An OSB has advised that Bill Frankland (FN 26-30) is to feature in an episode of a four-programme series (Monday 24th Feb - Thursday 27th Feb 2020) called Britain's Greatest Generation on SKY PSB Documenary Channel, commencing at 7.20pm. I am afraid we don't know which episode Bill will be featured in.

Richard Atkinson (FS 76-80) - We are very sad to advise of the recent sudden death of Richard Atkinson (FS 76-80). We understand that the Funeral will take place at St John’s Church, Keswick, Friday 17th Jan, 11:30 am followed by a gathering at Keswick Rugby Club.

Mrs Joan Lees - We are very sorry to report that Joan Lees, wife of Geoffrey Lees (Headmaster 1963-80), passed away last Friday (13th December 2019).

St Bees School held a Q&A Session on 21st November 2019. A follow-up paper detailing the questions and answers from the evening can be viewed by clicking here.

Singapore Lunch - Change of date. The 2020 lunch will now take place on Saturday 4th January at the Singapore Cricket Club at 12.00 noon. Please contact Duncan Merrin on if you are able to attend.

From St Bees School Team: Good afternoon, We are absolutely delighted to send this email with a very special update celebrating another milestone in St Bees School’s history. Over the weekend, St Bees School have opened two new schools in China, thus cementing our future. We are the mothership of these schools – and these will form part of our unique educational philosophy further merging the West with the East. Do take a look at the document attached to read more. We’d love to know your thoughts so please do get in touch. We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you may have – so please either come along on November 21st at 4pm for ‘St Bees Question Time’ or drop us an email! With very best wishes, The Team at St Bees School. Link to Press Release here or PDF version.

REMINDER - NORTH EAST BRANCH DINNER 2019 will be held at The Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle NEXT WEEK on Wednesday 6th November, 2019 (7.00pm for 7.30pm). The cost is £25 per head, exclusive of wine.
Please contact Bill Dove at or on 01274 585147 if you are interested in attending.

REMINDER: London OSB Social - This Friday - 11th Oct 2019, 6pm onwards. At The Samuel Pepys pub/restaurant (Stew Lane, EC4V 3PT). Please do call in and join us or for further information please contact Nicola Shannon (nee Metcalfe-Gibson)(L/G 78-85) at

P.M.H. (Michael) Brandwood (FS 61-66) – We are sorry to advise of the recent death of Michael Brandwood on 3rd October 2019, aged 72 years. A Funeral Service is to be held at Wythop Church on Tuesday 15th October at 1pm. Family flowers only.

The West Cumbria Branch OSB Annual Dinner will take place on Friday 1st May, 2020 at Armathwaite Hall on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick (cost £30). Please click here for further information.

The North East Branch Dinner 2019 will be held at The Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle on Wednesday 6th November, 2019 (7.00pm for 7.30pm). The cost will be £25 per head, exclusive of wine. If you are interested in attending, please contact Bill Dove at or on 01274 585147.

New St Bees School to open in China - OSBs in Dongguan attended the signing ceremony of the new St Bees School Dongguan, opening in September 2020. Click here for photo (OSBs from left to right: Laurie Zhang (SH 98-05), Laurence Gribble (SH 02-09), Skylar Shen (L 06-07) and Eilin Shen (L 06-07).

OSB DAY 2019 - Thank you to those of you who came along to St Beghians' Day on Saturday. The weather was extremely kind to us and we had a lovely day reminiscing about the past and also hearing about the plans for the school in the future.

London OSB Informal Social Evening - Friday 11th October 2019, 6pm onwards at The Pepys pub/restaurant (Stew Lane, EC4V 3PT). Please do call in and join us. Nicola Shannon (nee Metcalfe-Gibson)(L/G 78-85) would love to hear from you if you are interested in attending -

The Society is sad to report the recent death of Mrs Charm Robson, who taught History of Art at the school for some years. Please see link below for further information and in particular details of the Memorial Service which will take place on Sunday 29th September, the day after OSB Day (Saturday 28th September): There will be refreshments in the Memorial Hall after the Memorial Service and there is an open invitation to come along. No flowers, but donations welcome to Hospice at Home West Cumbria and the St Bees Priory organ restoration fund.

St Beghians' Day 2019 - Just a REMINDER that St Beghians' Day this year will take place on Saturday 28th September 2019.
Please complete the reply slip that was sent out with the July Bulletin to let us know if you will be attending (or click here for copy - Word or PDF).
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 28th September.

