Past Events / Reunions

Annual reunions are organised by the Foundation and the OB Club at Blundell’s. The Director sees small groups of OBs when travelling. The OB Club organises annual dinners. Details can be found on the OB Club branch of this website.

Blundell's Announces New Head

Blundell's Announces new HeadThe Board of Governors of Blundell's School, have today 13th November, announced that Mr Bart Wielenga has been appointed as the new Head of this leading co-educational day and boarding school. Mr Wielenga will take up the position with effect from September 2018.

Mr Wielenga will become the thirtieth Head of Blundell's School and will succeed Mrs Nicola Huggett when she leaves to become Head at Cheltenham College. Mr Wielenga is currently Second Master at Blundell's and has made a significant contribution to the growth and reputation of Blundell's in recent years.

Commenting on this announcement, Mr Cedric Clapp, Chair of the Board of Governors said:

"The opportunity to lead our school attracted an excellent field of candidates all of whom recognised Blundell's as a first class school that is flourishing. As a result of a rigorous interview process we are delighted to have appointed Bart Wielenga as our new Head following on from Nicola Huggett. We believe that the strength of our school lies in its ethos, its traditions and the education it provides for its pupils. We know that Bart will build on the fantastic achievements made under Nicola's leadership and take the school forward to the next exciting chapter in its long history. The market for independent education remains challenging but Blundell's is well placed and well-resourced to meet those challenges."

Bart graduated from the University of Natal in South Africa in 1994 after majoring in Economics and from the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg in 1996 with Post Graduate Honours majoring in Organisational Change. Prior to joining Blundell's, Bart taught at two leading schools - Michaelhouse in KwaZulu-Natal followed by nine years at Wellington College in Berkshire where he was a Housemaster and Head of Economics.

On his appointment Bart commented, "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Blundell's in the next stage of its history. The school is in excellent health, with numbers at an all-time high, with boarding flourishing and with exceptional academic success at Oxbridge level. It will be a privilege to build on the strong foundations that Nicola Huggett has set down. We are fortunate to have a dynamic and ambitious common room and I feel immensely proud to work with them to continue to help young people thrive in our beautiful Devon school".


London Casual Drinks Reception – tribute to James Goff (M 1975-79) Thursday 11th May 2017

The sun was shining down on us despite a dreary forecast for our lovely drinks reception at the former In and Out Club in Piccadilly in memory of our original host James Goff. By kind permission of Peter Sullings (former parent) and his OB sons Brett and Kristen who most generously hosted us our drinks reception this year paying tribute to James. Members of the Blundell’s community from the young and old, current and former parents and other supporters of the School gathered together to enjoy a convivial social evening with a delightful supper of Fish and Chips provided by one of the unique catering venues showcased in the Courtyard. Do keep us up to date with your address if you live or work in and around London even though we may have your main address elsewhere so you can be kept informed of our ‘off site’ gatherings and events.

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Blundell’s Community Black Tie Dinner Saturday 22nd April 2017

Thomas Plant, OBWe were highly entertained by our Guest Speaker OB Thomas Plant an auctioneer and regular presenter for Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt for our first Black Tie Dinner raising funds for the Annual/Regular Giving Fund and the Peter Blundell Foundation Bursary Award provision in April just after Easter. Thomas enlightened us to a few reflections of his time at Blundell’s and was our excellent auctioneer for the evening. We were treated to a song from current pupil Louisa Everett at the drinks reception on arrival. Members of the Blundell’s community, colleagues of Thomas’s and many our parents enjoyed the delicious meal provided by our Head Chef, Masterchef finalist Craig Sampson who treated us to some wonderful courses sourced from local suppliers. He was a major feature in our Auction prizes enabling two lucky bidders to secure his services for a private dinner for 10 in the near future. Thank you to all those members of the community who joined us for our first Black Tie fundraising event.

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Hong Kong and Bangkok Receptions April 2017

The Head Nicola Huggett and Development Director Amber Oliver were thrilled to welcome so many members of the Blundell’s Community to our receptions in the Far East recently.

Hong Kong reception, 2017

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We were fortunate to have our Hong Kong reception at the Hong Kong Club kindly hosted by Old Blundellian Toby Bland (SH dates) were we met in a semi-formal drinks reception at the club uniting both Old Blundellians, former and current and prospective parents together.

Bangkok reception, 2017

We then went to Bangkok to the Intercontinental Hotel for our reception with the very kind assistance of Kaew Devakula who helped us gather together our community in Bangkok for the first time. It was lovely to see so many of our current pupils joined with some of our oldest Old Blundellians.

The 137th Russell Saturday 11th March 2017

Thank you to all our participants for supporting the Veterans Race.

Fastest... Name Time
OB, Parents and Staff Results
Old Blundellian Sam Anderson 35.31
Member of Staff Simon Johnson 40.39
Parent Kevin Squibb 36.36
< 25 M Sam Anderson (OB) 35.31
< 25 F - no entries - -
25 – 40 M Will Palmer (OB) 38.03
25 – 40 F Ingrid Robinson (Staff) 43.49
40 – 50 M Simon Johnson (staff) 40.39
40 – 50 F Rachel Palmer (OB) 44.00
> 50 M Pen Haddow (Parent) 38.28
> 50 F Mary Humphries (Current Grandparent) 56.48
OB Results
< 25 M Sam Anderson 35.31
< 25 F - no entries - -
25 – 40 M Will Palmer 38.03
25 – 40 F Georgia Vaines 48.15
40 – 50 M Peter Palmer 47.59
40 – 50 F Rachel Palmer 44.00
> 50 M Steve Dellow 46.23
> 50 F - no entries - -

Blundell’s Community London Dinner at the Travellers Club, paying tribute to James Bullock OB (P 1981-86) Thursday 23rd February 2017

It was within the beautiful surroundings of The Travellers Club and by kind permission of Dominic Roughton OB (House and dates) who was also our Guest Speaker for the evening, we paid tribute to James Bullock who was involved in so many different aspects of Blundell’s and latterly before his untimely death as a Mentor for Blundellians looking to work within the legal world and a very active member of our Governing Body. I am sure James would have found it a very fitting evening to have guests from across both his school, work and personal life gathered together to enjoy a very sociable evening in his memory. Dominic both a colleague from school and their days in Cambridge together and also occasionally in the work place reminded us of a few of James’s many achievements and his joy of bringing support and encouragement to so many of those who crossed his path. Thank you Dominic and to the trustees of the James Bullock Memorial Fund most of who were able to join us for this touching evening.

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Ladies Lunch February 2017

Ladies' LunchWe had another first earlier this year with our inaugural Ladies Lunch with Guest Speaker author Amanda Prowse, a prolific writer who has over 20 titles to her name. She brilliantly entertained our guests, ladies from across the Blundell’s community, we had a delightful lunch served by our Head Chef and Amanda most generously undertook a book signing giving each of our guests a complimentary copy of her latest book.



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