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OA News February 2017

OA news as compiled by Michael Haggard (Head Master 1974 - 1996)
28 Feb 2017
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Abberley Hall Late Summer 2016
Abberley Hall Late Summer 2016

OA News February 2017



Anthony Beevor (54) on February 4th was the subject of Desert Island Discs. One of the pieces of music which he chose was The Trumpet Voluntary because it brought back happy memories of the piece being played frequently on the Chapel organ at Abberley. He was the youngest of three brothers and like his brothers he went on to Winchester; there he completed his A’ levels in English and History. When asked where he got his interest in History he had no hesitation in saying that it was from the brilliant teaching of Alec Porch at Abberley.


Paul Crane (87) on receiving the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ in February 2017.



Nicholas Bromley-Davenport (77) to Joanna



Simon Grafftey-Smith (80) to Philly Muir, sister of Jeremy Parkes (82)                                   



A daughter to Freddie (94) and Charlotte Galliers-Pratt.

A son to Edward (88) and Rachel Amery 



Hugh Peppiatt joined Abberley in September 1939, which was the same term as his first cousin Robin. Since Robin was a month older than Hugh, he became known as Peppiatt I and Hugh as Peppiatt ii (Christian names were not used in those days). Hugh became Patrol Leader of the Owls and his cousin Patrol Leader of the Peewits. In January 1944 Hugh passed into MP 3 at Winchester where in his last year he was Editor of The Wykehamist. He did his National Service in the Coldstream Guards, mostly as a 2nd Lt serving in MELF. In 1950 he won a scholarship to Trinity College, Oxford, where his degree was in History. He qualified as a solicitor in 1957, joining Freshfields where he became a Partner in 1960 and Senior Partner from 1982-1991. He was a member of the Marlborough College Council from 1984-1994. He was Chairman of Moorfields Eye Hospital. In 1960 he married Claire Davidson.



James Chilton in 2016 wrote The Last Blue Mountain.


A story from Hubert Doggart (38)


                             A GODDARD/DOGGART REUNION

There was a delightful OA occasion, in West Sussex, on the evening of 1st August 2016, when 'Memory held' not 'the Door', as John Buchan called his autobiography, but 'the Floor'. The meeting took place in the house of Anthony and Caroline Goddard, whose Abberley links are unquestioned, and enabled Hubert Doggart (1934-38), together with his wife, Sue Beattie that was, to meet again, for only the second time in over half-a-century, Sue Ashton (1936-40) that was. Needless to say, Sue is Anthony's delightful mother and the fourth, and, sadly, only surviving, daughter of my splendid Headmaster, Gilbert Ashton, and his wonderfully supportive wife Joan. The fact that he was my and my brother Peter's Headmaster is directly post hoc and propter hoc of Gilbert's being a fellow-Corinthian of our father, as well as his Cambridge Cricket captain in 1921.


I slip easily into the first person, as I 'remember' this occasion, not 'with advantages'- surely one Shakespearean phrase is compulsory when talking about the 400th Anniversary Year of his death?!- because, quite simply, no 'advantages' are needed. All five of us were 'in form' verbally, and it quickly became clear to me that the vivid incidents into which I began to launch were as well-known to Sue, as the saying goes, as 'the back of her hand'. To be honest, I have never been convinced by this description! It is not one, I imagine, that the remarkable OA, Anthony Quayle- of 'Ice-Cold to Alex' fame- would have used in that part of his autobiography he calls- it includes his years at Abberley- 'A Time to Speak'.


We probably enjoyed as much as any recollection the sturdy belief by our generation that the fines justifiably extracted by Gilbert, for petty offences, went directly into 'Lady A's Hat fund'! But there were a goodly number of other yarns crammed into a short 'tumble-in of time'. OA seemed to stand for two acronyms other than 'Old Abberley', to which Sue Goddard could probably add several more:  'Outstanding Association', perhaps, but of equal standing 'Old (we are South of the Border!) Acquaintance'. In reality, of course, it is not a mere 'Acquaintance', but an 'Old Friendship' which is effortlessly able to renew itself, 'at the drop of an erstwhile Abberley cap'.



