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Please don’t forget to send your news, announcements, distinctions, etc for posting here to Mary Lou Burge at: worthsociety@worth.org.uk

 

News – September 2017

News – September 2017

Fr Bede Hill is posting some of his recent homilies and reflections on an online blog.  Do drop into His Page and offer your comments.

News – August 2017

News – August 2017

A Message from Fr Stephen Ortiger:

Dear, very dear, Friends, Thank you for the lovely smoke signals, many and varied, that you sent me to mark my Golden Jubilee of priesthood; I am more touched than I can say. It was wonderful to see so many of you on August 19th (“A party for Me?” thought Pooh to himself. “How grand! ”) but, whether or not you were here that particular day, your love and support over the years has been, and remains, the greatest gift that I could possibly receive; thank you, thank you and thank you, in that order. Every blessing on you and your families, now and always. Love and prayers, Fr Stephen.

If you would like to hear Fr Stephen’s homily from his Golden Jubilee Mass on 19th August 2017 then click here.

 

Our huge congratulations go to Abbot Christopher Jamison who has been elected as Abbot President by the English Benedictine Congregation in succession to Abbot Richard Yeo following the General Chapter of the EBC held at Worth last month. Abbot Christopher who was Abbot of Worth from 2002-2010 has since then worked for the Bishops of England and Wales as Director of the National Office for Vocation. “Benedictine monks and nuns have been part of English culture for over a thousand years”, said Abbot Christopher, “my brothers and sisters have elected me to lead the Congregation in these times of great challenge and great opportunity. It is an honour and I look forward to helping our monasteries of monks and nuns in fulfilling their role as schools of the Lord’s service”.

News – July 2017

News – July 2017

Some more news of an engagement,  Anthony Lamb (R’08) to Ali Crossland on 29th May 2017 in the Lake District.  Congratulations to you both.

 

Many congratulations to Oliver Ingram (B’04) and his fiancée Ekaterina who are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Abigail Ekaterina, born on 27th May 2017.

 

Some lovely news from Fred Bradley (R’04) who is pleased to announce the safe arrival of baby Olivia on 30th May 2017.  Many congratulations to him and Louise.

 

We are delighted to hear from Dominic Bosher (R’08) that he got engaged to Lizzie Normandale on 30th April 2017 whilst on holiday in Dubai.  They plan to marry in Majorca next September. Many congratulations to them both!

News – June 2017

News – June 2017

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of one of our founder pupils, Michael Clarke (G’63) RIP, who passed away on Thursday 8th June 2017.  We send our heartfelt prayers to his brothers, Timothy (G’66) and Christopher (G’68), and the rest of the family. Michael’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 12:30pm at Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate RC Church, 2 Flower Lane (just off Mill Hill Broadway), Mill Hill, London NW7 2JB. This will be followed by a burial at Hendon Cemetery, Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB.

News – May 2017

News – May 2017

The Worth Community were honoured to host the Episcopal Ordination of Fr John MacWilliam (StB’67) as Bishop of Laghouat, Algeria in the Abbey Church on Saturday 20th May 2017.  With some of Fr John’s Worthian contemporaries from 50 years ago joining many current students in the congregation it was a very proud day for Worth.

 

It was an overwhelming number of Worthians, particularly from the WOBS RFC, and many teachers and former teachers, who attended Adam Braverman’s (StB/G’05) Celebration of Life in the Abbey Church on 10th May.  Stef Reynolds (StB’05) shared the eulogy with Adam’s best friend from University, Angus Brown, and we were accompanied by a gospel choir singing some wonderfully uplifting tunes such as ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ in honour of Adam’s commitment to Worthian Rugby and ‘You’ll never walk alone’ in memory of his support of Liverpool FC.  Rest in Peace Adam.

