Old Blundellian Club

Brian Jenkins - Former School Master - Blundell's 1965-1992

Brian Jenkins with Andrew NadolskiBrian Jenkins passed away in hospital on the 5th July. Brian will be well known to a number of colleagues, but for those who did not know him, Brian contributed a great deal to Blundell’s over the years.

Brian took up the post of Head of History in 1968, and then went on, with his wife Catherine, to become House parents of North Close in 1973 where they remained for five years. Brian became Blundell’s first ever Director of Studies in 1976. Brian and Catherine were devoted parents who saw their three sons, Noel, Rowan and Linton safely through their schooldays at Blundell’s and on to distinguished careers. Finally, in 1991, Brian retired from Blundell’s, after 25 years of service. This was certainly not the end of JBJ’s working life: he was a Trustee of the Tiverton Museum, a founder-member of the Standing Committee for Devon History and of the Tiverton Civic Society, and a much-lauded W.E.A. tutor, and author. In the realm of music he was a talented church organist and pianist, but, most of all, he was a very great friend to many and great fun to be with.

Andrew Nadolski book, "Boarding School - Blundell's 1986"

In 1986 Andrew Nadolski, then a young art student, arrived at Blundell's to produce a photo documentary of life in a typical boarding school. The Common Room in 1986He spent two months photographing many aspects of School life; pupils, teachers and the army of support staff who keep Blundell's running smoothly. Now, 30 years later, a book of the photographs is being published. Featuring more than 100 images, Boarding School - Blundell's 1986 is an affectionate look back, capturing the essence of a school at the end of an era before the years of modernisation and full co-education. The images of a smoke-filled, male dominated common room, study rooms complete with Samantha Fox posters and rows of baths in the boarding houses are a marked contrast to that of life at the school today.

The book also features an essay by recently retired Ali Deighton-Gibson who was one of the younger teachers then at the school. Copies are available for purchase from the school shop and by mail order from www.nadolski.com. (Published by Headon House; ISBN 978-0-9549244-2-3.)

For news of the book launch event held at Blundell's on Friday 4th November, please see the News page.

Welcome to the OB Club website. If you have any news or other material that you would like to offer us for the site please email it to our administrator, Janet Wooff, at obclub@obclub.co.uk, or use the postal address at the bottom of the page.

Objectives of the OB Club

Maintain and foster the association of Old Blundellians, bringing them together in as many ways as possible and keeping them informed of the careers of fellow Old Blundellians; also of life and development at the School.

Promote and further the interests of the School whenever possible ensuring its survival and good health, and to work for the greater good of the Blundell's community as a whole.

How to use this website

As with all webpages, this page is one of many on the OB Club website.

You can access other pages/resources on the site by using the menu bars at the top and to the left, or clicking on other underlined text (called 'links') found around the site. The menu to the left will indicate which page you are on (black chevron), whilst also providing an easy means of navigating around the site.

Some images can also be clicked upon; some to see larger versions of a photo, and others in order to access documents represented by the image.

Officers, Committee and Administrators


Judge Paul Waterworth Judge Paul Waterworth
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Richard Swarbrick Richard Swarbrick
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Jonny Ison Jonny Ison
Hon. Treasurer
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Judge Paul Waterworth   Richard Swarbrick   Jonny Ison
Judge Paul Waterworth
Richard Swarbrick
Jonny Ison
Hon. Treasurer


Member Email address
Mr CNC Abram cncabramgmailcom
Mr D d'Arcy Hughes daviddarcyhughescouk
Miss A Blackmore absblackmore2008hotmailcom
Mr C Brook christianbrook99gmailcom
Mr RN Giles kilntopbtinternetcom
Ms T Hardick tillylakesideholidayscouk
Ms Jessica Mannix jessicamannixme
Mr H McDowell hcomcdowellgmailcom
Mr R Paxton r_paxtonhotmailcouk
Ms E Runciman runcimanemilyhotmailcom
Mr N Soul nicksouloutlookcom
Miss E Jackman
(ex-Head Girl, 2016)
Mr C Hamilton
(ex-Head Boy, 2016)

Get involved!

Your committee would welcome involvement from younger Old Blundellians. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who might be prepared to do so, or if you would just like to know more, do please contact our administrative assistant, Janet Wooff, at the Beale Centre at Blundell’s School by e-mail on obclub@obclub.co.uk or telephone 01884 232010.


Paddy Armstrong   Janet Wooff
Paddy Armstrong
Hon. Secretary
Janet Wooff
Club Administrator

Contact Us

You may contact the club at any time by using the address and telephone/fax numbers at the bottom of the page. If the office is unattended there is an answerphone.

If you wish to look around the school please report to the school's Main Reception, as all visitors must sign in.

For Old Blundellians, if your personal details have changed please log onto Blundell's Reunited (the OB Database) or contact the office by phone or email.

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