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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

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

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

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.

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

 

Adventure Society Supper: 21st June

 

Join us for our annual Adventure Society Supper

June 21st 2017, 7.00pm–9.00pm

£7.00 for adults to include a light curry supper and a glass of wine. Please pay on the day.

NICK THORN

9 x British Surf Iron Man & long distance swimmer, SUP paddler & charity fundraiser

Nick Thorn has experienced a wide variety of adventures at home and abroad. He has swum to Lundy Island, competed in extreme environments, and patrolled beaches all over the world as a professional beach lifeguard. But, most important of all, he keeps our pupils safe during the Adventure Society beach activities. Nick will encourage pupils to have their own adventures in the South West, encouraging them to learn the skills they need to keep themselves and their buddies safe.

 

 

 

NATALIE CORDON

A leap of Faith

Nat has been paddling extreme rivers at home and abroad for the last 6 years. Her quest for adventure has taken her to South America, India, and all over Europe but also to Scotland and Devon! Although paddle sports can be extreme, Nat is a great advocate of ‘doorstep adventures’ and aims to inspire our young adventurers to take up paddle sports in the South West and to explore this unique part of the world

 

 RICHARD HATHWAY

Trekking all over the world

Richard Hathway, as an aspirant International Mountain Leader, will aim to inspire young people that they have a world of non-technical walking at their feet. He has trekked and led groups all over the world and will give you a taste of adventure, including exploring national parks in America, Europe, Australia and taking the train from St Petersburg to Tibet and then walking to Everest Base Camp

 

Programme of events:

7.00        Introduction by R Hathway and summary of Adventure Society activities this year.

7.10        Ten Tors team leaders’ review

7.15        Headmaster gives thanks.

7.20        Supper

7.40        Guest Speaker – Nick Thorn

8.00        Guest Speaker – Natalie Cordon

8.20        Guest Speaker – Richard Hathway

8.40        Thank you / Raffle for school charity.

 

There will be a raffle to raise funds to help to purchase specialist equipment needed for adventurous activities. We are currently raising money to buy a new base camp tent.

Contact [email protected].com to reserve your ticket

 

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.

Speech Day and call for OWBA Sports – Saturday 1st July

Speech Day:  1st July:

In a break with tradition, this year’s Speech Day will take place on Saturday 1st July. All are welcome join us in the afternoon for OWBA Sports and the Parents’ Association Fete. It promises to be a great day!

 

 

The OWBA AGM will take place from 4-5pm followed by the President’s Reception in the new marquee. Here is a plan of what the afternoon has in store:

Time Event Location
13.00pm Parents’ Association Summer Fete  
2pm OWBA Cricket 1st Team Cricket Pitch
2pm OWBA Basketball Old Gym
2.30pm OWBA Tennis  
2.30 pm OWBA Shooting  
2.30pm OWBA BBQ Cricket Pavillion
4pm-5pm OWBA AGM JESC PE Classroom
5pm -7pm OWBA President’s Reception Marquee

If you would like to participate in any of the sports on offer, please email [email protected]

1960s Exmoor Reunion – Save the Date!

1960s Exmoor Reunion – Update!

 

Some of you will have received my email of a few weeks ago alerting you to a 1960s Exmoor Reunion proposed by Mark ‘Sam’ Wightman (57-63 C). We have added more to the mailing list to try to capture as many old boys who were at West Buckland during this period as possible. We do not however have email addresses for everyone, so do let your peers know about it.

 

We very much hope that you will be able to attend this event, starting on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 with optional golf during the day and a dinner at School, followed on Thursday 23rd (if you are fool hardy enough) by an opportunity to run, or walk The Exmoor with the School. Or, alternatively, to sit in the Poltimore with a pint and relive those happy memories of the races of your youth… I have heard some fantastic stories in the process of talking to people about this event!

 

Despite trying (unsuccessfully) to shift the blame onto Mark, I did omit to include the information in my last email that wives and partners are of course very welcome to attend the meal and The Exmoor.

