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OWBA Sports: Saturday 8th September

All are welcome to join us for a day of sporting rivalry, competing in shooting, Rugby, Girls Hockey and Netball for the honour of The Loving Cup..

Please do get in touch if you would like to compete.








We would also love to see a big crowd of spectators cheering on the teams, Parents, Alumni and friends are all welcome to sample the delights of the bar and BBQ!

The schedule is as follows….


11am- 12pm Girl’s Hockey Astro
1pm BBQ Marquee
1pm AGM PE Classroom in the JESC
2pm Shooting Albert Beer Range
2pm Netball Front Courts
2.30pm Rugby 1st Team Pitch
4pm Presidents reception & Loving Cup Marquee

Notice of AGM : Saturday September 8th at 1pm

We do hope that you can join us for the OWBA AGM on Saturday 8th September from 1pm.


Agenda to be published shortly.

Last year’s minutes can be found HERE

OWBA 1980’s Reunion: 23rd June 2018

We do hope that you can join us for the OWBA 1980’s Reunion on Saturday 23rd June













Tickets can be booked by calling the office on 01598 760188 or emailing [email protected]

Alternatively bookings are being taken online


Those who have booked so far include:

David Clark 69-03S
Robert Wheeler 80-86F
Anne Ohlmann Fuchs 83-85F
Sarah Kennedy Johnson 80-84C
Tracey Powell Ploughman 80-85C
Helen Berry 83-14S
Paul Berry 77-01S
Michael Dinning 79-85C
Helen Dinning
Matthew Semple 75-85G
Emma Simpkins 83-85F
Shaun Trevisick 76-84G
John Whitfield 79-07S
Jeremy Allcock 74-86F
Wakefield Morys-Carter 82-86B (plus 1)
Lesley Parkin 82-88F (plus 1)
Philip Brewer 79-86G
Jon Bassett 78-85C (plus 1)
Ida Lam 84-89C
Jeremy Mills 75-84B
Neil Wilson 76-84B
Andrew Brooks 77-84C
Dave Wolfenden 76-83G (plus 1)
Ruan Peat Walsh 84-88C (plus 1)
Kevan Cornfield 79-87G
Mark Cornfield 77-85G
Jonathan Mair 79-86G
Chris Ponder 73-12S
Ashley Wheaton 79-86F
Michael Downward 79-97S
Karin Lang Blomfield 84-86F (plus 1)
Stuart Smith 73-80G
Sean Aspey 79-86B
Tom Booth 78-86C
Martin Barwise 83-90B
Stuart Morris 80-85C
Andrew Gray 77-86B
Ian Blewett 72-77G
Susan Huxtable-Selly 79-84S
Jawed Khan 83-86G (plus 2)
Uyiosa Omoregie 83-87C
Angela Avens 63-95S
John Avens 62-94S
Suzy Conchie Maskell 80-84G
Dan Tredant 76-85G
Javed Khamisani 77-80F
Junaid Khamisani 77-80F (plus 5)
Robert Clarke 78-S
Sarah O’Connor Balsillie 81-84B
Rob Hitchins 78-88G
Jeng Tumogi
David Chittock (77-84C)
Farham Shams (84-88B)
Vicky Ryce (85-90B)

Registration is Now Open for The Exmoor 2018: Tuesday 27th March

Registration is now open for reputedly, the longest school cross-country run in the country.

Open to OWB’s, Parents & WBS Supporters, all are welcome to join in this annual school event which this year will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018
The Senior Boys’ Run consists of a walk of eight miles to the start and a run of ten miles back to School.
The Senior Girls’ Run is a walk of six miles and a run of seven and a half miles back to WBS.
There will be transport available to The Poltimore Arms at Yarde Down for competitors who wish to run but would prefer not walk out.
The entry fee is £15 (to include refreshments in the JESC, a packed lunch and glass of wine on completion). All proceeds to the West Buckland Foundation Bursary Fund
Download the entry form
For more information or to enter please contact OWBA/Foundation Office 01598 760188/ [email protected]

Good luck!

Inauguration of new OWBA President

The inauguration of the new OWBA President, Ian Blewett (72-77G) took place on Saturday 9th September, following an afternoon full of OWBA sporting fixtures and presentation of the much coveted, Loving Cup.














Ian takes over from Jamie Conchie (69-76G) who has completed a highly successful two year term of office.

Of Ian’s appointment Jamie said:

After my 2 years as President of the OWBA I‘m delighted to pass the reins over to our Vice President and my old school contemporary, Ian Blewett who I know is very well placed to continue the momentum of the Association and all its initiatives & responsibilities. Best wishes to him and our incoming Vice President Stuart Smith for a happy and progressive term at the helm’.

