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Class of 1998 - 20 Year Reunion
10 October 2018

On the evening of Thursday 27th September 2018, several representatives of the class of 1998 enjoyed a much anticipated 20-year reunion in London. Brilliantly organised by Tom Cannon (C2 1993-98) and James Chapman-Andrews (B1 1993-98), with the help of WhatsApp, Facebook and the efficient team at the OM Club, approximately 60-70 Old Marlburians met for a long overdue catch up at the Jam Tree Pub in Chelsea. Some had travelled from far flung corners of the UK, and in other cases even further afield, including Alan Yiu (C3 1993-98) who had made the journey all the way from Hong Kong. Congratulations to Ed Tryon (C1 1993-98), who managed to recruit 9 out of a year group of 13, making C1 the most well-represented house. A fantastic night ensued, with wine flowing, old stories shared and plenty of reminiscing about Marlborough in the nineties. We look forward to 2023 and the 25-year reunion already.

Mike Bush (TU 1993-98)

Class of 1993 - 25 year reunion
13 July 2018

In early June, some seventy of the 1993 Old Marlburians arrived on Court for a momentous 25 Year Reunion. Old friends flew in especially for the reunion, from homes as far afield as Peru, Bahrain, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United States, and Hong Kong. This was the iconic year group that started as ‘all boys’ in the Shell, to be joined by a pioneering vanguard of Lower School girls in the Remove in 1989, before becoming complete with the Lower Sixth entry in 1991.

After setting out for house tours led by gallant teams of current Marlburians, we were treated to a delicious buffet, while being serenaded by the epic back catalogue of one of the year group’s rock’n’roll legacies, the much-loved Von Drastiks. We were honoured to be joined by many illustrious members of Common Room, including Lady Caley (CR 1988–), Mr Joseph (CR 1967-2000, Mr Allott (CR 1986-), Mr Byrom (CR 1977-93), Mr Genton (CR 1987-), Dr Hamilton (CR 1985-), Mr Evans (CR 1968-), Dr Ponsford (CR 1987-2013) whose memories of our individual exploits and achievements alike were astonishingly accurate. We also remembered the members of the year group who sadly had passed away much too soon, and were thrilled to learn that an impromptu collection in aid of Tom's Memorial Trust ( raised over £1,600 on the night.

Embracing technology, we set up a Facebook Group for the year ('1993 Old Marlburians') and were able to livestream scenes from the evening out to those who couldn't make it in person. After dinner, group photos and Dr Hamilton's gentle urging that, it being past 11pm, we depart into the night before College security turfed us out, we set out up Marlborough High St for the 'Martin Evans Pub Crawl' (named in his honour - he had sensibly slipped away earlier).

It was fantastic to see so many old friends, and experience so much warmth, happiness and laughter. Many thanks to Kate, Jan, Alex and Fiona from the OM team for making it all happen, and to the catering team for such a delicious dinner.

There's talk of a 30th anniversary reunion next. And Charlie Good has invited us up to his lodge in the hills of Peru... Stand by.

Arabella Tresillian
(EL/NC 1989-93)

Class of 1988 – 30 year reunion
27 June 2018

Close to 50 OM’s met up in the Prince Albert pub in Battersea, London for their 30 year reunion on Saturday 23rd June 2018.

OMs had travelled far and wide, the west country, Europe and Nairobi to reunite and reminisce. In 30 years much has changed but it was remarkable how little the gathering had changed over the years, minus some hair perhaps. Buckets of wine and beer were consumed and all agreed we must not wait another decade before we get together again. Special mention to the strong turnout from Preshute and C1.

Nick Cook (C1 1983-88)

New York Drinks
24 June 2018

THERE was a good turnout of North American based OMs at a reception on 21st June that was kindly hosted by Nitzia Logothetis (TU 2001) and her husband, George, at their home in New York.

Jan Perrins, Director of Development, represented the College and spoke about recent initiatives to help “connect” OMs both professionally and socially. We also heard from Tom Kirkwood (TU 1981-86, current parent and member of Council) who highlighted steps the College is making to make a Marlborough education more accessible, Marlborough Mayalasia and the new Master.

Impressively, Michael Goodrick (PR 1945-49) and his wife, Linda, attended while on a trip to New York from their home in Seattle.

Caesar Bryan (C3 1968-73)

Marlburian Club Dinner at Hampton Court Palace
11 May 2018

THIS celebratory Marlburian Club Dinner was held in the magnificent surroundings of Hampton Court Palace this year to mark the 175th anniversary of the College and the 50th year of girls at the school.

The weather was perfect for drinks on the terrace of the Great Fountain Garden at the East front of the Palace which looked down two radiating avenues of Yew trees. Beautiful standing flower arrangements in dark and light blue reflected the colours of Marlborough and the Marlburian Club. Tours of the Palace were popular amongst guests who were clearly delighted and impressed by the history and architecture.

Dinner was served in Henry VIII’s Great Hall with its decorated hammer-beam roof and splendid tapestries. How fitting for Marlburians to following such a noble tradition of royal entertainment. Tables decorated in gold and blue blended superbly and were fit for the feast of delicious food and wine served throughout the evening. Every detail of both the menu and the surroundings had been so carefully considered and it showed.

Speeches by Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70), Chairman of the Marlburian Club, one of the first girls herself, was ideally placed to reflect on 50 years of co-education. Mark Malloch Brown (CI 1967-71), Chairman of Council, touched on our roots and purpose marking 175 years from 1843 onwards. He also congratulated Jonathan Leigh for his outstanding leadership and warmly thanked both Jonathan and Emma for the special chapter of Marlborough life they have been part of. Jonathan Leigh (CR 2012-18) spoke of the recent inspection and the shape of the school he will be handing over to his successor, Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes. He finally wished the College and Old Marlburians everywhere every success for the future.

Groups of Marlburians from every era enjoyed this very special reunion. Clive Roberston (TU 1979-84), Tobenna Okezie (TU 1979-83) and Uba Akpom (B2 1980-84) had flown in from the USA especially for the occasion. The bonhomie, Marlburian humour and spirit shone through this fabulous occasion making it a truly memorable evening.

Please click here to view an extended gallery of images from the evening.

South-West France Lunch
26 March 2018

A fine lunch of six splendid courses was served in the beautiful 15th century house of John Wilkinson (CR 1967-93), our SW France Secretary, on Saturday 24th March.

John also cooked the lunch and provided some delectable wines to accompany the meal. Our Secretary had run a restaurant in Le Castera at no.9 Rue d’Eglise for ten years and with blazing log fires and flickering candles a good atmosphere was sustained throughout the occasion.

OMs came from far and wide and did justice to the occasion and musical entertainment was provided by Anthony Sycamore, a former Music Scholar at the College, who is now living in France and earning his living as a Concert Pianist. Much banter came from Rupert Stewart-Cox and James Tamlyn and there was a good turn out of former Beaks too - Peter and Catharina Tinniswood and Colin and Christine Galloway, Martin Evans, the President of the 1843 Society, represented the Club and Anthony Spender, the College and Martin thanked the Secretary for his generous hospitality and for providing the perfect venue.

Digital Enterprises Networking Event 2018
16 February 2018

THE group's first presentation event examined Artificial Intelligence for businesses from a marketing, and as part of overall digital transformation, perspective.

The speakers were R. Krishnan Ambady, digital entrepreneur with many years experience in both startups and established businesses, and James McCarthy who runs Brightfly Digital, which is deploying AI in decision making and has also recently launched the Growth-Leaders programme to better support other business founders and startups and business partner of Holly Scott-Donaldson (MO 1989-91).

A superb location overlooking the Thames, thank you Blackbaud, in an invigorating creative environment fostered warm interaction which continued at the pub and on into a curry. Intriguing Marlburian characters from varied backgrounds sparked and ideas crackled.

The next event will follow shortly and discussions will continue online on the OM Global Connect website designed to improve our connectivity, more to follow..

You can see a gallery of images here.

Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87)

Communications Networking Event
09 February 2018

THE Communications Networking Event took place on Thursday 8th February, where OMs gathered to discuss ‘What is effective communication in the 21st Century?’

Held at 93 Digital in East London, the event was kindly sponsored by Alex Price(LI 2006-11).

We had a great panel discussion spanning everything from "what effective communication looks like in today's world", to "the positives and negatives of big data" and looked ahead at what the future of good communication looks like and what skills the communicators of the future might need. The evening ended with some fascinating discussions after the panel event, and it was positive to hear how many strong connections were made. The following amongst the OMs taking part:

Alex Price (LI 2006-11) - MD and Founder of 93digital
William Lidstone (BH 1985-90) - Groupe Client Lead at Publicis Groupe
Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) - Former editor and journalist, now trainer in written communications
Alex Northcott (B1 1982-87) - CEO of Roxhill Media
Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90) - Director at Nickshot HR 
Jonathan Bell (C3 1985-90) - Writer and Journalist, Editor at Large for Wallpaper Magazine and Editor for Aston Martin Magazine

Marlborough Blues Cricket Club AGM and Dinner
20 January 2018

THE Marlborough Blues Cricket Club held their annual AGM & Dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday 19th January 2018.

An enjoyable evening was had by all thanks to the generous hosting of current Blues and former MCC President Mike Griffith (C3 1957-62) and MCC Treasurer Robert Leigh (C1 1957-61). There was a healthy attendance which featured representatives from several generations including some recent College leavers. Last summer’s successful campaign was celebrated. This saw the Blues secure 9 victories from 15 matches and a reach the Cricketer Cup quarter finals for the first time since 2010. We were privileged to be joined by retiring Master Jonathan Leigh and his wife Emma as a thank you for their support over the past six years. Tom Burne (CO 1993-98) was awarded the prestigious Jake Seamer Award for the Player of the 2017 Season.

OM Carol Service 2017
19 December 2017

THE OM Carol service on Monday 18th December was another huge success, with around 300 OMs attending.

Held in the wonderful Chelsea Old Church, the choir, led by Mark Williams (C3 1976-80), sang beautifully, as always. The address was given by The Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker (C2 1979-81) and we had beautiful readings by John Lorimer (C1 1976-81), Lis Priday (B2 1972-74), Nigel Grieve (B1 1957-60), Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), Susanna Spicer (SU 1979-81). A gallery of photos of the event can be viewed here.

Sotheby’s Marlborough Art Exhibition and Private View
13 December 2017

HELD on Tuesday 12th December, the Sotheby’s Marlborough Art Exhibition and Private View was an outstanding success.

