OC Updates 2009

We were delighted to see the following Old Cumnorians who attended Cumnorian Society Day this year on Sunday 14th June:

George Allison, Tom Allison, Miranda Baron, Hal Briggs, Tilly Butcher, Charlie Chetwood, Max Coleman, Georgie Cox, Edward Crymble, Mihai Cucos, Charles Curtis, Mark Dickens, Ollie Dickens, Flora Dickinson, Alex Dingemans, Alex Duff, Freddie Duff, Rosie Fenning, William Giesler, Rupert Green, Pierre Griffin, Roddy Gye, Ollie Halcrow, Rakin Haque, Laura Harding, Alice Heinrich, Jamie Heinrich, Katie Heinrich, Tom Hicks, Toby Illingworth, Andrew Keith, Maya Kolade, Tim Lee, William Lee, Harry Mann, James Metcalf, Sarah Millard, Anna Milner-Gulland, Annabel Mockridge, Matt Mockridge, Edward Mole, Sam Owers, James Parkhouse, Tom Parkhouse, Ben Pullan, James Roberts, Andrew Rose, Lottie Scaramanga, Douglas Seaton, Lara Tower, George Wagenmann, Alice Welton, Patrick Wigan, Laurence Wynne.

Mishka Adams is enjoying a very successful career as a singer. Her albums include “God Bless the Child” and “Space”. Georgie Aisbitt has won a place at Brasenose College, Oxford, to read Psychology. Oliver Allcock is living in Notting Hill and currently working in legal recruitment in London. In his spare time he is a part-time journalist for several music magazines. His aim is to go into professional journalism one day. He is also captain of two football teams and has recently returned from a documentary shoot in Peru where he was working as a sound engineer. Daniel Bailey is living in New Jersey, U.S.A. and is working on a networking site called “Linkedin” which enables professionals to communicate on job related or other matters. Laura Batchelor (nee Dobbs) is living in Brussels with her family and is Director of FIBRA International. Leo Bedford is working as a party impresario. Kate Berger (nee Wills) is on maternity leave from Christian Aid where she is PR Manager and is looking after Alice (see births) and Toby, aged four and a half. The family lives in Finchley. Elizabeth Allen is living in Switzerland with her husband, Andrew, and works for a finance company. Grace Boswood is working in media consultancy in London. Caitlin Boyland was awarded Sports Woman of the Year at Roedean last year and has been chosen again in the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) for South East hockey. William Buchanan is reading Classics at Durham. Patrick has been offered a place at King’s Cambridge to read Engineering and Ollie is doing well at Tonbridge. Harriet Charlesworth is working for an events company in Brighton. Jo is Company Secretary at Rowland Gorringe, estate agents, in Lewes. Sebastian has just completed his second year at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Billy has just finished at St. Bede’s. Neil Canetty-Clarke has three children, Amy who has just left Vinehall and is joining her sister Lily at Sevenoaks and Felix who is in his final year at Tonbridge. Alfred Chisombo is living in Durban and holds a diploma in motor vehicle systems. Ursie Cholmeley (nee Bennett) has now been married for sixteen years and has two children, Monty aged twelve and Bella aged ten. She works full time restoring the walled gardens at her home at Easton in Lincolnshire.Ian Clavadetscher (see marriages) has been running his own architectural practice, Clavadetscher Hoffmann, for the last six years. He is presently involved in some work at Cumnor. His mother, who used to work at the school, and his uncle, John Colley are both still living in Guernsey. Sophie Cornes achieved 4 A*s and 6 As in GCSE and an excellent level in the International Baccalaureate whilst excelling in Art. She is now reading Combined Studies at Newcastle. Alice is about to move into Upper Sixth, studying History, English and Ancient Greek primarily (though she is studying for the International Baccalaureate so has to cover six and a half subjects). She is aiming to study History at university. Her main loves, apart from the academic realm, are political debating, playing football and religion. Nick Corrie is living in retirement with his wife, Yolande, in Farnham, Surrey, after a career in engineering. They have a daughter and two young grandchildren. His activities include designing and making models, writing (historic transport, mainly aviation), walking, medieval churches and DIY. Immy Cox is working as the art department Gap Student at Cumnor and will be going to Newcastle in 2010 to read Medical Sciences. Before going up to Durham to read Theology, Tim Davy took a Gap Year during which he visited Kenya, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America. He has had work experience with AIG, Ernst and Young, Barclays Capital and RBS. He remains highly involved in cricket and has played for Durham 2nd XI. He is starting his own club named “The Pineapples”. Claire de Rosen is