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.
The following obituary was in the Telegraph earlier this year. Apologies to his family for the delay in posting it to the OBA website.
Phil Hollom, who has died aged 102, was one of the last of the circle of British bird enthusiasts which established ornithology as a proper scientific discipline.
Hollom helped to establish the modern approach to studying bird populations in the 1930s by organising a national inquiry into the status of the great crested grebe in Britain. He also wrote or co-wrote several handbooks, including the Collins Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (1954), which helped to transform British birdwatching from a hobby pursued by a dedicated minority into one of the country’s most popular leisure pursuits.
Once or twice a year we invite Old Brutonians to return to speak to the Sixth Form at the Friday Future Focus talks.This time it was the turn of Milly Deaney and Dan Osborne.
The London Lunch this year will be held at the Stationers' Hall, the guest list is growing, so please gather your fellow OB's and come along for a fantastic lunch in wonderful surroundings. More details can be found on the events area of this web site.
Medicine's technology has limits – be it scanners looking into patients or the intravenous line administering drugs. How necessary then to have John Mole's poetry stunningly illuminate the human experience of illness beyond the reach of any scanner, and to receive his 'new line straight from the heart'. Meditative, revelatory and humbling, in a health service struggling to care, this is required reading for all health professionals. Dr Sam Guglani, Consultant Oncologist & Curator, Medicine Unboxed.
TREATMENT is available for £6.00 (including p&p) from Shoestring Press, 19 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1BS.) Or, for the same price, from John Mole, 11 Hill Street, St. Albans, Herts AL3 4QS ( with £1.50 going to Macmillan Nurses)
Old Brutonian (P/L53/56) Jeremy would be grateful if any Old Brutonians planning to attend could advise him directly as below to have an idea of numbers attending please.
John Mole OB author(O55/60)
The McKenzie brothers, Jamie (L91/96) and Sandy (L95/00) have so far raised over £1,301 for CALM in memory of Nelson Pratt (O92/97) by cycling from Land’s End at John O’Groats in June.
Donations can be made on : https://www.justgiving.com/Sandy-McKenzie
CRICKET'S BOUNTY – the name given to the first poem as well as to the book – consists of reminiscences, written at the time, in prose and verse, about Cricketers and Cricket itself over nearly 60 years. The author also adds six non-Cricketing 'Extras', including two Sonnets on Winchester College, where he spent so many years, and one on Siegfried Sassoon, the distinguished First World War poet, who loved his Cricket. Publication was not originally intended, but, responding to encouragement from Colin Maynard, Deputy Secretary of M.C.C., and Noel Osborne, publisher, the author has compiled an unusual, engaging and entertaining book. It displays a welcome blend of gravity and levity, combines great affection for Cricket with wise observation, and is refreshingly free, in the author’s words, from scandal and skulduggery.
The poem, 'Cricket's Bounty', which opens the Batting Order of the 33 Cricket pieces, sets out to 'capture' the Game itself and, of course, M.C.C., for whom several of the pieces were specifically written, under the headings: History; Literature; Heroes; Variety; and Friendships. ‘Reflections in an M.C.C. Mirror', the last entry in the Batting Order before the 'Extras', provides a chance for the author to look back, with both pleasure and gratitude, on his nigh-on eight decades of links with the Club and its Ground. These links date from 1936, the year he attended ‘Easter Coaching’ for the first time, to 2014, when the Club celebrates the Bicentenary of Lord's, its historic and much-loved Ground.
G.H.G. DOGGART, O.B.E. has wide Cricketing experience. Highlights of his career include: his 215 not out, on debut in 1948, for Cambridge University against Lancashire, which remains a record; his 2nd wicket partnership with John Dewes of 429 undefeated, for Cambridge against Essex in 1949, a record which lasted for 25 years; his Captaincy of Cambridge in 1950 and of Sussex in 1954; and his call-up for England in 1950, while still an Undergraduate, for the first two Tests against the West Indies.
In addition to his teaching career – 22 years at Winchester College, which included one year at Melbourne (Church of England) Grammar School, and the Headmastership of King’s School, Bruton between 1972 and 1985 – Hubert Doggart has been in demand as a player, coach, administrator, a regular speaker and an occasional writer. He wrote, for M.C.C., the Cambridge part of Oxford and Cambridge Cricket (1989) having edited in 1967 The Heart of Cricket, writings by and about that great contributor to Cricket, and not least to M.C.C., H.S. Altham.
He played for M.C.C. in East Africa in 1958, and Captained M.C.C. in the Argentine and Brazil the following year. He became President of M.C.C. in 1981/82 (the only serving Headmaster to have held this office) and Treasurer from 1987 to 1992.
His book, published by Phillimore Book Publishing in association with M.C.C., whose Committee has given its approval and support, will be produced to a high standard in hardback and is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2014 at not less than £17.50.
Please complete the Order Form overleaf to subscribe in advance at the special price of £12.00.
Offer closes Wednesday, 20th August 2014.
