Vincent’s Club Membership Survey 2020

The Club has recently emailed to the resident and alumni membership of Vincent’s a simple online  survey, the purpose of which is to help the VATC directors understand your attitudes to the Club and its current priorities.

Over five hundred members have kindly responded, which is a tremendous number. Thank you!

If you have not already completed the survey please do. It only takes a couple of minutes and will greatly help the directors in continuing to try to improve Vincent’s for all members. Please follow this link.

June 2019

Vincent’s Club e-News, June 2019

Please see below for the Club’s news and events:

a) 13 June: Vincent’s Golf Day at Huntercombe (last call!)
b) 15 June: Vincent’s & Atalanta’s Cocktails and Ian Williams memorial match
c) 25 June: Oriental Club, London, welcome reception
d) 26 June: Vincent’s Speaker’s Evening and Wine-tasting
e) 5 July: Vincent’s Picnic at Henley Regatta
f) 4 September: Vincent’s Celebration of Sport Dinner in London
g) 13 November: Major Stanley’s Match and Vincent’s Alumni Gathering

Did you receive your email regarding the Annual Report? if not see:

Vincent’s Club New President

Harry Fitzpatrick was elected Vincent’s Club President for 2019-20
at the end of Hilary Term. Harry has won three Golf Blues, is the current President of OUGC, and is now in his 3rd year of Chemistry at University College. He was made a member of Vincent’s in Trinity term of his first year, and was the Food and Bar Rep. on the committee last year.

Vincent’s Club Members will wish to congratulate the new Emperor of Japan, Emperor Naruhito. An Honorary Member of the Club since 1984, he acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019, beginning the Reiwa era, following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito.
The Hon. Bob Hawke speaking at the Vincent’s 150th Anniversary
Dinner in Sydney. Credit: Maxyphoto
The Club would like to pay tribute to one of its most famous Members,
The Hon. Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991,
who sadly passed away on May 16th.

A Rhodes Scholar at University College from 1954 to 1956, Bob Hawke was the Guest of Honour at the Club Dinner in 1992. On the back of his presence, and with Sir Colin Cowdrey in the Chair, the attendance that year topped 400 and in between delivering a typically funny and rambunctious speech Hawke also led and conducted a spontaneous rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ by the whole room.

He was a regular all-rounder for the Blues and Authentics, but achieved lasting famefrom this period by entering the Guinness Book of Records for downing a Yard of Ale in 11 seconds. The fact that this took place at Vincent’s is well attested – themeretricious bid for this honour by the advertising boards outside the Turf Tavern is discredited by claiming 1963 as the year of the feat!

Amongst many prominent Australians paying tribute to Hawke in recent days was fellow Vincent’s Member Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister from 2013 to 2015.
Reg Clark



Late entries welcome for this year’s

 Vincent’s Golf Day at Huntercombe on Thursday 13th June


Please contact: Chris Atkinson at

Vincent’s and Atalanta’s Summer Cocktails

Saturday 15 June. Opens 5:00 PM at Oxford University Rugby Club

Ever popular and not to be missed! Book at:
Ian Williams Memorial Match
at Iffley Road before Summer Cocktails

Following the Inaugural Ian ‘BGI’ Williams Memorial Match last year, which saw them succumb to a 30-man-strong Dark Blue side, Swansea alumni return to Iffley Road this year to settle the score…

Ian Williams was a professional rugby player who sadly passed away in February 2018 whilst training with Doncaster Knights.  After graduating from Swansea, Ian continued postgraduate studies at Oxford University winning three Blues and becoming a member of Vincent’s Club. He is pictured above scoring in the Varsity Match.

His two alma mater do battle once again as a precursor to the Vincent’s & Atalanta’s Summer Cocktails on Saturday 15th June 2019. It promises to be a game full of pride and passion, so clear your diaries and head down to Iffley Road for what guarantees to be a cracking day. 


