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#run4thepav

A meeting of minds across generations
20 May 2024
Written by Felicity Kilpatrick
OB News
Tom and Peter. OB Day 2024. Photo: FK for Christ College
Tom and Peter. OB Day 2024. Photo: FK for Christ College

OB Day on 18 May was the ideal opportunity to get together two people with a passion for the Pavilion. Tom and Peter met for the first time on the boundary on a glorious Brecon day, and it was soon evident that a difference in age is no barrier when it comes to enthusiasm. 

Many OBs will remember the extraordinary work that Peter J Owen (School House 1953-58) did between 1993 and 1996. Supported by many OBs who felt equally strongly about the state of repair of the Pavilion at that time, Peter masterminded a plan to raise funds to install electricity and water and make significant improvements to the interior. Such was the Pavilion's previous condition, we may not be celebrating its century this year were it not for Peter's dedication and the support he generated.

As we celebrate the Pavilion’s birthday, sincere thanks are due to Peter especially and also to all those who contributed to his Appeal. Similarly, we offer grateful thanks to those who continue to contribute to the Pavilion Fund to safeguard the building’s future.  

Tom, Archie and Seniru. Photo: FK for Christ College. 

But it’s not just OBs who care. Tom is one of our 'Middle Hub' - day pupils in Years 9-11 (Third Form to Fifth Form in ‘old money’). With fellow enthusiasts, Archie and Seniru, Tom has been doing his bit to ensure the building’s birthday does not go unnoticed. 

After some thought about what would engage their peers, Tom, Archie and Seniru developed the #run4thepav initiative, and circulated it on their social media with the intention of raising awareness of the origins of our iconic Pavilion. 

Here's Seniru publicising the initiative in advance of 11 May. 

With news of completed runs reported via the usual apps, carefully kept spreadsheets reveal that "100 miles for a 100 years" was very quickly surpassed. Though ‘run’ in this case refers to rapid perambulation in various locations rather than between the wickets, #run4thepav has definitely captured imaginations in all year groups.

But that’s not the end of the story: more miles will be completed soon. Indeed, the work of the Middle Hub has been such a triumph that there are plans for further projects that will celebrate the Pavilion’s centenary year and commemorate those whose names are on the Memorial tablet in the Chapel. We’ll keep you informed of future events as they unfold. 

To find out more about plans for the Pavilion and how you can support its future, visit the Support Us page. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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