OCs reunite on School Ski Trip in Colorado

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:36

Colin Evans writes from the annual school ski trip in Colorado where the party included a number of OCs: Jake Dixon, Harry Bolger, Stephanie Wilson, Erin Rose and Nick Hillyard.

OC involvement with Children In Need

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:35

Along with Charlotte Hewett's performance at the Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert, another Old Clayesmorian, Alexis Green (1994-1999) was part of the local BBC South live broadcasts as part of the 2011 Children In Need programmes on Friday 18 November.

Beaulieu Motor Museum was the venue for the broadcast at which the four BBC 'Weather Girls' for the south region (Sarah Farmer, Alexis Green, Reham Khan and Laura Trant) took part in a Pit Stop Tyre Change Challenge against members of the South Today Sports Team.

James William Coker (1962-1966)

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:35

The Society is sad to report the passing of James William Coker (Bill) in February 2011. Bill had been living in New Zealand for the 23 years before his passing. His funeral was held in Aukland and well attended by friends and work colleagues. Old Clayesmorian Michael Rust attended the funeral where kind words were also communicated by Rusell Harding, Chris Gill, Hugh McCahey, David Green and Ken Partridge.

OC Tom Tait is the oldest competitor at 2011 Cowes Week

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:35

OC Tom Tait was the oldest competitor at the 2011 Cowes Week, appearing on television and being introduced to Princess Anne. Tom is 10 days older than her father.

This year was the centenary of the XOD Class, always the biggest fleet, but instead of the normal 80 boats, in this special year there were 145 boats competiting, requiring a start line three times the normal length.

Tom's boat X181 ‘Xtravagance’, came 34th out of 145, not bad for a 90 year old Old Clayesmorian.

Frank Hirshfield elected to Royal Society of British Sculptors

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:34

Our congratulations to Frank Hirshfield (1950-1952) on his election to the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

OC Charlotte Hewett performs at Children In Need Rocks Manchester

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:34

Old Clayesmorian Charlotte Hewett performed with on stage with Andrea Bocelli on Thursday 17 November as part of the BBC Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert. Charlotte, who left the school in 2008, was part of the chorus who accompanied the Italian tenor singing Nessun Dorma as part of the fund-raising gala concert.She is currently in her fourth year at the Royal Northern College of Music where she is studying for a BMus in Vocal and Opera Studies.

Malcolm Oldridge 1949-1959

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:33

The Society is sad to report the death of Malcolm Oldridge (1949-1959) who died in the early hours of Wednesday 12 October. His funeral was held at Walkford on 24 October and among the mourners were OCs Peter Parsons (1949-1959) and his wife Joyce and Steven Morey (1949-1959).

OC Ben Taggart

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:33

OC Ben Taggart is the creative force behind a project creating Henry VIII's lost palace of Nonsuch. Considered to be one of the finest architectural wonders of the world, Nonsuch was dismantled in the seventeenth century and only four paintings of it are known to exist. Ben's model is based on the research of The model of Nonsuch was based on the research of Oxford University Professor Martin Biddle, who co-ordinated the first excavation on the Surrey palace’s site as an undergraduate in 1959.

John Eveleigh (1940-1944) Exhibition at the Cube, Folkestone

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:33

Our thanks to Frank Hirshfield (49-52) for drawing our attention to an exhibition of Old Clayesmorian John Eveleigh's work currently being held at The Cube in Folkestone.

General Sir Mike Jackson addresses the 35th Clayesmore Lecture

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:31

Former Chief of the General Staff with one of the highest profiles in the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson addressed the 35th Clayesmore Lecture and told a gathering of pupils, staff, parents, Old Clayesmorians and invited guests that leadership is “an art as well as a science” that cannot be taught by rote or by listening to a CD.

Former England Rugby Pro, Danny Grewcock at Clayesmore

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:30

This week, 80 key Clayesmore rugby players were fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in training sessions with ex-professional rugby player Danny Grewcock.

Danny, whose career spans the Bath, England and British Lions teams, is currently working as the Academy Director for Bath Rugby Club. The lucky boys, from a range of age groups, were constantly challenged to raise the standard of their performance and they worked on improving a variety of techniques with an emphasis on developing Bath Rugby’s 5 core skills. Practices included handling, decision-making and defensive organisation.

Happy 70th Birthday Win!

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:30

Many Old Clayesmorians will remember Win Walmsley - who has worked for the school for some 31 years, in the Buildings and Estates department, as a minibus driver and cricket umpire and has also been a participant on school expeditions. He is still working at the school and recently celebrated his 70th Birthday - many congratulations Win.

