Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner 2017

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Hall of the Inner Temple. This year we will be celebrating the contribution that Oxford has made to the British and Irish Lions and we will be joined by many of the Club’s distinguished Lions.

The Dinner Chairman, Reg Clark (Club President in 1979-80) will introduce the Lions, and there will be a Q&A after the main course.


Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Location: The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL

Time: 7.00 for 7.45pm

Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: £105 for pre-dinner drinks (wine & beer) followed by 3 course dinner with wines, coffee and port

There is a decent amount of wine included in the price of both the reception and dinner. However, there will also be a cash bar available for extra pre and post-dinner drinks, wine and beers.


Should you wish to sponsor one or two resident members who play your sport to join the dinner please make a donation on the booking form, or contact v150admin@vincents.org.

Some sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are also still available. Again please contact: v150admin@vincents.org. Your support would be much appreciated.

To book tickets, please use the attached booking form Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or by bank transfer (details on the form), giving your name as the reference.

The Inner Temple Hall is limited to 250 places so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Blues News – An Apology

The August edition of Blues News contained an erroneous attribution. The article on P.12 was written by Melville Guest and Chris Atkinson, not Chris Jenkins. The error has been rectified but we apologise to all concerned for the mistake, particularly to Chris Atkinson, who has played a key role in helping to turn round the Club’s fortunes, as was made clear in the December 2015 issue of Blues News, which recorded:


Chris Atkinson

Chris is a Teddy Hall man, a hockey Blue, and was Vincent’s President in 1963/64.

He has done as much as anyone to help the Club get back on its feet with the V150 project. An eminence grise to a number of recent Presidents, Chris not only has given sage advice in his typical self-effacing manner, but also encouraged a great number of others to help with their time and gifts. His optimism and constant encouragement have been hugely helpful on numerous occasions.

The Club owes him a great debt, and here The Rt. Hon. Lord Butler of Brockwell KG (University, Club President 1961-2) is seen giving Chris a V150 blazer in recognition of this.


Characteristically, Chris readily accepted our apology, and suggested this email only be sent if it drew more attention to the work of V150 and the need for annual donations from alumni members!

 

Simon Offen, & Melville Guest (VATC Vice Chairman)

Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner 2017

You are cordially invited to the 2017 Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Hall of the Inner Temple. This year we will be celebrating the contribution that Oxford has made to the British and Irish Lions and we will be joined by many of the Club’s distinguished Lions.

The Dinner Chairman, Reg Clark (Club President in 1979-80) will introduce the Lions, and there will be a Q&A after the main course.


Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Location: The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL

Time: 7.00 for 7.45pm

Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: £105 for pre-dinner drinks (wine & beer) followed by 3 course dinner with wines, coffee and port

There is a decent amount of wine included in the price of both the reception and dinner. However, there will also be a cash bar available for extra pre and post-dinner drinks, wine and beers.


Should you wish to sponsor one or two resident members who play your sport to join the dinner please make a donation on the booking form, or contact v150admin@vincents.org.

Some sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are also still available. Again please contact: v150admin@vincents.org. Your support would be much appreciated.

To book tickets, please use the attached booking form Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or by bank transfer (details on the form), giving your name as the reference.

The Inner Temple Hall is limited to 250 places so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there

Vincent’s 2nd Real Tennis Tournament 2017

8 old members of Vincent’s and 2 other blues, who were ‘up’ in the
1960s, gathered at OUTC’s court in Merton Street on 6th April for the
2nd Vincent’s Realers Tourney. The inaugural event was held in 2013 as
part of the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The 2nd edition consisted of a round robin between 5 pairs playing
single sets to 6 of handicap doubles. Some of the matches were very
closely contested, others less so! But the overall standard of play
was remarkably high. The winners were the lawners blues, Tony
Billington and Robert Dolman, by one point from the 1970 realers blue
pair of Jonnie Potter, who had not played for ages, and Luke Readman.
They and Judge Richard Bray are former captains of OUTC. Another
competitor was Admiral Mike Gretton, the son of Admiral Sir Peter
Gretton, the famous Battle of the Atlantic convoy escort commander,
who was, whilst Bursar of Univ, largely responsible for the survival
of the court and Tennis at Oxford in the 1960s.

After their exertions on court the players and some guests repaired
for a very convivial dinner at Vincent’s. They are most grateful to
the Vincent’s catering staff for the dinner, and to the OUTC pros,
Andrew Davis and Craig Greenhalgh, for marking and seeing fair play
throughout, and to the current members of OUTC for allowing them the
privilege of playing again on the court where some of them learned to
play. Its amenities are unrecognisably wonderful compared to those of
yesteryear. They also greatly appreciated the use of Vincent’s
refurbished facilities, some for the first time.

If any member would like to be informed of any similar future events
please contact the organiser, richardagwhite@gmail.com

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The players, and their colleges, were, from left to right in the photo:

Richard East (Brasenose), Jonnie Potter (Jesus), Luke Readman and
Richard Bray (Corpus), Peter Begg (Brasenose), Paul Butler (Christ
Church), Tony Billington (St John’s), Robert Dolman (SEH), Mike
Gretton (Trinity), and Richard White (SEH), organiser.

