St. George's Day Dinner
Monday 25th April 2022
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This was the first time we have held the event since the pandemic prevented us from so doing last year. Initially 20 members and guests were due attend the evening but sadly this was reduced to a mere 15 due to some contracting COVID.
Jem Norris welcomed all present to the evening to celebrate all thing English - inspired by Saint George who was a soldier and martyr in the Roman Imperial Army and nothing at all to do with England!
Clive Bowen-Davies said Grace, followed by the conventional Toasts to the Queen (President Rob Hill) and to the Boy King "In Memoriam Edwardian Sexti" (Jem Norris).
The meal this year consisted of Whitebait for starters followed by Old English Roast Beef and all the trimmings and a cheeseboard and mixed fruits platter - all in copious amounts such that no-one could complain of hunger. Well done as usual to Tim and his team.
After dinner, David Giddings (in charge of the "entertainment") kicked off with a rendering of "O the roast beef of England" with participation by all.
Kenneth Wright donned his "archivist and history" hat and gave a very interesting talk of the historical happenings of some old boys of the school.
This was followed by various examples of English humour: "The Bricklayers Tale" as read by David Winterford; an extract from Adrian Mole "The Cappuccino Years" read by acknowledged thespian Gaye Hadley; and an extract from "Right Ho, Jeeves" read by David Giddings.
Any St. George's Day dinner is incomplete without Martin Timmins's rendition of the Henry 5th speech culminating in the call to arms for "England and St.George". This year was no exception and a good time was had by all.