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1957 Boys in Monmouth

Wally Wallis & David Evans web

John Pearman 50-56, David Evans 51-57, David Hancocks 51-57, Wally Wallis 51-56, Roger Powell 51-57 (Left to Right)

David Hancocks, Roger Powell & John Pearman

Roger Powell and John Pearman

Wally Wallis & David Evans

Our thanks to David Evans 51-57 who initiated this informal gathering in Monmouth and John Pearman 50-56 as OM Club […]

Meet England & County Cricketers with Steve James OM Monday 16th Oct at Monmouth School

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ENGLAND and county cricketers will be pedalling through Wyedean on Monday (October 16) as part of a five-day 350-mile charity bike ride.

Ashes winner Geraint Jones will be returning to his roots, having started his career in England at Lydney Cricket Club, alongside ex-Glamorgan and Forest-raised batsman Steve James OM 78-85.

And the cricketers, including […]

Invitation for 1957 OM Leavers and OMs of Similar Vintage!

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Invitation for 1957 OM Leavers and OMs of similar vintage

OMs, friends and family very welcome to join David Evans OM 51-57 for informal drinks on
Tuesday 17th October from 6pm
Estero UPSTAIRS LOUNGE, Commerce House 95-97 Monnow Street Monmouth NP25 3PS
Interested parties so far include...

Roger Atkins (49-57)

Mike Burge (50-57)

Nigel Burge (50-56)

David […]

OM Jim Hartland Storm Battered in Florida

Jim Hartland

Jim Hartland OM 80-87 has emerged from his storm-battered home to start the clear-up operation after sitting through the biggest recorded hurricane to hit America’s mainland.
World medal rower Jim Hartland, whose parents, brother Nick and sister Kate live in Monmouth, said: “It was like a freight train going right past your window. It was pretty scary sitting […]

OM Daniel Llewelyn-Williams in Award Winning Play

Not about heroes web

Not about Heroes is on at Monmouth Savoy Theatre

Thursday 21st September


Tickets available now at Savoy Theatre

See Old Monmothian, Daniel Llewelyn-Williams in this award winning play.

Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe, the play is now embarking on a UK tour before heading to New York in December.

FOMS Quiz and Curry Night

FOMS Quiz & Curry 2017 web

Come and scratch your head - get some fellow OMs, friends and family together and join us

Friday 6th October


at the Pavilion Monmouth School

Cash Bar

Teams of 8 or just come along

Tickets £10 incl Curry supper

available from Fi Powell email

Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay

Lewis Oliva Queens Baton 2017 web

GB Cyclist Lewis Oliva OM 03-10 carries the Queen's Baton Relay on the first lap around Monmouth playing field.
The relay around a 400m circuit was part of a worldwide tour of the baton ahead of Australia’s Gold Coast Games next year, and visited Monmouth School as part of its week-long journey through Wales.
Contained […]

Monmouth boys July Bicycle Challenge – RAID Pyrenean

Adam Hart Bicycle Challenge

In July 2017,  three Monmouth School 6.I boys - Adam Lucas P and Lucas W – are planning to undertake a major bicycle challenge, to ride the length of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, to raise money for charity.
The ride, known as the ‘Raid Pyrenean’ follows a historic route traversing […]

OMBC Henley Royal Regatta 2017


Open invitation to friends, family and OMs to join the
Headmaster for drinks and refreshments from 12 noon at the Monmouth School gazebo, pitched at the Henley Cricket Club on Wednesday 28th June.
Come along for a special day out to give as much support as possible from the bank for the OMBC IM 4- […]

OMBC Training for Henley Royal Regatta – Join Us on the Bank!

OMBC Ross Regatta 2015 Pointless 8s winners web

OMBC are currently hoping to enter and race a crew at Henley this year on the 28th June.
It would be great to get as much support as possible on the bank!
The 'boys' will be racing a crew at Monmouth Regatta 27th 28th May where OMs are gathering for a reunion supported by the OM Club

Warren East OM Receives Fellowship from Royal Society

Warren East OM 73 80 web

Royal Society Fellowship for Warren East OM on 8th May 2017.
Warren East (Engineering, 1980), Chair of Wadham’s Development Council, has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society. His appointment is one of 50 new Royal Society Fellowships in 2017. Warren is the second OM to be made a Fellow; the first being Sir […]

Art Exhibition Otto Maciąg – Monmouth Spring 2018

Otto Maciag web

Otto Maciąg was Art Master at Monmouth School from 1947 to 1978
As an officer in the First Polish Armoured Division, after escaping from internment in Romania in 1940, Otto fought in France, Belgium and Holland and took part in the Normandy landings.

