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Journey to the East
16 December 2014

Nick Codrington (BH 2004-09) Nick Codrington (BH 2004-09) is now halfway along a cycle expedition from London to Hong Kong, currently heading through the Uzbekistan desert.

Nick and his friend Laurence Gribble are raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Any support for the cause would be very welcome. Their progress can be followed by clicking here.

Careers’ Speed Dating Event
10 December 2014

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.

YMF Art Auction raises almost £10,000
09 December 2014

We are very grateful to all those OMs who supported our recent online art auction which was run in partnership with Paddle8.

Imaginative and original works of art, created by many successful OM artists and present Marlborough College students, were donated to the auction and bought by collectors from all over the world.

Some busy last minute bidding assisted The Young Marlburian Foundation (YMF) and Marlborough College , to raise £9,268 for the YMF bursary programme.

Lillingston Events
08 December 2014

Eliza SangsterIf you are looking for someone to organise an event for you, Eliza Sangster (MM 2005-10) is now working as a Junior Event Producer for Lillingston, who organise events for high profile corporate and private clients. 

Eliza was in touch recently to offer work experience to our current students.

Fundraising for One25
08 December 2014

Charis Lawry-Wright Through a campaign to raise both awareness and money, Charis Lawry-Wright (MO 2003-08) raised £2,950 for the award winning Bristol Charity One25

Charis promised that if she hit her target of £2,500 she would shave her head and donate the hair to the Little Princess Trust, who provide wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

Click here to watch a video of her efforts. Congratulations!

Olivia Ford exhibition
04 December 2014

Olivia Ford (NC 2000-05) is exhibiting at Dock Street Gallery until 12th December. 

States of Three brings together three female artists taking a moment to pause and examine the ethereal world of sensations, emotions and thoughts, bringing to life the world that rules us from the shadows of our minds. Each artist takes a different approach, leaving the viewer at the intersection where the three collide.

The exhibition runs until 12 December. Click here for more information.

C3 gathering in Kenya
04 December 2014

At the base of Mount KenyaTom Burnell-Nugent sent us this photo of Joe Hars, Harry Bristow, Daniel Black and Joel Hughes along with Gordon Schofield at his wedding to Nyachomab Kairuki, all gathered at the base of Mount Kenya. 

He thought it rare for six OMs from the same year and house (C3 1999-2004) to all be together in Kenya!

Arbuthnott's Award
04 December 2014

George ArbuthnottCongratulations to George Arbuthnott (C2 1998-2004) who this week won the campaign of the year for The Sunday Times for his work on slavery in modern-day Britain.

Judges said: “This was a campaign which showed the sort of campaigning investigative journalism pioneered by William Stead on the Pall Mall Gazette is alive and well on Fleet Street today.

“It exposed a little-reported scandal affecting some of most vulnerable people in the world and helped prompt the Government to table the Modern Slavery Bill.”

Click here for the full story courtesy of the Press Gazette.

The 749 - Film Now Online
02 December 2014

The 749 - the writings and experiences of Old Marlburians in the First World War

This film, which lasts 58 minutes, has been made as part of the College's First World War Centenary Commemoration, and tells the stories of some nine members of the Marlburian community one hundred years ago.

It is based very much on their writings and on their experiences told through their own words, or through the words of those who have known them either personally or by studying them. It attempts to link their past with our present, and in so doing to preserve the collective memory of all those who served and who gave their lives.

To watch the film please click here.

Carbecue - cooking on car engines!
18 November 2014

Alfred Cary (TU 2005-10) is the man behind the new book, Carbecue, that seeks to explore the largely unexplored phenomenon of cooking on car engines.

The idea is to harness the large amount of waste heat produced by car engines to cook delicious meals.

Head of House and Captain of Hockey during his years at the College, Cary is now in his fourth year at Edinburgh – where he came up with the idea. The idea is to harness the large amount of waste heat produced by car engines to cook delicious meals on as you drive to your destination.

“I heard about engine cooking last summer and thought that it was a brilliant idea. After a few trial runs I thought it worked so well, that I better write a cookbook about the process," said the 22-year old.

“It has been a real labour of love, but 12 months down the line and I have finally self-published and am just in time for Christmas to try and sell it," added Cary.

Click here to find out more or to purchase a copy of the book.

Online Art Auction in Aid of YMF Bursary
18 November 2014

Imaginative and original works of art, created by many successful OM artists and present Marlborough College students, are being sold via the innovative online auction house Paddle8, to raise funds for an invaluable bursary programme.

Marlborough College and The Young Marlburian Foundation (YMF) have partnered with Paddle8, to auction donated paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and printmaking.

Click here to visit the auction page or here for the full story on the College website.

Digital Players off to a flyer
17 November 2014

The scene at the inaugural Digital Players meet up, November 2014Around 20 OMs gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Digital Players group in London on Monday 10th November.

Digital Players is a new Marlburian Club industry group geared towards those working or interested in shaping the digital economy.

Click here for a review of this successful first event.

Atlas reunion date announced
12 November 2014

2013 Leavers are invited to attend the 2013 Leavers' Reunion at The Atlas in Fulham on Monday 15th December.

All you have to do is confirm your attendance by visiting the event page here.

The event will begin at 6.30pm and is always a well attended and well received evening.

Gallery: Club Day 2014
11 November 2014

Club Day 2014 saw several hundred OMs return for the pre-1967 Club Day Reunion. The AGM preceded Chapel before a reception for Club Members in Court. Lunch was followed by a talk by David Walsh (C1 1960–65), co-author of Public Schools and the Great War, in the Memorial Hall.

An extensive gallery of images from a most wonderful day can now be viewed on the Marlburian Club Facebook page.

Gallery: Malones v Old Cliftonians
11 November 2014

The Malones 2014The Malones gathered for a fixture against Old Cliftonians as part of this year's Club Day.

42 match images from the game can now be found on the Marlburian Club Facebook page.

Shell students commemorate OM fallen
11 November 2014

Shell students have commemorated OM fallen alongside their names that were discovered graffitied on their classroom wall earlier this year.

The wall in North Block has more than 60 names dating back to the early 1900s and includes Allen Wedgwood and Ralph Kite MC.

The names were copied down from the wall and researched by the students. Posters were made in memory of those men that went on to be killed in WW1.

"It is a very sobering thought to imagine those boys stood here in this classroom writing their names more than a hundred years ago," said Form teacher Hugo Tilney.

"Each boy would have been filled with hopes and dreams for the future - as our students are today - and yet for so many of them their lives were soon to be cut short.

"It has been a thought-provoking process for this class and they were very quick to realise that one reason you might write your name on a wall is in order to be remembered. I hope that we have gone some way to achieving that."

749 members of the Marlborough community – pupils, beaks and staff – lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. Find out more about their stories on the Marlborough College Archive website here.

Visions of Peace
10 November 2014

It was wonderful to welcome back around 40 Old Marlburian singers on the evening of Sunday 9th November for 'Vision of Peace', a service of music and readings for Remembrance Sunday.

It was incredibly poignant to have several generations of Marlburians commemorating those who sat and sang in these pews 100 years before them. An evocative, entirely fitting celebration in words and music.

Click here for a full review.

Digital Players event - tonight!
10 November 2014

The inaugural gathering of the Digital Players group is just around the corner and will take place this evening, Monday 10th November in London.

The event will get underway at 6pm at the Rack & Tenter pub and there will be a small tax to cover canapés - but no speeches unless you're bringing along Brian Blessed, just a chance to unwind amongst like minds. 

Contact Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87) or Jim Spender (C2 1987-92) via email for more information or RSVP via LinkedIn.

Finalists reveal their designs
06 November 2014

Marlborough College has released images of the five concept designs shortlisted in the invited competition for the £10 million overhaul of its science facilities.

Teams led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare Architects, Orms, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, and Tim Ronalds Architects are competing for the project to upgrade and expand the college’s 1934 grade II-listed Newton building.

Click here for the full article.

Sir Nigel Gresley statue planned for King’s Cross
04 November 2014

Sir Nigel Gresley (B1 1890-93)Plans have been unveiled for a statue at King’s Cross Station of renowned engineer Sir Nigel Gresley (B1 1890-93), who designed locomotives, carriages and wagons for the London & North Eastern Railway between 1923 and his death in 1941.

Sir Nigel’s achievements include the design of the Mallard; the fastest steam locomotive in the world, as well as the Flying Scotsman.

See the full story in the Scotsman.

Winning weekend...
02 November 2014

OMFCOMFC returned to College with a 4-2 win over Old Malvernians on Saturday.

The Arthur Dunn Cup fixture saw the OMs register a solid victory on a fine Wiltshire afternoon.

The side have had a solid league season so far, with four wins from their opening six fixtures.

Click here to visit the Arthurian League FA website.

OM named MI6 successor
01 November 2014

Alex YoungerOld Marlburian Alex Younger (SU 1976-81) has been named as the next chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

Younger, 51, oversaw MI6's work on counter-terrorism in the run-up to the London Olympics, will take over the post this month.

This Christmas, don’t look behind you...
27 October 2014

Hamlet, Park TheatreAndrew Shepherd (LI 1993-1998) & Alethea Steven (NC 1994-1999) will be following on from their company ACS Random's acclaimed five star sell-out production of Much Ado About Nothing at London's Park Theatre with a chilling version of Shakespeare’s iconic tale of revenge and murder, Hamlet, from December 2nd - 15th at the same venue.

The classic tragedy is turned into a terrifying Victorian ghost story, for something a little darker this festive season. Book tickets online by clicking here for further information.

They've got some exciting plans for expansion this year, so find out more about ACS Random and get in touch at

Video: Governor's Cup Rugby
13 October 2014

Watch a video round-up of the Governor's Cup weekend including interviews with Tom Geddes (TU 2004-09), John Inverdale (Old Cliftonian & BBC Sport Presenter) and Charlie Harrison (Master in Charge of Rugby).

Click here to view the video feature.

Action-packed Sunday
12 October 2014

Sunday was a busy day at the College with Club Day taking place as well as two competitive fixtures against Clifton College.