Autumn 2011 OC Day and Late Summer Party

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:30

Hundreds of Old Clayesmorians, parents, former parents and former staff visited Clayesmore on Saturday 18 September for the Autumn Term OC Day and Clayesmore Society Late Summer Party. Events began with the Old Clayesmorians taking on the school football team in the battle for the Drummond Cup - with the Old Clayesmorians gaining a decisive victory - 9-0!

This was followed in the evening with the launch of the 2011-12 Clayesmore Season at the Late Summer Party - drinks and canapes on the South Lawn with music provided by the school's jazz group "Take Five" and a spectacular firework finale

Alec McCallum (1939-1944)

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:29

The Society is sad to report the death of Alexander (Alec) McCallum who died on 12 August 2011. Mr McCallum was a retired civil servant who was living in Bristol at the time of his passing.

OC Team comes away with silver at Cronk Cunis Rugby Competition

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:29

This year the OC Society entered a team in the Cronk-Cunis Rugby Fesitval, held at Richmond Athletic Ground on Monday 29 August.

This is a 15 a side under-21 old boys tournament, playing games 15 mins each way. The squad, resplendent in their OC kit, were raised and captained by Will Rasbridge and results were as follows -

vs Merchant Taylors' Lost 0-10

vs Saffron Waldron Won 17-0

vs Norwich Lost 12-20 with tries from OCs Lewis Brown and Patrick Langdown

vs St Edward's, Oxford Won 14-10 with two tries from OC Captain Will Rasbridge

vs Wimbledon Lost 3-38

Laurence Leonard William Western-Kaye (45-51)

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:29

The Society is sad to announce the passing of Laurence Leonard William Western-Kaye on 27 August 2011. Laurence was a former head prefect.

The Funeral Service will be held at St Mary's Church, English Bidcot on Thursday 6 September at 1130 am. No flowers please, donations if desired for Great Oaks, Dean Forest Hospice and Lydcare may be placed in the donations box in the church or sent to - Earnest Heal and Sons Funeral Directors, 5 South Road, Broadwel, Coleford GL16 7BH.

Cormorants Cricket Success!

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:26

The Cormorants won all four of their one day matches this year with victories over Canford Cygnets, Bryanston Butterflies, Arkadin CC and Sherborne Pilgrims. There were some outstanding performances, including centuries from Matt Swarbrick, Bob Lack and Guy Hicks, and 50s from Alex Morgan and Tom Hicks. Honours were shared amongst a bowling attack which dismissed the opposition in all four games. Ned Lack was leading wicket taker with eight victims during the week, closely followed by Andy Dike with seven.

In the T20 tournament at Bryanston, we lost to Canford in the morning but defeated the hosts in our afternoon game. Highlight of that encounter was a storming 96 from Swarbrick.

We think this is the most successful Cormorants week performance in our 51 year history. The Cormorants Cup was won by Alex Morgan and the best newcomer was the outgoing school captain, Will Morgan.

A-Level Success

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:26

This year's Sixth Form students achieved an excellent set of results at A-level this year with over a third of entries being graded at A or A*. Beth Sadler achieved the success she needed in order to read German and Linguists at Exeter College, Oxford, next year, whilst Declan Tuffy exceeded any university's requirements by gaining 4 A star grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and a further A grade in German, and will be heading off to read Engineering at St John's College, Cambridge. There were many other notable successes with 13 of the 77 candidates gaining 3 A grades or more. "Remembering Clayesmore's niche as an all-ability school with an all-ability Sixth Form, our boys and girls have done us and themselves proud, and we are all delighted for them."

In addition to Oxford and Cambridge, Clayesmore students have gained places this summer to read...

Medicine at Birmingham Classics at Durham History at Royal Holloway College, London English at Royal Holloway College, London Economics at BUWE Arabic with Middle Eastern Studies at Exeter English at Exeter Law at Queen Mary's, London Economics at Cardiff Business Administration at Plymouth Economics at Sussex Police Sciences at Glamorgan Archaeology at Bristol International Relations at Loughborough Exploration and Geology at Cardiff Engineering at Warwick Sports Studies at Southampton Solent Chinese at SOAS Business and Management at Oxford Brookes Business and Management at Bath Spa French and Music at Cardiff Quantity Surveying at Swansea Music at Canterbury Christ Church Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth Real Estate at Nottingham Trent Geography at Birmingham Maritime Business Management at Southampton Solent Medicine at Bristol Product Design at BUWE Integrated Engineering at Cardiff Finance at Buckingham Business Studies and Marketing at BUWE Business Management at Hertfordshire Sports Rehabilitation at St Mary's University College, London Business Management at BUWE Motor Sport Technology at Oxford Brookes Economics and East European Business at University College, London Audio Music Technology at BUWE Architecture at Nottingham Events Management at Greenwich Fashion Design at London College of Fashion Art Foundation courses at Bournemouth, Central St Martin's and Farnham Education at Sheffield English Literature and Drama at Birmingham

OCs and School enjoy closer ties at Golf Day

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:25

June 17th was the date for this year’s OC Society Golf Day and fortunately the forecasted ‘all day rain’ held off until mid-afternoon.

Six enthusiastic members of Clayesmore teaching staff left Iwerne at 6.30am to join OCs at Temple Golf Club, near Maidenhead for a closely fought Texas Scramble team competition during the morning.

Chris Humpage - Director of Sport & Enterprise Chris Middle, Gate Housemaster and OC Colin Scragg had an impressive score of 61 (9 under par) score to push Andrea Cheverton, Senior Sports Coach, Colin Evans School Staff Instructor (CCF) Expedition Organiser and Sports Coach and OC Julian Bailey with a 63 into second place.

The afternoon four-ball competition was won by Tracy Rowe and welcome newcomer to the OC Golf Society, Andrew Weatherley with 48 points with the evergreen partnership of George Hodgson and Barry Stevenson on 40 points and Robin Harrison and Colin Scragg in third.

The winner of the Individual prize for the Iwerne Cup created a liitle piece of history. The OC Golf Society is in its’ 22nd year and until now no female OC has won the Iwerne Cup. Tracy Rowe (1983 – 1988) has changed all that and played some great golf with 41 points to win the Iwerne Cup.

The day ended with the traditional dinner and we were delighted to welcome headmaster Martin Cooke and his wife Eleanor with OC Chairman Andrew Beaton. Martin and Andrew talked us through 2020 Vision for Clayesmore and encouraged the OCs, many of whom had not been back to Iwerne Minster for many years, to visit and see how the school had grown and developed in recent years.

For the OCs it was another memorable OC Golf Day demonstrating the welcome development of OC Society and the School becoming closer.

Thanks to OC Society for their continuing sponsorship of the society, the OCs and Clayesmore staff who played their games in great spirit and to Eleanor, Martin and Andrew for their company at dinner.

Julian Bailey

Calling OC Rugby Players!

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:25

We are proposing to enter a side for the Cronk Cunis Under 21s Festival to be held at Richmond Athletic Ground on Monday 29 August 2011. This is the premier competition for old boys rugby and it is played 15 aside, 15 minutes each way. If you are interested in playing, please contact the Development Office and your name will be passed to the organisers. You need to be under 21 on 31 August 2011, an OC and of sufficient fitness and competence to participate in rugby at this level.

Should you wish to attend but are unable to participate for whatever reason, please note your diary. It should be a great rugby occasion and as well as supporting the side, an opportunity to meet up with old friends. Confirmation of our entry will follow in due course.

Clayesmore’s ‘Literature and Lunch’ goes by the book

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:24

‘Real education happens at school and not at university’ according to best selling novelist, Salley Vickers who opened Clayesmore’s first one day literature festival this week with Patrick French, Simon Hoggart and Professor Michael Bell.

She was speaking at the Clayesmore Society’s Literature and Lunch event which also featured as its special guest Sir Terrence Pratchett who made two appearances first to the Prep and Senior pupils.

Salley gave an account of her career as a novelist that began ‘late’ – she was 50 when she wrote her first novel – and was launched with a ‘quiet’ book, a term used by her publishers to suggest it would not need all the hype of a blockbuster. Nevertheless Miss Garnet’s Angel was a word of mouth success and ‘the rest is history’, as Salley said. She discussed the ‘timeless and essential truths about the human condition’ that informs all of her work and her method of turning towards ancient stories and art to help shape her plots.

Patrick French is an award winning British writer and historian. He spoke to a large audience of guests and pupils about his most recent work India: A Portrait – ‘an intimate biography of 1.2 billion people’. In his presentation he posed the question of whether India needs to figure more significantly in a changing world where Asia is increasingly important and where countries that were once poor are becoming richer.

Emeritus Professor of Literature at Warwick University, Michael Bell spoke on ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude and the historical novel’. Based on the famous book by Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Bell’s discussion unpacked the implied reflections on history and fiction lurking in episodes from the book.

