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Looking Forward to the Oxford Reunion Tomorrow

We are looking forward to the OWBA Oxford Reunion tomorrow. The reunion will take place at The Eagle and Child, 49 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU from 6pm-9pm. The Eagle

1960’s Exmoor Reunion

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

Joining Instructions for The Exmoor Run – 23rd March 2017

We hope the training regime is going well for the Exmoor Run on Thursday 23rd March. Here is some key info to help you plan your day.. Registration Depart from

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

OWBA Oxford Reunion – Thursday 20th April

We look forward to welcoming you for complimentary drinks and nibbles at the historic Eagle and Child in St. Giles, Oxford.     To assist with catering please RSVP [email protected]

Looking Forward to the Oxford Reunion Tomorrow

We are looking forward to the OWBA Oxford Reunion tomorrow.
The reunion will take place at The Eagle and Child, 49 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU from 6pm-9pm.
The Eagle and Child is just 10 minutes walk from Oxford Station and there is Pay and Display on street parking available outside the building.
Those joining us so far include:
Wakefield Carter 82-86B
Monica Carter-Burns
Jamie Conchie 69-76G
Kevin Cox 73-80F
Brian Gilmour 60-67B
Beth Keech 00-16C
Louisa Keech 98-13C
Timi Olasope 14-16G
Christopher Underwood 01-11C
Mike Tucker 72-15S
Kevin Underwood 72-74C
Paul Walter 70-77B
If you live work or indeed study in Oxford or the surrounding area, we would love to see you.
Please do drop in and say “hello”!

1960’s Exmoor Reunion

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)

 

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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
Arran Lady  
Avens Angela 63-95S
Avens John 62-69S
Bayles Geoff 52-58C
Bayles Mia  
Carter-Burns Monica  
Cooper Robert 57-64B
Clark David 69-03S
Clark Helen 70-03S
Courtenay Llew 52-61F
Cummins David 40-50G
Cummins Mary  
Davies Stephen 57-63B
Dennis Nick 56-61B
Ferguson John 50-54F
Ferguson Sue  
Flook Martin 59-62C
Flook Jean  
Folkman Peter 56-63B
Folkman Judy  
Geen Bill 64-69F
Fry John 59-62C
Pollard Sue 03-13S
Hannaford Mike 56-64F
Harrison Graham 59-66C
Harrison Cilla  
Hart Richard 56-63F
Hawke Rodney 56-61C
Hawke Carol  
Hick Michael 55-58B
Hick Mary-Lu  
Jenkins James 59-64C
Kingdon Neil 66-75C
Kingdon Julie  
Lancaster Lucy  
Light John  
Loweth Robin 55-61G
Norfolk David 66-67G
Oldreive Duncan 60-69C
Parker Alan 60-65G
Phillips Chris 60-67C
Phillips Lesley  
Philp Jeremy 59-62B
Prosser Myron 58-63C
Prosser Diane  
Seabrook Tom 57-62G
Seddon Tim 58-62C
Seddon Jill  
Spry David 58-63C
Stanbury Charles 60-67C
Stanbury Jane  
Stapleton Phillip 16-S
Stapleton Jules 16-S
Wightman Sam 57-63C

 

 

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

 

Joining Instructions for The Exmoor Run – 23rd March 2017

We hope the training regime is going well for the Exmoor Run on Thursday 23rd March.

Here is some key info to help you plan your day..

Registration Depart from WBS

 

Races Start Times
Walking out: 8.40-9.25am

 

Bussing out: 10.00 -11.20am

Walking out: 9.40 am (Snr Boys) or 9.50am (Snr Girls).

Bussing out: 11.30 am

(Coach A)

Senior Boys : 12.50pm

(10.3 miles approx.)

Senior Girls: 1.10pm

(7.3 miles approx.)

Closing date for entry: Whilst there is no official closing date for entry, if you are looking to take part, it would be extremely helpful if we could receive your entry form and payment before Monday 20th March.

This will enable us to plan for catering and transport etc.

Payment: The entry fee is £15 (to include refreshments in the JESC, a packed lunch and glass of wine on completion!)

 

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the attached form and return it with a £15 cheque (made payable to West Buckland School Foundation) to:

Monica Carter-Burns, OWBA/Foundation Office,

West Buckland School,

Barnstaple,

Devon,

EX32 0SX

Alternatively, you are welcome to make payment via BACS & email the entry form to [email protected]

Bank: Clydesdale Bank, 5 Northgate St, Gloucester GL1 2AH

Sort Code: 82-64-23

Account No: 70025785

(Please include the reference, RUN followed by your name)

Programme:

The school will be assembled in the Sports Hall from 8.45am for the ‘Exmoor Assembly’. You are most welcome to join them on the gallery above the Sports Hall.

Adult changing facilities can be found in School House

Refreshments will be available in the Club Room once you have registered prior to your departure, either by foot or bus.

