Old Vikings Nick Harper and Freddie Greaves, accompanied by Louise Rapple on the piano, will be performing THE SAND DANCE, written by Catherine Saker, for one night only at the Royal Oak in Ruscombe.
The performance begins at 7pm on Tuesday 10th December. There will be a collection for Berkshire Air Ambulance.
It promises to be a hilarious and enjoyable evening. All are welcome and please contact any other Old Vikings who you feel may be interested in case they have missed this post. Please click here to see the event poster.
Tuesday 19th November, 6.30pm
All Old Vikings are invited to the reunion at Smith's Bar and Grill, Paddington Central. Not only is entry free but the first 80 OVs through the door will receive a drinks voucher worth up to £5. This will be an opportunity for OVs to enjoy a quick drink before catching the train home or possible staying for longer to reminisce over College memories.
OVS v Staff: Friday 20th June 2014, 5.30pm
OVS v 1st XI: Saturday 21st June 2014, 1.30pm
Looking for a hat-trick of wins against the 1st XI this summer, the OVS were undone by some excellent batting from the team of current pupils. However, the 2013 leavers will certainly bolster the attack for the fixtures in 2014.
Saturday 21st June 2014, 7.00pm
We have provisional plans for an OVS Gig performed by Shiplake musicians, in the marquee. If you are in a band or are a solo artist and are interested in playing please get in touch.
Email email@example.com or call Katherine Green on 0118 940 5222.
Saturday 13th September
12.00pm: OVS Hockey
1.15pm: OVS Rugby
3.00pm: OVS Regatta
The day will end with drinks and a BBQ
After the success of the 2012 OVS Regatta many OVs are keen to take to the Thames again. The day will be combined with the OVS Hockey and Rugby matches. More details nearer the time.
OVS Committee and Contacts
Hans Wells-Furby (President)
Ben Fitzwilliams (Chairman)
Henry Summers (Treasurer)
Michael Edwards (Secretary)
0118 940 5244
Katherine Green (Director of Marketing and External Relations at Shiplake College)
0118 940 5222
Gregg Davies (Headmaster)
0118 940 2455
0118 940 3334
020 8557 1549
Welcome to the Old Viking Society Website
You are an Old Viking if you spent three years at the College or joined us for the Sixth Form. If you taught at Shiplake for two or more years you are an OV too. We are a very inclusive and welcoming alumni society. So what do Old Vikings do? We host reunions and sporting events at the College and beyond. Once a year we gather in London for a rip-roaring reunion, usually around November. Every January an OVS Magazine should drop onto your doormat, wherever you are in the world. We like to support OVs to get in touch with each other and to organise their own events and reunions. We look forward to seeing and if you have any ideas please get in touch with us.
Ben Fitzwilliams - OVS Chairman
Obituary for Jill McCoy
Henley’s United Reform Church was packed for a Memorial Service for Jill McCoy who died after a brave struggle against cancer on October 17th 2013. Throughout her illness she never spent a day in bed.
Jill was born in Belfast and her route to Oxfordshire was both circuitous and glamorous. Leaving Belfast she and a friend headed to Switzerland before crossing the Atlantic to work in Times Square, New York. Yet it was in London that she met Denis her future husband. They quickly married and within 18 months their first son was born.
Jill originally joined Shiplake College to work alongside Bob Esau on the appeal for the Welsh House extension in 1988, but when the project was complete the College recognised that her cheerful nature and supreme organisational skills would benefit the College office.
With the children grown-up Jill was keen for more of a challenge and when Margaret Orr retired as Careers Secretary, Jill was eager to step into her shoes. Joining Doctor Snellgrove in Careers, she took on responsibility for ensuring that pupils’ university applications were complete and on track. Chasing staff for references was also another challenging activity.
Choral music gave Jill a great deal of pleasure and she belonged to numerous choirs, finally taking part in the Shiplake Community Choir run by Louise Rapple, her successor as Careers Secretary. Throughout her time at Shiplake, Jill was a great supporter of all things choral, be it in chapel, on the concert platform or in costume in virtually all the outdoor summer productions of the past.
In the days before the advent of girls to the college such support was vital and when it was not only vocal but given with such a sense of fun and enthusiasm it made no small contribution to the enjoyment of all involved, be they performers or audience. Jill was a great team player and though always modest and self effacing about her contribution, she was a very important contributor.
Jill also had the challenge of finding large numbers of work experience placements. A group of pupils had expressed their disappointment with their placements at a Legoland, creating a great deal of work for Jill, and as a reminder of those times Dr Snellgrove, presented Jill with a Lego castle.
In her retirement Jill was keen to keep in touch with her former colleagues and was a keen supporter of OVS events.