OC Updates 2012


We are delighted to record the following births:

To Louise (nee Boswood) and Rupert Haines, a son, Lennie (29.9.11)

To Liz and Jessie James, a son, Arthur, Paul, (22.11.11)

To Fiona and Chris Barnes, a son, Gilbert, Jack, Seaton (31.10.11)

To Caroline and Ben Sonneborn, a son, Charles, David, Redvers (25.11.11)

To Milly and Harry Pike, a daughter, Jasmine Nandi (9.5.12)

To Mary and Henry Price, a son, Monty (12.4.12)

To Amanda and Richard Guilfoyle, a son, Jensen (14.2.12)

To Chloe and Matt Blantern, a daughter, Arabella (12.7.12)

To Kelly and Chris Davis, a daughter, Kiera (3.11.11)

To Kate (nee Atkinson) and Thomas Chappell, a daughter, Eliza (24.3.12)

To Sally and Ben Ashby, a daughter, Jessica, Poppy, Ellen (11.11.11)


We also congratulate the following on their engagement:

Nicola Bullard to Andrew Gough (6.12.11)

Emma Pigott to Lewis Jones (22.10.11)

Andrew Lock to Svetlana Frenova (11.2.12)

Oliver Jory to Vendeline von Bredow (14.4.12)

Katie Champness to Captain Alexander Brown (18.5.12)

Sophie Close-Smith to Thomas Fewson (23.7.12)

Bob Dickens to Hannah Rutter (11.9.12)


And the following on their marriage:

Emma Pigott to Lewis Jones (7.7.12)

Hannah Cotton to Marc Philip Fensome (5.5.12)

Carolynn Rail to Matty Thavenot (14.4.12)

Graeme Thomson to Alexandra Kilb (14.4.12)

Lauren Rose to Michael Commissar (21.7.12)

Alex Marden to Joe Randall Cutler (22.9.12)

Jamie Milner-Gulland to Sophie Dunn (30.6.12)

Crispin Goldsmith to Helen Ahern (18.8.12)

Jamie Lumsden to Dr. Charlotte Burton (21.7.12)


We were very sorry to hear of the following deaths:

Cynthia Marney who taught in the pre-prep from 1988 to 1997 (6.4.12)

Dave Fitzpatrick, a popular Gap student here in 2004.

Sir Michael Kerry, grandfather of Alex and James Burrough and father of Lucy Jackson.

Tim Stephens, father of Nicholas and Christopher (7.4.12)

Alasdair Campbell, father of Camilla and Rory (28.8.12)


We were delighted to see the following Old Cumnorians who attended Cumnorian Society day on Sunday July 1st:

Eloise Akdeniz, Rosie Alderton, Duncan Baird, Chris Baird, George Bamford, Leonora Barton, Max Bosley, George Brassett, Henry Brown, Patrick Buchanan, Jack Clancy, Ollie Clayton, Laura Coleman, Nick Collin, Zanna Cooper, Anna Cope, Hugh Cornes, Charlie Cowley, William Cowley, Annabel Curtis, Mark Dickens, Jessica Dryden, Henry Duff, Jasper Elwes, Sam Elwes, Paulina Emanuel, Florentina Emanuel, Margaret Emanuel, Hugo Engel, Venetia Evans, George Evans-Thomas, Edward Gillespie-Smith, Roddy Gye, Oli Hancock, Rounok Haque, Hamish Hatrick, Sophie Hazel, Kate Heinrich, Jamie Heinrich, Georgie Heinrich, Ben Henderson, George Hervey, Thomas Hicks, Marcus Illingworth, Alexandra Irwin, Henry Kavanagh, Fergus Keegan, Raoul Leonard, Freddie Light, Ollie McIntosh, James McIntosh, Matt Mockridge, Edward Mole, Ed Mundy, Ollie Myrtle, Matilda Nash, Guy Owers, Olivia Parker, Victor Parry, Phoebe Parvin, George Pickard, Harry Pike, Ellen Pitman, Eddie Pitman, Tom Prower, Ben Pullan, Toby Pullan, Molly Reynolds, Andrew Rose, William Scott, Fergus Shaw, Sam Spriddell, David Torkington, Gabrielle van Asselt, Joe Walker, Emma Welby, Patrick Wigan, Rhys Williams.

