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Imran's Charity Challenge

Imran Tayabali FCA (LI 1989-94) will be cycling from Shelford to Southwold (c.90 miles) in memory of his father who died of Meningitis in 2008.

A Director of Chartered Accountants & Business Consultants Tayabali Tomlin & White, Imran will be taking on the challenge on Friday 8th July.

He commented: “This is an opportunity to raise money for Meningitis Now, a charity that supports those affected by the disease. If you feel able to make a donation it would be hugely appreciated.”

Click here make a donation or to read more.

And the winner is...

CufflinksThe winner of the 2015 Marlburian Club Magazine crossword prize is Jason James (C3 1978-82) and a pair of OM cufflinks is on the way to him.

You can read the 2015 edition of The Marlburian Club Magazine online by clicking here.

Charity Cricket Match

James Sennett (TU 2008-13) is organising a charity cricket match between an OM XI and a Sepsis Select XI for the UK Sepsis Trust.

James lost his father to septicaemia some 15 months ago and this match is taking place in his memory, to raise more awareness of the disease and to fund some money for the charity.

The 20/20 limited overs match will take place on the XI on Friday 10th June with play due to begin at 6.15pm. James was captain of the XI in 2013 and the OM side will be from his generation.

He said: “My father was a great sportsman and there was nothing more enjoyable for him than to take part in or watch cricket all around the world.

“This is an open invitation for anyone who would like to watch a good game of cricket on a hot (hopefully) summer evening with a glass of wine and to take part in raising some money for the UK Sepsis Trust in a happy environment.”

A BBQ and drinks will be provided with all support welcome, especially Old Marlburians!

Click here for the Just Giving page.

OMs return for Orchestral & Ensembles Concert

Several OMs returned to The Memorial Hall on Friday 20th May for the Orchestral & Ensembles Concert.

Tom Hooker (LI 2001-06) played the French horn whilst Joe Arkwright (SU 2010-15), Ellen Arkwright (MM 2007-12) were in the audience to witness their father, Alex (CR 1995-, pictured), conducting Brasser. Millie Ashworth (MO 2006-11), Tom Cayley (CO 2010-15) and Julia Mackie (née Daniels, B3 1978-80) were also present for what was a memorable and emotional evening.

Click here for a review of the event by Clare Toomer, Deputy Head of Music.

Gordon Hamilton-Fairley (CO 1946-48)

Gordon Hamilton-Fairley (CO 1946-48) is featured on the BBC Radio 4 'Great Lives' series.

He was a brilliant cancer specialist, the father of oncology in the UK. Then in 1975 he was killed by an IRA bomb intended for a politician who lived in his street.

Former editor of the Daily Telegraph Charles Moore chooses a man cut down in his prime. Please click here to listen.

'Salisbury in the Great War'

Neil Hall's (SU 1961-63) latest book 'Salisbury in the Great War' will soon be available.

Published by PEN and SWORD MILITARY (ISBN-10 1473843731) - you can pre-order here

Available from all good bookshops from Saturday 30th May. ‘The war invisibly regulated our lives’, commented a Salisbury resident when recalling the calamity known as the Great War.

Eventually, in 1918, the war ended. The people of Salisbury had adapted, endured and ‘done their bit’. Surely they believed this was the war to end all wars. Uniquely compiled from extensive archives, personal interviews and with striking images. This book unveils the minutiae of the Salisbury Home Front.

Work Experience at a Start-Up in Chelsea

The London Residents Club is offering work experience over the summer to any competent Marlburians out there.

Based off the Kings Road The London Residents Club rents out high end London properties on Airbnb. The role will include a lot of responsibility and the candidate will be plunged in at the deep end. There will be no tea making!

With plenty of opportunity for problem solving the candidate will be expected to think outside of the box to come up with innovative solutions. This is perfect for someone who wants to see how a small company is run or for someone who plans on setting up their own company in the future. Travel expenses and lunch will be paid at £15 a day and there will be some financial incentive.
Although initially a week long there is an opportunity to extend it up to a month plus.

If you would like to hear more please email Thomas Archer (C3 2002-07) at

Coffee Logs launched by Bio-Bean

Arthur Kay (PR 2004-09) is bio-bean's founder and CEO. In two years, he has grown the bio-bean team to 25 and built the world's first waste coffee recycling factory. He is now launching their latest product - Coffee Logs -  recycling coffee waste into biofuel you can use in the home.

Find out more about Bio Bean’s crowdfunding campaign - live until 23 May as part of #VOOM. They are exclusively accepting orders for Coffee Logs and a range of exciting rewards (free coffee, mugs, tickets and more!) via this campaign.

Coffee Logs are biomass briquettes that can be used in a wide range of appliances such as wood burning stoves, pizza ovens, BBQs, smokers, chimeneas or just on your open fire at home. When compared to conventional fuels, Coffee Logs are more sustainable, cheaper, hotter, burn for longer, and are sourced and manufactured from waste coffee grounds by bio-bean in the UK.
bio-¬bean works with coffee shops, office blocks, transport hubs, instant coffee factories, roasteries and waste management companies from all over the UK to collect tens of thousands of tonnes of waste coffee grounds and recycle them into a range of innovative biofuel products and can recycle 1 in 10 cups of coffee drunk in the UK. Click here to discover more.

Perdy North (NC 2005-10)

Perdy has moved to Italy and is currently studying Italian and History of Art in Florence with the British Institute of Florence.

Her course comes to an end in June and she is looking to stay in Italy to work in Milan or Rome. She is wondering whether there are any OMs with contacts in the regions to whom she could enquire about work placements.

If you can help Perdy, please contact the Marlburian Club via email.

Hawtreys Reunion in June

Were you at Hawtreys Prep School? Edward Harford, father of James (CO 1997-02), is organising an old boys’ reunion this summer.

The event will take place at Tottenham House on Friday 8th July with those interested in attending asked to get in touch via email here.

Watch Your Head Theatre Company

Watch Your Head is a theatre company set up by Sasha McMurray (LI 2005-07) and Sara Langridge (MO 2005-07). Following the success of their open air immersive A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park in 2015 they will return with an immersive As You Like It in 2016.

Watch Your Head aims to create exciting theatrical experiences, engaging as many people as possible with accessible and visually exciting versions of classic texts.

As a young, unsubsidised company with high production costs, the company relies on sponsorship and investment in order to get the shows up and running. Watch Your Head operate with the belief that while many people enjoy the arts, those who make a career out of it are often pitifully remunerated or not at all. The company aims to pay performers and creatives properly. Any support or interest in collaboration would be much appreciated.

Their website is  and tickets are available on their site.

OMs reminisce over City lunch

A gathering of ten Old Marlburians recently took place at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City. The lunch was organised by Adrian Platt (C2 1949-54), with the help of Michael Virtue (C2 1949-54), who is also a member at the venue.

Whilst some of them had been able to keep in touch, many had not seen each other for about 62 years! Despite that they enjoyed a very happy get together and found that they had so much in common even though their lives had taken different directions.

After much research, and help from the Marlburian Club, Adrian and Michael were able locate a good nucleus of old friends, even if sadly some friends were no longer with us. By coincidence the majority were from C2 with a number from Preshute. They are all keen to have another lunch in two years' time, particularly the Preshute contingent who hope to have more representatives, and hopefully some from other houses. 

Best wishes to Patrick Keightley (C2 1949-53) who had hoped to be there but was unwell and to David Slee (C2 1950-54), who was coming from Australia, broke his ankle and could not travel.

If anyone in this year range or close to it would like to be contacted for future lunches please get in touch.

From the left [in beard] Jimmy Doak (C2 1949-53), Robert Savory (C2 1949-53), Michael Virtue (C2 1949-54), Jeremy Coltart (PR 1949-54), John Labouchere (PR 1950-54), Muir Stratford (PR 1949-54), Ben Hopkinson (C2 1949-54), David Forster (C2 1949-53), Chris Bond (C2 1950-54), Adrian Platt (C2 1949-54).

Scotland In Union

Alastair Cameron (B2 1983-88) is living in Edinburgh and working as an independent management consultant. 

In addition to client work and family life, Alastair founded a non-party pro-UK movement, Scotland In Union in March 2015. The group promotes a positive view of Scotland within the UK, and seeks to counter the rise of nationalism in Scotland.

Alastair would welcome any interest and support from other OMs, in Scotland or elsewhere, and can be contacted via SIU's website.

North-East Dinner next week

Old Marlburians are invited to join Sir David and Lady Chapman for dinner with the Master and Emma Leigh, at The Northern Counties Club on Thursday 19th May.

This evening will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other OMs living in the area; to socialise, reminisce and hear from the Master about the latest news from the College. Previous such events have been a greBook Nowat success.

The evening will begin at 7.15pm with a drinks reception and the dress code is lounge suits. The cost of the evening is £35 to include a three course meal, wine, and coffee in addition to the drinks reception. To keep costs low, Sir David Chapman (LI 1955-59) is very kindly subsidising the evening. Guests are welcome. Please click here to book.

Players wanted for OM Lacrosse

A date has been confirmed for an OM Lacrosse match – with the call now out for players!

The fixture will take place at Marlborough on Prize Day, Saturday 28th May against the College.

Jen Cohen, Mistress in Charge of Lacrosse, said: “Over the years the College’s lacrosse program has expanded and we now have 6 teams representing Marlborough on a regular basis.

“Players have made county and regional teams during their time at Marlborough and some have even gone on to play for England and Scotland. This match is an opportunity for OMs to come back to the College and enjoy an afternoon playing lacrosse once again.”

If you would like to take part in the match then please send an email to Kate Goodwin, Alumni Relations Manager, here.

IICSA Statement

Marlborough College regards the protection and welfare of pupils as being of paramount importance.

The College acknowledges the crucial role played by staff in nourishing and supporting the personal, emotional and social growth of pupils, and the need for robust and clearly articulated systems for child protection and for pupil safeguarding within the College environment.

Marlborough College commends the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. This inquiry, which began its work under Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard in July 2015, will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales.  

All staff at Marlborough share in this duty of care to pupils: this underpins our commitment to the notion that living and working together in a co-educational, full boarding community brings value to the lives of its pupils.

Further information about the inquiry can be found here.

Vacancy: Summer work opportunity - final places

Marlborough College’s Development & Alumni Relations Office is looking for outgoing and reliable OMs to play a vital role in its 2016 fundraising campaign from Saturday 18th June to Saturday 9th July 2016.

Accommodation is free, pay is excellent, full training is provided.  As well as helping the future of the College you will develop relevant skills in marketing, communication and negotiation.

It will also be fun. OMs like to hear about Marlborough today, and many have interesting experiences to share.

Click here for more information.

Watch Your Head Theatre Company

Watch Your Head is a theatre company set up by Sasha McMurray (LI 2005-07) and Sara Langridge (MO 2005-07).

Following the success of their open air immersive A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park in 2015 they will return with an immersive As You Like It in 2016. Watch Your Head aims to create exciting theatrical experiences, engaging as many people as possible with accessible and visually exciting versions of classic texts.
As a young, unsubsidised company with high production costs, the company relies on sponsorship and investment in order to get the shows up and running. Watch Your Head operate with the belief that while many people enjoy the arts, those who make a career out of it are often pitifully remunerated or not at all. The company aims to pay performers and creatives properly. Any support or interest in collaboration would be much appreciated.

For further information email Sasha here.

Tandem: A year-round Arts Project

Tandem is a year-round arts project based in Oxford set up by Nina Brown (MO 2000-05).

It is about bringing eco-friendliness to new audiences through the arts, all whilst celebrating vibrant cultures from across Europe and beyond. As a not-for-profit initiative, any surplus made will be re-invested back into local community groups and cultural enterprises focused on sustainability and environmentalism. Tandem is a volunteer-run enterprise and more information can be found here.

Nina also runs InTandem, which brings international writers and artists together to collaboratively produce publications that deal with a broad spectrum of environmental and social issues. They fuse fact, fiction, poetry, photography, and illustration to make these issues accessible to new audiences. InTandem is a not-for-profit initiative. To submit to the third edition, please follow this link.

Ski Season Opportunity

Kim Bishop (CO 1988-93) is looking for staff to work the ski season (December 2016 - April 2017) and would like to invite this term’s leavers to apply.

The resort will require people to work in the restaurants, bar and potentially supermarket in the resort of El Tarter in Andorra. They require hard working applicants to be fluent (or near fluent) in Spanish and or French.

They will provide a season ski pass to Grandvalira resort, accommodation in El Tarter for the season, a monthly wage in the region of 1,000 Euros, return travel to and from El Tarter at the beginning and end of season provided and full training and support.

The working week will consist of six days on and one day off, regular hours per week will be 48 with the option of working more for extra cash or time off. Duties will be those associated with bar, restaurant and supermarket work.

Kim says: “I understand that people who come out to work a ski season want to ski, we obviously will support this, but anyone coming out needs to understand that we expect a level of commitment in order to help us provide a high level service to customers.

