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Written by Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:42

Colin Juneman writes that the OBGS has recently enjoyed two very happy matches.The first was at Bristol and Clifton GC, when we held our inaugural match against the Old Cliftonians, with three pairs per side. It seemed that all the OCs were members of the club so, unfortunately, local knowledge prevailed in a stiff wind. Mark Charania and Simon Atkinson, as top pair, took their opponents to the 16th green. Peter Phillips, with some support from Colin Juneman, achieved a victory by 2 / 1, so it was left to Duncan Soper and Jim Roebuck, whose valiant fightback from 4 down with 6 to play, narrowly came up short on the 18th. All on both sides were agreed what a happy day it had been, and how well our hosts had looked after us, so we will be attempting to gain revenge in a return fixture next year. The following day, we took on the King's School team at Mendip GC. It had been scheduled as a 36-hole day but (wisely, in the event), a late decision based on the weather forecast was taken to make it simply an afternoon match of four pairs a side, with a few members of staff also playing for whichever side they qualified. Harry Best and Simon Atkinson comfortably won the top match against Jamie Laver and Head of Hockey Henry Eriksson, but the School leveled matters in the second match when Eben Latham and Chris Pang played very well to beat OBs Peter Phillips and David Poulton (not even the sight of David's legs could put them off!). Former mathematical colleagues (and honorary OBs) Nigel Watts and Colin Juneman gained a worthy win against Jack Hudson and Harry Wallway, despite being outdriven by between 50 and 100 yards and, in the final game, Jim Roebuck and OB Graham Saunders (just now, sadly, leaving the staff to move to King's Grantham) comfortably clinched a 3 - 1 victory in the final game against Rory Cadbury and Angus Owen.  We now plan for the Will Hazell Memorial Match at Orchardleigh GC on Friday 21st August. For those not in the know, this match is played in memory of one of our former very supportive members and is played against a group of his friends (the 'Saturday Club') with whom he played at his club, Long Sutton. We are fortunate to be able to play it this year on the very fine course at Orchardleigh (near Frome), at the favourable rate of £31.50 per head, to include dinner, because that club is under the same management as Long Sutton. As things stand, I have five men registered to play - Peter Phillips, Duncan Soper, Simon Atkinson, Jim Roebuck and myself - and the opposition can take up to seven pairs, so do please sign up if you are available. We will gather at lunch time in the clubhouse and tee off from 2.00pm. One or two have, I know, already let me know they are not available, but there are still plenty more out there!

 

LUKE LLOYD DAVIES' RETURN TO KING'S

Written by Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:54

Luke Lloyd Davies (L91/96) returned to King's last week to present the prizes at this year's Prize Giving ceremony.  Having presented the prizes, he then delivered a speech to the leavers, which was humorous, humble and full of sagacious advice.  It was enjoyed, not just by the leavers, but all the pupils, staff and parents.  His five points will stand all of them in good stead for the future. "Ships are safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for" - he challenged our leavers to get out there, take risks, ask questions and not be afraid to fail, but to learn from their experiences.  The parents particularly enjoyed his exhortation to the pupils to get their heads up from their screens as the real world was infinitely more beautiful and exciting. 

It was a joy to welcome him back to King's and we hope he enjoyed the day as much as we did.

 

JOHN BARGMAN (N42/46)

Written by Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:52

It is with great sadness that we have today learnt of the death of John Bargman (N42/46) who died on 3rd June aged 86. No more details are forthcoming at the moment.

TIM HARCOMBE (N45/49)

Written by Monday, 22 June 2015 09:24

We were sorry to hear recently of the death of Tim Harcombe (N45/49), who died on New Year's Day following a long illness.  We hope to have more details to publish in next year's magazine.

ROGER BICKERTON (N47/49)

Written by Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:13

It is with great sadness that we have today heard of the recent death of Roger Bickerton (N47/49).  No other details are forthcoming. 

