Dear ODs

Since last month's newsletter, two events have rocked the UK (three, really. Think Iceland). The first, of course, was the EU Referendum and concomitant upheaval (this newsletter is not the place for comment on the impact and implications - and enough continues to be said anyway).

But on the 
second, a few words.
The UK OD Dinner dinner (full report, guest list and pictures can be seen HERE or by clicking on the two dinner pictures) was held at the Carlton Club on Friday 1st July and was fully subscribed.  94 ODs and guests enjoyed a happy evening hosted by ODU President, Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948). Guy Pearson, Principal, was our guest of honour. Also included in the line-up of luminaries were Mike Bosman (O, 1978, Chairman of the Bishops College Council), Robert (S, 1968) and Sally-Jayne Murray (Robert is the ODU secretary in Scotland) and Michael and Claudia Coombs. Michael represents the RBHS Old Boys in the UK. We were also delighted to have Greg Brown, the Bishops Prep Headmaster with us. Guy spoke after dinner and Raymond replied on behalf of the ODU. The Revd Peter Macan (F, 1954) said the Grace and Louis Spencer (F, 2012) proposed the toast to Bishops.

James Gardener (W, 1974) was our ringmaster extraordinaire, a charming and witty and very much at the top of his MC game.

Peter Macan wrote to me afterwards: "So many of the people I and Doreen spoke to were, like ourselves, attending not knowing personally a single person on arrival, yet very soon realising that one was among friends within the Bishops family; a feeling reinforced throughout the whole evening from start to finish. It may seem strange but Doreen has been around OD's for so long that she herself feels part of the family, and fully understands the love and affection we have for the school.

It was so good to have a part to play on the night ... we are determined to get to more events in the coming years."

Thanks to all the ODs and their wives and partners who supported the dinner and my apologies to those whom we just couldn't accommodate. Next year ...

The OD Job Shop and Market Place continues its run - see below. Where possible, ODs are urged to support other ODs in their endeavours.

Warm regards

Nicky Bicket
Thanks to all of you who responded to the "Preferred OD Dinner Night" poll. As you can see from the chart, via our very own referendum (advisory, not binding) Friday is the winner! Adding in the "don't cares", one out of two ODs prefer Friday.

Now you have to come.

Playing for honour, the ODs, led by Alex Price (M, 2008) triumphed against the Old Tonbridgians 4-0 in a betterball matchplay format at the RAC this past Sunday (10th July). This levels the series 1-1 lending an extra edge to our return match next year. As always, the OTs were a gracious and highly sociable team who have become great friends of the ODs. We enjoy our matches against them and appreciate the support and encouragement (and friendship) they give us. The OD team, above was: Chris Price (F, 2001), Guy de Freitas (M, 2005), Doug Mallett (M, 2007), Zandy MacDonald (F, 2007), Alex Price, Damon Crowhurst (F, 1991) and John Wyatt (W, 1961). Inset, Stephen Suckling (F, 1996). For more pictures, please click HERE.

An interesting and non-golfing fact about the OTs is that one of their many famous old boys was Sir Herbert Baker who was the architect in charge of the the design of School House, but never designed anything for Tonbridge!
ODs, especially our younger ones, are encouraged to take advantage of the panel of OD Mentors who are willing and waiting to assist and give guidance in matters of careers, career change and on pretty much anything for which ODs would like some counsel. (Mentoring is not the place to seek out employment; that happens through the OD Job Shop). If you are looking to put yourself forward as a Mentor or looking for a mentor, please click HERE.
Tony Little retired last year after 13 years as Eton's Headmaster. He will be speaking to ODs at a lunch at The Carlton Club on Tuesday 11th October. Invitations will go out in August, but please save the date for what will be a fascinating account of his experiences as the head of arguably the UK's most prestigious (and sometimes controversial) school, his provocative views on the state of (UK) education today and some glimpses into where it might be heading.
It wasn't obvious from the write up last month that the date for the 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 alumni 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.
Well, we have an OD Cricket XI. HERE it is. The slight concern is that these players are the only players we have, so including 12th man /drinks porter, as things stand, are guaranteed to get their colours, come what may. It would be wonderful to have more ODs sign up to strengthen the bench in case of diary (or form) issues or one or two players being booked off sport. Our first match, opposition to be confirmed, is on Saturday 3rd September. Cricket will feature, but it will also be a great day out for the whole family and a a good opportunity to strut your cricketing stuff in front of (tick all that apply) admiring wives, children, partners, fans and talent scouts. Please sign up HERE. And encourage OD friends to do the same.
The 1990s are a spirited lot who also happen to make up the highest percentage of any Bishops matric year living in the UK. Almost by definition and certainly by expectation, they throw the wildest of parties. Their summer family braai which includes a sleepover is taking place on Saturday August 20th. Any 1990 not yet aware of this hot-ticket event needs to get hold of Neal Arnold (S) quicker than fast by emailing him HERE - and be sure to mention this to your 1990 classmates.

Are other years having similar get-togethers?
Dr Garth Gilmour (F, 1976) leaves Oxford's Faculty of Oriental Studies to take up the role of Director of the CMJ, Israel, based in Jerusalem. He writes, "It seems that we shall have to wait a bit longer for me to be able to attend any of the events ... for UK ODs. I have just been appointed to a new position as Director of CMJ Israel, based in Jerusalem, from 1st October. Of course, there is no OD branch in Israel; indeed, I used to joke when I lived there before that I had the OD Dinner (Israel Branch) every evening in my home! So I would like to continue to receive your missives and be advised of developments in the UK. But clearly, my ability to attend dinners and events will be even further curtailed than they have been till now. But who knows, one day, maybe, I will be in London at a time when something will be on, and we can - eventually - meet up. (Though I have to say that I have despaired that it might be another 40 years before we do!)".

