Shrewsbury School

OS Day 2018

Friday 12 October 2018

A memorable OS day, 2018

Salopians come in all ages, shapes, and sizes – and this year in every type of car for the inaugural meeting of the Salopian Drivers’ Club on Old Salopian Day.

The brainchild of Miles Preston (DB 63-68), the incoming Chairman of the Salopian Club, the gathering ranged from a 1920 Fowler Tractor to vintage and classic cars, all lined up around the Darwin statue – a dramatic sight for pupils and staff on their way to lunch from the Main School Building.
After an excellent light buffet lunch in Quod, Old Salopians scattered to take in a variety of activities on offer. Many chose to visit the Old Salopian Art Exhibition in the Art School, expertly organised by Georgie Walton (MSH 08-10) with the support of Lucy Caddell, the new Head of Art. The exhibition consisted of a wide variety of styles from some of our leading OS artists and included a special feature to mark the centenary of the birth of the late Sir Kyffin Williams (CWM 32-35), arguably the greatest OS artist of the last century.
In the middle of the afternoon, the Churchill’s Room of the Moser Library was packed with those who were privileged to hear a brilliantly crafted lecture by Dr Peter Caddick-Adams (Ch 74-78) on the sacrifice made by Salopians in the Great War in every part of the globe. The afternoon concluded with the Sabrina Club AGM in the School Boathouse, tea in the Art School, and visits to Houses.
Over 160 Salopians, mainly from the Great 8s (the leavers of 58, 68, 78, 88, and 98), gathered for drinks and a superb dinner in Kingsland Hall, preceded by the Salopian Grace written and delivered by the Rev Richard Hayes (M 52-57). The date of OS Day this year coincided exactly with the 90th birthday of Robin Moulsdale (I 42-46, Staff 51-81, and a former President of the Salopian Club) and, after a cake had been duly produced, the President, Nicholas Barber (SH 54-58) eloquently proposed the health of the School to which the Headmaster, Leo Winkley replied. No Old Salopian evening would be complete without a musical offering from John Moore, Director of Music, and Giles Bell, Director of Fun, culminating in a vigorous rendition of the Carmen.
So concluded one of the best attended Old Salopian Days in recent memory, attracting a number of OS who had not been back for many years. Haste ye back again

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