220 Marlburian guests raised £30,000 to support Marlborough based SpringBoard / RNCF Bursaries in two hours – what an achievement and heartfelt thanks to them all! The evening went with pizazz and all the sparkle of this festive season.  Soho House canapés accompanied by champagne and “Soho Mules” kept the spirits and noise levels lively.

Broadcaster Kirsty Young was our host for the evening where legendary former Director of Art, Robin Child, was celebrated. Four of his former pupils, Emily Faccini (LI 1983-85), Susannah Fiennes (LI 1976-78), Rose Shorrock (MO 1990-92) and Silvy Weatherall (TU 1984-86), chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of girls at Marlborough,  exhibited their extraordinary diverse work. Many of the OM guests reminisced about Robin’s inspiration. 

The event provided a perfect setting for “The Marlborough Art Collection” to be founded by Roman Trotsenko, a current parent, who presented the Master, Jonathan Leigh, with a Joan Miró drawing in its original frame.  This is the start of a moving exhibition around the Houses.  It is hoped others may be similarly inspired to donate works by known artists and also current Marlburians may give a significant piece of their art work when they leave the College.  This way a true Collection may form providing future inspiration for The Arts at the College.

Click here for a gallery of images.

C3 House Reunion
28 November 2017

ON Thursday 23rd November, Sean Dempster, Margot Hewer and David and Mary du Croz hosted a reunion for all the boys who left C3 in Sean’s time as Housemaster.  

52 old boys attended the event which was held at the Jam Tree pub in Chelsea.  Joe Hare (C3 1998-03) was the senior citizen and it was good to see a large number of the 2017 leavers.

Our intention is to have an annual C3 reunion at Cheltenham races for the Sunday meeting in November.

Club Day 2017
05 November 2017

ON Saturday 4th November 2017, the Marlburian Club held Club Day in conjunction with the Festival of Sport as part of the 175th Anniversary and 50 Years of Girls celebrations.

It was a packed day with a huge variety of activities including the AGM at which we welcomed the new Marlburian Club President Elizabeth Clough (LI 1968-70).

There were also tours of classrooms, a chapel service, a lecture by David du Croz, observatory tours and a digital archive exhibition of sports. There was a densely packed schedule of sport from both OM and current pupils. The OM sport included, OM Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Netball and Fives. The programme for the day, which includes a fascinating article on the origins of sport at Marlborough College, a few words from the Master and the outgoing Tim Martin-Jenkins, and details of all the sports players can be seen here.

The day concluded with closing words from the Master and an impressive celebratory fireworks display.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Club Day.

Matisse's "Jazz" exhibition at the Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College, September 2017
05 October 2017

Matisse's "Jazz" was opened to great acclaim by the renowned wood-engraver, Simon Brett, R.E., who spoke warmly of having such an exhibition in Marlborough, organised by the new Head of Art, Edward Twohig, R.E.

Pupils, staff and members of the collegiate community were astonished in disbelief by the riot of colour and pattern that graced the walls of the College's gallery. This exhibition was very well visited thought out the month of September.

The below was written by a Shell pupil new to Marlborough, and encapsulates what this body of art work is about:

"Jazz is Matisse's the most famous and groundbreaking work. Despite its musical title, named for the improvisational nature of its compositions; Matisse reflect his interest in the circus and theatre. These illustrations derive from maquettes of cut and pasted coloured papers, which were printed using a stencil technique. Aged 74, Matisse began "Jazz" as collages for printing. The artist worked on the series for two years, utilising this new method that linked drawing and colour.

The designs were initially intended as covers for Vevre, a French art magazine. In 1947, Tériade issued the compositions in an artist’s portfolio. The book included 20 colour prints, each 41 by 66 cms, as well as Matisse’s handwritten notes expressing his thoughts throughout the process. Tériade gave it the title "Jazz" which Matisse liked because it suggested a connection between art and music.

The circus, the original title, provided inspiration for the majority of the motifs concerning performing artists and balancing acts. “These images, with their lively and violent tones, derive from crystallisations of memories of circuses, folktales, and voyages,” Matisse explains in the accompanying text. The figure of the circus artist, usually depicted alone, is often seen as a metaphor for the artist himself.

The first prints illustrating the circus do not seem to have an immediate connection to the succeeding works. However, these compositions are viewed as metaphors of life. The overall themes in Jazz derive from biographical elements, such as Matisse's recollection of his travels in three "Lagoon" sheets (XVII–XIX), as well as broader aspects including love (V, VI), death (X), and fate (XVI)."

Celebratory School Walk
18 September 2017

OVER 1,000 pupils, parents, Old Marlburians and members of Common Room took part in the Celebratory School Walk on Sunday 17th September.

The event was held to raise funds for ShelterBox, The Kipungani Schools Trust and the Marlborough College Bursary Appeal - raising over £75,000 to be split evenly between the charities.

For an extended gallery of images from the day - please click here.

The whole school took on the challenge of a 20-mile route, whilst the Shell completed a slightly shorter 14-mile circuit.

The Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh, commended the efforts of all involved:

"It was a wonderful and memorable occasion. The Marlborough College community of current and past pupils, parents and staff all came together to raise funds for these worthwhile causes.

"The weather was excellent and the whole event passed off in the best of spirits."

The first Marlborough College Charity Walk took place in 1970 and arose from the initiative of a group of Sixth Form pupils.

Senior Prefects' Dinner September 2017
18 September 2017

THE inaugural Senior Prefects’ Reunion Dinner coincided with being the first event to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the College.

Over 80 Senior Prefects, their partners, current and previous members of Common Room gathered in a marquee in Court. There was a sizeable representation of all ages from  the current Head Girl and Head Boy to Christopher Harvey (LI 1954-59) and David Martin (C2 1955-60).

There were a variety of Senior Prefect stories doing the rounds. The claims of privileges varied from being allowed to graze goats, having an entertainment account at Waitrose to being able to keep a car. It needed Martin Evans to verify fact from fiction.

The Master gave a very welcoming speech including reading amusing extracts from the Senior Prefects’ book kept by successive Masters. Mark Hutchison SP 1978 replied thanking the Master for embracing the idea of the inaugural reunion, thanking the College for their excellent and delicious dinner and proposed a toast to the College.

After further discussions about obscure privileges the evening finished with Carriages at 10:30pm. It is hoped that the occasion will be repeated every 5 years.

A gallery of images can be viewed here.

Business, Banking and Finance - 20th June 2017
17 July 2017

ROD Jack (B3 1977-81) was the guest speaker at the recent Business, Banking & Finance event held at the Running Footman in Mayfair on 20th June 2017.

Rod provided a fantastic insight into his career explaining candidly how he progressed from a strategy consultant with the LEK partnership through to founding Adelphi Capital, one of Europe’s longest-established hedge funds. He gave his view on what is required to be a good investor, highlighting the importance of focussing on what you know. The event was very relaxed with the audience invited to be involved in the discussions.

It was a sweltering evening but fortunately there was plenty of Rose and chilled beer to keep everyone cool.

A big thank to Rod Jack for making it such a good evening.

Imran Tayabali (1989-94)

Class of 1992 – 25 Year Reunion
17 July 2017

NEARLY 80 OMs, including family and friends, returned to Marlborough on Saturday 10th June for the 25th anniversary of the class of 1992.

There was a drinks reception in Court, attended by the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and several Beaks - some of whom taught at the College 25 years ago.

Guests, who had come from all over the world, then retreated to the marquee in Court for a hog roast, drinks, pudding and coffee before the evening continued with guests taking the opportunity to catch up and reminisce and revisit some old spots in town.

Thank you to all those who attended and we hope you had a brilliant evening. Many thanks to Fiona Cottrill and her team for all their help in putting the evening together.

Sunil Gidoomal (C3 1987-92)

OM Summer School Drinks - Week 1
13 July 2017

THE sun waited all day but came out just in time for the OMs to gather for the first of our weekly Summer School drinks. 

A small, but perfectly formed, group enjoyed wine, nibbles and a catch up in Court on Wednesday 12th July 2017.

If you are an OM and at Summer School for any of the following three weeks, do join us in Court on Wednesdays from 6pm until 7pm.

St Paul's Evensong
12 July 2017

IT was good to see so many of the Marlborough Community join us for drinks at St Martin within Ludgate following Evensong at St Paul’s on 25th April 2017. 

Many thanks to Alex Hodgkinson and the Chapel Choir and to Nigel Grieve (B1 1957-60) for enabling use of St Martin within Ludgate.

Class of 1997 - 20 year reunion at The Atlas Pub
07 July 2017

CLOSE to 70 OMs from the class of 1997 met up in Fulhum at The Atlas Pub for their 20 year reunion on 15th June 2017.

It was a fantastic night of reminiscing with OMs coming from near and far. The class was especially pleased that Juliana Khalaf, sister of Nadim Khalaf (TU 1992-1997) who was Senior Prefect for two terms in 1997, could join us in his honor.  Thank you to the organising committee: Amy Kirkwood Albert (EL 1992-97), George Comyn (B1 1992-97), Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97), Olly Crawley (C1 1992-97), Emma Pocock (PR 1995-97). The 1997 OM class is looking forward to the 25 year reunion!

50 Year Reunion for Years 1967, 1966 and 1965
07 July 2017

YEAR Groups of more senior OMs are hard to define, as arrival and departure terms were varied in the 1950s and 1960s.

However, over 80 OMs enjoyed a wonderful re-union lunch in Adderley on 13th May 2017, with the added attraction of a 1st XI cricket match, on a cold afternoon. Old friendships were renewed and outrageous behaviour by boys and beaks remembered. Many returning to the college for the first time wished they had done so much earlier.

The excellent and enjoyable drinks and lunch seemed too short a time to catch up with all but a few. Several said how great it would be if these reunions at the school could include an overnight stay and give the chance to see more friends.

We look forward to our next gathering.

Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65)

Australia Reunion
29 June 2017

Old Marlburians and their partners from across Australia gathered at the Australian Club in Sydney on the 28th of June. The dinner was hosted by Laurence Teh (B2 1967-69). OMs flew in from across Australia, including Mr Michael Preston (CR 1967-2001) who travelled all the way from Perth, several people came up from Melbourne and David Keaveny (BH 1987-92) flew down from Byron Bay. The Preston family made a strong showing and everyone had an enjoyable evening in the sumptuous private dining room of the club. We are looking forward to the next dinner, possibly in Melbourne.

