Old Cambrian Society (UK Branch)
Saturday, 18th April 2015
at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London.
Below is a report of the evening + some photos - click on them to enlarge
More photos below the report
Numbers were slightly down this year, but the 73 who did
make it to the annual lunch had a marvellous time reminiscing about the time
they spent in their formative years at the Prince of Wales School/Nairobi
In the opulent surroundings of the Royal Air Force Club, it was
once again a truly
international event, with Old Cambrians travelling from all
over the world for the lunch - from the Canada,
Australia, Kenya, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Jersey,
Scotland and from all over England.
Old Cambrian Society Secretary, Steve Le Feuvre (Clive 1970-75),
acted as Master of Ceremonies for the day, and Host for the event
was Royal Air Force Club member Alan Murdoch (Rhodes 1945-50).
Grateful thanks was expressed to Steve and Alan for organising such
a successful gathering, which gave Old Cambrians the opportunity to
see old school friends, in some instances with "old friends"
not having met up up for over 50 years.
Prior to the lunch Derek Breed (Grigg 1952-53) gave an update of the
work he is involved in with the East Africa Cricket & Educational Foundation, and
showed a video of the progress with the pilot project since the last
OCS annual lunch. Old Cambrians saw lots of footage of their school, including
the renovation of the cricket square and the Oval pitch at Nairobi School, one
of the four hub schools. The
mission of the EACF is "to transform the lives of young East
Africans through sustainable cricket and education activity by
instilling and developing values, skills and attitudes that will
enhance the life-chances and employment prospects of thousands of
disadvantaged young people."
The web site for the East Africa Cricket & Educational Foundation is http://eacfoundation.org.uk
and there are videos on the site show the enthusiasm and skills of the thousands
of student in and around Nairobi who are benefiting from this fantastic project.
There then followed the launch of the Old Cambrian Society Educational Trust
fund (OCSET), with an emotional and inspiring speech by the Chairman of the Old
Cambrian Society UK Branch, Keith Aikin (Clive 1954-58) who urged all Old
Cambrians to support our efforts in raising money initially to provide
scholarships to enable needy students to attend Nairobi School. Some of the
pupils at the school are tremendously disadvantaged, and whilst being chosen on
merit to take up their places at the a school that is still one of the best in
the country, their families find that financially they are not capable of
raising the necessary fees.
Michael McCulloch (Scott 1958-63) who is Treasurer of the OCS(UK)
informed those gathered that initially a target of £50,000 has been
set by the Trustees as a sensible figure to ensure that OSCET can
meet its objective for the first 5-6 years, but more is required to
be raised so make sure that the fund is sustainable longer term.
Old Cambrians from around the world are urged to support this
very worthy cause, and to give back to a school that has given so
much to so many of us that has set us all on a path to successful
careers and futures. More details of the Old Cambrian Society
Educational Trust can be found at -
The next Old Cambrian Society (UK) Annual Reunion Lunch will be on Saturday 30th
April 2016, at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London.
Some more photos from the event.
Peter Gabriel (Graham) and Vic Baxter
Zack Oloo and Graham Tooley share a joke
Elizabeth Toomey, John Riches and Charles Dokelman
Vic Baxter, Zack Oloo, Jonathan Odende and John Omany
Jerry Sirley, Anne Sirley, Michael McCulloch, Colin McCulloch, John Cosgrove,
Keith Aikin, Hugo Vernon and Alice Manussis
Alan Murdoch in conversation with Steve Le Feuvre
Old Cambrians enjoying their reunion lunch in the Ballroom at the Royal Air
David Kitley and Alan Murdoch
Cedric Gunson and Keith McAdam
Jim Dawson & Tim Clark
Anthony Burton and Peter Sprosson
Some of the 1960s "old boys" enjoying the reunion lunch
Sam (Odera) Agutu,
Cedric Gunson & Narendra Ghadialy
Steve Le Feuvre & Keith Aikin in the background
Derek Breed, Brian Hooper and Keith McAdam
Sergio Lecchini talks with John Omany and Martin Erisat
Jerry Sirley, Jean Brown and Ray Birch
"Class of 65" - Standing: Ajinder Chadha, Naresh Sethi & Tore Bach-Gansmo
Seated: Vic Baxter
Sam (Odera) Agutu, Zack Oloo and Ajinder Chadha share a joke
Now this would NOT have happened back in 1970 - Prefect meets Rabble!!
Ajinder Chadha (orange tie)
was a prefect in Junior House in 1970, and here 45 years later
he meets up
with some of his charges ("Rabble") from that year
L-R: Roland Kuhn, Narendra Ghadialy, Sam (Odera) Agutu, Steve Le Feuvre and Zack Oloo
George Coventry (standing) checking his diary with Keith Aikin and Alice
Old friends meeting up after many years
Rick Tyekiff, Bea Allen and Peter Allen
John Gatti, Ajinder Chadha and George Robinson
Roland Kuhn (seated), Jim Storrar and Mukesh Bhatt
Jonathan Odonde, Zack Oloo and John Omany
Michael McCulloch and John Davis
Standing: Martin Erisat and Sam (Odera) Agutu Seated: Jonathan Odonde and Zack
Tim Ellis, Neville Watson and Henry Dawson
Old friends meeting up after many years
Mukesh Bhatt and Hugo Vernon
Lots of discussions and laughter