Old Blundellian Club

2017 Fives Tournament - for the Reichwald Trophy

Sadly, Maureen Reichwald, wife to the late Chris Reichwald, passed away on 2nd September. Maureen was made President of the OB Fives Club in honour of all that Chris had done for the sport at Blundell’s and up until the last few years presented the Reichwald Trophy in memory of Chris. Maureen and Chris were also Houseparents at FH back in the 1960’s.

Her funeral is to be held at Exeter Crematorium (St Peter’s Chapel) on 20th September at 3.30pm. There is a short obituary for her on www.funeralzone.co.uk.

The annual Reichwald Tournament is taking place on Sunday 24th September to which all fives players or spectators are invited. Please find the programme of the day below. If you would like to take part in this tournament and spectate, please email Janet at the OB Club: obclub@obclub.co.uk.

The trophy for this tournament is given in memory of the late Chris Reichwald, who was a master at the school for many years and a one-time Amateur Doubles champion, whose influence on several generations of Blundellians was outstanding. When he first arrived at Blundell’s in 1954 the game was hardly played and yet within just five years Fives was not only flourishing but the school had secured the sport’s premier school trophy.

We welcome Richard Moore, Head of History, as the new School representative, whilst Nicholas Cumberlege continues as our OB representative: nicholascumberlege@gmail.com

Programme for the day

12.15pm Arrive at the Beale Centre - Pairings organised. (Strongest students play with oldest and weakest OBs and vice-versa!)

12.30pm Lunch in the Beale Centre for all players (OBs, students, spectators and
parents – should they wish to stay)

1.30pm Tournament Main competition and probably three Plate competitions as well-
so everyone should have plenty of games.

4.30-4.45pm Finish playing

5.00pm Tea for players and any supporters in the Beale Centre. Presentation of

Please come along and support fives at Blundell’s and don't worry if you haven't been near a court for years as the handicapping system makes it an enjoyable tournament for everyone! It has always been a very friendly event and I am sure it is a way of encouraging the game throughout the age range at the school.

Nicholas, Richard, Paddy & Janet look forward to seeing you.

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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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

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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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