Yorkshire OSB Lunch (The Old Deanery - Sunday 8th September, 2019) – CANCELLED.
Steve Crossley-Smith is disappointed to report that he has been unable to attract sufficient members to attend and therefore has reluctantly decided to cancel the event. He would like to thank OSBs for their support in the past and hopes that a new format and venue that may appeal to more OSBs can be found in the future. If anyone has any comments about what they would like to see, please do get in touch with the OSB Office.

It is with great sadness we report the recent death of OSB Camron Miller (G 99-06), who passed away in his sleep on 10th August, 2019. His funeral will take place at St Bees Priory on 21st August at 11am, followed by a committal at Distington Crematorium and then at the Queens Hotel, St Bees from 12 noon. Further information on Facebook page: .

*UPDATE - John's funeral will take place on Monday 19th August at 10am at Egremont Parish Church, followed by 11.15am at Distington Crematorium. The Funeral tea will follow at Egremont Rugby Club around midday.
We are sorry to report the recent death of Mr John Booth (father of Adam (SH 93-00) and Alistair (SH 96-03) Booth). He was a great supporter of the school and was the school's 'Listener' for some years. (Posted 09.08.19).

Critchley Cup 2019 - This year’s Critchley Cup took place on Saturday 6th July at Seascale Golf Club once again. All attendees had a great day both on the course and in the clubhouse. For results and a full report of the day please click here.

A Yorkshire lunch is booked for Sunday, 8th September 2019 at The Old Deanery, Ripon (
Further details, booking form & menu may be obtained from: Steve Crossley-Smith, Garth Cottage, Moor Park Way, Addingham, West Yorkshire, LS29 0PZ. Tel: (01943) 830640. Email:

GOLF - The Critchley Cup will be taking place at Seascale on Saturday 6th July. Tom Wright, the Golfing Society Secretary would like to hear from all OSB members who are interested in attending. Please contact Tom ( for further information as soon as possible so that final numbers and the necessary arrangements can be made.

Upcoming OSB Dinners:
Cumbria Dinner - Friday 3rd May 2019 at Armathwaite Hall, Nr Bassenthwaite, Cumbria. Contact Darryl Davies
London Dinner - Friday 31st May 2019 at the RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY. Contact Tim Crossley-Smith -

Wishing Dr Bill Frankland (FN 26-30) a very HAPPY 107th BIRTHDAY today (19th March 2019) - our oldest Old St Beghian!

Dr Bill Frankland (FN 26-30) Interview. BBC HARDtalk featuring Bill Frankland was broadcast 7th January 2019. Stephen Sackur speaks to Dr William Frankland - an expert on allergies and one of the last remaining British survivors of the Japanese prisoner of war camps in World War Two. It is available on the BBC iplayer at:

London Dinner - The London Branch Dinner will be held, once more, at the RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY on Friday 31st May 2019. Further details will be available in the New Year but initial reservations should be sent to either Tim Crossley-Smith  or Nicola Shannon

Wasps OSB Rugby Event OSB Hospitality package for Wasps v Newcastle Falcons Saturday 9 March 2019. There will be a package including a three course chef's lunch, parking, the best seats in the stadium and hospitality in the Jaguar Lounge, which opens at 11.30. The kick-off is at 14.00 and the following England v Italy match, which starts at 16.45, will be televised on big screens. So far it looks as if there will be a party of about 16. For details see ‘Hospitality’ in the Wasps’ website The cost per head is £132.00. If interested please contact Mark Spencer Ellis (SH 62-66) at or at 76 Carnarvon Road, South Woodford, London E18 2NU. The Ricoh Arena which Wasps owns is about five minutes from Junction 3 of the M6, to the north of Coventry. It's easily accessible from the East and West Midlands and is about two hours from London. The Ricoh also has a hotel: for details see

Cumbria Dinner - Friday May 3rd 2019 at 7.30pm. This promises to be an excellent evening at the renowned Armathwaite Hall on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. Why not make a weekend of it? Do let Darryl know if you are interested asap as it is likely to get booked up very quickly. Cost:- Dinner (3 course meal and coffee) £30.00 per person. Contact: Darryl Davies – Accommodation:- £125 B&B for the room (book with the hotel direct 017687 76551 or e-mail at To take advantage of this fantastic offer, BOOK NOW.

OSB RUGBY EVENT - Match-day package for Wasps v Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 9th March 2019 at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Please see pdf or word version for further information.


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