Old Wimbledonians Association
Providing charitable, social and sporting facilities for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead Preparatory School.
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:
Happy Hour at the OWA clubhouse has reverted back to Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm until further notice.
Sponsor Jon Culley and Simon Bath as they run the London Marathon for St Raphael's Hospice and Young Minds
See below for full details
OWCC Nets Started at Wimbledon College
Every Tuesday 6 -9 pm until 9th April
OLD WIMBLEDONIANS RUBGY FOOTBALL CLUB
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Friday 26 April 2019 - 7:30 pm
We ask that all members, playing and non-playing, make every effort to attend.
Two cricket club members, John Culley and Simon Bath, are putting their bodies on the line this month when they both compete in the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April 2019
John is running with two friends in aid of St Raphaels Hospice.
Simon is running for Young Minds, the leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
If you would like to contribute to either of both of these worthy causes here are the websites:
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.”
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
Old Wimbledonian Sinnott Society
Spring Meeting 2019
Tuesday 30th April at Wimbledon College SW19 4NS
We have a new format on this occasion and two speakers.
William Rhind will speak on “Mahatma Gandhi; his relevance today”. William has experience of the Court Service and the NHS and is an outreach volunteer for the Gandhi Foundation.
John Austin, who needs no introduction, will speak on “The Changing Faces of Education, as seen through Wimbledon College".
17.15 Tour of the College for those who want. Meet at reception.
18.00 Optional Mass in the Chapel.
18.30 Reception and buffet in the refectory.
19.30 Talks in the Hall.
19.30 - 20.00 William Rhind
20.00 – 20.40 John Austin
Ken Peacock will chair the meeting.
The charge for the buffet and drinks is £10. (No charge to College or Ursuline staff or pupils).
Please send cheques payable to John Simmonds / or pay on the day.
All OW’s and their paying guests are welcome.
RSVP to John Simmonds. If this could be before the 28th April that would be helpful.
201 Coombe Lane, SW20 0RG
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
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
Fixtures and Results
The Old Boys completed their season on Saturday with a narrow loss to a feisty Chipstead XV.
The first half was evenly fought with just two missed tackles contributing to a midway deficit of two goals to nil to the home side. Sadly, Chipstead lost a player to a broken leg meaning that the second half had to be played on an adjoining pitch.
Immediately into the second period a lapse of concentration by the Old Boys enabled Chipstead to increase their lead to a respectable nineteen points. However, with some sterling forward play and smooth back play from Nick Blaine, Richard Travers and George Fairbairn in midfield the Old Boys won the final thirty-nine minutes of the match by twelve points to seven!
Many good phases were played by the Old Boys and with Aidan O'Brien, Joe Bell and Will Andrew punching into the opposition midfield regularly they looked a well-coached side, not one languishing at the foot of the league table. This and many other virtues give great encouragement for an improvement in the 2019/20 season.