Past Events for old wykehamists

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40 Years-on reunion Dinner
Saturday 27 February 2016
On a bright afternoon, but with a bitterly cold northerly wind sweeping across Meads, 35 members of the Classes of ’75, ’76 & ’77 gathered to watch XVs, followed by a most entertaining ‘’Div Hour’’ in Chantry, taken by Dr Richard Foster, the Keeper of Treasury, who explained the history of Chantry and described the exciting prospect of the new Treasury’s opening in September. Drinks, Compline and dinner followed, with Patrick Herring, Director of Studies, speaking for the home team, while Professor Francis Pott (C, 1971-75) replied for the guests on the easy subject of ‘’ the Wonder of being an Old Wykehamist’’.

25-45s Dinner
Tuesday 6 October 2015

A grand night was had by some 50 OWs in the Cavalry and Guards club. A double whammy of superb speeches from Nick Salwey (B, 1982-96) and André Sokol (D, 1985-90) lit up the evening. The highlight of the evening, however, was a lusty, yet dirge like rendition in true up to House style of “ Happy Birthday” sung to Nikhil Venkateswaran (I, 1984-89). Let’s do it all again next year!

50 Years-on Reunion
Tuesday 29 September 2015

42 OWs from the classes of ’64, ’65 & ’66 gathered at the Cavalry & Guards Club on Tuesday 29 September 2015. Charles Sinclair (B, 1961-66) , Nick Ferguson (C, 1961-66) and Robert Woods (G, 1960-64)  provided a strong representation from GoBo, with Robert speaking on behalf of the home team, encouraging all OWs to become involved in the management of their local schools as well as supporting Win Coll. Bruce Dinwiddy (C, 1959-64)  replied on behalf of the guests.

40 Years-on Reunion
Tuesday 22 September 2015

41 OWs from the classes of ’74, ’75 & ’76 gathered at the Cavalry & Guards Club on Tuesday 22 September 2015. On one of his first public outings in his new post, the Second Master Nick Wilks gave an amusing account of his first impressions after two weeks in the job. David Anderson (Coll, 1969-74), hotfoot from running a successful Win Coll v. OWs sailing weekend at Seaview, replied on behalf of the guests. David was also keen to point out that, although he was mentioned twice on the 1974 Long Roll (on show for the evening), he had actually left the School by then and was this a record? A most enjoyable evening closed with Professor Francis Pott (C, 1971-75) playing a few bars on the Club piano.

Nevin Pot
Sunday 22 March 2015

In a repeat of last year’s highly successful tournament, 60 young OWs from the universities and the recently employed, but also including a team of ‘Vets’- i.e. middle-aged men rather than animal doctors - spent a glorious afternoon in the Winchester sunshine playing IXs to an exceptionally high standard. A brand new cup - Nevin Pot, which had been generously donated by David Fellowes was given its first airing and was awarded by Michael Nevin himself in an emotional speech: not only were the Hopperite Team the winners, beating Exeter in a nail-biting final 24-22 and benefitting from the eight post busts of James Essex, but the great man also admitted that Win: Co: Fo: was what he had most enjoyed during the combined total of 43 years he had spent at Win Coll.

Thanks go to Oli Wettern for yet again proving that social media is an effective way of herding OWs and for his calm organisation of the teams and playing schedule. It is fully intended to make this a permanent fixture in the OW sporting calendar, so please put Sunday 20 March 2016 in your diary now. Stuart Churchill is already onside!


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