A Vincent’s Club and Oxford University Celebration of Sport

Vincent’s is joining with the University to hold a dinner in New York in order to raise funds for the Club, Vincent’s Awards, and University needs such as the redevelopment of Iffley Road and coaching positions.
 

During his last visit to the Club Sir Roger helped by appealing for support for the Awards Programme which he himself did much to promote.


 

 

Sir Roger’s widow, Lady Moyra, and the family, are supportive of the Club’s aspiration to create two “Sir Roger Bannister Awards.” Vincent’s aim is to raise an endowment of £0.5m, which will produce two annual awards of £10k, thus of sufficient value to attract excellent sportsmen and women to apply to Oxford.

 

SAVE THE DATE:
 
Thursday 7th March 2019

The New York Athletic Club, NYC.

 

Further information will be sent out in October, when booking will open.

Vincent’s Club News May 2018

News and events for Trinity Term and the Summer

Also:
Notice of the 2018 Annual Dinner & Rugby Varsity Match

Save the date for a USA Dinner in New York, March 2019

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Sir Roger Bannister CH CBE (23 March 1929 – 3 March 2018)

Club news recently has been dominated by the death of Sir Roger Bannister, President in 1950. Sir Roger was a great supporter of the Vincent’s Awards in particular. There will be a proper tribute to Sir Roger in the forthcoming Blues News, along with an appreciation of Clive van Ryneveld, one of the greatest all-round sportsmen produced by South Africa.

Speaker’s Dinner
Clever Magic from an Oxford Magician

“a sparkling blend of wit and illusion…”

 

Johnny Oxford (John Hayns) has a degree from St John’s College, Oxford, and is proud to be an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, and a Member of the Council of The Magic Circle.

 

He lives in Oxford, is the husband of the Christ Church Chaplain, and is delighted to entertain members of Vincent’s over dinner on the
Thursday of 5th Week, 24th May.

 

Cash bar from 6.30, supper at 7.30, performance and Q&A from 8.30, finish by 10pm. £35 for alumni members, £25 for residents, to include some wine with the meal. Please book directly with Tom, the Steward. Payment is needed in advance. steward@vincents.org

 Vincent’s & Atalanta’s Cocktails

The annual garden party is on Saturday 9th June, from 6-9pm in the University Parks, Oxford.

What better way is there to spend a June evening than drinking Pimm’s and Pinkies, nibbling canapés, and listening to Jazz in the blazing sunshine of an Oxford summer?!

The dress code is smart. Blues blazers encouraged. Photographs for resident members of Vincent’s and Atalanta’s will take place at 5.30pm. Members of Vincent’s and Atalanta’s should show membership cards on the door.

Resident member: £25. Alumni member: £30. Guests: £32. (Plus booking fees)
FB event: https: //www.facebook.com/events/319318908596756/
Fixr ticket link: https://fixr.co/event/211769127
Any questions should be directed to either bursar@vincents.org orPresident@vincents.org

Security reserves the right to remove individuals from the event in the case of poor behaviour. Tickets will not be refunded.

All Alumni Club Members –  with golf handicaps from +4 to 24 – are warmly invited to:

The 2018 Vincent’s Golf Day, to be held at Huntercombe G.C. onThursday 14th June.

Details / Application via Chris Atkinson atchrisatkinson565@btinternet.com
OUCC & OUWCC
The following cricket fixtures may be of interest to Members. In particular we would love to see Vincent’s members at Lord’s for the one day match, and at the Parks for the four day match.Friday, 18th May:  OUCC v CUCC. 20/20 matches: Women, a.m. and Men, p.m.Wednesday, 23rd May: OUWCC v CUWCC. Cambridge.Friday, 22nd June: The One Day Varsity Matches at Lord’s.Vincent’s Club will be taking a box as usual. Contact bursar@vincents.org to reserve a place, and click here to download a booking form.

