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2016 · ISSUE 5



The Nicholas Knatchbull Memorial Lectures

Saturday 22 April 2016

News NKTF Trustees, Sam Cook, former Dragon teacher and Tim Knatchbull (OD 1978), Tom Sainty (OD 2009),

Ben Ashmore (OD 2009) and Trustee Simon Jones (OD 1978)

2009 Leavers, Tom Sainty and Ben Ashmore,

recipients of travel grants from the

Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund ,

enraptured Dragon

boarders with tales and anecdotes of derring-

do in their NKTF lectures.

Tom worked in a bar in Rome, where

he encountered Justin Bieber - much to the

delight of the Beliebers - to help fund an

intensive certificate in English Teaching.

He subsequently spent the summer of 2015

in Sucre, Bolivia, teaching English in an


Driven by his passion for rugby, Ben

worked with the Cape Town based charity,

Sporting Opportunities. He spent a packed

two months coaching under-privileged

children in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town

and coached rugby in different conditions,

including on a boulder-covered pitch.

The Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund

was established in the memory of Nicholas

Knatchbull (OD 1978), who was tragically

killed alongside his grandfather, Lord Louis

Mountbatten, and other members of his

family, when a bomb exploded on their

fishing boat off County Sligo, Ireland in 1979.

The NKTF gives grants to ODs who

undertake activities – usually, but not exclusively,

gap year projects - that initiate and foster an

understanding between young people, both in

the United Kingdom and abroad. Please email

to find out more.

The date of next year’s game is Friday

19 May 2017. New players please

contact Richard Gordon direct on


07876 035 020 for more information.

Old Dragon Golf Day at Frilford Heath Golf Club

Friday 29 April 2016

ODs gathered in the spring for the annual Stableford Competition

for Inky’s Flask (and additional prizes for nearest the pin and longest

drive) at Frilford Heath. Nearest the pin - tricky straight into the

wind - was won by Richard Gordon (OD 1962) and longest drive by

Robin Drake (1963). The overall winner, not for the first time, was

Nick Kane (1958), with a very creditable score of 31 points on a day

when conditions made scoring difficult.

Event organiser Richard Gordon is keen to recruit new players. All

OD golfers - of any age or standard - are welcome to take part. Golfers

meet at noon for a sandwich lunch, with tee times booked from 1.15pm

to 1.45pm for the Stableford Competition, played in the traditional

Dragon manner: relaxed, enjoyable, but competitive! With its three

championship courses, Frilford Heath is a fabulous venue: it is the

home club of Eddie Pepperell and hosts the Euro Pro Tour.