Guest of Honour at 58th OP Dinner announced

Patrick Derham (74-78), the current Headmaster of Rugby School, has agreed to be Guest of Honour at the 2011 OP Dinner. Patrick Derham has been Headmaster of Rugby School since 2001. In this position he has been a consistent and prominent defender of the independent schools sector, often mentioning with gratitude the education he received at…


Over 60s lunch a big success

Bangers-and-mash at the Turf Club in London. 33 OPs over the age of 60 plus the Headmaster Thomas Garnier and Hon Vice President Lionel Stephens met for a most enjoyable informal lunch on January 20 at the Turf Club, Carlton House Terrace in central London. The event was the idea of Chairman Mark Dumas (64-68) who is…



Captain Jack Bitmead (33-36) DSO, RN  died on December 21, 2010, in Edinburgh aged 91.     On leaving the NCP Bitmead joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in the training cruiser Frobisher and took part in King George V1’s Spithead review in 1937 as a Midshipman in Ramilles. Promoted to Lt. in April,…


Ewen Southby-Tailyour (55-59)

Ewen’s new book on 3 Commando Brigade’s experiences in Afghanistan, “Helmand Assault,” won a highly positive review in The Financial Times January 8. The reviewer, Patrick Hennessey, formerly of the Grenadier Guards and author of “The Junior Officers’ Reading Club,” described the book as accessible and comprehensive and argues that Ewen “makes excellent use of…


The 2011 OP Magazine

Issue 41 of the OP Magazine will be sent to OPs during February, 2011. “Production difficulties mean that there will be a slight delay in distributing the 2011 OP Magazine to all OPs on the mailing list (more than 3,500),” write the Editors of the Magazine. “Our schedule now indicates that the publication will reach…


Memorial Service for Dennis Scott-Masson (44-46)

A Memorial Service will be held in the Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel for Captain Dennis Scott-Masson CBE in May, 2011. Further details will follow.

Capt. Scott-Masson commanded P&O’s “Canberra” liner – the vessel that transported thousands of British troops successfully from the UK to the Falklands Islands, and home again afterwards, in the conflict with Argentina in 1982.

OP girls first match vs College 1st X1

OPs lose 6-0 – but it could have been worse! “Girls OP Hockey has been a possibility for many years. In 2010 we finally organised a date in October and played a match against the current College 1st X1,” reports Lucy Hamblin-Rooke (01-08). “We managed to drag along a few old faces from leavers of…


Good win for OP XI vs College

Founder’s Day T20 match goes OPs’ way “Now in its fourth year, the OP T20 cricket match against the College 1st X1 has established itself as one of the highlights of Founder’s Day – and the 2010 game didn’t disappoint,” writes Alex Smith (95-02).   With the sun beating down on the Big Side pitch,…


New date for 2011 OP Dinner

Due to the royal wedding the date of the 2011 OP Dinner has been moved to Wednesday April 20th. The Dinner will take place in HQS Wellington which is moored on the Embankment in central London. Further details will be available nearer the time. If you have a query please contact OP Chairman Mark Dumas…