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Old Llandoverian Society

Producing notable men and women for over 170 years

Welcome from the Chairman

Iestyn Thomas has been elected as the Chairperson of the Old Llandoverian Society. Iestyn has a long and close association with Llandovery College from his time as a pupil, parent and latterly as Head of Rugby. He has always been actively involved with rugby having played for, and coached, both London Welsh and Harlequins. In addition to his rugby career Iestyn is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Aid, a charity that helps disadvantaged children, establishing and supporting many Schools of Hope in Kenya....

I am delighted to have been elected Chairperson and look forward to working with as many former pupils as possible across all age groups. The aim of the Society is to bring Old Llandoverians together, enrich fellowship and to support Llandovery College itself.

One of our on-going priorities is to build upon the database, to update existing and capture new contact details so that we can inform a wider circle of people about the regular social and sporting events that we hold and about the work of the Society in general.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our alumni, many of whom have excelled in their chosen field both at home and abroad. Everyone has a unique story to tell.

I am very much aware of the wealth of experience, knowledge and skill that together we hold and if you feel that you can help the Society in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you are not already on our database and would like to receive information about the Society please email us on or telephone 01550 723000.

Iestyn Thomas

Support Us

Mission Mission Day to Day Wills Legacies Llandovery College seeks to provide a truly
transforming experience in which intellectual,
artistic, sporting, spiritual and social development
is at the heart. Llandoverians and their parents join
a caring community that recognises and nurtures
the innate ability in every individual.

The College aims to produce grounded young men
and women capable of tackling like’s challenge
with confidence, determination and cheerfulness.

Your support is vital to help us achieve our mission
and we thank you for helping us in our endeavour.
Philanthropy is at the heart of the development of
Llandovery College and, with your help, we can invest
in our school today to ensure its success in the future.
DaytoDay Day to Day Mission Wills Legacies Llandovery College welcomes support from generous
and kind donations.

There are a wide variety of ongoing and future
projects that require investment and your support
is much appreciated by current and future
generations of pupils.

To donate and support Llandovery College,
Llandovery College Prep School or our Nursery
please contact:

01550 723 000
Day to Day
Wills Mission Day to Day Wills Legacies Gifts by Bequest to the Llandovery College Foundation

Making a Will is an important responsibility. We would be
delighted if you wanted to show your support for Llandovery
College by making a codicil in your Will benefiting the Foundation
(Charity Number 1148827).

Tax Efficient Giving and your Estate in the UK

By making a gift to the Llandovery College Foundation, you may
find that you significantly reduce the Inheritance Tax liability
imposed on all estates valued above £325,000 (2014) of up to 40%.
Please consult legal advice for more precise information about
how your legacy to the Llandovery College Foundation would
ease the impact of taxation on your estate.

The Wording and Beneficiaries of your Gift

Individuals often wish to leave a bequest in support of a particular
activity or function at the College. Please bear in mind that subject
areas, teachers and activities change over time, and the more
specific your codicil, the more difficult it may be to apply it
according to your wishes. Please consider giving to more general
areas of support (ie to ‘Sports’ rather than to ‘Rugby’, to
‘Languages’ rather than to ‘Greek’). Alternatively, you might
provide a secondary option should the trustees be unable
appropriately to allocate your gift to your first option. We would
prefer if the secondary option left the allocation of your gift to the
discretion of the Llandovery College Foundation Trustees.

Informing Llandovery College

In due course, the Llandovery College Foundation will be notified
by the executors of a Will if we have been named as beneficiaries.
However, it helps us to plan for the future more effectively if we
are informed in advance that we have been nominated in this way.
Please consider advising us of your generosity if you decide to
make us the beneficiaries of part or all of your estate.

Legal Advice

The advice herein is only a general introduction. Please do ensure
that you receive legal advice to ensure that your wishes are stated
clearly in the terms of your Will.
Legacies Mission Day to Day Wills Legacies There are various types of legacies.
The examples below are suggestive of ways in which you might wish to give.

Pecuniary Legacy

This is the simplest form of legacy, though the value of such a bequest remains
static and therefore erodes with inflation. If you write a codicil for a pecuniary
legacy which names Llandovery College Foundation as a beneficiary, you
might want to consider leaving a percentage of your estate rather than a fixed

Residuary Legacy

The residue of your estate is the amount remaining once all the pecuniary
legacies, debts and other charges have been paid. You might decide to leave
the whole, or part of the residue, to the Llandovery College Foundation.
The advantage of this form of legacy is that its value is not eroded by inflation.