Ben Slee (C2 1987-92).

The Marlburian Club would like to thank Ben Slee for organising the event.

OM Property Group Drinks
18 May 2017

OVER 50 members of the OM Property Group met on Wednesday 17th May 2017 at the well known Mayfair pub, The Footman.  

A convivial evening followed with members ages ranging from the mid 80's (Alan Gillett - Past President – 1989-90) down to those in their early 20's so new friendships were forged and old ones re-established with some property chat thrown in for good measure! Jaideep Barot of the College (Deputy Head Academic) then provided an informative update on College activities which was appreciated by the gathering.
The Hon Sec of the Property Group James Gillett ( C2 1971-76) also reports that a few weeks after the event he completed a commercial property deal on behalf of a landlord involving Sam Rogers (B1 1992-97) who was representing the tenant and Tom Cannon (C2 1993-98) who undertook the construction works.  No better example of the value of OM networking!
The Property Group has almost 300 members and covers a wide spectrum of disciplines within the property industry from surveyors, residential and commercial agents, architects and also from associated construction industries. 
Another Property Group drinks is planned for 2018 with a dinner in 2019 when it is hoped that the new Master, Mrs Moelwyn-Hughes, will attend.  The Hon Sec is keen to hear from any other OMs in property related industries -

Class of 1987 - 30 year reunion
12 May 2017

AROUND 100 of our year converged on the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea for a 30 year bash on 12th May 2017.

Any nerves disappeared on arrival. OMs impressively came from everywhere including Singapore, US, Australia and South Africa. It was great to have Jon Copp from Common Room. Tim Kirkwood's video of our 1987 Leavers Ball was played above the bar. We drank a toast to the four of our year very sadly no longer with us. And another to the brave and glamorous girls who joined us in the 6th form. A long and memorable night, to hopefully be repeated.

Charlie Cottam (C1), Tim Kirkwood (TU), Neil Gardner (TU), Chris Ng (B2) and William Barnes Yallowley (C2). (1982-87)

Gallery: Arts and Media Networking
21 April 2017

CAFE Koha played host to around 30 OMs for the Arts & Media Networking Evening on Thursday 20th April.

Group Secretaries Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) and Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) introduced the evening and spoke about their plans for the future development of the group.

There was a drinks reception before a wide range of conversation and a panel discussion. Click here for a range of images from the event.

Edinburgh Dinner
27 March 2017

ON the evening of Friday 24th March, the annual Scottish Dinner was once again hosted at the New Club and was well supported from across the generations.

It was undoubtedly this mix of ages from current undergrads to our most senior OM - who left C2 in 1947 - that made for such a successful and enjoyable evening. Refreshingly, for some, there was no mention of Brexit, Donald Trump or even the prospect of a second Scottish referendum. Instead, the assembled company enjoyed informative updates from the Marlburian Club President Mr Timothy Martin-Jenkins, on the ever-expanding activity & opportunities available to the OM community and Jaideep Barot, Deputy Head (Academic), on the current health of the College. Both speakers painted a truly positive picture of the College and its wider community, in the present and looking ahead with plans for the future. Emphasising the strategic aim of the College to seek to connect OMs of all generations, both professionally and socially, reinforcing that a Marlborough education is a legacy for life.

The evening was tinged with sadness with Major James Scott, a stalwart supporter of the Edinburgh dinner, unable to attend due to his recent move to a care home in Wiltshire. It was therefore a special and fitting moment when glasses were raised to offer a heartfelt toast.

Special thanks to Mr Tim Jackson and his wife Susannah, for their energy and enthusiasm, promoting the event on the ground in Edinburgh. Also to Tim for closing proceedings with his witty and entertaining words.

Jonathan Copp
Director of Development

Gallery: Marlburian Club Women's Network Mentoring Event
09 March 2017

The Marlburian Club Women's Network Mentoring Event took place on Tuesday 7th March at Rathbone's.

The gathering included lively discussion, excellent networking opportunities and a real show of interest in the newly-launched mentoring programme.

Click here for a gallery of images.

Class of 1986 30-year reunion
13 February 2017

Over 60 from the Class of 1986 met up in 11 Pimlico Road on Friday 3rd February for a 30 year reunion.

Apart from hair and waistlines, it was remarkable how little had changed and it was agreed another event in five years would be more than welcome.

Seamus Moorhead (1981-86)

Click here for a gallery of images.

Marlburian Club Law Networking Group Launched
18 January 2017

As part of our growing list of Professional Groups, OMs involved in the law met on Tuesday 17th January for the inaugural meeting of the Marlburian Club Law Network.

There was a wide range of ages, from those well established in careers to those just starting out, with different branches of the law represented as well.

Claire Evans (B2 1986-88), the Group Head, who had kindly arranged for the event to be held at the offices of CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) on Chancery Lane was sadly ill and unable to attend.  Philip Cayford (PR 1965-70) welcomed everyone in her stead and asked all to think about how the group could progress, what type of events they would welcome, and how they could help OMs starting out in the law profession and current pupils who may be interested in finding out more about a career within law.

If you would like to know more about the OM Law Group, or any other professional group, please click here for further information or contact the Club Office.

OM Carol Service a sell-out success
15 December 2016

Over 300 people gathered at Chelsea Old Church on Wednesday 14th December for the OM Carol Service.

Now a popular fixture in the annual events calendar, the service was followed by a drinks reception with the Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh, amongst those in attendance.

Please click here for a gallery of images from the event.

A full review will follow next week.

Review: 1981 reunion proves a hit
05 December 2016

Sixty Old Marlburians met on Saturday 19th November at no 11 Pimlico for the first official reunion of our year, 1981.

We all enjoyed a very vibrant evening in Pimlico catching up on 35 years. And what a 35 years it has been! With everyone in good jobs, married, with teenage kids there was much to talk about!

There was an especially good turn out from B1, B2 and C1 and many came from afar. Also very rare for an OM event: many spouses came too. Some of us meet privately and keep in regular contact but it was lovely to get everyone together in an official OM event for our year. We hope there will be more to come!

Click here for a selection of images.

Katrina Ure (B1 1979-81)

East Sussex Dinner
24 November 2016

20 East Sussex OMs met for their annual casual get-together on Friday 11th November at the Star pub at Waldron near Heathfield.

As usual the noise level was high and it was particularly noticeable how all the different generations present seemed to have so much in common. After much good food and wine, the evening closed with the ritual singing of 'The Old Bath Road'  - though sadly some of the younger members did not seem familiar with this Marlborough classic. It was left to us 'oldies' to keep the tradition going!

Any OMs living in East Sussex are welcome to join us at future events.  Please email Robin Bather for information.

Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Concert
03 October 2016

To mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of Tom ap Rhys Pryce (B1 1988-93) a collaborative concert featuring Marlborough College Music Scholars, Old Marlburians and special guests was drawn together which proved a fitting occasion for a very special person.

The first half of the concert featured Marlborough College Music Scholars (Tom himself was both a violin exhibitioner and latterly a Music Scholar at the College which gave a special poignancy and connection).  The programme of music by Purcell, Grieg, Mozart, John Rutter and a little jazz was an absolute delight. 

Compère, Alex Blake (B2 1988-1993) reminded us of the significance of the occasion, but despite the circumstance, the idea was a celebration of Tom’s life and that was certainly achieved.  There was genuine warmth and appreciation from the substantial audience that supported the event and with Crispian Steele-Perkins (B2 1958-62), Michael Pennington (PR 1957-61) and Imelda May contributing to a varied but effective second half, the concert was everything it needed to be. 

The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Trust, inspirationally led by Tom’s parents John and Estelle, has raised over £2 million since Tom’s untimely death and supports a number of organisations that seek to help disadvantaged children.  This concert was another example of one of the many fundraising initiatives that they have overseen and if any good can come out of such a tragedy, this surely must be it. 

Congratulations to all on a splendid event.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

Class of 2011 Reunion
30 September 2016

On Wednesday 21st September the Class of 2011 gathered at The Jam Tree in London for its five year reunion.

This was a chance for old friends and housemates to re-connect and find out how life post-university was treating all of us!

It was a brilliant event, and many thanks to Fiona Cottrill and Alex Martin for organising this, and I think I speak for everyone when I say we are all excited about the next event!

Jonathan Murphy (C2 2016-11)

Click here for a gallery of images from the event.

OMtrepreneurs Pitch and Putt
14 September 2016

The OMtrepreneurs met on Thursday 8th September at City Golf in London to listen to two highly insightful talks, five OMtrepreneur pitches, as well as to hit a few golf balls on the City Golf simulators.

Kyle Burrows (C1 1986-90) kicked of proceedings by sharing his experience of how to make sales. A talk that left many of us thinking harder as to which personality type we, and our clients, were. Peter Tahany (C3 1973-78)  then passed on his top tips from 30 years of advising entrepreneurs on how best to achieve a successful exit (notes available on request).

Rob Davenport (PR 1968-73) pitched how his company Locpin could increase the efficiency of delivery companies - saving them time and money through its precise e-location technology. Fergie Miller (C2 1992-97) continued the transport theme with The Local Courier‘s SEIS pitch –  an Uber style courier app that looks to upgrade corporations’ business logistics efficiency. The ability to make cost savings of scale and at speed were also the take away from Jamie Garner’s (C1 1988-93) pitch about Garner Haines and how its unique work force analytics technology could benefit corporates. Henry Barclay (C2 2007-12) made the special effort of coming down from Manchester to enlighten us to the infinite possibilities of VCode, a 2 dimensional code linking the physical world to a purchase, or any form of information, as well as acting as a secure identifier. James Talbot (PR 1974-78) linked us nicely in to Peter’s talk by flagging that for those thinking of selling their businesses James Talbot offers a roundtable to get business owners to focus on what they need to do to make their companies more attractive to a potential purchaser.

Our thanks to Mike Arnott (C1 1989-94) and “Entrepreneurial Lawyers for Entrepreneurs” MBM Commercial for sponsoring the event.

