OC Updates 2003

I welcome news of old pupils and staff. Please contact me at March House, 6 Southover High Street, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1HS

(tel: 01273 480189; fax: 01273 470089
or e-mail: marchhouse@amserve.net).

Nick Milner-Gulland

Susie Abrahams and her husband live in Fulham, and she has been promoted to Deputy Head at her Wandsworth Primary School; Mark is enjoying life at Lloyds and was married this year; Nick works for Merlin in places as diverse as Moscow and the Congo, and plans to take a Business Accounting course.

Sadruddin (now James) Alexander has graduated from Bristol University with a good degree in law, and has now accepted a commission in the Army; he began his officer training at Sandhurst in September, and aims to join the Parachute Regiment or the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers next year. David Arnold, at Newcastle University, has switched courses from Marine Technology to Religious Studies; he has become a committed Buddhist. He is also a qualified yoga teacher, and recently walked a large part of the Spanish leg of the pilgrimage from Lourdes to Santiago de Compostela; there can’t be many Buddhists who do that. Sara, at Bryanston, has developed an interest in fashion design; last year she and her mother climbed Mt. Kinabalu, S.E. Asia’s highest peak at 13,000 feet.

Amy Arthur recently wrote and produced a full-length musical Dance to my Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Other Old Cumnorians at Cambridge, whom Nick and Anna Milner-Gulland entertained to lunch in March, are Grace Boswood, Alice Brett, Justin and Richard Cheadle, Alvin Chuang, Suzanne Davenport and Charlie Hart.

Anna Baldwin is studying at Moscow State University for a year, as part of her Russian course at Leeds; Claire graduated in History from Bristol and is enjoying her job as an Editorial Assistant with Headline. Having returned from a secondment to Japan last year, Graeme has finally given up his dream of playing for Arsenal and works as a corporate solicitor for Herbert Smith in London.

Rebecca Bowden has been performing in pantomime at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, Guildford; Lawrence is reading Finance and Business Management at Reading. Robin Bray has been using his Arabic a lot for Associated Press, travelling all over the Middle East, Albania and North Africa presenting the latest TV news computer technology and teaching local producers how to use it; he has also translated two Arabic novels and is helping in a translation project at St John’s College, Oxford. Ben works in Daventry, solving computer problems all over the Midlands and Southern England. “If local authorities crash their council tax systems, Ben puts them right”, his mother assures me.

Sybil Bunney works for the Royal Horticultural Society in Westminster. Justin Byam Shaw has set up the “Greenhouse Schools Project”, which makes use of the facilities of London independent schools to run Sports and Arts programmes for disadvantaged children in the area. Further information from greenhousefoundation.org.uk. Dr Aman Chandra has been a House Officer in Surgery in Tunbridge Wells; after six months of Neurosurgery in Birmingham he will be at the A & E Department of St. Thomas’. Richard Cheadle is teaching English at Benenden.

Barnaby Dalton is the father of two children – Jack (2) and Emma (1), the first girl in his father’s family for 70 years! Nick Daniel works at the New International School of Thailand, where he teaches Theory of Knowledge to I.B. students; he writes ‘I have had to become knowledgeable in everything from quantum mechanics to radical feminism’! Nick de Peyer lives in Abu Dhabi, where he teaches Maths on a foundation engineering course for the UAE Armed Forces. Richard Dibley has moved to Edinburgh, where he is a Senior Consultant working in wind farms.

Ben Downe continues in his successful job with a high tech management consultancy firm, which has given him many opportunities for worldwide travel; Sam, after a good Economics degree from Bristol, is teaching English in South Korea, and loves the country, the people, the food, the temples…..and the rice wine, which he describes as “an acquired taste, but quite effective”; Daisy hopes to read Music at Liverpool University, after A levels at Roedean in Music, English and Biology. She recently played the solo in a saxophone concerto at the Brighton Festival Fringe.

