The next Newsletter is now at the printers and will posted to everyone in the next few days. Meanwhile you may read an electronic version here.
NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY 2012
With winter nearly behind us and the feel of spring in the air whilst I write this, the fishing season will soon start. Last year the Club, despite the recession, finished on a high with both membership up and finances healthy. Please keep using the Club and bringing in your guests for lunch and dinner. You can always be assured of lively and varied conversation at the Club table. Remember we are open for both drinks and dinner in the evenings unless the Club is booked by a Member for a private dinner party. Amongst the private parties last year, we had a ruby wedding anniversary, a retirement dinner and an engagement party as well as dinners for various other special occasions.
Please double-check that you have the correct dates for both the Summer Party (Sunday 17th June) which Andrew Impey has kindly agreed to host this year, and for the AGM and BBQ (Tuesday 3rd July), as these have changed.
Included with the Newsletter is a new List of Members. This year you will notice that we have added Members’ Christian names and also a list of the Club’s previous Presidents. I do hope you find this useful.
Winter Talks – 15th March
Our third and last Winter Talk takes place on Thursday 15th March (during the week of the Cheltenham Racing Festival and also 2 days before Ireland play England at Twickenham) and will be given by Tom ‘Doc’ Sullivan on ‘The Great Western lakes of Ireland: the past, the present and the future’. Tom tells us that he was lucky enough to have been born and reared by the shores of the Corrib. In 1998, he become a full-time guide and started his angling centre from his house and farm in Dooras. Subsequently Tom has become a Stanic instructor in casting and fly-dressing. He has also been honoured to represent Ireland in fishing competitions on eight occasions in World, European and Home International Championships. Places for the talk are still available.
Web Site Improvements
The Club web site is becoming more and more used by the membership. There are regular updates and it is a useful place to keep up-to-date with events in the Club. The Committee is working hard to make further improvements over the next few months, and these will include a page that will list additional benefits available to Members, including discounts and fishing offers. For a number of years these fishing offers have been displayed on the Club Notice Board but, as a result, only a limited number of Members would have seen them. The web site offers an opportunity for many more Members to be aware of these. Our Librarian is also working on expanding the library section. I would urge you to register on the site if you have not already done so.
Also, I am using emails more and more for sending out updates and notices of upcoming events. If you would like to receive these emails please let me have your address. The best way is for you to send me an email to the Club’s address email@example.com. This way I will have yours automatically (and won’t have to type them all into the computer at this end!)
Club’s Fishing Auction
Included with the Newsletter is a list of auction lots for our Fishing Auction. Please submit bids either by post or email before 5:00pm on Thursday 15th March. This year, I have included the amount of last year’s successful bid on previously offered lots. As you are no doubt aware, a number of these lots are not commercially available and offer the chance to fish some splendid waters. My thanks to those members who have donated so generously.
West Country Dinner – 30th March
The eleventh West Country Dinner will take place on Friday 30th March at the Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon www.Arundellarms.co.uk. The occasion will be black tie and will cost £70 per head. Members are most welcome to bring guests including ladies. Applications are still being accepted for this most enjoyable event.
Over the years, our Members have been warmly welcomed by those of the Savile Club. To further this relationship, it has been decided that we hold a joint dinner with Members and guests, including ladies, from both Clubs on Tuesday 3rd April. Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm. Dress: Lounge Suits.
We are fortunate to have attending Tony Schendel, Sales Director from Hayward Bros Wines and previously from Louis Latour Wines, who will provide the delicious wines that will feature during the evening. Mr Schendel will be accompanied by Marion Dechelotte from the Burgundy House of Maison Jaffelin. Thanks to the generosity of the Savile Club, the cost of the evening will be £50 and will include dinner and all the wines. An application form is enclosed.
Scottish Dinner – 17th May
The Club will be holding a dinner in Edinburgh at the New Club on Thursday 17th May. Details and application form are enclosed with the Newsletter. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Johnny Scott who, apart from being Chairman of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, is also a Tweed Commissioner.
