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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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) 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.
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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.
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.