Nowehere is the spirit of Teddies past, present and future more alive than in the pages of Rhubarb - read the latest edition here.
Issue 8: July 2019
Admission to St Edward’s IMPORTANT DATES
Sixth Form Open Day Saturday 21st September 2019
Sixth Form Application Deadline Closing Date – Monday 14th October 2019 Shell and Sixth Form Sport Scholarships Closing Date - Monday 14th October 2019 Sixth Form Academic, Music, Drama, Dance Art and Design Technology Scholarships Closing Date - Monday 14th October 2019 Shell Academic, Music, Drama, Dance Art and Design Technology Scholarships Closing Date - Monday 6th January 2020 Shell Academic
Scholarships Closing Date – Monday 17th February 2020
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From the Warden
Nowhere is the spirit of Teddies past, present and future more alive than in the pages of r h u b a r b . Each year, this informative magazine sweeps across the many generations of former pupils, illuminating the lives they have led and continue to lead in all walks of life. The past year has provided a number of often sombre occasions to remember those among our number who fought bravely on fields of conflict and paid the ultimate price. At a special Service of Remembrance in November to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, St Edward’s paid heartfelt tribute to the 124 former pupils and staff who lost their lives in the Great War.
Further significant dates have provided occasion to reflect. June marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the largest seaborne invasion in history, which featured a number of OSE. We were very sad to learn recently of the deaths of Michael Parker (E, 1935-1939) and Edward Burn (G, 1935-1941), who both survived the landings. Michael was a gunnery officer on HMS Warspite, the battleship that fired the first shots of the entire operation; Edward landed on the British beaches with the Buckinghamshire Regiment. To mark the anniversary, Archivist Chris Nathan focuses on the D-Day experiences of Major Tony Lewis (A, 1934-1938) and Captain Nevill Lawton Smith (E, 1931-1935) in the summer edition of the Chronicle ; and for a comprehensive and absorbing account of OSE involvement in the Second World War, look out for Chris’s book, Let it Roar, Let it Rage, We Shall Come Through , to be published in the autumn, 80 years after the outbreak of this brutal conflict. You can read more about this important publication on page 24. There are many ways to serve, of course, and in this issue we focus on the countless
OSE who have chosen, either through their work or through voluntary activities, to support their fellow citizens and wider society. A truly remarkable collection of narratives covers almost every aspect of the human experience, from surf therapy, personal development for the elderly, medical research and the Marathon des Sables to social enterprise – ‘doing good with wood’ – free workshops in digital manufacturing, saving orangutans in Borneo and Sam Branson’s phenomenal Strive project: OSE are making their mark across the globe. Read more about all these initiatives and more from page 4. I wish you an enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing many of you either in School or at one of our OSE events in the coming months.
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Stephen Jones Warden
Joe Robinson (H, 2003- 2008) and Grace Gilbert (née Robinson) (K, 2005- 2010), Siblings in the Sahara. Picture taken by Susie Chan, Ultra-runner.
Message from the Editor
It has been a year of personnel changes here in the OSE team but our OSE connections remain of utmost importance to us. Hopefully in this year’s r h u b a r b you will still sense that community spirit as we update you with School and OSE news and events. This edition has opened the lid on the charitable work that OSE are involved with. It is astounding both in its breadth and reach. We were overwhelmed with your
response and are sure there is even more OSE involvement we are yet to learn about. Please continue to inform and update us so that we may spread the word. With a new Development Director starting imminently we hope to be able to tell you of exciting plans for the future so please keep watch for emails or news on the website and remember we love to hear from you.
Society ............................................................. 1 OSE News ..................................................... 3 Charities ......................................................... 4 OSE News ...................................................14 School News .............................................16 Society Funding ....................................22 Archives ......................................................24 OSE News ...................................................26 Merchandise ..............................................31 OSE at Work ............................................32 Congratulations .....................................35 Obituaries ...................................................38 Events .............................................................61 Martyrs Reports ....................................65 Contacts .......................................................68 Valete .............................................................69 Contents
Corrections Correction to r h u b a r b 2018 ‘Field House – a short history’
Thank you to Christopher Hand (C, 1960-1965) for spotting that the ‘new’ Field House was occupied from September 1965 and not 1964 as reported. David Sansom (B, 2007-2012) – In 2013 David walked 1,258 miles from Lands End to John o’Groats, raising £12,500 for Emmaus Oxford. The expedition was featured in the 2013 issue of r h u b a r b , however, the accompanying photo was not David! With our apologies, we submit a correct one.
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President’s Report Charles Cooper (G, 1961-1966)
The School Society came into being in the summer of 1892 when 13 rules were published in the Chronicle , one being that the President should be ex officio the Warden. This held true until 1922 when a series of changes were made, including the broadening of the nominations for President to notable OSE, usually agreed by their fellows in a vote or by wider canvassing for opinion. Thus, since 1922, the list of Presidents has made impressive reading with 20 decorated (both civil and wartime) personalities such as Douglas Bader, Noel Hudson, Michael Sandberg, Ivor Lucas and John Moreton. The roll also includes the first OSE with a Double First at Oxford - Francis Wylie, the first OSE to win an international sporting cap There is something for everyone on the events card. Do have a close look to see what might suit you. To encourage younger OSE to participate, we have increased subsidies at events, regional as well as at the School, and this has proved successful. Over half the attendees at the recent Annual Dinner were under 30 which is very encouraging. If you think of organising any sort of get- together, let us know as we may be able to help. The OSE office in the Lodge is the first point of contact. In other areas of interest, the Society has committed to funding a triptych for the Chapel altar. This is a commission for former Head of Teddies Art, Peter Lloyd- Jones. We also look forward to providing a water fountain in the Quad in the area in front of the new academic centre and library development.
