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Ben W

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – THE REAL PURPOSE OF SPORT

  I know we didn’t win the rugby but…. Many years ago I was asked to judge at the Speedo swimming regional finals in Cardiff. On arrival, and having been given the grand title of Chief Inspector of Turns, I was dispatched to the far end of the 50m pool, two-way radio in hand. This was a new toy for me and I found that by tuning in to channel six I could contact the local pizza emporium which was just as well as it had been a long morning and I was becoming quite peckish. And it was just...
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INVITING ALL TO THE 2019 REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE AT SEDBERGH SCHOOL

OS, Honorary OS, Parents, and Friends of Sedbergh, are warmly invited to attend the Remembrance Service at the School Cloisters on Sunday 10th November 2019. More than 550 pupils, staff and Old Sedberghians will meet on Sunday morning for a poignant Service of Remembrance, held around the School’s Victoria Cross Memorial. The service will begin at 10:45 am at the Cloisters. All guests are required to be in place at the Cloisters by no later than 10:30 am. There will be limited seating available for the elderly if needed. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in Queen’s Hall following...
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OS NEWS – NOVEMBER

Wedding: James McLeod (S 05-09) and Jemma Harrison (Old Castertonian) Congratulations to OS and former member of staff James McLeod (S 05-09) who wed Old Castertonian Jemma Harrison on September 28th. The best man was Tom Woof (S 04-09). Wedding: Jennifer Charlton (R 01-05) and John Grealish Congratulations to Jennifer Charlton (R 01-05) and John Grealish who were married on September 21st. Birth: Jasper de la Rivère Congratulations to Sedbergh School archivist Katy de la Rivière and husband Richard on the arrival of their second son, Jasper, who was born on October 23rd, weighing 10lb 5oz. 2016-2017 Leavers’ Social in London...
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OS LADIES’ HOCKEY TEAM NARROWLY MISS OUT ON WINNING THE DEAN CLOSE ALUMNI SIXES TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to the OS Ladies’ Hockey Team who performed superbly to finish second in the Dean Close Alumni Sixes Hockey Tournament at the Dean Close School in Cheltenham on October 27th. This year was the third time the Old Sedberghians had been invited to participate in the special tournament, having made the final on their debut two years ago and also reaching the Semi Finals last year. This year, the format was modified to be exclusively round robin format with no elimination phases. This year the dream team comprised of: (from left to right in photo above) Tamsin Brown (L...
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ANNOUNCING ‘THE OS HISTORY SOCIETY’

Following the success of the Pilgrimage, the OS Committee has explored the opportunities that may exist to continue the interest in the various theatres of war in which Old Sedberghians have fought. It was agreed that the Pilgrimage had achieved its objectives; that of visiting the places of memorial of our fallen, educating those who joined the Pilgrimage, and drawing people together in the more social aspects of the trips. A number of people have approached the Club to ask if the Pilgrimage could continue in some form now that the anniversary of the Great War has passed. Whatever follows...
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OS PHOTO COMPETITION – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to reveal the winners of our recent OS Photo Competition. We would like to say a big thank you to all those who submitted some truly awe-inspiring entries, which made the judging process for the panel a very difficult task. A full range of stunning imagery from around the world was submitted, and all photos were judged on their aesthetic quality as well as originality. Please see below the winning entries for each category as well as some honourable mentions of similar high quality. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have! Portraits:   Top Prize:...
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TOP MARKS FOR SCHOOL SHOOT

Fears for the younger generation were dispelled when Richard Negus from the Shooting Times & Country Magazine visited Sedbergh School and witnessed their hard work first-hand. Please click on the article for an enlarged view.

