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10 May

A glorious OV Reunion Weekend & lots more OV news!

The 115th OV Annual Reunion Weekend

We were thrilled to see so many OVs back at King’s over the glorious May bank holiday weekend as part of the OV Club Annual Reunion Weekend. The black-tie dinner in College Hall was a spectacular evening filled with laughter and shared memories. Tables were arranged so that year groups sat together, and everyone was delighted to eat in the familiar and reminiscent surroundings of College Hall. There were over 100 OVs and Hon OVs in attendance with School House having the biggest representation on the night.

Russ Mason (Hon OV) was Master of Ceremonies for the evening and, as is tradition, the OV Choristers sung the grace. Malcolm Joyner (Cr 44-52) was presented with the Chappel Award as the most senior OV in attendance (who has not already won the award before).

Photos from the weekend can be found by clicking on this link.

Sally Themans (Co 84-86) was sworn in as new OV Club President and we said goodbye to Julia Annable (Co 85-87) after two years of dedicated service as OV Club President.

The Eucharist service on Sunday was followed by drinks, the OV Club AGM and a wonderful lunch where OVs met with former staff.

School tours allowed an opportunity for OVs to explore the school as it is today, and the President’s 1st XI Old Vigornians Cricket match provided much good humoured competitiveness with the President’s team playing against the Year of 93 team!

Pictured below are:

Back row left to right
Richard Cook (Cr 88-93), Tom Guest (S 90-97), Paul Judge (W 83-93), Paul Statham (W 77-86), Adam Nicholls (Cr 88-93), Phil O’Neill (W 82-91), Tim Race (Os 88-93), JJ Richardson (H 82-91), Alex Parker (S 07-14), Tim Whitehouse (K 86-94), Nic Sproson (H 71-76), Nick Firth (Ch 86-93), Ben Russell (K 84-93), Arti Fiaz (Cl 88-95), George Kendall (W 83-93), Nev Davies (formerly Clifford) (S 83-93).

Front row left to right
Matt Richardson (Cl 86-93), Dan Wheeler (Os 82-92), Richard Wilkes (W 76-86), Phil Mackie (Cl 73-84), Charlie Annable (Cl 78-88), Tom Booton (K 87-92).

The King’s fete on the Monday was a wonderful way to round off the weekend with many OVs coming to join in the festivities. The OV Club Pimms stall did a roaring trade, needing to replenish stocks half way through!

 

OVs in Rugby WIn

We are pleased to hear that OVs are still very actively involved in sports after leaving King’s, including three OVs who play for Malvern Rugby Club and have helped them to move up to the Midlands One league after victory against Crewe and Nantwich in their promotion play-off. Part of the winning team were OVs Jack Longley (Ch 02-09), Callum Jacob (Cl 09-16), Jonny Bywater (Cl 06-13) and Frankie Purcell (W 14-16).

 

 

 

 

Getting the message out

We are very inspired to see that OV Oliver Brooks (S 96-01) is currently part of a campaign to help encourage men suffering with mental health problems to seek help. This is Oliver’s message…

“I strongly believe in bringing mental health into the forefront of everyone’s minds. All different types of people suffer with mental health problems, but men are the most likely not to talk about it.

The greatest killer of men under 45, is suicide. These suicides happen because the men are troubled by problems that they feel they cannot talk about. We need to talk. When I was younger, I felt as though I couldn’t talk to anyone about the problems I was faced with, for fear of being judged and ridiculed. This is not the case. You’re not alone. I hope that by sharing my story (see video clips) it will help guys see that there is no shame in feeling low, depressed, scared and vulnerable.

Please find one person today and start talking. You are not alone. Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings by yourself.”

Video Clips

Short message:    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IqDcSnx2WIs

Full stories:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cecjZzt_u1o

Childline (for young people under 19) :   0800 1111
Papyrus (for people under 35):  0800 068 41 41
The Samaritans – 116 123
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) for men: 0800 58 58 58
The Silver Line (for older people): 0800 4 70 80 90
NHS Help for Suicidal Thoughts webpage:   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/#helplines

 

OV to become Camden Councillor

Congratulations to OV Simon Pearson (Br 65-72) who has just been elected Councillor on Camden Council in the local elections on 3rd May. Simon has been a Camden resident for 35 years and is a retired chartered quantity surveyor. He is active in the community as a school governor at Frank Barnes School for deaf children, church treasurer, union member, carer, cyclist, husband and father.

 

 

 

 

OV Memories

On Wednesday this week, Peter Richards (Cl 41-46) popped into school and enjoyed a walk around school with Development Director, Liz Elliott, taking in the Chappel Memorial Room (formerly the school library), the Michael Baker Boathouse, the John Moore Theatre – sporting the super new seating – and also the Art department.

During Peter’s time at school, he passed many hours in the Art Room and, after school, he qualified as an architect.  Peter spent some time talking to some of the current King’s A levels students and admiring their final artwork pieces.  To finish Peter’s tour of the school, we called into College Hall and found the Headmaster’s chair where Peter located marks left by him and his friend ‘Titch’ Phelps, as a result of some lively antics at school, where they had fired an air rifle from College Hall gallery to the Headmaster’s chair on the stage (for which they both received punishment from headmaster, Mr Kittermaster!)

We love welcoming back OVs from all leaving years, so if you ever find yourself in Worcester please get in touch with us in the Alumni Relations Office on 01905 721737 or email us at development@ksw.org.uk.