Last Autumn we said goodbye to Rebecca Ting from the Development Office, and earlier this year to Jenny McCarter from the OSE office. Rebecca had been with Teddies for over 10 years and had been a pleasure to work with. Jenny set up our involvement with the Blenheim Triathlon, and worked to make our new merchandise available. You can see the very smart cuff links and other new rhubarb merchandise available through the school website in this magazine. We miss Rebecca and Jenny, and wish them well. I wish to say a big thank you to Emma Grounds who holds the OSE office together and to the Society Hon Sec, the seemingly tireless John Wiggins, for the energy he puts into our programme. Thank you also to David Smart, our Vice President, for stepping forward to assist in the running of the Society.
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It is an honour for me to be President of the St Edward’s School Society. I follow in the steps of Mike Palau whose commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the Society and School were admirable. We are very grateful and pay tribute to him. The role of the Society is extensive. Firstly, it funds the publication of our magazine r h u b a r b and the OSE and Martyrs events card. (These are available in hard copy, and, for those who don’t do paper, online.) The Society also encourages events. If you would like to drink and dine with OSE friends, you can do it in Cornwall, the Midlands, Cardiff, Liverpool, or even Sydney, Australia. There are Martyrs sports events for men and for women: hockey, golf, cricket, mixed netball, and triathlon. On 2nd June about 40 competitors participated for us at the Blenheim Triathlon; members of the Society and Martyrs were present to provide encouragement and support. There is also the Martyrs Boat Club. Recognising the value of the Martyrs through all these sports the Society Committee has made guarantees for Martyrs funding and improving access for OSE to the events. All pupils now have automatic membership of the Martyrs. Other events include the Gaudy concert in July, and the OSE Carol Service on 1st December. Tilly’s had a House reunion and welcomed back over 100 OSE.
The Position of President of the School Society as Sir George Mallaby, David Wippell and, of course, the early Wardens. In 2014 Georgie Dennis (née Pelham) was the first female OSE to be appointed, her father having also been President. The present incumbent Charles Cooper also followed in his father Graham’s footsteps.
Most Presidents have served for one year only and each in their own way has brought something different to the task. The fact that the position has been filled for so long and by so many eminent otherwise-busy people, demonstrates the importance of the role both to the individual, the School and, perhaps more importantly, to the OSE community who can no longer visit Oxford very often but feel nonetheless they are represented.
- Hugh Ingledew, and the first OSE to win an Oxford Rowing Blue - Percy Underhill. Two Henderson brothers, Terence and Derek, were both in the post, as well as a handful of non-OSE such
John Wylie 1937
Douglas Bader 1962
John Moreton 1980
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OSE News Postcards from the Exhibition
The Return of The King’s Cup Chris Hartley (D, 1975-1979) is Chairman of The King’s Cup Organising Committee and writes:
Henley Royal Regatta. Persuading eight Chiefs of Defence to send a boat to Henley with, for the first time, men and women racing in the same crew, was quite a journey. The USA, Australia, Canada, France, the UK, New Zealand and new competitors Germany and the Netherlands raced at Henley this year. Eight nations provided symbolic contributions to be melted down into the new trophies. These include a gift from the Dutch Royal Household, a Croix de Guerre from each year of WW1 sent by the French, part of the Roll of Honour from the War Memorial donated by the Australians and some of the original copper from the 1797 USS Constitution , the first warship commissioned by George Washington. Her Majesty The Queen has also honoured us with a contribution. How can OSE help? Start following and liking The King’s Cup Facebook page, this drives awareness and awareness drives support.’ https://www.kingscup. org and https://www.facebook.com/ TheKingsCupHenley and https://www. instagram.com/kingscuphenley/ .
