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.


Wednesday 23 November 2016

  • City Drinks at the Travellers Club, London

    2016 saw another fantastic turn-out for this event, which has grown in popularity year upon year. Around 220 Old Salopians of all ages came along to The Travellers Club, Pall Mall, to join us for drinks and canapes - some were 2016 leavers and the oldest was 88!


    Prior to the gathering, the AGM of the Salopian Club took place in the Old Still Room at the Club and this also saw a good turnout of some 25-30 OS. The meeting was productive and lively, with most present engaging in the various discussion points and some of this continued on to the drinks party upstairs.  

    The Headmaster, Mark Turner, thanked the assembled OS for all the support given to the School and summarised some of the recent and future developments back in Shrewsbury. 

    There was a wonderful and positive atmosphere throughout the evening and we would urge anyone who has not attended before to try and make time to join us next year.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

  • RSSBC 150th Anniversary Dinner on the Thames

    For those who haven't caught sight of the excellent anniversary brochure, put together earlier this year by Nick Randall, Philip Lapage, Annabel Warburg and David Gee, the Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club was formally structured with its first Committee in 1866, although there is evidence of a significant amount of rowing activity at the School before then. The Club very quickly rose to national and international prominence and has proudly flown the Salopian flag around the world ever since. 

    RSSBC members have gone on to compete at the very highest level, including a quite a number of Olympians and two Olympic gold medallists (J G H Lander, SH, in 1928 and J H T Wilson WDH in 1948), as well as many who have (and currently do) row for GB, rowed in the Oxford Cambridge Boat race and at Henley. The Sabrina Club, our Old Salopian rowing Club, has some of our most loyal and committed Salopian Club members, who readily involve themselves in events, as well as fund raising for School projects.


    So the 150th Anniversary Dinner on board arguably the most luxurious private charter yacht on the Thames was a much anticipated event. And it lived up to its billing, with over 160 members of Sabrina, the Boat Club and assembled guests enjoying a memorable evening. Indeed the dinner itself proved enjoyable enough that despite the fact that it took place on bonfire night, with fireworks going off up and down the Thames, most people missed them!







    The boat was decorated with blue RSSBC balloons and banners and guests were seated at tables named after famous Henley trophies. The food was wonderful and the service excellent. There were speeches by the Headmaster and by Miles Preston, the President of the Sabrina Club and then guests were able to take part in a fund raising auction, with prizes including a £3000 Boodles jewellery voucher, a week in an apartment in Venice and some beautiful Tustings holdalls. The winning prize in the raffle was an oil painting of an RSSBC crew in front of the Temple at Henley, painted by Miles' daughter Georgina. All this as the lights of the London waterside scenery passed by. 

    In typical Salopian style, some guests seemed reluctant to leave and emerge into the reality of the damp London night, with chatter continuing for some time after the Silver Sturgeon had docked at the Savoy Pier. There have been requests to make this an annual or bi-annual event. Due to the work involved, and huge thanks are due to the Sabrina Committee and their families for all of their effort in pulling the event together, this is tempting but unlikely. It was a night to remember and will no doubt continue to be for some time.



Friday 18 November 2016

  • The Moser Library is 100 years old!
    A special exhibition and series of celebratory events is taking place in Shrewsbury School's Moser Library this week to mark its centenary year.

    The current building – which was built specifically to house the School’s growing lending stock, ancient library and collection of watercolours – was designed by architect W. A. Forsythe, who also designed Oldham’s Hall.

    King George V officially marked the laying of the Library’s Foundation Stone in a ceremony in Shrewsbury's Market Square in 1914. The event is described in The Salopian:

    "The proceedings in the Square were short but full of interest. Lord Barnard thanked His Majesty on behalf of the Governing Body for having consented to lay the Foundation Stone, and the King in reply expressed his regret that time had not permitted of his visiting the School, to which he referred in very complimentary language. Lord Barnard then presented the Headmaster who carried a model of the completed building, and the head boy holding a model of the actual Foundation Stone and its apparatus. The King was handed an electric switch and on his pressing it the miniature foundation stone dropped into its place. Lord Barnard said a word of thanks, and the proceedings were over.

    On the Show Ground His Majesty was graciously pleased to ask the Headmaster that a week should be added to the Summer holidays in honour of his visit."

    The Foundation Stone records both its royal connection and the electrical feat involved in its laying.

    The inscription translates as:

    “Stranger, I am the foundation stone of this building which you see, and I assert that I was laid by the hand of a King. Yet he was not present. A power as of fire shed forth from a distance at his touch and I drop into my appointed place. The third day of June in the 363rd year since the School was founded.”

    The original architect’s model of the Library, which was shown to King George during the ceremony, is currently on display in the Library for the centenary celebrations.

    The School were fortunate that they still had books to store in their brand new Library. When the School moved to Kingsland in 1882, the Library occupied rooms in the Main School Building. In 1905 a fire destroyed the entire top storey of the building, along with the clock tower. Although the fire never actually reached the room in which the books were kept, a human chain was formed to save the books and some were dropped from the windows. Thankfully, bar minor damage during the evacuation, the books survived their ordeal.

    The building of the Moser Library was finished in 1916 and officially opened during Speech Day celebrations by Lord Milner. Its elegant design, generous proportions and fabulous location, which provide glorious views over the river and the Quarry, have enabled it to serve the School well over the past 100 years. The School are now in the advanced planning stages for a large refurbishment of the Library to ensure it continues to the serve the needs of staff and students in the future.
    The Library’s 100th anniversary – which the School will be celebrating during the week beginning 21st November – will be marked with a display of photographs and artefacts relating to the Library’s history. There will also be a book sale, competitions and birthday cake.

    Jo Elliot, Head Librarian 


Monday 14 November 2016

  • Dinner in Honour of the late Lieutenant General Sir Christopher Wallace


    No fewer than 50 Salopians and guests attended a dinner held at the East India Club on Thursday 27th October in memory of the late Lieutenant General Sir Christopher Wallace (Rt 1956-60). The Guest of Honour was Christopher’s wife, Delicia, and Christopher’s remarkable life as a soldier, historian, sportsman, and Salopian as well as devoted family man was recounted by his fellow Salopian and Green Jacket, Colonel Johnny Schute (M 1974-78), supported by contributions from two of Christopher’s Salopian contemporaries, Roger Musson (Rt 1955-60) and Richard Barber (SH 1955-60). A memorable evening of dinner and speeches was rounded off by a raffle organised by Tony Blacoe (Rt 1956-61) in aid of the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund (combating the disease which Christopher endured so courageously) and Shrewsbury House, Liverpool, and thereafter by a hearty rendition of the Carmen. Christopher would have been delighted that a dinner, of which he had been one of the originators, had finally come to fruition. 

    The text of Colonel Johnny Schute's speech can be viewed on this link.



Friday 14 October 2016

  • Salopian Club Battlefield Tour Normandy 15-19 September 2016

    D-Day 1944 and the Battle for Normandy were strongly influenced by Salopians. 21st Army Group, the invading land force, had been trained in Britain under the eye of General Sir Bernard Paget (CH 1901-1905) before Montgomery took over operational command, while command of the British Second Army on the beaches and beyond fell to Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Dempsey (I 1911-1914). Many other Salopians also took part in the operation, with some paying the ultimate price.




