The latest edition of the OPA Newsletter will be published on the Website on Tuesday 12th May 2020.
Because of the unprecedented times in which we all find ourselves, there will not be a printed version – this will be an e-version only.
The Gong Tormented Sea, the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and the Byzantine Empire
Patrick Tobin (OP 1960) who taught History at St Benedict’s from 1963 to 1971 has completed a book which he started whilst he was teaching at the school; it will be published on 20th May 2020 by the Escourt Press, Winchester.
It is very much a St Benedict’s Project. Professor Christopher Mulvey (OP 1960) has provided invaluable help towards publication and Edward Fennell (OP 1968), a pupil of Patrick’s in the 1960s, has also participated actively. There will be many other Old Priorians with memories of Patrick’s teaching who might now be interested in this outcome.
Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of
Dom Gregory Chillman
Monk and priest of Ealing Abbey
Who died on 29th March 2020
In the 90th year of his age, the 71st year of his monastic profession and the 66th year of his priesthood
May he rest in peace
D. Abbot & Community, Ealing Abbey, London W5 2DY
The Ray Codd Memorial Cup
OPRFC Presidents XV vs Rosslyn Park Nomads XV
Saturday 14 March 2020
See Details of Postponement at: POSTPONEMENT
Join us to honour one of the school’s sporting legends, celebrate the school’s sporting success past, present and future and watch some great rugby – on the pitch and on the screen!
Ray Codd (OP 1966) was one of the school’s sporting legends who sadly died last year. Ray was Captain of the First XV as well as the captain of the cricket and athletics teams. He went on to captain Rossyln Park RFC and then Middlesex RFC after which he had a long and successful career in sports education.
This inaugural event is an opportunity to honour Ray’s memory and is also a celebration St Benedict’s sport across the generations. The Old Priorians President’s XV will face Rosslyn Park Nomads for the first time at Perivale and it’s worth noting that we will be fielding 25 OPs of various vintages including some as far back as the 1980s! And of course, it’s a chance to get together with old friends.
There will be food, at least two bars as well as a supervised bouncy castle for smaller children.
Gates open at 1pm with KO at 2.30pm and the presentation of the Cup at 4.30pm.
All profits from this event will go to the school’s Floodlights Appeal. The plan is to have floodlights in place for the start of the 2020/21 season and we are sure you will all agree that this will hugely enhance St Benedict’s sports offering.
The event is free to attend though you can also purchase a seat in the covered stadium seating for £25.
For health and safety purposes you must register your attendance. You can do this here: http://www.trybooking.co.uk/OXD
We hope to see you there!
Together with St Benedict’s Connect, the Old Priorian Association now publicises obituaries of Old Priorians on the OPA website
A report of the OPA Golf Day 2019 is available at:
It is now available on line: