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1973-78 Year Groups Reunion - 15th September 2018

Over 50 Old Radleians rolled back the years at Radley College to the mid-1970s as they attended the Radley 1973-78 Years Groups Reunion on Saturday 15th September.

 

A busy day at the College saw the ORs able to watch a highly entertaining game on Bigside, where the 1st XV overcame Sherborne 22-15, attend the opening of the new Countryside Centre and take a tour around the College grounds by Clare Sargent, the College Archivist, to see how things had changed (or not!) since their time here.

The Chaplain then led an early evening service in Chapel, where several firm favourite hymns were performed with gusto (and the assistance of a chamber choir) and a time for reflection for ORs on their time at the College.

After such exertions, the assembled ORs were ready for the refreshments supplied at the champagne reception in Blue Room, spilling out onto the terrace in front of Mansion. The conversations flowed freely with reminiscing and catching up with faces not seen for nigh on 40 years, including dons of the time, Jock Mullard, Guy Waller and Hamish Aird, as well as Richard and Margaret Morgan. This continued as the reunion moved into Hall for a splendid dinner, followed by short speeches from the Warden and the Senior Prefect.

And evening at Radley would be complete without a visit to the JCR, where the reminiscing and laughter continued into the night, topping off a most enjoyable day.

More photos of the event can be found on our Flickr page.



 

Young OR Summer Drinks - 12th June 2018

More than 80 Young ORs turned up to London's Oriental Club for a Summer Drinks Party courtesy of the Radleian Society.

With several dons in attendance, the ORs were able to catch up on Radley news and reminisce about their time here. But there was also the opportunity to look forward to their current careers as they were reminded about the business network, Radley for Life as well as the Oriental Club's OC7 discounted membership scheme.

All the while however, the conversation and drinks flowed throughout a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

 

Mariners' Challenge - Sunday 10th June 2018

On a lovely summers day, the Radley College Boat Club hosted the Mariners' Challenge, an event run each year that is designed to bring  Mariners together for a BBQ, a paddle on the river and a fun race with the current 1st VIII over 500 metres against the best crew the Mariners can offer as competition. 

It was also a very special day this year, as Jock Mullard, a faithful servant and long-serving ambassador of Radley College Boat Club had kindly agreed to have a new eight named after him. Before any racing took place there was a traditional boat-naming ceremony, with a tribute being paid to Jock and his outstanding service to the Boat Club by the Sub-Warden, and watched by all those present.

As crews boated for the race, it was clearly a very strong Mariners' crew this year, and we owe a particular thank you to Oliver Wynne-Griffith and Tom George, who took time out of their busy training schedule with the GB senior team to join in the fun and race the current boys. Both Tom and Oliver will be racing in the Great Britain Men's Eight at this weekend's World Cup event in Austria, and we congratulate them on their selection and wish them the very best for this event, and the ones to come. The race itself was an extremely tight affair, and the Mariners' crew, stroked by Tom George, rated 48 for most of the course. Despite the Mariners taking an early lead, the 1st VIII inched their way back during the course of the race to take the win by a mere 2 feet, much to the excitement of the spectators on the bank. 

After racing was finished everyone had a chance to catch up with friends and have some food and drink. It was a lovely day, and an event that RCBC definitely aim to continue to hold every year. Please look out for the date for next year. 

 

Wesson Cup and Wags' 101 not out - Sunday 20th May 2018

On Sunday 20th May, the Radley Rangers took part in the third Wesson Cup event against the 1st XI and I Zingari.  The day was also one in which to celebrate cricket professional, Andrew Wagner's, 100+ terms at Radley, and a large crowd attended to thank him for all his work to date.

A full report can be found on the main college website here.

 

Vyvyan Hope Society Lunch - Sunday 20th May 2018

On Sunday 20th May, 20 eminent members of the Radley community attended the Vyvyan Hope Society Lunch at College. After meeting for drinks in the Sewell Centre and taking time to admire the current art on display, the guests then made their way to Mansion for an excellent lunch.

