Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s OSA Reunion Dinner will be virtual. At 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 6th 2021, please join us on YouTube for a 30-minute video that aims to recreate the evening as much as possible.
If you are unable to watch the premiere on Saturday evening, the video will remain on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
There will be a virtual social meeting on Wednesday, February 17th 2021 at 6:30 pm. Please fill in this form if you would like to attend this meeting: https://forms.gle/i2T5rqACqhdyrH7F7
Unfortunately the 2021 OSA Reunion Dinner has been cancelled. A short video will be premiered on the OSA YouTube channel on the 6th February, the intended date of the dinner. The below letter from Dick Corbett Winder, current president of the OSA, contains more information:
Sadly but predictably, the current pandemic means that the OSA annual dinner scheduled to be held in the RAF Club on 6 February 2021 has had to be cancelled. I know just how much we will miss this annual opportunity for Old Shebbearians to meet, reminisce and catch up with long standing friends and news from the school. However, the association is very keen to make sure we can all keep in touch despite this setback and is, therefore, looking to organise an online event for that night which reflects OSA Dinner traditions as far as possible. We aim to do this through a short YouTube production which will follow the normal programme of our gatherings and contain film material about the school, short speeches by the Head, Head Girl and Head Boy and from me as this year’s president. We hope to end with the school song sung by current students, which, even if performed with less gusto, promises to be more melodic than our annual post dinner rendition. The event will be premiered on YouTube at 6:30pm on 6th February and be available thereafter for those who cannot make the launch. We also hope to arrange an online discussion for Old Shebbearians following the dinner in mid-February and are working on the details of how this will be organised. We are, of course, planning on a post-pandemic, conventional dinner for 2022 and have already reserved the RAF Club for Saturday 5th February that year. Meanwhile we will keep you up to date with details for the upcoming event on 6th February 2021. Could I ask you all please to make a note of that date and, if possible, join us on YouTube that evening at 6:30pm?
We have received the sad news that John Page has died. The following was written by David Shorney, a fellow Old Shebbearian
” John passed away a week after his 95th birthday. He was the son of Jackson Page and came to the school at at early age under the Head at the time John Rounsefell.
Both John and his father lived and breathed Shebbear, playing a huge role in the OSA and keeping in touch with Old Shebbearians. There was nothing John liked to do more than talk about Shebbear, he remembered everything in glorious technicolour and fantastic detail.
John was Honorary Treasurer of the OSA for several decades, you will find many pieces in the Shebbearian with his initials JHDP after them. He also made a big contribution to ‘A School Apart’
John’s wife Janet has requested no letters or messages of condolence.
We have received the following from Edward’s daughter.
Please note the death of my father aged 95. He attended the College from the late 1930s with his brother Ronald and his future brothers-in-law Denis and Edwin Guy. He always spoke very warmly and highly of his time there,most especially of being taught by Jackson Page. He took organ lessons at school in Lake Chapel and was a church organist until relatively recently. He went straight to Oxford on leaving in 1942 I believe, where he joined the university Air Squadron to begin his training as an RAF pilot to fly Lancasters for the rest of the war. It took him many years to return to academic work as a mature student completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford in Geography and finally his PhD in Geomorphology there at the age of 70. His topic was the nature and origins of Chesil Beach a subject of fascination to him from childhood as Portland was his family home. He was President of the OSA for one year in the late 1990s.
In the most unusual year the OSA joins with the College in congratulating our Old Shebbearians who have graduated from University this year – including four who have achieved First Class Honours Degrees!
Lucy obtained a 1st in Environmental Geography (BSc Hons) from Cardiff University, Philip (Pip) graduated from the University of Exeter with a 1st in Mandarin Chinese & French with International Relations, Ella achieved a 1st in Public Relations from the University of the Arts, London and Meg studied at the University of Plymouth and gained a 1st in her BEd (Hons) Primary (Art & Design with QTS).
Arthur Andrews has died, full of years, at the age of 92.
Shebbear College was always close to his heart and benefitted from his lifetime of dedication to it.
His school days coincided with the Second World War and the beginning of the headship of Jack Morris. Despite hostilities, the school sought to give the young Arthur a rounded education including sport. Arthur became captain of the first team at cricket. In later years, at OSA dinners, he shared his memories of life in North Devon during a world conflict and of the transition from Leslie Johnson to the unique Jack Morris.
