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Issue number 81
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The East India Club directory The East India Club 16 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LH Telephone: 020 7930 1000 Fax: 020 7321 0217 Email: [email protected]
Web: www.eastindiaclub.co.uk DINING ROOM Breakfast Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
Gift suggestions from the secretary’s ofﬁce
12.30pm-2.30pm 12.30pm-2.30pm 12.30pm-2.30pm (jazz until 4pm)
Dinner Monday to Saturday Sundays (light supper)
Club ties Silk woven tie in club colours. £19.50
Cut glass tumbler Engraved with club crest. £25.75
BOOKS & CDs
Club bow ties Tie your own and, for emergencies, clip on. £19.50
Table reservations should be made with the Front Desk or the Dining Room and will only be held for 15 minutes after the booked time. AMERICAN BAR Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
Square tumbler Engraved with club crest. £18.50
6.45am-10am 7.15am-10am 8am-10am
Lunch Monday to Friday Saturday (light lunch) Sunday (buffet)
11.30am-11pm 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm noon-4pm & 6.30pm-10pm
Cufﬂinks Enamelled cufﬂinks with club crest, chain or bar. £24.50
Drinks can be obtained in the Waterloo Room from Monday to Sunday. Members resident at the club can obtain drinks from the hall porter after the bar has closed.
The East India Club – A History by Charlie Jacoby. An up-to-date look at the characters who have made up the East India Club. £20 Club song Awake! Awake! A recording of the club song from the 2009 St George’s Day dinner. £5
OTHER ITEMS Chocolates Chocolate mint slims, also available from the American Bar and the Waterloo Room. £4.75 per box
BILLIARDS ROOM Open to members from 9am to midnight. Pass keys will not be issued after 11pm. GYMNASIUM Open to members from 6am to 10pm. Suitable attire must be worn. SMOKING ROOM & WATERLOO ROOM Service from 9am to 10.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am - 10pm. BEDROOM CHARGE Includes early morning tea, newspaper, English breakfast and VAT. All bedrooms are non smoking. Members Single with bathroom £99 (£60*) Single with shower £85 (£51*) Single without facilities £69 (£42*) Double or twin room for single occupancy £135 Double or twin room for double occupancy £151 St James’s Suite £251
Club waistcoats £160
Titleist golf balls Bearing club crest. £29 per dozen
Reciprocal members & guests Single with bathroom £129 (£78*) Single with shower £112 (£68*) Double or twin room for single occupancy £153 Double or twin room for double occupancy £177 St James’s Suite £277
Blazer buttons Double breasted. £40.50 Single breasted. £26.50
* Special rate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays MEMBERSHIP CARDS Members are required to carry their membership cards at all times when visiting the club. It is essential that they are produced when signing for charges to accounts.
Club shield £61.50
Club blazers £275/£325 (navy) £325 (sports). Notify the secretary of your interest.
V-necked jumpers Lambswool V-necked navy and burgundy jumpers also available. £46.50 Club print A picture of the clubhouse on a typical London early evening. 52.5cm by 40cm £61.50
Golf tees Tin of ‘personalised’ East India golf tees. £7.75 Golf umbrellas Made in club colours of silver, blue and red. £17 Post and packing on all these items from £3
CLUB WINE: See page 17 for details
JANUARY 2011 12 January Wine tasting for beginners 19 January Burns’ night FEBRUARY 3 February Casino evening 8 February Gourmet dinner 16 February Canadian Room anniversary dinner 24 February Rugby International lunch (England vs Wales) MARCH 9 March Young members’ dinner 15 March Olympics dinner 16 March Rugby International lunch (England vs Ireland) APRIL 6-9 April Easter, no lunch or dinner 7 April Boat Race at Auriol Kensington 23 April St George’s day dinner MAY 7 May May Bank Holiday, no lunch or dinner 9 May AGM Over bank holiday Mondays, bars and catering are closed from 4pm on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend and all day Monday. Accommodation and continental breakfast remains available. For the Easter weekend bars and catering close after dinner on the Thursday night going in to the Easter weekend and reopen on the following Tuesday. Accommodation and continental breakfast remains available. Christmas Closure – the club is closed from 4pm on 23 December and reopens at 9am on 3 January 2011.
East & West Editor: Charlie Jacoby 07850 195353 [email protected]
Designer: Chris Haddon 01279 422219 [email protected]
Photography: Charlie Jacoby, Alex Bray, Leslie Woit Sub-editor: Cicely Drewe Printed by: Stephens & George Published on behalf of The East India Club by Charlie Jacoby, c/o The East India Club www.charliejacoby.com Cover photo: ‘Cecil’ the club hippo
David Cartwright speaks to members at the house dinner
hristmas is fast approaching and our Club will, as usual, be buzzing with activity, with a variety of events to whet Members’ appetites. Of course, there are the annual Club functions such as the Winter Party, the Carol Concert and Advent Carols at the Royal Chapel in St James’s Palace (all of which, at the time of writing, are fully booked). However, it is also an extremely busy time for our main Dining Room. In this regard, may I ask that if you are planning a private luncheon or dinner in the run up to Christmas, you book early to avoid disappointment. If you do book a table and you find yourself in the position of having to cancel your arrangements, it would be most helpful if you could remember to give James in the Dining Room as much notice as possible. It has been a busy autumn for the Club. The Grouse Dinner, the Library Lecture and Dinner and our Harvest Festival at the Tower of London were all most successful and enjoyable, although I am not sure the subject matter for the Library Lecture (“Surgery on board ship during the battle of Trafalgar”) could be described as enjoyable! It was certainly enthralling and I should like to place on record our thanks to Michael Crumplin for a splendid lecture. The Lord Mayor’s Luncheon in September and the House Dinner in November were both sell-out events, with an unprecedented number of members disappointed at not being able to secure tickets. To avoid this happening in the future, the Main Committee has decided to limit the number of guests a Member may bring to each of these two functions and also the St George’s Day Dinner. This seemed to be the only way to resolve this problem, as it is not possible to increase the seating capacity of our main Dining Room. It is hoped that this will not overly inconvenience anyone, but it was felt appropriate to do so. Finally, in this season of goodwill, may I remind you of the importance of remembering our loyal and hard-working staff. They work tirelessly throughout the year for our benefit and I trust that you will take the opportunity to support generously our staff fund, particularly in this period of economic difficulty. May I wish you all the compliments of the season. David Cartwright, Chairman
Backgammon Club vs RAC
he RAC kindly invited the club to put together a team to enjoy an evening of the game on Pall Mall. Accompanied by a good curry supper, more than a dozen backgammon enthusiasts played each other. Organised from the East India end by David Brace, it ended in victory for the RAC – but man-of-the-match went to Eastindiaman Alastair Evans for winning a total of 13 matches in the evening. The RAC kindly offered to invite anyone who would like a game to join them on their regular Tuesday evening backgammon evenings. Applications via the East India Club secretary’s office.