Club Day saw several hundred OMs return for the pre-1967 Club Day Reunion. The AGM preceded Chapel before a reception for Club Members in Court. Lunch was followed by a talk by David Walsh (C1 1960–65), co-author of Public Schools and the Great War, in the Memorial Hall.

Rivalries were renewed with the Old Cliftonians on the XV as the Malones gathered together for a hard-fought fixture, which was won by the visitors.

The XV was then renamed Hamersley, in honour of Alfred St George Hamersley (C3 1862– 66), recently inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

The highlight of the day was the Governor’s Cup match between the respective XVs from Marlborough and Clifton. This celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the first school rugby match between Marlborough and Clifton College. Sunday’s encounter saw Clifton win the contest 17-0 with BBC Sport’s John Inverdale, himself an Old Cliftonian, on hand to conduct the post-match interviews with the Master, Jonathan Leigh, handing over the prestigious Governor’s Cup trophy.

Pico Players' Concert raises over £8,000
10 October 2014

The Pico Players performed their first concert in London on Friday 3rd October, raising over £8,000 for charity.
Performing at St Michael's Chester Square, the Pico Players played in front of an audience of around 300 guests and Rosie Wintour (MM 1996-2001) - founding member of the group - was delighted with what proved to be a very successful inaugural concert.
“We raised around £5,500 from ticket sales and donations on the night - then Macquarie kindly offered to match half of whatever we raised!
“The total raised is now is over £8,000 for Parkinson's UK and Live Music Now. The Albany Trio - who played with us - are members of Live Music Now and will be taking the piece they played with us to various care homes and schools as part of their work with Live Music Now.”
The Pico Players is an orchestra providing an opportunity for those who have played to Grade 8 standard at some point, who are keen to pick up their instruments again and make beautiful music!  Their next concert will be around Easter next year.

For those who are interested please email Rosie Wintour, call 07793 502694 or look at their Facebook page or Twitter account.

Club Day: Programme and Attendance List
07 October 2014

Today the College is looking forward to welcoming all OMs to the 2014 Club Day and will extend a very warm welcome to those attending the pre-1967 Club Day Reunion.

Following the AGM at 10.15am there will be the traditional OM Chapel Service with the Chapel Choir in attendance.  The Master will address Club Members at the Reception in the Marquee in Court from 12.15pm and lunch will follow in the Norwood Hall.

During the afternoon David Walsh (C1 1960–65), co-author of Public Schools and the Great War, will give a talk in the Memorial Hall and you will be able to view an exhibition of WWI material in the Archive.

We celebrate the Governor’s Cup 150th Anniversary of the first school rugby match between Marlborough and Clifton College with an Old Boys’ Match as well as the 1st XV fixture. A ‘naming ceremony’ will be held for the XV pitch in honour of Alfred St George Hamersley (C3 1862– 66), recently inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

As usual there will also be House Visits, School Tours and afternoon tea will be served at 4.00pm in Court.

Click here for the event programme.

Grantchester - starting tonight!
06 October 2014

GrantchesterJames Runcie's (B2 1972-77) novels are being turned into the latest period mystery drama detective drama, launching on ITV this evening, Monday 6th October.

Happy Valley actor James Norton will star alongside Robson Green for the six-part series, which is set in 1950s Cambridgeshire.

Adapted from the novel, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by Runcie, the series is written for ITV by Daisy Coulam, who has previously scripted EastEnders and Casualty.

The first episode of Grantchester airs this evening, Monday 6th October, 9pm on ITV.

Governor's Cup Dinner
01 October 2014

Join us to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first Inter-Schools Rugby fixture at a celebratory Governor's Cup dinner, with guest speaker Kevin Bowring.

The dinner takes place at College on Saturday 11th October - and tickets should be booked by close of play this Friday 3rd October.

Full details can be found here.

Gallery: Business, Banking & Finance
29 September 2014

The latest Business, Banking and Finance event took place on Thursday 25th September at HSBC Private Bank.

Around 60 guests enjoyed the night which included a talk from Michael Stoddart (LI 1945-50), one of the founding fathers of the UK venture capital industry. The guestlist included a range of ages – including current Marlborough College pupils, undergraduates and OMs at different stages of their careers.

Speaker Alisdair Wade (TU 1989-94) also addressed the room, discussing the prospect of establishing an OM Angel network, which aims to bring together OM business “angels” with OM entrepreneurs looking for funding and advice. If you are a potential angel investor, an entrepreneur or a small business advisor and would be interested in being involved then please contact the Development Office.

Once again a thank you to Club President Robin Janvrin for his assistance with the venue and also to Banking & Finance group secretary Imran Tayabali (LI 1989–94).

Click here for a gallery of images on the OM Facebook page.

Modern Languages: After Marlborough
25 September 2014

On Friday 19th September three ML linguists, Alec Kingham (LI 2002-07), Fred Puckle Hobbs (LI 2004-09) and Floris ten Nijenhuis (LI 2006-11) visited the College.

They returned to talk to all the Upper school linguists about their ML degrees, gap years and years abroad, and also how languages have enriched their lives and enhanced their careers.

New Bishop of Hereford
19 September 2014

Congratulations to The Right Reverend Richard Frith (B3 1962-67) who has been appointed as the 105th Bishop of Hereford. 

He will take up his position on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

New KCVO appointment
19 September 2014

Air Marshal Ian MacfadyenAir Marshal Ian MacFadyen CB OBE (C2 1955-60) has been appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) for his service as Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.

Arthur Kay receives £400,000 eco award
18 September 2014

Congratulations to Eco-Entrepreneur Arthur Kay (PR 2004-09) who was presented with The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge award of £400,000 by Dame Ellen MacArthur in Amsterdam on Sunday evening.

The money will help to fund his start-up company bio bean Ltd which turns coffee leftovers into bio fuel.  He will use the money to advance plans to recycle up to 40% of London’s coffee by this time next year.

Mayor Boris Johnson said in the Evening Standard: “This level of green innovation is brilliant to see — we are 100 per cent behind bio-bean, which is absolutely full of beans.”

Read an interview with Arthur in the Huffington Post HERE.

Business, Banking and Finance Networking Reception
09 September 2014

Bookings are now being taken for the Business, Banking and Finance Networking Reception, which will take place on Thursday 25th September at HSBC Private Bank.

Members of the Entrepreneurs group are also invited to attend as we are exploring how the two groups can support each other.

Michael Stoddart, one of the founders of the UK venture capital industry, will speak at the event, which will be held in the wonderful surroundings of HSBC's Private Bank in London courtesy of Club President Robin Janvrin.

Click here to visit the event page.

Dr Francis Hanford (C3 1927-33)
08 September 2014

The Funeral of Dr Hanford will take place on Wednesday 10th September at 2.30pm at St George’s Church, Ogbourne St George.

All welcome.

OM drone a part of the Digital Revolution!
03 September 2014

Ayhan Dawood (B1 1975-80) will be part of a brand new audio-visual collaboration as one of four drone pilots at the Barbican Theatre.
Musical pioneer John Cale will join forces with speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young to re-imagine another, increasingly pervasive, industrial innovation.

LOOP>>60Hz will mark the final weekend of Digital Revolution – the Barbican’s immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames which is currently on at the Centre. Click here for further information.

Ayhan also has his own company - flyingbear – providing affordable aerial imagery and video in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

First World War Archive website launched
26 August 2014

As part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War, the College has today launched an extensive archive website.

The First World War Archive website includes the Roll of Honour and copies of The Marlburian from 1900-1925 – which have been digitally recorded, so that it is accessible and searchable. There is also a timeline, factfile and several other features. Click here to visit the site.

Book now for Club Day 2014
26 August 2014

Club Day 2014 takes place on Sunday 12th October and booking is now open.

We are delighted to invite all OMs to the 2014 Club Day and will extend a very warm welcome to those attending the pre-1967 Club Day Reunion.

Click here to visit the Club Day event page for more details.

Latif stretches lead to 14 points
26 August 2014

Alessandro LatifAlessandro Latif (B1 2009-14) has extended his lead in the Pro-Am Trophy after enjoying his most successful Blancpain Sprint Series race weekend of the year.

The young British GT driver placed first in class in the latest two rounds in Slovakia over the weekend as well as scoring his best overall race results of the year. Click here for the full story in the Swindon Advertiser.

Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4
19 August 2014

On Silbury HilllAdam Thorpe’s (C2 1970-75) book on Silbury Hill is featured as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

Silbury Hill - together with Stonehenge, Avebury and the remains of numerous barrows - forms part of a Neolithic landscape about which very little is known or understood.

Thorpe describes his book as '"a marble cake of different soils. Memoir, data, theory, streaks of poetry, swirls of fiction" - but he is not alone in having been drawn to explore the meaning of the largest prehistoric mound in Europe.

Click here for Episode 1: The base of Silbury Hill covers five acres of Wiltshire turf which have not seen sunlight for 4,300 years. A review courtesy of The Guardian can be found here. And another from The Daily Mail here.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins Trophy - this Sunday
01 August 2014

Marlborough Blues are back in action this Sunday as they take on the Radley Rangers competing for the right to retain the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Trophy.

The prestigious trophy, pictured left, is named after the late CMJ and his strong cricketing connections with both schools.

The Blues won the inaugural match last summer and the two sides go head to head this weekend at Marlborough.

The match starts at 11.30am on the XI with all spectators welcome.

In the news: Siegfried Sassoon
29 July 2014

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, actor David Harewood narrates an animated interpretation of the poem How To Die by Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04), as featured on the BBC website.

In the work Sassoon, who gained recognition by writing about his own experience as a soldier and who became known as one of the leading poets of the Great War, describes the horrors of the trenches and battlefields in realistic detail, and rails against the idea of combat being a noble undertaking.

Click here to listen to the BBC Newsnight animation by Aslan Livingstone-Ra. Soldier played by James Fletcher. Poem courtesy of the Sassoon Estate.

OM Summer School Drinks - this Wednesday
28 July 2014

OMs who are a part of Summer School 2014 are invited for drinks in Court this Wednesday 30th July, 6-7pm.

