Archive for OWBA News

OWBA Birmingham Reunion: Thursday 8th November

If you live, work or study in the Midlands, we would love to see you at the OWBA Birmingham Reunion on Thursday 8th November.
















Join us at the Old Joint Stock from 6pm, for a couple drinks and a catch up with Alumni, old and new.

Let us know by email if you plan to come.

Those who have expressed an interest so far include:



Amanda Reynolds

Monica Carter-Burns

Lucy Lancaster

Chris Ponder (17-12S)

Oscar Carter-Burns (12-17F)

Katie Hevingham (10-17B)

Issy Brown (06-15F)

Ethan Cobb (12-18F)

Georgina Crosbie (09-18F)

Nick Loat  (08-17C)

Mercedes Cooling (98-12F)

Luke Templeman (11-13G)


Celebration of Farming : Friday 7th September













Dear Member of the West Buckland School Community


A Celebration of Farming – Friday 7th September 2018


We are delighted to invite you to an evening here at West Buckland School to celebrate the links that the school has with the local farming community and the contribution you all make to the life of the School.  We do hope that you will be keen to gather your farming friends and family members to join us for what we are sure will be a lively and sociable evening.


We are thrilled to confirm that Dr Sean Beer will be our guest speaker.  Sean is currently Senior Lecturer in Agriculture at Bournemouth University, a Nuffield Scholar and advocate for British food, farming and the countryside.  He attended West Buckland School in the early 1980’s. His late father, Albert Beer, was also educated at WBS. Albert went on to a distinguished career internationally and locally, working passionately on campaigns related to food, farming and the countryside.


The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.00pm in the 150 Building, with a three-course meal served in the Karslake Hall at 7.45pm followed by short speeches.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.


Tickets are £20 per person and £10 for current sixth formers and undergraduates.  Please book your tickets by Friday 24th August – places are limited so please do book as soon as possible with the Foundation Office.  Please return the reply slip in the enclosed pre-paid envelope or email [email protected] to confirm your place.



Yours faithfully




BILL GEEN                                                                                          IAN  BLEWETT

Chairman of Trustees                                                                         President

West Buckland School Foundation                                                    OWBA


West Buckland School Calendars

The Sixth Form Charities Committee are delighted to announce that their 2018 calendars now available to buy.











The calendars, which cost £5, are being sold to raise money for this year’s chosen charity, Everything Ellie and the committee hope that the proceeds of the calendar sale, along with a number of other fund raising initiatives will help the charity get closer to their aim of buying a log cabin in North Devon so families with terminally ill children can enjoy breaks and precious quality time together.

The calendars will be available from the front office and will also be on sale at some of the events taking place before the end of term including the Jazz Night and Carol Service.

If you would like to have one delivered, please contact [email protected]


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


Introducing Amanda Reynolds, Foundation Manager

West Buckland School this term welcomes Amanda Reynolds as Foundation Manager.



Amanda was previously Business Manager at Shearwell Data, based on Exmoor, and has previous experience in fundraising, press and public relations.

West Buckland School Foundation’s Bursary programme changes lives and shapes futures.  Each year, bursaries are awarded to Year 7 pupils from the local area whose families are not in a position to afford school fees and who have an educational need e.g. academic, sports, artistic or musical.

One of the bursaries will be awarded to a child whose parents derive their main income from, or in connection with, the rural economy and live within the North Devon Council area or Exmoor National Park, excluding town council areas.  In addition, the Bursary Programme also offers fully-funded bursaries for the Sixth Form.

Amanda is extremely excited about the role of Foundation Manager. “I am delighted to be taking on this very important role and am looking forward to the vital task in generating income for West Buckland’s Bursary Fund. West Buckland was built on philanthropy and has been supported throughout the generations by OWBAs, parents and the wider community.  The Foundation is a hub for alumni and development and plays an extremely important role providing funds for bursaries and capital projects, neither of which can be funded through fee income alone.”

Amanda lives in Tiverton with her teenage son and has two older daughters who have flown the nest.  Her hobbies include racing vintage cars, painting seascapes and watching her son play cricket.

For further details about the Foundation’s Bursary programme, please contact the Foundation office (01598) 760164.

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

WBS VIII v OWBA VIII. Shooting Match Report: Derek Holt Memorial Trophy 2017

WBS VIII v OWBA VIII. Shooting Match Report: Derek Holt Memorial Trophy 2017


The Veterans rifle club met at the armoury on Saturday morning to dust off our weapons and get some much needed practice in before going to Bisley again next week.