After the war, when Polish exiles were limited to working in agriculture, […]

OMC London Dinner 2017


On Friday 17th November Old Monmothians from across multiple decades will gather for the annual London Dinner
Very kindly hosted by Haberdashers' Hall
Open Invitation to all OMs

OMC London Dinner

Friday 17th November

Habs Hall, London

£55 pp



Early arrivals 6pm Bishops Finger pub (9-10 West Smithfield, EC1A 9JR) just along from […]

Andrew Henley OM02-09 Sings with National Opera Studio

Andrew Henley OM 02 09

Andrew Henley OM 2002- 2009 who studied English at Exeter University and later opera singing for four years at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has been contracted to the National Opera Studio for the upcoming season.
Andrew said: “I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. When I went to Monmouth I had […]

Classical Guitar Concert St Marys Priory Church

Rossini Bartolotti Hayward OM 93 00 web

Rossini Bartolotti-Hayward OM 1993 - 2000 Classical Guitarist
Rossini was born in 1981 in London. As a young child he was deaf and only gained the normal ability to hear at the age of five after many operations. Perhaps as a result of being denied sound in his early years he became immediately interested in music, […]

OM NEWS April 2017

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Just released OM NEWS 2017....
Click to view the pdf file OM News 2017 pdf

Or OM NEWS Online

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Calling OM Civil Engineers!


Design and Technology department would like to host the Institute of Civil Engineers “Bridge to Schools” and give the 1st form the chance to build a 17m long, 3m high version of the Second Severn Crossing as part of their summer term project.

Visit to watch the ICE’s video.

Using a model cable-stayed bridge, […]

OMs Training for Henley

Rowing OMs April 2017 web

Bit of ergo work for some of the OM Henley squad last week!

Who knows - seat races and trials this year?

Great to see such interest so far.

OM Tony Jones represents Wales in first O’ 65 International Football match

Football O65 web

Two Monmouth boys who first played football together in 1958 while pupils at Priory Street Boys school, were in what is believed to be the first over 65 international football match in the world, when Wales played England in Newport.

Tony Jones OM 60-67 is 67 as Fred Beach will be soon, none of the […]

Lewis Oliva OM03-10 to meet Commonwealth Baton at Monmouth

Queens Baton - Getty Images

Monmouth Stop for Commonwealth Games
The baton will travel across Wales over four days in September ahead of the Gold Coast games in April 2018.
Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales chief executive, said the route would "give everyone that can't make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience".

James McGladdery OM03-10 visits Form 1 & 2 Boys

James McGladdery OM

This week James McGladdery OM03-10 visited the 1st and 2nd form students to talk about Meningitis Research Foundation
He is running in The Original Marathon - the Athens Marathon in support of the Meningitis Research Foundation - Please help support James by donating at

Report from James
"During a week’s break from my PhD research at Loughborough […]

Victory ! OMs 1 – 0 Monmouth School 1st XI

OM Football 2017 web

THANK YOU to Andy Thomas OM06-11 for organising the OMs vs. Monmouth School Football match and his captaincy towards the first OM victory in 5 years!

Check out Frank's Arentz Photography Facebook page for some excellent Football Pictures

Match Report: Old Monmothians 1 – 0 Monmouth School 1st XI
The Old Monmothians turned up for this year’s fixture […]

OM Club & Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Explicit Consent

In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations by 2018 we need your EXPLICIT CONSENT by completing the CONTACT PERMISSION form to confirm that you are happy for us to carry on keeping in contact with you:

Inviting you to sporting and social events
Updating you about fundraising priorities and plans for the future

John Gwilliam OM: Wales Grand-Slam winning captain dies at 93


The Old Monmothian Club is greatly saddened to record the passing of John Gwilliam OM36-41, one of Monmouth School's greatest rugby players, and our most capped. John won 23 caps for Wales between 1947 and 1954, 13 of these as captain.
He led the 1940 unbeaten 1st XV before his distinguished first class and international […]

Christmas Day Service 10.30am


Service open to OMs. OGs, staff, visiting friends and families...all very warmly welcomed, Contact Cliff if you have any queries

Merry Christmas!

