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Annual Dinner 

Booking page for tickets to the 106th Annual Dinner is now open!

 

Peter Stirratt

Sadly, former President of the Old Bristolians' Society, Peter Stirratt, died peacefully last Wednesday morning aged 93. He was Chairman of the Society for many years and a School Governor as well as his many roles including Chairman of the Sports Club.

Peter’s Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, 20th December at Abbots Leigh Church at 11.00 am. All are welcome.

Dr Andy Lockyer (OB 1987-98) helps save 3 year old

 

THE family of a three-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a lake in the Cotswolds has spoken out about the shocking ordeal earlier this year. Zach Joyner was found face down in a lake in Somerford Keynes in June. Luckily, he was saved from almost certain death by his family and the crew at the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

 

Read more... 

 

 

Emily Diamond - Sprinting to Victory

Great article in the Bath Magazine about Emily (OB) and her sprinting career to date.- http://thebathmagazine.co.uk/emily-diamond-sprinting-victory/

Tuppence Middleton 2 Page Article

Click here to see a recent London Evening Standard article.


Marjorie Avery

14.07.2017 - Wife of former Headmaster Roy Avery

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing on 11 July 2017 of Mrs Marjorie Avery, the wife of our Headmaster Mr Roy Avery 1975-1986. Staff and pupils will remember her constant support for the School and her active engagement in School events.  

Marjorie and Roy continued to be great and much appreciated supporters of the school during Roy's retirement. Marjorie's cheerful and encouraging interest in BGS has been much valued and was sorely missed during her long illness. 

The School extends its sincere sympathy to Roy, his family and friends; our thoughts are with them.

The funeral service is at St Monica’s Chapel, Cote Lane, 1 August 2017 at 1.30 pm.

Headmaster of Bristol Grammar School News

Click here to read about the appointment of the new Headmaster for the School.

Professor Sir Nick Black Knighted

Congratulations to Professor Sir Nick Black (OB 1958-1968) who was Knighted this week.

Shown here with his brother Julian Black (OB 1956-1967) following his investiture at Buckingham Palace last Friday, knighted by The Prince of Wales.

New Venture for Joseph

Former Bristol Grammar School student and our Young Enterprise entrepreneur in residence has gone on to launch another business in pursuit of growing his local business empire. OB Joseph Edwards, who left BGS in 2008 and set up Gleem (www.Gleem.co.uk), a higher quality cleaning service for homes and businesses in Bristol and Bath, has now moved on to his second venture Raw Space Coworking (www.Raw-Space.co.uk

Joseph tells us that the idea started whilst he was searching for a new office location for Gleem, but when he found the perfect space for a business idea he'd been thinking about for some time, he knew the timing was right to expand. After some business planning and securing the building, the space is now complete and open to the public. 

Raw Space aims to offer much more than just a desk and a chair, seeking to develop and nurture a culture of collaboration and community in the heart of Bristol's local independents on Gloucester Road. The space itself provides a variety of different environments to help people to find their focus. The community approach is underpinned by
Raw Space's app that helps members to manage bookings, desk reservations, chat with fellow members and communicate with the plethora of mentors and experts that Raw Space has connected with. 

Seeing a gap in the market and an opportunity, he set out researching and developing his own unique offering. With his previous business experience of growing Gleem into a local hero, he has a wealth of experience and contacts on which to draw. 

Joseph's cleaning company can be found at www.Gleem.co.uk and Bristol's best coworking space can be found at 111 Gloucester Road (or www.Raw-Space.co.uk)

Congratulations to Joseph on his continued success; we look forward to hearing more about your ventures in the future

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great try by OB Ben Christie (2007-2014)

Roger Dawes

We are sorry to say that Roger (OB 1947-56) died on 11 December 2016. Sheila Dawes, his widow, has asked us to say that there will be a Service of Remembrance at Westerleigh Crematorium on Monday 14 January at 11.45. All who knew Roger are most welcome.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all OBs' and friends of BGS

Click here to see our Christmas Message video

New 1532 Performing Arts Centre opens at BGS

Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of music, drama and dance at the official opening of Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre on Friday 11 November.

