Wesley College, Colombo over the years has stood for the freedom of the human spirit, brother hood of man and the community of all her sons; to whatever race or religion they may belong. Wesley College has consistently demonstrated that Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils and Burghers can study, work, play and live together without creating any damaging racial or religious prejudices. Wesley College OBU (UK) has since its inception followed the example of our Alma Mater in promoting unity among the Sri Lankans in the UK, while contributing to the betterment of educational, sports and social standards at Wesley College. The nucleus for the formation of the Wesley College OBU (UK) was formulated in 1991 by a handful of dedicated and loyal Wesleyites and the first Annual General Meeting was held in 1992. Douglas Raymond an exemplary scholar produced by Wesley College was elected as the President, (late) Zai Lameer (one of the prime motivator for the formation our OBU) as the Secretary and Ananda Thevathasan as the Treasurer.
The main vision of the Wesley College OBU(UK) was to unite in one fraternal band those who were educated at Wesley College Colombo, to advance the education of the present and future pupils of the College to serve Sri Lanka with dignity and honor. For this necessary financial facilities and professional expertise was to be provided to the Principal and the staff of Wesley College, Colombo. In addition, opportunities were to be provided for bringing together past and present pupils of Wesley College to do all things necessary to preserve the honor and dignity of the College and to provide support to College sports activities. We are proud that over the past 25 years the succeeding committees of Wesley College OBU (UK) with the steady support of the membership have made it their mission to make these visions a reality. From the inception Wesley College OBU (UK) has provided all possible financial and moral support to enhance the educational standards, extend the facilities and improve the sporting performances of Wesley College. We made vey significant financial contributions towards the new Highfield Memorial Building, the swimming pool and refurbishing science labs, to name a few. All these were done in collaboration with Principals of Wesley College. In this context we had special relationships with (late) Dr. Lou Adhihetty, (late) Dr Ben Fernando and Dr Shanthi McLelland, who strived and achieved high educational and behavioral standards at Wesley College.
The fraternal friendship and the growing strength of the cooperation between Methodist College PPA and Wesley OBU, the two leading sister Methodist educational institutions in Sri Lanka, has resulted in several highly successful joint events over the years. The annual joint “Methodist Wesley Carols Service” has grown in stature as a spiritually uplifting and socially enjoyable event to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is significant that the number of those of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim religious persuasions who whole heartily take part and enjoy this event. In 2004, for the first time we had the joint “Wesley OBU/ Methodist PPA Thames River Cruise Dinner Dance” on the “M.V. Viscount”, a brave ship that braved the Nazi artillery to evacuate the British and allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second World War. This year Methodist / Wesley Thames River Dinner Dance was on the modern “MV Thames Princess” and turned out to be a fully subscribed and a very enjoyable event.