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 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
    Today is the anniversary of the Foundation of Shrewsbury School by Royal Charter of King Edward VI, 10th February 1552.

    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)


    The final will take place on February 14th at 2.30pm at Eton and support would be welcome.

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.