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2013

GH Reunion 1981-83 16th November 2013

Jessica Diplock (GH 81-83) decided it was time to get her peers from Gorton House 81-83 back to Blundell’s School for a Reunion! The ladies dined for lunch in the Beale Centre with the 1st XV playing Millfield on Big field in the background. It was the first time that many of the OBs had seen each other since School! Many happy memories were exchanged especially with an afternoon tour of GH. The ladies would like to extend a big thanks to Debbie Hosking for taking the time to show them around GH. Old Blundellians are welcome to use the Beale Centre free of charge and are encouraged to organize their own reunion with the help of both the OB Club & Development Office.

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GH 1981-83 Reunion, 16th Nov 2013   GH 1981-83 Reunion, 16th Nov 2013

In attendance were Alexandra Brook (nee Brownlow) (GH 81-83), Sarah Bull (nee Champion) (GH 81-83), Jessica Diplock (GH 81-83), Juliette Flanagan (nee Clarke) (GH 81-83), Sarah-Robin Hunter (nee Ellis) (GH 81-83), Jessica Lampard (GH 81-83), Jessica Mannix (nee Grose) (GH 81-83), Tracy Rowe (GH 81-84), Diane Wheller (nee Henson) (GH 81-83), Rebecca Wood (GH 81-83), Miranda Hawkins (nee Larcombe) (GH 81-83).

London Dinner 8th November 2013

We were fortunate to hold our Annual London Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club this year by kind permission of Governor & Old Blundellian James Bullock (P 1981-86). We enjoyed a glass of champagne in the King Edward VII Room before our meal in the Marlborough Room. The Club certainly impressed us with a delicious three course meal of smoked halibut and filet of steak followed by panna cotta.

While enjoying a glass of port we were delighted to hear from Nicola Huggett about the recent achievements of many of our pupils. Including our recent rugby partnership with Exeter Chiefs Academy and our equestrian success at the NSEA JwS National Champions! Following Nicola’s optimist talk was the entertaining and humorous speech from current Governor Barnabas Hurst-Bannister. He delighted us with a few of his stories from his time as a Governor and we are so grateful to him for taking the time to speak to us.

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend and we look forward to the next London Dinner!

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Property & Agriculture 19th October 2013

Property & Agriculture 2013Our annual Professional's event was held again on 19th October 2013 and this year we invited OBs, Parents and former staff members from the Property & Agriculture industries. Just under 100 guests attended this reception to hear from our Guest Speaker, David Fursdon, who worked at Blundell's as a Master teaching Geography in 1979 to 1984 and went on to become one of Blundell's Governors and finally Chairman of Governors until 2011. David is also a rural Chartered Surveyor. He runs his own historic family property in Devon and carries out advisory work in rural estate management.

Pupils also gave our guests a tour of the School before gathering around to watch Blundell's 1st XV Rugby team play Edinburgh Academy who drew 22-22. Mike Sampson, the School Archivist, also set up an exhibition of memorabilia which was thoroughly enjoyed by all over tea & coffee.

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Many thanks to everyone that was able to attend and carrying on from the success of the day we will be holding a Property & Agriculture Career Mentoring evening for pupils interested in these sectors on 10th March 2014. Please email us if you would like to be a mentor.

Please click here to download the Property & Agriculture Programme.

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House of Commons Tour 11th October 2013

House of Commons Tour, 11th Oct 2013Members of the Blundell’s community gathered for a personal tour of the House of Commons hosted by kind permission of Neil Parish MP for Honiton and Tiverton. The reception commenced in the ‘Stranger’s Dining’ room which is aptly named for visitors to the House of Commons who are not ‘Members,’ and were welcomed by Neil and his team. We were delighted that a small cohort of our current pupils studying Politics were also able to join us.

Guests were treated to an exclusive tour inside Parliament led by Neil and his team who gave us all an impressive tour. One of the main aspects was the history behind the Palace of Westminster which included many links to Blundellians! After the tours guests were able to visit the Jewel Tower which was one of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834.

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Many thanks to all our guests who were able to attend and a special thanks to Neil Parrish and his team for his informative and exciting tour of the House of Commons.

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Charity Golf Day 2013

Our 4th Annual Charity Golf Day at Dainton Golf Course was a terrific success with teams comprised of Old Blundellians, Past & Current Parents, Staff, Sponsors and Supporters competing for the Championship title along with individual prizes.

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We were again very luckily with the weather and while the teams enjoyed a quick bite to eat we also hosted a mini-putting completion Charity Golf 2013which was jointly won by current parent, Nick Dyke and supporter, Peter Smith.

All the teams completed the course in time for a drinks reception in the courtyard before a well-deserved Carvery Dinner.

After pudding the teams supported the Charity Raffle for both the Devon Air Ambulance and The Peter Blundell Foundation Award Bursary provision. A variety of prizes were awarded on behalf of our sponsors Firewatch, Dainton Park Golf Course, Stapleton Yogurts, Philip Dennis Foodservice, WestChem and Jolly Vintner.

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Many thanks to all those that participated in this year’s golf day, we hope to see you all again next year!

Results
Best team Hal White, Tom & John Lower (supporters)
and Andy Fields (current parent)
94 points
Best Male Nick Hancock 41 points
Best Female Shaneen Smith 31 points
Best Old Blundellian Richard Aldridge (NC 1956-60) 34 points
Best Parent Lester Kemp 39 points
Best staff (current/former) Norman Ridgeway 34 points

 

Devon Air Ambulance Visits 8th August 2013

We were pleased to welcome the Devon Air Ambulance Helicopter which landed on Big Field (away from the cricket pitch!) on 8th August 2013. This was just one of a series of drop-in visits the new Helicopter made across the county. Blundell’s School is one of DAAT’s official landing sites and the tour allowed aircrew the chance to familiarize themselves with the new aircraft and landing site.

Devon Air Ambulance Visits, 8th August 2013   Devon Air Ambulance Visits, 8th August 2013

We welcomed over 200 local visitors many of whom received a personal tour of the Helicopter led by a DAAT pilot. Exeter Chief Rugby players, Craig Mitchell and Jack Arnott, were also present and signed autographs for the visitors. Blundell’s School pupils donated a selection of artwork which was sold in aid of DAAT and refreshments were available to the visitors.

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Devon Air Ambulance is one of Blundell’s favourite local charities and the school has raised over £500 in the last year to support the new helicopter. This event is one example of the way in which Blundell’s works with the community to support local good causes.

