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

Thank You Very Much To The NHS

In 1967 Liverpool band, The Scaffold, comprising of John Gorman (a Proprietor of the Athenaeum), Roger McGough and Mike McCartney (many of you will know his brother) released a hit song in ‘Thank You Very Much for the Aintree Iron’. In a fitting tribute to heroes of our time, the group have re-recorded the song … Read more

Play Chess Online

During these strange times many of us have turned to the internet as a lifeline to keep us occupied through the lock down. Some of our members may be interested in playing chess online at www.chess.com. If you are interested in light-hearted competition between a fellow member, feel free to contact Nigel Hobro on nigel@hobroaccounts.microsoft.com … Read more

Reopening The Athenaeum

The Institution will commence a phased reopening from Monday 13 July, details of this can be found below. For the time being the Club’s opening hours will be 11:00am to 4:00pm and will be under constant review. It is with great pleasure that I am now able to announce that The Athenaeum will begin the … Read more

Reciprocal Review #001

Each week we explore one of many fantastic Clubs who share reciprocity with The Athenaeum. In this edition we head to Cambridge to Visit the Hawks’ Club, ‘the home of sporting excellence at Cambridge, since 1872. Address: 18 Portugal Place, Cambridge, CB5 8AF Website: www.hawksclub.co.uk Email: administrator@hawksclub.co.uk Telephone: 01223 314 666 The Hawks’ Club has … Read more

Member Monday #001

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week in our inaugural feature we break the rules before we have started, as we get the ball rolling by profiling a non-member, in our Secretary, Jack Birley.

Message From The President – 31/03/2020

 I thought that if I was going to write something this week, I should do it today and not wait until tomorrow – April Fools Day. I am sure that if we had been told that we would have to isolate ourselves in our homes on the 1st April we would all have thought it … Read more

Note From The President – 25/03/2020

Note from the President Can I first of all say a huge good day to everyone and I hope that you are all well and managing to avoid infection. It is just a week since we initially made the decision to temporarily close the Athenaeum and cancel forthcoming events, but what a week! We are … Read more

The Corona Chronicles Vol. 1

Good day all,     As we progress into these troubling and uncertain times, we are regularly comforted with the positive mantra that we will get through this together, and that we will come out on the other side both closer and stronger. Its a sentiment I firmly believe to be true, and it is … Read more