Snooker by Alan Kurtz
Club vs Lyonsdown Club, Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club and RAC
he new snooker season has been a busy one with friendly matches against the Lyonsdown Club, a specialist snooker club in Barnet and the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond. Both matches resulted in comfortable wins for East India. A further friendly match is scheduled for December against the Roehampton Club. On the competitive front, another close match with Royal Automobile Club resulted in a narrow loss so that the St James’s Cup
Cricket Club vs RAC by Chris Masterton-Smith
n September, the cricket section brought its season to a close with its annual dinner. Reliving the glories of innings and overs from the summer, along with the ignominy of ducks and extras bowled, was a great way to end the season. It highlighted how successful 2011 has been for the club. It was a challenging season for the club on the pitch. We were not always at our strongest but played the game in good spirits and never disgraced ourselves too badly. The earnest endeavours of committee and match managers also have to be thanked for keeping the club working over a long season. Overall we
returned to Pall Mall. Once again all turned on the final doubles match as it had when East India won in April. With the frame poised equally and a possible victory in sight, a fluke on the brown allowed RAC to clear the remaining colours and take the victory. The final weekend in November saw the arrival of the United Club of Guernsey for the annual match for the Channel Cup, it being their turn to come to London. The team of James Thomlinson, Bradley Stanton, Bernard Stirzaker, Oliver Bolton, Roger Raishbrook and Alan Kurtz retained the trophy for a fifth successive year by 8 matches to 2. Attention now turns to the in-house competitions for The Devonshire Cup, the scratch competition, and the Harold Bloom Trophy, played on handicap. More participants for these are always hoped for and wanted and notices in the Billiards Room and the club notice board should provide details. have grown in numbers and depth of skill greatly this year and it provides us with a strong section for the future. Looking forward, 2012 is shaping up well, with the tour to Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club scheduled for 14-16 July an obvious highlight. The match schedule will be similar to this year, mainly Sundays with the odd mid-week Twenty20 or Saturday match thrown in, but skewed more towards first half of the season. We have decided on an increased roster of Nets sessions at both Lords and the Oval, starting in January, so keep an eye out for dates. New members are always welcome, skill never being a major obstacle to getting involved, just a willingness to turn up and get stuck in. Please email [email protected]
eastindiaclub.com and [email protected]
gmail.com to register your interest and we will gather your details and sign you up.
The New Year will see the club team start on the defence of the London Clubs Snooker (Handicap) Competition and hoping to win for a third successive year. The Billiards Room has been refurnished. The club has carried out work on the tables, the room has been repainted, and there are new (to us) scoreboards and honours boards.
Alan Kurtz opens the newly refurbished Billards Room
Parking Westminster City Council is introducing new evening and Sunday parking restrictions and charges which will have a serious adverse effect on parking in St James’s Square, where charging is to be introduced for evening and Sunday parking. The changes come into effect on 9 January 2012. There is pressure from a wide coalition, from hospitality operators, led by the Chairman of the Restaurant Association The Earl of Bradford, to retailers to the churches. If you live, work or study in Westminster you can sign a petition, initiated by one of the Councillors, at http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/ WestEndParking/. Please consider adding your name to the petition.
STAFF Leadership awards
he chairman was delighted to give CTH team leadership certificates to ten members of staff. Offered by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, the certificates go to staff who have completed a course and passed an exam. Joe O’Farrell, Susanne Matheis, Alfonso Gabriel and Marco Coffaro won the team leadership awards. Rizwan Sheikh, Elias Kyriazis, Ricky Gwee, Iker Banales Gorostizaga and Bruno Corazza won level three awards in inspirational team leadership. The CTH was established in 1982 to
provide recognised standards of management training appropriate to the needs of the hotel and travel industries, via its syllabi, examinations and awards. These have been continuously developed and improved to ensure they are relevant and up to date. This has been carried out under the careful scrutiny and supervision of experts in all aspects of the hotel, tourism and travel industries. CTH programmes are well respected across the hospitality, tourism and travel industries. Those studying for the examinations of the Confederation are offered a structured learning process, encompassing both the theoretical and practical aspects of the industry, integrating the various subjects, together with a clearly defined pattern of career development through progressive grades of membership.
Chef produced another wonderful grouse dinner in September, where members heard a rousing speech about fieldsports by David Taylor (pictured) who is director of shooting at the Countryside Alliance.
The clubhouse enjoyed a lick of paint in the summer. The building committee oversees a rolling programme of refurbishment and improvements to the building. Painting required cloaking the front of the building in scaffolding Staff line-up (left-right): Elias Kyriazis, Susanne Matheis Tim Wilks, Alfonso Gabriel, Bruno Corazza, Rizwan Sheikh, Iker Banales Gorostizaga, Ricky Gwee, chairman David Cartwright, Marco Coffaro, Lobato Fuertes Santiago, Joe O’Farrell, deputy chairman Richard Robinson and assistant secretary Keith Goldacre,
This new print of the clubhouse is both the subject of the club’s Christmas card and available from the secretary’s office as a print in its own right. Team leadership awards for Marco Coffaro...
A well-known face in the dining room has retired. Joau Vasconcelos, known as Vasco, is here seen receiving the congratulations of the chairman after 14 years’ service. ...Susanne Matheis...
...and Joe O’Farrell
LIBRARY LECTURE Michael Crumplin
iven the club’s links with the ‘Waterloo 200’ celebrations arranged for 2015, the 200th anniversary since the battle of Waterloo, it was appropriate that the autumn library lecture should be given by Michael Crumplin FRCS. A retired general surgeon, Mick is the honorary curator of the instrument collection at the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Hunterian Museum and an acknowledged expert on surgery at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Few who have studied the Napoleonic period could have failed to have grasped the magnitude of the injuries caused by shot and sabre and to the often, what appears to us, brutal surgery which was undertaken in often far from satisfactory conditions. Mick is the author of Men of Steel – Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars. It gives what is possibly the most definitive study to date of the surgical procedures of the period. Dealing authoritatively with the men and weapons of the period we are soon drawn into the trials and tribulations in retrieving the wounded and their treatment, often in graphic detail. Given by modern standards the poor knowledge of the workings of the body, the lack of anaesthetics, disinfectant, X-rays and all the things we would take for granted before attempting major surgery, the success rate of these surgeons is phenomenal. Mick’s special expertise is medical services in the British and French forces, particularly surgical services in the Royal Navy. His hero is George Guthrie, whom he describes as one of the unsung heroes of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, and of British military medicine. He was a guiding light in surgery. He was not only a soldier’s surgeon and a hands-on doctor, he also set a precedent by keeping records and statistics of cases. While the innovations in the medical services of the French Republic and Empire have been publicised, a military surgeon of the calibre of Guthrie has been largely ignored by students of the period – until now. In another book, Guthrie’s War, Mick follows him through his career in the field and recognizes his exceptional contribution to British military medicine and to Wellington’s army. Mick’s previous book on the subject is A Surgical Artist at War, co-written with Peter Starling, a study of Sir Charles Bell’s illustrations of battle injuries from Corunna and Waterloo. He has lectured internationally, acted as an advisor for media programmes and films, including Master and Commander. Mick offered copies of his book at the end of the lecture. It is apparent that this is a book
written by a surgeon about a subject he is well familiar with and for the lay reader a glossary at the end may have assisted, although the writing is kept simple and clear and the book is well-illustrated throughout. This is a book which may be restricted in its interest to those with an interest in the medical services of the time, but those in particular who wish to reenact the surgeons of the time will do little worse than to have copy of this book to hand. A recognised expert in the field of battle trauma in this period Mick provides and extensive yet accessible work on the subject. This book takes a methodical approach working through the terrible effects of combat weapons at the time, the training and preparation of medical services and, in some detail, the treatment and recovery – or not – of battle wound victims. In an age where modern ideas of medicine were just beginning and knowledge of anesthesia and analgesic treatment were virtually non-existent, he draws on extensive and often traumatic contemporary accounts to paint a picture of suffering, stoicism and fortitude that is hard to imagine in modern times. Most importantly, it is the story of the surgeons working in desperate circumstances, facing soul-destroying situations and yet showing exceptional humility, pushing the forefront of medical science. Their own words,
Michael Crumplin at the lecture
together with those of their patients, tell a story rather different to common mythology and well worth reading. The text is highly narrative and easily readable, though not untechnical where it needs to be. The backbone of the book is the use of anecdotes from both practitioners and victims of the time.
Men of Steel
Men of Steel – Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars by Michael Crumplin is available for £30 from Country Books Direct www.countrybooksdirect.com
embers and guests assembled for what turned out to be one of the most legal house dinners for years. Happily, the club was on the right side of the law, fielding after dinner speakers in Mr Justice Alistair MacDuff and Mr Justice David Maddison. In the news recently, Mr Justice MacDuff ruled in the High Court that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the offenses of its priests.