 

Below is the list of names of people who have registered with the office to date to participate in some or all of the event. Even if you have let Sam know you are intending to come, please do make sure you tell us too!

 

1 Dennis Nick 56-61B
2 Folkman Peter 56-63B
3 Geen Bill 64-69F
4 Hannaford Mike 56-64F
5 Hart Richard 56-63F
6 Hawke Rodney 56-61C
7 Hawke Carol  
8 Jenkins James 59-64C
9 Kingdon Neil 66-75C
10 Norfolk David James 66-67G
11 Oldreive Duncan 60-69C
12 Parker Alan 60-65G
13 Parker Susan  
14 Phillips Chris 60-67C
15 Philp Jeremy 59-62B
16 Prosser Myron 58-63C
17 Seabrook Tom 57-62G
18 Stanbury Charles 60-67C
19 Wightman Sam 57-63C
20 Wills Jeremy 61-66F
21 Wills John 56-62F

 

Programme

 

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Morning: Mike Hannaford (56-64 F) is leading on this, and Charles Stanbury (60-67 C) and Graham Harrison (59-66 C) have kindly booked golf at Saunton on the morning of 22nd. Their numbers currently stand at 10. We can put you in touch with the relevant parties if you are interested in joining them.

 

7.00pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks, The Michael Morpurgo Library

7.30pm: 3 Course Dinner & coffee in the Karslake

 

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – The Exmoor

Registration for walking out: 8.40-9.25am

Registration for bussing out: 10.00 – 11.20am

 

Races Start Times:

Senior Boys (10.3 miles approx.): 12.50pm

Senior Girls (7.3 miles approx.):  1.10pm

Junior Boys (5.1 miles approx.): 1.45pm

 

Tour of School before Prize Giving at 4pm

All will be welcome to join us for a tour of the School prior to the prize giving in the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre (timing tbc)

 

Cost:

Tickets for Dinner we estimate will be £25 per person, including drinks (awaiting confirmation from School caterers)

 

Entrance to walk or run The Exmoor is £15 per person (includes a packed lunch), with all proceeds going towards the West Buckland School Foundation Bursary Fund

 

We have negotiated a special corporate rate with Highbullen Hotel (www.highbullen.co.uk) of £99 B&B  per night based on single occupancy and £109 B&B per night based on double occupancy.

Please book directly with the hotel, quoting this rate and saying that you are with West Buckland School. T: 01769 540561, E: [email protected]

 

What to do next…

If you would like to register to attend any or all of the activities, please either email myself ([email protected]) or Monica Carter-Burns ([email protected]) or call the Office on 01598 760188.

 

We will confirm costs as soon as possible and ask you for payment by Friday 3rd March 2017.

 

We hope that you will join us to renew old acquaintanceships and relive old times at West Buckland School.

 

Best Wishes,

Valerie

We hope you can join us for the 1960’s Exmoor Reunion dinner on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 with optional golf during the day and drinks and dinner at School, followed on Thursday 23rd with an opportunity to run or walk The Exmoor with the School or indulge in the thirsty work of spectating at The Poltimore Arms….

 

                                                                 

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 (Golf and Dinner)

 

Golf

Morning: Mike Hannaford (56-64 F) is leading on this, and Charles Stanbury (60-67 C) and Graham Harrison (59-66 C) have kindly booked golf at Saunton on the morning of 22nd. We can put you in touch with the relevant parties if you are interested in joining them.

 

1960’s Exmoor Reunion Dinner

7.00pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks, The Michael Morpurgo Library

7.30pm: 3 Course Dinner & coffee in the Karslake

10.30pm: Carriages

 

Below is the list of names of people who have confirmed their attendance for dinner with the office to date. It is not too late if you would like to join us!

 

The Dress Code is Jacket and tie for men and smart attire for women.

 

Please do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we shall liaise with the kitchen.

