Rhubarb 2019

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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/ .


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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