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
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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)
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.
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!
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.