Old Wimbledonians Association
Providing charitable, social and sporting facilities for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead Preparatory School.
We have received the sad news that Abbe Gache, much loved past President and Vice-President of the Rugby Club, passed away peacefully last night (20 November) , surrounded by his family.
Funeral details to follow.
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.
Please keep your eyes out for more information to follow shortly.
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
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
Happy Hour will now take place between 6:30 pm-8 pm every Friday, until further notice.
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:
Saturday, 9th November 2019
Old Wimbledonians 14 - 10 Old Rutlishians
Match Report – Eddie Bell
This was a well-earned and deserved result in the poorest of weather conditions over league leaders Old Rutlishians. That there were six personnel changes and a positional change from the team which contested the previous fixture did not aid the side's preparation.
However, the home team adapted to the conditions sooner and scored two good tries before half time. The scorer in each case was newcomer No 10 Rhys Davies both of which were converted by stalwart Rory Southgate.
The stand-off's hands were better than most on a blustery afternoon.
The away team forced their way back into contention as the game wore on and scored a goal and a penalty, but were unable to score any more points to secure the win.
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.
“Hot Curry Night”
With ex British & Irish Lion
7:00 pm on Friday 24th January 2020
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.