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OE celebrations for Maurice Trapp's birthday

College memories for old friends
30 Jun 2023
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Pip Kirtley, Philip Hepburn, Maurice Trapp, John Ashcroft, Judi Ashcroft
Pip Kirtley, Philip Hepburn, Maurice Trapp, John Ashcroft, Judi Ashcroft

Maurice Trapp (Gonville 1962-67) recently celebrated his 75th birthday in style with friends from College days, including Philip Hepburn (Blackwater 1961-66), John Ashcroft (Reeves 1960-65) and Pip Kirtley. Maurice captained the 1st XV rugby team at the College and later went on to become the President of New Zealand Rugby, He was also in the highly successful rowing team at school, alongside John, 

John, who had flown in from Dubai with his wife Judi, sent us this report:

Birthday celebrations for Maurice included a dinner cruise down the Loire and a wonderfully informal supper in their gite with stunning views over looking the river.

Mo and his wife Gail know the area so well after spending many years organising cycling holidays, mainly for fellow Kiwis, which made it all just perfect. Colette, Maurice’s sister, was also with us which was a great joy. I had last met her and their mother back in 1965 when our rowing team was very generously hosted by the Trapps at their family home very near Henley. We rowed in the Royal Regatta, and later represented GB Youth in the International Regatta.

It was such fun sharing a gite for the week. We laughed so much with all the Eastbourne College stories and had such a happy time chattering away, swimming everyday in the Loire, as well as enjoying the delicious food and wines!


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