Our lunch with Tony Little, former headmaster of Eton, is next month on the 11th October at the Carlton Club, London. There are still spaces available and I really would urge you to come along. To meet and listen to one of the UK's foremost and insightful educators - and as a headmaster of one of the UK's (arguably the world's) most prestigious and perhaps influential schools - will be a thought-provoking and entertaining way to spend a lunch break. To reserve your seat, please click HERE. Wives and Partners most welcome.
Dear ODs

It may not be immediately obvious, but ODs are a modest lot. Perhaps not as individuals, but as a species, definitely. Just one look at the "notable alumni" section of the Bishops Wikipedia page must surely prompt, even among the most disinterested of ODs, a sense that this is anything but a complete list, a rather shy taster of a surely more bountiful assembly. (And why, hopefully you will ask, are Cricket and Rugby the only sports worthy of recognition?). Where are all our bright lights in academia, our authors, scientists and poets? Activists and journalists? Indeed, in almost every field of endeavour there are countless ODs who have made their mark on both a national and international stage and who are worthy of inclusion but who seem to have been forgotten. They are all a source of pride to us ODs, have brought credit to Bishops, and who's contribution and influence should serve as role models to countless Bishops boys.

One notable omission is Tony Honoré
 (F, 1939) former Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College.

Although 95, Tony still conducts seminars at Oxford. He is - and here I might be going out on a limb - one of our most distinguished ODs, revered in legal circle both here and in the States. "In the very topmost flight of post-war legal minds. He is truly a very big deal." was how one OD barrister described him. I managed to make contact with Tony (a story in itself) and will be visiting him and his wife in Oxford during the week after next. He was thrilled to have reconnected with the ODU and Bishops and eager enough that his response to my request for a meeting, was, "... as we are both in our nineties, not too much delay!". I'll report on our meeting in October's letter.

If you can think of any glaring exclusions, please let me know. We need to put them on parade.

As always, the events and functions listed below are an opportunity for you to get together and enjoy each other's company, and most importantly to build and leverage your OD and wider network. Our lunch with Tony Little will be a great opportunity to do just this.

Of course, no one should feel pressure to attend anything, and not everything will appeal to everyone anyway. But from class-organised braais to something a little more athletic (see both below) hopefully there is something appealing in some of these functions/events - but if not, please make some suggestions.

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket
David Jordan (W, 1962) an accredited London Blue Badge Guide is leading a walking party of ODs and their families on Saturday October 8th. The walk will start at 2.30pm and take in the Hampstead Heath/Parliament Hill environs, and will end at the marvellous Kenwood House (free entrance) where David will speak about the paintings there followed by tea and scones in what David calls "the most charming tea plek in all of London". The walk of about two hours would be easily managed by children 10 and over.It's free of charge, as is entrance to Kenwood House). This is your last chance to sign up for what will be a relaxed, gentle and interesting afternoon in the company of other ODs and their families. If you would like to join the tour, please sign up HERE. Details will be sent closer the time to those who've signed up.
Speaking of OD treasures, the class of 1990 held their annual family braai and sleepover a few weeks ago sleepover. This year it was hosted by Neil Arnold (S) and Linde-la von Wedel at their home in East Grinstead Kent.  ODs present (all 1990 except for your secretary) were: Neal Arnold, Gordon Robinson (F), Neil Orpen (W), Haydn Hammond (B), James Legg (B), Stephen Larkin (F), Caelim Parkes (O), James Deane (B) and Craig Tedder (K). The picture above is pretty much the party, and a full set of photos with names to faces can be seen HERE.
Oxford Lunch
Saturday 29th October

The second OD lunch in the Oxford area is once again at The Bell at Hampton Poyle (OX5 2QD). The lunch is an attempt to reach ODs beyond London who would like a more local, informal and relaxed get-together. If you'd like to come along (and you don't have to live in Oxford) please RSVP HERE. If you've previously registered your interest in the lunch, you needn't sign up again. 
WP van Zyl (K, 1997) has been appointed Executive Manager of the ODU. To WP, who starts at The Mitre in October, we extend our congratulations and very best wishes and we look forward to the positive impact he'll make on the ODU - and to welcoming him soon to the UK branch.

On a recent trip to the Boland, WP took this picture of Rev. Brooke Street in Clanwilliam. Richard Brooke was Bishops' Principal from 1886-1901, but before that had been Rector of Clanwilliam and then Claremont (St Saviour's)  where he started what was to become Bishops Prep School. As an interesting footnote, Richard's son John was an OD who later played rugby for Western Province and went on to become Dean of Cape Town).
Richard Duck (G, 1964) is always on the lookout for older ODs wanting to play for the Senior OD Golf Circuit. The group plays midweek and Richard's aim is to arrange matches at some of England's most iconic courses against other senior alumni teams or like-minded golfers. If you're not on his list and would like to be, email Richard by clicking HERE.

