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14 June

Knighthoods, Dragon’s Den & the annual Cricket tour to Jersey!

OV STEPHEN CLEOBURY knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are thrilled to report that OV Dr Stephen Cleobury (Ch 58-67) has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to choral music. Current Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen says, “I am profoundly honoured to have received this award. I have sought to nourish and support the precious choral tradition that we have in this country, and to be an advocate for the innumerable benefits of singing and choral music. Nothing I have achieved would have been possible without the outstanding singers with whom I have been so fortunate to work. It has been, truly, a privilege.”

“It’s an honour also for the whole activity of choral singing. To be a singer is a great thing; you use every aspect of your body. You use your physique, your brain and intellect, and you express your heart and emotions.”

Many congratulations on such a well-deserved award!

(Photo cr. Kevin Leighton)


On Tuesday 25th June at 5.30pm, there will be a memorial service in Worcester Cathedral with thanksgiving for the life of Head of Art, George Terry who sadly passed away in February. Our Assistant Director of Music, Chris Allsop is putting together a joint staff and pupil choir for the occasion. Miss Terry was an outstanding and inspirational teacher and is fondly remembered and missed here at King’s. All OVs and Hon OVs are welcome to attend the service and if you want to let the alumni office know if you hope to be there then we will make sure we say hello.



This week the Lower Sixth Business students were exposed to the pressures of the King’s School Dragons’ Den in the John Moore Theatre where the teams had to present their business plans to the audience and then answer demanding questions from five business people (“the Dragons”) including OV Lauren Bath (S 04-11)! Lauren is Business manager of medical centre management company, New Docs Limited. Her role as a Senior Manger, and as Chairman of the Board, involves all aspects of business from human resources, development and operations to finance, making her a perfect fit for this exciting role.

Lauren said,  “It was nice to have the opportunity to go back to school and to help the students. The Dragon’s Den set up was very well done and I enjoyed using my business experience to help the L6 students. I feel the event is a very valuable one.

The school buildings have changed since I was there, but it still seemed quite familiar. It was good to see the school going from strength to strength.”


OV Stanley Allsopp (Ca 46-51) popped in to visit us this week with his Grandson Ben Allsopp (S 07-12). We are delighted that Stanley, who was a Chorister here at King’s, stays in really good contact with us and supports our events regularly. Ben however has been living and studying abroad in the USA and Italy, and so it was an absolute pleasure for Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie, to be able to meet him. After King’s, Ben went on to the University of York where he gained his BA in History of Art. Ben then completed an MA in Art History at Syracuse University in America, including an enviable year and a half in Florence, a particular pleasure for him as he has a special interest in Renaissance art. Since 2018, Ben has been at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, where he is now studying for his PHD.

Sophie really enjoyed having a walk around school with Stanley and Ben. A trip into the library in School House was interesting, as for Ben it hadn’t changed a huge amount since his King’s days, but for Stanley it was almost unrecognizable, as in his time it had been School House Dining Room! Stanley was able to point out to Ben his first ever classroom when he arrived here at King’s, as well as his sixth form study at the very top of Castle House. Ben, with his passion and experience in Art, thoroughly enjoyed a look around the Art block, where the walls were filled with the impressive final Pre-U pieces from this year’s departing U6. Art teacher Rosie Ellender, was thrilled to meet Ben and hear about everything he has been doing, and she stressed how much she hopes he will return to King’s and share his experiences with current pupils some time soon. Ben was off to meet a group of OV friends in the evening before returning to the USA to complete his studies. We are always so pleased to see OVs and please do let us know if you would like to visit; / 01905 721737


It was another fantastic OV Cricket tour to Jersey following from last year’s reunion and we have got this fun report from OV James Underwood (S 83-88)!

“And so for the second year in a row, the journey down memory lane to Jersey was made by a squad of men who were schooled at King’s in the 1980’s and ‘90s. They really should have known better and were: –

Andrew Underwood (S 77-87)
James Underwood (S 83-88)
Ben Jones (Br 82-89)
Richard Tomlinson (Cl 83-90)
Matt Bourne (W 83-90)
John Malins (K 85-90)
Phil O’Neil (W 82-91)

Tim Waites (OVCC player & current parent)

(In the photo- Bourne, Malins, Tomlinson, A.Underwood, Jones, J. Underwood, O’Neil)

Those who did know better were: –

Robin Bishop (Ch 82-88)
Chris Goodman (K 84-89)
Rob Dow (Cl 84-89)

Duncan Hughes (Os 84-91)
JJ (John) Richardson (H 82-91)
Aidan Thompson (Cl 80-90)

Neil Robinson (H 79-89)

Jamie Rogers (Cl 86-91)

Their presence was missed to varying degrees, but on balance it was agreed that their absence was unfortunate.

