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   First North American Reunion Luncheon at The HOST – Fine Indian Restaurant, Mississauga, Ontario

First North American Reunion Luncheon
Held on Saturday 8th September 2007
at The HOST – Fine Indian Restaurant, Mississauga, Ontario.

(Report by Steve Le Feuvre)

A FANTASTIC time was had by all !!!

53 Old Cambrians and their partners attended a simply splendid event in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on Saturday 8th September 2007 at The HOST - Fine Indian Restaurant. They came from various states in the USA, from all over Canada, and from the UK.

The Master of Ceremonies was Dorian Baxter (Grigg 1963-7) who kept the whole event flowing from 11.30am through to just before 5pm. He began with general introductions and greetings, setting out the plan for the day, and also read out a letter from Canada's Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper who, on behalf of the Government of Canada, wished everyone a successful reunion. Then the MC handed over to Steve Le Feuvre (Clive 1970-5) - Secretary of the UK branch of the Old Cambrian Society - who gave a resumé of worldwide activities of the Society, reported on the web site, and the plans to set up a Old Cambrian Society trust fund by April 2008. This trust fund will aim to raise an initial substantial sum of money, and then funds will be released by the trustees to assist with project at the school, and also help to fund very needy students through their schooling.

The event was superbly organised by Zahir Dharsee (Hawke 1969-74) and Dave Allen (Hawke 1960-5) of the Canadian branch of the Old Cambrian Society and during the meal raffle tickets were sold for a very special prize - a personally signed limited edition copy of Dave Drummond's book Queen of the Mara. Dave Drummond had sent the book out to his brother-in-law, Dave Allen, just a couple of weeks before he passed away earlier this year. The raffle raised a magnificent sum of Can$230 towards the OCS Trust Fund, and Willie Curry (Nicholson 1948-52) is now the proud owner of this "must have" book for all Kenya wildlife enthusiasts. A simply superb effort by all those present.

Duke Saisi (Scott 1973-6) read out a letter from the Principal of Nairobi School, Mr. Robert Masese, congratulating everyone involved in the organisation, and wishing everyone well for the day. Mr. Masese's letter also outlined some of the projects that the school wishes to undertake, and requested support from Old Cambrians world-wide to achieve these.

House photos were taken (see below) as was a formal photo outside the building of everyone present, and also lots of informal photos as well which will be added to the gallery soon.

The MC then transformed into Elvis Priestley and we were treated to a very polished act of Evlis songs.

On the Friday, several Old Cambrians got together for a round of golf at the Deerfield Golf Club in Oakville, and much thanks must go to Dave Burn (Scott 1955-9) for organising this. Scores were not fantastic as I hear that after the 11th hole the wind picked up and caused quite a rash of wayward and dropped shots!!

To complete the weekend, on the Sunday 15 die-hards boarded a yellow school bus and headed down to Niagara Falls. Ontario has experienced a very dry spell this summer, and it was just our luck that the good Lord chose today of all days to break the drought!! So, we all got drenched viewing the falls, which were shrouded in more mist than usual. We then toured the region visiting wine estates and sampled some fine wines, and enjoyed a lovely relaxed lunch at the Old Winnery.

Then it was back to Oakville and Mississauga by late afternoon. Some of us had to get to the airport for flights back home, whilst others enjoyed another night of partying before heading their separate ways on the Monday morning.

L-R: Mahmood Noor, Graham Randall, Ced Snaith, Al Noormohamed & Steve Le Feuvre

L-R: Dorian Baxter, Peter Agwa, Hirsh Ghandi & Colin Townsend

L-R: Nitin Kantaria, Dicky Tomasyan, Dave Walker, Zahir Dharsee, Geoff "Jock" Elliott, Dave Allen & Roland Kuhn

L-R: Ali Karim, Willie Curry, Gerald Raath, Martin Langley & Alan Westcob

Brian McIntosh

L-R: Dave Burn, Ivo Nightingale, Ian "Ache" Roberts, Tim Saben, Erik Larsen, Duke Saisi, Mahesh Tailor & Ron Bullock

L-R: Ced Snaith (Clive), Geoff "Jock" Elliot (Hawke), Alan Westcob (Nicholson),
Martin Langley (Nicholson), Ian "Ache" Roberts (Scott), Dave Walker (Hawke).
In front are: Tim Saben (Scott) and Dave Burn (Scott).

The Sunday group with their yellow school bus