Sharp shooting OBs from the golden age of the Bedford School Rifle Club recently got together for an online reunion. Unlike other sports, the passing of the years is no deterrent, as those on the call talked enthusiastically about returning to competition once the current pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Attendees were from as far as New Zealand (Chris Sansome) and Spain (Hugh Elliott). It was particularly pleasing to see Hugh, whose father, Tim, was the catalyst of so much success during his time as Master in Charge. A special mention must also go to Julian Hilton-Johnso, who joined us from his hospital bed in Oxford, having just undergone successful surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery.
The school has been fortunate to produce a galaxy of international shots over the years and thoughts were shared on how best to commemorate and highlight these achievements for the current boys and visiting parents – an honours board may well be an appropriate way forward. It was particularly fitting to have Robin Hatcher join the call as he has long been regarded, by his peers, to be the most successful rifle shot the school has produced, with multiple International caps and individual honours to his name.
Peter Lumley-Wood, Master in Charge, talked about the resurgence of the sport at school and the support he has received from the Bedford School Trust, noting that three current pupils were in the East Region Squad, a feeder for the GB junior team.
This March’s annual fixture against the school has been postponed and tentatively pencilled in for Saturday 27th November, the same day as the OB Club Annual Dinner. As always, it will be good to welcome back as many OBs as possible to this event which, over recent years, has proven to be a closely fought contest with the school.