News headlines – December 2017

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16 Dec 2017    Reception for College neighbours
14 Dec 2017    Jonty Rider (Reeves 2006-11) appears in Top 35 Independent Financial Advisers list
14 Dec 2017    Chloë Chesney (Blackwater 2009-11) to research primate conservation in Sierra Leone
12 Dec 2017    Hamish Symington (Craig 1993-98) sets Guardian crossword
7 Dec 2017    The Friends of Blackwater Christmas lunch
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16 December 2017 - Reception for neighbours of the College

The College was delighted to host a reception for members of the surrounding Neighbourhood Watch group on the Saturday morning after the Christmas term had finished.

It was a perfect opportunity to give our neighbours a tour of the Nugee building which is now in full use by the school.

The event also allowed for a formal presentation and thanks to local resident Barry Mansergh (whose wife Jane is well known to College musicians) who has been steering the group for some decades and has now passed the mantle on to Mary Hodge.

Mary lives locally and knows the College well having lived at the Town Hall-end of Grange Road in her childhood and who remembers, as a child, not only roller-skating and cycling down the Cloisters but also watching the coronation in 1953 on a television set up in Big School for the local community. Mary is the mother of Chris Hodge (Craig 1986-91).

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14 December 2017 - Jonty Rider (Reeves 2006-11) appears in Top 35 Independent Financial Advisers list

Jonty Rider (Reeves 2006-11) has been named as one of the Top 35 Next Generation Advisers 2017 by New Model Adviser, a UK-wide search for the best up-and-coming independent financial advisers in the UK aged under 35.

Jonty says: 'Not only am I shocked to be named in the Top 35 after only three years in the industry but I am also the youngest to be named this year.'

He studied for a degree in finance and investment banking from the University of Reading, after which he joined Ascot Wealth Management. He has since become qualified as an independent financial adviser, mortgage and equity release adviser and finally a pension transfer specialist.

His financial career began before this, however, when he managed the Reeves House tuck shop, when he had to keep accounts of income and expenditure.

In 2017 Jonty completed his diploma in regulated financial planning and is working towards his advanced diploma. He aims to complete this in three years, while at the same time becoming chartered.

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14 December 2017 - Chloë Chesney (Blackwater 2009-11) to research primate conservation in Sierra Leone

Chloë Chesney (Blackwater 2009-11) is planning to travel to Sierra Leone next April to undertake research on the interface between local communities, tourism and wildlife conservation.

Chloë is about half way through the taught section of an MSc in primate conservation at Oxford Brookes University. She will be travelling with three other students to Outamba-Kilimi National Park in the north of Sierra Leone to conduct the research, which will form the final section of their masters.

She says: 'Our research has the potential to improve the local livelihoods of some of the poorest communities in the world, and protect the natural resources they rely on, whilst also creating a sustainable management system for the conservation of these areas.'

However such a project needs funding and Chloë is looking for support from individuals and companies. She points out: 'For three months we will live amongst the communities collecting data for our theses. We hope this will not be the end of our research as none of us want to go just to get a grade at university, but truly because we really do care.'

If you would like to help Chloë you can find more details on her GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/outamba-kilimi-2018

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12 December 2017 - Hamish Symington (Craig 1993-98) sets Guardian crossword

Hamish Symington (Craig 1993-98) has set this month's 'Genius' crossword in The Guardian newspaper.

He tells us that it's one of the more difficult examples of cryptic crossword and, as a keen solver himself, the 'Genius' normally takes between two and five hours to complete if he works at it solidly.

So if you have some spare time over Christmas, you may want to have a go yourself.

There is a £100 prize on offer for online entries and the deadline for submitting your entry is 23:59 GMT on Saturday 30 December.

You can find the crossword online at www.theguardian.com/crosswords/2017/dec/04/genius-crossword-no-174

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7 December 2017 - The Friends of Blackwater Christmas lunch

Every year the Friends of Blackwater arrange to meet in London for a Christmas lunch and a drink or two.

This year's get-together was held on Thursday 7 December at the Thomas Cubitt gastropub near Victoria.

The Blackwater boys pictured here are, back row left to right: Guy Farrant (1975-78), Philip Hanbury (1977-82), Stephen Yorke (1977-81), Forbes Wastie, former housemaster, Ian Fletcher-Price (1976-80), Simon Yorke (1979-84); and at the front are: Craig Tame (1979-84) and Martin Hole (1976-81).

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