Category: OW News

OW November Must Read: Driven to Crime by Crispian Besley (Bn 77)

16 November 2022

Driven to Crime: True Stories of Wrongdoing in Motor Racing is the debut novel by Crispian Besley (Bn 77), inspired by his life-long interest in cars and passion for motor racing. In his novel, Besley investigates misdemeanours at all levels, from drivers, designers and mechanics to team owners, entrants and sponsors. People lie, cheat, steal […]

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The Corps of Drums at Wellington College

11 November 2022

For hundreds of years, drums were used on the battlefield to signal commands and orders, and drummers have been part of Wellington College CCF for over a century. During the 1950s there was an active Corps of Drums, but in 1960 this was subsumed into the general CCF Band, which itself disbanded in 1980, the […]

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Fair Shot: the Cafe with a Conscience!

26 October 2022

Fair Shot Cafe, London, was set up to provide young adults with learning disabilities, such as autism and Down’s syndrome, the opportunity to train as baristas and cafe assistants before helping them to find jobs in the mainstream hospitality sector. The rate of unemployment among young adults with learning disabilities is very high, and so […]

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100 Year Anniversary of the Wellington College War Memorial

21 October 2022

It’s 100 years since the unveiling of the Wellington College War Memorial on 24th October 1922. Made from black, white and green marble and designed by Edwin Lutyens, the architect of the cenotaph in Whitehall, the memorial features a figure of St George, and a Union flag of painted marble so convincing as to be […]

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Dennis Flanders: 1980s Wellington College Painting Auction

19 October 2022

OW John Berger (Bn 53) is currently selling framed print No. 50 from 500 by Dennis Flanders. Flanders (1915-1994) was a British artist and draughtsman who specialised in pen and ink drawings, often of English landscapes and buildings. He created a collection of pictures of Wellington College in the 80s, with some of his drawings […]

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Art Exhibition by Archie Wardlaw (T 07) and a teacher of art at Wellington – Less than one week to go!

14 October 2022

Archie Wardlaw (T 07) and a teacher of art at Wellington, will be hosting an exhibition of new landscape and still life paintings from the last two years to help raise funds for the Prince Albert Foundation. 20% of all purchases will go towards this amazing Scholarship programme. His oil paintings are created ‘en plein […]

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Podcast: Wellington College and the Royal Family

12 October 2022

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II and head girl Georgina Singer (Ap 10) share a happy moment together during her visit to the college in 2009 Following the passing of our Visitor, Queen Elizabeth II, our wonderful College archivist Caroline Jones discusses the intertwined history of the College and the Royal Family. To listen or find out […]

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Bringing Unseen Art-Historical Essays to Life: ‘Inside the Cauldron’ by Leonora Carrington

06 October 2022

OW India Ayles (O 13), costume designer, is currently involved in the production of a non-profit short film Inside the Cauldron. “The paintings of Leonora Carrington are not merely painted. They are brewed. They sometimes seem to have materialised in a cauldron at the stroke of midnight.” – Edward James Inside the Cauldron is a short non-profit […]

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‘Into Battle’: The True Story of the Balliol Feud by Hugh Salmon (Hn 74)

04 October 2022

Into Battle by Hugh Salmon (Hn 74) uncovers the true story of the notorious Oxford ‘Balliol Feud’, which poignantly encapsulates the political and social divisions that were tearing Britain apart prior to WW1. The Greenwich Theatre premier has recently been picked up by Broadway on Demand, a theatre streaming service. In 1906, of the fifty-three […]

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OW Cross Country: Annual Alumni Race Results

26 September 2022

On Saturday 17th September, OWXC took part in the Annual Alumni Race on Wimbledon Common, an 8k undulating cross-country course. For the first time the race had been brought forward from its traditional December date, so we had to cope without the customary mud, rain and freezing cold! Of the 33 teams and 147 runners […]

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Calling all OWs in India or with any connections in India!