attending Graduate School in Geneva in order to become an Elementary School Teacher. Richard Dibley (see marriages and births) is now living in Cheshire working for Peel Energy, developing on-shore wind farms in the UK. They currently own the largest on-shore farm in England at Scout Moor in Lancashire and are hoping to build a new one in Port of Sheerness. Rebecca Dillon-Robinson will be going to Newcastle in 2010 to read Architecture. Alex Diment is still based at the University of Sydney, in the final year of his PhD studies of wildlife ecology. He specialises in invasive animals (foxes and cats mostly). In January he will be returning to the UK where he hopes to find a job in conservation based in Cambridge. Ben Downe is still working for the Management Consultancy he joined after university. Sam is teaching Maths at St Neot’s Prep School in Berkshire. He is also using his music skills to lead a school brass band. He returns home most week-ends to play cricket. Daisy is in sales in a Promotional Merchandise Company in London. After leaving Cumnor, Matthew Doyle went to Wellington, then to The London School of Economics and is now a stockbroker, living in London. Michael Eke (1953-1958) wrote a long letter reminiscing about his time at Cumnor and outlining what he has done since. He quit the rat-race in 1999 and, since 2003 has been living with his wife in Deeside in Scotland. Iona Evelegh is living in Ashford and working in an old people’s home. Sarah Fishwick (nee Reardon) has written a book on Global Education entitled “Every Child of God Matters Everywhere”. Jamie Gourlay has just finished his second year at Newcastle reading Economics and continuing to paint. His work was exhibited at the Lennox Gallery in Fulham last July. Alastair spent a Gap year travelling around South America and is now at Bristol reading Economics. David has just sat his GCSEs at Stowe. Robert Gussman is studying for a degree in Counselling and helping out in a local old people’s home. Vanessa Hawkins (nee Gabriel) is living near Salisbury with her husband and three sons. Music plays a very large part in their lives. Elizabeth, her mother, “has found a hotbed of music talent in her valley” nearby and still plays her violin. Patrick Hutton has finished at Leeds with a BA in Product Design and is now hoping to join the Army. Trinity has completed her second year at UCL reading English Literature. Since retiring from Cumnor, Andrew Keith has made a speciality of printing for weddings using the press which used to be at one end of the old Art Room. Russell Oxley’s wedding (see marriages) was the one hundred and thirty second from the Freshfield Press. Andrew Kieft has retired having spent the last fourteen years of his working life as Business Manager to Macmillan Cancer Support. Tim has recently returned to the UK following a four year assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has now retired after thirty four years working in the upstream oil and gas business. During that time, he was involved with several major oilfield developments in the North Sea, the deregulation of the Brasilian oil and gas sector and the development of gas resources in the Gulf of Thailand. He and his wife Meira have four children and five grandchildren. Tom Kilroy is living in Oxfordshire with his wife of ten years, Lucy. They have three children, Anna five, James three and Isobel nearly two. They both work as lawyers for large American conglomerates. Thomas Kirby graduated last year from St. John’s College, Durham with a 2/1 BA in Theology and is now studying for a Master of Studies in Christian Ethics at Wolfson College, Oxford. He has a place on the PGCE course at Oxford Brookes next year and hopes to teach Religious Education. His chief hobby at present is photography. Victoria Knowles passed MRCPCH (Paediatrics and Child Health) in February and started her Registrar appointment in September. She really enjoys Paediatrics. Alastair Lack wrote recollecting how, in the early 1950s, he was taught by Bill Tissington how to chop down a tree correctly with an axe prior to being awarded his “Axemanship” Cub badge.Georgina Laidlaw has been teaching at a Primary school in Norwich. In August she married Tyler Creamer in Baltimore, USA (see marriages) and is now living out there. Charlie has finished his final year at Exeter University completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He is now embarking on a Gap Year. Max Leonard is now chef at the Chequers Inn, Maresfield. William Light spent part of his Gap Year in Washington DC working for a Senator before going up to Durham to read Politics. Olivia has moved on to Sixth Form at Wellington. Since coming down from Nottingham, Jamie Lumsden has completed a two year Conversion Course and is now doing a training contract with Jones Day, a firm of lawyers in the