Macquarie Division, 1958?

Like many others, I’ve much enjoyed reading reminiscenses of Pangbourne. I found an old photograph of the inmates of HMP Macquarie, which I have sent to Steve for display (as I can’t seem to download it). Many of those mentioned can be identified. My own memories of College life split vividly into two extremes. The…


Wear the OP tie!

Four OPs of varying vintages bumped into each other at the National Maritime Museum in late-April – and recognised one another because two of them were wearing the OP tie. Merrick Rayner (68-73), Jeffrey Evans (61-66), Christopher Daniels (47-51) and Nigel Hollebone (59-63) were all attending the opening of the Royal River exhibition by HM…


William Pickering (97-03)

Will went to the University of Wales, Bangor, after Pangbourne and studied Marine Zoology. In February 2008 he joined the RAF and has been flying as a pilot since then. Earlier this year he attended a Morgan Stanley Military Open Day in preparation for a possible move back to civilian life later in 2012.

Rob McAllister (96-01)

Now a Captain in the Army, Rob is planning to move into civilian life, possibly in banking, in 2013. After Pangbourne he went to Oxford Brookes (2001-04) and then RMA Sandhurst (2006). He spent 2008-09 learning Arabic. In 2011 he served in Iraq as part of the NATO Training Mission

R.A. SWANN (58-62)

Robert Swann, a well-known British supporting actor, died on April 17th, 2006, aged 61 as recently reported to the OP Society. Robert Swann never hit the high spots during an acting career lasting more than 40 years. But his all-round ability and talent for menacing performances meant that he was frequently cast as a villain…


Summer meeting set for Huntercombe GC

The OPGS summer meeting will be held on Tuesday June 19th, 2012, at Huntercombe GC near Henley on Thames. For the first time the OPGS will be meeting at Huntercombe, widely described as Oxfordshire’s golfing “hidden gem.” All OP golfers are urged to take part by contacting Charlie Parry (above). Huntercombe has a SSS of…


OP helps to rebuild Myanmar (Burma)

In recent years Tim Hendley (49-53) has been travelling to SE Asia from his home in the United States. He is currently involved in a couple of volunteer aid projects in Myanmar (Burma) repairing damage done by Cyclone Nargis in 2008. He reports: “I found myself returning to S.E. Asia after an epic 2004 journey…


OP completes Paris half marathon

Barney Spender (76-81) completes Paris half marathon to raise funds for George Best Foundation. Barney writes: “On February 7, I was invited to run the Paris Half Marathon.This meant just three weeks training which, for a rather lumpy frame whose preference these days is very much for a cold beer on the sofa was, as…


B.A. Macdowel (41-46)

Barney MacDowel died peacefully in March, 2012, a week shy of his 84th birthday. His son-in-law David Sheppard writes: “Barney came from a naval family and followed his brother Ian (37-42) to the Nautical College in 1941 during the austere war years. He became head of Harbinger and won a number of College cups for…