Latest News Archive

JANUARY: Hong Kong Dinner - this Saturday, 16th January. Time: 7.30pm. To meet at 'Stormies' in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, and then dinner will be at 'Gordon Ramsay's Bread street kitchen'.
Those who have not confirmed as yet, but would be interested in attending, please do contact James Rebert on, or +852 69731821. No set menus as such, just the a la carte menu - so no fixed price, it is up to you what you choose! James Rebert (SH 91-98).

NOVEMBER: NEW! - Hong Kong Dinner - James Rebert (SH 91-98) has very kindly offered to organise a Dinner for OSBs in Hong Kong. He is suggesting a date of January 16th, 2016 and would be pleased to hear from any OSBs who would be interested in attending. The location and venue will be decided upon once he has an idea of names and numbers.
Please contact James if you would like to go along to the OSB get-together in Hong Kong: or +852 69731821.

NOVEMBER: A proposed get-together in Cape Town, South Africa!
Jim Harcombe (SH 50-55) is kindly proposing to organise a dinner/lunch for OSBs in South Africa. He is suggesting a date sometime in December 2015 or January 2016 (or another date, if preferred) and would be pleased to hear from any OSBs who would be interested in attending. The location and venue will be decided upon once he has an idea of names and numbers.
Please contact Jim if you would like to go along to the OSB get-together: or +27 (021) 790-5293 or +27 (0)832521339.

NOVEMBER: The North East Branch Dinner will be held on Wednesday 11th November, 2015 at The Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle.
If you are interested in attending please contact Bill Dove, the Secretary: 01274 585147 or or 3 The Rowans, Baildon, West Yorkshire. BD17 5DB.

OCTOBER: The Scottish Dinner is to be held at the Royal Scots Club , Abercromby Place , Edinburgh on Saturday 31st October (a 3 course meal with a glass of wine @ £35 per head - 7pm for 8.15pm).
If you are interested in attending please contact David Parker, the Secretary, (asap) at or 01854 655300.

OCTOBER: Thomas Froggatt (SH 03-10) - We are extremely sorry to have to report that Thomas sadly passed away last Monday, 12th October. The exact Funeral arrangements are still to be decided, however, we understand that the funeral will definitely take place on Wednesday 28th October (what would have been Thomas' 24th Birthday) at Distington Crematorium. Our sincere thoughts are with the family.

JUNE: St Beghian Society - Press Release 28.06.15 - Please click here.

JUNE: OSB AGM INFORMATION - Please click here.

JUNE: St Beghians' Day 2015 - Saturday 27th June. Please click here for a Prgramme for the day.

JUNE: A Foundation South Reunion Dinner organised by Trevor Whitwell (FS 66-72) and Peter Martland (FS 67-72) took place last Saturday (13th June 2015) at School. It was a wonderful evening and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Please click here to see some photographs.

JUNE: OSB DAY 2015 - Saturday 27th June. (N.B. NEW DATE)
Just to advise everyone that St Beghians' Day will take place on Saturday 27th June in view of the closure of the School at the beginning of July.
Please click here for information and a reply slip- Please complete the form & return to us asap.
A timetable for the day will be posted here, as soon as we can.
Please pass the word around and encourage your fellow OSBs to attend. We look forward to seeing as many OSBs as possible on the 27th.

APRIL: Update (14.4.15): Please see below the latest two postings from the Rescue Team (or direct link
Public meeting – Saturday 18th @ 5:30 – 6:30pm
The Rescue Team would like to invite all interested parties to attend a ‘Community Update’ meeting this Saturday 18th April at 5:30 – 6:30pm in the St Bees Priory.
Please note that parking outside the church will be reserved for disabled attendees only. Please park at the school and walk across to the Priory. Thank you.
Public Meeting – Saturday 18th April – Details to be confirmed
In recognition of the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled with the Governors on 16 April to consider the rescue team’s proposal, we want to tentatively set up a third public meeting for late afternoon or evening on Saturday, 18 April. It will be at this open session that we will share the pivotal outcome of the EGM. The specific details as to time and location will be communicated as soon as they are available.

