This is the text of the latest e-newsletter from The Salopian Club Director, Alex Baxter:
Dear Old Salopian,
The start of the cricket season at Shrewsbury coincided with the wettest April in Shropshire in recent years thus little action has taken place on top common. The damp weather has had less of an impact on the Old Salopian social calendar however, with two successful events being held in recent weeks. Over 100 young Old Salopians attended a party at the Bunga Bunga nightclub in Battersea on Sat 21st April, while a smaller group of 42 Old Salopians and guests attended a more formal black tie dinner at the St Paul’s Club in Birmingham. Reports on both events appear on the Club website: http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/os-news
Old Salopian Careers
Following on from the previous e-bulletin, there has been another super response from Old Salopians and parents who work in the legal profession with many offers to come to talk at the Schools on 26th June. We will be firming up the details for this event over the next few days and will write to all who have been in contact on this topic. As a follow-up to the successful medical talk and dinner in March, the Office contacted all medical professionals with an e-mail address, with a view to forming an OS Medical Society. Again, we received a very positive response from OS and parents, with many offers of assistance with future talks at the Schools, professional advice, mentoring and work experience.
Old Salopian Sport
Rarely out of the headlines this season, the OS 2nd XI has capped a terrific run of 9 consecutive victories to earn promotion to Division 2 of the Arthurian League. This is certain to ensure lively celebrations at the forthcoming OSFC annual dinner on 17th May! Many congratulations to the team. The OSFC website can be accessed via the following link: http://www.oldsalopianfc.com/default.aspx
Alex Wilson Foundation – Football Match
The squally conditions on Easter Sunday afternoon did not dampen the spirits of the crowd that witnessed the class of 2008 (in Barcelona colours) take on the mighty class of 2009 (garbed in Real Madrid kit). An entertaining football match ensued with the latter side winning by 2 goals to 1. The event was organised by Hugo Tapp (PH 2003-08), James Trelawny (G 2004-09) and Henry Wilson (brother of Alex Wilson). The event raised the sum of £1500 towards the Alex Wilson Foundation. The organisers wished us to extend a big thank you to the 150+ spectators that turned out, despite the damp conditions and also to the Butter Market nightclub for its generous contribution to the eventual total, secured by Jimmy Wallace (PH 2003-08).
After almost 40 years’ association with the Schools, Ken Holding, the fencing coach will retire in the summer. To mark Ken’s departure, current Salopian Chris Williams and George Lane Fox (Rt 2005-10) are trying to raise money for a gift to ensure that Ken goes out in style. They are also hoping to arrange a fencing match between Old Salopians and the School, on Speech Day, 7th July and would like to mark the occasion with a presentation to Ken. George has set-up a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/370713092967850/ to promote the event. If you are interested in making a donation, Chris Williams can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those with an interest in RSSH will be pleased to learn that Kukri, the kit provider for the RSSH and the School, has made a video about the RSSH, featuring contributions from Peter Middleton, Master in Charge, the Huntsman and the Senior Whip. This can be accessed via the following this link:
The Golfing Society’s Devon Tour has been postponed until October – details will be promulgated on the Golf Club web-page and on the sports news pages in the near future. http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/os-golfing-society
Sat 9th June - England vs. West Indies (Edgbaston, Birmingham) – The 3rd Test between these two sides should be a great occasion. Tickets are just about sold out, but we may be able to arrange extra places provided we hear from interested parties by 14th May. Tickets cost £125 providing spectators with a private dining area, viewing balcony, dedicated seating, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a free bar throughout the day.
Sat 16th and Sun 17th June – Mary Sidney Hall reunion weekend - to mark Sara Hankin’s departure as housemistress. This will take the form of an evening function and will possibly feature a sports fixture the following day. Details will be posted on the MSH Facebook page.
Sat 30th June – Churchill Hall Reunion Dinner – details can be obtained via Richard Hudson, Churchill’s Housemaster on email@example.com. Tickets are selling fast.
Sat 30th June – Henley Royal Regatta – Sabrina Club drinks, canapés and food at Henley Cricket Club – more details will be promulgated when known.
Sat 22nd Sep – Old Salopian Day at the Schools. An insert giving details of the OS Day programme will be included in the forthcoming edition of the Salopian magazine. In addition to the thanksgiving service for Richard Raven, Old Salopians will be competing against School sides at football, fives and cross country. The new boathouse will be opened during the afternoon and the day will conclude with a supper in Kingsland Hall.
work in progress: the new boathouse (April 2012)
29 Nov – City Drinks – 2012 marks the return of this event to its spiritual home of the City of London Club – details will be posted on the Club web-pages soon.
29 Nov – Birmingham Christmas Drinks – details to be announced in a future e-bulletin.
7 Dec – Christmas Drinks – The Schools, Shrewsbury – details will be provided in the near future.
Also In the Pipeline – During Oct and Nov 2012 we hope to confirm details of events in Yorkshire, Herefordshire and Somerset.
Link to events page: http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/os-events-0
We are still seeking short news items concerning Old Salopians for the forthcoming edition of the Salopian magazine. We are working to a slightly amended deadline for copy, which has to be received by 11th May 2012. Please contact us if you have any news items that you feel might be of interest. These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (deputy editor of the magazine)