A few points I would like to put to the Club Men.
I suggest an Option 4 for the future of the Club post the Great
The Returning Members form a separate club.
This would be based on the Members in College after they have graduated.
Graduands taking higher degrees, MA, PhD etc. may be members of both the
Returning Members and College Club. Suggest official title of "Returning
Members of the Former 16 Club of St. David's University College, Lampeter"
to keep the history?? And the Pedantry??
The Returning Members club could be an itinerant band of Decent Fellows,
something along the lines of the I Zingari Cricket Club, with no "home"
or specific base. Redeemed members etc. may join etc.
Suggest one main Returning Members dinner per annum, at a location to be
decided by the RMO. I don't feel any great need for this dinner to be in
Lampeter- this location can make it difficult for many members (including
myself!) to attend. Equally, if the RMO or the Club voted for a Lampeter
dinner, that's fine - it's what the Club wanted at that particular time.
The idea is to make it open to both new venues and new directions.
On the subject of new directions, I will add my support to the missive
from Brendan Somers. The new Returning Members club could adopt these principles.
This would move us on from being THE College dining Club to being THE Club,
with (obviously) strong links back to the old College.
The Club in College is left in the hands of the Executive in
I have a feeling I would not have been all that enthusiastic about joining
a Club over which the College Members did not have full control. I suggest
we give the current Exec this control and responsibility and if the Club
fails, so be it.
There would be an essential role for one of the number of the Returning
Members to act as High Steward (or some similar title) to assist the Club
in College in understanding the principles of the Club and the complexities
of Club etiquette on request from the Club Executive.
I suggest that some great event should be available for the Men who
are returning for the dinner. Alas, if a large number of Returners arrive
on Saturday c. lunchtime, there may be a desire to visit old haunts such
as the Libr'y, Chapel, Oak, Castle etc. and so maybe loose the focus of
Some many moons ago I recall we had an excellent cricket match as part
of the enjoyments - perhaps it could be revived? From an estimated 40+
returners a couple of teams could be available? Not sure of the logistics,
but it seems like a nice idea.
Please mail me with any
comments on this - I look forward to hearing your views.