    Under the expert guidance of OS military historian, Peter Caddick-Adams (CH 1974-1978), a party of 20 intrepid Salopians and their wives set out for the Salopian Club Battlefield Tour from Victoria Embankment for the overnight crossing from Portsmouth, calling en route at the Map Room at Southwick Park, the advance command post of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Our approach to Normandy in the half light of an overcast dawn gave us some inkling of what faced that armada of warships and small boats on June 6th, 1944. 

    Prior to the sea-borne invasion, airborne troops had dropped, by glider and parachute, to seize vital bridges over the Caen Canal and so we enjoyed a welcome breakfast in Benouville at the Café Gondree, still run by Arlette Gondree, then a child in the first building in France to be liberated. Thereafter we followed the campaign from Sword Beach to a series of British attempts to break through an outnumbered but highly skilled adversary – Operations Perch, Epsom, and Goodwood – but the consequences (whether intended or not by Monty) were to hold down vital German formations, thus allowing the Americans finally to break out further west.

    Engineers in the party were able to view the extraordinary feat of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, film buffs were reminded of the opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan” on Omaha Beach, and gourmets enjoyed a series of excellent dinners in Caen in remarkably friendly and cohesive company.

    Any interested Salopian should not hesitate to embark on a battlefield tour of this nature. At different times it was fascinating, amusing, and yet poignant. No tour would be complete without visits to the immaculately kept Commonwealth Graves. From our party, Mark Howells (SH 1973-1978) was able to visit the grave of his uncle in a quiet corner of Secqueville-en-Bassin, while our party as a whole laid a wreath in the Bayeux Cemetry to all Salopians who fell in the Battle for Normandy. On the Bayeux Memorial the inscription reads: “Nos a Gulielmo victi victoris patriam liberavimus – We who were conquered by William have freed the land of our conqueror”. Let us hope – never again.  

  • Old Salopian Day 2016

    OS Day 2016 had a somewhat different feel to that of previous years, as we moved to a new format centred on a celebration black tie dinner for anniversary year groups. There were plenty of activities during the day also and these were open to all OS, ensuring that there was something for everyone. 

    Unfortunately the weather was uncharacteristically wet and dreary, almost unheard of over Shrewsbury of course, but this didn’t seem to dampen spirits and we had excellent turnout for the lunch time drinks reception and the grand opening of the Chatri Design Centre. 

    The School buildings around Quod had put together displays and exhibitions, including a display in the Moser library on the origins and history of football at the School and a science display in the Craig Building. The highlight was undoubtedly the Old Salopian Art Exhibition, which featured some wonderful pieces and was organised principally by Max Baccinello (Rt 01-06). 

    Unperturbed by the rain the OS footaballers, who had managed to put together an impressive five teams to take on the school, won all but one of their matches before tucking in to match tea in Quod. Unfortunately the weather led to a rather soggy experience for our returning netballers, who retired to MSH a little earlier than planned for drinks and nibbles.









    In a moving tribute to Bill Grant (SH 61-65), a lifelong supporter of rowing and coach at Durham university, a boat was named after him in a special ceremony down at the boat house. The honours were undertaken by Bill's widow Dr Jenny Grant and their daughter Catherine. Several members of Sabrina, some of whom probably ought to know better, then took to the river in the driving rain, to show everyone how it should be done.



    The evening dinner brought back OS from the year groups 56, 66, 76, 86 and 96, as well as some who have managed to reach such a vintage as to deserve a permanent place at the table. 

    In true ‘back to school’ fashion the event was held in KH. Not the most luxurious of surroundings perhaps, but we had a little fun with the decorations and the food was top notch. There were speeches by the Salopian Club President, Sir Peter Davis (O 55-59) and from John Rowlinson (S 62-66) who had guests laughing out loud with his recollections from both his School days and his career in sports journalism and then sports media. Guests were then treated to songs by two of our talented current music scholars. 

    In all it was a lovely day, with a number of Old Salopians coming back to the School for the first time. With the footballers, the diners, the day group and Sabrina, over 200 Old Salopians visited the site on 1st October, from across the generations. This was great to see and we hope this will continue next year.

Wednesday 5 October 2016

  • Top Schools Weekend in Hong Kong
    Every year, Shrewsbury School takes part in the ‘Top Schools Weekend’ organised by education consultants Academic Asia, when representatives from schools across the UK travel to Hong Kong to interview prospective students for admission in the next academic year.  A huge thank you to the Friends of Shrewsbury School Hong Kong for their wonderful support - and for this report on a very successful successful weekend.

    This year, the three-day event took place at the Excelsior Hotel from 17th – 19th September and the Shrewsbury delegation included: Martin Cropper, Director of Admissions; Giles Bell, Admissions Tutor; and John Moore, Director of Music.  Between them, they conducted well over 100 interviews with many budding young musicians, sportsmen/sportswomen and high achievers. 

    A big thank you to all the parents, Old Salopians and Exco members of the Friends of Shrewsbury School Hong Kong (FSSHK) for their participation at the event.  Thanks in particular to Florence Kwok, Honorary Secretary, who had once again tirelessly rallied support from all the parent year representatives and Exco members to organise a roster with parents and Old Salopians in attendance throughout all six interview sessions.  In addition, lunch reservations were made to ensure the three gentlemen and the helpers had time to grab a bite in between the morning and afternoon interviews. 

    Prospective parents, together with their sons and daughters, had the opportunity to find out more about the School 'from the horse’s mouth', so to speak, and were able to talk to Old Salopians about life as a boarder.  It was also very pleasing to see a number of new parent helpers, who had benefited from these interactive exchanges themselves in the past, volunteering to help out this year.  Thus we had a total of 19 parents and five Old Salopians to ‘man the ship’ throughout the three days.

    On the evening of 17th September, after a very long day of interviews, the Shrewsbury delegation hosted a dinner with FSSHK members, parent helpers and Old Salopian helpers at the Craigengower Cricket Club for a ‘get to know each other’ session.

Friday 16 September 2016

  • Salopians win First Class university honours
    Over the course of the last few weeks, we have been delighted to receive notification of several Old Salopians who have recently graduated with First Class honours and won academic prizes at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities .

    Angus Thompson (G 2007-12) has just graduated from Merton College, Oxford with a First in Classics.

    Fellow Classicist Ellie Moodey (MSH 2010-12), who went to New College, Oxford, has also graduated with a First in Classics and won the Comparative Philology Prize for the highest mark in the Philology and Linguistics papers.

    Jack Flowers (I 2007-12) has graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford with a First in French. In his final year at Shrewsbury, he achieved the distinction of securing the top mark in the country in the French Pre-U exam (an achievement equalled last year by Esmé O'Keeffe (MSH 2013-15), who is now studying French and Italian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge). Jack was presented with the School’s top academic award, the Sidney Gold Medal, in 2014. 

    Mark Lawley (S 2008-13) has graduated with First Class honours from Jesus College, Oxford in Psychology and Linguistics.

    Arthur Kung (R 2012-14) has just completed his second year at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he is reading Mathematics with Physics. In recognition of his First Class performance in his recent exams, he has been awarded a Braithwaite Batty Senior Scholarship for Mathematics for his final year and also a College Prize.

    In 2014, Arthur captained the Shrewsbury team that represented the UK in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament, which was held that year at Shrewsbury School.