We were delighted to welcome many former staff and students to celebrate the opening of the new building with us. Among the guests present were two previous BGS Headmasters, Roy Avery and Charles Martin; Richard Osmond, BGS Director of Music 1997–2016; and former BGS Director of Drama, Guy Martyn. They were joined by Governors, professionals involved in the design and construction of the building and OBs, including journalist and presenter Hannah Vaughan Jones, and actors Navin Chowdhry, Katy Maw and Nic Gibney.

After welcome drinks, guests gathered in 1532's theatre to watch a short film featuring the thoughts of BGS students on the new building. The excitement of our students at having this fantastic new facility of their disposal was obvious. You can watch the film below:

Emily Diamond Visits BGS

This November we had the pleasure of a visit from Emily Diamond, OB (1998-2006) and Olympic Bronze Medalist in Rio 2016. She came to do a Sixth Form Lecture about her life so far as a professional athlete and to be interviewed by a number of students about being an Olympic winning athlete.

We filmed the interview and below is the result, a very enjoyable, informative and honest interview. Many thanks Emily! Click here to see the video

   

Peter Jakobek's Trip to USA

Last year I asked the Headmaster if I could have a Sabbatical to do some travelling and investigate how we could improve our International Alumni links. My original idea was to embark on a world tour but I soon realised that this was probably unrealistic. So I confined my trip to the East Coast of the USA where there are several OBs who have settled either to work, or to study. 

My first week was spent realising a lifelong ambition to learn how to dive, I knew that Paul Shepherd (OB 91-98) was running a dive shop in Florida and after a short conversation on SKYPE he agreed to not only teach me but also put me up whilst I was in Florida. I then arranged dates for OB dinners in New York and Boston and booked my flight.

I arrived in a very humid Florida in mid April, the next day I started my PADI course with Paul, diving in a pool and then in a fresh water spring. What Paul didn’t tell me was that the spring was occasionally visited by alligators. Fortunately there were none there when we were diving and I eventually got through my course, in time to dive off a boat the next day. I can honestly say that this was the most challenging experience of my life; I was scared but excited, and I had a few anxieties but was determined to achieve my goal. The interesting scenario was that I was now the student and Paul was my teacher, I put my trust in his skills and he looked after me, he was an excellent teacher and when I tried to bottle out of the second dive he just told me that that was not an option. I was pleased because on the second dive, which was over a wreck, 3 Bull Sharks swam by, fortunately not too close to us. Unfortunately our second day was disrupted by bad weather but I hope to return at some point in the future to continue my diving experience.

Before travelling to New York I was able to spend some time exploring and visited the beach and the Kennedy Space Centre.

New York

As I had never visited New York I was keen to add this great City to my itinerary. Several months ago I had set up an OBs Dinner on St George`s Day and there was a lot of interest from OBs living in New York and the surrounding area. Eventually there were 19 of us that attended the Blue Smoke Restaurant in Flat Iron. The event was a great success and I hope something that we can build on in the future. I have already had an offer of a venue for next year in San Francisco. I spent the rest of my time being a tourist and visiting some of New York`s attractions. The highlight of which was my first visit to MOMA. I was also impressed with the 9/11 memorial which has been built on the site of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. The Memorial became even more poignant after talking to Nick Bacon (OB 59-70) at the Dinner. Nick was due to attend a meeting in the North Tower but had been held up and arrived after the first plane had struck the building. Another highlight of my visit to New York was attending a MSL game in New Jersey. “Soccer” is a popular spectator sport in the USA now and this game between New York and Orlando was well attended. There were a few English players on show, Shaun Wright-Philips being the best known. The game finished 3-2 to New York so as a surrogate Orlando fan, thanks Paul, we had clearly backed the wrong team. 

