Newsletter – October 2017

Forthcoming Events

Armistice Dinner – Friday 10 November
All details for this event have been mailed to members. The evening is filling up now; to ensure places for your party please book with Sue as soon as possible.
Please note that the Forest Road entrance to the High School will be the only access.
The Board is pleased to announce that Nigel Crockford has accepted their invitation to be Dinner Chairman in 2018, following in the footsteps of his father, who was Dinner Chairman in 1974.

Birthday Lunches – Bring a Guest
Remaining 2017 lunch date is 24 November. This is open to all members and Colin Macmillan is President of this Club, which has existed from time unknown. Please book with Sue. £32 for a 3 course lunch including all drinks.
Club Christmas Lunch – Wednesday 6 December 12.30 for 1.00pm
£32 for a 3 course Christmas Lunch, sparkling reception, drinks with the meal, and coffee. We have booked the main restaurant so there are plenty of places available. Please book with Sue.


The AGM will be held on Tuesday 21 November at 7.00pm. Drinks and canapés will be served. The details will be sent out shortly.

Starting in November, the first Tuesday of every month will be taking a new format. The
Clubroom will be closed, and all drinks and food, including coffee, will be served to
members and their guests in the Tallard Room.
The Board hope this will be a popular innovation.

Please remember:
Members bringing guests to World Service for lunch must book a table in advance, to ensure that the restaurant are able to accommodate their party.
Members attending the Club at lunchtime can enjoy just a starter at cost of £4.50. Coffee is always available and you are welcome to call in during opening hours just to enjoy the Clubroom and the coffee!

Ian McClair – Club Director
The Board was saddened to hear of the death of Ian McClair, in September. A long standing member and Director of the Club, Ian was always working to support events and helped with items of the decor of the Clubroom. Remaining cheerful during his illness, Ian always had the interests of the Club at heart and he will be sorely missed.

Reciprocating Clubs
Julian Healey maintains the list of Reciprocating Clubs which is available on the website. It would be most helpful if, when you have visited one of these Clubs, a report on your stay could be sent to Julian. All feedback would be appreciated. Please email Julian on


The Lansdowne Club – advice from Julian Healey
The Nottingham Club’s reciprocal arrangements are used internationally by our members; few more so, however, than the long established relationship with the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair.
Feedback from one of our members has highlighted a useful facility at the Lansdowne should one be in need of a private meeting room. He writes,” The room that we used very comfortably sat 6 people; it was hidden away at the top of the club and I think it is a little gem.  Very quiet, with air conditioning that allows the privacy required for business meetings, with projector, flip chart, tea and coffee. We ordered lunch and the staff could not be more helpful. All in all, I would recommend that club members take a serious look at this facility for meetings in London as it does seem to be great quality and value for money”
Apparently meeting rooms are available on a half day or even hourly basis with discounts available dependent upon other facilities used e.g. lunch, staying overnight. Not easily located on the Club’s home page, the relevant direct web link is:

History of the Club
Copies are available – FREE! – To all members, from Sue. If you have not collected your copy please pop along to the bar.

Monday 14 to Friday 18 May 2018
The Nottingham Club’s 2018 Battlefield Tour will look at the amphibious and airborne landings of Operation OVERLORD on 6 June 1944. The tour will be guided throughout by John Cotterill of the Guild of the Battlefield Guides. The beaches and fields of Normandy: the land of cider, camembert, crepes and calvados, are particularly scenic in May.
Those who were on the 2017 tour to Malta will be pleased to know this tour will involve a lot less walking and a more comfortable hotel! We will be accommodated throughout in the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel in Caen on a bed and breakfast basis. All travel will be in a comfortable executive coach with DVD player and coffee making facilities.
Pick up will be on the morning of Monday 14 May from the Club at 0900 hrs. We will cross on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen 1445-2130 hrs
On 15 May we will visit Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, SWORD Beach, Ouistreham and Hillman Bunker.
On 16 May we will visit GOLD Beach, the MULBERRY Harbour museum in Arromanches, the Longues sur Mer Battery, the Colleville US War Cemetery and OMAHA Beach.
On 17 May we will visit the Bayeux CWGC Cemetery for an Act of Remembrance, the Bayeux Normandy Museum, the Bayeux Tapestry and a calvados distillery.
On 18 May we will cross on Brittany Ferries from Caen to Portsmouth 0830 – 1315 hrs. Drop off will be at the Club at about 1800 hrs.
The price of this tour is £750 per person for those sharing a twin or double room and £899 per person for those requiring their own room. There are only 20 places available on this tour. To secure a place (or places) on this thought-provoking battlefield tour please pay a 50% deposit by cheque or bank transfer and send your details (full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiry date) to John Cotterill on or before Thurs 26 October 2017. Balance will be payable on or before Fri 16 March 2018.
Cheques made payable to Cotterill Battlefields and sent to 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL. Bank transfers to “Cotterill Battlefields”, Sort Code 51-70-06, Account Number 76711579.
Queries or bookings please to John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or


Entry Fobs
Sue has a quantity of entry fobs which are available to members for a £5 deposit.

Club Tie
The tie has sold well. There are a few left, so hurry to the Club and see Sue if you would like to purchase one at £35.

Website –
Members can access the Reciprocal Club list in the members area thus: > Members log in > Members room
password: membersarea

The website is under reconstruction at present and the refreshed site will be opened shortly.