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Worth Society News Archive

Welcome to the News Archive Section of our website.  

Here you can find out all Worth Society and Worthians news that was published on the website between January 2008 and December 2012.

 

News Submitted – December 2012

News Submitted – December 2012

 

On Friday 7th December, Worth School was privileged to welcome the return of esteemed actor and Worthian, Robert Bathurst (R’75).  The Performing Arts Centre was filled to capacity with students, teachers and members of the monastic community to listen to Robert’s lecture on his ‘Life as an Actor’.  He spoke of some of the home truths about acting and his personal journey from reading Law at Cambridge to finding his true calling as an actor.  As well as exposing his audience to the reality of acting, Robert spoke about other careers that surround the profession, highlighting that being an actor is not the only piece of the performance industry puzzle.  He called on members of the school to help him demonstrate the important role that the audience plays during a theatrical performance.  In a brief hour, Robert managed to epitomise the life of an actor as well as recalling his own experiences of performing as a student in the Assembly room – known today as the Whitehead Room – where he believes his acting journey began.

 

We were delighted to welcome Matthew Doggett (F’07), Harry Fisher (B’81), James Griffith (B’72), Joshua Hardwick (C’08) and Tom Lewis (G’05) to our first Worthians Squash fixture for the 12/13 academic year, which took place on Saturday 1st December 2012.  The afternoon kicked off at 12.00 noon with a buffet lunch in the Cowdray Room, followed by matches  against the School team from 1.00pm.  Joshua summed up the afternoon saying, ” Thanks for a great weekend. Was lovely being back, even for such a brief time – hopefully see you again in March.”  (Interested in playing at our next fixture on Sunday 24th March 2013?  Then please do contact Olivia Henley at : worthsociety@worth.org.uk).

News Submitted – November 2012

News Submitted – November 2012

 

We were delighted to welcome back to Worth School on Friday 23rd November, Worthian Dr Austen Ivereigh (G’84), who gave a presentation to pupils entitled ‘Catholic Voices’.  He joined pupils, staff and members of the Monastery for supper after the presentation.

 

Worth School and Worth Abbey are seeking to appoint a dynamic individual to the position of Director of Finance and Operations.  This new role is reflective of the school’s growth and transformation into a thriving co-educational school of 600 pupils and it also reflects the continued close working relationship between the School and the Abbey.  Should you know of anyone who may be interested in this position, we would be grateful if you would bring this exciting opportunity to their attention.  Further details concerning the job specification and the appointment process are available from Liz Amos Associates, the appointed search consultant for Worth School.  Please contact Mary Deegan on : Mary.Deegan@lizamosassociates.com or telephone her on : +44 20 7884 9201. More information is available at www.lizamosassociates.com.  The closing date for applications is close of business Monday 10th December.

 

Tom Hammond-Davies (C’03) is conducting The Blenheim Singers & International Baroque Players in Handel’s Messiah in the opulent surroundings of The Orangery at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 2nd December 2012.  The performance starts at 6pm and is in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Tickets, which are priced at £40 and include mulled wine and mince pies, are available from the Box Office at: www.musicatoxford.com/Concerts/Events1213/BlenheimSingers.html. Do visit the website for further information : www.blenheimsingers.com.

 

Robert Bathurst (R’75), who many of you will have seen starring in recent television dramas including Downton Abbey, Wild at Heart and The Pillars of the Earth – has informed us that he is touring in Blue/Orange which is playing at the Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1QJ this week and over the weekend.  Discounted tickets are available – students @ £5.00; others @ £11.00 – at the links below, should anyone be in London and wishes to go and see the show.  Tess Ryan (StM’11) e-mailed us to say “I was lucky enough to see Blue/Orange in York a few weeks ago and Robert Bathurst was absolutely fantastic - I’d recommend it to all!” : 

 

Robert Bathurst (R’75) has told us about a radio series being broadcast on Sunday evenings that is written by Arthur Matthews (who wrote Father Ted) and is set in the BBC in the 1930s.  It’s a ‘good fun’ sitcom worth listening to called “The Golden Age” and last Sunday’s episode is available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nt07r.

 

The Memorial Service for Glenn Robertson is taking place at 2.00pm on Sunday 20th January 2013 at Worth Abbey Church.  Worthians are most welcome to attend.

News Submitted – October 2012

News Submitted – October 2012

 

Paddy Lynch (C’92) and Bill McNamee (StB’92) did a sterling job in rallying their peers for their 20-Year Reunion which took place on Saturday 27th October 2012 in the Upstairs Room at The Antelope Pub, 22 Eaton Terrace, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EZ.  Fr Luke and Jeremy Dowling joined 17 of the ‘Class of 1987-92′ for the gathering, which started at 2.00pm and carried on late into the night!

 

The members of the Music department were delighted to welcome Ashley Beauchamp (’12) back to Worth School on Sunday 21st October to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto on the School’s brand new Kawai RX7 Concert Grand Piano.  Ashley was a Music Scholar when he was at Worth – he had Grade 8 Piano under his belt at the age of 14 and achieved a distinction in Grade 8 Organ earlier this year.

 

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Glenn Robertson died suddenly on Monday 8th October 2012, while playing golf.  He will be sorely missed and remembered by many of you in his various roles at Worth School between 1970-2005 – particularly as House Master, Rugby Coach and subsequently as Worthians RFC President.  We will let Worthians know once we have been informed of funeral arrangements or a possible memorial service.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.

News Submitted – September 2012

News Submitted – September 2012

 

Neil Laughton (C’82), Matthew Brown (C’82), Giles Hamilton (B’82), Jamie O’Meara (R’82) and Crispin Hayhoe (StB’92) were the valiant organisers of the 30-Year Reunion for the ‘Class of 1977-82′.  21 of them met up for drinks and canapes at Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, London W1 on Thursday 20th September.  They were joined by Keith Owers and some brought their wives along to join in on the fun.

 

Fr Luke has provided us with an update on news within the Monastery which we thought might be of interest to Worthians.  There are now 22 Monks in residence and 24 in total.  Br Gabriel Dobson and Br David Jarmy are Juniors in the Community.  Br Gabriel made his Solemn Vows in September 2011 while Br David is due to make his Solemn Vows in September 2013.  Abbot Kevin is attending the four yearly Congress in Rome of all Benedictine Abbots from around the world in September 2012.  Fr Martin has stepped down as School Chaplain after 11 years and is currently having a sabbatical while Fr Peter has taken over as the new School Chaplain.  Fr Christopher continues his role as Director of the National Office of Vocation, for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

 

Chris Kellaway (B’02) was the sole organiser of his year group’s 10-Year Reunion gathering for the ‘Class of 1997-2002′ and what a fantastic job he did.   Over 30 of them met up for lunch at Belgo, 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 on Saturday 15th September.  They were joined by Guy Teasdale and Fr Thomas from Worth and had a great afternoon together.

 

Congratulations to Rob Stewart (B’99) who married Sally Weigh on Friday 7th September at Combermere Abbey in South Cheshire.  They were married by Fr Stephen who is Rob’s godfather and longtime friend of Rob’s father and Worthian, Andy (B’72).

 

On the very first Sunday of the new academic year – we welcomed both Worthians RFC and Worthian Girls’ Hockey teams back to Worth for an afternoon of sport.  The Worthians RFC ‘youngies’ challenged the ’oldies’ to a hard-fought rugby match which saw the ‘oldies’ winning 29-24 in the dying seconds (the final three tries were scored in the last 10 minutes).  Meanwhile, down on the Astroturf the Worthian girls had a very good match against the School team and were delighted to win the match 2-1.  Everyone then joined forces for match tea in the Pavilion.

News Submitted – August 2012

News Submitted – August 2012

 

Ben Babington (G’96) and Susanna welcomed their first child on the 20th August 2012 who they have called Jack Charles Alastair.  He weighed in at 9lb 2oz and Ben reckons that he’s already eyeing up his place in the Worth Rugby 1st XV!

 

David Lean’s 1945 film “Brief Encounter” received five Oscar nominations and won Grand Prize at Cannes.  It was originally performed as a stage play, by Noel Coward, in 1936 called ”Still Life” which captured the passion and pain of a secret love affair between a middle class couple called Alec and Laura.  Dead Posh productions – a student theatre company from Warwick University – put on a revival of this, their dubut play, at The Edinburgh Festival this year in which Worthian,  Katharine Farmer (StA’11), portrayed Laura.

