August 2014

I hope you are all enjoying our glorious summer. The Club held its Annual Dinner on Thursday 12th June 2014 in Hush Brasserie, Mayfair, London, when thirty-eight members and their guests enjoyed an excellent dinner with an entertaining after-dinner speech delivered by Mary MacLeod M.P., a graduate of the University and Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth. The dinner was also attended by Professor Anton Muscatelli and two representatives of the University Development department as they were already in London to host several alumni functions. This was a great honour for the club. Professor Muscatelli thanked the Club for its continuing financial support to the University and its students. Seven of our own members attended a drinks reception in Haberdashers’ Hall in the City on the previous evening hosted by Professor Muscatelli where we were able to hear about the University’s plans to develop the former Western Infirmary site next to the University.

Our next event is a visit to Kew Gardens. This visit will take place on Saturday 20th September 2014. A guided tour of Kew Gardens has been organised and will be led by one of their volunteer guides. He will talk specifically about the history of Kew and its links with Scotland, covering such topics as Scots involved in the design and creation of Kew, the influence and patronage of the third Earl of Bute and the Scottish botanists who have worked at Kew. The tour will last about one hour and will commence at 10.30am. A second group starting at 12 noon may be necessary depending on numbers. This looks to be a very interesting visit and it would be great to see as many members as possible attending. The costs, shown below, include entry and the tour. Replies and payment should reach me, Anne O’Hagan, by Monday 8th September 2014. If you are paying by bank transfer, please let me know by e-mail that you are attending and that you have transferred money to the club’s account
We will meet at the Victoria Gate entrance at 10.20am which is ideal for access from either the number 65 bus or from Kew Gardens station. See www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/plan-your-visit/getting-here.
The tour will finish at the Orangery which is a good venue for lunch or alternatively, you could visit the famous Maids tearoom opposite the entrance.

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