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   Old Cambrian Society (UK Branch) - 2008 Annual Dinner at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London

Old Cambrian Society (UK Branch)
2008 Annual Dinner

Held on Friday, 11th April at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London.

Below are some photos of the evening - click on them to enlarge
Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4
Table 5 Table 6 Table 7 Table 8
Table 9 Table 10 School Flag "Queen of the Mara"
Table 10 before
the dinner
The Ballroom
is full with OCs
Chatting galore!! Watson & Eddy

What many believe to be the best London reunion for many years saw 104 Old Cambrians and guests enjoy a tremendous evening in the sumptuous surroundings of the Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly, London. The dinner took place on Friday 11th April 2008, and was hosted by RAF Club member Alan Murdoch (Rhodes 1945-50).

As in previous years, Old Cambrians came from all over the world for the premier event of the calendar, and the evening was more "lively" than usual as everyone relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the five hours of reminiscing.

The Secretary, Steve Le Feuvre (Clive 1970-5), acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and this year introduced a fund-raising element which it is hoped will continue in future years, with all proceeds going towards the Old Cambrian Society Trust Fund which is now close to being established.

  • Final bids were taken for the Prince of Wales School medal, which was eventually knocked down for a staggering 550 to Brian Wood (Scott 1955-8), and he is now the proud owner of this unique piece of Prince of Wales School memorabilia. The Society is indebted to Dave Masheder (Clive 1965-1970) for donating this exquisite piece of history of our wonderful school.
  • A raffle took place of a signed and numbered limited edition of the book "Queen of the Mara" by Dave Drummond (Clive/Grigg 1947-50), which he donated to the Society just a couple of months before he passed away in 2007. All those present gave very generously with a total amount of 418 being raised. The winner was Simon Morris (Clive 1956-60), but he immediately re-donated it back to the Society to be auctioned. Bidding was brisk, and the hammer eventually fell to a bid of 100 from Bernard Dokelman (Rhodes 1960-3).
  • Dave Leslie (Hawke 1960-5) donated a fine bottle of Shiraz red wine which he has brought over with him from his home in Durban, South Africa. Some confusion reigned over what currency the M.C. was taking bids in, but in the end he did establish that only bids in Pounds Sterling were valid, and the hammer fell on a bid of 50 again from Bernard Dokelman.

    Total raised for the Trust Fund during the evening was 1,118

    Alan Murdoch then thanked Steve Le Feuvre for all his work for the Old Cambrian Society, and for organising a fabulous evening ably assisted on the night by his wife, Suzanne.

    For any who attended, please do send scans of your photos to the Webmaster, so that they can be added to this page.