 

As NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully touched down on Mars – USC professors were awarded a highly prestigious Phase 2 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Research Award to develop new robotic construction technologies for building structures on the Moon and Mars.  One of these professors is Worthian, Neil Leach (G’76).  The project is based onthe concept of ‘In Situ Resource Utilisation’ (ISRU) and seeks to use resources that are readily available on the Moon and Mars as construction materials for novel robotic construction technologies in order to build infrastructural elements - such as roads, landing pads, blast walls and storage spaces.

News Submitted – July 2012

News Submitted – July 2012

 

We have three Worthians who are celebrating the arrival of babies during July.  David Matthews (B’01) and Alessandra welcomed their first child, Sophia Rose on the 15th July; Paul Radziwill (C’88) and Eloise welcomed their fourth, a daughter who they have called Willow Frances Rose and  David Ponsford (B’96) and Victoria welcomed Scarlet Victoria on the 13th July.

 

Congratulations to James Crookenden (StB’99) on his engagement to Holly Marriott-Smalley on the 14th July 2012.

 

There was a huge contingent of Worthians present at the marriage of Lorenzo Curci (B’00) to Araminta on Saturday 21st July 2012 in Porto Ercole, Italy.  Hugo Sanders (R’00) and Alastair Stirling (B’00) shared the honour of being ‘joint’ Best Men.  Also tying the knot during July were Mike Matthews (B’99) to Sarah on Saturday 7th, John-Henry Wicks (G’00) to Rhiannon on Saturday 14th and Bill McNamee (StB’92) to Pauline on Friday 20th.

News Submitted – June 2012

News Submitted – June 2012

 

We were delighted to welcome back to Worth School six Worthians  in support of the School’s annual Careers Fair which took place on Saturday 16th June 2012.  They accounted for more than half of the total number of speakers.  Tom Butter (B’04) spoke about his career at Accenture; both Dan Hyde (StB’05) who works for the Daily Mail and James Longman (B’05) who works for the BBC provided fascinating insights into the worlds of media and journalism; Robert Birchall (R’01) spoke about his life as a lawyer; James D’Arcy (StB’02) shared his experiences in the insurance world as a member of the graduate scheme at Marsh Risk Consulting and Luca Belpassi (G’01) offered insights into careers in the financial services industry.  They receive our wholehearted thanks!

 

There hasn’t been a single week in June 2012 when a Worthian wedding hasn’t taking place – we have a magnificent six to report.  Sir Peter Jonas (G’64) to Barbara on Friday 1st, James Lynch (StB’94) to Sinead on Wednesday 6th, Alex Bone (R’00) to Nicola on Friday 8th, Mark Churchman (C’02) to Christina on Saturday 16th, Ollie Barnett (StB’98) to Rachel on Saturday 23rd, Charles Gairdner (StB’01) to Penny on Saturday 30th June.  Our heartfelt congratulations to all of you.

 

We also have two engagements – Ronan O’Kelly (StB’02) to Catherine Newton on the 8th June and Liam Naidoo (C’97) to Eilis Mulkerrin on the 9th June!  Many congratulations to both couples.

 

Congratulations to James Crofton (B’95) and Kate whose son, Theodore Jameson Flanagan, arrived into the world on the 29th May 2012 weighing in at 9lb 9oz.

ews Submitted – May 2012

News Submitted – May 2012

On Saturday 26th May we had the huge privilege of welcoming back 25 Worthians who had attended Worth Prep School in the 1940s and 1950s.  They returned to Worth for the Jubilee Jamboree – the majority having been at Worth both for the Queen’s ascension to the throne and her Coronation.  We organised a special reunion for them all in the Cowdray Room (formerly the Monks Refectory) where they enjoyed a champagne reception with canapés followed by a buffet lunch in the company of Monks from the Monastery and particularly Abbot Kevin and Fr Stephen who they remembered so well.  Lunch was followed by a tour around the grounds and Abbey with Fr Stephen and six girls from St Mary’s.  You only had to listen to the noise levels to know how much they enjoyed the day and this wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends.   It was a truly memorable day for us all.  Click here to see the List of Attendees.

 

Our heartfelt congratulations to Linda and Ben Hancock (G’90) whose second child - a son, Walter Henry Petre – was born on the 22nd May 2012.  At the time of writing his sister, Daphne, was just about to visit the hospital to meet Walter for the first time.

Paddy Johnson (B’06) is running the BUPA 10k on Sunday 27th May 2012 in aid of BookAid International, a charity for which he volunteers.  Anyone who remembers Paddy will realise what a huge undertaking this is for him as, in his own words;  “Anyone who remembers me from school will no doubt be speechless to hear about my participation, as I had such a vehement aversion to all things athletic (apart from fencing)!” .  Paddy decided to challenge himself personally in a way he has never done before because, through his work, he has got involved with BookAid international and has found them to be truly inspiring in their work.  The charity promotes literacy and education in the developing world through local partnerships and investment in books, libraries and educational schemes.  If you would like to support Paddy and help him towards his £250 target, you will find his fundraising page at : http://justgiving.com/paddyrunsforbooks.

 

On Saturday 2nd June 2012, Chris Napleton (C’11) is setting off with his brother, Richard Legg, on an epic 2,300 mile, 23-day cycle ride from Paris to Istanbul.  Meanwhile, two others, Worthian, Benedict Smith (C’11) and Jacob Woods-Maher will undertake the challenge of putting on 100 exhibitions across 20 countries as part of the “Have you Seen Bob?” global photographic project.   The exhibitions will feature the work of the hundreds of photographers from around the world who have contributed to the project.  All this will be in aid of the British Red Cross to support the cause and raise awareness of the amazing work they do across the world.  If you would like to find out more, do visit their Facebook page at : http://www.facebook.com/#!/haveyouseenbob.  And if you’re interested in supporting or sponsoring the project, please get in touch with Chris at : napleton14@btinternet.com.

 

Old Farwellians attended Farwell’s 10th Anniversary Party which took place on Friday 11th May in the Pit Stop Cafe at Worth School.   We welcomed back Tom Ballard (’07), James Goodall (’04), Oliver Jacobs (’10), Andrew Kersey (’04), Tom McConnell (’05), Max Watson (’05) and Simon Westley (’04), who joined around 200 guests for an evening of celebration comprising a buffet and drinks.  Duncan Pring, House Master since Farwell’s launch in 2002, hosted the evening which was also attended by past and present Farwellians, their parents, Head Master Gino Carminati, members of staff and the Monastery.   Simon Westley wrote: “It was a great experience coming back to a place that was like a home to us all, and meeting Duncan Pring again reminded us why we all so enjoyed our time at Farwell House.”

 

Our congratulations to Louis Pitto (B’01) and Gianna on the birth of  their  daughter, Gianella Anna Pitto on the 3rd December 2011 – a sister for four year old Louis.

 

Worth has had a wonderful response from Old Gregorians (OGs) who attended Worth Junior School in 1952 and 1953 – covering the years the Queen ascended the throne and her coronation - inviting them to attend a reunion of their peers at the Worth Jubilee Jamboree.  Click here to see the list of OGs who have been in touch with us about the reunion – and we would be delighted to welcome other OGs who were at Worth Prep School in 1952 and 1953.  If you’re interested in finding out more, then please contact Olivia Henley, Society Manager at worthsociety@worth.org.uk and Sara Barclay Hudson, Co-Chair, Friends of Worth, at sbh0369@yahoo.com.  The Jubilee Jamboree is being organised by the Friends of Worth to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and takes place at Worth School on Saturday 26 May from 12 noon until 4pm.  The event will bring together the whole Worth School community for a giant street party-style day, with many traditional attractions.

News Submitted – March 2012

News Submitted – March 2012

If the idea of an afternoon on the Mercedes-Benz World test circuit at Brooklands appeals to you – then why not get a team of 4-5 of you together and enter the Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Challenge Event?  This 2-hour endurance race is taking place during the afternoon of Wednesday 4th July 2012 and is a charity fund-raising event, in aid of the Henry Surtees Foundation.   It is being organised by John Surtees, father of the late Henry Surtees (C’09), and the racing will be followed by a champagne reception, prize-giving and interviews.  The entry cost per team is £1,000.  For further information about the event, do visit : www.daytona.co.uk.

 

Congratulations to Ewan Ward-Thomas (B’77) who married Beatrice de Cizancourt on Saturday 17th March 2012 in London.  They will be dividing their time between living in London and France.

 

News from Jake Ambridge’s (C’07) parents – Paul and Ali – to tell us that the Wellcome Trust has awarded Jake a £5,000 bursary and all fees covered to spend a year doing Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College.  He will graduate in Veterinary Pathology at the end of this academic year, before finishing the last three years of his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  This is a great achievement as only nine people from all over Europe are selected for this course, and only five bursaries are offered.

