May 2011 - Winchester College Society



May 2011 - Winchester College Society
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The Headmaster writes:
Winchester College – a Special Place
When I was asked to take up the
headmastership of Winchester College in
2005, I knew very little about the School. I
was aware, of course, of its venerable place
in the history of English schools, the
universities and the civil service, but I had
never actually set foot in it. When I visited
it for the first time I saw immediately its
unique characteristics and I knew I was on
its wavelength. Its incomparably beautiful
buildings dating from 1400, still in use for
their original purpose, set among peaceful
meads and water meadows, and guarded by
the gaunt but benign mass of Winchester
Cathedral, give it an atmosphere of
scholarly tranquillity. For an adolescent boy
sensitive to spirit of place, I could see that it
was bound to make a profound impression.
I had taught at Oxford and Eton, and had
then run two large schools, Sydney
Grammar School, an academic
powerhouse squeezed on to a tiny site
in the centre of one of the world’s
great cosmopolitan cities, and
Oundle, a marvellously
energetic co-educational school , with a
town in it, in charming Northamptonshire.
Both are twice the size of Winchester,
which has just under 700 pupils, boys only,
entirely boarding and with an entirely
resident staff. Winchester has an intimacy
which is one its unique qualities.
The origins of the School are a work
of genius. The Founder, William of
Wykeham, was twice Chancellor of
England in the second half of the
fourteenth century and Bishop of
Winchester, then the richest see in
England, for nearly forty years. His great
project at the end of his life was to endow
his double foundation, Winchester
College and New College, Oxford, to
guarantee a competent educated clerical
service for the government of the realm.
In creating these two places of
residential learning,
in their architecture and their regulations,
he established the model of the Oxbridge
college and the model for their famous
sister foundations, Eton and King’s
College, Cambridge.
More than any other school, the
person of the Founder is venerated at
Winchester; modern Wykehamists
continue to hear mention of William of
Wykeham in the School’s various (and
often picturesque) rituals and celebrations.
Wykeham’s foundation was for seventy
Scholars, and as the School has grown
larger over the centuries, the role of the
Scholars, who live together in College, has
been established as the nursery of good
learning. The Scholars are the pace-setters
for the majority of boys, who live in
Commoner Houses, and so they have the
responsibility to set the example of the
School’s central purpose, which is to foster
a love of learning for its own sake. This
culture of learning has been
enshrined in a unique feature of
Winchester’s academic programme, called
Division, in which for forty minutes every
day, for their five years here, boys meet with
their Div don to study together any
intellectual matter of mutual interest. This
aspect of our common life is more
important to us even than examination
results (which are excellent) or admissions
to Oxbridge (which are currently at the rate
of about 35% of leavers) and it explains
why Wykehamists tend to be lively and
interesting conversationalists for the rest of
their lives! And the School is not inwardlooking or socially monochrome: our
bursaries programme supports a wide social
spectrum and our international links with
schools and universities around the world
take our perspective way beyond
Hampshire and the British Isles. There is a
distinctive air of tranquillity at Winchester,
created by the combination of its setting
and buildings and our seriousness about
learning, but Winchester is not merely a
place of cloistered study and the boys are
not unworldly ‘geeks’. There is a splendid
breadth of experience here, both for those
who study and those who teach.
What does a boy remember about his
time here? His Housemaster, who was
interested in him and encouraged and
helped him; his Div don, who saw him
daily and maintained a close interest in his
academic, social and moral progress; his
Matron, a kind lady who kept an eye on
him; the other boys in his House who
shared his ups and downs; his teachers who
knew what they were talking about and
showed him what it is to be in love with the
life of the mind; and perhaps even a
Headmaster who was reasonably sane! He
will remember his School as fairly informal,
one where he was treated as an individual,
but where he learnt that we meant what we
said - work had to be done properly and on
time, and he was expected to honour his
commitments in the team, or the orchestra,
or the cast of the play. In more mature years
he will reflect that, while the School
understood adolescent rites of passage, and
was pretty tolerant of mistakes and errors of
judgement, things such as taking drugs and
bullying other boys was absolutely not on.
He will know that our aim was not
merely to get him a good passport to a good
university, but to inspire in him a deep and
lifelong love of learning and beauty; that
while he lived among some of the most
beautiful buildings of any school in the
world, what really mattered was the quality
of Winchester’s teaching and the
friendships that flow from it; that what
William of Wykeham’s motto means when
it says manners makyth man, is the
cultivation of an unselfconscious and
natural courtesy, respect and modesty in all
he does, so that while he will be deeply
grateful to what his parents did for him in
sending him here, he will not be arrogant or
boastful, and he will respond to the
opportunities life affords him with
confidence, imagination and sensitivity. ■
Vince Broderick 1920-2010
This piece was written for The Wisden
Cricketer by Andrew Longmore (A, 196771), a senior sports writer for The Sunday
Broderick was a
fine all-round
cricketer but, as
a generation or
more of
cricketers will
tell you, he was
an even better
coach. His
death, at the
age of 90, will
be marked as much on the playing fields of
Winchester College - and in his beloved
local hostelry, The Wykeham Arms - as in
Northamptonshire, the county he served so
robustly as a left-handed bat and left-arm
spinner for a decade after the War.
Strangely perhaps for a Lancastrianborn professional cricketer, Vince was an
advocate of the MCC Coaching Manual.
Cricket was a side-on game, a straight ball
should be hit straight. Any attempt at a
natty flick from off stump through
midwicket would be greeted with a silvery
frown and a northern bark: ‘Don’t turn
those wrists’. And he didn’t like the sweep
shot much either.
Like all good school coaches, Vince
was more than just a coach. From his pro’s
shop in Kingsgate Street, he would dispense
advice on all aspects of life along with a
new pair of pads or a bat, and only a little
extra would be charged for the privilege.
It was not difficult to imagine Vince
whirling away in his prime. His action was
fluid and well-grooved well into his fifties,
his pace more Derek Underwood than
Bishen Bedi. Runs were not to be frittered
away, even in the nets. His batting, by all
accounts, relied heavily on what became
known at Wantage Road as the ‘Brod Prod’.
He would have been difficult to shift, for
sure, but a tally of 7,530 runs with six
centuries and 548 wickets at 27.38 speaks of
rather more than mere durability. He was
an integral part of Northamptonshire’s
post-war revival under Freddie Brown and
his figures of nine for 35 against Sussex on a
drying wicket at Horsham remain the third
best for the county.
Had Vince not lost his early career to
the War, he would have come much closer
to an England Test cap than his two
appearances in the Test Trials in 1948 and
1949, his most productive years. But he was
unlucky, both in having made his first-class
debut, against Glamorgan, just a
fortnight before the invasion of
Poland, and in having to
compete for an England place
with the likes of Doug Wright,
Jim Laker and Roy Tattersall
when he had finished his War
where he drove the community
bus. A plaque on a bar stool in
the Wykeham Arms marks one
of his favourite haunts and the
match against Vince’s XI, a
shrewd company of drinkers and
players, was for many years a
highlight of the Old
Wykehamists’ cricket week. A
widower after the death of his
wife, Iris, two years ago, he
leaves two sons, five
grandchildren, five great
grandchildren and an
unforgettable legacy on the
playing fields of Winchester.
After his retirement from
first-class cricket in 1957, he
captained and coached the
Northants Second XI before
moving to Winchester in 1959.
When he left the school, in
1987, he stayed in Hampshire,
keeping a benevolent eye on
the next generation of
Wykehamist cricketers from his
home in Colden Common
Vince Broderick was born
on August 17, 1920 and died on
November 14, 2010, aged 90. ■
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
and Arboretum
An Old Trantite, and Chairman of the
International Dendrology Society, writes of
Hampshire’s best kept secret, at Ampfield,
near Romsey.
Just possibly you don’t know that quite
near the College, at Ampfield, outside
Romsey, there is one of the most important
collections in the world of hardy woody
plants – the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and
Arboretum (SHHGA), founded by Sir
Harold Hillier in 1953 and now, thanks to
his extraordinary generosity, a charity that
has also become a Grade II listed site on
English Heritage’s Register of Parks and
Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
I cannot do better to convince you of
the importance and wonder of this
collection than to quote Roy Lancaster,
one of today’s most respected,
knowledgeable, and influential
dendrologists and horticulturists, himself
the first curator of the then Hillier Garden,
when it was owned and directed by Harold
Hillier personally. I once had cause to ask
Roy Lancaster to describe the SHHGA,
and he wrote:
‘Better known worldwide as The Hillier
Arboretum, there is simply no other like it. By
gifting his lifelong collection…… [Harold
Hillier] was not only a great benefactor, but
also a loyal servant of the county, especially to
Romsey and the Test Valley in whose territory
the arboretum happens to lie. Begun in 1953,
it very quickly rose to prominence and, within
20 years, was acclaimed among the best in the
world by the best in the world. The young, the
old, the innocent, the worldly, those who seek
to learn and the plain curious: the arboretum
contains something for everyone and offers a
great deal to many…’
Later he added:
‘……Hillier Gardens and Arboretum
rapidly achieved a unique position in the garden
world, combining an immense collection of
exotic woody plants especially trees and shrubs
skilfully grown and displayed. Today, no other
single garden or arboretum in private or public
ownership can match the SHHGA in the
variety of hardy, woody plants grown and
documented. This, combined with their
horticultural, scientific, conservation,
educational and recreational roles
internationally, distinguishes the SHHGA
from all others. It has long been and continues
to be a jewel in Hampshire’s crown, living with
and protected by its green rural setting.’
And, I may add, all around the year it
exhibits beauty.
Essentially this is a collection of plants
that can live in the British Isles and is from
all across the world: there are over 40,000
different trees and shrubs of over 11,000
different taxa set in 180 acres. It is a garden
for all seasons and you can be assured that
it is a delight at all times of the year. One of
its proudest boasts is that in one year,
between Christmas and the New Year, it
had over 200 different plants in bloom (all
For sixteen years, until 2005, I had the
pleasure and privilege to be Chairman of
the Management Committee of this great
place and my visits there are treasured
memories: if ever anybody is lucky enough
to be accompanied on a visit by such as
Roy Lancaster, it is an unforgettable
experience as he describes to you how a
plant would arrive from across the world
for Harold Hillier to set upon it with all the
anticipation, excitement, and enthusiasm
of a six-year-old child opening his stocking
from Santa. You are made to feel like the
child’s parents as Roy enjoys his memory of
the great Harold Hillier – the only person
ever knighted for services to horticulture, a
truly deserved honour that, alas, seems to
be outside the scope of today’s honours
system focussing, as it now seems to, more
upon the no doubt admirable services of
lollypop ladies and the like, or those of
avaricious and incompetent bankers.
At the SHHGA, there is a vigorous
schools programme in which at least
10,000 children a year visit the gardens to
enjoy learning about plants. There are
many special national collections, British
champion trees, and plants under threat in
the wild.
Whilst in the 1980s there were fewer
than 40,000 visitors per annum, the
Garden has grown in size, quality, and
popularity so that today there are well over
There is a beautifully designed and
constructed Visitor Pavilion and Education
Centre complete with a shop and
restaurant with wonderful views over the
gardens: this pavilion was built in 2003 to
coincide with the Golden Jubilee of the
Gardens, and was formally opened by Her
Majesty the Queen in November 2003; it
is dedicated to Her Majesty the late Queen
You do not need to be knowledgeable
nor, even, particularly interested in trees
or gardening to appreciate the
comprehensive, fascinating, and often
very beautiful plants contained in this
great collection which has been described
as a ‘best kept secret’.
Sir Richard Storey Bt CBE
(H, 1950-55)
Harry Altham CBE, DSO, MC
(1888 – 1965), Housemaster of Furley’s, 1927-47
Hubert Doggart (E, 1938-43 and Staff,
1950-72) wrote the following words on
Ashes Victory Day, 2011, in response to a
request for a brief appreciation of Harry
Altham, whose poem, below, written in
August 1946, was read by his grandson,
Robin Brodhurst, at Harry’s son-in-law,
Podge Brodhurst’s Service of Thanksgiving in
Chapel on 7th October 2006.
Harry Altham was an outstanding
schoolmaster. Few who came under his
spell will be unaware of the notable
contribution he made to Win. Coll., in
particular to Furley’s, fives, rackets and, of
course, cricket. Cricket was a game he
served nationally as well as locally,
including bowling at nets in New Field for
50 years.
Harry once said to me, à propos a
recent dinner party, that its conversation
centred, in alphabetical order, on Cricket,
Education and Shakespeare, the three
subjects that he most relished. As to that
order, I have a sneaking feeling that Harry
would have liked The Bard to open –
with, say, Jack Hobbs, or even W.G., as
his partner!
Mark Loveday, Hubert Doggart and Harry Altham, on the occasion of the presentation
to HSA of a bound volume of A History of Cricket on New Field; 26 June 1962.
Yes, Harry was fascinated by
Education, in its widest sense, believing
that intellectual rigour and sporting
involvement were of primary importance
in developing both talent and character.
Shakespeare’s works enthralled and
inspired him, feelings he enthusiastically
passed on to others.
Cricket was never far from Harry’s
thoughts. The tablet to his memory in the
Museum at Lord’s pays tribute to the
uniquely varied service he rendered the
game as ‘Historian, Player, Coach’, and as
one who ‘concerned himself especially
with young cricketers’. It might have
added ‘Speaker’, not least on the big
occasion, like the one, in 1961, to
celebrate the first Championship victory
of Hampshire CCC, of which he was
President from 1947 to his death.
The tablet concludes with the three
Roman qualities which reflect both his
initials and his personality: Humanitas,
Sedulitas, Auctoritas. It was for these
qualities, surely, that in 1957 he was
appointed CBE and is today remembered
by us with such affection.
Altham Gate into New Field
Empty and still: not an echo of a footstep;
Silently the hours slip by untold by any
Not a song from Tub-Room, not a sound
from Galleries,
Not a note of ‘London Pride’ the end of
toil to tell.
Yet through the silence the murmur comes
of voices,
Yet through the darkness steal phantoms
grave and gay:
Yet, as night deepens, where they slept
once, they are sleeping,
Smiling, through dream-time, a welcome
to the day.
What is it they welcome as the darkening
hours lengthen?
What is it youth glimpses, peering darkly
through a glass?
What is it the boldest and the weakest and
the oldest
Receive, sustain, and strengthen, as the
generations pass?
Something that is rooted in the stones and
earth of England,
Ever mirrored in Cathedral, Chapel
Tower and Water Meads,
Where the shadow and the sunshine
chequer Itchen’s gliding waters,
Where to ‘Hills’ on dew-drenched
mornings still the age-trod pathway leads.
