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We are open and we cannot wait to see you again

After working flat out over the weekend to finalise preparations, we are delighted to announce that the Clubhouse Bar will reopen today using our wonderful outdoor patio space. The weather will be dry and perfect for al fresco gatherings, but an extra layer is advisable.

We are also pleased to announce that we have successfully transitioned to a new brewery and drinks supplier and that there will be a new range of beverages to tempt you.

Our new lagers include Stella, Becks and Bud Light. Coming on stream from Wednesday will be Doom Bar bitter which will be making a guest appearance until Youngs Original takes centre stage again from Monday next week.

Although restrictions are easing, they are still with us. We must remain vigilant and adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines. We should be grateful for your cooperation in that regard.

Use of the clubhouse and patio area

When using the clubhouse, members must:

  • Register their attendance using the NHS app (using the QR Code displayed on each table) or the sign-in book. Every person over 16 at the table must sign in using one of these methods, otherwise we will have to ask you to leave.

  • Sit at a table with a maximum of 5 others (unless the group is exclusively from two households) - the rule of 6, where they will be served by a member of staff.

  • Pay for their drinks at their tables using a contactless bank card or mobile phone (no cash will be accepted).

  • Avoid standing about their table so that it is clear to staff which group they are in - when you are not seated then you must wear a face mask.

  • Do not move tables closer together unless they have first asked a member of staff

  • Only use the Clubhouse to use the toilets and wear a face mask and use the one-way system as indicated

  • Do not approach the Bar to be served.

Please remember to regularly wash and/or sanitise your hands and keep 2m apart from other members (unless sat down).

Please do not attend the Clubhouse or patio if you are experiencing COVID symptoms; cough fever, loss of smell, taste etc.

As always, please be respectful of our neighbours in Somerset Avenue and surrounding streets when leaving the Clubhouse.

Changing rooms

As things stand, the guidance has not changed from prior to the lockdown, and therefore, apart from the use of toilets and throughways, the latest position regrettably remains that all indoor changing facilities be closed.

Pitch use

It has been great to see members flocking back to enjoy their sport and for the next few weeks we are going to be very busy almost every day of the week.

The OWA committee has been working very hard to accommodate all the sections, who have all responded brilliantly to the challenge of compromising their own use to squeeze everyone in. But we have a tight use schedule in place and are at full capacity.

Therefore if you want to use any part of the ground for sport, you must have it pre-booked and authorised by your section committee, even if it is a small group just having a kick about.

Thank you

Thank you again in advance for your cooperation and support. We look forward to seeing you very soon.


OWA Committee


To check in using the NHS COVID -19 app

  1. Open the app on your phone (it will ask you to switch on Bluetooth if not already on)

  2. Select Check in to a venue

  3. Scan the QR code on the Check in poster (see above)

  4. This will then confirm your check in, keep this screen open to show bar staff:

We are looking for a House Manager

We are looking to employ someone to take on the running of the clubhouse to ensure that you members get the first class venue and service you deserve.

If you know anyone who might be interested then please ask them to contact chairman@oldwimbledonians.com

Job Description House Manager March 2021 v2.pdf

The Poetry of Father Peter Banyard SJ

Fr Banyard died on 7 August, 2018. He was 87 and had been a Jesuit for seven decades and a Catholic priest for 57 years.

200 copies of a delightful anthology of his poetry have now been printed.

If you would like a copy please phone Fr Dermot Preston, who is the Superior of the Jesuit community at St Aloysius, in Glasgow, on 0141 331 4580.

A donation of £10 to Jesuit missions is all that is asked.

Many OW’s will remember Fr Peter (‘Bertie’) Banyard from his time at Wimbledon, as a scholastic, from 1955 and, after his ordination, from 1977 – ‘80.

He played both cricket and rugby (as a prop) for the OW’s. But Glasgow became his spiritual home. He was Games Master for many years at St Aloysius College and later Chaplain to pupils and staff. His poetry reflects his love of nature and, in particular, of the rugged landscape of Vatersay, in the Outer Hebrides, where he supplied three time a year for over 40 years.