The chairman welcomes the speakers
Left-right: Patrick Storey, Mr Justice Alistair MacDuff, Mr Justice David Maddison and Jon Sperrin
Left-right: Sinan Rabee, David Booth and Robert Legget
Max Kuhnke (left) and Tom Bradfield
Hurlingham Club chairman David Paterson
Guests enjoy a speaker’s joke
Anil Khosla (left) and Phil Day
The loyal toast
Lord Robert Maclennan (left) talks to Professor Colin Seabrook
by Orion M Judge
he club was happy once again to go to the Chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula in the Tower of London for the Harvest Festival service. The Rev Roger Hall is both chaplain at St Peter and at the club. Originally a parish church, the Chapel was incorporated into the walls of the castle during Henry III’s expansion. It has been rebuilt at least twice, once in the reign of Edward I, and then again in its present form in Henry VIII’s reign.
Clinton and most prime ministers of India. Since the days of the British Raj, the royal family of Jaipur has retained close ties with the British Royal Family. Polo matches in colonial India were always treated more ceremoniously than the typical sport. They were said to be magnificent spectacles, possessed of “pomp worthy of the best of the British Empire”. Pre-game traditions included teams of elephants all trained to raise their trunks in unison in salute. Sir Winston Churchill said that polo “is not merely the finest game in the world, but the most noble and soul-inspiring contest in the whole universe.” The magnificence of polo events in colonial India was brought to mind when I went to watch the Royal Jaipur team play in its first ever India versus Canada polo match, held recently near Toronto. This first contest between the two former colonies took place in June, 2011, a perfect mid-twenties day with more than 5,000 spectators buzzing around the polo fields. The venue was lavish, the spectators well bronzed, and the champagne flowed in majestic quantities. The Argentinian player and face of Ralph Lauren, Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras, headed the Canadian team. His Excellency Maharaj Narendra Singh, headed the Royal Jaipur team. As we watched the ponies shuddering and heaving in the background, I discussed polo with His Excellency. The Maharaj considers it integral to his family’s role to actively seek to arrange matches with teams from around the world, and promote Indian polo on the world stage. A closely matched and fast-paced game was played. The game was a hard-fought trade of goal for goal throughout, often tied. Notably, Ignacio Figueras scored all goals for team Canada save one. In the final chukka, the Jaipur team took one more goal, an acutely angled shot from right of midfield. This 7-6 lead was held against stiff competition during the last two minutes of the game. The final score was 7-6, with the Royal Jaipur team securing the historic victory for India.
Three queens of England Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Jane Grey, and two saints of the Roman Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and John Fischer, are buried here. Their headless bodies were buried under the nave or chancel without memorial until the 19th century when remains found in the nave were re-interred in the crypt. The chapel also has many monuments which commemorate officers and residents of the Tower who worshipped here. It remains a place of worship for the Tower’s community of 150 or so residents.
he ancient game of polo has been played in India for more than 2,000 years. During the 1800s, the East India Company’s cavalry popularised the sport in England, having played it across British India as part of their training. The modern game of polo was developed in Manipur, in the north-east of India, from a game with records dating back to 33AD. The early game was played at an extremely fast pace and it was not uncommon to have players injured or ponies suffer heart attacks on the field of play. Following codification of the modern game in 1874 by the Hurlingham Polo Association in London, the sport was rapidly exported to the wider world. The royal family of Jaipur can trace its close relationship with polo back to Raja Man Singh Ji of Amber (1550-1614), who learned the game during his stay at the courts of Emperor Akbar. It was the Indian maharajas who gave the game its royal tradition, causing it to become widely known as ‘the game of kings’. Jaipur is the home of Indian polo. An excerpt from The Tatler in 1933 confirms the Jaipur team’s commanding presence at the time: “This team won the British Polo Championships… this Jaipur team is a very fast one indeed… above all, a very fine shooting team with a predilection for bringing off 60 yarders from angles that often look impossible. In England, nothing has been able to stand up to it, and the best team America will produce will not be good enough.” The Royal Jaipur team won every major polo cup in Britain and India for the next eight years. This record was interrupted only by the Second World War. Jaipur’s central role in polo is epitomised by the many famous visitors who have played or enjoyed watching polo matches in the city, including Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill
Roger talks to members of the congregation (and the club) after the service
The Royal Jaipur team in blue playing Canada in yellow in Toronto earlier this year
Club chaplain the Rev Roger Hall in his other role at St Peter Ad Vincula
LORD MAYOR’S LUNCH
he club welcomed the 683rd Lord Mayor of London to lunch in a tradition brought to us by members of the Eccentrics Club who joined the East India en bloc in the 1980s. Michael Bear’s mayorship was marked by the start of the anti-capitalist occupation of the St Paul’s Cathedral steps. A liveryman of the Paviors’ Company, Michael subsequently joined the Chartered Surveyors’ and Engineers’ Companies.
The mayoral car
Left-right: Del Smith, Roger Raishbrook and John Hauxwell
Left-right: Matthew Blagg, James Lambert and Steven Walker
Members and guests prepare to dine
Canon Gerry Murphy
Patrick Storey (left) and Mike Thexton
Members and guests enjoyed drinks in the Smoking Room before going in to lunch
Two good Dereks: Derek Underwood (left) and Derek Thurlow
Left-right: Jonathan O’Neill, John Burcham, Richard Nelson, Peter Corder, Bill Agnew and John O’Neill
Chairman David Cartwright welcomes Lord Mayor Michael Bear
Fanfare from the Light Cavalry, the HAC
The Lord Mayor of London
by Matthew Ebsworth
he obituaries are probably not often the first page of the newspapers and ‘news feeds’ our young members read. However, with the passing of Steve Jobs, the genius behind Apple and its range of i-products, may have drawn your attention. It is a great shame that an innovator, whose technological advances have touched most of our lives in the last 10 years has died so young. Of course, Steve Jobs did not fit the traditional model of A-grade high school student followed by an Ivy League degree. Quite the opposite. If Steve Jobs hadn’t stumbled
into a calligraphy class, we may never have experienced the eye-catching graphics that embody Apple and its collection of gadgets. Furthermore he only lasted six months at Reed College before dropping out. As our young members develop their life skills, it is good to know that sometimes there is an alternative to the traditional path. Let’s say that education is what you make of it and that if you have a passion for something, have the courage to pursue your dreams. With Christmas fast approaching, many of our sporting societies are well into their season and I would take this opportunity to thank all those involved in making sure these activities continue to develop and prosper. I am pleased that hockey is now on our agenda, so please contact the Secretary’s office if you fancy a game. My thanks also goes out to my Young Members committee which looks after many of the events and societies that help foster such good bonhomie within our young members. Thank you gentlemen. May I take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a very happy Christmas and healthy new year.
Chess by Max Kuhnke
n Saturday, 5th November we welcomed the chess team of our reciprocal the Cosmos Club of Washington DC. Engaged in a breakneck speed chess tour including four matches in two days, two European capitals and two trips across the pond, one might have felt a twang of sympathy for our American friends. However, if there was any, it certainly didn’t show on the boards. Our team of Yaroslav Voropayev, IJ Parry, Hamilton McMillan, Yianni Kyrionymou,
The ‘Battle on Board One’ underway between Roy Berg (left) and Yaroslav Voropayev
Post match drinks with members from the teams of the Cosmos, East India/Oriental and Reform clubs
John Luke and Max Kuhnke took a commanding victory 4½ vs 1½, with board 1 turning into an epic battle between two great players. Although Mr Voropayev was in the end moving towards a convincing and well-earned victory, it was the flag dropping at the end of the time that finally saw off his opponent Roy Berg. A splendid lunch (and a few drinks) later the Cosmos went valiantly against the Reform club, although a strong team headed by a correspondent’s grandmaster proved again to be too much for the visitors. In the end, it was the camaraderie that won out, and over friendly drinks in the Waterloo room the teams were invited out to Washington to see how we fare on away turf! A big thank you goes to the Secretary and all the staff for helping make this international contest run as smoothly as the World Chess Cup itself.