Our next networking event is anticipated to be early in the new year and to be exclusively for OMtrepreneurs seeking funding and/or advice from OM’s who may be interested in providing it. If you fall into either category or are an entrepreneur or growth investor not yet involved with the OMtrepreneurs who would like to be - then please contact the OM development team or Alisdair Wade at

Old Marlburian Golfing Society Dinner
07 September 2016

The quinquennial formal dinner of the Old Marlburian Golfing Society was held on Thursday 12th May 2016 at The East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London. The Dinner was hosted by the President of the Society, Tony Hill (CO 1949-53), and the Captain, Iain Macdonald-Smith (B1 1959-63).

In all 110 attendees sat down to a superb dinner which was preceded by a champagne reception. 76 of the attendees were members of the Society and 34, which included a few OMs not Society members, were there as guests. The principal guest was Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72), President of The Marlburian Club. Other guests included the Captains and Secretaries of the various Golf Clubs that very kindly allow the Society to hold matches on their courses. The Society enjoys excellent relations with many Golf Clubs throughout the UK and this dinner gives the Society the ability to reciprocate hospitality and express gratitude for letting us play their courses and thank opposing match managers.

Attending from the College were the Chaplain, Reverend Dr David Campbell, who gave the Grace Prayer. Also present were Martin Evans (CR 1968 -), President of the 1843 Society, and Jon Copp, Director of Development. From Common Room were two youthful keen golfers, Joe Lane and Hannah Meehan, the former being Master in charge of Marlborough golf.

The President said a few words of welcome before dinner commenced. Once dinner had been served there were two excellent but contrasting speeches. Firstly, the Captain talked about the current health of the Society, including a few targeted anecdotes about certain members, before proposing the health of the guests. The reply on behalf of the guests came from Philip Truett, President of the Old Cranleighian Golfing Society, who delivered a very polished and amusing speech before proposing the continued health of the Society.

There seemed no doubt the dinner was greatly enjoyed by all and many lingered on afterwards quite late to catch up on all the news, recounting old stories –  all this being so much part of this occasion. The next formal Society dinner will be sometime in 2021 – in the meantime there will be lots of golfing fun and hopefully many new members joining the Society.

James Hopper (C1 1957-62)

As You Like It
15 July 2016

Members of The Marlburian Club office caught a performance of Sash McMurray’s (LI 2005-07) Open Air Immersive production of As You Like It at The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park for Watch Your Head last night.

An imaginative and thoughtful rendering of the play, a talented cast, music, dance and circus acrobatics combined with the background of the enchanting Savill Gardens led to a magical evening.

Catch the last week of the Production if you get a chance. To find out more click here.

‘The production runs until the last week of July, and it is hard to imagine a more rewarding and pleasurable way to spend a summer evening. Even if this most suspect of summers denies you fine weather, the company will ensure you have much to think about in a play that in the right hands will always reveal more layers and resonances than you expected.’ Live Theatre UK review

‘Captivatingly original’ Simon Heffer, The Telegraph

Gallery: Summer Drinks Party
15 June 2016

The 2016 Marlburian Club Summer Drinks Party took place on the evening of Tuesday 14th June.

Following on from the success of the 2014 event, this year's gathering took place at The Stationers’ Hall, by kind permission of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

Almost 200 OMs were present, enjoying drinks and canapés in the hall and garden from from 6.30pm until around 9pm.

Thanks to all those who attended - a gallery of images can be viewed here with a full review to follow.

1991 25-year reunion
13 June 2016

The Class of 1991 gathered at Marlborough on Saturday 11th June for a 25-year reunion.

There were around 100 OMs in attendance and those present enjoyed canapés, a hog roast, wine and dessert as they reminisced throughout what was an enjoyable event.

A gallery of 51 images from the evening can be viewed here with a full review to follow.

North-East Dinner
24 May 2016

Sir David Chapman (LI 1955-59) hosted the first North East Dinner at the Northern Counties Club in Newcastle on Thursday 19th May.

It was a brilliant occasion, we enjoyed a delicious three course meal accompanied by some excellent wine and port.

The groups' broad age range made for some very interesting stories of the changes which have taken place at Marlborough over the past half-century. It was lovely to meet the Master, and his wife Emma. The Master provided an interesting and comprehensive update from the College, and an insight into the plans for the future.

On behalf of all the OMs present, I would like to thank Sir David for his generosity in subsidising the event, and for hosting us all so brilliantly.

George Coleman (C1 2007-2012)

St Paul's Drinks Reception
26 April 2016

Almost 100 guests attended a drinks reception at The Guild Church of St Martin within Ludgate on Monday 25th April.

The Chapel Choir sung Eucharist at St Paul's Cathedral at 5pm before a selection of parents joined Old Marlburians for the drinks reception.

A selection of images can be viewed in the gallery here.

Sung Eucharist at St Paul’s
26 April 2016

St Paul’s Cathedral is quite simply awe-inspiring.  Opened in 1708 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Christian worship has been offered there for 1400 years and the building remains an iconic landmark within the City of London and beyond. 

It’s an intimidating place to perform.  Indeed, the large regular boys’ choir are trained to sing in a particular style in order to project the sound to good effect in such a space.  For visiting choirs, projection can be something of an issue, and moreover, perhaps, issues of ensemble.  It’s often difficult to hear fellow performers and one can feel uncomfortably isolated.  A tall order then, perhaps, for the Chapel Choir to contend with, given their usual performing space is so much smaller.
They were, however, certainly not overwhelmed and as the service progressed (unusually an evening Eucharist rather than Evensong to celebrate St Mark’s day) they clearly warmed to the task, most notably peaking in the Sanctus of Schubert’s Mass in G.  There was also a sensitive and well-crafted anthem in the form of Give us the Wings of Faith by Ernest Bullock, although St Paul’s Cathedral should, perhaps rethink the sense in conducting a collection in the performance, which was an unwelcome distraction. 

Jonathan Venn (C3 L6) and Lucy Hudson (EL L6) should receive particular awards for bravery in completing notable solos alongside the usual musical mastery, attention to detail and charisma of Choirmaster, Alex Hodgkinson.  Quite apart from anything else, this is a valuable London performance for the Choir in front of a large congregation and on this showing, a presentation for which Marlborough College should be truly proud. 

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director
Twitter: @MCol_Music

Old Marlburian Club Women's Network
14 April 2016

As with many positive ventures, it was an aggravating article that prompted it - splashed across the internet: Marlborough College produces excellent wives. 

It galvanised Caroline Laidlaw (MO 1992-96), Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97) and Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) to join forces to acknowledge, support and celebrate the many brilliant women that the College has produced since girls were introduced in 1968.  And so, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.. the idea of the Old Marlburian Club Women's Network was born. 

Supported and welcomed from the outset by the Marlburian Club, the network launched in March 2016 with a record 120 women joining together at Rathbones for a series of inspiring talks and networking drinks afterwards.

Women from the first intake in 1968, girls currently studying at Marlborough and all generations in between were represented.  There were doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, mothers, entrepreneurs, MPs, journalists, designers, bankers... an array of brilliant and diverse talent that is not only credit to the school but will prove an invaluable resource for peer to peer support and future mentorships and work experience opportunities.

All OMs are welcome to join us - women and men alike - at the events we'll be hosting in the future, and to see the myriad opportunities and ventures already being mentioned on the Old Marlburian's Women's Network LinkedIn Group, which has 200+ members and growing.

Do join! Goodness knows the world is complicated and divided enough - the opportunity to gather together, support each other, and share wisdom, expertise and wine is one to be celebrated!

Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97)

South-West France Lunch
13 April 2016

The latest South-West France lunch took place on Saturday 2nd April 2016.

It was a very good occasion with 21 sitting down to enjoy a magnificent six-course menu accompanied by excellent wines. The senior OM present was Lt Colonel James Rich (B3 1951-55) who was accompanied by his charming wife, Pat, and who had been one time Military Attaché at our Paris embassy.

We owe a great deal to John Wilkinson (CR 1967-93) and Louise Wythe for a splendid occasion and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously in John’s beautiful 15th century house. The Master and Emma Leigh were tireless in mixing with all the OMs present and the Master sang the College Grace most melodiously.

There are some good photographs taken by Mrs Catharina Tinniswood which can be viewed here.
These include an image of a superb painting of the lunch by the renowned Gascon artist, Perry Taylor, which was later presented to Mrs Louise Wythe for all of her sterling work.

The lunch was a most enjoyable occasion and we look forward to the next SW France lunch in 2018.

Martin Evans
President of the 1843 Society

Marlburian Club Women's Network
02 March 2016

The inaugural Marlburian Club Women's Network took place on Tuesday 1st March and proved to be a roaring success.

With around 100 people in attendance, Phanella Fine (NC 1993-98) gave a speech whilst Club President Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72) was also in attendance along with several members of Development Office staff.

A gallery of 26 images can be viewed here.

East Sussex Dinner
01 December 2015

On Friday 13th November 15 OMs met for their annual informal dinner at The Star pub in Waldron near Heathfield in the heart of East Sussex. 

We were pleased to include four new local members as well as welcoming Chris Carpmael (C1 1980-84), the Chairman of The Marlburian Club.  Chris seemed to enjoy the informality of the occasion but after dinner he did talk to us briefly about his hopes that Club Members might do more to help young OMs and current pupils in their careers. He has subsequently circulated details of how OMs can help in practice. 

As always the evening was rounded off by the rousing singing of ' The Old Bath Road'.  However some of us older members were somewhat surprised that some younger members were not familiar with this most important piece of Marlborough musical history.
Anyone who lives in East Sussex and who would like to join us in 2016 should contact Robin Bather directly on email or call 01435 810076.

Developing Businesses...
05 November 2015

The Digital Players group met up in London on Tuesday 3rd November with a gathering of around 15 people in London.

Meeting at The Rack and Tenter Pub in Moorgate, a range of Old Marlburians discussed the new technologies, their careers and future business opportunities.

Organised by James Spender (C2 1987-92) and Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87), it was the second Digital Players’ night following the inaugural event in November 2014.

“Thanks to all who could make it for making the night so vibrant. It was great to see so many bright minds sharing to mutually develop businesses,” said Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87).

“I would argue the value of such 'free consultancy' can't be measured. We now have ideas on the next event, will keep posted. In the meantime please feel free to post on our Linkedin page as a virtual trading space.”

He continued: “As a group, we exist to help you develop your business, so let’s get exchanging on the Linkedin page!”

For further information on the diverse range of future events for Old Marlburians please contact Events Manager Fiona Cottrill on email or by telephone +44 (1672) 892382.