 

John Hollands (OH 1946-51) - Korean War Talk 2nd July 2013

To mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War, John Hollands (OH 46-51) came to Blundell’s School to give a talk to the current pupils and other War Veterans on his experiences in the Korean War and what inspired him to write the book.

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He was introduced by Former Master Charles Noon (Master 72-02) who spoke a bit about John’s time at Blundell’s and his highly successful career as an author. Many pupils queued after the talk to get their books signed by the author for a bit of summer reading!

John came to Blundell's in 1946 and, if one of his autobiographical novels is to be believed, received higher marks in Common Entrance than the prep school colleague from whom he had cribbed. He came as a boarder to Old House in the days before television and mobile phones and, indeed, access to any phone. Records of the OH Societies show the House to have been a dynamic unorthodoxy 'under' a housemaster who hardly emerged before luncheon, who only ate porridge and who was most alert about midnight.

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John excelled at cricket and was in the XI for four years. He was encouraged to become a writer by an English master. Leaving in 1951 he, like all his generation, did his National Service and was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and sent to Korea, where he became the most decorated National Serviceman.

Hollands not only won the M.C, but was also given the American 'Purple Heart' and a South Korean Medal. He also received a UN medal with a blue and white striped ribbon, referred to mockingly as 'MacArthur's Pyjamas'. He used these experiences to write a novel 'The Dead, the Dying and the Damned' which sold three million copies. However, it was banned from Blundell’s School Library because the Headmaster objected to some of the Tokyo 'R and R' scenes in the book. Hollands wrote 14 other books, which include 'Oh What a Fag!’, a hilarious account of his days at Blundell's.

OB Day 2013

Old Blundellian Day took place on June 15th 2013 with over 140 Old Blundellians & wives attending! It was the best turn out in years for OB Day. The theme for the day was the 1950’s to 1970’s and many OBs came back to see their old friends, many of whom they had not seen since School. OB Day 2013The day started with a chapel service led by David Hamer (Former Chaplain 1973-01) who delivered an inspiring sermon perfect for OB Day. Robert Beale (M 1959-64) was also one of the readers during the service reading from Ecclesiastes.

We were then treated to a drinks reception in the Beale Centre before enjoying a splendid three course meal produced by our wonderful catering team. We cannot thank our guest speaker, Robert Fox (OH 1959-63), enough for being such an entertaining guest speaker. There were roars of laughter throughout the speech and it evoked some fond memories of times here at Blundell’s School for all of us.

After lunch, our School Monitors hosted tours of the boarding houses and many past OB monitors were also pleased to see their name up on the boards in the House Common Areas. Mike Sampson, School Archivist, presented an impressive exhibition of memorabilia from 1950 to 1970.

The day concluded with Tennis in the afternoon against the pupils for those that were interested along with supper in the evening and a chance to relax and catch up with old friends.

Old Blundellian Day 2014 is scheduled for June 14th 2014. Please mark your calendars.

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Annual Casual London Drinks Reception 2013

Our 4th Annual Casual London drinks reception at The Light Bar nr Shoreditch was another great success with close to 100 OBs and Parents in attendance. We were thrilled to see so many Blundellians from all walks of life including OBs from 1940 to 2009! It was also terrific to see some current and past parents this year. It was a great chance for everyone to meet with Nicola Huggett, The Head.

A special thanks to Old Blundellian James Goff (M 75-79), Brett Sullings (FH 98-03) for all their help in supporting this event. Without the support from James and Brett this event would have not been possible so we thank them for their generosity.

We hope you can join us again next year.

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Annual Casual London Drinks Reception

Devon County Show 2013

Blundell’s was represented at the Devon County Show last week. We had 3 days of (mostly) sunny weather. We also enjoyed seeing the Duchess of Cornwall having a look in the Food & Drink tent which was right outside our stand. We hosted our annual Cheese & Wine Reception that evening and many Blundellians joined us to meet some the Blundell’s staff including the Head, Nicola Huggett. Please join us again next year.

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Greenway – National Trust Lunch and Garden Tour 14th May 2013

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Parents, both past and present, along with OBs & Former staff members gathered at the historic Greenway House, the former summer home of Agatha Christie, for a house and garden tour and lunch reception. Despite the dreary weather conditions the groups enjoyed the gardens which included the ‘Peach House’, a mini-cemetery of Agatha’s animals and fantastic views of the river Dart.

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During lunch we enjoying some of the garden’s fresh vegetables, Nicola took the opportunity to welcome everyone and to invite anyone from the Blundellian Community to join us in future events. Greenway, 14th May 2013She encouraged them to stay supporters of the School now and for many years to come, extending an invitation to visit the School and relive memories of the school and perhaps join us in the dining hall.

The tour of the House was of great interest to all giving a real insight into the lives of both Agatha Christie and her family including her husband, the archaeologist Max Mallowan. The House and Gardens were a great source of inspiration for many of Agatha’s novels and mention of Greenway was made in ‘Five Little Pigs’, ‘Towards Zero’, ‘Dead Man’s Folly’ and many more.

Thank you to all those that attended and we look forward to welcoming you to future events.

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ER Crowe Memorial Fund 5th Anniversary Lunch 23rd March 2013

To mark the 5th Anniversary of Ted Crowe’s death The OB Club and Peter Blundell Society hosted a lunch specifically for supporters of the ER Crowe Memorial Fund which was founded in the Spring of 2008. Many of Ted’s old friends, pupils and colleagues gathered to remember Ted.

Old Friends, Nick Geach (M 1951-55) & Ben Chilcott (W 1951-55) talk about Ted
Old Friends, Nick Geach (M 1951-55) &
Ben Chilcott (W 1951-55) talk about Ted
Peter Price (W 1958-63) & Mike Daniels (P 1945-50) met the Head
Peter Price (W 1958-63) & Mike
Daniels (P 1945-50) met the Head
Jonathan Webber (NC 1971-76), Sylvia Stagg, John Stagg (M 1939-43) Roy Webber (NC 1942-45) & John Gunn (M 1944-49)
Jonathan Webber (NC 1971-76), Sylvia Stagg, John Stagg (M 1939-43)
Roy Webber (NC 1942-45) & John Gunn (M 1944-49)

Chairman of the Peter Blundell Society, Chad Murrin (FH 1969-73) spoke about Ted and how his exuberant personality and legacy has lived on at Blundell’s. Nicola Huggett gave an insight into some of the pupils at Blundell’s who have benefited from the ER Crowe Memorial fund. We hope many more pupils will benefit from the ERC fund in the future, if you would like to contribute or find out more, please contact the Amber Oliver for the latest information.

