Pictured above: The class of 1976 for their 40 year reunion! From left to right: Damien Walmsley, Martin Fanning, Nick Hall, Kevin Kavanagh, Frank Tierney, Paul Moore, Martin Wilson, Mark Buxton, George Prove, John Law, Stephen Walsh, and Ian Law
NB: For pictures, please scroll to the links at the bottom.
The weekend kicked off with the Reynard Gold Trophy on Friday 8th July and Abe Mee (92) writes:
As promised, the Old Rats were treated to a glorious sunny afternoon at Rothley Park to contest the 40th Reynard Trophy. The course was in fine condition and playing conditions were tough with the prevailing easterly wind making the back 9 particularly testing. It was the usual Reynard form. Great company, committed Old Ratcliffians, keen but in the most part lacking practice, lots of laughs and lots more lost balls, missed puts and 'if onlys'.
Our competition was played with Stableford Points, each of the golfers getting ¾ handicap allowance. Playing in the last group, we knew that Declan McAuley and Jack Hancock (2016 leavers and playing respectively off handicaps of 10 and 5) had played very well indeed. On all four par 3 holes and on the longest drive, their names were in an unassailable position with the markers in remarkable shape – tap in birdie distance – and the drive just too far for us to match. It made me feel cheap and nasty to know the markers weren’t ours but those of the Society playing before us and that all that good golf would go unrewarded. Sorry chaps.
The writer managed to come third with 33 points while Declan and Jack both scored 34 points. Declan had scored one more point on the back 9 so triumphed in his first appearance. Declan was presented with the Trophy and a fabulous school shield to commemorate the victory.
Twenty golfers played this year: Mike Meredith (President), Sam Bird (Vice President), James Perry, David Morris, Jack Hancock, James Fagence-Browne, David Reynolds, Adrian Farnham, Gianpaolo Mantini, Ed Gamble, Sean McAuley, Declan McAuley, Will Severn, Saroj Ekanayake, James Gamble, Paul Morris, Mike O’Keefe, Oliver Wright, Ben Smith and Abe Mee.
Thanks to everyone who has represented the Old Ratcliffians this year in the matches against the school and at the Public Schools golf at Luffenham Heath as well as those who made the effort to play in the Reynard. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and I look forward to seeing you in 2017 when we will be planning an event to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Trophy.
The next event was The Ratcliffe Grand Summer Ball 2016, on Saturday 9th July.
A wonderful collection of Current Parents, Past Parents and Old Ratcliffians attended the Ratcliffe Grand Summer Ball on a beautiful summer’s evening at the end of term. Old Ratcliffians came from all corners of the globe including India, Quatar, Columbia, and Manilla, not to mention from various parts of the United Kingdom and Europe.
The Ball was held in a huge marquee near the Fountain Lawn, which looked stunning adorned with bunting, balloons and flower arrangements.
Following a warm and welcoming speech from the Headmaster, Fr Ted Mullen (‘60) said Grace and guests were then seated for a four-course meal. The meal, provided by Browns Lane of Loughborough, consisted of smoked mackerel pâté with tartare salsa followed by parma ham wrapped chicken with crushed new potatoes and a vegetable parcel. For dessert, guests were treated to a trio of puddings; lemon posset filled chocolate cup, strawberry pavlova and a chocolate brownie. And finally, guests helped themselves to a selection of cheeses and biscuits (if there was any room left!)
Soon after dinner, there was a raffle for prizes including a limited edition framed print of Ratcliffe, a pair of Ratcliffe enamelled cufflinks, a meal for four at Browns Lane and our star prize, a magnum of Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne. The raffle raised a wonderful £920 towards the Ratcliffe 2020 Sports Appeal.
After the raffle, a live band called The Mixers began to warm up the dance floor, and by the end of the evening not only had there been some fantastic ‘Dad dancing’ displayed, but also some of the lively guests were invited up to serenade the room, joining the band on-stage. All in all, it was a fantastic evening bringing together both parents and Old Ratcliffians alike and rounding off a superb term at Ratcliffe.
The next day was a quick turn around in the marquee - Sunday 10th July – Mass for the deceased, Cricket, Lunch and Afternoon Tea!
On Sunday morning, there was a well-attended Mass for deceased ORs in the church followed by teas and coffees in the Old Library.
From 12 noon, further Old Ratcliffians began to arrive for the AGM of the Association (minutes will be found on the website at the beginning of September), after which they headed across the Fountain Lawn towards the marquee for some light refreshments, and to greet other guests and ORs prior to lunch.
A light buffet lunch was then served alongside a delicious BBQ which was placed outside of the marquee, and guests enjoyed the warm breeze whilst the cricketers began to warm themselves up for the match.
As it was a fine summer’s day, the sides of the marquee were removed to reveal a wonderful viewing platform from which to watch the Richard Hughes T20 cricket match, which was organised by the Old Ratcliffian cricket captain, Ben Stephens (97).
Children enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of a bouncy castle and were also treated to hand and face painting, and interestingly the most requested design was the Leicester City Football Club badge!
There was also a tour of the school, where Old Ratcliffians who hadn’t been back for a number of years were treated to over an hour re-living their school days, thanks to Andrew Yell (82).
During the cricket tea break, afternoon tea was served in the marquee where the cricketers cooled down (momentarily) and guests mingled, exchanging stories of their past in Ratcliffe in the shade from the warm sunshine.
Eventually the cricket was won by Old Ratcliffian Older Boys side and the shield was presented by newly appointed Ratcliffian Association President, Sam Bird (’90) in the first of many of his duties as President for the 2016/17 year. A formal write up of the cricket will appear in due course on the website.
For a selection of pictures for the weekend click on the below link:
Alternatively, for professional photographs from The Summer Ball, taken by 6th Former Charlie Whitmore, please click on the below link: