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2016 Events Archive

2016 Events


What we hope will be the start of a proud tradition began on Wednesday 7th December 2016 with the inaugural Worthians London Carol Service at St Patrick’s Church in Soho Square.  150 Worthians with family and friends sang heartily with the Worth School Choir, led by Director of Music, Michael Oakley, and Abbey Organist, D’Arcy Trinkwon. There were readings given by Worthians spanning the six decades of the School from the early Prep School to the first Head Girl. All gathered afterwards in the Parish Centre for mulled wine and canapés and everyone agreed it was a magical start to the festive season.  Click here to see some photos of the evening:—see-a-gallery-of-pictures-233


Following the sudden death in September of our oldest Founder Pupil, Julian Lee (C’63), a Memorial Service was held at 11am on Saturday 12th November 2016 in the Abbey Church at Worth.  Several of Julian’s fellow founder pupils attended including Jeremy Best, Rodney Bligh,  Jeremy Best, Terence Delaney, Bernard Elkington, Chris Frederick & Chris Setter.


A dinner for Worthians living and working in Hong Kong was hosted by Gordon Pearce, Deputy Head of Worth School, on Thursday 27th October 2016 at the Hong Kong Club. 12 Worthians and their partners enjoyed a splendid evening in the glamourous surroundings of the Hong Kong Room at Club.  Those who attended expressed their desire to meet up on a more regular basis so watch out for more Worthian Hong Kong events to follow in due course.


The Class of 2006 10 Year Reunion Dinner took place on Saturday 15th October 2016 at The Lansdowne Club, London W1.  Co-ordinators, Michael Bilbé, Robert Butterworth & Alonso Caro, did a fantastic job organising and managed to get a record breaking 49 Worthians to attend.  Honorary guests included Fr Kevin, Jeremy Dowling, Dr Duncan Pring and the legendary, Andrew Taylor who made a moving speech.


The Class of 1996 20 Year Reunion took place on the evening of Friday 8th July 2016.  Barney de Burca (R’96) very kindly stepped forward to organise this event which involved a Celebratory Mass at St Etheldreda’s Church, Ely Place, with Frs Mark & James officiating.  This was followed by a fabulous dinner at The Bleeding Heart RestaurantA fantastic turn-out of 30 Worthians attended along with former staff members, Seb Watts and Bobby Acworth, as Honorary Guests.


A lovely group of Worthians from the Class of 1966 returned to Worth last Thursday 30th June 2016 for their 50 Year Reunion.  Following very lively tours of the School and lunchtime prayers in the Abbey Church, our guests sat down to a wonderful summer-inspired lunch.  There were many laughs at reports and photographs from the 1966 copy of The Worth Record and memories shared with former staff Keith Owers and Fred Belcher who were both there with their wives, and Frs Kevin, Bede & Richard.  The lunch was was attended by the following Worthians; Richard Archer-Perkins, Clive Bayne, Terence Calnan, Chris Dobson, Adrian George, Ivar Grey, Michael King, Ken Ross, Peter Stein, Peter Symonds and James Windle.

On Sunday 12th June 2016 the Friends of Worth hosted a farewell party for retiring Farwell House Master of 14 years, Dr Duncan Pring, at the main Cricket Pavilion at Worth. It was wonderful to have many Old Farwellians present and, despite the soggy weather, a great game of cricket!


The Class of 1986 30 Year Reunion Dinner took place on Thursday 12th May 2016 at Worth School. We welcomed back 9 Worthians and several former teaching staff that included James Cockburn, Mr & Mrs Stokes, Mr & Mrs Belcher, Mr & Mrs Owers and Helen Sweetman.  The weather was heaven sent and allowed us to have drinks on the lawn following tours of the School conducted by the current Head Boy.  This was then followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner in the Cowdray Room.  Despite the Worthian contingent being small in number, it gave everybody the opportunity to chat to all present.


On 14th & 17th April 2016, the Worth Estate opened its gates to the public for the first time as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).  With over 1350 people through the gates and beautiful Spring weather, the whole event was a huge success and raised just under £6,000 for the NGS Charities.  It was lovely to greet some Worthians with their families who came along to do the Woodland Walk and have a complimentary tea in The Cowdray Room.


On Tuesday 5th April 2016 the Society held its annual mass to celebrate St Benedict’s Day at St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2. It was wonderful to welcome more Worthians and their families this year to come together in thanksgiving and to remember those Worthians who have passed away. We were accompanied by Worthian and Oxford Organ Scholar, Luke Navin (F’14), and a choir directed by Ben Oakley (F’08) and his father, Michael, Director of Music at Worth School, who performed some beautiful music.  The Society then hosted a reception with jugs of ale, sausages, scotch eggs and chunky chips at Bangers Bar & Grill, Eldon House, 2-12 Wilson Street, London EC2.


Wednesday 23rd March 2016 a gaggle of 20 St Mary’s Worthians came back to Worth to say a farewell to Fr Stephen upon his retirement as Chaplain of the House.  Ex-House Mistress, Caroline Brown, had flown in from Italy and it was wonderful to see the deep affection the girls have for her and Fr Stephen.


Gordon Pearce, Deputy Head at Worth School, held a dinner for Worthians in Dubai on Thursday 17th March 2016 at Boca in the Dubai International Financial Centre. It was attended by Matt Shanahan (G’89), Patrick Armstrong (F’03) and Julius Mooney (R’03).


Our annual City Lunch was held again this year on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at Vivat Bacchus London Bridge.  35 Worthians spanning 1966 to 2014 leavers were extremely honoured to be joined by one current and 3 previous Abbots in the form of Frs Luke, Christopher, Kevin, and Stephen, along with the new Head Master of Worth School, Mr Stuart McPherson.  Much wine and nostalgic chatter flowed and new and old connections made over the 3 course lunch.


Our annual Careers Advice Networking Evening took place on Thursday 7th January 2016 at 6:30pm at The Upper Deck at The Ship, 3 Hart Street (off Mark Lane), London EC3.  There was a great buzz in the air with many young Worthians coming along to get some valuable advice from the more established Worthian professionals.  Hopefully all went away feeling very confident about the future, having made some great career-connections!