OC Updates 2008

We were delighted to see the following members of the Cumnorian Society who attended Cumnorian Society Day this year on Sunday 15th June:

Tom Allison, George Allison, Ruari Andrews, James Bloomer, Tom Boulton, Hal Briggs, Ollie Buchanan, Tilly Butcher, Jamie Bulman, Jack Clancy , Max Coleman, Charlie Cowley, Georgie Cox, Kitty Davis, Mark Dickens, Ollie Dickens, Edward Dillon-Robinson, Phoebe Dingemans, Alex Dingemans,  Will Fenning, Mark Fieldhouse, David Goddard, Izzy Grainger,  Rupert Green, Roddy Gye, Jessie Hatrick, Kate Heather, Kate Heinrich, Jamie Heinrich, David Heywood, Toby Illingworth, Emily Kilner, Ben Kilner, William Lee, Nick Milner-Gulland, Megan Lloyd, James Metcalf, Matt Mockridge, Annabel Mockridge, Edward Mole, James Morpeth, Lachlan Nieboer, James Parkhouse, Nathan Portlock, Mark Prescott, Tom Prower, James Roberts, Andrew Rose, Rebecca Steinebach, David Torkington, Patrick Wigan,

Hugh Abdullah is now a hedge-fund manager at UBS in Hong Kong where he is in regular contact with Michael Snaith. Mishka Adams is a singer-songwriter with two albums out already and performs at various venues in London. Arabella Allcock is working for a P.R. agency, Hill and Knowlton, in London. Ollie Allcock is now a head-hunter in London. Elizabeth Allen has been on a career break from the Home Office and is currently living in Switzerland with her husband-to-be, a New Zealand lawyer whom she met on a classical history trip around Turkey. They were marrying in July in Umbria with Mark Towsey as one of the ushers. Jonathan Atkinson is a practising barrister in Lewes, Chris has graduated from Oxford Brooks. Alison Barley (nee Milhench) is now a Paediatric Registrar in Cheltenham. She married Christopher, a dentist, in 2001 and has two sons, Sebastien (born 2004) and Oliver (born 2007). Caroline Ashby works as a senior respiratory physio in Southampton General Hospital; her husband, Michael, is a Captain in the Army. Barbara Ashcroft lives in Falmouth, where she works in a care home and is much involved in amateur dramatics; her daughter, Kerry, has two children of her own. Oliver Baker lives in Leicestershire, where he sees a lot of his neighbour Matthew Williams; he has given up his partnership with Ernst and Young and now has his own company. Paul Baker is self-employed, living in Lymington and working in the yachting industry; like his brother, he has three teenage children. Adam Barnes is a photographer in Cornwall and has a son; Emma is a fashion designer for “Ghost”. Christopher Barnes (see Births and Marriages) lives with his wife and son in Heathfield, East Sussex. He is a freelance computer consultant. James Barron has finally finished all his medical training and is now a consultant. He works at Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospitals, specialising in anaesthesia and intensive care. He continues to play cricket but had to give up rugby a few years back. He writes “amazingly, my CHS cricket cap still fits!” Guy Barton is working for a problem-fixing company; Rupert took part in the Kazakhstan stage of the Mongol Rally; Sophie is working for Yahoo and Leonora is temping whilst trying to get a foot-hold in the acting profession. Rory Baxter has left Wellington and is going up to The University of the West of England to read Business and Marketing. Caitlin Boyland is playing hockey for the Sussex under 16s and involved in trials for the South Regional team. Andrew Brooks and his wife run an 18-bedroom B & B in Bath. William Buchanan, recently returned from his gap year travels in the Far East and New Zealand, is heading off to Durham to study Classics. Patrick Buchanan was awarded an honorary scholarship following his GCSE results. Alex Burrough is living in London and working for The St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital; James has left UEA with a 2.1 in History and Politics and going to Reading to acquire a MSc. in Real Estate. Neil Canetty-Clarke lives in East Sussex on an organic farm and runs www.schoolstrader.com, the UK’s leading free ads website for independent schools. Please register – all welcome. His children are at Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Vinehall. Emma-Kate Clevett is in her second year at Law School. Sophie Close-Smith has graduated from York University with a 2.1 in History. Charlotte Cornes is in her third year at Cambridge reading Social Anthropology, and is actively involved in the Christian Union; Sophie has done well in her IB at Sevenoaks, and is going up to Newcastle. After achieving an Art Scholarship to Wellington for Sixth Form, Immy Cox has been made a College Prefect and Head of House at Wellington and becomes the first girl to hold these two positions at the same time. Georgie Cox has just finished her first year at St. Leonards-Mayfield. She continues to enjoy playing netball for East Sussex. James Crane got married to Rosie Baines, an event co-ordinator at the Dome, Brighton, at Charleston Farmhouse (see marriages). He is a sound engineer and writing a lot of music; Tamar is a programme assistant with ABC in Sydney. She has just produced a ninety minute feature film on the character Heron from Paulo Coelho’s book “Witch of Portobello”.  Ollie Crosthwaite is running his father’s firm Crosthwaite and Gardner; Lucy is working for Strutt and Parker in London and attending millinery courses in the evening. James Crymble has been appointed Head Boy of Lancing from September 2008. Rosanna Dawes joined King’s School, Canterbury after leaving Cumnor. She was awarded an honorary scholarship after achieving 9As and 2A*s at GCSE. In her final year, she was made Vice-Captain of School. She applied to Cambridge and was accepted at St John’s College where she is now studying Classics. Rebecca Dillon-Robinson is Deputy Headgirl at Woldingham and has been awarded a VIth Form Art Scholarship. Claudia Dyball is moving to Wellington College in Autumn 2008 after her GCSEs.

