The Royal High School Club in London

Our Annual Dinner Friday 21st March 2014 at 7 30 p.m.

We are returning to the historic RAF Club in Piccadilly for our Annual Dinner on Friday 21st March with Dinner served at 7.30 p.m. in the elegant Presidents’ Room. As usual we cordially invite members, their partners and guests to gather from 6.30 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and relaxed conversation in the adjoining Victoria Bar. Dress for the Dinner is formal with black tie, Highland attire or lounge suit all acceptable.

This year we are absolutely delighted to welcome Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, as our special Guest of Honour. In conversation with Al Senter, Nick will take us behind-the-scenes of the world’s largest Book Festival which draws a Who’s Who of international writers to Charlotte Square Gardens every August and regularly attracts more than a hundred thousand visitors. You will also have the opportunity to ask Nick questions about the Book Festival to complete what will be a fascinating insight into the running of one of Scotland’s major cultural events.

The price of the excellent three-course dinner remains at £48 and demand for tickets is bound to be high. Make sure that you don’t miss out by sending a cheque to Alex Prentice, made payable to ‘The Royal High School Club in London’, using the reply slip below. An early response would be much appreciated to help us with planning the event.

To reach the RAF Club, simply turn right out of Green Park Underground station (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines) and walk down Piccadilly for four hundred metres in the direction of Hyde Park Corner. The RAF Club is at 128, Piccadilly just before the turning into Old Park Lane.

The RAF Club has some reasonably-priced accommodation available for Annual Dinner attendees. If you’d like to book a room please contact Alex Prentice with your requirements as soon as possible and Alex will liaise with the reservations team at the RAF Club to make the booking. Alternatively if you wish to make your own accommodation arrangements elsewhere that is perfectly fine. We very much look forward to seeing you again on 21st March.

For further information on all aspects of the Annual Dinner, please contact Alex Prentice, Honorary Secretary, Tel: 01992 554854, email: alex.prentice1@btinternet.com.

David Robertson 1933 – 2014

David attended the Royal High School at Regent Road from 1944-1951 from his home in Stenhouse, from where he cycled each day unless poor weather enabled him to take the tram! At the school David was a member of the choir.

On leaving the school, aged 18 years old, David moved to London where his initial introduction to Knightsbridge was by virtue of living in a Civil Service Hostel. Having started in the Customs and Excise, he later transferred to the Land Registry.

David met his wife Barbara in 1957 at a St Valentines day dance and they were married in 1960. Two children, Gavin and Ann were born in 1962 and 1965 respectively.

Having taken early retirement David was a member of the Wey and Arun Canal Society and The Probus Club and enjoyed walking in various locations from the family home in Horsham, West Sussex.

David died on January 20 2014 at home, aged 80, after a long illness which somewhat cruelly robbed him of his mobility. He is survived by his wife, his two children, his three grand-children and his sister Margaret who still resides in the Stenhouse family home.

David was a regular attendee at the RHS London Club’s autumn drinks parties and he took a keen interest in events at the current Royal High School in Barnton. David will be sadly missed.

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