APRIL: Update (9.4.15): Please click here to see the latest statement from the Rescue Team - 'A Note from the Rescue Team Requesting your Support' (April 9, 2015) or direct link to posting:

APRIL: Latest update from the St Bees Rescue Group: Please see below an update from the St Bees Rescue Group (or direct link to website is:
If you wish to volunteer to help in anyway, please could you confirm your offer via the Rescue St Bees website above, through the Contact Us/Volunteer options.

APRIL: Update (1.4.15) - 
We continue to wait for confirmation on the schedule of the Governor’s Extraordinary General Meeting and feedback on the Rescue Plan.
In the meantime, the Rescue Team is focusing on the following items: 
(1) The team is busy converting the Rescue Plan into a substantiated Business Plan. A key piece of data that will be needed for this substantiation relates to the number of students who would be attending in September. A request to all parents will be forthcoming requesting this information. 
(2) We have approached the business community for support and are pleased that they understand the need for a school like St Bees in West Cumbria. The Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (a group representing more than 200 local businesses) have written a letter of support which was used as a part of our submission to the Governors. 
(3) The Rescue Team have identified a full time project manager and is poised to set up an office to support the rescue initiative. Once in place, this office will contact the many volunteers who have been kind enough to offer their skills and time. 
We will continue to keep you posted as information emerges,  The Rescue Team.

MARCH: Meeting Outcome Positive - March 27, 2015 -
'The Rescue Team met with a group of the Governors, including the Chair, and their advisors this morning to discuss our proposals to keep the school open while we work together on the development of a sustainable way forward. The meeting was frank, open and productive. The Chair of Governors has committed to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting as soon as may be possible to consider the proposal. The Rescue Team thanks you for your patience while the Governors consider what is clearly a complex decision for them with many factors.
On the back of this, and the productive relationship that we have established, the Rescue Team now intends to take the weekend off. We will of course respond to the Governors at their convenience and update you as appropriate.'
Direct link:

MARCH: REMINDER - St Bees School Chamber Choir at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral - Choral Evensong - Tomorrow night, Wednesday 25th March, 2015 – 5.30 pm.  Afterwards at 'Ego' on Hope Street (you can come even if you haven't been to the service!).

MARCH: DONATIONS: We have received requests to make the Donations Form more accessible for people to download and complete. For Pledge form click here (for Word Doc) and here for pdf. We have already received offers of over £350,000 and are looking to raise £2m in the short term, but with a projected target of £5m. Please let us have your pledges NOW!
NB: If you are having problems with the form, please just email us the details if easier.

MARCH: IMPORTANT LINKS: Please find below some links which may be of interest:

MARCH: URGENT........To All OSBs: If you are an Old St Beghian and haven't received the recent important emails from the St Beghian Society, please DO get in touch with us now with your contact details to, just to ensure that you are getting all the Info as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

MARCH: THANKS: Just to say that we very much appreciate all the emails that we have recevied about the current situation. We would like to assure you that we are certainly reading all the comments and ideas that are coming in, but would ask that you forgive us if you do not receive a response straight away. I am sure you will understand that we have been inundated with calls and emails and therefore responses are taking a little longer than usual!

It is with the deepest regret that the Governors of St Bees School have decided that the school will close at the end of the summer term 2015.
This has obviously come as a huge shock to the whole St Bees School community.
We have worked extremely hard to avoid this outcome but what matters now, the Governors’ decision having been made, is to help members of the St Bees School community come to terms with this desperately sad news....

MARCH: Tony Winzor - FUNERAL Arrangements - ALL WELCOME
Tony's funeral will be held at Distington Crematorium on Monday 16th March at noon.
You are warmly invited to attend the funeral and to join family and friends afterwards at Muncaster Castle. Please click here for full details.

MARCH: Tony Winzor (M 84-09) - We are extremely sorry to inform you of the passing away of Tony Winzor last Friday, 6th March, after a long illness. Tony was a Master at School from 1984-2009 and a good friend and colleague to many people. He will be sorely missed and I am sure this sad news will come as a great shock to many of you.

Golf - Critchley Cup - will take place on Sat 27th June at Seascale Golf Club. 10am arrival/11am first tee off. Cost £35 including bacon sandwich. Food will be available afterwards. For further info please contact James Doggett (Golfing Society Sec.) on

NE Golf Social (Hexham) - Geoff Steven (G 59-64) is organising a golf social at Hexham Golf Club in July. The cost will be £36.50 per golfer, including bacon sandwich on arrival, a round of golf and afterwards a two course meal. If interested please contact

The Copy Deadline for the July 2015 issue of 'The Old St Beghian' Bulletin is 31st May 2015. If you have any articles or information that you would like included, please do just get in touch on Any contributions would be very much appreciated.