A typical example of his poetry, ‘Lunchtime Landscape’ (Glasgow, 3rd November 2014), was on the memorial card at his funeral.

Lunchtime Landscape (Glasgow, 3rd November 2014)

On this third November day

the Campsie Fells are patched:

patched with sunlight,

patched with shadows.

And so my life is patched:

patched with friendships,

patched with others’ sorrows

until all is subsumed in Him

whose coat was without seam.

Belinda O'Rourke has raised £5, 658 for Cancer Research UK in memory of her husband Charlie.

Thanks to all your generous donations, Belinda has raised over £5000 for Cancer UK .

Charlie was Secretary of the OWRFC in the late 80s and early 90s and is a great loss to our community.

Belinda has kindly provided us a brief summary of Charlie's life and his untimely death which she hopes Cancer Research UK will be able to help prevent for others.


Charlie was at The College from 1975 to 1980 having been through St John Fisher and St Catherine's. He went on to Kingston Poly on the advice of Dr Poole who helped him secure a place. Charlie was always very grateful for that advice. He then went to Imperial College and did a Masters Degree. He worked in Computer software for the majority of his working life, running his own business for several years.

He was a proactive Old Boy and was both Secretary to the Rugby Club and Press Officer getting weekly news in the local Guardian in the 80's and 90's. Charlie was passionate about getting boys into rugby and supported and initiated a number of fundraising events for The College to run rugby tours for school boys to Canada, Australia and South Africa. Both our boys benefitted from these opportunities but Charlie was attending and supporting events before we even had sons!

In 1987 he had a rugby injury on the pitch that turned out to be a brain haemorrhage. After spending a week in the Atkinson Morley he was told never to play contact sports again so he became a referee and later a coach. Simon Travers was spectating that afternoon and saw the injury, called the ambulance and got Charlie treated. I have always had him to thank for his prompt action.

Last year, following a number of vague symptoms and several missed opportunities by the GP and Epsom Hospital Charlie was found to have advanced pancreatic cancer. From diagnosis to his passing we only had 10 days together and he never returned home to the house that we had planned to live in for the rest of our lives. Next week we would have lived here together for only 3 years, spending most of that time fixing it up as it was a bit of a "project"! This is a particularly cruel situation of course.

I will be walking 10,000 steps every day in March to raise money for Cancer Research UK, who are struggling with fundraising due to the closure of so many retail outlets this year. They have done some fantastic work in tackling so many of these diseases but pancreatic cancer remains a silent killer and the survival to 5 years is still only around 8% of people. Many dying in around 3 months. Early diagnosis, treatments and symptom awareness are the key to making a difference and I hope to play my part in this and pray that in future other families will not have to suffer what has happened to us.

OWA Committee Update February 2021


It is approaching six months since the (delayed) AGM in September, and we hope that you have been keeping up with the goings on at the Clubhouse through our regular emails in particular the fantastic work in preparing meals for the NHS at Kingston Hospital.


We'd also like to update you on the work that the OWA committee has been doing on other non-COVID related matters behind the scenes so please see the following items which detail some of the initiatives the committee has bee pursuing thus far.


Thank you for your support and we look forward to updating you again in the coming months.


Best regards


The OWA Committee

Why am I getting these emails? Who are the OWA?


The Old Wimbledonians Association is the organisation that owns the Clubhouse, half of the grounds and is responsible for maintaining those facilities. It is also responsible for other matters such as members’ discipline. The other half of the ground is owned by Donhead.


The OWA was initially established as an old boys’ association for former pupils of Wimbledon College and Donhead and its links to those schools remains very strong, but its membership is more widely community based.


There are three sporting sections under the OWA umbrella: the Football Club, Rugby Club and Cricket Club. The Rugby Club incorporates the Old Wimbledonian Warriors, and the Cricket Club incorporates the Colts.


