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Golf: victory over Old Cranleighans

July 26, 2017

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 would be pleased to hear from former pupils who would like to play in future matches.

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OKC Golf 2017 - Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival

2017 Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival

June 30, 2017

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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OKC Universities Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

Universities’ Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

June 19, 2017

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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Oxford & Cambridge Club

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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Golf: OKC v Old Paulines

June 13, 2017

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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Eric Springthorpe 1930-2017

Eric Springthorpe 1930-2017

April 12, 2017

Eric Springthorpe’s (OK 1949 & ex-staff) association with King’s was almost lifelong. He entered the school on a Surrey Scholarship at 11+ and represented the school on the cricket field in the 1st XI and left with a place at Oxford to read Botany. Sadly, family finances were such that he had to turn this down in favour of a place at King’s College London, where he gained a 1st in 1952. This was followed by National Service where he served as an officer in the Royal Artillery and was posted to Germany, where he often managed to find time to visit the opera in Hamburg. He brought his academic and intellectual prowess to bear on the problems of accurate range finding and devised new procedures that were subsequently adopted by the army.

Released from National Service, his first teaching post was at Emanuel College in Wandsworth, moving after three years to KCS as a junior member of the biology department under, then Head of Biology, William Barker, remaining at the school for the rest of his career. Barker and Springthorpe collaborated on a new textbook to support their teaching called A Concise Biology (1963). Having succeeded Barker as Head of Department, Eric authored two further books to support the changing style of teaching and curriculum in the late 1960s-70s, including: A First Biology (1967) and Introduction to Functional Systems in Animals (1973). Eric was respected by boys and colleagues alike; fair and firm, his teaching was epitomized by his quiet authority. He was a thoroughly professional teacher who took great pains in his lesson preparation and marking. He was also renowned for the clarity and beauty of his diagrams and for explaining difficult concepts and bringing them to life. The strong foundations he laid enabled a constant stream of boys to go on to read science and medicine at leading universities. Out of the classroom, Eric was a popular 6th form tutor and also took part in the training teams in rugby and cricket, but his passion was tennis, which both his sons picked up. He found himself drawn into the organisation of the Independent Schools LTA with which he was associated for many years into his retirement. His legacy is the Springthorpe Cup for which all the ISLTA 1st round losers compete.

Following retirement, he and Katie moved into a wonderful converted eighteenth-century barn in Norfolk, where they created a garden and immersed themselves in village life and followed their passion for travel, with trips to Europe, Egypt, Turkey and the USA. Eric became both reader and treasurer at St Mary’s, Starston, and a compiler of crosswords puzzles for the parish magazine; he joined the local choral society and Probus; and both he and Katie volunteered to mentor local sixth formers to help them apply for university and work. Sadly, following the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Eric’s health deteriorated very quickly, and he spent three years in a hospital/care home before succumbing to pneumonia, pre-deceased two and a half years by Katie. A quite family cremation took place on 12 April 2017.

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