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.

Sue Hill and Hilary Ruddock

It is with great sadness that the Club announces the death of both Sue Hill and Hilary Ruddock.

Sue Hill wife of George Hill sadly passed away on Friday 19th January. The family are having a private cremation service however there will be a commemoration service at Holy Trinity, Hurst on 11th February at 12 noon.

Hilary Ruddock wife of Reg Ruddock sadly passed away 22nd January at the age of 96. Her funeral will be at Cuckfield Parish Church on Wednesday 6th February at 1.45pm, with refreshments served at the Old School


This Saturday (11th August) at Hurst at 11am

This is just a reminder that the AGM of the OJ Club will take place this Saturday at the College.

The AGM is open to all former pupils of Hurst College, starts at 11am and will be held in the lecture hall within the CCF and Outward Bounds Department (previously known as the squash courts). There will be signage to help.

Refreshments will be served afterwards on North Field outside the Dance Studio (previously known as the gym).

I very much look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Antonia Hawken


OJ Rugby day at the Stoop – Feb 2018

A 20 strong group of OJ’s, staff and friends enjoyed a day at the Stoop watching Harlequins take on Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup ( tickets were sourced by Jordan Turner-Hall  ex-quins and England who is now Hurst’s rugby professional and sports ambassador). This was preceded by a Sunday lunch at the Britannia  Pub in Richmond which although a little truncated because of kick off time was enjoyed by all. OJ’s in attendance included Joe Siantonas (Red Cross 2002-2007 ) Axie Deck (Star 2002-2007)  Tom Poole (Red Cross 2002-2007) Tom Smethurst (Red Cross 2002-2007) Josh Wait Red Cross (2002-2005) Will Matthews ( Star 2002-2007 )  Max Scott (Red Cross 2000-2005) Nick Chadwell (Star 2006-2011) Scott Simkins (Woodard 2006-2008) and James Ebdon (Woodard 2009-2014 ) . Star House was keenly represented with  Chris Gray ( House Master Star 1995-2002 ) Simon Poole ( Star House master 2002-2008) and  John Bettridge ( Star Tutor 1992-2008) ,catching up with some of their House mates. The game was an entertaining affair with Wasps running out comfortable winners in the end. Hurst OJ Charlie Matthews ( Star 2004-2009) did, however score a consolation try which gave the home crowd something to cheer about. For those of you who follow your Rugby, word has it that Charlie has now signed for Wasps for next season (they clearly liked what they saw that day !!)

The OJ committee are looking to repeat this event next season (game and venue TBC but it is likely to be Harlequins or Saracens at Home /ideally on a Friday night after work – unless we can get international tickets !!!!!) . Details will be posted on the website and the face book page so please keep an eye out for this. Anyone interested in joining this venture please contact . It will be great fun and a good way to catch up with old school mates and staff whilst watching some rugby.

Pictures: OJ’s in the South Stand, Lunch at the Stoop at the Britannia, Tom Poole ,  Will Mathews ,Tom Smethurst, Axie Deck, Max Scott ,Tom Smethurst, Joe Siantonas and last picture ‘Star Men ‘ –  Simon Poole, John Bettridge and Axie Deck