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15 June

OVs return home! Cycling hopes, fond recollections & inspiring talks

Fingers Crossed for OV in Cycling Tour

Saturday will see Worcester welcome the world’s finest female cyclists to the city as they compete in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. We are delighted that OV Hayley Simmonds (Cr 99-06) will be representing her team WNT –Rotor, competing against Olympic, World and Commonwealth champions in the race. Hayley was a keen sportswoman and an incredibly active member of the school community while she was at King’s. We were thrilled that Hayley recently won a bronze medal in the Women’s Time Trial at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, and it will be a pleasure to welcome her back to Worcester this Saturday. Stage four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will see Hayley and her fellow cyclists race 130km from Evesham to Worcester, finishing on Hylton Road between 1.30-2.15pm. We wish Hayley the best of luck, and know that she would be delighted to hear and see some King’s supporters along the route.

ov David Morris visits king's

David Morris (S 52-62) had let us know that he would be coming to Worcester and wanted to pass on a number of King’s School photos and memorabilia to the school Archives, which included School House photos from 1959-1962 as well as a First XI Cricket jacket.  David and Liz Elliott, Development Director, paid a visit to School House and to what would have been David’s dormitory and then senior study during his time at school. Mark Poole, Wulstan House tutor, was also pleased to meet David at the top of School House and reminisced about the views across to the Playing fields and the white cricket pavilion (the newly named ‘Peter Iddon Cricket Pavilion’) and in the other direction views to College Hall and the Cathedral.  David’s memories were jogged by his visit to his former house, remembering his former House Master, Dan McTurk. He was also captivated with the new Keyes Building and noted how very impressive King’s facilities are nowadays.

IDPE 2018 annual conference

This week, the Development & Alumni Relations team, Liz Elliott, Sophie Borrillo-McLellan and Alice Evans, attended the annual conference of IDPE (Institute of Development Professionals in Education), which proved to be as inspiring and motivating as last year.  The conference opened with a stimulating talk by Tim Smit, KBE, Executive Chairman, Eden Project International and he stirred the audience with his approach to life and business, and encouraged the delegates to think the impossible, believe in your dreams and never to take 'no' for an answer.  The sessions that followed allowed the team to exchange ideas with others and learn about activities, events and campaigns that have worked well in other schools.  Liz, Sophie and Alice came away with a host of ideas which they can't wait to put into practise back at King's. 

It was also a real treat for Liz to meet up with both former development directors from King's: Carol Bawden and Sophie Whitworth, as well as Felicity Copp (Ch 94- 00) who is Development Manager at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.