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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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MICHAEL J. BYRD (43-46)

Michael Byrd (43-46) died on St. George’s Day April 23rd, 2013, aged 83, after many years spent valiantly combating poor health. His funeral was held on May 15th at St. George’s Church, Beckenham. Michael arrived at Pangbourne in 1943 from a boarding school in Wales. In three years at the College he achieved a great…

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Jamie Lonsdale (72-77)

After a “model” career at Pangbourne Jamie joined the Royal Navy. He married Laura, a school friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1984. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph in May, the marriage broke down in 2010. Subsequently the Lonsdale estate at Kingston Lisle Park in Oxfordshire was put up for sale…

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M.L. STARKEY (45-49)

Michael Law Starkey (45-49)  died in Sydney, Australia, on April 19th 2013, aged 83. He leaves his wife, Maureen, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kevin Brown (46-49), a contemporary of Michael’s at the NCP, represented the College at his funeral service. At the Nautical College Michael was in Hesperus Division and…

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The College at 75

4th Former Tom Armstrong wrote this poem (below) titled ‘Jubilee’ in 1992 to mark the College’s 75th anniversary: “Pangbourne College is seventy five The spirits are high, the staff still alive, Old in foundation and loyal to the Queen, And the hardy traditions of merchant marine. “Up here on the hill the Band marches still,…

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ANDREW SIMPSON MBE (90-95)

Andrew Simpson (90-95), the British Olympic and world championship gold medal-winning sailor, drowned in San Francisco Bay on May 9th, 2013, while training for the 34th America’s Cup races later this year on the Swedish-backed catamaran Artemis. He was 36 and is survived by his wife Leah and their two young sons. Andrew, known to…

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