This year represented the eleventh year running that we’ve been staging these casual autumn lunches at Doggett’s Coat & Badge beside the Thames. We started back in November 2006 with a sit down meal in the Terrace Bar, at which there were THIRTY Old Herefordians present.
That event, representing our inaugural OHiL autumn gathering, was the start of what has now become a regular meeting of OHs towards the end of each year. Formerly held at the beginning of November, in 2014 it was decided to move the function back by about three weeks, to the THIRD THURSDAY in OCTOBER in an attempt to avoid clashing with other events.
As can be seen in this group photograph showing the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the centre back skyline, (please click on image to enlarge it) numbers were down to just 28 this time. That’s because there were quite a few notable absentees plus last minute unavoidable cancellations.
However, we did welcome back Mrs Patricia Brittain for this her seventh attendance as our special guest. School House boarders from the Fifties may recall that, as a young girl Trish used to occupy No.1, Castle Street when her father, the late Alan F. J. Hopewell MA., (cantab) was the then Headmaster. Hoppy, as students affectionately nicknamed him, was himself an OH (1908 – 1911) having served as an Officer at Gallipoli during the Great War. After qualifying as a teacher, he returned to his old school in 1944, and a year later was appointed Headmaster.
Here are a few members enjoying a pre-lunch drink at the bar.
L to R: Ian Jones; Bill Pierce; Clive Rees(back to camera facing right); Tommy Taylor; Peter Fairman-Bourn
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