Call to Arms
Number of days before the next Reunion.
The One Hundred and First Consecutive Reunion Dinner of
This year we are back at Wolfson College, Oxford to celebrate the 101st on Saturday the 2nd of June 2018. Wolfson is a post-graduate college housed in beautiful modern buildings (they do exist!) and is situated right by the River Cherwell. This is a great opportunity to have a weekend away with your wife and/or girlfriend in the city of Dreaming Spires.
Afternoon tea with biscuits will set off the proceedings at 4 pm; the scrapbooks will be placed in the Florey Room of the College.
At the 100th, many people said they felt they did not have enough time to chat. So as a customer focused organisation, we are bringing the preprandial events forward by an hour! Our bar will be manned in the Florey Room from 5 pm, although you will be able to help yourself to the odd sherbet from about 4 pm. There will be a Champagne Reception with canapes from about 6pm. Dinner will follow in the Haldane Room at 8 pm which will consist of Health and Strength, four courses, fine wines, Port and Madeira, liqueurs and coffee, together with the wit and repartee which is the ‘SPIRIT OF 46’. A reduced size Cholsey Silver Band will play during Dinner until the Loyal Toast; their repertoire will of course include our fantastic new march as well as our trusty Sussex by the Sea. The Ladies’ Supper will be held near the Florey Room. Please do remember that you are most welcome to invite up to 2 guests to Dinner and up to 3 Ladies for Supper. If you would like formal invitation cards for your guests, let me know on the form; also indicate if you would like me to include a copy of the ‘SPIRIT OF 46’ booklet which explains our strange customs.
The preferred dress is mess kit or dinner jacket with miniatures but a dark lounge suit is perfectly acceptable.
I have booked a number of rooms at the Best Western Linton Lodge Hotel, 11 – 13 Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UJ which is just a 2 minute walk from the College; Single rooms – £105.00 per room per night (only 3 left) Twins / Doubles – £125.00 per room per night. Call them on 01865 553461. The other hotel that people have booked is the much more reasonable Galaxie Hotel, just down the road at 180 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7BT, 01865 515688. There are many other hotels in Oxford which would be suitable; just Google!
A fund exists to enable members who cannot afford to attend, to do so without charge. So, if you would like to attend, please drop me a line or give me a call, no one else will know. I now have sufficient in the kitty to meet all likely calls on the Hardship Fund; so all donations will now go to the “Drinks Kitty”.
Over the years, many members who have not been able to attend have been kind enough to send donations. As well as paying for the administrative costs of the Reunion, these generous contributions have enabled those who have answered the ‘Call to Arms’ to imbibe free of charge. As a way of saying thank you, menu cards are prepared for our benefactors and are subsequently mutilated at dinner.
Over recent years the cost of the Reunion has significantly exceeded the monies I have received. However, we had accumulated a prudent reserve which remains reasonably healthy and I will continue to keep the price of the Reunions at an affordable price. However, I would ask those members attending to consider making donations if at all possible; in particular if you are bringing guests whose costs are heavily subsidised by the Fund.
Feedback from members is that the “news, gossip and scandal” section of Cheeeeriooo, our newsletter, is much appreciated. The contents come directly from your input in your reply to me. Let your mates know what you are up to and share any news you may have. The Newsletter is sent to all those who send donations as well as those who attended Dinner.
Our centenary Reunion at RAF Benson was an amazing success with 120 talking dinner and 40 Ladies sitting down to Supper. It will be hard to match that historic event but I’m sure that this year will still prove to be a great evening with old friends and comrades. I need to know who is coming by the first of May, so please don’t leave the ‘Call to Arms’ in the pending tray, I’ve even provided a pre-addressed envelope. I will make a refund if you are subsequently unable to attend on the night. On the other hand, I always keep a few seats available for last minute attendees; if, towards the end of May, you find you can come after all, then telephone me on 01491 614204 or 07786 277771 but please do not leave it too close to the wire. The Reunion is not only great fun but, because of the generosity of our Benefactors, it is also remarkably good value for money, so come along for the 101st!
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