OPs in New Zealand

At the OP Reunion lunch in Auckland on February 20, 2012, OP Society President Robin Knight encountered many new OP faces. Here he fills in a bit of the detail. “Our host was Craig Peploe (78-80), general manager of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron clubhouse for the past 12 years. Craig had a bit…

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Enjoyable careers fair day at the College

OPs take part in annual Careers Fair day at the College. Five OPs were among 28 company and individual contributors who took part in a successful afternoon careers fair at the College in mid-March. Headed by David Nicholson representing Petroleum Geo-Services, the other OPs were Steve Davis (discussing career paths), Natassia Fox (a recent leaver,…

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NICK REBBECK (61-64)

Nick Rebbeck died in May, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. His friend Andrew Gordon-Lennox writes: Nick Rebbeck was a near neighbour from home and family friend who joined the Nautical College Pangbourne with me in 1961 – the first year of Port Jackson at Bowden Green with Steve as Housemaster.…

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Rick Newling-Ward (87-91)

Rick recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia with his wife Annie and daughter Piper. He lives in Prahran, a trendy inner suburb and works as an interior designer specialising in restaurant designs. One of his recent commissions was to design the interior of Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant in Sydney. He is in contact with Alex Heaton…

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Alex Heaton (87-91)

I live in Elwood, Melbourne, with my wife Rachel, daughter Georgia and son Charlie. I work in Port Melbourne – the company is called smarterBATHROOMS and can be accessed on www.smarterbathrooms.com.au We all love living by and sailing on the bay and taking advantage of all the great sporting facilities that Melbourne has. I cycle…

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Charles Pettit

After I left Pangbourne in the 1970s I spent a few years sowing wild oats in Spain, Italy, Morocco and the West Indies before settling back in Argentina, 1,000km from Buenos Aires. Here I worked my way up from under manager to administrator in a large land company for nine years. Then I managed the…

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Jeff Beech-Garwood (71-75)

After Pangbourne I went to Imperial College, London University, and studied Computer Science. I’ve stuck with computers ever since and that work took me to St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, some 13 years ago. I’m married to a Minnesotan so I’ll probably end up staying in America.

Ken Russell (42-44) film season in London

Tribute season opens for recently deceased Old Pangbournian. Film clubs, independent cinemas and film blogs across the capital have united in a unique tribute to the film maker Ken Russell, who died aged 84 in November 2011, with a retrospective season during March titled ‘Ken Russell Forever.’ Over ten days March 10-20 at ten venues…

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Pangbourne Vocabulary #3

My father (RB ‘Dickie’ Richardson 33-36) used to recall Charlie Sewell, one of the Instructors in his day, saying “There’s some Cadets round ‘ere what’s not pulling their weight and you two’s one of ’em.” In my time I recall Tiger Knights greeting us on our first visit to Drake by “When I say ‘Come…

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Alastair Fleming (74-81)

After Pangbourne Alastair went to the University of Brighton where he studied Architectural Design and Architecture. For the past 22 years he has headed Alastair Fleming Associates. The company provides creative, design and project management services in Victoria, Australia, for the performing arts, exhibitions, theme parks and public and corporate events. Alastair lives in Mt.…

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