Ian was no less complimentary:

“I am looking forward to building on the already impressive progress of my predecessor and his team


OWBA Sports Weekend

Not even the torrential weather could dampen the superb sporting spirit on display during the OWBA sporting weekend.




























A huge thank you to everyone who participated and to the fantastic supporters who joined us.



























Special thanks to Richard Heywood and Christian Engelking for these photos.
























Full reports to follow………..

Brian Aldiss OBE (39-43F)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Vice-President Brian Aldiss, the day after celebrating his 92nd birthday.














Brian was in Fortescue House from 1939-1943 and it was here that he discovered and nurtured his passion for writing.  A prolific writer and brilliant inspiration in the genre of science fiction, Brian remained, throughout his life, an active supporter of West Buckland School and a note of his last year at the school concluded: ‘I doubt if any of us who shared that particular Sixth will ever forget how much we laughed then.’

Brian and his family have remained close to the school ever since and we will find a suitable way to remember him later in the term.

Please see below a press release produced by his family:

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Brian Wilson Aldiss O.B.E. author, artist and poet, at his home in Oxford in the early hours of Saturday 19th August 2017, aged 92.

Author of British science fiction classics Non-stop, Hothouse and Greybeard, Aldiss’s writing spanned genres and generations, bridging the gap between classic ‘science fiction’ and contemporary literature with his Helliconia Trilogy and Thomas Squire Quartet. Aldiss was also an entertaining memoirist, notably basing his Horatio Stubbs saga on his wartime adventures in Burma and the Far East, as well as the autobiography The Twinkling of an Eye.

A friend and drinking companion of Kingsley Amis and correspondent with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Aldiss was a founding member of the Groucho Club in London and a judge on the 1981 Booker Prize. Awarded the Hugo Award for Science Fiction in 1962 and the Nebula Award in 1965, Aldiss’s writings were well received by the critics and earned a strong following in the United States and in Britain as well as being widely translated into foreign languages.  In later years his cultured world view and enduring curiosity found expression in the novels Harm and The Finches of Mars, dealing with the contradictions of the war against terror and the logistical difficulties of accommodating different terrestrial belief systems in space.

Among his considerable body of short fiction are the ‘Supertoys’ stories, adapted for film as A.I., on which Aldiss collaborated with Stanley Kubrick for over a decade before its completion by Steven Spielberg. His novel Frankenstein Unbound was made for screen by Roger Corman.

In 2000 Brian Aldiss was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Reading and received the title of Grandmaster from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for services to Literature with the O.B.E. in the 2005 Birthday Honours list.

In Service News

Every year we see a selection of West Buckland students choosing a career in the Armed Services.

Find out more about their stories HERE

Rev Chris Willis (77-92S)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Rev Chris Willis (77-92S) who passed away last week.

Chris was a stalwart of the local community having married and christened many Alumni.

He was also a great supporter of West Buckland School and OWBA events.

He will be missed by many.

We have received many messages of condolence and a full tribute to Chris will be included in the Summer edition of the Buckland Brief.

As requested by so many Alumni, here are the details of the Thanksgiving Service.


Rev Chris Willis - Exmoor Run 2016 - Copy


Willis Reverend Christopher Charles Billopp passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital on 24th January 2017, aged 84 years.

Beloved husband of the late Sylvia. Much loved father of Alistair and Helen and grandfather of Henry, George, Oscar and Lilly. A life dedicated to the community.

A private cremation service will be followed by a public service of thanksgiving, which will take place at St. Hieritha’s Church, Chittlehampton on Tuesday 7th February at 2.30pm.

There is a bring and share tea and food afterwards in the village hall.

Arrive early as parking could be some distance from the church.

No black please. No flowers please but donations in his memory will go to The Calvert Trust, Exmoor and Go North Devon, at the service or care of J. Westacott & Son Funeral Services, 2a West Street, South Molton, EX36 4DG.


: Proposed Karslake Hall Refurbishment and Consultation Day


Please see below, the proposed refurbishment plans for the Karslake Hall.





Parents and Alumni are cordially invited to a Consultation Day on Tuesday 13th December 2016 in Karslake Hall between 1400 hrs and 1700 hrs. There will be an opportunity to view the plans and speak with the designers.

The Headmaster, Bursar and Governors will also be present throughout the afternoon.

If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to share your views by writing to us at the Bursary, or, electronically by using the following email address: [email protected] 


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