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22 November

London Drinks 2019

Friday 15th November saw our annual London Drinks event which we held at the lovely Bankside Gallery, situated right on the river Thames, for the second year running. With flooding and strikes conspiring to hamper our journeys from Worcester, we did manage to make it down to London, albeit it via Bristol, Cheltenham and Birmingham, in time to welcome our OV guests.

It was an absolute pleasure to be joined by OVs from the years of 1951 all the way through to the most recent cohort of 2019 for a thoroughly fun evening of reuniting and socialising. The exhibition on relief printmaking on the gallery walls offered a great talking point for guests to discuss, although artistic critique was definitely second on the agenda to the most important task of general catching up and networking. The year of 2015 turned out a particularly high cohort on the evening and they went on to their next intended venue still sporting their name badges!

With Acting Headmaster Jon Ricketts (Hon OV) unfortunately unable to travel to the drinks due to the flooding, Russ Mason (Hon OV) kindly spoke in Jon’s place, sharing news on the current health of the School. Russ touched on successes in exam results, CCF, Music, Drama and King’s recent defeat of RGS in the Modus Challenge Cup at Sixways. Russ was also able to thanks OVs for their varied involvement in school life, from supporting bursaries to helping inspire and motivate current pupils through our various careers events. As well as being joined by Russ Mason, OVs were also thrilled to be able to see former staff Sue Mason (Hon OV), Peter Gwilliam (Hon OV), Katie Beever (Hon OV), Andrew Maund (Hon OV) and Paul Thompson (Hon OV).  Development Director Liz Elliott, an OV herself, (Co 82-84), really enjoyed meeting all our guests, especially those she had known from her King’s days.

A good sign as always of everyone having a good time, the evening ended well after its intended finish time, with OVs leaving very happy to have met up with friends and also to have made new connections with OVs from other eras that they did not know at school.

You can view the photos from the evening here.