2015 LONDON LUNCH

Written by Tuesday, 09 June 2015 11:26

This year's OBA London Lunch will take place on Friday 4th December with a drinks Reception at noon in Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, EC4M 7DD followed by lunch at 1.00pm.  Bookings are now being taken. The cost is £90 (£75 for OBs under 25).   Please complete the attached booking form and return to the OBA Office.  Last year we had just over 100 OBs - let's see if we can increase the numbers. If you have any questions, please e mail the Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MISSING OBs - can you help?

Written by Tuesday, 09 June 2015 11:23

You should, by now, have received this year's OBA magazine - if you haven't please contact the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Sadly however fifty or so have been returned to sender as the addressee has moved away.  I have manged to trace several through various means but the following are proving more problematical to track down.  If you know of the whereabouts of any of the following please do ask them to get in touch with me.  Many thanks.

A Lexova 
A Whal 
N Whal 
N Aldridge 
O Anderson 
N C Alwyn Foster
D J Ball
R J Biggin
C V Causebrook
R A Crofts
S C Culver
J A Cumbers
P W Davis
M Denison-Pender
R H Farmer
G A Galica
D C Hammond
N R Handford
T J Harries
R L Hitches
M J Hoskins
Jameson
S Lai
A Lindsay
C Lok
P R Lovell
O Modestini
A R Patch
S G Patch
M J Porter
G W Read
C K Richards
R J Saunders
J W Sealy
F E Sernberg
J R Simmonds 
C E Treherne
A J Wallis
A E Watts 
B J Wharton

OB THEO SCARAMANGA -

Written by Saturday, 06 June 2015 21:03

Old Brutonian Theo Scaramanga has been nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects national award.  The nomination was made at Theo’s graduate degree show at the University of the West of England by RIBA President, Stephen Hodder.

Wayne Spilsbury, Head of Art, was at the show and writes below about Theo’s achievement.

It can be difficult in our busy examinations term for me to attend Old Brutonians final shows, but I know that when I do it’s greatly appreciated and maintains that important connection. Last night I had the privilege to go to Theo Scaramanga’s degree show. What a treat! Theo has completed four years studying Architecture and Environmental Engineering at UWE and his final work was visionary. Using a real world site in Bristol for redevelopment, Theo conducted a comprehensive survey of pertinent physical factors; geological surveys; water tables; services; ground pollution etc. His design suggested the extension of part of the Bristol waterway to create a stunning concept for transforming the site. The building carried on the water theme by incorporating a spa, one feature of which was a cantilevered infinity pool which I loved. Eco credentials were a key factor with ground heat pumps, solar panels and the elevations making the most of directional sunlight.

His show showed creative ideas and innovative technical concepts, authoritative research and development, from visualisations to modelling. The work was incredibly professional using traditional as well as state of the art techniques. His tutor was immensely proud of Theo.

The overall standards were exceptionally high and I was slightly disappointed when the Head of the School of Architecture gave out a succession of prizes to a number of students, but not including Theo. But the best was yet to come. The school had been anxiously waiting for Stephen Hodder, the President of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). He was there to give out the most prestigious prizes and it was with great pride I was there to witness Theo’s nomination for the RIBA national award.

Theo said “This is fantastic. I have already been offered a job with an architect’s practice and start later this year. I am so pleased that you could make it".

Roger Gallannaugh, an architect and former King’s governor, wrote to Mr Spilsbury: “That is a really great achievement for him, because by the fourth year students are producing good work and to pick up that award from the President will be a stepping stone for him. He looks as though he has done some sound analytical work as well as having an eye for design and presentation. All credit to you and King’s as well. I will look out for his name and scheme when the national awards for students are published in the RIBA Journal.”

 

TIM HARCOMBE

Written by Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:21

It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the death of Tim Harcombe (N45/49) in January 2015.  No more details were available. 