 

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the tragic death of Adam Braverman (StB/G’05) RIP in Hong Kong on Saturday 15th April 2017.  A Celebratory Memorial will be held on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at 2:30pm in the Abbey Church here at Worth. This will be followed by refreshments and a Celebration of Adam’s Life from 4pm at The Wiremill, Wire Mill Lane, Felbridge, Surrey RH7 6HJ.  Transport will be provided from Worth.  If you would like to send any special photos or remembrance to the family please email them to photosofads@gmail.com  Charity donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Children’s Charity of Rugby, Wooden Spoon, using this Just Giving Link.

News – April 2017

News – April 2017

John-Henry Wicks (G’00) and another couple of Worthians are currently working for RFX Financial Services, a successful fintech business based in Covent Garden. They have multiple positions available in the area of client relationship/business development – for graduates to seasoned stalwarts – to join a disruptive business at an exciting juncture. To find out more contact John-Henry at jhwicks@currencywire.co.uk

 

Following Fr John MacWilliam’s (StB’67) appointment as Bishop of the diocese of Laghouat in Algeria, his Episcopal Ordination will take place in the Abbey Church at Worth on Saturday 20th May at 2pm.  Worthians are most welcome to attend.

News – March 2017

News – March 2017

David Armstrong (F’09) is running the London Marathon in April for charity ‘Embrace the Middle East’ who support health, education and community development work throughout the region.  He’d be very grateful for your sponsorship via his Justgiving Link.  We wish him the very best of Worthian luck!

 

Fr John MacWilliam (StB’67) has been appointed as Bishop of the diocese of Laghouat, covering a huge area of the Algerian Sahara.  We send him many congratulations and our prayers for his new role.

 

Will Desmond (C’09) and his wife Bexx are delighted to announce the arrival of Lucy Jane born on 15th March 2017 weighing 8 pounds and 8 ozs.  Many congratulations to them and a big welcome to Lucy.

 

The Friends of Worth are delighted to invite you to their Casablanca Ball being held on Saturday 6th May 2017. For one night only Worth will be transformed into a bar in North Africa full of 1940s glamour and intrigue – an oasis of Moroccan fun to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film.  As well as dinner and dancing, there will be cocktails, a casino, an auction and a Tree of Wishes, as well as a pianist and a photographer to capture the spirit of the evening. Tickets are £80 per person. To book go to the Friends of Worth page on the Worth School website to the section headed ‘Casablanca Ball 2017’, and if you book a table of 10 by 24th March, there’ll be a bottle of prosecco waiting for you to help get the party started.

 

Tom Hicks (B’13) is running the London Marathon this April for the Born Free Foundation, an amazing charity tackling illegal wildlife trade and conservation issues. If you would like to sponsor him then you can do so by clicking here.

News – February 2017

News – February 2017

It is with much sadness to announce that we have only just heard of the death of Christopher Brutton (C’65) RIP who passed away on 12th August 2016.  We send his family our prayers and belated condolences.

 

Matt Morley (C’09) is putting a team together for this year’s Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Team Go-Karting Challenge. Henry Surtees (C’09) was Matt’s great friend at Worth who was tragically killed in an accident just after leaving School. The Henry Surtees Foundation assists people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living, and provides education and training associated with motorsport-related programmes in technology, engineering, and road safety instruction. The team need help to raise the £1,500 entry fee so is you would like to help support them click here for their fundraising link.

News – January 2017

News – January 2017

Are you interested in volunteering to help the Homeless? St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square – the venue for our Worthian Carol Service – runs a Night Shelter every Friday providing hot meals, chat, games and a sleep-over in the warm. If you could give some time to this worthwhile project they’d love to hear from you. Call Mike Goldsmith on 07778 124270 or email him at mikeg@1025transform.co.uk

 

CALLING ALL OLD BRAMBLETYEANS!
If you attended Brambletye Prep School prior to Worth they are keen to hear from you as they are starting to plan their Centenary Celebrations for 2019. Please contact Colin Thompson at thompson_c15@sky.com with your latest contact details.

