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.


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 honored 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

  • 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.

  • 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 Joesphine 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.

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

  • 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

  • "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 Shrwesbury for those who had indulged in general quantities of Walsall Sauce!

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

  • 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

  • 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)

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.