“This is a new part of our business (our core business being residential apartments in El Tarter) and we hope to be able to offer an exciting seasonal opportunity whilst expecting a certain level of commitment.”

Please email here for more information.

Panel Event: The Face of British Luxury Today

OMs interested in learning more about the luxury sector are invited to attend a Panel Event - ‘The Face of British Luxury Today’ – which takes place this Thursday.

Tessa Packard (TU 2001-03), the founder and creative director of Tessa Packard London, will be leading the event that will take place at Collyer Bristow in London. To book your place please email

Speakers will include:
- Georgina Coleridge Cole, founder of Sheerluxe
- Shirley Leigh Wood of Wickerwood, a luxury brand influence agency
- Jacob Tomkins of Twelve, a watch specialist and luxury consultant
- Ed Taylor, Director, Quintessentially Communications (Chair)

Passion Pods

Having ignored advice “not to pursue the career path she wanted to because it was too competitive”, Emily Chiswell (SU 2000–02) has become a successful continuity announcer on BBC 1 and 2 and voiceover artist.

As a result she has set up with the aim of inspiring and encouraging young people to seek out those creative, unusual careers that can so often seem impossible. The series has over 75 exclusive interviews with an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs and creative minds.

If you would like to get involved or think you could support young people that are pursuing their passion or if you just want to know more contact Emily via her website.

Help ChicP Pitch To Rich

Hannah McCollum (MM 2003-08) has recently pitched her start-up company, ChicP to Richard Branson's Pitch To Rich Competition.

ChicP makes a variety of sweet & savoury hummus from surplus vegetables.

Please click here to vote for Hannah’s company and help her on her way to success.

Robbins selected for 'Le Tour de Yorkshire'

Tristan Robbins (CO 2009-14) has been selected by the Madison Genesis Team for his biggest and highest profile race: Le Tour de Yorkshire.

He has been riding professionally for two years and will compete in the Category 1 race on the pro circuit organised by the Tour de France ASO organisation. It is hugely prestigious and was included on the pro circuit after the success of the Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014. Big names are taking part including Wiggins, Hayman (who just won Paris Roubaix last weekend), Voeckler, Bernie Eisel and others.

ITV4 are showing the three-day stage race live during the day Friday-Sunday this week; highlights will be at 7pm on those same evenings.

Follow the team on Twitter via @MadisonGenesis

Royal honour for O'Donovan

Tim O’Donovan (CO 1946-49) Tim O'Donovan was honoured to receive the Royal Maundy from Her Majesty The Queen in St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Thursday 24th March 2016. 

84-year old O'Donovan has authored the annual survey of Royal Family engagements published in The Times since 1979. He is also a retired lay steward for St George's Chapel, and said he began keeping the record "out of curiosity" after thinking "perhaps one should know what the Royal Family are doing". Click here for the full story.

Marathon Runners

Congratulations to all Old Marlburians who ran the London Marathon on Sunday 24th April.

Jim Ashley-Down (BH 1991-96) ran to raise money for Phab Kids (, a charity offering children with disabilities unique experiences in outdoor activity centres. Support him here.

Congratulations also go to Roger Backhouse (C1 1974-79), Alex Backhouse (LI 2005 -10), Robert Gibson (C2 2007-12), Tom Rowe-Jones (LI 2005-10) who ran as part of Team Blind as a Bat - managed by Theo Backhouse (LI 2007-12). Roger, who has RP himself, is trustee and long-time supporter of the charity and he ran the London Marathon for RP Fighting Blindness in 2010. They have now raised almost £125,000.

Arthur Scott Fund Travel Scholarship

Awarded a Travel Scholarship from the Arthur Scott Fund in 2015, Charlie Bawden (MM 2010-15) has recently spent time volunteering at Springvale House in Zimbabwe, which serves as the preparatory school within the Peterhouse Group of Schools. She writes:
Having spent the first five years of my life on the campus of the Boys’ School, it was a real pleasure to return to the place that I have always remembered so fondly.

As a Junior Mistress (JM), I mainly spent my time looking after the 12 infant boarders (Grade 1 and 2) who were five or six years old. The day started at 6.00am when I woke them up and made sure they were dressed having brushed their teeth and made their beds (with pyjamas perfectly folded under their pillows!) before we went to breakfast.

After serving breakfast to my table and attending assembly (which even in the middle of winter occurred outside), I spent the morning listening to the Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4s read. This was very important for the younger pupils as I had to make sure that each child had the right book and words to read to the Grade 7 monitors, teachers or parents later on in the day. I found the reading so rewarding. To see the children, especially the ones who struggled, make huge improvements with their words was lovely.

Every afternoon, after taking the day scholars siesta for an hour, I coached sport whether it was Grade 3 girls hockey and netball or Grade 4 boys rugby! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent in the sun coaching the children and was very fortunate to have four other JM’s whom I spent much of my time with. Three of whom were also extremely keen cricketers! My evenings consisted of making sure the infants had polished their shoes and then properly showered and dried themselves before getting dressed for supper. I then put the infants to bed at 7pm usually after a story and a prayer.

I was also lucky enough to get the opportunity to accompany the Grade 7s (equivalent of Year 8) on their week long residential trip to Rifa Educational Camp, North Zimbabwe. I found this week particularly enjoyable as our accomodation was in the middle of the bush and I had to supervise many activities that I myself have never done and might never do again. On three occasions I was part of a group which canoed up the croc and hippo infested Zambezi River and was responsible for two children within my canoe. This was quite nerve-racking as a small deviation into a current could lead to a confrontation with crocodile or hippo. However, the week was thoroughly enjoyable and the children were a pleasure to look after.

Although I did not myself attend a boarding preparatory school, there were many differences between Marlborough and Springvale. Imagine if every pupil at Marlborough had to polish their shoes every day to be inspected and then remember to take their serviettes to and from the dining hall! It really was a different world but I really enjoyed the teaching experience. It was so interesting spending time with children who were from completely different backgrounds All of the pupils were so polite and I soon felt so at home as the staff were so welcoming. I made some incredible friends and I plan to return back soon.

Charlie Bawden (MM 2010-15)

Price included in BIMA Top 100

Alex Price (LI 2006-11) has been named as one of the 'top 100 most influential people in digital' by the British Interactive Media Association, the youngest person to ever make the list aged 23.

BIMA represents Britain’s digital industry – founded in 1985, BIMA is now one of the most widely respected names in the digital community, working to inspire and support talent, connect the digital community and reward great work.

The annual BIMA HOT 100 aims to recognise those who have had the biggest impact on the digital industry, naming BIMA’s ‘100 most influential people in digital’.

Commenting on the news, Alex said: “The start of 2016 has been incredibly exciting for 93digital, having recently moved into a bigger office and taken on 3 new team members. To be included in the BIMA 100 this year alongside such an inspiring list of names tops it off.”

Iron Man Chris!

Chris George (C2 1960-64) will be going to Texas to compete on the North American Iron Man Championships on Saturday 14th May with the aim of qualifying for Kona World Championships.

To get through, Chris must win his age group (the 70-74 age group) and to this end he has a training programme of 10 to 20 hours a week.

The World Championships are on Saturday 8th October. In addition, Chris has been invited to be a guest substitute rower in the Head of the Charles later in October as part of the USA 1980 Olympic Heavyweight Eight team.

Click here for further information or for a video feature of his win in 2012, click here.

OMs on Target

A helping hand from Old Marlburians helped the College to success at Bisley on Saturday 16th April.

Shooting at 300 yards, and then again at 600 yards, in bitterly cold wind, two competitions were held, one for a team of three Old Marlburians and three current pupils, and one for a team of six current pupils.

In the mixed competition, Schuyler Neuhauser (B1 U6), Oskar Money-Kyrle (C3 L6) and Tom Elvin (BH Hu) shot alongside Sandy Gill (BH 1996-2000), Charles Brooks (PR 1969-74) and Jim Spender (C2 1987-92), scoring 562 with 47 V bulls, but were unlucky to come fourth in a very close competition.

They did, however, manage to beat Wellington’s B team, who were perhaps brought down from within by Mr Finn unexpectedly being called upon to shoot for his alma mater!

Elvin top scored for the College with 94 and 8 V bulls, but was rather outshone by a brilliant performance from Sandy Gill with 99 and 14 V bulls.

Marathon Effort

2016 is the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the charity RP fighting Blindness. To mark this a team of 24 is running the London Marathon under the name Blind as a Bat.

Team Blind as a Bat was put together by Roger Backhouse (C1 1974-79), who has RP himself and is trustee and long-time supporter of the charity; he ran the London Marathon for RP Fighting Blindness in 2010 with his brother Oliver, an eye surgeon in Leeds, and is now taking on an even bigger challenge for the charity’s fortieth anniversary and has put together a whole team of runners. Of this team there are four OM runners and one non-runner.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited conditions of the retina that lead to a gradual progressive loss in vision. Difficulties with night vision and peripheral vision are the first things that are noticed; later, reading, colour, and central vision are affected. There is currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa, but many researchers are working hard to develop a treatment.

The team is raising money for Professor Robin Ali of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, who is a world-respected medical researcher and leading expert in the field of gene and stem cell therapy. Roger and his brother raised money for the start of a pioneering five-year gene therapy research project of Professor Ali’s in 2010, which aims to develop a treatment for RP, and now they want to help him fund its final year. The money raised by Team Blind as a Bat will be contributing to building a programme of clinical trials, which is the next stage of finding an effective treatment.

Roger Backhouse (C1 1974-79)
Alex Backhouse (LI 2005 -10)
Robert Gibson (C2 2007-12)
Tom Rowe-Jones (LI 2005-10)

Non-Runner (manager):
Theo Backhouse (LI 2007-12)

Price included in BIMA Top 100

Alex Price (LI 2006-11) has been named as one of the 'top 100 most influential people in digital' by the British Interactive Media Association, the youngest person to ever make the list aged 23.

BIMA represents Britain’s digital industry – founded in 1985, BIMA is now one of the most widely respected names in the digital community, working to inspire and support talent, connect the digital community and reward great work.

The annual BIMA HOT 100 aims to recognise those who have had the biggest impact on the digital industry, naming BIMA’s ‘100 most influential people in digital’.

Commenting on the news, Alex said: “The start of 2016 has been incredibly exciting for 93digital, having recently moved into a bigger office and taken on 3 new team members. To be included in the BIMA 100 this year alongside such an inspiring list of names tops it off.”

England glory for Eversfield

Huge congratulations to Will Eversfield (C3 2007-12) who represented England Rugby on Saturday 9th April.

Will played for England Students in their 57-30 win against Ireland Students in Dublin, with the game played at at Trinity College in Dublin.

Having just returned from the game, Will’s father, Geoff, commented: “We all went over to Dublin and saw the match at Trinity in beautiful surroundings (and England triumphed!) - so all those days of thinking about rugby when he should have been focused on Chemistry may have paid off!”

Suffragan Bishop of Dorking: Jo Wells

Archbishop of Canterbury’s chaplain, the Rev. Canon Jo Bailey Wells (B3 1981-83), will be the fifth bishop of Dorking in the Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford.

Wells, 50, studied at the University of Minnesota and from 2005 to 2013 was the director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina.

She was Chaplain of Clare College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1998 and Dean from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Jo served as a lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Click here to read the full story.

Latif excited by 'massive potential' on Porsche Carrera Cup GB bow

Alessandro Latif (B1 2009-14) left Brands Hatch in optimistic mood following the opening round of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, after impressing with his pace and prowess on his sportscar racing comeback, writes Russell Atkins.
Having plied his trade in single-seaters throughout 2015 in North America’s Pro Mazda Championship, Latif has returned to home turf this year and is contesting the fiercely-disputed, ITV4-televised Porsche Carrera Cup GB – the UK’s fastest one-make series – for the first time with former title-winning outfit GT Marques.
The rising young British star featured up towards the sharp end throughout practice around Brands’ short Indy layout, posting the sixth-quickest effort amongst the 23 high-calibre protagonists in the opening session.

“The level of opposition in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB this year is extremely strong – including the reigning champion and a number of drivers who have been competing in the series for several years – but our pace was promising from the outset,” reflected the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series Pro-Am Champion.

Click here for the full story.

High Sheriff of Somerset

Edward Bayntun-Coward (PR 1979-84) was sworn in as High Sheriff of Somerset at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 13th March.

Edward is the great-grandson of George Bayntun and son of Hylton. He read Modern History at Oxford University and then worked for five years at Maggs Bros. in London. He now runs George Bayntun, a venerable bookbindery and rare books seller in Bath that was founded by his great-grandfather in 1894.

He is also Chairman of the Bath Preservation Trust and various museums.

Click here to read a recent feature in the New York Times.

Event at Potage HQ

Georgia Cummings (MO 2000-05), Founder & CEO of Potage, is inviting OMs to the first event at Potage HQ hosted by the team.

The goal is to bring people together to enjoy food, drink and conversation for the event which will be held on Tuesday 3rd May at Potage HQ in Battersea.