Simon Hoggart, award-winning correspondent and political sketch writer for the Guardian focussed on how to write for the media. He gave a comic but frank review of his career while encouraging the students present to begin working towards their writing goals in university. He urged aspiring writers to ‘find their own voice’ and steer way from pretentious language when telling a tale.

A lively question and answer session with the whole panel followed lunch in the Marquee and organisers look set to repeat this event next year. Check details on the website next spring to find out who will be booked for the 2012 ‘Literature and Lunch’

OC work in exhibition at Tate Britain

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:24

John Craxton (1922-2009) one the greatest British artists of the last 100 years spent a term at Iwerne in 1937. There is a gallery exhibiting his work at Tate Britain until October 9.

Craxton is also the subject of a new biography by Ian Collins.

Colin Wood (1941-1945)

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:23

The Society is sad to announce the death of Colin Wood, a pupil at the school from 1941-1945. Mr Wood was a retired senior lecturer in English Literature and was living in Norfolk at the time of his passing.

Jill Arnold

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:23

The Society is sad to report the death of Mrs Jill Arnold, who taught at the school in the Learning Support Department and in her role as wife to the school chaplain opened their home to pupils and staff alike during her time at the school. Jill died on Sunday 5 June 2011, following a period of illness

OC Returns to Clayesmore for Sports Day

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:22

Old Clayesmorian and BBC Weather and News Presenter Alexis Green returned to Clayesmore for Sports Day in 2011, presenting the prizes at the end of the event.

An invitation from OC Guy Bignell

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:04

When visiting the east coast of the United States any OC with an interest in shooting should contact OC Guy Bignell, mobile (001) 203 570 3752 .

Guy would welcome you to his 4,000 acre shooting estate for sporting clays shooting, or in season, Pheasant & Duck.

Hudson Farm is located one hour due west of New York City by car or is a quick 15 minute helicopter flight.

Shooting instructors are available for novices and for those experts amongst you, the instructors are there to cure you of your bad habits.

You will not need to bring your own shotgun as Guy will loan you one of his. A unique and enjoyable way to spend some R&R in the USA

Choral Day Hits the High Notes

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:04

This term's OC Day took the form of a Choral Day held at the school on Saturday 21 May. Directed by Alastair Nye, Assistant Director of Music, participants spent the day in sectional rehearsals, followed by a concert in the Chapel in the evening and a supper in the Main Hous

Barry Denny (1943-1946)

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:03

The Society is sad to announce the passing of Barry Denny on 4 February 2011. After retiring from the Army in 1960 Mr Denny joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Nicosia, Kuwait, Kaduna, Vietnam-Laos and Oslo. He was seconded to the MOD from 1984-1989 and was an LVO and Cmdr ORder of St. Olav.

Former art master Noah Morris

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:03

The Society is sad to report the death of former art master Noah Morris on 11 March 2011. In addition to teaching art, Noah was a talented sculptor who returned to painting when he moved to New Zealand. He was living at Patea, a small fishing community on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island at the time of his death.

The news was supplied by OC Paul Bullivant (60-65).

Lord Whitty visits Clayesmore

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:02

Lord Whitty visited Clayesmore on Friday 25 March as part of the House of Lords "Peers in Schools" programme which aims to explain to young people the role of the Second Chamber in the UK constitution. Following an interesting talk about the composition of the House and planned reforms, there was a question and answer session where the issues raised covered the cuts introduced by the current government, intervention in overseas countries - Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the Trident nuclear programme and proportional representation. In fact the question and answer session lasted for longer than the talk.

Thousands flock to Clayesmore for Dorset Day

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:02

Thousands of visitors flocked to Clayesmore on Sunday 1 May as it held its second Dorset Day. In association with the Anonymous Travelling Market the school presented a country fair celebrating the rich and colourful countryside in which it is located.

The crowds enjoyed a host of attractions including pig racing, gun dog and falconry displays, mini steam engine and donkey rides and a folk music tent all adding to the fun amidst dozens of craft and market stalls.

There was also an art competition for local primary schools and the ever popular family dog show

Edward Ardizzone - Article in Dorset Life Magazine by Clayesmore Pupil

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:01

The February 2011 edition of Dorset Life Magazine featured an article written by current Clayesmorian Emily Mitchell which explored the life of Old Clayesmorian Edward Ardizzone who would become one of the country’s most important artists and illustrators.

Ruth Dear

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:00

The Society is very sad to report the death of Ruth Dear who passed away peacefully on Friday 25 February at the age of 97.

The funeral for Miss Dear will take the form of a private cremation, but there will be a Service of Thanksgiving with the Committal of Ashes at St Mary's Parish Church, Iwerne Minster, on Wednesday 16th March at 2.30pm. All those attending the service are warmly invited by Miss Dear's neices, Hilary and Sally, to tea in the Main House at the school, after the service.

