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News: News in Brief

News in Brief

20 March 2017  
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Congratulations to Samantha Legg ( L, '06) who won her bout boxing for Cancer Research and raised over £1000.

 OB YouTube Channel We are pleased to announce that there is now an OB YouTube Channel showing clips of individual OBs and the School film from the late 1940s with an 'update' from the 1990. Please click on the link.

 Joseph Faulkner (Du, '04) is running from Leeds to London on ten consecutive days in April to raise money for mental health charity Rethink. He is hoping to raise £10,000. 

Patrick Grant (Y, '90) won Celebrity Mastermind in January 2017. His specialist subject was Ralph Lauren. 

Tom Moorhouse (T, '94) - his latest book  'The New Adventures of Mr Toad - the Race for Toad Hall' will be available from 1 March.

 James Close (T, '98) has now been awarded two Michelin stars and was voted 'Best NE Restaurant' by the Secret Diner.

 Rob Andrew (Y, '81) has taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer, Sussex Cricket.

Congratulations to Jane Lowes (Ma, '07) who has been awarded Vet of the Year  at the Animal Hero Awards sponsored by the Daily Mail and RSPCA, for her work in setting up and running the charity WECare for abandoned and abused dogs in Sri Lanka

William Wearmouth (N, '01) has recently been made a Freeman of the City of London .

Jacob Shannon ('15) is the current National Under-20 Duathlon Champion and has qualified to represent Great Britain at the World Age-Group Championships, in Cozumel, Mexico in autumn 2016. Jacob has Hemophilia B (severe). Many people his age, with his condition, spend weeks at a time in hospital, due to joint and muscle bleeds rendering them immobile. He is very lucky therefore, in the way that his condition manifests itself, as he is able to manage it effectively. At school Jacob was a member of the swimming and cross country teams. He is now  at the University of Leeds studying Sport and Exercise Science, where next year he will be the Captain of the Triathlon Club. We wish him well in Mexico.

 Mrs Helen McGill, the first Housemitress of Marwood House passed away on 11 May 2016. Her funeral will take place at St Mary's Church, Newgate, Barnard Castle at noon on Thursday 26 May. Our thoughts are with her children Emma, Jonnie and Chris.


Congratulations to Thea Thomspon (M, '12) who has been selected to play for England in their Indoor Netball competition in New Zealand this summer. 

I am sad to announce today the passing of Mr Ken Emberton aged 89 years. He taught at Barney from 1953-86. During that time he was Head of Classics, house tutor in Durham House and Northumberland House and went on to be Housemaster of Northumberland for 22 years.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 31 March at 10.45am at St Marys Church, Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9QJ. Family flowers only. Donations to St Marys Church where Ken was the part-time organist.

Paul Hockie, Mike Pinkney, Colin Bland and John Gladstone (not pictured) met up in London recently for a few beers and a curry.




Tony Aikenhead (Du,'72)  has become the first non-family member to become CEO of Sir Robert McAlpine which was founded in 1896. We send him many congratulations and wish him well in his new role.

 Congratulations to Charlotte Defty (M, '99) who has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the Speciality of Plastic Surgeons.

Congratulations to Alastair Bailey (Y, '91) who has been received the award for 'outstanding Contribution to Nursing from the Leeds Centre for NeuroSciences.

We recently heard from Jane Lowes (M, '07) - Having left Barney School in 2007, I went on to study veterinary medicine at Nottingham Uni and then worked in private practice in Newcastle for 3 years before deciding to set-up a charity for the street dogs in Sri Lanka providing much-needed veterinary care in a country where there are no animal welfare laws and abuse of the 'vermin' that are dogs is undertaken daily. Sri Lanka is a country still recovering from a 30 year civil war and the effects of the Boxing Day tsunami are still evident in every day life. This means that, for a long time, animal welfare has taken a back seat but, with a roaming dog population of over 3 million, the issue is now getting out of hand. I run neutering and rabies vaccination clinics, as well as treating the sick and injured animals, in a bid to try and free the island from rabies and reduce numbers humanely. These are all funded by donations and in the last 10 months, we have managed to prevent around 5,000 unwanted births and have protected 1,500 dogs from the fatal disease that is rabies. We have also treated a huge number of animals with skin disease, broken limbs and maggot wounds which go beyond anything I have ever seen in the UK. Some of the injuries are unimaginable. In order to continue to provide help, we do need support from animal lovers in the UK. In our country, we are very lucky not to have street dogs but also to have a world-class veterinary profession that can help you in the unfortunate event that anything goes wrong with your pet. In Sri Lanka, vets are poorly trained- not scrubbing into surgery and treating dogs that have chewed off their own leg with antibiotic spray!! 

City Drinks II 30/09/2015 - this recently re-instated casual event  was attended by  - John Hunter (D, '87), Geoff Hetherington (N, '77), Mark Swinbank (Da,'86), Kamthon Chaturachinda (Du, '87), Nic Crowe (Da, 2011), Christopher Lai (Y, '85), Andrew Thompson (T, '77), Mike Nicholson (N, '84). A photo of the 'motley' crew appears on the homepage slideshow.

James Close (T, '98) has recently been in the news  having been awarded a Michelin star for the fourth year running, and our congratulations go to him and his staff. James has also made the headlines by deciding to stop serving lunches - he wants his chefs to use the time they would have spent on lunches creating new dishes and menus. To this end he is hopes to introduce a five course 'development menu'which will be served on a Sunday at the end of each month. In Novemeber The Raby Hunt was listed as 17 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants.

After catching up with the news of the new buildings in this years' Barney Connect Norman Philbey, former staff member wrote 'There certainly seems to be a lot happening at Barney nowadays. I remember how spartan it was when I arrived in 1961, classrooms doubling as common rooms, dormitories with no curtains, prefabs to teach in yet visitors often said they sensed the good atmosphere when they stepped through the front door'.

Graham Abraham (N, '71) is now the private pilot for Sir Frank Williams flying him from one Grand Prix to the next.

Andrew Knapton (Du, '81) has served with West Yorkshire Police for 27 years, the last 11 years of those as a Detective Inspector. He is just about to join Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary HMIC as a Chief Inspector (Staff Officer).  

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