Rydal Penrhos Society Events

Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner 2021

Get excited! Get very excited! A reunion within the iconic school buildings with drinks and food – what is not to love?

What better way to reunite with friends and old schoolmates after a difficult year than at the Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner.

This incredible reunion event is always a Founders’ Weekend highlight and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever and we want YOU to come.

So book now using the links below … we cannot wait to welcome you back to the school.

  • 19.00 Welcome drinks reception in The Ferguson Centre, Combermere Road
  • 19:45 Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner – 3-course gala dinner with coffee for the incredible price of £32.50 per guest
  • Carriages at 23:00
  • Dress is evening/cocktail (black tie or suits)

Founders’ Weekend

Friday 10 September and Saturday 11 September

Friday 10 September

  • Founders Day service in St John’s church @ 09:00 to start Founders weekend
  • Speech Day (Years 11 to 13 (2020/21 academic year) in the Memorial Hall @ 15:00
  • Refreshments in the Quad @ 16:15

Saturday 11 September

  • 10:00 Girls Hockey (Natalie Kate Moss Trophy) Astro contact Iona Mumby at i_ona@hotmail.com to take part
  • 10:00 Boys Hockey (Dragons Trophy) Astro – contact Nick Fiorita to take part at nicholas2001@hotmail.co.uk
  • 11:00 Fox Trot Fell/Trail Run (Social Run) – New Field Pavilion.

Organised by Richard Watson, a 6/7 mile social run into Pwllycrochan woods, up the Nant-y-Glyn Valley with a loop-back over the tops towards the sea. A mixture of road, wooded trails and open farmland on local footpaths (mainly off-road). There will be some hill climbs so would suit a runner of moderate experience/fitness but this will be a social run (probably 60-75 mins).

We may split into two groups if required. Some nice wooded sections and great views of the sea from the tops. Please bring your own water if required.

We will aim to start at 11.00 so please arrive in sufficient time beforehand. Email Richard Watson on richard.watson@yahoo.co.uk to register interest.

  • 12.00 Netball (alumni vs school) – Sports Hall – contact Iona Mumby at i_ona@hotmail.com to take part
  • 13.00 Lunch (Soup & Sandwiches) Dining Hall adjacent to the Astro for all sports players, governors and school tours participants – do join us.
  • 13.45 Senior School Tour – For senior tour meet in Quad, finish in The Haley Memorial Pavilion, New Field for refreshments and the Archive display.
  • 13:45 Prep School Tour – For Prep tour meet at the Prep playground in front of school, finish in The Haley Memorial. Pavilion, New Field for refreshments and the Archive Display.
  • 13:30 to 16:00 Archive display open in The Haley Memorial Pavilion, New Field, just come along, you will be most welcome.
  • 14:30 Vikings Rugby at New Field- a historic fixture, full of tension and not to be missed. Contact Sean Kitchen at stkitchen@rydalpenrhos.com
  • 18:00 to 18:45 Rydal Penrhos Society AGM – The Kenworthy Room – The Ferguson Centre, Combermere Road – this is an open invitation to any alumni who would like to attend.
  • 19:00 Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner @ £32.50   (complimentary for Year 13 2021 and Year 13 2020 (i.e. Year 14))
  • 19.00 Welcome drinks in The Ferguson Centre, Combermere Road
  • 19:45 Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner in The Ferguson Centre, Combermere Road

Please book NOW using the links below and please specify any food allergies, intolerance or dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them.

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Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner – Year 13 and Year 14 complimentary tickets – BOOK NOW

Rydal Penrhos Society Dinner – Alumni/Staff tickets – BOOK NOW

Other events for Alumni

Friday 24 September

Alumnus Rob Lloyd will be starting a 26 Mile Marathon from the New Field Pavilion on Friday 24 September, if anyone would like to come and cheer him on, or run for part of the route with him do let us know. He is doing it to raise money for Sense (see later feature).

To take part in anything listed here or just to find out more please email alumni@rydalpenrhos.com



The Rydal Penrhos Community Choir was set up in 2013 to bring together the voices of our parents, former pupils, staff and friends. Led by Rydal Penrhos Director of Music, Pete Williams, the Community Choir rehearse weekly and organise concerts throughout the year to raise money for local and national causes. To date, the choir have raised over £8,000 for charity.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Pete Williams at PWilliams@rydalpenrhos.com



The Rydal Vikings Club was officially formed in 1945 with Reverend AJ Costain as the President, D Boumphrey as the Treasurer and EF Richards as the Secretary. By 1950, a group of good players was established with no fewer than seven internationals, five blues and 17 county players. Jim Parsons and RE Bibby were experienced England international players; RA Pinnington and JA Gregory were amongst the fastest wingers in the UK and Bleddyn Williams, the brilliant Welsh international, played in the centre with AD Morphy who was also an outstanding player.