There was a small gathering of OMs and former Beaks at the first meet on Wednesday 16th August before another meet seven days later. On a warm and welcoming evening in Court, stories were exchanged as guests enjoyed the chance to catch up in familiar surroundings.

Please note the drinks are only for OMs directly involved with Summer School.

For more information regarding Summer School please click here.

1964 Cricket Reunion
25 July 2014

It’s fifty years since the XI narrowly failed to beat traditional rivals Rugby in the annual two-day fixture that concludes the summer term, and forty nine years since largely the same team triumphed by six wickets in 1965.

Up until the end of that decade the match was played at Lord’s, and to celebrate the anniversary, virtually the entire group got together for a lunch on the eve of this year’s Lord’s Test against India.

The idea was conceived at the reception for 50th Anniversary Dinner for the 1963 Rugby XV, to which David Allen (C1 1961-65) had been invited in the place of his late brother, Richard (C1 1959-63).

A few "locals" also attended the reception, including another cricketer, Paddy Hosier (SU 1961-65). The pair formulated some initial plans, involving a lunch at Lord’s. This was soon considered a shade downmarket, and one of the mainstays of the batting in both 1964 and 1965, Peter Brooks (CO 1960-65), in his capacity as the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Genting UK plc, provided a venue with an address worthy of the event: Mayfair, W1. Specifically the lunch was held at Crockfords.

The beak in charge of cricket at the time, David Green (CR 1962-95), was sadly unable to attend, but our coaches were well represented, by Dennis Silk (CR 1955-68) and David Essenhigh. Dennis was hugely influential at MC as housemaster, sage, expert on Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04), beak in charge of rugby, cricket luminary and much more, and David, the groundsman through the sixties, contributed enormously both to teams collectively and young bowlers and young batsmen individually.

As everyone assembled in Crockfords’ magnificent main dining room we were greeted by a splendid variety of memorabilia, much of it provided by the captain. In addition, the College’s Archivist Dr Terry Rogers (CR 1964-14) had located two perfect antidotes to age-related cognitive decline, the scorebooks from the period. Every dot ball and every run from half a century earlier could be verified; exaggeration had to be ruthlessly curbed.

It was remarkable that all but two of the 1964 and 1965 sides were able to come, although slow left armer John Meikle (C2 1961-65) could only make it the following day, to part two of the celebration in the Warner Stand at Lord’s for the opening of the India test. The missing players comprised both of the Nigels: Barak (B1 1960-64), who used to apply record-breaking revolutions to his wrist spinners, and Gay. South Island NZ to London W1 was an island too far for the former, and Nigel Gay (SU 1961-65), one of the backbones of the batting in 1965, sadly died young.

None of the group is still playing cricket, which meant that we were collectively put to shame by David Essenhigh, who is still turning out with both bat and ball at the age of seventy eight, although he does concede that he has recently dropped down to first change. Nevertheless, everyone appeared extremely fit: the two Davids, mentioned above, Peter Brooks (CO 1960-65), immaculately attired, Chris Pyemont (PR 1960-65), Chris Page ((C2 1961-66), “as in book”, as he once called out to confirm his name to a punctilious scorer), Paddy Hosier, Peter Greene (C3 1961-65), Richard Freedman (PR 1963-67), Graham Outram (C1 1960-64), Nick Ross (PR 1961-66), Philip Matthews (B3 1961-65), Aubrey Waddy (B1 1960-65), and in an honorary role as the cheerleader for the year, and brother of the great Marlburian cricketer and journalist Christopher (B3 1958-63), Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65).

In an amusing speech, David Walsh (C1 1960-65) entertained the gathering with precise vignettes of the cricket we had played. He recalled the contributions made by the two guests, and rightly thanked not only Peter Brooks for providing the use of Crockfords, but also Otto Hoenig and his staff who looked after us magnificently.

Somerset Churches
15 July 2014

Somerset ChurchesHugh Playfair (CR 1960-68), who taught History at Marlborough College, has written two lovely and lavishly illustrated books on Somerset Churches.

Jewels of Somerset deals with Stained Glass in Parish Churches from 1830 and Keeping Somerset Churches deals with worship, pilgrimage and community in Somerset.

The photography is superb, with a most interesting script to accompany them.

Interview with Olivia Gill
16 June 2014

Olivia GillOlivia Lomenech Gill (MM 1990-92), shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for her book, Where My Wellies Take Me, has been interviewed on film in her studio.

The book is written as if it’s a child’s sketchbook so Olivia had to remember how to draw as a six-year-old – although, as you see from these etchings, she did allow her more current work to slip into the book as well.

Click here to view the interview.

Marlborough College Careers Fair 2014
11 June 2014

Having bumped into a contempory who was also speaking I took the chance to see it from the pupils’ perspective and sat in his session (thanks Bob Threlfall (TU 1984 – 89)). 

It was great to see how engaged the students were: the engineering industry seems to be gaining some good hands.  This energy continued as James Spender (C2 1987 - 92) and I warmed up for the digital industry session boosted by an impromptu thanks from the Master, impressively straight off the plane from Malaysia.  It was a great privilege to interact with the pupils: sharing what I do for a living, hearing what they want to do and informing their thinking on how to get there.  Once the discussion was over we had supper in the common room dining room, a catch-up (great seeing you again Jon) and chat with other industry speakers: a wonderful network has started.
If you have experiences you’d like to share or knowledge you’d like to gain in the digital world please join the Digital Players club on Linkedin or contact

Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87)

The Pico Players - concert date announced!
10 June 2014

After only a few months of rehearsing, The Pico Players have announced their first concert date!

The Pico Players is an orchestra providing an opportunity for those who have played to Grade 8 standard at some point, they are keen to pick up their instruments again and make beautiful music! 

They now have an ever-growing orchestral ensemble that meets on a Monday and is preparing to give a concert at 7.30pm on Friday 3rd October 2014 at St Michael's Chester Square!

Should you be interested in purchasing a ticket for the event please contact founding member Rosie, who will make sure to send you the necessary information as soon as it's available!

For those who are interested please email Rosie Wintour, call 07793 502694 or look at their Facebook page or Twitter account.

Congratulations Harry!
04 June 2014

Harry Vickers and Emma Thornton JonesMany congratulations to Harry Vickers (SU 2000-05) on his engagement to Emma Thornton Jones, daughter of Mr and Mrs Timothy Thornton Jones of Penshurst, Kent.

The proposal took place on the Thames, which included a rowing boat and a rare sighting of a whale.

You would have to ask Harry himself for further information!

OM Reading Competition
04 June 2014

The OM Reading Competition was devised to make young Marlburians aware of their cultural heritage.

Originally, the Shell were invited to read extracts or whole pieces of work by OMs who have been published, but the tendency for the same pieces to be read out necessitated a change.

In its present format, each form draws the names of two OMs in a lottery, and then they have to use works from one or both to draw inspiration for their own original work, be it a poem, short story, piece of descriptive writing, a short play or sketch or even a song, which they then have to read/perform to their forms. The best from each Form then compete against each other for the cup, a beautiful, eighteenth century Italian ornamental drinking vessel donated by the OMs.

This year two pieces won, both inspired by Chatwin 's In Patagonia. The winners were Ollie Cutts (LI Sh), reading his own piece entitled I am going to die; the other is a piece read by Anna Pembroke, but written by Seb Callender (SU Sh).

Tessa Packard London
02 June 2014

Tessa Packard featured in ES MagazineTessa Packard London is the debut jewellery label by founder and creative director Tessa Packard (TU 2001-03).

Tessa’s approach to jewellery is two-fold: to create classic, wearable pieces for all ages but equally to push the boundaries of what is deemed classic and every day into edgier waters. Good design and narrative context are, however, the real cornerstones behind her creative principle.

Her work has been the feature of a number of press articles, with the most recent in the Evening Standard.

Click here to read the article or click here to visit the Tessa Packard London website.

'Hugh' Deacon
30 May 2014

The Marlburian Club was saddened to hear of the passing of Squadron Leader V.H. Deacon.

'Hugh' passed away peacefully, aged 86, after a short illness on Friday 5th April 2013.

Sqn Ldr Deacon joined Marlborough College in the mid-1970s at the behest of the then Bursar Jack Asbury to run Norwood Hall.

He retired from the College in 1989 and took a position with a local Aeronautical Company, finishing his working life doing what he loved most – ‘playing with planes’ as well as becoming President of Marlborough Bowls Club.

Memorial Service: Piers Wedgwood
23 May 2014

A memorial service for Piers Wedgwood, 4th Baron Wedgwood (B3 1968-72), will be held at The Minster Church of St.Peter ad Vincula, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4JB on Thursday 19th June at 2.30pm.

All those who wish to celebrate and remember his life are welcome to attend. Directions can be found here.

Click here to read an appreciation an appreciation of Piers, 4th Baron Wedgwood, who died of cardiac failure in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday 29th January 2014.

Gallery: Summer Drinks Party
21 May 2014

A 50-image gallery featuring Monday's Summer Drinks Party is now available.

Ian Leonard, Digital Archive Officer, was in attendance on the night and has provided an extended image gallery.

The gallery can be found by visiting the OM Facebook page by clicking here.

If you are on Twitter, then follow @OldMarlburians for the latest OM news.

Summer Drinks Party Success
20 May 2014

Summer Drinks 2014The Marlburian Club Summer Drinks Party was a huge success with around 300 OMs gathering in London on Monday evening.

The Stationer’s Hall - one of the few ancient Livery Halls remaining in the City of London – provided an elegant backdrop for a memorable OM evening.

Several current members of Common Room were also in attendance with Chris Stevens (Second Master) and Lady Cayley (Head of Boarding) joining Martin Evans (1843 President), Jon Copp (Director of Development) and the Development Team.

Development Manager, Jan Perrins, commented: “A huge thanks must go to Imogen Hendricks, Susanna Spicer and Hattie Jagger for organising the evening. It was great to see so many new faces at an OM event.”

A gallery of images from the event will appear on the OM Facebook page shortly or follow @OldMarlburians on Twitter.