For more information please see the event details on Facebook: 

For more information on Ian’s story please see 

Vincent’s & Atalanta’s Clubs have kindly been invited by theOriental Club (above) to enjoy a drinks and canapes reception
on Tuesday 25th June from 6.30pm to 8pm. Dress is smart casual (no jeans or sports clothes). Alumni Member Stephen Plunkett will speak. The event will take place in the Hill Station Bar & Grill in the Club’s Courtyard.  The Oriental Club would like to encourage all recent leavers and alumni members to consider to apply for membership.  Please email to book your place. More details about becoming a member  of the Oriental Club will be on the website soon
Speaker’s Dinner
26th June 2019 at the Club, from 6.30pm

Alumni member Philip Weaver (1978, Pembroke, Athletics) has generously offered to present wines and port from his wife Sophia’s family vineyard, Quinta del Rosa: (Above) There will be a Portuguese themed three course meal and 6 wines/ports to taste. Cost: £35 alumni members, £27.50 resident members. Please email Tom Smith directly to book: 

Vincent’s be holding its usual picnic lunch in the Cricket Club Carpark on the
Friday (5th July) of the Henley Royal Regatta 2019.


The cost of the informal lunch for you and your guests will be £22.50 per person.
The picnic will include plenty of sandwiches, cheese, savoury and sweet nibbles,
Pimms, wine and soft drinks.

Please contact for more information and to book


All Vincent’s members, their spouses, partners, and guests, are cordially invited to the 2019 Vincent’s Club Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Merchant Taylor’s Hall,
30 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8JB, 
on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

The Dinner Chairman is Dr David Hemery, CBE, (St. Catherine’s, 1969, Olympic and Commonwealth Gold medallist and Superstars winner) who will introduce The Right Honourable Lord Coe, CH, KBE. (Seb Coe is himself a multiple Gold medal winner and is currently President of the IAAF)

The Club is holding a dinner in September as this year is the 150th Anniversary of OURFC who will be holding a celebration the night before the Rugby Varsity match in December. In addition, Vincent’s is taking the opportunity to allow the focus to be on other sports, including athletics. The ideal table size is ten, and members booking a whole table will receive a discount.

Whilst the primary aim of this Celebration of Sport dinner is to have an evening of good fellowship with both members and guests, the Club also wishes to build on the remarkable success of the New York dinner in March, and encourage members to support their Club, in particular by contributing towards endowing the Bannister Awards to assist outstanding Oxford sportsmen and women. The Club is proud that the Vincent’s Awards are the largest block of funding open to scholar-athletes competing in officially registered sports at Oxford University.

Following the death of former Vincent’s President Sir Roger Bannister, and with the encouragement of his family, the club is seeking to raise capital for the Sports Development Fund to endow at least one new major Bannister Award.

Booking details are available on our events page.

The Oriental Club Reception

The Oriental Club has kindly invited ALL alumni, but especially recent alumni from Vincent’s and Atalanta’s for drinks and canapés at the Oriental Club on Tuesday 25th June from 6.30pm to 8pm. Dress is smart casual (no jeans or sports clothes). Alumni member Stephen Plunkett (1975, The Queen’s College, Rowing) will speak.

The Oriental Club is keen to develop a relationship with both clubs and this will be the first of a number of events which we hope will cement a long-standing relationship between our clubs.

There is no charge for this event, but all those wishing to attend need to register by returning this form to Simon Offen at Please also contact him for any further information. You may not gain entry to the event if you are not on the guest list.

The kind invitation is available here.

A Vincent’s Club and Oxford University Celebration of Sport

Vincent’s is joining with the University to hold a dinner in New York in order to raise funds for the Club, Vincent’s Awards, and University needs such as the redevelopment of Iffley Road and coaching positions.

During his last visit to the Club Sir Roger helped by appealing for support for the Awards Programme which he himself did much to promote.



Sir Roger’s widow, Lady Moyra, and the family, are supportive of the Club’s aspiration to create two “Sir Roger Bannister Awards.” Vincent’s aim is to raise an endowment of £0.5m, which will produce two annual awards of £10k, thus of sufficient value to attract excellent sportsmen and women to apply to Oxford.


