Member Musing – Alas Alack

Last Burns’ night, I was invited to a friend’s to celebrate. During the pre-dinner drinks get-together, the hostess said that it was traditional to do an Address to the Lassies, and would I say an appropriate poem or something. I, of course, said ‘yes’. But spent the rest of the pre-drinking, the piping and eating, … Read more

Member Monday #003

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week in we are joined by Proprietor Stuart Lawrence. Who are you?  I am Stuart Lawrence. A mechanical engineer by first degree and now a business leader following a second degree in 2002. What is your greatest achievement?  Oddly perhaps, my greatest achievement has nothing to … Read more

The Corona Chronicles: Volume 6

Good day all, An interesting Chronicle today about what could have been. Yesterday evening a twitter user tagged the Club in a post of theirs, which led me to look through some of the older images of the Club, and subsequently, pictures of our previous premises on Church Street. I find with pictures, particularly older … Read more

RAF: Happy Birthday Captain Tom

Musicians of the Royal Air Force, including the Athenaeum’s own Tom Crowley, have proven COVID-19 will not cease their music, putting together the below piece to commemorate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday. Captain Tom has inspired the nation and beyond in his fundraising efforts, in doing so has now raised over £30,000,000.00 for NHS Charities!

Member Musings: The RCMG

Contributed by Proprietor Steven Lyus. The Rhododendron Society was formed by four founder members: Charles Eley, John Guille Millais (a descendant of Sir John Everett) and JC and PD Williams, who met at Lanarth in Cornwall and declared ‘We are the Rhododendron Society’.  In those early days, select members were invited to join, and were … Read more

Member Musings: Good Gossip

Good Gossip By Phil Whitfield I’ve made a living listening to it. Heard a guy gossiping about christening his son with the names of all the English football team. That took me from the Daily Post to the Daily Mail, where I heard a Littlewoods guy gossiping. He’d stripped a Liverpool lass of her pools … Read more

Member Monday #002

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week in we are joined by Proprietor Steven Jones. Who are you?  I am Steven Jones, I am a maritime consultant and author, and have been part of The Athenaeum for around 5 years. What is your greatest achievement?  I once laid the first dedicated internet … Read more

Elizabeth Christie 1936-2020

The Club received the sad news today that Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Christie, the first female President of The Athenaeum, passed away this morning in her sleep. Liz had been suffering with Vascular Dementia in recent years and Doctors believe that she had contracted COVID-19 which had exacerbated her dementia. The funeral will take place at midday … Read more

The Corona Chronicles Vol. 5

¡Hola! all and happy St George’s Day! Had things not turned sour in the world our President and members would have been enjoying a celebratory dinner to mark the occasion, and I know there were some surprises up the organiser’s sleeves, so perhaps something similar will go ahead next year. Since the last volume you … Read more