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Woburn Golf Day

With the arrival of Spring just around the corner, we would be delighted if you could join us on Tuesday 24th March for the Bedford School and Bedford School Foundation Golf Day, which will take place on the iconic Duke’s Course at Woburn Golf Club.   The aim of this informal event it to enjoy some golf and to fundraise for the Bedford School Golf Programme.

Previous events have always been lots of fun with parents, Old Bedfordians, staff, boys and friends of the School coming together to support the boys and the Bedford School Golf Programme.  Guests will play 18 holes on the Duke’s Course, with coffee and bacon sandwiches on arrival and a pyramid of driving range balls before the shotgun start at 11am. After a round of golf there will be a formal two course dinner, with wine provided, and a Prize Giving where players and supportive partners (dinner ‘only’ option available) can discuss the highs and lows of the day’s tournament.  An auction to raise funds to support the programme will be held after the dinner.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available; these include title sponsorship of the event or a half page advert in the programme for the day, with an option for you to provide a banner to be displayed at the tee box of your sponsored hole. We are also looking for Auction prizes.  For more details contact Hugh Maltby at hmaltby@bedfordschool.org.uk.

Participants can sign up as an individual, a group of friends or a corporate team and are required to have a handicap of 28 or lower.  Please pop the date in your diary and sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as places are limited.  You can download the booking form here.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a fantastic day.  

 

BSA Family Conservation Day

Come and join us for a fun filled family day of conservation at the School’s nature reserve.   Bring your ‘young explorers’ to spend a day in the fresh air, green fields and amongst our varied wildlife.  

Located some 11 miles from the School, in the beautiful and picturesque surroundings of Ickwell, the School’s study centre offers all those connected with the School the opportunity to involve themselves in many aspects of nature conservation.  The site has a large lake with watercourses and mounds , pathways,  open spaces and glorious vistas over the surrounding countryside. 

The ecology of the reserve is wide-ranging.  Since the school took over the management in the 1970’s, there has been significant planting of new trees and hedge construction, with a working woodland and meadow system now well established.

Join us on Sunday 29th March for a Family Conservation Day open to all.  Volunteers will be involved with tree maintenance, wood cutting and chopping, clearing invasive vegetation and learning about charcoal manufacture.  There will be an opportunity to learn more about the reserve by way of a short site tour.

The day will start at 10.00am with a briefing and safety talk from the Master in Charge of the reserve, Chris Jones, and end at approximately 4.00pm.  Essential equipment such as secateurs, cutters saws etc will be provided, although you can bring your own, as we do not have a large amount of equipment. No power equipment please. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing for the prevailing weather and terrain.  Some work may be changed if Spring is advanced by then.

Complementary hot drinks and cakes will be available during the day in the study centre.  You are however encouraged to bring your own pack lunches which can be eaten in the centre or outside, weather permitting.

Children of all ages are welcome, however we would ask you to supervise them at all times.  Whilst we hope for sunshine, we plan to go ahead whatever the weather (expect in high winds).

To book your places, please email Bev Marshall at bmarshall@bedfordschool.org.uk by Friday 20th March.  We hope to see you there.

Eagle Choir ‘Open House’

Do you love to sing, or have you ever wanted to find out if you do? Now is your chance to find out.

The Eagle choir, an adult choir kindly sponsored by Bedford School, are hosting an evening of singing at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th January in the Recital Hall.  This will be followed by time to chat with existing choir members over a glass of wine.   The singing will feature ‘Songs from the Shows’ and all ages and abilities are welcome. So, come along and give us a try!

We meet every Thursday during term time for rehearsals at Bedford School and sing a wide range of choral music, usually performing in two or three concerts a year.  Our most recent concert was held just before Christmas, where we performed Christmas works by Britten and Vaughan Williams, and raised £165 for the Smart Prebend Street Homeless Charity.

Historically, the choir has comprised mainly of parents and staff from Bedford School. We are now really hoping to attract some new members from all the Harpur Trust schools or anybody from the local community with an interest in singing. Whether you are an experienced choral singer or a complete beginner, we would love to meet you at the “Open House”.

Enter via the main Bedford School gates on De Parys Avenue and follow signs to the Recital Hall

Christmas by Candlelight

The Christmas spirit came early for OBs and their partners as they were treated to a festive tour and candlelit tea at Island Hall, Godmanchester on Tuesday 10th December.  The event was hosted by Christopher Vane Percy (53 – 62) whose family has lived in the house for nine generations.  He gave a wonderful talk on the history of the elegant riverside mansion which was built in the late 1740s.

Given over to the WAAF and RAF during the war, converted to flats afterwards, and badly damaged by fire in 1977, it was initially restored by the Herrtage family, with the help of a Historic Buildings Council repairs grant.  It was then bought by Christopher in 1983, which he lovingly restored, furnished and decorated as a family home.  It contains portraits and heirlooms charting the history of Christopher’s family.   He shared many anecdotes, including the existence of a ghost, which it is said ‘pokes’ unsuspecting members of the family. 