Do-de Moore OG59 – 65


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mrs Dorothy Moore, known affectionately as Do-de. A stalwart of HMSG,

Do-de joined the school as a day girl in Prosser House in 1959.  Having gained her teaching diploma at Bordesley College of Education, she graduated from the Open University with a degree in […]

OM Footballers Required! vs Mon Sch Sat 25th Feb


Calling Footballers  - the OMs vs. Monmouth School fixture is on

Saturday 25th February 2017

Kick off at 2:30pm,

Please contact Andy Thomas if you would like to play via OM Facebook Group

Message from Andy : '...thanks to everyone who has played over the years which I have organised, I'll will be looking to pass on the […]

Robin Williams OM72-77 Awarded Wales Sport Coach of the Year 2016


Our congratulations to Robin, we look forward to our coaching session!

Heather Stanning accepts Robin's Coach of the Year Award on his behalf


Source: BBC Wales Sport

Former Lion Bevan among the heroes toasted by Wales stars


FORMER Lions wing John Bevan was one of the figures lauded by Wales stars at final autumn Test against South Africa after helping Newport Gwent Dragons speedster Hallam Amos flourish. When Rob Howley's squad met up in October they were given the chance to nominate somebody who had made a difference to them, whether a […]

Message From OM Club President


Dear Old Monmothian
I am delighted to have been elected to be President of The Old Monmothian Club for a third time. Firstly may I pay tribute to my predecessor, Anu Mohindru who, with his quiet authority and wise counsel, has taken the Club forward again, particularly in terms of event attendance and enhanced communications […]

Race Night – NEW DATE Fri 24th Feb


Traditional Pull the Wooden Horse Race Night & Prize Draw - NEW DATE Friday 24th February
Please join us Friday 24h February from 7pm

The Sports Pavilion, Monmouth School

Adults £7/U18s £5

Raising funds for State of the Art COXING KIT

Contact Robin

Or please Sponsor a race, Donations welcome for raffle prizes - thank […]

Lewis Oliva OM 03-10 Wins Bronze at World Cycling


Welshmen Lewis Oliva and Sam Harrison take home bronze medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow this weekend 5th November 2016.

Lewis said: “I was unsure how my training was going in Newport, but I could see from the sprint qualifiers I was in good form. The legs were stinging a bit from […]

Monmouth School stalwart Colin Copestake has died


It is with sadness that Monmouth School and the Old Monmothian Club record the sudden passing of Colin Copestake (MCR 1962 – 1998).

Educated at Burton Grammar School, he won a Choral Award to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he studied Modern Languages. Appointed to teach French and Spanish at Monmouth School in 1962, […]

OM London Dinner 2016


On Friday 14th October Old Monmothians from 2016 leavers to 1948 gathered for the annual London Dinner very kindly hosted by Haberdashers' Hall.
For the 2016 OMs this is the first time leavers have attended a London dinner the same year they left the school.

A wonderful evening of fabulous food and company, a splendid event organised by Steve Norris OM 85-92.


Henry Toulouse (42-47) Memorial Service


The HEADMASTER and The PRESIDENT of THE OLD MONMOTHIAN CLUB cordially invite you to this Memorial Service on Saturday 3rd December starting at 12.45hrs in the School Chapel followed by light refreshments in the Hitchcock Pavilion from 13.30hrs
REGISTER NOW for Catering purposes or Please email tel Sharon 01600 710440 to confirm your attendance […]

OM Luc Jones 11-13 Signed up with Harlequins


Harlequins have signed former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half Luc Jones on a three-month deal.

The 22-year-old son of former Newport director of rugby Lyn Jones started his career with the Dragons


OMs return to pass on their ‘First Class’ knowledge


Oliver D Jones OM05-12 and Nick Wright OM05-12, who last summer scaled the impressive academic heights of Firsts in their History degrees from KCL and Cambridge respectively, returned to Monmouth School to present to the Agincourt Society (joint history society for Sixth Formers of both schools).

