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Old Abingdonian Club

Dear Old Abingdonian,

Welcome to the latest OA Club e-newsletter.

Last month we exchanged the January blues for January cerise as we welcomed a team of footballing OAs to Tilsley Park for the Returning Captain's Match, with both OA Football and OA Hockey still to look forward to in March. That's not to mention the many other OA events that will populate the next few months, as detailed below. 

Now is also the time to reflect upon the year just past with the latest Griffen, which will have already made its way to OAs in print or online. OA news never stops, however, so do please do let us know if you have any updates of your own to share. 

15 March 2019
OA Football and OA Hockey

Saturday 23 March 2019, Tilsley Park

More than 50 OAs joined us for OA Football and OA Hockey in 2018 - let's get even more back this year. Find out more about these popular sporting occasions and sign up online now:

OA Football Match

OA Hockey Match

University Reunion

Currently studying at university in or within easy reach of Cardiff? Join us in April for our university reunion in this city, where all attending student OAs will be offered a free meal and drink courtesy of the OA Club. Click the following link for more details:

Cardiff - Friday 26 April 2019 (new date)

Regional Lunch

Our forthcoming Regional Lunch will be held at a restaurant in Cardiff, and all OAs and their guests are welcome to attend. Further information and booking details are available via the following link:

Cardiff - Saturday 27 April 2019 (new date)

50s, 60s Event

The next OA 50s, 60s event will be held at Salisbury Cathedral. Drinks in the Cloisters will be served from 6.30 pm followed by dinner in The Refectory.

Tickets are priced at £55 per person. This event is proving extremely popular and tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. OAs who left Abingdon in the 1950s and 1960s who are interested in attending this event are asked to contact Alison Lester.


OA Club Small Grants

Did you know that the OA Club runs a small grants programme? Individual OAs can apply for support of a personal or professional development opportunity, while groups of OAs can apply for grants to support experiences in sport, music, art, drama and more. Applications must be received by the OA Club Office no later than Wednesday 1 May 2019. For full information and a link to the application form, please click here.

OAs in the News

OA Mike Bartlett's adaptation of Chariots of Fire is coming to the Oxford Playhouse between 12-16 March 2019. For more information and to book tickets, click here. 

OA Toby Marlow has composed and co-written SIX, ‘the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre’ (✭✭✭✭✭ The Evening Standard). A modern re-telling of the six wives of Henry VIII, this is one not to be missed. For more information, click here. 

OA Fin Taylor appeared on Live at the Apollo last November and is now working his way around the UK on his own tour - check out @FinTaylorcomedy for details and be sure to update us on your own goings on!

OA Edward Rowett has confirmed that his comedy 'Reluctant Persuaders' will be back for a fourth series on BBC Radio 4. For more information, click here.

Loose Limbed Collective

Loose Limbed Collective is taking its first ever production "Contact Light" to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, written by former SHSK's drama students, Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson.

A networking event will be held in the Pianodrome on Tuesday 20 August from 10pm-1am where Jeremy is hoping to stage a showcase performance. He would be happy to hear from OA artists who are interested in taking part. Email jeremy.taylor@abingdon.org.uk or for more information, click here

Save the date - Tuesday 20 August 2019

OA Belts and OA Ties

Belts in OA colours are available to purchase from Pioneros, a family business with strong OA links. Please visit pioneros.co.uk or call +44 (0)1491 671177 for more information, and use the code 'Abingdon10' to receive a 10% discount on your order!  

OA ties in two designs (stripes and griffens) can also be ordered through the OA Club Office. Ties cost £20 (each) via collection, or £25 inclusive of P&P. For more details, please email oa.club@abingdon.org.uk.

Inter-Alumni Match Opportunities

Various Locations

Fencing - The Charterhouse Alumni Fencing Club are looking to establish a competitive alumni match programme between other alumni fencing clubs.
Tennis - The D'Aberon Cup is organised annually by the PSOBLTA with the final played at AELTC, Wimbledon in September. Previous winners include Old Reptonians, Old Etonians, Old Rugbeians. 

If you are interested in getting involved in either of these events, contact Bethany Summers.  


Social Media

Not yet following the OA Club on social media? Check out our pages for the latest news, event details, networking opportunities and more:

Twitter - @oldabingdonians

Instagram - @oldabingdonians

Facebook - Old Abingdonian Club

LinkedIn - Old Abingdonian Club


With best wishes,

Ken Welby (1984)

OA Club Chairman

In this e-Newsletter
Future events

Road Relay - Monday 25 March 2019, Abingdon School. Click here. 

Cardiff Reunions - Friday 26 April (University) and Saturday 27 April (Regional)

ASPA Quiz - Saturday 27 April 2019, Abingdon School. Click here.

50s, 60s Dinner - Friday 10 May 2019, Salisbury Cathedral. Click here. 

OA Golf Day - Monday 13 May 2019, Frilford Heath Golf Club. Click here.

OA Croquet - Saturday 15 June 2019, Abingdon School. Click here. 

Year Group Reunions (1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009, 2017) - Saturday 15 June 2019, Abingdon School. Click here.

360 Degrees (previously UCAS2) - Friday 21 June 2019, Abingdon School. Click here. 

OA Cricket - Friday 21 June 2019, Abingdon School. Click here. 

OA Tennis - Saturday 22nd June 2019, Abingdon School. Click here.

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019, Henley-on-Thames. Click here. 

OA Rugby - Saturday 31 August 2019, Abingdon School. Click here.

Sixth Form Careers Evening - Friday 15 November 2019, Abingdon School

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