Property Group Drinks Reception
04 November 2015

The OM property drinks reception, held on Wednesday 14th October, was hosted at The Pavilion in Victoria which is the impressive marketing suite of Land Securities - and of course led by the current Chief Exec Rob Noel (C2 1978-82).

James Gillett (C2 1971-75) introduced the evening followed briefly by Ben Ridgwell from Land Securities who kindly gave an intriguing insight into the Masterplan behind redevelopment in the Victoria area. Niall Hamilton (still known as Doc H to all Alumni) entertainingly rounded off the evenings talks with an update from the College.

All 40 OMs who were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening at The Pavilion - and a few drinks after!

The drinks reception will be held on an annual basis with a dinner held every three years. Please do get in contact if you are in a property related business as we would welcome your attendance next time.

Arts & Media Drinks Reception
22 October 2015

The White Hart Pub on Drury Lane hosted around 40 OMs for the Arts & Media drinks reception on Wednesday 21st October.

Group Secretaries Susannah Tresilian (NC 1992-97) and Andrew Shepherd (LI 1993-98) introduced the evening and spoke about their plans for the future development of the group; their desire for input from members in shaping the group and their plans to help develop collaborations, share advice, offer mentoring and maintain close links with Marlborough and current pupils interested in Arts & Media.

Johnny Gee (CO1985-90) kindly arranged to have Radio 2 artist, Sara Spade, play an informal ‘pop-up’ set which was hugely entertaining and very well received by the gathered crowd.
There was a diverse group of OMs from a variety of Arts & Media fields in attendance, from comedians and actors, to designers, producers and journalists.

Andrew Shepherd commented: "We were delighted with the turnout and there is clearly a desire to really take the group forward. I hope that this I the start for the future."

For further information on the diverse range of future events for Old Marlburians please contact Events Manager Fiona Cottrill on email or by telephone +44 (1672) 892382.

Club Day: Review and Video
12 October 2015

The College welcomed nearly 200 OMs back for Club Day on Sunday 11th October.

A wide variety of activities were available for OMs to participate in including; shooting, a screening of the 749 film which looked at some of the 749 OMs and Marlborough staff who were killed in WW1, an ISHL hockey tournament and the traditional service in Chapel.

There was also a concert by Michael Boxford featuring the Master singing songs from gave a short concert where the Master sang songs from Schumann’s Dichterliebe and exhibition on the poet Charles Hamilton Sorley.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Click here to watch a video of the day.

The Class of 2010 - Five Year Reunion
23 September 2015

Over 100 OMs from the class of 2010 met at the Jam Tree in Chelsea for a five year reunion on Tuesday 22nd September.

Most of the OMs in attendance had recently graduated from University and moved to London so were very grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with school friends they had lost touch with.

Chris Carpmael and Richard Fleck also attended and spoke briefly about the opportunities available to young OMs through their connection to the Club.

There was a wonderfully warm atmosphere and guests enjoyed music, food and drinks.

Harry Scott (C1 2005-10), was one of many who enjoyed the event, commenting: "The event was well attended with many now living and working in London.

"Many thanks to the Marlburian Club for organising a fantastic evening and giving us the opportunity to catch up with old friends after five momentous years."

Paris Performance
13 July 2015

The Marlborough College Choir were at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris on Sunday 12th July.

The College’s Director of Chapel Music, Alex Hodgkinson, conducted the choir with President Elect of the Marlburian Club, Olivia Timbs (C1 1970-72), in attendance along with Andrew Brown (Head of Modern Languages), friends of Marlborough College and OMs.

A full review of the event will follow.

Bi-Annual B3 Reunion
29 June 2015

The Bi-Annual B3 Reunion was held on Saturday 27th June, with around 16 OMs returning to the College.

Held for those who left Marlborough between 1943 and 1948, guests enjoyed a two-course lunch in the Smoking Room with the chance to reminisce.

The next Marlburian Club event will be held on Wednesday evening, the Entrepreneurs and Small Business Group evening with Simon Woodroffe (PR 1965-68) in London.

1990s Reunion
15 June 2015

Over 100 OMs, including family and friends, returned to Marlborough on Saturday 13th June for the 25th anniversary of the class of 1990.

There was a drinks reception in Adderley, attended by the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and several Beaks - some of whom taught at the College 25 years ago.

Guests then retreated to the marquee in Court for a hog roast, drinks, pudding and coffee before the evening continued with guests taking the opportunity to catch up and reminisce.

Thank you to all those who attended and we hope you had a brilliant evening. A gallery of images from the event can be viewed here.

1843 Society Lunch
08 June 2015

1843 Society Lunch 2015Stunning weather greeted members of the 1843 Society for their annual lunch on Sunday, enjoying drinks and canapés in the Master’s Garden, before a sumptuous lunch in the Adderley.

The Society recognises those who have made a bequest to the College. It meets at least once a year and over 50 guests were welcomed by the Master Jonathan Leigh, Mrs Emma Leigh, and the 1843 Society President, Mr Martin Evans.

Guests were entertained with a splendid musical recital from Lower Sixth pupils Rhys Barnes (C1), Bella Bryan (IH) and Bella Imi (EL).  Some guests extended the day by watching the Marlborough Blues play cricket on the XI.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the 1843 Society, please contact Development Manager Jan Perrins on 01672 892439 or by email.

East Coast Reception
03 June 2015

The Marlburian Club East Coast Reception was held on Tuesday 2nd June in New York.

Guests joined Caesar Bryan (B2 1968-73) for drinks with the Master, Mr Jonathan Leigh and his wife, Emma, at the East Pole Restaurant in New York.

Also in attendance were Development Director, Jon Copp, and Development Manager, Jan Perrins.

Business, Banking & Finance Industry Event
14 May 2015

The Marlburian Club welcomed two authorities on the banking crisis to the Business, Banking & Finance Industry Networking Event on Wednesday 13th May.

Previously the BBC’s Chief Economic Correspondent and author of Inside the Banking Crisis, Hugh Pym (C1 1973-77), has been one of the leading commentators on the banking crisis and the UK economic recession, from the demise of Northern Rock, the collapse of Lehmans, to the unprecedented bailouts of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds/HBOS.

Hugh was joined by Tony Lomas, Chairman of PwC’s UK Business Recovery Services.  These two gentlemen provided a fascinating insight into one of the biggest peacetime crisis for the UK for generations.

Eighty guests attended the event, which was held at Rathbones in London, and we are very grateful to the company for hosting this evening.

West Coast Reception
06 May 2015

The Marlburian Club West Coast Reception took place at the Mumm Winery in California on Sunday 26th April.

It was a well-supported event with around 25 OMs and their guests in attendance, with the majority from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Special thanks go to Mark Durcan (PR 1978-79) who flew in from Boise in Idaho and to Adam Scott (B2 1973-78) who travelled from Topanga, Los Angeles.

Click here for the full review or here for a guestlist.

Edinburgh Dinner
01 May 2015

New Club, EdinburghThe Edinburgh Dinner once again took place in the New Club (founded in 1787) in Princes Street on Thursday 16th April. 

We were lucky enough to be able to return to the Long Room with its access to the Balcony and the wonderful views across the Gardens to the Castle, with the trees in full bloom. 

On top of that, we were blessed with the most glorious day, which, as it turned to evening, the sunset lit up the castle and revealed an array of colours hidden in the stone, that up until then had not been visible. Major James Scott (L/L1 1942-46) who is a permanent resident of the Club, hosted the dinner.

The Master and Emma Leigh attended as did Richard Fleck (B3 1962-67) Marlburian Club President and Christopher Carpmael (C1 1980-84) Marlburian Club Chairman.  The Master and the Club President both spoke. The Master highlighted his strong desire to broaden the bursary offering to help those less fortunate to provide them with the breadth of education that the College offers. Richard Fleck talked about his desire to strengthen the OM network and build stronger ties between OMs and College students.

There were 25 OMs, including wives, present. There were no undergraduates present (last year there were five) and Lieutenant James Geddes of 3 Rifles stationed in Edinburgh was unable to be present as he was in South Africa.  Last year there were 35. The New Club produced a first class dinner, which was very well organised. Thankfully, even though the General Election was looming, politics played little part in the discussions! We very much hope for as full a turnout as possible at these events, so that we can optimise the strength of the OM network.

Thank you to all those attending for making it such a special occasion on the most stunning of evenings.

Major Scott (L/L1 1942-46) and Chris Carpmael (C1 1980-84)

Capital performance
22 April 2015

The College Choir sung Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 21st April, with around 150 Old Marlburians in attendance.

Following the service, there was a drinks reception at St. Martin-within-Ludgate Church where the Chamber Choir also performed.

The Marlburian Club would like to thank Nigel Grieve (B1 1957-60) for his assistance with the venue.

A full review can be found here.

Gallery: Annual Dinner 2015
13 March 2015

Annual Dinner 2015The Marlburian Club Annual Dinner took place on Thursday 12th March 2015 with around 260 guests enjoying the evening.

A gallery of images from the evening can be found here.

If you have pictures from the event that you would like to share, then please email them here.

SE Asia Marlburian Club Dinner
03 March 2015

Members of the Marlburian Club and their spouses met at the Singapore Island Golf and Country Club at the invitation of the Singapore Marlburian Club Secretary, HY Lau, and the President of the Club, Richard Fleck on Saturday 28th February.

With nearly 60 people present, HY Lau introduced the Masters of the two Marlboroughs, Jonathan Leigh and Bob Pick (MCM) and the President of the Marlburian Club, Richard Fleck.

Short speeches were made before the guests enjoyed the gastronomic delights on offer and excellent company. Turner House was the most represented House and, in characteristic manner, ensured celebrations continued until the early hours.

Click here for a gallery of images from the event, courtesy of Marlborough College Malaysia.

Kenyan Gathering
28 January 2015

On Tuesday 27th January 2015 the Master and Mrs. Leigh held a Drinks party at the Muthaiga Country Club.

They met several Old Marlburians who live in Kenya and the parents of Marlburians from Kenya, as well as some prospective parents of possible future Marlburians. 

There were some 35 persons present.  After some socializing the Master spoke to the gathering and highlighted the benefits of a Marlborough education as well as the plans for expanding and improving the existing facilities. 

He also emphasized that Marlborough was a vibrant and busy school and that at weekends there was a wide range of activates which he and many other members of the 140 strong teaching staff helped to organise.

Atlas reunion for 2013 Leavers
17 December 2014

The reunion for 2013 Leavers was held at The Atlas in Fulham on Monday 15th December.

