The AGM of The OJ Club took place on Sunday 19th May at Albourne Wine Estate. Open to all former pupils and honorary OJ’s, the meeting was well attended and followed by a tutored tasting of award-winning estate wines.

After an informal update on this year’s successful Travel Fund beneficiaries from honorary OJ, John Bettridge the meeting was called to order by retiring President, Antonia Hawken. Delivering her annual report she was pleased to leave the Club in a sound position and more relevant and proactive than for many years, signalling out the work of Ian Buckeridge, Nick Paddenburg, Gordon Roff, Rob Kift and John Hall for driving the change then went on to thank Sebastian Broster, standing down after five years as Honorary Secretary before introducing Nick Paddenburg, the Hon Treasurer, who presented his annual report and the accounts which the meeting unanimously adopted. The election of officers and the committee then took place with William Banham (Eagle 2002) elected Vice President and Ian Buckeridge (Chevron, 1980) elected President.

Situated only 3 miles from Hurst and within site of the chapel tower, Albourne Wine Estate was an ideal location for our Sunday lunch-time AGM, where our post meeting gathering was enhanced by a personal tutorial and wine-tasting of award-winning Sussex wines from current parent Alison Nightingale, owner of the private vineyard.

Following the AGM at Albourne Wine Estate, Alison Nightingale has agreed to extend a 5% discount on Albourne wines for all OJ’s. https://www.albourneestate.co.uk/


OHJ Club T20 Evening at Hove

Sussex v Surrey.
Tickets £20.00p per head. RSVP to John Bettridge at john.bettridge@outlook.com
Tickets reserved on payment. Please pay electronically to OHJ Club.
Payment details: OHJ Club Sort Code: 50-00-00 a/c. no. 03014940 Ref. Surname T20



Funeral arrangements for Dr Hemel Patel (1992-1997) Fleur de lys

Please join us in celebrating the life of our beloved Dr Hemal Patel on Saturday 9 March at 11.15am.

1. Service

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium (St Richard’s Chapel)
Balcombe Rd
West Sussex
RH10 3NQ

There should be ample parking and a few people to direct you. We are expecting lots of guests so arrive early to get a seat. If they are all taken then there are two screens and speakers by the entrance. The service starts promptly at 11.15 and will end by 12.45.

2. Wake

Heathy Farm
Balcombe Rd
West Sussex
RH10 3NQ
01293 882345

We have reserved two rooms at the back of this pub, which is basically opposite the crematorium on the other side of Balcombe Rd – very easy to get to. They have a car park.

There will be a buffet of deli finger food and savoury Indian bites as well as tea and coffee.
Please RVSP to amarofpatel@yahoo.co.uk with numbers and we look forward to seeing you then.

Dress code: colourful

Hugh Thomas

We are very sad to have to announce the death of Hugh Thomas yesterday; former Housemaster of Eagle, Head of Geography, cricket umpire and true and valued friend to many both in the wider Hurst community and the sporting circles of Sussex. Any arrangements will announced later.