22 September 2022

We are very excited to provide the Wellington Community with more details regarding the opening of the first Wellington College International school in India, with our partner Unison Group (Dehradun). As announced last year, our first school will open in September 2023 in Pune, Maharashtra. Our beautiful, state of the art campus is now advanced […]

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Wellington College Heritage website

22 September 2022

We are very excited to introduce our new Wellington College Heritage website, www.wellingtoncollegehistory.co.uk, where we showcase and explore the College’s fascinating history and heritage. In particular, the website is the home of our recent ‘Wellington Through The Decades’ project, to which all those who left Wellington prior to 1962 were invited to contribute. The wealth […]

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HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

08 September 2022

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the death of Our Visitor, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  She has given an immeasurable contribution to our nation, and we have always valued her association with the College.  She has visited us four times as monarch, and once as Princess Elizabeth, each time showing great interest […]

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September OW Must Read

31 August 2022

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. Our OW must read for September is ‘Queen of our Times’, written by British Royal Family specialist Robert Hardman, student at Wellington College between 1978-1983 in Stanley House. ‘Queen of our Times’ is Hardman’s new […]

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Jungle Cry: Charity Film Screening with Tom Varndell and Stewart Wright (Pn 92)

24 August 2022

Matt Cooksley (Hl 92) and his wife, Mary are organising a charity film screening of “Jungle Cry” which features Stewart Wright (Pn 92) on Sunday 4th September at 3pm. They would love for as many people from the Wellington Community to join them and special guests at the Underbelly Earl’s Court outdoor cinema. Jungle Cry is […]

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Welling10k ‘Race with Soul’ Run 2022: Sunday 11 September 2022

21 August 2022

Wellington College would love for you to join us on Sunday 11th September 2022 for our annual Welling10k ‘Race with Soul’ Run 2022 in aid of the Jimmy Higham Scholarship. A friendly and relaxed multi-terrain 5k and 10k run for all the family – fancy dress is encouraged! The run is measured (via GPX) and […]

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MyelomaUK Fundraising Event: Date for your Diaries!

17 August 2022

Sam Edgerley (Bd 10) is running 100 miles to raise awareness and funds for MyelomaUK after being inspired by Joe Munro‘s  (A 09 – OW 1st 15 rugby player) dad Bob and his family and the way they have faced their battle against Myeloma for the last 10 years displaying incredible resilience and positivity. Pictured […]

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August OW Must Read

01 August 2022

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. Our OW must read for August “Laughter is the Best Weapon: The Remarkable Adventures of an Unconventional Soldier” is by Charles D. Ritchie, CBE (Hl 59) who managed to complete the book before sadly passing […]

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The Potter Pavilion

21 July 2022

The Wellington Community Team is delighted to share the letter below from Mark Milliken-Smith (Bd 81), Wellington College Governor and Chair of the OW Executive Committee providing further information about the modernisation of the Pink Pavilion and its exciting transition to The Potter Pavilion. Dear OW and all within the Wellington Community, I write to […]

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Western Australia Regional Event: Saturday 18th June 2022

08 July 2022

The 18th of June, Waterloo Day is a popular day for OWs to get together to catch up! On this day last month in Western Australia 5 OWs and their partners got together for drinks and dinner at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The List of OWs who attended from left to right in […]

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OW Canberra (Australia!) Region Event: Saturday 18th June 2022

23 June 2022

Five of our OWs living in Canberra, Australia and their partners enjoyed their annual catch up and regional event lunch event on Saturday 18 June at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. The anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was an opportunity to share anecdotes of this battle and inspire thought beyond the context of fires, […]

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Padel Tennis Tournament

23 June 2022

CALLING ALL KEEN AND COMPETITIVE SPORTING INDIVIDUALS! OWs James Harper (Pn 99) Max Evans (Hg 02) and Martyn Boden (O 99) have joined together to launch a Padel Tennis business called PadelXO and are pleased to announce they are launching their first Padel Tennis event next month, raising money for the Rugby Players Association. The […]

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June OW Must Read!

08 June 2022

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. Our OW must read for June is by Paul Macro who was in the Lynedoch House at Wellington College between 1981 and 1985 and is called ‘Action at Badma Post.’  ‘Action at Badma Post’ tells […]

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Waterloo Society Event: Our Royal Visitor

26 May 2022

Known as the ‘Royal and Religious Foundation,’ Wellington College has had close links with the Royal family throughout its history, including five visits from HM Queen Elizabeth II. Yesterday evening we celebrated Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by looking back at these very special occasions. Our Archivist Caroline Jones and Chris Potter viewed fascinating archive film […]

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Marcus & Oli’s World Cycle Tour

13 May 2022

Oli Lyon (M 12) alongside his friend, Marcus Pillinger are cycling around the world not only for an adventure, but also to raise money for School in a Bag, a charity that provides educational supplies for less advantaged children worldwide. Together, they will be wild camping most of the way, carrying all of their own […]

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