City. Toby is in his last year at Nottingham reading Politics and American Studies. He is hoping to do a Masters at CASS Business School in London. Richard Mais, having married Jan in 1972, has one son, two daughters and two grandsons. He is a Chartered Builder and Managing director of his own property consultancy business. He is also non executive director of a London Housing Association and chairs their audit committee. For five years he was chairman of the BBC South East Advisory Council. His hobbies include motor racing, sailing, skiing, rugby, good food, wine and travel. Adrian Marshall is living in Scotland. Mark Milhench is still running his own patenting company, First Thought IP. He has two sons, Fionn and Hamish. Alison (now Barley) also has two sons, Sebastian and Oliver, and is a doctor in Cheltenham. Clive Mitchell, having retired as Clerk to the House of Lords, is now a volunteer with Age Concern and crews for The Richmond Venturer, a barge for the disabled on the Thames. Catherine Morpeth is in a Gap Year and has been backpacking round New Zealand and teaching in orphanages in Cambodia . She has passed her driving test and is taking full advantage of her parents’ little Polo. Duncan is in his second year at Leeds University reading English and playing Rugby League for the 2nd team. James has just finished his GCSE Year at King’s Canterbury where he has played hockey for the school 2nd XI and rugby for Colts A XV. Ben Morton-Harmer achieved a First in Maths and Philosophy at Bristol and, for the last three years, has been working for McKinsey Associates. He is now going up to Oxford University for a PhD. Robin Moss made a huge contribution towards basketball at Sevenoaks. He is now reading Business and Management at Exeter. Joe Ohlson shared a flat with William Light in Washington DC whilst working for a Congressman. Mike and Sue (nee Beckwith) Mills have two sons, Tom aged twenty seven and Jimmy aged twenty five. Mike works for the City of York as an Educational Psychologist and also does some lecturing for Leeds University. Sue has retired and spends her time in the garden and playing her violin. They travel together as much as they can. Teddy Nicholson, still very interested in American politics and very much involved in Model United Nations, is up at LSE reading History and International Relations. Julia has been offered a place at Clare College, Cambridge to read Modern and Medieval Languages. She wishes to study Russian and Latin. Maria is happy and thriving at Sevenoaks and her interest is veering towards Arts. The Norfolk brothers are both living and working abroad, Johnny in Kuala Lumpur and Jimmy in Dubai. Claire Packman has just returned to working as a barrister after maternity leave (see births). Andrew Pay has become a very keen yachtsman. Whilst out in Singapore, he met his wife Clare. They were married at Harting in West Sussex and now live in Hinton Ampner and have two small boys, Charlie aged four and Alex aged one. Robert Pecover is now working for the NHS and developing properties at the same time. Matthew Penry-Davey is still working as an Assistant Director in the film industry. Recent credits include “Last Chance Harvey” with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. He is about to start on “Eloise in Paris”, an adaptation from the 1950s children’s book, with Uma Thurman. Edward Potter was performing in his band, the Cordwood Draggers, in Green Bay, near Chicago, when he met his wife to be (see marriages). Having commuted between England and U.S.A. for a while, he took a six month sabbatical from the Food Standards Agency to be near her. They got engaged back in England and were then married in Hamsey Church. They are now living in Reigate. Georgie Robinson is working for BBC 3 on the production side. Laurie is teaching Biology at Downend Comprehensive, near Bristol, and is head of Year 10. Amy Robinson (nee Arthur) is expecting a baby this December and continues to run “Snail Tails” which occasionally involves playing the ukulele. During the summer the company toured East Anglia with a show entitled “A Little Bird Told Me”. Her plan is to write from home producing lesson plans, workshop structures, performance scripts and website material. She is presently half way through her first “proper” children’s novel. Amelia Roxburgh (nee Stewart) started Simoon Travel five years ago and they now operate in five countries – Libya, Syria, Oman, Algeria and Iran. She accompanies a lot of the tours herself or organises guest lecturers to accompany them. She has recently returned from Libya with eight students from Uppingham School on a classics trip and is trying to develop educational tours for schools in both Libya and Iran. Getting through this year hasn’t been easy but she has just secured a group of forty six gentlemen and ladies from the gentlemen’s