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THE ARCH Old Reptonian News, Issue 332, Spring 2018


New House ‘92 Reunion Page 22

German Reunion Page 22

ORFC Reunion Page 23

Officers of The Old Reptonian Society 2018 President: Sir Michael G Pownall (Brook 1963) Vice President: W M Alastair Land (Headmaster) President Elect: Susannah K C Fish (Abbey 1978) Chairman: Nick R S Smith (Brook 1969) Treasurer: John S Wallis (Latham 1971) Governors’ Representative: Matthew J C Needham (Priory 1980) Old Reptonian Secretary: Nigel Kew (Staff) Old Reptonian Society Officer: Jan Cobb (Staff) Officers of The Old Reptonian Society 2018 Elected Committee Members John F M Walker (Hall 1946 & Ex Staff) - Life member J M Guy Levesley (Hall 1975 & Staff) - Appointed 2009 Edward T Sloane (Priory 1997) - Appointed 2013 Lloyd A Evans (Orchard 2002) - Appointed 2014 Tom Poynton (School 2006) - Appointed 2014 Andrew J Churchill (Priory 1982) - Appointed 2015 Simon C Johnson (Orchard 2004) - Appointed 2016 Eleanor J Tyler (Mitre 2005) - Appointed 2016 Rachel E Bacon (Abbey 1986) - Appointed 2017 Ex Officio Members Simon D Armstrong (Cross 1963) - Lancs & Cheshire Sanjiv Basu (Orchard 1989) - Fives Anthony E Bishop (Priory 1972) - Golf Society James W Blackwell (Priory 2000) - Pilgrims Benjamin D E Dewhirst (New 1996) - Yorkshire Martin L Jones (Cross 1997 & Staff) - Hockey Nicholas P Le Poidevin (Cross 1964) - Law Society Jamie R Muirhead (Cross 2009) - Tennis Club Mark R Norton (Mitre 1986) - Masonic Lodge Edward R U Rhodes (New 1995) - Squash Club Alex Evans (New 2004) - Football Club Ed Sheasby (School 2012) - Music Club Lisa Blenkinsop (Marketing & Communications Director) Victoria Moon (Foundation Director)

The Old Reptonian Society The Hall, Repton School Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH Tel. 01283 559320 Email: Editorial Team: Nigel Kew & Jan Cobb

DEADLINE for articles for the next edition (Autumn 2018) is August 31st 2018 Front Cover: Visit to Hong Kong ORs 2018 Back Cover: Visit to Hong Kong ORs 2018


Welcome to The Arch President of The Society 2018 Sir Michael Pownall KCB (B’63) I felt greatly honoured when the Headmaster asked me to be your President for 2018 and I am much enjoying attending events (not least Drinks in the City at the Lansdowne Club in February), renewing friendships and making new ones. I also felt a little surprised because major confession coming up - since I left Repton in 1968 I had not really been a very active OR, certainly not compared to my immediate predecessors. It is true that for a time in the 1970s I played football for the OR London Branch 2nd XI, but that more or less came to an end for intra-marital reasons when, after a tiring game, I arrived at a West End theatre very late, limping and slightly the worse for wear. But the truth is I had rarely returned to Repton or taken an active part in the OR Society. What have I found after all these years? First, Repton itself - the village, the precincts, the Church - is hauntingly beautiful: far more so than I ever remember. Great care has been taken to balance the old with the new, from the 13th Century Old Priory to the 21st Century Science Priory, and soon the state-of-the-art, new Sports Centre. Even the Old Maths building looks attractive. Then there is the School itself: so different in many ways from the 1960s, fully co-educational, enjoying remarkable facilities and probably a happier (certainly a more comfortable) place in which to live and study. That said, some of the old Repton traits: friendly, warm, down to earth, “grounded” (to use the Headmaster’s term) are still very much there. Finally, I have got to know the OR Society and all it does to encourage us to keep our connections going. The various sports clubs are the most active of the OR networks and already this year I have enjoyed supporting two great football cup runs by the School (reaching the Independent Schools Cup Final, played at Milton Keynes Dons) and by the ORs (reaching the semi-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup). I now receive the ORFC match reports: some of the liveliest sports writing around. So to those of you who may not have visited Repton or attended an OR event for some time but who read the now excellent Arch, I strongly recommend that you give it a try. You will, like me, enjoy the warmest of welcomes; and the events are relaxed and enjoyable. As others have suggested, there is scope for more professional networks, and it would be good, too, if events could appeal to a rather wider range of ORs. In this connection I attended St George’s Chapel, Windsor on February 2nd where the Repton Chamber Choir sang evensong and sang it beautifully. It was good to meet a mix of local ORs and parents over tea nearby, all arranged at short notice. Next year the Choir will sing evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral on March 11th 2019, and I am sure this could be a great OR occasion. I am much looking forward to the rest of the year. I am about to join the Headmaster and School Governor, Robert Owen, on a visit to Hong Kong - a report will follow in the next edition. Then there is the Gaudy on June 9th; the OR Dinner at Repton on November 10th; and the Remembrance ceremony in the Garth on November 11th when, once again, we will remember the 355 Reptonians who lost their lives in the Great War. Finally, I would like to thank my predecessor, Nick Walford (B’69), and the Chairman, Nick Smith (B’69) (two good Brook men – you can’t keep us down!) for much support and encouragement. Thanks too to Nigel Kew and Jan Cobb of the OR Society and to Victoria Moon, Director of the Repton Foundation.

Chairman of The Society 2018 Nick Smith (B’69) One of the most enjoyable parts of acting as the Society’s Chairman has been the opportunity to attend events in support of the school. My enthusiasm for sport means that I was particularly delighted to be present at the recent final of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) cup, at the Milton Keynes Dons stadium, when our 1st XI took on Bradfield. In recent years, the success of our girls’ hockey has been well documented and thoroughly merited. However, it was good to see the boys performing at a very high level and with typical Repton spirit. Unfortunately, on the night, we lost to a strong opposition and, although very disappointed, our boys displayed great sportsmanship in defeat and within two days had bounced back by winning the Northern 8 a side competition. I have now watched this side play on a number of occasions and they do themselves great credit. We shall look forward to welcoming them into the ranks of ORs in due course. I should also acknowledge the coaching team of Matt Carrington, assisted by our Society’s Secretary Nigel Kew, who do a great job. Importantly, they have helped create a strong relationship with our OR football club, so that the boys know they have the opportunity to continue playing and representing the school once they leave. The Society continues to evolve whilst still maintaining the traditional functions, which remain highly valued by many of us. At our committee meetings there is much discussion about improving existing events and providing some new ones; however, we remain aware that the former tend to be supported by a relatively small number of ORs, and are thus keen to learn from others what they might find attractive. Please do let us know if you have further ideas.

Our President this year is Michael Pownall (B’63) who has had a distinguished career working at the House of Lords. I know he is thoroughly looking forward to attending our functions and to meeting many ORs at them. By his own admission Michael had somewhat lost contact with the school, which he now intends to rectify, and his example illustrates that even after many years ORs will always receive a warm welcome. A big thank you on behalf of us all to last year’s President Nick Walford (B’69) for his dedication and input. Nick proposed a number of suggestions and ideas for the future of the Society, which we intend to build upon, as well as enthusiastically supporting many activities. The coming together of House groups is perhaps something that could and should happen more often, particularly for key anniversaries. I am therefore pleased to learn that there are plans next year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Brook House, my old House, which should be quite a party. Former Brook House boys should look out for further information. It is not just our more formal events that attract ORs. I am well aware that old friends meet on a regular basis, often over a few beers, and this can happen anywhere in the world. For example, on a recent trip to Australia to watch some cricket and travel, I bumped into several ORs, which was great fun. I also received an excellent recommendation from our man in Singapore about where to see in the New Year! So, if you are travelling, do check up on ORs who might be around, as I am sure they would be thrilled to hear from you and provide some local knowledge. There is a list of contacts in The Arch. I hope you enjoy this edition of The Arch. Please keep your contributions coming, whether letters or more general articles, as it is the reminiscences and stories that many ORs particularly enjoy. If you can support some of our forthcoming events it would be great to see you.

A number of ORs attended Evensong at Windsor Castle to hear the Repton School Chamber Choir sing in St. George’s Chapel.


Events Listing 2018/2019    Tues.1st Thurs.3rd Sat.5th

Sun.6th Wed.9th


Wed.16th Thurs.17th Sat.19th

Tues.22nd Wed.23rd Fri.25th

Sun.3rd Wed.6th

Thur.7th Sat.9th

Wed.13th Sat.16th Sun.17th Wed.20th

Fri.22nd Sat.23rd Mon.25th & Tues.26th Wed.27th Sat.30th

MAY ’18 Boys’ 1st XI v MCC, 11.30am Girls’ 1st VI v CBLTC, 5.00pm Boys 1st XI v Shrewsbury (a) Girls’ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th VI, v Oundle 2.15pm MusSoc Come & Sing event, (Karl Jenkins The Armed Man) Coffee Concert: B Block Music Award Holders, Beldam Hall, 11.30am Boys’ Tennis 1st VI, Glanville Cup (3rd round). Girls’ Tennis 1st VI Aberdare Cup (3rd round). Subscription Concert: String Students from Birmingham Conservatoire, Beldam Hall, 7.45pm Boys’ 1st XI v Uppingham (a), dep. 9.15am Ghana Fundraising Concert (James Donegan) – tbc, Beldam Hall Derbyshire CCC 2nd XI v Yorkshire 2nd XI, The Square, 11.00am Informal Concert, Music School, 5.15pm Boys’ 1st XI v Worksop, 11.30am Girls’ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U16A v Uppingham 2.00pm Boys’ Tennis 1st Team v CB Lawn Tennis Club 12.45pm Boys’ & Girls’ Tennis 1st VI v ORs, 6.00pm Subscription Concert: Organ Recital, Repton School Chapel, 7.45pm Half-Term begins, 4.30pm

JUNE ’18 Latham House 100th Birthday Party, Repton All School Boarders return 8.00pm The Donald Carr Trophy: Prep Schools Cricket Tournament Boys’ Tennis 1st VI, Glanville Cup (final qualifying round) Girls’ Tennis 1st VI Aberdare Cup (final qualifying round) Informal Concert, Music School, 5.15pm Gaudy, Repton 21st Birthday Field House & School House Pre 1955 ORs Boys’ 1st XI v Nottingham High School, T20, 2.00pm Girls’ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U16A&B v Rugby (a), dep.12.30pm Boys’ 1st XI v KES B’ham (a), dep. 1.00pm Boys 1st XI v Trent College (a), dep. 9.55am OR Tennis Quarter Final, Venue tbc Boys 1st XI v Ashville College, 1.00pm Headmaster’s Invitation Dinner, Lansdowne Club OR Lodge Meeting, Farmers Club, Whitehall Boys’ 1st XI v Derbys. Mini-Academy, T20, 5.00pm Boys 1st XI v Warwick, 11.30am Boys’ Tennis 1st team, LTA Premier NCL Boys 1st XI v Derbyshire U17, 11.30am (2 day game) Staff v Leavers/Pilgrims Cricket, 6.00pm Speech Day: Speeches, 10.15am: Guest Speaker Maj. Gen. (Retd) Andrew Sharpe. Speech Day Concert, Pears School, 11.30am Boys 1st XI v Repton Pilgrims, 11.15am Leavers’ Service, Chapel, 6.00pm Leavers’ Ball, The Paddock, 6.45 pm Boys’ Tennis 1st team, LTA Premier NCL.

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Sat.1st Sat.8th Sun.9th Thurs.13th Sun.16th Fri.28th Sat.29th/ Sun.30th

JULY ’18 Born in the 90’s OR Drinks, The Hillgate Pub, Notting Hill, London OR Tennis Semi Final, Venue tbc SEPT ’18 OR Football Day OR Lodge Dinner, Repton OR Tennis Final, Wimbledon Repton Foundation Ambassadors Drinks, Repton Dynasty Family Lunch, Repton OR Property Professionals Lunch, London South West reunion events. Friday evening: Dorset/Somerset Saturday evening: Devon Sunday Lunch: Cornwall

OCT ’18 Repton Foundation Chairman’s Club Lunch, Repton (F) Sat.3rd Thurs.11th Sports Evening, Queen’s Club Pilgrims Annual Dinner, Lansdowne Club Fri.19th

Sat.10th Sat.17th Tues.20th Tues.27th Thurs.29th

NOV ’18 AGM and Annual Dinner, Repton A Lunch with Paul Stevens, Repton Archivist Priory House Reunion, London Mitre Boys Reunion, London OR Legal Professionals, London


DEC ’18 Repton Foundation Patrons Dinner, Repton

JAN ’19 Thurs.31st OR Lodge Meeting, Farmers Club, Whitehall Thurs.7th Mon.11th Tues.26th

FEB ’19 Drinks in the City, Lansdowne Club MAR ’19 Evensong St Paul’s Cathedral (F) OR Professionals TBC * looking for volunteers, please contact the office if interested in championing this event.


APRIL ’19 The Abbey, Reunion, London

Sat. tbc Sat.TBC

MAY/JUNE ’19 Gaudy – details tbc Brook House Reunion, 150yr celebration, Repton

Thurs.4th Sat.6th

JULY ’19 25years since leaving Drinks – details tbc North East Reunion – details tbc

Sept. tbc

SEPT ’19 North West Reunion – details tbc

Oct. tbc Oct. tbc

OCT ‘19 OR German Reunion weekend Midlands Drinks

Nov. tbc

NOV ’19 ANNUAL DINNER – LONDON *Would you like this on a week night without partners or weekend with? Please feedback to the office.

Please book or register online where full details of all events will be available two months before the event takes place. 4

Forthcoming Events Latham 100th

‘Dynasty’ Lunch





We’re having a birthday party! On Sunday June 3rd all Latham ORs along with current pupils and parents are invited to a BBQ to celebrate 100 years of Latham House on Tanners Lane, and 160 years since Latham House was founded. It will also be an opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to Sam and Erin Merlin, Riccardo De Rosa and Ed Shawcross whilst welcoming Martin and Sophie Hunt who will be at the helm in Latham House for the new academic year.

We are fortunate to have educated generations of the same families through Repton School and Foremarke Hall. We are now going to honour this loyalty with a ‘Dynasty Family’ lunch on Sunday September 16th. Does your family have a long history of association with Repton School? We don’t want to miss anyone out, so if you are part of, or would like to nominate, one of our dynasty families, please contact the OR office - either or jcobb@ or telephone 01283 559320.

To join us you can book your place at

Gaudy 2018

SATURDAY JUNE 9th 2018 This year’s Gaudy, on June 9th, will be in the form of a Repton Family 21st birthday party for Field House and School House. All Field and School House ORs plus their spouse, partner, children and parents are welcome. If you aren’t able to join us in Derbyshire then please send us a short video message we can play on the day. Book your place now Tweet: #reptonfamily21

Sports’ Evening

Football Day



If you are interested in playing in the annual football matches at Repton on September 1st, please contact captain@oldreptonianfc.

OR Lodge

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8th 2018 If any ORs (ladies or gents) are interested in attending one of our dinners, our Autumn Dinner will be held at Repton on September 8th by kind permission of the Headmaster. It is an open event where you can meet Lodge members, wives, partners and friends within our OR community. More information about the OR Lodge can be found at Mark Norton (M’86)

The photo above shows, in the centre, F John Cann (O’54), on John’s right is his son Mark (O’79), on John’s right is his grandson George Dunn (O’12). Second from left is Emily (5A), Second from right is Thomas (5O). First left is Barnaby (3O) and far right is Freddie (3O). John’s father is also an OR, Hugh John Cann (O’1910), thus making four generations of ORs and Reptonians.

