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Minutes From The Latest AGM

OLD SEDBERGHIAN CLUB ANNUAL AGM MEETING Held at 4:30pm on Saturday 10th November 2018 in the Sedbergh School School Library. Attendance: Jan Van der Velde, Bob Graham, Ben Collins, David Calvert, Isabella Bennett, Peter Marshall, Hugh Blair, John Morris, Rodney Swarbrick, Mike Grundy, Neil McKerrow, Bill Graham, Robin Wild, Norman Berry, Katy de la Rivière   Agenda Apologies for absence: John Guthrie, Michael Adams, Marcus Baker, Duncan Berry, Andrew Fleck and Dan Harrison A minute’s silence was held for all those OS who have sadly passed away in the last year The minutes of the last AGM held on Saturday...
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Chairman’s Message – The Economics of Endeavour

Dear Sedbergh Chums I am deeply concerned about the economics of endeavour. The Autumn term is fast approaching and once again eager Sedberghians will be declaring their commitment to sport using various percentage ratios. These percentages always exceed 100% and this is what worries me. I’m not quite sure when a percentage first entered the lexicon of the English language to assert one’s commitment. But by the late ‘70’s when I was at Sedbergh we would often quote ‘110%’. That was until someone offered to ‘give it 120%’ and was promptly given a position on the 1st XV. This person,...
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OS News – August

Selva Ramasamy (S 81-88) Appointed Queen’s Counsel A belated congratulations to Selva Ramasamy (S 81-88) who last year was sworn in before the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice as a newly appointed member of the Queen’s Counsel (QC). Selva has a long established and impressive practice in the field of corporate and financial crime. He is a specialist in cases involving corporates and professionals under investigation and charged in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He was called to the Bar in 1992 and was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court (a part-time circuit judge) in 2009. He...
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OS Weekend 2019

The upcoming OS Weekend will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019. The Weekend will be held in conjunction with OS Sports Weekend, including OS hockey, rugby and netball fixtures against the School teams. There will also be a special Alumni Cross Country Run on Saturday afternoon with participants from St. Anselm’s College and Shrewsbury School competing. If you are able to play for any the OS sporting teams, please contact Benjamin Collins direct at bpc@sedberghschool.org at your earliest convenience. There will be a complimentary OS Lunch on Saturday at 1pm at the Hirst Centre, before the...
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OS Platform Upgrade

We are pleased to announce that the Old Sedberghian Club Online Platform, OS Connect, has been upgraded to the ‘Next Generation Platform’! The upgrade provides increased mentoring and networking functionalities with an enhanced user interface to facilitate a more efficient exchange of experiences, opportunities and career knowledge between Old Sedberghians. Users are also now able to customise their suggested mentors or mentees based on editable algorithm and there is also now a dedicated page for mentoring. The site is still free and an exclusive benefit of being a member of the Sedberghian alumni network. What’s you can do on OS Connect: Your profile: Make...
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“The Wilson Run: A Race In Three Centuries 1881-2019” by Norman Berry (SH 57-62)

Sedbergh’s Ten Mile race is a very special event, one in which most pupils will have taken part. It is unique in its severity and length. Many Old Sedberghians will remember their times! Norman Berry (SH 57-62) has now updated his previous book to include the years 1981–2019. This comprehensive and compelling addition to the race’s history, records the breaking of a 94-year-old record; the Centenary race attended by Sebastian Coe; the record broken for a second time; and since 2002 the inclusion of girls, who have created their own remarkable records and contributed to increased numbers taking part in...
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New Sedbergh School Promotional Video – ‘The Spirit of Sedbergh’

Sedbergh School’s new promotional film, ‘The Spirit of Sedbergh’, recently launched on 9th September. The film features both Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School and Sedbergh Senior School, highlighting the relationship between the two. The focus on the pupil journey at Sedbergh is key to capturing the spirit of both Schools. Using a clever, and very real, take on the famous Sedbergh wolf, the film brings the unique spirit of Sedbergh to life in this captivating and emotionally driven film.

