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West Buckland School Calendars

The Sixth Form Charities Committee are delighted to announce that their 2018 calendars now available to buy.   The calendars, which will cost £5, are being sold to raise money

OWBA Thai Reunion

There is a truly special relationship between West Buckland School and Thailand which has been cultivated  over generations. It was lovely to see so many people at the Thai reunion

Who is Coming to Bristol? Thursday 9th November

Thursday 9th November 2017 OWBA Bristol Reunion Pitcher & Piano, V Shed, Cannons Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH                          

Chartered Surveyors’ Dinner: Thursday 28th June

West Buckland School has a longstanding and warm affiliation with Chartered Surveying, which is still going strong today. We would therefore be delighted if you would join us for the

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,

West Buckland School Calendars

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

 

The calendars, which will cost £5, are being sold to raise money for this year’s chose 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]

 

OWBA Thai Reunion

There is a truly special relationship between West Buckland School and Thailand which has been cultivated  over generations. It was lovely to see so many people at the Thai reunion in October. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and friendship….

 

Who is Coming to Bristol? Thursday 9th November

Thursday 9th November 2017

OWBA Bristol Reunion

Pitcher & Piano, V Shed, Cannons Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first regional reunion will be held in Bristol, where we return for a third time, at the Pitcher & Piano from 6-9pm. All are most welcome to attend and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles.

Those hoping to join us so far include:

Ian Blewett 72-77G
James Blewett 07-12G
Abi Blewett 07-12G
Nick Brookbank 86-96C
Graham Coton 72-79B
Helena Hills 99-05B
Giles Milner 90-94C
David Norfolk 60-67G
Chris Ponder 73-12S
Rachael Skellon 86-93G
Mike Tucker 72-15S
Ross Walker 87-94C
Maria Wiblin-Moreno 89-98C
Sam Wightman 57-63C
Bill Woodman 41-44C
Geoff Leather 58-65C
David Dadds 87-94C
Anson Tai 13-17G
Paul Berry 77-01S
Helen Berry 83-14S
Alastair Jack 88-95F
Caroline Bromley 86-91F
James Knight 03-10G
Jake Bright 04-08F
Jon Nutt 87-95G
Barnaby Newell 98-05C
Harry Cobby 08-15G
Ed Smaldon 99-14F
Chester Williams 06-15C
Robert Fox 96-06F
Gary MacAlister 91-97B

 

 

 

To assist with catering please confirm your attendance.

RSVP to the OWBA office 01598 760188; [email protected] or reserve online

 

Chartered Surveyors’ Dinner: Thursday 28th June

West Buckland School has a longstanding and warm affiliation with Chartered Surveying, which is still going strong today.

We would therefore be delighted if you would join us for the biennial Chartered Surveyors’ Dinner at West Buckland School on Thursday 28th June 2018.

 

 

Please note this is a change from the advertised date which many of you who wished to attend were sadly unable to make.

The ticket price of £25 per person, includes a three course meal.

Register your interest by contacting Monica Carter-Burns on 01598 760188 or by email [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

 

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………..

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.

OWBA Bristol Reunion

Thursday 9th November 2017

OWBA Bristol Reunion

Pitcher & Piano, V Shed, Cannons Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH

 

 

Our first regional reunion will be held in Bristol, where we return for a third time, at the Pitcher & Piano from 6-9pm. All are most welcome to attend and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles.

 

To assist with catering please confirm your attendance.

RSVP to the OWBA office 01598 760188; [email protected] or reserve online

 

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