Old Wimbledonians Association

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

Margaret Parsons

It is with much sadness that we inform you that Margaret Parsons died at home on the afternoon of June 11 2019, after a long but courageous battle against cancer.

Her passing has left a very big gap in the OWA community and her presence will be missed by those who enjoyed working alongside her on the OWRFC Committee, and those who simply just enjoyed her company over a good lunch and a glass or two.

We send our love to her husband Michael at this very sad time.

Her funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Rd, Godalming GU7 3DB on Wednesday 3rd July at 12:00 pm, and afterwards at The Good Intent Public House, 60-62 The Street, Puttenham, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1AR.


The Don is here

The inaugural June 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:

The Don’s Don - Eddie Bell

An accolade for Eddie Bell’s service to the OWA.

An interview with Louie Annesley, an old boy who now plays for Blackburn Rovers and the Gibraltar national team.

I want to break records for Gibraltar

Hopes and Expectations for the coming season for the OW Cricket Club

All four sides can achieve promotion this year

A review of The Cocum restaurant

Expect attentive service, delicious food and a full belly

Due to a function taking place at the clubhouse this coming Thursday 27 June , Happy Hour has been moved forward to the 5:30pm - 7pm slot.

Check the Events & Bookings page for past and future events

Happy Hour at the OWA clubhouse is Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm during the Cricket Season.

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

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.

Cricket Umpires Required

The Old Wimbledonians cricket club is urgently looking for former players to return to active service as umpires for their 2nd , 3rd and 4th XI s in their respective Surrey Championship leagues.

Each team plays eighteen fixtures and we are looking for volunteers to stand just for two or three games a season.

If you can help out the various captains and players would be most appreciative. Please contact Eddie Bell on edwardgbell@live.com or 01372 723992.

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.

Thank you to all who came and supported the World Cup Family Day last Friday 14th June including all the coaches and helpers.

A special thanks to Tim Sealy-Fisher and Sami Majid who let the colts bowl at them in the nets: they were impressed with their talent and the quality of the bowling.

Thanks also to Matt Irvine for providing the speed gun and Andrew Wijayasinghe for running the fastest bowler competition. This proved to be very popular, with some colts bowling at well over 50 mph which is not bad at that age.

The new pizza oven was a great success with lots of parents and colts enjoying freshly made pizzas during the evening.

Class of '66 reunion at the Clubhouse on Tuesday 16th July

Remember 1966?

Cassius Clay v Our 'Enery? Beatles and miniskirts? Harold Wilson and World Cup Glory??

Ninety-something Old Boys left Wimbledon College that year.

In 2016 fifty-something held a 50th anniversary reunion at the Clubhouse to celebrate their survival.

And just in case you missed it, they're doing it again on 16 July here in Raynes Park.

It'll be 60 years this year since they started at the College (any excuse). Lunch and nostalgia here in the Clubhouse. Sights and sounds of the '60s; Ferulas and Ma Giles look-alikes - but no stodge pudding.

Clubhouse bar will be open late to give you plenty of opportunity to help them celebrate.

All welcome - just show up.

Should you want to join them for lunch, email Tony Palmer or call him on 07711 454 117.

Don't miss it!

There are still a few Classmates from that Year whom they haven't yet managed to track down. If you know any of the following, please tell them to be there.

Mick ADAMS - Michael ASHTON - Mick BERLET - Johnny BUGLER - Phil FRAVAL - Michael GARNISH - Jacek GAWRON - Terry GILSENAN - Barry GREENE - Tony HAGAN - Michael HARBER - Chris HEWSON - Peter JEFFCOTE - Alan JELLEY - Ian LIVINGSTON - Greg MASUR - Michael NORRIS - Martin ROBSON - Paul SANDERS - Colin SMITH - Robert WELCH - David WINDSOR - Wojtek WOZNIAK

Sacred Heart Church Restoration Fund: Simon Potter donating half the proceeds from his new book Shooting Europe.

As many of you know, I’ve been a College master since 1972, and a writer. You may indeed have bought “The Fate of Glassingall” back in the ‘90s, or “Carry on, College!” in 2011.

I really want to contribute to the restoration of The Sacred Heart Church – our school church.

So – as “Shooting Europe”, my latest (and 13th) book is out now, I have arranged that 50% of all sales (paperback and Kindle) will go to the Sacred Heart Restoration Fund. Full plot & extracts from the novel are on:


The novel is a tragi-comedy set in the world of modern concept art and the making of the TV docu-drama ‘Shooting Europe’ - a tale of revenge and lost love set in L A, New York and London. It is available on-line from Witley Press Bookshop and from Amazon as an e-book or paperback (692 pp, £12.99 book, £7.99 Kindle).

Thought you OWs would like to know and help the efforts of all lovers of our old school church to restore it, and enjoy a tale described as “a beautifully observed satire, brash and outrageous, with a delicious freak-show of characters.


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

For more information or to book online visit:


Call us on 03455 20 20 29 or

Email: bookings@twenty20cricketcompany.com

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

OWA Big Prize Club


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 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

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.

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