club, Boodles, whom she will be taking to Syria and Jordan next Spring! Recent publicity has included an interview on ‘Excess Baggage’, on Radio 4, and various newspaper articles. Jackie Sampson and her husband Geoff are hoping to move to Herefordshire. Lucy Scaramanga achieved 8A*s and 2As in GCSE and then excelled in the International Baccalaureate, won the Art Prize, was a School Prefect and completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award at Sevenoaks. She is working and travelling during her Gap Year before going up to Durham to read Anthropology. Having graduated from Leeds University with a 2.1, Felicity Shankar (nee Braham) is now a sponsorship consultant for Olympic Events. Harley Sherlock (see Honours and Awards) received his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was accompanied by Patrick, Tommy and Sarah Jane. Louisa Sherman completed a PGCE in 2006 at Roehampton and was then appointed as a Form Mistress at Broomwood Hall School in Clapham where she teaches English, Latin and history. She was promoted to Head of Drama in 2008 and has so far produced “South Pacific”, “Daisy Pulls It Off” and “Annie”. Ben Sonneborn (see marriages) lives in Edinburgh and works for RBS.Alexander Soul is very settled and much enjoyed his first year at King’s Canterbury where he is especially involved with music (see Honours and Awards) and rowing. Ian and Jo Straker continue to run a B and B in Hamble and get away for the Summer months on their boat in France. Clare is a full time mum with a two year old and another expected in October. Her husband is running a Graphics and Design Company with Matt. Olly has turned his hand to composite engineering and is at present building aeroplane parts. Following travels around India and Pakistan, Tristram Stuart’s second book, “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal” was published by Penguin in July. He is organising an event to feed five thousand people on food that would otherwise have been wasted. He and his wife have moved from London and settled in Sussex. Corinne has started at Drama School in London. Anthony Swing decided to take slightly early retirement last year having worked continuously for five different organisations in the 40 years since he graduated. He is still involved, however, with the three Committees that he sat on before retiring, but trying to ensure that he keeps a balance with his new ‘free time’. He is also Hon. Sec. of his Residents’ Association, which represents the lessees of 200 flats. George Taylor is still involved in films and has recently written a “short” entitled ‘Quietus’, in which the art is directed by Alex Marden and the music by Dan Heath. Ian Taylor spends much time in China looking after his business. Elspeth and Bill Tissington live less than two miles from Junction 35 of the M6 and would be glad to welcome any of their contemporaries who would like to call. Paul Wallis is self-employed as a carpenter/builder in Seaford. He is married with two small girls. He and his wife, Sue, are building their own house. Mark and Martin are both very successful engineers, one living in the South of France, the other in Crewe. Alistair Ward gained A grades in Biology and Chemistry and a B in Latin at A Level. He was a College Prefect and Head of House at Marlborough. He obtained his Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and completed the 126-mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race. William Welton ran the London Marathon this year raising £6,600 for Leukemia Research, in a time of 3 hours 33 minutes. He has been offered a place to study Law and Sociology at Durham in 2010. At the outbreak of swine ‘flu in April, a photograph of Hattie West appeared in the Daily Telegraph wearing a protective mask at Newcastle University. Alexander White is reading English at Exeter University, William is in his last year at Worth. Alex Williams has one more year at Manchester University reading History of Art. Lydia is in her last year at Eastbourne. Nik Williams is still running his own company, Nik Williams Designs. Michael Wills and his wife, Carol, divide their time between Oxford and a village house in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Olly (see marriages) runs a successful garden centre in Binsey, near Oxford, alongside heading up the country rock band, ‘The Epstein’. Eppie Windsor-Clive has completed her second year of reading philosophy at Leeds and has managed to continue her art at the same time. In Summer 2008, she worked for a film production company called Target and last June worked for The Week. Eventually she is hoping to write. Any money she earns is spent on travel, particularly to India and Indonesia.Laurence Wynne is living in Woodingdean and working with young people, raising their awareness of the dangers of alcohol.



