Rhubarb 2019

10 ST EDWARD’S r h u b a r b

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


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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