The OD Dinner in London on 1st July is almost fully subscribed. Guy Pearson, Principal of Bishops, is our guest speaker. Reserve one of the last remaining seats by clicking HERE.
Dear ODs

Our huge congratulations go to Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948) our ODU President, on yet another honorary doctorate. This time he was honoured by Rutgers-Camden University in the USA with an Honorary Doctorate in Laws for "... outstanding commitment and dedication to building a better society for all South Africans over the past 50 years, setting new standards for business leaders across the world to follow". His citation can be read HERE.

Raymond will be hosting the OD Dinner in London on 1st July at which Guy Pearson, Principal of Bishops, will be speaking. If you have not signed up and want to attend, please RSVP HERE - there are still a few places left. The dinner will be a good opportunity to catch up with Raymond and Guy - and Mike Bosman (O, 1978) Chairman of the College Council who will also be there.

On the subject of our annual dinner, several ODs have asked why we have to have the dinner on a Friday evening. The answer is we don't, so it would be useful for me to know which IS the preferred evening, all other things being equal. At the bottom of this newsletter is a quick poll which will help inform next year's date. Please do take a second to vote. Complete this poll after you've read everything else as my technology limitations will be evident when, after you've submitted your answer, you will need to exit the page rather than clicking the "back button" which will, for some reason, take you to the ODU website.

There has been a positive response to the OD Market Place and Job Shop (see later in the newsletter. The Market Place provides a forum for ODs to market products and/or services to other ODs through this newsletter. The Job Shop posts the names and CVs of ODs looking for new roles in the UK. Note that the ODU doesn't warrant or endorse people, products or services; it merely provides the platform.

These two initiatives are in addition to the Mentoring programme which has been set up for and is well-utilised by ODs looking for career advice and guidance or help with integrating into the UK way of life. These ODs are well-supported by our committed ODs who make up the Mentoring Panel.

All of these support the ODU's objective of ODs helping ODs and serves to strengthen the OD network.

I would encourage ODs to have a look at the Market Place and Job Shop and where they can, support fellow ODs. And consider becoming a mentor, too (see panel below).

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket
Bishops is hosting the Independent Schools Rugby Festival during the first week of July. The Festival kicks-off on Saturday 2nd July at 3pm (UK) with the Bishops 1st XV playing Eton 1st XV. We have been offered the chance to have a live feed of the match streamed to a venue of our choice in the UK. Depending on the numbers, the cost (excluding refreshments) should be in the range of £18-£26 per person. The Old Etonian Association are getting back to me on whether they would be interested in joining with us to watch the game and if Eton itself is interested, then we may watch it at Eton.

To gauge interest, please could you indicate whether you would be interested or not (non-binding and only if you're interested) by clicking
8 ODs set out on Sunday 10th July to settle an old golfing score with the Old Tonbridgians. Having lost narrowly last year, there is all to play for at the RAC in Surrey (teeing off at 2pm). ODs in the area who would enjoy a leisurely walk around the course while supporting our warriors - and hopefully a celebratory drink or two afterwards in the delightful company of the OTs - should feel free to come along.

The team (above) are from left to right (top): Damon Crowhurst (F, 1991), Alex Price (c) (M, 2008), Guy de Freitas (M, 2005), Zandy MacDonald (F, 2007) (bottom): Doug Mallett (M, 2007), Greg Baldwin (O, 1975), John Wyatt (W, 1961) and Steve Suckling (F, 1976).
Thames Hare and Hounds is the world’s oldest cross country running club, based on Wimbledon Common, with its club house on the A3 side of the common just below ASDA.  It has its roots very much in the amateur scene hence this sort of race. 
The alumni race has been staged annually for more than 50 years and last year had 21 public schools participating with 217 finishers. See
HERE for more details. The spirit of the race is very much about camaraderie and fun with the finishing times splaying from a speedy 30min to a more modest 60min.  Family members are welcome to join but don’t contribute to school scoring. The organiser has indicated that Bishops ODs will be the 1st international team and it would be a real boon to field superior numbers to the locals if not superior performance.  Following the race participants decamp to the Telegraph Pub at the top of Putney Hill to compare battle scars and commence with the formal proceedings of the day.

