No. 195

OSB Logo The Old St Beghian
  July 2019


Cumbria Dinner

The Cumbria Dinner took place on Friday 3rd May 2019 at Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick.

Armathwaite Hall is an impressive venue to hold a dinner. The architecture is grand and the decor inside is comfortable but opulent.

The evening began with a champagne reception prior to the meal and we were met at the door by Simon Steele, the Manager of Armathwaite. Simon is an OSB and we were delighted that he was also able to attend the dinner. 

After the reception we moved to the Lime Trees Suite, our private room for the evening, where dinner was served. The meal was of excellent quality and great value for money and included wine. We were given a good choice of starter, main course and sweet with a vegetarian option and the presentation was lovely. Even the fussy/plain eaters amongst the guests found something to their liking. We all really enjoyed the whole experience. The excellent staff and service made it the most memorable meal I have organised since taking over as Secretary of the West Coast Branch. We enjoyed it so much we have booked again for next year!

Many thanks to Simon Steele (FS 85-89), the Manager at Armathwaite Hall, for coming up with the idea and making it possible and also to Leeann Lennox-Burrough, Sales and Marketing Executive, for all her hard work so that the evening ran smoothly.

Those who were present:

Guests - Roger Sinnett (Headmaster).

Officials of the Society - Peter Lever (G 62-66)(President of the Society) and Mrs Jane Lever; David Lord (SH 60-65)(Treasurer of the Society) and Mrs Fiona Lord (Staff 93-07); Darryl Davies (FS 62-68)(Secretary of West Cumbria Branch) and Mrs Pat Davies (Staff 91-01); Mrs Pam Rumney (Secretary of the Society).

Alumni - Mrs Lucy Aspinall (nee Towill)(G 90-97); John Boag (FS 74-81); John Braithwaite (G 65-69) and Mrs Priscille Braithwaite; Tim Brown (G 53-59); John Colver (SH 60-64); Joe Croasdale (FS 70-75); Anthony Dearden (FS 62-65); Stephen Downham (G 61-65); Laurence Gribble (SH 02-09); Peter Harper (FS 78-82);  Mrs Anne-Louise Johnston  (nee Crookdake)(L 86-93); Chris Johnston (SH 85-92); Ivor Nicholas (SH 44-48); Richard Postlethwaite (AC 87-92) and Mrs Negin Postlethwaite; David Rowlands (G 62-68); Simon Steele (FS 85-89); Roger Swales (FN 64-67) and Mrs Marjorie Swales; Don Williams (FN 61-64) and Mrs Linda Williams.

Apologies were received from Joe Fecitt (SH 44-48), Nigel Halfpenny
(FN 62-67), Richard Shaw (FS 61-64); Mike Brandwood (FS 61-66) and Kate, Mark and Sarah George (L/G 77-85), Stuart Lancaster (FN/AC 80-88), Rowan Atkinson (FN 68-72) and Alan Crowther (FN 55-60).

Welcome and Introduction - Mr Darryl Davies, Branch Secretary.
Update on St Bees School - Mr Roger Sinnett, Headmaster and Laurence Gribble.
Toast to the St Beghian Society - Mr Peter Lever, President of the Society.

We then retired to the bar where some of our company managed to last until 3.00am!

Many of those who attended the dinner stayed over-night at a reduced rate which included breakfast and full use of the facilities.

Bookings are now being taken for next year. Anyone interested should contact me at

Further information about the 2020 dinner can be seen in the next section ‘Annual Dinner & Other Dates’.

Darryl W Davies (Branch Secretary).

Photos may be seen by clicking here.



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