Life & Times at 10 Downing Street

Date and Time
14 November 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location
Derby Grammar School, Rykneld Road, Littleover , DE23 4BX

The David Walker Memorial Lecture
The Old Derbeian Society are proud to announce Jimmy McLoughlin as the special guest delivering the annual David Walker Memorial Lecture, 2019.

As former Special Adviser and Business Director to Prime Minister Theresa May, Jimmy will share with us what really goes on behind the doors of Number 10.

About Jimmy McLoughlin
Jimmy is a former pupil of Derby Grammar School. He left in 2005 to take his place at the University of Birmingham to read Political Science. From University he joined the PR and digital marketing agency Fleishman Hilliard as Account Manager before moving to Bell Pottinger, a multinational PR, reputation management and marketing agency as Associate Partner, and then Associate Director. In 2014 he moved to the Institute of Directors as their Deputy Head of Policy before joining Number 10 Downing Street in August 2016 as the Special Adviser on Business Relations, a key role which liaises between Downing Street and business.

Jimmy was awarded an OBE in Theresa May’s resignation honours for political and public service.

Tickets and timings
Doors open at 5pm and the lecture commences at 5.30pm. Please take your seat for 5.15pm.

The event is open to all. It will be followed by a short Q&A session where you are invited to put your questions to Jimmy.

Wine, soft drinks and canapes are available to all after the lecture.

Reserve your place here
Car parking
Free parking is available on site.

Class of 1950 Reunion 2019

Report of the meeting held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 17th September 2019

On this occasion 10 of the group made the meeting (That is 9 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.)

The meeting was totally informal and we all enjoyed a couple of hours of good conversation accompanied by some excellent food and drink. The food almost did not happen since the ‘Five Lamps’ were catering for a large funeral party (of 100+) and we were almost half an hour into the meeting before they decided that it was possible for us to order food!

We received apologies for absence, greetings and good wishes from ten of our number who were unable to join us. I trust that it was their intention for me to pass this on to the group. Anyway, this confirms the active interest of 20 of us – so we stand a chance of making double figures at meetings for a bit longer. Hopefully, this list will provide some feeling of contact across the group so please feel free to make contact with anyone yourself.

Report prepared by Alan Goodwin – Class of 1950 Co-Ordinator

 

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Annual Dinner – 2019

The Society Annual Dinner 2019 will be held at the Grange Banqueting Suite Littleover, Derby on Saturday 22nd June 2019
This is a change from the traditional timing of November, allowing more recent Old Derbeian members and others, the opportunity to be present.
We are also opening the dinner invitation to guests of members, school staff and parents of current school students, to make the event a more inclusive affair.
Plans are in hand for the school Jazz Band to be present as well as the Barber Shop Choir, who will be back by popular request. The reception will hopefully, weather permitting, be on the terrace on what we hope will be a super midsummers night.
Tickets have been set at £30 per head so no increase on last year!

The Dinner Application Form can be accessed here:

http://www.oldderbeians.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Annual-Dinner-Response-2019.pdf

Please try and book a table for you and  your guests. If you require further information please contact us at the following email address.
dinner@oldderbeians.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you and your guests at the event

Class of 1950 Reunion – March 2019

Class of 1950 reunion held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 26th March 2019
The run up to this meeting saw the sad deaths of David Owen (January) and Allan Squires (March) and these inevitably cast a bit of a cloud on our meeting. However on the upside, attendance was more buoyant than expected – with fourteen of us making the meeting (That is 13 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.)
 
As usual, the meeting was totally informal, but overall we all enjoyed almost 2.5 hours of good conversation accompanied by some excellent food and drink. We received greetings and good wishes from six of our number who were unable to join us: John Bishop; John Dring; Tony Holmes; David Hughes and John Williams. John was due to have a heart operation last week-end so we trust he is now well on the way to recovery. Geoff Neaum was planning to attend, but a neighbour needed an urgent trip to hospital.
We were delighted to welcome Neville back to this meeting since he managed to miss both last year because he was out of the country – he brought an interesting report of his trip down the Mississippi River – and came in his pre-war Austin Seven motor – which caused considerable interest in the car-park! A particular feature of this meeting was the amount of memorabilia that were brought for interest and for inclusion in the OD archives. Barrie was delighted and almost overwhelmed.
 
Please put the date of the next meeting in your diary same time, same place on Tuesday September 17th. Hopefully a goodly number of us will be able to make it this time.

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