SAOBA Golf Day

In a year full of uncertainty, we are pleased to report that The Annual St Ambrose Old Boys Association Golf Day was held recently at the Mere Golf Club.

The rule of 6 was applied to the letter, as 6 SAOBA Golf Day stalwarts took to the tee, to honour and celebrate the life of the late George Tsiantar, whilst maintaining this prestigious event.

Dave Wilkinson successfully defended his title from 2019 with an outstanding score of 40 pts – Mere was a great course to play in very accommodating weather.  Mike Budd, a future captain of the Mere Club was an excellent host in challenging circumstances.

Participants even welcomed a brief cameo appearance from Scott McTominay, the very talented Manchester United and Scotland midfielder who joined them briefly on the 17th green.

The Leading Scores were:

1st Dave Wilkinson 40pts

2nd Mike Budd 36pts

3rd Noel Devery 32pts

4th Peter Riley 28pts

5th Tony Harper 26pts

6th Mark Gallimore 18pts

A fantastic effort from all involved. This year has been like no other, and whilst events remain indefinitely postponed, we look forward to being together again in the future.

Stay safe, stay well


RIP George Tsiantar

It is with great sadness that we advise that George Tsiantar has died.  George who attended the school from 1968 to 1977 was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner and a great friend to many people. He will be sorely missed.

George was an outstanding host of the annual Old Boys Golf Trip to the South of France and was a well known, popular and much loved Old Boy.

He leaves his wife Suzanne and their three boys. Details of any funeral arrangements will be announced over the next few days. We have received the below information regarding funeral arrangements:

George’s funeral is limited to such a small number that we cannot invite even close family and friends that we would wish to. We will definitely have an inclusive memorial mass and a big celebration of George’s life at Kersal RFC next year, when the Covid restrictions are lifted.

The funeral will be at St. Vincent’s RC Church, at 12 noon on Wednesday 5th August, followed by a cremation for immediate family only.

The Stamford Arms is prepared for 80 people to be there, outside and 30 inside, safe and according to the guidelines on social distancing, from 12 noon with copies of the Order of Service and a glass of champagne or any drink they prefer.

We will start at 11.55am from George’s mum’s flat on Bentinck Rd, from Parkfield Rd, down to the church and after the service we will follow George past the Stamford Arms on the way to the crematorium. I hope this gives anyone who wants to, an opportunity to pay their respects to George.

Mrs. Renee Gallimore R.I.P.

It is with regret that we report the death of Mrs.Renee Gallimore, wife of the late Terry, mother to Mark and Simon and Grandmother to Jack and Sam.

Renee and Terry were long time supporters of the College and both were members of the Parents Association.

Renee also managed the post rugby refreshments for many years.

She was 87 years old and passed away peacefully at home with her family grateful to be with her.

Dinner Update

Due to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus, the annual SAOBA Dinner will be postponed until further notice. We had a provisional date of 2nd May which is now unfortunately simply not feasible. We will look to confirm a date for later in the year, or even early 2021 depending on the outcomes of the ongoing situation.

RIP Derrick Murphy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former head of History, and head of 6th Form; Derrick Murphy at the age of 68 following a short illness. 

Derrick was a remarkable individual. We recently featured his latest accomplishment, with the publication of his 65th book and reaching the half million mark in global sales with his first book published 20 years ago!

He not only served the college, but also advised the governments of Singapore, South Africa and Hong Kong. He lead Norfolk County Council from 2010-2013. He was chief examiner for history for both AQA and OCR Examination Boards and was also a manager for senior rugby union teams.

Derrick and his beloved wife Janet retired to Herefordshire, where he developed a passion for alpacas.

One tribute from a former Ambrosian described him as “Incredibly knowledgable, with a razor sharp wit, and someone whom commanded great respect.”

It is clear to see that he was well loved as a teacher, friend and mentor, to those that had the pleasure of knowing him. If you would like to share any stories, or anecdotes, please leave a comment or email

Derrick’s funeral will take place at Belmont Abbey in Hereford at 2pm on 15th November.

Should anyone want to make a contribution in Derrick’s memory, his wife Janet has suggested the following charities:

The Nook | East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

St Michael’s Hospice Hereford – Caring to make a difference