    Sam Morris (G 2009-14) has just completed his first year at Durham University, where he achieved the top mark in his year in Arabic and the highest overall mark in the Modern Languages Faculty.

Monday 12 September 2016

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Nick Owen

    Many congratulations to Nick Owen (R 61-66), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Birmingham Awards on Saturday 10th September. The awards, which are help in conjunction with Birmingham University, describe themselves as "Celebrating the achievements of the city's people - the beating heart of Birmingham..."

    Nick has presented 'Midlands Today' since 1997.

Tuesday 23 August 2016

  • James Taylor's Family are Tackling Marathon Run for the British Heart Foundation

    In interviews following his enforced retirement from first class cricket, James Taylor mentioned the support he has from his long term partner Josephine. Josephine, her brother Campbell Naylor (Rb 01-06) and her sister Libby (EDH 11-13) will be running the Nottingham Marathon on 25th September to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and to honour James. The charity have been, and will continue to be, a huge support to both James and Josephine as they live with the implications of his condition, and also do huge amounts of research into heart conditions like James's.

    The family have set up a Just Giving page, aiming to try and raise £10,000 sponsorship for this very worthwhile cause.

    Please click on this link to give your support and to find out more information.

Tuesday 26 July 2016

  • The Divided Self

    The Divided Self is the long awaited book written by former Senior Master Peter Fanning, which recounts the changing shape of the School from 1982 until 2012 under the leadership of four different Headmasters. It covers events such as the opening of the first new boarding house for more than 70 years and the period when the School first admitted girls to Shrewsbury, after 450 years of single sex education.

    The book also includes dramatic tales of the highs and lows of life on the Edinburgh Fringe, highlighting Peter's 'other self', as a director of theatre, placing Shrewsbury's reputation firmly on the national stage.

    Profits from the book will go the The Shewsy.

    Copies of the book can be purchased from the Salopian Club office. You can send a cheque, payable to the Salopian Club for £23.50 (including postage and package to the UK), £25.50 (including postage and packing to Europe) or £30 (including postage and packing to the Rest of the World).

    For more details please follow this link.

  • England Call-up for Shrewsbury U19s







    Many congratulations to Ollie Westbury (S 13-15) and George Panayi (Ch 11-16) who have both been selected for the England U19s team for their four-day Test matches against Sri Lanka.

    Ollie has been having a great season so far for Shrewsbury, scoring his second century recently to help the club to a win over Wolverhampton, and he has also been playing regularly for Worcestershire's second XI.

    George recently signed his first professional contract at Warwickshire, where he has been playing 12th man for the first XI.

    We look forward to seeing both players in first class cricket in the near future.

Wednesday 6 July 2016

  • Fantastic Turnout for Moser's Hall Reunion

    We were delighted to welcome some 200 former and current members of Moser’s Hall and their families to a reunion on 26th June. The weather was kind enough to allow for much mingling and catching up to be done, speeches to be made and lunch to be enjoyed before a gentle drizzle started to fall later in the afternoon. 

    The back lawn of Moser's was transformed with white hospitality tents and red and black bunting and was filled with Moserites of every generation. The honour of being the oldest Moserite present went to Michael Andrews (1940-44), who attended with his son Nic (1970-75).

    All five living housemasters were able to attend and speeches were made by Robin Moulsdale (I 42-46 and Moser's Housemaster 62-76) and by Paul Pattenden (Housemaster 2010-current). Future Housemistress Dr Jane Pattenden was also one of the key organisers.

    You're invited to have a look through the gallery of photographs below. 

Tuesday 5 July 2016

  • Another great turnout at Henley.
    There were mixed fortunes on the river and some mixed weather off it, but nothing failed to dampen the spirits of those who turned out to enjoy the Sabrina lunch at Henley.

    Henley Royal Regatta is one of the highlights of the sporting and social calendar and the Sabrina lunch gathering is always a popular event for OS. This year was no exception, with a great turnout of Salopians young and old attending the lunch events.

    The Sabrina Club VIII qualified for the regatta for the first time in its history and raced in the first round on Wednesday 29th July, as did the School 1st VIII. Conditions were wet and difficult on and off the water, so we were delighted that around 100 OS, parents and friends of Shrewsbury School attended the lunch event. Spirits were high, despite the Sabrina crew losing their morning race against a very strong Chinese national team. The School went on to win their first round race against Winchester that afternoon, but were sadly knocked out in the next round by the eventual winners, Eton.

    This year the Sabrina Club also hosted a special reunion lunch for the Sabrina Club members in honour of Mike Partridge and Steve Fox. This took place on Friday 1st July in the same marquee, and both Steve and Mike (who now lives in Australia) were guests of honour.

    Saturday brought the best of the weather and an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 OS enjoyed lunch in the sunshine. There was near disaster just as people starting arriving, when a freak gust of wind launched the marquee into the air and sent plates crashing to the ground, but in great Salopian style everyone calmly stepped in to hang on to tent poles and clear up debris and this only added to the very jovial atmosphere. 

    It was particularly pleasing to see such a good turnout of OS from across the generations, with plenty of recent leavers alongside stalwarts of the Club.


    One of the highlights this year was the rowover by the victorious 1961 Princess Elizabeth Cup crew, this being their 55th anniversary. The crew was complete except for the official 1961 substitute, Malcolm Ross, for Ted Rooker (Ch 57-62) who sadly died some years ago; and an emergency substitute, Nick Randall, replacing Richard Owen who suffered a severe viral infection during the preceding week. The row went well even though there had been only one short practice in the morning. The crew had gathered from locations as far as Sacramento California, St John’s Newfoundland, Aberdeen Scotland, Brussels Belgium, as well as the south and west of England. This speaks for the bond established at Shrewsbury all those years ago.

    In all, despite the changeable weather this was again a well attended and most enjoyable event, which is fast becoming a favourite in the Salopian Club calendar.


Friday 1 July 2016

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 1st - 7th July 1916
    The first week of the Somme. The beginning of a terrible period of the war. Eleven Salopians perished this week 100 years ago, including six on 1st July - among them Malcolm White, a Master at Shrewsbury; his letters and other writings were published in 1919 with those of his colleague and friend Evelyn Southwell, who was killed at the Somme six weeks later. Extracts from their book 'Two Men' are included in the BBC 'World War at Home' national online archive.

    The names of those killed are published weekly on the School website and commemorated in Services of Remembrance held every Wednesday at St Chad's Church. Thanks to Martha Pownall (MSH UVI) and George Young (O UVI) for their research since the beginning of this joint commemorative project in September 2014.

    More information on the project, including a link to the full list of Old Salopians killed during the First World War, may be found here: Old Salopians in WW1 

    This week we remember:

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edmund Boote, 5th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
    Moser’s; the youngest of three brothers at Shrewsbury, he left in 1891 and became Managing Director of his family firm. In 1892 he joined up and after promotion served in South Africa (Hon Capt., Medal) with the Volunteer Service Co. He went to France as Major, 5th North Staffords and was promoted to command. “A good officer and a very gallant gentleman.” – The Salopian
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 42.

    Buried at Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, France. Grave II. B. 12.

    Captain Charles Wilmot Evans MC, 1st Bn. attd. 4th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
    Haydon’s (now Rigg’s); left in 1909. Mentioned in despatches for valuable service.
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 27.
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 7 B.

