Old Salopian News

Please find below news of Old Salopians, accounts of OS events, and School news that either involves Old Salopians, or is of particular interest to them.

Some sections of the Old Salopian website also have their own news pages - all sports news, for example, will be also be found on the OS Sports News page.

Please follow the link on the left to the page on our twice-yearly magazine 'The Salopian'.

Due to the volume of general OS news that gets onto this page, we are only showing one term of news at a time.  To view news from previous terms, please use the links below, on the right of this screen.


Friday 24 February 2017

  • Ursule Taujanskaite wins the Sidney Gold Medal
    The Sidney Gold Medal is Shrewsbury School’s most prestigious academic prize, and is awarded to the outstanding academic leaver each year.  We are delighted to announce that this year's winner is Ursule Taujanskaite (MSH 2014-16). 

    Since the introduction of co-education in 2008, many highly talented and high-achieving girls have been at the School, but Ursule becomes the first female winner of the Sidney Gold Medal.

    Ursule left Shrewsbury in July 2016 and is now an undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge, studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.  At Shrewsbury, she undertook the rare challenge of studying five full subjects in the Sixth Form, and gained 4A* grades and a D1 in her Upper Sixth exams, all with outstanding scores.  She achieved A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry, whilst in French she gained the top D1 (Distinction 1) grade, which is loosely described as being equivalent to A**.

    Thane Warburg, Ursule’s tutor wrote as follows: 
    As her French teacher it was immediately apparent that she possessed a heady cocktail of incisive intelligence way beyond her years, an extraordinary work ethic and genuine linguistic flair.  In common with many of the brightest pupils I have taught over the years, she did not seem to realise how exceptional she was and it was quite common for her to doubt her abilities despite the fact that every shred of evidence placed her at the very top of any academic tree you care to mention.  She was invariably kind, thoughtful and full of humility and rarely without a broad smile on her face.

    The award is made simply on academic grounds.  However, in keeping with Shrewsbury’s broad co-curricular life, Ursule was also an outstanding musician and committed sportswoman.  She won a Choral Scholarship to Cambridge, having been Choregus of the Chapel Choir at Shrewsbury, and was an outstanding flautist, gaining her Diploma and reaching last year's final of the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists.  She also represented the School in the girls’ tennis first pair and ran for the Hunt.

    The Sidney Gold Medal was first awarded in 1838, and the initial winner was H.A.J. Munro.  He proceeded to a stellar classical academic career, as Scholar and then Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 

    In 1869, Munro was elected to a new Professorship of Latin, founded at Cambridge in honour of Dr Benjamin Hall Kennedy.  This underlines the pre-eminence of Shrewsbury School as perhaps the finest school in the country for the study of classics in the 19th century, to which a cursory glance at the honour boards in the Main School Building testifies. For this is the very same Dr Kennedy who was Headmaster of Shrewsbury School from 1836 to 1865, prior to being elected as Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University.

    Martin Cropper

Thursday 16 February 2017

  • Old Salopian Thai Gathering

    Old Salopians living and working in Thailand met up shortly before Christmas and we recieved the following report from the organiser and OS Rep in Thailand - Stuart Markes (S 92-97).

    It was a really nice turnout and everyone was in a festive mood with many people back on vacation from university and us older ones on Xmas/New Year holiday.

    We met up at “Beer Belly” 72 Courtyard, in the trendy Thonglor area of Bangkok. We had a turnout of approximately 27, including the girls who can more than hold their own with the ‘Shrewsbury banter’ plus a couple of British Old Salopians who just happened to be in Thailand at the time. We reminisced about our former teachers and there were plenty of loud cheers for Colonel Jenkins and for some reason also Mr Giles Bell seems to be quite popular amongst the Bangkok based Old Salopians. We ate, drank, talked, joked, laughed and just thoroughly enjoyed the night. A special mention must go to Peera Rayamas (R 92-97) who was the most senior of the attendees. The mix was nice, ranging from those of us who went to school in the late 90s/early 2000s to those who graduated last summer, and representing nearly all the boarding houses. Now we are all looking forward to the next meeting. 


  • Old School Ties - Old Salopians vs. Lancing Old Boys

    David Bauckham is an award winning photographer who focuses on the non-league football culture. He follows the Arthur Dunn Cup and the Arthurian League, in which the Old Salopian Football Club compete, and he posts wonderful, warm and detailed match reports, along with historical information and vivid photographs, on his website.

    The latest 'Old School Ties' instalment covers the recent Arthur Dunn Cup Quarter Final between OSFC and Lancing Old Boys. It describes the match in great detail and contains more than 80 match photographs. More than that it reports on a piece of the history of football few people will be aware of, in which the first set of rules for Association Football were drawn up in 1848, involving two Old Salopians - Henry de Winton and John Charles Thring. 

    It's a fascinating article and well worth a read, whether you are a fan of the game or not. You can read the whole thing here on this link.



Friday 10 February 2017

  • Anniversary of the Foundation of Shrewsbury School, 10th February 1552
    Today marks the 465th anniversary of the Foundation of Shrewsbury School by Royal Charter of King Edward VI.