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Medical Career Evening 11th March 2013

Over 30 pupils interested in pursuing a career in Healthcare gathered to hear from 10 different Medical Related industries. Medical Career EveningThe Mentors gave an overall picture of their careers, weighing up the pros and cons and touching on the qualities needed to pursue a particular path. Our pupils now have a much clearer idea of what it takes to become a medical professional but I think our Mentor James Chaffe (FH 01-06) said it best; ‘Hard work, determination & team work is needed to pursue any career in Healthcare and don’t forget to pay attention in Chemistry with Mrs Batting.”

Call for Career Mentoring - Due to the popularity of this event we are hoping to offer similar career evenings in an array of different industries. If you can offer advice to our current or recent leavers please register your interest with the Development Office. Our next Careers evening will focus on Property & Agriculture to coincide with our Property and Agriculture Reception Lunch on 19th October.

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Russell Inaugural Dinner 9th March 2013

Russell Dinner, 2013We were pleased to host the first Russell Run dinner this year and welcome our guest speaker Dr Christopher Twigge-Molecey (P 1960–65) who flew over from Toronto to attend this event. Chris was only one of a handful Blundellians to have won the Russell four times, once as a Junior, once as an Intermediate and twice as a Senior. We welcomed over 130 guests to a black tie dinner. The night commenced with drinks & 4 course meal followed by an Auction, the proceeds of which will fund projects at Blundell’s with a particular emphasis on ‘hardship’ cases.

We are very grateful to those from the Blundellian Community who offered prizes and would particularly like to thank, Andrew Pool (W 1957-60), William May Somerville (Current Parent), Mr and Mrs Blackmore (Current Parents), Robert Kitson (Current Parent), The Old Blundellian Cricket Club, Peter Price (W 1958-63), Scott Robinson (NC 1991-94) and Phil Attwell (Current Parent) for their support and all the guests who very kingly bid on our auction lots.

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The 133rd Russell Saturday 9th March 2013

[ See a report of the 2013 Russell Dinner on the News page ]

The Russell start-line in 2013

This year’s 133rd Russell Run saw over 35 Veteran competitors, the biggest turn out to date. With OBs, Current Parents and Supporters all competing for the trophies (Under 40, 40-60, Over 60 and Ladies Cup). After a small rain shower the sun did come out and it began to resemble a Spring Day! Old Blundellian, Christopher Twigge-Molecey (P 1960-65) who won the Russell four times was our official race starter.

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The Russell 2013 The Russell 2013

The excessive mud and hilly terrain made the run very tough this year but we are pleased to announce the following winners:

Veterans Russell Winners 2013

OBs, Parent (Current & Past) & Supporters
Group Winner
Under 40 Robert Backus (OH 86-91)
40-60 John Glaisher (Current Parent)
Over 60 Ian Maple (M 60-64)
Ladies Winner Georgina Geikie (Supporter)

Russell Winners 2013

Group Winner
First in Open Russell (Senior Boys Y11-13) Ollie Clarke (Francis House)
Second to the Russell (Senior Boys Y11-13) Jack Friend (Old House)
First Senior Girl (Y11-13) Charlotte Routledge (Westlake/NC)
Second Senior Girl (Y11-13) Lucy Reynolds (Westlake/NC)
First Junior Boy (Years 9 & 10) Arthur Friend (Old House)
First Junior Girl (Years 9 & 10) Zara Cameron (Gorton House)
School House Boys Winner Sam Taylor (School House Yr 8)
School House Girls Winner Serena Mundy (School House Yr 7)

 

2012

Blundell's Sydney Reception Dec 2012

Sydney Reception, Dec 2012Current Teacher, Ali Deighton-Gibson (Biology-1981-Current) & his wife, Penny Deighton-Gibson (Libarian-1998-Current) met with Old Blundelians, Jack Hunt (P 00-07), Guy Capper (SH 74-79), Sam Calder (SH 71-72), David Airey (W 71-75). They enjoyed a few drinks by the Sydney Opera House. Ali & Penny Deighton-Gibson would like to thank the OBs in Australia for their very 'warm' welcome. Overseas OBs that are visiting the UK are encouraged to get in touch with Blundell's School as we would love to show you around your old School and perhaps treat you to lunch in the School cafeteria.

Hare and Hounds Alumni Race 15th Dec 2012

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The Annual Hare and Hounds Alumni Race took place on December 15th at Wimbledon Common in Southwest London. This year’s team included Alistair Knight (NC 70-74), Giles Stimson (NC 60-65), Anthony Jacques (SH 62-66), Justin Reynolds (SH 86-91), Will Holland (P 86-91) & Mark Norton (P 78-83). This was no run for the faint hearted. Hare and Hounds Alumni Race 2012The run up the field from the Lowman after going down from Gornhay may have been deep sometimes, and cold on many occasions, but the constant slippery mud as they went up and down and left and right, up tracks and down dale, picking over roots and ducking beneath the branches on the firmer ground presented a special challenge on the race course. Who would have thought this of Wimbledon Common? The race times ranged from 40 mins to c.50 which for the conditions was very creditable. Next year’s race is on December 14th.

London Dinner at the House of Lords Tues 20th Nov 2012

We held our annual London Dinner at the House of Lords on Tuesday, November 20th. Old Blundellians, Past & Current Parents and Masters joined us to dine in the exclusive House or Lords by kind permission of Baroness Wilcox & OB Simon Davenport (P 1976-82). We dined in the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace and were delighted by the wonderful sights of London throughout the meal.

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After dinner, Cedric Clapp, our Chairman of Governors & Old Blundellian, spoke about Blundell’s Current situation, mentioning both the success in the classroom and on the sports fields. He was followed by the new Head, Nicola Huggett with her vision of continuing to maintain the School and all its success.

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London Dinner at the House of Lords, 20th Nov 2012 London Dinner at the House of Lords, 20th Nov 2012

Everyone enjoyed seeing old class friends and a number of guests indicated they would like to come to next year’s dinner already!

Many thanks to all those that attended and we hope you will all be able to join us at next year’s dinner.

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Medical Day 6th Oct 2012

Over 100 Medical related professionals gathered together for lunch and an afternoon exhibition. It was a chance for OBs, Parents and former staff members to meet old friends and colleagues. Our current pupils interested in Medicine gave our attendees a tour of the School, including the Science buildings. We then had the privilege of listening to John Shepherd (FH 1961-66) & his daughter Emily, speak about their experiences within the medical profession. We were able to enjoy a wonderful exhibition of medical related materials from Old Blundellians, ably compiled by our Archivist Mike Sampson following lunch. Our most sincere thanks go to Tim Forster (NC 1971-76) from Medical & Financial for key sponsorship of the day.