Speeches were made by the Warden and Senior Prefect, Paddy Langdale (2013, A Social), detailing the current experience of life at Radley. After the meal had concluded, Archivist Clare Sargent gave a short presentation on a number of Radley treasures she had brought with her.

 

Shell and 6.2 Parents' Summer Drinks Parties - 15th & 16th May 2018

On Wednesday 15th May, Shell parents, and Thursday 16th May, 6.2 parents, were invited to a drinks receptions organised by the Radleian Society. Held at the Oriental Club, this was an opportunity for Shell parents and 6.2 parents to meet up with each other at the end of their boy’s first and last years at Radley respectively.

Society president, Sam Melluish, highlighted the work of the Radleian Society, whilst Hamish Blythe (2007, E Social) spoke about the benefits of signing up to Radley For Life for both boys and parents alike. Dan Pullen, MiC of Careers, also spoke to Shell parents about the work being done by the College from a careers perspective.

Over 180 parents mingled and enjoyed the cordial surroundings in the first of these, now annual, events.

 

Norman Haggett Memorial Service - 19th May 2018

On Saturday 19th May, Chapel saw a moving and fond memorial to honour the life of former don, Norman Haggett, followed by a drinks reception in Clock Tower Court.

Friends, colleagues and ORs from Radley, as well as Cothill and his RAF days, gathered to remember this great man. Led by son-in-law Mark Rusby and Harry Hammond for Radley, their tributes to Norman spoke of his love of cricket (including taking the catch to dismiss Sir Gary Sobers for just 2 runs!), his fearlessness in the face of jumping out of aeroplanes, his ability to inspire boys in the Maths classroom, and the positive impact on so many people's lives that he and Beryl made.

Norman’s association with Radley started in 1996 as he came in on a voluntary basis to coach cricket, but shortly after that, he started in the classroom. In fact, his very first sets were in the history department, where he covered a Shell class for a year. However, it didn’t take long for him and Beryl to become regular fixtures in the maths department, teaching lower sets in both the Shells and Removes.

Norman continued to teach until he was 90 and, even after this, he and Beryl continued to be involved in the life of the College, where he will be sorely missed.

A full obituary for Norman will appear in the 2018 Old Radleian.

 

Radleian Society AGM and Lunch - Saturday 28th April 2018

On Saturday 28th April, 30 members of the Radleian Society attended the Radleian Society AGM and enjoyed lunch in Blue Room afterwards.

Joining Radleian Society President, Sam Melluish, and Committee Chairman, Rupert Henson, were both the current Warden and an esteemed predecessor, Angus McPhail, as well as ex-Sub Warden and Council Member, Andrew Reekes.

 

Old Radleian Lodge meets at Radley - Saturday 21st April 2018

The Old Radleian Lodge, formed in 1930, is one of 34 school lodges which form the Public School Lodges Council. The Lodge used to hold one special meeting a year at Radley as well as three regular meetings in London. The school calendar has now become so congested that meetings at Radley have become less frequent. However, with the Warden’s permission the Lodge returned to Radley on Saturday 21st April for a meeting involving tea, a talk, a reception and dinner. The members, their wives and number of guests and their ladies thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, blessed with brilliant weather which showed Radley at its best.

Gathering for tea in Stone Hall, old friendships were rekindled and new ones made. Cassandra Russell, Events Manager in the Radleian Society Office, who had made an invaluable contribution to the setting up of the meeting, welcomed us all and ensured everything ran smoothly.

After tea, the Lodge met in Lakeside, during which a talk was given by James Fawcett (1969, F Social), Lodge Secretary, from material supplied by Clare Sargent, the College Archivist, on the debate which had taken place over the building of a suitable memorial to the Old Radleians who lost their lives in the Great War and the subsequent decision to build Memorial Arch which was dedicated in 1922. The talk was enlightening and very well received by all.

During the reception drinks, a sixth-former nominated by the College, Kacper Rutka (G Social), was given a donation from the Lodge towards the building of a school in Uganda, for which he and fellow sixth-formers Richard Greenlees (A Social) and Henry Weaver (J Social) had launched “Project Uganda” to raise funds. The audience was greatly impressed by Kacper Rutka’s report on his endeavours. The Warden was a guest at the reception and the dinner which followed.

