Heritage Open Day 2019

Have you heard? The Athenaeum is opening for Heritage Open Day! ON Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September the Club will be opening its doors for two very special days! Many pass the Athenaeum’s Church Alley doorway without knowing what exactly it is, now’s your chance to come inside and discover The Athenaeum!

On Saturday 21st September we will be operating an ‘open house’, come down and enjoy our facilities from 11:00am until 10:00pm. The Newsroom will be open throughout the day serving fine food and beverage, why not unwind and relax in style in palatial surroundings? There are no guided tours taking place on Saturday, however, there will be members on hand to help anyone with any questions about the Club.

Also on the 21st, for the first time ever the Club will be offering a ticketed Afternoon Tea to the general public! This exclusive offering usually reserved for Members and is a Heritage Open Day first! Book your places now for just £19.99 per person. Afternoon Tea Service is available between 12:00pm and 3:30pm on the 22nd and is bookable either in person at the Club reception, or by calling 0151 709 7770. Payment is required in advance, tickets are subject to availability.

On Sunday 22nd September why not join one of the free guided tours and view the whole of our Institution whilst learning about its rich history and heritage? See the recently refurbished Library followed by a trip into the past via some of the treasures held in the Committee Room. These not to be missed tours are only open to the public once a year for Heritage Open Day, book your place now or you may have to wait until next year! Guided tours will be taking place every thirty minutes from 10:30am until 4:00pm and are bookable via email (reception@theathenaeum.org.uk), by phone (0151 709 7770) or in person at the Club. Due to popular demand, the following tours still have availability: 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm. Following the tour, guests have the opportunity to relax in our Newsroom and enjoy refreshments or food from the Club menu.

Sir David Maddison – Obituary in Yesterday’s The Times

In yesterday’s edition of The Times there featured a full-page obituary for our friend and Past President, Sir David Maddison. Sir David passed away peacefully earlier in July of this year, and we hope you agree that the piece, which can be found below, is a fitting tribute to a great man who will be sorely missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Reports From The Front Line’ – Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

Yesterday many across the world commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings. Often referred to as D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Normandy during World War II was the largest seaborne invasion in history and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Members of the Athenaeum and the Alexandrian’s of Merseyside, including the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell DL and former Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO, DBE, CSTJ, DL gathered at the Club for lunch to remember the occasion.

Further afield we were fortunate enough yesterday to be receiving reports from the front line by our own correspondent, Graham Burgess. Graham took part in a commemorative walk in Normandy with the Royal Marines, retracing the route taken by his father’s unit on that day 75 years ago – Royal Marines 4th Special Service Brigade.  Our thanks to Graham for sharing these bulletins, giving an insight into this Brigade’s journey, in what were some of the most important days in recent history.

