Posted on: January 15th 2018

Old Williamsonian's Annual Dinner 2018


21 Ashdene Crescent, Ash, Surrey GU12 6TA

T: 01252 504459  M: 07500 660969 E:

9th January 2018


Dear Old Williamsonians and friends,

The 117th Old Williamsonian Club Annual Dinner 2018

Most of those in attendance thought the Dinner last year was another roaring success, but in the interests of keeping things fresh, we are going to make very few changes for 2018.

The Date

6:45 for 7:30 on Saturday 17th November 2018.

Please note early start time and that free Prosecco will be available from that time.

The Venue

The Ballroom at the St. George Hotel, Chatham (full address shown later in this notice); this will allow an attendance of up to 300.  Last year we had nearly 150 in attendance and I hope this year we will break the magic 200 barrier!  Dress code is formal, with black tie preferred for the gentlemen and posh frocks for the ladies.

The Format

As usual formalities will be kept to an absolute minimum thus maximising the time for conversing with old friends.  

We have had Hog Roasts for some years now and apart from the fact that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, we thought it time for a change so we are reverting to a “normal” meal with full waitress service thus there will be nothing for you to do beyond enjoy yourselves.

The Cost

The Committee have decided to keep the cost to £30 per person for the sixth year running although there will be no concessions.

The Menu

Traditional prawn cocktail

Slow braised beef in Kentish ale

Sautéed new potatoes




Lemon tart with raspberry coulis

Cheese & biscuits

Coffee & mints

It was great last year to see so many new faces, especially as a lot of them were from the new generation of Old Williamsonians.  Let’s hope that in 2018 there are even more young people there, as well as the stalwarts.

Other Details

  • If you wish to have a vegetarian or other food allergy alternative, please indicate on your booking form.
  • The hotel is offering discounted rates for rooms for those who may wish to stay over as follows:-            Compact double          £71.25

Standard double          £78.85

Executive double         £84.55

Superior double          £94.05

Single                          £51.30 

In each case this is the cost per room and includes a full English breakfast and VAT. To achieve these discounted rates you will need to call or email the hotel stating that you are attending the Dinner; if you try to book online, the cost will be higher.

  • If you wish to attend, please complete the form below and send it to me as soon as possible.  Payment is required with booking.  If you want a confirmation of your booking either enter your email address in the space below or enclose an SAE so that I may return the booking confirmation. If you wish, and this is much easier for me, you may pay for tickets by electronic transfer in to Club’s account for which the sort code is 40 36 35 and the account number 01144715.  If you choose this method, please let me know.
  • If you wish to arrange overnight accommodation please contact the hotel direct; contact details are at the end of this notice.

Last word

There are a small number of us working very hard pretty much all year round to try to make each Annual Dinner an enjoyable evening.

Many people in attendance last year said they would book far more places for 2018.  Please do so, and let’s make it the best supported Old Williamsonian Dinner ever!!

Yours sincerely


Ian McLeod



Hotel contact details:-

St. George Hotel

7-8 New Road Avenue


Kent ME4 6BB

Telephone       01634 841012



Please reserve me ______ seats for the 2018 Dinner for the guests listed below. I enclose my cheque in the sum of £________ made payable to the Old Williamsonian Club. I have transferred the sum of £______  to the OW account.  (Delete as appropriate).


My name ______________________    

My email address_________________________


Names of guests ________________________________________________________________

Booking confirmation –

I confirm ___ seats for the 2018 OW Dinner have been reserved


Ian McLeod___________________