Latest news from the Wellington Community…

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.  


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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Gardening Question Time with Mark Dodd – Head of Gardens and Countryside

27 May 2020

We know that so many people are spending more time in their gardens lately, whether they are keen gardeners or complete novices, there is no better time! Summer term is usually full of fun and informative gardening society events, unfortunately this term has been a little different for us all…. Mark Dodd, Head of Gardens […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


VE Day at Wellington

29 April 2020

As the country prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this week, we look back into the archives to see how the day itself was celebrated at Wellington. The Wellingtonian for July 1945 reports: … everything was done to help us enjoy ourselves and celebrate in a fitting manner. On Tuesday we had […]


The History of Athletic Sports at Wellington

27 April 2020

The latest story from Wellington Archivist Caroline Jones traces the history of Sports Day, or ‘The Athletic Sports’ as it was known. Strange as it may seem, this event did not originate in the Summer term, but for almost eighty years took place over several weeks in March and April. We believe that ‘The Sports’ […]


The 2.6 Challenge – Let’s help save the UK charities

23 April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. Many of these charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most; thousands of staff have been placed on furlough […]


Doctor in the House – offering FREE online consultations

23 April 2020

OW Dr D J Hamblin-Brown is an emergency doctor and founder of Doctor in the House, which offers free online consultations. There are many people who are stuck at home at present who maybe feeling unwell or worried and with few surgeries offering video conferencing they may be unsure of what to do. Doctor in […]


Dr Caroline Baugh, OW and GP, helps establish new Covid-19 Assessment Centre

22 April 2020

We want to say a huge thank you to Dr Caroline Baugh OW (Ap 92) and current parent who is currently working on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic, please see Caroline’s full story below: I’m currently a GP Partner in Basingstoke, and prior to this have worked across Africa with Médecins sans Frontieres […]


Captain Tom Moore

20 April 2020

Wellingtonians everywhere will no doubt have been gripped by the remarkable story of Captain Tom Moore, the WW2 veteran who has raised more than £25 million for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his garden just ahead of his 100th birthday. Captain Tom shares a special link with us as he served with the […]


CoachBright – Help tackle child food poverty during COVID-19

06 April 2020

Robin Chu (Hl 09) is the CEO and founder of CoachBright, they are an award-winning national social enterprise supporting the next generation to become independent and resilient so they can lead the lives they want. Working across schools, universities and organisations, they’re giving students and young professionals the tools and behaviours to succeed. Coach Bright […]