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Download the Blundell’s Medical Day Programme here.

Charity Golf Day 31st August 2012

This year’s Charity Golf Day was an unbelievable success! With 17 teams completing for the Championship title along with individual prizes the completion was friendly but fierce!

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Blundell's Golf Day 2012While basking in the glorious sun, the teams enjoyed a quick lunch while eyeing out the completion. We were lucky to be able to play a shotgun start at this year’s venue, Dainton Golf Course, meaning all our teams started promptly at noon. All the teams completed the course in time for a drinks reception in the courtyard before a well-deserved Carvery Dinner.

Blundell's Golf Day 2012After pudding the teams supported the Charity Raffle for both the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and The Peter Blundell Foundation Award Bursary provision. A variety of prizes were awarded on behalf of our sponsors Firewatch, Dainton Park Golf Course, and Jolly Vintner. Many thanks to all those that participated in this year’s golf day, we hope to see you all again next year and thank you to our Chairman of Governors Cedric Clapp who awarded all the day’s prizes.

  • Best team - Andy Southgate, Gloria Butt, Rob Kitson and Rob Venner with 93 points
  • Nearest to the pin on the 8th - Norman Ridgeway
  • Longest drive for men on 16th - Nick Williams
  • Longest drive for ladies on 16th - Shaneen Smith
  • Best Male - Scott Burrows - 38 points
  • Best Female - Gloria Butt - 38 points
  • Best Old Blundellian - Thomas Pynn - 37 points
  • Best Parent - Rob Venner - 35 points
  • Best Pupil - Luke Ansell - 37 points
  • Best Supporter - Don Darby - 36 points
  • Best staff - Andy Southgate - 38 points

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Blundell’s Olympic Ball 6th July 2012

Olympic BallNo amount of rain the night before could spoil the Olympic Ball as the show did go on with 400 guests including Old Blundellians, Parents, Staff & Supporters gathering to celebrate the London Olympic Games. The evening started off with Canapés and Champagne while our fantastic Caricaturist and Magicians went around delighting and amusing our guests. We were treated to the enchanting Alex Everett (P 10-12) on piano while dining on a 2 course meal from the local Keepers Cottage. Many the guests participated in a post dinner raffle in which we raised over £1,000 for the Peter Blundell Foundation. A list of supporters & prizes are below. The night ended with a lot of dancing and overall the Ball was a terrific success. Thank you to the Olympic Ball Committee & Prize Sponsors for making this evening possible.

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A Thank You to our Sponsors

Many thanks to our kind sponsors for their support, we appreciate their generosity. Please help us thank them by supporting their services.

Happy Holiday - James Bullock (P 81-86)
A week in a Croatian luxury Apartment, sleeps 4-6
Flybe.com - Flybe (Supporter)
2 Return Flights on the Flybe Route Network
Pia Jewellery- John Beale (M 56-61)
£250 Voucher
Jolly Vintner - Rory Stapleton (Supporter)
Case of Wine worth £80
Old Blundellian Club - Nigel Preston (W 70-73)
Lunch & drinks in the Ted Crowe Room at Somerset Cricket Grounds for up to four guests
Mullion Cove Hotel - Matt Grose (W 85-90)
2 Nights’ B&B for two
Chatham Marine Retailers - Philip Marsh (FH 94-99)
£100 Voucher
Ram Cricket Supplies - Ram Cricket (Supporter)
Nasser Hussain Signed Cricket Bat
Old Blundellian Club
‘A History of Blundell’s School’ by Mike Sampson
Blundell’s School
Blundell’s School Print

Henley Royal Regatta Reception 27th June 2012

Blundell’s was delighted to host its first official Henley Royal Regatta Reception on Wednesday 27th June with the most generous support of Old Blundellian Patrick Penny (Westlake 1978-83). A pleasant early morning coffee in the Steward’s Enclosure commenced proceedings before enjoying a wander along the tow path and perusal of some of the day’s first class rowing.

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Later in the day we relaxed with a glass of Pimms in the sunshine before joining the luncheon tent f for a late lunch. We were very lucky with the fantastic weather, for once the sun shone this summer.

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Once again a big thanks to all those supporting this reception and especially to our host Patrick Penny.

Drinks at The Light Bar 14th June 2012

The Light Bar, June 2012Our 3rd Annual Casual London drinks reception at The Light Bar took place again on June 14th. We were thrilled with the ever increasing number at this event with over 85 OBs ranging from 1942 to 2008! A special thanks to Old Blundellian James Goff (M 1975-79), Brett Sullings (FH 1998-03) for all their help in supporting this event.

We were treated to some delightful canapés and complementary arrival drinks. It was a chance for Old Blundellians working or living in the London area to gather and rekindle old memories and hopefully make new friends.

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Tyntesfield – National Trust Lunch and Garden Tour 16th May 2012

Following a very successful dinner several years ago, we held another Bristol based reception at the National Trust Tyntesfield House and Gardens in May. We started our reception with a garden tour of the estate, with a private tour of the various gardens. Our most entertaining tour guide retold many complex stories about the history of the House during its many years of occupation; the history included a brief mention regarding the connections the House has with Blundell’s School (see below).

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The tour ended with an amble back to the Cow Barn Restaurant for a delicious lunch, many of the ingredients sourced from the House gardens which made our meal even more delicious! Ian Davenport, Head Master, addressed us in-between courses giving us an update on the School’s recent success in our Ofsted Inspection report (offering the School an ‘Outstanding’ report in all six inspection areas with no recommendations and that despite the current economic environment, the school continues to maintain a very healthy position with all-time capacity numbers).

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The day ended with a chance for our guests to wander at will around Tyntesfield House and a further walk around the gardens that we hadn’t managed to include in the morning. We were very lucky with the sunny weather and we know many of our guests from Old Blundellians, Parents and Supporters enjoyed our day out!

Tyntesfield and Blundell’s Connections

Tyntesfield was built in 1843 by William Gibbs, whose father was Antony, an Exeter merchant. A William Gibbs, born 1790, son of Antony Gibbs, merchant of Exeter, was at Blundell’s 1800-02. These two Williams are almost certainly the same person.