 

Further news from Paul and Ali Ambridge to let us know that Tom Ballard (F’07) got accepted to study Law following his first degree at Durham University.

 

Andrew Cloud (B’00) has just told us about the launch of his new website which aims to help people learn about different jobs so they are better prepared to choose a career and gear their current learning and attitude appropriately.   The website is called www.JobAdviceRoom.com and is well worth a visit.  If any Worthian is interested in adding an entry to the site, then Andrew would very much like to hear from you at : Andrew@JobAdviceRoom.com.

 

We welcomed around 35 Worthians back to Worth on Sunday 18th March 2012 for our fourth annual Football Tournament (click here to see List of Attendees) and our second Squash fixture for the 2011-12 season (click here to see List of Attendees).  Thanks to the sterling efforts of Andrew Taylor for football and Jeremy Dowling for squash, a great afternoon was had by all.  In the football tournament, the School 1st XI beat the Worthian U21s to retain the Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy, while both Worthian teams and the Staff played in a Round Robin tournament.  The Under 21s beat the Staff 1-0;  the Over 21s beat the Under 21s 2-0;  and the Over 21s beat the Staff team 5-2.  Over on the Squash courts, Desmond Calnan’s (R’69) 25+ years additional experience evidently worked in his favour with the pre-2000 leavers coming out on top and Desmond as the overall winner.  Paddy Keane (R’94) came second and Richard Stephens (C’02) third.  Everyone gathered for Match Tea in the Pitstop following the matches and John Surtees, father of the late Henry Surtees (C’09), kindly came along to present the Henry Surtees Memorial Tropy to the School 1st XI.  Thank you to everyone who attended and contributing to a really great afternoon.

 

We were absolutely delighted to welcome 58 to the 2012 City Lunch – 50 Worthians and 8 Honorary Members and guests – which was held on Thursday 1st March at Vivat Bacchus in the City of London.  If the noise levels at the Event itself – and the feedback that we have received following it - were anything to go by, then it was an afternoon enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Click here to see the List of Attendees.  We are hoping to find a venue next year that will be able to accommodate greater numbers, so we will no longer need to operate a waiting list.

 

The Friends of Worth have just announced plans for their next big event – the Jubilee Jamboree will celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and is taking place on Saturday 26th May 2012 at Worth School from 12 noon to 4pm.  This giant street party-style day will have many traditional attractions, musical entertainment , a beer and pimms tent, tea tent, and some high octane rides for those with strong stomachs!   There will also be a huge hog roast and BBQ and lots of family-friendly stalls for all ages to enjoy.  Worthians and their families are most welcome to come along and join in the fun.

 

Worthian, Nick Barnett (G’73), has commissioned a beautiful pendant as a memento of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  Exclusive to his company, HandMadeJewels, the design has been approved by the Office of the Lord Chamberlain.  It can be made in platinum, 18ct gold, or silver and can be diamond set – as shown in the photograph.  Although shown here as a pendant, it can also be made as a brooch or cufflinks.  For more images and information do click on : http://handmadejewels.co.uk/2011/12/the-queens-diamond-jubilee.

 

Jonathan Palmer Brown is a Worth School parent and is Chairman of the Board of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.  CAFOD has recently been awarded UK Aid Match Funding – which means that the Government will match pound-for-pound every gift CAFOD receives for its Lent appeal.  Whether you are a long-time supporter of CAFOD or hearing about this for the first time, please do visit their website at : http://www.cafod.org.uk/give where you can find out more about how access to water can change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, and how your support can help make that change.

 

The Downside Fisher Annual Boxing Dinner is the major annual fund raising event for the Downside Fisher Youth Cub.  It is a black tie event and is taking place on Wednesday 18th April 2012 at the Troxy – a 1930s art deco former cinema close to Limehouse DLR.  The evening is a display of amateur boxing at its very best and is an excellent way of supporting a charity that has been active in a deprived area of London for over a century.  Attendees will be met with a welcome drink, followed by a 3-course meal and then treated to a demonstration of street dancing and entertainment by members of the youth club, followed by the boxers’ parade and around 10 bouts of three rounds involving both junior and senior boxers. The evening will be rounded off with a charity auction.  Former world champions Terry Downes and Lloyd Honeyghan, who learned their boxing skills as members of the Fisher Amateur Boxing Club, will be Guests of Honour.  You can book a ticket or organise a table for the evening by visiting :  Boxing Dinner 2012 Booking Form

 

News Submitted – February 2012

News Submitted – February 2012

 

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Robert Döry (StB’68), aged 61 years.  Robert was found at his home on Tuesday 14th February 2012.  His funeral is to be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 14th March 2012 at the Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7 2RP.  Should anyone wish to write to Robert’s sister, Katrina Rose, her address is : Vale do Lobo, Apartado 579, 813-034 Almancil, Algarve, Portugal.

 

Our congratulations to John-Henry Wicks (G’00) who proposed to Rhiannon Tracy on the 12th December 2011 in Rome.  They will be marrying on the 14th July 2012 in Edinburgh and Olly Parry (StB’00) is to be be joint best man.

 

Our congratulations to James Lynch (StB’94) who is engaged to Sinéad O’Driscoll.  James proposed on New Year’s Eve 2011 and they are hoping to get married at Worth during the summer of 2012.

News Submitted – January 2012

News Submitted – January 2012

 

Congratulations to Hugh Bett (B’73) and Tom Carew Hunt (S’02) who represented Worthians at Real Tennis in the 2012 Schools Old Boys’ Doubles Championships on the weekend of the 21st-22nd January 2012.  They reached the final of the Henry Leaf Cup Handicap Division.  The  Worthians were defeated in the final 10-7 by Radley.   On their way through, Hugh and Tom overcame stiff competition from Marlborough, Harrow and Bradford Grammar School.   In the main draw, the two Worthians bowed out at the Quarter Final stage, beaten by the eventual winners, Charterhouse.

 

Congratulations to Tom Mitchell (F’07) - who is in the news once again! – having stepped up from England Students and FIRA series to make his debut for Rugby England Sevens in the next two legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series.  He is to play in the forthcoming tournaments taking place in Wellington, New Zealand on the 3rd and 4th February 2012, and Las Vegas, USA on the 10th and 12th February 2012.  For further information visit : http://www.rfu.com/News/2012/January/NewsArticles/180112_sevens_squad.aspx

 

Our New Year was heralded by the girls – as we welcomed back to Worth 25 of our 2010 and 2011 Worthian Girl Leavers for their second ‘house-style’ supper in the Cowdray Room on Friday 6th January.  It was a noisy, joyful affair enjoyed by all who attended.

 

We are very sad to report the death of Oxford Councillor Roger Belson (R’67).  He died on Monday 26th December 2011, aged 62 years.

 

We are delighted to have found a new venue for the 2012 Worth Society City Lunch which can facilitate the additional numbers increasingly attracted to this annual event.  It is to be held at Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon Street, Holborn, London, EC4A 4LL : www.vivatbacchus.co.uk on Thursday 1st March 2012.  The City Lunch offers an ideal opportunity for Worthians to catch up with old friends, to network and meet other co-Worthians for the first time.  Every year we welcome attendees who represent every decade – ranging from the 1950s to 2000s.  So why not come and join us?  For more information contact Olivia Henley at : worthsociety@worth.org.uk.

 

Worthian Tom Mitchell (F’07) was one of the stars of the show for Oxford University as they won the 130th Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 8th December 2011.  In his first game against Cambridge, Tom scored a crucial second half try to steer the Dark Blues to a notable 28-10 victory.  Tom is reading for a PGC in Historial Studies at Oxford, having already earned a BA in English and Philosophy at Bristol University.

News Submitted – December 2011

News Submitted – December 2011

Katie and Charlie Gerada (R’90) are delighted to announce the birth of Tobias Michael (Toby) at 5.45am on Saturday 3rd December 2011 weighing in at 8lb 8oz.  According to Charlie, “He is very sweet, very well and we’re very lucky.  Mum, Dad and his three brothers are all doing well, if feeling a little exhausted”.

 

Congratulations to Tom Mitchell (F’07) who will be representing Oxford at the 130th Nomura Varsity Match at Twickenham on Thursday 8th December 2011.  Kick-off is at 2pm.  Oxford University will challenge the lighter shade of Cambridge blue in one of Rugby’s longest running feuds.

 

It is with great sadness that Worth School reports the death of William Avery-Wright, a Year 8 pupil at Worth School, who was knocked down and killed when crossing the Paddockhurst Road on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th November 2011.  Please remember William in your prayers that he may be in the peace of Christ.  Please also remember William’s parents as they grieve for their only child.  The School is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy.