Please come and join us for the OR Sport Drinks Evening at 6.30 pm in the magnificent President’s Room at the Queen’s Club in Baron’s Court, West London. This is an evening where we celebrate OR Sport and all our club members and indeed all ORs are very welcome. The focus in the last two events has been hockey in 2014 and cricket in 2016 but this year the focus will be on football. The school and the Old Reptonian Football Club have performed really well over the last few years. Matt Carrington’s teams have been extremely successful and this is benefiting the ORFC being “our youth policy!”. The links between us and the school have never been stronger. Nick Walford (B’69) (Chairman ORFC)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 19th 2018 Dinner The re-arranged Pilgrims Dinner is on October 19th at the Lansdowne Club, please contact


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th 2018 The AGM will be held on Saturday November 10th 2018. If your spouses and partners are joining you at the Annual Dinner they are once again very welcome to relax in the Library whilst the AGM is in progress. We will meet in the Library for pre-dinner drinks at 6.45pm, before moving to Pears School for dinner at 7.30pm. AGENDA 1. Welcome & Apologies 2. A  pproval of minutes from Annual General Meeting November 12th 2016 3. Matters Arising from meeting on November 11th 2017 4. President’s Report 5. Chairman’s Report 6. Secretary’s Report 7. Treasurer’s Report 8. Future Events 9. Election of Officers 10. Any Other Business 11. Date of next AGM

Annual Dinner

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th 2018 The Annual Dinner will be held in Pears School on Saturday November 10th 2018. We warmly invite spouses and partners to attend. The cost of the tickets for the evening is £45 which includes pre-dinner drinks and a three course meal with wine and port. For ORs who left the school within the last ten years the cost of the ticket is reduced by £10, therefore if you left in 2008 or after the cost is £35. If you would like to gather a group of your contemporaries to join you at the dinner and you need help with contact details please call the OR office on 01283 559320 or email The dress code for this year is black tie. Please use the booking form enclosed or book online at

If you would like a group of your contemporaries to join you at any of these events and you need any help with contact details, please do not hesitate to call the OR office on 01283 559320 or email 5

OR News: Snippets The Abbey


Shona McCallin (A’08) was selected to play for England in the Sentinel World League Final in New Zealand.

Leah Wilkinson (A’03) is captain of the Wales Hockey Team in the Commonwealth Games this year. Leah was top goal scorer when Repton won the first ever Girls Nationals in 2005. Roanna Mottershead (A’06), inspired by a BBC documentary, has launched a gender-neutral toy and book store for children called Rather than the usual pink and blue, all products have neutral colours and packaging. There are no damsels in distress in the book section either: they stock stories that break stereotypes featuring strong girls and sensitive boys. The online store was launched at the end of February.

The Cross


Callum Brodrick (C’14) has been awarded Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy Player of the Year.

The Garden


Suzanne Ackel (G’03), owner of Stanford and Ackel Consultants, recently met Director of Admissions Tim Collins in Munich at Oktoberfest 2018. Esme Burge (G’12) was selected to play for the England Seniors in the Euro Indoor Championships. Olivia Hamilton (G’13) rowed in the blue boat for Cambridge University in the Lightweights’ Henley Boat race. Erica Sanders (G’10) was selected to play for England in the Sentinel World League Final in New Zealand.

The Hall

Richard Harrison (H’92) is Managing Director and owner of Xpertise Recruitment. The company won the Best Recruitment Company to work for in the National Recruitment International 2017 awards.

Anthony Turner (H’68) recited Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare on the occasion of his brother-in-law’s wedding at the Peckham Asylum in London. The following day, he read Colossians 1. 15-20 at Parish Communion in Saint Barnabas Church, Dulwich.

Latham House


Dan Cottier (L’99) has been crowned British Open Indoor Over 35s National Tennis Champion. Ire Hasan-Odukale (L’03) has won the Newcomer of the Year Award for his restaurant Ikoyi at the London Restaurant Festival Awards.

The Mitre


Kate Dyer (M’06) is running the London Marathon for Sense, a charity that work with people who have sensory impairments and complex needs. George Rainsford (M’96) has won the 2017 Inside Soap award for best Drama star. His storyline in @BBCCasualty also won best storyline! Mimi Tarrant (M’12) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for hockey (September 2018). Ellie Watton (M’05) has been selected to play for England in the Commonwealth Games 2018. Erratum – in issue 331 Emily Renshaw-Smith was mentioned. It should be Emily Renshaw (M’07). 6

The Orchard


Peter Nixon (O’68) has retired as Director of Land, Landscape and Nature at the National Trust after 32 years’ service. Peter has been awarded the organisation’s highest form of recognition, the Octavia Hill Medal, for his exceptional service in the area of nature conservation. Peter said being awarded the Octavia Hill medal was “beyond my wildest dreams”. Mark Snelson (O’92) completed his Private Pilots Licence - Helicopters, under the tutelage of Jonathan Greenall (O’93) with Balearic Helicopters in Mallorca.  Jonny, who owns Balearic Helicopters, has been flying helicopters over 18 years, is a Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner, and has over 6000 hours in various helicopters.  Mark, a Captain with British Airways, completed the entire helicopter training and testing in under four weeks, which is a remarkable achievement.

The Priory

@prioryrepton Ben Clague (P’10) was selected to play in Cyprus in the European Indoor Championships for Wales.

Rupert Holborow (P’71) has been appointed New Zealand’s Ambassador to Germany (resident in Berlin), pictured here in a New Zealand Maori ‘korowai’ (cloak).

Chris Kirkland (P’95) is organising a charity event called Midnight Madness ( It is an immersive challenge where teams will compete with one another to solve a series of linear puzzles at secret locations across London in the shortest amount of time. Think the Crystal Maze meets the Da Vinci Code with a healthy dose of immersive theatre and London as the stage! It is quite an exciting opportunity that will be a very different experience for those that participate. If you are interested in forming an OR team to compete alongside the likes of Goldman Sachs and Google then please get in contact with Chris on

School House


James Sookias (S’12) (Capt of Cricket 2017) became the school’s 154th pupil to play First Class Cricket by playing for @DurhamMCCU v @WarwickshireCCC. Some good victims for him against a Warwickshire CCC team that contained three England test cricketers.

Former Staff

John Billington JB receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from Mike Clarke, TennisWales chairman, at the Awards event in Cardiff, January 27th 2018”. JB explains: “In 1999 I was invited to take over the Montgomery Tennis Club which had become defunct after a squabble with the Bowling Club. Entering one team initially, the club over the years has become the largest and most active in Montgomeryshire and for some years has been entering nine teams in the County Tennis League – three more than Newtown which has ten times the population of Montgomery. The club also has one of only two active hubs in mid Wales for Junior tennis. In 2014 the club raised £32,000 to install floodlights and resurface the courts. After 19 years as chairman, secretary and captain of one or more teams  – and 13 years of doing the tennis fixtures for the county – I thought it time to pass on the baton.  With two artificial knees and one ceramic hip I feel I should cut down on competitive tennis but hope to continue playing socially.”

Literary Festival Richard Harding (Hon OR) and Author of REPTON SCHOOL ON THIS DAY, is part of a group who are organising the Repton Literary Festival on Friday October 26th to Sunday October 28th 2018. The aim of the festival is the bringing together of writers, readers, players and spectators in a unique place to engage, entertain and inspire. By kind permission of the Headmaster this first ever festival will be held in The Old Priory, Tithe Barn and Pears School, the latter being the focal point where we hope to create a literary fair. The whole idea has been conceived by a current parent of the School. The process of setting up an appropriate website and bringing this to the attention of as many people and local organisations as possible including the OR community is in place. There will be four branches: Sport, Politics and Philosophy, History and Religion and, finally, Children’s Literature A working group has been set up by the Founder and it is hoped that appropriate alumni and personalities will engage to give the programme lift. More details will be on the OR web page. 7

Announcements Births

Lindsey Johnson-Smith (née Evans) (F’99) and Paul are delighted to announce the birth of Emily May February 5th 2018

Mike Cobb (B’95) and Vikki are delighted to announce the birth of Ivy Brooke on February 17th 2018. Gareth Thomas (L’93) is delighted to announce the birth of Martha Kirsty Thomas on September 13th 2017.

Jeremy Stanton (B’89) and Sabreena are proud to announce the birth of Michael William Samuel on October 17th 2017.

Sally West (née Bullivant) (A’96) and Charlie are delighted to announce the birth of Montgomery (Monty) Bullivant West on April 6th 2017.


Francesca Rose Evans (F’04) to Jonathan Burley on October 8th 2017. Their marriage will take place on April 14th 2018.


Weddings Phillip Eastwood (N’02) married Kulbir Kaur on October 28th 2017 at Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield

Charlotte Jameson (M’07) married Daniel Adcock at Repton School Chapel on July 15th 2017. Father Roberts (School Chaplain) took the wedding. ORs in attendance were Jade Wall (M’12), Elle White (M’12), Kieran Taylor (P’12) and Avisha Patel (G’13). Mr and Mrs Parish also attended the service. The reception was held at Stables Lodge in Burton-upon-Trent.

Rachael Parker (F’03) to Christopher Moxon on July 7th 2017 at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire. ORs attending are: Back row from left to right; Ben Politowski (O’99), Sophie Politowski (F’04), Marc Kofler (O’98), Ben Wisher (O’98), Jonathan Kofler (N’93), Chris Moxon - Groom, Rachael Moxon (F’03) - Bride, Sarah Parker (F’02) - Maid of Honour, Sophie Brindley (née Rodgers) (F’00), Emily Wisher (née Moore) (F’00), Emily Bates (F’00), Phil Brindley (N’02), Charlotte Ashley- Stojak (née Stojak) (M’03), Charlotte Stainforth (née Rowles) (G’03), Alicia Keck (G’02). Front row from left to right; Lucy Miller (née Politowski) (F’01), Eleanor Waller (A’00) - Bridesmaid, Nikki Murray (née Fell) (F’00) Bridesmaid.


Announcements Weddings

Neal Rushton (P’94) married Suzie King on May 28th, 2016 in Windlesham, Surrey (St. John The Baptist church), followed by a reception at Lancewood). ORs in attendance were (left to right): Richard Brownlee (P’95), Mark Gamble (O’92), Ben Dunston (P’92), Paul Rushton (P’96), Kate Hands (A’90), James Hands (N’91).

Caroline Stevenson (F’00) married Benjamin Eley on October 28th 2017 at The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, London.

Paul Walker (O’88) married Danielle Wilson on August 24th 2017 at Mottram Hall, Cheshire. Old Reptonians in attendance included Richard Kerry (O’84) who was best man, Jason Guest (H’88), Nick Tomlinson (H’89) and Dale Cresswell (H’89).


Farewell Brook House

New House

Dermot Finlay Slater (B’44) on January 25 2018. th

George Kingsley Edwin (N’35) in October 2017. Simon Harold Abbott Barnes (N’51) on March 22nd 2018.

The Cross

William Edward McLean (N’51) on October 14th 2014.

George Hugh West (C’45) on October 18th 2017. Michael Edwin Daws (C’50) on February 15th 2018. John Martin Ellison (C’53) in September 2017.

Timothy Bertram Cawdry (N’54) on March 10th 2018.

The Orchard

Ronald Haydn Whiteside (H’42) on January 24th 2018.

George Edward Dacre Hillier (O’36) on November 19th 2017 George appeared as an extra in Goodbye Mr Chips, when it was filmed at Repton. George served in WWII, signing straight up from Repton, listing ‘school boy’ as his occupation. He was in the King’s Rifle Corp and served in North Africa and Italy. He was severely injured and discharged from the Army, to go on to spend 30 years as Senior Estates Manager for the Mostyn Estate based in N. Wales, before retiring to Devon.

David Malcolm Essenhigh (H’45) on December 25th 2017.

David Charles Blamey (O’37) on October 2nd 2017.

Neville Dixon Whiteside (H’46) in June 2014.

Robin Michael Heming (O’60) in January 2018.

Patrick William Neil Gordon (H’54) on July 24th 2017.

Richard Paul Mowbray Kelham (O’64) in 2017.

Latham House

The Priory

Peter Douglas Ellis (C’62) on December 2 2017. nd

The Hall Stephen James Forman Unwin (H’41) on December 29th 2017. John Curzon Cursham (H’42) on February 28th 2018.

James Roland Heslop (L’38) on October 3rd 2017.

Harry Michael Chevallier Cooke (P’45) on November 23rd 2017.

Bryan Philip Day (L’51) on October 20th 2017.

The Mitre Anthony John Philip Percival (M’49) on October 7th 2017. Richard John Simon Blagdon (M’70) on December 25th 2017.

Former Governor William Noel Kellett Rowley (Jim) (Hon OR) (1972-1997) on November 30th 2017. Jim was a Derby Solicitor and did a great deal of work for the School when he was a Governor. Former Bursar Pat Hargrave said of Jim “If we had a tricky letter to write with legal implications I used to draft what I wished to state and would then wave it in front of Jim to ask if it was in order. Jim either would approve it or would alter the wording. This was always done speedily and completely free of charge. He spent a long time going through old papers that were in the large safe in the old Lloyds Bank (which later became the photocopying centre) and weeding out those that were no longer necessary to retain. He was always more than willing to help. I cannot remember him failing to attend a Governors meeting”. Jim was made an Honorary OR for 25 years as a Governor. He was also a leading member of the then Conservative Derbyshire County Council , what today would have been called a Cabinet Member, and was also involved in the new By-pass bridge in Ashford which was opened in December 1979 by Jim when he was listed as being Chairman of the Highways and Works Control Committee.

Former Staff Pauline Bryant on October 31st 2017 after a short illness, a few weeks short of her 90th birthday. Pauline had a long association with the school and the village, after marrying C. William Bryant, Maths teacher and Housemaster of The Priory. Pauline threw herself into all the responsibilities and challenges of being a Housemaster’s wife.