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Tyntesfield, 16th May 2012There is another Gibbs on the Blundell’s register but only until 1826, but there’s nothing that links them for certain with the Tyntesfield family. ‘Our’ William was succeeded by his son Antony – who was succeeded by his son George, who was made Baron Wraxall in 1928 – who was succeeded by his son, another George (but also called Richard) who died unmarried – and was succeeded in 2001 by his brother Sir Eustance Gibbs, now 3rd Lord Wraxall.

The estate was sold off on the death of George (Richard) in 2001, and acquired by the National Trust in 2002, following a dramatic fund-raising campaign.

Diamond Gaudy Saturday 28th April 2012

Blundell’s School hosted its first reunion in many years by inviting back Old Blundellians and not so many former Masters, from pre-1953 to a Diamond Gaudy, lunch reception with tours of the Boarding houses and an exhibition of memorabilia from individuals and the school archives.

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Nearly 200 Old Blundellians & families joined us and were able to explore their former houses and rooms where they spent many years and made many memories. Current pupils from each House lead the tours and were fascinated (and shocked!) by many of the stories recanted during the day.

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A lunch reception followed where we were treated to an amazing spread of meats & salads, many joked at how pleased they were with the lunch as food at Blundell’s in 1952 from the ‘Feeding Centre’ wasn’t considered the best example of ‘fine dining’. It must have been good as we even ran out of puddings!

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Martyn Grose (FH 47-52) who has been very involved with the School in the last 20 or so years, initially as a Governor and more recently as the President of the Old Blundellian Club reminded many guests of what life was like at Blundell’s School 60 years ago, a trip down memory lane for so many. Ian Davenport had the opportunity to bring guests up to date with Blundell’s as it is today basking in the success of the recent OFSTED report and detailing the all-time record high numbers, the school is indeed in very good health despite the current economy.

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 Mike Sampson, the School Archivist put together a comprehensive and fascinating exhibition of School life in 1952 & prior. Score cards and punishments books provoked many comments. The afternoon concluded with a traditional English Tea in the Gymnasium.

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Despite the appalling weather, which necessitated all planned matches being cancelled, guests enjoyed a convivial social occasion and we were delighted to be the portal to allow so many friendships to be rekindled. Thank you to all our guests for supporting the event and providing us with such a terrific day. Do keep a look out in the next edition of the diary for a full report and photo roundup.

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The Russell 2012

The 132nd Annual Russell Run took place again last Saturday 3rd March 2012. Over 500 pupils from the School competed in the race to win points for their Houses. Gorton House (girls) and Old House (boys) won Overall.

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Russell 2012Alumni, Parents and Staff we also welcome to run in the Veterans Race and over 35 runners participated. Old Blundellian, Ruth Hyland (GH 91-93) won the medal in the Under 40 category, Current Parent Martin Price won the 40-55 category & Grandmother Mary Humphreys won the over 55 category. Participants and their families were welcomed back to the Beale Centre for a warm cup of tea and cakes while Governor, James Bullock (P 81-86) presented the winners with their medals.

Many thanks to all those that participated and we look forward to having others join next year!

Tour of Old Blundell's 25th Feb 2012

Old Blundell's Tour, March 2012Blundell’s School together with the National Trust opened the doors of Old Blundell’s for a public tour. Over 500 Blundellians, parents, staff and members of the Tiverton community were welcomed to venture around the building and gardens. We were allowed access to what was originally the Head Master’s house and Library, along with the Porter’s Lodge. Those that joined the tour were able to walk around the various rooms and read excerpts and photos that gave insight into the long history of Old Blundell’s while enjoying a tea or coffee. Many of our visitors were delighted to see that most of the original structures both internally and externally were as they were back in 1604. The rooms are now rented out as flats and once final renovations take place the National Trust will be renting them out to the community. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos, or see the article in the Tiverton Gazette.

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2011

Hare and Hounds Race December 2011

Hare and Hounds, 2011The Annual Hare and Hounds Alumni Race took place again this year at Wimbledon Common in Southwest London. Alistair Knight (NC 1970-74) & Will Holland (P 1986-91) represented Blundell’s in a daring attempt for a trophy and of course bragging rights. However Alistair fell foul to a moved flag forcing him to run off course and therefore was disqualified from scoring for the team however that didn’t stop him from continuing the run. He did receive an official apology from the Hare & Hounds president. Will also had a great run despite a very swollen ankle do to a hidden tree root but also completed the run despite his injuries. A special thanks goes out to both runners but also to the team Captain, Giles Stimson (NC 1960-65) for organizing our runners and taking photos. He will certainly be joining the team next year so long as he doesn’t injure himself again and encourages runners from the Blundellian Community to join the team and complete for the coveted winner’s trophy!

London Dinner at the Carlton Club Fri 4th Nov 2011

Blundell’s Annual London Dinner was revived again this year and took place on November 4th 2011 at the spectacular Carlton Club. London Dinner at the Carlton Club Fri 4th Nov 2011The dinner was sold out, which is testament to its popularity among the Blundell’s Community both old and young with the range of years starting from 1941 to 2001. Many Parents, Staff, Governors and of course Old Blundellians joined us for arrival drinks followed by a delicious 4 course meal. A big thanks to Chad Murrin (FH 69-73) for saying the grace and for the various speeches by Current Governor James Bullock (P81-86), Ian Davenport, Head Master & Mike Sampson, School Archivist and Author. It was a great opportunity for those to meet up with old friends and a chance to network with those from the Blundell’s Community. A special thanks to James Bullock for hosting this evening and allowing us to take advantage of the impressive Carlton Club.

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Hong Kong October 2011

Last October, Ian Davenport and Amber Oliver ventured out to Hong Kong and China where they held a very successful reunion for Old Blundellians, Past and Current Parents and Current Pupils visiting home over the holidays. The reception in The China Club Library was held thanks to generous support from Old Blundellian Tobias Bland (SH 84-89) and his colleague Tim Rainsford.

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The reunion was an extension of the School’s desire to bring together old friends and make new contacts from the Blundell’s Community in Hong Kong and China, and we hope to extend this by visiting the USA in the late Spring or Early Summer next year. It was lovely to see so many current and former Old Blundellians, parents and pupils.

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We are most grateful to those who entertained us so well in our brief visit with a delightful evening at the Hong Kong Race Club on arrival, a flying 18 hour visit to China to meet current parents who looked after us so well before a final evening meal in a central Hong Kong restaurant with Old Blundellians Dan Parr (P 90-95), Guy Nowell (P 69-74), Toby Bland (SH 84-89) and other guests before our ‘dash’ to the airport.’ This won’t be our last trip to Hong Kong and we hope to see those whom we regrettably were unable to meet due to an extensive itinerary.