Look at the tie: the new flyfishing section tie, modelled by Peter Matthison
he flyfishing section thrives thanks in part to its links via Peter Matthison with the Lawyers’ Fishing Club. It has held a number of events this autumn and is pleased to announce its new section tie, which celebrates the marlin caught by former chairman the late Commander Robin Whalley, which hangs near the door to the American Bar (you can’t miss it). Among events, there was a day at Elinor Trout fishery in Northamptonshire in October. This is Northamptonshire’s premier medium sized trout fishery, with 50 acres of spring fed, gin clear limestone water. Water quality like this produces natural food in abundance as a result the trout are fat and healthy. There are 1.5 miles of bank and for those that wish it they have 15 modern boats. Rib Valley Trout Fishery in Ware, Hertfordshire, is due to host its annual Fur & Feather Competition in December, after East & West went to press. The club will host the section’s annual dinner on 4 February. Cost is £65 including wine. Please apply via the secretary. Also in February, the section is offering a week’s bonefish fishing in Los Roques, Venezuela. “Having done this a few times before I can guarantee you some of the most exciting fishing you are ever likely to experience. If your taste is for ‘singing reels’ and plenty of visits to the backing then come along and join me,” says Peter Matthison. Los Roques is an archipelago of uninhabited islands, transparent waters and coral reefs just 80 miles offshore of the Venezuelan mainland. There are tarpon to be found at all times of the year, some over 100lb. And no saltwater destination would be complete without being able to offer the chance to land the ‘grand slam’ – the trio of bonefish, tarpon and permit in one day. The trip is being organised by Castaway Flyfishing. Cost including flights is about £2,600.
New website Club to relaunch online
he club has a newly redesigned website. This brings us firmly into the internet age while still respecting the club’s principles of privacy and understatement. It follows questions raised at previous AGMs about the charming but dated nature of the old website. The new website does everything the old website did, with some improvements, and it caters for the new sporting sections that members now run. Like the old website, it is an online brochure, which gives details of what the club offers its members, the rooms that are available for receptions or meetings, and a sense of the history and culture of the club. The brochure elements of the website have been updated to offer, for example, floorplans of meeting and conference rooms as well as new photography of the club’s interiors. Also like the old website, members will be able to log-in and look at pages unavailable to the general public, including copies of East & West, the ability to pay club bills online and news of club activities. Unlike the old website, the logging in system has been rationalised so you now need only one username and password instead the old system where you had to have two. Our bill-paying is handled on a ‘secure server’ run by a company called Infodata. We have now integrated out own password system with the Infodata system. The biggest difference between old and new is the activities area. Members who run sections such as rugby, EPICS or chess now have the ability to log in and either post the dates of new events or match reports and previews, with pictures. These will not only go on to the website and be available to members who have logged in under section headings but will automatically be emailed to anyone who has expressed an interest in that section. This is designed to ease the flow of communication between the sporting sections and their enthusiasts. Activities posting will be ‘moderated’ by the secretary. But the ability to allow members to add to the club’s website means it will be more relevant and useful to other members. And if you run a section and do not want to post your own events, the club can do it for you. Staff have been trained to run the ‘content management system’ behind the website. Unlike the old website, the new one will be able to tell members quickly and easily about any planned closures or refurbishment. The old website hardly changed from month to month. Despite the club’s general dislike of change, the new website will always be able to grow and evolve, taking on new
aspects of the web as and when we think they are appropriate. For example, some members involved in the website design process were keen to see a Facebook-style online meeting area for members. However, this goes against another current feeling in the club that the American Bar is already a kind of Facebook, only with real faces. Others would like to see integration of some of the other great social media websites of today. Because this generally goes against the club’s strong sense of privacy, however, we have decided not have a Flickr or YouTube
page on the club’s website. You will be delighted to learn that the club has not bothered with expensive ‘search engine optimisation’, because we only want to be found by people who want to find us. The club has been working on this project for the past year with web design company Jellyfish Creative, which is run by former Northampton Saints winger Ian Hunter. Due to go live in early December, you can find the new website at the same address as the old website: www.eastindiaclub.com. And it is possible to survive without using it.
Sunday is Advent Sunday! We seem to live in a world where everything church based has become confused with the worlds need. I understand the retailers need to sell their goods and that times are difficult for some folk but, the twelve days of Christmas started in October for some people. Watching, waiting, and anticipating the birth of Christ at Christmas reminds us that so much of life is based upon waiting patiently. Being satisfied with what we have, perhaps doing without everything we crave for and putting Christ into this Christmas will make Christmas day so much more special. I wish you and your family every happiness this Christmas and hope that with everything that lies ahead for 2012, God will bring you peace and contentment.
The Rev Roger Hall
ut why don’t you want the Christmas tree up yet?’ the Yeoman Warder said, looking at me in complete horror, ‘we’ve put up all the other Christmas trees in the Tower’. I replied, because we haven’t even reached December yet, let alone the fact that this
att Saunders (here pictured taking a break from operations in Helmand Province to read a fashionable magazine) is one of the many thousands of territorials who have served in Afghanistan. Since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, more than 17,000 reservists have served on operations around the world. They make up around nine percent of British Forces in Afghanistan, and four percent of British Forces in Iraq. Matt joined the Territorial Army in 2004 as part of the OTC at Birmingham University. He left university in 2007 and rejoined a TA squadron with the Royal Yeomanry in 2008. “I went in as a trooper with the express interest of getting a commission within three years of joining. Of five young officers in my squadron three of them have gone through three weeks at Sandhurst as well as a period of ‘beat-up’ training,” he says. Matt is from Berkshire and went to Wellington College. He joined the CCF there and shot at Bisley. It was a rugby injury that
Matt Saunders prevented him from joining the regular army. It was a double shoulder dislocation which put him in a sling for three months which he sustained as part of a University touring side against a side in Austria. Instead of the army, he joined a small insrance broker in Mayfair after University, then moved to Aon in 2008, looking after banks and asset managers. In 2010, he had his call-up to go to ‘Afghan’. He had three weeks from leaving his job to reporting for duty in Nottingham. from there, he went to join his regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, in Germany. “For my employer, it was sudden though not unexpected,” he says. Aon has lots of ex regulars on its staff and the support they have given me is superb. I felt I was letting my team at Aon down – but they said they were very proud and would send me goodies.” It was a 12-month deployment. Companies have to treat that as a kind of extended maternity leave. Matt had three months training in Germany in tactics versus unmounted
infantry. From there he went to the main operating base at Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, it is the main British military base in Afghanistan. He spent six months there as part of a force of 150 who were mentoring the Afghan national police. He was lucky enough not to see British casualties but he recalls going to a checkpoint to find it had been attacked. He speaks fondly of the boxes of goodies supplied by the charity Afghan Heroes. Matt returned to the UK and civilian life in September. He says: “You come out with a lot of confidence. I was dealing with a lot of young Scottish people who have not finished education and who looked to me for all sorts of life advice. I would certainly go on tour again. It is such a defining period of your life – sleeping under the stars – it is life-changing.” Matt joined the club in 2003 as a J7 and is now in his second year as a town member. “I’ve got friends whom I have met through the club, and I don’t think a lot of young members of other clubs in town can say that,” he says.