Boston

The idea of travelling to Boston was really the Headmaster`s, he was keen to see Harvard and MIT and as we have several OBs studying there it was a natural addition to my itinerary. I took the decision to travel by train from Penn St which worked well, the route hugs the East Coast and although it took longer than the plane it gave me a chance to see more of the country. It was a very picturesque journey and the train takes you to the centre of Boston. I am in debt to Paul Mason (OB 51-58) who let me use his apartment during my stay, this was not only a great help to my budget but gave me the chance to stay in the delightful neighbourhood of Brookline, just outside the Centre of the City. My first visit to Harvard coincided with my first wet day, it was too wet for me so I sought shelter in a local cafe and sent out a message to the 3 current Harvard students who all turned up within 20 minutes. Harvard did not look its best but Alistair Debling (OB 2004-11) did recommend a visit to the Art Gallery. I don’t know what I expected but I was bowled over by what I saw that afternoon, it is a truly remarkable collection of art works. 

      

I had arranged an informal dinner at a restaurant on the water front. Once again the event proved to be a great success and we ended up with 11 OBs meeting up. My thanks to Sarah Cole (OB 91-93) and Paul Mason for their advice in what proved to be a great venue.  The Head and I then spent the next day at MIT thanks to David Rolls (OB 96-98) who is studying there following several years working in the financial sector. David had set us up with a visit to one of the lab’s where we were shown some exciting work going on to encourage young learners to develop some programming skills. We also joined a campus tour which was led by a very enthusiastic under graduate who gave us a whistle stop tour of the campus. We then went back to Harvard to visit Alistair Debling who was able to show us a preview of his Degree show. Alistair has just finished his Degree at Harvard and is now going on to teach art in a local school before deciding if he wants to continue his studies.

The chance to visit the US and meet up with some of the OB community living there has been a great privilege, I believe that there about 100 OBs living in the USA and Canada and I hope that as an outcome of our visit and the dinners held in New York and Boston, the OB community will start to develop their own network, organise meetings and the occasional US Dinner. This International network could and should be worldwide and I hope that we can set something more formal in the USA and Canada as well as in Australia and New Zealand, but if there are any OBs living elsewhere please contact me if you are interested in finding other Alumni living near you.

Through the Great War website launched!

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Well Done Emily Diamond! Olympic Bronze Medalist - Rio 2016

Congratulations to OB Emily Diamond. Emily was part of the Great Britain 4x400m team that won a bronze medal behind the USA and Jamaica on Saturday night. Her Olympic bronze medal caps a fantastic season for Emily winning a European Gold Medal in Amsterdam and becoming British 400m Champion in Birmingham, a win that secured her selection for the Olympics.

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Emily Diamond - Athlete

Bristol Grammar School  2002–2009 Catchpole’s House

Emily took up athletics at School; she won the junior girls' race at the Bristol Schools' Cross Country Championships. In 2009, representing Avon, she won the English Schools' senior girls' 200 metres titleEmily left BGS in 2009 and went on to study at Loughborough University. In 2012 she represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in London, as part of the squad for the women's 4 x 400 metres relay.

        

From Bristol Post:

The former Bristol Grammar School pupil missed out on a place in the final of the 400m, but still brought home a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay. The member of Bristol and West Athletic Club, who now lives in Frome and trains at Bath University, missed out on most of the 2015 season due to injury. 

The 25-year-old won the first round of the individual event, despite suffering from food poisoning the day before, and finished sixth in the second semi-final in a time of 51.49secs. Diamond, who works at Prior Park College in Bath, said from Brazil:

"It's amazing to be here and I'm having the time of my life. It's given me confidence that I can compete with these girls and look forward to the World Championships in London next year. 

"I didn't expect to run sub-54 this week after what I had been through but to run sub-52 twice and to be so close to my personal best from lane one in my first Olympics, I have got to be pleased with that." 

OB Mark Watson recently visited BGS

...and took a tour with the Headmaster around the new build Performing Arts Centre - take a look at the video of their tour below.

It’s always lovely to find out what our former students are up to, whether they left five years ago or fifty. From talking about food on the radio, to making food in their own restaurant, we’ve spotted OBs everywhere in the last few weeks - click here for more.