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A fundraising exhibition in The North Wall last May held more than a hint of mystery, with anonymous miniature works of art on display and available for purchase by the highest bidder; artists’ names were only revealed after bidding had ended and purchases were complete. Bidding started at just £5 and works in the auction included contributions from luminaries such as Maggi Hambling, displayed, it was difficult to keep track of all OSE contributions but amongst those who entered works were Harriet Blomefield (K, 1999-2004), Lâle Güralp (D, 2000-2005), Laura Mallows (M, 2005-2010), Freddie Strickland (E, 2007-2011), Freddie Crossley (H, 2006-2011), Laura Clifford (M, 2006- 2011), Sebastien De Souza (E, 2006- 2011), Polina Lyubeznova (J, 2011- 2016) and Ali Ellis (K, 2011-2016). Lynda la Plante and Jon Snow (A, 1961-1966). With 266 postcards
‘For the last two years I have been working on a project to re-race the King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in commemoration of the Royal Henley Peace Regatta. In 1919 there was no Henley Royal Regatta but the rowing community wanted to help build the peace so Royal Henley Peace Regatta was organised at which the King’s Cup for military VIIIs was the main event. The cup was a gift from HRH King George V and the competition was won by an Australian Army crew. It was confiscated by a nascent Australian War Memorial as a prize of war but the oarsmen objected, Winston Churchill became involved, the King intervened and the cup was eventually returned to the rowers. It is now the perpetual trophy for Australian States, raced for at their National Championships. One hundred years later Sir Steve Redgrave and the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta kindly agreed that eight military VIIIs could race again for a new King’s Cup at
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OSE Connections through Charitable Endeavour
Helen Killingley (D, 1999-2004) has spent her career in the third sector. As a trustee of the charity, Access Sport, she believes in their goal that every young person should be able to access sport and experience the power it can have in enhancing their life prospects. Access Sport works across the UK focused on disability and inclusion, cycling and volunteering. Through its programmes, the charity works in partnership with organisations such as England Hockey, British Cycling and the High Sheriff network. Richard Venables Deputy Lieutenant (A, 1980-1985) has been an avid supporter of their work. He tells us more: ‘It was my privilege to be High Sheriff of Oxfordshire last year. During my tenure, I embarked on a variety of fundraising initiatives, including a Corporate Challenge, and raised around £200k for charities relating to youth Saving Orangutans Having worked in Borneo for eight months Deyá Ward (D, 2008-2013) now focuses her time on orangutan conservation. Deyá frequently talks in schools in order to engage children in conservation and has also made a number of films, which can be accessed from her website, www.deyaward.com . Currently fundraising for the Sumatran
sport initiatives in Oxfordshire’s deprived communities and mental health awareness in our schools. I have been delighted to meet several other OSE who are engaged with local charities including Rick Mower (K, 1982-1986) who is the inspirational CEO of RAW in Blackbird Leys and Simon Smith (C, 1977-1982), trustee of the Banbury Young Homeless Project tackling issues in North Oxfordshire. The majority of my funding has gone to Access Sport who operate in East Oxford and work with existing community sport groups. I also have a ‘Black Dog’ from the SANE mental health charity travelling around Oxfordshire’s primary and secondary schools to raise awareness of mental health issues. In April 2019 I became a trustee of Oxfordshire Youth and so the journey continues.’ Helen also works for Spirit of 2012. This trust, which sponsors Access Sport’s Flyerz
Hockey programme, was set up with an endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund after London 2012. Backed by Kate and Helen Richardson- Walsh, this programme focuses on disability inclusion in hockey clubs providing funding of £250k over three years.
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Simon Smith and Richard Venables
Orangutan Society, Deyá ran the London Marathon in April with a giant toy orangutan on her back.
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STRIVE for Big Change
Sam Branson (C, 1998-2003) is the co- founder of Big Change. He writes: ‘It is a privilege to be writing for r h u b a r b , I have so many fond memories of my time at the School. In 2014 I co-founded the STRIVE Challenge with my cousin, Noah Devereux. Since then we have been championing the Big Change mission by assembling groups of extraordinary people to challenge themselves, fundraise for Big Change and have the experience of a lifetime. So far, we’ve travelled over 6000km and raised over £6m. I founded Big Change with my sister Holly (J, 1998-2000) and some friends in 2012 to reimagine education to enable young people to thrive in a world of constant change. We back organisations with powerful ideas that address the root causes of big issues. We give them our support at an early stage of their development allowing them to learn, grow and prove their model to create long-term, positive systemic change. I hope many more St Edward’s students go on to find a path that helps them have a positive impact in the world.’
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Sam climbing Mont Blanc
applications for funding in the following areas: Early Development to support under 5s in need; Inclusion as Strength to support those otherwise excluded; and Teacher and Leader Agency to empower teachers to achieve change. Find out if your project is eligible for Big Change support at https:// www.big-change.org/projects/
The Virgin STRIVE Challenge is a series of epic mass-participation endurance events which raise money for the Big Change charity. The funds raised allow the charity to focus on projects aiming to resolve issues that prevent young people from thriving and realising their full potential. Big Change is currently taking
Strive core team at the Mont Blanc summit
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Henry Chitsenga – SuChHope
Henry Chitsenga, a Maths teacher at St Edward’s, has brought the spirit of charitable giving alive for current pupils and many OSE. Coming from Nyanga in Zimbabwe, Henry was aware of the gap between first-world and developing-world education, and of the plight of the less fortunate. Through his charity SuChHope Henry, along with those he has inspired, has achieved extraordinary results. Among many other initiatives, he has sponsored 43 students, of whom 30 have
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since graduated; built Nyanga North High School, an educational centre serving more than 50 schools in the district that will also be open to the public to encourage them to read; built a two-bedroom house for a child-headed family, providing a monthly food hamper and paying their fees; donated hospital equipment worth Architects Nick Hardy http:// www.tsharchitects.co.uk and Tim Ronalds http://www.timronalds.co.uk and John Pawson http://www.johnpawson.com worked on this school design, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe
over £11,000 to the paediatric wards of the biggest referral hospital (Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals) in Zimbabwe; secured a donation of 3,500 Casio’s Fx-991ES calculators to be donated to schools in the Nyanga North district; and, most recently, donated secondhand school uniform to the victims of Cyclone Idai.