There were around 45 attendees for what is now a regular fixture in The Marlburian Club calendar.

Director of Development, Jon Copp, joined by Marlburian Club President Richard Fleck and Steven Bishop, Marlburian Club Chairman welcomed those present.  Jon said of the evening:

“The Atlas once again proved to be a perfect venue and the atmosphere was both warm and welcoming. It was great to catch up with some of our recent leavers and hear how they are progressing following gap years and university entry. We look forward to other opportunities to engage with our 2013 Leavers in the years to come."

The Club President highlighted the many social and networking opportunities that will be organised by the Marlburian Club in 2015 and in this regard Richard stressed the importance of keeping the Club Office updated with current email and telephone contact to ensure that lines of communication are in place.

With the evening in full swing the older generation retired, leaving the young to party the night away!


‘With new-won eyes’ – commemorative art exhibition features War Horse images
17 November 2014

The centre-piece of a major new exhibition at Marlborough College’s Mount House Gallery is the striking image – Standing To – commissioned by Michael Morpurgo from Olivia Lomenech Gill to publicise the concert version of his famous book, play and film War Horse

This exhibition shows Gill and the sculptor Charles Poulsen commemorating war - each in their own way, sometimes directly and sometimes much more obliquely.

Click here to read a full review by Tony Millett of Marlborough News Online or click here for an extensive image gallery.

The exhibition is open to the public until Friday 12th December, 2pm to 5.00pm – or by appointment.  Sculpture trail tours are by arrangement.   For further information ‘phone Vincent Stokes on 01672 892411.

Digital Players Group
17 November 2014

The scene at the inaugural Digital Players meet up, November 2014Around 20 OMs gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Digital Players group in London on Monday 10th November.

Digital Players is a new Marlburian Club industry group geared towards those working or interested in shaping the digital economy.

“An ecommerce economy estimated to be already $20 trillion in size with 2.4 billion participants globally, growing at 15% annually. Technologies such as Mobile, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Social Media are transforming whole industries and the way we work,” said James Spender (C2 1987-92), who along with Mark Tidmarsh (B3 1983-87), organises the group.

“The group is currently growing on LinkedIn and is made up of a range of OMs including Entrepreneurs, Strategists, Marketers and Information and Communication Technology professionals.

“The big idea is to share knowledge and help one another, as well as having a catch up! This is exactly what we did on Monday and it was a great evening. We had a productive mixture of Creatives and Techies.

"We heard some interesting ideas on how to take the group forward and plan to circulate a quick poll online to agree next steps”, added Spender.

If you are interested in hearing about further events then please join the LinkedIn group or email the Club office.

East Sussex Dinner
15 November 2014

OMs enjoy the evening in WaldronThis year 13 OMs from East Sussex met for their annual informal dinner at The Star pub in Waldron near Heathfield on Friday 14th November 2014. 

As usual the Chef had prepared an excellent meal which was enjoyed by all.  Though five newcomers had been in touch in relation to the event, in fact just two were able to join us on the night.  Even though generations were mixed up in the seating plan, the noise level indicated that the OM bond still linked all ages together, particularly during the singing of The Old Bath Road! 

The 2015 Dinner is planned for Friday 13th November and anyone interested who has not joined us before should contact Robin Bather directly via email or call 01435 810076.

Visions of Peace
10 November 2014

It was wonderful to welcome back around 40 Old Marlburian singers on the evening of Sunday 9th November for 'Vision of Peace', a service of music and readings for Remembrance Sunday.

These singers joined our magnificent Chapel Choir to sing works by, amongst others, Byrd, Fauré, Dyson (CR, 1911-1914), Bairstow, and Taverner. It was particularly special for the combined choirs to sing Charles Wood's anthem 'Expectans Expectavi', a setting of words by Old Marlburian Charles Hamilton Sorley, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 1915, aged just 20. We are very grateful to David du Croz (CR 1996-2007) for giving such a moving reflection.

It was incredibly poignant to have several generations of Marlburians commemorating those who sat and sang in these pews 100 years before them. An evocative, entirely fitting celebration in words and music.

We will remember them.

Alex Hodgkinson
Director of Chapel Music

Club Day 2014
21 October 2014

Several hundred OMs returned to familiar surroundings on Sunday 12th October for the pre-1967 Club Day Reunion.

The Marlburian Club AGM preceded a buoyant Chapel service before a reception for Club Members in Court, which offered the chance to renew acquaintances over drinks and canapés in the welcoming surroundings of the marquee.

Click here for the full review.

Business, Banking & Finance
26 September 2014

The latest Business, Banking and Finance event took place on Thursday 25th September at HSBC Private Bank.

Around 60 guests enjoyed the night which included a talk from Michael Stoddart (LI 1945-50), one of the founding fathers of the UK venture capital industry. The guestlist included a range of ages – including current Marlborough College pupils, undergraduates and OMs at different stages of their careers.

Speaker Alisdair Wade (TU 1989-94) also addressed the room, discussing the prospect of establishing an OM Angel network, which aims to bring together OM business “angels” with OM entrepreneurs looking for funding and advice. If you are a potential angel investor, an entrepreneur or a small business advisor and would be interested in being involved then please contact the Development Office.

Once again a thank you to Club President Robin Janvrin for his assistance with the venue and also to Banking & Finance group secretary Imran Tayabali (LI 1989–94).

Review: 1843 Society Lunch
10 June 2014

Members of the 1843 Society were blessed with beautiful weather for their annual lunch on Sunday, enjoying drinks and canapés in the Master’s Garden, before sitting down to lunch in the Adderley.

The Society recognises those who have made a bequest to the College. It meets at least once a year and 62 guests, which included those interested in finding out more and attending for the first time, were welcomed by the Master Jonathan Leigh, Mrs Emma Leigh, and the 1843 Society President, Mr Martin Evans. The Chairman of Council, Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG PC (C1 1967-71) and his wife were also in attendance.

Guests were entertained with a splendid musical recital from music scholars Helena Mackie (MO Re) and Sarah Mattinson (MM Re).  Some extended the day watching the Marlborough Blues play cricket on the XI, which provided a glorious sunny end to a thoroughly enjoyable day.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the 1843 Society, please either call or email Development Manager Jan Perrins on 01672 892439 or

Click here to view an extended gallery of images from the day.

Review: Summer Drinks Party
21 May 2014

Summer Drinks 2014Blessed with a simply glorious setting and even better weather, the Summer Drinks Party on Monday 19th May really did launch the sunny season, with one of the biggest and most enthusiastic occasions the Club has ever seen outside Wiltshire.

Over 300 OMs (and more had been turned away having applied too late… how typically Marlburian!) from all generations packed into the idyllic courtyard garden of the Stationers’ Hall or explored its elegant chambers, for the use of which we were 100% indebted to William Alden (TU 1968-72), Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapermakers.

The informality of the event seemed particularly in tune with the warm evening, and it was particularly special to see many OMs who had not ventured to a reunion before. To quote one satisfied punter, “Having hesitated about making a special trip up to Town from Hampshire, I am so glad that I did. It was a very happy event and I packed in a wide variety of conversations with contemporaries, juniors and seniors…  And it was not all about nostalgia, which becomes tedious very quickly; rather discovering how the rebel has been tamed, as well as witnessing how the shy and timid has become the adventurer and risk taker. How we all change – yet the core personalities seem to stay constant… I had no idea that I drank as much as I did (until this morning), so the wine must have been pretty decent – and the food was first class.  Combined with the quality of the venue, your £25 was a bargain, so thank you for working so hard to make the price accessible to all… I really enjoyed just bouncing through the crowd talking to him to her, and realising that the best form of disguise is to simply lose your hair…”

To see Michael Pilkington (C2 1942-47) relaxing comfortably on a bench in the garden smoking his pipe, nattering happily to a bright young female (unidentified, alas!) from the ‘00s squeezed in beside him, while fellow musician, Jonny Gee (CO 1985-90) bridged the age gap showed exactly what the occasion was about. The food was delicious, the wine even better, the chatter insatiable and the atmosphere utterly relaxed and happy.
Imogen Hendricks (BH 1979-81), Harriett Jagger (PR 1976-78) and Susanna Spicer (SU 1979-81) did a magnificent job in organising so much fun for so many from all eras.

If you can help with next year’s party, please get in touch without delay - this simply can’t be a one-off!

OM Property Dinner
09 May 2014

Over 60 OMs made merry at the biennial Property Dinner at the RAF Club on May Day evening.

The Chartered Surveyors (founded 1952) have now kindly opened their doors to all OMs involved in property and these ranged from developers to agents, architects and even potential investors. 

The bar did swift business both before and after the event itself, and the networking was therefore commensurately good. Rob Noel (C2 1978-82), Director of Land Securities and the OM behind the Walkie-Talkie building among many other projects kindly proposed the health of the College, and the Master gave a quick run down of things at the Marlborough end.  Thanks were also voted to the Gilletts: James (C2 1971-75) for being the third generation of the family to run this particular Marlburian Club sideshoot (believed to be the oldest of its kind), and Alan (C2 1944-48) for having done so before him - as his father Herbert (C2 1908-12) had done before him. 

Susanna Spicer (SU, 1979-81)

The Past Presidents' Luncheon, Thursday 8th May 2014
09 May 2014

Always a well-attended event, this year's gathering of the Club's 'greybeards' and their guests was held in the historic surroundings of the House of Lords, courtesy of current Club President, Lord Janvrin (B1 1960-64).

Twenty sat down to a particularly delicious lunch, which was graced by the presence of the Master and Mrs Leigh. He kindly spoke on matters Marlborough, and John Worlidge (1987-88), the Senior Past President present, briefly rose to pass on the good wishes of the actual Senior Past President, Sir Eric Yarrow, Bt (1984-85), to the assembled company.

By coincidence OM Lord Boswell of Aynho (C2 1956-61) was on his feet in the Chamber as the lunch began; it was also good to have Lord Brooke CH (LI 1947-52, President 1993-94) with us in the Dining Room as a further representative of OMs who grace those hallowed corridors with greater frequency than the rest of us.

Susanna Spicer (SU, 1979-81)

Marlburian Club South-West France Lunch
09 April 2014

A most enjoyable OM luncheon took place on Saturday 5th April at the home of John Wilkinson, the South-West France Hon. Secretary, in Le Castéra near Toulouse.