Old Bristolians' bring Crowdfunding to BGS

When Jonathan May, Duncan Knox, and Tom Sellers left School back in 2002 we are sure that they could not have envisaged that they would be working together today. Together they have launched and run Hubbub, a social enterprise thatbrings crowdfunding to the education sector, offering universities, colleges, schools, and their students and staff an accessible, alternative method to obtain social funding for their ideas and projects from their personal network and alumni.

As alumni of the School they have chosen to back us to become the first School in the UK to launch a fundraising platform. A fantastic prospect for the School.

Many pupils across the School have been involved in getting this project up and running. It has provided them with a unique opportunity to understand about the power of social media and alternative methods of raising money.

The link to our platform can be found here https://bristolgrammarschool.hubbub.net/projects/

Fundraising News

BGS Foundation is delighted to announce that at the end of last year we received a substantial Legacy from Drs Peter and Jean James, to be used to provide a Bursary for the School. Peter attended BGS between 1933 and 1939, going on to study medicine at Bristol University. One of the goals of BGS since the end of the direct grant scheme has been to try and maintain a wide social mix and keep up the tradition of educating Bristol’s young children, irrespective of their families’ means. We do currently offer assistance to over a tenth of our pupils, but can achieve this figure only as a result of the generous donations we receive from the BGS community.

If you are interested in supporting the School bursary or capital projects please contact me direct, afreeman@bgs.bristol.sch.uk  0117 9339637.

Raviram Ramesh - Class of 2012

We are deeply saddened to hear of Raviram Ramesh’s tragic death following a road traffic accident. Our first thoughts at this time are with his family and we send our sincere condolences to them in their loss.

Ravi made a significant and greatly valued contribution to the life of Bristol Grammar School. A hardworking and gifted student who was a pleasure to teach, Ravi carried his achievements lightly and was an engaging young man.

An excellent school prefect, Ravi gave freely of his time in support of a variety of school events and activities.  He captained our football team and played sport to a high level outside of school.  His academic achievements within the School were impressive and were recognised through annual prizes for exceptional achievements at the top of his year group.

As a community we are greatly saddened and Ravi will be sorely missed.  He represented the very best of our School and will be remembered with admiration and affection.

We have been informed that the funeral will almost certainly be at 3:00pm on Wednesday 29th June at Canford Crematorium, Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3PQ followed by a reception at Bristol Golf Club, St. Swithin’s Park, Blackhorse Hill, Almondsbury, Bristol BS10 7TP from 4:00pm.

The family have warmly invited Ravis’ friends and contemporaries to attend either or both of these. In particular Ravi’s mother would very much appreciate it if any memories of his time at school could be written in a book that will be made available at the reception.  She has also asked for any photos of Ravi, and to write on the back where the picture was taken and the date (if known).  She is very keen to collate as much about Ravi when he was at BGS as possible.  It doesn’t actually matter to her if Ravi was in the photo or not but this will give the family something they will treasure in memory of him.

Ravi’s mother would also appreciate people approaching her on the day with any stories about him and if you are able to could you please email these in to School beforehand to cdavies@bgs.bristol.sch.uk so that they can be integrated into a tribute that is being written for him.

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Bristolienses 48 should have just appeared on your doormat and we hope you enjoy reading it. If you would like to contribute to the next issue please send your article to the above email before the end of May 2015. For those who have not contributed before if you wish to include images then please send them as attachments and not included in the body of the email. If you have not recieved your copy please contact the OBs' Office, email - obs@bgs.bristol.sch.uk

We are always interested to hear about the achievements of former BGS pupils. If you have some news about yourself or other Bristolians that may be of interest to other Old Bristolians, then please let us know and we will endeavour to include it in our publications.


Bristol Grammar School Through the Great War

Compiled by Elizabeth Pearce (OB, 2005–2012), Nicola Pearce (OB, 2001–2008), Douglas Dunn (OB, 2003–2010) and Anne Bradley (BGS
Archivist)  

Click the image to find out more

Latest News - publications

The Sparrow by Terence M Burley

Former pupil of Bristol Grammar School (1954-58), Terence Burley would like to draw your attention to the recent publication of his first work of fiction. Entitled ‘The  Sparrow,’ this is a fictional account of a Bristol schoolboy in the 1930s who subsequently engages in, deliberately or by chance, a succession of adventures around the world, starting as a steward on a Fyffes banana boat plying between Avonmouth and the West Indies. The Bristol connection is reinforced by his marriage to a childhood sweetheart, the daughter of a W.D. & H.O.Wills executive, who comes to work for the Bristol Evening Post during WWII.

