Category: OW News

The Lumsden Leadership Summit

17 February 2021

Ella Dow (O 18) is Vice-President of an all-female philanthropic society at St Andrews called The Lumsden Club and is proud to announce the sixth edition of their annual event, The Lumsden Leadership Summit (previously Winning Women). The aim is to inspire the student body and wider community by bringing together successful women from all […]

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OW Edward Foulds (Bl 96) – ‘Crucifix’

09 February 2021

Twenty-five years ago this term, Wellington College was shrouded in snow just as it has been recently. This inspired student Edward Foulds (Blücher 1991-96) to create a remarkable piece of artwork which is still at the centre of College life today. Braving the cold, Ed ventured out in the dark after a heavy snowfall and […]

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OW Jack Trigger (M 12): Around the world with type 1 diabetes

09 February 2021

Follow Jack Trigger on his journey to become the first type 1 diabetic to compete in the legendary Vendée Globe. The Vendée Globe is one of the toughest endurance challenges on earth – non stop, solo and unassisted around the world in record breaking 60ft racing yachts. The current race has just finished with the […]

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OWs Harry Hearn and Tom Phillips, UK team Oardacity complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 – the ‘World’s Toughest Row

03 February 2021

UK team Oardacity have arrived (in 4th place) in Antigua after completing this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which they rowed for Mental Health. Their two beneficiary charities are Mind and The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. The four boat completed the 3,000 mile Atlantic crossing in 40 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes from La […]

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Waterloo Society Newsletters

27 January 2021

We have launched the very first editions of our newsletters for the Waterloo Society. These newsletters all have a particular decades focus (1940s, 1950s and 1960s) and we hope that you enjoy the memories and photos and that they provide you with the opportunity to reflect and reminisce on your time at College with fondness. […]

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Annual Schools Alumni Race – The Results Are In!

05 January 2021

OWXC took part in the Annual Schools Alumni Race over the weekend of 12th/13th December. Normally it would be run as a proper race on Wimbledon Common; however, as with most events throughout 2020, it had to be completed virtually. This certainly did not dampen spirits as there were 39 OW entrants out of a […]

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Must Reads!

15 December 2020

We are delighted to share with you four brilliant books by OW authors. Military Misreadings of Shakespeare is a humorous book of full colour cartoons of the Victorian Army painted by Major (later Lt-Col) Thomas Seccombe with carefully chosen quotations from Shakespeare’s plays; it was first published by George Routledge & Sons in 1880.  Paul Cordle […]

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A Royal Visit

07 December 2020

Eighty years ago, on 8th December 1940, Wellington College was visited by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by their daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The visit was intended to boost school morale after the death of the Master, Bobby Longden, in enemy bombing two months previously. The photograph above shows the King […]

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Follow the Stars – A Celebration of Christmas!

07 December 2020

While many spent their Lockdown summers perfecting sourdough starters or baking banana bread, Biddy (L6th, A) was quite literally following the stars. A family involvement with the Macmillan Cancer Support charity led to Biddy volunteering her time to help organise and curate Macmillan’s Follow the Stars Charity Christmas concert. The concert, re-imagined for 2020 and […]

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OWXC – Cross Country and Social Running

04 December 2020

Are you a keen cross country runner and looking to get involved in a club with like minded people? If so, then the Old Wellingtonian XC Club is just what you are looking for. Re-established in 2018, with the aim to reunite OWs and represent Wellington in various running events. The club enables members to […]

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BECOME A GLOBAL GOALS HERO & SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD!

03 December 2020

We are excited to invite you to volunteer from home as a ‘Global Social Leaders Global Goals Hero’ and join an incredible team of people supporting a global movement of socially conscious young leaders in 105 countries in all world regions. GSL was set up by Wellington College’s Leadership and Coaching Institute and Future Foundations […]

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David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20

30 November 2020

David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20 All OWs and OW cricketers will  be very sad to hear of the passing of DJM. David was the outstanding Wellington cricketer of his generation: prominent amongst his peers as a schoolboy, he was unquestionably the best all-rounder Wellington College produced until the emergence of the Curran brothers. He made […]

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Wellington CCF: A History in Badges

10 November 2020

Wellington College is delighted to have recently added to its historical collections this metal badge, believed to be the first cap badge worn by the College’s Rifle Volunteer Corps, now the CCF. Volunteer Forces are as old as the College itself, having been first set up in 1859. The Crimean War had highlighted the difficulty […]

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Virtual Walks with Wide Eyed London

25 September 2020

To replace cancelled bookings with the college, professional guide Rosalind Vincent has kindly agreed to create some mini virtual walks in London. To kick the series off, she will be focusing on aspects of London connected with the 1st Duke of Wellington. These short videos are designed to give you a taster of what is […]

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OWs IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

18 September 2020

This week, as the country commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we look back and remember those Old Wellingtonians who took part. The “Battle of Britain” was a term coined by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in June 1940, to describe the struggle for air superiority in […]

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VJ Day

17 August 2020

As we mark VJ Day on 15 August, this week we remember those Old Wellingtonians who served in the Far East during World War Two. At least sixteen Wellingtonians died fighting in the Far East, excluding the many more killed in the Burma campaign. Most lost their lives during the Japanese invasion of Malaya, Singapore […]

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OW David Kim (M16)

07 August 2020

David Kim is raising money for the Malamulo Hospital in Malawi as they battle not only Covid-19 but pre-exicting infections and diseases. Please do follow the link to find out more and to donate.  

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OW meet up in Canberra, Australia

22 July 2020

On Sunday 19th July, Charles Keighley (C70) , Ed Bristow (C68), Vernon Keighley (C65), Mike Todd (Hl60) and John Daly (Hl42) met for lunch at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. It is wonderful to see our OWs meeting up all over the world and we hope you all had a wonderful day. Thank you to […]

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Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer

16 July 2020

Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer Robert Henry Anson Shakespear arrived at Wellington in 1868, when the College was less than a decade old. He himself was only eleven years old when he joined the Anglesey. Four years later when he left, his younger brother William joined the Murray. Both boys were Foundationers – that is […]

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‘An Evening with Potts’ Three part series

14 July 2020

We are excited to share with you our three-part series ‘An Evening with Potts’. Chris Potter (C 65) arrived at Wellington in 1947 and more than 70 years later he remains at the heart of the Wellington Community. Nobody knows Wellington quite like Chris Potter and over three fun and informal chats Chris talks us […]

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OW Harry Lidgley (Bn16) and team row around Great Britain for two amazing charities

06 July 2020

Harry Lidgley is part of a four man team taking on the epic challenge to row non-stop, unsupported, around mainland Great Britain. They set of at the beginning of July and will attempt to complete the circumnavigation in about 30 days. They are raising money for two charities working on very important current global issues […]

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Wellington and the 1970 General Election

23 June 2020

On 18 June 1970, a General Election was held in the United Kingdom. Legislation passed the year before had lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, meaning that this was the first election in which senior Wellington students might be able to vote. Even before this, many students had taken a keen interest in […]

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Waterloo Day Celebrations in Perth

22 June 2020

We are delighted to report that 8 OWs met up for drinks to celebrate Waterloo Day in Perth, Western Australia, including two “new” old boys, Mark Shipway (S 09) and Jonny Sole (S 09) who are quite recent arrivals to Western Australia. The full list, from left to right in the photo were: Mark Shipway […]

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Mud and Maniacs: A History of Swimming at Wellington

08 June 2020

Normally at this time of year, Wellington’s outdoor pool is busy every day, with hardcore ‘Maniacs’ doing their two lengths before breakfast, and many more students enjoying a refreshing dip before dinner. Sadly at present the pool is empty and deserted, but in this week’s ‘Out of the Archives’ podcast, Archivist Caroline Jones looks back […]

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80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation

26 May 2020

As the country marks the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, we look back and honour those Wellingtonians who were involved and those who died in the operation. The evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of northern France in the face of invading German forces took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940. […]

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