Nick Abrahams worked for Merlin, the humanitarian relief organisation, before going to INSEAD, the Executive Education School in Fontainebleau. He now lives in Vancouver with his wife Kerry, and spends his time free-lancing for oil and gas companies, looking at community issues on oilfields.  Mishka Adams ran a half marathon on 7th October to raise money for Cancer Research. Jamie Akers-Douglas has stopped working on a farm in Fletching and is now involved with Formula One racing with the Red Bull team. Clemmie Anderson is just starting her second year of Medicine at Southampton University. She is involved in Medics’ Hockey, an HIV Education Charity and sings in a choir. Ben Ashby and his wife, Sally, had good cause to name their daughter Poppy (see births). He is Senior Surveyor in the Commercial Agency department of Daniel Watney LLP in London. Claire Baldwin is working for the Headline Publishing Group in London. Violet Bennett has been awarded the much coveted drama scholarship for the sixth form at Sevenoaks and had the privilege of directing the boarders’ play for the whole school. Caitlin Boyland has completed one year at Loughborough University reading Industrial Design and Technology. She has played hockey for the university and taken up rowing. She was spotted for a Talent Identification Development Programme in which participating athletes are trained to reach GB potential. She has also completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and met the Duke himself at St. James’ Palace. Alex Burrough is living in Lusaka, Zambia working for VSO raising money for Zambia Open Community Schools. She loves the African way of life. James works `as a fraud investigator for an insurance company in Haywards Heath. He plays a lot of football and tennis. Alok Chandra is working in customer services for United Airlines and the Marriott Group.  Sebastian Charlesworth has graduated with an upper 2:1 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now working hard to fund an MA in voice. Billy became the first member of a very musical family to sing solo on the Glyndebourne stage under the baton of Gareth Malone. Harriet and Josephine are loving life in Lewes and have joined one of the Bonfire Societies. They also sing. Jack Clancy, after some time in the kitchen at CHS during the Spring term worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Pre-Prep during the Summer Term. Ollie Clayton lives in London with his wife, Zoe, and daughters, Isla and Phoebe. He now works for Evercore and is Managing Director on their Corporate Advisory team for Europe. Jamie is now Chief Executive of Ingenious Investments, a film investment company, and led their investment in Avatar which is the highest grossing film of all time. Max Coleman is going to Plymouth University to read Marine Sports Studies.  Immy Cox is in her final year at Newcastle reading Bio Medical Science, and has just returned from a trip to India. Georgie has now left Wellington College, and is embarking on a year travelling before going to Oxford Brookes next September to read Philosophy and Psychology.  Tim Davy is working in Sports Marketing with the Fasttrack agency. He concentrates mainly on the HSBC account and Rugby. Marcus is studying Automotive Engineering at Hertfordshire University in Hatfield. Mark, Bob, Joff and Ollie Dickens have had an amazing year celebrating the bicentenary of their famous ancestor.  Among the many highlights; Mark had an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace with his wife Debbie; Bob laid a wreath in Westminster Abbey with Prince Charles; Joff had a day in the company of Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow; and Ollie was interviewed for an article in The Telegraph.  Mark is currently the President of the International Dickens Fellowship, Bob is working for the French bank Société Générale in London, Joff has changed careers from recruiting to Insurance and is currently working for CNA in London, and Ollie has completed his first year at York University on a drama based course ‘Writing, Directing and Performance’.  He acted the role of Basil in ‘Dorian’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and will be the central role in a York Theatre Royal production of A Christmas Carol in December. Rebecca Dillon-Robinson has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with a group from Newcastle University under the auspices of Child Reach International. She is in her third year reading Architecture. Edward is about to start his second year at the University of East Anglia studying English with Creative Writing. He is busy writing a book and has written some more poetry. He plays the trombone for the University Orchestra, performs with a Jazz group and sings with the University choir. Andrew Dixon is an occupational therapist. Bob Diggens now derives great pleasure from his interest in photography and has taken beautiful pictures of the morning sun lighting up the trees in the park next to his house. Alastair Edgell has been in Moscow and St. Petersburg studying Russian. After graduating from Newcastle, Angus is going to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Margaret Emanuel studied Spanish with Portugese at Birmingham University, spending the third year at Salamanca University perfecting her Spanish and teaching English to foreign students. She then completed a Master’s Degree in Finance, Human Resources and Market Management at Cass Business School, London. She is now a Human Resources specialist within the education and financial services sectors. She took great delight in “standing under the clock” on Cumnorian Society Day.John Ford celebrated his Golden Wedding anniversary in June. He had forgotten that he won the cub cup in the early 1950s. One of his jobs was, as doctor to Tonbridge, to examine the new boys and was always interested to hear if any came from Cumnor. Toby Glyn works for Adidas and was involved in all racquet sports during the London Olympics. Crispin Goldsmith left RBS earlier this year and, having got married in August (see marriages), is planning to spend a few months between Hong Kong and Singapore. Pierre Griffin has left Fletching and is now working in Computer Graphics in London. Camille Griffin-Davis (nee Griffin) is in the process of writing three different film scripts. She lives in Horney Common, Nutley with her husband Ben and three boys Roman, Gilby and Hardy, who have all just started at Cumnor.  