Cricket: Winning weekend
19 May 2014

Blues vs SherborneThe Blues edged their way home in a tight encounter against the Sherborne Pilgrims in glorious sunshine on the XI on Sunday.

This coming weekend sees two fixtures. Alex Foot skippers the Blues against his brother Tiger (XI Captain) on Prize Day this Saturday which is followed by a trip to Winchester on Sunday.

Click here to read a report from Sunday's win against Sherborne.

Follow @OldMarlburians on Twitter for the latest OM news

Master of the Worshipful Company of Broderers
17 May 2014

The Worshipful Company of BroderersCongratulations to Hugh Toler MBE (TU 1967-71) who has recently been elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Broderers.

The Worshipful Company of Broderers, or The Brotherhood of The Holy Ghost of the City of London, was formed to promote and protect the craft of embroidery, a major City trade in the Middle Ages. Though the first hard evidence of their existence in the 13th century has been destroyed by fires and bomb damage, the Broderers are thought to have been around a lot longer. Click here to find out more.

Gibson goes for glory!
16 May 2014

Jamie Gibson, Leicester TigersGood luck to Jamie Gibson (C2 2004-09) ahead of tonight's Aviva Premiership semi-final against Northampton Saints.

The back-row forward has played 25 times for the Tigers this term, scoring three tries, in what has been an impressive start to his career at Welford Road having made the switch from London Irish last summer.

After leaving Marlborough, Gibson went on to read Classics at University College, Oxford.

Tonight's game starts at 7.45pm and will be shown live on BT Sport.

Review: The Past Presidents' Luncheon
09 May 2014

Always a well-attended event, this year's gathering of the Club's 'greybeards' and their guests was held in the historic surroundings of the House of Lords on Thursday 8th May, courtesy of current Club President, Lord Janvrin (B1 1960-64).

Click here to read a review

Review: Frank Gardner evening
07 May 2014

Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79), BBC Security Correspondent and author, spoke to a packed Mem Hall on Tuesday 6th May.

After being introduced fondly by Martin Evans (who took credit for having had a seminal influence on Frank's acclaimed career success!), Mr Gardner began his presentation by outlining some of his recent reportage on gun crime in Los Angeles and on drug trafficking in Colombia. He held the audience spellbound with short news clips and the dramatic photos displayed on the slideshow behind him (including one of him sitting on the tail ramp of a C130 transport plane as it refuelled a helicopter in mid-air!) which gave his anecdotes added impact.

His recollections of being shot at point blank range by terrorists in Saudi Arabia (which left him paralysed from the waist down) served to add to the audience's wonder at the impressive range of reporting he manages to do.

In the question and answer session which followed, he was generous with his advice to current pupils, telling them to cultivate a USP (unique selling point) and to make the most of life at the College. They say the secret to a good talk is to have everyone leave wanting more - and he certainly achieved that.

Matt Gow
Master in charge, Politics

Murder in the Cathedral!
06 May 2014

Pip Brignall (LI 2002-07) has now graduated from University and is embarking on a career as an actor.

He is in a production of T S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, produced by Little Spaniel Theatre in St Bartholomew the Great Church, London which will run from Friday 16th May until Saturday 14th June.
For more information about the play please click here.

Review: OM Property Dinner
02 May 2014

Over 60 OMs made merry at the biennial Property Dinner at the RAF Club on May Day evening.

Click here to read a full review.

OMs enjoy Edinburgh evening
29 April 2014

The OM Edinburgh Dinner and Reception was held at the historic New Club, Scotland’s oldest Private Members’ Club, on Thursday 24th April 2014,

The evening was hosted by Major James Scott (LI 1942-46)and guests enjoyed a reception before sitting down to a three-course meal with wine and port.

Around 35 OMs attended the evening - with the Second Master, Chris Stevens was  joined by Jon Copp, Director of Development.

Look out for an extended review and gallery of images here soon. Follow @OldMarlburians on Twitter.

The Halford Hewitt
15 April 2014

Members of the Old Marlburian Golf Society took part in the historic Halford Hewitt tournament over the weekend and reached the Semi-Finals of The Prince's Plate.
The first three rounds were played at Prince's Golf Club, with the Semi-Finals and Final played at Deal on Sunday.

Read a report from Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65) by clicking here.

South-West France Lunch
15 April 2014

A most enjoyable OM luncheon took place on Saturday 5th April at the home of John Wilkinson, the South-West France Hon. Secretary, in Le Castéra near Toulouse.

There were 25 guests at the lunch, which was also attended by the Master and his wife, Emma Leigh. The Master updated us all with news of the College and he also most kindly sang the Grace. Click here to read a full review of the event or click here to view a gallery of images.

OM Edinburgh Dinner Tickets
15 April 2014

New Club, EdinburghThe next Marlburian Club event takes place in Edinburgh on Thursday 24th April 2014.

The OM Edinburgh Dinner and Reception will be held at the historic New Club, Scotland’s oldest Private Members’ Club, courtesy of our host Major James Scott (LI 1942-46).

Tickets are priced at £55 per person and a cash bar is provided.  The Second Master, Chris Stevens will be joined by Jon Copp, Director of Development, will be updating Members on progress at the College. Click here to book tickets for the event or call 01672 892384 for details.

 The New Club is kindly opening up its facilities to those OMs who wish to stay overnight. Please contact The New Club on 0131 226 4881 and state that you are part of The Marlburian Club for a discounted room rate.

Cup Final glory for OMFC!
15 April 2014

OMFCOMFC won the Junior League Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Old Carthusians IIs.

A full report and pictures from the day will follow but in the meantime, congratulations to all involved!

Follow the latest news from OMs on Twitter via @OldMarlburians

Leisurely lunch
11 April 2014

Six Old Marlburians, all of whom were at the College between 1942-47, met for lunch on Wednesday 26th March.

The gathering was held at Kingham's restaurant in Shere near Guildford. Michael Hutton (C3 1942-46), commented: “It was an extremely convivial and much enjoyed lunch and a toast was raised to MC and its future.”

Pictured above enjoying the meeting are, from the left:

Hugh Baddeley (B3 1943-46), John Case (C3 1942-47), Richard Wright (C3 1941-47), John Crathorne (C3 1942-47), Michael Hutton (C3 1942-46) and Peter Collymore (C3 1943-47).

‘An English Baby Boomer: My Life and Times’
10 April 2014

Will Neil Hall (SU 1961-63), our English Baby Boomer, survive the second half of the twentieth century? His journey, beginning in the twilight years of the British Empire, is one of guts, determination and enterprise. Have tough experiences at eccentric prep schools, followed by Marlborough College in the ‘60s, really prepared him for a topsy-turvy Britain?

Breaking the mould of a professional middle-class background, our Baby Boomer commits the cardinal sin of going into ‘trade’! Importing fleecy white coats from Turkey brings headaches and adventures. Piloting a 17-year-long London-based decorating and interior design business with a Jewish/Swedish pal provides fun and steep learning curves. Dealings with swinging ’60s celebrities also adds flavour. Travel and living abroad spice up life, as does a sideline publishing business with his American wife, Lucinda, and writer son, Tarquin, and a taste of Hollywood movie making with younger son, Alexander. Finally, his knowledge of the English Public School system helps him to create a niche market within the Financial Services Industry.

All the while, something else preoccupies our Baby Boomer: the quest for a higher reality. The teachings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and John Godolphin Bennett provoke new thinking, but this search for the truth eventually leads to a fresh avenue of study. Ideas, transported from East to West, become part of his enduring survival kit!

The book is now available as a Kindle edition or Paperback via Amazon.

Thanksgiving Service for Patrick M Sutcliffe CBE (PR 1936-41)
09 April 2014

A Memorial Service for Patrick M Sutcliffe CBE (PR 1936-41) will be held this Friday 11th April 2014.

The service will take place at 3pm in St Cross Church, Winchester SO23 9SD.

He served with great distinction in WWII after leaving Marlborough, before taking up his place at Cambridge.

Spices & Spandex - The Travel Cookbook
08 April 2014

Spices & Spandex is a unique travel cookbook, inspired by an epic culinary journey. An adventure down the length of the world on a hungry stomach.
It documents the recipes, cultures, characters and challenges encountered along the road as Tom Perkins (TU 2000-05) successfully, albeit eventfully, travelled unassisted through 26 different countries, for 501 days, covering over 20,000km from the UK back to Cape Town, South Africa.

Speaking about the project, Tom said: “Creating Spices & Spandex has been a complete labour of love. From its initial conception to where the project now stands, it has taken three years to develop.

“Travelling down the length of the world on slow moving machines certainly takes its time. This project has my full commitment, passion, and energy. It has been a dream to self-publish this book and so I am currently running a kickstarter campaign to try and raise the needed capital.

“The campaign allows interested parties to 'pre-order' their copy of the book. By buying-forward this allows me to print the book and then send it to you as soon as it’s hot off the press.

“The campaign only has four more days to run, so there is now a real sense of urgency to get the message out there to any potential backers. With your support we can achieve this together!”

To visit the Kickstarter website please click here to watch the video trailer or visit The Nomadic Kitchen website here for more information.

Join the OM Horse Racing Syndicate!
01 April 2014

There are still six places left to join the OM horse racing syndicate!

Henry Cottam (C1 1987-92) is hoping to buy one to three flat racehorses with Roger Charlton, a leading and esteemed trainer based near Marlborough.

The potential horse to buy is currently at Roger Charlton's Beckhampton Stables (near Marlborough) and can be viewed on his website - it is the Duke of Marmalade x Elisium Colt. Duke of Marmalade is the sire of 95 race winners and £1,278,162 in prize money. His Timeform rating was 132 - anything over 130 is considered exceptional.

The plan is to have 12 members (including the trainer himself) each having an equal share in the colt. The cost is £5,000 per share and this would include the purchase of the colt and training fees for the first year.

The horse could have its first run in May this year and arranged visits to Roger Charlton's stable to meet the horse and trainer would also be included.  The trainer himself wants to keep a 10% stake in the horse is seen as a very promising sign.