Sir Henry Jermyn
Henry Jermyn, Earl of St Albans (1605-1684), after a painting by Van Dyck, reproduced as the frontispiece of AI Dasent’s The History of St James’s Square (1895)
plaque has been unveiled in St James’s Square to mark the 17th-century courtier who laid the foundations of the present West End. Henry Jermyn (16051684), a friend of the royal family, was given land north of St James’s Palace, up to Pall Mall and Piccadilly, in the 1660s by the King. He built St James’s Square and developed the area including St James’s Church and the current Regent Street. Westminster Council gives green plaques to honour famous residents. Now Chatham House and the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 10 St James’s Square is the house where Jermyn died. Between the 1660s and 1680s Jermyn, who was made the 1st Earl of St Albans, built up the area by widening the narrow streets, laying pavements and building brick houses. Jermyn’s vision helped to inspire the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666. The writer Anthony Adolph, who is researching a biography of Jermyn, did most to persuade Westminster Council to allow the plaque. He says: “I approached English Heritage, who operates the well-known Blue
Plaque scheme. They asked if Jermyn’s house in St James’s was still standing. In fact, he had had two, but both have subsequently been rebuilt. To my dismay, English Heritage informed me that, as the actual buildings were not standing, then they were not interested. Luckily, I quickly found out about another scheme, the Green Plaque scheme, which had been pioneered within Westminster City Council by its deputy leader, Cllr Robert Davis and which was not hemmed in by silly rules. “As soon as I presented Jermyn’s case, they took up the project with enthusiasm. We decided that, of the two sites of Jermyn’s two houses in St James’s Square, the most appropriate, and publically visible one was his second, on the corner of the square and Duke of York Street, the house in which he lived his last years, and where he died in January 1684.” Jermyn was a young Stuart courtier who, largely due to his skill in speaking French, became the confidant and life-long friend of Henrietta Maria de Bourbon, the beautiful wife of Charles I. Their closeness is widely attested by writers of the time, and some went
so far as to assert he was the real father of Charles II. Through the Queen’s influence, Jermyn rose to prominence and power in Charles I’s court. Yet as his status increased, the foundations on which royal power lay were shaken by the King’s conflict with Parliament. As the crisis mushroomed in 1640-1641, and without holding any significant office, Jermyn became the most powerful man at court. Yet his plot to bring military force to bear on Parliament backfired and he fled into exile in France. The Civil War began and Henrietta Maria joined him abroad. Together, they raised a great army and, risking near death in a terrible storm, they sailed back to England to wage a moderately successful campaign against Parliamentary forces. In 1644, when the Queen became pregnant again, they returned to France, setting up their home, and hence the unofficial power-centre of the English court, at the Louvre in Paris. During the rule of Cromwell, Jermyn worked ceaselessly to restore Charles II to the throne and was the driving force behind the ‘Second Civil War’. As life on the Continent became ever harder for the exiled royalists, however, factions developed and Jermyn’s Louvre circle eventually lost power to the chancellor, Edward Hyde. After the Restoration of 1660, Jermyn made a final bid to oust Hyde from power in 1663. Being unsuccessful, he focussed on his life-long plan of creating a lasting peace between England and France. Parts of Jermyn’s plans were sucessful, including the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza, daughter of France’s ally the King of Portugal – a marriage that brought England Bombay, and thus laid the foundations for Britain’s empire in India. The Secret Treaty of Dover (1670) created the Anglo-French Grand Design, a temporary fulfilment of his aims, and a massive political achievement for Jermyn. Ultimately Charles II would end his days in a firm alliance with his cousin Louis XIV for which Jermyn could take full credit. For more information and for news of Anthony Adolph’s forthcoming book about Jermyn, visit www.anthonyadolph.co.uk
WINE 2010 in Bordeaux: what next?
by Mark Pardoe MW
eaven preserve us; the club has a wonderful new gadget. One of the biggest challenges facing any restaurant service is how to provide a wide and engaging range of wines by the glass whilst ensuring that every measure is served in perfect condition. This is because once any wine is opened, the air that is introduced begins the process of oxidation whereby the wine loses freshness and takes the first steps down the road that could eventually lead to vinegar. Lighter wines collapse more quickly than heavier wines and really heavy wines, such as port or sherry, can resist the degradation for several weeks, but in the end all wines will eventually oxidise and become undrinkable. Thus many restaurants only offer a small number of wines by the glass, usually limited for reasons of reducing wastage to the most popular, leaving the undiscovered gems to fight for the consumer’s attention in bottle format only. The industry’s solution to this problem is to mirror the techniques employed by today’s winemakers. All commercial estates have to store wine in bulk before bottling and oxygen’s deleterious effects are mitigated by removing all contact with air by keeping the wine in inert, impermeable containers and creating a seal between the wine’s surface and the outside world. Stainless steel is the modern storage medium of choice, and nitrogen forms an effective barrier against the air. This works because nitrogen is heavier than air, so it sits
ducation is the main focus of the Waterloo 200 charity. The aim is to influence schools, universities and teaching more mature students (sometimes called ‘the U3A’) in the teaching of history. Waterloo 200 has introduced two pilot schemes at primary school level. “These have been well received enabling us to plan for the next phase,” says a spokesman. The organisation has further plans to improve the package that is available before launching this initiative more widely, including secondary schools.
Liam using the new device
The new ‘Vinoglass’
guarantee that the wine will remain fresh and the last glass from the bottle will be as fresh as the first. This will allow the club’s sommelier, Eric Lagré, the luxury of offering hitherto unknown or overlooked gems to members on a by the glass basis, in addition to the perennial favourites. More dish-specific recommendations can be made, with a commitment by members to just a glass, not a whole bottle. Or a party of members can each choose a different wine, according to their menu choices. Single diners could enjoy a glass when a bottle would have been too much. The options are multitude but most of all the members can now be offered real choice and variety. A further benefit is that, as a service to members, the by-the-glass price will be proportionately the same as a bottle, so there will not be a premium for buying by the glass, unlike in the commercial world. The new dispensing machines have been ordered and Eric will soon be enthusiastically recommending his current choices on offer by the glass, introducing members to his new discoveries and making intriguing and inspiring food and wine matches. The Club already has one of the most eclectic and carefully constructed wine lists of its type. We hope that this innovation will further enhance both its reputation and its appreciation by members.
The East India Club supports the work of Waterloo 200 and gave it stand space at the annual meeting in St Andrews of the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC) schools – the major private schools across the UK. Waterloo 200 brought a display featuring a musket, a Baker rifle, assorted swords and a bayonet, as well as surgical instruments, and Waterloo medals. Many of the delegates showed interest in the idea of teaching the Battle of Waterloo in their schools. Other education initiatives from Waterloo 200 include working with the University of Portsmouth to establish Waterloo-based research projects.
East India assistant secretary Keith Goldacre and Waterloo 200’s Carole Divall in action on the stand
as an inert gaseous seal between the wine and the air. Although available for some time for restaurants, this technology has been very expensive in small format. However, this is now changing and diligent research has unearthed new generation and affordable examples. The club’s members have a great thirst for and interest in wine, so the Wine Committee has recently authorised a purchase of two wine preserving machines that will allow up to eight different wines (four white, four red) to be served by the glass, with the
Wine tasting Sweet wines
ommelier Eric Lagré gave a superb tasting of sweet wines in November. He offered wines so sweet they may even “compromise foie gras,” warns Eric, so do be careful. Eric started by discussing the horrible diseases that bring us the incredible concentration and purity of wines such as Château d’Yquem. Single vines can produce two bottles of wine. Vines that produce the best sweet wines come up with no more than a glass. Botrytis-riddled, shrivelling, rotting grapes – if they could get gangrene the grapes would. Yet almost all the wine that Eric offered, from a cheap greek fortified wine to an incredible 2002 eiswein, will produce wows at the table. Only the Muscat did not get Eric’s approval. He said it smells like aftershave. The tasting started with a 2008 Riesling Zilliken, which both Eric and Magda believed at first to be a dry riesling. Fresh and tartaric, it was drinkable on its own. There were two other Rieslings of note – a 1999 Beerenauslese and that eiswein whose grapes were picked at -8 degrees centigrade – and a Tokaji, all of which Eric described as “gold in a bottle”. Then Eric’s natural creativity brought a range of most unusual sweet wines. Eric says of the Tokaji: “It smells incredibly ripe but the acidity is very cleansing. It’s a lovely, juicy sweetness that is good with rabbit stew.” The Vin de Constance 2004 from South Africa is, says Eric “the only wine really to compete with the Tokaji. The cheap Vin de Liqueur, the 2008 Vin Doux from Samos, is served both by the club and by the television chef Heston Blumenthal. “You cheat a bit with this,” says Eric, “but for so little money it produces a lot of satisfaction. This is sunshine in a glass.” Another unusual wine is the 30-year old Noé from Gonzales Byass in Jerez. “It’s so lusciously sweet it could qualify as sickening,” says Eric. “Suppliers tell me that it is wonderful over ice cream. So it is marketed as an alternative to chocolate sauce.” One that received a better write-up is the 1999 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico from Tuscany – or “flinty, nutty, just delightful,” as Eric puts it.
