OA 2024 Issue 05



Williams and Enzo Croy did incredibly well and are close to their ambitious £10,000 fundraising target. At Merchant Taylor’s in North London, the OAAFC IIs beat Old Kimboltonians 2–1 in the final of the Junior League Cup, a competition for teams in Division 2 and below in the Arthurian League. Oscar Gleave (13-18), Joe Collyns (13-18) and a group of their friends completed a 1,300km bike ride from Roscoff to San Sebastián on La Vélodyssée route. Beginning with a ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, their route spanned the Atlantic coast of France and took 12 days to complete.


Film and TV Angus Castle-Doughty (06–13) first met the actor and director Andy Burse in the auditions for Netflix’s Shadow & Bone . The two became inseparable after being cast together, and they soon embarked on a project to write and co-star in their own short film, Two’s A Crowd , released in 2023.

Southwark Schools Learning Partnership. We were delighted to be joined in September for a Healthcare networking Evening by Mr Amyn Haji, Dr Charles Carey (02-13) and Dr Malik Ramadhan OBE (85-92) who each shared with us their experience of their profession and answered questions from both budding medics and other professionals.

Rugby The OAFC 1st XV won the Papa John’s Men’s Counties 1 Championship after going head-to-head with Harlow at Twickenham Stadium.

we will return to Keens, further details can be found on the website. In addition to New York, reunions were held in San Francisco and Hollywood. In Hollywood we especially thank Richard (87-95) and Sara Evans for their hospitality.

The Little Big Things , a musical based on the bestselling memoir by Henry Fraser (08–11), hit the West End. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023, Sonny Birrane (16–23) and Amedee Le Gouellec de Schwarz (18-23) played to a packed house, garnering 5* reviews. Writing

In June the Old Alleynian Association hosted over 400 OAs at the College for the annual OA Reunion, The date for the 2024 Reunion is Thursday 27 June. In Hong Kong Ted Chwu (86-93) kindly hosted our first Professional Networking event at Bird & Bird in Wan Chai followed by drinks. Old Alleynians in Western Australia gathered for dinner at Chez Pierre’s French Restaurant in Nedlands, Perth, with wives and partners.

Beno Obano (11–13) and Zach Carr (11–22) were both selected for England Rugby teams, for the Senior and U20s sides respectively, participating in the 2023 world cups. The Scottish Rugby Union celebrated its 150th year in August 2023, and took the opportunity to look at its history and recognise the enduring contribution made by all players who have worn the thistle with pride. As a result, more than 50 retrospective caps were awarded to players who had been selected for non- cap internationals, including to those who played under the label of a ‘Scotland XV’ against other nations. The decision means that Ruari Maclean (75–80), now aged 62, recently became a fully

Frank Kauer (08–18) and Castle-Doughty star in the long-running soap Hollyoaks, and their characters’ lives have recently become intertwined as part of a plotline so gripping that it clinched Best Storyline at the British Soap Awards.

Our first Sustainability Networking evening explored the dynamic intersection of sustainability and net zero through a series of short talks by experts in their field, Chaired by Josh Ritchie (06 – 11): Career changer from Videographer to Sustainability, he introduced Timon Orlob, former COO of Britishvolt, UK startup manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries; Tristian Wigfall (90-00) co-founder and director of alma-nac an award winning architecture practice who are transforming the Junior and Lower School buildings at the College; Philip Mitchell (86-91) Senior Sustainability Advisor in the financial sector; Katy Millis, Head of Procurement and Sustainability at the College and Cameron Kerr (09-17)sustainability consultant specialising in developing climate strategies and targets for Businesses. Bitesize news In May Dulwich College teamed up with Royal Museums Greenwich to co-host an event celebrating the loan of Shakespeare’s First Folio to the National Maritime Museum. The Dulwich College Archive presented several exhibitions through the year, to which there was an accompanying talk. In the Spring Tom Chivers (96- 01) talked to us about Mudlarking and Freddie Witts, College Archivist, talked about the College Archaeological collection. In the summer we were able to explore Antiquarian medical texts with Dr Henry Oakley, Herbarium expert at the Royal College of Physicians who explored the College's little-known holdings of antiquarian medical texts.