 

The latest issue of The Blue Paper has arrived!  With 84 pages of reunion and event reviews, fascinating articles and lots of news from ‘the old place’ it’s an essential read for all Worthians! You can download your copy here or purchase a copy here.

 

There will be a Memorial Service held for James Pontifex (C’63) RIP on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church, Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5JP at 12 Noon.  The celebrant will be Dom Kevin Taggart and refreshments will be provided in the Church Hall afterwards.  If you are thinking of attending please contact Michael Agius at meagius@gmail.com

News – December 2016

News – December 2016

 

Very sad news has reached us that James Pontifex (C’63) RIP, a Prep School Worthian and one of the 28 founder pupils of Worth Senior School, died peacefully on Thursday 22nd December 2016 in Hungary surrounded by his family.  We send our love and prayers to his brother, Anthony Pontifex (WPS’56), brother-in-law, Michael Agius, and all the family.

 

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 and their families and friends sang heartily with the Worth School Choir, led by Director of Music, Michael Oakley, and Abbey Organist, D’Arcy Trinkwon.  There were also readings given by Worthians spanning the six decades of the School.  All gathered afterwards in the Parish Centre for mulled wine and canapés and everyone agreed it was a magical start to the festive season.  http://www.worthschool.org.uk/latest-news-detail.php?Worthians-Carol-Service-a-huge-success—see-a-gallery-of-pictures-233 and to listen to some of the service click here: https://youtu.be/yYjhH2S2pco

 

It is with much sadness that we have been informed of the death of  John Franck (R’73) RIP who passed away suddenly on Sunday 4th December 2016.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rocio, his father Robert, brothers Alan (R’75), Richard (R’79) and Nicholas (R’83) and all the family.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday 14th December at 2pm at St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LY.

News – November 2016

News – November 2016

 

We are delighted to have Mark Spyropoulos (StB’99), the only English member of the Sistine Chapel Choir, visiting Worth for the weekend of 26-27th November.  Mark will be taking a Master Class with the School Choir and will conduct parts of the Parish Mass in the Abbey Church at 9:30am on Sunday 27th November.  All Worthians are most welcome.

News – October 2016

News – October 2016

 

Following the sudden death in September of our oldest Founder Pupil, Julian Lee (C’63), a Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Saturday 12th November 2016 in the Abbey Church at Worth.  Fellow Worthians are very warmly invited to attend.

 

We have some wonderful news to start the new month.  Tom Ballard (F’07) got engaged to Kathleen Conway, and Michael Bilbé (StB’06) also proposed to his long term girlfriend, Emma Woodward, in Edinburgh.  We wish them all huge congratulations!

 

News – September 2016

News – September 2016

 

Many congratulations to Mark Collini (StB’89) and his wife, Alex, on the birth of their daughter, Sofia Anna Rose, born on 28th September 2016 weighing 7lbs 12ozs.

 

It is with great sadness that we have been informed by Marcus Lee (G’04) of the death of his father, Julian Lee (C’64) RIP, one of our founder pupils, who passed away suddenly on Thursday 22nd September 2016.  We send Marcus and all the family our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

 

Corrado di Mascio (R’96), a DC with the Met Police, came back to Worth to give an enlightening talk to students about staying safe online.  He was keen to stress the benefits of the world wide web – particularly as a resource and a learning tool – but also how important it was to be aware of the dangers that are about and what individuals should do if they sense something is not right.

 

Simon Crane’s (’70) debut novel, The Secret Broker, will be published by Quartet Books on 22nd September.  A captivating thriller set across Asia, North America and Europe tells the story of Luca Voss’s fight against dark forces conspiring to start a nuclear war.

 

Stefan Reynolds (G’89) is inviting Worthians to the launch of his new book Living with the Mind of Christ.  This will be held on Wednesday 7th September from 7pm at The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX. meditatio@wccm.org

 

Robert Bathurst (R’75) is back on our TV screens in his role as David in ITV’s Cold Feet from Monday 5th September – top of our autumn viewing schedule!