Book Launch Sat 15th Oct 2011

A History of Blundell’s book launchThe launch of Mike Sampson’s new book, A History of Blundell’s, was a terrific success with over 100 people queuing up to get their books signed in Ondaatje Hall. Many stayed on for an informative lecture from the author, which gave many of us insight into the long history of the school but without spoiling too much of the book. The lecture concluded with a lunch reception in Big School, which gave past and present Staff, Parents, Old Blundellians, Governors and Supporters a chance to gather to discuss their memories of the School.

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A History of Blundell’s book launchThe day continued with a short tour of the exterior of Old Blundell’s followed by a scavenger hunt for famous Old Blundellian R.D. Blackmore’s name, which is inscribed on the front of the building. This was won by Blundellian supporter Robert Nanney-Williams. The day concluded with afternoon tea in the Beale Centre, where we were able to watch the 1st XV Rugby team play against Bryanston.

Thanks to all that were able to attend and for those that would like to purchase a copy of A History of Blundell’s please email Mike at mjs@blundells.org.

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Sidney Sussex College Reunion Fri 2nd Sept 2011

Sidney Sussex College Reunion, Fri 2nd Sept 2011We were delighted to welcome many members of the Blundell’s Community who live or work around the Cambridgeshire area together with former Cambridge graduates to celebrate its close connections to Sidney Sussex College on Friday 2nd September. Old Blundellians, Past Parents and Teachers enjoyed drinks in the Cloister Court at Sidney Sussex and were most fortunate to enjoy one of the better summer’s evenings this year. A formal dinner took place in the College Hall where we were joined by the past Master of Sidney, Sandra Dawson (1999-2009). Our thanks must go to John Beale, James Bullock and Ian Seaton who were so instrumental in assisting us with organisation of the evening.

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The evening was a chance to rekindle old memories of both Blundell’s and Sidney Sussex and many were pleased to know that the long established relationship is still very strong with a leaver from Summer 2011 going up to Sidney Sussex this autumn. The evening was such a success that many OBs raised an interest of carrying on with either a formal or informal dinner to continue to celebrate the close connects. If you are interested in future Sidney Sussex and Cambridge University events please register your interest now and also let us know what sort of event would interest you.

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Charity Golf Day Sun 3rd July 2011

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The overall winning team at this year’s Golf day was Andy Mead (staff), Bruce Wheatley (staff), Henry Roffe-Silvester (staff) & Mike Finch (current parent) with a score of 98. Runners up were Blundell’s Supporters Paul Middleton, Terry Moss, Andy Fields (current parent) & Lee Pearch.

Prizes also included: -

  • Nearest the pin: Simon Breed and Ian Seatherton
  • Longest drive: Peter Klinkenberg & Richard Swarbrick
  • Best Man: jointly shared by teachers Andy Mead and Bruce Wheatley
  • Best Lady: Rosemary Webber
  • Best Supporter: Lee Davey & Morris Curtis
  • Best Parent: Richard Thomas
  • Best pupil: Gary Abdoll
  • Best Old Blundellian: Graham Howe

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Thank you to all those that participated in this year’s Charity Golf Day, we appreciate your support. The day’s proceeds went to the Devon Air Ambulance & the Peter Blundell Foundation Awards.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s golf day.

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Drinks Reception at The Light Bar Thurs 9th June 2011

We are very grateful to the kind generosity of James Goff (Milestones 95-79) who hosted a Casual Drinks Reception for the Blundell's Community of Old Blundellians, current and past parents on Thursday 9th June at The Light Bar, just off Liverpool Street in London. A very pleasant evening took place on the terrace of this central London location in the unique Light Bar venue with guests attending from years 1942 to 2008 youngest and oldest if possible and a number of current parents working in the London area.

We had delicious canapés and are very grateful to James for hosting us in the most wonderful venue and for looking after us all so well. Look out for next year's date to be published in September.

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Trelissik Gardens tour Weds 11th May 2011

Trelissik Gardens tour Weds 11th May 2011We had the most wonderful weather for our Private Garden tour at the National Trust owned property Trelissick Gardens on Wednesday 11th May. John Lanyon, the Head Gardener introduced us to the delightful property and he showed a couple of old photographs dug out from the archives from his days as Head Gardener at Knightshayes Court of Old Blundell’s and how grand and truly beautiful it was.

Two of John’s highly knowledgeable team took our group around the extensive and very colourful gardens. The opportunity to answer questions about how plants could grow in their gardens back at home were asked aplenty and for the more avid gardeners a chance to really appreciate a spectacular garden.

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After a lovely stroll through one of the most well kept gardens in Cornwall we were treated to a brief talk about Blundell’s and its current progress by Head Master, Ian Davenport. Our day ended with a delicious lunch and lots of conversation! Please log onto our Alumni Database to see more photos of the garden scenery, tour and lunch.

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OB Russell and Milestones 75th Anniversary Sat 12th March 2011

2011 RussellThe Veterans Russell Race got off to a terrific start with over 20 Old Blundellians racing with a cumulative age of 1000, ranging from those in their early twenties up to 66! Many continued their visit back to Blundell’s for the 75th Anniversary reception for Milestones House.  Blundell’s Headmaster Ian Davenport presented a short history of the House, followed by the Award ceremony for the Veterans Russell race. The winners in each category were: -

  • Under 40: Harry Courtenay-Bishop (FH 1997-2004),
  • 40-60: Peter Norris (Current Parent), and
  • Over 60: Ian Maple (M 1960-1964)

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We were delighted with the huge interest shown by current and past parents and Old Blundellians, hopefully those who participated will join us again next year and spur others of you into action.

We were extremely grateful to House Mistress Debbie Hosking of Gorton House who accompanied a huge group of OBs around what was formerly Milestones.  Various memories were brought alive and many took delight in introducing members of their family to their school days.

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Many stayed on in the Beale Centre to enjoy the last part of the rugby before disappearing off to various other venues to continue smaller reunion groups.

It appears to be a day enjoyed by all and we hope to welcome more of you back to similar events in the future. Thanks to all those that attended and especially to Mike Sampson, our Archivist, who produced such an outstanding exhibition (prompting many comments about the punishment book) and the huge array of photos on show.

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2010

Blundell’s Charity Golf Day Thurs 21st October 2010

We were treated to wonderful weather for our Charity Golf Day held at Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club on Thursday 21st October, on the truly superb Oaks championship course. Twelve teams turned out to compete for a wealth of prizes and to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Peter Blundell Foundation Award provision during the October half term.