Nick Wheeler, founder of Charles Tyrwhitt will be the speaker. Nick started the mail order shirt business in 1986 while he was still at Bristol University, today the business employs over 750 people and his shirts are sold all over the world.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Lam to lead Svalbard expedition

This summer James Lam (CO 2007-2012) will be leading an Oxford University Expedition to Svalbard in the High Arctic.

They will attempt a 184-mile crossing of East Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago, just 700 miles from the North Pole. They will retrace an Oxford expedition that explored this region of the Arctic in 1923, one which has yet to be repeated. For five weeks they will ski entirely unsupported, towing all their equipment in sledges and building on the previous expedition’s scientific legacy. James became obsessed with climbing and subsequently with expeditions almost as soon as he started in Shell. Since his first trip to the Alps with Marlborough Outdoor Activities led by the late Mr Rosedale and other members of the OA department in 2008 he has never looked back!  He sees this expedition as a chance to also work on another passion that began when he was at Marlborough: using science to ‘make a difference’. The main purpose of this expedition is to record the effects of climate change in this Arctic region.

Travelling to one of the farthest, frozen corners of the Earth is a major undertaking in itself, and is one which carries significant financial costs. The whole team are making major personal contributions to ensure the expedition’s viability. In addition, they are applying to a number of charitable and scientific bodies for funding, but there is a limit to what they can provide. Through the generosity of private donors and sponsors, relatively modest sums can help achieve a great deal. James is asking any OMs who have an interest in this undertaking and who have the capacity to do so to consider making a donation towards the costs of what will potentially be an important expedition. They would be immensely grateful for any support.

At the end of June, all donors will be invited to an evening in Oxford to celebrate the 1923 expedition. They will showcase a number of artefacts and a presentation will be given about the historical perspective of our trip. To support the team and find out more about the expedition please visit the website or contact James via email.

Sir Nigel Gresley Statue

A statue of Sir Nigel Gresley (B1 1890-93) will be unveiled at King’s Cross station in London at 11am this morning, on the 75th anniversary of Gresley’s death.

Sir Nigel designed the Doncaster-built Flying Scotsman and the Mallard locomotive steam engines.

The unveiling of the new statue at London Kings Cross station coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death.

John Cameron, CBE, President of The Gresley Society, commented:

“This is a very special day. The Gresley Society are delighted to see this superb statue of Sir Nigel Gresley unveiled at King’s Cross, a place that was so important to his life’s work.

“I congratulate Hazel Reeves on the way she has caught the essence of this great engineer. It will stand as a memorial to his achievements for future generations, and to the quality of British engineering.”

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy will unveil the statue with members of Sir Nigel's family.

Bletchley Park - the story of Gordon Welchman

Gordon Welchman (C3 1920-25) was one of the original elite codebreakers crucial to the allies defeating the Nazis in World War II. He is the forgotten genius of Bletchley Park.

Filmed extensively at Bletchley Park, the centre for codebreaking operations during World War II, this documentary features the abandoned buildings where thousands of people worked tirelessly trying to crack the codes, Hut 6, where Welchman pioneered his groundbreaking work, and the machines that Welchman helped design.

The documentary is now available to view on BBC iPlayer here and was shown on Sunday 3rd April.

South-West France Lunch

France lunch 2014The 2016 South-West France lunch will take place in Le Castéra this Saturday 2nd April.

Now a regular fixture in the Marlburian Club calendar, the event will be hosted by John Wilkinson (CR 1967-93), Secretary in SW France.

This year it is hoped that the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and his wife, Emma, will attend alongside regular attendee – Martin Evans – President of the 1843 Society.

The President of The Marlburian Club, Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72), has also expressed an interest.

For more information or to book your attendance please email John Wilkinson via email.

Georgia denied double success

Congratulations to Georgina Daniell (MM 2007-12) who was a part of the Oxford Women’s reserve boat ‘Osiris’ in this year’s Cancer Research UK Boat Race.

A winner in the 2015 event, George was denied back to back success as Cambridge won this year’s contest – which took place on Sunday 27th March.

22-year old Georgia, who is studying Experimental Psychology and a full race report can be viewed here.

Luce closes this Saturday

LuceFollowing the highly successful production of his own stage adaptation of The Hudsucker Proxy, Simon Dormandy (C2 1971-75) is directing the UK Premier of Luce.

The performances take place at The Southwark Playhouse and run until this Saturday 2nd April with Mel Giedroyc and Josette Simon among the cast. 

Please click here for further information including ticket details.

Morris tribute with Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to William Morris, who was a pupil at Marlborough in Aa House between 1848 and 1851.

Five different designs adorn the Google homepage throughout what would have been his 182nd birthday, Thursday 24th March 2016.

Witten on the Google website: “It's nearly impossible to sum up William Morris' contributions to British design, arts, and aesthetics. A true prodigy, Morris dove deeply into each of his many interests, leaving us a rich legacy in multiple fields.

“A relentless creative, Morris played with patterns in words as well. In 1856, he founded the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, writing and publishing many of his early poems there. He lectured publicly on socialism, art, architecture, and founded or held titles in multiple artists’ groups, such as the Hammersmith Socialist Society and the Art Workers Guild.”

Click here for more.

High Sheriff of Dorset

Sir Philip Williams (LI 1963-68) has been ‘pricked’ at a 1,000 year tradition to appoint a High Sheriff of Dorset. 

The names of nominees are pricked on vellum so they could not avoid the position which was an unpopular and dangerous role – the first incumbent fell foul of irate Vikings in Weymouth while collecting taxes and was killed.

Not many wanted it because they were liable for any perceived shortfall in income and would often try and bribe their way out of it but there was no disputing the pin hole and the practice survives to this day.

Sir Philip will make his Declaration of Office in front of invited guests in the Victorian Gallery of the Dorset County Museum on Tuesday 29th March. Click here for the full story.

Sir Philip said it was an honour and a privilege to take on the role, He will be following in his mother's footsteps - Elizabeth, Lady Williams was the first female High Sheriff in 1979.

Robbins riding the dream

Tristan Robbins (CO 2009-14) claims Mark Cavendish's decision to help coach riders on his Madison Genesis team could help him achieve his dream of riding the Tour de France.

Cavendish, the Tour's green jersey winner in 2011, has agreed a deal to support the 19-year-old who rides for the British Madison-Genesis team from 2016 in a new partnership.

"I am pretty much a full-time bike rider now. The workload has increased hugely due to the longer distances of the races I will be doing but the specifics within it are quite similar. I'm just doing more of them.”

Click here for the full story in the Bristol Post.

Cycle to the Somme 2016

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity have asked Charlie Bladon (C1 1984-89) to organise a fundraising cycle ride to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The event takes place from 31 July - 6 August and is 352 mile circuit around northern France and Belgium.

19 Old Marlburians died on the bloodiest day in British military history, ranging from 18-year old pilot Cecile Coxe (C2 1911-15) to 46-year old Richard Lovett (C2 1883-87), who returned from his Indian tea plantation to join the 16 Middlesex Regiment – otherwise known as the Public Schools Battalion, where public schoolboys from around the Empire joined up as soldiers to do their bit.

Also perishing that day was General Charles Prowse (CO 1882-85), who also has the distinction of having a cemetery on the Ypres Salient named after him after leading a brave bayonet charge on German positions in Plug Street Wood in late 1914.

Further details can be found at

OBE Awarded to young OM

Grace Jackson (LI 2007-09) has been awarded an OBE for her work with the Ebola response team in Sierra Leone.

She is the youngest person from the Department for International Development to be appointed OBE, at 24 years of age.

Atnas Congratulations

Congratulations to Constantin Atnas (SU 1993-96) who has been elected to the Foreign Trade Council of the Austrian Federal Economic Chambers.

This is a 20-member panel representing Austria’s exporting industries and companies. 

Congratulations are also due to his sister, Catherine ‘Kiki’ Atnas (SU 1996-98), who has recently completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey.

Former Master presented with Legion d’honneur

Former Master John Dancy was among 21 Second World War veterans from across Cornwall presented the Legion d’honneur by Alain Sibril the French Honorary Counsel at a ceremony in Truro on Thursday 3rd March.

The French Government has been awarding the Légion d’honneur to D-Day veterans to honour and thank those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War. 

The Légion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte and is France’s highest distinction and awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit.

Old Marlburians in Marbella

Miles Bolus, Marlburian Club Secretary for Southern Spain met with Andrew Linn and Nicholas Grose-Hodge at a monthly luncheon of Marbella Business International.

Pictured above (l-r) are Andrew J Linn (B2 1955-59) (Marbella-based for the last 40 years); Nicolas Grose-Hodge (LI 1956-61) (previously Malaga-based, now resident in Winchester but a regular visitor to Spain) and Miles Bolus (B1 1945-49) (Marbella-based, Spain-based for last 50 plus years!)

Community Conservation

During his travels George Sopwith (LI 2006-11) met the people of Thanamir village and has become involved with them in their Community Conservation project to create a formally recognised reserve that will protect an area of virgin forest.

Thanamir’s forests fall in to the Indo-Malayan region, a global biodiversity hotspot that are home to many endangered species such as the hoolock gibbon, Asiatic black bear and clouded leopard. Tigers are still occasionally reported in this area and with sufficient protection could make a comeback.

"We have been working in partnership with the Wildlife Protection Society of India and with their help have made significant progress on the project," he said. If you are interested in supporting this project please visit their Just Giving page or email George here.

Varsity Victory

Sophie Spink (MO 2009-2014) and Annabel Hazlitt (MO 2009-2014) both played for Oxford in a 2-1 Varsity Hockey win against Cambridge recently.

Sophie and Annabel were both regular performers during their time at the College and congratulations to them both on their Varsity victory.

Easter Revision Courses

Neil Cleminson (CR 1989-2012) is offering Easter revision in Fulham, specialising in A Level Physics and, perhaps uniquely, Common Entrance Maths/Physics/Chemistry.

Please visit for details.

Katyuli’s Work Recognised

Congratulations to Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998–2003) who has just completed her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.

She has also been short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum illustration prize in the Student Category for her illustrations for Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Flush’.

Katyuli’s work can be seen at the Graduation Exhibition at Ruskin Gallery, East Road, Cambridge, from 25th February until 5th March.

Click here for more information or visit her website here.

Choral Society this Sunday

Susanna Spicer (SU 1979-81) will be singing the part of The Angel in the Dream of Gerontius with the MC Choral Society in Chapel.

The evening will take place this Sunday 13th March, starting at 7.30pm.

OMs visit with Wovoka Gentle

Will Stokes (B1 2003-08)The second of two performances by bands from Seb Fagg’s (C1 2004-09) Yucatan record label took place in the Mem Hall on Saturday 5th March.

After a sequence of electronic music by Tom Niven (B1 2004-09), Wovoka Gentle (Will Stokes (B1 2003-08), Immie Mason and Ellie Mason) treated us to a performance of high quality musicianship.

Using a rich mix of electronics, loops, guitars, violin and acoustic percussion, they performed a set of bewitching richness. Intelligent, engaging and with keen attention to detail, their songs wove a beguiling narrative. The performance was enhanced by Olivia Norris – a dancer with the troupe ‘Stasis’, and by the projection of her film made specifically for Wovoka Gentle’s performances.

Recordings of the band’s music are available from Yucatan Records or iTunes; their music can be heard on Soundcloud, iTunes or Spotify. Or visit their Facebook page.

Pennington's Performance Recognised

Congratulations to Michael Pennington (PR 1957-61) who has been nominated in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the 2016 Olivier Awards for his performance as Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale. 

The ceremony is at the Royal Opera House on the Sunday 3rd April.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton Michael Pennington for The Winter's Tale at Garrick Theatre, Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo at Wyndham's Theatre, David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre

Award Winning AHMM

Jonathan Hall’s (C1 1974-1979) firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) recently won the RIBA Stirling prize for architecture for 2015 for Burntwood School.

Jonathan has also been involved in the recently completed award winning schemes; Sunshine House, a Children's Development Centre in Southwark, and housing developments at Church Street and Crown Street Buildings.

Jonathan has been an external examiner at the University of New England and a Part III examiner at the University College of London as well as lecturing at architectural schools in the UK. He has contributed to architectural publications including Architecture Today and Building Design and has been a member of the RIBA Journal Practice editorial committee.

Find out more about Jonathan and the work of AHMM here.

Live stream of OM's performance

Simon McBurney’s (LI 1971-75) ‘The Encounter’ will be streamed live from The Barbican this evening.

A review of the performance by Michael Billington can be read here courtesy of The Guardian.

To access the live stream please click here.

OM designed Flying Scotsman returns

The Flying Scotsman, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley (B1 1890-93), returned to action this morning after a £4.2 million, 10-year refit.

Departing from London King’s Cross at 7.40am, with its inaugural run destined for York.

The locomotive was built in Doncaster becoming the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It left the works on 24 February 1923 with number 1472.

It was designed by Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at that time.

In 1934, Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run – officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed.

A statue of Gresley will be unveiled at King’s Cross station in London on Tuesday 5th April 2016, the 75th anniversary of Gresley’s death.