And the help for their tomorrow which
each one of them shall borrow
From the loyalty, the courage, of their
brothers who were here,
Their brothers often failing, yet through
failure still prevailing,
To pass the torch to others and to make the
road more clear.
So each generation passes, as a shadow
o’er the grasses,
But leaves something sure abiding amid all
life’s shifting sands,
For those who follow after, of their hearts,
their hopes, their laughter,
The foundation of the spirit, in a house
not made with hands. ■
Footnote: Hubert Doggart also offers the
following story: ‘Harry Altham arrived from
lunch at the Tavern Stand at Lord’s for the
1948 Varsity match. As he approached the
Pavilion, a ball flew past him between it
and what was later called the Allen Stand.
“That’ll be Hughie”, said Harry with total
confidence. And it was.’ HE ‘Hughie’
Webb (G, 40-45) died on 8th November
2010; his Obit is on page 20.
A Cookite (1924-29) remembers....
French. He had played cricket for
England and was reported as having been
received on the field in Australia with
shouts of opprobrium from onlookers
because of some of the criticisms he had
Archibald George Charles Forde
Campbell Murdoch celebrated his 100th
birthday on 2nd March 2011. ‘Archie’ wrote
this memoir in 2009.
To one who was never of the Alma
Mater mentality and whose remembrance
of the events of yesterday has, for several
years, been erratic in the extreme, it is
odd to find that, as circumstances have
renewed my connection with Winchester,
memories of the schooldays of 80 years
ago come thick and fast. Not an excuse,
I’d say, for noting them down and I only
do so because I’ve been asked to as ‘Sen
Man’, though that is my sole distinction
as a Wykehamist – and an unearned one
at that.
The names of today’s acquaintances,
friends, relations even, can escape me
with embarrassing frequency, but one I
never forget is that of the Reverend
Alwyn Terrell Petre Williams, the highly
impressive figure welcomed by Win Coll
as Headmaster the same term as it
accepted me. I could say the same of
George Dyson who came as Director of
Music; and another well-remembered
name is that of ER Wilson who taught us
Were the dons of those days greater
characters, or did they just seem so to the
young and impressionable? They were
certainly freer of speech as, of course, we
all were when one could say things that
might not get one arrested! Rockley
Wilson would come into a lesson with,
‘Good morning, gentlemen’, and, after a
somewhat rowdy reception, ‘Sit down,
you dogs’! ‘The Jacker’, Horace Arthur
Jackson, would call for the ‘boathook’, the
long pole used for dealing with windows,
and with the end of it haul some
unfortunate out to the front for some
trenchant admonishment.
I quite enjoyed what went on in the
div room and, I suppose, the better part of
it has stood me in good stead: certainly
the languages we were taught including
our own, of course; and I particularly
remember the little German we did,
introducing me to Gottfried Keller, who
became a favourite author. Do people still
read Kleider machen Leute? Perhaps not;
but then do ‘Clothes still make the Man’?
Hardly! But not everything stuck. I
remember there was something called
Calculus, both integral and differential,
and of that I know nothing!
My happiest memories are of what
happened outside the classroom. There
was rowing and there was cricket - House
games and the occasional excitement of
watching County cricket after a ride to
Southers. Above all there was music that
began in Chapel, or rather Chantry, which
served as a chapel for first year men.
Mention of Chantry sidetracks me for
a moment with the irresistible memory of
the great Gleadowe of Stalingrad sword
fame and I think he had something to do
with War Cloister [dedicated in May 1924,
shortly before AGSFCM’s arrival in Short
Half of the same year]. He taught us art on
the top floor of Chantry in memorable
language; a horse’s rib had a ‘jolly curve’!
At the end of our year in Chantry,
voices were heard individually and I was
put into Chapel Choir as a treble, later
as a bass, and there I began to enjoy
many of the Anglican anthems and
hymns which Dyson gave us to sing. A
long-standing enjoyment it has been for,
believe it or not, I, now a Roman
Catholic, still attempt to sing them in
my local choir because the Catholic
Church has borrowed many of them.
After Sunday Evensong in Chapel, some
of us would run up to the organ-loft to
watch Dyson as he postluded to fine
effect. We thought him a very fine
player, which no doubt he was.
I remember an occasion in Cathers,
which the entire School took over one
Sunday evening a month, when I said as
we were leaving, ‘That’s a splendid sound
Dyson’s making on the Cathedral organ’ –
it was the well-known Widor Toccata –
and another member of the choir
answered, ‘It’s not Dyson playing; it’s
Cowan’ – Christopher Cowan, a Beloeite
two years my senior, who became a close
friend later on, after directing music
(1953-70) as one of Dyson’s successors.
In addition to choir, there was Glee
Club, a much larger body, which met
regularly in Music School where we learnt
some of the great choral works – Haydn’s
Creation and Mozart’s Requiem, I
particularly remember – for which there
were performances either in Chapel or in
School where the small school orchestra
would accompany us. There were concerts
too from professionals whom Dyson
would bring in – an entire orchestra once
– and they would sometimes play his own
music. That, at the time, was beyond my
understanding, but later it has meant
much, and his Canterbury Pilgrims I could
hear again and again. Then there were
piano lessons which often took preference
over other subjects and that could mean
one arriving late at the div room to be
greeted with cheerful, but undisguised,
That’s enough about music, and
probably enough about everything, but it
is good these days to have an excuse for
the occasional return to Winchester, and
to realise that Win Coll gave me perhaps
the most beautiful surroundings of my life,
though I hardly noticed it at the time. ■
Archie Campbell Murdoch drove over
from Salisbury to Winchester to attend the
Advent Carol Service in Chapel on 28th
November 2010!
Lankhills revisited – a book review
The Late Roman Cemetery at Lankhills,
Winchester: Excavations 2000-2005, by
Paul Booth, Andrew Simmonds, Angela
Boyle, Sharon Clough, HEM Cool, Daniel
Poore. Pp. Xvii + 569, figs. 420, tables 130
(Oxford Archaeology, Monograph 10,
2010) £25. Also: Winchester Studies: 3,
Pre-Roman and Roman Winchester, part 2,
by Giles Clarke, etc. Clarendon Press, 1979
Just over thirty years ago Professor
Charles Thomas (H, 1941-44) wrote in
The Wykehamist a review of a large and
amazing publication about an
archaeological excavation in a late 4th
century Roman cemetery. This had taken
place at Lankhills School, on the
Andover Road in Winchester. The report
was amazing for several reasons. The
work had been carried out over six
summers between 1967 and 1972, and
done (on a shoe string) by boys and girls
from all the Winchester schools, under
the leadership of Giles Clarke (B, 196469). Clarke was accompanied by several
other Wykehamists, some of whom, like
Bryan Ward-Perkins, Simon Esmonde
Cleary and Simon Stoddart, have gone
on to be distinguished archaeologists in
their own right. The publication soon
became famous as a landmark for its use
of the then new computer technology, its
organisation, attention to detail, and
wide-ranging thought - and also for the
extraordinary quality of the material that
had been uncovered.
Just recently another book has been
published on an excavation that was
contiguous to the earlier one. 332 more
burials were uncovered between 2000
and 2005 to add to the 451 examined in
the earlier book. It is fascinating to see
the differences and similarities between
the two sites, and how the methods and
technology of archaeology have changed.
The new book, The Late Roman
Cemetery at Lankhills, Winchester:
Excavations 2000-2005, funded very
generously by Hampshire County
Council in advance of the redevelopment
of the site, is extremely lavish despite its
comparatively low price. It is full of
coloured photographs, coloured plans,
and intricate diagrams. There are expert
discussions on a whole range of objects,
from cross-bow brooches to spindlewhorls, not to mention animal bones,
prone burials and an extraordinary range
of human pathological conditions. One
of the most important advances is in the
use of isotopes to discover the eating
habits and provenance of the people
buried in the cemetery.
And this is one of the areas where a
comparison of the two books is so
fascinating. Clarke in the original book
drew attention to a group of sixteen
people, distinguished mainly by the fact
that the women and children actually
wore their jewellery (rather than having
it just deposited with them) and the men
seemed to wear their belts and cross-bow
brooches. After much research he came
to a tentative conclusion that they had
come to defend Britain from the area
covered by modern Hungary. For thirty
years this has been the subject of
controversy. But, amazingly, isotope
analysis has now shown something
similar - but not exactly similar. A small
cross-section analysis of nineteen graves
from the original dig showed that Clarke
had rightly identified five as coming from
abroad and six as locals. Four “locals”,
however, were shown to have come from
outside Hampshire, two “Europeans”
were deemed to be locals, and the breastfeeding of two children made their
provenance difficult to gauge. Forty
burials from the new excavation were
similarly tested for their isotopes,
including burials, many of which the
excavators wrongly thought had the same
characteristics as Clarke’s intruders. The
results were fairly similar. There were
indeed intruders, including one from
Africa, but only one of the graves that
were analysed did in fact have the same
characteristics as Clarke’s intruders and
the analysis showed that that person did
indeed come from a cold climate. The
jury is still out. Judging provenance from
grave layout, as Clarke did, is not perhaps
as fallible as the new publication
supposes. Nor is isotope analysis very
precise (as the authors admit). It is,
however, a wonderful, new tool to help in
the quest.
One thing is clear: Clarke’s theory on
intruders has certainly made
archaeologists question their material.
However, a section in the earlier book
about the possibility of the Celtic and
Northern European rite of decapitation
(from the front) being extended in order
to perform human sacrifice seems to have
caused incomprehension and denial. The
crucial case in the earlier excavation was
a cenotaph, not just an empty grave. It
was in a special enclosure, very deep, in a
spill-over section of the cemetery, and
very late indeed (probably post-400,
when the town itself was disintegrating).
But it displayed a very elaborate and easyto-interpret ritual, though scarcely
anyone has referred to it! This involved
an empty coffin, five very late coins
where the left hand would have been, a
dismembered dog, a whole dog, a clear
layer of turf, and then inserted into the
grave at a later (but not much later) date,
a young decapitated man, with a coin in
his mouth. Three other decapitations
were inserted into other unusual graves
and another (on an unusual East-West
alignment) beside a very deep, late grave
containing pottery and glass. The rite was
interpreted as a substitute sacrifice
depriving the decapitated person of any
after-life existence in order to allow the
person in the primary burial across to
another world. Clearly very few
decapitations, many more of which have
now been discovered, had this
significance. But in this, as in other
respects, Lankhills with its specific and
immensely important contexts is for the
most part different. It seems likely that
the belief that lies behind the rite of
decapitation is linked to the fear,
common at that time, of ghosts and evil
spirits; and so, a rite depriving the
decapitated person of the chance to
wander would be eminently suitable for a
substitute sacrifice. The matter will be
argued comprehensively in another
The new book is a wonderful and
indispensable treasure trove of
information for future generations of
archaeologists. But perhaps it lacks a
certain element of ownership. It seems
that in the case of many modern
excavations taking place, when time is
short, say, before a redevelopment, the
experts are at their desks poring over the
details provided by their site supervisors.
They don’t seem to have been much on
the ground. I hope that I might be
forgiven for pointing out that the possible
significant context of three very
important graves was missed. Two very
late graves, near the newly-discovered
Northern edge of the cemetery, with
many late coins in each, each with a glass
beaker and pottery vessel beside the head,
and both on a North-South alignment
instead of the usual West – East, were
joined, as it were, to form an H by a
(slightly?) earlier grave containing a
crouched man, decapitated from the
front, who came from some warmer
clime. The coloured plans for
decapitations do not show this man; the
description of the grave is wrong: the
body is facing the West, not the usual
East. Above all, it needed some
discussion as to whether or not it could
be compared with the so-called human
sacrifices noted in the earlier excavation.
The most spectacular burial of the
whole excavation was not far away: a
man with a gilded cross-bow brooch
inscribed in Latin: UTRE (sic) FELIX,
VENE VIVAS (good luck to the user!
Live well!). Near his middle were a silver
buckle plate and silver strap end
belonging to a belt, and by his right leg
two, non-matching spurs. He was a
horseman, probably a man of distinction.
Such spurs are so far unknown in Britain,
but to be found on the other side of the
Jock Macdonald
Housemaster of B, 1975-82 and
Second Master, 1997-2002
Harrow and the Dark Blue Cap –
or – 1851 and all that!
ASG Drew (B, 1952-57) discovered the
following piece from The Harrovian from
1898 (when his grandfather was in the winning
side v. Eton at Lords) whilst going through
some family archives. Alastair periodically
hears the claim that Winchester won the right to
wear the dark-blue cap by winning a match.
This piece studies the question when the
decision on caps was within living memory.
‘As the match between Harrow and
Eton, equally with that between Oxford and
Cambridge, is commonly described in the
newspapers as the ‘historic contest between
the dark and light blues’, there are, every
year, numerous enquiries why Harrow does
not wear a dark-blue cap; and the answer
that is popularly given is that Harrow on one
occasion (unspecified) played Winchester
for the dark-blue cap, and lost it. If the
match is a ‘historic contest’, it is well to apply
a little history to it; and when that is done,
the traditional account of the game for the
dark-blue cap turns out to be an absolute
myth. That this is so has, of course, been
familiar enough for the well informed. But as
in credulous quarters the myth is so widely
believed, and bears on its face such an air of
plausibility, it is worth while to make one
more attempt to demolish it.
No precise date is assigned to the year
in which the legendary ‘cap match’ is
supposed to have taken place, but it is safe
to presume that it cannot have been earlier
than the days when the Winchester Eleven
played in white beaver top-hats. About this
Dr [William] Church says: ‘My elder
brother was at Harrow from 1845 to 1849
and I myself from the beginning of 1851 to
1856, so I am fairly conversant with Harrow
‘shop’ for ten years. My remembrance of the
matches at Lords goes back to either 1848
or 1849, I am not certain which, but
whatever year it was, the Winchester boys
played in white beaver hats. I cannot
recollect what the Harrow Eleven wore …
Winchester, between the year that they
wore the white beaver hats and 1851,
adopted the dark blue cap, for I am almost
certain they played in 1851 in the dark-blue
This is supported by Holgate’s
Winchester Register, p. 246: ‘The present
dark-blue caps were first worn by all the
Eleven in 1851, but did not become de
rigueur till after 1852.’
160 years on, enquiries have subsequently
been made of the College Archivist, who simply
drew attention to the following extract from
EH Fellowes’ A History of Winchester
Cricket, published by P & G Wells in 1930:
‘It was in 1851 that Winchester first
wore caps, though Harrow still had their
straw hats that year, and perhaps Eton also
still wore straws. The captains at each
School at that time used to settle all
questions of dress for the matches. The facts
about the Winchester cap and the famous
challenge for the colours by Harrow are
here given in the words of George Bennett,
who was Captain of Lord’s in 1851.