OBA GIRLS' HOCKEY

Written by Monday, 11 May 2015 19:28

Calling all OB girls.... For the first time in many years there is plan afoot for a OB girls' hockey fixture - against the KSB 1st XI - the date is Sunday 6th September and it will be part of the School team's pre-season training.  Anyone interested in playing in this fixture should contact Kirsty Hoskins on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any problems please contact the OBA office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Calling all OB girls.... For the first time in many years there is A plan afoot for a OB girls' hockey fixture - against the KSB 1st XI - the date is Sunday 6th September and it will be part of the School team's pre-season training.  Anyone interested in playing in this fixture should contact Kirsty Hoskins on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any problems please contact the OBA office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

VALENTINE LAMB

Written by Saturday, 09 May 2015 05:53

It is with great sadness that we have been advised of the death of Valentine Lamb (P/L53/57). His full obituary appeared in the Irish Times on Sunday 2nd May and can be read by following this link and mentions him being educated at King's.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/journalist-who-led-the-field-in-horse-racing-1.2197353

 

OLD BRUTONIANS RETURN AFTER 40 YEARS

Written by Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:25

Yesterday we welcomed Norman Elliott (O49/51) and his younger brother Colin (P/L54/56) back to King's.  They had not visited Bruton for over 40 years and spent the afternoon touring the School and their former Houses.    Whilst initially they remembered little as so much has changed, by the time they met up with other OBs at the First of the Month Club in the Chapel in the evening, memories came flooding back.  It was lovely to see them. 

 

OBs APPEARING ON POINTLESS

Written by Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:17

If you are close to your television tonight, keep an eye open for OBs Sally Tuson (P06/11) and her younger brother, William (L09/14) who are appearing on POINTLESS.  History doesn't relate how well they did.....

OLD BRUTONIAN MAGAZINE 2015

Written by Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:34

Any minute now this year's OBA Magazine should be falling through your letter box.....  If it doesn't it is for one of the following reasons:

  • we don't have an up to date address for you on our database
  • you live further than Europe and have not requested to be sent a copy (we no longer send further afield than Europe unless specifically requested to do so).

If you have not received a copy by the end of the month and would like one please e mail me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your up to date address and i will pop one in the post.....

TWITTER -

Written by Wednesday, 29 April 2015 19:49

As an experiment we have opened a twitter account @obakingsbruton.  I tried oba on it's own but there is a twitter account of this name already.  I will put updates on as much as possible.

Any tips, please do let me know as I am new to Twitter!

Thanks.

OBGS MEETING AT TREVOSE

Written by Wednesday, 29 April 2015 19:26

Despite the change in the weather to more showery on Friday, ten OBGS members much enjoyed our Spring Meeting at Trevose. It was particularly encouraging to welcome two entirely new members, Peter Dobson and David Poulton, along with their wives Vanessa and Camilla respectively, and also welcome Duncan Soper to his first Trevose meeting after his debut at Woking last year.

The Pro-Am tournament in the early part of Thursday afternoon meant that pairings of Petri Hitches  with Peter Squire and Tony Beadles with Barny Beddow enjoyed nine holes on the Headland Course while Camilla Poulton showed husband David, Peter Dobson and myself how to hit the ball clean and straight on the Par 3 course (though all four of us struggled with the speed and firmness of the greens!). By then, Raj Munde had also arrived, so the eight gentlemen warmed up for Friday with nine holes on the Championship course, with varying degrees of success. In the evening, there were twelve of us, including the ladies, for dinner, at which we were duly grateful (and drank a toast to him) for the Macon Blanc and Malbec provided in absentia by David Graham. We then said farewell to Peter Squire, who was unable to stay for Friday.

The main event, the Friday morning Stableford, saw a stunning victory for debutant Peter Dobson - now the proud possessor of the Morgan Boater - with 36 points, closely followed by those who might have been more fancied - Nick Gammon (34), Raj Munde (33) and Petri Hitches (32). Just eight of us signed up for the afternoon, playing as four better-ball couples; in this, the perhaps surprising winners were Raj Munde, in company with Colin Juneman, scoring 46 points, followed by David Poulton and Duncan Soper with 43. A fine dinner followed and we are very grateful to Nick both for supplying us with the wine at this dinner and, of course, also for his provision of the facilities at Trevose to us at very generous rates.

