Tri-University Dinner, Château de Bourglinster, 30-09-2021

On the last day of September, 2021 the three Alumni associations of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the London School of Economics gathered at the Château de Bourglinster for a Gala Dinner. This Dinner had been in the making since at least 2019, but had been postponed twice by the Covid-19 pandemic. So it was with great joy that around 90 alumni of the 3 associations assembled for an outstanding evening of excellent food and wines, and the most congenial company.

David Clark, the Chairman of the Oxford Society, whose turn it was to organise the event, provided highly efficient leadership of the evening. Guests included Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance of Luxembourg and his wife Sylvie, Dr Hubertus von Morr, the former Ambassador of Germany to the Grand Duché, Fleur Thomas, the British Ambassador, and Jiro Okayama, Ambassador of Japan and his wife Toyoko, the special guests of the Cambridge Society. Dr von Morr , the guest speaker, addressed the gathering with a most interesting and topical talk on “The German Elections: what happens next?”

Croquet in the city:

Following calls from members at the Schuman-Oval cricket event to hold a croquet sequel, permission was obtained from the mayor’s office for a band of croqueteers to gather on the well-tended lawns of Parc Pescatore.

Gently punted along by the chimes of the gothic chapel and dancing fountains framing the lawn, and with the melodic clink of champagne flutes, a charming game was played with interventions from the young, very young and slightly older alike.

Special thanks goes out to the Dedenbach family for bringing along the croquet gear, and to  Najat Skeate for bringing cake. 🙂

What a lovely scene in the park
Never too young to learn
Not easy with grass that long!

Text and photos: Rakesh Bhana