Shebbear College and the OSA are delighted to announce that three students – Charlie, Sione and Alessandro – have been selected to represent The Lambs U16 National Squad for 2017. This is a fantastic achievement and our congratulations go to them.
Having been selected to trial for the England Independent Schools Lambs U16 Rugby Team in Cambridge this Sunday the OSA would like to wish Shebbear students Charlie, Sione and Alessandro the best of luck. Will Cowan-Dickie was also selected but unfortunately he injured his knee playing for Cornwall at the weekend.
Eighty Old Shebbearians gathered at the RAF Club in London on Saturday 14th January for their annual Reunion Dinner and President Paul Lockyer said he was proud to have served the association, even though he had not attended as many events as he would have liked.
He went on to explain that the annual subscription paid by the members helped to support such diverse activities as Ten Tors, Engineering courses, overseas sports scholarships and the 5th and 6th Form Proms.
Headmaster, Simon Weale, then gave an extremely positive and typically humorous report on the past year, highlighting excellent results for both 1st XV rugby and 1st XI girls’ hockey over West Buckland and then head girl, Lucy Taylor and head boy, Harry Dymond spoke about their new 6th Form Centre and the Music Centre as well as thanking the OSA for the new first team netball kit.
Chris Hale responded on behalf of the OSA, reflecting on his time at the College, before most retired to the bar to share more of their memories of college life.
Finally, the association’s first female President, Kay Giddy, said she was very much looking forward to her year in office.
The Old Shebbearians’ Association are sponsoring the game between Bideford RFC and Okehampton RFC on November 26th.
It’s something of a grudge match for Okehampton as they head to North Devon for the first time since 2012/13. The Chiefs were promoted that year and ran out 34 – 13 victors.
They’ll fancy themselves to match that achievement against newly promoted visitors but, with the Oaks continuing the form that saw them lose just three times last season, the only guarantee is that this will be a cracking afternoon’s sport.
It would be great to have a sizeable Old Shebbearian turn out so put it in the diary and we’ll see you there as guests of the club for refreshments from 1230.
Full details of this and all future events can be found on the events calendar.
The President Andrew Friend requests the pleasure of your company at the 108th Annual Reunion Dinner of the Old Shebbearians’ Association to be held on Saturday 16th January 2016 at the R.A.F Club, 6pm for 7pm.
Special guests this year will be Kevin Parker and Lin Quirk.
The OSA were put in to bat and despite losing early wickets, scored freely, with man of the match Peter Bowes top scoring with 76 in a total of 199 all out in 30 overs. Chris Taitt took 6 for 36 for the college side. The 1st XI responded well to the challenge when they batted, Jared Lovell scoring 24 and Dan da Costa 31, but wickets fell regularly and the side were bowled out for 176, 24 runs short of their target.
OSA XI 2015
Back row: Peter Bowes, Charlie Nielson, Reece Stanbury, Olly Wickett, Ed Passmore, Marten Stanbury.
Front row: Clara Nielson, James Corry (capt.), Jack Cherrington, Matt Davey, Bailey Miles, Jamie Sanders
On Saturday 5th September an OSA rugby side will take on a team from Grenville Old Boys at Shebbear. Kick off is 11am.
This will be followed by the College 1st XV playing Bideford Colts at Bideford Rugby Club as part of the annual sponsored day.
Refreshments will be available at both the college and at the rugby club.
Full details of all Old Shebbearian events can be found in the events diary.
There was a smaller turnout for the Annual Dinner this year, with just 74 attending what was still a most enjoyable evening at the R.A.F. Club. The meal and the service provided were of the usual high standard throughout the evening and it was particularly pleasing to see at least half a dozen recent Head Boys in attendance.
The President, Michael Tucker, spoke of his time as a boarder at Shebbear, in what were far more spartan conditions than exist nowadays. He also commented on how much he had enjoyed his time in office, affording him the opportunity to visit the college on a number of occasions which included the Rounsfell Dinner, Speech Day and the OSA cricket match.
Simon Weale then gave a highly entertaining report on the school – mentioning the fact that the college had so far resisted the instalment of wind turbines, but had welcomed the arrival of both the biomass plants and solar panels, which were already helping to cut energy costs considerably. He also commented on the strength and importance of sport at Shebbear, and in particular the girls’ sport – quite appropriately, given that the guest this year was, Serena Ham, the Head of Girls’ Games.
Head Boy, George Daniel, and Head Girl, Katie Trask then spoke eloquently, reiterating the headmaster’s comments about the thriving sport at the college and recognising the importance of occasions such as the Reunion Dinner.
It was then the time for Michael Tucker to hand over the President’s chain of office to Andrew Friend, who received it gladly and said how much he was looking forward to the year ahead, in which he hoped to further develop the links between the OSA and the college.
After dinner, it was good to see so many retiring to the bar to continue their conversations and catch up with old friends.