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We are always interested in what members of the Radleian Society are doing, and often will use this information in Lusimus and the Old Radleian.  Please send your news and stories to the Radleian Society.


William Mackesy (1973, A)

William Mackesy is exhibiting his first solo show in London towards the end of January at:

54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QX


The show runs from 23 – 27 January 2018, 11am – 5.30pm (closing 5pm Saturday 27 Jan)


OR's are also invited to attend one of the private views on the following dates:

Monday 22 January, 6-8.30pm

Tuesday 23 January, 6-8.30pm

Friday 26 January, 6-8pm


If you would like to come to a private view, please drop William a line via his website (www.williammackesy.com), which also contains more images of his work.



Creation of the Radley Wildebloods

With an official launch party planned for the New Year, the creation of the new LGBT+ Society for Old Radleians, the Radley Wildebloods, has been announced. 

Warden John Moule, said: "The College has been happy to support the setting up of the Wildebloods as part of the Radleian Society, which seeks to serve the wider Radley community, bringing together groups of alumni and others attached to the school for a whole host of events and meetings.

"We wish them all the best as they organise their first events. The name of the group is most appropriate - as is the timing - in memory of Peter Wildeblood, and Old Radleian who was instrumental in influencing the decriminalisation of homosexuality fifty years ago."

More information and contact details for the Wildebloods can be found on their website:




To all Radley Mariners and RCBC Members

There will be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Radley Mariners Charitable Trust and The Radley Mariners Boat Club on Monday 27th November 2017, from 7.30pm, at the New Pavilion, Radley College.  Here is the Agenda for the meeting. Light refreshments and catering will be provided an if you intend to come, please kindly RSVP to julesbeck@hotmail.com so we can cater appropriately. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


ORs selected for the GB team for the 2017 World Rowing Championships

Tom George (2008, G) has been selected for the GB Pair at the World Championships in Florida at the end of September.  Ollie Wynne-Griffith (2007, D/J) is one of the reserves. Click here to read more.


Pierre-Michel Tarrant (1999, C Social) - London to Paris cycle ride

On the 19th of July Pierre-Michel Tarrant will be cycling with his father from London to Paris. They will be doing 520km in 4 days and are raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society - a cause that is very close to Pierre-Michel’s and his wife’s family, with both having lost grandparents to Dementia/Alzheimer’s.

His JustGiving page is on the link below.  Any support would be very welcome.



Charlie Elwes (2010, J) and Ollie Wynne-Griffith (2007, D/J) win for Yale!

Congratulations to ORs Charlie Elwes and Ollie Wynne-Griffith who are rowing in the Yale 1st Eight and won last weekend. Please click here to read the full article.


Stanley Brian Dorey (1943, F) OAM BEM JP - Life with Brian

Life with Brian - 1963 to 2016

Please click on the document link below if you would like to read about Brian's life post-Radley.

Document Link


Nick Gubbins - Middlesex cap


Nick Gubbins (2007, H) receives his ceremonial Middlesex County Cricket Club cap from Sachin Tendulkar in June (Nick received his County cap earlier in the season).  Anjun Tendulkar is in the centre behind them.






Radley staff run the London Marathon

On Sunday 23rd April, three Radley staff ran the London Marathon. Paul Fernandez came 60th overall with a fantastic time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, Sam Townsend finished in 3 hours and 10 minutes raising money for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust; and John Nye (to celebrate his 60th birthday) finished the marathon in 4 hours and 16 minutes raising money for Helen & Douglas House.  A huge congratulations to them all on a wonderful achievement. 


Arthur Laidlaw exhibiting at Cadogan Contemporary

Following the success of his exhibition Razed in 2016, Arthur Laidlaw (2003, H) is exhibiting his latest work in a joint show with Emily Girkins at Cadogan Contemporary on the 18 - 29 April.  The work concentrates on another desolate landscape, that of the Himalayas, and its resilient inhabitants. Please contact the gallery if you would like to attend - the private view is on Thursday 20 April, 6.30pm - 9pm. 


