2009, More Events
Clay Shoot Harbour Inn Gathering Lunch at The RAC Club
Clay Shoot At Larkhill, Salisbury Plain.
A great fun occasion and hopefully to be repeated next year at Charmouth when Richard Clist has finished work on the old road tunnel. I am not sure of the scores but certainly I was well down in the list.
Thanks to Jim for organising the event with David Shaw. The start of yet another sporting event for OHs to take part in.
Harbour Inn, Axemouth Gathering
A merry gang of OHs mustered by John Wong (C 70-75), who was staying for a few days with OH friends in Billiard House, the old Baker green-domed JCR, invited Derek, Nigel Giles and Barbara Clark to a super supper-party at ‘The Harbour Inn’ Axmouth on the night of Thursday, 17 th September 2009. It was a great pleasure for us all to meet old friends: Organiser-in-Chief John Wong from Hong Kong, Richard Pope from Australia, Matthews Phillips, Mark Williams, Simon Knox, Chris Catchpole, James Negaard and Andrew Green.
John said he and some of his friends had already been down to the beach and explored the beautifully tended grounds of the new residential estate. Tales were told about what we had all been doing and comic instances of our days at Allhallows. Andrew Green, rhymester par excellence, entertained us with his well turned verses, in which we all all featured, and completed a very happy evening.
John Wong arranged a reunion for Allhallows friends from 1970 to 1975.
We all met on Thursday morning outside the Regent cinema in Lyme Regis. Driving down the Allhallows drive, we were met by sheep grazing on the cricket pitch and the cricket pavilion all boarded up! We checked into Billiard House (was Baker House). It was a marvelous apartment with 3 bedrooms ensuite great living room and open kitchen and a private garden. Dinner was booked at the Harbour Inn, Axemouth with Nigel Giles, Barbara Clark and Derek Blooman joined by Mark Williams, Chris Catchpole and Simon Knox was a fantastic evening. Barbara was as sprightly as ever Derek was on top form and Nigel was a great raconteur about Allhallows. Simon gave us a lift back to our accommodation.
Friday morning Mathew Philips cooked a great breakfast worthy of Marco Pierre White....and a quick preparation was needed for the lunchtime barbecue on Allhallows beach! James Andy and Mathew were brave enough to swim in the sea...while Simon was fishing...John and Richard looked after the barbecue fire...and Mark Williams provided great wines from his own pub!!!
After a great barbecue we started the long march back up the cliffs. Despite wooden steps being built into the cliff face, this was a steep climb back. Saturday morning blessed with brilliant sunshine the team went fishing at Beer for mackerel... John Wong nearly caught the one that got away which almost turned the boat over!!!!
Richard Pope had organised a pub quiz with music from the seventies to match the LP album covers of the seventies....very difficult remembering Hawkwind and Blind Faith album covers!!!
On Sunday, the owners of Billiard House kindly gave us a tour of the main school building, part of which is Peek House. We were also given a tour of the 24 rooms in the private main school with the marble stairs and tiled floor beautifully preserved and the headmasters study was amazing!! The main shower and bathroom area underground, has been turned into wonderful rooms, we also had a tour of the chapel and tuck shop, which is now called Allhallows B&B!!!
Sunday was the final day with a stroll down Ladies Walk to look at Goat Island followed by preparations for John flying home to Hong Kong... Richard flying home to Sydney Australia and the other motley crew heading to various parts of the UK...
I would like to thank John Wong for organising such a memorable weekend and such a great Allhallows dinner...
Lets do it again next year!!!!
Luncheon at the RAC Club
Thirty-two OHs gathered at the elegant Terrace Room of the RAC Club, overlooking Carlton Gardens, at 12 noon on Saturday 19 th September 2009 for a delightful reunion and lunch, superbly organised by Brian and John Clark. Those there tended to be from the senior brigade, but it was great to meet Amer Ghazzal (V 72-77), William So (St 76-78) now working in London. We hope the younger battalions will come to our AGM and Reunion at the RAC Club, at 6pm on Thursday 26 th November 2009.
Our President, Roddy Long, remembered visits to Soho, when he was on the Committee, soon after he left Allhallows, but the OH Club had since been rejuvenated. He thanked Brian and John Clark for all they had done to make the day such a success. He said OH Golf was flourishing and there had been an enjoyable OH Clay Pigeon shoot at Larkhill, under the auspices of Brigadier David Shaw and Jim Rowe. Richard Clist (St 85-89) Captain of Clay Pigeon Shooting at Allhallows took part. He owns the Charmouth Tunnel, which he is converting into a shooting range with club facilities – possible site of future OH events.
Roddy said he hoped to persuade the ladies to revive OH tennis and urged all OHs to keep an eye on the Website, so ably run by Nigel Giles. Roddy urged OHs to come to the Allhallows Remembrance Service at St. Michael’s Honiton, at 2.30pm on Saturday, 7 th November 2009, as the Bishop of Crediton, the Right Rev. Robert Evans, whose father and brother were at Allhallows, has agreed to preach. Finally he thanked Derek for all he does as Hon.Secretary.