We are delighted to record the following births:

to Fiona and Christopher Barnes, a son, Toby, Seaton (22.6.07)

to Leila (nee Williams) and Matt Adams, a daughter, Florence (5.12.08)

to Claire (Nee Packman) and Robert Hastings, a daughter, Alice, Hazel, Packman (7.11.08)

to Annabel (Nee Virtue) and Bryan White, a daughter, Sasha, Juliet (6.12.08)

to Fiona-Jane (Nee Dibley) and Simon Drewett a daughter, Rosie (25.11.08), a sister for Monty.

to Jo (Nee Cuppage) and John Lentaigne, a daughter Romilly, Kate (5.1.09)

to Sarah (Nee Campbell) and Ross Millard, a daughter Halle, India (20. 2.09)

to Helen and Paul Robinson, a daughter, Poppy, Hope (28.8.08)

to Nicola (nee Robinson) and Mark Stoker, a son, Aidan, John (31.10.08)

to Zoe and Ollie Clayton, a daughter, Phoebe, Iona (20.11.08)

to Sarah (nee Robinson), and Rowland Rees, a daughter, Elin (10.12.08)

to Kate (nee Wills) and Matty Berger, a daughter, Alice, Rose (1.1.09)

to Mary and Henry Price, a son, Albert (Bertie), Lawrence, Hugh (22.3.09)

to Nicola and Richard Dibley, a son, Percy, John, Brodie, (10.4.09)

to Nicola (nee Gurney) and Mark Finney, a daughter, Miranda, Anne (21.12.08), a sister for Nathaniel.

to Alex and David Brown, a daughter, Agnes, Elizabeth, Gibson (30.6.09)

to Tora and Laurie Robinson, a son, Ellis, Francis, Kay (8.8.09)

to Barbara and David Newbery, twin sons, Thomas, Gifford, Bayliss and Benjamin, Joseph, Ebuenga (8.7.09)

We also congratulate the following on their engagement:

Arabella Allcock to William Laxton (1.12.08)

Zoe Bedford to Jonathan Chads (24.1.09)

Nicholas Abrahams to Kerry Byrne (1.9.09)

Louise Boswood to Rupert Haines (10.9.09)

Sara Robinson to Dr Rowland Rees (7.10.08)

and the following on their marriage:

Christopher Barnes to Fiona Seaton on 25.3.06

Caroline Ashby to Captain Michael Wade-Smith on 22.11.08

Ben Ashby to Sally Mair on 9.5.09

Olivia Cotton to Charlie Munday on 6.12.08

Graeme Baldwin to Lydia Howe on 6.12.08

Georgina Laidlaw to Tyler Creamer on 16.8.09

Ollie Wills to Celine de la Roche Souvestre on 14.10.08

Edward Potter to Daniela Simmons on 1.10.08

Iain Clavadetscher to Maria Leuchten on 4.1.08

Richard Dibley to Nicola Holland on 1.9.07

Russell Oxley to Kate Smith on 16.5.09

Claire Packman to Robert Hastings on 7.7.07

Ben Sonneborn to Caroline Elgar on 23.3.09

Zoe Bedford to Jonathan Chads on 12.9.09

Edward Gillett to Lily Ferguson on 9.8.08

Elizabeth Allen to Andrew Campbell on 12.7.08

Joe Holland to Heather Turnbull on 10.10.09

Yvonne Steyn to Dean Turner on 4.4.09

We were very sorry to hear of the following deaths:

John Barnes, husband of Jean and father of Christopher (25.8.08)

Desmond Wigan, brother of Peter and uncle of Patrick and Jane (26.10.08)

Professor Peter Branscombe (31.12.08)

Mary Dickens, mother of Mark and grandmother of Bob, Joff and Ollie. (12.1.09)

Rachel Close-Smith, husband of Tom, mother of Nicola, James and Sophie and sister of Jane Leuchars (15.2.09)

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

Sue Keith, wife of Andrew (23.11.08)



Eddie Creamer has been awarded an Honorary Sixth Form Scholarship at Tonbridge.

Harley Sherlock has been awarded the M.B.E. for his contributions to Architecture, Conservation and to the community of Islington.

Alexander Soul has been awarded a Music Scholarship at King’s School, Canterbury from September 2009.

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