They regaled the current Sixth Form historians with accounts of their historical […]

Anyone for Golf… Fri 7th Oct Ross on Wye


Open invitation to any OMs interested in playing in the Welsh Public Schools Tournament Fri 7th Oct @ Ross on Wye Green fees £42, 2 course meal £13 Bacon roll & coffee on arrival £4.50 First tee booked from 10.20.

Pls email Sharon at - by Wednesday 14th September, thank you

Goodbye… Modern Languages & Geography Building

Here we go....

Over the summer the Modern Languages and Geography building was demolished - in preparation for new development opportunities at Monmouth School.

Thanks to Danny Nineham our School driver who took these pictures over the summer.

Modern Languages & Geography Building

Here we go....















Henley Dinner 2016

1956 1st IV OMs

1956 1st IV OMs

Mike Mounsdon Presentation by OM Club President

Celebrating 60th Anniversary of the 1956 crew and Mike Mounsdon's last year of organising this event after 40 years a large party of OMs and their wives and guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the Leander Club on Saturday 3rd September 2016.

The Old […]

OM Club Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 1st October at 10.00am in the Conference Room, Monmouth School.

Please follow these links for the supporting documents


OMC AGM Agenda 161001

Proposed Officer List

AGM Officers 2016

Previous Minutes

OMC AGM Minutes 151107

The AGM will be immediately followed by the OMC Executive Committee […]

U21 Cronk Cunis – OM Rugby

2016 Cronk Cunis team web

Cronk Cunis Festival 2016 - Bank Holiday August
Very well done to OMRFC for reaching the Quarterfinals of the Cronk-Cunis Cup today, losing to eventual winners Hampton. A huge thank you to Jack Aldous-Fountain for organising the OMs and taking part, contact

OM DAY – THANK YOU to all our OMs and Friends


Thank You to all OMs and friends who joined us for OM Day on Saturday 25th June - the whole event was very successful even the impromptu karaoke!!
We had over 120 OMs join us for lunch with age rangers from 93yrs to 18yrs.

Guests enjoyed a hot and cold stand up buffet with free drinks […]

OMs Awarded OBE in Birthday Honours

david and simon obes

Congratulations to OM David Hitchcock OM 74-81 (left) who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to The Gurkha Welfare Trust and to the community in Wales and to Simon Cartmell OM 71-78 (right)who received it for services to Healthcare Business Services.

Jordan Wong OM 10-15 Gives Concert for Cancer Charity

Jordan Wong

Jordan, Organ Scholar of Jesus College Cambridge, will give a recital of organ works by Mendelssohn, Sweelinck, Bach and Howells in the St. Mary’s Monmouth on Thursday 7th July. Jordan, who comes from Hong Kong and spent five years studying at Monmouth School, will give the recital to help raise money for
Kids Cancer Charity. […]

OM Shooting Success

Shooting Bisley

Colin Waldron OM 65-72, Captain of the OM Shooting Club, reports some excellent news - after many years of waiting the OMs are in the medals for this year’s Fletcher Cup with a score of 480 ex 500 we have been awarded 3rd Bronze medals.

Well done the A team!

The B team were placed 11th ex […]

Will Underwood OM Awarded Scholarship to St John’s

Will Underwood

Huge congratulations to Will Underwood OM08-15 who has been awarded a Choral Scholarship to sing in the choir of St. John’s College, Oxford, where he studies Mathematics.

Will is pictured here performing at the HMSSO concert in the  Lent term, 2015, where he played lead violin in Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Paul Hunt, Head of Strings – Concert Fri 8th July 7pm School Chapel

Paul Hunt web

Paul Hunt concert Poster Monmouth School’s retiring Head of Strings, Paul Hunt, will be joined in a programme of music for violin and piano in Monmouth School Chapel on Friday 8th July at 7pm.

Paul, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a professional player, has taught at Monmouth School for 33 years […]

John Hartland Rowing Coach 1964-1994

John Hartland 2014

Nick Hartland's (OM73-80) sister Kate Callaghan, head of Habs rowing, is running the Swansea Half Marathon later this month in aid of the Alzheimer's Society for their father John Hartland ex Rowing Coach Monmouth School.
As well as being Master in Charge of rowing at Monmouth School for 30 years from 1964 to 1994, he […]

Richard Parks OM88-95 Forced to Abandon Expedition

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Our Welsh adventurer Richard OM said he was forced to abandon his expedition of Mount Everest after a blood test revealed he was a "ticking time bomb".

