Old Wimbledonians Association
Providing charitable, social and sporting facilities for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead Preparatory School.
Please note that the small car park by the clubhouse will be closed this weekend due to ongoing renovations.
The large car park off Coombe Lane can still be used so please park your cars there.
Do not annoy the neighbours by parking across their driveways.
If you're walking you can still access the clubhouse from Somerset Avenue
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
Happy Hour is on Thursdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm during the Summer.
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.
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 email@example.com or 01372 723992.
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
Upcoming Cricket Club Events
Sunday 18th August 1 pm
Tour Match OWCC Invitation XI v Sydney Cricket Ground XI
This Sunday sees the club entertaining an Aussie Touring side from Sydney Cricket Ground and the Poets having their first outing of the season. Please come along and support.
Sunday 25th August 9.30 am
8 a side Tournament
Saturday 7th September
End of Season Awards
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 13th March 2020
A fundraiser for Old Wimbledonian “Warriors” RFC
Tickets are £105 each.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.