Bristol South West Dinner - CHANGE OF DATE. Please note, the Bristol Dinner will now take place on Friday 5th June, 2015 instead of the original date of 29th May. If you are interested in attending, please contact Bill Affleck at or (01453) 832619 for further details.

Douglas Brodie (FN 73-78) - Does anyone know of his whereabouts?
If so, please do get in touch at

FEBRUARY: The January 2015 edition of 'The Old St Beghian' is now available. If you do not currently receive a copy of the bulletin, please click here to let us know.
To view the January 2015 Bulletin and also previous editions please click here.

FEBRUARY: Rugby Event (Feb 1st 2015): Don Williams (Chairman North East Branch) is pleased to announce that 24 people have now confirmed tickets for the Lunch and Rugby Match Event on Sunday Feb 1st. However, the more the merrier!  It is not too late to book but please let me know quickly now (tickets £60). Email: or Tel: 01670 789489 or
Mb: 0774 7778786. Looking forward, hopefully, to seeing you there!

JANUARY: The January 2015 edition of 'The Old St Beghian' is now available. If you do not currently receive a copy of the bulletin, please click here to let us know.
To view the January 2015 Bulletin and also previous editions please click here.

JANUARY: Missing Email Addresses - Have you changed your email address but not told us about it? We have once again had several failed email deliveries following the latest mailing. If you have not received an electronic Bulletin in the last year, please do get in touch to check if we have your up to date contact details.
Please click here to see a list of the failed email addresses from Jan 2014 Bulletin Mailing.


DECEMBER: A Memorial Service for the Rev Canon Philip Bryan will be held on December 13th,
at 3pm, in the Priory (St Bees), followed by a reception with refreshments in the Memorial Hall afterwards. (Just for information, apparently the level crossing at the rail station will be closed for repairs that evening).

NOVEMBER: A Remembrance Day Service was held at School yesterday (11.11.14) to commemorate, in particular, the Centenary of World War 1. A reading was delivered by Ian Wrigley (FS 80-85) who also laid a wreath on behalf of the St Beghian Society. During the service the fallen of our School were remembered and a list of names was read out by the Head Boy, Charles Adams. We have a small number of Service Booklets in the office, if anyone is interested in a copy.

October: St Beghians' Day 2014 took place on Saturday, 13th September. A full report will be given in the next Bulletin in January 2015, but in the meantime photos from the day may be seen here. Please click to view Batch 1, Batch 2 and Batch 3.

OCTOBER: Adrian Hope (G 69-76) is undertaking a sponsored swim to raise money for the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity, following his recent brain tumour and subsequent post-operative care at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at The Freeman. Please click here for further details of how you can support Adrian.

SEPTEMBER: Louise Ling's Dinner for 2003/2004 Leavers on Saturday September 13th was a tremendous success and everyone present had an excellent night. To see some photos from the evening, please click here. If anyone else has any photographs, please do let me know.

SEPTEMBER: GOLF NEWS - Click here to read the latest report about the recent successes of the School's Golf Academy. Plus the results of the Golfing Championship held last Saturday, 13th September, on St Beghians' Day may be seen here.

SEPTEMBER: The Copy Deadline for the January 2015 issue of 'The Old St Beghian' Bulletin is 30th November 2014. If you have any articles or information that you would like included, please do just get in touch on
Any contributions would be very much appreciated.

SEPTEMBER: GOLF - Critchley Cup - To be held at Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh on Friday 19th September, 2014. Please click here for more information.

AUGUST: NEW SUMMER ORCHESTRAL COURSE AT ST BEES (2nd-9th August) - This year St Bees is hosting a new Orchestral Course which offers the opportunity for adult musicians to play in a full symphony orchestra with support and tuition from highly accomplished, experienced professionals. In particular, the Course Directors would like to encourage string players to come forward, but if anyone would be interested in attending (grade 7 standard min), please click here for further details.

