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Ben C

Deaths & Obituaries

OBITUARIES Frederick Wilson “Freddie” Hoult 1938-2019 (SH 51-55) Sadly the OS Club has been informed of the passing of Freddie Hoult (pictured left with son, Charlie) in May, aged 80. Please click here for more information. Dr. Geoffrey William Syme “Geoff” Burgess 1942-2019 (H 56-60) The OS Club has received the sad news that Geoff (pictured second right) passed away on the 25th of May, aged 76. Robert James “Bob” Sykes 1933-2018 (E 47-50) Sadly Bob passed away in December 2018. Bob was a keen rugger player and an accurate kicker and played on the first team for Sedbergh. He...
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2019 OS Golf Fixtures

2019 OS Golf Fixtures – players needed. Please get in touch with Ben Collins (bpc@sedberghschool.org) if you are interested in playing in any of the fixtures.   Scotish Fixtures: Sunday 28th April vs. Old Lorettonians at Muirfield Saturday-Monday 28th-30th September – Queen Elizabeth Coronation Schools Competition at the Royal Burgess, Edinburgh Sunday 27th October vs. Old Merchistonians at Prestwick   Northern Fixtures: Sunday, 26th May vs. Old Uppinghamians at Ilkley Thursday 13th June vs. Old Oundelians at Moortown from 3:00pm Wednesday 28th August vs. Old Giggleswickians at Fixby from 2:00pm Friday 6th September – The Map at Ilkley Friday 27th...
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Sedbergh Complete Remarkable ‘Double-treble’ With 7s & 10s Triumph

Sedbergh beat Kirkham Grammar School 26-0 in the final of the Sedbergh Super 10s to claim the title for the third season in a row. An incredibly tough thing to do once, it is an extraordinary achievement to win three in a row. However more than all of that, this triumph sealed one of the most remarkable achievements in schools rugby history as Sedbergh secured what has been dubbed the ‘double-triple’. For the second year in a row they have now won the Daily Mail Trophy (both times undefeated), the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s, and the Sedbergh Super...
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Sedbergh Global Run

Dear Old Sedberghian Community, The Old Sedberghian Club is initiating a ‘Sedbergh Global Run’ focusing on the 2019 OS Wilson Run Dinner and Wilson Run. The purpose of this special event is to globally unite the Sedbergh community for the largest School event of the year. From the 22nd-26th March, Old Sedberghians are invited to take part in the Global Run by doing the following: 1. Tweet a running photo/video using the hashtag #SedberghGlobalRun. 2. State your location in the tweet. 3. Describe your memories of the Wilson Run. For further inspiration, please watch the Old Sedberghian Club’s new Sedbergh School Running video which features...
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Important Information Regarding The 2019 Wilson Run

21 March 2009 From: D J Harrison MA (Cantab) – Headmaster   Dear Old Sedberghians The Wilson Run, Tuesday 26th March 2019 The Wilson Run is one of the highlights of the School calendar and we are looking forward to welcoming many of you back to school for the event. The purpose of this letter is to seek your support for our management of the event. It is important to note that the event is not universally popular because of the disruption it causes other members of our community and its future depends on us maintaining good local relationships. Introduction...
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2019 OS Wilson Run Dinner

The Old Sedberghian Club will be hosting the 2019 OS Wilson Run Dinner at The Black Bull Hotel in Sedbergh on Monday 25th March 2019 at 7:30pm.   There will be OS from all generations attending along with present and past members of staff.   7:30pm Drinks Reception at Carus House 8:00pm Three Course Dinner (with a drink on arrival) Tea and coffee to follow Tickets are £35 per person (£20 if you are under 30 years old) Dress Code: Lounge Suits Partners very welcome The hotel will be exclusively ours for the evening and for those OS who wish to...
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OS Social Gathering at The Atlas Pub

Old Sedberghians are warmly invited to the following OS Social Event Thursday 28th March 2019 The Atlas Pub – http://www.theatlaspub.co.uk/ 16 Seagrave Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1RX Time: 6.30pm -10pm Dress: Smart Casual Partners welcome The Old Sedberghian Club has a section of the pub exclusively booked out for our use. The Club will be putting some money behind the bar and light snacks will be provided. If you require further food this may be ordered on the night. The evening will be a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow OS. If you wish to attend the evening please can...
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Chronicles From The Archives: Celebrating LGBT History Month

Although H. Montgomery Hyde (P 1921 – 25) is not now a household name he was one of the most influential Sedberghians of the twentieth century. Hyde’s work to campaign for reform of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 which made homosexual acts criminal as well as his writings about homosexuality elevated him to international renown. Hyde came to Sedbergh School from Belfast where his father was a linen merchant and Unionist councillor. From early childhood he was exposed to hot headed political debate and was encouraged to take part in direct action campaigns. His family were involved in gun...
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OS Team Win 2019 Morgan Run

