Celebrating the centenary of OJ Cricket Week

Cricket week was founded in 1920 by OJ’s returning from the horrors WW1 who wanted to bring together former school mates for fellowship and to celebrate the English summer at Hurst.

Our cricket week has gone on uninterrupted from this time and today welcomes back OJ’s and their families and is  annually the largest supported single event in our calendar. Other schools started cricket weeks but many of these have withered over time our great success at Hurst is that we have been a family friendly week. To have achieved the milestone of a centenary is a remarkable achievement and the OJ club owes a great deal to successive Headmasters for making it possible and 4 remarkable cricket week managers.

It is fitting that the home of cricket should welcome our celebration of the centenary of cricket week. Space is already at a premium and OJ’s wishing to attend are urged to book without delay.

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Hurst Careers – Can you help?

Dear members and future members of the ‘Careers Hurst’ Community

I am writing to firstly thank you for your support (and offers of support) of ‘Careers Hurst’ which has enabled us to yet again increase our careers provision this last academic year and to request for your support with the careers programme during the next academic year. I hope that many of you may wish to be involved again, or perhaps for the first time, and that by having the dates early, you can include them in your diary in advance.

‘Careers Hurst’ Speed Talk Events

  • A profession speed talk event with up to six guest speakers each hosting a table of up to 7 pupils, hopefully from differing fields within the same profession area, aimed primarily at giving our pupils from Shell (Yr. 9) to UVIth (Yr. 13) an insight into specific career areas, and how they might best gain access to and succeed in those careers
  • Every 10 minutes the pupils move round to the next table so that, by the end of the hour, they’ll have met and engaged with six hosts within that profession. Absolutely not a career talk and so nothing to prepare in advance, an opportunity to sit round a table and talk freely, answer questions and share information.
  • The event timing is: 18:30 arrival and welcome with an opportunity of meeting the other hosts before the pupils arrive at 18:50. The event commences promptly at 19:00 with 10 minute rotations finishing at 20:00.

Dates and professions this term are:

September: 2nd Medical careers, 5th Veterinary careers, 9th Finance and Financial Services careers, 12th TV, Film, Production, Directing, 16th Law, 17th Engineering and STEM careers, 23rd PR, Journalism and Marketing Communications careers, 26th IT and Technology careers

30th Sports careers – including sports people, sports therapies, sports psychology.

October: 1st Aviation careers, 3rd Property careers

Additionally, we are looking for help with our medical and veterinary interview practice sessions e.g. panel interviews and Steeplechase. Medical panel: 27.9 4:30-6pm, Vet interview – 8.11 5-6pm

Work placement Programme

After a fabulous summer of work placements, I can’t quite believe I am already thinking about planning next year’s work placements. Would you be able to take on a very willing, interested and engaged L6th student for some work experience during the holidays –  Easter, summer half term or summer holidays 2020? Our current placements range from just a day to one or two weeks and all pupils are put through a rigorous selection process in that if they are interested in applying for a position they must do so by submitting their CV and are then interviewed often going through a 1st and 2nd round. The pupils not only, if successful, benefit from the work experience but also learn the process of job application.

I would ask anyone willing to be involved in any of the opportunities above to be so kind as to contact me as soon as possible to confirm. We are looking for a full and diverse range of career introduction to our pupils and so are interested in hearing from you no matter what your background is. Equally if you know of anyone who may like to support our programme please do pass this request on!

Thank you again for your support this year and in advance for your help this academic year. We would struggle to offer such a diverse and full programme to our pupils without you and know how fortunate we are to have you on board.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tania Fielden



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