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BCS students on exchange to Marlborough College

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A milestone was reached on Sunday 5 May 2013 when the first two BCS boys on a Student Exchange Programme entered Marlborough College.

The School Captain, Raghav Gandhi and his friend Manvendra Tomar, a Prefect of the school, arrived at Heathrow Airport at 7 a.m. that Sunday morning. They were met by John Whitmarsh-Knight, who took them to his home to await collection by taxi for their journey to Marlborough College.

Mr Mark McVeigh, the College International Liaison Coordinator, saw them settled into their respective Houses for a good night’s sleep, before getting into the School routine the next day.

The boys, who are wonderful ambassadors for BCS, have been shown tremendous kindness and help and been made to feel absolutely at home from the moment of their arrival. Doubtless they will have their stories to tell when their all-too-brief stay is over.

I travelled over from Mallorca to see them but could not do so until the Sunday as they went on a School trip to Bristol all day on Saturday.

On Sunday I was invited, with them, to the home of Mr and Mrs McVeigh for Sunday lunch. Two girls from Waterford School, South Africa, on a similar exchange programme, also joined us. After a delicious meal, we three OCs watched the Old Marlburians playing cricket. The day was completed when we went for a curry at the Raj Indian restaurant, where we were joined by Mr Martin Evans, Secretary of the Marlburian Club.

On the Monday and Tuesday both boys went up to London to enjoy the experience of the ‘big city’. A few days later – on 25 May – they returned home, after a memorable time.

Many people have been involved in this programme. From B.C.S., the Headmaster, Mr Roy Robinson and his able Assistant Praveen Dharma. Old Boy K.C. Anand has helped liaising between School, parents and the British High Commissioner to obtain visas and saw them onto the plane at Delhi Airport. Mr Deep C. Anand has cemented the relationship between the two schools, hosting a Reception for the Master of Marlborough College, Mr Jonathan Leigh and his wife Emma. Present at the Reception, along with Old Boys and their wives, were two Marlburians on the Exchange Programme – Hugo Wilson and Sam Green – who, having been accommodated at Mr Deep C. Anand’s guest quarters in Gurgaon, were then accompanied up to Shimla for their stay at B.C.S. We hope to see them and their two predecessors from the year before – Rory Manley and Max Adams – at the OCA Lunch on 29 June at the Bombay Brasserie.

From Marlborough, the newly appointed Master – Jonathan Leigh – took immediate interest and through Mr Mark McVeigh, the successor to Larry Lamont, the programme was put in place. Mr Martin Evans, Secretary of the Marlburian Club, has kept an eye on the programme and with Jane Pendry – Alumni Relations Manager- ensured that the exchange has featured in the Marlburian Magazine and Newsletter.

Last but not least we are grateful to Mr John Whitmarsh-Knight, who has spent several spells in BCS teaching the boys – amongst them Raghav Gandhi and Manvendra Tomar – for his support and wonderful act of meeting the boys at the unearthly hour of 7 a.m. in London.

We must now look forward to the repeat of this Exchange on a yearly basis – with longer time being spent in Marlborough and eventually the exchange of teachers being added to the programme.

With our sincere thanks to all those involved for their time, effort and keen interest in the success of the exchange.

With best wishes

Gay Niblett
Hon. Life President OCA (UK)

Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup – Rugby School vs. Marlborough College 2009

Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup

Rugby School vs. Marlborough College Annual Cricket Match, 1 – 2 July 2009

This fixture has a long and illustrious history and was first played in1855. It was instigated by our founder, Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton, who had been Housemaster at Rugby and became Master of Marlborough College in 1852. He established it through engagement with the MCC and it was played at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London, until 1972. Thereafter it has been played at Marlborough or Rugby alternately each year.

It has been played 101 times at Lord’s, 3 times at the Oval and once at the Middlesex ground in Islington, in London. There were no matches in 1858, 1859 and 1861 because of the perceived ‘weakness of Marlborough’s Cricket’ and none during the Great War, 1915 – 1918, for fear of Zeppelin attacks. No match was played in 1940 either because of the impending invasion and fear of air attack and the match in 1947 was cancelled due to an outbreak of Polio at Rugby School.

Rugby had the better of the earlier encounters but the contest gradually became more even. The tendency of the last three decades has been for more drawn games; both the 100th and 150th anniversary matches ended in a draw. Rugby are slightly ahead in the total of number of wins, with a slender lead of 6.