Bongai Mwanesa went on to do a Masters in Human Rights and now she is an intern officer at United Nations AIDS in Harare responsible for Gender, Human Rights and Civil Society Organisations
Henry photographing the ‘child-headed’ family receiving donations in front of their new house
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Claremont Project and Flourishing Lives coalition
Lucien Paul Stanfield (B, 1978-1983) writes: ‘I wanted Claremont to be a different kind of charity for older people, a kind of adult version of a great school – much like St Edward�s! Claremont is aspirational and deeply interested in learning and personal development. We focus on individual ambition, as well as on friendship, mutual respect, and the health and betterment of community. Claremont comprises about 1,000 people at any one time, from all walks of life, and with many different interests and needs. We have an extensive weekly programme of arts events, classes, and projects – from ballet and disco, to creative writing, art therapy, and drama. The average age is 75. About half of our members come to us having found themselves isolated and alone after the death of a partner or loss of local friends and relatives. Over half of those joining us score well below the national average for mental wellbeing, sometimes having a lifetime of a mental health diagnosis. The good news is that after only four months most have moved to the normal range for psychological wellbeing. We also created and run the Flourishing Lives coalition, a lively network of over 250 arts and heritage organisations working with older people, ranging from the Tate,
Ballet Rambert and British Museum, to local community centres and lunch clubs. We’re funded by grant-making trusts, income we generate from our own
activities and by individual donations. And we’re always on the look-out for new partnerships and income opportunities!’
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Impro Project, Claremont at Central St Martins
Plans to follow the Long Walk Home
Patrick Lyster-Todd (D, 1968-1972) heads communications and fundraising for Haig Housing Trust www.haighousing.org.uk
the UK’s main veterans’ housing charity. Last year the Trust organised a commemorative fundraising event called
The Long Walk Home. One hundred veterans and serving personnel travelled to the Menin Gate in Ypres to walk the 100 miles back to the Cenotaph in Whitehall to mark the centenary of the ending of the Great War, during which so many OSE lost their lives. This raised, in all, nearly £100k. Next year, there are plans to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the ending of the Second World War in Europe. It is hoped that this event will include veterans and some serving personnel and, in particular, those who may wish to walk to honour the memory of a family member. Perhaps there will be a small Teddies contingent amongst them?
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Surf Therapy In 2008, Tim Conibear (E, 1995-2000) moved to Cape Town to pursue a career in the wine industry. At weekends, Tim took children from the local townships surfing at Cape Town’s Muizenberg Beach. Tim started surfing during his time at St Edward’s, on a summer surf camp and memorably at Bells Beach on a hockey tour to Australia in 1998. Having created the first ever surf club in a South African township in 2011, Tim teamed up with researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) who were interested to see how the surf club was helping young people face trauma. It was found that the confidence associated with learning to surf, and the care offered by the local coaches, was helping young people cope with issues including abuse at home, gang membership and drug use. In partnership with UCT, Tim formed Waves for Change ( www. waves-for-change.org ), now one of the leading Sport for Development charities worldwide. Waves for Change trains and supports local communities to open surf therapy programmes for young people living hard lives along the coast of Africa and Liberia, reaching 1,500 children weekly. This year and next, in partnership with Comic Relief, Waves for Change will support 20 new countries worldwide to introduce surf therapy.
In 2014, over 6,000 miles away on the east coast of Scotland, Jamie Marshall (E, 2003-2008) pulled on a thick wetsuit to run a pilot of the Wave Project’s ( www. waveproject.co.uk ) surf therapy. Surfing had played a hugely important part in Jamie’s life since he was introduced to the sport on a St Edward’s trip organised by Mr Lambe in 2004. This experience led to qualification as a surf instructor, founding the Wave Project in Scotland and even competitive international representation for Scotland. Surfing also played a pivotal role on a more personal level as an outlet for stress and anxiety in Jamie’s life. The Wave Project utilises a unique combination of surfing, safe space provision and peer mentoring to help young people overcome a wide range of mental health challenges. The programme has robust evidence demonstrating its benefits in improvements to confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing, and has been widely endorsed by the NHS and social services across the UK. Specifically, in Scotland, the project has grown from a pilot of 20 young people in 2014 to working with more than 100 young people a year with demand for even more service provision. UK-wide the project has reached over 3,000 young people since its inception. Having achieved a MSc at the University of Edinburgh in Physical Activity for Health, Jamie recently left the Wave Project to study for the world’s first PhD focused exclusively on surf therapy with the aim of
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Tim Conibear (E, 1995-2000) with surf therapy participants in Cape Town South Africa
supporting other charities and NGOs across the world. Despite being at Teddies at different times, and having followed separate paths to surf therapy, Tim and Jamie are now closely collaborating on a range of global projects. Both helped lay the foundations for (and now hold key roles within) the International Surf Therapy Organization (ISTO) ( www.intlsurftherapy.org ). Founded in 2017, ISTO has exciting plans, including a conference in California in the autumn to make sure surf therapy is at the forefront of conversations across a range of media. There are opportunities to get involved with this global movement alongside these aquatic OSE - please do not hesitate to get in touch on the website links above.