 

Adams Nick 57-64G   Jenkins James 59-64C
Avens Angela 63-95S   Kingdon Neil 66-75C
Avens John 62-69S   Kingdon Julie  
Cooper Robert 57-64B   Loweth Robin 55-61G
Clark David 69-03S   Norfolk David 66-67G
Clark Helen 70-03S   Oldreive Duncan 60-69C
Cummins David 40-50G   Parker Alan 60-65G
Cummins Mary     Phillips Chris 60-67C
Davies Stephen 57-63B   Phillips Lesley  
Dennis Nick 56-61B   Philp Jeremy 59-62B
Ferguson John 50-54F   Prosser Myron 58-63C
Ferguson Sue     Prosser Diane  
Flook Martin 59-62C   Seabrook Tom 57-62G
Flook Jean     Seddon Tim 58-62C
Folkman Peter 56-63B   Seddon Jill  
Geen Bill 64-69F   Spry David 58-63C
Fry John 59-62C   Stanbury Charles 60-67C
Pollard Sue     Stanbury Jane  
Hannaford Mike 56-64F   Stapleton Philip 16-S
Harrison Graham 59-66C   Stapleton Jules 16-S
Harrison Cilla     Wightman Sam 57-63C
Hart Richard 56-63F   Light John  
Hawke Rodney 56-61C   Taylor Lesley  
Hawke Carol          

 

 

Taxi service from High Bullen Hotel

There are a few of you staying at High Bullen Hotel so we have made enquiries about booking a 8 seater taxi to take guests to the Reunion Dinner.

The cost would £75 for the round trip which could be shared between you and enable you to enjoy your evening and have a glass of wine!

Pick up from the Hotel would be at 6.15pm, returning at 10.30pm.

Please let us know if you would like to avail yourself of this service and we shall confirm the booking with South Molton Taxis.

 

Thursday 23rd March 2017 (The Exmoor)

 

Registration Races Start Times:

 

Walking out: 8.40-9.25am

Runners bussing out: 10.00 -11.20am

Spectating bus passengers 10.30-11.20am

Senior Boys (10.3 miles approx.): 12.50pm

Senior Girls (7.3 miles approx.):  1.10pm

 

 

Spectators:

For those of you who wish to enjoy the hospitality of The Poltimore Arms and rest a while there before returning, we have arranged for a 29 seater midi coach departing at 11.30am and returning to school at 1.50pm in time to see the finish.

 

There will not be charge for this service but a suggested £8 donation to the bursary fund would be welcome.

 

Those who have expressed an interest to date are: Robert Cooper, David and Mary Cummins, Stephen Davies, John and Sue Ferguson, Derek Gilchrist, Mike Hannaford, Richard Hart, James Jenkins, David Spry and Robin Loweth. Please do let us know if you too would like to join the Poltimore Bus and we can ensure that we have adequate seating.

 

Tour of School before Prize Giving at 4pm

All will be welcome to join us for a tour of the School prior to the prize giving in the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre. The tour will depart from the Foyer of the Jonathan Edwards Building at 3pm.

 

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If you would like to register to attend any or all of the activities, please either email Monica Carter-Burns on [email protected] or call the Office on 01598 760188.

 

Cost:

Thank you to everyone who has already made payment.

Tickets for Dinner will be £25 per person, including drinks

Entrance to walk or run The Exmoor is £15 per person (includes a packed lunch), with all proceeds going towards the West Buckland School Foundation Bursary Fund.

 

Please can all those who have registered pay to confirm their attendance by Friday 10th March.

Cheques should be made payable to West Buckland School Foundation

BACS payments can be made using the details below and the reference EXMOOR

West Buckland School Foundation

S/C: 82-64-23

Account No: 70025785

 

We have negotiated a special corporate rate with Highbullen Hotel (www.highbullen.co.uk) of £99 B&B per night based on single occupancy and £109 B&B per night based on double occupancy.

Please book directly with the hotel, quoting this rate and saying that you are with West Buckland School. T: 01769 540561, E: [email protected]

 

I do hope you have a wonderful time renewing old acquaintances and making new ones and I look forward to the pleasure of your company very soon.

 

Very best wishes

Monica