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20 October 2023

Melanie Walton (Junior Boarding House Parent 2001-13)

Mel Walton died of natural causes on 12 June 2023. Mel and her husband Jim were much-loved members of staff at Cheltenham College Junior School from 2001 to 2013.

20 October 2023

Edward Wilson Portrait Restoration

Hannah Dale, College Archivist

Celebrating a portrait of an OC, painted by an OC and his son, and restored thanks to the generous donation of an OC.

19 October 2023

President of the Cheltonian Society

Welcome to the Cheltonian Society section of The Cheltonian 2022-23. You will see from this publication and elsewhere that College is in great health, evidenced especially by the outstanding feedback from the ISI report.

19 October 2023

In Conversation with Emma Hattersley, member of the Council of Cheltenham College.

Members of the Council of Cheltenham College (our governing body) typically serve terms of office of between three and nine years.

19 October 2023

Our Sustainable Journey

Environmental sustainability is not a new consideration for College, as for many years we have been developing a range of sustainable policies, working practices and curriculum links.

19 October 2023

Prep Head’s Welcome

Anyone who knows me knows that I can make 50 words into 1,000 more flowery ones, with lots of superlatives, without even drawing breath!

19 October 2023

Jasper Rodney Archer (Xt, 1964)

Jasper Archer, brother of Hugh Archer (Xt, 1964), died on 19 December 2022, aged 81.

19 October 2023

Cheltondale Memory

The Rt Hon the Lord (Michael) Jopling (Cheltondale, 1948)

During my years at Cheltondale (1944-1948), as healthy adolescents, we used often to think of girls. But during that time we never had sight or sound of the Ladies’ College.

18 October 2023

Dr Malcolm Sloan: 50 Years at College

Retiring this summer, Malcolm Sloan has completed a remarkable 50 years at College.

18 October 2023


The Pre-Prep has enjoyed a flourishing year. Our flagship Cheltenham Nursery School opened in September 2022 and our youngest learners now have the most beautiful environment in which to play and grow.

18 October 2023

Simon Charles Ayre (Xt, 1974)

Simon Ayre died on 30 January 2023, aged 67. A full obituary will be published on the Cheltonian Society website and in the next edition of The Cheltonian.

18 October 2023

Making Headlines

Caroline Froggatt (Ch, 1992)

Whilst I was at College, I announced to my mother that I might wish to be a journalist. She quickly dismissed the idea because in her view a journalist was a ‘busybody'.

17 October 2023

Cheltenham College Charitable Trust

Donations to CCCT by OCs, parents and staff have both an immediate and long-term impact on the lives of current Cheltonians.

17 October 2023

Lower School

Lower School continues to go from strength to strength, with this year being another highly successful year. With three new members of teaching staff joining the team, it is certainly a new look with a fresh approach.

17 October 2023

Paul Hamer Blackburn (H, 1952)

Paul Blackburn, brother of Robin Blackburn (H, 1954) and Martin Blackburn (H, 1950), father of Richard Blackburn (H, 1984) and Robert Blackburn (H, 1982) and uncle of Will Blackburn (L, 1989), died on 6 November 2022, aged 88.

17 October 2023

Rowing to Success

Georgia Rattigan (Q, 2009)

In most team sports athletes have distinct roles to play, be it forward, defence or goalkeeper.

16 October 2023

Supporting College Careers

Thank you to all the Cheltonian Society members who have volunteered for College careers events over the year.

16 October 2023

Middle School

Middle School has had another fabulous year. Academically we continue to challenge our pupils through excellent specialist teaching over a wide range of subjects.

16 October 2023

Ralph Bruce Cottrell (H, 1969)

Ralph Cottrell, brother of Keith Cottrell (H, 1967), died on 10 February 2023, aged 71. The following has been provided by Ralph’s brother, Keith.

16 October 2023

Padel to the People

James Rock (NH, 2006)

As a student at College, I fell in love with racket sports, particularly rackets.

15 October 2023


Our fond wishes to all Society members who have recently got married or had a baby.

15 October 2023

Upper School

We have ended the year on a real high in Upper School with a fantastic Post CE Programme for Year 8, with Bude being a real highlight, and Activities Week for Year 7.

15 October 2023

Michael Coventry Hancock (L, 1948)

Mike Hancock, son of Lt Col Leslie F Hancock OBE (L, 1913), died on 20 February 2023, aged 93. The following has been provided by Mike’s family.

15 October 2023

Kenya to South Africa…and back!