  1. 07:32 – Landings began at Gold Beach, Jig Sector, by Royal Marines 4th Special Service Brigade. Heavy Fire from blockhouse and machine gun posts. Heavy Casualties. Much Equipment destroyed. Hand to hand fighting. Beach no yet cleared.
  2. Heavy shelling onto beach and at approaching landing craft. Mortars firing constantly.Heavy equipment losses very heavy. Block house on beach holding out. Very heavy fighting here. No tanks have landed successfully yet.
  3. Small breakthrough in beach defences made at 9:30. Advancing to rear. Heavy shelling and machine gun fire. HMS Fury has moved in shot giving direct supporting fire.
  4. Small groups are infiltrating behind defences. Blockhouse on beach causing heavy damage to approaching vessels. Still no tanks. Crossroads 300 yards from beach occupied preventing enemy reinforcements access to beach.
  5. Moving out of Asnelles towards Rodeo.
  6. At Pint, 2 miles inland of Le Hamel. Taking fire from bunkers on hill at Arromanches. Advancing towards rear Arromanches
  7. Grid Reference 01595 – 37704. La Carrefour. Light resistance, small garrison surrendered.
  8. Preparing to attack Point 54. With Dorset Regiment. Hidden bunkers encountered. Heavy machine gun fire.
  9. Point 54 taken. Les Mont de Ryes. 1 killed, several RM light wounds. 7 enemy killed 24 captured. Further bunkers in tree line under attack towards Arromanches.
  10. Moving on La Rosiere
  11. Approaching Tracy-sur-mer
  12. Attacking La Rosiere. The Assembly Area for 4th Special Service Brigade. During the approach an enemy officer on horseback rode up and demanded the Royal Marines surrender. He was shot dead. Heavy fighting house to house in village. Stubborn resistance.
  13. Heavy fighting at La Rosiere. An enemy convoy intercepted at crossroads. Captured vehicles weapons, troops. During that attack the diversion was used to mount an assault on village. Enemy surrender. 20 prisoners taken. 1 RM killed, 11 wounded
  14. Heading north from La Rosiere
  15. Passing inland of Longues-Sur-Mer. Just captured enemy Sgt Major on bicycle heading to meet his girlfiend in a brothel at Ouistreham. Reached Abbeye de Longues just south of Longues-sur-mer. Monks have thrown open their abbey for wounded. Several wounded by shu mines outside village. Intermittent fire from Longues sur mer. Re-arming and replenishing ammunition.
  16. Fire fight near La Buherrie. Brief opposition overcome. No casualties
  17. Chateau le Busq. Believed to be enemy communications centre. Found to be refugee centre for Spanish Fascists.
  18. Objective in sight. Port en Bassin Heavy fire from both sides.
  19. Probing towards Port en Bassin. Several hidden bunkers, trench system, and 2 flak ships moored in port. Flak ships laying down heavy cannon fire. Responding with own heavy machine guns. Port heavily defended
  20. Capture of Escures just inland of Port en Bassin Three troops assaulting Port en Bassin.  Two troops laying down fire on flanks. Royal Navy bombarding Port fir one hour. Air attack by Typhoons timed for time of assault.
  21. Outside western Port en Bassin a bayonet charge over 200 yards of open ground by 20 Royal Marines broke through enemy defences allowing entry into port area.
  22. Beg to report Port en Bassin has surrendered

End.

A ‘Heist’ At The Athenaeum…?!?!?

Staff were greeted to a shock this morning upon the discovery that our grand Presidents’ Board, located in the entrance hall, had vanished! Initial reports pointed to daring heist by a Past President who had recently suggested the board would look good in his new kitchen, but after thorough interrogation the suspect cleared his name, confessing that he ‘had only stole a biscuit from the Newsroom but not the Presidents Board’ as it ‘wouldn’t fit in my pocket’…. The mystery continued!

 

The board -a who’s who of Liverpool life during the Club’s existence, from Roscoe to Doctors Currie and Duncan, to Chavasse and in more recent times Colonel ‘Paddy’ Bryson to Elizabeth Christie (HH Judge Steel) just to name half a dozen- has been a discussion point within the Institution as of late as following our current President, David Roscoe’s name being gold leafed into Athenaeum history there was no more room for future Presidents. What are we going to do next? Shut up shop after 222 years? Not a chance. Perhaps commission a thinner board to be made to go alongside the current board? Hmm, maybe. What about commissioning a new similar board? I suspect the President’s would look a little lonely for a few years before it began to be populated. For a moment, however, the question what were we doing next was overshadowed by ‘what are we going to do NOW?’

The solution to what we are doing now and next conveniently was the same, and it lay at our reception in the form of a receipt for ‘the collection of one honour board’ from Master Craftsman, Neil Wyn Jones. Proprietors may remember this name as he is the gentleman who built the Monsarrat Cabinet located in the aforementioned room. The Presidents’ Board thankful had not become the spoils of a daring raid on the premises, but in fact is on its way to a workshop for some magic to take place before it returns ahead of the AGM on July 3rd, where our third female President, Dr Gaynor Bresnen, will be added to the board, the very same board that the names of all our Presidents before her reside!

Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 08/10/2018

You can find details of all the events taking place this month here: https://theathenaeum.org.uk/upcoming-events-this-october/

Details of all of the Club’s events until the end of the year can be found at https://theathenaeum.org.uk/events/

 

Last Chance to book!!! ‘Liverpool Beyond The Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson CBE – Friday, 12th October 2018

We’re delighted to welcome Professor Michael Parkinson to the talk before Dinner next Friday, 12th October. Professor Michael Parkinson will be discussing the book he is currently writing to update his 1980s classic – ‘Liverpool on the Brink’. His new book describes the extraordinary if incomplete renaissance of Liverpool during the last 30 years. It shows how much has been achieved, who helped and what are its outstanding challenges in future. Full details can be found here https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/dinner-with-professor-michael-parkinson/

 

This Wednesday at the Club!

The Athenaeum looks to be bustling on Wednesday, 10 October, with two interest groups taking place during the course of the day. At 2:00pm the Film Group meet in the Wine Servery https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/the-film-group-14/ and at 5:30pm the Music Group meet in the Library for a concert by The Camira Wind Trio https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-the-camira-wind-trio/

 

Important: Church Alley Access From Church Street

From Sunday 14 October to the evening of Friday 19 October there will be no access to Church Alley from Church Street due to work taking place on the sewer mains. Access to the Athenaeum from School Lane will remain unaffected.

 

For Your Information

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom and Library services will remain unaffected on this day. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Dates for Diaries

This year’s Annual Dinner has been scheduled for Friday, 22nd March 2019. This event, the most prestigious in the Athenaeum calendar, historically sells out very early. You can guarantee your attendance by booking now via the Members’ Area or through reception.

 

Might this be of interest?

Proprietor Susan Rutherford will be raising money for the Eve Appeal, a very specific Cancer Charity, on 01/01/2019 when she will be walking the North Norfolk Coastal Path. Full details, including how to sponsor, can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/susan-rutherford5 published 9 October 2018.

You can find links to previous ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ posts here at https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest/

If you have any items that may be of interest to your fellow Members, please contact Jack Birley.

 

Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see www.theathenaeum.org.uk/membership, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?

Might This Be Of Interest

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is a bulletin dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have anything you may wish to contribute to ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

Links to all recent ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ can be found below, articles will remain until the related subject passes or is no longer relevant.

 

Liverpool Mozart Orchestre – Saturday 23 March https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-liverpool-mozart-orchestra/ 21/03/2019

Invitation to the University of Liverpool Moot Final – Monday 25 March https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-be-of-interest-university-of-liverpool-moot-final/  published February 27 2019.

Propeller Club Lunch – RRS Sir David Attenborough – Friday 5 Aprilhttps://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-be-of-interest-propeller-club-lunch-rrs-sir-david-attenborough/ published March 19 2019.

Cambridge Society of Liverpool: https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-cambridge-society-of-liverpool/ published March 19 2019.

Christine’s Marathon Effort: https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-christines-marathon-effort/ published March 9 2019.

Bentley Operatic Society Event https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-bentley-operatic-society/  published February 27 2019.

Christine’s Marathon Effort: https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-christines-marathon-effort/ published March 9 2019.

Royal Ascot 2019 https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-this-be-of-interest-royal-ascot-2019/ published February 27 2019.

 

 

 

Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 01/10/2018

Club Events;

View all events taking place this month here

 

‘Liverpool Beyond The Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson CBE – Friday, 12th October 2018

We’re delighted to welcome Professor Michael Parkinson to the talk before Dinner next Friday, 12th October. Professor Michael Parkinson will be discussing the book he is currently writing to update his 1980s classic – ‘Liverpool on the Brink’. His new book describes the extraordinary if incomplete renaissance of Liverpool during the last 30 years. It shows how much has been achieved, who helped and what are its outstanding challenges in future. Full details can be found here https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/dinner-with-professor-michael-parkinson/

 

For Your Information

On Tuesday, 9th October, the Dining Room will be closed to Members, and the Newsroom will open at the later time of 1:00pm. This is to accommodate a charitable event organised by a Proprietor. Newsroom services will commence in full upon opening, the Library remains unaffected.

