At an OD lunch on Tuesday 11th, 53 ODs and friends enjoyed a most engaging, amusing yet thought-provoking talk by Tony Little, former Headmaster of Eton. Tony spoke of his experiences and challenges of this illustrious school and then talked about the state of British education in general and some concerns about the future. Tony was ably introduced by Charles MacGregor (F, 1969) (left in the photo) whose own boys were at Eton and thanked by Gareth Penny (F, 1980) (on the left in the righthand photo) who himself spent time at Eton as a boy. A full report, all the photos of the lunch and a list of attendees can be seen HERE.

Dear ODs

Well, the days are shortening and after a blaze of almost-tropical weather provoking the envy of even our Capetonian ODs, we seem to be settling into the browner and slightly damper autumn. Brightening up the landscape however are enterprising and community-minded ODs - Alex Price (M, 2008), Stefan Swanepoel (M, 200*) and Doug Mallett (M, 2010) pushing themselves to the limit to raise money for good causes. Read about them on the left, and, if so moved, please consider becoming involved by supporting their endeavours.

On Thursday 6th, John Wyatt (W, 1963), Graham Thomas (F, 1984) David Walsh (Chairman of the Old Tonbridgians) and I set off at the darkest of hours to attend the wreath-laying ceremony at Thiepval to commemorate the 18 ODs who fell at The Somme (more pictures and report HERE). In the photo above Nicky, John, David and Graham at the South African Memorial at Delville Wood which we visited after Thiepval.

Next October, David will be leading a larger party of ODs and their families and friends on a three-day tour of the Western Front. I have just been informed by the St George's Church at Ypres that there is now space for the ODU to put up a permanent plaque to commemorate its 112 fallen ODs. A special service of dedication followed by a celebratory will be built into our itinerary. If you haven't yet registered your interest for the tour (we're now up to 50) please do so HERE or see block on the left.


Last Saturday 16 ODs and their families went walkabout on the Hampstead Heath. We were expertly led by  David Jordan (W, 1962), a Blue-Badge certified London guide. His knwledge of the area, his passion and ability to communicate made for an amazing afternoon. And in Kenwood House he brought his favourite paintings alive for us his enthralled followers (and others unknown to us but captivated by David who joined in on the way). Tea was a sumptuous end to the splendid event, restoring our calorie-counts to pre-walk levels. We hope to be able to twist David's arm into many more such tours in and around London. And ODs wanting to learn more about London, either themselves or with family or visiting friends should get in touch with David. The photo on the left shows Peter Arthur (W, 1965), Tom McLennan (G, 2009) Tim Loughton (G, 1993) and David discussing art inside Kenwood House. More pictures can be seen HERE

Richard Duck (G, 1964) our indefatigable Senior OD Golf Captain reports on the Senior OD's match against the FIGS on 27th September: We gathered at Walton Heath at the respectable hour of 9-30am to enjoy bacon rolls and lots of coffee before starting the golf.  The OD’s were represented by (following the photo on the left): (back) Bob Trew (F, 1952), Richard Duck (front) Peter Arthur (W, 1965)  John Wyatt (W, 1963) and Robert Simpson (S, 1968).  Our opposition for the day were the FIGS. all members of Walton Heath and represented on the day by John Woodcock, Robert Ruddell, David Watney and because of the shortage of their numbers, Richard played for the FIGS.
The leisurely start was around 10am playing the New course.  The weather was kind to us until about half way around when the drizzle started and stayed with us until the end.  I am pleased to report that the teams each won one match so the result was a draw.  Always a good result in friendly matches!
Afterwards we changed and retired to the lounge where we enjoyed a leisurely snack lunch which seems to last well into the afternoon.  All in all the day was enjoyed by all.  We do hope our next encounter may be against Old Rondebosch boys but this is still to be organised.

Any ODs who consider themselves eligible for the Senior OD Circuit (age, not golf handicap) should email Richard. Games are always midweek.


As always, please feel welcome to send me your news, events of interest and pictures which would be of interest to other ODs. And do please support the functions and events to not only mingle with fellow-ODs and meet new ones, but to strengthen your own network and build up your contacts.

Please also feel free to market your services and products through this newsletters and if you're in the job-market or looking to hire, please let me know too. The blocks to the left outline ODs who are looking or offering; assist and support where you can.

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket
Thursday 1st December
The UK ODU's year-end drinks party will be held on Thursday 1st December. The function is being hosted by Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992) 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. Because space is limited, this informal reception is for ODs only (i.e. without wives or partners). The cost to cover all drinks and canapes is £10 per person. Please RSVP (£10 per person) HERE.
Last month I wrote about how in my opinion, Bishops and the ODU were astonishingly  poor at celebrating ODs (other than rugby and cricket players and mainstream professional endeavours - all laudable) who have achieved much in - and have influenced - the world around them. I mentioned, as an example, Tony Honoré (F, 1939) one of the world's leading jurisprudence thinkers and celebrated professor at Oxford University which has been his home for over 70 years. (I visited Tony and Deborah last month and wrote about them on page 119-120 of the September Magazine).
Appealing for other such "ignored" ODs, Peter Carter (F, 1963) wrote in to bring to our attention Dr Wilfred Shewell-Cooper whose Wikipedia page says as follows: 

Dr. Wilfred Edward Shewell-Cooper, M.B.E., N.D.H., F.L.S., F.R.S.L., F.R.H.S., Dip. Hort. (Wye) (1900–1982) was a British organic gardener and pioneer of no dig gardening. He was the author of Soil, Humus and Health (1975), The Royal Gardeners (1952), Grow your own food supply (1939), The ABC of Vegetable Gardening (1937) and many other books on gardening. He was the founder in 1966 of the Good Gardeners Association. For many years his gardens at Arkley Manor were open to the public so his no dig methods, symbolised by a robin resting on a spade handle, could be seen firsthand.
He was born at Waltham Abbey
, Essex in 1900 where his father was a major in the Royal Artillery and at the time the assistant superintendent of the gunpowder factory there. Moving from there to Blackheath then Penarth. Then before the outbreak of the first world war the family set sail on the Galaka for South Africa where they lived in Rondebosch. While there he went to school at Diocesan College, Rondebosch then to Monkton Combe School outside Bath in England.