 

News – August 2016

News – August 2016

 

Its been a busy month for Worthian weddings; Marcus Lee (StB’04) married Megan Williams in Chipping Campden on Friday 5th August; Charles Birchall (R’03) married Jessica Heaney on Saturday 6th August in Wimbledon; and Hugh Bonn (G’02) married Miranda Hicks in Jersey on Saturday 13th August.  Fr Kevin officiated at all three!

 

Tim Davies has news of an exciting adventure for Worthians. Do you fancy joining him this September for a week of sweeping panoramas, plunging canyons and rich Andalusian culture? His expedition company will be walking the epic desert Badlands of Gorafe – Spain’s answer to the Wild West – assisted by rare Andalusian donkeys and fuelled by delicious Andalusian cooking with a traditional evening of flamenco to finish. All levels of experience welcome. For more information contact Sam or Tim at info@sam-mcconnell-expeditions.com or pop along to hear more at 6:30pm on Thursday 1st September at the Warwick Castle Pub, 6 Warwick Place, Maida Vale, London W9 2PX.

 

We send massive congratulations to Tom Mitchell (F’07) who captained the Team GB Rugby Sevens Olympic Team to win a Silver Medal on 11th August in Rio losing out to Gold due to a powerful performance from Fiji.  We are hugely proud of you Tom, our very first Olympic Champion!

 

Ewan Clayton (C’75), who has an MBE for services to Calligraphy, recently gave a fascinating lecture discussing if writing will survive the digital transformation of our culture.  You can view this here.

 

After serving their delicious meatballs out of a vintage truck, Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi (B’04) have now opened a restaurant, Belpassi Bros, at 70 Tooting High Street, London Sw17.  To celebrate this they are offering free meatballs to punters on Saturday 27th August between 5pm and 6pm!

 

We are hugely proud to hear that Tom Mitchell (F’07) will Captain Team GB’s Rugby Sevens  Team at the Rio Olympics.  We wish him and the rest of the team lots of Worthian luck!

News – July 2016

News – July 2016

 

We have been informed by Peter Strigner (C’71) of the sad news of the death of his brother Andrew Strigner (C’69) RIP who died on 16th April 2016 at the age of 65.

 

If you attended St Philip’s Prep School, London SW7, before coming to Worth their newly formed alumni association are keen to hear from you. Please do get in touch by emailing stphilips.oba@gmail.com

 

A huge thank you to James Padolsey  (R’08), Kitty Gibson (StA’12), Mark Churchman (C’02) and Angus Lam (R’06) who came along to the School’s Careers Fair on Saturday 2nd July 2016 to talk to current Worth students about their careers in IT, Marketing, Law & Economics respectively.

News – June 2016

News – June 2016

 

We are delighted to hear news from Simon Ross (G’98) and his wife Rebecca of the birth of their daughter Isabella Ann on 22 June 2016.

News – May 2016

News – May 2016

 

We have been informed of the very sad news of the death of David Francombe (B’85) RIP, aged 49, who died in an aircraft accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday 16th May 2016.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

 

James Longman (B’05), ex Head Boy and now BBC journalist, made an extremely moving and personal, yet incredibly informative, feature on mental health which was shown on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on 11th May.  To read more about it click here.

 

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Fr Dominic Rolls (StB’81) RIP, aged 52, who passed away on Friday 29th April 2016 after a battle with cancer.  His Funeral Mass will be held in the Abbey Church at Worth on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 12 Noon.

 

Mel Carson (B’90) has recently published a short ebook, An Introduction to Personal Branding; 10 steps toward a new professional you.  Available to download now from Amazon.