Sweet wines ranges from Greek to French
Eric in full flow
am so grateful, that the Madeira wine tasting I tutored last July was so wellattended once again, writes Eric Lagré. Madeira is one of the most exciting fortified wines still produced and probably one of my favourite tipples. But fortified wines are no longer fashionable, for high alcohol and high sugar levels are probably as demonised as greasy fast food nowadays. Port manages to remain well-established on the UK market, but who still drinks Madeira or sherry on a regular basis? This sad reality made me even more determined to showcase this treasure of a wine with a 500-year history. The tasting featured nine wines, many of which were award-wining examples, for I could not possibly mess that rescue mission up. As much as I was sure to conquer my audience with a wine that is so complex and so incredibly rich but refreshing at the same time, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to convey the subtle style differences. After all, Madeira is always made by deliberately oxidising the wine by virtually stewing it and maturing it extensively in barrels. The process systematically results in wines with similar features: a symphony in brown, as far as colour is concerned, and aromas of molasses or curry derived from a chemical compound known as Soloton, so typical of Madeira wines, plus a multitude of different flavours, but always nutty and dry-fruity, with a twist of citrus fruit in character. That high degree of resemblance in winemaking and style is echoed in the humble and rather humorous words of Juan Teixeira, winemaker
at Justino’s Madeira wine SA: “The secret for a good Madeira wine is having good grapes to start with, and then a good old cask. Then, you just sit and wait”. It made me fear the worst: coming across as boring. I was actually surprised by how enthusiastic the members were and I can safely say that they enjoyed the journey. There was a lot of left over wines at the end, and by the time I had answered informal questions and shared impressions and opinions on the wines, not a drop was left to drink. A mouthful or two of every sample would prove intoxicating enough to anyone, so I hope that no one suffered too bad a hangover on the following day.
Member’s guest Sabrina Kim enjoys a sweet wine
STAFF PROFILE Felipe Cascayan
ou will see Felipe every morning, six days a week, polishing the brass handles of the front door. From the Philippines, Felipe arrived in London in 1986. He has been working for the club since 1990. Felipe grew up in a rural area. His parents were farmers. His mother and brother came to London in the late 1970s. He accompanied his father. The whole family found a home in East London. He now lives with his wife five minutes from his parents and near his brother too. “My brother wanted to bring my dad here,” he says. “I came here because my dad can’t travel alone.” Felipe first found work with his brother as a general builder. “I had been working with my brother for almost a year when my brother’s best friend, Leila Lucas, who was head housekeeper at the East India Club at the time, said that there was a job there as a chamberboy.” Felipe spent almost two years in that job
and then did room-cleaning for a further six years. He now works in general cleaning of the public areas, a job which has has had since the late 1990s. His day starts at 4am. He reaches the club at 5,30am and is the first member of staff to come in. He has a 10-minute break in the morning and finishes at 12.30pm. “I like the club,” he says. “I like the people because they are very friendly.” Felipe lives to work. He also has a fourhour job Monday-Friday cleaning at a private school in Chelsea. He has little leisure time but likes going to his local pub. He and his wife have been back to the Philippines only four or five times since he arrive din the UK. Felipe’s wife works as a chambermaid. They met in London. She is from For 15 years she worked at a Hyatt hotel in Knightsbridge. She now works in a care home. “I had no idea about a club like this in
the Philippines,” he says. “In the Philippines, a ‘club’ is different. It means a drinking house and dancing hall. When Mrs Lucas said come and work in a club, I was surprised.” This is all a long way from his youth in the 1970s. He was brought up in a poor area in the provinces, eight hours from Manila. His first job was with one of his brothers as a mechanic in Manila. This helped him pay his way through high school. Then he spent four years as a seaman. He still has two sisters and five brothers in the Philippines. He enjoyed helping his parents with farm work. “I loved working on the farm,” he says. “I would go and work with them. It is hard work in the Philippines. “Some of the people there were lazy and didn;t work hard.” Felipe’s young looks belie his age. He is 56 years old. He attributes it to work. “If you are working hard, your body gets lots of exercise,” he says.
A WORD FROM THE SECRETARY
by Alex Bray
he year’s main project methodically to check, repair and update the club’s electrical circuitry has continued and we will have completed this important work by year end. We have added energy saving devices with the use of motion sensor switches for our energy efficient bulbs. In a similar vein we have improved the lighting levels in the Library and the Canadian Room and are working on a solution to improve the levels of light in the Smoking Room. An unexpected cost and inconvenience in the summer was the unrepairable failure of the middle lift. Typically, replacement works were being planned for both this lift and the front lift in the next couple of years due to obsolete parts. We replaced the motor and controls and will get on with the same on the front lift in the New Year. Deputy Chairman Matthew Ebsworth (with an eye on the home nation internation-
als in February and March) has set about organising two lunchtime events on the Fridays before England’s matches against Ireland and Wales. Bookings are being taken in the usual ways. The 60th Anniversary of the reopening of the Canadian Room after rebuilding made possible by donations from Canadian Officers, has prompted a dinner to be planned for February. Numbers will be capped at 60 to allow for a reception in the Canadian Room so early booking is recommended. After the success of the last couple of outings to Auriol Kensington Rowing Club for the Boat Race, we shall again plan for the event. However it coincides with Easter so please book early to give us an idea of interest. The office asks me to especially alert members to the availability of our Ascot box on the Saturday of Royal Ascot. Please do enquire after availability for this day in June. On a less positive note, the hours of parking in parts of Westminster are due to be extended in to evenings and weekends from the beginning of January. A public appeal has been lodged which we have contributed to and at the time of writing we are awaiting the outcome (see page 19). Please remain alert to the rules designed
to support the more formal and social sense of ‘home’ that the club engenders, (belongings, dress, business papers and phones). I ask you to keep a watchful eye on your guests who may be less familiar with our etiquette. Besides the front hall staff, the stewards serving from the Waterloo Room do their best to intercept any transgression but we must look to the members to keep their guests within the rules. On confirming a function the events office do advise members of the relevant rules as do reception when confirming reservations. Sommelier Magda has been closely following in the footsteps of Eric. She has successfully passed with merit her wine diploma qualification and has helped with the harvest at Chateau Reynier. After the retirement of Vasco we promoted both Iker and Santiago to supervisory roles in the Dining Room. In reception Elias was promoted to senior receptionist this summer. Both Elias and also Andy in the kitchen are celebrating their respective marriages and receive the club’s best wishes. The club closes over Christmas from 4pm on the 23rd and re-opens at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. As mentioned in the last issue we will take the opportunity to clear out the cloakroom and the day-use lockers of unclaimed belongings, so please claim your items before it’s too late. Season’s best wishes from the management and staff.