If you have paid a subscription fee to your sporting section, you are a member of the OWA. If you pay a subscription to the Warriors or Colts for your child, you are also a member of the OWA.


However the OWA is more than just a sports club, and its activities and connections go beyond merely sport. See History of the OWA for more details.


The OWA is principally funded from the income generated by the clubhouse bar and kitchen, membership fees and pitch use fees. We do not receive any local authority grant or legacy funding.


The OWA is managed by an annually elected committee made up of volunteer members, which is presently constituted of representatives from each of the sporting sections (Football, Rugby & Cricket), Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, plus the Headmaster of Donhead, Phil Barr.


Pitch Flooding

Many of you who have been to grounds in the past month or so cannot have failed to notice that once again, the pitches have resembled a wetland centre more than a centre of sporting excellence.


The committee has been working very hard to address this now perennial problem that strikes at the core of what we do. Resolving it is at the very top of our priority list.


We are working (and have been working since the Autumn) with drainage experts, our grounds maintenance company and Merton Council to urgently find the causes and devise solutions.


Whatever the cause or causes, the solutions are not going to be simple or cheap and will require a substantial investment from the OWA and its members.


We cannot put an exact figure on how much until we have the suite of options to consider, however we should not be surprised if the cost approaches £500,000.


In light of the above, raising significant funds for this project in the coming months will be something you will see further communications about both from us and the sporting section with which you are principally involved.


However there is no doubt that we will once again be asking for your help and generosity in any number of ways to help us reach our fundraising target.


Rest assured that we will explore every avenue of funding available but we are confident in our members’ desire and determination to create a quality and reliable facility that is usable year round.


So, please do let us know if you win the Euro Millions Jackpot this week!

New Brewery Deal on the way

Damian Woodward (OWFC Chairman and OWA committee member), has put his considerable experience working with AFC Wimbledon to good use and we are delighted to announce that he has negotiated a new brewery deal with AB InBev. Again, this will produce some badly needed cash and a higher profit margin than our existing relationship with Carlsberg, assuming we reach certain sales targets.


This new deal will provide a range of top named branded drinks and afford us the flexibility of bringing in guest beers from time to time. All your favourites such as Youngs Ordinary and Guinness will of course remain a staple offering.


We will be keeping our pricing under review and we would like nothing better than to return to our pre-pandemic status as a member’s bar offering better-than-pub value. However, much will depend on what our staffing costs will be after we are permitted to open again, and what safety regimes we will have to impose, for example, table only service

Contracts Being Reviewed

Since September, the committee has been reviewing a number of contracts and relationships connected with the facilities in order to try and run things more efficiently.


For example, our Treasurer Sam Shethran, has been doing some tremendous work with our finances and has renegotiated our waste management contract which has and will produce significant savings of hundreds of pounds every month.


The OWA and Donhead will also be working much more closely together on financial matters to ensure that we are running things as efficiently as possible, particularly in relation to the grounds maintenance costs. This relationship is moving from strength to strength and will be critical in relation to the flooding issue described below.


Utilities and other contracts are also being scrutinised and we will update you about those in due course.


Wimbledon College Founders' Day

Wimbledon College have published a short video made to help our community celebrate its founders with gratitude in this strange year when we cannot physically be together to give thanks.

You can subscribe to the Wimbledon College Media YouTube channel to be notified of future videos and content

There is also a Wimbledon College LinkedIn page as well as a twitter account to follow.

Thanks To All Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time, money and baking skills over the last few weeks.

We have had 20 volunteers working with Richard to produce over 1700 meals for NHS staff so far and our bakers have produced over 1200 portions of cakes, cookies, flapjacks and other tasty treats.

We received the following from a member of staff thanking you all for all the hard work.

Hello and thank you again to all of you at The Old Wimbledonians Club from another grateful Kingston Hospital staff member! We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity in providing such nutritious food (and some treats too) for us, we often don’t have the energy to prepare our lunches or dinners for the next shift after we’ve clocked off the day before.

