Dear ODs

Since the last newsletter, we've held two very enjoyable functions: the first get-together of the OD Asset Managers' Group was held at Ye Olde Mitre (in the Bishops Room - it doesn't get much more home-from-home than that) and was very successful. The thread of investment binds the group together - as does being an OD, of course - but the main objective was for like-minded ODs to meet each other, compare notes and build their networks. We were joined by Niall Brown (G, 1973) who runs his own very successful asset management company in Cape Town. Pictures HERE. If you'd like to join the Group, please register HERE. The Group also has a LinkedIn page. To join, click HERE.

The second function was the Senior OD Lunch with Alec Hogg. This was held at the Carlton Club at which 20 ODs were able to hear from one of South Africa's more objective journalists, a view of how politics in the country would play out over the next few years, with the ANC leadership contest at the end of this year and the general election in 2019. Alec was also fresh from the Davos Summit in January and shared some of his impressions and predictions based on what he had heard there. In all a wonderful occasion. The photos and report can be seen HERE

The Bishops 175 Appeal launches in the UK on the 24th April (see box above). The School has sent out invitations to all UK ODs. If you've not received one or haven't yet responded and would like to attend, please click HERE.

In advance of the launch, the Bishops Trust have appointed four more UK Trustees, making six in all: Bruce McGregor (F, 1963), Graham Thomas (K, 1984), Steve Hofmeyr (O, 1973), Niall Carroll (O, 1981), Choppy Bands (K, 1990) and Chris Molteno (G, 2010). 

I continue to meet with ODs out of hours, as it were, and enjoyed an interesting and amusing lunch with Miles Maskill (O, 1953) and an equally enjoyable lunch with James Gardener (W, 1974). Anthony Gibson (S, 1973) and I had breakfast together when he passed through London and I had an illuminating telephone meeting with Peter Elliott (W, 1967). Peter lives in France and the fruits of that Anglo-Franco conversation will soon be revealed. I also had an lively and interesting lunch with Peter Robinson (S, 1966) and Charles McGregor (F, 1969) and met up for a drink with John Parker-Wood (G, 1961). Drinks with John Hawinkels (O, 2010) and separately, Michael Wilson (O, 1952) were, as expected, irreverent.

Two classical music concerts took place last week and it was good to have Paul Winter (F, 1972) and James Deane (K, 1990) join for Leeds International Pianio competition winner Anna Tsybuleva's astonishingly good recital. To have a look at the programme of concerts until the end of June, look HERE. Email me if you would like to come along.

ODs continue to use the Job Shop and Market Place below. Other ODs are starting to support them. I really do hope this will grow, While not wanting to be accused of favouritism, may I point you in the direction of Justin van Breda (S, 1992) in the Market Place, who is building his reputation internationally in the world of interior design and who is holding Open Day on Tuesday 14th March.

Please feel free to use this "marketing" both for employment opportunities and a channel for your products and services.. And please use the Mentoring Programme.

Kindest regards

Nicky Bicket
Slowly but cheerfully, the ODU is embracing social media. It turns out that there are (at least) two LinkedIn groups which cover the same membership; there is a Diocesan College (Bishops) group and an OD Union (Old Diocesan Union, Bishops) one. The Diocesan College (Bishops) group is almost twice the size of the ODU one. Having two groups is confusing and dilutes the benefits of building a single strong, wide and deep OD network.Irritatingly, it turns out, it's technologically not possible to merge them.

So we're asking ODs who are members of the OD Union Group but not a member of the Diocesan College (Bishops) one, to join the Bishops (Diocesan College) one. If you are a member of both, or already a member of the Diocesan College (Bishops) group, you need take no action. Of course, if you aren't a member of either group, please do join via the link below.

