Saturday 8 February 2014, from 6.30pm
OPs and other members of the wider Pocklington School community including current and former staff and parents came together for a very special evening at St John’s College, Cambridge as part of Pocklington School’s quincentenary celebrations.
As well as a dinner, the evening included Evensong at the college chapel followed by an exclusive drinks reception at the Master’s Lodge by kind invitation of the current Master, Professor Christopher Dobson. After the dinner in the historic college dining hall a bound copy of the translated foundation documents was presented to the Master by OP Brian Fenwick-Smith (47-54). Tom Nash (68-77), OP President, lead the proceedings on behalf of the Old Pocklingtonian Association and Darrell Buttery (Governor and former English master of the school) gave an interesting talk about the strong links between the school and St John’s dating back to the school’s foundation in 1514.
Tom Nash, OP President commented: “The Cambridge dinner at St John’s has always had a strong tradition amongst OPs especially with the school’s long-standing links with the college. We wanted to make this year’s dinner even more special to mark the school’s 500th anniversary and I think there is little doubt that we have achieved that tonight; it has been a truly exceptional evening.”