Shrewsbury School

The Salopian Club

Welcome to the Salopian Club.  We are here to continue what we hope will be life-long links with the School and we aim to be a one-stop shop for Alumni information, careers, news, activities and sport.  To find out what we're all about, please see here.  In the meantime, to read about the governance of the Club, please continue to read below.

The Club currently comprises about 8,000 past pupils and members of staff, many of whom have become national names in fields as varied as astronomy and satire. However, rather less well known but equally important is the tremendous sense of community that our Old Salopians have with one another and with the School.  Despite a diverse range of ages, occupations and interests, the shared experience of years at Kingsland creates a great bond between them.

The Salopian Club exists to enable that sense of community to flourish – helping members get or keep in touch, and to continue to support the School in many diverse ways. Social and sporting events take place throughout the year, many of them at Shrewsbury, but some are national and even international events.

THE SALOPIAN MAGAZINE

Our twice yearly magazine 'The Salopian' helps to keep Old Salopians in contact with and informed about their contemporaries, as well as keeping them in touch with progress and development at the School and email news updates are sent out bi-monthly by the Director. 

PDF COPY:  The Salopian magazine is  available in electronic (pdf) format.  If you would prefer to receive your copy electronically, please email oldsalopian@shrewsbury.org.uk.

MEMBERSHIP

All those who have been educated at Shrewsbury School are eligible to be members of the Club - and become Life Members through subscription as part of the School fees.

Academic staff are invited to become Honorary Members after two years service at the School. Other staff and Governors and those connected to the School can also be invited to become members.
 
OBJECTS OF THE CLUB

  • To promote links and fellowship between Salopians of all ages.
  • To organise activities (sporting, cultural, social, business) in support of the above.
  • Together with the Governors, School and Foundation, to promote Old Salopians’ knowledge of and involvement in the success and prosperity of the School.
  • To help Salopians make the transition into their working lives and support the development of their careers.

MANAGEMENT

The management of the Club is the responsibility of a Management Committee which, together with the Headmaster, appoints a Director to carry out the executive duties.

The Management Committee is supported by the Club Committee which meets biannually and is made up of the Management Committee, the Chairs for each aspect of the Club's activities and representatives of the School and the Foundation.

 

THE CLUB COMMITTEE 2019: 

Paul Nichols (S 1966-71) - President

Oliver O'Callaghan-Brown (R 1981-86) - Careers Chairman

Miles Preston (DB 1963-68) - Chairman

Becky Home (MSH 2011-13) - Young OS Joint Chair

Tony Barker (DB 1968-73) - Hon Treasurer

Robert Collins (S 2006-11) - Young OS Joint Chair

Leo Winkley - Shrewsbury School Headmaster

Elle Gurden (MSH 2008-10) - Ladies’ Sports Chair

Hugh Ramsbotham (Staff 1975-99) - Vice Chairman

Neil Daly (G 1984-89) - Co-opted Member

John Rolfe - Foundation Director

Martin Sandford (SH 1963-68) - Co-opted Member

Nick Jenkins – Director

 Charlotte Finley (MSH 2008-10) - Co-opted Member

Peter Fanning - Arts and Activities Chairman

 Peter Birch - Chairman of the Sports Committee

Chris Wain - Head of Futures

 

 Sebastian Marsh (O 1999-04)

 

 

PRESIDENT - Paul Nichols (S 1966-71)

 Paul Nichols was born in 1952 and entered Shrewsbury in 1966, ultimately becoming Head of House in Severn Hill, School Captain of Cricket and Fives, a member of the 1st XI Football and Athletics teams, and involved in music (as an organist and in the Concert Choir) and the Bastille Society.

He has been self-employed since the age of 27 as a commercial property consultant, specialising in retail and leisure property and arbitration, where he serves on the President of the RICS Panel of Arbitrators. His spare time interests are sport, country pursuits, ornithology and looking after a small holding.

Paul has remained heavily involved with the School and the Salopian Club over many years as a Saracens cricketer (a Cricketer Cup player over 5 decades), as Honorary Secretary of the Saracens for 20 years, as a Trustee of the Foundation, Chairman of the Salopian Club, and North-West representative of the Salopian Club.

Paul is married to Jane and they have three sons, all of whom followed him to Severn Hill – James (38), Peter (35) and Richard (33) – and three grandchildren (one girl and two boys, all down for Shrewsbury!). He became President of the Salopian Club on 1st January 2019.   

The Nichols Family at the President's Dinner

 

 CHAIRMAN - Miles Preston (DB 1963-68)

Miles Preston, who has recently assumed the chairmanship of the Salopian Club, was born in Shrewsbury in 1950 and attended Shrewsbury School as a day boy from 1963 to 1968, where he was Head of House and School Captain of Boats. He rowed in the School’s First Eight in the Princess Elizabeth at Henley for two years before going on to represent Great Britain in the FISA World Youth Regatta in Amsterdam in 1968, where his crew came third. He then rowed for Leander for three years, in the process winning the Thames Cup at Henley twice and competing in the Grand and Prince Philip. He was a member of the twenty-five strong National Rowing Squad in 1971/72.

After qualifying as a solicitor with Radcliffes & Co and setting up their family department, he became a founding member of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now called Resolution), serving on the main committee and chairing a sub-committee from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he was also a founding member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, serving as President of the European Chapter for three years from the time he founded it in 1989 and President of the whole Academy from 1994 to 1996. In 1994 he left Radcliffes & Co to set up his own firm, Miles Preston & Co, which has become one of the most notable family law firms in the country. Miles stood down as senior partner in 2016.

From 1990 to 2015, Miles was Chairman of the Osteopathic Educational Foundation. He has been on the Benenden School Trust Committee for 12 years and is also Chairman of the Residents’ Association for Physic Place, where he lives.

He was Chairman of the Salopian Club from 1992 to 1994 and completed a three year term as President of Sabrina Club in October 2018. At the same time, he founded the Salopian Drivers Club, whose Inaugural Meeting took place on the same day.Miles has been married to his wife, Jane, since 1974; they have two daughters, Caroline and Georgina.

DIRECTOR - Lt Col Nick Jenkins, OBE

Educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge, Nick was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1970 where he saw service in Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Falkland Islands and UK (including Northern Ireland and the MOD). From 1989-1992 he was the Commanding Officer 5th (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Battalion The Light Infantry and was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 1992 Honours List. 

In 1992, Nick (pictured below, in the centre, with his sons William (SH 1999-04) and David (R 2003-08) joined the staff at Shrewsbury School, teaching Classics.  From 1995-2009, he was Housemaster of Oldham’s Hall. He took up his post as Director in February 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                   

STRATEGY AND PLANS

A Strategic Plan (2017-22) has been drawn up. The Plan describes what the Club will do, by when, and the resources and funding needed (including the level of subscriptions).  It is available to download here.  

AGM

The 2018 AGM was held at the RAF Club in Mayfair, London on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm immediately prior to City Drinks.

To download the following documents, please just click on them - 

The agenda 

Chairman's Report, 2018,

List of Committee Members,

Minutes of the Salopian Club AGM 2017,

Salopian Club Balance sheet 31.7.18,

Salopian Club I and E 31.7.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

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