The Appeal will be launched in the UK on Monday 24th April by Guy Pearson (Principal) Mike Bosman (Chairman of the College Council) and Andrew Selby (Chairman of the Bishops Trust). Please save the date. Invitations to follow.
Dear ODs

A very happy new year. May 2017 be full of good health for you all.

It promises to be another engaging year for the UK branch. Underpinning what we try to do is our purpose "ODs helping ODs" so if you're in need of support or want to strengthen your OD network, please don't hesitate to get hold of me.

Last year, I received a suggestion that a small group of ODs interested in classical music should come together occasionally to enjoy the huge range of high quality, low cost recitals and concerts in and around London. If you are interested in joining me at either or both of the concerts, please RSVP. Or if you just want to be on the list for other concerts, please register your interest. Both links are at the bottom of the box.

There are a few other functions/events being planned and as the arrangements are finalised, I'll let you have them. In the meantime, the dates of some of them are listed in the "Save the date" box at the end of the page. If anyone would like to arrange an event for ODs, please let me know how I can help.

I hope to see many of you during the year, for which I wish you every success.

Nicky Bicket

The Last-Thursday-of-the-Month OD Drinks resume on Thursday 26th January.
ODs looking for company and/or refreshment should come to the Kings Arms (
2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, W1J 7QA) between 7pm and 8.30pm for a drink or two on the ODU. No RSVP required.

On Saturday 17th December five of our elite OD athletes took on 39 other alumni associations including Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Ampleforth and Oundle, and showed most a clean (actually very muddy) pair of heals to finish a creditable 14/40 in the annual Thames Hare & Hounds Alumni Cross-Country. The course is over and around the Wimbledon Common. After the event, a post-run debrief and medicinal rehydration was held in the The Telegraph across from the common. The race analysis revolved mainly around the fact that the wet and slippery conditions were always going to unfairly prejudice our boys, more used, as they are, to the drier and harder African surfaces. There was a suggestion that next year the course be moved to somewhere in the Karoo.

Making up the OD team (left to right - and not in the order in which they finished) are Chris Molteno (G, 2010), Caelim Parkes (O, 1990), Rowan Nicholls (O, 2010), Gordon Robinson (F, 1990) and convenor, coach, pace-setter and captain, James Deane (B, 1990). Congratulations to one and all. Next year we hope to have many more ODs running. James is the man to speak to.

The first meeting of the OD Asset and Investment Management Forum will be held on Thursday 16th February from 6.30pm, venue to be advised in next month's newsletter. This being the inaugural meeting, it will be a very informal opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and set something of "an agenda" for future meetings. I will be sending details to those who have already expressed interest in this group. If you haven't yet, but would like to, please do so via this link.
In the same vein, we congratulate Martin van Diggelen (O, 2006, above) on his appointment as an investment analyst at Rockpool Investments, a low- to midmarket private equity house involved in the EIS space

Later this year, a group of ODs, their families and friends will be embarking on a three-day tour of the Western Front from 3-5 October. The tour will be led by David Walsh, former Second Master of Tonbridge and Head of History and wil take in the major sites of the Front and where possible, visit the graves of relatives of those in the touring party.

The tour will include a special service at St George's Chapel Ypres to dedicate and install a plaque to the 112 ODs who gave their lives in WW1. This will be the first permanent battlefield memorial to commemorate these ODs. The service will be led by Michael Bands, a former Bishops Chaplain.

If you would like to join and not yet registered, please RSVP
Bishops continues to excel in the NSC (matric) exams. The 2016 results were excellent; in summary were: a 100% pass rate with 149/151 boys achieving a Bachelor's Pass (entitling them to proceed to university), an average of just over 3 distinctions per boy, and 16 boys achieving an average of over 90%. To them and the school go our congratulations and best wishes for their futures outside of Bishops - and inside the ODU to which we welcome them as new members.

In addition, Junho Ko has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering and Environment) Conference to be held in Houston in April. His winning project involved controlling the temperature of informal housing using water bottles.

Of the 95 boys who took the Royal Schools of Music exams at the end of last year, 25 achieved passes with distinction (above 88%). 9 were chosen to play at the RSM High Achievers' concert. The highest mark in the Western Cape was scored by Nicholas Janish who passed his Grade VII clarinet exam with 95%.
The UK ODU Photo Gallery can be seen HERE
In the heart of London W1 is 22 Mansfield Street, a stately house crammed with  serious art. It is also home to wonderful salon concerts I've been attending since I arrived in London.

Since quite a few ODs have asked whether we could form an informal classical music group, it seemed to me that 22 Mansfield Street might be a good place to test the interest levels. For £20 you get a superb concert in a beautiful and intimate environment, with a few glasses of prosecco beforehand. Concerts start at 7.30pm (drinks at 7.00) and are over at around 9.15/9.30pm. Dress is smart casual (jackets/ties in evidence, but not required).

There are two concerts coming up in March which might be of interest. The first is on Tuesday 7 March. Sophie Rosa (violin) and Benjamin Powell (piano) will be performing a dry run for Sophie's Wigmore Hall debut on 16 March.

The second is on 9th March and the performer is Anna Tsybuleva (piano) winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition. 

I'll be at both these concerts anyway, so if you want to join me at one or both, click HERE for details and to RSVP.  

If you can't make any of them but would like to be on the OD classical music mailing list for future concerts or recitals, click HERE.
The Mentoring Programme is entering its third year and has proved to be a valuable and valued service provided by ODs for ODs.

OD mentors advise and guide their mentees in a variety of areas such as job choice, career and work-related problems, academic direction and country relocation. 

The programme which started in the UK and which has been fabulously supported by OD mentors, is now international. Mentors and Mentees from around the world communicate across geographies with the feedback being extremely positive.

If you would like to be a Mentor or if you think that a Mentor could help you, please click HERE.
(so far)

Senior OD Lunch
Friday 10 March
Carlton Club, London
(speaker to be advised)

Bishops 175 Appeal Launch
Monday 24th April
(venue to be advised)

ODs v Tonbridge Golf Match
Sunday 10th June
Alex Price (M, 2008) is our captain and the man to contact if you would like to play

UK OD Dinner
Friday 30th June
Carlton Club, London
(speaker to be advised)

OD Tour of the Western Front
3-5 October

Oxford Pub Lunch
Sat. 4th November
The Bell, Kidlington
I'd like to refresh this section and invite ODs to utilise it. 

The JOB SHOP will list both the names of ODs looking for and offering employment opportunities. The MARKET PLACE will advertise goods and services which may be of interest to other ODs.

My hope is that ODs will respond to these postings supporting other ODs where possible.

contact me via email if you feel you could benefit from this section.
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