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Hopkinson, David (School Governor 1972-96)

David Hopkinson, financier and railway buff who as head of M&G unit trusts made stock market investment accessible to ordinary savers

David Hopkinson, who has died aged 93, was a champion of small investors as head of the M & G unit trust business – and an activist for causes ranging from the financial well-being of the Church[…]

John Porter, Legendary Trainer, by Jeremy Barber (a 55)


Legendary Trainer and his Legacy,

Newbury Racecourse.

Compiled and written by Jeremy Barber.

Published by Thumbnail Media.

Available from Jeremy Barber, Abbots Litten, Long Street, Sherborne. DT9 3BU.


RRP £ p&p.

While Jeremy  Barber has […]

Overland to Sierra Leone for Cure Parkinson’s Trust

Former British Army Officer, Guy Deacon (a 80) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. In May he undertook a gruelling 500-mile cycle challenge round the north coast of Scotland to raise money for Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT), a charity dedicated to finding a cure for the disease.

On Saturday 9 November […]

Remarkable Lives: Alan Turing by Dermot Turing (h 78)

Today, Alan Turing OBE, PhD, FRS (1912-1954) is a well-recognised name, but it was not always so. Until the last few years of the 20th century hardly anyone had heard of him or his achievements.

All that changed when the British government permitted the story […]

Wilfred and the Half-Pintle, Peter Stride (g 64)

Wilfred, an Anglo-Saxon youth of the old Druid faith:

  • Survives a Viking massacre and prolonged depression
  • Becomes an expert herbalist and protects the natural environment
  • Seeks a cure for cancer among the old Anglo-Saxon nine herbs charm
  • He becomes an expert but reluctant swordsman
  • Cures King Alfred’s bowel disease and fights in his shield wall […]

The White House, Holyhead, RM Cartmel (a 69)

The White House, Holyhead is the eighth title in the highly- acclaimed Novella Nostalgia series of modern stories inspired by iconic films.

Available to purchase on Amazon from 15 October 2019, The White House, Holyhead is based on the 1942 classic Casablanca, one of the world’s best-loved movies. […]

Wilsey, John Finlay Willasey (g 57)

John Wilsey (g 57)
Sherborne School Governor 1994-2001
Old Shirburnian Society President 1998

Nicknamed “Gregory Peck” for his dark good looks and commanding presence on Colonel John Blashford-Snell’s Blue Nile (Great Abbai) expedition of 1968, John Wilsey encountered more than his fair share of tense moments in a career during which he distinguished himself […]

Uren, John Michael Leal (h 40)

Sir Michael Uren, who has died aged 95, made a fortune in the gritty industrial fields of sea-dredged aggregates and blast-furnace slag recycling – and gave more than £90 million of it to chosen good causes.

Uren was an engineer-entrepreneur whose irrepressible energy and curiosity were directed towards […]

20, 25 and 30 Year Reunion Drinks for the Classes of 1999, 1994 and 1989

The Clarence in Dover Street, with its private bar space upstairs, is proving a good central location in London for our round of OS Pub Nights and it was ‘on duty’ again last night to host an informal get-together of OS who left the School 30, 25 and 20 years ago (1989, 1994 and 1999 […]

IT, AI and All Things Digital Careers Event

We had a great evening on Wednesday 11 September at our IT, AI and Digital Technology Careers Event.

A big thank you to Sherborne Old Girl Emma Taylor and Nimbus Ninety for hosting us, and to our superb panel Juliette Arbis, Mel Exon (A 89), Simon Giles (a […]