Please email Henry by clicking here for more information.

OM Girls' Hockey report
26 March 2014

A team of old Marlburian women, spanning seven year groups, took to the newly-laid AstroTurf on Sunday 23rd March to take on the highly successful First XI Girls’ Hockey Team.

The weather left a lot to be desired, with the bright early sunshine overtaken by heavy hail storms keeping both teams on their toes.

The OMs kept the ball safe, playing passes around their young adversaries, but unfortunately two early goals were conceded (the first with a diving finish) leaving the score 2-0 to Marlborough at half-time.

Words of wisdom in the dugout brought the OMs back with renewed vigour and some great feeds down the pitch led to two goals for the OMs (we won’t mention that they were ultimately scored by our Marlburian ringer!) allowing  the visitors to equalise with 15 minutes to go.

A hard fought battle in defence kept the skilful Marlburians out and the OMs were relieved as the final whistle blew. We had no reserves!

A great result all round and we look forward to this event becoming a regular annual fixture in the College calendar.

Thank you to Jon Copp and Jamie Davies for umpiring and to all the supporters cheering both teams on from the sidelines.

Review by Matilda Kay (EL 2002-07). Thanks to Alicia Good for the match images - a gallery is available here.

Here is how the OMs lined up:

GK Lara Good (MM 2007-12)
CB Saki Naylor (MM 2006-11)
LB Freddie Hampel (NC 2007-12)
RB Matilda Kay (EL 2002-07)
SW Rebecca Naylor (MM 2003-08)
CM Gabriella Rose (EL 2007-12)
LM Rosie Morgan (EL 2007-12)
RM Mary Alexander (EL 2005-10)
CF Rosie Dibben (Marborough NC L6)
LF Leonie Lawrence (MM 2001-06)
RF Bella Somerset (MM 2004-09)

Le Déjeuner en France
25 March 2014

The South-West France branch of The Marlburian Club will be gathering for lunch on Saturday 5th April 2014 – and you are invited!
The event will take place at 12 o'clock at Chai John 31530 Le Castéra, France and the dress code is informal.
For further information please contact OM S.W. France Secretary John Wilkinson via email by clicking here

OM Hockey match this Sunday!
20 March 2014

Hockey Team croppedThis Sunday 23rd March will see will two Hockey matches between College 1st XI teams and OMs.
The OM Boys’ team is organised by Charles Gregory (C3 2003-08) whilst the Girls are being led by Matilda Kay (EL 2002-07). 

The College teams are organised by Sophie Spink (MO U6) and Piers Mitchell (TU U6). All support is welcome!

Push backs for each fixture is as follows:
1st XI Girls v OM Girls
12.30pm, Astroturf
1st XI Boys v OM Boys
2pm, Astroturf

The Henry Leaf Cup
11 March 2014

The premier Old Boys’ Doubles Championship, the Henry Leaf Cup, will take place over the weekend of 28/29/30 March at the Middlesex University Real Tennis Club, The Burroughs in Hendon.

Henry Leaf was an OM so it is appropriate that we are participating in this tournament with David Dickson (C3 1967-72) and Andrew Bishop (PR 1970-75) representing the College.

It is still not too late for other pairs to enter. Please contact Matt Ronaldson at MURTC via email.

Memorial Service Announcement: Christopher Patrick Reeves
11 March 2014

A Memorial Service to Christopher Patrick Reeves (B1 1981-1986) will take place this Thursday 13th March at St. Mary Abbots Parish Church in Kensington.

The service will begin at 1pm.

Click here to read a full obituary.

Cup progress for OMFC
10 March 2014

OMFCOn the same weekend that saw upsets in the FA Cup, OMFC made progress of their own with a big victory in the Junior League Cup to reach the semi-finals.

The Old Marlburians recorded a 6-1 win over Old Chigwellians II to reach the next stage of the competition at Lincoln Field on Saturday afternoon.

OMFC currently top Division Two of the Arthurian League on goal difference with 27 points from 13 games played. Next up is Charterhouse this Saturday as they return to league duties.

For the latest results and fixtures regarding OMFC please click here for The FA website.


Work Experience Update
06 March 2014

Thank you everyone who has been able to offer work experience to Hundred pupils this summer. 

We still have a number of keen individuals looking for Engineering placements. 

If anyone is able to help, please contact Guidance Secretary, Elizabeth Headlam, on email via

Marlburian Club Annual Dinner 2014
05 March 2014

Annual DinnerAround 100 members of The Marlburian Club will assemble at The Royal Automobile Club this evening for the 2014 Annual Dinner.

The President, Lord Janvrin, will welcome the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and his wife, Emma. The guest list includes a wide range of Marlburians past and present including members of the College Council, the Second Master, Senior Prefects and members of the Marlborough College Development Team.

There will be a drinks reception, an address from the Master and Lord Janvrin, before a three-course meal is served in the Mountbatten Room.

A review and pictures will be published here later this week or follow @MarlboroughCol and @OldMarlburians on Twitter for images direct from the event.

Oscars glory for Tim Webber
03 March 2014

OM Tim Webber of FramestoreSpace drama Gravity picked up seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards with Tim Webber (B1 1978-83) collecting the best visual effects award.

Webber, the film’s visual effects supervisor, collected the award alongside three other members of his team at the glittering ceremony which was held on Sunday 2nd March in Hollywood.

On picking up the award, Webber said: “On behalf of all of all of us, thank you to the Academy in a year with such amazing visual effects.

“Visual effects and filmmaking is all about the team and there’re far too many to thank properly, but I’d like to mention David Heyman, Nikki Penny, Emmanual Lubezki, all of the shooting crew, Rising Sun Pictures, and the incredible team at Framestore.”

A BBC R4 Today interview with Webber can be heard by clicking here or to view his acceptance speech please click here.

OMs gather for South African Dinner
26 February 2014

The OM South African Dinner took place on Friday 21st February at the 96 Winery Road Restaurant in in the winelands of Stellenbosch.

Richard Hilton (B2 1982-87) organised the event and was delighted with the outcome of what was a memorable evening for all concerned.

“The chatter was non-stop and the night was a great success,” remarked Richard, in an email to the Development Office.

“A glass was raised to the College and of course to all OMs. We believe there are around 33 OMs in South Africa and we would like to get more involved next time, which should take place in around 18-24 months.”

OMs in attendance amongst the gathering were:

Robert Allen (LI 1954-58)
Julian Brewer (TU 1977-81)
Teresa Cross (née Butler, B1 1985-87)
Tom Hannam (B3, 1978-83)
Richard Hilton (B2, 1982-87)
Andrew Jackson (B1, 1984-89)
Kit Jackson (C2, 1953-57)
Roman Roth (1994-96)

The wine-paired dinner consisted of the following:

VILLIERA Tradition Brut NV as aperitif
(Julian Brewer is married to Cathy – family owner of Villiera )
Nobu Sashimi – HILTON Rockwater Fountain Viognier 2012 (
Beef Carpaccio – HILTON Blazing Hill Syrah 2010
Seared Norwegian Salmon – HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2010
Six month old cheddar – BOPLAAS Tawny NV
Assorted Sorbet – VILLIERA Demi-Sec NV

If anyone from outside SA wishes to attend the next event and combine it with a holiday to Southern Africa, they can quote ‘Old Marlburian’ when enquiring with GREATEST AFRICA – a travel company run by Richard Hilton.

General Synod
25 February 2014

Out of 110 Bishops attending the Synod, four OM Bishops found themselves meeting together.

The Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle (TH 1966-71) was joined by Rt Revd Richard Frith, Bishop of Hull (B3 1962-67), Colin Fletcher, Rt Revd Bishop of Dorchester (C3/TH 1964) and ​Rt Revd Nicholas McKinnel, the Bishop of Crediton (Su 1968-71).

A great episcopal reunion!

Martin Evans
President  of the 1843 Society

Memorial Service Announcement: Annabel Freyberg
24 February 2014

Annabel Freyberg (SU 1977-79)A Memorial Service and Celebration of the life of Annabel Freyberg (SU 1977-79) will be held this Wednesday 26th February 2014.

The service will take place at 2.30pm in St. Mary Abbots Parish Church, Kensington, London, W8 4LA.

More information is available here.

The Chatwin Colloquium
20 February 2014

Bruce ChatwinThis colloquium took place on 17-18 January, marking the 25th anniversary of Bruce Chatwin’s OM (B2 1952-58) death, conveyed a greater understanding of his remarkable legacy.

All three speakers explored his life and writings with the desire to enlighten, and the audience of Lower Sixth English students came away desiring to read more.

Full reviews of each event are now available by clicking the individual link below.

Friday 17th January

Nicholas Murray: Bruce Chatwin and the Nature of Human Restlessness

Michael Cannon (OM): Reception

Saturday 18th January

Jonathan Chatwin: Bruce Chatwin, Anywhere Out of the World

Susannah Clapp: With Chatwin, Portrait of a Writer

OM Golf Society Player Appeal
20 February 2014

The Berkshire Golf ClubThe OM Golf Society is appealing for players for their forthcoming match against Marlborough College at Berkshire Golf Club.

The match will take place on Thursday 6th March and players interested in taking part should contact Match Manager Tom Macfarlane via email ( or by calling 07796 695732.

Founded in 1928, The Berkshire Golf Club is home to two Herbert Fowler designed courses, both of  which are widely regarded as amongst the best in the British Isles.

Match information:

OMGS vs The School at The Berkshire GC
Date: Thursday 6th March 2014, 2pm start

Work Experience: Can you help?
19 February 2014

At the end June most of the Hundred will be looking for some experience of the world of work, partly to gain some adult employability skills and partly to inform themselves about specific professions.

The College is not home for most pupils, and Marlborough is a small town with few work experience opportunities, so connections with friends, parents and OMs are all invaluable when it comes to setting up a few days of work experience.

This year we have a number of pupils who are struggling for find placements in the following areas: Engineering, Laboratory Work and Film.

