QEH Annual Dinner – 11 November 2017


Clive Dash has asked me to remind you to save the date in your diary for the Annual Dinner on 11 November 2017 and the conducted tour around the School in the afternoon of the same day. He has highlighted some important changes for the Dinner this year compared with previous years. The dinner is usually a sell-out, so a prompt decision is advised. Clive is also hoping to get accommodation on Saturday night at a reduced rate at Berkeley Square Hotel, so will need to know if you require accommodation there ASAP.

The 119th Old Boys’ Society Dinner

Saturday 11th November, 2017
Venue : School Dining Room Time : 7:30pm

After last year’s record attendance, the 119th dinner promises well. We are told that ours is the best attended Old Boys’ Society dinner in Bristol. The Annual Dinner is a great opportunity to meet old school friends from years ago. If you’d like to put together a reunion table we can probably help you find the people from your year. To give it a more relaxed atmosphere this year, we’re going to change the format and make it less formal. It will be a buffet style dinner and the dress code will be lounge suits.

Ticket prices will be announced soon.

Tea & Tour
On the same Saturday at 3:00pm, Steve Ryan (former Deputy Headmaster) will be at the front door to welcome any Old Elizabethans and their families for a brief tour of School followed by a cup of tea! This is always a popular and fun event.

There is no need to register but if you do plan to bring a large group it would help if you emailed Fiona Ledger at fledger@qehbristol.co.uk to make sure there is enough tea and cake available.

Cambridge Dinner at Pembroke College, Friday 4 March 2016

From Andrew L-B:

Arrangements are in place for the Cambridge Dinner at Pembroke College at 7.30pm on Friday 4 March 2016. I hope that you may be able to join us at what promises to be another excellent evening where we hope to be joined by some current OE undergraduates.

The cost of this exceptional four-course meal is £60 (£30 for current undergraduates). Richard Parmee (1962-1969) is again generously providing pre-drinks, fruit and cheese. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let me know so that Pembroke College can cater for you.

Numbers are limited as we have only been able to book the Outer Parlour which seats about 18.

If you would like to attend please could you send me a cheque, or pay by BACS, using the details on the tear off slip below. In either case please return the slip to the Development Office. Further information will be sent out in advance.

If you have any queries please contact me at development@qehbristol.co.uk or on 0117 930 3086.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Lewis-Barned
Development Office
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Please complete and return to Andrew Lewis-Barned ASAP.

I ……………………………………………… am able to attend the Cambridge Dinner on Friday 4 March 2016, and enclose my cheque, payable to QEH, for £60.00 (£30 Undergraduates) or send by BACS: QEH Account: Lloyds TSB Sort 30-00-01 Acc No. 00058605. Please name the transaction – ‘Cambridge Dinner’, Initial/Name

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The 425 Old Boys’ Annual Dinner (425) Saturday 7 November

From Andrew L-B:

Dear OE/Friend of QEH

The 425 Old Boys’ Annual Dinner (425) Saturday 7 November at 7.30pm

Chris Bater is nobly organising the Old Boys’ Dinner again this year. He has enlisted my support in getting out details to all OEs, staff and friends of QEH.

With little over a month to go, Chris needs final numbers very soon but there is still time to book a place(s) at this great event.

In this our 425th year, a continued bonus is that we can still hold the dinner at school in the Dining Hall. This year we expect to have a record number of staff coming – including Ken Matthews, Ted Young, John Walker, Richard Jones, Dave Perkins, Steve Ryan, Richard Gliddon, Sarah Cosgrove, Bill Ellis, Peter Kirby … .