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The Vancouver Club
The Capital Club, Dubai
surprising. After luncheon it’s a delight again to experience that much missed element of a London club – the gentle aroma of a Havana. Visit www.capitalclubdubai.com
ancouver is a great destination in its own right and also a gateway to Alaska. I had both these reasons to visit this city recently and spent three enjoyable nights at the Vancouver Club. The club is located in the heart of this modern and vibrant city and has been in existence since 1889. Their clubhouse is a listed (heritage) building with an excellent bar and restaurant that have been tastefully renovated. They offer a good selection of North American and French wines. The double bedrooms are spacious and well-appointed but visiting members should book early as there are only nine guest rooms available. This is a high quality club that is definitely worth a visit. Visit www. vancouverclub.ca
its centre. Tourist attractions from the Treasury, Federation Square to the riverside development of Southbank and the Regent and Athenaeum theaters are within walking distance. All these are also easily accessible by tram (with a tram stop just in front of the Club) which proved to be reliable and efficient. For those there for business, Collins Street is home to the major banks and several of the large Australian corporations. The weather is unpredictable, where should you ask a resident they will tell you that you can experience “four seasons in a day”, and I was fortunate that during my stay the days were sunny and generally pleasant. Any visiting Member must be prepared to experience extremes within the day so flexibility of wardrobe is the key.
The Club itself is small, over four floors, with facilities including a fully equipped gym, not dissimilar to the East India, making any visiting Member very much at home. With 16 rooms of which there are several suites, the rooms are comfortable and at par with any five star “boutique” hotel. However, what makes this a pleasant stay is the staff. We were made welcome from the moment we arrived, the front desk staff took effort to ensure that we were comfortable and the service was warm and friendly. I heartily recommend the Athenaeum Club to Members visiting Melbourne for both business and leisure. Visit www.athenaeumclub.com.au
panning three floors in the newly built DIFC business complex, the club is at heart of Dubai’s international business community. The club’s tastefully modern interior differentiates it from many of Dubai’s other developments. The daily life of the club maintains an onus on members’ commercial lives with social events such as wine tasting etc. running alongside. Dress code varies from smart casual for most of the club to requiring a blazer in the grill restaurant (whereas the pan-Asian and Sushi restaurants are relaxed). Remembering its location don’t be surprised to see a Kandura dressed gentleman – although at the bar can be a tad
The Athenaeum Club, Melbourne ZA Zulazman Esq
was recently in Melbourne staying at the Athenaeum Club for almost a week. Prior to my arrival, in an exchange of emails the concierge were already helpful even making arrangements for my early arrival (several hours before the check in time). The Club is located on the “Paris end” of Collins Street and is surrounded by fashionable local and international brand stores some award winning restaurants and very “Parisian” cafes and, by tram, in proximity to the principal shopping area with David Jones and Myers at
The Capital Club
OBITUARY Ronald Rivett 1924-2011 by Roger Raishbrook
on Rivett (pictured) or Lord Rivett as he was affectionately known to many of his friends was a member of the Club for over 20 years having joined originally from the Eccentric Club. Ron was a very friendly and likeable man who in his younger days was very interested in sports, and he excelled at athletics, football and cricket. He was also a very keen golfer, making himself readily available for scoring at matches for both the Epics and Crocks, and regularly attended the Crocks lunches. He was also member of the Crews Hill golf club. After leaving school he worked for his father William Rivett in the family art dealing business based in the City, and he travelled constantly around the British Isles
visiting both dealers and auctions in search of fresh stock for the gallery. When talking with Ron about any part of the UK he would have a canny recall of the most obscure auction house or dealer in a given area, together with a seasoned knowledge and appreciation of the better local hostelries. His knowledge of the business was truly astounding and the things he could recall in detail from many years ago always impressed me. Like others who knew him and respected him, I thought he should have recorded for posterity his wide and many experiences, but sadly this has all passed on with him.
During the Second World War Ron was rear gunner in the RAF Coastal Command, where he saw plenty of action and travelled the world. Although he never really spoke in depth about his wartime activities, he kept in touch with his friends from the Air Force, entertaining some of them to lunch in the Club from time to time. Ron’s untimely and sudden death came as a real shock to me and to those who knew him and cared about him. At his funeral held at the City of London crematorium in Wanstead, his nephew Keith gave a very good eulogy, telling us in greater detail about his home life, his love of sport and his sheer devotion to his life long partner Dora, who has been housebound for many years. This must have been a great strain for Ron at his advanced age, but as was so typical of this modest man, you never heard him once complain. I am sure his presence, his wisdom and his genuine good humour will be greatly missed both here in the Club and in the NR Omell Gallery, where he was a senior art advisor.
New members The club welcomes the following: J Barbaccia Esq KW Barnes Esq JB Berry Esq JAD Breslin Esq FEV Chubb Esq Dr N Douvartzidis H Edwards Esq B Ekberg Esq S Emmanuel Esq DR England Esq MA
JD Enriquez Esq MD Evans Esq RJR Evans Esq SE Farr Esq JR Flaxbeard Esq JB Hackett Esq RJ Halhead Esq CD Hall Esq DW Hayward Esq M Heritier Esq
N Jones Esq J Kandunias Esq Justice IRC Kawaley HA Khan Esq A Kirkby Esq JMA Laville Esq N Lloyd Esq RF Looker Esq LA Mackenzie-Platt Esq B Mahr Esq
BD Mallon Esq JNG Mason Esq N Mead Esq JN Murray Esq S Newnes Esq IR Osman Esq RJ Petersen Esq AJ Quartermaine Esq SF Rickard Esq BJ Sainty Esq
SC Sampson Esq M Sennett Esq Dr G Shidlo JS Smid Esq Y Soda Esq HI Stewart Esq DR Taylor Esq DH Thomas Esq R Thomson Esq D N Warren Esq
N Watkins Esq G Wild Esq J R Wilkinson Esq J Wood Esq P R A Youngs Esq
(Crosby) CAW Hooper Esq Milton Abbey RJA How Esq Haileybury MR Howard-Coombe Esq Eltham College A Howard-Smith Esq Bishop’s Stortford College SR Hoyle Esq The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School RA Hunt Esq St Bede’s College SKR Hunter Esq St Columba’s College CE Jenkinson Esq Harrow School EP Karsten Esq Haileybury M Karunairetnam Esq Dulwich College AS-Y Ko Esq Winchester College V Kumar Esq St Albans School OB Kwok Esq Tonbridge School P Lehmann Esq Sedbergh School R Lelliott Esq Warwick School TXS Lim Esq Winchester College DJ Lowry Esq Warwick School D Mackinnon Esq Wellington College (Berkshire) EA Martin Esq King’s College School (Wimbledon) T Martin Esq Brentwood School DP Mason Esq Merchant Taylor’s School R McClellan Esq Royal Grammar School (Guildford) AE McLoughlin Esq Oratory School AJ Meyer Esq The Haberdashers’ Aske’s