After thirteen years of freelance work Joe Earle is about to take over the newly created post of Chair of the Department of the Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Francesca Faridany recently starred in Fräulein Else, a play which she had translated and adapted, in Berkeley, California, and received an excellent review in the San Francisco Chronicle; Lucy is immersed in a post-graduate diploma in Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. Nicholas Fisher is starting up a small computer company; Charlotte is working in drugs research in the U.S.A. Tom Furber obtained a good degree from Nottingham University in Classical Civilisation and has been working for a sports marketing firm; he is also involved in various musical projects, as both player and writer.

Edward Gillett is reading English and Drama at Warwick and involves himself in much acting; Hannah is enjoying Marlborough, where she learns Japanese and plays a lot of sport. Crispin Goldsmith lives in London, where he works as a chartered accountant; his sister, Lucinda, is married to Luke Turnbull and they live near Birmingham with their daughter Hannah. Lucinda read Biology at York, as well as doing a lot of sailing and setting up an orchestra; she is now a qualified teacher of Biology and a keen choral singer. Rev’d Canon Robert Gussman has taken early retirement from his job as Vicar of Alton and now lives in Liss with his wife Margaret, a singing teacher, and his three children. Rebecca Hall starred in Mrs Warren’s Profession in the West End and recently appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It. Peter Hankey and his wife and three children live in France, where he works for the LSO, preparing their Summer Music Academy and Festival in Spain; their daughter, Kate, has been accepted at Rugby, the first female Hankey after nineteen males!

Simon Illingworth, after school in Johannesburg, has worked in cargo shipping and satellite tracking and has now set up his own business called Smarttrack in Perth, Western Australia. He and his wife are expecting their first baby. Sarah Johnstone is Deputy Head of her house at Eastbourne, where she is still much involved in sports, including a recent hockey tour to South Africa. Newly qualified Dr Victoria Knowles starts her career as a Junior Doctor in Bristol in October, following a holiday in Sri Lanka. Jonathan Krish was married last year and has moved to Farnham.

George Lock lives and works in Hong Kong as a Project Manager in the construction industry with Gammon Skanska. He is married to Amanda and they have two sons, George Oscar (18 months) and Jacob Henry (3 months). William is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He travels a lot and has just bought a very interesting Georgian house in Blackheath, which is in some need of his tender touch. Richard is married to Fiona, and they live with their 1 year old son, Toby, in Lee Green. Richard is a Director of AON. Andrew works for SKY as a supervisor sound engineer and is currently house/flat hunting. Catherine has a flat in Greenwich and is a would-be mover and shaker in the world of design. All the Locks would be delighted to hear from old Cumnor friends. They may be contacted by e-mail at aandloc@lineone.net.

Jamie Lumsden is going to Nottingham to read Politics; Toby has been playing cricket, together with William Tetley, for the Charterhouse 1st XI in South Africa. Rachel Macgregor has an offer of a place at Manchester to read French and Russian; Ali is thriving at Winchester, where he is heading for Languages and History; Christopher, also in his element at Winchester, is likely to head for the Sciences and debating; James hopes to join his brothers there at the same time as his parents move to Vienna, where John is now Ambassador. Toby Maitland Hudson is working all hours in the City; Geno, having obtained a distinction for her linguistics MA at UCL, has returned to Christ Church to do a doctorate in French; Oli has spent a year in Paris before returning to Edinburgh for his final year.

