The 108th Reunion Dinner proved to be a great success as more than 100 Shebbearians attended and enjoyed an evening of good company and entertaining speeches.
Apart from the headmaster, Simon Weale and his wife, Rebecca, the guests included the recently retired Head of Boarding, Lin Quirk, Head of Music, Kevin Parker and a Shebbearian still very much involved in the life of the college, Ted Lott.
Numbers were certainly boosted this year by the attendance of a group of more than twenty Shebbearians who attended the college in the 1970s and, as the pictures show, they certainly seemed to enjoy their evening.
President, Andrew Friend, said that he had very much enjoyed his year in office and felt that much stronger links had been forged between the OSA and school in recent times.
Simon Weale endorsed Andrew’s views and thanked him for his work during his year as President and then went on to give a most favourable report on the school in what had been, at times, a difficult year. He looked forward to developing even more the link between the OSA and college.
After the Head Boy, Ross Bennett and Head Girl, Abby Selwyn had given their speech, Paul Lockyer was given the President’s chain and KayGiddy accepted her nomination as Vice-President for 2016.
Old Shebbearian Clara Nielson made her debut for the England Women’s National Academy rugby team in a 22-19 victory over Canada’s Maple Leafs at Esher Rugby Football Club.
She is now just one step away from a full England cap.
Congratulations Clara from the OSA.
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
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.
The 2015 OSA Golf Day will take place on Friday 4th September 2015 at Holsworthy Golf Club at 12:30pm with evening dinner at 7.00pm.
Please contact Lester Bird for more information.
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The 1st XI were put in to bat by the OSA skipper, Richard Tidball, in this 30-overs-a-side match and were given a flying start by Shian Braithwaite (30) before he was well caught at mid-off giving Harry Landymore, the youngest member of the OSA side, a well-deserved wicket. Things slowed down after Braithwaite’s dismissal and wickets fell regularly, but Maxwell Lewis batted sensibly to help take the score to a very respectable 177-6, thanks also to a whirlwind innings of 32 from Jack Warren, which included three huge sixes.