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:
Please try and book a table for you and your guests. If you require further information please contact us at the following email address.
We look forward to seeing you and your guests at the event
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.
We have been asked to look at the possibility of using the website for people to join the society. This is an important update and will allow potential members to join the society directly from the site and pay their fees accordingly.
We will be posting more on this after our next committee meeting in April and,of course, will let you all know the outcome of the discussions.
A sad task indeed, but one which we feel our members appreciate.
In the future, where possible, we will add an obituary with a photo of any Old Derbeian who passes, subject to permission from the surviving family or next of kin, of course.
The new page can be found in the members’ area and we feel the design is far better suited to the subject matter.
A lively meeting for the AGM and the first convening of the committee going forward for 2019. Nice to see DGS represented by Head of Sixth Form, Karen Stebbings, and our two pupils from the school representing the society.
Much was discussed about the future of the society and its events etc. which will be sent out to the membership in due course. Thanks to the committee members who volunteered to complete another year in their respective offices, we know its a labour of love, but it is well appreciated by all in the society.
By way of an update to all site visitors. We have been experiencing problems with our main Contact Form on the site which was not displaying an email address for us to reply to. This has now been fixed so if you have tried to contact us and have not received a reply then please resubmit your enquiry.
Our apologies for the problems.
Graham – Webmaster