The Salopian Club
The Salopian Club
The Club currently comprises about 8,000 past pupils and members of staff, many of whom have become national names in fields as varied as astronomy and satire. However, rather less well known but equally important is the tremendous sense of community that our Old Salopians have with one another and with the School. Despite a diverse range of ages, occupations, and interests, the shared experience of years at Kingsland creates a great bond between them.
The Salopian Club exists to enable that sense of community to flourish – helping members get or keep in touch, and to continue to support the School in many diverse ways. Social and sporting events take place throughout the year, many of them at Shrewsbury, but some are national and even international events.
The Salopian Magazine
Our twice yearly magazine 'The Salopian' helps to keep Old Salopians in contact with and informed about their contemporaries, as well as keeping them in touch with progress and development at the School, and email news updates are sent out bi-monthly by the Director.
PDF COPY: The Salopian magazine is available in electronic (pdf) format. If you would prefer to receive your copy electronically, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All those who have been educated at Shrewsbury School are eligible to be members of the Club - and become Life Members through subscription as part of the School fees.
Academic staff are invited to become Honorary Members after two years service at the School. Other staff and Governors and those connected to the School can also be invited to become members.
Objects of the Club
To promote links and fellowship between Salopians of all ages.
To organise activities (sporting, cultural, social, business) in support of the above.
Together with the Governors, School and Foundation, to promote Old Salopians’ knowledge of and involvement in the success and prosperity of the School.
To help Salopians make the transition into their working lives and support the development of their careers.
The management of the Club is the responsibility of a Management Committee which, together with the Headmaster, appoints a Director to carry out the executive duties.
The Management Committee is supported by the Club Committee which meets biannually and is made up of the Management Committee, the Chairs for each aspect of the Club's activities and the regions and representatives of the School and the Foundation.
Pictured, above, the Club Committee in session in June, 2014. From front, left: Peter Fanning - Arts and Activities Chairman elect; Hugh Ramsbotham - Acting President; Paul Nichols (S 1966-71) - Sports Chairman; Peter Birch (DB 1966-71 - Sports Chairman elect; Richard Boys-Stones (SH 1968-73) - Hon. Treasurer; Peter Stewart (Ch 1958-63) - Chairman elect; Miriam Walton - Administrator; David Thomas (Rt 1971-75) - Chairman; Kate Daubney - Careers Fellow; David Chance (O 1970-75) - Careers Chairman; Tony Barker (DB 1968-73) - Committee Member. Photo taken by Nick Jenkins, Director.
|Chairman||David Thomas (Rt 1971-75)|
|Vice-Chairman||Position currently vacant|
|Hon Treasurer||Richard Boys-Stones (SH 1968-73)|
|Acting President||Hugh Ramsbotham (former staff, Past President 2010)|
Strategy and Plans
A 5-year Strategic Plan has been developed and approved by the Committee and is updated every three years. The Plan describes what the Club will do, by when, and the resources and funding needed (including the level of subscriptions).
2013-14 Annual Plan and Budget
The 2013-14 annual plan and budget (August 2013 - July 2014) is available to download: here.
The 2013 AGM was during lunch on Old Salopian Day (21 September 2013).
Chairman - David Thomas (Rt 1971-75)
The Chairman is accountable for the services that the Club provides to its Members and all aspects of its operations. He chairs the Committee and the Director of the Club reports to him.
David Thomas, pictured left, was elected Chairman at the 2012 AGM. He had previously served for a year as Vice-Chairman, and had led the 2011 review into the activities and governance of the Club. David retired in 2009 after 30 years working as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting and, more recently, PwC. He now spends his time in a number of voluntary roles, competing in triathlons and supporting the Old Salopian Hunt.
Acting President - Hugh Ramsbotham
The President is elected by the Management Committee and serves for one year. Hugh Ramsbotham, former Master, Housemaster (SH) and Past President (2010) is currently Acting President since the death of the President, Nick Bevan on 12 January, 2014. He is pictured, right.
Director - Lt Col Nick Jenkins, OBE
Educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge, Nick was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1970 where he saw service in Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Falkland Islands and UK (including Northern Ireland and the MOD). From 1989-1992 he was the Commanding Officer 5th (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Battalion The Light Infantry and was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 1992 Honours List.
In 1992, Nick (pictured above, in the centre, with his sons William (SH 1999-04) and David (R 2003-08) joined the staff at Shrewsbury School, teaching Classics. From 1995-2009, he was Housemaster of Oldham’s Hall. He took up his post as Director in February, 2014.
He says, “I am delighted to be joining the team at the Salopian Club and much look forward to renewing contact with all members including the many Salopians and their families I have encountered over my 21 years at the School.”