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The winning overall team included current pupil Gary Abdoll partnered by his father Gerald and Old Blundellian brothers Matt and Tom Pynn. There were two equal second teams: Peter Klinkenberg, Housemaster of Westlake, with guests Steve Ripley and Simon Curling and former housemaster of Francis House Norman Ridgeway. The other team comprised last year’s winners Governor Cedric Clapp and Old Blundellians Ross Aldridge, Richard Swarbrick and Graham Howe.

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Best Man of the day was parent Lester Kemp and Best Lady guest Jane Darby. Best pupil was Tom Ansell who also won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ on the 18th hole. Best Old Blundellian was Tom Pynn, Best Parent was Giles Boylett, and Best Guest was won by David Parry and Norman Reidgeway equally. Longest drive on the 8th was won by Peter Klinkenberg and Longest drive on the 14th by Cedric Clapp with the only other prize-winner being Mark Hunt who secured Nearest the Pin on the 5th.

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There were numerous Raffle prize-winners and we are extremely grateful to Total Decor who donated the first prize of £500 of Interior Design. A huge thank you to all our sponsors which included The Jolly Vintner, Travis Perkins Ltd, Maindenhead Independent Ltd, Tiverton Golf Club and our hosts Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club and of course to all our participants who ensured we had the most enjoyable day. Please do come again next year.

An exuberant Andrew Jeffery OB Parents Team Horsey, Asher, Venner, Kemp

Military Reception 25th September 2010

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It was so wonderful to see many Old Blundellians and currently serving past and current parents in attendance. We feel it proved to be a wonderfully relaxing event, coupled with such beautiful weather, and hope to repeat a similar event for the medical profession next Autumn.

Military Reception lunchYou will see a small selection of photos taken during the event which hopefully will be of interest. The CCF were inspected by Brigadier Stephen Hodder, with the Devon & Somerset ATC Music wing presenting the ‘Beat Retreat’. Our Archivist Mike Sampson produced a highly informative and interesting exhibition of Blundellians and their associations with the military over many generations. Many participated in the various ‘Shooting activities’ both on the ranges and during the afternoon a few rekindled some memories back at the original range up at Chevithorne. (Please see the OB Club's shooting page for news of the day's shooting events.) Others undertook a tour around the school with a look at all the many developments which have taken place over the years.

We all adjourned to Big School for lunch with presentations from both Brigadier Hodder and Chairman of Governors David Fursdon. After lunch we had a real treat with Lt Col Tim Courtenay DL who undertook a commemorative tour of a number of the plaques in the chapel and brought some of the individuals to life. If anyone would like a copy of the talk, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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It is of great delight to me that the Military Reception provoked such a plethora of support and interest. If you would be interested in attending another military gathering in the future, perhaps with a lunch and guest speaker, please do let me know. Once again, thank you for all the interest and support for making this event such a success.

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Additional thanks go to our guest speakers Brigadier Stephen Hodder, Lt Col Tim Courtenay DL and to Michael Amory for allowing us to invade him on the Saturday afternoon.

Prep School Reunion 1st July 2010

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2010 brought about the ten year anniversary of St Aubyn’s School (renamed Blundell’s Prep School in 2006) being on the Blundell’s School campus. Former pupils, staff and parents of the School right back to its first days when it was sited at St Aubyn’s Villas gathered together for a musical recital from current pupils of the Prep School, followed by drinks and canapés with a wide ranging exhibition from the days of its inception in 1929. It was lovely to see so many faces from the past including one of the original members of the school, Patrick Batting. (Milestones 33-37).

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'The Light' Bar 16th June 2010

It was with the most generous support of James Goff (Milestones 75-79) we held our first casual drinks reception at the truly unique venue of ‘The Light Bar’ in Shoreditch, London. We had a large turnout of both OBs, current and past parents where James very kindly provided delightful canapés and all enjoyed the fabulous sunny evening on the terrace with the Blundell’s flag being proudly flown in the background. Look out for a similar event at ‘The Light Bar’ in 2011.

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Ashmolean Museum – Blundell’s Community Drinks Reception 13th May 2010

We were fortunate with the most generous support from John Beale Milestones 56-61 to secure the fabulous recently refurbished Ashmolean Museum in Oxford  recently, for our Blundell’s Reception. Old Blundellians, current and past parents living within a reasonable proximity of Oxford and pupils from Blundell’s who undertook further education in Oxford attended the venue on the evening of Thursday 13th May.

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Members of the Blundell’s community gathered from across all houses and years from 1937 up until leavers from 2009. Guests were treated to an exclusive address from the Director of the Museum Dr Christopher Brown and welcome words for Head Master Ian Davenport. Over 140 people enjoyed the opportunity for a private view of a number of the Galleries and a chance to re-kindle old acquaintances and find out what they have been doing in the intervening years.

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We were fortunate David Fursdon, Chairman of Governors and a number of other Governors of Blundell’s were able to join us together with Dr Keith Hannabus, the Blundell’s Governor from Baliol College, with whom we have had a long association.

We are especially grateful to John Beale as mentioned above and Mark Beard (SH 76-81) of Home Counties based construction company Beard who very kindly were our sponsors and made the evening possible.

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It was a chance to see a few members of the Common Room still currently working in the School and meet Amber Oliver Development Director and see Paddy Armstrong in his current role as Hon Sec of the Old Blundellian Club.

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2009

75th Anniversary Drama Society and 20th Anniversary of Ondaatje Hall 12th November 2009

Drama at Blundell’s, as with several grammar schools, began with the acting of Latin and Greek plays, often to be performed on Speech Day. There are several photographs in the Archive, dating from the 1880s, showing these open-air productions. A letter appeared in the Blundellian in 1929 stating that ‘amongst the various activities of this School every branch seems to be represented except that of the English Drama’, and advocating the founding of a Dramatic Society – signed Hamlet. Drama ReceptionA Blundell’s Dramatic Society was formed in the autumn of 1934. With the Ondaatje Hall, opened in 1989, the building was made possible by the very generous gift of Sir Christopher Ondaatje C.B.E.; O.C. Ondaatje Hall was officially opened by Sir Christopher on September 15th 1989. From the outset, the aim of the design and construction was to achieve quality and excellence, and at the same time produce a highly functional building – success was attained on all points.

2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Ondaatje Hall and 75th Anniversary of the Drama Society, which have delivered an ever higher standard of functions with its use as a lecture-theatre, concert hall, as well as being ideal for School productions and visiting companies. The drinks reception held was an opportunity to invite many involved both past and present to the Drama Society celebrations coupled with the Anniversary of Ondaatje Hall and people who have been involved with it during the past 20 years.

