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.

SCOTTISH DINNER - Sat 17th Nov - CANCELLED. Apologies, but the Scottish Dinner has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

OSB Dr Bill Frankland - Aged 106! - You may be interested in seeing a piece from CNN about Dr Bill Frankland (FN 26-30), our oldest living Old St Beghian at 106 years of age! Note the OSB tie! Link to article:

London Social - An informal social event for OSBs in the City of London will be held at the The Pepys pub/restaurant (Stew Lane, EC4V 3PT) on Friday 12th October, 2018 from 6.00pm onwards. Joint us for a drink and/or food or even just a catch-up chat! If you wish to attend or require further information, please contact: Nicola Shannon (nee Metcalfe-Gibson) at , or Dacre Watson at or (01367) 252384 or Tim Crossley-Smith at
Feel free to drop in on the night - we would love to see you there!

North East Dinner - Wednesday 7th November, 7.00 for 7.30pm at The Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth park, Newcastle. Cost £25.00 per head. Contact: Bill Dove on (01274) 585147 or

Scottish Dinner - To be held on Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm at The New Club on Princess Street, Edinburgh. Cost £55.00 per person. For further details and to book, please contact Jerry Tsang at

Cumbria Dinner - Foundation Dining Room on FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 7.30 pm for 8.00pm (Evening before OSB Day). Cost £25.00 per person. Booking form and further information from:

Golf - Critchley Cup 2018 - The Critchley Cup, the OSBGS’s own event, was played on home turf at Seascale Golf Club on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. Please click here to see a report of the day, along with photographs.

OSB's Aerial Visit - An unusual visit back to St Bees last week by OSB Dacre Watson (SH 56-62) on his way to Scotland! Please click here to view photographs.

OSB Golf - The Critchley Cup - Saturday 7th July - For further information about the competition and draw, please click here.

St Bees School Latest Public Communication - 5th June 2018 - Please click here to view.


Sam Robson (G 79-81) - Sent in a lovely memory - 30 Years ago! St Bees RFC Dinner 1987/88 Programme - When Sam was guest Speaker and Stuart Lancaster (FN/AC 80-88) was 1st XV Captain. To view, click here.

Stan (E. S.) Holmes (SH 45-50) - Details of the funeral are now confirmed as follows:
Following a private cremation, a Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St. Martins Church, Bowness-on-Windermere on Friday 20th April 2018, at 12 noon.  Family flowers only.  Donations if desired to Wasdale Mountain Rescue or Patterdale Mountain Rescue c/o Edmondson Longmire Funeral Service, 3 Oak Street, Windermere, LA23 1BH. Tel. 015394 43427.
Following the service we will be having drinks and sandwiches at the Old England Hotel which is located immediately next door to St Martin’s. If you are thinking of coming to the service we would appreciate you letting us know so that we can have an approximate idea of numbers. Please confirm to Richard Holmes at

Stan (E. S.) Holmes (SH 45-50) - We are very sad to inform OSBs that Stan (E. S.) Holmes (SH 45-50) died on Saturday, 31st March 2018. He had been involved in St Bees in many ways over the years and was a great supporter of the Society and school. He was a long-serving Governor of the school and President of the St Beghian Society from 1996-1998. He was also a loyal and dedicated Member of the Society Committee for a number of years. Stan was a wonderful man and someone who will be truly missed by all those who knew him. As soon as we are aware of the funeral arrangements we will post the details on the Society website and facebook page. We understand that it is likely to be either late next week, or the week after.

Changes in Data Protection Laws - Important Information - Recently, you should have received a communication (post or email) from us relating to the new Data Protection Laws which are coming into force in May 2018. If not, please contact the OSB Office or view the St Beghian Society Privacy Policy and Marketing/Fundraising Opt In/Out Form here.

Jeff Evans - Funeral Arrangements - Jeff's funeral will take place on Wednesday 4th April at 1.00pm in the Priory.

Jeff Evans - We are sorry to report the death of Mr Jeff Evans, who for many years was head of the English department at school and also in charge of the Cadet Corps. Details regarding the funeral arrangements will be posted in due course.

GOLF - The Critchley Cup 2018 - Will take place on Saturday 7th July at Seascale Golf Club. Please click here for further details or contact Michael Coffey ( or Tom Wright (

Dinners & Gatherings 2018 - There will be a Shenzhen Dinner (Friday 26th Jan), Hong Kong Dinner (Sat 27th Jan), Vancouver Dinner (Sat 3rd March) and a Singapore Lunch (Sat 24th March). Click here for further details.

Great News!!! - School to Re-open in 2018......
Press Release from The Trustees of St Bees School announcing the re-opening of the school in September 2018. Please click for Word or PDF version.


Click here to view.