News – April 2016

News – April 2016

 

On Friday 29th April, Lorenzo Curci (B’00), Alistair Stirling (B’00), Hugo Sanders (R’00) and James Pymont (B’00) are taking on the audacious challenge of taking Citi bikes (at 23 kilos each) from London and riding them up Alpe d’Huez, one of France’s toughest climbs, in 24 hours, or face a fine of £150 from Transport for London’s Cycle Scheme!  This is all in aid of The Stroke Association and the National Brain Appeal.  If you would like to help them reach their target of £50,000 you can sponsor them at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Huez24hr  We wish them the very best of Worthian luck!

 

Worth School Choir were honoured to be the first British school choir to perform alongside the prestigious Sistine Chapel Singers in St Peter’s Rome at the Jubilee Mass for Young People on Sunday 24th April.   It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved and was organised thanks to Worthian, Mark Spyropoulos (StB’99), who is the first Brit to be a permanent member of the Sistine Chapel Choir.  To watch the mass do click on this link https://youtu.be/GZAOHhI7YGo

 

Thomas Ludicke (B’09) is delighted to announce his engagement on 20th February 2016 to Theresa-Maria Werner of Aschbach, Bavaria.

 

It is with much sadness that we have been informed of the death of ex staff member Professor Declan Anderson RIP on 27th March 2016.  Professor Anderson taught silversmithing in the School from 1990 to 2003.  We send our love and deepest sympathy to his family.

 

 

News – March 2016

News – March 2016

 

A Message from the Henry Surtees Foundation: Buckmore Park will be welcoming Formula Kart Stars for their Championship on 9-10th April. Spectators are welcome and tickets are free!  Click here for more information.

 

Mike Matthews (B’99) is delighted to announce the safe arrival of Lucy Olivia Matthews on Sunday 6th March, weighing in at 7lbs 2oz.  Many congratulations to all the family.

News – February 2016

News – February 2016

 

Many congratulations to James Maxwell-Scott (R’89) who was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel on 22nd February.

 

Anthony Ward-Thomas (B’76) has sadly had to pull out of his Atlantic pedal crossing due to illness. However he and his fellow challenger, James Ketchell, have raised a staggering £41,500 for Naomi House Hospice. A huge well done chaps! To find out more click here.

 

Otto Orssten (StB’15) will be taking part in a once in a life time challenge this summer for charity Childreach International by doing a 9 day trek of The Great Wall of China.  If you would like to help him raise his target of  £2,985 to help improve healthcare, children’s’ rights and education on a global scale you can donate via this link to his My Donate page.

 

In case you didn’t spot Tim Dewberry (StB’99) starring in the last episode of BBC’s War & Peace, you can catch up by clicking on this link: https://vimeo.com/user6687327

 

Very sad news of two recent Worthian deaths; Francis Ormsby-Gore (G’72) RIP, Lord Harlech, died on Monday 1st February 2016 at the age of 61.  He is survived by his children, Jasset and Tallulah.

Fabian Aiken (StB’84) RIP passed peacefully away on Saturday 6th February 2016, aged 49, after a long illness.  We send our love and prayers to his wife, Annette, and all the family.  His funeral will take place on Friday 19th February 2016 at 12:30pm at St John the Baptist Church, High Street, Penshurst, Kent TN11 8BL.

 

Entries are now open for the Fifth Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Team Challenge taking place on Tuesday 5th July 2016. Organised every year by John Surtees CBE in memory of his Worthian son, Henry, this will be held again at the iconic Mercedes-Benz World and is free to spectate. 35 teams compete in a challenging 2 hour endurance race in Daytona High-Performance two-stroke DMAX Karts followed by a prize-giving Champagne and canape reception.  If you would like to organise a team and compete, or just attend the reception you can book here http://www.henrysurteesfoundation.com/?page_id=1148

 

News – January 2016

News – January 2016

 

Anthony Ward-Thomas (B’76) is about to embark on an incredible, never been done before challenge.  He and a team-mate will pedal, row and kite 2930 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from The Canary Islands to Antigua – the same route Christopher Columbus took to discover the Americas.  This is all to raise funds for Naomi House Hospice for children and young adults.  We wish him the best of Worthian luck!  You can help him reach the target of £100,000 by donating via their website www.pedaltheocean.co.uk where you can also track his progress.