Bill Maslen and his wife Lois and two children are much involved in the Woodcraft Folk (a sort of alternative to Scouts and Guides); they are planning a visit to New Zealand, and have calculated that they will need to plant ten birch trees to make up for the carbon usage on the trip. We were desolated to hear that Sophie Morgan was seriously injured in a car accident in Scotland this summer. The Rev’d Canon Peter Mullins was installed as a Canon of Lincoln Cathedral in November 2002; Canon Martin Reardon retired as a Canon of Lincoln earlier in the year. Nick Pavey, now married, lives in Boston where he continues to work with computers; Rob, who is now a major, is training Eastern bloc soldiers as potential members of NATO, in the Czech Republic, Georgia and Belarus. Matthew Penry-Davey is making a film based on ‘Vile Bodies’, directed by Stephen Fry, which is to be called Bright Young Things; his wife teaches in a Lewisham Primary School and their daughter Esme is now 2. James, after obtaining a good degree in Law, is working for Kingsley Napley, solicitors; in September he started the Bar Vocational Course. Bertie Playle has had a gap year travelling around S.E. Asia and Russia, before going up to Oxford to read Russian and Italian. Sophie Priestley has spent five months in India, and is going up to Sussex University this year to read Politics and Development Studies; Charlie is in his last year at Eastbourne, and hopes to read Marine Biology at Southampton University.

J. J. Rademaekers lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a musician; he and his wife are expecting their first child in November. Dr Shibley Rahman is a Junior Doctor at Uxbridge Hospital, having recently gained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Rev’d Canon Martin Reardon has been appointed Canon Emeritus of Lincoln Cathedral; John has moved from Glasgow to Brighton, where he works at the Royal Sussex Hospital. Paul Robinson continues to work for the ECB; Nicola has been working and travelling in Australia; Sara is a staff nurse in the Paediatric unit at Southampton General Hospital. All three Shelfords live and work in London: Henry and Abi are in Fulham, Laura and James (Harding) are in Clapham, and Tom has started work at Price Waterhouse. Harley Sherlock is now President of CPRE London, which aims to make London so attractive that its residents won’t want to leave and then urbanise the countryside. Rein Sillart is a businessman, living in Tallinn; his mother reports that he is a good father and husband. Rebecca Steinebach (née Toms) has moved to Sussex, where her husband teaches German at Worth School; their daughter Sophie has just started at Cumnor, the spitting image of her mother at a similar age!

Simon Target has married Beata Zatorska, a Polish doctor who plays the violin, and they live in Sydney, where Simon makes television programmes; Charles and his wife and three children live in Hong Kong, but have bought a house in Westminster; Julian (“by far the nicest Target boy”, says Simon) is training to be a teacher. George Taylor is planning to go to drama school to study directing; “Nick, is this your fault?” his mother asks. Andrew Taylor still lives in Paris with his wife and two little girls; Stephen is now bursar of Uppingham School, a contemporary of Cumnor’s bursar! Sebastian Tombs lives in Edinburgh, where he is the secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and still an architect, though not practising. Ben lives in New Zealand, where he emigrated after doing a boatbuilders’ course in Falmouth; he and his Australian wife have one son.

Daisy and James Tormé both live in Los Angeles, where she works as a radio presenter and voice-over artist, and he as a singer and producer; his first album is about to be released. Their grandmother, Dame Thora Hird, was commemorated at a stirring service at Westminster Abbey on September 15th, at which a number of CHS families were present: the Dibleys, Steels, Baldwins, Barnes and Milner-Gullands. Mark Towsey is studying for his Ph.D. at St. Andrew’s on the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as preparing to play the Mozart Clarinet Concerto; Susie is now a qualified and practising physiotherapist. William Wallis, after a spell in England, has recently accepted a job for the FT in Nairobi. Nick Williams (1968-73) is an artist living in Cornwall and exhibiting in London and the South-West; his children are Harry (11) and Kate (9). Ollie Wills has spent a year travelling in Sri Lanka, France and the U.S.A., and is now in Oxford, working hard at becoming a singer and songwriter; Kate was married last year. Eppie Windsor-Clive, at Bryanston, has played U15 Netball for Dorset. Friends of Leo Wynne will be sad to hear that he was badly injured in a car accident in Provence in the summer; he is now being looked after at Unsted Park, a rehabilitation centre in Godalming.

Nick Milner-Gulland

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