Chai Chalitaporn (62–66) hosted a dinner in Bangkok attended by 12 OAs, including three who are new to the OA community in Thailand.

In June Kenza Wilkes (12–17) interviewed former US President Bill Clinton in front of 300 friends as part of the 120th anniversary of the Rhodes Scholarship. They spoke about the shifting US–China

Tom Rob Smith (87–97), author of bestselling novel Child 44 , was ‘In Conversation’ with the Master, Dr Joe Spence, at the launch of his latest book, Cold People , at an event organised in association with Village Books. The book tells the story of a future where the remnants of mankind have been forced to survive in Antarctica, the bleakest, most remote, and most hostile environment on the planet. Ben Keatinge (86–91) received the 2022 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. The judge, poet Noel Monahan, described Keatinge’s collection, ‘The Wireless Station’, as subtle and sensitive, communicating the essential loneliness of writing and the isolation of the poet and poetry in general. Sports

Richard Vero (61-69) hosted a dinner at the Schloss Wächter in Colditz to include a tour of the castle and the town the following day. The first Vancouver OA lunch since the pandemic took place at the Sylvia Hotel with a total of 14 OAs and guests in attendance, including Dr Joe Spence, the incumbent President of the OAA Will Lewis, and Will’s wife, Jenny Lewis. Many of those present have been attending OA events in Vancouver for many years,

Peter Prince (52–60) is principally known as a novelist, but he also wrote the seven- part BBC drama Oppenheimer , which brought the father of the atom bomb to screens over 40 years before the release of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster. Music

fledged Scotland International for his part in the Scotland XV’s victory

over Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on 21 May 1988.

relationship and the role of the United States in humanitarian intervention; Clinton shared candid reflections on his administration’s role in NATO expansion and failure to intervene in Rwanda. He went on to speak at length on the importance of bridging the political divide, whether that be in addressing political extremism, building effective coalitions or tackling climate change. Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats selected Chris Annous (10–17) to be their candidate for the constituency of Greenwich & Woolwich at the next general election. Together with Ulysse Abbate, who has been selected by the Liberal Democrats as candidate for the constituency of Eltham, he could become one of the first MPs to belong to Generation Z.

In September we celebrated 200 years of Rugby at the College with lunch and an exhibition in the Archive followed by the chance to watch the 1 st XV take on Harrow. Reunions In 2023 there were a number of regional meet ups for OAs including Leeds, Edinburgh, Tunbridge Wells and Shaftsbury. If you would be interested in helping to organise a meet up in your locality get in touch or keep an eye on the OA whats on page for future events. In New York there was a drinks Reception attended by over 20 OAs. The 2024 event will mark 40 years since Michael Lynfield (69-74) took up the post of OA Representative for New York and began organising the annual reunions. To celebrate

and revelled in sharing memories and anecdotes with their guests. Networking

Ollie Lam Watson (06–11) competed in the 2023 IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Washington

Keith Penfold (63–71), former Leader of the Dulwich College 1st Orchestra, participated as a major amateur player in a public concert by a 130-strong orchestra at the Lighthouse Concert

DC, winning a silver medal in the Team Foil. A contingent of

Hall in Poole, Dorset. Alex Hemple (12–23) won the prestigious Dr Martin Clarke Organ Scholarship at Bath Abbey for 2023/24.

In March Michael Soselia (11-15), Barney Mauleverer (91-93), and current parent and Governor Kirsty Rutter joined us for a networking event on Entrepreneurship. This event brought together OAs, current students, parents and students from our

seven OAs from the Class of 2020 flew out to Barcelona for the marathon. Ollie Killeen, Jack Springate, Isaac Gleave, Marcus Marchant, Joe Colahan, Sam

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