Dr John Feltwell is running a consultancy unit called “Wildlife Matters”, www.wildlifematters.com. Tom Furber (see marriages) has been working in on-line gambling for four years, which has been very enjoyable and exciting thus far. He is still playing some cricket and last season started a club which is part of the Club Cricket Conference. He lives in Wandsworth. Samantha Gilbert has bitten the bullet and bought her own property in Reading. Katie Goodson-Thomas (nee Goodson) is currently producing a film on the occupation of Afghanistan with BBC Films. She was widowed in 2006 but has a beautiful little girl, Bay Thomas, now 3 years old. She is also godmother to both Tamora Leonard and Camille Griffin’s children. Jamie Gourlay is at Newcastle University reading Economics and History of Art, and thinking about becoming a lawyer. Alastair Gourlay was finishing at Eton in summer 2008 and hoping to go to Bristol to read Economics and Accounting. David Gourlay is very happy at Stowe, with GCSEs looming in 2009. Louisa Greenish says “Benenden is an awesome school.” Robert Gussman is training to be a Counsellor at Guildford College. Sophie Henderson is an immigration judge and married to Robert Cumming. She has 3 children, Sam (12), Rosie (9) and Ollie (5). Savannah Henley graduated from Edinburgh in 2001 and works for the British Council in London as Head of Communications Art Group, having previously worked for one year in Chongqing, China for the British Council.  Forbes Henley graduated from Edinburgh in 2004. He spent time in Canada and New Zealand and graduated with a Master’s Degree from UEA in 2007. Anthony Hines retired from full-time at Lloyds at the end of 2000. He is still involved there on a part-time basis as Chairman of two Companies, and has been at Lloyds 54 years during which time he was on the Council of Lloyds 1989-1993. Patrick Hutton is reading Product Design at Leeds University. He is an Officer Cadet at Leeds OTC and is hoping to join the Royal Marines. During the summer he was planning to bicycle from London to South Morocco through the desert! Trinity Hutton has finished her first year of reading English at UCL, having completed the IB at St Clare’s, Oxford. Eloise Irving has been thoroughly enjoying her involvement in “Aladdin” as Princess Jasmine in the pantomime at Milton Keynes; Charlie is studying Mechanical Engineering at Bath; Henry has been to SE Asia, working in China and in an orphanage in Cambodia, and hopes to read History and Mandarin; Bethany is in the Sixth Form at Ardingly, and is much enjoying her music (cello, piano and singing) and games; Dulcie is also enjoying life at Ardingly, where she sings and plays saxophone, flute, cello and piano. Lucy Jacobson (nee Crosthwaite) (see marriages) is living with her husband in New York. Tom Jelly is reading History at Bristol University; Kate is enjoying life in the Fifth Form at St. Bedes. Camilla Johnson graduated from Durham University in 2006 with a 2.1 in English and Philosophy and is currently working as an Account Executive in London for a high-profile P.R. consultancy specialising in beauty, fashion and life-style. She loves her job and is very happy! Freddie Johnson left Tonbridge in 2007 with As in English and Politics and a B in Spanish. He has been travelling in South America and Thailand with some Tonbridge friends, having worked hard in the City to pay for it. He is now at Nottingham reading International Management and Spanish. James Langridge will be skateboarding down Mount Fuji this autumn to raise money for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. Nancy Laws (nee Harber) is a senior geo-environmental engineer, having become a Chartered Geologist in 2006. She lives with her husband, Matthew, in rural Worcestershire. Jo Lentaigne (nee Cuppage) is living with her husband, John, and daughter Isla in Bermuda (see births and marriages). Joanna Lisney has