Jamie Marshall (E, 2003-2008) helps a young person on a wave in Scotland
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Pancreatic Research Working as an oncologist treating patients with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Dr John Glees (F, 1955-1960) set up the Ralph Bates Pancreatic Research Fund. Now a senior trustee of the organisation along with Virginia Bates, Ralph’s widow, the charity is delighted to have as its Patron, artist Sir Peter Blake. Ralph Bates was a wonderful actor, especially loved in the original Poldark and the TV series Dear John . Pancreatic cancer causes 10,000 to 12,000 deaths a year, with Karl Lagerfeld a recent victim. The charity is committed to uncovering new treatments through research at various centres. The Silas Pullen Fund Ben Pullen (B, 1982-1987) and his wife set up the Silas Pullen Fund under the umbrella of the Brain Tumour Charity five years ago after their third son, Silas, died from a brain tumour at the age of 11. They have raised over £700K to date thanks to an army of supporters but, as Ben admits ‘we have slowed down now. It’s tougher to raise money the further you travel from the death of your loved one’. That said, they are still very committed and put on annual fundraising events. They recently hosted a big comedy night at the Underbelly Festival on London’s South Bank. http://www.underbellyfestival.com/ whats-on/the-mighty-boy-comedy- night-in-aid-of-the-silas-pullen-fund Join in the Extravaganza In June St Edward’s hosted a netball extravaganza in memory of Grace Hadman (M, 2004-2009) with proceeds going to the netball court built in Malawi in her name. Grace loved netball, and the court in Lilongwe, Malawi, is the perfect tribute to her – a safe place where girls can meet, make friends, receive support, and play netball! For those who were unable to join us at Teddies, but who wish to contribute towards Grace’s Netball Court and the charity Building Malawi, please make a donation which will go directly towards the upkeep and improvement of the Court or to benefit the team at http://www.buildingmalawi.com/grace- hadman-netball-court-malawi.html
The Toughest Race On Earth Joe Robinson (H, 2003-2008) and Grace Gilbert (née Robinson), (K, 2005-2010) have taken on what the Discovery Channel described as ‘The Toughest Race on
toughest day was day four when they had to take on the double-marathon! Joe and Grace are fundraising for Walk Once More, a spinal cord injury charity, a cause they are passionate about due to Joe’s injuries following his car accident 10 years ago. For more details of their adventure or to donate go to www.justgiving.com/ siblingsinthesahara and to read the blog https://siblingsinthesahara.co.uk/
Earth’ - the Marathon des Sables. This is a 250km race split over six days in the heart of the Sahara Desert. Temperatures reach in excess of 50 degrees Celsius and contestants are required to carry all of their equipment and food in their backpacks. The
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Susie Chan, Ulta-runner
The Mission to Seafarers Rev Andrew Wright (G, 1971-1976 and Segar’s Housemaster 1991-2007) is Secretary General of Mission to Seafarers, an international charity dedicated to the support of seafarers and their families. �It is often forgotten that more than 90% of all that we consume comes by ship. Crew of many nationalities are frequently on contracts that can last up to a year or more. They face many challenges. Alongside our regular welfare response
we still see cases of severe hardship – even seafarers abandoned without food or water. An Anglican Christian charity launched in 1856, our work is holistic and practical. We operate in 50 countries, providing port based welfare (emergency response, hospitality centres, ship visiting, transport) as well as family support networks and local and international advocacy services.� Details on www.missiontoseafarers.org
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Fablab Nigel Fitzhugh (B, 1960-64) writes: ‘I am currently heavily involved in three charities, but one which might interest readers is my work with the Fablab in Exeter Library. For the uninitiated a Fablab is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. It is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer- controlled tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and a CNC Router, with the aim of making “almost anything”. It is the first Fablab in a public library and is devoted to using its equipment and volunteers to at Moulsford Prep School, each year. The hall is transformed into an elegant luncheon venue for over 300 guests to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Child Bereavement UK. Last year was a phenomenal success, raising £22,000 for the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support who provide physical, emotional and financial support to people along their cancer journey. We are also supporting Child Bereavement UK who helped Victoria Milligan, this year’s guest speaker, after she lost her daughter and her husband in an horrific accident. www.thesummerlunch.co.uk Oxford’s Best Lunch Invite Bryony Cuthbert (née Ward) (A, 1993-1995) helps organise the Summer Lunch in Oxford. The summer lunch is an annual shopping and fundraising event
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Generous Donations Put to Good Use Christopher Hand (C, 1960-1965) working as a GP for over 20 years ago was given £500,000 by a kind patient to build a new surgery. He and his partners decided to set up a charity, The Bungay Medical Centre Charitable Trust, as they felt it was wrong for GP partners to profit from this generosity when they retired. Currently Christopher is a trustee and chairman of the charity which gives grants to help the patients of the Bungay Medical Practice (covering North Suffolk and South Norfolk) and the people of Bungay, some of whom are not patients of the practice, mainly through a grant to Bungay Area Community Transport. Engaging in Education James Dubois (C, 1960-1964) is Patron of an education charity called SATRO based in Guildford, Surrey. SATRO works with young people in school to help them fully engage with education. The work is vital as too many young people disengage from their education. Through mentoring, the use of mobile classrooms, and focussing on embedding key ‘employability’ skills they help over 6,000 young people. Information can be found on https://www.satro.org.uk/ support-us
educate people of all ages about modern manufacturing methods. I have been helping at Fablab from its inception six years ago and I was recently awarded a Point Of Light award (no I hadn’t heard of it either) by the Prime Minister for my efforts. I would guess that many of the OSE of my vintage are involved in volunteering of some sort, it is extremely good for the soul, the mind and the organisations they serve. I’ll be printing spare parts for myself long into the future.’
