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Spring 2014 eNewsletter

Worthians e-News Issue 5 – March 2014

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Save the date!
Worthian Cricket Fixture – 2pm on Saturday 24 May against Worth School 1st XI
Worthian Girls Sporting Day & Worthian Tennis Fixture – Saturday 6 September
Call My Bluff Wine Tasting Evening – 7pm on Thursday 9 October at The Inns of Court & City Yeomanry, London WC2

If you left Worth more than 10 years ago and you haven’t received a copy of the 2013 edition of The Blue Paper packed with 76 pages of Worthian news, then you probably need to renew your membership. You can buy 1, 5 or 10 years membership via our website using the following link and for a limited time we are offering a Worth Society Polo Shirt to go with it!

Have you bought your pair of new Worthian socks yet? You’ll find these for ladies and gentlemen, and our full range of merchandise, on our website:

The Sixteen in Concert at Worth Abbey for Outreach Peru, 7:30pm, Sunday 15th June 2014. One of the finest choirs in the UK and we are very privileged to have them coming to Worth. Tickets are now on sale at The National Centre for Early Music Box Office ( or 01904 651485). Ticket prices are £25 for the main space and £20 for the balcony. Tickets are likely to sell out quickly so do book soon for this very special event. There are advertising opportunities within the Performance Programme – if this is of interest to you or your organisation contact Mandy Horton in the Worth Parish Office on 01342 710313 or email her at

The John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport (JP2F4S) is a Charity that enables young people to develop their physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual capacities through Sport. They are currently looking for Trustees to contribute their talents and skills to the Charity which will involve attending at least 4 Board Meetings a year. If you have an interest in sport and education and ideally PR or HR skills then please contact Fr Vladimir Felzmann on 020 8981 9697 or by email for further information.

Downside Fisher Youth Club Annual Boxing Dinner, 6:30pm, Wednesday 9th April 2014 at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX. The chance to see amateur boxing at its best. A major fundraising event for the Downside Fisher Youth Club and their vital work with young people in Bermondsey. The Fisher Amateur Boxing Club, founded in 1908, is one of the leading amateur Boxing Clubs in the country, boasting three ex-world champions, one of which is Lloyd Honeyghan who will be in attendance. Currently the club has the Junior ABA UK Champion and 4 London Schoolboy champions. Tickets can be booked via this link:

Congratulations to Tom Mitchell (F’07) who was appointed Captain for the England Sevens Rugby Tournaments in the USA in January and New Zealand in February, after which we stand in fourth place behind New Zealand, South Africa & Fiji.

Daniel Hughes (R’98) recently came back to Worth to give a truly inspiring talk to students about his incredible Everest Climb in aid of Comic Relief. As you may have read in the latest issue of The Blue Paper, Daniel made the summit of Everest, but is yet to make his fundraising target of £1,000,000. If you would like to donate, visit his website at Daniel has subsequently been accepted onto the Team GB Duathlon Squad.

Congratulations to Ewan Clayton (C’75) who has been awarded an MBE for his services to Calligraphy. In 2013 he was named Crafts Champion of the year in the first National Craft Skills Awards for his work in educating others in the craft.

Worthian and President of Worthians Rugby Football Club, Nick Walshe (B’92), was the toast of the rugby world when he was presented with the Performance Development Coach of the Year award at a ceremony in London. After leaving Worth, Nick went on to play for Harlequins, Saracens and Bath and last summer guided England’s Under 20s to the IRB Junior World Championship title, beating Wales in the final.

We were very proud to have Worthian Major General Patrick Sanders (R’83) leading the military efforts to help deal with last month’s UK flood disaster, which he referred to as an “unparalleled natural crisis”.

A huge congratulations to Nigel Laughton (C’84), Performance Director of the British Skeleton Team, for which Lizzy Yarnold won our first Team GB Gold Medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Empire Divide are a 5 Piece British Alternative Indie Band formed in 2012 by singer songwriter Niall Keelaghan (B’01) and Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist Toby Bligh (R’02).Taking influence from the likes of Radiohead and Muse, their music has already caught the attention of film producers, who they have collaborated with to make music videos for their upcoming singles. Their next gig will be at The Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Road, London EC2 at 7pm on 28 March 2014. You Tube

Tom Brenninkmeijer (B’07) has set up a wood-based fashion accessories business, Willow & Warson, beginning with wooden bow ties hand carved in his workshop in Devon. Launched successfully online last November, they have since been featured in the Mail on Sunday, Telegraph Magazine and Gentleman’s Journal fashion editorials

Hannah Nottage (StM’11) will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in September to raise £3,000 for Street Children in East Africa through the charity Hope for Children (HOPE). Over the course of 2 weeks she’ll climb to the Roof of Africa via the Machame summit route. She’ll then visit one of the projects she’ll be helping to support to meet the inspirational staff and volunteers and the children who need our help. If you would like sponsor Hannah go to:

Did you leave Worth between 2008 and 2013?
Were you doing your DofE Gold Award and never quite got round to finishing? It may not be too late…
If you want to find out if you could still receive your Award (and go to St James’s Palace to have it presented) please contact the school DofE Manager, Giles Watson at

Gordon Moore (G’85) and Fraser Moore (G’95) are the inspiration behind the 40tude curing colon cancer London SUP Marathon taking place on Saturday 14 June 2014 to raise money to support St Mark’s Hospital Foundation and their research into the treatment of colon cancer. In this unique event, participants cover the 26 mile Marathon distance on Stand-Up Paddleboards taking in the sights of the Thames, from Shepperton to Putney. Take a look at the fun everyone had in the 2013 Challenge:

Gordon and Fraser are also planning the 40tude curing colon cancer 2014 Cycle Challenge, 1 – 5 October 2014, taking riders to Central Italy with its spectacular green and gold landscapes, rolling hills, Etruscan villages and medieval cities including Grosetto, Montepulciano, Siena and Florence. As a cycling challenge it rewards riders with spectacular views and charming hilltop towns. There are two levels on offer –‘ Difficile’ comprising a total distance of 465km and ascent of 6966m and ‘Piccolo’ covering a total distance of 423km and ascent of 5272m. Take a look at this YouTube clip from last year’s 2013 Mallorca Cycle Challenge:

If you’d like to get involved with either of these events, then contact for more information and you can find out more about 40tude curing colon cancer at: