2007, London Reunion, The Athenaeum Club
On 31 October 2007 an eclectic ‘melange’ of old boys met in the comfortable surroundings of The Whistler Room at The Athenaeum Club, an imposingly classical building on the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place.
About 40 Old Warwickians gathered under the watchful eye of the surrounding portraits to hear the Head Master report on an unprecedented year of school success, not just academically, but in music, on the stage and on the sports field. In total some 19 national awards or titles were won, one of the highlights being the school’s victory at under 18 level in the National Daily Mail Cup Rugby Competition.
The Head Master confirmed that the new Science Building was up and running and emphasized the strong link that was developing between the school and Warwick University, allowing boys to undertake proper scientific research at postgraduate level. He also expected that in 2008 a new teaching block, mainly for mathematics, would be completed. In recognition of Ralph Thornton’s immense contribution to the school, it will be known as the Thornton Building.
Mark Wilkins, the campaign manager for the school Science Project, thanked OWs for the support they have given to the fundraising activities. He revealed that, through their generosity and that of others, some £380,000 had been raised since January 2007. He hoped the OWs would continue to support the campaign and reach the target of £500,000.
Fuelled by good wine and nutritious canapés, conversation flowed freely with much good humour.