Monday to Thursday, 2nd – 5th July: OUCC v CUCC. The Four Day University Match.
There will be a marquee in the Parks for the Varsity match, organised by a local Club, and members are welcome to take tables of ten on any of the four days. The marquee will be open 10.30 to 18.30. The cost per ticket is £40.00, thus £400 per table. Contact bursar@vincents.org

The offer includes:
·       A welcome Glass of Pimms.
·       Cold Buffet: Fresh Salmon, Coronation Chicken, Vegetarian Flans.
Hot New Potatoes, selection of breads with butter.
Four Salads: Green, Potato, Tomato, and Coleslaw.
·       Desserts: Fresh Fruit Salad, Chocolate Roulade, Lemon Tart.
Coffee and Tea

·       Afternoon Tea with homemade Fruit Cake

·       There will be a cash bar with two red and two white wines, three real ales and soft drinks.

 Photo by Matt Henderson

Henley Royal Regatta Picnic

Friday 6th July: Vincent’s Club Henley Royal Regatta Picnic Lunch. 
Cricket Club Carpark, Henley. In the lunch break.
Contact bursar@vincents.org for information

Vincent’s Club: 1990’s Reunion Dinner

A reunion dinner for members of the Club, 1989-2000
on
Thursday September 27th 2018
at
Vincent’s Club, 1A King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HS
Club opens at 6pm
Dress: Jacket and tie.

We aim to hold a get-together for a decade group annually, so that you have the chance of a gathering every seven years or so. This year it is the turn of members from the 1990’s to be invited and we have extended the years invited from 1989 to 2000 in the hope of catching everyone who would like to attend.

 

There will be a cash bar on arrival, and the four course menu, costing £55, includes half a bottle of wine with the meal, and a glass of port with coffee. Other drinks and extra wine will be available at the bar.

 

Please spread the word amongst your contemporaries, and let me know of anyone we have missed off the invitation list.

Photo of last year’s dinner for the 1980’s.

Future Events

This year’s Annual Dinner will take place on 
Wednesday, 5th December at the Inner Temple, London.

Vincent’s President, Sophie Taylor, invites you to join her from 7pm for drinks and a splendid three course meal with wines, coffee and port.
Dinner Chairman: Vic Marks
Speaker: Isabelle Westbury

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The Varsity Rugby Matches will take place at
Twickenham, on Thursday, 6th December.

Why not start to organise your reunion group now?
There will be a special offer on hospitality boxes this year. 
Contact bursar@vincents.org to register an interest.

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A special USA Members dinner will take place at
the New York Racquet and Tennis Club on Thursday, 7th March, 2019. 

More details to follow.

Vincent’s at the Varsity Match

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” Roger Bannister

Sport at Oxford is a unique experience. Combining academic rigour with exceptional performances in the sporting arena requires a special kind of dedication. In recognition of Oxford’s finest scholar-athletes, Vincent’s Club Awards provide financial assistance to the most talented sportsmen and sportswomen at the dreaming spires. In a series of Bluebird exclusives, we catch up with these lions and gazelles to learn a little more about what makes them tick.

The Annual Varsity Match is a staple of Oxbridge sport, having been first played in 1872. This was just a few months after the first ever international rugby match between England and Wales. Vincent’s Club is proud to be in a position to support the best athletes with their sporting ambitions at Varsity and internationally. In preparation for the big event on Thursday, we meet the two Rugby Vincent’s Award Holders, Conor Kearns and Will Wilson.

William Wilson

WILLIAM WILSON – VINCENT’S AWARD WINNER 2017-18

Our first scholar is the physically commanding Back Row for OURFC. One of two Vincent’s scholars to compete on the rugby pitch, Will previously was an academy player with Wasps. On top of this, he is a talented Sevens player, and has represented England both at an U20 level and in a senior capacity.

My aim is to win caps on the World Series for England during my last year at Oxford.

Playing for the Blues while at Oxford is Will’s immediate focus, however, with the Varsity match just a few days away.

Will combines his physical presence in the pack with a silky boot, being the reserve kicker for the 2016 Varsity Match. Not all forwards can boast such dexterity!

Will has demonstrated time and time again that he belongs with the best rugby players in Oxford. However, it has not been easy. Will has overcome a very serious injury, dedicating time in the gym to ensure that he can put on that jersey in front of the Twickenham crowd he adores so much.