The Pavilion on the opening morning


The Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup

The weather forecast for this years match was very promising and so it turned out with both days being clear, sunny and hot. The match began at about the same time as the Chapel Service, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding, so most of us missed the morning session. Rugby won the toss, elected to bat, and were going well at lunch. They reached a score of 121 before losing their 2nd wicket and looked set for a big total. However the dismissal of their captain, J Moxham for 55, brought on a significant batting collapse and they were bowled out for a total score of 161.


Marlborough began very cautiously as they could see they had a great opportunity to win but Rugby kept the bowling tight. Marlborough lost only 1 wicket during the rest of the day, to a spectacular mid-air catch at point, but their run rate was rather slow and by stumps they had still not overhauled the Rugby total.


 First Innings – Rugby Fielding

Bishop Cotton had set a tradition for dinner on the first evening to be hosted by either the Master of Marlborough or Headmaster of Rugby, in order to engender a feeling of kinship and a spirit of camaraderie between the players. It was held on the lawns of the Master’s house on perfectly balmy summer evening. The teams dined together and visiting parents and staff were invited, but only a handful of OC’s remained as the majority had left after the end of the first day’s play. It was a sublime occasion with excellent food and wonderful company; it was heart-warming to see the boys socialise so well after battling all day on the field. The evening ended, again traditionally, with a speech and vote of thanks from the visiting captain.

Marlborough began the second day’s play in the same manner as they had finished the first – carefully. Their captain, U Qureshi, duly scored a century but a draw looked increasingly likely as the day wore on. They lost only 2 more wickets till tea when they eventually declared at 281 for 3, a lead of 120 runs. This left Rugby to bat out the last session or collapse again and hand Marlborough the Cup. They batted with great confidence, however, and scored quite quickly; by the time 10 overs of play were left they had reached the safety of 119 for 1 with G Mackenzie 55 not out. A positive result was now clearly impossible and the game was called off.

There had been much discussion amongst OC’s, the day before, about what should be done in the event of a draw. There was a view that the Cup should go to Marlborough as they had been the winners when there last was a result. It was strongly felt, however, that the trophy should be won rather than just awarded; if the game was drawn then Marlborough should keep the Cup, but as it’s custodians, until it was properly won by one or other team. It had also been realised the night before that none of the other guests would be able to stay till the end of the match, except for me as a Rugby parent, so it was left to me to make the presentation.

crick-4The Captains: J Moxham, Rugby (right), U Qureshi, Marlborough (left)
The Master, Mr N A Sampson (extreme left).

It was particularly poignant for me personally to be at Marlborough, celebrating our sesquicentennial and with my son playing for Rugby in the match.  I felt extremely honoured, therefore, in the presence of the Master, parents, staff and coaches, to award the trophy to both captains. I exhorted them to compete fiercely for the Cup in future, but to play with honour, in the best traditions set by Bishop Cotton and in the true spirit of the game of cricket.

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 Dr J M S Aulakh

(Rivaz 1958-66)

OLD COTTONIANS REUNION 1st JULY 2009 at Marlborough College

OLD COTTONIANS REUNION 1st JULY 2009 At Marlborough College

_MG_3639Tricia & Alan Bapty (R36-44) Mohit Chaudhray (L90-02) Audrey & Ken Hoddart (R43-44) John Upton (I45-46) Christine & Gay Niblett (R40-47) Margaret & Peter Stringer (L43-47) Ann-Sofie & Vivek Bhasin (L61-70) Abhilekh Singh Verdi (I98-07) Peter Travers (R42-45) Laldinkima Singh Verdi (I95-00) Wife & Tespal Singh Sawhney (I63-71) Paddy Singh (C53-59) Sylvia & Les Homer (L44-49) Pru. & Brian Moray (C43-46) Husband & Caroline de Jode(Daughter of Rev.S.Slater) Susan & Jagat Aulakh (R58-66) Lance Jones (L35-39) Elisabeth & Peter Johans (I44-48) Ken Richards ( L38-45) Joan & Malcolm Niblett (C44-45) Mrinal Vijay (L93-04) Shirley & Clive Hardie (L40-45) Karan Singh Sandhu (L99-03) Ian Johnson (C42-45) Chiragh Cherin (C88-00) Raj Lamba (L49-59) Gillie & Robert Myers (I35-45) Vincent Batten (L44) Pat & Noel Milchem (R30-33) Rajbir Singh Guron (C72-81) William Moorhouse( C40-43) Wife & Harayan Krisham Akers(L62-65) Dr.Humayun Khan (R41-47) Jessie Pudwell (C42-47) Leena & Anil Mehra (C54-58) Eric Waughray (C46-48) Arthur Jones (L42-49) Siam Kishen (I 45-48) Sheila wife of late Robert Reed (R41-47) Wlliam Mitchell (C44) Bambi. S.K.Maljumdar (I56-59) Mohinderpal & Daljit Singh (I 47-54) Caterine & John Phillips (C39-44) Dorothy & Joginder Chahal (C43-51) Frances & Mike Buckenham(C43-51) Jean & Jack Cresswell (BCSBangalore)
Nick Sampson- Master of Marlborough College. Patrick Derham- Headmaster Rugby School. Rev. James Dickie- Senior Chaplain Marlborough College. James Rothwell- Senior Master, Marlborough. Mark Conlen- Cotton House Master, Marlborough. Matt Williams- Cotton House Master, Rugby. Martin Evans- Secretary Old Marlborains.