May I thank those who have sent me appreciative emails about the happy time we had there together, while also raising a possible change to our arrangements in future years. We are concerned that numbers at Trevose have declined a little over the years, so Nick is kindly offering to allow us to use a Saturday for the main competition. Naturally, those who are free could come down early for some Friday afternoon golf, but for working members of OBGS, a Saturday meeting might work better. We would still be talking about a weekend at the same time of year. Nick and I would be very pleased to receive any feedback, positive or negative, with regard to this possibility.

 Now may I please invite members to offer themselves for out three summer events, namely:

 Sunday 21st June  OBGS v Old Cliftonians at Bristol and Clifton GC (cost £30, to include dinner; 1.30 tee-off). This is a new fixture, arranged on a trial 'friendly' basis. 

Monday 22nd June OBGS v King's School at Mendip GC (Morning singles 9.30, afternoon arrangements with both School and Staff opponents - details to be finalised when numbers are known) 

Friday 21st August OBGS v Saturday Club (Will Hazell Memorial Match) at Orchardleigh GC - an afternoon match with dinner to follow.

Volunteers for any or all of these events are most welcome.

Meanwhile, best wishes to all OBGS members for a summer of fine golf and anything else to which you are inclined.

Colin

FIRST OF THE MONTH CLUB

Written by Friday, 24 April 2015 17:34

DON'T FORGET - the First of the Month Club - 7pm in the Club Room, At the Chapel, High Street, Bruton on Tuesday 5th May.  All OBs and their spouses/partners are very welcome.   We gather informally for an hour or more and would love to see you all.

THANK YOU

Written by Friday, 24 April 2015 17:32

Thank you to all the OBs who were able to listen to the school choir sing Evensong in Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday - i gather they were not disappointed.  Music at King's is definitely on an upward spiral.

Calling all OBs in the Bristol area

Written by Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:46

On Thursday 23rd April (St George's Day) the King's choir will be singing Evensong in Bristol Cathedral - starting at 5.15pm.  The Director of Choral Music (Ashley Marshfield) and the girls and boys of the choir would love to see you there.  All are welcome!

Congratulations to Warren Greatrex

Written by Friday, 20 March 2015 11:02

Congratulations to Warren Greatrex (N89/93), for his winner, Cole Harden in the World Hurdles at Cheltenham earlier this month. 

The Friends of King's 60th Anniversary Dance

Written by Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:35

On Saturday 2nd May, the Friends of King's are holding a 60s themed party to celebrate sixty years in existence.  Tickets are selling fast but if you would like to get a party together, or come and celebrate with current staff and parents, please drop me a line in the OBA Office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Tickets are £40 each - for a 60s themed meal, dancing will be to a live band and disco.   The dress code is Black Tie or 60s Themed!!!  Go on, get your platforms out, dust off your Abba jumpsuit and find your tie dye T-shirts!  It should be a fun evening!!!

 The Friends of King's 60th Anniversary dance

 

 

OBA Hockey

Written by Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:27

Congratulations to the OBA on their win today against KSB.  Aware of the strength of the current KSB 1st XI, the OBA team had asked for a slightly weakened team in order for the competition to be fair.  What they hadn't counted on was the volume of commitments that the school had this weekend (Ten Tors, Duke of Edinburgh, Rugby 7s and the fact that none of the 1st XI were available for a full game due to reaching the semis in the National Plate contest which is due to take place later this week and were therefore being rested to avoid injury).  So on, yet again, a freezing afternoon (though this year no hail - unlike last year), the battle of the hockey sticks took place.  The OBA fielded a squad of 18 players so 'loaned' their younger members to pad out the King's team and play began.