Members are most welcome to bring guests including ladies. Drinks will be served on the Terrace from 7pm, which has splendid views of Edinburgh Castle, and then we will dine in The Ramsay Room at 7.45pm. Dress: Black Tie. The cost per head will be £75. This will include pre-dinner drinks, dinner, wines with the meal and port. An application form is enclosed.
The New Club is situated at 86 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BB, Tel: 0131 226 4881.
Young Members’ Dinners – Thursday 10th May
On 9th February, a most successful screening and dinner was held. Numbers were the best yet and 20 Members and guests enjoyed a screening of ‘Eastern Rises’ which is a short movie about wild rainbows on the Kamchatka Peninsular on the Eastern side of Russia, in the Savile’s special screening room with drinks and canapés, followed by dinner in the Elgar Room. I must say the film was breathtaking and I can now see why you all love your fishing. Well done to both James Kalbassi and Peter McLeod, who provided the film, for a splendid evening. The next evening will be on Thursday 10th May and the film will be ‘River Wolf – Flyfishing on the Mongolian Taimen’. James will be in touch with you all nearer the time. If you would like to be added to his list for these events, please email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Rummage Sale – last call for lots
Please think about items that you would like to offer for sale and send them in. Just to remind you, the Club will take a commission of 15% (plus VAT) and the balance will be sent to the donor. Members may like to include in this sale any items that will be useful for the coming season. If it helps you, you may drop off items any time. The format will change slightly and we will introduce reserves for some items. I will also circulate a list of lots offered in advance of the evening to allow Members who are unable to attend to place absentee bids.
Dinner in the Club any night for Members
Our Stewardess, Marcela, is on duty every evening and, providing the Club has not been booked for a private dinner party, Members are very welcome to just turn up for drinks and dinner. This is run along the same lines as lunch. There is no need to wait for the Club Dining Nights now – drop in any night of the week.
Michael James, the Savile Head Chef, continues to impress everyone with his very high standards. The food is delicious and the wine list very modestly priced – do come along in the evenings. Last orders for food are 9pm.
The Committee has been delighted with the inflow of new Members over the year. The letter sent by Past President, Antony Pinsent, in May has produced a very positive response from you all and 36 new Members have been elected during the year. This brings our total membership up to 606, an increase on last year. Please keep spreading the good word.
River Dee Trust
The River Dee Trust is holding a fundraising auction of fishing and artwork to support the restoration work it undertakes on the River Dee. It is a sealed bid auction with a final live auction on Thursday 1st March, 2012 at the Savile Club from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. There will be a supply of Dee Dram whisky on the night, along with a guest speaker and you are all most welcome to attend. A copy of their illustrated catalogue is available in the Club.
Their Internet and Postal Auction commences Tuesday 6th March and closes Thursday 15th March. A copy of their catalogue is available in the Club.
Salmon and Trout Association
Staff Christmas Fund
Marcela Rodrigues, our Stewardess, has asked me to pass on her thanks to you all for your generosity at Christmas.
This year, the Club will close from after lunch on Thursday 5th April to 11am on Tuesday 10th April for the Easter Holidays. The Savile Dining Room will also be closed but the bedrooms will be available.
Dates for the Diary 2012
Thursday 15th March – WINTER TALK
Friday 30th March – WEST COUNTRY DINNER
Tuesday 3rd April – JOINT DINNER WITH THE SAVILE CLUB MEMBERS
Friday 6th to Monday 9th April – EASTER (Club closed)
Thursday 17th May – SCOTTISH DINNER at the NEW CLUB in EDINBURGH
Sunday 17th June – SUMMER PARTY at MARTYR WORTHY, HAMPSHIRE
Tuesday 3rd July – AGM and BBQ
Thursday 8th November – ANNUAL DINNER
Thursday 13th December – CHRISTMAS LUNCH