South West Dinner

On 28th September, eighteen Old Whitgiftians and their partners gathered for the biennial South West Dinner at the Tiverton Hotel (which just happens to be in Blundells Road!) Most arrived early to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and chat in the bar.

The informal setting allowed couples to sit together with colleagues of a similar generation and enjoy a convivial evening chatting to other OWs and their partners. The excellent meal was served by very efficient and attentive staff after which Simon Kennedy OW (1959-60) welcomed the attendees and proposed the health of the Queen and our Founder.

Andrew Gayler OW (1956-64) updated the members on goings on in Croydon from the viewpoint of the Association and our President Richard Blundell OW (1956-63) covered the changes at the School.

The evening finished in traditional style with the singing of Carmen, the school song,

which was sung with great gusto if very little else! More practice required for next time .

Maybe, unlike good wine, the singing does not improve with age!

The evening was enjoyed by all, partners included, and demand was there for a repeat in 2021.

These informal events are a great opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones while catching up on lives after school. Watch the newsletter and website for details of the 2021 dinner so you don’t miss out – you do not have to be resident in the South West to join us.