Dr John Mortimer Reddington (B’42) John Mortimer Reddington was born to Harley Street Surgeon, Mortimer Phillip Reddington, and Yvonne Gweneth Boden in Colchester Essex on October 18th 1928. His parents met when Mortimer, one the first doctors to qualify in New Zealand, trained under Yvonne’s father, John Smedley Boden a recipient of the Order of the British Empire. John grew up in Hampstead and later he and his two younger brothers, Bruce and Gerald, were moved around the corner from Harley Street. John started school in Heysham Preparatory School, Hampstead, motto Sans Craint (without fear). He lost his beloved mother Yvonne at 11 years. He later attended a Preparatory school in Kent where he received a reading prize and then attended Repton between 1942-46 where he was Prefect in Brook House. During the Second World War, like many other school children, John stayed with family friend Major Rawson-Mackenzie in the country and became a proficient horse rider. John became an officer, lieutenant in the British Army after attending the Guards Depot in Caterham and Sandhurst Military Academy. Once, at the Guards Depot, John was two minutes late for parade. He was admonished by the Sergeant Major “You ‘orrible scruffy individual you”, and was given eight days restrictions in barracks, including peeling potatoes. In 1950 he was appointed as regimental signal officer (RSO), a captain’s appointment, of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s regiment. In October 1952, he was sent to join the UN forces in the Korean War, where he organised communications for “fighting patrols”. He developed the silent microphone where you could speak silently a few yards from the Chinese with impunity. When collecting a batch of national service Signallers to deliver them to battalion HQ, which involved driving up “camouflage road”, his jeep stalled, as the driver had not engaged four-wheel drive. They came under mortar fire. After getting several men into the ditch, he was hit in the right eye. A field dressing was applied and he was operated on in a field hospital. He was then flown to a Commonwealth Hospital in Kure, Japan. After being returned to light duties at the Regimental Depot, he experienced severe PTSD and was invalided out of the army in 1954, partially attributable to being wounded in the right eye. Two years ago he led the British ex-Servicemen’s Association (BESA) in the march on ANZAC day. He said he always remembered his school friend John Milner, who died aged 22, leading his men up a hill position in Korea when there was a minute’s silence on Remembrance Day. John went to Art School and then became a primary school teacher of children with learning difficulties. He worked in London’s East End where he was a passionate member of the linguist’s club. John married his first wife Catherine Burgess in 1959; they had one son, Jonathan. In 1969, John studied a Diploma of Educational Therapy in California. John arrived with only two dollars in his pocket and was immediately given $100 to live on by the course director and found accommodation. He did locking-up duties at night to save some money to buy his house in Brisbane in 1974. In 1975 he married his second wife Diana Pooley, who was also a lecturer at Mt Gravatt, and became step-father to her daughter Judith. He became a citizen of Australia in 1981 after the birth of his second child, Francesca Yvonne. He married his third wife, Pamela Enright, in 1982 and became step-father to her daughter, Jocelyn. In 1994 John welcomed his first grandchild, Lucy Josephine, who was joined by another granddaughter, Lela Ann, in 2007, and grandson, Carlin Francis, in 2009. John was a gifted teacher who encouraged the potential of all children, listened to them and believed in them. He appreciated the quick wit and humour of the Cockney kids in his East End classrooms. He saw them as very bright with loads of potential. He often told a story about a conversation with one of the kids. As a means of encouragement, he asked the child, who was not a very strong reader, what it would be like if he took a girl out to the “fish and chipper” and couldn’t read the menu. The kid replied immediately, “there’s a man in street who can’t read and he’s been married three times”. John wrote his life advice for his own grandchildren: “Always keep going – be persistent like the Scottish song: ‘keep right on to the end of the road, keep right on to the end. If you’re tired and weary still carry on …’” “Keep learning ALL your life, whether by taking university degrees, reading many books, attending seminars and conferences, or travelling to far-off countries. Don’t go by organised travel groups, organise your OWN travel plan – where YOU want to go, be it art galleries, historical sites or whatever you want to learn more about.” Dr John Mortimer Reddington, soldier and academic, was born on October 18th, 1928. He died on February 19th, 2017, aged 89. Jonathan Heaton (Son)


Brian David Leveson Bradbury (O’46) A proud supporter of Repton School, Brian passed away peacefully after a long illness on Tuesday 20th March, aged 84. Brian attended Repton Prep School during the war, moving to The Orchard in 1946. In the same year were R.L. Grew (O’46) and D.B. Wilkinson (H’46), both of whom were Housemasters when I was at Repton. After Repton, Brian entered the Army spending most of his military career with 57 (Bhurtpore) H.A.A. Battery, Royal Artillery. On leaving the Army his profession moved into the Bradbury field of retailing. Starting with the Beatties Department Store Group, he moved to senior positions within the House of Fraser Group going on to be Managing Director of Schofields Department Stores in Yorkshire. The final years of his working life were spent on the Executive Board of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society. A keen attendee of the Annual OR Dinner, Brian spoke of the privilege in eventually achieving ‘top table’ with the other senior ORs. Throughout his life Brian never forgot the school which moulded the young boy into the man he became. I’m sure he will now be looking on Repton School with continued fondness from afar… R.A.L. Bradbury (O’81) (Son)

Frederick John Cann (O’49) February 14th 1936 – November 18th 2017 John was a lovely man, loyal Devonian, devoted husband, proud and adoring father and grandfather, cheerful and loyal friend and great lover of sport especially skiing. His life defined the term ‘having fun’. He grew up in Devon and Surrey before following the family tradition to Repton from Allen House. It is fair to say that, much as he enjoyed his school days in the Orchard, representing the School at Hockey and Shooting, he was no academic. In his own words, ‘Repton tried hard’. He loved a prank, especially the placing of a ceramic ‘po’ atop Pears School at the end of term, which would be dutifully and laboriously shot by the School Porter to avoid embarrassment before parents arrived. That is, until the day it was a metallic one, producing a loud ‘ping’ on impact but stubbornly staying put. With as good an education as he would allow Repton to provide he went on to Eaton Hall and Sandhurst. Pranks continued, and he injured his back falling into the band pit at Sandhurst, which helped in his achieving the record for the longest time spent as an Officer cadet (almost three years). He cared not, as he was having fun and avoiding his father’s threat of working in the bank. He eventually commissioned into the Devonshire Regiment, one of the last to do so before it amalgamated with the Dorsets, and when it did, he carried the Colours on the parade. His first posting was to Cyprus during the EOKA campaign as Platoon Commander and then (to his surprise) Intelligence Officer. In Ghana, as Chief Instructor to the Ghana Army on mortars, he developed a passion for polo and Penny, whom he married in 1961 in the Garrison Church, Accra. He was 25 and their marriage was to last for the remaining 56 years of his life. Sport was always a passion with John – hockey, an exceptional shot, skiing, riding and tennis. He was talented at all these, but he obtained as much pleasure from passing on those skills teaching others, especially the young, as he did from participating himself. He was nonetheless 6th in the British Ski Bob championship, won 30 trophies in a single NATO shooting competition and was in the Army 100. Skiing, especially in Verbier, was his favourite of all and he did it a lot! John’s military contemporaries marvelled at how much time he could achieve on the slopes, funded from various entrepreneurial cottage industries, whilst successfully fighting the Cold War. John retired from the Army a major having served in Africa, Northern Ireland where he excelled, British Guiana, Germany, the Staff College, Berlin, Belize and Holland. Successful employment with a veterinary practice and hospital followed in Ascot, before he moved to Coate in Wiltshire. He found time to follow and commentate on Polo, although he did ask Stuart Copeland (Sting’s colleague, of Police fame) if he was ‘Scotland Yard or Metropolitan’! He touched many lives, and no one, who experienced them, will forget his many cameos as Father Christmas. The last few months of his life with pancreatic cancer were a suffocating mental torture, with significant pain eased only by the extraordinary love, humour, kindness and comfort of his friends. Death is part of life - if the character of a person is defined by how they face it, then dwell on this. John only took to his bed for two days, he was on minimal drug dosage yet maintained that wry look, slight smile and dry humour till the very end. He was unerringly strong, calm, generous of spirit and brave as any will ever see. In addition to his daughter, Caroline, and son, Mark (O’79), he was an adoring grandfather to George (O’12), Thomas (5O), Emily (5A), Barnaby (3O) and Freddie (3O). He is survived by his wife, Penny, and sister, Jill. Mark Cann (O’79) 13


Adrian George Yorath (O’57) November 15th 1943 – January 10th 2018 Adrian arrived at Repton and entered the Orchard in the Summer Term. At this stage of his early years he was somewhat small for his age and he turned out to be a particularly good gymnast by comparison with most of the rest of us. He was my friend since well before our days at Repton, as our fathers were both architects in practice together in North Staffordshire, and, apart from the parental connection, I was also best friends with one of his cousins at my Kindergarten. Both these boys, through their mothers, were part of the Beswick family, a famous English name in the pottery industry, first founded in 1892. One of our very first meetings will have been at a prep school cricket match, where the Kingsland Grange second eleven team visited Adrian at Old Hall and met for tea – and it was the first time I had ever encountered Marmite!     He did pretty well academically, but one of his main interests was the Repton School Jazz Band, with his friend the late Gerry Walsh (C‘56). Adrian played the guitar and Gerry had a full set of drums, and they met for rehearsals in a room on the first floor above the Engineering Workshop just behind the 400 Hall and Orchard House. This interest in music continued throughout his life, and he played most weeks around his home area with a group of contemporaries, some of whom were professional session musicians by day, but just having fun with like minded friends.  He was a member of the choir at the local church for some forty years.   After leaving Repton he briefly took articles at his late father’s Architect’s Office, before changing to train for Accountancy. After qualifying he began a career in industry, before being attracted to move to London, working in property during the Slater Walker period, and subsequently in 1975 joining G. N. Burgess & Co Ltd, an Engineering Group based at Hamworth Trading Estate in Feltham. One of the companies within the Group produced cycle components, and through this connection Adrian became a keen member of the Cycle Industry’s Centenary Club, which organised two or three touring trips per year around Britain and Europe, giving him enormous pleasure and great camaraderie.  Adrian cycled most days, originally cycling to work and, post retirement, often around Richmond Park just to keep himself fit. The association with the Burgess family continued most harmoniously right through beyond retirement. They had worked well and successfully together. Jeremy Burgess became a lifelong friend.  They lunched every Thursday right through until the end.   After Adrian had qualified, and in homage to our fathers having been in business together, we set up a small boat-building company in 1969 to develop an interest in the new fibreglass materials. We had some wonderful fun together in our early days up in North Wales, the summer of 1976 being especially memorable for weeks of wonderful sunshine, and a 35ft sports cabin cruiser powered by twin V8 Volvo Pentas to take us all out fishing!   Adrian married Beryl Clarke, a former Abbots Bromley girl, in 1972, and I think this will have coincided with their move down to London, where they subsequently had three children, Miranda Joy born in 1974,  David George born in 1975, and James Adrian born in 1982.    He was a huge family man, with nine grandchildren, a very loyal friend, highly talented and a charming companion.  At the service in Chiswick to celebrate his life I found that people were talking not about the money that he’d made nor the business success that he’d enjoyed, but of the kindnesses he’d shown, what a marvellous epitaph, what a superb and enviable memory to leave behind you.   Timothy Barker (O’56)

John Patrick Wenger (N’57) My younger brother Patrick, who died in August last year, first spent five years at an excellent preparatory school in Anglesey called Tre-arddur House. Due to the enthusiasm of its Headmaster the school played rugby, and little attention was given to football, so when Patrick arrived at Repton in 1957 he received something of a culture shock! However, he soon adapted.  He was in New House, like my father. He proved to be competent in class, enjoyed sport, and represented the House in some of the House teams. Dr. Butchers, his Housemaster, wanted him to stay on for an extra year and go to university, but my father, whose family had been engaged in the ceramics industry both here and on the continent for many years, decided that he should leave and become a management trainee with Allied English Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. He was awarded his technical diplomas at the local college and later studied at Cranfield Management College. After the Company merged with Royal Doulton, a subsidiary of the Pearson Group, about 1972 he became the executive at Paragon China, responsible for a large modernisation programme. He was again promoted by Pearsons and then sent to Harvard for a year. Further new positions followed, and, in 1997, he was appointed chief executive of Royal Doulton, which by then had been de-coupled from Pearson and was a large conglomerate comprising such famous names as Mintons and Royal Crown Derby. However, he had been given a tough job as the industry now faced intense competition from abroad and fluctuating fashion. In October 1998 he went on a business trip to Australia and, whilst travelling along the free-way to Melbourne airport, the taxi in which he was travelling hit a tree and, being seated on the side of the collision, he received very serious injuries and was unable to walk again and obliged to resign in the following year. Nevertheless, after his rehabilitation he involved himself enthusiastically in education, promoting learning and development skills in Staffordshire.  When he was just eleven our parents gave him a horse called ‘Lucky’ and he took to riding for the rest of his life. He also continued to play hockey for several years after leaving Repton and enjoyed boating and sailing. When we went to London with mother on one of her frequent trips, he would spend his whole time there rowing on the Serpentine! He is succeeded by his wife Sheila, his constant and loyal companion for nearly fifty years, his daughter, Lucie and son, Piers, who is controller of drama at the BBC, and three grandchildren. Richard Wenger (N’53) 14

Douglas Finlay Slater (C’69) Douglas Slater died too soon on the October 4th 2017. I first met him when we were both taking the Repton scholarship entrance exams in the summer of 1969. We both obtained full scholarships, and our paths crossed again in the Autumn Term when we started in the same house (Cross) and class. He was a good friend for many years, although his competitive streak meant we were rivals in many fields (in the Sixth Form we quarrelled over something trivial which for the life of me I cannot remember and which Douglas was too polite to bring up in later years). We shared more than we differed and spent times at each other’s homes during several holidays (my London suburb offered access to museums and galleries, whilst his Yorkshire village offered snowy tobogganing and his father’s drives in an early Aston Martin on tiny Yorkshire lanes). Douglas could sing (I still cannot) and he was both musical and a gifted actor. I still remember many of his school play performances, probably the highlight of which was his Abigail in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (wonderfully produced/directed by our English teacher, Mike Charlesworth).  Douglas was incredibly bright and threw himself into his many interests with abandon. English, unsurprisingly, was his forte and he was lucky enough to have the right staff to stimulate his diverse and eclectic tastes. He took Oxbridge in late 1973 and was accepted into Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1977 with a masters in Modern History. From 1977 to 1989 he worked as a clerk, then senior clerk in Parliament Office (London). Theatre work was not ignored with work as an artistic director and playwright at the Syllabub Theatre Company in London whilst (from 1984 - 1992) he contributed as deputy theatre critic for the Daily Mail. His Parliamentary civil service career continued from 1989 - 1997 with Cabinet Office roles as principal private secretary for the Leader of the House of Lords and Government Chief Whip and later as special adviser on constitutional affairs (also from 1992 - 1998 he was special adviser to an all-party group on AIDS). In 1994 he was involved in the direction and production of the film “Age of Dissent”. In 2013 Douglas was involved in Lord Saatchi’s Cancer Initiative (looking into the rarer cancers). To quote The Telegraph from January 13th 2013: “Douglas Slater is a former Clerk of the House of Lords and Cabinet Office civil servant and special adviser. He’s also a writer, critic and political strategist. In 1988 he co-founded the gay rights’ group Stonewall, along with the actors Michael Cashman and Ian McKellen. (Following Clause 28, he was an adviser to Prime Minister John Major).  He is now working closely with Lord Saatchi on the new Initiative for Cancer.” Sir Ian McKellen, in a statement issued by Stonewall, stated: “Douglas Slater was an indispensable advisor to the other co-founders of Stonewall. As a senior clerk in the House of Lords, he could anticipate Government policy and attitudes towards gay people as Section 28 wormed its poisonous way through parliament.” Douglas will be missed by his legion of friends, his sister Jane King and his niece Fran Vale, fellow scholar. Richard Hale (C’69)

Peter Ratcliffe, Groundsman/Assistant Head Groundsman and JCR Manager.

