This month we celebrate the opening of our new dining floor, and these celebrations will extend into May. In this edition of the Newsletter you will find a calendar of the special events being hosted at the Club to showcase the beauty and flexibility of our new floor. Two cocktail parties, an afternoon tea, a special lunch for members aged 80-plus, a Gala evening and a Long Lunch hosted by Epicurean Circle will provide members with opportunities to celebrate in a splendid variety of ways, and I thank our Events Planning Committee for their enthusiasm and hard work.
We are now at the stage of planning a phased move from our old dining-room to the new floor, and welcoming those Circles which have been meeting outside the Club back onto the Lyceum premises. Some circles will be relocating now that we have extra circle space and Peter Stratton and Philip Chetham will be liaising with convenors to ensure there is no confusion.
Our Club premises are suddenly going to feel very different. Having been crowded into one floor for so long, noise levels are going to abate and our rooms will feel much more spacious, and even a little alien in the short term! It will be such a joy to have our art collection returned to our walls and I am sure any feelings of dislocation will abate quite quickly.
Our staff will be coping with significant adjustments in management of Club space and equipment, as well as kitchen equipment, and I would ask members to be patient while we all learn to navigate our enlarged premises. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback at an afternoon meeting on Tuesday, 15 May – Settling into the New Floor.
We have received detailed plans for the Roof Terrace from the architects. These are currently being costed and we will keep you informed on progress.
Hilary Cairns, the President of the AALC, has asked me to remind members who would like to attend the AALC Conference in Sydney in August that the ‘Early Bird Special’ will expire on 15 April, so do make your bookings through the AALC website now. Our Lyceum Choir has been asked to perform and I am sure Choir members would like our support. As well as the interesting speakers and events planned for the Conference itself, some very enjoyable tours have been arranged post-Conference for those wishing to extend their visit.
Our April Club Lunch and the Ridgway Group Evening feature Club members Judith Harley and Anne Latreille and our speaker for the April Club Evening, Professor Donald Bates, will present a fascinating insight into museum architecture in the UAE. I am sure these events will be very well attended so do book early. The Club’s ability to offer a vibrant and stimulating range of speakers and activities continues to grow and thrive and our programme for April and May is packed with exciting events. I look forward to seeing you all in the Club.