Old Wimbledonians Association

Providing charitable, social and sporting facilities for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead Preparatory School.


Abbie Gache Funeral Details

Wednesday 18 December at 12:45

We have received the sad news that Abbie Gache, much loved past President and Vice-President of the Rugby Club, passed away peacefully last night (20 November) , surrounded by his family.

The rugby club has much to thank Abbie for over the years. He was President from 1982 – 1985.

He is remembered as kindness personified, the life and soul of any company and his generosity of spirit legend.

He was a dear friend to many, and will very much be missed by all.

Abbie's funeral will be on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 12:45:

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Balcombe Road

Crawley RH10 3NQ

Afterwards the family invite everyone to come back to their house:





Surrey RH6 0HN

After our last successful New Year's Eve bash, the Clubhouse will again be open from 7 pm on 31st December to help you see in the 2020 New Year.

See below for more information.

Email events@oldwimbledonians.com to book your place at the New Year's Eve Bash.

The October Don is here

The October 2019 edition of the The Don, the monthly newsletter for the Old Wimbledonian, Wimbledon College and Donhead community is now available.

Here are just some of the features available in another packed edition which can be found on The Don page:

A review of the Crooked Billet

An unimpressive roast dinner

View from the Top - Ben Ryan

I got huge satisfaction out of seeing people bloom

The Don’s Don - Graham Turner

It still brings a lump to my throat to this day

A New Season and a new captain

A new era for the OWRFC

Check the Events & Bookings page for past and future events

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Happy Hour will now take place between 6:30 pm-8 pm every Friday, until further notice.

Big Prize Club October Draw Results

The results of the 3rd draw (29th October) of 2019 (there are 6 draws a year) were, (due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80):

  • First Prize (£980) Charlie O'Rourke
  • Second Prize (£110) Emma Brosch
  • Third Prize (£80) Des Hawken
  • Fourth Prize (£30) Joe Gardner

Touch Rugby commenced on Tuesday 4th June and, weather permitting, will be every Tuesday at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm kick off from now on.

Remembrance Page Now Available

Check out the Remembrance Page which remembers those from the College who died in the First and Second World Wars.

We have also updated the Notable Alumni page

If you have any questions or would like to provide a referral to us in advance, don’t hesitate to get in contact: owrfc.chairman@gmail.com

Friends of the OWA now available

This is a register of local businesses, trades & professional services who offer discounts and reduced rates to OWA members.

If you browse through it you may spot some shops, restaurants, etc that you and your family use on a regular basis during the course of a year.

All businesses on the register offer discounts and preferred rates to OWA members and at present we have over thirty offerings such as:

Click here to see full details on all the great Friends of the OWA offers.

Join Wimbledonian Warriors RFC

Want to play rugby? Join the minis section of the Old Wimbledonians rugby club.

We play every Sunday morning from 9:30-11:30 am, starting the first weekend in September.

All boys and girls are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. We cover all ages from U5 to U11. All coaches are fully RFU qualified and CRB/DBS screened and all players are fully insured.

Coaching sessions and matches take place at the Old Wimbledonian's ground. It's easy to join in, just turn up on a Sunday, speak to the coaches or email secretarywarriors@gmail.com to find out more.

Visit https://www.wimbledonian-warriors.com/ or come to our club at

143 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park, London SW20 0QX

Old Wimbledonians Rugby Fixtures, Results and Tables

The Old Wimbledonians First XV remain undefeated at home this season after beating Cranleigh RFC in emphatic style on Saturday in front of a spirited crowd at Coombe Lane.

This was an outstanding performance from all 18 players involved in the match day squad, earning a memorable victory against a club several positions above them in the league table.

Full Match Report

Old Wimbledonians Football Fixtures, Results and Tables



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OWA Christmas Menu 2019

Dear Members,

To fully utilise our glorious Christmas Marquee our Chef, Richard, has put together a delicious three course Christmas Menu.

We invite you, your family and friends to join us at the OWA Clubhouse for a sumptuous feast on one (or all if you fancy) of the dates listed on the menu.

And if you think you have left it too late for that all-important Christmas Staff party , why not get in touch and see when the Marquee is available for weekday events.

Please spread the word , and let's make this one of the best OW Christmases ever.

If you have any questions, or special requests, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

All the best,

OWA Events & Catering

Simon Potter’s award-winning poetry has been published in eight anthologies. It draws on the same startling imagination that surprises in his fiction, has mastery of form, from blank verse and sonnet to vers libre and haiku, and exhibits his usual control over word choice and imagery.