November 26th 1940 – December 21st 2017 Pete’s connection with Repton School goes back a number of generations, his father and grandfather both being groundsmen, and his mother working in one of the school houses. He continued this tradition and worked, along with his wife June, at the school until his retirement. Born in a cottage, opposite what is now the butchers, in Repton, he lived for most of his life on Tanners Lane long before the Garden House existed, only leaving the village upon retirement. He grew up within the school, and many of his contemporaries at the school became lifelong friends. Apart from a brief period training in bar and cellar work, an activity that continued in various establishments, his working life was devoted to the school and the sports grounds. Over time there were many changes in the type of sports played and the nature of the grounds. Many hours were spent devising methods for marking out the new athletics tracks when the tanyard area was first redeveloped. There was briefly even a baseball pitch to be marked on one of the playing fields. In addition to working on the sports fields, playing sport was a major part of his life. He played football and cricket for various local teams. Playing football eventually turned into refereeing in various local leagues and some matches at the School. This in particular led to a close association with the OR football club and the Arthur Dunn cup. He often attended matches in Repton and elsewhere. He was particularly proud to be made an honorary member. He was actively involved with Repton Squash Club, playing regularly. This, combined with an expanding interest in tennis at the school, led to a training course in racket stringing. Many hours were spent in a room above the school shop restringing badminton, squash and tennis rackets for staff, pupils and many others. By this time, his wife, June, was the manager of the school shop and thus his boss! His interest in the outdoors and walking led to assistance with Foremarke Hall outward-bound activities for a number of years, including the annual trip to North Wales where he led walks up Mount Snowdon and the notorious night hike. For many years he and June were relief stewards at the Repton branch of the British Legion. This eventually led to their taking over the running of the JCR bar at the school. A role they relished and for which they will both be fondly remembered by ex-pupils for their tolerance and, possibly, his taste in music. This was a fitting conclusion to their working life at Repton School, and maybe his generation will be one of the last to see the school not just as a place of work, but as a community in which to live and thrive. Outside of work, holidays and travel were important and not a year would go by without trips within the UK or abroad. Sport remained important and, in later years, walking in the Lakes and Peak District, until curtailed by age. Pete was cremated at Bretby Crematorium in January 2018. The service was conducted by Bob Short, former school chaplain and, for some years, Pete and June’s neighbour on Tanners Lane. Gary Ratcliffe (Son) 15

OR Events

AGM and Annual Dinner The 2017 Annual Dinner was held on the evening of Saturday, November 10th. After the excellent turnout in 2016, it was, perhaps, a little disappointing to see just under 70 ORs and guests gathering in the wonderful setting of the Library for the pre-dinner Drinks Reception. Nonetheless, I think all who were present would agree that a most enjoyable evening ensued, with a delicious roast pheasant dinner in Pears School, lots of mingling and chat, and enjoyable speeches from the President, Nick Walford, and the Headmaster Alastair Land. This year’s Dinner will be on the eve of the Remembrance Day marking the centenary of the end of World War One. It would be wonderful if a large number of ORs might be able to attend, and then go to what will undoubtedly be a very poignant Chapel Service the following morning. If anyone would like to try to get a table together at any point, the OR office will always do what it can to assist. Please contact or telephone 01283 559320. N J Kew

Drinks in Birmingham Thursday October 12th 2017 saw the second staging of Drinks in Birmingham. A group of around 50 Midlands-based ORs and current staff gathered at the excellent Hotel Du Vin for drinks, canapés and the chance to renew acquaintances, make new contacts, and, of course, remember school days. The Society’s President, Nick Walford, and Chairman of the Governors, Sir Henry Avery Bt., gave the speeches. The event, which could not have happened without the efforts of OR Officer Jan Cobb and Foundation Director Victoria Moon, was really enjoyable, and, despite the relatively low number attending, there was universal agreement that such an event most certainly has a place in the OR Society diary. N J Kew


Drinks in the City After a reasonably successful first event in 2017, it was decided to hold this year’s Drinks in the City once again at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair. Thanks to a not unusual last-minute boost to numbers around 140 ORs, guests, and past and present members of staff, 30 odd more than last year, mingled together in the impressive ballroom chatting and reminiscing, wine or beer in one hand, or, indeed, sometimes both! Those able to escape from School were Jon Hill (English), Russell Embery (Head of Classics), Rebecca Auterson (Maths and Careers), Martin Jones (C’97) (Director of Hockey), Kim McCallum (Modern Foreign Languages) and Nigel Kew (Modern Languages and OR Secretary). In addition, the Chairman of Governors, Sir Henry Every, was again able to join the trip from Derbyshire to attend. With the Headmaster tied up by a very poorly timed Inspection (are they ever anything other!) it was left to Sir Henry and President, Sir Michael Pownall (B’63) to give short speeches. As ever, the occasion was organised with wonderful efficiency by Jan Cobb (OR Officer), and with help from the Foundation Director, Victoria Moon. If any OR (whether an attendee or not) has strong feelings, either about options for the choice of venue, or indeed anything to do with the event, please do get in touch with the OR Office. N J Kew


Foundation Events

Hong Kong Visit to Old Reptonians When I arrived at the Hong Kong Club, Mr. Owen was already talking to one of our younger ORs, and I realised
I was in the right place as one of them was wearing
the Orchard House tie. We had drinks, mingled, chatted and took some photographs. Mr. Owen and Mr. Land each gave a speech about Repton. We learnt how Repton International has expanded and its plan with the new projects in India and Singapore. Mr.
Land reminded us what Repton’s values are, its core principles on the idea of education, and its connection with the real world, for knowledge without character is not education at all. During dinner, we reminisced on our experience in
Repton, such as how the Houses changed over time, the upgrades to the Art School and 400 Hall, some of the old traditions each House used to have but no longer practises.
In a conversation with Mr. Owen, I mentioned I am keen on Classical Civilisation, and he told me one of the ORs from Hong Kong actually has a private collection of coins and artefacts of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece. I also shared a conversation
with an OR, who is in the House of Lords, on the subject of Brexit and how the political landscape of Hong Kong has changed in the recent years. I also spoke to an enthusiastic parent of a current student at Repton and he explained how he decided on Repton after seeing half a dozen schools in the area. I could go on and describe the conversations I had in the two evenings, but my point is that Reptonians come from many different walks of life, and we go on and contribute to the world, from Legislation to Banking, Law enforcement to Data analysis, Technology to Manufacturing, each affecting the world and helping shape it, and if anyone ever needs to ask what makes Repton a good school, they need only to look at the students who went there, where they are and what they do, as they reflect on what Repton is. Tony Wong (N’81)



Hong Kong now has a long and close association with Repton and well over 100 Old Reptonians live there. I was struck by how many – men and women alike - have the fondest memories of their time at Repton - school food generally excepted - so a visit in March by Headmaster, Alastair Land, accompanied by Robert Owen, long standing Governor and Chair of Repton Schools International, who himself lived in Hong Kong for a time, was eagerly anticipated. I was fortunate enough to join them on what was a hugely successful and enjoyable trip. On the first evening we were entertained by Kennedy Wong (N’77) at the prestigious Dynasty Club, in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district built on reclaimed land and with panoramic sea views. Amongst those present were senior ORs, Eddie Niem (L’66), Robert Tam (L’70), Richard Kan (C’66) and David Poon (H’85). Many have been exceptionally generous Repton benefactors over the years, especially towards the Studio Theatre and the Science Priory; and warm appreciation was also expressed to Kennedy for the Scholarship which he had recently instigated. This was an evening to remember with wonderful cuisine and the most excellent claret imaginable! The visit had generated much interest so that two further dinners and a lunch were hosted by the Headmaster, one dinner at the equally prestigious Hong Kong Club, the other, for the younger at heart, a little way up the hill in the trendy Oolaa restaurant. It was a particular pleasure to meet my contemporary, Andrew Li (H’63), the first Reptonian from Hong Kong. After a distinguished career at the Bar, he was appointed Chief Justice of Hong Kong in 1997, the year of the handover. Robert Owen welcomed those present and spoke about the growing international family of Repton schools. The Headmaster then spoke about Repton today touching on recent great sporting achievements and the role of brilliant (yet non-professional) coaches; the improving academic record; the introduction of the cross-curricular excellence programme; and much more. There was great interest all round. In between these great social occasions, Alastair Land was able to meet with current and potential Repton parents; and Robert Tam kindly took us to the beautiful and evocative Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon. That apart, it was a busy few days with Alastair Land and Robert Owen also engaged in a number of discussions regarding international schools. Early days but perhaps watch this space. I was spared these meetings and, thanks again to Robert Tam, was able to enjoy the Island, not least lunch at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club. It was a great trip: so far from Repton and yet in other ways so close. Sir Michael Pownall (B’63)


Foundation Events


Sir John Port Society Lunch

A number of ORs joined us for lunch last month to celebrate their collective membership of The Sir John Port Society. We are immensely thankful to Robert Kirkland (O’59) for hosting such a fabulous lunch and launching our regular programme of honouring all who financially support our progress. The legacies we have received over time have had significant impact on the school you see today and we thank all of our members for their support in ensuring Repton continues to thrive. “We were very pleased to attend the splendid lunch at The Hall in celebration of The Sir John Port Society.” “Please share our gratitude and thanks for this magnificent lunch together with convivial company. We felt very honoured to be invited.” “Very well regarded by all and an excellent occasion.” Victoria Moon, Foundation Director

Evensong Sir Michael Pownall’s year as President got off to a busy start, hosting a number of local ORs and some current parents for Tea in Windsor before the Chamber Choir sang Evensong at St. George’s Chapel, the evening before Drinks in the City. This was the Choir’s first invitation to Windsor and we were delighted with the support from ORs, so much that the Windsor Castle Stewards were unprepared for the size of congregation we achieved. Thank you.


Also attending was Col. Simon Durnford (B’63) and his wife, now a Military Knight of Windsor Castle, a peer of Sir Michael and someone he hadn’t seen since leaving school. We are honoured that The Choir have now been invited to sing Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday March 11th 2019. We hope you can join us for what promises to be another memorable occasion. Victoria Moon, Foundation Director

OR Celebrations

100th Birthday Celebrations A very happy 100th birthday to Robert Hollinshead (M’32). Pictured with Robert is son Ed (M’90) and Jamie Lamond (M’92) at Robert’s 100th Birthday Party. Jamie’s grandfather Stewart Lamond (M’30) was Robert’s first study holder in the Mitre! The Royal Dragoon Guards’ (Robert’s old regiment) regimental secretary came to see him at his party and presented him with the Regimental Medal.

The Abbey Surprise Party for Mrs Wilbraham After weeks of organising and planning, the day of Mrs Wilbraham’s surprise party had finally arrived, with tutors and Abbey Girls, both old and new, gathering in the dining room. The day turned out to be a huge success, with so many familiar faces returning to celebrate the Wilbraham decade in The Abbey, and it was a lovely chance to catch up with old friends. The highlight of the day was definitely Mrs Wilbraham’s initial reaction, as it was so lovely to see the amazing effect everyone’s hard work in keeping this a surprise had on her. With some speeches from Pippa, Mr Plowright and Mrs Wilbraham herself following a delicious lunch, the day was a huge success, and a massive thank you goes out to everybody involved in the preparations. Mrs Wilbraham is such an asset to The Abbey through her kind, caring and all-round delightful personality. We are so lucky to have had the pleasure of her guidance and care for our time at Repton, and she will be sorely missed – Abbey will not be the same without her and Tim. Just how much she means to us was summed up through Mr Plowright, in a poem that he wrote: Please, Lou, listen to our pleas, We’re begging on our knees, Lou So please don’t be a tease The first decade’s the hardest It’s all downhill from there So please stay in the Abbey We’ll even pin our hair.

We realise this can’t happen That time goes marching on Geography calls and you must heed its siren song At least we’ll meet on campus And smile, though days are long And know you’ll still be there to cheer us When we win Unison.

Please, Lou, listen to our pleas, We’re begging on our knees, Lou This day is yours to seize You know that we’re your lovelies No need for analyses Jeeze Louise We’d even work in prep time If your time in the Abbey Was something you’d reprise.

Whether Wilbo, Wilbers or Lou Lou Be in no doubt, that we love you.

Pippa (U6A)


OR Reunions

Class of ‘92, New House On a beautiful Saturday at the end of September, a group of middle-aged Reptiles met at the Belfry, Birmingham. The class of ‘92, New House, had decided that 25 years since we’d all last seen each other was probably quite long enough! Through multiple WhatsApp chats, we discovered that out of the possible 12 eligible old boys, eight of us were up for the ‘silver reunion’. Through a complicated, algorithm of geography and specific skill sets, it was decided golf, dinner and overnight stay would fit the bill. The Belfry resort ticked all the boxes. In short; The golf was awful, the hotel was average, the food was adequate, our banter was as equally embarrassing as it was premillennium, but most of us stayed up ‘til sunrise ‘chewing the fat’ and the weekend was awesome! We’ve vowed to meet up again, Left to right – Toby Snape (N’87), Pete Forster (N’87), James perhaps in 2042. Houlston (N’87), David Loosemore (N’90), Andrew Cutchey Hoorah to Repton, Yours proudly, New House ‘92 (N’87), Jamie Green (N’87), Phil Marjoram (N’87).

German Reunion in Düsseldorf The latest German OR Reunion took place in the heart of Düsseldorf, on October 14th 2017, in the Steigenberger Park Hotel alongside the beautiful Königsallee next to the old city centre. As well as the formal dinner, the event consisted of a guided city tour through the old part of the town and a casual breakfast the next morning. All parts of the event were accompanied by late summer sunshine, clear blue skies and temperatures above 20°C. Special thanks go to Headmaster Mr Land and his family for taking the time to join the party and for sharing the latest news from Repton. We look forward to the next German OR Reunion in 2019. If you have failed to receive invitations to the German OR Reunions in the past and wish to join the next one, please send your contact details to Nils Cooper (N’01)

OR overseas link in New Zealand Mike Stones, former OR Secretary, visited New Zealand in November and met up with Richard Hedley (H’66), and his wife, Susan. Richard is the OR overseas link in New Zealand. Left to right Richard Hedley, Susan Hedley, Clair Stones, Mike Stones.


ORFC Stalwarts from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s With many thanks to James Gregory (P’79), our celebrity chef-connected host for the evening, for engineering the private room at Jamie Oliver’s fabulous new West End flagship restaurant, a splendid evening was had by 13 ORFC stalwarts from the mid 1980s – mid 1990s. Plus ‘go-to’ party and disc guru Pete Neil (P’75). By the end of the evening ten facts had unequivocally and irrefutably been established. 1. We can still win another Arthur Dunn Cup - we still have it in us. 2. Paul Brownhill (P’80) and Keith James (B’78) could have played professional football at the highest level. Including international. 3. The Mitre has always been a girls’ house. My and Mark Batey’s (M’75) counter argument that this simply seemed so because The Abbey flocked there in the 1970s was overruled. 4. Pete Ratcliffe was the best linesman ever to grace a Repton football pitch. Unanimously passed. 5. They aren’t quite as good in The Grand Tour as they were in Top Gear but we can’t quite put our fingers on why. Probably because they never mention Repton. 6. We can still win another Arthur Dunn Cup - we still have it in us. 7. Mistaken identity led to Andrew Proctor (O’78) being expelled and sent to Charterhouse. He remains an Old Reptonian of distinction. 8. All girlfriends, wives and female ORs who supported OR matches in the 1980s and 1990s were much more intelligent, charming and prettier than the opposition’s supporters were. 9. England will win the 2018 World Cup and Gareth Southgate is a tactical genius. Nick Walford (B’69), however, remains on standby. 10. We can still win another Arthur Dunn Cup - we still have it in us.

Back Row (left to right): Jerry Frost (P’76), Mark Batey (M’75), Des Anderson (P’82), Adam Phillips (B’79), Andrew Proctor (O’78), Jonathan Proctor (O’76), Rob Miller (L’76), Paul Brownhill (P’80), Nigel Stocks (H’80), Pete Neil (P’75). Front Row (left to right): Keith James (B’78), James Gregory (C’79), Graham Blakesley (Grimes) ( M’74), Nick Walford (B’69).

Mid-1970s Mitre House Reunion Graham Blakesley (Grimes) M’74 also attended the ‘Mid-1970s Mitre House Reunion’ at the Guinea Grill, London W1 on February 22nd 2018 and writes: With enormous thanks to Richard ‘still special’ Gill (M’76) for his tireless efforts in tracking down as many mid-1970s-vintage old Mitre House boys, and for arranging the venue for a wonderfully house-bond-affirming evening for the eleven who made the trip from all parts of the country. Much mirth and merriment were had by all, as tales of old were recounted, reworked, exaggerated, or plain reinvented, but all of which served to reinforce that The Mitre was the ‘go to’ house of the era for the irreverent. With apologies to the silver medallists of The Priory. Potential libel claims prohibit too many revelations of the evening’s recollections and discussions, but the evening concluded with a warm and heartfelt toast to Peter Toynbee, whose kind, relaxed and easy-going demeanour as Housemaster across the period, allowed us all to safely explore our boundaries, enjoy our time at the school, and express our sense of fun. We hope to continue with a further reunion at some point in the future, hopefully with expanded numbers, so please let Jan Cobb at the OR society know if interested via Clockwise from nearest the camera: Mark Batey (M’75), Harvey Cooke (M’76), Max Casini (M’76), Richard Gill (M’76), Peter Village (M’74), Jonathan Rice (M’75), Guy Harnby (M’75), Graham Blakesley (Grimes) (M’74), Steve Maguire (M’72), Peter James (M’77), David James (M’76).


