Asia - OSBs in Asia
2016 has been the inaugural year of Old St Beghians in Asia and has delivered a promising start to the branch. The year kicked off with the first Hong Kong OSB dinner, organised by James Rebert (SH 91-98). We hope that there will be many more to come. Despite a modest turnout, it was an opportunity for a few OSBs based in Asia to reminisce about their time at school and to lay plans to turn the dinner into an official annual event supported by a newly founded branch of the society - the Old St Beghians in Asia.
Since the first dinner, James Rebert, Laurence Gribble (SH 02-09) and Chris Ma (G 02-09) have been working hard online to spread the word about the OSBs in Asia. To date our Facebook group has 139 members, many based in Hong Kong, but a large number scattered throughout the East Asia region. Please find us online and join the community of Old St Beghians in Asia.
It was a pleasant surprise to receive an email in late August from Paul Rew (F 61-66), who informed us that he would be passing through Hong Kong and was aware of the recently formed group based in the city. It was a pleasure to welcome Paul and his wife to Hong Kong over dinner. This kind of interaction, being able to help OSBs as they pass through or when they move to Hong Kong, was a perfect example of one of the reasons why we decided to set up a group here.
October saw us at the ‘Dickens Bar’ at The Excelsior for our second official event - OSB Drinks Social. Nine months on and we had almost doubled our numbers from the first dinner. We were also able to welcome a few recent arrivals to Hong Kong – Daley Birkett (G 01-08), Abigail Birkett, nee Brown (L 01-08) and Lucy Gilmour (L 00-07).
As we welcome the New Year we look forward to our second annual dinner in Hong Kong. This year’s event will be on Saturday, 25th February 2017 and will be held at the Modern China Restaurant in Causeway Bay. We are very pleased to welcome Dacre Watson (SH 56-62), President of the St Beghian Society, for the dinner. The cost of the dinner will be HK$400 (set menu to include wine). Contact us now to book your place!
Please do get in touch:
Facebook Group: “Old St Beghians in Asia” https://www.facebook.com/groups/480912405435555/
We look forward to hearing from you!
Laurence, James & Chris.
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