We were blessed with glorious summer weather at this year’s annual ‘At Home’ reception and lunch which took place on Saturday 7th July. There was a real buzz to the day as we welcomed back over 220 Old Bedfordians and guests with tours of the School in the morning, the AGM, a drinks reception and a three-course lunch in a marquee on the playing fields.
Prize Giving took place in the Great Hall in the morning, with Bill Kilby (63-74), who was awarded an OBE in the latest New Year’s honours list for his exceptional contribution to international development, joining the ceremony to present the prizes this year. Bill was joined by his wife Mandy and sister, Ann. During the speeches, the Head Master thanked the Old Bedfordians for all of their support. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the grounds as all the boys and their parents streamed out afterwards and enjoyed a drinks reception, live music and picnics whilst the ‘At Home’ took place.
In the morning, we held reunions for the Classes of 2008, 1998, 1988, 1978, 1968 and 1958. Old Bedfordians at these reunions and others who were interested enjoyed a coffee and catch-up in the Memorial Hall before a tour of the School, taking in the Quarry Theatre, the Library, the Music School, Observatory, Chapel and other areas. The tour sparked good memories and funny stories from OBs and many commented on how impressed they were by the School’s recent developments and additions. Several OBs shared memories of swimming lessons in the outdoor pool and commented on how lucky the boys are with the current indoor setup!
The AGM also took place in the morning for those who wished to attend. A number of important agenda items were covered and we were particularly delighted to host the outgoing Chairman of Governors, Professor Stephen Mayson and his wife Julie. Both have been great supporters of the Club. David Murray (69-76) was re-elected as Club President until 2020, while a number of other individuals were elected to the Council.
The main OB At Home drinks reception took place from 12.30pm, in the marquee by the Langham Pavilion, whilst the cricket took place outside, under brilliant sunshine. Grace was led by the OB Club Chairman, Craig Mitchell (64-74) after which everyone enjoyed a delicious three-course lunch! David Murray, the President, thanked those present for supporting the Club, and in particular those who organise and support the various events throughout the year. David then asked everyone to join him as he toasted the School. This was followed by the Head Master’s speech and toast to the Old Bedfordians Club, during which he thanked the OB community for their ongoing support.
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day with us, particularly those that made the trip from overseas. It was a superb occasion and we are already looking forward to next year!