It is always excellent to have Year groups attending (we have a regular dozen or so from 1969). If you are celebrating an anniversary, this is a great moment to organise your peers together. There is still time if you get a move on! It is usually easy enough to do (and I am happy to help with contacts) and we can guarantee that you have a hugely memorable evening together. These are the obvious ones:

1945 STARTERS – 70 Year Anniversary – Already organised
1955 Leavers/Starters – 60 Year Anniversary
1965 Leavers/Starters – 50 Year Anniversary
1975 Leavers/Starters – 40 Year Anniversary
1985 Leavers/Starters – 30 Year Anniversary
1990 Leavers/Starters – 25 Year Anniversary – 400th Year
1995 Leavers/Starters – 20 Year Anniversary
2000 Leavers/Starters – 15 Year Anniversary
2005 Leavers/Starters – 10 Year Anniversary
2010 Leavers – 5 Year Anniversary

It is worth noting that in the last couple of years the Old Boys have made a great effort to make the evening more ‘user friendly’ with less speechifying etc. so that you have even more time to socialise with old friends. We think the new format will make for an even better evening for all, and more interesting for the younger OEs who we are also keen to attract. There is also a great bar (real ale) provided by the Eldon House!

Tickets are £42.00 for a really good evening. The menu and further details can be found on: http://qehobs.org/

 I will be running the usual Tour & Tea with Steve Ryan in the afternoon if you are interested, so you can roll this into a day/weekend of activities if you are trying to organise a Year group reunion. Again, details on the website.

Please do your best to attend this or, indeed, any of the other QEH events during the year – you’ll not regret it, I promise.

Best wishes

Andrew (Lewis-Barned)

Development Director


Bristol City Game 3 November – Mini Get-Together

From David Dibb:

Hello chaps,

I’m so glad that our special 50th Anniversary Celebratory day went so well; thanks for your positive feedback.

Our next mini get-together could be at the forthcoming Bristol City v Wolves match on Tuesday 3rd November.
Perhaps meet up before the game around 5.30pm for a pub snack, watch the match and possibly meet up after as well.
However, as there is limited availability this season because of the stadium developments, we wouldn’t be able to sit together and anyone interested would need to get themselves a ticket.
Anyway, let me know if you’re interested and then we can set a venue for a pre-match meal somewhere near the ground.
All good wishes

50 Years!

On Saturday 12 September 2015 we celebrated 50 years since entering school with a river trip. a visit to the school and a dinner

In attendance were: Roy Schwartz, David Dibb, Simon Huguet, Mark Tarsey, Colin Griffiths,  Stephen Harris, Martin Harris, John Hall, John Cordon, Chris Parker, John Essex, Steve Brandes, Dave Bowery (Happy Birthday!), Steve Mansbridge, Richard Popplestone and Martyn Dadds. Andrew Lewis-Barned and Debbie White hosted us at the school, and Ted and Alexia Young were also on hand to remind us what had changed.

Thank you to Andrew, Development Officer at QEH, and David Dibb for making it happen. Great to see everybody, let’s do it again before too long.

‘425’ London Dinner at The East India Club, Friday 26 June 2015

From the school:

11 March 2015

Dear OE,
‘425’ London Dinner at The East India Club, Friday 26 June 2015

We warmly invite you (and partner) to our very special ‘425’ London Dinner on Friday 26 June 2015 at The East India Club, St James’s. We have booked private dining facilities at the club at £60 per head (only £35 for current university students). The three course meal will be classic English.

Our Guest of Honour will be Mr David Bateson (Deputy Headmaster, Pastoral) who is giving his Valedictory Speech after 33 years teaching at the school. We also welcome Mr Matt Marrs (2004-2011) as Guest Speaker.

Our Bristol ‘425’ Dinner was a sell-out so we encourage you to book early, and to arrange a table with your Year group especially if it is an anniversary year. We’ll happily help you to track down other members of your Year group. For example, 1965 Leavers and Starters are celebrating a special fiftieth anniversary, whilst 1990 Leavers and Starters are celebrating 25 years, and so on.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with me – 0117 930 3086 or qehdevelopment@qehbristol.co.uk .

Yours sincerely

Andrew Lewis-Barned
Development Director

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