Branches of the Society Football


SEASON REVIEW 2017/2018 After yet another clean sweep for the Old Reptonian Football Club against the school the ORs were looking forward to a successful campaign in the Arthurian League and Arthur Dunn Cup. Following on from last season, where the team in London had a strong League campaign, and the Cup squad lost in the final narrowly to the experienced Carthusians, there was a real buzz around the club that the good times were coming back.

What had changed? Having a settled back four was a big factor. Special mentions must go to the experienced Ricky Kniveton (S’04), Alex Haynes (P’04) and Tim Lambert (P’04) who had been ever present and carried the young crop through at crucial times during the season. Tim Lambert deserves special praise as he has taken it upon himself to don the gloves more often than he would have liked for us this season and done a fantastic job.

Historically the League side has started the season incredibly strong and then seen a dip in results after the Christmas period. This year it has been the other way around, with a poor opening campaign, whereby we were staring down the barrel of a relegation scrap. A lack of continuity to the starting line up, no recognised keeper and constant changes to the back four meant the ORs on field form was taking a battering as a result.

Praise also goes to Callum Elliot (P’10), Doug Redfern (P’09) and Josh Golding (P’06) who have been impressive performers this season along with Alex Monro-Jones (C’12), who came in for his debut season in London and has impressed with his skill and work ethic. Hopefully this will be first of many seasons for the attacker. Top scorer by some way this season, and for many seasons our archives show, has been Mike Watson. The singer/ songwriter became the first OR footballer to score 20+ goals in over 4 years, our records show, which included three hat-tricks and his scoring exploits have certainly helped the ORs throughout the campaign.

Away from the League, however, the side were getting some joy in the cups. The London side had a fantastic run in the London Old Boys Cup, reaching the semi finals and losing to the eventual winners, it emerged recently. This is the furthest the side have ever gone in the LOB Cup and the team will be determined to go one better next year, with nothing to fear from the opposition they faced this year. With January arriving, the ORs regrouped and knew their Division One status was in jeopardy. They’d been written off by many to get out of trouble, but the spirit and togetherness was as strong as ever. What followed in the new year was incredible ,with the ORs recording a five-game unbeaten run, picking up 13 points from a possible 15 and dragging themselves clear of danger to secure their status in the league with games still to play. Wins against Malvernians, Wellingtonians (twice), Aldenhamians and Cholmleians have ensured the ORs have got the magic points number to remain in the division with four games to play.


There’s never a dull moment with the OR Football Club, that is for certain. It has been, at times, frustrating, but also immensely enjoyable league season this year. The turn of form after Christmas has been sensational, and the boys will aim to finish the season on a high. Spirit off the pitch is a huge factor as well, and regular socials and beers after games has been near on ever present this season. A massive thank you from me to all those associated with the club, and particularly to the players who’ve all contributed this season. Alex Evans (N’04), Club Captain

ARTHUR DUNN CUP 2017/18 After heartbreak in the illustrious competition last year, losing in the final 3-1 after a faultless 82 minutes of football, the ORs were pumped up to go again and go one better. With routine wins against Old Bancroftians (4-1) and Old Sennockians (9-1) they had managed to book their place in the Quarter Finals against more formidable opposition in Old Westminsters.

A disappointing end of the road in the Arthur Dunn, but nevertheless impressive yet again to reach the semis. While there was obvious disappointment in the changing room, upon reflection we maybe didn’t do enough to win the game. A draw would have been a fair result but obviously in cup football there needs to be a winner.

After some confusion over the venue for the game, due to poor weather, the ORs gathered in Canada Water for the tie that was drenched in history between the two schools. With The Gherkin and The Shard in the background, it was a lovely setting for the game to be played, albeit on a poor, unpredictable surface. After a nervy 75 minutes the ORs won a penalty. Dispatched by captain Alex Evans (N’04), the goal itself and the roar from the sidelines thanks to the loyal OR backing seemed to relax the ORs who managed to grab two more quick-fire goals. First Sam Graham (S’06) showed his class and composure to lift the ball over the keeper, then he turned provider in setting up new striker Jack O’Callaghan (S’12) for three nil and the final nail in the coffin for Westminster. A tougher contest but still the ORs knew there were bigger fish to fry. That being said, four years on the trot the ORs have reached the semis now in this competition. This is a phenomenal record, and one that isn’t going unnoticed from the rest of the football circuit.

What is important to note is that the ORs continue to punch above their weight in the Cup. The elite teams the ORs are trying to compete with in this competition (and are brushing shoulders with, it must be noted) play regularly, week-in week-out with their best XIs in the League. The ORs don’t have this luxury. We do what we can to get the best XI possible for the cup games when they’re announced. This means two/three months can pass between the ORs side playing together, so, naturally, everything must go right on the day. If we start to see regulars in the league side as well as the Arthur Dunn, this will only help the ORs pursuit of the cup. With many of the current squad looking to move to London, we hope to see more continuity in both the League and Cup.

Onto the semi finals and the ORs were drawn away to a familiar foe from the Dunn Cup final in 2012. They would face off against Old Tonbridgians, a youthful and stubborn side who have relatively unchanged sides from their league and cup squads. This was going to be a tough one. The game itself was not going to win any beauty contests, and certainly wouldn’t have been at the top of the list for the Match of the Day running order. More like a chess match in the opening exchanges the game was goalless at half time.

The future is still bright, and I firmly believe the ORs will win the cup in the next five years. With the current school side reaching the ISFA final and a number of that current crop leaving in the summer the ORs may benefit from some more young talent. Add this to the current squad that has youth on its side, with only three players over the age of 25, we have a strong conveyor belt of talent coming through.

The ORs were without Alex Urwin (L’13) and Josh Golding (P’06), but the experienced Ricky Kniveton (S’04) came in with the youthful Jack Bull (O’12) in defence. With 9 of the 14 who had played in the final last year, the ORs are slowly building the experience levels up for these big games. Sadly, a Jack O’Callaghan goal was not enough to carry the ORs to victory and they conceded two late goals to see their chances of back to back finals slip away.

FINAL WORD On behalf of the club and current players, I would like to thank those ORs who continue to watch us and support throughout the year. It makes a huge difference seeing there is still an interest in OR results in both league and cup fixtures. We hope to keep improving each year and finally break the duck and bring home some silverware soon. It certainly feels like a matter of when, not if, for the OR Football Club in the League and/or Cup competitions. We are seeing more and more recent leavers engaging with the club, that is only a good thing for the long-term future of the club. OR football day is an illustration of what it means to everyone and reflects the popularity and strength of football at Repton. The links between the school and the Old Reptonian Football Club have never been stronger, thanks to Matt Carrington and Nigel Kew. Long may it continue! **If you are interested in playing for the ORs or would like to receive updates on all things related to the club, please email captain@ ** Alex Evans (N’04), Club Captain 25

Branches of the Society Golf


Fifty-five and thirty-two years ago Repton won the Halford Hewitt. Founded in 1924, the Halford Hewitt is the largest amateur golf tournament in the world. And, in playing scratch foursomes, it is also arguably the toughest. Sixty-four schools enter teams of ten players. The eventual winners will have played six rounds of golf in four days (and probably two practice rounds beforehand). This year the new team skipper, Martin Priestley (C’81), had the luxury of a squad with a combined handicap of nine and, as he appointed himself non-playing skipper, the added bonus of a 3-handicap reserve player. On Thursday the first round against Forest turned out to be much tougher than anticipated; Repton eventually won 3-2, but not without the combined experience of Philip Carr (H’72) and new-boy Cameron Shaw (S’07) digging deep to come back from three down with four to play to secure a win on the eighteenth. Cameron was playing in his first Hewitt, having recently returned from university in the USA with a handicap of plus 3. He lived up to expectation from day one, and he and Philip had a run in the middle of the competition of 35 holes without a bogey! On Friday, in round two, another tussle with Haileybury left Repton with it all to do as they turned back into a three-club wind for the last seven holes at Royal Cinque Ports. A second gutsy performance secured a 3.5-1.5 win and a place in the last 16. On Saturday morning Repton faced Fettes, a Scottish school with a gritty golfing reputation
that they did not live up to, allowing Repton a routine 4-1 victory, with most pairs carding a win out in the country. In the quarter final, on Saturday afternoon, Repton played some formidable opposition in Bradfield. With two pairs having won and two pairs lost, it was all down to Holdsworth and Wilson, who were all square on the 18th. Holdsworth’s drive was down the middle. Bradfield played their approach shot first, but, desperate to hold the shot into that persistent three-club wind, they pulled it left into the deep rough left of the green. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and that man was Jimmy Wilson, who struck one of the sweetest shots with a 2-iron I have ever seen into the heart of the green. Bradfield played a remarkable shot out of the hay onto the green and made a five, but Repton’s two putts for a four guaranteed a semifinal place on Sunday morning for the first time in 32 years. On Saturday night the influence of the new skipper and the good sense of the team saw them all soberly tucked up in bed by 11pm. Sadly the semi final on Sunday morning was played against a rejuvenated side from Westminster whose newly found youngsters were beset with talent. Repton put up a gutsy performance, but the wind was becalmed, and the Wykehamists prevailed 3.5-1.5; they also went on to become the winners, as they dispatched last year’s finalists, Ampleforth, 4-1 in the final on Sunday afternoon. Middle-order solid pair, brothers Sean (P’96) and Myles (P’99) Pearson, also a plus 3 handicapper, remained unbeaten throughout this year’s tournament and, apart from playing some terrific golf, they are rarely seen without smiles on their faces. Two past team skippers also played together in the middle order – Pete Forster (N’87) and Richard Hodgkinson (M’81); with a combined handicap of 3 the pair are always a force, and Hodge declared after this year’s run that, for the first time in years, he felt very positive about Repton’s team for the future. The last pair, on which so much often rests, was Richard Holdsworth (C’92) and James Wilson (L’99). At first the pair took a little time to find their feet together, but on the last hole in the quarter final they were magnificent. On Sunday lunchtime Repton’s disappointment was short lived as they celebrated a remarkable achievement by Keith Andrews (O’66), who became one of the Hewitt’s hall-of-fame members, having reached the milestone of having played 100 matches in
the competition. In his acceptance speech Keith, a past
Hewitt winner, who, at 65 is still playing beautiful golf,
announced his retirement from the competition. This will
be a great disappointment to his playing partner Neal
Rushton-King (P’94). The pair fit so well together; one
can only hope that either Keith decides against a pipe
and slippers or we find another example of Myles Pearson
or Cameron Shaw out there to play with Neal? Answers
on a postcard please to: Tony Bishop (P’72) 26

OR Lodge After the Great War Repton sought to find a suitable way to commemorate the Fallen, and it did so by undertaking a number of projects under the aegis of the War Memorial Fund. Principally the focus was on restoring the Old Priory, clearing the Cloister Garth, and erecting the Cross and tablets; but 1922 also saw the Vellum Roll of Honour placed in the Chapel, and commemorative benches placed around the School. In that year the Old Reptonian Masonic Lodge, which had been formed in 1914, also presented a beautifully carved oak lectern, simply inscribed with the date of the conflict.

Over a number of years of continual use this has become badly damaged, and in 2005 it was moved to the landing of the Old Priory for safe keeping. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Lodge it has been restored to its former glory by Mr Timothy Warr, and is now ready once again to take pride of place in the Chapel.

OR Lodge Charity Support Last year saw English Freemasonry celebrating 300 years. The OR Lodge was pleased to obtain the Tercentenary Appeal Foundation Award in recognition of its London charitable giving during the year. This year’s appeal is in support of the London Fire Brigade to raise £2.5M for two extended height aerial vehicles which we are committed to supporting. More information about the OR Lodge can be found at Mark Norton (M’86) Image:

OR Cricket - Pilgrims The Pilgrims would like to welcome all to attend our fixtures this year:Pilgrims Cricket Week – The Square Repton July 4th Abbots Bromley Cricket Club 11:30am July 5th Lincolnshire Gents 11:30am July 6th Staffordshire Gents 11:30am

Cricketer Cup 1st Round June 17th Tonbridge School (Away) 2nd Round July 1st (Eton or Brighton Away) 3rd Round July 15th (Away)

Semi Finals July 29th (Away) Final August 12th

More information on the Cricketer Cup can be found on The Pilgrims are arranging more fixtures for this year. We will communicate these to the email database – to have your email added to this list please email James Blackwell (P’00)

OR Squash Society The Londonderry Cup first round match was against our previous conquerors the Old Tonbridgians at the Southbank Club on Tuesday December 12th 2017. Repton were represented by enthusiastic debutants Aaron White (N’83), Oliver Malcolm (B’95) and Alex Rowles (P’06) alongside Henry Brown (S’01) and Ed Rhodes (N’95). Despite spirited efforts all round and the (fresh from Christmas lunch) vocal support of Rowley Rhodes (N’98), the team again lost 5-0 to a strong OT side. Friendly matches continue in London and we are growing our pool of players. Please get in touch with the OR office if you are interested in playing squash, wherever you are based. Ed Rhodes (N’95) 27

Branches of the Society OR Tennis Society


This past few months have been a quieter period for Old Reptonian Tennis but with the days becoming longer and the evenings warmer… it will soon be time to get back out on the courts and we hope you can join us. In addition to the Public Schools Old boys’ tennis dinner at Wimbledon in the last month, we have played our first fixture of the season, a champions’ friendly match between the Old Reptonians and the current Millfield team - The D’Abernon Cup champions and the Youll Cup champions – hosted on the indoor courts at Millfield. The old boys put up a sterling fight but eventually went down three rubbers to one. We are grateful to Millfield for being gracious hosts and we hope this fixture will be the first of many. Next up is the OR v current Repton team match on the evening of Tuesday May 22nd. Last year this celebration of Repton tennis at all ages and levels was a roaring success. We hope the weather smiles on us once again as we invite you to join us either a spectator or a player. We look forward to seeing you – If you would like to come along, please drop me an email at the address at the end of the article. We also look forward to beginning our campaign to defend the D’Abernon Cup title and the dates for the knockout rounds have just been released. If you are interested in playing for the team or coming along to support, do let me know for further details: Quarter-final: Sun, June 17th (rain date Sun, July 1st) Semi-final: Sun, July 29th (rain date Sun, August 12th) Final: Sun, September 9th at AELTC If you would like to get involved with the OR Tennis society or hear more about what we do, please email Jamie Muirhead (C’09) (OR Tennis Chairman)

NEW OR Cycling Society It was my friendships at Repton that introduced me to the joys of cycling, in particular to the then new sport of mountain biking, as we regularly headed up to Carvers Rocks to test our skills, or lack of. This love of two wheels has stayed with me ever since, even to the point of starting my own cycle clothing company, Morvélo in 2008, which I still own and run today. My father, Richard Pepper (H’49) was a long-time supporter of OR Societies, and this, along with the rise in popularity of cycling, made me think about starting an OR Cycling Society. My thoughts were to begin with a yearly gathering in one location to get things started, and with road cycling in particular. We would cater for all abilities. So on the day of the meet, there could be one or two distances. The aim would be to have a great cycle ride and challenge, mixed with a healthy dose of socialising.