Bennett’s statement was printed in The
Wykehamist (No. 299, March 1894): “As
regards the ‘Lord’s Caps’ of 1851, I think I
invented them myself, and very funny
things they were – white flannel caps with a
dark blue ribbon, if I remember right. It was
sine qua non that dark blue should be
conspicuous thereon, because of the
standing dispute with Harrow as to which
School had the right to the colour.
We did not play for the colour. I
happened to be captain in 1851, and I well
remember Bob Grimston (the well-known
old Harrovian) coming to me at Lord’s with
the Harrow Captain (the Hon. E Chandos
Leigh) just before the Harrow match began,
and saying, ‘Now, Mr Bennett, there has
long been a question between Harrow and
Winchester about the right to the dark
blue; suppose we put it on the result of the
match?’ I’m afraid my reply was less
courteous than it ought to have been; being
to the effect that I could not think of playing
for the dark blue, because it was the
Winchester colour long before Harrow was
heard of; but there was a good deal of
feeling in the air in those days, and I did not
feel so sure about the result of the match as
I fancy he did. I do not remember how the
colour was displayed before 1851, although
I played in the matches twice before then;
probably merely by a neck tie. But we
certainly claimed the dark blue, and Harrow
knew it. There was never any question
about Eton and the light blue.
Though I declined Mr Grimston’s
proposal in 1851, it would have been all
right if I had accepted it, because we won
both matches that year (the first time in
eleven years), and I had the satisfaction of
hitting the winning run in the Harrow one.”
Now, back to the Harrow cap … let us
trace its early history. Sir Kenelm Digby, who
was the Harrow Captain in 1853, says:
‘The cap was selected in 1853. I cannot
quite remember its history, but I think that
there were several suggestions. There was a
difficulty about the dark-blue cap, but I
know nothing about the story of it being
decided by a match.’
Dr Church is more explicit: ‘‘Up to the
year when I first played in the Eleven
(1853), Harrow had always had a different
cap or hat each year, the head of the Eleven
choosing it. In 1852 I think they all wore
black and white straw hats. … In 1852
Marillier was captain, and the cap was very
narrow white and blue stripes, with a
badge of ‘School Arrows’ fastened on it in
front. In 1853 when Digby had to choose
the cap, as the dark blue had already been
worn by Winchester for a year or two, the
present cap was chosen. In 1854 I
remember his consulting with the old
members of the Eleven as to whether we
should change the cap, and it being decided
that, as we had done so unexpectedly well
in winning both matches in 1853, we
should stick to the winning colours, and VE
Walters was, I remember, extremely strong
on the point. We won both matches in
1854 in the same caps, after that there was
never any question of changing them.’ ■
Sir Winston Churchill once said:
‘I wish I was as confident of anything as
Wykehamists are of everything.’
What’s in a number?
On 12 November 2010 Winchester
College received its Registered Charity
number 1139000. Along with all other
ancient charities, including Oxford and
Cambridge colleges, hitherto exempted by
virtue of their existence long before modern
charity law was invented, Winchester has
been required to go through the process of
No problem with that – happy to
oblige, Guv. But what’s new? And what will
change? Very little indeed. Winchester is
one of the oldest charitable providers of
education in the world. We have been
charitable since 1382, when the founder,
William of Wykeham, put up buildings in
which seventy poor boys could live and
learn, funded entirely out of the
endowment he left. That principle has
been in place ever since. True, the School
has got larger over the centuries – in 1700 it
was 300 strong, in 1900, 500, in 2000, 700
– so the endowment had to be stretched
increasingly thinly; but even so, there was
always a significant number of parents
whose sons could benefit from the
education the school offers because
financial assistance was available. The
School believes its long history of assisting
parents who need help with fees speaks for
itself and that we have nothing to prove;
but Winchester has been happy to respond
in a constructive way to the more exacting
and systematic approach recently
developed by the Charity Commission,
which has been useful to us in causing us to
look at ourselves again.
In an ideal world, of course, every boy
could come regardless of his parents’
financial circumstances, as was the case at
the beginning, and perhaps one day we will
achieve the ideal. The current policy of the
Governing Body in respect of awarding
grants is consistent with the furtherance of
the Charity’s objectives. Scholarships and
most prizes and similar awards are awarded
on the basis of merit and the individual’s
educational ability; but bursaries and other
similar awards are determined on the basis
of need. Naturally we need to ensure that
the quality of our academic provision is not
compromised by our reduction in
scholarship awards, and we monitor that
issue closely; but so far, the quality of our
scholarship candidature is as strong as ever.
To adhere more closely to this
intention and to widen access further,
Winchester is pursuing a two-fold strategy,
to redirect awards out of existing resources
more towards bursaries and to increase the
total value of awards available by building
the endowment. We are appealing to our
extensive alumni network and to past and
current parents to help us with this
ongoing work. We feel, nevertheless, that
the many ways, other than bursary
provision, in which charitable institutions
like Winchester contribute to the public
benefit, should receive more credit, and it
is good to see signs that the Commission
is to widen the scope of its analysis.
Having decided to reduce the value of
scholarships from 50% to 25% in
September 2005, the Governing Body took
the decision in March 2008 that it would
make further significant changes in respect
of scholarships and bursaries. Funds
awarded for scholarships have been reduced
per se with a corresponding increase in
needs-based bursaries. Scholars continue to
be admitted by competitive examination,
but the value of scholarships was reduced
from 25% to 15% of the fee in 2009 and to
5% in 2010. Those levels of remission will
pertain throughout the recipient’s time.
Since 2009 all parents seeking a scholarship
for their son have been invited at the point
of application to submit to a means test.
From 2011 scholarships will attract no
prima facie remission on the fee and all
funds awarded from the endowment will be
by way of a bursary to assist any shortfall in
parents’ ability to pay the full fee.
These modernisations of Winchester’s
procedures have, it is fair to say, been
stimulated by the new requirements of the
Charity Commissioners, but these reforms
join a sequence stretching back hundreds
of years. They are reforms consistent with
Winchester’s ancient pursuit not of elitism
but of excellence. And this excellence is
shared and broadened not only in creating
access for boys of ability who want to join
our school, but also through our
commitment to our partner academy in
the maintained sector at Midhurst, and
the Crown and Manor Boys’ Club in
Hoxton, North London. And that is not
to mention the ancient buildings, grounds
and water meadows we maintain for public
use and benefit.
So we’re pleased to have received our
Registered Charity number, but while the
number is new, what it signifies has been
happening here for a very long time.
Ralph Townsend
Co Ro
the club’s capital endowment.
Nine dons will be leaving us at the end of
Cloister Time. They are: Catherine
Silvestro, Art (since 2010); Joel Taylor,
Mathma– (since 2010); Adam Gamsa,
Physics (since 2010); Katy Waterfield,
Classics (since 2009); Fian Andrews, Art
(since 2009); Dick Wilkinson, Mod Lang
(since 2006); Rowena Hodgins, Mod
Lang (since 2003); Jon Cooper, Biology
(since 1986) and Lachlan Mackinnon,
English (since 1981). In addition, five
have already left during the course of the
year: Justin Wheat, Biology (since 2010);
Sarah Ladley, PE (since 2010); Adam
Shelley, History (since 2009) and David
Newsholme, Assistant Organist (since
2009). Whether their sojourn here was
long or short, we thank each of them for
what they have done here, and wish them
all good luck for the future.
In 2007, writing in the Autumn Colour
Feature, Rupert said that the planning
process was ‘well under way’, only to
discover later on that he, and everyone
else involved, had not anticipated how
difficult it would prove to overcome the
attempts from certain quarters to frustrate
the venture; these problems, coinciding
with the economic crisis, delayed the start
of the project until early this year.
Michael Wallis stands down at the end of
this half as Commanding Officer of the Win
Coll CCF. He has held this post with utmost
distinction for the last sixteen years. Win
Coll is lucky indeed to have had for so long
in this post such an able and experienced
soldier: to him our heartfelt gratitude.
Crown and Manor Club
Patrick Maclure (I, 1952-57 and former
Trustee) writes:
In 2005 Rupert Hill (F, 1967-72) reported
enthusiastically about the continuing and
successful activities of the club, but in
particular he drew attention to the
financial difficulties resulting from the
virtual elimination of the annual grant
received from Hackney Borough Council.
However, he also gave an assertion that
most of the problems would disappear
once the present site had been developed,
as this would provide not only new
premises, but also a significant addition to
Whilst the outcome of the planning
application was awaited, the club’s trustees
reviewed the somewhat excessive two-tier
committee structure that had been in place
for many decades and decided to replace it
with a smaller executive committee. This
has resulted in the departure of a number
of long-serving trustees, most noticeably
Rob Philipson-Stow (F, 1950-55), who has
served as a Trustee and Chairman for well
over fifty years. Happily the new
Chairman, Guy Davison (A, 1971-75),
whose devotion to the club is also worthy
of very high praise, has taken on the
Chairmanship and will continue to have
the services of Harry Morris, whose
involvement stretches back to the reign of
King George V1. Also departing, after a
distinguished and influential term as
President, is Sir Jeremy Morse (K, 194246), who has been succeeded by Lord
(David) Hannay (B, 1949-54).
Finally and most importantly, I am able to
confirm that the club has moved into
temporary premises nearby and that work
on the redevelopment is under way. With
luck and a following wind, it will be
operating from its new premises in less
than eighteen months.
JC de C Scott (E,1969-74) writes:
Michael Burchnall Memorial Plaque.
I am writing to you as one whose time at
Winchester coincided with Michael
Burchnall’s stewardship of Freddie’s.
It is now more than three years since
MLB died, but the passage of time does
not diminish his status or the affection in
which many of us held him.
The Headmaster, the Warden and Fellows
have indicated that they would approve
of a plaque being raised in Chantry
Cloisters in memory of MLB.
The plaque will refer to his service as a
Housemaster and to his authorship of the
Masque of 1961, put on to celebrate the
opening of New Hall. Adjacent to the
words will be an exact copy, cast into the
bronze, of the image of the Trusty Servant
that adorned the cover of the libretto of
the Masque.
We are fortunate that the work is being
undertaken by Anita Lafford, one of the
leading artists in bronze and sculpture
whose works have included portrayals of
Lawrence of Arabia on his camel and The
Charging Infantryman at the School of
Infantry in Brecon, as well as, in silver,
HM the Queen on horseback.
TID=4423 will show some of Anita’s
The plaque will measure about 36 inches
by 14 inches. It is intended that it will be
unveiled on Wykeham Day in September
2011, close to the 50th Anniversary of
the opening of the Masque.
I am inviting subscriptions to the cost of
this: any surplus will be added to the
College’s Bursary Fund. Subscriptions will
attract Gift Aid, which will enhance the
value of your donation by 25%, should
you be a UK tax-payer. Having first of all
written to Old Freddyites, I am now
publishing this letter, in the hope of
attracting donations from a far more
broadly drawn body of Old Wykehamists,
who will have benefited at some stage
from MLB’s 34 years as a don!
Any donations should be made payable to
‘Wykeham Campaign – Winchester
College’ sent to: Winchester College
Society, 17 College Street, Winchester,
Hampshire SO23 9LX. You should mark
the back of the cheque ‘MLB Memorial
this appeal for funds, so that the memory
of Michael Burchnall and his immense
talent can be perpetuated, deservedly
amongst those of other great men of
Should you wish to contact me, I can be
reached c/o Ambrose Appelbe, Solicitors
on 0207.242.7000.
I hope you will contribute generously to
Submitted by JDT Greenall
(K, 52-57):
The budget should be balanced, the
treasury should be refilled, public debt
should be reduced, the arrogance of
officialdom should be tempered and
controlled and the assistance to foreign
lands should be curtailed lest Rome
become bankrupt. People must again
learn to work, instead of living on
public assistance.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC
Old Wykehamist News
M Clemmow (C, 96-01) captained York’s
team to the final of the 2011 University
Challenge, where it was well beaten by
JRG Griffiths (E, 70-75) retired as
Headmaster of the prep school, St
Andrews, Eastbourne, in July 2010. A
Founder Member of the Rolling Heads
Group, he is now a freelance Education and
Leadership consultant.
SC Henderson (I, 89-94) has been
appointed Headmaster of Bradfield College
from September 2011, in succession to
Peter Roberts (Master in College, 91-03).
Currently Deputy Head (Academic) at
Sherborne School, he was previously Head
of History at Eton College as well as being a
Deputy Housemaster.
Appointments / Elections
NEC Boles (Coll, 79-83) was elected as
member for Grantham and Stamford in
the May 2010 General Election, with a
majority of 14,826 votes. He was appointed
as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the
Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, in 2010. He
founded the think tank Policy Exchange in
2002 and served as the Director until
leaving the organisation in 2007 to avoid a
potential conflict of interest. During his
tenure Policy Exchange became one of the
most influential think tanks in the country,
especially after David Cameron was
elected Conservative Party leader in 2005.
In October 2007 he was selected as the
prospective Conservative candidate to
contest Grantham and Stamford, the seat
previously occupied by Quentin Davies,
who switched allegiance from the
Conservatives to Labour earlier in 2007. In
May 2008, he was appointed Chief of Staff
for the new Conservative Mayor of
London, Boris Johnson, for a period of
three months. In the latter half of 2008 he
started work on preparing the
Conservatives for potential government by
meeting senior civil servants to discuss how
to implement Conservative policies if they
won the next general election. Nick is a
member of the Cambridge-based think
tank, the Henry Jackson Society, which
advocates a pro-active approach to the
spread of liberal democracy in the world.
J Holtby (I, 70-75): High Sheriff of East
Riding of Yorkshire for 2011-12.
M L Moore (D, 73-77) has been elected
an Ordinary Bencher of The Honourable
Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
JHM Peel (C, 62-67) has been
reappointed by No 10 to the European
Economic and Social Committee for a
further 5 years. The EESC is a formal EU
Advisory Body, set up by the Treaty of
Rome in 1958. Jonathan is one of 24
British Members, and a Member of the
Employers’ Group. As such, he has also
been elected President of the EESC
Permanent Study Group on International
Trade for the next two and a half years,
and believes he remains the only
Wykehamist member of any of the EU
Institutions – if he should be mistaken,
please declare yourself!
JNP Rawlins (K, 62-67) was appointed
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and
External Affairs at Oxford University in
June 2010. Nick is also Watts Professor of
Psychology and Fellow of Wolfson College.
RB Woods (G, 60-64): High Sheriff of
Berkshire for 2011-12.
AML Smith (F, 97-02): having lived in
Cambridge for the past nine years,
Anthony has moved his studios to
Amsterdam from the beginning of April.
He will continue to undertake
commissions and exhibit his work in the
UK; his new website has photos and
details of many of his sculptures, as well as
his drawings and paintings
SP Courtauld (A, 54-59): The Watkins
Boys, (Michael Russell, £18.95). ISBN
9780859553186. It is a story of Arctic
adventure in Greenland, 1930-32.
