Latest News Archive
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North East Branch Dinner 2017 - To be held on Wednesday 8th November, 2017 at The Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle. £25 per head, exclusive of wine. RSVP asap or by 31st Oct 2017 to email@example.com. Please contact Bill if you are interested in attending. For information, please click here.
Golf - The Queen Elizabeth Coronation Schools Tournament (22nd-24th Sep 2017) - Please click here to see the match report.
OSB Day 2017 - President's Drinks Reception - Please click here to see photos.
St Beghians' Day 2017 - 23rd September. If you haven't done so already, please let us know if you are intending on coming along on the day. Please click here to see the Timetable and here for a list of attendees that we know about so far. We look forward to seeing you all on the 23rd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Scottish Dinner 2017 - To be held on Saturday 25th November, 2017 at The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh. £50 (3 course Dinner with wine). RSVP by 31st Oct 2017 to email@example.com. Please contact Jerry if you are interested in attending. For information please click here.
Golf at Penrith - The OSB Golfing Society is holding a Four Ball Team event on Saturday 30th September at Penrith Golf Club.
All welcome! Further info and contact details on attached poster here.
OSB Gathering in the USA.
We have been delighted with the positive response to a proposed USA/Canada Gathering. Taking into account various suggestions and comments we are planning to hold a get-together in New York on either 8th or 9th September. Becky Hobbs (L 87-92) has very kindly agreed to take the lead in organising the event and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in attending: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all OSBs in or near the US! Following a few extremely successful OSB get-togethers recently, especially those overseas in Hong Kong and Singapore, Dacre Watson, the Society President, was wondering whether it would be possible to arrange something in the US in July. Dacre has attended both the gatherings mentioned above and would be more than willing to try and do the same in the US, if we can get something arranged. At the events, he has been able to pass on, first hand, news about the school and the future plans, which has been very much appreciated by those attending.
Please could you reply (by email email@example.com), indicating whether you would be interested in attending an OSB get-together in July in the US and also where you would be able to travel to eg New York? We look forward to hearing from you.
New Head Teacher Announced - Please see the following link to the Trustees' announcement of the new Head Teacher for St Bees School: http://mailchi.mp/8d5caa25e352/st-bees-school-press-release-new-head-teacher-announced-988097.
105 and still working! You may be interested in seeing the BBC News article spotted over the weekend about OSB,
Bill Frankland (FN 26-30), who is 105 and still working! Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-39815946/the-105-year-old-still-working-how.
EGREMONT2DAY article following the 'Drop In Day' on Saturday: http://www.egremont2day.co.uk/st-bees-school-announces-their-global-vision-for-the-future/.
St Bees School Trustees' Drop In Day - Join the trustees on Saturday 22nd April, 2017 for a "Drop In Day" to hear from and meet St Bees School Trustees and the Directors of Full Circle (Shenzhen International). Details attached here.
The Trustees have posted further information on their website about their new partners, Full Circle Education Group - please click here to view.
In addition, information about the appointment of a new Headteacher may be see here.
A Bristol and West of England Lunch will be held on Saturday 20th May at The Foxham Inn, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
For further details, please click Word or PDF version.
Congratulations to Dr A. W. (Bill) Frankland (FN 26-30) who celebrated his 105th Birthday yesterday (Sunday 19th March, 2017).
St Bees in March 2017 Photos - A sunny March day, with the daffodils just emerging..... Please click here to see some photos.
Yorkshire Gathering 23rd April, 2017 – CANCELLED. Unfortunately, due to lack of response (6) the Lunch at the Bridge Inn, Walshford Bridge, on 23rd April is cancelled. Steve Crossley-Smith is exploring the possibility of a different venue/format/location/date - if you have any suggestions please let us know. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Harecroft Hall Prep. School - Former pupils of Harecroft may like to know that a history of the school is about to be published. Further details can be found on Ruth Mansergh’s website by clicking here.
January 2017 Bulletin - 'The Old St Beghian' Bulletin (No.190) is now available. If you have not received your copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumbria Dinner - Friday 21st April - To be held at The Castle Bar, Market Place, Cockermouth. £20 per person to include 3 course meal, plus tea or coffee. Please click here for menu. If interested in attending please contact Darryl Davies on 07970 180751 or email@example.com.
