39 Club Annual Spring Lunch 2019

On Friday last week 24th The 39 Club hosted the 63rd Annual Spring Lunch at the Royal Overseas League in St James.  We had a full room with 125 people for an excellent lunch.  The Club guests were entertained by an uplifting speech from retiring buyer from Creaseys Dept Store, St Peter Port, Guernsey peppered with some hilarity and fun from the very talented MC Stuart Henderson ex-Pearson’s of Enfield.
 
Considering the times we are in the event was a resounding success with the 39 Club hosting a mixed crowd of colleagues from the UK, Germany amongst other countries, friends, family and retail customers who all came together to enjoy the splendid traditional occasion.
 
The photo of The 39 Club committee attached is courtesy Tom Bottomley! 

 

2018 Banquet Weekend

Last weekend saw The 39 Club descend into Windsor at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel for the annual Banquet weekend celebration.  Almost 70 people consisting of our members, their family and friends arrived for the celebration weekend in this excellent royal location.    The Friday gave us superb weather where the guests roamed around the town centre, walked over the bridge to the historic and fascinating Eton and probably enjoyed a few drinks like us relaxing by the river.  Unusually the Saturday saw driving rain all day but some managed to brave the wet queue and visit Windsor Castle just a week before the next Royal Wedding!  The 39 Club and two Royal weddings this year for the iconic UK destination which is Windsor.
 
The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel looked after us very well and the Banquet event in the Princess Suite went swimmingly with a very generous amount being raised with the raffle for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, our chosen charity this year.  The Hotel is spread around several locations in the centre of town but enjoys a splendid main central location right under the walls of the castle, right on the river next to the pedestrian bridge connecting Eton giving the most wonderful views at breakfast time.
 
The sunshine was restored on the Sunday.  With or without hangovers the group enjoyed the last few hours visiting the Museum, the Victorian railway station or just a stroll or boat trip to admire the most graceful swans I have ever seen in one river location. A sight to behold.

Macmillan Charity Donation

The 39 Club recently sponsored Jamie Harden's Charity Bike Ride, this is how it went:
 
 
SRCC was formed 10 years ago in the wake of the passing of our chairman’s mum to cancer. A group of friends decided to get together and put a bit back. It started at 30miles locally, then went to 60 then a 100 before London to Paris. This year with it being the 10th anniversary, we wanted to do something special so the aim was to go to the home of cycling and visit the battlefields. This meant 270 miles on the bike, climbing 19,000 ft over 3 days. We left Birmingham at 4.00 am at flew to Brussels where we picked up our bikes and cycled 90miles a day for 3 days, going through Burdinne, Durbury, Laroche, Morhet, Bouillon, Rochefort, Waterloo and finally back to Brussels raising £12k.
 
22 started of all shapes and sizes and 22 finished with sore behinds. At one point we cycled up hill for 2 hours and to a man nobody stopped, we had 6 punctures, 4 come off, 2 mechanical faults and 4 support van crashes but most importantly we remembered, raised and laughed……………
 
A weekend I will never forget and feel proud to have been part of
Jamie Harden
 
 
Jamie was presented with a cheque for Macmillan at the 39 Club meeting on 19/09/2018
 
 

Chairman's day out 2018

May 10 saw the annual Chairman's Day out which this year saw members and friends of the Club head to the very famous Churchill War Rooms in Central London behind Downing Street. It was a fascinating insight into how Government was run when London was in the midst of the Blitz. There was also inside a well curated exhibition by the Imperial War museum into Churchill himself where even in wartime his savage approach and wit was legendary.

In true form afterwards we enjoyed a superb Club Secretary's lunch at the favourite Victory Services Club in Marble Arch. The after dinner speaker gave us a wonderful appraisal of the much written about Battle of Jutland in 1916.

The 39 Club members and friends who attended the day certainly learnt more about both world wars and the strategy involved in overcoming adversity.

A historical and very memorable day out with wonderful company. I wonder what treat we will have in store for next year?