Wells was honoured with a visit from Peter Baines (OW 1959) who this year is President of the RFU after a lifetime of service to English rugby. Peter was founding chairman of St Alban’s Rugby Club which has a remarkably familiar team badge (see pic), based on the arms of the town.
At Wells Peter was Head Chorister and trained in classical clarinet and played piano, but his real musical love was traditional jazz as player and singer in the East Liberty Stompers - I think Peter still has the recording that the band went to Bristol to cut onto wax. He had also a spectacular sports record with (of course) the 1st XV where he ‘excelled at full back’ with ‘accurate touch kicking’ and also 1st XI cricket and hockey, athletics and swimming. Peter was also Cpl in ACF and an academic prizewinner, in fact a classic Wells all rounder.
After Wells he went to St John’s, Cambridge to read law (and play in the Vieux Carré jazz band) and he then practiced as a solicitor for most of his life in St Albans where he still lives with his wife Sue.
He has been at the top of rugby as an RFU Management Board member for over 10 years and has been Chairman of the Finance and Funding, and Governance Standing Committees and then Vice-President. He was also a founder trustee of the Injured Players Foundation and chaired the RFU for Women Integration Task Group, helping to ensure a smooth integration of the women’s game with the RFU. He is currently Chairman of the Agents Review Board.
We hope we may tempt him back to Wells again soon – he would certainly enjoy today's jazz (and maybe even the rugby).
PICTURE: MENDIP TIMES