Thursday 7th March 2019

The New York Athletic Club, NYC.


Further information will be sent out in October, when booking will open.

Vincent’s Club News May 2018

News and events for Trinity Term and the Summer

Notice of the 2018 Annual Dinner & Rugby Varsity Match

Save the date for a USA Dinner in New York, March 2019


If you have not already filled in an Update form to comply with new GDPR regulations please do so now by downloading one here

Sir Roger Bannister CH CBE (23 March 1929 – 3 March 2018)

Club news recently has been dominated by the death of Sir Roger Bannister, President in 1950. Sir Roger was a great supporter of the Vincent’s Awards in particular. There will be a proper tribute to Sir Roger in the forthcoming Blues News, along with an appreciation of Clive van Ryneveld, one of the greatest all-round sportsmen produced by South Africa.

Speaker’s Dinner
Clever Magic from an Oxford Magician

“a sparkling blend of wit and illusion…”


Johnny Oxford (John Hayns) has a degree from St John’s College, Oxford, and is proud to be an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, and a Member of the Council of The Magic Circle.


He lives in Oxford, is the husband of the Christ Church Chaplain, and is delighted to entertain members of Vincent’s over dinner on the
Thursday of 5th Week, 24th May.


Cash bar from 6.30, supper at 7.30, performance and Q&A from 8.30, finish by 10pm. £35 for alumni members, £25 for residents, to include some wine with the meal. Please book directly with Tom, the Steward. Payment is needed in advance.

 Vincent’s & Atalanta’s Cocktails

The annual garden party is on Saturday 9th June, from 6-9pm in the University Parks, Oxford.

What better way is there to spend a June evening than drinking Pimm’s and Pinkies, nibbling canapés, and listening to Jazz in the blazing sunshine of an Oxford summer?!

The dress code is smart. Blues blazers encouraged. Photographs for resident members of Vincent’s and Atalanta’s will take place at 5.30pm. Members of Vincent’s and Atalanta’s should show membership cards on the door.

Resident member: £25. Alumni member: £30. Guests: £32. (Plus booking fees)
FB event: https: //
Fixr ticket link:
Any questions should be directed to either

Security reserves the right to remove individuals from the event in the case of poor behaviour. Tickets will not be refunded.

All Alumni Club Members –  with golf handicaps from +4 to 24 – are warmly invited to:

The 2018 Vincent’s Golf Day, to be held at Huntercombe G.C. onThursday 14th June.

Details / Application via Chris Atkinson
The following cricket fixtures may be of interest to Members. In particular we would love to see Vincent’s members at Lord’s for the one day match, and at the Parks for the four day match.Friday, 18th May:  OUCC v CUCC. 20/20 matches: Women, a.m. and Men, p.m.Wednesday, 23rd May: OUWCC v CUWCC. Cambridge.Friday, 22nd June: The One Day Varsity Matches at Lord’s.Vincent’s Club will be taking a box as usual. Contact to reserve a place, and click here to download a booking form.

Monday to Thursday, 2nd – 5th July: OUCC v CUCC. The Four Day University Match.
There will be a marquee in the Parks for the Varsity match, organised by a local Club, and members are welcome to take tables of ten on any of the four days. The marquee will be open 10.30 to 18.30. The cost per ticket is £40.00, thus £400 per table. Contact

The offer includes:
·       A welcome Glass of Pimms.
·       Cold Buffet: Fresh Salmon, Coronation Chicken, Vegetarian Flans.
Hot New Potatoes, selection of breads with butter.
Four Salads: Green, Potato, Tomato, and Coleslaw.
·       Desserts: Fresh Fruit Salad, Chocolate Roulade, Lemon Tart.
Coffee and Tea

·       Afternoon Tea with homemade Fruit Cake

·       There will be a cash bar with two red and two white wines, three real ales and soft drinks.