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom will remain open as usual on this day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Dates for Diaries

This year’s Annual Dinner has been scheduled for Friday, 22nd March 2019. This event, the most prestigious in the Athenaeum calendar, historically sells out very early. You can guarantee your attendance by booking now via the Members’ Area or through reception.

 

Might this be of interest?

Did you know there is currently a national drive by the National Governor’s Association to recruit skilled governors to our schools? If you are interested in becoming a school governor, Proprietor Jane Owens has provided some further information here: https://theathenaeum.org.uk/might-be-of-interest-school-governors-wanted/

If you have any items that may be of interest to your fellow Members, please contact Jack Birley.

 

Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see www.theathenaeum.org.uk/membership, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?

 

Upcoming Events This October

Upcoming Events This Month, October 2018

Wednesday 10 October – Film Group – 2:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/the-film-group-14/

Wednesday 10 October – Music Group Concert – 5:30pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-the-camira-wind-trio/

Friday 12 October – ‘Liverpool Beyond the Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson -6:30 for 7:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/dinner-with-professor-michael-parkinson/

Sunday 14 October – Sunday Lunch Following the Judges’ Service – Arrivals from 12:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/judges-service-sunday-lunch/

Wednesday 17 October – Spanish Wine Tasting with Tapas https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/spanish-wine-tapas-evening/

Thursday 25 October – New Members Informal Dining https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/new-members-informal-dining-4/

 

Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 24/09/2018

The Literature Group Returns!

Following last week’s  bulletin we are pleased to inform Members that Proprietor, Dr Paul Burns, has agreed to take up  the role of facilitator of the Literary Group. Dr Burns will be giving a presentation at the next meeting, which will take place on its usual first Wednesday of the month slot (Wednesday 3 October) at 2:00pm in the Library. Full details of Dr Burns presentation will be distributed very shortly.

 

Spanish Wine & Tapas Evening Announced

Save the date in your diaries, on Wednesday 17 October we’ll be sampling a taste of Spain, at a Spanish Wine and Tapas Evening. Jon Atkinson of Scatchards will be on hand to disperse his knowledge as multiple wines are served to match the various tapas dishes which will be available. The cost of this event, which is limited to just 40 attendees, is to be finalised imminently, however we strongly recommend you book now to secure your place! Arrival time 6:00 for 6:15pm in the aptly named Wine Servery! https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/spanish-wine-tapas-evening/

 

More Music

The Club’s Music Interest Group continues to go from strength to strength with the announcement of its next two meetings. On Wednesday 10 October, the grand surroundings of the newly renovated Library Reading Room will be filled with live music from The Camira Wind Trio (https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-the-camira-wind-trio/). Later  in the year on Wednesday 21 November, we look forward to a concert titled ‘Love Songs: English, French & Russian’, performed by Proprietor and pianist Dr Glyn Williams, and singer Irina Ektova.. 9https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-love-songs-english-french-russia (https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-love-songs-english-french-russian/)

 

Younger Members’ Events

Following the establishment of the  Younger Members’ Sub-Committee earlier this year a number of events are being organised specifically for the growing population of ‘Younger Members’ (Membership Categories B & C). Details of the first two events of this programme can be found below;

Film Night – Thursday 4 October, 6:00PM. Showing: DUNKIRK. £12.50 per ticket, supper included.

The Inaugral Younger Members Annual Ball – Saturday 17 November, 7:00pm till late, further details to be published in next week’s newsletter!

 

Judges’ Service Invitation & Sunday Lunch at the Athenaeum – 14 October 2018

As has been customary in recent years, the High Sheriff of Merseyside has kindly invited Athenaeum Members to The Judges’ Service to mark the beginning of the Legal Year, on Sunday 14 October at 10:30am at Liverpool Cathedral. If you would like to attend the service, please contact Gill Burrows on gillmburrows@aol.com . The Athenaeum will be opening at midday, and will be holding a lunch for members and attendees of the service (details can be found here) https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/judges-service-sunday-lunch/. If you are attending the Judges’ Service but are not a Member of the Club, please contact reception (0151 709 7770 / reception@theathenaeum.org.uk) to book your place for the lunch.

