Annual Dinner 2017 - Saturday 25th November

Another year has rushed by (is it just old age?) and it’s time to tell you all about the above which, once again, takes place on the 4th. Saturday in November. The attendance at the last couple of years has been pretty good but we haven’t managed to make 100 attendees yet – so perhaps this year.

We do have a Dinner Sub-Committee which met a few weeks ago and spent some while in selecting a menu which we thought would be acceptable and different from that selected for the past 5 or 6 years. Prior to the Dinner the A.G.M. will be held in the Memorial Hall at the College starting at 4.00 p.m. and it would be excellent to see a few more members there than has previously been the case. We may be getting short of officers and committee members for the coming year so there will be a little more business than we’ve had in previous years which will certainly affect the running of the O.C.A. in the year ahead.

Dinner will be in the Duckering Hall with a 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m. start. Our regular bar manager for the past 30 years or so, John Redgrave, has decided to retire, but we have found a new company to take it on, Brian’s Mobile Bar, and are confident that they will be able to offer the same efficient and friendly service.

The catering is by our friends Dave Hughes and ‘co.’ of D.H. Catering who have been with us for a number of years and who provide us such an excellent meal. The menu selected is as follows :-

Starter: Mediterranean Prawn Cocktail
Vegetarian option : Fanned Melon with Raspberry Coulis.
All with a fresh bread roll and butter.
Main Course : Lamb served with a redcurrant and rosemary jus.
Vegetarian option : Red onion and goats’ cheese tart.
All served with Dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Dessert : Homemade Banoffee Pie.
Fresh filter coffee and mints.
A shared cheeseboard and biscuits will also be provided.

The Dinner is open to all O.C.’s (students, staff and governors), partners and friends and membership of the O.C.A. is not obligatory. The cost will remain as 2016 at 30.00 p.p. which we continue to feel is great value for money.

If you are able to join us please send a cheque to cover (made out to the Old Collyerians’ Association) to our Hon. Treasurer, Stewart Mackman at 23, Bens Acre, HORSHAM, West Sussex RH13 6LW. The full application form will be included in the Autumn 2017 Newsletter. We do NOT send out tickets but when you make your booking please ensure you let us have your contact details (preferably e-mail or telephone) which will enable us to confirm your place/s back to you. Also if you should require the vegetarian options please ensure you advise us accordingly.

Alternatively payment can be made by bank transfer to the following :-

Bank – NatWest, 47 Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1FD.
Sort code - 60 11 17 Account no. – 62146556
If you do prefer this method of payment please confirm by e-mail that you have done so to Stewart at

**If you have any queries or would like further information please contact me, Derek Sturt, at We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and sharing an evening with old and new friends.**