PdeF Delaforce (B, 37-42): The Rhine
Endeavour. War and Peace. September 1944
– NW Europe. Amberley. £20. ISBN 9781-84868-825-4, published in 2010, and
also Invasion of the Third Reich; War &
peace – Operation Eclipse. Amberley. £24.
ISBN 978-1-84868-948-0, published this
year. Patrick Delaforce is one of the most
respected names among WW2 historians,
having been in the thick of the action in
several of the key operations of the war.
These are his 39th and 40th books!
About Viscount Grey
of Fallodon KG, PC
(C, 1876-83): Sir
Edward Grey: more
than a politician. In 80
pages of well
researched and
illustrated material,
some not seen before,
we gain a real insight
into the career of our
longest serving Foreign
Secretary (1905 1916). This book,
which is not especially
political, explores his
life and passions away
from Parliament. It chronicles his life
from Northumbrian childhood, through
Winchester College, Oxford University,
political life and return to
Northumberland. Pat Brockway
concentrates on his love of the
countryside, particularly the birds and fly
fishing in his adopted Hampshire. We see
these passions shared intimately with his
first wife, Dorothy, during the idyllic times
they spent at their cottage at Itchen
Abbas, and we share in the subsequent
tragedies before considering Sir Edward’s
considerable legacy.
The timing of this publication is not
accidental, coming 100 years after the
intense efforts to avoid the First World
War in which he played such an
important part, and marking the
centenary of the famous bird walk he
undertook with Theodore Roosevelt, as
re-enacted in June 2010. An account of
this is included bringing the whole story
up to date. This is an eminently readable
book, written by an admirer of Sir Edward
and one who shares many of his interests
and his outlook on life.
Copies are available to purchase from the
Suzanne Foster, College Archivist
([email protected] or on 01962 621148),
for £10 in person or £12.50 by post;
cheques payable to Winchester College
Servants of Empire: An Imperial Memoir of
a British Family, by FRH Du Boulay. £25;
published by IB Tauris Publishers; ISBN
9781848855717. FRHDuB, who died in
2008, was grandson of The Reverend
James Du Boulay, founder of the House
that bears his name, and also grandfather
of EMHDuB (B, 99-04).
JWG Marr (1, 81-85): Investing in
Emerging Markets. The BRIC Economies
and Beyond – written with Cherry
Reynard. Published by John Wiley &
Sons in August 2010. Paul Farrow,
personal finance editor of The Daily
Telegraph, wrote: ‘This book offers a
valuable introduction to an asset class
that has grabbed investors’ attention in
recent years. Yet emerging markets, by
their very nature, are not without risks.
Marr and Reynard do not gloss over the
potential pitfalls but present a clear-eyed
and balanced appraisal of the different
IJA Graham (B, 37-42): The Road to Ruins,
University of New Mexico Press, £35.
ISBN 9780826347541. This lively memoir
chronicles Graham’s career as ‘the last
explorer’ and a fierce advocate for the
protection and preservation of Maya sites
across New Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
opportunities.’ £34.99 (but Julian says ‘it’s
a good tenner cheaper on Amazon’.)
ISBN 9780470748251.
NHJ McGilchrist (Coll, 70-74):
McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, a great series of
books, was picked by The Economist as one
of the best publications of 2010. ISBN
WP Meyerhofer (I, 84-85): Life is a brief
Opportunity for Joy (Mill City Press,
2010). ISBN 1936400782. ‘This book is a
guide for discovering joy, the simple
pleasures of living each day,’ says
Meyerhofer, a psychotherapist living and
working in New York City.
FP Smiddy (K, 67-71): [email protected]
is the perfect wingman for those
interested in flying, written by a lifelong,
self-confessed flying addict, who is a
Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and
Air Navigators and a member of the
Great Britain Flying Team. Published by
Quicklook Books.
DStJR Wagstaff (Coll, 44-48) has written
two short books, which are published on
the Internet, under the website name
‘Religion Rewritten’. They are entitled A
Reconciliation with Science and War and A
Religious View of Nature & the Universe.
He comments: ‘It is unnecessary to list the
evils that afflict our poor country. It is
sufficient that a shameless greed runs from
top to bottom of our society, from cabinet
ministers to the dependency culture.
Wedded to this is a shameless
irresponsibility that refuses to admit it is
ever to blame. One might forgive the
incompetence, if they were honest; or
forgive the graft, if they were competent.
But not both. I believe we will only
cleanse these Augean Stables if we
recover our Christianity, our native
religion. And these two books are my
attempt to do something about it.’ Try
typing ‘Religion Rewritten’ into Google.
FEB Witts (B, 54-59): The Mespot Letters
of a Cotswold Soldier. Amberley. £25.
ISBN 978-1-84868-041-8. These letters
date from 1915 to 1920, spanning a
pivotal period of modern history in Iraq.
Business and Commercial
AH Bartley (H, 55–60) has been
awarded a medal at the Bath and West
Society Fair for the best cider apple
orchard in the West Country.
JE Byng (K, 82-87), managing director of
Canongate, the Edinburgh-based
publisher, recently seized the
imagination of the publishing industry
with his bold plan to give adult reading a
shot in the arm by getting the world
reading with 1m free books. Jamie’s
brainchild is simple: members of the
public apply on a website to become one
of 20,000 givers of 48 copies of their
favourite book chosen from a list of 25
titles. It is then up to the givers to decide
how they will distribute their choices,
and to whom. This cascade of free books,
including The Blind Assassin by Margaret
Atwood, The Spy Who Came in from the
Cold by John Le Carré and Fingersmith by
Sarah Waters, took place on March 5,
and was branded ‘World Book Night.’
AHL Fellowes (G, 00-05) moved to Sri
Lanka in 2009 to work for Red Dot Tours
in Colombo, selling cricket tours. After
working behind the scenes at the Indian
Premier League (IPL) for the Mumbai
Indians cricket franchise for part of 2010,
Archie has since moved back to
Colombo to work full-time to establish
the Murali Cup – a community-focused
international schools’ cricket
tournament in south-west Sri Lanka.
Schoolboy cricketers from Sri Lanka, the
UK and Malaysia are combining cricket,
village community work and fundraising
initiatives to support the cricket legend,
Muttiah ‘Murali’ Muralitharan’s charity,
the Foundation of Goodness.
NHM Hitchens (A, 76-81) has been a
Senior Relationship Manager with
Zenith Bank (UK) Limited since 2010,
having been CEO at Simon C Dickinson
Ltd, the fine art dealership in Jermyn
Street, where he worked under the
direction of James Roundell (F, 65-69).
TJC Pakenham (G, 90-95) is the founder
of Green Tomato Energy, an ecoconsultancy; his Hammersmith property
is a show-house for this new green
venture, as well as being home to him and
his family. For the Cambridge-educated
former corporate lawyer, this is the latest
step on a journey that began five years
ago, when he sold his flat in Notting Hill
and, with a university friend, set up Green
Tomato Cars, the award-winning first
environmentally friendly cab firm in the
capital, which the duo sold in 2010 to
Transdev – the French transport firm –
while retaining control of the Green
Tomato brand. Green Tomato Energy,
which helps people to build eco-homes,
takes the hassle out of making existing
properties greener.
NA Taylor (F, 99-04) has become the
Deputy Underwriter for the Standard P&I
[Protection and Indemnity] Club (Asia) –
based in Singapore.
AP Watt (B, 76-80) has been appointed
President and CEO of the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, w.e.f. 23rd
March. AFP is the world’s leading
association for individuals and
organizations that support charitable
institutions. Andrew, a veteran of two
decades in the fundraising profession, was
most recently AFP’s chief program officer
and before that its vice president of
international development.
DSO: NP Carter (H, 72-76): awarded for
his achievements commanding a task
force of 55,000 troops in Afghanistan.
The Major-General’s citation credits him
for leading from the front, demonstrating
scant regard for his own safety to go
wherever he was needed. ‘His legacy is
clear, Kandahar and its surrounding
districts are safer.’
Life Peerage: GM Magan (K, 59-63) former Conservative Party Treasurer and
Deputy Chairman of the Conservative
Party Foundation. He becomes Lord
Magan of Castletown.
TCW Mills (C, 94-99) has recently
completed his exams to attain
membership of the Royal College of
Psychiatry and is awaiting a Specialist
Registrar post in Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry. He is also studying for a
Masters degree at Leeds University and
has submitted his research proposal for a
study looking into the belief systems of
modern ceremonial magicians.
TH Breitmeyer (A, 73-77) was appointed
one of Her Majesty’s Body Guard with
effect from 5th December 2010.
NP Carter (H, 72-76) commanded 6
Division and the ISAF (International
Security and Assistance Force), building
an International Headquarters from
scratch. Taking charge of the largely
American international force, he planned
and conducted the largest coalition airmobile operation for many years. After
reversing the insurgency and
strengthening ISAF’s hold in central
Helmand, Nick then turned his attention
to Kandahar.
JD Majendie (I, 33-37) was presented
with the 2010 Times/Sternberg Active
Life Award at a Downing Street reception
in February 2011. Major Majendie has
organised annual pilgrimages to France for
his fellow Normandy veterans for the past
25 years, leading more than 2,000 people
on tours of the beaches and battlefields
AP Speed (F, 82-87) is promoted Lt Col
and appointed Brigade Major, HQ
Household Division with overall
responsibility for all ceremonial in
London and Windsor. His previous post
was as Academy Adjutant at RMA
Sandhurst. Andrew is also running the
Gobi Desert Ultra Marathon in June 2011
in aid of the Scots Guards Colonel’s Fund.
The race is 150 miles completed in 6 days,
the competitors carrying all equipment,
including food, but not water. He is
running the event with a team from the
RMA, Sandhurst and, at 42, will be the
oldest member of the team by 12 years.
SGB Bartley (H, 61-66) is now the
Honorary Archivist of the St Moritz
Tobogganing Club.
CA Consul (A, 00-02): at The Varsity
Golf Match on 26th March 2011, at
Royal Cinque Ports (Deal), Oxford won
8-7. Claudio won both of his own
matches, giving him an unprecedented 8
wins from 8 matches over his four years as
a postgraduate at Oxford. He had played
particularly well during his Saturday
singles – probably 5 under par for the 31
holes played – in beating Cambridge’s best
player, an American who captained Yale
last year, 6&5. A presentation to mark
this feat was made to Claudio at the
Halford Hewitt by Andrew Brownrigg (C,
56-61 and Captain of the OWGS).
SG Hardie (K, 03-08) is rowing in the
Durham University 1st VIII.
GAH Harwood (K, 02-07) has been
playing regularly for Newcastle
University’s 1st XV [Rugby!].
Rackets - The Canadian Amateur
Doubles final took place on 6th February
2011 in Montreal. For the first time since
Mike Coulman (D, 46-61) won the title
in the early 1950s, there was some
Wykehamical representation… twofold,
in fact. Mike Bailey (A, 00-05), playing
with George Tysoe (Wellingtonian), met
Patrick Maxwell (H, 78-82) in the final,
playing with James Male (Radleian and
former World Champion). Male and
Maxwell won 3-1.
JS Varkey (D, 98-03): it might be most
OWs’ dream to have their extreme hitting
eulogised in a global golf magazine. Few of
us, however, could ever imagine it
actually coming about…. However, Jay
does not fit into the category of ‘most
OWs’. See for yourself! 07-09 Jay Varkey
(Sequence) APR11rg
Old Wykehamist Sporting
OW Football Club
Whilst the next issue will report on the
triumphant Arthur Dunn Cup side of 1961,
it will be gratifying for the survivors of that
winning team to read that all is well - 50
years-on! Tom Vernon (G, 97-02) reports
on further success:
The Academy Adjutant and the Academy Sergeant Major en route to the Sovereign’s Parade at RMAS.
I am absolutely thrilled to report that the
1st XI has secured promotion to the
Premier League!
Going into our final game with Old Kings
Scholars, we knew that a win by three
clear goals should cement our promotion
to the top flight of the Arthurian League.
As has been the case throughout this
season, we managed to put out a very
strong side with a mixture of youth and
experience. We started well and looked
the more likely to take the lead once we
got the ball on the floor and strung some
passes together. We remained organised in
defence and stood up well against their
counter attacks.
Despite still being 0-0 at the break, there
were no signs of nerves and we went out
for the second half with renewed
determination. We began the final 45
minutes of the season brightly and kept
pushing for the all important first goal.
Eventually, a moment of pure class from
young striker, Fred Hurndall, broke the
deadlock. Picking up the ball inside the
OKS half, he spun his marker and
accelerated through the gaps in their
defence before rolling calmly past the
The goal filled us with confidence. We
pushed for a second and it wasn’t long
before a low cross was generously turned
into his own net by an OKS defender. 2-0
and 20 minutes left. Our defence
continued to hold firm and they provided
an excellent platform for us to commit
men in attack. Finally, the third goal
came and it was a beauty. OKS could only
half-clear a corner and when it was
chipped back into the box it dropped to
Ed Marsh, who volleyed a thunderbolt
into the far corner.
We managed to see out the last 10
minutes without too many scares before
the final whistle sparked jubilant
OW Team: Duncan (Coll, 95-00),
Underwood (G, 97-02), Rann (Coll, 9702), Amjad (Coll, 04-09), Prichard (I,
00-05), Skinner (B, 99-04), Baker (H, 84-
89), Masefield (H, 99-04), Hurndall (C,
04-09), Donald (F, 03-08), Kiley (H, 9803), Marsh (B, 95-00), Vernon (G, 97-02).
The 2nd XI also had a very successful
season, winning promotion to Division 4.
The team played some excellent football
and beat most teams on their way to
securing promotion with a game to spare.
Thanks to Alex Hardiman (C, 95-00),
Chris Webbe (B, 97-02) and Freddie
Blackett (E, 01-06) who have all taken
the captain’s armband this season.
It has been a very long season for the 1st
and 2nd XIs, but for both teams to get
promoted is simply fantastic!! Thank you
to everyone who has played and
supported this year.
OW Golf Society
An edited message from GHE Winkworth
(K, 91-96 and Hon. Sec. OWGS),
addressed to any Old Wykehamist who would
like to play some OW golf:
In an exciting new development, Nick
Holt (F, 93-98) and Ben Twiney (G, 9702) have been working hard to produce
an excellent OWGS website (to be found
at ), so please take a look
at it.
All comers are always welcome at any
OW fixture - subsidies for games are
available, so do ask the match manager of
any fixture that appeals for details.
Please get in touch with me, via
[email protected], should you
wish to know more, and as a final
exhortation to existing members, please
continue to encourage Old Wykehamists
you know to join the Society, to enable us
to keep on growing.