In the future it could develop into regional groups that could meet more regularly, on road and mountain. As a keen cycle racer and event organiser I would also look to open up the competition side. This would work best if we could then compete against other public schools, so I am also looking for potential interested parties from here too. If you would like to be involved then please email me at (Of course I would also be happy to offer an Old Reptonian discount on any Morvélo products!). Oliver Pepper (B’90)

NEW OR Music Society The OR Music Society can now be found via Facebook (Old Reptonian Music Society) to keep members updated with upcoming information and events. The Society would like to encourage any OR with any interest in music to join us via Facebook, email Edward Sheasby (S’12) or through

Following discussions with Director of Music, Oliver Walker and the School Chaplain, Father Neil Roberts, the Society plans to arrange an OR Evensong towards the end of the Summer Term which will include our favourite anthems. As a result, the Society is particularly keen for singers to participate within a chapel choir. Get in touch to express your interest for further information.” Edward J N Sheasby (S’12)

NEW OR Property Professionals Club It was only through a chance encounter with an old colleague that lived in Repton that Chris Berriman (L’77) and I realised that we two ORs are working within the same firm. We have met plenty of fantastic new and familiar faces through events such as Drinks in the City, and as a result, we want to see if there would be any OR interest in a Property Club? This Club would provide a fantastic networking opportunity for ORs within the industry. In addition, it could also become a work 28

experience resource for current pupils interested in a career within property. For those that are interested, we would like to organise a ‘Property Club’ lunch in London on Friday September 28th – so please contact myself for further details or the OR office, Aoife Broderick (A’07)

From the Archive


You will have read in Forthcoming Events, page 4, that this year’s Gaudy, on June 9th, will be in the form of a Repton Family 21st Birthday Party for Field House & School House. Here is a short history of both Houses, compiled by Paul Stevens (Repton Archivist and Librarian) FIELD HOUSE opened in September 1997, with Mrs Tennant as its first housemistress. It wasn’t entirely ready for business in those first few weeks, as the builders, who had been working all the way through the summer to complete it, needed more time to finish it off. Of course, it wasn’t possible to close the doors to all of the new girls while they got on with it, so final adjustments and snagging carried on for at least the first twelve weeks. There were occasional floods, and a notable absence of mirrors. At the end of this, The Reptonian reported “Upon the opening of Field House’s doors on September 1st a problem immediately presented itself: the handle fell off (as did many others!). True to their stereotype, the builders appeared to have spent the holiday SCHOOL HOUSE was created in 1997 by merging Brook House and The Hall together. Brook had been a great presence in the life of the School since the time of Dr Pears; it was built by The Rev. L. Estridge and opened in 1869 with his brother Edward as the first housemaster. Initially quite a small boarding house, it increased dramatically in size over the years as it became more popular such was its importance that it was the first boarding house to be bought by the governors in 1904. The Hall, parts of which date back to 1437, was originally the home of the Thacker family, and only became the Headmaster’s accommodation in 1768. Although there may have been some pupils boarding there in the late 18th century, the first one we have a definite record of arrived in 1801. Since then the building has been continuously occupied by many generations of boys, and new wings and blocks have been added several times to cope with the numbers wishing to board there. For many years the Hall had double the number of boys in any other house, and for the purposes of competitions was divided into A-K and L-Z.

smoking roll-ups and drinking sugary tea: at the moment the situation has worsened immeasurably, since, although they are making great progress on the site, their intensely unmusical renditions of the hellishly ubiquitous ‘Barbie’ song are beginning to grate on everyone’s nerves.” However, these minor teething problems undoubtedly created a great house spirit and sense of camaraderie, and in their first year the girls had great success in the House Music Competitions, as well as putting on their first ever House Play, a joint venture with Orchard, intriguingly entitled ‘A Tomb With A View.’ A year later, one Reptonian proudly commented that ‘the little house with the big personality’ had been firmly established. The merging of The Hall and Brook House was not without its controversy, and it is quite understandable that ORs from Brook would feel a sense of sadness at the loss of their physical home. However, Oliver Hayes (Brook 1991) had a very positive view of the situation in the closing lines of his letter to The Reptonian that year: “A house is certainly a living thing and if Brook is to die then its spirit will, I hope, be resurrected within School House and its ghosts will at least be happy ones.” From the moment Adrian and Maggie Mylward moved from Brook to become the houseparents of School House in 1997 it has been an unqualified success, and under both Frank Watson and Tom Naylor it has gone from strength to strength.

Malcolm Forsyth (H’50) has sent in the Prefects’ Rules. We thought it would be interesting to compare them to the current rules.


Who? What? Where? When? Robert Hollinshead (M’32) Robert Hollinshead (M’32) had the privilege of meeting Prince Charles at the occasion of Congleton’s 700 year anniversary of the Mayoralty. He is pictured here alongside the town’s only other Normandy veteran. His wife and son, Robert (Ed) (M’90), were also invited and are very proud of him

Peter Stones (L’05) Peter Stones (L’05) completed the Forest & Moors marathon. He ran 26 gruelling miles over rough terrain - and as he approached the NYMR track near Goathland the Repton locomotive came steaming past.

‘Defeat Dementia’ Walk The family of Patrick Franklin-Adams (H’58) are planning another Defeat Dementia walk from High Edser on Sunday May 20th 2018 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK and they would love it if you could join them. Since their walk two years ago we have discovered far too many more people who have been diagnosed with dementia. Patrick’s diagnosis was 14 years ago. Since then his wife, family and friends have been raising money for research, which has given them a focus and will help towards a cure for future generations. They would like to have a day that involves everyone from families, to friends, to friends of friends, please spread the word, everyone is welcome! They are planning three distances again from a toddle around the fields, an approximately three mile walk or a longer five mile walk. This way they hope to have something for everyone, so that everyone can be involved. Please arrive anytime from 12 noon, when there will be bacon butties. Once you’ve completed your walk there will be tea, coffee and cake. At the end of the toddle there will be a teddy bear’s picnic for the children, so make sure you bring their favourite teddies along. 30

There will be a registration fee of £20 for adults and £10 for children over four years old. This will pay for the entrance and a free T-shirt! The family would also love to encourage you to try and get sponsorship. If you are unable to take part ,but would like to donate, please do so. Carol, Patrick’s wife, will also be walking the long walk before if you would like to sponsor her. On receipt of your entry form and registration fee your place will be confirmed. It will be appreciated if you could let the organiser know when you aim to arrive to help us with catering numbers. The courses are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and conservation area in Ewhurst, so if you have never been do go. All well behaved dogs are welcome. Please make sure they are kept under control, especially near sheep and horses. We look forward to seeing or hearing from you. This comes with love and very best wishes. Patrick, Carol and Family Email for further details.

Matthew Gooderick (C’92) Interview by Tia (L6A) and Charlie (L6O) with Matthew Gooderick (C’92). Matt is a broadcaster with 12 years newsroom and programme-making experience, both in front of and behind the camera. He currently makes news, sports and consumer programmes for global broadcasters. After presenting sports programmes for four years at the BBC he decided to go freelance after the Olympics. Matt went on to broadcast for the likes of Sky News, IMG and FATV as a presenter and reporter. He has presented live on location at London 2012, and his reporting credits include the 2010 World Cup and Wimbledon, and he has just returned from reporting from the Winter Olympics

What’s one thing you would tell your Repton self? I would probably say to myself study harder. I put so much effort into sport, I didn’t really pay attention when I was at Repton and channelled all my efforts into sport because I was fairly good at it. Every free moment I would be on the sports field, but actually I did have some intelligence and I didn’t really apply it, but there are such wonderful teachers there. If I had my time again I would probably spend a bit more time listening and doing homework.

Who was your favourite teacher at Repton? Mr Bennett; he took 1st XI football so I always had a good relationship with him. But also, he taught PE which was my favourite GCSE subject because it meant I could play more sport. He was always a great advocate of everything I did, so he would drive me to trials for football matches all around the north of England, and if I ever needed help he would be there for me, he was just quite inspirational.

Was there anything at Repton that influenced you to your career choice now? My favourite subject at school was English; it was one of the few subjects I paid attention to, and, as I said, I was naturally quite good at sport, so when I pushed sport as far as I could in that direction I thought that the next best thing is sports’ journalism.

What would you tell someone who is considering taking the same career path as you? A number of things. Firstly, first impressions are absolutely key; whether that’s through email, CV or face to face. When I’m meeting a high-profile figure, even if I’ve had a shocking day, I always make sure, if it’s the first time I see someone, I look them in the eye, give them a gleaming smile and a very positive handshake, and it’s amazing what that can do for a relationship you want to foster.

You were recently at the Winter Olympics, right? What is the funniest moment you experienced? There were a lot; Interviewing the topless Tongan Pita Taufatofua was a highlight. It was minus 20 degrees and the flag bearer for Tonga came out topless; he also did cross-country skiing having only trained for six months prior. He had a nice story to write about, it was the little things like that that were great.

What was the worst incidence that you saw? I mean the worst incident that I ever saw was in the media village canteen. Having the same food for breakfast for 25 days was definitely the worst incident!

What was a claim to fame during your time at the winter Olympics? When we got to interview Elise Christie, she had just injured herself in the speed-skating race so she came in on crutches, with a boot because the injury was quite bad, and I got to hold her crutches throughout the interview, so, yeah, that’s my claim to fame. It’s the nearest I ever got to a sporting star throughout the 25 days.

Who was your favourite athlete to interview? My favourite athlete to interview was David Haye, not because I think he’s great or particularly look up to him, but I was doing a live interview for the BBC, and he did everything he could in a live interview but swear. He was doing all the kind of typical trash talk you would expect to see before a fight, which made some great TV. He was just himself, and it’s the interviews where you know people are being themselves that are the best. But, of course, interviewing Usain Bolt, Arsene Wenger and Ryan Giggs were highlights of people that I have interviewed.


OR Publications

Caroline England (A’79) has had Beneath The Skin published on October 5th 2017. It can be found on Amazon by going to Caroline’s second novel My Husband’s Lies, is published on May 17th and here is a short précis about it: ‘On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump. As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think. And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.’

Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read. Once released it will be found on Amazon by going to

Dr David Powell (L’78) has had two book chapters published in 2017. Collaborative Inquiry by Teacher Educators: Mess and Messiness in Teachers and Teacher Educators Learning Through Inquiry: International Perspectives. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Attyka. pp. 239-262. ISBN 9788365644282 The Prince, principals and their principalities in The Principal: Power and Professionalism in FE. London. Institute of Education Press, University College London. pp132-140 ISBN 978-1-85856-844-7 David has completed the degree of Doctor of Education at the University of Huddersfield. David’s thesis involved him working with a team of further education teachers from one college and studying their use of modelling within an initial teacher education programme and its contribution to how their student teachers learned to teach. Since completing his doctorate, David has been disseminating his research findings at conferences in Birmingham in May 2017, Copenhagen in August 2017, and Dubrovnik in October 2017. He had two book chapters published in 2017. When not pursuing his research interests, David is the director of the Education and Training Consortium, an initial teacher education partnership between the University of Huddersfield and 22 further education colleges. He lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.

Jasmine Sze’s (F’99) latest work on early disease diagnosis using DNA has been published in an Imperial College article and also Nature Communications: Early disease diagnosis could be dramatically improved with new detection system: newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/ news_19-12-2017-14-12-49 Single molecule multiplexed nanopore protein screening in human serum using aptamer modified DNA carriers: She is happy to be tagged in any tweet as @jasminesze0 and anyone who would like to contact her can do so at She is currently a Senior Scientist @AstraZeneca working in Cambridge (on weekdays) and back in London on the weekend.

Repton Round-Up Many thanks for supporting the Repton Round-Up by reading the newsletter and for emailing or phoning in your feedback – it is wonderful to receive your views and your reactions to Repton School news. When the send button is pressed and the Repton Round-Up is emailed out it has become a Marketing team occasion to bring up the world map on our computer screens and to watch as the Round-Up newsletter is opened by Old Reptonians across the world. If there are any particular events or stories which you would like to see featured in the Repton Round-Up, please do be in touch and I will endeavour to include them in future editions. I hope you continue to enjoy reading the Repton Round-Up!   Dr Lisa Blenkinsop Marketing and Communications Director

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Repton Foundation


Thank you! Since I spoke in the last edition of The Arch of the value your philanthropic support brings to Repton a number of you have stepped forward to offer your own gifts in ways that are personal and demonstrate the deep commitment many of you feel towards your school. To those of you that have recently pledged legacy gifts, thank you. I look forward to sharing our work with you as you begin to play a more influential part in shaping Repton’s future and being able to celebrate your generosity with you. We have also been fortunate to receive gifts from the Estates of several ORs, which have been left to support enhancements to Priory House and the Trustees discretionary fund. An international OR working partnership has resulted in the gift of a Sixth Form Humanities Scholarship which will be awarded for the first time in the new academic year. Thank you to those involved in securing and donating to enable future talented young pupils and their families to benefit from a Repton Education. I am delighted to share with you that we have three newly endowed Repton Prizes, which will be awarded for Computer Science, Family Ethos and as a Regional History award. In addition to these we have been fortunate to benefit from your generosity through a number of smaller value, but no less significant, donations that have enabled, for example, a House Pool Table to be refurbished. There are many opportunities to support, thank and show your commitment to the Repton Family. Please do get in contact if you are interested in discussing an idea, pledging a gift, or to learn more about our current School, Departmental and House ‘wish lists’. Below is a selection of School Wish List items we are currently looking to fund. Archives: Our archives collection is substantial and frequently benefits from memorabilia and photos passed on to us by ORs. Thank you. However, it is entirely uncatalogued. To ensure we maintain a useable and valuable resource we would like to professionally digitally curate our collection. To do this would cost £95,000. Chapel: At the heart of Repton life is the Chapel. We now need to replace our longstanding and well-travelled choir robes. We are aiming to order 30 ready for the new academic year. These cost £70 each and can be funded individually or entirely. Heritage: We have recently discovered that our most historic building, The Old Priory, has hand-painted walls from the late 16th Century which are of significant historic note, in poor repair and, in many places, hidden by layers of paint, stone or other refurbishment. To restore and preserve these iconic and rare moments of history will cost £20,000. Music: Our lighting in the Beldam Hall has outrun its natural lifespan and, as the use of the Hall has morphed over time, no longer offers the flexibility or quality our young musicians need to perform. We have worked with a lighting architect to scope the project to provide a customisable and flexible LED lighting solution which will cost just over £14,000. Science Priory: Our science team is keen to enhance every pupil’s experience further by investing in inspiring artefacts and displays. With this in mind we are looking to fund a statement handmade and very visual periodic table containing an example of each element, so good that Bill Gates owns one! This will cost £35,000. Social: Sharing life at Repton is crucial to our overseas parents and of great interest to many of our Old Reptonians. We have filmed and streamed a few events over the last year using a mobile phone. To be able to live stream more activities for you to be a part of, we are looking to fund an HDR camera and software at a price of £950. If you are interested in confidentially discussing any of these opportunities or would like to talk through other ideas then please get in contact. Thank you for your support. Victoria Moon Foundation Director


School News



The lessons couldn’t have felt longer, everyone was buzzing with anticipation for what promised to be a weekend like no other. The only thing we knew about the weekend was its location; Plymouth. At 1:30pm our team of eight cadets and three teachers set off on the 6-hour-long journey; food in hand, music at the ready, and our comfiest clothes giving us the illusion of calm. We arrived at 7:12pm at the Plymouth Navy training base. After introductions, we went to our dorm. Rightfully named Dauntless, our room was massive, housing seven separate bunk beds. The horrible bathrooms we had expected were, in reality, fine with plenty of sinks, mirrors and even hot showers. At 10:30 we were in bed and ready to go to sleep, excited for what awaited us. We were shouted awake at 6:00am and, after groggily getting ready, we formed up outside the building; bitten awake by the chilly air we were ready to face the day. We marched up to the large building which housed the canteen where a full English breakfast and hot coffee greeted us, fuelling us for the big day to come. We then set out on the coach for our training location; Point Jupiter. We ventured inside the dock and were greeted by three friendly instructors who told us we were going to spend the entire day on powerboats. Each boat held two to three cadets and an instructor,and, after making sure our boat was seaworthy, we set off. We mastered the basics with ease; starting, stopping, turning, and slowing down were second nature after our second turn at captaining the boat, but then the difficult part came.


