OHA Dinner Update

We hope that the postponement of Saturday’s OHA Dinner didn’t cause any of you too much inconvenience.

Along with several hundred other schools in Kent, the Harvey was closed last Thursday and Friday.
The site was clearly unsafe for the usual contingent of Old Harveians, ranging in age from 20 to 92, to venture on it – even if they had been able to cope with the road conditions. These were the scenes at school on the Friday:

The Dinner will now be held on Saturday 5th March. The Welsh-themed menu to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the evacuation to Merthyr will remain the same, and will perhaps be even more appropriate at the end of the week that includes St David’s Day.

Hopefully you will be able to join us on that occasion, but if not please let me know and I will return your cheque. On the other hand, you may well know of friends and contemporaries who were unable to make it last Saturday, but who will be able to join us on 5th March – they’ll be most welcome.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to make you aware of another event that week: the Railway Swing Band Concert on Wednesday 2nd March.

This will be third such concert that John Oliver has arranged on our behalf, and the previous two have been enormously enjoyable evenings. The Railway Swing Band is twice the size of a standard big band and plays a mixture of most of the great Swing Era – Ellington, Goodman, Basie, Miller, Kenton, Herman, as well as more modern compositions.

Consisting of many former musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal, they have progressed from their early roots in the Railway public house in Walmer (hence their name) to become hugely popular in the area, where they perform for local charities.

The previous two concerts here have sold out and have raised several thousand pounds for the school, facilitating the replacement of a minibus and the purchase of state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment for the hall. Details are enclosed and John will be pleased to receive your ticket order.

Hope to see you in March. In the meantime, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Kind regards

Phil Harding