B.J. BENSON-DARE (37-39)

Brian Benson-Dare (37-39) died on 4th February, 2014, according to a report received from his son. Benson-Dare served in the Royal Navy during the war and was involved in 12 Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union and in the sinking of the Bismark. After the war he served in the Metropolitan Police from 1952-78. His…

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D.J. Fisher (59-62)

                                               David J. Fisher (59-62) died on 1st March, 2014, following a short battle with cancer. He was 68.David joined Port Line after the NCP and spent most of his life at sea, also…

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OP Magazine published

Issue 44 of the OP Magazine, The Pangbournian, has been published and should reach all OPs shortly. The latest issue of the OP Magazine covering events in 2013 contains a mix of reports about Reunions,  OPs in the News, Founders’ Day, News of OPs and communications from the chairman of the OP Society, Chairman of…

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Marching on Big Side

It was a lovely sunny Founders’ Day – my first, in July, 1957. Hugo White (53-57) was Chief Cadet Captain. The Guest of Honour was a Captain Sorrel, then commanding Cunard’s Queen Mary. He was not a large man. My photo of the occasion shows him inspecting Port Jackson division (at that time limited to…

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Bill Bailey (58-62)

Bill has bravely committed to participate in a charity cycle ride in Tenerife in aid of the RMA (Charitable Trust Fund) and Cancer Research. The event title is: The Tenerife Coast To Coast OTT Charity Ride. The ride, which will take place on 1st April 2014, will comprise a start in the North of the…

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Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59)

In the annual awards of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) for contributions to offshore sailing, OP Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59), who inspired the biannual Jester Challenge, has been awarded an OCC Jester Medal for his work in promoting the event. The Jester Challenge involves boats under 30ft competing in a single-handed ‘race’ to Atlantic destinations. It…

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OP Yacht Club Application Form

A New Application Form has been produced (see below).  For a better version (!) contact Mike Nicholson thenet@forcesbusinessnet.com                                  THE OLD PANGBOURNIAN YACHT CLUB    Membership Application Form Please complete this form and return it with the your £25 joining (which includes your OPYC burgee) and annual £25 membership fee (£50 in…

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Headmaster’s report to OPs 25.02.14

The academic year continues smoothly. A Successful College play. A yomp in the Falklands. Sport badly affected by the weather. New Second Master appointment made. “Since my last report the academic year has continued smoothly. Trial exams just after Christmas showed that the 5th Form are well placed at this stage of the year and…

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Patrick Roberts (70-75)

“On leaving Pangbourne I went to Sandhurst in 1976 and found it a breeze after the discipline at school (and interestingly Sandhurst at the time wasn’t a good introduction to Army life – it is now). I was commissioned into the 13th/18th Royal Hussars and arrived to find Willy Shuttleworth and Simon Ledger soon also…

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Headmaster defends CCF

As representative of CCF units for the Independent Schools Council and the HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) Thomas Garnier has warned that cadet units at private schools could be forced to close if the government goes ahead with plans to divert CCF funding into the state sector. A plan under consideration by the Department of…

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