Pictured above: Sir Nigel Gresley with its inventor, Sir Nigel Gresley (B1 1890-93)

OM speaks to Literary Society

Claire Lowdon (MO 1998-2003) returned to Marlborough on Tuesday 23rd February to speak to the Literary Society.

She spoke in Adderley to an appreciative Literary Society audience about the writing of her first novel, 'Left of the Bang', which one reviewer has called 'the definitive novel of a generation of Londoners.' 

Her talk about the craft of writing was compelling, generous and candid - a fascinating insight into the creative process.

Patel recognised with National Honour

Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77) whose passion for education has directly helped more than 2,000 children has been recognised with a national honour by the British Citizen Award (BCA) Committee for his services to international achievement. Mayoor was one of 33 medallists who were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 28th, at the Palace of Westminster.

Now entering their second year, the British Citizen Awards were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Mayoor has been fundraising for charity since the age of 13 and has been instrumental in raising more than £1.5 million for three charities - the OKAS Fund, which helps academically-gifted but financially disadvantaged students in Uganda; Polio Children, which works on four continents to support those affected by polio; and Little Drops Shravana, which is the only project of its kind providing an integrated free service for hearing impaired children in India. He is also involved in numerous other charities and projects, including the Milapfest Trust – the UK’s leading Indian arts development trust.

Mayoor, who was originally from Uganda, leads from the front, believing that an education is the best gift he can give. He began his charitable work after being inspired by his father, who had served the Ugandan government 30 years before the family was expelled in the 1970s. His father told him, ‘Son, I will give you something nobody can take away from you and one day you must give it to someone who needs it, but not charge for it. That something I will put between your ears.’

Armed with this philosophy, Mayoor has impacted positively on more than 2,000 children. He is a passionate advocate of ‘education at any cost’ and believes that self-sufficiency is the key for communities and projects. With this aim in mind, he relentlessly pursues fundraising and awareness programmes, undertaking presentations across his many networks, as well as at Lions clubs, schools, universities and temples.

Much of his work focusses upon children and adults with disabilities or from poor backgrounds in countries and communities where they would have traditionally not been accepted and would have been marginalised.

Speaking about his receiving the award, Mayoor said: “It was a complete shock when I found out that I would be receiving a British Citizen Award, I was speechless. I don’t do this work to be rewarded, I do this for the children and it is a big part of my life. However, it is nice to have been recognised, and I feel very proud.”

Fresh Meat Returns

Fresh Meat - starring Jack Whitehall (B1 2001-06) - returns to Channel 4 this evening at 10pm.

'Kitchen slugs, bathroom blazes, bodies in lakes … as the anarchic campus comedy returns, its writers remember the wild (and not so wild) times that inspired the show.'

Click here to read a feature interview.


'Eggs' Gala Fundraising Performance

Orphee Productions, founded by Florence Keith-Roach (NC 2000-05), invites you to join their cast and team for a Gala Fundraising Performance of their second 5 star play, Eggs'.

Taking place as part of The Vaults Festival on Thursday 25th February, 6.30pm, with a drinks reception beforehand from 5.30pm.

Click here to view a trailer or click here for ticket details.

Monsters met with spectacular reviews

Emerald FennellThe spectacular reviews for MONSTERS by Emerald Fennell (NC 1998-2003) keep rolling in.

The novel was named by James Dawson in The Guardian as one of the Best Children's Books of 2015.

The Financial Times writes: "Any lingering echoes of the Famous Five rattling around Cornish coves are banished forever by this dark tale... a mash up of Carrie and Bluebeard with a touch of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is smart, modern and fresh. This savage and ultimately bleak tale is not for the faint of heart."
Click here for more.

Shepherd appointed executive director of Theatre503

Theatre503 has appointed Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) as executive director, replacing Jeremy Woodhouse.

Shepherd is the founder of theatre company ACS Random, which he set up in 2002 and which focuses on developing new writing. He will join the south London theatre when Woodhouse leaves in February to become associate producer for English Touring Theatre.

Shepherd, who is also an actor and writer, said he was "thrilled to be joining the venue, adding: "As a passionate advocate for new writing and supporting emerging talent, it’s incredibly exciting to be part of one of London's best venues for groundbreaking new work."

Shepherd will work with Theatre503's artistic director Paul Robinson, who described him as "perfect fit" for the role.

War Memoirs attract media attention

Hidden in a small leather suitcase in the family attic is where former Marlborough College student Harry Fox stored all his war memoirs but he never spoke of it nor was it discovered until after his death.

Now archivists Terry Rogers, Clare Russell and Gráinne Lenehan from Marlborough College have spent six months bringing the collection of his fascinating writings together to share Harry’s wartime experiences with the public.

Taken from the Gazette & Herald, Thursday 28th January. Click here for the full story.

War Memoirs and Letters of Harry Fox, 1917-19

We are delighted to announce publication on the College Archive website of War Memoirs and Letters of Harry Fox (CO 1911-16).

Upon leaving school, in common with almost all of his contemporaries, he was called up and, upon completion of Officer and Artillery training, Second Lieutenant Harry Fox, aged 19, was sent to fight in France in July 1917.

Click here to visit the Archive website including the memoirs and letters - or click here to listen to an interview with Harry's son, Richard, speaking to BBC Somerset (2hr 20m).

OMs receive Oxbridge offers

Congratulations to the following OMs who have received offers from Cambridge and Oxford this year.

There is still, of course, considerable work to be done before they take up their places at these august institutions, but their achievement in having reached this point is one of which they should be justifiably proud.

A total of 18 offers have been made, with the remainder made up of current Upper Sixth Marlburians. Full details can be found on the College website here.

Henry Alexander (BH 2010-15), Magdalene College, Cambridge, Classics

Matilda Alexander (NC 2010-15), Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, English

Alexandra Butler (LI 2013-15), Oriel College, Oxford, Theology & Religion

Tilda Coleman (EL 2010-15), St John’s College, Oxford, English

Samuel Dalrymple (C2 2010-15), Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Theology & Religious Studies

Giles Dibden (B1 2010-15), Exeter College, Oxford, Mechanical Engineering

Lucy Parker (MM 2010-15), St Peter’s College, Chemistry

Rosanna Shaw (MO 2010-15), Wolfson College, Cambridge, English

OMs take the stage

A number of OMs on the Yucatan records label performed in the Mem Hall on Saturday evening.

Josh Edwards (BH 2004-09), Josh Jordan (LI 2004-09), Will Stokes (B1 2003-08) and Seb Fagg (C1 2004-09) all performed alongside Blanco White on stage.

To find out more about Yucatan Records and George Cosby (C1 2003-08), please click here.

Lorimer catches the eye

Rory Lorimer (C1 2009-14) has caught the eye of the Scottish Exiles with some impressive performances for Exeter University.
Lorimer is on the radar of the Scottish Exiles in the South West, a region that stretches from Wiltshire to Cornwall.

During his College days, he played hooker or open side and was a part of the Rosslyn Park Shield winning side and also represented the South West of England U16.

OM launches travelling micro art gallery

Charles Rodwell (PR 1969-74) has announced a new micro gallery project for his work - in the form of a travelling cabin trunk.

The trunk, previously owned by Charles’ parents and used for travelling to and from Africa in the 1940’s and 50’s, is to be filled with small works and used as a travelling ‘micro pop up’ gallery.

Mr Rodwell plans to sell all work contained in the trunk at a discounted rate at various locations around the country, as well as on his website. The collection will include mounted drawings, prints and smaller paintings.

Opportunity to Au Pair in Italy

Claudia Bianca Villata (MM 1994-95) asks if any recent OM leaver (English mother-tongue) might be interested in spending the gap year or part of it au-pairing in Italy (ideally, starting in September 2016 until June/July 2017).
‘Our family lives in a spacious flat in the city centre of Torino and consists of three people (my husband – Angelo - who runs a real estate business, our daughter – Ludovica - who will be two years-old in March 2016, and myself working in banking) and a dog. We are looking for a reliable and sensible girl, who is willing to look after our daughter for 30 hours per week (5 hours per day) with the main task of teaching her English through reading, talking and more generally playing with her.
'In addition to free room (we will place at her disposal a separate room) and board, the au-pair – who will take full part in our family life - will receive a monthly pocket money of 250 euro (in line with the average Italian au-pair allowance). I think it would be a great opportunity for a cultural change and would give the au-pair the chance of improving her language skills (we would be very happy to help search for a suitable language course). Besides, Torino -that has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, churches, palaces - is very well positioned for travelling around Italy (e.g. two hours by train from the Ligurian Riviera and from the Italian Alps, as well as 45 mins by train from Milano).’

If you are interested in finding out more about this role then please email Claudia here.

And the nominations are...

The Knight From Nowhere/The Bells by Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) has been nominated for two ‘Offies’, or Off West End Awards.

The nominations are for Lucy Foster – best director and Ben Cowen – best lighting designer.

Winners for 2015 will be announced in the spring. 

'Blake' singing Live In Concert

Ollie Baines (C1 1996-01) who sings with British vocal group ‘Blake’ has appeared on the Graham Norton show with both his counterparts, and Dame Shirley Bassey, singing their festive single ‘The Christmas Song’.

The collaborative act appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, with their single in aid of children’s charity Variety and Noah’s Ark children’s hospital. They will be singing the biggest songs from their six albums on their 2016 UK wide tour.

Blake launched their first album in 2007, only six months after the three reunited as friends on social media outlet, Facebook. The debut went straight to number one in the UK Classical Chart, got into the Top Twenty pop chart and sold over 100,000 copies in its first three weeks of sale.

Baineshas sung since the age of eight, plays the French horn, Trumpet and Piano and attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama after Marlborough.

Further information about the band and the 2016 tour can be found here.

Springate's Jazz Tour

Dan Springate (SU 2013-15), who plays bass in seven-piece jazz group The Ben Cipolla Band, has recently been on tour – travelling by National Express coach.

Throughout November, Dan joined frontman Ben and five other bandmates on a tour of the south of England with dates in London, Bristol Cheltenham and Cirencester. Remarkably, the tour was accomplished entirely using National Express coaches in order to save money since every member of the band is currently either a student, or taking a gap year.

The band, fronted by former St John’s student Ben Cipolla, was formed when its members met at South West Music School. They got their first break when Clare Teal heard them busking and invited Ben to join her on stage at the Marlborough Jazz Festival 2012. They have played the festival every year since, last year winning the coveted ‘best newcomer’ award as voted by festival goers.

The tour was for the promotion of their new EP, Guest House, which can be downloaded here.

OMs required for Guidance evening

If you left up to ten years ago and would be happy to come back and chat to the Hundreds pupils about your career sector, the Guidance Department at the College would love to hear from you. 

The event will take place at the College early evening on Tuesday 9th February 2016, and there's the offer of supper in common room with the other OM participants afterwards by way of thanks. 

We're particularly looking for people in Accountancy, the City, Graphic Design, Advertising, Marketing, PR, Scientific careers and Law, but also happy to consider other areas that might be of interest to the year group.

If you think you can help, please email Elizabeth Headlam in the Guidance Department.

Libby Adam: A Year in Hong Kong

The Marlburian Club’s extensive networking opportunities have recently helped an OM make the most of a professional opportunity in Hong Kong. Libby Adam (NC 2009-14) takes up the story…

After leaving Marlborough in June 2014, I had always planned to go straight on to university to start my degree and had never fully considered the potential advantages of undertaking a gap year. However, when a rather unique and special opportunity came about to live in Hong Kong for nine months with another Marlburian I could not resist the temptation and without the Marlburian Club’s support I quite possibly would not have been able to go.

After deferring my place at University, I had a very frantic two weeks to get a job, find a home and fly the six thousand odd miles out to Hong Kong to start my new life where we knew no one and had never been before. The first few days of this whirlwind fortnight were spent helplessly scrolling the internet and after copious cups of tea and countless moments of reassuring myself that I could really pull this off, I was made aware that perhaps Marlborough could help. Feeling a little awkward about cashing in my all too recent Old Marlburian status of a mere two months, I phoned the Marlburian Club and with their contacts I am pleased to say I had the most incredible and rewarding nine months.

I successfully completed a three-month internship for an international Jewellery company engaging with everything from the design process through to the sales of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock. A six-month internship then followed, this time with an award winning event marketing agency that provides sponsorship and brand marketing solutions to the media and entertainment industries. Here, I was involved, among other things in designing, researching and running a large week-long event connecting industry experts, brands and artists from around the world to convene at a conference and music festival in Singapore. Finally I spent two weeks helping manage a Chinese warehouse in the busy Christmas build up. All these experiences were with people I had never met before but who all, in some way, had a connection to Marlborough. In between jobs I was able to travel around much of South East Asia and by the end of my time had created a whole new life in a brand new country and made lots of wonderful friendships.