News Submitted – November 2011

News Submitted – November 2011

Many congratulations to Jonathan Smith (StB’98) on his recent engagement to Aoife Kilpatrick on the 21st October 2011.  The happy couple are planning their wedding for early 2012.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Felix Sainsbury-Martinez (C’09) who received, for the second year running, a Dean’s Commendation at Exeter University where he is studying Astro Physics, Quantum Physics and Maths.

Our congratulations to Neil Leach (G’76), who alongside Professors Behrokh Khoshnevis (Engineering), Anders Carlson (Architecture) and Madhu Thangavelu (Astronautics) from the University of Southern California (USC) have won a prestigious Nasa grant to explore the potential use of the robotic fabrication technology, Contour Crafting, for building structures on the moon. The grant, says a USC press release, “was one of only 30 awarded to over 700 applicants by the Nasa Innovation Advanced Concepts Program”.

News Submitted – October 2011

News Submitted – October 2011

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Peter Cole (C’92) on Saturday 22nd October 2011, aged 37 years.  He leaves a widow, Helen, and a four year-old daughter, Olivia.  Peter had been ill with cancer for the past 18 months.  His funeral is to be held at 11.00am on Friday 4th November 2011 at the Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4LU.  Peter kept in touch with many contemporaries from Worth, particularly through the Order of Malta Volunteers and their pilgrimages to Lourdes.

The 10/11 issue of The Blue Paper has been published and circulated to subscribed members of Worth Society.   Packed full of news from Worthians and about Worth Society events and activities – it is well worth a read.  If you haven’t received your copy, it could be that we don’t have your latest address or that you are not a fully subscribed member of the Society.  Please do get in touch with Olivia at :worthsociety@worth.org.uk if you’re interested in receiving a copy.

News Submitted – September 2011

News Submitted – September 2011

Joan Edey, long time Medical Sister of Worth School, died last Thursday 22nd September 2011 aged 95 years.  Her funeral will take place at Worth Abbey on Friday 7th October at 2.30pm and Worthians are most welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Jamie Dunster (B’85), Fraser Moore (G’95), Gordon Moore (G’85), Michael Gabriel (C’85), Johnny Greig (G’85), Charles McHugo (G’85) and Sean Taylor (C’85) who cycled from London to Paris starting on Thursday 22nd September and finishing on Sunday 25thSeptember 2011.  They were participating in the Momentum Challenge 2011 where 33 riders cycled to Paris on behalf of MOMENTUM.  Momentum is an organisation set up by a number of these Worthians to raise awareness of colon cancer and to raise funds for research projects into its treatment.  To make a donation and find out more do visit :www.bmycharity.com/momentum.

Over 100 Worthians joined Andrew Taylor at the Nordic Bar and Restaurant in London on the evening of Friday 16th September, to celebrate Andrew stepping down as House Master at Worth – after 12 years at the helm of St Bedes (from 1999 to 2001) and Gervase (from 2002 to 2011).  Drinking continued into the early hours of Saturday morning and everyone had a truly great evening.  Although Andrew will continue to be heavily involved in many other aspects of School life – we thought it was an appropriate time to celebrate this significant milestone with all those Worthians who have fallen under Andrew’s care between 1999 and 2011.

It is with great sadness that we inform Worthians of the death of Mr Matthew Boughton, Head of Drama at Worth School, on the evening of Thursday 15th September 2011 in the company of his family.  Matthew had been absent from school since January, during which time he was given every possible treatment and support to fight his illness.  The entire school attended a service of prayer and reflection on Friday 16th September 2011, conducted by members of the monastic community.  Details concerning his funeral arrangements have ben posted on the ‘Events’ page of this website.  We ask each of you to pray for the repose of Matthew’s soul; for his family, colleagues, friends, students and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Sunday 11th September 2011 was an exciting day for us here at Worth - not only did we welcome the ‘young’ and ‘older’ Worthian RFC teams to play the School’s 1st XV – we also welcomed the Worthian girls for their very first hockey match versus the School’s 1st XI!  The Worthian boys were just defeated by the School – 20-15 in a ferocious dual, while the Worthian girls came away on top - just beating the school team 3-2 in a hard fought victory on the School’s new, very impressive astro turf.   Everyone came together for team teas in the Pavilion after the matches had finished.  A huge thank you to Desmond Calnan (R’69) for orchestrating the Rugby, and to our new Girls’ Sporting Co-ordinator,Louisa McCarthy (StM’10), for doing the honours and fielding the Worthian girls’ hockey team.  We look forward to these annual fixtures sharing the same date in future years.

Charles Gerada (R’90) has sent us news that he has just taken over as Acting Chairman of the Downside Fisher (Worth) Youth Club.  Many of you will be familiar with the Youth Club which supports socially excluded children and young people from Bermondsey and surrounding areas (the Bermondsey Huts at Worth have a historic connection).  The Youth Club depends on the generosity of benefactors to keep operating and is a worthy recipient of Corporate Social Responsibility funding.  Charles would like to hear from any Worthians who might be interested in lending their support or putting him in touch with potential funders.  If you would like to find out more, then please do e-mail ccg@jgrlaw.co.uk.

After two years of planning, sheer determination and hard work, Charles Hooper (C’80) has launched Forest Garden Shovelstrode; a place for people to learn traditional woodland crafts and skills – such as green wood working, basketry, hurdle making and bee keeping – or take a spiritual retreat for the benefit of mind, body and soul.  They have two beautiful, fully equipped yurts available for individuals, couples or small families to book and enjoy a back-to-nature retreat in quiet secluded anicent woodland.  If you’d like to find out more, then do visit their website at : www.forestgarden.info or e-mail Charles at :info@forestgarden.info.

Darren Carrick, Director of Sport at Worth School is taking the 1st and 2nd XI football squads to Valencia for a pre-season tour at the beginning of the Christmas holiday break.  He was wondering if those Worthians who have an affinity to the round-ball game – and we know there are plenty of you out there following the huge success of the 2011 Worthians football match! – might be willing to sponsor equipment or clothing, for example – although any form of support would be most welcome.  Darren would be very happy to print sponsors names on kit.  If you’re interested, then please do get in direct contact with Darren at :dcarrick@worth.org.uk.

James Cockburn (former staff 1980-1990) has sent news that he is holding exhibitions of his work at The Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8RU on the 16th September 2011 from 6pm to 11pm; at The Pasmore Gallery at Harrow School in November; and other exhibitions in Singapore, Brisbane and Adelaide during November and December.  Any Worthians are more than welcome to check them out on his website: www.jamescockburn.co.  James has also published a 70-page full-colour book to accompany the exhibitions which can be downloaded free of charge.  Copies are also available to buy at the shows, or on-line at :http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/off-the-cuff/16807457

Daniel Garrigan (G’99) has sent news that he is organising a charity fundraising event in aid of the East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal for UNICEF. The event is to be held from 6.00pm onwards on Saturday 22nd October at The Castle, Battersea High Street comprises a raffle, auction and musical entertainment.  Admission is free with donations accepted on the door.  Items up for auction include a bottle of House of Commons Whisky signed by Prime Minister, David Cameron; a Mercedes F1 photograph signed by Michael Schumacher and Russ Brawn.  For further details about prizes and lots and the opportunity to donate online, do visit : http://fundraise.unicef.org.uk/MyPage/Daniel-Garrigan-Battersea-Raffle–Auction.

Our thanks to Daniel Pring (R’03) for helping to organise our second Recent Leavers’ Networking Event which took place on Wednesday 7th September 2011 at The Samuel Pepys Bar & Restaurant, Stew Lane, Off Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3PT.   Around 40 Worthians attended this informal business networking event which brought together Worthians who have recently left School, are currently at, are about to join, or have just left University, together with influential decision-makers across a wide range of professions who were there to offer advice and support.  We look forward to seeing more of you at next year’s gathering!

The newly refurbished Abbey Church opened its doors on Sunday 4th September to over 1000 people who came to visit for the first ever Worth Parish Open Day.  There were plenty of takers for the guided tours which went around the Abbey, through the monastery grounds and into part of the school.  Tea and coffee flowed throughout the afternoon from a seemingly tireless team of volunteers.  There was a lively Q&A session in the Abbey with a panel of Fr Luke, Fr James and Friends of Worth stalwart, Christina Fitzsimons.  Afterwards, there was standing room only at the guided meditation held in one of the side chapels and many people stayed for the Vespers service.

News Submitted – August 2011

News Submitted – August 2011

Congratulations to Oliver Mulcahy (C’05) who passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College on Thursday 4th August 2011, as a Sub-Lieutenant Weapon Engineer.

