The Sinnott Society


Next meeting Tuesday 30th April 2019

The Sinnott Society is an homage to the former College Headmaster Fr John Sinnott.

It meets twice a year and is addressed by Old Wimbledonians with something interesting to say.

These have included a Cabinet Minister, a Principal Private Secretary, a War correspondent, two writers and three CEOs.

Location has varied from the Jesuit Headquarters at Farm Street to The HQS Wellington and other locations in the city of London.

All Old Wimbledonians are welcome and wives/partners are occasionally invited.

For many years the Sinnott group of old boys has met twice a year to meet and listen to an OW who has something interesting to say. There is a Mass, a finger buffet and then the talk. When at the School there is a tour of the premises available.

The Sinnott met in November 2017 at the Jesuit HQ in Farm Street W1 to hear Dennis Hill on the authenticity of the Turin Shroud. Then in March this year, at Edge Hill, Fr Michael Holman talked about the Jesuits and the current Pope. Ken Peacock chaired the meetings which comprised about 40 persons. Some Sixth Formers, the current Headmaster and Chairman of the Board of School Governors attended at least one.

The next meeting is provisionally 30th April 2019 at the School. If anyone wishes to be put on the list to be notified directly please contact john.simmonds@simmondsj.me.uk.

Ken Peacock has written a note about the future of Sinnott meetings and consultations are taking place. The Sinnott has a great history of excellent speakers and presentations from Lawmakers to Sportsmen and Businessmen. They have provided interesting events that are appropriate to the thousands of Old Wimbledonians; new and old.

Old Wimbledonian Sinnott Society

Spring Meeting 2019

Tuesday 30th April at Wimbledon College SW19 4NS


We have a new format on this occasion and two speakers.

William Rhind will speak on “Mahatma Gandhi; his relevance today”. William has experience of the Court Service and the NHS and is an outreach volunteer for the Gandhi Foundation.

John Austin, who needs no introduction, will speak on “The Changing Faces of Education, as seen through Wimbledon College".


17.15 Tour of the College for those who want. Meet at reception.

18.00 Optional Mass in the Chapel.

18.30 Reception and buffet in the refectory.

19.30 Talks in the Hall.

19.30 - 20.00 William Rhind

20.00 – 20.40 John Austin

20.45 Close


Ken Peacock will chair the meeting.

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

Please send cheques payable to John Simmonds / or pay on the day.

All OW’s and their paying guests are welcome.

RSVP to John Simmonds. If this could be before the 28th April that would be helpful.


John Simmonds

201 Coombe Lane, SW20 0RG

07950 6768937