A legion of nearly 500 mud-soaked Sedberghians of past and present turned out in challenging conditions on Saturday 26th January for the annual 4.8 mile Morgan Run. The run was established in 1958 and is one Sedbergh’s most popular and characterful events. The competition, which takes place across Frostrow Fell, is a race for OS against the School and Staff and was won this year by the Old Sedberghian squad for the first time since 2005. The top three male performers from the OS team were: Sam Fisher (W 06-11) who won the event for the second year running in 27 minutes and 2...
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Scott Wilson (W 10-12) Benefit Evening

On January 31st, the Newcastle Falcons hosted a benefit evening in support of Scott Wilson, the prop-forward who was forced to retire from rugby this year at the age of just 24. Newcastle Falcons squad, staff and supporters turned out in force on Thursday for Scott Wilson’s benefit night. The dinner was held at Kingston Park Stadium’s West Stand concourse, with Newcastle Falcons players helping to provide the entertainment on what was a fun-filled evening. Players and coaches took to the stage to entertain guests at the sold-out event at Kingston Park Stadium with a variety of musical and comedic acts. Academy...
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OS Support Needed For Internship Opportunities

Ewan Dowes (W 99-97) Delivering a seminar to pupils at Sedbergh on Professional Sport to Business The OS Club would be extremely grateful to any OS who would be willing to support our programme of supporting current 6th form pupils and OS with career advice, work experience and mentoring. Sedbergh has an unrivalled reputation for preparing young people for the outside world. They are resilient and courageous, polite and courteous, well rounded and confident. At Sedbergh, boys and girls grow into young men and women who will forge friendships for life and establish a network of contacts that will serve...
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1955-65 OS Leavers Reunion Lunch in London (Sold Out)

OS who left Sedbergh between the Summer of 1955 to the Summer of 1965 are cordially invited to the 1955-65 OS Leavers Reunion Lunch in London at The London Steakhouse, Chelsea 386 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ Friday 15th March 2019 12:30pm Drinks Reception 1:00pm Three Course Lunch Dress: Smart Casual Tickets: Free There is no charge for this event as it is kindly being sponsored by Brewin Dolphin (Tom Hartley E 88-93) and is being hosted by London Steakhouse Director, James Robertson (E 88-93). Places have now sold out due to popular demand. If you are attending the event...
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OS/Anti-Assassins beat Cambridge 1st XV

It was inspiring to see such a large number of OS and Sedbergh staff representing the Anti-Assassins as they defeated the Cambridge University 1st XV 14-12 on January 23rd at Grange Road. The match was an enthralling encounter with high quality rugby from both sides illustrating the importance of this traditional fixture. It was also fantastic to see some faithful OS support in the crowd. Play was called off during the 62nd minute due to the pitch being frozen when the Anti-Assassins held a 2-point lead. With the game being over 60 minutes of play, victory was secured by the Anti-Assassins. The win was the first Anti-Assassins victory in this traditional fixture for many...
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Remembering Former Housemaster Richard ‘Dickie’ Dawe

Former Sedberghian Housemaster Richard (Dickie) Dawe died peacefully on 4th July 2017, aged 87, in his sleep at home. He was a loving and generous father and grandad. Dedicated and accomplished schoolmaster, housemaster and headmaster at Sedbergh, Christ’s Hospital, Westminster Under School and The Hall. His wife, Jay, was also a teacher at Christ’s Hospital. To better understand his character and legacy, an extract from Mr R. K. Wilson, of Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, written when Mr Dawe left his post at Christ’s Hospital, can be read below: When Dick Dawe came to Christ’s Hospital some fourteen years ago, he came with a...
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Job Opportunities

GRADUATE RESIDENT ASSISTANT – GIRLS’ SPORT Sedbergh Prep School is situated in a spectacular rural location in the Lune Valley, an ideal place for living out the ethos of allowing children to be children. We strive to realise the potential in all of our pupils, from the classroom to the stage or to the sports pitch. We are now seeking a full time GRA to enhance the sports provision for girls, on a fixed contract for the academic year 2019-2020. The successful candidate will enjoy the chance to shape our enthusiastic young pupils and will enjoy the support of a...
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Remembering Richard Thomas (‘RHT’)

Sedberghian Master 1967 – 2002 Richard Hugh Thomas, former Physics Master from 1967-2002, sadly passed away on Christmas Eve. He had become unwell and died peacefully at Lancaster Infirmary, having seen the whole family. Richard’s Funeral was held on Friday 4th January at St Andrew’s, Sedbergh. The following tribute written by John Sykes was published in the 2002 Sedberghian Magazine to mark Richard’s retirement from Sedbergh School. After thirty-five years, that is, 105 terms, RHT retires. The end of an era. It was in 1967 that Richard was appointed by Mr GMC Thornely and so it was he came to teach...
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Peter Allen – Memorial Evensong in Edinburgh

Peter Allen – Teacher, Chaplain and Second Master at Sedbergh 1987-93 – sadly passed away on December 25th, 2018. A Memorial Service was held in celebration of his life at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh on Friday 3rd February. Information from the Diocese of Edinburgh can be found below. As many will already know, the Cathedral sadly lost a most loyal congregational member, and one of its dearest friends in the Rev’d Canon Peter Allen, who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the evening of Christmas Day, after a cordial Christmas Day with his family in Somerset. There will be a private committal...
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David Blanche 1933-2018 (P 47-51)

