TEMPORARY SPORTS FACILITIES
Winchester is delighted to announce that from Wednesday 11 December 2019 the boys will be using the new temporary Sports Facilities on Kingsgate Park. The move will take place progressively over the next couple of weeks and there will be a short closure of the PEC to facilitate the moves.

The new facilities will open for Members and Hirers from Saturday 14 December.

This move will come with some inevitable disruption so can I thank you in advance for your forbearance.

We are delighted to be entering the next chapter in this exciting project. This will involve the demolition of the old PEC and the start of construction of the new centre in 2020.

LEST WE FORGET

“It is well to die for one’s country. But that is not enough, it is also necessary that, so long as he lives, a man should give to his country, as George Cecil gave, a mind and soul neither ignorant nor inadequate.”Rudyard Kipling, December 1915 at the opening of the Cecil Range

 

As the Wykehamical community comes together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we wanted to share the story of George Edward Cecil (B 1909-12) 2nd Lieutenant, No 4. Company, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

The Cecil Shooting Range was erected in George’s memory by his mother, Lady Edward, and was opened in 1915 with the address given by Rudyard Kipling. To learn more about George Cecil, the history of the Cecil Shooting Range and our fundraising appeal towards a new range see more information here.

For more stories about OWs lost in WWI and WWII visit Winchester College at War.

War Cloister

PATRICK MACLURE (I, 1952-57; SECRETARY OF WYKEHAMIST SOCIETY, 1988-04; AIDE TO THE WARDEN AND HEADMASTER 2004-14)
We regret to inform you that Patrick Maclure died on Saturday evening, 28 September, aged 80. A loyal servant of the school and a good friend and mentor to all of us at Win Coll Soc.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM IS OPEN
Hidden in amongst the trees, in the corner of Meads, and next to the Logie burn Itchen carrier, is the recently opened Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom. This wonderful new learning area has been created in memory of Cameron (C, 2011 – 13) who tragically died far too young. From an early age, Cameron was passionate about the world around him and his family is keen to ensure that outdoor learning is an important element of a Winchester education. This project has been entirely funded by the generosity of donors.

The ode 'To Autumn', one of Keats's greatest poems, was inspired by his walks in the countryside around Winchester, which apparently included the path that runs along the opposite side of the river. Current boys and future generations of Wykehamists will without a doubt be as inspired and will share in Cameron’s passion for the countryside around him.

 

This space is not just for those whose subjects are related to the great outdoors but is available to everyone who wishes to learn, surrounded by nature. The amphitheatre style seating caters for up to 30 people and the new pontoon encourages the boys to really explore the river and the life within. As well as being available for the school community, it will also be used by our many visiting school groups.

 

Take a look at the photos taken at the opening

 

WINCHESTER HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
Over four days Winchester College hosted 11 events as part of the Heritage Open Days festival in September.  

This year’s programme included tours of the College, War Cloister, the Archives, the Fellows’ Library, and the Science Collections. There was also an Open Rehearsal with the Quiristers, and Treasury was open each day. There were also four talks: Winchester Poet Power: 'The Path to Keats’ Autumn by the Headmaster, Shifting Sands in news coverage by Alastair Stewart, A tale of two royal charters by Professor Simon Keynes, and The Black Death by Professor Mark Bailey; each hosted in New Hall.

It was a fantastic opportunity to share the school's many treasures with the wider public and each tour was completely sold out and the talks full. (A selection of photos from the weekend opposite)

JULIAN SMITH: THANKSGIVING SERVICE
On Saturday 29 June, a Service of Thanksgiving was held for Julian Smith (Co Ro, 1953-92; visiting singing teacher until 2012). Here is the Order of Service and here is the link to the video.

HEADMASTER'S LETTER CLOISTER TIME 2019
View here.

HEADMASTER'S LETTER COMMON TIME 2019
View here.

WINCHESTER COLLEGE APPOINTS 48TH WARDEN TO CHAIR ITS GOVERNING BODY
Wednesday 3rd April 2019: The Governing Body of Winchester College has elected Sir Richard Stagg (G, 1969-73) to serve as Warden of the College with effect from 1st September 2019 upon the retirement of Mr Charles Sinclair (B, 1961-66).

Read the press release.
View more information on The Governing Body of Winchester College, known as the Warden and Fellows.

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COUNTRYFILE TEAM VISIT WINCHESTER COLLEGE
Retracing Keat's footsteps with the BBC Countryfile team for their Autumn special, to be aired on Sunday 3 November. They started in our Treasury museum's exhibition and ended with the Wayfarer's Dole.

Countryfile team with Mark Sankey River KeeperCountryfile team with Mark Sankey, River Keeper

PETER STORMONTH DARLING (C, 1945-50)
We deeply regret to announce that Peter died peacefully on Monday 16 September. He is survived by Charlotte and his daughters Christa, Iona, and Arabella. He will be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and a hugely generous Old Wykehamist. A memorial service will be held in early 2020. Donations to Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Peter Stormonth DarlingPeter Stormonth Darling  (C, 1945-50)

 Heritage Open Days  

 Sir Richard StaggSir Richard Stagg (G, 1969-73), Warden

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