ICENA (OW Rowing Club)
On the 2nd April a de facto steering
committee met at Leander Club in
Henley to discuss the current state of
ICENA. Present at the meeting was the
Master-in-Charge of Rowing along with
former rowers at Win Coll: Howard
Jacobs (D, 65-70), Mike Fabricius (K, 94-
99), George Nash (K, 02-07), Preshan
Jeeveratnam (C, 01-06), Johann
Jeeveratnam (C, 96-01), Simon Ho (K,
98-03), Chris Kerr (Coll, 00-05) and Will
Kerr-Muir (I, 00-05). The aim was to try
to revitalise ICENA, discussing the
purpose of the Club and how it could be
useful to current rowers in the School.
The group discussed various changes to
the club constitution, including the
election of officers to committee, and the
membership structure. A letter is going to
be sent out to current ICENA members
detailing the plans of the steering
committee, inviting them to come to
support the current 1st VIII at Henley
Royal Regatta and to discuss any concerns
they might have. The date of the next
AGM will also be included, where
members can vote to ratify the new
constitution and elect the new officers.
Should anyone have any interim
questions, please contact either any of the
above or David Fellowes
([email protected]).
OW Tolling Club
DCB Jenkins (C, 60-65) writes:
There was a good gathering in December
of the OWTC at Wimbledon with Colin
Upton and John Brooks in support.
Ironically we did well, as usual, in the V40
and V50, but not so well in the Open.
I reckon next year will be the first year
when the Upton Team have their first
men in the V40 class, so we should be
winning the Vets for years to come. It’s
not often the tollsters look to the
boatmen to save their skin, but Chris Kerr
(Coll, 00-05) ran a great race to come in
second. John Shaw (H, 73-77) was our
second finisher and was also second in the
V50 class, followed closely by James
Hoad (Coll, 05-10), with Doug Teesdale
(A, 75-79) making our 4th scorer. We
came 3rd in the Open, 3rd in the V40 and
first in the V50. Next year – let’s see!
Obiter Dicta
FJAM Bettley (E, 71-5) writes:
Your recent brochure on the subject of
Meads was of the greatest interest, but I
am sorry that it repeated the old myth
about the corner turrets of the San. This
is a distinguished building by a
distinguished architect, William White,
and to suggest that the turrets are an
afterthought to rectify an omission, rather
than integral part of the design, fails to do
justice to him and to those who
commissioned him. Placing the lavatories
in the turrets was in accordance with the
best principles of designing for hospital
buildings at that time. The lavatories
(with water closets and hand basins) were
separated from the wards by wellventilated lobbies and thus, it was
thought, the risk of germs passing from
the lavatories to the wards was greatly
reduced. White made an attractive
feature out of a practical and hygienic
As Gill Hunter’s recent biography of
William White tells us, his building “won
the highest award (silver medal) for
‘School Sanatoria’ at the 1884 Health
Exhibition” (William White: Pioneer
Victorian Architect, Spire Books, 2010).
Like so many Victorian architects, White
(great-nephew of Gilbert White of
Selborne, where he restored the church)
was better appreciated in his own day
than he has been by subsequent
generations. At Winchester he also
designed Cook’s (1862), the School’s first
purpose-built boarding house.
Wykehamists interested in this sort of
thing might also like to know about the
new Pevsner Architectural Guide,
Hampshire: Winchester and the North (Yale
University Press, 2010), which pays
attention to the 19th and 20th century
School buildings (e.g. Music School,
Armoury, Science School (“the first major
school building devoted to science in
Britain”), and some of the boarding
houses) as well as the more familiar
medieval and Georgian ones.
WJ Lithgow (F, 48-52) wrote in April
from his home in Argyll to the Editor of
The Times on the subject of the storage of
wind electricity being the holy grail; he
stated that Scotland should be using her
water turbine energy as well.
RJJ Parkes and GC Hobhouse (both G,
04-09): the Head Man nominates one
(only) young OW charity effort for
fundraising on Winchester Day. This year
the opportunity goes to Rufus and George
(now at Bristol and Magdalen, Oxford,
respectively), who are participating in the
Mongol Rally. This is a 12,000 mile carrally from England to Ulaanbaatar,
Mongolia, travelling through Europe,
Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,
Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia in
difficult terrain and with a totally
inadequate car! They are raising money
for the Christina Noble Children’s
Foundation (CNCF) and for Help for
Heroes. They surely deserve our support;
should you wish to sponsor them, please
contact Rufus on:
[email protected]
The School is very grateful to the family
of Colin Smith (K, 78-83) for their gift of
a handsome chiming clock which is in the
main room of Hunter Tent. Beneath the
clock is a frame of some team photographs
showing many of Colin’s friends,
including the teams for the 1982 Win
Coll Sixth Centenary Celebration Match
between Lord’s and the OWs over-30s.
Within the frame is this inscription:
This clock is given by his family
in memory of
Colin Nigel Neville Smith
Colin lived for twenty-five years in
Meadow House
on the edge of New Field.
He played his games on these
beautiful grounds
one of a talented generation
among whom he had lifelong friends.
Dining at Depth
To the Editor of The Wykehamist (dated
4th August, 1945):
Sir, - Following Mr JM Gow’s revelations
of the Tug Bun Society, we feel impelled
to bring to your notice the inaugural
meeting and dinner of the Old
Wykehamist Deep Sea Dining Club,
which was held at in His Majesty’s
Submarine Sybil last November.
The meal was held, bottomed, at a mean
depth of 273 feet, which incidentally is
believed to be the lowest depth to which
two Old Wykehamists dining have ever
sunk. Conditions were not easy, as the
boat carried a list of some 10 to 12 degrees
throughout, but an early start was made,
and the President, winning the toss,
elected to eat uphill.
Considerations of space and lack of
opposition forbade the holding of a hot,
and on much the same grounds it was
decided on the President’s casting vote
not to sing ‘Domum’, the Member
dissenting hotly on the grounds that he
could perfectly well remember four verses.
We are, Sir, your obedient Servants,
S Jenner (C, 34-39) HMS Sybil. Lieut.,
Royal Navy,
President c/o G.P.O. London.
DMcA Craig (C, 36-41) Lieut.,
Royal Navy, Member.
Footnote: It was noticeable that, after this
letter was published in The Wykehamist,
there was a significant decline in the
number of letters to the Editor from the
Army constituent about its endless OW
Dinners in India.
Apologies are offered to RH Vickers for
mistakes made in the previous issue
over his House letter – ‘H’ should have
read ‘G’ on page 18 – twice!
If you would like a copy of any press obituary referred to, please contact the Winchester College Society office. You can request either by email to
[email protected], telephone +44 (0)1962 621217 or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Director, 17 College Street,
Winchester SO23 9LX. ‘Obit’ indicates that a copy of some other tribute is also available.
Erratum: We erroneously reported in
TS110 the passing of Robin Angus
Graham (B, 40-44). In fact, he has not
breathed his last and continues to enjoy
good health in Suffolk. We are most
grateful to him for his forbearance in this
matter; he had also read the same notice
in The Times on 4th August, earlier this
Vincent Broderick (Staff): died
14.11.2010, aged 90. Lords Cricket coach,
1960-86. He also ran the sports shop in
Kingsgate Street (now the Enterprises
office). A more detailed appreciation of
Vince’s life as a cricketer can be found on
pages 2-3, written by Andrew Longmore
(A, 67-71) for The Wisden Cricketer.
Richard Clive Cookson (Fellow, 70-76):
died 17.12.2008. Harrow; Trinity College,
Cambridge, BA 1944, MA, PhD 1947;
Research Fellow, Harvard University
1948; Research Division of Glaxo
Laboratories Ltd 1949-51; lecturer,
Birkbeck College, London University
1951-57; Professor of Chemistry 1957-83;
Research Professor of Chemistry,
University of Southampton 1983-85 and
Emeritus Professor since 1985;
publications: papers, mainly in the journal
of the Chemical Society.
Robert Bryan Strickland Bartley (G, 3034): died 10.7.2009, aged 92. Brother of
the late GASB (G, 23-29), uncle of AHB
(H, 55-60) and SGBB (H, 61-66).
Magdalene College, Cambridge,
engineering, 1935, BA 1938; 2 Lt SA
Engineer Corps 1940; W Desert 1941;
POW 1942-45; despatches. Married
Dulcie Elizabeth Sharp, May 1941.
Leo Claude Vaux Miéville (H, 31-35):
died 4.6.2009, aged 91. RAF and Force
136, 1939-45; New College, Oxford,
1946, 3 English Language and Literature,
BA 1948. Married (1) Youla Harrison,
Dec. 1947. (2) Henrietta Cheesman,
Aug. 1978. Survived by a son and
daughter from his first marriage.
George Patrick Pirie-Gordon (B, 31-37):
died 24.3.2011, aged 92. 15th Laird of
Buthlaw. Father of EDP (B, 82-86). Oriel
College, Oxford 1937, History, War BA
1945; 2 Lt RA 1939; BEF 1939-40
(despatches); Major NW Europe, 1944-45
(despatches); Lt-Col, SEAC and India,
1945-47; member of the Queen’s
Bodyguard for Scotland (The Royal
Company of Archers) from 1948; Glyn,
Mills & Co, local director of Holts Branch,
Army and RAF Agents (now Royal Bank
of Scotland) 1949-78; trustee,
Transantartic Association since 1962;
Master of the Skinners’ Company 1963-64;
chairman Mt Everest Foundation 1966;
chairman of Governors, Skinners’ School
for Girls 1967-76; trustee Army Sports
Control Board; director, Anglo-American
Securities Corporation 1973-80; trustee,
Queen’s Nursing Institute 1954-80, vicepresident since 1980; Member of Council,
Royal Geographic Society, 1960-82
(including 10 years as hon. treasurer), hon
vice president since 1982; Knight of
Justice of the Order of St John of
Jerusalem since 1982; Honorary Fellow
Oriel College, Oxford, 1988. Married
Catherine Grace Taylor, July 1947.
Peter Francis Scott (H, 31-36): died
13.11.2010, aged 93. Oriel College,
Oxford 1936, 3 History 1939; 2 Lt KRRC,
1939; Capt MEF 1941; Capt (IO), CMF
and NW Europe, 1943-46; Croix de
Guerre. As a grandson of the founder, he
joined Provincial Insurance as a director,
1947, joint managing director, 1951, and
chairman, 1957-77. A man of wide
interests and considerable charm, he
always saw his responsibilities as
stretching beyond the door of the office.
He developed these responsibilities in a
most imaginative and determined way,
creating for the people of Westmorland a
range of possibilities for social and cultural
experience that was exceptional in its
time. Very many organisations benefited
from his expertise and generosity. CBE
1982. He is survived by his son and three
daughters. He attended the inaugural
‘Class of ’45 (and earlier)’ Reunion Lunch
at The Cavalry and Guards Club in
September 2010 and was delighted to
have been saluted ‘Sen Man’. Obit in The
Donald Le Strange Campbell (B, 32-37):
died 10.3.2011, aged 91. Brother of BGC
(B, 43-48). School IV (Cox) 1934-35;
Clare College, Cambridge 1937 Natural
Sciences; 2 Lt RA 1939; Captain 1942;
Major NW Europe 1944-45 (MC,
despatches); DAQMG (Deputy Assistant
Quarter Master General) British Army of
the Rhine, 1945; metallurgical engineer.
Married Shona Catherine, Sept. 1952.
Michael William Massy Osmond (I, 3237): died 22.11.2010, aged 92. Lords XI,
Assoc XI 1937; Christ Church, Oxford,
1937-39, reading Law; 2 Lt Coldstream
Guards, 1939; invalided 1940; called to
the Bar (Inner Temple) 1941; Ministry of
Production 1941-43; Housemaster,
Borstal Service, 1943-45; Legal Assistant
Ministry of National Insurance; 1946-69;
Principal Assistant Solicitor, Departments
of Health and Social Security 1969; Legal
Adviser to Department of Health and
Social Security, to Office of Population
Censuses and Surveys and to the General
Register Office, 1974-78; CB 1977. His
wife, Jill, predeceased him and he is
survived by their two children, James and
Denis Edward Hain (formerly Edward
Hain Bullivant) (G, 32-38): died
14.3.2011, aged 92. Grandfather of TA
Morgan (A, 84-89). Maths Prize; King’s
College, Cambridge 1938, 2 Moral
Science 1941; MA 1945; Royal
Hampshire Regiment 1940; 2 Lt, Queen’s
Royal Regiment 1941; won cross-country,
13 Battalion 1942; Glider Regiment
1942; Mediterranean 1943; Glider
Landing, Southern France 1944
(wounded); invalided 1946; concert
singer; soloist with various English choral
societies, Coro Polifonico Romano,
Radio/TV, Chamber Orchestra of Spain,
etc.; solo recitals, also on South African
Radio; lecture-recital on ‘The legato style
of singing’ with English, French and
Spanish texts. Married Yvonne Mary
Keturah, Jan.1942 ; (2) Anna Ringström,
Jan. 1963. A memorial event will be on
Sunday 29th May 2011 at Linden House,
Upper Mall, Chiswick, W6 9TA from
2.30pm to 5.30pm. An intention to
attend should please be notified to Tim
Morgan, a grandson, at
[email protected]
Hilton Stowell (Coll, 33-37): died
2.8.2010, aged 90. Birkbeck College,
1937-39; War Service in RAOC, 1940-42
and in coal mining Durham, 1943-46;
Aberdeen University, MA (Hons) 2,
Cognitive Psychology and English
Language/Literature 1949; teaching
English as a Foreign Language, Malaya,
Egypt, Sudan and Bahrain 1950-59;
teaching undergraduate psychobiology,
UK and USA, 1959-68; emigrated to
USA to retrain as a neuroscientist, 1964;
MS and PhD in psychobiology, Florida
State University 1971; member and
fellow of learned societies, Research
Scientist and Principal Investigator,
Event Related Brain Potential unit,
Central State Hospital of Georgia, USA
(1973-80); Principal Investigator and co-
owner with wife of ERBP Unit,
Milledgeville, GA, USA. Married Dr
Marion de Nonie Barber in 1972.
Richard Bromwich Haig (A, 33-38): died
25.9.2010, aged 90. Brother of the late
MHH (A, 20-24) and AEGH (A, 25-30).
Steeplecha– 1937; Royal Military Academy
Woolwich 1938; 2 Lt, RA, 1939; MEF
1943; POW (Salerno) 1943; Capt 1946;
Air OP Pilot 1946; Staff College
Camberley 1951; Maj 1952; retired 1958;
fruit grower since 1959. Five times winner
of the Bulmers Golden Apple Award for
the best cider orchard. Survived by his
wife, Anthea, and son, Robin.