Before I put my jersey on I always take a moment to look at the badge, and remind myself why I want to give all I can and the responsibility I hold.

This epitomises the commitment and pride that the Vincent’s Club Awards aim to recognise. Indeed, this financial support is hugely beneficial in keeping Will performing to the best of his ability.

The award is phenomenal for me, as it allows me the financial security to focus on rugby throughout the vacation periods

We look forward to seeing Will give his all on Thursday.

Conor Kearns

CONOR KEARNS – VINCENT’S AWARD WINNER 2017-18

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power, the greater it will be” Thomas Jefferson

These words hold great meaning for our second rugby scholar, the power behind OURFC this year, Conor Kearns.

Being at the centre of the action has never been a problem for Conor. A utility back, he is capable of playing any of Centre, Fly-Half or Fullback. This year’s OURFC Captain has the weight of Oxford’s hopes on his shoulders as he wears the number 10 shirt, hoping to lead the dark blues to victory.

Not that this bothers him. Conor is a remarkably approachable guy whose thirst for rugby knowledge and marginal gains mean that he really sets the standard for the team around him.

Indeed, on his Christmas list he’s got one item.

The Lions ‘behind the scenes’ DVD looks incredible!

Let’s hope the Blues can go one better than the Lions and beat their rivals.

Despite having toured with the USA U23 team, playing for Munster A and representing the USA U20 team at the Junior World Championships in 2013, Conor wears his Crown with great pride.

When asked what his greatest achievement is, he replies without hesitation.

Becoming captain of OURFC“.

Now this shows the degree to which Conor takes the role as OURFC captain seriously. The winter months have been brutal for the squad, but the team is in its final stages of preparation, ready for the big day on Thursday.

The Vincent’s scholars are expected to demonstrate sporting excellence, strength of character as well as active participation in expanding the reach of sport and using ones expertise for social causes. Interestingly, Conor has worked as an assistant coach to a team of players recently released from a detention centre. Giving these people a chance to play competitively, and imparting his knowledge to them, really helped Conor to use his wisdom.

The award is essential to maintaining Conor’s level of commitment both on and off the field.

The award is a massive help to my day to day life and ultimately facilitates in part my ability to study here at Oxford. I am truly grateful to Avery Broadbent and the Broadbent family for their generosity.

One thing is certain, these two will be right at the forefront of Thursday’s action. The Women’s game kicks off at 11:30, followed by the Men at 3:00 pm. It is without doubt one of the most impressive Varsity Match experiences and I’m sure that all athletes from both teams will be extremely grateful for an extra voice. Be sure that you look out for our scholars, Conor and Will.

The Vincent’s Awards

Due to generosity of alumni members and friends, Vincent’s Club is proud to support excellence in Oxford Sport.

Vincent’s Club distributes a total of around £30,000 per year to various outstanding scholar athletes.

The criteria extend beyond the arena of sporting endeavour. The successful applicants have demonstrated strength of character and leadership potential, as well as an interest in broadening participation and a commitment to helping those less fortunate.

A number of the award-holders have already represented their country at an international level, others have the potential to achieve great things in their respective sports.

It is our hope that these funds will continue to attract great athletes to Oxford to maintain and forward the high calibre of Oxford Sport.

To find out more please check out the award page, or if there are any further queries, then feel free to contact awards@vincents.org.

Vincent’s Awards 2017

Award Winners 2017

On Monday the 6th of November, the annual Vincent’s Awards presentation evening was held at the clubhouse. The Chancellor, Lord Patten, presented the awards to this year’s scholars and bursary-holders, as pictured above. The esteemed Sir Roger Bannister, Club President in 1950, and VATC Chairman Melville Guest were also present to congratulate this year’s winners. This year, seven scholarships and two bursaries were awarded which will support the recipients with their sporting and academic endeavours over the course of the year. More information on the awards may be found on the awards page.

Battle of the Blues

This year’s Varsity Match will kick off at 3.00pm on Thursday 7 December 2017. As in previous years, you can get your tickets from the Club.