With best wishes, stay safe and well

Sign up to bake for Kingston Hospital ICU and COVID ward staff meals

Many of you have expressed an interest in baking for the Kingston Hospital meals.

This is very welcome and in order to make sure we don't get inundated with too many baked goods on a particular day, we have set up an online rota which you can access via the sign up button below.

We're currently doing around 80 meals a day and the requested baking quantities have been set accordingly.

Cake or cookies need to be in simple portion size and individually wrapped. Cookies, flap jacks or cupcakes fit the bill.

Please avoid nut products and fresh cream or other dairy products which have a short shelf life.

They can be dropped off at the back door of the clubhouse between 9 am and 1 pm on the days you pick from the rota.

Richard will leave ingredients for collection as available, help yourself to what you need when dropping off your baking.

Baking slots are for 12 portions and there are 7 per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 14 on Mondays and Fridays (to cover the day after as well).

So if you think you can produce 24 cup cakes for a particular day then sign up for 2 slots on that day.

The first 60 meals go out to Kingston Hospital

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Funding target for Kingston Hospital meals reached

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our members, we have reached the funding target to enable us to provide meals for Kingston Hospital ICU and COVID ward staff until the 7 March.

Any money left will then be donated to local good causes such as the Kingston Hospital Charity who support Kingston Hospital by: funding cutting edge equipment and high quality clinical research; helping create the best possible patient environments; and recognising the dedication and caring commitment of staff by supporting their development and wellbeing.

There are still some volunteer slots left to help Richard prepare the meals.

Wimbledon College is now amongst the top 10 State Schools as measured by alumni in Who's Who

A recent report released by Keystone Tutors entitled DOES ALMA STILL MATTER? THE SCHOOLS EDUCATING THE NATION’S ELITE which is an analysis of schools featured in Who’s Who and Desert Island Discs finds Wimbledon College in the top 10 State Schools up 30 places in the rankings from last year.

The authors use Who's Who "in the hope that this monumental (though under-explored) resource could present a new angle on schools in the UK. We liked the fact that it measures ‘impact on public life’ in a way that would see alumni recognised even if they would not have shined in an academic league table. We also hoped it would throw out the names of schools that were especially good at adding value: it is not unsurprising when a highly academically selective school comes top of an academic league table but it is more worthy of comment when a less academically selective school repeatedly produces high achieving alumni."

The report can be read online.

Join the OWRFC 30-Day Fitness Challenge

On behalf of the rugby club, we're excited to announce that personal trainer and OWRFC First XV player Joe McEachron has put together an awesome 30-day fitness challenge to help everyone keep fit through lockdown, and win prizes doing it!

It will be starting this Monday, January 18, over on the OWRFC's Instagram: https://instagram.com/oldwimrfc

This is open to anyone and everyone looking to use their time in lockdown to get more active over the next few weeks. They'll be hosting the challenge by posting a new exercise/activity for you every day for 30 days, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Joe is a qualified PT and strength and conditioning coach, with a background in football and rugby, and experience training clients for a wide range of goals. He’s excited to help our OWs members keep their fitness levels up and get moving during lockdown.

This interactive 30-day programme has a holistic approach to ensure everyone stays healthy and enjoys the challenge!

Head over to the OWRFC Instagram for full details, and make sure to follow them and Joe to keep up with the challenge: https://instagram.com/oldwimrfc

The top entries will win a personal training package worth over £500 at the end of the 30 days, along with some other prizes to be announced throughout.

Big thanks to Joe for taking the time and effort to put all this in place for us.

Please do get involved, spread the word, encourage your friends and family to take part, and send in your progress. Good luck!


Supporting frontline staff at Kingston Hospital ICU and COVID Wards: volunteers and donations needed


Given the latest surge in the new strain of coronavirus that is rampaging through our community, we hope that you and your family safe and well.


While we hope that you can shield yourself and your loved ones by locking down, we know that is not an option for some in our community, not least our brave and dedicated NHS staff.