Many young Old Marlburians are completely unaware, like I was, of how the Marlburian Club works to connect people all across the world. I was astonished at how so many people were willing to give me advice, an interview or even a much needed Sunday roast during my time out there. I hope that the success of my adventure will encourage more of the younger generations and soon to be Old Marlburians to fully engage with the Marlburian Club and everything that it has to offer. 

Please contact The Marlburian Club if you would like to enquire about networking, help available or if you have a question about being an OM.

Tuke-Hastings in UK Event Award Win

In his role as Head of Co-Creation at Instinctif Partners, Tom Tuke-Hastings (BH 1990-95) has helped his team to success at the UK Event Awards.

His team won the Best In-House Event of the Year category for their work with Coca-Cola Enterprise on the Rugby Ready GB Roadshow 2015.

The Rugby Ready GB Roadshow aimed to engage and educate Coca-Cola Enterprise employees on the benefits of sponsoring the Rugby World Cup 2015. The roadshow visited 11 locations across the UK and consisted of rugby shirt signing sessions, motivational changing room sessions and team building Haka sessions. More than 1,000 employees attended the roadshow which is the equivalent to 70% of the total available audience.

Marlborough Blues AGM & Dinner at Lord's

The 2016 annual AGM & Dinner will take place at Lord's on Friday 22nd January 2016.

The dress code will be Jacket & Tie and the evening will get underway at 7pm.

“We are extremely privileged to once again be able to host the AGM at such a superb venue,” said organiser Tom Montagu-Pollock ( C2 1996-2001).

“I would encourage those who would like to attend to try and get together a good group of your peers for what is always a very enjoyable dinner.”

Tickets are priced at £60pp with tickets reduced to £30pp for students/U25s.

Please contact Tom Montagu-Pollock ( C2 1996-2001) for further information.

Keep up to date with the latest Blues' news on Facebook here.

Lower Sixth Careers Fair - can you help?

The Guidance Department are looking for OMs, holding fairly senior roles, who would be able to come along and talk to the L6 pupils about career opportunities in their industry sector.

There will also be a Q&A session regarding routes in, qualifications required, personal attributes looked for by employers etc. 

The event will take place late afternoon on Tuesday 15th March 2016 with an invitation to drinks and supper in College afterwards by way of a thank you. 

If you think you could help, please email Elizabeth Headlam in the Guidance Department.

OMs and the Varsity Match

With the first Varsity Match being played in 1872, it is one of the world's longest running sporting fixtures.

A number of Old Marlburians and members of Common Room, both past and present, have played in the prestigious fixture. Recent performers with Marlborough connections include:

Tim Marvin – Housemaster of Preshute – was a member of the Oxford XV that defeated Cambridge in December 1985, his second blue after appearing in the 1984 encounter.

John Henry Bothwell (B2 1986-91), Oxford

Keith Budge (CR 1984-1995), Oxford

Owen Jones (TU 1993-95), Cambridge

Former Ireland international Tyrone Howe (CR 1997-99) was a beak at Marlborough and played in the Oxford side in 1994 and 1995.

Gavin Turner (CR 2007-2015) enjoyed consecutive wins as an Oxford Blue in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The next contest takes place this afternoon at Twickenham, 2.30pm kick-off.

Desperate Measures

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘problem play’ Measure for Measure has opened at the Jermyn Street Theatre to positive reviews. Angharad George-Carey (MO 2004-07) stars. 

The interpretation of the original is not a close one; the plot is roughly followed but this production, renamed Desperate Measures, is a musical set in London in the 1960s. Despite its differences, the production keeps the dark drama and comic relief of the original, and has received a five-star review from British Theatre. 

George-Carey is described as “eye-catching and charismatic as both the Prime Minister’s po-faced advisor and Chantille, a sultry prostitute” and the production as a whole as “inventive, energetic and ambitious”.

Desperate Measure’s runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until December 20th, tickets can be booked on the theatre website here.

OM Art Exhibition

The Mount House, December 2015Drawing is an activity most of us where doing before we could speak and write so it is no surprise that this seemingly basic way of communicating is celebrated.

The current exhibition at the Mount House shows the work of five Old Marlburians who have studied to MA level in Fine Art. Each one has taken a different journey and developed a very particular and distinctive practice yet they have identified the common discipline of drawing as a way to meet again at the art department were they all studied at A-level.

The large brush and ink drawings of Tyga Helme (MM 2003-08) are reminiscent of Chinese painting. The picture surface appears littered with marks but this is something of an illusion, each brush stroke is a short dab allowing white space to shine through in a wonderful fresh glow.

Emilie Pugh (PR 2004-06) is using light itself as her drawing medium, this is shown most directly in 'Psukhe' a work using printed perspex sheets illuminated in a light box, her other work although not back lit shows a similar luminosity and has the mystery of images showing nebula and distant galaxies.

Rose Arbuthnott (PR 2004-06) works with serious subject matter and cleverly walks a tightrope between the crass and the comic. A panda strolls across the picture frame offering it's back for prime advertising space while the world around it appears to be falling apart.

The etchings of Freya Wood (NC 2001-06) show a lyrical sensitivity of the local landscape, places that many of you will know and see afresh in these beguiling and sometimes tender scenes.

Zanny Mellor (MM 2000-05) seems acutely aware of her years of training and has purposely shed any artfulness with bold brave strokes of white gesso over deep black paper. Her work shows a sophistication that is nowhere near as primitive as described.

The show is on until Saturday 12th December and is really worth seeing, it proves that in our world of factions and dispute there is the common language of drawing that can bring us together.

Ray Ward
Art Technician

Dambuster hero's medal auctioned for charity

The family of Flight Lieutenant John ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood (C1 1935-39) are to sell his medals to help fund a new dam in Africa.

In what his 92 year old sister describes as a “fitting tribute”, money raised from the sale of the medals will be donated to WaterAid, who will use it to fund a new dam in Uganda. His niece, who has already published his biography from letters he sent home during the war and encouraged the sale of the medals, said:

“We are a large family and it wouldn't have been right if the medals ended up going down one side of the family in the future. When we realised the value of them we felt it was a unique opportunity to put them to good use.”

It is hoped the medals will raise around £40,000.

Flt/Lt Hopgood was killed in action aged just 21 after his Lancaster bomber lost both engines. Despite the damage to the aircraft, he was able to gain a height of 200ft enabling two crew members to bail out – the lowest ever successful parachute jump - before crashing. He won two DFC’s in his lifetime, but despite his bravery was not awarded any medals posthumously.

The catalogue for the sale of War Medals, Orders and Decorations on Tuesday December 15 can be viewed here. Flt. Lt. Hopgood’s medal is Lot 945.

The Marlburian Club Magazine

Don't miss out on the latest edition of The Marlburian Club Magazine.

Packed with original and engaging content, as well as picture galleries from events and OMs around the world, the 2015 edition is now available online.

Simply click here to access the latest edition. Enjoy the read!

Chapel Choir CD on sale

Marlborough College Music Department proudly presents a beautiful new CD of music for Advent and Christmas: Light Born of Light.

Recorded by the Chapel Choir in the opulent acoustics of the College’s splendid chapel, this CD celebrates a continuing era of outstanding achievement for the choir and will surely delight many listeners for years to come. The repertoire is an eclectic mix of traditional carols, enhanced by lesser-known gems and features the College’s famous Beckerath organ which contributes towards a thoroughly inspirational and uplifting experience.

Priced £15, available now via The Marlburian Collection website.

Sara Charlton Foundation

Sara Charlton FoundationSara Charlton Foundation, a charity set up by Antonia Packard (SU 2002-04), have released a film to highlight the impact of domestic violence on women and their children.

The film is set to an amended soundtrack of the well-known song “the Twelve Days of Christmas” revealing a Christmas filled with emotional pain, physical abuse and mistreatment.

The charity was set up in memory of Sara Charlton, a woman who dedicated her life to helping vulnerable women. The charity’s aim is to carry on her good work.
Click here to view the advert.

OM Art Exhibition

There will be an alumni exhibition of contemporary drawing in The Mount House Gallery this Friday 27th November.

OMs with work featured in the exhibition include:

Zanny Mellor (MM 2000-05), Freya Wood (NC 2001-06), Rose Arthbutnott (PR 2004-06), Emilie Pugh (PR 2004-06) and Tyga Helme (MM 2003-08).

The exhibition will run from this Friday until Saturday 12th December, 2pm-5pm. For more information please call 01672 892 411.

Brothers' charity work recognised by PM

A charity founded by Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77) and his brother, Arun, has been given a Points of Light award, recognising outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

The Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, tweeted, ‘Arun and Mayoor Patel from Polio_Children are todays # Points of Light for changing hundreds of children’s lives’.

Arun and Mayoor Patel (PR 1973-77) founded the charity Polio Children in the UK in 2003 after visiting a school for children affected by polio in Rajasthan.

Having suffered polio as an infant, Arun learned from his own experience that a good education was the best way to live a full life despite the lasting effects of polio. The brothers wanted to give other children the same chance to complete their education and live life to the full as other children, and since then they have raised over £1.2m and helped to change the lives of over 1,000 children.

Click here for more information.

Guardian Masterclass in Effective Writing

OM Club President Olivia Timbs’ next Guardian Masterclass in Effective Writing, How to communicate clearly through writing, is to be held on Tuesday 17th November at the Guardian, Kings Place. 

Olivia also runs a Masterclass on How to write an academic paper and get it published.

For full details can be found on the Guardian website or visit Olivia’s website here.

A Breakthrough Brit

Ed Perkins (TU 1999-2004) has been named as one of the 18 emerging talents selected as this year's Breakthrough Brits.

Now in its third year, Breakthrough Brits in partnership with Burberry, is the UK’s leading initiative that identifies, supports and celebrates the most promising newcomers across film, television and games.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2009, Perkins cut his teeth working for the National Geographic, before making behind-the-scenes documentaries for such celebrated works as Project Nim (2011), The Imposter and Searching for Sugar Man (both 2012).

With the subject of his first feature-length documentary, director Ed Perkins struck gold… Garnet’s Gold (2014). After a near-death experience in the Scottish Highlands, Garnet Frost believes he discovered the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie hid his gold. Twenty years later, Frost decided to try to relocate the hiding place and Perkins was there to capture his journey every step of the way. Naturally, the film is not simply about the charismatic Frost’s treasure-hunting and more about his existential search to understand himself. Shot over the best part of four years, the documentary, which was produced by two-time BAFTA-winner Simon Chinn, is impressive filmmaking and clearly made by someone who both understands and loves the genre.

Garnet’s Gold recently won Best Newcomer Documentary at the 2015 Grierson Awards

Full house for OM Carol Service

Such has been the interest, the OM Carol Service on Thursday 10th December is now fully subscribed.

The service will take place at St Michael's in Chester Square at 7pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

A reserve list is now in operation with those interested in attending asked to email Joe Witcomb via

International Property Award

Lara Cowan’s (MO 1992-97) company Grenadine Escape collected the International Property Award for Caribbean Real Estate Marketing last month.

Grenadine Escape is a luxury travel and real estate company specializing in the Caribbean destinations of Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and has featured in How to Spend It, Conde Nast and Vogue magazine.

Making Headlines

Michael Elwyn (B3 1956-61) received complimentary mention for his role in the National Theatre revival of Granville Barker’s politically-charged play ‘Waste’.

The Guardian described the performance as a “remarkable dissection of English malaise” and Elwyn’s performance specifically, as “sharply observant”.

Waste runs at Lyttelton Theatre until January, tickets can be booked on the National Theatre website by clicking here.

Vote for Bio-Bean!

Arthur Kay (PR 2004-09) has been nominated for Shell’s liveWIRE top ten Innovator programme for his Bio-Bean project.

The Shell LiveWIRE programme was established over 30 years ago. Their Top Ten Innovators Awards programme accelerates entrepreneurial innovation in LiveWIRE businesses around the world and helps young entrepreneurs turn bright ideas into a long-term source of income.  By creating a group of Top Ten Global Innovators liveWIRE supports the creation of role models for other young entrepreneurs, demonstrating clearly that introducing innovation supports growth and job creation.

For more information (and to support Arthur and Bio-Bean, an award-winning green energy company that has industrialised the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels) please click here.

The Bonniest Companie book launch & exhibition

OMs in the Northumberland area are invited to attend a book signing and exhibition of artwork created for the book by Olivia Lomenech Gill (MM 1990-92).

The event will take place on Thursday 3rd December in Belford, Northumberland.

About the exhibition

In her extraordinary collection, Kathleen Jamie examines her native Scotland - a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban - and her place within it.

In the author's own words: ‘2014 was a year of tremendous energy in my native Scotland, and knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, and follow the cycle of the year.'

The poems also venture into childhood and family memory - and look ahead to the future. The Bonniest Company is a visionary response to a year shaped and charged by both local and global forces, and will stand as a remarkable document of our times.

For more information please email Olivia or call 01668 213888.

Date set for South West France Lunch

France lunch 2014The Marlburian Club South West France Lunch will take place at 12.30pm on Saturday 2nd April at Au Village, 31530 Le Castéra.

