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OW Howard Jones on the One Show tonight

Do you remember ‘What is Love?’, ‘New Song’, ‘Hide and Seek’?

We were delighted to welcome Howard to school in the spring term. He is a great chap, who is still very interested in the work of RGS and its students. He shared many happy memories of his own. Howard is working on a new album and came back to RGS to be filmed for ‘The One Show’, performing ‘New Song’ in the Queen’s Hall to an audience of our musicians. The presenter, Carrie Grant, also spent the day with us.

Howard will feature on ‘The One Show’ tonight presented by Alex Jones and joined by comedian Katherine Ryan. The programme will be available shortly after the broadcast.

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Jazz in the Quad: Sunday 2 July 2017

You are warmly invited to this year’s ‘Jazz in the Quad’, on Sunday 2 July 2017, to be held in the Main Quadrangle, starting at 5.00pm. As always, the various jazz bands of the school will provide the backbone to the musical feast that is promised, with contributions from the First Wind Band, Singers Ltd, The Trad Jazz Band, and assorted groups, including the Dave Wilmott All Stars Staff Band! All welcome, very family friendly and informal!

Come rain or shine the Friends of Music will be running a superb barbecue and a cash bar selling Pimms, wine, beer and soft drinks. Don’t forget to bring rugs and chairs to sit on, and please note the early starting time of 5.00pm. – we always finish about 9.00pm, before the evening chill sets in.

Further information on ordering tickets will be published nearer to the time.

Duncan Moore Cricket Match: 29 June 2017

OWs are warmly invited to attend the annual Duncan Moore Cricket Match on Thursday 29th June at 2.00pm.

Duncan was a very talented RGS cricketer who played at County level. He was in the same year group as Luke Donald.

Each season several cricketers including those who played cricket with Duncan compete for the Memorial Cup against the school 1st team.

If you would like to attend or play please contact OW David Stone via the form below

 

RGS OW Dinner: Saturday 30 September 2017

The Old Wycombiensians’ Club and Royal Grammar School request the pleasure of your company at the Old Wycombiensians’ Club Annual Dinner on

Saturday 30 September 2017 at 19:30

 

The event will be an occasion for RGS Old Boys to revisit the School, meet the Headmaster, Philip Wayne, take a tour of the grounds or just relax in the company of fellow OWs.

Tours begin at 18:30 and we request that guests are seated for dinner at 19:45

You can purchase tickets by cash or cheque

Please note that partners are warmly invited this event.

Booking Form 2017

 

OWs lend support to RGS Sportsman’s Dinner

RGS celebrated in style at its Annual Sportsman’s Dinner to support RGS Rugby. Some 400 guests, including parents, friends and old boys were treated to an entertaining evening.

Sean Fitzpatrick and All Black legend spoke about his life and experiences with the most successful sports team in history, which was rounded off with a haka! To which he received a standing ovation.

The Headmaster’s welcome and the presentation of representative shirts and 1stXV Captains Cap by Sean Fitzpatrick to some of the senior RGSHW players was truly special. It was amazing and humbling to see so many of our old boys in the room supporting the current crop of RGSHW players, including OW Nick Heath and now renowned rugby commentator.

Barry Williams the master of ceremonies conducted an auction with some fantastic prizes before leaving the room in stitches after his comedy set.

The school would like to thank everyone who made this event such a success.

OW Wade waltzes through Worcester defence and shrugs off talk of England recall

OW Christian Wade said he felt he was playing the best rugby of his career after scoring two tries in this win over Worcester, drawing him level with Kenny Logan as Wasps’ all-time leading try scorer on 79.

The 25-year-old took his season’s tally to 14, cementing his place at the top of the Aviva Premiership charts and earning him high praise from Wasps’ otherwise decidedly unimpressed head coach Dai Young, who described him as “the difference between the two teams on the day” and a player he “would not swap for anyone”.

Wade, though, was phlegmatic about his performance, saying he was more concerned with getting home to cook his mother a special Mother’s Day Caribbean meal of chicken, rice and peas and insisting he harboured no great expectations of an England recall in the near ­future, or a late Lions call-up, as he experienced four years ago.

“No, not really,” he said. “Since the World Cup – not getting selected and stuff – I’ve just stripped everything back to basics. Now I just try to improve week by week and just enjoy it. That’s been my thing since 2015 and I’ll continue like that. I’m improving all the time. I was left out for whatever reason [in 2015] but I’ve moved on.”

Young commented, “Very rarely does Christian not beat the first man. I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.”

Desert Island Discs: Kirsty Young interviews OW Jimmy Carr

Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is the comedian and television presenter OW Jimmy Carr.

Despite being dyslexic, he got good enough A levels at RGS to study at Cambridge University. In his interview he mentions two inspirational teachers who taught him here at school, Mr Tim Claye and Mr Roger File.

After graduating with a degree in Political Science, and working for a major multinational company in London, Jimmy had what he calls an ‘early midlife crisis’, during which he lost his Catholic faith and was generally unhappy.

He attended lots of therapy courses in an attempt to find out what would make him happier and eventually set out on the road to becoming a comedian.

He quickly got a reputation for his fierce work ethic, heading up annually to the Edinburgh Fringe, touring with a new show virtually every year, and hosting many a Channel 4 panel show. Click here for his interview.

RGS Sportsman’s Dinner: 30 March 2017

Friends of Rugby are delighted to announce the details for the 2017 Sportsman’s Dinner which will be held on Thursday 30th March 2017 in the Queen’s Hall at RGS. Further details on the attached flyer.

 This year All Black legend, Sean Fitzpatrick will speak at the 2017 dinner. With The British & Irish Lions touring New Zealand next summer, nobody will be better placed to highlight the challenges the team will face on this most demanding of assignments. We are also delighted to welcome back the incomparable comedian and long standing friend of the school, Barry Williams, as Master of Ceremonies.

 Ticket prices remain at £75 per head, full tables of 10 or 12 may be booked for £750 or £900 respectively, and reserving a smaller number of places is absolutely fine as you can join another similar table. Demand is likely to be exceptionally strong, and therefore an early indication of interest would be much appreciated.  Once we have received your request we will send details of how to confirm your booking and send payment. To reserve your ticket please contact Mark Iliffe via e mail markiliffe@btinternet.com or call on 07740701606.

 Huge thanks on behalf of all at FRORGS for your continued support for rugby at RGS, and we look forward to welcoming you on March 30th.