OB Day Saturday 17th June 2017

OB Day 2017 will take place on Saturday 17th June. President of the day will be David Fursdon. David was a teacher at Blundell's 1979-84, became a Governor in 1984 (initially as the Masters' representative), and was Chairman of the Governors 2000-2011.

Provisional Programme

Time Event
10.00am AGM of the OB Club, Beale Centre
1979-2011 memorabilia exhibition open, Abram Room, Beale Centre
11.00am Chapel Service
10.30am onwards Shooting range open for Magpies v School
12.00 noon Drinks with the staff
12.45pm Magpies Trophy presentation, outside shooting range
2.00pm Cricket on Big Field, Tennis and other School sports fixtures
4.00pm OB Tennis v School
4.30pm Afternoon Tea, Beale Centre

 

OB Day 2016 Report

OB Day 2016 programmeOB Day 2016 went off well. The AGM voted in Paul Waterworth to replace Martyn Grose as President and Richard Swarbrick to replace Paul Waterworth as Chairman.Nicky Klinkenberg, hockey player

Chapel was a pleasure and Kate Wheatley, on debut in the pulpit, delivered an excellent sermon. About 120 staff, OBs, guests and partners enjoyed drinks in the Beale Centre which were kindly supplied by Thurlestone Hotel.

The School catering staff produced an outstanding buffet lunch for 91 attenders - an increase from 78 in 2015.

Nicky Klinkenberg delivered an inspirational address as President for the Day and speeches finished at 4pm to be followed by tea at 4.30.

OB v School shooting preceded Chapel and it was good to see a couple of tables of comparatively young OBs enjoying reunions within OB Day.

OB Day 2016, Beale Centre

OB Day 2016, Judge Paul Waterworth speaksOB Day 2016, Nicky Klinkenberg speaks

In addition to the programme you can also see a flyer of photos from the day.

OB Day 2016 Magpie Small Bore Shooting Competition

You can see a short report and some photos from the OB Day Shooting event on the Shooting page.

OB Day 2016

The theme for this year’s OB Day is Girls’ Sport at Blundell’s. The arrival of the first girl in 1975 and then full coeducation in 1992 brought about a flourishing and fast growing range of sport for girls at Blundell’s. Staff with specific skills combined with talented girls to produce outstanding achievements individually and by teams at school, county and national levels. We hope to bring together teams, individuals and coaches to reminisce, reinforce and celebrate some fantastic successes.

We are delighted to welcome Nicky Klinkenberg as our President for the Day. Nicky arrived at Blundell’s from Millfield 18 years ago to teach Mathematics and coach girls’ sport. After gaining more than 20 Welsh Hockey caps, Nicky was happy to teach and coach full time and soon was appointed Houseparent of North Close before moving with husband Peter to Westlake on his appointment as Houseparent. We hope that those who remember Nicky and Peter in North Close will also come back for the day. The Preacher for the day is Kate Wheatley (née Pyle, GH 1987-89, staff 1997-present) and Millie Blackmore (GH 2008-15) will be reading the lesson.

There will be an exhibition of memorabilia concerned with girls’ sport and we will be inviting some of those involved in coaching girls to join OBs for the day. Further details will be published on the OB and School websites.

Tickets for the day are available from Janet at the OB Club for £30 per head to include pre-lunch drinks, lunch with 2 bottles of wine per table and afternoon tea. OBs under the age of 30 can come at the reduced rate of £24 per head. Tickets will only be sold to OBs until 1st May; thereafter the wider Blundell’s community may purchase tickets, if available.

Programme

Time Event Venue
10.00am AGM of the OB Club Beale Centre
10.00am Girls’ Sport Memorabilia Exhibition opens Beale Centre Meeting Room
10.00am Small bore shooting match between the School and OB Magpies. Miniature Range
11.00am Chapel Service Chapel
12 noon Drinks with staff Beale Centre
1.00pm Buffet lunch marquee on Big Field
2.00pm Blundell’s 1st XI v Exeter School and other fixtures Big Field
4.30pm Afternoon tea Beale Centre

There will be a concert in Chapel on Friday 17th June by the distinguished pianist Andreas Boyde which is free of charge. OBs are welcome to attend the masterclass he is giving to pupils on Saturday afternoon.

