This year we will take a tour of the College followed by a short service in the College Chapel. We will then retire to dine at The Ginger Dog (previously known as The Wellington) where a few members of the current Common Room will join us for a two course lunch and a glass of wine.
The Pioneers Club
The Pioneers Club was once again warmly welcomed by the Savile Club for this year’s London Luncheon, hosted by Gavin Henderson, CBE (Le. 1960-65).
On Thursday 12th May, we welcomed the Pioneers Club at the College, which is for Old Brightonians aged 60 and over. The ages of those who attended spanned from an Old Brightonian who left in 1940 to one who left in 1973!
The Savile Club was a new venue for the Pioneers Club London Luncheon this year, courtesy of Gavin Henderson, CBE (Le. 1960-65), and what a beautiful venue it was.
Despite the rather grotty weather, by 10.30 on Thursday we had over 40 Old Brightonians, as well as a few long suffering partners come together in Scott’s Café for a quick cup of coffee and a welcome from Alan Bird – Deputy Headmaster.
What wonderful weather and what wonderful company we all enjoyed at the Pioneers Club on Thursday 15th May. It was super to see so many past pupils, past and current staff and friends, reuniting in the quad and then in the Hordern Room (formerly known as the Chapel Music Room) for a catch up before chapel. Alan Bird, Deputy Head Master, warmly welcome the assembled group, updating us on the latest news from the College. He also thanked the BC hymn book donors Philip Mitchell (Ha. 1960-65) and John Davison (Ch. 1951-55) brought together for the first time and OB of the month, and Lt Col Charles Alexander (Le. 1943-1945), who had flown over from the USA for the occasion.
Charles is flying over from the USA to attend our Pioneers Club next week at the College, and we are very much looking forward to catching up with his news. As a Lt Col. retired anaesthetist in the US Air Force we are sure he will have a few good yarns to tell us over lunch.
The Pioneers Club (for OBs over 60) will be held on Thursday 16th May, in Brighton. For 2013 we thought we would turn everything on its head and start off down at the Jubilee Ground at 10.00am (formerly known as the New Ground) down in East Brighton, so that you can have a good look at our wonderful new Pavilion and reminisce over time spent on the playing fields of East Brighton.
There are certain places that are heavy with the memory of those that have gone before. Half echoes of the past, like voices heard down a corridor, far off but still present. RMA Sandhurst is such a place, bustling as it is with the life of the current cadets it is also a testament to all those that have gone before them, not just in the memorials that stand proudly in the grounds but the whole place resonates with the remembrance of those that have passed through the gates. It is both poignant and proud, imposing and impressive.
Le Café Anglais proved a spectacular setting for the Pioneers Club London Luncheon where Old Brightonians gathered together on Thursday 8th December. Friends were reunited for our gathering, and many a peel of laughter was to be heard over the wonderful array of photographs brought in.
Well what a wonderful time our Pioneers had in the Chapel Music Room, or Room D, or as it is now known it the Hordern Room after OB Michael Hordern (C. 1925-30). The day started with a little drizzly rain, but not enough to put off our Pioneers, some of whom had travelled great distances to come back to the College on Thursday 5th May. Simon Smith, Second Master, gave all a warm welcome especially to our earliest Old Brightonian who had been at the College in the 1930s, namely John Osborne (C. 1931-34). Debra Chalmers, Director of Development & Alumni Relations added her welcome too and spoke about the work of her office for the Old Brightonians and of course the more philanthropic elements of the Development Office. Father Robert Easton led a vibrant and energetic service in the chapel, with some very fine singing from all, and a ‘tour’ of the Chapel from the dreaded corner in which three swords hang Damocles like over any pupil who sits below, to the beautiful Byrne-Jones windows.