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OM Art Exhibition

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

OMs with work featured in the exhibition include:

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

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

Brothers' charity work recognised by PM

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

Guardian Masterclass in Effective Writing

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

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

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

A Breakthrough Brit

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

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

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

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

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

Full house for OM Carol Service

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

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

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

International Property Award

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

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

Making Headlines

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

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

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

Vote for Bio-Bean!

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

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

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

The Bonniest Companie book launch & exhibition

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

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

About the exhibition

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

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

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

For more information please email Olivia or call 01668 213888.

Date set for South West France Lunch

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

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

Alternatively, please email John by clicking here.

OM Directs Best Newcomer Documentary

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

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

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

Memories of Marlborough...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OM on The Apprentice

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

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

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

Click here to find out more.

Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell

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

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

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

Click here for further information.

A Dealer in Words - an evening with Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

Click here to read more information.

Tickets can be purchased clicking here.

Video: Club Day 2015

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

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

A video feature on the day can be viewed here.

Girls' Hockey Fixture

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

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

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

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

Concert Date Announced

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

Graduate opportunities

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

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

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

King Frank

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

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

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

Bletchley Park: Code-breaking's Forgotten Genius

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

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

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

OMs complete 3,600km Rickshaw Run

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

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

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

Dr James Deboo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Club Day 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

A registration page for Club Day is available here.

Attitude is Everything

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

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

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

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

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

University Challenge

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

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

1993 Hockey Reunion

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

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

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

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

Allen Wedgwood (CO 1906-11)

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

The Knight from Nowhere/The Bells

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

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

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

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

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

Dates for your diary...

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

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

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

Full details will appear in the Events section soon.

Thanks George!

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

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

We will miss you George!

John Manser

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

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

For the full story click here.

Saracens Announce new CEO

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

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

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

Get well soon Alec!

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

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

We wish Alec a speedy recovery!

Tangled Thread Theatre Ltd

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

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

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

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

Retirement for long-serving Headmaster

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

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

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

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

Martin Evans

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

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

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

Charity Horse Race

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

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

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

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

The Men Behind Monty

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Gilletts

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

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

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

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

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

Hattie Briggs' live dates

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

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

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

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

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

Key role for Captain Cooke-Priest

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

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

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

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

Read more from the rescue effort here.

The Audience on Broadway

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

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

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

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

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

Top ten finish for Latif

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

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

Click here for the full story.

Norman's Conquest raises over £260,000

Norman Yarrow

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

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

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

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

Well done Norman!

Business, Banking & Finance Industry Networking Event

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

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

VE Day 70th anniversary

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

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

Can you be an e-mentor?

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

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

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

Kindly send them to if you are able to help.

A hero called Hoppy

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the full article.

Austrian Opportunity...

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

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

For more information please send your CV by email here.

Boat Race Victory

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

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

DW Race

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Dinner next Thursday

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

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

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

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

POSH Production

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

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

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

Hamish helps out

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

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

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

Gallery: Annual Dinner

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

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

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

Another promotion for OMFC

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

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

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

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

Click here for a full report from the encounter.

Marlburian Collection: Shop Online

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

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

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

Annual Dinner this Thursday

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

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

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Remember to follow @OldMarlburians on Twitter

1990s Leavers’ Reunion

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

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

Dates for your Diary

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

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

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

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

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

SE Asia Marlburian Club Dinner

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

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

Gaer's tribute to Medawar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you OMs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C3 Racing Partnership

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

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

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

History awaits OMFC

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

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

Click here for a report.

Oxbridge Networking Group

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

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

David Jervois (C1 1942-47)

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

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

Click here to read the full obituary.


Pico Players announce second concert date

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

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

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

CCF Cadets meet OM

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

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

Click here to read the full review of the visit.

'Mesmeric' portrait of Sir Winston Churchill restored

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

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

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

Former Dame to be Marlborough's next Mayor

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

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

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

OM returns to discuss Morehead-Cain Scholarship

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

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

Click here to read the full review.

Professional Squash Tournament Results

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

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

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

Seven up for OMs

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

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

Report to follow.

Cockroaches - continues Tuesday!

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

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

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

Top of the league...

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

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

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

View the latest league table, results and fixtures here.

Careers’ Speed Dating Event

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

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

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

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

Biomedical Research
HR or PR
Chartered Surveying
Pharmaceutical industry

Please click here and email us for more information.

Annual Dinner is a sell-out

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

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

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

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

Martha Rose Bishop

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

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

Jane Hardstaff

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

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

Follow her on Twitter here.

Festive greeting well received...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harold 'Tich' Radford Rosebowl

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

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

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

Follow us on Twitter

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

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

Click here to follow the OM Twitter account.

Careers’ Speed Dating Event

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here and email us for more information.

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