70% of the 4919 runners completed the 100km in 24 hours challenge, Jonathan came in 90th in a time of 23 hours, 40 minus and 4 seconds and to date has raised £1,042.
Farr, P Robert (N56/61) on April 19th, 2014, brother of Anthony Farr (N50/55)
Renowned ornithologist Philip Hollom (N26/29) on June 20th, 2014 aged 102. Philip's brothers Richard (N23/26), Michael (N28/31), Vincent (N30/33) and Jasper (N31/35) and his son Mark (N65/70) all attended King's School.
Highmore, David (FP N45/49) on January 25th, 2013 and also his brother, Richard (FP N43/47) on December 25th, 2011 (notifications only received from a relative in June 2014)
Pickett, Philip (L74/79) on June 24th, 2014 in a motorcycle accident on holiday in Ibiza
Sladen, Alan (N36/39) on March 26th, 2013 (notification only received from a relative in May 2014)
Nick Gooderham (B75/78) passed away recently, details received from an OB
Edward B Sims (N42/46) on March 15th, 2013, father of OB Norton Sims (N66/70) notification only received last month from his son
Simon Swallow (O62/66) on June 2nd 2014, details received from an OB and a family friend
Harold Wallace (N57/61) on July 24th 2013, notification only received last month from his wife
Stewart Linney, KSB Staff 1969/1987 during which time he was Head of History and Master i/c Cricket sadly died on April 23rd, 2014. Funeral on Wednesday, May 7th at Guildford Crematorium at 2.15 pm
Anthony (Tony) Tucker (P53/57) on February 19th 2014. His funeral took place at St Peter and St Paul Church Wincanton on Wednesday March
Anthony (Tony) Tucker(P 52-57) of Wincanton, who passed away on the 19th February. His funeral will take place at: SS Peter and Paul Parish Church, Wincanton at midday on 5th March 2014.
As many of you will know this Saturday (28th June)I am undertaking and endurance challenge in aid of Help for Heroes to walk100km along the Grand Union Canal in 24 hours non stop.
My full story behind why I am doing this challenge is on my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/jonathanranderson
Firstly a huge thank you for all those who have sponsored me so far!
With only 2 days left until the challenge on Saturday, I am providing you details on the route, timings and how to track me live on the day!
My race number is 1219 and my allocated start time is 0840hrs setting off from Paddington Recreation Ground.
The following link will take you to Google Maps with the route detailed in full http://goo.gl/maps/AyjCx
Timings (note these are estimates with my walking pace averaging (5 km or 3.2 miles per hour))
Start: Paddington Recreation Ground, London, W9 1PD 0840hrs Saturday 28 June
25 km: Lake Farm Country Park, Dawley Road, Hayes UB3 1JD 1400hrs Saturday 28 June (lunch break)
50 km: Cassiobury Park, Gade Avenue, Watford, WD18 7LG 1930hrs Saturday 28 June (evening meal break)
75 km: Grand Junction Arms, Bulbourne, nr Tring, Herts. HP23 5QE 0100hrs Sunday 29 June (more food!)
100km Finish: Waterhall Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 3JZ 0630hrs Sunday 29 June (survivors BBQ breakfast!)
To be realistic I suspect that during the later stages I will slow down as the pain sets in and as such times will shift!!
During the event Action Challenge be hosting a live event map on their website at www.grandunionchallenge.com tracking the progress of the participants.
My location is set to update every 20 minutes, however you can message me on the day and I can ping you a real-time location link. My mobile is 07962 945620
If you are planning on popping along to support…be it in a canal side pub with a few cold beers watching me slog by! Then drop me a text and I’ll let you know where I am!
Thanks again for all your support and sponsorship!
I will also add the tracking links etc to my Just Giving page too: www.justgiving.com/jonathanranderson
Due to the number of returned Newsletters the Committee of the Old Brutonian Association, with great reluctance, have had to decide that the 2014 edition of the annual OBA Newsletter will be circulated only within the United Kingdom and Europe.
As in previous years the Newsletter will be available to read on the OBA website.
|Friday, April 25th||Spring Meeting at Trevose Golf & Country Club|
|Sunday, May 11th||Grafton Morrish Qualifying event at North Hants Golf Club|
|Monday, June 23rd||Old Brutonians v King's School, Bruton at Mendip Golf Club|
|Friday, July 4th||Summer meeting at Yeovil Golf Club|
|Friday, August 15th||Will Hazell Memorial March at Mendip Golf Club|
|Friday – Sunday, October 3rd – 5th||Grafton Morrish Finals in Norfolk|
|Friday, October 10th||Autumn meeting at Woking Golf Club|
Further information about the Old Brutonian Golf Society may be obtained from:
A great range of music and very exciting, including a piece specially composed by the concert conductor Jonathan Wikeley.
Swansea University has featured a former Kings School Bruton pupil Matt Crowcombe as a 'student success story' for its 2014 Winter Graduation ceremony.
Below is a news release for Matt, who was awarded a PhD from the University. Matt is to continue with his research at the University as well as running his charity SOS Africa.