 

For Your Information

On Friday, 28th September, the Club will be closed from 3:00pm to accommodate a Proprietor’s Function.

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom will remain open as usual on this day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

***Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see www.theathenaeum.org.uk/membership, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?

 

Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 17/09/2018

Heritage Open Day  16/09/2018

A big thank you to all the members who donated their Sunday to make Heritage Open Day a resounding success! Almost 250 members of the public came through our doors, with the Institution being showcased in tours taking place from 10:30am until 4:00pm.

 

Judges’ Service Invitation & Sunday Lunch at the Athenaeum – 14 October 2018

As has been customary in recent years, the High Sheriff of Merseyside has kindly invited Athenaeum Members to The Judges’ Service to mark the beginning of the Legal Year, on Sunday 14 October at 10:30am at Liverpool Cathedral. If you would like to attend the service, please contact Gill Burrows on gillmburrows@aol.com . The Athenaeum will be opening at midday, and will be holding a lunch for members and attendees of the service (details can be found here) https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/judges-service-sunday-lunch/. If you are attending the Judges’ Service but are not a Member of the Club, please contact reception (0151 709 7770 / reception@theathenaeum.org.uk) to book your place for the lunch.

 

The Literature Group In Abeyance

We pass on our thanks and appreciation to HH John Morgan for his sterling stewardship of the Literature Interest Group. John, who took over the group from Alan Andrews in 2015, has now stepped down from his role and the search has begun to find a volunteer/volunteers to fill John’s boots, a difficult act to follow! If you are interested in becoming the facilitor of the Literary Group please contact Jack Birley. In the meantime, the group will be in abeyance.

 

The Frank Moran Young Writers Competition Launches

Now in its 17th year, the Young Writers Bursary founded by the its namesake continues to go from strength to strength. Last years competition, the first since Frank’s passing, received the most entries, and our Judges are in the process of preparing themselves for another busy year! Details of the competition, should you wish to pass them on to any budding young writers can be found here https://theathenaeum.org.uk/home/frank-moran-young-writers-competition/.

 

Film Night Programme Released!

The end of summer is nearing, the days are getting shorter, it can only mean one thing – Athenaeum Film Night’s are near! An ever popular Athenaeum staple, these jovial include supper, a classic film, and treats served during the interval, put your name down now as there is limited space in the cinema (Wine Servery)! This year’s programme is as follows; Wednesday 3 October – The Lavender Hill Mob; Wednesday 14 November – The Dam Busters; Wednesday 12 December – Meet Me In St Louis; Thursday 10 January – The Count of Monte Christo; Thursday 7 February – The Pickwick Papers; Wednesday 13 March – Irish Film Night; Thursday 4 April – The Musicals- Showboat.

 

Taking Place Next Week

Wednesday, 19 September, 2:00pm in the Library: The History Group.  https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/the-history-group-4/ 

Wednesday, 19 September, 5:00pm in the Library: Prior to the Library & Archive Meeting, Members are invited to join the President at a reception to mark official opening of the Library Reading Room, following its close down transformation. https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/library-archive-group-4/ 

Friday, 21 September, the Club is Closed for a wedding – we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Taking Place During The Rest Of September

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018, 1:00 for 1:30pm – Artist Talks, with the Bluecoat Display Centre https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/artists-talks-with-the-bluecoat-display-centre/

Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 6:30 for 7:00pm – ’30 Years of Tate Liverpool’, with Angela Nixon https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/30-years-of-tate-liverpool-with-angela-nixon/

Friday, 28th September, the Club will be closed from 3:00pm for a Private Function taking place.

 

For Your Information

On Friday, 21 September, the Club will be closed all day to accommodate a wedding.

On Friday, 28th September, the Club will be closed from 3:00pm to accommodate a Proprietor’s function.

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom will remain open as usual on this day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

***Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see www.theathenaeum.org.uk/membership, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?