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APRIL 2015
Tickets are being snapped up for this must-be-at event. So please act now by registering via the RSVP button below. Once again, we're at the RAF Club in Piccadilly and once again, it's black tie. Spouses and partners most welcome.

Gareth Penny (F, 1980) will be our after-dinner speaker. Gareth was a Bishops Rhodes Scholar and former CEO of the De Beers Group. Between leaving Bishops and starting at Oxford he briefly interrupted his education to complete A-levels at Eton. He is currently the non-executive chairman of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the leading producers of platinum and copper.  He is executive chairman of New World Resources Plc., one of Europe’s leading coking coal producers and is a non-executive director of Julius Baer Holding Ltd., a listed Swiss bank focused on wealth management.  Gareth also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of TowerBrook Capital Partners, a leading new York and London based investment firm.  He is married to Kate and has a son and daughter.

Brian Robertson, Chairman of the ODU, will also be our guest.

The dinner is, as always, a time to have fun, renew and make new relationships and build your network with other ODs. 

The cost is £60 per head and £40 per head for ODs who matriculated between 2005 and 2014 (incl). The price includes a pre-dinner drink, the 3-course meal and a half bottle of wine and coffee and petit fours. All partners/spouses pay £60 per head.
The key to our dinner's success is that ODs rally as many of their OD friends and classmates to attend.

Dear ODs

One of the advantages of being hon. sec. of the UK ODU Branch is the opportunity for contact with a large number of ODs up here who, seemingly unknown to the ODU and Bishops, have done and still do so much with their lives after School. Many of these ODs do so in a most unpretentious way. Yet it is important that we as Bishops and the ODU recognise and be enormously proud of them. Some, sadly, come to our attention only when they pass on. There are many ODs who make a huge difference in this world and we really ought to know about and celebrate them! One such is Andrew Porter (G, 1945) who died earlier this month and about whom you can read more a bit further down this email. 

Matthew Golesworthy (K, 2010) Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford (and reading Chemistry there) and I met up with Tim Farrell (G, 1961) last week. Tim, the finest organist ever produced by Bishops and former organist at Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and the Chapel Royal, kindly gave Matthew the opportunity to play for him ahead of Matthew's own fellowship exams. It was wonderful for me to see the Bishops' thread pull the two together and I'm very grateful to Tim for his time and support.

The Mentorship Scheme is gaining momentum, both in the numbers of mentors and mentees and younger ODs are benefiting from and very much appreciating the advice and support they get from their mentors. Pleasingly, too, other ODs are increasingly using the OD network to initiate and build mutually beneficial contacts and using both the formal and informal get-togethers to leverage these relationships. In this, I am more than happy to help.

Booking is now open for Simply Blue's (Bishops' a cappella choir) concerts at this year's Edinburgh Festival. The Bishops' Dramatic Society take to the Festival boards in several performances of HC Bosman's Cold Stone Jug (see more details under other news and events).

Lastly, I have been invited to the Rondebosch Old Boys' Union Dinner on May 15th; they are very keen to be involved with some OD activities where it makes sense. The Bishops v Rondebosch rugby match is on Saturday 15th June so that might be a good time to get together with them. I'll keep you posted. 

With kind regards

Nicky Bicket
Drinks last month drew out a few ODs and we met, appropriately, at Ye Olde Mitre (The Mitre is the name of the new ODU offices at Bishops). There is also an upstairs room which hope to colonise in future called the Bishops' Room - seems almost too good to be true. Check there first if you come along this month and can't find any ODs downstairs.

Ye Olde Mitre is one of the oldest pubs in the City with a comforting and familar boozy atmosphere reminiscent of the Founders study row in the days when beer rather than vodka was the tipple of choice. 

Rupert Pardoe (F, 1973) was there as were Jeremey Friedlander (F, 1972), Max Kramer (2008) and Francis Eliot (F, 1996). The photo shows the diehards (from left): Mark Herringer (B, 1989), Nicky Bicket (F, 1973), John Hawinkels (O, 2010) and Richard Immelman (B, 1989).

For as long as there's support, this is going to be a last-Thursday-of-the-month arrangement. They'll run from 6pm-8.30pm. No RSVPs required. Just come along at anytime if you can.
The April drinks - on the ODU - will be from 6pm back at Ye Olde Mitre 
on Thursday 30th April. Look for us first in the Bishops' Room

Ely Court, 1 Ely Place, London EC1N 6SJ)
We say goodbye to Andrew Porter (G, 1945, pictured left) who died aged 86 on the 3rd April. Many of us would have been unaware of Andrew's huge stature in the international classical music world. To get some idea of his astonishing achievements, please read his obituaries which have appeared in the New York Times and the Telegraph. To Sheila, Andrew's twin sister, our deepest sympathies.
The ODU also expresses its deepest sympathies to Sheila and her family on the death of her husband, Michael Sillars (1961) who died on the 4th March

Richie Ryall (F, 1976)has produced a unique coffee table book highlighting the visual beauty, hidden details and a few personalities associated with the College and Prep Schools. The school is illustrated in a 144 page collection of paintings, watercolours and drawings, with text from Dr Paul Murray.

Bishops, OD Union and artist to benefit from the project.

The ODU Strategic Planning Questionnaire was completed by just over 520 ODs, Parents and Staff. The responses make for interesting reading and can be read by clicking on the icon to the left. The more quantitative results are at the start of the document while the fuller qualitative ones are in the appendix. (This presentation also appeared in last month's newsletter)

The March 2015 Magazine can be read by clicking on the magazine icon to the left.

For the Diary:

Wednesday 1st & Sunday 5th July:
Henley Royal Regatta
Lunch at the Leander Club (1st)
Finals Day Family Picnic (5th)

Sunday, 12th July: 
ODs vs the Old Tonbridgians Golf Match
Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

Some golfers have withdrawn and so we are looking for others who'd like to play. If you would, please contact Alex Price soonest or click here to sign up.

Saturday 8 - Wednesday 12 August:
Simply Blue in concert
Cold Stone Jug by HC Bosman (Bishops Drama Society)

Both performing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival (click on each for bookings)

Friday, 14th August:
Simply Blue concert in London for ODs and their families and friends

(Simply Blue is Bishops' a cappella choir. The Choir is passing through London on their way home from their appearances at the Edinburgh Festival)

Saturday, 12th September:
Oxford Family Day
Dr Chris Winearls (G 1968) is a Fellow of Jesus College Oxford. Oxford has been his home for many years. He will guide ODs and their families around the splendours of the University in the morning. Lunch will be in Exeter College and after some punting on the Cherwell in the afternoon, we'll finish with early-evening drinks (and a tour of the College's legendary gardens) on the lawns of New College
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