South West Dinner Report

On 30th September 15 Old Whitgiftians and their partners gathered at the Tiverton Hotel for the biennial South West Dinner. Most arrived early to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and chat in the bar.

The informal setting allowed couples to sit together 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 welcomed the attendees and proposed the health of the Association and the School. The Association Chairman, Jonathan Bunn, responded updating the gathering on events in Croydon in particular the arrival of the new headmaster. He also worked out that although he had left the school in 1988 and the most senior attendee in 1949 our school careers were covered by only four headmasters. After the ‘team’ photograph the school song was sung ably conducted by choirmaster J. Bunn. It was noted that improvement was needed by 2019!

The evening was enjoyed by all, partners included, and demand was there for a repeat in 2019 – even one suggestion to make it an annual event. 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 2019 dinner so you don’t miss out.

Simon Kennedy OW (1959-66)