Clark Club luncheon sets new records

On an amazing day, we were priviledged to welcome over 165 members of the Haileybury community to this ever growing luncheon.

The Clark Club luncheon celebrates those who have been graduates of Haileybury for 50 or more years. It was established in 2010 where 46 members attended the inaugural luncheon at the Marine Hotel. Since then numbers have continued to rise steadily. The event moved from the Marine to Milanos in Brighton and then on to its new home at the Sandringham Yacht Club.

Earlier in the day, close to 40 members of the Class of 1968 enjoyed morning tea with their fellow 50 year graduates, before embarking on a tour of Castlefield, led by Vice Principal Community Engagement and Advancement, Scott Doran.

The Class of 1968 were then formally recognised at the Clark Club luncheon. The event included speeches from Haileybury's Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Russell Davidson, School Captains, Jessica Abrahams and Nick Muraleduran and CEO and Principal, Derek Scott. The annual Brian Clark oration was delivered by Vice Captain of the 1968 First X1, Chris Aldons ('68). This was fitting given that the School team had triumphed this year.

It was wonderful to see Gweneth Clark, widow of Brian in attendance as well as Sue Brown and he daughter, Wendy Lane. Gwynne Cox, widow of the late Ian Cox was also in attendance. Tributes were read out for prominent members of the Haileybury community who sadly passed away in 2018 - Bill Trueman, Jim Brown, John Lindley Pilley, Barrie Johns and John Bolton.

The annual "Countdown" was held and the last man standing was William Buckland ('40) who at 94 is our oldest living Old Haileyburian.

A wonderful event and we can't wait for the 10th edition to be held on Friday 25 October, 2019.