Je Ahn (R’01), Luca Belpassi (G’01) Adrian Pring (R’01) and Jocelyn Seligman (StB’01) organised a great gathering of their year group for ‘The Class of 1996-2001′ 10-Year Reunion on Saturday 20th August 2011.  Around 30 of them met for a meal at Ciao Bella, 90 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ and according to Jos, “behaved just the way he remembered them!”.

News Submitted – July 2011

News Submitted – July 2011

Our heartfelt thanks to Ben Hamilton (B’91) who so valiantly took on the organisation of the Class of 1986-91 : 30-Year Reunion remotely from his base outside the UK.  He cajoled 31 Worthians and seven staff into attending an informal gathering at the Courthouse Modern Hotel just off Oxford Street, London W1 on Saturday 2nd July 2011 .  They all caught up over some canapes and a steady flow of beer and wine and, needless to say, had a great afternoon.  The die-hards continued late into the night and particularly special kudos goes to Richard Bates (G’91) for making it all the way over from Hong Kong, Vincent Tang (G’91) from Vancouver and Owen Lynch (B’91) from Texas.

News Submitted – June 2011

News Submitted – June 2011

Oli Jacobs (F’10) has just sent news that he, along with James Cliffe (R’11), Nick Elvidge (C’11), Niamh Fogarty (StM’11) and Jack Udale (B’11) are doing a half marathon on the 25th September 2011.  They are raising money for the Matthew Elvidge Trust in aid of Nick’s cousin who sadly took his own life after a bout of depression.  If anyone out there would like to support them, then please do visit Oli Jacob’s fundrasing page at : www.olijacobs.co.uk.

News Submitted – May 2011

News Submitted – May 2011

Congratulations to Mickey Morrissey (R’77) and his son, Hugo, who completed the Edinburgh Marathon on the 22nd May 2011 in 3 hours 58 minutes and 3 hours 56 minutes respectively.  They got off to a fantastic start, completing the first half in 1:49 and 20 miles in 2:55 minutes – then they found themselves running the last six miles into the wind with gusts of 35-40mph along the coast road to the finish at Mussleborough.  It proved to be a real test of endurance.  They raised a magnificent amount of over £5000 for The Irish Guards Appeal and WellChild.

Our thanks to Simon Jones (StB’98) for fielding a Worthian Cricket team and our six Worthian tennis enthusiasts - Philip de Ayala (C’76), Ben Elwes (G’81), Crispin Hayhoe (StB’82), Neil Laughton (C’82), Christ McCourt (B’83) and Greg Pickard (StB’81) - who returned to School on Speech Day, Saturday 28th May 2011, to play the School teams.  Unfortunately, youth overcame the skill of our more senior cricket and tennis players.  But we look forward to battling it out again next year – and hopefully coming out on top!

Worth welcomes its first ‘father and son’ team on the Staff at Worth School with the appointment of Matthew Doggett (F’07) to the Mathematics Department.  Matthew is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and his father, Dr Brian Doggett is Head of Science.  Matthew will be given a heartfelt welcome when he joins the School in September 2011.

News Submitted – April 2011

News Submitted – April 2011

Our heartfelt congratulations to Matt Scotland (C’08) who is currently in his second year at Loughborough University, where he entered ‘The Business and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award’ (sponsored by Morgan Stanley) and ‘The Accounting, Consulting and Economics Undergraduate of the Year Award’ (sponsored by KPMG).  After very lengthy application processes, he made it through to the final 10 for both Awards and attended the Awards Ceremony at East Winter Garden at Canary Wharf on Friday 15th April.  Here he found out that he had won the Business and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award – receiving a trophy and a 10-week internship with Morgan Stanley including a week all expenses paid trip to their New York Offices.  He is, understandably ”over the moon!”.

News Submitted – March 2011

News Submitted – March 2011

A great afternoon was had by all involved in our third Worthians versus School Team Football Match which took place on Sunday 27th March.  Our sincere thanks to Andrew Taylor for all his help in orchestrating this Event, where we had enough players – a magnificent 48 in total – to field four separate teams!  The School Team played in a triangular tournament against the Older Worthians and the Younger Worthians teams; and both Worthian teams also played against the Staff team.  The School Team came out on top overall.  John Surtees and Abbot Kevin joined everyone for Match Tea in the Pit Stop Cafe and the Abbot kindly presented the Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy to the School Team Captain.

Worth Society’s annual St Benedict’s Day Mass took place on Thursday 24th March at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane in Covent Garden.  The service, presided by Abbot Kevin, was attended by around 40 Worthians who retired for drinks in the Mask Bar at the Strand Palace Hotel afterwards.

Alex Stewart-Clark (R’79) and a number of Worthians are in the thick of organising a Citywide Passion of Christ play which will take place in Brighton on Friday 22nd April 2011.  They are looking for volunteers to help bring it all together so, if you happen to be an actor, a set designer, a brilliant organiser, have a gift for marketing or a head for numbers, then please do get in touch on 0800 740 8254.  For more information, visit the website at : http://passionofchrist.co.uk.

Tom McMurray (B’08) returned to Worth to speak to Year 12 pupils about his Gap Year experience which included working with disadvantaged people in Africa.  He spoke eloquently of the excitement and the sheer joy of his Gap year experience and left the audience excited about the many opportunities available to them if they are willing to stretch themselves.  Tom successfully applied for a Worth Society Global Action Award before he left Worth in 2008, and received funding for the charitable work he undertook in Africa.

Our congratulations to Worthian Tom Mitchell (F’07) who skippered his country for the first time when England Students played Rugby against Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday 5th March.  It was a proud moment for the 21 year-old who is in his final year studying English and Philosophy at Bristol University.  He is hoping for a second chance to captain the team when England faces France in Versailles at the end of the month.

News Submitted – February 2011

News Submitted – February 2011

Competition is becoming increasingly fierce for a place at the fabled City Lunch which was held for the third consecutive year at The Bleeding Heart Restaurant just off Hatton Garden on Thursday 17th February.  40 Worthians from a wide range of year groups and spanning five decades sat down to an excellent three course meal in the Terrace Room, using the opportunity to network and to catch up with old friends.

News Submitted – January 2011

News Submitted – January 2011

Our grateful thanks to Eddie Robinson (B’89) and Ben Babington (G’96)who organised Worth Society’s third “Call My Bluff” Wine tasting evening which was held at The Prince Albert in Battersea on Thursday 27th January.  This popular event was attended by 33 Worthians includingOwen Lean (C’01) who entertained everyone with his ‘street magic’.  In true Worth style, everyone entered wholeheartedly into the spirit of the evening and not much could be remembered by the end!

Peter Gilbert (R’68) is delighted to inform Worthians that his new book, “Spirituality and Mental Health”, will be published by Pavilion in early March.  It is an edited work, with 23 chapters by a range of experienced and inspirational writers.  The book considers perspectives from Childhood to Older Age and to our ultimate challenge of death.  The work also tackles challenging issues around culture and sexuality; and assists with guidance on mindfullness, recovery and reflective practice. There are specific chapters on education, and bringing the issues forward with the workforce in vital services.

Congratulations to Anthony Sheperd (B’75) who received an MVO in the New Year’s Honours List for his work as head of the Outward Bound Centre in Loch Eil, Inverness-shire.

Ambrose Rigby, a former pupil and Counsellor at the school, died during the holiday period.  Please pray for the repose of Ambrose’s soul.

 

News Submitted – December 2010

News Submitted – December 2010

We are very excited that the first Worth Society Event for 2011 will be the first Worthian all-girls Reunion.  Jessica Coffin (StM’10) is helping to co-ordinate a gathering of St Mary’s 2010 Leavers’ on Friday 7th January at Worth School, where attendees will enjoy a three-course meal in the Cowdray Room followed by coffee in St Mary’s.

We are very sad to report the death of Giles Gleadell who was educated at Worth Abbey and Downside.  He was 68 and died peacefully at his home in Winsham, near Chard, from bone cancer on the 11th December 2010.  May he rest in peace.

News Submitted – November 2010

News Submitted – November 2010

Congratulations to Ben Hancock (G’90) and Linda on the birth of Daphne Charlotte Poppy, born on the 14th November 2010.

Many congratulations to Richard Hook (B’92) and Di on the safe arrival of their first son, Elliot James Hook who was born at 6.09 pm on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 weighing in at 7 pounds 12oz.  All safely at home and doing well – if a little tired!