For further information or if you would like to book please contact Regional Secretary, John Wilkinson, via phone on +33 5 61 06 94 03 or +33 6 19 83 93 25.

Alternatively, please email John by clicking here.

OM Directs Best Newcomer Documentary

The Lost Gold of the Highlands (Garnet's Gold), directed by Ed Perkins (TU 2004-09) The Lost Gold of the Highlands (Garnet's Gold), directed by Ed Perkins (TU 2004-09) has won Best Newcomer Documentary at the 2015 Grierson Awards.

The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson. Its forerunner, the Grierson Memorial Trust, was founded in 1974.

The Grierson Trust was established in 1972 and commemorates the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson (1898–1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of documentary. The organisation is responsible for the annual British Documentary Awards, more fondly known as The Griersons, which are awarded each autumn. The Trust also invests in an active education programme teaming with Into Film and other educators to provide workshops and specialist mentoring for budding documentary makers.

Memories of Marlborough...

Victor Yiu (C3 1992-97) recently returned to the College for the first time since heading off as part of the class of 1997 a little over 18 years ago.

Returning to Wiltshire along with his family, Victor enjoyed an extensive tour with Marlburian Club staff during an evocative visit – taking in sights both old and new.

“I had five great years in C3,” he recalled. “As a foreign pupil coming from a totally different background and culture, I was very grateful that my housemaster, beaks and fellow C3 members helped me to settle so quickly. I truly enjoyed the friendship and the unique culture in the house.”

Victor is pictured here standing proudly in Court, a place that holds a special place in the hearts of Old Marlburians from across the globe.

“Court is the symbol of Marlborough College. I am grateful the education that I received at the College, in particular the education on values and personal developments.”

He continued: “Returning some 18 years after I left, it looks as though the tradition still plays a big part whilst there have been some developments too.”

Living in Hong Kong, there is one quintessential English pastime that he continues to enjoy – thanks to cold afternoons up-field in the early nineties.

“I first learned how to play rugby at Marlborough. Despite I was only an average player during my time here.

“I never played on the XV pitch, but I developed a keen interest in the sport which I continue to play in a Hong Kong league and occasionally coach young players too.”

OM on The Apprentice

Look out for Cressida Cowell (BH 1982-84) appearing on next week’s 'The Apprentice - You’re Fired’.

Cowell, the author of How to Train Your Dragon, will feature on the episode to be broadcast on Wednesday 4th November at 9pm.

The episode will see Lord Sugar set candidates a surprising task - write and design a children's book, and record an accompanying CD, before selling it to London's bookshops.

Click here to find out more.

Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell

Jenny Balfour Paul (B1 1968-69) talks about her highly acclaimed new book Deeper than Indigo: tracing Thomas Machell forgotten explorer, at The British Library on Monday 26th October at 6.45pm. 

Deeper than Indigo is based on Thomas Machell’s journals which Jenny discovered at the British Library.  Hailed by AN Wilson as 'One of the most remarkable books I have ever read', it describes Jenny's own incredible travels through the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific while following Machell’s extraordinary life and adventures.

They include his eye-witness accounts of the First Opium War, travels up the Indus River, a voyage to the remote Islands of the Marquesas - where he had an affair with a cannibal princess - work on indigo and coffee plantations in India, travelling with Muslim merchants by Arabian dhows from Kolkata to Suez, and life during the Indian Rebellion.

Click here for further information.

A Dealer in Words - an evening with Rudyard Kipling

As part for the College's commemoration programme for the World War One Centenary, we are pleased to present a new stage production based on readings from Kipling's poetry and prose, with music from the acclaimed band Head North.

Performed by a stellar cast, this charity evening is in aid of The Not Forgotten Association, a unique national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick, and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. Kipling's son Jack died at the Battle of Loos exactly one hundred years ago, a battle which also claimed the lives of 23 Old Marlburians.

As we continue to honour their memory, please join us for this very special occasion.

Click here to read more information.

Tickets can be purchased clicking here.

Video: Club Day 2015

Around 200 Old Marlburians and their guests returned to College on Sunday 11th October for Club Day 2015.

There was a busy programme of events with a concert featuring Michael Boxford (C1 1955-60), a Girls' Hockey match, shooting in the range and a series of exhibitions.

A video feature on the day can be viewed here.

Girls' Hockey Fixture

The OM Girls’ Hockey XI took to the field on Club Day as they returned to familiar surroundings for a fixture against the College XI.

New Club Secretary Louise Burn (MO 2006-11) gathered the squad together which included several recent leavers.

Burn commented: “Everyone was really keen to play and we had about 19 players available. Hopefully the game can become an annual fixture given we had such interest.”

The College ran out 3-0 winners but it was an enjoyable afternoon’s hockey with many OMs in attendance to witness the entertaining encounter.

Concert Date Announced

The Pico Players have announced the date of their next concert, which will take place on Friday 23rd October 2015.

The concert will return to the warm comfort of St. Michael's Chester Square after their last outdoor concert among the elements! All proceeds raised through ticket sales and donations will be split between two excellent causes; Save the Children - Syria Appeal and Music for Youth.

Since the Pico Players started in April 2014 they have raised over £10,000 for chosen charities over just three concerts.  Much of this is down to their supporters' great generosity. 

Click here for more information.

Graduate opportunities

Have you recently graduated or are you going to in 2016?

Financial recruitment specialists Halliday Marx, set up by John Marx (B2 1987-92), recruit across all levels within finance and accounting teams. They are looking to hire two graduates per year for the next three years.

So if you have just graduated or are about to graduate in the next year or two, and might be interested in a career in Finance/Accounting recruitment in London, then get in touch with John Marx via email or call 020 3402 6370.

King Frank

Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79) was featured on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are last week. 

His mother told him that her family had arrived in Britain with the Normans. He traces his family history to discover if there is any truth in the rumour. 

The hour-long programme is available on BBC iPlayer until 20th October and can be viewed here.

Bletchley Park: Code-breaking's Forgotten Genius

Gordon Welchman (C3 1920-25) Gordon Welchman (C3 1920-25) is the subject of a BBC documentary ‘Bletchley Park: Code-breaking's Forgotten Genius’.

The feature looks at his work as a codebreaker crucial to the allies defeating the Nazis in World War II.

Filmed extensively at Bletchley Park – click here to watch the feature which is available to view on iPlayer until Wednesday 7th October.

OMs complete 3,600km Rickshaw Run

Six Old Marlburians have just completed a 2,000 mile drive through India, raising £2,000 for charity.

Taking part were Guy Wilkinson (CO 2009-14), Harry Parker (SU 2009-14), Rory Govan (BH 2009-14), Ollie Foster (TU 2009-14), Joe Macguffog (C2 2009-14) and Nick Clark Bryan (BH 2009-14).

The group were raising funds for theSPRINTfund and Cool Earth, which works alongside indigenous villagers to halt rainforest destruction. The adventurous drive was made in motorised rickshaws, three-wheeled vehicles with a top speed of 35mph. Click here to read the full story.

Dr James Deboo

James Deboo (TU 1992-97) is currently writing his second book following a move back to Cumbria.

Having finished at Marlborough in 1997, James attended Lancaster University and his wife, (Thirza (SU 1997-99), studied medicine at Liverpool.

After the birth of their first child, Ruth, the couple moved back to Marlborough with Thirza later working at Marlborough Medical Practice until Easter 2015.

“We moved back again to the Lakes in May 2015 as we missed the hills and the sea!” said James, in an email to the Club Office.

“Thirza is a partner in a GP surgery round the corner and I’m currently writing my second book - about the Lakes. Peter (‘Paddy’) Deboo is two-years old next week and Ruth is six in September. Time flies!”

Click here for more information about Dr James Deboo's first book - 'Souls of Lonely Places'

Club Day 2015

Club Day 2015 will take place on Sunday 11th October – so please put the date in your diaries.

The change to Sunday was deemed to be a great success so we will continue to hold Club Day on a Sunday going forward.

This year we are delighted that the ISHL Under 18’s Girls Hockey League will take place on the Maples Hockey pitch and there will be an OM Ladies v MC match at 12.30pm.

Club Day will feature an Exhibition of the Artist in Residence’s work in the Mount House Gallery, an exhibition in the Archives, screenings of ‘The 749’ and we are delighted that Michael Boxford (C1 1955-60) will play the College’s Steinway and also accompany The Master as he sings songs from Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’.

The ‘749’ film about OMs in the Great War will be shown throughout the afternoon and Peter Finn, Master in Charge of Shooting, is opening the Shooting Range for all comers during the afternoon.

Do come along to the Marlburian Club AGM at 10.00am after which you are invited to join the School at Chapel.

A registration page for Club Day is available here.

Attitude is Everything

Stephen Reid (SU 1980-85) is now heavily involved with the charity, Attitude is Everything, which improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.

Reid was a promoter, band manager and nightclub owner for 20 years, and is now a farmer in addition to his role as Chair of Attitude is Everything’s Board of Trustees.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

Having begun as a pilot project in 2000, they are now a fully independent charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations. They encourage events producers to go beyond the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act and implement best practice, providing a fair and equal service to their Deaf and disabled customers.

Find out more visit the charity, make a donation here or to contact Stephen direct, email him here.

University Challenge

BBC2 viewers will have spotted Jack Ruddy (PR 2007-12) leading Queen’s, Belfast to a strong win against Sussex University in University Challenge, shown on Monday 31st August.

He is reading History at Queen’s. Click here to watch in full as Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

1993 Hockey Reunion

Members of the 1993 Hockey XI met for drinks in London on Wednesday 26th August for an informal gathering.

Drinks were enjoyed at The Duke of Clarence on Old Brompton Road before the group headed off for a curry where tales from tours to Holland and Germany were relayed.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Imran Tayabali (LI 1989-94, stand-in), Ed Harvey (CO 1989-94, organiser/shepherd), Rufus Pearl (TU 1990-95), Neil Farquharson (Grad Assistant), Justin Skinner (C2 1988-83), Ali Wade (TU 1989-94), Jon Copp (CR 1981-) and Nick Brown (CO 1988-93).

Thanks to Ed Harvey for organising a very successful and fun evening!

Allen Wedgwood (CO 1906-11)

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Allen Wedgwood (CO 1906-11) wounded and missing at Gallipoli - 19th August 1915 - as it says on the stone on Wedgwood.

The Knight from Nowhere/The Bells

Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-1998) and Alethea Steven (NC 1994-1999) are returning with their company ACS Random to Park Theatre in North London with The Knight From Nowhere/The Bells.

Showing from November 24th - December 19th - a double bill celebrating the life of Sir Henry Irving, greatest actor of the 19th Century and the first actor to be knighted.

Knight From Nowhere is adapted from Andrew's acclaimed 2005 production about Irving, with The Bells being a recreation of the play that made Irving an overnight star in 1871.

Tickets are on sale for a thrilling festive Victorian romp here.

Irving clearly was a man of great insight - sending both his children. the actor HB and playwright Lawrence, to Marlborough.

Dates for your diary...

The Preshute 2003 Leavers Reunion will take place on Saturday 10th October (the night before Club Day) at Marlborough.

The next Property Group Networking Event will take place on Wednesday 14th October in London.

Join us for the next Arts & Media Networking Event at The George in the Strand (London) on Wednesday 21st October.

Full details will appear in the Events section soon.

Thanks George!

The Summer School team would like to say a huge thank you to George De Moraville (PR 1999-2004) for 12 wonderful years working at Marlborough College Summer School.

An OM, George is currently a Housemaster at Ashdown House Prep School. Today was his final day at Summer School, with John Blake (Director, Marlborough College Enterprise Ltd) handing over a gift on behalf of Summer School.

We will miss you George!

John Manser

SABMiller plc, a brewing and beverage company, confirmed that its chairman John Manser retired from the board and has been succeeded by Jan du Plessis.

Mr. Manser joined the board in 2001, was appointed Senior Independent Director in July 2010 and became Deputy Chairman in 2012. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was, until his retirement in February 2013, Chairman of Shaftesbury plc.

For the full story click here.

Saracens Announce new CEO

Congratulations to Heath Harvey (B1 1986- 90) who has been appointed as CEO of Saracens Rugby Club.

The move comes after overseeing Wembley’s transformation into one of the most highly regarded sports, music and entertainments venue.

He told Saracens' official website: "After almost six years at Wembley Stadium it is an enormous privilege to be joining Saracens Rugby Club as CEO. It has been my pleasure to have watched Saracens grow their audience of loyal fans, year on year, to reach world record levels, and it is this bold vision and relentless ambition that attracted me to join the club."

Get well soon Alec!

Best wishes to Alec Cunningham (C3 1970-74) who is recovering from a nasty blow sustained in Sunday’s Blues’ match.

After a trip in an ambulance to St Thomas's X-Rays revealed that his eye and nose were fractured.
Alec made 32 on the day as the Blues comfortably knocked off the Westminster target of 123 to win by seven wickets.

We wish Alec a speedy recovery!

