Old Wimbledonians Association
Providing charitable, social and sporting facilities for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead Preparatory School.
Sadly we have to report a few more Old Wimbledonians who have recently passed away.
Roger Kelly who was at the College from 1958-1965, died of cancer earlier this summer.
He was an environmental architect, passionate about demonstrating how buildings can be designed to enhance the environment, not play a part in its destruction.
An obituary written by his son Tom is available on the Guardian website.
Philip Birch, a 49er, passed away in August as well. Philip died on 6th August after a severe kidney infection and bladder and prostate cancer. His funeral will be on 12th September at Saint faith's crematorium in Norfolk.
Alan Brand has his son's email if anyone wants to get in touch - please email if you'd like to be put in touch via Alan.
We also sadly announce the death on 15th August of Peter Sullivan who lived in the Caversham area. Tony Lee has written the following about Peter:
On leaving the College Pete joined both the Cricket and Rugby Clubs appearing in both 1st teams in the 1960s. He was small of stature but a big-hearted scrum half. He served as Team Secretary for a few years at a time when the Rugby Club regularly put out 5 sides on a Saturday. He dealt with patience and firmness the regular round of call-offs on a Friday night which prevented him from enjoying an evening in the pub. On the cricket field he purveyed his own brand of flighted spin.
He was a master of language with an enormous vocabulary and delighted in coming out with words which many hadn’t heard before. He was great company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his widow, Eva, and their families.
May he rest in peace.
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
HALF OF ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE RESTORATION FUND
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
The September Don is here
After a brief Summer hiatus, the September 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 this packed edition which can be found on The Don page:
A review of Lime & Thyme restaurant
A real understanding of good food
View from the Top - Brian Mullen
I was the only foreigner on the pitch
The Don’s Don - Eddie Gardner
I became addicted to the social aspect of the game
OWCC - The Firsts are First
It is a victory for everyone in the club
Happy Hour is on Thursdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm during the Summer.
A massive congratulations to the Cricket 1st XI who have secured promotion to the Surrey Championship Division 2 with three games still remaining.
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.
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:
500 Wickets for Garfield Fontaine
Congratulations to the one and only Garfield Fontaine on his huge achievement of bagging 500 wickets for the Cricket Club.
Bar Closing Times
Due to recent complaints from neighbours, the bar staff have been asked to adhere strictly to the following closing times:
Fridays and Saturday evenings:
10.50 pm last orders
11 pm bar closes and shutters come down
11.20 pm drinking up time ends and everyone off the premises
11.30 pm gates locked.
Sunday evenings :
10.20 pm last orders
10.30 pm bar closes and shutters come down
10.50 pm drinking up time ends and everyone off the premises
11 pm gates locked.
There will be no more instances of remaining on the premises or on the patio and being provided with plastic glasses to finish off drinks; any unconsumed drinks will be taken away at the relevant times.
Please remember we have CCTV and this will be examined if we have any further complaints from the neighbours. We do not want to lose our licence.
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 13th March 2020
A fundraiser for Old Wimbledonian “Warriors” RFC
Tickets are £105 each.
Contact: email@example.com or 07960 944 750
OWA Big Prize Club
HAVE SOME FUN AND SUPPORT THE OWs, WARRIORS AND CRICKET COLTS
The results of the 1st draw (March) 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) Dave Cunningham
- Second Prize (£110) Suzy Travers
- Third Prize (£80) Richard Brayne-Nicholls
- Fourth Prize (£30) Ron Penn
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to all that give their support via the BPC and good luck in future draws.
Dave DoranBig Prize Club Admin
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.