Roddy Gye continues as Deputy Chairman of Governors and has been appointed a Fellow of Gray’s Inn. Alice Heinrich is working as a classroom assistant with Year 4s at the Knightsbridge School. Kate is in her final year at Leeds reading performance design. Jamie has left Radley where he was in the 1st XI for hockey and cricket. He is spending the Autumn term at Cumnor as a sports’ gapper before finding a ski season job in the Alps and travelling around South East Asia. Georgie is in her GCSE year at Cranleigh. Ben Henderson has been helping out as a Teaching Assistant in the Pre-Prep and has now decided to undertake the Graduate Teacher Programme at the school. Henry Irving graduated from Nottingham with a First in History. He is looking for a job in the City but, in the meantime coaches tennis. He still plays football. Millie Johnson is PR, Marketing and Social Media Manager, working closely alongside a team of illustrators and designers to expand Carluccio’s brand image and widen the company’s appeal to a younger market. Speaking fluent Italian is very useful. Freddie has left Nottingham University where, as part of his course, he spent time living in Spain and Argentina and played rugby in top teams in both countries. Having worked with the National Showjumping Association at Stoneleigh, Sarah Johnstone is now working in agricultural retail in the Midlands. Edward is working at executive recruitment in London and Henry is in his second year at Durham reading Geography.   Charlie Layfield runs “Treewise”, a tree surgery service, and lives with his wife and two sons in Chailey. John and his wife are both teachers and live in Hull. Caroline has just bought a flat in Brighton and Jane lives in Whitstable and works for Strutt and Parker in Rochester. Jamie Lumsden is a solicitor at Travers Smith and lives with his wife in Parsons Green (see marriages). Toby is a graduate Surveyor at Altus UK and also lives in Parsons Green. David Monk remembers washing Hal Milner-Gulland’s Rolls Royce in the early 1950s. He is a member of the Magic Circle. Sophie Morgan has modelled for Stella McCartney, invented the Mannequal, a wheelchair for fashion displays in shop windows, and is presenting a documentary for BBC 3. Jennie Moule read English at Bristol. She is fluent in Spanish and, after graduating, she became a TEFL in South America and Europe. She has just completed a PGCE course in Liverpool where she is now teaching. Ed Mundy participated in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon (125 miles) over the Easter week-end. During the summer, he spent a month in India and climbed the 20,000 ft Stok Kangri in the Western Himalaya. Lachlan Nieboer has been very active in the world of acting and played the part of Lieutenant Courtenay in Downton Abbey. Piers O’Conor  played rugby for Heathfield under 17s last season and they got through to the National Under 17 Bowl Final, which they duly won 53-23. Adelaide has been awarded the Sports Scholarship, contested by candidates from both inside and outside the school, at Mayfield for Dance and Athletics. Jeremy Pattie is starting his third and final year at Cirencester Agricultural College reading Land and Property Management. He hopes to work in London once he has graduated. Emma Pigott got married recently (see marriages). As well as being involved in charity work, she has been working for the last five years at Stephen Raby Associates, a banking head-hunting firm in the City. Before this, she was at York University reading Social Science and English Linguistics. Nick Pigott paid us a visit in February. On leaving Cumnor in 1996 he went on to Oakham, then Brighton University, where he read English Language Studies with Literature, before doing a Masters at Goldsmiths. He is currently doing a PGCE at Brunel University. Both Austin and Rory Pollard are enjoying life at Sherborne. Henry Price has just become a member of the M.C.C. and remembers trying to hit the ball over the “old oak” from the cricket nets. He and his wife now have four children (see births). Alex Reynolds is the co-founder of Teacherhorizons, a new social enterprise that helps teachers build their skills and experience by teaching internationally.  Dickie Robinson has happy memories of acting in several productions in the outdoor theatre in the early 1950s. His photograph appears on page 69 in “School Story”. We were pleased to receive a visit from Anthony Seabrook and his wife when he kindly donated several items to the school archive. They live on the family farm in Essex. Ben Sonneborn is now married and has a son, Charlie. Despite living in Scotland, he has bought him a mini English RFU shirt. Robert Steel and his wife, Louisa, have three children, Sophie, Katie and James and have built a new home in Christchurch, New Zealand, despite earthquakes and after-shocks. He is working with the Earthquake Recovery Authority involved in the strategy for the rebuilding of Christchurch. Jojo and his wife Emma also have three children, Jakes, Ben and Lulu. He is doing well as Johnny Magic and enjoys his job at Air New Zealand. They continue to breed beautiful “coloured” horses. Hugo Stewart-Roberts is keeper of the Natural History museum at Eton. He played in the Summer School Concert and spent the first part of the summer holidays at CCF camp in Cyprus. Caroline Wade-Smith (nee Ashby) had a daughter, Isabelle Grace, two years ago. She is back to work part-time as a physiotherapist at Southampton Hospital. Tristram Stuart organised and spoke at the “Feeding of the 5,000” in Bristol on May 12th when all the food would otherwise have been thrown away. Emma Welby has completed her second year at Newcastle University reading Sociology.  Alexander White is on a Law Conversion course in Guildford. William is reading Classics at Leeds. Simon and Tamlyn Williams, father and son, performed in “Chariots of Fire” at the Hampstead Theatre in May and June and then in Shaftesbury Avenue in July. Llewella Wynne lives in Camden with her son Phoenix. She designs hats and handbags and works in the artistic side of the film industry. Phoebe really enjoys teaching Classics at Christ’s Hospital.

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