Dark Lines” is an extraordinary collection with themes as varied as demonic possession, abuse, OCD, punishment, adoration, compulsion, childhood whimsy, hauntings, ecology and black humour - what might be expected from the inchoate landscape of the worlds of dream and nightmare.

Available from Witley Press Bookshop and Amazon (£10 paperback, £5 Kindle).

Sacred Heart Church Restoration Fund: Simon Potter has new book of poetry out and was able to donate £1000 from sales of Shooting Europe.

You may recall that back earlier in the year, you very kindly popped an advert for a novel of mine "Shooting Europe" on the OWA site, in case some OWs might be interested. The idea was that a percentage of sales from all sources would go towards the Sacred Heart Restoration Fund which is sore need of money. Thanks to buyers of the novel, I was able to give the Fund £1000 in the Spring.

Although I know that many OWs might shriek with utter horror at the thought of reading poetry (although not, I hope, those who had me for English over the years since 1972!) but I have a poetry collection out in September called "DARK LINES" - poems from the darkness of dream and nightmare.

Also of some interest is the fact that its very scary cover was designed for the publisher by Nick England, Head of the College Art Dept.

I plan to give the Restoration Fund another dollop of cash from sales of this work.

"Shooting Europe" is, incidentally, available via Amazon as a paperback or Kindle, if any of the chaps fancy a solid satirical thriller. Details of both books can be seen on



For information about the need for serious maintenance work on the church, why they have had to make this appeal and for more details please see the Parish Appeal webpage

“Hot Curry Night”

With ex British & Irish Lion

Rob Henderson

7:00 pm on Friday 24th January 2020

Fundraiser for Wimbledon College 2020 Romanian & USA Rugby Tours

Wimbledon College Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4NS

Tickets including curry are £35 each.




07960 944 750

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 13th March 2020

Painters Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, London, EC4V 2AD

A fundraiser for Old Wimbledonian “Warriors” RFC

Tickets are £105 each.

Contact: willieburke@aol.com or 07960 944 750

Teddy Totman (1952-59) awarded Knighthood of St Gregory

The Old Wimbledonians Association would like to congratulate Teddy Totman (1952-59) on his recent prestigious award from Pope Francis of the Knighthood of St.Gregory. This is a well deserved recognition of many years service and time generously given to the Catholic community of Epsom.

I can proudly confirm that Teddy has received the Knighthood of St Gregory which had been awarded to him by Pope Francis in recognition of the many contributions that Teddy has made to the church over the years – to the parish, the Diocese (of which he is trustee), plus his involvement with marriage preparation and Teams of Our Lady. The award was presented to Teddy by Bishop Richard, who visited our parish especially for this occasion. Celebration of Mass and liturgy was very special, particularly with so many of Teddy’s immediate and extended family and friends.

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Epsom

The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established on 1 September 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election to that seat by the College of Cardinals.

The Order of St. Gregory the Great is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See. The honour is bestowed upon Roman Catholic men and women (and sometimes in rare cases to non-Catholics) in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Roman Catholic Church, through their unusual labours, their support of the Holy See, and their excellent examples set forth in their communities and their countries.

OWA Big Prize Club


There will be 3 further draws this year (1 in November and 2 in December) think of it as a Christmas bonus!

The results of the 3rd draw (29th October) of 2019 (there are 6 draws a year) were, (due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80):

  • First Prize (£980) Charlie O'Rourke
  • Second Prize (£110) Emma Brosch
  • Third Prize (£80) Des Hawken
  • Fourth Prize (£30) Joe Gardner

The OW Big Prize Club, a registered lottery, has six annual draws. The first prize in each draw is £1000 and there are three lesser prizes.

50% of BPC subscriptions is distributed as prizes and the remaining 50% supports the facilities for the OWs, the cricket colts and the rugby warriors.

Total prizes distributed in 2018 were c. £ 7600. Annual prize money increases with increased numbers of subscribers (the annual number of draws has recently been increased from 5 to 6 per year).

New subscribers are very welcome. Anyone can join and you can have as many "tickets" as you wish for yourself, your children or grandchildren. The BPC subscription is £10 pcm.

If you would like others to join the BPC please email owabigprize@gmail.com.

A big thank you to all that give their support via the BPC and good luck in future draws.

Best Regards.

Dave Doran

Big Prize Club Admin

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