September 2015
Dear ODs

While the Bishops 1st XV were struggling to find their form against SACS (and went down 7-14) and Rondebosch (12-55) last month, Simply Blue, Bishops' a cappella choir, had no such problems, winning over audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the UK ODs in London. At a stunning concert held in the beautiful and historic Museum of the Order of St John, the choir wowed ODs, families, staff, parents and friends with a programme of light and entertaining music in close harmony. At drinks both before and after the concert we were able to meet the touring party and hear about their successes at the Festival. Jeremy Ouvry (F, 1953) make a short and amusing thank-you under the watchful gaze of, among many others, his old friend, Bob Trew (F, 1952). The wide range of years - ODs and boys - added to the magic of the evening and the continuity of the Bishops' spirit was evident to all. To see pictures of the concert, please click on the photo.
Below is a list of events taking place between now and the end of the year. I do hope you will find something that appeals to you. As always, these events and functions are just the lubricant to facilitate the strengthening of the OD connections, personal and professional.

I'd like to draw your attention to the very kind invitation below from the Rondebosch Old Boys' Union to join them for a RWC pre-quarter final bash (click on the invitation to accept).

I mentioned in last month's newsletter that by segmenting the interests of the ODs up here, ODs who would otherwise not involve themselves in the ODU activities would be more inclined to do so. Now, next month, one such sub-set, the UK-based Bishops Rhodes Scholars, is getting together in London for a reunion dinner to share and enjoy their common experiences of both Oxford and Bishops.

Are there any other special interest groups of ODs out there who would like to come together? Please let me know.

I have also included a summary of the achievements enjoyed by Bishops over the last three months. None of these will have made the mid-year magazine so in that sense are current. They represent a very broad range of endeavour reflecting the strength and quality of the School.

There is also news of ODs building their businesses and reputations up here and where there is an opportunity to support them, please do try.

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket

There is no charge for the event but ODs are free to make a small donation on the night to the Alan Baxter Foundation
The 1990 matrics invite 1989 & 1991 ODs to join them for their 25th matric reunion on the 17th October. It coincides with the Rugby World Cup quarter finals. There's golf in the morning and then the two games in the afternoon and evening with supper and refreshments along the way. The venue is Murray McPherson's home in Stanford Dingley in Berkshire (RG7 6LS) - 45 minutes by train from Paddington. If you'd like to join in, please email Murray for details.
Robert Slingsby (F, 1973) launches his UK Art Exhibition at the Royal College of Art from 6pm-9pm on Thursday 8th October, to be opened by Sir Richard Demarco. While the public exhibition runs from 9th-13th October, the private opening on the 8th is by invitation only so if you (and guests) would like to attend that, please RSVP. Find out more about Robert and his work by visiting his WEBSITE
Robert Simpson (S, 1968, above) seen in action against the Old Tonbridgians is one of our Senior OD Golfers who will be joined by Bob Trew (F, 1952), John Wyatt (W, 1963), Peter Arthur (W, 1965) Mike Taylor (G, 1959) and Richard Duck (G, 1964) to play regular midweek games. The initiative has been driven (no pun intended) by Richard and ODs who would like to join the circuit (loosely, a Senior Golfer is 55 years or older, but this is a super-elastic cutoff)  should send through their details by clicking this LINK. The first game gets going on October 21st and is being played at the magnificent Walton Heath Course. There's even talk about a seniors' match against the Cranleigh Old Boys.