Pam Dickens, the Catering Manager, had arranged an excellent dinner. After the toast to the Grand Master, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, the Worshipful Master of the Lodge David Fawcett proposed the toast “Floreat Radley” to which the Warden replied with a most interesting and encouraging response. Radley is indeed flourishing.

The Lodge members look forward to returning to Radley in the future. Meanwhile our meetings in London will continue and Old Radleian Freemasons would be welcome at these meetings and any ORs who would like to become Freemasons should call James Fawcett on 07836 324613 for further details.

Martin Peters
1955, B

 

University Suppers: Edinburgh and Durham, & Newcastle - 5th & 6th March 2018

On the evenings of Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March, dons Richard Greed and Dan Pullen made the trip north from Radley to Durham via Edinburgh for two consecutive OR university suppers.

On each occasion they were joined by more than 50 ORs attending university in the area, who took the opportunity to catch up with former schoolmates and news from Radley over food and drinks provided for by the Radleian Society. The ORs present were also reminded of the work done by the Radleian Society for them and of the opportunities available to them through the Radley For Life network. 

The atmosphere was excellent and the socialising went on long into the small hours as an enjoyable time was had by all. 

More photos of the event have now been posted on the new Facebook groups for ORs at Edinburgh, Durham and Newcastle universities

Entertaining evenings in Edinburgh (above) and Durham (below)

 

Radley For Life Networking Event: Disruptive Technologies - Thursday 8th February 2018

On the evening of 8 February 2018, Simon Shaw (1978) welcomed over 100 members of the Radleian Society to Savills for the latest Radley For Life networking event.

The audience of Old Radleians and Radley parents, who had come to hear a discussion on the opportunities arising from disruptive technologies, represented the broad cross-section of age, experience and expertise present within the society. 

The discussion was moderated by current Radley parent, Jonnie Goodwin OBE, with OR George Prest (1988), current Radley parent Dr David Shorthouse, and Cal Lee and Dr Rupert Levy of Savills making up the panel. The impact of emerging technologies on many different fields of industry, from marketing, to property, to digital data handling, were covered. This was followed by questions from the floor, including on topics such as Bitcoin and the interaction between education and employment.

After the panel discussion was complete, ORs and Radley parents, both past and current, took advantage of the networking opportunities to discuss the talking points raised, make contacts and socialise.

A full video of the panel discussion is available to watch here:

Radley For Life - Disruptive Technologies panel discussion

If you haven’t already done so, why not connect with Radley For Life on LinkedIn

 

Young OR Christmas Drinks - Tuesday 5th December 2017

Eaton Square Bar in Belgravia was the venue as over 150 Young ORs gathered for their Christmas Drinks reception, hosted by the Radleian Society.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Society Chairman, Rupert Henson and with dons Richard Greed, Simon Barlass and Dan Pullen also in attendance, the lively and convivial atmosphere was as much filled with reminiscence as it was with catching up with old friends.

The next Young ORs reception will be the Summer Drinks reception on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at the Oriental Club in London.  

If you are an OR aged under 30 and did not receive an invitation to this event, please do contact us and update your email address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord's OR Dinner - Thursday 5th October 2017

On 5th October 2017, two hundred Old Radleians gathered at Lord’s Cricket Ground for the OR Dinner to hear from three of our eminent Old Radleian cricketers: Ted Dexter (CBE), 1948, F (Former England International Cricketer), Andrew Strauss (OBE), 1990, B (Director of Cricket for the England Cricket team) and Nick Gubbins, 2007, H (English cricketer who plays for Middlesex and Leeds/Bradford MCCU).

Sam Melluish opened the evening by recapping on some of the more recent developments within the Radleian Society and highlighted the development of a new strategy to ensure the Society remains relevant in the 21st Century and builds on the importance of connections both socially and professionally, both for ORs and for parents. 

He was followed by television presenter, Mark Durden-Smith (1982, B), who introduced the speakers and their credentials and then went on to take questions from the audience. The opening question tested a myth about whether Ted Dexter had managed  to smash a ball over Shop.  Ted hilariously confirmed that he had indeed smashed a ball over school Shop and hit Clock Tower court – in fact he said he had ‘cleared it by about 30 yards!’