JULY: The July 2014 edition of 'The Old St Beghian' is now available. If you do not currently receive a copy of the bulletin, please click here to let us know.
To view the July 2014 Bulletin and also previous editions please click here.

JULY: 'Summer Season of Song' Concerts - St Bees School are delighted to be hosting the National Youth Training Choir in conjunction with Rosehill Theatre's Summer Season of Song. Please click here to see letter from Headmaster and further information.

JULY: Summer Office Closure - The Society Office will be closed from Tue 22nd July until Wed 3rd September 2014. For Bulletin and Archive enquiries, please contact Tony Reeve and for general Society matters contact David Lord. Click here for contact details.

JULY: An OSB LONDON DINNER is planned for FRIDAY 11th JULY at the 5* Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane/Hyde Park. Please click here for further details about the evening and how to book.

JULY: Laurence Gribble (SH 02-09) is embarking on a post-graduation 'trip of a lifetime', cycling from London to Hong Kong (15,000km) to raise £15,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. Please click here for further details.

JUNE: Former St Bees’ girls return to Lake District for Great North Swim challenge.
Three of the first girls to go to St Bees School, Anya and Sam Robson and Yvonne Reay, are getting together for a reunion with a difference in June……
Please click here for further details.

JUNE: A Plea to OSB Golfers regarding this year’s Cyril Gray Tournament which takes place at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey from 25th-28th June. Please click here for information.

MAY: DAVID LYALL (M 52-91) - It is with great sadness we have to advise of the sad passing away yesterday 07.05.14 of David Lyall, aged 87, after a short illness. 
David came to St Bees in 1952 and taught maths until his retirement in 1991. He was also Housemaster of Eaglesfield for well over 20 years and following his retirement he became Editor of the Society Bulletin until handing over to Tony Reeve at the end of 2006. Many will also remember their days on the Colts XV which he ran with the assistance of Tony Cotes. There will of course be an obituary in the next Bulletin. The funeral will be held at St Bees Priory on Friday 16th May at 11am, followed by burial in the Churchyard. Afterwards, all are invited for lunch at Hunday Manor, Workington, CA14 4JF.’

MAY: May 2014 Dinners/Gatherings: Please note that there are three Dinners coming up in May - Cockermouth (Cumbria) - 2nd May, Manchester - 10th May and Alverston (Bristol and SW) - 30th May. A London Dinner is also planned for June.
Please click here for further details. We look forward to seeing you there.

MAY: The Copy Deadline for the July 2014 issue of 'The Old St. Beghian' Bulletin is 31st May 2014. If you have any articles or information that you would like included, please do just get in touch on
Any contributions would be very much appreciated.

APRIL: Rob Cussons (SH 91-98) would be grateful for the support of OSBs as he tries to raise funds following the tragic death of the son of his stepsister, Sam Leask.
Please click here to see details of Rob's 150 mile foot race over six days across the Sahara desert, known as the Marathon des Sables.

APRIL: David Storey (SH 67-72) has a one-man show of his paintings about to open at the Thomas and Paul Contemporary Art gallery in London ( The exhibition, opening on the 9th April 2014, is a solo exhibition of David's new body of work, ‘Heart and Soul’. It provides a window into the past of childhood memories, cherished moments and half glimpsed faces. Please click here for more information.

APRIL: Bill Frankland (Dr A.W.) (FN 26-30), who celebrated his 102nd birthday last month, appeared on BBC 4 last night (Tuesday 1st April, 9.00-10.00pm) in a documentary entitled 'Building Burma's Death Railway: Moving Half the Mountain' about British POWs on the 'Death Railway' in 1943. The programme can still be seen on BBC 4 iPlayer at
Bill is a truly remarkable man.

JAN: On Monday 13th January 2014, Gaudeamus, St Bees School Ladies' Choir sang at Evensong in St Pauls Cathedral, London. The evening was a great success with approximately 50 OSBs and partners attending the service along with Parents and friends of the School. Afterwards, an informal gathering for OSBs at the Samuel Pepys near the Thames, kindly organised by Darryl Davies, was well attended by about 30+ people. It was a wonderful evening that was enjoyed by all. Please click here to see Darryl's photos of the night.

