OH in London Dinner
TWENTY FIVE GUESTS ATTEND OFFICIAL LONDON DINNER AT EAST INDIA CLUB, SW1.The Old Herefordians’ Annual London Dinner was once more held in The Canadian Room of The East India, Devonshire, Sports & Public Schools Club in the heart of Mayfair on Thursday 12th May 2011. It had to be postponed by three weeks this year because Easter fell much later than usual, as a result of which the School was still on holiday at the time when the event would traditionally have been staged around St George’s Day.The diners consisted largely of gentlemen OH’s plus Head Paul Smith BSc., and HCJS Headmaster Tim Wheeler. However, we welcomed six ladies this time, two of whom were former students from the 1980’s era, two were officials from the School and there were two extra guests.Former Teacher says GraceClub President Andrew Davies (OH 1986 – 2000) unfortunately could not be with us this year as he had to attend an important last-minute business engagement elsewhere. Instead, Past President Mark Ellis (OH 1975 – 1982) stepped in to act as Chairman for the night. He commenced proceedings by inviting Ege Parker (HCS Master 1970 – 1997) to give thanks before we all sat down to a delicious three-course meal. Apologies for absence After a short break at the end of the meal, Chairman Ellis invited guests to return to their seats so that he could address us. He began by welcoming everyone and thanking us for coming, then offered apologies for absence from Andy Davies. Thereafter, he delivered a short account of various Club events that had taken place over the past year and announced the date for OH Day later this year, which is to take place at the School on Saturday 10th December 2011. He ended with the Loyal Toast.Lady guests in attendanceBefore Mark gave way to the Headmaster, he mentioned the recent appointment by the School of two new Development Directors, one of whom is Claire Morgan-Jones. Following the retirement last summer of former Dinner Organiser Richard Buckeridge (OH 1964 - 1971) Claire had kindly agreed to take on the task of arranging the event this year with the help of Membership Secretary Helen Pearson, both of whom were welcomed as our guests for the evening. Mark therefore took the opportunity to thank them for their efforts.News from the SchoolIn a bid to reduce the amount of time spent delivering a lengthy speech, Paul Smith had left each guest a copy of a new glossy HCS Newsletter named ‘ Blue & Gold ‘ on our seats, being a new quarterly journal that he has reintroduced. Other material included a DVD produced by Catcher Media on behalf of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust entitled ‘ The Close in Living memory ‘. Girls outshine the boys !During Paul’s delivery, in which he covered most aspects of life at HCS today, he made a point of mentioning the recent very encouraging take-up of students enrolling in Classics courses such as Latin & Greek following the successful Kaloi K’Agathoi Productions. Furthermore, on the sporting arena he was able to proudly declare that the ladies teams from every type of game, from U 12’s through to the seniors had won practically ALL their events.Finally, Peter Fairman-Bourn (OH 1952 – 1959) was invited to say a few words about OHiL, being a group of OH’s who meet in London pubs several times a year. He took the opportunity to invite those present to attend the final lunchtime gathering of 2011, scheduled to take place by the side of the Thames on Thursday 3rd November 2011 from 11.am. He closed by proposing a toast to The School.