If you could assist them to any degree, please contact the Guidance Department

FastTrack: Peking to Paris Rally with Michelle Jana Chan
19 February 2014

From May 28th to June 29th 2013, OMs Michelle Jana Chan (TU 1990-92) and Mike Reeves (C1 1989-94) raced half way around the world, followed from afar by Imogen Hendricks, née Skeggs (BH 1979-81).

A video of their incredible 8,000-mile transcontinental vintage car rally from Peking to Paris can be viewed by clicking here.

Stephen's new role
04 February 2014

News reached the Development Office today of Stephen Rudgard (C3 1971-75).

Stephen has taken up a position of Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, where he will be working for four years.

Tamara's New Year Honour
03 February 2014

Congratulations to OM Tamara Lohan (TU 1989-91, née Heber-Percy) who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to the Travel Industry.

Tamara, along with her husband James, started Mr and Mrs Smith in 2003. It is a hotel booking service that specialises exclusively in boutique and small luxury hotels from around the world, hand-picked by experts.

A recent video interview of the couple discussing their company can be viewed by clicking here.

Harold Radford Rosebowl Tournament
27 January 2014

In its 50th anniversary year, the most recent Harold Radford Rosebowl Tournament was held at the College on Saturday 11th January.

First held in 1954, the Harold Radford Rosebowl is contested by OMs, pupils and Beaks on a near annual basis.

Five OMs, six pupils and two Beaks played a round robin format resulting in a final between Alex Wildman (C2, 1984-89) and Marius Baldrey (CR). On this occasion, as with the last final in 2012, the OM representation just prevailed over the Common Room challenge.
A big thank you to Julian Beckett for organising and hosting the event which we hope will become a regular fixture on the first Saturday of Lent Terms to come. All OM’s are welcome to play.

Alex Wildman (C2, 1984-89)

The Cattermull Cup
23 January 2014

The Cattermull Cup, the School Old Boys (and Girls) Real Tennis Doubles Handicap Championship takes place at Middlesex University Real Tennis Club this weekend.

There are sixteen pairs taking part and Marlborough is represented by Steven Bishop and Richard Brown - fresh from their recent victory in the AIrd Cup at Lords - and Andrew Bishop and Charlie Mercer. Unfortunately, both pairs are in the same qualifying group and so will be facing each other at 10.30am on Saturday.

Two teams from each of the four groups go through to the knockout stage on Sunday afternoon.

The Marlborough pairs have been generously handicapped so we hope that we will all be involved on Sunday!

Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73)
Club Secretary, OM Real Tennis Club

South East Asia Marlburian Dinner
23 January 2014

To celebrate the first successful year of operation for Marlborough College Malaysia, you are cordially invited to the second South East Asia Marlburian Club Dinner which will take place at the Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour on Friday 28th February 2014.

It is hoped that many members and their partners will take this opportunity to visit Marlborough College Malaysia, and meet the members of Council and Common Room.

In addition to the Master of MCM, Mr Bob Pick and his wife Ali, the Master of Marlborough UK, Mr Jonathan Leigh and his wife Emma will be present at the occasion.

Click here for more information regarding this event.

Find us on Facebook
22 January 2014

Did you know The Marlburian Club has a Facebook Page?

The page is a great way to keep in touch with updates about forthcoming events, OM news and event picture galleries.

Join below and be sure to share us with your OM friends!

Click here to visit The Marlburian Club Facebook page.

Final countdown for Atlantic Polo Team
21 January 2014

OM and current international polo player, Viscount Melville, and his team have entered the final few hours of the gruelling Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Melville, (Bobby Dundas, TU 1997-01) is taking part in the world’s toughest ocean endurance rowing race to raise money for children’s charities including Hilton in the Community Foundation and Right to Play.

The Old Malburian, along with three other polo players, is part of the Atlantic Polo Team competing against 20 other teams in the 3,000 nautical mile task.

The team are expected to reach dry land at around 3pm UK time today (Tuesday) after some 47 days at sea!

Click here for live tracking of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Lloyd's opens door to OMs
15 January 2014

The first event for OMs interested in a career in Insurance, followed by a networking opportunity for those in the Banking and Finance industry group was held at Lloyd’s of London on Tuesday 14th January and proved to be an outstanding success.

Marlburian Club committee member Andrew Barnes (B1 1973-79) kindly initiated and organised the event, which gave young OMs and current pupils the opportunity to shadow Lloyd’s underwriters and brokers for the afternoon. Afterwards Lloyd’s Chairman John Nelson (C3 1961-65) welcomed everyone to a Reception in the Old Lloyd’s Library afterwards, which also included the newly appointed Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s Rupert Atkin (L1 1971-76).

Sarah Morris MM (2006-2011), who is currently reading Classics at Exeter, attended both the afternoon shadowing session and the Reception that followed. Sarah said she had found the whole experience excellent, made some good contacts and is now keen now to follow a career in this area.

Click here for a gallery of images from the event.

Cause for celebration
09 January 2014

Laura and Mark TomlinsonCongratulations to OM Mark Tomlinson (C1 1995-2000) and his wife Laura Tomlinson, who are expecting their first child in July.

The couple got married in Switzerland in March 2013 - just a few months after Laura helped secure team gold and individual bronze at the London Olympics.

Harold Radford Rosebowl Tournament this Saturday
06 January 2014

Squash playing Old Marlburians are invited to take part in the Harold Radford Rosebowl Tournament, which will take place this Saturday 11th January 2014, starting at 2pm.

The tournament, which will be held at the College, is open to all OM’s, pupils and to Common Room entrants.

Last year’s fixture was snowed off but after a solid turnout for the 2012 Rosebowl, won by Mark Skull, it is hoped that there will be another good showing this time around.

Alex Wildman, Secretary of the Marlborough Courtiers Club, is looking forward to the day.

“2014 is the 60th Anniversary of The Harold Radford Rosebowl. This tournament combines the OM versus school match with a very long running, nearly annual, tournament open to all OM’s and pupils.

“The winner gets to look after the splendid trophy, which was donated by Harold ‘Tich’ Radford in 1954, for the year.”

He added: “In recent years Beaks have been encouraged to play and the more entrants we have, the better the afternoon goes. Please drop me a line if interested.”

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Alex via email here

Open Nights at The Blackett Observatory
03 January 2014

Dates have been announced for forthcoming open nights at The Blackett Observatory in early 2014, with OMs and their families encouraged to come along.
Friday 3rd January: Quadrantids meteor shower. The dome will be open from 6pm and the shower is expected to peak around 7.30pm. This event is open to the public.
Monday 13th January: Bring your own Binos/Telescope. The dome will be open from 7pm (this event is also open to Friends of Telescope).
Saturday 8th March: As part of National Astronomy Week 2014 - Spring Sky and Jupiter. The dome will be open from 7pm and this event is open to the public.

Please see the Observatory website by clicking here for updates on the day concerning weather and timings'

For more information, please contact the Director of the Observatory, Charles Barclay, on email via

Lloyd & Partners careers event
27 December 2013

Are you considering a career in the Insurance Industry?

Andrew Barnes, Deputy Chairman of Lloyd & Partners, is kindly organising an event on Tuesday 14th January 2014, to introduce OMs and U6 Marlborough College pupils to careers in the Insurance Industry.
The plan for the day is to give OMs at university considering a career in Insurance, the opportunity to sit on an underwriting box at Lloyd & Partners for the afternoon alongside an underwriter or spend the afternoon shadowing a broker around the London Insurance Market.  This will be limited to 20 people and the sessions will start at 2.30pm.
This will be followed by an early evening presentation and reception from 5.30pm-7.30pm, which will be open to a maximum of 75 people. This is aimed at younger OMs in the insurance market or those looking to get into the market, the idea being to allow networking opportunities through meeting peers in the industry and also the opportunity to meet some more senior influential OMs within the industry.
If you are interested in attending and would like further details, please email Mrs Jan Perrins by clicking here.

Global gathering
23 December 2013

Atlas reunion: Monday 16th December 2013Around 80 Old Marlburians descended from all corners of the country on the Atlas Pub in West Brompton on Monday 16th December.

For many people it was the first time they had seen each other since the Leavers’ Ball last year and it was great to hear what everyone had got up to since, be it the first year of University, gap years or entering the world of employment.

It was a huge success and the general consensus was it was just like being back in the Marlburian on a Saturday night (although the wine was significantly better!).

It was a shame that not everyone could be there but from everyone who was, thank you to all those involved in organising the evening.

Georgia Bishop 
(EL 2007-12)

Click here to see a gallery of images from this event

Gallery: 2012 Leavers' Reunion
20 December 2013

The AtlasA number of 2012 Leavers joined Club Chairman, Steven Bishop, at The Atlas Pub in Fulham earlier this week for their first Marlburian Club Reunion. 

A gallery of images from the event can be viewed on the Old Marlburian Facebook page.

Click here to take a look or to get tagging!


Jack Whitehall named 'King of Comedy'
13 December 2013

'King of Comedy'Jack Whitehall (B1 2001-06) has been named the 2013 'King of Comedy' at the British Comedy Awards.

It is the second consecutive year he has won the prize - voted for by the public - beating rivals Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican.

Click here to read the full story on the BBC website.

Grand Designs
13 December 2013

Emily BrookeRoad safety is a hot topic at the moment and Emily Brooke (TU 2002-04), has recently been in the news having designed a piece of technology to help keep cyclists safer.

Emily has designed a light that projects an image of a green bike onto the ground about five metres ahead of the cyclist.

Her design has been profiled in the technology section of the BBC website. Click here to read the full story.

Wheels Below Zero: Dances with Wolves
12 December 2013

Read the latest update from OMs James Frome and Alex Middleton as they continue their epic charity cycle from Turkey to Hong Kong, covering 10,000 miles across seven countries.

"Once the sun had fully set we were well and truly alone in the Iranian country side. At 8.17pm we were sharply awoken by a group of loud wolves that began to howl into the night.

"The howling was very close and sent Frome and I into a state of panic; we quickly looked for the best available weapons: A pen knife, lighter and a can of petrol. We made a barricade against the gaps in the wall with our bikes and panniers and discussed the best way to make create a petrol bomb. The howling went on for most of the night and felt very close but thankfully after a sleepless night no wolf stabbing had to take place!"