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From Small Beginnings...
Paying Tribute Tim Usher (E, 1960-1965) pays tribute to the Anthony Nolan Cancer Trust. Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, Tim was in hospital in an isolation ward for nearly three months until the doctors recommended that his only chance of survival was through a bone marrow transplant. None of his family were suitable donors, but thanks to the wonderful work of this charity they very quickly found him a donor who was an ideal match. Although Tim describes it as ‘a long haul’ he was supported through all the treatment by this wonderful charity for which he now raises money twice a year through a tennis tournament and a swimarathon.
the Ashfords Foundation www. ashfordsfoundation.org.uk which is one of the first charitable foundations set up by a law firm. He set up a very small charity, Loose Change which sadly no longer operates. He is the Chair of the steering group of Home from Home www.home-from-home.org.uk . Operating under a charitable umbrella, they hope to sponsor a Syrian family under the Home Office’s Community Sponsorship Scheme. He also volunteers with the Samaritans and raises money for the Howard League for Penal Reform.
George Wilkinson’s (A, 1966-1971) first experience of charity was in his first year at St Edward’s, going to stuff envelopes for Oxfam which at that time had an office in Summertown. Did that sow the seeds for subsequent involvement? George is now the Chair at Bridge Support www.bridgesupport. org supporting people with enduring mental ill health in south east London. He is Secretary to a recently established grant-making charitable foundation Volunteering Anthony Pugh (F, 1957-1962) describes his experience: ‘For many years I have worked as an unpaid volunteer with St John Ambulance, helping to run my division and acting as first aider at many sporting, public and social events. In recognition of my work I was recently invested as a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. This appointment needed Royal approval and officially makes me ‘Esquire’ instead of ‘Mr’. Several times in the past I have acted as the first aider for a party of volunteers re-opening the historic footpaths on Mount Athos, Greece. The Prince of Wales initiated the project and frequently joined us. He loves the chance of doing real physical work.’
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Everyone can Play The String Scheme was promoted by Dale Chambers (B, 1982-1986) after the Royal Grammar School Guildford had established a system of tuition for their feeder prep school. Dale then set up a relationship with a local primary school which has gone from strength to strength with free violin and cello lessons for a year given to over 250 pupils a week. Of those who have completed the scheme, between 15% and 20% have decided to continue with their studies. www.schoolstogether.org
Walk around the world Tom Fremantle (E, 1979-1984) journeys across the world in aid of three causes: the Alzheimer’s Society, the Puzzle Centre and Medical Detection Dogs. Aiming to cover 16,299.8 miles, the minimum required for a world walk according to the World Runner�s Association, Tom has so far walked across America and will travel east in a continuous line across Europe then Russia/Africa and Australasia. He will also cover a swathe of the fifth continent, Asia. Aiming for 20 miles a day with occasional pit stops, it should take about three and a half years subject to terrain, weather, visa rules, bunions and a host of other imponderables. Tom is travelling light, carrying his belongings in a small hiking cart, and has passed through Oxford calling in at St Edward’s in May. Keep up to date with progress at https://tomsworldwalk.com
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Four Impressive Not For Profit Enterprises Church in the center of Blackbird Leys, with apartments that will ultimately be used to fund the upkeep of the building. In Blackbird Leys, 34% of children live below the poverty line. The regeneration Jasmine Ruske (D, 2010-2012) is an Investment Manager at Newcore Capital and specialising in social infrastructure she is currently working on a project in Blackbird Leys. This unique project is designed to be self-sustaining and all the works are to be undertaken on a pro bono basis and to be funded through donations. of these community facilities may not immediately solve this problem, but will hopefully be the driver of change needed to get things moving whilst also replacing lost community facilities in the process. The project includes the rebuilding and extension of the existing Holy Family
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Rick Mower (K, 1982-1986) founded the RAW Workshop in south east Oxford three years ago. The social business reclaims and recycles wood, making high quality products to order for corporate and individual clients. Rick’s talented and dedicated workforce is made up of individuals who have faced prejudice or other barriers to finding employment, whether owing to past decisions and actions or personal difficulties they’ve faced. To find out more visit https:// raw-workshop.co.uk
And So Much More…. Barclay, Angus (B, 1977-1982) – Trustee of a UK-based charity, the Kohima Educational Trust. www.kohimaeducationaltrust. net , providing secondary school scholarships to children in Nagaland, a mountainous Indian state on the border with Myanmar. Clifford, Robin (C, 1971-1976) - A trustee of his local Salisbury- based Mencap Society. Cooling, Nick (C, 1969-1974) – Panel member for the South Fermanagh Foundation (Lives Project), providing support and treatment for victims of terror throughout the British Isles. Cunliffe, Nicholas (D, 1966-1969) took a 15-day hike in the Himalayas last year raising money for Care for the Family, a charity that supports bereaved parents and that has been close to his heart for 18 years
Hussain, Tariq (G, 1987-1992) – Raised £50k last year for the Prince’s Trust running an event in the Brecon Beacons. DellEMC Management Challenge at www. managementchallenge.co.uk Kuhnke, Max (F, 2001-2006) – Currently the Secretary for the National Professionals branch of the Royal British Legion. Lea, Phillip (B, 1971-1975) - Involved with various charities helping with neurological impairments, in particular cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s. Most recently a founding Trustee and Director of Action Cerebral Palsy, attempting to enable the legislature to implement changes so that children with CP are identified early and given appropriate access to the best evidence-based therapeutic inputs. McCleery, Simon (B, 1984-1989) – Fundraiser for the National Autistic Society and a local charity that promotes Sailability: Blackwell Sailing, based on Windermere. At
https://www.careforthefamily. org.uk/family-life/bereavement- support and also for El Shaddai in India http://www.childrescue.net .