Three members of Common Room played regularly for the Vikings: Donald Crook, John Pepper and David Pollard. Teams consisted of a mixture of Old Rydalians, staff, members of the School XV and occasional guest players.

The most memorable game was in 1951 when, thanks to Bleddyn Williams, a Cardiff XV played a match against the Vikings on New Field , winning 13-17.

Birkenhead Park, Wilmslow, Liverpool University, Old Wallaseyians and North Wales were regular opponents and in the late 50s and early 1960s D Diamond, AD Johnson, IA Stewart, KRF Bearne (Scotland), CR Jennins (England), TS Fletcher, TV Vincent, DR Williams and TL Williams were the outstanding players but because of changing social and employment practices it became increasingly difficult to raise sides even midweek.

In 1963, there was a good 19-9 win against North Wales. Old Wallaseyians won 10-9 in 1965. In 1966 the Vikings could not raise a good enough side and there was a two-year break. In 1969 a revitalised North Wales won 19-14. Between 1946 and 1970 the Club’s record was played 29, won 21, lost 5, drawn 3. Then for the decade of the 1970s, the Vikings remained moribund.

In 1984, Bleddyn Williams was appointed President with PN McLaren as Secretary and D Pollard as Treasurer. The match against Waterloo in 1984 was lost 37-15. In 1985, there was a delightful Centenary game against a South Wales team assembled by Bleddyn Williams and in 1987 Gary Williams and Mike Leach stood out in a 21-30 defeat against the Anti Assassins. In 1997, a game was arranged against a very competitive Gwynedd XV which was lost 46-35 on New Field with some very exciting rugby played. Also in 1997 a new fixture against Old Ellesmerians was won 40-19 in November.

The Vikings have played a Waterloo XV, Old Ellesmerians, the Anti Assassins, Colwyn Bay XV and in the 2009/10 season, two matches against Gogledd Cymru (formerly North Wales Rugby Club). The first match against Gogledd at New Field on 20 September was won by the Vikings 33-22 and second match on 27 December 2009, at Colwyn Bay RFC for the Bleddyn Williams Cup, was won by Gogledd 29-5.



It seems that 1888 saw the first properly organised cricket at Rydal Mount and success came quite soon thereafter. In 1891, the Cricket XI was unbeaten in ten matches and another unbeaten season followed in 1901. In 1906, the Top Field Pavilion was opened and in 1915, Coupe and Moulsdale had a record partnership of 258 in a match v Epworth College where the school won with a score of 258 for 0.

Cricket at Rydal was greatly helped by, in 1923, the acquisition of New Field. The field was leveled by teams of staff and pupils in 1923-24 and was quickly established as a cricket ground of the highest quality with an excellent wicket and outfield, combined with a beautiful location. (some photos of this work are on display in the pavilion today). The second event of 1923 which proved very beneficial to Rydal cricket was the arrival of Donald Boumphrey, a gifted and inspiring coach of both cricket and rugby, who devoted himself to the school for over forty years.

Between 1927-35, ten Old Rydalians went on to play County Cricket: HRW Butterworth, A Ratcliffe, W Wooler, R Wooler, DL Hughes, JG Costain, G Elson, J Lewis, TC Lunt and GE Hartley; others also attained vey high standards: JK Bibby, JA Bills, KP Griffiths, J Marsden, AE Underwood, EN Kay, AS Wigfield and JW Moorby, to name but a few.

This group of men formed the early core of the Rydal Dolphins’ cricket side that started in 1927. The Dolphins’ team, which replaced the Masters’ team, comprised staff, pupils and former pupils and reflected the new lease of life cricket was experiencing in the school at the time. The first Dolphins’ match was against Colwyn Bay in 1927, which was the ‘first real season’ for cricket on New Field.

