We have received news today that Rev Geoffrey Wraford has passed away. His funeral is being held Monday 30th May, 2pm Lympstone Parish Church.
I decided to do a skydive because I wanted to mark my 18th birthday by doing something for a charity close to my heart. I chose Devon Mind in memory of my Uncle Ev and I hope by raising awareness about mental well-being and funds for such an amazing charity, that others can access the help they need from the services provided.
I am doing a tandem skydive from 15,000ft on Wednesday the 27th of April at Midday – any donations are gratefully received!
This is the ‘just giving page’ link :
An OSA Golf Day will take place at Holsworthy Golf Club on Sunday 3rd July. Old Shebbearians who are interested should contact Andy Bryan, OSA Honorary Secretary, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 4th July 2022 the OSA Cricket and Netball matches will be contested between teams from the OSA and the College. This is always an enjoyable day, and Old Shebbearians are welcome to attend as spectators. For further information about the cricket match contact Andy Bryan at email@example.com , and for the netball contact Lucy Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honours boards, funded by the Old Shebbearians’ Assocation, recording the head of each of the houses at Shebbear College, have been installed at the school.
These smart new boards will record the Heads of House for many years to come, and is a delightful illustration of the OSA’s continued support for Shebbear College.
Tickets for the 113th Old Shebbearians’ Association Annual Reunion Dinner are now available.
The dinner will be held on
Saturday 5th February 2022
6pm for 7pm
If you would like to attend please pay via bank transfer to
Account No: 45466971
Sort Code: 60-05-37
Payee name: Old Shebbearians Association
Please enter your name and years of attendance at Shebbear into the payment reference: e.g. ABERNSTONE 75-82, and email email@example.com so that we can confirm receipt of your payment.
Roger Horrell, Old Shebbearian, distinguished senior SIS officer and diplomat, died on May 21 at the end of a long and influential life.
Born in Dartmouth in 1935, Roger came to Shebbear after the Second World War and excelled both academically and on the sports field. Following National Service in Kenya with the Devonshire Regiment and his studies at Oxford University, Roger returned to Africa as a District Officer in the Colonial Service. Here he developed a strong affinity with Africa and Africans, winning the cooperation of often fiercely independent local politicians during the difficult time leading to Kenya’s independence.
On leaving the Colonial Service, Roger was recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) and served in Dubai before returning to Africa and posts in Uganda and Zambia. During his years in Lusaka, he developed close contacts with many of the principal militant refugees from the rebel Smith regime in Rhodesia. Roger’s work in winning the confidence of often competing parties proved invaluable when Margaret Thatcher and Lord Carrington organised the Lancaster House conference to negotiate the handover to majority rule in the new Zimbabwe.
On returning to London, Roger was responsible for MI6’s operations in Africa which included insurgent wars in Angola and Mozambique, as well as maintaining stability in Zimbabwe’s early years of independence and, eventually, the process of change in South Africa.
His final service appointment was as senior director responsible for personnel and administration. Here he was given the challenging mandate of increasing accountability and encouraging a more self-critical culture as a means of complementing the service’s early years buccaneering ethos which, though responsible for many successes, now needed modernising. This was also the time that John Major’s government publicly acknowledged the existence of MI6, leading to its establishment by statute and parliamentary oversight.
The well-developed sense of fairness based on firm liberal foundations, sympathy and support for colleagues shown, both as Personnel Director and throughout Roger’s service, speak of a man the OSA remembers with fondness and respect. He was our President in 1996 and an active committee member until very recently. His humour, intelligence, modesty and above all, warmth provide memories of a man whose character, worth and story provide inspiration to us all.
Our secretary Andy Bryan is looking for contributions for this year’s Shebearian Magazine. If you are an OS and would like to share your thoughts/experiences of the last 12months please get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s OSA Reunion Dinner will be virtual. At 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 6th 2021, please join us on YouTube for a 30-minute video that aims to recreate the evening as much as possible.
If you are unable to watch the premiere on Saturday evening, the video will remain on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
There will be a virtual social meeting on Wednesday, February 17th 2021 at 6:30 pm. Please fill in this form if you would like to attend this meeting: https://forms.gle/i2T5rqACqhdyrH7F7
Unfortunately the 2021 OSA Reunion Dinner has been cancelled. A short video will be premiered on the OSA YouTube channel on the 6th February, the intended date of the dinner. The below letter from Dick Corbett Winder, current president of the OSA, contains more information:
Sadly but predictably, the current pandemic means that the OSA annual dinner scheduled to be held in the RAF Club on 6 February 2021 has had to be cancelled. I know just how much we will miss this annual opportunity for Old Shebbearians to meet, reminisce and catch up with long standing friends and news from the school. However, the association is very keen to make sure we can all keep in touch despite this setback and is, therefore, looking to organise an online event for that night which reflects OSA Dinner traditions as far as possible.
We aim to do this through a short YouTube production which will follow the normal programme of our gatherings and contain film material about the school, short speeches by the Head, Head Girl and Head Boy and from me as this year’s president. We hope to end with the school song sung by current students, which, even if performed with less gusto, promises to be more melodic than our annual post dinner rendition.
The event will be premiered on YouTube at 6:30pm on 6th February and be available thereafter for those who cannot make the launch. We also hope to arrange an online discussion for Old Shebbearians following the dinner in mid-February and are working on the details of how this will be organised.
We are, of course, planning on a post-pandemic, conventional dinner for 2022 and have already reserved the RAF Club for Saturday 5th February that year. Meanwhile we will keep you up to date with details for the upcoming event on 6th February 2021. Could I ask you all please to make a note of that date and, if possible, join us on YouTube that evening at 6:30pm?
With very best wishes
Dick Corbett Winder