Thank you to Christopher and his daughter Grace for making everyone so welcome and putting on such an enjoyable event.

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Guy Fawkes Feast

Thank you to everyone who attended the Parents’ Guild Guy Fawkes Feast on Saturday 9th November. 

As they entered the Café Bar, which had been decorated with a Bonfire Night theme, guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz . The catering team provided an excellent meal, fit for Bonfire night, and added their professional touch to make it extra special.  A delicious starter of spiced pumpkin soup was followed by traditional bangers and mash.  To finish, the toffee apple sponge was brought to the tables with a sparkler fizzing away. It really looked fantastic!

The Guest Speaker, OB Max Williamson (05-16), spoke about how he overcame cancer,  which was diagnosed whilst he was in the 5th Form, and how the School supported him throughout.  Everyone was delighted to hear how well he is now doing, both at Oxford and with his fundraising activities.

Following the speech,  guests played a themed version of Heads and Tails, with questions relating to the Guy Fawkes story.  The winner was presented with a bottle of Moté.  A really fun evening was had by all, with many guests asking the Parents’ Guild Committee to put on similar events in the future.

The event had been held to raise funds for the Boys Movember Charities and the Guild are pleased to report that they raised over £800.

Huge thanks go to all the Guild members, the catering team, especially Alex Grieve, and to Kate Carter from Internal Events for helping this event prove a great success.

Watch this space for more events in the Spring and save the 5th December 2020 in your diary for the Parents’ Guild Christmas Ball.

Eagle Choir Autumn 2019 concert

The Eagle Choir returned to the lovely St Mary’s Church in Buckden on Saturday 9th November, at the invitation of the Royal British Legion, where they performed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem as part of their Remembrance Day celebrations.  All profits from the concert went to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Requiem is a hauntingly beautiful and solemn piece with occasional joyous theatrical bursts.  This was a challenge for the choir but they rose well to the occasion and the capacity audience seemed to enjoy it. Directed by Musical Director, Harry Bagnall, they were also joined by talented soloists Eve McGrath (soprano), Rhys Bowden (tenor) and Bedford Preparatory School pupil Fraser Morgan (treble). The choir was accompanied by Felicity Gibson (cello), Ian Runnells (organ), Andrew Longland Meach (synthesizer), Russell Gilmour (trumpet), and Joseph Young (percussion). Also included in the evening’s program were Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) by Ola Gjello and Spiegel im Speigel by Arvo Part.

The choir is happy to perform at other local churches or in aid of local charities. The next planned concert will be back in Bedford School when they will be holding their Christmas concert in the Bedford School Chapel on Thursday 12th December 2019. They are always looking for new members so if you require further details about joining the choir, or booking them to sing, please contact their Musical Director at harry@eaglechoir.org.uk

Macmillan Success

Organised by the Prep Guild,  with the help of  the Parents Guild, last week’s Macmillan Coffee Morning was a great success.  Parents, staff, friends and family members supported the event,  enjoying a variety of delicious cakes that had been kindly donated.  We are really grateful for the generosity of those who took the time to bake and donate cakes to raise funds for this fantastic charity.  We are always delighted to see chocolate cake of any description and we certainly weren’t disappointed this year!

The various Stallholders (including clothing, beauty products, scented wax, jewellery and flowers) had a steady stream of visitors who wanted to treat themselves to something special.

A huge thank you to all those who came along, to the volunteers who helped out and to the Stallholders for joining us.   In total we raised an amazing £863.36 which will be donated to the Macmillan Charity.

Rosie Biffa (Prep Guild) and Emma O’Dell (Parents’ Guild)

Feast of Fun

The Parents’ Guild are hosting a fireworks-themed dinner in the Café Bar on Saturday 9 November from 7.30pm and would like to invite you to join them. The event is to raise funds for the Movember 2019 Campaign and they are delighted that the guest speaker will be Max Williamson, OB (05-16), cancer survivor and Oxford Medical Student.

Tickets are £30 per person and can be booked individually or as tables of 10. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis via Wisepay. Please add your surname as a reference when making payment and email the Parents’ Guild confirming payment has been made. If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact them. For queries about accessing Wisepay, please email the Accounts department. Please note that tickets can only be reserved when payment is made in full.

It promises to be a popular event so book early to avoid disappointment.  We hope to see you there!

Prep Guild Quiz Night

The Prep Guild would like to invite you to our upcoming Quiz Night on Saturday 12th October 2019. This will be a fun evening and includes a Hog Roast supper which will be served half way through the night.  A vegetarian choice will also be available.

Teams should be no bigger than 10 people. You can either enter as a team, or as an individual and we will allocate you onto a team.

The evening starts at 7.30pm and will finish at approximately 11.00pm. A small bar will be available on the night with a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

The cost of the event is £15.00 per person (please be advised that this event is for adults only).

Please complete the Booking Form below and return with cheque, cash or tick online payment, to the Prep School Reception by 5th October 2019. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Bedford Preparatory Parents Guild’.

We look forward to seeing you for a fun evening!

Booking Form