The Dolphins first tour was to Liverpool in 1927. Between 1931-38, the Rydal Dolphins enjoyed an annual tour in the South of England playing sides in Kent and Sussex, including Sussex 2nd XI, Gravesend, Eastbourne and Hastings; in the three years 1932-35 they were unbeaten. After the War, there was a tour to Yorkshire in 1945 and one to Kent in 1946. From 1948-59, the Dolphins toured counties in South West England including Worcester, Gloucester, Somerset and Devon. Then in 1962, two years after a tour in Scotland, the players decided they were missing out on their beginnings and decision was made to arrange a series of games at new Field for up to two weeks at the beginning of the summer holiday… and there it has stayed. Traditional opponents have included Nantwich, Cheshire Wayfarers, Bury, Shrewsbury Saracens and Colwyn Bay.

In the last 48 years, there have been changes in the personnel and the programme of matches but the essence of the Rydal Dolphins has stayed. It is gratifying to see today loyal support for the Dolphins on behalf of the school players, Old Boys and Common Room for what has been, and still is, a ‘great cricketing institution’.



The ‘Old Girls’ hockey and netball matches take place each September as part of Founders’ Weekend.  Former pupils play against the school teams for the Natalie Kate Moss trophies, in memory of Natalie who attended Rydal Penrhos between 1996-2003, and who passed away in 2011.  The matches also raise awareness of the Natalie Kate Moss Trust, which her family have set up in her memory.  Please click here to find out more about the Trust.

New players are always welcome (as are supporters!)  If you would like to find out more please contact Christine Bramhall at CBramhall@rydalpenrhos.com or 01492 530155.

In the early years of the Old Rydalian Club the two golf competitions played for annually were the Marsden Trophy, which was first played for in the Summer of 1932, having been presented by Sydney Marsden and the Burrows Cup which was played for in the Autumn. The Marsden Trophy is still played for annually.
In the mid 1960s it was decided that the past pupils should enter the prestigious national competition of the Grafton Morrish which was, and still is, open to HMC schools. In 1967 Mike Corry was appointed as the first OR golf secretary and a Rydal team was entered into the Grafton Morrish tournament and reached the final, narrowly losing 2-1 to Charterhouse. In 1970 Guy Watson succeeded Mike Corry as secretary, a position he still holds. In the 70s and 80s the Rydal team reached the semi-final of the Grafton Morrish three times.
In the latter part of the century and the start of the 21st century the team fared less well but in 2010 the team has once again qualified for the finals at Hunstanton.More competitions were introduced and the past pupils now compete annually for: The Pochin Cup, presented by Nick Pochin and first played for at Eaton Hall Golf Club, Chester in 1987; The Edward Harris Welsh Public Schools Cup, first competed for in 1990.
The Silcock Salver, presented by Mike Silcock in 1997, played in the Spring at Maesdu and Conwy Golf Clubs, the winner having the best aggregate score over two rounds.
To get involved please contact Christine Bramhall at CBramhall@rydalpenrhos.com, who will put you in touch with our Golf Secretary, Guy Watson.


The Rydal Penrhos Business Club is a valuable networking forum as well as a unique opportunity to promote your products and services to the Rydal Penrhos community.

Members will be able to attend networking events organised by the Rydal Penrhos Business Club. Times, locations and themes will vary, so please keep an eye out for details of these events, which will be charged for on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Advertising opportunities are also available, with an online directory of members being produced and sent to Rydal Penrhos alumni and parents, as well as being available on the school website and social media channels.

Rydal Penrhos Business Club membership is absolutely free, and all parents, former pupils and friends of the school are welcome to join us



The Rydal Penrhos Society is run by a committee of members. This is really important to us – it means that this is your Society, run by you.

The committee is elected each Autumn at the AGM, which is held immediately before the annual North Wales Dinner. If you would like to find out more about being on the committee, please get in touch.


  • President: Graham Knowles RS
  • Life Vice Presidents: Mike Leach RS, Frank Richards RS
  • Secretary: Christine Bramhall
  • Treasurer: Helen Filbee Director of Finance
  • Head: Sally Ann Harding
  • Heads of School: Richard Wolfendale, Anna Parry-Williams
  • Golf Secretary: Guy Watson RS
  • Community Choir Rep: Andy Lee RS
  • Business Club Rep: Huw Parry RS


  • Tony Bale RS
  • Sally (Cockburn) Hogben PC
  • Emily Hickman
  • Hannah Patrick
  • Joanne Roberts PC
  • Lisa Williams PC

Branch Representatives

  • Bristol & South West: Christine (Gething) Brown PC
  • North Wales (Old Penrhosian Association): Pat (Wright) Jones PC
  • Preston (Old Penrhosian Association): Margaret Lambert PC
  • Australia: Peter Snowball RS