Guided City Walks

As previously advertised, the OSA is planning a series of guided city walks, in London and elsewhere.  The first of these should evoke feelings of nostalgia as it will focus on Crouch End and Hornsey, and we are calling it “Down Memory Lane”.  It will be led by a professional guide, who will plan the walk under guidance from the OSA Committee so as to ensure that key locations from our schooldays are not missed.  We anticipate strong interest, so we are fixing three dates for the walk, as follows: Saturday, 5th October, Sunday, 6th October and Thursday, 10th October.  The walks will each begin at 2.30pm and last for 90 minutes.

The charge will be £15 per person, or £25 per couple.  This will cover our costs and provide a small contribution to the OSA in addition.

We are now inviting expressions of interest.  It would be helpful if you could indicate two dates convenient to you in order of preference, to facilitate a sensible allocation of numbers – there being a maximum of 15 per walk.  If we are over-subscribed, it will be first come, first served.

Please email Stephen Collins ( with your preferences by 31st August.  Thereafter we will be in touch with date allocations, joining instructions, and details of how to pay.

OSA Photographic Competition – Sport

 Whether you are an experienced photographer, or just take the occasional photograph with your mobile phone, this is the photographic competition for you. For this inaugural competition, we are making the theme “Sport” as this is always a popular OSA topic.

Any OSA member can enter up to three photographs which they should have taken. They should illustrate the theme, “Sport” – which can be anything you interpret this to mean. However, it would be great if it relates to either School or OSA activities.

To Enter: Each photograph should have an “interesting” title, relevant to the theme, and be accompanied by the sender’s name, postal address and telephone number.  Send your digital or scanned photographs (colour or black and white – or even sepia), as a 300 DPI JPEG file, to Tony Moffat at:  More details on last page of the July magazine.

For those of the “old school” without access to a scanner; send hard copy photographs, which will be scanned and then returned to you, to: Tony Moffat, 1 The Fairway, Bar Hill, CAMBRIDGE, CB23 8SR. Please use cardboard in envelope to protect the photographs.

Closing date: 31st October 2019. Entries will be acknowledged by email, telephone or post.       


We are always eager to welcome new Members!

President’s Day Cricket Victory

On a glorious Bank Holiday Sunday at Botany Bay cricket club, The Presidents Select X1 prevailed in a hard fought match against the home side.

The event was well attended and those present were fortunate enough to witness two records being broken; the hottest August Bank Holiday in living memory and the longest over ever bowled!

Winning the toss Richard Slatford opted to bat and after losing two quick wickets, Richard and Colin Lane crafted a steady run-fest scoring 72 and 61 respectively before retiring to let a couple of our less talented players swing and miss for the last of our allotted 35 overs. Our total of 165 for 5 proved a challenging target for Botany Bay after Munro dismissed their opener for 4 and Westbrook bowled their number 3 for 2 runs. Blackmore, Soames, French, Brown, and Lane bowled tidily to restrict Botany Bay scoring and with one over to go, our captain in a moment of madness tossed the ball to Hudson. His final over plumbed the depths of collective embarrassment with a mixture of “wides”, “scuttlers” and several “dribblers” that did not reach the other end, all contributing to a 21 ball over that took a full 12 minutes to complete and added another 31 to their innings total before we could all adjourn to the bar to celebrate a famous victory for Peter Thomas’s illustrious team.

Many thanks to Peter Thomas for hosting the event and to JJ of Botany Bay for all the domestic arrangements at the venue.

Tim Westbrook  

President’s Victorious Team

Peter welcomes his guests

More in the next magazine – and here .. Cricket match

Dates for the Diary

Sunday August 25th 
Presidents Day Cricket match at Botany Bay Cricket Club

Our President, Peter Thomas invites all OSA members and their partners to join him for an afternoon of scintillating entertainment as The OSA Select X1 trounce  Botany Bay in a 20/20 cricket match.

If you want to book for lunch ( 12.30 ) please contact Peter Sandell otherwise just come and enjoy a libation or two and sit in a deck-chair for a late summer top up to your suntan.

Tuesday September 10th
OSA Lunch at The Royal National Hotel

Please contact Roger Melling to book for this relaxing social event in the company of fellow Old Stationers. Details are in the loose insert in July’s Magazine.

Wednesday December 4th
OSA Christmas Lunch at The Hall

By far the most popular event in our social calendar. Please book early through Roger Melling using the booking form insert in the July Magazine.