Over 200 Old Bedfordians and guests joined us on the School site on Saturday 4th July 2015, with tours of the School in the morning, the AGM, a drinks reception and a three course lunch in a marquee on the playing field.
Speech Day also took place on the last day of term; a new format with Prize Giving taking place in the Great Hall in the morning. You can watch a video of the ceremony here (skip to 38 minutes for the start). There was a wonderful atmosphere in the grounds as all the boys and their parents streamed out afterwards and enjoyed picnics whilst the At Home took place.
In the morning we held reunions for the Classes of 1982-85, the Classes of 1953-57 and for those in Talbot's and St Peter's House. Old Bedfordians at these reunions, and others who were interested to join, had a tour of the School, taking in the new Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, the Library, Music School, Observatory and other areas. Many commented on areas that had changed, with new developments to the site in recent years. House receptions took place in front of the main building, with OBs welcome to visit the current Housemasters and boys. The AGM took place for those who wished to attend, where Chris Williams (68-79) was welcomed as Chairman of the OB Club and Ollie Slack (83-93) was thanked for all his work, as he stepped down from the role. We also enjoyed a Classic Car rally, with many beautiful vintage vehicles lining the School playing field – thank you to those who brought them along.
The main OB At Home drinks reception took place at 12.45pm, at the marquee by the Langham Pavilion, whilst OB cricket took place nearby, under brilliant sunshine. This was followed by a welcome by the Head Master, James Hodgson, and a delicious three course lunch. Afterwards, leavers from the 1950s led a fantastic rendition of the School song, Bedford by the River, and we also recognised Maj Ron Rogers, our oldest OB attendee at the Lunch, who had been at the School from 1928-35 and had recently been awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, France's highest honour, following his bravery in the Normandy Landings in 1944.
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day with us. It was a wonderful occasion and we are already looking forward to next year!