Tangled Thread Theatre Ltd

We've recently heard from Pip Brignall (L1 2002-07) about his new Theatre Project, Tangled Thread Theatre Ltd, which aims to create paid opportunity for young actors and creatives.

Their next project is a piece of new writing by young playwright Abrahan Arsis, exploring the psychology of family. 'Only Forever' is a claustrophobic and intense play that asks audiences how far you would go to protect your family. They have just secured a venue for the play at The Hope Theatre in Islington, and have started putting together a talented company of young creatives to direct and design the show, and will soon start looking for the perfect cast from the many actors graduating from Drama Schools this Summer.

As a new company they are currently dependent on financial support to enable them to pay all of our company properly and still put on a thrilling and exciting show that audiences will love.

Click here to find out more about the company or email Pip if you are able to offer any support to this project.

Retirement for long-serving Headmaster

Charlie Bush (CR 1982-93) is retiring this summer after ten years as Headmaster of Oundle School.

He arrived at Oundle in September 2005, following 12 years as headmaster of Eastbourne College.

Prior to that he was housemaster and head of mathematics at Marlborough, head of mathematics at Abingdon School, and he taught initially at Aylesbury Grammar School.

Click here to read a full news story courtesy of the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

Martin Evans

Martin Evans, former Club Secretary, would like to thank the many OMs and colleagues who kindly sent cards and kind messages following his recent heart bypass operation.

He has been in touch with the Club and is pleased to say he is on the mend.

If you would like to leave a message for MCWE, please email him here.

Charity Horse Race

Sara FleckSara Fleck (PR 2003-05) rode in the 2015 Macmillan Charity Race at York Racecourse on Saturday 13th June, one of 12 jockeys who helped to raise £103,405 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

In an email to The Marlburian Club, Sara said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and in particular to all that donated so generously to Macmillan.

"After some six months of training, race day arrived and after a change of horse (I rode Royal Preserve) we had a flying start to the race going straight into the lead on the inside rail!

“We led for 6f of the 9f race, but were then overtaken by some of the horses used to running over the longer distances and finished a respectable ninth place. The winner was Jonathan Gill, who not only rode to victory aged 61, but also owned and bred his horse ‘Relight My Fire’ himself – some achievement!"

The Men Behind Monty

Richard Mead (SU 1960-65) has recently had The Men Behind Monty published by Pen & Sword, with a foreword written by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Monty’s son. 

The Men Behind Monty examines the role played by the staff in the victorious campaigns of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, Britain's most successful field commander since the Duke of Wellington.

When Monty took command of Eighth Army in August 1942, he inherited the staff of his predecessor. He retained all the key members and most of them stayed with him not only from El Alamein to Tunis, but also in Sicily and Italy. When he took command of 21st Army Group in January 1944, many accompanied him to take up the most prominent positions on the HQ staff and the majority remained until the German surrender in May 1945.

This fascinating work focuses not only on the senior officers responsible for the various staff branches, and notably on Monty's outstanding Chief of Staff, Freddie de Guingand, but also on his personal staff, the ADCs and personal liaison officers.

The book sheds light on the work of the staff generally, and on their direct contribution to Monty's decisions, his sometimes difficult and controversial relationships with his superiors and allies.

The Great Gilletts

Congratulations to Past President Professor Alan Gillett OBE (C2 1944-48) and his wife Patricia who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

In a note to The Marlburian Club office, Alan writes: “We received a lovely card with picture of Her Majesty the Queen and a personally signed letter inside!

“We had a short Thanksgiving service at St. Peter's church in Ealing, round the corner from where we have lived for nearly 50 years. We have both lived in Ealing all our lives and produced five children of whom three went to Marlborough and Hannah our granddaughter, now 29, was in Morris House the fourth generation in that building as her great grandfather, her grandfather (me!) and father (James) were all in C2 there.”

Great Grandfather – Herbert William Gillett (C2 1908-1912)
Grandfather – Professor Alan Gillett (C2 1944-48)
Father – Oliver James Gillett (C2 1971-75)
Uncle – Timothy Richard Puckeridge Gillett (C2 1974-78)
Aunt – Sarah Lucy Sharman (LI 1979-1981)
Granddaughter – Hannah Mary Gillett (MO 1999-2004)

He added: “Is that a record?  We now have five children, sixteen grandchildren and one great grandson from our third son Tim.”

Hattie Briggs' live dates

Hattie Briggs (MM 2006-11), who recently released her debut album ‘Red & Gold’, will be performing at The Drawing Room in Chesham this Saturday.

Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014. The 22 year-old quit Oxford University in the 2nd year of her Russian degree to concentrate on her musical career in January 2014. 

Since then, her music has been played on TV, on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music as well as many regional BBC radio stations. She released her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ in April 2015 with a single ‘A Beautiful Mind’ on the same day.

She said: “This weekend coming I’ll be doing two shows.  On Saturday I’ll be at The Drawing Room in Chesham and then on Sunday evening I’ll be doing a Sofar Sounds gig (I would tell you all about it except that it’s a secret).

“I had two great gigs last weekend - a tea party show in Cheltenham for Maggie’s Cancer Charity, and a fantastic house gig near Worcester.  Can’t wait for my living room tour in September! There are lots more shows coming up in the next few weeks/months.”

Key role for Captain Cooke-Priest

Old Marlburian Captain Nick Cooke-Priest (LI 1983-85) has been playing a key role in the rescue effort off the coast of Libya.

Cooke-Priest is Captain of HMS Bulwark, a 19,000-tonne assault ship, involved in the EU’s mission to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to the continent.

He told The Guardian: “In many ways this search and rescue mission is like an amphibious operation – I’ve deployed landing craft and aircraft in multiple waves, in poor visibility, operating autonomously over the horizon – the objective this time, of course, being to save life.

“But it’s only through being trained for high-intensity war-fighting operations that we are able to execute such activities in peacetime.”

Read more from the rescue effort here.

The Audience on Broadway

Michael Elwyn (Emrys-Jones, B3 1956-61) is currently appearing in The Audience on Broadway alongside Dame Helen Mirren, DBE (above).

Speaking of his time so far, he said: "It's hard to distill the experience into a few words. It's my Broadway debut - after 51 years as an actor. We've been sold out every night. American audiences have laughed louder and longer than in London, and there are standing ovations every show.

"We now wait to see if Helen wins the Tony award. I'm living 40 floors up on W43rd with a view down the Hudson to the new World Trade Centre building and the Statue of Liberty. I have loved exploring New York, and seeing it pass from freezing cold to boiling hot," he remarked.

"William de Segundo (C3 1958-62) came with his family to see the play - and he entertained me to a splendid dinner."

Any OMs coming to see The Audience should go round to the Stage Door after and make themselves known to Michael - he would love to say hello!

Top ten finish for Latif

Alessandro Latif (B1 2009-14) underlined the progress he is making during his rookie campaign in the fiercely-disputed Pro Mazda Championship in 2015 with a strong run to a top ten finish on his oval racing debut in the Freedom 90 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Already an accomplished and successful sportscar protagonist, rising young British star Latif has steered his burgeoning career stateside this year, and he headed to the 0.686-mile Indianapolis-based oval eager to continue his positive learning curve in open-wheel competition and add another string to his burgeoning bow.

Click here for the full story.

Norman's Conquest raises over £260,000

Norman Yarrow

Norman Yarrow (CO 1973-78) has just completed a 215 mile walk along the Southern Upland Way in Scotland, raising over £260,000 for Parkinson’s UK and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of just 53 in 2013, Norman was joined by a total of 250 supporters at along the walk which finished earlier this month.

Braving hail, snow and driving rain the group started out from Port Patrick on the west coast and walked an average of 15 miles per day, finishing at Cockburnspath on the east coast.

For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Well done Norman!

Business, Banking & Finance Industry Networking Event

The Marlburian Club welcomed two authorities on the banking crisis to the Business, Banking & Finance Industry Networking Event on Wednesday 13th May.

Eighty guests attended the event, which was held at Rathbones in London, and we are very grateful to the company for hosting this evening. Previously the BBC’s Chief Economic Correspondent, Hugh Pym (C1 1973-77),  was joined by Tony Lomas, Chairman of PwC’s UK Business Recovery Services as guest speakers. Read the review here.

VE Day 70th anniversary

Today is the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the second world war in Europe.

We take time to remember the 417 Old Marlburians who died in World War Two.

Can you be an e-mentor?

As you will know, today’s young OMs face unparalleled competition when they move towards employment due to a number of factors such as globalisation.

Experienced and objective advice which can give them a steer when they come to position themselves effectively in the job market can be invaluable.

If you would be willing and able to field questions as an E-Mentor from a young OM who has questions about negotiating the real world of work, the College which is hoping to forge a series of links between the pupils who leave this summer and OM professionals would very much like to have your contact details and professional area of knowledge.

Kindly send them to if you are able to help.

A hero called Hoppy

John HopgoodA new book tells the story of John Hopgood (C1 1935-39), the Dambusters raid pilot whom even his boss Guy Gibson regarded as 'the best'.

His story is now being told through his own words after family papers - including logbooks, diaries and letters that he sent to his loved ones - were released.

Born in August 1921 in the leafy village of Hurst in Berkshire, Hopgood was the son of a London solicitor and a descendant of both the Fison fertiliser dynasty and an earl of Oxford.

His life of upper-class privilege saw him attend prep school before boarding at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. There he excelled at sport and joined the Officer Training Corps. The strict public school upbringing taught Hopgood discipline and teamwork. He was definite RAF officer material.

Click here to read the full article.

Austrian Opportunity...

AustriaSt. Gilgen International School, a small boarding school in the heart of the Austrian lake district, is looking for boarding assistants from September 2015.

The school looking for young females who would like to enjoy a year gaining experience in their school. On offer is accommodation and meals to the Residential Boarding Assistant in return for full immersion within the boarding school. 

For more information please send your CV by email here.

Boat Race Victory

Congratulations to Georgina Daniell (MM 2007-12) who was a part of the winning Oxford Women’s reserve boat at the 2015 Boat Race.

21-year old Georgina, who is studying Experimental Psychology, rowed for the women’s reserve crew which beat Cambridge to become the first women to pass the finish line on the championship course.

DW Race

Jeremy Chappel (Pic: Gazette)Congratulations to Jeremy Chappel (SU 2004-09) who has become the youngest member of the Devizes to Westminster 1,000 Mile Club after completing his eighth race at the weekend.

The 24-year-old completed the 125 mile canoe race for the first time in 2008 as part of a junior doubles crew while at Marlborough.

Since then he has competed every year and took part for the eighth time in the senior doubles race last weekend, with teammate Harry Armytage, crossing the finish line in Westminster with a personal best time of 23 hours 52 minutes.

Click here for the full story courtesy of the Gazette & Herald.

Edinburgh Dinner next Thursday

New Club, EdinburghThere are now nine days to go until the OM Edinburgh Dinner and Reception at the historic New Club, Scotland’s oldest Private Members’ Club, courtesy of our host Major James Scott (LI 1942-46).

The Master and Mrs Emma Leigh will be in attendance along with Club President Richard Fleck (B3 1962-67) and Club Chairman Christopher Carpmael (C1 1980-84).

Last year’s dinner was a great success with a wonderful diversity of age. From recent OM leavers currently at Edinburgh University to those who left in the 1940s as well as every decade between represented.

Do join us this year on Thursday 16th April, 7.15pm for 8pm, for what promises to be a very jolly evening. Click here to visit the booking page or call 01672 892382.

POSH Production

Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) is currently directing the first revival of Laura Wade’s play POSH, a co-production with the Nottingham Playhouse and Salisbury Playhouse.

The play is currently showing through until Saturday 4th April 2015.

She is also a freelance BBC radio producer, having worked for the last ten years on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and arts programmes on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service.  She speaks four languages and frequently gives workshops around Europe on acting, directing and European Theatre. She now lives in London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Hamish helps out

Hamish Lazell (BH 2005-10) took time out recently to show 13 pupils from the Chinese department around Pembroke College, Cambridge.

The pupils were attending the ‘China Goes Global’ conference on Thursday 12th March, with the lecture given by Robbie Gifford of the Economist, on the subject of ‘What does China want?’

The day was organised by Tom Kirkwood (TU 1981-86, Council Member) and Ed Holyroyd-Pierce (LI 1995-2000, CRCCAsia).

Gallery: Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner 2015The Marlburian Club Annual Dinner took place on Thursday 12th March 2015 with around 260 guests enjoying the evening.

A gallery of images from the evening can be found here.

If you have pictures from the event that you would like to share, then please email them here.

Another promotion for OMFC

Joel Hughes wheels away after scoring against OC IIsOMFC has secured an impressive fourth promotion in as many years, with a 2-2 draw at the weekend enough to seal their place in the top flight.

The squad went into the game against Old Malvernians knowing a point would be enough for promotion and took a point thanks to a second half strike from Cameron Gordon (PR 2009-14).

Daniel Black (C3 1999-2004) commented: “Barring a rogue change of the rules we will be playing in the Arthurian League Premiership next season alongside the elite footballing old boys outfits.