Click here to read the latest update from their blog ‘Wheels Below Zero’.

The money raised from James and Alex’s bike ride will be added to the Sarah Greene Breakthrough Tribute Fund, which currently stands at almost £1million.

OMFC return this Saturday
11 December 2013

OMFCThis Saturday afternoon OMFC return to familiar territory as they take on Old Forresters FC at the College.

The Arthur Dunn Cup second round fixture is an important clash against a side that are two tiers above OMFC.

After a receiving a bye to the second round of the competition, due to reaching the semi-final stage last season, OMFC are hoping for good support to help see them through. Kick-off is 1pm on the Athletics Track.

About OMFC

Since its launch in 2008, the OMFC have gone from one fixture against the school each year, to entering the Arthurian League and, in the 2012-13 season, the Arthur Dunn Cup, with great success! A disciplined and motivated team, with some strong leadership from Joe Hare and Dan Black, has paid off handsomely. Email Joe Hare for more information.

Annabel's of London
10 December 2013

Annabel's of LondonThe Birley Group in Mayfair, London comprises of five private Members’ Clubs including the iconic Annabel’s which this year celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

Laura Irwin (CO 1994–96) has joined as the Membership Director of the Group and now meets both current and potential Members from all over the world, including OMs. 

Laura is always very happy to hear from OMs who would like more information about Membership and our relationship with these prestigious Clubs. She can be reached on 020 7629 2350.

Paintings Prints Butterflies Seeds
06 December 2013

David KannardArt enthusiasts are invited to visit an exhibition in Beaminster featuring OM David Risk Kennard (B3 1967-71).

During his time at Marlborough, he flourished in the art school under the direction of Richard Shirley Smith, and described the art history lectures as ‘fantastic’. It was at Marlborough that he learned to draw and to indulge in refined imagery, before going to Bower Ashton in Bristol where drawing trees became his forte.

Now living in Dorset surrounded by woodland, David’s studio is crammed full of long lengths of tree, which he uses to inform his own inner landscape and this exhibition will showcase some of his latest work.

At Elder and Froy, 20, The Square, Beaminster from 5-23 December 2013.

For more information click here

Much Ado About Michael
03 December 2013

Michael Elwyn (B3 1956-61) has just come to the end of a long run at The Old Vic as Leonato in Mark Rylance's production of Much Ado About Nothing, alongside James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Elwyn’s recent stage work includes The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, staring Helen Mirren, in which he portrayed former Prime Minister Anthony Eden. Screen roles include the TV series Stella, Da Vinci’s Demons, plus the movie The Iron Lady and Sir Edward in the BBC series, Robin Hood.

Star turnout for East Sussex gathering
02 December 2013

OMs enjoy the evening in WaldronOn Friday 15th November The East Sussex Old Marlburians once again held their annual informal dinner at The Star in the village of Waldron, near Heathfield. 

21 OMs sat down to a splendid meal, the ages ranging from mid-twenties to mid-eighties. There were three newcomers including John Cumming who first went to the College in 1941.  The event remains popular and most of us who attend are regulars each year, showing the lifelong bond that seems to exist between OMs.  The volume of noise in the pub's small restaurant increased throughout the evening, culminating with the traditional singing of The Old Bath Road much to the bemusement of the regulars in the bar!

Anyone who lives in East Sussex and is interested in coming next year should contact Robin Bather, at or on 01435 810076.

Making A Difference
28 November 2013

The dedicated work of OMs continues to yield positive news stories from around the world, with Fiona Greville-Heygate the latest of those.
After graduating from Birmingham and then completing foundation years in Bristol in the Severn Deanery, Fiona headed off to rural Zanzibar.
She is now a volunteer Doctor in Kivunge Hospital and works for the HIPZ (Health Improvement Project Zanzibar) Charity.
Fiona explains: “Working with HIPZ has been an incredible opportunity to work in the field of health and development in sustainable projects.

“I am currently working with local staff to improve our diagnoses and management of children suffering with malnutrition, tragically one in ten children die before their fifth birthday, so there is lots of work to be done.”

She added: "The charity's works is only possible with the ongoing generosity of our donors and supporters for more information please see and donations"

10,000 mile charity cycle is underway
26 November 2013

James and Alex in Eastern TurkeyA pair of intrepid OM fundraisers are currently cycling an incredible 10,000 miles to Hong Kong in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

James Frome and Alex Middleton, who both attended Marlborough College, are cycling off road and battling snow, rain and ice over a period of six months in their attempt to raise £10,000 for the charity.

The money raised from James and Alex’s bike ride will be added to the Sarah Greene Breakthrough Tribute Fund, which currently stands at almost £1million.

James, from Odiham in Hampshire, and Alex, from Salisbury, left on November 3rd bound for Eruzum in Turkey where the bike ride began. They are currently in Iran.

Both aged 22, the recent graduates chose Breakthrough because of their friendship with OM Harry Greene, whose mother Sarah lost her fight against breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 44.

James Frome, an English graduate from The University of Liverpool, says:

“We both knew Sarah personally, as did our parents, and we were with Harry at Marlborough for the years when his mother bravely fought the illness. So it’s a real honour to be able to raise money in her memory for this fantastic cause.

“Breakthrough is close to our hearts; I have raised money for it on two occasions – in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in 2008 and in the Belgium Bicycle Ride in 2012. We hope this year our fundraising will be bigger and better than ever before.”

The boys, who were both born in Hong Kong and attended Marlborough College, will be taking on the Himalayas as they cycle through Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Krygyzstan and China, and will be blogging their journey at

Clare Baker, from leading charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says:

“The boys are undertaking an incredible challenge through their bike ride, and we are so proud to have supporters like them. The funds they raise are so important for our life-saving research.

“Breast cancer kills 1,000 women every month and affects 50,000 women every year. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is committed to ensuring that fewer women, like Sarah, will die from the disease, and this is only possible from the money raised by brave supporters like James and Alex.”

How to stay in touch or for more information:

Visit their Facebook page

Donate to the Sarah Greene Tribute Fund using their Just Giving page

Further images from their challenge will appear as they are received...

OM joins Opera Australia Board of Directors
22 November 2013

Opera AustraliaOpera Australia has announced the appointment of Simon Mordant (B1 1973–77)  to the Board of Directors.

Simon is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., Inc, a leading independent corporate advisory firm. He specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and merger and acquisitions. Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 having trained as a Chartered Accountant in London.

Click here for further details regarding the appointment.

Review: Backchat, Episode One
21 November 2013

Backchat: Episode OneOM Jack Whitehall and his dad were joined by guests Jeremy Paxman and Danny Dyer for the first episode of Backchat, which aired on Wednesday evening on BBC Three.

In a review which appears in today’s Telegraph, Jake Wallis Simons writes:

“It was fresh and intelligent and, most of all, like an experiment that was just a hair’s breadth from going wrong. Which was all confected, of course. But which made, I’m reluctant to admit, compelling and entertaining viewing.”

Click here to read the full review.

Or why not discuss this on the OM Facebook page?

Book: Public Schools and the Great War
20 November 2013

Public Schools and the Great WarDavid Walsh (C1 1960-65) has co-authored a book titled 'Public Schools and the Great War: The Generation Lost'.

The book examines the impact which the Great War had on the Public Schools and the sacrificial contribution made to the victory which came in 1918. The war consumed about a fifth of all the public schoolboys who fought, while the survivors were scarred by the loss of so many friends. Marlborough, which lost more former pupils killed than any public school except Eton, is well represented in the book.

Based largely on source material from school archives and histories, it moves from the naive excitement of the summer of 1914 to the many moving stories that emerge from the carnage of the Western Front. It looks at school life in those war years, boys with their futures on hold and the prospect of death always very close, Headmasters and staff devastated by the loss of so many young lives.

Other OMs in attendance at the book launch were Ian MacFadyen (C2 1955-60) and Robin Brodhurst (PR 1965-70).

For further information about the book please click here.

Trio complete Trailwalker challenge
19 November 2013

Mission complete!Congratulations to a trio of Old Marlburians who recently completed the 100km Trailwalker challenge.

Luke Kauntze (C2 1991–96), Jules Pannett (BH 1991-96) and Richard Hunt (C1 1991-96) made it round the gruelling South Downs course with a time of 14 hours 10 minutes.

The OM team were the seventh team to complete the course and were the second civilian team to finish.  The team raised money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Naomi’s nomination
19 November 2013

Naomi KerbelCongratulations to Naomi Kerbel (NC 1993-98) who was recently shortlisted for the recent Women of the Future Awards.

Naomi was one of six shortlisted for the Media category which was awarded at a ceremony held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel. Dame Kelly Holmes was the keynote speaker. The title for Media Women of the Future was awarded to the women's editor of the Daily Telegraph, Emma Barnett.

Below is Naomi's shortlist profile from the programme and the website:

Naomi Kerbel, multi-platform producer, Sky News

Naomi is a multi-media broadcaster with extensive City and arts experience which she has used to create her own Sky business digest series as well as her technology programme, The Lab, for Sky and Yahoo. Naomi is currently developing, in conjunction with Sky several mentoring programmes to encourage the young broadcasters and filmmakers of the future.

Follow Naomi on Twitter via @skynktweets


Much Ado About Nothing
15 November 2013

Much Ado About NothingOMs Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993–98) and Alethea Steven (NC 1994–99) are encouraging you to come along to Park Theatre this Christmas for a festive season to remember.

The OM duo are presenting a cocktail fuelled, joyous take on Much Ado About Nothing from 3rd-15th December.

Set in the heart of the frost covered English countryside during the first Christmas after the darkness of the Second World War - love, heartbreak, passion, lashings of bubbles and they've even got a tree.

It's designed with panache by Zahra Mansouri, spiffingly lit by Sherry Coenen, with a touch of directing by Andrew Shepherd and his plucky assistant Ashley Steed.

The shows run from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, with a Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3.15pm.

Click here for more information.

