Old Wimbledonians Association

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

WHAT'S NEW



SIX NATIONS 2020 AT THE CLUBHOUSE

All Six Nations 2020 games will be shown live on the big screens at the clubhouse.

Our friendly clubhouse is the best place to enjoy great food and watch the games.

We look forward to seeing you during the games.

Our very own Chef, Richard Brown, will be putting on food for each of the match days.

There will be a selection of hot and cold food plus kids meals available from 12 - 6 PM.


Sinnott Society Spring Meeting

14 May 2020

Please note that the next Old Wimbledonian Sinnott Society meeting is to be on the evening of 14th May 2020 at Wimbledon College.

Full details nearer the time.

The speaker is to be the film director Peter Fudakowski.

Peter Fudakowski is a London-based film producer, writer and director. He studied Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge (where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Michaelmas Term 1976).

He graduated with a master's degree and later read for an MBA at the business school INSEAD, France.

In 1979 he joined the First National Bank of Chicago, where he worked in the film financing department. In 1982 Fudakowski left to set up his own production company with his wife, Henrietta Williams, as script editor and head of development. Their company, Premiere Productions Ltd, marked its 20th year in the film business with the production of Tsotsi, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2006.

Following this Fudakowski and Williams developed film projects, including The Secret Sharer and Corams Children. Fudakowski directed Secret Sharer, shot on location in Thailand and China, which was released in the UK in June 2014.

In November 2014 Fudakowski was awarded the Wings Award by the Polish Film Festival in America.

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The charge for the buffet and drinks is £10. (No charge to College or Ursuline staff or pupils).

Increase in Bar prices February 2020

We have had to raise the bar prices at the Clubhouse due to increases in supplier costs (we have also factored in the likely impact of upcoming budget so prices will not change again as a result).

We have compared our prices with surrounding establishments and we're confident that you will continue to enjoy fantastic value for money at the clubhouse.

Check the Events & Bookings page for past and future events

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Big Prize Club October Draw Results

The results of the 1st draw (January) of 2020 (there will be 9 draws this year) were, (due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80):

  • First Prize (£980) Des Nangle
  • Second Prize (£110) Richard Travers
  • Third Prize (£80) Jim Begley
  • Fourth Prize (£30) Des Hawkin

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


If you have any questions or would like to provide a referral to us in advance, don’t hesitate to get in contact: owrfc.chairman@gmail.com

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.


Old Wimbledonians Rugby Fixtures, Results and Tables

Old Wimbledonians Football Fixtures, Results and Tables

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The October Don is here

The October 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 another packed edition which can be found on The Don page:


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

Old Boy Greg Barnett (1963 - 1970) releases first solo album at 68

GREG BARNETT

Gold Coast, Australia

Greg Barnett is an Old Boy from 1963-70, who after a career in IT, retired to Australia, and is enjoying being creative at last.

He describes himself as a 'competent but non-professional musician' and already has two co-written albums to his name: Not All It Seems (2002) and Prescient (2015).

The all-new The Flat White Album is his debut singer-songwriter album and was officially released January 1, 2020. It is digital-only - no physical media are available as it is the equivalent of three LPs. Triple albums have always been an extremely rare event in music, even more so for any solo debut, due to recording time, marketing difficulties and manufacturing expense. But it is available totally free on Spotify and his own website. Please consider giving the first couple of tracks a listen … you may like it … it’s relatively gentle and melodic.

Greg says that ‘creating this album has been the culmination of musical endeavour over a long life. The goal was simply for me to scratch a musical itch, meet a challenge and, hopefully, for other people to hear and enjoy’.

All the music was written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at home. He used a laptop to produce a complete package containing the music, website content, logos, sheet music, the ‘making of’ story, ‘karaoke’ versions, and the first few of many music videos.

Conceptually influenced by The Beatles’ White Album, it also has an acoustic approach, 30 tracks, new and old unreleased material, and simple white artwork. The addition of the word ‘Flat’ in the album title refers to his preferred coffee rather than to the singing! Greg’s musical influences include ELO, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and many others from the 60’s and 70’s. Styles range from unadorned voice/guitar to orchestral.


The Flat White Album can be Googled.

The main direct links are:

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

www.simonpotterauthor.com


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

OWA Big Prize Club

HAVE SOME FUN AND SUPPORT THE OWs, WARRIORS AND CRICKET COLTS

Due to unforeseen circumstances there were only 3 draws last year in 2019. Therefore there will 9 draws this year.

The results of the 1st draw (January) of 2020 (there will be 9 draws this year) were, (due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80):

  • First Prize (£980) Des Nangle
  • Second Prize (£110) Richard Travers
  • Third Prize (£80) Jim Begley
  • Fourth Prize (£30) Des Hawkin

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

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


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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