 Photo by Matt Henderson

Henley Royal Regatta Picnic

Friday 6th July: Vincent’s Club Henley Royal Regatta Picnic Lunch. 
Cricket Club Carpark, Henley. In the lunch break.
Contact for information

Vincent’s Club: 1990’s Reunion Dinner

A reunion dinner for members of the Club, 1989-2000
Thursday September 27th 2018
Vincent’s Club, 1A King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HS
Club opens at 6pm
Dress: Jacket and tie.

We aim to hold a get-together for a decade group annually, so that you have the chance of a gathering every seven years or so. This year it is the turn of members from the 1990’s to be invited and we have extended the years invited from 1989 to 2000 in the hope of catching everyone who would like to attend.


There will be a cash bar on arrival, and the four course menu, costing £55, includes half a bottle of wine with the meal, and a glass of port with coffee. Other drinks and extra wine will be available at the bar.


Please spread the word amongst your contemporaries, and let me know of anyone we have missed off the invitation list.

Photo of last year’s dinner for the 1980’s.

Future Events

This year’s Annual Dinner will take place on 
Wednesday, 5th December at the Inner Temple, London.

Vincent’s President, Sophie Taylor, invites you to join her from 7pm for drinks and a splendid three course meal with wines, coffee and port.
Dinner Chairman: Vic Marks
Speaker: Isabelle Westbury


The Varsity Rugby Matches will take place at
Twickenham, on Thursday, 6th December.

Why not start to organise your reunion group now?
There will be a special offer on hospitality boxes this year. 
Contact to register an interest.


A special USA Members dinner will take place at
the New York Racquet and Tennis Club on Thursday, 7th March, 2019. 

More details to follow.

Vincent’s at the Varsity Match

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” Roger Bannister

Sport at Oxford is a unique experience. Combining academic rigour with exceptional performances in the sporting arena requires a special kind of dedication. In recognition of Oxford’s finest scholar-athletes, Vincent’s Club Awards provide financial assistance to the most talented sportsmen and sportswomen at the dreaming spires. In a series of Bluebird exclusives, we catch up with these lions and gazelles to learn a little more about what makes them tick.

The Annual Varsity Match is a staple of Oxbridge sport, having been first played in 1872. This was just a few months after the first ever international rugby match between England and Wales. Vincent’s Club is proud to be in a position to support the best athletes with their sporting ambitions at Varsity and internationally. In preparation for the big event on Thursday, we meet the two Rugby Vincent’s Award Holders, Conor Kearns and Will Wilson.

William Wilson


Our first scholar is the physically commanding Back Row for OURFC. One of two Vincent’s scholars to compete on the rugby pitch, Will previously was an academy player with Wasps. On top of this, he is a talented Sevens player, and has represented England both at an U20 level and in a senior capacity.

My aim is to win caps on the World Series for England during my last year at Oxford.

Playing for the Blues while at Oxford is Will’s immediate focus, however, with the Varsity match just a few days away.

Will combines his physical presence in the pack with a silky boot, being the reserve kicker for the 2016 Varsity Match. Not all forwards can boast such dexterity!

Will has demonstrated time and time again that he belongs with the best rugby players in Oxford. However, it has not been easy. Will has overcome a very serious injury, dedicating time in the gym to ensure that he can put on that jersey in front of the Twickenham crowd he adores so much.

Before I put my jersey on I always take a moment to look at the badge, and remind myself why I want to give all I can and the responsibility I hold.

This epitomises the commitment and pride that the Vincent’s Club Awards aim to recognise. Indeed, this financial support is hugely beneficial in keeping Will performing to the best of his ability.

The award is phenomenal for me, as it allows me the financial security to focus on rugby throughout the vacation periods

We look forward to seeing Will give his all on Thursday.

Conor Kearns


I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power, the greater it will be” Thomas Jefferson

These words hold great meaning for our second rugby scholar, the power behind OURFC this year, Conor Kearns.

Being at the centre of the action has never been a problem for Conor. A utility back, he is capable of playing any of Centre, Fly-Half or Fullback. This year’s OURFC Captain has the weight of Oxford’s hopes on his shoulders as he wears the number 10 shirt, hoping to lead the dark blues to victory.