Your ticket will also allow you access to the Varsity Gathering (formerly the Blues Village), which is the dedicated university and college meeting point, open to Oxford and Cambridge alumni, family and friends. Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm (serving until 6.30pm), it is located in the Touchline Bar on level 4 of the North Stand this year and offers a private bar and a food vendor; other food vendors will be close by at ground level. To find the Varsity Gathering, head for Gate D and either use Lift 5 to take you to level 4, or the escalator that can be accessed at blocks M21/M22.

Read more about the Varsity Match

Schedule:
11.00am                     The Varsity Gathering opens
11.30am                     The Women’s Varsity Match
3.00pm                      The Men’s Varsity Match
7.00pm                      The Varsity Gathering closes

The total ticket price is £40. Please use the attached form to book.

If you cannot make it to Twickenham on December 7th and live in or near Oxford, why not watch the match in more comfort? Visit the Club on Match Day to use the bar, have lunch, and see the action on TV.

The Club will be open from 12 noon throughout the day.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Simon Offen
Bursar and Alumni Administrator
1A King Edward’s Street,
Oxford
OX1 4HS

Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner 2017

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Hall of the Inner Temple. This year we will be celebrating the contribution that Oxford has made to the British and Irish Lions and we will be joined by many of the Club’s distinguished Lions.

The Dinner Chairman, Reg Clark (Club President in 1979-80) will introduce the Lions, and there will be a Q&A after the main course.


Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Location: The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL

Time: 7.00 for 7.45pm

Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: £105 for pre-dinner drinks (wine & beer) followed by 3 course dinner with wines, coffee and port

There is a decent amount of wine included in the price of both the reception and dinner. However, there will also be a cash bar available for extra pre and post-dinner drinks, wine and beers.


Should you wish to sponsor one or two resident members who play your sport to join the dinner please make a donation on the booking form, or contact v150admin@vincents.org.

Some sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are also still available. Again please contact: v150admin@vincents.org. Your support would be much appreciated.

To book tickets, please use the attached booking form Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or by bank transfer (details on the form), giving your name as the reference.

The Inner Temple Hall is limited to 250 places so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Blues News – An Apology

The August edition of Blues News contained an erroneous attribution. The article on P.12 was written by Melville Guest and Chris Atkinson, not Chris Jenkins. The error has been rectified but we apologise to all concerned for the mistake, particularly to Chris Atkinson, who has played a key role in helping to turn round the Club’s fortunes, as was made clear in the December 2015 issue of Blues News, which recorded:


Chris Atkinson

Chris is a Teddy Hall man, a hockey Blue, and was Vincent’s President in 1963/64.

He has done as much as anyone to help the Club get back on its feet with the V150 project. An eminence grise to a number of recent Presidents, Chris not only has given sage advice in his typical self-effacing manner, but also encouraged a great number of others to help with their time and gifts. His optimism and constant encouragement have been hugely helpful on numerous occasions.

The Club owes him a great debt, and here The Rt. Hon. Lord Butler of Brockwell KG (University, Club President 1961-2) is seen giving Chris a V150 blazer in recognition of this.


Characteristically, Chris readily accepted our apology, and suggested this email only be sent if it drew more attention to the work of V150 and the need for annual donations from alumni members!

 

Simon Offen, & Melville Guest (VATC Vice Chairman)

Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner 2017

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Hall of the Inner Temple. This year we will be celebrating the contribution that Oxford has made to the British and Irish Lions and we will be joined by many of the Club’s distinguished Lions.

The Dinner Chairman, Reg Clark (Club President in 1979-80) will introduce the Lions, and there will be a Q&A after the main course.


Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Location: The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL

Time: 7.00 for 7.45pm

Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: £105 for pre-dinner drinks (wine & beer) followed by 3 course dinner with wines, coffee and port

There is a decent amount of wine included in the price of both the reception and dinner. However, there will also be a cash bar available for extra pre and post-dinner drinks, wine and beers.


Should you wish to sponsor one or two resident members who play your sport to join the dinner please make a donation on the booking form, or contact v150admin@vincents.org.

Some sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are also still available. Again please contact: v150admin@vincents.org. Your support would be much appreciated.

To book tickets, please use the attached booking form Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or by bank transfer (details on the form), giving your name as the reference.

The Inner Temple Hall is limited to 250 places so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there