The Crowl – Langley range had been trimmed and strimmed and I think prize-giving had finished before we started. I haven’t had any complaints about noise, yet. Dennis Morgan, for many years our SSI at school, was making a bit of a splash with his Chelsea Pensioners uniform ( Scarlet and Shako.) on and it was a pleasure to see him again. At 1400hrs we moved down to the Albert Beer indoor range to compete against the School VIII for the Derek Holt memorial trophy.




Wakefield Morris-Carter and Hendrick Coombs (Cpt.) shot first against Amy Brown (Cpt.) and Isla Howells and put the OWBA in front with a thirty point lead. Mike Baggs and Pete Delbridge went next against James Mathews and Aidan Becklake. Mike and James shot the joint highest score for the day with 97/125. Mike has just realised that reading glasses work with really well gun-sights, so he borrowed mine, which could explain some of the discrepancies in my adding up. Pete admitted that he generally uses a shotgun and his grouping target certainly proved that. The veterans still lead but only just. Harry Edgells and Ruan Pring went down next against Patrick Clifton and Sophie Hide. Unfortunately, Ruan shot at five different targets in his grouping section but their combined tally of 162 to Patrick and Sophies’ 157 opened the scoreboard up slightly in our favour. In the last detail Lewis Pring and Simon Holt racked up a very good 173 for the veterans, which proved unbeatable. Two of the school team were now fielding in the cricket and unable to join us but Isaac Tredant and Charlie Haines were found lurking near the range and press ganged into service. They saved the day for the school VIII with a combined score of 107, but the OWBA won the overall competition with a final score of 656 to the schools’ 569.





Four reserves shot for the OWBA. Terry Curtayne scored an excellent 85, Megan Morris-Carter scored 67, Richard Edgells racked up 45 and Chris Clifton scored 80.

James Mathews shot the highest score of the day for WBS and kept the Ludlow Gillies trophy again.

Many thanks to Major Dave Price who organised everything and better luck next time.

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who turned up to compete.

On behalf of everyone in the WBSVRC I would like to say a huge thank you to Jaimie Conchie and the OWBA for presenting us with our new ‘mobile HQ’. If we can get it to Bisley we will erect it with delight.



OWBA.                                                              WBS.

Wakefield Morris-Carter.     88.              Amy Brown. (CPt).       81.

Hendrick Coombs. (Cpt.).    74.             Isla Howells.                 51.

Peter Delbridge.                     62.           James Mathews.            97.  LG trophy.

Mike Baggs.                           97.             Aidan Becklake.            76.

Harry Edgells.                         80.              Patrick Clifton.            77.

Ruan Pring.                             82.              Sophie Hide.                80.

Lewis Pring.                           87.             Isaac Tredant.               54.

Simon Holt.                             86.            Charlie Haines.              53.


Totals.                                   656.                                                   569.


Terry Curtayne.                   85.          Chris Clifton. (Staff.).          80.

Megan Morris-Carter.         67.

Richard Edgells.                   45.



Chris Wilson. (Chairman, WBSVRC.).


Chris Wilson. (Chairman, WBSVRC.).


Events Calendar 2017-2018

We hope you can join us at any of the following events coming up in our events calendar.

To book your place call 01598 760188

or email [email protected]


Friday 8th September

OWBA Phoenix Society Debate and Dinner (£10)


Saturday 9th September

OWBA Sports


Saturday 21st October

Thailand Reunion, Royal Bangkok Sports Club (Polo Club)


Thursday 9th November from 6pm

OWBA Bristol Reunion at The Pitcher and Piano


Saturday 18th November

Tom Hitchins’ Lunch

Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth (£28)


Friday 8th December

Jazz Night, High Bullen (£25)

Thursday 22nd February

Chartered Surveyors’ Dinner at WBS



Tuesday 27th March

The Exmoor (£15)


Thursday 26th April

OWBA Golf Day

Ellesborough Golf Club, Buckinghamshire

Thursday 10th May

OWBA Reading Reunion


Wednesday 20th June

Adventure Society Supper


Saturday 23rd June

OWBA Sports and 1980’s Reunion


Saturday 23rd June

Mozart’s Requiem in Exeter Cathedral


Thursday 12th July



Wednesday 17th October- Sunday 21st October 2018

Trip to the Battlefields (approx. £400)


We hope to see you soon!



OWBA AGM: 1st July

All are welcome to join us in the PE Classroom of the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre from 4pm for the OWBA AGM

Please find the agenda and last year’s minutes below..

OWBA AGM Agenda 1st July 2017

Minutes of the OWBA AGM 11.9.16


Following the AGM,the pleasure of your company is requested at the President’s Reception in the marquee from 5pm onwards.