two children, Dylan (7) and Lola (4) and lives in Leeds. She worked as publicist to Chris Evans for two years and is now teaching music to pre-school children. Philippa Luddington (nee Lovegrove) writes that her father, Geoffrey Lovegrove, died in January 2008 and Nick Milner-Gulland played the organ at his funeral. Ian MacNeil has been a freelance set designer for the past twenty years. Twelve years ago he designed the National Theatre production of “An Inspector Calls”, the scale model for which is now owned by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Most recently he designed the set for the musical of “Billy Elliott”. Mrs Lindsey Martin is now in business with a cousin running a B & B in the Cotswolds. Anthony Martin lives and works in London running his own business in photo and video marketing. Bill Maslen lives in Scotland with his wife and two children; he has returned to singing and amateur dramatics (last roles at CHS in 1974: Sem in Noyes Fludde and Bottom in MND). Rory McColl is a solicitor in charge of an office in Peacehaven and has two daughters; Tara (see marriages) is working as a supply teacher; Kiera is teaching infants at an English School in Spain and has a son. Flora Menzies is enjoying St Leonards-Mayfield tremendously but still misses Cumnor. James Metcalf is enjoying Worth. Mark Milhench (see Births and Marriages) entered the patent profession and is now a fully qualified UK and European Patent Attorney running his own firm, First Thought IP Ltd. Nick Milner-Gulland is now the organist at Ringmer and is involved in much music-making in and around Lewes. He also teaches basic skills at HMP Lewes. Chris Morshead writes in with a resume of his career – he spent several years in the Royal Navy as Avionics Technician and then Air Engineering Officer and, in his spare time, was a Volunteer Band Officer moving from the clarinet (of his Cumnor days) to the cornet when all the Cornet players were posted. He obtained his Private Pilots’ and Commercial Pilots’ Licences and spent some time teaching people to fly at Redhill, Surrey. He is now about to move to Alderney, flying with a little airline called Blue Islands. Married, divorced and now married to Sharon, a Maths teacher, and has 3 teenage stepchildren. A full page article in the Times in January explained how Teddy Nicholson has spent part of his gap year campaigning for Barack Obama during the recent US Primaries. Lachlan Nieboer is acting and played a major role in the television series “Torchwood”. Johnny Norfolk is now a coffee trader, recently returned from Vietnam. Michael Orchard has started a new job at Alcatel-Lucent in Greenwich, London. He is a marine proposals engineer and works for the marine department designing routes for transoceanic fibre optic cables. He is enjoying the job so far and living in London. James Penry-Davey is currently working as a lawyer for Capsticks solicitors. His daughter, Olivia (5), has just started school. Matthew Penry-Davey now has 2 children, Esme (7) and Louis (5). He is an assistant film director and has just finished working on Warner Bros “10,000BC” and “In Bruges” written by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Currently he is filming “Me and Orson Welles” in London and New York. Harry Pike went out to Sri Lanka in February 2005 to work with a private NGO. He stayed 15 months, at the end of which he met Priya Darshani. Now they are married and living out there, North West of Galle. Edward Pook is working in IT in London; William has returned to UEA for his final year having completed an industrial placement. Sophie Priestley is working in law in London; Charlie Priestley is living in Buenos Aires, and Tom Priestley has been travelling before starting at Sheffield University in September. Henry Price is Housemaster of Sheriff House at Rugby School. Tom Prower was captain of the Worth 1st XI cricket team and still