OB Club Events

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Date / Time Event Venue Contact
September 14th An evening with John Hollands (OH 46-51) – A mystery from the Great War, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm Ondaatje Hall Dev Office
23rd Fives: Reichwald Tournament Beale Centre, Fives Courts OB Club
27th 1604 Society Lunch RAF Club in London Dev Office
30th One Day Event Bicton Arena Dev Office
October 10th Winter Lunch
Speaker: Charles Abram (M 1959-64)
Topic: "A brief introduction to Exeter Cathedral and links with Blundell's School"
Beale Centre OB Club
12th Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Lunch Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Dev Office
November 14th Winter Lunch
Speaker: David Chambers, (Bursar 2003-2017)
Topic: "Reflections of a Retired Bursar"
Beale Centre OB Club
30th - 1st Dec 1988 Reunion Weekend Blundell's Dev Office
December 5th Winter Lunch
Speaker: Heather Corden (Drama teacher)
Topic: "My Rwanda Trip"
Beale Centre OB Club
8th 150 Years of Rugby Anniversary Dinner - Dev Office
January 9th Winter Lunch
Speaker: Bart Wielenga (Head)
Topic: TBC
Beale Centre OB Club
TBC SMT/SLT OBC Drinks Reception, 18:30 Beale Centre OB Club
February 13th Winter Lunch
Speaker: Richard Giles (M 1950-56)
Topic: "The Tivvy Bumper”
Beale Centre OB Club
March 13th Winter Lunch
Speaker: Debbie Hosking (former staff)
Topic: "The Role of a Blundell’s Houseparent"
Beale Centre OB Club
22nd - 23rd OB Sport Weekend
Fives, Hockey, Football & Netball
Blundell's OB Club
April - - - -
May 1st (TBC) OB Summer Cricket Lunch
MCC v 1st XI match commencing at 11am
Lunch: 12.30pm for 1.00pm
- OB Club
June 15th (TBC) Old Blundellian Day Blundell's OB Club
July 5th OB Current Parent Speech Day Lunch - OB Club

Fixtures for fives, golf, shooting, hockey, soccer, cricket, tennis and squash against the School and others will be arranged by Sports Club Secretaries.

Induction events for Westlake pupils will take place in the Beale Centre during the year.


Further Information

14th September – An evening with John Hollands (OH 1946-51) – A mystery from the Great War – Ondaatje Hall

Friday, 14 September 2018
Ondaatje Hall from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Complimentary Tickets – All proceeds from the book sales will benefit the British Legion
Followed by Drinks & Canapés
Booking via – TryBooking

Please join us for an evening with Old Blundellian, John Hollands (OH 1946-51) to unearth the great mysteries from the Great War of 1914-1918. John’s talk will also cover what many describe as the most intriguing event of all; the ‘Siegfried Sassoon Protest.’

John Hollands was the youngest person to receive a Military Cross in the Korean War. Following the war John became a writer and wrote the famous best seller, ‘The Dead, the Dying and the Dammed.’ He now splits his time between his home in Tenerife and the Blackdown Hills in Devon.

We are very grateful to Sir Christopher Ondaatje who has kindly sponsored the event and the proceeds from any of the book sales on the night will be donated to the British Legion.


27th September – 1604 Society Lunch – Royal Air Force Club, London


Annual 1604 Society Lunch for all those who have indicated their support to Blundell’s by mentioning the School in their will. This will take place on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 12.30pm at the Royal Air Force Club.

You can find out more about a Gift in your Will here or by contacting the Development Office.

30th September – One Day Event – Bicton Arena

The Blundell’s Equestrian One Day Event which will be held for the sixth year at the well-known British Eventing venue Bicton Arena, near Exmouth, Devon. It is one of the few ‘Schools Only’ events and attracts representation from schools throughout the South West and further afield. The event grows in numbers year on year and we now regularly have over 200 competitors and their supporters entering.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available and can be found here.

12th October – Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Lunch – Falmouth

The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club lunch will be held on Friday 12th October.

A social lunch, with a drinks reception on arrival at 12.00 noon followed by lunch at 12.45pm. Please contact the Development Office to secure your ticket(s), priced at £42.00 each for this unique opportunity to dine in these wonderful surroundings. Tickets include a pre-lunch drinks reception, three course lunch, half a bottle of wine and coffee. There will also be a cash bar operating for additional drinks. The dress code for the event is jacket and tie.

You can download the reply slip here.

30th Nov to 1st Dec – 1988 Reunion Weekend – Blundell’s School

The event is open exclusively for those OB's who left the school in 1988. The committee have arranged for a 1 and 2 night package for those wishing to join us for this event.

Options are as follows;

Friday 30th November – Arrive for a casual light 2-course buffet supper with a glass of wine on arrival and cash bar – mingle and share great tales of derring-do. From 7.30pm.