To join the Diocesan College (Bishops) group, please click
HERE. Because it's a closed group, your request to join has to be confirmed by the ODU, which I am assured will be a swift and painless process.
In just over three weeks, Gordon Robinson (F, 1990) is heading off to Morocco to run the Marathon Des Sables. The Marathon Des Sables (MDS) is a six day 156 mile ‘ultra-marathon’ run in 50°C heat whilst carrying a 9kg backpack!
The MDS is an incredible self-funded endurance event, however to make it an even more worthy achievement he has decided to help raise money and awareness for Ikhaya le Themba – a charity based in Cape Town, South Africa. (Anton Cartwright (F, 1990) is one of the volunteers).
Gordon says, "I have personally seen and experienced the wonderful after school care programs that the iKhaya team are doing for the primary school children of the Imizamo Yethu Township. To share this journey with you and help raise much needed funds for those less fortunate makes my MDS journey even more worthwhile".
Please take a look at Gordon's 
charity page to find out a bit more about both the MDS and iKhaya le Themba and if possible support him in this cause.(Note that Gordon has paid his own expenses so100% of  all donations go to iKhaya le Themba).
I was very pleased to join Mathew Golesworthy (K, 2011) and Peter Beare (M, 2011) at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London to listen to Tim Farrell (G, 1961) play the Saturday morning service. Tim has been the organist at the LJS for over thirty years.

Both Tim and Matthew are organists; Tim an FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) and Matthew a FTCL (Fellow of Trinity College London) and FRSM (Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music).

I am sure that Matthew won't mind my saying this, but Tim, as many of you will remember and endorse, is the finest organist ever turned out by Bishops. His route to the LJS took him via Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral where he was - at both - assistant organist. He was also organist at the Chapel Royal. The photo above is of Tim, Matthew and Peter.

Despite the truly devastating drought in the Western Cape, water has nevertheless featured prominently in some recent School achievements. At the SA Rowing Championships, the School's U19 Coxless Fours won gold as did the U15 water polo team at the Parktown Tournament.

Bishops now has a fencer in the Junior SA Fencing team which will be competing in Bulgaria later this year at the World Junior Champs.

On a sadder note, Christian Rohrer, Head Boy of Bishops, is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. This hasn't stopped him from being awarded his Distinction Tie (in hospital) in recognition of his selection to the U18 SA Indoor Hockey Team. The photo shows Christian with Guy Pearson (Principal) at his bedside.

The ODU's thoughts and prayers are with Christian for a full and speedy recovery. Should you wish to write to Christian,feel free do do so at He would be thrilled and encouraged to have support from ODs.
There won't be any last-Thursday-of-the Month drinks for March and April. Back again in May!
By popular demand, David Jordan (W, 1962, left) a certified London Blue-Badge Guide, will be leading another two walking tours in London for ODs, their families and friends. Those on David's tour of Hampstead Heath last year will testify to his passion, energy and knowledge. These are not to be missed - and there is, thanks to David's generosity, no charge.

The first, on Saturday May 20th, will be a walk around the City of London, with, optionally, a tour of St Paul's at the end.

The second, on Saturday 7th October, is a guided tour of the National Gallery. David says, "My heart always breaks for the poor souls that I see traipsing around through all those boring grand pictures without really knowing what to look for, not knowing which are the Top Ten!  And certainly not knowing the stories that make the pictures come alive."

Both tours will, naturally, end with a visit to a local refreshment station

If you are interested in one or both and you haven't yet registered your interest, please do so
HERE. This doesn't commit you, but helps with the planning.
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Luxury holiday rental villas in Provence

Fine French Wine

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Positions sought

Trainee Solicitor

Pumela Sulela, UK country head of Brand South Africa extends an invitation to you to join them at the London Launch of Matthew Hahn's play "The Robben Island Shakespeare" at the South African High Commission on Trafalgar Square on 28th March 2017. Entrance is free  - but seats are limited so please let let them know if you want your name added to the guest list by emailing

For more information on the play itself visit the Global South Africans website.

Annual OD v Old Tonbridgian Golf Match
Saturday 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
There are still a few places remaining so if you (and your wife/partner) would like to join ODs from the UK, South Africa, France and the US, please click HERE for more details and to register

Oxford Pub Lunch
Sat. 4th November
The Bell, Kidlington

(you don't have to live in Oxford to join in)
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