Memories of cricket at Radley were shared, with Strauss and Gubbins paying tribute to the dedication and loyalty of Andrew Wagner ‘Wags’ and Andrew Strauss saying he ‘would not have achieved what he had without Wags.’  The Warden closed the evening with some highlights from Radley followed by three of his most memorable cricketing memories which typified the six values that he feels represent Radley and what it stands for: the mixing of the best of the old with the best of the new, determination but also modesty, success but also an ‘understatedness’ – and these are values which he encourages in all Radleians.

 

Jock Mullard's Retirement Lunch - Saturday 23rd September 2017

 

On Saturday 23rd September, around 150 people gathered for a wonderful celebration to mark the end of Jock Mullard’s 52 years at Radley. Hall looked exquisite and there were photographs from Jock’s time at Radley for all the Mariners present!  There were speeches from Anthony Robinson and Jock himself, both laced with anecdotes a-plenty; and Rupert Henson, Chairman of the Radleian Society, presented Jock with an engraved decanter to thank him for his contribution to the Society.  An excellent time was had by all - above all, by Jock himself!  It was the perfect farewell to a very much-loved and well-respected man.  Jock will be missed tremendously when he leaves us on the 10th November, and we all wish him a long and happy retirement.

You can read the heart-warming speech delivered by Anthony Robinson here.

Jock Mullard's Retirement Lunch photos

To see all of the photos from Jock's Retirement Lunch, please click here.

 

Radley For Life Networking Event - Thursday 18th May 2017

Over 90 ORs and Radley parents gathered in London as Radley For Life held their second networking event, this time centring around an Angel Investment panel discussion. The event was generously hosted by Killik & Co in Mayfair and it was exciting to see the range of experience in the room - from seasoned investors looking for their next venture and to offer their advice, to young ORs with tech start-ups thirsty for knowledge and guidance.

Chaired by Richard Huntingford (1969, E), the evening was kicked off by a panel of distinguished ORs: Mark Foster-Brown (1977, F), Rupert Gather (1975, G) and Rory Tapner (1973, F). An insightful discussion ensued, starting with an introduction to Angel Investment and what each of the panel believed were the key attributes of an attractive investment/entrepreneur, before touching on the importance of topics such as EIS and the effects these tax breaks have had on the start-up world. The discussion was then opened up to the floor and the panel responded to a series of interesting questions, and provided anecdotes around their favourite investment successes and investment failures. There was then an opportunity to network and catch up with old friends.  An overview of the discussion can be found here and the video link is below.

RFL Angel Investor Q&A panel session.

The evening was hugely enjoyed by all and another great success for RFL - we hope that there will be many more events in the future.

Max Blanshard 2004, B

If you haven’t already done so, connect with Radley For Life on LinkedIn

 

The Malcolm Robinson Memorial Fund Luncheon - Friday 12th May 2017

 

Malcolm Robinson, who taught at Radley from 1967-74, and whose drive and energy was felt as keenly by his history students as his rugby teams, died in 2008. The Malcolm Robinson Memorial Fund was set up shortly after, to send a Radleian to take a course in History at William and Mary University in Virginia, where Malcolm had spent two years some decades before. On the 12th May, twenty five formers pupils, members of Malcolm’s family, donors to the fund, and recipients of the award, gathered at the Lansdowne Club for a lunch to celebrate Malcolm’s time at Radley and the success of the award.

The lunch provided an opportunity to reflect on Malcolm’s achievements at Radley and the particular impact he had on those he taught. As well as short speeches from the Warden and Colin Dudgeon, guests heard from Chairman of Council, Mike Hodgson (1965, C) and two recipients of the award, Ali Shawcross (2006, E) and Jamie Crole (2004, H)

Jamie Crole
2004, H

 

The Bristol University Reunion Supper - Monday 8th May 2017

There was an excellent turnout of 20 OR Bristol University students joining Radley dons Richard Greed and Dan Pullen for a beer and burger evening in a rather nice establishment in Clifton. Pleasingly, there was a healthy cross section of students from across the years, and the thought of free food and drink proved a strong enough draw to drag them away from the pressure of examinations and final pieces of coursework - we were very grateful for such a good turnout at such a busy time of term.

