Photo credit: Ellen Elmendorp
Award-winning journalist, David Beresford, (Hervey 1960 – 1965), passed away in Johannesburg on 22nd April after a long illness (Parkinson’s Disease. He was known and admired by his peers for three things: his dedication to his craft, a complicated personal life, and his capacity to balance the two with apparent equanimity. Those who knew him in his later years would not be surprised to know that his time on campus was devoted to having a good time, but probably did not know that he was an enthusiastic rugby and cricket player — and once ran the Comrades’ Marathon. Our condolences go to his family and those who knew him well.
Falcon Old Boys from all generations will be gathering in Washington DC over the weekend 13 and 14 May.
Drinks and snacks on Friday night, Topgolf on Saturday morning and a dinner on Saturday night.
If you are interested in participating, email Brian Darling for details on firstname.lastname@example.org. All welcome – including spouses/partners – no matter where you live
Those who remember Julian Pellatt in Hervey from 1969 to 1973 may recall him being just a tad musical. Well nothing has changed, except now he can be found gigging with the Helsby Mountain String Band. Here’s one of their latest uploads to their YouTube Channel - that’s Julian on the ukulele.
None of us should be surprised by this. In 1970, the Falcon Magazine reported on the school’s performance of Twelfth Night and said about Julian:
The star of the play was undoubtedly A. J. Pellatt, who played the part of Feste, the clown. He held the whole play together and has one of the best singing voices we have heard at Falcon for a long time. He acted quite unselfconsciously and avoided overacting.
…and that was not just a one-off either. He won Citations for Acting in 1972 (as KoKo in The Mikado) and 1973 (as Berenger in Rhinoceros) and his role as Hervey choirmaster resulted in Hervey winning the Inter-House Singing Competition in both 1972 and 1973. Again, The Falcon Magazine waxed lyrical:
The honours this year went again to Hervey, whose well turned out and well trained choir was still fortunate enough to be coached by Pellatt. His clever arrangement and the confidence and enjoyment shown by his singers in their rendering of attractive music usually sung by Cat Stevens and Donovan, immediately appealed to both the adjudicator and the audience alike.
The IRB Rugby Sevens tournament in Vancouver over the weekend of March 12 – 13, 2016 in Vancouver provided an opportunity for a Falcon Old Boys get-together. Brain Darling (Hervey, 1968) and his son JJ were coming to Vancouver to join me and my sons for the tournament and we put the word out to FOBs in Canada and made a reservation for a small private dining room at a restaurant in downtown Vancouver for the evening of March 12. I have recently made contact with 20 FOBs in Canada although we think there are about 32 of us. As you all know, Canada is a huge place but we are fortunate to have some FOBs in the region.
March 12 was an extremely long day of rugby viewing, starting with the England-Wales six nation game at a pub at 8 am followed by another 10 hours on the sevens pool games. Undaunted, we gathered at the restaurant at 8 pm and were joined by Ian Hornby-Smith (Hervey 1967), Mike Hogge (Founders 1968), Kevin Ross (Hervey 1972) and Pete Methven (George Grey 1975). [There were also two university friends of Brian with us who in turns out had common acquaintances with some of the group, proving that that there are only two degrees of separation for southern Africans.]
Over a delicious curry dinner, Brian brought everyone up to date on his recent visit to the college for Speech Day in October 2015 and gave an overview of the structure and goals of the Falcon Foundation. The FF is fully established in the USA and in the process of being set up in Canada. Brian explained the joint aims of establishing an endowment fund for capital projects and a pensioners fund to assist the retired teachers living at the school whose pensions were wiped out by the Zimbabwe dollar crisis. The intent is to provide a simple method for FOBs to donate whatever they feel is possible in a simple, tax efficient way. We also gave an overview of Quiet Waters and Quest Africa and the tremendous work the college is doing to make the most for their location and facilities. I also gave everyone a copy of the Falcon Song on a flash drive.
It was an very enjoyable evening and everyone appreciated the efforts being made to re-establish contacts with FOBs and build the relationships with the Falcon Foundation and Falcon College. We hope to have similar events in eastern Canada, likely the Toronto area and again in Vancouver, and thanks to those who were able to attend.
Jeremy Haile (George Grey 1968), Vancouver, BC, Canada
Walter Hart sent in this picture of 5 FOBs who got together for dinner and drinks at Andy Du Toit’s house in Cape Town in February 2016, prompted by Robby Hope-Hall’s visit from the UK.
From left ; Piers Harington (F’69 ), Andy Du Toit (F’72), Walter Hart (F’72), Paul Crosland (O’72), Robby Hope Hall (F ’72).
The Al-Jazeera video above, from November 2014, features Martin Wheeler (Oates 1995-2000), along with the text below by Russell Beard. Good to know one of our own is doing so much good.
Martin Wheeler, otherwise known as Birdman, has always had a passion for birds. The Kenyan-born ‘local hero’ runs his own bird of prey sanctuary, rehabilitating endangered species before releasing them back into the wild.
But when he is not tending to the needs of the birds in his sanctuary, Wheeler is up in the sky with an eagle eye scouring for illegal poaching activities. From his small paraglider, he works with local rangers to identify poaching threats from the air, relaying locations and information back down to the rangers on the ground.
This has led to him to become the self-appointed ‘eyes in the sky’ for the Lekurruki conservancy – one of the North Rangelands Trust community conservancies.
Birdman’s constant presence in the sky allows him to monitor around 240 square kilometres of grass and woodland and help preserve Kenya’s iconic wildlife.
Last Sunday (28th June) Andy Whittall led a fine team of FOBs (and a couple of ringers!) to victory over Peterhouse at Radley College, Oxford. Final score…
Falcon 245 for 8
Peterhouse 218 all out in the 30th over
Man of the Match was David Lashbrook for his 5 wickets. Read the rest of this entry »
Sad news of a well-known Falcon Old Boy over the weekend
This being the 60th Anniversary for Falcon, you many not have been aware of one of the less-publicised aspects of the celebrations around Falcon College’s 60th birthday – namely, a special bottling of College wines by Falcon Old Boy, Jeremy Borg (Founders, 1978).
You may know Jeremy’s post-Falcon history, but if you don’t, it’s all wrapped up in Painted Wolf Wines, a winery he established in 2005. Not only does he produce some fantastic wines (which I can attest to, having worked my way through a case), but the awards those wines have won is about 4 pages long on my 24″ screen. What’s more, Jeremy uses a not inconsiderable percentage of the proceeds to support conservation and research charities working to safeguard – you guessed it – painted wolves.
Over the years, Jeremy has also supported a number of Falcon Old Boy events and has this year created a range of College wines that will be gracing the tables at the upcoming Falcon Old Boys dinner at Harrow School in October. If you fancy some of this, have a look at this page. where I have put the relevant order forms onto the page for you.
By the way, Jeremy will be making a donation to the College for each bottle sold and from his own point of view, this particular bottling is a non-profit operation. Can’t say fairer than that!
Cheers! Colin, Hervey 1975-1979