Parallel parking in a car is hard enough, let alone in a boat with the wind and tide to take into consideration. But we were determined. We then drove our boats out into the harbour, and saw great Naval ships loading up (two English, one German) as well as two submarines. The day flew by, and, before we knew it, it was time to return to the coach for our short journey back. Our dinner was amazing. After our feast we took advantage of one of the Navy facilities, a half-sized football pitch hidden behind our building. Competition was inevitable. With Lt Fairbrother goal keeping for one side and SLts Walker goal keeping for the other, and SLt Smith refereeing (until stakes became too high and he had to pick a side) there were no boundaries. Next day, after packing up our belongings and saying our final goodbyes, we left for our final trip to Point Jupiter. We went back on the water and did a variety of exercises before meeting up at the base of a great Naval mine sweeper, which had fought in the Falklands War. We boarded the massive ship and were shown around its deck and inside its hull. The vessel was amazing. It was then sadly time to leave; we had learnt so much over the few days and so, with sadness, the final six-hour coach ride began. When we finally arrived back at Repton, everyone was happy to go home, although we will never forget the memories and experiences we had over that short weekend. Alexandra (5F)


Founder’s Day

It was wonderful meeting so many ORs at Drinks in the City and finding out about the varied and interesting jobs you do. I have already written to some of you regarding help for current pupils and am currently putting together a programme of speakers for the L6 Careers Forum on June 15th 2018. This event showcases a range of OR careers and gives pupils an insight into the world of work. Please do get in touch if you would like to join us for this event or get involved in providing careers advice in any way.

As a school we commemorated Founder’s Day through a series of events on Sunday March 4th and Friday March 9th.

Finally, I am excited to share with you that we have been developing an online careers platform to support you as ORs and benefit our current pupils too. We anticipate this being live in May. I look forward to hearing from you, Rebecca Auterson Head of Careers

A full school chapel service was followed by the Headmaster, Chair of Governors, invited ORs and the junior choir heading to Etwall Church for a joint service with John Port School culminating in flowers being laid on the graves of Sir John Port and his parents. The preceding Sunday we welcomed ORs to Chapel, a themed concert in the Beldam Hall followed by lunch in their former house. If you would be interested in attending next years’ celebrations then please contact the OR Office. Victoria Moon Foundation Director

Music CHRISTMAS BAND CONCERT To end the Michaelmas Term 2017, Repton School Music Department put on the Christmas Bands Concert in Pears School with an array of the School’s main ensembles displaying the results of their weekly rehearsals. Arriving guests were greeted to carols on the steps of Pears School from Sax Pack, and the show opened shortly afterwards with a small brass ensemble lead by Matthew (L6L) playing the well-known 20th Century Fox fanfare to which he’d impressively interwoven the Jingle Bells tune. Sax Pack followed with a confident performance of two more Christmas offerings, and the saxophonists set the show up to be an impressive one with their rendition of ¡Feliz Navidad! Jazz Band, conducted by Richard Fairbrother, were next onto the stage and opened their set with Take the A Train before moving effortlessly through a mixture of jazz and Latin pieces, with classics including Moondance and Spain, with a solo performance from Henry (L6N) on the piano; and the impressive Down Town Tango and Around Midnight. The latter brought the pace

of the performance down with laid-back solos from Matthew on the trumpet, and Henry on the piano. The band showed slickness and professionalism in an outstanding performance that finished with the infamous Chicken, which had caused so much interest and many ‘fowl’ jokes throughout that week, but which also featured a dazzling bass guitar solo from Alistair (L6N). After a short interval, the Foremarke Wind Band took to the stage under the expert direction of RS to confidently play a repertoire of family favourites from stage and screen. The final ensemble of the evening was the Concert Band, also conducted by RS. Their set list featured a variety of musical genres, with numbers such as Shalom!, the James Bond Medley and a cluster of traditional Christmas Classics which entertained the crowd to a high standard and left the audience with an evening’s entertainment to be remembered. Joe (U6O)

JAZZ BAND On Wednesday January 17th the National Youth Jazz Orchestra visited Repton and delivered an exceptional masterclass to the Repton Jazz Band which included being taught a blues piece with no sight of any music. The aim of this was to have the Jazz Band play with the NYJO in the 400 Hall and perform their newly-learned piece for an audience later that night. Repton Jazz Band started the evening with a set comprising of such classics as ‘Take the A Train’, ‘Moondance’, ‘St Thomas’, ‘Downtown Tango’, ’Spain’, ’Sing Sing Sing’, ‘Birdland’, and the infamous ‘The Chicken’. A short interval followed, and the NYJO then performed

their own set, featuring solos from their stunningly talented musicians after which the Repton Jazz Band joined the NYJO to play the newly learned piece, ‘Centrepiece’, performed entirely by ear by both bands, and the budding Jazz musicians in the Repton Jazz Band were given the further opportunity to play improvised solos. The performers all used an array of call-and-response ideas given by members of Repton’s Jazz Band, and the end result was an evening of sensational jazz music. Daniel (U6C)


Pigeon Post Dear Editors John Gammell (JFG)

No man can be everything to everyone and while I would not wish to gainsay Simon Packard’s perception of John Gammell it is important to note that it is just that – a subjective perception, and in my view a grossly ungenerous and distorted one. John Gammell was an outstanding Headmaster, appointed to Repton during the turbulent and “swinging” Sixties. He was not, like his predecessor, an expert on opera; he could not pretend that sport was the most important ingredient in life (though he supported Repton teams vociferously from the touch-line); he was not a glib commentator on the latest Pop band at a time when young people – in hairstyles, dress and music – sought to outrage the older generation by the rejection of everything (the war, the empire, the church) they stood for. At this time, John Gammell brought wisdom, balance and fairness to a school whose staff was as divided as its pupils were alienated. He was a good listener and a healer and it was he who set up Discussion Groups between staff and elected pupils to try to resolve differences. I wish Simon Packard well but think him totally wrong in finding JFG’s “oratorical skills poor and uninspiring”. John Gammell drew forth his words from recesses of deep thought, and kindness and sincerity were the wellsprings. Two of the most memorable sermons I have ever heard were by John Gammell. No-one who was there will forget a Remembrance Sunday sermon which he ended by quoting A.E. Housman’s lines on war: “Here dead we lie because we did not choose To live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is not so much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young”. John Gammell spoke from an experience which no-one in the congregation – staff or pupil – could deny. In the other sermon he sought to point out that serving God (and Man) did not require acts of public greatness but could be done in small ways, and he ended by quoting lines from a Gerard Manley Hopkins’ sermon: “When a man is in God’s grace…then everything that he does…gives God glory…It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty…He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean that they should. So then, my brethren, live”. Deeply serious, he could laugh at himself and gamely took part in “Pedants”, hopping across the stage carrying his prosthetic leg in a line of “dying swans” – and he enjoyed staff tennis (I was his doubles partner) where his height gave him a long reach. At his final Pears School assembly he processed from the stage to the steps to rapturous applause from all six hundred Reptonians and I doubt if anyone who was there has forgotten it. He was much loved. I remained in touch with John Gammell until he died (in 2007) and with his wife Meg. They humanised Repton. Wise, magnanimous, compassionate, humble, thoughtful – he supported his staff and his pupils. Repton was lucky to have him. This is not to say that he never made a mistake, but that his motives were always the welfare of others. Oh, and a final thought for Simon who wonders if anyone remembers JFG’s “sage advice”. Here is one of John Gammell’s favourites – it is from Oliver Cromwell: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken”. Kind regards John Billington Staff 1965-1996

Dear Editor I find myself asking has Simon Packard got a vendetta against John Gammell or am I missing some “tongue in cheek” humour? I note Mr Packard has made derogatory remarks about “my” Repton Headmaster in the last two issues of The Arch. Perhaps it was because I was one of the few girls at Repton, 1976-78, but I found JFG to be a gentle giant who was very encouraging to someone not blessed with bags of confidence. I don’t remember him missing any of our A-level English teaching slots, but if he did, as a busy Headmaster, that would be entirely forgivable. I do, however, remember that it was certainly JFG who gave me a love of Michael Drayton’s poetry. In case my recollections were awry, I consulted my mother, who met JFG a few times both before and during my Repton career. She confirmed that he was “a quiet but delightful man”. JFG made a mistake in not taking up “Cloughie’s” offer to coach the First XI but depressive, uninspiring – definitely not. Regards Mel Bradfield (A’76)


Dear Editor I was surprised and disappointed to read the letter from Simon Packard, who has a very different recollection of John Gammell from me. I never knew John Thorn, but he had a reputation of being very strong on academic achievement, and left an enviable legacy in this respect. John Gammell was appointed and, in my view, promoted a much wider agenda of pupil development in all aspects of school life. He was inclusive, fair minded, and supportive of everyone and encouraged them to do their best in whatever endeavour they attempted. He certainly did take several lessons amongst his other duties. My brother tells the story of him turning up fourteen minutes late (just before bone-off time) for a lesson, apologising, and explaining “Sorry I’m late……. foot fell off!”. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me John Gammell was quietly inspirational. His personal interest in my future career extended to him organising a trip to London to the Ministry of Defence for an interview for a career in the army. I only found out after being summonsed to his study and given a train ticket. I subsequently joined the Royal Engineers and enjoyed ten brilliant years travelling all over the world. About the only thing on which I can agree with Simon Packard, is his assessment of John Billington, who was, and remains, a remarkable and memorable character whom I also greatly respected, and still do. Geoffrey Fletcher (L’68)

Dear Editors During my mainly happy school-boy years at Repton, three people made a difference: The Headmaster, John Thorn, The Art Master, Dennis Hawkins, and his wife, Heather Hawkins. I found learning difficult, the subjects remote, and the teaching uninspiring, except when in the rare presence of the Headmaster, or on an occasional visit to the Art School, or when Heather took on teaching English Literature to the VIth form. The master in charge had fallen ill, and someone, quite possibly John Thorn, promoted the idea that Heather should take on the class. It was quite a gamble. The set books of Shakespeare for our year, were Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet. The Bard had meant little or nothing to most of the class, who welcomed Heather with a mixture of curiosity and rude indifference. But then we were struggling for adolescence, and neither fish nor fowl. That was to change, and, as the subject came alive, respect grew. Heather brought the written, poetic word alive, especially for me, and especially through Hamlet. The connection once made was intravenous, a pure thrill, and the rewards have accompanied me throughout my life. When the day of final exams arrived, too polite and deferential to timetables and masters to be late, I had time on my hands. In a desultory way I wandered towards the exam venue, and on a whim chose to go up the ramp at Pear’s School. For the first time in my five years at Repton, I entered the Old Library. It was another world of dark, polished panelling, comfortable leather arm chairs, green or red I forget which, gilt-framed portraits of past headmasters, and rank upon rank of book cases filled with leather-bound tomes. The effect was grand, serious and comforting, rich. There was no-one else, and, completely at random, I pulled a book out. It was by Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, who meant nothing to me, and it fell open at a page, which I scanned. Unbelievably it was a critical evaluation of Hamlet’s character! The text was gripping, the questioning articulate, and the insights thrilling. It was so good that I had to memorise most of this most luminous page. Setting off down to the Hall and on to the shortish muddy tramp alongside a still dank backwater of the River Trent, I headed for the Gymnasium. A foreboding unpleasant hall, more often a place of torture for those too fat or uncoordinated to jump the horse or climb the parallel bars, than a setting for intellectual exercise. Ignoring the welcoming cajoling cries of friends on the same route, with hands over my ears I continued to repeat the remembered text over and over again until finally seated at an unfamiliar desk. When the words, “you may start” were given, instead of looking at the questions, and while the rest of the hall got underway, I feverishly wrote down the memorised page of Schopenhauer’s essay. I managed to identify a suitable question on Much Ado About Nothing, and looked further down the long list of questions on Shakespeare plays for something on Hamlet and somewhere to include the scripture I recognised as so vital. I could not believe my eyes. There it was! A question asking for comment on a phrase in quotation marks on Hamlet’s character. It came from the very passage I had memorised and just written down! Joy of Joys! But it gets better, much better. The phrase was un-ascribed and not accurately written!! I wrote and wrote, suggesting that the question could only be properly answered from more than one angle: as paraphrased in the exam question, or in response to the actual words written by Schopenhauer! I was on a roll, and could not resist adding that to address the question comprehensively, it was crucial to put it within the context of what was written immediately before and after the short mis-quoted phrase! Barely leaving time to make a cursory answer to a question on Much Ado, I wrote for the bulk of the two hours almost totally on my response to the philosopher’s insights into the character of Hamlet. Up until then I had been at best unengaged, a very ordinary pupil. I was given a ’Scholarship’ level. The truth is that it was Heather Hawkins, and a divine coincidence, who got that top mark. A spark had blown into a dreary class room. And a serendipitous moment blessed a callow youth with the first real confidence in the world of imagination outside skills on the Cricket field or in the Fives court. Nicholas Browne (known as Rupert those five years) (H’61)


Pigeon Post Dear Editors,

I was glad to read that Repton had a Holocaust Memorial Day. The school has very commendably welcomed a long line of Jewish pupils over the years. If we had given in to Hitler (even by concluding a peace treaty with him, as Lord Halifax wanted in 1940) there would probably have been no Jews at Repton after WWII – no Greens, no Browns, no Blacks, no Whites, – an agreement with the Nazis might well ultimately have involved the handing over of British Jews. On the list earmarked for extermination that Eichmann presented at the Wannsee conference in January 1942, there were some 300,000 British Jews. Had it come to an actual occupation, there is no reason to believe that the British public would have behaved any better than say, the Dutch public (see Hitler’s Bounty Hunters: The Betrayal Of The Jews by Ad Van Liempt). The fact that the Nazis did not succeed in their diabolic plans for the Jews of England is something for which we, and Repton in particular, must be profoundly grateful. Thank you also for the excellent series on Repton and WW1 in the Autumn 2017 issue. For your next issue of The Arch you might be interested in running the following story, in view of the fact that this year is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Around that time there was apparently a mini revolution at Repton which had the Home Office seriously worried, organised by a master called Victor Gollancz. I think it is referred to in his book More for Timothy. Stephen Etches (H’55)

Repton School Archivist, Paul Stevens, replies:In response to the first part of the letter please see this link In response to the second part of the letter: Not quite a mini revolution - just the introduction of the Civics programme which led to acrimonious disputes between staff and between pupils. Fisher was persuaded by the War Office to close down the magazine that Gollancz and the boys produced. Here’s a brief summary of it I did for my 2014 exhibition: “ A Public School Looks at the World’ was a short-lived and controversial work which came out of the newly formed Civics Class. Long editorials and contributions in prose and verse reflected the line of thought of its pupil members. It created ructions within the Common Room as well as the world at large. It was viewed in some quarters as not entirely supportive of the War effort. Under pressure from the War Office, the headmaster Geoffrey Fisher took the difficult decision to curtail its publication, and pressure was placed upon its two prime-movers, the teachers D.C. Somervell and Victor Gollancz. Gollancz left Repton during Easter 1918, and Somervell at the end of the summer term, both men very disillusioned about the failure of their attempts at political education. Gollancz went on to found a world famous publishing firm, Somervell to become a master at Tonbridge.”

Dear Editors As an OR of the early 1950s, may I say how much I always enjoy, among other features of your publication, the section entitled ‘From the Archives’. The last one was certainly no exception with the two photos of the Staff (issue 331, page 32), so many of whom I recall with (mostly!) much respect and affection. I imagine you have a record of all the names, but it occurred to me that, since he was only on the Staff for a short while, and then only on a part-time basis, you might not know the name of my father, Ernest Gillard. In the top photo he is the third from the right on the back row next to Tom Kent (violin teacher). He was on the Staff at Derby Grammar School for almost the whole of his teaching career, finishing as Deputy Head, and after he retired he was called in to assist in the Repton Maths Dept. He loved his short time at Repton and considered it a great honour and a privilege to have had the opportunity to help out at Repton. With best regards Roger Gillard (P’ 50)


Dear Editors Thanks for the OR Magazine. Congratulations to the Editors. I enjoyed, especially, the Archive material on pp.32 and 33 [Issue 331, Autumn 2017]. The publication does not actually invite a who’s who — and the information may well be recorded already, but I have enjoyed looking back more than 65 years and seeing how much I can remember. RE PHOTOS ON PAGE 32 OF THE ARCH, ISSUE 331: I think the lower photo is either 1950 or thereabouts (I entered the school in 1948) and recognise more of the masters in the lower picture.