Through our connections with the medical profession that were built up during our involvement in the previous, and truly inspirational, Project Doing a Bit last spring, we understand that the ICU and COVID wards are being overwhelmed.


Doctors and nurses are reporting back to us that it is much worse that it was in April and that they are working double shifts and days off to cope with the demand.


Consequently, the OWA committee is unanimous in its determination to do something to help and show our support and gratitude and we know that you will want to help too in whatever way you can.


What are we going to do?


In consultation with Kingston Hospital, Critical NHS, Dons Local Action and other partners, we want to kick start a new initiative to help Kingston Hospital staff by providing meals to its overworked staff.


We have been asked to provide 460 meals per week, which we will gladly do, but we can only do it with your help.


Our aim is to provide meals for the next 7/8 weeks.


What do we need?


We should be enormously grateful for both your spare time and a donation, however small.


The costs will be approximately £500 per week, but we only have 4 weeks worth of funds. We are therefore looking to raise at least a further £2,000.


In addition to funding, the initiative will require volunteers to prepare, pack and label food.


We will set up a rota which will run between 9:30 am and midday, 5 days of the week.


We would like to have 2 volunteers for each day of production and those days are:

  • Monday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Friday

  • Sunday

You will be able to sign up to volunteer online (see below for more details).


The first day of operations is hoped to be this Wednesday 13 January 2021.


We would also be very interested to hear from anyone who could provide us with a regular supply of meat (fresh or frozen); chicken, beef, mince etc., ideally for free, but at an attractive reduced price, if not. Please email chairman@oldwimbledonians.com if you can help in this regard.


Covid-Secure Environment


All volunteers must be acutely aware that there will be a rigorous safety and cleaning regime in place to protect you, staff and other volunteers.


We will provide you with PPE but feel free to provide your own mask.


Shielding and/or need a cooked meal?


If you are shielding and cannot get to the shops and/or find cooking difficult during lockdown, please contact us to see if we can provide you with a freshly cooked meal for a nominal donation. Please email chairman@oldwimbledonians.com with regard to this.


Thank you


It is humbling to serve an organisation whose members’ instincts are to help others during tough times, as you all did so magnificently during the first lockdown.


Therefore, in anticipation of you rising to the challenge once more, we thank you most sincerely and in advance for all your help and support.



Best regards,

The OWA Committee

To Donate


19 January 2021

We have now reached our funding target and any money left at the end of the project will be donated to local good causes.


Thanks to everyone who has been so generous.


To Volunteer


You can sign up to fill one or more volunteer slots using the online sign-up page.


Please contact Tim (membership@oldwimbledonians.com) if you have any technical issues in signing up.


Once you get involved, you may be asked to be added to a WhatsApp group to update you on activities and requirements.

Big Prize Club 6th Draw Results

The results of the 6th draw of 2020 were,

  • First Prize (£980 ) Alan Brand

  • Second Prize (£110 ) John Simmonds

  • Third Prize (£80) Andy Salmon

  • Fourth Prize (£30) Alan Gardner

(due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80)

OWCC Cricket Match raises over £500 for the CLIC Sarjent Charity

Match organiser Tim Richards with Sachin Shah and his dad Manoj,

The OWCC Sunday Campions Team consisted of Tim, Max Jacobs, Jon Ankiewicz, Hiren Doshi, Jay Doshi, Laurence Ghafur, Joe Bell, Anthony French, Andrew Wijayesinghe, Adrian Dawson, Liam Hearty and Kennedy Warwick (many of whom can be seen above)

The cricket match between the OWCC Sunday Campions and a Wallington School pupils and staff XI raised over £500 for the CLIC Sarjent charity which fights to stop cancer destroying young lives, like that of Old Wimbledonian Sachin Shah who is undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma .

By all accounts it was an excellent game of cricket and it was good to see so many of Sachin's friends and OW club mates down at the clubhouse supporting this great cause.