This work of fiction is, in part, founded on fact, and Terence has blended some of his own experiences and professional knowledge of geography and history and set them in the recent past. 

For more details please access the link below which takes you to the current Kindle version, although a printed version will also soon be available. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sparrow-Terence-M-Burley-ebook/dp/B00MQ6MNE2

This eminently readable tale will appeal to male and female readers of all ages and perhaps the knowledge that it is written by an Old Bristolian will be of special interest.

Latest News - recent events

Introducing OB Ella Rothwell

Nethercott Room Opening

In early October we were delighted to welcome back over 30 of our donors to School for the opening of the Nethercott Room.

    

We were privileged to have Keith Robbins OB (historian) to give us a short talk on the history of the Science wing which was opened 100 years ago by Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills. This was followed by lunch in the Great Hall, an event that our guests clearly enjoyed – many having last dined here over 50 years ago! The day was rounded off with a short recital from the Junior School choir, Cantata and a fantastic drama performance from Angus Bell as Toad of Toad Hall.

Last year thanks to legacies and donations we received over £350,000 – vital funds that supported both bursary provision and capital improvements including refurbishment of our science laboratories. Thank you to all those who help make this possible.

Click here to see Bristol Post article.

Foundation @ Open Day - Oct 2014

Old Bristolians’ Westbury Cricket Club

Thanks to all of you who voted for us to be awarded £3,000 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Group towards the development of the club.

We won!

We are purchasing another roll on net and further developing the practice facilities for use by the youth teams.

OB Tuppence Middleton stars in Hitchcock TV thriller

Tuppence Middleton hit TV screens in a new version of the Hitchcock classic, The Lady Vanishes, taking the lead role of spoilt, rich socialite Iris Carr.

Tuppence Middleton, right, with Selina Cadell in The Lady Vanishes

Tuppence Middleton, right, with Selina Cadell in The Lady Vanishes

The one-off drama was screened on Sunday, March 17, on BBC1 at 8pm.

Click here for more details.

    

Sad News

A memorial service for former Gloucestershire Chairman and President, John Higson, OB 1938-44, former Governor of BGS (who passed away peacefully on Saturday 7 February) has been arranged for 11.30 am on Friday 20 March 2015 at:

St Albans Parish Church
Bayswater Avenue
Westbury Park
Bristol
BS6 7NU

All welcome.

The service will be followed by a get together in the Grace Room, the Bristol Pavilion, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

No flowers, but donations would be gratefully received for St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol c/o:

Thomas Davis Funeral Directors
Southville Lodge
Southville Road
Bristol
BS3 1DJ

Also...

Maurice Laurence Reginald Isaac, a former history master at Bristol Grammar School, died peacefully on 11 January 2015 at Hoar Cross Nursing Home, aged 86. 

He taught at BGS from 1956 to 1962, and it was during his tenure at the school that he produced A History of Europe Since 1870, which became a set textbook in many schools. Two further editions followed in 1971 and 1980. Among his pupils were Robert Lacey and Keith Robbins, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter, both of whom maintained close ties with him for many years. 

If there are BGS alumni who knew Maurice and would like to attend the memorial service which will be held at Latymer Upper School at 11.30am on Wednesday 29 April, or would like to share their memories of him, please email Penelope Isaac, his daughter, in the first instance at pisaac2@sky.com

Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

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Bristol Grammar School Through the Great War

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The Sparrow by Terence M Burley

Former pupil of Bristol Grammar School (1954-58), Terence Burley would like to draw your attention to the recent publication of his first work of fiction. Entitled ‘The  Sparrow,’ this is a fictional account of a Bristol schoolboy in the 1930s who subsequently engages in, deliberately or by chance, a succession of adventures around the world, starting as a steward on a Fyffes banana boat plying between Avonmouth and the West Indies. The Bristol connection is reinforced by his marriage to a childhood sweetheart, the daughter of a W.D. & H.O.Wills executive, who comes to work for the Bristol Evening Post during WWII.

This work of fiction is, in part, founded on fact, and Terence has blended some of his own experiences and professional knowledge of geography and history and set them in the recent past. 

For more details please access the link below which takes you to the current Kindle version, although a printed version will also soon be available.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sparrow-Terence-M-Burley-ebook/dp/B00MQ6MNE2

This eminently readable tale will appeal to male and female readers of all ages and perhaps the knowledge that it is written by an Old Bristolian will be of special interest.

Class of 2013 Lunch a great success!

More pictures here

OBs' Everywhere!

It’s always lovely to find out what our former students are up to, whether they left five years ago or fifty. From talking about food on the radio, to making food in their own restaurant, we’ve spotted OBs everywhere in the last few weeks.

On a recent episode of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, OB, food writer and chef Tim Hayward joined food critic Jay Rayner’s panel of food experts to answer questions from the audience in Clitheroe on eating and drinking. Tim talked about BGS school food when he was here, over 30 years ago. If you’re reading Tim, we promise it’s changed since then – do come back and see for yourself.

Also on Radio 4, Shared Planet presented a special programme from the Hay Festival on The Modern Naturalist. Discussing the impact of technology on traditional naturalist skills were OBs Mark Avery, who left BGS in 1975 and Alex Rhodes, a member of the BGS Class of 2014. The programme, first broadcast on 17 June 2014, is currently available to listen to via the BBC iPlayer.

Completing the Radio 4 takeover was Dr Jon Lawrence (BGS 1972-79), a Reader in British History at Emanuel College, Cambridge, who presented a fascinating programme entitled The Unmaking of the English Working Class on Monday 9 June.

Old Bristolians have also been appearing on TV – BBC2’s recent            I Bought a Rainforest featured  OB Charlie Hamilton James who attended BGS in the late 1970s; representing their country in athletics (Emily Diamond); breaking records (Rob Cunliffe and Arron Ford’s ‘Panama Paddle’), and, if you frequent the Gloucester Road, they may also have been making your brunch – new café Bakers & Co is the second venture by OB husband and wife team Kieran and Imogen Waite (they also run tapas restaurant Bravas in Cotham Hill). 

We are always delighted to hear news of former pupils, so if you have any to share, do get in touch. 

London Dinner was a great success!

The OBs London Dinner was held in the wonderful surroundings of Painters Hall, the home of one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City. We were the guests of Nick Leavens OB, who manages several of these venues in the Capital. Most of the diners were from London but a small group arrived from Bristol with the Rod MacKinnon, the current BGS Headmaster.

The evening started with Champagne and canapés before moving into the dining room for the dinner. The food was outstanding and after a few words from the Headmaster and President elect Mike Burmester we departed to the bar. Before the Bristol group could get home there was the minor problem of extricating the minibus from the City of London School’s car park!

      

BGS Wildlife Photography Exhibition at the BRI

Following the success of last year's exhibition of BGS Wildlife Photographer of the Year images at @Bristol, a selection of  photos from the competition are now on display at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. 

We hope patients, visitors and staff will enjoy viewing the fabulous images which are brightening up the walls of the main corridor linking the BRI to the Bristol Heart Institute.

Click here to read article.

 

Support two OBs' in Panama

Who'd have thought it.. 2 boys from Bristol have now paddled further than any person in the history of man.

WORLD RECORD BROKEN!

Go to their Facebook page below to get the latest updates.

Support Arron and Rob´s world record breaking prone paddleboarding expedition as the team attempt to paddle the length of Panama to explore some of the most remote tropical coastline in the world whilst also raising awareness of conservation issues in Panama. During their journey south from Costa Rica they will be carrying out three pioneering ecological surveys that will affect the future direction of conservation in Panama. These include a photographic survey of the coastline, searching for undiscovered populations of Antillean manatee and carrying out the first ever survey of a critically endangered Salamander, Oedipina marinara, endemic to Isla Escudo de Veraguas.