The photograph above, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London, is of Wilfred and his wife Irene.

Yet, on asking the ODU for his house and years while at Bishops, I learn that there is no record whatsoever of him even being at the School. Peter discovered him while pursuing his own passion for gardening. So we need to keep digging to (re)discover these OD treasures  ... we need to unearth as many of these forgotten ODs as possible. Please send your discoveries to me.
ODs in (or who can make their way to) the Oxford area are invited to lunch at The Bell at Hampton Poyle (11 Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2QD). This is on Saturday 29th October. We gather from 12 for lunch at 1pm in one of Oxford's cosiest pub/restaurants. If you or your wife/partner would like to join for what will be a languid and lazy afternoon, please click HERE.
Trevor Torrington (S, 1978) is the CEO of The Priory Group Healthcare Division, which is one of the UK's leading mental healthcare providers. Though he doesn't admit to it, Top House must have been the ideal training ground for such a career.
After hours, Trevor hosts fabulous parties and a fortnight ago, his 1978 classmates Tom Baigrie and Chris Anderson (both Founders) together with their wives, respectively Alison and Janine and your secretary attended his and Jean's housewarming. somewhere in Surrey in a corner yet to experience the benefits of street lighting. The picture shows from left, Trevor, YS, Chris and Tom pausing their debate on the relationship between mental health and alcohol, the outcome of which, unsurprisingly, no one now remembers.
Last-Thursday-of-the-Month drinks have morphed into something a bit more spontaneous, with pop-up get-togethers occurring whenever and wherever a clutch of ODs happen to find themselves thirsty. Last month it was, as in the photo, Bard Langstrom (G, 1990), Haydn Hammond (B, 1990), Martin Calder (B, 1991) and up from SA, Nick Durrant (G, 1992). Rushing off, I delighted to meet with Richard Newton (F, 1972) who is in his 32nd year of flying long-haul for SAA and Paul Winter (F, 1972) now retired after a distinguished in drug research. I love the idea of ODs taking the initiative on this (and then inviting me) so if you feel a broad OD reunion coming on towards the end of the month, please let me know. From now on, these month-end advertised on the ODU website  and ODU Facebook page so last-minute gatherings and changes can be checked.
On behalf of the ODU, I'd like to congratulate Rob Johnston (G,2010) who has been accepted onto the Officers' Training Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This is a terrific achievement and we wish you all the best.

OD Mentoring continues apace and the number of young ODs all over the world who are benefiting from the generous encouragement, advice and support of their Mentors is growing.

If you would like to volunteer as a Mentor or if you are looking for one, please click HERE.

Alex Price and Stefan Swanepoel (both M, 2008) left and centre below with Marguerite have just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as both a huge personal challenge and a great way to raise money for the Anak-Tnk Foundation & the Thokozani Youth Centre who take in, care for and develop vulnerable Cape Town kids. As you read this, Alex and Stefan are on their way home, but you can still support the cause by clicking HERE. Donations accepted until 25 October.

In a similar vein, Doug Mallett (M, 2007) has just completed his company's "Arch-to-Arc" epic to raise money for Yabonga UK and The Kingfisher Community Special School. Yabonga supports Cape Town township children affected by HIV/AIDS. To read more and even donate to this cause (the window is still open) click HERE.
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

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Last month I suggested that since there was a large number of UK-based ODs involved in some form of asset and investment management, it might be fun to start an informal networking group. There has been a reasonable response to this, but I thought I would mention this again in case it piqued the interest of any others not yet signed up. If you have an interest in any form of money and funds management, be it asset management, private equity, financial analysis, venture capital then do put your name down. In the next few weeks, I'll write to those who have signalled their interest to see how we should proceed. It's all about networking - and having a good time while doing so. To sign up for the as-yet unnamed group, please click HERE. Who knows what opportunities might arise?
OD 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 will be leading a party of ODs, their families and friends of a tour of the Western Front. The provisional itinerary is HERE. The cost - still to be confirmed - should be in the region of £400-500 per person (travel to and from the Continent from London, and accommodation). Please complete an "expression of interest" form by clicking HERE. This doesn't 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. To date, there are approximately 50 ODs and family members interested, some from Cape Town.

Click below to read the latest (September) Bishops magazine.
Choppy Bands (K, 1990) has asked me to publicise that on Saturday 29th October at 2.30pm, a documentary on the Radio Rats will be screened screened at the Courthouse Hotel Cinema  - "brilliant bar". The address is 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL. Should you want - or perhaps need (the RRs were something of a cult) - to attend, please email Gil Gilchrist to reserve your place which will cost £10. Stir up some RR nostalgia reading THIS.

Vernon Wood, deputy Principal, took his leave of Bishops at the end of last term after many years of both leading and teaching at the School. We wish him well for his next steps.
Our congratulations go to:
  • Liam Foxcroft who came sixth in the SA Mathematics Olympiad. 
  • Luke Baker who for the third time has won the SA Junior Fly Fishing Championships
  • David Naude who has been selected as a member of the SA Climbing Team which will compete in China at the end of the year
  • Oliver Stewart who has qualified to compete in SA Cross Country Championships at the end of the year. 

The School has a great collection of videos on its website which are worth a watch. Click HERE.

The Carlton Club on Friday 30th June, 2017
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