JAN: The January 2014 edition of 'The Old St. Beghian' is now available. If you do not currently receive a copy of the bulletin, please click here to let us know.
To view the January 2014 Bulletin and also previous editions please click here.

OSBs that knew Jack (J.F.) Davies, father of Darryl Davies (FS 62-68 and teacher/housemaster), may be interested to know that sadly he passed away last week. The funeral is on Friday 10th January at 1.00pm. It will take place at the Cemetry Chapel, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HB. Family flowers only. Donations c/o Eaves Funeral Services, 175-177 High Road, Kells, Whitehaven, CA28 9HA. The funeral tea will take place at The Wild Boar Hotel at about 2.00pm.

New OSB BOW TIES For Sale. Please click here for further information.

CHARITY AUCTION UPDATE - 21st September Black Tie Dinner -
You will be delighted to know that we raised over £15.5K on the night towards our chosen charities: Cash 4 Kids and the Lake District branch of The Calvert Trust  As you may well know, both charities care for local disadvantaged young people and St Bees School was privileged to be able to support these organisations in the wonderful job that they do. In addition, we were able to give a generous donation to the St Bees branch of the RNLI for which our Headmaster, James Davies is a volunteer crewman.

St Bees Golf Course - U21 Membership. Please see the Golf page for further information about a reduced U21 rate available at St Bees Golf Course. click here.
Congratulations to Rowan Atkinson (FN 68-72) on his award of a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
A Black Tie Dinner with Stuart Lancaster (FN/AC 80-88), Head Coach of the England Rugby Union team will take place on Saturday 21st September 2013 (St. Beghians’ Day). Please click here for further details.
Please Note: All Tickets have now been sold, but we do have a waiting list if you would like to be added to it.
Please see the School website for the refund policy regarding tickets:
We have 4 tickets available for the dinner tomorrow night (not together). If you are interested please get in touch asap. (01946) 828093 or (01946) 828010.
Charity Auction - Saturday 21st September - Sealed Bids
The School is now accepting ‘Sealed Bids’ for our Charity Auction. You may post/leave a sealed bid, even if you are not attending the black Tie Dinner.
Please click here to download our ‘sealed Bid Form’ and auction prize list.

TICKETS for the Black Tie Dinner have now been posted......If you have not received your tickets, please contact us.

Request for Charity Auction prizes - We would like to ask for your help in offering some prizes for the Charity Auction which will take place as part of the Black Tie Dinner with Stuart Lancaster on the 21st September. Please click here for further information.
In response to Robin Turner’s article about ‘Gabriel’ in the January 2013 Bulletin,
Richard Taylor (FS 59-64) has sent in a photgraph of him. To view please click here

Tuesday 16th April - St Bees School Gaudeamus Ladies Choir will be singing at Evensong (5.00-6.15pm) in Southwark Cathedral, London with James Davies (Headmaster) playing the organ. If any OSBs would like to attend they would be more than welcome. Rehearsals will take place 3-4pm in the Song School & 4-5pm in the Quire. Nigel Halfpenny (Bursar) will be present and has said that if any OSBs are able to attend either Evensong or the rehearsals he will be present and will look out for anyone wearing the tie and happily take them out for a drink and/or meal afterwards!

Stuart Lancaster - Radio 5 Live  - 19.30 - Tuesday 19th March 2013
An interview with Stuart Lancaster featured on Radio 5 Live on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm - A 'Behind the scenes Documentary about how he trained England'.
Many thanks to Chris Binns (FS 54-59) for drawing our attention to it.

A very Special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bill Frankland (FN 26-30) who celebrated his
101st birthday on Tuesday 19th March, 2013.
Congratulations to Bill and we hope he had a wonderful day.

Atlas Expedition, April 1963:  50th Anniversary Reunion.
Recent correspondence in the Old St. Beghian has reminded readers of the impact of the School's expeditions to the Atlas mountains in Morocco in the 1960s. This coming April will mark the 50th anniversary of the first of those expeditions, led by Gordon Dyke, Alan Francis and Ronald Johnson during the Easter holiday of 1963. To mark this occasion, one of the participants, Neil Dumbleton, is seeing to organise a reunion later this year, ideally in April.  He would be delighted to hear from anyone who took part, either by e-mail ( or by phone (01334-476819). 
A date has now been arranged for the 23rd April 2013.