Conversations flowed around the subject of current Radley news, not to mention their own news concerning various summer internships, job offers as well as some more pleasurable summer plans. There was a great warmth of atmosphere and four hours of conversation passed all too quickly. Sadly, the evening was finally interrupted by the manager wishing to close up at the end of a long evening.....

We had a couple of 'gatecrashers' from other schools appearing at the end of the evening but who we warmly embraced into the Radley fold - it was interesting to note how impressed they were that the school should make such an effort to keep in touch with their pupils. Indeed, time was taken out to talk to the boys about the school's future plans as well as Radley For Life, to which we hoped they would promptly join and make the most of the outstanding opportunities offered by The Radleian Society.

Richard Greed

 

The OR Property Dinner - Tuesday 21st February 2017

The seventh biennial OR Property Dinner took place at Boodle’s on Tuesday 21st February.  As on previous occasions, places were filled in a matter of days so we had another full house with sixty two attendees ranging in age from Richard Roberts, 1954, to Thomas Stables, Edward Barber and Alfie Freeman, 2007; it was great to see a really good number of younger ORs. Boodle’s served a delicious dinner in the wonderful surroundings of the Saloon.

The guests were Hamish Aird, who said a long Grace in Latin, Colin Dudgeon (Foundation Director) and John Moule (Warden) who gave an inspired speech about the future of Radley linked in to property.

After dinner the bar was full for some considerable time despite it being a Tuesday evening!

Gerald Kaye
1971, B

 

The OR Livery Dinner - Thursday 9th February 2017

The livery companies of London are a significant part of the City, with over 100 companies still flourishing and over £50,000,000 given to charity each year.  Among their 25,000 liverymen are a good number of Old Radleians, who meet from time to time for an OR Livery Dinner. 

The fourth such dinner was held on the 9th February 2017 at Saddlers' Hall in the City, with 37 ORs present, representing seven decades of Radleians from the 1940s to the 2000s, and the Warden and Colin Dudgeon as our guests.  We enjoyed a fine meal, the singing of the traditional livery grace and a very interesting speech from the Warden on the state of the College and his thoughts on what the future holds.  

The evening closed with a rendition of Lusimus which, while perhaps not of the highest musical quality, could not be faulted for volume or enthusiasm.

John Nugée, 1969 H
Worshipful Company of Weavers

 

RCRUFC Dinner - Saturday 14th January 2017


On Saturday 14th January around 110 guests assembled in Hall to honour Richard Greed's tenure as Master in Charge of RCRUFC from 1994 to 2016. The guests included the 2016 XV and their parents, former 1st XV players (ORs) from 1994 onwards, and fellow coaches and Common Room members. 

After drinks in the Blue Room the 1st XV captain (James Cunningham) called the guests through to Hall. The Warden said grace and then dinner began. James Cunningham gave the customary review of the season in his speech, and then Niall Murphy paid tribute to Richard Greed and the last 23 rugby seasons. Absent friends such as Jim Summerly and Mike Hopkins were mentioned, as well as a few choice anecdotes from various RCRUFC tours. 


Richard then spoke about the various teams, high points and lessons learnt from being Master in Charge. He also surveyed the 2016 season as is tradition, before thanking everyone for their support in fulfilling a role that he loved. 

Various guests then repaired to the JCR to savour the rest of the reunion. It was a long but ultimately very enjoyable evening, and it was wonderful to see so many ORs at the occasion. It was a fitting tribute to Richard and RCRUFC.      

 

Inspiring Generations: Art at Radley Past & Present - Private View

On the 7th December, D Contemporary Gallery hosted a very successful and enjoyable Private View, at which we were delighted to see so many parents. The exhibition, which ran until December 20th, gave every Shell boy the wonderful opportunity for a piece of his art to be exhibited alongside works by some of the leading Old Radleian artists in a gallery in the heart of Mayfair’s contemporary Art district.

