The provisional date I announced in the 'Keighley News' for next year's reunion is now confirmed, so please put it in your diaries and remember it when planning holidays in September. I have often been quite late in fixing the date in previous years and as a result each year a number of OBs who would have joined us have been unable to do so because of holiday commitments - I hope that for once, for most people, the clash can now be avoided.
Date of 2016 Reunion: Friday, 23 September.
Once I have negotiated the price of the lunch I'll let you know and get the booking form onto this site and out in the post to non-emailers.
The next annual Old Keighlians’ Reunion, the foureenth since 1995, will be held at the Keighley Rugby Union Football Club House, Skipton Road, Utley, between noon and late afternoon on Friday, 23rd September, 2016.
The price of the buffet lunch this year will still be £17 per head – the same as the last two years. Wives and partners are, as always, very welcome, as are indeed, and especially, widows of our deceased ex-school-fellows.
I do hope you will be able to be there to meet old friends, and make new ones, on what continues to be a convivial occasion.
If you happen to be aware of any other Old Boys who may not know about the event could you please put them in touch with me at the address below or at email@example.com.
Please send cheques (BEFORE Friday, 16 September, 2016) payable to:
My wife/partner/other and I wish to attend the Reunion
I enclose a cheque for £________ in payment for ______ buffet lunch(es)
NB I am afraid that, given the by now prohibitive cost of even second class postage, from now on only Old Boys who have attended one or more recent annual reunions, or have acknowledged this letter, whether able to attend or not this year, will be contacted about future gatherings.
Let me assure you Dave, that you'll get value for money. I have been to several re-union lunches and the quality, quantity and variety of the food on offer could not be faulted. There's been salmon, beef, chicken, ham, pies, vol au vonts, eggs, salads, new potatoes, rice, etc.and a good variety of desserts, cheeses and coffee. Drinks? You buy your own but at club prices!
I think the majority of folks who attend are Yorkshiremen, all interested in saving a bob or two. I haven't heard anyone express dissatisfaction! For me at any rate, the greatest pleasure of these functions comes from meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Doug does a wonderful job organising the event from a distance. If you do decide to join us make yourself known and I'll buy you a drink and perhaps make a friend of another old boy!LV
I am hoping to attend this year since I will be back in UK. 17 pounds sounds fine to me but I have got used to high Singapore prices! Anyway, for me the biggest expense will probably be the petrol for driving up from Cambridge.
Just a reminder that the next Annual Reunion - the fourteenth in the modern era - is imminent, on Friday 23rd September.
To date, we have 34 paid-up participants, including, I am very pleased to say, Chris Firth, who has done so much to keep the Old Keighlians' community alive and, at times, buzzing, through his creation and maintenance (from Singapore)of the kbgs.com website.
Some 'regulars' have not yet signed up - hence the reminder - information overload and crumbling memories doubtless to blame in varying proportions.
Gill and I look forward to welcoming everyone, old or new participants, on the 23rd.
Thanks for that, Shaun, and glad you enjoyed it. I just don't know how Janet manages to produce such a spread for the money we pay. As you know, she hasn't raised the price over the past 3 years. We are very lucky, I think.
NEXT YEAR'S REUNION: Friday, 22ND SEPTEMBER,2017,same time, same place.
I attended my first Reunion, almost 20 years after setting up kbgs.com (my excuse before was that I was living in Singapore). Many thanks to Doug, Gill and in fact everyone who made the effort to attend.
It was a faintly disconcerting but heart-warming experience for me. Virtually all the faces and names were familiar, from photos on the website and from postings, & emails. Yet at the same time it was my first meeting with almost everyone. Like a branch of the family that I knew about but had never met! Certainly by the end of the event I felt I had begun to make new friends.
It was a tribute to the quality and camaraderie of the school that Old Boys are still making an effort to meet after 50 odd years. I would encourage all who missed out this year to try to get to the 2017 Reunion. Inevitably, time is taking its toll.
The food was definitely good value for money. No complaints there (except perhaps I was hoping for a more traditional stodgy suet-based pudding; hard to find such desserts these days).
On the way back my Satnav took me back via Crosshills (completely unplanned). It turned out to be a pleasant reminder of where my father grew up.
Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1934-1940 (father)
Once again Doug and Gil have provided all present with another day to remember. Good venue(as always),good food and good company, though fewer in number than previous years. Ah!- We few, we happy few!
It was also, a pleasure to meet up with our Webmaster, Chris Firth who is now domiciled in the U.K. What a smashing, "fifty-something" young man he turned out to be. I hope he will be regular at future Reunions. He must have some interesting stories to tell us of his time out in Singapore.
So, many thanks once again, to Doug and Gil for the efforts made on our behalf, in 'keeping the show on the road'. Well done!
It looks as though everything I was going to say has been said. The 2016 Re-Union lunch was a huge success even though numbers were down a bit. But that has been a trend for several years - I suppose it is inevitable that as time goes by the 'raw material' will dry up. Nevertheless, I do hope we can keep the Re-Union operational for a few more years and that I remain able to join in. I am always pleasantly surprised to see lads more senior than myself in attendance - just wish a few more of the immediate post war generation could come along. Thanks Doug!