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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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1960s leavers

At the lunch in the City of London for Richard (Sam) Strachan, the 15 OPs present had varied life stories to recount. Among them: Jonathan Fitzgerald (59-61) worked for Reuters on the business side for 23 years, many of them in Asia. He is retired and lives in Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight. Mike…

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Shaun Maynard (60-64)

Shaun, based in Johannesburg, was in London and New York on business in March. In the UK he saw Strachan & Garth McDonald – both in good form – and they were able to toast their get-together with some excellent Brakespear beer – Jon B please note! Strachan is preparing his motorized trimaran for a…

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Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59)

Close viewers of the recent BBC tv programme “The Falklands Legacy,” made in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war, will have spotted Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59) taking the author and presenter Sir Max Hastings out to sea in a sailing boat – the unusual setting for a rather stilted conversation with several other…

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Percy & Simpson have work to do

Beijing Olympic gold medallists playing catch-up. After three rounds of the 2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup contest, Iain Percy and OP Andrew Simpson (90-95) are in seventh place with four rounds of the event still to come. In the latest round, held off Majorca in early April, the British duo came second to score their…

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