Great fun was had by all - they were fed donuts at half time, beer and cokes at the end and the final score was 5-4, to the OBA team.  In fact, some might claim it was 9-0 as all four of the KSB goals were in fact scored by OBs!!! Many thanks to the OBs for taking the time to come back and play and to the pupils, staff and parents who came to watch.

 

 

Congratulations to Lloyd Wallace (B09/13)

Written by Sunday, 11 January 2015 21:46

 Congratulations to Lloyd Wallace (B09/13) who has been selected for the British Ski and Snowboard team for the World Championship 2015 later this month in Austria. He will be joined by his sister Elodie who is currently in the U6th in Priory, to take part in the Aerial competition.

 

 

'Lost' Old Brutonians

Written by Sunday, 11 January 2015 21:35

I am in the process of compiling a list of 'lost' Old Brutonians, for whom we have no accurate address.  If you know the whereabouts/address/e-mail of any of those listed below, please contact the OBA office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  The list will grow with time, so please keep a look regularly..... MANY THANKS.

Caroline Mosler A99/01
Edward Ross B79/84
Christopher Oberthur B88/91
Simon Williams B89/94
Geoffrey Kelly B90/93
Brian Adams L54/59
Iain Kennedy L71/74
James Waddell L83/88
Simon Bielby L84/89
Sheldon Robinson L86/91
Yui Au Yeung N02/05
Douglas Pirie N40/41
Timothy Vassie-Bowring N93/98
William Aitken O00/02
Edward Aitken O01/04
Junyuan Yang O02/06
Jonathan Chapman O03/08
Alexander Jones O05/08
Julian Aird O69/72
John Wring O80/82
Charles Smurthwaite P00/01
Alice Plein P03/04
Imogen Bradley P05/07
Chiara Stabler P07/08
Geoffrey Clarke P63/66
Nigel Wilson P66/70
Charles Scully P81/83
Justin Short P81/86
Harriet Allen W00/05
Amy Wragg W02/04
Shiho Kaneko W05/10
Xanthe Tench W93/95

Old Brutonian 2015 Newsletter...... Editor's appeal

Written by Saturday, 10 January 2015 21:38


We are about to start compiling the next Newsletter. As always, we are always glad to hear news of Old Brutonians and happy to print updates in the news sections. Articles for publication need to be copy ready for insertion, in text or Word format, not ‘locked’ .pdf please, and, generally, no more than 750 words. Scanned items, handwritten articles, newspaper cuttings or faxes, however interesting, cannot be transcribed; your Editorial staff is part time and voluntary! Photos must be JPEG files at maximum resolution (300 ppi, minimum size of 100mm wide) with details of any OBs in the photo. Please send all copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertising in The Old Brutonian: £180 full page; £95 ½ page; £50 ¼ page; £350 double page. All adverts must be copy ready for insertion - we do not have the skill or time to edit adverts. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you need any more information please e mail Gilly in the OBA office.

 

It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the deaths of several Old Brutonians.

John Beauchamp (O41/45) died peacefully at Prospect Hospice, Wroughton on 7th December 2014.  

Lt Cdr Ian Sanderman (rtd) (N41/45) died on 27th September 2014. 

Francis William (Bill) Brogden (O39/44) died on 26th December 2014.

Philip Pickett (L75/79) died tragically in a motor scooter accident in June 2014.

Our sincere condolences go to all their families.  More details (if we get them) will be published in the 2015 Newsletter.

 

 

The Friends of King's 60th Anniversary dance

Written by Friday, 19 December 2014 17:09

On Saturday 2nd May, the Friends of King's are holding a 60s themed party to celebrate sixty years in existence.  Please do get a party together and come along and celebrate in style.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please e mail Emma Cobb on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

London Lunch 2014

Written by Sunday, 07 December 2014 21:26

This year a slightly smaller than usual crowd gathered for the annual OBA London Lunch – held at the Stationers’ Hall on Friday 5th December.  Just over 100 OBs, old and young, filled the hall for a sparkling wine reception, followed by a scrumptious three course lunch washed down by fine wine. 

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