PangbourneAfrica expedition prepares to depart

Three OPs plan to drive 30,000km to raise funds for charity David Keith-Welsh, Geoff Popple and Nicholas Vaudrey, who all left the NCP in 1962, together with two others, will begin a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the College parade ground at 12 noon on Sunday January 31st. The departure will be…

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More about ‘City of Adelaide’ campaign

Second OP involved in efforts to save the ship A letter from David Inglesby FRCS (67-71) to the OP Society has highlighted the efforts currently being made by the Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Foundation (SCARF) to preserve and restore this former Devitt & Moore sailing ship. David is vice-chair of SCARF and lives in Sunderland. He writes…

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Last Devitt & Moore ship under threat

‘City of Adelaide’ clipper ship threatened with demolition What is probably the last Devitt & Moore ship in existence, the clipper ship ‘City of Adelaide’ which carried free British settlers to Australia in the 19th century and returned to the UK carrying wool, has been threatened with demolition by the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) which…

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OP Society reception for Olympic gold medal winner

The OP Society celebrated Andrew Simpson’s (90-95) gold medal at the Beijing Olympics at a reception on board HQS Wellington in London on November 30th.   More than 60 OPs and their guests were present at a reception on board HQS Wellington, moored alongside the Victoria Embankment in central London, on the evening of November 30th.…

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OP Society remembers

Wreaths laid by OP Society in memory of OPs who gave their lives for their country Remembrance Sunday 2009 was a notable occasion. A packed congregation in the Falklands chapel took part in the service which was coloured in many minds by the ongoing war in Afghanistan. At least three OPs were known to be…

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OPs help raise money for Falklands chapel

Golf quartet among winners in golf competition in aid of Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel Trust A fourball made up of chairman of governors Michael Allsop, governor David Herbert, OP Society president Robin Knight and OP Society chairman Mark Dumas was among the winners in a golf competition held over the summer to generate funds for…

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Book contract signed

Illustrated History of Pangbourne to be published in 2016 A contract to publish a coffee table style illustrated hsitory of Pangbourne College in 2016 ahead of the school’s centenary was signed on October 21. The book will be published by James & James which has produced many similar histories and will be written and compiled…

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Royal Yacht Squadron OP Dinner

Fifteen OPs and two ex-Conways (OC) gather for dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) in Cowes. The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) in Cowes was the venue for an OP Dinner hosted and organised by Roly Franks (OP).  The RYS in Cowes is a magnificent building known to the sailing fraternity as ‘The Castle’.  It…

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Brave act by OP leads to his death

OP John Faber (38-41) dies after trying to save a 13-year old girl from drowning.  John Faber, 84, has died shortly after going to the help of a 13-year-old girl in difficulties off Littlehampton’s West Beach in Sussex. The girl, Madeline Swan, was visiting the Fabers with her grandmother from the United States. The couple were standing…

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OP Society 76th AGM

The 76th Annual General Meeting of the OP Society was held at the College on Sunday September 6th. The AGM was held in the Peter Points Library following lunch in the Mess Hall generously provided by the College. About 25 OPs attended including, most felicitously, Honorary OP Peter Points.  In his report outgoing Chairman Ian Williams…

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