Our thanks to Ken Ross (G’65) for organising the Autumn Meeting for the Worth Salver on  Sunday 21st November 2010 held at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5LR.  A good cohort of Worthians and past Staff members – James Blake, Phillip Davey, Peter Gottelier, Nicholas Barnett, Hugh Bett, Patrick Davey, James Ambrose, Paul Moran, Dominic Pasqua, Glenn Robertson, Matthew Wood, Mike Margrett and Greg Pickard – were joined by Abbot Kevin for an excellent day’s Golf.

James Cockburn, who was Head of Art at Worth School from 1980 to 1990, has been in touch about the exhibition of his pottery he is holding at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD on Thursday 18th November 2010 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  Worthians are most welcome to attend.

Our thanks to Simon Gabriel (C’90) for organising the 20-year gathering of his peer group from the Class of 1985-90.  26 gathered in the Cowdray Room at Worth School on Saturday 6th November for a three-course sit-down lunch including Fr Luke, Fr James, Jeremy Dowling, Paul Miller and Keith Owers -and guest appearances from Abbot Kevin and Fr Charles.  They all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon concluding with a tour of the School and left in awe of “all the changes made since their days at Worth!”

News Submitted – September 2010

News Submitted – September 2010

Worth Society hosted its first business networking event for recent School and University Leavers on Wednesday 22nd September 2010 at The Samuel Pepys Bar & Restaurant, Stew Lane, Off Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3PT to great acclaim.  Howard Brookman (G’93) wrote : “Just a quick note to extend my thanks to those involved in the organisation of the Worthians City Networking Event earlier this week.  It was an enjoyable evening and a great opportunity to be back in contact with some old friends and to meet some new faces.  It’s an event that I hope will be repeated in the future.”

Our thanks to Charles Hooper (C’80) for all his sterling efforts in organising and getting together 47 of his peer group to attend the Class of 1975-80 30-Year Reunion which was held on Friday 17th September 2010 at the Dining Room, Soho 21, 21 Old Compton Street, London W1.  They were joined by Abbot Kevin, Fr Stephen and Keith Owers and had a great evening catching up on ‘old times’.

More than 750 well-wishers, including a representative of the Papal Nuncio, a Cardinal, Abbots of other monasteries, Bishop John Hind of Chichester and dozens of clergy, flocked to Worth Abbey on Saturday 11th September to witness Dom Kevin Taggart’s formal installation as the monastery’s fifth Abbot.  Abbot Kevin, 79, was elected by the 25-strong Worth monastic community on the 2nd June 2010.  During the Blessing, Abbot Kevin made solemn promises to lead the Monastic Community in their lives of prayer and work and to watch over them as their father. He joked to the packed congregation, “I am a bit bemused at my time of life to be elected as Abbot.”

Many congratulations to Toby Rumford (R’95) on his engagement to Floriane Heutsch in August 2010.

News Submitted – August 2010

News Submitted – August 2010

Our thanks to Jamie Bruce (R’04) for co-ordinating a team of 17 Worthians to take part in the Conk-Cunis National Under 21 RFC Festival on Monday 30th August.  The Worthians lost in the main competition to Dulwich (as they did last year) but successfully reached the quarter final of the Plate.

Many congratulations to Felix Sainsbury-Martinez (C’09) who has been awarded a Dean’s Commendation after an excellent first year reading Natural Sciences at Exeter University.

News Submitted – July 2010

News Submitted – July 2010

Many congratulations to Patrick Doyle (B’92) and his wife, Sarah, on the birth of Daniel.  He weighed in at a healthy 7lb 15oz boy and joins older sister Evie.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Tim Davies (C’10) and William Brenninkmeyer (StB’10) who successfully summited Mont Blanc the week after leaving Worth School.  It took them 6 hours to reach the summit from the Aiguille du Midi and then 4 hours 15 minutes to return back down to the same spot.They were partly sponsored by Worth Society and climbed in support of LUPUS UK and The Alzheimer’s Society.

News Submitted – June 2010

News Submitted – June 2010

Worth Society has launched the Worthians Group on LinkedIn as a business networking vehicle for members of the Worthian community.  Over 500 Worthians have already joined this network and are taking advantage of the facility.  If you are not part of the Worthians Group and would like to apply to join, then please e-mail Olivia Henley atworthsociety@worth.org.uk.

Matthew Burnford (StB’77) is undertaking a 1,000 mile cycle ride through France in August 2010 to raise money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Unit at King’s College, London.  Matthew is raising the money in memory of Goochy Watts whose husband, Andrew, once flew an Army helicopter to Worth and took Father Stephen up for a spin!  The link to the charity is :https://breakthrough.tributefunds.com/GoochyWatts and Matthew would be very grateful for support from any Worthian who would like to help him in his quest to raise £5,000 for this worthy cause

Many congratulations to Michael Spencer (B’72), founder and CEO of ICAP, who has been awarded Ernst and Young’s “Global Entrepreneur of the Year” 2010 award.  To read more visit :http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance.html

Congratulations to our Worthian golfers who were yet again victorious in winning the Russell Bowl (the Catholic public schools golfing trophy) for the second successive year.  The event was held at Woking on Sunday 6th June 2010 – a 36 holes scratch foursomes.  The team comprised:  Philip (F’02) and Patrick Davey (F’01), Peter Gottelier (R’70),  Simon Jones (StB’98), Will Kelly (F’02) and Ken Ross (G’65) – so they represented a good span across the Worthian age rankings!

Following an Abbatical Election on Wednesday 2nd June, Fr Kevin Taggart has been elected Abbot of Worth with immediate effect.  Click here to read more

News Submitted – May 2010

News Submitted – May 2010

Many congratulations to Alex Hiam (C’07) who has just finished at Bristol University and has been offered a place to study Music at New College Oxford.

News Submitted – April 2010

News Submitted – April 2010

Congratulations to Gavin Chase (C’01) who has just attained teacher status via a PGCE and is starting a post from September 2010 at The Warwick School in Redhill as History and RS teacher.

Many congratulations to Mark Collini (StB’89) and Alexandra Finch on their engagement on the 28th March 2010.

News Submitted – March 2010

News Submitted – March 2010

Gino Carminati, Headmaster at Worth School, is delighted to announce that Worthian, Patrick Doyle (B’92) has been appointed as Deputy Head Pastoral with effect from the 1st September 2010.

Raphael Coman (B’95) would like to inform Worthians that he has opened an accounting business in South London called Coman & Co.  Please do feel to contact him at Coman & Co on Tel : 020 8653 4454 or e-mail : enquiries@comanandco.co.uk for further information.

This summer Fraser Moyle (R’08), along with other students from York, will be trekking his way up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in aid of Childreach International, the innovative children’s charity that works with local communities in some of the world’s poorest regions, helping them give their children a brighter future.  If you would like to help him in his quest to raise £3,000, then please do visit :http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FraserMoyle where you can donate on-line.

Daniel Grace (F’05) and two of his friends who are studying Medicine at King’s College London with him, have recorded the Kings for Haiti Album in order to raise money for the DEC following the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti.   As students they were wondering what they could do to help make a difference, and this record is the end result.  There are two songs, a cover of “Let it Be” by the Beatles and an original song called “The Sun Will Rise Again.” Please do visit :http://www.kingsforhaiti.co.uk/ where you can buy their music – all profits will go directly to the DEC.  The album is available from Amazon.co.uk’s mp3 store or itunes.

News Submitted – February 2010

News Submitted – February 2010

You may have read about Andy Carroll’s (R’81) cycling exploits in the 08/09 issue of The Blue Paper where he cycled across the Alps for charity.  Well, on the 23rd June 2010 he is going to embark on a further cycle challenge over the Alps with ‘The Fireflies’ in order to raise money for Leuka – the charity that raises money for Leukaemia Research at the Catherine Lewis Centre at The Hammersmith Hospital.  He is covering his own expenses and is looking to raise a minimum of £2,000 which will go directly to the hospital.  If you would like to support him, than please do visit his JustGiving page at : http://www.justgiving.com/TenaciousFox

Oliver (S’98) and Sam Barnett (C’97) will be undertaking the Marathon des Sables in April 2010.  Described as the toughest foot race on earth, it comprises the equivalent of 6 marathons (150 miles) in 7 days across the Sahara Desert – one of the stages is a 50-mile effort.  If the heat (averaging 40 degrees centigrade) and the distance are not sufficient tests of their resolve, they will be carrying all their kit (sleeping bag, food, venom pump!) other than water (which is strictly rationed to 9 litres a day) for the duration.  If you have the time, do read Ben Fogle’s account of the event at : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/04/26/ft26.xml   The brothers are raising money for an amazing charity called Take Heart India, which is focused on practical education projects in India.  Take Heart’s belief is in empowering people via education, thereby allowing them to achieve a sustainable way of life through their own efforts as opposed to living off handouts.  Because the charity doesn’t employ a single person, 100% of the proceeds go to the education projects, which will also be the case with Oliver and Sam’s fundraising.  Do visit the charity’s website at :http://www.takeheartindia.org/main.htm and consider supporting Oliver and Sam in their fundraising efforts by visiting their JustGiving page at :http://www.justgiving.com/Ollie-and-Sam-Barnett.

