2013, West Country Lunch

 At the Belmont Hotel, Sidmouth, Saturday May 18th, 2013.

46 OHs, wives and partners sat down for another enjoyable  West Country lunch at the Belmont Hotel, Sidmouth on Saturday,18th May, a day of bright sunshine and wall to wall blue sky.

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Richard Bean had organised an interesting display of School Magazines from the 1960s, 70s and 80s which enabled many OHs to recall events in their past.In welcoming everybody, Roddy Long drew attention to the brochure in front of each person giving details of the 500th Anniversary Luncheon to be held on 19th September 2015 at the Painters and Stainers Hall in London.

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The guest speaker was Patrick McCaig OH, Marketing Director of the family firm, Otter Brewery. Patrick recalled his earliest brewing experience whilst at Allhallows which resulted in a disgusting tasting liquid and which could have had serious consequences for one of the collaborators who suffered the effects of carbon dioxide coming off the fermenting concoction stored in a cupboard at the head of his bed. Going on to more serious matters, Patrick provided samples of various types of brewing barley and also of American hops and took us through the whole brewing process carried out at the brewery at Luppitt near Honiton close to the head of the River Otter, the source of the water used in the brewing process.

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A new feature of the lunch was an auction of lots arranged by Giles Blomfield and covering horse racing, golf, shooting, food and drink. Jim Rowe demonstrated his professional expertise as auctioneer squeezing the extra pounds from willing bidders. Some £430 was raised for Club funds.

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For 2014 the Belmont Hotel has again been booked for the West Country lunch on Saturday 17th May.


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