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 OKC Events
The Annual Dinner will be hosted by Lord and Lady McColl in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords. Details to follow.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
April 11, 2017
Triangular Golf Match
The first match of 2017 was the Triangular Match against our old foes Kingston Grammar School OB’s and Raynes Park Former Pupils at Surrey Downs GC on 11th April
The first match of 2017 was the Triangular Match against our old foes Kingston Grammar School OB’s and Raynes Park Former Pupils at Surrey Downs GC on 11th April. We had a very strong team of ten players with three 12 handicappers, a 13, two 15’s, a 17, two 18’s and a 19.
The Old King’s Club scoring was very good – our best player being Richard Burgess (OK 1965), who played consistently with 20 points out and the same back (total 40). Two of the KGS players also scored 40 points but one scored 19 out and 21 back so just edged Richard Burgess on countback and took home the Martin Fielding Memorial Cup.
The longest drive competition was divided into two parts and Neil Price (OK 1969) won the 0-18 handicap prize and Micky King (OK 1959) won the 19+ handicap prize. The team prize for the best five scores resulted in a tie between ourselves and the KGS team both with 183 points. To decide on a winner for the Raynes Park Cup, the organiser took into consideration the next three scores and our strength in depth meant that we were the overall winners by a good margin.
The Old King’s Club’s final scores were Richard Burgess (OK 1965) 40, Andrew Copeman (OK 1968) and Lance Condon (OK 1969) 37, Fred Grover (OK 1974) 36, Neil Price (OK 1969), Micky King (OK 1959) and myself 33, Chris Diacon (OK 1967) 31 and Jonathan Howitt (OK 1978) and Philip Gregory (OK 1972) completed the team with very respectable 28 points.
Graham Cox, April 2017
March 23, 2017
2017 Duel Day Dinner
The Duel Day dinner was held at the Athenaeum Club on Pall Mall
The Duel Day dinner was held at the Athenaeum Club on Pall Mall. A reenactment, pistols and all, commemorates a duel between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea in 1829. Alexander Malmaeus and Richard Bates led the Old King’s Club. SEE FACEBOOK