Simone Greatorex (11-16) is holding a fundraising dinner on 17th February, 2018 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK and hopes that OPs in the Reading/Thames Valley area will be able to attend.
The venue will be Trunkwell House Hotel, Beech Hill Road, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AT. There will be a three-course meal, a raffle, a DJ and casino tables. Tickets are £60 a head or £550 for a table of ten. “It would be great to get a few tables of OPs together,” Simone says.
If you would like to take part please email Simone at email@example.com
Simone was in St. George Division from 2011-16 and then went on to study English at De Montford University.
James Shuttleworth (77-81) has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire, following in the footsteps of his father J.A. Shuttleworth (32-35).
After a brief period in the RN and few years in London (in property), James returned to Derbyshire 25 years ago and has been there ever since. He married Sarah in 2007 and the couple have one Labrador, Piper. He is also a Parish Councillor in Hathersage.In his working life James is the Commercial Manager for West Coast Railways. This combines making a living with his great interest in railways (which will come as absolutely no surprise to his OP contemporaries!). West Coast is now responsible for the majority of charter trains and, most particularly, almost all the steam ops, on the main national network. Of particular note is the success of The Jacobite Steam Train, between Fort William and Mallaig (now considered one of The Great Railway Journeys of the World), in the West Highlands of Scotland and also providing The ‘Hogwarts Express’ for all the Harry Potter films.
Michael Duck (69-74), the OP Rep in Hong Kong, attended the Henley Royal Regatta this year and sent along some photos afterwards.
[Michael (r) with Geoff Peters (Macquarie) and his partner]
[With son Simon by the Gloriana]
[with Steve Bean (Illawarra 68-73), his wife Jan (l), Michael Duck (centre right; 69-74) and his wife Jasmine(r)]
James Mackenzie (87-92), the OP Rep in Vancouver, British Columbia, writes:
“Summer is going very well thus far and I have a week off coming up when we head to a cottage on a local lake for some R&R. About three weeks ago I was looked up by an OP from my leaving year – Phil Low, Hesperus 87-92. He was out here from Hong Kong, where he works for ThomsonReuters, holidaying with his family on Vancouver Island. Two pictures attached. Per the pic, we had a lovely evening at the Sandbar on Granville Island in Vancouver.”
Michael Askwith (59–63) and Ralph Godfrey (60–64) and wives Celia and Trish helped to organise a pot luck lunch and tea gathering at Michael’s home on the beach at Bracklesham Bay, near Chichester, on 14th July.
Mike writes: “Twenty five contemporaries from the 1950’s and 1960s eras, mainly from the southern counties, attended, including wives/partners and two Old Worcesters, although unfortunately no Old Conways. Blessed by delightful weather, a magnificent view of the sea, copious food and drink, and a memory lane well-trodden as folk reminisced and perused Michael’s collection of more thaan 50 NCP Logs and Pangbournian Magazines spanning the full 1959 – 2017 period, it was a wonderful opportunity to get together and catch up on past careers and more recent activities in retirement.
We were delighted to have past and present OP Chairmen Ian Williams and Merrick Rayner’s presence and a good representation of OP Yacht Club members, as well as wives and partners, who happily enjoyed the event as well.
If folk are up to it, the suggestion for similar events in future years, could be followed up.”
Michael and Celia Askwith (1959 – 63)
Ralph and Trish Godfrey (1960 – 64)
Perry Abbott, and Denise (1959 – 63)
Merrick Rayner (1968 – 73), Chairman, OP Society
Ian and Doh Williams (1961 – 63), Former Chairman OP Society, and Hon. Sec. OP Yacht Club
Robin and Rosemary Batt (1961-64), Committee member OP Yacht Club
Greg and Jenny Cumming (1959 – 1964)
Wyndham and Alex Haswell (1962 – 65)
Robert and Liz Ogden (1960 – 64)
Robert Ross (1960 – 64)
Michael and Gloria Stringer (1966 – 69)
Keith and Eve Townson (1960 – 64)
Peter and Maggie Gormley (OW) (1950’s) Former Commodore, OW Sailing Club
Alan Robinson (OW) (1960s)
[Ralph Godfrey (l), Celia Askwith, Mike Askwith]
[Ralph Godfrey, Merrick Rayner, Mike Askwith]
[OPs, wives and partners]
[Some of the Pangbourne memorabilia on display]
The 2017 AGM of the OP Society will take place at the Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5NS (Tel: 0207 493 7672) on Tuesday evening 17th October, starting at 6.00pm.
At the meeting the retiring chairman of the Society, Merrick Rayner, will give a full account of the momentous 2016-17 year, the Headmster of the College Thomas Garnier will bring OPs up to date with developments at the school, a new chairman of the Society will be elected, and there will be elections to the committee.
Any OP who wishes to join the committee should contact Merrick at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
Drinks and canapes will be available after the meeting.
ALL OPs ARE MOST WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Please put the date in your diaries!
Will Broom (Hesperus; 08-13) writes:
“Since leaving Pangbourne I have been at Fleetwood Nautical College for the last three years doing a cadetship as a deck officer/navigator in the Merchant Navy fulfilling a lifelong dream. In December, 2016 I qualified successfully as a 3rd Officer for Cunard Line and P&O cruises (owned by Carnival Corp.), and will be going to sea in September, 2017 for the first time as a 3rd Officer/junior officer of the watch. My ambition is one day to become a Captain. As a cadet I was on four ships in the P&O/Cunard line fleet including the famous RMS Queen Mary 2 which is the largest and most famous ocean liner ever built.”
(Ed. Note: Will be writing about his post-Pangbourne experiences in the next issue of the OP Magazine)
Mark Mearing-Smith (above; left in 2005) writes:
“I am stroking the Auriol Kensington Wyfold 4 at Henley this year (regatta starts June 28). Michael Warren (’08) is in the Vesta Thames Cup 8 at three, Cameron Smith (’07) is in one of the City of Bristol Wyfold 4s, Georgia Francis (08-13) in an Imperial and Agecroft 2x in the Women’s Double Sculls, Charles Waite-Roberts (06-11) will be in the Prince of Wales Leander quad. Rory Harris (11-15) also in the PoW but at bow in the Molesey quad. Any other OPs involved?”
[Charles Waite-Roberts with Georgia Francis in 2015]
UPDATE: Georgia Francis reached the semi-finals of the Women’s Double Sculls where she and her partner lost to a double from New Zealand.
Charles Waite-Roberts in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup (elite men’s quad) was in one of the two Leander crews which reached the final.
The College V111 won its first round race in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup but lost to St. Paul’s School in Round 2.
- Louis Bearn (07-12) has completed his final exams at the London School of Economics where he has been studying for an MSc in International Relations. Over the summer he will be completing his Dissertation while also job searching. He continues to consider a spell in the Royal Marines (“a hangover from my Pangbourne days, no doubt”), or go into radio broadcasting. Another possibility he is toying with is is to enter the world of Political Risk Consultancy. “I’m sure,” he says “given everything going on at the moment, that more and more companies/firms will look to analysts/researchers to chart a course through the prevailing uncertainty.”