60th Anniversary Reunion
28 July 2019
You can see some photos of The Manor here.
We are proposing to hold a reunion on the 60th anniversary of our passing out at The Manor Country House Hotel at Weston-on-th-Green on Sunday 28 July 2019. Tony Mooney visited The Manor in early April and discussed the event with the House Manager. The main details taken from Tony’s email to the forum are:
I’ve had a number of confirmations from you about attending:
Derek O (accompanied)
Ted (can’t now attend - 14 Apr 19)
Mike S (accompanied)
Tony M (accompanied)
John B (accompanied)
That’s 11 10 rooms, at least 16 15 (10 rooms + 5 accompanied) for dinner and 4 3 not yet confirmed.
Above attendance details updated on 14 Apr 19
I’d be grateful to know asap if you would book a room and if you will be accompanied for the meal.
Judith and I spent two days at The Manor earlier this week and were both very satisfied. The house has parts which date back to 1066, the main dining room was once the Bailiff’s Court and the grounds are extensive. As Derek said earlier, the bar is small but it has about 18 seats, mainly easy chairs with a few dining chairs round 2 (?) tables. The drinks are expensive! The bar is off the reception area which is even larger and there are settees and other easy chairs and a good deal of space to gather in. The gardens are extensive with terraces, secluded areas and formal areas. The house and gardens are Listed Grade I and the topiary must be preserved .
There is accommodation in the main building and in a nearby converted coach house which has 10 rooms and a conference room. Our room was in this building which is called The Coach House. I had a very productive talk with Sabrina, the House Manager. The main points (I’m awaiting written confirmation when the House Manager returns from a short break) are:
I’ve seen the menu and Sabrina is sending me a copy shortly
Nominate our individual food choices from a three course menu of four options per course with tea and coffee afterwards.
Confirm food choices by individual names (for place cards) one week before
Meal start no later than 7.30 p.m. but 7 p.m. preferred
No time limit to meal
Our Dining room is in the main building. There are about 30 steps up to it with 3 or 4 turns. Other dining rooms can be made available if any of us have mobility requirements or our numbers increase.
Please let me know asap if you want to avoid using the stairs.
Wine package of £15 per head for 2 glasses of house wine or prosecco served before or during the meal.
There are no single rooms
Confirm rooms one month before
Room price is £158 including breakfast (normally £16.50 per head)
Book directly with The Manor as 84th Reunion.
Give credit card details with booking
Pay on arrival
Room available after 3 p.m.
Departure before 11 a.m. Penalties for late departure apply.
One free room if 15 rooms booked was offered to me as the organiser but I’ve waived it and said it should be allocated to all rooms.
Has 10 rooms
Is close to the main house
Has been penciled-in completely for our use if we want but must be confirmed two months in advance instead of one.
Has a conference room which can be used as a common room. We can have it free for the duration.
Tea/coffee/biscuit package at £4.50 per head
I’m waiting for confirmation of the above
I’ve asked for a room discount and I was given an encouraging reply. Sabrina said she would have to ask the General Manger but she was fairly confidant he would agree a percentage discount as we were all Veterans.
I asked for a reduced price on the wine and refreshments packages.
I’ve asked for a room price for anyone wishing to stay more than one night.
That’s about the size of it. I’ll email again when I have confirmation from Sabrina. From your replies so far I’m assuming we’re going ahead at The Manor. I’ll do a plan of the event and work out the dates for the dinner and booking deadlines for my next email. I’ve taken some photos and I’ll work up a website page as soon as I can (we’re busy all next week with grandchildren).
I’m hoping that more of you will now feel able to say you’ll come and I look forward to hearing from you.