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2018 Events Archive

2018 Events

St Patrick’s Soho Square was packed with record numbers of Worthians attending our annual London Carol Service on Wednesday 5th December, along with family and friends.  Everyone was in great voice to join in with the Worth School Choir, the mulled wine then flowed and Christmas cheer was in the air.


Many thanks to Jack Harrison G’00 who organised and hosted a very convivial get-together of the Worthian community in Hong Kong on Thursday 18th October 2018 at Jamie’s Italian. The occasion marked a visit by Gordon Pearce, the Deputy Head. Various decades of Worthians were represented, going back to the 1950s


A very special dinner was held on Saturday 22nd September at Worth to mark the 10th Anniversary of Girls arriving at the School. It was a very glamorous gathering of 19 of the first cohort who arrived as the pioneers of the co-ed project, a group of fantastic young women making their mark in the world.  They were joined by former Head Master, Gino Carminati, their former Housemistress, Caroline Brown, former Chaplain, Fr Stephen Ortiger and Nikki Webb who remains Matron of St Mary’s today.


The Class of 1998 20 Year Reunion got together on Saturday 8th September 2018 at Balls Bros, Tooley Street, London SE1 2HD for their 20 Year Reunion.  Luke Windle and Ollie Barnett worked hard to get over 20 of the Class together and were joined by former Housemaster Nick Robinson StB’75.


The Class of 1988 30 Year Reunion was held on Friday 7th September 2018 at The Northcote Pub, Battersea. They were joined by James Cockburn, Abbot Luke Jolly, Keith Owers and Nick Robinson StB’75.  Congratulations to Tom Garrigan and James Little for all their hard word in co-ordinating and bringing nearly 40 of their year together.


On a perfect, glorious summer’s day, eight representatives (Bamford, Bertram, Crookenden, Herring, McGrath, Milmo, Rome & White) of the Class of 1968 gathered at Worth on Thursday 28th June for their 50 Year Reunion. After coffee and a tour of the School, undertaken in almost tropical conditions, they were joined by Frs Kevin, Stephen and Richard, Abbot Luke, and former teacher Fred Belcher and his wife Anne, for a first class lunch.  As one Worthian said ‘It was good to be back on the old stamping ground with old comrades in arms’.


The Class of 2008 was well represented at its 10 Year Reunion on Friday 8th June at the Army & Navy Club. With 43 Worthians in attendance they were joined by Honorary Guests, Andy Taylor, Duncan Pring, Alan Mitchell, Fr Kevin and Fr Martin.


Over 40 Worthians took part in the Summer Concert on Friday 25th May to bid Farewell to Michael Oakley after 26 years of service to the School and the Abbey.  Beautiful music was performed by Worth students past and present with a grand finale of the Sir James MacMillan piece specially commissioned for Michael ‘Sing Joyfully to the Lord’.  After several emotional speeches, including one by Fr Stephen, the Head Master who employed Michael, Worthians retired to the Performing Arts Centre to bid their own personal farewells to Michael over a few drinks.


1980s Leavers celebrated their decade in true style at the Cavalry & Guards Club on Thursday 24th May at the 1980s Decade Reunion Dinner. Along with Worthians from most of the years of the decade there with an impressive turn-out of former staff;  Keith Owers, Rogers Stokes, Paul Miller, Liam Bauress, James Cockburn, George Daly, Jeremy Dowling, Nick Robinson, as well as four Abbots. Fr Stephen made a very touching speech praising the versatility and creativity of pupils with the lack of resources available in the early days of the School.  To hear his speech click here.


There was a fantastic buzz in the air at our Careers Networking Evening on 27th March at our new venue of The Happenstance Wine Bar in Paternoster Square. With a good turn-out of young Worthians seeking advice in a wide range of careers, many great connections were made with the Worthian professionals who came along to chat over informal drinks.


Our St Benedict’s Day Mass was another lovely event held on 22nd March at St Mary Moorfield’s Church in the City of London.  Fr Mark Barrett officiated and a slightly reduced Worthian Choir sang heartily to some glorious music played by Worth Abbey Organist, D’Arcy Trinkwon and Worth Society Chairman, Jerry Fletcher G’72, read the names of those Worthians who have died during the last year.  We then retired down to the Parish Centre to feast on delicious meatballs and pasta provided by The Belpassi Bros, washed down with a few glasses of wine.  We would love to see more attending this special event next year.