Saturday 1st December – Light Sandwich lunch, watch 1st XV play Taunton on Big Field and in the evening Black Tie 4-course Dinner with arrival drinks reception and half a bottle of wine per person during the meal. Additional wine available to purchase from cash bar.

Costs are as follows;

  • Cost for whole event – £65 per person
  • Cost for Saturday only – £50
  • Cost for Dinner on Saturday only £42

Please book the above by returning the reply slip.

8 December – Celebrating 150 Years of Blundell’s Rugby – Big School/Dining Hall

This year, marks 150 years of rugby at Blundell’s School. To commemorate the anniversary Blundell’s will be hosting a celebratory Black Tie Dinner on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Blundell’s School.

The evening will commence with a drinks reception, followed by a four course dinner and the opportunity to hear from our Guest Speaker, Eddie Butler. Eddie Butler is a journalist, sports commentator, and former Welsh rugby union player, who won 16 caps for the Wales team between 1980 and 1984.

We are delighted that Rob Kitson, Rugby Correspondent for The Guardian and Rob Cole will also be supporting us during the evening with a Q & A with some of the Blundell’s recent professional rugby players.

Further information on how to purchase tickets can be downloaded here. Additional information on sponsorship opportunities associated with the Celebration Year is also enclosed along with the option of contributing a prize towards our Silent Auction. The Silent Auction will be available for bidding via the Development Office website from the start of the Autumn term. All proceeds will directly benefit the School’s rugby program.

Ticket Information:

  • Before 7th September – £65 per ticket
  • Post 7th September – £75 per ticket
  • Students enrolled in further education – £40 per ticket

Tables and individual tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’ in the Dining Hall and adjacent marquee, the drinks reception will take place in Big School.


Winter Lunches

The ‘Winter Lunch’ season is when Old Blundellians and their partners meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, between October and March, with the addition of a cricket lunch in May. They enjoy an informal three-course lunch and get together; the cost of the lunch is £14.00. The cash bar in the Colin Beale Centre opens for drinks at 12.30pm, with lunch at 1pm, followed by a 20-minute talk. The speaker, normally associated with Blundell’s, might talk on any manner of subject. If you have an interest that you would like to share or you would like more information on these lunches then please do make contact with Janet Wooff.

We are always keen to encourage new faces and therefore look forward to hearing from you soon. Janet can be contacted on 01884 232010 or at obclub@obclub.co.uk. Please note for catering purposes places need to be booked by the dates specified. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Winter Lunches dates are listed in the main events table, above.

OB Club Winter Lunches 2016/17

Reflections from Paul Waterworth (NC 1958-62)

Another very successful season of Winter Lunches at the Beale Centre has now drawn to a close. The format remains the same because guests find it attractive: why change something that is going well and is appreciated?

Winter LunchJanet Wooff, the OB Club administrator, again produced an excellent and interesting range of speakers. The topics varied widely from “Berlin from a military perspective in the Cold War”; “Collaborative Design and Public Art”; “Old Blundellians pursuing professional music careers”; “A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela”; “A family tea business in Ceylon” and “Estates and buildings master planning”.

Obviously, as is inevitable, a particular subject will appeal to some more than others, but is there not something attractive hearing about a topic on which one knows nothing? It is like a door opening to reveal a room filled with unknown objects and being given a private tour of exploration and explanation.

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I never knew, for example, that the Tamils first came to Ceylon (tea planters still seem to want to call it by the traditional name rather than Sri Lanka!) as immigrant workers at the end of the 19th century in response to the need for labour to work on the plantations. The local Sinhalese resented the immigrants and hence the tensions between the communities was born. I detect something rather familiar in that tale, one of the oldest of stories of moving populations, which continues to be relevant in our times.

The Winter Lunches are hosted in a most genial way by Mike Daniels. We extend our thanks to him. Particular tribute must be given to Janet Wooff for all her efforts. She is also the chef and produces wonderful fare. She is ably assisted by the evergreen Sue Beale who runs the bar, waits at table and in her quiet and efficient way, keeps her eye on everything. The lunches are attended by about 30 Old Blundellians and friends of Blundell’s.

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If you would be interested in attending (the lunches resume in October and are held on the second Wednesday of each Autumn and Winter month, with the exception of a Cricket Lunch held in May) please contact Janet at admin@obclub.co.uk or telephone 01884 252010. In addition, do not be shy if you have something interesting upon which you could give a talk.

What a splendid way to spend three hours; good food, a glass of wine and the company of delightful companions. As Samuel Johnson said:-

A man (for which now read “person”) should keep his friendships in constant repair”.

Contacting the OB Club

Contact information can be found at the bottom of every page on this site. The Club administrator is Janet Wooff.