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THE 2023 REUNION

Our 2023 reunion has now been confirmed and negotiations with the hotel are complete with the exception of the final planning meeting with the hotel. That meeting will taken place between Steve Crowley and the hotel on the 28th May 2022

We have, once again booked the reunion to take place at the Mickleover Court Hotel, Derby

THE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY ARE FRIDAY 14th TO SUNDAY 16th APRIL 2023

(with the opportunity to extend through to Monday 17th April by arrangement with the hotel)

You will be pleased to hear that the cost of the reunion has increased only marginally, and certainly by less than the rampant rate of inflation this country currently experiences!

Enquiries regarding the reunion and payments can be directed to Steve Crowley at the e mail address shown below, although payment is, as usual, available through the website shop and by cheque (accompanied by the application form downloadable later in this page) and by BACS transfer by arrangement with Steve. For anyone wishing to attend but who is experinecing financial difficulty which woud prevent your attendance, we encourage you to contact Steve, in strictest confidence, and arrangement may be made to support your attendance. This has worked well in the past and we hope will continue not only for this reunion but future reunions also.

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THE 2023 REUNION LOCATION WILL BE AS FOLLOWS

Mickleover Court Hotel, Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0XX

DATES OF THE REUNION ARE

Friday 14th April to Saturday 16th April 2023

ROOM PRICES (INCLUDING REUNION DINNER) WILL BE .

Single occupancy room one night including reunion dinner for 1 on Saturday

  113

Single occupancy room two nights including reunion dinner for 1 on Saturday

  187

Double occupancy room one night including reunion dinner for 2 on Saturday

  172 

Double occupancy room two nights including reunion dinner for 2 on Saturday

 266

Saturday evening, 3 course reunion banquet only (without accommodation) inclusive of half a bottle of wine and toasting spirit, with coffee to follow

      39 per person

As for the previous reunions, Steve Crowley our treasurer will be happy to arrange and accept payment in any number of stage payments as long as all payments (ie the total amount due) are made at least 6 weeks prior to the event. As an example therefore, for someone who wishes to take their partner to the 2023 reunion for two nights and with both attending the reunion dinner, the total price will be 266 which, when paid over 10 monthly payments will be 26.60 per month.

Finally, as with previous years, if any member wishes to attend the 2023 reunion but will be unable to meet the cost of the reunion due to hardship, they may contact Steve Crowley and discuss their attendance, (in confidence of course), with financial assistance from The Association. It is our aim that as many of our crew mates as possible will be able to attend the reunion, no matter what their circumstances. We can assure anyone wishing to take advantage of this support that it will be in strictest confidence between the member and The Treasurer and assistance can be offered for travel, accommodation and expenses.

ROOM TYPES/PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN 2023 AS FOLLOWS.

SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM FOR 1 OR 2 NIGHTS ON A BED & BREAKFAST BASIS WITH SATURDAY NIGHT REUNION DINNER FOR 1 PERSONS

DOUBLE OR TWIN OCCUPANCY ROOM FOR 1 OR 2 NIGHTS ON A BED & BREAKFAST BASIS SATURDAY NIGHT REUNION DINNER FOR 2 PEOPLE

The Association can also arrange upgrades to superior rooms or suites on your behalf and would be able to negotiate discount on these rooms on your behalf. Whatever your requirements please ask us and we will do our best to get you the best possible deal.

REUNION DINNER

The cost of the reunion dinner will be inclusive of wine and after dinner toasting spirit and the menu will offer a minimum of two choices within each course and a vegetarian option for the starter and main course. The menu will also include coffee and after dinner mints.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR ROOM

All bookings will need to be made through the Association who will then book hotel rooms on your behalf. This is the only way to make sure you will get the discounted prices offered.

GO TO THE REUNION SECTION OF THE ONLINE SHOP

Printable booking forms are available below

BOOKING FORM WORD FORMAT

BOOKING FORM PDF FORMAT

1100x420_derby_mickleover_-13-We have expended considerable effort in negotiating excellent discounts on room prices and the cost of the reunion dinner. In addition we hope the hotel will also, as they did for previous reunions, allow a discount on specified drinks purchased across the reunion weekend. This is yet to be confirmed.

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REUNION DINNER MENU

We have had extremely positive feedback with regard to the quality and choices of food offered at the reunion and below is the menu choices for the 2023 reunion

STARTER (One choice from the following)

(V) Leek and Potato Soup

Smooth Chicken Parfait

Confit Duck Salad

MAIN COURSE  (One choice from the following)

(V) French Goats Cheese anbd Roasted Vegetable

Fillet of Sea Bass

Roasted Lamb Rump & Dauphinoise Potatoes

DESSERT (One choice from the following)

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce, Chantilly Cream

Profiteroles, Cream & Chocolate Sauce

Hallmark Pavlova

INCLUDED EXTRAS

Wine with dinner 1/2 bottle per person

After dinner toasting spirit.

Coffee & Mints

FUTURE REUNIONS

As detailed above, are returning to the Mickleover Court hotel in 2023 and, following a virtually unanimous vote at the General Meeting held at the last reunion, we will also be speaking to the hotel to discuss additional reunions at the venue. The repeat business offered to the hotel has, to date, allowed us to negotiate the excellent deals obtained for all three planned reunions at the venue.
The prices negotiated rise slightly for each reunion but, even with those rises we will pay less than we have paid at previous reunions, even those of up to six years ago. We have, for instance,negotiated free use of a meeting room for the AGM and free use of the PA  system, reductions on wine with the dinner, great prices on the rooms,  both single and double, over the entire weekend.
We hope you will agree that we have, once again, made the right choice. The feedback from those attending the 2016 and 2018 and 2022 reunions was that the hotel was outstanding, the staff were excellent and it was, without doubt, the best venue utilised to date. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the staff at the Hallmark Hotel Mickleover Court Derby for the superb service offered throughout the weekend of all reunions to date.
 
THE 2021 PHOTO GALLERY
It is with many thanks to our long serving member George Prior, that we are able to bring you many photographs of our 2021 reunion event. The gallery below includes pictures from both the evening event, (the reunion dinner) and also the inaugural Waz McKenzie golf competition played at the golf course on which Waz spent many hours spoiling a good walk by wacking a ball around the 18 holes. Waz, a well respected and much liked member passed away suddenly, doing what he loved, playing golf, and it was therefore and it was therefore fitting that his friends and crewmates honoured his life by playing at his own golf course.
The trophy was won by Beverley Ross and it was The Association’s honour to invite Jackie McKenzie, Waz’s wife, to present the trophy at the reunion dinner on the Saturday evening.
Please enjoy the photos and, once again, our thanks to George Prior.

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