The Old Williamsonian Annual Dinner 2019

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21 Ashdene Crescent, Ash, Surrey GU12 6TA

T: 01252 504459  M: 07500 660969 E:


12th February 2019

Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

The 118th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Dinner 2019

The Dinner last year was hailed as another success and was the best attended for a long time so you will not be surprised to hear that, apart from the menu, we are going to make very few changes for 2019.

The Date

6:45pm for 7:30pm on Saturday 16th November 2019.

Please note early start time and free Prosecco will be available from that 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.

The Cost

The Committee have decided to keep the cost to £30 per person for the seventh year running, although there will be no concessions.

The Menu

For the first time, this year there is a choice of menu, Menu A being the traditional fayre and Menu B being the vegan alternative.  You need to state which menu you and your guests require and no, you cannot “mix and match”.  Obviously, we will make suitable arrangements for coeliacs or diabetics although you will need to indicate this requirement on your booking form.

Menu A

Traditional prawn cocktail

Pork medallions in a whole grain cream sauce

Sautéed new potatoes




Apple & pear cinnamon crumble with custard

Cheese & biscuits

Coffee & mints


Menu B

Turmeric roasted cauliflower soup

Chargrilled butternut squash & aubergine stacks

Roasted pepper

Black bean salsa

Fresh fruit cocktail with Mediterranean lemon sorbet

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 2019 there are even more young people there, as well as the stalwarts.

Other Details

  • At the time of writing the hotel is offering the following rates for rooms for those who may wish to stay over: –

Compact double        £75.30

Standard double      £82.90

Boutique double        £98.10

Executive double        £88.60

Superior double       £98.10

Single                     £53.80

In each case this is the cost per room and includes a full English breakfast and VAT.   These prices are subject to change at any time and you are advised that the earlier you book, the cheaper the rate you are likely to achieve.  You are also advised to book by calling the hotel and state that you are attending our Dinner to get a preferential function rate.

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, and this is much easier for me, 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 they would book far more places for 2019.  Please do so, and let’s make it the best supported Old Williamsonian Dinner ever!!

Yours sincerely

Ian McLeod


Hotel contact details: –

St. George Hotel

7-8 New Road Avenue


Kent ME4 6BB

Telephone      01634 841012



Please reserve me ______ seats for the 2019 Dinner for the guests listed below.

*I enclose my cheque in the sum of £________ made payable to the Old Williamsonian Club.

*I have transferred the sum of £______ to the OW account.

(*Delete as appropriate).

My name __________________________________________________________________

My email address__________________________________________________________

Names of guest                                                   Menu Choice




Booking confirmation –

I confirm _______ seats for the 2019 OW Dinner have been reserved for________________

Ian McLeod________________________________________ Date_____________________________