Michael J. Hayes (48-51) who died recently, has left about 100 paintings to the College. A retired school teacher, Michael was 74, unmarried and lived in Rustington, near Littlehampton, in Sussex. The collection includes more than 30 sea paintings. The most valuable are by the artist Colin Baxter who has agreed to place a value…Details
Ten OPs and four wives gathered at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on February 19th for the third consecutive annual luncheon at the venue, reports Robin Paine (55-58). There were five apologies for absence. Keith Mann (45-49) even flew up from Christchurch for the day. It was another happy occasion with excellent…Details
According to an email from his friend Phil Hickling (53-56) Mike spends half his time in the UK and half in New Zealand. He had a difficult time at the NCP that scarred his memories of Pangbourne but he did return for a visit a few years ago with another contemporary Ted Daubeny (53-57).
Christian and wife Sarah-Jayne (nee Copp 00-03) have recently moved to Australia and are living in Sydney. They are looking forward to attending the OP Reunion in Melbourne in October.
Chris Weston (77-82), a former Chief of the College, has been named the new Managing Director of British Gas. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange released February 15th, 2013, Centrica (owners of British Gas) said: “It is expected that a proposal that Chris Weston will succeed Phil Bentley as the director responsible for…Details
I have written my autobiography “Memories of R589281. From School Boy to Master in Steam.” I’ve always carried a camera right from a very young age and in the 220 pages in the book there are many photos of places and events throughout my career. I’m still making ship models. Capt. Steve Taylor (chairman of…Details
Re the article “Sixty Years On: The Spithead Review. How well I remember boarding the tender on Gun Wharf Portsmouth under the stern of the naval tug Envoy, writes Peter Tambling (50-53). On arriving alongside HMS Indefatigable, one of the cadets dropped his case into the water. “Go on lad, go down and get it…Details
James has added four books to the list of OP authors – The Orkney Poll Taxes of the 1690s (2003); Trace Your Orkney Ancestors (2004); Blaeu’s Orkneys and Schetland (2006); and The Breckness Estate (2009). As the list indicates, although James still lives in Surrey where he keeps fit on voluntary conservation work, he is…Details
The funeral service was held at Cambridge City Crematorium on January 25th. Cdr. Neale was a widower. He leaves four children and five grandchildren. We have no other details.
The Old Pangbournian Group on LinkedIn has recently been recalling memories of Bob ‘Tiger’ Knights, “the last of a long line of staunch (naval) Instructors” in the admiring words of Lionel Stephens’ history of Pangbourne College published in 1991. Tiger supervised the old Gym at the NCP “with loving care” for 24 years. Even in…Details