Jaden Somen (Xt, 2022)

During my final weeks of Upper Sixth I wondered what I would be doing for my gap year, until a friend from back home in Kenya mentioned the possibility of a road trip from Nairobi to Cape Town and back.

14 October 2023


Society events are a mix of reunions for specific year groups and events that are open to all Society members. Galleries of photos from past OC reunions and Society events can be viewed on the Society website.

14 October 2023

Cade House

As we reflect on another successful academic year in Cade House, it is difficult to highlight single events from an incredibly busy boarding calendar.

14 October 2023

John Harper-Nelson (Cheltondale, 1939)

Major John Harper-Nelson died on 10 July 2022 in Australia, aged 100.

14 October 2023

World of Fabric

Helen Webb-Carter (Ch, 1996)

I am one of those lucky people who really enjoy their job and who wakes up in the morning looking forward to my day’s work.

13 October 2023

Prep Valete

Our Fond Farewells from The Prep

13 October 2023

Better Together

Ben Burch (BH, 1997)

It all began in the rowing minibus; or was it the gym, or perhaps the boat?

13 October 2023

Sports Clubs

Cheltonian Society sports clubs are a great way to connect with other Society members. Our thanks to all Society members who are involved in running sports clubs.

12 October 2023

Timothy George Harris (Xt, 1946)

Tim Harris died on 11 November 2022, aged 94. The following has been provided by Tim’s widow Gill Harris.

12 October 2023

Labor Omnia Vincit

Lldarin Nandhabiwat (née Mongkollugsana, Ch, 1986)

Never could I have imagined such a life-long impact that a couple of years at College (1984-1986) would have had on my journey and career thus far.

12 October 2023

OC Sporting Successes

We are proud that a number of OC athletes, many of whom were Talented Athlete Programme (TAP) members, achieve outstanding success in their sporting careers.

11 October 2023

John Philip Barklie Maxwell (L, 1960)

John Maxwell died on 4 June 2023, aged 81. The following is taken from a eulogy given by The Rt Hon Sir Paul Girvan, a great friend of John’s, edited by Dr Malcolm Sloan.

11 October 2023

Tuck Shop Entrepreneur

Max Brown (Xt, 2022)

I was at College for 15 years from the age of three, made great friends, loved team sports and did OK academically with A levels in Economics, Politics and Psychology.

10 October 2023

Colin Barrie Douglas Mayes (L, 1958)

Barrie Mayes, brother of Peter Mayes (L, 1965) and Tim Mayes (L, 1971), died on 5 September 2022, aged 82.

09 October 2023

Stephen Michael Page (H, 1964)

Stephen Page, brother of Gordon Page (H, 1962) and Alan Page (H, 1968), died on 26 June 2023, aged 77.

08 October 2023

David John Powdrill (H, 1954)

David Powdrill, father of Guy Powdrill (H, 1991), died on 7 June 2023, aged 86. David was captain of the College swimming team and a member of Britain’s bobsleigh team in the early 1970s.

07 October 2023

Ronald Tuxworth Procter (H, 1949)

Ronald Procter, brother of Mervyn Procter (Day Boy, 1937), died on 13 July 2023, aged 92. The following has been provided by Ronald’s son, Jeremy.

06 October 2023

David Hansen Reeves (H, 1950)

David Reeves, brother of Michael Reeves (Xt, 1947), died on 22 December 2022, aged 89. The following is compiled from David’s autobiographical notes.

05 October 2023

Alan David Reith (NH, 1950)

David Reith, father of the late Fiona Reith (Ch, 1989), died on 11 November 2022, aged 89.

03 October 2023

Michael Templeton Scott-Kerr (Day Boy, 1954)

Mike Scott-Kerr died on 26 February 2023 in Canada, aged 87. The following has been written his family.

02 October 2023

David John Shenton Sewell (Day Boy, 1959)

David Sewell died on 17 May 2023, aged 81. The following has been written by David’s close friends.

01 October 2023

Alan Rorie Singlehurst (BH, 1959)

Alan Singlehurst died on 22 June 2023, aged 81. The following has been provided by Alan’s cousins.

20 September 2023

Alexander Jonathan Stewart (H, 1968)

Jo Stewart died on 24 May 2023, aged 73. Jo was a Prefect and was a particularly keen hockey player, playing in the hockey 1st XV, as well as rugby 2nd XV.

19 September 2023

Peter Brian Todd (H, 1961)

Peter Todd died on 2 February 2023, aged 79. Peter was a Solicitor in Sheffield for 45 years.

18 September 2023

Robin Michael Wright (H, 1965)

Robin Wright, son of Edwin Wright MBE (H, 1929), died on 6 January 2023, aged 75.