OB Day 2015 Report Saturday 20th June 2015

Following the AGM at which Chairman Judge Paul Waterworth, agreed to retain the Chairmanship for one more year, Chapel offered an enhanced service. The Blundell’s choir sang beautifully and the added music was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Revd Tim Hunt for preaching and Bella Barlow for reading the lesson.

OB Day 2015 OB Day 2015

OB Day 2015 OB Day 2015

OB Day 2015 OB Day 2015

OB Day 2015 OB Day 2015: a new generation of OBs

OB Day 2015: more musicStaff joined Old Blundellians and partners for drinks in the recently extended Colin Beale Centre and 85 OBs sat down to an excellent lunch, provided by the School Catering Department, in the marquee on Big Field. Andrew Barlow, as President for the Day, spoke eloquently about his path to Director of Music at Blundell’s and his 30 years of tenure. Andrew’s address was interspersed with lively performances from recent OB musicians Bella Barlow, Jess Atkins and Hatty Goody.

Tea was taken at 4.30pm in the Colin Beale Centre and all agreed that the day had been most enjoyable. We hope to see even more attending next year with girl’s sport being the theme!

(See some additional photos from OB Day here. Also see the Shooting page for some photos of the Magpies vs Blundellians event on OB Day.)

OB Day 2014 ReportSaturday 14th June 2014

Old Blundellian Day 2014 took place on June 14th 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. Over 135 Old Blundellians, Partners, Former Staff Members and a selection of pupils enjoyed a full day including a Chapel Service incorporating a presentation to the School of a Roll of Honour to remember those Blundellians who fell in the War. A brass band played music of the period of the Great War during the drinks reception. German and English students read Great War poetry in the marquee before lunch and Professor Jeremy Black spoke about the cause and effects of the Great War after lunch. In the Afternoon OBs planted a tree to commemorate those who gave their lives in the Great War.

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014 OB Day 2014

You can see a few more photos of the event in this flyer.

You can also see a short report and some photos from the OB Day Shooting event on the Shooting page.

OB Day and Gaudy A special day in the life of a Twaddler

In many ways Twaddlers had been preparing themselves for OB Day and Gaudy since their 1962 cricket side reunion last September. We must have been psychic because on that occasion we toasted ‘Floreat Schola Blundellina’ with

Vivat academia!
Vivant professores!
Vivat membrum quodlibet;
Vivant membra quaelibet;
Semper sint in flore.
from the Gaudy Hymn ‘Gaudeamus Igitur’

The only very slight disappointment for Twaddlers on this OB and Gaudy Day was that there was no rendition of this song, traditionally given at a Gaudy. But we were not in the least bothered that Headmaster A.L. Francis’s stirring Commemoration Hymn had been brought forward from its traditional position at bow in the OB Service; we just got our ‘flush of morn divine’ a bit earlier. In any event we had already been inspired as usual by the OB Day lesson, Ecclesiastes XII, quite beautifully read on this occasion by Colin Beale’s younger son Bob Beale (M 59-64), one of our most avid Twaddlers.

We used OB Day to make the annual Twaddler presentations. These were meticulously orchestrated to be practically invisible, so that the formal arrangements of the Gaudy and OB Day were in no way upset.

On New Year’s Eve last year we lost a very, very dear friend Christopher Palmer (TH 1959, W 59-64). We took the opportunity of presenting to Jennifer an Epiphany Scene in memoriam to Christopher, painted by Grem McIntyre (M 58-62) and signed on the back by all Christopher’s mates. Grem had been propped by Christopher in many a Blundell’s front row of those halcyon days together ‘And all remember well the fun we had, the everlasting wish to never stop, and go forever on.’

Grem himself for the second year running won the Twaddlers ‘Charlie 2 Dads Award’, given in memory of Charlie Alderson-Smith (TH 1958, P 59-63). Charlie is the only member of the 1962 cricket side no longer with us. Grem was further involved in another presentation when he gave the brilliant cartoon he had painted of that team’s reunion last September to the OB Cricket Club.

Tom Jennings had coached the XIs at Blundell’s for 38 consecutive seasons and the Twaddlers of the 1962 XI had been his last. Tom’s granddaughters, Anne and Pauline Rooks, were present on OB weekend, so Twaddlers held a dinner in their honour on the Friday evening at The Tiverton Hotel. For OB Day, Pauline had been persuaded to bring along the bat with which she had played for England. If only Tom had been alive to see his granddaughter play against New Zealand in Auckland, how proud he would have been! By the time Pauline and Anne departed after tea, the bat they took home was still wet with the ink from the autographs of over 50 OB cricketers present, all coached by their grandfather.