 

Worth School are currently looking for two graduates to fill term-time only, residential positions for Sept 2016 to July 2017.  Would suit young Worthian graduates who are interested in a career in teaching.  Check the school website for further information.  The closing date is Wednesday 27th January 2016.

 

Tom Hammond-Davies (C’03) has some lovely concerts lined up for February with his choir, The Oxford Bach Soloists, at New College Chapel, Oxford. On Sunday 7th February at 3:15pm they will perform pieces from Cantatas for Quinquagesima, and on Sunday 28th February at 3:15pm they will be performing some Motets & Cantata for Oculi. More information and tickets can be found at www.OxfordBachSoloists.com

 

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Michael Boyd (R’66) RIP who passed away on Saturday 26th December 2015.  We send our heartfelt prayers to his wife, Hatsue, and all the family.

 

It is with much sadness that we have been informed of the death of Richard Vinycomb RIP who taught Maths here at Worth for 20 years.  He passed away on Sunday 3rd January 2016 and his funeral mass will be held in the Abbey Church at 2pm on Thursday 28th January 2016.  Join us in sending our love and prayers to his family.

News – December 2015

News – December 2015

 

The Henry Surtees Foundation Christmas Newsletter 2015 – Message from John Surtees:  First of all let me wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year: 2015 has seen its ups and downs however everyone at the HSF deserves a pat on the back for the sterling work achieved during this very busy year raising not just funds, but awareness too! My sincere thanks also to the faithful sponsors and supporters as without them we would not be able to continue our work in helping those who have suffered head trauma and other serious accidents. 2016 will see another year and another great step forward for the foundation with plans afoot to… (watch this space!). In the meantime here are some key events already planned: Hever Castle Father’s Day event – 19 June 2016; Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Karting Challenge at Mercedes-Benz World (date to be agreed soon); Henry Surtees Challenge at Buckmore Park 26 October 2016.

 

As you may already be aware, a formal process is underway to see Andrew Bertie (who taught languages here at Worth between 1960 and 1983) be made a Saint, following his work as Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.  The Cause of Beatification is developing very well and is now at the stage of the ‘witness’.  There is a questionnaire available to anybody who thinks they may have information and reports about his time here at Worth that might help the cause.  If you feel you have something to contribute and would like to help then do please email me at worthsociety@worth.org.uk and I’ll pass your details on to the Postulator in Rome.

 

It has been announced that Fr Stephen Ortiger will step down as Chaplain to St Mary’s House at the end of this term and pass the baton to Br David Jarmy.  In Fr Stephen’s words, “I have had a wonderful seven years in St Mary’s, definitely further proof for the existence of a very loving God.  I move on with huge gratitude and lovely memories”.

News – November 2015

News – November 2015

 

On Sunday 29th November there will be a concert of Advent and Christmas Music from Handel’s Messiah performed by the Worth Abbey Consort, Orchestra and soloists in the Abbey Church at 7.30pm. The performance will last for just over an hour with well-known movements including ‘And the Glory of the Lord’, ‘For Unto Us a Child Is Born’, ‘Hallelujah’, concluding with ‘Worthy Is the Lamb’ and the great ‘Amen’ chorus. Retiring collection will be for Outreach Peru.

 

A new publication, To Prefer Nothing to Christ, co-written by Dom Mark Barrett was published on Friday 20th November.  This is the English Benedictine statement of the Order’s monastic mission which has been in preparation for a couple of years and was approved by the General Chapter this summer.  It is now available from the publisher, The Catholic Truth Society, and from Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1784690929?keywords=to%20prefer%20nothing%20to%20christ&qid=1448263366&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

 

We have heard the sad news of the death of Patrick Garry, a teacher here at Worth during the 1960s.  His funeral mass will be held on Tuesday 24th November at 12 Noon at St Peter in Chains RC Church, Womersley Road, Stroud Green, London N8. www.stpeterinchains.com followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium, East Finchley.