has a year to go. Edward Robinson married Serena from Arklow, Republic of Ireland in June 2006 and they have a son. He and his wife work in the City and live in Earlsfield; Nicola  is in London, very much involved in her personal shopping business beingseen.co.uk with over 200 clients on her books at any time. Paul Robinson has a new job as Operations Manager for London Wasps; he lives in St. Albans with his wife Helen; Nicola lives nearby with her husband Mark and daughter Amelia; Sara works at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she recently gained  promotion. Tamsin Salinger (nee Pike) has nearly finished renovating a crumbling house in Kentish Town – slow work because she and her husband, Justin, have been doing everything themselves in between jobs and new babies. Their second child, Eben Jay, was born in September 2007, a brother for Maeve who was 3 in May. Lucy Scaramanga has finished her last year at Sevenoaks and is going on a GAP year before university. Tom Shelford is organising a reunion of his year group (1993). Harley Sherlock has written another book, entitled “A Teenager at War” which has a bit in it about Cumnor. Rebecca Steinebach (nee Toms) has joined the staff at CHS. Corin Stuart has been offered a place at the Drama Studio, London on their Post-graduate acting course. It is something he has been working towards for 3 years since joining the local AMDRAM group in Forest Row and realising how much he enjoys performance work. Anthony Swing is still working full-time for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). Spare evenings are taken up with committee work for his residents’ association, professional (PR) institute and former college at university. Michael Thatcher is working as an engineer for a Computer Company. Angus is working as a designer for Fisher Productions, a corporate event company. He has been responsible for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Robin Thornton is organising his own company to arrange sponsorship for Polo Tournaments, and in the meantime is working part-time in Wine Rack, Forest Row. Tom Turner featured in Channel 4’s Shipwrecked 2008; Emily is going to Kingston University to study interior design; Sam, after a GAP year during which he will be ski instructing amongst other things, will read Classics at Roehampton; Lucy is travelling in her GAP year before reading Spanish and Italian at Leeds University. Graeme Walker married Jo Treadgold in 1996 and has two sons, Edward (born 1999) and Max (2000). He is working for a specialist City recruitment company, and his wife works as a sports coach at Bricklehurst Manor School. Patrick Wigan has joined the staff at CHS; Jane left the Roche School in July and is combining travel with environmental projects. William Welton has been awarded a 6th Form Music Scholarship at Wellington. Barnaby Wilby, after a GAP year during which he performed with his own band, is going up to Oxford to read History. Simon Williams is still acting in the West End and has been performing in a production of The Deep Blue Sea; Tamlyn and Amy were both expecting new babies in the summer of 2008. Olly Wills is enjoying great success with his band, The Epstein. They are in the process of recording their second album. Eppie Windsor-Clive has just completed her first year of Philosophy at Leeds University and is enjoying life. She made an in-term excursion to the Andaman Islands to discover the wreckage resulting from the tsunami, still very apparent. Molly Blincow and Stephanie Poyntz are joining her at Leeds in September, and Patrick Hutton, Duncan Morpeth, Alex Ohlson and Victoria Pye are also there. Victoria Yates worked for M & C Saatchi for two years and, after a post graduate course in the production field, joined Mob Film Company for one year before moving to New York where she is now a producer with a Post Production Company called Jump.