Philip Thomas (H 95-00) Completes 1218km Cycle Challenge

The OS Club extends a heartfelt congratulations to Philip Thomas (H 95-00) who completed the gruelling Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) Cycle Challenge on the 18th-22nd August this year, in aid of cancer research. Philip completed the race in a time of 79:32:49 or an average time of 15.27km/hr over the five punishing days. Philip tackled the 1218 km (761 mile) marathon event in memory of a former school friend, Sam Barker (E 95-00), who tragically died of cancer last year, leaving a wife and two young children. “I wanted to do something I could dedicate to Sam’s memory and look back on with...
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Graeme Marrs, MBE (Honorary OS) 1939-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Honorary OS Graeme Marrs, who died on Friday 16th August at the age of 79. His Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday 10th September at St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside, at 1.30pm. Please see below for an obituary written by Peter Greville, Vice President and Press Office, Birkenhead Park Football Club. Graeme made a huge contribution to rugby at Birkenhead Park over many years from the 1970’s to the current day. A proud old boy of Rossall School he played also for Rosslyn Park a club...
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INVITING ALL OS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALUMNI WIMBLEDON RUN

Calling OS Runners to participate in the annual Alumni Cross Country Race in London which will be on Saturday, December 14th 2019. This is a long standing race hosted by Thames for old boys of schools with strong cross country running traditions. It started in 1953 and has grown in popularity, now attracting around 300 runners from around 60 schools. The course of 5 miles on Wimbledon Common is a shortened version of the Blues Race course. All ages are welcome. Seventy year olds compete with eighteen year olds – the fastest time is usually close to 25 mins and...
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OS Photography Competition

The OS Club invites all members of the Sedberghian community to take part in our OS Photography Competition. Photographers of all skill-levels and affiliations to the School (alumni, parents, friends, etc) are welcome to send in your best photos of any content within the following categories: Landscapes Animals Portraits The winning entries will be announced later in the year and there are a number of prizes on offer for each category, including a choice of OS Merchandise. The competition aims to uncover images that show the world around us and to give the opportunity to photographers whose work might not...
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Gala Dinner at Drapers’ Hall

The Foundation and the OS Club are hosting what will be one of the highlights of the year – a gala dinner at Drapers’ Hall on Friday 15th November 2019. This is the second of our biennial London dinners, the first one being the hugely successful and enjoyable event at The House of Commons in November 2017. Please see the details below: Venue: Drapers’ Hall Address: Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DQ Date: Friday 15th November 2019 Time: 7:00pm Drinks Reception (Court Dining Room & Drawing Room) 7:45pm Dinner (Livery Hall) Dress: Black tie You can book by following this link...
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Jon Hardey Obituary (S 63-68)

The Old Sedberghian Club has received the sad news that Jon Hardey (1950-2019), expert on peregrine falcons and other upland birds of prey, passed away in July 2019. Please see below for an obituary from the Scotland Herald. Jon Hardey, who has died aged 69, belonged to the North East Branch of the Scottish Raptor Study Group, consisting of remarkable and feisty specialists studying the ecology, behaviour and changing fortunes of birds of prey. For several years Jon chaired the NE group. He specialised in peregrine falcons, and was encouraged to do so by his idol, the late Dr Derek Ratcliffe,...
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Information Needed for WW2 Sedberghian Casualties

New WW2 Sedberghian Casualties Discovered: Appeal for Reminiscences of Family and Friends Who Remember WW2 Casualties Now that the First World War centenary celebrations have come to an end it seems an appropriate time to reflect on how Sedberghian casualties were commemorated. During WW1 the Sedberghian Magazine devoted a large section of each issue purely to remembering the lives of those who fell. School mates and teachers recorded the academic, sporting and military achievements of the fallen along with anecdotes that brought the characters to life. These rich accounts provided much of the material used in the Pilgrimage biographies and...
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OS Hockey Players Needed For Girls’ Alumni Sixes Hockey Tournament in Cheltenham

Following the great success of the last two years where the OS team made it to the final and semifinals, we are pleased to announce that the Old Sedberghian Club will again be entering an OS ladies hockey team into this year’s Girls’ Alumni Sixes Hockey Tournament on Sunday 27th October 2019. The tournament will take place as usual at Dean Close School in Cheltenham. Tournament Details: • 6 a side, max squad of 12. • Team briefings at 10.30am, First group push back 11am, Final at 3pm. • Final will be played for the Denys Carnill Cup. • Latest...
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Chairman’s Report – June

I am increasingly challenging the great medical minds of our age to keep me young. The mind and body are no longer as one, the latter being in rebellious mood. So on my latest visit to the clinic my doctor thought she would give the once over. It was while I was having my knee bashed with a rubber mallet, more usually preserved for panel beating, that she noted my brown striped Old Sedberghian socks. This got her talking, thankfully, because my kneecap was becoming quite sore and I thought I might have to book another appointment to address the...
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OS News – June

Shay Waterworth wins 2019 Alan Lodge Writing Award Shay Waterworth (H 07-12) has been named the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year 2019 following a close competition praised for its high-calibre of entries. The competition, now in its seventh year, received more entries than ever before. Shay works as website editor at trade title Drinks International, which is the only magazine devoted exclusively to the global spirits, wines and beers market. Shay walked away with the award after impressing the panel with his great sense of storytelling, colourful style and in-depth knowledge. “It’s fantastic to win this...
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OS Golf Report – June 2019