Do please consider supporting Giles Heather (F’03) in his fundraising efforts for The Lymphoma Association – a charity very close to his heart.  He will be running with Mark Lane (F’03) in both the Brighton and London Marathons in April 2010 for this very worthwhile cause. To sponsor Giles, please visit his Just Giving page at :http://www.justgiving.com/Giles-Heather-marathons.

Congratulations to Alistair Myles (G’99) who is engaged to Zia Dottridge (an old Mayfield girl).  The happy couple, who are pictured above, got engaged on the 15th January 2010 and their wedding is planned for the 28th May 2011.

News Submitted – January 2010

News Submitted – January 2010

Congratulations to Julian Gairdner (StB’89) and Melissa who have had a son, Frederick (Freddie) James Temple, born on the 28th December 2009 – a brother, and someone to wrestle, for Olly.

We have just heard that Paul Leahu (B’71) died recently.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and two children who live in Madrid where Paul lived for the past 25 years.

Congratulations to Andrew Micallef-Eynaud (B’96) and Katia who had a son, William, born on 20th December 2009 in Australia, where they moved in February 2009.  Andrew is pictured above with baby William.

Congratulations to Anthony Haggar (G’93) who is marrying Maria Luz Porcella on Sunday 14th February 2010 in the Dominican Republic - Maria’s home.

News from Alan Mitchell, Director of Pastoral Care here at Worth – his son, Tom Mitchell (F’07), has been selected for the English Universities Rugby Squad and is going out to Lisbon, Portugal with them on the 27th January 2010.  Tom is currently in his second year at Bristol University studying English and Philosophy.

News Submitted – December 2009

News Submitted – December 2009

Worthian, Robert Bathurst (R’75) - well known to television and theatre audiences with credits including Cold Feet, Hornblower and My Dad’s the Prime Minister - will be touring in the New Year with Noel Coward’s classic comedy ‘Present Laughter’.  You can see ‘Present Laughter’ at the Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 25th - Saturday 30th January 2010, with Robert starring as the successful and self-obsessed actor, Garry Essendine.  If you are interested in going to see him in this production, then do please visit the following link for further details and to purchase tickets :

http://www.ambassadortickets.com/1471/664/Brighton/Theatre-Royal-Brighton/Present-Laughter

News Submitted – November 2009

News Submitted – November 2009

Many congratulations to Nick Mifsud (C’87) and Sophie on the birth of Edward Robert who was born on 6th November 2009, weighing in at 7 lb 13 oz – a brother for Thomas, who is slightly confused and apprehensive about his new big brother role but is gradually getting used to it!

News Submitted – September 2009

News Submitted – September 2009

Congratulations to all Worthians who took part in the Cronk-Cunis Under 21s Rugby Tournament which took place on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2009.  The boys did exceptionally well with a turn-out of more than 24 – and on time!  They beat Gordonstoun 5-0 in the first round, then Tonbridge 6-5 (who had been undefeated for their last 30 school matches) and then lost in the Quarter Finals to Dulwich.  Dulwich were extremely strong and were the only team to trouble the eventual Tournament winners – St Benedicts Ealing, taking them to extra time in the Semi Finals.

News Submitted – August 2009

News Submitted – August 2009

Giles Maskell (G’72) has been appointed as the new Director of Cancer Services at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.  The announcement was made in June 2009.  He is a consultant radiologist based at Treliske and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and will hold the role for the next 18 months.

Julian Tang (G’93) and family (pictured above) are delighted to announce the birth of Gabriella Wei Tze Tang, 6lb 2oz, born on the evening of 19th August 2009 at Women’s Hospital Vancouver.  Mother and baby are doing very well and the children are thrilled with their brand new baby sister!

Martyn Powys-Lybbe has written a biography on his late wife, Anne Powys-Lybbe for the interest of her family and friends and all those who remember her during her time here at Worth School.  The biography can be viewed at http://amir.webhop.net/anne/AnneBiogAPL.doc

The Blue Paper 08/09 Issue Now Available
The 08/09 issue of The Blue Paper is available from the Worth Society office and was despatched to all members in July 2009. If you haven’t received your copy, it could be that your membership to Worth Society has lapsed so, if you’re interested in receiving a copy, don’t hesitate to contact Olivia Henley on admin@worthsociety.org.uk to find out more.

Many congratulations to James Baybutt (StB’99) who married Elizabeth Skerrett on Saturday 22nd August 2009 at Our Lady & St Thomas Cathedral in Northampton.  His best man was Jules (Julian) Staveley (stB’99) and his ushers included his two brothers, Edward (StB’97) and Charles Baybutt (StB’00), and Matthew Grinsted  (StB’99).

Congratulations to Tom Carter (C’99) who married Hannah Sollars in July 2009.

Congratulations to Richard Hook (B’92) who married Diane Hayne in July 2009.

You will be saddened to hear of the sudden death of Dr Michael Robinson, who many of you will remember as Head of Physics and Careers Advisor during the many years he taught at Worth School during the late 60s, 70s and 80s.  He died on Sunday 2nd August 2009.   May he rest in peace.  “A Celebration of the Living Memory of Mike Robinson” will be held on Wednesday 26th August 2009 at St. Paul’s Church, Honiton, Devon at 2.00 pm followed by refreshments in the Mackarness Hall which is adjacent to the Church.  Everyone is welcome.  This follows a private cremation, for family only, which is to be held earlier on the same day.  Any enquiries should be made directly with the undertakers – Shoobridge on 01404 41424.  Donations are invited in Mike’s memory to Survival International, Amnesty International or the Gardeners’ Benevolent Society.

News Submitted – July 2009

News Submitted – July 2009

We are deeply saddened to report the death of Henry Surtees (’09) in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch on Sunday 19th July.  Henry, who had just completed A Levels in Economics, ICT and Biology, was a keen sportsman and was passionate about motor racing. He was a popular and positive member of the Sixth Form who succeeded in combining his studies with a busy racing schedule.  He was just beginning his gap year prior to studying Management at University.  He will be greatly missed by the entire Worth community.  We send our condolences to his family and pray for the repose of his soul.  For those wishing to contact the school regarding Henry, please contact Director of Studies, Mrs Anne Lynch, tel: 01342 710208, email: alynch@worth.org.uk

 

News Submitted – June 2009

News Submitted – June 2009

Many congratulations to Darren Jones (StB’04) who got a First at Kent University – a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours.  This was a four year course with one year spent working with Siemens in Dubai.   He is currently celebrating with brother, Craig and girlfriends in Cornwall, and has yet to decide his future!

We are absolutely delighted to report report that the Worthians Golfing Team has succeeded in winning the Russell Bowl Trophy for the second time!  The scores were Ampleforth 78, Downside 79, Stonyhurst 58, and Worth 76 in the morning.  After a ‘severe talking to’, the scores in the afternoon were Ampleforth 80, Downside 80, Stonyhurst 53 and Worth 91.  To find out more detail and individual scores, please visit the golf section of this website

Many congratulations to Murray Shanks (R’77) who has been appointed as a Circuit Judge for the South East with effect from the 17th June 2009.

We have just heard about the death of Johnny Hoyle (C’65) who died peacefully after a long illness on Monday 1st June 2009, aged 61 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

News Submitted – May 2009

News Submitted – May 2009

Congratulations to Mel Carson (B’90) who is engaged to Ashley Seffernick.  They are pictured (above) in front of Haytor – the spot where Mel proposed – on Dartmoor in Devon and are getting married in Seattle

News Submitted – April 2009

News Submitted – April 2009

Simon Gordon (StB’74) has completed work on the outside terrace area of his bar, Gordon’s Wine Bar.  It now has additional seating for 80 people under awnings with heaters.  You can find Gordon’s Wine Bar just off Villiers Street, London WC2.  Do visit www.gordonswinebar.com for more information or even better, just drop in for a drink!

Charles Grieve (StB’70) has been out of touch for a long time and recently sent us an update on what he has been up to.  He is living in Hong Kong and summer finds him and his family visiting their house in Turkey, near Bodrum.  Charles would be delighted to see Worthians either in Hong Kong or Turkey, and he would be very happy to make their house in Turkey available to Worthians as it is empty for much of the year.   If you are interested in finding out more, you can make contact with him via Olivia Henley at admin@worthsociety.org.uk.