Richard Geoffrey ‘Ian’ Pendered (Coll,
34-39): died 19.11.2010. Co Prae. Open
Scholar Magdalene College, Cambridge,
1939. His tenure at the Foreign Office
1940-52, was at Station X, Bletchley
Park; Bunge & Co, grain merchants,
London, 1952-87, Managing Director,
Chairman, 1987. County player, Lawn
Tennis and Squash, Northants champion
at both, c 1951. He is survived by
Jennifer, his wife of 57 years, and their
two sons and two daughters. Obit in The
Arthur Ronald Taylor (K, 34–39 and
Fellow, 86-96): died 20.3.2011. Father of
NRT (K, 65-70), MRT (F, 68-72) and
SAT (F, 70-74), grandfather of NAT (F,
99-04) and ART (F, 02-07). Lords XI
1938-39 (scoring 99 against Eton, batting
at number 9, followed by taking 4
wickets), Assoc XI 1938-39, VI 1938-39
(Captain), Princes 1939 (Captain).
Trinity College, Oxford 1940, BA 1943,
MA 1947 (resigned his MA in 1985
owing to the University’s refusal of an
honorary degree to Margaret Thatcher);
OU Assoc XI 1940; OCTU Sandhurst
1941 (Sword of Honour); 2 Lt. Grenadier
Guards, 1941; Tunisia 1943; Italy 194445; Major 1946; Palestine; retired 1953.
Played Rackets for England v. USA 1947,
won (with RAA ‘Bimby’ Holt) Amateur
Doubles 1947 and 1949, and the
American Amateur Doubles 1947. Joined
Willis Faber & Dumas in 1959 and built it
up, leading the public flotation of Willis
Faber in 1976, becoming its chairman and
retiring in 1981; director Cornhill
Insurance Co; vice-chairman Legal &
General Assurance plc. His wartime
experience shaped his life; more than
anything else a strong sense of leadership
had been born and this influenced every
decision he would make in later life in the
City. Gained much enjoyment from
developing his shoot at Bighton and was a
long-time member of Swinley Golf Club.
Married Elizabeth Josephine Kiek
(brother of Martin Kiek: K, 35-39), Nov
1949, who survives him with their three
The Hon. John Murdoch Mitchison
(Coll, 35-40): died 17.3.2011. Schol Prae,
English Literature, McDowell Prize,
School Exhibition, Editor of The
Wykehamist, Bisley 1939-40 (Captain).
Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge
1940, 1 Natural Sciences Pt 1 1942;2 Lt,
General List 1943; Scientific Research;
Captain CMF, 1944-45; Major DADSR,
UK, 1946; Trinity, 1 Natural Sciences Pt
2 , MA 1947; Research Scholar 1947,
Research Fellow 1950; PhD 1951;
Edinburgh University, lecturer in Zoology
1953, reader 1960, professor 1963; FRSE
1966; Sc D (Camb) 1967; FRS 1978.
Married Rosalind Mary Wrong, June
1947, who predeceased him; he is
survived by their four children. Obits in
The Times, and The Telegraph.
Maxwell Seely Woosnam (C, 36-40):
died 23.12.2010. Son of Max Woosnam
(F, 06-11). Assoc XI 1939; Trinity
College, Cambridge, engineering degree
1942; RAF 1942-47, F/Lt technical;
engineer, refinery and chemical plant
design and construction; various firms
including BP; consultancy. Married (1)
Anne Margaret Macdonald, October
1951 and (2) Alison Miller.
Christopher Beney Pringle (I, 36-41):
died 28.11.2010. Brother of the late
JWSP (Coll, 26-31) and APP (I, 31-36)
and uncle of JGP (I, 61-66). Co Prae,
Exhibitioner, Bisley. Manchester
University 1941, Economics; wireless
mechanic, RNVR, 1942; Petty Officer,
Fleet Air Arm, 1942-46; USA
Newfoundland and Canada,1943-44;
director of various companies within the
White Child Beney Group, including
chairman of British Tufting Machinery,
Blackburn, 1946-65; managing director,
Platt Knitting Machinery, Burton-onTrent, and marketing director, Platt
International, Bolton, since 1965; Neil &
Spencer Limited 1975, and was Chairman
of the holding company, 1985-88. In later
years he became a much sought after
lecturer for the National Trust and the
University of Surrey on Country House
Architecture and Furniture. The Friends
of Winchester College were privileged to
hear him speak on three occasions: on
‘Banqueting Houses’ in Nov. 2005,
‘English Decorative Plasterwork’ in Nov.
2006 and ‘The Story of the English Chair’
in Oct. 2007, aged 84, his considerable
knowledge invariably tinged with his
particular brand of humour. His wife of 60
years, Patricia, survives him.
James Digby Bristow (G, 39-43): died
23.2.2011. Brother of HMB (G, 45-50).
RNVR 1943, Sub-Lt 1944; minesweepers,
Mediterranean and Home Waters, 194446; Royal Agricultural College,
Cirencester, 1947-49; farming. He
enjoyed shooting, sailing, music and
skiing and never found time to retire,
continuing to work until Parkinson’s
reduced his activity. Married (1) Juliet
Amanda Carlos-Clarke, May 1954, and
(2) Kirstine Maitland, 1974. Survived by
his two sons and a daughter, as well as
three step-children.
Hubert Eustace Webb (G, 40-45): died
8.11.10. Lords XI 1943-45 (Captain
twice), Princes 1943-45 (Captain of two
winning pairs with GHJ Myrtle, and
winner of the Public Schools Rackets
Handicap), Assoc XI 1944-45, VI. New
College, Oxford 1945, Natural Science
1948, MA 1953; a quadruple ‘blue’:
Cricket 1948 (he scored an exceptional
145 n.o. in the Varsity Match at Lords,
‘endured and, of course, enjoyed – at least
in retrospect’ – by GHG Doggart, playing
on the other side); Rackets 1947-48
(Captain twice); Squash 1945-46
(Captain); Golf 1946-47. St Thomas’s
Hospital 1948; BM, BCh 1951; DM 1961;
FRCP 1969; FRCPath 1988; represented
St Thomas’s at Cricket, Golf, Squash,
Tennis 1948-53, President of Cricket,
Squash, Tennis 1963-73, Hampshire,
Squash, 1948-53; Capt RAMC, Malaya,
1953-57, Cricket, Tennis, Squash 1954-57,
Malaysia, Cricket, 1956-57, Capt
Singapore Cricket 1957; represented GB
in Du Bler Cup Tennis 1972; associate,
National Research Council, Washington,
1957-8; staff member, Rockefeller
Foundation, 1958-60; consultant
neurologist and senior lecturer in
medicine, St Thomas’s, 1964; Professor of
Neurovirology, London University, 1988;
DSc, LU, 1990; many publications in
various medical and scientific journals.
Whilst serving during the Malayan
emergency, he encountered tick-bone
encephalitis; his success with the disease
led to his joining the Rockefeller
Foundation’s viral research institute in
Poona, where he found a cure for the
deadly Kyasamur Forest Disease (KFD).
His wife of 60 years, Jean, survives him
with their two children. Obit in The Times.
Ian Colin Stuart Normand (Coll, 41-46):
died 19.1.2011. Brother of the late ARN
(Coll, 38-43) and father of AJCN (F, 7681). Aulae Prae, VI 1943-45 (Captain
1944-45), Assoc XI 1944-46 (Captain
1946), Lords XI 1946. As Aulae Prae, he
welcomed HM King George VI and
Queen Elizabeth Ad Portas in 1946.
Frazer Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford
1946; OU Skiing 1947, 1949; 4th British
National Ski Championships 1949;
British University Ski Team 1950.
Harmsworth Scholar, St Mary’s Hospital,
1950-52. Captain RAMC 1954-58, active
service, Malaya 1957-58. FRCP 1971;
DM Oxon 1975; Hon FRCPCH 1996;
Paediatric department UCH 1960;
Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital,
Baltimore 1964; Consultant paediatrician
UCH 1969; Professor of Child Health,
University of Southampton 1990-93;
Non-exec Director, Southampton & SW
Hampshire Health Authority 1989-93
and Southampton University Hospitals
NHS Trust 1993-97; Governor & Trustee
of Lord Mayor Treloar College 19882000. As Foundation Professor of Child
Health at Southampton, he improved the
Wessex regional paediatric services to the
level required to sustain medical
education throughout the region and
established research programmes at
Southampton that later gave it
international recognition. While he was
Dean, Southampton became an early
example of a medical faculty that fostered
inter-professional collaboration by
bringing nursing and other health
professionals into the Faculty. A lifelong
sportsman, he enjoyed skiing, golf and
rackets well into his retirement. He is
survived by Jean, his wife of 50 years, and
their two daughters and son.
Peter Melville Rusden (K, 42-45): died
23.3.2011. Guy’s Hospital, LDS
(London), RCS Eng; Lt Royal Army
Dental Corps 1952; Captain 1953; dental
surgeon. Survived by his wife of 55 years,
Suzanne, and their children.
Kenneth Alston Alexander (I, 42-46):
died 19.12.2010. Brother of the late WBA
(F, 31-37), the late JRA (F, 33-37), and
CSA (F, 40-44); father of RLA (I, 73-78).
VIII, Steeplecha–. RAC 1947, Belt of
Honour; 2 Lt RTR 1948; Trinity College,
Cambridge, 3 Natural Sciences 1951, 3
Law, BA 1952, Survived by his wife of 54
years, Linda, and their son.
David Bartholomew Lyndon Skeggs (I,
42-46): died 22.12.2010. VIII (Cox) 1945.
Oriel College, Oxford 1946, 3 Natural
Sciences 1949, BM, BCh 1952; St
Bartholomew’s Hospital; MA 1953; RNR
Surgeon Lt Cdr 1954-67; DMRT 1962;
FFR 1964; research assistant, St Thomas’s
Hospital 1962; senior registrar, St Bart’s
1964; consultant radiotherapist in charge,
Royal Free Hospital. 1966; FRCR 1966;
examiner to conjoint Board; Chairman
Part I FRCR Exam Board 1983-88; author
of various papers and chapters in text
books on the treatment of cancer, also the
use of computers in 3-dimensional cancer
treatment. Survived by his wife of 54
years, Anita, and their two daughters.
Obits in The Times, Telegraph.
Bruce (‘Buster’) Philip Guard (C, 43-48):
died 30.3.2011. Brother of the late DRG
(C, 42-46) and father of PWG (H, 7075). Lords XI 1947-48, Rackets and Fives
1948. DCLI 1948, 2 Lt 1949; Italian
Somaliland; farming 1950; company
director in motor trade. Married Cecily
Cooper, who survives him with their son
and two daughters.
David Edward Tench (Q, 40-43): died
23.01.2011. As legal director of the
consumer magazine Which?, he was a
champion of consumer rights, advocating
British consumers to defend their rights,
by challenging unfairness and by
campaigning to put things right. He
played a pivotal role in piloting a number
of key pieces of legislation through
Parliament, most notably the 1987
Consumer Protection Act and the Unfair
Contract Terms Act of 1977. David is
survived by his two sons and daughter
from his first marriage, to Judy, who
predeceased him 1986. The following
year, he married Liz Macdonald, who
survives him. Obits The Times and The
Kenelm Gordon Nicolson Alcock (D, 4449): died 16.10.2005. Brother of ICNA
(D, 48-53). VIII 1949. Reading
University 1949, Inter BSc; Trinity
College, Cambridge 1950; 3 Natural
Sciences 1953, MA 1959; director of
private companies 1957-85. Married Sally
Elizabeth Millbourn, April 1960.
Henry William Nicholas Leader (D, 4449): died 9.10.2011. Spanish Prize. Trinity
College, Cambridge 1949 3 Law, BA
1952; CU Athletics 1950-52. Originating
from an old Protestant family with its
roots in County Cork, he was brought up
in Armagh. An idealist entrepreneur, he
was involved variously in property
ventures, hotels, a travel agency, the wine
trade, screw-fix buttons, a chain of dry
cleaners and radiator panels. He loved
playing games, particularly with his
grandchildren, and became good at
bridge. He enjoyed opera, from Wagner to
Mozart. Married three times, to Dorothy,
Sally and Lesley, and shared his last
fifteen years with Lady Caroline Blois.
Christopher Henry Nourse (D, 44-49):
died 6.12.2010. 3rd generation
Wykehamist, brother of MCN (D, 45-50).
Rifle Brigade 1949; Lt Suffolk Regiment
1950, Malaya and TA for 7 years; King’s
College, Cambridge 1951, 2 Natural
Sciences Pt 1; MB, BChir 1957, MA 1958,
DObst RCOG 1960, DCH 1961, FRCP
(Ed); Middlesex Hospital 1954, house
officer 1957; GP Cambridge 1959;
paediatric training, Royal Berkshire
Hospital Reading and St Mary’s London
1960; Research Fellow, Harvard College,
Boston Children’s Medical Centre 1965;
honorary senior registrar and paediatric
lecturer, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School
1964; consultant paediatrician from 1967,
first at Colchester and Bury St. Edmunds,
then at Ipswich from 1979 until retirement.
His special interests were premature babies,
the prevention of cot-deaths, the treatment
of leukaemia in children and, latterly,
community paediatrics. Master, the
Merchant Taylor’s Company 1982-83;
Chairman of the Governors of the
Merchant Taylor’s School, Northwood,
1997-02. Married (1) Victoria Thomas,
April 1963, and (2) Barbara Smith, Sept.
1978; she survived him, as did three sons, a
daughter and a step-son.
John Robert Douglas (‘Tim’) Scriven (I,
45-49): died 14.4.2011. Brother of the
late RGS (I, 42-46) and father of DTCS
(D, 77-81). Absent through illness for his
last two terms; unfit for National Service;
Choral Exhibitioner Magdalene College,
Cambridge 1953, 2(2) History; Morgan
Crucible Group, president, Morganite
Incorporated, North Carolina, 1952-72;
managing director Spencer Stuart &
Associates, and Group Director Spencer
Stuart Limited, 1972-88. Survived by his
former wife, Valerie, who remained close,
and their two children.
Timothy Graham Tyson Taylor (B, 4449): died 6.4.2011. Bro of JFT (B, 49-54).
Art Prize 1949; RA 1949-51, 2 Lt;
Lincoln College, Oxford 1951-54, 3
Modern History; personnel officer and
systems analyst, Albright & Wilson
Limited, 1955-65; civil servant, Ministry
of Defence and Department of
Employment 1996.
