OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE DINNER - SATURDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2013
The annual Oxford and Cambridge dinner is now a firm fixture in the OBA's annual calendar. Despite increasing difficulty finding suitable locations in Oxford during October or November - for some reason this seems to be less problematic in Cambridge - we were delighted to be able to hold the dinner at Somerville College on Saturday 9th November from 7.30pm onwards. Thanks to the kind generosity of the Headmaster and the School, current OB students at Oxford and Cambridge were invited free of charge and it was very pleasing to see a number of them among the 27 diners. We were also very happy that Assistant Head, Jane Chapman, was able to join us.
After an initial drinks reception, dinner was called at 8pm and, following recitation of the Queen's College grace (there apparently being no specific college grace at Somerville), guests sat down to a starter of gravlax served with baby leaves and a horseradish dressing, followed by main course of honey glazed duck confit served with creamy mash, orange and star anise jus with seasonal vegetables and a sweet of steam chocolate pudding served with ice-cream and toffee sauce. Wine was served during the meal with coffee and chocolates to follow, and the welcome return of port this year! James Williams, OBA President, then spoke about the OBA and the purpose of holding the dinner before handing over to the Headmaster who updated the guests on progress at the School. There was plenty of time for people to chat and catch up afterwards before proceedings ended just before 11pm.
OLD BRADFORDIANS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER - SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2013
Just over 200 people attended the Annual Dinner, held this year in September rather than the previously traditional January date. It was generally agreed that the change of date was a positive move with many commenting how nice it was to arrive at School on a pleasant light autumn evening.
This year’s event, which involved the School’s Boat Club and the Rowing Parent’s Association, incorporated a celebration of 60 years of Rowing at BGS and the OBA are grateful for the help given by the RPA in putting on the event.
We were pleased to welcome as our Chief Guest Jamie MacLeod who competed as a Rower at the Olympics in both 1976 and 1980. Other guests included Lady Lynne
Morrison, Chairman of Governors, other Governors, Headmaster Kevin Riley, members of the SLT and David and Eleanor Huggins who are generous supporters of the
During the excellent meal provided by County Caterers and following tradition, President Gordon Green took wine with those who had attended School during various Headmasterships dating back to Dr Edwards and it was a particular pleasure to see present two representatives from the Edwards era, Legs Bentley and Derek Oldfield. There were other toasts, many with a rowing theme and also a toast to the two Priestley brothers, Edward and Tony who were attending their 60th Annual Dinner.
Following the meal and the presentation of the Bacchus Cup to 2012 winner James Barker, there followed the AGM, completed in a somewhat tardy fashion (10 seconds
longer than last year!) and then after a brief interval a fund raising game of Stand-up Bingo.
Gordon Green then introduced and proposed a toast to his successor as President James Williams and after the transfer of the Presidential Insignia the new President
responded and proposed a toast to the School.
Kevin Riley responded to the toast with a brief resume of life at School and the President then proposed a toast to the Guests, following which Jamie MacLeod (who was briefly introduced by School Captain of Boats Sam Munro) gave an illuminating account of his Olympic experiences and (with tongue in cheek) several good reasons why he considered rowing to be superior and safer than many other sports.
In his closing remarks the President thanked all those involved with the organisation of the event and presented a bouquet and gift to OBA Secretary Koleen Williams who is shortly leaving the School.
The evening concluded with the singing of Auld Lang Syne following which many stayed behind to continue conversations and reminiscence.
All in all a most successful event which hopefully will have raised funds both to enable the OBA to continue to support the School and also provided a welcome boost to the Rowing Parents Jubilee Eight Appeal.
1940s Reunion Lunch - Saturday 20th April 2013
Before Saturday 20th April, we had only seen four dry weekends and two of those were in December. We were in luck though and the event this year was met with lovely sunshine and not a drop of rain in sight!
It was great being able to welcome so many people back to BGS again. Some people attending had not been back for over 50 years and when I think about how much the school has changed since I left (1990), it can only be a stellar leap forwards for those people. They particularly enjoyed the tour of the school kindly run by our President Gordon Green after lunch.
Thanks again to Koleen and indeed the whole catering team for arranging such a great day and the school looks forward to welcoming people back again on Saturday 26th April 2014. That date will be with us sooner than many of us would like. I think that is called getting old?!
James Williams (1980-90)
OBA REUNION 12th JANUARY 2013
Yet another highly successful and well attended ‘Open Day’ was held at School on 12th January. This event, which was specifically aimed at but not confined to those whose interests at School embraced Scouting, the CCF, Drama, Music, Debating, and other non-sporting activities, was held on the date traditionally reserved for the Annual Dinner which has this year been re-scheduled for 14th September 2013.
It was pleasing to see a number of new faces, and we are particularly encouraged that each of these events attracts OB’s making their first visit back since leaving School, in many cases some considerable time ago. A number of those present had travelled long distances to be there – in one case from Portugal.
Following pre-lunch drinks in the DH Room we adjourned to the Dining Hall for an excellent lunch provided as always by Geoff Holmes and his catering team.
After the briefest of speeches from the Headmaster and your President there was ample time for continuing reminiscence followed by the ever popular tours of the School’s new facilities.
Thanks are due to the School for facilitating the event, the School staff and in particular to Koleen Wright for her organisation and hard work on the day.
Oxbridge & Cambridge Dinner – Saturday 10th November 2012
The annual Old Bradfordians’ Association Oxford and Cambridge dinner took place on Saturday 10th November 2012 at Downing College, Cambridge. Around 30 people attended the dinner. There was the usual representation of different ages: indeed it has been very pleasing to see these events supported each year by younger OBs, both current students and those who have recently left college.
From 7pm, OBs and their guests arrived for pre-dinner drinks, which were served from a cash bar kindly provided by the college. Just before 8pm, dinner was called and the Downing College grace was recited by Stephen Tendlow. Diners sat down to a starter of cream of cauliflower soup with salt cod beignets, a main course of pan fried fillet of sea bass on a celeriac mash accompanied with sauce vierge, followed by apple tarte tatin with caramelised baby apples and Granny Smiths’ sorbet. Wines were college label Chardonnay and Merlot; coffee and chocolates were served after the meal.
After dinner, the OBA President Gordon Green spoke, followed by the Headmaster, Kevin Riley, who gave an interesting and succinct report on the school’s recent progress. It was a pleasure to be able to welcome the Headmaster and Mrs Riley who were attending their first ‘Oxbridge’ reunion – the first, we hope, of many to come – and the OBA committee would like to thank them for their commitment to the event. It was then a real privilege to hear from Stephen Tendlow, an OB and old member of Downing, who had generously given up much of his time to organise the dinner. Stephen spoke most entertainingly about his time at Downing.
Thanks go, in particular, to Koleen Wright, the OBA Administrator, for her tireless efforts in organising matters from the school’s end and in keeping members of the OBA committee on course to meet deadlines! Stephen Tendlow is to be congratulated on an excellent event and thanks go to Gordon Green and the Headmaster for giving up their time to attend.
It is hoped that the 2013 event will take place at The Queen’s College, Oxford on a Saturday in November; further details will follow!
Dominic Crossley (1987-1996)