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The Ascension Day holiday

The Christian festival of The Feast of the Ascension is held the 40th day of Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday.

English customs associated with Ascension Day included the beating of the parish bounds, well dressing, and the planting of the ‘Penny […]

The empire on which the sun never sets.

Empire Day was celebrated in Britain and her colonies on the 24th May (Queen Victoria’s birthday). Although the date had been celebrated in the colonies from as early as 1902, it was not until 1916 that the date was recognised officially as an annual event by the British Government.

In 1935, Old Shirburnian and […]

Celebrating Shirburnians: Arthur Carr

The 21st May 2017 marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of the England Test cricketer, Arthur William Carr (1893-1963).

Arthur Carr arrived at Sherborne School in September 1907, aged fourteen, having briefly attended Eton College, from where he was expelled for idleness.  While at Sherborne Carr was a member of the 1st XI […]

Westcott House Dinner – Friday 12th May 2017

42 Westcott OS and their guests, 3 former Westcott Housemasters and the widow, Dorothy Cooper, of a 4th returned to Sherborne for a wonderful reunion to celebrate all things Westcottian.  We were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy drinks on The Upper before going into the marquee for a fantastic meal, courtesy of our caterers.  […]

Arthur Carr: The Rise & Fall of Nottingham’s Bodyline Captain

Arthur Carr The Rise & Fall of Nottinghamshires Bodyline Captain by Peter WynneThomasA new biography of one of Sherborne’s finest cricketers, A.W. Carr, is now available from Chequered Flag Publishing

In Arthur Carr: The Rise and Fall of Nottinghamshire’s Bodyline Captain, Peter Wynne-Thomas […]

Researcher explores 1924 expedition to the Canadian Sub-Arctic

Modern day explorer Carsten Iwers has this week been carrying out research in the Sherborne School Archives into an expedition made through the Canadian Sub-Arctic in 1924/25 by Old Shirburnian James Critchell Bullock (Lyon House 1913-1916).  In 1950, Critchell Bullock donated to Sherborne School a collection of diaries, letters and photographs made during […]

City Careers Event

Robin Creswell (current parent), Managing Principal of Payden & Rygel kindly agreed to host a City Careers Evening which was open to all young OS and SOGs, who were either considering a career in the City or were already working there, to meet alumni and parents from a wide range of sectors.

The evening started with […]

Michael Thompson (g 63)

WarGen-Poster-Soldier no addressWarGen, set up late last year by broadcasters and historians Dan Snow and James Holland, is a group of volunteers who are trying to find and interview people who have lived through the Second World War, whether as civilians, as Servicemen and women, or […]

House Histories

Abbeylands, c.1900Histories of Sherborne School’s current and former boarding houses are now available online.

They include, where available, copies of the house photographs for each year, but there are gaps in our collections that we need your help to fill.  If you have any […]

Robert Ambrose (d 77) in memory of Jon Beazley

Dear Friends of Jon Beazley,

I have a place, and all being well I’ll run the 2017 London Marathon in order to raise money and awareness for both Leukaemia Care and the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/amyloidosis/research) it was of course Amyloidosis which led to Jon’s untimely death. Our fundraising efforts for Amyloidosis have been ongoing since Jon’s death and the link to […]