• OKC Annual Dinner 2016
    A club owned by and run for the benefit of its members.

About the Club

For 130 years, the Old King’s Club has been the principal way for alumni of King's College School to keep in touch with each other and with their old teachers. The Club is run for and by its members to promote the “honour and well-being” of the whole King’s community. Social activities include dinners and get-togethers at the School, in London and further afield. The Club runs successful rugby, football, golf, tennis, shooting and other sporting sections. The annual OKC Careers Evening gives members the chance to offer advice to current pupils and to meet old friends.

The Club is owned by its members and is independent of the School, but works closely with the King's Association (Development Office), the Friends of KCS and Arthur Wellesley Society.

Membership of the Club is open, free of charge, to all former King’s pupils.

Upcoming Club Events

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The annual Old King’s Club v. School v. Staff cross country race will take place on the second Saturday of December. All welcome! info@oldkingsclub.org.uk

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Christmas Drinks
Tuesday December 12th

OKs are invited Christmas Drinks will be served in the New Hall at King’s College School

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2018 Annual General Meeting
Saturday January 27th

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Old King’s Club will be held immediately after the King’s College School Corporation meeting. Wine will be served after the meeting.

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Duel Day Dinner 2018
Thursday March 22nd

Members of the Old King’s Club are again invited to join the event which commemorates the anniversary of the duel fought in March 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea.  (See 2016 on Facebook) Black tie, 3 course meal. Location TBC

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Spring Drinks
Wednesday April 18th

Members of the Old King’s Club are invited for complimentary informal spring drinks on Putney Embankment. The 1884BC (OKC rowing section) will demonstrate their prowess before the event and OK rowers are especially encouraged to attend. No dress code. RSVP via info@oldkingsclub.org.uk

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Careers Evening
Tuesday June 19th

Members and friends of the OKC are invited to give seminars to small groups of pupils from the Lower 6th Form about their chosen career. The evening starts with drinks and dinner in the Dining Hall before the main event. Please contact the Club if you would like to volunteer.

Latest News

September 19, 2017

Golf: victory over Old Kingstonians

The Old King’s Club won its annual friendly golf match on 19 September by 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 on a cool but sunny day, with the greens and fairways looking as ever in excellent condition at Royal Wimbledon GC. This means the OKC has won this match every year since the fixture was inaugurated and our name appears on the Claret jug for every year since 2013, when the trophy was first presented.

Individual results were as follows:

Peter Taylor and Giles Fallowfield v Richard Major and Adrian Koertzen – Won by 1 hole
– after 14 holes we were 3 down, but an excellent last four holes by Giles saw us nick the result on the 18th.

Ian Hay and Lance Condon v Andrew Lodge and Richard Wickerson – Won 4 and 3.

Jonathan Howitt and Jonathan Poole v Gordon House and AN Other – Lost 4 and 3.

Andrew Copeman and Peter Messent v Paul Healey and John Elvidge – Halved.

Fred Grover and Will Starrit v Roy Bray and Graham Cox (KGS, not KCS!) – Won 2 and 1.

Captain Richard Major duly presented us with the trophy, and Peter Taylor will engrave it for next year. We also invited OKs to be our guests at a similar time in 2018.

A moment’s silence was held for for Roy Haslehurst, the previous Old Kingstonians captain, who sadly died from a heart attack last week.

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July 26, 2017

Golf: victory over Old Cranleighans

A close fought match, with all of the matches going to the 18th hole, between KCS Old Boys and Old Cranleighan golfers resulted in a win for KCS Old Boys by 2 and half matches to one and half. The match was four ball better ball format, the OKC winning pairs were Giles Fallowfield and David Cross, Scott Lloyd and Jonathan Poole. This annual match was played on Wednesday 26th August at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club with excellent sandwiches to follow. The next match is on Thursday 24th August against Old Tiffinians. Chris Diacon chris@diacon.co.uk would be pleased to hear from former pupils who would like to play in future matches.

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June 30, 2017

2017 Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival

This year’s competition was played at Bramley Golf Club and for the first time it had a Shot-gun start, which worked very well indeed. There were 60 players playing in 20 three balls so there were two groups at each of the two par five holes. One group started five minutes before the Klaxon (Shot Gun) so that they had played their second shots as the Klaxon sounded and the other group could drive off without delay. At no time during the round did we have to wait for the group in front of us nor did the group behind us have to wait for us.

For several of our team, this was the first time that we had played at this course, which was our excuse for not scoring terribly well. We could not actually blame the course because it was in fine condition with excellent greens, good lies on the fairways but quite a lot of bunkers, which was, in part, my personal downfall.

At the end of the round there were naturally a lot of golfers heading for the clubhouse and changing rooms. As luck would have it we were fairly close by and quickly dived into the showers then got out of the way for the others. On arrival in the bar we were greeted with the news that the first drink was already paid for by one of the organising team, who is a member at the club, and there was wine already on each table. Thank you very much indeed.

The winning team were the Old Reedonians, who were making their first appearance at the competition, and scored 165 points from their best five players. This is of course equivalent to 33 points from each, which is a very good and consistent score. The runners up were the Old Hinchleyans just one point behind on 164. Our best score was David Cross with 32points, Philip Gregory got 31 points and Micky King came in with 29. The rest of us, Jonathan Howitt, Richard Burgess and myself, all managed a disappointing 26 points and Neil Lovett had a game to forget.

Graham Cox

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June 19, 2017

Universities’ Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

Students from Oxford, Cambridge and from 5 other universities attended the bi-annual Universities’ Dinner which was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner followed by coffee and port were enjoyed in the Edward VII Room. Lively and learned discussion was enjoyed throughout the evening.

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OKC Drinks

Members joined together for a chance to catch up and socialise over a glass of wine at the Old King’s Club drinks reception at the Oxford & Cambridge Club.

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June 13, 2017

Golf: OKC v Old Paulines

The annual Old King’s Club Golf Society meeting with Old Paulines took place on Tuesday 13th June at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in glorious weather, with the course in great condition.

Unfortunately, the OKC could not match the conditions with a win, losing eventually by 1.5 to 3.5.

Individual results were as follows:

Paul Druckman and John Tiller – Lost 4 and 2
Jonathon Howitt and John Oliver – Lost 5 and 4
Philip Gregory and Micky King – Lost 3 and 2
Giles Fallowfield and Richard Burgess – Halved
Peter Taylor and Fred Grover – Won 5 and 3

Despite the loss the match was played in excellent spirit, and a very sociable hour spent in the clubhouse with post match refreshments.  As an aside, Giles Fallowfield had  attended a Champagne tasting event prior to his arrival on the first tee.   However, despite having taken several sips and then admitting to swallowing the sips, he and Richard  nevertheless managed a creditable half.

It was most welcoming to see John Tiller, Jonathan Howitt, John Oliver and Philip Gregory playing in a friendly match for the first time, and we look forward to many more appearances from them.

Appropriate post match speeches were made by both captains, and an invitation extended to Old Paulines for the next match at Royal Wimbledon GC in June 2018.  The opposing captain, Robert Silverstone, was thanked for his organisation on the day, as the host member at Kingswood, and the subject of a suitable trophy for the annual event was agreed on.  Robert kindly agreed to do the research.

We now look forward to the next friendly match against Old Whitgiftians at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club on Monday 3rd July.

The search for a new source of playing shirts continues.

Peter Taylor

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