Month

April 2016

OSs take part in the London Marathon

The following OSs ran in the London Marathon a week last Sunday: Joe Williams (P99-04), Ashley James (R 01-05), Mark Ganly (W05-10), (Will Harrison SH03-08), Helen Clerey (R03-08) and Gregory Ashurst (H 04-09). OSs Ashley James and Joe Williams Click here to read an interesting account of Joe Williams’ experience in his first London Marathon.

Support Needed for Summer Work Experience Placements and Internships

Dear Old Sedberghian, The OS Club would be extremely grateful to any OSs who would be willing to support our programme of supporting current 6th form pupils and OSs with career advice, work experience and mentoring. We currently have a number of Sedberghians with requests for summer work experience placements and internships. The majority of the people are happy to consider a broad field of job roles to gain valuable experience. If you feel that you could support with this programme please get in touch, as it would be greatly appreciated by the Club and those in need of support....
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OS LAUREN CROWSON WORLD CHAMPION LONG-RANGE RIFLE SHOOTER

Lauren Crowson (L 05-10) recently became a world champion long-range rifle shooter with the rest of the GB U25 rifle team. She joined the Sedbergh School shooting team in 2005 and became Captain in her last year. Selected as an Atheling in 2010, Lauren was then selected to shoot in a GB U25 match while on the Athelings tour and achieved top score. Representing the GBU19s against South Africa in 2011, she travelled again to South Africa with the GB team in 2012. She now shoots for Yorkshire and won the Alexandra trophy at Bisley last year, competing against just...
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New Charity Children’s book about Pepperpot

Sedbergh School pupil Anna Walkden has illustrated a new charity children’s book about the local landmark ‘Pepperpot’. The book has been written as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainability Fund supported project to rebuild Pepperpot. The story weaves together different versions of the story told in folk lore from a cow getting stuck in the building the 1950’s to its use as an isolation house for the daughter of a local landowner who contracted tuberculosis. During her time at Sedbergh School Anna has been involved with fundraising for Medic Malawi to sponsor Linly Symon,...
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OS JESSICA HURST PERFORMING AT THIS YEARS SEDBERGH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Jessica Hurst (L04-10) will be performing at the Sedbergh Music Festival with her friends from the UK’s leading conservatoires on the 29th May at St Andrew’s Church at 7:30pm. Tickets are £8 (CLICK HERE FOR SEDBERGH MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS). The performance will include works by Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Mozart and more! Jessica is a soprano in her fourth year of study at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under tutelage of Mezzo-Soprano, Clare Shearer, studying for a BMus (Hons). In September, Jessica will begin her Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is kindly supported by the RCS Trust Scholarship. She...
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The Indomitable Spirit of the Sedberghian

On my many travels around the country and indeed around the world I meet Old Sedberghians from all walks of life and at all stages of life. Many I have now known for a long time and each life’s journey is interesting and different. This is one of the fascinations of my role as Chairman. No matter what the walk in life I have found time and time again a common thread. The School, the Hills, the House system, the boarding, the staff, all had an effect in our formative years and imbued in us an ethos that seems to...
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OS CRICKET MATCH vs THE SCHOOL, SUNDAY 24TH APRIL

OS Ed Parker (Evans 1997-2004) has organised a star-studded OS team to play the School 1st XI on Sunday 24th April at 11:30am on the Main Square, Sedbergh. All supporters are warmly invited to attend. There will be refreshments at lunch and a cricket tea later. It would be great to see you there.

THE OS SOMME PILGRIMAGE – MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER TO THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear Old Sedberghian, Following our highly successful and most enjoyable visits to Mons in August 2014 and to Gallipoli in October 2015, this year the focus of our Pilgrimage is The Somme where 33 Old Sedberghians lost their lives, several on the notorious first day of the battle. We have teamed up again with The Cultural Experience, one of the market leaders in the provision of high quality, expert led military history tours, and I am delighted to announce that we will again have the benefit of the services of Dr Bruce Cherry whose extraordinary knowledge and enthusiasm kept us...
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R J T DIGBY JONES (1893-96) OS WHO RECEIVED SEDBERGH’S FIRST VC POSTHUMOUSLY FROM THE BOER WAR

On the lawn below the Chapel on the Red sandstone Memorial to OSs who died in the Boer War is the name of Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones VC.  He was killed at the siege of Ladysmith, and on a recent trip to South Africa I tracked down his grave.  Perhaps OSs would be like to know about a less-well-known piece of history relating to Sedbergh’s first VC. Robert Digby-Jones was born in Edinburgh in 1876 and was at Sedbergh from 1890 to 1893 where he had a successful school career on the academic as well as on the sporting front....
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GERRY BLACKWELL 1940-2016

‘The complete Schoolmaster’ – Christopher Hirst The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Gerry Blackwell passed away on Thursday 31st March. He will be remembered for his warmth, generosity and professionalism towards everyone he encountered. Since moving to Sedbergh in 1963 he has given his time, energy and great skill to many individuals and groups within school and the wider community. After joining the English department from Cambridge he fostered a new enthusiasm for the subject and under his guidance the number of successful Oxbridge English candidates rose sharply. He trained with the CCF, played with the...
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