Organiser Tim Richards said "It was a good day and an emotional one for all concerned particularly after Sachi's speech and words of thanks. "

Thanks to all of you who have already given so generously, the Just Giving page is still live and accepting donations if you've not had a chance to donate yet.

Project "Doing a Bit": Preparing and delivering ready meals for NHS Staff, Community Carers and the vulnerable.

The OWA committee working with resident chef Richard Brown have organised a project called Doing a Bit to help provide meals for

  • Doctors, Nurses and Staff on the Night Shift on the Covid 19 Wards at Epsom Hospital. They are currently staying in a hotel where there are no self-catering facilities, and they really need a supplier of nutritional hot meals while they are doing their 12-hour shifts.

  • Cairn House In Kingston, which is a 24 hour supported accommodation project which aims to provide a safe environment for adults with multiple support needs to enable them to move towards independence.

A food preparation facility has been set up at the OWA to prepare ready meals. We also have a commitment from a neighbourhood group from Kingston, The Revellers, who have a rota in place for the next 2 weeks to make cakes and cookies, in addition to the meals we are sending out.

The project has been fortunate to get assistance from the Save The Food Club which has been very busy collecting surplus food from Aldi and Tesco to use as ingredients in the meals as well as The Dons Local Action Group who have set up donating stations outside major supermarkets in Merton and Kingston who are also supplying ingredients for the meals.

In addition the OWA's regular suppliers, CF & MF Steer and Hill Park Express, both in Surbiton, have been fantastic in their support for this endeavour.

The project has already expanded to deliver meals to St George's Hospital in Tooting and St Helier Hospital in Sutton - the staff are all working long shifts and these meals may be the only hot food they have all day.

We are committed to be in place for the next 4 weeks (over 4000 meals based on current forecasts), but we will take on new requests and we will stay open as long as there is a need.

In addition to the amazing help above, we have also received donations from Donhead School and the Friends of Donhead and a justgiving page has been set up - please give generously to this not for profit project to enable us to keep providing meals to those on the front line.

You can also help out by signing up to bake cakes and cookies.

Project Doing a Bit Updates

If you can help with Doing a bit:

Please phone Greg on 07971 165990 or drop him an email.

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Saturday 18 April

We started on the 6th April and we made and delivered 72 ready-made meals.

Yesterday we opened another satellite operation, which works in tandem with the OWA hub, and we made and delivered 300 ready-made meals.

So proud of the team.

Thursday 16 April

100 vegetable curries and rice donated by staff at Zaika Essence of India Restaurant in Teddington High Street.

Wednesday 15 April

Calling all home bakers

Could you bake cakes, cookies or flapjacks and deliver them to the OWA clubhouse?

If so, please sign up to bake on the Doing a bit of baking.... page. Don't worry, you don't need to open an account - just put your name down against a date and include an email address so we can send you a reminder the day before!

Each slot is a commitment to bake a batch, ideally of 24 portions. So if you see that there are two cupcake slots available, that means we are hoping to have 48 cupcakes in total donated on that day.

Tuesday 14 April

More local businesses getting involved with Doing a bit:

  • A cornucopia of Lamb Biriyani has been provided by the Princess of India in Morden

  • Stefano and Naoko of Vallebona in Wimbledon have created 78 meals today for the project

Saturday 11 April

Thank you to the OWA Punters Club whose generous donation takes us to 70% of our justgiving target.

Wednesday 8 April

This fantastic initiative has already delivered nearly 200 meals along with cakes in it's first few days of operation:

  • 72 meals delivered to Cairn House in Kingston

  • 30 meals delivered to the Epsom Hospitals Intensive Care Unit

  • 30 meals delivered to St Helier's Hopsital in Sutton

  • 60 meals delivered to St George's Hospital in Tooting

We have received very generous donations of £300 from Donhead School and the Friends of Donhead, and we always need more help to carry on this great work, please visit our justgiving page to donate and please phone Greg on 07971 165990 if you can provide ingredients or microwaveable containers (these can be dropped off at the clubhouse most days from 3-5 pm) or any other support for this initiative.