    Second Lieutenant Robert S. Jeffcock, 1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
    Churchill’s; left in 1894. He was an artist by profession.
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 39.
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 7 B.

    Captain Myles Boddington MC, 6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
    School House, Choregus, two years Football XI, left in 1910 for University College, Oxford.
    “His charming face, his delightful manners, made him favourite at once and everywhere, and he will be missed by a host of friends here and at Oxford and in his regiment.” - The Salopian.
    After his degree in 1913 he was articled to a solicitor, but gazetted and became full Lt. in Nov. 1914 and Capt. in Oct. 1915. His MC was for conspicuous gallantry in the field; ("he could not imagine why he should receive the distinction: his friends knew better”). He fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 25.
    Buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, France. Grave III. A. 21.

    Lieutenant Reginald Squarey Maciver, 2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
    Moser’s; Praepostor, left in 1911 with a Science Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. He rowed in his College boat at Henley in 1913 and 1914 and joined Leander. He left Oxford directly to take a commission in August 1914, and was promoted in March 1915. He had been at the Front since May 1915.
    “He was universally popular and deservedly so, for he possessed in a very high degree the best of all claims to popularity, a guileless and affectionate heart and the nicest sense of honour.” – The Salopian
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 24.
    Buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France. Grave I. H. 5.

    Captain Henry Davison Riley, 11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
    Chance’s (now Severn Hill); left in 1898 to become a member of the family firm selling fancy clothes, Houlker Street Mill, Colne. Also director of Messrs RJ Elliott & Co., cigar manufacturers, and well known on the Manchester Exchange. Founder of the Burnley Lads’ Club and taking a great interest in the industrial school movement, he was appointed County Magistrate in 1912. Gazetted to Captain in 1915.

    An extract from the Manchester Guardian (10th July 1916) states, "Courageous and full of high spirits himself, he could sympathise…with the high spirited lads he had to deal with…  Let a boy meet with an accident, suffer from some slight illness, he must be told at once, and usually it was by leader and friend that the boy was attended… War, and all that stands for war, was hateful to him, but he said to me, 'How can I let my lads go and not go myself?' And so he joined the battalion in which so many of his lads were serving, and soon came to be loved by all.”
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916, aged 35.
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 6 C.

    Lieutenant Malcolm Graham White, 6th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Rifle Brigade

    Master, joined in 1909, graduate of King’s College, Cambridge. For the first six months of the war he remained at school, and was gazetted Captain (O.T.C.) 13th Feb. 1915. He joined up in the summer of 1915 and left for the Front in April 1916, going into action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. A memoir containing his letters and other writings with those of E.H. Southwell, another Master, was published in 1919 under the title of ‘Two Men’.

    In his final letter to Southwell on 27th June 1916, White wrote: “Oh Man, I can't write now. I am too like a coach before the Bumping Races or Challenge Oars.  So, Man, good luck. Our New House and Shrewsbury are immortal, which is a great comfort.” He died four days later, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Southwell was killed on 15th September.
    Killed in action in France, 1st July 1916.

    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

    Southwell and White are featured as part of the BBC's 'World War One At Home' project, a growing national archive of stories showing how WW1 affected the people and places of the UK and Ireland. Their story was broadcast on BBC Radio Shropshire in August 2014 as part of the national commemorations of the centenary of WW1. It includes an interview with Dr Mike Morrogh, recorded shortly before his retirement from the History Faculty and as the School Archivist, and extracts from 'Two Men: A Memoir' read by Ralph Wade and Rory Fraser, who both left Shrewsbury in 2014. It is available to listen to via the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022vjx6

    More about White and Southwell is included in the 'OS in WW1' section of our website: The Two Men

    Captain Alexander Macpherson Blair, 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment
    Haydon’s (now Rigg’s), left in 1890. He went to the front with the Overseas Contingent of the Ceylon Planters’ Rifles (as a Capt. Since 1912) but transferred in May 1915 to the South Lancs.
    Killed in action in France, 3rd July 1916, aged 42.
    Buried at Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, France. Grave III. P. 6.

    Second Lieutenant Esmond Hallewell Rogers, 10th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
    Bennett’s (now Severn Hill), 2 years in cricket XI, Head of the Science Side, he left in 1905 for Caius, Cambs. He played cricket for Warwickshire 2nd XI several times, and obtained his commission in Jan. 1915.
    Killed in action in France, 3rd July 1916, aged 25.
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

    Second Lieutenant Albert Theodore Vardy, 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
    School House; Football XI, Fives, Praepostor, left in 1907 with a scholarship for Pembroke College, Cambridge. Gaining a First in Classical Tripos, he became an Assistant Master at Highgate School, also Hon. Sec OS football. He enlisted at the start of the war, obtained a commission in May 1915 and went abroad in May 1916.
    Shot and killed instantly while binding the wounds of a fellow officer in France, 4th July 1916, aged 27.
    A fellow officer said, “Everyone is deeply cut up as he was universally adored and respected, and he was so loveable a fellow”.
    Buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France. Grave VIII. B. 10

    Major Arthur Nevin Wheatley, 5th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
    Bennett’s (now Severn Hill); left in 1905 to join the family firm in Mirfield. He joined the Territorials and was gazetted Captain in the 5th Bn. Duke of Wellington’s in 1913. He went to France in April 1915 and was mentioned in despatches.
    Died of wounds while 2nd i/c the Bn. in France, 5th July 1916, aged 28.
    Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Grave I. A. 32.

    Second Lieutenant Charles Dutton, 10th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
    Bennett’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1907. Gazetted to his Commission in September 1914, he spent a year on the Ypres Salient.
    Killed in action in France 7th July 1916 aged 26
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

    Private Basil Stott, 6235, 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
    Haydon’s (now Rigg’s), left in 1904.
    Killed in action in France 7th July 1916 aged 29
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

    Second Lieutenant Edward Wilson Wilkinson, 11th Bn. attd. 9th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).
    Day Boys, left in 1896.
    Killed in action in France 7th July 1916 aged 38
    Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

Thursday 9 June 2016

  • Tenebrae Gathering at The Savage Club

    Henry Southern (G 03-08) updated us to say that the choir he manages, Tenebrae, performed at the Savage Club on May 20th by invitation of Julian Baker (DB 56-60). As well as Henry and Julian, they were joined by Julian's brother Richard Baker (DB 53-58), Bruce Russell (SH 71-76), a former member of the King's Singers and performer with Tenebrae, Stephen Craigen (I 04-09), accompanying Tenebrae on French Horn, Richard Frewer (M 55-60), Richard Woodgate (Rt 54-59) and Michael Johnson (S 55-60). 

Friday 27 May 2016

  • 22nd Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for David Austin
    Roald Dahl has been honoured in the form of a beautiful peach coloured rose, by David Austin (SH 41-43) and it was shown for the first time at the Chelsea Flower Show.

    David Austin (SH 41-43) is one of the most famous names in horticulture and has now won an incredible 22 Gold Medals at the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

    His latest bloom was commissioned by Roald Dahl's widow, Felicity, who hand picked it for its lovely peach colour. The rose grower won his 22nd Gold Medal and met the Queen as she visited the stalls.

    You can read the full article about the Roald Dahl rose from the Shropshire Star on this link.