Most of us will have met him for the first time during his quarter of a century of service as Secretary of the Old Shebbearians Association from 1969-94. Throughout this long period, he conducted the affairs of the OSA with charm and efficiency. He set up the OSA Careers Panel to offer practical advice to senior boys facing the tough task of choosing a career. I am indebted to a Shebbearian article of John Page penned at the time of Arthur’s retirement. He writes, “Never testy or ill humoured, Arthur’s committees were civilised occasions. Jack Morris and his forebears would murmur in warm approval of all that he did.”
The Secretary is an important link between the alumni and the college and Arthur’s strong diplomatic skills were put to the test towards the end of his tenure when the whole future of the school was in the balance.
His wife Beryl provided outstanding support to Arthur during his years as secretary of the OSA and even in retirement they maintained their connections with the college. During a holiday visit to Australia great efforts were made to meet up with Old Shebbearians who were now living Down Under.
He was a distinguished President of the OSA in 1985 and lived to see the major transformation of the college in the 21st century.
The funeral for Arthur Andrews will be held at Woking Crematorium on 24th June 2020 at 11am.
This service will be for very close family only, but we ask that you raise a glass to Arthur at this time.
If you would like to make a donation in Arthur’s memory, then gifts are gratefully received for Woking and Sam Beare Hospice and can be made via Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors website.
With grateful thanks from David, Michael and Helen.”
The 112th OSA Reunion Dinner, held on Saturday 1st February 2020, was a well-attended event and President, Philip Daniel, was pleased to give a warm welcome to the new head, Caroline Kirby, and her husband Robert, as well as the other guests, Ashley Barlow (Head of Art), Ben Hilton (Head of St Petroc’s) and head boy and head girl, Robin Dalton and Jess Biggs.
He went on to speak fondly of the recently passed Dick Birch, who was head of history and deputy head in Philip’s time at the school. He also thanked Simon Weale for all his hard work and wished him well in his new post in India. He said how much he had enjoyed the opportunity to visit the College and was grateful for the support of Paul Lockyer (Chairman) and the rest of the committee throughout his time in office.
He had learnt much about how the OSA supports the school and had particularly enjoyed the events he had attended, including the visit of artist Jeremy Annear, the production of Fiddler on the Roof, the Leavers’ Service, the 6th Form Dinner, various sporting events and, of course, Speech Day.
He closed by appealing to those present at the Dinner to consider attending the regularly held committee meetings and to offer ideas of fund raising to ensure ongoing support for the College going forward.
Mrs Kirby then responded, concentrating on giving her early impressions of the school, and in particular of the Shebbear weather, which was at its worst when she came for interview. She continued with some amusing anecdotes about several of the staff, Mr Barlow and Mr Butler in particular, before reminding Mike Tucker (who taught for many years at our rival school) that the 1st XV had defeated West Buckland for the fourth consecutive year in 2019.
She closed by giving huge thanks for the support of the OSA and assured all present that she would be dedicated to ensuring that the interests of the College and the OSA would be at the heart of every decision she made in her time Shebbear.
Then Robin Dalton and Jess Biggs gave a glowing report of the school year with its range of social, sporting and academic successes, before Dick Corbett-Winder was confirmed as President and Oliver Sinden as Vice President for 2020.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Dinner, to be held on Saturday 1st February 2020. Please go to the 112th OSA Reunion Dinner event page to see full details and to buy your ticket. Online credit card payment is available.
This year’s match between the College 1st XI and the OSA proved to be another thrilling encounter with the result in the balance until the final ball.
Captain, Eddie Jones, won the toss and decided that, with a wealth of overseas talent in the 1st XI side, he would bat first on an unpredictable wicket.
The OSA attack led by recent leavers, Jed Foster and James Edge, made scoring difficult, but after losing two early wickets, a stand of more than 50 between man of the match Yamkela Mafange (61) and Alec Scullard (32*) saw the College reach a very respectable 155-7 in their 30 overs.
In reply, the OSA started well, before Phil Hatton was run out and former maths teacher, David Watkins was lbw to Romario Brathwaite and it was Jed Foster (31) and Peter Bowes (38) who led the recovery. However, when skipper Olly Wickett was dismissed the chance of victory was lost and with a six required off the last ball, retired head of cricket, Andy Bryan, could only sky a catch to mid off and leave the 1st XI winners by five runs.
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