Saturday 24 June 2017
On our annual Skipper Day, we were
delighted to thank Old Dragons, former
staff members and friends who kindly
included a gift to the Dragon in their Will.
Skipper members enjoyed lunch hosted
by John and Wendy Baugh and then made
their way down to the river for the Dragon
regatta. As they watched our young Dragon
skullers and some bemused punters, they
reminisced about swimming in the river
and taking part in dramatic plays on the
banks. A light breeze rippled through
the trees keeping everyone cool while
afternoon tea was served. It was a delightful
afternoon with our warm and generous
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Marketing and Admissions events
Each year, we organise events for families interested in the Dragon School for their children.
These include Open Mornings and a London Reception. In addition, the Headmaster
visited prospective families in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. If you are interested
in the Dragon for your children, or know others who are, please contact the Admissions
Office on 01865 315405 for more information. For future event dates, see page 28.
EVENTS AND REUNIONS
Memorial Service for Robin ‘Lofty’ Houghton
Saturday 17 September 2016
Robin Houghton, known affectionately as
‘Lofty’, died after a long, bravely fought illness
on Friday 27 May 2016.
The Dragon community gave thanks for the
life of Lofty at a Thanksgiving Service held at St
Andrew’s Church, Oxford, which was adorned
with flowers in Dragon blue and gold. The
Dragon Idris Choir sang two anthems and
encouraged the congregation to sing hymns,
ending with Lofty’s favourite,
Murchie, a friend and colleague, delivered
a eulogy, raising a few giggles. Prayers were
led by Robert Startin (Lay Chaplain at the
Dragon) and Rev Ronnie Lloyd.
Lofty’s wife, Andrea, and daughters, Joanna
(1990) and Frances (1993), and their wider
family were pleased to see so many people
paying their respects and sharing memories.
Frances wore her silver medal from the
Rio Olympics – sadly, Lofty died before he
was able to celebrate her latest achievement.
Lofty was a keen supporter of British
women’s rowing and several members of the
rowing fraternity were also in attendance.
Sunday 13 November 2017
Autumn sunshine, clear notes and voices,
well-chosen words and poppies laid by
Dragons before the names of their forebears
who fell in the tragic year of 1916 marked a
powerful act of Remembrance this year.
OD Golf Day
Friday 19 May 2017
OD golfers met at Frilford Heath Golf Club
for their traditional sandwich lunch and
afternoon Stableford competition, when
they play for Inky’s silver flask trophy. A
competitive and enjoyable game saw Nick
Kane (1958) win on countback with 38 points
from Tom Bulford (1969), who had the
consolation win of the longest drive. Simon
Smith scored nearest the pin on the short 6th
of the Green course.
Richard Gordon (1962) and Staff (1979
– 2001) has taken over the organising of this
day, so please contact him directly on 01865
292904 or emailmail@classperformance
if you would like to play next year,
when the ODs and the St Edward’s Martyrs
golfers are for the first time joining together.
We much hope to see you at Frilford in 2018.
Photo from L to R: Charles Gordon (1959), Simon Smith
(1977), Mike Lewis (1953), Mary Bush (Ex-Matron, Wife
of Charlie Bush), Charlie Bush (Former Staff, 1971-1975),
Robin Drake (1963), Tom Bulford (1969), Nick Kane
(1958), Charles Cooper (1961). Not in photo: Richard
Gordon (1962), Rupert Rowbotham (1962)