Tuesday 17 May 2016

  • OS In Oxford

    Many thanks to Ed Carroll (Ch 10-15) for kick starting what we hope will become an annual tradition - a gathering of OS currently studying in Oxford. 

    18 OS from across the various years attended the drinks in the Kings Arms, Oxford and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. The Salopian Club put money behind the bar to support the event and we hope to see more events of a similar nature in the future.

    Pictured above left to right are: Miranda Woods (MSH 13-15), Aue Angpanitcharoen (Ch 10-15), Ilya Lapan (I 12-14), Ed Carroll (Ch 10-15), Dominic Dootson (M 10-15), Dan Lo (SH 10-15), Charis Virgo (MSH 13-15), Crystal Chan (MSH 12-14), Judah Rand (R 08-13), Tom Lloyd (Rt 09-14), Jack Flowers (I 07-12) & Tabby Price (MSH 10-12).

Monday 16 May 2016

  • RSSBC 150th Anniversary Gathering on Saturday 7th May 2016
    Two events have been planned to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club, - a spectacular dinner will take place in November, but the first was the gathering at the School Boathouse during the Shrewsbury Regatta on 7th May.

    With the highly appropriate backdrop of Salopians competing in the annual Shrewsbury Regatta, the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the R.S.S.B.C. took place on Saturday, 7th May 2016.





    More than two hundred guests, including members of Sabrina Club, other Old Salopians, together with parents and their ladies and current members of the R.S.S.B.C., assembled in the Gifford Room of the

    Yale Boathouse, to hear speeches by the Headmaster, Mark Turner and by Philip Lapage (Master and R.S.S.B.C. coach since 1982). Refreshments of champagne and canapés were served and the walls of the room were decorated by magnificent, greatly enlarged photographs of the victories of School crews, (which included 14 victories at Henley), collected and arranged by Nick Randall to encourage current Salopians to emulate the achievements of their predecessors, and also by the text of the chapter on the history of the R.S.S.B.C, similarly enlarged, from David Gee's book, City on a Hill. Another brand new book, lavishly illustrated, specifically designed to celebrate 150 years of the personalities and activities of the Club, was offered to all those present and will be available at other regattas and R.S.S.B.C. gatherings throughout the year. 

    Among the honoured guests were Mrs Coralie Arkwright, the great-niece of Edwin Pugh (M 1913-1916 in whose memory the adjacent Boat House was named), together with her husband Darren: their welcome presence added further significance to the occasion. 

    The celebration was concluded by the naming of three boats. Neil (Rt 1983-1988) and Andrew (G 1992-1997) Racz (who were both coxes) each donated and named a coxless pair in honour of his brother, while a coxless four was named for Paul Manser (DB 1974-1979), who has served the Boat Club for nine years as a devoted coach and tireless administrator. 


     A further celebration, in the form of a dinner in London on 5th November, of which further notice will be given in all Salopian publications, will complete the observance of the anniversary year.

Tuesday 3 May 2016

  • Update on the Events Leading up to James Taylor's Enforced Retirement.
    By now you will have all heard about the retirement of James Taylor, but the following article gives more information about the actual events on the day of his diagnosis and the long term impact of his condition.

    Following the shocking news of James Taylor's enforced retirement from cricket, James has been tweeting regular updates about his progress but has, perhaps not surprisingly,  been fairly quiet about the actual events leading up to the diagnosis of his heart condition. Speculation had been that the illness was picked up during a routine check-up following a suspected virus, however this was not the case.

    On the 1st May the BBC News Sports Correspondent, Joe Wilson, posted a moving interview on the BBC website. In it James describes the frightening way in which he was taken ill during a routine training session and the fact that he thought that he was going to die. It's even more shocking to realise quite how close he actually came.

    On 2nd May the website www.espncricinfo.com published a more detailed interview, which had been requested specifically by James himself. This actually makes quite difficult reading for friends and fans and indeed for anyone with a heart. We get the full detail of how events unfolded and just how incredibly close this came to being a terrible tragedy and a life cut short; but whilst we are all thankful for the fact that it is not, it is impossible at the same time not to appreciate the awful injustice in James' situation and the conflicting emotions he must be experiencing. It's heartbreaking stuff.

    In both interviews James takes the time in his interview to praise the NHS and the 'unbelievable' way in which he has been cared for. He says "I owe so much to them and I will continue to support them in any way I can."

    Recovery is going to take a long time and a huge amount of adjustment. For the time being James carries a defibrillator, connected to a heart monitor, which will kick into action if required. As a result he is able to get out and about, although he is only allowed to walk until more is known about how much exertion his body can take. He hopes to have an internal defibrillator fitted next month.

    Above all James Taylor's resilience, positivity and immense likeability shine through at all times in both of these interviews.

    You can read the BBC article on this link.

    You can read the ESPN article on this link.

    James mentions his long term partner Josephine in his interview and we thought that you might like to know that Josephine, her brother Campbell (Rb 01-06) and her sister Libby (EDH 11-13) will be running the Nottingham Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The charity have been, and will continue to be, a huge support to both James and Josephine as they live with the implications of his condition, and also do huge amounts of research into heart conditions like James's.

    Please click on this link to give your support and to find out more information.

  • Alastair Humphreys' 'Microadventures' Tackled in the Guardian

    Alastair Humphreys'  (Rt 90-95) book "Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes", was given a great write up in the Guardian at the weekend when writer Rachel Dixon tried a 5-9 adventure for herself. 

    The idea of Microadventures is that you don't need lots of time or money to bring more adventure into your life, that it is possible to start small, with a local adventure, such as a night out on a nearby hill. 

    Whilst it doesn't sound as though Rachel's night out was the most comfortable she had experienced,  Microadventures are all about stepping outside of our normal lives and creating memories.

    You can read the article on this link.

Thursday 28 April 2016

  • Tough Loss for OSFC in the Final of the Arthur Dunn Cup

    Alas Saturday 23rd April was not the great day that the OSFC were hoping for as they lost 1-0 in the Arthur Dunn Cup Final, with the Old Tonbridgians scoring with 10 minutes to play in the second half of extra time.  

    By all accounts the Salopians dominated almost every period of the game, and were stronger across the park in every department. Captain Richard McGarry had the following to say to the team:

    "We lost the game as we did not turn the half chances into converted chances, owing to a combination of poor luck, on occasion impressive (or more likely chaotic) Tonbridge defending, and quite simply the footballing Gods not being on our side. Had this been a boxing match we would have gone into the final round with a healthy points lead. Sadly we were dealt a knockout punch with seconds remaining."

    John Goodbody has written an excellent article for The Times, which can be read in full on this link. In it he refers to the fact that the Tonbridgians are indebted to their goal keeper for making "a series of excellent saves during a long period of domination by Shrewsbury."

    This will be of little immediate consolation to an OS team who have looked so strong throughout the whole tournament and who must have felt that they had one hand on the historic trophy, but it bodes very well for next season. Richard McGarry also writes:

    "Whilst it is important to reflect on the result, it is not healthy to do so for too long. The group of players that have taken part in the Dunn this year (a group of about 22 players in all) are a fine group of footballers indeed. This will stand this group in excellent stead over future campaigns. I was reminded on Saturday that every great Salopian side in recent history has lost their first Dunn final. It seems that it will be the case for this group too."

    Nil Desperandum as they say.

