The President’s Welcome
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With the AGM now ‘done and dusted’ it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 126th year of the Society. We have an excellent Committee in place with a good mix of skills and experience so I am looking forward to a well organised and enjoyable year ahead.
Last year we held our 125th Anniversary Dinner at Skinners’ Hall which proved to be a spectacularly successful occasion. In an attempt to emulate this success we are holding our 108th Annual Dinner for the first time in the late Victorian ambiance of the Main Hall at the School. The entrance and reception rooms (together with the Bab el Mandeb Gallery) that we will be using, are all part of the original School buildings which opened for business in 1887. We are starting with a sparkling wine reception followed by a four course meal with wines and port all included, together with a cash bar for those requiring that little extra. This is our premier event and as usual will provide a readymade opportunity to keep in touch with your former school friends, other old boys and with the School. Please note the date Saturday 1st October in your diaries now.
Our second big event will be the Leopards’ Christmas Dinner Dance at the High Rocks on 17th December. This provides a very convivial opportunity to start the Christmas celebratory season. The dinner will be concluded with a raffle and a rendering of the Leopards’ Song followed by disco dancing with music to fit the occasion and with an interval for singing traditional carols. Again please mark your diaries and await the formal invitation.
On the sporting front there will be shooting, hockey and soccer matches against the School in January, March and June respectively. Please respond to the relevant organiser when invited. The Society has sponsored playing kit in Old Skinners’ colours for a squad of Old Skinners rugby players so look out for news of their playing plans (mainly Sevens tournaments). Apply to play or support from the touch line when possible.
The Committee has been very busy planning and organising some fundamental changes to the membership structure of the Society which have been ‘on the cards’ for a couple of years. These have now been approved and the task of implementation is now underway.
We wish to be fully inclusive and never lose touch with any Old Skinner so from now on all Old Skinners are automatically Associate Members of the Society. Our new membership database is now fully up and running and with the ease and low cost of electronic communication we will be sending newsletters from both the Society and the School to these members.
We hope that as many of you as possible will be inspired to become Full Members for which an annual subscription is payable. You will receive all communications from the Society including the Leopard magazine, all of which can be posted if required. Furthermore a discount of 10% will be available for all events including the Annual Dinner and Leopards’ Dinner Dance. We tend to forget that the annual subscription of £10 was set twenty fouryearsago and for some time has been in urgent need of updating. This time has now come and we have done no more than restore it to its original value which means an increase to £20.
Finally we are offering a Privileged Membership level to those who wish to subscribe more, and for £50 min pa (which after all is still only £1 per week) we are offering discounts of 20% for our events.
In the fullness of time all this will be communicated to you by the Membership Secretary in detail and I ask you all please to consider responding in a positive manner remembering that all surplus funds - whether created from your subscriptions; by reducing operating costs; or from the events we run - eventually go back to the School to support all those worthwhile projects for which no state funding is available. Also remember it will pay to ensure you are up to date with your desired membership level so that you can claim the appropriate discount when booking for our events!
If you are an Old Skinner with whom we have lost contact then please use the Application Form and standing order mandate which you can access elsewhere on this web-site.
So don’t let memories of your Skinners’ School days wither into obscurity but use this year to join up, join in and enjoy and celebrate the legacy that the School has endowed upon us all.
Hunt House 1951-1959