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Sixties

Philip Wright (Certificate in Education 1967-70) surfaced musically at Warwick in 1968, together with David Penhale (now a painter) and Fred Harris (Radio 4’s The Burkiss Way, BBC TV’s Play School), as Pigbin, Westwood’s answer to the Incredible String Band! Philip continued to play the guitar, taught with the Coventry Performing Arts Service for 26 years and has worked with a wide range of rock and folk artists in both Europe and the USA. He released his first solo CD last year and toured nationwide with Fairport Convention. Philip gave up teaching three years ago due to the increasing demands of performing; current projects include Ashley Hutchings’ Morris On Band, a duo with Fairport’s Dave Pegg, folk-rockers Little Johnny England and solo appearances. Visit www.hedgeofsound.com

First 40th Anniversary Reunion – calling the class of ’66. If you were in the 1966 intake at Warwick, come back to campus for the 40th Anniversary reunion on 2 June 2007. For details, email claudie.combelas@warwick.ac.uk. Visit the Warwick Forum for this reunion at http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/university/alumni/40th-reunion/ and communicate with graduates from the 1966 intake, find lost classmates, arrange meetings and reminisce about your time at Warwick.


Seventies

glenn.jpgGlenn Coggins (Mathematics 1978-81) has recently moved to East Ardsley, near Leeds, as vicar responsible for two churches. He writes: ‘My years at Warwick affected the direction of my life tremendously – on a personal level, I met my future wife Angela and I also became a Christian whilst at the University. After graduating, I worked in an insurance company, followed by nine years in the computing division of Barclays Bank. I left in 1993 to begin training for full time ministry in the Church of England at Durham University. This total change of vocation was not an overnight affair, but came after ten years of thought and discernment. In 1995, I took up the post of curate (‘training on the job’) for 3½ years in Warminster before spending 7½ years in the Fens in Cambridgeshire. I looked after three villages and a community hospital and gained a great deal of experience working alongside folk through the ups and downs of life (hatch, match and dispatch!).’

Reunions! If you were in the 1971 and 1976 intakes at Warwick, come back to campus for the 30th and 35th Anniversary reunions on 14 April 2007. For details, email claudie.combelas@warwick.ac.uk. Visit the Warwick Forum for these reunions at http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/university/alumni/30th-reunion/ and http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/university/alumni/35th-reunion/ and communicate with graduates from the 1971 and 1976 intakes, find lost classmates, arrange meetings and reminisce about your time at Warwick.


Eighties

camila.jpgCamila Batmanghelidjh (Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts 1982-85) was presented with the Women of the Year Award 2006 by Women of the Year President, Joan Armatrading, in October. The Women of the Year Award is made each year by the Women of the Year organisation to an exceptional woman who shows bravery, compassion and strives to make the world a better place. Camila, founder and director of Kids Company, a charity for children in inner London is a modern maverick, who believes in offering care, practical and emotional support to vulnerable children, often when they have suffered neglect and exclusion elsewhere. Camila’s visionary approach which insists on holding the door wide open to the hopeless, the turbulent and the vulnerable deemed her a winner for the 2006 title.

Reunions! If you were in the 1981 intake at Warwick, come back to campus for the 25th Anniversary reunion on 12 May 2007. For details, email claudie.combelas@warwick.ac.uk. Visit the Warwick Forum for this reunion at http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/university/alumni/25th-reunion/ and communicate with graduates from the 1981 intake, find lost classmates, arrange meetings and reminisce about your time at Warwick.


Nineties

comedy.jpgJulian Hall’s (French and History 1990-94) first book, The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy (Rough Guides), was published last October. After leaving Warwick, Julian worked as a research assistant to MPs including Lord (Paddy) Ashdown. During the 1997 election he played a key role co-ordinating media operations for the Liberal Democrats in the Hants & Wight region. A career in journalism followed with two years writing for, and eventually editing, The Independent’s Pandora column. Since 2003 Julian has been the comedy critic for The Independent and has been on the judging panel for the Chortle Comedy Awards twice and for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.

Rebecca Gibb (History and Politics 1999-02) has been named Young Wine Writer of the Year 2006, the second Warwick graduate to be awarded this accolade in its six year existence. Following her degree, Rebecca worked for two years at Wrightson & Company, a small independent wine importer based in North Yorkshire. In early 2006 she worked at Boynton’s, a boutique winery in the Alpine Valleys, Victoria, Australia and then tasted her way round much of South-Eastern Australia. Rebecca returned to England last summer to continue with her Wine and Spirit Education diploma which she completed at the end of the year, and now hopes to have a career in wine writing.


Noughties

After being involved in music at Warwick, James Sheils (Mathematics and Physics 2002-05) and Cath Roberts (English Literature and Creative Writing 2002-05) are continuing where they left off. They both played in the University Big Band and the Pretty Small Band at the popular Wednesday night Union event, Jam, and at regular jazz gigs all around the Midlands area and further afield. Now they are working together on a new music project, None of the Above jazz group. With a variety of other musicians, Sheils (piano) and Roberts (saxophones) have carried on playing, launched a website and recorded a CD, Deadline Sessions, showcasing James and Cath’s first original composition. This year, they are in the process of completing an album of original material. See www.noneofthat.co.uk


Next Issue

Do you mainly work outdoors, or did you study psychology? We’d like to hear from people whose working life is mainly spent outdoors, or who studied psychology at Warwick. If you have an interesting story to tell about your work, then let us know. If you could write about aspects of your life after Warwick for a future issue of the magazine or Warwick e-network, contact Claudie Combelas with brief details on claudie.combelas@warwick.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)24 7657 5506.

Look out for people from your decade here, in the next issue of Warwick e-network, the electronic publication for alumni, and on the WGA website at www.wgaalumni.co.uk. Don’t forget to let us know what you are doing now – contact Claudie Combelas on claudie.combelas@warwick.ac.uk