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News Emails from Douai

5th February 2018

Dear Old Dowegian

England/Ireland Rugby Match on Sat 17 March  -   Reminder

I wrote a few weeks ago about this chance to watch this Six Nations match in style -  there are still places available but the cut-off date for booking your free place is Fri 9 March.

The restored pavilion is being used for a variety of sporting and social occasions. The latest idea is to show Rugby matches on a big screen with an accompanying licensed bar and it is suggested that Old Dowegians might particularly want to watch the England/Ireland match on Saturday 17 March, which is of course St Patrick's Day.

The event will be free but ticketed. Tickets are essential for entry. Please follow this link for all the details.

This would also be an opportunity for those who have not yet visited the pavilion to see the Douai Room upstairs which includes a rich collection of memorabilia, documents, photographs etc together with a film about the school. Old Dowegians and others who have visited have been very impressed with the professional standard of presentation. Many memories have been reinforced and celebrated!

with best wishes


14th February 2018

Dear Old Dowegian

I write to tell you about an event at the new Douai Pavilion which should be of wide interest.

Firstly, however, I would like to pass on a message from the Council of the Douai Society:

As the appeal to raise funds for the restoration of the Douai Pavilion and fitting out of the Douai Room has now been successfully concluded, the Council of the Douai Society would like to express its gratitude on behalf of all members of the Douai Society for all the hard work put in by all those involved. In particular the Council recognises the untiring efforts of the following members: John Kerr, John Wills, Chris Vale, Richard Sims and Richard Morris. Without the commitment and dedication of these five gentlemen, we would not have achieved the splendid success that all those who have visited the Pavilion have been able to see with their own eyes.

The Pavilion is being very well used by the various local sports teams who have been using the playing fields for the last 18 years, but in addition it is becoming quite a social hub. Wedding celebrations, post-Baptism parties, and post-Funeral gatherings have been held, together with film nights and many other social occasions.

The latest idea is to show Rusgby matches on a big screen with an accompanying licensed bar and it is suggested that Old Dowegians might particularly want to watch the England/Ireland match on Saturday 17 March, which is of course St Patrick's Day.

The event will be free but ticketed. Tickets are essential for entry. Please follow this link for all the details.

Other events on the horizon

Friday 1st June: The London Lunch at the Naval & Military Club

Sunday 1st July: Annual Mass in the Abbey Church, Douai Society AGM in the Conference Room at Douai, Lunch at the Pavilion and a cricket match against a team of Old Amplefordians.

More details and booking forms nearer the time.

with best wishes


10th January 2018

Dear Old Dowegian

Happy New Year!

I have not been in touch for ages and I must apologise for that. I am writing now to remind you of the London lunch which will be taking place on Friday 26 January.

David de Freitas sends the following message:

There will be another all-age group lunch at The Star Tavern, 6 Belgrave Mews West, London SW1X 8HT (nearest tube Knightsbridge,Sloane Square or Victoria)
on Friday 26th January 2018: 12.30 for 1 pm.
If applying by post, please print out this email and write any dietary requirements you have on it e.g. vegetarian and post it with your cheque for £32.50 payable to Douai Society to the Hon Sec, David de Freitas, to his home address: 68 Burnfoot Avenue, Fulham, London SW6 5EA (email
to arrive by 19th January 2018. If you would prefer to pay electronically, please credit £32.50 to Douai Society Sort Code 60-80-08 Account number 15675327 Please use your surname as a reference, so we can tell who has paid, AND please email David to let him know that you have made the payment, confirming both the amount paid and any dietary requirements you may have e.g. vegetarian. The cost has been maintained at £32.50 and will include a three-course meal with a half-bottle of house wine (white or red), plus coffee and port. As we will be meeting on a Friday, you will be reassured to learn that the main course will be fish!
These all-age group lunches have proved to be extremely popular in recent years.

May I take the opportunity of reminding you that for the past few years, the Douai Society has run two all-age group lunches each year in London, on the last Friday in January and the first Friday in June each year? You may like to pencil in these dates into your diaries.

Space at the January lunch means that we must restrict this lunch to Old Dowegians only, so no guests or spouses.
For the June lunch, however, spouses are very much encouraged to attend, and the number of spouses attending has increased over recent years.

And this message comes from John Wills (Past-President & Appeal Director)

Over the past three years the Old Dowegians have contributed magnificently and successfully to our 15% share in the construction of the new pavilion and most recently to the full funding of our tribute to the school: in fitting out the first floor Douai Room. I think it’s fair to observe that those who attended the official blessing and opening on Sunday 9 July this year were both surprised and very impressed. There is no doubt from the numerous subsequent visits, that the new amenity is regenerating a more regular interest in the former school.

A feature of the Appeal has been to offer a permanent record of the names of all the benefactors who contributed £250 and over. To date there are 82 names of Old Boys on the temporary Key Benefactors Board. 

The Council has decided to offer more time to anybody who wishes to have their name added. This maybe done by adding to your original donation, to bring it up to £250, or, if you have not already contributed, making a £250 contribution now. Families may wish to donate in honour of a deceased Old Dowegian. This offer will remain open until  26 January 2018 (ie the date of the London lunch described above)

How to make your donation

Please 1) either send a cheque made payable to "Douai Society” and send to Chris Vale, Douai Society Treasurer, 1 Cranford Rise, Esher, Surrey KT10 9NG or
    2) Transfer direct to the Douai Society Nat West bank account s/c 60-80-08 a/c 15675327 BUT if you do this please email Chris Vale at so                     your contribution is noted for the record.

                Photos of the Douai Room and the opening event are on the website at:

with best wishes