Reversionary Legacy

A reversionary legacy can benefit both your family and friends, and the school
at a later date. Under this arrangement, certain assets can be left to a chosen
beneficiary for their lifetime, after which a part or all of them revert to the
Llandovery College Foundation.

Specific Legacy

Legacies need not simply involve money. Gifts such as works of art, property,
or stocks and shares may also be left to the Llandovery College Foundation.

Conditional Legacy

A conditional legacy allows for circumstances in which named dependents die
before you. Your estate would then be left to the Llandovery College
Foundation and to any other named beneficiaries.

Legal Advice

The advice herein is only a general introduction. Please do ensure that you
receive legal advice to ensure that your wishes are stated clearly in the terms
of your Will.



Did you know...

The College has over 50 former pupils having notched up close to 550 caps for Wales – a record that eclipses that of any other Welsh School in the history of the game.

What's On

  • 3rd July 2021Reunion Meal

    This event has been postponed due to CoronaVirus

    The Event will now take place on 3rd July 2021.
    A fun reunion to be held in the Great Hall. Start rounding up your Year Group now to put a table together.
    Tickets £35.
    Please contact Ina Jones at or ring 01550 723060 to book.


For over 170 years Llandovery College is proud to have produced notable men and women who have gone on to make their mark in the world. With an outstanding rugby heritage the College has over 50 former pupils having notched up close to 550 caps for Wales – a record that eclipses that of any other Welsh School in the history of the game.
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In Memoriam

A record of Old Llandoverians who have recently passed away
Sam A Simon(OLl 1948 - 1954). A former Trustee of Llandovery College.
Rod Richards(OLl 1958 - 1964). Broadcaster and politician in both Westminster and the Welsh Assembly following his time at Llandovery College.
DTR (David) Davies(OLl 1958 - 1964). David was the son of the late vicar of Kenfig with Pyle and lived after his marriage in Bridgend.
David Lloyd (OLl 1962 - 1969). David worked in the family business in London before retiring to Llanelli. Brother to William (OLl 1960 - 1968).
Huw Miles(1964 -1969)
Sir David John K.C.M.G
Bill Baldon
Reverend Roger Thomas
Dillwyn Thomas - (41-43)
Lowell Williams Roberts(O.Ll 1939-1944)Lowell passed away in late January at the age of 92. He had been a veterinary surgeon practicing in Aberdare but more recently lived in Penarth.

Our Founder

Thomas Phillips, the founder of Llandovery College, was 88 years old when the College opened. He was born in London of Radnorshire parentage; he returned to Wales when he was young and received some education there and, maybe, a smattering of Welsh. For some time in his early teens he was apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary at Hay-on-Wye.

Most of Phillips’ life was spent outside Wales and this was also to have a direct bearing on Llandovery College. After qualifying as a surgeon in London in 1780, he joined the navy and spent the following two years serving King and country mainly in Canadian waters. He then entered the service of the East India Company and spent most of the following thirty years in the sub-continent. There, he combined medicine with commerce. He also came into possession of an estate on the West Indian island of St Vincent. He returned to London in 1817 a rich man where “he spent the rest of his days in acts of charity, kindness and hospitality”.

Despite his wide travels, he kept up his connection with Wales; he often used to visit Hay-on-Wye, and sent parcels of goods for the poor of the town.

Phillips was a major benefactor of St David’s College, Lampeter, founded in 1822, and it was his dealings with this college that proved to be the decisive event that fathered Llandovery College. Early in 1847, he was hoping to endow a Welsh Professorship at Lampeter, but the authorities refused to accept his endowment. By May 1847 Phillips had changed his mind, and began to think in terms of an endowed school.

He gave £4,666 to set up the Welsh Educational Institution, as the College was originally known, he presented 7,000 books and established 20 scholarships. He was to enjoy the best of health until a month before his death in his ninety-second year.

Branch Information

Old Llandoverian branches are based in:

  • London
  • South East Wales
  • South West Wales
  • To join a branch please contact Old Llandoverian Chairman, Iestyn Thomas on

    Old Llandoverian Society Membership Form

    College Memorabilia

    We stock a variety of Old Llandoverians merchandise, to purchase any items please contact the School Shop on:

    Postage and Packaging is £2.95 per item.