There were 25 guests at the lunch, which was also attended by the Master and his wife, Emma Leigh. The Master updated us all with news of the College and he also most kindly sang the Grace.

The President, Robin Janvrin, was unable to attend but sent a warm message wishing the assembled company “a long, leisurely and completely wonderful lunch in the true traditions of La France profonde” - and this was most certainly achieved!

Martin Evans, President of the 1843 Society, was also present and our host, John Wilkinson, made us all feel most welcome.

Proceedings were rounded off with the rousing singing of The Old Bath Road.

Click here for a gallery of images from the event.

Pupils' Review of the Annual Club Dinner 2014
11 March 2014

Head Girl, Libby Adam (NC U6) and Head Boy, Al Aldridge (CO U6), were invited as guests to the Marlburian Club 2014 Annual Dinner which was held on Wednesday 5th March in London. Here, they share their views on the evening...

In the prestigious setting of the Royal Automobile Club, a place steeped in history and grandeur, we were treated to our first Old Marlburian Club Annual Dinner.

It was an absolute privilege to be asked to come to this event which felt even more special as we are not actually Old Marlburians yet and because we were surrounded by such high profile people. However, we were not daunted as we had the legend that is Martin Evans to include us into various conversations and introduce us to the diverse range of guests in the Mountbatten Room.

Three courses later and with petit fours still to come, we toasted the Queen and everyone began to mingle again in the break before speeches. Having conversations with Old Marlburians of different ages we quickly began to realise that Marlburians are all the same at heart. The evening was full of good humour and great conversation; a particular highlight was hearing stories of our Beaks in their younger days, we have promised to keep them to ourselves!

Overall the evening was hilariously good fun and we both hope to attend many more as we join the ranks of Old Marlburians in just under four months time and hopefully one day we will meet the Senior Prefects of the time and share some stories of our own.

Marlburian Club Annual Dinner 2014
06 March 2014

The Marlburian Club Annual Dinner 2014 was held in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Automobile Club.

The Annual Dinner was once again held in the atmospheric surroundings of the Royal Automobile Club. The Club President, Lord Janvrin (B1 1960-64) spoke persuasively about the importance of connection, networking and development and keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive for the benefit of younger members.  The Master, Jonathan Leigh updated guests on the many outstanding achievements of current pupils.

Attendees included a table of OM golfers, many generations of fathers and sons (Roger and Alexander Backhouse (C3 1974-79 and LI 2005-10), Christopher and Philip Chope (SU 1961-65) and LI 2005-10), Alexander and Hamish Woodhouse (B3 1974-79 – and LI 2005-10), BBC Correspondent, Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79) and Charles Spencer Benard (B2 1955-60) who has lived in Paris for 40 years and attended the Dinner for the first time.

A gallery of images from this event can be viewed by clicking here.

OM South African Dinner
26 February 2014

The OM South African Dinner took place on Friday 21st February at the 96 Winery Road Restaurant in in the winelands of Stellenbosch.

Richard Hilton (B2 1982-87) organised the event and was delighted with the outcome of what was a memorable evening for all concerned.

“The chatter was non-stop and the night was a great success,” remarked Richard, in an email to the Development Office.

“A glass was raised to the College and of course to all OMs. We believe there are around 33 OMs in South Africa and we would like to get more involved next time, which should take place in around 18-24 months.”

OMs in attendance amongst the gathering were:

Robert Allen (LI 1954-58)
Julian Brewer (TU 1977-81)
Teresa Cross (née Butler, B1 1985-87)
Tom Hannam (B3, 1978-83)
Richard Hilton (B2, 1982-87)
Andrew Jackson (B1, 1984-89)
Kit Jackson (C2, 1953-57)
Roman Roth (1994-96)

The wine-paired dinner consisted of the following:

VILLIERA Tradition Brut NV as aperitif
(Julian Brewer is married to Cathy – family owner of Villiera )
Nobu Sashimi – HILTON Rockwater Fountain Viognier 2012 (
Beef Carpaccio – HILTON Blazing Hill Syrah 2010
Seared Norwegian Salmon – HILTON The Dalmatian Syrah 2010
Six month old cheddar – BOPLAAS Tawny NV
Assorted Sorbet – VILLIERA Demi-Sec NV

If anyone from outside SA wishes to attend the next event and combine it with a holiday to Southern Africa, they can quote ‘Old Marlburian’ when enquiring with GREATEST AFRICA – a travel company run by Richard Hilton.

Spirit of Summer on Autumn Club Day 2013
15 October 2013

On a bright autumn day, over 300 OMs and guests attended Club Day at the College on Saturday 5th October 2013.

Veteran OMs were joined by families and young OMs from the 1995-2005 decade at the AGM, Chapel Service, Reception and Lunch. After a brief but informative address by the Master, Jonathan Leigh, Steven Bishop delivered a very witty speech at the noon Reception praising Martin Evans who, after 12 years of service to the Club, stood down as Club Secretary. Never to be outshone in public speaking, Martin of course replied and his humerous anecdotes filled the Marlburian Social Club with yet more laughter...more

Wiltshire Dinner Success
16 September 2013

Red Lion

John Manser, Deputy Chairman of the College, hosted an intimate gathering of 46 OMs and spouses at his Michelin starred Red Lion Freehouse restaurant on Thursday 12th September 2013. Those attending not only enjoyed an excellent event but were delighted that the Master, Jonathan Leigh, was able to report on excellent exam results of the College. The Red Lion will no doubt have many more regular customers after sampling the excellent food provided by Guy Manning (C2 1990-95) and enjoying the unique atmosphere of this unique venue.

B2 1981 Leavers Gather Again
05 August 2013

Charlie Horrell (B2 1976-81), wrote to the Club about this year's B2 1981 leavers' reunion, 'Most of us turn 50 this year and this seemed an appropriate milestone for a reunion - if it did not happen soon the fading memories would disappear!' Through the power of The Marlburian Club, Google and in the perseverance of Robin Pakenham, 13 of the group met at the Queen's Club in London on 28th February. As very few had seen each other in the intervening 32 years there was a degree of trepidation but it was so much fun the club had to turn the group out at midnight when they shut. 

Charlie added, "The jokes and stories had got no better but they still made us laugh. Old House photos were examined. We all agreed we had got better with age." Waiting another 32 years does not seem appropriate so the B2 1981 leavers have decided to repeat the gathering every two years and thoroughly recommend it to other OMs.

To organise an event for your House or Year please contact Jane Pendry at

B3 Veterans Reunion
22 July 2013

B3 ReunionThe biennial reunion of veteran B3 members who came to the College between 1941 and 47, took place at the recently refurbished Marlborough Wine Bar, more familiar to generations of Marlburians as The Sun Inn on Saturday, 15th June 2013.



David Henson welcomed the assembled party of 25, including 9 wives, and relayed messages from those unable to attend. During the excellent lunch, Tom Davies gave an interesting insight into  F M Heywood (Master 1939-1952), whom he knew while a housemaster at Lord Mayor Treloar College, when F M Heywood was Warden. Click on underlined links to read two anecdotes: F M Heywood - A Remarkable Man and F M Heywood - Emergency Stop!

We were delighted to have a visit from Steven Bishop, Martin Evans and Jane Pendry, Marlburian Club President, Secretary and Alumni Manager respectively. It was a successful and happy occasion with conversation never flagging.

In attendance, listed by their leaving dates were Hugh Baddeley (1946), John Cumming (1946), Tom Davies (1945), David Henson (1948), Giles Hopkinson (1949), John  Innes (1950), David Longbottom (1951), Peter Miller (1950), David Pilkington (1948),  James  Puntan (1950), Robert Selby (1951), John Stedman (1947), Michael Tisdall (1948), Kenneth Usher (1945), Eddie Weiss (1949) and David Whitaker (1949).

Return of the First Touring XV
28 June 2013

Rugby ReunionEighteen of the original twenty-tour rugby XV from 1987, the first team to go on tour, joined parents and pupils at a sumptuous fundraising Dinner held in the Norwood Hall on Saturday 8th June 2013.  

The Dinner aimed to raise funds to take 40 pupils on a rugby tour of Singapore and the Eastern part of Australia, to play against some of the best rugby schools in Queensland and New South Wales. The OMs, sympathetic to the cause, were particularly generous in their bids at the fundraising auction and the target figure was reached.

The Rev Daf Meirion-Jones (PR 1983-88) spoke movingly and eloquently about team member Rupert Spurling (B3 1982-87), who had died prematurely 3 years ago and was very much missed.

Read the warm and witty report by reunion organiser, Mark Foulds (B3 1983-88). PDF icon

Reunion Slideshow

LinkedIn Link Up
13 June 2013

After starting the Marlborough College Alumni LinkedIn group in October 2008, Tom Tuke-Hastings (BH 1990-95) felt it was high time his 650 members had the opportunity to meet in person. So, on Tuesday 9th April, with the help of colleague Jo Furnival (LI 2002-04), an area was reserved in Monument’s Clause Bar and the champagne was put on ice.

This inaugural event enjoyed a good turnout of thirty people over the evening, with alumni ranging from ‘71 leavers to ‘05 leavers, and everything in between! It is hoped that this will be the first LinkedIn link up of many, so do join the group to stay informed of the date and location of the next one.To join the group click ...more

A Night To Remember!
11 June 2013

YMF EventOn Tuesday 4th June, Old Marlburians and friends between the ages of 18 and 40 gathered at Tonteria, Sloane Square to raise funds for the Young Marlburian Foundation’s bursary scheme to send a talented but underprivileged child to attend Marlborough College. 

It was a fantastic turnout, and everyone there was keen to give back to those less fortunate than themselves by giving a young person the opportunity to a better education at the College. It was the perfect night - the summer sun, an open bar of frozen margaritas, and an amazing total raised! The final sum, along with the number of OMs attending, will be available here shortly. 

All in all a great success, and, in true Marlborough style, people conveniently forgot that they had work the next day! If you would like to help out, you can still donate to the YMF Fund online here.

1843 Society Lunch
31 May 2013

1843 Society LunchThe Master, Jonathan Leigh, presided over his first 1843 Society Lunch on Friday 10th May.

The event was doubly special as the venue was the newly refurbished Henry Rose Cricket Pavilion, overlooking the 1st XI. Mrs Jane Rose, widow of the late Henry Rose (C1 1953-57), was a guest of honour, and she was delighted with the restoration which had been carried out thanks to a generous bequest from her husband.