OSGS Triangular Match vs Old Lorettonians and Old Alleynians This is the third year that Sedbergh have joined Old Lorettonians and Old Alleynians (Dulwich College) for a triangular match at the lovely New Zealand GC in Woking, Surrey. The other two schools had been playing regularly for the Lorwich Shield previously but Sedbergh achieved an emphatic victory in 2018 and were defending the title. There was keen interest for this match and it was tough deciding who to leave out. The team on the day was Tony Birtwell (P 65-69), John Coutts (P 65-70), James Dinwiddie (S 68-73), Peter Ferens...
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Inviting All OS To Lancashire v Durham Cricket Fixture

Old Sedberghians are invited to attend Lancashire County Cricket Club’s match against Durham CCC at Sedbergh School, which starts at 11:00 on Sunday 30th June and ends on Wednesday 3rd July. The OS Club is advertising two hospitality packages for members of the OS community who wish to attend. Please see below for details: Exclusive Hospitality Package* – £60 each (or £500 for a group of 10) Includes: Priority parking Priority free entry + allocated seating with other OS Tea & coffee on arrival in the Sedbergh enclosure Exclusive buffet lunch in the Hirst Centre Glass of fizz before the...
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Remembering Geoffrey W S Burgess (H 56-60)

The OS Club has received the sad news that Geoff (pictured second right) passed away on the 25th May, aged 76. A message from the President – Bob Graham (H 61-67) Many of the obituaries that appear in the OS magazine quite rightly commemorate the lives of leading lights in many aspects of the life of this country and around the world, whom Sedbergh has nurtured. I would like to recount a slightly different story. On Saturday 15th June a small group of Old Sedberghians were amongst a packed congregation, a fitting tribute in itself, at St Bees Priory Church...
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Inviting OS To Support Sedbergh At Twickenham During The World Rugby Sevens Series

After securing a second successive title at the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s earlier this year, Sedbergh’s 1st VII have been invited to play a repeat of the final against Dulwich College during the 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series held at Twickenham Stadium. The two teams will face off again this weekend on Sunday 26 May. Please see the details below: Sunday 26 May Sedbergh School vs. Dulwich College Kick-off: 15:30 Venue: Twickenham Stadium Whitton Road Twickenham TW2 7BA Click here to buy tickets Kick-off is at 3:30pm and will take place during the final round of the international group...
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Chairman’s Report

Friends and colleagues, Your intrepid Chairman is writing this message from the sunny climes of Fuzhou on the west coast of China. Some of you will already be ahead of the game and realise this is where our international school, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School (RQSS), has been created. And what a place it is! The first phase has been completed (in a year) and is open for business. The full school will be completed in another twelve months and eventually take up to 3,000 pupils. The school itself has been built, and is run by, the Rong Qiao Group. They...
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1990’s OS Leavers’ Reunion Lunch at the London Steakhouse

OS who left Sedbergh between the Summer of 1990 to the Summer of 2000 are cordially invited to the 1990’s OS Leavers’ Reunion Lunch in London at: The London Steakhouse, Chelsea 386 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ Friday 14th June 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 London Steakhouse Director, James Robertson (E 88-93) and Chairman of Broadland Properties Ltd., John Guthrie (H 50-54). The Lunch includes a welcome drink on arrival and a three-course meal with drink. Due...
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The Duke of York Visits Rong Qiao Sedbergh School

HRH The Duke of York recently visited Rong Qiao Sedbergh School whilst undertaking a nine-day visit to China. The royal visit encompassed His Royal Highness’s three core areas of focus; Education and skills, entrepreneurship and science, technology and engineering. The Duke of York received a warm welcome from Kindergarten pupils who lined up passionately waving flags of both China and United Kingdom. Following his welcome to the school, The Duke of York then spent time meeting pupils at the school and learning more about Rong Qiao Sedbergh School. Guided by the School’s senior management, the royal guest toured the campus...
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Global Run Success

The Old Sedberghian Club would like to thank all those who took part in the 2019 Global Run Event. The 5-day challenge was a resounding success with tweets using the hashtag #SedberghGlobalRun coming in from 23 different countries across 6 continents. It was fantastic to see the Global Sedbergh Community come together and engage with the biggest School event of the year. To illustrate this success in figures, the Global Run video had over 60,000 views across the Sedbergh School Facebook & Twitter pages and became the most engaging and interactive video ever posted by the School. Meanwhile, there were...
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