January 2016
Dear ODs

Firstly, a very happy new year. May 2016 be happy, successful and healthy for all of you.

2015 was a fairly active year for the UK branch of the ODU and this year looks like it will be a little gentler. First up, on the 22nd of January is the Senior OD Lunch at the Carlton Club in London. It'll be hosted by the ODU President, Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948). These Senior OD lunches are slightly less boisterous and a little more intimate than the general OD functions, but no less enjoyable. There are still places available so if you matriculated in 1977 or earlier, it would be lovely if you could join us. To RSVP, click HERE.

While the overall Matric pass rate in South Africa dropped in 2015, Bishops results just get better and better. The School achieved a 100% pass rate with just under 97% of the boys achieving a pass at the bachelors' level (the highest pass level for Matric). For a full report on these achievements, please click on the Bishops badge to the left to read Guy Pearson's communication on this. Our congratulations to Guy, the staff and boys.
The Class of '76 are having their 40th reunion in March (in Cape Town) and if you haven't been in touch with the organisers, are of that vintage and would like to attend, then please email Richard Montgomery. Or visit their impressive website
The UK OD Golfers are gathering match-play momentum. Richard Duck (G, 1964) has secured a match against the Old Cranleighans, to be played on 12th May at Walton Heath in Surrey. Richard has - for the moment anyway - a full team, but is always pleased to hear from senior ODs who would like to join in the mid-week circuit or be happy to be on standby for the match in May. If you are keen to join in, please email him by clicking HERE or sign up HERE

Alex Price (M, 2008), meanwhile, is gearing up for the return match against the Old Tonbridgeans. This will be played at the RAC in (also Surrey) on Sunday 10th July. Anyone wanting to play should get in touch with Alex. As he is also pursuing other matches, let him know if you are keen to be included as and when these are finalised. To email Alex, click HERE 
Sadly we said goodbye to two ODs - Miles Malleson (F, 1944) and Jeremy Waddell (G, 1952) - both of whom passed away in the UK in October last year. Miles's obituary can be read HERE.

To both Janice Malleson and Chris Waddell and their families, we send the ODU's heartfelt condolences.
Once again, to all of you, all the best for the year. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the events listed below.

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket
2016 Seniors' Lunch
Friday 22nd January, 2016
Carlton Club, London

Bishops v Haileybury Winetasting 
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Bruce Jack (G, 1987) and Julian Johnsen (Old Haileyburian) will be presenting their wines (The Drift and Vondeling respectively) followed by a tasting. This is a joint OD-OH function, providing fantastic networking opportunities
(venue to be advised)

Senior OD Golf vs the Old Cranleighans
Thursday 12th May 2016
Walton Heath
Supporters very welcome

Henley Royal Regatta
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Lunch and a day of rowing (watching) for ODs and partners at the Leander Club on the first day of this iconic competition

2016 Annual UK Dinner
Friday 1st July 2016
This year's dinner will be held in London with the Principal of Bishops, Guy Pearson, our guest speaker

OD vs Old Tonbridgian Golf Tournament
Sunday afternoon,10th July 2016
RAC in Surrey
Supporters very welcome

UK ODU end-of-year party
Thursday 24th November 2016
venue to be advised
Click on the badge to read the Principal's communication of the 2015 Matric results.
The current cricket test series between South Africa and England being played in South Africa has prompted two ODs to select their all-time-great Bishops XI. Click HERE to download their selections and write your selection in the blank column and return it to me.

As many of you know, we have an active and valuable resource in the UK OD mentors who have made themselves available to assist younger ODs with career advice and guidance in a wide range of functions. If you would like to join the panel click HERE or on the picture above. If you would like to meet up with a mentor, please email me by clicking HERE.
Chris Winearls (W, 1967) has sent in his photo (click on it to enlarge) of the White House 1965 Boxing Team. Presumably they won the inter-house competition that year, but even if they didn't they look a pretty scary bunch.

If you have photos you think might be of interest or amusement to other ODs, please do scan/photocopy them and send them through to me.
Click on the magazine to access the December 2015 Bishops Magazine
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