“Quite frankly it’s a phenomenal result considering where the club has come from only six or seven years ago. Well done to all concerned.”

Click here for a full report from the encounter.

Marlburian Collection: Shop Online

The online shop for the Marlburian Collection is now live, offering high quality mementoes of Marlborough College to all members of the Marlborough community, past and present.

We hope you will find something you like, whether you are looking for yourself or for birthday, Christmas or other anniversary gifts. All profits from the Collection will go towards increasing bursaries and scholarships.

Click here to browse The Marlburian Collection or to start shopping.

Annual Dinner this Thursday

Annual Dinner 2013A reminder that The Marlburian Club Annual Dinner at Marylebone Cricket Club is a complete sell-out.

Thank you to all who have booked in for the event, which will take place this Thursday 12th March 2015.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Remember to follow @OldMarlburians on Twitter

1990s Leavers’ Reunion

Richard Pembroke (B1 1985-90) is organising a 1990s Leavers’ Reunion at the College on Saturday 13th June. 

Invitations will be sent out soon but if you are a 1990s leaver and interested in finding out more contact Kate O’Connor.

Dates for your Diary

Mumm Winery, CAA number of new events have been announced as the events calendar continues to take shape for 2015.

There will be an Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 21st April which will be followed by drinks, with no charge for OMs.

On Friday 13th May the next Business, Banking and Finance event will take place, held at Rathbones on Curzon Street, London. Details for both events can be found on the individual pages.

Two events based in the USA have also been confirmed, with a West Coast Reception at the Mumm Winery in Napa Valley on Sunday 26th April before the East Coast Reception on Tuesday 2nd June.

Contact the club for all enquiries or take a look at the forthcoming events page.

SE Asia Marlburian Club Dinner

Richard FleckMembers of the Marlburian Club and their spouses met at the Singapore Island Golf and Country Club at the invitation of the Singapore Marlburian Club Secretary, HY Lau, and the President of the Club, Richard Fleck on Saturday 28th February.

There is an event review of the evening available here or for a gallery of images please click here.

Gaer's tribute to Medawar

Peter MedawarOn the 100th anniversary of his birth, the ground-breaking work of Sir Peter Medawar (B2 1928-32) has been remembered by two pioneering Old Marlburians.

Jullien Gaer (BH 1974-1978), a cardiac surgeon working at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals, recently visited Hyderabad to give a lecture to the Indian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.  

There he met Dr Kumud Dhital (B2 1974-79) who now runs the cardiac transplantation programme at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and whose work has recently been noted worldwide with ‘dead’ hearts transplanted into living patients successfully for the very first time.

Gaer, who was joined on the trip by his daughter India (NC 2013-), commented: “The interesting twist in the tail is that no transplantation, of the heart or any other organ, would be possible were it not for the work of Peter Medawar. 

“Medawar’s life’s work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1960, laid the foundations for our understanding of the process of rejection.  Without him all this would still be in the realm of science fiction.”

Click here to read more about the work of Dr Kumud Dhital.

Thank you OMs!

OMs return to College, February 2015The Hundred recently attended the Careers Speed-Dating, an event where OMs from all sectors of employment came to talk to us about their particular professions.

The College would like to thank the following OMs who gave up their time to return to Marlborough and discuss their respective careers:

Alix Young (MO, 2001-2003)
Manager at The Pear Tree at Purton

Ben Hawkins (PR 2000-2005)
Part II Architectural Assistant at Granit Chartered Architects

Bertie Hubbard (C1 2003-2008)
Co-founder of online tuition business MyTutorWeb

Chris Bishop
(PR 2000-05)
Equity Sales at Aviate Global

Charlotte Gibson (EL 1998-2003)
Government Relations Advisor at Shell

Henry Price (CO, 2007-2011)
Higher Engineering Apprentice at GE Aviation

James Lydiate (SU 2002-2007)
Contract and commercial management at Accenture

Joe Hare (1999-2004)
Asset Manager at Canada Life

Kelly Osborne-Morshead (MO 2002-2007)
Campaign manager at Expedia

Lewis Dawnay
(LI 2000-2005)
Research Engineer – Advanced at Dyson

Tim Fosh (C1, 1998-2003)
Associate solicitor at Slaughter and May

Tom Geddes (TU 2004-09)
Practicing medicine in the Army

C3 Racing Partnership

An opportunity has arisen for C3 alumni to own a share in the promising two-year old colt ‘Pack It In’.

Purchased at Doncaster Premier Yearling sale, the horse is already showing great promise gearing up for the 2015 flat racing season. 

Trained by Brian Meehan at Manton, situated on top of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire, this is an opportunity to become involved in racehorse ownership exclusive to anyone associated with C3 House. Click here for further information.

History awaits OMFC

OMFCWith only one point required from their remaining three games, OMFC are on the verge of a historic fourth consecutive promotion.

The side were 11-0 winners over Old Haileyburians on Saturday.

Click here for a report.

Oxbridge Networking Group

Ravi Mittal (SU 1986-91) is looking to establish an Oxbridge networking group. He plans to hold the inaugural event, a drinks reception, at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in late spring.

If you are interested in coming along or hearing more, please email Kate O’Connor, Alumni Relations Manager, by email here.

David Jervois (C1 1942-47)

A cricket club administrator who spent 50 years in the same voluntary job has died after a short illness.

David Jervois (C1 1942-47), who was 86, died in Torbay Hospital where he was being cared for after suffering a stroke.

Click here to read the full obituary.


Pico Players announce second concert date

Following the success of their inaugural concert in October 2014 which raised over £8,000 for Parkinson's UK and Live Music Now, the Pico Players are delighted to invite you to their second concert on Friday March 27th 2015 at St John the Divine, Kennington. 

Rosie Wintour (MM 1996-2001) - founding member of the group. Music will include Schubert's overture to Zauberharfe & 8th Symphony as well as Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin. It promises to be another exciting evening! All funds raised will be split between their chosen charities.

Early Bird tickets at £12 are available until the end of February. Click here for tickets.

CCF Cadets meet OM

Twenty-one Sixth Form Cadets enjoyed an enlightening tour of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Tuesday.

There was a busy morning for the Cadets before lunch in New College where there was time for further discussion with Senior Term Cadets, including William Bird (CO 2004-09).

Click here to read the full review of the visit.

'Mesmeric' portrait of Sir Winston Churchill restored

A portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, said to be his daughter’s personal favourite, has now been fully restored by India Dewar (NC 2002-07).

India’s father, Hamish Dewar, who led the one-week project, said the painting is now in "perfect" condition.

Click here to read the full story online courtesy of The Telegraph.

Former Dame to be Marlborough's next Mayor

Councillor Margaret RoseMarlborough's town councillors have chosen Councillor Margaret Rose as the town's next Mayor. 

She will succeed Mayor Marian Hannaford-Dobson for the 2015-2016 term of office.  She is currently the Town's Deputy Mayor and for 27 years Councillor Rose was a 'Dame' at Marlborough College.

Click here to read the full story in Marlborough News Online.

OM returns to discuss Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Alastair Monty (PR 2001-06) came to talk to pupils at the College about the Morehead-Cain Scholarship and his experiences as a student in the US. 

Alastair is currently a law student, taking the GDL at BPP University and has worked as a private biographer, an intern as an Investment Banker Analyst at JP Morgan and a teacher at a school in Namibia.

Click here to read the full review.

Professional Squash Tournament Results

The Marlborough College Open took place over the weekend of 23rd-25th January 2015, staged by the Professional Squash Association.

Players in the top 100 (world ranking) took part and it was a competitive day of squash, with Tom Ford eventually named the winner. Full results from the day can be viewed here.

With thanks to OM Shakeeb Alireza (PR 1988-93).

Seven up for OMs

OMFCOMFC ran out 7-2 winners against Old Reptonians on Saturday afternoon.

It was an impressive victory which keeps the Old Marlburians a point clear at the top of the Arthurian League.

Report to follow.

Cockroaches - continues Tuesday!

Freddy SybornFreddy Syborn (B1 2000-05) is the writer of ITV2’s new comedy Cockroaches, which continues on Tuesday evening.

Click here to read more about the show, which will start at 10pm.

Read an interview with the pair here, which appeared in The Observer on Sunday 18th January.

Top of the league...

OMFCOMFC have made a fine start to 2015 with two wins from two, including a big win at the weekend.

The side are currently top of the Arthurian League Division One and on Saturday ran out 6-0 winners at home to Old Wykehamists I.

This result followed a 7-3 thumping of Old Aldenhamians I the week before, bringing the goals for tally to an impressive 13 goals in just two games.

View the latest league table, results and fixtures here.

Careers’ Speed Dating Event

Careers NetworkingIf you left Marlborough between seven and 12 years ago, we would love you to come back and chat to the Hundreds about your career sector.

We can promise a lively evening and we’ll even treat you to a curry supper in Common Room afterwards!

We’d love to hear from you soonest if you would be prepared to come along on Tuesday 10th February.

Also from anyone in a different line of work – all welcome. We are looking for people to chat about:

Biomedical Research
HR or PR
Chartered Surveying
Pharmaceutical industry

Please click here and email us for more information.

Annual Dinner is a sell-out

Following tremendous interest, this year’s Marlburian Club Annual Dinner is now sold-out with around 260 guests booked up.

The black-tie event will take place in The Long Room at Marylebone Cricket Club on Thursday 12th March.

Club President, Richard Fleck CBE (B3 1962-67), will be in attendance alongside a particularly distinguished line up of guests which will include the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and his wife Emma; along with past Masters John Dancy, Roger Ellis, David Cope, Edward Gould and Nicholas Sampson.

A very special evening is anticipated in front of a sell-out gathering. A reserve list is still in operation – please call Kate O’Connor on 01672 892384.

Martha Rose Bishop

Congratulations to Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), Marlburian Club Chairman, who became a grandfather to Martha Rose on Wednesday 17th December.

Congratulations also to Martha’s parents Oliver Bishop (PR 2000-2005) and his wife, Charlotte-Lise.

Jane Hardstaff

The sequel...Debut author Jane Hardstaff’s (LI 1982-84) Executioner’s Daughter was chosen as Children's Book of the Week by The Sunday Times and The Times in 2014. 

The sequel, River Daughter has just been published by Egmont and is the children’s book of the month.

Follow her on Twitter here.

Festive greeting well received...

The Marlburian Club has received a number of heartfelt responses to the Christmas e-card.

Featuring a verse from the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, it was emailed out to Old Marlburians shortly before Christmas Day and has now been played over 1,500 times.

Whilst the focus of the festive season is now over, we thought we would share just some of your testimonials…

“Very many thanks for the lovely Christmas Greetings card, a great surprise and very much appreciated.”
N. D. Anderson (CO 1957-62)

“As the proprietor of a dotcom business, and a chorister whilst at Marlborough, your Xmas card meets with my approval – best use of modern technology!”
Mark Lee (B1 1974-79)

“Wow!  That was superb!  I’m choked up!  I was at Marlborough 1981-1982 (middle 6th) as an English-Speaking Union exchange student, and I sang (bass) in the church choir all year!  What a great year it was, and what a beautiful reminder of Marlborough at Christmas!”
Jeffrey Jamieson (B2 1981-82)

“Loved the card! Thank you. Merry Christmas from San Francisco.”
Zaza (Horne) Berven (CO 1973-75)

“Ever so many thanks.  A great choir, a great setting and atmosphere - and a great message for Christmas.”
Richard Bewes OBE (B2 1948-53)

“Just to say how delighted I was to receive your greetings along with the clip of the College choir. As a former choir member and one who is still very actively involved in music making it was very much appreciated.”
Stephen Brain (LI 1965-67)

Harold 'Tich' Radford Rosebowl

Mark Wright, Louis Gaillard (Tu, L6), Aubrey Waddy, Roger Preston, Marius Baldrey (CR), Peter Bryan (CR), Alex WildmanThe Marlborough Courtiers will be holding the Harold “Tich” Radford Rosebowl Tournament on Saturday 10th January at the College.

The squash tournament is open to all OMs, pupils and there should be several Common Room entrants as well.

The tournament will take place in the College courts with a 2.15 pm start. Please contact Marlborough Courtiers Club Secretary, Alex Wildman (C2, 1984-89), if you are interested in taking part.

Follow us on Twitter

If you are an OM and on Twitter, then please follow us!

The Marlburian Club has a dedicated account for OM news, events and information.

Click here to follow the OM Twitter account.

Careers’ Speed Dating Event

Careers NetworkingIf you left Marlborough between seven and 12 years ago, we would love you to come back and chat to the Hundreds about your career sector.

We can promise a lively evening and we’ll even treat you to a curry supper in Common Room afterwards!

We’d love to hear from you soonest if you would be prepared to come along on Tuesday 10th February.

Also from anyone in a different line of work – all welcome. We are looking for people to chat about:

  •     PR
  •     Marketing
  •     Law
  •     Accountancy
  •     Medicine
  •     Chartered Surveying
  •     Science related careers
  •     Journalism

Please click here and email us for more information.

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