    We would strongly encourage you to please follow this link to read a wonderful 'photo essay' on the history of the Arthur Dunn Cup and this year's final, by David Bauckham. This is a very worthwhile read.

Friday 15 April 2016

  • "My World is Upside Down" - James Taylor, by Rob Cross
    Rob Cross (S 08-13) is the former Sports Editor for the University of Exeter's Student Magazine and, having interviewed James Taylor last year, he gives his thoughts on his forced retirement.

    Fellow Old Salopian Rob Cross has written a moving article sharing his thoughts on James Taylor's medical retirement. In it he writes that "it seems impossibly cruel that someone who has worked as hard as he has for so many years has had his career snatched from his control".

    You can read the rest of Rob's article on this link: http://exepose.com/2016/04/13/james-taylor-my-world-is-upside-down/

  • Salopian Club Annual Birmingham Dinner

    The Salopian Club Birmingham Dinner took place on 14th April at the St Paul's Club in Birmingham and a wonderful evening was had by all who attended.

    The dinner is considered one of the highlights of the Club's social calendar and this year was no exception, with the dinner selling out well in advance.

    The event was organised and hosted by Richard Woodgate (Rt 54-59) and the Guest of Honour was Nick Owen (R 61-66). The Headmaster was in attendance and John Moore, Director of Music, took along two talented pupils who entertained the gathered guests wonderfully with their singing.

    Thankfully a minibus provided transport back to Shrewsbury for those who had indulged in generous quantities of Walsall Sauce!

  • BBC Music Magazine Choral Award Win for Tenebrae

    Many congratulations to Henry Southern (G 03-08) on a tremendous win for Tenebrae at the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. This incredibly talented choir, managed by Henry, were awarded the coveted Choral Award for their recording of Brahms and Bruckner motets. 

    We were lucky enough to have Tenebrae perform a concert in the School Chapel on OS Day of last year and it rounded off the day in sublime fashion. We can highly recommend a listen.

    You can find further details on this link.

  • James Taylor
    The news that James Taylor (R 2003-08) had been forced to retire from cricket due to a serious heart condition has shocked and saddened the whole school community. We are very grateful to Martin Knox, one of the many members of staff who has followed James' career with keen interest since he joined the School as a Third Former in 2003, for writing a tribute that articulates not only his own personal reflections but also expresses the sympathies and good wishes towards Jimmy felt by Salopians across the world.

    This was to have been James Taylor’s year, the year in which, following on from a successful winter, he would finally establish himself as a fixture in a full strength England side. Goodness knows, he had achieved enough in his career to date, Young Cricketer of the Year, Captain of the England Lions, Captain of an England ODI side and, while with Leicester, sharing in three record partnerships. Several double centuries proved his staying power; his average in 50-over cricket, the fourth highest in the game, proved he could "get on with it", yet those who had witnessed the prodigious feats of his Shrewsbury days would never be satisfied until the wider public came to see him as the master cricketer that he was. He had never failed the challenges confronting him thus far and his supporters will always believe that, given the chance, he would have taken his place in the Hall of Fame.

    But it was not to be. The devastating news of his serious heart condition and consequent retirement has shocked the cricketing world, nowhere more than here at Shrewsbury. That it should happen to the ebullient, hyper-active, workaholic Jimmy (as he has always been known in Salopian circles) made it all the more difficult take on board. The response in the local and national press has been overwhelming, testimony to the affection and admiration in which he is held.

    So why the wait for a place at the top table? The answer has to be his height, which for too long dominated and distorted the public - and selectorial - perception of a superb athlete. It was to be years before a reference to Jimmy would appear without the obligatory adjective “diminutive”. Too much attention was paid to his stature, too little to what this short man was achieving. Most frustrating of all was the presumption that lack of inches meant lack of strength.

    Let me recall a favourite image of Jimmy on the field, not in cricket, but in a House football match, no place for the faint-hearted or the feeble. Jimmy, then in the lowest year permitted to play in 1st House, is racing down the wing with the ball, about to be challenged by a hefty member of the Upper Sixth (and the 1st XV). The defender sees a soft target and launches a shoulder charge, oblivious of his “victim’s” timing, balance, confidence, and power; oblivious, that is, until he finds himself flat on his back, his energy returned - with interest. If only those who at a distance drew false conclusions about his physique could have witnessed that demonstration of the “pocket battleship” in action.

    Confident, but without arrogance, ambitious, but without vanity, Jimmy has worn his success with exemplary modesty. His programme for one month a while back is a perfect illustration. For Nottinghamshire he played T20, 40-over and four-day matches and for England, he was called up as cover for the Test side. Few are expected to take on this sort of varied diet, but Jimmy did not stop there. Having a weekend free, he played in the Birmingham League for Shrewsbury CC (55-overs) and the following day played a 50-over match for the Saracens in the Cricketer Cup. He loved playing and he loved practising and it was never beneath him to return to his old school to do either. The mutual respect between him and Paul Pridgeon has continued undimmed and Jimmy has often been seen in the Cricket Centre, “having a hit” with his valued mentor.

    Back in 2008, as he left the field for the last time as a schoolboy, his team-mates stood back and applauded in gratitude and admiration. As he crossed the boundary and approached the steps, Jimmy looked at the Master in Charge. “Thanks, Barn,” he said and made his way into the dressing-room. Five years of adulation ending in a gesture of humility.

    Jimmy now faces a new challenge, for which he could not have prepared and about which he can do nothing. Life will be a completely different test, sadly with a small “t”.  He goes into it with the heartfelt good wishes of hundreds of Salopians, for whom the cricket pages will never be the same.

    James Taylor Runs Record Shrewsbury 2004-2008 (5 seasons)
    School 1st XI Fixtures
    2004    187 @ 58.24
    2005    353 @ 44.12
    2006    878 @ 87.80
    2007    848 @ 106.00
    2008    898 @ 179.60
    TOTAL 3164  @ 95.00

    ALL School 20-20  National KO  (13 matches)
    2006-2008         652   @ 61.12

    Other 1st XI Fixtures (pre- season etc)
    201 @ 41.00

    GRAND TOTAL:  4017 @ 65.70

Tuesday 5 April 2016

  • OSFC Win Through to the Final of the Arthur Dunn Cup
    Many congratulations to the OSFC who have made it through to the final of the Arthur Dunn Cup, by beating Old Alleynians 2-0 on Saturday 2nd April. The final will take place on Saturday 23rd April at Heston Sports Ground, near Heathrow Airport, where they will take on the Old Tonbridgians. Read the full match report below.

    Richard McGarry writes:

    The OSFC 1stXI have progressed into the final of the Arthur Dunn Cup for the first time in 12 years beating a spirited Old Alleynian side (Dulwich School) 0-2.

    The Old Salopians were favourites going into this tie owing to their superior Arthurian League credentials. However, what followed can only be described as one of the most polished team performances in recent OSFC history, quelling any hope the opposition may have had of causing an upset. Centre backs Oliver Brown and Alex Blofield took care of the opposition striker from the first minute. Performances were superb right across the park with Freeman and Hawkin looking after their often-dangerous wide men and the middle three of Parker, Wade-Smith and Heywood closing down the Alleynian midfield. These performances allowed our front three of Griffiths, Kelly and Naylor (and latterly Tucker) to run at the Alleynian back four. The goalkeeper and skipper McGarry was for a large part of the game an unemployed bystander, but proved up to the task in some tense final moments. R. Alexis and H. Fildes also made telling contributions in seeing the game out.