Ben Moxham

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:00

Congratulations to former Prep School pupil, Ben Moxham (31) who has been appointed to head up the Government's energy and environmental policy.

Ben's appointed was approved directly by David Cameron and Nick Clegg and he is one of nine new specialist advisers. A former BP employee, Ben latterly worked for Riverstone private equity group which specialises in oil and renewable energy. The Government regards its energy policy increasingly to be the implementation of the kind of renewables agenda Ben took charge of when he was at BP, where he was key in helping BP move 'beyond petroleum' as its strapline became.

The Prep School remembers Ben as an incredibly bright boy who was a key player in the musical life of the school. The son of former Prep Deputy Head, Graham Moxham, Ben went on to achieve 4 A grade A levels and a First Class Degree at Oxford where he came 7th in a year of 300. He progressed to Post Grad studies at Harvard and became one if its youngest ever lecturers there at the age of 24.

OC Day - Spring 2011

Published on July 24th, 2012 07:00

Over 60 Old Clayesmorians attended the Spring Term OC Day held at the school on Sunday 20 March. In the warm spring sunshine there were netball and hockey matches (both of which were won by the school) before a roast beef lunch in the Dining Hall, tours of the boarding houses and afternoon tea in the drawing room. Thanks to Duncan Clarke (81-84) and Kevin Jones (81-85) for arranging for a large contingent of their contemporaries to attend.

John Loveless (1950-1954)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:59

We are sorry to announce that John Loveless (1950-1954) passed away in January 2010.

John Skinner

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:59

The Society is sad to report the death of former Gate Housemaster and Honorary OC John Skinner, who passed away on Friday 18 February. The funeral will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium at 2.15 on Monday 28 February with refreshments afterwards at 1 Warwick Road, Parkstone, BH14 8SY.

Edward Ardizzone - Exhibition at Gallery 27 Cork Street 8th - 19th March

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:59

Old Clayesmorians may be interested to learn of an exhibition of the works of OC Edward Ardizzone at Gallery 27 Cork Street, London from 8th -19th March. The exhibition contains paintings, watercolours, drawings, original book illustrations and prints from the estate of Dr Nicholas Ardizzone.

Peter Cazeaux (1955-1959)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:58

We are sad to report the death of Peter Cazeaux in August 2010 following a long fight against cancer. Having worked for the Standard Chartered Bank overseas for many years Peter was enjoying retirement in Cornwall with his wife Sandra, and his children and grandchildren who lived nearby.

Martin Brace (1956-1959)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:58

The Society is sad to report the death of Martin Brace in May 2010.

Simon Leney (1974-1977)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:58

We are very pleased to announce that Simon Leney is very much alive and well and has not passed away as was published previously on this website and in The Old Clayesmorian (2010 edition).

The information this announcement was based on was a mailing returned to the Society in March 2010 marked with the envelope marked "deceased - please remove from records".

We are naturally very sorry for and offer our apologies for any distress this may have caused both Mr Leney and any of his family and friends who might have seen the publication either online or in print.

Rikke Dakin (1984-1989)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:57

Our congratulations to Rikke Dakin (1984-1989) on the birth of her son Jeppe Sebastian on 29 June 2010.

The English Baccalaureate - Results

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:57

The new league tables published yesterday for England’s secondary schools are the first to include a new measure – the so-called English Baccalaureate. This shows how many children achieve good GCSE passes in what the Government considers to be the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, a Modern Language and a humanities subject – either History or Geography.

At Clayesmore, Headmaster Martin Cooke and Director of Teaching and Learning, Andrew West, believe the English Baccalaureate is a good thing on many levels, but, of course, questions do need to be raised.

Heloise Wright (nee Noel-Johnson) (1998-1999)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:57

Our congratulations to Heloise Wright (nee Noel Johnson) on her recent marriage to Martin Wright.

James Tew (1989-1995)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:56

Our congratulations to James and Priya Tew on the birth of a daughter, Kezia, in November 2010.

Rebecca Greene (nee Jefferis) 1988-1991

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:56

Our congratulations to Rebecca Greene (nee Jefferis) 1988-1991 and Peter on the birth of their son, Patrick James Greene on 1 May 2010.

Bob Lack (1994-1999)

Published on July 24th, 2012 06:55

Our congratulations to Bob Lack on the birth of Archie James Stewart on 7 August 2010, weighing 7lb 14oz, his father reports he is a promising opening batsman and medium paced bowler!