Back row — from the left: 6-C  lerical collar - Rev. Douglas Argyll - Assistant Chaplain taught Latin as I recall. 7-K  im Taylor - taught English - wasn’t at Repton long - was reputed to have played in Lord Harewood’s Jazz Band — but the story may be apocryphal! Second row from the back: 1 - Might be A. K. Bolland - Mathematics 3-C  lerical collar - Rev. Cyril Proctor - school chaplain taught English and Latin, as I recall. 5 - Mr. Norris - Art Master 7-B  rian Kemball-Cook - Head of Classics - left Repton to be a Headmaster somewhere.

Seated on chairs: 5 - T . Lynam Thomas - Headmaster- came to Repton from Rugby where he was Housemaster of School Field, 7-H  . H. Davidson - Modern Languages - may have been head of Moderns. 8 - B. W. Thomas (I think) 9 - J ohn Eggar - I think he was House Master of The Hall at one time and also coached cricket — as I recall. Front Row seated on the ground: 3 - J ohn Stow — taught Classics; left Repton to become Head of Classics at Winchester. Died young, I think, in a car accident in Greece. 7 - F rank Fisher - Housemaster at the Hall - left Repton to become Headmaster at St. Edwards

Best regards, Ian McHaffie (H’48)

Dear Editors, I do hope you can help. I was in New House from 1965-1970 and I wonder if there are any available photos of the school’s football and cricket teams for the years 1968 and 1969. My memory is still quite strong but I would love to reminisce about those days. I did have “colours” for both sports. Yours sincerely Dennis Pyman (N’65) Note from the Editors – If you do have any photographs, please contact the OR office for a chat on how best to ‘share’ them.


Pigeon Post

From The Arch issue 330, Spring 2017, page 27: U6 History Class 1974, whom do you recognise? Dear Editors As it was me who sent the picture of the Upper Sixth History, it is probably only right that I have a stab at naming those in the photo. Mr Rudolph used to take a picture every year of his Upper Sixth (I think we must have been one of his few disappointing years!!). So, from left: AAV Rudolph, NRS Smith (B’69), REH Scott (P’69), JR Palfreyman (L’69), JD Macdonald (M’69), NS Daffern (N’71), DC Foster (P’69), SW Thompson (M’69), SP Rubenstein (I think he was in the Mitre and only came for two years), myself and FT Drage (L’69). I confess I cheated on the initials as by some miracle I came across a Blue Book from the Spring Term of 1972! Kind Regards Frank Russell (O’69)

Dear Editors, regarding Alan R Stephenson. As I read John Walker’s obituary of “Steve”, I was reminded again that through his inspiring and inspirational teaching he gave me a lifelong love of the living world and an insatiable curiosity about it, which still delights and sustains my daily life over 60 years later. I vividly remember the first lesson of his Botany A Level course: “Today I will tell you about viruses. You won’t find them in the official syllabus, but they represent one of the borderlines between living and non-living things...” Forty-five minutes later I was hooked and vowed to pursue a career in Virology. So I owe to him, too, a richly rewarding working life in research on the pathogenesis and prevention of viruses and diseases. When he heard that I was joining the annual sixth-form expedition to Snowdonia, he asked me to bring back to Repton specimens of Sundew and Butterwort. “What are they, Sir?” I asked. “Look them up in your flora. You’ll recognise them when you see them” he answered, and he was right. The individual A-level projects he proposed were the product of much thought and often topical. I was observing the effects of selective weed killers soon after they became available. Steve nurtured the curious mind and a delight in discovery. As House Tutor at the Mitre, he challenged our unquestioning acceptance of the predominant Conservative view, gently wondering if we had looked at the more radical Liberal Party policy. He was always a non-conformist who questioned too easy acceptance of tradition. When he left Repton to work for the West African Examination Council, he immediately identified the absurdity of using live specimens of British native plants flown out for their practical examinations, and promptly set out to identify and source native West African plants which were readily available and more appropriate and relevant to African students. We remained in contact through annual Christmas cards and occasional visits to his home. Who else but Steve could live in leafy, affluent Harpenden and call his house “The Hovel”? Whenever I visited him with my wife, we always received a warm and generous welcome and enjoyed lively conversation which could produce unexpected and unpredictable views. During our last visit a few months before he died, he spoke movingly of his approaching death with an assured acceptance and with deep gratitude for the long life he had enjoyed. He still had invaluable and insightful lessons to offer. Jim Stott (M’52)

Please keep sending your stories and thoughts. Please keep them coming as ORs enjoy reading and responding to them. Here is a reminder of where to send them to: or write to us at The Old Reptonian Society, The Hall, Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH


In a thank you from last issue – Simon Barber (H’70), for sending in old copies of the Reptonian Magazine – it mentioned ‘Bertie Thomas’ and it should be Bernard. Our apologies. Editor. 40

Lost Contacts

We have a long list of ORs with whom we have lost contact. Below is the list from The Abbey. The full list is available on the OR website If you are in contact with anyone on the list, perhaps you would like to ask them if they would like to receive copies of The Arch and correspondence from us. They can email, post, or fill in the form on the web page with their current details. First Name/Surname Fiona Steele-Bodger Vivienne Helen Sharpe Gillian Steele-Bodger Rachel Barbara Lucia Clarke Susan Mary Wicox Lawryn Fiona Loupos Sally A Townsend Susan M Allebone J L Dilks N C Mason Nicole S Johnson H A Dickery Susan C Oldham A Morley P S Astridge N J Renwick N J Dadswell Penny J Hudson Alison K Walker Ann M Requa-Dahl Nathalie S Florin Sandra Alison Ball Nicola Ann Holmes Georgina C Middleton Frances Sara Waterworth E Jane Welch Tanneke S Zeeuw Anja Atwal Tanya Rimmer Sarah A M Taylor Hannah Kitson Pia Dolan Carole Weitzner Heny Gabay Frances Stephanie Nutt Sarah L Hull Caroline Bristow Caroline J F Chambers Julia P Fennell Alison Light Jasmin-Maria Ponti-Hutchings Lindsey Maskall Sarah Hawthorne Rachel E Kate Bulman Henrietta J C Flood Sarah E Gale Lucy J Dunn Elizabeth J Wilson Victoria M Darrall Sarah J Jewell Catherine Anne Newton Alison J Round Helen R V Rooks Anna E Bates Fiona E Massam Miranda Helen Brockman Rachel M Abbot Susan Mary Hoolohan Michele Louise Acton Emma Louise Heap

Year 1972 1973 1973 1974 1974 1974 1975 1975 1976 1977 1977 1977 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1979 1979 1979 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983

First Name/Surname Catherine Arden-White Rachel Priestman Nicola Heathcote Wendy A Cooper Denise Janet Anderson Caroline M Barty Emma Lucy Williams Anne Julia Dvis Liesl Beckman Clark Kathryn R Millard Lisa Norris Fiona Bryan Louise M Wick Sarah E Little Jane Cabray Emma Brooks Paula A Jordan Bryony Jane Gilbey-Kochler Lynn Tara Rachel Hopwood Sarah J Potter Clare H Nicholls Caroline Pichlmaier Caroline Anne Eley Alison Davey Charlotte M Adams Anna-Louise Thornton Charlotte Fisher Amy Newton Susan Whitehead Katharine Ruth Andrews Alison Mary Crow Zoe D Hall Emma M Heathcote Alice L G Chapman Magdalen Peel Joanna Esther Reis Claire M Thompson Rebecca Rymer Sara E Tun Karin P Buchanan Samantha Goffinet Sarah Gwen Duffy Nicola Jane Entract Katherine L McDonald Lindsey Millar Sally Thompson Emma Louise Fleur Dolman Kate Melvin Corinne Samantha Price Suzy J Madge Hayley Jane Landon Nicola Katie Penny Knill-Jones Sarah E Parker Katy A Gibson Angela K-Y Shum Jane A Rushton Clare Elizabeth Hill Hilary M Smith Heather L M Ridley Gwendoline M Heap

Year 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1985 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1986 1986 1986 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991

First Name/Surname Georgina Elizabeth Taylor Margaret J A Passmore Laura M Troughton Esther F Inglis Emma J Graham Philippa J Rule Emma Frith Catherine J Davenport Rosie Llinos Henry Sophie Heywood T Julia Bowett Sara Shaheed Chloe A Romans Olufolake Idowu Satoko Fujiwara Faith Elizabeth Bailey Kirsty Lynn-Elizabeth Hull Holde O Z Dreher Harriet Laura Cavill Gabrielle Gizelle Grant Katie Jane Hart Rebecca Goodwin Ria L Raisbeck Olga Ostreiko Catherine Anne Hutchinson Stephanie Lauren Grant Caroline A J Hull Natalie Grace Bailey Hannah Elizabeth Short Caroline Alice Ilsley Anastasia L Blood Charlotte L Robinson Charlotte A Nunn Sarah A H Perham A Jamie Grant Christina Tsakmadikis Charlotte Rigby Anna Naomi Clare Perham Emma L Gething Charlotte Rittstieg Felicity M J Cook Amy C Rodgers Lauren Victoria Rigby Rebecca G Wilson Diana L Bench Melanie C Harrison Alia Gilbert Abigail L Smale Rebecca Grace Lawrence Harriet E H Welch Lisa Schroeder Sarah H Cotterill Georgia R Fletcher Hetty Alton Grace Anne Buchanan

Year 1992 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1994 1994 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1996 1996 1996 1996 1997 1997 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 2000 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 2006 2007 2009 2010



Below is a full list of those ORs who have volunteered to be ‘Overseas Links’. We are very grateful to those who have volunteered, but there are many gaps in the list of countries. If you would be willing to act as an Overseas Link in a country not already covered, please contact Jan Cobb on

Name Doug Fletcher

House & Yr New ‘01


Telephone +43 650 9686865

David Miller Frank Smith Natalie Wynne Simon Crabtree Vanessa Twigg Hadrian Coulton Susan Hawkins

Hall ‘59 Orchard ‘53 Abbey ‘95 Orchard ‘90 Abbey ‘76 Mitre ‘82 Abbey ’98 notharry@googlemail

0617 33953715 +618 92997363

Rev Martin Hattersley Ed Monro Tony Houghton Kamil Alam David Laing Nicolas Ibanez Scott Jipeng Li Richard Sale Mathilde Juul Mark Dudley Philip Hechle Kadi Lilis Saar Roger Smith Rev James Barnett James R Chapman Beate Erdmann Severin J B Zilg Eddie Niem David Poon John Syed Julie Daniels Natsuko Sato Toby Fricker Ian Grout Tim Wilkinson Martin Robinshaw Richard Hedley Ibrahim Dikko David Llewelyn Paul Bleckly Alistair Fairclough Steve Targett Lizzie Tebbs (nee Waller) Tracey Washer Richard Coventry Alfred Cheng

Orchard ‘46 Cross ‘56 Latham ‘51 Mitre ‘88 Latham ‘70 Latham ‘70 Field ‘97 Hall ‘61 Abbey ‘91 Priory ‘91 Hall ‘50 Garden ‘09 Priory ‘66 Hall ‘57 Hall ‘83 Abbey ‘99 Mitre ‘01 Latham ‘66 Hall ‘85 Brook ‘83 Abbey ‘89 Abbey ‘96 Priory ‘88 Brook ‘81 Cross ‘75 Latham ‘78 Hall ‘66 New ‘83 Orchard ‘63 Cross ‘67 Orchard ‘46 Cross ‘76 Abbey ‘92 Abbey ‘88 Brook ‘73 Orchard ‘75

Ryan Brews Peter Hall tobyfricker@hotmail,com

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Mitre ‘00 Latham ‘57

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Mark Smith Luke Allen John Wilcox Jonny Greenall Ga Jeun Lee Peter Stones Andrew Neville Charles Adeogun-Phillips Jom Salakshana Charles Ostick Omar Hadeed Huseyin Yardimci Charles Neil Sandy Farquharson

Orchard ‘78 Orchard ‘87 Mitre ‘82 Orchard ‘89 Abbey ‘02 Latham ‘05 Hall ‘69 Orchard ‘83 Mitre ‘06 Orchard ‘75 Priory ‘99 Hall ‘83 Priory ‘65 New ‘97 sandyfarquharson@hotmail,com

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Jane Roy Mark Wilhelm Verheyen Edward Huson Robert Perks Andy Hilton Ash Joshi Andreas Graham Anthony Edgar James Kirtland Russell Elliott Douglas Balchan Shaheen Ladhani Christopher Huson

Abbey ‘ 86 Cross ‘77 Hall ‘70 New ‘71 Brook ‘ 68 Latham ‘82 Mitre’83 Orchard ‘90 Orchard ‘88 Mitre ‘93 Orchard ‘71 Cross ‘89 Hall ‘72

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Edward James Hutson Elliot David Stewart Charles Reid Gordon Sharp Huw Thomas Samuel Chibale

Mitre ‘68 Latham’77 Hall ‘64 Priory ‘54 Latham ‘73 Mitre ‘95

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How to keep in touch In the OR Office we are keen to ensure that we keep our records updated for all ORs. To this end we would be grateful if you could contact us if any of your details change, such as address, email, telephone numbers etc. We are also delighted to hear your ‘good news’ such as engagements, marriages, births, qualifications gained, new jobs etc. We will only publish such information in The Arch with your agreement. The editorial staff retain the right to edit any submissions. Thank You!

Please email the office: or or telephone: 01283 559320

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Or write to us at: The Old Reptonian Society The Hall, Repton School Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH

Repton School Shop - Memorabilia

The School Shop has taken delivery of several new items to enhance the school’s range of memorabilia. Repton Crested Socks Retail at £9.99. They are sold as a 2-pair pack, one striped and one plain navy. They come in sizes 7-11 and 11-14. Repton Jute bag, which retails at £5.00. Repton Lounge Pants retail at £24.99. They are unisex and are available in sizes XS,S,M, L & XL. Repton Crested Notebooks and Pencils. The Notebooks retail at £4.99 and the Pencils at £0.50p. OR Ties:

House Scarves:



The Priory

Large Glass Crested Goblet

Non Crease

School House

Crested Red Wine Glass

Bow Tie

New House

Glass Crested Paper Weight

Latham House

Crested Cuff Links

OR House/Sports Ties:

The Orchard

Crested Key Rings

Brook House

The Mitre (Girls)

Brass Buttons

The Hall


Repton cards

The Priory

The Abbey

Large Teddy Bear

School House (Polyester)

Field House

Repton Cricket Caps

New House

The Garden

Leisure Socks

Latham House

Large Golf Umbrella

The Orchard


China Mug

The Mitre

Repton Crested Silver Charm (to fit all pendant and bracelet chains)

Repton China Coin Tray

Repton crested Charm with Bracelet

Repton Register 2007 Book

The Cross OR Football OR Hockey OR Golf (striped) Cambridge Pilgrims Tie New silk ties for Old Reptonians for all of the Houses are now available.

Pint Glass Crested Tankard

450th Anniversary Book Repton To The End Repton Register 2007 CD

Half Pint Glass Crested Tankard Champagne Crested Flute All items are available from the Repton School Shop, The Paddock, Repton, which can be contacted for price details and to place your order on: Tel. 01283 559323, or by email: 43

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