Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup

cup 026Bishop Cotton School, Simla is the oldest English Public School in the Himalayan Ranges, founded on 28th July 1859 and situated in beautiful Himachal Pradesh. Bishop Edward Lynch Cotton, Head Master of Marlborough College was instructed by Queen Victoria to proceed to India and set up an English Public Boarding School having the same high standards as the oldest and elitist Public Schools in England.  

Further history is being made at this Great Institution: Bishop Cotton School, Simla. This domain of excellence,  celebrates its sesquicentennial  in the present Year: 2009.    The present alumni who are living through this milestone feel Privileged and Blessed to be able to participate in the global celebrations of their Alma Mater, the same culminating within the boundaries of this fantastic School in October 2009. The Old Cottonians (OC) will be arriving from far and wide, crossing frontiers from distant lands to come home to BCS for possibly ‘Their Final Hurrah’. To be together as a Brotherhood and also propel the School forward to further Good Repute and Repeated Success. To make the world so very envious of us…who lived, and dreamed, and played; were part of the ongoing credentials of this glorious place of worship and learning.

The Old Cottonians Association (OCA) United Kingdom Chapter, the oldest Association of Bishop Cotton School, Simla have thought it most appropriate to celebrate this grand milestone by donating and presenting a specially fabricated Silver Trophy ‘ The Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup’ with the School Crest, to the winners of the traditional Annual Cricket Match between the two schools that Bishop Edward Lynch COTTON was associated with during his academic years in England. viz.  Marlborough College and Rugby School. The Beautiful Silver Trophy will be contested for ANNUALLY between the two rivals in a 2 -day Cricket match which this year is being played at Marlborough College.

The Cricket Teams from both Schools boast their Best; The First Elevens! The match is scheduled to be played on 01st & 2nd July 2009. The Trophy ‘The Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup’ will be presented to the winners by the OCA (UK) President Allan Gay Niblett Esq., a fellow OC, a veteran sportsman who has excelled as Junior Boxing Champion United Kingdom during his youth; believe you me Gay can still pack a mighty punch!

The schedule of Events that take place for the Cricketing Event are:

Wednesday 01 July 2009
-1030 hrs: Assembly at Marlborough College
-1130 hrs: Chapel Service in the School Chapel in memory of Bishop Cotton; our President will Read from the Holy Bible:
 Chapter XII St.John’s apostle to the Romans, verses I to   XX  ( One to Twenty) that ends with the words ‘ Overcome Evil With Good’ the Very Motto of
 Bishop Cotton School, Simla.
-Reception in the garden of the Head Master’s Lodge
-Lunch in the Norwood Hall
-Start of the Cricket match with Tea during the Interval

02 July 2009
-Culmination of the Cricket Match
-The Award Ceremony; presentation of ‘The Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup’  to the winners of the Cricket match.

Amongst the host of  senior and younger alumini (Old Cottonians/OCs) from Bishop Cotton School,Simla and special guests who will be attending the celebrations at Marlborough College, the following need special mentioning:

-His Excellency Shiv Shanker Mukherjee        High Commissioner for India.
-Dr. Humayun Khan (OC) – Former Ambassador and Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.
-Mr Deep C.Anand (OC)  – President ANAND Group of Companies, India. President OCA India. Member Board of Governors BCS, Simla.
-Mr Allan Gay Niblett (OC) – President, Old Cottonians Association (Bishop Cotton School) United Kingdom.
-Mr Anil Mehra (OC) – Group Executive & Financial Director INDIA TODAY, member Board of Governors BCS Simla.
-Dr Stephen Spurr – Head Master Westminster School.
-Mr Patrick Derham – Head Master Rugby School.
-Mr Matt Williams – Housemaster, Cotton House, Rugby School.
-Mr Nicholas Sampson – Master Marlborough College.
-Mr Robert Pick – Second Master Marlborough College.
-Mr James Rothwell – Senior Master Marlborough College.
-Mr David Williamson – Bursar Marlborough College.
-Mr James Dickie – Senior Chaplain Marlborough College.
-Mr Mark Conlen – Housemaster, Cotton House, Marlborough College.
-Mr Martin Evans – Secretary, Marlburian Club.