38 year old Richard was attempting to become the first person to take blood and muscle samples at the summit to investigate the effects of altitude.

But after reaching Camp […]

Hallom Amos OM06-13 to Face All Blacks


Wales wing Hallam Amos OM is busy preparing to tackle New Zealand next month with Warren Gatland’s senior squad.

But the Newport Gwent Dragons star, who is studying medicine alongside his rugby career, took some time to take a trip down memory lane and meet up with the Wales Under-20 squad who were training down at […]

Rob Mosley OM07-14 GB Softball Player

Softball Rob Mosley

The annual GB Challenge Tournament took place on Saturday 16 April at Farnham Park as 38 players from the GB Slowpitch pool played to convince coaches that they are ready for selection.

Rob Mosley OM was selected to play for the GB Reds who went on to win the event with a crushing mercy rule […]

Monmouth Literary Festival

All three secondary Schools in Monmouth invite you to join them for the Monmouth Literary Festival.

Tuesday 21st June

Michael Morpurgo 6pm at The Savoy Theatre


Wednesday 22nd June

Carol Ann Duffy and friends 7.30pm The Savoy Theatre


River Wye Swim

River Wye Swim

Why not come along on Sunday 15th May and join us for an exceptional event..  swimming in the river Wye?!

Short 1km course (£10pp) or Long 2km course (£15pp).

All proceeds to go towards The Childrens Society Charity.

Donations to the charity for tea and cake after the event.

Please follow this LINK for the Entry […]

CCF, Monmouth School Invitation

Tall Ships Sailing

Tall Ship Sailing Opportunity for Disabled Persons

OMs are invited to express their interest in this Tall Ship Sailing Opportunity for Disabled Persons if they are registered with a physical disability - could be from wheelchair bound, a hip or knee replacement, hearing issues or sight impairment.

Or alternatively do you know any disabled person who […]

Gwil Hughes OM03-10 Welsh Artist Exhibition

Gwil Hughes OM Pont-ar-Elan-II

Gwil Hughes OM03-10 is a young Welsh artist based in London. On the 16th and 17th of April 2016, Gwil exhibited a series of paintings and drawings completed over the last two years. The exhibition took place at Creation Box London, part of Make Space Studios, near Waterloo station.

With a practice focusing mainly on painting, […]

Tony Kear OM Cricket Umpire Marathon Runner

st davids hospice

Tony Kear OM78-85 is running the London Marathon in his traditional umpiring attire on Sunday in aid of St David's Hospice.

"2013 was, I said, to be my last VLM after achieving on the 5th attempt my sub 4 hr goal .....but having lost 2 good friends to cancer over the winter and who were […]

Have a laugh with the Victor Meldrew of sport…OM Martin Johnson


Please join Martin Johnson OM64-68 at Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye on Tuesday 15th March 7pm

Martin has covered sporting events all over the world, from Formula One in Kuala Lumpur, cricket and tennis in Australia, and even boozing in Cairo.

Sounds like a nice job? You must be joking. Get the true story from Martin Johnson […]

OM Newsletter Request – Deadline 15th March 2016

OM NEWS Visual 16 (2) web

Please email your pictures and news articles to be included in the next issue of the
OM Newsletter to Sharon
by 15th March 2016. THANK YOU
Please Update your Contact Address & Email to ensure your receipt of this publication at


Chris ‘Kit’ Orton OM Star Lead in A Story of Tom Jones

Kit Ortom web

'Kit' Christopher J Orton OM94-01 will star as Tom Jones in a new musical story of his life.

Kit will tour the UK with the musical, which kicks off with shows at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this week from March 7 to 12.

While at Monmouth School, Kit took part in productions at […]

Cambridge 2016 Lightweight Boat Race 19th March

Rowing Cambridge 2016 web

Cambridge University LRC are pleased to announce the crew for the 2016 Lightweight Boat Race on 19th March!

Well Done Jamie Brown OM08-15!

Link to OMBC Facebook Page