An Important Notice for Vincent’s Members

Please Update your Details using this linked Data and Communications Form

Data Protection legislation is becoming more onerous and before long we will need your explicit consent to contact you, especially if anything we send is deemed to be marketing or fundraising. If we do not have your written consent to mail or e-mail you, we may not be able to contact you in the future. We also need your email as the prohibitive cost of mailings means that in future our communications will almost exclusively be by electronic means. Furthermore, there are far too many gaps and errors in our data meaning that we do not have college, year of election or sport noted for many of you.

Please fill in and return the form immediately to V150admin@vincents.org

Vincent’s Annual Club Dinner 2016

Dear Vincent’s Member,

VINCENT’S CLUB ANNUAL DINNER

I do hope that you can join us at this year’s Vincent’s Club Annual Dinner which will be held in the magnificent Hall of the Inner Temple. I’m delighted to announce that the new Chairman of VATC, Sir John Hood, (Worcester, 1976) will be the dinner Chairman, and Michael Beloff QC, (Magdalen, 1965) will be our guest speaker.

Michael is a former President of Trinity College, Treasurer of Grays Inn and Senior Ordinary Appeal Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey . He is Chairman of the IAAF Ethics Board, Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport who has arbitrated at five summer Olympic Games, including Rio, and is on the appeal bodies of other sports including motor racing, ironman and golf.

  • Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016
  • Venue: The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL
  • Time: 7.00 for 7.45 pm
  • Dress code: Black Tie
  • Tickets: £100 for a drinks reception (wine & beer), dinner with wines, coffee and port.

This year there will be a decent amount of wine included in the price of both the reception and dinner. Thus the cost of tickets is lower than in previous years and the annoying delay in obtaining drinks at the bar will be eliminated. However, there will also be a cash bar available for extra pre and post-dinner drinks, wine and beers. 

Should you wish to help one or two resident members who play your sport to join the dinner please contact v150admin@vincents.org

Some sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are also still available. Again please contact: v150admin@vincents.org Your support would be much appreciated.

To book tickets, please use the attached booking form. Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or by bank transfer (details on the form), giving your name as the reference.

Official Dinner Invitation. Dinner Booking Form.

The Inner Temple Hall is limited to 250 places so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Simon Offen

V150 Administrator

V150admin@vincents.org

December News

Dear Member of Vincent’s,
 
Unbelievably December is upon us. Only eight shopping days to Vincent’s dinner!
 
1)     This is your last chance to book for theClub’s Annual Dinner on December 9th .
It will be a splendid evening with Ian Ritchie (1972, Trinity) as dinner Chairman (RFU Chief Executive and mastermind of the 2015 World Cup) and sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter as our guest speaker.
The Black tie dinner is at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1J, 7.30 for 8.00pm. Tickets are £90, or £75 for current students, and those over 65 who would like to take up this concession.
Please contact the administrator or the Dinner Secretary: jpearson66@virginmedia.com to book.
 
2)    It is also your last chance to purchase tickets for the Blues Village at the Rugby Varsity match (Dec. 10th) through the Club.
Tickets are just £47.00 each including a match ticket (£40.00) on the halfway line in the West Stand. The Blues Village is open from 11am to 7pm, is heated throughout the day,
has dedicated bars serving Greene King ales and Pol Roger Champagne, a carvery serving breakfast from 11am, and TVs showing the Women’s Varsity Match at 11.30am.
It is a great place to meet old friends alongside Blues rugby legends, and the Oxford team (after the game). You can also book car parking in the West Car Park, by The Blues Village, at £30. Please make your reservations by emailing V150admin@vincents.org
 
3)     For those living in or near Oxford, who would prefer to watch the match in more comfort, why not visit the Club on Thursday 10th to use the bar, have lunch, and watch the Varsity match on TV.
The Club will be open from 12 noon throughout the day.
 
4)     You are invited to attend the Vincent’s Christmas dinner for alumni and resident members on Thursday 17th December (10th Week) Chef has prepared an excellent menu from which you can choose (orders in advance) for only £30 p.p. A wine and port package is available in addition for an extra £10 p.p. or you can purchase your own drinks from the bar. The Club will be open from 6pm onwards with dinner at 7.30pm.
See attached booking form for the menu and how to reserve your places.
 
5)     Hilary term 2016 begins on January 11th , (0th Week). Don’t forget the usual 0th Week Alumni Members Wed. lunch on January 13th. Open to all from 12 noon. Book with the General Manager.
 
6)      On January 28th we are honoured to welcome the Club’s Hon. Life Chairman, Lord Butler, (Univ. Club President 1961-2) for our second Speaker’s Dinner.
Following a three course dinner Robin Butler will speak over coffee on “Life with 5 Prime Ministers” and answer questions. The Club opens at 6.30pm and dinner will start promptly at 7.15pm.
The cost of dinner is £25 p.p. and drinks may be purchased from the bar.
Please see the attached booking form for more details.
 
7)     The excellent Club History: “Vincent’s: 1863-2013”makes the perfect Christmas stocking filler. If you have not already purchased one why not give the attached order form to your nearest and dearest as a heavy hint! Only £20 incl. P&P for the UK, £25 overseas.
 
I do hope that we will see you at one or more event. Details are also on the website.
 
With very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
 
Simon.
 
Simon Offen
V150 Administrator
1A King Edward’s Street,
Oxford
OX1 4HS
 
 
The excellent Club History: “Vincent’s: 1863-2013” may be ordered from the administrator.