Not that this bothers him. Conor is a remarkably approachable guy whose thirst for rugby knowledge and marginal gains mean that he really sets the standard for the team around him.

Indeed, on his Christmas list he’s got one item.

The Lions ‘behind the scenes’ DVD looks incredible!

Let’s hope the Blues can go one better than the Lions and beat their rivals.

Despite having toured with the USA U23 team, playing for Munster A and representing the USA U20 team at the Junior World Championships in 2013, Conor wears his Crown with great pride.

When asked what his greatest achievement is, he replies without hesitation.

Becoming captain of OURFC“.

Now this shows the degree to which Conor takes the role as OURFC captain seriously. The winter months have been brutal for the squad, but the team is in its final stages of preparation, ready for the big day on Thursday.

The Vincent’s scholars are expected to demonstrate sporting excellence, strength of character as well as active participation in expanding the reach of sport and using ones expertise for social causes. Interestingly, Conor has worked as an assistant coach to a team of players recently released from a detention centre. Giving these people a chance to play competitively, and imparting his knowledge to them, really helped Conor to use his wisdom.

The award is essential to maintaining Conor’s level of commitment both on and off the field.

The award is a massive help to my day to day life and ultimately facilitates in part my ability to study here at Oxford. I am truly grateful to Avery Broadbent and the Broadbent family for their generosity.

One thing is certain, these two will be right at the forefront of Thursday’s action. The Women’s game kicks off at 11:30, followed by the Men at 3:00 pm. It is without doubt one of the most impressive Varsity Match experiences and I’m sure that all athletes from both teams will be extremely grateful for an extra voice. Be sure that you look out for our scholars, Conor and Will.

The Vincent’s Awards

Due to generosity of alumni members and friends, Vincent’s Club is proud to support excellence in Oxford Sport.

Vincent’s Club distributes a total of around £30,000 per year to various outstanding scholar athletes.

The criteria extend beyond the arena of sporting endeavour. The successful applicants have demonstrated strength of character and leadership potential, as well as an interest in broadening participation and a commitment to helping those less fortunate.

A number of the award-holders have already represented their country at an international level, others have the potential to achieve great things in their respective sports.

It is our hope that these funds will continue to attract great athletes to Oxford to maintain and forward the high calibre of Oxford Sport.

To find out more please check out the award page, or if there are any further queries, then feel free to contact

Vincent’s Awards 2017

Award Winners 2017

On Monday the 6th of November, the annual Vincent’s Awards presentation evening was held at the clubhouse. The Chancellor, Lord Patten, presented the awards to this year’s scholars and bursary-holders, as pictured above. The esteemed Sir Roger Bannister, Club President in 1950, and VATC Chairman Melville Guest were also present to congratulate this year’s winners. This year, seven scholarships and two bursaries were awarded which will support the recipients with their sporting and academic endeavours over the course of the year. More information on the awards may be found on the awards page.

Battle of the Blues

This year’s Varsity Match will kick off at 3.00pm on Thursday 7 December 2017. As in previous years, you can get your tickets from the Club.

Your ticket will also allow you access to the Varsity Gathering (formerly the Blues Village), which is the dedicated university and college meeting point, open to Oxford and Cambridge alumni, family and friends. Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm (serving until 6.30pm), it is located in the Touchline Bar on level 4 of the North Stand this year and offers a private bar and a food vendor; other food vendors will be close by at ground level. To find the Varsity Gathering, head for Gate D and either use Lift 5 to take you to level 4, or the escalator that can be accessed at blocks M21/M22.

Read more about the Varsity Match

11.00am                     The Varsity Gathering opens
11.30am                     The Women’s Varsity Match
3.00pm                      The Men’s Varsity Match
7.00pm                      The Varsity Gathering closes

The total ticket price is £40. Please use the attached form to book.

If you cannot make it to Twickenham on December 7th and live in or near Oxford, why not watch the match in more comfort? Visit the Club on Match Day to use the bar, have lunch, and see the action on TV.

The Club will be open from 12 noon throughout the day.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Simon Offen
Bursar and Alumni Administrator
1A King Edward’s Street,