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2011 : City Lunch Review

2011 City Lunch

It’s certainly a truism that where there’s good food and wine, you’re bound to find Worthians!

And so it was on a sunny afternoon in February 2011, that a swarm of Worthians descended, as bees to a honey pot, on The Terrace Room at the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, just off Hatton Garden, for the third consecutive year.

Competition is becoming increasingly fierce for a place at the fabled City Lunch and, looking around the room, you can see exactly why.  Old friends use it as an excuse to ‘catch up’, while others use it as an opportunity to network and meet other co-Worthians for the first time.

Representation came from a wide range of year groups spanning five decades.  We had a quartet of oldies – James Wheeler (C’68), John Weguelin (C’70), Tony Green (C’69) and Desmond Calnan (R’69) – while at the other end of the age spectrum we welcomed the early noughties in Luca Belpassi (G’01), Phil Davey (F’04), Andrew Long (B’00) and Matthew Page (C’00).

The room buzzed with animated conversation and we were delighted to have in our midst Fr Kevin, a real stalwart of these occasions and here for the first time as Abbot of Worth.  Nick Butterworth greeted the guests with a suitably short and witty address (which included a delightful sales pitch for the marvellous memorabilia and apparel on sale from the Society!) and Nick thanked Fr Kevin heartily for his continued support, and Olivia Henley for her great efforts on behalf of the Society.  Fr Kevin’s dedication and commitment to Worth Society, in spite of his new-found abbatial duties, is something to which we all owe him huge thanks – long may it continue!

We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine served at this top-notch French restaurant.  Although a few of the harder-working Worthians crept away at around 3.30 with their Blackberries to return to their City pc screens, there were quite a few 1980s laggards who joined the office-less Simon Bayles and his dessert wine and gave the office a miss for the afternoon.  And so it was that the reminiscing and the very important networking duties continued over a pint of beer in the adjacent hostelry.

The event was a complete sell-out and continues to gather in momentum each year.  So don’t forget to book early if you want to secure your place at next year’s City Lunch!

Roll on 2012!

Mark Collini (StB’89) and Desmond Calnan (R’69)