The OD Issue 2 - page 21

2012 · ISSuE 2
Events and reunions
golf 2011
There were two golf days organised by
ODs: the first at Frilford in May, organised
by the OD Golf Society founder Nick
Kane (OD 1958), and the second at The
Addington in October, hosted by George
Marsh (OD 1956). Both events saw a
spirited crowd of ODs pull their nine
irons out of retirement and play their way
around the greens, with varying degrees
of skill and professionalism. The weather
encouraged OD golfers to play to their
best, fuelled by bacon sandwiches as
well as the underlying current of keen
competition. Special mention to Simon
Smith (OD 1977) who claimed victory,
and the silverware, at Frilford.
new York drinks
In October, Dragon staff Desmond
Devitt, Ed Phelps, Mary Kinnear and
Laura Watson were in Manhattan
escorting A Block children on the New
York Exchange Programme, now in
its 10th year. While there, they were
delighted to catch up with a group of
ODs now living in New York at a drinks
party at the atmospheric M Bar of
the Mansfield Hotel. ODs based in or
around New York, and elsewhere in the
USA, are encouraged to contact the OD
Office to help us plan future events for
the American Friends of the Dragon.
Pre 1950s leavers’ reunion
In November more than 200 ODs and their guests met at the Dragon for a
Pre-1950 Leavers’ Reunion. The youngest of the visitors was 75 and several
were well into their nineties; some had travelled great distances to be
there. It was a tremendous occasion: the sound of laughter and animated
conversation filled the air and left no one in any doubt that friendships
made during schooldays at the Dragon had endured through many years.
Headmaster John Baugh welcomed everyone to the very full Dining
Room and Lady Antonia Fraser, née Pakenham, (OD 1944) spoke warmly
of her Dragon years and her contemporaries. Canon Christopher Hall
(OD 1949) gave a very moving Grace.
After an excellent lunch, and the presentation of a souvenir booklet to
every guest, the ODs watched the Rugby 1
X1s outshine the opposition
and enjoyed a visit to their Old School Hall which is now the Library.
A large number of amusing and heartfelt letters of thanks have been
received and much appreciated by the staff.
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