Meanwhile, Alex Price, (M, 2009) has had an excellent response to our call for any OD golfers who might be interested in playing against the Old Tonbridgians
(or against any side for that matter) in our return game. The OT match will take place at the RAC in Surrey on Sunday 10th July, 2016. Please EMAIL Alex if you're interested. The photos of this years inaugural match can be seen HERE.
This year's Varsity Match (the annual Oxford v Cambridge rugby derby at Twickenham) is on Thursday 10th December. Last year, The ODU were invited to lay a wreath in memory ofthe three Rugby Blues who gave their lives in WW1. This year, it's just the game. It is likely that OD, James Kilroe (K, 2009) will be playing for Cambridge. Cambridge Rugby Club have invited any ODs. If there is sufficient support, I'd be happy to put an outing together (lunch, match, post-match drinks). Please email me if you're interested.
Neil Orpen (F, 1990) is a spinal surgeon who is doing some amazing pioneering work using, incredibly, SATNAV technology to sort out otherwise unbearably painful back problems. He was recently interviewed in the Daily Mail where he explained the technology. For sufferers and those who might one day need this intervention, read about it HERE
An interview with Justin Cartwright (W, 1960) our preeminent author, appeared in the Sunday Times (23rd August). In it he gives a short but frank account of his experiences and memories of Bishops and Cape Town and is well worth reading (the online version requires a subscription). Justin's latest novel Up Against the Night was published at the end of last month.
Conradie and Pennhill Wines, under the the experienced palate of Gareth Penny (F, 1980) launches in the UK on Friday 23rd October. Gareth is inviting ODs and spouses/partners to join in the excitement of this new range of SA wines on the UK block. The event is being held at South Africa House from 6pm-9pm. Given the date, a number of rugby personalities will also be there, so best to arrive closer to 6pm than 9. To receive a formal invitation, please click HERE.
Costa Ghoules (O, 2004) has let me know that he has set up his own talent search company RecruFin.  Having done time at the big four audit firms and in large multinationals in the energy and commodity sector, his company now provides specialist financial and accounting recruitment services in the UK. They also source and place candidates from abroad and he hopes he can be of service to the young ODs moving over here looking for jobs within accounting and finance. So any OD looking for resources in this field, please have email Costa and any OD looking for a new/different position should also get hold of him. In the meantime we wish Costa well in his new venture. 
Amid the global furore over the killing of Cecil the Lion, Ian Michler (W, 1977) left, a conservationist and acclaimed environmental journalist, invites ODs to the London screening of his film Blood Lions (see trailer or read the story). This takes place at the Royal Geographic Society in London on 27 November at 7pm. The film sets out to to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. Before the screening, Ian will be talking to ODs before the film over a cup of tea. Please reserve your tickets (£20 each) by clicking HERE
The UK OD Mentorship Scheme  gathers momentum. The take-up and feedback from mentees and mentors is extremely positive. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please click on the picture. If you are looking for some advice and mentoring, then please email me
For many of you, the June School Magazine would have landed on your doorsteps last month. I thought it might be of interest (and a source of pride) to include some current pieces of School news in the UK OD newsletter. As I've mentioned, Bishops 1st XV v SACS and Rondebosch didn't go entirely according to plan, but there's more to the School than rugby, as you will see below.

Over the past two months, in addition to Simply Blue and the Bishops Drama department - who staged an outstanding production of HC Bosman's Cold Stone Jug at the Edinburgh Festival - Bishops and ODs have many outstanding achievements to be pleased about. Here are some of School's
  • 13 boys made it into the top 100 students in the Senior and Junior SA Maths Olympiad
  • Bishops came second (to RBHS) in the UCT Maths Competition (in the 39 years of the competition, Bishops, RBHS and Westerford have occupied the top 3 positions)
  • A Bishops boy was a member of the SA Computer Olympiad Team which competed in Kazakhstan
  • Bishops boys took the top two places in the National Science Olympiad with four in the top 10
  • A Bishops boy was selected for the SA Schools A Rugby Team which competed in an international series against England and Wales 
  • The 2015 SA Optimist Class World Championship Sailing Team included a Bishops boy
  • A Bishops boy became the youngest ever Clay Target shooter to represent his country in the national U21 team
  • 2 boys have been selected for the SA U20 Waterpolo squad for the wold championships this month
It's difficult to argue that Bishops isn't thriving and its accomplishments like these - and these are but a few - which bring home just how broad and deep the talent  there is, carefully nurtured by the tireless staff.

Congratulations Bishops.
The UK ODU photo gallery can be viewed by clicking HERE
ODU Christmas Party
Thursday 10th December
(venue to be advised)

2016 Seniors' Lunch
Friday 22nd January, 2016
Speaker and venue to be advised

2016 Annual UK Dinner
Friday 1st July 2016
Next year's dinner will be held in London on Friday 1st July, 2016 with the Headmaster of Bishops, Guy Pearson, our guest of honour

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 wonderful competition

OD vs Old Tonbridgian Golf Tournament
Sunday 10th July 2016
The next matches will be held at the RAC in Surrey (see box above).
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