We are delighted to record the following births:

to Alison (nee Milhench) and Christopher Barley, two sons,

Sebastien (2004) and Oliver (2007)

to Jo and Nicko Dalton, a daughter, Isla Tally, (29.5.07)

to Fiona and Chris Barnes, a son, Toby, (22.6.07)

to Carla and Andrew Brooks, a daughter, Ruby (July 2007)

to Camilla and Jamie Hilton, a son, Miles Isaac (September 2007)

to Kate and Harry Hastings, a son, Barnaby Alexander (19.10.07)

to Alex and David Brown, a son, Noah Thomas Gibson (6.11.07)

to Louisa and Robert Steel, a son, James Robert Andrew (27.11.07)

to Nicola (née Thatcher) and Mark Schulz, a daughter, Lettice Grace, (16.12.07)

to Catherine (nee Armstrong) and Richard Hart, a son, Billy (18.1.2008)

to Emily (nee Blencowe) and Martin Warren, a daughter, Molly  (27.1.2008)

to Camille (née Griffin) and Ben Davis, twin boys, Gilby and Hardy,


to Corinne and Andrew Mitchell a son, Yves Pierre, (3.6.08)

to Camilla (nee Campbell) and Julian Kingsland, two sons, Hal

(29.4.06) and Brock (18.6.07)

to Katie and Rufus Cotton a son, Tom (21.6.08)

to Helen and Mark Milhench, a son, Fionn, in 2004, and a son,

Hamish, in 2006.

to Serena and Edward Robinson, a son.

to Tamsin (nee Pike) and Justin Salinger, a son, Eben Jay, born on

12/9/07, a brother for Maeve

to Carly and Simon Maltby, a daughter Molly (9.7.03) and a son,

Theo (15.3.08)

to Jo (nee Cuppage) and John Lentaigne, a daughter, Islay (8.1.07)

to Melissa and Tom Scrivens, a daughter, Polly (12.12.07)

to Toby and Lucy Sawrey-Cookson, a boy, Lachlan (10.7.07)


We also congratulate the following on their engagement:


                        Graeme Baldwin to Lydia Howe (29.10.07)

                        Charlotte Hepplewhite to Henry Dunstan (21.5.08)

Gayle Huntington to Timothy Hunt (12.7.08)

                        Joe Holland to Heather Turnbull (22.6.08)


and the following on their marriage:


                        Rory Campbell to Joana Freitas on 26th April 2008

                        Alison Milhench to Christopher Barley in 2001

                        Mark Milhench to Helen Ogilvie in 2000

                        Christopher Barnes to Fiona Seaton on 25th March 2006.

                        Edward Robinson to Serena Tyrrell in June 2006.

Max-Charles Eggert to Alison Jane Hobbs in August 2008.

Tom Furber to Nancy Prall on September 6th 2008

Harry Pike to Priya Darshani in February 2008

Kate Atkinson to Thomas Chappell on 31st May 2008.

Simon Maltby to Carly Canning on 28th July 2007

Jo Cuppage to John Lentaigne on 26th January 2008

Nicola Thatcher to Mark Schulz. Their marriage was blessed on 1st

September 2007

Sophie Crosthwaite to Alex Jacobson on 23rd June 2007

Joanna Butterfield to Robert Record on 8th December 2007

James Crane to Rosie Baines on 27th July 2008

Tara McColl to Martin Bell in 2005

Laurie Robinson to Victoria (Tora) Williams on 23rd August 2008

Annabel Virtue to Bryan White on 1st September 2007

Mark Prescott to Michelle Coe on 18th July 2008


We were very sorry to hear of the following deaths:

                        Andrew Gilliam, member of teaching staff 1990 – 2005 (27.10.07)

His Honour Geoffrey Lovegrove, QC, father of James (21.1.08)

Bar Corrie (née Turner), mother of Nick, Tom and Ian and sister of Liz Turner.

Jeremy Armitage(07.07.07), father of James and Caroline.

Jan Bailey, mother of Edward and Hannah Gillett (10.9.08)

Edward Dean, pupil 1990-1996, died tragically on 30th June 2008. His beautiful daughter, Lilly Elizabeth Dean, was born to Hazel on 31st August 2008.





William Welton has been awarded a VIth Form Music Scholarship at Wellington.

Cornelia Furse has been awarded a First in Mods at Oxford.

Clara Furse, mother of Cornelia, was created D.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Patrick Buchanan has been awarded an Honorary Scholarship at Tonbridge.

Immy Cox has been awarded a VIth Form Art Scholarship at Wellington.

Rebecca Dillon-Robinson has been awarded a VIth Form Art Scholarship at Woldingham.

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