22nd December 2014
It was with very great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Alastair in a road traffic accident on 16th December.
Alastair arrived at Bilton in April 1973 following the appointment of his father, Mike Munt (OB 39-44), onto the staff the previous September. For the next 4 ½ years he was a “long distance” day boy travelling with his father from Broadway each day in the well known Volvo, registration 3RAU. There were many wonderful stories from the car journeys, especially regarding trays of fresh eggs that Mike used to bring for members of staff.
Alastair involved himself in very many school activities and I particularly remember him as a keen scout and enjoying the outdoor life of scout camps. He was a member of the chess team, winning the Deterding individual cup and the table tennis team, becoming doubles champion. He was a strong member of the Athletics team where his tall physique helped him in the field events. However, his great love lay with his cricket and his 48 wickets, taken with his accurate leg spin, in his penultimate season, is, I believe, still a Bilton record for the number of wickets taken in a season with the 1st XI. His final season was not so productive with 30 wickets, but he was awarded the Headmaster’s Cup for Special Bowling Merit to recognise the contribution that he had made to two very successful cricket seasons.
Alastair went on to Chipping Campden School, where he achieved good results in the classroom and an excellent handicap at golf. He continued with his cricket with local teams and enjoyed playing for the OB XI each year against the school. At Cambridge University he achieved great success as a double blue in athletics by representing the university against Oxford. He won the discus, came second in both the shot and the hammer and was awarded the trophy for the best field performance.
Alastair’s professional life has been spent in the practice of Law, working as a Barrister based in Nottingham, where many moving tributes have paid to his endearing charm and honesty. He was a member of the OB committee for a number of years, retiring in 2009, and was elected as a Governor of Bilton Grange in 2006. However, he found that the demands of the courtroom did not fit the timetable of Governors’ meetings and he was forced to resign in 2007.
The thoughts of the whole Bilton Grange community are with the Munt family at this difficult time.