    On 10th February 1552, Edward VI sealed the charter for a ‘Free School’ at Shrewsbury. It was endowed out of the revenues of the newly dissolved ecclesiastical colleges of St Mary’s and St Chad’s, on the petition of Richard Whittaker, a rich Shrewsbury clothworker and bailiff, and Hugh Edwardes, a London mercer born near Ellesmere of an ancient Welsh family.

    The Royal Charter provided for a master and an usher to be appointed by the Corporation to provide a free grammar school education to all comers. The School was to be governed by regulations agreed between the Corporation and the Bishop of Lichfield.

    In anticipation of the Charter, property was acquired for the future school near the Castle. However, it was another nine years before the Revd Thomas Ashton, generally regarded as the first Headmaster, took up his post.

    Thomas Ashton was born in about 1500 and was an early graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge, of which he was a resident Fellow 1521-41. This college was one of the key centres of the Protestant reformation and by the time he came to the hitherto Catholic town of Shrewsbury in about 1561, Ashton had a reputation as a powerful Protestant preacher with influential friends at Court. Ashton worked closely with the town authorities and became in effect the first Protestant 'public preacher' in Shrewsbury, having a major impact not only on the growth of Shrewsbury School but also on the religious history of the town.

    During his time as Headmaster, the School was described by William Camden in his book Britannia as "the best filled in all England, being indebted for [its] flourishing state to the provision made by the excellent and worthy Thomas Ashton. Besides the children of the gentry of this county and North Wales, many of the first people of the kingdom sent their sons there".

    Ashton's most famous legacies to both town and school were arguably his Whitsuntide and Passion plays, which were performed in a semi-circular amphitheatre (now the site of the town's Quarry Swimming Pool). They were extremely popular, attracting audiences from far and wide across the county, probably numbering several thousand.

    It may have been in one of those productions that a young pupil named Philip Sidney – who joined the School in 1564 and later became the renowned Renaissance soldier, statesman, diplomat, poet and earliest famous Salopian – made his first dramatic appearance.

    In the latter years of his headmastership, Ashton was able to increase the endowments to the School and lay down a series of ordinances, or rules for its governance, which lasted until 1798. These brought about the further expansion of the School, including the construction of a new school building on the site of the original – where the School remained until its move to Kingsland in 1882.

    (With acknowledgement to 'Shrewsbury School 1552 - 2002' by Robin Case and www.shrewsburylocalhistory.org.uk)

Wednesday 8 February 2017

  • Excellent Turnout for our Seasonal Drinks Parties

    Once again the Salopian Club seasonal drinks parties saw record numbers of OS attending and enjoying the three very different and enjoyable events.

    For those who haven't already read it you can follow this link to the earlier article about the City Drinks party, held at the Traveller's Club on Pall Mall. Once again well over 200 OS from across the generations came along. It really is a good evening and plans are already underway for November 2017, so keep an eye out for details.

    The annual Birmingham Drinks Party was held at All Bar One, Newhall Street. We were fortunate to be joined this year by a small group of current Postors and a number of young OS who are living or studying in the Birmingham area, as well as many familiar faces from the West Midlands area. 

    Our thanks, as ever, go to Richard Woodgate (Rt 54-59) for organising the event.




    The final event of the year is our Christmas Drinks party in the Alington Hall here at the School. About 120 OS, along with current and former parents and members of staff came along to enjoy mince pies and mulled wine, Champagne and canapés, before many made their way across to Chapel for the Carol Service. The event has a wonderful atmosphere and is really worth attending if you are able to make it along next time.

  • Salopian Ninja Warrior

    If there is one thing which is predictable about our OS, it is that they are rarely predictable... or boring!

    Many congratulations to Alvin Loh (SH 11-13), who has battled through to the semi-finals of Ninja Warrior UK - a gruelling obstacle/assault course designed to test strength, endurance, balance, speed and other physical attributes. 

    If you would like to catch up with the show you can view it on this link. Alvin starts at around 12.42 minutes in.

Monday 6 February 2017

  • Service of Epiphany at St Mary-le-Bow

    If ever an advertisement was needed for the standard of the Arts both at Shrewsbury School and in the Old Salopian community, it was the service of Readings and Carols for Epiphany held on Wednesday 11th January at St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside. Winter blues were blown away by a choir (assembled by Richard Eteson (G 89-93) and Patrick Craig ( Ch 82-87)) which resembled a Who’s Who of Salopian choristers across the decades and readers ranging from a former Lord Mayor of London to one of the first cohort of Old Salopian Ladies. The service was conducted by Gavin Williams, former Chaplain (93-02), and attended by over 80 Salopians and guests, many of whom repaired to the local hostelry afterwards where there was much talk of a repeat performance next year.

  • Oxford Students' Gathering

    Old Salopians studying in Oxford were invited to a gathering in the King's Arms on Friday 3rd February. There was a good turnout of students from the various Oxford Colleges and Oxford Brookes and a good evening was had by all.

    The event was organised by Ed Carroll (Ch 10-15) with the Salopian Club picking up the drinks tab.

    If anyone would like to organise a similar event at another university please do get in touch.

Sunday 1 January 2017

  • News will be published here shortly for 2017
    In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2016 news.