OWA Supporting Merton and Kingston with the Dons Local Action Group

The Dons Local Action Group has been set up by AFC Wimbledon fans working closely with the AFC Wimbledon Foundation to help individuals and families across Merton during the current health crisis.

They need volunteers for Food Collection points in Merton and Kingston Boroughs as well as drivers and people to work at the Kingsmeadow food hub. People are being asked to do 3 hour slots.

If you can help then please contact the OWA Committee's Dave Doran on 07866 628198.

You can donate online to the Dons Local Action Group on their justgiving page.

Look out for each other & share these details with friends, family, neighbours & online communities.

If you need help from the Dons Local Action Group:

Call 020 3301 4511 or email dla@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk

WHAT'S NEW

Simon Potter releases "Losing it all" - all proceeds to the Jesuit Referee Service

Cover designed by Wimbledon College Head of Art Nick England. Note the building on it!

Some older Old Wimbledonian's may recall reading The Fate of Glassingall nearly 30 years ago – a comic novel full of the sort of stories which the author used to tell his English classes. Losing It All is a modernised, updated, illustrated version of the old novel – just right for an escapist read in lock-down!

ALL PROCEEDS TO THE JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE

London boy, Anthony, spends the summer holidays of the 1960s at Glenturret, his grandfather’s fascinating haunted Scottish country house. When it becomes a boarding school, Anthony goes into its Sixth Form, and eventually teaches there until a horrifying mystery closes it. With his inheritance after Grandpa’s death, he buys the house, but the dark force has not gone…..

“Whisks the reader effortlessly from a sunny ‘60s boyhood to the present day.” The Hill

“This sort of book is one of the better ways of recording recent history.” BBC World Service

“I was maimed by excessive laughing. Tears blotted out the text.” A. Brook

“Hilarious and touching.” The Month

“Full of such funny stories.” R. Dickens

Available online from Amazon (£4.99 Paperback, £2.99 Kindle) and from Witley Press bookshop.

www.simonpotterauthor.com

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation, at work in over 50 countries around the world with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

JRS UK has a special ministry to those who find themselves destitute as a consequence of government policies and those detained for the administration of immigration procedures.

Sinnott Society Spring Meeting

Postponed to November due to COVID-19

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

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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3 minute film of the grounds circa 1929 . Clubhouse is where the chairs are. Click on image below to see on Pathe site.

Big Prize Club 5th Draw Results

The results of the 5th draw of 2020 were,

  • First Prize (£980 ) Paddy Weston

  • Second Prize (£110 ) Eddie Bell

  • Third Prize (£80) OWCC

  • Fourth Prize (£30) Becky Dowds

(due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80)

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 Cricket Fixtures, Results and Tables

Old Wimbledonians Rugby Fixtures, Results and Tables

RFU Announces Final League Standings For Community Game

Following the early end of the rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19, The Rugby Football Union has announced the final league positions.

Proposals from the RFU governance committee to conclude the season for those leagues at both professional and community level were ratified by the RFU Council on April 3rd.

It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.

Old Wimbledonians Football Fixtures, Results and Tables

Saturdays

Surrey South Eastern Combination Season Terminated due to COVID-19

The SSEC has terminated the 2019-2020 season due to the FA's suspension of all football.

All League Cups were declared null and void and final league standings were decided on a points per game system.

Sundays

Leatherhead & District Sunday League Season Terminated due to COVID-19

The LDSFL has terminated the 2019-2020 season due to the FA's suspension of all football.

All competitions both league and cup have been declared null and void but the League will use performance over the season into account when formulating the league constitution for next season.

Sunday Veterans

Farnham & District Sunday League Season Terminated due to COVID-19

The FDSFL has terminated the 2019-2020 season due to the FA's suspension of all football.

All competitions both league and cup have been declared null and void but the League will use performance over the season into account when formulating the league constitution for next season.

OWA Notice Board

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

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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