    Plaudits must go to Tom Kelly for winning a penalty and smashing it into the (almost) top corner in the first half, and then scoring a blinder from a tight angle about 20 yards or so out in the second. The Salopians withstood some Alleynian pressure towards the end of the second half which ultimately bore no fruit.

    A 35/40-strong crowd of Old Salopian supporters came down to watch us progress. I cannot say how much this aided our cause and I am delighted that the side put on the show they so richly deserved. May I make a request that unless you have something better to do on Saturday 23 April (unlikely) you try and make it out to Heston Sports Ground (near Heathrow airport) where we will take on the Old Tonbridgians in the Final of this famous cup. 3pm kick off. Plans are being put in place to put on a bus from the Clapham area to get everyone out to the ground and then deliver them back into town for what will (hopefully) be a night of jubilant celebrations. Please let me know by text/whatsapp if you would like a seat on this bus (07841 508056).

Friday 11 March 2016

Thursday 3 March 2016

  • Salopian Club Sports Committee Meeting

    There was a fantastic turnout for the Annual Salopian Club Sports Committee Meeting, which took place on Tuesday 23rd February, at the offices of Stephenson Harwood.

    Eleven different sports were represented around the table and the level of enthusiasm and commitment was really encouraging. 

    There have also been some great achievements this year – notably the Saracens reaching the semi-finals of the Cricketer Cup for the third time in four years, the OS Fives Club reaching the final of the Barber Cup, the OS Football Club progressing through to the semi-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup and the Sabrina Club missing out on qualification for Henley by just 1 second.

    Apart from the competitive achievements, other clubs have done extremely well to develop busy fixture and event lists and to see an increase in participation at all levels. OS Squash has gone from a standing start to a full fixture list, the Golfing Society had a total of sixteen competitions and meetings, the OS Hunt members have put in solid performances and the Yacht Club competed in the Arrow Trophy. 

    OS ladies competed against the School at both Hockey and Netball, winning both, and are hoping to get further fixtures together for the coming year and OS Rugby looks close to being able to get a team together, perhaps for some Sevens matches.

    We were also very pleased to have two OS basketball players attend looking to start up an OS Basketball Club, which the Committee was keen to support.

    All in all, OS Sport is looking very healthy indeed and we are extremely grateful to all those who give up their time to help with the organisation and to those who turn out to play.

    Teams are always keen to hear from new members and players, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved.

    Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Rob Hillman (Saracens), Paul Nichols (Saracens), Elle Gurden (Girls Sport), Richard McGarry (Football), Richard Boys-Stones (Treasurer), David Umpleby (Golf), Rex Worth (Fives), Ed Taylor (Rugby), Sam Kandi (Basketball), Bryan Yick (Basketball), Nicko Field (Football), Lewis Brown (Rugby), Peter Birch (Chairman and Hunt), Nick Jenkins (SC Director), Ben Stirk (Squash), Charles Manby (Yachting), Miles Preston (Sabrina).

Tuesday 9 February 2016

  • Anniversary of the Foundation of Shrewsbury School, 10th February 1552
    This week marked the 464th 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)

  • Match Report from the Arthur Dunn Cup Quarter-Final

    In a game dominated by a very strong wind (see image 4), the Salopians went through a highly professional warm-up routine and suitably started on the front foot. Within 20 minutes, a lobbed pass on the left set Roy Chatterjee free. He strode into the penalty area and hit a hard cross shot which evaded their slow diving keeper and found the inside of the far post. Ten minutes before half-time their hapless keeper was found well out of goal and a resulting long shot found the back of the net. 

    Turning round with a merited two goal advantage, the Salopians were faced in the second half by a gale-force wind which meant it was the turn of the Harrovians to put pressure on our defence. It held firm until ten minutes before time when the Harrovians scored an unexpected goal. A bouncing through-ball was lobbed over our advancing keeper. Could the Salopians hold out ? At the other end, the Salopians fashioned a couple of reasonable chances but despite the Harrovian attacks our keeper’s safe handling and athletic saves kept them at bay. For the few brave and frozen supporters victory was never in doubt. Now for the prize of overcoming our old enemy, the Reptonians, in the semi-final.


    Best wishes,

    Jonathan Russell

Friday 5 February 2016

  • OS Richard Hayes Plans to Walk 75 Miles for Lord Hill's Column

    We thought that you might be interested in reading the Shropshire Star's article about Reverend Richard Hayes (M 52-57), who is planning to walk from Anglesey to Shrewsbury in order to raise money for repairs to Shrewsbury's iconic Lord Hill's Column. For the entirety of the walk he will be wearing full period uniform of the 23 Foot, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Richard is the Chairman of the Friends of Lord Hill's Column does a huge amount of work to raise awareness of the history and importance of the column, including talks to local schools and visits to the column itself.

    You can read the full story on this link.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

  • OS Fives Progress to the Final of the Barber Cup

    Congratulations to the OS Fives team, who beat the Old Harrovians on 17th January, to set up a final against the perennially strong Old Olavians. Full results are as follows:


    Old Salopians beat Old Harrovians 2-1 at Eton 17/01/16: 

    G.Thomason & R.Worth lost to T.Dunbar & R.Wijeratne 0-3 (11-15, 8-12, 5-12) 

    I.Hutchinson & H.Lewis beat R.Bryan & N.Shaw 3-1 (10-13, 12-3, 12-9, 12-9)

    C.Hughes & T.Welti beat A.Poole & O.Denby 3-2 (7-12, 12-5, 12-9, 13-14, 12-10)


    Old Olavians beat Old Berkhamstedians 3-0 at Eton 17/01/16:

     S.Cooley & T.Barker beat A.Joyce & O.Green 3-0 (12-2, 12-4, 12-1)

     J.Toop & P.White beat J.O'Neill & D.Smith 3-0 (12-5, 12-7, 12-2)

     H.Wiseman & D.Mew beat A.Rattan & D.Naik 3-0 (12-1, 12-0, 12-1)


    Postcript - The final took place on February 14th at 2.30pm at Eton and, following a close contest, the Old Olavians came out the victors.

Thursday 28 January 2016

  • Rising Cricket Talent Ollie Westbury finds Success Down Under


    Congratulations to Ollie Westbury (S 13-15), who only left the School last year, but is already making a name for himself following a very successful trip to Australia to play in the Bunbury and District Cricket Association Competition.

    Ollie will hopefully have cemented his place in the 2nd XI for Worcestershire and can look forward to a strong season ahead.

    You can read the full article written in the Worcester News on this link.

Tuesday 26 January 2016

  • Salopian Club Committee Meeting
    The most recent meeting of the full Salopian Club Committee took place on Wednesday 20th January.  

    The full committee meets twice yearly, once in London and once in Shrewsbury, and the meeting on 20th January was the first for our new President Sir Peter Davis (O 55-59).

    The meeting was held in the offices of Stephenson Harwood, with thanks to Associate Richard McGarry (Ch 01-06) for enabling that.