CHRONICLES FROM THE ARCHIVES: A SCOTS WAR HERO- MYSTERY AND A DOUBLE TRAGEDY

By Andrew Sutherland Mackay A lark bursts into the sky, a tinkling counterpoint to the low, grey cloud that swirls around the Zeals military aerodrome as Flt. Lt. Martin Reay Sutherland Mackay, RAFVR, DFC strides towards waiting Dakota TS 346. His mission is to return 20 fellow pilot officers and personnel from the RAF, Canadian and Australian Air Forces to the Operational Training Unit (OTU) at Leicester East. The mood that cold winter’s day in February 1945 was upbeat. The end of the war in Europe was just months away and there was the scent of victory in the air....
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GALA DINNER AT DRAPERS’ HALL – NOW SOLD OUT

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 Tickets: Tickets for the dinner are £90...
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Inviting All OS To Sedbergh School 2020 South Africa Rugby Tour Dinner

Dear Old Sedberghians, We would like to personally invite you to attend our 2020 SA Rugby Tour Charity Fundraising Dinner. Date: Saturday 30 November 2019 Time: From 7pm, Carriages at Midnight Dress: Black Tie Price: £65 per head – including £10 to the South Africa charity More details, to book tickets and/or reserve a table of ten can be found by clicking here. I do hope you can join us for a great night of rugby and frivolity, good food and wine. If you have any auction prizes, please contact Roger Peart on roger.peart@peartgroup.co.uk or 07775 925500. Finally, if you...
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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 14th December 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 the back markers closer...
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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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Chairman’s Address

My friends, It was with great interest that I learnt some months ago that Sedbergh School had commissioned a new promotional video. Having starred in the last one, I was glad that it would finally be superseded, and my debut as an actor would finally be consigned to history. Now, on hearing the synopsis of this new blockbuster I have to admit I was somewhat intrigued. The central character was to be an actual wolf to reflect the Spirit of Sedbergh. This was a brave directorial decision indeed. If the maxim ‘don’t work with animals and children’ wasn’t enough, Sedbergh...
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OS Weekend Review

Old Sedberghians returned in full force on the 14th and 15th of September as the school hosted the annual OS Weekend, which this year coincided with OS Sports Weekend, involving hockey, netball and rugby matches against the school teams as well as an alumni race against the School, Shrewsbury School and St. Anselm’s College. The weekend was a great success, with OS of all ages attending the weekend’s activities, including a large contingent of younger OS coming back to take part in various social and sporting events. Opening the proceedings on the Saturday morning was the President’s Lunch attended by...
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David Alban (1927-2019)

David Alban (1927-2019) – Former Member of Staff (1952-1976), Lupton Housemaster (1967-1976) and Honorary OS Lesley Alban and family would like to inform the OS community that former member of staff, parent and Honorary OS, David Alban, sadly passed away at home on Wednesday 18th September, aged 92.   David Alban Sedbergh School Timeline: Dec 1952 –Form master of the new General Sixth. Dec 1953 – House Tutor for Hart House (mentioned in The Jay) and took over the coaching of the junior fives team: ‘Everyone in the team has benefited considerably from his experience and skill; and at his...
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Chronicles from the Archives: The Origin of the Sedbergh Wolf

The Origin of the Sedbergh Wolf The Sedbergh Wolf has come to symbolise team-work, community, loyalty, competition, striving to achieve, passion and creativity. But how did this iconic image come to be associated with Sedbergh School? Sedbergh School was founded by Roger Lupton who was Provost of Eton College, Canon of Windsor and chaplain to Kings’ Henry VII and Henry VIII. Lupton was advisor to the monarchs during the fraught separation from the roman catholic church. Lupton was granted a coat of arms by King Henry VII which included three wolf heads. These refer to his surname Lupton which is derived from...
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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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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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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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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.

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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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. 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 he always maintained a great fondness for. By his own admission he may not have scaled the heights as a...
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Clive James Forgie Turner 1936-2019 (E 50-54)

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Clive Turner has passed away at the age of 83. Please see the following edited eulogy from brother-in-law Robert Blayney, with additional Sedbergh information provided by lifelong friend Sir David Kelly, CBE (SH 50-55). Clive was born on September 16th 1936 in Calcutta, where his father was working with James Finlay & Co. Glasgow. The family was unable to return to Britain until the war ended, when Jim Turner bought a farm in Kirkcudbright and became a dairy farmer. The Turner family had strong connections with Sedbergh School. His father Jim Turner...
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