The Old Clayesmorian Dinner 2018

Last Saturday, the School welcomed a good number of OCs for the Society’s annual get-together. In 2017, it was the turn of the London lunch, so this year it was Iwerne’s turn to host and what a superb evening it turned out to be.

Preceded by a meeting of the OC Society Committee, then the AGM, the fun started when all were released from their administrative duties to launch themselves in the direction of the bar (which they did with gusto).

The dinner was held this time in the de Selincourt and drawing rooms, providing a much prettier and more intimate venue than the School’s dining hall. Our Head of Housekeeping, Victoria Gardiner, had decorated the tables with flowers and candles, set off with sparking mirrors and crisp, white linen and it all looked lovely.

The food, as always, was exceptional, as evidenced by the enthusiasm with which our former Catering Manager, the legendary Andy Croft (enjoying the event from the “other side” this time), relished it. He was a guest of the Society, as were former Bursar, Mike Dyer, and our Registrar, Margaret McCafferty, as they are all now proud Honorary Old Clayesmorians.

David Fangen (1961 – 1966), instigated a traditional game of “Heads and Tails”, eventually won by SarahJane Newland (1979 – 1984), which raised £500 for the Spinney Memorial Trust.

There were toasts and a short address from the Head, Jo Thomson, followed by a hilarious speech from the ever-reliable Deputy Head, James Carpenter, who resurrected the immortal “Wilkins” in order to illustrate his exceedingly witty retelling of Clayesmore life!

After coffee came the carriages and, dispersing into the January night, all agreed the evening had gone with a swing.