Welcome to the OAA pages of the website. This year we have been very busy on the cricket field and we also hosted our first OAA drinks party north of the border.
In early November, we held a long overdue party at Edinburgh’s ‘New Club’, which was well attended by OAs from across Scotland and Northumberland (see pictures on opposite page). The New Club provided us with the perfect venue, enjoying wonderful views of Princes Street and the castle and our thanks go to Somerled Macdonald (84-89) for hosting us. We hope to return to Edinburgh in the future and will strive to attract even more OAs into the city for the next party. In the meantime, we head back to London in 2020 and look forward to seeing many of you there.
As already stated above, this summer was a particularly busy one for our OA cricketers. The season started during the summer half term with two fixtures for young OAs. First up was our inaugural cricket match and family day for OAs still in public schools. Two teams and a supporting cast of parents and siblings gathered at Cliffe Cricket Club near Piercebridge for a picnic and T20 match. Thanks go to our President Richard Wilson (53-58) and former Chairman Nicko Wilson (82-87) for hosting such a fun day, which we are hoping to run again in 2020. The following weekend saw the annual fixture between the previous year’s leavers and the School XI, which was won by the OAs.
In July two teams of mixed age (and ability) gathered at the school for matches against the Harrow Wanderers and Old Amplefordians. Our thanks go to Andrew Francis and his grounds staff for all their support with these matches and to Sam Biker (99-02) for managing the fixtures. A team of nine OAs and a couple of guest appearances from Old Bramcotians with sons currently at Aysgarth, were narrowly defeated by the Harrow Wanderers, losing by just one wicket. The following weekend we played our first ever fixture against the Old Amplefordians on the day of the Cricket World Cup final. An early start was required with a reduced match (T20) planned to finish in time for the teams to watch the final. The match saw 15 OAs take to the field and this one also went down to the wire, with the OAs winning in the last over!
Our OAA bursary this year made a donation to the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), in support of Archie Hare and the wonderful walk arranged by the school on his behalf. Archie inspired hundreds of boys, parents, staff, OAs and other friends of the school to walk through the Yorkshire Dales from Aysgarth Falls to Aysgarth School raising huge sums for the RNIB. Archie himself walked all 16 miles, accompanied by his parents and the Headmaster. If you have a business venture or charitable endeavour seeking funding, please contact me to apply for a donation from our OAA bursary.
I would like to wrap up by extending a warm welcome to all our new members and I encourage you all to embrace the OAA and join us for our sports fixtures, parties and other events we host each year, as well as keeping us up to date of your progress into further education, your career and personal achievements and milestones. We have some wonderful news and articles from the OAA community for you in these pages, as well as an update from the School Archivist, Ted Haslam. If you have any news you would like to share with us or you would like to contribute an article, please email email@example.com.
Finally, I would like to thank my committee, who not only help arrange our events but also work throughout the year to keep the OAA and the school up to date with the latest activities and achievements of our OAs. I would also like to thank Diny Price and Niki Pargeter for the help and support they have given the committee this year and sign off by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With best wishes,
Simon Price (1982-87)
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