This was all made possible by Peter O’Kane and the D Contemporary Gallery, and the proceeds of the Art sold during the exhibition will be given to the Armed Forces Fund. This is a most deserving cause which gives life-changing educational opportunities to the children of armed forces’ personnel killed or injured during service. The Gallery very kindly agreed to forgo all commission on the sales of the OR art in favour of the Fund.

If you were unable to attend the private view you can view the digital catalogue here and contact the Gallery directly to acquire your son’s piece of art (this can just be added to the end of term bill). 

Further photos and a video from the Private View evening can be seen on the D Contemporary website.

 

Young OR Drinks 2016

 

On the 6th of December, ORs under 30 were invited for Christmas drinks on the Radleian Society at Eaton Square Bar in London.  A good time was had by all - including Rupert Henson (Chairman of the Radleian Society - 1975, A) and Dons Richard Greed and Simon Barlass.

If you weren't invited and should have been, please update your email address with us so we can include you next year!

 

 

The Choir Reunion 2016

Our second Choir Reunion was held on Saturday 19th November, this time to celebrate Stephen Clarke’s time as Precentor at Radley and his 14 year contribution to music.  The Radley Choir, both past and present, came together to perform a full choral evensong.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion finished off perfectly with dinner in Hall and speeches from the Warden and Stephen himself.  It was a lovely opportunity for people to reunite, reminisce about their time at Radley, and perform together under Stephen’s enthusiastic conductorship.  Stephen will be missed greatly here at Radley when he leaves in December. 

 

University Supper - Exeter

About 40 young ORs studying at Exeter University joined current Dons; Richard Greed, Dan Pullen and Simon Dalrymple, for pizza and beer on Monday 14th November.  It was an exceptional evening and everyone really enjoyed seeing each other and the Dons from College.  What was most encouraging was the boys’ thirst for current Radley news and their enjoyment at seeing each other en masse in one venue - which is a rare thing for them.  They really appreciated the opportunity and the fact that Dons from the College had made the effort to drive to see them.  Richard spoke about Radley For Life and the Radleian Society and they were very receptive, with Hugo Besley (2010, C) already having benefited from a contact on Radley For Life when setting up his business – TeenPrez. 

 

 

Hamish Aird's Final Retirement

On Saturday 2nd July, around 200 ORs, colleagues, friends and family gathered to say a fond farewell to Hamish and celebrate his 50 years of service to Radley.  The sun shone and everyone enjoyed the fabulous hog roast and good company.  Speeches were made by Andrew Reekes and Charlie Barker and of course, the man himself.

Hamish Aird's Retirement Speeches

 

The Radleian Society AGM 2016

Saturday 21st May was a day that history was made, with four Wardens at Radley at the same time!  John Moule, Dennis Silk, Richard Morgan and Angus McPhail all attended the Radleian Society Committee AGM lunch at Radley at which a new President for the Society, Sam Melluish, was voted in, replacing Michael Van der Gucht who has contributed six years as President of the Society and ten years as Chairman.

 

Radley For Life - Entrepreneurism

Radley For Life held another networking event on Wednesday April 27th, this time focused on the theme of ‘entrepreneurism’. All Old Radleians and Radley parents who are interested in starting and growing their own business were invited – and also those with the skills and experience to mentor them.  Nearly 100 people attended the event, kindly hosted by Killik & Co in Mayfair, and heard speakers from three different start-ups at differing stages in their development.  Will Wells, told us about Hummingbird, a drone-enabled data and imagery analytics company for the European smart farming space, a very new start-up business.  This was followed by Doug Ker, owner of meli-melo, who described how he had taken his business from £500k turnover to £5 million.  Finally, Guy Proddow talked about golfbreaks.com, a well-established company now embarking on the international expansion of its leisure business.  Then there was a Q&A session on financing options chaired by Judy Marsden, a Radley parent, followed by an open networking session at the end of the evening.

We had survey responses from over half the people who attended who all said that the event had either met or exceeded their expectations and that they would like to have at least two of these networking events every year.  We are aiming to have another event early next year.

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