Old Honitonians Clay Pigeon Shoot
at Purbeck Shooting School, Puddletown Road, Wareham – Saturday 9th July 2016
An overcast sky but dry and yet another hangover from the night before wetting the 4th Grandchild’s head – I’ll never learn but it was good at the time so a full English breakfast for £4.99 was just what the doctor ordered!
Then out on the traps where Giles Hayne, Baker 1978, with his son, Ray, Georg Hayter, Venning 1965, Martin Boulden, Stanton 1981 and myself, Middlemist 1966 took aim!
After 136 shots both Ray Hayne and myself only managed 29 clays each so yet again a draw and we both share the Tory Shield as winners for 2016.
Thanks go to Giles for scoring and pressing the release button, George for the photography and making us laugh when he attempted to shoot a clay and fell over with the recoil and Martin for buying the beers at the Greyhound pub Winterborne Kingston afterwards.
A brilliant venue and so easy to get too.
Make sure you’re there next year even if it’s only for the cooked breakfast.
You don’t have to actually own a gun, you can always borrow someone else’s on the day!
Next shoot out is Sunday 9th October 2016 at 10.00am Charmouth Tunnel.
Many of us have just returned from another excellent golf week down in the land of our ‘alma mater’.
Monday June 27th: In our annual match against the Old Tauntonians, this year played at Honiton G.C., representing the OHs were: John Bridger, John Harper, Peter Heron, Mark Hunt, Jon Husain, Roddy Long, Hamish Macgregor, Stuart Macgregor, Kit Magrath & David Reynolds. I am delighted to say we were successful by 3 matches to 2. (NB. OHs 3 from 3 for the year………..)
Tuesday June 28th: The OHGS championships, held again at Lyme Regis, were sadly and uncompromisingly interrupted by rain. This year’s participants included: John Bridger, David Danskin, John Harper, Richard Heard, Peter Heron, Robin Higgs, Mark Hunt, Jon Husain, Roddy Long, Hamish Macgregor, Stuart Macgregor, Kit Magrath, Patrick Musters, David Reynolds & John Pagliero. Only 2 people managed to finish the course (Messrs. Husain and yours truly), with everyone else wisely returning to the clubhouse early and significantly drier than we were. On a slightly amended stableford points system of scoring Kit Magrath was declared the winner, his having accumulated 31 points after 16 holes. Well done Kit………………and well done for coming up with the slightly amended stableford points system of scoring….!! So, the Peter Ward Trophy, itself nearly as large as Kit, returns once more to Chichester.
Wednesday June 29th: Our regular fixture against The Devon Dumplings at Exeter Golf and Country club, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the significant threat of rains and storms. Thanks, though, to Mark Hunt who, very nobly, initially handled and then had to change all the arrangements for the day.
Thursday June 30th: A new fixture was played at East Devon G.C. against The Taunton Stand Club. As our opponents could only manage a team of 6, Roddy Long, John Bridger and Jon Husain kindly offered to play a friendly 3-ball, teeing off just before the match. This left the OHs being represented by David Danskin, Richard Heard, Peter Heron, Kit Magrath, Patrick Musters & John Pagliero and we were good enough to win by 2 games to 1. (NB. OHs 4 from 4 for the year……….)
Friday July 1st: After a year’s gap, we returned happily to Bridport & West Dorset for a day that was so kindly arranged by club member John Harper. Two teams, team A) John Bridger, John Harper, Jon Husain & Kit Magrath, and team B) David Danskin, Robin Higgs, Roddy Long & John Pagliero played out a great day’s golf involving a fantastically convoluted points scoring system specially formulated to confuse everyone – but apparently the A team won………..!!
Golf – OHGS Fixtures :
|Friday 22nd July||Littlehampton GC||OHGS Day|
|Wednesday 17th August||Petersfield GC||OHGS Day|
|Wednesday 14th September||South Winchester GC||OHGS Guest Day|
|Tuesday 18th October||West Surrey GC||(v.) Old Eastbournians|
For more details contact: John Pagliero firstname.lastname@example.org
|Clay Pigeon||Saturday 9th July 10.00am||Purbeck Shooting School, Puddletown Road, Wareham BH20 7NG|
|Target Shooting||Sunday 9th October 10.00am||Charmouth Tunnel|
For more details contact: James Rowe email@example.com
Visits to Rousdon
It is fully understandable that many OHs will wish to visit the Rousdon/Allhallows estate to rekindle old memories and to see what development has taken place in recent years.