News – October 2015

News – October 2015

 

PJ Bickford (C’91) runs Pretzel Films who make documentaries all over the world highlighting issues of war, famine and disaster.  This year they have decided to put their Christmas Party Fund into hiring vans and buying petrol to get supplies to refugees in Syria.  They have already achieved 60% of their target, so if you would like to help them reach it  (£8 gets a pack of nappies), then visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/pretzelfilms  We wish them the best of luck!

 

Tom Hammond-Davies (C’03) has some wonderful concerts lined up for November conducting his Choir, The Oxford Bach Soloists, at New College Chapel, Oxford.  On Sunday 8th November at 3:15pm they will perform Cantatas 139, 163 and 52 with Brandenburg Concerto No.1, and on Sunday 22nd November at 3:15pm they will be performing Cantatas 90, 116 and 140 Wachet auf! with solo tenor Cantata 55 Ich elender Mensch.  Tickets are limited so book now via www.tom-hammonddavies.com

 

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of Anthony Aris (R’64), on 14th October 2015.  We send our love and prayers to his wife, Marie-Laure, and son Roderick (C’96) and all the family.

 

Organ Scholar, Luke Navin (F’11), has just recorded his first CD of 7 original, romantic compositions for the piano, telling an intimate love story. Available on Amazon Music, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.  Luke is currently studying Music at Keble College, Oxford.

 

We are extremely proud to have a Worthian, Mark Spyropoulos (StB’99), as the very first British person to work full-time in the Sistine Chapel Choir as one of the Pope’s personal singers.  To read more of the article featured in The Independent click on this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sistine-chapel-choir-work-on-an-album-in-the-most-beautiful-recording-studio-in-the-world-a6678696.html

 

We are delighted to hear of the marriage of Alex Kenney (B’97) to Jacqueline Sainsbury on 26 September 2015 at The Hermitage Club, Vermont, USA.  Many congratulations to you both.

News – September 2015

News – September 2015

 

The good Lord sent the perfect blessing of a glorious autumn day for our inaugural London to Worth Cycle Event on Sunday 27th September.  With 38 riders split into four teams doing a 40 or 60 mile route from Brockwell Park Lido, the route down was found to be challenging, even by the experienced cyclists, and the arrival times ended up being some staggered!  But all participants were received at the Finish Line into the Front Quad at Worth by a rapturous reception committee of families, monks and school staff.  After a hearty hot buffet in the School’s Pitstop Café, everyone went home with a big smile, despite the aching limbs, and vowing to do it again next year!

 

Simon (StB’78), Jamie (StB’13) and Rory (StB’11) Pickard have just completed a cycle from Geneva to Nice in order to raise money for the Matthew Elvidge Trust. Matthew was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression. The Trust was set up to help others who are, or may be, in a similar situation.  The Pickards have raised nearly £5,000 so far and it’s not too late to donate at
http://email.virginmoneygiving.com/re?l=BD0Ie388u1I40p4afrIie5y5z39I0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fuk.virginmoneygiving.com%2Fjamie-pickard.matthew.elvidge.trust&s=JCLDKGEMFJOEDLMP

 

On the 10-12 September 2015 Michael Gabriel (C’85), one of Worth Society’s esteemed Committee Members, will be cycling from Paris to London to raise much needed funds for 40tude curing colon cancer in support of St Marks Hospital Foundation. He would welcome any sponsorship for such a good cause https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/michaelgabriel1

 

Katharine Farmer (StA’11) is very excited to report that she is about to make her off West End directing debut at the St James Theatre, London this October with ‘Pig Farm’ by Greg Kotis – the Tony award winning writer. A raucous dark comedy, Pig Farm is making its UK premiere and runs from 21 October until 21 November and Katharine would love to see many Worthians in the audience!  To find out more information and to buy tickets go to www.stjamestheatre.co.uk