Category: OW News

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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OWs Eme Evans, Alice Garvey and Sasha Ansell take on the Rocketman Challenge!

21 May 2020

Message from Eme Evans ( C 14) and we hope you will agree that this is a seriously worthwhile challenge and best of luck to them! The Rocketman Challenge: 1 week, 10 girls, 1000km Next week, myself and nine others – flatmates from the University of Edinburgh, including two other OW’s Alice Garvey and Sasha […]

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The History of Speech Day

21 May 2020

The first Speech Day took place in June 1859, just six months after the College opened, and may have been modelled on similar events at Rugby School. It included two Chapel services as well as the prize-giving ceremony. We don’t know what prizes were given, but by the next year Queen Victoria had consented to […]

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Henry Duff (S 15) embarks on adventurous new business….

18 May 2020

Henry Duff (S 15) and friend, Oli Kriskinans, have decided to embark upon an adventurous business journey, HERD is a brand new platform where the stories you read are crafted by people like you. For more details about this exciting new venture please see below from Henry. Hello OWs, we’re looking for some exciting content […]

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The last visit of Queen Victoria, May 1900

14 May 2020

This week we look back 120 years to a notable event in Wellington’s history – the last visit of Queen Victoria, in May 1900. Almost fifty years previously, Victoria and her husband Prince Albert had been very influential in the foundation of Wellington College. Albert in particular had taken a strong personal interest, helping to […]

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If you love food and hate shopping this is for you! From James Faulkner (L 91)

13 May 2020

We normally supply a huge number of foodservice/restaurant businesses across the UK, however since COVID-19 outbreak many have unfortunately been forced to shut their doors and our sales in this area have completely dried up. As a result we have an amazing selection of restaurant quality products, at prices you would never find in the […]

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Chad’s Challenge – 3.5 Marathons for African Revival

11 May 2020

We wanted to say a huge congratulations to Chad Miller, current student, who last week completed an incredible challenge of running 150 kms over 10 days, this is the equivalent of 3.5 marathons! Please see below message from Chad: I’ve had my A-Level exams cancelled, but decided to do something positive whilst in lockdown to […]

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OW Dr Chris Redburn

05 May 2020

An Anaesthetist’s Experience of Covid-19 Your normal encounter with an anaesthetist is to keep you safe and comfortable during an operation, but it is our role to provide care for the sickest patients in the hospital, as we are also the doctors that work on the Intensive care unit (ICU) and attend all emergencies. Since […]

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