St. George's Day Dinner - April 23rd 2018
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St. George's Day Dinner at the Club saw a healthy turn out of 35 members and guests. We were especially delighted to welcome a number from our SOEC Ladies group and hope we will see more of them in the future.
Perhaps it was the uncontainable excitement of a Royal baby being born on this day or the endless mass coverage of the preparations, guest lists and "what will they wear" of the eagerly awaited Royal Wedding which engendered extra national pride.
Either way, it was the time of year to celebrate all things English - appropriately stimulated of course by that ex-Roman tribune aka St. George! Read more >>
Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Jem Norris, who performed the role magnificently as always.
Jem welcomed everyone and made particular reference and offered worthy gratitude to Alan Cutler who had organised the entire event - from posters to menus, table cards, wine decanting and organising all the passages to be read later in the evening.
Following Grace, the dinner (expertly prepared by Tim) was served by Tracey and her staff.
The starter of asparagus and smoked salmon was followed by Roast Beef and all the trimmings. The dessert was Queen Pudding and then as much cheese as diners cared to consume.
A copious supply of vintage Port was continually passed round to wash down the dinner in a most enjoyable fashion.
On conclusion of dinner, Jem Norris called everyone to order for toasts to Royalty (past and present) and then for Alan Cutler to introduce the substantial range of prose and poetry that he had prepared.
Each was delivered with great gusto by various of those present. They covered a wide range of subjects from Shakespeare to "Just William" characters.
The proceedings were finalised by the traditional request for Martin Timmins to "lead the charge" with his delivery of the passage culminating in the final impassioned call to arms "For England and St. George".
Jem Norris concluded the evening by thanking everyone for coming and with special thanks to all those who had made the evening possible including the catering, prose delivery and of course Alan Cutler.
As a record of the event, the seating of those present is provided below together with an additional gallery (apologies for anyone who may be missing).