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The Wellington Community programme

As the Wellington Community team, our aim is to provide a meaningful programme of cultural, social, business, careers and educational events and activities for everyone in the Community. We aim to create a programme that helps us come together to reinforce, support and build the special and unique relationship that we all have with Wellington College and with one another.

February 2020

28 February 2020

Wellington Cricket Dinner – ‘A Celebratory Dinner for those involved in the Cricket Community at Wellington – Past, Present and Future’

6:30pm to 11:30pm, The Long Room, Lords

The Wellington Cricket community is both special and longstanding. This dinner will bring together all its parts in the most evocative four walls in world cricket, the Long Room at Lord’s. This includes, between England tours, our most recent international and county cricketers, Tom, Sam and Ben Curran.

We are delighted that all profits from the evening will be in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. This wonderful charity not only funds research into rare lung cancers, but also provides emotional, psychological and well being support to patients and their families going through a similar experience.

Wellington Cricket is flourishing, enjoying possibly the most successful period in its history. College is regularly producing male and female cricketers of the highest quality, many going on to play representative cricket at county level, among them of course several at first class and international level.

We would like as many of those who have contributed to Wellington cricket to join us in celebrating its past with pride, and its future with justified excitement.

Partners, guests and families are all welcome. Tickets cost £150 per person, with all profits going to the Ruth Strauss Foundation

Registration for this event and more information is available from January 2020.

29 February 2020

Heritage Day: Historic Tour of the College

11:00am to 12:00pm, Royal Foundation Room

‘A Life at Wellington – A Unique Perspective’

 Join Chris Potter for a wander down memory lane. Born and educated at Wellington College where his father taught from 1932-74, Chris, after university and then 4 years in Australia, returned to teach Maths and was kept busy from 1974 – 2007. Since then he has worked for the OW Society and latterly the Wellington Community. He’s seen a few come and go along the way: Masters, teachers, pupils, parents, buildings, customs, conventions, attitudes and traditions.

There will be a joint light lunch for this event and the Heritage Talk held in the V&A Café from 12.00pm-1.00pm.

Registration is now open!

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29 February 2020

Heritage Day: Heritage Talk

1.00pm to 2:00pm, Driver Lecture Room

Join Wellington College Archivist Caroline Jones as she explores another part of our rich history and shows off unique documents and artefacts from our collection.

This term’s talk will focus on the history of the dormitories and Houses at Wellington, and in particular the archives created by generations of students as they recorded the triumphs and tragedies of school life.

There will be a joint light lunch for this event and the Historic Tour of the College held in the V&A Café from 12.00pm-1.00pm.

Registration and more information is now available!

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March 2020

01 March 2020

Christian Prayer Group

8:00pm to 9:00pm, The Crypt Chapel

The Christian Prayer Group has been set up by a group of Wellington parents, from a variety of church backgrounds, who believe prayers have a positive impact on school life. It gives parents the opportunity to get together and pray for the school, its governors and staff, the pupils and their families. The group welcomes all parents and staff, and anyone else within the Wellington Community with an interest in praying blessings on the school community.

This group meets twice per term to pray, the meetings are very informal and take place on Sunday evenings, in the Crypt Chapel (down the steps beside the Chapel).

For more information or prayer requests please contact the Prayer group coordinators:

Gilly (gilly@thehafners.com) and Suzanne (suzanne@bishton.net), both Wellington parents.

05 March 2020

Gardening Society Talk ‘Home Grown Floristry’

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Driver Lecture Room

Our Speaker for this event is Eleanor who is a florist and gardener.

Eleanor has been a florist for over 15 years, after having her daughter 5 years ago she decided to set up her own business and created Rosebud Flowers, where she provides beautiful fresh flowers for all occasions. One of Eleanor’s main interests is using flowers from her garden to create stunning displays for the home, ‘bringing the outside in’.

This joy for the outside has since developed a sister business where rosebud gardens was born.

She will be demonstrating 4 various arrangements using cut flowers from the garden. Along the way she will give some advice from tricks of the trade and some hints and tips for developing your own cutting garden.

Registration for this event is now open and can be done by emailing: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

05 March 2020

COG: Politics

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Club, London

Career Opportunity Groups were set up to provide support and networking opportunities for OWs (young and old) in whatever their chosen career.

We are thrilled to now invite not only OWs but parents to join all our career networking events. This drinks reception is for those involved in the fields related to Politics.  Our sixth form students who attend these events find them invaluable, and we hope all from our Community who are interested in or working in this field will join us.

Registration for this event is now open.

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11 March 2020

London Walking Tour: Treasures of Mayfair

11:15am to 12:55pm, London

Famous for being worth top whack on the Monopoly Board, Mayfair is synonymous with exclusivity.  Known as the playground of the aristocracy, the nightclubs are high-end-celebrity-hangouts and everything from food to drink to fashion is luxurious.  But the place that was once muddy fields with an annual fair, has more to it than eye-watering property prices.  Behind the glittering shop fronts and busier streets, lies a world of stunning churches, beautiful architecture and delightful gardens; a world where reputations were made and lost, where wealth and sleaze lived side by side.  Come and immerse yourself in elegance and style and open your eyes wide to this glorious part of London.  It’s not to be missed!

Meeting Point (and the tour commences from here): By The Statue of Joshua Reynolds in the Courtyard of the Main Entrance to The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

Please note the tour ends approximately 7 minutes from Bond Street Underground Station.

Tour starts at 11.15 am and will last for one hour and 40 mins.

Price £15.00

Registration and booking for this event is now open.

