November 2020 OWC Newsletter
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THE OWC ANNUAL DINNER
As many of you will already be aware, back in September we made the sad decision to cancel the 2020 OWC Annual Dinner.When I say “cancel”, perhaps “postpone” would be more accurate as we plan to have exactly the same event menu wise etc. just 11 months later than originally planned on:-Saturday 23rdOctober 2021. You will see that we have changed the date to slightly earlier in theyear, the reason for this being that the old date clashed with the Home Internationals (rugby union) which apparently prevented a whole swathe of people from attending.The cost (£30) and all other important things will remain the same as planned for 2020.I am hoping this move means we will be able to have an “unrestricted “ event in 2021 and I am further hoping that as all our lives have been so severely disrupted in recent times, the 2021 Annual Dinner will be the best supported ever!
THE VETERANS' LUNCHEON HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A DATE NOT YET KNOWN
The 37th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Veterans’ Luncheon 2020
Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,
I am sure that this announcement will not come as a surprise to anybody.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the Veterans’ Lunch planned for Wednesday 15th April 2020 has to be postponed sine die.
I say “postponed” advisedly; it has not been cancelled but merely deferred until we are free of the grip of this accursed coronavirus.
The School is now closed and will be indefinitely, and in my view there is no point in re-organising the lunch until we know for sure that sanctions have been lifted and that may well be not until much later in the year. However, as far as is humanly possible, we shall have the same event, same menu etc., but just not for a while yet. The easiest outcome from the Club’s perspective is if you agree that we may hold on to the money you have already paid which will ensure your place at the new event; if that date does not suit you for whatever reason, obviously you will be refunded. This will avoid us having to repay all attendees and you having to pay again when the new date is known. However, if you feel you would like to be reimbursed now, let me know and I will arrange it.
I am deeply sorry it has come to this but we really do not have any other option.
Finally, I hope you all stay safe through these difficult times and I look forward to welcoming you all to the postponed Lunch some time later this year.
Chairman, Old Williamsonian Club
UPDATE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
OWHC 75th Annual Dinner
First and foremost, thanks for all your support to date ahead of the 75th Dinner. We have had a record number of people sign up and pay for what was looking to be a great celebration of the club’s 75th season.
Unfortunately, we can’t ignore the real world – the Corona virus is disrupting so much: people’s work, health, hockey and social lives. With everything that’s going on, and following government advice, we are going to have to postpone the dinner until a time when everything has calmed down.
Our plans are as follows… If we are able to, we will look to put on a Club Day at the earliest available date at the school once this storm has passed. It is our intention to present the club awards then.
More importantly, we are looking to secure a date in April 2021 for the re-arranged dinner and will confirm once we have a new date locked down. Depending on the Corona situation, we may have a date for you in weeks – but regrettably it’s more likely to be months away. For those who have paid already for the dinner, we plan to hold onto your money until the new date has been confirmed. If at that point, you’d like to be refunded (because you can’t make the date) we will of course refund you the price of your ticket in full. If, however, you’d prefer a full refund - please send through your bank details (sort code, account number, name of account holder) and we will get your money sent back to you asap.
Thanks very much again for your support so far. It’s fair to say we could absolutely not have got as far as we did without the support of our sponsors – Cooling Castle Barn and the team at DGB. Cancelling the dinner has been absolutely gut-wrenching but we are confident that the re-arranged dinner will be even bigger and better as we all seek to make up for lost time in the company of great friends and Old Williamsonians!
All the best, please get in touch using the usual email – firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The OWHC Committee