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A Message from the Committee about Clubhouse reopening after Lockdown 2

We hope that you and yours are safe and well. As we come off the back of Lockdown, it is inevitably not short because we have got a lot to tell you about.

Anyway, firstly and most importantly, we are delighted to announce that the Clubhouse will reopen when lockdown ends this Wednesday 2 December 2020 and grassroots sport can be played again.

Most of you will know that all London Boroughs will be in Tier 2 and that means members must comply with almost identical social distancing rules that applied before Lockdown 2. However, there are some important changes.

Use of the Clubhouse and patio area

As with the old Tier 2 rules, whether inside or out, members must:

1. first register their attendance;

2. sit at a table, where they will be served by a member of staff;

4. avoid, as far as possible, standing about their table so that it is clear to staff which group they are in; and

5. not move tables closer together unless they have first asked a member of staff.

If inside the Clubhouse, members must wear masks unless sat down, use the one-way system as indicated and not sit with anyone not in their household or bubble.

Members may still meet up outside on the patio with other members not in their household or bubble, but the rule of 6 still applies there too.

We hope to have a Marquee erected over the patio area within the next week or so to keep you dry. In the meantime and depending on the weather forecast we will have the gazebos up.

And please do not attend the Clubhouse or patio if you are experiencing Covid symptoms; persistent cough, fever, loss of smell or taste etc.

Important changes

  • Not eating is cheating

As has been well publicised, members must order a substantial meal if they also wish to enjoy an alcoholic drink.

The OWA will be able to offer members a range of substantial meals at affordable prices starting at £2.50 every day of the week - see more below.

At the time of writing, the new rules concerning the relationship between food and alcohol have not been crystalised, however it is possible that they will broadly state that alcohol can only be served while the meal is being consumed.

If they do, this will no doubt lead in some cases to judgment calls being made by staff and we kindly ask members to be understanding and compliant if staff have to make those decisions.

This will include members who have pre ordered a post match meal as part of their subscription.

  • Closing times

Another change is that the Clubhouse can remain open until 11pm, although last orders will be at 10pm.

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 Lockdown 2, and therefore, apart from the use of toilets and throughways, the latest position regrettably remains that all indoor facilities be closed.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-providers-of-outdoor-facilities-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

What’s on the menu?

We are delighted to introduce our Bistro Menus.

On Monday to Thursday we will be operating an Italian themed menu, where you will have a choice of 3 dishes:

  • Pasta Regole in a tomato passata (suitable for vegetarians and vegans) £2.50

  • Lasagne £4.50

  • Pasta Al Tonno Al Forno (Tuna Bake) £4.50

From Friday and the Weekend all of the above AND

  • OWA Cheeseburger and Fries £6.50

  • Chicken Winner & Fries £6.50

  • Plant Burger & Fries £6.50

A range of side orders will also be available separately

TakeOWAy

We will continue to run TakeOWAy and you can eat your takeaway meal at the Clubhouse if you prefer, but you must order TakeOWAy food in advance

Thank you

As ever, thank you for your support during lockdown which has been immeasurably helpful.


OWA Committee

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)

CHARLIE O’ROURKE (OWA 1975-80) RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the recent death of Charlie O’Rourke.

Following a very short illness Charlie passed away on Thursday 8th October aged 58.

Charlie was experiencing a variety of symptoms for a short time and once investigated it was discovered that he had widespread pancreatic cancer that led to a series of strokes. He was hospitalised for only two weeks before a blood clot travelled to his lung and he passed away peacefully.

His wife Belinda, children Sadie, Louis and Josh and many friends will mourn him every day.

He leaves a very big hole in our lives. We know that he will be missed by many."

An online memorial page (https://charlesorourke.muchloved.com/) has been opened where people can add memories and pictures of Charlie which Belinda and the family would love people from the old boys to do so.


Donald Nuttman RIP

Clive Nuttman contacted us with the sad news of the passing of his father Donald, an 'old' Old Wimbledonian and has kindly sent the following (as well as a couple of photos of the College 1st XV from 1942-1944 which can be seen in our Archive):

Donald was at the school from 1937-44 and became an accountant in his working life.

From the late 40s to the early 60s he played rugby and (occasional) cricket (2nd XI) for the OWs, captaining the 1st XV sometime in the late 50s/early 60s, retiring from playing when the family moved in 1964 to Hythe, Kent where he refereed for a few years.

Among memories from his playing days, he was in the same team as the McPartlin brothers; I believe Joe went on to play for Scotland and he renewed contact with John who lived nearby in Kent, as well as Mike Davies.

As captain, he plucked a very young Peter Ostling from the 3rd XV to play first team rugby, the beginning of a journey as an excellent hooker that led to Blackheath, the Barbarians and the national squad (although I believe he did not actually get capped?).

If anyone knows Clive or his father and wants to get in touch then please email membership@oldwimbledonians.com so we can pass on your details.

Paul Donovan RIP

We received the sad news that Paul Donovan passed away on Tuesday 29th September 2020. He was 88 and died peacefully at home, with his wife and daughter present.

Paul was at the College from 1942 to 1948. He was in the 9th Wimbledon Scouts and played rugby in the First XV, including one visit to Dublin to play Belvedere College. He was also an accomplished sprinter.

After following an Arts and Classics choice, he left in the 6th form and joined Shell, for whom he worked until his retirement.

He then opened a successful art gallery in Cranbrook, Kent.

May he rest in peace.

Message from the OWA Chair

Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday night’s Annual General Meeting.

It was the first time we have conducted an AGM via Zoom and I hope that everyone was able to hear and understand the proceedings.

Your feedback about how it went, technically or otherwise, would be welcomed so that we can make improvements for next year.

I also hope that those who have never attended an AGM before and/or who were not quite sure what the OWA does, got a better flavour of our functions and activities.

The new committee members and their contact details will shortly be made available on the OWA Website but I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank, and pay tribute to, those who stepped down from the committee before the AGM this year, after many years of service to the OWA:

  • Julian Agostini - our former Chairman, whose limitless energy and generosity will be never be forgotten;

  • Matt Bell - who served as the Rugby Club Representative and whose views were always considered and insightful;

  • David Doran - who served as an Ordinary Member and whose encyclopedic knowledge of members and old boys was invaluable; and

  • Tim Sealy-Fisher - who served as the Cricket Club representative and whose good humour was always appreciated.

Other very notable mentions who left the committee earlier in the year are:

  • Richard Mason who served as our Treasurer and whose hard work and expert analysis gave us all clarity; and

  • Gregory Martis who served as our Development representative and who did so much on Project Doing a Bit.

All served with distinction and have our deepest gratitude for their contribution.

Many thanks again for your kind support and we will be in contact again with news on our progress.

Best regards

Michael-Jon Andrews

Chairman, OWA


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.

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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

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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