Matthew Edwardes is a Director of Accenture.

Angus Maitland is Chairman of the PTA at Oakham School.

Richard Trustram-Eve became an Associate of Complete Property Purchase in November 2016.



Jonty Camsey is still working in the City. His three children, 1 son and 2 daughters, are all boarding at Cranleigh.



Dermot Daly has been Executive at Yuanta Securities since January 2016.

Adrian Harley is still working for Swire & Sons in Beijing. He bumped into Mark Dunkerley (76) in the hotel lobby.



James Tanner is the new chairman of the Abberley Governing Body.



Charles Elliott’s son is at Cheltenham Junior School and he played for the 1st XV which was one of very few teams to defeat Abberley in the autumn term 2016.



Tom Arbuthnott in 2016 was appointed as Director of Outreach and Partnership at Eton.

Mark Davis has been Founder and MD of Lime Tree Activities since 2012 and has been MD of BluePath Finance since January 2016.

Elwyn Gladstone has added Black Ginger Rum to his Premium Spirit Brands at Biggar and Leith which he founded in 2015.



Jonty Lefroy works in UK Fashions Sales fabrics and garments at Sedatex



Charles Mainwaring is Sales and Marketing Manager at Bloc Blinds.



Sam Pickering was appointed to the Board of Directors at CoveNet Global UK Chapter in January 2017.



Patrick Chatterton has been a Fund Raiser for the Oxford Playhouse since 2016.

James Maclean is an Associate Director at KPMG UK.



George Curtis has been Director of Research at Palmer Capital LLP since 2016.



Freddie Inglefield has been an Associate Director of Clearshore Capital since October 2016.



Ed Cunynghame has now moved to Kenya and he sounds to be enjoying it.

Harry Howard has a new job with Willis in US Property Broking.

Noah Phillips became Senior Manager Inventory at Banana Republic in 2016.



William Hicks is a regular runner of marathons in and around Europe. His fastest time to date was 3 hrs 11 min in the Nice Marathon in 2015.

Luke Worrall is Distributor and Agent Sales Manager at Energy Innovations UK Ltd.



William Hargreaves is a Senior Consultant at Goodman Masson.

Edward Richardson is Director of Education at Keystone Tutors in London. He is an educational speaker.



Sam Mason is an Executive at WK Corporate Finance LLP.



 Lucy Maltby became Sales Executive at Knight Frank in Exeter in December 2016.



Callum Booker is an Associate of Monolian Alpha Recruitment Solutions.

Frederick Wilson is a Supply Chain Analyst at Deloitte UK.

Charles Pusey is Sales Negotiator at Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward.



George Wade is a Business Solutions Analyst at BUPA.

Tom Mucklow is Partner Development Manager at Addressy.



Oliver Flower is Social Media Account Manager at IPG Mediabands.

Jack Scott is Co-Founder of Dash Water.

Jack Wrigley is a Researcher for BBC Sandpaper Film.



Lawrence Beesley-Peck graduated with a BSc in Maths at Sheffield University in 2016 and is now at RMA Sandhurst.

Molly Churchward since November 2016 has been an Account Executive at Digital Labs.

Laura Hollingsworth is Residence Manager at Lantern and London Property Ltd.

Louise O’Shea is a Marketing Executive.

Kate Wrigley has been a Designer at Tala since July 2016.



Shamus Palmer is an A & R Scout at Parlophone Records.

Rory Mucklow is a Marketing Assistant at PCA Predict.

Charlie Ramsden is an Investment Assistant at The Ingenious Group.




Robyn Annetts has been working as an Intellectual Property Paralegal at Baker McKenzie since July 2016.

Henry Plant is reading Business and Management at Exeter University.

Alastair Webb is Production Assistant at Fulwell 73.

Natasha Evans is a Service Delivery Executive at Xenith Document Systems.



Morgan Williams is doing a BSC in Sport Therapy at Buckhinghamshire New University. He works as a personal trainer at the gym.

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