London Dinner - Friday 17th March, 2017 - Please click here(word) or here(pdf) for further details and booking information with regard to the London Dinner, which is being held at the RAF Club, on Friday March 17th, 2017.
Mike Slowther (FN 71-76) and his wife, Val, are to feature in a TV programme in February. The progamme, James Martin's French Adventure, starts on Monday 30th January at 15.00 on ITV, however the episode that Mike and Val feature in will be shown on Wednesday 1st February, 2017.
London Dinner - Friday 17th March, 2017 - A London OSB dinner is planned for Friday 17th March in the sumptuous surroundings of the RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1. Partners are of course welcome. For information, the cost of the dinner is likely to be around £38, plus drinks. Further details to follow. Please contact Tim Crossley-Smith if you are interested in attending:
firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)207 911 2291.
Singapore Lunch/Dinner – Saturday 6th May, 2017 - Duncan Merrin (G 53-57) is proposing a get-together for either lunch or dinner on May 6th in Singapore, to coincide with a visit by Dacre Watson (SH 56-62). Please contact Duncan if you are interested in joining them: email@example.com.
Keith Wilson - We regret to announce the death of Keith Wilson (M 1970 - 1999) following a long illness. There will be a service at St Peter’s Church, Heversham, LA7 7EW on Thursday, 5th January 2017 at 11.30 a.m. Yvonne and family warmly invite you to join them for refreshments at
Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands, Nr Kendal, LA7 7NW. Our sincere condolences go to his family.
Note for your 2017 Diary - The 2017 North East Dinner will take place on Wednesday 8th November, 2017.
The Yorkshire Gathering on Sunday April 23rd, 2017 - St. George’s Day.
The plan is to have an informal Sunday Lunch carvery (3 courses, plus coffee) at the Bridge Inn at Walshford Bridge (about 6 mins from the A1, at Wetherby). Further details and booking information are available here - WORD or PDF version.
William Leefe Robinson - Clive Kennedy (FN 55 - 59) has kindly advised us that there was a piece on Radio 2, Jeremy Vine programme 12.00 until 2.00 pm on Thursday 8th December (starting at 1hr 35 mins 40 secs into the transmission), telling how William Leefe Robinson (who was educated at St Bees School) was the first pilot to shoot down a German airship over Britain during the First World War and was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross.
Alec MacCaig (FS 42-46) - We are very sad to inform you all that Alec MacCaig (FS 42-46) died very recently. Please click here for further details and funeral arrangements.
FINAL REMINDER - Scottish Dinner - Nov 2016.
Date : Friday 25th November, 2016. Venue : Royal Scots Club , Edinburgh. Cost : £37.50 per head.
If you are interested in attending, please Contact David Parker.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01854 655300. Bromview Cottage, Ardcharnich , Loch Broom , Nr Ullapool , Ross-Shire. IV23 2RQ.
William Leefe Robinson - A service commemorating William Leefe-Robinson’s winning of the VC was recently held in the school chapel. The aviation artist Michael Farrier, has drawn our attention to some artwork which was on sale at an exhibition in Hertfordshire honouring Leefe-Robinson’s exploit and which is available for purchase. Please click here to see artwork.
Mr Farrier can be contacted on email@example.com or mobile 07790 769709.
Scottish Dinner - Nov 2016.
Just a quick reminder about the Scottish Dinner:
Date : Friday 25th November, 2016. Venue : Royal Scots Club , Edinburgh. Cost : £37.50 per head.
If you are interested in attending, please Contact David Parker (G 63-68) for more information:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01854 655300. Bromview Cottage, Ardcharnich , Loch Broom , Nr Ullapool , Ross-Shire. IV23 2RQ.
Thomas Froggatt Memorial Charity Rugby Match - December, 2016.
The second annual Thomas Froggatt Memorial Charity Rugby Match in aid of the Calvert Trust will take place at Egremont RUFC on Wednesday 28th December at 2.00pm.
As well as being a tribute to Thomas, it's designed to be an ideal opportunity for OSBs of all ages, male and female, to get together at a time when many are home for the holiday period from work, university etc. Further information is available here - WORD or PDF version.
