Posted on: June 5th 2017

OW Annual Dinner


21 Ashdene Crescent, Ash, Surrey GU12 6TA

T: 01252 504459  M: 07500 660969 E:


Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

The 116th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Dinner - 2017

I think it fair to say that the Dinner last year was a roaring success, so we are going to make very few changes for 2017.

The Date

*6:45 for 7:30 on Saturday 18th November 2017.

*Please note early start time.

The Venue

The Ballroom at the St. George Hotel, Chatham (full address shown later in this notice); this will allow an attendance of up to 300.  Last year we had nearly 150 in attendance and I hope this year we will break the magic 200 barrier!  Dress code is formal, with black tie preferred for the gentlemen and posh frocks for the ladies.

The Format

As usual formalities will be kept to an absolute minimum thus maximising the time for conversing with old friends.  All tickets will be numbered and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw with three good prizes.

As it was such a success last year, again this year we are going to have individual table “Hog Roasts”.  This will be waitress service and each table receives a whole loin of pork for a designated chef to carve at the table; hopefully there will be someone on each table who is prepared to fulfil this role, especially as he/she will be kitted out with a big chef’s hat, apron and carving knife.

The Cost

The Committee have decided to keep the cost to £30 per person for the fifth year running.  Again there will be no concessions but you will be delighted to hear that again this year there will be no guests; everybody there will have paid!

The Menu

Asparagus soup


Individual table “Hog Roasts”

Crackling & hot apple sauce

Yorkshire pudding & stuffing

Roast potatoes

Cauliflower cheese

Carrots & peas

Leek & cabbage braised with bacon


Mixed berry meringue nests with coulis & cream


Cheese & biscuits


Coffee & mints

It was great last year to see so many new faces, especially as a lot of them were from the new generation of Old Williamsonians.  Let’s hope that in 2017 there are even more young people there, as well as the stalwarts.

Special Treat - Tour of the School

Last year your president, Eliot Hodges, kindly organised a tour of the School on the Friday before the Dinner which was a great success.  Feedback from attendees suggested that they would have preferred a slightly longer tour and an opportunity to engage with senior staff.

For 2017 Mr. Hodges has proposed a tour of the School on Friday 17th November starting around 11:30 and finishing around 13:00 then followed by lunch with Mr. Hodges and members of the senior team; lunch will be fish & chips.

If you wish to attend, please complete the slip at the foot of this notice or email me.

This fabulous opportunity (including the lunch) is free for the first 20 who respond.

Other Details

  • If you wish to have a vegetarian or other food allergy alternative, please indicate on your booking form.
  • The hotel is offering discounted rates for rooms for those who may wish to stay over.  The cost is £75 for a standard double room, £70 for a compact (small) double room and £50 for a standard single room and in all cases this includes a full English breakfast and VAT.  You must mention you are attending the Dinner when booking to achieve the discount and quote the code EVNT 001163.
  • If you wish to attend, please complete the form below and send it to me as soon as possible.  Payment is required with booking.  If you want a confirmation of your booking either enter your email address in the space below or enclose an SAE so that I may return the booking confirmation. If you wish, you may pay for tickets by electronic transfer in to Club’s account for which the sort code is 40 36 35 and the account number 01144715.  If you choose this method, please let me know.
  • If you wish to arrange overnight accommodation please contact the hotel direct; contact details are at the end of this notice.

Last word

There are a small number of us working very hard pretty much all year round to try to make each Annual Dinner an enjoyable evening.

Many people in attendance last year said on the night that they would book far more places for 2017.  Please do so, and let’s make it the best supported Old Williamsonian Dinner ever!!

Yours sincerely

Ian McLeod

Vice-Chairman  (Again!)


Hotel contact details:-

St. George Hotel

7-8 New Road Avenue


Kent ME4 6BB

Telephone       01634 841012



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Tour of the School and Lunch

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