OB Club Events

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Covid-19: Changes to Upcoming Events

With the easing of restrictions over the coming weeks and months, the Development Office and Old Blundellian Club are planning some events, listed below. See also a tentative Winter Lunch schedule for 2021-22 below. It is with regret that Old Blundellian Day will not be taking place this year (2021), due to the ongoing pandemic.

In the meantime, we will continue to use the time and resources to call those in our community who may benefit from a friendly call. We are very grateful to those of you who support our events and would like to take the opportunity to reassure you that we will continue to offer a diverse program of events for our community in due course. Until the time when we can all come together at such an event, please continue to reach out, we are only at the end of a phone call or email.

Events

See below for 2021-22 Winter Lunches.

Date / Time Event Venue Contact
2021
TBC   Q&A with Rob Cole (OH 1970-75), on his book ‘The British & Irish Lions the Official History’   DO *
TBC   Q&A with Ben Collins (FH 1988-93), on his book ‘Aston Martin: Made in Britain’   DO
TBC   Q&A with Robert Kitson (Past Parent), on his book ‘Exe Men’ -The Rise of the Exeter Chiefs   DO
April 20th, 6:15pm Blundell’s Association Parent Running Group
A weekly event, beginning 20th April
Prep School car park BA *
23rd, 10:00am Virtual Q&A with Bart Wielenga - see Further Information below for more details Beale Centre DO
May 3rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Current Parent Tennis Club Evening Tennis courts BA
20th 1604 Society, Afternoon Tea with the Head    
21st, 4:00pm Tour of Grounds with Harry Flower for Current & Past Parents
Followed by coffee and cake in School Garden Café.
www.trybooking.co.uk/BAAR
Blundell's BA
June 7th Parent Coffee Morning for Current Parents [drop in] School Garden BA
11th, 4:00pm Tour of Grounds with Harry Flower for Current & Past Parents
Followed by coffee and cake in School Garden Café.
www.trybooking.co.uk/BAAR
Blundell's BA
12th OB Day
Regrettably, the OB Club committee has made the decision that OB Day, planned for this June, has had to be cancelled. Alternative social functions for later in the year, are being considered.
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14th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Parent Tennis Club evening [drop in] Tennis Courts BA
July 2nd Speech Day and Leavers’ Ball Blundell's DO
2nd - 4th Devon County Show
Afternoon Tea Reception on 3 July from 2pm to 4pm
  DO
2nd OB Current Parent and Grandparent Speech Day Lunch
Subject to Speech Day taking place
Beale Centre  
24th Mid-Devon Show    
26th,
noon
OBCC v Sou’Westers Big Field OBC *
Aug. - - - -
Sept. 19th Blundell’s Community Rugby Trophy Tournament and Family Day
Contact: Tom Cowle (OB & Current Parent) - thomasomcowle@gmail.com
Big Field OBC
26th, 12:15pm Reichwald Fives Trophy Tournament Fives Courts and B.C. OBC
Oct. - - - -
Nov. - - - -
Dec. - - - -
2022
Oct TBC 1950’s to 1960’s Alumni Reunion   DO

Fixtures for fives, golf, shooting, hockey, soccer, cricket, tennis and squash against the School and others will be arranged by Sports Club Secretaries.

Induction events for Westlake pupils will take place in the Beale Centre during the year.

* Abbreviations

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Further Information

Virtual Q&A with Bart Wielenga 23rd April 2021

Join us for our 2nd Q&A with Bart this April. This is a free pre-recorded event and the link will be sent out on Friday 23rd April at 10am to everyone who has registered. The link will stay active to allow you to watch at your leisure; please book to receive the link even if you are unable to watch on the day.

Have you always wanted to ask the Head of Blundell’s a question or perhaps get his view on a topic? Now is your opportunity. We will ask as many as the time period will allow.

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Winter Lunches

These events are subject to Government guidelines and will be confirmed nearer the time.

Date Speaker and Topic RSVP Date
2021
Weds 13th Oct,
12.30 for 1pm
Charlie Olive (TH 1985-90, Current staff, Director of Community Partnerships)
Topic: “Community Partnerships”
12 noon,
Mon 11th
Weds 10th Nov,
12.30 for 1pm
Debbie Hosking (Former staff 1999-2018 & GH House Mistress)
Topic: "Anecdotes of Covid"
12 noon,
Mon 8th
Weds 1st Dec,
12.30 for 1pm
Jeremy Salter (Former Staff 1969-2001, Chairman of Tiverton Civic Society)
Topic: “Neil Ghosh and the Jewel in the Crown”
12 noon,
Mon 29th Nov.
2022
Weds 12th Jan,
12.30 for 1pm
Geoff Edwards (Blundell’s Catering Manager 2006-present)
Topic: 'An Obituary to Lumpy Mash and Spotted Dick! – School Catering Through the Ages'
12 noon,
Mon 10th
Weds 9th Feb,
12.30 for 1pm
Peter Maunder (M 1978-82)
Topic: “Tiverton Cloth' The story of the town's woollen trade, 1475-1815”
12 noon,
Mon 7th
Weds 9th Mar,
12.30 for 1pm
Nigel Hall (Governor 2014-20, Chair of Governors 2020-present)
Topic: TBC
12 noon,
Mon 7th

Please note the cost for lunch is £14, made payable on the day or in advance by BACS.
Cash Bar available.
Please RSVP no later than the date & time given. The OB Club will unfortunately be obliged to charge for cancellations not provided before this date & time and trust this meets with your understanding.

BACS Details: National Westminster Bank (GB)
Sort Code: 56-00-05. Account Number: 87750201
Reference: W Lunch/Your surname & initials

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Lunch preparationEvery second Wednesday between October and March the Beale Centre sees a gathering of 30 or so who meet for drinks and conversation, then sit down to an excellent lunch followed by a short talk by an invited speaker. These are the “Winter Lunches”, managed by Sue Beale and Janet Wooff, which have now become a cherished annual institution since they started back in 2005 at the suggestion of John Hollands and Ted Crowe. All who have a Blundell’s connection are welcome to attend and there is always a good mix of OBs, former staff, parents and others. The speakers are drawn from the same pool and have covered a wide range of subjects – historical, cultural, military, educational – even breeding prize pigs. If anyone is interested in receiving this monthly nourishment for both mind and body then please contact Janet Wooff at The Beale Centre on 01884 232010 or obclub@obclub.co.uk.

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Winter Lunches dates are listed in the main events table, above.

Contacting the OB Club

Contact information can be found at the bottom of every page on this site. The Club secretary is Janet Wooff.