Next Event – Annual Dinner – Friday 9 March 2018

Annual Dinner – Friday 9 March 2018

The Merchants’ Hall, Clifton


Guest Speaker: Claire Chapman, Solicitor

Our Annual Dinner this year will be held at The Merchants’ Hall on Friday 9 March 2018. After having had such good feedback about The Merchants’ Hall, we have decided to retain this as our venue. As usual, Fosters will be providing the catering.


We are delighted to have Claire Chapman, Solicitor and circumnavigator on the yacht sponsored by the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign participating in the 2015-2016 edition of the Clipper Round the World Race as our guest speaker.


Having gained a Masters Degree in Chemistry at Oxford University, Claire pursued a career in law and spent 7 years as a solicitor specialising in Intellectual Property litigation at a leading London law firm.


Looking for a challenge, in 2015-16 Claire found this as crew on one of the twelve 70ft sailing yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Race. Described as one of the world’s toughest challenges, the Clipper Race is the longest ocean sailing race in the world covering 40,000+ nautical miles over 11 months. With only a week’s previous sailing experience before the rigorous training provided by Clipper, Claire successfully took on the challenges of watch leader and logistics manager on the GREAT Britain yacht which came in third place in the overall race.


Claire will be entertaining us after dinner with stories of her exploits at sea; no doubt a far cry from her day job as a Solicitor!


It is very likely, as usual, that the dinner will be over-subscribed, so make sure you return your forms very promptly. There are only 100 places available. ***Please make sure you get your forms and payment back to me by Friday 2 March 2018 at the latest to ensure your space.***


As we are at the Merchant’s Hall, you can have the option of either sitting at the long table or on one of the surrounding tables of 8. Please can you specify if you have a preference on your booking form when you return it and we will try and accommodate you and your guests.


We hope you will agree that the attached menu looks mouth wateringly tasty! Once again, a few volunteers on the Committee have been the guinea pigs for the menu, which we can promise is even better than it sounds. We have also selected the wines to complement the different courses.


The white wine, supplied by Averys is a Clefs du Pontif Marsanne Viognier 2016. As for the red wine, this is a fabulous Marques de Upain Reserva Navarra 2007 which the Society has laid down at Averys. It has been specially selected to compliment the main course of Slow cooked pave of beef, truffle mash, cavolo nero, crispy onions & red wine jus.


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