In the evening, the 2013 C.T.Reichwald ‘Win Toss! Bat first! Bowl Out! Drink Bass!’ awards were made to overseas Twaddlers who had made the magnificent effort to be with us on the day: Rick Ackroyd (TH 1958, FH 59-63) and his wife Caryll who had come all the way from South Africa; David Clements (W 55-59) from France; Roger Davis (FH 59-64) had made the trip again from Wales; Doug Emmett (P 59-63) from Guernsey and William Taylor (W 60-65) cum laude, from New Zealand.

We were able to mark our thanks to Mike Sampson, the School Archivist (2005 - present) and author of that 2011 prize winning book A History of Blundell’s School, for all the help he had been to Twaddlers during the year by presenting him with the 2013 BAFTA, following Simon Benito’s (FH 59-63) success in winning it in 2012.
Our greatest joy of OB Day was that our most celebrated Twaddler, Terry Silk (Master 1952-1971) had been with us. Terry is a hugely enthusiastic Twaddler, continuing to allow us all to prosper from his wisdom, from his wit and from his sense of fun. But through the ages, these are what Blundell’s brilliant schoolmasters and brilliant schoolmistresses have ever possessed ‘Vivant professores Blundelleni! Semper sint in flore’.

Peter Price (W 1958-63)

OB Day 2013 Report

Old Blundellian Day took place on June 15th 2013 with over 140 Old Blundellians & wives attending! It was the best turn out in years for OB Day. The theme for the day was the 1950’s to 1970’s and many OBs came back to see their old friends, many of whom they had not seen since School. OB Day 2013The day started with a chapel service led by David Hamer (Former Chaplain 1973-01) who delivered an inspiring sermon perfect for OB Day. Robert Beale (M 1959-64) was also one of the readers during the service reading from Ecclesiastes.

We were then treated to a drinks reception in the Beale Centre before enjoying a splendid three course meal produced by our wonderful catering team. We cannot thank our guest speaker, Robert Fox (OH 1959-63), enough for being such an entertaining guest speaker. There were roars of laughter throughout the speech and it evoked some fond memories of times here at Blundell’s School for all of us.

After lunch, our School Monitors hosted tours of the boarding houses and many past OB monitors were also pleased to see their name up on the boards in the House Common Areas. Mike Sampson, School Archivist, presented an impressive exhibition of memorabilia from 1950 to 1970.

The day concluded with Tennis in the afternoon against the pupils for those that were interested along with supper in the evening and a chance to relax and catch up with old friends.

Old Blundellian Day 2014 is scheduled for June 14th 2014. Please mark your calendars.

See more photos on

Gallery 1950-70

In keeping with this year's theme, we are displaying a selection of photographs of the 1950s and 1960s from the School Archive.

Just click on an image below and it will become enlarged, then move the cursor to the left or right of the image to see the previous or next photograph in the series. (The slideshows are divided into groups of 1950's, 1960's and 1970 photos.) You can see an even larger version of each photo by clicking the "large" link below each photo.

It is hoped in the future to expand the number of archive photos on the Old Blundellian website.

Mike Sampson
Archivist

Photo Gallery 1950-70
Topic 1950s 1960s 1970
House Photos NC, 1951
NC 1951
large
NC, 1953
NC 1953
large
W, 1960
W 1960
large
SH, 1961
SH 1961
large
OH, 1970
OH 1970
large
W, 1953
W 1953
large
OH, 1955
OH 1955
large
M, 1964
M 1964
large
P, 1964
P 1964
large
 
W, 1956
W 1956
large
SH, 1957
SH 1957
large
SH, 1966
SH 1966
large
M, 1968
M 1968
large
M, 1959
M 1959
large
NC, 1959
NC 1959
large
P, 1968
P 1968
large
TH, 1968
TH 1968
large
House Sports W cricket team, 1954
W cricket 1954
large
W junior house rugby XV, 1959
W jr rugby 1959
large
M rugby league XV, 1961
M rugby 1961
large
W rugby XV, 1967
W rugby 1967
large
 