Those who attended the 500th Luncheon will have heard the comments of our guest speaker , Professor John Broome who lives in the old Pavilion.
Naturally the residents wish to maintain a degree of awareness about visitors. It would therefore be appreciated if OHs wishing to arrange a visit to Rousdon would contact Judith Ellard – firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the day of their visit .
Please remember the estate is privately owned so please keep to the roads and footpaths.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding
Kind regards Roddy Long
Thomas James Vaughan
The Club has learnt from his widow, Laurie, of Tom’s death on 1st July aged 92.
Laurie writes :
“Tom died with all his family round him and at the home he designed and had built in 2007 in Emsworth in the veggie garden of our old home 19, King Street. He was so proud to be at the 500 year anniversary with one of our sons. He loved his time at the school, first Honiton and then Rousdon and was called up in 1942 from school to go into the Navy. When he left the Navy he went into advertising and finished up his working life as Deputy Chairman and part owner of Lonsdales where he had been responsible for all Abbey National’s advertising ( including “The Abbey Habit”). He was a happy man and loved his sailing and was Commodore for 2 Clubs. Our 2 sons and 1 daughter and I
miss him enormously with his big grin and enormous zest for life.”
The Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to Laurie and the family.
Michael John Bernard Koppel
The Club has learnt of the death of Father Michael Koppel on 18th May 2016. A Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday 26th May at 11.30am in St Mary’s RC Church, Lyme Road, Axminster. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to Michael’s family and friends.
Arthur John Dimond
The Club has learnt of the death of Arthur Dimond on 4th April 2016. Arthur went to Allhallows in 1934 in Honiton, made the move to Rousdon in 1938 and left in 1940. A Honitonian all his life, Arthur was involved in and associated with many aspects of Honiton life. He was a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Honiton Town Council 1980-84; a Churchwarden and Chair of the Church Restoration Fund at St Paul’s Church; Secretary, Captain and President of the Honiton Bowling Club 1946-2016 as well as being President of the Devon Bowling Association and actively associated with more than a dozen other organisations. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to Arthur’s family.
Brigadier Nigel Speller MBE
The Club has learnt with sadness of the death of Brigadier Nigel Speller MBE OH on Wednesday 9th March.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 14th May at 12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Colyton to which OHs are invited.
Nigel was an Army officer, Churchwarden, Lay Reader and a great supporter of the OH Club. He was a Governor of Allhallows for a number of years, was of considerable assistance in enabling the Allhallows Memorial Chapel to be established at St Michael’s Church, Honiton and conducted the annual Memorial Service in St Michael’s for 10 years and subsequently in St Paul’s, Honiton.
The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to his children, Nicholas and Charlotte.
Due to space pressure in the OH Magazine 2016, it is regretted that the obituary in respect of Richard Rees-Webbe was not printed in full:
Richard D Rees-Webbe (M ’59-64)
Richard Rees-Webbe, Solicitor in Western Australia for 40 years, died on 28th January 2014, aged 67. He was born in Kampala in 1946 shortly after WW2 spending his childhood in what was then British East Africa. Richard went to Allhallows and completed his education to “A” level and excelled in atheletics and cross country running. From Allhallows he went into Law and was articled to a firm of Solicitors in Newton Abbot. On qualifying as a solicitor Richard decided to seek his future in the antipodes, first visiting New Zealand then ,after a few months, moving to Western Australia and joined a law firm in Northam, about 100km out of Perth on the road to Kalgoorlie.He quickly became a partner and stayed for the rest of his life. Richard married a local girl, they had no children and were devoted to each other, doing everything together. He loved the Australian country side which reminded him of Africa. He also loved farming and had a small, (by Australian standards), farm of about 1000 acres close to York where he and Maureen would spend much of there time when Richard wasn’t tied up with his law practise
Anybody with reminiscences or information about Tom Vaughan, Arthur Dimond,Nigel Speller and Richard D Rees-Webbe while at school or afterwards is invited to send their material to Alec Crawford, Hon Sec OH Club, at email@example.com for possible inclusion in the next issue of the OH Magazine.