Congratulations to Ben Hancock (G’90) who is engaged to Linda Henrysson.  They are getting married in November 2009.

News Submitted – March 2009

News Submitted – March 2009

Rob Carson (G’94) is raising money again for the OMV holiday camp for disabled children that he established in Ireland.  To raise additional cash he is going to climb Croagh Patrick with PJ Bailey (R’95) three times in one day (holy mountain, Catholic charity, etc!).  If you are interested in supporting Rob, you can find his fundraising page atwww.justgiving.com/holidaycamp.

News Submitted – February 2009

News Submitted – February 2009

Martin Powys Lybbe, who taught at Worth School for many years, has asked that we inform you of the very sad news of the death of his wife, Anne.  She died on Monday 9th February 2009.  Many of you will remember her as a vital figure in your lives during your time here at Worth School.  Anne’s funeral took place at 10.30am on Tuesday 17th February 2009 at St Pauls Church, Hazelgrove Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3PQ.  We ask you to remember Anne and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to Fr Martin McGee who has recently published his book “Christian Martyrs for a Muslim People” which tells the inspiring story of the nineteen Algerian martyrs – priests, sisters and Bishop Claverie of Oran – who were assassinated by Muslim fundamentalists between 1994-1996.  The story of the Algerian martyrs has a direct link with Worth as Fr John MacWilliam (StB’66), a Worthian and White Father, was sent to re-open the White Fathers’ house in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria following the assassination of the four White Fathers who had been resident there.  For copies of the book and further information please e-mail Fr Martin at mmcgee@worth.org.uk

News Submitted – November 2009

News Submitted – November 2009

Congratulations to Richard Lynton-Jones (StB’97) who is engaged to Tania Letts and is now the proud dad of a little boy, Jacob Dylan who was born on the 15th May 2008.  He is pictured above with Tania and Jacob.

News Submitted – October 2008

News Submitted – October 2008

Congratulations to Paddy Lynch (C’92) who married Geraldine Coleman on Saturday 11th October 2008 in Foxford County Mayo.  They met in Lourdes on the Order of Malta Volunteers pilgrimage.  Paddy’s brother, James (StB’94) was best man and Fr Luke preached at the wedding.  Of the seven Worthians present, three were married and all had met their wives in Lourdes (also on the Order of Malta Volunteers pilgrimage).  They were Helen and Pete Cole (C’92), Caroline and Will Loden (C’93), Sophie and Ben Nickell (B’94).  The happy couple are pictured above with the Worthian contingent who attended their wedding.

The date for our first Worthians Football Match has been finalised!  It will take place on Sunday 4th January 2009, here at Worth School, and will be co-ordinated by Andrew Taylor.  If you’d like to find out more, then please go to  Worthians Football , or e-mail Olivia Henley atadmin@worthsociety.org.uk

 

News Submitted – September 2008

News Submitted – September 2008

Around 150 people attended the funeral of Ambrose Bristow on the 24th September 2008 at Worth Abbey.  Fr Kevin presided and preached and Frs Stephen, Bede, Charles, Martin and Philip concelebrated.  Humphrey Berridge composed and read the Bidding Prayers and Mike Robinson did an excellent eulogy after Communion.  The internment was at Turners Hill Church where Ambrose is buried close to Russell.  Past Worth School staff members who attended included Fred and Anne Belcher, Humphrey Berridge, Ian Bonner, Norma Cheshire, John Denman, Evonne Gubbin, Pat and Frank Kelley, Eileen and Jim Knight, Keith and Gilly Owers, Mike Robinson, Philip Robinson, David Smith, Roger Stokes and Guy Teasdale.  Worthians included Matthew Bullen(B’97), Dominic Gordon (StB’83), Jeremy Jenkins (G’84) and Marc Wiehe (R’88).  The Hamshaw-Thomas parents came up from Dorset and Matthew Bullen’s parents were also there.

Ambrose Bristow died on Saturday 13th September 2008 after a long struggle against cancer.   Some of your will remember him as a master here at Worth.   His funeral took place at 2pm on Wednesday 24th September at Worth Abbey and many Worthians attended.  We ask you to remember Ambrose and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

News Submitted – August 2008

News Submitted – August 2008

Anne Powys-Lybbe Your thoughts and prayers for Anne – wife of Martin Powys-Lybbe who taught at the school for many years – would be most opportune at this time.  Anne has been in hospital and is now convalescing after a complicated condition.  Many Worthians will remember her as a vital figure in their lives during their time here at Worth.

Congratulations to John Mocatta (B’80) who is engaged to Nichola Wood.  They will be getting married in December.

Congratulations to Ben Hancock (G’90) who is engaged to Linda.  They are getting married in November.

Congratulations to Andrew Bayles (B’98) who is engaged to Maeve Mulcahy.  They are getting married in June 2009 in Ireland.

News Submitted – July 2008

News Submitted – July 2008

Angus Husband (R’68) died on the 29th June 2008, aged 57.  We ask you to remember Angus and his family in your prayers.

James McAdam (StB’05) has just graduated from Birmingham University with a 2:1 in Economics and is due to start at KPMG Birmingham in September 2008.

Ian George (C’81) and Jennifer are delighted to announce the arrival of a baby girl, Aimee Mendes on the 22nd April 2008. Both mother and baby are doing fine.

News Submitted – June 2008

News Submitted – June 2008

Neil Laughton (C’82) and Caroline are delighted to announce the arrival of Scarlett, a beautiful sister for Oscar, on Monday 23rd June, weighing in at a bit over 7lbs with dark brown hair and a healthy set of lungs! Mother and daughter are settling well into their new country life.

Tori and Christopher Martin (R’85) are delighted to announce the arrival of twin girls – Isobel and Stella – on 31st May 2008

Countdown to the Girls’ Arrival - Three important benchmarks have been reached in the path towards the introduction of girls to Worth School on Tuesday 2nd September 2008.

Worth ’75 : A Celebration of Worth’s Past, Present and Future - The 28th September 2008 marks the start of a full year of celebrations in the diverse and colourful history of Worth School.

News Submitted – May 2008

News Submitted – May 2008

James Pontifex (C’63) has a cottage and studio flat to let in the Buda Hills, Budapest, Hungary.  Worthians are guaranteed both a warm welcome and friendly advice on exploring this fascinating city and country.  Please feel free to visit the website for full details :http://www.orchardsviews.com/ or e-mail info@pontifex.hu.

Fra’ Andrew Bertie’s UK Memorial Service - was held at the Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7 on Tuesday 22nd April.  Go to the Events Archive section to read more about the Service and to view the Obituary written by Father Stephen Ortiger

News Submitted – April 2008

News Submitted – April 2008

St Benedict’s Day Mass - was celebrated by Father Kevin on Thursday 10th April at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NB.  Go to the Events Archive section to see a list of people who attended and photographs from post-Mass drinks.

News Submitted – March 2008

News Submitted – March 2008

WOBS City Lunch - was held on Thursday 28th February 2008 at Bow Wine Vault, 10 Bow churchyard, London EC4M 9DQ.  Go to the Events Archive section to read a Review, see the list of Attendees and view photographs from the Event.

News Submitted – February 2008

News Submitted – February 2008

Fra Andrew Bertie RIP - you will be saddened to hear of the passing away of Fra Andrew Bertie, who some of you will remember as a teacher of Modern Languages and Assistant Housemaster of Gervase at Worth School.  He died on Thursday 7th February 2008.  May he rest in peace.  His UK Memorial Service was held on Tuesday 22nd April 2008 at Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7 1EX.  See the Events Archive section for further information.

Congratulations to Julian Gairdner (StB’89) who is engaged to Melissa Fuentes. The wedding is scheduled for July 2008.

Congratulations to Jessica and Carrado Di Mascio (R’96) on the birth of Isabella Florence who was born on Saturday 12th January 2008 weighing 6lb 4.5oz.  Carrado is pictured with Isabella below :

Announcements_-_Corrado_di_Mascio_baby

Congratulations to Christopher Lamb (R’01)  who married Isabel on 12th January 2008 at Westminster Cathedral.  There was a large Worth contingent present on the day – Abbott Christopher officiated and Michael Oakley attended with the Worth Abbey singers.

News Submitted – January 2008

News Submitted – January 2008

Congratulations to William Pollen (StB’94) who married Jennifer Kyte on 15th December 2007 in Hale Barns Chapel, Cheshire.

 

If you are interested in news pre-dating January 2008, then please do contact Olivia Henley at worthsociety@worth.org.uk.