OR appointed new Choral Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra

OR James Burton (1988, B Social) has taken up his new post as Choral Director at the Boston Symphony Orchestra & Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  James is only the second conductor to be appointed director of the TFC since its founding in 1970.




Graduate opportunity in renewable energy

OR Henry Reily-Collins (1997, E) is looking for a graduate/student with an interest in hydropower to join their team based in Oxfordshire.  Further details are in the attached document.

Hallidays Hydropower Ltd


The Genius of the Mad King


OR John Bridcut (1965, A) has produced and directed a documentary about George III with unprecedented access to the King's private files in the Royal Archives.  It will be aired on BBC 2 on Monday 30th of January at 9pm. 



Piers Hugh-Smith training for the Tour de France à la Voile

OR Piers Hugh-Smith (2008, F) is the Team Principal/Director of Sailsmith Racing.  Sailsmith are the sole British entry to the 2017 Tour de France à la Voile, a 9-stage spectator focused, extreme sailing event that will be televised on Eurosport in July alongside the Tour de France bike race.  



Calling all Old Brambletyeans

Did you attend Brambletye Prep School in East Grinstead?  If so, you may want to attend their Centenary in 2019 - please contat Colin Thompson, OB Website Co-ordinator, to be added to their mailing list.


New Year Honours 2017

Congratulations to Oliver Morley (1984, F) who was awarded a CBE for services to Public Sector Digital Services; to Robert Robson (1975, A), awarded an OBE for services to Naval Personnel; to James N Hereford (1952, G) awarded an MBE for services to the Rifles Regiment and to the wider Herefordshire community; and to Hugo Walkinshaw (1983, B) who received an OBE for services to British business in Singapore and to UK exports.

Did we miss anyone?  If so, please let us know!


OR gets an Honorary Fellowship from University of Gloucester


OR Oli Christie (1984, D), founder and chief executive of Neon Play, received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire last week, in recognition of his contribution to business, enterprise and innovation in Gloucestershire.


Oli has won over 25 games awards in his career and Neon Play has won 20 business awards.  Oli is on the board of Trustees of the Cheltenham Festivals and recently sold Neon Play to Hachette UK although he remains at the helm.


Edward Brooke Hitching publishes new book

Edward Brooke Hitching (1996, A)  has written The Phantom Atlas (published 3November 2016) and Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and other forgotten sports (published June 2015).


Henry McPherson (2008, D) wins Commission from Scottish Opera

Henry McPherson has won one of 3 commissions from Scottish Opera to compose a new short which will be performed by their youth company, Connect, in celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Henry's opera is to be based on ‘Maud of Mordiford’, drawing on British legend but paying homage to his childhood in Herefordshire close to Mordiford.





Nick Gubbins (2007, H)

OR Nick Gubbins finished a hugely impressive season in the Middlesex County Cricket team having scored 1409 runs in the Championship at an average of 61.26.   

The final round of matches saw three sides vying for the trophy and, in the decisive game against Yorkshire, Nick scored 125 in the first innings and 93 in the second as Middlesex secured their first title since 1993.

Nick said:  "I wasn't even born the last time Middlesex CCC won this. A perfect ending to a memorable 2016 season"

At lunch on the first day of the game Nick received his county cap from the President of Middlesex CCC, Harry Latchman.  He has also been selected for the England Lions squad for their tour to the UAE this winter.

Photo courtesy of Nick Gubbins


Two ORs in World Rowing Under 23 Championships

Ollie Wynne-Griffith (2007) & Tom George (2008) won silver medals in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Rotterdam in August, Ollie in the GB Eight and Tom in the Four.


Tom Chatfeild-Roberts (2006, A)

Tom (who is training to become a vet) had a great Point to Point season with 9 wins on She's Real.


Two ORs part of the England winning team in the U20 Rugby World Cup

ORs Tom West (2009, F) & Will Stuart (2009, D), played a key part in England's success during the U.20 Rugby World Cup campaign played out in Manchester on Saturday.  The final score was a well deserved 45-21 victory over Ireland.  

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