    Most members were able to attend, although unfortunately both of the OS 'Girls' reps were unavailable due to work commitments, and there was a full agenda. The Chairman kept a brisk pace and all of the members were well prepared with their reports and information. We are very grateful to everyone who gives of their time to ensure the smooth running of the Club for the benefit of members.

    The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 3pm here at Shrewsbury School.

    Pictured left to right:

    Back Row - Peter Fanning (Arts and Activities Chairman), David Chance (Careers Chairman), Hugh Ramsbotham, John Rolfe (Director of the Foundation), Henry Unwin (Young OS Joint Chair), Richard Boys-Stones (Honorary Treasurer), Sir Peter Davis (President), Nick Jenkins (Director).

    Front Row - Peter Birch (Sports Chairman), Catriona Dry (Careers Fellow), Peter Stewart (Chairman), Mark Turner (Headmaster), Peter Worth (Chairman of Shrewsbury School Foundation and School Governor).

Tuesday 19 January 2016

  • Open Mic Night at the Horse and Stables
    The Arts and Activities Committee have been very busy organising a season of events, which began with their second Open Mic Night.

    Following the success of the inaugural Open Mic Night last May, a second one took place on Friday 15th January, at the Horse and Stables in Lambeth.

    The focus was very much on music for this event and, completely dispelling the idea that sequels are never as good, the quality of the performances was extremely high, with a number of our most talented young OS singers and musicians putting on great performances.

    According to 'critics', the stars were George Bates (S 09-14) and Ed Shawe Taylor (O 09-14) - both tipped to go places!

    Many thanks to Ali Webb (S 08-13), Chris Jamieson (G 04-09)  and Henry Southern (G 03-08) for the organisation and support.

Monday 18 January 2016

  • James Taylor - From our Own Correspondent

    Many thanks to Stuart Bradley (SH 85-90), for sending us these two great pictures of James Taylor batting at the Wanderer's Stadium during the Johannesburg test match.

    Our man on the ground spent Thursday and Friday in the stadium watching a thrilling encounter, which initially looked to be finely balanced, before an eventful third day saw England take the test and the series victory.

    You can watch the two stunning catches Taylor (R 03-08) made on this link. 

Friday 15 January 2016

  • New York Dinner
    The Salopian Club and the Shrewsbury School Foundation hosted a dinner at the New York Raquet and Tennis Club on 11th December. 

    The New York Racquet and Tennis Club provided a wonderfully stylish setting for the Salopian Club and Shrewsbury School Foundation New York Dinner on Friday 11th December.

    Completed in 1918, the Club contains four international squash courts, one North American doubles squash court, one racquets court and two real tennis courts, all situated above the main public rooms.

    The dinner was attended by 26 Old Salopians, wives, partners and friends of Shrewsbury School. At the end of the dinner, the Headmaster updated those present on the School's achievements and the Chairman of the Foundation, Peter Worth, reflected on the Foundation's most successful year ever in the USA.

Thursday 14 January 2016

  • Test cricketers Taylor and Bavuma's first encounter: Shrewsbury School's 2004 Cricket Tour to South Africa
    England cricketer James Taylor (R 2003-08) and Temba Bavuma, the first black cricketer to make a Test century for South Africa, are currently playing one another in the South Africa v England Test series. By extraordinary coincidence, they first met as schoolboys in 2004, when Shrewsbury School played the Langa Township Club during a Cricket Tour of South Africa. The occasion is recalled in an email sent to Jonathan Agnew at BBC Test Match Special by former Shrewsbury schoolmaster Martin Knox.

    Dear Jonathan,

    The photographs which accompany this email were taken on Shrewsbury School's tour of South Africa in December 2004, during which we played matches against the Langa club in Cape Town. The outstanding memory of that visit was the batting of a very small boy in shorts, who looked 12, but was apparently 14 at the time. His mastery at the crease marked him out as a future international - if he got the chance.

    Reading about Temba Bavuma inspired me to look out the record of the tour match and I found the name Bauma, which I suspect is a mis-spelling of the player in question. The age is right, the club is right, and the sheer class he displayed in batting through the innings from no.3 was once in a generation stuff.

    What adds interest to the pictures is that James Taylor was also there, though playing in the U15 match. Temba had been fast-tracked into the 1st XI. James is the batsman rehearsing a stroke in one photo and in the group is in the centre of the 2nd row, with glasses on his head. I cannot make positive identification of Bavuma, but I have an idea that he is on the extreme right of the front row.

    Also featuring in the team group is Joe Leach, the Worcester all-rounder, who last season notably took three wickets with the first three balls of an innings.

    In my forty-five year association with Shrewsbury cricket, we have had no better batsman than James Taylor. It is a wonderful coincidence (if I am correct) that he is playing Test cricket against the most promising opposing batsman I have seen.

    On the subject of outstanding opponents, I have to go back to the 1970s for the Most Feared Bowler. I leave it to you to identify the member of the Uppingham XI who caused the Shrewsbury team to practise facing bowling from 18 yards in an effort to simulate his pace. I know that he, too, will be at the Wanderers on Thursday.

    I must finish by thanking you for the countless hours of pleasure your broadcasting has given me. There have been many fine contributors to TMS. In my opinion, you stand at the very head.

    Yours sincerely,
    Martin Knox

  • Shrewsbury’s new Careers Fellow - Catriona Dry

    We are delighted to welcome Catriona Dry as our new Careers Fellow.

    She graduated from Nottingham University in 1985 with a degree in French and subsequently worked in the travel industry before joining Guardian Newspapers Ltd in London in 1988. She worked for The Guardian and then later its sister newspaper The Observer for 18 years, initially in the advertising department and then in editorial where she was appointed Deputy Managing Editor in 1995.

    Moving to the Cotswolds in 2005, to gain some work-life balance while her children were still small, she started a new phase of her career working in education. She worked at Pate’s Grammar School and Balcarras School in Cheltenham for ten years and completed her post-graduate qualifications in Careers Guidance and in Human Resources Management before joining Shrewsbury School in January 2016.

    She hopes to build on the strong foundations laid by her predecessor Dr Kate Daubney and believes that an effective school careers service should be broad in its reach but tailored to the individual needs of every pupil. It should also be woven into, and provide support for, all other aspects of a young person’s education and development. She hopes to achieve this through close working relationships with staff, parents, pupils and Old Salopians who are all encouraged and welcome to visit or call her in the Careers Library at any time.

Monday 11 January 2016

  • Tenebrae nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award.
    Read on for more information about the nomination and how you can vote.

    As many of you will be aware Henry Southern (G 03-08) manages one of the world's finest vocal ensembles, Tenebrae, and we are delighted to announce that Tenebrae have been nominated for a BBC Music Magazine award for their Brahms and Bruckner Motets album. This is particularly poignant as the sales from this particular recording will benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. 

    The winners for each category are chosen by public vote, so we would be very grateful for your help to support Henry and Tenebrae. You can cast your vote by heading to the BBC Music Magazine Awards website, clicking on ‘Choral Award’ and, should you agree, select ‘Brahms Bruckner’.

    Please vote here: http://awards.classical-music.com/

     In order to cast your vote, and be entered into a prize draw, go to the bottom of the page and enter your name and email address and click ‘Confirm Votes’. Voting closes on February 19th. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 5th at Kings Place and in the May issue of the BBC Music Magazine.

Friday 1 January 2016

  • News will be published here shortly for 2016
    In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2015 news.