David Blanche 1933-2018 (Powell 47-51) David was an all-rounder, musically a wonderful pianist and he loved all sports, especially cricket which he continued playing after leaving Sedbergh. He excelled at cross country running and in his early teens his parents received a telegram from Mrs Cooper notifying them that David had won the three mile cross country race in an incredible eighteen and a half minutes! After leaving Sedbergh, David enlisted for national service and was sent to Egypt for 14 months, on returning home he joined the family business “MacLachlans Ltd” a brewers, distillers, wine and spirit merchants in Glasgow,...
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Peter Edward Rickitt 1947-2019 (E 60-64)

Peter Rickitt (Evans 60-64) sadly passed away on 15th January, 2019. As well was being an OS he was a Sedbergh parent and a Foundation Trustee. His support of the School enabled the Foundation to flourish in its early years. Outside of the School, he was largely known for his work in the corporate finance market in the North West from the 1970s, his joie de vivre and his interest in motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes! Peter suffered from poor health in recent years, but despite his decreasing ability to visit Sedbergh, remained a staunch supporter of the...
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Sedbergh Win 2018 Daily Mail Trophy

The 1st XV have won the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy for the second year running with another outstanding, unbeaten season. The triumphant squad completed a second successive undefeated campaign by overcoming an inspired Llandovery College 12-7 in the wind and the rain last weekend in Wales. It extends Sedbergh’s winning streak to 37 games in all competitions, with their one and only defeat in the last three years coming in 2016. ‘I’m very proud of the whole squad,’ commented head coach Simon Mulholland. ‘They work very hard especially our pack who include six boys who are in the lower sixth. They will be back next year.’...
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Zeke (Edward Stuart) Smith (E 46-50)

Sadly Zeke Smith (E 46-50) passed away on the 2nd November. At School Zeke was a School Prefect from 1949, Under Officer in O.T.C and was awarded House Colours in rugby as Captain of the 1st XV in 1949. Pictured: Zeke (centre) as Captain of the 1st XV in 1949. He was actively engaged with the School after leaving and had several roles within the OS Club, including a term as OS Club President from 1999-2002. He was a 1525 Society member and generously gave to School projects including the Cloisters renovation, the Roger Lupton Scholarships and the archive digitisation project in 2010. Along with his wife Yvonne, he...
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November/December 2018 OS News

Births: Atticus Collins, born to Katie & Ben Collins (P 97-02) (pictured above) Ophelia Duffy, born to Alicia & Jason Duffy (P 00-04) Benjamin Lidiard, born to Naomi & Jonathan Lidiard (E 95-00) India Richardson, born to Emma & Jonathan Richardson (R 06-08) Arthur Urmston, born to Lauren & Paul Urmston (P 02-07) Romilly Watson, born to Sarah & Geoffrey Watson (E 89-94) Honorary OS Status was awarded to the following at the OS AGM on November 10th, for services to the School and the OS Club: Mr. Jim Fisher Mr. Dan Harrison Mrs. Yvonne Smith Ms. Karen Bruce-Lockhart It’s been quite a month...
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OS Hockey Team Come Close Again In Cheltenham

Our OS Girls Hockey Team were one of eight schools invited back to participate in the special Dean Close Sixes tournament in Cheltenham on October 21st. After debuting with a spectacular runner’s up performance last year, the squad this year comprised of captain Emilia Tyser (L 11-16), Ellie Thompson (C 13-14), Kayleigh Debil (L 03-08), Melissa Sproul (L 13-16), Becky Glen (R 07-12), goal-keeper Laura Batty (R 10-15), Immy Newcome (L 02-07), Eliza Hodgson (C 13-16) and Sophie Bolton (L 03-08). The team made a strong start, finishing unbeaten on top of their group with 2-0 and 3-1 victories over King Henry VIII School and Malvern College respectively and a 1-1...
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Volunteers Needed to Run in the 2019 London Marathon for Afghanaid

  As some of you may remember, Sedbergh School had a fantastic team of runners that took part in the 2017 London Marathon, raising money for the charity Afghanaid. Afghanaid is again on the hunt for runners to take part in 2019 and as a lesser known charity they really struggle to find recruits. The London Marathon, which will be on Sunday, April 28th next year, is an incredible experience and the Afghanaid London team is on hand every step of the way to support runners with their fundraising and training. The minimum fundraising target is £1,500, and with dedication,...
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OS Golf- Grafton Morris Finals and OS vs Old Wellingtonians

Sedbergh School Grafton Morrish Finals 2018 Introduction The Grafton Morrish is an annual golf tournament contested by public schools from all over the UK. The format is scratch foursomes with each team fielding 3 pairs of former school members. Sedbergh have tasted success in the past, winning the title on a number of occasions, however sadly not for a good few years. More recently however there have been signs of a revival in both form and fortunes with appearances in the final of the plate and the quarterfinals of the main competition. I have been lucky enough to play in...
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