The Salopian Club
The Salopian 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, that 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.
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.
Please note that The Salopian magazine is available in electronic (pdf) format. If you would prefer to receive your copy electronically, please email email@example.com.
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.
Strategy and Plans
A 5-year Strategic Plan has been developed and approved by the Committee and will be 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).
An annual plan, calendar and budget has been developed for each August to July year. This aligns the Club’s planning cycle with that of the School.
2012 AGM: This was held on Saturday 22nd September.
The minutes are available here.
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 now meets termly 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.
Management Committee, 2012
|Chairman||David Thomas (Rt 1971-75)|
|Vice-Chairman||To be elected|
|Hon Treasurer||Richard Boys-Stones (SH 1968-73)|
|President 2013-14||Nick Bevan (O 1955-60)|
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 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.
2013-14 President - Nick Bevan (O 1955-60)
The President is elected by the Management Committee and serves for one year.
Pictured: Our new President (centre) with brothers Tim and Richard (both Oldham’s 50s and 60s) at a family wedding.
'I am deeply honoured to have been elected President and look forward to serving the Salopian Community to the very best of my ability. I grew up in Ridgemount before moving up the hill to become a pupil in Oldham's. I then returned to teach for 18 years, including 8 as housemaster of Ingram's, before moving on to a headship. So with two Salopian sons as well I feel that I have a reasonable background knowledge of the school. I am particularly pleased to be able to follow in my father's footsteps; he was President in the early'70s and were he with us today, would, I think, firstly be somewhat surprised and then hopefully proud of our combined achievement!
I hope to represent the Club and attend as many events as possible during my term of office and look forward to meeting many Salopians on Salopian Day and at other events we are planning this year.
The Salopian Club is very well led by David Thomas, our Chairman and Alex Baxter, Director; they, with their team in the office in Shrewsbury, do the donkey work for a hard working committee and I am already indebted to them for their support and encouragement.'