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News – January 2018

News – January 2018

Paul Cattermull StB’73 and Tom Carew Hunt StB’02 reached the Final of the Schools’ Alumni Real Tennis Competition (Handicap) on 21st January 2018 beating Eton, Rugby, Clifton, Marlborough and Highgate in a field of over 20 public schools, but were eventually beaten by King’s Canterbury. They are keen to encourage other Worthians to get involved in this ancient sport which you can read more about on the Club’s Page.


Michael Oakley will be retiring after 26 years as Director of Music at Worth at the end of this academic year. As one of his farewell gifts, we are putting together a Tribute Book which will include memories and good wishes from those students, colleagues and parents who have benefited from Michael’s great love of music. We will be printing the Tribute Book externally so there will be space limitations. Please keep your message to a maximum of 50 –80 words or maybe a little longer if you have a brilliant anecdote to contribute. All messages may be subject to editing if space becomes an issue. We would also love any photos featuring Michael. Please email your tribute to Catherine Forrester, with your name as you would like it to appear and your dates at Worth. The deadline is 23rd  March 2018, but why wait? Don’t let Michael go without saying ‘thank you’!


We were incredibly shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Niccolo Infante B’96 on Sunday 7th January 2018 aged 39. Nic’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at Golders Green Crematorium, 62 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London, NW11 7NL. There will then be tea and drinks from 3.15pm at The Freemasons Arms, 32 Downshire Hill, Hampstead Heath, NW3 1NT. (There is a car park on Hampstead Heath, just opposite the pub so it should be ok to find parking.) The crematorium and pub are about a 10 minute drive from each other. If you think you can make it, please contact Larry Elwes @ so they can get an idea of numbers. Nic’s wife, Alex, has requested that people don’t wear black but cheerful colours instead. There will be a Memory Book at the pub which everyone is invited to write in – with a request for positive/funny reminiscences.  If you can’t make it on the day but would like to contribute something to the book, please send it to Larry and he’ll make sure it is included.


Thirty-odd old boys squeezed into the back of St Mary Magdalen Church in Barnes on Monday 8th January for Anthony Renouf’s RIP funeral mass. Tony was Art Master at Worth from 1962–1980 and produced several of the celebrated Worth Plays after Ian Bonner left in 1970. Tony’s own girls – Ursula, Mary StB’75  & Paula StB’77 – were supported by their brothers Anthony C’66, Simon C’67, Gerard C’70, Adrian C’73, Julian C’76 and Paddy StB’78 Renouf and by members of Vivien Renouf’s (nee Cuppage) family – Alex, Sarah, Clarinda and Julian; Vivien was Tony’s second wife after his beloved Mary passed away at Worth in 1978. The funeral mass (Fauré) was concelebrated by Worthian Rev Chris Dobson StB’66. The eulogy was made by the Rt Hon The Lord Malloch-Brown who has known the family all his life. Keith and Gilly Owers attended for their own love and respect for a colleague and friend of 18 years; old boys were delighted to see such a fond-remembered and stout supporter of Worth.


Edward Beazley is taking on the huge challenge of the Marathon des Sables in April this year to raise money for the charity Anthony Nolan in memory of his father, Nicholas Beazley G’78 RIP, who died of blood cancer in 2013. He would be very grateful if you could help him reach his target of £10,000. Click here to sponsor him.


The funeral of former Art Master (1962-80), Anthony John Moore Renouf RIP will be a Requiem Mass at 1pm on Monday 8th January 2018 at St Mary Magdalen RC Church, 61 North Worple Way, Mortlake, London SW14 8PR.  There will be refreshments afterwards with the family at the Olympic Studios,  117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL. The family are planning a memorial at Worth Abbey at a date to be confirmed.


John Clibborn (WPS 52-55) RIP passed away on Saturday 16th December 2017 aged 76.  Click here to read his obituary in The Times.