OPA Newsletter May 2020

OPA Newsletter May 2020

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.

New Book by Patrick Tobin (OP 1960)


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.


The Ray Codd Memorial Cup

The Ray Codd Memorial Cup

OPRFC Presidents XV vs Rosslyn Park Nomads XV

Saturday 14 March 2020

See Details of Postponement at: POSTPONEMENT

Ray Codd, Captain 1st VII 1966

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!