edition takes a broader approach in offering relevant information to a range of professionals working with vulnerable children. The importance of inter-professional working is emphasised throughout.

themselves that they have done well due to luck and are terrified their shortcomings will eventually be exposed, making it impossible to enjoy their accomplishments. The Imposter Cure explores the psychological impact of imposter syndrome and exposes the secrets fears and insecurities felt by millions of men and women. Dr Jessamy Hibberd provides sound expert advice to help the reader better understand the problem and overcome it, so they think differently, gain self-belief and learn to see themselves as others do. Filled with case studies to bring the concepts alive and packed with strategies to increase confidence, this book is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with their achievements.

e Last Time By James Stewart Smith (CO 1914-19) Published by TJ INK £29.50

e Imposter Cure By Jessamy Hibberd (EL 1993-98) Published by Aster £12.70 You’ve definitely heard of it, you’ve almost certainly felt it, and it’s actively stopping you from being your best self. In a new book on imposter syndrome Dr Jessamy Hibberd provides a definitive guide to understanding and tackling the psychological mind trap. Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon in which people believe they are not worthy of success. They convince 98

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In 1900, the Sokoto Caliphate in northern Nigeria operated the largest slave-owning economy in the world. By 1903, Sokoto and an eclectic swathe of territories four times larger than the United Kingdom became consumed under British rule in what was to be called the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. Less than sixty years later, Nigeria achieved independence. By then it was relatively peaceful and had the basic features of a modern state – an elected parliament, a free press and people, an impartial civil

service, and a judiciary. Nigeria was the testing ground for a uniquely British form of imperial governance called Indirect Rule. Developed by the first Governor, Lord Lugard, it operated through a small but critically important cadre of British officials – the District Officers. Their role was to support the ongoing rule of local chiefs and customary law, whilst introducing the elements of nation building. The Last Time are the memoirs of one such District Officer, James Stewart Smith. First published privately in 1976 they are fascinating in that they show the cultural milieu in which he grew up, as well as his actual tours of service. Anti-slaving, social improvement, fairness and a genuine fondness for the Nigerians he worked with are continued themes throughout. As well as the original text, this new edition includes approximately 90 photographs, maps and genealogical charts, along with new appendices that include comments on British rule in Nigeria from James Stewart Smith as well as his contemporaries. Please contact davebabsmith@ for a copy of the book.

e Wizards of Once: Twice Magic By Cressida Cowell (BH 1982-84) Published by Hodder Children’s Books £5.99 Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful magic in an exciting new fantasy adventure. Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful Magic Spelling Book and Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Together they can save the Wildwoods from the curse of the Witches but they are separated by the highest wall imaginable, and time is running out… It was unlikely that these heroes should meet in the first place. Is it possible they are destined to meet twice?

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Wiltshire History Man uncovers the shire’s exciting past. Nick Baxter’s walks and talks are on his website.

Calling all Midlifers who want to dust down their rucksack and help protect the rhino in Namibia, create turtle hatcheries in Costa Rica, build new classrooms in Guatemala and study lemurs in Madagascar. At the same time test their mettle by white-water rafting, trekking up live volcanos or zip wiring across canyons. Who’s coming?

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The conclusion is nothing great (5)


Almost becoming depressed, primarily about son’s fall (7)


Theme word B (4)

16 Severely criticise old firm, one cutting cost (9)




18 Fighting others, new driver breaks arm (9) 21


19 Fancy school possesses unique selling point (7) 21 He dared to misbehave? He’ll have a ruddy shock! (7) 23 Variation on C (5)



24 Variation on B (5) 25 Theme word C (4)





2019 Crossword

14 Home brewed ciders need finishing off (9)

Competition crossword by Alberich (C1 1976-80). Closing date: 31 March 2020. Please send completed entries to: Kate Goodwin, The Marlburian Club, Marlborough College, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA or scan and email to marlburianclub@

17 Variation on C (5)

2018 Crossword solution

19 Variation on B (5) 20 Criminal, one making court appearance? (9)

We were delighted to receive several correct entries for 2018’s crossword. The winner was Charles Wall (CO 1949-54) who received a Marlborough College silver bookmark.

22 Desire, perhaps, recollection of Crete in the sun? (9) 25 Valued pet returns – about time (5)

Twelve entries are unclued. Three of them, theme words A, B, and C, are linked. Each theme word has three variations, of a different type for each theme word. One variation is a proper name. A thematic definite article has been ignored.

26 Beethoven’s work, including his Fourth, is stuff to arouse passion (7) 27 A sin involving acquiring riches, for starters? (7) 28 Bank mostly shows restraint (3) 29 Variation on A (6)


Variation on C (4)


Variation on B (6)


Give extra support to soldiers in army? (9)

15 Police officers misrepresent fellow’s incredulity (9)




Theme word A (3)

10 American’s brought in to spot bear (7) 11 They shoot birds with rifles on vacation (7)

30 Variation on A (4) DOWN 1

Shocking result, right? He’ll take stock (7)


Rejection of princess’s book for the masses (9)


Network not working? Let me see, squire (9)


Go and see model after six (5)

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Cover story: Canvas, Camaraderie and Can-Do Hannah Kapff interviews Joe Hill about his 3D-art company he set up with Max Lowry