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11 March 2020

OW Exeter University Gathering

6:30pm to 8:30pm, The Old Fire House, Exeter

The Wellington Community invites you to an informal and fun catch up for everyone at Exeter University, with food and drinks. Members of the Wellington Community Team and Common Room will be in attendance. Please help spread the word to other OWs.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration for this event is now open.

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12 March 2020

Wellington Entrepreneur’s Exchange Evening

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Oriental Club, London

We are delighted to be hosting our third Wellington Entrepreneur’s Exchange evening to bring together the Wellington Community yet again to share ideas and experience on start-ups and entrepreneurships. After the success of the last event we would love to see familiar faces to hear about the successes, failures and challenges you’ve faced over the past year and where you are now.

We will also be bringing members from the ‘Disrupt Society’, Wellingtons own student entrepreneur society as they found the event hugely beneficial last year and can’t wait to do it again. Please join us for an evening of OWs, parents and students sharing ideas, experience and creating valuable networking opportunities.

Registration for this event is now open.

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14 March 2020

Wellington Parent Singers

11:00am to 12:00pm, Concert Room.

Join the informal and fun Wellington Parent Singers group, led by our inspirational Director of Music Simon Williamson, designed for singers of all abilities.

Registration for this event is open and can be done by emailing: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

14 March 2020

Career Speed Networking

11:30am to 1:00pm, Seb Faulks

Sixty minutes of career guidance for Wellington Pupils to find out more about a range of careers from Advertising to Zoology. Broken down into slots, students will have the chance to spend time exploring career options and thinking about how best to position themselves to pursue a career in their chosen field.

We are always grateful to any parents and OWs who are able to offer their support.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to give advice to our young students, as well as registering for this event, please contact: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk


18 March 2020

Wellington Community Book Club

7:30pm to 8:45pm, The Moral Room

Come and join this informal group to discuss the chosen book over some refreshments with our wonderful head librarian, Lucy Atherton, and fellow members of the Wellington Community.

The Chosen book for this session is: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Registration for this event is now open and you can do this from then by emailing: lha@wellingtoncollege.org.uk   

19 March 2020

Wellington College Gardening Society Tour ‘Savill Gardens’

Savill Gardens, Windsor

Since its creation in the 1930s, The Savill Garden has been an inspiration for all. This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends.

You will have a guided tour of the interconnected gardens by one of the Savill Garden Tour Guides. The 35 Acres include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.

Tickets cost £10 per person. The Tour will start at 11:00am so please make sure to arrive promptly.

Registration is now available and is by emailing community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk


25 March 2020

COG: Creative Industries

6:00pm to 9:00pm, The Hospital Club

Career Opportunity Groups were set up to provide support and networking opportunities for OWs (young and old) in whatever their chosen career.

We are thrilled to now invite not only OWs but parents to join all our career networking events. This drinks reception is for those involved in the fields related to the Creative Industries. Our sixth form students who attend these events find them invaluable, and we hope all from our Community who are interested in or working in these fields will join us.

Registration is now open.

Book your place »

April 2020

18 April 2020

OW Pre-1955 Reunion

12:30pm to 5:00pm, Great School and Waterloo Hall

An anniversary gathering for our pre-1955 leavers.

Lunch will be served at 1.15pm and afterwards there will be a chance to explore College, watch sport, and take a walk down memory lane. At 4.00pm tea will be served.

Partners, guests and families are all welcome. Tickets £15 and places are limited.

Registration is now open for this event.

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May 2020

30 May 2020

Old Wellingtonian Lodge Dinner at College

The Old Wellingtonian Lodge No 3404 is a Masonic lodge for OWs, Governors, present & past members of Common Room and College staff, with the Duke of Kent as its Honorary Master. We have met annually at Wellington College since our foundation in 1909. The current Worshipful Master, Nick Jeffery (Bd 74-79), and the members would like to extend a warm invitation to all members of the Wellington Community and their partners to join them for drinks and dinner at Great School. Whether you are interested in the Lodge, curious about Freemasonry, or would simply like to join some OWs for dinner at College, all are welcome.

Please email the Secretary on Secretary@OWL3404.org  for more information and to book a place.

Please note the dress code is lounge Suits, OW/OW Society/Old School tie or equivalent. The cost for this event is to TBC – please discuss with the Secretary upon booking.

Lastly, there will be a voluntary charity collection if you wish to partake in this.

For information about about the lodge and college please go to: www.owl3404.org/information/the-lodge-college/

June 2020

06 June 2020

200 Anniversary Ball at Eagle House

On behalf of Andrew Barnard, the Headmaster of Eagle House School, we are delighted to warmly invite all former Eagle House pupils, parents and staff to join the Bicentenary celebrations for Eagle House in 2020.

Founded in 1820 the school reaches this exciting landmark in its history and is keen to extend its celebrations to all who have been involved in this journey to be an outstanding prep school.

One of the main events in which Eagle House would love for you to join them at to celebrate the Schools history and achievement is their 200 Anniversary Ball.

This event will be the chance to celebrate the achievements of the past 200 years and, also, to look forward to the next exciting chapter in Eagle House’s history.

The Anniversary Ball will include live music, and fireworks, to accompany a lavish three course meal.

Tickets for the ball will go on sale in February so please make sure you register your interest to make sure you do not miss out on this exciting event as demand is expected to be high!

For further information on this event or if you have any questions or queries or would like an early bird warning for the Anniversary ball please email 200@eaglehouseschool.com – Eagle House would love to hear from you!