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Michaelmas Dinner, Thursday 22nd November, 2018

Dear Cantabrigians,

We are pleased to invite you and your partner to the annual Michaelmas Dinner to be held at :

Cercle Munster

5-7, rue Munster


Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Drinks and petits feuilletés will be served from 19h00

Dress is formal (black-tie or dark lounge suits) and gowns may be worn if you so wish.

The menu choices are as follows:

Menu 1:

Œuf poché en meurettes, épinard et lard croustillant

Filet de volaille fermière farcie de mozzarella, pesto d’herbes et risotto au radicchio

Soufflé chaud mangue-chocolat, sorbet cacao

Menu 2:

Velouté de potimarron aux champignons sauvages et parmesan

Poisson d’arrivage, chou pluriel, graines de lin et tournesol, sauce aigrelette

Tarte feuilletée coing-amande

All to be accompanied by fine wines, and followed by coffee with petit fours after dinner.

In case you would prefer a vegetarian menu, or in case of any special dietary requirements, please just drop Rakesh Bhana an email so that we can work out something suitable.

The costs for the evening are as follows:

Menu 1 – €62 (or €52 for attending paid-up members of the Society);

Menu 2 – €66 (or €56 for attending paid-up members of the Society).

If you wish to join us in what is one of the most significant and enjoyable events in the Society’s calendar please reply to  by 7th November giving the name(s) of who will be coming and indicating the choice of menu(s). Rakesh will then inform you of the payment modalities.

Terrific weather for an excellent Family Picnic and Varsity Cricket event

On Saturday, June 23rd , Luxembourg’s National Day, members of the Cambridge and Oxford Societies and their friends gathered for the annual Cricket challenge and family picnic. 40 adults and 22 children were registered. The event started at 13:00 with Pimms and enjoyable conversation. It was a perfect temperature, nice and sunny but with a pleasantly cool breeze and participants old and young enjoyed the very relaxed atmosphere.

This year the formula was for participants to bring their own picnic, supervised barbecue facilities were available for those who wanted to grill their own sausages or piece of meat, the Societies providing beer, wine, water and soft drinks. The formula was a success!

As far as the cricket was concerned, it was on the one hand a triumph for Cambridge: we had 13 players available, with Peter Welch handling the scorebook on the sidelines so as to rest for Sunday’s half-marathon, and Veronica Welch (Peterhouse) saving herself for the Maidens match the following Wednesday. Also, if we aggregate all the innings played we find Cambridge had a huge score: Rory Herbert topscored with 24, Gerhard (Louise Benjamin’s ‘Ironman’) was unbeaten, and who will ever forget Tom Weidig’s first bat on a cricket field?

However, in the interest of some sort of even contest, four players from Cambridge were nominated to ‘count’ against the four from Oxford, while all participated in the field. Lydie Wykes-Templeman and Rebecca Welch batted nicely against Phil Wynn-Owen and Oscar Macrae, although there was one run-out leading to runs being deducted. Then Adrian Wykes and Simon Norcross took on James Leader and Angus Macrae. Although runs were scored there was one more wicket so that Cambridge’s total was only 12 off the 4 eight-ball overs. Malvina Welch and Stella Wykes-Templeman then enjoyed a couple of overs batting in the sun against fellow-Cantabrigians (and twins) Rebecca and Lydie.

Cambridge had high hopes as Lydie and Rebecca bowled well against Phil and Oscar to restrict them to 7 at the half-way stage, with one wicket taken. But then DOOM arrived as Adrian Wykes, exhausted by preparing the ground and over-budgeted in the barbecue sausage department, waddled in tremulously to deliver, and was carted around the park by the sprightly Leader and  Macrae duo, their ten off the over dousing any embers of optimism that might have lain dormant in the Cambridge hearts. Never mind. Malvina bowled an over instead of the wicket-keeping Norcross, and Oxford had 26 in total.

The flexibilty and exhibitionism involved in this event mean that it has been a very shrewd move not to have a trophy or any serious record of what has taken place on the field – fundamentally the three games over the last four years have been a celebration of summer and fellowship, and  this year’s conversational draw joins those of 2015 (unbelievably hot) and 2016 (unbelievably wet) as a memory to treasure.