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ORs feature in GB World Rowing Championshop Team

29th August 2018

Tom George (2008) and Ollie Wynne-Griffith (2007) continue their impressive seasons with selection for the GB Men's Eight to compete at the World Rowing Championships take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, between 9-16 September.

More details of the squad can be found at the British Rowing website.


Your news

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.


New publishing - 'The Coincidence of Novembers' by Sandy Nairne (1966)

Sandy Nairne (1966) is at present working on publishing some of the writing of his late father and fellow OR, Sir Patrick Nairne (1935) and would be especially grateful for support from those associated with Radley.

He writes:

My father, Sir Patrick Nairne, looking back to 1935 in a short article in 1997 for the Old Radleian, wrote:
"I remember my first fortnight at Radley as the most harassed and confused period of my life. What next? What clothes next? I had moved from the familiar and tight routine of a preparatory school in a single building to a strange ‘village’ in which I had to find my own way, and where I was not sure if the natives were friendly."
The confusion didn't last long, and my father became devoted to Radley, being appointed a governor in 1975, becoming Chairman of the Radleian Society, and then President from 1980 to 1983.

He enjoyed writing in later life and musing on the world around him - from school to distinguished military service in WWII and on to a career in public service, culminating in leading the huge Department of Health and Social Security in the late 1970s, and then to head an Oxford college. 

Since he died in 2013, I have been sorting all of his papers and have been inspired by how much he wrote and the quality of his writing. I am now working with the publisher Unbound to edit a selection of his autobiographical writings. The book is called The Coincidence of Novembers – a notion that was one of my father's. Unbound helps with the process of raising funds for the book's publication, and if all the funds are raised they go ahead with the editing, printing and distribution of the book itself. It will be a well-designed hardback edition (with a special edition for advance supporters), illustrated in black and white and colour, and will include images of some of my father’s best watercolours.

This is the link to the project funding page -  https://unbound.com/books/the-coincidence-of-novembers/ 


New publishing – 'The Experimentalist' by Nick Salaman

'The Experimentalist', the new novel by Nick Salaman (1949), was published on 5 July by The Dome Press, a new and interesting London imprint, and is available now.

A successful launch party in the local bookshop was heled in London at Daunts bookshop in the Fulham Road, with selected readings, including from actress Joanna David. 


Ollie Wynne-Griffith (2007) in GB World Cup Rowing Squad

Congratulations to Ollie Wynne-Griffith who has been selected for the GB Eight in the first Rowing World Cup races due to take place in Belgrade in early June. 

The British Rowing announcement for the whole GB squad can be found here.


Rugby Union - ORs sign senior contracts at Wasps

Taking the next step up from their academy contracts, and after making 1st XV debuts in the past season, Tom West and Will Stuart (both 2009) continue to rise through the ranks at Wasps.

Both have now signed senior contracts, with high praise coming from Wasps Director of Rugby (and former prop forward himself) Dai Young. 

You can read more about this exciting news for Tom and Will from Wasps here.


Radley Wildebloods launch party

On 11 April, 35 ORs, parents and current & past dons gathered at The Phene in London to celebrate the launch of the Radley Wildebloods, the new LGBT+ society.
The guest speaker, Peter Tatchell, gave an amazing speech about his work supporting human rights, and went on to talk about how none of his work would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the confidence and work of Peter Wildeblood (OR 1937).
The atmosphere on the night was excellent, with a large number of the people in attendance exceptionally pleased at the openness of the event. There was also an air of anticipation for our next event in June, a joint drinks with our sibling societies from Eton, Harrow and Winchester.
If you want to find out more about the society and information about any future events then please visit our website www.radley-wildebloods.com or email us at admin@radley-wildebloods.com .

OR speaks at the Christian Forum

On the evening of Wednesday 18th April, OR Ollie Bartlett (2004, E) came to speak to Christian Forum at the first meeting of term.
He spoke on the first few verses of the book of Revelation, introducing the main themes of the talks for the term. He explained that John, the author of the book, claimed his words had authority, being words he had received from God, but that they also would bring great blessing to those who listened carefully. He illustrated his talk by using a map of a ski resort, showing how an overview of the resort would help when in a snow storm. So too the book of Revelation provided a map of life for the Christian when the going was tough. There were several questions afterwards from the boys, over pizzas and drinks.

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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