We are absolutely delighted to announce that former Chair of the OB Club, Roger Fennemore (52-61), has received a much-deserved MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to sport.

Pictured here (front row, far left) with the 1959/60 1st XV Rugby team, Roger has loved sport since School, and attributes the positive influence of various sports coaches here such as Owen Bevan (34-73), in making him realise that sport can and does change lives. Always active in the world of sport, Roger has served on the committee of Bedford Rugby Club having played for them in his youth, was Captain of Woburn Golf Club, Secretary of the Lord’s Taverners Charity when it was set up locally and is an Honourary Life Member of MK Rugby Club.

Becoming Director of SportsAid Eastern in 2000, he successfully instigated the creation of fund raising and networking lunch clubs across the region. Approaching £2m has now been raised to support talented able bodied and disabled young athletes including Greg Rutherford, Gail Emms, Louis Smith, Victoria Pendleton and a host of other successful Internationals and Olympians.

Alongside this, Roger has also been hard at work as Deputy Chair of SportEngland in the East and Chair of its’ Finance sub-committee leading financial decisions on 65 million pounds of funding on behalf of SportEngland. He recently Chaired a review panel for SportEngland on the operation of Stoke Mandeville stadium and currently is Chair of the Bucks and MK Sports Board ‘LEAP’. He also sits on the Bucks Legacy Board.

On behalf of the OB Club and the rest of Bedford School, we would like to congratulate Roger most heartily and are sure he will keep on with his fantastic work.

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