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Oswestry School Founder’s Day 2016

Our 609th Founder’s Day was a glorious occasion full of sunshine, song, sports, friendships reunited and feasting.

The day commenced at Bellan House with a coffee and biscuits for the eminent members of our community. The Headmaster and his wife greeted the Mayor of Oswestry, Cllr Paul Milner, the President of the Old Oswestrian Society, Mr Chris Wylie, the Chairman of Oswestry School Governors, Mr Peter Wilcox-Jones along with guest speaker, Mr Ray Evanson, our oldest OO, Mr Sydney Bailey and other members of the alumni community.

Founder’s Service began at 10.30am in St Oswald’s Parish Church and with every seat taken and only standing space at the back of the church remaining. Following rousing renditions of ‘Gaude, plebs redemptionis’ and ‘Jerusalem’ and an uplifting sermon everyone departed for the Peter Humphreys Centre where a delicious buffet lunch was served.

Traditionally the Old Oswestrians challenge the school at sports during the afternoon and this year was no different. Teams gathered for football, netball and hockey ready to represent their sides. Despite well contested and sometime raucous games the results were as follows:

Old Oswestrians vs. 1st XI football 2-5
Old Oswestrians vs. 2nd XI football 2-2
Old Oswestrians vs. 1st VII netball 13-15
Old Oswestrians vs. 1st XI hockey 3-3

The Society AGM took place in the School Chapel in the early evening. A new chair, Mr Mark Evans, was elected and several new committee members voted in.

Founder’s Day Dinner commenced in the Peter Humphreys Centre with Old Oswestrians in attendance from each decade starting with the 1920’s. There was an opportunity to mingle and catch up over canapés and fizz before sitting down to a delicious meal shared with old friends and new.

Take a look at our Old Oswestrian facebook page for more photographs from the weekend. We look forward to celebrating the 610th anniversary next year.