P.C.W. Hoblyn (40-44)

Peter Hoblyn (40-44) died on 19th May, 2013, aged 86. He was a former Master Mariner and a well-known stockbroker in the City of London. He left three children and seven grand-children and a sister, Wendy. His son Richard writes: “At the age of eight Peter entered Ripley Court preparatory school in Surrey. By all…


Michael Smith (60-65)

Mike is developing a career as an obituary writer in the national press. Recently obituaries he has written (of the diplomat Stephen Miles & the SOE operative Margaret Jackson) have appeared in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Guardian.



Successful OPGS meeting at Huntercombe GC

Eighteen OPGS members eventually turned out for what proved to be a successful meeting at Huntercombe GC near Henley  on Tuesday 18th June, writes OPGS Secretary Charlie Parry. In the morning round   Andrew Feary won with 37 points and I was runner up with 36 points. In the afternoon foursomes  Nick Beattie and William Donaldson…


Graham Thomas (43-45)

Graham Thomas (43-45) died in May, 2013, aged 85. His son-in-law gave the Address at his funeral on which this obituary is based. In part, he said: “Graham was born in 1929, the middle son of three brothers.  Perhaps because he was the second son it was presumed that he would follow a career in…


OPGS 2013 meeting

The annual meeting of the OP Golf Society takes place at Huntercombe GC, Nuffield, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 5SL, on Tuesday 18th June. Numbers need boosting, especially with some keen younger players! So if you are interested in taking part in what is an enjoyable 36-hole all-day event at a beautiful and welcoming golf course…


Invitation from Old Tamensians RFC

Dear OPs, Lord Williams’s school has its Founders Day in November this year (2013) and weare looking for a team to play.  As you so kindly filled the void and made a fantastic day of it two years ago,  I was wondering if perhaps another OPs side might like to take up the challenge this…


Crystal Palace

I can tell you that there were no doors, or loo seats for that matter, in the heads of the Crystal Palace. You should find the whole history of the Crystal Palace in Lionel Stephens’ history of the College of which I have a copy at home, but I will not be there until Monday.…


The Crystal Palace

Can anyone jog my memory (for the History of Pangbourne book) about the former public loo at the centre of the College known as (I think) the Crystal Palace? Why was it so named? Anything particuarly memorable about it? Did it have doors, for example, on the stalls? In case older OPs don’t know, this…


W.G. MORRISON (56-61)

Sir Garth Morrison (56-61) KT, CBE, DL died on May 24th, 2013, at home in West Fenton, East Lothian, aged 70. He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus late in 2012, had undergone chemotherapy and a major operation in February and seemed to be making a good recovery. He leaves a widow Gill, three…