And so the “Tricky Second Album Tour” began. The advance party of Friday night was set the task of scoping the latest licenced premises that St. Helier had to offer – their success was measured by their inability to remember where they had been when getting up for breakfast the following afternoon.

The airport at Jersey was again braced for the arrival of the main squad who arrived from all over the country from different airports at different times and with varying levels of cricket kit (and ability as it transpired). If ever there was a template for a sports tour, this was not it.

The first scheduled game against The Farmers was cancelled due to the reduced numbers in the squad, and this allowed for a planning meeting to take place at the Royal Yacht Club on the waterfront in St.Helier – this took 12 hours and we were no wiser at the end of it. We were heavily entertained on the dance floor with the moves of the skipper Andrew Underwood, and it led the rest of the party to question whether his cracked ribs had healed from last year’s visit to the island. DJ Tommo commanded the music selection well, but the lack of “Daydream Believer” was a lowlight of the tour – but not for the other patrons of the club. Ever the professional, Jon Malins headed back to the hotel early in preparation for the game the next day, and the rest of the group followed ten minutes later when the club shut. Richard Tomlinson had an eventful first night in his hotel, with a moving mirror that quickly earned him the tour nickname of “Alice” for the rest of the tour – and possibly longer.

And so, to the major distraction of the tour – the match against the Old Victorians, a side that contained the blend of 30 years’ experience and youth in the form of the next generation. The tourist dressing room contained an assemble of sports drinks, muscle rubs, WD40, and bore a remarkable semblance to the primate enclosure at Jersey Zoo.

The home side chose to bat, and the tourist took to an usually damp College Ground pitch. Strangely, the tourists were the first to strike in the second over with Phil O’Neil claiming a catch at square leg that no one was expecting, even with 30 years of preparation behind him. And to prove that this was no fluke, he repeated the performance 6 overs later to loud applause from his team mates as lost bets changed hands. As the drizzle fell, the bowlers took the opportunity to claim that the wet ball was affecting their performance levels, but it was pointed out that the levels were already low when they took the field. As a result, the honours were shared equally by them with Matt Bourne and Ben Jones providing the pace attack (no wickets), so the bowling was shored up by O’Neil, Tomlinson and Malins with one wicket apiece. The Underwood brothers also contributed with 3 wickets between them, with one showing skill, intelligence and maturity beyond his years, the other being a school governor.

The Jersey OV’s batted steadily, with the opener Brown top scoring on 66 (before graciously giving up his wicket to allow the youth to perform) and was supported by Jenner (37), Ursell (13) and Phil Le Cornu (21) to bring them to a respectable 190 from their 35 overs.

After an impressive tea that was equalled by Jon Malins appetite, the tourists took to the wicket with O’Neil looking set to score high before playing around a straight one for 15 – he put this down to fatigue from having his first child at 46 years of age, but sympathy was in short supply. Malins then disregarded the sporting spirit shown by the opposition at he ‘beasted’ the Jersey youth bowling for 43 runs before being caught and bowled by a ten-year-old – he made sure that his sugar levels fell no further as he tidied up the tea rooms.

Cricket was then treated to the spectacle of Richard Tomlinson batting as if he owned the ground, a sublime 76 with textbook strokes putting the ball all around the ground, in stark contrast to others whose shot selection looked like it had come straight from ‘Farmers Weekly’.

The borrowed youth players from the Jersey team fought a rear-guard action (the skipper not so much), and the match ended with Tim ‘Ricky the Wicky’ Waites and James Underwood struggling to get the required last few runs. Alas (or predictably) they came up short and the home side was victorious by 13 runs.

The last evening in Jersey was then spent in a fine hostelry sampling the delights of local steak and shellfish, lamenting over the result of the game and what could have been. Performances were self-reviewed, and excuses offered by the bucket-load. But none could distract from the underlying values of the game of cricket and what it had given all who had taken to the field over so many years. The thought of a rugby tour was also dismissed in sharp fashion.

And Jersey had one last offering for us on the final day as the Jersey Island team took on the MCC on a sunny Farmer’s Ground, offering the tourists an excuse to sit down and enjoy some proper cricket before returning home to loved ones (and family). The Jersey OV’s were as hospitable as ever, and the offer for a game next year is on the table. Richard Tomlinson, it’s your turn I believe to gather the masses for 2020 – please learn from our mistakes and produce one last victory in Jersey whilst we are still able.

One last point – the original casting photo for Stephen Le Marchand’s ‘Bounty Bar’ advert has been located on the club house wall in Victoria College pavilion, circa. 1976. On behalf of all that have been taught so diligently by you over the years, this is payback.”