Peter Miles Welsh (G,44-49): died
17.4.2011. Lords XI 1947-49, Assoc XI
1948-49, Princes 1948-49 (Captain,
winning pair with MR Coulman), VI,
Athla Colours 1949, ¼ mile and discus,
Duberly Prize. RMAS 1950, Rackets; 2 Lt
KRRC 1951; winner of Rackets Doubles
(with MR Coulman), Army Regimental
1952-53 and Combined Services 1953;
Army VIII 1955-57, 1962-64; Runaways
Queen’s Medal Bisley 1957 and 1962; MC
1966; Lt-Col 1968; RCDS 1977; MajGen 1983; OBE 1983; retired 1985.
Married June McAusland, Feb 1974, who
survives him. A sevice of Thanksgiving
will be held in Chapel on 16 September.
Alan Kenneth Moir (H, 45-49): died
17.2.2011. University of Tours 1949; RA
1950-52; articled clerk, 1952-58; ACA
1958; FCA; tutor in accountancy;
director H Foulk Lynch & Co Ltd, 196578; tutor Civil Service College, 1978-89.
A keen bridge player, he also enjoyed
chess, travel, and the history of art. He
never married.
Nigel Charles Purdon Winter (G, 45-50):
died 26.2.2011. Brother of the late ECW
(G, 47-52) and father of JHPW (G, 7781). RMAS 1951; 11th Hussars (PAO –
Prince Albert’s Own), Germany 1952,
Malaya 1953, UK 1956, Aden and
Kuwait 1961, Germany 1962; GSO 2
Joint Warfare Establishment 1965; 11th
Hussars, Germany, 1967; Brigade-Major,
HQ 7th Armoured Brigade, 1969-71; CO
Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales Own)
1973-75; retired 1984. Married Margaret
Jane Digby, April 1959.
Roger Barnaby Gilchrist Thompson (H,
46-51): died 8.4.2011. 3rd generation
Wykehamist father to son. Brother of PRT
(H, 50-55), Bisley 1949-51 (Captain),
Cholmondely Prize for handwriting 1950.
National Service 1951, invalided; Christ’s
College, Cambridge 1952, 2 Architecture
1955, MA 1957, ARIBA 1961; architect’s
assistant LCC, 1957 and Chamberlain
Powell & Bon, 1959; senior architect NW
Met. Regional Hosp Board 1962 and Met.
Borough of Camberwell 1963; urban
planner and project leader, London
Borough of Southwark, 1965; contributor
on housing and planning to press and
sound broadcasting, and news editor
Architects’ Journal since 1970. Married
Suzanne Damaris Holness, 1959.
Patrick Robert Richard Sinclair (K, 5054): died 6.3.2011. Father of WRFS (K,
92-97). Gymna medals 1951-54. RN
1954-56, A/Sub Lt; Oriel College, Oxford
1956-59, 3 Law BA, MA 1960;
Coronation Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn 1960;
called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn 1961;
practised at Chancery Bar from 1961. 10th
Bt of Dunbeath 1990. Married Susan
Catherine Beresford, Sept. 1974.
Christ Church 1989-96; NSM St Martinin-the-Fields, London from 96 until
retirement.) His wife, Vicky, predeceased
him; survived by their two daughters.
John Stafford Roland Beecham (G, 5358): died 5.1.2011. Brother of RAB (G,
55-60), cousin of HJB (G, 61-65) and
uncle of AAB Brabyn (I, 85-90).
Exhibitioner. Exhibitioner Queen’s
College, Oxford, 3 Maths 1963;
Pentecostal Minister who worked
Michael John Reginald Jeremy (A, 5358): died 17.7.2010. Vere Herbert Smith
Prize and English Essay 1958. Scholar New
College, Oxford, 2 Modern History, BA
1961; Marketing Executive. Married
Davina Elizabeth Spring, 1975, who
survives him with their son, Richard.
Richard Mulgrave Sheffield (H, 55-60):
died 18.3.2011. Brother of the late JMS
(H, 53-58). Bisley 1957-59. Magdalene
College, Cambridge, Natural Sciences
1964, MA 1970; data processing;
International Computers 1964-68; Blue
Cross Association, Chicago 1968-72;
stockbroking, AG Edwards, Chicago
1972-79; data processing, Gt Western
Bank, Beverly Hills. Married Marcia
Marie Swanson, Feb. 1970.
Andrew Michael Stewart Broadhurst (E,
50-55): died 17.1.2011. Coldstream
Guards, Depot 1956-57, 2nd Battalion
1957, staff 1963, Reg HQ 1965-67,
Equerry (temp) to HM The Queen 19667, 1st Battalion 1967, Staff 1969; Major;
Deputy Assistant Adjutant GHQ London
Dist 1972-74; retired 1979; DAIWA
Europe Limited, London from 1979.
Antony Hurst (E, 51-56): died 30.3.2011.
Brother of JRH (E, 53-58). Trinity
College, Cambridge MA 1961; LSE MSc
(Econ) 1971; Bristol College Dip Ed 1964;
Southwark Ordination Course 1979. Holy
Orders, ordained priest in 1984; non stipendiary Ministry in the diocese of
Southwark, Holy Trinity with St
Matthew’s 1983-89; NSM Southwark,
Julian Roderick Norman Travis (K, 5560): died 13.12.2010. Brother of MST (K,
60-65), Lords XI 1959-60 and Tennis VI.
Trinity College, Oxford, 1960-63, Chem,
BSc, Real Tennis 1962-63 (Captain),
Cricket for OU Authentics. Solicitor for
Slaughter and May from 1970. MCC, Free
Foresters, Queen’s Club and Brooks’. Sadly
struck down by a devastating mental
illness in his mid-twenties, severely
affecting him for the rest of his life.
Survived by his wife, Margaret, and
daughter, Maria.
William Richard Coulton (D, 58-63):
died Dec. 2010. Brother of JJC (Coll, 5358). St John’s College, Cambridge, 2(2)
History; solicitor’s articled clerk.
Conrad Glyn Tudor (E, 96–01): died
22.10.10, aged 27.
We are aware of the following deaths and will
be including further information in the next
H U A Lambert (Coll, 38-43 and Fellow,
79-91): died on 19.4.2011. Father of
RMUL (F, 72-76).
J R LaT Corrie (Coll, 39-44): died on
25.4.2011. Father of COBC (F, 74-78).
Winchester College Society
17 College Street
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Telephone: 01962 621217
Facsimile: 01962 621218
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Web site:
Directors: David Fellowes (I, 63-67)
Lorna Stoddart
Director: Tamara Templer
The Council
William Eccles (H, 73-77) - Chairman
Rod Parker (A, 61-65)
David Fellowes (I, 63-67) - Director
Richard Morse (K, 72-76)
Toby Stubbs (E, 72-77)
Rupert Younger (F, 79-84)
Paul Cleaver (H, 85-90)
Alasdair Maclay (Coll, 86-91)
Michael Humbert (B, 90-95)
Mark Toone (E, 90-95)
Ed Matthews (K, 91-96)
Freddie Bjorn ((H, 95-00)
Dr RD Townsend - Headmaster
Lorna Stoddart - Director of Development
A G C F Campbell Murdoch (C, 24-29)
D J J Evans (F, 25-29)
M R Evans DFC (H, 27-30)
Dr J Gask (K, 28-33)
J S T Gibson (Coll, 29-34)
Lt. Col. The Lord [GNC] Wigram MC
(H, 28-34)
P W Ward-Jackson (G, 29-33)
Dr J F Monk (A, 29-34)
Lt. Col. A D Murray (K, 29-34)
J L Pinsent (E, 29-35)
From the Director
Archie Campbell Murdoch’s
Our Sen Man celebrated his 100th
birthday in Salisbury on 2nd March 2011
– many congratulations indeed, Archie! I
hope that readers will enjoy his ‘A
Cookite Remembers – 1924-29’ on page 6.
It would be tempting fate to set a date for
No. 2, but it is worth noting, and indeed
celebrating, that our Ten Sen Men roll
has remained unchanged since the last
issue – maybe there really is something in
the recent longevity forecasts!
Yet More about ‘Class of …’
Common Time has seen three more such
reunions and all seemingly much enjoyed
by those who have attended them, two at
Win Coll and one in London. Word is
gradually getting around that these are
not to be missed, and in many cases much
to the surprise of somewhat apprehensive
We seem to have settled on the Saturdays
of XVs and VIs as being the occasions
best suited to supplement these
gatherings, with those present for the ‘50
Years-on’ voting to a man that it should
always be held in Winchester, whilst there
was a unanimous vote at the ’20 Years-on’
that this event should always be based in
London, given the heavy family
commitment on that age-group over a
I omitted to canvas opinion at the
Winchester-based ’30 Years-on’, but it is
likely that we will alternate them ‘home
and away’ with the ’40 Years-on’ brigade. I
very much look forward to an excellent
turnout for the 40 and 60 Years-on events
in October, both in London. Please
encourage each other to swell the
numbers as much as possible – peerpressure remains by far the most effective
means of recruiting.
Arthur Dunn Cup Win - 50
Years ago
It has been a great pleasure and privilege
to be asked to arrange a dinner in the
Warden’s Lodgings on Friday, 13th May,
to celebrate, it has to be said, the last time
that OWFC won the Cup – on 15th April
1961. A full report will be published in
the November issue. The current
generation of OW players chose to mark
their forebears’ achievement in style; the
1st XI winning promotion to the
Arthurian League’s Premier Division for
next season, whilst the 2nd XI has also
won its own promotion. More details can
be found in Tom Vernon’s Report in OW
News. Many congratulations to both
teams – now for that Cup, please!
Regional Events
The back page contains news of two
regional Dinners in the autumn. Should
you have a second home in the
‘catchment area’ and would like to attend,
please ask us to send you an invitation.
Equally, to those of you living in the area,
by all means think outside it, and invite
guests from further afield to stay with you.
All from the Same Place
You will no doubt recall mention of
Malcolm Burr (C, 46-51)’s superb trilogy
of books: All from the Same Place, More
from the Same Place and Yet More from the
Same Place, bound respectively in blue,
red and brown – what else?!
We have recently reprinted 150 copies of
the original, blue-bound edition; these are
available at £10 to those wishing to
complete their set. We have also
produced an attractive slip-case to hold
all three editions; this is also for sale at
£10, though should you wish to purchase
the full set of books and the slip-case, this
will cost only £35 (ie at £10 per book +
only £5 for the slip-case). The cost of
postage will be assessed with each order.
Please contact Kate Ross should you wish
to place an order ([email protected]).
Chapel Choir Reunion in 2012
A date has now been fixed for this, the
first such reunion since 2005 - Saturday,
30th June. It would help us enormously if
all those who have been in Chapel Choir,
let alone those who may be interested in
actually taking part, could let me know, so
that we can ensure that your record on
our database reflects this – all ages will be
welcome for what should be a real ‘choirfest’. One thing is for sure: if we don’t
know of your interest, you should not
expect an invitation!
The next OW Register
You should be receiving the form
necessary for the completion of your entry
in the seventh edition of the Win Coll
Register. The editors urge you to
complete the form and return it AS
Rackets News – two apologies
Wanting to visit the School?
Just a reminder that, even though you
may be an OW or a Friend ‘just visiting’
and/or in the hope of ‘just showing round
some friends of mine’, it is imperative that
you should at the very least check in at
the Porters’ Lodge in Outer Gate, gaining
access, please, only via the College Street
entrance. I am afraid that you should not
assume that everything can be opened up
for you, especially during term-time, for
obvious enough reasons. Indeed, to avoid
undue disappointment, it would be
advisable to contact the Porters’ Lodge to
check the situation (01962 621227 or at:
[email protected]). The Porters, who
are tasked with keeping the College
premises as safe and secure as they can,
would much rather know who you are at
the very outset than have to confront you
on their rounds – only the simplest of
‘Notions Tests’ is set! All of that said, Win
Coll is always delighted to welcome back
its alumni and their guests. If a special
visit is required, please contact the
Director, who may be able to arrange
something for you.
When celebrating in the May 2010 issue
the School’s splendid achievements in the
two Public Schools Championships in
2009/10, these columns listed
Winchester’s Singles and Doubles title
winners over the past 67 years. In so doing,
the following two wins were overlooked:
• In 1944, HE Webb (G, 40-45) won
what is now called the Foster Cup and
was then known as the Public Schools
Rackets Handicap. He beat Eton’s AJH
Ward 3-1, both playing off scratch.
• In 1959, The Nawab of Pataudi (K, 5459) and CEM Snell (A, 55-60) won the
Public Schools Doubles, beating a
strong Eton pair in the final 4-3.
Hughie Webb died on 8th November
2010. He was one of the most talented
sportsmen that Winchester has produced;
and it was a great delight that he and his
devoted wife, Jean, should have been
present at the Hunter Tent Donors Lunch
on New Field on 19th June last year. It
was pleasing to note that there were six of
the Doubles winners (between 1943 and
1972) also present. Hughie Webb’s obit
can be found on page 20.
From Mary Emerson, Executive
Director of The American
Friends of Winchester College
Friends of
College are
OWs from
the Atlantic
to the
Pacific. Past
parents, Peter and Lindsay Joost of San
Francisco, hosted an elegant dinner at their
home overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge
last October. Among those attending were
Alastair Land, Master in College, and also
Dr. Boris Ruebner (H, 39-41), a sponsored
student from Germany during war time.
Also in October, past parent Meg Bradt
organized a cocktail reception in New York.
Ed Tulloch (A, 05-10) was present. Ed is
spending part of his gap year teaching at St.
Bernard’s School, an arrangement
facilitated in part by AFWC Board member,
Jonathan de Lande Long (I, 64-69).
The Headmaster travelled to Tennessee
and Pennsylvania this spring. We will
report on events surrounding that visit in
the next issue.
The Chairman, Andrew Watt (B, 76-80),
and Executive Director, Mary Emerson, are
eager to include all those visiting or residing
in the US in future activities, trips and
gatherings. If you are not already receiving
communication from AFWC, please contact
Mary directly at [email protected] .
Some events – from October
2010 to the end of April
OW Bath Meeting – a good turnout
enjoyed yet another excellent evening at
The Bath Spa Hotel on Friday, 29th
October. The Guest Speaker was Richard
Southwell QC (D, 48-53). Many thanks,
as always, are due to the planning and
hard work put in by the Meeting’s
Chairman, Harvey White (G, 49-54) and
Hon. Sec, Jonathan Wyld (A, 58-63).
All-comers are welcome, regardless of
their proximity to Bath – please contact
Jonathan at: [email protected], should
you like an invitation.
The Goddard Lunch – as ever, members of
the Goddard Legacy Society much enjoyed
each other’s company, and those of their
guests, at the annual Lunch in School on
12th November, in the presence of the
Warden and the Headmaster. Both the
Chairman of the Society, Robin Fox (A,
50-55), and the Headmaster addressed the
gathering after lunch, before guests were
able to enjoy a special viewing of a
selection from the Watercolour Collection,
kindly arranged by the Curator, John
Falconer, in Moberly Library.
