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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.