Blundell’s Golf Day Bovey Castle, Sept 2009

The Blundell’s Charity Golf Day took place at Bovey Castle on Sunday 27th September, again a huge thank you to our Governor Robert Breare who offered us this spectacular venue. A combination of Old Blundellians, current and past parents and pupils took part in what was a fun filled afternoon. We were granted courtesy of the course and a shotgun start, and the day ended with a relaxing post competition dinner in the evening. Golf at Bovey CastleWe were most fortunate with superb weather and a wonderful mix of people to tackle the challenges of the Bovey Castle course. The winning team comprised Old Blundellians Cedric Clapp (P 1960-65), Graham Hose (M 1967-72) Ross Aldridge (P 1962-67) and Richard Swarbrick (M 1977-82). In the individual competition the leading man was Liam Lewis (OH/W 2001-5), and leading lady Ann Wallace. The winning pupil was Tom Ansel (OH 2007 - ?). Other winners included the Blundell’s Preparatory School Head Master, Nick Folland, as Best Parent (past and present) and Joe Smith (FH/W 2000-7) as Best OB (as Liam was not allowed to win twice!). Best guest was Danny Wallace (Grandson of the former Blundell’s Head Master, Revd. A.R.Wallace 1930-33). Just under £2,000 was raised for the Charity of the Day Devon Air Ambulance; a huge thank you to all those participating and supporting this event.

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Head South Drinks Reception Bovey Castle, June 2009

Heading South: Nick Folland, Richard Cross and Ian DavenportA drinks reception to acknowledge the support of sponsors, donors and other contributors to the School from the Dartmoor area for the Head South Cycle ride took place at Bovey Castle on the penultimate night of the Cycle Ride by kind generosity of Robert Breare a Governor of the School.  Three weary cyclists arrived just in time to enjoy a glass or two of Pimms and meet just some of the many people avidly following the daily blog of the ‘Ups and Downs’ of the adventurous three. The Head South ride too place from John O’Groats to Lands End and raised in excess of £12,000.

Legacy Lunch Beale Centre June 2009

Beale Centre on a frosty morningWe were able to hold the inaugural Legacy lunch at the Beale Centre on June for those members of the 1604 Society who have pledged support to the School in their wills, this was an intimate lunch with the Head Master and enjoyed by all attending.  The venue for Summer 2010 is likely to be the Carlton Club in London.

Carlton Club City Drinks Reception May 2009

Carlton Club, May 2009We were very fortunate, owing to the generosity of James Bullock (OB P 1981-86) to be able to host a Drinks Reception for OBs and current parents living or working near London, to bring together young and old and foster some memories of their times at Blundell’s in May this year at the wonderful Carlton Club in Mayfair. Many of the Blundell’s community came along and it was wonderful to meet so many supporters of the School. A great opportunity for those attending to comment about the various activities, events and ways in which they wished to maintain contact with the School and fellow colleagues.

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2007

OB Day 2007

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Cedric Clapp and David d'Arcy Hughes

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Germany Dinner in Hamburg May 2007

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Cricket at Knightshayes

Blundell's holds a long association with Heathcoat Cricket Club at Knightshayes. Overseas players are engaged every year, working for and assisting the Head of Blundell's Cricket and representing the club at weekends in the Devon Cricket League.

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Old Blundellian Dinner East India Club, 16th March 2007

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South African OB dinner Johannesburg, January 2007

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Rob Harvey, John Stobbs, Richard Norris, Rick Ackroyd, Julian Russell and their wives enjoying an evening at the Bryanston Club, Johannesburg on 12th January 2007

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Paddy in South Africa with Derek Thomas and his wife, Nick Skipworth-Michell and partner on 13th January 2007

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Paddy Armstrong in South Africa with Michael and Ann Imbert on 18th January 2007

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Events prior to 2007

Gaudy on 24th September 2005 for those in School from 1970 to 1980

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Gaudy on 11th September 2004 for those in School from 1955 to 1970

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Reunion 2002 for those in School from 1948 to 1958

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October 2001: Leavers from 1983-1993

This year's gaudy was the best attended so far, with well over a hundred Old Blundellians, their husbands, wives and children. The weather was amazingly good, enabling our guests to wander around Big Field whilst watching the First XV hammer King's, Taunton. Thank you to all who came and we hope you enjoyed your day.

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September 2000: Leavers from 1958 to 1968

Despite limited attendance due to the petrol crisis, Old Blundellians enjoyed an informal lunchtime reunion, with an excellent win over Clifton on Big Field afterwards. Ted Crowe, Chris Price and Richard White of the OB Club joined Foundation staff and past and present teachers to exchange gossip and opinion with Old Blundellians. The Gaudy was preceded by a Blundell's and St Aubyn's Open Morning, which encouraged Old Blundellians to wander around and look at what's new around the School. Manu OBs were amazed by the developments at Blundell's over the last few years.

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Old Blundellians and their families touring the School

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Nick Cooper (P 1963-67)
Richard White (M 1954-59) &
Christopher Palmer (W 1959-64)
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Simon Wright (SH 1963-67) and
David Crews (P 1965-69) taking in
Michael Penny's (M 1962-66) wise words

May 1999: Leavers from 1972 to 1982

reunionIn addition to the 100 or so who were able to come, there were responses from a great many OB's unable to attend, with messages for those who might be there and other useful information.

The day began with pre-lunch drinks in the Ondaatje Hall and the usual guessing games at to the identity of contemporaries who had become fatter, thinner, balder, grown facial hair etc. Polite enquiry was quickly followed, aided by a glass of wine or two, by embarrassing anecdotes and a certain amount of sarcastic banter. Spouses, amused and appalled by tales of their partners' alleged behavior, collected hungry children and proceeded via a group photograph to Big School for lunch.

A fair collection of past and present staff increased the average age and gravitas of the meal. Many of us gained considerable pleasure from the vain efforts of once unruly pupils to control their offspring. reunionChildren from 1 to 12 grew in confidence and turned part of Big School into a racetrack whilst their parents talked. The Head Master made a valiant attempt to address the gathering at the end of lunch, but came comfortably second to a  throng of vociferous children gathering about his feet.

Tours of the School and Houses followed with Sixth Formers acting as guides. Many OB's were pleasantly surprised by the more informal and attractive accommodation in Houses and the addition of many new extra curricular opportunities for pupils.