We wish Garth and his wife Vibeke well in his new adventure.

Bishops, certainly in South African terms, is an old school. Founders and School House are, in Bishops' terms, old houses. So when three generations of one family have attended White House, a relative newcomer on the Bishops boarding block, it's cause to pause, sit up and take notice. Neil Orpen (1990) has let me know that his father, Mike (1957), he, his brother, Iain (1994) and now his nephew Liam have all been/is in White House, which must be something of a lineage achievement. Mike was originally in Founders but saw the light and moved to White House (along with Werner Koster) when it opened for business in 1955. Neil was head of House in his matric year.

Any other ODs with similar or longer house lineage?
Once again, an intrepid few made our way to Henley, the setting for the Henley Royal Regatta. Last year, the first day of the regatta was also the hottest day of the 2015 summer. This year it bucketed down and for (left to right in the lefthand photo above) Nick Heesom (W, 1961), Nicky Bicket (F,. 1973), Rob Johnston (G, 2010), Martin Calder (B, 1991) and Richard Montgomery (G, 1976) solace was sought in the Leander Club (hence the pink reference) where we enjoyed a splendid lunch with wives and partners, washed down by an almost limitless supply of fizz, thanks to Nick. Then off to the annual Trinity Hall (Cantab) garden party (marquee provided) and a very jovial time with the College rowing fraternity (and sorority) always on the lookout for new rowing recruits. Then for the battle-hardened, off to Mahiki for some extended late evening cocktails. A wonderful day all round. Also with us were Wendy Heesom, Angela Kerr (with Martin), Joy Montgomery and their - and now our - friend, Jenny. Joy, some of you will recall, was once one of the rowing coaches at Bishops. In the righthand photo are Richard and Rob looking like they might actually be watching the rowing. More photos HERE.
Ian Simpson (G, 1959) visited the UK recently and met up with John Parker-Wood (G, 1960). Some may remember that Ian was once OD secretary of the Western Canada branch of the ODU. Ian is on the left.





To advertise on the OD Job Shop and/or the OD Market Place, please click HERE.
In his 2015 prize giving address, the Principal of Bishops, Guy Pearson, underscored the necessity of measuring Bishops' boys not just on how well they do against each other, but against external benchmarks. The list of achievements below highlight the extent to which the School's ensuring that this measure is continually applied - and Bishops, I'm sure you'll agree, is not found wanting:

Mathematics & Science:
In each of the 35 years of the UCT  Maths Competition, Bishops has always been in the top three schools. This year, competing against 7,000 pupils from 150 schools, they came second to RBHS. Bishops had 2 pairs and 4 individuals receive Gold awards (awards given to the top ten individuals and top three pairs). Several of our boys went onto compete successfully in the UCT Maths Challenge, which is an invitation-only event for only the most successful students in the UCT Competition.

Bishops came second in the 2016 Mintek Minquiz, a science and maths -related quiz held at Stellenbosch University.

4 boys have been invited to the 2016 National Science Olympiad

And if you thought that the Bishops of today was all work and no sport, you will be reassured by the following:

In the various categories at the recent Western Province Championships, Bishops won one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals. The squad has just spent two weeks training at the Olympic training centre in Germany.

17 Bishops boys, covering a range of age groups, have been selected to represent Western Province in the recent hockey inter-provincials. One Bishops U18 has been selected to represent SA "A" and one SA "B".

4 Bishops boys were selected for Western Province Craven Week sides. The U18A beat Eton 62-10 and Hilton 35-31 at the recent Independent Schools Rugby Festival hosted by Bishops. On the right, Bishops (wearing white) against Eton on the Piley Rees.

Following in the slipstream of the 1st V who convincingly settled their score against RBHS (winning 30 games and losing only seven), the U15 A & B came first and second respectively in the Western Province U15 league. In total, nine boys were selected to represent Western Province at the inter-provincial tournament during the holidays.

Michael Houlie has been selected for the South African Olympic Swimming team and will be with them training in Italy and then competing in the Treviso Competition in Italy.
David Jordan (W, 1962) an accredited London Blue Badge Guide has offered 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.
(Click on the photo for a smaller but sharper image)
1973, some will say, was one of Bishops' vintage years and in that year, Founders was the stand-out house (some will say). In this photograph taken in front of The Mount in the Founders quad are the matrics. Standing: Clive Marais, Philip Simpson, Charles Jillings, James Selfe, MP, Rohan Millson, Julian Melck, James Bailey, John Parker, John Huxter, Justin Malan, and Andrew Pycroft. In the middle, kneeling, are Grant McLachlan, Michael Basson, Rupert Pardoe and Malcolm Dicey. Lolling in front are (your secretary) Nicky Bicket and Donovan Kennedy. (Charles, Rupert and I are the only Founders' 73s living in the UK).

Should any OD have memory-provoking pictures or memories especially if populated with ODs now living in the UK, please let me have them (photos with names, if possible).
Returning by popular demand is the second annual Oxford lunch which will take place on Saturday 29th October at The Bell, Kidlington, Hampton Poyle (OX5 2QD). The lunch is to try to reach beyond London to ODs who would like a more local and relaxed get-together. Invitations will go out in August. I do try to segment the list by (OX postcodes, but to be safe and to reach as many ODs a possible, it might be better, if you're interested in attending, to let me have your email address by clicking HERE. You don't have to live in Oxford to come along. Hampton Poyle (a five minute drive out of Oxford) is just happens to be the venue. Everyone's welcome.

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The UK ODU's year-end drinks party will be held on Thursday 1st December. The venue, by kind courtesy of Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992) will be 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 and, because of limited space, will be an informal reception for ODs only (i.e. without wives or partners). Please  save the date - invitations will go out in September.
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