The Old Brutonian Association was founded in 1893 and has two main objectives which are enshrined to our Rules: to promote contact amongst Old Brutonians and to further the interests of the School.
On this page you will find contact information, photo galleries, back issues of The Old Brutonian magazine and details of forthcoming events. You can also complete a simple form below to update the OBA with your latest contact information. The Association supports and organises various events throughout the year; the London Lunch held in December, the AGM, various sports fixtures against the School as well as assorted social events run by Old Brutonians around the world. The Rules also require the publishing of an annual newsletter, The Old Brutonian and the maintenance of a charitable trust that finances a number of charitable purposes, including two scholarships to current pupils. OBA Merchandise can be ordered by visiting this page here. With only a few exceptions, pupils at King's automatically become members of the Association upon leaving school. The Association is an entirely independent body working from an office within King's We are in regular contact with the Headmaster and the teaching staff and are grateful for the support given to us by the School for those activities which take place in Bruton. The OBA office is run by Rose Vigers-Belgeonne, the Hon Secretary and Gilly Bunday, Assistant Secretary. Please use the contact details below to get in touch with the OBA office.
With great sadness I write of the sudden and very sad death of Simon Bennett. Although not an OB, Simon was Head of English at King's from 1988 for ten years or so. UPDATE: SIMON'S FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER AT 12 NOON IN ST MARY'S CHURCH, BRUTON. ALL ARE MOST WELCOME.
We have recently been advised of the sad death of The Rev John Petty (N48/53), Dean Emeritus of Coventry Cathedral, who died peacefully on 23rd August 2017. A funeral service will take place on 7th September at St Chad's Shrewsbury, at 1.00pm. A thanksgiving service at Coventry Cathedral will follow at a future date. The family have requested no flowers please.
Peter Stokes passed away on 2nd July 2017 - no further details are known.
We have recently heard of the death of Vincent Hewlett who passed away on 5th July 2017. No further details are known.
We only just heard the sad news of the death of Anthony Woodford, who died on 26th August 2016. No more details were given.
We have today heard from the son of John Sturrock that sadly John passed away on 14th August this year, aged 87. There will be a memorial service at 3.00pm on 5th September at All Saints Church, Lindfield, West Sussex, to which everyone is most welcome.
The Telegraph reports that sadly Arnold Stephenson has recently passed away aged 89. No further details are available.
With sadness we have read today of the death of James Roe. No further details are available.
Harry Corbett 's Thanksgiving Service has been arranged for Wednesday, 5th July at 3.00pm at St Mary's Church in Bruton BA10 0EF. David, Barbara and Jack Corbett would love for you all to come to help celebrate Harry's life. They are more than happy for you to wear your favourite rugby, football or sporting top if you want to. If you are planning on coming to give thanks for Harry's life please do let us know so sufficient tea can be provided afterwards.
With great sadness we have learnt of the death of John Perrett who passed away in December of last year aged 82. No more details are available.
On Sunday 30th April, the King's Chapel Choir will be 'Choir in Residence' for the day at Bristol Cathedral. They will sing at the 10.00am Eucharist and again at the 3.30pm Evensong.
We are sad to report the death of John Hayward (P43/46) who died on 16th March aged 87. No further details are known but the message from his widow, who rang the day before his funeral, said "and he is wearing his OB tie as I speak".
It is with great sadness that we report of the death of Tony Walker, who worked as SSI of the School's CCF between 1981-1993. During his time at King's, he also made a huge contribution to the sporting life, in particular the shooting, hockey, rugby and golf teams. Tony was forced to take early retirement in 1993 due to health problems which continued to dog him until his death in April of this year. He was aged 80. More details will be published in the 2018 Magazine.
KING'S CHAPEL CHOIR TO SING AT TEWKESBURY ABBEY
On Wednesday 1st February King's Chapel Choir will be singing Evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey starting at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the death of John Roberts (affectionately known as 'Congo John'). Unfortunately no more details are available.
It is with great sadness that we have recently heard about the death of John Graves who passed away on 14th August this year. His widow wrote that "he remembered his school days with great pleasure and was proud to have been there. He also so enjoyed the magazine". No more details are available.
More sad news today as we heard about the death in April of Dick Howell who was at King's between 1948-1952. Brother of John (N/P41/44) and father of Matthew (N48/52).
It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the death of Brian Spurway in South Africa. His widow writes that he died in her arms after a long battle with diabetes. He was 86.
It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the death of Jeremy Gyles. No more information is available at the time of writing.
Old Brutonians – particularly those who were at King’s in the 1960s and 1970s – will be very sad to learn of the death of ‘Ash’ Hanson. From 1959 to 1979 Ash was a fine teacher of Maths and also, for some senior pupils, Philosophy and Comparative Religions. He also acted as External Examinations officer for many years.
Ash lived quietly with his wife, Joyce, in Sunnydene and, as Buddhists, they enjoyed practising Yoga. Ash was a most agreeable member of the Staff Common Room, known for his friendliness, dry wit, and moral and intellectual integrity. On his retirement, he and Joyce moved to Charmouth, where they remained for many years.
Ash died on 3 August 2015, aged 97, in a Nursing Home in Beer. Joyce pre-deceased him.
So far we have over 100 tickets reserved by Old Brutonians (old and young), parents and staff for this four course gourmet meal, interspersed with music performed by King's pupils.
OB David Macklin returns with his Gazelle
The pupils in the School CCF had a rare treat today - a ride in a Gazelle helicopter. Old Brutonian Captain David Macklin AAC, currently serving as SO3 Officer Recruiting for the Army Air Corps, returned to King's together with a Gazelle helicopter. David and his crew landed on Abbey Playing Fields and spent the afternoon taking 4th Form pupils in the CCF for trips around Bruton and further afield. It was a a memorable occasion for the pupils (and some staff). Huge thanks to David and his crew.
Brand New OBA Blazers
We have just placed an order for nearly 60 blazers. The take-up has been incredibly encouraging and we are looking forward to taking delivery of them later this Summer. If you are interested in having one, further bulk orders can be placed and you should please e-mail the OBA office.
Bookings are now being taken for this year's London Lunch. We will again be in the Stationers' Hall, near St Paul's. The cost of the tickets remains the same this year (£90 - or £75 for under 25s). For more details and the booking form please e mail the office firstname.lastname@example.org
The list of attendees so far:
If you are interested in playing in either the OBA hockey or netball fixtures on Sunday 19th March 2017 at King's, please contact Gilly in the office. THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER.
If you would like tickets for this event, please e mail Gilly in the OBA Office or by completing this form. The ticket cost is £90 but in keeping with last year there is a small discount for under 25 year olds. Again this year, the event will be held at Stationers' Hall near St Paul's and please see below whose who have already signed up. THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER.
|Bunday||Gilly||Assistant Secretary, OBA|
|Fleming||David||Vice President, B73/76|
First of the Month Drinks - The Club Room, downstairs At the Chapel, High Street, Bruton
4th October, 1st November, 6th December
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