for Commonwealth Friendship whose aim is ‘to promote friendship and understanding amongst the people of the Commonwealth’. Farrar, Richard (G, 1967-1971) – Through his School of Choi Kwang Do has raised money for Children in Need. www.ashingtonckd. co.uk Hall, Andrew (F, 1996-2001) – Fundraising volunteer at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, providing short break care for around 30 families from the South. Hamilton, Will (D, 1982-1987) – Celebrated his 50th birthday running the London Marathon in 2019 in 5 hours 20 minutes, raising money for the Chiltern Centre for children. Harris, Edward (E, 1954-1959) – For 30+ years was a member of the Executive Committee of the Gower Society, formed to protect the Gower from unseemly development.
Davis, Ed (D, 1964-1968) – National Vice President and
President NSW & ACT of ABC Friends, an organisation which lobbies to protect Australia’s major public broadcaster. Day, Tim (F, 1969-1974) – Spent his entire career in the charity sector, now retired but still volunteering Delafield, Phillip (C, 1970- 1975) – Trustee of both Autism Bedfordshire, which provides a range of support to autistic adults and children and their families, and Community Action Bedfordshire, which develops, enables, promotes and supports voluntary and community action across Bedfordshire. https://www. autismbedfordshire.net and https://www.cabeds.org.uk Faith, Anthony (C, 1965-1970) – Chairman of the Victoria League
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Grenville Collins (A, 1956-1959) is Chairman of The Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, Oxford, www.ibnarabisociety.org which was founded in Britain in 1977 as a Non-affiliated Voluntary Organisation (NVO) and has since become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The purpose of the Society is to promote the writings and thought of the Andalusian thinker Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), his school and successors. Ibn Arabi articulates a comprehensive understanding of creation and of the human condition, and in this regard there is a similarity to the position taken by the Neo-Platonists. In order to help fulfil its aims the Society now publishes what is now a bi-annual Journal; the first volume was published in 1982. The Society has embarked on a fundraising campaign in order to endow in perpetuity a Junior Research Fellowship at Wadham College, Oxford, the Ibn Arabi Junior Research Fellowship in Islamic Mysticism. Please contact the Society for information. Kian Akhavan (F, 2014-2018) spent the summer of 2014 in rural Kenya as part of an international team of volunteers helping to build a village school and noticed that there
were far more boys there than girls. He writes: ‘I learned that while the boys were learning in the classroom, the girls were expected to stay home to cook, clean and get married at a ridiculous age. After I left Kenya, I told my mother what I had seen.
I told her it was unfair and that it upsets me. The future of so many girls was going to waste. So she asked me, “What are you going to do about it?’ Kian has established ‘Girls Write the Future’ a non-profit organisation which is aimed at combatting gender inequality in education.
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Stevenson, Andrew (C, 1999- 2004) – Works for Movember, a charity raising funds for men’s health issues by challenging men to grow moustaches throughout November. He also ran one of the world’s toughest half- marathons up a 1.27km high mountain in Tasmania. Sturt, Nigel (B, 1941-1946) – Worked for the Woodard Schools 1982 – 1993, has been the chairman of a preservation trust for an Elizabethan guildhall for 25 years, and the trustee for almshouses even longer. Vernon-Powell, Mike (A, 1948- 1952) – Works as fundraising consultant to enhance the income stream of six of the largest national charities but in particular Trust Director of the Need in Nepal Trust, Chairman of Worldwide People for People charity, Director of Fundraising for New Life Mexico and Trustee of Time for Change’s ‘Smile a Minute’ campaign. Also,
venture, for each snack sold 1p is donated through the Bihar Development Foundation UK to support health camps in Bihar for the local farmers to detect risks of heart disease, strokes and generally create awareness about infections. Pearson, Peter (E, 1968- 1973) - Used to run the British Exploring Society http://www. britishexploring.org Reinboth, Jøergen (B, 2015- 2018) – Along with current pupil Oliver McCrum (Upper Sixth) for last year’s School charity, The Felix Project, raised money through selling wristbands and completed the annual 7 Peak Challenge in Norway. Robathan, Anthony (F, 1946- 1950) – Previously Honourable Secretary for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution in Cornwall for 21 years and in 1980/81 was Vice Chairman of the Truro Cathedral Centenary Appeal Committee.
