Old Roedeanians' Association

ORA Christmas Drinks

The ORA Christmas Drinks are on Thursday 5 December 2019 at the Antelope (Upstairs Room), 22 Eaton Terrace, SW1 from 6.30 pm.

This is one of the oldest and most welcoming pubs in London. Wine and food by the Christmas Tree will put everyone in the right mood for Christmas. This is a very popular event.

ORA AGM and Reception

The ORA AGM and Reception is on Monday 3 February 2020. This will be held at the Caledonian Club, SW1. Further details will be sent out nearer the time.

ORA Committee

  • Ginny Stephen - President
  • Mary Henderson - Vice President
  • Lois Johnson - Membership Secretary and Vice-President
  • Erica Faircloth - Treasurer
  • Robyn Crabbe - Networking and Editor of current OR Magazine
  • Harriet Scott - Events and sports fixtures
  • Noelle Chase - ORA Heritage Projects

ORA Committee Meetings:

  • Thursday 28 March at the Caledonian Club
  • Thursday 6 June at the Sloane Club
  • Thursday 7 November at the Caledonian Club

Old Roedeanians' Scholarship Fund Trustees (ex officio):

  • Emma Smellie
  • Wendy Challen
  • Rosemary Eaton
  • Kate Coker

Please click here to find out more about the OR Scholarship Fund.

Regional Representatives:

Natasha Tan, the Regional Representative for Malaysia, hosted a very successful dinner for ORs in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 10 August 2019. There was a 100% turn-out and the evening was enjoyed enormously by all ORs there. Ginny, the President, and Mary, a Vice-President, had made videos of their welcome speeches, and Natasha had thought of so many imaginative ways in which to entertain everyone, that no-one wanted to leave! Congratulations to Natasha for organising such a splendid event.

The Aims of the Old Roedeanians' Association (the ORA) are:

  • To keep alive the spirit imbued by the Founders of the School.
  • To uphold the reputation of the School.
  • To provide support and assistance to the School.
  • To provide a link between ORs and the School, and with each other.
  • To support the OR Scholarship Fund.
  • To hold reunions and social events to foster and encourage friendship and support

Membership of the ORA is open to any girl who has been a pupil at Roedean School for at least two years.

The ORA is a member of AROPS (the Association for Alumni Societies)

Leavers' Reception

An evening reception was held at the Sloane Club on Friday 5 April for the 2017 and 2018 Leavers. Ginny Stephen, the President, welcomed the LEavers to membership of the ORA and reminded everyone of the aims of the ORA (see below). Mary Henderson, a Vice-President, had arranged a display of books about Roedean, which generated much interest. The evening was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

The next Leavers' Reception is on Friday 3 April 2020 - venue to be announced.

The ORA AGM 2019

This was held on Monday 28 January at the Caledonian Club, SW1. The AGM was from 6 - 7.30 pm and we were delighted to have so much more time than we have had in previous years. This allowed for many interesting questions from the floor and a spirited discussion. The AGM was very well attended and was followed by a Reception in the Library where we had Prosecco and canapes.

We were very pleased that Roger Sanders, the Chairman of Council, Anne-Marie Martin, a member of Council, Richard  Poffley, the Finance Director, John Fawcett-Ellis, Clerk to the Council, and Grace Cather and Harriet de Bene from the Alumnae Office, could join us. It was a very successful and enjoyable evening. Many thanks to everyone for coming.

The Minutes of the ORA AGM 2019

The Minutes are available on request from the ORA Membership Secretary, Lois Johnson membership-secretary@oldroedeanians.co.uk.

The OR Magazine

For a glossy look back at the activities of the year, and to keep in touch with ORA news, including successes, graduations, engagements, marriages, birthdays and reunions.

Those who would like to subscribe to, or receive a single copy of the OR Magazine can place an order online via the Roedean Community Network here. Alternatively, if you prefer to send a cheque, please contact membership-secretary@oldroedeanians.co.uk for an order form.

Please email your contributions for the next OR Magazine to the Editor on magazine-editor@oldroedeanians.co.uk.

The 2018 issue of the OR Magazine is now available (published mid 2019).

The 2017 issue and some other back issues are still available.

ORA Facebook

This is used by members, including the Alumnae Office, to post their news and notices, and inform members of forthcoming events.

Please note the rules for posting on Facebook (no swearing, no personal attacks, no personal accusations of any kind, nothing inflammatory or overly argumentative).

If there are any problems on Facebook, please contact one of the Moderators who are the following: