Golf society meets at Deal

My first entry for some time.The OM Golf Society Autumn meeting went ahead as planned this weekend past.24 OMs turned up which is a great turn-out and testament to the work put in by Derren Hamilton (Captain) and Beej Chandaria (Vice captain). We were blessed with wonderful weather and perfect conditions for golfing. OMs have been coming as a group to Royal Cinque Ports Club in Deal since at least 1930 I believe, mainly to play in the annual Halford Hewitt championships for public schools. However, the OMGS' Autumn meeting has been in existence for many decades as well.I have been attending since 2002 and always find it a very enjoyable weekend. This year was no exception. With Covid19 hanging over the event, Derren and Beej did a wonderful job to organise everything and get such a superb response.We stayed at Dunkerley's Hotel in Deal and had competition rounds on Friday and Saturday. On Friday I played with Stephen Wright in the singles and performed respectably. On Saturda…

Returning to some degree of normality?

19th June 2020The years longest day is almost upon us! Where is the summer going. Mind you, we have had a glorious spring.I have decided it’s time to come out of hibernation and restart my blog – and carefully expand my activities. I have restarted golf, and have event been to the shops in Watford and Rickmansworth.This week was a milestone for the OM Club when we held our AGM online for the first time. This involved quite a lot of detailed planning and organisation, and for that my thanks go to Peter Wakeham our club Chair who drove this through, supported by Julian Pollock (Hon Club Sec), Asif Ahmed (Hon Treasurer) and myself.I think I can say without contradiction that it was a great success. We had 50 people log into Zoom for the AGM and the papers and voting were handled through a service called MiVoice. We tried to plan for all eventualities, but in the end everything worked very smoothly and the feedback we have received has been universally positive.This will undoubtedly lead …

Going into Hibernation

Unfortunately all travel and events have had to be cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future as a result of Covid19.

This week we have had to cancel our trip to New York and Toronto where we had OM events scheduled.
Similarly, a whole raft of OM events scheduled for the next 2 months have now been postponed.
This is a great shame, but there is nothing to be done other than to hunker down and hope that these measures see off the virus as quickly as possible.

I wish anyone reading this  - Stay Safe!

Hope to be back in touch within a few weeks/months.


Back in a wet London

Saturday 29th February

Arrived back early Saturday morning to a very wet and cold Heathrow.

We returned a few days earlier than planned as a consequence of having to cancel the Hong Kong leg of our trip. Apart from this disappointment, we had a wonderful trip and were delighted to meet so many OMs and be so welcomed by them. The lunches/dinners in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland were well attended and very enjoyable.
On a broader front, our trip was fun, exciting and enjoyable and we managed to avoid the extremes of the weather (heat, deluges, fires) but had to divert because of Covid19.

I want to thank all our hosts and OMs whom we met along the way. I hope that you manage to keep the interactions going and indeed spread the participation - we certainly had a few 'first timers' at our events. And if you are not already members of the Club itself then do join.

We now look forward to the trip to New York and Toronto in April as well as a number of local UK events which…

Auckland dinner by sunset

Sunday 23rd February

At the end of a beautiful sunny day the Auckland OMs dinner was held a the Sails restaurant overlooking Westhaven Marina and so offered a superb view as daylight turned to dusk.

Those attending were:
Nick and Jill Howe-Smith (Nick: 78-83)
David and Debbie Duggan (David: 65-70)
Brian and Caroline Jones (Brian: 83-88)
Tony and Ann Smith (Hon OM)
Peter Mensah (80-85)
Gordon and Angela Mizner (Gordon: 65-69)

It was lovely to see David and Debbie attending their first NZ reunion, particularly so as David was a contemporary of mine – indeed we played in the same tennis teams. David and Debbie have retired to NZ where they have family.
We were also delighted to be joined by Tony and Ann Smith who had recently arrived from the UK to stay with their son Nick. Tony and Ann are well known to many OMs for their involvement and support of school and OM reign you over many years. In fact Tony was made an Honorary OM some years ago.
I was also delighted to meet Peter of whom I h…

Back in Auckland

21st February 2020

We have now spent more than 2 weeks in New Zealand visiting and travelling with friends. This is our third trip to NZ and this time we have seen more of West of Auckland and toured the East Cape including Napier and Hawke's Bay. This is a beautiful and at times remote part of NZ with many delightful bays and indeed much history as it was the focus of the early European settlement.

Back in Auckland I have been meeting with OMs. on Thursday I had coffee with David Duggan (64-69) who is my direct contemporary. We hadn't seen each other since school but recall being in the same tennis teams. David has now retired to NZ.

On Friday we met Nick Howe-Smith (78-83) who gave us a tour of the Devonport area and hosted us for a BBQ at his delightful house on Stanley Point. It was great to meet his partner Gill and parents Tony and Ann Smith who had recently arrived from UK.
Nick is the OM Ambassador in NZ and has organised an OM dinner for Sunday 22nd February in Auckla…

Hong Kong visit cancelled

Friday 7th February

Angela and I arrived in Auckland on Wednesday evening after a good flight from Sydney.
We now have a programme over the next three weeks in the North Island staying and travelling with friends, and of course meeting OMs.
Nick Howe Smith has arranged for a dinner on Sunday 23rd February, and I hope to meet him and David Duggan (a contemporary of mine) before then.

Our major concern has been the unfortunate progress the Corona Virus.
After much consultation with contacts in Hong Kong, Steven Chan and I have agreed that e OM dinner should be cancelled.
Additionally, it would not makes sense as judged as judged from this moment to commit to any visit to Hong Kong.
Therefore we have reluctantly cancelled our visit to Hong Kong.
I a very disappointed given all the had work to make these arrangements and that Angela and I were looking forward to going back there. However there is no option at present.

I hope that this outbreak peaks soon, and that Hong Kong in particular …