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
15 November 2013

Medal of the CommandeurOn Wednesday 13th November, Neil Stratford (PR 1951-56) was presented by the French Ambassador Bernard Émié with the insignia of Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

This took place at the Ambassador’s Residence in London and it was a very moving occasion at which three others also received awards.

About Neil Stratford
Stratford attended Manor House School, Horsham, Sussex from 1946-51 before entering Marlborough College in 1951 where he studied Classics. He served in the British military (Coldstream Guards) between 1956 and 1958.
In 1958 he entered Magdalene College, Cambridge University, receiving his B. A. in 1961. Stratford continued study at the Courtauld Institute in 1963 working on a dissertation (never completed) under Christopher Hohler (q.v.) on the Romanesque sculpture at the Church of La Madeleine, Vézelay.
In 1969 he joined Westfield College, London, as a lecturer. Stratford was appointed Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum in 1975. He participated as a member of the committee to develop the Corpus of Romanesque sculpture in Britain and Ireland and online inventory of Romanesque art, begun in 1988.
As the Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow at the British Academy in 1991, he worked on the international project, Corpus de la sculpture de Cluny. Stratford remained at the British Museum until 1998 when he retired as Keeper Emeritus.
The following year he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In 2002-03 he was visiting professeur d'histoire de l'art du Moyen-Âge at the École des Chartes.

National spotlight for OM
14 November 2013

Jamie Gibson, Leicester TigersOld Marlburian Jamie Gibson started for Leicester Tigers in their recent win over Ospreys in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Gibson shone in the 39-16 LV=Cup win on Friday 8th November, with a crowd of 18,098 inside Welford Road to witness it.

After 70 appearances in three seasons with London Irish, back-rower Gibson moved to Leicester in the summer of 2013.

A member of England’s Grand Slam-winning Under-18s in 2008, he played in the 2010 Junior World Championship with England Under-20s and then reached Saxons status before playing for England in the uncapped game against the Barbarians in 2012.

After injury to Wasps forward Joe Launchbury, he was also called up to the England squad for the tour to South Africa in the summer of 2012. Born in London, Gibson attended Marlborough College before going on to read Classics at University College, Oxford.

Gibson could face his former club when London Irish visit Welford Road on Saturday 23rd November.

The Unicyclist, the Vicar and the Paediatrician
11 November 2013

Peter Sidebotham (LI 1979-81) and his son have just published a book, The Unicyclist, the Vicar and the Paediatrician, which they wrote following a long distance charity unicycle ride in 2011.

Peter studied medicine at Bristol before specialising in paediatrics and has spent time working in Cambodia, but for the past eight years has been in a clinical-academic post at Warwick Medical School. 

Part travelog and part autobiography of both father and son, it is published by Matador at £8.95, with profits being donated to the Lullaby Trust (formerly the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths).

Peter’s son - 16-year old Joe – takes up the story of the cycle which was from Land's End to John O'Groats. 

The Unicyclist, the Vicar and the Paediatrician is the unique, heart-warming and true story of Joe, a teenage unicyclist, who sets out on his ultimate challenge: to travel the length of Britain on one wheel. He is accompanied on this incredible journey by his paediatrician father, Peter, desperate for a bit of father-son bonding; and by David, the sexagenarian vicar, complete with a broom strapped to his recumbent tricycle, transforming the endeavour into a pilgrimage on wheels.

But almost from the beginning, the three are beset by problems: mechanical failures, broken handlebars, and an unexpected ambulance ride. Can Joe and his companions overcome the crises that come their way, and make it to the finish line?

This moving account, written jointly by Peter and Joe, follows this remarkable team as they battle against adversity and press on to reach their goal. From Joe’s earliest ventures into long-distance unicycling and months of training amidst the realities of family life and father-son communication, through to their enthusiastic start from Land’s End and the fateful day that followed, their journeys will delight, amuse, challenge and inspire you.

Jane Pendry
29 October 2013

After 6 years dedicated service to the Marlburian Club and the College, Jane Pendry will be leaving Marlborough College at the end of October.

On behalf of the Committee and the whole Club we would like to thank Jane for her very considerable contribution to the creation of an alumni relations operation of which we are immensely proud. Jane has significantly increased the level of engagement between the Club, the College and OMs  and she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Club and its members.

Jane leaves with our best wishes for her future career.

Robin Janvrin, Club President and Steven Bishop, Club Chairman

Him and Me
17 October 2013

Martin Evans, President of The 1843 Society, attended the book launch of Jack (B1 2001-06) and Michael Whitehall’s book, 'Him and Me', at the Ivy Hotel in London on Monday 14th October 2013. It was a riotously enjoyable evening, with many OMs present and some very distinguished other guests from the world of theatre, travel and politics. Jack, and his father Michael, were in great form and both spoke movingly and amusingly of their relationship much to the delight of everyone present ...more

Diamond Wedding
14 October 2013

Michael G Barrett MBE (B2 1937-42) and Margaret Barrett (nee Botterill) celebrated their Diamond Wedding on 15th August 2013 in Horsham, West Sussex.

OM Squash January 2014
09 October 2013

The Marlborough Courtiers will be holding the Harold “Tich” Radford Rosebowl Tournament on Saturday 11 January 2014 at the College. The squash tournament is open to all OM’s, pupils and we hope to have several Common Room entrants as well – I hope that you are able to make the afternoon.

Last year’s fixture was snowed off but the 2012 Rosebowl saw a good turnout (see pic) and Mark Skull came out as winner.Please let me know if you can make it and put the date in your diaries – no 6 Nations that day so would be great to have as many of us playing as possible.

Marlborough Courtiers ClubSecertary, Alex Wildman

OMFC tour Lisbon!
19 September 2013

FootballOM Footballers thinking of joining the OM Football Club this year, do read the report of the OMFC's Lisbon Tour and be inspired...more

The team who moved to the 2nd Division of the Arthurian League last year, among other notable successes, would welcome new team members/


Romanian OM Link
19 September 2013

Owen Farr (CO 2005-10) was delighted to discover, when working as a volunteer for the Ratiu Foundation in September 2013 that one of the Directors, Nicolae Ratiu (CO 1961-65) was an Old Marlburian and fellow Cottonian. The Foundation was created to promote and support projects which encourage education and research into the culture and history of Romania. Owen has worked there for 5 weeks in an extra-curricular capacity as part of his studies in International Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

Inaugural CMJ Trophy Match
17 September 2013

The Blues beat the Radley Rangers by 10 wickets in an incident packed match.Radley were bowled out for 156 with Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) taking 3/38 and 2 wickets a piece for Ollie Bishop (PR 2000-05) and Jamie Bill (C1 1998-2003). In reply, Bill, opening with Ed Rothwell (TU 2005-10), retired having scored a century (his second 50 coming in just 33 balls) and Joe Arkwright (SU 2010-present) hit the winning runs with a six over mid-wicket ...more

Skipper Al Edmonds receives the CMJ Trophy from Judy Martin-Jenkins after victory over the Radley Rangers.

The Browning Versions!
16 September 2013

Following a career in banking and finance, Patrick Browning (L I 1957-61) has practised as a Clinical Hypnotherapist since 2004. Patrick has recently issued a series of apps for iPhones and iPads, with topics such as self-hypnosis, fear of flying, sleep, anxiety, confidence and alcohol...more

The Rev Julian Browning (LI 1964-69) has been Hon Assistant Priest at All Saints, Margaret Street, London W1, since 2009, while Stephen Browning (LI 1967-71) has worked in senior management positions in a number of major arts organisations in the UK and overseas, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Steven has recently formed a new consultancy network, Quartet, which is helping arts organisations to adapt to the challenges created by the new funding climate...more

Caption: Patrick Browning DCH DHP MCH

Death of Angela Dancy
09 September 2013

Many of you will be saddened to learn of the death of Angela Dancy, the wife of former Master John Dancy (1961-72). Details of a Memorial Service will be announced shortly. Kindly send condolences c/o Jane Pendry, The Marlburian Club, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA and these will be forwarded on.

Education Research Symposium at MC
14 August 2013

Educational Research Symposium at MC August 2013Dr Adam Burns (CR 2011- ) continued to build Marlborough College’s growing reputation as a centre for educational research and research-led education by convening a one-day postgraduate symposium on behalf of the British Educational Research Association, BERA, at the College on 12 August 2013. Dr Burns, ten visiting postgraduates – Cambridge, Birmingham, Exeter and Reading – presented their ongoing educational research which covered topics as diverse as web-based teaching and learning in a Nigerian polytechnic, to the motivations and aspirations of undergraduate English majors in Chinese higher education institutions ...more

The event was the second of three new BERA symposia to be held this year.

You are Evited!
09 August 2013

Sunday 22nd September - Saturday 5th October
2:00-5:00pm, Mon to Fri and 2:30-5:30pm Sat & Sun

The OM Arts Team have created a stunning evite which will be sent to all OMs with the next ClubConnect e-newsletter but do send to all your friends in the meantime. Click OM Arts Evite

The Evite invites OMs and guests to view the Decade of Expression exhibition which celebrates the works of Marlborough College Alumni from 1995-2005. Also see  OM Arts Page and Blog.

Portrait by Henrietta Abel-Smith (CO 2003-05)

B2 1981 Leavers Gather Again
05 August 2013

Charlie Horrell (B2 1976-81), organised a B2 1981 leavers' reunion in February and explained, 'Most of us turn 50 this year and this seemed an appropriate milestone for a reunion - if it did not happen soon the fading memories would disappear!' Through the power of The Marlburian Club, Google and in the perseverance of Robin Pakenham, 13 of the group met at the Queen's Club in London on 28th February. As few had seen each other in the intervening 32 years there was a degree of trepidation but it was so much fun the club had to turn the group out at midnight when they shut.

Charlie added, "The jokes and stories had got no better but they still made us laugh. Old House photos were examined. We all agreed we had got better with age." Waiting another 32 years does not seem appropriate so the B2 1981 leavers have decided to repeat the gathering every two years and thoroughly recommend it to other OMs.

To organise an event for your House or Year contact Kate O'Connor at

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