Walking Out: Please register by 9.25am to be ready to walk out at 9.40 am (Snr Boys) or 9.50am (Snr Girls).

Bussing Out: Please ensure you are on COACH A by 11.30am ready to be bussed out to The Poltimore Arms where we shall met the other runners.

At approximately 12.40pm the coach sets off to Kingsford Gate (Snr Boys’ start). Those competing in the Senior Boys race are welcome to join the school on the walk up to the start or to use the transport provided. The Senior Boys’ race will start at approximately 12.50pm

The bus will then continue on to North Radworthy (Snr Girls’ Start). The Senior Girls’ Race will start at approximately 1.10pm

Walking: Those wishing to walk The Exmoor will be restricted to the Senior Girls’ course for safety reasons. No dogs are permitted to accompany entrants.

All entrants must wear suitable clothing and footwear and are encouraged to drink water at every opportunity. Any injuries are to be reported to a WBS marshall.  At regular points along the course, transport will be available back to the school for the convenience of those not wishing to complete the run.

At the start of both the Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ Runs, you will be able to hand your belongings to a member of staff who will return them to the reception desk of the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre where they will be available for collection.

Following the run all entrants are welcome to join us for refreshments in the Club Room of the Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre and the presentation ceremony in the Sports Hall.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email [email protected] and I shall be happy to help.

We hope it will be a memorable day for you all!

Download the Entry Form HERE

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WALK OUT ROUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck!

Monica

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.

 

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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.

 

OWBA Oxford Reunion – Thursday 20th April

We look forward to welcoming you for complimentary drinks and nibbles at the historic Eagle and Child in St. Giles, Oxford.

 

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To assist with catering please RSVP [email protected]

OWBA Golf Day – Thursday 27th April

Following a very successful day in 2016 Mike Hannaford (56- 64F) has kindly agreed to organise another OWBA Golf Day.

Regulars and new players are always welcome!

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“A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all…..

I am arranging another OWBA Golf Day at Ellesborough Golf Club in April. As a reminder, Ellesborough is located near Wendover and the course is set in the Chiltern countryside with the first 9 holes located on the old Chequers Estate.

The date will be Thursday, April 27th and the format will be the same as last year, ie golfers playing a 3-ball with full handicap allowance.

This year we are asked to start earlier due to some changes in roll up times. Our first tee will be 0845 onwards followed by a two course lunch at approx 1430 together with those Old Boys who will be joining us just for the meal. Bacon rolls and coffee will be served from 0800 in the Clubhouse.

I realise this is an early start but I hope it doesn’t put you off coming!

If anyone would like some help with accommodation suggestions the night before, please let me know. There are numerous hotels or Pubs with rooms in the area.

The costs this year will be £65 for golfers, £22.00 for those joining just for lunch. Keeping the cost the same for the third year running just has not been possible regretfully.

I will be sending details nearer the time but I would appreciate you letting me know if you are definitely able to come. Early indications help enormously with the planning, as I am sure you understand.
The details of Ellesborough Golf Club can be found as below:
http://www.ellesboroughgolf.co.uk/

So, whether you are playing or coming for lunch, I hope to see you at Ellesborough in April…..

Kind regards
Mike”

 

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!

 

Robert Cooper 57-64B
Nick Dennis 56-61B
Peter Folkman 56-63B
John Fry 59-62C
Bill Geen 64-69F
Derek Gilchrist 55-60G
Mike Hannaford 56-64F
Graham Harrison 59-66C
Richard Hart 56-63F
Rodney Hawke 56-61C
James Jenkins 59-64C
Neil Kingdon 66-75C
David James Norfolk 66-67G
Duncan Oldreive 60-69C
Alan Parker 60-65G
Chris Phillips 60-67C
Jeremy Philp 59-62B
Myron Prosser 58-63C
Tom Seabrook 57-62G
Tim Seddon 58-62C
Charles Stanbury 60-67C
Peter Swaine 60-68B
Sam Wightman 57-63C
Jeremy Wills 61-66F
John Wills 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.

 

 

 

Registration is now open of The Exmoor Run – 23rd March 2017

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

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Open to OWB’s, Parents & Supporters all are welcome to join in this annual school event, which this year will be on Thursday 23rd March.

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)

Download the Entry Form HERE

For more information or to enter please contact OWBA/Foundation Office 01598 760188/ [email protected]

OWBA Cardiff Reunion: 23rd February 2017

Barocco on Wharton St is the setting for the OWBA’s first regional reunion of 2017.

 

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Join us for complimentary drinks and nibbles from 6pm onwards.

To assist with catering please RSVP [email protected] or register HERE

Office Opening Times over the Christmas Period

The OWBA/Foundation office will close on Wednesday 21st December and re-open on Wednesday 4th January. We wish all our Alumni and supporters a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see you in 2017.

Best wishes

Val, Monica & Beth

 

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