Cyril Freeman our Treasurer, who is the Reunion’s greatest supporter and most regular attendee, submits his report of the summer outing from deepest Surrey. Historically the summer outing has been strongly supported by retired members with their partners and guests; it was extremely disappointing to see such a low turnout (16 persons) for one of the highlights of the year.
On a muggy July morning five of us assembled at the Halkin Hotel for coffee before boarding our luxury air-conditioned mini-coach for the short journey to Woodcote.
Upon arrival the sun came out and we were greeted by David Renton, we then joined the rest of our party who were enjoying champagne on the sunny terrace ovlooking the beautiful grounds extending over 400 hundred acres.
David then invited us to join him on a tour of the club where we all greatly admired the new layout of the ground floor, which David had implemented and were most impressed when told that the club had 16,000 members.
In order not to upset the members David will only take bookings for 14 wedding receptions every year, but the demand is so great that bookings could be taken for every week.
After more champagne we repaired to the Beaufort Room for a most delectable lunch organised by Head Chef Howard Bisset.
Following lunch some of us went for a swim, played croquet or joined others for a long walk (making a special effort to avoid the golfers)
After all our exertions we returned to the Beaufort Room for a magnificent Tea, home made scones, real Devonshire cream and gorgeous cakes and pastries.
Before we departed David gave everyone a really magnificent book all about the history of the Royal Automobile Club, so ended a most enjoyable day.