Boys’ School TS Minihan Esq Merchant Taylor’s School JRS Mitchell Esq Charterhouse G Moore Esq St Columba’s College JC Moore Esq Kimbolton School ADJ Morton Esq Lincoln Minster School AJ Murray Esq Royal Grammar School (Guildford) O Nicolaou Esq City of London School A Nimba Esq Eton College DI Ogbonnaya Esq Bedford School HBJ Oliver Esq Marlborough College AJG Parrett Esq St Columba’s College (St Albans) KR Patel Esq Whitgift School MA Penny Esq Wellington College (Berkshire) CB Peterseim Esq Malvern College JA Pimblett-Speck Esq Bradford Grammar School W Porter Esq Chigwell School V Prakash Esq Winchester College J Reed Esq Stonyhurst College JA Richards Esq Cranleigh School AW Rieder Esq Giggleswick School OH Roberts Esq Merchant Taylor’s School A Robertson Esq Stowe School D Scanio Esq St Columba’s College JP Sheard Esq Merchant Taylor’s School HPG Sheehan Esq
Haileybury J Simcox Esq Royal Grammar School (Guildford) A Sloan Esq Eton College BG Smith Esq Wrekin College GHC Smith Esq Glenalmond College JG Smith Esq Bablake School HPA Snow Esq Uppingham School FTF Spencer Esq Charterhouse HF Spencer Esq Radley College TB St Clere Smithe Esq The Judd School JH Stacey Esq Eton College OM Steeple Shrewsbury School RFM Sutton-Mattocks Esq Sevenoaks School MJE Syfret Esq Welbeck College H Taylor Esq Giggleswick School P Tikilyaynen Esq Malvern College G Tveito-Duncan Esq St Albans School H Walker Esq Charterhouse NA Wallendahl esq Worth School FCR Ward Esq Wellington College (Berkshire) HHW Watkins Esq King’s School (Worcester) CEC White Esq Winchester College HE Wignall Esq Ellesmere College JEC Wilkinson Esq Sedbergh School GR Williams Esq Birkenhead School BJ Wilson Esq Merchant Taylor’s (Crosb
MA Wilson Esq Merchant Taylor’s (Crosb) AJP Young Esq Manchester Grammar School W Zhu Esq Westminster School A Ziff Esq Wellington College (Berk)
New J7 members The club welcomes the following: V Adatia Esq Haileybury A Ahmed Esq Monmouth School A Alam Esq St Albans School JRC Allan Esq Woodbridge School TWD Allison Esq Wellington College (Berkshire) TWE Archer Esq Lancing College J Ashcroft Esq Royal Grammar School (Guildford) CLR Bailey Esq Wellington College (Berkshire) M Bhojwani Esq St Albans School JEH Brawn Monkton Combe School B Brenton Esq Tonbridge School A Brown Esq City of London School JGD Brown Esq Cranleigh School CJ Carrigan Esq Leys School E Case Esq Eton College PM Chakravarty Esq St Leonards School DC Chaplin Esq Eton College JH Charlton-Briggs Esq Shrewsbury School JCS Cheung Esq Clayesmore School GC Cooper Esq Shrewsbury School LEJ Corbridge Esq King Edward VI School JMLF Cullen-Loftus Esq Malvern College T Cureton Esq Winchester College BD Dean Esq Plymouth College TJ Deasy Esq Dulwich College
A Dismore Esq St Albans School BHG Downey Esq Shiplake College SG Ellington Esq St Olave’s Grammar School G Emkes Esq Bedford School EJ Fellowes Esq St Albans School MJ Fletcher Esq St Albans School WPN Ford Esq Kimbolton School TP Garner Esq Queen Elizabeth Grammar Wakefield WAB Gewanter Esq Westminster School AWL Grable Esq City of London School OR Greenwood Esq City of London School C Gubelman Esq St Bede’s College PW Hamilton-Jones Esq Dulwich College The Hon Thomas Hardinge Stowe School J Harkness Esq Eton College AN Harrison Esq Kimbolton School TPW Harvey Esq Tonbridge School EA Hawkins Esq Alleyn’s School CSR Heaton Esq Bradford Grammar School MM Heimer Esq Bedford School J Hemsley Esq Stowe School JC Hogan Esq St Albans School M Hogan Esq Malvern College ACL Holden Esq Nottingham High School OG Hooker Esq Merchant Taylor’s
in 1961. And all of them are now relieved of having to pay a subscription to the club.
W S McCann Esq D S Grover Esq S G Hope Esq P C Thompson Esq
he following members have achieved 50 years membership. All of them joined the East India Club
Gone away? We have lost contact with the following, who may have moved without giving the club their new addresses. If you know where to contact them, please let the secretary’s office know or ask them to get in touch: A Calder Esq T A Fraser Esq P Gray Esq F.R.I.B.A. G J Grobler Esq J R Hill Esq S K Kruger Esq S Reardon Esq H J Rowe Esq C J Tabeart Esq
Deceased J Cook-Sands Esq R J Franklin Esq J W Hele Esq CBE. A J Horton Esq W S Jackson Esq B Lewis Esq R F Lewsley Esq FRICS W J McGrath Esq N More Esq R W Rivett Esq P W Simon Esq A N Smith Esq R J C Wait Esq OBE. A L Wilbraham Esq
E H M Alleyne Esq V E Callaghan Esq D F Mant Esq K F Goodenough Esq D H R Yorke Esq K G Palmer Esq Reverend J S Richards
Reciprocal clubs The East India welcomes members of other clubs from all over the world, who may use the club’s facilities as if they were their own. A reciprocal arrangement has been made for members to visit these clubs when a card of introduction, obtainable from the club secretary, is required. These clubs have all been chosen for their suitability for our members but have different facilities.
If you are going to visit any of them, we suggest you telephone ﬁrst and ﬁnd out about them. Let us have your views on your visits and tell us if you have found other clubs with whom we should enter into reciprocal arrangements, or if one of these, in your opinion, is no longer suitable.
AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA
PAKISTAN The Mid-Ocean Club
CANADA ] The James’s Club The University Club
The Colombo Club
The Hill Club
The National Club The University Club of Toronto
The Albany Club
The Terminal City Club The Vancouver Club
The Union Club of British Columbia ] The Union Club, St John
] Cercle Royal Gaulois
Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club
] The Royal Bachelors’ Club
The Durban Club
The Country Club of
The Hague ] Nieuwe of Literaire Societeit de Witte
] The Anglo German Club
The Rand Club
] Svenska Klubben
The Kimberley Club
] Cercle Munster
The Victoria Country Club
Madrid ] Financiero Génova ] Real Sociedad Española Club de Campo
The Pietersburg Club Port Elizabeth St George’s Club
The Muthaiga Country Club
Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club
] Cercle de l’Union Interalliée
The Bulawayo Club
] The County Club
The Harare Club
] The Hong Kong Club ] The Hong Kong Cricket Club
The Islamabad Club
The Cape Town Club
The Sind Club
Islamabad SRI LANKA
The Adelaide Club
The Tollygunge Club
The Naval, Military and Air Force
Club of Adelaide
Royal Bombay Yacht Club The Golden Swan
The Public Schools’ Club
The Queensland Club
The Tattersall’s Club
The Commonwealth Club
] Tokyo American Club
The Tanglin Club ] The Seoul Club
] The Ulster Reform Club
The New Club Royal Scots Club
The Western Club
Henley on Thames
The Phyllis Court Club
] The Athenaeum Club
] The City University Club ] The Hurlingham Club (membership card and photo ID is essential )
Newcastle upon Tyne
The Northern Counties Club
The Royal Perth Golfing Society & County and City Club
The Berkeley City Club
The Algonquin Club The Harvard Club The Union Club
The Kenwood Golf & Country Club
The Queen City Club
The Chicago Athletic Association The Standard Club The Union League Club University Club of Chicago
The Wianno Club (open May-Nov)
The Minneapolis Club
The Princeton Club The Fort Orange Club, Albany The Lotos Club The Metropolitan Club The Union League Club
The Union League Club
] The University Club
Marines’ Memorial Association The University Club
The Rainier Club
] The British Club
The Fort Worth Club
] The Capital Club
The Bull & Bear Club
The Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
The Army & Navy Club The Cosmos Club The University Club
The Tasmanian Club
The Launceston Club
The Athenaeum Club
The Australian Club
The Northern Club
The Melbourne Club
The Royal Automobile Club
The Canterbury Club (closed until further notice)
The Newcastle Club
] The Western Australian Club
The Christchurch Club (closed until further notice)
The Weld Club
The Dunedin Club
The Union, University &
The Hawke’s Bay Club
The Wellington Club
] Accommodation not available Members are reminded that the production of a current membership card and photo ID is essential when visiting the Hurlingham Club. Our reciprocal clubs usually require an introductory card which may be obtained from the secretary’s office.