Alex Price (M, 2008) who convenes, captains and cajoles the younger OD golf team is also keen to build bench strength so please get in touch with him if you'd like to play. 
The Global ODU Mentoring Programme has relaunched in earnest and to-date we have 279 ODs from around the world who've volunteered as mentors. 78 are UK-based (thank you so much) where the Programme started. The support for and interest in this programme across the world is incredible. Comments from ODs everywhere have been most supportive - some even going so far as to say that this initiative heralds a new level (up!) for the ODU. We can always do with more mentors, but the real challenge is to encourage younger ODs to use the Panel, wherever in the world they are, to leverage and benefit from the skills, experience and wisdom of the Mentors. The Programme, to remind you, is set up to assist ODs who are facing career choices, difficulties, relocation or any problem which they feel a Mentor would be able to advise and counsel them on (it's not a job-seeking forum).

The UK Mentors are a fantastic, capable and generous bunch covering many professions and fields. Having just become involved in the worldwide programme, I am constantly amazed by the range of endeavours ODs are involved in and where they are. If you're interested in how at a high-level this all breaks down, have a look HERE. The mentee stats are work-in-progress!

If you'd like to get in touch with a Mentor - or become a Mentor - please click HERE.

Networks serve a powerful and useful function. Effective alumni associations up here have "sub" societies for alumni with common interests and jobs who come together to enjoy and explore potential opportunities these societies provide. 

Up here, we have a relatively large cohort of ODs involved in broad asset and investment management roles. These come under many labels (investment management, corporate finance (sometimes), financial analysts, fund managers, etc). Several ODs have asked whether it would be possible to create a forum for this category where ODs could meet each other informally, share ideas and generally get to know each other. And perhaps get experts in this field to come along and talk to us. And network with similar societies of other alumni associations.

To test how much support there would be for such a forum, please indicate your interest by
completing this form. Anyone with any interest or involvement in the world of money management would be welcome and at this stage, interest isn't a commitment. If you've previously worked in this area and have retired or moved onto something else, you would be very welcome.

And if there are other groups which would like to form (size does not matter), let me know.

Lets see what happens.

In a closely-fought derby played in front of a capacity crowd at Bishops last month, RBHS 1st XV narrowly beat us 30-26 scoring their winning points in the dying moments of the game. RBHS led 22-12 at the break. Played in perfect of conditions, the game by all accounts was a real cliff-hanger contested in the very best spirit. As is custom, the home side in these encounters plays in white.

Above, Lubelo Scott, supported by Robert MacDonald, takes on DJ Falkoner and Zaka Sallie.






Your secretary was very pleased to meet up with Mike Olds (O, 1970) and his two sons, Chris (O, 1999) and Nicholas (O, 2009). Mike and Nicholas were up from Cape Town for Chris and Nicola Lees-Jones's wedding which took place on Saturday 10th September - and we whish them all the best for a long and happy marriage. Above, Chris, Mike, secretary and Nicholas

With a new Bishops-music-memory feature added, click on the link(s) below to have a look at the photographs of some of our more recent functions.:

2016 Annual Dinner | 2016 OD v Old Tonbridgian Golf Match |
2016 OD v Old Cranleighan Golf Match | 1990 Family Weekend

Year-end party
Thursday 1st December

The UK ODU's year-end drinks party will be held on Thursday 1st December. The venue, by kind courtesy of Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992) will be in the beautiful offices of Stonehage Fleming, 15 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG, where Hamish is a partner. This will be the last event of the year and, because of limited space, will be an informal reception for ODs only (i.e. without wives or partners). Please  save the date - invitations will go out towards the end of September.

Cross Country
Saturday 17th December

The annual Thames Hare & Hounds Alumni cross-country race taking place on and around the Wimbledon Common is the 17th December at 2.30pm. The 8km race involves over 35 alumni associations and while the emphasis is on fun, winning a category or two wouldn't be a disgrace either. Family and friends are very welcome to run (although won't count towards the results). To go for gold, James Deane (B, 1990) our athlete-in-residence is the man to contact and this can be done by clicking HERE


 Annual Black-tie Dinner:
Friday 30th June 2017


Tour of the Western Front
3-5 October 2017

David Walsh, former Second Master and Head of History at Tonbridge, a world-renowned expert on WW1 and a great friend of Bishops and the ODU (and inter alia co-author of Public Schools and the Great War which includes the part played by Bishops) is leading a party of ODs, their families and friends of a tour of the Western Front. (Click HERE for the provisional itinerary). The cost - still to be confirmed - would be in the region of £400-500 per person (travel to and from the Continent from London, and accommodation). If you think this is something which you and or family (and friends) would like to join, please could I ask you to complete an "expression of interest" form by clicking HERE. This doesn't in any way commit you, but would allow us to gauge the interest and decide whether to go ahead or not. Confirmations (and deposits) will be requested in April next year.
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