Class of ’81
Under 25s Buffet Supper – those 43
young OWs lucky enough to have been at
The Royal College of Surgeons on 4th
February were treated to a memorable
evening, the highlight of which was a
classic Dr Wolters’ performance as Guest
Speaker, culminating in his astonishing
chemical experiment – ‘rabbits-out-ofhats’ wouldn’t hold a candle to this!
Class of ’91
‘Class of’ Reunions
30 Years-on Reunion Dinner for the
‘Class of ‘81’ – whilst not all 36 OWs
were ‘Up to Books’ on 12th February to
enjoy the Div hour taught by Jock
Macdonald (Housemaster of B, 1975-82),
several bore witness to a deserved victory
by Commoners over Houses in XVs these things happen! As for the Div hour
itself, entitled ‘Brains, Souls and Heads:
Beginnings and Endings - a journey from
the formation of a baby’s brain to the end
of Civilisation in the West, be it Roman
or European’, all present agreed that it
was an extraordinary tour de force of its
kind: JLM has lost none of his ancient
skill! At the dinner the main speaker was
the Warden, replied to by John Nicholls
QC (Coll, 76-81 and Aulae Prae). The
Sen Man was James Geary (I, 75-80), and
it was a delight that Dick and Jane
Massen were able to be present.
20 Years-on Dinner for the ‘Class of
‘91’ – 44 stalwarts of the 1991 crop were
present at The Cavalry and Guards Club
on 24th March to celebrate their ‘passing
out’ twenty years ago, with Yu Yen Tan
(E, 87-91) their Sen Man. Michael Wallis
made an evocative speech, to which
Alasdair Maclay (Coll, 86-91, and one of
three Aulae Praes present) responded.
50 Years-on Reunion Dinner for the
‘Class of ‘61’ – after a high-quality game
of VIs on College Canvas, with Houses
beating Commoners, those fortunate and
wise enough to turn up for a Div hour
taught by Colin Badcock (Coll, 39-43 and
Housemaster of F, 62-76) were treated to
an unforgettable experience at their
master’s feet – the Trireme Controversy of
1987, among other matters, was fully aired.
As if that were not enough for one day,
Hubert Doggart (E, 38-43 and
Housemaster of H, 64-72) delivered a
memorable speech at the dinner in School,
with Sue in attendance. By coincidence,
another QC and Aulae Prae, Stewart Boyd
(Coll, 57-61) responded. Brian Hall (K,
56-60) took the honours as Sen Man.
The Director’s ‘Pizza Evening’ Tour –
thanks to the enthusiasm of the respective
organisers, the Director greatly enjoyed
sampling a variety of Italian dishes (on
under the county bursaries scheme.
Class of ’61
three evenings out of eight!) in the
company of an impressive turnout of OW
undergraduates from Cambridge
University on 3rd March, organised by
Conrad Griffin (I, 04-09), Durham and
Newcastle Universities, in Durham, on
4th March (George Apperly: I, 02-07)
and Bristol University on 10th March
(Richard Vernon: G, 01-06).
their financial position, without any
sacrifice of educational standards or of
reasonable freedom’ and linked it to the
provision to be made in the 1944
Education Act for the extension of
boarding accommodation by public
authorities, since ‘the choice between a
day and a boarding education ... ought to
be made freely and without financial bar’.
The Reunion Lunch to celebrate the
Fleming Bursaries – thanks to the drive
and enthusiasm of Wesley Kerr (K, 71-75),
33 OWs gathered for Lunch in School on
19th March. All had benefited from the
two County Bursary Schemes, sponsored
by either Hampshire or Hertfordshire and
further supportedby Win Coll.
Papers from our archives show how
instrumental the Headmaster, Spencer
Leeson, had been in securing the scheme
in Hampshire. The first 3 boys came to
Win Coll on Hampshire bursaries in
1947, one of whom was present at the
lunch: Chester White (G, 47-52). There
was then a gap and the next boys were
only admitted in 1950. Boys then came in
most years until the Hampshire bursaries
were suspended in 1976. The first
Hertfordshire boy came in 1950 and these
bursaries were suspended in 1975. In all,
100 boys were education at Win Coll
These schemes owed their existence to
the Fleming Report, published in July
1944, which recommended ‘the voluntary
association with the general educational
system of all public schools, whatever
The Headmaster addressed the assembled
company after Lunch, followed by Wesley
Kerr, who regaled his audience with many
a nostalgic and even appreciative
memory! Wesley had been commissioned
by BBC Radio 4 to produce a
documentary on the County Bursary
Scheme, which will be broadcast on 20th
June. Particular thanks are due to
Suzanne Foster, the College Archivist,
who had collated an individual ‘dossier’
for each OW, reminding them of their
particular time in the School.
Following this successful reunion, John
Troy (I, 72-77) found that at least eleven
OWs had been to Richard Hale
School/Hertford Grammar School and
would like to arrange a dinner. In case any
reader should be one of them, or indeed
know of them, and are off the School’s
radar, please e-mail John at:
[email protected] He intends to
arrange a gathering during the summer at
a mutually convenient location.
Dates for your Diary in 2011 have been
tabled on the back page. Please mark up
your diaries NOW with any event that
interests you and please encourage others
to join you!
20th August to 25th September –
‘Winchester College and the King James
Bible’ – a Quatercentennial Exhibition:
in School. This exhibition will be open to
the public until 3rd September and
thereafter for pre-booked parties from 5th
– 25th September. Admission is free, but
tickets must be reserved in advance and
will be issued on a timed-ticket only.
Please contact the Cathedral box office
on 01962 857275 or online:
…. and looking ahead …. 10 Years-on
Reunion for the ‘Class of ‘02’:
It’s never too early to begin to think about
next year! I look forward to somebody
from the 2002 Leavers stepping forward as
a volunteer. Don’t forget that generous
sponsorship is on offer! Please contact me
([email protected])
Chester White, the Headmaster and Wesley Kerr
10 Years-on Reunion for the ‘Class of
‘01’: 20th October, at the RSA (Vault 1),
John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.
Invitations will be sent out in due course
by Adrian Horsewood (D, 96-01), who is
kindly organising every aspect of the
evening, but anyone wanting more
information (or wanting to confirm
attendance or non-attendance!) is very
welcome to contact him on:
[email protected] or 07739 324 264.
The event will start at 7.00pm and will
take the form of a Drinks Reception with
canapés. The food is being sponsored by
Win Coll Soc, thus enabling the ticket
price to be kept to £20.
Old Wykehamist Medical Society
The OW Medical Society is holding its next
dinner at Win Coll on Saturday 29th
October, 2011. OWs members will be joined
by their counterparts from the Old Etonian
and Old Harrovian Medical Societies and
the guest of honour will be Lord Ribeiro of
Achimota and Ovington, Kt, CBE, formerly
President of the Royal College of Surgeons
of England. It promises to be a convivial
evening. Details and a booking form will be
sent to Society members a little nearer the
time; however please note the date for your
diaries now. If you are a medically qualified
OW or at medical school currently and
would like to join the society, please contact
the Hon. Secretary, Mr. Hamish Laing
([email protected]).
Bishop Thomas Ken
The Rev’d. Colin Alsbury, Assistant Rural
Dean of Frome Deanery and Vicar of Frome
Selwood & Woodlands, plans to
commemorate the tercentenary of the death
of Bishop Thomas Ken next year at Frome
St John the Baptist. Ken died at Longleat
House on 19th March 1711 and was carried
a day or two later to Frome St John the
Baptist, where he was buried just outside the
chancel. The celebrations are intended to
run from 19th March to 8th June 2011, the
latter being the date when Ken is
remembered by the worldwide Anglican
church. Please contact Colin Alsbury for
further details: [email protected]
Long Rolls for sale
The College Archivist, Suzanne Foster,
has a number of Long Rolls which are
surplus to requirement. There are:
1982 – 1 roll
1988 – 16 rolls
1992 – 19
1994 – 43
2000 – 643
2005 – 44
Should you be interested in acquiring one
(particularly from 2000!), please contact
Suzanne direct at: [email protected]
Kenny’s Cinefilm
Amongst some documents recently given
to the College Archives by the
Housemaster of Kenny’s is an intriguing
old cinefilm. It is labelled, simply, as
‘House Film 1960’. The film is a drama of
some kind and was evidently shot in and
around Kenny’s. More than that is hard to
determine as there isn’t any sound. If you
remember this film and, even better, were
involved in the creation, the Archivist,
Suzanne Foster, would be very pleased to
hear from you at: [email protected] If
you would like to speak to James, his
telephone number is 07920 427787.
20 percent of every drawing sold will be
donated to Win Coll.
Win Coll Football results in 2011:
XVs – Commoners beat Houses:
Xs – College beat Commoners:
Xs – Houses beat College:
V1s – College beat Houses:
V1s – Houses beat Commoners:
V1s – Commoners beat College:
Limited Print Reproductions of
the Commoner Houses, by James
Cartwright (H, 01-06)
The last issue featured the first of James
Cartwright’s fine drawings: Trant’s, of
which he has so far sold 14 prints. He is
currently working on Furley’s, Phil’s and
College, which he hopes to have available
for purchase at the end of the academic
year – he reports that his exams at UCL
are currently consuming his attention!
In the meantime, James has completed
and printed this drawing of Flint Court,
which should have a universal appeal.
Prints may be purchased for £29.50 at
Arnold House School is trying to
contact as many of its alumni as
possible. One of their number, who is
also a Governor of the school, has asked
whether we might help find those boys
that came to Winchester College from
Arnold House.
For data protection reasons, we would
not give your contact details directly to
Arnold House. If you are interested in
hearing from your old prep school, then
please e-mail Anastassis Fafalios at
[email protected] or
telephone 020 7251 5100. Alternatively
please reply to this e-mail indicating
that you would be happy for contact
details to be passed to Arnold House.
Diary Dates from 1st May 2011
4th May – Ad Portas in Chamber Court:
the Honorands were all OW FRSs and
FBAs. A full report will be given in the
November issue.
5th May – the Director’s Oxford
University ‘Pizza Evening’ - organised by
Philip Low (G, 04-09) at Pizza Express in the
7th May – a Memorial Service for Vince
Broderick: 12.00pm in Chapel.
12th May – OW Visual Arts Event: – Ben
Brown (E, 81-86) has kindly offered his
gallery (Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s
Mews, London W1K 4DG), whilst Michael
Symonds (G, 86-91)’s Rocket Foods is kindly
providing Wines & Canapés. Laurence
Wolff (Common Room) has arranged this
13th May – Arthur Dunn Cup Winners
Dinner: in the Warden’s Lodgings, to
celebrate the win in 1961.
21st – 26th May – Wykeham Patrons trip
to Turkey – taking in Ephesus, Pergamum,
Ayvalik and, finally, Gallipoli (‘in the
footsteps of Doughty-Wylie VC’), this special
tour is being skilfully organised for us by two
Friends of Win Coll, Hugh and Jane Powlett,
who specialise in Turkey
1st June – ‘Winchester Summer Party’: in
Meads (a ticketed event for Parents only).
15th June – Four Choirs: in Eton College
Chapel (Eton and Winchester, King’s
College and New College).
18th June – Winchester Day: including
cricket: OWCC v. Lords and 2nd XI.
25th June – Reunion Lunch for 1946
Election Roll: in the Master in College’s
Bible’ – a Quatercentennial Exhibition: in
School. Please refer above (page 26) for
further details.
31st August to 3rd September – RicNic’s
Production of ‘Singing in the Rain’:
Theatre Royal, Winchester. Tickets from the
Box Office: 01962 840440 or
7th September – Private Viewing of the
Bible Exhibition: for Wykeham Patrons,
followed by Dinner in College Hall.
8th September – ‘Cotswolds to Chilterns’
Regional Dinner: at Ditchley Park, near
Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 4ER. Please
apply for tickets if you have not already been
sent a ‘save-the-date’ communication.
17th September – Wykeham Day: in
22nd September – 25s – 40s Dinner: at
The Cavalry and Guards Club in London.
27th September – Reception for Parents of
Years 1 & 2, at Lincoln’s Inn in London.
29th September – ‘East Anglian’ Regional
Dinner: at Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds;
please apply for tickets if you have not
already been sent a ‘save-the-date’.
6th October – 60 Years-on Lunch for the
‘Class of ‘51’: at The Cavalry and Guards
Club in London.
13th October – 40 Years-on Dinner for the
‘Class of ‘71’: at The Cavalry and Guards
Club in London.
20th October – 10 Years-on Reception for
the ‘Class of ‘01’: at the RSA (Vault 1),
John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.
Invitations will be sent out in due course by
Adrian Horsewood (D, 96-01). For further
information, please refer back to page 27.
2nd July – Domum.
29th October – OW Medical Society
Dinner: in College Hall, with Old Etonian
and Old Harrovian Medical Societies. Please
contact the Hon. Sec., Hamish Laing (D,
87-92) at: [email protected]
20th August to 25th September –
‘Winchester College and the King James
4th November – OW Bath Meeting: at the
Bath Spa Hotel; the Guest Speaker will be
29th June – Henley Royal Regatta: please
refer to ICENA report on page 16.
Professor John Stein of Magdalen College,
Oxford (C, 54-59). All are keen to
encourage yet more younger participation to
ensure this famous old Meeting should
continue for at least another 200 years; Win
Coll Soc continues to sponsor a heavily
discounted ticket for those under 40.
11th November – Goddard Legacy Society
Lunch, in Winchester.
15th November – OW Reception, at
Lincoln’s Inn.
3rd February – Under 25s Dinner: at
Imperial College, in London.
4th February (probably) – 40 Years-on
Reunion for the ‘Class of ‘72’: in
Winchester, after XVs.
17th March (probably) – 50 Years-on
Reunion for the ‘Class of ‘62’: in
Winchester, after VIs.
22nd March – 20 Years-on Dinner for the
‘Class of ‘92’: at The Cavalry and Guards
Club, in London.
26th May – OW Lodge Dinner: in
30th June – Chapel Choir and Old
Quirister Reunion Event: in Winchester.
5th July – Cook’s 150th Anniversary
celebrations: at The Royal College of
Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in London.
Please read the following carefully:
All data on Old Wykehamists, parents and others is
securely held in the Winchester College Society
database and will be treated confidentially for the
benefit of the Society, its members and Winchester
College. The data is available to the Win Coll Soc
office and, upon appropriate application from its
membership, to recognised societies, sports and
other clubs associated with the School. Data is used
for a full range of alumni activities, including the
distribution of Win Coll Soc, Wyk Soc and other
School publications, notification of events and the
promotion of any benefits and services that may be
available. Data may also be used for fundraising
programmes, but may not be passed to external
commercial or other organisations, or sold on
auction sites.

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