Old Boys Golf Day

John Bathurst, an Old Tauntonian, has emailed with details of the 2013 Old Bournemouthian / Old Tauntonian Golf Day on 23rd May. John writes:

I won’t go deeply into the history (you probably know anyway) but sufficient to say that the OBs and the Old Tauntonians hold a joint golf day each year.

It started 19 years ago when the two associations met to contest The Hemmings Cup that was once competed for in athletics. Over the years the format has changed and we now meet to play three simultaneous competitions – The OB Seniors Trophy, The OT John Rush Trophy and The Pomeroys Cup for the best score of the day.

I’m an Old Tauntonian but have come to regard the OB players as my dear friends…. and I run the day (that’s run rather than ruin, I hope) on behalf of both associations.

Further details and an entry form are available here (Word format).

If you enter please send an email to the OB golf secretary Alan Carver so he can monitor OB entries. Please include your email address and telephone number when contacting him.

Old Boys’ Golf Matches 2012

There are two planned golf days which are open to all golfers of all age ranges – beginners or experienced players.

  • Thursday 24 May 2012 Old Tauntonians and Old Bournemouthians Golf Day at Dibden Golf course (between Southampton and Fawley)
    This annual event is a Stableford with full handicap allowance and is a friendly meet- up with the two schools but in addition to the individual competition for the Pomeroys Trophy for the overall winner there is also a separate trophy for the Old Bournemouthian Seniors (over 60’s) competition. This golf event is not just for seniors but open to all ex Bournemouth School folks. Traditionally we have a sit down meal after play and there are normally about 30 players. The green fee is £20 and the meal £14. Buggies can be hired but let us know soon if you require one as there are a limited number available.
  • Friday 21 September 2012 OB’s Pre Dinner Golf
    Our usual get together on the day of our annual dinner which is open to all level of players from regulars, occasional players to once a year ‘hackers’ !! Venue not yet fixed but please let me have your details so I can advise you as soon as venue/cost decided upon.

If you would like to enter, please contact Alan Carver, the Old Boys’ Golf Secretary soon. Please let him have your email and home addresses as well as your phone number and your years period at the School. You can reach Alan on 01202 487011 or 07881 815184 or by email. Alan is trying build the golfing section of the OB’s so if you are a golfer please drop Alan an email.

Under 14 cricketers from 1944

The picture above was sent in by Len James, who was at Bournemouth School between 1942 and 1947. Len moved to Australia in 1952. He emailed us, saying that he had recently discovered the Old Boys website and was fascinated with the memories of past teachers and fellow scholars.

Len played cricket in the Under 14’s in 1944 and has kept this photo ever since. While he says “the old memory is not so bright these days, and at 81 I am struggling to name all those in the photo” he has still made a sterling effort, below:

Front row (L-R)

  • Len James
  • Peter Close (?)
  • Dougie Sherwood
  • David Tomlinson
  • Gordon Bartlett

Back row (L-R)

  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • Alan Melly
  • Jim Rideout
  • Stuart Chalk

Can anyone fill in the gaps?

2010 Pre-Dinner Golf Trophy

A year on – come and show us you can improve on that score from last year! To all you past players in this event, I look forward to our annual meet-up. You know the drill but here are a few reminders and a welcome to new OBA folks who I hope will join us on Friday 17th September at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club, near Christchurch.

This is an 18-hole Stableford competition with full handicap. No handicap certificate will be asked for and if you do not hold one then please do not be too generous! This event is open to all regular golfers as well as the occasional, casual player – so please let me have your entries (and cheques) soon.

The Highcliffe Course takes around 3 hours for a playing round (slow play will not happen this year, please!) Playing a shorter course than one of Championship length, should give us time for a chat and trophy/prizes presentation at the end. As a reminder and for our newcomers, please look at the Club web site, where you can see the course and golf club etiquette/rules regarding dress code. There are showers at the club, so you may want to bring a towel.

Start times will be around 8 minutes difference ( but could be speeded up) with first off at 11 am so please let me know your preferred time and I will do my best to allocate as close as possible.

Depending on numbers entering, then each match will be a 3 or 4 ball so if there were around 20/24 players then last off should be around noon. Please get to the course at least 30 minutes before your start time. Good catering at the Club and I recommend the all day breakfast.

Unfortunately Highcliffe Castle does not allow buggies except for anyone with a disabled certificate and brings their own buggy. Please let me know if this applies. However it is a flat course and usually takes about 3/3.5 hours to navigate so no problem with a trolley (pull or electric) or if you carry.

The green fee is £26 for which I need a cheque ( payable to Alan Carver) and then on arrival £2 or £3 (depending on entries) to be paid for the prize kitty which wll be split 50% to the winner and 25% each to runner up and the winner of ‘nearest the pin’.

To secure a place, please send your contacts details, handicap, preferred start time and a cheque for £26 (payable to Alan Carver) to Alan Carver at 1 Osprey Close. Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4RX. If you have not had a confirmation of your start time by 12th September, please contact Alan by phone (01202 487011) or email.

Directions to Highcliffe Castle Golf Club Tel. 01425 – 272210- from Sainsbury’s end of Christchurch by pass take road towards Highcliffe -after a mile the course is on your right.

Old cricket team photo

The Bournemouth School cricket team in 1952

Back row: Mick Fionda, Paul Oliver, Len Iggulden, Mike 'Walt' Stamp... Henderson, Harry Ridehalgh. Front row: Dave Munt, Don Gardiner, John O'Brien, John Jacobs, Tom Hawkins

Mick Fionda (1947-52) has sent this picture of a Bournemouth School cricket team taken in 1952. “I thought this photograph of 1952 may raise a few laughs with someone, somewhere,” he says.