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Ben Kench

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I am so very shocked and saddened to report that Ben Kench (OW 1990) died suddenly today. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to all his family, especially his wife Abbie (née Clements, OW 2001), his first wife Abi White (OW 1994), his four children, brother James (OW 1989), sister Anna (OW 1994) and other members of his band Safehaus.

His acclaimed musical career began at an early age and he began to form his style at Wells. A final year gig with band Insomnia is well remembered when he performed an Eric Clapton number. He later went on to form Safehaus, playing acoustic guitar and vocals and writing, producing albums for international artists and Ben also taught guitar at Millfield. The band reached a global audience when their track Leave it All was used on a release trailer for the video game Dark Souls III and they have played across Europe. They are also scheduled to perform in Cedars Hall in only three weeks time, how very tragic that Ben will miss this return to his old school.

Ben was Head Boy at Wells and a fine sportsman. He was Captain of Cricket for two seasons and was selected to play hockey for Somerset U18s. He continued his cricket and was still scoring ‘superb centuries’ for village sides in more recent years.

We have lost a precious and much loved member of our Wells family.