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Thank you for attending our 3rd annual virtual reunion

On Thursday 9 November, Alumni from far and wide, representing the legacy of Rugby School and Bilton Grange Prep School, came together virtually to celebrate shared histories and forge new connections. The diverse and enthusiastic participation from across the continents showcased the enduring spirit that unites us.

As we reflect on the success of our 3rd virtual reunion, we eagerly anticipate future gatherings that will continue to strengthen our global network. The bonds we share are not confined by borders, and the spirit of our community thrives in the hearts of each alumna/alumnus.

On this page you will find the key information that was shared at the reunion. Scroll down to find out more.

David Harding (W 72-76)
President, The Rugbeian Community of North America

Meet our Board members

We gave an update to members about our recent board updates. Ed Day has been appointed as the Vice Chair of the RCNA and James Nicol has recently joined the board.Please do feel free to connect directly with our board members by clicking on their profiles below.

Charles Cockerton

Jim Whitcomb

Rob Smart

Ed Day

David Charlton

Will McCaw

Tom Chadwick

James Nicol

Updates from Bilton Grange

Head of Bilton Grange, Gareth Jones, shared with us updates from the school including entrance numbers, advancements to the schools infrastructure, restoration work done to some of the listed features and the exciting plans for our new barding house.

Plans for our new boarding house

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We look forward to BG150

In September, I was thrilled to attend the launch of BG150, Bilton Grange's yearlong celebration of its 1873 founding. For over one sixth of its history, I called "BG" home but a return visit from overseas to the Pugin interiors that Old Biltonians all remember was long overdue.

The smashing of a celebratory chocolate Rugby ball and fireworks concluded the evening with many a bang. Before that, there was the opportunity to gather and reminisce and a moment to reflect on the thousands of lives that the Reverend Walter Earle's school has touched over 15 decades. He moved his school from Yarlet Hall to the current site in Dunchurch in 1887, since when the evening’s venue has witnessed well over a century of transformation and has been the stage where friendships were forged, ideas ignited and character built.

The long gallery was also set up with a literal stage. Filled with our collective present, the room was treated to some fabulous musical and theatrical performances by the pupils and staff of today. It is they who now walk the same corridors, with considerable energy and enthusiasm, each leaving their mark on BG's future history. Gareth Jones described how ground has been broken on a brand new building outside the Scout Forbid for BG boarders to call home. With the current Headmaster and his staff lives the same dedication to pastoral care, nurturing potential and a sense of community binding us together.

So as we lionize BG this year, we should look to inspire those generations to come. The milestone is not just a chance to celebrate our past but also to embrace our future. Bilton Grange, like Rugby, has adapted and innovated over the years and will continue to evolve. Central to BG150 is a £50,000 target for the Earle Fund. Named after that founding Headmaster and launched in 2022 as an extension of the Arnold Foundation, the Earle Fund provides fully funded boarding places starting at Year 7. It introduces talented and deserving students with the most to gain from Bilton Grange and whose families could not otherwise consider a boarding education. BG will surely benefit in full measure from having them, as has been the case at Rugby.

All members of the Rugbeian Community can be torchbearers of this legacy and show support by joining the BG150 club, purchasing some special merchandise via the Rugbeian Community website and perhaps even visiting the school for the very first time for one of the events ahead for Homefield and for Bilton Grange. The welcome will be warm and you will see members of both my literal and figurative family. After all, Bilton's equivalent of The Floreat asserts that "our school is more than a school to us".

Ed Day (HF 77-81, BG 81-86, T 86-91)

How to get involved with BG150

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Rugby School in Washington

On Monday 23 October, Rugby School students, teachers and alumni met on the banks of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial to complete a Global Pass for the bicentenary. The group consisted of Chair of the Rugbeian Community of North America - David Harding (W 72-76), Board Member Rob Smart (W 65-68) and Rugbeians Tom Vacher (St 83-88) and Simon Glossop (SH 87-89) as well as 12 students currently studying A Level History and Politics. The students were accompanied by teachers Anna Griffiths and Paul Teeton as well as Director of the Rugbeian Community, Katy Steventon.

Meeting at 5pm, the group enjoyed pizzas and cokes in the unusually warm Washington sun and sharing chat about the school in the 60s, 70s and 80s where Rubert Brooke student, Grace, said "It was great to hear their stories about their time at the school and what they've done since."

Importantly, money raised by the Rugbeian Community of North America funded the places of two students on the trip. Grace and Nile have been members of Rugby School for two and five years respectively, and were hugely grateful for the support of Rugbeians and Biltonians. Special thanks to Tom Vacher for organising such a wonderful trip.

Whole Person Campaign

The Rugbeian Community of North America has for many years focused its fundraising efforts on supporting boarding scholarships for Arnold Foundation students. Now the American Friends have taken that support further by launching the Arnold Foundation Whole Person Fund.

We know from our personal experience that attending Rugby is about so much more than just an academic endeavor. The School’s motto of “Whole Person Whole Point” speaks directly to the mission conceived by Thomas Arnold in the 1800’s to introduce fully rounded and highly capable young people into the world. 

To that end over the next three years the goal of the new American Friends Arnold Foundation Whole Person Fund is to raise sufficient income from donations to fund extra-curricular activities that are particularly important to Arnold Foundation students as individuals. 

This is all about enriching and deepening the impact of the Arnold Foundation program - to benefit the individual Foundation students, and through increasing their involvement and inclusion in the broader school community, identifying special talent and honing skills that will equip them to participate in a wide range of activities long after they leave the School.

Giving from overseas

Please make a gift of cash or securities to the British Schools and Universities Foundation. You should name Rugby School or Bilton Grange as the institution you wish to benefit from your donation. 

Alternatively, to donate via check or wire transfer, find out more here.


Please contact the Rugbeian Community Office for information about tax efficient giving and bequests from Canada.  



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