BRANCH DINNER DATES - Please contact the relevant person if you are interested in attending any of the following Dinners:
9th November, 2016 - North East Dinner in Newcastle - Bill Dove, email@example.com
25th November, 2016 - Scottish Dinner in Edinburgh - David Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org
25th February, 2017 - Hong Kong Dinner - Laurence Gribble, OSBinAsia@gmail.com
23rd April, 2017 - Yorkshire Dinner/Lunch - Steve Crossley-Smith, email@example.com
PHOTOS from St Beghians' Day (24th September, 2016) - Please click here.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last Saturday for St Beghians' Day. It was wonderful to see so many people there and we hope you all enjoyed the day. If you have any photos of your own that you would be happy to share, we would love to receive them.
Funeral - Peter Broadhurst (M 57-87)
The Funeral will take place at St Peters Church, Askham, near Penrith on Friday 30th September at 11 am. Buffet etc will be at the Punch Bowl Inn, Askham, just up the road from the Church.
All OSB’s are very welcome! We’ll need as many ‘old boys’ as we can, as one of the Hymns is Jerusalem!
Stuart Broadhurst (G 69-74).
Peter Broadhurst (M 57-87) - We are sorry to advise of the death of Peter Broadhurst last Thursday, 15th september, 2016. Peter was a Master at the School from 1957-1987. Details of the funeral arrangements will follow in due course.
Major Linda Johnston (St Bees School CCF - 1995-2015) Funeral - On Friday 23rd September at Distington Hall Crematorium at 10.00am.
St Beghians’ Day – 24th September, 2016.
For further information about what is happening on the day and how to be part of it, please click here. Hope to see you there!
Major Linda Johnston (St Bees School CCF - 1995-2015).
Please see the following note from Sandy Rogers, Ex-RSM St Bees Combined Cadet Force:
It is my sad duty to inform you that while visiting her daughter in the North East, Major Linda Johnston went to sleep on Monday, 12th of September and never woke up. Linda will always be remembered by many St Beghians for her stalwart service to the Combined Cadet Force where she served for 2 years as Contingent Commander until the closure of the School in 2015.
Linda’s main passion was to provide a conduit where Cadets could help achieve awards and certificates in BTEC, First Aid, and most especially close to her heart, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in which she spent many, many hours ensuring Cadets had the best opportunity to successfully achieve the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Levels.
Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew her and most especially by her two daughters, Linda and Stacey and their families, and her ever faithful Golden Labrador, Duke.
Scottish Dinner - To be held on Friday 25th November, 2016 at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh. Further details and booking information are available here - PDF or WORD version.
William Leefe Robinson Commemoration – Friday 9th September, 2016. 7.30 – 8.30pm in St Bees School Chapel.
William Leefe Robinson, who was educated at St Bees School, was the first pilot to shoot down a German airship over Britain during the First World War, on the night of 2/3 Sept 1916. For this he was awarded the Victoria Cross just two days later.
He was the first person to be awarded the VC for action in the UK, and it was the first VC of the Royal Flying Corps; the forerunner of the RAF.
His amazing feat of bravery was a turning point in repelling the airship menace in WW1, and was the birth of aerial night fighting.
This commemoration of his short life in words and music will be in the School Chapel where his VC is recorded, and will include a detailed account of the action and its significance for aerial combat and the morale of the nation.
All welcome. Free admission.
OSBs in Asia - James Rebert (SH 91-98), Laurence Gribble (SH 02-09) and Chris Ma (G 02-09) would like formally to establish a group for Old St Beghians based in the Asia region under the name, “Old St Beghians in Asia”. As well as organising an annual dinner in Hong Kong, they hope such a group can connect OSBs in Asia and reconnect those who may have lost contact since leaving St Bees. Please click here for further information.
Newsletter from the new Board of Trustees - Please click here to view the second Newsletter (July 2016) from the new Board of Trustees.
Bristol and West of England Dinner - will be held on Friday June 10th 2016 at the Bay Prince of Wales Hotel, Berkeley, near Bristol (on the A38, half way between junctions 13 & 14 on the M5). The cost will be about £25 (depending on uptake) and the hotel has accommodation for those who wish to stay overnight. For further Information, please contact: Bill Affleck, Barley Hill, Watledge, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 0AS. Tel: 01453 832619. Email: William.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumbria Dinner - To take place on Friday 22nd April, 2016 at
Castle Bar, Market Place, Cockermouth.
Details and Booking Form available here - PDF or Word version. Please book early as places are limited.
For further information please contact email@example.com. Look forward to seeing you there.
Newsletter from the new Board of Trustees - Welcome to the first newsletter from the new Board of Trustees. To view, please click here.
Notice - OSBs may like to know that a number of oil paintings by J.D. Kenworthy, which are part of the archives acquired by the Society, will be sold at a fine art auction in Cockermouth on 10th and 11th March to raise funds for the Society.
Details may be obtained from Mitchells Antiques and Fine Art, 47 Station Road, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9PZ. Tel. 01900 827800, website: www.mitchellsantiques.co.uk, from whom catalogues will be shortly available.
Professor H.F. (Frank) Woods (G 51-57) - The Society regrets to announce the death of Professor H. F. Woods (G 51-57) on the 31st January, 2016 following a lengthy illness. Professor Woods had a long and distinguished career in Medicine at Oxford and Sheffield Universities. Having been a long serving Governor of the school, he came back from retirement to undertake the Chairmanship of the Board from 2013. His funeral, a strictly private occasion, will take place on Wednesday 10th February in Amersham. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Missing Email Addresses - January 2016 - Have you changed your email address but not told us about it? We have recently had over 70 failed email deliveries following a mailing. If you did not receive the Autumn 2016 electronic Bulletin last November, please do get in touch to check that we have your up to date contact details. Please click PDF or Word to see list of missing OSB emails.
M.J.M. Thompson (John) – SH 39-43. John sadly died on Thursday last (28th January) and his funeral will be held at Crosthwaite Church, Keswick, this Thursday, 4th February, at 11am. John was an extremely valuable member of the Governing Body for many years (1964-1993) as well as being the School’s Land Agent during this time. If anybody is able to make the funeral on Thursday I feel certain that it will be very much appreciated by his wife, Alison and the rest of the family.
Scottish Reunion Dinner 2016 - Diary Date - Friday 25th November, 2016 at The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh. For further informatio: David Parker, Broomview Cottage, Ardcharnich, Loch Broom, By Garve, Ross-Shire. IV23 2RQ. 01854 655300 (after 9pm) firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Gummers (G/FN 75-83) is organising a Kendal Floods Charity Concert in Kendal on March 17th and 18th in aid of the floods, with all proceeds going to the Cumbria Community Foundation. He is bringing across singer, Lauren-Lee Bock from South Africa for the occasion. The event will also include an auction and raffle (List on David’s Facebook, David Gummers).
David’s shoe company is putting in £4000 to cover the big costs of the concert but he is also hoping to raise funds to be able to offer free tickets to those affected by the flooding and also the fire brigade. If you are interested in either buying a ticket to attend the concert or wish to offer a donation towards the event, please contact David on email@example.com 01229 580654 or mob 07802 766570. Click here for ticket information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
Membership of the St Beghian Society - For 2015 Leavers. Did you leave St Bees School in July 2015? If so, do you wish to become a Member of the St Beghian Society – and have you completed the relevant forms? For further information, please click here.
The Autumn 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 Autumn 2015 Bulletin and also previous editions please click here.
Communications from the New Board - The Society has been asked by the new Board to circulate the following three communications:
1. The VMO (Vision, Mission & Objectives),
2. Current Board Members and
3. A request for additional Board Members.
Dr Bill Frankland (FN 26-30) - As many OSBs may already be aware, Bill Frankland, aged 103, recently featured on the BBC's Desert Island Discs programme. A castaway page for him on the Programme's homepage showing his music, book and luxury choices, along with the audio for people to listen to or download can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnmr.
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
OSB DAY - 27th June, 2015 - PHOTOGRAPHS.
Please click here to see photographs from the day. Please also let us have any photographs that you may have taken on the day and are happy to share.
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 http://www.rescuestbees.co.uk/blog/):
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: http://www.rescuestbees.co.uk/blog/2015/04/09/a-note-from-the-rescue-team-requesting-your-support/#comments.
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: http://www.rescuestbees.co.uk/blog/).
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: http://www.rescuestbees.co.uk/blog/.
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!
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 email@example.com, 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!
MARCH: IMPORTANT SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (www.thomasandpaul.co.uk). 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 www.cashforkids.uk.com and the Lake District branch of The Calvert Trust www.calvert-trust.org.uk. 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:
|SPARE TICKETS FOR TOMORROW NIGHT - STUART LANCASTER BLACK TIE DINNER.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (01334-476819).
A date has now been arranged for the 23rd April 2013.