This year’s Reunion will take place on Saturday the 11th May, with the usual format again. It was hoped that the Hall would be much further on by then, but, as my report states, things are delayed. Hopefully, the NAEA Annual lecture will given by John Atkinson and introduced by ex Principal John Taylor. John Atkinson was a lecturer/tutor in the 80s and 90s and more recently he co-organised the replica Bretton scarves that have delighted 200 people. The evening meal has again been booked in the restaurant at the Sculpture Park. Any large groups celebration a particular anniversary, should make themselves known at an early stage to give it some further promotion
Link to book the evening meal:
Friday evening groups meet in pubs. Only one notified is the 66 to 72 years in Cherry Tree pub in High Hoyland
Saturday morning: 11 am. All walkers meet in the downstairs entrance of the Sculpture Park main building to start walks, with Richard Flowerday and Brian Pickersgill
Saturday Afternoon: 3 pm . Assemble in the lecture area in the downstairs of the Sculpture Park main building for talk by John Atkinson and introduced by ex Principal John Taylor
Saturday Evening: 7 pm Evening meal in the Sculpture Park main building’s Restaurant.
Evening meal seating groups:
Trevor and Brenda Dickinson
Dave and Jean Edwards
Elizabeth and Terry Tunnard
Janet and David Danniels
Jeremy Dutton Lynne Dutton
Sarah Fane Forester
Sandra Green 2
Rich Keys and
Drew Elliot & Janet Elliot 69-72
Carmel and Robert Clarke
Carol Vidal Mr Charles Vidal
Marilyn Everett-Jones 84-90
Sarah Telfer 85-88
Franchesca Deacy (Medway)
Richard and Ann Flowerday 66-70
Jan and Dave roberts
Annie Channing Williams
Marione Brown + 1
Gifford Rolfe + 1
Danny Flowers and Suzanne Evans
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Dear Mailgroup member,
This is the final email before the big Reunion on the 11th May.
Thank you to all those that have responded to requests for table reservations. However, there are still quite a number that have not indicated where they would like to sit for the evening meal, or, told me when they were at Bretton for me to help place them with their contemporaries. I really want to get this right, so, if you are unsure then please send me your name and time at Bretton. Also, if you require more than one place, please also write back to me on email@example.com
The programme for the day has changed a bit, with the addition of an extra walk in the morning. The walk will be led by Brian Pickersgill, an expert on Bretton Park and its environs. I knew Brian in the 1970’s when he worked on the Estate staff and always beat me in the Beer Race. Others may know Brian in later years working as a staff member in College. Either way, this guy knows his stuff. This is the first walk that Brian has done with the Alumni and so the walk may modify itself as it goes along. I don’t know the distances and exact schedule, but here is what Brian says ‘I would be happy to lead a walk recalling my time at Bretton and tell the story of the history and development of the Bretton landscape from 1720 to the present day. I intend to start at the kitchen gardens and dependent on time, will take in the sites of “The Far Famed Dome”, Menageries, Follies and Lakes.’ Just one modification; we will all meet together at 11am inside the Sculpture Park Main building. Richards’s walk is now full, so, if anyone wishes to join Brian’s walk, will you please write back to me (Alan) asap. Feel free to drop out of any of the walks at any time if the distance is too great. We do understand.
The afternoon talk in the Sculpture Park lecture area.
at 3pm has also changed a bit. Rushbond will not be attending this year, as significant information is about to be published in June and must be coordinated with a press release. A small group of Alumni will be meeting with Rushbond shortly before the press release. The release will include information about a strong link with Education, which is not a surprise, as this feature of the Hotel was accepted very early on in discussions. . Sorry for the mystery, but to have Rushbond at the Reunion basically giving the same information as last year, would not be productive. We WILL report back to all straight after the meeting in June. The lecture by John Atkinson and introduced by ex Principal John Taylor will start at 3pm and last about an hour. John is the guy who also organised the new scarves, so a few people wearing them would, I’m sure be appreciated.
Only one group has responded to the request for information about Friday night, and that is from the years 1966 to 71, who will be meeting up at the Cherry Tree in High Hoyland. If you are wishing a meal on that evening with them, then booking is essential. I will be there if you want a chat about anything.
Finally, bookings for the meal will close early this week, as numbers and staff have to be organised, so don’t miss out. Reminder to book: https://ysp.org.uk/events/bretton-hall-reunion-2019
I will publish table names and placements by Wednesday for those who have specified either a group or a year preference. The publication will be on the Bretton website http://www.bretton-hall.com/reunions/reunion-2019/ If I don’t know you references, ‘so to speak’ by then, you will have to take ‘pot luck’ on the evening. You will never be a ‘Billy No Mates’ at these Reunions, as we all have similar stories to tell and age means absolutely nothing. We are a huge family, from a hugely influential common home. You don’t have to come to the meal to be part of the Bretton Day. It is for all, but try and wear either one of our badges or the scarf if you want to chat to others.
See you all on the 11th
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