In the process of this adventure they are hoping to discover virgin surf spots, encounter a plethora of wildlife, both friendly and hostile, and meet traditional indigenous communities, including the Ngöbe–Buglé and Embera-Wounaan.
 

Go to their Facebook page and see their progress towards their record breaking paddleboarding effort - https://www.facebook.com/panamapaddle - good luck boys! 

Failand Pavilion Naming Ceremony

Sports Pavilion named in benefactor's honour - The Don Pople Pavilion

We were delighted to name Bristol Grammar School’s state-of-the-art sports pavilion at Failand in honour of its primary benefactor, the late Don Pople, a former student of the School.

The naming ceremony took place on Thursday 3 May 2012 at 3pm in the presence of Mr Pople and members of his family. Students, staff, Old Bristolians’ and Governors of the school also attended.

Mr Pople, who attended BGS between 1937-1946, was a keen sportsman and a successful academic student throughout his time at the school and went on to have a successful business career, running his family’s sportswear retail firm: the Pople’s store on Park Street was an iconic presence in Bristol for many years and equipped generations of Bristol school children with PE kits, bats and balls.
Don’s brother, the late Professor Sir John Pople, also attended BGS but his career took a different path. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1988 after a distinguished career in academia and the recently refurbished science wing at the main school is already named in his honour.
In addition to the support for capital building projects, the Pople Charitable Trust has also funded a total of 57 student scholarships aimed at pupils in every year of the Senior School.
Bristol Grammar School Headmaster, Roderick Mackinnon, said:
“We are privileged that Don Pople has agreed to put his name to our new facilities at Failand. It is a delight for us to be able to recognise his longstanding and generous commitment to BGS and his love for sport in this way. I am sure that his name above the door will inspire the many future generations of BGS sportsmen and women who will play and train here.
“The Pople brothers epitomise something that is central to our ethos at BGS – namely, that we value each individual student for their particular gifts and passions and try to help them develop those gifts to their full potential. Both Don, whom we honour today, and his late brother excelled in their own individual areas of expertise and the support they have offered the current generation of BGS students reflects those different but equally valid interests.” 
        

Beauty & the Beast

by David Selwyn was performed at the Redgrave Theatre on 4 October 2014

Sad News

Denis Buckley - Staff 1983-86

Those of you who were taught or worked with Denis will be sad to hear that he died last week. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

The funeral was held on Monday 6 October.

Nick Yelland

We are saddened to hear that Nick Yelland, who will be remembered by many OBs as Deputy Head of the Lower School, died suddenly just before Christmas.

His funeral took place at Bedford Crematorium at 3.15 on Wednesday 8 January (bright ties have been requested please), followed by a reception at Bedford Modern School.

Our thoughts are with Kate, Sam and James at this time.

Next generation of elite swimmers to compete in USA and Japan

Britain’s next generation of elite swimmers will compete in two international competitions as part of a new philosophy aimed at providing greater opportunities and experience.

Small groups of athletes will be selected (including our very own Rebecca Guy - Class of 2010 - pictured below) to take part in the Arena Grand Prix from 15-18 May in Charlotte, USA, and the Japan Open in Tokyo in June.

 Click here to view article

OBs' addresses BGS Sixth Form

President, "Tat" Ratcliffe and Chairman, Phil Tottle, attended the Sixth Form assembly to speak to the students about the Society to advise them of its workings and what it has to offer. All pupils of BGS automatically become members of the Society when they leave.

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Bristolienses 46 should have just appeared on your doormat and we hope you enjoy reading it. If you would like to contribute to the next issue please send your article to the above email before the end of April 2014. For those who have not contributed before if you wish to include images then please send them as attachments and not included in the body of the email.

Old Bristolians’ Westbury Cricket Club

Thanks to all of you who voted for us to be awarded £3,000 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Group towards the development of the club.

We won!

We are purchasing another roll on net and further developing the practice facilities for use by the youth teams.