4.00am on 23rd June 2018, starting from Walney West Shore, Simon ran 22 miles to the Lakeside Hotel on Windermere, swam 500m across the lake to Fellfoot Country Park and biked 125 miles to Whitby, finishing in 16 hours! McCrum, Chris (C, 1973- 1978) – Currently consulting at Community Action Marin, and Board Chair of Community Initiatives in San Francisco. McIntyre, Giles (B, 1996-2001) - Supports the local charity SSNAP support for sick newborn babies and their parents. https://www. ssnap.org.uk Norbury, Robert (F, 1951-1954) - Helped raise money for the British Red Cross, the National Theatre, Leap Confronting Conflict, the Royal Grammar School Guildford, and Royal Trinity Hospice. Ogston, Darcy (H, 2007- 2012) – Through a new business based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford providing
working in association with the Springboard for Children charity’s £70M 10/10 Foundation Appeal and the Worshipful Company of Barbers and Surgeons 7C Appeal to raise £1.5m for medical bursaries. Ward, Harry (F, 1964-1969) – Chair of Trustees of Children in Distress providing residential, educational and hospice services for disadvantaged children through its sister Foundation Copii in Dificultate in Romania. www. childrenindistress.org . Welsh, Andy (G, 1946-1950) – Involved with both the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem which works in China, India and Africa and the Anglican Chaplaincy of Malta and Gozo. Williams, Guy (G, 1970-1973) – Through the Masonic Charity Fund, is raising a fund in memory of Christopher Norton Welsh. Please see Old St Edward’s Lodge No516.
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Anthony Glees discloses to the Kenneth Grahame Society
And the Bees The Teddies Apiary is flourishing with David Aldred (G, 1981-1986) Master i/c of the Apiary crediting much of this year’s success to former President of the Beekeeping Society, now OSE, Richard Fuest (B, 2013-2018) who has had much experience working with a professional beekeeper and also has his own hives. As testament to this success John Alexander (B, 1961-1965) wrote to thank us for sending him a jar of Teddies honey. It arrived in the post just as he was leaving to attend a ‘bee safari’, a regular event when the beekeepers in his honey association visit other members’ hives and usually have an al fresco lunch on the way. He gave his verdict on the Teddies honey: ‘sampling the contents I can tell you (what you already know) that it is very good and what’s more very well extracted and filtered. And what a good label! All in all, I was much impressed and further impressed to read in the r h u b a r b magazine that the pupils have found no trouble in queen rearing, which I always find very difficult.’ The bees are being rewarded with a flower garden being created near to the hives in memory of Polly Birch (née Dick) (J, 1998- 2003). Polly was a vet and among the last wishes she made was: ‘Respect the planet and look after the bees’. Everyone was given a packet of wildflower seeds with that quote on it at her funeral. The School had just started the apiary so James Vaughan-Fowler suggested the idea of a wildflower garden to the Warden, who fully approved. Polly’s husband Phil and her parents, Richard and Felicity, gave their consent. Thanks go to Bob Bowerman, Grounds Manager, and his team for their hard work.
Anthony Glees (F, 1963-1966) wrote about returning to St Edward’s to give a talk: ‘What a huge pleasure it was to be invited back to St Edward's by Warden Jones to speak to the Kenneth Grahame Society on 27th November 2018! My time at St Edward's was really happy. I had some outstanding teachers (Dr ‘Fritz’ Alexander for German and Colin Pedley for English to name but two) and made great friendships there (two very good friends, Ian Littlewood (F, 1962-1966) and Richard Grier (F, 1962-1966), are still very good friends, fifty years on). I was in Tilly’s, run at the time by Eric Reid, said to have been a British spy in France during the War (under the guise of being an absent- minded antiques dealer). After St Edward's I went to St Catherine’s College, Oxford, to read Modern History and German, later becoming a senior associate member of St Antony’s (known always as ‘the spies’ college’). After my first real job at Warwick University, I moved to Brunel University, becoming a professor of Politics and in 2008 I took up a professorship at the University of Buckingham where I set up its security and intelligence studies centre. Twice in my career I’ve had two periods of two years working on the outside: thirty years ago I was appointed advisor to the War Crimes Inquiry in the Home Office, set up by Margaret Thatcher, to investigate the KGB claim that Britain was home to some 200 Nazi war criminals; ten years later I spent two years working for the Head of Current Affairs at BBC television on a series on intelligence and spying. In addition to my teaching duties, I’m often interviewed in the media, in the UK on security and intelligence issues and in Germany on Brexit. At the Society, I suggested that keeping people safe was not just a core duty of any government but that over the past century Britain in particular had developed intelligence-led security activity to a very high degree. Looking at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ it seemed to me that we were well on the way to becoming a ‘national security state’ and that secret intelligence had become a chief means of safeguarding our way of life. I then took a look at the
recent and current challenges about which I’d written and lectured (the Soviet secret service, the East German Stasi, Islamist terrorism and, most recently, the Russian attack on Salisbury). All ran British agents, all did us serious damage. The take-away for my audience was, perhaps, the thought that to be lawful, fair, ethical and effective, secret intelligence activity needed to be even more intelligent and no less secret. We needed smart brave people, whether James Bonds (in MI6) or George Smileys (in MI5 and GCHQ), with good degrees in all manner of subjects to work for us and prevent current and future dangers. The need for secrecy was vital. That said, security policy should always be a ‘dial’ rather than a ‘switch’ and today’s levels of threat (officially set at ‘severe’) might reduce over time, allowing the tempo of secret activity to be turned down. But today, in a nation more divided than we’ve ever been in my lifetime, we are prey to more extremists than ever before, and we are potentially more vulnerable than we should be. I’ve spoken to many audiences over the years, but the very attentive, knowledgeable and clearly gifted students at the Kenneth Grahame Society were tops and their questions superb – and challenging. This was an event for me to remember.’
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