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On Friday 1st December the Athenaeum in Liverpool hosted the very first Christmas lunch for the Society. The lunch was added to the OBS diary and held at this particular venue in order to encourage and cater for Old Birkonians, both male and female given it is now fifteen years since the first wave of girls left Birkenhead School.
In total, twenty five people attended the event with five late non-attendees (three of which kindly gave their apologies prior to the lunch). Guests were treated to a glass of sparkling wine in the beautiful surroundings of the library before heading upstairs to the winery for a Christmas lunch. Will Roberts (Honorary Secretary) welcomed the attendees and explained the rationale behind the new lunch date. He encouraged all those present to continue to support the Christmas lunch in order to maintain momentum for the future. The general feeling was that given time, the remaining capacity of fifteen spaces at the venue could be filled.
The group was a mixture of familiar faces from the Artists Club lunches and some new attendees who will hopefully become regulars. While it was disappointing that none of the attendees were actually female Old Birkonians, we were delighted to have Carol Keegan as our guest, the School’s new Alumni officer. She enjoyed meeting those present and there was a general feeling amongst the attendees that the OBS and School could and should work closer together in the future.
All in all, it was a success and positive feedback from some of those present has already been received.
[Report by Will Roberts, OB Hon. Secretary, who organised the event]