Sports Cricket 1st XI, 1952
Cricket 1st XI 1952
large
Rugby Newtes XV, 1952
Rugby Newtes XV 1952
large
Shooting, Stanniforth Winners, 1961
Shooting, Stanniforth 1961
large
Athletics Cadre, 1963
Athletics Cadre 1963
large
Rugby 1st XV, 1970
Rugby 1st XV 1970
large
Rugby 1st XV, 1953
Rugby 1st XV 1953
large
Cricket 1st XI, 1956
Cricket 1st XI 1956
large
Rugby 1st XV, 1963
Rugby 1st XV 1963
large
Rugby 1st XV, 1966
Rugby 1st XV 1966
large
 
Rugby 1st XV, 1956
Rugby 1st XV 1956
large
Fives team, 1959
Fives 1959
large
 
Rugby 1st XV, 1959
Rugby 1st XV 1959
large
Drama She Stoops To Conquer, 1959
She Stoops To Conquer, 1959
large
Henry IV Part 2, 1963
Henry IV Part 2, 1963
large
 
Other The Library, 1954
Library 1954
large
OB Day 1954 - 350th Anniversary Procession
OB Day 1954
large
Common Room, 1960
Common Room 1960
large
Queen Mother visits, 1967
Queen Mother 1967
large
 
CCF march down Bampton St, Tiv, 1955
CCF 1955
large
 

OB Day 2013

The theme for this year’s OB day will be the 1950s to 1970s era and the day will include an exhibition of memorabilia from these years. Members of the teaching staff from these years will also be invited and partners are more than welcome.

  • President: Robert Fox OBE (OH 1959-63);
  • Preacher: Revd David Hamer (School Chaplain 1973-2001, Housemaster NC 1994-2001);
  • Lesson to be read by: Robert Beale (M 1959-64).

Provisional Programme for OB Day and 1950-70 Gaudy

Time Event
10.00 am AGM of OB Club in the Beale Centre
11.00 am Chapel Service
12.00 noon Drinks with staff in the Beale Centre
1.00 pm Buffet lunch in the marquee on Big Field
2.00 pm Cricket. Blundell’s v Taunton on Big Field
3.00 pm Tours of the School
4.00 pm OB Tennis v The School followed by refreshments in the Beale Centre
4.30 pm Tea in the Beale Centre
6.00 pm Evening Reception in the Beale Centre

Tickets will be available to purchase (£20 each) by contacting Janet at obclub@obclub.co.uk / Tel 01884 232010 or from Emily at devoffice@blundells.org / Tel 01884 243262.

OB Day 2012

Richard Swarbrick addresses the OBsThis year we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Colin Beale Centre.

Richard Swarbrick (M 1977-82) has kindly agreed to be President for the Day. Nearly all of you will know the Swarbrick family, Richard's father Nick taught at Blundell's for over 30 years during which he was Westlake Housemaster, Second Master and then Governor. Richard had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, now works and lives in the Tiverton area and has just seen his daughter successfully complete her time at Blundell's.

Provisional Programme for OB Day 2012
10.00 am AGM of the OB Club in the Colin Beale Centre
11.00 am Chapel Service
12.00 noon Drinks with staff, Beale Centre
12.30 pm Unveiling of plaque by Sue Beale
1.00 pm Buffet lunch in the marquee on Big Field
2.00 pm Cricket v Taunton on Big Field
4.00 pm Tennis: School v OBs - followed by refreshments
at the Beale Centre
4.30 pm Tea in the Beale Centre
Tickets for the Day, including pre-lunch drinks, lunch and
tea are £20 per head. To facilitate catering, bookings
must be made before Wednesday 6th June. Tickets are
available from Paddy or Janet Wooff at the Colin Beale
Centre (obclub@obclub.co.uk or 01884 232010).

The Preacher is the Reverend Hilary Dawson, School Governor, and the lesson will be read by Sue Beale who needs no introduction.

We hope to see OBs with connections to the Swarbrick family and those who were Richard's contemporaries in Milestones. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to any OBs who were at School during the Queen's coronation. Tickets for the Day include pre lunch drinks, lunch and tea and are available at £20 per head from the OB Club, Beale Centre, 01884 232010 or email: obclub@obclub.co.uk.

Contact Details

Contact Type Details
Colin Beale Centre Email obclub@obclub.co.uk
Phone 01884 232010
Address The Colin Beale Centre, Blundell’s School, Tiverton EX16 4DT
Paddy Armstrong Email pa@blundells.org
Phone 01884 255067
Address Newte House, 6 Tidcombe Lane, Tiverton EX16 4DZ