With some many OBs attending Universities in the West of England, we decided that it would be only be fitting to host a dinner in Bristol following on from our OB London, Cambridge and Oxford dinners.
This year saw the third OB London Universities Dinner and we were joined not only by teachers from the Common Room, but also one of our governors, Andrew Cayley (Br. 1977-82) who himself attended UCL. The Old Brightonians is strongly supported by the College Governors, and it was brilliant that Andrew was able to join us.
For seven years now we have held a dinner for the OB Oxbridge students, alternating between Oxford and Cambridge. The number of OBs currently enrolled at these great institutions is now so large (last two years 29 OBs and 39 to go up in September) that we held our first Brighton College Oxford Dinner on Thursday 4th February, with 'Cambridge' following on 4th March at Downing College.
It was a chilly evening in November when the class of 2004 congregated back in the College in the newly renamed Scott's Café (previously the Café de Paris). Just past seven o'clock the first few Old Brightonians intrepidly made their way across the threshold, through the (currently scaffold-ridden) gateway and across the quad – ten years since they left as pupils.
The last time we were together at the Bristol, on our last day of school, the Channel Tunnel had just opened, Nelson Mandela was two months into his Presidency, and the Apple that had fired Steve Jobs was failing to convince the world that it needed a portable digital assistant known as the Newton.
The inaugural President's Luncheon was held on Thursday 6th March at The Travellers Club, Pall Mall. The Club was founded, in 1819, 'for gentlemen who had travelled out of the British Isles to a distance of at least five hundred miles from London in a direct line'.
What wonderful weather and what wonderful company we all enjoyed at the Pioneers Club on Thursday 15th May.
The now traditional annual Oxbridge Dinner was held at Jesus College, Cambridge University, to a guest list made up of current and past Oxbridge members, as well as notable members of the schools upper management. Jesus College is remarkable in both its size and ostentatious passageways and mazes that lead you through it. Once we found the Narnia-esque entrance to the hall, the delightful Rebecca Findlay greeted us. A drinks reception of prosecco saw the awkward formalities of having to make small talk with the Oxford clientele that much easier to bare. Needless to say, the comical late entrance of an Oxford geographer made the incessant photography a delight (Thank you William Sayer).
The Old Brightonian USA group held its fourth annual dinner at the beginning of April at the beautiful Lotos Club on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Around 20 OB's and their guests enjoyed a first class 5 course dinner in the company of the Headmaster, Richard Cairns and the Deputy Headmistress, Jo-Anne Riley.