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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,

OWBA Sports Weekend

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

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,

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

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.                

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

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.

 

Scores;

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.

Reserves.

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]

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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

Bisley

 

Wednesday 17th October- Sunday 21st October 2018

Trip to the Battlefields (approx. £400)

 

We hope to see you soon!

 

 

Speech Day Afternoon Programme

We do hope you can join us at Speech Day this Saturday. Patron’s Coffee will take place from 9am in the 150 building followed by Prize Giving in the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre at 10.15am.

In the afternoon, the whole School Community is warmly invited to join us for the Parents’ Association Summer Fete starting at 1pm. The day will also play host to traditional friendly sporting rivalry, where WBS competes against the OWBA for the honour of winning The Loving Cup.

 

 

The OWBA AGM  takes place from 4pm in the PE Classroom of the JESC followed by the President’s Reception and presentations in the Marquee next to the cricket pavilion.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

 

 

OWBA Cricket Details

We have had a brilliant response to our call out for players and we are delighted that you have agreed to represent the OWBA in the match on Speech Day. We anticipate it will be 40-45 Overs.

 

 

Here is a list of all those who have expressed an interest to date:

Ieuan Davies (02-09B)

Melvyn Gale (81-84F)

Joe Hastie (09-16G)

Henry Haydon (97-06B)

Simon Jennings (03-10B)

Javaid Khamisani (77-80F)

Will Martin (08-11F)

Rolf Merchant (05-10G)

Paul Pigden (65-70F)

Mike Platts-Martin (09-11C)

Henry Platts-Martin (08-13C)

Will Popplewell (01-10G)

Jamie Ralph (02-13B)

Ed Reader (05-12G)

Rhys Williams (03-10G)

Bernie Wilson (60-66B)

 

Please could you confirm that you are still available to play?  

If so, you are all really welcome to join us for lunch from 12.15pm after which we will gather at the Pavillion for 1.15pm, prior to making a start at 2pm.

 

Cricket tea is served in the Marquee and it would be great to see you after the match for a couple of well-earned beers!

 

Very best wishes

Monica