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150th Anniversary celebrations of BCS Shimla, held at Marlborough College

Report on the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Bishop Cotton School Shimla, held at Marlborough College Wednesday 1st July 2009


At last the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of B.C.S. Simla!

It was the first time a celebration of B.C.S. had been held at Marlborough College – and thanks to The Master of Marlborough it was to coincide with the playing of the Annual Cricket match against Rugby School – the two schools in which Bishop Cotton was so involved.

Above all, what we needed was a dry, sunny day.

Well, we got the sun – it seemed the entire English summer sun was concentrated on those two days. It was hot – very hot – and humid into the bargain, as if the weather from Delhi had been flown over especially for it


However the buildings of the School were bright and shining and the pristine quadrangle green and reminiscent of our hallowed quad at B.C.S.


Before 11 a.m. the first of the old stalwarts with their wives and families started to arrive for coffee and biscuits at the Adderley. With bated breath we awaited the arrival of the coach from London. To the minute it disgorged its precious cargo, having left at 9 a.m. under the control of Raj Lamba – with added numbers of young OC’s – well done! Vinod Nanda (organising the coach) had done a great job.

At 11.30 in the magnificent Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels – a reminder of our own simple Chapel at School, the School Choir, in red cassocks – no surpluses – led by the Senior Chaplain, James Dickie, commenced the Celebratory Service with “O God Our Help in Ages Past…” The lesson, culminating in B.C.S. motto “…overcome evil with good” was read and The Master gave one of the most stirring, powerful and memorable addresses any of us had ever heard in Chapel. A fitting tribute to Bishop Cotton and all his schools.


We then proceeded to The Master’s gardens for a ‘Cava and Canapés’ Reception and huddled in the shade of the trees before being herded together for the group photograph. (No chance here of running from the extreme left of the group, behind everyone, to appear again on the extreme right!)
[Group photo will be posted here as soon as we receive it from John Phillips]

This was followed by lunch in the main School Dining Hall – a sector partitioned off, with Ibbetson napkins in the wine glasses; Curzon table cloths, Lefroy represented by the green quadrangle and Rivaz with its light (Cambridge) blue left to do the important job – serve the delicious meal – ever true to their motto “sirvamos”!!


We presented the Bishop Cotton Challenge Cup to The Master. Unfortunately at the last minute the High Commissioner for India, His Excellency Shiv Shankar Mukherjee was summoned to 10 Downing Street. He sent his apologies and deep regrets, but informed us that he had recommended to a group of British MPs who will be visiting India soon, that they take in a visit to B.C.S.

After lunch, the School laid on a shuttle of mini-buses to take us to the Cricket Pavilion to watch the cricket match. Again, tea, cakes and biscuits were laid on. By the time stumps were drawn, many had drifted off to cars and coaches, replete and overcome by the generosity and charming care that had been bestowed on us all by Marlborough College.

The match ended the next day in a Draw, so the Challenge Cup remained in the custody of Marlborough College, to await another year before the winners’ name could be engraved on it.

The day will remain with all those OCs who attended it as a wonderful, unique and lasting memory. We hope that those present who in 25 years time attend it again – perhaps at Rugby School – will have seen a strengthening of the bond between our three schools. And let us not forget Westminster School, from where Bishop Cotton left for Trinity College Cambridge to start his educational lifetime mission.

We look forward to seeing the increasing exchange of students and teachers between all our schools, as we’d hoped would be expressed by the High Commissioner for India in his speech at lunch.

Now it’s time to look forward to the centenary – in May 2010 – of the Old Cottonians Association.


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.