Prizes cover five categories: the best team, the best over 40 team, the best over 50 team, the best over 60 team, and of course, the winning individual. James Deane (B, 1990) is the OD convenor, coach, manager and team psychologist (team masseuse, too, if pressed, no pun intended). Please
contact him if you are keen to be included in the team or receive further communication.

David Jordan (W, 1962) is an accredited Blue Badge London Guide. He is offering his services (see OD Market Place) as a guide to ODs who might have occasion to drag children or visiting friends and family around the capital and who are interested in more about London than the location of the nearest Costa Coffee.

He is also very kindly offering to lead a walking party of ODs and their families on Saturday October 8th free of charge. We would meet at 2.30pm at Hampstead Heath, for a gentle wander over Parliament Hill (for the best view of London in London) and end up at the marvellous Kenwood House (free entrance) where we would leverage his expertise on the paintings there and then finish up with tea and scones in what he calls "the most charming tea plek in all of London". The walk would be easily managed by children 10 and over. If you would like to join the tour, please sign up HERE.

We have received enquiries from schools wishing to take us on at cricket - format to be decided - and these schools, it turns out, have scores to settle, being beaten over the years by Bishops (who were either on tour here or they to Cape Town). So if there are any of you who can still get into your whites and are keen to rekindle your talents, now's your chance. Enthusiasm trumps ability but previous experience, no matter how previous, would help. All matches (we would aim for Sunday fixtures) will be relaxed and sociable and friends and families will be an important part of the day out. Keen? Let me know by clicking HERE.

I am told that the photo above - which appears on the ODU website - is of the 1905 OD Cricket XI. I'm not so sure; if anyone feels they can recognise their grandfather or great grandfather or can in any way shed some light on this, please do let me know.
The UK OD Mentoring Programme is alive and well and enjoying an increasing number of requests from ODs. These requests are being responded to by our many OD Mentors. To become a mentor, please click HERE. To request advice, please email me directly. 

Last year several ODs and their partners attended the first day of the Henley Royal Regatta and enjoyed, amongst other things, the experience of the historic Leander Club, thanks to Rob Johnston (G, 2010).

This year we hope some  more ODs will be attracted to this quintessentially English event. The day, Wednesday 29th June, would include drinks in The Leander Club (before and after the rowing), lunch and tea (optional). It is a relatively formal (jackets and ties de rigueur) and pricey day but hugely enjoyable  (jackets and ties de rigueur). Being the first day of the competition, the crowds are at their most manageable with wall-to-wall (or should that be bank-to-bank) rowing.To read more about the day and reserve a place for you and wife/partner, please click
HERE. Note that places are restricted by the Leander, so the limited amount of tickets are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.








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Some younger ODs will remember Vernon Wood who for the past seven years has served Bishops as Headmaster and Deputy Principal. News from the School is that he has decided to leave Bishops at the end of September to pursue personal interests. Last year, Vernon convened the IBSC (International Boys' Schools Coalition ) Conference bringing great credit to him and Bishops. We wish him well.

After 33 years, Marcus Bizony retires at the end of 2016. We send our warmest wishes for a happy, long and healthy retirement.

The School Chaplain, Fr Terry Wilke returned from home last week after being hospitalised following a stroke. Both he and Rosemary are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bishops boys picked up a gold and bronze medal in the U15 category of the South African National Bouldering Championships held in Cape Town.
Lunch with Tony Little, former Head Master of Eton, is at the Carlton Club on Tuesday 11th October. Invitations will go out in August.
Lastly, for the past three years (including this one) the UK OD Dinner has been held in London on a Friday night. The choice of evening might not have suited everyone and ODs who avoid London on a Friday night might have come on a different night. All things being equal then, which evening would you prefer? Choose by clicking on one of the following options (and the exit the receipt page to return to the newsletter):
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