For the full story and a slideshow of images, please visit the Foundation events pages.

Past Presidents' Lunch
28 May 2013

John WorlidgeThe Past Presidents’ Lunch was held at Bucks Club, Mayfair on Thursday 23rd May and was hosted by the President, Steven Bishop, and his wife Cecilia. The Master and Mrs Emma Leigh were principal guests on this occasion and the Master made an excellent speech bringing everyone up to date on the School’s progress throughout the year.

The President gave a fine speech giving details of the Club’s excellent progress throughout the year with so many events now taking place. He paid a warm tribute to the Club Secretary, Martin Evans, who is retiring from the post in October and he looked forward to him taking up the role of President of The 1843 Society.

John Worlidge, the Senior Past President (1987-88), made a charming and witty speech thanking the President and the Master for what they had said and also thanking the Club Secretary for all he had done for the Past Presidents over many years.

Film, TV & Theatre Reception
09 April 2013

FTV&T ReceptionThe inaugural OM Film, TV & Theatre Event at the Only Running Footman in Mayfair was a great success with almost 30 in attendance including OMs, parents and three current pupils interested in a career in the creative arts.

A full review and slideshow are now available.

OM Reunion in Istanbul on Friday 22nd March 2013
03 April 2013

IstanbulIt was a great pleasure for the Club Secretary to meet up with three distinguished OMs in Istanbul. A Drinks Reception was held in the imposing Pera Hotel, where Agatha Christie had written Murder on the Orient Express, before a convivial Dinner at a local restaurant. Those attending were Jules Irens (C1 1982-86), now Political Consul in Istanbul, Rafe Courage (C1 1977-81 ), Deputy Consul General re Economic Affairs and Martin Spurling (B3 1979-85) who is the CEO of HSBC in Turkey. Rafe and Martin were accompanied by their wives, Theresa and Barbara respectively.

Julian Irens kindly hosted Martin Evans and John Wilkinson (CR 1967-93), our OM Secretary in SW France, and we were all able to join a uplifting Palm Sunday Service in the English Church in Istanbul, which had been founded to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Crimean War. An added bonus was John Wilkinson volunteering to play the organ at the Service, which he did so with great aplomb.

Reunion Slideshow

Al Fresco Drinks in Dubai
19 March 2013

Departing from their usual OM Dinner format, OMs in Dubai gathered for a drinks evening on Wednesday 21st November. The 'al fresco' fun get together, overlooking the waterways of the 'Venice' of Dubai, was another great success, particularly appealing to young OMs in the region. William (C2 1984-89) and Miranda  (B3 1987-89) Wells plan a more formal get together in 2013.

Annual Dinner 2013
13 March 2013

Annual Dinner 2013The Marlburian Club Annual Dinner 2013 was once again held in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Automobile Club. A table of former rugby XV players organised by James Glancy (PR 1961-65) and another of our current OM Football Team enlivened the evening, and we were delighted by the spread of ages that attended and the number of OMs that organised tables and groups to attend. Final numbers on the evening were just under 130, which is an excellent turnout for a Black Tie dinner...more

2011 Leavers' Reunion - the OM story
21 February 2013

Atlas ReunionA fantastic event was hosted by the Marlburian Club at the Atlas pub in Fulham for the 2011 leavers. This was our first reunion since leaving Marlborough and it gave us a real taste of the OM Club’s hospitality and friendliness.

The turnout was impressively high, with only a few faces missing, which bodes well for future OM events. Attendees came from as far afield as New Orleans and Hong Kong with news of the wider world. It was terrific to hear about the wide range of things OMs had been getting up to since leaving school, which varied from university, to film school, to studying abroad. A few prosperous ones were even earning their living!

It was lovely to catch up with everyone and it was particularly nice to see how everyone still enjoyed each other’s company even though we have all begun different lives. The drinks were flowing freely, for which we were all grateful, and everyone seemed to be on top form.

The Marlburian Club was represented by Club President, Steven Bishop, and Treasurer, Ian MacKichan, both of whom secured a strong position at the bar (near the nuts!) - their presence was very much appreciated. Indeed the evening was rounded off nicely with an eloquent toast from Phoebe Hall (MM), who thanked the Marlburian Club and all the attendees for making it a night to remember. The majority of people then headed to a West End club to continue the frivolities.

A good time was had by all.
Benedict Kay (PR 2006-11)

Banking & Finance Reception
07 February 2013

The Banking & Finance Group was launched at a Reception at Bucks Club, Mayfair in January 2013. Over 50 OMs from banking, accountancy, wealth management, broking, trading, hedge fund management, equity finance and insurance attended and many new connections were made. The Master, Jonathan Leigh, thanked OM B&F Club Secretary, Imran Tayabli (dates) and addressed OMs on plans for the future of the School. The President Steven Bishop outlined the objectives and aims of the group, which was well received by those assembled.

The President, Steven Bishop, explained that the creation of this carefully segmented group, which has five sub-group (datailed on the OM B&F page) has been made possible by recent investments in technology and the website, and has involved close coooperation and careful planning by the whole Association Team ...more

A slideshow and attendance list will be posted shortly.

2011 Leavers' Reunion
25 January 2013

Over 100 2011 Recent Marlborough Leavers gathered at The Atlas in Fulham on 17th December 2012, and worked their way through quantities of beer and wine, as well as a variety of nibbles. The oldies, which included Club President, Steven Bishop, and Treasurer, Ian MacKichan, left at about 9.00pm and the party carried on. Rumour has it that many young OMs were sent at a West End club later that evening.

OM House of Lords Reception 2012
05 December 2012

An extremely large turnout of OMs, wives and other guests came to a wonderful Reception at the House of Lords on Thursday, 29th November 2012. Read more & view slideshow...

East Sussex Dinner
05 December 2012

Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73), President of The Marlburian Club, addressed seventeen fellow OMs at the Star Inn in Waldron, East Sussex, on Friday 16 November 2012. This was another successful annual South-East OM get-together, with drinks and dinner rounded off with a rousing rendering of The Old Bath Road, led by the President. The oldest present were Gale Coles (B2 1945-49) and John Anderson (C3 1949-54); the youngest were Rob Williams (BH 2000-05) and his sister Imogen (EL 1996-01). This was the fifth such occasion of an event initiated by Jeremy Coltart (PR 1950-54). This year it was arranged by Robin Bather (B2 1955-60) and the group were delighted to welcome Martin Evans, Secretary of The Marlburian Club (former housemaster of C1 and like so many of his ilk possessed of a remarkable memory).

Does anyone else hold such an informal annual meeting? Interested OMs are welcome to be in touch with Robin

Millmead 2000 Leavers Reunion
05 December 2012

Rosie Wintour organised a very successful Millmead 2000 leavers reunion on Saturday 27th October 2012. House mates had a great day catching up on the last 11 years and were given a delicious lunch hosted by Lucinda Greasley’s (MM 1996-2001) parents, Sharon & Roger in Ramsbury.  They celebrated the recent engagement of Olivia Reade (MM 1996-2001) and Tim Jeans and the birth of Noah Frederick Murdock, Lucy, nee Parker’s, second child who was only 5 days old!

Rosie did a great job chasing up her old House Mates and particular thanks must go Sharon and Roger for so kindly hosting the event.

South East Asia Dinner
05 November 2012

As the sun went down on Marlborough Malaysa, Bob Pick, Master, Marlborough Malaysia, and his wife Ali, hosted over 80 OMs from around the South East Asia region for drinks at the Master’s Lodge on 2nd November 2012. Guests were entertained by OMs Tanisha Brown (Violin) and Izzy Pyper (Flute). The Drama Hall in the new school was the perfect setting for 11 tables of 8 for dinner and the assembled OMs were delighted to welcome Master of Marlborough, England, Jonathan Leigh, and Mrs Emma Leigh. MORE...

Club Day 2012
16 October 2012

Club Day 2012 was one of our most successful ever, with over 280 OMs and Guests attending. The day included the AGM, A Beagler Meet and Dinner and Brasser Reunion. To read more or to view slideshows and hear the Master's speech click ...More

Governor's Cup Success
04 October 2012

Over 90 OMs and Guests attended a celebration of the oldest inter-School Rugby fixture in England, first played in 1864 between the Rugby XV of Clifton and Marlborough. The Governor’s Cup, first awarded in 1964, was won this year by Marlborough. MORE...

Sunday Lunch in the South West
03 October 2012

Despite almost continuous rain, the South West region enjoyed a very convivial lunch at the Somerset home of Past President Tony Hill on 23rd September 2012. MORE...

David Essenhigh Reunion Lunch
28 August 2012

Those who played on the cricket XI at the end of the fifties and during the sixties will have happy memories of David Essenhigh who was the Marlborough College Cricket Professional. He carried out the role with a catching enthusiasm and a great sense of humour to the benefit of all those he coached. Having caught up with David last year after a gap of forty years, I arranged a lunch on May 21st in London so he could meet up again with a few of the cricketers of my era. Those present were: Rupert McGuigan (XI 1958-59), Robert Leigh (XI 1960-61), Jonathan Harvey (XI 1960-61-62), Tom Jackson (XI 1960-61), David Forcey (XI 1962) and William de Segundo (XI 1962). 

David still has the same twinkle in his eye as he did while he was at Marlborough and it was a most enjoyable gathering. After eleven years at Marlborough, David went to Canford and then on to Rendcombe. He said he is still playing a bit of cricket for Lord Vestey at Stowell Park. He has four married daughters but, very sadly, his wife, Joan, who we all remember from their days at Marlborough, died after a brave battle with cancer at the beginning of the year".

OM Reunions Summer School 2012
13 August 2012

A new initiative this year to bring together Old Marlburians at Summer School was deemed a great success. This was a joint venture between the Marlburian Club and Foundation. Between 20 and 30 OMs and their partners were invited to a drinks reception at the Summer School marquee each Wednesday evening of all three weeks and a very enjoyable hour was spent.

In week three, the new Master, Jonathan Leigh and his wife Emma, joined the reception and took great personal interest in the activities of The Marlburian Club and the Foundation. The intention is to hold a weekly reception for Old Marlburians and partners at future Summer Schools.

Mr Leigh will be addressing Old Marlburians and updating them of his future plans at the Reception on Club Day on 6th October 2012. View a slide show of photographs here.

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