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Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival
July 5, 2018
This year’s competition was played at Bramley GC with a shot-gun start for the 72 players. The weather was beautiful being hot with a light breeze and the course was in fine condition despite not having seen any rain for ages. The star of our team was Lance Condon with 37 points, which made him runner up to the best score on the day of 42 – well played Lance. Jonathan Poole had a good round scoring 32 points but the other three, myself included, failed to get into the thirties.
The winning team was from the Old Tiffinians with 175 points from five players, which is a remarkable average of 35 points. Bramley provided an excellent lunch for us all and one of the organising team, Brian Collison, set up a bar tab for every player’s first drink -thank you very much Brian and Martin. The competition will be organised by the O T’s next year and the year after at a venue to be decided by them.
Graham Cox July 2018
KCS Lodge Supports the Wimbledon Guild
June 22, 2018
The Wimbledon Guild, the local charity that provides people in Merton with help and support in times of need, has linked up with King’s College School Lodge Number 4257.
KCS Lodge, an accredited activity of King’s College School’s Old King’s Club, has chosen Wimbledon Guild to be one of their non-masonic charities. Speaking about the partnership, Wendy Pridmore, chief executive, Wimbledon Guild, said: “Linking up with local organisations and companies is key to helping us in terms of raising awareness of our services, fundraising and increasing our volunteer base. Our services help people throughout the borough of Merton in a variety of ways, particularly assisting those who are lonely and isolated through our outreach team and befriending service. With over 120 activities a month we encourage people to get out-and-about and be part of new social groups and take up new pastimes. We also help many who are struggling to deal with everything that life can throw at us through our counselling services and bereavement support team. In addition, through our small grants programme we can help those in desperate need to purchase essential goods they cannot afford. Support from groups such as KCS Lodge is vital for us to continue to provide these services and we very much appreciate the support and help they will give us.”
Richard Criddle, a member of the KCS Lodge and Treasurer of the Old King’s Club, explained why they have chosen Wimbledon Guild as one of their supported charities: “The excellent community support and services run by the Wimbledon Guild resonate with Freemasons in Surrey – and in particular the members of King’s College School Lodge who are part of the local community and keen to do their bit through charitable giving and voluntary work. The Lodge is very proud to support the Wimbledon Guild wherever possible, and we hope this is just the beginning of our long-term patronage of their work.”
2018 Triangular Match and Spring Meeting Reports
May 30, 2018
The Triangular Match between OKC, Kingston Grammar School OB’s and Raynes Park OB’s was played at Surrey Downs GC on 24th April. The course is relatively new and was the venue for last year’s match, receiving good reports from the players. The weather was excellent for golf but we were outplayed by the KGS team. For the 18-hole stableford match we scored myself 36, Graham Morris 34, Lance Condon 30 and Micky King and Andrew Copeman both 29 – total 158. The winners were the KGS team with 38, 36, 34, 33 and 30 – total 171. The star on the day was Brian Vennard of the Raynes Park OB team with a magnificent 42 points and he walked away with the Martin Fielding cup. Oddly enough he happened to have with him his handicap certificate – I wonder why?
The Spring Meeting was at Malden GC on 24th May with 15 OB’s teeing off. I played with Michael Choong whose handicap is 3. Playing with someone of this level of skill is a new experience for me and it was rather humbling, since I have played quite well recently with mid 30 scores on several occasions off my 18 handicap. Michael’s saw every stroke of less then 200 yds as a possibility to get close to the pin for a birdie. This he achieved four times in the first nine holes but he also got three bogeys thus scoring one under par for his round with 70. Naturally he won the Blades Cup.
The stableford Bill Cox Cup was a very closely fought matter. M. C. got 40 points but was not eligible, since he had already won a cup. The scores were very close with Peter Messent 36, Neil Price and Lance Condon both on 35, Graham Morris and Peter Taylor both on 34 and John Oliver on 33. Next came Chris Diacon on 32 and Fred Grover and David Cross were both on 31.
The Blades Cup was initiated by George Rowland Blades (1868-1953), who lived in Sydenham, Kent and was a pupil at KCS (in the Strand at that time) leaving in 1886 to join his family printing business, rising to become its chairman. In 1913 he was elected to the Corporation of London, he served as Sheriff of London from 1917-1918 and was Knighted during his term of office. In 1918 he was elected to Parliament for Epsom until 1928, he was created Baronet of Ebbisham, which is the old name of Epsom, in 1922. He was Lord Mayor of London from 1926 to 1927 and was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1927.
The Blades Cup is actually ‘The Old Kings Golf Society Challenge Cup Presented by G R Blades Esq. 1910’ and has a Birmingham hallmark made in in 1910. He won the cup in 1911. George R. Blades was a founder member of the KCS Lodge in 1921 and presented the Lodge with a Bible dated 1622. The first “King James” Bible was published in 1611. The first Bible in modern English was published in the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547).
Graham Cox May 2018
Duel Day Dinner 2018
March 28, 2018
Members of the Old King’s Club participated in King’s longest standing tradition: the re-enactment of the Duel between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea over Catholic Emancipation and its founding. SEE FACEBOOK
2018 Head of the River Race
March 11, 2018
The 1884BC (Old King’s Club) crew for the 2018 Head of the River Race was excited to lay down a marker at the club’s first attempt at this prestigious event. 5 of the crew, including a teacher and current pupil, would be racing for the Old King’s Club for the first time.
Starting just in front of a quality crew from Cork Boat Club (Ireland), the crew was under pressure early on but did well to keep Cork behind until past Barnes Bridge. As the race progressed, the OK crew found itself in a bubble and worked hard to keep chasing crews from SC Zug (Switzerland) and Uppsala Academic RS (Sweden) in the distance.
The final result of 145th from 313 entries, in front of many established clubs such King’s College London A crew and just behind the Germans from Berliner RC, is a great platform to build on and a benchmark to take on and better next year.
Special thanks go to current King’s lower sixth boy Matthew Cabot for joining the crew.
Cox: Hugo Forshaw (OK 2013)
Stroke: Fred Crawshaw (OK 2016)
7: Alex Oldroyd (OK 2016)
6: Matt Cabot (KCS until 2019)
5: Dr. Richard Winchester (Teacher of Chemistry & Head of King’s Rowing)
4: Will Nelson (OK 2015)
3: Fraser Harris (OK 2011)
2: Alex Robey (OK 2013)
Bow: Jack Elkington (OK 2012)
Netball: Club v. School
January 6, 2018
It was so lovely to see girls from most of the years who have left the school return to play in the annual tournament. The standard was extremely high and it was a very competitive event. The Old King’s girls were able to field three strong teams and took part in a round robin event. The day was won by the current King’s College School 1st VII with the 2016 OKs coming runners-up. It was a fantastic event and we look forward to more girls returning next year. Thanks go to the school for supporting this event, it was very much appreciated.
Nicola Edwards, Head of Girls’ Games, KCS