Down Memory Lane

Following the success of the guided walk Down Memory Lane last autumn, we are planning to repeat it, and to add a walk centred on the school’s Origins in Bolt Court.

There will be one Down Memory Lane walk, on Saturday 4th April.  If you want a flavour of what to expect, please see the January edition of the Old Stationer magazine (issue 90), pp 33-34.

There will be two Origins walks, on Tuesday 7th April and Wednesday 22nd April.  They will start at St Paul’s, and take in Stationers’ Hall, Bolt Court, and Fleet Street environs.

All walks will begin at 2.00 pm and be led by Karen Lansdown, who did such an excellent job last time.

As before, 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.  If you would like to go on the Origins walk, please give an order of preference for dates.  There will be a maximum of 15 per walk, and if we are over-subscribed it will be first come, first served.

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

OSA Photographic Competition – Sport

The theme of the inaugural OSA Photographic Competition was interpreted liberally, although it was great if it related to the School or OSA activities. “Sport” was chosen as this is always a popular OSA topic. The winner is to get a bottle of Champagne, presented to him at the Annual Dinner in March 2020, where it is our intention to display the entries.

And the winner is: Tim Westbrook, for “After lunch wake-up call for Botany Bay opening Batsman!” This was an action shot taken on OSA President’s Day, at Botany Bay in 2013. It features Jack Wilkins (Chris Wilkins’, son) opening the bowling for the President’s XI. We thought that the winning photograph provides a perfectly balanced composition of an action shot of the game.

Look out for the details of the next OSA Photographic Competition, in a future edition of, ‘The Old Stationer’ magazine, so that you can enter too.

Tony Moffat and Peter Thomas


We are always eager to welcome new Members!

OSA Walk in Derbyshire, May 2020

Following the success of the Yorkshire three peaks walk in May 2019, we have arranged further walks in 2020. The main walk (12 to 15 miles) will be on Tuesday 19 May 2020 with an option for a shorter walk (about 8 miles) the following day. We have identified some accommodation for two nights i.e. 18 to 20 May, although clearly any participants could extend the length of their stay. An important addition is that spouses/partners will be welcome on these walks.

The walks will be led by Ian Blackmore.  The area we will go to in May 2020 is the Peak District (Derbyshire).  To make it a sensible party to walk together we will cap it at about 30 participants.

The proposed main hotel is The George Hotel at Hathersage, 01433-650436, S32 1BB.  There are a number of other places at a range of prices in Hathersage and the relatively nearby Castleton, from Youth Hostels upwards, so please do not feel you have to stay at The George to take part.

The proposal is to stay for two nights from Monday 18 May to Wednesday 20 May, although you may choose to have a longer stay. 

Ian Blackmore has developed these two walks.  The proposal is to have a dinner together on the evening of Tuesday 19 May at the George, with a more informal arrangement for the Monday night.

Three peaks continued … 

We have arranged a discount of 10% on room prices at The George.  To get this you need to refer to an agreement with Chelsea (not the club!) and that you are in the WINTER walking group.  You need to book directly with the Hotel, you cannot get these prices via a booking agency.  A small number of the rooms can be set up as twins if this is needed.


The prices are as below, B&B per night:


Room Type

Single/Double occupancy

Full Price, £

Reduced Price, £





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It would be helpful if bookings could be made as soon as possible so that we can secure accommodation in one area at what can be a busy part of the Derbyshire walking season.   Please e-mail Ian Blackmore and Peter Winter when you have booked, see addresses on this e-mail. 


Dates for the Diary

Friday 27th March 2020
AGM & Annual dinner

AGM at 5.30 at Stationers’ Hall, with reception and dinner following at approximately  6pm. To attend please print off the March 2020 lunch form and send to Roger Melling as instructed.

Saturday 4th April, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 22nd April

Down Memory Lane, and Origins Walks  Details above


Tuesday 12th May 2020
OSA Lunch

12.15 for 1pm, Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, WC1.
To attend please print off the May 2020 lunch form and send to Roger Melling as instructed.

Tuesday 19th, and Wednesday 20th May 2020

Yorkshire three peaks walks – details to right

Sunday 30th August 2020
President`s Day

Botany Bay Cricket Club

Tuesday 15th September 2020
OSA Lunch

Details to follow

We are sorry to report the death of our oldest member – Owen Rowe

Funeral Monday March 9th 2.30 p.m. Celebration at Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YE.  

Apology – re Alan Berwick  The magazine incorrectly records Alan as having passed.