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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C.A.M. TATHAM (52-56)

Charles Tatham (52-56) died peacefully on January 20th, 2012, after a lengthy illness endured with great courage and fortitude, at the age of 72 as reported by his friend and distant relative Peter Hughes (51-55). Charlie was born in Aylesbury in 1939 just before the outbreak of World War 11. Soon after he and his…

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After the Riots

Two OPs take part in national forum to map a “creative way forward” after last year’s riots in the UK. Old Pangbournians Mike Smith (60-65) and Anjali Guptara (95-99) were among 100 community and faith leaders and representatives of non-governmental organisations from across England who took part in a national conference on ‘After the riots:…

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OP in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Lt. Col Tom Copinger-Symes (82-87), commanding offer 5 RIFLES Battlegroup, reports from the scene. In a lengthy update on conditions in Helmand emailed to friends and colleagues in the UK in early March, Tom Copinger-Symes describes life in this front line province as “very challenging and extremely satisfying. It’s not always fun and games, but…

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FREDERICK TREVES BEM (38-42)

Frederick Treves, a well known character actor, died on January 30, 2012, aged 86 after a prolific, high profile career on stage and screen. Freddie Treves was the son of a GP who had commanded a mounted field ambulance brigade in the First World War while his great uncle was Serjeant Surgeon to King Edward…

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